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Well, That Didn’t Go As Planned.

We had written a long post on the Brevard County Commission and the issue of speech. As we were saving it for publication, a computer glitch caused the loss of the entire post. Nothing we could do would get it back.

Upset and not sure what to do next, we decided to let people know the answer to one of the internet’s biggest questions”

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PAINTINGS OF BOB ROSS?

While the video didn’t bring back our post, the idea of a “happy little tree” did ease some of the angst of being upset.



As If We Haven’t Made Enough Controversial Posts This Week.

Abortion is still a hot topic in the US (and elsewhere.) One of the main arguments for abortion is “what about in the case of rape?”

It’s an point that we struggle with but also feel it is misused in the sense that as less than 2% of all abortions are from rape / incest, that doesn’t justify abortions in the other 98% of the cases.

The video below contains a woman that was conceived from a rape. It is clear that her story and beliefs are deeply personnel as would anyones who has people saying she should have been killed or aborted or whatever you want to call it.

“You can’t force a rape survivor to carry a pregnancy to term.” This is a hugely popular argument for abortion, even by many who consider themselves pro-life. But is someone’s life really worth less than anyone else’s because of the way they were conceived? Let’s ask Stephanie Reynolds, whose own mother was a victim of rape, and chose her life instead of abortion.

We aren’t sure that we agree with everything that is said, but some of the arguments put forth are compelling and deserving of thought.



It’s Illegal To Fix A Car?

We hate these kind of stories as it deal with two of our most basic hated ideas that the government has. First is that the government owns your labor (and in this case, your tools.) Secondly, you can do something on your own property that does not affect anyone else.

The issue is that Sacramento County, California has made it illegal for people to do more than “minor automotive repair” on their cars.

1. What is Minor Automotive Repair?

  • Brake part replacement
  • Minor tune-ups
  • Change of oil and filter
  • Repair of flat tires
  • Lubrication

Other similar operations
(See section 5.2.0.B of the Zoning Code)

The definitions here are much too broad. For example, can a person replace a radiator? A battery? An alternator? A water pump?

If the standard is that the above list is comprehensive and everything not on that list is not a “minor repair,” that’s a problem.

2. Is Minor Vehicle Repair Permitted at Residences?
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This is Why We Fight So Hard For The First Amendment.

Allow us to introduce you to US Representative Frederica Wilson, who represents District 24 here in Florida.

Representative Wilson has some interesting ideas when it comes to speech and expression.

Democratic Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson asserted that people who mock members of Congress online should face prosecution.

“Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace, and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable [sic],” Wilson said during comments made Tuesday outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Florida.

“We’re gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted,” she continued. “You cannot intimidate members of Congress, frighten members of Congress. It is against the law, and it’s a shame in this United States of America.”

“Shut them down and they should be prosecuted.” (emphasis ours)
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The Stupidity Of Nike, Kaepernick And The Betsy Ross Flag Runs Deep. (A Follow-up.)

As we wrote about the other day, Nike pulled shoes from the market after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick claimed the “Betsy Ross flag” on the shoes were “racist.”

Reality came crashing down on Nike and Kaepernick when Daily Mail political editor David Martosko tweeted this:

Ruh roh.

Obama must be a “racist” too, huh?

Here’s another picture from Obama’s first inauguration.
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The Lads……And The Lassies.

(This is a repeat of a July 4, 2014 post, but we have been giving a lot of thought to freedoms and those lads who secured freedoms for America many years ago. The lads were not the only ones who suffered and endured the Revolutionary War, and we should not forget the sacrifices of the wives and families whose lads left their homes to secure a higher ideal for themselves, and for others. We have updated this post to include some of the women – the common women – who did uncommon things in the name of American Freedom.)

Fourth-of-July-Flag-Fireworks-ROH

Today we celebrate the 4th of July. Two hundred and forty three years ago, a bunch of sweaty men were signing the Declaration of Independence, declaring the thirteen 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.

So while we celebrate today as the day the United States was born, technically that is not true. The Declaration of Independence only established 13 new states from colonies and declared a break from Great Britain.

As we think about the 4th of July and what it means, we always remember the great Founding Fathers. People like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, James Madison, John Adams, and many others. It should also be remembered that these men could not have been as successful without the support of their wives. (Well, maybe not Franklin, but that is another story.) But for people like Washington and Adams, the support, understanding and encouragement the women offered their husbands helped form the foundation of the country. It is a shame that Martha Washington burned the personnel letters between George and herself, but the love story between John and Abigail Adams is the stuff fairy tales are written about.

Without the women who stayed home, ran the farms, the businesses and took care of the homestead, America would not be here.

It wasn’t just the Founding Fathers who endured the separation from spouses. The common soldier and militiaman was also separated from his family and home leaving the wife to take care of things. What is more amazing is that as these men walked off to war. they were not professional soldiers. For the most part, they were hunters, farmers, fisherman and businessmen.
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Nike Pulls “Racist” Shoes Featuring Betsy Ross Flag.

Unbelievable.

Nike has recalled a shoe that was set to hit the market to commemorate July 4, citing concerns over the historic version of the U.S. flag that appears on the back of the red, white and blue sneaker.

“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured an old version of the American flag,” Nike told NPR on Tuesday. The company did not immediately respond to questions about its concerns and the intention behind the original design.

The special Air Max 1 design — which includes an embroidery of the famous “Betsy Ross” flag featuring 13 stars for the original colonies — drew complaints that it celebrated an era of the United States when slavery was legal and commonplace.

According the Wall Street Journal, the shoes were pulled after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Nike shouldn’t sell a shoe with the flag on it because the flag is considered by some to be “offensive.”

Like many things, the history of the creation of the first US flag has some gaps in it, mostly because people were concerned about securing independence from England rather that keeping a historical record for the ages. One thing is clear though, the flag was needed because of confusion on the battlefield as the American militias all seemed to have different flags.

According to history.org:
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Only In America: Buy A Ford, Get A Bible, A 12-Gauge Shotgun, And An American Flag.

(courtesy Chatham Ford)

Growing up we remember car dealerships that would offer a free toaster or some other appliance if you bought a vehicle. Some dealerships made the deal a little sweeter by offering a toaster for just taking a test drive, but that promotion seems to have fallen out of favor. We’ve seen some current day promotions from car dealerships advertising a TV or phone or whatever with the purchase of a new vehicle.

But this is America and we take things to the max even in little Chatom, Alabama (population 1,288.)

Chatom Ford says that every car they sell from now until July 31 will come with a Bible, a 12-gauge shotgun, and an American flag!

“GOD GUNS AND FREEDOM,” the dealership wrote on Facebook. “Celebrating July 4th from now until July 31, here at Chatom Ford!!! Every vehicle purchased new or pre-owned will come with a Bible, 12-gauge shot gun, and American flag!! This is a small gift to our valued customers and a opportunity for us to celebrate our independence.”

“We do not keep guns at the dealership, nor do we give guns directly to our customers,” Koby Palmer, General Sales Manager, tells Fox 35. “We provide certificates that they present to the licensed firearms dealer. If the customers do not want or can not purchase a gun, they can use the certificate for something else.”
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