ATTENTION: Rutherford County Residents

I’ve written before about my journey to healthier living over the last several months. I’ve now lost over 110 pounds since January and I owe much of my success to the fantastic staff and facilities at Olympus Athletic Club in Murfreesboro.

Sean, Charlie, and the rest of the staff are helpful, understanding, and very knowledgeable. All the misconceptions I had of gym memberships went out the window after getting to know the folks at Olympus. The atmosphere is great for the beginner at any age, to the seasoned fitness junkie.

That being said, I’m pleased to announce that if you talk to Charlie Grazer at Olympus and mention you found out about him from this site you will receive HALF OFF your enrollment fee, and the still incredible monthly price of only $14.99

Enrollment cut from $100 to only $50, and $14.99 per month after that. 

Call Olympus at 615-895-0604, ask for Charlie and tell him Nathan McIntyre sent you.

Lose weight and add years to your life. The time is NOW.

Check out the link to their site in my “Friends of the Porch” section to the right. Watch for their new location coming soon on Church street, next to Kroger in Murfreesboro

Steve Spurrier’s step into Politics

I came across this article on Steve Spurrier and it provoked me. Apparently Spurrier has a problem with the presence of the Confederate Battle saltire on a monument to Confederate soldiers in Columbia.

Spurrier: “I realize I’m not supposed to get in the political arena as a football coach, but if anybody were ever to ask me about that damn Confederate flag, I would say we need to get rid of it. I’ve been told not to talk about that. But if anyone were ever to ask me about it, I certainly wish we could get rid of it.”

I’ve always admired the old ball coach for his prowess on the field. Perhaps he should limit himself to that arena.

“The flag was removed from the dome in 2000 but placed at the Confederate Soldier Monument on Statehouse grounds. The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said that was not good enough and continued its boycott. The initial boycott drew wide support from inside and outside the state, but encouragement for the ongoing effort has waned in recent years.”

I’ll address a couple problems here. The Confederate flag is exactly that. A flag. A symbol. Symbols by nature are to be interpreted. Each individual is free to interpret that symbol however they choose. It is absolutely impossible and inappropriate to fiat one meaning upon all citizens for a flag, or any other symbol for the most part. It represents different things to different people–some good things, and some bad.

Furthermore, and even more importantly concessions were already made. The flag was removed from the courthouse and placed in an area reserved for history. In my estimation it is absolutely an appropriate place for the flag to fly. Would it not be a greater disgrace and slight to the memory of these citizens to hang a US flag over them; that is, to posthumously display the banner of their conquerors over a memorial dedicated to time gone by?

It does bother me to no end at the same time to see the actual Battle Flag flown. To the best of my knowledge flying a battle flag off the battlefield is contrary to the purpose of the emblem. The use of “battle flags” is quite antiquated, but suffice it to say it’s just not proper. Other Confederate emblems in a case such as this would be much more apropos.

Ultimately in view of decorum and history there is no appropriate place to actually fly the Confederate battle flag (notice I did not say “display”). I’d love to see the day that those were the motivating factor behind discussions such as this, not simple minded political correctness. “I don’t like it” is a fine reason to end something until you’re on the short end of the stick.

The evils perpetrated by rogue entities such as the Ku Klux Klan were done under Southern, and US flags. While I, as most of us would, disagree with what they stood for let’s be careful once again at rallying upon the slippery slope of moral indignation. It is all too easy to slip into politically correct totalitarianism of the mind. Facts in cases such as this are far too difficult to cipher.

Especially when they are shrouded in 140 years of historical revisionism.

Coach, go play ball

An American Front Porch: Ron Paul: A New Hope?

I have been hesitant to really jump into the Presidential debate because of, quite frankly, the lack of candidates. The debate has been largely dominated on the socialist left by the Clintons and Obamas of the world, who are wholy unnacceptable. John Edwards is a joke, and a possible enemy of the American economy.

On the right you have Rudy and McCain, who are seemingly in a contest to see who can be the most liberal, and Fred Thompson is somewhere in the wilderness while crowds stand outside Jerusalem with palm branches in hand.

Then I began to seriously check out Ron Paul’s (R-TX) bid for the White House.

Sure, he’s not the sexy pick. But his platform honors liberty, American sovreignty, and personal freedom. I would urge you to check it out.

Here is the rundown:

Debt/Taxes: The lower, the better.

American Sovreignty: NAFTA, etc. are a threat to our national independence.

War: War’s not evil, but Iraq was one big oopsy. Let’s do our thing and get out.

Border Security: Why fight terrorists abroad if we let them in the back yard? Secure borders…

Privacy: “The biggest threat to your privacy is the government”. ‘Nuf said.

Property Rights/Imminent Domain: we must respect each citizens right to the pursuit of property.

That’s it in a nutshell, but do visit his campaign site. For We the People it is time to get the word out on a candidate that actually might know we are the boss

Second Ammendment Rules Supreme in Tennessee

This time old Phil is getting it right.

Tennessee Governer Phil Bredesen this week has indicated his support for measures in Tennessee disallowing the State to restrict the sale and movement of firearms during times of natural disasters. Following Hurricane Katrina we all remember the stories of violence and brutality as the only citizens allowed to be armed were street thugs, left to their hoarding.

This is just good natured common sense. Government can not be everywhere they are needed in times of major stresses. It is up to the individual to ensure the safety of those he or she holds dear, and if someone unwisely chooses to assault a legally armed citizen what is hard to understand?

They made a choice and will reap the consequences.

Bredesen’s stance sends a fantastic message to the rest of the nation as to how Tennesseans view the Constitution. The First Ammendment is the crown jewel of western philosophy. The Second Ammendment makes the entire Bill of Rights possible to keep with the people.

“I had a concern about chipping away the powers of a governor during an emergency. If you have an emergency, you want to make sure governors have got enough tools in their hands.” Bredesen said.

Any government that fears loss of power and therefore confiscates the power of citizens to defend themselves is despotic. There is nothing for any Governor to fear if they govern with humility and reverence for those who have given them office. Readers, remember who really is in charge here.

The scenes of chaos were enough to wake up many “gun control” advocates blindly calling for “scary looking gun bans” and the like. Even now, as citizens come back to New Orleans they walk the streets a little safer, and more aware.

I am fortunate enough to never have had the need to defend myself with lethal force. The thought does not excite me. Although I did grow up with guns. My father taught me to shoot at a young age, and doing so taught me responsibility, and awareness of how power is to be wielded. These lessons are good for all of us. I fear the day that no one knows them.

Between this and D.C. getting their guns back (as toothless as the ruling has been made at present) this has been way too good of a year already.