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When was it; yesterday, last week, an hour ago, that we were worrying about the debt ceiling. Or was that the sequestration that everyone scrambling for cover. Oh, I know. It was demanding a budget from the Senate. Spending cuts from a bloated government? Do any of these things seem really important enough to give focused, concerted effort to by our government ? I guess not. With all these things dangling above our heads, ready to crush us, and 14% unemployment, they are goin to focus on…..ta-da—-IMMIGRATION! The president is pushing it, the Dems are giddy with the prospect of the Repubs being on board (anything that makes Dems happy is a warning flag) and passing a bill. I’m speechless. Next will be the push for homosexual rights across the board. We pay Congress to perform what service?

This gun stuff is getting out of hand. Seems a kid built a gun in class and freaked out the teacher and classmates. This happened in Cape Cod, Mass.! These liberals don’t like guns and don’t want guns introduced to children, which is why they demonize them so heavily. Now the first thing that happens when you bar and deny something fro someone, their curious nature draws them toward that thing. Next thing you know, this kid will discover Home Depot and find the parts to make zip guns and pipe bombs. That will escalate to blogging with nefarious individuals and joining a Jihadi organization and commtiting terrorist acts around the world. Yes, this can’t be tolerated. The boy got off with a warning and a 2 week suspension if it were ever to happen again. I think the kid got off lucky. Read it here

I’m .just trying to figure out how he made a gun with that Holly Hobbit Lego system.

Where you say? Hmmm. Pick a spot. I was thinking of the Democratic State of Egypt. Seems them fellers don’t like democracy. Wait, they didn’t get what they voted for. No, must be a corrupt faction intervening. Sharia law and the Muslim Brotherhood? Poor economy and bad money? I just don’t know what their problem is. I just hope we haven’t sent warplanes, tanks and billions of dollars yet. I don’t see any return on that investment anytime soon.. After all, riot turns to revolt which in turns into…..

I could make a hundred part series about this but I ain’t gunna. It will be a long-short post with enough to prove a point. There are many thousands of examples I could cite but I’ll save that for comments. This isn’t about political parties as much as it is about cultures, therefore, we will deal with just conservative constitutionalists and liberals.

Let’s just start with the name. “Civil War” is a northern coined term. The name infers a conflict between two factions attempting to gain control of the government which was not the case. Neither was it a “War between the States” because, although each state was sovereign, each state was not fighting another state. Rather a collective of states, creating a nation, was fighting another nation. Now Southern Nationalists use and prefer the term “War for Southern Independence” but I don’t really agree with that because through secession, the South had already declared and received its independence. No, it was only when the north invaded the South had war begun and the term most appropriate would be the “War of Northern Aggression”. But I’ll accept any of these terms you use and feel comfortable with here.

How did it come about? The liberal north would have you believe it was about slavery. That is what all the Yankee textbooks say since they have been the “teaching texts” used in public schools since the war began. That would also be the lies that the liberal Yankee politicians and the money-grubbing elitists, with the aid of print (newspapers) and periodicals (magazines) pushed upon the people (sound familiar?). So let’s briefly look at slavery.
Slave trading was in existence before the colonies of America. It was introduced into America decades after the establishment of Jamestown. Slavery was in the U.S. Constitution. Slave trading was sanctioned and protected by international law.. It matters not how anyone feels about slavery today. Of the time it was law and natural order, be it right or wrong. The majority of the population in the colonies could not afford slaves. You also had as many people in the South as in the north that didn’t believe in slavery and thought the practise should be abolished. Slaves were necessary to build the industry in the north as well the farming in the South. Now I will show you a sampling of the deceit, lies and hypocrisy of the north.

Virginia was the first state to prohibit slave trading in 1778. After the law was enacted, any slave that entered the state was deemed “free”. In the north, it wasn’t until there was enough cheap white immigrant labor available for industry before states started “emancipating” slaves. That emancipation worked like this: if you were over 21 years of age when the law came into being then you were deemed “free”. If under 21, you were a slave for live. All children born unto slaves after the law were slaves to age 21. Unlike the South, whites in the north wouldn’t work side by side with slaves and caused great revolts. Matter of fact, Negroes couldn’t do any work that might displace a white worker. Then the north made laws about non-voting and no education for slaves or freemen. Then they changed residency requirements so that freemen couldn’t live among the whites. Sometimes, not even in the STATE! Even though Massachusetts went through emancipation, it NEVER repealed its slave law. But it did pass a law after emancipation that every black, mulatto or Indian that came into the state longer than 2 months would be whipped publicly. If the individual didn’t leave, they would repeat the punishment. Needless to say, Massachusetts got the affect it wanted in ridding itself of those undesirables. Nice, equality, non-racists people, don’t you think?
Since slaves were property and worth so much, before, during and after emancipation (that’s right, AFTER), those kind Yankees would sell their slaves to traders in the Caribbean or the South. After all, it would be a shame to lose on an investment. The “after emancipation” part is when Yankees would capture slaves up north and not return them (which was against the Constitution) but continue SELLING them. This includes the freemen they came across also. Never let a dollar go to waste. You see, as a whole, Yankees didn’t like Negroes nor Indians and they surely didn’t want them around in their neighborhoods. So they promote the lie of civil, equality, non-racists when they were anything but.

So, as you can see, it wasn’t about slaves but about greed and power. I’ll further prove it here. The north’s wealth derived from taxes, tariffs and trade. Before the beginning of hostilities, there were more millionaires in the South than in the north. In 1860, if the South were an independent nation, it would rank 3rd highest of all European and American economies. In 1786, John Jay, of New York, enraged Southerners and showed further the Yankee liberal mentality, by pushing to give rights of the Mississippi to Spain in exchange for ports there. This would have shut down the flow of goods through Southern ports and redirect that trade through the higher tariff northern ports. Just one of many underhanded things liberals pushed.
George Lunt, author of Origin of the Late War noted,

In 1833 there was a surplus revenue of many millions in the public treasury which by an act of legislation unparalleled in the history of nations was distributed among the Northern States to be used for local public improvements.

He never met Obama.
President James Buchanan’s message to Congress declared,

The South had not had her share of money from the treasury, and unjust discrimination had been made against her….

Patrick Henry warned the South about placing her faith in the good will of the north when he spoke out against the proposed Constitution:

But I am sure of the dangers of this system [the Federal Constitution] are real, when those who have no similar interest with the people of this country [the South] are to legislate for us–when our dearest rights are to be left, in the hands of those, whose advantage it will be to infringe them.

Did you notice the use of the word “country” as it pertained to the South even BEFORE the ratification of the Constitution?

Just after the Revolution, northern states transferred all state war debts to the federal government. That debt would be paid by the government raising tariffs, which would be a windfall for the north, while the South paid the lions share of tariffs. My, my. You can think of this as the few paying for the many. You could also compare it to the Southern middle class supporting the Yankee liberal elitists. In 1859, cotton export alone, was valued at $161,434,923 where the TOTAL export of ALL goods from the north was $78,217,202. There is a plethora of examples of how the north passed laws and imposed tariffs on those “ignorant, lazy, rednecks” in the South. Oh, yes, the north hated the South, even more than the Negroes.

Since the beginning settlements, there have been two very different and distinct cultures in America. In the agrarian South, outside of the plantation system of 159,000 individuals, you had plain folk who were not class conscious and not in open competition with larger planters. They believed in GOD, morality, family, community and the freedom and independence from government to pursue happiness and leisure. They had great respect for and communed with nature. Happiness in work and leisure was their understanding and goal. The “money-grubbing” industrial north was focused on dedicated work (think punching a time clock) to earn wage and profit in order to buy “things” (think Paris fashions, fine furniture, show horses, etc.)–all focus being materialistic. Yes, these were two very distinct and different cultures that truly were never homogeneous nor ever could be.

But let’s just put all this cause of hostility into perspective from the words of the great emancipator, Abe Lincoln. When Lincoln was asked why the north should not let the South go, his reply was this:

Let the South go? Let the South go! Where then shall we get our revenues?”

Where indeed!

I returned from a mission trip to Island Park in NY yesterday. Island Park is located on the south side of Nassau county. It is surrounded by inlets and bays and the island of Long Beach shields it from the worst that the Atlantic has to offer. A causeway from the town of Oceanside breaks Island Park’s geographic isolation from the rest of Long Island. The community grew up initially as a vacation stop for New Yorkers coming east to escape the heat of the summer. Eventually it became a town in Nassau whose residents worked in NYC and elsewhere on Long Island.

My eldest son and I went there with some 15 to 20 other Virginians through an organization called Samaritan’s Purse. A local church called the “Full Gospel Church of Island Park“, FGCIP, partnered with Samaritan’s Purse in order to provide a base of operations in the middle of the community. Volunteers from out of state sleep at FGCIP while working on the homes that were destroyed in the flood. Samaritan’s Purse coordinates the volunteers, finding and assessing needs, providing tools, safety guidelines, air-masks, Tyvek Suits (when needed), food and showers.

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most one story homes like this will be condemned, this one is a miracle

Every House saw 4 to 8 feet of sea water on the first floor. Many homes where originally built as beach bungalows. These one story homes are by and large destined to be condemned. Many of the people who own these homes are elderly, sick and have left for Florida. Many will never return. The home we went to is a two story affair. The elderly Italian couple who lived there I will call Tony and Angela. They are now living on the second floor of their home. Their roots run deep in this community. Their daughter who had lived but two blocks over, saw her home condemned, is now moving elsewhere on Long Island.

Angela was born in this house in 1950, her grandfather bought it in 1935, it was built in 1927. She is, to say the very least, devastated. For her the suffering is not only due to the damage to her home and her possessions but due to the loss of her community. Some people have died, many more people have moved away. She knew many of the people in the town, she can see just how many of the homes are empty. Angela also mourns the empty pews at her church, Sacred Heart, the world she grew up in is gone.

Those of us from Northern VA showed up and worked for 2 days. The first day for Angela was the toughest. She is looking at a pack of goons with crowbars and hammers, who are about to ‘work’ on her house. She was an inch from total meltdown. Vicky, a wisp of a girl of Italian descent from in Purceville, walked up to Angela, took her hand and started to console her. They talked, and talked, and talked and Angela’s shoulders relaxed, and her eyes dried as Vicky poured herself out, comforting Angela. We all eventually spent time with Angela and Tony. They are truly amazing people. Tony bought us all pizza from Gigantes Pizzeria in Oceanside for lunch, without being asked. Tony and Angela are over a financial barrel, and they are buying us food?

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just beginning to empty the first floor

In the meantime we got to work, at Tony’s direction, ripping down and removing the remaining sheet rock, plywood flooring, baseboards, cabinets, and all manner of debris — rotting furniture and other evidence of three lifetimes spend in this home. The mold and dirt were unbelievable. We were finding standing water under the cabinets, mold in the insulation. Water was still under layers of plywood flooring, in papers, furniture, just about everywhere. Much of the wood was rotting. The loss to Angela and Tony is incalculable. It is not just a dollars and cents issue, memories and relationships have been destroyed. Repeat this loss several thousand times and the story of Island Park becomes clearer. Repeat Island Park’s story a couple of hundred times, and the NY-NJ experience with Sandy begins to take shape.

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conditions inside, after lunch, on day one

The flooding was bad enough that every structure in Island Park will need its first floor electrical replaced. This rough electrical work was done by a contractor prior to our arrival. We needed to make the space ready for the new flooring, walls and outlets. When we got there, front curb of the home was empty. When we left there was a pile of debris 6′ high from their driveway entrance to the neighbors driveway, some 40′+ of frontage.

Every home in Island Park will be subjected to this treatment eventually. Many of the owners will be returning in March to begin the process of restoration. More help will be required then. The problem is overwhelming. FEMA and the Insurance companies are moving slowly. Why? Because the problem is too big for them.

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this is the destiny of every home in Island Park

People and organizations like Samaritan’s Purse are filling in the gaps and this is not small potatoes. Samaritan’s Purse has performed over 300 such mud-outs, or gutting’s of homes in Island Park. They still have over 150 homes on back order, more are likely to come.

Some 2500 volunteers have shown up thus far, and stayed at FGCIP. It is a testament to the people of this country that the pipeline of volunteers has been full all along. Over 100 people were staying at the FGCIP from all over the country each day last week; from Maine to Hawaii, and from Texas to Michigan. On Saturday, over 100 people from Albany arrived on buses to work for a day, and a similar number of people from the NY area showed up to help as well for a grand total of 300 volunteers in Island Park alone.

Samaritan’s Purse is hoping to switch operations from just doing mud-outs to demolition of condemned structures and the rebuilding and restoration of the homes that can be salvaged. They do this work free of charge, at no expense to the home owner. They did this sort of work after Katrina in LA, MS, and elsewhere in the country. Many who lost their homes due to tornadoes have seen Samaritan’s Purse rebuild their homes for free. They have an excellent track record.

The local political establishment is making this switch very difficult. In order to be allowed to perform rebuilds or complete tear downs of the structure, Samaritan’s Purse is being forced to jump threw some narrow hoops. In short, the local politicians are treating this organization as if they were criminals. They are demanding the the leaders of this volunteer organization come in for finger printing and post bond as a security. Security for work they would do for free? This is the kind of ‘thinking’ that hurts only those who need the most help. This is insult on top of injury to those who have already suffered.

People can vote in many ways. First off, of course, there is the ballot box. People can also vote with their feet. California has seen people fleeing the state in droves in order to escape the high taxes and even higher crime rates.

People also can vote with their wallets. A study from American University reports that an overwhelming majority of young people plan to purchase firearms. Campus Reform reports:

Sixty percent of high school and college students say they plan on owning guns at a later stage in life, an academic study from American University revealed on Monday.

The study results are based on a sample of over 4000 high school and college students. This sample size is far larger than your typical political tracking poll, which usually samples 1000 people. The sample is therefore large enough to be statistically sound, which is math speak for, “It is representative of the population sampled.” Considering how our political class is trying to score points off the tragedy in CT, this trend should give them pause.

Our Founding Father’s had a firm grasp of what is required to secure and safe guard liberty. We, as a society, have dismissed their wisdom. We may grow to regret this. For those who support the 2nd amendment, an “I told you so.” will be cold comfort.

I think we ought to send Obama letters of thanks for not getting us into war with Algeria. Even though the Algerians mucked up the hostage situation with al Kinda, only one American was lost (until we get the full details later). The Algerians refused our help, so we are told, because they can screw things up just as good Obama does. And now Barry doesn’t have to feel bad about not doing anything in a timely manner before he got all the “intell” of what was going on. Bravo!

Being as how it is Algeria, I’m surprised that the FFL (French Foreign Legion) didn’t do one of their spooky things and take out One Eye (not sure if he is kin to BlackEye) and his merry band of turbin pirates. Far as I know, the two countries are still on good terms. One thing I cannot figure out though: what the heck is a Mali? And why are the French looking for al Kinda there? Isn’t al Kinda dispersed and no longer a threat to the world since Trash Bin Laden was terminated? Does anyone have some good CIA dope on this?