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I have read till my eyes were bloodshot. I picked the articles I felt most appropriate and informative. If you REALLY, REALLY want to know what you are up against, read them. Yes, they can be a VERY long read but we’ll worth it if you seek good understanding. For me, the more I read, the more confused I got because of all the ambiguity, inference, and just the “muddy lines” of acceptance. Know this: the Executive Branch is more powerful than you may have thought, and without constraints or watchdogs in all matters, can easily get out of control by things perceived. Bottom line is that we, the people, may suffer greatly for nothing more than political ideology, favoritism to certain groups or individuals, or just visions of grandeur. This is a case for me of “the more you know, the less you like”. That’s just me.

The first article is a basic primer for very general knowledge.

This article here delves very deeply into pros, cons, and citing examples from various administrations, focusing heavily on the Clinton Administration.

And, lastly, this article , which talks further about more presidents and their orders.

There are plenty more articles out there but I learned enough and picked these 3 that would allow you to learn enough. I guess perception is what is needed here as to what type of America is being built. Most of these orders don’t get reviewed by successive administrations, which means we are stuck with them. Not good. Not good at all.

I have a bookmark from the DAV that I use daily. It wasn’t until recently that I looked at the flip side of it and remembered what was written there. I give it to you now.


I am the symbol of the living America,
The badge of its greatness,
The emblem of its destiny.

I am faith.
It is I who keep men mindful of their priceless heritage,
Life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness.

I am hope.
I represent the land of promise wherein, already,
Man’s loftiest dreams have approached closer to realization
Than ever before on this earth.

I am life.
Each strand and fiber of my being is a memorial,
Dedicated to te sacrifices of all those strong men and
Steadfast women who have lived and died in the nation’s
Service, that it might live forever.

I am tolerance.
So long as I shall wave, all people under my protection
May freely worship, think, write and speak,
Undaunted by the shadow of fear.

I am justice.
Tempered with mercy, for I am friend to the oppressed
and downtrodden of every land.

I am a sign of the future.
I wave over schools throughout the nation and, in them,
The nation’s future is molded.

I am the flag of the United States,
….The last….The best hope for Peace on Earth.

Author Unknown

Don’t know when it was written but it doesn’t appear to be in contemporary times. Seems the vision is being blurred and needs to be sharpened once again. Remember and honor our vets, both living and dead, when you enjoy this holiday that was provided by their sacrifice.

I must admit that I have been waiting for one of Gaius’s thoughtful posts to liven things up but I understand the rigors of the daily grind and children, so I’ll give you a rounding of what is happening in the news.
LoCo wants to close 4 schools they own outright, which will save 2 million a year in operating costs. Meanwhile, 68+million will go to LCPS for fiscal year 2015. The tax rate went down .05 cents and my assessment went up 100k. That means it will only cost me another $1,000 in taxes. What a deal. And they have cut back many services in savings already. Hmm. Where is that Silver Line?
–Immigration reform…Dem….active.
–Equal pay for women….Dem….active.
–Koch brothers…..Dem….active.
–Bloomberg 50 million towards curtailing gun rights….Dem….new.
–Holder and Obama targeted with racism…..Dem….active.
–ObamaCare……GOP….semi-active (becoming obscure with diversions)
We have a guy feeding cows on federal land who won’t pay the Feds grazing rights. It got heated and civilians are toe-to-toe with armed Feds. Was getting ugly and not over yet. Meantime Putin is land grabbing more of the old USSR while everyone else in the world wags fingers. Ever notice that when big wars bring down aggressors, that nations go into downsizing mode with their military. The focus changes and the eye goes off the ball. During that period of non-focus, aggressors re-emerge upon the scene. Isn’t what keeps them in check are strong military nations at the ready?
Gas is up right when I am getting ready to go fishing. Why are we spending $2 for crop and processing to make $1 of ethanol, just so we can continue to ruin the internal combustion engines that use it? And food is going up. We feed ourselves and others with wheat and corn staple, yet there isn’t enough because of what is wasted as “alternate fuel”. If we took the same amount of corn and distilled it, we could save money, have less vehicles on the road and feel good about being anally raped. I guess being drunk has advantages and savings too. But, heh, ALL food is up. Steak is up (because they feed them corn I guess). I see new taxes on all my utility bills. What’s up with that? What is more important:desert turtles (who don’t like solar farms) or smelts that are nothing more than Egret food? Ever notice where many of the supermarket meats come from lately? Do you really like brushing your teeth with toothpaste that comes from the same country of massive pollution and lead paint toys that cause suicide in supervisors?
And we don’t need another 4 years of a woman president. It has been too long since we had balls in the White House. And we need more testicles in Congress too. A poster here thinks we need to build locally politically and move up. I agree, but I also agree that with a good role model at the top working down that you meet in the middle and get there twice as fast.
Out of all this news (or lack there of), that situation in Nevada with the cows has got my focus. The guy is wrong in his understanding of things. Should it have gotten out of hand? Yes, because the government is involved and that has rallied the people. The underlying theme here is freedom from government and in this case it doesn’t matter if the issue is right or wrong. It is a cause for the people and it will escalate. Could be the beginning of the people’s revolution. Someone is going to die and then all bets are off. Citizens have reached their breaking point and need a circumstance. I’ll be fishing and watching. If need be I might need to extend my vacation and visit the southwest although I’m pretty sure the uprising will come to a neighborhood near me in time. Until then I’ll be starving, going broke with taxes and healthcare. If you feel for my plight and to keep me off the government dole, you may send contributions to me here at NVTH. I promise that any excess funds will be used to buy more worthwhile things…….like bullets.

12 years ago this morning I was driving my pickup truck on my way to drop off a bid in Mississippi while listening to sports radio when the host confusingly announced that, “it seems that a small plane has hit one of the twin towers”. I quickly switched over to news radio and they were as confused as the sports hosts at this point. As time passed and details continued to come in (both towers were now smoking, the Pentagon had been attacked as well and a plane had gone down in Pennsylvania) I heard the news caster say, “One of the towers has collapsed!”.

I can still take you to the exact spot on the road I was driving when I heard that; it was so shocking. When I finally got to a TV, I saw the second tower collapse on live television with others who had gathered around the television. It was the most surreal thing I had ever witnessed in my life up to that point and still remains so. It was horrific. That night, I could not sleep.

The next day I saw something even more horrific: the footage of the planes going into the building. “What kind of incredibly evil and depraved maniacs could these people have been?”, I thought at the time. But I can only imagine what those who witnessed it live must have felt. I can only imagine the pain that those who lost loved ones must have felt that day. I can only imagine the incredible fear those who perished must have felt (some even decided to jump rather than burn). I will never know that pain. I can only continue to pray for their families and hope that we continue to honor them.

I received the news of the Zimmerman verdict on Saturday night via text while out of town last weekend. Many thoughts crossed my mind simultaneously about this entire affair; all of them sad.

- Irrespective of the outcome of the trial, a young man unnecessarily lost his life.
- The race hustlers will no doubt use this as another opportunity to feed the victim narrative.
- Race relations (between blacks and non-blacks) are worse now than in November 2008.

Needless to say blacks have had a tough time here in the United States and have many legitimate historic grievances. These horrible experiences have caused them to develop a “protest” culture that non-blacks just do not understand – and in many cases quite frankly do not care to understand. This culture of “protest” only got intensified after the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968 – by a white man no less – and culminated in riots that left many inner city neighborhoods decimated for decades.

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Glad to see the 1st Amendment still works in this country for all people and groups. I ran across this article and found it interesting but for different reasons then you would suspect. It appears that Memphis wants to change the name of three public parks in a show of “moving forward”. Unfortunately it is trying to do so while a bill runs through the Tennessee legislature STOPPING this type of political correctness knee-jerk action of others. Me, personally; I get very tired of trying to erase history because of what some people feel is offensive. History teaches us mind-sets and lessons and to erase it is to wipe it from our knowledge so that we have the opportunity to live it again at a later date. I would no more allow the changing of a Confederate park name then I would Kennedy airport or any Vietnam era named place. We all have things that go against our grains and beliefs but, by the same token, we believe strongly in some things that others have no regard for. I’m sure the doves and hippies would love to eliminate anything smacking of “war”. Probably why there is a Dept. of Peace in our fed government but I digress.

I guess the Klan got involved on this one because of Nathan Bedford Forrest park, being the name of one of the original formers of the Klan. Now I won’t tell you the Klan’s original intent of terrorizing and intimidating the godless Republicans. Or that he quit (divested himself) when the thug element took over for their on conceived purposes. That would be trying to change your vague knowledge of history, which would be an impossible task for me. No, the Klan quickly morphed into a hate Negroes, hate Jews group, bent on destruction and murder for hates’ sake. White supremists, whatever that means. Anyway, the Klan will rally in protest, not knowing what numbers will be on hand until the rally occurs (brings to mind the statement “we won’t know what’s in it till we pass it”) and it is MANDATORY for members to attend (sounds like the Klan went Union. Hmmmm. Did I just hit on something?) The imperial wizard (not to be confused with Dumbledore) makes this statement for his call to action: “Every time we turn around, they are trying to take the white people out of the history books”. I never knew that, did you? I can just see some of these guys’ job application resumes: Organizations: Rotary Club and the KuKluxKlan. Highest level of education: IQ= 47 eleventy. Matter of fact, to sum up this bigoted, neanderthal hate group, I would refer you to a comedic skit done by Dave Chappell, which is the funniest skits I have ever heard. Although the language is VERY controversial, its intent and comedic aspect gives it the “flavor” for Klan and racism. You can watch it here.

The only thing left now is the rally itself, the brawl that will ensue, and how many bloody sheets will be laying in the streets of Memphis. My popcorn is ready.

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!