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Something to Fight For (My trip to see my 1st Grandson)
Liberty or Death ^ | November 14, 2001 | Jeff Head

Posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:28 PM PST by Jeff Head

Here's one thing we fight for, and
Defend against ALL enemies, Foreign and Domestic

By: Jeff Head November 14, 2001

As many of you know, I took a trip with my youngest son, Jared, late last week from Idaho to Indiana and back. It was a "flying" trip in the which we left Thursday in the late afternoon, drove 1850 miles in 32 hours along I-80, arriving in Indiana at about 2:30 AM on Saturday morning. We visited my daughter, her husband and our first grandchild/nephew on Saturday and Sunday, helping to bless and name Breadon (a ceremony/ordinance in our faith), and then left Sunday in the late morning. We then drove 2100 miles back to Idaho. On the return trip we took the northern route using I-90 out of Chicago and visited my second oldest daughter in Bozeman where she works and goes to school.

On the way out, we saw FReepers John R. (Bob) Locke and Eustace (Rick) and his wife. We visited Bob in Cheyenne, WY over breakfast on Friday morning and then Rick over dinner in Iowa that same evening.


Jeff Head and John R. (Bob) Locke in Wyoming

Unfortunately we did not get a picture of Roick and his wonderful wife ... but we sure did chow down at a great Buffet and have a great, constitutional and patriotic discussion.

Then, upon arriving in Indiana, we were able to spend some GREAT time with my oldest daughter and that beautiful, beaming and innocent as fresh snow garndson. Here are some pictures of that visit.


His Dad feeds Braedon, A brand new family, A new Uncle (Jared) gets to hold his nephew


A nice home for a nice family, Braedon goes aloft, Braedon says hi while being held by Mom


Jared holding Braedon again, Grandad (me) holding the little critter, Braedon likes to play footsies.

My wife had spent 10 days there earlier helping the new Mom figure things out while she figured out what being a new Grandmom was all about. She liked it so much that I had to make the trip to see what Grandad was all about. Gotta tell you ... it's just another true indication of what life is all about ... after coming to know God, finding the right woman and having and raising good kids of our own in liberty.

Then we were off on the trip back. Here's a few pictures from that trip.


Chicago Skyline, The Sear Tower (God protect it), Rock Formations in Minnesota


Great to see the Mountains again, Devil's Tower Plaque, Devils Tower, Wyoming


Jared at the Custer Battlefield Memorial, Custer National Cemetary, Jared and his sister Rachel

Now, let me say a thing or two about our nation.

I will defend with my life the liberty of my children and grandchildren. Nobody, foreign or domestic, will take away their liberty to live life free, to have the absolute minimum intrusion (as intended by the foundres) and to defend their own liberty as long as I draw breath.

The list of "nobodies" includes terrorists, foreign powers and any unscrupulous oath breakers amongst our own governmental officials, or any groups within the borders of this nation who would seek to do so.

I support our government's constitutional efforts to wage war against the enemies who attacked our nation. As I read it, the recent Executive Order calling for military tribunals for any foreign individual (and the order was very specific about it applying to foreign persons) particpating in terror attacks against our nation is fine and a needed provision for war time. I do not see it as a threat to the citizenry. However, the so called "Patriot Act" which takes freedom from all of us is not. The government has the tools it needs with respect to immigration, border control, visa control of foreigners and police powers for criminals to address these issues without curtailing the liberty of law abiding citizens.

The American people and patriots are aroused to defend their liberty, the government needs to make sure all of its actions are clearly pointed at doing that and not curtailing it. At the best, we help our enemies when we curtail the general liberty because that is the ultimate goal of those enemeies ... to destroy the liberty that hundreds of thousands have died defending, and therby destroy our nation. At the worst, such activities and curtailments are the acts of domestic enemies bent on ending American liberty and life as we no it. I will fight any such enemies to my last breath so that the coming generation, young ones like Braedon, may enjoy the liberty I have enjoyed, that my father enjoyed and that our bloodliines have enjoyed back to the American Revolution.

In conclusion, for anyone interested, our trip was great. That little critter, Braedon, is a joy and a God send ... and Jared an I are once agains back home with our own in our adopted and beloved Idaho.


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To: Jeff Head
Me and the boys will plan a "Windy City" scooter run and meet you on the way or way back and we'll all "put a good buzz on..." as the lyrics go...

SR

51 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:48 PM PST by sit-rep
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To: Jeff Head
Nice pictures of you, Jeff.

It's true, though. The screen name never matches the face. :)

52 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:48 PM PST by untenured
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To: AppyPappy
I view it as me just being up here in the northern counties and provinces spreading the good word!
53 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:48 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Great pictures, and a handsome grandson.

And this was well put, and bears repeating:

I support our government's constitutional efforts to wage war against the enemies who attacked our nation. As I read it, the recent Executive Order calling for military tribunals for any foreign individual (and the order was very specific about it applying to foreign persons) particpating in terror attacks against our nation is fine and a needed provision for war time. I do not see it as a threat to the citizenry. However, the so called "Patriot Act" which takes freedom from all of us is not. The government has the tools it needs with respect to immigration, border control, visa control of foreigners and police powers for criminals to address these issues without curtailing the liberty of law abiding citizens.

The people have more reason than just terrorists to remain alert.

54 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:48 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: Jeff Head
Cute pictures.

I was just in Idaho a couple of months ago. Didn't know that is where you were at. Was there for the Grange Western Regional Conference in Boise. Nice state and town, wonderful people. The Idaho State Master Mary Johnson and her husband and Legislative Director Don Johnson are here with me at the National Grange Convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

55 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:48 PM PST by farmfriend
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To: Jeff Head
Congratulations, Grandad -- and it was great to see so much love for one more dear little child. God bless you and your family. I can hardly wait for my first grandchild! xoxoxo
56 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:49 PM PST by victim soul
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To: MasonGal
Thanks for the congrats!

Any loving parent cannot help but be stirred by pictures of such innocence during such times. The desire to protect and vouchsafe the liberty of our loved ones is a good, noble and high calling ... one we should always put front and center right behind our duty and devotion to God IMHO.

57 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:49 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
I know the feeling. Someone at church asked me "Why is a Presbyterian attending a Methodist Church?". I replied "I'm trying to convert ya'll to Christianity."
58 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:49 PM PST by AppyPappy
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To: Mercuria
Yes they are! ... and that sums up the sentiment perfectly!

... of course that is coming from a wholly unbiased and impartial observer in myself here.

59 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:49 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Beautiful photos of a sweet, new baby. Makes me a little nervous to see someone hold a baby aloft like that. This is because my husband did that with our first born and she threw up in his mouth. EWWWW! We still talk about that to this day and she is getting married this Saturday! Take care and God bless.
60 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:49 PM PST by Enough_Deceit
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To: logos
"I have a feeling your wallet will soon have more photos than money"

With five kids of our own, three of whom are on their own in college and starting out (meaning they can use some help here and there), I am afraid we have long since passed into the very mode of operation you describe!

But worth every dime and second of it!

61 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:49 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Sometimes it is important to be reminded, in as we experience all of this upheavel, that there are some things a pure as the driven snow, and crystal clear.

Absolutely and we fail to notice it in our everyday hectic schedule, especaily at these troubled times. Sometimes it takes someone else to share their experiences with us to make us realise that. Thanks once again.

62 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:50 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: 4TheFlag
Went through there about 7 AM on Monday.

Had stopped and slept for about 6 hours between Ft. Pierre and Wall the night before.

We'll have to take a rain check for the next time we're through. It is always a real pleasure to get into the Dakotas or Nebraska on the way home ... starts feeling more like the West ... more comfortable ... more free. At least to me.

63 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:50 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
LOL! That he is ... that he is!
64 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:51 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: sit-rep
Will be very pleased to meet with you bro. and put a "Mormon buzz" on with Sasporilla or Lemonade! LOL!

Better yet, prhaps we can find a shooting range and cook off a few hundred rounds!

65 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:51 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Jeff, sweet sweet family and baby! God bless you all..

thanks for sharing your blessings with us...

66 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:51 PM PST by Office Manager
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To: untenured
Well, my mug has been out there a few times what with Klamath, Jarbidge, 50 Million Round March, March for Liberty and all ... and with a mug like mine, it's good to see that it's not the dominant gene in the rising generation.

Like I said, they get the looks from their mom!

67 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:52 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Good looking Grandson, and rest of family too.
68 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:52 PM PST by yarddog
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To: meadsjn
Thanks! You guys remain an inspriation up there. Hope you have everything ready for the winter and that all is well.

Hope I can get up that way before Christmas. Will have a couple of books to you sometime next week.

Best regards and God's blessings to you and yours!

69 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:52 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: farmfriend
We're about 30 miles out of Boise in Emmett. We passed within about 30-40 miles of Cedar Rapids on I-80 lats Friday evening too.

Best to you and yours.

70 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:53 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Enough_Deceit
Don't we all have such stories?

I could go into detail about one such occurance when I was driving and my wife was changing one of our daughters next to me. When the diaper was down and the legs were pulled back to get her cleaned ... she picked thst moment to cut loose and needless to say, myself, the driver's window, the sterring wheel, etc. got thoroughly doused in unpleasant, runny matter.

Had to stop at the first service station and literally hose down the area to clean it off. LOL! We laugh about that now ... and the wife laughed then until she cried ... and after an unpleasent moment or two, so did I!

71 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:54 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Excellet baby and pics..thanks for sharing them!
72 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:54 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Jeff Head; Pray4USA
Yep, take you up on the raincheck Guy. It IS WIDE OPEN up here that's for sure...Fregards
73 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:54 PM PST by 4TheFlag
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To: LadyX; Jeff Head
Thanks Lady for bringing me over. Such joy, and such a treasure for you Jeff! Beautiful dreams ahead for you both, and train him well as a FReeper true to heart!
74 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:55 PM PST by Angelique
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To: RnMomof7
Thanks ... it is a humbling experience and a joyful one as well!
75 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:58 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: 4TheFlag
We cut up to US 212 after stopping at Devils Tower.

I like that drive across there, over to Crow Agency and the Custer Battlefield.

Keep the faith!

76 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:58 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures! You are truly blessed!
77 posted on 11/16/2001 1:12:58 PM PST by The Game Hen
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To: Jeff Head
Cute little guy you got there. Try to get out there as often as you can. Little boys love their granddads.
78 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:04 PM PST by america76
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To: Angelique
Thanks Angelique. I'm looking forward to the time he is old enough to do a little fishing and mountain exploring.

His parents hope to be back out west by then.

Traditional family values and raising a child up in the way they should go (good work ethic, honor, integrity, love of God, understanding of liberty, etc.), these things keep America strong. My folks did it for me, I am bound to do it for mine.

79 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:05 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Great report! On another subject, I've been meaning to tell you how much I liked your WTC tribute page -- it's very well put together.
80 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:05 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: Jeff Head
Congratulations, Grandpa!
81 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:05 PM PST by Budge
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks, Jeff.
I feel the same way.
I can show you the ones I'd die for if you go to my profile page.
These little ones are what the struggle is all about.
82 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:05 PM PST by COB1
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To: The Game Hen
We are indeed ... and I know full well Who to thank for it, and Who to look to for its understanding.

May His blessings be upon us all and may we have the humility and wisdom to recognize it.

83 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:05 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
mega bump!!!
85 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:06 PM PST by super175
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To: Jeff Head
All is well. No snow yet, but it'll come whether we're ready or not. You're always welcome, and we'll have a fire going.

We're looking forward to seeing your book.

86 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:07 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: Jeff Head
Grandpa is a lucky man and his children are blessed to have such a good father.
87 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:08 PM PST by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: Jeff Head
What beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them.
88 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:09 PM PST by homeschool mama
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To: Jeff Head
Braedon, is beautiful. My first grand child a boy, was born Octd 16, 2001. I was there as they wheeled my daughter-in-law into the OR for an emergency C section. So granny got to at least touch and later hold Matthew within a short time of his birth. Even got to feed him his first bottle, as mom was still "out" of it.
89 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:14 PM PST by GailA
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To: Jeff Head
What wonderful photographs!
Thank you so much for sharing these with your Freeper family.
God bless Braedon!

The photo with your son holding him reminds me of one I have of my brother, then six, holding my firstborn.
Good memories!

90 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:14 PM PST by pubmom
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To: Jeff Head
We have been to the Boise area twice this year and fell in love with it. We were considering moving there, but the timing is not right. We are envious of you living in such a beautiful area.
91 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:15 PM PST by Enough_Deceit
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To: Jeff Head
This is so wonderful Jeff, how truly exciting and so very special. Thank you for sharing your trip with us to your 1st Grandson.I love it.
92 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:15 PM PST by Snow Bunny
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To: Jeff Head
Golly gee, I just took a roadtrip and never left my chair! Looks like great fun!
93 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:17 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thanks for the heads up!
94 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:31 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Jeff Head
Congratulations! Your grandson is adorable! DON'T let the liberals brainwash him!!! :)
95 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:41 PM PST by Captainpaintball
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks for sharing your pictures, and congratulations on the little one!

For the record, I share your assessments of the executive order and the "Patriot Act".

96 posted on 11/16/2001 1:13:56 PM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: Jeff Head
When Jared gets older he is going to have quite a photo album to back up his travel tales. His nieces and nephews will surely hear his "My Dad" stories. LOL
97 posted on 11/16/2001 1:14:00 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: Jeff Head
Beautiful family, Jeff... Congrats on the grandbaby. Children are indeed a blessing.
99 posted on 11/16/2001 1:14:18 PM PST by austinTparty
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To: Jeff Head
Thank you Jeff Head Grampa Sir!

Fantastic pictures, Grandchildren are such a blessing...I would do anything for mine.

Congratulations!

100 posted on 11/16/2001 1:14:20 PM PST by Syncro
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