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‘It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.’  ~ Proverbs 25:24


As a recovering militarist myself, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Merle Haggard has finally seen the light and eschewed the jingoism so rampant in our society for a sensible advocacy of peace and Mind-Our-Own-Business-ism. Like myself, he was once a cheerleader for the Military-Industrial Complex and the projection of American Military Strength, as witnessed by his ode to Big Stick Diplomacy, ‘Fighting Side of Me’:

I hear people talkin’ bad about the way we have to live here in this country,

Harpin’ on the wars we fight and gripin’ ’bout the way things oughtta be.

And I don’t mind ’em swithin’ sides and standing up for things they believe in.

When they’re running down the country, man

They’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.


Thankfully, it appears that Mr Haggard has had changed his point of view. His latest album features the song ‘Rebuild America First’ with the following lyrics:

Why don’t we liberate these United States

We’re the ones who need it the worst

Let the rest of the world help us for a change

And let’s rebuild America first.’


Come on it, Hag–the water’s warm.





In the War on Christianity, two powerful lobby groups have learnt the importance of the age old maxim, ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend.’





McCainiac's Campaign Summary

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When are there situations when loyalty to a nation-state comes into conflict with loyalty to the Kingdom of God?’





Vox Day discusses his new book, ‘The Irrational Atheist’: ‘I suspect the reason [atheists are in such an uproar] is related to the current state of physics and the increasing uncertainty scientists feel about the universe based on the very, very low probability that the universe randomly happened to turn out the way it is now observed to be. Atheists have felt that science was on their side ever since the Enlightenment, and now they see it slipping away from them. So, this recent explosion of atheist books is not a sign of strength; it’s a sign of desperation ...’





General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause … he was a poised and inspiring leader, true to the high trust reposed in him by millions of his fellow citizens; he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies but ingenious, unrelenting and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. Through all his many trials, he remained selfless almost to a fault and unfailing in his faith in God. Taken altogether, he was noble as a leader and as a man, and unsullied as I read the pages of our history.


From deep conviction I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s calibre would be unconquerable in spirit and soul …


Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall. ~ Dwight Eisenhower





When it comes to illegal immigration, Dr. Paul has a leg up – his is one of the best programs.’



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Written by ninepoundhammer

January 29, 2008 at 9:15 pm

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  1. I was singing the exact song your title is when I got to your page. Weeeeeeird!


    January 30, 2008 at 1:49 pm

  2. I love Our House! Maybe that should be my next ring tone. You might get a laugh from this letter supposedly from the brothers who lived in that house:

    Patricia Calderon

    January 31, 2008 at 5:21 pm

  3. As I said in this song, (produced by Mark Yeary, Merle’s right hand man of 20 years and former member of Merle’s band, The Strangers):

    Merle Hasn’t Lost His Fightin’ Side
    Dr BLT
    words and music by Dr BLT copyright 2008
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    Maybe it was his fightin’ side that caused him to steal my pen when he was in my hometown on Wednesday for a street-naming ceremony. I lost my pen trying to get his autograph, but the experience spawned this new song:

    The Day Merle Haggard Stole My Pen
    Dr BLT
    words and music by Dr BLT
    I was surprised he didn’t do any of this bluegrass material at his most recent performance in Bakersfield, where he also attended a ceremony in which they named a street after him, the same ceremony where he stole my pen. That’s right. Merle Haggard stole my pen.

    He was released from the San Quintin pen the day I was released from my mother’s womb. He won’t go back to the pen for stealing my pen, but it did inspire me to pen this song:

    The Day Merle Haggard Stole My Pen
    Dr BLT
    words and music by Dr BLT copyright 2008

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    Dr BLT

    February 15, 2008 at 5:32 pm

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