Texas trucker Joe Buttons honked at his Oklahoma cousins waving flags and banners above as he drove his rig under a large group of supporters this weekend.
“I could spot them in the crowd up there and heared them loud and clear,” Buttons said. “On the cell (phone) they told me how proud they were of me–all of us. We just thank everybody for lining the streets and overpasses. It’s like patriotism is back.”
One of his relatives told him later they counted 688 18-wheelers “and hundreds of cars, vans, pickups, RVs, and occasionally a motorcycle or two.”
“Everybody asks how many trucks are in the convoy,” Buttons offered. “Hell, I don’t know because it changes so much.”
He explained that some trucks join them on their way east and “then a few that leave us after a few hours. There is a constant flow of families and everybody driving beside us, honking their horns and wishing us luck.”
“We see everybody from every color and every age,” he continued. “It just makes us feel good. It tells us they are on our side of freedom, no matter your age or sex or whatever. We are all Americans—together.”
“They said, with a drone and people on the overpasses counting, it looks like we are up to over 600 trucks and at least that many more of cars and all,” Buttons said. One thing we know for sure–it’s growing and it’s growing fast.”
“When they say ‘the convoy,’ it’s not about just one line of trucks going to Washington,” he explained. “There’s more than one route. We have tributaries of highways leading the charge, the convoys will all meet up.”
“We heard someone say if they could measure all of these trains (vehicles on highways), single file and add them up, right now it would be about 65 miles long.”
While national mainstream media ignores, downplays or distorts news of the convoy, local, social media and independent coverage is strong.
You may not have known that Uncle Sam was a real person! In case you’re unfamiliar, “Uncle Sam” is the famous patriotic character we see on the poster that reads, “I want you for U.S. army.”
Born Samuel Wilson in 1766, the real-life Uncle Sam worked as a meat packer in Troy, New York. During the War of 1812, he supplied troops with meat that he shipped in barrels.
The barrels contained the branding “U.S.,” short for “United States,” but people often joked that it actually stood for “Uncle Sam.” The trope eventually spread far and wide, and the rest is history (literally).
Painted by noted U.S. illustrator James Montgomery Flagg, the image first appeared on the cover of the July 6, 1916, issue of Leslie’s Weekly magazine with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” The U.S. would not declare war on Germany until April of the next year, but the storm signals were clear. The image was later adapted by the U.S. Army for the poster with the new, unforgettable call to action. More than 4 million copies of it were printed between 1917 and 1918.
This photo above of Wilson was taken sometime in the 1850s, and is the only known photograph of him.
Being a cowgirl goes beyond riding a horse and working with cattle.
Growing up in Texas, we know that a cowgirl is a woman who is strong, confident, and not afraid of a hard day’s work. She is polite, sharing kindness with all the folks around her, and she doesn’t shy away from getting dirt under her fingernails. Each cowgirl is an inspiration to us all.
Over the years, many cowgirls and cowboys have passed down their wisdom and have provided encouragement to others. Dodie and I graduated from McCollum High School where the mascot is the Cowboys.
Today, we live near Bandera, the Cowboy Capitol of the World, and see the true Texas Hill Country spirit of the hearts and souls here. These photos and quotes are here to support and empower all of us and help build confidence and strength in these times of reassurance.
Sometimes we just need to think about our attitude and try approaching a situation differently rather than let something or someone ruin a whole day.
A gentle reminder that though it may be really hard, being kind to everyone is the right thing to do, even if they are not kind to you.
There are always going to be difficult times and being able to weather the storms are only going to make you a stronger person.
Sometimes you must take life by the reins if you want to chase your dreams and ambitions. A reminder: we have to get outside of our comfort zone to get what we truly want.
The values associated with cowgirls are ones of kindness, respect, and love. People can often lose sight of those values when it comes to personal gain and it is important to never lose sight of those beliefs.
Take each day with a good attitude and appreciate what you have, but don’t let that stop you from working towards your goals.
As midnight ended the first day of America’s great trucker convoys, over 976 trucks and other vehicles settled down in Arizona and beyond. The People’s Convoy group reported donations totalling $464,731 directly to their organization website:
Sharing information about The People’s Convoy on social media and by email.
Living not by lies or fear.
As The People’s Convoy begins their peaceful and unified transcontinental movements for freedom, hundreds of truckers are hearing encouragement and blessings from speakers including FLCCC President Dr. Pierre Kory and Godspeak Church Pastor Rob McCoy.
“The truckers are joined by freedom-loving supporters from all walks of life on this peaceful and law-abiding transcontinental journey for freedom,” one spokesperson said Tuesday night.
“This convoy is about freedom and unity,” they announced.” “The truckers are riding unified across party and state lines with freedom loving people of all colors and creeds. Everyone is welcome to participate by attending the launch rally and/or by following the big rigs in their own vehicles.”
First 4 Days: Truckers, Bikers, RVs, and Other Vehicles Main Convoy RouteAcross America
The People’s Convoy Message
The 23 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a rough road for all Americans: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and – not least – financially.
Good therapeutics and the hard work of courageous, frontline doctors and nurses contributed to declining COVID-19 cases and severity of illness. It’s time to re-open America. It’s time for elected officials to work with American workers to and restore accountability and liberty – by lifting all mandates and ending the “state of emergency.” Americans need to get back to work and living in a free and unrestricted manner.
Many non-mainstream media reporters, photographers and staff will embed with the Convoy. Note: As of this writing Newsmax, Eric Bolling, Maureen Steele, The Epoch Times and other journalists, media outlets and podcasters are joining.
Retired military and security experts are assisting the convoy and spearheading logistics to ensure a 100 percent safe, lawful, and peaceful journey.
“We have the freedom our forefathers and veterans have continually died for over the past two hundred years. Just visit our National Cemetaries and view the rows of sacrifice on the grounds. This freedom needs to be defended whether foreign or domestic,” was a message passed around by supporters to truckers before they left. “All of us must fight these communists. I know this because I am a cold war veteran. This time they have attacked us from the inside via money and political means.”
“Our representatives seem to be very quiet during these times, why? God bless all of you in this endeavor to retain our freedom that we still have today,” wrote FireDogRazor54. “To my brothers and sisters in Canada, your blood has been shared in the past many times and I know personally that you do not quit, defend the Maple leaf! To all I repeat ‘esprit de corps’. Post this message on your trucks!! To the police, go 10-7 with the blue covid flu for about a week, just saying. Where is our clergy? Tend the flock and ward off the foxes!”
We passed up going to WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and I instantly regretted it after we left.
Driving away toward the Great Smokies National Park, I suddenly remembered a Facebook post from a friend, Janie Buys, a few years ago mentioning the attraction. It seems she had doubts about visiting it with husband Phil and son Phil Jr., but after she went in, it didn’t take her long to enjoy it.
A couple of weeks later into our month long roadtrip, Dodie and I were pleasantly surprised to see a WonderWorks in Branson, Missouri.
Dodie, a retired nurse, has always enjoyed science and the attraction bills itself as “a science focused indoor amusement park, combines education and entertainment. With over 100 hands-on exhibits – there is something unique and challenging for all ages.”
The building is enticing enough to spur anyone’s interest. It looks like a giant four story venue turned upside down. As soon as we walked in, the floor was the ceiling and the ceiling was the floor.
It was fun to experience the power of 84mph hurricane–force winds in the Hurricane Shack. Some chose to make huge, life–sized bubbles in the Bubble Lab.
I enjoyed the NASA Space area but we elected not to get strapped into the Astronaut Training Gyro to “experience zero gravity.” We also passed lying on the death–defying Bed of Nails.
Here’s the Top 10 Things I Learned at WonderWorks:
1. You can’t see your ears without a mirror.
2. You can’t count your hair.
3. You can’t breath through your nose with your tounge out.
4. You just tried No. 3.
6. When you tried No. 3 you realized that it is possible, but you looked like a dog.
7. You are smiling right now, because you were fooled.
8. You skipped No. 5.
9. You just checked to see if there is a No. 5.
10. Share this with your friends so they can have fun too.
While Los Angeles and the Superbowl plan their five day event leading up to their big game on February 13, American truckers have something else on their minds…like saving our freedoms.
Truckers know that millions of pounds of food and millions of gallons of beverages do not magically appear in Los Angeles bars, stores and households. They arrive at these places because truckers deliver them.
While the world watches in support of the Canadian Truckers Freedom Convoy in Ottawa, Canada, truckers in America are organizing for additional protests.
In the United States, behind Thanksgiving, Superbowl Sunday is the highest consumption day of food of the year. Truckers realize they can make a statement knowing:
🔹Americans drink 325 million gallons of beer, the equivalent of 5 percent of the total yearly consumption in the U.S. on one day. (Turn that beer into fuel, and it could fill the tank of a semi 1.08 million times).
🔹Spend $227 million on potato chips, which would purchase 1,135 of Tesla’s founder series trucks.
🔹Buy $330 million worth of pizza, which could cover 4.7 million synthetic oil changes.
🔹Eat 8 million pounds of guacamole, which is equivalent to 108 fully loaded 18-wheelers.
🔹Consume 4 million pounds of pretzels, or the weight of 8,000 truck wheels.
🔹Devour 1.3 billion chicken wings, which could provide 371 wings to every class 8 driver in the country.
American Truckers realize their importance to Super Bowl Sunday, knowing consumers will consume over 120 truckloads of popcorn, 370 truckloads of potato chips, 688 truckloads of avocados, 1,590 truckloads of chicken wings, and over 36,366 truckloads of beer.
There are more than just rumors floating around about organized and non-violent protesting by truckers against the Superbowl. To make matters worse, California’s UHaul fleet is currently depleted because a vast number of citizens are leaving the state to claim better jobs, housing and freedoms elsewhere.
While truckers consider their options, the NFL plans a “Covid Blitz” that will use the game and the days leading up to it as platforms for pushing COVID-19 experimental mRNA ‘therapy vaccines,’ constant testing, and pervasive masks. Some attendees are planning “Let’s Go Brandon” and “F*** Joe Biden” chants as well as a massive unmasking event in the stands.
Here’s a Superbowl post on Telegram:
For all who say Super Bowl is a saint and it shouldn’t be boycotted, read this:
In addition to its safety protocols, the NFL will use the Super Bowl’s massive popularity to promote vaccinations and Covid testing. When the Los Angeles Convention Center hosts the five-day Super Bowl Experience, a kind of football theme park, every visitor will receive a free take-home Covid test kit and be urged to test before the game. Los Angeles County also plans to set up vaccination sites at the convention center, and anyone who gets a dose will be allowed into the fan event for free.
Under White House Resident Joe Biden, unvaccinated illegal aliens by the hundreds of thousands are encouraged and welcomed to come into the United States.
Hypocrisy rules for the Biden-Harris Administration as their Homeland Security announced Thursday that truckers from Mexico and Canada will no longer be permitted to enter the US without vaccine passports.
“These updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protecting public health while safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy,” Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.
On Monday, those in mainstream media who bothered to report it, revealed about 40 Canadian truckers protested near the U.S. border in Emerson, Manitoba. By Wednesday, over 45,000 truckers formed convoys throughout Canadian interstates and at key US-Canada crossing points. The goal is to embark on one of the largest protests for citizens of both countries as they head for the capital, Ottawa, on Saturday.
In freezing weather, along all convoy routes, truckers are greeted by thousands of citizens in support of their cause.”
“Twelve of us brought crockpots of hot food and we fed as many as we could,” said Teresa LaFluer in Emerson. “We have friends doing the same further down the highway. We are feeding our heroes.”
Some RVers have joined the convoy to help prepare meals and show support.
Deemed the Canadian-USFreedom Convoy 2022, the group collected over 60,000 donations from GoFundMe since its launch on Jan. 14. These funds will primarily cover fuel costs “and hopefully food and lodgings to help ease the pressures of this arduous task,” organizers said.
“The Biden Administration has been playing a giant game of chicken with the American workforce over the last few months by forcing a vaccine mandate that was unlawful – as the U.S. Supreme Court recently held – and in so doing, undermining our freedoms by way of coercing American workers into taking the vaccine,” noted the Freedom Fighter Nation. “Unfortunately, the government of Canada has been behaving in a similar fashion. But throughout history, countries have risen and fallen on the backs of the blue-collar boys and girls, and this era is no different.”
“The decision by Trudeau and Biden to prevent trucker crossings at our borders by unvaccinated workers was the last straw – it represented the proverbial match that ignited a nation to action: the Canadian truckers have planned a convoy-protest, and America is joining in.”
With pressure from Washington, GoFundMe decided Tuesday to halt distributing more than $3.7 million already raised for the trucker convoys.
“Our goal is to protect the generosity of donors and ensure that every dollar donated on our platform reaches the right place,” a GoFundMe spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday. “We require that fundraisers be transparent about the flow of funds and have a clear plan for how those funds will be spent.”
In the US, estimates indicate over 6,000 drivers are joining in the protests so far.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance and American Trucking Alliance originally estimated that up to 15% of drivers would leave cross-border trucking as a result of the mandates. Recent actions by truckers in both countries indicate that number could be much larger.
Trucks typically haul over $300 billion of freight between the U.S. and Canada annually, with about 75% handled by Canadian drivers.
“This convoy is open to all freedom-lovers: Farmers, moms in Volvos, plumbers, teachers, nurses, doctors, mechanics, restaurant employees, retirees and students – EVERYONE,” said the Freedom Fighters organization. “If you are within a day’s ride to one of these borders – GO!!!
ALL TRUCKERS — as well as all other citizens with automobiles – can support the Canadian-US Freedom Convoy. People from both countries are encouraged to participate and support your fellow Freedom Fighters.
When: Saturday, January 29th at 12:00 noon EST
Where: Rendezvous at the border locations listed below on.
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Sweet Grass, Montana
Convoy Route Information: Canadian Truckers can visit the Canada Unity – Bear Hug 2.0 website for more details about the various convoy routes, meeting spots and times.
Trucker Channel Information: Canada truckers will be reaching out to US counterparts to RALLY. Come out in support With Your Rigs/Cars/Trucks, and convoy to the borders.
Canadian Truckers use channel 1
US Truckers use channel 19
We also are asking for names of truckers that would be willing to strap short-term signage to their trailers. If you are interested, reach out to Maureen at 406-240-7881. Folks, this isn’t about a vaccine: this is about Freedom. “
Christianity is on the rise in the United States as evidenced by church attendance, musical charts, social media participation and private schooling.
Pastors across America are doing more to plan for the future leadership in American business, media, government and education for our country.
They start within the church, according to a new Lifeway Research survey of today’s ministers’ needs and concerns.
According to the poll, “developing leaders and volunteers” is at the top of the list of needs among American Protestant pastors, with 77 percent identifying it as an issue that needs to be addressed in their church.
The following needs identified by the survey were identified by the the 2022 Greatest Needs of Pastors research project are listed in descending order:
🔹Facilitating connections with unchurched people: 76 percent.
🔹People’s apathy or lack of commitment is 75%.
🔹Personal prayer consistency is 72%.
🔹Friendships and fellowship with others account is 69%.
“The pre-existing challenges of ministry have been exacerbated by COVID, and it’s critical that we lean in and listen closely to pastors,” said Ben Mandrell, president of Lifeway Christian Resources. “This project has shed light on critical needs they have, and it will point the way forward in how we partner with them to fuel their ministries and improve their health in a variety of ways.”
🔹68 percent of current leaders and volunteers are being trained.
🔹68 percent of people read the Bible on a regular basis for reasons other than sermon or teaching preparation.
🔹64% of pastors have relationships with other pastors.
🔹64% of people consistently observe the Sabbath.
🔹63% of people are stressed.
“The number and breadth of needs that pastors are currently confronted with is mind-boggling,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research. “… It is clear that pastors are not looking for shortcuts and take their roles as spiritual leaders in their churches seriously.”
🔹61% confessed and repented of personal sin.
🔹59% of the time, “I exercise consistently.”
🔹55% avoid over-commitment and over-work.
🔹55% of the time, “people are challenged in areas where they lack obedience.”
“When asked to prioritize their own greatest need, pastors tend to put the needs of their church’s ministry ahead of personal needs,” said McConnell. “Personally making disciples, developing leaders, connecting with those outside the church and mobilizing the people in their church are the most common ‘greatest needs’ and are among the most common needs pastors want to make a priority.”
America could use the wisdom of Ronald Reagan right now. I have lived long enough to remember twelve Presidents. A President sets the tone for the whole country. White House Resident Joe Biden is failing our country.
I can honestly say that America felt happier and better about itself when Ronald Reagan was President than at any other time in my life. President Donald J. Trump was getting us there, but the powers that be made certain it came to a halt…at least temporarily. President Reagan was a wise and righteous man.
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice…” (Proverbs 29:2).
The source of President Reagan’s strength lay in what he believed. Many news commentators called his beliefs corny and old-fashioned while he was in office. After his death, many grudgingly admitted that he was a great leader. But it was Reagan’s beliefs that made him great. What did President Reagan believe?
Dr. D. James Kennedy gave the following account of a conversation between himself and President Reagan in 1980:
“Governor,” Dr. Kennedy said, “I would like to ask you a very important spiritual question, and that is: If something were to happen to you and you were to die and stand before God, and God Almighty said to you, ‘Why should I let you into my Heaven?’ What would you say?”
He was silent for a long time. Finally after about 30 seconds he answered in somber tones that I shall never forget, “I don’t deserve to go to Heaven. The only thing I could say would be, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life'” (John 3:16).
Now this great man has discovered the truth of those words of Christ. He has ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth,’ and now gazes in the face of God (Dr. D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Ministries News, June 8, 2004).