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Author: Rev. Bernie Seter

I Got to Call Him Dad.

  Born in an Oak Savannah forest overlooking a treeless prairie, he picked choke, saskatoon, and pembina, but his favorite was June berry. He taught me about wild asparagus, and horseradish and onion and currant and how his mother made gooseberry jam.  He showed me the travois marks of the Indians who came to this place to make pemmican. Though he loved the Turtle mountains, his life was down below where he could see a distant horizon where barley and wheat would grow. He worked for a while surveying and learned about theodolites and transits and more.  He learned about arpents and acres and rods and he loved numbers – a mathematician to the core. He taught in a one room school house and had children from Kindergarten to the 9th grade, and he just smiled when I asked him if the frustration, was worth the money he made? And then this young man who loved the endless prairie, was taken from home and family, and reported to a small ship to traverse a rolling and roiling endless sea. He had a brother who went to Europe to help defeat the “Hun” and he was on an Island that launched the planes that brought an end to the “Rising Sun”. In the midst of world wide chaos and the reaping of the wild winds that were sown, he thought...

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Celebrity Political Action

Just recently a celebrity and movie star stood up at one of the endless parade of award shows where actors give them selves pats on the back and get to dress up and stand in front of cameras.  The actor used the stage to make a one word commentary on the President of the United States twice and to which there was a paroxysm of applause and laughter.  Thankfully it was just a one word commentary and we were not forced to hear a cascade of leftist talking points and nonsensical drivel from someone who can barely talk unless reading from a script.  Now there are news reports that a major political party has the bright idea that they need to go to Hollywood to “help them with their messaging”.  For those of us that always thought that is where they get their messaging in the first place, this was an interesting thought provoker. The idea of celebrities climbing on the public stage to state their views has been going on since the beginning of the Republic.  The founders were not always happy with the press because at that time owners of and writers of newspapers were also celebrities.  “I deplore… the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed and the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them… These ordures are rapidly depraving...

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What is So Special About a Special Prosecutor?

The news is replete with discussion of indictments, grand juries, lying to the Government, coverups and clandestine informants and “special” prosecutors.  Something is wrong with a system that allows congress to shirk it’s responsibilities and place it’s over sight and investigative powers into the hands of secret, “special” investigators.  The whole concept of privacy, freedom from search and seizure and a whole host of other “rights” seem to disappear down a rat hole of behind the scenes nonsense.  When the deputy Attorney General  gives the President of the Untied States his opinion that the President has every right (which he does) and good reasons (which even the Democrats had believed) to fire the Director of the FBI and the President does so, and the General turns around and calls for a special counsel to investigate the President for obstruction for following his advice, we have gone down some rabbit hole.. Conrad Black in his biography of Richard Nixon, “A Life in Full”, writes – The American prosecutorial system encourages a system of suborned or intimidated perjury, or at least spontaneous clarity of recollection, to move upwards in the inculpation of officials in any organization where wrongdoing is alleged. Plea bargains are negotiated by threat and financial strangulation and reduction of penalties, as lower echelons roll over in sequence blaming higher-ups. It is a questionable system, which led decades later...

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Flag Day

  So way at the bottom is the straight story from  I will not comment on the state of respect for the flag today.  I will leave that up to the reader.  In the meantime put out your flags and read Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag”. I walked through a county courthouse square On a park bench an old man was sitting there I said, your old courthouse is kinda run down He said, naw, it’ll do for our little town I said, your old flagpole has leaned a little bit And that’s a ragged old flag you got hanging on it He said, have a seat, and I sat down Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town? I said, I think it is He said, I don’t like to brag But we’re kinda proud of that ragged old flag You see, we got a little hole in that flag there when Washington took it across the Delaware And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key Sat watching it writing say can you see And it got a bad rip in New Orleans With Packingham and Jackson tuggin’ at its seams And it almost fell at the Alamo Beside the Texas flag, but she waved on though She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill...

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Thoughts on Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts

Some thought-provoking ideas have been brought to light by the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain and the amazing life affirming and brave letter of Charles Krauthammer a Pulitzer Prize winning commentator, who found out this week that he is dying. The first idea is that there might be something foundational hidden somewhere deep in the DNA of individuals that would cause successful people who seem to have everything good going for them and yet want to end their life, and successful people whose life has been a struggle because of grief, sickness, or trials, and yet they not only affirm life, they fight to keep it no matter how difficult that life may be. Charles Krauthammer was paralyzed in an early age when he by his own admission did something stupid, and didn’t pay attention, and dove into the shallow end of a swimming pool and broke his neck. He recounts knowing what he had done immediately because he had been studying a medical textbook which was found poolside with a page open to the section on the central nervous system. As he sank to the bottom of the pool he knew that he had broken his neck and all he could do was lie on the bottom of the pool holding his breath waiting for someone to come and rescue him.  Unable to use his legs,...

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