Oliver Cromwell Revolutionary Drummer And African American

Oliver Cromwell Revolutionary Drummer And African American

By Bob Small

The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), as mentioned in a previous post, is changing who is remembered, both on their own and, sometimes, with a little push.

Most recently and locally, a long overdue plaque was placed at the house of the memorably named Oliver Cromwell, an Afro-American who served with George Washington from 1776 to the 1781 Battle of Yorktown. He accompanied George Washington as his regimental drummer during this time.  The plaque is at his last residence in Burlington, N.J..

Among other notable facts about Oliver Cromwell is that he lived to be 100, a rare feat in that time. He was born May 24, 1752. He was awarded a “Badge of Merit” for six years of faithful service and also received a war pension.

There is an Oliver Cromwell Black History Society founded in 1984.   They have given out over $20,000 to date for students particiating in the Black History Month Art and Essay Contests

Oliver Cromwell Revolutionary Drummer And African American

They also have a yearly “Oliver Cromwell Living History Award”. Contact information about the society can be found here.

In 1850, Oliver Cromwell told the census taker that his occupation was  “Drummer in the Revolution”.

Deb Hvizdos, the New Jersey DAR State Historian came across his story in 2017, shortly after taking over her position. 

“His story spoke to me,” she said. 

She began working on his case at that point, though the entire process took almost five years. 

This is not mentioned on either the New Jersey State Society of DAR –last updated on Sept. 26 –, nor on their national website, nor on the closest New Jersey Chapter to Burlington, The Colonel Thomas Reynolds Chapter of Mount Holly. 

To paraphrase Matthew 5:15 the DAR should not be hiding it’s light under a bushel.

As to Burlington, NJ, we spent some time there earlier in our lives during our “Quaker phrase.”

it was a place for regional Quaker meetings and had a long previous history of abolitionism, and, at the time, it felt like a modern version of “small town America”.  Have not been there in the proverbial ages, though the Burlington Quaker Meeting House and Conference Center, circa 1783, is still open for business.

Oliver Cromwell Revolutionary Drummer And African American

Man who makes everything William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 3-3-22

Man who makes everything William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 3-3-22

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Rape Incest And Abortion

Rape Incest And Abortion — The irony in the attack on the Catholic abortion view being applied universally is the accusation that it is the imposition of religion.

Well, OK, thou shalt not murder is a religious matter. It’s a revelation that comes directly from God. Any objections to imposing that?

The Church’s condemnation of abortion, though, — and here is the irony — is a matter of science. Life starts somewhere. Strip away the dissembling and the semantic arguments, and apply the most rigorous logic and objective evidence, that somewhere would be conception.

Nobody is taking about condemning menses or ejaculation or clipping fingernails. It’s when sperm and egg unite to create, well, a new being with unique DNA is when the Thou Shalt Not takes affect.

With the science established, the political questions appear. Would a law be enforceable? Are there times when abortion should be allowed? Can you gather the support of a majority of voters?

Pro life politicians generally cite rape and incest and life of the mother as exceptions to abortion bans.

Protecting the mother’s life is not a controversy, but we’ve never understood the argument for the incest exception. How is letting the abortion occur with the girl returning to the environment where she is abused — which is almost always the case as the abuser is usually the one paying for the abortion — somehow kinder than carrying the child to term?

Rape is the hard question. Most of us just can’t subject another human being to a nine-month daily reminder of a horrific moment with daily pain and discomfort included.

We’ve become a fan of heartbeat laws that ban abortions when a heartbeat is detected in the womb. This is about three weeks after conception or five weeks gestational age.

A rape victim reports the crime and is given a morning-after pill and the pregnancy ends.

Or maybe she just goes to the drug store and gets it on her own.

If she waits too long it does become her choice to carry, and we feel no hesitation about imposing this on her.

A society that fails to recognize the obligation to protect innocent life is going to be a cruel and unpleasant place.

Heart beat laws have a moral consistency. If you can’t bury someone with a beating heart you shouldn’t be allowed to abort someone with a beating heart.

Starting a ban at conception is unenforceable, leaving aside that it would be politically impossible to achieve.

It doesn’t mean that morning after pills are something to be praised. We have a sick society and our attitude towards abortion is a big part of that sickness.

If our society should start holding pregnancy as something sacred a whole lot of healing would start, but this is far more a cultural thing than a legal one.

Kudos to people like Abby Johnson and Carla D’Addesi, who started the pro-life fashion line COL1972 who are doing just that.

Rape Incest And Abortion -- The irony in the attack on the Catholic abortion view being applied universally is that it is the imposition of religion.
Rape Incest And Abortion

DHS Calls Dissenters Terrorists

DHS Calls Dissenters Terrorists Alex Berenson is reporting that the Department of Homeland Security has issued a bulletin declaring that false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions a “terrorism threat to the United States”.

Leave the issue of establishing what is misleading aside, who exactly determines what is false?

Is it false to say Covid-19 may have come from a lab? The powers-that-be were insisting it was back in 2020. Now, it’s respectable to hold that view.

So a really smart person pointing this out would have been considered a terrorist by DHS if this had been the policy in 2020. Is that what you think America should be?

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Screenshot of DHS warning about speech

How about the claim that there was massive vote fraud in the 2020 election? You gonna get a kicked-in door some midnight for expressing this? Beware, Justice Michael Gableman.

And the Pennsylvania Senate, too, for that matter.

What is the problem with voting machine audits anyway? You would think the “progressive” media would be screaming to have election transparency take precedence over corporate IP.

At least until you realize that the “progressive” media is just a wolf in sheep’s clothing for our corporations.

Any of our readers think Jeffrey Epstein might not have committed suicide? Saying so would make you a terrorist in the eyes of the DHS as it would most certainly undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions as the U.S. government institutions most definitively declared Epstein’s death to be suicide.

Yes, there is false and misleading information being spread around the Web and the world, and it is a danger. Unfortunately much of it seems to come from the government or the establishment anyway.

Consider that laughing at this is now probably a terrorist act.

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5 Million Ukrainian Refugees Possible

5 Million Ukrainian Refugees Possible

By Joe Guzzardi

Ukrainians’ fate in the country’s Russia-perpetrated war is, on February’s last day, unclear. At first thought to be overwhelmed by the Russian invasion, everyday Ukrainians without military experience have chosen not to flee their country, but have elected instead to remain and volunteer to defend their sovereignty. Ukrainian defense minister Oleksii Reznikov said that 25,000 guns have been handed over to territorial defense members in the Kyiv region alone. In Kyiv’s streets, President Volodymyr Zelensky, surrounded by his key staff members, vowed to defend Ukrainian independence.

Men between the ages of 18 and 60 must stay to fight. A Ukrainian man told a reporter that people have swapped their keyboards and pencils for guns. Women in Dnipro, Ukraine’s fourth largest city with a population of 1 million, spent the weekend making Molotov cocktails. The Biden administration urged Zelensky to leave Kyiv and offered to evacuate him, but he scoffed at the request. Zelensky said, “I need ammunition, not a ride,” as he vowed to fight with other Ukrainians. Taken together, these are all signs that Ukraine’s residents and its leadership will mount fierce resistance to the invading Russians.

Back in the U.S., Richard Durbin, (D-Ill.), the U.S. Senate’s second highest ranking Democrat, visited Chicago’s Ukrainian Culture Center to show his support for the Zelensky government and to criticize Putin for defying world order and Russian aggression “against an innocent nation like Ukraine.”

5 Million Ukrainian Refugees Possible

Members of the Senate and the Biden administration met Thursday to discuss sending humanitarian aid to Ukraine and Poland, which has welcomed refugees, said Durbin, who co-chairs with Ohio Republican Rob Portman the Senate Ukraine Caucus. The meeting resulted in sanctions that will target Russian banks, oligarchs and high-tech sectors. Biden promised that the U.S. will impose export controls and sanction oligarchs, and most importantly, the U.S. Treasury will take what it called “unprecedented action” against Russia’s two largest financial institutions, Public Joint Stock Company Sberbank of Russia (Sberbank) and VTB Bank Public Joint Stock Company (VTB Bank),” measures “drastically altering their fundamental ability to operate.” The actions were authorized pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14024, which permits sanctions against Russia for its harmful foreign activities, including violating international law’s core principles like respect for sovereign states’ territorial integrity.

Treasury’s February 24 press release stated, “On a daily basis, Russian financial institutions conduct about $46 billion worth of foreign exchange transactions globally, 80 percent of which are in U.S. dollars. The vast majority of those transactions will now be disrupted. By cutting off Russia’s two largest banks — which combined make up more than half of the total banking system in Russia by asset value — from processing payments through the U.S. financial system. The Russian financial institutions subject to today’s action can no longer benefit from the remarkable reach, efficiency, and security of the U.S. financial system.”

Shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Biden came under pressure from Durbin and others to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the 1 million Ukrainian citizens living in the U.S. Under TPS, created as part of the Immigration Act of 1990, foreign nationals can remain in the event of a military uprising or natural disaster, regardless of their immigration status, and would receive lifetime valid work permits.

Although the Russian invasion is an appropriate example of TPS use, the program has repeatedly proven permanent, not temporary. The current list of 12 TPS countries includes Sudan, effective 1997, and El Salvador, effective 2001. The Biden administration added Venezuela and Burma to bring the total TPS-qualified nations from ten to 12.

The Council on National Security and Immigration and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Refugee endorsed Durbin’s TPS suggestion, and the Lutheran Immigration Refugee Service has asked the Biden administration “to prepare for this new humanitarian emergency [Ukraine].”

The latest Associated Press-NORC poll reveals that just 26 percent of Americans want the U.S. to have a “major role” in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, while an overwhelming 72 percent said the U.S. should have a “minor role” or “no role” at all. The poll findings could be attributed to citizens still processing the cataclysmic fallout from the Afghanistan debacle that includes resettling about 150,000 of that country’s refugees during the last several months.

Depending on how long the conflict lasts, Ukrainian refugees could, the United Nation predicts, exceed 5 million. Zelensky said that he’s unconvinced that negotiations between the two countries, announced late Sunday, will be successful. Western nations should agree to resettle displaced Ukrainians as close to their native land as possible so that when peace returns, they can easily go home – the only place they want to live.

Joe Guzzardi is a PFIR analyst who has written about immigration and its consequences for more than 30 years. Contact him at jguzzardi@pfirdc.org or joe.guzzardi@substack.com.

5 Million Ukrainian Refugees Possible

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Hard Part of Afghan Assimilation Now Begins

Hard Part of Afghan Assimilation Now Begins

By Joe Guzzardi

Afghan evacuee resettlement is now in Phase Three, the crucial stage where assimilation, the Biden administration’s forbidden word, will determine how their American lives evolve.

Phase One occurred when the Afghans boarded, some peacefully, others with force, outbound planes. Phase Two happened when evacuees were temporarily housed in U.S. military bases abroad and across America. And last week, the Biden administration announced that the last group of evacuees has been relocated from a New Jersey military site to more than 200 communities, joining 76,000 other Afghans spread across the U.S. since America abruptly withdrew from Kabul. Children comprise about 40 percent of the total evacuee population.

Since the evacuees first stepped foot onto U.S. soil, they’ve benefited from a special halal food menu, faith-based services, English language instruction, vaccinations for COVID-19 and other diseases including measles, assistance with immigration paperwork, and medical services for medevacked patients and pre-natal treatment for pregnant women.

Hard Part of Afghan Assimilation Now Begins

For now, at least, the media, based on information given to it by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is reporting that, with cooperation from nonprofit resettlement agencies and private citizen groups, the Afghans are transitioning smoothly into their new circumstances. “I think the biggest lesson for the administration to take away from this operation is that the American public is overwhelmingly in support of immigrants and refugees being a part of their communities,” said National Immigration Forum president Ali Noorani optimistically.

But now comes the challenging part of the Afghans’ long journey. From unpublished data CBS News obtained, of the more than 67,000 Afghans processed at the domestic military bases, 35,128 evacuees – or over half – have been resettled in Texas, California, Virginia, Washington, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida and Arizona. The evacuees’ presence will place additional burdens on the states’ already strained budgets for public schools, health care and other affirmative services, costs that will hit taxpayers in their pocketbooks. Individual states had no voice in the resettlement process. As of year-end 2021, analysts estimated that the cost to resettle Afghans was about $7 billion.

Another concern that officials continue to gloss over is how thoroughly the Afghan evacuees were vetted. Under intense questioning during a November Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted that, despite some news reports to the contrary, “We are not conducting in-person, full refugee interviews of 100 percent” of Afghan evacuees. Those unvetted may pose a threat to the homeland.

The immediate urgency among the resettlement agencies is addressing the evacuees’ immigration status. For now, they’ve been granted humanitarian parole, usually reserved for individual, emergency cases, not granted to thousands at a time. Under immigration law, the Afghans aren’t eligible for permanent residency. Qualifying as refugees, potentially another option for a Green Card, takes years to complete. While their status gets sorted out, the evacuees will receive lifetime valid work permits, a benefit that will allow them to enter the labor market.

An important but unresolved question concerns the wisdom of removing people from their native land, culture, language, families and religion, and placing them literally overnight in an entirely different society and surrounding. In a Foreign Affairs article titled “Help Refugees Help Themselves,” authors Alexander Betts, University of Oxford Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, and Paul Collier, a British development economist, wrote that an effective refugee policy should “improve the lives of the refugees in the short term” and the prospects of the region [from where they migrated] in the long term, and it should also serve the economic and security interests of the host states.

Restated, Betts and Collier think refugees, or in this case, evacuees, should return home to build back the country that they fled. Collier expanded on his concept in The New York Times when he wrote that the U.S. priority should be to design refugee policies that will “reconcile our duty of rescue with the legitimate concerns of post-conflict governments to attract back the people who could rebuild their countries.” Lawful permanent residency does the opposite; it keeps people anchored to the U.S.

The solution of Betts and Collier has support from, among others, the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who said of refugees at a conference in Sweden, “Receive them, help them, educate them … but ultimately they should develop their own country.”

Talk has already started about how to frame a Ukrainian resettlement policy should the Ukraine’s conflict with Russia escalate. The Biden White House as well as future presidential administrations should realize that the U.S. has limits to growth and to its capacity to correct, through resettlement, all that ails the world.

Joe Guzzardi is a PFIR analyst who writes about immigration and its consequences. Contact him at jguzzardi@pfirdc.org and joe.guzzardi@substack.com.

Hard Part of Afghan Assimilation Now Begins

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