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Rock-solid love: Australian woman marries a bridge in France – and even gets the mayor’s blessing

FOX News Video below.

An Australian woman has taken her desire for the ‘strong and silent’-type to a new extreme when she married a bridge.

Jodi Rose married Le Pont du Diable Bridge in Céret, southern France after falling head over heels for the ‘sensual’ 14th century stone structure.

Ms Rose, or Mrs Le Pont du Diable, has spent the past decade travelling the world recording the vibrations in bridge cables with contact microphones and using them to create experimental music.

Set in stone: Jodi Rose and her new husband Le Pont du Diable Bridge were joined in stony matrimony in front of 14 witnesses

Set in stone: Jodi Rose and her new husband Le Pont du Diable Bridge were joined in stony matrimony in front of 14 witnesses

After visiting dozens of bridges all over the world for her Singing Bridges musical project, she decided this was ‘The One’.

Although her new husband may struggle to express his feelings, newlywed Jodi said ‘his being is very present, and I feel at peace in his strong embrace.’

 

‘He makes me feel connected to the earth and draws me to rest from my endless nomadic wanderings. He is fixed, stable, rooted to the ground, while I am nomadic, transient, ever on the road.

‘He gives me a safe haven, brings me back to ground myself, and then lets me go again to follow my own path, without trying to keep me tied down or in thrall to his needs or desires. I am devoted to him.’

Unbreakable vow: Jodi Rose pledges to stand by her husband in sickness and in health, to which he do not appear to object

Unbreakable vow: Jodi Rose pledges to stand by her husband in sickness and in health, to which he do not appear to object

Just married: After visiting dozens of bridges all over the world for her Singing Bridges musical project, artist Jodi fell head over heels for The Devil's Bridge

Just married: After visiting dozens of bridges all over the world for her Singing Bridges musical project, artist Jodi fell head over heels for The Devil’s Bridge

Ms Rose's wedding ring
The wedding between Jodi and Le Pont du Diable, which translates to The Devil¿s Bridge, took place in front of 14 guests and was blessed by the mayor of neighbouring town Saint-Jean-de-Fos.

Bands that bind: Ms Rose had fashioned rings for both herself and her new husband

Joyous occasion: Jodi and her new husband celebrates their wedding with their guests in south France

Joyous occasion: Jodi and her new husband celebrate their wedding with their guests in south France

Written in stone: The union between Jodi and her bridge husband was blessed by the mayor of the nearby town Saint-Jean-de-Fos

Written in stone: The union between Jodi and her bridge husband was blessed by the mayor of the nearby town Saint-Jean-de-Fos

The wedding between Jodi and Le Pont du Diable, which translates to The Devil’s Bridge, took place in front of 14 guests and was blessed by the mayor of neighbouring town Saint-Jean-de-Fos.

The pair made their vows at the groom’s entrance. Rose wore a custom bridal gown and veil, and commissioned rings for both her and the bridge.

‘He understands that I love other bridges – and men – ours is a love that embraces the vagaries of life, as materialised in the swirling currents of the river that flows beneath his magnificent body,’ Rose wrote on her website.

Rock-solid: Jodi Rose says she is 'completely devoted' to her husband who 'keeps her grounded'

Rock-solid: Jodi Rose says she is ‘completely devoted’ to her husband who ‘keeps her grounded’

‘The Devil’s Bridge is everything I could desire in a husband – sturdy, trustworthy, sensual, kind and handsome,’ she added.

Their union is not legally recognised in France, but Rose claims their marriage is as strong as any other.

‘This is not a decision I undertake lightly, just as our curves complement, we truly bring joy to each other, and the strength of his pylons will always carry me home.’

Ms Rose, who says she is completely devoted to her new husband, have yet to explain how she determined the sex of the bridge.

Weekly News & Politics Digest, December 4, 2012

  • Hanover • Hanover Approves 38 Percent Property-Tax Hike

    The borough says the money is needed to fund police and fire services.
    By CRAIG K. PASKOSKI
    The Evening Sun

    Despite a personal plea from state Rep. Dan Moul, the Hanover Borough Council Wednesday night approved a 38-percent property tax increase for next year and voted to advertise its proposed $30.2 million 2013 budget.

    The council voted, 8-1, to raise the real estate tax rate by 1.51 mills, setting the rate for next year at 5.50 mills. The increase would mean an additional $250.51 yearly in taxes for the owners of a $165,900 house, which is the average value of a home in the borough. Taxes for that house would increase from $661.94 per year to $912.45.

    Moul, who lives in Conewago Township, said he owns rental property in the borough and was concerned about his tenants. He questioned why the borough needed such a significant increase and said it would hurt those in the community who can least afford it.

    “Are your expenses going up 38 percent?” Moul questioned the council. “I find that extraordinarily hard to believe.

    “People are living hand to mouth. People that are lucky enough to have jobs are living paycheck to paycheck,” said the Republican lawmaker.

    Moul said the 38-percent increase, along with proposed water-rate hikes and higher taxes on the county level, would force him to raise rental rates.

    “We’ve got to pass that along to some of the poorest people in our community,” he said.

    Moul asked the council to table the increase in order to re-examine the budget “to see where we can trim some spending.”

    But Borough Manager Barb Krebs said the council
    had been over the budget many times and was at the point where an increase was unavoidable without cutting services. She pointed out it is the first time in nine years the borough will raise taxes.

    “The council did a good job of holding off raising taxes until this point,” Krebs said. “We cut every possible place we could cut. Unfortunately, we have to raise this year.”

    She said the borough avoided a tax increase in recent years by pulling money from other accounts, including its cash reserve fund. The borough used roughly half of its $2.6 million in reserve funds this year to balance the 2012 budget, Krebs said. Those funds are needed early in the year to meet payroll before taxes comes in to the borough.

    Even with the tax increase, Krebs said, the borough will still need to dip into that reserve fund to make ends meet next year.

    With the tax hike, the borough expects to generate $5 million in real-estate taxes in 2013.

    That money, Krebs said, is specifically designated to cover police and fire services, which is projected to cost the borough $5.36 million.

    “Without raising the taxes, we’d have to cut services,” Krebs said.

    Driving the need for the increase is a $547,500 rise in health insurance costs, wages and pensions. The borough faces a 20-percent increase in insurance premiums and employee contracts call for a 3½-percent wage increase for firefighters, 3 percent for police personnel, public works and office employees, and a 2½-percent raise for water department workers.

    Moul questioned whether borough employees should be getting those raises since the consumer price index is rising only about 1 percent.

    Krebs said employees agreed to make concessions in their health benefits to slightly offset those premium increases.

    She also pointed out state funding for many items, such as the libraries, recycling and grants have been cut, while the borough is mandated to do a number of projects, including upgrades to the sewer lines and the wastewater treatment plant.

    “You, as a representative, know there are a lot of mandates out there,” Krebs said.

    Moul said he was concerned the increase was coming all at once.

    “It’s such a big jump at one time,” he said. “To raise this 38 percent in one shot could be devastating to them, people that live on the edge.”

    Councilwoman Heidi Hormel voted against the tax increase, saying she was not given enough information during budget meetings.

    “I know we need an increase. I feel I didn’t have enough information on it at our last finance meeting,” she said.

    The proposed budget will be available for public review at the borough office building, and council is scheduled to take a final vote at its Dec. 26 regular meeting.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:47 pm


  • Opinions • Re: Third Party

    Yes, indeed we were warned about political parties by our Founding Fathers. They were wise men, who created and organized a new government to the best of their abilities and with the realities of their time; still, they looked into the future and were able to anticipate difficulties that could possibly arise. One of these was the rise of powerful political parties.
    James Madison- “A pure democracy can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction….. There is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party.”

    John Adams- “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble opinion, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

    Benjamin Franklin- “And of what kind are the men that will strive for this profitable preeminence, through all the bustle of cabal, the heat of contention, the infinite mutual abuse of parties, tearing to pieces the best of characters?”

    George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796- “However political parties may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

    These visionary men could well be describing today’s democrat and republican parties.

    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:32 am


  • Opinions • Re: Third Party

    Do we need Political Parties?
    Would our country be better off if we had no political parties- just individuals running for public office against each other?

    Interesting idea-however-it can spell the end of any kind of democracy.

    When military dictators come to power, such as the late President Zia ul Haq of Pakistan, they abolish political parties. In fact, a one party state such as Nazi Germany or the USSR is a no-party state.

    Gore Vidal famously said that ’the United States is a one party state with two right wings.’

    I was quite shocked when I was a student when my American exchange professor said that he never voted in US elections as he felt he was endorsing a system which never gave him any real choices at all.

    More crucially, compared to foreign governments, the US one is-according to European political scientists- much weaker than, say, European ones when it comes to withstanding pressure from big business.

    American political theorist, Chalmers Johnson, in his book ’Blowback’ takes the argument a step further by saying that the US arms industrial complex is so eager to promote itself, or weapons sales, that it will, in effect, work against the foreign policy interests of the United States and the State Department.

    Whether that is true or not, on a personal note, I spend my entire life in a classroom reading American literature, stories and poems, to English -and Turkish-children, and I am filled with something like despair at the dreadful political leadership in the US which is either irrelevant or just wrong-headed most of the time. Let me spare you the details save in this:

    All the peoples of the western nations are going to have to pay higher taxes whatever any politician may tell us. We are going to have to accept lower wages as well, and be a whole lot more efficient. There is no other way of competing with the sort of people who produce quality goods on salaries of $2,000 a year or less. Our military budgets are going to have to be chopped back. We are being invaded with cheap shampoo and toy tanks now. Real tanks won’t help much.

    You can’t always get what you want

    It’s not so much that we “need” them as that we get them whether we want them or not.

    Each party is a collection of diverse, slightly overlapping interests that agree to work together. It can lead to some irrelevant bedfellows (why are the gun-rights and pro-life people the same party? Why is same party for minimum wage hikes and legalized marijuana?) but there’s usually some logic to it.

    They’re stronger together then they are apart. “I’ll vote for your issues if you’ll vote for mine.” Usually they’re not really voting against their interest when voting for the other guy’s bill but might otherwise remain neutral on it, while the “other party” contains the guys who are opposed.

    Try this as a thought experiment: take your favorite party and disband it. The separate interest garoups will get massacred by the other party, and the old party will promptly re-form spontaneously.

    Once in a very rare while an extremely rich person will try to run without the aid of a party. It rarely works, and never at the Presidential level. And it never, ever, ever works for poor people. If we eliminated parties, only people who could afford all the infrastructure that parties currently provide (experienced media managers, volunteer coordinators, mailing lists, etc) would win.

    You can try banning the parties, but only by trampling on freedom of speech, freedom of association, and probably freedom of the press.

    Local elections are often nonpartisan, usually because there aren’t any long-term social and theoretical alignments to work out. But even there, politicians tend to band together and work for each other’s interests. And they’re not always nonpartisan, because they’re sometimes used to “groom” candidates for higher office.

    So parties end up being an inevitable fact of life. We can rail against it, but there’s not really anything we can do about it without costing even more freedom than we’d gain.

    In a word: Yes!

    A party is just an organization that helps individuals get elected. Every candidate has an organization. Even if we got rid of all the parties today, they’d appear in a blink of an eye. There are practical reasons for this.

    In the US, we have the most mature democracy on the planet. Thus we have two parties. In the beginning, there were a ton of parties. You needed a score card, and it still didn’t make sense. It was like every candidate was a unique individual, and you had no idea what their history really was.

    New-born democracies often start with a dozen parties. In the first few years, these get reduced in half, as the little parties merge with larger parties that share a lot of their positions. These mergers happen for the same reason they happen in business: greater numbers equal more foot soldiers and more power in elections and more money raising, and greater efficiency.

    The end of this party consolidation always comes when there are two parties in a democracy (one “party” in non-democracies). And these two parties tussle back and forth, each trying to claim their half, plus a little be more of the center, so they can win.

    Inevitably, in this process, a lot of ideas get left out, as the parties seek to position themselves with the greatest chance of winning the coveted center. So people get angry, and in hoping to push their ideas, they try, again and again, to build third parties. These almost never take hold. And even if they do well in one election, their share of the vote has always plummeted in the next election.

    So, if we outlawed the current parties, new parties would spring up out of the organizations of the next set of politicians. It’s a nice dream. It will never happen as long as we have a democracy, and as long as enough people think elections matter.

    I say no!

    My preference would be to have no parties at all. To be a candidate, you get the designated number of signatures on a petition and run in a national primary. Public funding at a moderately low rate is provided–no personal funds can be used. Then the top 4 get additional public funding to run in the election. The whole process takes 4 months and literally anyone can run. Do away with the unnecessary conventions and all the backroom deal making. Time for a major overhaul of our system that will get rid of the choking influence of the rich ruling class in this country.

    It’s a good question.

    There are certainly flaws in the dual party system and within each party. However I can’t help thinking of The Federalist Papers (I think that’s it. I’m pretty tired and the brain is firing slowly) in which there was some concern that this country would grow so large, with so many factions that there would be know method of balance and the sheer volume of different political movements would halt any progress. I would be concerned that with no parties to balance one another and consolidate efforts to enact laws and policies we might wind up stagnating with a whole lot of wonderful ideas but no real action in any direction. The flip side would be we would have a heck of a lot less, or at least smaller portions, of organized corruption.

    Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:42 am


  • Opinions • Re: Third Party

    The Nebraska Legislature is the supreme legislative body of the State of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. The Legislature meets at the Nebraska State Capitol in the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County.
    Nebraska’s Legislature is unusual in that it is unicameral and nonpartisan. No other state in the U.S. has a single-chamber legislative body, although the legislatures of two U.S. territories—the Virgin Islands and Guam—are unicameral, as is the Council of the District of Columbia. At 49 members it is also the smallest state legislature (the next smallest is the 60-member bicameral Alaska Legislature).
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    Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:25 am


  • Opinions • A citizen of Guam

    I am an American citizen living on the island of Guam. Guam is a territory of the United States. I am a 57-year-old female, disabled by a stroke at the age of 41. Although we are American citizens, we cannot vote directly for the President of the United States, so we are not included in the popular vote. I feel this is wrong.

    I see a ridiculous amount of waste, inefficiency, and mis-management in our government; ridiculous amounts of money for simple items that are buried in wasteful government contracts.

    I don’t care about the party system or about term limits. I don’t care what party a candidate represents, I vote based upon their positions on the issues that are important to me. If a candidate is worthy, they can be elected as many times as the people choose. I do not like candidates who get elected and then do not do what they were elected to do.

    I really liked Ronald Reagan. I think the government is too big and complicated. I support going back to the basics and adhering more closely to the Constitution.

    I rely on social security disability. I get food stamps and I have medicare insurance. The food stamps and social security are insufficient to sustain me. Medicare insurance is good, and I am happy about that.

    Illegal aliens attempt to get onto the island of Guam often. They are mostly Filipinos and Chinese. The ports are closely watched; when the illegals are found, they are sent home without further expense or trouble. What bothers me the most about illegal immigration is that the resources of America go to take care of people who are not citizens when we have Americans in need right now. Besides that, the budget is a mess and we can’t afford it.

    Statistics: Posted by debbie — Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:03 pm


  • Opinions • Re: Third Party

    Were we not warned against political parties, by Thee founding father.

    Statistics: Posted by Jim — Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:36 pm


  • Opinions • Term Limits

    This is the opinion of an investment counselor who lives in Virginia, just outside of the District of Columbia. I am in favor of strict term limits in America. Two terms in the senate and one term in congress should be sufficient for an individual to serve the country to the best of their ability, and then return to private life as a citizen. Career politicians with life-long agendas and far-reaching power and influence would be a thing of the past; senators and congressmen would not become millionaires at the expense of the taxpayers; they would not become beltway-insiders who are out of touch with the people.
    I would like to see a single 6-year term for the presidency. This would give a sufficient term to be effective, while eliminating the time and expense of campaigning while in office.

    Statistics: Posted by concerned+1 — Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:13 am


  • Opinions • Re: Third Party

    In reading over the previous post, I am reminded of the words found within the Declaration of Independence, crafted by our Founding Fathers…
    ” that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Enough said.

    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:10 am


  • Opinions • Third Party

    The concept of a third party is interesting. Neither of the two existing parties can fix the problems of this country today; neither seems willing or able to clearly (and fearlessly) even identify the problems. They are stifled by political correctness and blinded by their affiliations. They are deaf to the voices of the people. After the 2012 Presidential election, it seems clear that today’s Republican Party in particular does not have the ability to re-brand itself as a party more acceptable to the electorate.
    Grass-roots conservatives are aware that they are taken for granted by the Republican Party and thereby ignored. Their core beliefs are trampled upon. As a result, many stayed home rather than vote in 2012. They have come to realize that the Republican Party does not represent them.
    A Ron Paul or a Gary Johnson is not the answer. That has been tried, and it failed. Rather than having a fringe group leader emerge and then have a small minority of voters coalesce around him/her, a viable third party platform must be formed, and then a leader chosen that best represents that platform. That way the issues come first, rather than the popular appeal of an articulate candidate who has no chance of winning. The platform of a true conservative party could probably be pulled from within the present Republican Party platform, and would consist of many planks not being used by the present party establishment.
    Interestingly, there are certainly also disgruntled Democrats, sick of the partisan bickering and gridlock in Washington, who can see that a possible workable new party is somewhere outside the two current major parties. The current party elites are ignoring them as well. Some of these might very well consider joining a new party (like the “Reagan Democrats”) if they were convinced the party heard them and would represent them.
    The chance of a successful third party developing into a force to be reckoned with is low, and I hold a skeptical realism as to its practicality. It would take millions of dollars, real independent leadership, and strong coalitions in all fifty states to be viable. But there are American voices that are crying out to be heard and are tired of being ignored while they are paying the salaries of those in office, and whose number seems to be increasing.

    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:45 am


  • What’s On Your Mind • Quote from a European Newspaper

    Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon. The Czechs suffered under the Soviet form of socialism and are quite qualified to recognize the Obama form of the same.

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgement to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”
    Prager Zeitungon

    Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:34 pm


  • What’s On Your Mind • What If We Fail? – Liberty

    Ronald Reagan speech at 1976 Republican Convention…what can we learn from this?Image

    If I could just take a moment; I had an assignment the other day. Someone asked me to write a letter for a time capsule that is going to be opened in Los Angeles a hundred years from now, on our Tricentennial.

    It sounded like an easy assignment. They suggested I write something about the problems and the issues today. I set out to do so, riding down the coast in an automobile, looking at the blue Pacific out on one side and the Santa Ynez Mountains on the other, and I couldn’t help but wonder if it was going to be that beautiful a hundred years from now as it was on that summer day.

    Then as I tried to write — let your own minds turn to that task. You are going to write for people a hundred years from now, who know all about us. We know nothing about them. We don’t know what kind of a world they will be living in.

    And suddenly I thought to myself if I write of the problems, they will be the domestic problems the President spoke of here tonight; the challenges confronting us, the erosion of freedom that has taken place under Democratic rule in this country, the invasion of private rights, the controls and restrictions on the vitality of the great free economy that we enjoy. These are our challenges that we must meet.

    And then again there is that challenge of which he spoke that we live in a world in which the great powers have poised and aimed at each other horrible missiles of destruction, nuclear weapons that can in a matter of minutes arrive at each other’s country and destroy, virtually, the civilized world we live in.

    And suddenly it dawned on me, those who would read this letter a hundred years from now will know whether those missiles were fired. They will know whether we met our challenge. Whether they have the freedoms that we have known up until now will depend on what we do here.

    Will they look back with appreciation and say, “Thank God for those people in 1976 who headed off that loss of freedom, who kept us now 100 years later free, who kept our world from nuclear destruction”?

    And if we failed, they probably won’t get to read the letter at all because it spoke of individual freedom, and they won’t be allowed to talk of that or read of it.

    This is our challenge; and this is why here in this hall tonight, better than we have ever done before, we have got to quit talking to each other and about each other and go out and communicate to the world that we may be fewer in numbers than we have ever been, but we carry the message they are waiting for.

    We must go forth from here united, determined that what a great general said a few years ago is true: There is no substitute for victory, Mr. President.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:07 pm


  • What’s On Your Mind • Ronald Reagan Thanksgiving Day Address 1985

    Ronald Reagan Thanksgiving Day Address 1985
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    This is what a REAL president sounds like when he offers Thanksgiving greetings to his fellow Americans: appreciation for the liberties we enjoy, for those who have fought to preserve them, and for the Father in heaven who has so greatly blessed us.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:44 pm


  • What’s On Your Mind • Thanksgiving Proclamation

    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
    A PROCLAMATION
    Thanksgiving Proclamation, November 15, 1985

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    Although the time and date of the first American thanksgiving observance may be uncertain, there is no question but that this treasured custom derives from our Judeo-Christian heritage. “Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks,” the Psalmist sang, praising God not only for the “wondrous works” of His creation, but for loving guidance and deliverance from dangers.

    A band of settlers arriving in Maine in 1607 held a service of thanks for their safe journey, and twelve years later settlers in Virginia set aside a day of thanksgiving for their survival. In 1621 Governor William Bradford created the most famous of all such observances at Plymouth Colony when a bounteous harvest prompted him to proclaim a special day “to render thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings.” The Spaniards in California and the Dutch in New Amsterdam also held services to give public thanks to God.

    In 1777, during our War of Independence, the Continental Congress set aside a day for thanksgiving and praise for our victory at the battle of Saratoga. It was the first time all the colonies took part in such an event on the same day. The following year, upon news that France was coming to our aid, George Washington at Valley Forge prescribed a special day of thanksgiving. Later, as our first President, he responded to a Congressional petition by declaring Thursday, November 26, 1789, the first Thanksgiving Day of the United States of America.

    Although there were many state and national thanksgiving days proclaimed in the ensuing years, it was the tireless crusade of one woman, Sarah Josepha Hale, that finally led to the establishment of this beautiful feast as an annual nationwide observance. Her editorials so touched the heart of Abraham Lincoln that in 1863 – even in the midst of the civil War – he enjoined his countrymen to be mindful of their many blessings, cautioning them not to forget “the source from which they come,” that they are “the gracious gifts of the Most High God…” Who ought to be thanked “with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.”

    It is in that spirit that I now invite all Americans to take part again in this beautiful tradition with its roots deep in our history and deeper still in our hearts. We manifest our gratitude to God for the many blessings he has showered upon our land and upon its people.

    In this season of Thanksgiving we are grateful for our abundant harvests and the productivity of our industries; for the discoveries of our laboratories; for the researches of our scientists and scholars; for the achievements of our artists, musicians, writers, clergy, teachers, physicians, businessmen, engineers, public servants, farmers, mechanics, artisans, and workers of every sort whose honest toil of mind and body in a free land rewards them and their families and enriches our entire Nation.

    Let us thank God for our families, friends, and neighbors, and for the joy of this very festival we celebrate in His name. Let every house of worship in the land and every home and every heart be filled with the spirit of gratitude and praise and love on this Thanksgiving Day.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, in the spirit and tradition of the Pilgrims, the Continental Congress, and past Presidents, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 28, 1985, as a day of national Thanksgiving. I call upon every citizen of this great Nation to gather together in homes and places of worship and offer prayers of praise and gratitude for the many blessings almighty God has bestowed upon our beloved country.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and tenth.

    RONALD REAGAN

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:11 pm


  • Opinions • The Opinions of the People

    This is a troubled time in American history.

    The recent election revealed the changing face and values of the electorate, as well as stark and deep divisions among the people. Citizens everywhere are considering vital questions:

    Should we reform/abolish the current party system? Is a new political party a viable option?
    Does the Electoral College still work for America today?
    What about non-partisan re-districting?
    How should we adjust our policies with regard to immigration and our borders?
    How can we remain fiscally sound and work within budgetary restraints?
    Should America adopt term limits?
    Are the words in our founding documents still alive and inspirational? Should we be guided by them still today, or have they become irrelevant?

    Many people today fear that our rights are being eroded, and some even say our country is “broken”. Perhaps we, as caretakers of this nation, can heal the break by finding common ground amongst ourselves.

    This website has one purpose: to gather the opinions and suggestions of caring citizens, and then present them to our elected officials. Write as much or as little as you wish. Come back whenever you want to contribute. Above all, speak freely, whether you are….

    • Red or Blue
    • Left or Right
    • Tea Party or Occupy
    • 99% or 1%
    • Big government or Limited government
    • Employed or out-of-work
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  • Existing Laws – Amend or Repeal • National Emergencies Act – Amendment Draft #1

    Everything that affects our lives in this country is based upon law… the Constitution being the first. We have no government or country without law. We are fortunate enough to have a system of government that allows us to elect (or hire) representatives to “represent” us in the creation, amending or removal of the laws that we live by. Nothing is perfect in this system, but it should work well if the elected representatives truly represent the will of the people… not a few, but all people. The will of the people today are not always paramount in this representative process in favor of a political party bias. This is where it becomes necessary for the people to step in and become more actively involved in the process to insure the will of the people are done as priority to any political party affiliation. This being said, no one has a right to complain if they do not actively participate in the process.

    Afraid of what our country is becoming and the road it’s going down? Fear not, for we, the people, still retain full power and control of our nation and our destiny. The President, alone, ultimately has no power without Congress and Congress is supposed to be us, “We the People”. Only good can come from being an active, not passive, participant in what is “The Government of the People, by the People and for the People”!

    If no one registers, participates and unites here, nothing will change and we get what we deserve. Our job doesn’t stop by simply voting once every four years and then hope for the best. Will someone assist here or will this remain a blank slate and allow the above law remain intact? 5,000 or 5,000,000 people presenting a finished bill to Congress, as a petition, would be very difficult for Congress or the President to ignore. To ignore and not be representative of the people is what causes revolutions and civil wars.

    If some need extra incentives other than the love of our country…
    Wouldn’t it be a novel idea for a TV or radio talk show host to do more than talk, to “do” something additionally by sponsoring and promoting a bill. Certainly wouldn’t hurt ratings either. Talk, debate and controversy would be abundant in the process of completing a finished product.

    If someone has a better idea or a tool more specific to the purpose of gov.summit.net, then please let us… everyone know. Our country and freedom is at stake and is too important!

    Otherwise…

    Be an active participant in government!!! Please, register and do more than twitter or facebook. Actions speak MUCH louder than words. News and blog junkies or others that only complain are part of the problem by creating only noise to and distractions for the problem solvers and solution makers.

    Don’t know how this works, what to do or how to begin? Try, message or chat with anyone here and they will be glad to assist. All of the tools for research, collaboration and creation can be found here on this site. Don’t know law? You don’t need to. Your ideas and concepts are all that you need to express. It’s simple and people will listen. Easy, isn’t it? Try to have such an impact or impression, as an individual, with a phone call or letter to your congressman or senator!

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:18 pm


  • Existing Laws – Amend or Repeal • 50 USC Chapter 35 – INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY ECONOMIC POWERS

    The existing code:

    INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY ECONOMIC POWERS

    50 USC Chapter 35 – INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY ECONOMIC POWERS

    50 USC § 1701 – Unusual and extraordinary threat; declaration of national emergency; exercise of Presidential authorities
    (a) Any authority granted to the President by section 1702 of this title may be exercised to deal with any unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States, if the President declares a national emergency with respect to such threat.
    (b) The authorities granted to the President by section 1702 of this title may only be exercised to deal with an unusual and extraordinary threat with respect to which a national emergency has been declared for purposes of this chapter and may not be exercised for any other purpose. Any exercise of such authorities to deal with any new threat shall be based on a new declaration of national emergency which must be with respect to such threat.

    50 USC § 1702 – Presidential authorities
    (a) In general
    (1) At the times and to the extent specified in section 1701 of this title, the President may, under such regulations as he may prescribe, by means of instructions, licenses, or otherwise—
    (A) investigate, regulate, or prohibit—
    (i) any transactions in foreign exchange,
    (ii) transfers of credit or payments between, by, through, or to any banking institution, to the extent that such transfers or payments involve any interest of any foreign country or a national thereof,
    (iii) the importing or exporting of currency or securities,
    by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States;
    (B) investigate, block during the pendency of an investigation, regulate, direct and compel, nullify, void, prevent or prohibit, any acquisition, holding, withholding, use, transfer, withdrawal, transportation, importation or exportation of, or dealing in, or exercising any right, power, or privilege with respect to, or transactions involving, any property in which any foreign country or a national thereof has any interest by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; and. [1]
    (C) when the United States is engaged in armed hostilities or has been attacked by a foreign country or foreign nationals, confiscate any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, of any foreign person, foreign organization, or foreign country that he determines has planned, authorized, aided, or engaged in such hostilities or attacks against the United States; and all right, title, and interest in any property so confiscated shall vest, when, as, and upon the terms directed by the President, in such agency or person as the President may designate from time to time, and upon such terms and conditions as the President may prescribe, such interest or property shall be held, used, administered, liquidated, sold, or otherwise dealt with in the interest of and for the benefit of the United States, and such designated agency or person may perform any and all acts incident to the accomplishment or furtherance of these purposes.
    (2) In exercising the authorities granted by paragraph (1), the President may require any person to keep a full record of, and to furnish under oath, in the form of reports or otherwise, complete information relative to any act or transaction referred to in paragraph (1) either before, during, or after the completion thereof, or relative to any interest in foreign property, or relative to any property in which any foreign country or any national thereof has or has had any interest, or as may be otherwise necessary to enforce the provisions of such paragraph. In any case in which a report by a person could be required under this paragraph, the President may require the production of any books of account, records, contracts, letters, memoranda, or other papers, in the custody or control of such person.
    (3) Compliance with any regulation, instruction, or direction issued under this chapter shall to the extent thereof be a full acquittance and discharge for all purposes of the obligation of the person making the same. No person shall be held liable in any court for or with respect to anything done or omitted in good faith in connection with the administration of, or pursuant to and in reliance on, this chapter, or any regulation, instruction, or direction issued under this chapter.
    (b) Exceptions to grant of authority
    The authority granted to the President by this section does not include the authority to regulate or prohibit, directly or indirectly—
    (1) any postal, telegraphic, telephonic, or other personal communication, which does not involve a transfer of anything of value;
    (2) donations, by persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, of articles, such as food, clothing, and medicine, intended to be used to relieve human suffering, except to the extent that the President determines that such donations
    (A) would seriously impair his ability to deal with any national emergency declared under section 1701 of this title,
    (B) are in response to coercion against the proposed recipient or donor, or
    (C) would endanger Armed Forces of the United States which are engaged in hostilities or are in a situation where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances; or [2]
    (3) the importation from any country, or the exportation to any country, whether commercial or otherwise, regardless of format or medium of transmission, of any information or informational materials, including but not limited to, publications, films, posters, phonograph records, photographs, microfilms, microfiche, tapes, compact disks, CD ROMs, artworks, and news wire feeds. The exports exempted from regulation or prohibition by this paragraph do not include those which are otherwise controlled for export under section 2404 of the Appendix to this title, or under section 2405 of the Appendix to this title to the extent that such controls promote the nonproliferation or antiterrorism policies of the United States, or with respect to which acts are prohibited by chapter 37 of title 18; or
    (4) any transactions ordinarily incident to travel to or from any country, including importation of accompanied baggage for personal use, maintenance within any country including payment of living expenses and acquisition of goods or services for personal use, and arrangement or facilitation of such travel including nonscheduled air, sea, or land voyages.
    (c) Classified information
    In any judicial review of a determination made under this section, if the determination was based on classified information (as defined in section 1(a) of the Classified Information Procedures Act) such information may be submitted to the reviewing court ex parte and in camera. This subsection does not confer or imply any right to judicial review.

    50 USC § 1703 – Consultation and reports
    (a) Consultation with Congress
    The President, in every possible instance, shall consult with the Congress before exercising any of the authorities granted by this chapter and shall consult regularly with the Congress so long as such authorities are exercised.
    (b) Report to Congress upon exercise of Presidential authorities
    Whenever the President exercises any of the authorities granted by this chapter, he shall immediately transmit to the Congress a report specifying—
    (1) the circumstances which necessitate such exercise of authority;
    (2) why the President believes those circumstances constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States;
    (3) the authorities to be exercised and the actions to be taken in the exercise of those authorities to deal with those circumstances;
    (4) why the President believes such actions are necessary to deal with those circumstances; and
    (5) any foreign countries with respect to which such actions are to be taken and why such actions are to be taken with respect to those countries.
    (c) Periodic follow-up reports
    At least once during each succeeding six-month period after transmitting a report pursuant to subsection (b) of this section with respect to an exercise of authorities under this chapter, the President shall report to the Congress with respect to the actions taken, since the last such report, in the exercise of such authorities, and with respect to any changes which have occurred concerning any information previously furnished pursuant to paragraphs (1) through (5) of subsection (b) of this section.
    (d) Supplemental requirements
    The requirements of this section are supplemental to those contained in title IV of the National Emergencies Act [50 U.S.C. 1641].

    50 USC § 1704 – Authority to issue regulations
    The President may issue such regulations, including regulations prescribing definitions, as may be necessary for the exercise of the authorities granted by this chapter.

    50 USC § 1705 – Penalties
    (a) Unlawful acts
    It shall be unlawful for a person to violate, attempt to violate, conspire to violate, or cause a violation of any license, order, regulation, or prohibition issued under this chapter.
    (b) Civil penalty
    A civil penalty may be imposed on any person who commits an unlawful act described in subsection (a) in an amount not to exceed the greater of—
    (1) $250,000; or
    (2) an amount that is twice the amount of the transaction that is the basis of the violation with respect to which the penalty is imposed.
    (c) Criminal penalty
    A person who willfully commits, willfully attempts to commit, or willfully conspires to commit, or aids or abets in the commission of, an unlawful act described in subsection (a) shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $1,000,000, or if a natural person, may be imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both.

    50 USC § 1706 – Savings provisions
    (a) Termination of national emergencies pursuant to National Emergencies Act
    (1) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, notwithstanding the termination pursuant to the National Emergencies Act [50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.] of a national emergency declared for purposes of this chapter, any authorities granted by this chapter, which are exercised on the date of such termination on the basis of such national emergency to prohibit transactions involving property in which a foreign country or national thereof has any interest, may continue to be so exercised to prohibit transactions involving that property if the President determines that the continuation of such prohibition with respect to that property is necessary on account of claims involving such country or its nationals.
    (2) Notwithstanding the termination of the authorities described in section 101(b) of this Act, any such authorities, which are exercised with respect to a country on the date of such termination to prohibit transactions involving any property in which such country or any national thereof has any interest, may continue to be exercised to prohibit transactions involving that property if the President determines that the continuation of such prohibition with respect to that property is necessary on account of claims involving such country or its nationals.
    (b) Congressional termination of national emergencies by concurrent resolution
    The authorities described in subsection (a)(1) of this section may not continue to be exercised under this section if the national emergency is terminated by the Congress by concurrent resolution pursuant to section 202 of the National Emergencies Act [50 U.S.C. 1622] and if the Congress specifies in such concurrent resolution that such authorities may not continue to be exercised under this section.
    (c) Supplemental savings provisions; supersedure of inconsistent provisions
    (1) The provisions of this section are supplemental to the savings provisions of paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of section 101 (a) [50 U.S.C. 1601 (a)(1), (2), (3)] and of paragraphs (A), (B), and (C) of section 202 (a) [50 U.S.C. 1622 (a)(A), (B), and (C)] of the National Emergencies Act.
    (2) The provisions of this section supersede the termination provisions of section 101 (a) [50 U.S.C. 1601 (a)] and of title II [50 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.] of the National Emergencies Act to the extent that the provisions of this section are inconsistent with these provisions.
    (d) Periodic reports to Congress
    If the President uses the authority of this section to continue prohibitions on transactions involving foreign property interests, he shall report to the Congress every six months on the use of such authority.

    50 USC § 1707 – Multinational economic embargoes against governments in armed conflict with the United States
    (a) Policy on the establishment of embargoes
    It is the policy of the United States, that upon the use of the Armed Forces of the United States to engage in hostilities against any foreign country, the President shall, as appropriate—
    (1) seek the establishment of a multinational economic embargo against such country; and
    (2) seek the seizure of its foreign financial assets.
    (b) Reports to Congress
    Not later than 20 days after the first day of the engagement of the United States in hostilities described in subsection (a) of this section, the President shall, if the armed conflict has continued for 14 days, submit to Congress a report setting forth—
    (1) the specific steps the United States has taken and will continue to take to establish a multinational economic embargo and to initiate financial asset seizure pursuant to subsection (a) of this section; and
    (2) any foreign sources of trade or revenue that directly or indirectly support the ability of the adversarial government to sustain a military conflict against the United States.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:33 pm


  • Existing Laws – Amend or Repeal • Proposed Amendment of Presidential Executive Order

    The existing code

    National Emergencies Act

    50 USC § 1601 – Termination of existing declared emergencies
    (a) All powers and authorities possessed by the President, any other officer or employee of the Federal Government, or any executive agency, as defined in section 105 of title 5, as a result of the existence of any declaration of national emergency in effect on September 14, 1976, are terminated two years from September 14, 1976. Such termination shall not affect—
    (1) any action taken or proceeding pending not finally concluded or determined on such date;
    (2) any action or proceeding based on any act committed prior to such date; or
    (3) any rights or duties that matured or penalties that were incurred prior to such date.
    (b) For the purpose of this section, the words “any national emergency in effect” means a general declaration of emergency made by the President.

    SUBCHAPTER II—DECLARATIONS OF FUTURE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES (§§ 1621–1622)
    50 USC § 1621 – Declaration of national emergency by President; publication in Federal Register; effect on other laws; superseding legislation
    (a) With respect to Acts of Congress authorizing the exercise, during the period of a national emergency, of any special or extraordinary power, the President is authorized to declare such national emergency. Such proclamation shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register.
    (b) Any provisions of law conferring powers and authorities to be exercised during a national emergency shall be effective and remain in effect
    (1) only when the President (in accordance with subsection (a) of this section), specifically declares a national emergency, and
    (2) only in accordance with this chapter. No law enacted after September 14, 1976, shall supersede this subchapter unless it does so in specific terms, referring to this subchapter, and declaring that the new law supersedes the provisions of this subchapter.
    50 USC § 1622 – National emergencies
    (a) Termination methods
    Any national emergency declared by the President in accordance with this subchapter shall terminate if—
    (1) there is enacted into law a joint resolution terminating the emergency; or
    (2) the President issues a proclamation terminating the emergency.
    Any national emergency declared by the President shall be terminated on the date specified in any joint resolution referred to in clause (1) or on the date specified in a proclamation by the President terminating the emergency as provided in clause (2) of this subsection, whichever date is earlier, and any powers or authorities exercised by reason of said emergency shall cease to be exercised after such specified date, except that such termination shall not affect—
    (A) any action taken or proceeding pending not finally concluded or determined on such date;
    (B) any action or proceeding based on any act committed prior to such date; or
    (C) any rights or duties that matured or penalties that were incurred prior to such date.
    (b) Termination review of national emergencies by Congress
    Not later than six months after a national emergency is declared, and not later than the end of each six-month period thereafter that such emergency continues, each House of Congress shall meet to consider a vote on a joint resolution to determine whether that emergency shall be terminated.
    (c) Joint resolution; referral to Congressional committees; conference committee in event of disagreement; filing of report; termination procedure deemed part of rules of House and Senate
    (1) A joint resolution to terminate a national emergency declared by the President shall be referred to the appropriate committee of the House of Representatives or the Senate, as the case may be. One such joint resolution shall be reported out by such committee together with its recommendations within fifteen calendar days after the day on which such resolution is referred to such committee, unless such House shall otherwise determine by the yeas and nays.
    (2) Any joint resolution so reported shall become the pending business of the House in question (in the case of the Senate the time for debate shall be equally divided between the proponents and the opponents) and shall be voted on within three calendar days after the day on which such resolution is reported, unless such House shall otherwise determine by yeas and nays.
    (3) Such a joint resolution passed by one House shall be referred to the appropriate committee of the other House and shall be reported out by such committee together with its recommendations within fifteen calendar days after the day on which such resolution is referred to such committee and shall thereupon become the pending business of such House and shall be voted upon within three calendar days after the day on which such resolution is reported, unless such House shall otherwise determine by yeas and nays.
    (4) In the case of any disagreement between the two Houses of Congress with respect to a joint resolution passed by both Houses, conferees shall be promptly appointed and the committee of conference shall make and file a report with respect to such joint resolution within six calendar days after the day on which managers on the part of the Senate and the House have been appointed. Notwithstanding any rule in either House concerning the printing of conference reports or concerning any delay in the consideration of such reports, such report shall be acted on by both Houses not later than six calendar days after the conference report is filed in the House in which such report is filed first. In the event the conferees are unable to agree within forty-eight hours, they shall report back to their respective Houses in disagreement.
    (5) Paragraphs (1)–(4) of this subsection, subsection (b) of this section, and section 1651 (b) of this title are enacted by Congress—
    (A) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively, and as such they are deemed a part of the rules of each House, respectively, but applicable only with respect to the procedure to be followed in the House in the case of resolutions described by this subsection; and they supersede other rules only to the extent that they are inconsistent therewith; and
    (B) with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change the rules (so far as relating to the procedure of that House) at any time, in the same manner, and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of that House.
    (d) Automatic termination of national emergency; continuation notice from President to Congress; publication in Federal Register
    Any national emergency declared by the President in accordance with this subchapter, and not otherwise previously terminated, shall terminate on the anniversary of the declaration of that emergency if, within the ninety-day period prior to each anniversary date, the President does not publish in the Federal Register and transmit to the Congress a notice stating that such emergency is to continue in effect after such anniversary.

    50 USC Chapter 34, Subchapter III – EXERCISE OF EMERGENCY POWERS AND AUTHORITIES
    When the President declares a national emergency, no powers or authorities made available by statute for use in the event of an emergency shall be exercised unless and until the President specifies the provisions of law under which he proposes that he, or other officers will act. Such specification may be made either in the declaration of a national emergency, or by one or more contemporaneous or subsequent Executive orders published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

    50 USC Chapter 34, Subchapter IV – ACCOUNTABILITY AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS OF PRESIDENT

    (a) Maintenance of file and index of Presidential orders, rules and regulations during national emergency
    When the President declares a national emergency, or Congress declares war, the President shall be responsible for maintaining a file and index of all significant orders of the President, including Executive orders and proclamations, and each Executive agency shall maintain a file and index of all rules and regulations, issued during such emergency or war issued pursuant to such declarations.
    (b) Presidential orders, rules and regulations; transmittal to Congress
    All such significant orders of the President, including Executive orders, and such rules and regulations shall be transmitted to the Congress promptly under means to assure confidentiality where appropriate.
    (c) Expenditures during national emergency; Presidential reports to Congress
    When the President declares a national emergency or Congress declares war, the President shall transmit to Congress, within ninety days after the end of each six-month period after such declaration, a report on the total expenditures incurred by the United States Government during such six-month period which are directly attributable to the exercise of powers and authorities conferred by such declaration. Not later than ninety days after the termination of each such emergency or war, the President shall transmit a final report on all such expenditures.

    50 USC Chapter 34, Subchapter V – APPLICATION TO POWERS AND AUTHORITIES OF OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW AND ACTIONS TAKEN THEREUNDER

    (a) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the following provisions of law, the powers and authorities conferred thereby, and actions taken thereunder:
    (1) Chapters 1 to 11 of title 40 and division C (except sections 3302, 3307(e), 3501(b), 3509, 3906, 4710, and 4711) of subtitle I of title 41;
    (2) Section 3727(a)–(e)(1) of title 31;
    (3) Section 6305 of title 41;
    (4) Public Law 85–804 (Act of Aug. 28, 1958, 72 Stat. 972; 50 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.);
    (5) Section 2304 (a)(1) [1] of title 10; [2]
    (b) Each committee of the House of Representatives and the Senate having jurisdiction with respect to any provision of law referred to in subsection (a) of this section shall make a complete study and investigation concerning that provision of law and make a report, including any recommendations and proposed revisions such committee may have, to its respective House of Congress within two hundred and seventy days after September 14, 1976.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:15 pm


  • Commentary • Electoral College – Defined

    The Electoral College is the institution that officially elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four years.
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    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:44 am


  • Commentary • Presidential Executive Order – USCode TITLE 50

    Executive Orders And Laws relating to National Emergencies Laws
    United States Code TITLE 50 – WAR AND NATIONAL DEFENSE
    CHAPTER 34 – NATIONAL EMERGENCIES

    SUBCHAPTER I – TERMINATING EXISTING DECLARED EMERGENCIES

    Section 1601. Termination of existing declared emergencies

    (a) All powers and authorities possessed by the President, any other officer or employee of the Federal Government, or any executive agency, as defined in section 105 of title 5, as a result of the existence of any declaration of national emergency in effect on September 14, 1976, are terminated two years from September 14, 1976. Such termination shall not affect –

    (1) any action taken or proceeding pending not finally concluded or determined on such date;
    (2) any action or proceeding based on any act committed prior to such date; or
    (3) any rights or duties that matured or penalties that were incurred prior to such date.

    (b) For the purpose of this section, the words “any national emergency in effect” means a general declaration of emergency made by the President.

    SUBCHAPTER II – DECLARATIONS OF FUTURE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES

    Section1621. Declaration of national emergency by President; publication in Federal Register; effect on other laws; superseding legislation

    (a) With respect to Acts of Congress authorizing the exercise, during the period of a national emergency, of any special or extraordinary power, the President is authorized to declare such national emergency. Such proclamation shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register.

    (b) Any provisions of law conferring powers and authorities to be exercised during a national emergency shall be effective and remain in effect

    (1) only when the President (in accordance with subsection (a) of this section), specifically declares a national emergency, and

    (2) only in accordance with this chapter. No law enacted after September 14, 1976, shall supersede this subchapter unless it does so in specific terms, referring to this subchapter, and declaring that the new law supersedes the provisions of this subchapter.

    Section1622. National emergencies

    (a) Termination methods
    Any national emergency declared by the President in accordance with this subchapter shall terminate if –

    (1) there is enacted into law a joint resolution terminating the emergency; or

    (2) the President issues a proclamation terminating the emergency. Any national emergency declared by the President shall be terminated on the date specified in any joint resolution referred to in clause (1) or on the date specified in a proclamation by the President terminating the emergency as provided in clause (2) of this subsection, whichever date is earlier, and any powers or authorities exercised by reason of said emergency shall cease to be exercised after such specified date, except that such termination shall not affect –

    (A) any action taken or proceeding pending not finally concluded or determined on such date;
    (B) any action or proceeding based on any act committed prior to such date; or
    (C) any rights or duties that matured or penalties that were incurred prior to such date.

    (b) Termination review of national emergencies by Congress
    Not later than six months after a national emergency is declared, and not later than the end of each six-month period thereafter that such emergency continues, each House of Congress shall meet to consider a vote on a joint resolution to determine whether that emergency shall be terminated.

    (c) Joint resolution; referral to Congressional committees; conference committee in event of disagreement; filing of report; termination procedure deemed part of rules of House and Senate

    (1) A joint resolution to terminate a national emergency declared by the President shall be referred to the appropriate committee of the House of Representatives or the Senate, as the case may be. One such joint resolution shall be reported out by such committee together with its recommendations within fifteen calendar days after the day on which such resolution is referred to such committee, unless such House shall otherwise determine by the yeas and nays.

    (2) Any joint resolution so reported shall become the pending business of the House in question (in the case of the Senate the time for debate shall be equally divided between the proponents and the opponents) and shall be voted on within three calendar days after the day on which such resolution is reported, unless such House shall otherwise determine by yeas and nays.

    (3) Such a joint resolution passed by one House shall be referred to the appropriate committee of the other House and shall be reported out by such committee together with its recommendations within fifteen calendar days after the day on which such resolution is referred to such committee and shall thereupon become the pending business of such House and shall be voted upon within three calendar days after the day on which such resolution is reported, unless such House shall otherwise determine by yeas and nays.

    (4) In the case of any disagreement between the two Houses of Congress with respect to a joint resolution passed by both Houses, conferees shall be promptly appointed and the committee of conference shall make and file a report with respect to such joint resolution within six calendar days after the day on which managers on the part of the Senate and the House have been appointed. Notwithstanding any rule in either House concerning the printing of conference reports or concerning any delay in the consideration of such reports, such report shall be acted on by both Houses not later than six calendar days after the conference report is filed in the House in which such report is filed first. In the event the conferees are unable to agree within forty-eight hours, they shall report back to their respective Houses in disagreement.

    (5) Paragraphs (1)-(4) of this subsection, subsection (b) of this section, and section 1651(b) of this title are enacted by Congress –

    (A) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively, and as such they are deemed a part of the rules of each House, respectively, but applicable only with respect to the procedure to be followed in the House in the case of resolutions described by this subsection; and they supersede other rules only to the extent that they are inconsistent therewith; and

    (B) with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change the rules (so far as relating to the procedure of that House) at any time, in the same manner, and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of that House.

    (d) Automatic termination of national emergency; continuation notice from President to Congress; publication in Federal Register Any national emergency declared by the President in accordance with this subchapter, and not otherwise previously terminated, shall terminate on the anniversary of the declaration of that emergency if, within the ninety-day period prior to each anniversary date, the President does not publish in the Federal Register and transmit to the Congress a notice stating that such emergency is to continue in effect after such anniversary.

    SUBCHAPTER III – EXERCISE OF EMERGENCY POWERS AND AUTHORITIES

    Section 1631. Declaration of national emergency by Executive order; authority; publication in Federal Register; transmittal to Congress

    When the President declares a national emergency, no powers or authorities made available by statute for use in the event of an emergency shall be exercised unless and until the President specifies the provisions of law under which he proposes that he, or other officers will act. Such specification may be made either in the declaration of a national emergency, or by one or more contemporaneous or subsequent Executive orders published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

    SUBCHAPTER IV – ACCOUNTABILITY AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS OF PRESIDENT

    Section1641. Accountability and reporting requirements of President

    (a) Maintenance of file and index of Presidential orders, rules and regulations during national emergency

    When the President declares a national emergency, or Congress declares war, the President shall be responsible for maintaining a file and index of all significant orders of the President, including Executive orders and proclamations, and each Executive agency shall maintain a file and index of all rules and regulations, issued during such emergency or war issued pursuant to such declarations.

    (b) Presidential orders, rules and regulations; transmittal to Congress

    All such significant orders of the President, including Executive orders, and such rules and regulations shall be transmitted to the Congress promptly under means to assure confidentiality where appropriate.

    (c) Expenditures during national emergency; Presidential reports to Congress

    When the President declares a national emergency or Congress declares war, the President shall transmit to Congress, within ninety days after the end of each six-month period after such declaration, a report on the total expenditures incurred by the United States Government during such six-month period which are directly attributable to the exercise of powers and authorities conferred by such declaration. Not later than ninety days after the termination of each such emergency or war, the President shall transmit a final report on all such expenditures.

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Atheist_for _taxation.pngMost churches still do God's work without desire of $$ except to give help, hope and community to so many. What we should be doing, instead of looking for more money in taxes, is to elect our nation's residents that are well educated and have ethics enough to cut spending. It's so easy, if anyone offer themselves to be elected to stand up to the job.ncreasing taxes in this day and age is always the wrong answer. Giving the government the power to shut down the freedom of religion is wrong and dangerous. Anyone who has operated in the non-profit world on the conservative side of things over the last 2-3 years knows how dangerously powerful the IRS can be. Also, just to be clear most churches, at least in Virginia, are not corporations. Also, since churches don't publicly report revenues, the figure reported for them is more of less made up.I stand behind churches to continue to be exempt from taxation. Although I'm a Baptist, one great church I found of true value is "First United Methodist Church" in Hanover PA. They offer food, money or life emotional help without question.What I've found troublesome with some churches is their missionary work only to find "numbers" in how many churches they build overseas. While living in Bucharest for a number of years, I found so many that need. I offered a food van to distribute food and let them know the church that gave. No church I contacted was interested... only to tell me that their funds were to build churches.Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Tue May 13, 2014 9:41 pm [...]
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For years, the United States has felt, since Clinton manipulated the markets that allowed for the huge real estate boom during his term. We've been paying for it ever since and have also given away our sense of family and God. Family has long provided that true teaching of right and wrong and of the "golden rule' and love of neighbor with God as it's base. However, greed and selfishness, with government policies, creates an extreme pressure upon these values as most, in the short term, go down the path of least resistance in order to get and have what they wish, at any expense to anyone else.In other words, we have been lavishing in our extremes of pleasure while eliminating our industrial power. Mortgages to buy homes and property at artificially inflated prices have been plaguing us with foreclosures and government bailouts. The result has been that the rich get richer and the price tag has been greater national debt that is sold to China. Who will repay these debts and at what expense? object Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:57 pm [...]
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Oreilly is a forceful man during his interviews on his show, but was required to be much more subdued during an interview with the President. He certainly was not his typical robust self knowing the interview would be over if he stepped over a boundary. What a terrible shame anyone should need to feel "careful" while interviewing the highest elected employee of our nation. When the "people" ask a question of it's elected "employee", the employee should submit, not create an environment of superiority. Only the "people" allow this attitude of their employees.Corporations and small owned businesses elect and employee their CEO or leader of their business based upon popularity... do you think? Why do we elect our President and so many other we hire to an office without education, experience and knowledge to do the important jobs we need them to do? In our last election, many black Americans of African origin voted upon race ONLY without regard for qualification. Many others voted for a dream or utopia. Quite obviously, those that voted, based upon our current electoral conventions, re-elected Obama.During the interview by Bill O'Reilly and Obama during Super Bowl Pre-Game, the President gave all efforts to justify his actions or inactions. Those that were successful, he credited himself with. Those that were not as successful, he gave credit to his subordinates and placed responsibility for any failures upon them... or some"thing" else. Obama always had an answer, but never did, during the interview, or anytime else, ever take responsibility for anything less than successes.The words: "The Buck Stops Here" should be incorporated into the pledge an elected official must take when entering any office throughout our nation. Integrity and humility is not taught to or learned by all of us that run for office.Who doesn't want our nation to succeed? We all have our own ideas and thoughts of how that should be done. One way it won't succeed is by following history and the things that we should have learned that don't work. We shouldn't repeat them.Thank you President Obama and Bill O'Reilly for the time you spent for this interview.Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:23 pm [...]
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Navigating to the "White House Blog", I find it very difficult for anyone to post a comment, as other blogs. It seems to only be an advertisement to the Obama agenda.Possibly we may find that the White House today is not concerned of the "people" that know less.Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:21 pm [...]
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Today, Neil Cavuto on Fox News, discussed the newly proposed federal legislation that would raise the federal gasoline tax to be nearly doubled from 19 cents per gallon to 34 cents per gallon. His valid concern was where the taxes collected at the pump and excise taxes levied on the oil companies have gone... accountability. This concern is evidenced by taxes collected over the years versus road and bridge conditions today throughout the country. Now, Congress is proposing throwing more money at the problem without resolving accountability concerns of an already broken and unaccountable system.Since there has been no comment, suggestion, amendment or addendum to the proposed fuels tax legislation above of nearly 2 1/2 years ago, I assume that whatever the federal government wishes to do with our money is simply "OK". Have we truly become so passive or complacent for something as basic as what we pay for fuel that we will simply allow our representatives to continue to be irresponsible? The fuels tax is so basic that it affects, directly or indirectly, everyone regardless of age or economic status.Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:00 pm [...]
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obama-gun-control.jpgYesterday was the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. And to mark Lincoln's historic, moving speech, President Obama sat down and penned a very personal, handwritten tribute for display at the Lincoln Presidential Library.potus_gettysburg_web_2013.jpgStatistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:23 pm [...]
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Long time radio newsman/commentator Paul Harvey created the original of this homily around 1965. It was updated as the years went by and therefore versions of it vary over time. It is a warning to America about its own decay. object View other versions of this video here.Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:11 pm [...]
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The White House, Washingtonwh-seal-email-friendly.jpgHello, everyone --In the early hours of September 15, 2008, five years ago last Sunday, Lehman Brothers announced it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Lehman was a giant of the financial system -- the fourth-largest investment bank in the US, a firm that employed thousands of brokers and analysts, with billions in assets that were suddenly worthless -- and its collapse sent shock waves through the global economy.Suddenly, it was obvious that the next president of the United States would inherit a staggering economic crisis. But the challenge that President Obama was forced to confront didn't just begin in 2008. Even before Lehman Brothers, middle-class security had been slowly eroding for decades as jobs became obsolete or were shipped overseas.So as we mark this anniversary, we've asked senior staff from across the Obama administration to sit down and talk about the moment when key decisions were made -- the factors they weighed, the results of the actions that President Obama took. What we've put together is a behind-the-scenes look of the decision-making process that you won't find anywhere else.Check out the story of America's recovery, then share it with your friends.By the end of 2008, the economy was shrinking by an annual rate of more than 8 percent, our businesses were shedding 800,000 jobs a month, and credit was frozen for families and small businesses. We were in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. On the day that I first began working in the White House in 2009, the auto industry was on the brink of collapse and the President was wrestling with how to help the millions of families in thousands of communities who would have been devastated if the motor companies died.That's the lens through which President Obama saw his responsibilities, and it's a consistent theme in all the stories we've collected. Every decision he made was meant to stop the economy from spiraling out of control, put people back to work, and reverse the trends that had buffeted middle class for decades. The task was nothing short of monumental -- to clear away the rubble of the crisis and lay down a new foundation for sustained economic growth in the United States.There's no diminishing the severity of the challenge we've overcome together, and we’ve got a lot more work to do to rebuild an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead. But five years after Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, we want to help everyone get the context and see the full picture.Take a minute to learn more about where we are five years after the start of the financial crisis:http://www.whitehouse.gov/five-years-laterThanks!DavidDavid SimasDeputy Senior AdvisorThe White House@Simas44 Visit WhiteHouse.govThe White House • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW • Washington, DC 20500 • 202-456-1111Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:05 pm [...]
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ODE TO COMMON SENSEObituary printed in the London Times.....Absolutely Brilliant !!Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense , who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:...- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;- Why the early bird gets the worm;- Life isn't always fair;- And maybe it was my fault.Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.Common Sense was preceded in death,-by his parents, Truth and Trust,-by his wife, Discretion,-by his daughter, Responsibility,-and by his son, Reason.He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;- I Know My Rights- I Want It Now- Someone Else Is To Blame- I'm A Victim- Pay me for Doing NothingNot many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.If you still remember him, share this with others. If not, join the majority and do nothingStatistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:18 pm [...]
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An Easton, Pa. man, frustrated over property taxes, visited the local tax office and paid in dollar bills — all $7,143 of it.One bill at a time.Local news reports identify the man as Robert Fernandes of Forks Township.The scene, posted on YouTube, has generated more than 15,600 views — in less than a week.In the video, Fernandes carries a duffel bag filled with bundled bills, which he proceeds to stack on a counter. He brings doughnuts, offered to “anyone who is inconvenienced here today.”The tax collector tells Fernandes his protest should probably be directed elsewhere, toward the school board, maybe, which is in charge of setting property tax rates.“I’m not doing this to make anybody’s life more difficult,” Fernandes tells the collector. “Unfortunately, I wish the same could be said, you know, for me and many others whose lives are more difficult for having to pay property taxes.” object Source: Bartle Doo ArticlesStatistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:43 pm [...]
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What a wonderful experience to witness the recreation of the battles of 150 years ago in Gettysburg, PA of the US Civil War. People willing to sacrifice their gold, land and life to have power for states and a central government more in tune with the limited purpose of a central government to unite the states.Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:57 am [...]
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The DHS was created to eliminate intelligence silos deemed responsible in part for 9/11. Though this solution is constitutionally appropriate regarding foreign intelligence, when applied to American citizens on American soil it is not. There's not one argument in favor of the NSA's Prism program, as deployed within an environment of DOJ and NSA information-sharing, which does not imply a de facto suspension of habeas corpus. Since a notorious advertisement of 4th Amendment suspension has not occurred, Prism as implemented is patently unconstitutional.Assurances of the "proper handling" of mass communications using secretly developed protocols and secret courts are not only undermined by that secrecy, they're beside the point. Gathering personal conversations and messages traceable to individuals is not merely recording crowd noise. Saying 'Google does it' is also beside the point. Google doesn't tax you at gunpoint. Google is not the US government. The mass-gathering of domestic communications by the US government, even if left unexamined, is a 4th Amendment violation; secret warrants or not, it turns the entire US population into un-indicted criminal suspects. 99.99% of Americans are not involved in plots to destroy the US. The same cannot be said regarding common misdemeanors. Potential DOJ and IRS access to NSA-gathered data is one result of the creation of the DHS. We're effectively having the contents of our mailboxes and intimate conversations piped directly to people claiming to wear blind-folds and ear-plugs, but are somehow able to categorize these communications anyway. The government agent and apologist explanation that computer algorithm-based searches are hands-free, and therefore inappropriate personal searches are not happening en mass, does not explain away the initial material acquisition absent an explicit warrant. The 4th Amendment refers to search AND seizure. Logical hoops provide intellectual exercise and political cover for those wishing away the Constitution in their zeal to go after the "bad guys". The fact is there's not one among us who's not a 'bad guy' from time to time. It's been said that we all commit at least one crime serious enough to risk possible arrest each day.If you've been politically active and happen to disagree with the current administration, you may have noticed what can happen when the IRS gets involved. Imagine it's the FBI or ATF. For a while now they've rained negative consequences down on those living near or having a street address similar to that of a targeted drug dealer. Innocent people have frequently been assaulted and had their pets killed by overzealous drug warriors. Prism makes it possible for those living nowhere near crack houses to be assaulted by paramilitary-style cops with zero tolerance towards the general population. In the meantime, others with their own beefs against society are constructing bombs in basements without the help of Facebook or cell phones. The Boston bombing, the Underwear and Times Square bombers, and Nidal Hassan were all dealt with by the police or self-interested bystanders. It's hard to see how the NSA could've stopped these guys or the next ones, but it's [...]
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I've been saying the government should get out of the marriage business. Unfortunately, 'government' applies to 50 separate states, and invalidating 50 separate marriage laws is a tall order.I believe people should be free to 'marry' inanimate objects, goats, or their dad's sister's niece or nephew. I've advocated domestic or household incorporation for purposes of accomplishing the various financial, insurance and inheritance statuses currently earned by married people. These hypothetical domestic or household corporations would have nothing to to do with sexual relations or the absence thereof. They could be valid for a limited number of members, perhaps 10. They would cover biologically related people, polygamous marriages or just friends. These people wouldn't be required to live with one another.Marriage is a historically religious arrangement. Get the government's fingers out of it.Statistics: Posted by zooidal — Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:23 pm [...]
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I frequently see study results presented as new blossoms from the human knowledge shrub, then realize they're just ancient freeze-dried cuttings stuck in a Fireside Girl's charming glazed pot. "Email apnea" got my attention the other day, in a Scientific American piece by Tia Ghose about aimless Internet browsing (newly invented maladies always get my attention). Here's a few excerpts from Why the Internet Sucks You in Like a Black Hole - A lack of structural online boundaries tempts users into spending countless hours on the Web..Reading emails or hunching over a screen can...activate humans' fight-or-flight response, said Linda Stone, a researcher who has studied the physiological effects of Internet use. Stone has shown that about 80 percent of people (Saying 79.9 percent would save her 3 characters and a space, but that would seem like a lot less people) temporarily stop breathing or breathe shallowly when they check their email or look at a screen — a condition she calls email apnea. - Well then, people who thread needles, land airplanes, sneak up creaky stairways, see cops with radar guns (or cops readying themselves to Tase recalcitrant motorists), open registered mail from the IRS, or do anything requiring exactitude or self-preservation should already have Stone's attention, though that won't get her recognized as an on-demand professional Internet expert, so never mind. What of the multitudes of apneic people in front of cinema, television, convenience store deli and ATM screens? Same deal.You've got mail - Humans are social creatures. (Damn. Really?) As a result, people enjoy the social information available via email and the Web. - As if telephones, the U.S. Postal Service, backyard fences and Friday night bingo were never used to spread gossip. At least Ghose explains the mystery of Facebook. That said, nowhere in the article does she credit AOL for the paragraph heading.Email and social media have the same reward structure as that of a casino slot machine... people are wired to compulsively seek unpredictable payoffs like those doled out on the Web... If that sounds like you, don't feel bad: That behavior is natural, given how the Internet is structured, experts say. "...It's compulsive; it's compelling; it's distracting", said Tom Stafford, a cognitive scientist at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. - Is the Internet as "compulsive" as Tom Stafford, with his fondness for semi-colons and permutations of the word 'compel'? (Maybe I shouldn't talk - I like parentheses, dashes, slashes, ticks, run-on sentences and self-depreciating asides - but, I digress) Does his training in cognitive science qualify him as an "expert" on email and social media structure? Anybody can see these are recently developed extensions of preexisting social interaction methods.No limits - Another reason the Internet is so addictive is it lacks boundaries between tasks, Stafford said. Someone may set out to "research something, and then accidentally go to Wikipedia, and then wind up trying to find out what ever happened to Depeche Mode," Stafford said, referring to the music band. - [...]
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Some have said during the past decade or so that America is on the verge of a collapse similar to that of the late Roman Empire. A simplistic and alarmist notion in my view.Regardless of obvious time span dissimilarities, our current circumstances do not resemble those surrounding the prolonged and fitful Fall of the Roman Empire. The US has never exercised anything close to Rome's influence. There was no entity analogous to today's China during the Roman fall, just ankle-biting barbarians and Rome’s own degeneracy. Degeneracy and ankle-biters we have. We also have sovereign allies with worldwide interests and influence – unlike Rome, which had a habit of subjugating their competitors. Certainly some believe we do that under the table, subtly.We possess an unparalleled military, the greatest ever assembled. Rome’s wasn’t as effective or under firm central control during the Fall years. Our military is not a mercenary force prone to install and terminate domestic political leaders. Maybe foreign leaders, but not ours... I guess.China’s prosperity depends on our own, though they do have interests within a geopolitical sphere not extending much beyond the South China Sea - a few business interests in Africa and South America being exceptions. Their acquisition of Smithfield isn't the same as Alaric in Rome. The taking of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee would be a different story. Well, OK - I see it's already taken. Unbeknownst to me, ConAgra changed the name to 'Boyardee'. Why they didn't go all the way and use 'Boiardi' is beyond me. They're fine ones to construct names, as 'ConAgra' properly should be 'ConAgri'.Comparing us to the Romans and their fall seems to stem from two things, at least.First is the notion we lack a certain social cohesion existing 50 or more years ago. I agree, with qualifications. Back then, if you didn't at least superficially adhere to certain common assumptions or conventions (like taking your hat off when going indoors if you were a man) you'd be labeled a Commie. Today, nobody's a Commie, not even the Chinese. Backwater irritants Cuba and N. Korea don't count, unless you're Florida or S. Korea. Screw them. Today, it's hard to find a man, unless they're Chinese. Small appendages aside, they do build Big Stuff, and they're sure to get to the Moon before James Cameron.Secondly, it appears those who say we’re on a long slide to oblivion are simply observing chickens coming home to roost regarding the sustainability of funding a world-police style military, and means-tested welfare schemes in practice since 1964. These enormous, self-imposed liabilities have helped generate reductions in science funding, especially NASA and its late manned space program.Government science funding in general has long been skeptically viewed and strangled by short-sighted purse stringers in the US. They disregard the historical funding of research and exploration by tribes, kingdoms, and representative democracies to their long-term benefit. No government ever went bankrupt pursuing knowledge accumulation; bankruptcy and ruin have resulted from maintaining mismanaged colonies and supplicant foreign governments. The Moon has no [...]
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Sounds like a recommendation to practice what one preaches.Statistics: Posted by zooidal — Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:51 pm [...]
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We are often so quick to condemn or critique others, especially those articles we see on TV or read in the news. Seldom do we correlate what we condemn of others to ourselves or what happens in our own homes or communities.We work hard each day to earn a living. Earn a living; what does that mean? We use our-self, our knowledge, experiences, efforts, time and emotions in exchange for cash. Cash represents all of the above. A second entity, we call our government (local, state and federal), that we empower to do so, takes nearly 80% of that cash through taxes, fees and etc., directly or the most, indirectly.Yet, in many homes today, the youth live within our homes, indefinitely playing video games, talking with girl or boy friends on our phones, use the car, eat the food and live freely. Some love this idea while others accept it as something of love and a necessity and feel no need but to support their child of 20 or 50 years. Some call it "unconditional love". The child, having built no pride in accomplishments, future, experience, education, retirement or assets, what will our country be in 40 years when we die? Will our government step in as savior to pay rent, mortgages, taxes and provide food and etc. when there have been no basis developed?Some couples separate with priorities misplaced, exchanging privacy, resources and efforts to their live-in adult children rather than to each other... in the name of love. Some couples separate from giving their time, resources and efforts to other family, friends or things in priority of their partner, buts that's another topic.Most of us have difficulty separating "unconditional love" from "true love". Is a bluebird unloving when it pushes it's fledglings from the nest, or is it loving to push it to it's future? Would a bluebird be loving to it's mate or to it's child to not wish to discuss or deal with the issue of a child wishing to stay in the comfort and security of the nest? Should we hear the unhappy squawks from the child and back away to their wants without a knowledge or ability to confront them (in the name of unconditional love) or our own inability to deal? Is this love we continue to provide, or are we just going down the path of least resistance?To enable children in our own homes or allow government to decide it for us to our neighbors, we are asking for no good end. Nothing good comes from enabling those that are viable and fully able, in our own homes or in society.The next time you hear someone complain about society or something in the news, give a try to eliminate your pride and to correlate and consider your own life and home first. We have no right to complain about anything in society if we are unable [...]
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This is a beautiful well-done article. I was unable to view the video.Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:55 am [...]
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Liberals... that means LIBERTY. Freedom from government... not more government. If you want to marry a goat... do it!! Government isn't involved.. just do it!!! Just don't ask me to pay for it... that's where government becomes involved again!I won't help you unless you respect our Constitution and my freedom to live my life and raise my family without paying for your's.Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:51 am [...]
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We the People

This is a troubled time in American history.

The recent election revealed the changing face and values of the electorate, as well as stark and deep divisions among the people. Citizens everywhere are considering vital questions:

  • Should we reform/abolish the current party system? Is a new political party a viable option?We the People
  • Does the Electoral College still work for America today?
  • Would non-partisan re-districting help create better balance at election time?
  • How should we adjust our policies with regard to immigration and our borders?
  • How can we become fiscally sound and remain within budgetary restraints?
  • As America re-examines the 2nd Amendment, how can we best preserve our gun/militia rights as written and intended by our Founding Fathers? Are we capable of keeping passion and anger from deciding this issue?
  • Should America adopt term limits?
  • Are the words in our founding documents still alive and inspirational? Should we be guided by them still today, or have they become irrelevant?

Many people today fear that our rights are being eroded, and some even say our country is “broken”. Perhaps we, as caretakers of this nation, can heal the break by finding common ground amongst ourselves.

This website has one purpose: to gather the opinions and suggestions of caring citizens, and then present them to our elected officials. Write as much or as little as you wish. Come back whenever you want to contribute. Above all, speak freely, whether you are….

  • Red or Blue
  • Left or Right
  • Tea Party or Occupy
  • 99% or 1%
  • Big government or Limited government
  • Employed or out-of-work
  • Young or Old

we want your input.

Muslims Commit Suicide

“when you die, it all gets better”??

Everyone seems to be wondering why Muslim terrorists are so quick to commit suicide.

Lets have a look at the evidence:
– No Christmas
– No television
-No nude women
No football
– No pork chops
– No hot dogs
– No burgers
No beer
No bacon
– Rags for clothes
– Towels for hats
– Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower
– More than one wife
More than one mother in law
– You can’t shave
– Your wife can’t shave
– You can’t wash off the smell of donkey
– You wipe your ass with your hand
– You cook over burning camel shit
– Your wife is picked by someone else for you
– and your wife smells worse than your donkey
Then they tell you that “when you die, it all gets better”??
Well no shit Sherlock!…. It’s not like it could get much worse.

Bow Season

In North Carolina, Sunday hunting was legalized last year for archery only. 

 

I did all my prep-work:

 

I scouted the area all summer…

I searched out the best location for my tree-stand…

I set it all up a month ahead of time…

I trailed the herd…

I picked out a trophy buck…

 

Two days before opening day I rechecked every aspect of the hunt – everything was in place.

 

Sunday morning, I woke up at 2 am.  I put on my camo, loaded my pack, set out for my stand.  This was destined to be an epic hunt.

 

As I approached my deer stand…


 ………..I changed my mind – decided to go to church instead.

Quote from a European Newspaper

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon. The Czechs suffered under the Soviet form of socialism and are quite qualified to recognize the Obama form of the same.

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgement to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”

Business Cat & Lawyer Dog

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Brown Harris Wealth Management

Welcome to
Brown Harris Wealth Management

We at Brown Harris take a personal approach to wealth management. Not simply an investment firm, Brown Harris works to help build and protect one’s wealth through a variety of proven investment methods. Brown Harris clients may be saving for retirement, receiving retirement income, protecting an estate from taxes or perhaps providing for a grandchild’s college education.

We specialize in the following:

  • IRA & 401(k) Rollovers
  • Retirement Income Strategies
  • Early Retirement Structuring
  • Mutual Funds
  • Annuities
  • Tax Free Bonds
  • Long Term Care Insurance

We are interested in serious, longer term investment clients. For this reason, folks who prefer quick returns need not inquire into our services. If you are serious about your wealth management, come interview us, we would love the opportunity to earn your trust.

 

Vision Statement – To be the trusted financial services firm that creates an atmosphere where our clients and employees have one common goal: the clients financial well-being.

Mission Statement – To help our clients achieve their financial dreams by providing consistently superior service utilizing the most effective wealth management tools available.

Brown Harris Wealth Management • 311 S. East Street, Suite 100 – Culpeper, VA 22701 • (540) 825-1588 – (877) 825-1588 • fax (540) 727-8701
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Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/ SIPC
The LPL Financial registered representatives associated with this site may only discuss and/or transact securities business with residents of the following states:
AL, AR, AZ, CA ,CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NE, NY, OH, PA, SC,TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV and the District of Columbia.


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Natural Highs

1. Falling in love.

2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.

3. A hot shower.

4. No lines at the supermarket.

5. A special glance.

6. Getting mail.

7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.

8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.

9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.

11. Chocolate milkshake (vanilla or strawberry).

12. A bubble bath.

13. Giggling.

14. A good conversation.

15. The beach

16. Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.

17. Laughing at yourself.

18. Looking into their eyes and knowing they Love you

19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.

20. Running through sprinklers.

21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.

22. Having someone tell you that you’re beautiful.

23. Laughing at an inside joke with FRIENDS

25. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.

26. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.

27. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).

28. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.

29. Playing with a new puppy.

30. Having someone play with your hair.

31. Sweet dreams.

32. Hot chocolate.

33. Road trips with friends.

34. Swinging on swings.

35 Making eye contact with a cute stranger.

36. Making chocolate chip cookies.

37. Having your friends send you homemade cookies.

38. Holding hands with someone you care about.

39. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.

40 Watching the expression on someone’s face as they open a much desired present from you.

41. Watching the sunrise.

42. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.

43. Knowing that somebody misses you.

44. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.

45. Knowing you’ve done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

Big Buck Bunny

If you’ve never seen this video, it’s a must see.

This little flick was created and rendered on a Linux operating system using a very powerful program named “Blender”.   It’s a really nice video, suitable for and loved by all, kids to adult.  The number of people, artists and writers, audio technicians and all the rest that were needed to produce this video is incredible!