Bonjou from Haiti

Bonjou (Creole not French) from Haiti. Ki jan ou é? We are 5 days into our mission trip and it has been an amazing experience so far.  We have 9 days to go.  The Haitian people are amazing on the island of Ile a Vache.  We have spent time in 2 villages.  Sou Lettre is the village where the church we are building is located.  Building of the church is slow but steady.  We are considering building a home for missionary families there if God is willing.

So far, knock on wood, no cholera or malaria lol.  We are always right on the beach so the wind is constant and I think that helps keep the mosquitoes away.  We confine our drinking to bottled liquids just to be really safe.  There is one exception to that rule…coconut water and coconut milk.  Both of which I am totally in love with.

They have the most amazing coffee here and it only gets better with a bit of coconut milk!  The coffee is very dark and thick, I am sure it has some chickory in it.  It is not bitter at all and in spite of the darkness it feels as if there is very little caffeine.

I am learning from the women how to cook their food.  The women have a shed away from the home where the cooking takes place.  Everything is cooked on open fire or charcoal.   They make their own charcoal and it is the best I’ve ever used.  It is still shaped like the tree limbs and it burns hot and slow.  I’m sure you can imagine these ladies have this cooking down to an art.

My mind is racing every day with the little conveniences we could share that would make life just a little bit easier.  I never knew how much I appreciated ziplock bags until now!  I would love to get some mason jars here and show the women how to put up tomatoes and pickliet (an amazing vinegar based cold slaw with a hefty peprocini and jalapeño kick).

I have been able to share a yummy southern tradition.  At the market on Monday we bought a bunch of raw peanuts and we are making some boiled peanuts, southern style!   I am so excited to share this treat and to have a little bit of home at the same time.

There are two markets.  One continual market on the mainland in a town called Auex Cayes or Les Cayes depending upon who you are talking to.  There is a market here on the island every Monday.  I have been to both.  I prefer the market here on the island.  It is less crowded and the people are more polite.  On the mainland there are many more people and they tend to be less tolerant of each other and of foreigners.  The best way I can describe the difference in temperament is the difference between country folk and large city dwellers in the States.

Les Cayes reminds me so much of New Orleans its strange.  The architecture and layout of the streets are incredibly similar.  The streets are not paved and the buildings are in need of repair, but other than that there is very little difference.

We are staying in a beautiful place on Ile a Vnache.  Our friend Felix is building a resort hotel (not like a Waldorf, but very nice rooms located right on the beach).  I would recommend it to anyone really wanting a wonderful place to get away from it all.  We have a toilet, a shower (still under construction), and electricity a few hours every day from a gas powered generator.  We even have internet we purchased on the mainland.  We are blessed.  The village of Sou Lettre has none of these conveniences. We are here to help change that.

Living with very limited electricity has been a challenge but we are getting used to it.  The hardest part is sleeping without air conditioning.  When the wind blows cool, you really notice it and thank God for it.

After just 5 days I am convinced America has too many comforts to really appreciate what God has given us.  We look around the world at others who have nothing, like the villagers in Sou Lettre and can’t help but feel a bit superior.  We should, in stead, be realizing just how blessed we are and we should be willing to suffer any consequence to keep it.  Our comforts and conveniences have made us complacent and compliant.  With that attitude it won’t be much longer before we have traded all things of real value for plastic trinkets and a spot of porridge.

I guess that’s all for now.  I will save the rest for another day.  Thank you for your prayers and support.

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As always, Béni soit l’Éternel.

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The Precedent To Impeach

hillaryHillary Clinton MUST be impeached.  Here is why…

Recently I wrote an open letter to Trey Gowdy​ that invoked quite a bit of ire from loyal Gowdy supporters.  If you haven’t read the letter, please do:

In this letter I point out that Hillary Clinton MUST be held accountable and that Congress needs to stop making political excuses for her criminal behavior.  I even offer up the suggestion that Mr. Gowdy and Congress should be looking to Art. 2 Sec 4 for the solution to the Hillary problem.  Many loyal Gowdy commentors didn’t understand this application of impeachment, and I fear that Mr. Gowdy doesn’t either, so let me explain…

Art 2 Section 4:

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, is a civil officer and because of the numerous documented instances of misconduct while in office, she MUST be impeached.

Some may try to argue that because Hillary resigned she is no longer eligible for impeachment.   That is simply not true and precedent has been established to the Contrary.

William Belknap served as Secretary of War under Ulysses S Grant from October 25, 1869 – March 2, 1876.  While Secretary of War, Belknap’s extravagant life style came into question.  You see, Belknap only made $8k a year but was known for his extravagant lifestyle and expensive william belknapparties.  Congress launched an investigation into his finances and found corruption that extended back to 1870.

According to Senate records, in 1870, “Belknap’s luxury-loving first wife assisted a wheeler-dealer named Caleb Marsh by getting her husband to select one of Marsh’s associates to operate the lucrative military trading post at Fort Sill in Indian territory.  Marsh’s promise of generous kick-backs prompted Secretary Belknap to make the appointment.  Over the next five years, the associate funneled thousands of dollars to Marsh, who provided Belknap regular quarterly payments totaling over $20,000.”

Some of the accusations against Belknap included, indirectly selling weapons to France and for accepting illicit kickbacks in exchange for making political appointments.  Gun running, kickbacks, political deals for financial gain…isn’t that exactly what evidence strongly suggests Hillary Clinton is or was involved in?

According to Senate records, “On March 2, 1876, just minutes before the House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on articles of impeachment, Belknap raced to the White House, handed Grant his resignation, and burst into tears.”

Belknap’s resignation did not stop his impeachment.  “Later that day, members voted unanimously to send the Senate five articles of impeachment.”  What was Congress’ chief accusation against Belknap:  “criminally disregarding his duty as Secretary of War and basely prostituting his high office to his lust for private gain.” I have never heard a better description of the tenure of Hillary Clinton.  Yet what does Congress do today?  NOTHING, but excuses.  I missed the Constitutional Amendment that changed the Congressional power exercised in 1876 into the powerless and excuse ridden Congress of today.  By the way, impeaching Hillary would preclude her from holding any future public office, ever.

But Congressional responsibility doesn’t end with Hillary Clinton.  According to James Madison, the father of the Constitution, their responsibility to impeach Hillary is not only established but also invokes an even bigger responsibility…to impeach the President, as well.

impeach obama“It is very possible that an officer, who may not incur the displeasure of the President, may be guilty of actions that ought to forfeit his place.  The power of this may reach him by the means of impeachment, he may be removed even against the will of the President…[the president will be] in a peculiar manner, responsible for their conduct, and subject him to impeachment himself, if he suffers them to perpetrate with impunity high crimes or misdemeanors against the United States, or neglects to superintend their conduct, so as to check their excuses.” (The Writings of James Madison: 1787-1790, James Madison, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904)

Congressional hearings USED to actually have consequences.  Congress USED to exercise real power.  Congressmen USED to know their duty to the Constitution, their obligation to preserve Liberty, and their obligation to control the executive branch.  Nothing about the Constitution or the power of Congress has changed since 1876, so what has changed?  What has changed is the knowledge and courage of Congressmen!

If the President of the United States has direct power over his agents, is directly accountable for their actions, and can be impeached, himself, for failing to govern proper Constitutional control over his agents, shouldn’t Congress also be held accountable for their failure to govern proper Constitutional control over the executive branch?  Isn’t it time We The People start requiring real Constitutional proficiency, instead of simply accepting the flowery speeches and rhetoric as chief political qualification?

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.” Samuel Adams

But then again, “what difference does it make, anyway?”

Hillary Must Be Impeached & Here's How

Hillary Clinton MUST be impeached and the precedent to impeach her in spite of her resignation was established in 1876 and nothing about the power of the Congress or the Constitution has changed since then. So why does Congress continue to do nothing?

Alternatively  you can listen to “Hillary Must be Impeached” by KrisAnne Hall on YouTube

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