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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!

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.


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?


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.


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.

typical scene

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.

Sign at corner store: “No hoodies or masks allowed”. Sign on credit union door: “Remove hats and sunglasses”. Either the proprietor will shoot you if you don’t comply or he will know when he is about to be robbed. Feel good statements brought on by hysteria so that you can lose a few common freedoms. Ok, don’t do business there. But what about mortgages to unqualified individuals? Private healthcare? Making state stores sell arms illegally to individuals forced from the US gov’t? National edict on standards for state public schools? US gov’t trade taxes for state goods? How about entitlement programs? How about no US gov’t budget which affects commerce, industry and personal economics? Un-elected individuals that make punishable and costly rules for all to abide? Federal courts were ideology rules and law is MADE instead of discerned, especially when it circumvents the Constitution–the law of the land? These are just some of what is happening outside the scope of our Constitution and circumventing that which is not under federal purview but some belonging to the states.

What is happening here is the breaking of the pact of the Republic with its individual states. We shouldn’t be entertaining the idea of a DC statehood but we are. West Virginia set up an illegal government, seceded from Virginia and was recognized by the Union government….in 1863. If the Confederacy was illegal then so are the 2 examples I just cited. Joining the union is no different than marriage–if it doesn’t work out then you get a divorce. An allegiance is as good as the pact it was made from. You don’t stayed married for the children’s sake if that marriage is very detrimental to all involved. Same with a state. The US gov’t HAS (not had) distinct and definable rules to follow. When those rules are broken, that would be considered a treasonous act perpetrated on all the people and the states. When inaction to remove the law-breakers result, one outcome is left. We are a nation following laws that no man is above and that the US gov’t must follow. When people succumb to nuances that take their freedom, and allow its subtlety to direct their lives, they lose that which was freedom and become subjects–slaves to the will of the master–the gov’t. It is not nor should it ever be “We, the government..”. We are at a place in history where the US gov’t needs to be handcuffed from doing any more harm, as well reinstating those freedoms being lost or the states need to be pushed to exodus from this enveloping monster. It’s better to be right and move on then be complacent and go down with a sinking ship.