Monthly Archives: March 2012

Lost and Found – March 31st Edition

What to remember about March 31st…

  • 1492  Royal edict in Spain declares that all Jews unwilling to convert to Christianity will be expelled from the country
  • 1776  Abigail Adams writes to her husband to urge that Continental Congress “remember the ladies” when writing their Declaration od Independence; urges recognition of rights of women
  • 1854  Commodore Perry signs Treaty of Kanagawa with Japanese government opening ports to American trade and establishment of U.S. Consulate
  • 1889  Dedication ceremony for the Eiffel Tower in Paris; built in honor of the centenary of the French Revolution
  • 1917  U.S. government purchases islands of Dutch West Indies for $25 million; remains American territory called U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 1959  14th Dalai Lama flees communist China and is granted asylum in India
  • 1985  In Madison Square Gardens in New York City, WWE holds the first WrestleMania event
  • 1991  Soviet military commanders relinquish command of allied forces; Warsaw Pact dissolves after 36 years
  • 1992  America’s last active battleship the USS Missouri is decommissioned
  • 2005  Terri Schaivo dies 13 days after feeding tube is removed; after 15 years in a vegetative state, SCOTUS allows medical treatment to end

Obama’s best week ever

President Obama just finished had a landmark week  For the first time in 3 years he has managed to fulfil one of his cornerstone campaign pledges…  to return bipartisanship to Washington – though not by his definition (see bottom of post).

Obama preached unity, common cause, and coming together as major themes in his campaign.  He said that everything wrong with Washington came from a lack of willingness to work together.  Both sides would need to reach across the aisle to form a consensus that unified the nation and put her on a path to recovery.  Well, this week, Congress found their common cause.

In a stunning 414-0 vote, the House of Representatives rejects Obama’s 2013 budget.  this beats the 97-0 drubbing that Obama’s 2012 budget took in the Senate.

Unity and common cause in Washington.  I could get to like this.

Liberal Lexicon update:

bipartisanshipnoun

1)  surrender of convictions and beliefs by conservatives allowing liberals to get their way

2)  lack of critical analysis of the president’s agenda by the media or political opponents

Lost and Found – March 29th Edition

What to remember about March 29th…

  • 1790  Future 10th President John Tyler is born in Virginia (d. 1862); gains the office when William Harrison died 1-month into his presidency
  • 1865  Beginning new phase, Union forces move to take Petersburg, Virginia; this Appomattox campaign will lead to the end of the Civil War
  • 1867  American baseball pitcher Denton True “Cy” Young is born on Ohio (d. 1955); award in his name recognizes previous season’s best pitcher
  • 1929  Herbert Hoover has 1st phone installed in the Oval Office; phones installed in other parts of White House in 1878 by President Hayes
  • 1951  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of espionage for passing atomic secrets to the Soviets; they will be executed in 1953
  • 1961  23rd Amendment to the Constitution is ratified; residents of Washington, D.C. allowed to vote in presidential elections
  • 1971  Army Lt. William Calley is convicted of murder by court-martial for massacre of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai
  • 1973  Last U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam in fulfillment of President Nixon’s campaign promise; Paris peace treaty signed just 2 months earlier
  • 1992  New York Times article quotes presidential candidate Bill Clinton saying “I didn’t inhale it, and never tried it again.” regarding marijuana
  • 2009  Obama administration forces General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner to resign; $13.4 billion government bailout gives them control

Lost and Found – March 28th Edition

What to remember about March 28th…

  • 1834  President Andrew Jackson is censured by Congress for refusing to provide documents requested by lawmakers
  • 1862  Union forces halt Confederate invasion of New Mexico at Battle of Glorieta Pass; hopes of capturing western gold mines are foiled
  • 1910  Near Martigues, France, Henri Fabre becomes first person to successfully fly a seaplane
  • 1969  34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower dies in Washington, D.C. (b. 1890)
  • 1979  Pressure valve fails at Three Mile Island power plant in Pennsylvania; human error overrides safety systems causing worst nuclear accident in U.S. history
  • 1990  President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Congressional Gold Medal to African-American Olympian Jesse Owens
  • 2006  In tragic rush to judgement, Duke University lacrosse team is suspended after rape allegations arise from off-campus party

Lost and Found – March 27th Edition

What to remember about March 27th…

  • 1775  Future President Thomas Jefferson is elected to be a representative to the second Continental Congress
  • 1814  Future President Andrew Jackson leads 39th Infantry to defeat the “Red Stick” Creek at Battle of Horseshoe Bend; British allies in War of 1812
  • 1836  After becoming surrounded, band of Texans surrender to Mexican Army at Goliad; 417 are executed as rebels instead of being taken as prisoners of war
  • 1865  President Lincoln travels to Virginia to plot final strategies of the war with generals Grant and Sherman; discuss surrender terms for Lee’s army
  • 1912  Wives of President Taft and Japanese Ambassador plant in Washington, D.C. the first 2 of 3020 cherry trees gifted to America by Japan
  • 1915  “Typhoid Mary” is placed into lifetime quarantine; Marry Mallon is 1st identified healthy carrier of a disease found in United States
  • 1945  With only 1 launch site remaining, Germany fires its last wave of V-2 missiles against Britain and Belgium; almost 200 killed
  • 1990  United States begins broadcasting news and information to Cuba with TV Marti; brings wider audience than existing Radio Marti programs
  • 1998  FDA approves prescription drug Viagra; “little blue pill” is 1st medicine approved to treat male impotence
  • 2007  American chemist and Nobel Laureate Paul Christian Lauterbur dies in 2007 (b. 1929); work led to development of MRI technology

A few more reasons to vaccinate your kids…

For over a decade now, the fad amongst “helicopter parents” (always hovering, overprotective) has been to refuse to vaccinate their children against childhood diseases.  The movement began decades ago when some faulty research studies falsely linked several developmental and disabling conditions with childhood vaccines.  These studies have been debunked over and over yet the idiotic practice continues.  Unlike smallpox, these diseases still run rampant in less developed portions of the world… and amongst the broods of these negligent parents.

When confronted with the factual data on childhood vaccination these parents will often fall back on worries over allergic reactions.  Any quick review of the disability and mortality rates of rare allergic reaction versus mumps, measles, or polio leads reasoning adults to the conclusion that vaccination (under physician supervision) is the proper course of action.

Since today is the anniversary of the announcement of Dr. Salk’s polio vaccine, I felt I should serve up some history of what this childhood plague wrought in this country.

Presidents and personalities thought it important to ensure that the immunization message got out.

FDR allowed this one and only photo of him in a wheelchair to be used by the March of Dimes.  He suffered paralysis from polio most of his life.  The White House had to be converted to accommodate the president’s special needs… including a heated therapy pool.

Elvis felt so strongly about supporting the March of Dimes that he got his shot on the Ed Sullivan Show from Dr. Salk personally.  He got to see first hand what the polio epidemic did to America’s children.

The Polio Survivors Association has more information on the disease, the fight to eradicate it, survivors tales and more.  Take a minute to check out their resources.

Polio is on the rise again in the world.  Several years ago, a few prominent Islamic scholars came out against vaccination saying that it was an “abomination” and corruption of the body” invented by the West to corrupt children.  Incidences of polio have become endemic to several countries in the region since this declaration.  With the speed of modern travel, an unvaccinated child is just one trip to a tourist spot from possible exposure.  Don’t make a misinformed choice that can last a lifetime.  Protect your family and get EVERYONE vaccinated.

Lost and Found – March 26th Edition

What to remember about March 26th…

  • 1776  South Carolina is 1st to break with Britain; takes the lead by declaring independence and by approving new constitution and government
  • 1830  In Palmyra, New York, Book of Mormon goes on sale for first time
  • 1874  American poet Robert Frost is born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963); winner of 4 Pulitzer Prizes
  • 1953  American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces that he has discovered a vaccine against polio; within just a few years, the number of nationwide new polio cases drops from 58,000 to 6,000
  • 1979  Camp David Accords signed by Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem; 1st peace treaty between the neighbors
  • 1982  Official groundbreaking for Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • 1987 After one of his victims escapes, torture chamber of serial killer and cannibal Gary Heidnik is discovered in Philadelphia, his depravity is an inspiration for Thomas Harris’ Buffalo Bill character in Silence of the Lambs novel
  • 1997  Bodies of 39 Heaven’s Gate cultists found in California after committing group suicide in anticipation of arrival of aliens with Hale-Bopp comet
  • 1999  Jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering lethal dose of medication in “assisted suicide”
  • 2011  Former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro dies of cancer in Massachusetts (b. 1935); 1st woman to be a Vice Presidential candidate

Combat Veterans Promise

A friend posted this on Facebook and I thought it appropriate for the day…

Text:

I am an American; a combat veteran.

I freely volunteered to serve my country during a time of war with the full knowledge that doing so would directly threaten my life and the lives of my comrades.

I have stood my watch and done my utmost to properly train and prepare those  who have volunteered to relieve me.

I have a unique understanding of the result of the precision application of lethal force in pursuit of US policy objectives.

These simple truths have made me wise beyond my years.

I am more motivated, more skilled, and more experienced than my civilian contemporaries that have not served because I have weathered more stress, held more responsibility, and sacrificed more of myself in the service of my country than they can possibly imagine.

I am a sterling representative of myself, my service, and my brothers and sisters in arms.

My service to my country did not end with my enlistment.

I am uniquely positioned to work harder, adapt quicker, and contribute more to the economic recovery of the United States of America than any other segment of the workforce.

I will strive every day to become the cornerstone of our recovery.

I freely take up this task as the natural evolution of my career progression.

I will deliver the skills and abilities that I have acquired throughout my military service to the civilian workforce.

My word is my bond.

I am punctual, reliable, and ready to take charge.  Those who question my utility are uninformed, for I will keep the faith in the workforce as I have kept the faith on the battlefield.

Through my efforts and contributions I will do more than my part to return our nation to the position of economic world leadership.

I am an American; a combat veteran.

(Thanks for sharing S.B.)

Medal of Honor Day

Today is the 149th anniversary of the first awarding of the Medal of Honor.  FoxNews.com had a great article today on these outstanding servants.  They cover well the fact that these humble soldiers are not winners.  They aver the title hero.  They have earned the Medal through selfless action; risking, and sometimes sacrificing, all for their country and their fellow soldiers.  Take a moment today and remember these brave few.  Keep them in your hearts and prayers.

“Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” – President Abraham Lincoln

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” – President John F. Kennedy

Read more about today’s observances here.  Learn more about those who have served their country with the highest distinction by visiting the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

Lost and Found – March 25th Edition

What to remember about March 25th…

Medal of Honor Day – 149th Anniversary of the first awarding of the Medal

  • 1634  Settlers land on Maryland’s western shore to found 1st settlement; mixed Catholic and Protestant group names town St. Mary’s
  • 1774  British Parliament passes Boston Port Act closing port and demanding more than $1 million (adjusted) for tea dumped during Boston Tea Party
  • 1865  Last major attack of the war by Confederate forces is a failed attempt by General Lee to free his forces from encirclement at Petersburg, Virginia
  • 1933  USS Sequoia is commissioned as presidential yacht for Herbert Hoover; she will serve 44 years and 8 presidents
  • 1994  After 15-month mission, final U.S. troops leave Somalia; the war-torn and impoverished nation is little better off than when they arrived
  • 1996  81 members of the Freemen begin standoff with federal law enforcement over the foreclosure of their “Justus Township” farm in Montana