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The Beautiful Eagle

This is Amazing…It is no wonder there are scriptural references to the eagle! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
And, no there is no wonder the bald eagle has such a significant symbolism to our country. What hope!

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And after 5 months, the Eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for … 30 more years.
Why is change needed?
Many times in order to survive, we have to start a process of change.
We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions.
Only freed from past burdens can we appreciate the present.

… Courtesy of Ellen L.

Nye County Nevada, my Heart is Broken

 

I went to the Pahrump Townboard meeting last night (8/23/2011). I borrowed the Agenda from my husband, to read what was up and coming. I notice Agenda item #11. Submitted by Dean Brooks and Phil Hider. An Action item to change the current phrase of , “Township of Pahrump, Representative Democracy” to “Township of Pahrump, Constitutional Republic”. I pointed this out to my husband and then I called everyone Democratic party member I know. Deby DePreta showed up and then there was my husband and me. While we waited for item #11, a Townboard member moved to have item #22 moved to after item #5.  It seems odd to me that they are skipping around the Agenda at this point. From 22, to 17, then during Public Comment, my husband got up to address item #11. He was told that since it was on the Agenda, it couldn’t be addressed until it was before the board during a period of discussion. He wanted to go home because he had to work in the morning and they’d already spent almost an hour on #22. The same board member moved that #11 be brought before any other items in deference to people who had to go to work in the morning. Phil Hider approached the desk, apparently to make some kind of presentation. This was new and different. I had no idea that Robert’s Rules of Order allowed for presentations during Public Comment. By mutual consent of the Townboard, there is a 3 minute time limit rule, set for each person during Public Comment. This man proceeded to explain that he was a legal immigrant and he had to learn and memorize all the things to become a citizen. Something he said no one in else in the room probably new because we were born in America. Little does he know I had to learn the exact same things in sixth grade, or fail the entire grade. He went on to point out the Federalist Papers, without referencing further material in response to them by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Then Mr. Hider flashed a CD he had made so the people of Pahrump could educate themselves and moved back to his seat in the audience, forgoing his “presentation”. Several people from the audience stood up and moved toward the desk to make their statements on item #11.

I’m having this really big issue with our Townboard here in Nye County,Nevada. In direct violation of the U.S. Constitution, removing the words “Representative Democracy” from the Town Charter and replacing them with “Constitutional Republic”. The vote went 3 to 1, with Carolene Endersby being the only Townboard member to stand for Democracy, diplomacy and the compromise that falls between both sides of the aisle. My husband Robert Hanson spoke, Deby Depreta spoke, I spoke, on behalf of the Democracy that our community chose and our Townboard is supposed to represent. Carolene Endersby was the voice of reason. I will be writing the ACLU in the morning and this is my call to action. I would dare to ask those of you who believe that we are both a Republic and based on Representative Democracy, to write to the ACLU also. My heart is broken …

Listening to a legal immigrant try to school me and anyone else that would listen, on the Federalist Papers, while leaving out Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Of the opinion that he is the only person in the room that had to recite the proper pledge and oathes, to become a citizen of the United States. I was born here and I had to recite those same oaths, while attending elementary school or not be promoted to the next grade. Followed by the rantings of a young man whom I used to know so well, quoting Ayn Rand, not even knowing that he was quoting Atlas Shrugged.
As my tears fall to the floor, knowing my words fell upon deaf ears. Knowing that even though the people who committed this travesty hate me and anyone who believes we are all entitled to Freedom, still not understanding why. Tonight I mourn the passing of what was once the America that I believed in. Tomorrow I pick up the weapons that are familiar to me and return to fight the good fight. When I wake, I will pick up my pen, my keyboard, my phone, my paper and my voice. I will fight for Freedom and Democracy.

This afternoon I emailed and texted Brian Kunzi, the Nye County, District Attorney because I was still very concerned over the consequences of declaring ourselves a Constitutional Republic. His response was one of exasperation and he explained that he was researching the Charter.

I’m not a legal expert however, the more research I do the more concerned I become. The Townboard may have inadvertently seceded from the United States by approving this item, and by doing this, also declared us to be not only our own little fiefdom, but also an enemy of the state. I await Mr. Kunzi’s response.

Anonymous Verses Austerity

I support Anonymous. I had to get that out of the way before I went on my rant. I can’t participate for a number of reasons. The number one reason is because I’m too well known on the net and in my community, as well as politically. I have more friends than enemies however, I’m anything but Anonymous myself.
I support WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning is one of my many heroes. Manning falls into the same category as Daniel Ellsberg as far as I’m concerned. They both did a service to America. Supporting “Truth, Justice and the American Way”, to coin a phrase. Similar in my opinion to the person who discovered the A.L.E.C. group, the Koch brothers and what they were doing to Wisconsin and are intent upon committing to some 40 or so, other states. Some of which is ongoing even now.
Case in point, Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Governor there, appointed a state manager who then proceeded to fire all elected officials in Benton Harbor and then through imminent domain procedures, relieved all of Benton Harbor of their residents, in favor of some Corporation, who wants a golf course on the harbor.
Back to my rant though …
I support Anonymous because they support Civil Rights. All Civil Rights, but especially the right to Free Flowing Information and I’m a staunch supporter of Free Flowing Information. My complete opinion on this subject is this; Do not attempt to censor me, I’m an adult and I can very well censor myself. If I don’t want to see something, I won’t look. If I don’t want to know something, I won’t learn about it. If I don’t like something, I won’t participate. By the same token, if there’s something out there that I want to know about, I will go to the ends of the Earth, to find as much information on it, as I possibly can. Keeping in mind that my Rights end at the tip of your nose and your Rights end at the tip of mine.
I also hold this personal truth to be self evident, you’re only as sick as your secrets. That being said, I want to make perfectly clear that I do not direct anything, anywhere. I make suggestions to people. Should I run across something I think needs to be made known, I’ll share it. Supporting my Civil Right to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression. I even consulted 3 different attorneys I know, to make sure I wasn’t breaking any laws. They all said pretty much the same thing. I am guaranteed these rights by the United States Constitution. One of them even offered to bail me out of jail and represent me, should I ever be incarcerated for speaking my mind.
On that note, I want to thank Daniel Ellsberg, John Kerry, Bradley Manning and especially Anonymous, for standing up for my right to be free and allowing me to be a supporter of all the things they represent to me. Most of all, Freedom.

Anonymous                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Pentagon Papers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Kerry Commission                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bradley Manning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Benton Harbor, Michigan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A.L.E.C. Exposed

Just for Today I believe I am Free

Two very interesting things happened today. First I was told that if I chose to run for a particular political office, that I had better be a Christian. Well, I’m not a Christian. I am an Animist. The U.S. Constitution protects my right to be whatever faith or follow whatever spiritual path that I choose to. We are a secular nation. I think some people forgot that. I think some people also forgot that the U.S. Constitution protects my right and everyone else’s, to follow whatever denomination they want to and it also protects people’s Rights to be free, to not follow any religion at all. To me that means, in as much as someone might like to force me, or scare me, or persuade me, I have a right not to be afraid or be forced, or, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink. By the same token, I don’t have the right to try to force, or scare, anyone else into believing the way I do. That “my way or the highway” mentality is juvenile at best, to me.

I love the word choice, and all the variations that it comes in. Especially the part where I choose to walk away and practice self censorship because I don’t agree. Everyone else has that Right too, though I don’t have the Right to censor them and they don’t have the Right to censor me. Furthermore, my perception says to me, what may work for me, may not work for someone else and lo and behold, we can talk about it, or not talk about it as we choose, amongst ourselves. My Rights end where another person’s Rights begin.

I was also told that because I had outed myself as a proponent of certain activities that I was wrong. Just wrong for liking them. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect that however, I would never tell someone they were wrong in being, just because they didn’t see things my way. My opinion is mine alone, though others may agree with me and others may not. I have that Right, as protected by the U.S. Constitution, to have my opinion. I have the right to express that opinion too, without fear.

So, to be clear, in the future, to those of you who would try to silence me, I will not be silenced. In return, I will show you the same respect that I feel, any human being, deserves. By the same token, those of you who would continue to try to silence me, be warned, I’ll just get louder within the confines of the Law, because I am guaranteed the Right to be Free.