Arthur: But if you all work all day every day when is the time for adventure?

Little John: Life is 9/10 work my boy with a little play when you can get it.

The Adventures of Robin Hood The Youngest Outlaw 1955

We talk a lot about political stuff here but Ed Morrissey imparts some on what’s actually important or more importantly what makes a marriage work on the occasion of his 20th anniversary:

Marriage is tough. It takes work, understanding, forgiveness, and maturity — which Marcia has in abundance, thankfully, to make up for my deficits. Seriously, though, what I have discovered along the way is that it takes a firm and committed heart. Not the romantic notions of heart, but the true sense of the conjunction of the will and the intellect, joined in love and with God at the center. Our marriage has been strongest at those times when we felt weakest and fell back on the strength we had in the Lord. After that happens a few times, the lesson starts to sink in, even through the thickest skull. You know … mine.

that’s the first component of a successful marriage realizing how it involves work and effort and not the nonsense you see on TV.

The Second component touches on the 2nd most important aspect of Marriage I had a moment on New Years Eve that illustrates it perfectly.

Ens Covery (translating Cinque):   I will call to the past, far back to the beginning of time, and beg them to come and help me at the judgment. I will reach back and draw them into me, and they must come, for at this moment, I am the whole reason they have existed at all.

Amistad 1997

The wife and I were in a restaurant in Worcester and there was a young waitress who was doing the prep for what would be a big night before heading to her 2nd job.

The wife and I got to talking with her she was getting ready to graduate and then was going to Head to Hawaii for a few months with some friends and decide if she wanted to stay, by an odd coincidence my wife did the same thing after college.

The girl asked my wife about her time in Hawaii and she talked about how wonderful it was. The girl then asked if she regrets not staying there and settle.

She didn’t hesitate for a moment declaring if she had stayed in Hawaii she wouldn’t have our sons.

And THAT is the sign of the perspective that you want. Once you have children, they remain the priority no matter what the age they are.  Too many people see children as sign of status rather than a labor of love and responsibility that last a lifetime.

There was a time when these cultural truths were understood not only because they were self-evident but because they were the secret to success of both a family and a society.

But as the culture of narcissism & me brought by the baby boom generation and reinforced by the media has taken hold these values have retreated to the religious and cultural conservatives.

It will take decades for the culture to change as the Baby boomers die and their influence dies off but take those two lessons to heart, marriage takes work and your children are the priority, and you will see success.

Happy Anniversary Ed and many more.

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By A.P. Dillon

What happens if you throw a social justice movement and no one comes? More specifically, what happens when the citizens of the state in which you’re pushing this movement have tuned you out?

You get the normal sized, lackluster Moral Monday crowd like this one in Fayetteville:

It sounded like part revival, and part rally. Barber used the occasion to give state lawmakers a tongue lashing. “We are not dealing with Republicans,” said Barber. “It’s not about Republicans or Democrats. It’s about extremist trying to hijack this state.”

The crowd of 200 to 300 may have been small, but spirits were high. There were a lot of teachers and educators in the crowd, who are angry at state legislators.  Via Abc11

200-300 was generous. I saw the report on television by ABC 11 and Time Warner news was likely more accurate with ‘more than a hundred’.  You see, this is what a Moral Monday really looks like when you aren’t busing in people from other states or astroturfing it with Unions.   Regarding the line about teachers and educators – how dare Governor McCrory actually fulfill one of their main requests?

This is what Moral Monday looks like in Florida — mostly unions:

Here comes the out of state astroturf RT @ProgressFlorida: RT @AwakeTheState: Flyer for Moral Monday rally in Tally pic.twitter.com/LdUZFu0Cyn — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 18, 2014

 Reminder: Organize the South Or Die!

There is a related piece in the FayObserver with a picture from this particular Moral Monday who is holding a sign that says ‘Get Big Money Out Of Politics’.  That sign probably only means get money out of Republican politics, since the top donors over the last twenty years have given overwhelmingly to Democrats.

 

The Crowd Estimate Lie And Media Repetition

I’m surprised they even estimated given the “logistics expert” debacle that came out of the Moral March held on February 8th; see my article, Moral March Recap. USA Today was forced to correct the ludicrous estimate from the NAACP’s “logistics expert” that touted 80-100k had shown up when fellow blogger SisterToldjah made an inquiry. As it turns out, the USA Today writer simply plucked that number from a tweet made by the Moral March leader, Reverend Barber, then put it in their article without attribution.

Just for fun, let’s try a comparison.  Here’s a crowd shot from the march. Below is a shot of the on campus basketball record-breaking crowd in the Carrier Dome at over 34K during the recent SU vs Duke game. The crowd estimate NC NAACP wants you to believe is around three times that? Bullpucky.

The official attendance was 35,446. For even more perspective, there’s another shot of that crowd here. GO ORANGE!

 

So The Media Repeated Big Lie? What Was The Real Number?

Yes. None of them vetted that number the day of and instead, repeated the claim. That includes the national outlet, USA Today. Sister Toldjah had question them to get USA Today to correct it. That’s your media, folks. The real number was probably about 14-15k according to Stephen Doig and Butch Street, who were brought in to check out the 80-100k claim.  In other words, no bigger than one of the larger HK on J marches — only they had to bus them in from other states. One could read more about that debunking if it weren’t conveniently still behind the News and Observer pay wall.

“Logistics Expert”

So who is the “logistics expert”? Peter Anlyan, the founder of Anlyan Consulting.  Was he using Common Core math to get that ridiculous estimate? One has to wonder. Anlyan, as it turns out has strong ties to Jim Goodmon, whose charity organization funneled money to the ‘attack memo’ distributor BlueprintNC which was spawned by NC Justice Center. Convenient!

So why does this crowd size matter?  It should matter to everyone that the 2014 HK on J/Moral March was mostly people imported from other states – yet the media present chose not to show that aspect. It shows this ‘movement’ lacks the enthusiasm from the majority of North Carolinians and that who is showing up are the far Left groups and their union friends. They do not represent North Carolina. They are a well-funded, small but loud minority attempting to make themselves seem larger and broader than they really are– and failing.

Related: Find out what happens with David Webb confronts Reverend Barber at the Moral March.

 

A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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Although you wouldn’t know as I had a pair of posts scheduled I spent most of yesterday offline leaving the house at around 7:30 and getting home after 4.

The reason for spending so many hours away from a computer was a civic duty. I was in Worcester testifying before a grand jury in a criminal matter.

Given my Sicilian ancestry and regular jokes along those lines, you might conjure visions of men in fedoras, people whose names end in vowels and something out of this Ally Bank commercial:

…in fact my testimony had to do with the events described in these two posts.

As a result of the execution of search warrants by police, three handguns, another type of firearm, and a bullet resistant vest were located and seized inside the apartments by the Fitchburg Police Department.

“another type of firearm?” that’s a pretty broad statement. I find the discovery of the vest significant as I presume it isn’t for safety when leaving a party with a metal detector per Chris Rock.

I never testified before a Grand Jury before. It was a much quicker procedure than you might think, You are called, sworn in, answer the questions as asked and then answer any questions that the jury decides to pose then you’re done.

The real time killer is the wait.  Got to the courthouse at 8:30 and I didn’t testify until almost noon and as cell phones and PC’s are not allowed you spend a lot of time doing very little.

They say one can indict a Ham Sandwich (although not apparently a Lunenburg mother) so given my testimony, that of others and the weapons and body armor discovered I would not be surprised if indictments come.

Based on the police report the Maximum sentence if convicted on all charges, & all sentences being consecutive rather than concurrent would be 15 years.  If convicted on all charges given the minimum or & all sentences being concurrent (served at the same time) on these charges is 18 months.

While that sounds cool when you write a story, the reality is unless the defendant has connections to somebody the authorities really want to nail, I suspect the most likely result is a plea bargain resulting in maybe a year in jail and some probation.

With the speed of justice odds are it will take a while before this plays out, months or maybe even years and given the light possible sentence one might wonder:  “Why bother testifying given that…

1.  In the end the defendant will be back in the neighborhood fairly quickly

2.  As the strict gun laws of Massachusetts didn’t prevent him from obtaining weapons illegally a year or two in the House of correction isn’t going to stop him from re-arming.

…why not just do the Sicilian thing and mind my own business?”

Well frankly if the guy just had his guns in his own house, legally or illegally I wouldn’t give a damn, nor would I have lost a lot of sleep over an argument even if it spilled over into the street a bit, on occasion people lose their temper, it happens, that’s not a problem.

But when you are in front of my house producing guns and all that’s between me and mine & a stray bullet is a glass window, then it’s my problem.

Something like that has gotta be nipped in the bud because once you surrender your street,neighborhood or city to this kind of thing, you sentence yourself to live in fear.

When I was born this was a Sicilian Neighborhood with shops, bakeries, restaurants, car dealerships and furniture stores. Fitchburg in general was a pretty quiet spot, even as recent as 30 years ago you could walk the street in the middle of the night and not worry.

The Sicilians are mostly gone from the neighborhood now and because the city was silent when the gangs and drugs moved in we’ve become a hub of the trade. Dealers and the sight of the state police in the immediate area have become a fact of life. I’ve reached a point where the audible sound of a gunshot in my neighborhood doesn’t phase me enough to give the police a ring. This is unlikely to be reversed in my lifetime and there isn’t a lot I can do about Fitchburg in general either.

But I’m damn well not going to keep my mouth shut and be scared to walk down the street in a neighborhood I’ve lived in for 20+ years.

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