Obama continues his goal to"Fundamentally change America"

Americans and the rest of the world are waking up to some shocking news. 
1) Emperor Obama (I refuse to disrespect the title and position of President) is again making moves to "fundamentally change America". One thing you can say about this guy, he is keeping his campaign promise. 
2) North Korean cyper-hackers have blackmailed the movie theater industry into yanking a political satire movie. Freedom of speech and expression taking another hit by communism.
Isn't it a great day in America?
America is truly "In the Pickle Barrel".   

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Have You Had Your “Pearl Harbor Moment” Yet? What Will You Do With It?


Today's commentary is by Scott Cooper. Scott and I "met" on Facebook on the site National Security Communication Team - Lisa Benson Radio(As a guest commentator the opinions and statements are those of the author. In the Pickle Barrel neither supports or refutes the authors opinions and/or statements.) 


Posted on 07 December 2012 by Scott Cooper




“December 7, 1941, a day which will live in infamy” are famous words delivered by Franklin Delano Roosevelt  words delivered by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a joint session of Congress the day following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, 71 years ago today.



Those who were 18 years old that day, if they are still alive, are 89 years old now. The result being, very few Americans personally know or understand the sacrifice that generation of Americans made to stop tyranny. Over 60 million individuals or 2.5 % of the world’s population died in that war. Over 418,000 Americans died. Great Britain lost over 450,000. As a percentage of population, Great Britain lost twice as many citizens as The United States.

Until December 7th, 1941 most American’s were oblivious to the world at war. Many who understood did their best to ignore it and encouraged their neighbors to do the same. The attitude in Great Britain was similar, until September 1939. This was despite numerous warnings from statesman Winston Churchill, who lost his seat in Parliament almost a decade before being called back to lead the war effort, in part because his vision was ahead of the people he represented. Please read a tribute I wrote to statesman Winston Churchill, on his birthday last week!

Today we face threats to our liberty and freedom which are more significant than tyrannical governments outside our borders, like those we fought after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Indeed our enemy is within our borders. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, known for his military efforts in the mid-19th century, is noted for stating “We have seen the enemy and they are ours….” Often paraphrased, “we have met the enemy, and it is US!”

This morning, as I reflected on what took place 71 years ago, two thoughts came to mind.
First, most of our citizens, especially the youth have no grasp of our history, not only about this date but about the foundational principles and the price that was paid for these principles to become a reality in the republic of the United States.
We are being destroyed from within, in such a way that if we do not wake up soon, when our next Pearl Harbor takes place (and it will happen – think September 11, 2001), we will be unable to get back up.

I believe we each need to have our own “Pearl Harbor Moment,” but in our own lives. The key is, once we have that moment, we need to get up from the dinner table, where we have been gorging on the bounty of past generations fight for liberty for far too long, and engage the culture and civic arena to take back what so many of our ancestors bled and died for.

These “Pearl Harbor Moments” aren’t where planes blow up ships. These “Pearl Harbor Moments” are more like epiphanies in our own minds where we realize: “Houston, we have a problem!”

Then, like the scientists who gathered to fix an impossible problem during the Apollo 13 flight, we need to build our own networks where we will impact change to help steer the ship right.

This repair job will not happen if “We the People” remain at the table eating the dwindling inheritance our forefathers gave to us.

We need to begin building an inheritance for our kids and grandkids! One they can be proud of. The inheritance I refer to is the blessings of Liberty and Freedom. These blessings were purchased at a great price. What are you willing to personally do to ensure we bequeath the same inheritance to our children that previous generations bequeathed to us? Or will you sit back and allow their inheritance to be used up in your lifetime?

I used Apollo 13 as an example, because it is a real story of hope and redemption. All odds were against bringing our astronaut’s home, yet not once did Gene Krantz and the team he assembled give up hope. Against all odds, they accomplished an impossible task.

I know many individuals have given up hope. Folks who believe America’s best days are behind her. There are individuals who are actually abandoning their businesses or reducing the sizes of their businesses, because our government has simply made it impossible to remain in business. The reason may be due to religious conscious issues, or outrageous regulations. Some individuals have left the country and every day more consider it.

What will be your “Pearl Harbor Moment?” Let me share a few of mine:

U.S. Debt Crisis: In college, in the late 1980’s, I thought a lot about US deficit spending. As a Political Science major, I remember giving a speech about it in Public Speaking Class, when our total debt was a mere $ 2.8 Trillion! 

I was infuriated back then at the irresponsibility of our government. I did think about how I could get engaged in the effort to restrain government spending. From 1987 – 1991, the years I was in college total U.S. Debt grew by $ 1.3 Trillion

 After a brief internship on Capitol Hill in 1990, it was obvious to me that the majority of those in power at the time did not take this issue seriously, so I decided to pursue business opportunities, rather than seek employment in Washington. From 2009 to today, the years my 21 year oldest son has been out of high school, total U.S. Debt grew by over $ 5 Trillion. Many of those in Washington during my internship in 1990 are still there. In fact, they are now in leadership. Speaker John Boehner has been in Washington for 21 years. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been in office since 1985. Pearl Harbor Moments! 

First during my 1990 Internship. Reinforced daily since 2008 when George Bush announced, “I have decided to abandon the free market system, in order to save the free market system! Here we are a generation later, and our rate of debt growth is 400 % faster than when I graduated from college.
Work Ethic Crisis: Working in Operations Management in the service or retail industry for the majority of my career, I have seen first hand the declining work ethic of our citizenry, especially the youth. It breaks my heart to say that, in my opinion, the generation that responded to Pearl Harbor, the children from the depression era, would be ashamed to see many of their great grandchildren today.

 I could speak about it from my experiences running car wash or mechanic shops during my time in the rental car industry. I could share my experiences running logistics in the big box retail industry. Simply put, the idea that we need immigrants to do work American’s won’t do, is in large part because we have bred a generation to believe there is a certain level of work which is beneath them. This is perpetuated by an entitlement structure (government run) and parents who give their children so much that the concept of starting at the bottom and working your way up is no longer noble. Pearl Harbor Moment!
Immigration Crisis: I know this issue will come up politically in the near future. Personally, I don’t believe we can have serious immigration reform without serious entitlement reform. This is extremely complicated but PART of the problem is for the reasons listed above, businesses seek migrant labor. It isn’t because they don’t want to hire Americans to do decent jobs. It is because they can’t hire Americans, even those who have been unemployed for months. I have two friends who run farms. 

 Both friends for over a decade had the same migrant workers come each year to help during the season. In 2009 due to high unemployment, our government placed restrictions on their ability to have their migrant workers return. They were required to attempt to hire American’s in multiple states prior to having their seasonal workers return from Latin America. After investment of time and thousands of dollars, they were unable to hire Americans to do these tasks, all during a time period that government dependency has increased.

I am reminded of Ben Franklin’s comment, “I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” Honestly, I don’t think that is a hateful comment, but it is an understanding that when you consistently provide basic needs for people, they become dependent upon it and unwilling to do for themselves what God gave them the capacity to do. Pearl Harbor Moment!
Muslim Brotherhood Crisis: There is a “Silent Conquest” (please watch video for details) taking place in our republic, and just like our leaders have failed to deal with our debt crisis, our entitlement crisis, and our securing the border crisis, they are unwilling to deal with this crisis. Pearl Harbor Moment!
Energy Dependence Crisis: The Department of Energy was created by Jimmy Carter in 1977 with the purpose of becoming Energy Independent. We are 35 years removed, and we are still dependent on our energy supply from the very individuals mentioned in my bullet point above! Pearl Harbor Moment!
Growth of Government Crisis: One of the tasks in Operations Management has been to complete annual competitive wage survey’s, to ensure our compensation packages were in line with the market. This is not a poke at the thousands of outstanding government workers, but the reality is, the private sector funds the public sector. The sector that receives its funding from the private sector has compensation packages that for the most part far exceeds the compensation packages of majority of the private sector. So much so, thousands of citizens are more motivated to “Public Service” rather than building businesses. Reflect on that some, as our private sector decreases and public sector increases! Pearl Harbor Moment!

Have you had your “Pearl Harbor Moment” yet? What are you going to do with it?

Our children and our grandchildren will receive an inheritance. The Bible states in Proverbs 13:22 “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous” (NASB).

Our fathers and grandfathers who fought in WWII, who we remember today on Pearl Harbor Day, were children during the depression era. They came back from hard times and left us a tremendous inheritance. We owe it to them to do the same for our children.

Have you had your “Pearl Harbor Moment” yet? What are you going to do with it?

As you reflect on this day of history – I pray for God’s blessing on you and your family. I also pray, that we as Americans may choose to bless God in the civic arena, so that He may choose to bless us!

Scott Cooper


I wish to thank Scott for sharing his thoughts with us. Thank you for joining me "in the Pickle Barrel".

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America's fall from glory...


Today's commentary is by Bill Connor of Orangeburg, SC. Bill is an Infantry Lt. Colonel, senior instructor of CGSC in South Carolina at U.S. Army and attorney/partner/co-owner at Horger and Connor Law Firm. (As a guest commentator the opinions and statements are those of the author. In the Pickle Barrel neither supports or refutes the authors opinions and/or statements.) 

Commentary:

Friends, you know how much I love this nation our founders established and many have died to preserve. However, it is time to face some stark realities. 

As of yesterday, it was announced that for the first time since 1872 the economy of the United States is no longer the largest in the world. China has surpassed us, despite being only 1/3rd of our economy in 2000, and 1/10th of our economy in 1980. Our national debt has just moved beyond $18 Trillion and grows exponentially (only around $5 Trillion in 2000 and $10 Trillion in 2008). Our manufacturing base has substantially moved overseas.

Bill Conner
Despite this steep national economic decline and the direct threats we face from ISIS (with a possible dirty bomb, and continuing to grow/metastasize), Iran (likely to have nuclear weapons within a relatively short period), etc. our national priority seems fixated on overturning the traditional moorings of our society: redefining Marriage, LGBT "rights" in the military and elsewhere, undermining "manhood", marginalizing Christianity, etc. 

The administration ignored the Constitution with healthcare and now unilaterally grants amnesty to over 5 million. Friends, I spent most of my adult life as a soldier, and only became involved in politics at Age 41. It was after returning from the sacrifice for the nation on the battlefield, and yet realizing all was being lost back home. 

However, my time of active political involvement showed me that the current political "system" is not working. Partly that is due to so many in the "conservative" party giving in on non-negotiable values. 

However, a major part is the hearts of too many individual Americans being "lost" to the current winds. I have taken a step back from politics, because I'm trying to reassess God's call on how to best help save this great nation before it's too late. 

The current "system" requires a complete overhaul if we are to turn things around. That will only come through God's intervention in the hearts of many toward seeing the error of our ways. I would ask all friends reading this post to pray for a national revival. 

Only if the hearts of a substantial number of individual American are awakened to Truth, we will have any hope of national repentance and commitment to being the nation we once were. We will not win by continuing to listen to politicos about how to gain the highest number of votes through compromise. It isn't votes we need, but changed hearts. We need them now. 

My God hear my prayer toward that end.

Bill Connor


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South Carolina to vote on two State Constitution Amendments

You are a criminal. Yes, I am talking to you.




Well, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 the citizens of South Carolina have the opportunity to change the "no lottery law" into a law that will allow charitable organizations permission to sponsor lotteries.



If you are in South Carolina and have ever supported the Boy/Girl Scouts, your church, your community charitable organizations, the Lion's Club, Rotary Club, or any other nonprofit organization that uses lottery funds to help your community you have broken the law.

I am guilty of multiple offenses. Over the span of fifteen years I have probably broke the law at least fifteen times. Although they say ignorance of the law is no excuse, up to about four years ago I did not realize I was a criminal.

I bet most of you did not know you were fellow partners in crime. Likewise, most of the groups and organizations who sponsored a lottery were ignorant of the law.

However, currently there is only one organization who can legally conduct a lottery; yep, the State of South Carolina. I am so proud that a group of solid, honest, ethical and dependable elected officials (aka politicians) are in control of a fundraiser that the church and charitable organizations can not do because they may be dishonest.

Am I the only one who sees a little irony in this scenario?




Ballot Title: Amendment 1

The official ballot text reads as follows:

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Must Section 7, Article XVII of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that a raffle is not a lottery prohibited by this section, if the raffle is conducted by a nonprofit organization for charitable, religious, fraternal, educational, or other eleemosynary purposes, and the general law defines the type of organization authorized to operate and conduct the raffles, provides standards for the operation and conduct of the raffles, provides for the use of proceeds for charitable, religious, fraternal, educational, or other eleemosynary purposes, provides penalties for violations, and provides for other laws necessary to ensure the proper functioning, honesty, and integrity of the raffles, but in the absence of any general law, then the raffle remains a prohibited lottery?"


Yes [ ]

No [ ]


Constitutional changes

The proposed amendment would amend Section 7 of Article XVII of the Constitution of South Carolina:

Section 7. Only the State may conduct lotteries, and these lotteries must be conducted in the manner that the General Assembly provides by law. The revenue derived from the lotteries must first be used to pay all operating expenses and prizes for the lotteries. The remaining lottery revenues must be credited to a separate fund in the state treasury styled the 'Education Lottery Account', and the earnings on this account must be credited to it. Education Lottery Account proceeds may be used only for education purposes as the General Assembly provides by law.

The game of bingo, when conducted by charitable, religious, or fraternal organizations exempt from federal income taxation or when conducted at recognized annual state and county fairs, is not considered a lottery prohibited by this section.

A raffle, if provided for by general law and conducted by a nonprofit organization for charitable, religious, fraternal, educational, or other eleemosynary purposes is not a lottery prohibited by this section. The general law must define the type of nonprofit organization authorized to operate and conduct a raffle, provide standards for the operation and conduct of raffles, provide for the use of proceeds for religious, charitable, fraternal, educational, or other eleemosynary purposes, provide penalties for violations, and provide for other laws necessary to ensure the proper functioning, honesty, and integrity of the raffles. If no general law on the conduct and operation of a nonprofit raffle for charitable purposes, including the type of organization allowed to conduct raffles, is enacted, then the raffle is a lottery prohibited by this section.


I will be voting "YES" in support of the new Amendment. I do so for several reasons:


1. The organizations that are truly "charitable" contribute a great deal to so many good causes.

2. How many times have you heard, "My tax dollars should not be used to do.....?

3. "Charity begins at home." It is up to the individual to decide which charity they wish to support and how much support to give.

4. Raffles is just about as easy as it gets for charitable organizations to develop and run.

5. They are fun! What is there not to like about giving a donation to a charitable organization with a chance of winning a prize? I will tell you some of the people selling raffle tickets do not tell the truth. I always say "I will by a ticket if you guarantee I will win. More often than not I get an answer back "Ok." or "Sure, you can count on it." I really think they were joking.

It is as simple as that.






Ballot Title: Amendment 2

This amendment, upon voter approval, would provide for the appointment of the South Carolina Adjutant General by the South Carolina Governor, upon consent from the state senate. The South Carolina General Assembly would provide by law for the qualifications for office, the office’s term, duties and compensation, the procedures for appointment and the procedures for removal from office. The measure would also classify the adjutant general as a “major general,” rather than the current “brigadier general.”

The South Carolina Adjutant General serves as head of the Military Department of the state, and is in charge of the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard, Emergency Management Division, the State Guard, Youth Challenge and AmeriCorps. Currently, South

Carolinians elect the Adjutant General. South Carolina is the only state to elect someone to that office. The State Legislature in another State appoints it's Adjutant General. The Governor of the other States and territories having an Adjutant General appoints the General.






The official ballot text reads as follows:

The proposed amendment would amend Section 7 of Article VI and Section 4 of Article XIII of the Constitution of South Carolina:

“Must Section 7, Article VI of the Constitution of this State relating to state constitutional officers and Section 4, Article XIII relating to the Adjutant General and his staff officers be amended so as to update references to his title; to provide that the position of Adjutant General is recognized as holding the rank of Major General, as opposed to Brigadier General; to provide that upon the expiration of the term of the Adjutant General serving in office on the date of the ratification of this provision, the Adjutant General must be appointed by the Governor, upon the advice and consent of the Senate; to provide that the appointed Adjutant General serve for a term not coterminous with the Governor and may be removed only for cause; and to require the General Assembly to provide by law for the term, duties, compensation, and qualifications for office, the procedures by which the appointment is made, and the procedures by which the Adjutant General may be removed from office?"

Yes [ ]

No [ ]


Constitutional changes:

[Article VI] Section 7. There shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State a Secretary of State, an Attorney General, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Education, Comptroller General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and an Adjutant General who shall hold their respective offices for a term of four years, coterminous with that of the Governor. The duties and compensation of such offices shall be prescribed by law and their compensation shall be neither increased nor diminished during the period for which they shall have been elected

Beginning upon the expiration of the term of the Adjutant General serving in office on the date of the ratification of the provisions of this paragraph, the Adjutant General must be appointed by the Governor, upon the advice and consent of the Senate. The appointed Adjutant General shall serve for a term not coterminous with the Governor and may be removed only for cause. The General Assembly shall provide by law for the term, duties, compensation, and qualifications for office, the procedures by which the appointment is made, and the procedures by which the Adjutant General may be removed from office.

[Article XIII] Section 4. There shall must be an Adjutant and Inspector Generalelected by the qualified electors of the State at the same time and in the same manner as other state officers, who shall rank as Brigadier. The position of Adjutant General is recognized as holding the rank of Major General, and whose the Adjutant General's duties and compensation shall must be prescribed by law. The Governorshall, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint such otherstaff officers as the General Assembly may direct.

Beginning upon the expiration of the term of the Adjutant General serving in office on the date of the ratification of the provisions of this paragraph, the Adjutant General must be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, in the manner provided in Section 7, Article VI.


I will be voting "YES" in favor of having the State Adjutant General being appointed by the Governor.


To me this is a "no brain er". Here's why:

1) Military officers should never be elected. They gain their positions through a career of training, formal military educational classes, earning the respect of their peers and those men/women who serve under them.

2) As military officers climb in rank they are more and more vetted by those above them.

3) Military officers be seen as trustworthy, knowledgeable, patriotic putting country and men/women below them before themselves.

4) Using an election to select an Adjutant General is insane. Any citizen of this country has the right to seek an election regardless of his/her experience. training or knowledge of the position. You do not what "just anybody" leading the State of Carolina's military forces.

5) The post of Adjutant General should not be a political position. Yes, politics is involved in everything; however, how well has politicians been doing their jobs and protecting this State and the United States?

6) Military men/women must trust and respect their leader. Without that trust and respect they will never perform their best and go "up and beyond" the call of duty.


I encourage all eligible voters in South Carolina to get out and vote; not only for these two
Amendments, but for the most qualified and honorable candidates for all offices.



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Ferguson, Missouri…a town of losers

Every time a so called “protest in honor of John Doe” or “protest for justice” takes place nothing is gained by anyone and there is no resolution to the initial problem.

Well, that is not exactly true. There are a few winners.

The winners are the goons, idiots and criminals that take advantage of an incident to ravage their own neighborhoods and businesses. Some win by taking all the bottles of wine they can carry once they breakdown the door or throw something thru the plate-glass windows. Others may take food, cigarettes, beer or drugs. 



Others share in the glory of the event by throwing Molotov cocktails (bottles full of flammable material such as gasoline with rags stuck in as a fuse) thru automobile, store and occasional home windows. 

 The super winners get bonus points if they burn a police car.

The super-duper winners get electronics such as computers, expensive earphones or a 55”-80” Super HD TV.

Other winners included the mainstream media and cable networks. For weeks following events such as those in Ferguson, every media outlet will be giving the latest up to the minute "news" on the situation.



The truth is more gruesome.

There are many more losers than winners in events like Ferguson. What happens to the small businesspersons who lose their shops and inventory, their livelihood?  What happens when the business owner's home is a loft above the store? What happens when an innocent bystander is injured or killed?


Every person in the neighborhood and city loses in these events. Homes are lost, injuries are suffered, businesses supporting the neighborhoods suffer loses and the citizens lose items they need for everyday living.

Public officials (including the police force and fire departments) lose the respect and trust of the citizenry.

Truth and justice are very seldom experienced during or after these events. The previous mentioned goons, idiots and criminals are never apprehended and punished. Information from the authorities is whitewashed and/or delayed. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is never heard.

Perhaps the biggest loser is America’s struggle to improve our racial divisions. 

Events like Ferguson, Trevon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Manuel Loggins Jr,   Sean Bell,  Ramarley Graham,  Eric Garner and others remind America and the rest of the world that we are not perfect. 

Events like these remind us all that we still have a long way to go in providing “Truth and Justice for all"…, including all of the losers in Ferguson.


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(Not all photos are from Ferguson. Stock photos used fro demontration only)