“Murphy’s Law” by Jim Murphy

Greetings from the West Texas Association Of Jingoistic Vast Right Wing Conspirators.

SAFETY:

The actual quote regarding safety and liberty made by Benjamin Franklin is:

“Those who would give up essential liberty in order to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither LIBERTY NOR SAFETY.”

I have read several accounts of people’s ideas regarding Franklin’s meaning of this statement. Of course in our present world where people are concerned about the NSA monitoring their cell phone and hard line phone calls, many people use some form of this quote to apply it to more government intrusion into our personal lives. I have always sort of wondered if this was the true meaning of Franklin’s statement which is often misquoted. Now while I believe that Benjamin Franklin was probably one of the smartest people EVER/ANYWHERE, I doubt that even he could imagine the electronic communications that it seems everyone…. or at least almost everyone… enjoys today.

It also strikes me as a bit unusual that our self centered, narcissistic, selfish society made up to a large degree of people taking “selfies” and posting them for the world to see on Facebook or YouTube or some similar outlet seem to be the ones who are screaming the loudest about some government security agency delving into their electronically controlled lives. Actually this quote which was made in 1755 which was not only prior to the Constitution of the United States, it was prior to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. So it would have been IMPOSSIBLE for Franklin to have been referencing the Fourth Amendment of our Constitution.

From several articles I read, Franklin had reference to some tension between government power and individual liberty. He was describing, rather, effective self-government in the service of security as their very liberty it would be contemptible to trade. The entire question had reference to the Pennsylvania Governor’s accusing the Pennsylvania Assembly’s stalling on appropriating funds for frontier defense (during the French and Indian Wars) by insisting on including the Penn lands in its taxes. The Pennsylvania Assembly believed they had the right to tax the lands owned by the Penn family and the Governor was evidently siding with the Penns who did not believe their land should be taxed.

However, Ben Franklin’s often misquoted statement about trading Essential Liberty for Temporary Safety can pretty well be applied to today’s massive government interference into individual privacy. Since we do NOW have a United States Constitution which prohibits ” UNREASONABLE” intrusion into individual privacy, I would think that the American people should indeed have The right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against UNREASONABLE SEARCHES AND SEIZURES .

However, our Senate and Congress during the George W. Bush administration appears to have allowed their fears for security overshadow the right to the essential liberty of the American people.

AND, just to give you a bit of an idea of just how SECURE and SAFE the public is, here are a few statistics from just ONE of our governmental bureaus, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. Sounds good doesn’t it? Just in one area, Illegal Immigration into our country, here are a few statistics which I got from a Congressional hearing:

During a THREE YEAR PERIOD ending in 2015, some 86,000+ CONVICTED ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMINALS were released back into American Society instead of being DEPORTED, as is called for by the law. These good people were responsible for 231,000 crimes with 196 of them being Murder or some other type of Homicide.

Perhaps it is just me, but it appears that while our federal government is becoming more and more intrusive in our lives, our ESSENTIAL LIBERTIES as well as OUR INDIVIDUAL SAFETY have both fallen prey to a government under the control of two major political parties, who are becoming more alike than they are different, and both our ESSENTIAL LIBERTY and INDIVIDUAL SAFETY are at risk of disappearing.

We now have a Supreme Court who have at minimum Four Justices who subscribe to the theory that foreign laws should be taken into consideration when making a ruling on a case brought before the Court. In other words, regardless of what they claim, they are LEGISLATING FROM THE BENCH which is not their purpose.

With this in mind, just remember that we have recently lost our most Constitutionally driven Justice and we have a Chief Justice who waffles with the best of them. The next President of the United States will more than likely appoint at least 2 or 3 Supreme Court Justices. These are LIFETIME APPOINTMENTS and we cannot afford to have another Kagan or Sotomayor or Ginsburg.

BOURKE:

Since I am a big fan of Texas and Western History, for many years I have been reading books written by Captain John Gregory Bourke. One of his absolute best works was “On The Border With Crook”. The majority dealt with the War with the Apaches but it also covered some of the campaign against the Sioux and Cheyenne in Montana. He was assigned to the staff of General George Crook. He also wrote books entitled “An Apache Campaign In The Sierra Madres” and “General Crook In Indian Country” which like his other writings not only described the day to day lives of the men of the United States Cavalry but quite a bit about the customs and day to day lives of the various American Indian tribes.

John Bourke kept a diary of his life in the U.S. Military and according to Viennese psychiatrist Sigmund Freud;

“He was recognized in his own time for his ethnological writings on various indigenous peoples of the North American Southwest, particularly Apachean groups.”

A language scholar from the age of eight (Latin, Greek and Gaelic), he also added the Apache language to his list. I have known in my lifetime only ONE Caucasian person who spoke the Apache language and it didn’t resemble any other language I have ever heard. This man was from Sweden and lived in Southeastern Arizona ever since I was a young kid. I purchased my very first copy of “On The Border With Crook” from him when I was about 11 years old.

Captain John Gregory Bourke was awarded the Medal of Honor for “Gallantry In Action) at the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee, in December, 1862. Since he was born June 23, 1846, that would have made him 16 years of age. He had lied about his age. He told them he was 19 when he joined the Fifteenth Pennsylvania Volunteers. After the Civil War, John Gregory Bourke received and appointment to West Point after the Civil War.

Captain John Gregory Bourke served in the United states Army from 1862 to 1896. He died on June 8th 1896. If you like history, particularly post Civil War history regarding the campaigns against the plains and Southwestern tribes, you had better latch onto some of John Gregory Bourke’s writings. It is hard to put one down. Captain John Gregory Bourke is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado, Raoul McPeters, Bill Morrill, Marshall Newman -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, Don Weaver, Roger Goertz, Jerry Carpenter, Sherry Welch, Shirley Boatright, Dick Burnett, Freddy Dietz, Bobby Black, Kaylee King (2) – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (98) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson, Arlene Anderson, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller, Sheriff Richard Mack – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa), Kenny McPeters, Suzie Dove – CA – Pat Holley, Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey, Vicki Watson – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Joyce Marie Severino – GA – Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – RET. COL. Pete Mekkelson -WVA – CDR USN (Ret) Bob Palmer – WI – Timothy Lincoln Palmer* (Newborn Grandson of CDR Bob Palmer – smallest of quads), Tyler Seddon – RI

GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, CAPT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, LCPL Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien, MGySgt. ’46 – 82 (Ret) Harvey Weigart – US MARINE CORPS – Kenneth Thomas – USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates, – US AIR FORCE – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CDR Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), E5 Matthew J. Blaker (and crew of the USS ANZIO), LT JG Ethan English, – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA 74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military

John Mallory – DEA – Fr. Joseph M. Peek, Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“Our cities are filling up with tallow faced children; tallow faced children will grow up to be tallow faced Congressmen; tallow faced Congressmen make tallow faced laws and thus a tallow faced country.”……..CAPTAIN JOHN GREGORY BOURKE… Apparently Captain Bourke was able to see well into the 21st century.

“Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, or in related organizations supported by the taxpayers or donors, saying how nobler it is to be in ‘public service’ than working in business or other selfish activities.”….. THOMAS SOWELL

“The second theme of many Commencement speakers, besides flattering themselves that they are in morally superior careers, is to flatter the graduates that they are now equipped to go out into the world as ‘leaders’ who can prescribe how other people should live.”… THOMAS SOWELL

“Don’t hit at all if you can help it; don’t hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep.”… THEODORE ROOSEVELT

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”….. PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL ( R) , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Andrew Cuomo Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deval Patrick (D-MA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Jerry Brown (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Julia Pierson, Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX), HOWARD DEAN, Timothy Kaine* (D-VA), Charles E. Samuels Jr., Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Dayton (Gov. MN-D), Suspended San Francisco Sheriff ROSS MIRKARIMI, John Kirby (State Department Spokesman), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, JOHN HICKENLOOPER (D-GOV-CO), Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), Attorney General LORETTA LYNCH, Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald

MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, AL SHARPTON, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland, Planned Parenthood, Jesse Ventura, Geraldo Rivera FOX News, Juan Williams FOX News, The Washington Redskins Football Team, James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game). CDC (Center for Disease Control), Bill O’Reilly FOX News, Shepard Smith FOX News, Alan Colmes FOX News, MICHAEL MOORE, Bryant Gumbel, BLACK LIVES MATTER, THE SIERRA CLUB, Megyn Kelly FOX News, Quentin Tarantino, The University of Missouri, Sean Hannity FOX News

*By Request

MORE STUFF:

I am sure that by now, almost all of us have heard that Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero was found NOT GUILTY of all charges brought against him in the death of Freddie Gray, which sparked the Baltimore riots which were aided by not only the Baltimore Mayor but by the Baltimore Police Administration and the County Prosecutor’s Office. Right after all of the charges were announced, I watched a number of prominent defense attorneys make statements that it did not appear to them as if the State of Maryland had enough evidence to bring criminal charges against any of the Officers who were charged.

ALSO, I did not realize it until this latest verdict was announced, that the District Judge who heard this case was a black Judge. Let’s see now. Freddie Gray was black; several of the Officers are black; The Baltimore Mayor is black; damn near all if not all of the rioters were black; the Prosecutor is black; and this last defendant was white. Obviously the Judge is a racist. Either that or it is George Bush’s fault that the white Police Officer was acquitted. The only other thing I can think of is Manmade Global Warming.

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This past couple of weeks, I have had some plumbing problems at my house. I first discovered this after normal business hours last Thursday. So I called one company who advertised 24 hour service. Of course after normal business hours the hourly rate was double. I believe the normal rate is something like $80 per hour so I was prepared to pay the $160 per hour fee as I viewed this as an emergency. The young man came out and spent well over an hour and found what we both thought to be the main problem. So he came back the following morning and stayed about another hour or so making the necessary repair. I wrote him a check and noticed that he only charged me the regular rates and not the overtime rate. I was very pleased and thanked him and told him I would recommend him to others which I have done.

Then a couple of days ago, I noticed I was still getting water leaking from my shower into a closet. So I called the same company and made an appointment and was pretty sure that this trip would involve going into the walls for some major repair. The same young man came back and checked a couple of things and then checked the connection at my shower head. He found a small crack inside the neck of the pipe which could not be seen without removing the shower head. He said that he had a piece in his truck for replacement and he did so spending about a half hour but of course normally the companies charge a one hour minimum. When he got ready to leave, I asked him what I owed and to my surprise he said, “no charge, I should have caught it on my first trip.” I was shocked and thanked him profusely and promised him for sure that I would pass his name on to friends. The point of my story is that while many things are wrong with how things are going in lots of areas, there are still some really good people who are willing to do things out of kindness. I was totally prepared to pay the additional charges but this young man didn’t see fit to make it financially any more difficult than was necessary. I will also try to pass his kindness on to others when I can be of help.

GOOD GUYS:**


ALLEN WEST; JOHN BOLTON; COL. RALPH PETERS; GEN. JACK KEANE; DAVID CLARKE

** You may have noticed that all politicians have been removed from the Good Guy List. Sheriff David Clarke is the only exception.

SEE Y’ALL NEXT WEEK

JEM

This pretty well sums up today’s problems by a retired football coach.. Lou Holtz’s Latest

Lou Holtz’s Latest…
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> What a timely letter coming in an election year, written by a very intelligent person telling nothing but the absolute truth.
> The question is whether we are willing to listen or continue on the disastrous path of the last eight years.
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> Lou Holtz explains the situation we are in.
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> The Democrats are right, there are two Americas . The America that works and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes and the America that doesn’t. It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the dos and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to society and others don’t. That’s the divide in America .
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> It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office. It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves its country.
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> That’s not invective, that’s truth, and it’s about time someone said it.
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> The politics of envy was on proud display a couple weeks ago when President Obama pledged the rest of his term to fighting “income inequality.” He noted that some people make more than other people, that some people have higher incomes than others, and he says that’s not just. That is the rationale of thievery.
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> The other guy has it, you want it, Obama will take it for you. Vote Democrat. That is the philosophy that produced Detroit .
> It is the electoral philosophy that is destroying America . It conceals a fundamental deviation from American values and common sense because it ends up not benefiting the people who support it, but a betrayal.
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> The Democrats have not empowered their followers, they have enslaved them in a culture of dependence and entitlement, of victim-hood and anger instead of ability and hope. The president’s premise – that you reduce income inequality by debasing the successful – seeks to deny the successful the consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful the consequences of their choices. Because, by and large, income variations in society are a result of different choices leading to different consequences. Those who choose wisely and responsibly have a far greater likelihood of success, while those who choose foolishly and irresponsibly have a far greater likelihood of failure.
> Success and failure usually manifest themselves in personal and family income. You choose to drop out of high school or to skip college – and you are apt to have a different outcome than someone who gets a diploma and pushes on with purposeful education.
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> You have your children out of wedlock and life is apt to take one course; you have them within a marriage and life is apt to take another course. Most often in life our destination is determined by the course we take.
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> My doctor, for example, makes far more than I do. There is significant income inequality between us. Our lives have had an inequality of outcome, but, our lives also have had an inequality of effort. While my doctor went to college and then devoted his young adulthood to medical school and residency, I got a job in a restaurant. He made a choice, I made a choice, and our choices led us to different outcomes. His outcome pays a lot better than mine. Does that mean he cheated and Barack Obama needs to take away his wealth? No, it means we are both free men in a free society where free choices lead to different outcomes.
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> It is not inequality Barack Obama intends to take away, it is freedom. The freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail. There is no true option for success if there is no true option for failure. The pursuit of happiness means a whole lot less when you face the punitive hand of government if your pursuit brings you more happiness than the other guy. Even if the other guy sat on his ass and did nothing. Even if the other guy made a lifetime’s worth of asinine and short sighted decisions.
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> Barack Obama and the Democrats preach equality of outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of effort.
> The simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall ye reap – is sometimes applied as, “The harder you work, the more you get.”
> Obama would turn that upside down. Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society. Entitlement will replace effort as the key to upward mobility in American society if Barack Obama gets his way. He seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the government besieges the successful and productive to foster equality through mediocrity. He and his party speak of two Americas , and their grip on power is based on using the votes of one to sap the productivity of the other. America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our efforts.
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> It is a false philosophy to say one man’s success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.
> What Obama offered was not a solution, but a separatism. He fomented division and strife, pitted one set of Americans against another for his own political benefit. That’s what socialists offer. Marxist class warfare wrapped up with a bow. Two Americas , coming closer each day to proving the truth to Lincoln’s maxim that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
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> “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
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> Lou Holtz
> Leo “Lou” Holtz (born January 6, 1937) is a retired American football coach, and active sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker

Has America Lost The Will To Survive? By Chuck Baldwin

The Barack Obama Justice and Education departments have declared that all public schools be required to institute gender-neutral bathrooms where boys can freely enter girls’ bathrooms and vice versa. Failure to comply threatens federal funding. But putting boys in girls’ bathrooms is NOT where the proclamation stops.

Writing for National Review, David French reports, “You may not have realized it yet, but the Obama administration just destroyed the traditional American public school. Without an act of Congress, without a ruling from the Supreme Court, and without even going through the motions of the regulatory rule-making process, the administration issued a letter drafting every single public educational institution in the country to implement the extreme edge of the sexual revolution.

“The Department of Justice and the Department of Education have declared that they now ‘interpret’ federal law to not only support the fantastical notion that boys can become girls but also to impose new legal requirements that impact every aspect of school life. The administration’s letter sweeps far beyond bathrooms–imposing a new speech code on school employees and even students, opening girls’ showers to boys, requiring schools to allow boys to sleep in girls’ rooms on overnight field trips, requiring boys to room with girls even in single-sex dorms, and putting boys on girls’ sports teams.”

See the report here:

The Transgender Straw Broke The Camel’s Back: It’s Time To Declare Independence From Public Schools

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant called the directive “outrageous” and directed his State’s education department to disregard the order. Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick called the order “blackmail” and also said, “This will be the end of public education. People will pull their kids out, homeschooling will explode, private schools will increase.” Both he and Texas Governor Greg Abbott have denounced the proclamation and have promised to fight it. Also saying they would fight the order are governors Asa Hutchinson (Arkansas) and Gary Herbert (Utah).

But for the most part, Republicans have been totally silent. In typical fashion, the GOP is too busy trying to not offend the media. And are we to take it that Democrats really want their sons and daughters going to the bathroom and taking showers with the opposite sex? Of course, Obama’s two daughters attend private schools that will not be affected by this perverse proclamation.

But even more disgusting is the fact that the vast majority of pastors and churches have said absolutely nothing. They are too busy trying to not offend the IRS and trying to figure out how to out-Hollywood Hollywood in order to draw bigger and bigger crowds.

The big question is: are the moms and dads of America’s public school children going to stand for this perversity that is going to directly affect their children? Are they really going to sit back and give their sons and daughters over to the government-mandated corruption of the innocence and moral purity of our nation’s schoolchildren? Lt. Gov. Patrick predicts the implementation of this order will be the “end of public education.” But will it? Will the parents of America actually resist this blatant attempt to invade not only the bathrooms and showers but also the moral conscience of their children? Or will they passively allow their children to be subjected to this grotesque and overt attempt to destroy their moral conscience?

If this order is allowed to be fully implemented, this nation is toast. In the entire history of the world, no nation has ever survived once it has given itself–and especially its children–over to universal moral corruption. Ever. And giving our children over to moral corruption is exactly what Obama’s proclamation does.

David French also correctly wrote, “First, the very act of teaching biology and human physiology will be hate speech unless it’s modified to conform to the new transgender ‘facts.’ Teachers will have to take great pains to note that chromosomes, reproductive organs, hormonal systems, and any other physical marker of sex is irrelevant to this thing called ‘gender,’ which, ‘factually,’ is a mere state of mind.

“Second, any statements of dissent–from teachers or students–will be treated as both ‘anti-science’ and ‘discriminatory,’ contributing to a ‘hostile environment’ that schools are legally bound to prohibit. This prohibition will go well beyond the use of pronouns and into discussions of what it means to be male and female. The argument that a ‘girl’ with a penis remains a boy will be treated exactly the same as an argument that blacks are inferior to whites or Arabs inferior to Jews.

“Third, public schools will now be even further opposed, doctrinally and legally, to orthodox Christianity. Christian parents who send their children to public schools need to be aware of the new ‘facts.’ They will be taught not only that their churches are factually wrong in their assessments of sex and gender but that they are actually bigoted and hateful–comparable to white supremacists.

“Fourth, the administration’s actions set a key political precedent. Federal funding–long seen as a boon to local schools–is now clearly and unmistakably an instrument of national control. The federal education bureaucracy is stocked with energetic and creative progressives, and last week’s letter represents just one more step in an ongoing effort to turn money into mandates.”

See the report here:

President Obama’s Transgender Proclamation Is Far Broader And More Dangerous Than You Think“Turn[ing] money into mandates” seems to be the crux of the issue. In the same way that the federal government threatens to withhold funding from schools that refuse to implement this act of corrupting the morals of our nation’s schoolchildren, it threatens (through the IRS-created 501c3 tax-exempt status for churches) to withhold tax exemption from churches that dare to speak out on this or any other “political” issue.

Truly, for the sake of waking our pastors and churches out of their coma and getting them involved again in the fight to preserve the liberties and way of life of our nation, it would be better if churches were NOT tax-exempt at all. Let them start paying taxes and see how quickly and aggressively they would again engage the salient issues of our day. Again, in the same way that the federal government threatens to withhold funding for schools that will not comply, it threatens to withhold tax exemption from churches that speak out against compliance. Which is worse? School leaders and church leaders alike are groveling before the federal government for the scraps from the king’s table.

In addition to the immorality of Obama’s proclamation, constitutional attorneys Bill Olson and Herb Titus filed an amicus brief on May 10 in a Gloucester, Virginia, case that now falls under the Obama proclamation dated three days later. Here is a summary written by Olson and Titus:

“The Obama Administration has done it again. In an effort to strip school children of their modesty and morals, Obama has issued new instructions governing use of rest rooms, locker rooms, and showers in every government-funded school in the country. And, in predictably lawless fashion, Obama has violated not one, but two federal laws. First, he took a 1972 law, Title IX, which was designed to prevent sex discrimination in education, and says that as of today, the word ‘sex’ in the statute does not mean the ‘sex’ you were born with. It means whatever ‘gender’ you feel like on a given day. And, if that was not bad enough, the manner in which the Obama Administration acted was to legislate by letter, not just usurping legislative power, but Obama violating another federal law–the Administrative Procedures Act.

“Purporting to act according to what are known as official ‘good guidance’ practices, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education issued a transgender ‘good guidance’ letter, dated May 13, 2016. Such a ‘good guidance’ letter can only be issued if it does not add requirements to applicable law, but provides information and examples to inform recipients about how the Departments evaluate whether covered agencies are complying with their legal obligations.

“However, like a newly enacted statute or promulgation of a new regulation, the May 13 good guidance letter includes list of new terms, never previously adopted by Congress or the Administration. Not only that, but the letter contains rules governing the interpretation of those new legal terms. For example, the letter defines ‘gender identity’ to be ‘an individual’s internal sense of gender,’ but then forbids the use of any objective standard–such as ‘medical diagnosis or treatment’–to verify any individual claim. One’s gender identity is, thus, established solely by a person’s subjective claim. And that claim can change from day to day.

“Additionally, the good guidance letter indicates that the rules governing ‘sex segregated activities and facilities’ are not the same. As for restroom and locker use, ‘transgender students must have access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity,’ but with respect to ‘athletics,’ gender identity is not the sole determinant of access. That is, for athletics, a boy who feels he should be a ‘transgender girl’ could be excluded from the girls’ basketball team, but not put out of the girls’ locker room.

“None of these examples merely ‘provides information and examples’ of existing regulations–which is all that guidance letters may do lawfully. This letter presents brand new interpretations of the word ‘sex’ and new applications of new terms. And, they are binding.”

See the report:

Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Decree Appears To Violate Multiple Federal Laws
I repeat what I said earlier: if this order is allowed to be fully implemented, this nation is toast. In the entire history of the world, no nation has ever survived once it has given itself–and especially its children–over to universal moral corruption. And giving our children over to moral corruption is exactly what Obama’s proclamation does.

William Wilberforce, the famed British statesman who was primarily responsible for ending the slave trade in Great Britain, astutely observed, “It is a truth attested by the history of all ages and countries, and established on the authority of the ablest writers, both ancient and modern . . . that the religion and morality of a country, especially of every free community, are inseparably connected with its preservation and welfare; that their flourishing or declining state is the sure indication of its tending to prosperity or decay. It has even been expressly laid down, that a people grossly corrupt are incapable of liberty.”

Sam Adams, The Father of The American Revolution, rightly said, “Public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.”

This is not a conservative or liberal issue. And at its core, it is not even a religious issue. This is an issue about the most fundamental duty that responsible adults have in a civilized society: the responsibility to safeguard their posterity. Failure at this level would mean that this country no longer has the will or reason to survive.

© Chuck Baldwin

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Drafting Women: Do We Believe in Equality or Don’t We? By Selwyn Duke

With Congress poised to possibly require women to register for the draft, reaction from the conservative pundit class has been swift and severe. WND’s Jane Chastain calls it “worse than cowardly,” while radio host Mark Levin ferociously railed against the proposal on his Friday show. But I have just one question: do we believe in equality or don’t we?

For the record, I’m a traditionalist best described as Mayberry meets the Middle Ages. I believe in a papa bear, mama bear and baby bears and no mixing of roles considered unbearable in a Norman Rockwell illustration. And drafting women wouldn’t be an issue in my world because they wouldn’t be in the military in the first place. But this isn’t my world. It’s a bizarro world where we believe in Equality™. At least, that’s our story and we’re stickin’ to it.

I’ve also pointed out that our equality dogma is a con. Equality is not a thing of this world; in fact, in the realm of nature and man, inequality is the norm. And most of human history reflected this reality, with equality dogma born of the so-called Enlightenment and further minted as a faux virtue by socialists.

(Karl Marx must dance in his grave every time we mindlessly bellow “Equality!”). I’ve even stated that the term equality should never be used in reference to people, but, as in the Bible, be reserved for weights and measures. Here’s the problem:

I’ve rarely, if ever, heard a conservative reject equality dogma in principle. Instead, reinforcing yesterday’s liberals’ social victories, they sometimes take pains to point out that they believe in Equality™ — just like the Left.

Yet like the Left, they don’t really believe in equality, but in some non-traditional form of inequality branded “equality.” Calls for equality are issued selectively — in other words, unequally — and only when they serve to destroy tradition. Even though the intersex pay gap is caused by the sexes’ different lifestyle choices and not unjust discrimination, politicians vow to stamp it out. There also have been complaints that women in Hollywood earn far less than the men, but you know what we hear about how female fashion models
greatly out-earn their male counterparts? Crickets.

As for the military, women are supposed to have all the opportunities the men do, but not the burden of being drafted if the call is issued. And other examples abound.

This is where a good conservative might say, “The difference is that liberals believe in equality of outcome; we only believe in equality under the law.” But the law states that men must register for selective service. Well….?

So like children, we’re playing a game — the Equality Game. And like children, we only want to play it when it pleases us. As soon as it doesn’t feel right, we take our ball and go home.

So within the context of our faux-equality society, I have no problem with drafting women into the military. For to use a twist on an Abraham Lincoln line, the best way to eliminate a bad social code is to enforce it strictly. In fact, noting that female athletes have often lobbied for the prize money/salaries their male counterparts command (women soccer players most recently),

I advocate eliminating separate tours, leagues and teams for women/girls. With the mile record for 15-year-old boys surpassing the women’s world record, it would be an excellent object lesson in the realities of equality.

As it stands right now, though, it’s no surprise feminists are all in for “equality” — they’re some of the people more equal than others.

Speaking of which, here’s a question for those advocating equality in principle but against drafting women. One of the arguments for giving 18-year-olds the vote was that if you’re man enough to make the ultimate sacrifice — perhaps having to fight and die for your country — you’re man enough to vote for those who may send you to war.

The idea is that with responsibility comes authority. We don’t give children adult authority, but they also don’t have adult-level responsibility (this is one reason they aren’t punished as harshly for crimes). Yet isn’t it also true that with authority comes responsibility? If women are “man enough” to vote for those who may send Americans off to war, should they not be considered man enough to have to make that ultimate sacrifice? Some might even say our current status quo ensures that women, especially single women without military-age male family members, will have little or no skin in the game.

None of this means that I, Mr. Mayberry Meets the Middle Ages, subscribe to all these arguments, mind you. I’m more role-oriented. But the inconsistencies in our thinking should be addressed. And what should be said unabashedly is that equality dogma must die. What has it wrought?

The Left is now even using it to justify allowing men to use women’s/girls’ locker rooms (the Charlotte, NC, ordinance). Note, too, that this is based on nothing but feelings: so-called “transgender” individuals (a designation invented by psychiatrists) feel they’re actually members of the opposite sex, and they feel uncomfortable using the facilities for their own.

But what of the great majority of people who feel uncomfortable have in them in their sex-specific facilities? Why should the feelings of less than 1 percent of the population take precedence over the feelings of more than 50 percent of the population?

Some feelings are more unequal than others, too, apparently.

You may now say that we have to try harder to apply the principles of equality. You’re not paying attention. Since equality is not a thing of this world, it’s unachievable; moreover, unless you like drafting women and letting 10-year-olds vote, buy alcohol and enter into contracts, you should know it’s undesirable. It’s always just a matter of what version of inequality will be accepted or implemented. Will it be fact-based or fraud-based?

We can accept that having persistent feelings that you’re a member of the opposite sex (“gender dysphoria”) — just like having strong feelings that a body part should be

amputated (Body Integrity Identity Disorder) — is inferior to a normal state of being. Or we can entertain fantasies. But it’s yet another fantasy to expect fantastical thinkers to be able to conceptualize what true equality would involve — or to give us the just version of inequality.

As for our latest bad policy proposal, we should stop fighting to draft women — just as soon as we stop fighting for that poison pill of leftist inequality wearing the pretty Equality label.

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“Murphy Law” by JimMurphy

Greetings from Jingoistic Angry Xenophobic Firearms Owning White Males Of West Texas.

LIBERTARIAN:

I have listened to politicians who claim to be LIBERTARIANS speak for a number of years and I find that I am in agreement with their views on most of the government spending programs and their views on federal taxes and several other areas.

BUT, earlier today I listened to an interview with one of the LIBERTARIAN Presidential Candidates on the radio. I got in a few moments after the interview started and did not catch the man’s name. But I did catch some of his ideas AND most importantly his ideas on defeating ISIS.

If this guy was a true representative of the LIBERTARIAN Political Party then I am more afraid of him than I am of Donald Trump… and that is some serious fear. According to this man, the entire problem with Islamic Terrorism is mainly the fault of the United States Government.

I will certainly admit that every single policy instituted by the United States Government regarding the Middle East has not always been in the best interests of the American People nor of the interests of the entire bloc of Middle Eastern countries. But according to this man, every single man and woman in the United States Military should be brought back to the United States and according to him our military has no business in any other country …. anywhere.

He then went on to say that finding peaceful methods to deal with ISIS would be better than attempting to fight them. He further advocated opening our borders to ANYONE who wished to come to the United States and that “Fighting Fire With Fire” was no way to win in a confrontation with anyone.

Now I do not know how old this guy was, nor do I really care. I do know that you cannot deal peacefully with people who want you dead under any circumstances. One must also wonder if he has read anything about either World History or American History… EVER.

It seems to me as if World War II was finally brought to an end by “Fighting Fire With Huge Amounts Of Fire”. And he also spouted off some tripe about, “We are ALL IMMIGRANTS”. Well, I am pretty sure that some of my ancestors were indeed IMMIGRANTS to the United States but I know that both my Father and my Mother were born in the United States and that my wife and I were both born in the United States and that our daughter, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were also born in the United States, so this LIBERTARIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE can take his “We are ALL immigrants” version of citizenship and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

Once again, during the early Republican Presidential Campaign, I thought that Rand Paul had the absolute best proposal on a Federal Income Tax plan that would help us all BUT it was also keyed into some massive spending cuts.

So I know that one some fiscal policies I agree to a large degree with the LIBERTARIANS and I sure agree on some of the federal waste in spending on many absolutely USELESS FEDERAL PROGRAMS, for which I blame both Democrats and Republicans.

Also I would like to call your attention that ANYTIME any governmental agency at damn near ANY level institutes a program entitled “WAR ON ___________” (just fill in the blank with whatever you like), be very cautious on signing on with this concept. Case in point: THE WAR ON POVERTY. This had its actual start in the 1960s. Each year, the federal government has poured more and more money into the WAR ON POVERTY…. yet the number of poor people seems to increase each year. Now let us look at THE WAR ON DRUGS. There have been a few programs that actually assisted people addicted to various drugs in defeating their addiction. BUT there have been at least an equal if not greater number of FAILURES also.

One of the really useless programs at least those with which I am familiar was the METHADONE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS, which were big in the mid-seventies. Millions of dollars were poured into these Methadone programs and I cannot think of one single heroin addict who was actually cured of their addiction by this substitute addiction program. If you are not familiar with how it was supposed to work, here it is in a nutshell:

A heroin addict signed up for the Methadone Maintenance Program and was given a very addictive substitute drug called Methadone (Dolophine Hydrochloride) with the theory being that the person would become addicted to the Methadone and then slowly given smaller doses until they were drug free. Of course, every single heroin addict with whom I spoke told me that the Methadone was tougher to kick than was heroin itself. SO, what it amounted to was a federally funded program which was designed to cure drug addiction by using other addictive drugs. It not only did not work but during one period of time in New Mexico, I was involved in an undercover drug operation in which something like 18 out of the 19 Methadone recipients sold their week end take home doses of Methadone to our undercover agent. They spent the money they got from the Methadone sales to purchase….. you guessed it…. heroin.
Fortunately, after our undercover operation ended in the arrest of those 18 people on multiple drug sales charges, ALL of the funds provided by The State and The County were pulled as were some other financial benefits received by the Methadone Program and it folded in many areas of New Mexico. Nationwide it was a joke.

SO, be very suspect of ANY FEDERAL PROGRAM that declares WAR on ANYTHING.

In closing, I do agree with the LIBERTARIANS on much smaller centralized federal government and agree with them on cutting useless federal programs BUT, some of their other ideas regarding how to fight terrorism are way past lame. Apparently this LIBERTARIAN Presidential Candidate has never been made aware that the teachings of MUHAMMAD (570 AD – 632 AD ) were actually adopted at least 860 years prior to the discovery of the Western continents and I find it pretty hard to blame America’s immigration policies for the Nation of Islam’s attitude toward Non-Muslims.


PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado, Raoul McPeters, Bill Morrill, Marshall Newman -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, Don Weaver, Roger Goertz, Jerry Carpenter, Sherry Welch, Shirley Boatright, Dick Burnett, Freddy Dietz, Bobby Black, Kaylee King (2) – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (98) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson, Arlene Anderson, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller, Sheriff Richard Mack – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa), Kenny McPeters, Suzie Dove – CA – Pat Holley, Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey, Vicki Watson – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Joyce Marie Severino – GA – Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – RET. COL. Pete Mekkelson -WVA – CDR USN (Ret) Bob Palmer – WI – Timothy Lincoln Palmer* (Newborn Grandson of CDR Bob Palmer – smallest of quads), Tyler Seddon – RI

GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, CAPT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, LCPL Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien, MGySgt. ’46 – 82 (Ret) Harvey Weigart – US MARINE CORPS – Kenneth Thomas – USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates, – US AIR FORCE – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CDR Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), E5 Matthew J. Blaker (and crew of the USS ANZIO), LT JG Ethan English, – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA 74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military

John Mallory – DEA – Fr. Joseph M. Peek, Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“This year’s general election will offer a choice between a thoroughly corrupt liar and an utterly irresponsible egomaniac.”… THOMAS SOWELL

“More than two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson said, ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.’ If so, can people who cannot be bothered to look up from their electronic devices expect to remain a free people?”…. THOMAS SOWELL

“Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”… WINSTON CHURCHILL

“It is a very dangerous doctrine to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all Constitutional questions. It is one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”… THOMAS JEFFERSON

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”… PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL ( R) , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Andrew Cuomo Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deval Patrick (D-MA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Jerry Brown (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Julia Pierson, Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX), HOWARD DEAN, Timothy Kaine* (D-VA), Charles E. Samuels Jr., Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Dayton (Gov. MN-D), Suspended San Francisco Sheriff ROSS MIRKARIMI, John Kirby (State Department Spokesman), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, JOHN HICKENLOOPER (D-GOV-CO), Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), Attorney General LORETTA LYNCH

MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, AL SHARPTON, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland, Planned Parenthood, Jesse Ventura, Geraldo Rivera FOX News, Juan Williams FOX News, The Washington Redskins Football Team, James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game). CDC (Center for Disease Control), Bill O’Reilly FOX News, Shepard Smith FOX News, Alan Colmes FOX News, MICHAEL MOORE, Bryant Gumbel, BLACK LIVES MATTER, THE SIERRA CLUB, Megyn Kelly FOX News, Quentin Tarantino, The University of Missouri, Sean Hannity FOX News

*By Request

MORE STUFF:

I have gone the better part of a week and have been FOX News FREE. I am getting just about as sick of the FOX News crew as I am of CNN and the networks and MSNBC… You notice I said “ALMOST” but I am getting close. However, for the past few days, my evenings have been taken up with the STARZ/ENCORE Western channel showing my absolute favorite Mini-Series, CENTENNIAL. I don’t think I have ever seen a movie or TV presentation which had more first rate actors than does CENTENNIAL. Of course it is based upon a novel by James A. Michener of the same name. I have read the book at least twice and have seen the mini-series in its entirety at least four times. I never tire of really good movies. Can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have watched the movies, “SHANE” or “KING SOLOMON’S MINES” or “VIVA ZAPATA” or “ONE EYED JACKS” or “SECOND HAND LIONS” and of course “MR. ROBERTS”, just to name a few. The series has some absolutely beautiful scenery of Colorado in every season as well as some areas which give a great depiction of West Texas and the “Llano Estacado” country. If you have never seen the mini-series, I urge you to do so and if it is not available, read Mr. Michener’s novel. Both will be time well spent.

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In reference to one of Thomas Sowell’s quotes about many of people today seem to have their heads buried in some electronic device or other. Just this week while driving down one of the main thoroughfares a few blocks from my house, I saw two guys who were doing yard work at a residence. One of them was walking behind a power lawn mower and he had his head buried in some device and he was mowing an erratic path which in no way resembled a straight line. The other guy was walking in the street operating a leaf blower and he had his head buried and was texting with one hand and was blowing many of the leaves and grass clippings back onto the yard. Of course the guy in the yard could not see this as he appeared to also texting with one hand.

The guy in the straight wandered into a lane of oncoming traffic and was damn near run over by a lady who was operating her car WHILE TALKING ON HER CELL PHONE.

I probably spend somewhere between 1.5 and 2 hours per day on my computer either looking stuff up or sending e-mails to friends. I actually forward very little stuff. But spending damn near every waking hour texting or doing some other social media crap just ain’t gonna’ happen.

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Oh yeah, before I go, I would like a show of hands of everyone who believes that Barack Hussein Obama DID NOT APOLOGIZE to the Japanese for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. I do not like to see children and civilians die in any war but I also feel as if President Truman did the absolute right thing and that while it took many innocent lives, it also saved probably at least a million lives.

Also, I have seen photographs of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki taken in the past few years and BOTH of those Japanese cities which were destroyed in WW II, look better today than does Detroit and Baltimore and many other larger cities.

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GOOD GUYS:**

ALLEN WEST; JOHN BOLTON; COL. RALPH PETERS; GEN. JACK KEANE; DAVID CLARKE

** You may have noticed that all politicians have been removed from the Good Guy List. Sheriff David Clarke is the only exception.

SEE Y’ALL NEXT WEEK

JEM