Monday, July 11, 2016

A Season of Fear, Prayer, and most likely Martial Law...

I get a lot of nonsense notes from people who visit here, friend me on Facebook, even on Instagram, telling me how I am not doing this right, or how I am completely wrong in my thinking or actions. By a lot, I mean almost daily. I do get totally aggravated at some of them, but for the most part, the trolls simply crack me up. There is apparently no end to the things y'all have to complain about concerning how I live, what I believe, how I believe, how I raise my children, choose to dress, which manner of homeschooling I have selected, what I spend my money on, even which Bible I prefer to use.

Either I am the world's most inept, illiterate, utterly stupid bit of nothing or y'all spend too much time looking for things, LOL. Obviously I prefer to believe the latter.

I do believe y'all watch far too many online news reports and believe their twists and turns a bit too deeply. Or you've watch a few too many Walking Dead episodes.

Martial Law, as defined by Merriam-Webster:
  1. 1 :  the law applied in occupied territory by the military authority of the occupying power
  2. 2 :  the law administered by military forces that is invoked by a government in an emergency when the civilian law enforcement agencies are unable to maintain public order and safety

Martial Law

The exercise of government and control by military authorities over the civilian population of a designated territory.
Martial law is an extreme and rare measure used to control society during war or periods of civil unrest or chaos. According to the Supreme Court, the term martial law carries no precise meaning (Duncan v. Kahanamoku, 327 U.S. 304, 66 S. Ct. 606, 90 L. Ed. 688 [1946]). However, most declarations of martial law have some common features. Generally, the institution of martial law contemplates some use of military force. To a varying extent, depending on the martial law order, government military personnel have the authority to make and enforce civil and criminal laws. Certain civil liberties may be suspended, such as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom of association, and freedom of movement. And the writ of Habeas Corpus may be suspended (this writ allows persons who are unlawfully imprisoned to gain freedom through a court proceeding).
In the United States, martial law has been instituted on the national level only once, during the Civil War, and on a regional level only once, during World War II. Otherwise, it has been limited to the states. Uprisings, political protests, labor strikes, and riots have, at various times, caused several state governors to declare some measure of martial law.
Martial law on the national level may be declared by Congress or the president. Under Article I, Section 8, Clause 15, of the Constitution, Congress has the power "[t]o provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel Invasions." Article II, Section 2, Clause 1, of the Constitution declares that "[t]he President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States." Neither constitutional provision includes a direct reference to martial law. However, the Supreme Court has interpreted both to allow the declaration of martial law by the president or Congress. On the state level, a governor may declare martial law within her or his own state. The power to do so usually is granted in the state constitution.

Some of you will believe it is I who have watched too many TV shows when I say that Martial Law will be coming to a major city near you very soon. You either don't believe things are that bad in our communities, or that the government wouldn't stoop to any such drastic level as that.
I disagree. We have seen the official actions of Martial Law in this country only a couple of times, as stated above. However, if you look back over actions during various events in this country, we have had it more often, just without the official label. Look at the rule of law instituted following Hurricane Katrina in 2005? It was undeniably Martial Law, the powers that be simply chose to use a less invasive and freedom-squashing moniker, State of Emergency.

Whatever you choose to call it, it is going to be coming to your area soon I'd venture. At the very least, to the major cities. When you decide to protest something...gas prices, police brutality, urban crime rates, taxes, does it even matter really what your catalyst is?...when you force your protest onto the general public, blocking traffic on roadways seems to be the protest of choice for the BLM thugs, you are breaking the law. By forcing your protest onto the public at large, who have nothing tangible invested in your chosen rant, you are a thug. You are instilling fear and distrust into innocent lives and essentially making your points, however valid or ignorant they may be, useless. You have lost whatever voice you might have had with that sort of protest. When you choose to plan out an attack, an ambush, of police officers in your State, because of a shooting you feel was over the line and racially charged in another State, you are not a protester, you are a psychopath killer. Your skin color doesn't even play into the issue.

This is a note I received thru a Facebook friend (the writer was not my actual "friend" but had seen my various postings on all of this ridiculous Black Lives Matter protesting recently in the news thru her friends page. My friend forwarded this note to me...

As a black family, we have seen more than our share of struggles and set backs. Our children will not attend anything more than a community college, their job prospects will be weak despite any intellectual foundation they receive. Why should it be, in a country of plenty, that we still have such a deep rift in the racial roots that formed this country and still carry the segregation of the past with us? Black Lives Matter is about helping people see the reality they have been allowed to forget. They are encouraging others to stand up and clear their vision, and sharing what a community striving for love outside of any racial boundaries can accomplish. It is the resistance to any peaceful effort that causes unrest.

My addressing this note was this:
Ok, again, for the kindergarten level here, black, white, chinese, japanese, native amercian, mexican...pick whatever skin tone and ethnic background you wish...ALL OF THESE LIVES MATTER.
However, these protests are not on any level peaceful, they are illegal and creating fear, anger, frustration, and division by the handful (truly watch some of the news videos...it's the MAJORITY, not the handful) of those using the protests as a means to break the law and push their own agenda even farther. My honest opinion, when you cease to act as though ALL or ANY of these lives are of equal importance, you drop your own value down to the dirt level as well. By screaming from the rooftops that you are worth more than anyone else, you prove you are most likely not worth a portion of anyone else.

Every child has the same opportunity in this country. There is no conspiracy against blacks or anyone else. The idiots telling you this are blowing smoke into your ears because they made a choice not to further their own lives and they want sympathy for that choice now that it has bitten them in the backside.
This isn't the Sudan, we are not some 3rd world country here. Opportunity comes from a desire/want, and the strength of faith and heart to pursue it. You have not because you ask not...or because you work not.
Am I seriously that blind and innocent of mind to believe that's true? Yep, I am. To believe that only white people have opportunity is incredibly stupid, not to mention shallow, of you. To allow your children to believe that no matter what their educational foundation is they will suffer in life, that their job prospects will be weak, that they will forever lack the fundamentals to improve themselves not only makes you empty of head, but it makes you a very poor parent. Your thinking is the sort of crap that moves the stupidity of the Black Lives Matter movement in this country right now. Your stupidity is what will work to place us under Martial Law and create those undesired outcomes. Your stupidity is what will bring our country down another notch towards becoming the 3rd world country you apparently want.
Because a police officer or any private individual fired his weapon and killed an armed or unarmed man, black, white or invisible, in a State you do not even live in does not give you any sort of rights to protest in your own backyard by enticing riots and unlawful behavior, endangering others, etc. The BLM is just another racial/hate group. Your foundation is on par with that of the KKK of old even. Your fear mongering is not opening anyone's eyes to anything other than what a group of thugs can do to an area.

I won't argue that it has opened my eyes. Believing that the everyday citizen is somehow safe in their daily routine is definitely gone. Believing that I can travel in relatively safety with my children is gone. Fully understanding that there are groups of thugs out there who feel they have been granted the power to determine if I am allowed to keep what I have worked hard to attain is certainly not just an obscure idea found in some Hollywood action flick now.
Encourage others to stand up and clear their vision...by breaking windows of shops, throwing rocks at cars, blocking roadways from the travels of innocent people who have nothing personal invested in your "cause"...these are not the actions of someone wishing to plead their case. These are the actions of thugs, of gang members, of criminals. I do not have any sense of pity or sympathy for a group that believes that destruction of another will somehow make their plea of desperation more clear. The deep rift in race in this country is not because a white police officer shot a black man, committing a crime, resisting arrest, standing by on the sidewalk watching the events unfold, etc. The racial division is here, still growing, or making a come-back, because someone...black, white, or whatever...decided that they didn't have enough given to them at some point in their life and they decided that in order to get farther, they needed to take from others. The fact you believe it is only innocent men (regardless of color) being shot and killed by Officers (of any color) merely shows how clouded your vision is. Are innocent people shot? Of course they are. That doesn't mean it's an issue of race. Just because the news is baiting the racial beast by sharing only stories of black lives taken by white officers hardly means that is the only "news" going on out in the community. They are baiting people like you...people who already have a stone in their shoe about how miserable their lives have been.
Want to strive for love outside racial boundaries? Stop blocking roadways from people who have nothing to do with your so-called cause. Stand on the side and voice your opinion, but allow them to listen to ignore as they choose. You lost your voice when you took their choice from them.

These events, this sort of thinking, is what will bring the bigger agenda into play...Martial Law, State of Emergency in the coming months, in major cities, that will bring a halt to the election process and shut down the government change-over. Look at the way people are behaving now, innocent people being targeted and attacked for some random reasoning that is only connected in the mind of the attacker. You can't honestly believe it won't get worse when that Martial Law or State of Emergency is declared. It will be a rippling effect from those larger cities right thru this country, everyone being caught in the wake of the stupidity.

Y'all have poked fun at my "prepper" ideas for years, called me a conspiracy follower, even chided my claiming to be a person of FAITH. I totally believe in God, I do not believe HE has abandoned this country or its people, and I do not believe HE wants us given over to a spirit of fear. I do, however, believe HE has shown us more than enough signs of what is coming our way personally, as well as HIS repeated warnings of what our lives will be like in our final days, that we should have our eyes well opened to the current lay of the land and the direction of its path.
I have never "prepped" from a vision of fear, I prep for common sense. The economy is never that great, it goes in seasons/cycles. Jobs are lost every day, commerce does not change with the job outlook, prices increase more often than they decrease. There are numerous natural disasters scourging our land, creating more upheaval in their passing. Nothing is forever. It's all that simple. Really. I prepare...with food, knowledge, skills, etc...so that I can (with a lot of prayer and hope) keep my family safe and continuing forward during hard times, no matter what causes those times.

Right now, given the daily news bites of unrest/attacks/protests, coupled with the fact that the government is preparing to switch hands as it were in the coming months, I cannot help but feel my preparing is more urgent, and not up to the level I would have liked for such events ahead. I will continue to do all I can to get as ready as I can, but time is quickly running out. My deepest prayers are with my country, our police officers, our neighbors, our cities. The time has never, in our lifetime, been as ripe for a serious rift and destruction as it is now.

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bringing in July with a bang!



Miss Emily has her 10th birthday next weekend, however she has always gotten her celebration during the 4th of July weekend. She has spent a good many years of her life being tickled to pieces that apparently everyone celebrates her birthday along with her :-) Of course she understands the meaning of Independence Day now, but I think there's a part of her that still gets excited knowing while we are celebrating here, everyone else is celebrating as well.

Another reason we celebrated this weekend rather than her actual birthday is with the new job starting to pick up the pace finally, this is probably the last weekend we will have the menfolk home for a while. We had everyone here, grilling out, sharing birthday wishes, and we ended the day with a big fireworks show. Both our married children were here. I love that but it's a touch of sadness also.


I have married children, starting their own families, pursuing lives away from the homestead. 
Sure that's what a parent wants for their children, but it's an ending of a era as much as the starting of another. Sigh...they won't always be home for celebrations like this. They will have family plans of their own sometimes. The nest will slowly empty out more and more, even with grandchildren. This will always be home base so to speak, but things are changing. I'm still working on adjusting to that.




Forward motion is what makes the world go round, right? Stand still and things get stagnant quick.

With the menfolk all leaving the homestead this week we will work at getting back to something more reasonable in the scheduling and routine department. We have always been a year-round type of homeschool, taking breaks where opportunities arose. It's homeschool...we are always learning something, working on something, here. The slow start of this new job gave us over a month of hit and miss scheduling around here and I think we shall count that as our 'summer break'. It is time to get back into the routine of schooling around here, for all of us.

Herbal Academy of New England
Vintage Remedies
Herb Mentor

I have done a good deal of reading and study for my herbal courses, but I haven't put any more of an effort into keeping up to date than the children have with their own schoolwork. I have several video courses to get completed and out of the way, a list of books to read, tests to take to move into new study areas, etc. We need to hash out a new schedule for the homestead and the homeschooling here and get cracking!


Miss Emily received a geology box as a gift. This has sparked some interest in rocks, minerals, and gems now. I see that as opportunity to help ease us back into schooling here. I have several sites bookmarked and ready to go along with her kit, and they are already collecting "specimens" from the creek and roadway. I see some fun rock collecting times ahead. May even make several trips to the fossil creek down the road here and bunny trail our studies. All of this fun study can guide us back into a more normal schedule for schooling days I believe. No rush, just always learning.

State stone for Mississippi, petrified wood...

Here are some of the sites I have tucked away for use. If you have any suggestions, definitely share them!
Little House in the Suburbs: classification cards
  she is in west Tennessee and shares a lot of localized information sets we may just grab as well West Tennessee species cards
Find out what's in your area using the eNature Guide site
Lots of videos on rocks from NeoK12
Geology.com 
  information loaded site, with Geology and Earth Dictionary, Rocks page...well worth hunting thru
KidsGeo.com
Momma Owl's Lab has a fun crayon rock cycle activity for younger children, a fun site to wander thru, and several great Pinterest leads
YouTube Rocks and Minerals resource videos


Jer.6:16

Jeremiah 6:16
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

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