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I believe part of the 4th quarter increase is from bumper crops this year.
George Washington also issued a bounty to Hessian soldiers that defected--I believe it was worth about $700 and consisted of bounty lands in northern Virginia. About a quarter to a third of the Hessians took him up on the offer.
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America's Coastal Royalty

Barbaric Bird Wrote: Nov 29, 2013 1:17 AM
There is a wealthy suburb in the north part of Raleigh, NC called Cary--Containment Area for Relocated Yankees.
The best summation of the past week was given by John Hayward: "But even as the aristocracy luxuriates in the highest level of power – the ability to not only pass laws, but ignore them – demands for compliance and obedience from the rest of us grow more strident. Look at the rhetoric Democrats have employed during the past few weeks, referring to their opponents as terrorists, hostage-takers, and even traitors. The President is fond of statements such as, 'The time for talk is over.' That means the time for obedience is at hand. Dissent, resistance, and escape are intolerable. People say they don’t like politics. Why would anyone who truly feels that way support an ideology that politicizes every aspect of our lives? If we don’t like partisan squabbling, why give the political class so much to squabble over? Why would anyone who truly loves freedom applaud the loud demands for obedience and submission that fill every hour of the day? You need money and property to exercise your will; when the government claims more of both, through taxes, mandates, and regulations, your will becomes less significant." At what point do we reach serfdom?
Sorry, Hugh--I have tried listening to you for the past week, and have to turn you off after an hour. We have no compelling interest in Syria. The Big O is just leading from behind and wants the Republicans to take the blame for his foreign policy blunders. This is also a distraction for the upcoming Debt Ceiling brouhaha--which will come much quicker with war in Syria.
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5 Reasons Not To Bomb Syria

Barbaric Bird Wrote: Sep 04, 2013 1:14 AM
The Big O is making another campaign stop in California this weekend, so nothing has changed.
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