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Tradewinds March 2015 Web Final

March 2015

A retired educator and

A retired educator and veteran, Cooke has become an advocate for renewed patriotism, and a critic of poverty in our region. “If many politicians have become more the problem than the solution,” states Cooke, “then good people are encouraged to speak-up, step-up, and fix the mess.” Religious and Cultural War with Islam has history in America by C.L. Cooke Ever hear of the Barbary Coast? The Islamic nations of Algeria, Morocco, Tripoli, and Tunisia located in North Africa were once terrorizing the Mediterranean and North Atlantic. These Muslim pirates attacked ships on the high seas and held crews for ransom. Hostages were tortured and treated inhumanely as Islam considered them infidels. In 1786 Thomas Jefferson was Minister to France. United States merchant ships sailed under the protection of Great Britain, then France prior to the American Revolution. Independence meant America had to protect its own interests. Jefferson was opposed to paying ransom and proposed to Congress that a coalition of allies be formed to resolve the issue. To no avail, the ransoms were continued to be paid. As the third President of The United States, Jefferson received a note from the Pasha of Tripoli demanding payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 yearly from the fledgling nation. America had started to build a Navy for coastal protection so Jefferson had some muscle. He dispatched a squadron of frigates with instructions to seize vessels and goods of the Pasha. The Navy and Marines would fight our battle “to the shores of Tripoli” as are the words in the Marine Hymn. America was founded on religious tolerance, but fundamentalist Islam condoned and mandated violence against unbelievers. This troubled Jefferson greatly. The War with Tripoli lasted through 1815 and once the barbarians of the Barbary Coast discovered the strength and will of the Americans to protect themselves and their interests, and the payments of ransom had stopped, resulted in a quick retreat by the pirates which established some future protection and normalcy to shipping, and travelling abroad. This brand of Islam has raised its ugly head again. It hit our shores with a crash on 9-11. This should bother and alert every patriotic American that such a global movement of hate and supremacism has declared to “see you in New York”, can become a reality. The radical brand of Islam is currently called ISIS or ISIL, and their leaders have clearly stated their objectives. All Christians had better check your heads. First to see if it is still attached, then, if so, to assess through your brain if this threat is being taken seriously by our government. Is terrorism, “work place violence” when a Muslim US military officer guns down fellow troops in the name of Allah? Are our decision makers a group of spineless progressives when Christians , Jews and Hindus have been banned from serving on a jury where a Muslim defendant is being tried! Are public schools pulling pork from the menu??? Yes in some school districts. We had better determine if there is an American Culture, and an American way of life, and if we are at all a nation founded on Christian principles, and if we have the compulsion to turn the other cheek, or draw the line in the sand and save our family and nation from death by a thousand cuts. This politically correct knife is cutting our throats with a tolerance that is about to become intolerable to some.. I hope it is to more of us than it seems. Almost forgot. Self preparedness safety is becoming more important than ever. We support gun control... use both hands! If you wish to comment send Email to 20 Albemarle Tradewinds March 2015

Say Goodbye To Winter With Oyster Soup By Rosie Hawthorne New Lower Propane Prices! I’m saying goodbye to winter with the last of the season’s oysters. It’s still in the 30s, there’s no sun, and it’s raining. When the weather turns, Rosie turns … to soups. I’m fortifying myself with a satisfying briny broth – oyster soup with leek and potatoes. Oyster Soup With Leek And Potatoes 2 dozen oysters, shucked, with their liquor or a pint or more of the jarred oysters 2 TB unsalted butter 1 leek 5 small red potatoes 4 mushrooms 1 stalk celery 2 TB unsalted butter 2 TB flour 2 cups skim milk ¾ cup heavy cream 2 TB Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce 1 TB dry sherry Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste We fill your Tank while you wait! 20 Lb - $15.49 30 LB - $21.99 40 LB - $29.50 100 LB - $68.75 810 Sawyer St (Behind Salvation Army) Elizabeth City (252) 338-0817 Parts - Sales - Service Since 1927 Slice mushrooms. Dice potatoes and celery. Slice well-washed leek up to the dark green part. Melt 2 TB butter over medium high heat and add in potatoes and leeks. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add in celery and mushrooms and cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes. Add in the other 2 TB butter, melt, then add the flour, cooking and stirring for 2 minutes. Slowly stir in the milk, scraping up any bits on the bottom. Bring to a boil, stirring, let thicken, and then reduce heat to low. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and sherry. Pour in heavy cream and heat through. Taste test and adjust seasoning if necessary. Add in oysters and their liquor and bring just to a simmer. Remove from heat. Ladle into bowls and serve with oyster crackers. For more recipes, featuring the best of what the Outer Banks has to offer, plus a lot of other good food, please visit with Rosie at Thank you for reading. The Albemarle Tradewinds merges your business into printed and social media. Albemarle Tradewinds March 2015 21