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   Ole buzzard posted on Main Page The Lobby  Oh, boy! Here it comes! I guess because he failed to motivate the black voting bloc in November, he has to accelerate his plans for the national police force. He's working on his own Gestapo now.
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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  An eastbound coal train crosses the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa.
   February 27 at 10:48 EST .

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   Gram77  This is nice, both a great train and bridge.
February 27 at 14:01 EST .

   Ole buzzard posted on Main Page The Lobby  This was written by a Facebook friend, and I found it so profound, so reflective of how I feel about this country and where we are headed, that I have a need to share.

Reagan. Obama. A study in two Americas. On the one hand, a future where America is strong, proud and capable of defending itself and others against tyranny and terrorism. On the other, the spirit of appeasement wreaks its insidious influence targeted at corrupting and destroying a culture known throughout its history as the "shining light on a hill".

America must choose between these two visions. The debate is not yet over, the future not yet set in the stone collar of despotism.

Liberty and freedom DO NOT EXIST in the yellowed pages of long ago penned philosophies and declarations. They DO NOT EXIST in the halls of ANY GOVERNMENT and are not found in the group heart of governments.
Liberty and freedom reside in the minds and hearts of individuals. A child learning to fly a kite, a teenager striking out to create their own business, a mother devoted to fanning the flame of liberty that resides in the springs UNBIDDEN in EVERY person that takes their FIRST BREATH.

These are the places, among many, where Liberty and freedom reside.
Do not look to those in government to act in defense of these expressions, for as surely as the sun rises each morning, governments will, bit by bit, inch by inch and mind by mind STEAL the IDEA of liberty and freedom from the minds and hearts of its people.

And, in spite of the powerful efforts of our founders in creating a Constitution founded on the principle of defense of liberty and freedom, THEY KNEW...THEY KNEW!!! that it was as inevitable as the press of the sea's tides that THIS government they created would also surely succumb to the siren song of power and despotism.

And it has come to pass. The only question is what will we, the ones that have eyes to see and ears to hear the swan song of America, DO...............
February 27 at 10:44 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  don't know any more Buzz, I have spent 6 years trying to educate and motivate, am a volunteer for True the Vote in Florida, work with our local county, even the next one over, it seems, people have given up and just feel hopeless to change the destruction of our great Nation. We see and hear and I still believe there are enough of us to bring back our founding Fathers' dream.
February 27 at 11:47 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  foot note after yesterday's ammo EO
"Since 1915, officials of seven governments "gone bad" have committed genocide, murdering at least 56 million persons, including millions of children. "Gun control" clears the way for genocide by giving governments "gone bad" far greater freedom to commit mass murder." FTA
February 27 at 11:50 EST .

   MeiDei  A well written, thoughtful, insightful piece - what is not to agree with?
February 27 at 11:59 EST .

   WAN2  OUR style of freedom is not for the faint of heart. A land of plenty eventually goes soft and succumbs to bread and circuses.
February 27 at 14:34 EST .

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   Phooey  Thanks Buzz. Tell Yotty I miss her Polka dots.

Sincerely, I miss your wife's brilliance and am truly sorry still asking her forgiveness.... and, Gerty's.
February 27 at 17:42 EST .

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   Gerty  All is in the past, Mr.Phooey. I am so grateful for your words and look forward to more of your wisdom.
February 27 at 19:13 EST .

   Surfhut  Love seeing everyone on this thread.

WAN2, agreed that our freedom is not for the faint of heart. Buzz asks what do we DO about it? We get involved in politics from local positions to POTUS. We elect people who promise to represent us. Once in power, they do not represent us. I'm by nature an optimist but admit to be terribly discouraged because I don't know what else to do.

WAN2, your sentence "A land of plenty eventually goes soft and succumbs to bread and circuses" speaks loud and clear to me. We have become a country of people who feel entitled, from welfare recipients to the halls of power. Again, I don't know what to do except work and pray.
February 28 at 10:11 EST .

   Ole buzzard  Surf, that's why I got involved in the Convention of States project. Since the adoption of the Constitution, there have been over 400 applications for a convention submitted by the several states. But since the verbiage of them varied, Congress has never been compelled to call one. Now we have coordinators in individual state legislative districts across the country, and we are presenting applications in the state legislatures that all read the same! Three states (Florida, Georgia, and Alaska ) have already submitted their applications. There are 28 more considering their applications in their current legislative sessions (Oklahoma is one of them ). We only need 34 applications to compel Congress to call the convention. All they do is name the time and place, and then they are out of it. The amendments that will be proposed will be aimed at returning fiscal discipline to Washington (abolishing the IRS, balanced budget, Fair Tax ), term limits for the House and Senate (no more career politicians ), and restoration of the States' role in the federal government (repeal of the 17th Amendment ).

Those are reasonable, and ATTAINABLE, goals.
February 28 at 19:28 EST .

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   Surfhut  Convention of the States project has been rolling around in my mind for a long time, but I've been feeling so defeated that I never seriously looked into it. Until now. I've spent a couple of hours researching the project, specifically progress in Oklahoma.

Thank you, Buzz, for waking up my inner optimist/upstart.
Sunday at 07:41 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  Summertime at Lost Horse Creek, Hamilton, Montana
   February 25 at 08:40 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  .
   February 23 at 13:24 EST .

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   Balogreene  why are pugs so cute? Almost as cute as Shih Tzu's.
February 24 at 21:10 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Because the are the clowns of the dog world. And they are the most loyal and loving dogs I have EVER owned.
February 28 at 19:30 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  A Chicago to Los Angeles intermodal train passes the Kansas City, Missouri, Union Station.
   February 22 at 11:52 EST .

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   Gram77  How nice......more new trains. I have a female question; why are so many trains orange? Some sort of tradition?
February 22 at 13:41 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Gram, I got these pictures from Burlington Northern Santa Fe calendars. Orange, yellow and black are their corporate colors.
February 23 at 13:26 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  Two coal trains meet in Wendover Canyon, near Cassa, Wyoming.
   February 20 at 20:08 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Main Page The Lobby  Now I understand why "climate change" is such a threat!
   February 18 at 13:57 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  The Mississippi River palisades near Savanna, Illinois.
   February 16 at 19:50 EST .

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   Gram77  3 new train pictures!! Really like the view out the window. If I had a bucket list it would include at least one train ride.
February 18 at 15:45 EST .

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   Ole buzzard posted on Photography  A shot from the conductor's seat of Joso Bridge in Lyon's Ferry, Washington, winter 2008.
   February 15 at 21:34 EST .

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