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The Lake Country Shopper
Volume 7, No. 2 Serving the Lake Corpus Christi Area and Other South Texas Communities www.lakecountryshopper.com Februrary 2012
“Best of the Lake & Country”
The Most Important Primary Ever, April 3rd, 2012
What Are You Thinking? Anyone But Romney?
Gingrich-Santorum-Romney For More of The Same? Or Ron Paul, For Real Hope and Change? See Page 3.
Photo by South Texas Wayne Green Winter Sunset Last Day to Register to Vote in Texas Primary: March 5 Primary Election: April 3 “It’s a Dog’s Life” “Dr. Quack” Wayne Green’s Photo Tips “Isabelle’s Gardening Tips” Political Commentaries “Lulabelle’s Household Hints” Aesop Fables “It’s Your Life, Your Money, Puzzles Your Freedom” Real Estate & Classifieds “The Texas Country Chef” And Much More
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From the Editor...
From time to time I receive phone calls or e-mails regarding the contents of this publication. I also hear from readers in person. Some of the feedback is simply from people who love “It’s a Dog’s Life,” or “Dr. Quack.” More often it is feedback from people who feel like they have been enlightened by other content and opinion pieces. The first business day of the new year I received a phone call from an obviously welleducated, thinking man thanking me for the content of the January 2012 issue and requesting that I mail him (to Houston) at his expense a package of copies of that issue. It was very gratifying to hear from this man, and I am sure our paths will cross many times. I also received the next day an illiterate message from a woman who claimed to be a radio broadcaster. I couldn’t really understand what she was trying to say because the English syntax and punctuation were so poor, but my conclusion about what she wrote is that we have a number of under-educated people who will vote for Obama in November and who will do anything to get him re-elected. She ended up threatening me as in “o no you don’t, lady!” She insisted that she “accidentally” sent the message to me, that it was intended to a friend of hers as a joke. Frankly, I find it hard to believe she “accidentally” typed in my e-mail address. Another conclusion is: Be careful about those “accidental” e-mails or EWI (E-mailing While Intoxicated). A few days later I received another e-mail message from someone who was quite articulate, praising my January 2012 issue and wanting to meet with me. (No I’m not running a dating service.) As usual during this time of year there is not very much going on in the way of events or fun things to do around the lake area, but I hope everyone is taking this time of year to just relax and enjoy friends and family, planning spring gardens and enjoying cool nights and moderate afternoons. I hope everyone is having a happy and prosperous new Year, despite our tyrannical federal govenrment interferance with private enterprise. Yours truly, Penny Peavy Editor/Publisher 361-547-9062 firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 18 11:00am ‘til? San Patricio Museum on the grounds San Patricio Black Pot Cookers will have an dutch oven gathering in-ground cooking event. Bring your cast iron pot, something to cook and join them. For more information, call Janis at 361-547-5476.
St. Michael's At The Lake Episcopal, Worship Sunday 3 pm, Healing Thursday 1111:30 am, Thrift Shop Thu 102 & Sun 1-4 Faith Church United Church of Christ, 106 Faith Dr., Orange Grove, 384-2414. Sunday School: 9:15, Worship Service: 10:30. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, FM 534, Mass: Sunday, 9:15. Call church for other times. West Shore Baptist Church, FM 534. 547-6153, Sunday School: Sunday 9:30 am. Services: Sunday 10:50 am. Lighthouse Faith Fellowship (charismatic, non-denominational), 331 FM 534, 547-6243. Sunday School: 9:15am Services: Sunday 10:00 am. Call for weekly home Bible studies. Grace Lutheran Church of Mathis, 1205 E. San Patricio Ave., Mathis, 547-2239 First United Methodist Church, 420 S. Duval, Mathis 5473381. Adult Bible Class 9:45 am, Worship Service 10:50 Brush Country Cowboy Church, Brush Country Cowboy Church, 1417 S. Hwy 37 access We are located 1 mile north of FM 799. Sunday Services at 10:00am. 361-449-2400. First Baptist Church, 404 S. Bee, Mathis, Texas, 547-2139. Services: Sunday Bible study: 9:45am. Worship 11:00am. Evening Worship 6:00pm. Wednesday Evening Service: 7:00pm St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 20 S. Metz St., Orange Grove, Mass: Saturday 6:00 pm Sunday 7:30 am . & 11:00am, 361-384-2795.
Lagarto Community Church 287 FM 3162 Lagarto, Texas 78383 Sunday: Bible School 9:4511am, Church 11am, Bible Study Wed & Sunday 6pm Mathis Church of Christ 407 E. Rockport, Mathis, Texas 547-2016, Sunday Bible Study 9:30am, Worship 10:30am, Sunday Evening 6PM, Wednesday Bible Study 7pm.
St. Francis of Assisi Altar Society Valentine's Dance Saturday, February 11, 2012 534 Club at Lagarto 9pm -1am Contact Margaret 547-0785
First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 600 S. Dibrell St., Orange Grove TX, 361-3842712 Sunday School: Church of Christ, Exit 40 @ I37 9:00 a.m. Worship Service: N./Hwy 888, one mile east. Sun. 10:30 a.m. Bible Study 9:45. Sunday Servwww.firstogtx.org
ice 11am & 6pm. Wed. 7:00pm Lake View Baptist Church, 6 mi North of Mathis on Hwy 3024. Sunday Bible study 9:45am, Worship services at 11am and 6pm Wednesday night at 6pm. 361-547-6325 leave message. Cross Trails Cowboy Church 2 miles East of Orange Grove on FM 624, Sunday Morning Services 8:45 and 10:30am, 227-9828.
Safe Harbor - a Lutheran mission (ELCA) meeting at St. Michael's Episcopal Church on FM 534. We meet at 5 p.m. each Saturday evening. Contact us at SafeHarborLC@gmail.com or 361-244-6045. All are welcome! December 24, 5pm Candelight Christmas Eve service at 5pm. All are invited.
From the Far West Side
by Farris West
More About The NDAA and Denial Of “The Bill Of Rights.”
Our Constitutional rights are being stripped from us day by day and behind our backs mostly in the name of “war on terror.” The mainstream media finds any excuse to hide from us what is really going on in Washington D.C. They find it more important to report on the Royal Family (take your pick:Queen Elizabeth, et al, or the Obamas, et al) or any number of other criminals, football players, movie stars, “reality TV” stars and much more inconsequential pablum to entertain the sheeple of America and keep their heads in the sand. In case you haven't heard, H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 or NDAA, is not your typical defense spending bill. It gives authority to the president (or perhaps it would be more fitting to call him “king” or “ruler” [or dictator] at this point) to order the military to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without official charge or trial on the mere suspicion of being a terrorist or linked to a terrorist organization. Here’s what Ron Paul has to say about the NDAA: From: http://lewrockwell.com/ ---Editorial--may say, "I'm not a terrorist so I have no reason to worry." However, innocent people are wrongly accused all the time. The Bill of Rights is there precisely because the founders wanted to set a very high bar for the government to overcome in order to deprive an individual of life or liberty. To lower that bar is to endanger everyone. When the bar is low enough to include political enemies, our descent into totalitarianism is virtually assured. The Patriot Act, as bad is its violation of the 4th Amendment, was just one step down the slippery slope. The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) continues that slip toward tyranny and, in fact, accelerates it significantly. The main section of concern, Section 1021 of the NDAA Conference Report, does to the 5th Amendment what the PatriotT Act does to the 4th. The 5th Amendment is about much more than the right to remain silent in the face of government questioning. It contains very basic and very critical stipulations about due process of law. The government cannot imprison a person for no reason and with no evidence presented or access to legal counsel. The dangers in the NDAA are its alarmingly vague, undefined criteria for who can be indefinitely detained by the US government without trial. It is now no longer limited to members of al Qaeda or the Taliban, but anyone accused of "substantially supporting" such groups or "associated forces." How closely associated? And what constitutes "substantial" support? What if it was discovered that someone who committed a terrorist act was once involved with a charity? Or supported a political candidate? Are all donors of that charity or supporters of that candidate now suspect, and subject to in-
definite detainment? Is that charity now an associated force? Additionally, this legislation codifies in law for the first time authority to detain Americans that has to this point only been claimed by President Obama. According to subsection (e) of section 1021, "[n]othing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States." This means the president's widely expanded view of his own authority to detain Americans indefinitely even on American soil is for the first time in this legislation codified in law. That should chill all of us to our cores. The Bill of Rights has no exemptions for "really bad people" or terrorists or even non-citizens. It is a key check on government power against any person. That is not a weakness in our legal system; it is the very strength of our legal system. The NDAA attempts to justify abridging the bill of rights on the theory that rights are suspended in a time of war, and the entire Unites States is a battlefield in the War on Terror. This is a very dangerous development indeed. Beware. ----------------------On Jan. 18, Ron Paul introduced a simple bill to remove the Section 1021 of the NDAA that allows America citizens to be detained indefinitely: "I rise today to introduce a very simple piece of legislation to repeal the infamous section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act quietly signed into law by the president on New Year 's Day," Ron Paul said. "What a way to usher in the new year. Section 1021 essentially codifies into law the very dubious claim of presidential authority under the 2001 authority for the use of military force to indefinitely detain American citizens without access to legal representation or due process of law." "Too many of my colleagues are too willing to undermine our constitution to support such outrageous legislation," Ron Paul said. "One senator even said, about American citizens being picked up under this section of the NDAA: 'When they say I want my lawyer, you tell them: Shut up, you don't get a lawyer.'" Wake up, people!
Community Organization News
Lagarto Community Club News
by DeOtta Meyer
New Year Off To A Good Start At Lagarto Community Club
LAGARTO – January 19 – Our hostesses for the January meeting, Jessica Keese and Peggy Barnett, decorated with the “New Year” theme in mind and the luncheon was delicious. All our members were eager to get the year off to a good start and first on the agenda we approved a bid for repainting the trim on the schoolhouse. Plus, a hearty thank-you was given to member, Connie Reardon, and her husband for the work they have done in repairing the window screens and they should be back on the building soon. While a primary purpose of our organization is the maintenance and care of the Old Lagarto School, we find ourselves involved with other organizations, as well, in an effort to assist with their programs and activities. An example was our donation last month to the Women’s Shelter in Corpus Christi. This month our treasurer made what has become an annual donation to the Live Oak County Fair Association. Also, annually, we provide scholarships to children at our local high schools…this year’s committee chairman will be Sharon Tonne again. Another donation made last month was to the South Texas Children’s Home in Beeville in memory of Dee Worsham.
The annual Rummage Sale is scheduled for April 14th this year and already members are hauling in their valuable donations to help make this the best sale ever. Because we had cancelled our December Vendor’s sale it was voted to bring the vendors in to participate in this April sale. Vendors can reserve a table for only $10 by calling Trish Arink at 5470458. Connie Castanon is the Committee Chair for the Rummage Sale and, hopefully, she will have recovered fully from her surgery by then! The club is not “all work and no play” as we do have guest speakers from time to time. This month we had a local resident, a registered nurse and consultant to home health agencies, Ms. Beverly Strong, who gave a presentation on Medicare requirements regarding home health services. She enlightened us all by discussing in detail the services that these agencies offer.
Friends of Swinney Switch VFD
by Shirley Bradley
Prayers and well wishes go out to our newly elected president, Cathy Wyble, for a speedy recovery from double bypass surgery. SSVFD will be offering a fish fry once again on Friday, February 24th from 5-7:30 PM. We will have the usual fried fish, french fries, beans, cole slaw, dessert, iced tea or water. The cost will be $7.50. Tickets will be available from SSVFD Friends members, Firemen, well as at Mikes Market in Swinney Switch. We will be having a Food Handlers Class which will be held at our next meeting on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 PM. All members, and friends who work on our events are urged to update your cards. This class is also open to the public without charge. Meeting is held at the fires station in Swinney Switch. Our cook books are still available and can be seen at Mikes Market in Swinney Switch or any of our members can obtain one for you. They are $15.00 and well worth the price. It is one of our ways of raising money to help update our emergency equipment for our fire department. Watch this paper for the date of our next Bazaar. The one in November was a huge success and we hope this one will be even bigger and better. Update next month.
An outing has been planned for the 28th of the month to attend the 2012 Quilt Show being held in Rockport. It should be a fun day ending with a great meal at the Big Fisherman. Winning the door prize at this January meeting, Trish Arink received a decorative fragrance diffuser. Workshops begin again on February 2nd, 9:00 a.m. and our next scheduled meeting will be on February 9th, 11:00 a.m. We have two (2) new members and you can join us too – maybe you would like to do some “soft” aerobatics or maybe you can pull out a chair at the card table. We really need some “crafters” so come on over and check us out at the Lagarto School on FM 534.
The NDAA Repeals More Rights
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 – by Ron Paul Little by little, in the name of fighting terrorism, our Bill of Rights is being repealed. The 4th Amendment has been rendered toothless by the Patriot Act. No more can we truly feel secure in our persons, houses, papers and effects when now there is an exception that fits nearly any excuse for our government to search and seize our property. Of course, the vast majority of Americans
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“The NDAA... is not about indefinitely detaining Muslim cave dwellers. It’s about disappearing American citizens who oppose the bankster cartel now in control of the government. “The law is a ‘violent and sudden usurpation’ of the Constitution of the sort James Madison warned about. The founders considered habeas corpus the most fundamental of rights because it insured that the executive branch could not hold people without cause. It was so important the founders included it in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 2 of the Constitution. --Alex Jones
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electing a commander-inchief.” Then there are other socalled conservatives who seem to believe that continual war in the middle east in the name of “spreading democracy” or “preemptive war for our safety and security’ are the key issues. Far be it from them any idea of the United States simply maintaining a strong defensive military in case of attack on the United States. Some of these even believe that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were “an attack on the United States.” If one looks a little closer at the facts, it was an attack by a group of terrorists of unproven original backing who created an event to galvanize Americans into the idea of giving up liberty for something they believe is “safety and security.” It galvanized Americans to support unconstitutional wars against an abstract concept called “terrorism.” It allowed then-President Bush to institute the Patriot Act, a blatant violation of certain freedoms guaranteed by the Bill or Rights, with little or no opposition. The warmongering conservatives seem to treat our various involvements in war as though they were the Superbowl. Spreading democracy? Well, first America is not a democracy and fortunately never has been. Why do we think we should “spread democracy”? Democracy always ends very badly, with 51% telling the other 49% what they can and cannot do. America is not a democracy but rather a democratic republic, although “government by polls and the media” is a subversive way of creating sort of a democracy because of the fact that politicians are very poll-oriented. Politicians probably wake up every day wondering how they are doing in the polls. Then there are other conservatives who at least pay lip service to smaller government, lower debt, controlled deficit spending and fewer government restrictions who, out of the other side of their mouths, support big-government, statist candidates for the Republican candidate for President of the United States. As has been pointed out before in this paper, there is no true difference between establishment Republicans and establishment Democrats other than that each party believes in a slightly different approach to big government, “government knows best,” and our party can run big government better than yours can. Among the Republicans left remaining in the race for being the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney is, at best, “Obamalite.” He can easily be viewed by his past record as governor of Massachusetts as left of center, right along the lines of a John Kerry and further left than George Bush. Rick Santorum really could not possibly appeal to anyone other than Evangelical Christians, those seeking a theocratic government and some of those who insist that President have gorgeous hair and good looks. It is quite apparent that the establishment Republicans (those in power in the Republican Party) and western power elite want Mitt Romney for the Republican candidate. He gets money, lots of support from all major news networks and newspapers, lots of air time and lots of debate time. The Democrats, who control most of the media outlets, are also in favor of Mitt Romney. Why would this be? In the case of establishment Republicans, they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, and that is exactly what Romney represents. In the case of Democrats, they know that if Romney gets the nod from the GOP, he will probably lose to Obama. If he wins, he will indeed still be “Obama-lite.” The power elite already know they can control Romney just as easily as Obama. Second choice of all these statist-status-quo groups is probably Newt Gingrich, followed by Santorum and Rick Perry. Let’s see. Who’s missing here? Ah, yes, Ron Paul, whose name, when mentioned in the mainstream media is always followed by something like, “the one who cannot possibly win.” Why are the establishment Republicans, the power elite and the Democrats all trying to ignore Ron Paul and emphasize that he cannot win? Because they are scared out of their wits that he could win the Republican nomination, win the Presidency and spoil all their agendas, bringing back the America we once had, affording liberty and freedom, prosperity, a very limited government, removing restrictions on real free trade, removing regulations favoring global corporations, removing America from needless overseas involvements (which are very much needed and desired by the power elite in order to bring America to its knees economically,) and actively supporting states rights. And most perversely, he has a specific and definite, delineated plan for reining in deficit spending. He is the only candidate that even has such a plan. It is entitled “Ron Paul’s ‘Plan to Restore America’.” Here is summary of his proposals:
When the mainstream media (including Fox News Channel) refer to evangelical Christians in the political arena, by context it is easy to see that what they mean is Republicans for whom abortion and gay marriage are the key issues of the 2012 presidential race (and any other race) who will support the candidate who seems to be the most adamant about federal government regulation of abortion and marriage. If the media are to be believed, these people seem to be far more interested in those two issues than in the problems created by corporate entities, corporate lobbyists, laws that are beneficial to these special interests, the Federal Reserve or big government and its ever increasing attempts to take away our freedoms. After all, what problems do we have that cannot be solved by government control of those two issues? This seems to be the thinking. These same Evangelicals seem to want more freedom and liberty and smaller government? How can you reconcile federal control of certain aspects of people’s personal lives with more freedom and liberty or less government control? That looks like and walks like and talks like “hypocrisy.” That having been said, a wellknown Southern Baptist once said, “We are not electing a theologian-in-chief. We are
RON PAUL’S “PLAN TO RESTORE AMERICA” EXECUTIVE SUMMARY RONPAUL2012.COM SYNOPSIS: America is the greatest nation in human history. Our respect for individual liberty, free markets, and limited constitutional government produced the strongest, most prosperous country in the world. But, we have drifted far from our founding principles, and America is in crisis. Ron Paul’s “Plan to Restore America” slams on the brakes and puts America on a return to constitutional government. It is bold but achievable Through the bully pulpit of the presidency, the power of the Veto, and, most importantly, the united voice of freedom-loving Americans, we can implement fundamental reforms.
DELIVERS A TRUE BALANCED BUDGET IN YEAR THREE OF DR. PAUL’S PRESIDENCY: Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who doesn’t just talk about balancing the budget, but who has a full plan to get it done.
SPENDING: Cuts $1 trillion in spending during the first year of See “Primary” Continued on Page 4
February 2012 “Primary” Continued from Page 3 [at CPAC].... He uncovers the truth about what is going on in our country, and the agendas of those who have America and the Constitution nowhere in their heart. He stands up and states the truth without the fear of mockery (which mainstream media has gleefully given), and holds fast and firm to the principles of the Constitution of this great nation. “Ron Paul speaks the truth, the very truth that the mainstream-controlled-media, and controlled-government at that, ignores and covers-up, to forward the agenda of those who desire a one-worldgovernment, and a weakened United States of America. “Simply put. When one weighs in on the current candidates (2012 election), their records, their beliefs, their... character in defending the divinely inspired constitution of this country, we have found again and again, Ron Paul is at the forefront of them all, hands down. “Did you watch the republican debate[s]? Every candidate, including the hopeful Mitt Romney, gave empty, rhetoricfilled, one-liner politician-votefor-me answers, with exception to Ron Paul. Ron Paul, educated, spoke truth, and enlightened Americans who were watching. We felt it again, just hearing what he was standing for in that simple debate. “We were not a part of the Ron Paul revolution even a few years ago. We were ignorant, and just played into the all-tocommon ignorance pool about what is really happening to our beloved country. We even thought we were pretty well educated and informed. We were not. We even started this website with no intention to support Ron Paul, but now, we have been enlightened and inspired by what we have come to know, through our process of finding out the truth of any matter, and our choice is to support and vote for a man who has the character, record, and knowledge comparable to the founding fathers themselves, Ron Paul in 2012. “We have been rigorously studying the topics and history of our country, the decisions made, the wars, the reasons our nation went to wars, the presidents of our country, etc., and while we have been under such studies, we began listening and studying Ron Paul’s records, speeches, debates, etc., and we found all that he was saying, all he has been saying, and all he has stood for, ties into the truth of what we personally found through our own studies about what our leaders have been doing to our country, their real agenda, and what really is going on with their attempt to undermine and overthrow the Constitution of the United States of America, our sovereignty, and ultimately the freedom of all nations. “We invite you to join in the quest to find out the truth, and then ask for yourself if Ron Paul is the candidate you will support to bring American back to it beauty, before special interests started the hostage takeover through the banking systems of the world. “Although Ron Paul is lacking in some areas in our personal perspective, we have yet to see a leader such as he has been and continues to be. We will support Ron Paul, because Ron Paul has no special interests, but the interest of upholding the Constitution of the United States of America, keeping America sovereign and free, and he understands the far reaching complexities of the coverups of our own government over the last few decades, the elitists of other nations, their agendas, and what they are doing to our country through fiat money, the federal reserve (a private company, untouchable by the very American they print money for), greed and power, all upon the backs of the American people. “Ron Paul gets it. We are sad to say, although Mitt Romney See “Primary” Continued on Page 5
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Ron Paul’s presidency, eliminating five cabinet departments (Energy, HUD, Commerce, Interior, and Education), abolishing the Transportation Security Administration and returning responsibility for security to private property owners, abolishing corporate subsidies, stopping foreign aid, ending foreign wars, and returning most other spending to 2006 levels.
What’s Wrong With this Picture
by Gwen Guyser After reading volumes of information, here’s my take on the candidates for the Republican nomination for President: Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich: Both of them are slightly to the left of center on a leftist/rightist scale. Both are simply Obama-lite, or NeoCons, or RINOS supported by the corporatist/elitists and heavily tied to such. Neither have true principles and values. Both, in the eyes of many voters, belong to cultist religions, Mitt by birth, Newt by choice. The power elites want Romney, but they will accept Gingrich as a second choice. Both love big government. Rick santour: Forget him. Only people who like nice hair and a nice smile or want a theocratic government would vote for him, and there is absolutely no way he can beat Obama. On exit polls in South Carolina, the only significant demographic figure was that a disproportionate number of women voted for “great hair and smile.” In the unlikely event that he won the presidency, he would become the laughing stock of most of America and the world. Ron Paul: The only candidate not controlled by the corporatist/elitists, the only candidate not driven by a desire for power and control, the only candidate who can start American in the right direction, the only candidate who can beat Obama in the general election, the only true constitutionalist in the race, the only candidate who has true grassroots Americans donating nearly all the funds to his campaign. What follows are excerpted from internet articles and posts regarding the candidates: Re: Newt Gingrich From: http://www.ronpaul2012.co m/2012/01/22/substanceover-style-why-paul-canwin-and-gingrich-cant/ Substance Over Style: Why Paul Can Win and Gingrich Can’t “ Last night’s results in South Carolina were not a rejection of Ron Paul. They were a rejection of Mitt Romney. Last night’s results in South Carolina were not an embracement of Newt Gingrich. They were an embracement of someone who was not Mitt Romney. “South Carolina’s results were also an embracement of something more base and emotional that many GOP voters are obviously hungry for. “When South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson yelled “you lie!” at Obama during the President’s State of the Union speech in 2009, he became a hero to conservatives—not for any specific policy stances or political positions, but simply for yelling at the president. They liked that Wilson challenged Obama. “When Newt Gingrich dressed down CNN’s John King at the beginning of Thursday night’s debate, he became an instant hero to many conservatives. This gave Newt a resounding victory in the South Carolina primary. Most pundits and probably even Gingrich himself would not disagree with this analysis. But like Wilson, Newt’s newfound popularity is not based on any of his particular policy stances or political positions. It’s personality-based. In fact, when you examine Gingrich’s actual record and rhetoric, you find a mountain of material that proves Newt to be anything but conservative. “Gingrich won South Carolina handily because he berated the media—which conservatives rightly see as often being in cahoots with Obama. Gingrich won because conservatives want to challenge Obama. Conservatives don’t see this sort of fight coming from Mitt Romney. Conservatives will also come to no longer see it coming from Gingrich. When looking at the actual issues Obama and the Democrats will undoubtedly challenge the Republican nominee on, Gingrich stands far closer to Obama ideologically than he stands against him. Newt is going challenge this President on ObamaCare? Obama will accuse Gingrich of being for the individual mandate before he was against it. And Newt was. The same is true of Romney. Challenging this President on TARP and the bailouts? Newt supported those too. So did Mitt. Cap-and-Trade? The same. And the list goes on. “If Republican voters want a nominee willing to yell at the President, then Gingrich is unquestionably their man. But if GOP voters want a candidate whose limited government philosophy represents a full-throttle, scathing critique of Obama, the Democrats and modern liberalism—there is only one candidate. “Newt Gingrich is surly. Great. Ron Paul is substance. Newt Gingrich can yell. Fantastic. Ron Paul can go the distance. “Indeed, according to most Americans only Romney and Paul can actually defeat Barack Obama in a head-tohead battle. Only one of the candidates who can beat Obama is conservative. Only one candidate offers the American people something that is truly distinct and a vast improvement over what the Democrats offer. Yelling at Obama is not a philosophy and will not suffice. This President must be defeated. Paul vs. Obama will offer Americans a choice between the big government status quo and limited government constitutionalism—the most distinct and real choice in modern political history. “Gingrich cannot win the White House because he doesn’t have independent support, his negatives are far too high and his arguments are far too shallow. There is an inherent danger in mistaking articulation for wisdom. Barack Obama is a prime example. “ Ron Paul can win the White House—and so can conservatism. Re: Mitt Romney Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital and Potential Profits Posted on January 14, 2012 by Henry Shivley - OR “ The fact that the mainstream media is owned and controlled by the corporate elite cannot be argued. MSNBC has been an unlikely advocate of Mitt Romney since contention for the GOP ticket began, leading to increased scrutiny of the false left-right paradigm. It has recently been revealed that MSNBC shares ownership of The Weather Channel with Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital. “A lot is being said about Bain Capital and a lot is not being said. Bain Capital owns Clear Channel Communications which it acquired just before Romney’s first run for President in 2008. Clear Channel Communications controls a plethora of radio talk show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Jim Rome, Casey Kasem, See “What’s Wrong” Continued on Page 9
by Armando Conde
The 17th Amendment and States Rights
The year of 1913 was a detrimental time for America. It was the year that saw the passing of the Federal Reserve Act, the 16th Amendment that helped impose an income tax, and the year that brought about the 17th Amendment. In May of 1913, Secretary of State Williams Jennings Bryan declared the 17th Amendment ratified. For those who are not familiar with the 17th Amendment, it is the amendment that changed how Senators are elected. The 17th Amendment is an intriguing subject because, I believe, it was the amendment that stripped the States from proper representation in Washington. Article 1 Section 3 Paragraph 1 of the Constitution outlines the specifics of the election of U.S. Senators. Senators were to be elected via appointment by the State legislatures of their respective State and States were to determine how to appoint a Senator. The Framers of our Constitution felt the need for a Senator to be of the utmost stature. It may seem a bit arrogant for the Framers to not want a direct democracy; however, the Framers foresaw that without proper State representation in Washington, States would end up subject to the federal government. Under the Articles of Confederation, the legislative body was a unicameral chamber. Although those who were representatives in the Continental Congress were comprised of men appointed by State legislatures, the Framers saw the fallacy of the unicameral Congress. “They made much of the need of deliberation, of the danger that might arise from the impulsiveness of a single chamber, and of the probability of its coming to use its powers autocratically unless it felt the restraint of a potential check in some coordinate chamber,” wrote George Haynes Ph.D. in his 1906 The Election of Senators book. During the American Revolutionary War State Governors were appointed by legislatures, as well as other government officials. The appointment of officials by State legislatures to represent a State worked well enough to win a war; then why would it not contribute to an infant nation whose history is one of glory? The legislatures of the States served as a filter to the nation, a filter for direct democracy. “Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner,” this is what Ben Franklin believed in. For the Framers it was a difficult question. How do you the represent both the States and the People under a federal contract? Remember the hierarchy; God, man then government. . “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” is what our Declaration of Independence clearly states. From this excerpt of the declaration, we can plainly see that government is a creation of man; and man can only delegate whatsoever was given to him from his creator. So if a State is a creation of the Sovereigns, and the Constitution is a contract between the States; then how is a system created where both are represented and where “mob rule” would not be the law of the land? and their God-given Rights; and the Senate would rightfully represent the States as a whole. What a better way to preserve the sovereignty of the People and of the States than to have one chamber of the Congress represent the People and another represent the States. This is what would help secure the rights of the States, proper representation. U.S. Senators are to be ambassadors of a State to the federal government. The 17th Amendment, coupled with the Federal Reserve Act and the infamous 16th Amendment shouted conspiracy to me. The fact that a Federal Reserve Chairman is to be appointed by the President and approved by the Senate seemed coincidental with the ratification of the 17th Amendment. Now instead of the Money Trust having to corrupt State legislatures to do their bidding in Washington through Senators; the Money Trust can now easily cut out the “middleman” so-to-speak. However, as I have outlined in this article, the idea for how U.S. Senators are to be elected is as old as our Constitution. Whether or not a conspiracy does exist concerning the 17th Amendment, the facts cannot be removed that the election of Senators by State legislatures caused many problems in the Senate. During the years 1851, 1855, and 1856, California failed to appoint Senators in Washington. Indiana, as well, had vacant Senate seats for two years in the 1850’s. One extreme example of the deadlock between State legislatures was when the Maine Senate elected, more than twelve times in one session, Senator Fessenden only to have the lower chamber refuse the appointment. With States having this type of gridlock, the States themselves did not have proper representation in Washington as the Framers originally intended. July 7, 1866 a bill was passed to help ensure that every Senate seat was occupied. The bill was to regulate Senate elections, and called for both State legislative chambers to meet separately and by viva voce vote for a Senator. If this method failed, one proposal was to have a joint assembly of the State legislatures and without interruption by other business (State business), vote until a Senator was appointed. There was much uproar over this clause in the bill. Many felt that the federal government was not granted the authority to halt State legislation. One Senator felt that it was a “higher” duty of the States and its legislatures to elect Senators. The Senator believed that the United States government was important to the States; and under this theory, forcing States to appoint a Senator by stopping any State business was not an inappropriate penalty. However, this section of the bill was amended to have the State have at least one vote daily in a joint session until a Senator was appointed. If you truly understand sovereignty, then the Senator’s ideas should leave a chill down your spine. This Senator felt it was appropriate for the federal government to control and penalize States. The bill of 1866 was one of the first to usurp State sovereignty and have the federal government impose measures it felt more appropriate.
ENTITLEMENTS: Honors our promise to our seniors and veterans, while allowing young workers to opt out. Block-grants Medicaid and other welfare programs to allow States the flexibility and ingenuity they need to solve their own unique problems without harming those currently relying on the programs.
CUTTING GOVERNMENT WASTE: Makes a 10% reduction in the federal workforce, slashes Congressional pay and perks, and curbs excessive federal travel. To stand with the American People, President Paul will take a salary of $39,336, approximately equal to the median personal income of the American worker.
TAXES: Lowers the corporate tax rate to 15%, making America competitive in the global market. Allows American companies to repatriate capital without additional taxation, spurring trillions in new investment. Extends all Bush tax cuts. Abolishes the Death Tax. Ends taxes on personal savings, allowing families to build a nest egg.
REGULATION: Repeals ObamaCare, DoddFrank, and Sarbanes-Oxley. Mandates REINS-style requirements for thorough Congressional review and authorization before implementing any new regulations issued by bureaucrats. President Paul will also cancel all onerous regulations previously issued by Executive Order.
MONETARY POLICY: Conducts a full audit of the Federal Reserve and implements competing currency legislation to strengthen the dollar and stabilize inflation.
CONCLUSION: Dr. Paul is the only candidate with a plan to cut spending and truly balance the budget. This is the only plan that will deliver what America needs in these difficult times: Major regulatory relief, large spending cuts, sound monetary policy, and a balanced budget.
Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Most people do not think a candidate’s religion is an issue when considering whether someone could be a good president. However, religion aside, consider this blog entry from a Mormon family for Ron Paul:
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It is evident that there are “character differences between an educator (Ron Paul) of truth and a politician-mindedbusinessman, presidentialhopeful, and well-intentioned man (Mitt Romney). “We appreciate Mitt, not necessarily because he shares our faith (even though I disagree with how he shows it, but I am to be no judge of him), but Ron Paul shines through as an educator of 30-plus years without wavering, and one who has lived truth, versus the all-tocommon, rhetoric-filled politicians, we seem to get each time we are given the silly, gameshow-like media-controlled political debates... “We are excited about Ron Paul, and we want to explain why… from a Mormon Family perspective. To start, [in] Ron Paul’s speech to his colleagues
There was much momentum “Through a bicameral legisla- building in the U.S. for a move ture,” thought the majority of the Framers. The lower House, See “17th” the House of Representatives Continued on Page 10 was to represent the People
February 2012 snack, or pork rinds with an ounce of cream cheese or other cheese. A health opinion column Mankind did not survive for by Jenell Redding, DCT, (P), ND all these many millennia surThe information or opinions proviving on TV dinners, chicken vided herein should not be used for diwings doused in a sugary agnosis or treatment of any medical sauce, sugary processed breakcondition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatfast cereals or other processed ment of any and all medical condifoods. For almost the entire tions. history of mankind, survival meant eating meats, berries and greens. That is what I eat now. Most people these days are programmed by advertising and the media that actual cooking is not necessary. Just pop (non-food-of-the-day) into your microwave, please your family and fill yourself up to Below is the testimony of the gills. No worry. No mess. one of my best friends and co- No real cooking. No real food. horts on the subject of world- Soon you will want more of it. wide obesity and “diabetes The difference between people epidemic.” It is my opinion who eat the politically correct that this “epidemic” is caused foods and the way I eat is by the World Health Organiza- merely a difference of how tion and the United States De- long we each will live without partment of Agriculture, aided the drugs of Big Pharma and and abetted by the Federal the side effects and killer efDrug Administration fects of those drugs. I am betHere goes: ting I will live longer because The problem with the so- of refusal of those drugs and called “World-Wide Epidemic taking my health into my own of Obesity” is the government- hands. approved low-fat, high-carboReal food is found on the pehydrate diet. There is no riphery of your grocery store. scientific evidence that a low- These are meats such as beef, fat, high-carbohydrate diet im- pork, chicken and fish plus proves anyone’s health or fresh vegetables and fruits. reduces heart disease or dia- Cheeses, full-fat yogurt and betes. On the other hand, there real full-fat sour cream. On the is significant evidence that a interior of the store, dill pickdiet consisting of restrained les, sauerkraut, green olives, portions of protein and canned tomato products and a restained portions of appropri- few other canned products ate fats with a very restrained should be your only choices. carbohydrate content reduces No soda pop. No chips and obesity and contributes to a prepackaged dips. No breads, high level of good cholesterol, no cereals or tortillas. Drink a lowering of trigrycerdies and lots of water. overall improvement of health. Many people do not underIt controls not only heart dis- stand what carbohydrates in ease but also diabetes and all food consist of. I don’t entirely the symptoms that go along understand the science myself, with both diabetes and heart but I do know that high-cardisease. bohydrate foods include nearly The governments of the all grains, beans, and everyworld, led by the USDA and thing made from them. HowWHO seem to tell us other- ever, all that is necesary to wise: Eat low-fat foods, lots of follow a low-carbohydrate diet whole grain carbohydrates, is for you to either: lots of fruit and vegetables, and Buy a little pocket carbohyyou will solve your obesity drate counter reference book, problem. They are trying to kill or us. Check the food in question I tried their dietary program on the internet, for years, and every year I or gained at least ten pounds. The Check the nutrition contents more I ate of low-fat foods, on the package of food you are high carbohydrate foods considering buying. (grains, beans, potatoes and If you doubt me about carfruits) and vegetables, the bohydrates, weigh yourself more weight I gained. Every today and have blood tests time I ate whole-grain pasta, done as soon as possible. Then and whole-grain bread, the follow a low-carb diet (under more hungry I became, and I 30 grams per day) and have ate more and more of all of it. your blood tests and weight I couldn’t control myself. I taken again in six months. See wanted four pieces of that the difference, and see your great whole-grain toast. I doctor wonder in amazement wanted two servings of that ce- that you did this without taking real. I wanted more of every- drugs. thing. I wanted a “super-sized” I was only 45 pounds over serving of French fries. Noth- maximum weight for my ing would satiate my appetite. height, but that was enough to I loved chicken fried steak seriouly undermine my health. with gravy, biscuits with gravy, From looking around at people fried chicken, potato salad, I see in shopping areas and french fries, all that good ol’ even in my own neighborhood, southern cooking. I see people who are probably When I began to ignore the at least 100 pounds overdiet of the mainstream media, weight. Are you one of them? Mrs. Obama, the USDA and What are you going to do WHO and made changes about it? Or do you want to be based on good solid research, I one of the people in our comlost 45 pounds, got my choles- munity who die before they are terol under control without even 65 years old? medication and got control of Once you begin on a lowmy diabetes without drugs. carb way of eating, you can Was it easy? For a few days, it never leave it, because it is was really hard, but after that, guaranteed you will gain back it was easy. It was easy to view all your weight lost and all the all foods not low in carbohy- bad health problems you had drate as “inedible.” It was easy before. It is a life-long regime. to enjoy rib-eye steaks and Make the commitment if you pork ribs, without the sugary wish a longer and healthier sauces that often accompany life. Do not make this committhem. It was easy to enjoy ment if you wish to let the high-fat, low-carb salad dress- USDA and other government ings, and I never felt hungry. It agencies or Big Pharma to was great to have a handful of control your life. almonds or walnuts as a snack. It is was equally easy to have a “Eat to live, not live to eat.” mozzarella cheese stick as a
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“Primary” Continued from Page 4 is a great person, has some strengths, he is nowhere close to what our ideal President, and even more so, an ideal Mormon President should be, and could be. We are a bit embarrassed by his lack of leadership, lack of understanding things as they really are happening in our country, and [lack of uniqueness] amongst all candidates in both speaking and living the TRUTH, and so we turn to a man who although small, is a giant in heart, truth, and the real interests of the future of our country and it’s people, Ron Paul. (Maybe Ron Paul can hire Mitt to help turn the economy around, Speaker Gingrich to be a grandfather of calm, experience, and wisdom, Herman Cain to get a good response by simply saying “9-99", Santorum to defend the family, Bachmann, as an advisory in legal matters, and Huckabee to crack Chuck Norris Jokes) but give Ron Paul the position of president over all others, and Americans will begin to see the truth. Wake Up America!” ------------------------Many Republican voters believe that Romney is the only Republican candidate who can beat Obama, and that is why they are voting for him. This is what the media wants us to believe. Others want “anyone but Romney” as the Republican candidate. The votes of the anyone-but-Romney crowd are split between the other candidates, though probably not with Ron Paul, as those who support Ron Paul do it without any reservations, with great commitment and without any kind of “Anyone-ButRomney” mentality. What the Romney and Anyone-ButRomney factions are not taking into account is that Ron Paul is the one who can beat
Obama. In the most recent CNN poll, Paul bests Obama 49 to 45 percent among persons 65 and older, a voter segment considered to be the most reliable for turnout. Paul also beats Obama among persons 50 to 64 by a 47 to 45 percent margin. Taken together, according to the poll, voters over 50 deliver Paul a clean 48 to 45 percent win over Obama. Versus Obama, Paul defeats him 51 to 45 percent in the Midwest, 49 to 45 percent in the South, 61 to 35 percent in rural areas, and ties him at 47 percent in suburban areas. Paul also bests all other Republican candidates among nonwhite voters when matched against Obama, again carrying a solid quarter of those votes, and defeating Obama among white voters 54 to 41 percent, and men 49 to 44 percent. Perhaps most important in the race for the White House, Paul seizes more support from independents than any other Republican, matching or defeating Obama 46 to 48 percent vis a vis the +/- 5 percent error margin. The MSM (mainstream media) talks a great deal about Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, as well as Newt Gingrich, but they avoid even a mention of Ron Paul. Why can’t Romney win? Romney, in nearly all Republican polls, is the one to beat Obama. However, when independents and Democrats are included in the poll, Romney and Paul are neck and neck, with Paul bringing in more independent voters than Obama. Romney cannot win over independent voters, most of the under-30 crowd or most baby boomers. Ron Paul can win over both, plus Ron Paul has many supporters among those who formerly voted for Democrat candidates. If Ron Paul “Primary” Continued on Page 13
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Zigo’s Fables Foreign Relations
Once upon a time there were neighbors who lived next door to each other but lived entirely different lifestyles. The Smiths had five children who were loud and noisy and who committed petty vandalism against the next-door neighbors, the Rands, an older couple with no children at home. The Rands asked the Smiths politely to stop their children from climbing their fence and painting graffiti on their driveway and also requested that the Smiths try to keep their children from being so noisy. Mr. Smith felt threatened and imposed upon by these requests and bought a new shotgun, figuring that if Mr. Rand came over again, he would be holding his shotgun and frighten Mr. Rand. Sure enough when Smith’s children were caught digging in Rand’s garden, Mr. Rand went back to see Mr. Smith and was greeted with a shotgun in hand. Mr. Rand was now feeling a little threatened by Mr. Smith and was angry, so he went out and bought a bigger, heavier gauge shotgun and paraded around his yard with it, firing it into the air, making sure that Mr. Smith knew he had it. Mr. Smith thought, “I’ll show you!” and went out and bought a .22 assault rifle, showing it off to Mr. Rand. Meanwhile, Mr. Rand’s grapevines were growing up over Mr. Smith’s fence and causing the fence to sag. Mr. Smith asked Mr. Rand to move his vines to another location because they were causing his fence to sag. Mr. Rand did make at least some effort to trim back his vines, but he went out and bought a higher caliber gun than Mr. Smith had. Neither Mr. Smith nor Mr. Rand were rich. They both lived a paycheck-to-paycheck existence, and both were now in debt because of their arms purchases. Both were suffering from the debt, all because of their “arms race.” Mr. Smith had it worst of all because of his large family. One day, he swallowed his pride and went to Mr. Rand, his axe on purpose into the pool at the same place, and sat down on the bank to weep. Mercury appeared to him just as he hoped he would; and having learned the cause of his grief, plunged into the stream and brought up a golden axe, inquiring if he had lost it. The Workman seized it greedily, and declared that truly it was the very same axe that he had lost. Mercury, displeased at his knavery, not only took away the golden axe, but refused to recover for him the axe he had thrown into the pool. Moral: The dishonest lose in the long run. telling him, “Look, I’ll keep my kids out of your yard and restrict their noisy play to two hours a day if you will just completely remove those grapevines. I’ll even help you move them. That way we each respect each other’s rights to property and sovereignty over it.” Mr. Rand, very relieved, since he did not even know how to use the guns he had bought, agreed. They shook hands, and both honored their agreement with each other, yet each kept their guns, just in case. Within a year, the grapevines were moved. Smith’s kids had grown up enough that they understood they could not infringe on the Rand’s rights. Within ten years, the Smith and the Rands, while not exactly “bosom buddies” talked freely over the fence in a very friendly manner. Neither family wished any harm to the other, only happy to have preserved their own rights without a serious conflict and without losing the property rights of either family. Zigo (1946)
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THE MONKEY, it is said, has two young ones at each birth. The Mother fondles one and nurtures it with the greatest affection and care, but hates and neglects the other. It happened once that the young one which was caressed and loved was smothered by the too great affection of the Mother, while the despised one was nurtured and reared in spite of the neglect to which it was exposed. Moral: The best intentions will not always ensure success.
A WORKMAN, felling wood by the side of a river, let his axe drop by accident into a deep pool. Being thus deprived of the means of his livelihood, he sat down on the bank and lamented his hard fate. Mercury appeared and demanded the cause of his tears. After he told him his misfortune, Mercury plunged into the stream, and, bringing up a golden axe, inquired if that were the one he had lost. On his saying that it was not his, Mercury disappeared beneath the water a second time, returned with a silver axe in his hand, and again asked the Workman if it were his. When the Workman said it was not, he dived into the pool for the third time and brought up the axe that had been lost. The Workman claimed it and expressed his joy at its recovery. Mercury, pleased with his honesty, gave him the golden and silver axes in addition to his own. The Workman, on his return to his house, related to his companions all that had happened. One of them at once resolved to try and secure the same good fortune for himself. He ran to the river and threw
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Hello! Today it is raining....and I have now got planted a small Olive orchard and will let it double in size overtime maybe triple. But one small problem, those carpenter ants. They took after one of my trees and stripped the leaves off on one side. So, desperate times required quick work. To my aid was DE (diatomaceous earth), quick work to the sorrow of those cutting little insects. As of this morning I have zero Carpenter ants. Yeah! Yes, I know the little stingers will some day soon be back....but again I have DE! I have planted some assortment of greens and all are doing well. Also, I have bought some tomato plants and turnip greens. By now all of you know how I like to eat fresh greens. I have tomatoes still growing in my Grow Camp, as well as broccoli, and peppers and sweet basil. That has been a great invention, the Grow Camp. For those who may have missed my initial article about it, it is sort of a combination screen house/green house in raised bed format. Back to those olive trees, I cried out of joy having those trees planted and will remember to keep them watered perfectly. I am thinking when they make olives in a year or two to have a party to just pick olives. It sounds good to me how about you? Have a delicious beverage that I make. No kids. Do not want them to know how much fun we older folks have, right? Most of the shallots were dug up by some critter, but a few made I t and was it ever a
surprise when I saw some shooting up from the ground. Made my day. Shallots are growing with my garlic chives. The asparagus I had to cut back after the last freeze we had. Then again I have 2 small cabbages growing in a pot, honestly. German thyme, and my spinach is coming back. The Swiss chard has never quit growing it is amazing. Now I have seedlings which I hope will soon come to life. It is always a chance with me to get them started at the right time. This year seems to be the best ever for getting my act together. So, now on to you. Please write me at email@example.com and let me know what you are doing with your gardens. Flower gardens, vegetable garden and even medicinal gardens. This is the perfect time to start those, and if you just put the seed into the ground as long as the birds do not see them you will have lots of different things growing. Be sure and make a label for the plants and then when they go to seed learn how to save those seeds and grow more the next year. It is fun once you get into it. Gardening makes sure you get all the vitamin D that you need and can eliminate the need for an exercise program. Remember you can use coffee cans, plastic bottles -- really anything that will hold dirt to plant your seeds in. Think how Mother Nature re-seeds. She just lets them fall as they can and blows them all around and they grow. So, do not make it such hard work. You will be surprised when you serve the food that you grew.
My gosh how long has it been since you have eaten anything but grocery store perfect tomatoes. Oh! Did I say perfect well if looks count it is perfect. But when it comes to nutrition and flavor you need to grow them yourself. And as far as that goes anything you grow yourself will naturally come out a winner hands down over the grocery store simply because it is fresh. If you cannot get something to grow, it happens. With me, root crops do not like to work with me so I buy a turnip usually and plant it in the ground and when the leaves come up just cut off some and more will grow back. That is my work a round on that subject. You will find your on way to get around things in the garden also. So go ahead and get outside now, to enjoy this spring lots of fresh food. Also, you can buy fresh ginger and put it in a pot and grow more ginger. When growing cabbage and related plants try planting White Long Radishes around it, because it tends to keep away worms. Until next month March (remember the Ides of March and the winds of March) get your seeds planted and let me know how you are doing with your garden. Sure hope we get enough rain this winter, so lets pray for rain. Remember FREEDOM is not Free! Get out and plant a garden for you and your family. It is a major decision to make but will be very tasty. Have a great month Isabelle.
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Hi girls! Listen, forget all I said last month....I must have been crazy telling you to not even worry about taking care of your wonderful home. It was a rough last year, but everything is now okay. What I did say about getting ready for Valentine Day was correct. So, I must assume your Valentine Day items and stuff have been gone over and you now know exactly what you need to complete everything for your Valentine Day party. I will give you a great recipe before I leave you today. But first things first....go make up a batch of your favorite beverage and let us get ready for a party. Guess you have already cleaned up from breakfast, made your beds, and vacuumed everything and dusted. Placed the dishes in the dishwasher and your clothes in the washer and can take on anything that comes up both inside and outdoors. I found a few plants and got those planted in the hot house and most of my other potted plants have survived the ravages of nature. Still have a few tomatoes, they are so good, and the taste still amazes me. But again if you have use a liquid carwash and washed your windows all you need now is to just hose down the windows, let dry and enjoy a streak free window. Remember when you see streaks redo the windows with the liquid car wax and it will last through many a cleaning and by using a water hose you get that out of your way like a streak of luck! Go get a place to take a deserved break with your favorite beverage. Mmm, it is so good! Maybe after that break you can prune your plants a little and freshen up around those with a little compost covered with just enough mulch. Doesn’t it look nice and neat and like you worked for hours on that project? You never tell anyone just how little time you have spent on any project you do. Today, why not cook something in the slow cooker? Put it on early and cook until everyone is home and the prepare your best meal. Just read recipes sometimes and you will knock the socks off of your family with your own creativity. So plan what you will do for your get together for Valentines Da y! Outdoor party casual, indoor /outdoor with kids or not? Just decide what you want to do and enjoy ‘cause you have everything under control. So here is the best cookie recipe I have every used and it is tasty. Bake @ 375° for 8-10 minutes. 1-1/4 cups butter at room temperature, 2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, 5 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, 3 teaspoons soda, 1 tsp each, nutmeg, clove and ginger, 3 tsp cinnamon, ½ cup milk, then cream butter and sugar, add eggs & beat til’ fluffy. Stir dry ingredients together, adding alternately with milk to your creamed mixture. If dough is sticky, add a little flour to handle the dough. You can roll to 1/4" think on well floured pastry cloth cut into cookies or cut in 3 equal blocks of dough and wrap with Saran Wrap and freeze for sometime til ready to use. Each one of those blocks make 2 dozen cookies. Bake @ 375° for 8-10 minutes do not overbake makes about 140 cookies so they say but I get about 100 cookies. Maybe the cookie monster ate some, I don’t know anything about those other 40, honest. Well, let us see what is happening next month, something about the Ides of March maybe. Oh! Something green just hit me. Keep guessing.... Have a great Valentines day. Lulabelle
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1 rounded TBS. almond flour 2 rounded TBS cocunut flour 2 TBS olive oil 1 egg 1 Tbs. heavy cream pinch of salt 4 finely diced green or spring onions Among many foods I have Oil for frying missed by sticking to a very low-carbohydrate diet have Directions: been fried catfish (or tilapia) and hush puppies. Here are my Mix olive oil, egg, cream and recipes for a low carbohydrate salt until well blended. Add fish dinner, fit for anyone. This onions and mix well. Add the is NOT A LOW-FAT DINNER flours and whisk until well -- just low carb. mixed. (If dough is too runny to form into balls, let sit three Fried Fish to five minutes. If too thick, (per four filets) add a teas. water until consistency is right.) Ingredients: Use melon ball scoop or simi1/4 cup Coconut flour lar utensil to form dough into 1/4 cup Almond flour ballls. Fry in hot oil until Salt browned. Pepper Cajun seasoning Cabbage Slaw 1 egg 1/4 cup heavy cream Ingredients: 2 Tbls. water 1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut oil 1 package of shredded cab4 fish filets bage Approximately 1/4 cup red Directions: onion, sliced in very small slivers. 1. Beat up egg, cream and water until very well mixed. For the Dressing:
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by V. J. Alford The following is one of many articles you find on the internet regarding surviving any disaster. Many are designed to sell expensive dried foods, but I thought this was a good general article you might want to read. How to Survive The United States Economic Collapse By an anonymous blogger Using basic Austrian Economics an impending economic collapse is imminent in the United States. With horrible debt, inflation, national debt, and multiplying debt to GDP ratio an economic collapse WILL happen. I'm writing this article to all Americans or people of the world to help you survive the economic collapse. Things You'll Need * Time to prepare * Some money * Strong Willpower The first thing one must do is learn what they will do in food shortages or in cases of hyper inflated food prices. This requires somebody to well in advance start putting away non-perishable goods. There are many sites on the internet which detail how to safely store foods. There are also many videos on youtube which describe how to store foods for long term. You will need many beans, grains, rice, powdered milk, sugar, and yeast. Collect many staples that are eaten around the world. Store dehydrated fruits and vegetables as well. Many economic indicators show that we could be in for it for decades. Plant several fruit trees on your property if possible. Learn how to garden and garden well. Plant foods that have a high volume of productivity (plant cherry tomatoes vs. large big pretty ones because they yield higher volumes & weight). Plant what grows well for your area and concentrate on that. In an economic collapse, experimental plants should be out of the question. Focus on what you can grow VERY well. Silver and/or Gold is a must. Buy as much raw bullion as possible. Do not buy paper gold and silver either because in a collapse, futures markets can default as well leaving you with paper. Buy smaller pieces of bullion so that you can trade it easier. I put an emphasis on silver because right now it is more affordable and very liquid. If the currency (paper) value collapses, silver & gold will be a means of trade, along with barter. Take up trades like sewing, mechanics work, and construction. If you are at a desk job now, be sure that you are skilled in these areas. These types of trades can help you repair your home or somebody else's home if needed without having to call a pro. Have spare 2X4's in the garage or tucked away somewhere ready to go. If needed, you can secure your windows and doors with these if needed (in the event of mass rioting). A 12-gauge [shotgun] you will need. Many many people argue and debate what type of gun or what kind of bullets, clips, and defensive / hunting weapons you will need. A 12gauge is simple, cheap, widely available, and nobody will argue that a 12-gauge is a wonderful gun to own. It's great for hunting, and great for general home defense if needed. Put away extra clothing. Stock good quality clothes with fabrics made of wool & high quality cotton mixed with polyester. A good wool sweater will keep you through any temperatures and cotton + polyester T-Shirts will last for years in the summers. Stock good quality boots, work boots, and shoes. Stock a good quality pellet gun. The ammunition is cheap, they are very quiet, and you will be able to hunt all the fowl you want if needed. These are also great for getting small critters too. Stock some supplies for camping. These can help you in a pinch. Stock propane & gasoline too. Check out internet articles on economic collapses in Argentina & Zimbabwe. These are great resources as well to help you survive. In a collapse, do not trust anybody. What is reported people will come up to you dressed well and who look descent & rob you. Use your wits, trust your gut feelings always, and don't give benefits of doubt ever. Take care and good luck, we'll all need it!
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2. Mix flours and seasonings 1/4 cup white wine vingar and put in a plate. 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 3. Heat cast iron skillet to 1 teas. paprika medium high with coconut oil. 1/2 teas. celery seed Oil is ready when a drop of 1/2 teas. thyme water causes a sputter or splat- 1/4 teas. garlic powder ter in the skillet pinch of salt 1/4 teas. black pepper 4. Dip each filet in egg mixture, coating completely. Directions: 5. Place each filet in the flour Mix dressing thouroughly by mixture, coating completely. shaking in a jar or with a wire whisk. In large bowl, put the 6. Place filets in skillet not cabbage and onions in first, touching each other. A large then add the dressing and mix skillet should easily accommo- thouroughly. Best if prepared date four filets at a time. an hour or two in advance and refrigerated. 7. When filets began to brown around the edges, flip to cook Have fun frying fish! the other side. When done, remove from skillet and place on
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compose great images. A second level of seeing is to use your imagination as you're studying a subject with your eyes. Imagine the overall shape of the tree if it was darkened and silhouetted against the sky or in reverse if it was a bit lighter making colors more pastel and so on. Remember as a photographer you always have the option to under or over expose your image or to wait for a different time of day or change in the weather. What would the tree look like on a foggy morning ? Also always remember that most subjects can be viewed from countless different angles. Some of my favorite tree photos were taken with me flat on my back on the ground with my camera pointed straight up into the branches of the trees. You'll find it also helps to visit art museums or at least go to the library and find fine art and photography books . Absorb what others have created by imagination and by seeing their subjects in new ways. What you are able to see depends to some extent on what you bring to the scene before you. In a way nature is much like a mirror that reflects what lies within the viewer. I know how true this is by teaching seminars where the students end up with vastly different images even though they are shooting the same scene in the same conditions. Remember I always welcome questions or comments. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 361-547-6898. Thanks!
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This month I've decided to delve a bit into the aesthetics of photography. You can master all the technical aspects of photography, but without learning how to see and create images that have some type of appeal or quality of interest, mood, or beauty, you'll just be producing sharp, well exposed but boring photos no matter what your technical expertise. So how does one go about learning to produce an effective image ? It all boils down to learning to see. As babies we seem to know how to see as soon as we're old enough to focus on distant objects, but there's more than one kind of seeing . Actually when we are very young and have just started seeing the world around us we are seeing in the way that is needed in photography. However as we get older and the world around us becomes familiar, we lose the ability. What I mean is that after we've seen say hundreds or thousands of trees we see a tree, recognize it as such, register it in our mind as a tree, yet in reality we really haven't seen the tree. The next time you're looking at a tree, close your eyes and use your imagination. Imagine that when you open your eyes your going to be seeing the first tree you've ever seen. When you open your eyes examine the overall shape, then the different shapes of each branch, the subtle changes of color, etc. Then move closer and inspect the different textures, the veins in the leaves and on and on. There is so much to see in a single tree when you really learn to see. This is how you start to learn to “What’s Wrong” Continued from Page 5 Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Bob (Kevoian) & Tom (Griswold), Delilah, Steve Harvey, Blair Garner, George Noory, John Boy and Billy, Big Tigger, Dr. Dean Edell, Bob Costas, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, and Mark Levin. “Now Sean Hannity, as we all know, has his own program on FOX News. So what has been established here is a direct corporate connection between MSNBC and FOX News through Bain Capital. FOX and MSNBC portray themselves as diametrically opposed, when in reality, when it comes down to profits; they both share common investors through Bain Capital. “I’ll tell you who else has an interest in the profits of Bain Capital and that is Mitt Romney, who retains a profit share in that company. “It works like this. Goldman Sachs (who partnered with Bain Capital in the buyout of Burger King), using bailout monies, buys up a bank. That small bank is then forced to cut off credit for a factory somewhere in the United States. This is when Bain Capital moves in and buys up the factory. In the name of restructuring and operating under NAFTA, CAFTA, and GATT, all the employees at the factory are fired. The plant is dismantled. It is then loaded on a ship and taken to China. The factory is reassembled and put into operation using Chinese slave labor. Using raw materials from the US, literally given to the corporations because they are US based, products are manufactured and shipped back to the United States where they are sold in international franchise chain stores based in the US, like Target and Home Depot. “ In putting these inferior Chinese products on the market these franchises destroy American small businesses be-
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cause a small business in America selling US made products cannot compete with an international franchise selling Chinese junk manufactured by a subsidiary in China where prices are further manipulated through monetary exchange rates. “So now we have a connection between Bain Capital and the mainstream media like MSNBC, FOX News, The Weather Channel, and Clear Channel Communications; American factories that have been outsourced like Sealy Corporation, Burlington Coat Factory, and D&M Holdings (high end audio equipment); international franchises like Target, Home Depot, Burlington Coat Factory, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, Guitar Center, Dominos Pizza, Gymboree, Sports Authority, and Brookstone. “ Bain Capital also owns interest in Houghton Mifflin, a textbook publisher that gets contracts from the Department of Education. Now is it any surprise that MSNBC attacks Dr. Paul and says he cannot be elected as president? You see Dr. Paul wants to eliminate the Department of Education, which would mean a loss of profit for Houghton Mifflin, which means a loss of profit for Bain Capital, which means a loss of profit for MSNBC, which cannot be tolerated. “Bain Capital acquired Hospital Corporation of America in July of 2006, the last year of Romney’s term as Governor of Massachusetts. So at the end of Romney’s term, Bain Capital starts gaining profits from Romney Care via Medicare and Medicaid in that state. And of course the insurance companies, whose investors also own stock in Bain Capital, see increased profits. “Bain Capital is either directly or indirectly, through common investors, connected to franchises around the world, owned by the international elite, who are piling up wealth
through the destruction of US industry. “ Here is what Mitt Romney wants. He’ll take your factory job where you are making $30 per hour plus benefits, he’ll dismantle the factory you are working in and move it to China where a slave laborer will take over your former job, while back here in the USA, using stimulus dollars and foreign workers on visas, he will build a home depot where you can go to work for minimum wage, selling the Chinese version of the product you used to manufacture. “And we are supposed to accept this scenario as okay, as free market capitalism. Mitt Romney is good at dismantling and moving US factories overseas. He is making a lot of profit doing so and he would like to see Bain Capital continue to make record profits because he gets a share of those profits. “Mitt Romney is an international elitist and a part of the international corporate mafia insurgency that is attempting to destroy our Republic and bring us to our knees. Bain Capital and Mitt Romney have, with malice and forethought, inflicted misery upon many of our people and it is our turn to hurt back. “Bain Capital, MSNBC, and FOX News have made one thing clear. They consider Ron Paul dangerous, hence they fear he will hurt them, hence we can hurt them back by electing Dr. Paul and breaking the stranglehold they have established through their infiltration into our highest seats of power. “If nothing else remember this. Mitt Romney stands to personally profit from every future transfer of industry out of the United States whether he is elected president or not. And how much more profit could he realize if he had the power of the presidency? “God bless this Republic, death to the international cor-
porate mafia, we shall prevail -----------------------------From: America's Choice: Ron Paul or Unlimited Government Submitted by Tom Mullen on Mon, 01/23/2012 “No matter how acrimonious the Republican primaries get, all of the candidates agree on one thing: Barack Obama must be defeated in November 2012. For 3 of the 4 remaining candidates, that is virtually the only important issue in the Republican primary race. Obama must be defeated and the only issue to resolve in the primaries is who has the best chance of doing so. Only Ron Paul asks the questions that should follow logically: Why is it so important to defeat Obama and what will you do differently from him? “In response, most of the Republicans offer only platitudes. "Obama believes in taking from one person and giving to another. He wants to turn the United States into a European social democracy with a massive welfare state, etc." I happen to agree on these points with one caveat - the United States already is a Europeanstyle social democracy. That boat sailed many decades ago. With a welfare state measured in trillions that dwarfs the entire economies of most nations of the world, the United States is a poster child for social democracy and is now listed 10th on the Index of Economic Freedom. “However, assuming that Barack Obama is supportive of this and the Republican candidates are not, there must be fundamental philosophical differences between them and Obama that would translate into tangible policy differences. However, if one listens closely to what they actually say, none of the Republican candidates actually disagrees with Obama in principle on
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any single issue or identifies a specific power of the presidency that they would exercise differently - except for Ron Paul. “If Obama really is uniquely terrible as a president, there must be actual things he has done that make him worse than previous presidents. During the 2010 elections, the Tea Party movement focused on Obamacare. The Tea Party-fueled 912 Project was able to draw hundreds of thousands of people to Washington to protest this one program. Yet, with Medicare and Medicaid alone accounting for 1/3 of all healthcare spending in the United States and total government spending likely accounting for over half, why was Obamacare such a fundamental change? Measured in terms of dollars, Obamacare was rather insignificant as an increase in government involvement in healthcare. If government-provided healthcare is really bad in principle, then opponents of it should object to all of the programs, especially Medicare, which costs about 6 times as much as Obamacare. But they don't except for Ron Paul, who has a clearly defined and funded plan to let workers entering the workforce opt out of
Medicare. “Of course, there is one aspect of Obamacare that is different in principle and that is the individual mandate. Tea Partiers have made many eloquent speeches about how antithetical to freedom this central plank of Obamacare is. Again, I agree, but do the Republican candidates for president? Romney certainly doesn't. Romney's Massachusetts plan that inspired Obamacare is also centered around an individual mandate. Romney openly defends the principle to this day. His problem with Obamacare? That it is administered by the federal government and forced upon all 50 states. While his support for federalism might be admirable, Romney does not recognize any individual right not to be forced to purchase government-approved health insurance. If the state government imposes that obligation, Romney has no objection. “Gingrich doesn't even object to an individual mandate at the federal level. While santour does seem to oppose this aspect of Obamacare, he has already voted for the prescription drug program, which expanded “What’s Wrong” Continued on Page 12
February 2012 “17th” Continued from Page 4 to have Senators elected directly by the people during the 1890’s, albeit the call for a proposed amendment went back to 1826. State legislatures were deemed as corrupt. During each Congressional session from 1893 through 1902, an amendment to the Constitution was passed by the House; yet met much adversity from an unwilling Senate, even with vacancies. Cosmopolitan, in 1906, published a series of articles titled The Treason of the Senate, authored by Graham Phillips. Phillips labeled the U.S. Senate as pawns for the industrialists and financiers of the time. Between 1866 and 1906, nine bribery cases were in front of the Senate. In 1907 Oregon was electing Senators directly via State referenda. This was a popular idea and by 1912 29 States had followed suit in a popular vote for Senators. In 1911, Senator Joseph Bristow presented a resolution, endorsed by Senator William Borah who was himself a product of direct election. The resolution was passed largely due to the fact that many Senators were freshman appointed by state-initiated reforms. These freshmen were “more willing to support direct election,” according to the United States Senate official website under the passage titled The Direct Election of Senators. By the summer of 1912 the House would pass the resolution and send it to the States for ratification. May 31, 1913, Secretary of State Williams Jennings Bryan proclaimed the 17th Amendment dully ratified. Ever since U.S. Senators have been elected by the populace, we have seen State’s rights wither away. We have seen many laws passed that remove from the State the security of the 10th Amendment. Whenever a U.S. Senator was sent to Washington before the 17th Amendment, they understood that if they were to vote on a bill that was not in their State’s best interest; Senators would then face the scrutiny of the State legislatures and possibly removed. The 10th Amendment, which states:” The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This was to be the failsafe for the likes of Patrick Henry, one of the foremost anti-federalists of the time. Since the Constitution specifically covers the role and powers of each branch of government; Henry understood that future events would call into question State sovereignty, and it was the 10th Amendment that helped to quell Henry’s worries. Nearly a quarter of a century later, the power of southern States to secede was called into question and the Civil War ensued. The question of what a State can and cannot do is always open to interpretation. Some feel that the 10th Amendment can be used to “run-a-muck,” as said by Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum. Politicians like Santorum feel it is of a higher responsibility for the federal government to restrict States from living in a manner that suits the inhabitants of the State. It’s ironic that those words would come from a former U.S. Senator, whose original role was to restrict federal over-grabs. It was this type of rhetoric that led to the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and eventually to the 14th Amendment two years later. laws on States that should be rightfully left to the States is minimum wage laws. In 1938 the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed which extended minimum wage laws to employees of private transit companies. The bout involving Maryland v. Wirtz in 1968 extended the FLSA to public schools and hospitals. How is a State supposed to fulfill unfunded mandates? How is a State supposed to pay for a federal minimum wage if their budget cannot afford one? It was not until 1976 that a court decision ruled on the federal authority to enforce minimum wage laws. In National League of Cities v. Usery, 1976, the Supreme Court recognized, under the 10th Amendment, the role of States in the federal structure. The court acknowledged that the federal structure barred the federal government from instructing States on how they must pay their employees. The 1976 decision led to the San Antonio Metro Transit deciding to not pay overtime to its employees. Of course, under the FLSA, a federal suit was filed: Garcia v San Antonio Metro Transit seeking back pay after the company’s decision to stop overtime pay. With federal judges sitting on the bench, that are approved by the Senate, it is crystal clear that a Supreme Court Justice approved properly by the original intent of the Senate, that perhaps a ruling in favor of Garcia would may have never happened. The ruling in Garcia v. San Antonio Metro Transit trampled a State’s right to pay employees as seen fit by the State. our very eyes! Appointments such as those to direct the EPA can, may, and have led to regulations which prohibit a State from prosperity. We must keep in mind the relationships of the Senate to State sovereignty; and ask questions such as: Would the repeal of the 17th Amendment actually restore State’s rights? Have State’s rights even been “trampled” since the passing of the 17th Amendment? Is there really a connection between the 17th Amendment and the Money Trust? Answers to these types of questions can only be found through your own research. Within my own research of the 17th Amendment I found it difficult to link a “grand conspiracy” with the international banking elite. The call for Senators to be elected directly or by State legislatures has been an issue since the Constitutional Convention. What I have learned is that since 1787 there have been those who believe that a federal government knows best and should abide by their laws. It has become more apparent that with the passing of the 17th Amendment, the federal government has removed the power of the State. Most Senators now believe that their job consists of doing the will of the People, but that job was left to the House of Representatives. The Senate was put in place, originally, to check the People so that the individual States would not lose their sovereignty under federalism. Well the 17th Amendment has failed profusely to secure State sovereignty, and it is not until we as a People restore the original intent of the Framers that we can once again flourish as a nation. As once said by a fortune cookie: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” The 17th Amendment may have held the greatest intentions to remove corruption from Washington; nevertheless, it has led to a road where States have lost their rights and representation. Contact me at: email@example.com
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The 10th Amendment, along with the U.S. Senate, are important components that help to define State sovereignty. After the passing of the 17th Amendment it becomes clear how imperative Senate action is for the States. First, just think of the number of Presidential appointees who must be approved of by the Senate. The list ranges from Secretary of State, to the director of the EPA, all the way to a Federal Reserve Chairman. There are plenty of arguments as to how each one of these senatorially approved appointees have af- The role of the Senate as a fected State rights and individ- proper representation of the ual freedoms. States has evolved into a mechanism for the industrialist and Roger Sherman, a delegate to financiers just as Graham the Constitutional Convention Phillips criticized in the 1906 wrote to John Adams that, Cosmopolitan issues. The 17th “The senators, being…..depen- Amendment has done nothing dent on [State legislatures] for to neither eliminate nor curve reelection, will be vigilant in corruption of the Senate. Actusupporting their rights against ally, many involved in a 10th infringement by the legislative Amendment movement seek or executive of the United the repeal of the 17th AmendStates.” Do you really think ment. “We need to give State’s that a Senator who is account- rights back to the States,” is able to the people of a State what the 10th Amendment prowill do the State’s bidding or ponents shout. the will of the people? Remember, it is the original intent Thinking about the original inof the House of Representa- tent of our Constitution, one tives where the People’s voice would wonder why States have as a whole resonates, not the lost sovereignty with the 17th Senate. The original intent of Amendment. When we have the Senate, once again, was for learned what the proper role of the security of the States. the Senate is; it is only until then, that we can see how One prime example of the fed- State’s rights are blowingeral government imposing away-in-the-wind right before
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112 Cynthia- Looking for a nice place to retire, or a fishing retreat? This 1 BR, 1 BA, 2 CRPT, with 1066 sq ft, is the place you don't want to pass up! Lrg living rm, plus huge laundry rm w/sink. Recently remodeled including new custom kitchen cabinets, island, laminate flrs, crpt, appliances, and more! New 12' x 24' workshop, RV Parking, Carport, and more! Leased land. Owner may finance w/lrg dwn pymnt. Only $44,900.
Waterview lots in Lakeshore Subdivision! 47 Lots to choose from. Beautiful large lots with great views. If you don't care about being on the water, but want water access these are the lots for you! There is a homeowners park with boat launch! Restricted Subdivision, and priced to sell! Call for more information!
723 N Aransas St. - Cute home! This 3/1.5 with 1056 sq ft would be a great starter home, with nice size back yard that is completely fenced, great yard for the little one to play. This home would be a good investment for someone who wants to do some minor repairs/updating and flip it or could be good rental income! Lots of possibilities! Don't pass this one by! Only $55,000
1304 Dakota, Robstown-Cute 2/2 starter, retirement or investor home This home has been completely remodeled including: new plumbing wiring, windows, tiled shower, sinks, kitchen cabinets, laminate flooring carpet, closet, fresh paint, inside and out, and much more! This is a grea price for a home like this! A must see! The home is vacant, so windows are boarded to prevent vandalism. They have wonderful neighbors! Make an offer! Only $40,000
7 Gorgeous Lots in Pernitas Point Subdivision! Lots are all together with a panoramic view of the lake. Build your dream home, or set up trailers, with lots of room for boat storage, Party room, and much more! Only $60,000!
404 Hidalgo St, Mathis- Beautiful home, great location, corner lot, 3 lots, and great neighborhood! This 3/2/2 with 1607 sq ft, would be great for entertaining! The huge yard with the big covered patio is ideal for the kids to play, barbecuing and all sort of parties for friends and family! The well maintained home was recently painted, roof replaced in '98 with 30 yr roof, and new Kenmore oven. It's not often a home like this becomes available! Don't miss this opportunity! Make an offer! Only 99,900
Gorgeous 32 Acres off FM624 overlooking a valley. This 32 acres has a 53' x 67' barn w/kitchen, a dbl wide trailer on cement slab with carport, equipment barn, chicken coop, water throughout the property, and all fenced! $550,000
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Beautiful 3/2, 1322 sq ft home right across the street from the lake & homeowners park. All the benefits of life on the lake, but without the price of living on the lake! Open floorplan, with large kitchen! Stainless steel appl, and lot of cabintets. Only $124,500. Conditions apply, but will consider renting at $850 monthly!
Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the lake life! Waterfront, Waterview (with water access), or Acreage, I can put you in the right spot! Lots Starting at $7500. Call me and I will find what you have been searching for! Lots in Carmel Hills. Don’t Miss These!
Lot 25, Skyview Drive Circle, near boatlauch and park, only $8000. Lot 1, Block 7, Carmel Hills Dr., across the street from waterfront park, $24,900 Lot 15, Laurel Dr., 1/2 acre, $18,000 Lot 2, Block 10, Carmel Dr., 3/4 acre, near boatlaunch and park, $24,900
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“What’s Wrong” Continued from Page 9 Medicare by as much in dollars as Obamacare costs in total. There is only one candidate that makes any argument or has any tangible plan to get the government out of the healthcare business completely - Ron Paul. “The same can be said for government spending in general. Yes, all of the Republican candidates rail against excessive spending, deficits, and debt. They decry Obama's unholy deficits and say that they will cut spending and push for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That's all fine, but what exactly are they going to cut? This is where those striking differences from Obama start to dissipate. None of the candidates will actually name programs that they will cut beyond infinitesimally small ones like the National Endowment for the Arts - except for Ron Paul. Paul has already published the first budget that he will submit to Congress and it cuts $1 trillion during his first year as president. “This budget not only saves money but indicates the philosophical difference between Ron Paul and the rest of the candidates. By actually assigning funding of zero to the Departments of Education, Commerce, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, and the Interior, Paul makes two philosophical statements that the other candidates do not. The first is that the government should have no role whatsoever in the areas that these departments regulate. They represent areas of life that should be left to voluntary cooperation between free people, not coercive mandates from the government. “The second is that Paul recognizes that these are functions that the government has no legitimate authority to tax individuals to fund. For the rest of the candidates, there is nothing that the government cannot tax people for, as long as it fits in with their plan. They may suggest cutting unsubstantial amounts here or there, but none of them cuts these functions to zero. They all believe that individuals can be taxed to fund government regulation and/or subsidization of all areas of human activity - except for Ron Paul. “All of this is rooted in a fundamental difference between Ron Paul and any other candidate for president in 2012, Republican or Democrat. It concerns the role of government. Only Ron Paul actually uses the words "role of government" in speeches or debates. Why? Because only Ron Paul believes that the role of government in society is limited. You will hear the other Republicans use the terms "small government" or "smaller government," but rarely, if ever, will you hear them say "limited government." On this principle, there is no difference at all between Obama, Gingrich, Romney, or santour. santour has actually said this explicitly (about the 1:20 mark), while the others demonstrate it through their positions on the various issues. Only Ron Paul argues that there are limits on the power of the government. The rest merely argue about how that power should be exercised. “ This concept of limited government is so absent from modern American political discourse that it is necessary to define it. If Americans still truly believe that certain rights are inalienable, then there are certain things that the government is simply not allowed to do, not even with the support of a majority vote. In other words, those inalienable rights cannot be voted away, because they do not belong to the majority. They belong to each individual. That is limited government. Only Ron Paul defends it. “Nothing illustrates this better than Ron Paul's position on what is supposed to be the fundamental principle around which American society is organized, liberty. Ron Paul defends liberty unconditionally while his Republican opponents openly attack it, just as Obama does. Many of them use the term "individual liberty," but once it comes to specifics they are in lockstep with Obama. “ Liberty has a definition and it is not ‘the ability to do whatever you want.’ There is a natural limit to liberty that precedes the government. It is not created by the government. The natural limit of liberty is the equal rights of others. In other words, an individual has the right to do whatever he pleases as long as he does not invade the person, liberty, or justly acquired possessions of others. “ This means that the individual might do things that others don't approve of, like use drugs, watch pornography, or practice a religion that is antithetical to their own. Others are free to disapprove of these activities, but they are not justified in using violence against the people who engage in them - and all laws are backed by the threat of violence. In fact, since these activities do not invade the person, liberty, or property of another person, individuals have an inalienable right to engage in them. Governments at all levels should be powerless to prohibit them. That is, if the society really is organized around liberty. "No man has a natural right to commit aggression against the equal rights of others, and that is all from which the law ought to restrain him." That was how the author of the Declaration of Independence defined liberty. You either agree with him or you don't. There is no middle ground. “At the federal level, the defense of liberty is defined by the first 10 amendments of the U.S. Constitution, popularly called the Bill of Rights. If there is anything of substance that makes America freer - in the real world - than the average banana republic, it is these limits on government power. Yet even on these most basic principles, only Ron Paul takes a stand for liberty. The other Republican candidates agree with Obama that these protections can be sacrificed in the name of security. “Romney stated that he would have signed the NDAA bill which granted the government the power to detain U.S. citizens without due process. In explaining his position, Romney made the ludicrous, counterintuitive argument that Americans have a right to due process unless they commit acts of terrorism. Excuse me, Mitt, due process is the means by which we determine if the suspect committed the crime or not. That is the whole reason for due process - to determine guilt or innocence. Romney doesn't understand that or doesn't care. This should horrify any lucid American. “Newt Gingrich made this same argument in a previous debate in defending the Patriot Act. In fact, he thinks that the powers granted to the federal government in that law should be expanded. Rick santour doesn't substantively disagree. Make no mistake, these are not fine points of law that are being argued here. They are the fundamental constitutional principles that define America as a free country. They are under all-out assault by both the Obama Administration and every Republican presidential candidate except for Ron Paul. That the other candidates get loud cheers in debates when arguing to abolish these constitutional protections of liberty should send a shiver up the spine of every American. Recall the words of the Star Wars character, "So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause." Without exaggerating, it has come to that. “Americans do have a choice in this election, but it is not between Obama and one of the other Republicans. There is no substantive difference there. The true choice is between Ron Paul and unlimited government, which is government under Obama, Romney, Gingrich, or santour. That means a government that can tax you for anything it wishes to, can detain and search you without warrant or probable cause, and can send soldiers to arrest you and imprison you indefinitely without legal representation, a hearing, or a trial. It is a government whose power knows no limits, that can forcefully control every area of your life and force you to pay for its domination of the entire globe. Whatever happens in the years ahead, Americans cannot say that they did not have an opportunity to choose liberty over tyranny. This may be their last chance. Tom Mullen is the author of “A Return to Common Sense: Reawakening Liberty in the Inhabitants of America.” ------------------Finally, John Stoessel has suggested that the ignorant stay home from the polls. Both he and Bill O’Reilly indicate that about half of all voters have no idea what the candidates actually stand for, what their past voting background is or even recognize photos of them This 50% of votes based on what someone has allegedly said about the candidate or on whether the candidate “looks presidential” or on whether or not they seem to be “goodlooking.” Many voters are illiterate or mentally incompetent. The definition of illiteracy once was “unable to read and write.” The new world order definition is “having had no education.” The former is the actually correct one. Most people vote for essentially emotional reasons with no reasoning skills involved, if they even have any reasoning skills. Futhermore, more than 50% of Americans live off the taxpayer-funded federal government’s largesse. They will vote for the candidate most likely to keep their welfare checks and food stamps coming along without fail. Too bad when America no longer has the money to fulfill those people’s welfare dreams, no money for food stamps and no money at all. In the original Constitution of the U. S., only landowners were allowed to vote. These were the people with “skin in the game.” After all, a nation is a geographical area with certain defined boundaries. Presumably the people who live within those boundaries choose to do so or else they would leave, and the only people with skin in the game own something of sovereign meaningfulness -- land. People who are sucking off the government are basically sucking off of the land and property owners. Why should those who will not take responsibility for their own lives such off those who do?. My own prediction is that Obama will be re-elected because of the Republican establishment’s desire to keep the status quo and the lack of intelligence and rational thinking on the part of the average voter, and that America will soon have seen its last days as a constitutional republic, its last days of any semblance of liberty and freedom or private property ownership I, as a volunteer in the United States armed forces, was willing to risk my life for you, for this country, and you want Obama, Romney, Gingrich or santour as President? Rest in Peace, America. I will mourn at your grave.
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“Primary” Continued from Page 5 does not win the Republican nomination, there are those who will write him in rather than vote for Romney, diluting the Republican vote, assuring that Obama will win. If Ron Paul does not get the Republican nomination, there is also the possibility that he might run on a third-party ticket. If he does, here is how the vote count might go down: Paul could win, say, half of his votes ******** Since Obama will be the Democratic candidate, that means that, in Texas at least, Democrats can vote in the Republican primary. A democrat who is conservative about issues relating to the economy and wishes an end to the endless wars could vote for Ron Paul in the primaries and in the general election. Remember, the establishment Republicans were against Ronald Reagan. The first time he ran, he lost. The second time, he won.
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From http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/16/americasHouse For Sale by Owner, last-chance 115 East Lakeview Trail, Sandia, Texas (Pernitas by Paul Craig Roberts Point). ICF (Insulated Con“America has one last crete Forms) Home, 3 bedchance, and it is a very slim room/w bath/3 car garage. 1400 sq ft with 12/x50 ft cov- one. Americans can elect Ron ered patio overlooking Lake Paul President, or they can deCorpus Christi. Metal roof. All scend into tyranny. Why is Ron electric with9 ft ceilings Paul America’s last chance? throughout. Over-size garage Because he is the only candi30'x25'x8' high doors, one 16' date who is not owned lock, other 8' wide. Built by custom stock, and barrel by the milibuilder in 2006. Five year tary-security complex, Wall home warranty still remaining Street, and the Israel Lobby. “All of the others, including on structure. 20'x24'x10' enPresident Obama, are owned closed metal workshop with 2' roof extension and 2 doors on by exactly the same interest both ends. Custom built 2006. groups. There are no differHome sits on 3 lots with va- ences between them. Every cant adjoining lot having 75ft candidate except Ron Paul of road access x 150 ft deep. stands for war and a police Driveway accessible RV sewer state, and all have demondrain, water and 30 amp elec- strated their complete and total tricity. $269,000. Shown by subservience to Israel. The fact appointment. John & Linda that there is no difference between them is made perfectly Williams 361-547-8160 clear by the absence of substantive issues in the campaigns of the Republican Lots, near Lagarto Store, candidates... starting at, $6,500. Approx “More importantly, only 1/4 acre each. $500 down and Ron Paul respects the US Conowner will finance. 956-682- stitution and its protection of 9281 civil liberty. Only Ron Paul understands that if the Constitution cannot be resurrected from its public murder by Congress and the executive branch, then Americans are lost to tyranny. “There isn’t much time in which to revive the Constitution. One more presidential
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If Ron Paul were the Republican candidate, he could not only win his present Republican supporters, but could win a substantial portion of votes from independents and democrats. If he does not win the Republican nomination, he could win the presidency on a third party ticket for the same reasons. In other words, Ron Paul can win the Presidency. If you think you need to vote for Romney on the basis that the mainstream media support him or that they say he is the only candidate who can win, think again. The MSM believes that the avid supporters of Ron Paul are a bunch of nut-cases aged 18 29. They are so wrong. There are many of us nut-cases who are over 50 who favor Ron Paul. It is my thinking that any non-union member over 50 will be a supporter of Ron Paul because we remember liberty and freedom and have an understanding of the tyranny of both the present and future that continued big government will mean to us, a slide into slavery, a slide into the government knowing anything and everything about your every movement and your every conversation, but, most importantly, a slide into poverty, dictatorship and totalitarianism. Many who believe Ron Paul’s foreign policy beliefs are nuts are simply sticking their heads in the sand and believing everything the MSM is laying out on their plates. According to some of the best political philosophers in the country, if he were to walk away from the GOP for a third party, he would take at least 12% of the Republican vote with him. He would also take another 15% from the Independents and at least 11% from the Democrats. This would give him 38% − enough of the vote to win the Presidency in a three-man race. The only option to any of what is happening in America is a Ron Paul presidency. Although even Ron Paul may not be able to save us, he will, at the very least, leave a legacy of Constitutional government and the causes of freedom and liberty rather than totalitarianism, slavery or any other of the evil “isms,” and end to the warefare/welfare state so that America can achieve a true recovery from the dangerous economic and political conditions of today.
From the Bible: Matthew 22: 35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
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