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Independence Day 2019

It’s hard to believe that it is July already. Summer just got here, but it seems like it is slipping away so quickly. Before we know it, summer will be gone, it will be fall, and we’ll be slipping into winter. After that comes the new year! Sigh.

Tomorrow is a big day here in the U.S. It is our Independence Day celebration. What are your plans for Independence Day? Growing up it meant a block party! There were five houses on our street. In the evening people would begin to gather. We had all kinds of homemade treats to sample. The most exciting treat was always the homemade ice cream. There was often a strawberry sauce to put over it if desired. There was always homemade hot fudge sauce. Once we had our fill of ice cream, cake, brownies, and fudge sauce it was time for the fireworks. Most of the time the weather cooperated. I can remember times that it was so cold that we were sitting out in the yard in our sleeping bags.

Times have certainly changed. We’re all much older now. Some have passed away, others have moved away. None of us have the metabolism or the stomach to eat pounds of sugar in one sitting.

Tomorrow I’ll start my day with a 4-mile race that goes to benefit a local hospital. This is the third time I’ve done this run. It’s a small race in a small town and lots of fun. Afterwards, I’ll have my BLE muffins for breakfast. They’re really good, but nothing compares to homemade ice cream and Mom’s hot fudge sauce! (Hot fudge sauce on a blueberry muffin? Now you’re talking!)

Later, we’ll get out our copy of the Declaration of Independence and give it a read. It’s a nice reminder once a year. I often do it in the car–it’s easy to hold everyone’s attention there.

Freedom is a valuable thing. We’ve had so much of it, that we often take it for granted. We have reaped a bountiful harvest yet are not cautiously storing up for the famine around the corner. We don’t even recognize when our freedom is slowly being taken away. Our founding fathers understood the value of freedom and what it was like to live without it. They and their families were willing to give up everything to guarantee that you and I would have the luxury of living in freedom. Let’s honor them, as we should, on this carefree day.

Physical freedom is a great thing. Let’s not forget where the most important freedom, spiritual freedom, comes from.

 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  John 8:36

Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures has a nice Independence Day post. Hop on over there and check it out!

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What Does “Natural” Really Mean?

Last week I was in my local Sam’s store when I came across a couple of young ladies giving out samples. Actually, they saw me and asked me to come over and try their wares. Their wares were mini frozen pizzas of different flavors that you could heat up for just a few minutes in the oven or just a few seconds in the microwave oven. These were being pushed as an “all natural,” healthy snack to feed your family.

When I heard the words “all natural” I almost burst out laughing. I can think of all kinds of “all natural” things that aren’t necessarily good for me and that I don’t want to put in my mouth.

The truth is that the FDA has not come up with a definition of the word “natural.” When it comes to our food, manufacturers can put “natural” on their box, and it can mean just about anything.  Don’t be fooled.




Eric Holder wins Romeike Case, Then says he Didn’t Mean It

U.S Postage Stamp, 1957
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Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.

They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.

The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.

Please, Mr. President, have mercy on this Christian family. They came to our shores longing to be free.

“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Romeike’s appeal – paving the way for the Christian family of eight to be deported.

“I think this is a part of the Obama administration’s overall campaign to crush religious freedom in this country,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. His organization is representing family.

via Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported | Fox News.

But wait, there’s more!

After fighting every step of the way, after appealing and winning every time, the Department of Homeland Security has now decided that it will grant the Romeike family “indefinite deferred status” which means that they will not be deported unless they are committed of a crime.

Why would a government do such a thing?  Why would a government lead you to the gallows and then suddenly decide to spare you?  That’s because the Obama administration has bigger fish to fry.

Now that they have the Supreme Court on their side, they can go to work destroying religious freedom for Americans too.  They know that most conservative Christians will nod off to sleep now, and they can quietly and without notice go to work.  Eric Holder has stated that homeschooling is not a fundamental right.  In other words, you don’t have the right to decide the education and upbringing of your children.  The Supreme Court has now given that belief the green light.  All the Obama administration has to do now is to go to work restricting and destroying the freedoms you have to homeschool.  If you think they’re going to stop at homeschooling, you’re wrong.  Don’t think that this isn’t important to you if you’re not a homeschooler.

This is not the time to relax and nod off.  We must remain awake and vigilant.  Our government has not set this issue aside.  This is just one step of the very long process to slowly destroy our freedoms.

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My Tweets for January 31, 2014

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My Tweets for January 29, 2014

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Man Who Endured 3-Enema Traffic Stop Awarded $1.6 Million

In an earlier post, I wrote about David Eckert being forced to undergo three enemas and a colonoscopy after a routine traffic stop even though x-rays revealed that he was not carrying drugs.

Eckert filed a lawsuit and was awarded $1.6 million.  Eckert also sued the hospital and the doctors that performed the procedures.  That part of the lawsuit is still ongoing

David Eckert, who was given three enemas as part of a humiliating search after a routine traffic stop last year, has received a $1.6 million settlement from a county and city in New Mexico.

Lawyers from the city of Deming and Hidalgo County agreed to the settlement earlier this week.

“It was medically unethical and unconstitutional,” his lawyer, Shannon Kennedy, told the Associated Press. “He feels relieved that this part is over and believes this litigation might make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

via Man Who Endured 3-Enema Traffic Stop Awarded $1.6 Million.

Education, Government, Homeschool, Parenting

Judge takes Children Hostage so Family Cannot #Homeschool

English: Childlike simplicity. — Can you tell ...

A shocking ruling has come from a judge in Germany where the children were taken from the parents and custody given to the State because the family chose to home educate their children.  (Home education is not legal in Germany.)  This is not to be confused with the Romeike family who moved to the United States several years ago seeking asylum.  They too home educated in Germany and were threatened to have their children taken by the State.

The Wunderlich children were returned to their home after the family agreed to put the children in State run school.  After a period of time, the family asked for custody of the children be returned to the parents.  Listen up folks, because this is what I think is more shocking than any part of this.  The judge refused to return custody of the children to the parents in fear that they might leave the country in order to move to another country (such as France) where they could legally home educate their children.  Yes, that is right.  This judge and the German government are holding these children hostage so the family cannot leave the country even though the judge said in his ruling that the children were “ academically proficient, well-adjusted socially and without educational deficiencies.”  Still, this judge said that, “he was horrified by homeschooling.”

The judge, in his ruling, said that even though the Wunderlich children were academically proficient, well-adjusted socially and without educational deficiencies, he was horrified by homeschooling.

Malkmus compared homeschooling to having the children wear a straitjacket and said he had to make sure the children remained in Germany so they would be integrated into society.

He feared “the children would grow up in a parallel society without having learned to be integrated or to have a dialogue with those who think differently and facing them in the sense of practicing tolerance.”

Such treatment, he warned would be “concrete endangerment to the wellbeing of the child.”

If you think that there aren’t people in the United States that wouldn’t like to go to these measures to keep you from home educating your children, you are wrong.  We must remain vigilant.  Be aware of what is going on in your State and your country.  Keep in contact with your legislators and stay on your knees.

via Judge: Homeschooling a ‘concrete endangerment’ to kids.

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My Tweets for December 31, 2013

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What if Buying Coffee was like Buying Insurance?

By Lori Camper

Government, Health

Megyn Kelly, “That’s Your Money!”

Obamacare was so well thought out that at this point our government has no system in place to get the “payments” (subsidies) due to the insurance companies actually in the hands of the insurance companies.  As Megyn Kelly explains, now the game plan is to let the insurance companies estimate how much they are owed and the government will pay them the amount they request.  Now, if you were in this situation, would you tend to over-estimate or under-estimate what you were owed?

By Lori Camper