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dollar_1If you haven’t seen this before, please take time to look at and study the dollar bill. It means much more than just something to spend.

On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles. Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.  Continue reading

“Sword of Common Sense! Our surest gift.” – George Meredith (1828-1909), “To the Comic Spirit”

“Foremost captain of his time; rich in saving common-sense.” – Tennyson (ode to the Duke of Wellington)

THE EMPEROR OF AUSTRIA, upon being informed of the death of the ambassador from Russia, said: “I wonder what his motive was.”
Sometimes smartly-dressed emperors have no clothes, considering common sense, simply because their words have no credibility. Sometimes the sexy info babes of the media have no clothes because they echo the words of the emperor: Continue reading

Air Force Academy cadets keep a giant American flag aloft during the Air Force-Brigham Young University halftime 9/11 memorial ceremony at Falcon Stadium near Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 11, 2010. The flag measured about 55 yards by 30 yards. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Air Force Academy cadets keep a giant American flag aloft during the Air Force-Brigham Young University halftime 9/11 memorial ceremony at Falcon Stadium near Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 11, 2010. The flag measured about 55 yards by 30 yards. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Rogers)

Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

O beautiful for pilgrim feet whose stern impassioned stress; a thoroughfare of freedom beat across the wilderness! America, America! God mend they every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law!”

I watched the Republican convention last night from beginning to end…on C-SPAN, absent the supercilious talking-heads.  I listened and watched REAL God-fearing, God-loving Americans speaking ACTUAL truth.  For the first time in years have I been so inspired by the good, decent, courageous people who still inhabit this nation.

My first look at Google this a.m. was disgusting.  Continue reading

Marlon and Karen Furtado

Marlon and Karen Furtado

There she was. The love of my life. Of course, we were only in the 2nd grade, but I knew she was the one. I ran up to her swing and kissed her. Oh, the heaven’s exploded. Sadly, it didn’t go anywhere. She picked one of the other boys who kissed her.

I decided I wanted a more mature woman anyway. So, when I was in the 5th grade, I set my eyes on Sandy, the beautiful 8th grader. She was taller than me, so a kiss wasn’t likely. But one morning as I passed my sister’s dresser, I saw her bracelet. Suddenly the entire plan came together. At recess I gave the bracelet to Lonnie, my fearless friend, with the instructions to tell Sandy it was from me. The rest of the day flew by, daydreaming at my desk of life with Sandy…until Continue reading

Pauli Bowlen

Pauli Bowlen

By Connie Warnock, The Northwest Connection

By Connie Warnock, The Northwest Connection

The other day, Pauli called me. She lives in Marysville, WA. Her husband Dave passed away a little over a year ago. It’s hard to think of them without each other. They were a perfect balancing act and our dearest friends.

We met showing dogs and decided it would be more fun to travel to the same shows in our motor homes. We did this for many years. Dave lived well into his 90’s and Pauli is now in her 80’s. Her last Pekingese dog died on Dave’s last birthday. To say we love them both is almost an understatement. Pauli can tell a joke like no other. And, Dave’s penchant for talking politics and riling up someone standing near was legendary. Continue reading

Painting: "The Spirit of '76" (aka Yankee Doodle Dandy) By Archibald MacNeal Willard, c1875

Painting: “The Spirit of ’76” (aka Yankee Doodle Dandy) By Archibald MacNeal Willard, c1875

The first version of “Yankee Doodle” is generally attributed to a British army physician, Dr. Richard maraconiSchuckberg, during the French and Indian War. It was a satiric look at New England’s Yankees. According to one story, Shuckburgh wrote the song after seeing the appearance of Colonial troops under Colonel Thomas Fitch, V, the son of Connecticut Governor Thomas Fitch. It is believed that the tune comes from the nursery rhyme Lucy Locket.
“Brother Ephraim sold his cow
And bought him a commission
And then he went to Canada
To fight for the nation;
But when Ephraim,
he came home Continue reading

Mt. McKinley, photo credit Helen Maguire

Mt. McKinley, photo credit Helen Maguire

On June 7th, 1913, Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, led the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet.
Stuck, an accomplished amateur mountaineer was born in London in 1863. After moving to the United States, in 1905 he became Archdeacon of the Episcopal Church in Yukon, Alaska, where he was an admirer of Native Indian culture and traveled Alaska’s difficult terrain to preach to villagers and establish schools. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks lives in Corbett and can be reached at gordonfulks@hotmail.com. He holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago's Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research and has no conflicts of interest on this subject.

Gordon J. Fulks lives in Corbett and holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago’s Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research.

In a stunning reversal of what many presumed to be the “consensus,” the most prominent of Global Warming proponents who are scientists now say that the scientific literature does not support the popular belief that the Earth is headed for Armageddon if we do not repent our sins and stop buying Exxon gasoline. That moves the scientific side of the Global Warming debate much closer to what skeptics have said all along: there is no scientific support for the notion that we are destroying the Earth with man-made carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is beneficial.

Warmers have certainly not given up their claim that adding CO2 to the atmosphere will cause noticeable warming, but their continuing dispute with skeptics centers around “How Much?” Skeptics maintain that there will be little or no observable warming, while “alarmists” (if we can still call them that) now see significant but not catastrophic warming. Continue reading

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and a veteran of anti-malaria campaigns

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, Heartland Institute and Congress of Racial Equality, and author of Eco-Imperilaism: Green power-Black Death

America has centuries of fossil fuels, but hydrocarbon deniers want to strangle our future

Fool me once, the adage says, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

The reality-based fossil fuel version states: Fuel me for 150 years, fuel me forever – or at least until creative, entrepreneurial spirits can devise reliable, affordable alternatives. The 2016 Democratic Party would change this adage to read: Fuel me for 150 years, fuel me never again.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to regulate drilling and fracking into oblivion, or ban them outright. Clinton also says she is “going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Continue reading

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