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J.P. Doodles

J.P. Doodles

THE BOOKEND: Fall is upon us

Dear Readers,

Howdy, how are you all this week? I’m doing good, but I was grape picking a few days ago and got stung by a wasp. My arm is still swollen and itchy. It was worth being out in a grape arbor that Sunday though because that evening I could feel the sweet beginnings of fall in the air.

Did you ever notice that subtle change? It is indescribable. It is just a sense that you feel. Every year I try to figure out the right words, the sunlight becomes softer and more diffused, and at certain times there is a distinct chill in the air. The days get shorter. The tomatoes begin to slow down in our gardens, we say goodbye to the plentifulness of corn. We begin to see small turnings of color in the trees. A little red here, a little orange there.

Every year I hope that summer will prevail. After all, the official start of autumn isn’t until September 23rd. But, Autumn, or Fall, must be in a hurry, because it tries to push summer out of its way. Try as it might summer cannot hold on.

Fall begins to take over our senses, it even changes the way we want to eat. We crave more hearty meals, like roast, meatloaf and stews. And as fall moves along and brings a chill, we want warming things, hot cider, hot chocolate, and hot teas.

We get out our blankets which have been stored away since the brightness of spring so that we can curl up under them to hide like a bear in hibernation from the damp and chilled winds. Fall gives us a gentle warning that winter is on its way, with its even colder air and snowy days.

Summer, mind you, is my favorite season, to me it is a season of endless fun. But Fall is gorgeous also. And as the fall season creeps upon us I hope that you will enjoy it to the full.

Until next time dear readers, have a lovely week, and have a literary week!

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hawkins Co. Veterans ... your American Legion Post needs you!

Hawkins County has several thousand veterans that don’t belong to any veterans’ organization. We were proud veterans when we came home, we loved our country, our state, city and county, if not, a lot of our veterans would not have volunteered to serve in the military forces in all the wars, we have been involved in. Talking to a lot of our veterans we are still proud to be called a veteran some 75 years later, or 65 years, or 55 years later or 25 years, or even last week. Our veterans will still say I’m proud to be called an American Veteran.

As Commander of American Legion Post 21, I am asking these veterans to join our post. We need you now, but whether you realize it or not, you will need our veteran organizations, later, to help you get new benefits or just keep what you have. We cannot let down our veterans who have been fighting for our benefits from all past wars, that is the reason that our veteran organizations have to stay strong, strength is in numbers.

With the new bill that our President signed into law on July 30, 2019, to join the American Legion now, you have to have served active duty in the military, with an honorable discharge, and have a DD214, or still be on active duty. You do not have to have served during any of the war “eras” (like you did before) to be a member of the American Legion.

Our American Legion Charter was 100 Years old September 9, 2019. When Post 21 was organized, it started out with 15 members; in 1975 we had 1,500 members, last year, 2018, we had 268 members.

As Commander of Post 21, I have committed myself to help build our membership up if at all possible. I will ask our veterans, one more time, to join our American Legion Post 21 so we can continue to support our veterans and their families in our community.

I would like to ask all of our past members that did not renew their membership in past years to reconsider and rejoin our post. You can be a great asset to our post.

We try to serve our veterans and community by having our Four Chaplain service in February, Vietnam Veterans Day in March, Memorial Day in May, Flag Day in June, the July Fourth Parade, membership drives in August, POW/MIA Remembrance Day in September, Halloween trunk or treat in October, we assist the VFW with Veterans Day in November, and in December, we have a Post meal, and then rest. You see, we sure could use your help so if you could spare a day or two through the year, please consider joining our post.

Please call me, or any Legion member that you know, for membership information.

Dennis Elkins


Hawkins Co. American Legion Post 21

Cell, 423-235-1165

Home, 423-272-6843

THE UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN: Pochahontas' presidential run should be over

While driving on a beautiful day in West Virginia recently, I heard a news report over my car radio.

Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said Michael Brown was “murdered” by a “white” policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. I became filled with anger. I thought, “This wicked woman’s presidential run should be over.” Everyone knows Brown was shot while assaulting a police officer in his patrol car while Brown tried to take the officer’s gun.

Warren’s insidiously evil lie tells voters everything they need to know about her. Obsessed with gaining power, Warren has decided that the lives of brave and honorable police officers and the lives of Americans potentially killed in a race war are acceptable collateral damage to achieve her goal — the White House.

My thoughts raced back to the heartbreaking Facebook post by 13-year-old Jaden Ramos. Jaden’s dad was a NYC police officer who was assassinated along with another officer while sitting in their cruiser on special patrol doing crime reduction work.

Jaden and numerous other children of police officers lost their fathers because Democrats and fake news media lied about the Brown shooting in Ferguson and other incidents. Consequently, Black Lives Matter declared it “open season” on killing police and white people. Angry black youths responded with revenge assassinations of police across America.

Jaden posted:

“Today I had to say bye to my father. He was their for me everyday of my life, he was the best father I could ask for. It’s horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad.”

For Warren to reignite the “Brown was murdered” lie five years later is beyond the pale.

Warren deceptively markets herself as having superior compassion for victims. In reality, Warren is cold and calculating, willing to say anything in her perverse quest for power to control every aspect of our lives. Elizabeth Warren is a despicable human being.

If you watch, people always show you who they really are. Years ago, I attended a meeting in Washington D.C. I met a politician who sounded great. After the meeting, away from cameras and microphones, he treated his assistant humiliatingly. My opinion of him suffered.

Just like her fake Indian heritage, Warren has shown us that her self-proclaimed superior compassion is fake also.

Warren’s irresponsible lie about the circumstances of Brown’s death so infuriated me because it sent a clarion call to blacks to kill more cops. I have had my fill of Democrats instigating hate, violence, and divisiveness while falsely portraying themselves as paragons of superior compassion. Meanwhile, the Democrats’ fake news media buddies demonize decent everyday Americans for opposing socialism and anti-Americanism.

Does character matter when selecting our leaders? Absolutely.

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2.

President George Washington said, “… a good moral character is the first essential in a man … It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.”

Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and their fellow Democrats instigating the murdering of police by continuing to lie about Michael Brown is the polar opposite of virtuous.

“The people “have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge — I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers.” — John Adams

“The qualities of a great man are “vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.” Dwight Eisenhower

“Character is the only secure foundation of the state.” — Calvin Coolidge

“Americanism is a question of principle, of purpose, of idealism, of character. It is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent.” –Theodore Roosevelt

“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.: “I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside me.” — Abraham Lincoln

Since having to defend President Bill Clinton’s serial adultery and numerous allegations of sexual assault, Democrats and fake news media say that expecting character in our leaders is unrealistic.

Elizabeth Warren seated in the big chair in the Oval Office would be the equivalent of wicked Hillary on steroids; severely punishing achievers, disarming law-abiding gun-owners, jailing political opponents, dividing Americans into groups that hate each other, persecuting Christians, killing babies after birth, crushing our economy and government, tyrannically micromanaging our lives.

As president, Warren’s lack of character would reap horrifying and devastating consequences. Who in their right mind would vote for a presidential candidate who is complicit in the murder of police? Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren must never be allowed anywhere near becoming leader of the free world.

(PUB. NOTE: Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American, is a conservative activist, keynote speaker, singer/songwriter, blogger, and is active in the Tea Party Movement, who calls himself, “a lone wolf rare black voice spreading the truth about the greatness of America, countering the Leftist dominated media’s hatred for our country.” Readers may contact Lloyd through his website, www.lloydmarcus.com.)