Sometimes the right path is not always the easiest” - Princess Matoaka, a.k.a. “Pocahontus” (c. 1596-1617), a.k.a. Rebecca (Mrs. John) Rolfe--daughter of the Great Chief Powhattan, of Virginia.

Back in the days when I could move my legs and arms without joint pain, and before the force of gravity became much “stronger”, I used to do a lot of hiking in the North and South Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains with my kids and their friends, or with our adult friends.  Finding the correct path in the high country, surrounded by rocks and trees, and often cloud cover, was very important.  We all loved “the high country” and we spent many wonderful weekends or parts of vacation weeks exploring well known, and not so well known, great views and landmarks in “our” mountains.  In every case, having trail maps and using good observation and common sense made our hikes both enjoyable and safe.  Following the right path made ALL the difference.

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(I’ve used the following sources to tell this true tale of almost unspeakable heroism, from which I learned of this story and from which I quote freely and paraphrase in my own words:  1) Transcript of a 2010 report about Witold Pilecki by National Public Radio; 2) WikipediA; 3) Jewish Virtual Library).

Witold Pilecki (1901-1948) - Hero & Patriot
Witold Pilecki (1901-1948) - Hero & Patriot

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Henry C. Hooker (1828-1907) Founder of the Sierra Bonita Ranch, First American Cattle Ranch in Arizona (1872).
Henry C. Hooker (1828-1907) Founder of the Sierra Bonita Ranch, First American Cattle Ranch in Arizona (1872).

 

I’ve always admired the late, great actor and patriot, Charlton Heston, who was a staunch friend of our Second Amendment firearm liberties for most of his life, and as President of the National Rifle Association for 5 years, he stood firm and strong in his support of our Constitutional liberties.  He was also a staunch supporter of the liberties of all Americans, having marched with Dr. Martin King in the “civil rights” struggles of the 1960’s. 

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A long time ago, before there even was a United States of America, we had a lot of angry folks living in what were then British Colonies.  One of them came up with a “catchy” slogan, and a lot of the other angry people thought that it made a lot of sense.  Eventually they got so perturbed that they revolted against the King and his political cronies, and established their own new country—the U.S.A.  You recall James Otis’  “slogan” that set them off, I’m sure:  “TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION IS TYRANNY”!  Indeed it was. 

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The dangerous
The dangerous "Obammacoccus Stupidicus" Virus (Greatly Magnified).

We all know that the “zombies” have been among us for quite some time!  Stupid “zombie” shows on TV entertain the mentally challenged mouth breathers among the population, keeping them occupied and relatively harmless while the normal adult population tries to go about their daily routines, struggling in increasing frustration to keep their lives on a “straight line”, their struggling finances above water, and their status as free citizens still intact.  Add to this fantasy zombie fixation the real and serious threat facing all freedom loving Americans:  Political Zombies (aka liberals/progressives/socialists, Dumbocrats, moonbats), and we have a potential disaster of significant proportions facing all of us.

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Patrick Henry (1736-1799), as he appeared CA. 1775 in his
Patrick Henry (1736-1799), as he appeared CA. 1775 in his "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" Oration.

All Americans should be familiar with the immortal words that did much to ignite the American Revolution back in 1775. Surprisingly, some Americans, victims of modernist/progressive “unteaching” of history, have no clue as to who said, “…Give me liberty or give me death”, and the circumstances leading to one of the most famous speeches of American history, nor when it was orated.  Indeed, there are many Americans walking among us who have never heard of Patrick Henry,  have barely heard of the American Revolution, haven’t a clue as to the years it was fought, or the country our Revolutionary patriots struggled against to attain their liberty.  How very sad!  How frightening!  To forget or ignore the past is to condemn the future!  If history teaches anything, it teaches that truth.

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I consider myself to be a political “Independent”, a long time  ex- member of the Republican Compromise Party, and never, never ever a member of the “Klan of New Bolsheviks Party” (formerly Democrats). No one has been a firmer supporter, in general, of President Trump, his policies, his patriotism, and his determination to “Make America Great Again”, than I have been, despite his actual or conjectured moral lapses over the years (lapses which have also surfaced in almost EVERY POTUS since our beginning)!

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“Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind, an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.” -- Founding Father, Samuel Adams

It’s a truly sad commentary on this present age that a sizeable portion of Americans are so ignorant of their own history that many of them not only have never heard of Samuel Adams or other of our Founders and have never read their words, but are totally unaware  of the history of the time wherein the country they inhabit was born, from which country Americans declared their independence, and are uncertain as to the century in which those events occurred. 

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In ancient Egypt there developed, over the centuries, the practice of marking property boundaries with piles of stones.  This became especially useful to the peasant farmers  whose land was flooded every year by the Nile River.  While the flood deposited much needed new and rich silt, it often took away any non-permanent boundary markers.  Over time the Egyptians, and other ancients, developed the practice of identifying their property lines using piles of heavy stones, not easily moved by the flooding river or by rascally neighbors.  So important did these boundary stones become that it was a serious violation of Egyptian, and later, Mosaic, law to move the stones to try to steal the property belonging to someone else.

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A few years ago  a friend sent me an e-mail that ostensibly was an “obituary”, but not for a person.  It was for that eminently practical commodity we’ve always referred to as ‘common sense’.  I’ve changed it a bit, and I don’t know who the original author was, but let me share it with you:

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"The Burning of the Peggy Stewart"by Francis Blackwell Mayer, 1896.

Back in 1988, during one of our trips to Boston and vicinity, my wife and I went aboard the sailing brig, “Beaver”, a recreated ship of the type used back in the 1770’s.  It was moored close to the site, in Boston Harbor, where the original “Boston Tea Party” was “held” back in 1773, during which The Sons of Liberty and their friends, dressed unconvincingly as “Indians”, dumped many chests of expensive, but “boycotted” tea, into the harbor. It must have been quite a sight, and it thoroughly incensed the British colonial government. On the recreated Beaver, there were several small chests of “pretend tea”, roped to the deck rail. 

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From time to time in my writing for The Times Examiner, I’ve used articles sent to me by good friends in another state, people I’ve known and loved for decades and who are always on the “lookout” to provide me interesting tidbits of things that they come across that I might use.  What follows is another of their offerings that they’ve gleaned and sent on to me.  I hope you’ll enjoy their “lessons”.

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Let me open this long “cyber sermon” with a side by side comparison of 2nd Timothy 3:1-5, in both my favorite “old” 1599 Geneva Bible and in my favorite  “new” New International Version of the Bible.  I know that  some of you are unfamiliar with the Geneva Bible, and some of you are adamantly against reading any “modern” version of God’s Word beyond the 1611 Authorized KJV—but please indulge me, and we’ll get through this.  Here is what the Triune Creator of All has to say about the “times” we are living in:

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God’s Word proclaims, in Jeremiah 1:5:

Before I formed thee in the womb, I knew thee, and before thou camest out of the womb, I sanctified thee,…” (1599 Geneva Bible)

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee,…” (KJV)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew (chose) you, before you were born I set you apart:…”  (NIV)

I wrote a version of this article several years ago for the old print version of The Times Examiner.  It was difficult to write  back then, and I fear it will be even more so today, considering the degree of misinformation, confusion, closed mindedness, and mendacity that swirls around our increasingly ravaged American culture over the MORAL ISSUE of what is euphemistically referred to as “a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body”—i.e. the act of aborting her unborn baby, or as I and millions of other Americans call it: MURDER IN THE WOMB!  Yes, that’s the subject of this article, and has been “timely” ever since this abomination was ‘conceived’ in the mind of Satan and “discovered” by one of the Evil One’s disciples on the Supreme Court back in 1973, right up to today!

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Like father, like son”.  We’ve all heard this saying in the past, I’m sure.  In the normal scheme of things those words are often true but sometimes they miss the mark totally.  I, for one, am nothing like my father was—not as a teen or an adult.  Despite his being an every weekend abuser of alcohol for all of my growing up years, my father always earned enough to keep me and my mother, and later my younger sister,  well cared for. He was an unloving and “distant” parent, an atheist who never did learn how to communicate with me or ever express love for his family, and my mother was always my stay-at-home Mom, providing the love and attention so lacking in my father toward all of us. 

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For the past 70 or more years, ever since the “modern” translations of God’s Word, our Holy Bible, began to appear on the scene, there have been dire predictions that “the Apocalypse” was about to come upon us, that the moon would turn to blood, and that the “end of the world” was imminent.  We still hear many of these same unfounded fears.  What has prompted these warnings from otherwise rational believers with their concerns regarding the affect that newer or more modern Bible translations will have upon the world of Protestant Christendom? 

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