THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH:

All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

WWMD?: WHAT WOULD MOHAMMAD DO? (Or, THE ONLY GOOD MUSLIM IS A BAD MUSLIM)

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Several times I have recommended that y'all pay attention to the writings of Selwyn Duke, whom I have called the best, most clear-thinking conservative writer today. Why have you not done it?

Selwyn Duke's article (link:] WAS MOHAMMAD A 'TRUE MUSLIM'? was published on June 13th at the American Thinker website.
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We're all familiar with the expression "What Would Jesus Do?" (WWJD) which some decades ago began appearing as a common guide by which people could measure their own behavior and impending decisions.
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It made sense, because Jesus always did the correct thing; He always obeyed the Will of His Father, God. He couldn't have been "The Christ" otherwise.
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What Would Jesus Do? Well, He would do exactly what He DID do. And He didn't ascend from here without first telling all of us what WE should do. Jesus said a great deal, but for the sake of brevity, I'll mention just what He Himself said was the foremost commandment that we ought to follow:
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"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

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It's a fact that in the history of mankind, some self-professed Christians have sinned. Some have murdered; some have stolen property; some have committed acts of sexual abuse against children (I'm looking mostly at you here, Catholic priests); some have entertained discriminatory, racist ideas. They've preached the dogma but haven't always lived the Christian life as well as they could and should have.
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One thing we know about the self-professed Christian who enters into a business deal with you and then does something dishonest and underhanded and cheats you in that business dealing: He is behaving like a "bad" Christian. In fact, he's not following the foremost commandment of Christ and thus we could question whether he's really even a Christian at all.
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I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and in my 30s, I moved to Phoenix where I lived for two decades. So, I have rubbed elbows with every type of person and known people of every ethnicity and religious belief. I have worked side-by-side with Muslims and gotten along with them perfectly well. However, it's because they were "bad" Muslims that we got along fine.
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What I mean by "bad" is that they weren't doing what Muslims are supposed to do according to their religion. They weren't emulating as much as possible their "perfect" religious leader, Muhammad. I thank God for THAT!
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I don't have a problem with individual Muslims, just so long as they're not "good" Muslims and following too closely what Islam teaches.
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In an ironic twist, we see that asking oneself "What would Jesus do?" and then doing THAT makes a person a good Christian and a friend to mankind. But a Muslim asking himself "What would Muhammad do?" and then doing THAT, makes a person a good Muslim, which is very bad. However, a bad Muslim can be a good coworker, a good businessman, perhaps even a good friend to you.
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This peculiar twist isn't so difficult to wrap one's mind around when you consider that Jesus also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father [God] except through Me." This means that the other religious and spiritual paths are "fake views", and some of them were downright satanically devised. (I'm looking at you, Islam. And Theosophy. And 
Rosicrucianism. And A.C.I.M. And...)
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To better understand my meaning when I say that a Muslim asking himself "What would Muhammad do?" and then doing it would make him a "good" Muslim but a "bad" person, I give you the aforementioned article, Was Muhammad A 'True Muslim'?, by Mr. Selwyn Duke:

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In the wake of every terrorist act, there is the same argument. The voices-in-the-wilderness on the right will say, insofar as they’re not muzzled by hate-speech laws, that Islam is the problem. In contrast, a leftist drumbeat of media and mainstream politicos will assert that the Muslim terrorists aren’t really “Muslim” terrorists, that they’ve perverted the faith. As to the truth, it’s as with any other debate over a thing’s true meaning (e.g., the Constitution): it only makes sense to look for answers in original sources.

This brings us to a simple question: Was Mohammed a true Muslim?
It’s a rhetorical question, of course. As Islam’s founder — the religion was born of revelations he supposedly had in the early seventh century — Mohammed was the very first Muslim. Moreover, since Muslims view him as “The Perfect Man,” the ultimate role model, he’s not just the truest Muslim but the yardstick by which other Muslims may measure themselves.  
So what was Mohammed’s “perfection”? He was a warlord who launched approximately 30 military campaigns, many of which he led himself. He was a caravan raider (a bandit) and captured, traded in and owned slaves (by the way, will liberals suggest slave-owning Mohammed be diminished, as they’ve done with our founders?). He ordered massacres, used torture and had dissidents assassinated. In 627 AD, he beheaded more than 600 men and boys of the Qurayza tribe in Medina, Arabia, thus wiping it off the map. He also was a polygamist and made it lawful for masters to have sexual relations with their female captives.
So, clearly, if today’s Islamic jihadists aren’t true Muslims, neither was Mohammed. But since we know the Perfect Man was the truest of Muslims, then... well, you can finish the sentence.  
Yet when analyzing Muslim motivations, the influence of Mohammed’s character is generally subordinated to that of Islamic teachings (most of which come from Mohammed). And even here, people generally make the mistake of focusing only on the Koran, unaware that it’s a mere 16 percent of the Islamic canon. The majority of it comprises the Hadiths and Sira.
This is noteworthy because while 9 percent of the Koran is devoted to jihad and political violence, 21 percent of the Hadiths is and a whopping 67 percent of the Sira is devoted to it, according to Bill Warner, Director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam. This is why Turkish journalist Uzay Bulut wrote in 2015 that “violence and domination” are “deeply rooted...and sanctioned with promises of rewards” in Islam, and, consequently, “fundamentalists will always find people to excite and people to persecute.”
The distribution of violent injunctions in these books helps explain something else. A German study involving 45,000 teens found that while increasing religiosity made Christian youth less violent, increasing religiosity made Muslim youth more violent.
This makes sense. A nominal Catholic may know a few verses from the Bible, but only a devout one scours it and, in addition, will read his catechism. Likewise, a casual Muslim might know a little bit from the Koran.
A serious one will soak it all in and delve into the Hadiths and Sira as well — and be exposed to all the violent injunctions therein.
Even more to the point here, however, these two sets of works together comprise the majority of the Sunnah, which is, as Islaamnet.com explains, “The legal way or ways, orders, acts of worship and statements of the Prophet, that are ideals and models to be followed by Muslims” (emphasis added). It is all about Mohammed’s words and deeds.
The significance of this cannot be overemphasized. Virtues (and vices) are caught more than they’re taught; actions speak louder than words. Thus are Christians more likely to ask “What would Jesus do?” than “What does the Bible say?” Thus are they more likely to counsel “Reflect Christ” than “Reflect Matthew 22:37.” Oh, the Bible is wonderful, and Matthew 22:37 is one of its most memorable parts. But examples are more powerful than instructions.
Muslims’ role model, their “Perfect Man,” is very different from Jesus in type of influence but not in degree of influence. As Warner points out, “The Koran says 91 different times that Mohammed's is the perfect pattern of life. It is much more important to know Mohammed than the Koran.” Thus is “Mohammed” (and its spelling variants) the world’s most common male name, belonging to approximately 150 million men and boys. And there’s a reason why pious Muslims write “PBUH” (“Peace be unto him”) after his name and why they’ll riot if he’s portrayed in a cartoon. He is, in a sense, the human face of Allah.
Islaamnet.com makes this clear, writing that “when Allaah says: ‘Whosoever obeys the Messenger [Mohammed], has indeed obeyed Allaah’ (Surah An-Nisa 4:80), it should be clear that one has obeyed Allaah by obeying the Messenger.”
Islaamnet also informs that Allah commanded, “‘It is not fitting for a believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decreed by Allah and His Messenger to have any choice in the matter. If anyone disobeys Allah and His Messenger he is clearly astray’ (Surah Al-Ahzab 33:36).”
This Messenger is, again, that warlord, bandit, mass murderer, employer of torture, polygamist and slave trader and master. Worse still, it’s not that Muslims always rationalize away or attempt to whitewash this history. The truly devout ones may consider these actions — when directed toward non-Muslims — to be “good” because the actions have been sanctioned by their perceived author of right and wrong, Allah, and his messenger.
So people sometimes talk about “reforming” Islam, but this would require reforming Mohammed himself. How? You cannot resurrect him and have him live his life over.
Among the founders of extant major or quasi-major religions/philosophical systems — Lao Tzu, Confucius, Buddha, etc. — Mohammed stands alone, being a tyrant-cum-teacher. Of course, he doesn’t stand alone in history; Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane and many others paved similar bloody paths. As with them, he was largely a man of his time and place. But to more than a billion people, he’s also the perfect man even in our time and place.
And that’s the point. After all, if someone told you Attila the Hun was the perfect man and his role model, would you turn your back on that person?

In closing, below is an amusing video for you to watch.
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{*My thanks to Julio down by the Trainyard 
for Crowder and for the initials WWMD*}
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JESUS VS. MOHAMMAD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwluC6GoKLE
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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Monday, July 17, 2017

JOHN LENNON ILLUSION VS. JOHN LENIN REALITY (Or, STANDARD OPERATING LIBERAL HYPOCRISY)

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We're all familiar with the song 'IMAGINE' by John Lennon, formerly of The Beatles. He once described the beloved song (beloved by many, but sure as hell not me!) as being essentially the Communist Manifesto set to music.
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Here it is again to refresh your memory. Ponder these high-minded, peace-loving, humanitarian lyrics:
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IMAGINE by John Lenin
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But, see, here's the thing you need to always remember: When powerful and/or wealthy influential people promote Communism / Socialism, they mean it is something good for you. They don't mean it's good for them, too. No, this is just for YOU and everyone else who isn't one of the elite, like they are.
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In the November 1980 issue of ESQUIRE magazine, just a month before he was killed, there was a cover story article written by Laurence Shames that was titled 'JOHN LENNON, WHERE ARE YOU?' I recall reading it at the time (November of '80), and that's when I came to the conclusion that Lennon was a complete fraud -- a total hypocrite. There were two Johns -- a Lennon and a Lenin. The first was the one he wanted people to think he was, and the second was the person he really was.
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If you're interested in reading it in its entirety, the full article has been posted online at a blog named Hey Dullblog (obviously a takeoff on the Beatles' song 'Hey, Bulldog'). You can access it by clicking HERE.
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However, below are some notable excerpts (in red) that I copied from the article. Let's turn from the "Power To The People", "imagine no possessions" John Lennon now and take a look at the real dude:
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...his mansions: I found four of them, and there are others. Like his cows: I found fifty or so, and there are two hundred more. I found his pastures, his swimming pools ... I found his lawyer, and I tried like hell to find his yacht. ...  I found his and his attorneys' microfilmed signature on millions of dollars' worth of deeds and mortgages. I found his private piece of Florida beach.
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His top quality Holstein cows were worth over $200,000 dollars each! At least 50 of them (and more likely all of them), John Lennon had not seen. He just owned them. Who needs to actually see what they own?
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He owned over 1,600 acres of land in the Catskill Mountains.
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Thinking it would be different to have an oriental teahouse in New York, they [John and Yoko Ono] had one sent over piece by piece. But when they tried to put it back together, it wouldn't fit into their apartment. It was not reported why no one measured it beforehand."
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...the Lennons, who already owned twenty-eight rooms in the Dakota, a landmark Manhattan co-op [where he was killed], regularly bid on every apartment that came available, implacably topping all other offers by up to $30,000. "It's just that John and I have always wanted to live in a house," explained Yoko."
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Lennon's Palm Beach, Florida, house was called El Solano. It had "seven bedrooms, five servants' rooms, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and fifty yards of some of the most expensive sand on the planet. It costs upward of fifty grand a year to maintain. Lennon spends a month or so there in the winter."
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Once he appeared at a restaurant with a Kotex stuck on his forehead. He asked the waitress if she knew who he was, and she responded, "Yeah, you're an asshole with a Kotex on."
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Indeed, John Lennon was not just a hypocrite, but he really was an asshole, too. The following excerpt comes from the autobiography 'Little Miss Dynamite' by Brenda Lee:
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John Lennon used to pee out of the hotel window onto pedestrians.
[~page 167]
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Despite all his rhetoric and feigned love of the common man, it seems John Lennon / Lenin was a hater of mankind -- a crypto-misanthrope. The next time you hear a John Lennon song, IMAGINE that you were one of the pedestrians lucky enough to be walking on the sidewalk underneath Lennon's hotel window when he had an urge to relieve himself. Wouldn't that just make you idolize him all the more?
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

OPINION VS. FACT (Or, THE YANKEES VS. GODLESS COMMUNISM)

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I've been a very lazy blogger lately. I decided to cut back to just ONE 'Battle Of The Bands' contest per month in order to devote MORE time to my other two blogs, and instead it seems I've simply cut back on all of 'em. I don't understand it myself.
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However, below is a copy of two comments I recently left on Arlee Bird's 'Tossing It Out' blog which I thought might actually make for a semi-decent blog bit in their own right. They also serve pretty well as a segue into my next (A-List, E-Ticket) blog bit hopefully coming soon here to 'F-FFF'.


The following is my edited and extended answer to a question about writing and my reply to Arlee Bird's own multi-layered response to the question. It was Arlee Bird who introduced the topics of "divisiveness" and "extreme sensitivity to differing opinions": 

>>... "What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?"

Well, that's easy enough. I learned how to write better. I convey my ideas better. I punctuate better. That's about it. Beyond that, what I have learned is due not to writing but to reading (and just living life).

What annoys the living daylights out of me, when it comes to the ultra-important subjects of politics and religion (and let's face it, they are the two most important topics there are, and in many respects are actually intertwined), most people today don't seem to recognize the difference between an opinion and a fact.

People seem to think that all differences are differences of opinion, not realizing that many differences of opinion are actually based on the fact that some people simply do not KNOW the facts.

For examples: I hold opinions on music. I dislike most Prog-Rock, Punk Rock, and Rap. These opinions are based on facts about those types of music, but my opinions are still subjective and I can understand why some folks would disagree with my opinions on those types of music.



To clarify, in the instance of Prog-Rock, there are certain facts about Prog-Rock which lead me to dislike it. However, I fully understand how THOSE VERY SAME FACTS ABOUT PROG-ROCK might lead someone else to actually embrace it.

So, in other words, sometimes opinions are based on facts. But other times, facts SHOULD lead to similar conclusions. It all depends upon the subject matter -- whether it is something that can be considered subjective (e.g., taste in music) or objective (e.g., the results of foreign or domestic policy, etc.)


Not everything is just "someone's opinion". There are OBJECTIVE FACTS.

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Let's consider Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah, that He was crucified and Resurrected. I believe The Holy Bible was Divinely inspired. These beliefs are based on indisputable FACTS. But then some "atheist" will come along and say this is just my opinion and his belief in Evolution (for example) is just as valid. WRONG!!! In an extensive debate with me, based solely on known facts, I would crush the evolutionist. It would be no contest. And yet he will go on his merry way "feeling" that his chosen view is as valid as mine.


Some people strongly believe that the 1927 Yankees were the best baseball team in history. They hold this belief based on facts such as the Yankees won 110 games during the season and lost only 44; they swept their opponent in the World Series; and the team included 7 future Hall of Famers including 2 pitchers as well as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Those are facts.


However, there are other variables (or "alternative facts") to be considered: The 1927 players did not have the advanced knowledge and technology in training and health maintenance that players have today. They did not have to hit in the modern era of Relief Pitching Specialists (e.g., they weren't facing a fresh arm throwing 98-100 miles per hour in the 8th and 9th innings, etc.) Some of today's most challenging pitches to hit in professional baseball had not yet been developed in 1927.


Were the '27 Yankees the greatest team in Major League Baseball history? It depends upon how much significance or weight you attach to the available known facts.


Is Communism the most deadly political ideology in mankind's history? Yes. The fact is that Communism / Communists are responsible for approximately 100 million deaths -- whether by deliberate murder, starvation, or imprisonment in slave labor camps. There are no other facts that supersede or mitigate that one. That is an OBJECTIVE FACT, unlike the SUBJECTIVE OPINION (based on facts) that the 1927 Yankees were the best team in MLB history.


The problem is that too many people from all walks of life (both the Liberals and Conservatives; both the Secular and the Religious) hold dogmatically to opinions that they have formed. Sometimes those opinions are based on falsehoods, half-truths, lack of information, or simply how the person "feels" that the world should be. Too many people refuse to reevaluate the positions they formed earlier in the light of new information. It's as if once they have made their determination on something -- especially politics and religion -- nothing will shake that opinion, let alone change it.


Why? Well, one reason is because to change a long-held opinion, one is essentially admitting to having been initially wrong. Nobody likes to find they've been wrong, particularly after they've bickered with opponents for years. Therefore, a lot of people simply REFUSE to even examine evidence they come across which may legitimately challenge their cherished beliefs. (Or as I recently wrote: "You can lead a liberal to info but you can't make him think.")


One thing I can honestly say for myself is that in my quest for Truth regarding Spiritual matters, more than once I have had to admit that I'd been misled, or that I had gotten it wrong, and I had to go back to the drawing board again... and again. But I've been willing to confess and do this because one of my personal maxims in life is:


"I would rather KNOW an unpleasant Truth
than BELIEVE a pleasant Lie."

Based on history and objective facts, I will argue that the Free Enterprise system is, overall, the best for the most number of people. The communist / socialist will dispute that, based on his "feelings".

That crap annoys me no end!

As the truly brilliant ADRIAN ROGERS once said:

"EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO HIS OWN OPINION,
BUT NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO BE WRONG
ABOUT THE FACTS."

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Consider this post just a warm-up for my next major blog bit here at 'F-FFF'.
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HAPPY 4th O' JULY 2 U (Or, HAPPY REVOLUTIONARY BRITISH BUTT-KICKING DAY!)

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As I do on most Fourths of July, today I will re-read my copy of The Declaration Of Independence, which I purchased for just $1.95. Who knew that freedom from tyranny could cost so little?  
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I bought my copy of our founding document at Knott's Berry Farm's 'Independence Hall' on January 22, 2001.
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Tonight I'll probably sit on my front porch like a tired old dog, with a Bloody Beer in my big Tervis Tumbler (still proudly made in the U.S.A.) from where I can watch the fireworks display they put on from the roofs of the Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nevada, only a few miles from my house in Reno. (They say, "Reno is so close to hell that one can see Sparks.")
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNEDjBL0CC4&t=70s

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But until then, lemme share a few songs with ya for this special day. This is "Outlaw Country" in celebration of our Outlaw Founders (at least King George the Turd Third thought of 'em as outlaws, anyway).
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This first one, 'America', is from Waylon Jennings, the actual founder of "Outlaw Country".
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'America' by Waylon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YYzIWTE1L4

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Now, let's hear from Waylon's friend, the great Bocephus. Bocephus has a terrific E-Ticket sense of humor. Circa 1991, I saw him perform live at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and I think he was the only person in the Theatre who was drunker'n I was. (Ha! Fun show!!) My girlfriend, "The Countess", and I had gone before the concert to El Coyote for dinner and Margaritas (Warren Zevon's favorite Margaritas, by the way.) And since The Countess was driving, I had maybe a Maggie or two too many. Shit happens. Stuffs happens.
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'The American Way' by Hank "Bocephus" Williams, Jr.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seRJARhRUd8

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BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!...
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This isn't so much about America, but it does feature Waylon and Bocephus singing together, with some nice harmonizing by Jim Beam. And watch for cutie Jessi Colter making a surprise appearance near the end.
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'The Conversation' by Waylon, Bocephus, and Jim Beam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csONW-zWFqs

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AND THAT'S NOT ALL!...
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A blog y'all should be reading regularly (like I do) is (link:] FELLOWSHIP OF THE MINDS. And today, DCG at FOTM posted an inspired blog bit titled (link:] 'Happy Fourth Of July! The Greatest Play In Baseball'. I commented to her:
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Hokey-Smoke! DCG, you rock hard!
What a fantastic idea for a 4th O’ July post! Baseball — America’s pastime — and saving Old Glory on the Green Fields of Summer. A very imaginative combination on your part.
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You old baseball fans will remember this perfectly well -- it's a legendary baseball moment that occurred in America's Bicentennial year of 1976 -- and we patriotic baseball fans will always remember and applaud Rick Monday more for this than for anything he ever did on a baseball field with his glove or bat.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrV8QPQAhxo

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A tip of my Stetson to DCG @ Fellowship Of The Minds, and love to all my Friends & Family. Please re-read The Declaration Of Independence today, have a cold Beer or a cold Mojito, safely enjoy the fireworks, and if you have the opportunity...
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~ Stephen T. McCarthy
'Loyal American Revolutionary Underground'
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