Our Nation’s Cops Are Under Siege

Eight police officers have been shot in St. Louis alone since June.

Upon hearing that eight cops had been shot in a single American city since June, you’d be excused for thinking it a mistake. We must be talking about Juarez or Tijuana or Caracas or some other lawless hellhole to our south, right?

Wrong Read More HERE

The newest Dunkin’ Donuts in the Bay Area opened Aug. 26 on South Winchester Boulevard in San Jose. 

What? Your dog doesn’t wear a hat? 

Oh Great! Drunks Outside!San Jose allows casinos to operate in parking lots

BIG BASIN, CA – AUGUST 28: Will Christianson and Jason Vincent clear away fallen brush from around the base of the Mother of the Forest redwood as hot spots from the CZU Complex fire continue burning in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Friday, Aug., 28, 2020, near Boulder Creek, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Big Basin: Crews race to protect ancient…

He Joined The Military At Age 13
Andrew Jackson grew up in the Waxhaws wilderness region in the Carolinas; he received a spotty education
in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War.

They Suffered As Prisoners Of War
Even though they were no more than boys, Jackson and his brother were not treated with any special attention
while prisoners of war. At one point, when a young Jackson refused to shine boots of a British officer, the
officer slashed Jackson’s face and hand with his sword, leaving him with permanent scars and a deep hatred
for the British. During their imprisonment, they also both caught smallpox and nearly died of illness.

Both North And South Carolina Claim To Be Where He Was Born

While it’s known that the seventh President of the United States was born on March 15, 1767, exactly where is
still a point
of controversy. The Waxhaws wilderness where he spent his formative years was so remote that
a precise border between
North and South Caroline hadn’t been surveyed yet.

His Parents Emigrated From Ireland
Jackson’s parents, Andrew and Elizabeth, both hailed from Ireland’s Country Antrim, what is now Northern
Ireland. Then, in 1765, they set sail for a new life in the colonies with their two sons, Hugh and Robert from
the port town of Carrickfergus.

He Killed A Man In A Duel

Andrew Jackson was never one to run from a fight, and he was pretty good at instigating them, too.
Historians estimated that Jackson was involved in somewhere between 5 and 100 duels. So, in 1806,
when a man named Charles Dickinson wrote that he was “a worthless scoundrel, a paltroon, and coward,”
Jackson challenged him in a duel.

At the mark, Dickinson fired and hit the future president in the chest, barely missing his heart. Despite
his wound, Jackson then shot and killed Dickinson. He carried the bullet in his body for the rest of his
life along with another from a following duel.

He Was The First President Someone Attempted To Assassinate

On January 30, 1835, President Jackson was leaving the U.S. Capitol after a memorial for a Congressman.
A painter named Richard Lawrence then appeared out of the crown with a pistol just a few feet away. When
his gun misfired, he promptly took out another, which failed to fire as well.

Infuriated, Jackson then attacked Lawrence with a cane until he was pulled away for fear he might kill him. Lawrence would later claim that Jackson was the reason he lost his job, that money would be worth more if
Jackson wasn’t president. Lawrence was later deemed insane and institutionalized.

He Adopted Two Native American Boys
Although Jackson may have led military campaigns against the Creeks and Seminole tribes and signed the
Indian Removal Act, he did one thing incredibly out of character, During the Creek War in 1813 and 1814,
Jackson adopted a pair of Native American infants. Feeling compassion after having had been an orphan himself,
he sent the two boys to his wife.

Ironically, He Despised Paper Money

After an experience in which he lost a lot of money over some devalued paper notes, Jackson was opposed
to the issuance of paper money by state and national banks. He put his faith in gold and silver and even went
so far as to shut down the Second Bank of the United States because they had the ability to print paper money.

This is ironic because not only is he currently the face of the $20 bill, but has also appeared on the $5, $10 $50,
and $10,000 bills. His portrait was even on Confederate 2-cent stamps!

He Unknowingly Married His Wife Before She Had Been Divorced
Upon moving to Nashville in the 1780s, Jackson fell in love with a woman named Rachel Donelson Robards.
After separating from her current husband, Jackson was under the assumption that the two had been
granted a legal divorce, and she and Jackson wed. However, the divorce had been finalized, leading her first
husband to claim adultery.

He Was The Cause Of The Trail Of Tears

In 1830, Andrew Jackson passed the Indian Removal Act. This act forced the removal of the Native
Americans from the South to the West throughout his presidency, allowing the fertile land of the South
to be settled.

The removal of the Native Americans from one side of the country to the other resulted in the forced
relocation of around 60,000 people and is known as the Trail of Tears. This is because the relocated
peoples suffered from exposure, disease, and starvation with thousands dying while traveling or shortly
after arriving at their location.

He Won The Popular Vote For President Three Times

In 1829, Jackson won nearly 54% of the popular vote, leading to him winning the election, a percentage
he almost matched four years later. He also won the most popular votes, although not a majority in his first presidential run in 1824.

Since neither candidate won a majority of electoral votes, the 1824 election was handed over to the House of Representatives. From then on, in his annual messages to Congress, Jackson repeatedly lobbied for the
abolition of the Electoral College.

“King Andrew I”

As a political leader of the Democratic-Republican, Andrew Jackson made it clear that he was the absolute
rule of his party’s administration and was not known to go to Congress and had no issues with using his
presidential veto power.

For this, the opposing Whig party claimed that they were defending the democratic liberties that the United
States was based on. They then began referring to Jackson negatively in political cartoons by calling him
“King Andrew I.”

He Prevented A Civil War

Jackson was president during the nation’s first-ever secession crisis. Following Jackson’s reelection in 1832,
South Carolina declared the right to nullify federal tariff legislation and threatened to secede otherwise. In
December 1832, Jackson passed a Force Bill to Congress that would allow him to send federal troops to South Carolina to prevent secession and enforce laws.

The bill was delayed long enough for the Force Bill and compromise tariff bill were both passed in 1833,
avoiding civil war. Lincoln would later cite Jackson’s actions when trying to prevent secession before the
American Civil War.

He Was A Supporter Of Oppressive Ideas

A slave owner himself, Andrew Jackson opposed all policies that would result in the outlaw of the practice
of slavery in the western territories that the country acquired as the United States expanded.

When abolition supporters attempted to send anti-slavery tracts to the South during his presidency,
Jackson was infuriated. He banned their delivery, and went so far as to call them monsters, claiming
that they should “atone for this wicked attempt with their lives.”

He Helped The United States Acquire Florida

As commander of the army’s southern district, Jackson ordered an invasion of Florida in 1817. After they
captured Spanish posts at St. Mark’s and Pensacola, he claimed the surrounding lands the property of the
United States.

This resulted in an uproar from the Spanish government and a heated debate in Washington about the issues.
While many cursed Jackson for his actions, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams defended him and proved
to help speed up the American acquisition of Florida in 1821.

He Was A Successful Military Commander

Andrew Jackson served as a major general in the War of 1812, commanding forces in a five-month campaign
against the Creek Indians, allies of the British. The campaign ended in an American victory after the Battle of Tohopeka or Horseshoe Bend, in 1814, in Alabama.

Jackson once again led American forces to victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans in January
1815. This victory, although it was won after the news of the Treaty of Ghent had reached Washington, elevated Jackson to the status of a national war hero.

Issues With His Cabinet

During his first term, many of the Washington Elite and Jackson’s own cabinet made it clear the issues that
they had with Secretary of War John Eaton and his wife regarding social differences. Eaton had defended
Jackson’s wife, Rachel, during his presidential campaign, so Jackson felt in his debt.

Many of his cabinet members assumed that Jackson would be a one-term president, so they began trying to
position themselves as candidates for the next election. For this, Jackson dismissed his entire cabinet except
for the Postmaster General. From then on, Jackson’s close group of trusted advisors were regarded as his
“kitchen cabinet” by his opponents.

He Was An Attorney

In his late teens, Jackson began reading law and earned admission to the North Carolina bar in 1787. He then
moved west of the Appalachians to what would become modern-day Tennessee. There, he began working as a prosecuting attorney in the settlement that would eventually become Nashville.

Jackson set up his own private practice and eventually met his future wife, Rachel. He was successful enough
as a lawyer that he was able to build a mansion known as the Hermitage near Nashville and buy slaves.

He Made A First For Tennesse Politicians

In 1796, Jackson joined a convention that was charged with drafting the new Tennessee state constitution
and became the first man to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee.

Although he declined reelection and returned home in March 1797, he was almost immediately elected into
the U.S. Senate. He resigned just a year later and was elected as judge for Tennessee’s superior court. Not
long after, he was chosen to head the state militia, a position that he held until the breakout of the War of 1812.

Jackson’s Later Life

Following the inauguration of Martin Van Buren in 1837, who had been Jackson’s vice president during
his second term, Jackson returned to his plantation, the Hermitage, in Tennessee.

Although he had retired from public life, he remained influential, helping to bring Texas into the United
States in 1845, as well as aiding James K. Polk in winning the presidency in 1844. Throughout 1844 and
1845, his health began to decline rapidly, and he died at the age of 78 on June 8, 1945, of congestive
heart failure.

Coronavirus: County fines pile up as Santa Clara church
continues in-house services

SANTA CLARA – AUGUST 30: People show up for service at North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara,
Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes//Chocolate Cupcakes
and Peanut Butter Icing

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 large egg yolk, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup strawberry jelly
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows

Confetti pastel sprinkles, for garnish

Put an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Line a standard 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add the sour cream to the butter and sugar mixture and continue to beat until incorporated.

Add the eggs and yolk, 1 at a time, beating until thoroughly mixed into the batter.
Add in the vanilla and continue to mix.
Slowly add the dry ingredients, in increments, and mix until combined.
Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners to fill 3/4 of the way.
Put in the oven and bake until the cupcakes are a pale gold color and a cake tester comes out clean, about for 18 to 20 minutes.
Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let cool in the tins for 5 minutes.

Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting and filling.

Meanwhile, fit a plain pastry tip to the bottom of a gallon-sized sealable plastic bag and fill with strawberry jelly.

Once the cupcakes are cool, insert the tip far into the cupcake and slowly squeeze in about 1 tablespoon or so of jam.
Be careful not to overfill the cupcakes or they will crumble and explode.
Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.
Frost the cupcakes with the Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting using a pastry bag and a star tip.

Sprinkle lightly with the confetti sprinkles and serve.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugarIn a large bowl, add the cream cheese and butter.
Beat until well combined, then add the vanilla and peanut butter and beat until well mixed.
Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until well incorporated.

Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Icing

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, shaken, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
2 tablespoons brewed coffee
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup good cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Peanut Butter Icing, recipe follows
Chopped salted peanuts, to decorate, optionalPreheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
*note: I sift my dry ingredients as it makes for a lighter cake.

It adds air to the items…as they are not clumped together.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and 2 sugars

on high speed until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes.
Lower the speed to medium, add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and coffee. In another bowl,
sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
On low speed, add the buttermilk mixture and the flour mixture alternately in thirds to the mixer bowl,
beginning with the buttermilk mixture and ending with the flour mixture.
Mix only until blended.

Fold the batter with a rubber spatula to be sure it’s completely blended.

Divide the batter among the cupcake pans (1 rounded standard ice cream scoop per cup is the right amount). Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pans, and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Frost each cupcake with Peanut Butter Icing and sprinkle with chopped peanuts, if desired.

Peanut Butter Icing:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.

Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work.
Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

Major League Boycotters Send The Wrong Message
By August 31st, 2020

Major league sports figures say their boycotts are to bring light to the social injustice suffered by blacks
at the hands of police⏤yet, their message is wrong in so many ways. The very premise of the argument of innocent black men being brutalized by police is inaccurate on its face. In each case that is used to justify
the boycotts, the rioting, looting, burning, vandalism and injuries and death, the people being hailed as
martyrs were engaged in activity that brought police and themselves together. It has not been police seeking people out and killing them. VIEW ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE

Sam Elliott’s Life Story Is As Unbelievable As The Movies He’s Famous For!


Every Democrat presidential nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate).  Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school.  Barack Obama was a lawyer. Michelle Obama was a lawyer.  Hillary Clinton was a lawyer. Bill Clinton was a lawyer.  John Edwards is a lawyer. Elizabeth Edwards was a lawyer.  Look at leaders of the Democrat Party in Congress: Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is a lawyer.  Ex-Senator Harry Reid is a lawyer. The Republican Party is different.  President Trump is a businessman.  President Bush 1 and 2 were businessmen.  Vice President Cheney is a businessman.  President Eisenhower was a 5 star General Officer. 
The leaders of the Republican Revolution: Newt Gingrich was a history professor.  Tom Delay was an exterminator.  Dick Armey was an economist.  Ex-House Minority Leader John Boehner was a plastics manufacturer.  The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon.  Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer?  Gerald Ford, who left office 31 years ago and who barely won the Republican nomination as a sitting president, running against actor Ronald Reagan in 1976.  The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work, who are often the targets of lawyers.  This is very interesting. I never thought about it this way. 
The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers.  Democrats mock and scorn men who create wealth, like Trump, Bush, and Cheney, or who heal the sick like Frist, or who immerse themselves in history like Gingrich.  The Lawyers Party sees these sorts of people, who provide goods and services that people want, as the enemies of America.  And, so, in the eyes of the Lawyers Party, we have seen the procession of official enemies grow.  Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail?  Pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our nation.  This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes of lawyers.  
Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their clients, in this case the American people. Lawyers seek to have new laws passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to overturn precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side.  
Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine. But it is an awful way to govern a great nation.  When politicians, as lawyers, begin to view some Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role of the legal system in our life becomes all-consuming.  Some Americans become adverse parties of our very government. We are not all litigants in some vast social class-action suit.  We are citizens of a republic that promises us a great deal of freedom from laws, from courts, and from lawyers.  
Today, we are drowning in laws; we are contorted by judicial decisions; we are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once private lives.  America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked.  When the most important decision for our next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme Court, the role of lawyers and the law in America is too big.  When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in America has become crushing.  
Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and business.  Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the mouths of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work.  Perhaps Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only make our problems worse.  
The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 66% of the world’s lawyers!  Tort (Legal) reform legislation has been introduced in congress several times in the last several years to limit punitive damages in ridiculous lawsuits such as spilling hot coffee on yourself and suing the establishment that sold it to you and also to limit punitive damages in huge medical malpractice lawsuits.  This legislation has continually been blocked from even being voted on by the Democrat Party.  When you see that 97% of the political contributions from the American Trial Lawyers Association go to the Democrat Party, then you realize who is responsible for our medical and product costs being so high.