It wasn’t too long ago that the quiet heroes of this land walked tall with the pride of knowing that they lived in a country unlike no other. On this Independence Day, we celebrate that sense of American optimism and recommit ourselves to bringing that feeling back to us once again.
~ JP’s Top Picks Best thing about my tie for number one is…
Week 8, Elimination 1:
and Elimination 2:
and Elimination 3
Regarding Elimination 4, I was torn. I was rooting for Ventriloquist Todd Oliver, but if either of the three won I would have been okay…It was very close in voting:
Tied in my second choice…
This was then up to the Judges. Judge’s Choice Elimination:
So if you pay attention to my picks, my top four are IN!
Terrific Performance by Cirque du Soleil to perform a routine from “Zarkana,”
and Will.i.am, Featuring Eva Simons
The Declaration of Independence was approved JULY 4, 1776.
A speech for Independence Day delivered by Bob Basso, (as Thomas Paine), in July of 2011. This presentation deals with the role of government and the responsibility of the citizen. It was filmed for the Baton Rouge Tea Party as part of a visit Bob made to Baton Rouge in 2011.
John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed first, saying “the price on my head has just doubled.”
Next to sign was Secretary, Charles Thomson.
Benjamin Franklin said:
“We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.
The Declaration refers to God:
* “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…
* All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…
* Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions…”
* “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.”
Many of the 56 signers did in fact lose their “Lives” and “Fortunes” during the war, as did thousands of patriots who sacrificed their Prosperity for their Posterity:
Of the Signers:
* 17 served in the military,
11 had their homes destroyed;
5 were hunted and captured; and
9 died during the war.
* George Walton was wounded and captured at the Battle of Savannah.
* Thomas Heyward, Jr., Arthur Middleton, and Edward Rutledge were made prisoners at the Siege of Charleston.
* Richard Stockton was dragged from his bed at night and jailed.
* John Hart’s home was looted and he had to remain in hiding.
* Lewis Morris had his home taken and used as a barracks.
* Philip Livingston lost several properties to British occupation and died before the war ended.
* Abraham Clark had two sons imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey.
* John Witherspoon’s son, James, was killed in the Battle of Germantown.
* Francis Lewis’ wife was imprisoned and treated harshly, so that she died not long after her release.
* Thomas Nelson’s home was bombarded.
* Carter Braxton lost his fortune.
Thomas McKean wrote that he was “hunted like a fox by the enemy, compelled to remove my family five times in three month.”
When Samuel Adams signed the Declaration, he said:
“We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”
John Adams wrote:
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.
It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”
John Adams continued:
“You will think me transported with enthusiasm but I am not.
I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.
Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means.
And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
Halfway across the globe
And we’re standing on new ground
Screaming ‘cross the waves
You can’t hear a sound
There’s no fair trials, no trade, no liberties
We’ve colonized America; we won’t stand for tyranny,
And it’s too late to apologize
It’s too late
I said it’s too late to apologize
It’s too late
We’ve paid your foolish tax, read the acts
And they just won’t do
We want to make it clear, we believe this much is true
All men were created with certain
Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit
And it’s too late to apologize
It’s too late
I said It’s too late to apologize
It’s too late
Thanks to American Minute
From Phyllis Schlafly:
Who does President Barack Obama think he is that he can change the wording of the Declaration of Independence? Again and again he presumes to quote the great Declaration while making a significant change: he omits the word “Creator.”
Americans know that the Declaration of Independence proclaims as a matter of fact that they “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” But when Obama recites this line, he omits the word “Creator.”
Listen carefully to how Obama censors that famous line. Here are his own words: “all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights.” He doesn’t say who endowed us.
While pandering to the hispanic caucus on 9-15, obama fails to mention GOD in the Declaration which actually reads:
“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….”
Obama has done this so often that it can’t be a slip of the tongue or a glitch of the teleprompter. Changing the words of the Declaration of Independence is part of Obama’s determination to remove everything religious and every mention of God from every aspect of our public life in order to fundamentally transform us from “one nation under God” into one nation under the Federal Government, especially the executive branch, with no higher power recognized.
On this Fourth of July, we should remind ourselves that the great Declaration of Independence is not only the proclamation of our independence and sovereignty, but is also the official affirmation of our belief and faith in God. The Declaration asserts God’s existence as a “self-evident” truth, and states that the purpose of government is to secure our God-given unalienable individual rights.
The Declaration contains five references to God — God as our Creator, God as supreme Lawmaker, God as the Source of all rights, God as the world’s supreme Judge, and God as our Protector.
Shortly before we started hearing fireworks for this year’s Fourth of July, the movie “For Greater Glory” opened in local theaters. It is a compelling dramatization of the Mexican government’s persecution of Christians from 1926 to 1929, a bloody piece of history that has hitherto been ignored by historians and filmmakers.
This wasn’t in some faraway Muslim country; it was in our next-door neighbor. It’s instructive for Americans, who have peacefully enjoyed religious liberty for more than two centuries, to realize the depth of hatred that some people have for religion in general and Christianity in particular.
Through speeches and regulations, President Obama is trying to eliminate all public references to religion, to force religious worship behind closed doors, and to coerce religious institutions into financing drugs and procedures that violate their religious faith. ObamaCare will force Christian hospitals, colleges and schools to pay for abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations for their employees.
If they don’t obey Obama’s orders, the penalty is financial death. It’s no wonder that Obama campaigned as a messiah in 2008 saying, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
Read her Full column…
h/t American Vision
~ I intend to watch this movie as I watched the Christian American’s who were stoned right here IN our country. JUST like I repeatedly watch Red Dawn. They are all stark reminders of this is NOT the America we all grew up with and how our ancestors who fought so many obstacles to come to the Land of the Free, are turning over in their graves when they see what has happened to Our America. ~ JP
Broadcast on ABC over the course of seven nights in the middle of February 1987, Amerika was a controversial 14 and 1/2 hour miniseries. Tom Shales of The Washington Post wrote in December 1996 that Amerika “Could be the hottest political potato in the history of television.”
This was about Russia, but we have accrued many enemies since then. To me this administration IS our biggest threat!
Amerika 01 (of 13):
“Amerika” was about life in the United States after a bloodless takeover by the Soviet Union. Not wanting to depict the actual coup, ABC Entertainment president Brandon Stoddard instead chose to set the action of the miniseries ten years after the event, focusing on the demoralized American people a decade after the Soviet conquest.
The intent, he later explained, was to explore the American spirit under such conditions, not to portray the conflict of the Soviet takeover.
“Kris played the part of right-leaning former presidential candidate Devin Milford, who leads a rebellion against the Soviets.
The Soviet’s forces are kitted out in uniforms much like those of United Nations peacekeeping troops.
The series managed to upset just about everybody; the Soviet Union threatened to shut down ABC’s Moscow bureau, American conservatives felt that the Soviet brutality was understated, while left-wingers saw it as a case of right-wing paranoia that might threaten détente” (Stephen Miller in his Kris Kristofferson — biography)
Please watch it. It is 13 separate videos, each about 40 – 60 minutes.
Click image for another stark reminder of the threats we face.
INCOMING CME: Behemoth sunspot AR1515 is crackling with M-class solar flares and appears to be on the verge of producing an X-class explosion. On July 4th the active region hurled at least four minor CMEs into space, including one toward Earth. Click to view an animated forecast track of the incoming cloud:
From Space Weather:
A big, active sunspot (AR1515) is growing on the Earthside of the sun. This morning it erupted, producing an M5.6-class solar flare that ionized Earth’s upper atmosphere with a brief but intense pulse of X-rays and extreme ultraviolet radiation. More eruptions are in the offing as the sunspot turns to face Earth.
A pulse of x-rays and UV radiation from the flare illuminated Earth’s upper atmosphere, producing waves of ionization over Europe. Such waves alter the propagation of low-frequency radio transmissions. In Lofoten, Norway, Rob Stammes recorded the ionospheric disturbance using a 60 kHz receiver.
The eruption also hurled a CME into space, but not directly toward Earth. The south-traveling cloud could deliver a glancing blow to our planet’s magnetosphere on July 4th or 5th.
The Classification of X-ray Solar Flares or “Solar Flare Alphabet Soup”
The sun shot out an explosive solar flare powerful enough to disrupt radio communications over Europe just in time for the Fourth of July.
Corey Powell, the editor in chief of Discover Magazine, joined America’s Newsroom and said that every 11 years, “the sun kind of goes a little bit crazy.” We’re headed into one of those ‘crazy’ periods now and during it, there will be more eruptions on the sun which create turbulent space weather.
When asked what, if anything, we should be concerned about, Powell said, “Technology allows us to get these incredible pictures of the sun. Technology is also what makes us vulnerable. We have satellites in orbit, we have power grids … All those things are sensitive to magnetic storms from the sun.”
He warned that “every once in a while, there’s a storm so big that it could cause essentially a global blackout.” While it doesn’t happen frequently and the hope is that satellites would provide advanced warning, Powell said, “Advanced warning only does so much if something that big hits.”
h/t FOX News Insider
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With skyrocketing debt being left to future generations, unprecedented power grabs and an economy perpetually dragged down by so-called stimulus plans, there’s no denying that Washington is out of control. Americans are already fighting back through the Tea Party movement and an election that rocked Congress, but now it’s time to take on the one man at the center of it all: Barack Obama.
We’re dedicated to doing the hard work to ensure his defeat at the ballot box at 2012. There will be many other races, and there will be many candidates for President, but our sole focus is making sure we win the one fight that matters most. With Obama’s administration already assuming broad new powers through regulation rather than going through Congress, he’s on a path to deny the will of the people even more and be more destructive than ever. We simply can’t afford another 4 years. That’s why we hope you’ll sign our petition today and join our fight to Defeat Barack Obama!
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~ Let’s Remember what this day is all about…
:: We The People ::
– 9,795,080 hits on YouTube
When in the Course of human events it again becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with a failed authority 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 as well as our original, properly constituted laws entitle us, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that we 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 shown 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 we the people; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to repair to their former Systems of Government.
The history of the present President, his Congress, and our recalcitrant federal government 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.
Nor have we been heard by our Democrat brethren. We have warned them of the destruction of the American rule of law, yet they are uninterested in this plight. We have appealed to their love of country and we have reminded them of the glorious history of our great nation to no avail. They have turned a deaf ear to Constitutionality, a cold shoulder to our American character, and our law and we find their sympathies lie with Europeans instead of their fellow Americans. We must, therefore, consider them enemies of our national interests, safety, health, and welfare.
We, therefore, the representatives of the American tradition and character assemble as citizens proud of our history and institutions, and in the tradition of our national power being held in the hands of the people, assert our loyalty to our true American system. We hold this government to be illegitimate by its usurpation of power and its obviation of our laws. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence that has been rejected by our enemies, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
…Now, let the new revolution begin!
:: America Rising ::
– 1,392,330 hits on YouTube…
:: 20 Most Patriotic States ::
Independence Day may bring out the stars and stripes in millions of citizens, but The Daily Beast stacks the statistics to determine which states have the most pride year-round.
The Fourth of July weekend may be the banner days for flags, fireworks and all things red, white and blue, but some corners of the country tend to be a little more patriotic even when the holiday’s not looming. West Virginia spends more than any other state—an average of $7.81 per vet—for veteran compensation, medical care, education and other outlays. Minnesota has the greatest voter turnout of any state in the nation. And, Alaska has the largest veteran population.
While the nation’s focused on celebrating the work of our forefathers and the sacrifices of our peers, The Daily Beast took a look at which states honor that focus throughout the year by honoring and supporting military service and exercising their right to vote.
So which states bleed red, white and blue? Click image to find out in images…
~ Although ‘I’ don’t believe that my adopted state would be # 20. I am proud we made the list!
Average voter turnout: 50 percent
Total veteran population: 405,624
Percentage of veterans among adult population: 11 percent
Expenditure per veteran: $5.35
JUST another example of whats going on in our LOST country. As evidenced today with my featured post: Sharia in Alabama? Learning the Quran by heart 101 for Non-Muslims/Muslims
Law enforcement officials in Dearborn, Mich. said they are investigating reports that dozens of Muslims shouting “Allahu Akbar” threw rocks, eggs and chunks of concrete at Christians marching through the 2012 Arab International Festival.
Bible Believers, a Christian ministry known for its ‘confrontational evangelism,’ drew outrage from Muslims after they marched through the annual Arab International Festival with a pig’s head and signs denouncing Islam. According to local reports, some of the signs declared “Islam is a religion of blood and murder.” Another sign accused the Prophet Muhammad of being a “child molesting pervert.”
A member of the Bible Believers filmed video as they group was accosted and attacked by Muslim young people.
“Let’s beat the s*** out of them,” one of the Muslims scream. “If you don’t like Dearborn then go the f*** back home.”
As the protesters marched, they were pelted with rocks, pieces of concrete, eggs and even milk crates. The video shows law enforcement officers riding on horses – but they did not intervene.
“We left Dearborn bloodied,” said Ruben Israel, a co-founder of Bible Believers. “Anything that was loose in the streets of Dearborn was tossed at us.
In this new America, a MUSLIM AMERICA, shariah-compliant Muslims have succeeded in striking fear into the hearts of the infidels. In the case of the Dearborn Arab Festival, you will see that the infidels are NOT the few, brave Christians who withstood the physical attacks by the blood-thirsty Muslims, but the fearful are those who have taken an oath to protect Americans. The fearful, are the Dearborn Sheriff and Police. Sadly, you will see the Police fearful of confronting the criminals and enforcing the law as they stand by watching “Muslims Gone Wild,” attack the helpless Christians.
The United West predicts that success of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt combined with the mounting fury of the “Arab Spring,” coupled with the support of President Obama will result in an expansive, “strong-horse” onslaught of Muslim physical aggression, similar to this Dearborn disaster, all across the new, MUSLIM AMERICA.
~ You will see a VERY angry, VERY young generation of muslims here full of venemous hatred…
Israel told Fox News Radio he was surprised at the violent reaction to their march and he placed the blame on the shoulders of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.
What happened in Dearborn, Israel said, should serve as a warning to the nation.
“If they stop our free speech, you’re next,” he said. “Even though you may not like what we preach, what our signs say, for crying out loud, it’s called free speech.”
Full story @ FOX Radio
“Canadians Shocked” American Muslims Stone Christians:
DEARBORN “TAHRIR SQUARE” MICHIGAN
On Tuesday June 26, 2012 The United West shook up America by showing the 7th century tribal attacks of shariah Muslims upon Christian missionaries…ON AMERICAN SOIL.
In less than five days, over 650,000 people have viewed and over 20,000 people have commented on this criminal behavior by blood-thirsty Muslims, many of whom are
AMERICAN CITIZENS, BORN AND RAISED IN AMERICA!
Notwithstanding some anemic efforts by factually-challenged Islamic apologists NO ONE has offered any justification for Muslims Stoning Christians in Dearborn, Michigan.
The reason is simple.
IN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES YOU DO NOT STONE PEOPLE…EVEN IF THEY
INSULT, SLANDER OR JUST PLAIN MAKE YOU MAD.
A SHARIAH RED LINE HAS BEEN CROSSED AND SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!
DEARBORN – AMERICA’S FIRST “NO-GO”ZONE
DEARBORN IS NOW – “OCCUPIED TERRITORY.”
Dearborn, a formerly bright light of American cities, currently the home of the Ford Motor Company and a city President Obama believes is the perfect example of Muslim assimilation, has now officially become America’s first NO-GO ZONE.
Stranded in a remote Iranian village, Sahebjam is approached by Zahra, a woman with a harrowing tale to tell about her niece, Soraya, and the bloody circumstances of her death just one day before. Her shocking story exposes the dark power of mob rule, uncivil law, and the utter lack of human rights for women under Islamic law. Her last and only hope for some measure of justicelies in the hands of the journalist who must escape with the story–and his life–so the whole world will know.
See Video The Stoning of Soraya M.