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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 – 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

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 – 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

Ferris Beuller’s Day Off – Tea Party Wisdom

In honor of the 29th 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 – September 2nd Edition

What to remember about September 2nd…

LABOR DAY 2013

  • 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

Le Missed Again

Twice now I have tried to go see the new theatrical version of Les Miserables.  The world must be conspiring against it because I have yet to put my butt into a theater seat.  So, to satisfy the urge to revisit Victor Hugo’s 150-year old classic, I dug into my DVD collection and unearthed the 1998 film.  It still strikes me how much this 1998 version with Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman holds up.

Les Miserables has always been a great tale of Christian grace versus a law-driven pursuit of unattainable human perfection.  It very aptly demonstrates the grace of God versus the “justice” of man.  Joe Rigney recently posted on his blog a great explanation of how Les Miserables can and should be used as a teaching tool in churches in sunday schools.  Near the end he writes:

I’m not saying that Les Mis doesn’t communicate the beauty of mercy. It certainly does — and does so spectacularly. Nor am I saying that Javert is not an example of everything that is wrong with humanity. In fact, this analysis shows just how pervasive the human penchant to establish false laws is. Whether it’s the traditions of the Pharisees, the ethnocentric law-boasting of the Judaizers, the bureaucratic minutiae of Javert, the over-scrupulousness of fundamentalists, or the hate crimes of the progressives, human beings love to break God’s Law by erecting our own. We are rebels, and this is what we do.

In these times where Hollywood tries to inflict its own bent sense of progressive (im)morality on the public, it’s nice to see that they haven’t been able to pervert all the classics.  And, they have apparently done it with a fantastic musical score.

Now, fingers crossed people, I’m going to try and take Mrs. Clockworkconservative out for a date this weekend.

les miserables book cover

Fantastic Movie Quote

This is one  of my all time favorite movie scenes.  Kenneth Branagh really delivers in the movie version of William Shakespeare’s classic Henry V.  This is a truly inspirational speech.  It is perfect for getting you in the mood to carry us through to election day.  Enjoy.

 

Atlas Shrugged Part II – In Theaters Today

Ayn Rand’s classic book returns to the big screen beginning today with Atlas Shrugged – Part II.  Don’t look for a hollywood studio ad splash or media reviews of the film.  They want this film to disappear quickly and quietly.  Take a moment, check out the trailer, and then take a friend to the movies this weekend.

 

 

 

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