This past winter in eastern North Carolina has been one that most of us will remember for a long time to come. Weather wise it was the coldest and wettest on record and seemingly lasted forever. Now and again when we experienced an occasional warm and sunny day, there was a glimmer of hope that it was over. Then Mother Nature again reminded us that winter was still with us.

Spring finally arrived and there was a collective sigh of relief in the area.

In the plains and mid-west, spring marks the beginning of the severe weather and tornado season. For some unknown reason this year, eastern North Carolina has become the bell-weather for marking the beginning of spring’s wrath of Mother Nature.

A few weeks ago a twister passed through the east causing damage in the small town of Pantego, North Carolina in Beaufort County. A small pickup truck with a father and son inside was picked up and carried over power lines then dropped in an empty farmer’s field some 200’ away. Fortunately no one was seriously injured.

The early forecast for Friday, April 25th was “a good chance of thunderstorms, some severe and heavy at times”. With that in mind my wife, grandson and I headed to Belhaven for dinner. As we enjoyed our meal I could see from the corner of my eye on one of the large screen TV’s that a local station was continually covering the weather. Once in a while I would get up and take a closer look at what was developing into a major weather event. The weather radar images were covered with yellow, red and purple. I knew that wasn’t good, especially since it was heading toward us. As is the case in most taverns, when multiple large screen TV’s are running at once, the audio is usually silent. When I saw little spinning images dotting the radar, I knew it was time take action.

We cut our dining experience short and headed home as quickly as possible so as to “shelter-in-place”. The thunder was crashing and the lightning show spectacular on the ride home. We were at home for less than two minutes when a severe thunderstorm caught up with us and passed through our home in Bath.

When the sun came up Saturday morning, all was well in our neighborhood. The rest of Beaufort County did not fare as well. An “EF3” tornado with winds exceeding 150 MPH ripped through our county. From its initial touchdown in Chocowinity on the south side of the Pamilico River to Pinetown where it eventually subsided, a swath of 21 miles left behind devastation and destruction. A home that we lived in 5 years ago in the North Shores section of the county was spared by no more than 100’. More than 250 homes were damaged or destroyed. Eight thousand households were without power. Fortunately, there were only 18 injuries no fatalities initially reported.

At last count, funnel clouds and twisters were reported in Wayne, Green, Nash, Halifax, Pitt, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank and Beaufort counties. The National Weather Service confirmed 7 tornadoes hit eastern North Carolina bringing this season’s total to twelve.   For the time being, jettisoned North Carolina to the top of the list of states with the most tornadoes this year. Many are simply thanking God that their lives were spared.

Clean up efforts are underway with many county area residents volunteering their time and resources. The Pamlico Area Red Cross and many local churches are providing assistance to storm victims. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory toured hardest hit Beaufort County to assess the damage and determine what the state could do to help. See photo below of McCrory (far right), N.C. Emergency Management Director Frank Sprayberry, N.C. State Senator Bill Cook and Beaufort County Sheriff Alan Jordan.

Cook McCrory and Jordan

On Sunday, April 27th the day that Gov. McCrory came to the east, we learned that an 11 month old infant died from injuries suffered Friday evening as one of the tornadoes hit Chowan County. Eastern North Carolina experienced the first EF3 tornado of the year nationwide as well as the first tornado fatality; certainly not the last. On Sunday tornadoes also tore through Arkansas killing 18.  The U.S. tornado season has only just begun.

Back in 2008 when Senator Barack Hussein Obama was campaigning for the presidency he said the following, “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objective that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong and just as well funded.” He meant what he said and followed through on it. It went unnoticed by most people and completely ignored by the main stream media, but as many as 80 different federal government agencies began purchasing alarmingly large quantities of ammunition. Those agencies include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Dept. of Homeland Security – purchased 450 million rounds
  • FBI – purchased 100 million rounds
  • Social Security Administration – purchased 174,000 rounds of .357 hollow point rounds
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Post Office
  • Dept. of Education
  • Dept. of Energy
  • Dept. of Agriculture
  • Dept. of Wildlife
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – they shoot at hurricanes and tornados to make them go away
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Dept. of Commerce
  • U.S. Agency for International Development

Federal Protective Services DHS

(In photo: small print above Police it says Federal Protective Services)

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)Recently near Mesquite, Nevada we saw what happens when a federal agency has a “little” law enforcement training and loaded automatic weapons can do for an innocuous situation that has been going on for more than 20 years. We almost saw the “shoot out at the Bundy coral”.

The Cliven Bundy family has been cattle ranchers in this part of Nevada since the late 1880’s. Their cattle have been grazing here on what is now called “federal lands”, for which the Bundy’s have been assessed grazing fees. The land is supposed to be managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Their management duties include maintaining fencing and water supplies for the cattle. Bundy contends that the BLM has failed to maintain the land and for that reason he stopped paying the grazing fees more than 20 years ago. During the Clinton administration, cattle were barred from the area so that the ever so precious desert tortoise could be protected. Long story short, Bundy lost in court a number of times and now it was time for BLM to confiscate the beef on hoof. First action taken by BLM was to erect a fenced off area with a sign that read “First Amendment Area”, outside of which free speech is banned. WHAT? Protesters including the Bundys could only exercise their God given constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech in this cordoned off BLM designated area. BS! All of America is a First Amendment Zone!

First Amendment Zone

See what happens when you give a federal agency a “little” law enforcement training and loaded automatic weapons; the power goes to their head, they get all uppity in your face and re-write the Constitution to suite themselves. If the BLM primary duties are to maintain fencing and water supplies for the cattle, why do they have fully armed SWAT teams on site with orders to “shoot” the demonstrators?

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said, “No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans. The BLM needs to reconsider its approach to this matter and act accordingly.”

Documentary film maker Dennis Michael Lynch shot film (no pun intended) of the standoff. You will be surprised to see what he caught on film in this FNC interview with Megan Kelly.

The tension at the Bundy Ranch has since de-escalated and the BLM has withdrawn, for now. There are still many unanswered questions as to why and how the situation spiraled out of control as it did. Could it be political?

On April 17, 2014 while on stage in Las Vegas at the Review Journal forum, Senate Majority Leader Harry said this about his fellow Nevadans demonstrating near the Bundy Ranch, “These people that hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists. And I think we are a country where people should follow the law. And what went up in Mesquite is not very good; I repeat what went on up there is domestic terrorism.” The U.S Senate Majority Leader called people exercising their constitutional first amendment rights “domestic terrorists”! After the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting in which Major Nadal Hasan, a muslim, shot and killed 13 and injured 30 more, Sen. Harry Reid did NOT label him a domestic terrorist; that shooting was identified as ”workplace violence”.

By the way, the 35 year old Director of the BLM, who knows nothing about land management, was Harry Reid’s former Chief-of-Staff. We also know that Sen. Harry Reid’s son has “an interest” in this grazing land as well.

Could it be political; in the vernacular of Sarah Palin, “you betcha”.

Recently al-Qaeda had a meeting of the top brass to plan how best to continue their Jihadism. CBS News called it al-Qaeda’s biggest gathering in years. Among the featured speakers was Nasir al-Wuhayshi who is known in al Qaeda circles as their “crown prince”. A number of videos have surfaced of this al-Qaeda meet-and-greet in which Nasir al-Wuhayshi is seen saying “we must eliminate the cross”, obviously referring to the Christian cross. He also goes on to say “the bearer of the cross is America”. You put two and two together and yes, the United States is still the number 1 target of al-Qaeda.

So why didn’t the U.S. intelligence folks know about this cabal? If they did know about it, why didn’t they do something? During this al-Qaeda soirée, would have been a perfect time for target number 1, the U.S., to launch a pre-emptive surgical strike to take out a bunch of America hating bad guys. That didn’t happen. Instead, the U.S. opted for a few smaller targets in Yemen. On Saturday in Badya, Yemen an air strike killed 10 al-Qaeda operatives and a few civilians. Again on Sunday another air strike in Abyan, Yemen targeted an al-Qaeda training camp killing an unknown number of trainees.

It appears that the Obama administration’s military strategy is to go after multiple small targets instead the large ones with al-Qaeda leadership in attendance.

Many people missed Obama’s State of the Union Address in January of this year because it was thought to be just a rerun of his previous addresses, and it was. But here are a few noteworthy quotes from his address to the nation:

  • “The organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of itself.”
  • “…we put al-Qaeda’s core leadership on a path to defeat…”
  • “…the threat has evolved as al-Qaeda affiliates and other extremists take root in different parts of the world.”

Yep, al-Qaeda is on the run alright. Running right at US!

With a Columbia and Harvard education you would think that Barack Hussein Obama would be aware that this is the 21st century and technology advances in leaps and bounds on a daily basis. Most everyone walks around with a “smart phone” that can video record an event instantaneously and upload it to the internet in a flash. Likewise, every news outlet in the world, large and small has internet presence and archives every sound bite uttered, especially those by the President of the United States. Once on the internet, it never goes away. With that in mind, why does Obama continue to make statements that he knows not to be true?

Let me chronicle some of his statements to set the stage for what we found out this week about the Obama administration. While campaigning in 2008 Senator Obama said, “I want transparency, I want accountability”.   Then on May 15, 2013 regarding the investigation of the IRS targeting conservative organizations, Obama said, “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the IRS. We’re going to hold the responsible parties accountable”. On Super bowl Sunday this year in the pre-game show, Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly interviewed the president and queried him about the IRS scandal and if he thought there was any corruption at the IRS. Obama responded emphatically, there was “not even a ‘smidgen’ of corruption”.

We know now that the IRS did in fact only target conservative tax-exempt groups for scrutiny. Also thanks to a Freedom of Information Act Request by the Judicial Watch organization, internal IRS emails reveal collusion between the IRS and the Department of Justice (DOJ). Lois Lerner who headed up the Tax Exempt Section of the IRS had direct contact with DOJ regarding criminally prosecuting conservative tax-exempt groups for “lying” about political activities. These emails were dated prior to Ms. Lerner’s public statement that the targeting of conservative groups was limited to a small group of “low level” IRS employees in the Cincinnati office. Lerner wanted to prosecute conservative organizations for “lying” while she “lied” about where the blame laid.

To make matters worse, Attorney General Eric Holder said there was no need for a special prosecutor to look into the IRS scandal; his DOJ would take care of it. Sure they would.

That brings us back to the Super bowl interview. When Obama stated there was “not even a ‘smidgen’ of corruption” at the IRS, he was either clueless, which is hard to believe or he was lying, again. I think it’s time for the Washington Post to again award Mr. Obama another “Pinocchio Award”.

BHO Superman and Lois Lerner

By the way, Ms. Lois Lerner in enjoying her tax payer funded retirement living in her $2.5 million dollar 6,500 square foot Bethesda, Md. home. Tell me, how does a government employee afford a multi-million dollar home?

If you don’t recall, let me refresh your memory of Hilary Clinton’s presidential primary campaign ad in February 2008. The TV ad began with a quiet darkened bedroom, the background voice said, “It’s 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone in the White House, and it’s ringing. Something’s happened in the world – your vote will decide who answers that call.” Obviously the ad was implying that her opponent in the primary, Barack Husein Obama was not the right person to answer the call and that she, of course was.

We know now that her opponent won the primary and the presidency. She was correct in one respect, Obama was not the right person to answer the call. We also know that Obama’s standard operating response to the phone call at the White House is to wait 72 hours and then pull out his magic marker and draw a red line. He also draws the red line in very small segments with different magic markers so he can dole out magic markers to his campaign contributors.

On the other hand, what did Hilary do when the phone rang in the State Department at 4 p.m. on September 11, 2011. On the other end of the line was the U.S. consulate under attack in Benghazi, Libya. Her response to the call was to fabricate a story that it was not a terrorist attack on the consulate but merely a crowd of angry Muslims protesting an anti-Muhammad video. She even went as far as to create a video of her own in which she and President Obama, on Afghan and Pakistan TV, apologized for the video causing such a problem. We know now that the video had nothing to do with the attack that killed 4 Americans and Hilary along with the Obama administration new that from the very day it happened. When queried by the U.S. senate about what really happened, Hilary’s response, “What difference does it make”. Not very presidential Hilary.

What Difference does it make 2

Then last week while making a speech in Las Vegas, a woman in the audience hurled her shoe at at Mrs. Clinton. Hilary’s response was to duck for cover, run around in a circle and hold her hands over her head. Again, not very presidential Hilary.

Hilary Cowering Away from shoe

Of course the liberal media covered for her. On the NBC today show there were comments such as “How scary is that?” or “Jeez, that’s frightening.” and “It’s hard for me to watch.” C’mon give me a break! Scary is President Ronald Reagan being shot or Squeaky Fromme’s assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford in 1975. Scary is not a woman running around on a Las Vegas stage like a school girl on a playground that had a volley ball thrown at her.

Anytime after 2016, if the phone in the White House rings, I hope Hilary can’t reach the phone because she is still at home in New York.

It was one year ago during the Patriot’s Day Marathon in Boston when two terrorist brothers detonated a pair of back-pack improvised explosive devices near the race finish line. Three were killed, hundreds seriously injured and many permanently maimed. This senseless horror took place only miles from the roots of our American Revolution. The revolution that lead to the freedoms and liberties we citizens enjoy today and that allowed the Marathon Murderers to enter this county, the land of the free.

With that in mind, below Mark Alexander gives a brief rendition of the events that led up to the “shot heard around the world” that got the American Revolution rolling. The events that are celebrated at this time each year in Boston as Patriot’s Day.

Each year on April 19th, we honor the anniversary of Patriots’ Day with its inherent defense of Liberty, which is our inspiration to this day. In doing so, we mark the opening salvo of the first American Revolution in 1775, and the first step toward the establishment of an eternal declaration of human Liberty, subordinating the rule of men to Creator-inspired Rule of Law.

A quick search of Barack Hussein Obama’s White House website reveals not a single reference to this most notable date in the history of our nation. Undoubtedly the statist regime currently occupying the Executive Branch prefers to ignore this formative event, as the historic call to arms ultimately turned back a growing tide of tyranny.

I invite you to share this brief treatise on the roots of the First American Revolution.

On December 16th, 1773, “rebels” from Boston, members of a secret organization of American Patriots called the Sons of Liberty, boarded three East India Company ships and threw 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor. This iconic event, in protest of oppressive taxation and tyrannical rule, is immortalized as “The Boston Tea Party.”

Resistance to the British Crown had been mounting over enforcement of the 1764 Sugar Act, 1765 Stamp Act and 1767 Townshend Act, which led to the Boston Massacre and gave rise to the slogan, “No taxation without representation.”

But it was the 1773 Tea Act, under which the Crown collected a three pence tax on each pound of tea imported to the Colonies, which instigated the first Tea Party protest and seeded the American Revolution. Indeed, as James Madison noted in an 1823 reflection, “The people of the U.S. owe their Independence and their liberty, to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, the magnitude of the evil comprised in the precedent.”

The Tea Party uprising galvanized the Colonial movement opposing British parliamentary acts, as such acts were a violation of the natural, charter and constitutional rights of the British colonists.

In response to the Colonial rebellion, the British enacted additional punitive measures, labeled the “Intolerable Acts,” in hopes of suppressing the burgeoning insurrection. Far from accomplishing their desired outcome, however, the Crown’s countermeasures led colonists to convene the First Continental Congress on September 5th, 1774, in Philadelphia.

By the spring of 1775, civil discontent was at a tipping point, and American Patriots in Massachusetts and other colonies prepared to cast off their masters.

On the eve of April 18th, 1775, General Thomas Gage, Royal military governor of Massachusetts, dispatched a force of 700 British Army regulars, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, with secret orders to capture and destroy arms and supplies stored by the Massachusetts militia in the town of Concord. Indeed, the first shots of the eight-year struggle for American independence were in response to the government’s attempt to disarm the people.

Patriot militiamen under leadership of the Sons of Liberty anticipated this raid, and the confrontation between militia and British regulars en route to Concord ignited the fuse of the American Revolution.

Near midnight on April 18th, Paul Revere, who arranged for advance warning of British movements, departed Charlestown (near Boston) for Lexington and Concord in order to warn

John Hancock, Samuel Adams and other Sons of Liberty that the British Army was marching to arrest them and to seize their weapons caches. After meeting with Hancock and Adams in Lexington, Revere was captured, but his Patriot ally Samuel Prescott continued to Concord and warned militiamen along the way.

In the early dawn of April 19th, the first Patriots’ Day, 77 militiamen under the command of Captain John Parker assembled on the town green at Lexington, where they soon faced Smith’s overwhelming force of British regulars. Parker did not expect shots to be exchanged, but his orders were: “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” A few links away from the militia column, the British Major John Pitcairn swung his sword and said, “Lay down your arms, you damned rebels!”

Not willing to sacrifice his small band of Patriots on the Green, as Parker later wrote in sworn deposition, “I immediately ordered our Militia to disperse, and not to fire.” But the Patriots did not lay down their arms as ordered, and as Parker noted, “Immediately said Troops made their appearance and rushed furiously, fired upon, and killed eight of our Party without receiving any Provocation therefor from us.”

The British continued to Concord, where they divided and searched for armament stores. Later in the day, the second confrontation between regulars and militiamen occurred as British light infantry companies faced rapidly growing ranks of militia and Minutemen at Concord’s Old North Bridge. From depositions on both sides, the British fired first on the militia, killing two and wounding four.

This time, however, the militia commander, Major John Buttrick, yelled the order, “Fire, for God’s sake, fellow soldiers, fire!” Fire they did, commencing with “the shot heard round the world,” as immortalized by poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. With that shot, farmers and laborers, landowners and statesmen alike, were bringing upon themselves the sentence of death for treason. In the ensuing firefight, the British took heavy casualties and in discord retreated to Concord village for reinforcements, and then retreated back toward Lexington.

In retreat to Lexington, British regulars took additional casualties, including those suffered in an ambush by the reassembled ranks of John Parker’s militia – “Parker’s Revenge” as it became known. The English were reinforced with 1,000 troops in Lexington, but the King’s men were no match for the militiamen, who inflicted heavy casualties upon the Redcoats along their 20-mile tactical retreat to Boston.

Thus began the great campaign to reject tyranny and embrace the difficult toils of securing individual Liberty. “[T]he People alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it,” wrote Samuel Adams. safety, prosperity, and safety, prosperity, and happiness require it,” wrote Samuel Adams.

Why would the first generation of American Patriots forgo, in the inimitable words of Sam Adams, “the tranquility of servitude” for “the animating contest of freedom”?

The answer to that question — Liberty or Death — defined the spirit of American Patriotism then, as it defines the spirit of American Patriots today. The ideological descendants of those who once pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor “today pledge to support and defend” Liberty as enshrined in our United States Constitution.

In 1776, George Washington wrote in his General Orders, “The time is now near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.”

Of that resolve, President Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation…”

This week the gay community and their progressive left supporters have focused their ire on Arizona. The Republican controlled Arizona legislature recently passed SB 1062 which amends their “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”. The same-sex marriage crowd would have you believe that the new law is nothing more than institutionalized bigotry against gays.

In actuality, the law provides protection so that people of faith are covered when state or local government requires them to violate their religion in the conduct of their business. Citizens would also be protected when sued by other private citizens invoking state or local law to demand that they violate their religion. From a common sense standpoint, SB 1062 would prevent future incidents like the one in 2006 involving Arizona photographer Elaine Huguenin. She was fined over $6,000 for turning down business to photograph a same-sex wedding. Ms. Huguenin did not believe in same-sex marriage because it was against her religious beliefs and as a result of the fines was forced to close her photography business. Were there no other photographers available? If not, did the same-sex couple not have a friend with a camera? I’ve been to many a wedding with no professional photographer and a small throw away camera on each table at the reception.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. That is the first sentence of the First Amendment to our Constitution. Our founders felt it was so important for each citizen to be able to practice their faith freely, that it became the First Amendment. Why should anyone be compelled to do anything against their religious beliefs just because someone with opposing beliefs is “offended”? Without violating the First Amendment, how can a government force a baker to bake a wedding cake with two plastic dudes sitting atop of it, if the baker’s religious beliefs are that same-sex marriage is spiritually wrong?

Not coincidentally this week, the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced to all state’s Attorneys General, that they don’t have to enforce their own state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage if “they” believe the laws are discriminatory. Even the left leaning New York Times thought this crossed the line in advising state attorneys general not to defend their own state laws. It’s no surprise to hear this from our nation’s “top cop” since he has refused to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has SB 1062 on her desk. She has until Saturday to either sign or veto the bill. If she does neither, it will become law without the Governor. For religious freedom sake, hopefully her veto power is not the path she will follow.