Saturday, December 31, 2011

Speaking of Freedom:A New Year for Freedom

Happy New Year Patriots,
With the busy, tumultuous and often whacky year of 2011 about to be relegated to the history books, it is time to ring in 2012. Beginning January 1, we patriots must busy ourselves with making sure it is a year that sets our beloved country back on a course where freedom and prosperity can once again thrive. With that in mind here are my "Patriot Resolutions for 2012" which I believe can help me do my part in putting shoe leather to that goal. I invite you to join me in so resolving.

  1. The by-laws of MCP read, in part, "Our purpose is to promote the original intent of the Constitution in government at all levels. Our members work to educate voters on the original intent of the Constitution,... " If we are to be able to educate others we must first be educated ourselves. Therefore, I resolve to better equip myself to do so by reading from the Bible, and/or The Declaration of Independence, and/or The Constitution, and/or other relevant resources, daily.
  2. I don't believe that politics is the answer. It is most of the problem. It is important, however, and since 2012 is an election year, it behooves us to be involved in the process. Therefore, I resolve to work individually and through MCP and/or with other like-minded groups and individuals to help elect candidates who revere the Constitution and consider it authoritative and/or to defeat those who do not; and to do the same with regard to ballot initiatives.
A short and sweet list, as you can see. Even so, these two simple things, multiplied many times over, by patriots everywhere, can make all the difference. Throughout 2012 MCP will be offering information and training that will help us keep these resolutions. Have a wonderful and safe New Year's celebration. After that's over, let's all resolve to hit the ground running in 2012. I'll see you along the way?!.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
December 31, 2011
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Blessed are they who find refuge at the feet of a Living Master. Once His, He never leaves or forsakes us till He fulfills His promised duty of escorting, whoever comes to Him, to the True Home of the Father. Christmas is celebrated for Christ was born this day but the real Christmas will be celebrated when we really make up our minds to fulfill the aim of Christ's birth, viz., to enter the Kingdom of God, and bring the same on earth.
~Kirpal Singh

There is no doubt that we are in a spiritual battle for our country which was founded and secured on Christian principals. We live in a time when the most important preparation & priority in our lives should be to be certain, without doubt, that we are sure footed in Who's we are, Who we serve and where our strength and refuge come from. Now is the time to "bring the same on earth.
With the wide sweep of Islam take over and the commercialism of this holy season, Christianity is being muzzled. It's time for Christians to step forward and claim every single one of our foundations -- out loud.

"I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies."
Psalm 18:1-3

 Christmas blessings to you and your family
from Macon County Patriots.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Speaking of Freedom:Giving Thanks

With all that is wrong with and in the world, there is still plenty that is good. Today seems an appropriate time to mention a few of those things for which I am thankful.

First and foremost, I am thankful for my life and to the God of the Universe who chose to take on human flesh and come to this earth for the express purpose of dying for my sins so that I might have eternal life.

Secondly, I am thankful to that same God for the gift of a wonderful wife. (Even though she is 4'10" and I am 6'2", she is the one who married beneath herself.)

Next I am thankful for the 2 sons God has blessed us with and for the godly young men they have turned out to be. Thank you God and Cathy.

I am thankful for having been born an American and in and for such a time as this when my country needs all of her sons and daughters to come to her aid.

I am thankful for Macon County Patriots because through our group we have an outlet through which we can work together toward restoring our beloved nation.

I am thankful for young people like the Freedom Scholars who are taking up the mantle of freedom in their own generation.

Last but certainly not least, I am thankful for the sacrifices of our veterans who served so sacrificially and so well and for those who gave their last full measure of devotion to preserve our freedoms.

I just wanted to remind us all on this Thanksgiving Day to have an attitude of gratitude today and every day. God bless you and God bless the USA.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
November 24, 2011
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Faces of Freedom 2nd Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner

The second annual Faces of Freedom event,  Veterans Appreciation Dinner  will be held November 11th, 2011 at the Macon County Expo Center, located at the Macon County Fairgrounds.  The event this year will begin at 5 PM and last through 8 PM.
Dinner will be served from 5-8 PM

Faces of Freedom is honoring our men and women veterans from all service, foreign and domestic, for their brave and unselfish giving of themselves, for all that we have in this great country of the United States of America.

The entire evening is free of charge to all Veterans and their spouses, current and retired.  The evening will begin with a catered meal provided by Noland's Catering of Macon followed by guest speakers: Missouri Representative, Marine Sgt., Paul Curtman, Pastor Larry Page, Shadow Riders, retired Missouri Senator David Doctorian and U.S. Army Major Hector Maldonado.  Emcee for the evening will be Jace Weber of Macon County.

The evening entertainment will be provided by "Just Friends."  Just Friends is a group of 9 very talented local musicians from the Macon area, playing a wide genre of music that appeals to all ages. National Anthem by Matt Carroll.

Free tickets for the event are available at several local businesses including Macon-Atlanta State Bank, 1513 N. Missouri Street, Greg Berglund Co., 52 S. Missouri Street, and Dr. Tom Thurman Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic, 1604 Gary Street in Macon.  Please stop by one of these places and pick up your tickets prior to November 11th.  There is limited seating at the Expo Center so please pick up your tickets early.
First come first serve.

For any further information regarding Faces of Freedom Veterans Appreciation, please call 660-651-5638
If you would like to support or be a sponsor of this event please call 660-651-5695 
Or mail to:
Macon County Patriots
FoF Veterans Appreciation Event
P.O. Box 232
Macon, MO 63552

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Speaking of Freedom: Venerating Our Vets

Greetings Patriots,
I hope that you are as excited as I am about the opportunity we are going to have on 11-11-11 to honor our veterans. Especially for us non-vets, it will be a small way we can serve those who have served us so sacrificially and so well. Thanks to Sally Weber for responding to the call God placed on her heart to put this together. It is going to be great! If you are a vet, I hope you, (and your spouse if you're married), will come and let us serve you a fine dinner free of charge. (See Sally's post of October, 25 for ticket info.) There will also be musical entertainment and some great speakers. If you're not a vet and are able, please come and help serve them. I hope you'll make plans now to attend.

I wish that was all I had to report but, alas, there is much else going on that concerns us as patriots. In this post I'll be pointing out some of the deceptions and dangers of the so-called "Occupy" movement as well as some of the differences between them and the Tea Party. Here are some of those which I consider to be the most obvious and important ones.

First, the Tea Party has a clearly stated purpose and agenda; constitutionally limited, fiscally responsible government, and a free market economy. By contrast, the goals and objectives of the Occupiers are as many, varied and inconsistent as the participants themselves.

Next, Tea Party gatherings are typically peaceful, respectful, (even reverent), usually leaving the sites of their gatherings cleaner than they found them. Occupy gatherings are typically characterized by chanting, ranting and raving and leave in their wake litter, human waste, damaged property and injuries. This distinction exemplifies what the Founders did and did not intend by the including in the First Amendment the rights to "peaceably assemble" and to seek "redress of grievances".

Finally and perhaps most importantly, the Tea Party is a spontaneous bottom-up, grass roots movement consisting of individuals who know who they are, what they believe and why they are there, brought together by a shared concern for the future of their beloved country.

The Occupy movement is top down, ginned up and largely made up of individuals who do not know why they are there and are demanding that the government give them what they want, whatever that might be. (I would contend that it is an example of the mob mentality I warned of in my post of 7/15/11 entitled "Mr. Potter or George Bailey". You can see that by going and scrolling down to the "Archives" section on the left side of the page.)

To be sure, there are some points the protesters raise that are legitimate and on which both can agree, i.e. we are all against corruption on wall street, (or any other street, for that matter.) But even on those issues, they differ fundamentally about how to address them. The occupiers look to government, as if politicians were pure, uncorrupted and incorruptible. Tea Partiers, realizing that all humans are given to corruption, understand that solutions must originate with individuals practicing true American patriotism, (i.e. doing what is right because it is right, day by day, as best they are able), and that this alone will form a foundation upon which America can be rebuilt.

By way of analogy, here is a comparison for your consideration. Tea Partiers are like family and friends who come together to help see a loved one through a crisis. Occupiers are like the spoiled child protesting that he deserves more than he got in the will. America doesn't exist to guarantee every spoiled child what he thinks he deserves. She was established to be a place where each person can have the opportunity to make of their own life what they will. Opportunity? Yes! Guarantee? No!

[I said in that previous post that it was going to get ugly. Ugly is here! As I write this there is video playing on the news of fires in the streets of Oakland at the Occupy gathering there, and of the Oakland police chief commenting that "anarchists" are circulating through the crowd instigating the chaos.]

Mobs threaten to destroy all that those we venerate on Veteran's Day sacrificed so much to preserve. As they proliferate and expand their activities George Baileys will be needed to stem the tsunami of chaos they will invariably leave in their wake. May we each and all be ready, willing and able to stand up to the onslaught that is coming.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
November 3, 2011
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Speaking of Freedom: A Christian Nation.?

Greetings Patriots,

Nowadays people of all stripes and beliefs seem to have something to say about whether or not America is a Christian nation. So, who is right? Is America, or is she not, a Christian nation?

Actually, a case can be made that both are right and both are wrong.
Those who say yes are correct if they mean that she was founded on Christianity. The record is clear on that. But if they are saying that she still is a Christian nation, they are wrong. We are today living in post-Christian America. That should be equally obvious. If this is the case, so what? Does it matter? And what can we do about it, anyway?

Let me say emphatically, yes it does matter. Christianity is the foundation this country was built on and it is a serious matter anytime the foundation of a structure is undermined or compromised. Therefore it is a matter is of fundamental importance to America's past, present and future.

What the Founders understood
that we have by and large forgotten today is that the American experiment would succeed or fail based upon the ability of the people to order their lives according to Christian principles. Having said that, this does not mean that they intended that only Christians should be allowed to be citizens. They explicitly stated as much in Article VI of the Constitution which says in part that religious affiliation is not to be a condition of citizenship or public service. So, what did they mean?

The Christian principles upon which the American experiment would depend are universally understood.
They are summed up in The Ten Commandments and the Bible says they are written on the consciences of all human beings. Everyone knows without being taught that it is wrong to steal, murder, lie, etc... Therefore, these guidelines for living can be adopted and applied by anyone regardless of race, religion, nationality or any other distinction without violating the religion or conscience of anyone. This is the simple genius of the American way.

And the way to keep them is equally simple as explained by Jesus in what we have come to know as The Golden Rule. Everyone knows what "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you" means. It is the doing that is the hard part.

12 "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."(Matthew 7:12)

This understanding was the conventional and common wisdom of the Founding era and it is what the whole American experiment depended upon. Conventional wisdom today in America has devolved into the notion that anything with a "religious" connotation is out of bounds in public discourse and cannot be allowed to influence policy or action. (In practice, this ban only applies to Christianity, while other religions are given preferential treatment.) How ironic it is that the very thing that can set one free is in the process of being abolished from the "Land of the Free"!

So, what can we do about all of this? Practice true American patriotism! What's does that mean? If you are an American citizen who is not a Christian, choose to order your life according to the Big Ten and the Golden Rule. No one, Christian or non, can do so perfectly but anyone can make that their goal. And it will make all the difference.

For those of us who are Christians the same thing is true, with one very important caveat. For us, it is not only something we may choose to do, but something we are commanded to do by our Lord, the one to Whom we owe absolute obedience. For us it is our duty. It is not optional.

Few today seem to understand these things. We tend to think the problems are so complex that the solutions must necessarily be equally so. The truth is that both the problem and solution are simple. But that is not to say easy. And that is where the problem lies. Maybe my fishing experience can help see what needs to be done.

I've never enjoyed fishing very much because it seems I spent all my time dealing with tangled lines. When this happens you can unsnarl it, for a while. But, there comes a point where the tangle is so snarled that the only thing to do is cut the line ahead of the tangle and tie on new tackle. Then, and only then, will you be able to continue fishing.

I believe we are at the point in America today where things have become so snarled that there is no untangling them. All our efforts are just making the snarl worse. Those we have entrusted to deal with our problems have tied our fortunes to the failed ideas of men. We must cut the snarl off and reattach our line to the principles that America was originally tied to. This is the only way America can be restored.

The magnitude of the snarl, when contrasted to the fact that each of us is only one person, makes it seem an impossible task. Still, the truth is that one person at at time, resolving to do what is right because it is right, day by day, is the only solution that will work. That is the test of true patriotism. Happy fishing, everyone.

Richard Cochran, President

Macon County Patriots

September 26, 2011

PS:I received this in an e-mail from Aaron Baker as I was preparing this post and wanted to pass it along to everyone, just in case you didn't get it, too. We will be in Florida on this date and regrettably won't be able to attend but I urge everyone to go if you possibly can.RC

Historian & Author on Islam to speak in Macon

“Are We Still a Christian Nation?” will be the featured topic at an upcoming dinner event on October 5, 2011.

Dr. William “Bill” Federer, a historian and author of books on Islam. will provide a program at United Trinity Church at 31592 Lily St. east of Macon. The church is located off of East US Highway 36 just north of the Coca-Cola distributorship and Macon Health Care.

Locals may know Dr. Federer as a TV and Radio Commentator of “The American Minute.” His presentation will include the historical and Biblical context of current events as they relate to Islam in America.

Dinner will be served prior to the program at 6:00 P.M.; tickets are $10 and must be ordered by Thursday, September 29. Tickets are available at US Bank, Linda’s Fashions & Wyatt’s Automotive.

The program portion of the evening is free and open to the public at 7:00 P.M.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Concealed Carry Training Course

Sunday, September 25,2011

Course begins at 1:00 p.m.

Church of the Open Door
32310 Hwy 63 South
Macon, MO 63552
(Fellowship Hall behind the Church)

Open to the public
You must be 21 and a Missouri resident for 6 months

Course Instructor: Mr. Greg Liles
NRA Certified instructor in Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun
instructing Concealed Carry in Missouri.
Member of Oath Keepers
Greg served with 1st/75th Ranger (ABN), Instructor Reconnaissance/Commando
(RECONDO) School - 101st Airborne Division, Operations Sergeant.

Requirements to bring to class:
Hand gun
70 rounds of ammo for same
Hearing and eye protection
Drivers License
$100 - (Cash, please.)

If you have questions, need a gun or any required item for the class please contact
Greg Liles
(660) 676-7903

FAQ's Regarding the CCW Permit Course

Once I take this course will I then have a license to carry a concealed weapon?

No. The 8 hour CCW course is required by law to be completed in order to apply for your certificate of qualification with the county sheriff's office.
Greg Liles will go into detail about the procedure to obtain your CCW permit.
This is a good site to review the Concealed Carry Laws:

Do I need to have my own gun to take this course?

No, a gun + 70 rounds of ammo will be provided for you if you need one for an additional $20.

Would this class be appropriate for beginners or those who need a refresher?

This course is flexible and is geared for ALL skill levels.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Freedom Scholars Go to Camp

Back in April we told you about the Freedom Scholars. An incredible group of youth doing extraordinary things preparing to inherit the responsibilities of defending and protecting our Republic. These young people are my inspiration!!
This summer Haley (16) and Tabitha (15) Gatts went to camp. Not your typical youth summer camp, they got to go to a legislative camp! Haley wrote about their experience and I'm proud to be able to share it.

If any of you have young people in your lives, I strongly encourage you to have them contact Freedom Scholars and get involved with these remarkable young men and ladies. 
Haley & Tabitha Gatts
Generation Joshua
IGovern west 2011
Haley Gatts

    This year my younger sister Tabitha and I attended IGovern west in Colorado Springs, 9,000 feet above sea level, in the Rocky mountains at Eagle Lake camp site owned and operated by the Navigators. We were two of one-hundred and four students between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. All of these students except for one (yes, we teased her for it) were home schooled, and all were conservative. We were there for one week, and believe me, we crammed about a half a year’s worth of work into it. 

     IGovern is a political camp hosted by HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) helping young teens gain experience and knowledge in the realm of politics and government. The camp is a simulation of government where all students are a member of congress. Through the week we had speakers, classes, committees, senate and house sessions, activities, and much more. 

    The first step in the process there was to break into our parties, gold and blue; I was in the gold party and so was Tabitha. After we were all sorted correctly we divided into caucuses of about five people, then we elected a caucus chair and secretary. Tabitha and I were both caucus chairs. In the caucus we discussed issues to be in our platform. After we had about ten topics for the platform in each caucus, the chairs got together and made a roughly drafted party platform out of all the issues discussed. At the same time that was taking place the party was working on electing a party chair. After the chair was elected he appointed a party whip, a secretary and treasurer were appointed by votes, I was then appointed as chair of a legislative policy team and I appointed five people to be in the committee with me. After all that took place we were mostly done with appointing and such.
    Tabitha and I were both in the senate. I attended the legislative techniques class, and Tabitha took the party leadership class. This helped me personally to get acquainted with some small but important senate rules that I would apply in session. The classes lasted all week and were educational as well as fun. 

   Along with being in congress, writing bills, moving them through committees and the houses, we also had a scenario. This is something that added a lot more work to our job and a bit of fun too. Our scenario was that China went to the moon and was starting to build a lunar colony for the purpose of mining helium three. As congress we had to decide what we were going to do. Looking at it from the outside it doesn’t seem very complex, but there are a lot of details and complication to this scenario. It turns out that we handled everything very well and the outcome was practically picturesque.
    We weren’t completely secluded from the world on our little mountain that week, we had a number of speakers come and give us some great advice on leadership, Christianity, politics, and much more.
    One of the bigger projects we had to tackle after we got our parties lined out was a campaign. We had the primary within our party, then the presidential elections. (We ran everything just like a real campaign.)
    Another interesting set up at camp was that we had money, we had to pay for everything, every meal, every snack, and we also had to pay fines. It was a complicated process so I won’t go into detail, but it became very important when the elections came. All through camp we had to raise money ourselves to pay for our fines. This meant getting money from different PAC’s (political action committees) and lobbyists. We had a formal gala halfway through the week to raise tons of dollars for our party’s campaign; we had a whole three and a half hours! 

    At the beginning of the week we received a letter from the President (our former session President) telling us that he needed a budget bill passed quickly so he could sign it before the deadline; he also said he would veto it if it cut more than twenty percent from any department. That was another task to accomplish before the week ended, and we did. The president vetoed our budget bill, and we overrode it with a unanimous vote.
    When camp was over we had successfully passed five bills including the budget bill, we tied up all the loose ends with the scenario, we elected a president, and we had a bunch of unkept promises to a whole lot of lobbyists.  

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September 11, 2006

Something beautiful happened in America on September 11, 2006. We received a gift from Russia. A monument "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism." An incredible creation by a man named Zurab Tsereteli. Presented to America by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation.

This man, Zurub Tsereteli, was at his home in Moscow the morning of September 11, 2001 getting ready for work with his television on. He watched the attack on America and was moved to tears by the horror he witnessed against the American people.

Shortly after, Zurub came to America and saw the devastation. He wanted to create something for the victims and after researching the area found waterfront land in New Jersey. The peninsula at Bayonne. With the Statue of Liberty in line and the New York skyline as the backdrop Zurub found the place for his Tear Drop Memorial.

The ground breaking ceremony was held September 16, 2005. The keynote speaker was President Vladimir Putin. With the Statue of Liberty behind him, President Putin said in his speech, “...Four years ago, the criminals thought they would plunge American and all civilized humanity into chaos. They were wrong. On the contrary, we became more united than ever and we created an actively functioning anti-terrorist coalition. I fully agree with you, Mr. Mayor - Just as we vanquished fascism, so shall we defeat terrorism together."

On September 11, 2006, the monument "To the Struggle Against World Terrorism" was dedicated to America.
The monolithic block of vertical, earth-colored stone is over 100 feet high. It appears rent in the center from top to bottom and in the gap is a 40 foot, four ton nickel-plated tear drop. The base of the monument is a multi-faceted onyx pedestal inscribed with the names of all of those that perished on 9-11-01, from Flight 93 in Pennsylvania to the Pentagon to the twin Trade Towers. (American Thinker)

Please go to the site and read the whole story about this beautiful gesture of love for humanity.

This all took place 3-4 years ago. I just heard about it a couple of days ago. If you also never heard of it I bet you're like me and wondering why such a magnificent gift was never given the appropriate press coverage. Instead of me coming up with the words to describe/explain how the ball got dropped and by whom (MSM), I'm going to lead you over to American Thinker to read the piece by Troy Nelson. He wrote it up perfect and used all the words and descriptions I would have used.

A few years late but
Thank You Russia!

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11, 2001

"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining." ~GW Bush 9/11/2001

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Family Preparedness Course -- Wrap Up

Bringing our Family Preparedness courses to a close, 
Macon County Patriots invites you to a workshop offering tools
and suggestions to prepare your family
for emergency situations. 

This month's workshop will wrap up our courses on:
  • Food Preparation & Preservation
  • Security
  • Communication
  • Firearm Maintenance & Safety
  • Medical Emergency

Saturday, September 10th
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Church of the Open Door
32310 Hwy 63 South
Macon, MO 63552
(Fellowship Hall behind the Church)

There is indescribable peace knowing that you have the knowledge
and are prepared to take care of yourself, family and loved ones
in any emergency event. 
If you have any questions or suggestions please join us as we bring 
this series of workshops to a close.

Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, 
not a sudden, spectacular program. 

Spencer W. Kimball, 1976

11:00 Flag Disposal Ceremony
The United States Flag Code states:
"The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning"

At 11:00 a.m. we will take a break from the workshop and hold a flag disposal ceremony. This is open to everyone who has worn out flags and would like to be a part of disposing of them properly.

12:00 Lunch will be provided
You're welcome to bring a dish to pass.

And, as always,
Macon County Patriot workshops are non-partisan, 
always free and open to the public.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Speaking of Freedom:A River Runs Through It.

Greetings Patriots,
In the first chapter of Romans the Apostle Paul writes of those who "...worship the creation rather than the Creator...". He explains why people do that and what the consequences are for doing so. There have always been those who do this. Today we call some of them "environmentalists". And today as always, the consequences of doing this are very real, as I hope to illustrate in this post. While it may sound noble and righteous on the surface to claim to be trying to preserve the earth, there is a profound difference between caring about and for the environment, which we should all do, and worshiping the same.

One example of earth-worship that is playing out as we speak is right in our own backyard and it shows some of these real consequences. (Please read the article linked to below.)

As the article points out, over the years the governing bodies of the Corps of Engineers and other agencies have become stacked with environmentalists. The dream of these largely unseen and virtually unaccountable bureaucrats is to see rivers revert to their natural, pre-human-intervention courses.

I have observed what this article is referring to this year on my job. I had noticed before reading this that, as we have traversed the Missouri River bottom this year, the flooding has been different than usual. Normally, heavy rains cause waterways to rise, the water flows downstream and, as it does, the flood waters recede. That's normal. There was some of that earlier this year.

This year the tributaries have been in flood stage all year-before, during and after the spring rains. But the water has had no flow or current to it. It looks more like ponds and lakes than streams, creeks and rivers. This is because it is all backwater from the Missouri River. After reading this article I now know what is going on! This has been a largely man-caused tragedy! It is purposeful and could have been prevented. (Do a search for "Missouri River flooding of 2011" and you can find hundreds of photos and articles detailing this flood.)

The result of this "purposeful flooding" has been devastation for many farmers as miles of beautiful crops lie in ruin and acres and acres of some of the most fertile land in the world has been turned into lakes and swamps, potentially to be declared wetlands, and thus taken out of production forever. Will that affect food supplies and prices? Will there be remuneration to the landowners? If so, with what would they be paid? We have no money!

Beyond this there has been great inconvenience and expense to thousands of others who live and work in the affected areas because of road closures. To name just two, Interstate 29 in northwest Missouri has been closed for 2 months and remains so, as the photo below shows.

I have personally witnessed the closure of Missouri highway 10 near Carrollton for well over a month because our tracks run right next to the affected portion of the road. You can go to to see a map of Missouri road closings and see that there are many more roads that are still closed. No doubt the same is true for the other affected states of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and the Dakotas. This has cost and is costing untold thousands of people untold millions of dollars in extra expense to go around the flooding.

Also, railroads have had to reroute lots of traffic because of line-closures caused by the flooding. Just one example on just one railroad, of which I am aware: BNSF trains between Omaha and Kansas City/Tulsa, etc... now have to go by way of Galesburg, Illinois, more than tripling the distance between the two points. Taken together, these re-routes have resulted not only in hundreds of thousands of gallons of extra fuel consumption, but also in congestion on the lines that remain open, causing slowed traffic and delayed deliveries. In addition there will be millions, possibly billions, of dollars in expenses to repair the damaged infrastructures of both roads and railroads. (Go to the link below to see some amazing video of the BNSF's fight with the river this year.)

And we now find ourselves in September and, though it has been weeks since significant rainfall, Mighty Mo where we cross it is just now getting back in her banks. Even so, the roads, tracks, crops and farmland remain in jeopardy as even moderate autumn rains could mean that the worst is yet to come. And to think that much of this was purposeful, intentional and could have been prevented.

This is just one example of what happens when we forget and/or reject the One True God and replace worship of Him with worship of someone/something else. It is the way pollywogs become more important than people. When this happens, we all suffer for it, bureaucrats and pollywogs included. I believe this is the more important lesson of the Missouri River floods of 2011.

So what can we do about it? Call our representatives/senators, etc...? Tell people about it? Forward the article to everyone you know? Yes. Yes. And, yes. We must become actively involved. But I believe that, more important than what we do is how we do it. We must be sure that we do what we do with integrity, as our forefathers did. A prime example of what I mean is the so-called "Boston Massacre" of 1774.

In that incident British troops fired on unarmed American civilians, killing several. The victims are sometimes referred to as the first casualties of the American Revolution. But we sometimes forget that John Adams defended those British troops at trial. And won their acquittal. Why did he do that? Was Adams a Tory? A British loyalist? No. He did it because the victims instigated and provoked the shooting. He did it because it was the right thing to do.

Adams and the other Founding Fathers understood the importance of integrity. They knew that if they were to prevail in this fledgling freedom movement, they must be above reproach and righteous in their actions. It would have been easier in the short term to condemn those soldiers and exact a measure of revenge on them. But to do so would have been to yield to mob rule. If they had done that, what we now know as the American Revolution would have been stillborn. Aborted. Killed in the womb. And there would never have been an America!

If our nation is to be restored and government "of, by and for the people is not to perish from the earth", we must again be a people who recognize and honor God and whose actions are distinguished and characterized by the kind of integrity exemplified by our Founding Fathers. It wasn't easy for them. It won't be easy for us. It is never easy! But it is worth it. And there is no other way.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
September 1, 2011

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I came across this article this morning and thought it significant so I'm passing it along. Please read the article linked to below and pay special attention to the fact that this event was organized by a Muslim group and that they were notified of the ban specifically, in advance, by the park.

While this may sound harmless, it is one example of a concerted plan on the part of Muslim groups known as "Stealth Jihad", which is designed to undermine our Constitution and way of life, replacing them with Shariah Law. Muslims are admonished in the Koran to do this in places where they are not strong enough to impose it by force. But only until they are strong enough.

The law suit that will no doubt arise from this incident, taken together with hundreds of other such lawsuits currently working their way through our court system, are intended to have the cumulative effect of undermining the Constitution and our way of life, ultimately replacing it with Shariah Law. This is no happenstance event but is being orchestrated by Muslim groups, virtually all of which are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is also the parent group of virtually every Islamic terrorist group in the world.

Their plan is that, while our attention is focused on preventing violent attacks, we will be almost completely unaware of the Stealth Jihad that is going on right under our noses. Do you think it's working? Ultimately, this poses a far greater threat to our freedom and everything we hold dear than the military threat posed by these groups. It is one way that the destruction of America is taking place from within. We had better wake up to this threat. And soon.

Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
August 31, 2011

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Boot of Government Now on the Throat of Rural America

While America was focusing on Weinergate and the side shows surrounding it, Obama issued and signed and Executive Order 13575, Establishment of the White House Rural Council.

It's only a few pages and I highly recommend you go in and read it for yourself. 
Paragraph 2 of Section 1 states:
"To enhance the Federal Government's efforts to address the needs of rural America, this order establishes a council to better coordinate Federal programs and maximize the impact of Federal investment to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in our rural communities."
What this means is the Federal Government will determine if you are using your property to achieve their specification of "economic prosperity" and they will set the standard of what your "quality of life" is.

And who will be designing these specifications? Well this Rural Council will, of course. 

Tom Vilsack, the current Secretary of Agriculture, will chair the group, but let us review the list of members appointed to serve on this new council – according to the order, the heads of the following groups have been appointed:

  • (1) the Department of the Treasury; Timothy Geithner
  • (2) the Department of Defense; Robert Gates
  • (3) the Department of Justice; Eric Holder
  • (4) the Department of the Interior; Ken Salazar
  • (5) the Department of Commerce; Gary Locke
  • (6) the Department of Labor; Hilda Solis
  • (7) the Department of Health and Human Services; Kathleen Sebelius
  • (8) the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Shaun Donovan
  • (9) the Department of Transportation; Ray LaHood
  • (10) the Department of Energy; Dr. Steven Chu
  • (11) the Department of Education; Arne Duncan
  • (12) the Department of Veterans Affairs; Eric Shinseki
  • (13) the Department of Homeland Security; Janet Napolitano
  • (14) the Environmental Protection Agency; Lisa Jackson
  • (15) the Federal Communications Commission; Michael Copps
  • (16) the Office of Management and Budget; Peter Orszag
  • (17) the Office of Science and Technology Policy; John Holdren
  • (18) the Office of National Drug Control Policy; R. Gil Kerlikowske
  • (19) the Council of Economic Advisers; Austan Goolsbee
  • (20) the Domestic Policy Council; Melody Barnes (former VP at Center for American Progress)
  • (21) the National Economic Council; Gene B. Sperling
  • (22) the Small Business Administration; Karen Mills
  • (23) the Council on Environmental Quality; Nancy Sutley
  • (24) the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; Valerie Jarrett
  • (25) the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs; and such other executive branch departments, agencies, and offices as the President or Secretary of  Agriculture may, from time to time, designate. Chris Lu (or virtually anyone to be designated by the 24 people named above)
It appears that not a single department in the federal government was excluded from the new White House Rural Council, and the wild card option in number 25 gives the president and the agriculture secretary the option to designate anyone to serve on this powerful council.

In yesterday's news:
"WASHINGTON -- After much delay, the White House has finally released a proposed rule that would update child labor regulations in agricultural work.
A group of more than 25 public health officials and advocates signed a letter last week to the White House's Office of Management and Budget official and regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, who oversees rule review at the agency, urging him to move the child labor rule along."

We also have the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposing to regulate agricultural vehicles as Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs). 

 "What the FMCSA is trying to do will end family farms in our country whose children contribute to planting and harvesting their crops; their children would not be able to operate agricultural vehicles if classified as CMVs. Although the FMCSA is backing off due to pressure from the public and from Senators, they’ll try again when they think we’re not paying attention. [Watch the other hand]"

 Senators standing up:

Also, we must not forget that when the government decided to blow up the Birds Point levee and flood people out of their houses and farms, Obama’s Federal government offered to buy their land… and George Soros was buying up the flooded farms too.

Why all the intense Federal Government interest in Rural America?
"Warning bells should have been sounding all across rural America when the phrase “sustainable rural communities” came up. As we know from researching the UN plan for Sustainable Development known as Agenda 21, these are code words for the true fundamental transformation America."
I'm going to do a separate post on the George Soros sponsored Agenda 21 plan, this is the Mother Plan that this is all tied into.

Do some homework, Google: Agenda 21 and ICLEI.

My people perish from a lack of knowledge.
Hosea 4:6

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Macon County Patriots Meeting

Macon County Patriots Meeting
Thursday, August 25th
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Church of the Open Door
(next to Quinn Lumber)
32310 Hwy 63 South
Macon, MO 63552
(Fellowship Hall behind the Church)
Our next meeting will be an organizational meeting for our
October and November events.  
We'd like to invite you to be a part of the planning for the next Faces of Freedom, Veterans Day event to be held at the Expo Center in Macon on November 11th. 
We will have a fund raiser event to cover expenses on October 22nd, 
also to be held at the Expo Center.
We welcome you to come and be a part the planning and participating in this community event to honor and thank our Veterans.

Macon County Patriot meetings are non-partisan, 
always free and open to the public.

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