Our Continuing Loss of Rights

During no other time in the history of the United States have we seen such blatant disruption, some would say cancellation, of our unalienable rights than during 2020, all under the guise of protecting one another from a virus.

Being ordered to stay at home without probable cause. Ordered to wear masks and social distance, again without probable cause. Not being allowed to gather in worship at our churches. Unable to assemble in unity at a park or in a home (unless deemed a ‘peaceful protest’ – that often times included violence). Unable to provide for our families as businesses not deemed ‘essential’ were forced to close. Etc. Etc.

And although there have been cases brought before justices and the outcomes have all declared that many Executive Orders and mandates issued by governors and mayors were deemed unconstitutional, they continued to be issued.

US PatentHowever, there is another right, one actually granted by our precious U.S. Constitution that provided for the forward progress of our nation by ensuring that inventors and innovators would be able to reap the harvest of their ingenuity and labor.

Article I Section 8 charged Congress: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

This idea was so important to our Founders to ensure our nation’s advancement and freedom that The Patent Act of 1790 was signed into Law on April 10 by our first president, George Washington, within months after assuming office.

Just how important was this idea to our young nation?

The first Patent board members included none other than Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of our Declaration of Independence and the Secretary of State at the time, along Attorney General Edmund Randolph and Secretary of War Henry Knox.

1st US PatentThe very first patent, number X000001, was issued to Samuel Hopkins for the “improvement in the making of pot ash and pearl ash” on July 31.

Life for inventors continued fairly well after that. There was a process established to stop others from capitalizing on your issued Patent and even, at times, to receive recompense for their act of piracy.

Unfortunately, this right has been eroded, at times dismissed, over the years.

Perhaps the most devastating erosion and perversion of Article I Section 8 and The Patent Act of 1790 has been the so-called America Invents Act of 2011, where the Patent Trial and Appeal Board was thereby established within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The result?

This administrative tribunal has “cancelled” previously approved and issued patents and, essentially, destroyed the lives and livelihoods of thousands of inventors through their actions.

Deep-pocket corporations have raped and pillaged individuals of their Patent rights and, in most cases, gotten away with it because the vast majority of people do not have the financial wherewithal to take the perpetrators to a federal court, which may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

One organization is working relentlessly to reverse the trend of callous disregard and the  elimination of Patent protection for Joe and Mary America – US Inventor. The group was established to: “teach, promote, and defend the invention process and business methods involved in developing an idea, making a profit, and changing lives.”

US Inventor was behind the introduction of a major bi-partisan piece of legislation, The Inventor Rights Act of 2019 (H. R. 5478), that will, if passed, restore long-held patent protections for inventors, as well as mitigate various laws, regulations, and judicial decisions that have curtailed and diminished inventor protection.

As the Father of our U.S. Constitution and fourth president, James Madison, warned, “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

Americans who cherish their unalienable and constitutionally guaranteed rights must continually fight back – against corrupt politicians, Big Tech, multi-national conglomerates, and others that work to limit, inhibit, or otherwise strip We the People of our liberty and freedom.

Over For Now.

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D. R. Casselman Pens Epic Fantasy Adventure

road-to-andolan-front-with-butler-kudoA new author, D. R. Casselman, has burst on to the scene with an epic fantasy adventure requiring four volumes to tell. The series is Tales of Narda and the first installment is Book One: Road to Andolan.

This will not be a lengthy review, as I do not wish to publish any spoilers.

Suffice to say, in this first book there is ample action and adventure, coupled with a bit of mystery and the hint of a pending love story.

There are characters that you will love and some you will most likely despise as the main characters make their way to the land of Narda and, upon arrival, begin their quest to find three of the five missing Seeing Stones, about which you will discover more when you grab the book and start reading.

There are also a range of unusual creatures, some good, some bad, which seems only fair.

You will be taken to a whole new world to thoroughly enjoy.

Dragon Award-winning author D. J. Butler, said of this first book, “A strong start to a new series! The Tales of Narda are classical fantasy that will reawaken in you the same thrills you felt when you first encountered Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.”

And, I certainly agree with him, as I recall first reading The Hobbitt and The Lord of the Rings more years ago than I care to remember. Narda is a rich and imaginative world within your grasp. Do yourself a favor and visit the Tales of Narda website. Aside from being able to order the book, you can download some great free wallpaper.

I do have to note that the official publication date for Road to Andolan is October 20, 2020, the 65th anniversary of The Return of the King.

Over For Now.

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Constitution Day 2020

Constitution Day 2020This year has been one for the books, a year where our Constitutionally guaranteed rights have been neglected, abused and even taken away.

Here we will take a closer look at violations of our “Supreme Law of the Land.”

There have been certain states and cities where the issued orders and mandates border on, or cross over into, draconian and tyrannical rule – the precise actions our Founders fought against, and the very reasons they created our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights to ensure protection exists.

Three of the worst have been California, New York and Pennsylvania. But, rest assured, there are others.

Here is the bottom line of our “Unconstitutional 2020” …

1. Limiting the size of gatherings and congregations violate the right to peaceably assemble, guaranteed in our 1st Amendment.

2. Ordering Citizens to stay home and closing “non-essential” businesses violates due process, as guaranteed in our 14th Amendment.

3. And, closing of these businesses also violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Peaceably to Assemble - ChicagoNot to mention that there are elected officials who condone and/or encourage, and do not put an end to, the riots, looting and personal harm, injury and senseless murder. Their inaction, condoning or encouraging such violates their own Oath of Office to “support and defend” our U.S. Constitution, specifically Article I Section 8 where it is up to them to “suppress Insurrections.”

That same Article charges Congress to provide for the “general welfare” of America. And, to be clear, welfare in our U.S. Constitution does not mean providing money to people … it means, “Exemption from misfortune, sickness, calamity or evil; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; prosperity; happiness; applied to persons” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language).

Their callous, lax attitude in the face of the violent protests is cause for them to be expelled. As per our laws. Period.

Federal law, specifically 18 United States Code 1918, provides the penalties for violation of the Oath of Office described in 5 U.S.C. 7311 and specifically includes: (1) removal from office and; (2) confinement or a fine.

At least there appears to be a light at the end of this seemingly endless, dark tunnel.

Recently, a Federal Judge ruled in favor of businesses, four counties, as well as some state legislators, against the rules and orders set down by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe during this Covid-19 period, basically citing 1 through 3 above.

And, Attorney General William Barr has informed state and local prosecutors that they can bring charges of sedition against violent protestors.

Scale of 1 to 1984 - George WashingtonAll Americans should be very concerned where are civil liberties are not only put at risk, but are taken away.

However, there are many Citizens who do not know what their rights are, that they are unalienable (cannot be given away or taken away).

It is up to We the People to ensure that our Liberty stays put.

As principal author of our Declaration of Independence and third president Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

Know your rights … only then can you protect your rights.

Make Constitution Day 2020 the day you commit to see to it that all of your family members and friends are educated about our U.S. Constitution.

One place to start is by watching the award-winning In Search of Liberty Constitution movie. It is a great refresher or educational tool about our freedom, our rights, our liberty. Following the movie, check out the more in-depth study offered by Building Blocks for Liberty in their three-hour Constitution Boot Camp Streaming Home Edition or consider Constitutional attorney KrisAnne Hall’s online Liberty First University.

As well, IC Liberty Films has several free informational resources, including essays and books, to assist everyone in this worthwhile endeavor.

The below are free PDF eBook downloads. Click on the title and the PDF will appear in a new window and can then be saved to your device.

Common Sense 2020: Understanding Today’s Political Environment

Our Founding Fathers on our Republic, Freedom & Governance

The Handbook for We the People

The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution

God Bless America!

Over For Now.

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Hive Outdoor Living – #1 Tampa Bay Pool Builder

Tampa Pool Builder - Hive Outdoor - EnclosuresHaving worked in the swimming pool industry a few decades ago, for a company that won more national design awards from the National Swimming Pool Institute than any other builder, it is wonderful to see that quality swimming pool and spa craftsmanship is alive and well.

Especially in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Hive Outdoor Living, based in Tampa, designs and builds custom pools and spas in the area, and has the motto, “Create Your Own Paradise.” And by looking at what they have designed and constructed, that is certainly the case.

Adding a custom swimming pool to your backyard is virtually guaranteed to improve your family’s life for the better. Certainly your children will love it…just be prepared for their friends coming over more often to visit. But that is a good thing, in fact, a great thing.

The good news is that you can build a pool almost anywhere, regardless of the size and shape of your backyard.

Backyard paradise - Hive Outdoor LivingThe professional designers at Hive Outdoor Living work with clients to maximize available outdoor space, with the goal of transforming it into your family’s go-to enjoyment location, your own fabulous staycation.

And the design process?

It has improved dramatically from the days of pencil drawings on drafting paper. At Hive Outdoor, the design takes shape utilizing a 3D computer aided design program, allowing you to view your soon-to-be-a-reality pool and adjacent area from all angles and vantage points.

Your new backyard environment will become the place for your family, and friends, to come together, for fun and entertainment. It will better your health (swimming is the best exercise). And, your new pool and surrounds will provide a much-needed balance between your work and your life. Not to mention, making great family memories to be cherished for years to come.

And, you don’t have to stop there.

Tampa Pool Builder - Hive Outdoor - Outdoor CookingContinue creating your new lifestyle with a spa, waterfall, fountain, a wide array of lighting options, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, an assortment of decking options, screens and enclosures, and even lush, exotic landscaping to top it all off.

When you think about it, adding a backyard paradise makes sense on many levels. It is the perfect solution to enhance your family lifestyle.

If you are in the Greater Tampa Bay area, and are even remotely considering installing a pool and/or spa, you owe it to yourself to see what Hive Outdoor Living, the area’s #1 custom swimming pool contractor, has to offer.

You might be totally surprised. And tremendously delighted.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

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