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Sunday, 4 July 2010
Men's Monday Meme - Has American History Been Revised?
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Men's Monday Meme


I thought that this would be an excellent topic for Independence Day. I'm sure that you all know by now that I am a big proponent of not revising our history. I hate it when I hear of schools that don't teach the accurate story of our first Thanksgiving, or who leave God out of the celebration.

I cringe when I read the stories of how monuments have been put up apologizing to the Native Americans for bringing in diseases, taking over their land, and mistreating them violently.

I abhor talk about how our founding fathers didn't really know what they were talking about. If we still followed their view of things, we would still have slaves etc. 

I want my children to hear how God guided our forefathers and how God was the reason why they did so many of the things that they did. I'm tired of people telling me that we have learned so much more now, and the way we have depicted these historical events for 200+ years really isn't correct. We are so much smarter than the great men that formed our country.

I could go on and on, but you don't want to hear me rant and rave. So, I'll just ask my question(s) and move on.

What do you think? Do you think that the way history is taught to our children today is the way it should be? Has it been dumbed down and incorrectly revised? Or, is this revising really good for our country?

Let me know! Here are the rules:

  1. This is a man's meme, so the answers must be the answers from a man. Either the man can answer on his blog, or a wife can interview her husband for her blog. However, if the wife puts it on her blog, she must stay true to what her husband said.
  2. You are encouraged to put one of the Men's Monday Meme buttons found to the left on your blog. Just copy the code below the button of your choice. The more folks who link, the more readers you may have to visit your blog.
  3. You may answer the question any time during the week up through next Monday. After you answer the question, add the address to your post to the Mr.Linky below. If you could, please only add the direct link to the post to make it easier for readers to find the entry.
  4. My answer along with a new question will be posted next Monday. The new Mr. Linky will be added at midnight Monday night or sometime within the next couple of days after that Wink.
And here's the new Mr. Linky!



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Happy Independence Day
Mood:  happy
Topic: General

Sometimes I wonder if the true meaning of Independence Day has become lost in all of the fireworks, parades and family get togethers. I don't want my children to ever forget. So, on this special day, I want to remember our founding fathers and those that fought for our independence. May God's mighty hand continue to rest upon our great neation!


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton




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Saturday, 3 July 2010
First Bloom
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Blog Carnivals!

I don't consider myself a great photographer. I once entered one of my pictures in the county fair photo contest and won third place, but that is the extent of my notoriety. I do, however, enjoy taking pictures with our little digital camera. We don't have any bells and whistles on our camera. It's just the regular zoom in, zoom out type thing. But it takes good pictures. Recently I heard about a new meme that I could enter. I enjoy entering memes because I am introduced to other like minded peoples blogs, and hopefully I may gain a few more readers that like my blog. This meme is a photography meme called "Photo Friday". Okay, before I get a ton of comments saying that this is Saturday, I already know Laughing. I think that I can still submit after Friday. At least I'm going to try. This meme has a topic of the week and they ask you to submit an original picture that has something to do with that topic. This weeks topic is "Bloom". That's it ~ just Bloom. I looked at some of the other photo's that were submitted and they are amazing. Not all have to do with flower blooms. In fact, many are very creative using anything from smoke to fireworks. Please check it out. Click here for the address.

So without further adieu, Here is my photo titled "First Bloom"!



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Updated: Saturday, 3 July 2010 1:51 PM CDT
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Friday, 2 July 2010
I Did It! IMade the List!
Mood:  happy
Topic: Compassion International


I know it's a little thing, but it's exciting to me. I made the list of bloggers that blog about Compassion International! Why do I blog so much and tell you so much about Compassion International? Because I believe in this organization. I've seen what it can do for children. I've written to these children and gotten letters back from these terrific kids that just need a little help in life. Help to get them out of the poverty that they are in. Do you want to know more about Compassion? Just press on the banner above or the picture below. Please consider sponsoring one of these great children. It cost about as much as one meal out with your family a month ~ $38. That's it ~ $38 to change a child's life forever! Please pray about it!

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Thursday, 1 July 2010
Act Fast While the Goin' is Good!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: General


Just found out that TOS will have great deals until midnight on the 4th, but the deals continue to become not so sweet every day that you wait. The deal of $17.76 for two years of The Old Schoolhouse magazine + 5 great ebooks + another great deal (they've already run out of totes) lasts only until 4am ET. So, you only have a few hours left! Then it's only 1 year and all of the same gifts for $17.76 ~ still a great deal but not quite as good. Click on the above banner fast while the going is still good!


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