June 2010

I received this in e-mail and don’t know the origin. I believe it common knowledge, so with that in mind:
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,
And tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;

Another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or
Hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,
And their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants,
Nine were farmers and large plantation owners;
Men of means, well educated,
But they signed the Declaration of Independence
Knowing full well that the penalty would be death if
They were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and
Trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the
British Navy. He sold his home and properties to
Pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British
That he was forced to move his family almost constantly.
He served in the Congress without pay, and his family
Was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,
And poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that
The British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson
Home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General
George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed,
And Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying.
Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill
Were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests
And caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his
Children vanished.

I decided to look up the names of the signers and they are below:
Delaware • George Read • Caesar Rodney
• Thomas McKean

Pennsylvania • George Clymer • Benjamin Franklin
• Robert Morris • John Morton
• Benjamin Rush • George Ross
• James Smith • James Wilson
• George Taylor

Massachusetts • John Adams • Samuel Adams
• John Hancock • Robert Treat Paine
• Elbridge Gerry

New Hampshire • Josiah Bartlett • William Whipple
• Matthew Thornton

Rhode Island • Stephen Hopkins • William Ellery

New York • Lewis Morris • Philip Livingston
• Francis Lewis • William Floyd

Georgia • Button Gwinnett • Lyman Hall
• George Walton

Virginia • Richard Henry Lee • Francis Lightfoot Lee
• Carter Braxton • Benjamin Harrison
• Thomas Jefferson • George Wythe
• Thomas Nelson, Jr.

North Carolina • William Hooper • John Penn
• Joseph Hewes

South Carolina • Edward Rutledge • Arthur Middleton
• Thomas Lynch, Jr. • Thomas Heyward, Jr.

New Jersey • Abraham Clark • John Hart
• Francis Hopkinson • Richard Stockton
• John Witherspoon

Connecticut • Samuel Huntington • Roger Sherman
• William Williams • Oliver Wolcott

Maryland • Charles Carroll • Samuel Chase
• Thomas Stone • William Paca
Copied from here.
stories of the signers is here.


I have heard many thoughts on the incompetence of this administration and many opining about the plethora of better choices that could have been made to ameliorate the situation in the gulf. It’s time to throw out another possibility: this is the way that Pres 0 wants it. All the destruction, loss of jobs, environmental catastrophe, all accepted as the proper way things should be.
If one accepts that pres 0 is intelligent and there are many on the left touting that phrase during and post election, one has to be left with the chance that this poor response may be the way the pres wants things to go which would provide him with the acknowledgment of mental ability, just in a different direction.
What direction would pres 0 want to go if this is the case? Just examine the behaviors he has portrayed and supported in this first 18 months and socialist/communist is a clear winner. In the choice for Honduras, who did he support, the constitution of the country or the usurper? I think that is illustrative of his behavior. Every time there has been a chance to increase the control of the federal government, he has taken that route, even against our Constitution – czars – uncleared and unapproved by the senate.
This oil spill may not be showing incompetence, rather, give pres 0 another chance to increase the feds. Consider that whenever the people started to react for themselves – Arkansas, the feds disrupted them. When Jindal tried to get permission to protect the coast, it was denied. Each time the fed power was held higher than the people’s livelihood. The fed power was held higher than even the environment. This has allowed pres 0 to have an excuse to stop our oil production and push for cap and tax. It has provided the background for pres 0 to shakedown BP and obtain a slush fund for him to pass around to his minions. Each decision has been towards the power of the fed, and destruction of the individuals. Let’s afford pres 0 the benefit of the doubt that he is incompetent and maybe accept the alternative that he wants the destruction of America for the increase of himself.

In this case specifically women. I guess the interpretation of this is if you want to remove your husband from this earth, get drunk.
“Diane Urrabazo Deleon, 44, received 10 years probation….Palomo, 45, was thrown from the truck and later pronounced dead at Shannon Medical Center. Richard Deleon, 24, also was thrown from the truck and was taken to Shannon Medical Center for treatment.

State law says a driver is considered irresponsibly under the influence, or intoxicated, if a screening indicates a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent or more. According to the complaint, Deleon agreed to a blood sample, which tested .10 for blood-alcohol content…Deleon was sentenced to a mandatory confinement of 120 days in state jail starting the day of her plea.”
The presiding judge was 51st District Judge Barbara Walther.

Experience should teach us wisdom. Most of the difficulties our Government now encounters and most of the dangers which impend over our Union have sprung from an abandonment of the legitimate objects of Government by our national legislation, and the adoption of such principles as are embodied in this act. Many of our rich men have not been content with equal protection and equal benefits, but have besought us to make them richer by act of Congress. By attempting to gratify their desires we have in the results of our legislation arrayed section against section, interest against interest, and man against man, in a fearful commotion which threatens to shake the foundations of our Union. It is time to pause in our career to review our principles, and if possible revive that devoted patriotism and spirit of compromise which distinguished the sages of the Revolution and the fathers of our Union. If we can not at once, in justice to interests vested under improvident legislation, make our Government what it ought to be, we can at least take a stand against all new grants of monopolies and exclusive privileges, against any prostitution of our Government to the advancement of the few at the expense of the many, and in favor of compromise and gradual reform in our code of laws and system of political economy.

Never forget that what we have today is not the only way and that if we grow used to the festering sore we shall be consumed by it.

Read the rest.

Yes, the hamster survived.
There was a cat who lived in my junior high-school days that was rather tame in personality and way too amiable with smaller wildlife. She would play with a chipmunk and let it go. I don’t know if she knew more than that. At the time I had a hamster who was the largest I had ever seen and a mommy of 10 babies that went back to the pet store for 75 cents each. That still didn’t make up for the food, but hey, that was still $7.50 I previously didn’t have. Yes, I spent most of it right there in the pet store. Now back to the story. Brownie found herself in a running ball on the living room floor getting some exercise. Smokey was minding her own business – resting – under the piano bench. Smokey, being herself, didn’t pay Brownie any mind. That was until Brownie decided to run the ball into Smokey’s side. Smokey jumped, and I ran to get my camera as no one would believe it actually happened.
Fast forward a few short years. Smokey left us, and Tramp joined the household. Tramp received that moniker because of having been dropped at church and left for a couple of weeks. During that time, he learned to take care of business, and the end result was a cat who was the most loving house-cat one could want, and a complete warrior outside. We were blessed with every other day exploits – roughly – and pieces of them. Well, I remembered Brownie and Smokey and decided to try it again. This time the venue was the kitchen. Tramp was minding himself wandering and I plopped hamster on the floor. (I don’t believe it was Brownie at this time) Tramp instantly crouched, approached the ball, and golfed it off the floor, across the kitchen where it hit the stove before returning to the floor spinning. I quickly retrieved the dizzy hamster (doing drunken circles) and retreated into the bedroom away from Tramp. Oh well.
This reminded me of that incident.

The classic followup is “therefore I am.”
I think…
-sometimes, otherwise I run on instinct.
-when I have to
-and this time it didn’t hurt
-it’s a better use of time than the tv
-that disqualifies me for running for congress

More here.

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