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Ferris Beuller’s Day Off – Tea Party Wisdom

REPOST from previous year but still just as important:

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In honor of the anniversary of the opening of Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, I’d like to present Cameron Frye’s words of wisdom for America today…

“I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to defend it. Right or wrong, I’m going to defend it.”

After more than two centuries of this great American experiment, we find ourselves facing immense obstacles; most of which are of our own making.  We have watered-down, reinterpreted, or flat-out abandoned many of the principles that this nation was founded upon.  We have made a wreck our founding fathers pride and joy.  But unlike the infamous 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, this nation is not dead.  She lies wounded at our feet in need of our ultimate efforts.  Sit idly by no longer.  Take a stand.  Defend it.

(Note – No actual Ferraris were injured in the making of this film)

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Lost and Found – October 12th Edition

What to remember about October 12th…

    • 1492  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reaches the New World
    • 1792  1st celebration of Columbus Day in America is held in New York
    • 1810  Wedding festivities in Bavaria become the 1st Oktoberfest
    • 1870  Confederate general Robert E. Lee dies at home in Lexington, Virginia (b. 1807)
    • 1892  By presidential proclamation, the Pledge of Allegiance is introduced to schools across America during Columbus Day celebrations
    • 1933  Alcatraz Island is acquired from the Army by the Department of Justice for use as a Federal Prison; island had been used as a military prison since 1861
    • 1964  1st spacecraft with multi-person crew launches; Soviets lead the space race with flight of Voskhod 1
    • 1979  Douglas Adams’ classic comedy work The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is 1st published
    • 1997  American folk singer John Denver dies in crash of an experimental aircraft in California (b. 1943)
    • 1999  Day of Six Billion; United Nations estimates that earth’s population reached 6 billion persons this day
    • 2000  Muslim al Qaeda terrorists use suicide boat bomb in attack against the USS Cole; 17 sailors killed and 38 wounded
    • 2002  Muslim terror group Jemaah Islamiyah detonates car bomb outside nightclub on Bali; 182 killed, another 200 injured
    • 2007  Former Vice President Al Gore is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Lost and Found – September 2nd Edition

What to remember about September 2nd…

    • 1666  London’s Great Fire breaks out; three-quarters of the city destroyed and 100,000 left homeless
    • 1775  George Washington hires the schooner Hannah to be the 1st armed American warship, founding vessel of the U.S. Navy
    • 1789  Congress establishes the United States Treasury Department to restore the economy post-war
    • 1862  After disaster at second Battle of Bull Run, Lincoln reluctantly puts McClellan in charge of Union forces
    • 1885  In Rock Springs, Wyoming, striking miners attempting to unionize riot and kill 28 Chinese laborers and chase away hundreds more
    • 1901  “Speak softly and carry a big stick”; Theodore Roosevelt used the slogan for the 1st time at the Minnesota State Fair
    • 1945  V-J Day; Japan formally surrenders to the Allies at ceremony aboard battleship USS Missouri
    • 1969  Worlds 1st ATM debuts at Chemical Bank in New York
    • 1973  J.R.R. Tolkien dies in Bournemouth, England; author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Lost and Found – August 29th Edition

What to remember about August 29th…

    • 1862  After days of maneuvering the 2nd Battle of Bull Run begins; Confederates win a path to invade the north
    • 1945  President Truman orders the U.S. Navy to seize control of oil refineries and transportation to break strike by union workers
    • 1949  Soviet Union successfully detonates its 1st atomic bomb at test site in Kazakhstan
    • 1958  Pop musician, songwriter Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana
    • 2005  Hurricane Katrina comes ashore for the second time; worst natural disaster in U.S. history
    • 2007  Hero security guard Richard Jewel dies; discovered bomb planted by Eric Robert Rudolph in Centennial Olympic Park; saves hundreds of lives but is falsely accused of planting device

Lost and Found – July 21st Edition

What to remember about July 21st…

  • 1861  1st Battle of Bull Run begins at Manassas Junction, Virginia; Union suffers “surprising” defeat
  • 1873  Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off 1st successful train robbery in the American West
  • 1918  German U-Boat opens fire on town of Orleans, Massachusetts and several nearby ships
  • 1925  “Monkey Trial” of John Thomas Scopes ends in conviction and $100 fine; Darwin’s Theory of Evolution versus creationism
  • 1944  Claus von Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators are executed one day after their failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler
  • 1944  U.S. invasion to recapture Guam begins; fighting will continue through to August 10
  • 1959  Boston Red Sox are final Major League Baseball team to integrate
  • 1969  American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become 1st humans to walk on the moon (July 20th in North America)
  • 1973  Israeli Mossad agents mistakenly kill Moroccan waiter in Norway believing him to be one of the 1972 Munich Olympic terrorists
  • 2005  Muslim terrorists attempt to detonate 4 more bombs in the London transit system (see 7/7 bombings)
  • 2007  Last book in the Harry Potter series is released
  • 2011  NASA’s Space Shuttle program comes to an end with completion of mission STS-135 and successful landing of Atlantis

space shuttle program ends

Ferris Beuller’s Day Off – Tea Party Wisdom

REPOST from previous year but still just as important:

*****

In honor of last Saturdays 25th anniversary of the opening of Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, I’d like to present Cameron Frye’s words of wisdom for America today…

“I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to defend it. Right or wrong, I’m going to defend it.”

After more than two centuries of this great American experiment, we find ourselves facing immense obstacles; most of which are of our own making.  We have watered-down, reinterpreted, or flat-out abandoned many of the principles that this nation was founded upon.  We have made a wreck our founding fathers pride and joy.  But unlike the infamous 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, this nation is not dead.  She lies wounded at our feet in need of our ultimate efforts.  Sit idly by no longer.  Take a stand.  Defend it.

(Note – No actual Ferraris were injured in the making of this film)

Lost and Found – October 12th Edition

What to remember about October 12th…

Columbus Day – USA

  • 1492  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reaches the New World
  • 1792  1st celebration of Columbus Day in America is held in New York
  • 1810  Wedding festivities in Bavaria become the 1st Oktoberfest
  • 1870  Confederate general Robert E. Lee dies at home in Lexington, Virginia (b. 1807)
  • 1892  By presidential proclamation, the Pledge of Allegiance is introduced to schools across America during Columbus Day celebrations
  • 1933  Alcatraz Island is acquired from the Army by the Department of Justice for use as a Federal Prison; island had been used as a military prison since 1861
  • 1964  1st spacecraft with multi-person crew launches; Soviets lead the space race with flight of Voskhod 1
  • 1979  Douglas Adams’ classic comedy work The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is 1st published
  • 1997  American folk singer John Denver dies in crash of an experimental aircraft in California (b. 1943)
  • 1999  Day of Six Billion; United Nations estimates that earth’s population reached 6 billion persons this day
  • 2000  Muslim al Qaeda terrorists use suicide boat bomb in attack against the USS Cole; 17 sailors killed and 38 wounded
  • 2002  Muslim terror group Jemaah Islamiyah detonates car bomb outside nightclub on Bali; 182 killed, another 200 injured
  • 2007  Former Vice President Al Gore is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Lost and Found – September 2nd Edition

What to remember about September 2nd…

  • 1666  London’s Great Fire breaks out; three-quarters of the city destroyed and 100,000 left homeless
  • 1775  George Washington hires the schooner Hannah to be the 1st armed American warship, founding vessel of the U.S. Navy
  • 1789  Congress establishes the United States Treasury Department to restore the economy post-war
  • 1862  After disaster at second Battle of Bull Run, Lincoln reluctantly puts McClellan in charge of Union forces
  • 1864  Union forces Atlanta after yesterday’s withdrawal of Confederate forces
  • 1885  In Rock Springs, Wyoming, striking miners attempting to unionize riot and kill 28 Chinese laborers and chase away hundreds more
  • 1901  “Speak softly and carry a big stick”; Theodore Roosevelt used the slogan for the 1st time at the Minnesota State Fair
  • 1945  V-J Day; Japan formally surrenders to the Allies at ceremony aboard battleship USS Missouri
  • 1969  Worlds 1st ATM debuts at Chemical Bank in New York
  • 1973  J.R.R. Tolkien dies in Bournemouth, England; author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • 2011  UN issues report finding Israel acted legitimately when it enforced its blockade of Gaza against flotilla of activists

Time Magazine cover VJ Day

Lost and Found – August 29th Edition

What to remember about August 29th…

  • 1862  After days of maneuvering the 2nd Battle of Bull Run begins; Confederates win a path to invade the north
  • 1945  President Truman orders the U.S. Navy to seize control of oil refineries and transportation to break strike by union workers
  • 1949  Soviet Union successfully detonates its 1st atomic bomb at test site in Kazakhstan
  • 1958  Pop musician, songwriter Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)
  • 1966  At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the Beatles perform for the last time before a paying crowd
  • 2005  Hurricane Katrina comes ashore for the second time; worst natural disaster in U.S. history; death toll will reach 55
  • 2007  Hero security guard Richard Jewell dies; discovered bomb planted by Eric Robert Rudolph in Centennial Olympic Park; saves hundreds of lives but is falsely suspected of planting device

Lost and Found – August 16th Edition

What to remember about August 16th…

  • 1780  Continental forces led by General Horatio Gates suffer embarrassing loss at Camden, South Carolina
  • 1812  American General William Hull surrenders Detroit to British and Indian forces without a fight; he is later convicted of cowardice
  • 1841  President John Tyler is burned in effigy outside the White House for vetoing reestablishment of the Bank of the United States
  • 1896  George Carmack finds gold while fishing in the Yukon; “Klondike Fever” leads to the last great gold rush in America
  • 1948  Baseball legend Babe Ruth dies of cancer in New York City
  • 1974  The Ramones play their first public show in Manhattan; Punk Rock is born
  • 1977  Elvis Presley, the “King Of Rock and Roll” dies in Memphis, Tennessee of an apparent heart attack
  • 1984  Automaker John DeLorean is acquitted of drug trafficking charges
  • 2007  Student Seung-Hui Cho goes on shooting spree at Virginia Tech, he commits suicide after killing 32 and wounding 25

delorean showroom car