I couldn’t read this and not do even the littlest thing to help. So I have posted the link below. Read and act if you will.
Michael should not be forgotten!
Harold writes about and shows his wood crafts
I couldn’t read this and not do even the littlest thing to help. So I have posted the link below. Read and act if you will.
Michael should not be forgotten!
I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable weekend and holiday on Monday.
These are the days we as Americans celebrate our founding Fathers declaring our independence and taking our place as a sovereign nation in the world. July 4, 1776 is the date of our declaration though it was quite a few years more of fighting before independence was won.
Here is that declaration and its signers!
The Declaration of Independence
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Robert Treat Paine
Only six of these men also signed our Constitution.
Some of these men did suffer consequences for their actions. Some were taken prisoner, some lost their lives, some lost their wives, some lost their children, some lost everything. Some of these men did not want to be in the positions they ended up in. But they felt rightly that it was their duty and they were called to it. They were true patriots and did not do it for their own gain.
Can you imagine this world if what happened back then in the late 1770′s and early 1780′s had not happened? No America as we know it today? What else around this globe would not have happened? That’s a BIG what if? An unanswerable one.
I do know that a LOT of GOOD has happened because America joined this world as a free nation back then and that the world is a better place because of it!
Happy Independence Day America!
Today May 30, 2011 in the U.S.A. we observe Memorial Day. I was not sure whether to use the word celebrate. To me I guess either could be appropriate.
We celebrate the day because of the freedoms we have in America that have been fought for and won. We observe and I would say solemnly because as stated previously these freedoms were fought for. Blood was shed and lives lost in order to give America what we now have.
Wars were fought, from our own Revolutionary War, bringing about our independence as a nation, to the current wars our soldiers fight right now and all those in between. Men, women, fathers, wives, sons, daughters fought and died so that each person here in America can say and do what they have a right to. We all may not agree with each other, but that is a right also!
So today we honor those who fought and died for the U.S.A. and also remember those who fought and survived but have since passed on. Without each ones service in each war and battle we would not be the country that we are today.
Let us observe and celebrate those who served and the freedoms we have because they risked and gave their lives for our country!
America the beautiful, sweet land of liberty, land of the free and home of the brave!
May our country’s flag always fly high and proud!
I am saddened today. I went to the blog Off The Base, it’s on my blogroll, and read about another of our fallen soldiers. So my heart is heavy for this family and every family that has lost a service man or woman.
If this soldier believes as I do, then he is waiting in heaven for the rest of his family. His wife and/or mother used terms that fit my belief and his fearlessness on the front lines seem to jive with belief in a saving God. How else could he do what he did and believe that he would go home?
Well, he is home if he believed as I do. His fearlessness may not have been false bravado. If he lived he would go home to his family. If he did not survive a battle confrontation then he would go home to heaven where his heavenly Father had prepared a place for him. Either way he would be going home. He had nothing to fear and heaven to gain!
He talked with a Baptist minister. I have a brother-in-law who is a Baptist minister, so my sister is, (hi sis!) my Gpa was a Baptist and my Mom grew up Baptist. So I have some knowledge of Baptists. They take talking about getting saved serious! It is not something taken lightly.
The troops he served with seem to respect him and how he acted.
I admit I have little to go with. But yet I have this feeling I will see Michael Mahr some day.
Well done soldier!
Until we meet.
What’s with that title?!
Well, I decided to take a drastic step away from wood crafting on this blog tonight. After the Supreme Court decision today I drafted a letter and it kind of flowed out of me. This is not done in anger and is not castigation, which as you read should be readily gleaned from the text.
I am a born and bred American and I am patriotic and I support our armed forces, their families, past, present and future.
So with that as my introduction, here it is.
To Westboro Baptist Church
First, I will congratulate you on the Supreme Court decision. It is a slippery slope when American’s rights start to be taken away. Where will it end when it starts?
You have kept the right of free speech and places free speech can be used.
Now it is time to use those freedoms wisely. Why not go to Washington D.C.? It is after all our government and its policies you are protesting isn’t it? If you want governmental change use government centers for your protest, not military funerals.
Those who have died and those in mourning are individuals just like you. They are not the government whose policies you do not like.
Why do you have the desire to picket funerals of our country’s military? They volunteered to serve our country and to protect the freedoms we have. They were then sent by our government, which is their boss, without a choice, into harms way and paid the ultimate sacrifice with their life.
Shouldn’t those mourning the loss of a loved one, get to lay them to rest with the respect and dignity deserved? Don’t they need love and compassion and our sympathies?
I ask what Jesus would do? He came to seek those who were lost with love and compassion. In what you do where is the love and compassion of Jesus? Do your voices sound loving? Are your signs compassionate? Do your faces show the love of Jesus? For without love you are nothing but a clanging cymbal.
Jesus loved ALL and showed no partiality. He went to the sinners and was associated with them. He did not condone their sin, but still loved the sinners. He forgave their sin and He told them to sin no more. This He did with love.
Yes, Jesus had righteous anger. That was reserved for those taking advantage of the down-trodden and in the wrong place, the temple of worship. Also it was for those who thought they were better than others and were self-righteous. This is not the case with your actions. I and others see no love, only anger and hate. Jesus is not being seen through you.
It is not a sin to serve in our military. It is not a sin to die while serving in our military. Our military personnel should be held in high esteem for their desire to serve our country, and when told, to go into harms way. There is no greater sacrifice than laying your life down for another. That is what each one of those who die in service to our country, do for each of us. They gave up their rights to serve and their families are affected also.
When it is time to mourn their death and remember their service, it should be done with honor and pride, and yet the deserved somberness, with no acrimony. It is what Jesus would do.
We must use our freedoms wisely and appropriately. Protesting at a funeral is not appropriate and it definitely shows a lack of wisdom, love, propriety and discernment.
With Jesus love,
A sinner saved by Grace,
Well, you can decide for yourselves my dear readers what you think. Hopefully you like my thoughts. You could say so or not in a comment and you could also click the “like” tab.
I am not a Biblical scholar and have never claimed to be. These are my thoughts and feelings with a paraphrase here or there. I have taken a step out! Will you join me?
This letter is posted on Off The Base today also! I am honored and humbled by that. This letter is not about or for me. It is FOR our military and their families! Thanks for reading, please leave a comment!
Here is a link that I have come across that gives good explanation.
Well I took another break from the series today. I personally think it is for a well intended cause. As the title says “Our Military Families”.
There is another blog here on wordpress that I have found and subscribe to and of course read regularly. I don’t know how to do links from my page, so I am sorry to ask you to search on your own. The blog is…
Today they have a article about getting our military families as Time’s person of the year. They also have a link to another wordpress site for more information and a letter you can copy. Pretty easy! To make it easier I will type it in here for you too.
So if you would check out these two places they would appreciate it (especially before March 4). America needs to show our appreciation more in my opinion!
If you can tell me how to do links that would help too. I am close to illiterate in these areas!
Happy Birthday to my sister a little early. She was born between today and tomorrow. Can you figure that one?
Update! I figured out how to put a blogroll on, so you can get there by clicking on offthebase in my blogroll to the right. Even illiterate bloggers like me can still learn on their own!
So where do I go with a title like that? It comes from a friend who comments here regularly. I sent him two ornaments yesterday and he got them today. Three cheers for suburban mail delivery!
If you read here regularly and check the comments you know who I am talking about. So enough beating around the bush. Here is what I sent Gabe.
I cut it of course and had the Army logo idea and started painting it, but had to have my wife finish it. She is just better than me by far! Then I put a clear lacquer coat on it.
You saw this one back on Veterans day.
You may have guessed he is/was in the Army (once=always?) retired now.
So my gift to you Gabe. In honor of your service and our friendship. Hillside was a while ago, but some good times and memories. Now wipe those tears out of your eyes soldier, buck it up! (me too)
I delivered a couple more jerseys today so that is winding down as I complete and finish what I was so badly failing at.
Well that is it for today.
Today is/was Veterans Day and I am as Patriotic as anyone! I am thankful for all our men and women who have served or are serving in our country’s armed forces. A BIG THANK YOU to all of you. Also to the families who have or had members in the armed forces. To those who have lost a family member while serving our country I honor you and your loved one and the sacrifice they gave of their life while serving our country. To me it does not matter where or how, but that they served. To those who did not come home America owes the greatest honor. No matter who you are or where you serve or served I honor and thank you for your service. May God Bless You! Come Home SOON!
True Americans are Proud of OUR citizen armed forces and I AM. My dad served in WWII, Army. My Father-in-law served during the Korean War, Army. My brother served during the Vietnam War, Navy. A nephew was/is (once=always) a Marine. I have friends in the Army and friends who have sons and daughters in many of the branches of our military. So I honor all of you today.
Here is a pic of my latest, hand painted by my wife.