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Being Poor Lead to Brad Copas’ Death

You may not agree and you may become angry with my take on the death of this 22 year old friend of mine who died recently, but I am not alone in my viewpoint.  However, your opposition won’t move me one iota and you wouldn’t like my rebuttal.  In fact, not wishing to be mean, you might be embarrassed by it.  I know whereof I write. 

            Though Brad had only a grave side service, it was not without friends—especially young friends.  Many of the young men and young women he graduated with from R.B.S. High were there to say goodbye to Brad.  They came from Tennessee Tech—young women and young men, hugging each other, remembering how Brad made them laugh and how he reached out to them and helped them in various ways.  Some even gave up a days work to be at the service for him.  Something, more than all the sadness of the day touched my heart, and that was when our paralyzed grandson, Allen, rolled his wheelchair up to Brad’s casket, with tears running down his cheeks, and laid his hand on Brads cold hand.  Brad came to our house numerous times and lifted Allen into his truck.  Allen and the other young men, when they could, shared their money with Brad and he was grateful. 

            Brad didn’t have a father to go fishing with him or to watch him play football, but he had a lot of friends rooting for him. 

            Our family always found him to be a good hearted young man who had at times only a platform rocker for a bed, for his mother was poor too; but a very hard worker.  Some of us didn’t really know how much Brad suffered until recently.  But whatever people did for him, he was thankful.  We had him at our house for Thanksgiving and I’ll not forget that after the meal he went into the living room and said to my wife, “Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your family today.”  Several members of our family along with others in our community gave him money from time to time but I am sickened that we didn’t do more for him. 

            Brad was sick and the medical attention he received was not enough.  When he was younger, I have learned, that he was told by a doctor that he needed surgery but it never happened.

            Brad died the way he lived the most of his life—poor.  In fact, the last year or two of his life he was homeless in Red Boiling, staying wherever he could.  There was no money to bury him, but several helped and though the burial was minimal, he was lovingly buried by some who cared.  Any person wishing to help complete the payment on his funeral expenses or help erect a small monument in his memory should make checks payable to either Anderson & Son Funeral Home in R.B.S. or Lafayette Monument Company. 

            Brad didn’t always make the best decisions, but he knew how to do something some who sit in the pews three times a week haven’t learned how to do—care for people.  Maybe some need to pay better attention to what the preacher says, and go out and practice what they heard in the assembly.  Some apparently find it easier to care for the well-to-do then those whose lives are filled with poverty and struggles.  A little message for all—that was not how Jesus operated.

While you’re on your way to the meeting house, and your religion never really goes beyond the meeting house, turn to Acts 10:38 and read where the Bible says “Jesus went about doing good.”  We need to follow His example.

            Brad, friend, you didn’t die in vain, for some have been made to realize what a sorry example of Christianity they have been.  May we not be a Priest or Levite, but a Good Samaritan.

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Ignorance and Greed—Twin Enemies of Democracy

Democracy will not self-destruct.  Its staying-power will not weaken.  It is some of the ingrates who have been blessed by it who will bring about its demise.  Ignorant and greedy citizens who have been fortunate enough to live in this great nation have cast their votes against the continuance of democracy, out of loyalty to some ignorant cause, while putting their parasitical hands in the pockets of Uncle Sam.  Whether they know it or not, they are the enemies of America.  Those of us who believe in the Constitution are not the enemies of democracy.  No, it is those whose minds are clouded with ignorance and whose hearts are filled with greed—standing by with open hands, hoping the liberal politicians will fill their hands with loaves and fishes and take over the job of running their lives while they take another bath in self-induced ignorance.

            A classic example of the uninformed took place recently in Macon County Tennessee when there were those who criticized a billboard “52 West By-Pass” which told nothing but the historical truth.  Yes Virginia, there was a man, wicked I might add, who did live and who did start World War II, whose name was Adolph Hitler, and did declare that to first take over a nation, the citizens thereof must first be disarmed.  He did that all over Europe.  Whether it is a hand gun, bow and arrow, or my little sling shot which my father made for me when I was 12 years old—it is mine and I have the Constitutional right to have it, and all the bleeding heart Democrats and “scary-cat” Country Club Republicans “ain’t” getting it.  It is not those who stand for the Constitution that is causing the trouble, but those who are willingly ignorant of the horrors of living in a nation which has lost its freedom.

            It is alleged that those who criticized the correct statement on the billboard did so trying to avoid controversy, hogwash!  Haven’t they heard?  We are already in the midst of the biggest controversy since World War II.  The cemeteries throughout Macon County Tennessee and America are filled with the graves of young men and women who proudly and willingly put down Adolph Hitler and his wicked and ignorant followers whose ambition was to rule and conquer the world.  What a controversy!  But thanks be to the men and women in the military who were not afraid of a dictator and his wicked zealots and put down those who wanted to rob the world of freedom.  And to all who believe they are creating a new order, and will ride rough shod over America’s citizens, while creating a new constitution, forget it, because countless millions of us love freedom too much to roll over and play dead.  And to the Liberal Democrats and Country Club Republicans, consider moving to Iran.  None of you fit in here.  We will not allow you to destroy our America.  God is too strong and we will pray to him often.  God Bless America!

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So You Think You Can Fool God?

 

            I read of two service station attendants in a town in Michigan who refused to hand over the cash to an intoxicated robber.  When they didn’t, the robber threatened to call the police.  They still refused, so the robber called the police and was arrested.

            Then there was this pair of robbers in Michigan who entered a record store, waving their revolvers in the air.  One yelled, “Nobody moves!”  His partner moved, so…he shot him.  “I was a little nervous,” he was quoted as saying.

            Trying to hide secrets from God is even more foolish than the two illustrations above.  All things are open to Him (Hebrews 4:13).  Everything we do is open to God.  Do you think you are smart enough to pull the wool over God’s eyes?  If so, you are a fool.  Don’t believe for a single second that you will get away with sin.

            We can’t hide our actions from God.

            However, God loves us and wants to forgive us.  Though we can’t hide from God, we can confess our sins to Him and they will be erased by His forgiveness.  This of course applies to the erring Christians.  Christians must be faithful by walking in the light (I Jno 1:7).  If we’ve become Christians in the past, but stopped walking in the light, we can repent of ours sins and confess them and pray for God’s forgiveness, and then He will forgive.  I can’t erase your sins and you can’t erase my sins, but our God can.

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An Ordinary Member?

An Ordinary Member?

“Just an ordinary member of the church,” I heard him say, but you always find him present, even on a rainy day.

He has a hearty handshake for the stranger in the aisle,

And a friend who is in trouble will find sunshine in his smile.

When the Sunday sermon helps him, he tells the preacher so, and when in need of comfort, he lets the elders know; He always gives so freely and tries to do his share, in the ordinary tasks for which others have no care.

His talents are not many, but his love for God is true; His prayers are not in public, but he prays for me and you.

“An ordinary member”?- I think that I would say,

“He’s an extra-ordinary member in a humble sort of way!”

-Author Unknown

The Most Dangerous Sin

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament warns of the danger of neglect. In fact, the sin of negligence is one of the most dangerous. Sin is divided into sins of Commission and sins of omission. Most members become upset concerning sins of Commission but seem never become alarmed with sins of omission.

  1. Neglect is dangerous because it requires no effort. It takes no effort to avoid the needy, visit the sick, to attend Bible Study- all three of which must be classified as sins of omission.
  2. Neglect is dangerous because it is the root of other sins. 
  3. Neglect is dangerous because it is contrary to the purpose of the Gospel.
  4. It is also dangerous because negligent people will be lost.
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Appreciating Macon County

 

            There are those in Macon County who seem to be unable to appreciate the good about our county.  We are growing faster than any rural county in Middle Tennessee, but many fail to appreciate our excellent quality of life.  Some want to dismantle the good and substitute for it that which is inferior.

            Lafayette continues to grow at a rapid rate and can truly boast of numerous quality amenities. 

            Our county would have been nothing if it had not been for Tri-County and North Central.  Both are ahead of the times and are the envy of many rural areas.

            An excellent small hospital, a great ambulance service, and Air Evac have made us more secure and saved lives.

            The two nursing homes and the two assisted living facilities are some of the best in the entire area.

            Though we prefer not to think of funeral homes, but must at times, Anderson & Son and Alexander are owned and operated by some great people.  In RBS, we love and appreciate Wayne Anderson and his wife LeAnn.

            It is unreal how much the Nestle Water Plant has contributed to the welfare of Macon County.  We owe a debt of gratitude to John Cook for his vision and work in recruiting this company.

            The shopping area in Lafayette has brought in thousands and thousands of tax dollars in recent years.

            And I’m not boasting, but stating the fact, there is no better school system in the area than in Macon County.  The majority of administrators and teachers are excellent and work hard.  Some of our students go to top notch colleges and universities.  From RBS, which I know best, students from last year’s graduating class are enrolled at Auburn, Memphis State, and Tennessee Tech.

            And I dare anyone to find better banks anywhere than Macon Bank and Citizens Bank—both have enhanced Macon’s economy.  It was a great day, several years ago, when Bill Green and Charlie Darnell took over the reigns of these two banks.

            Consider also how the young farmers of Macon County have made agriculture a vital part of our economy.  You fellows have my admiration and best wishes.     

Oh yes, thanks to Twenty/Twenty of RBS for the beautiful signs entering the town.

            And thanks to the school in RBS for your recent achievements, we are proud of the RBS School and all the other schools beginning with the excellent school at Westside

And thanks to the Macon County law enforcement officers in Lafayette and RBS who continually put themselves in harm’s way to protect our citizens and this great county.

            All of us, including the Westside community, Lafayette, and RBS must cooperate and work toward a more superior county.  We must be unified and we must develop leaders who are capable of keeping up with our progress.

            One more thing, but even most importantly—don’t forget how Christianity has shaped our county into a better place to live.        

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A Nation That Has Forgotten God

 

            Evolution teaches people to deny God.  We have become a nation that has forgotten God.

            1.  We have murdered 30 million unborn babies in the last 20 years.  We call it abortion; the Bible calls it murder.

            2.  The Bible says that homosexuality is contrary to nature and God (Romans 1:27).  We call it gay or alternate lifestyle—the Bible calls in an abomination.

            3.  The United States uses more grain to make alcohol than to make bread.  For every dollar collected for alcohol taxes, it costs $11.64 to only try to repair the damage done by drinking. 

            4.  The Bible speaks of drunkenness.  We call it alcoholism, sickness, or disease.  The Bible calls it sin.

            5.  Crime in our country costs taxpayers 2 billion dollars per year—53% of all crime is caused by alcohol drink.

                                    From the Voice of Truth, Volume 27

                                    By Kenneth McClain           

                                    Thanks to Mr. McClain for his sobering truths—Jimmy Cook

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Liberal Democrat’s Attack on Christianity

The religious freedom granted by the Constitution is continually under attack by the liberal democrats.  Prayers have been removed from school walls.  Countless school districts have been sued for not complying with anti-Christian rules.  Obama stopped the National Day of prayer.  Obama and his followers leave out the term “under God” when they say the “Pledge of Allegiance.”  The grinning monkey does too; Biden that is, but did he did not leave it out prior to Obama?  Nope!  But forgive him, for he knows no better.

            I don’t appreciate any politician attacking my religion—Christianity and I don’t intend to stand by and allow it to happen; that is, without a rebuttal.

            The liberal Democrats are killing the Democrat party.

            And all who vote to give Obama four more years are voting against both their children and grandchildren.  America cannot stand four more years of what she has experienced.

            Obama cannot bring down America unless we allow him to do it.  If this country falls, it will be our fault. 

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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“The Way of Man”

“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). Human life is a “way,” a journey, a pilgrimage. But man’s own judgment is not a safe rule to follow. We need guidance from above. We must recognize the governing power of God. No man has the actually power to govern his own life. The problem of today is man’s attempt to live apart from God and his guidance. The politicians in D.C. want us all to live by their guidance and not what God says. For example, preachers are now being threatened, that if on October 7 they preach against homosexuality, of being arrested and the church where they preach of losing its tax exemption on their contributions. You see, there is a movement across the nation for all preachers to denounce homosexuality as a sin on October 7, and the administration in Washington is warning what will happen if and when they do. It is a Constitutional right to preach the Bible, and Romans chapter 1 is part of the Bible that declares homosexuality to be a sin. So what this boils down to is who are we going to listen to, God or the Democrats? It was during the Johnson Administration that this law was passed by the Democrats denying preachers the right to denounce certain sins claiming it to be political and not religious. I’m going to listen to God, not man. What about you? Politicians and their followers can murder babies, encourage same sex marriage, and sell guns to Mexico, which were used to kill Americans and get by with it, but the judgment isn’t being held today, it will come later, and they will not escape. The eleventh commandment is this: “Thou shalt not get away with it.” God Bless America

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Our Certain World

            Many walk in a world of uncertainty because they are afflicted with Forrest Gump’s attitude: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”  While we live in an uncertain world, but for the Christian it is also certain, for God is on His throne: “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth!”  (Revelation 19:6).

            Every morning when Christians get up they can know that God is on His throne.  Sometimes we behave as though God has vacated His throne.  It appears to us as though evil is controlling God’s world.

            Things were not good for the apostle John when he wrote the Book of Revelation.  In fact, he was a prisoner of Rome.  He had been exiled to the Island of Patmos because he refused to say, “Caesar is on the throne;” instead he said, “God is on the throne.”

            Some D.C. politician isn’t on the throne.  God is on the throne, and we can count on Him, for He is a high-performance God.  Though we live in a world of many uncertain things, there are certain things we can depend on, and the greatest certainty of all is the fact that God is on His throne, and the final decision as to what will happen to this world is in His hands.

            In the month of November, Americans will decide on righteousness or unrighteousness.  We need to turn to God for help, as we shoulder our responsibility to help get this nation back on track, for right now it is a run-a-way train, traveling on a broken track.

            We cannot afford four more years of the same.  God is on His throne and we must pray to Him for help.

            God Bless America!

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Seven French Fries, But Hold the Hamburger

The lavishly dressed wives of D.C. politicians have decided that the children and youth of America are too fat and they intend to do something about it.  Apparently, some of them haven’t looked into the mirror lately.  It doesn’t bother them when their husband’s pilots crank up the government planes and away they go on a spending spree, including $200 steaks and $100 cocktails, and all at the expense of the American taxpayer, while the poor little children of our nation eat their seven French fries.  That’s right, the do-good liberals of D.C. have exerted enough influence over the federal powers that be to hand down to the school systems of American a daily menu that is robbing our children of food and sending them home hungry.  And when they have hamburgers on the menu they can’t have French fries.  They have to be on separate menus.  Fries, but not with hamburger, and there can be no more than seven fries.  Suppose a compassionate cook were to place 10 fries on a child’s plate, what would be her punishment—10 days in BI without pay?

            I doubt if the President’s family dines without the traditional hamburger and fries.  Keep it up do-gooders, all liberal Democrats, and ya’ll will make Republicans out of America’s children.

            We know being fat isn’t good for us but, the last time I checked, we are living in America.  So living in America we have the freedom to eat what we want and as much as we can hold.  I’m not trying to promote bad eating habits, but I don’t like the direction our country is going—A King, and the rest of us peasants.

            Sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but I “ain’t” cooperating.

            Michelle and all the other ladies in D.C. need to come and visit the Upper Cumberland’s poor school children and watch them eat breakfast on a Monday morning after having gone a weekend without food.

            By the way, you Country Club Republicans who have jello in your back bones are no better than the liberal Democrats who have ruined this country and are on the way to destroying it; you should call the hand of the these menu changers.

            These people are an oxymoron—eating the best of foods while America’s children go hungry.  Our government has authorized food stamps for Mexico; but put our children on a low calorie diet—too low.

            Please be advised that the local school system didn’t plan these menus.  No, they were hatched in D.C. 

            God Bless America!

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“The Welfare Kid”

Some have dubbed President Obama “The Welfare Kid” because of his liberal give-a-ways to welfare recipients.  President Clinton cut out much of the waste in welfare and made it mandatory that those receiving welfare had to work.  But a new day has dawned and those on the welfare roll have increased in numbers with 46 percent of Americans getting food stamps.  Furthermore, under the Obama Administration, work is no longer required.  Reading a book is considered sufficient for one to receive welfare.  I can’t help wondering if the reading of playboy magazine qualifies one to receive welfare.  We are told that 40 percent of Americans are now keeping up 60 percent of the American population.  Taking from those who work and giving it to those that don’t is the order of the day.

            While the U.S. is only 400 years old, she has outdone the other nations economically.  France and Britton are 1000 years old, China 3000 and Egypt 5000, but the U.S. economic history is far beyond these nations.  All this time the U.S. has been leading the word politically and economically.  However, the last 4 years have been a disaster.

            No work, only play, has been the cry of a socialist administration.  Four more years of the same philosophy and America will be on its way to becoming a third world
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Liberals Choke on Chicken Bones

 

All the way from D.C., across the Potomac, down through Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky, multiplied millions were awakened from their sleep to the sound of coughing, gagging, and other unknown sounds. What in the world?  Some asked. It was not until the next morning, when their televisions were turned on to Breaking News which read:  Countless millions of liberals almost choked to death last night when they heard that their plot against Chick-Fil-A had boomeranged. The worst part, reported by some, though not confirmed, was a ‘certain congressman’ sitting on the steps of the Capital, flapping his arms like a chicken, and crowing like a rooster and chanting, “Don’t buy chicken at Chick-Fil-A.”  Upon hearing that the liberal’s boycott against Chick-Fil-A had failed and multiplied millions were rushing to Chick-Fil-A stores, according to one source, the congressman cried, whipped out his cell phone, and called his new wife and said, “honey, get over here quick, we’ve got to organize a “kissing party” in the front of all Chick-Fil-A stores.”  It is difficult for me to believe this story.  Perhaps it was started by the Tea Party.  However, since the congressman said two days before the financial collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack, both were in strong financial condition, I guess I can believe this story.

President Obama, that congressman, and others are killing the Democrat Party with the promotion of same sex marriage. Sixty five percent of all democrats, according to one poll, now support same sex marriage. 

In my opinion, the only way the liberals can clear their throats of chicken bones is by a big dose of Bible knowledge; read Leviticus chapter 18:22 and Romans chapter 1:24-27.  Of course, they don’t believe the Bible, for if they did they would know that marriage is between a man and a woman.

By the way, in the future I’m going to eat at Chick-Fil-A more often.  Liberals, your little ploy against the owner of Chick-Fil-A stores may cost you your election.  Stupidity is the mother of failure. 

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In Loving Memory of Veronica Snow

The loss of a child is one of the most devastating tragedies that can occur in the human family. It is even worse when it is a small child whose life was cut short as result of a tragic accident. Veronica was only three years old when the accident occurred, and for eleven years she had struggled to survive, but on Sunday morning, July 8, 2012, she had to relinquish that struggle, leaving behind a grieving family and friends. My family has been very close to Veronica’s parents through the years, and we’ve watched the past eleven years as little Veronica suffered and as her parents sought countless medical opportunities to help her. Her parents, sisters, and other family members, along with many friends, loved this sweet little girl and prayed and cried, hoping she would recover, but God knows best and it was time to cease her suffering and to rest for all eternity. The times I visited Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to see Veronica, her mother was always there. When I drove to Lexington, Kentucky to see her in the Children’s Hospital there, her mother was there. All the family worked hard to care for Veronica and we extend to them our deepest sympathy. The following scripture should be a big encouragement to all: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18). The suffering is over for Veronica and the memories of her smiles and the big tears in her eyes will never end so long as her family and friends live. “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

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Comparing Obama to Lincoln

What arrogant elitist or egghead professor conjured up the comparison of Obama to Lincoln?  This is the biggest joke of the twenty-first century.  The culprit must believe that the American people are so dense that political wool can be pulled over their eyes with little difficulty.  What gall to compare Obama’s miserable four years of administration to that of Lincoln’s great years of freeing the slaves and unifying the states of this great land?

            Mr. Obama is hot and heavy on the 2012 campaign trail, begging for just four more years to carry out his plans.  Four more years, in my opinion, would finish America “Me thinks he fiddles while Rome burns!”

            Compare Obama to Lincoln and here is what we get:

            Lincoln freed the slaves and unified the States of America; whereas, Obama has introduced the weak-minded to socialism and divided the country.

            Lincoln got his education from borrowed books beside the light of a fireplace; whereas, Obama got his education in the back rooms of Chicago politicians where he learned every trick of the political trade.

            Lincoln gave every poor man forty acres and a mule; whereas, Obama gave so-called stimulus money to every wealthy banker and manufacturer.

            Lincoln promoted the one God; whereas, Obama promotes both Jehovah God and Allah.  Sorry, Mr. Obama, there is just one God (Ephesians 4:5).

            Lincoln stood in the fields of Gettysburg and delivered his famous Gettysburg Address, calling for peace and unity in his beloved America; whereas, Obama stood not in one but many foreign countries and condemned his own country, apologizing for it.  To run down your own country to your enemies is unforgiveable.

            Sorry, I see no comparison between Obama and Lincoln unless it is the fact that both belong to the male species.

            Americans cannot afford to give Obama four more years.  I think too much of my grandchildren to vote to give him four more years.

            God Bless America!

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Look What Radical Liberals Are Doing To Our America

This is our America.  It is the land in which we were born.  It is the land of freedom, of opportunity, but radical liberals are seeking to deprive us of our many freedoms and to micro-manage the lives of the weak that had rather trade their freedoms and opportunities for a “mess of pottage” and wait for the mailman or an electronic devise to reward them.  Folks, no “piece of the pie” is worth losing one’s freedom and opportunity.  Those who seek to rob us of these great blessings are enemies of this country and all who have shed their blood for it.

            Here is one graphic illustration of an upcoming dictatorship.  Last week a marine for ten years was discharged from the Corps because he criticized Obama, and was denied a portion of the income coming to him.   In other words, he was discharged for exercising his constitutional rights, which includes the right to criticize, even the President of the United States.  However, it never includes the right to lie as the present politicians are doing in D.C.

            What about our two Senators from Tennessee and our Representative taking the lead in defending this marine?  No policy supersedes the Constitution and don’t try to suggest it does.  Let every American citizen defend him.

            In June of last year it was found that only a few school children have learned about the history of this country.  Instead, book publishers have been pressured into rewriting history to further the goals of the left socialist agenda.  They publish books with no moral values, and attempt to paint radical Muslims, and not Christians, as the ones who have been persecuted.  These same radical liberals are responsible for advancing the cause of the so-called “Gay Rights” in school systems.  If radical liberal fanatics control our educational system for more than two generations, whey will suffocate the truth about this great land.

            Many of our schools of higher learning have been infiltrated by leftist radicals who lecture our young people on ways to bring about the economic and social collapse of America.

            How long, oh how long are we going to let this radical liberal regime and its cadres control the education of our children from elementary school through college?

            Please, God, deliver us from four more years of these anti-American politicians who want to change America into their godless image.  I read of a politician who had changed his views rather radically who was congratulated by a colleague, who said, “I’m glad you’ve seen the light.”

            “I didn’t see the light,” was the reply, “I felt the heat.”

            When the politicians “feel the heat” things will get better.  It is up to us to apply the heat.

            God bless America!  The real and only God is always spelled G-O-D.  There is one God (Ephesians 4:5).

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Look What’s Happening in Public Schools

The Muslins aren’t coming.  No, they are already here.  They have weaseled their way into charter schools in America at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.  Many of the charter schools throughout this country are being run by a secretive and powerful sect from Turkey called the Gulen Movement, so named after and headed by a Turkish preacher named Fethullan Gulen who has founded other schools in 100 countries.  The Gulen Movement opened the first U.S. charter school in America in 1999.  Gulen’s schools spread rapidly, when Gulen figured out how to work our system and get U.S. taxpayers to pay for his religious and social movement.  This movement now operates the largest number of charter schools in this country.  In my research I’ve learned this movement has 135 schools, teaching more than 45,000 students in 26 states.  Guess who is paying for this?  You are-the American taxpayer.  These schools have Turkish board members and Turkish teachers who are referred to as “international teachers.”  After the school day is over, before the buses are allowed to leave, the students are taught Islam.  This is brain-washing America’s children, financed by local governments and federal grants.  Charter schools hire and fire their teachers and thus avoid control by educational departments.

            Our dumb politicians are assisting the Muslims in taking over America and slowly turning it into an Islamic state.  Thirty-six Turkish charter schools in Texas have received $100 Million in government funds and 16 percent of the workers are Turkish.

            Don’t let this administration in D.C. steal our heritage.  The propaganda being spread to America’s youth distorts its Founding Fathers, moral values, free market system, and Christianity.  If we continue to ignore this threat, then our children and grandchildren may very well live in an Islamic state.

            Can we afford four more years of mismanagement of the U.S. Government and support of radical Islam?

            I have the constitutional right to believe and say the above.

            God bless America.           

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RBS in Retrospect

  Beginning in the late nineteenth century, people, with reasons varying from curiosity to seeking the healing of illnesses, found their way to the valley of “magical springs,” made famous by the founder of Red Boiling Springs, Shepherd Kirby. Soon, the news of the healing powers of the sulfur springs spread far and wide. This resulted in large numbers of people coming to RBS, seeking a remedy for any number of illnesses.

Very few people living in today’s RBS have much knowledge of this little hamlet’s history. I grew up in the mid-forties and early fifties.  As a lad, I was one of the pin-setters at the Palace Bowling Lanes, which consisted of eight alleys. The Smith Chapel Boys, Bobby Joines, Earnest & Doyle Smith, and Billy & Joe Layne Whitley, myself, and others, worked as pin-setters for Clarence McClure and Harold Driver, who were the managers of Palace Lanes.  I earned as much as three dollars on the weekend, beginning Friday night and ending Sunday night, staying open until midnight on Saturdays.  There were not any unions, and each of us was poor and glad to earn a few pennies per week. There were bowling alleys on North Springs Road, near the Arlington Hotel, and at the Cloyd Hotel, known today as the Thomas House, too. In addition to these, there was another at Simmon’s Lake, which was in the lower part of East RBS, along Salt Lick Creek. Bowling was a favorite sport of most tourists. The more lively ones, however, preferred drinking and dancing at one of the two dance halls.

While the Smith Chapel Boys were setting pins, Doyle Gaines was going up and down the sidewalks and porches of the hotels with his now-famous shoe shine box, making a “killing.”  Another well-known boy, Bobby Knight, was popping popcorn at the York Show House.

The crowds were unbelievable, especially on Saturday nights. The Palace Park was always filled with both visitors and local people. Next to the Palace Park was a shooting gallery, operated by King Milles, which attracted large crowds. Across the creek from the Palace Park was a café, owned by the McLerros family, who also owned both the Palace and Colonial Hotels. The café was managed by my parents from April through Labor Day. It stayed open all night on Fridays and Saturdays. An annual summer circus and carnival attracted even more visitors.

There was a time, before the days of which I’ve been writing, when the crowds were so large that visitors to RBS would go out in the county and stay at farm houses.

But time has a way of changing things and communities are no exception. There was a time, in the early twentieth century, believe it or not, when Red Boiling Springs was more popular than Gatlinburg. However as older generations were replaced by younger ones who had little love for the town’s heritage, the handwriting on the wall became clear to those who dared to read it.

More recently, a group of elected officials closed down the sulpher wells and in so doing erased much of the history of our town. Only a handful of elected officials have supported the three hotels which are being operated by three great families. The only thing that could have kept RBS alive, and it is best suited for this very thing, is the concept of a small and desirable place to escape the turmoil of large cities. Perhaps one day, with the support of the entire community, the City of Red Boiling Springs will rise again. Otherwise all that it is, and all that it once was, is in jeopardy.

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Mr. President, Buy Your Energy Secretary A Duck

The story is told of an elderly lady who was in the market for a watch dog. Eventually she purchased what was described as an excellent guard dog. To her dismay the dog had a hard time staying awake. Instead of barking and scaring off varmints and thieves, this highly recommended guard dog would sleep. She told her story to a friend, who quickly solved her problem. “I’ll tell you what,” she said, “I’ve got a duck who is a buddy to my watch dog, and everytime my guard dog tries to go to sleep, the duck pecks him on the nose and quacks.” So she continued, “Come over to my house and get my duck and  he’ll break your dog of his sleepy habits.” She did, and her friend was right. Peck, quack, peck, quack. Soon the dog was weaned from his sleepy habits.

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Gardening

I’m often asked questions about gardening, and enjoy responding as best I can. Many of my students have far surpassed me in their knowledge and gardens, thank goodness. Through the years I’ve gradually developed a curriculum and am ready to share it with a wider audience.

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How To Catch A Monkey

I’m told that one of the oldest methods of catching a monkey is to cut a small hole in a gourd, tie it to a tree, and then fill it up with seeds in the hollowed-out gourd.

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