Monthly Archives: October 2011

Halloween Cats – What could go wrong?

Couldn’t resist.

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Occupy Halloween

Some great Halloween cartoons about the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Lost and Found – October 31st Edition

What to remember about October 31st…

    • 1517  Martin Luther, Instigator of the Protestant Reformation, sends his letter and The Ninety-Five Thesis to his bishop
    • 1776  In speech to parliament, King George III acknowledges that war in America is going badly
    • 1864  Nevada is admitted to the Union as 36th state
    • 1926  Master escape artist and magician Harry Houdini dies in Detroit, Michigan of a ruptured appendix
    • 1941  Work ends on the carvings at Mt. Rushmore
    • 1941  USS Reuben James is torpedoed by German U-Boat; is 1st U.S. Navy vessel sunk in enemy action of WWII
    • 1959  Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald attempts to renounce his U.S. citizenship at embassy in Moscow, U.S.S.R.
    • 1968  President Johnson halts bombing of North Vietnam days before the election citing progress at peace talks
    • 2000  Russian Soyuz TM-31 launches with 1st resident crew for the International Space Station
    • 2003  While surfing, 13-year old Bethany Hamilton loses her arm in shark attack; her autobiography Soul Surfer becomes film in 2011
    • 2005  President George W. Bush nominates Judge Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court

I Am The 1% – College Student Edition

After finding the outstanding We Are Wall Street flyer and posting it, I started looking around for more pushback against the Occupy Wall Street protests.  Here is a college student that gets it… America is exceptional and opportunity is out there for those willing to actually work for it.  Success it a reward not a right.

(Hat tip to Truth, Justice and the American Way on Facebook. Thanks)

Here is the text for easier reading.  Any typos are from the original.

I am a college senior, about to graduate completely debt free.

I pay for all of my living expenses by working 30+ hrs a week making barely above minimum wage.

I chose a moderately prices, in-state public university & started saving $ for school at age 17.

I got decent grades in high school & received 2 scholarships which cover 90% of my tuition.

I currently have a 3.8 GPA.

I live comfortably in a cheap apt., knowing I can’t have everything I want.  I don’t eat out every day, or even once a month.  I have no credit card, new car, iPad or smart phone – and I’m perfectly OK with that.  If I did have debt, I would not blame Wall St. or the government for my own bad decisions.

I live below my means to continue saving for the future.

I expect nothing to be handed to me, and will continue to work my @$$ off for everything I have.

That’s how it’s supposed to work.

I am NOT the 99% and whether or not you are is your decision.

Thomas Jefferson and the 2nd Amendment

As a continuation from this post the other day, here are some more quotes from Thomas Jefferson.  This time we see what this Founding Father thought about the right to bear arms and the 2nd Amendment.

“The constitutions of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property and freedom of the press.”

“The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

“Laws the forbid the carrying of arms, disarms only those who are neither inclined, nor determined to commit crimes.  Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants.  They serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”

“As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.”

Bonus…

Lost and Found – October 30th Edition

What to remember about October 30th…

    • 1735  Founding Father and 2nd President of the United States John Adams is born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1826)
    • 1831  Escaped slave Nat Turner is captured after bloody slave rebellion that killed over 60; after a trial he hangs on November 11
    • 1938  Orson Welles radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” causes nationwide panic
    • 1941  President Franklin Roosevelt approves $1 billion Lend Lease aid program for Soviet Union; hopes to stay out of the war
    • 1944  Anne Frank and her sister are moved from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
    • 1961  Soviet Union test 50 megaton hydrogen bomb; still the largest explosive device ever detonated
    • 1974  Muhammad Ali wins the Rumble in the Jungle
    • 1995  Vote for establishing an independent Quebec fails in Canada

Lost and Found – October 29th Edition

What to remember about October 29th…

    • 1777  After an extended illness John Hancock resigns his post as president of the Continental Congress
    • 1863  18 national delegations at meeting in Geneva, Switzerland agree to form the International Red Cross
    • 1901  Leon Czolgosz, assassin of President McKinley’ is executed less than 2 months after the shooting in Buffalo, New York
    • 1956  In response to Egyptian seizure and nationalization of the Suez Canal Israel invades Sinai Peninsula
    • 1969  1st computer-to-computer link is established, 1st message is sent on ARPANET, precursor of the internet
    • 1998  Senator John Glenn returns to space at age 77 aboard shuttle Discovery; in 1962 was 1st American to orbit Earth
    • 2004  Al-Jazeera broadcasts tape of Osama bin Laden admitting direct responsibility for attacks of September 11, 2001

Thomas Jefferson- Did you know him?

One of the greatest legacies of our founding fathers is the examples they lived out.  Standing up for their principles while facing the loss of their freedom, their fortunes, and even their lives testifies to the steadfastness of their character.  Among this host of outstanding Americans there are a few that stand out as being even more exceptional.  Thomas Jefferson rightfully holds one of those places.  Do you know him?

  • At 5, began studying under his cousins tutor.
  • At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
  • At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
  • At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
  • At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
  • At 23, started his own law practice.
  • At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
  • At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America” and retired from his law practice.
  • At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
  • At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
  • At 33, took three years to revise Virginia ’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
  • At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
  • At 40, served in Congress for two years.
  • At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
  • At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
  • At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
  • At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions (defense of states rights) and became the active head of Republican Party.
  • At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .
  • At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.
  • At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
  • At 65, retired to Monticello.
  • At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
  • At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
  • At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence and the same day as fellow founding father John Adams.

President John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Famous quotes of Thomas Jefferson:

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe .

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

Precious blood was spilled for the freedoms that we enjoy today.  Honor the sacrifices of those who have walked this path before us by remembering the lessons that they paid for so dearly.  Learn, remember, and SHARE the history that is the great legacy of our founders.

(Hat tip to Ed for the e-mail he sent with the bulk of the above info.)

Lost and Found – October 28th Edition

What to remember about October 28th…

    • 1775  British Major General Howe issues proclamation forbidding residents from leaving the city
    • 1818  Abigail Adams, First Lady and wife of President John Adams dies in Quincy, Massachusetts (b. 1744)
    • 1886  President Grover Cleveland dedicates Statue of Liberty
    • 1918  Sailors of the German High Seas Fleet mutiny instead of attack British fleet with armistice in the works
    • 1922  Benito Mussolini leads Italian fascists in March on Rome; takes over the Italian government
    • 1929  Black Monday stock market crash
    • 1962  Cuban Missile Crisis ends as Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agrees to remove Russian missiles from the island
    • 1965  In St. Louis, Missouri the 630-foot Gateway Arch portion of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is completed
    • 1971  Britain launches Prospero; it is their 1st satellite
    • 2005  Iran launches its 1st satellite in joint effort with Russia

Free Stuff

The folks who are getting the free stuff, don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff, can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

And,The folks who are paying for the free stuff, want the free stuff to stop and the folks who are getting the free stuff, want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now… The people who are forcing the people who Pay for the free stuff, have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So… the people who are GETTING the free stuff, have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff, by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 235 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that in 2012.

Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.

Let’s Take a Stand!!! We don’t need blame! We don’t need Bitching!

Just Fix It !

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Fresh from my e-mail to you.  Thanks for sending this Ed!