Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Things Most People Get Wrong About Southerners

   I was born and bred in the South. Now, the South is a wonderful place, the birthplace of Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-a, a bunch of fattening food, the Civil Rights movement (but not American slavery; that comes straight from Ye Olde England), and a whole lot of misconceptions. As a true Southerner, I'd like to set a few of those straight.

1. We say "Bless your heart" all the time because we're sweet
   ...Guys, this is an insult.
   This is how most people think Southerners use the phrase "Bless your heart."
 
     "Poor Leora's husband is dying of cancer."
     "Oh, bless her heart, that's got to be so hard for her."

   Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, we say "Bless your heart" and "Bless his heart" quite often, but not in a nice way. Confused? Let me show you.

     "She tried to boil frozen french fries in water, bless her heart."

   It might occasionally be used the way you think we use it, but be wary. Most likely, the only positive way you'll hear the phrase used is to compliment how cute your babies are. And please, whatever you do, do not use this phrase when talking to a Southerner. I've been told "Bless your heart" before and tensed up, wondering why this family friend was insulting me, before reminding myself she was from Indiana. It's best just to stay away from it. Likewise, "Aren't you precious" and "With all due respect" don't mean what you think either.

2. "Southern" does not equal "Country" or "Redneck"
   We are not backward and stupid just because we live below the Mason-Dixon line. Southern, country, and redneck are three completely different things. Rednecks can be found anywhere in the Union. Yes, in your state, too (just head to your local Wal-Mart and you'll probably find a few). When you think of redneck, think building a bonfire in a wheelbarrow.  And "country" is something altogether different. "Country" is people named Cooter, and people marrying their cousins (okay, I'm joking). Really, though, think of the people in Texas. They're country. We're Southern.

3. On the subject of Texas, Texas and Florida are not Southern
   If you have to look up "what states are in the South", you're not truly Southern. True Southerners know. Despite Texas and Florida fighting on the Confederate side of the Civil War (I don't know why, but I find it really hard to believe Florida actually participated in that), Texas and Florida are not truly Southern. Being Southern isn't just a matter of location. It's a certain culture. Southerners are kind, friendly (not to say that other people are rude, that's not what I mean; it's just different down here). We wave to strangers, know exactly when the allergy seasons are and the names of the allergy medicine companies, don't even try to survive the summer (we know the only combatant to ninety-degree weather is air condition), say "sir" and "ma'am", watch college football, go to church every Sunday, eat real barbecue, and have that certain state we swear is more idiotic and backwoods than us (lookin' at you, Alabama). Texas is too self-obsessed and Florida too...Florida to be Southern. Y'all know what I mean.

4. Southerners are stupid
   Well, aren't you precious! Bless your little heart.
   With all due respect, let me say this slowly and clearly so you'll understand: The South is not Deliverance. Let me say it again: The South is not Deliverance. And one more time, just to make it clear: THE SOUTH IS NOT DELIVERANCE!!!
   I've never seen the whole movie, but I'd kind of like to strangle whoever made it. That movie is one of the biggest reasons big city folks think we're stupid. One person moving to New York from the South was informed that her daughter wouldn't do too well in class because "New York's classes are harder." The daughter made straight As. And let's not forget all the hullabaloo over Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor in Georgia. He made national news for his commercial where he grilled his daughter's boyfriend. Cue roasting in the New York and LA media sure he was so stupid because he has a thick Southern accent. *sigh*
   Okay, let's be real here. Ever heard of George Washington? Thomas Jefferson? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? What about Clarence Thomas? Ryan Seacrest? Anthony Mackie? Peyton Manning? Elvis Presley? James Earl Jones? Morgan Freeman? Davy Crockett (King of the Wild Frontier...)? Douglas MacArthur? Jackie Robinson? Hank Aaron? Ty Cobb? Rosa Parks? Every single one of them is Southern. And where is our president, the one everyone thinks is one of the stupidest men in America, from? Was it Alabama? Mississippi? Maybe Arkansas?
   Nope.
   It was New York City.

5. Southerners are all racist
   Story time here. There is a post office in my former home county with a "White Only" sign. Now before you gasp and scream about racism, let me provide some vital context clues. This post office is in a tiny little town called White, or Whites to most residents, named after James A. White and his store, White's. Now most post offices have two outgoing mail slots: one for mail to the town or region they are in, and one for all other places. White(s) Post Office is no different. It has a sign marking the envelope slot for all other mail, and a sign for in-town mail. And so you get the "White Only" sign.
   Thing is, these are the only "White Only" signs you'll ever find in the South nowadays, real or figurative. It's not the 1960s anymore. Down here, we really don't care what ethnicity you are. Just drink sweet tea, call carbonated beverages Coke, and know what real barbecue is, and we won't hate on you. (Unless you're an Alabama fan. No football team should win that much.)
   Now hold onto your hats, because I have some statistics.
   The gap between blacks' and whites' graduation rates in the Southern states (not counting Alabama, because something went wonky with the data their DOE recorded) is much smaller than the national average. Also, the percentage of black students in the South who attend schools that are 90-100% black is lower in the South than in any other region, according to a 2014 study by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project.
   The average unemployment rates nationwide in 2016 were 4.7 for whites and 8.2 for blacks, but in the South, 3.93 for whites and 7.97 for blacks. The black unemployment rate nationwide was 2.1 times the white unemployment rate. But in the South, the rate averaged out to 2.05, again showing that, in Southern states, blacks are hired slightly more often than the national average. In addition, of the 18 states with a black unemployment rate lower than 10 percent, 11 were Southern states.
   According to one article I read, "While it is true that Southern states incarcerate more black people per capita than the rest of the country, the numbers show that the South imprisons more people period." Soo...apparently police here are stricter than elsewhere? I guess that would explain why the city we live in sends out flyers with notes to residents to please stop jaywalking.



   Also from the article: "The evidence shows that blacks are killed by law-enforcement officials at disproportionately higher rates than whites across the country, but surprisingly, the rate is much lower in the South." (There were numbers along with it, but I don't feel like posting them.)
   (The article says it better than I can. Here's the link, but be warned, it has mild language.) "Many Southern states have made it difficult to vote through voter-ID restrictions and voter-suppression efforts. Plus, Southern states are generally under Republican control, which would seemingly result in fewer black elected officials and fewer black voters, right?
   "Not so fast, my friend.
   "Of the 52 African-American members serving in the 115th Congress, 22 hail from the 12 Southern states. In a 2015 survey by the National Council of State Legislatures, although most state legislatures nationwide were less than 9 percent black, Southern state legislatures were 17 percent black.
   "This phenomenon may be due to the fact that the South’s black population tends to register and vote more than other areas of the country. Nationally, 65.3 percent of African Americans registered to vote in the 2016 election, according to the U.S. census, but the number was higher for Southern black voters (69.6 percent). While 55.9 percent of the black voting-age population voted in the 2016 election countrywide, 59.2 percent of blacks in the South cast their ballots in the last national election."
   "Because the cost of living varies across the country, it is difficult to compare economic inequality by simply measuring raw dollars. According to U.S. census numbers, in 2016 the median income for whites was $61,858, but it was $39,490 for people who identified as black. The median incomes for Southern whites and Southern blacks in 2016 were $58,209 and $38,601, respectively. So nationally, blacks earned about 63 cents for every dollar that whites earned, but in the South, blacks earned about 66 cents per white dollar.
   "Furthermore, according to BlackDemographics.com, of the top 10 states with high black homeownership, nine were in the South. In Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of the cities where blacks are doing the best economically, Southern cities made up 13 of the 15 on the list.
   "Based on all of the objective evidence, African Americans in the South are closer to whites economically and politically and in education and employment. The opportunities aren’t equal, but there is less of a measurable racial divide in the Southern states than there is nationwide."
   *Drops mic*

6. Southerners are wimps
   Sure, we can't handle snow very well, but here's a secret: a lot of the snowy Northern states are flat. The South is anything but. Besides, we'd like to see all y'all try and survive our summer heat. And you can't just come down in August. You have to come down in April/early May and stay until October. If you can stand that without complaining, we will concede y'all are hardier. Until then, kindly keep your comments to yourself.

7. Southerners are all Republicans
   You'd be surprised how many Democrats there are down here. True, most of them are in the big cities, and most of the rest are in counties where they have Republican beliefs, but everyone has always voted Democrat so there's no reason to change now. But there are a few just scattered around.

8. Southerners hate Northerners
   I promise, Southerners don't hate Northerners. Do we look down on them? Yes. Yes, we do. But then, Northerners look down on Southerners, so I guess we're even there.

   People also think most Southerners are gun-toting Bible-thumping Christians who love hunting, Chick-fil-A, sports, and America (not necessarily in that order), but they...aren't exactly wrong about those. I hope you learned something about Southerners from this blog post. Or you just nodded and wished your Northern friends knew this. Either way is fine with me.
   I could go on and on, but I think I'll stop here, at least for now. This post is long enough as it is, and I'm not aiming to overwhelm anybody. Maybe I'll write a post about true Southern culture next, so all y'all can know what we're really like down in the sweet South. Y'all come back now, ya hear?


Monday, September 17, 2018

Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage Cover Reveal Contest

My amazing sisters are coming out with a picture book.  It looks great, and all your kids will love it!  Or your nieces, or nephews, or whatever kids are in your life.  Here are the details:


About the Book

Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?

Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss!


Giveaway

It’s scavenger hunt time! The Carrie Mouse cover has been cut into nine pieces and scattered across nine different blogs. Visit this post to find links to all the cover pieces. Assemble them and email the completed cover to hunekeauthor(at)gmail(dot)com to be entered in an extra special giveaway: A book signed by both the author and the illustrator and a handmade Carrie Mouse doll to be shipped upon publication of the book. If you need a collage creation software, you can use PiZap.com, a free online photo editor. All entries must be submitted by midnight EDT on Thursday, September 20. The winner will be announced Friday, September 21 at www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com. Happy hunting!

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

Here is my piece of the cover:




About the Author

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.

To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit:
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About the Illustrator

Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

True Evangelism

   Two years ago, my family and I traveled up to Indianapolis over Memorial Day to visit family and attend the 100th running of the Indy 500. While my dad and I, along with various other family members, were walking up to the track, we passed a man holding a sign and shouting at everyone in line to get in that they were going to Hell. All I wanted to do was tell him to shut up. As I told my dad, "He's not helping us! He's just annoying people."
   The man at the Indy 500 isn't the only Christian whose evangelism methods are less than ideal. 




   Not all people handing out Christian tracts are this rude, but it still isn't a practice that's left me with a good feeling. I've been handed tracts myself a number of times. Every single time I get them, I throw them away, annoyed. By handing this out to someone, you're automatically implying that you think they're currently going to Hell. (Also, most tracts are worded kind of weird. "Have you ever lied? Stolen? Lusted? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a sinner in need of redemption and are eligible for salvation. Call 1-800-JOHN-316 to get your free gift of salvation today." [Okay, I know they're not actually like that, but that's what they feel like.])
   The "if you don't repin this, you're denying Jesus" pins. The girls with Bible verses or other clear Christian references as their Twitter handle or their email. The people that post pictures of their daily devotions complete with highlights and coffee. The people who constantly post links to spiritual blog posts and quotes from a famous Christian theologian that makes you cringe every time you see their name. The Christian adventure books with dialogue like "So, do you know where you're going when you die?" before every dangerous situation. The cheesy Christian movies. If that's all people see of Christians, it's no wonder they think we're weird and annoying. Seriously, what kind of messages are we sending here? Do we really think we're reaching people with actions like these?
   A mantra every writer knows is "Show, Don't Tell." This is so true not only in writing, but in real life. Everything I've described above is Christians telling other people that they're Christians and everyone else needs to come to Jesus. And that's nice, and they have a good motive, but it's not usually that effective. Just as you won't draw people into your story if all you're doing is telling your readers, "Bob was angry, so he fought the man," you're probably not going to make people want to know about Jesus by just walking up and asking them if they know Jesus.
   I grew up on Michael W. Smith. On my favorite album of his, there's a song titled "Live the Life." Some of the first words he sings are these:

And when it's time to speak our faith
We use a language no one can explain
That's no longer good enough

And God knows it's a shame
'Cause if we look to pass the blame
We are not the worthy bearers of His name

For the world to know the truth
There can be no greater proof
Than to live the life, live the life

   It's not enough to just tell people about Jesus. If all they see us do is make people mad with fake money, shout at people they're going to Hell, and insult them, why would they listen to us when we try to tell them about Jesus? If we don't show love to others, why should they believe us when we tell them about God's love? Yes, trying to save somebody is an act of love, but firefighters don't curse at people while carrying them from the flames. They don't haul people out of fires by their feet kicking and screaming. If our actions annoy even other Christians, how do we expect to truly reach people?
   I think one of the main reasons this is a problem is because we're so worried about evangelism. We read Matthew 28:19 and are concerned we're not doing anything to spread the word of God so we freak out and hand out tracts and corner people in the grocery store to tell them about Jesus and make movies that are just messages with a side of cheesy story and even do really rude things like leave fake money tracts instead of tips and shout at everybody attending a race that they're going to Hell. We need to calm down, stop freaking out, and just live. If we're truly Christians, people will see Jesus in us. 
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. --Galatians 2:20
   I've had relatives apologize for using bad words and correct themselves to "gosh" after taking God's name in vain. One relative winced when his siblings cursed around us and tried to be very respectful of what we believe, even though we've never talked about our faith with him. People have accused me and my family for "judging" them over something they do that goes against our beliefs even though we've never said anything to them about it. More than once, I've been in situations where it's clear the other people know I'm Christian, and I'm just like, "I...didn't...say anything..." [Side note: I'm not trying to say I'm amazing or super spiritual; I just need examples and these are the handiest ones.]
   Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying never tell people about Jesus. But if all we're doing is telling people about Him and they can't see Him in us...there's a fundamental problem with us. They'll never listen to us if we have no credibility, and if we don't truly represent the God we are ambassadors of, we can't truly share Him with others.
   I'd just like to encourage everyone to stop trying to make sure everyone knows about Jesus and just try to live like Him. Tell about Him where the Holy Spirit prompts you, and just let Christ live in you. As Michael W. Smith said:

For the world to know the truth
There can be no greater proof
Than to live the life, live the life



Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Men Prefer Girls Who Have Been Shut Up in a Basement Their Entire Life

*This is satire and should not be taken seriously*   

   Despite the fact that I am in fact female and am not a psychologist, I am definitely an authority on what guys like in women and how you should arrange your entire life to ensure catching one.
   Guys hate girls that go to college, because every single guy that might ask you out disagrees one hundred percent with every single college on the planet. When girls go to college, they learn things. Some of these things will be contrary to what every guy on the planet believes in, so girls should definitely never go to college, because disagreement between married couples in anything can lead to divorce, which is from Satan. Women are gullible, and whenever anybody tells them something is true, they believe it, which makes college especially dangerous for them. (It's perfectly okay for men to go to college. They're strong-minded and can never be swayed from any minor tenet of their beliefs which are already exactly correct at age eighteen.)
   A female with a job will never be dated. All women with jobs are feminist social justice warriors who hate men and love protesting, or something like that. Whatever the reason, I'm perfectly convinced that any woman who has a job will die alone or marry a godless Satan-worshiper who vaccinates his children and doesn't use essential oils. You could even end up married to a man who hasn't read I Kissed Dating Goodbye, God-breathed just like the rest of Scripture. Can you say #unequallyyoked?
   Also a big turn-off for guys are marks on the skin. Any female with marks on her skin is violating that verse in the Bible forbidding tattoos. Freckles? More like SATAN MARKS! God said not to put marks on your skin, so clearly you're violating the Bible here. True women have surgery to get freckles removed. To be honest, even tanned skin is kind of sketchy. It's not like you were born that way! To be safe, just stay in a dark room at all times to avoid any kind of Satan marks. The ideal women should have skin whiter than Snow White herself.
   All women know that the only thing worth doing in your life is getting married, so get out there and stay in your basement and let's do this thing! Guys will come flocking to your dad in no time.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Truth About Secession

   Secession. This subject tends to come around every once in a while, generally any time a state is especially mad at the federal government. It meets with varying degrees of approval depending on the person and the state proposing secession (I know we're all secretly hoping California will secede from the Union so we don't have to deal with them again). Most states have probably proposed secession at one time or another, Texas being among the most frequent. In the most recent posts about Texas secession, amidst the Texas pride that of course they can make it on their own and be super successful are the commentators shooting down the idea with the words "Of course they don't have any more right to secede than any other state does." By which they were trying to imply that they couldn't secede.
   The general populace seems to agree that states aren't allowed to secede from the Union, and whenever you try to ask them why, they say, "Well, it doesn't say they can in the Constitution." In fact, the general populace seems to agree that the US Constitution bans secession. Here, I'd like to examine the arguments against secession and determine whether or not they are valid.

Argument #1: This issue has already been decided by the Civil War. That's why the North fought the South.
   This is one of the weakest arguments. If you examine source documents, for quite a few months after the Southern states proposed secession, everyone in the North was in favor of their power to do so, and indeed, wished them well. Virginia didn't even consider seceding until the Federal government grossly violated the Constitution by sending armed troops to invade their state, an action expressly prohibited in the US Constitution. True, the Supreme Court decided that the South's secession had been "definitely and forever overthrown" by the Civil War, but outcomes forced by military action are a far cry from actions examined by a court and declared unconstitutional. The British Empire tried to forcibly keep many of their colonies from leaving, and yet nobody doubts the validity of the United States or India as nations. Military actions cannot decide legal precedents. Also, many scholars claim that the Civil War was fought over slavery or the Morril Tariff, so universally deciding that this issue has been decided by the Civil War is impossible. 

Argument #2: The Articles of Confederation ban secession, and they weren't actually expressly repealed, so they're still in effect.
   We all know the story of the US Constitution. They got up a convention to fix the Articles of Confederation, but ended up replacing it completely, the key word here being replace. No, the words, "The Articles of Confederation are hereby repealed" are not in the US Constitution. But that doesn't mean they weren't repealed in it. Indeed, the Constitution does repeal the Articles of Confederation: "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land". The Articles of Confederation are not laws, nor are they a treaty, and therefore are not counted as the supreme Law of the Land according to this clause. Whatever the Articles of Confederation meant by "perpetual Union" is irrelevant since they are not legally binding today.

Argument #3: Article 1 Section 10 of the US Constitution states that "No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation", thereby banning secession.
   Abraham Lincoln used this argument to claim the government of the Confederate States of America was invalid. If the Southern states had entered into this confederation without seceding, indeed he would have been right. But this clause only applies to states actually in the Union, and the Southern states did not consider themselves part of the United States of America once they had voted for secession. The validity of Abraham Lincoln's argument about the CSA's government hinges upon whether the states were truly not part of the Union anymore. This question cannot be decided by this clause.

Argument #4: The Fourteenth Amendment implicitly bans secession.
   This is the hardest to refute since words can "imply" anything, and implications tend to be a matter of opinion. This being said, the only reference to states in the Fourteenth Amendment is to ban states already in the Union from denying their civilians freedoms guaranteed by the US Constitution or supporting laws and does not touch on the actions of states as collective entities.

Argument #5: Six former Confederate states banned secession in their state constitutions.
   Those state constitutions were made under duress and could easily be considered voidable. Also, state constitutions are very easily amended. Furthermore, this is a ban on a state level, not a federal level, and cannot be enforced or viewed as such. Several states also have official religions and languages, which the federal government is banned from doing. 

Argument #6: The Pledge of Allegiance states that the United States is "one nation, indivisible." The word "indivisible" means cannot be divided, and so secession is banned by the Pledge of Allegiance.
   This is about the worst argument of the bunch. The Pledge of Allegiance is not legally binding and simply exists to inspire patriotism. It is considered by Congress to be a national symbol, on the level of the National Anthem and the bald eagle. 

   So secession is nowhere expressly or implicitly banned. But are arguments for the legality of secession simply arguments from silence? Not quite. I submit two pieces of evidence: one from the Declaration of Independence and one from the US Constitution.
   "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,....it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
   "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
   I could submit further arguments, such as the fact that Virginia, Rhode Island, and New York ratified the US Constitution solely on the condition of explicitly retaining the right to secede, and the US government acknowledging that also acknowledges the power of any state to secede. However, I believe that this is enough. Secession is nowhere banned by the US Constitution, so, pursuant to the Tenth Amendment, that power is reserved to the States, or to the people. This isn't even a radical idea. Ireland seceded. Scotland has full power to, but voted not to. Britain is leaving the EU. Puerto Rico has the power to become an independent country, they just keep voting against it. The United States seceded from the UK. Our states only became states by voting to accept the US Constitution (which is why Delaware is the first state). All a state would have to do to secede would be to vote in its state legislature to reject it. This isn't actually a hard issue and it shouldn't be. 
   So, if California really wants to leave the Union (pretty please?) or Texas sincerely thinks they can make it on their own, go ahead. They have the power and the right to leave the Union. It's how our nation was founded, after all.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thirteen statements from the United States (The Declaration of Independence by Google Translate)

   I'm a big fan of Malinda Kathleen Reese's Google Translate videos, and, in honor of Independence Day, I decided to send the Declaration of Independence through many different languages in Google Translate and see what came out. Enjoy!


   July 4, 1776, in parliament.
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   Organizations are called laws, damage to the population and the loss of a common control of public policy, not paying fidelity.
   A typical room bouts heavy legal lawn of troops.
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   Perfect justice has been beaten, refused to accept legal position in order to establish manageable authority.
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   Need to, established a new office, we do a lot of ministers of the wild goats here.
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   Our army is a good neighbor:
   In order to protect them against malpractice, patent protection should apply to older people:
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   Unauthorized taxes
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   We will try to let them take them out of the ocean
   Administrative law is an example of ridicule with the free English system and any maximum limit as a means of entering the same network of colonialism:
   Take your word and clear the most famous laws and changes based on our leadership:
   Take a legislative meeting and report your investments in all areas.
   He condemned the government, announced and instructed state insurance.
   Destroy our ocean, destroy our enemies, burn our city and destroy our lives
   Our citizens are armed weapons against states with a harbor who take friends or brothers or fall into their hands.
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   The following conditions apply at all levels of this discount: Requirements are repeated only on frequency. The character of the prince is characterized by all the features that can be freely identified and are not equal to the loyal masters.
   Do we want to ignore British demolition? From time to time we draw attention to unacceptable claims. Here we remember the immigration situation and the decision. We have emphasized the right administration, justice and the elimination of our age for young adults, which will lead to our relationship and correspondence. They are deaf to the words of justice and expertise. That is why we must recognize the need to divide ourselves and the declaration if we continue to overcome peace, war and enemy peace.
   The implementation of the British Crown as part of global disarmament and the ending of the national and political solidarity of the United Kingdom as a free and independent state can fulfill all the other tasks and the ability of the last generation to fight and peace and persecution of the Treaty and the establishment of exchanges or not. This hypermetropic statement has a strong defense for the weekend, which means we all believe in the fate of Lakeahna and St. Anagaotna.


For reference, here is the original text:
   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.


Monday, July 2, 2018

Just Chill

   North Korea. Russian collusion. ISIS. Trump. Blue wave. Red wave. Gay rights. Anthony Kennedy retiring.
   Please stop hyperventilating. I swear everything is going to be all right.
   2016, was, admittedly, not a pleasant year. But 2017 wasn't the worst year on the planet. America is not dying. We are not in the worst nation on the planet. Nobody is going to be rounded up into American concentration camps. Nobody is purposefully plotting to take your rights away. Nobody cares what ethnicity you are. The Republicans are not a bunch of Nazis. The Democrats are not a bunch of Nazis.
   The Antichrist is not on this world (just because someone's sinful doesn't make them Satan, guys). There aren't more earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, wars, rumors of wars, and people starving than in times past. We just don't have worldwide records of times past. The world is not more sinful than it has been before (and please don't start talking about homosexuals or abortion, it's all been around longer than Israel was a nation the first time around). Say it with me slowly: THE WORLD IS NOT ENDING.
   Is the world messed up? Yes, but no more than it has been for the six thousand years it's been hanging around. Is America a paradise? No, but we're never going to live in heaven on earth, so why are we all freaking out? We're not going to die, your "enemies" don't hate your guts, nobody is going to take your rights away, and you don't live in the next Nazi Germany. So please stop moaning and hyperventilating and mourning the death of your country and just breathe. You're going to be fine. I promise.
   And maybe, just maybe, America is doing better than you think. It's worth a thought.
   So please, and I mean this with all the compassion in my heart:

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