Do You Know Anything about James K. Polk?

May 26, 2016

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My mother told me I was related to President James K. Polk. I never knew exactly how but my great grandmother was America Adeline Polk before she married my great grandfather in 1872. I don’t know if she was the connection or not. My great-great grandfather, Joseph P. McVay, Lived about 6 miles from Savannah, Tennessee in a log cabin. The McVay’s lived on one side of the Tennessee river and the Polk’s, who married into the McVay family, lived on the other side of the river. When the Civil War Battle of Shiloh took place, the McVay’s could hear the shooting and fighting. The Polk’s owned the land where the battle took place.

A month later, Joseph McVay and his son Joseph Riley enlisted in the Union Army at Bethel and were assigned to Company A of the Sixth Tennessee Cavalry. Four more Companies were raised in short order. Private Joseph McVay was captured and spent over a year at Andersonville Prison, almost the entire time the prison was open. He never expected to survive his time as a POW but lived as a broken man until 1900.

Back to the Polk family, Ezekiel Polk (December 7, 1747 – August 31, 1824), was an American soldier, pioneer and grandfather of President James Knox Polk

Polk was a militant Jeffersonian and a Deist (some said an atheist), which put him at loggerheads with much of the family, especially his nephew William Polk’s three sons, who were Ezekiel’s close Tennessee neighbors, ardent Federalists and orthodox churchmen. The inscription composed for his first wife’s tombstone spoke of “a glorious Resurrection to eternal life,” but her painful illness and the death of all the children of his second marriage seem to have dampened if not extinguished the bereaved husband’s faith.

He was married three times. His first wife, Mary Wilson Polk, bore him eight children, including Samuel, the father of James K. Polk, 11th President of the United States. No children of his second wife, Bessie Davis Polk, survived infancy. His third wife, Sofia Neely Lennard Polk had four children.

At age 20 Ezekiel, recently married, was named clerk of court in the new county of Tryon across the Catawba River, where he and his bride established themselves on a 100-acre farm just south of Kings Mountain. In 1772, however, the provincial boundary was surveyed, and Polk’s property was discovered to lie in South Carolina.

Polk adapted with increasing difficulty to the shifting boundary and consequent loss of his position as clerk of court. At first he was chosen lieutenant colonel of the district militia. In 1775 he was elected a delegate to the South Carolina Provincial Congress held in June and was commissioned a captain in the Third South Carolina Regiment of Horse Rangers, assigned to the interior, where Whigs and Loyalists were competing for control of the province. But when the regiment was ordered to the coast, Polk balked, marching his men home rather than sacrifice their health, as he put it, for the protection of Lowcountry aristocrats and rice plantation nabobs. He subsequently relented, apologized for his insubordination and was restored to command. He led his company against Loyalist forces in the Battle of Big Cane Brake at Reedy River in December 1775 and the following summer commanded 300 militia in a successful expedition against pro-Loyalist Cherokees. On July 24, 1776, Polk’s regiment was adopted into the Continental Army and assigned to the Southern Department. “Captain Ezekiel Polk’s Independent Company,” according to the U.S. Army’s regimental history, was “concurrently redesignated as the 10th Company, 3rd South Carolina Regiment.”

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Polk may never have been entirely comfortable in South Carolina, and waning popularity and political enmities appear to have left him increasingly disgruntled. After being passed over initially as delegate to a provincial congress held in November 1775, he had with great difficulty forced a second election and kept his seat. Probably this aborted rejection continued to rankle. In late 1776 Polk surrendered his commission in the 3rd Regiment and returned to North Carolina, settling down on a 260-acre farm about 10 miles below Charlotte, the Mecklenburg County seat. Two years later he opened a tavern in town and the following year was named justice of the peace. This period of tranquility was not to last. With the fall of Charleston in 1780 and the subsequent defeat of Horatio Gates at Camden, Lord Charles Cornwallis’s triumphant Redcoats marched into North Carolina, the main body encamping a few miles from Polk’s farm. The following day, September 26, Cornwallis commandeered the Charlotte home of Ezekiel’s brother Thomas and established his headquarters there. Fearing the loss of crops, slaves and his tavern, Ezekiel rode to town and “took protection” from Cornwallis in exchange for peaceful cooperation with the British.

Such an action was not without precedent, and Polk’s neighbors evidently did not judge him too harshly, for toward the end of the war the Mecklenburg magistrates, with only two dissenters, elected him sheriff. At the conclusion of the war, he received a generous acreage of western land for his services during the Revolutionary War and in 1790 was appointed deputy surveyor in the Western District, as Tennessee was then called, and moved with his family to a tract north of the Cumberland River. Indian raids and the prolonged illness and death of his wife in 1791 led to his return to Mecklenburg County. He did not make Tennessee his permanent home until the fall of 1803, when he established himself on a 2,500-acre tract on the Duck River in what is now Maury County.

Ezekiel Polk died near Bolivar, Tennessee, August 31, 1824, and was buried in the Polk Cemetery at Bolivar.

Polk composed his own epitaph and left instructions that it be painted on durable wood “as there is no rock in this country fit for grave stones.” In its original version, it reads:

Here lies the dust of old E.P.
One instance of mortality;
Pennsylvania born, Car’lina bred,
In Tennessee died on his bed
His youthful days he spent in pleasure,
His latter days in gath’ring treasure;
From superstition liv’d quite free
And practiced strict morality.
To holy cheats was never willing
To give one solitary shilling,
He can foresee, and in foreseeing
He equals most of men in being
That church and state will join their pow’r
And mis’ry on this country show’r.
And Methodists with their camp bawling,
Will be the cause of this down falling.
An era not destined to see,
It waits for poor posterity
First fruits and tithes are odious things
And so are Bishops, Priests and Kings.

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James Knox Polk became President on March 4th, 1845 and promptly allowed Texas into the Union as the 28th State. During his term, Iowa and Wisconsin also became States.

After the Texas annexation, Polk turned his attention to California, hoping to acquire the territory from Mexico before any European nation did so. The main interest was San Francisco Bay as an access point for trade with Asia. In 1845, he sent diplomat John Slidell to Mexico to purchase California and New Mexico for $24–30 million. Slidell’s arrival caused political turmoil in Mexico after word leaked out that he was there to purchase additional territory and not to offer compensation for the loss of Texas. The Mexicans refused to receive Slidell, citing a technical problem with his credentials. In January 1846, to increase pressure on Mexico to negotiate, Polk sent troops under General Zachary Taylor into the area between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande—territory that was claimed by both the U.S. and Mexico.

Slidell returned to Washington in May 1846, having been rebuffed by the Mexican government. Polk regarded this treatment of his diplomat as an insult and an “ample cause of war”, and he prepared to ask Congress for a declaration of war. Mere days before Polk intended to make his request to Congress, he received word that Mexican forces had crossed the Rio Grande area and killed eleven American soldiers. Polk then sent a message to Congress on May 11, 1846, stating that Mexico had “invaded our territory and shed American blood upon the American soil.”

Some Whigs, such as Abraham Lincoln, challenged Polk’s version of events, but Congress overwhelmingly approved the declaration of war. Many Whigs feared that opposition would cost them politically by casting themselves as unpatriotic for not supporting the war effort.

Polk selected the top generals and set the military strategy of the war. By the summer of 1846, American forces under General Stephen W. Kearny had captured New Mexico. Meanwhile, Army captain John C. Frémont led settlers in northern California to overthrow the Mexican garrison in Sonoma. General Zachary Taylor, at the same time, was having success on the Rio Grande, although Polk did not reinforce his troops there. The United States also negotiated a secret arrangement with Antonio López de Santa Anna, the Mexican general and dictator who had been overthrown in 1844. Santa Anna agreed that, if given safe passage into Mexico, he would attempt to persuade those in power to sell California and New Mexico to the United States. Once he reached Mexico, however, he reneged on his agreement, declared himself President, and tried to drive the American invaders back. Santa Anna’s efforts, however, were in vain, as Generals Taylor and Winfield Scott destroyed all resistance. Scott captured Mexico City in September 1847, and Taylor won a series of victories in northern Mexico. Even after these battles, Mexico did not surrender until 1848, when it agreed to peace terms set out by Polk.

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The Mexican Cession was acquired through the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The Gadsden Purchase was acquired through purchase after Polk left office.
Polk sent diplomat Nicholas Trist to negotiate with the Mexicans. Lack of progress prompted the President to order Trist to return to the United States, but the diplomat ignored the instructions and stayed in Mexico to continue bargaining. Trist successfully negotiated the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, which Polk agreed to ratify, ignoring calls from Democrats who demanded that all Mexico be annexed. The treaty added 1.2 million square miles of territory to the United States; Mexico’s size was halved, while that of the United States increased by a third. California, Nevada, Utah, most of Arizona, and parts of New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming were all included in the Mexican Cession. The treaty also recognized the annexation of Texas and acknowledged American control over the disputed territory between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande. Mexico, in turn, received $15 million. The war claimed fewer than 20,000 American lives but over 50,000 Mexican ones. It may have cost the United States $100 million.

The treaty, however, needed ratification by the Senate. In March 1848, the Whigs, who had been so opposed to Polk’s policy, suddenly changed position. Two-thirds of the Whigs voted for Polk’s treaty. This ended the war and legalized the acquisition of the territories.

In mid-1848, President Polk authorized his ambassador to Spain, Romulus Mitchell Saunders, to negotiate the purchase of Cuba and offer Spain up to $100 million, an astounding sum at the time for one territory, equal to $2.74 billion in present-day terms. However, Spain was still making huge profits in Cuba (notably in sugar, molasses, rum, and tobacco), and thus the Spanish government rejected Saunders’ overtures.

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Polk’s time in the White House took its toll on his health and he did not seek reelection. Full of enthusiasm and vigor when he entered office, Polk left on March 4, 1849, exhausted by his years of public service. He lost weight and had deep lines on his face and dark circles under his eyes. He is believed to have contracted cholera in New Orleans, Louisiana, on a goodwill tour of the South after leaving the White House. He died of cholera at his new home, Polk Place, in Nashville, Tennessee, at 3:15 pm on June 15, 1849, three months after leaving office. He was buried on the grounds of Polk Place. Polk’s last words illustrate his devotion to his wife: “I love you, Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.” She lived at Polk Place for over forty years after his death. She died on August 14, 1891. The bodies of President and Mrs. Polk were exhumed and relocated to their current resting place on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. Polk Place was demolished in 1900.

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Polk had the shortest retirement of all Presidents at 103 days. He was the youngest former president to die in retirement at the age of 53. A year later, California became the 31st State.

Thank you for reading, now you know something about the Polk Family.

Put Barney Fife on the Clinton Email Case!

May 22, 2016

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During March 2015 it became publicly known that Hillary Clinton, during her tenure as United States Secretary of State, had exclusively used her family’s private email server for official communications, rather than official State Department email accounts maintained on federal servers. Those official communications included thousands of emails, some containing information above Top Secret. The Government had to know Secretary Clinton was using her private server six years earlier than it became known to the man on the street! It took the United States about four years to win World War II, what has the United States Government been doing since 2009? The FBI has about 14,000 FBI Special Agents with 20,000 support professionals. The Department of Justice has 114,000 personnel and consumes 27 billion taxpayer dollars a year.

I suggest to you that Barney Fife could have investigated, prosecuted and locked up anybody guilty of these allegations years ago! When does foot dragging become a crime? We are witnessing World Class Foot Dragging in the First Degree! Knowledge of the Watergate break-in was like tearing a label off a mattress compared to this email scandal involving National Security. What General Petraeus did to be threatened with prosecution was like having an expired parking meter in comparison!

The Federal Laws and protocols criminally violated by this act including the deletion of about 32,000 emails is profoundly unfathomable! Yet, the FBI and Department of Justice is acting like our 17 Intelligence Agencies when they could not break into an iPhone.

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I know many in the government believe as Professor Gruber believes that We the People are stupid! We are not so stupid that we cannot understand when OUR government is obfuscating, overcomplicating, muddying the water, confounding, mystifying and otherwise clouding the issue when their darling is involved! Are we to believe that the Secretary of State, who is fourth in the line of succession to be President of the United States, can’t tell Top Secret information unless it is marked Top Secret? Come on folks, we’re NOT THAT STUPID!

Former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael T. Flynn, former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael Morell have all said that it is likely that foreign governments were able to access the information on Clinton’s server. Michael Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency said “I would lose all respect for a whole bunch of foreign intelligence agencies if they weren’t sitting back, paging through the emails.”

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Clinton’s server was configured to allow users to connect openly from the Internet and control it remotely using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services. It is known that hackers in Russia were aware of Clinton’s non-public email address as early as 2011. Server records also show that, using a computer in Serbia, a hacker had scanned Clinton’s Chappaqua server at least twice, in August and in December 2012. It was unclear whether the hacker knew the server belonged to Clinton, although it did identify itself as providing email services for clintonemail.com. During 2014, Clinton’s server was the target of repeated intrusions originating in Germany, China, and South Korea.

On August 10, 2015, the IC inspector general said that two of the 40 emails in the sample were “Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information” and subsequently given classified labels of “TK” (for “Talent Keyhole”, indicating material obtained by spy satellites) and NOFORN. One is a discussion of a news article about a U.S. drone strike operation. The second, he said, either referred to classified material or else was “parallel reporting” of open-source intelligence, which would also be classified. According to an unnamed source, a secondary review by the CIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency endorsed the earlier inspectors general findings concluding that the emails (one of which concerned North Korea’s nuclear weapons program) were “Top Secret” when received by Clinton through her private server in 2009 and 2011.

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The IC inspector general issued another letter to Congress on January 14, 2016. In this letter he stated that an unnamed intelligence agency had made a sworn declaration that “several dozen emails [had been] determined by the IC element to be at the CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET, and TOP SECRET/SAP levels.” Other intelligence officials added that the several dozen were not the two emails from the previous sample and that the clearance of the IC inspector general himself had to be upgraded before he could learn about the programs referenced by the emails.

On January 29, 2016, the State Department announced that 22 documents from Clinton’s email server would not be released because they contained highly classified information that was too sensitive for public consumption. At the same time, the State Department announced that it was initiating its own investigation into whether the server contained information that was classified at the time it was sent or received.

Does this make you question our justice system? Does this appear to be anything approaching Equal Justice? The wheels of justice grind slow but do they normally go slower than the movement of tectonic plates? Glaciers move faster than the FBI and Justice Department have moved on the Clinton Scandal. Maybe the investigation should be contracted out to Mayberry PD?

WHY CAN’T WE KNOW ABOUT BHO?

May 15, 2016

★★The American People know most EVERYTHING about Donald Trump but you will be shocked to learn what we don’t know about our current President.

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Please consider these facts while reading the dirt published in the Washington Post during the coming months. The paper has assigned at least 20 reporters to their witch hunt team. How many reporters looked into Barack Hussein Obama?

Researchers have discovered that Obama’s autobiographical books are little more than PR stunts, as they have little to do with the actual events of his life. The fact is we know less about President Obama than any other president in American history and much of this is due to actual efforts to hide his record. This should concern all Americans.

A nation-wide network of researchers sprung up to attempt to fill in the blanks, but at every opportunity Obama’s high-priced lawyers have built walls around various records or simply made them disappear. It is estimated that Obama’s legal team has spent millions of dollars blocking access to documents every American should have access to. The question is why would he spend so much money to do this?

The president who campaigned for a more “open government” and “full disclosure” will not unseal his medical records, his school records, his birth records or his passport records. He will not release his Harvard records, his Columbia College records, or his Occidental College records—he will not even release his Columbia College thesis. All his legislative records from the Illinois State Senate are missing and he claims his scheduling records during those State Senate years are lost as well. In addition, no one can find his school records for the elite K-12 college prep school, Punahou School, he attended in Hawaii.

What is he hiding? Well, for starters, some of these records will shed light on his citizenship and birth.

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For example, Obama’s application to Punahou School – now mysteriously missing – would likely contain a birth certificate. And, according to attorney Gary Kreep, “his Occidental College records are important as they may show he attended there as a foreign exchange student.” Indeed, Obama used his Indonesian name “Barry Soetoro” while attending Occidental. Kreep has filed lawsuits challenging Obama’s eligibility to be president and as part of his lawsuit he requested Obama’s records from Occidental. However, Obama’s lawyers quickly moved to stop Occidental from honoring this request.

Furthermore, now that at least three document authentication experts have declared the scanned “Certificate of Live Birth” Obama’s campaign team gave to a pro-Obama website to be an obvious phony; we know that he is hiding something here as well.

Over 49 separate law suits have been filed on the eligibility/birth certificate issue alone, with several of the suits making it all the way the United States Supreme Court, only to be denied a full hearing.

What’s more, there are questions about how he paid for his Harvard Law School education since, despite a claim by Michele Obama, no one has produced any evidence that he received student loans. The Obamas will not release any student loan details despite repeated requests from the Chicago Tribune. However, it appears that his Harvard education may have been paid for by a foreign source. Khalid Al-Mansour, an advisor to Saudi prince Al-Walid bin Talah, told Manhattan Borough president, Percy Sutton, that he was raising money for Obama’s Harvard tuition. Incidentally, Prince Talah is the largest donor to CAIR, a Muslim group declared by the U.S. Government in 2007 as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist financing trial. At least three of CAIR’s leaders have been indicted for terrorist activities. Al-Mansour’s admission opens up speculation as to whether Muslim interests have assisted Obama’s career in the hope he would eventually be in a position someday to promote their interests.  Prince Talah’s net worth is over $22 billion.  Maybe that’s why Obama bowed down to the Saudi’s?

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More recently, it was discovered that Obama’s Selective Service card may have been doctored. Federal law requires all American males to register for the Selective Service (the draft) in case a major war broke out. Blogger Debbie Schlussel has discovered solid evidence that Obama’s Selective Service registration form was submitted not when he was younger as required, but rather in 2008 and then altered to look older. Indeed, the forgers forgot to alter the “Document Location Number” which shows that it is clearly a 2008 form. This is fraud and it’s a felony and Schlussel’s allegations are backed up by Stephen Coffman, a former high-ranking Federal agent. Moreover, the document shows a September 4th, 1980 date and the location of the transaction as Hawaii, but at that time Obama was thousands of miles away attending Occidental College in Los Angeles.

The real reason why Obama probably did not submit this form as a teenager is that he assumed his Kenyan or Indonesian citizenship exempted him from this requirement. But clearly, as he grew older and entered politics, he saw that any documents revealing a foreign birth – Selective Service registration, birth certificate, school applications, etc – would be problematic if he ran for the presidency. Thus, it is not a coincidence that every document which contains information about his birth or citizenship is either missing, sealed, or has been altered.

Indeed, everywhere one looks into Obama’s background, we find sealed records, scrubbed websites, altered documents, deception and unanswered questions. Can anyone imagine for a second if John McCain or George Bush had blocked access to his school, medical, and birth records? It would have been headlines in their case, but as with everything else concerning Obama, the media has given him a pass on this.

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Of all these marvels, the latest mystery and probably most perplexing is that of Obama’s social security number. It appears that Obama has multiple identities in term of possessing numerous social security numbers. Orly Taitz, an attorney who has filed numerous suits against Obama regarding his eligibility to serve as president, appears to have been the first to discover this. In her suit, representing a number of military officers who are refusing to serve under an ineligible commander in chief, she hired private investigator Neil Sankey to conduct research on Obama’s prior addresses and Social Society numbers. Using Intelius, Lexis Nexis, Choice Point and other public records, Sankey found around 25 Social Security numbers connected with Obama’s name.

In Obama’s home state, Illinois, Sankey tracked down 16 different addresses for a Barack Obama or a Barack H. Obama, of which all are addresses he was known to have lived at. Two Social Security numbers appear for these addresses, one beginning with 042 and one starting 364.

In California, where Obama attended Occidental College, there are six addresses listed for him, all within easy driving distance of the college. However, there are three Social Security numbers connected to these addresses, 537 and two others, each beginning with 999.

There are no addresses listed in New York where he attended Columbia University, but there is one listed for him in nearby Jackson, NJ, with a Social Security number beginning with 485.

In Massachusetts – where Obama attended Harvard Law School – we find three addresses, all using the 042 Social Security number. After Obama was elected to the United States Senate in 2005, he moved into an apartment at 300 Massachusetts Ave NW; the Social Security number attached to that address is the 042 one. Yet, three years later, Obama used a different Social Security number for an address listed as: 713 Hart Senate Office Building. This was the address of his United States Senate office. This Social Security number began with 282 and was verified by the government in 2008.

This mystery grows even stranger as other addresses and Social Security numbers for Barack Obama appear in a dozen other states not known to be connected to him.

Finally, the one Social Security number Obama most frequently used, the one beginning with 042, is a number issued in Connecticut sometime during 1976-1977, yet there is no record of Obama ever living or working in Connecticut. Indeed, during this time period Obama would have been 15-16 years old and living in Hawaii at the time.

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Nevertheless, all this mystery surrounding Obama appears to be a generational thing. Researchers have discovered nearly a dozen aliases, at least two different Social Security numbers, and upwards of over 99 separate addresses for Ann Dunham, his mother. We do know she worked for the ultra liberal Ford Foundation but we also know she may have earned some income from pornographic poses, as evidenced by photos discovered by some researchers—how embarrassing. The only thing researchers are able to find out about Obama’s mother is the fact she made porn. I’m sure that’s a first for presidential mothers.

But we also know that Obama’s mother and grandparents associated with Communist Party leaders such as Frank Marshall Davis, a man who, according to Obama’s book, Dreams from my Father, was his main mentor during much of his Hawaiian boyhood (although Obama tried to disguise his identity in his book). During the Cold War, Davis was named by congressional investigators as a key member of a secretive pro-Soviet networked that existed in Hawaii at that time.

The lack of documents regarding Obama also extends to his mother and to his grandparents. Indeed, researchers have been unable to find marriage licenses for his mother’s two marriages, assuming she was ever legally married. Ditto goes for the marriage license for Ann’s parents. They cannot find birth certificates for her, her parents, or for even for her grandparents. Even more so, despite Obama’s boast of his grandfather’s military service, there’s no record of that either. For reasons no one knows, much of Obama’s life, his mother’s life and his grandparent’s life has been erased from the records as if they never existed.

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But why would someone obtain so many Social Security numbers? According to investigators, those who create additional Social Society numbers are typically engaged in criminal activities such as Social Security fraud, tax fraud, real estate fraud, campaign contributions fraud, voter fraud and so on. While the private investigator who compiled this list says multiple social security numbers does not automatically prove there’s criminal activity involved, he states that “having said that, I have personally experienced many, many cases where such information has led to subsequent exposure of fraud, deception, money laundering and other crimes.“What is interesting to note is that Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, was a volunteer at the Oahu Circuit Court probate department and had access to the Social Security numbers of deceased people.

Are you stunned by the lack of information about our President in the INFORMATION AGE?

Who Will Slay Goliath?

May 12, 2016

★★I am so sick of these sinless holy saints who judge Donald Trump unfit.

The Apostle Paul was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians when Jesus used him for other purposes. King David got the wife of his best General pregnant and then had his General killed. God so loved David that He chose the City of David as the birthplace of Christ. God uses sinners because WE ARE ALL SINNERS AND FALL SHORT. This may come as a shock but even I, Gene McVay, am a sinner and certainly not the Judge of others.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. We do know that don’t we?

We have a Goliath in Washington gobbling up the very essence of America while strengthening our enemies and casting our Veterans aside in favor of Illegal Aliens. King David died 2,986 years ago so we need somebody else to slay the DC Goliath. Who will do it? Will you do it? Will Hillary Clinton do it? Bernie Sanders will give Goliath free tuition to college and buy him a Toyota Prius.

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Will God use Donald Trump to save America? We live in a country occupied by reprobates worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. God has been kicked out of school and booed by the Democrats at their convention. God has been kicked off of all government property. More than 60 million innocent infants have been murdered while Americans call good evil and evil good.

David did not look like a boy God could use to slay Goliath. Do you remember the story? Young David took food to his brothers at the front and was talking to the soldiers:

“When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

‘Now what have I done?’ said David. ‘Can’t I even speak?’ He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.

David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’

Saul replied, ‘You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.’

But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.’

Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you.’

Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

‘I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them.’ So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

‘Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. ‘Come here,’ he said, ‘and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!’

David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.’

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.’

Military Funerals & Meaning of 13 Folds

May 10, 2016

These are the meanings ascribed to each fold as our Flag is folded:

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The first fold of our Flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our Republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The thirteenth fold: When the Flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our Nation’s motto, “In God We Trust.”

After the Flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.


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A United States flag drapes the casket of deceased veterans to honor the memory of their service to America. The flag is placed so that the blue field with stars is at the head and over the left shoulder of the deceased.

The folded flag is then presented as a keepsake to the next of kin or an appropriate family member. Each branch of the Armed Forces uses its own wording for the presentation …

U.S. Air Force: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of (Service Member’s rank and name).”

U.S. Army: “This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.”

U.S. Coast Guard: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and the Coast Guard.”

U.S. Marine Corps: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and Corps.”

U.S. Navy: “On behalf of the President of the United States and the Chief of Naval Operations, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to this Country and a grateful Navy.”

If the next of kin has expressed a religious preference or belief, add: “God bless you and this family, and God bless the United States of America.”

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After an American flag has been used for a Military or Veterans funeral, it should never be flown again or displayed in any other way than in the tri-fold shape in which it was presented to the next of kin. In other words, the folded flag should never be “opened” again. There are many appropriate display cases available for purchase to display the burial flag and to protect it from wear and fading.

Rioting in California Again

April 30, 2016

Same song, second verse

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☆☆Illegal Aliens are proving Donald Trump is right by stopping traffic, smashing police cars, punching innocent people, and destroying property while waving the Mexican flag.

California was once the shining state on the Pacific but law abiding citizens have been fleeing for years. Either the police cannot protect their own police cars or politicians have ordered them to stand down.

Are Americans safer in Syria than in California? Are legal California residents ready to take back their state?

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Riots didn’t start today; California has a long history of lawlessness, rioting and property destruction.

The Watts riots took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 17, 1965. An African-American motorist was arrested for drunk driving. A minor roadside argument broke out, and then escalated into a fight. The community reacted in outrage. Six days of widespread rioting, looting, assault, arson, protests, firefights, property damage and murder followed. There were 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries and 3,438 arrests. Property damage was in the tens of millions of dollars.

Los Angeles police needed the support of nearly 4,000 members of the California Army National Guard to quell the riots that ended up being blamed principally on unemployment; they always blame something.

The Watts riots actually paved the way for Ronald Reagan who became Governor two years later. Reagan campaigned on a platform of sending “the welfare bums back to work” and strongly advocating the Republican ideal of less government regulation of the economy, including undue federal taxation. Reagan refused to seek a third term but was the last competent Governor of LA LA Land.

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We will soon see if Californians have had enough again. Will they support Trump and his platform or Cruz and his goal of stopping Trump? Will the Golden State remain North Mexico, West Syria or become part of Donald Trump’s New America? Will freedom and free speech return to California or will mob rule prevail? Will Ted Cruz blame the Watts Riots on Donald Trump? Enquiring minds want to know.

A TEACHING MOMENT

April 28, 2016

A Gene McVay TEACHING MOMENT:

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The historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC where Donald Trump delivered his Foreign Policy Speech, is not just another hotel. The skin deep political commentators would not know this nor are they likely to care.

A former fighter pilot and past National Commander of The American Legion, Harry Colmery, set down in his room at the Mayflower Hotel and wrote the original GI Bill on hotel stationary. Harry knew that our troops would soon be returning home to a country brought to its knees by the Great Depression and World War II. With the influence of The American Legion and other Veteran’s organizations, the GI Bill finally came up for a vote in the United States Senate. The vote resulted in a tie. An absent Senator was rushed back to Washington to break the tie. The GI Bill passed by one vote.

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Prior to its passage, detractors feared that helping pay the education expenses of veterans would lead to overcrowding at colleges, which before World War II were accessible predominantly to members of society’s upper class. Critics were concerned that veterans would wreak havoc on educational standards and overburden campuses with their lack of preparation for the rigors of higher learning. Some people like the president of the University of Chicago and the president of Harvard worried that this was going to make institutions of higher learning into “hobo jungles” as they put it. To bring in the riff raff.

Turns out the GI’s had an altogether different effect on the once clubby bastions of college life, 25-year old guys who’d stormed beaches in combat gear had no time for freshman beanies or raccoon coats. They were on a mission. Most Vets worked with grim concentration towards a degree or a job. They were defter and quicker because of wartime skills. They knew how to tackle a job and get it done. One WWII Vet, George Schultz said, “We were there strictly to learn something. And we were demanding. I think it helped to raise the standards all across America. And now we have, without any question, the best system of higher education in the world.”

Historians say the GI Bill fueled a major expansion of the nation’s higher education system and made college a cornerstone of middle-class American life. Marine Captain George Schultz did pretty well with his GI Bill education. He taught at MIT and Chicago and ran a big construction company. George Schultz also served as U.S. Secretary of State under President Reagan.

Approximately 7.8 million World War II veterans received benefits under the original GI Bill, and 2.2 million of those used the program for higher education. By 1947 half of all college students were veterans. Prefabricated buildings and Quonset huts were used as classrooms, and military barracks were often converted into dormitories. I know you are shocked that learning can take place outside of marble buildings!

The GI Bill was not just Landmark Legislation; it has also been called the greatest Legislation of all time. The Veterans who benefited payed America back ten times over.

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Harry Colmery was also a member of the Republican National Policy Committee, Chairman of the Republican Veterans League and Chairman of the Veterans Division of the Republican Presidential campaigns from 1940 through 1956. Congress passed a unanimous resolution calling for Harry Colmery to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously. That has never happened but I think I can tell you Harry didn’t do it for personal recognition.

THE GIANT SUCKING SOUND IS DEAFENING!

April 24, 2016

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My Dear Fellow Americans:

I am begging you to listen to my plea. A quarter of a century ago a Presidential Candidate warned about a GIANT SUCKING SOUND coming from the South. Here is what he said back then:

“We have got to stop sending jobs overseas. It’s pretty simple: If you’re paying $12, $13, $14 an hour for factory workers and you can move your factory South of the border, pay a dollar an hour for labor,…have no health care—that’s the most expensive single element in making a car— have no environmental controls, no pollution controls and no retirement, and you don’t care about anything but making money, there will be a giant sucking sound going south.”

Less than 20 years after this quote, United States Taxpayers bailed out General Motors to the tune of about $50 billion. Today, 70% of the GM cars sold in the US are made outside the US. For those of you with a Common Core or Ivy League education, that means only 3 out of ten cars sold here are made here. More and more manufacturing is moving to Mexico, China, Vietnam, India Japan, and Germany. Even if wages were the same in Mexico, the United States could still not compete because of Obamacare, Taxes and regulations.

The government boot is on the necks of the tiniest businesses to the largest. The corner bakery can’t move to Mexico but Nabisco can and will. Oreo Cookies may soon taste like Sopapillas?

No politician, no newspaper, no radio host and no TV network mentioned how the so called fair trade agreements were sucking us dry until Donald Trump brought the problem to the forefront. Immediately all of the above rejected Trump like your body would reject a transplanted heart from an alligator.  NAFTA is a sucker’s deal much like the Iranian deal.

Some of the politicians are starting to do what politicians do: Promising to do what the leading candidate is promising to do. However, mimicking another candidate should not fool you.

If you think America will survive another 25 years while continuing to be the world’s sugar daddy and spending like there’s no tomorrow, you are simply not paying attention.

That Annapolis Graduate we should have listened to 25 years ago, did get almost 20,000,000 votes in a Presidential election where no candidate got more than 43%. If putting America First and making America Great Again speaks to you, stop dreaming about somebody who can act like a President and start supporting somebody who can be a President the world won’t run over.

With kind regards,
Gene McVay

TIME TO DUMP OLD HICKORY?

April 21, 2016

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★★Andrew Jackson was eight years old when the British marched to Lexington and Concord. “On the 18th of April in 75, hardly a man is now alive” as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow put it. Young Jackson acted as a courier for Washington’s Continental Army and was captured and mistreated by his British captors; he was just 13.

He later became a lawyer and was elected, first, to the U.S. House of Representatives and then to the U.S. Senate. In 1801 Jackson was appointed Colonel in the Tennessee militia, which became his political as well as military base. He owned hundreds of slaves who worked on the Hermitage plantation, which he acquired in 1804. In 1806 he killed a man in a duel over a matter of honor regarding his wife Rachel. He gained national fame through his role in the War of 1812, most famously where he won a decisive victory over the main British invasion army at the Battle of New Orleans.

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Jackson’s service in the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom was conspicuous for bravery and success. When British forces threatened New Orleans, Jackson took command of the defenses, including militia from several western states and territories. He was a strict officer but was popular with his troops. They said he was “tough as old hickory” wood on the battlefield, and he acquired the nickname of “Old Hickory”. In the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815, Jackson’s 5,000 soldiers won a decisive victory over 7,500 British. At the end of the battle, the British had 2,037 casualties: 291 dead (including three senior generals), 1,262 wounded, and 484 captured or missing. The Americans had 71 casualties: 13 dead, 39 wounded, and 19 missing.

After winning election to the Senate, Jackson decided to run for president in 1824. He narrowly lost to John Quincy Adams, supposedly by a “corrupt bargain” between Adams and Speaker of the House Henry Clay, who was also a candidate. Jackson’s supporters then founded what became the Democratic Party. He ran again in 1828 against Adams. Building on his base in the West and with new support from Virginia and New York, he won by a landslide. He blamed the death of his wife, Rachel, which occurred just after the election, on the Adams campaigners who called her a “bigamist”. That was back when candidates acted presidential.

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As president, Jackson faced a threat of secession from South Carolina over the “Tariff of Abominations” which Congress had enacted under Adams. In contrast to several of his immediate successors, he denied the right of a state to secede from the union or to nullify federal law. In anticipation of the 1832 election, Congress, led by Clay, attempted to reauthorize the Second Bank of the United States four years before the expiration of its charter. In keeping with his platform of economic decentralization, Jackson vetoed the renewal of its charter, thereby seemingly putting his chances for reelection in jeopardy. However, by portraying himself as the defender of the common person against wealthy bankers, he was able to defeat Clay in the election that year. He thoroughly dismantled the bank by the time its charter expired in 1836. These days not many candidates have the guts to take on big banks like Goldman Sacs when they receive funding from them. Jackson is also known for having signed the Indian Removal Act, which relocated a number of native tribes in the South to Indian Territory.

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Oddly enough, the Democrats seem to dislike the founder of the Democratic Party enough to kick him off the $20 bill. The touchy-feely bleeding heart Democratic Party of today would not be recognizable to Old Hickory Jackson or Give em Hell Harry Truman. In the interest of equal time, the back biting Republican Party of today would not be recognizable to Old Abe Lincoln or Ronnie Reagan. Lincoln and Reagan couldn’t win 1,237 Delegates today; they would have dropped out before Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush.

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If we can stall the decision on President Jackson until Ted Cruz is inaugurated, maybe Carly Fiorina will grace the $20 bill?

DO YOU SEE THE RECOVERY?

April 20, 2016

 

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★★Do you believe all the talk about the so-called “recovery” and that reaching “escape velocity is imminent?” We have heard the word ‘recovery’ for seven years and we have yet to reach the expansion phase. They keep talking about “escape velocity,” and we have never gotten there in seven years. The Fed raised interest rates just before Christmas. This is the first time the Fed ever raised rates right before Christmas, and they did so into a weak economy where credit is already tight. The only previous time they did that was back in 1937 that led to the recession of 1937-1938.

The market tumble we already saw this year could be just a warning. Several noted economists and distinguished investors are warning of a stock market crash.

Billionaire Carl Icahn, for example, recently raised a red flag on a national broadcast when he declared, “The public is walking into a trap again as they did in 2007.”

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And the prophetic economist Andrew Smithers warns, “U.S. stocks are now about 80% overvalued.”

Smithers backs up his prediction using a ratio which proves that the only time in history stocks were this risky was 1929 and 1999. And we all know what happened next. Stocks fell by 89% and 50%, respectively.

Even the Royal Bank of Scotland says the markets are flashing stress alerts akin to the 2008 crisis. They told their clients to “Sell Everything” because “in a crowded hall, the exit doors are small.”

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If we do see closure of the system it could be like a hurricane when Walmart shelves will be cleared out in a couple of days. This is not going to be something that will last a few days and be done and gone. . . This is going to take a fair amount of time to clean up. . . . If you live in the cities, well, good luck. It’s going to be complete mayhem. The background behind it is too much debt in a fraudulent system that’s poised to collapse. I think the people have become complacent because the stock market seems to be so strong. Remember, our government has been printing money as though it was growing on trees and loaning money to Wall Street almost interest free. Still, there are so many banks that the big fear in Washington is that they all could collapse. You know that banks now charge fees for everything and most have stopped giving you interest on your money in checking accounts. You get almost nothing for your money in CDs and savings accounts. Who do you think the politicians work for, you or big banks?

The big boys have even figured out a way to keep gold prices down. Maybe I can simplify it, if someone counterfeited a billion shares of Apple stock and sold it into the market, do you think the stock would go down? That is exactly what they have done with gold — counterfeited gold with paper. The paper gold traded on the stock market is just that, paper.

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The bond market is full of debt that will never be paid back. It’s one of the biggest frauds of all. Somewhere in the mid to late 1990’s was the point of no return. We didn’t really have any hope of paying it back. In 2008, it was ridiculous, and at this point, it is beyond ridiculous. They can’t pay back the $19 trillion much less the $205 trillion, which is what the real number is when you include Social Security, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Medicare, loan guarantees, pensions and other unfunded obligations.

If you are worried about being offended by something some politician says, maybe you should do some research on your own? You won’t have to look far to find something that will cause you to have nightmares!

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I’m not an expert; I’m just an old retired fighter pilot continuing to fight for my country. I do pay attention and I hope you do too.


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