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David Allen Rivera
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I actually like this theme. Not as good as Lalo's "Mission:Impossible," or "Enter the Dragon," but still good. I have it on my computer, but the quality isn't that good. Both vids on YT also have poor audio quality. It would be nice if a "Best Of" compilation would have this on.
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The Flag of the Confederate States of America...you've probably been hearing about it. It's been dominating the news.

On June 17th,  a white shooter went into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed 9 people. The website of the racist killer Dylann Roof had photographs in which the Confederate flag was an element. That immediately started a backlash.

Warner Bros. announced they would no longer sanction the production of "Dukes of Hazzard" merchandise that featured the flag which was painted on the roof of the orange Dodge Charger driven by the Duke brothers- referred to as the General Lee. The cable network TV Land followed with their announcement that they have removed the show from their schedule and will no longer air episodes of the popular show. Retailers like Walmart and Sears, as well as internet sites like Amazon, eBay and Etsy have said they will ban sales of Confederate Flag merchandise.

NASCAR requested that all tracks which  host its national series events "refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag" at their events. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has called for the removal of the flag from the state's capitol grounds. The presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton,  said the flag "shouldn't fly."

The massacre at the church was abhorrent and the murderer needs to be tried, convicted and put to death.

However, this campaign to get rid of the Confederate Flag is seemingly being done to apply guilt to a symbol to somehow garner some comfort in the wake of tragic event. It's almost like they feel that having the flag made him do it. No, what made him do it was the environment he grew up in. He is a hater and he is a bigot.

Because they're not going to get enough satisfaction out of the killer's adjudication, instead they are attacking a symbol. But really, they are just using this event to continue an ongoing battle against the Confederate Flag. Since the Civil War it has been considered a symbol of slavery, oppression and racism; and in the past few years, specifically during the administration of President Obama, there had been a renewed effort to get rid of the flag.

Winston Churchill said "History will be kind to me because I intend to write it." This reflects the mindset that "history is written by the victors." (Which may or may not have also been said by him.) But now history is being rewritten by a minority group of people just because they are yelling the loudest.

The Confederate Flag is history. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, are you going to write him out of the history books because of that?

Erasing history doesn't change it. Liberals seem to think you can. For example, on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots," when guest actor/director/and new Batman Ben Affleck found out one of his ancestors had owned slaves, he asked for that reference to be omitted from a 2014 episode. 

A new CNN poll shows that 57% of Americans see the flag more as a symbol of Southern pride than as a symbol of racism, which is about the same as in 2000 when it was 59%. However, opinions are sharply divided by race, and among whites, views are split by education and political ideology.

Right off the bat, the right to display the Confederate Flag is a Constitutional right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. That little piece of information seems to have slipped by some people.

There was a Civil War that tore this country apart, that is an undeniable fact. However, why it happened seems to be a little cloudy because public education in this country is specifically engineered to dumb-down Americans and keep them in the dark as to why things are the way they are today.

When this country was established, it took money to send ships here with what was needed to do that. That money came from British bankers. Not everyone who came to this country were against the Crown. When America declared her independence, it was problematic, because the British bankers realized they were not going to get a return on their investment, even though they had a legitimate claim of debt. In addition, when we asked the French to help us, we also incurred a debt with them. When we decided to breakaway from England, we had no money.

When a country lent money to another country, it was a 70-year Note, and it became due about the time that Lincoln had become President. He didn't want to give away any land as part of the foreclosure, so he tried to renegotiate with them. The bankers were willing to do that, but as part of the deal, the bankers wanted to hold the public lands of all 34 republics as collateral for the debt. When the Southern States found out about those terms, making them responsible for the debt of a war they never fought in, they didn't agree with it and decided to secede instead. The repercussions on many levels of this move by the South is what precipitated the military action of the North. They were sovereign individual nation States and had the right to do that; just as Texas does today because that was their status before they became a State.

And yes, Slavery was another issue; but the thing is, Slavery wasn't just confined to the South. I live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania which is the location of Fort Hunter, a complex of post-Colonial era buildings where a supply fort and garrison had been built. There you'll the Archibald McAllister House. Obviously this historic area has changed over time, and now across the highway behind it, you can see the walled-in private cemetery for the McAllister family. But, behind that, hidden somewhere in a wooded area is an area known by Dauphin County as the "Slave Graves." They lead a tour there once a year in November when the area is more navigable. For the most part however, this fact is not one that is publicized. I'm sure there are many areas in the North where this has happened. Slavery wasn't just carried out in the South.

Another area of contention was States' Rights. The argument has been made that Slavery would have become obsolete because of the Industrial Revolution. But that Revolution came with a price and would not have readily migrated southward. The South was competing economically with the North and there was competition to move westward and expand. The secession brought with it the commitment to preserve their way of life at a time when the Federal Government was encroaching upon them on many different levels.

Slavery was a reprehensible and a shameful chapter in American history, just as the treatment of the Indians which continues today. Despite Civil Rights legislation, and the election of Obama, Blacks in America still experience prejudice. There is a subconscious resentment within them towards injustice, which is understandable. But, is attacking a symbol of history really necessary?

What is known today as the Confederate Flag had actually been rejected as the national flag of the Confederate States of America (CSA) in 1861, and was adopted as the battle flag of Northern Virginia under Gen. Robert E. Lee- so it never actually represented the rogue Southern government. It has become widely known as a symbol of the South. Not because it was identified with the condoning of the institution of Slavery, but because it was  and is, a way to uphold Southern pride and the lives that were lost adhering to the right of a State to be free from the overreach of the Federal Government.

I am getting sick and tired of large corporations giving in to the constant whining of a minority of Liberals who care nothing of freedom and the rights guaranteed to us under the Constitution. My point is, before you get offended by something, make sure you know your history before you blame something.

Regardless of what you think, the Confederate Flag is not a symbol of Slavery and oppression- today, it is a symbol of Freedom. When I see a Confederate Flag, I think, there is someone who is making the statement that the Federal Government is no longer a "government of the people, by the people, for the people."
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+Ruby Rose As a Southern Gal I am in complete agreement with you. But, to pull TV shows and such over a flag is retarded. The confederate flag never made retailers that much money anyhow so that's not a huge deal pulling it from stores. It rightfully should be removed from a state Capitol building where it doesn't belong. I don't think it should be prominently displayed anywhere tbh. As my crush's dad so put it "That's like saying a German can go fly a Swatztica flag over Berlin and say it's his history. Or a Japanese man in America flying a flag commemorating their attacks on Pearl Harbor because he's Japanese and it's part of his history" If you wanna have one on your wall in your house GO FOR IT it's IN your house. Nobody has to see it but you do not fly it in your front yard
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I've been taking some time off, getting some things done. I finished up 4 videos which I uploaded yesterday. If you check out the picture below, you'll see the new edition to my library- a full-size reproduction of a 1611 KJV Pulpit Bible. It's so big, the only place I have to sit it right now is on top of my desk. I did a video on it, check it out.
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Yesterday I finally got my Den retooled to work-at-home. The transition is not complete yet, but when it happens, I'll be saving money on gas, I won't have to worry about weather, traffic, and speeding tickets; and I will be the recipient of 2 extra hours a day. It is my hope that the creative juices will start flowing again, and that God's will and plan in all of this will become more apparent. Now I'll have more of an opportunity to follow world events and keep my finger on the pulse of events that are leading to the events foretold in Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation.
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Yesterday, my grandkids and I visited Woodward Cave, opened in 1926, which is one of the largest caves in Pennsylvania. It features 5 rooms, including the Hall of Statues, 200 feet long; and the Upper Room, which has a cathedral ceiling rising 60 feet off of the cavern floor. I don't care what anyone says- caves are cool. In more ways than one, as the temperature remains 48 degrees all year round. There are numerous geological features that you'll see on this tour, and it is well worth the trip.

Woodward Cave
off of Route 45 in Centre County
Woodward, PA  16882
www.woodwardcave.com
(814)349-9800     (814)349-4400
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Just had to share this. Last Saturday, my son Michael and I went down to the Pen show in Baltimore. I went with the expectation of purchasing an Edison Fountain Pen, my first expensive pen, which was going to be a birthday present to myself. At the show I found one (Edison Collier in the Blue Steel finish). It was really nice. I actually looked at it 3 different times before deciding I wasn't going to buy it, because the cap didn't post. I planned on just ordering one online later (from Goulet Pens), and found one in a crushed shell finish that I saw on another less expensive pen (Conklin Duragraph) at Bertram's Inkwell, a pen store in Baltimore, that I didn't buy because it had a medium nib and I wanted a fine nib. I ordered it (March 10th), and it ended up coming in the mail on Friday (March 13th)- the day I found out I had gotten a major promotion at work. Now here's the neat thing that I didn't realize until a couple days later. The name of the pen is called the "Herald." By definition, herald is a person who carries or proclaims important news- a messenger. As well, it is a sign or indication of something to come- a harbinger. Thank you Goulet Pens for helping God to convey a message to me.
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I know I'm behind the times on this, but I found out about "Spotify" in an article in Entertainment Weekly magazine. I was previously a "Pandora" user, but got tired of the repeats. But since I have downloaded "Spotify" my computer has been transformed. It allows you to choose artists and just listen to their music, it allows you to pick particular albums, people's playlists, and even pulls in the music you have on your own computer to play it (in no particular order- I think). This is awesome. I don't know everything about it yet, but so far I've been very impressed. If you listen to a lot of music on your computer- this is the music service you want. They also have a Premium Service without the ads. "Spotify" is absolutely awesome!
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Wow...he does do good work. The leather looks awesome. I could see a LCBP Notetaker block in a nice binding like that. I bookmarked his website, and I might even have him do my Cambridge Wide Margin that is falling apart. There are so many notes in that. That was my first Bible over $100, and it started falling apart after a couple years. Now that I'm thinking about it- it certainly is a prime candidate. Thanks for sharing brother.
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Just got done watching the series finale of Madmen. Times have sure changed since then.
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Today I received the newest member of my Fountain Pen collection- the Platinum #3776 Century with an Extra Fine 14 K gold nib in Chartres Blue.  I've been looking at it for awhile, and it has gotten some good reviews. It features the unique "Slip & Seal" technology in the cap which prevents the ink from drying out for up to a year.

It comes in an attractive pen coffin, with a User's Manual, Warranty Card (1 year), a proprietary converter and a blue ink cartridge.

This is a Japanese-made pen, therefore you can get a better price on this pen from the source. My supplier of choice retails this pen for $176.00, I bought it online for $84.15 from a vendor on eBay. There are a lot of offshore vendors on eBay selling fountain pens, but the one I ordered from is extraordinary.

Yoshiaki Okazaki (pisuke2005) has been selling on eBay since May, 2007. I received a confirmation eMail, a notice-of-shipment eMail, and a Thank You eMail. He shipped it out the next day, so I received it 4 days after I ordered it. It was gift-wrapped (so it was ready for gift-giving), there was a page from a Japanese newspaper wrapped around that (it is cool to see newspapers from other countries), it was wrapped with bubblewrap and shipped in a padded envelope. So, it was very well-protected. He also included 2 packets of Japanese Green Tea. In addition there were 3 separate letters thanking me for my purchase, letting me know how to contact him if I was looking for a particular pen (ebaypisuke2005@yahoo.co.jp), and information on direct purchases from him (shipped within 10 days) with better pricing.

By far, this was the best experience I've ever had with an eBay purchase. If you're looking for a Japanese-produced fountain pen, this is the vendor you want to order from. This was truly impressive.

Oh yeah, 2 weeks ago, at Pippi's Pen Shoppe in York, PA I bought the new Lamy Al-Star in the matte black black finish because it's a cool stealthy-looking pen. It's all black- even the nib.
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Yesterday my grandson and I visited the AACA Museum to see the new Tucker display- the biggest in the world. They have 3 Tuckers (1001, 1022, 1026), a chassis,  a variety of engines and transmissions, as well as parts, diagrams, and drawings in a special gallery featuring the recreation of a Tucker dealership and workshop.

But that is only part of a very nice 2-floor Museum with automobiles, buses and motorcycles; with recreations of a gas station, drive-in theater, and diner. Many other special delights found here make this an enviable destination.

AACA Museum
161 Museum Drive
Hershey, PA  17033
(717)566-7100
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Although I'm not ready to share the news yet, today was a milestone in my life. Ironically, I received a pen in the mail today (from Goulet Pens) that will forever be connected to this event, although it was initially ordered as part of another occasion. It is the Edison Herald Fountain Pen in the Crushed Shell finish. It is the most expensive fountain pen that I own, and the nicest in my collection.

You haven't truly written until you've written with a fountain pen.
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  • Harrisburg Area Community College
    Paralegal (AA Degree), 1976 - 1978
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Public Policy/Psychology, 1978 - 1980
  • Administrative Office of PA Courts (Wilson College)
    Minor Judiciary Education Certification, 1980 - 1980
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Author of the book Final Warning: A History of the New World Order (published in 2010 by Progressive Press)
 
Author of the following e-Books: Controlled by the Calendar: The Pagan Origins of Our Major Holidays (1997), Rendering Unto God: What Does the Bible Really Say About Tithing (2004, 2013), Mystery at Colonial Williamsburg: The Truth of Bruton Vault (2007, 2014), Understanding 'The Matrix' (2008), A Study of the Gospels: Reconciling the New Testament Canon (2008), A Study of the Epistles: A Complete Look at the Doctrine That Established the Church (2010), Being A Tribulation Christian: Holding Onto Your Faith in the Last Days (2013), as well as an expanded version of Final Warning: A History of the New World Order (2013).


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    NGS Customer Care Rep I, NGS Customer Care Rep II; NGS Business Analyst I, 2013 - present
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    Customer Service Rep, 2009 - 2012
  • York Corrugating Co.
    Office Manager, 1988 - 2008
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