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Patriotism is NOT a Sin!

July 4, 2011
 Kris Karrel notes: The following is a post  I ran across on a forum. Send this to every Patriot you know, but please include the proper accreditation.


Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For For more than a year he lived in forests
and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.


I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, please. It’s time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.

HOOYAH U.S.A!!!!!!
Lieutenant (and future Mrs.) BUD/S USN!!


Just Blaine Horney

March 15, 2011


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Operation Pinkslip

December 20, 2010

Well, no one has ever accused me of sitting around waiting to be robbed. But that’s what we’re all doing–sitting around, waiting for both so-called parties in Congress and the puppet in the White House to rob us of our country on behalf of their ringleader, George Soros. They would murder America, if we let them.

All this time, since 2008, we’ve been REACTING to the Soros/Obama plan instead of ACTING on our own plan and in our own best interests.

We’re playing the part of willing victims, just like Soros/Obama expects us to do. And since I am not a victim, but an American, and I’m not one to nitpick without offering a solution, I propose OPERATION PINKSLIP.

Granted, the Soros/Obama regime has planned for every contingency. Or so they think. If we go for our guns, we get martial law. If we wait like good little mutton entrees to “vote” in 2012, we get more of the same. If we even get to 2012 before any number of manufactured crises kick in–food shortage, currency collapse, economic and political retardation and death.

These Progressive traitors, these radicals praying for violence, have every avenue covered except one–PEACE.

Peace is a beautiful weapon. Ask Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr. If goons strike violently at any one member of your peaceful army, they show their cowardice and serve only to bring you more recruits.

Soros/Obama and the Progressives in Congress fear our PEACE.

I suggest that in the Spring, those patriots who would dare emulate our Forefathers should start out for Washington DC with the express goal of firing all 535 members of Congress as well as the marxist in the White House and all his minions. We converge on the steps of the Capitol and at the White House on July 4, 2011, by the millions, we issue our pinkslips and refuse to leave until our recently discharged employees do.

In the meantime, those who cannot physically join us can remain at home, organizing new elections for the recently vacated seats as well as the residence on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Progressives need violence to effect their FINAL SOLUTION to the AMERICAN PROBLEM.

So, we must give them what they cannot fight–PEACE. We must, in effect, shut this country down to keep our Constitution, our liberties, and our children’s futures intact. Soros/Obama will shut our country down in their own best interests, so we might as well preempt them and their plans.

What the hell do we have to lose? Soros/Obama will take everything from us if we continue to REACT like good little victims instead of ACTING like the Americans we are, and ACTING PEACEFULLY en masse in our own best interests.

So, pass the word. PEACE is a beautiful weapon, and a revolution fought with PEACE as our SWORD AND SHIELD results in far fewer casualties than any armed uprising.

Operation Pinkslip. July 4. And please do, write your congressmen and tell them we’re coming. The idea of millions of American employers paying a visit to DC to fire their treasonous employees might serve as enough of a deterrent to make Operation Pinkslip entirely unnecessary.

But don’t count on it.

Oh, and by the way, MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Ronald Reagan on Socialized Medicine

December 6, 2009

No truer words spoken, or warning given, then as now.

Write your senators and representatives, even if you think it will do no good. At least once we shown them all the door, they cannot claim they never heard from us.

A Thanksgiving Prayer

November 26, 2009

Lord God of all the Living Universe, God of Whom there is no image,

–Thank you for the Constitution of these United States, for once we knew we should be free.

–Thank you for the men and women of the Armed Forces who offer their lives in defense of America–no greater sacrifice is found.

–Thank you for our children, our future. May we not disappoint them–or you.

–Thank you for good friends and sworn enemies. Both teach us more about love and hate, trust and dishonesty, than we ever learn in church or school.

–Thank you for the athiests who daily prove your existence, lest their clamoring voices be raised against nothing but thin air.

–Thank you for what’s right in our world, and what’s wrong, that we may better know the difference, that we may all find the purpose–large or small–to our lives.

–Thank you.

M.L. Bushman

3.6 Trillion minus 100 Million Equals What?

April 20, 2009

According to the Washington Post and others, Obama will convene his cabinet for the first time with the sole purpose of finding $100 million in budget cuts.

This would be laughable if it weren’t so pathetic.

3.6 trillion minus 100 million = the most minimal policy of appeasement.

The Post article says this move signals the President’s determination to cut the deficit. And when will that be? Sometime after he’s out of office maybe? During my ten-year-old daughter’s lifetime perhaps? Or maybe when China forecloses on our land for the debt we owe right this very minute, some 12 trillion and counting. Or will the deficit be cut only after every American who doesn’t agree that Congress and the President are entitled to spend our future and that of our children and their children is branded some kind of extremist for actually giving a damn about their country?

I think it’s nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction by all of Washington to the tea parties and their turnout. Gee, free people of all political ideologies, or none at all, exercising their constitutional rights to assemble and protest bigger government, wasteful spending and further erosion of the Constitution must really threaten Congress, the President and the real powers that stand behind our would-be slavemasters’ thrones–powers such as that unconstitutional private corporation known as the Federal Reserve, who answers to no one and has already loaned 2 trillion of our tax money to unidentified recipients. Not even some members of Congress, again trying to simply appease us all, can get an answer as to where that 2 trillion went. We just have to take Ben Bernanke’s word that we’ll get it back.

And We the People aren’t supposed to be a trifle upset by any of it. We’re supposed to snooze right in slavery without so much as a snort of disapproval.


Obviously, Congress and the President think We the People can be lulled back to sleep by such blatant political games.  Or maybe they are dumb enough to believe we’re all just that stupid.Yeah, I bet the British King thought all those angry colonists in America were just morons without a clue, too.

And what’s even sillier is  our modern tyrants in Washington laboring under the belief that directing the national media to publish stories on what Congress and the President’s advisors consider to be emotional issues will keep us fighting amongst ourselves indefinitely, like it has in the past. This particular game is also known as stirring up a smoke screen to hide other, more egregious assaults on our civil rights such as House Bill HR 45.

For those Americans just waking up or still depending on the national media for all their news, HR 45 would make owning a firearm not registered with the Feds a felony. This is an outright attempt to abridge your second amendment rights while further eroding the Constitution of these United States. Not only that, but here in Montana, this bill would attempt to usurp the Constitution of the Sovereign State of Montana, which says that no resident shall be required to register any firearm. And how far behind can an annual tax on owning a firearm be? This is just the latest endaround on our individual civil rights Congress and the President thinks they can pull on us all–obviously, they don’t feel an outright ban on firearms will fly, and most assuredly it won’t, so they’ll simply tax our second amendment right to keep and bear arms out of existence.

So, where’s the stories on this bill, this HR 45, this would-be major step in eroding the Second Amendment? Nowhere, because the Congress and the President along with their bedfellows in the national media don’t want you to know. They’d rather disarm us all, one of the first things the Tyrant 101 manual says they should do. Hell, it worked for Hitler, didn’t it? And how’d that turn out anyway? Who was it that turned the tide of Fascism in Europe? America. And yet, once America is successfully subjugated, who will be left to defend freedom? Gee, like the Federal Reserve and their buddies in banking systems all over the world wouldn’t want everything on the planet under their tight control, and no questions asked–but you sure don’t see any stories in our national media on the dangers of the New World Order, do you? Hmmmm…wonder why that is?


You don’t think the elitists in national media living their cushy lives want to survive, even at the expense of liberty, truth, and justice for all?


I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of being treated like a serf by a government that’s supposed to be working for We the People and America’s best interests, and not the other way around.

We didn’t become the great nation we are by letting anyone or anything “appease” us into regulated serfdom.

3.6 trillion minus 100 million = more tea parties. We the People must exercise our right to peaceably assemble and protest, to effect meaningful and long-lasting change–a return to our Constitution–without bloodshed, before that right, too, is stripped away from extremists like us, we patriots all.

Only We the People can change the direction of this country and ensure the liberty of our generations, and the continuing and future greatness of America.

See you at the next Tea Party!

Let’s roll, People.

David Foster Wallace–an Apology.

September 15, 2008

In all the comments I’ve read springing up all over the Net like weeds upon the writer’s passage, the repeated mention of the pain he must’ve suffered seems a most arrogant presumption. To intimate or assume he was in the throes of some self-induced torture that he alone was responsible for is the epitome of arrogance.

Unmentioned remains the possibility, however far-fetched to some, that it was we as a society who caused his mortal wound, we who failed him and not the other way around. We have not shown the slightest inclination as a society to think, or to turn toward thinking and great thoughts, nor do we venerate intellect or intelligence. Quite the opposite.

I submit that he merely saw our ultimate end, and that end stole the last shred of hope, and by accepting that hope is dead, our lack of action, our unwillingness to change, our disinclination toward anything remotely resembling reason or common sense killed him.

When brilliant minds shine their lights on the changes we as a society must make to advance in a positive manner, yet we give only lip service to, or outright refuse, any real effort, what else can then follow? What further wisdom can be imparted that, without dissolving into nagging criticisms or continued harping, will convince us to act upon the truths to which we so often and publicly agree?

Not even death in so tragic a manner appears to disturb the course of this world or the fates of its people. We register our pain, our sorrow to be seen and acknowledged by those around us; in our public sympathies, in our shows of empathy, we mourn for his family and friends; and yet at first opportunity, we run back to our addictions, our self-indulgences, and never mention between ourselves or in any public venue that his death may have, indeed, been our collective fault, his passing or that of any other brilliant sensitive mind the result of our increasingly poor choices, his decision to leave this shallowing world in a time and manner of his own choosing reflective only of the absence of hope in the future of all of us as a whole.

Herein lies the real tragedy–that all but a thinking few will ever acknowledge, or even accept, that maybe we owe Dave and other brilliant souls lost in a similar manner an apology.

I am sorry, Dave. Truly. I will not, from this moment on, fail to encourage thinking, to spread kindness and hope, to try in every way, however large or small, to change the fate of this world, wherever and whenever I can. For all you gave us, we owe you that much at least.

The Implausible Hero

August 22, 2008

My alter-ego’s new book, The Implausible Hero, was released today by publisher, Jigsaw Press! To celebrate this momentous occasion, I’m including a link to the YouTube video here and I’m also going to attempt the nearly impossible and embed the code in this post so you see this video if you choose. Any comments here, or any ratings and/or comments on the YouTube site would be very much appreciated. A first chapter excerpt of the book is available at both Jigsaw Press and M.L. Bushman’s website where you can order a signed hardcover or download the eBook.

If you get a break in the stream of the video, just press pause and let ‘er load a bit ahead. In my opinion, it’s worth the wait, but what would I know? I’m just a writer.

Writing and Writers Groups

June 25, 2008

I don’t believe in writing workshops or “training” or “gentle” critique or a majority of the writing “advice” flowing freely–whether in workshops or books–from those whose main goal is to separate a writer from his or her hard-earned dollars.  Either you are a writer, or you’re not.  To my way of thinking, there’s no middle ground nor is there a method or a formula, an all-encompassing recipe if you will, to give you what you do not already innately possess.

The only advice I ever took to heart was time-tested and true: read and write EVERY day.  Whether it’s ten words a day you read and write, or thousands, ten minutes or ten hours–the discipline is every bit as important as the study and practice.  However, this is too easy, and the price apparently too high for many.  It is also very lonely.

To commit, to look yourself in the soul and say, a writer is what I am, then follow your destiny is probably the hardest task anyone ever sets before themselves.  You will lose sleep.  Your health will suffer.  Your family will think you possessed.  Doubts will have a field day with you.  But, if you persevere, eventually you will succeed.

Hanging out with a group of other “writers” is all well and good, but there is danger in that, too.  Imagine a pond stocked with fish.  They are all circling happily.  They are comfortable.  There’s safety in numbers.  They are also afraid, though they may not even be aware of that.  What they fear is bucking the tide, leaping from the pool, and heading upstream–alone.  So, most don’t do that.  They critique each others’ work, but none of them ever get any better or worse, nor do they encourage creativity or writing freedom.  Their critique may or may not be colored with their egos, their personal agendas, or jealousies. They pay for workshops to be with others of their kind; or buy all the “recommended” books from “authors” who have yet to write a best seller, fiction or non; they do everything they can to avoid one simple truth: writing is a lonely business.  A writer at some point MUST float his or her own boat, swim away from the crowd happily circling the pond to see what’s upstream.  And they must do this alone or content themselves to stay at the same level as every other writer in their comfortable little pond.

A writer writes because he or she must.  No amount of money can compensate for what is or isn’t inside.

Still, I’m not saying don’t join a writers group.  You have to do what you think is right for you.  My opinion remains, however, that most writers would be better off to keep their money in their pocket and work on their discipline instead.  Given enough time, ten words a day will still add up to a story or a book.

Why I Love My Publisher, Jigsaw Press

May 24, 2008

The following is a recent post Jigsaw Press’s CEO (also my editor) made to a publisher’s listserv when the subject of contracts, bankruptcies, and authors losing their rights came up. You gotta love the rationale. I sure do.

To my way of thinking, these contracts between writers and publishers exist for a number of reasons, none of them very brilliant or inspiring when you really look at the issue. I’m going to be blunt here.

Contracts exist:
1. To protect the author from being screwed.
2. To protect the publisher from being screwed.
3. To enrich lawyers, beginning with that first one way back who saw an opportunity to capitalize on distrust between two parties and suggested they put their agreement on paper.
4. To give the bankruptcy court an “asset” to “grab” on behalf of creditors.
5. To ensure timely payment of royalties.
6. To keep an author from jumping ship.

There are more less than stellar reasons, I’m sure, but do any of you see one item in the above list that implies trust or engenders loyalty? I don’t. In fact, quite the opposite. The proliferation of contracts, their increasing complexity in hope of covering “all the bases” is simply more evidence of a society crumbling into ruin. We are only as good as our signatures on paper. Our word, our characters, mean nothing any more.

A dispute over a contract right out of the gate when I started my business forced me to give this issue some serious thought. I personally do not want to work with anyone who thinks that I, as a publisher, am going to screw them, nor do I want to work with people who aren’t good for their word. A person who demands a contract can just take it down the road as far as I and my business are concerned. Because of my personal belief that God, no matter who you think he (even she) is or isn’t, sees every single thing I do, I wouldn’t take a dime, nay, a penny not belonging to me. A billion dollars isn’t worth pissing off the Creator of the Cosmos. Not to me anyway.

Everything about my deal with an author is outlined in a virtual handshake of an email. My authors are absolutely free to take their books and leave, anytime they want. I don’t charge them a dime, for my work in editing and designing their books, nor do I charge them for print set-ups or copyright fees or any other thing. I also don’t pay advances. And do you know what is happening now that I decided to pursue this course? Loyalty is happening. Trust is happening. I do pick my authors carefully, generally based on how receptive they are to editing, and sure, I expect one or two to run off perhaps after all the work is done, but that hasn’t happened yet. And that will be the particular author’s karma, not mine, if it should.

Now, if I go belly-up and close my doors, the authors aren’t out because they haven’t signed away anything, there’s nothing for any unscrupulous lawyer or court to grab outside of my business checking account, and I have no intentions of selling out, so there you go.

To my way of thinking, the ideal contract is no contract at all. And if I should get sued on behalf of an author for plagiarism or outright libel, that’s my fault for not vetting the work properly to begin with. If that’s the case, I will stand up and take responsibility, not try to shift it to someone else because “it’s in the contract.”

editor-Jigsaw Press