Reclaiming the American Spirit

>> March 20, 2010

1783
The War of Independence was over, the Constitution ratified, and America's first President was about to set a precedent.

He could have established a monarchy with his charisma and the fact that no provision was in place for the President's term of service. The people and the Congress as a whole loved him that much. But as was his way, he lead by example; he set down the scepter of power and passed the torch of freedom and guardianship of the Constitution to the trust of God and the next elected caretaker of America's Constitution.

This was the setting when George Washington, after presiding over the birth of a nation unlike any ever before conceived, addressed the State Governments in his Circular Letter of 1783, his last before he retired from public service. He wrote in part,

"The Citizens of America, placed in the most enviable condition, as the sole Lords and Proprietors of a vast Tract of Continent, comprehending all the various soils and climates of the World, and abounding with all the necessaries and conveniences of life, are now by the late satisfactory pacification, acknowledged to be possessed of absolute freedom and Independency; They are, from this period, to be considered as Actors on a most conspicuous Theater, which seems to be peculiarly designated by Providence for the display of human greatness and felicity."
Then, speaking of the age soon to be termed The Enlightenment he continued,
"The foundation of our empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Suspicion, but at an Epoch when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined than at any former period."
And in another passage he said, 
"At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a Nation, and if their Citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own." (as quoted in Founding Brothers ~ Joseph J. Ellis)

Looking at America during my short life time and studying our history, I have to ask, are these the words of a President, a psychic, a fortune teller or all the above?

People of America, our country is in peril! We are in a fight for the very soul of our nation. Barack Obama and his minions are poised to destroy our Constitution and are setting into motion the tools and machines that will be the ruination of our way of life and prosperity.

We are descended from the same people George Washington spoke of as "designated by Providence for the display of human greatness". We are the descendants of heroes that defeated totalitarians like Hitler and helped free the European continent twice!

Have we become so arrogant and selfish that we allow a tin horn wanna-be dictator to come in using charismatic smoke and mirror, class envy tactics, relying on the the good will of the people, and feeding off the guilt of our past to tear down the very fabric of this nation?

This is not just wrong. What the progressives in DC are doing is evil, plain and simple. It is a reintroduction of slavery to the only country in the world that has ever abolished it.

Obama claims to be another Lincoln. He is not. He is in fact the antithesis of Lincoln. The Anti-Lincoln, in terms of freeing the slaves because he would enslave every hard working soul in America to achieve his goal of domination over them in the guise of equality and reparations. Redistribution of wealth is nothing less than a road to communism and a totalitarian state.

How is it that a man can go to college in this country, profess to learn Constitutional Law and not love the very thing that he swore an oath to uphold?

Who better to destroy the constitution but a supposed expert of it?

People, make no mistake, this is no small battle, it is a war for the soul of our nation. Look at the every day Americans who show up at town halls and march on Washington time after time in opposition to the sheer lust for power and control in our halls of law and justice. Those halls were built to proclaim and promote liberty and freedom, not to spread tyranny and fear and the people who march are to be commended because they speak for the millions of us who cannot go. To them I say Thank You.

In the course of our history, Americans have bonded and banded together against their common foes. Why is it that now we are so divided? Why is it that some of us are too selfish to see that they are projecting their own selfishness onto others?

It is time once again for Americans to recognize a common enemy and combine our strengths to defeat it.

Years ago, a friend of mine who held three black belts, had a quote on his vanity mirror. It read, "We have met the enemy, and he is us." This is closer to the truth than you think, for it is our own greed that will destroy us. If we would live off the fruits of others' labors then we are doomed to fail. If we would listen to a man that tells us that the cure for problems caused by the Government is more Government, then we are selfish and stupid and are doomed to fail.

Think of your Grandparents and Great Grandparents and the trials they endured in the Civil War, the Dust bowl, the Great Depression and two World Wars in order for us to be here in this time. Is this is how we honor their spirit?

I believe that America is better than this current crop of leadership.

It is time for Americans to once again show that we love our country more than ourselves.

And it's time the politicians did the same, or got the hell out of our Halls of Congress and the White House.

God Bless America and the spirit of her founding.


Update: I changed the title to something I think better fits the theme. Sue me.

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Open Letter To Representative Bart Stupak

I've been trying to call Rep. Stupak, Sorry to say his voicemail is full. So I went to congress.org, found his website and sent an email. I'm outside his district and the site says that he can't reply to me. I wonder if the email went through. Anyway, here is what I sent.

Representative Stupak, Sir please oppose the Health Care Bill as it stands. I think you and I both know that it funds abortion and is also an unconstitutional one. If it is such a benefit, then why have key votes been bought with bribes and arm twisting? Americans can do better for our country and each other.
I am and will be praying for you and our country.

Signed with my real name and city.

Here is his email page.
http://www.house.gov/stupak/IMA/issue2.htm

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DC Rally Health Care Links

 UPDATE: This idea comes from The Observer:
In particular,Bart Stupak may be the key to defeating it if his group receives our support and holds together.Contact him at (202)225-4735.

These are some of the major blogs following the game as it plays out in DC Today.
 
The Other McCain has a list of links and updates galore!
And don't forget to visit Smitty and Stacy's main page.

Potluck has a ton of links and discussion.
As a side note, Thanks to the nice ladies at Potluck for adding the Robot to their blogroll. Very kind indeed.

The Resistance I'm sure will be adding it's own particular brand of commentary and sharing info as well.


And lastly Mike of Fishersville has a new blog to check out with a list of Congressmen who need a talking to.

Hat tip to Gator Doug, who has his own list of linkage going on and Obi's Sister.

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Conservative Blogger Debate - Third Party Vote Wasted?

This installment of the debates is quite interesting in that the combatants delve into what could be some make or break moments for the Republican party in 2010.

If you need a break from the Health Care debacle and still desire some edification and learned conversation, check out these fine websites to consider with us where the direction of the conservative movement should be going forward, and how best to arrive.

Motor City Times has the moderation.
Present Discontent has the first response and rebuttal.
Makes My Brain Itch replies.

The Classic Liberal is also following the debate and has some points of his own to add.



One more point on Health Care, Russ at That's Right has decided to point fingers again, this time at the good guys and directs our attention to a standout in the recent jousting match. Rep. Paul Ryan. You can read his piece here. I couldn't agree more my friend. Have a good weekend. BTW, nice hat.

Gator Doug steps in with some comic relief. Who couldn't use a little of that right now?

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Not Naked Cheerleaders - A Rule 5 Post

>> March 19, 2010

To honor No Sheeples Here and Round 2 of the March Madness Sweater Puppy Rule 5 Contest, the Robot has assembled an assortment of choice assets for the assuagement of your troubles.


These girls are obviously pining for some Robot love.

And now, our National Anthem...

What is Rule 5 you ask? Seek and ye shall find.

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Texas Democrats Voting For Obama Care

>> March 18, 2010

From the Robot's TEA Party Inbox - Thanks Julie!
 
The Austin-based left-wing Center for Public Policy Priorities is ratcheting their calls for the socialist take-over of health care. Their anti-liberty agenda would impose a massive regulatory and tax scheme, ironically labeled as "reform." 
Here are the Democrats who the CPPP says are voting for ObamaCare, and against the (literal) health of every American:
  • Henry Cuellar (D-28, Laredo, McAllen, Seguin)
  • Lloyd Doggett (D-25, Austin, San Marcos)
  • Charlie A Gonzalez (D-20, San Antonio)
  • Al Green (D-9, Houston)
  • Gene Green (D-29, Houston, Baytown)
  • Rubén Hinojosa (D-15, Harlingen, McAllen)
  • Sheila Jackson Lee (D-18, Houston)
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-30, Dallas)
  • Solomon P Ortiz (D-27, Brownsville, Corpus Christi)
  • Silvestre Reyes (D-16, El Paso)
  • Ciro Rodriguez (D-23, San Antonio, Uvalde)
Here's the one Democrat CPPP says is voting against ObamaCare:
         Chet Edwards, (D-17, Waco, Bryan/College Station)
   
However, Edwards may be waffling and needs to hear from his constituents. He's also the only Democrat (currently) under serious pressure for the fall elections. Though, frankly, voting for ObamaCare may make them all a little more vulnerable...
   
Texas voters should make phone calls as soon as possible, expressing their disgust and displeasure. Copied below are the district and Washington numbers for each of these congressmen.
        


Congressman Washington, DC
Local
District
GREEN (AL) (202) 225-7508        (713) 383-9234
9
HINOJOSA (202) 225-2531 (956) 682-5545
15
REYES (202) 225-4831 (915) 534-4400
16
EDWARDS (202) 225-6105 (254) 752-9600
17
JACKSON LEE (202) 225-3816 (713) 655-0050
18
RODRIGUEZ (202) 225-4511 (210) 922-1874
23
DOGGETT (202) 225-4865 (512) 916-5921
25
ORTIZ (202) 225-7742 (361) 883-5868
27
CUELLAR (202) 225-1640 (210) 271-2851
28
GREEN (GENE)     (202) 225-1688 (281) 999-5879
29
JOHNSON (202) 225-8885 (214) 922-8885
30

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Showing Their Blue Colors

The House vote on the Slaughter Solution: 

Constitution-butchers prevail, 222-203


This might actually be good news in the long term. If they are forced to use this tactic, then It will surely end up in court.

Via Michelle Malkin

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New Facebook Group - "I Will Not Comply"

I'm at work so I couldn't verify
UPDATE: Verified

In other news, Rush Limbaugh just announced two new No votes!
Keep calling!

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Motivator of the Day

>> March 17, 2010

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Breaking (The Bank): Kucinich to Vote Yes on Health Care

Dennis Kucinich today flip-flopped his no vote on Health Care Reform. Changing a No to a trembling Yes, he announced the decision in what can only be described as a strange, disjointed news conference at the base of the passenger stair this morning after being taken for a ride in Air Force One.

The President, First lady and several unidentified, purple shirted attendants, went for a  2 to 3 hour grueling flight aboard the Presidents jet where the congress-critter was forced to watch home movies of Obama's wedding to Michelle and their recent vacation trip to Hawaii. The final straw, as told by anonymous sources, was when Michelle brought in some fresh baked cookies she had prepared especially for the arm twisting trip sight-seeing tour. At last, Kucinich finally succumbed to the overpowering pressure brought o bear.

"I just couldn?t take it anymore. I'm sorry America, but you weren't on that plane. You just don?t know! You weren't on that plane!" Kucinich was heard screaming as he, struggling, was led down the stairway.

Broken, obviously shaken and in shock by the ordeal, Kucinich was carried away by paramilitary paramedic personnel, presumably to an undisclosed hospital for mental evaluation and treatment.

Regrettably for Kucinich, Obama-Care has apparently found its first victem patient.

More as details become available.

This is MNR reporter iRoomba, on the tarmac at Dulles AFB for MNR News and The Resistance.

Thank you iRoomba. A fine job you're doing for us there. As some of you know iRoomba was on the ground in Chile after the earthquake and brought us coverage from the devastation there after Chile's government unleashed the terrible earthquake in order to deter a visit from Secretary of State Clinton.

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TEA Party Surge

This should come as no surprise, but for those who have been under a rock or watch the MSM, there was another march on DC yesterday. Isn't there one every other day now?

Smitty at The Other McCain has a bazillion links here, here, here, here, here and here and still has time for a fisking! The Other McCain, is there anything it can't do?


Also, in a disturbing turn of events, I have missed the chance of entry in a Sweater Puppy contest. Must find a more opportune time to recharge the Robot's batteries.

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Obamessiah

>> March 16, 2010



Not so fast there sparky.

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Clash of the Titan Conservatives

The Conservative Blogger Debates continue, with Motor City Times and The Classic Liberal acting as moderators and the combatants or sparring partners being Don at Present Discontent and Conservative Hideout vs. Scratcher at Makes My Brain Itch.

Be sure to read the fine points espoused on both sides of the question: "What should the focus of Conservatives be going forward, a revitalized Republican party or a true Conservative party?"

Now that the dust has settled from the first two debates, I would like to reference a comment made on the sidelines that I personally think was spot on and begs to be on a front page somewhere. Why not mine? It was made by darcprynce who resides over at The Daley Gator. His comment was on the CBD Palin Edition concerning what a difference her policies may have had if implemented as opposed to Obama's. He said:


"...what impact, if any, do you think Sarah Palin’s prior actions as governor or policy pronouncements more recently, would have on any given specific economic indicator or the economy in general?"
You mean if she'd been elected President instead of Odipshit?
Uh... well, she likely wouldn't have signed off on a massive, pork-laden "stimulus" bill, so average people wouldn't be hesitant to spend their money for fear of losing everything they own down the road, when Obamaflation roars over us like a tidal wave from some 1970s disaster movie.
She wouldn't have spent a year frightening everyone with endless talk of socializing the health care industry, so businesses would be hiring people in expectation of a future America which doesn't so closely resemble Castro's Cuba.
She wouldn't be threatening to raise every conceivable tax over the next few years, so company owners would be able to make reasonable business plans without fear of their elected representatives bashing them in the teeth at every turn for daring to be successful.
Nobody would be concerned with the possibility of her selling out our sovereignty to a bunch of Marxist assholes at the UN, so people who might be considering shooting themselves or someone else over that sort of crap would probably mellow out and concentrate on earning a living.
Cap & Trade legislation would be off the table, so the energy industry wouldn't be shitting its pants waiting for the next federal shoe to drop, and might actually begin to expand production for the first time since I was in grade school.
And who knows, maybe Mrs. Palin would have the basic common sense to... oh, I don't know... not bail out huge failing corporations like GM, thus strangling the corrupt, mafia-run unions that have helped run them into the ground, instead of rewarding the pricks and incentivising them to remain the royal fuck-ups they are indefinitely.
Of course, I could be wrong.
My response to this was: "@DarcPrynce Bravo! Well said. I think you hit the heart of the situation we are in, or at least close to it. It is a crisis of confidence. The people and business owners don't want to risk capital in the current climate..."

You can relive the whole blow by blow account at That's Right and Present Discontent and Republican Redefined

Stay tuned for more Robotic Punditry.

That headline? Yea, I know it was blatant, but brilliant don't you think? I bet I get a few clicks out of it. hehe

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Scientists Discover New Element - The Pelosi Particle

Heaviest Element Yet Known to Science Discovered

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has now identified with certainty the heaviest element known to science.
The new element, Pelosium (PL), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
Pelosium is inert, and has no charge and no magnetism. Nevertheless, it can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact...




That's some funny sh*t right there I don't care who you are.

Read the rest at Signal 94


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Motivator of the Decade

I reeeally want this one. Found at The Sniper.

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Pictures of TEA Party Surge

Russ is posting photos using TweetPhoto. Here's the link.

Just got a message from him that his battery is losing power. He will post a boatload more when he gets to the car, Be sure to check back.

Bonus. He's got a great shot of Michele Bachmann.

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Quote of the day...

"... doesn’t it seem kinda odd that thousands of American citizens have to organize an emergency rally in the nation’s capital because the powers that be will stop at nothing-no matter how unconstitutional, unethical or downright tyrannical it may be-to force socialized health care on us? Is this really what the Founders had in mind?"

Russ at The Resistance 

Go get 'em tiger. I wish I could be there with all of you.
I'll be praying.

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The Conservative Debate: To Be Or Not To Be A Third Party

>> March 15, 2010

Conservative Blogger Debates continue.
From The Resistance:

This is probably one of the most pressing issues on the conservative side of the ideological spectrum. Weather Conservatives should to move to form and vote for a true conservative 3rd party or to drive the Republicans to become a more solid and reliable Conservative party. In this round of the conservative debate we have Don from Present Discontent and regular contributor to Conservative Hideout 2.0 and Scratcher from Makes My Brain Itch. Both of these excellent bloggers are members of The Resistance as well.
The question posed to the participants is:
Some people think, long term, that a true Conservative 3rd party is necessary, because the Republicans have proven only slightly better than Democrats when they were in power. The thinking goes, we are never going to change Washington, so why bother voting in the Republicans.
Other say that we need to refocus the Republicans because if we actually form a 3rd party, we are guaranteeing that the left will win election after election.
The question is what should the focus of Conservatives be going forward, a revitalized Republican party or a true Conservative party?
Scratcher is up first.
Be sure to check Makes My Brain Itch for his response and Don for the rebuttal and motorcitytimes for links to reactions from across the blog-o-sphere.

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Robo-Love to My Commenters

To thank the readers of the 'Bot who have left bits of wisdom below the folds of the main page, I've decided to give the link-fest a new twist. I'm not sure if it's been done before but what the hay, I'll try almost anything once. Except Obamacare!

Here we go with RoboLove - "Extreme Commenters Edition"
In order of posting:

The Princess and the Peas
Animal Farm 
The Thinker
Conservative Buddha
politicartoon
pamibe
Maggie's Notebook 
Little Miss Attila
Day by Day
Gorges' Grouse
TOTUS
Mr. XYZ
sig94
Eye of Polyphemus
MAinfo
nosheepleshere
SharpElbows
TheySay/WeSay
Din'ITellYou?
The Classic Liberal
Makes My Brain Itch
COMMON CENTS BLOG  
Interesting News Items
Caught Him With a Corndog
WyBlog
The Oh, bama FILES
Woodsterman 
Diary of a Right Wing Peace Loving Pussycat
The Lester & Charlie Show 
OF MICE AND raMEN 
Obammy Is A Shammy
Republican Redefined
The Conservative Lady
~ Amusing Bunni's Musings ~
teresamerica
That's Right
Legalize The Constitution
The Lights of Albuquerque
motorcitytimes
Right Ideas
Conservative Hideout 2.0

Thanks to all of you bloggers and patriots who make this a fun adventure!

There are a few I missed because your profile was private and I'm sorry to say I didn't know what blog you represented. If you'd like to be on the list, comment to this post and you'll get added first chance I get. - Peace out!

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Aristocracy and Oligarchy - How We Got Here

Bear with me here; I believe this to be the most critical point in American history besides the Civil War and I haven't seen anyone else address it. Of course, I'm no scholar. I could be wrong, off my meds or just plain freaking wacko, but I seriously doubt it.

The United States began as a Democratic Republic, meaning the citizens grant power to their representatives through democratic elections and the representatives are then the voice of their constituents in the halls of Congress.

But that is an oversimplification. When the Constitution was ratified, the only legislators elected by popular vote were in the House of Representatives.

The Senators were in fact selected and appointed to the federal level from their respective State Legislatures. This was done intentionally so that, hopefully, Senators would be faithful, or beholden to their home State and not the Federal Government. This procedure worked in concert with the Tenth Amendment in protecting the States from federal overreaching meddling and intrusions into State affairs.

The founders saw the mechanics of the Senate/House relationship being rightly contentious in that

Unlike the lower House, where fleeting and often emotionally charged issues could lead to the passage of unconstitutional laws, it is the role of the Senate to slow the process of inquiry and foster longer and more analytical debate on important issues. Source

Sound familiar?

In other words, Senators, with their six-year terms were regarded as the elder statesmen, Constitutional experts and simply wiser and thus less apt to jump on a bandwagon of some shiny, sparkly new scheme. They were, after all, betrothed to their State and not the people per se.

That was then.

In 1913 President Woodrow Wilson and the Congress passed the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution which made the election of Senators by popular vote resulting in the States losing representation and removing some of the States' power to defend themselves against Federal usurpation.

That, along with Wilson's radical new interpretation of the Constitution, set the country on the reckless path we are on today.
Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States...More than anyone, Woodrow Wilson advanced the new Progressive theory of human nature and human institutions and the corresponding Progressive critique of the principles of the American Founding and the Founders' Constitution. Wilson... [snip] ...was the first American national chief executive to openly criticize the U.S. Constitution, once comparing it to "political witchcraft." So hostile was he to the self evident truths of the Founding that, in a 1911 address, he remarked, "if you want to understand the real Declaration of Independence, do not repeat the preface." (emphasis added)
The Seventeenth Amendment was one of Wilson's first acts as President for a reason.

The difference between before and after the 17th Amendment is enormous. The impact it has had cannot be understated. The 17th was a pivotal moment in American history because it is the point where America became less of a Democratic Republic and more of a Democracy; people living in democracies are more easily manipulated. Everybody wants more stuff. If your representative keeps giving you more stuff then why wouldn't you keep voting for them, right?

Wrong.

What's good for you may not be good for your state or for the country as a whole. The Senate has ceased being the wise grandfather or patriarch of the family, calmly and rationally advising a hormonal teenager who is looking for guidance and has unfortunately become something entirely different. The Senator of today is like any other Congressman, seeking to grab whatever morsels he can to bring back to the nest to distribute among the hungry chicks.

The moment the 17th Amendment was enacted, we traded our elder statesmen for American Idol. We might as well have combined the House and the Senate and made them one parliament. They are, for all intents and purposes in modern times, just about equal. The 17th Amendment weakened the State and in doing so it moved the Federal government closer to the people. Need I say this is not good?

I suppose by now you could guess that the 17th Amendment would be on my "repeal" list. And you would be correct.
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.- Unknown
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage. Author unknown. Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. Unverified.

Beware the gifts of a compassionate government, lest it engulf you in a fog of deceit, for one day the fog will lift and you will find that all that you have been given has morphed into chains of slavery and you are now the provider for someone else who is no more deserving than you once were.



For my list of the 20 most damaging events in the history of the Constitution see the History of Constitutional Decline.

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Health Care Update!
Don't forget to fax Congress and oppose Obamacare this week. Free faxes can be sent from here.

You can donate 20 dollars and fax 30+ Congress-critters here.

Thanks Russ! 

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Do No Evil - Another "Fun With Google" Post


hmmm Let's hope Google doesn't meet Barack Obama.

HT Presurfer
Crossposted at The Resistance

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So Many Things Wrong...

>> March 14, 2010

with this, I don't know where to start.

Found at motorcitytimes where there's some newsy linkiness going on. Check it out.

I know I've been slow on the output the last couple of days.

I'm workin' on it!

Chill out.

Both of you.

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Backwoods Dining

I took a trip to Houston yesterday.  Conroe actually. Had some family business to attend to. On the way back I stopped by an old restaurant / dance hall / beer joint that sits on one of the many waterways nearby. Nestled in one of the bayou's branches just off the main body of water, its a nice place to relax and have a frosty beverage, take in the woodsy ambiance and enjoy some great down-home cooking. I had the fried alligator. Yum. Not too expensive either.



On Sundays during the spring and summer seasons you can find a cajun or swamp pop band playing in the afternoon. I highly recommend it. If your ever out on Highway 365, around Labelle road stop over and pay them a visit. You can google it to find out exactly where. The place? Oh. Pine Tree Lodge.

And no, they do not know I am writing this. But you can tell them I did,  if you decide to go. They'll probably say "Mind Numbed Whaaat?"

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