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09-13-2017 The Ultimate Middleman!   Leave a comment

We (Trump supporters) should all be breathing a huge sigh of relief today. Trump’s favorables are up to 49% and he’s on the verge of breaking out from all of the negative BS the left and the media has been heaping on him.

Maybe some of the naysayers are finally beginning to get what Trump is all about.  A successful businessman who knows how to present a deal to others who disagree with him and find a way to make it work. It took him a few months to discover that that same strategy will even work with politicians, especially the current minority party.

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The reason I became a Trump supporter initially was that he was owned by no party or group.  He can’t be influenced by the party elites or PAC money. That places him directly between the two outdated and useless parties who can’t agree on anything.  Gridlock can only be addressed if there’s a President in office willing to make deals on either side of the aisle.  After Trump’s move toward the Democrats this week the Republicans have almost peed in their political panties.  Now the game can begin in earnest for Trump.  Let the American voters of both parties see their own affiliations for what there are . . . Obstructionists.

Tax cuts are the main focus now and are crucial to the continuing health of our economy. If necessary Trump should make the best deal possible with any devil who steps forward to help. This is the first warning shot over the bow of the Republican ship- of-state and lets them know they are close to losing a lot more than a few political battles. The voting public of both parties are now seeing Trump as the ultimate deal maker trying to do the right thing but being kicked around by two groups of partisan political hacks. There’s only one winner that I can see coming out of this mess and that’s the President.

I know Trump is a lot smarter than most of the politicians he’s dealing with and that’s a good thing for the country. It’s always a huge mistake to underestimate any opponent but these politicians seem to be just  begging for a nasty political bloody nose and I’m sure the president will oblige.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GRANDPA

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07-05-2016 Journal – Love It or Leave It!   Leave a comment

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Well, another holiday has come and gone. Overall it was a great weekend for us here in Maine.  I do realize there are problems in many parts of this country where patriotism is now frowned upon for fear of alienating all of the aliens, both legal and more likely illegal.  I recently read an article where a student was sent home from school because he wore a pro-America t- shirt.  If that was my son I could easily been persuaded to some sort of violence and rightly so. I realize it’s chic and liberal to trash the United States at every turn but if nothing else it’s disrespectful as hell. It disrespects every person wearing the countries uniform and I suspect it’s mostly done by people who’ve never served.

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Also shame on those of you in the academic ranks who insist on turning this country into a liberal, politically correct, and impotent world power by brainwashing our children with liberal claptrap (that’s right . . . I said claptrap.). Shame on you all.

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Now that I have that rant off my chest let me continue.  My better-half and I did a little traveling around our state over the weekend and I couldn’t have been prouder. It seems that the people of Maine may distrust our politicians (as they should) but still love their country.  We must have seen five hundred or more flags flying from buildings, businesses, and homes.

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In the town of Sebago, Maine which covers a rather large area, every telephone pole that we saw for miles was flying the colors.  So to all of you America haters across the country how about finding the closest airport, get on the fastest plane you can find and GET THE HELL OUT (call me if you need a ride to the airport).

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

 

05-18-2016 Journal– 2016 Political Rant #2!   Leave a comment

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I awoke this morning and once again my body is achy and sore. We had such a beautiful day yesterday that I once again over-did the yard work and totally exhausted myself. I should know better by now but the warm weather and sunshine just kind of sweep me away and make me stupid.

Today will be one of my favorite kind of days which means I probably won’t do much of anything. I may run a few errands and work on some design sketches but nothing too serious. It’s going to be warm again which translates to some quality time for me and the cat to lounge around on the deck and listen to music or to just to read a good book (and yes, my cat can read).

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I spent some time this morning on the Net trying to keep up with the political situation as it develops but it took no more than just a few minutes for that the bore me to death. I haven’t decided on any specific candidate but I have eliminated a few. I’ve had my fill of the collection of political families who’ve been dominating the scene for far too long. I think the country and the people deserve some fresh faces in the political arena which means no more Bushes and no more Clintons. Let’s just let them fade into history like the Kennedys. Enough is enough. 

I’m still on the fence about Trump but I’m leaning his way for a number of reasons. His fresh and sometimes outrageous outlook on the country’s situation agrees with my own on a lot of points. If you read this blog you already know how much I hate political correctness and what it’s done to this nation. We need to break away in a new direction and I think Trump can supply that. Will he be perfect? I seriously doubt it. Will you be better off with Bernie, I think not . . . he an effing socialist. He’s willing to turn this country into a sad imitation of what Europe has become. That would be a very dangerous direction for the country to take . . . even more worrisome than Trump to be sure.

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I’ll be catching up later on the news of the day from the Net because listening to the television and radio media is not worth my time. They’re more interested in forwarding their political agendas rather than reporting the truth factually. The way in which they’ve been manipulated by the Obama administration is shameful and harmful to the nation. It’s the job of the press to point out inconsistencies in how an administration governs and  to investigate illegalities as they occur. In my opinion one of the worst things that ever happened in this country in recent decades was the purchase of the media by large business corporations. That was the beginning of the end for truth in media and the beginning of using the media by those corporations to forward their political agendas.

This country was established with the media as a watchdog for the citizenry to monitor and report on the politicians both good and bad. That has long since disappeared. When one part of our well oiled democratic machine ceases to work properly the entire machine suffers and eventually ceases to work at all. Welcome to the 21st-century here in America.

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Well, I’m off to the deck with the cat and my Kindle for an hour of relaxation before I begin running my errands. That should be just enough time to get this short discussion about politics out of my head completely and to rebury my head in the proverbial sand.  I can’t continuously think about politics or I would go insane. A good suspicion of politicians, politics, and government  is what is badly needed to keep this country running properly.

I’M DOING MY PART – ARE YOU?

05-02-2016 Journal–Presidential Trivia!   Leave a comment

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As I prepare for the exit of Barack Obama as President my mind naturally turns to politics. I’m not going to get into the expected arguments concerning the current roster of candidates because it’s pointless. People make up their own minds and then spend all of their leisure time trying to convince everyone else to vote like they do because they’re smarter than everyone else.  It’s those kinds of discussions I don’t want taking place on this blog.

I honestly don’t care a wit for who any of you may vote for.  Just like I won’t tell you what I’m going to do. If I agree with your selection I’m smart and intelligent and if I don’t then I’m a dumb ass without a clue about politics. It’s a lose . . . lose for me and not worth my time.

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As much as I dislike politics and politicians I still love trivia.  So I’ll delve into my archives to find a few interesting political tidbits from past Presidents and presidencies.  Here they are.

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Herbert Hoover was the only president to turn over 40 years of his government paychecks to charity.

A $5.7 million dollar renovation of the White House during the Truman administration was caused when the leg of Margaret Truman’s piano broke through the floor of v\her sitting room into the room below.

President Lyndon Johnson and his wife named their dogs Him & Her. Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife named their pistols His & Hers.

Camp David located in the Catoctin Mountains was originally named Shangri- La before renaming by FDR.

James Madison, the fourth President was 5’4” tall and never weighed more than 100 pounds.

George Washington’s second inaugural address was the shortest in history.  It contained only 135 words.

William Howard Taft had a bathtub installed in the White House large enough to hold four men.  He weighed in at the time at 325 pounds.

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During his 12 years as President FDR used his veto powers 635 times.

Alexander Hamilton is credited with writing George Washington’s famous Farewell Address.

The average age that Presidents have taken office is 54.

First Lady Barbara Bush’s great-great-great uncle was President Franklin Pierce.

FDR was the only President who never used the word “I” in his inaugural speech.

The nickname of the first Presidential plane (a C-45 piloted by Major Henry T. Myers in 1944) was the, ”Sacred Cow”.

John Tyler was the only President to serve as a member of of the Congress of the Confederate States.

John Quincy Adams was the first President to wear long pants rather than knee breeches to his inauguration in 1825.

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I think that’s about enough politics for me today.  Anymore and I’ll become nauseous and violently ill.

11-18-2015 Journal–Poe, Twain & Lying!   Leave a comment

It’s morning, it’s daylight, it’s cold, and I’m in my toasty bed reading a little Edgar A. Poe.  I occasionally fall back to the classics when I’m bored with reading my normal stuff and today is one of those days.

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I’m not a fanatic about poetry like some, but I will read a little if and when I have time to waste.  Most poetry does nothing for me since I’ve self-classified myself as an anti-poetry snob.  My idea of good poetry  are bawdy limericks and poetry that promotes laughter and good humor. 

I have no idea why I started my day today reading some of Poe’s depressing poetic offerings.  I did my very best to concentrate on his works, Spirits of the Dead, The Valley of Unrest, and it was a chore.  He’s the only poet that can take something beautiful and make it seem tragic and misbegotten.  Man that guy had some serious issues.

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I finally gave up on Poe when I started feeling depressed and put upon by his words. I moved over to an essay by one of my all time favorites, Mark Twain, or Samuel Clemens if you insist.  He was renowned for being a spectacularly glib wise ass which immediately endeared him to me. His thoughts contained in “On the Decay of the Art of Lying” are just plain funny and sarcastic. Here’s a sample:

“The saying is old that truth should not be spoken at all times; and those whom a sick conscience worries into habitual violation of the maxim are imbeciles and nuisances.” It is strong language, but true. None of us could live with an habitual truth-teller; but thank goodness none of us have to. An habitual truth-teller is simply an impossible creature; he does not exist; he never has existed.

Everybody lies – every day; every hour; awake; asleep; if he keeps his tongue still, his hands, his feet, his eyes, his attitude, will convey deception – and purposely. Even in sermons – but that is a platitude.

Anyone who disagrees with those statements is obviously living with their head deeply buried in the sand or deeply shoved up their ass. I’ve always been a fan of lying because lies serve many useful purposes.  “Does my ass look big in this dress?”, “Of course not.’’, a beautiful, polite, required, and obvious white lie. We all have a million them and use them frequently.

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Do you want me to explain lying to you when it comes to our political system and the liar that has been squatting in the “Peoples House” for the last seven years.  That discussion would be totally rhetorical requiring no explanations or further conversations.

I think I could have supported Mark Twain as President only if he had the ability to select Edgar A. Poe as his Vice President.  No there’s a pair that could have driven most of Congress right out of their every-lying minds.  Throw in Donald Trump as Secretary of State and we’d have a unbeatable trifecta.

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Enough of my musings.  I’m going to roll over, hug my pillow, and say a prayer that the insanity that has had this country in it’s grip for seven years is slowly fading away.  And who’s up next for the Dems but good old Hillary Clinton.

I find myself agreeing with a large block of voters in this country of both parties. We’re sick of hearing the names Bush and Clinton. To both factions, please just go away. You’ve done enough harm already and we don’t need any more.

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07-31-2015 Journal– I’d Like a “Grande” Please!   Leave a comment

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Starbucks . . . what can I say about Starbucks?  Something good? Something bad?  I have it . . . something sarcastic, of course.  As most of you are aware I’m not their biggest fan.  The only accomplishment that Starbucks can claim as their own was to increase the price for a simple cup of coffee from $.10 a cup to prices well north of $3.00 a cup.  Thanks a lot Starbucks!

My dislike of Starbucks is directly related to the area of the country from which it sprung.  I passed through the northwestern section of this country in the mid-sixties on my way overseas and then again upon my return.  I’ll never forgive or forget the shabby treatment most of us servicemen received from the left leaning liberal residents of the area.

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That being said let me tell you about my visit to Starbucks yesterday.  I was dragged out into the heat of the day to accompany my better-half running errands.  She stopped for a quick hair trimming and I was left sitting in the car sweating my ass off. It was either sweat and be miserable in the car or go into the nearby Starbucks and be unsweaty and just as miserable there.

I ordered my “Grande” coffee which for you normal people out there means a “Large”.  I guess it hurts less when you’re handed a “Grande” coffee and charged $3.50.  Seated next to me were a foursome of young ladies that appeared to be in their early or mid twenties.  I noticed them immediately because only one of them had blue hair and the total number of piercing for the table was less than ten.  Shocking!

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They were getting a little boisterous in their support for those Greenpeace heroes attempting to block a river in Oregon by hanging off a bridge and floating below in the river on their kayaks. Years ago I was an avid Greenpeace member but abandoned their organization when their goals and principles took a strong left leaning direction. These young ladies were fully in support of this blockade but didn’t see the obvious irony.  Greenpeace is blockading an oil ship from passing as they sit in the middle of the river in plastic kayaks. They must have forgotten that those cute little plastic boats are made from plastic, a petroleum bi-product. How ironic and hypocritical at the same time, a liberal specialty.

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“They should try this logo, it might increase their market share.’

I didn’t engage them during their group rant but I did laugh out loud a couple of times.  It’s good that they have a sympathetic company like Starbucks that supplies them a place to hang out and support all of the tremendously unimportant liberal causes . . . of course at a price,  $3.50 a Grande.

07-04-2015 Journal – Happy Birthday America ???   4 comments

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The day after the night before. Happy Birthday America!  Another Fourth of July celebration under my belt but you know, it just doesn’t feel the same as it once did.  Things in this country seem to be a little out of kilter these days and I’m not too happy about it. In my opinion this posting at this time is an absolute necessity.  I never thought it would come to this but here goes.

I suppose I could blame the Obama’s for everything bad that’s happening but that’s a little too easy. In reality they’re just a symptom of this countries problem, not the actual cause. Unfortunately in a representative republic (incorrectly called democracy) the will of the people rules and therein lies the real problem.  It’s obvious to me and others that most people in this country no longer give a damn. The evidence is shoved in our faces every day if we’d only pay just a little attention. I could spend twenty more paragraphs explaining all of the dirty little details but everyone admits to knowing them so what’s the point.  The United States is slowly turning into a much larger and richer version of Europe and if that doesn’t frighten you just a little bit then there’s really no hope for us.

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Wide open borders . . . Ignoring dangerous enemies . . . Loss of respect in the world . . . Corrupt politicians . . . Lying and corrupt media . . . And a total waste of precious money, energy, and time on ridiculous social issues like gay marriage.  Try to imagine the millions and millions of dollars spent on this nonsense and to what end? Just more inane and unimportant issues to further divide the country into arguing factions of passionate idiots.  This country has lost the ability to create a consensus on any given topic, important or otherwise.

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Maybe I’m slowly turning away from the lies and BS of the Republican and Democratic Parties and morphing into some sort of borderline, militant, and angry Libertarian.  It’s going to take a powerful third party to rise from the ashes in this country with the ability to pull the strongest and smartest members from all of the other parties. They can then create  a cohesive majority with good common sense goals for the country. That party must have no fear of the political correctness crowd and all of their liberal hangers-on.

So a great big happy birthday to American, a once powerful and respected nation. I’m beginning to wonder for how much longer it’ll be worth celebrating.

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05-22-2015 Journal – Memorial Day!   2 comments

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With the Memorial Day weekend looming we can all sit back and watch the television programming meant to honor those service men and women who have paid the ultimate price.  Being an Army veteran I hesitate to participate in the required litany of praise, sorrow, and remembrances that seem to be mandatory these days.  As a vet I never expected praise for my service because it was the right thing to do, for me.  I wanted to pay back a little to the country that kept me free.  It’s more comfortable for me to celebrate the holiday in a private manner without all of the hoopla. 

I had a number of friends who proudly served their country but never made it home and I remember them all too often.  I have no need for making some sort of holy pilgrimage to "The Wall" in DC to stand and sob and leave tokens. I’ll fly my flag with pride in silence, remember my lost friends in silence, and try to live my life in a way to make them proud.

So there’ll be no sad stories here because I prefer to celebrate this day my way. It takes special people to voluntarily place themselves in harms way with the fear of dying a real possibility, especially these days.  Nothing saddens me as much as the people in this country that have never served and criticize those who do.  Waving a flag and watching fire-works displays twice a year leaves me flat.

I’m looking forward as most people do to the Summer months but using Memorial Day as a spring board for that seems a little disrespectful, to me. Make a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project, quietly remember the fallen, kiss your children, and live your life to the fullest. That’s the best way to remember them because they died so you could.

Let’s make flying the American flag the only dignified display required for celebrating this day.

IS YOUR FLAG FLYING?

01-10-2015 Journal–Lewis & Clark & Me!   2 comments

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The deep freeze continues here in Maine.  I just knew that we’d pay dearly for that two weeks of warm temperatures and sunshine we had earlier.  Every thing always seems to balance out whether we like it or not.  This will certainly be the winter for reading and other indoor activities for us.  I’m fortunate enough to be one of those people driven to read everything I can get my hands on and Winter is the prefect time for me.

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Recently I downloaded a number of books, essays, and journal transcripts for my Kindle.  It’s amazing to me just how many of the classics are now free to anyone to download at their leisure.  Last fall I finished reading the autobiography of Ben Franklin and then a book of notes and observations he wrote about his life.  It brings his experience to a new level of understanding without my being influenced by people who insist on rewriting history. The old adage of getting information "straight from the horses mouth" has never been truer.  That was one of the reasons I first read the Federalist Papers many years ago.

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I’ve always been a history buff and I thought I had a good handle on many of the things that took place as this country grew and developed.  As usual I was somewhat incorrect.  Learning about the history of this country in school depends totally on who supplies the school with text books.  Unfortunately it’s human nature when writing to subconsciously slant what your describing in such a way as to reflect your ideals and opinions.  Many current text books spend more time apologizing for our country than actually explaining things in the context of the time.  It’s terribly unjust to take incidents out of context and then to feed that misinformation to our children claiming it to be the absolute truth. That’s my main reason for always attempting to go directly to the source for much of my information.

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This week I began a journey of discovery that made the United States what it is today, at least geographically.  I began reading the daily logs and journals of the entire journey of the Lewis and Clark expedition as it moved westward exploring the Louisiana Purchase.  It was a grand thing they accomplished but reading the daily entries reveals a whole other side to the story.  Their need to hunt for food, bartering with locals, and maintaining discipline within their ranks is gritty and at times difficult to read. 

I’m only a few months into their journey as they traveled by boat west up the Missouri River.  The spelling and writing of the time is difficult and cumbersome.  They used many slang terms and abbreviations making the reading a bit of a chore. It’s worth the effort because the use of the original language seems to take me back to their time. I look forward to learning exactly how difficult and treacherous the expedition really was which in turn will give me a new appreciation for their efforts and accomplishments. The "devil is in the details" as with everything else and I have a driving need to learn those true details.

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Being well informed is the responsibility of all citizens.  It must include a true knowledge of our history unaffected by liberal academics attempting to rewrite history as they see fit.  We all want the truth and believe me,  we can handle the truth.

07-03-2014 Journal Entry – 4th of July!   Leave a comment

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I’m sitting here quietly writing this blog on the 4th of July as I try to do every year.  I’m thinking about my late grandfather (born on the Fourth of July) and whose birthday we always celebrated along with the country’s.  All too often in the past I’ve fallen into the flag waving routine as many others do.  I love this country and as always I’m proud to be an American (95% of the time) even though Democrats and Liberals make 100% an unreachable goal. I can accept that because the alternative is unacceptable.

I think on this day we should all be flying the flag and celebrating our independence.  As screwed up as we seem to be at times I still wouldn’t want to be living anywhere else.  If you do, then your dumber than I imagined. I’ve traveled inside and outside the country enough to know the majority of our people don’t realize just how good they have it. Move to the Middle East, maybe try Africa, how about Indonesia, or even Europe. Count me out. We may have some issues here but compared to the rest of this miserable planet we’ve got it made. Period, end of discussion.

I decided to forego photographs and heart rendering monologues about the United States because they’ve become a bit trite over the years. And secondly no one really gives a damn about what I think anyway. I’d rather hear directly from our forefathers and a few others who seem to have understood things a lot better than most.  Listen to them…..

  • The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.  ~Woodrow Wilson
  • Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • This, then, is the state of the union:  free and restless, growing and full of hope.  So it was in the beginning.  So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.  ~Lyndon B. Johnson
  • America is much more than a geographical fact.  It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.  ~Adlai Stevenson
  • May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!  ~Daniel Webster
  • Where liberty dwells, there is my country.  ~Benjamin Franklin
  • The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic – have always blown on free men.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • My God!  How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!  ~Thomas Jefferson
  • We need an America with the wisdom of experience.  But we must not let America grow old in spirit.  ~Hubert H. Humphrey
  • Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.  ~Abraham Lincoln

I never thought I’d see the day when Bill Clinton was quoted on this blog because I wasn’t a big fan when he was in office and for the most part I’m still not.  My grandfather always told that “Even a blind man can find a pearl once in a while”.  Here’s Slick Willy’s one and only pearl:

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.  ~William J. Clinton

And finally a quote from my all time favorite quoter who frequently offers up a taste of good old American common sense:

“I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.”  ~Anonymous

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA & YOU TOO GRAMPS