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Oh Say Can You See

🇺🇸🇺🇸I love my country, our standard “Old Glory” and the exercise of freedom that our Founding Fathers began (though I fear my government).

Why is it that we fail to acknowledge that our National Anthem has more than one verse?

It is a wonderful song and poem. It’s about time that all those that claim to be Patriots push for the full song to be sung. Yes it is a song but maybe just maybe it will bring a sense of what this country is about. 🇺🇸🇺🇸

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11 July 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his long-time political antagonist, Alexander Hamilton.


In a duel held in Weehawken, New Jersey, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his long-time political antagonist Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, a leading Federalist and the chief architect of America’s political economy, died the following day.

Hamilton came to detest Burr, whom he regarded as a dangerous opportunist, and he often spoke ill of him. When Burr ran for the vice presidency in 1796 on Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican ticket (the forerunner of the Democratic Party), Hamilton launched a series of public attacks against Burr, stating, “I feel it is a religious duty to oppose his career.” John Adams won the presidency, and in 1797 Burr left the Senate and returned to the New York Assembly.

In 1800, Jefferson chose Burr again as his running mate. Burr aided the Democratic-Republican ticket by publishing a confidential document that Hamilton had written criticizing his fellow Federalist President John Adams. This caused a rift in the Federalists and helped Jefferson and Burr win the election with 73 electoral votes each.

Under the electoral procedure then prevailing, president and vice president were not voted for separately; the candidate who received the most votes was elected president, and the second in line, vice president. The vote then went to the House of Representatives. What at first seemed but an electoral technicality–handing Jefferson victory over his running mate–developed into a major constitutional crisis when Federalists in the lame-duck Congress threw their support behind Burr. After a remarkable 35 tie votes, a small group of Federalists changed sides and voted in Jefferson’s favor. Alexander Hamilton, who had supported Jefferson as the lesser of two evils, was instrumental in breaking the deadlock.

Burr became vice president, but Jefferson grew apart from him, and he did not support Burr’s renomination to a second term in 1804. That year, a faction of New York Federalists, who had found their fortunes drastically diminished after the ascendance of Jefferson, sought to enlist the disgruntled Burr into their party and elect him governor. Hamilton campaigned against Burr with great fervor, and Burr lost the Federalist nomination and then, running as an independent for governor, the election. In the campaign, Burr’s character was savagely attacked by Hamilton and others, and after the election he resolved to restore his reputation by challenging Hamilton to a duel, or an “affair of honor,” as they were known.

Affairs of honor were commonplace in America at the time, and the complex rules governing them usually led to an honorable resolution before any actual firing of weapons. In fact, the outspoken Hamilton had been involved in several affairs of honor in his life, and he had resolved most of them peaceably. No such recourse was found with Burr, however, and on July 11, 1804, the enemies met at 7 a.m. at the dueling grounds near Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the same spot where Hamilton’s son had died defending his father’s honor in 1801.

There are conflicting accounts of what happened next. According to Hamilton’s “second”–his assistant and witness in the duel–Hamilton decided the duel was morally wrong and deliberately fired into the air. Burr’s second claimed that Hamilton fired at Burr and missed. What happened next is agreed upon: Burr shot Hamilton in the stomach, and the bullet lodged next to his spine. Hamilton was taken back to New York, and he died the next afternoon.

Few affairs of honor actually resulted in deaths, and the nation was outraged by the killing of a man as eminent as Alexander Hamilton. Charged with murder in New York and New Jersey, Burr, still vice president, returned to Washington, D.C., where he finished his term immune from prosecution.

In 1805, Burr, thoroughly discredited, concocted a plot with James Wilkinson, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army, to seize the Louisiana Territory and establish an independent empire, which Burr, presumably, would lead. He contacted the British government and unsuccessfully pleaded for assistance in the scheme. Later, when border trouble with Spanish Mexico heated up, Burr and Wilkinson conspired to seize territory in Spanish America for the same purpose.

In the fall of 1806, Burr led a group of well-armed colonists toward New Orleans, prompting an immediate U.S. investigation. General Wilkinson, in an effort to save himself, turned against Burr and sent dispatches to Washington accusing Burr of treason. In February 1807, Burr was arrested in Louisiana for treason and sent to Virginia to be tried in a U.S. court. In September, he was acquitted on a technicality. Nevertheless, public opinion condemned him as a traitor, and he fled to Europe. He later returned to private life in New York, the murder charges against him forgotten. He died in 1836.

The Rocket’s Red Glare

My beautiful bride and I spent the evening of the 4th of July in Bar Harbor, Maine where we watched a very beautiful fireworks presentation. All fitting for the celebration of our nations 239th year and the eve of our first wedding anniversary! Take a look at just some of the pictures I took from the approximately 45 minute show.

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Marriage…My Two Cents…

Up until yesterday’s Supreme Court decision NO ONE had the Constitutional Right to Marry! This decision shall it stand the three week period where it can be re-argued has guaranteed the right to Marry for Both Straight and Gay! Show me prior to this ruling where in our Constitution that anyone had the right to marry.

We all have our opinions on this hot button issue, and yes I am a Christian and a man of God, however as a Red Blooded American I can now say Bravo to the justices for saying that all persons can be equally miserable I mean happy in marriage.

History Lesson


“I’m sorry but I’m about to preach and teach!! If you want to fight a cause, understand what you are fighting. First and foremost the Confederate Flag was never a national flag representing the South, it was a battle flag flown by several armies in Virginia. Even if it had been a national flag for the South, understand that the Civil War wasn’t just over slavery, while it was the reason slavery ended, it was merely an excuse for the war. The North fought the war over money (the same reason we fight half the wars these days and excuse it by saying we’re fighting for another cause. Plain and simple. When the South started Secession, Lincoln was asked, “Why not let the South go in peace?” To which he replied, “I can’t let them go. Who would pay for the government?” Sensing total financial ruin for the North, Lincoln waged war on the South. The South fought the War to repel Northern aggression and invasion, because, and yes this is a true stereotype, us southerners don’t like to be told what to do! Lol. The Confederate Battle Flag today finds itself in the center of much controversy. The cry to take this flag down is unjustified. It is very important to keep in mind that the Confederate Battle Flag was simply just that. A battle flag. It was never even a National flag, so how could it have flown over a slave nation or represented slavery or racism? This myth is continued by lack of education and ignorance.”

With the horrible shooting in the South Carolina Church (I pray for all those that lost loved ones and I do hope that they receive justice) people  are up in arms about a flag they know very little about.  So let me give ya’ll a little history lesson as a public service announcement from JustUsOwls.

First of all this flag is not the flag of the Confederate States of America (CSA) rather it is the battle flag of the 1st Virginia Infantry (as well as Army of Tennessee)!

Battle Flag of the 1st Virginia Infantry
Battle Flag of the 1st Virginia Infantry & The Army of Tennessee

The CSA had a total of three flags during their time as a country.

This first flag caused to much confusion as to who was CSA and who was USA. It is referred to as: “The Stars and Bars!”

March 4, 1861 to  November 28, 1861 Flag of the Confederate States of America
March 4, 1861 to November 28, 1861 Flag of the Confederate States of America

This flag is nicked named: “The Stainless Banner.”

May 1, 1863 - March 1865 Flag of the Confederate States of America
May 1, 1863 – March 1865
Flag of the Confederate States of America

The final flag adopted: “The Blood Stained Banner”

March 4, 1865 until dissolved by the Union. The flag of the Confederate States of America.
March 4, 1865 until dissolved by the Union.
The flag of the Confederate States of America.

Please get your historical facts correct when you are going to go on a rant.  While there are countless opinions as to why the Civil War was fought please remember we are one country now and should know the entire history of our country no matter how dark it is.