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Lets see.....what I’m I about.... I’m about 5’10” and 190lbs.... and it’s about nap time....

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This blessing is for you..!

May there always be work for your hands to do.

May your purse always hold a coin or two.

May the sun always shine on your windowpane.

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.

May the hand of a friend always be near you.

May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

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Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?

Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it,
And it isn‘t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?

You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what’s that?
Come up with a smiling face.
It’s nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there — that’s disgrace.

The harder you’re thrown, why the higher you bounce;
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn‘t the fact that you’re licked that counts,
It’s how did you fight — and why?

And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why the Critic will call it good.

Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether he’s slow or spry,
It isn‘t the fact that you’re dead that counts,
But only how did you die?
Edmund Vance Cooke..

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"I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way."
-Mark Twain

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"It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required."
Sir Winston Churchill.

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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." "We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Ronald Reagan

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"The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum." "Whenever evil wins, it is only by default, "by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles."
Ayn Rand

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“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are once more slaves.”
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1938)

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“There is no ‘slippery slope’ toward loss of liberty, only a long staircase where each step down must first be tolerated by the American people and their leaders.”
Alan K. Simpson (1931- ), US Senator.

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“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.”
Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837.

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“Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Frederick Douglass.

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“So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.”
Voltaire, François Marie Arouet (1694-1778).

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“What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”
Thomas Jefferson

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“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”
Patrick Henry

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“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
Samuel Adams

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“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)

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"Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, the right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can." "Those are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature."
Samuel Adams

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"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent." "Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers." "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."
Louis D. Brandeis, (Olmstead vs. The United States 1928).

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"Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct." "Even the ardent love of liberty will after a time, give way to its dictates." "The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights." "To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free."
Alexander Hamilton (the Federalist No. 8)

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"Civilisation will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe."
Sir Winston Churchill.

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"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed." "If you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly." "You may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival." "There may even be a worse case." "You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves."
Sir Winston Churchill.

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“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly." "But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself." "For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men." "He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist." "A murderer is less to fear..”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

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"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." "The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents." "There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information." "Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe."
-Thomas Jefferson

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I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our constitution." "I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing."
-Thomas Jefferson

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I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
-Benjamin Franklin

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Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
William Pitt in a speech, November 18, 1783

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America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. On the road to tyranny, we've gone so far that polite political action is about as useless as a miniskirt in a convent. ... Something's eventually going to happen. Government will bloat until it chokes us to death, or one more tyrannical power grab will turn out to be one too many. ... Maybe it'll be one more round of "reasonable gun control" or one more episode of burning children to death to save them from "child abuse." Whatever, something will snap.
Claire Wolfe

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