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The Cold Stone Truth about Lady Liberty

The emotional “Statue of Liberty argument” is popping up again, due to President Trump’s temporary travel ban on people coming from seven countries known to be hotbeds of ISIS activity.  In truth … “Lady Liberty” may not be what some people think she is.  Her “warm, welcoming heart” may not be as “warm” and “welcoming” as the left would like to think, and, here is why.

The Statue of Liberty was not conceived and sculpted as a symbol of immigration. It was originally intended … from France … to the United States … as a monument to the principles of international republicanism.  It was a symbol of the alliance between France and the United States during the American Revolution.  The poem by Emma Lazarus was not a part of the original Statue of Liberty.  The poem came later … and is due to a fundraiser event.

Money was needed for the base and pedestal of the statue.  Fundraising for the additions began in 1882. The committee organized a large number of money-raising events.   As part of one such effort, an auction of art and manuscripts was included.  Poet, Emma Lazarus, was asked to donate an original work.  She wrote … and, donated the poem … “The New Colossus.”

The poem is on a tablet that is affixed to the base of the pedestal.  (It was not a part of the original stature.)  It was a donation of “art” used to raise money to pay for the base and the pedestal.

While the words are indeed, beautiful … they are not an obligation, a declaration, a law, nor a part of our Constitution, giving people (and foreign governments) the right to force their way on our soil, without going through the proper processes now in place … and, the strenuous processes to come.

To be clear … nowhere on the plaque, or in the poem, does it say, please come on in and change our culture, our religion, our patriotism … or … if you are of mind … kill us.  Nor does it, in any way, take away our rights as American Citizens, to challenge, and refuse … the influx of people deemed as a threat to our country.

And, that … is the cold stone truth about Lady Liberty.

 

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Debbie Barth: 01/30/2017 at 3:12:08 pm EDT
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The Inconvenience of National Security

The people who were caught traveling and then detained … were caught in the middle of President Trump’s Executive Order and a temporary travel ban.  No one was purposely detained for harassment.  It doesn’t matter who the people are … or … who they worked for … there will be people inconvenienced, if they come here without the proper paperwork and authorization, and from countries marked as hotbeds of ISIS activity.  It should be noted … this is a temporary travel ban.

People at the Boston Marathon, the twelve fatally shot days after giving the murderers a baby shower, and the innocent victims, simply enjoying a night out at a club, have been inconvenienced, as well.  Have we forgotten about them? …Don’t they matter?  Are twelve people inconvenienced at an airport because they did not prepare earlier enough for this more important?

CAIR, Clinton’s friend (their close friend) (D) Virginia Governor McAuliffe, Muslim leaders, and warm-fuzzy protesters were delighted and ready to jump on this.  These are the people that we should be upset with, and not President Trump, who is living up to his campaign promises to keep this country safe.

This is exactly what he promised to do.  He said he was going to put this in place as soon as possible, once in office.  He was voted into office, because of his campaign promises.

It is unfortunate that we are at war with ISIS and people in other countries, who have found it very easy to come into this country, previously.  It is unfortunate that so many American lives have been lost, due to the easy access of terrorists, prior to this administration.  It is unfortunate that some, from other countries may be detained and inconvenienced.

It is however, good to know that our President is keeping his promises, putting the safety of Americans first, and, just a week after being sworn into office …his policies are working.

 

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 Debbie Barth: 01/28/2017 at 6:01:03 pm EDT © All rights reserved

People Have a Right to Protest – No Matter How Hypocritical

 People have a right to protest. They have a right to assemble peacefully.  Sometimes it helps to bring change.  And sometimes, it brings out the hypocrisy of people demanding center stage, and having no clue what to say and why they are really there.  That is exactly what I think of the “Women’s March” today. 

 A “war on women?”.  How misguided and hypocritical can people be!  If these people want to know what a “war on women” … truly is … they need to talk with Ayann Hirsi Ali.  This woman was caught in a “war on women” and, in comparison … it makes these fools look small and petty.

 They should read her books:

Infidel: My Life, Heretic -Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now-The Caged Virgin-Nomad: From Islam to America

 The people participating in this march have no clue what a “war on women” really is.  They have no clue why they were even there.  In fact, many were paid.

And, the irony is, these people don’t even realize that they are pawns of the Organizational leaders … from Planned Parenthood, to Gloria Steinem … that are using them to hang onto, even a shred, of relevancy.

 Yes, they have a right to protest and to assemble peacefully … no matter how misguided and hypocritical they are.  It is … after all … America.

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 Debbie Barth: 01/21/2017 at 9:36:15 pm EST
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Who the Enemies of Donald J. Trump Really Are on January 20, 2017

On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as our 45th President of the United States.  He will be sworn in to defend America from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.  The emphasis, today is on “domestic.”

Communism, Socialism, and Anarchism are here, in America.  The protesters you see tomorrow, they are not Patriots who love this country and feel that, somehow, we are going in the wrong direction by denying Globalism.  These are paid protestors, these are college kids indoctrinated by liberal college Professors, these are illegals, from other countries, trying to tear down America.  These are women who will cry “shock and disgust” at Donald Trump’s language, but will happily buy their children tickets to see Miley Cyrus have sex with a crucifix, Beyonce, half-dressed, shaking her butt, singing about getting laid, and the latest songs filled with violence, disrespect for women, and sexual lewdness.

America is under attack, and President Donald J. Trump has arrived in the 11th hour.  The evidence is in the protests you see tomorrow.  Know who, and what these individuals are.  Know that they have nothing to do … what-so-ever … with the preservation of America, but everything to do with the deterioration of .

I highly suggest you watch this in order to get a better understanding of what is really going on.  If we better understand it … we can stop it.

https://youtu.be/oGe3pypQWl0

 

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 Debbie Barth: 01/19/2017 at 1:55:09 pm EST © All rights reserved

 

 

Here’s to the Talladega Tornadoes Marching Band : Or, What a transfer of power should look like

Congratulations to Talladega College President, Dr. Billy C. Hawkins and the Marching Tornadoes!  I, as many, are so proud of them and look forward to their performance during Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017!

 Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, and these amazing young college students are the epitome of what a peaceful transition of power in the United States really means.  Shame on those who have actually threatened these young college students.  Threatened them physically … young college students … who simply want to be a part of a historical moment in this country … something that so few have the privilege to do.

 I stand in awe of Talladega College’s commitment to honor our greatest privilege given to the American people via the blood and sacrifice of our great veterans, and preserved by the great men and women serving our military, today.  I stand in awe of the great political leaders and advocates fighting for the values as formed by our Founding Father. 

http://www.annistonstar.com/the_daily_home/talladega-college-embraces-inauguration-opportunity-city-plans-send-off-with/article_80daf360-d9e8-11e6-bfcc-5be8177bf7cd.html

 On January 20, 2017, there will be a transfer of power in the United States.  And, the Talladega College Tornadoes Marching Band will be marching to their message (and lesson) of how a true transfer of power and unification of a country should look like … and sound.  It is a message that will be heard around the world.  It will be a clear and loudly received message.  My prayer is that most will open their eyes, ears, and hearts to that message, and listen.

 Here is the link to the gofundme.com account.  When I captured this link, the amount raised, thus far was $400,998.00.  God Bless those who have contributed.

 https://www.gofundme.com/great-tornado-to-inaugural-parade

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 Debbie Barth: 01/15/2017 at 2:20:09 pm EDT
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MERYL STREEP, I DON’T NEED YOU

So, Meryl Streep said something like … without them, all we would have is football (and something else …) Well Meryl, I love football and I don’t need you, in fact … didn’t know you still made movies.

I have tried to watch some of the movies that have been released over the last few years, and the only ones that I thought had any value were American Sniper and Lone Survivor. You didn’t have as much as a cameo in either movie.

None of you can speak from the heart … you all need scripts in order to converse. It’s my opinion that most of you will sleep with a goat, if it would get you a part in a movie.

Aside from a script, I doubt if any of you read. You all talk about Trump’s foul mouth, but it doesn’t seem to stop you from wearing see-through clothes that enhance your … enhanced boobs, butts, etc., on the red carpet, or taking a starring role as sleazy con artists with foul mouths, with no regard to the message you are sending our children.

You talk about how great Socialism is and how we should “help” the poor, as you buy mansions in 3 different locations, drive $300,000 vehicles and spend more on lunch that most people make in one month. How many of you have invited illegals to come live with you? How many kids have you put through college that could not have otherwise gone to college? How many of you have “cheap” labor cleaning your pools and cleaning up after one of your drunken, pill-induced, free-for-alls?

How many of you have been in the military and served your country. How many burning houses have you ran into to save lives? How many times have you run toward gun fire, instead away from it?

In fact, seriously … what have YOU ever done for this country?

No Meryl, I really don’t need you. I happen to love football, and I do like to read … books, newspapers, journals, etc. In fact … rather than to spend my money going to movies and supporting your bad language, sleazy-looking clothes, drinking and drug problems, and your need for adulation … (you as in YOU and your movie making one-night-wonders) … I decided to buy myself a Kindle Oasis e-reader.

Seriously … I … don’t … need … you.

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Debbie Barth: 01/10/2017 at 11:36:09 pm EDT
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THE DUALITY OF JULIAN ASSANGE

As did many, I watched the Sean Hannity interview with Julian Assange, last night.  For me, it wasn’t just about the alleged Russian hack and influence on this previous election.  It was about the man, Julian Assange, himself.  It is the “duality” of the man who perplexes me.  Aside from the fact he needs a good hair-cut, I still haven’t figured him out.

Does he consider himself a force of evil or a force of good?  Does he think of himself as a journalist, the founder of what has become a powerful media force over the last ten years, a hacker, a con man … a rapist … or … an innocent man … who is trapped (by others) in a nightmare of revenge for past actions, falsely accused of rape, who is simply getting the truth to the American people?

He said, last night that only one person knew the real truth about the Wiki-leaks exposure of the John Podesta/Hillary Clinton emails.  That person is him.  And, I suppose, he is the only one that knows “who” Julian Assange is … and what drives his ambitions.

It is true that John Podesta’s emails were hacked.  Seriously … his password was “password?”  I do not condone “hacking.”  It is a despicable action, and most people would be embarrassed (probably losing some friends, a job … or a very angry spouse.)  On the other hand, these were government official’s emails, of which … Julian Assange and Wiki-leaks exposed the true ugliness and hypocrisy of politics, and politicians.  He allowed us to see the inner workings of the people who could have very well been packing-up to move to the White House.  Julian Assange confirmed everything we had always felt about the politicians we have given our trust, but had never had confirmed.

It is also true that Julian Assange exposed the emails via Wiki-leaks, but, no one is saying he was responsible for the hacking.  That dubious honor is being placed on the Russians.  To date … neither the Obama Administration, the CIA, nor the FBI has come forth with concrete evidence that Russia is responsible for the hack. (I’m not even going into the ridiculous claim that Russia “won” the election for Trump.)  Assange very clearly … several times … stated (last night) that Russia was not behind the hacking.  The faked outrage coming from the left, because many people choose to believe Assange and Wiki-leaks (with a 10 year perfect credibility reputation) over our government agencies (just look at their credibility over the last ten years) is laughable.  Our government agencies have … well-earned … our mistrust.

But … back to Julian Assange.  Not only has he been behind a treasure trove of leaks, (A Somali assignation order, Sarah Palin’s yahoo email account, military e-mail docs, etc.), Sweden wants him back in court for the alleged sexual misconduct and rape of two women.

As much as I think hacking is despicable, I can’t even begin to say how much I despise a rapist.  However … again, the proof, if any, is non-existent (or locked away, somewhere), as it is only an allegation at this point.  According to Assange, the two women involved dropped the charges years ago.  They are not accusing him of sexual misconduct, the Swedish government is.  Assange states he had already been cleared by the State Prosecutor, in Stockholm, Sweden.  He states that he has been detained illegally for the last six years.

So, who really is Julian Assange?  Will we ever know the truth?  Is he the man Sweden is trying, all these years, to prove he is?  Do we condemn him for encouraging hacks, and leaking information on an international level?  Or is he a falsely accused man, imprisoned in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London … and, a hero to be appreciated by the American people, for exposing us to the unsavory, power-greedy hypocrites, who may have become our new leaders.

And, that … is the duality of Julian Assange.

 

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Debbie Barth: 01/04/2017 at 3:12:08 pm EDT
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STATE EDUCATION AGENCIES ARE “PASSING THE TRASH” TO OTHER SCHOOLS

Most parents are no longer under the misconception that their children are entirely safe in schools, these days.  And, they would be right to feel this way … but, perhaps … there are even more reasons for concerns over your child’s safety, than one may know.  And, this problem may come as a huge surprise to you.

I am not talking about the bullying, or the gun-shooting incidences that are plaguing our schools.  I am talking about the teachers with whom you place your child’s safety.  Some of whom, sexually abuse your children, are caught, and, are allowed to “quietly” move on to other schools, sometimes, with a financial settlement.  It’s called … “Passing The Trash.”

According to a recent story in USA Today, written by Steve Reilly, state education agencies across the country have ignored a federal ban on signing secrecy deals with teachers suspected of abusing minors, a practice informally known as “passing the trash.”  These contracts hide details of sexual behavior and sometimes pay teachers to quit their jobs quietly.  The secrecy makes it easier for troubled teachers to find new jobs working with children.

In the most comprehensive national review of teacher discipline to date, USA TODAY examined educator misconduct and licensure databases from every state, reviewed thousands of pages of court filings and employment records and surveyed state education officials to determine how teachers who engage in misconduct remain in the education system.

The findings include a New Jersey teacher who molested five elementary school students, an Oregon substitute teacher who reached under a table to touch a student’s genitals and an Illinois teacher who forced elementary students to eat food off his crotch. In each instance, the teacher had been disciplined for sexual misbehavior in a prior school district.

I will be posting more of their findings during the week.  Below, however, is the entire story, from which I will be posting my information.

Have you had the “real” … first talk … with your young children, yet?  The talk where you let them know that no one has a right to touch them in their private areas?  The talk where you let them know that they can come to you at any time and you will listen to them … and stand by them?

If not, I urge you to do so.  It’s not going to get better for your child, once they are out of your sight.  Indeed, it is my belief; it will only get worse … IF … we don’t stop the child predators.  Together we can do this.  Together … we can start pulling out the weeds!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/12/22/teachers-who-sexually-abuse-students-still-find-classroom-jobs/95346790/

 

Contributors at USA Today:  Paul Berger, Jessica Campisi, Jacob Carpenter, Mark Nichols, Nick Penzenstadler, Christopher Schnaars, Laura Ungar and Alison Young.

 

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Debbie Barth: 01/03/2017 at 3:1:03 pm EDT
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OBAMA SANCTIONS; TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE, SO HYPOCRITICAL

I am no fan of Putin (although he did make Obama look like a wus), and I do agree that there are, more than likely, many reason for sanctions against Russia. But … as far as Russia interfering with this election … where is the proof? In the eight years that Obama has had to retaliate against Russia … he chooses now … and … something with no concrete evidence? (And, really … the “sanctions” are pretty lame.) Actually, about as lame as Obama telling Putin to, “Cut it out.” (How embarrassing.)

Where is the proof that Russia is responsible for the hacking during the election?

Julian Assange has said it was NOT Russia.

Now, for those that are saying why believe Assange? Because, if you have posted in support, and believed everything else that Assange has said, previously … then, wouldn’t it be hypocritical, and shortsighted, to not believe Assange, concerning this? Maybe we could call that … “convenient faith.”

And … here’s the hypocritical part (really So “Obama”) Seriously Obama, it is beneath other countries to “interfere” with a country’s election?? Seriously? Am I the only one who remembers Israel’s 2015 election … and Obama’s interference?

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Blogs/Message.aspx/6610#.WGWfFI-cGQw

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 Debbie Barth: 12/29/2016 at 8:37:01 pm EDT
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The Flag Was Never Just A Piece Of Cloth To Me

I was Navy. The American flag was never just a piece of cloth to me.  It is one of our most cherished national symbols. Let’s don’t confuse this symbol with a “symbol” representing a football team or a chicken franchise.

The red and white stars represent the thirteen original colonies.  Those …. Colonies … were built by the blood, the sweat and the strife of real men and women, facing unknown dangers, starvation, and separations from friends and family, left behind, in other countries.

The blue canton represents “unity.”  It stands for the unity of people coming together to create this great Republic, and swearing allegiance as one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all Americans.  And, before any one jumps on the “for all Americans” thing, I am referring to when this flag was created and updated to symbolize all 50 states.  I am not talking about the “Pledge of Allegiance, “when, and why the word America …was added.  Let’s stay focused.

The stars represent each state in the Republic of America.  The stars don’t just represent a specific state.  They again … represent all the brave men and women who fought (and those who died) for state sovereignty and to be recognized as a part of this great nation.

I watch people, who have been given more opportunity to do something with their lives than in any other country, chant hate slogans and burn the flag … and, it sickens me.

I watch people who claim to be historians, Constitutionalists, and political authoritarians … smile condescendingly … while reminding viewers and listeners that this is one of those “unalienable rights” of all Americans.

But, there is one word that keeps being kept out of the conversation … and, that is … responsibility.  With rights, come responsibilities.  It is the responsibility of respecting the rights … and feelings … of others, as well as our own.

It is the responsibility of honoring those who have come before us and who have fought and died to preserve the very rights that, so many abuse, today.

Our American Flag has been carried from battleground to battleground in the fight for our liberty and our freedoms, as a country, and, in protecting others.  While it was sometimes torn and shredded, somewhat … it prevailed.

Our American Flag is a symbol of our American history and it is a declaration of all that we have had to fight for, endure, and overcome.

That symbol should not be trivialized to mean nothing more than a “piece of cloth” or a cell-phone symbol.

The American Flag is a symbol which represents the very heart and soul of everything that is America, the good and the ugly.  It represents and honors the good men and women who have fought bravely to preserve our rights and freedoms.  It represents the pain, the heartache, the tears, the sacrifices, and the deaths of real people who helped to make, and preserve our Republic of America.

The events that have framed America … the people that lived and died for this country … are now a part of history.  They are no longer with us.  But … our American Flag is still here.  She is still waving in honor of those people and as a reminder of all that is America.

No, the American Flag is NOT just a piece of cloth, as some say.  It symbolizes the very soul of America, it is the history of America … and it is a constant reminder of the glory and the greatness that America can be for future generations.  Our flag should be revered and honored, not ripped apart and burned.  One has that right, to be sure … but with that right, comes responsibility, and the duty of respect … for the very object … that symbolizes that right.

 

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Debbie Barth: 12/01/2016 at 2:31:01 pm EDT
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