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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Portrait Of A Man: John Brown

To those of you who saw the title of this post via RSS feed, you're probably thinking "what the heck?"

But I'm not talking about that John Brown.

This John Brown was quite the opposite.

He was born on December 26th, 1826 in Crathie, Scotland to humble parents and was raised as a servant at Balmoral Castle. When Balmoral was purchased by Prince Albert in 1853, he befriended Brown. Brown was soon attached to the queen as her servant.
After Albert's death in 1861, Brown was called down to Windsor to attend her and hopefully raise her spirits. He was often critisized for his less than formal manner of addressing the queen, often calling her "woman". Despite this, they developed a close relationship. Of course, the media had a ball with this, hinting that the relationship was something less than honorable, calling the queen "Mrs. Brown", because she relied so heavily on him. The truth of the matter was that ceremony meant little to John Brown where the Queen's interests were concerned. An example of this was when he told the Prince of Wales, overheard by servants, " Ye'll no'see your Royal mither till five o'clock."
In December of 1865, Brown accompanied the Queen and her daughters to the Mauseleum at Frogmore, where she paid her respects on the fourth anniversary of her husband's death. Later John Brown came to her room for his orders, when the Queen saw tears rolling down his cheeks. " I didn't like to see ye at Frogmore this morning. I felt for ye, to see ye coming there with ye daughters and your husband lying there. No, I didn't like to see it; I felt sorry for ye---ye who had been so happy. There is no more pleasure for ye, poor Queen."
The Queen announced she would attend a military review in Hyde Park in July 1867 and would be attended by Brown (in his usual kilt). After her Ministers discussed the probability of further gossip in the press about the conspicuous Highlander, the Queen, who found out about the objections to Brown's presence, said "If the government wants me, they have to put up with John Brown." He became the only person in her life whom she trusted completely. When he helped her secure her bonnet, he would say "Hoots, then wumman! Can ye not hold yerr head up?" Or, when he disapproved of a wrap she was wearing, he would ask her " What's this ye've got on today?" What others perceived as bold behavior was completely disarming to Victoria. The stories circulated at the Court about Brown's drinking made no difference to the Queen. To Victoria he was beyond any criticism.
In early 1862 the Queen returned from St. Paul's. Brown was sitting as usual behind the queen on the carriage. At the gates to Buckingham Palace, a seventeen year old Fenian, Arthur O'Connor, made his way to the carriage door and pointed a pistol at the Queen. The ever watchful Brown leaped from the rumble seat and seized the would-be assassin by the throat. In the aftermath, there were renewed demonstrations of loyalty to the Crown. For the third time in the same week, Victoria rode out to the cheering of the crowds, with Brown behind her as usual keeping a watchful eye.
By 1883, the Queen had become overweight and looked old and grey.The rumors had finally come to an end, and Brown's presence was accepted for the watchful care it truly was. He often worked seven days a week despite chills and fever. On this day 127 years ago, John Brown died at 10:40 in the evening. Victoria's son Leopold went to her dressing room and "broke the dreadful news to me that my good faithful Brown had passed away." It was a terrible blow to Victoria. To Vicky's eldest daughter in Berlin the Queen wrote "for 18 years and a half, Brown never left my side." Her wreath, sent to Scotland and placed on Brown's coffin, was "A tribute of loving, grateful and everlasting friendship and affection from his truest, best and most faithful friend Victoria R&I."

Author's note:
There is a fantastic film called "Mrs. Brown" which depicts the relationship between John Brown and Queen Victoria. It does have a bad scene.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

A Passel Of Lies... the health care bill, as we say out in the country.

In a recent trip to Iowa, to trumpet the benefits of the legislation, Obama said, "We made a promise. That promise has been kept. From this day forward, all of the cynics, all the naysayers — they're going to have to confront the reality of what this reform is and what it isn't. They'll have to finally acknowledge this isn't a government takeover of our health care system."

Oh really? Perhaps someone needs to define "government takeover", 'cause to a simple man like me, mandatory healthcare by the government's decree, sounds like government takeover. The brazenness of those legislators is appalling! The attitude that "although the American people are opposed to this bill, we know better than them, that this bill will help them in the long run, so we're voting for it."

Talk about taxation without representation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was reading back through the Declaration of Independence the other day and it applies directly to our situation today. Below I have posted a portion of it with the italicized parts what I edited.

The history of the present leader of the United States is a history of repeated injuries and usurpation, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused to submit himself to the Constitution.

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

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

He has imposed taxes on us without our consent.

Fortunately, some states, including Alabama, are seeking legislation to effectively nullify the Health Care Bill.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Springtime On The Farm

(One of the plum trees)
Spring is almost here! It's up to 75 degrees today.

(Sam with one of the baby bunnies.)

Spring gardens are popping up all over the valley. Turkey season has started.

And so has the next step toward Communism in our country. Not since FDR signed his "New Deal" into law has something this drastic occurred.

God help us.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

The Problem

Although I don't agree with everything Glenn Beck says, he pretty much hit the nail on the head when he urged Americans to leave churches that preach social and economic justice. He accurately compared this doctrine to communism.

However, Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a network of progressive Christians, says Beck perverted Jesus' message. At least 20,000 people have already responded to his call to boycott Beck. He says Beck is confusing his personal philosophy with the Bible. "He wants us to leave our churches, but we should leave him," Wallis says of Beck. "When your political philosophy is to consistently favor the rich over the poor, you don't want to hear about economic justice." Wallis claims that social and economic justice is at the heart of Jesus' message.
(complete CNN article here)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the Number 1 problem in America today: Churches that preach non-Biblical principles.

A foundational presupposition in Reformed theology is that man is totally depraved, deserving nothing other than death and hell. The primary presupposition of believers in social and economic justice is that man is basically good and entitled to certain basic rights. This is wrong and unbiblical! Romans 3:23 states that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:10 says, there is none that is righteous, no not one... and that's in the New Testament!

Notice that 20,000 people agree that Beck should be boycotted for saying this. The assumption that man is basically good, is a humanistic philosophy that has long plagued the church. Until we realize that we are sinful to the core and the Lord Jesus Christ is our only hope of salvation, our nation is doomed. It begins in the churches. As the church goes, so goes the nation, and as long as communism is advocated in the house of God, communism will continue in the United States.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Why I Love GOA!

I may have said this before but I'll say it again. Gun Owners of America is the #1 Gun Rights Lobby in the world. Bar. None.
One of the many things I like about them is that whenever firearm related legislation is before Congress, they will send you a nice letter explaining the legislation clearly. They also send postcards pre-written for you to send to your senator or representative. All you've gotta do, is sign it, stamp it, and send it.

Their most recent newsletter explained a new piece of legislation that will give Washington DC representation in congress. This would be bad because they would most likely be liberal and would be sure to vote anti-gun and pro health care.

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It's That Time Of Year!

Dear Resident: About one week from now, you will receive a 2010 census form in the mail. When you receive you form, please fill it out and mail it in promptly. Your response is important. Results from the 2010 census will be used to help each community get its fair share of government funds for highways, schools, health facilities, and many other programs you and your neighbors need. Without a complete, accurate census, your community may not receive its fair share. Thank you in advance for your help. Sincerely, Robert M. Groves Director, U.S. Census Bureau

Many of you probably received that same letter.
One thing we noticed right off was the entitlement mentality of this letter, "your community may not receive its fair share". Also, note the dependency the government wants us to have on "highways, schools, health facilities, and many other programs you and your neighbors need." None of which should be overseen directly by the government.

And finally, how many tax dollars were spent sending out this stupid letter?

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Come See Bobby Horton Live!

Many of you probably enjoy the music of Bobby Horton. If you live in north central Alabama, here is a great chance to hear his music live...for free!
This program is entitled "The Music of Mark Twain". Mr. Horton will play music from the Ken Burn's film Mark Twain, as well as other music of the period.

When: March 17th, 2010- 12:00 PM
Where: Pell City Library

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Curse Of Debt, Part 2

At the root of our national problem is a lack of personal responsibility among the citizens. There was a time when borrowing money or resources from anyone was looked down upon.
The debt at the national level is merely the reflection of the debt among the people. Car dealerships are notorious for statements like: "Pay zero down!!!!!".
But those who actually take advantage of this offer will find themselves fighting against the monster of compound interest, effectually becoming slaves until they can somehow manage to pay it all off.
Mass spending at the federal level stems from the government taking over institutions which it has no Biblical jurisdiction over (i.e.- education). When our founding fathers wrote the Constitution, they tried to make the limits of government extremely clear. A recurring theme in that document is the federal government shall not. However, as Larry McDonald points out in his book We Hold These Truths:
..." whether the system actually operated as established would really depend on the people. Would they remain vigilant and sufficiently well informed, themselves using "unsophisticated common sense" about what the federal government can legally do, to make their federal officials obey the fundamental law of the nation?"

History shows that we have not. We tried in 1861 and failed. We live with the consequences today. Because of this, we will live under a burden of debt that will pass down to our children and our children's children. Unless drastic changes are made. Successful reformation begins with the family, at the grassroots.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Farming 101: Moving the Bull

If you have a Jersey bull calf that you are trying to get to go through a gate, but does not want to go through the gate, he automatically pulls in the opposite direction. Simply turn around and pull him away from the gate. He will automatically pull against you, in the direction you want him to go. Then, you can let him back through the gate, allowing him to think that he is winning the tug of war.

-from the author's personal experience

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The Curse Of Debt, Part 1

Although not forbidden in the Law of God, debt incurs extremely undesirable consequences.
One of the blessings listed in Deuteronomy 28 to those who keep God's law is that "You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none." (v12)
I believe that the reverse is also true.
History shows that those who break God's law, borrow from many nations and lend to none.
Take America for example.

From the beginning of our nation's history, we were in a huge debt because of the war with Britain. Because of the debt-financed spending of Alexander Hamilton, by Thomas Jefferson's election, America was in debt $83 million. Small government believer Jefferson had whittled that amount down to $57 million by 1807. Jefferson believed that the government could borrow in order to finance a defensive war, but only if the current generation was taxed to pay off the debt.
Because of the war of 1812, the debt shot up to $127 million. By 1830, the Monroe- John Quincy Adams administration had reduced that amount back to $58 million. Jeffersonian President Andrew Jackson payed off the last treasury bond in 1835.
The United States was debt free.
But because of the Panic of 1837, the debt was $16 million by 1845. President Polk then decided to start a war with Mexico in order to acquire California, driving the debt up to $63 million by 1848. Democrat President Franklin Pierce reduced the debt down to $28 million during his administration. The next big hike came during the administration of none other than Father Abraham (Lincoln), who proceeded to explode the national debt up to $2.8 billion. However, the principles of personal responsibility were not completely snuffed out of the American people. Grover Cleveland, who vetoed over 400 spending bills (more than all his predecessors combined) whittled the debt down to $1.2 billion by the early 1900s. Woodrow Wilson, one of the most Hamiltonian presidents in our history, increased the debt to $26 billion. Future administrations increased it modestly, until FDR increased it to $260 billion by 1945. This deficit spending helped increase the impact of the Great Depression on our economy. The last time the national debt actually declined was 1960.
Today, it's over $12.5 trillion.

(above information taken from Hamilton's Curse, by Thomas Dilorenzo)

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