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  1. I understand there might be a survivor or others closely connected who may attend. I do know that for some the pain of reliving the day with others is very emotional and they have respectfully declined to attend. Keep these people in your prayers as another anniversary of the terrible event is remembered.
  2. I understand a memorial is being cast and the hope is that it can be dedicated on Sunday, April 3, 2011. You are invited to the Paulding County Historical Society meeting this Thursday at 7:00 PM at the Dallas Civic Center to hear more about the tragic day and plans for the memorial. Neither The Historical Society or the Paulding County History Museum are having the memorial made but we support the efforts of those who are. The event is part of the history of the county which is the reason for our existence -- The remembrance of the history which got us to the place we find ourselves today.
  3. An Evening With History. Georgia's worst air disaster happened in New Hope April 4, 1977. 72 people were lost in the fiery crash that rainy afternoon. Hugh Walters, will give a talk about the aftermath of this event in Paulding County at the monthly meeting of the Paulding County Historical Society on March 10, 2011 Mr. Walters, a local historian, is working with a group of interested volunteers who are having a memorial made to recognize those involved in the event. All are invited to the meeting at the Dallas Civic Center, located behind the Dallas Theater on Main Street, to hear what is planned in New Hope as a memorial to this tragedy. Paulding County Historical Society Meetings are held at 7:PM on the 2nd Thursday each month at the Dallas Civic Center. There is no charge for this meeting and talk.
  4. Glen. To get to the Marietta Diner from Hemmingway's on the Marietta Square. From Dallas, keep on going East on Roswell Rd. [through the square) Turn right at the BIG CHICKEN and the MD will be between the first and second traffic light on the right. Tha'd be just past the Sam's and WallMart complex. Across from the Krispy Cream on 41. For those old Marietta folks, - just before Volkswagen Hill --- and where the Village Inn Pizza used to be.
  5. I will post later so I won't speak my mind now as I am still fuming at the no show of ANY ELECTED OFFICIAL OR ANY ONE FROM THEIR OFFICES to welcome the wheelchair bowlers to town or county. A JROTC unit was to be on hand to Present The Colors, even they did not show up to honor most of the bowlers who lost limbs in their military service. Thanks for those in the private sector who help in so many ways. Forget the government sector who have better things to do than welcome a group to town Who have been shot up or blown up. Del Delamont sang the National Anthem and a few other songs which was well received. A good Preacher gave the invocation and they were off to bowling. I hope they have lots of fun in Paulding County this weekend. Thanks guys for your sacrifice to keep us free. I hope you will be more appreciated next year.
  6. This deserves a bump. Please-if you see one of these visitors -- don't stare -- say something nice - make their day - Then go watch them bowl - you will be amazed. - Paulding bowling lanes is run by special people.
  7. Here is a chance for those who last year had an excuse for not attending. Stop in and see. Your priorities will change by the time you get home.
  8. I hope I am not pushed this year to make comments about the lack of local officials attending this event even for a few minutes. If you see an out of state van with handicapped license tag, stop and welcome them to town. They are probably here for a bowling tournament. The Paulding Bowling Lanes has hosted the “Southern Open” event for 7 years now. Thanks to their staff, this is a well attended event by many from across the USA. Opening ceremonies are Saturday morning at 10:00 AM and serious bowling starts right after tha Please stop by to wish them well. It is a humbling experience. Take your kids. It is an education. Bowling will be most all day today, Friday All day Saturday starting at 10 AM. Final eliminations start Sunday at 10 AM Most of these men and women lost their limbs as a result of injuries during their military service. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE IF YOU SEE SOMEONE IN TOWN THAT LOOKS LIKE THEY MAY BE IN THIS GROUP, STOP AND SAY THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AND WELCOME TO PAULDING CO.
  9. Lots of folks in Dallas and Hiram this weekend for the AMERICAN WHEELCHAIR BOWLING ASSOCIATION 7TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN OPEN TOURNAMENT AT THE PAULDING BOWLING LANES If you see an out of state van with handicapped license tag, stop and welcome them to town. They are probably here for a bowling tournament. The Paulding Bowling Lanes has hosted the “Southern Open” event for 7 years now. Thanks to their staff, this is a well attended event by many from across the USA. Opening ceremonies are Saturday morning at 10:00 AM and serious bowling starts right after that. Please stop by to wish them well. It is a humbling experience. Take your kids. It is an education. Bowling will be most all day today, Friday All day Saturday starting at 10 AM. Final eliminations start Sunday at 10 AM Most of these men and women lost their limbs as a result of injuries during their military service. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE IF YOU SEE SOMEONE IN TOWN THAT LOOKS LIKE THEY MAY BE IN THIS GROUP, STOP AND SAY THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AND WELCOME TO PAULDING CO.
  10. Marietta is having the day of celebration on Saturday, the 3rd. Street festival and fireworks -- everything. Check here for details. The 7 story parking deck will be open for free parking. It is located on the NE corner of the square. Problem is, you can't get to it easily because all the streets between it and Dallas are shut down for all the street vendors. Easy way to the parking deck from Dallas Hwy. Turn left at the Krystal - you will be going north or east on the 120 loop. Go to the 4th traffic light and turn right on Cole St. Yes, there is an association with the name. ---(This is one light past the Cobb County Police station) Turn right at the 3rd stop sign. Lawrence St. Turn Right at the second Street, Wadell. Entrance to the parking deck is 1/2 block on the left. Good elevator and parking in the shade. Since you have just passed my home and I usually walk to the square, I should leave a parking spot for you. Come on to Marietta for fun on the 4th. Enjoy the fireworks at dark. Look for the P.Com sign when you turn on Cole St. Have a great 4th. weekend.
  11. The Americans Who Risked Everything Rush Limbaugh III My father, Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr., delivered this oft-requested address locally a number of times, but it had never before appeared in print until it appeared in The Limbaugh Letter. My dad was renowned for his oratory skills and for his original mind; this speech is, I think, a superb demonstration of both. I will always be grateful to him for instilling in me a passion for the ideas and lives of America's Founders, as well as a deep appreciation for the inspirational power of words which you will see evidenced here: "Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor" It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home. Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren't nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today. The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that "the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them." All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks. On the wall at the back, facing the president's desk, was a panoply -- consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it "in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!" Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. "Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York." Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase "by a self-assumed power." "Climb" was replaced by "must read," then "must" was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned as they continued what he later called "their depredations." "Inherent and inalienable rights" came out "certain unalienable rights," and to this day no one knows who suggested the elegant change. A total of 86 alterations were made. Almost 500 words were eliminated, leaving 1,337. At last, after three days of wrangling, the document was put to a vote. Here in this hall Patrick Henry had once thundered: "I am no longer a Virginian, sir, but an American." But today the loud, sometimes bitter argument stilled, and without fanfare the vote was taken from north to south by colonies, as was the custom. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. There were no trumpets blown. No one stood on his chair and cheered. The afternoon was waning and Congress had no thought of delaying the full calendar of routine business on its hands. For several hours they worked on many other problems before adjourning for the day. Much To Lose What kind of men were the 56 signers who adopted the Declaration of Independence and who, by their signing, committed an act of treason against the crown? To each of you, the names Franklin, Adams, Hancock and Jefferson are almost as familiar as household words. Most of us, however, know nothing of the other signers. Who were they? What happened to them? I imagine that many of you are somewhat surprised at the names not there: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry. All were elsewhere. Ben Franklin was the only really old man. Eighteen were under 40; three were in their 20s. Of the 56 almost half - 24 - were judges and lawyers. Eleven were merchants, nine were landowners and farmers, and the remaining 12 were doctors, ministers, and politicians. With only a few exceptions, such as Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, these were men of substantial property. All but two had families. The vast majority were men of education and standing in their communities. They had economic security as few men had in the 18th Century. Each had more to lose from revolution than he had to gain by it. John Hancock, one of the richest men in America, already had a price of 500 pounds on his head. He signed in enormous letters so that his Majesty could now read his name without glasses and could now double the reward. Ben Franklin wryly noted: "Indeed we must all hang together, otherwise we shall most assuredly hang separately." Fat Benjamin Harrison of Virginia told tiny Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: "With me it will all be over in a minute, but you, you will be dancing on air an hour after I am gone." These men knew what they risked. The penalty for treason was death by hanging. And remember, a great British fleet was already at anchor in New York Harbor. They were sober men. There were no dreamy-eyed intellectuals or draft card burners here. They were far from hot-eyed fanatics yammering for an explosion. They simply asked for the status quo. It was change they resisted. It was equality with the mother country they desired. It was taxation with representation they sought. They were all conservatives, yet they rebelled. It was principle, not property, that had brought these men to Philadelphia. Two of them became presidents of the United States. Seven of them became state governors. One died in office as vice president of the United States. Several would go on to be U.S. Senators. One, the richest man in America, in 1828 founded the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. One, a delegate from Philadelphia, was the only real poet, musician and philosopher of the signers. (It was he, Francis Hopkinson not Betsy Ross who designed the United States flag.) Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, had introduced the resolution to adopt the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776. He was prophetic in his concluding remarks: "Why then sir, why do we longer delay? Why still deliberate? Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic. Let her arise not to devastate and to conquer but to reestablish the reign of peace and law. "The eyes of Europe are fixed upon us. She demands of us a living example of freedom that may exhibit a contrast in the felicity of the citizen to the ever-increasing tyranny which desolates her polluted shores. She invites us to prepare an asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted repost. "If we are not this day wanting in our duty, the names of the American Legislatures of 1776 will be placed by posterity at the side of all of those whose memory has been and ever will be dear to virtuous men and good citizens." Though the resolution was formally adopted July 4, it was not until July 8 that two of the states authorized their delegates to sign, and it was not until August 2 that the signers met at Philadelphia to actually put their names to the Declaration. William Ellery, delegate from Rhode Island, was curious to see the signers' faces as they committed this supreme act of personal courage. He saw some men sign quickly, "but in no face was he able to discern real fear." Stephan Hopkins, Ellery's colleague from Rhode Island, was a man past 60. As he signed with a shaking pen, he declared: "My hand trembles, but my heart does not." "Most Glorious Service" Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered. · Francis Lewis, New York delegate saw his home plundered -- and his estates in what is now Harlem -- completely destroyed by British Soldiers. Mrs. Lewis was captured and treated with great brutality. Though she was later exchanged for two British prisoners through the efforts of Congress, she died from the effects of her abuse. · William Floyd, another New York delegate, was able to escape with his wife and children across Long Island Sound to Connecticut, where they lived as refugees without income for seven years. When they came home they found a devastated ruin. · Philips Livingstone had all his great holdings in New York confiscated and his family driven out of their home. Livingstone died in 1778 still working in Congress for the cause. · Louis Morris, the fourth New York delegate, saw all his timber, crops, and livestock taken. For seven years he was barred from his home and family. · John Hart of Trenton, New Jersey, risked his life to return home to see his dying wife. Hessian soldiers rode after him, and he escaped in the woods. While his wife lay on her deathbed, the soldiers ruined his farm and wrecked his homestead. Hart, 65, slept in caves and woods as he was hunted across the countryside. When at long last, emaciated by hardship, he was able to sneak home, he found his wife had already been buried, and his 13 children taken away. He never saw them again. He died a broken man in 1779, without ever finding his family. · Dr. John Witherspoon, signer, was president of the College of New Jersey, later called Princeton. The British occupied the town of Princeton, and billeted troops in the college. They trampled and burned the finest college library in the country. · Judge Richard Stockton, another New Jersey delegate signer, had rushed back to his estate in an effort to evacuate his wife and children. The family found refuge with friends, but a Tory sympathizer betrayed them. Judge Stockton was pulled from bed in the night and brutally beaten by the arresting soldiers. Thrown into a common jail, he was deliberately starved. Congress finally arranged for Stockton's parole, but his health was ruined. The judge was released as an invalid, when he could no longer harm the British cause. He returned home to find his estate looted and did not live to see the triumph of the Revolution. His family was forced to live off charity. · Robert Morris, merchant prince of Philadelphia, delegate and signer, met Washington's appeals and pleas for money year after year. He made and raised arms and provisions which made it possible for Washington to cross the Delaware at Trenton. In the process he lost 150 ships at sea, bleeding his own fortune and credit almost dry. · George Clymer, Pennsylvania signer, escaped with his family from their home, but their property was completely destroyed by the British in the Germantown and Brandywine campaigns. · Dr. Benjamin Rush, also from Pennsylvania, was forced to flee to Maryland. As a heroic surgeon with the army, Rush had several narrow escapes. · John Martin, a Tory in his views previous to the debate, lived in a strongly loyalist area of Pennsylvania. When he came out for independence, most of his neighbors and even some of his relatives ostracized him. He was a sensitive and troubled man, and many believed this action killed him. When he died in 1777, his last words to his tormentors were: "Tell them that they will live to see the hour when they shall acknowledge it [the signing] to have been the most glorious service that I have ever rendered to my country." · William Ellery, Rhode Island delegate, saw his property and home burned to the ground. · Thomas Lynch, Jr., South Carolina delegate, had his health broken from privation and exposures while serving as a company commander in the military. His doctors ordered him to seek a cure in the West Indies and on the voyage, he and his young bride were drowned at sea. · Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, and Thomas Heyward, Jr., the other three South Carolina signers, were taken by the British in the siege of Charleston. They were carried as prisoners of war to St. Augustine, Florida, where they were singled out for indignities. They were exchanged at the end of the war, the British in the meantime having completely devastated their large landholdings and estates. · Thomas Nelson, signer of Virginia, was at the front in command of the Virginia military forces. With British General Charles Cornwallis in Yorktown, fire from 70 heavy American guns began to destroy Yorktown piece by piece. Lord Cornwallis and his staff moved their headquarters into Nelson's palatial home. While American cannonballs were making a shambles of the town, the house of Governor Nelson remained untouched. Nelson turned in rage to the American gunners and asked, "Why do you spare my home?" They replied, "Sir, out of respect to you." Nelson cried, "Give me the cannon!" and fired on his magnificent home himself, smashing it to bits. But Nelson's sacrifice was not quite over. He had raised $2 million for the Revolutionary cause by pledging his own estates. When the loans came due, a newer peacetime Congress refused to honor them, and Nelson's property was forfeited. He was never reimbursed. He died, impoverished, a few years later at the age of 50. Lives, Fortunes, Honor Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact. And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark. He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to that infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York Harbor known as the hell ship Jersey, where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons' lives if he would recant and come out for the King and Parliament. The utter despair in this man's heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: "No." The 56 signers of the Declaration Of Independence proved by their every deed that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain line in history. "And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." My friends, I know you have a copy of the Declaration of Independence somewhere around the house - in an old history book (newer ones may well omit it), an encyclopedia, or one of those artificially aged "parchments" we all got in school years ago. I suggest that each of you take the time this month to read through the text of the Declaration, one of the most noble and beautiful political documents in human history. There is no more profound sentence than this: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness..." These are far more than mere poetic words. The underlying ideas that infuse every sentence of this treatise have sustained this nation for more than two centuries. They were forged in the crucible of great sacrifice. They are living words that spring from and satisfy the deepest cries for liberty in the human spirit. "Sacred honor" isn't a phrase we use much these days, but every American life is touched by the bounty of this, the Founders' legacy. It is freedom, tested by blood, and watered with tears. - Rush Limbaugh III
  12. 164 years ago last week there were over 2,400 dead and dying in the woods and fields, roads and streets of Dallas. This number does not take into count those killed at New Hope and the devastation at Pickets Mill. Nor does it take in to account the citizens of Paulding County who died of starvation and sickness. Oh, don't forget the horses mules and other dead and injured animals. Many of these who died in some of the yards of members of P.com were only 14 to 18 years old. Many lied about their age so they cold fight for their cause ------- Not in the Indian Ocean but our own back and front yards. We still can enlist, and for the Viet Nam era vets, 18 year old's were drafted to go kill or be killed but we could not yet vote or buy a beer. For those of you who think some Govt. agency or over sight person of some type should have the "authority" to regulate legal activity such as 16 year old sailing a boat by themselves-----get a life. WHO ARE YOU TO TELL ME WHAT MY FAMILY AND I CAN OR CAN'T, OR SHOULD NOT DO, WHICH IS LEGAL, AND DOES NOT AFFECT YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE. Prayers of thanksgiving for her being found. Now she can get book and movie rights to tell her story which might lead some of us to do better than we are now --- give us the confidence to do more than we thought we could. After all, this is still America where we can fly our flag high and do pretty much what we want. My favorite Viet Nam Vet at the Memorial Day Service in Marietta every year.
  13. Prayers for your family and the doctors treating her.
  14. What will they think of next. Suppose we couldn't wave UT or GA or AU or Alabama or Ga Tech flags on our cars as we drove on the highways because someone might be offended. Read this short news story from England.
  15. Thanks for the positive post. About 8:30 this morning there was a 21 gun salute from the National Cemetery by a group of Civil War Reenacters. The shots were not from modern day rifles by the sound and there was a time lag for a re-load. I hope all those taking part in the flag placement got lessons that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. This last week my wife and I dressed in our 1860's costumes and made a visit to a boy scout troupe to give them more information on the history of the cemetery and how my great grandfather gave the land for it. They too were to be placing flags this morning. Have a great weekend while we remember those who gave their lives that we may enjoy the freedoms we still have left. Those who died in the armed forces I am sure are with God in heaven. Those loved ones left behind deserve our prayers for peace in their lives.
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