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July 4, 2019

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Wild Bill: The Great Democrat Treason

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July 3, 2019

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Celebrating Independence Day – The Truths We Should Be Teaching

The Declaration of Independence was written to address the grievances of the Colonies against the King of England.  Hopefully we have all read the “official” document in our American history classes.  What we were not taught, and what we SHOULD have been taught, was the process which brought about this historic document; particularly the missing text of the original draft written by Thomas Jefferson, which  included the following paragraph, taken directly from transcription of “The Papers of Thomas Jefferson” at Princeton University:

“He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither.  This piratical warfare, the opprobium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain.  Determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce…”

As Jefferson points out in his “Autobiography by Thomas Jefferson 1743-1790” this clause was stricken because Georgia and South Carolina were not against slavery and in fact found it necessary to continue since their agricultural economies relied heavily upon the practice.  Without the full support of all the Colonies the Declaration of Independence could not have been the transformative document and precursor to the establishment of the United States of America and the Constitution and thus was omitted in the final document in order to get unanimous support from all of the Colonies.

Until the mid -1650s many people came to the Colonies as indentured servants, with colonists paying their fare to immigrate.  These indentured servants worked off their debt for up to seven or eight years at the end of which they were given their “freedom papers” acknowledging their debt was paid in full.  Several of the Colonies and even some of the wealthier colonists themselves gave these freed people land and livestock to establish their own livelihood.  The truth is slavery in the colonies was instituted while under the rule of the British with black and whites alike owning slaves of all races.  Many colonists became abolitionists and were vehemently against the practice from its very beginning.

Jefferson acknowledged that during the turbulent Revolutionary War eradication of slavery had not been addressed and he wrote “this subject was not acted on finally until the year [17]78, when I brought in a bill to prevent their further importation.  This passed without opposition, (author’s bold) and stopped the increase of the evil by importation, leaving to future efforts its final eradication”.  Here we see again Jefferson’s personal commitment to the abolition of slavery in America.  This was an important advancement towards ending the practice and also reveals the Founding Fathers shared the same commitment.

Before those of you on the left counter with “Thomas Jefferson owned slaves!” in an effort to shut down any reasonable dialogue, a little research would reveal he inherited his slaves from his father and father-in-law and the only slaves he purchased was to reunite families.  While it is also a known fact he kept a slave woman named Sally Hemings and most likely had several children with her, what is not taught is that she was his half sister-in-law, being his deceased wife’s half sister.  Thomas Jefferson was probably the most enlightened and liberal of the Founding Fathers.

When the final draft of the Constitution of the United States of America was completed, Provision 107 from Article 1.9.1 stated “Until A.D. 1808 there shall be no prohibition or interference against the migration or importation of any persons which the “states now existing” shall consider proper for admission”.  In his book The Making of America, W. Cleon Skouson states: “This provision gave the states the RIGHT to continue importing slaves and bond servants for twenty years, but thereafter it gave the federal government the RIGHT to terminate it”.   Skousen elaborates by explaining that this was the compromise made by the original States to assure that three dissenting states; Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina; would sign the Constitution.  Although the consensus of the general populace favored the abolition of slavery, these three States required a period of time to phase out their economic dependence on slavery.  In the same year as the Constitution was written, the Northwest Ordinance was passed assuring that any new States acceding to the United States would be free states and no slavery would be permitted within their borders.

So this Independence Day, as Nike caves to washed up NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s misguided demand to NOT sell a special Fourth of July edition of sneaker with Betsy Ross’s original flag of the United States of America, remember – one of the reasons the Revolutionary War was fought was to break away from England and a monarchy that brought slavery to our shores.

And finally, we must resolve to teach our children the true history of America and not just the skewed anti-American version progressives are teaching in our schools today.

Our future depends on it.

 

 

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December 9, 2018

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Weekly Forum: What Do You Most Like About The Holiday Season?

Every week, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:What Do You Most Like About The Holiday Season?

Bookworm Room: I like Christmas music. I may be Jewish, but I think Christmas music is one of the great gifts Christians have given to the world or, at least, to America. Whether it’s the old classics with their decidedly religious focus or the modern odes to winter, hearing those songs makes me happy. I dread the day when the PC police make all of that music go completely underground. Until then, once Thanksgiving is over and right up until 11:59 p.m. on Christmas day, I revel in those melodies.

Puma By Design :While I do not decorate as much as I used to because everyone are adults with their own families, the grandchildren will come over for a weekend, mid-December to help me decorate.

When they were younger, I used to take them on a day trip to Toys R Us or FAO Schwartz in mid-town Manhattan where they’d have open access to the many games and holiday props. However, since everyone is so politically correct in NYC, we now head over to Barnes and Nobles or one of the malls depending on the events.

The following day, we put up Christmas lights and the tree. Hopefully, this year, Kiki won’t knock down the tree and screw up the decorations before the next morning’s sunrise as she did last year.

After the tree is decorated, we’ll have cookies and hot chocolate or tea (sounds all Norman Rockwell, right?) While decorating, we’ll play Christmas music. They like my choice of Christmas music (thank goodness).

Once settled for the evening, I bully (well, not exactly) them into watching a Christmas movie of my choosing. Hey, I earned it and of course, they’ll moan and groan, “Oh, Grandma….really?” My grandson and granddaughter will fight for the seat closest to me until unable to stand them anymore, I switch seats allowing one to sit on the left of me and the other on the right. Case closed.

Then we’ll hang out again, Christmas Eve until about 10 p.m. at which point, their parents who waited until the final days have completed Christmas shopping take them home.

In between and all around, by the second week of December, I am in the holiday spirit whether I have decorated or not. However, once the mission has been accomplished, there is no holding me back. I often spend late evenings or since I’m such a horrible sleeper awaken to find my favorite spot in the living room where I admire the decorations, tree and lights while enjoying Christmas music preferably old school Christmas music of all genres except Hip-hop. Okay, one or two artists from the Hip-hop era.

I believe that music is God’s gift to us and his way of touching us deep within. There is a reason that it’s called joyful noise and when I’m not listening to music or have lowered it in the background, I’m like a 10-year-old enjoying my Christmas movies.

Life is good and we are blessed.

Jeffrey Avalon Friedberg: love “the prettiest sound” in the world: the call to Prayer.

The sound of goats screaming death cries as they are slaughtered. The cacophony of terrified unbelievers naked and shrieking in cold air. The crisp crackle of animal and snake hides as we unwrap our newest weapons and killing devices.

Yessss—the ssssssong of the sssssands blowing passssst usssss, under a full moon….

Ahhhhhh…nothing better….

Nothing.


Patrick O’Hannigan
: I’m not actually sure what I like most about the holiday season, but I appreciate being given the chance to think aloud about it.

If you set aside some of the hymns I like on the grounds that Easter and (in the U.S., at least) the Fourth of July have also inspired music, then the forced pause over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day might be the thing I appreciate most. By then, “holiday prep” of whatever kind is done, and the questions you’re left to ponder get simultaneously bigger and smaller. What I mean is that those of us inclined to such pondering are nudged by the calendar to marvel at the fact that God became Man, which leads first to the big, comforting, incredible question of “Why?”

I’m not sure whether my Jewish friends see the ecumenical and fellowship possibilities in Christmas the way that I do, but I also like how the Nativity of Jesus sits squarely on the pivot point between Jewish and Christian scriptures.

That said, nobody can think big thoughts all the time, and so by December 25 we’re also playing “small ball” with questions like “Which flannel shirt do I like best?” or “Will this Irish coffee taste as good as Uncle Jim’s?,” and “Is the soprano soloist at the late Mass going to handle ‘O Holy Night’ as beautifully as Mary Beth did all those years ago?”

I think “the holidays” as a catchall phrase wrongly conflates observances of unequal rank by putting things like New Year’s Eve on equal footing with more significant observances, but it’s also true that seeing the confluence of sacred and secular in the month of December provides food for thought.

Rob Miller: People’s attitudes. They seem to enjoy life more, to let the little things go. Oh, and using the pool and the jacuzzi in December.

Laura Rambeau Lee: For me the holiday season is about carrying on family traditions. We always have turkey for Thanksgiving; a standing rib roast for Christmas dinner; and a roast pork with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and apple sauce on New Year’s Day. We do end up working around everyone’s work schedules and don’t always celebrate on the actual day, but we get together when we all can. And with an extended family it is nice to make the day a special day when no one must run to another dinner and celebration. Since my mom passed away in 2011, I guess I have taken over the matriarch role and try to do the little things she always did. My sisters especially love the shoo-fly pies I order from Lancaster, Pa, which is one thing mom always did after we moved to Florida as we got older. I don’t enjoy the shopping, not crazy about the malls and the crowds. My husband loves to shop so he takes on that task. I make the list, he fills it. I still mail out Christmas cards, too, to family and friends near and far.

The holidays can be bittersweet as we remember our loved ones no longer with us. I do love the music and have a Pentatonix CD from a few years ago that I love to play. I especially love their rendition of “Mary Did You Know?”

Now that the grandkids are 13, 11 and 3 this year they are going to help decorate the house and tree. We have a beautiful nine-foot artificial tree and lots of decorations to put up around the house. We hang stockings and after the kids leave we fill them up with fun things, practical things, and candies.

Our traditions keep us bonded through the generations. The holidays are a time to cherish our families and remember our loved ones no longer with us. It’s our time to express thanks for how truly blessed we are.

Well, there it is!

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November 18, 2018

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Trump, Wolves, Google and Fake News – the War on Truth

Demand truth in the media.

Rockin' On The Right Side

Today on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace tried to take President Trump to the woodshed for his oft-repeated claim that “fake news is the enemy of the people.”

When Wallace smirked his opening setup trick question, “Just ‘how dark‘ is your mood these days?” the president should have come back with, “Well, Chris, when did you stop beating your wife?”  Instead, President Trump gave him a pass and said his mood is very light, he loves his job, and the nonstop recent reports to the contrary by the Trump-hating media are fake news. 

Despite Trump’s allowance that Fox News is not a purveyor of fake news, Wallace defended CNN and the other Trump targets, citing “solidarity”. 

Trump is right.  The preponderance of fake news is a bigger threat to our well-being and our future than most people realize.  Two of the institutions that were foundational to our nation’s…

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November 17, 2018

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Weekly Forum: What Historical Figure Would You Like To Be?

Every week, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Historical Figure Would You Like To Be?

Don Surber: Wilt Chamberlain. 30,000 points, 2,000 women.

Jeffrey Avalon Friedberg:If I could I would want to be the first guy who decided to have a city and be king of it. He would also have figured out that to be, and remain, king he would need a constituency of dedicated rabble.

He would have been the guy who came up with the first idea of telling the rabble what they needed to hear to keep himself in power. Lies would be okay, because the only thing that mattered would be direction and reward or punishment of my masses.

You know, let those who defy me be fired, ruined socially, or destroyed—prevented from breeding independent thinkers like themselves.

And then I’d reward those who backed up me and my special, private, social System. My backers would be the ones to get the big farming and gathering contracts, become rich and famous, get the lucrative cuneiform and symbols contracts, rock dragging endorsements, and be allowed to breed more subjects for me, exactly like themselves.

I would then also be the guy who comes up with the idea of Enforcers, to keep my special societal System running. These would be my police and special State prosecutors, or whatever I might choose to call them.

The Guy—this guy—he would have a way to harness the powers of Marketing, State rituals, and the Social Deliverers—or town news criers.

Thus, the guy, he would have his very of special political System, its purveyors, and Enforcers. He would be the Rock-con Valley and yuge Social Media guy—King.

And if I could go back in time, and be that guy, and be in charge of everything around me and mold the rabble to my Will, and keep them in line, and purvey and enforce my very special Social System: I would go back to being just a fricking goat herder and spare the world from Liberalism forever.

Rob Miller: Hmmm! Joshua, of course! Or maybe Puccini.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz: Rosalind Russell: Beautiful, talented and smart.

David Schuler: Sir Richard Francis Burton. Explorer, geographer, diplomat, spy, scholar, poet, swordsman, linguist. Tall, dark, and handsome. One of the founders of modern anthropology. Spoke, read, and wrote dozens of languages well.

Laura Rambeau Lee:Maybe it’s my age, but thinking about this question I really can’t come up with anyone in history I would want to be. I honor those from the past who have advanced humankind and sought to better our lives. From the ancient philosophers and through the enlightenment; from our founding fathers and those who fought for the human rights of all individuals; their place in history is and should be acknowledged and their ideas and ideals taught to our children and grandchildren.

When I think back to the past I can’t imagine dealing with the hardship of everyday life of previous generations; having to hunt and raise our own food, simple things like communication, medical care, even bathing, cooking and doing laundry. The technological advancements that have happened in my lifetime alone are an incredible testament to human ingenuity. We live in amazing times. I feel a responsibility, as I am sure many of us do who have been drawn to the blogosphere, to be today’s pamphleteers and town criers, to touch as many people as possible and expose the evil forces and people in the world working to destroy our culture and our country. I feel the importance and urgency of the work we do and am happy to be living in the here and now. Whether we win or lose this fight, at least we can look back and say we were not silent.


Patrick O’Hannigan
: I have the same problem Laura does — I don’t want to be anyone else.

But I’d like to have a beer with Benjamin Franklin, Thomas (“The king’s good servant, but God’s first”) Moore, and beach volleyball legend Kerri Walsh-Jennings.

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October 23, 2018

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Weekly Forum: What Will Be The Midterm Results?

Every week, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Will Be The Midterm Results? Rob Miller: I see the Republicans increasing their lead in the Senate to at least 54-46. They will […]

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October 19, 2018

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Weekly Forum: Are We Headed For A Civil War?

Every week, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question, courtesy of Jeffrey Avalon Friedberg: Are We Headed For A Civil War? Patrick O’Hannigan: Headed for a civil war? I think we’re already IN […]

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October 8, 2018

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Weekly Forum: What Are Your Feelings On The Kavanaugh Nomination And Hearings?

Every week, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Are Your Feelings On The Kavanaugh Nomination And Hearings? Don Surber:The Kavanaugh Debacle was the best thing to happen to Republicans since passage […]

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September 29, 2018

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Weekly Forum: If You Could Have A Different Career What Would It Be?

Every week, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: If You Could Have A Different Career What Would It Be? Bookworm: I’ve never liked being a lawyer, although I’m reasonably good at it. […]

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September 17, 2018

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Weekly Forum: Will Judge Kavanaugh Be Confirmed And What Will The Vote Be?

Every week, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Will Judge Kavanaugh Be Confirmed And What Will The Vote Be? Don Surber: Yes. 50-50 with Pence breaking the tie. Democrats are too dumb […]

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