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Lost and Found – August 28th Edition

What to remember about August 28th…

  • 1774  Elizabeth Ann Bayley is born in New York City; founder of 1st Catholic school in America and later canonized as St. Elizabeth
  • 1862  Union and Confederate forces clash near Washington, D.C.; 2nd Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) begins
  • 1907  19-year-old James E. “Jim” Casey borrows $100 from a friend to established the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington; becomes United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • 1917  Suffragists protesting President Wilson’s failure to support their right to vote are arrested outside the White House
  • 1941  German SS General Franz Jaeckeln orders more than 23,000 Hungarian Jews machine-gunned in Ukraine
  • 1957  Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC) protests proposed Civil Rights Act of 1957; longest, non-stop filibuster by a single Senator
  • 1963  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, gives I Have A Dream speech to 250,000 in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.; defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.
  • 1966  Soviet Union announces that it is training North Vietnamese pilots to combat American planes at secret base
  • 1968  Thousands clash with police in demonstrations against the Vietnam War at Democrat National Convention
  • 2005  Hurricane Katrina strengthens to Category Five
  • 2008  Barack Hussein Obama accepts nomination of the Democratic Party to be their candidate for President of the United States
  • 2010  Hundreds of thousands gather on the Washington Mall for Restoring Honor Rally; calls for return to faith and founding principles

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – AFP/Getty Images

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Lost and Found – May 19th Edition

What to remember about May 19th…

  • 1795 American patriot, physician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Josiah Bartlett dies in Kingston, New Hampshire (b. 1729)
  • 1795  American entrepreneur and philanthropist Johns Hopkins is born in Maryland (d. 1873); founder of hospitals, universities, and schools
  • 1848  Mexico ratifies Treaty of Hidalgo ending Mexican-American War; United States is ceded most of the Southwest for $15 million
  • 1864  President Lincoln writes to Congress urging that widows and orphans should be treated equally regardless of race
  • 1943  President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill set May 1, 1944 as date for Allied invasion at Normandy; D-Day set in motion
  • 1962  Actress and singer Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday Mr. President” at gala celebrating upcoming 45th birthday of John F. Kennedy
  • 1986  President Reagan signs Firearms Owners Protection Act prohibiting federal government from keeping a registry of firearms owners
  • 1994  Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies at home of cancer (b. 1929); wife of President John F. Kennedy
  • 2001  The 1st Apple stores open their doors; they are located in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the same day in Glendale, California
  • 2011  President Obama gives speech stating that Israel must revert its borders back to the pre-1967 borders to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Molon labe - come and take them (if you can)

Lost and Found – November 22nd Edition

What to remember about November 22nd…

  • 1718  Infamous English pirate Edward “Blackbeard” Teach is killed by battle with British Navy off North Carolina coast
  • 1783  President of Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation John Hanson dies (b. 1721); he is America’s 1st President, though not under the finally adopted Constitution
  • 1864  Confederate forces under General Hood invade Tennessee to try to draw Sherman away from his March to the Sea
  • 1942  Soviet counter-offensive at Stalingrad encircles and traps a quarter million German troops
  • 1954  Humane Society of the United States is founded
  • 1963  President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas (b. 1917), Texas by communist Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 1977  Supersonic transcontinental passenger service begins with British Airways Concorde
  • 1988  B-2 “stealth” bomber is revealed to the public
  • 1990  President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush have Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia
  • 1994  Murder suspect Bennie Lee Lawson opens fire in Washington, D.C. police station; 2 FBI agents, 1 policeman, and the gunman die
  • 1998  60 Minutes airs videotape of Dr. Jack Kevorkian euthanizing patient Thomas Youk; he will serve 8 years in prison for murder
  • 2001  American entrepreneur, author, and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics Mark Kay Ash dies in Dallas, Texas (b. 1918)

Lost and Found – August 28th Edition

What to remember about August 28th…

  • 1774  Elizabeth Ann Bayley is born in New York City; founder of 1st Catholic school in America and later canonized as St. Elizabeth
  • 1862  Union and Confederate forces clash near Washington, D.C.; 2nd Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) begins
  • 1907  19-year-old James E. “Jim” Casey borrows $100 from a friend to established the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington; becomes United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • 1917  Suffragists protesting President Wilson’s failure to support their right to vote are arrested outside the White House
  • 1941  German SS General Franz Jaeckeln orders more than 23,000 Hungarian Jews machine-gunned in Ukraine
  • 1957  Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC) protests proposed Civil Rights Act of 1957; longest, non-stop filibuster by a single Senator
  • 1963  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, gives I Have A Dream speech to 250,000 in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.; defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.
  • 1966  Soviet Union announces that it is training North Vietnamese pilots to combat American planes at secret base
  • 1968  Thousands clash with police in demonstrations against the Vietnam War at Democrat National Convention
  • 2005  Hurricane Katrina strengthens to Category Five
  • 2008  Barack Hussein Obama accepts nomination of the Democratic Party to be their candidate for President of the United States
  • 2010  Hundreds of thousands gather on the Washington Mall for Restoring Honor Rally; calls for return to faith and founding principles

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – AFP/Getty Images

Lost and Found – May 19th Edition

What to remember about May 19th…

  • 1795 American patriot, physician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Josiah Bartlett dies in Kingston, New Hampshire (b. 1729)
  • 1795  American entrepreneur and philanthropist Johns Hopkins is born in Maryland (d. 1873); founder of hospitals, universities, and schools
  • 1848  Mexico ratifies Treaty of Hidalgo ending Mexican-American War; United States is ceded most of the Southwest for $15 million
  • 1864  President Lincoln writes to Congress urging that widows and orphans should be treated equally regardless of race
  • 1943  President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill set May 1, 1944 as date for Allied invasion at Normandy; D-Day set in motion
  • 1962  Actress and singer Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday Mr. President” at gala celebrating upcoming 45th birthday of John F. Kennedy
  • 1986  President Reagan signs Firearms Owners Protection Act prohibiting federal government from keeping a registry of firearms owners
  • 1994  Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies at home of cancer (b. 1929); wife of President John F. Kennedy
  • 2001  The 1st Apple stores open their doors; they are located in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the same day in Glendale, California
  • 2011  President Obama gives speech stating that Israel must revert its borders back to the pre-1967 borders to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Molon labe - come and take them (if you can)

Lost and Found – November 22nd Edition

What to remember about November 22nd…

Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

  • 1718  Infamous English pirate Edward “Blackbeard” Teach is killed by battle with British Navy off North Carolina coast
  • 1783  President of Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation John Hanson dies (b. 1721); he is America’s 1st President, though not under the finally adopted Constitution
  • 1864  Confederate forces under General Hood invade Tennessee to try to draw Sherman away from his March to the Sea
  • 1942  Soviet counter-offensive at Stalingrad encircles and traps a quarter million German troops
  • 1954  Humane Society of the United States is founded
  • 1963  President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas (b. 1917), Texas by communist Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 1977  Supersonic transcontinental passenger service begins with British Airways Concorde
  • 1988  B-2 “stealth” bomber is revealed to the public
  • 1990  President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush have Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia
  • 1994  Murder suspect Bennie Lee Lawson opens fire in Washington, D.C. police station; 2 FBI agents, 1 policeman, and the gunman die
  • 1998  60 Minutes airs videotape of Dr. Jack Kevorkian euthanizing patient Thomas Youk; he will serve 8 years in prison for murder
  • 2001  American entrepreneur, author, and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics Mark Kay Ash dies in Dallas, Texas (b. 1918)

I Want To Gow Up And Be A Crony Capitalist

From the mouths of babes we get a perfect understanding of what has infected not just our economy but our political system as well.

Government Didn’t Build It

The most revealing thing Obama has said during the 2012 campaign continues to bite him on the butt… and HARD.  The reaction of business owners to his “you didn’t build that” comment continues with all of the creativity and intensity and energy that are the hallmarks of the American entrepreneurial spirit.

From roadside signs to refusing the use of your business as a campaign photo-op for the Vice President, business owners are expressing their long pent-up frustration at a government that has “erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”  However, the owner of Davenport, Iowa Village Corner Deli did agree to cater an event during President Obama’s recent visit.  He just made sure that he wore a Mitt Romney campaign shirt while doing it.

The outrage over the President’s comments has taken on a life of its own.  Weeks later the controversy has only sharpened as the true import of what was said is examined.  In one of the notoriously long comment threads over at the Ace Of Spades HQ, a poster summarized his feelings of anger, frustration, and betrayal that Obama’s statements have brought to the surface – and the forefront of the campaign.

129 As a small business owner all I can say is that I think the current sentiment in the small business community is that we didn’t sign up for this shit. Y’all can vote for whatever the hell you want but we are not going to be a part of it.

I have seen more owners get out of the business or retire in the past couple of years than ever before and with the ACA on the horizon the jobs these businesses produced will not be replaced. The economics no longer work. This is why unemployment is always so high in socialist countries. What you have to go through to have employees is just brutal.

But here’s the thing about what Obama said — he has it exactly backwards. The government didn’t build any of that shit he is talking about — we built it. We are the ones who paid for it. Not only did we build our businesses we built the schools and the roads and everything else he thinks was generated out of thin air. If you want to get technical about it the businesses and taxpayers that came along before we did built it all and now we are building what comes next.

And not only that, but we did it with the albatross of a predatory, corrupt and overbearing government hanging around our necks at every juncture.

And now we have had enough…

Go read the whole thing here.

No advertising agency or focus group could have developed a campaign with as much impact as Obama’s own un-telepromptered disdain for free market capitalism.  Statements like these demonstrate daily to the American people why the economy is where it is.  Government did build this…

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More posts on Obama’s “you didn’t build that” fiasco:

Forget The Bridge To Nowhere: How About A Bridge To Anywhere

Where is the bridge to anywhere?

A week ago Obama’s uttered his disastrous statement to small business owners that you “didn’t get there on your own” .  Nice to hear again what you really feel about entrepreneurship and capitalism.  The President went on to tell us that “When we invested in the Hoover Dam or the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Internet, sending a man to the moon – all those things benefited everybody. And so that’s the vision that I want to carry forward.”

Mark Steyn takes him to task on what President Obama has actually built.  With trillions in new debt, there should be some great signature public work that the Spender-in-Chief could point to.  Where is it?

“the Golden Gate cost at the time $35 million – or about $530 million today. So, for the cost of Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill alone, we could have had 1,567 Golden Gate Bridges…”

And what of the President’s talk of the great Hoover Dam?  He seems a little confused policy-wise when you look back only a month to comments from his own Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior. Deanna Archuleta said in a speech to Democratic environmentalists in Nevada that “you will never see another federal dam.”

Steyn succinctly points out in his article that “Instead of roads and bridges, Obama-sized government funds stasis and sclerosis: The Hoover Dam of regulatory obstruction, the Golden Gateway to dependency.”  Take a moment and read the whole thing.

(Hat tip to the Ace of Spades HQ.

So, We Didn’t Build It? (Video)

After President Obama’s asinine statement that “…look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own.”, the backlash has been palpable.  Entrepreneurs, business people, inventors, and every day folks that have a basic grasp of free market economics have been pushing back.

The media says that the comments were taken out of context.  Well, I argue that his comments were the un-telepromptered truth.  Read the text here for context.

Governor Romney has it right when he says “President Obama attacks success, and therefore under Obama we have less success.”  To push that point home, the campaign has released a new video.

Let’s Check Obama’s credentials.

Here’s what Obama is trying to say.

And here is what a real leader says about American progress and success.