A Republic, if you can keep it

Monday, February 28, 2005

Today In History, February, 28

Can you remember what you were doing on February, 28, 1993? Better yet can you remember what you saw on the evening news that day? It's a day you shouldn't forget if your concerned about your rights. It was day one of the fifty one day siege at Waco, Texas. By the time it was over 80 innocent men women and children were killed by federal agents. I found a site that has three links that will help you remember how it all took place at, http://bbs.keyhole.com/boards/showthreaded/Board-overlay-Number-20302-page-0-view-collapsed-sb-5-o-fpart-1.html . I hope you will take the time to read some of this, it is something we should never let ourselves or our elected officials forget.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Not To Soon To Start Thinking About 2008

I just read two Associated Press articles about who might be running for president in 2008. Is it to soon to start thinking about this? I don't think so. In one of the articles Bill Clinton says his wife Hillary would be an excellent choice to become the United States first female president. Clinton said, " I think now she's at least as good as I was." What I remember best about Clinton's two terms is corruption and scandal. Do we want more of that? What makes anyone think things would be different with Hillary in office? She was the behind the scenes president when Bill was in office.

The other article was about a group of Governors that are possible contenders. They were invited to a formal dinner with President Bush. Mitt Romney says it is way to early to think about this. Once again, I don't think it is. These people are news makers today, easy to watch, and watching them is what we should be doing. When you vote in 2008 don't vote for a candidate because of what he or she say they will do, look at what they have done.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


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If you type Aspartame into your search engine you will come up with enough pages of information to keep you busy for days. After a little reading you will see that is just another word for poison. I just read another article about it that was e-mailed to me by a friend. This article tells how Aspartame interacts with all drugs, vaccines and toxins. You can read the article at, http://www.rense.com/general63/asp.htm . While I was reading that article I started thinking about something I have read about several times recently. There have been a lot of articles published about obese children in the United States. The articles tell about what a serious health problem this is becoming. I wonder how many parents are giving their children products that contain Aspartame to keep them healthy now that they have heard about the obesity problem. Wouldn't it make more sense to take away the junk food and soda pop and put them on a healthy diet?

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Identity Theft

I was just reading the Saint Joseph, Missouri City Managers weekly report when I found something that should be interesting to people inside and outside the Saint Joseph area, Identity Theft. Saint Joseph's Network Administrator has written an article on identity theft, he offers some common sense measures you can take to protect yourself from becoming a victim. You can find the article at, http://www.ci.st-joseph.mo.us/manager/pub/02-25-05.pdf

I find it interesting that someone from the city would do this because anytime you are pulled over by law enforcement in this area your Social Security number, your name and address are all broadcast over the police radio. Anyone with a scanner can get this information.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Miniscule Fee

I recently read a U. S. Newswire article that told about an attack that was made on the National Rifle Association by the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence. It said the NRA is in a dither over a Bush administration recommendation to put a two cent per pound user fee (Tax) on explosives. This could include gunpowder and ammunition. I guess I'd have to agree, two cents per pound isn't much money. The problem I have with this is once a tax is put in place very seldom will you see it decrease or be removed. As a rule you will see the tax on any given item increase year after year. The next time your filling your tank with gas notice how much of the total cost is for tax. This idea of a user fee (Tax) on explosives reminded me of something a friend and I were talking about some time ago. Some of our legislators have learned that supporting more gun control laws can cost you your job. So, how do you disarm America? By making ammunition unaffordable by placing a high tax on it. If this two cent tax is put on explosives it will increase every year. You can read the article at, http://realeases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=43504 .

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Help Save Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo is facing court ordered starvation. We may have just hours to help save Terri's life. I just signed this Emergency Petition that is being delivered to Gov. Jeb Bush and others.

Please remember Terri in your prayers, then take the time to sign this petition. http://www.cfra.info/213/petition.asp?PID=8103987&NID=1

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

GOA Survey

Are you a gun owner? If you are do feel your Second Amendment rights could be in danger? If you do Gun Owners of America (GOA) would like to hear from you. GOA has provided a survey for you to fill out showing your concerns at, http://www.gunowners.org/survey.htm The information will not be shared with third parties, it is for GOA use only. You do not have to be a member to fill out the survey, GOA wants to hear from members and non-members alike. GOA is non-compromising pro-Second Amendment organization working to protect your rights. If your not a member I would suggest you consider joining. You can learn more about the organization, it's benefits and membership at, www.gunowners.org

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


A few years ago I was in a restaurant with some friends, sitting in the inside seat of a booth. I made a remark about the United Nations being a good idea when it was first formed, I did say that I thought it had outlived it's purpose. The Gentleman sitting in the outside seat had been studying the United Nations since around the time it was formed. I was trapped in that inside seat and that was the beginning of U.N. 101. When class was over I had come to believe that the United Nations was and always had been a Socialist/Communist organization and it's goal was total world domination. That is the way I feel to this day.

Now it seems like every year there are periods of time that I get e-mail after e-mail from several grassroots organizations asking me to contact my Senators and urge them to oppose the ratification of the United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). Now the Bush administration is pushing for it's ratification again. If you have never heard of LOST I'd suggest you read, C:\DocumentsandSettings\Owner\Desktop\GetUSout!oftheUnitedNations.htm . Those of you that have heard of it might want to read that too, it is a fine article. Or you can type LOST into your search engine for hours of interesting reading.

If it is ratified LOST will give the United Nations control of seven-tenths of the earths surface. That would give the UN jurisdiction of United States territorial waters. The United Nations would regulate and tax all commercial use of the high seas. The idea of paying a tax to an organization that is opposed to the United States protecting it's shores from attack should be reason enough to oppose LOST. Please contact your Senators and urge them to oppose the ratification of LOST.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Washington's Vision

Yesterday I said I wouldn't celebrate Presidents Day because I can't bring myself to respect some of our past Presidents. President George Washington is not one of the past Presidents I'd have a problem honoring. I have read that after battles he found bullet fragments in his hair and bullet holes in his jacket . I'd say God was watching out for our first Constitutional President. I'm sure all of you have heard the story about young George Washington and the apple tree. There is another story about George Washington that I like a lot better but it isn't told as often. Please take the time to read Washington's Vision, http://www.veracity.org/Legend2.html

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

Monday, February 21, 2005

Presidents Day

When I was in school we knew that when February came around we would spend some time studying and honoring two of our past Presidents, Lincoln and Washington. That's been so long ago now that I can't remember if we got out of school for their birthdays or not. A lot has changed since then. It's no longer two Presidents we honor. February the 12th and 22nd are no longer special days. Now we have Presidents Day, February the 21st, a day to honor all of our past Presidents. When you think of the names on the list of past Presidents I think there are quite a few on it that all of us would have trouble honoring. As far as I'm concerned February the 21st is no different than any other day, and it is nothing to celebrate.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Sunday, February 20, 2005


As a rule I think poll questions are rigged and worthless, but I'm posting this one anyway, http://www.homestead.com/prosites-prs/webpoll_illegal_aliens.html . I hope you will answer the question and view the results.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

The Tenth Amendment and The National Debt

I just read a February, 19, 2005 Associated Press article that says President Bush's 2006 budget does not include the cost of the war in Iraq, and his plan to privatize Social Security will put the United States deeper in debt. This comes from the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. In the Democrats' weekly radio address Representative John Spratt of South Carolina said, "Tax cuts, terrorism and recession have all taken their toll," and surpluses built during the Clinton administration "are now gone, vanished, replaced by deficits totaling almost $4 trillion." He says that the reversal was evident three years ago, and that Congress has raised the debt ceiling three times in four years by a total of $2.2 trillion to make room for Bush's budgets. He goes on to say that every 18 months the national debt goes up almost a trillion dollars.

Yes the national debt is climbing, you can watch it for yourself at, http://brillig.com/debt_clock/. This site tells you what the national debt is, and figures what each citizens share would be according to the population.

The AP article also says the Democrats are concerned about the Bush spending cuts. They feel they will underfund veterans health care, cut rural and urban development, lower environmental protection and law enforcement and slash Medicaid by $60 billion. The cuts would also wipe out 48 education programs. Now we're back to one of my old often ask questions, are any of these programs mentioned in the United States Constitution?( I can't find them there)The Constitution outlines the Republic left to us by our Founding Fathers. In it you will find the Tenth Amendment which says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." All the programs Bush wants to cut cost the tax payer money and increase the national debt. I wonder what that debt would be today if our elected officials would abide by the Constitution?

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Firearms and The Mainstream Media

I just read another Associated Press article about a work place shooting. Those are easy to find, anytime there is a work place shooting it seems like the Associated Press wants to be sure they are the first to report it. This one took place in Taylor, Michigan, at a paper company. After a man was fired he went to his car and got a gun. He fired a shot wounding the supervisor that fired him. He also shot and killed a woman that tried to intervene. He was then tackled and held by other employees until police arrived.

There are other cases in which firearms are used in the United States every day, but as a rule you won't read about at the Associated Press web site. You can find them at places like www.nra.org . Click on any of the publications listed at the site, then click on Armed Citizen. These are news paper articles about citizens that legally use firearms to protect themselves, their families or their property. You can also go to, http://www.toptips.com/CrimeClock.htm . This site is updated constantly. It tracks the number of crimes committed in the United States. It also shows you the number of times a firearm is used for defensive use. Something I doubt you'll ever see at an AP site.

We know there are a number of organizations that would like to see more gun control, or a total gun ban. Do you suppose the news media could be trying to help them achieve their goals?

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Bills Introduced

Senators Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and Max Baucus (D-Mt.) have introduced S. 397, "The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act", in the United States Senate. They are joining Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Rick Boucher (D-Va.) who have introduced H.R. 800 in the United States House. These two pieces of legislation will protect law-abiding firearm manufacturers from reckless lawsuits. To any of you that may not know what is meant by a reckless lawsuit. I would say this is when someone loses a family member to an act of firearm violence, they then file a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the weapon that was used in the crime. Does that sound right, or legal to you? If it does I'd like to offer this, suppose it's not firearms manufacturers that are being sued, suppose it is the automobile industry. Mr. A is on his way home from work in his trusty older Chevy when Mr.B, who has a history of drunk driving arrest is on his way home from the bar in his newer Ford. Mr. B is drunk again, he runs a stop sign and T-bones Mr.A. Mr.A loses his leg due to his injuries, should he be allowed to sue Ford Motor Company for allowing one of it's products fall into the hands of someone that has a past history of drunk driving arrest? I don't think he should be, but I think that makes as much sense as the lawsuits that are now being filed against firearms manufacturers.

You can get more information on this issue at, www.NRAILA.org . You can use their take action button,http://www.capwiz.com/nra/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=6859271 to send a pre-written message to your legislators urging them to support these two bills.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Graves pushes pay for Reservists

I see my United States Representative, Sam Graves (R. MO) is co-sponsoring legislation that will pay Reserve and National Guard troops at least as much as they were receiving back home when they are called up for active duty. ( http://www.stjoenews-press.com/main.asp?SectionID=81&SubSectionID=272&ArticleID=61881&TM=37273.42 ) I'm glad to see someone do something for the young men and women that choose to serve their country. I agree with Representative Graves who says, "No one should have to take a pay cut for serving their country." These young men and women put their lives on the line daily, I feel they deserve something in return. I hope you will support Representative Graves efforts to get this passed. You can do so by contacting your Representatives and urging them to support this legislation when it comes up for a vote. The St. Joseph News-Press article doesn't mention a bill number, so I would suggest you contact Representative Graves by using the link at his web site, http://www.house.gov/graves/index.htm to get more information on this issue.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Attention Bloggers!

I guess that title should have been, Attention Bloggers, and everyone that thinks all bloggers are crazy. I spend a lot of time reading news papers. As a rule I go to the opinion pages and letters to the editor first, that's where the good stuff is. This morning it was in my e-mail box, from the Opinion Journal. A column by Peggy Noonan (A Contributing Editor of The Wall Street Journal) got my attention. According to Peggy the next time something really big happens in America it's the bloggers and the blogosphere the people will turn to to find out what is going on. Enough from me for now, please take the time to see what Peggy has to say at, http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnist/pnoonan/?id=110006302

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Send A Message

I've stumbled onto what I feel is a wonderful web site, www.anyservicemember.org . Any Service Member.org provides links to message boards you can use to post message's to the men and women serving in our military overseas. It shouldn't matter if we support or oppose the war. We should have some feelings for the brave young men and women that have chosen to serve our country. If you attempt to post a message bashing these men and women it will be deleted, the web master reads all messages before posting them. If you feel you would like to send them a message telling them thank you and to let them know they are in your thoughts and prayers Any Service Member.org is providing you a way to do so.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


I just read a February 14, 2005 Associated Press article that tells about the Bush administration leaving the normal practice of relying on the American farmer to supply food for our foreign aid programs. They plan on turning to overseas market to get the needed food. Of course this is due to the reduced farm prices abroad, the food aid dollars will go further this way. It will also eliminate the high cost of shipping American grown food. Andrew Natsios, administrator for the Agency for International Development said the new plan has encountered some resistance from domestic constituencies.

Under this new plan the foreign farmer will reap
the benefits of Americas generosity while the American farmer tries to figure out how to make ends meet.
I assume that the money that is saved by eliminating the high cost of American grown food will be going to a ship owner in the country the food is grown in. Don't forget by doing this we are also eliminating the high cost of getting American grown food from the farm to the processing plant and from there to the shipping ports. We will also be eliminating the high cost of labor in American food processing and packaging plants.

The new plan gives new meaning to outsourcing, under plans like this we now outsource foreign aid. I wonder, when the time comes that the United States needs foreign aid will any of the countries that benefit from this plan remember us?

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Bush Spending Cuts

Recently I have read a couple of articles about President Bush's plan to eliminate or reduce spending for 154 federal programs. I did not support Bush in the past two elections, I support those
so called third party candidates, the ones that support the constitution. I do however support the presidents planned budget cuts. As far as I can tell none of the programs Bush wants to eliminate are covered by the United States Constitution. To me that means the federal government never should have funded them in the first place.

The Draft

Do you have son's or daughter's that would be effected
if the draft was to be reinstated? If your answer is yes there is a new web site you might want to check out, http://www.mothersagainstthedraft.org This new site has a link to a petition you can sign to stop the draft.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

My first posting

I'm a Husband, Father, Grand Father and concerned citizen. I'm hoping to use this blog site to express my views on issues that should concern us all. You may not agree with every thing I have to say, still I hope to hear your comments.