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Lost and Found – October 17th Edition

What to remember about October 17th…

    • 1777  British surrender 5000 troops after losing 2nd Battle of Sarasota; French recognize American independence
    • 1781  British forces request ceasefire at Yorktown
    • 1814  Brewery flood of 300,000 gallons of beer destroys 2 homes and drowns 8 in London, England
    • 1835  Voters pass resolution establishing Texas Rangers
    • 1968  Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are stripped of their medals for executing the black-power salute during medal awards ceremony
    • 1973  OPEC announces it is cutting oil exports to nations that assisted Israel during the Yom Kippur War; energy crisis
    • 1978  President Carter signs bill restoring citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis
    • 1979  Law creating Department of Education is signed
    • 1989  Deadliest earthquake in 80 years strikes San Francisco as World Series is about to begin

Lost and Found – October 17th Edition

What to remember about October 17th…

  • 1777  British surrender 5000 troops after losing 2nd Battle of Saratoga; French recognize American independence
  • 1781  British forces request ceasefire at Yorktown
  • 1814  Brewery flood of 300,000 gallons of beer destroys 2 homes and drowns 8 in London, England
  • 1835  Voters pass resolution establishing Texas Rangers
  • 1931  Chicago gangster boss Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion; sentenced to 11 years in prison
  • 1968  Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are stripped of their medals for executing the black-power salute during medal awards ceremony; white athlete also stripped of medal and banned from future Olympic competition
  • 1973  OPEC announces it is cutting oil exports to nations that assisted Israel during the Yom Kippur War; energy crisis
  • 1978  President Carter signs bill restoring citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis
  • 1979  Law creating Department of Education is signed
  • 1989  Deadliest earthquake in 80 years strikes San Francisco as Baseball’s World Series is about to begin

Lost and Found – September 27th Edition

What to remember about September 27th…

  • 1722  American revolutionary leader Samuel Adams is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1803)
  • 1777  Lancaster, Pennsylvania is capital of United States for one day as Congress meets there while fleeing from Philadelphia
  • 1779  Continental Congress appoints John Adams to negotiate treaties for America in Europe
  • 1854  Luxury ship Arctic strikes steamer Vesta in fog off Newfoundland; 322 die in the 1st modern naval disaster
  • 1938  President Franklin Roosevelt writes to Chancellor Adolf Hitler in an appeal for peace
  • 1941 SS Patrick Henry is launched; she is the 1st of more than 2700 Liberty ships that will be built for WWII
  • 1954  The Tonight Show debuts on television; Steve Allen is the 1st of many hosts
  • 1979  Congress establishes the Department of Education as the 13th Cabinet position
  • 1994  Over 350 Republican congressional candidates sign the 10-point Contract with America
  • 1997  NASA loses contact with Sojourner rover; historical Mars Pathfinder mission comes to an end

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Lost and Found – October 17th Edition

What to remember about October 17th…

  • 1777  British surrender 5000 troops after losing 2nd Battle of Saratoga; French recognize American independence
  • 1781  British forces request ceasefire at Yorktown
  • 1814  Brewery flood of 300,000 gallons of beer destroys 2 homes and drowns 8 in London, England
  • 1835  Voters pass resolution establishing Texas Rangers
  • 1931  Chicago gangster boss Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion; sentenced to 11 years in prison
  • 1968  Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are stripped of their medals for executing the black-power salute during medal awards ceremony; white athlete also stripped of medal and banned from future Olympic competition
  • 1973  OPEC announces it is cutting oil exports to nations that assisted Israel during the Yom Kippur War; energy crisis
  • 1978  President Carter signs bill restoring citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis
  • 1979  Law creating Department of Education is signed
  • 1989  Deadliest earthquake in 80 years strikes San Francisco as Baseball’s World Series is about to begin

Lost and Found – September 27th Edition

What to remember about September 27th…

  • 1722  American revolutionary leader Samuel Adams is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1803)
  • 1777  Lancaster, Pennsylvania is capital of United States for one day as Congress meets there while fleeing from Philadelphia
  • 1779  Continental Congress appoints John Adams to negotiate treaties for America in Europe
  • 1854  Luxury ship Arctic strikes steamer Vesta in fog off Newfoundland; 322 die in the 1st modern naval disaster
  • 1938  President Franklin Roosevelt writes to Chancellor Adolf Hitler in an appeal for peace
  • 1941 SS Patrick Henry is launched; she is the 1st of more than 2700 Liberty ships that will be built for WWII
  • 1954  The Tonight Show debuts on television; Steve Allen is the 1st of many hosts
  • 1979  Congress establishes the Department of Education as the 13th Cabinet position
  • 1994  Over 350 Republican congressional candidates sign the 10-point Contract with America
  • 1997  NASA loses contact with Sojourner rover; historical Mars Pathfinder mission comes to an end

samuel adams gun rights quote

Lost and Found – October 17th Edition

What to remember about October 17th…

  • 1777  British surrender 5000 troops after losing 2nd Battle of Saratoga; French recognize American independence
  • 1781  British forces request ceasefire at Yorktown
  • 1814  Brewery flood of 300,000 gallons of beer destroys 2 homes and drowns 8 in London, England
  • 1835  Voters pass resolution establishing Texas Rangers
  • 1931  Chicago gangster boss Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion; sentenced to 11 years in prison
  • 1968  Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are stripped of their medals for executing the black-power salute during medal awards ceremony
  • 1973  OPEC announces it is cutting oil exports to nations that assisted Israel during the Yom Kippur War; energy crisis
  • 1978  President Carter signs bill restoring citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis
  • 1979  Law creating Department of Education is signed
  • 1989  Deadliest earthquake in 80 years strikes San Francisco as Baseball’s World Series is about to begin

Lost and Found – September 27th Edition

What to remember about September 27th…

  • 1722  American revolutionary leader Samuel Adams is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1803)
  • 1777  Lancaster, Pennsylvania is capital of United States for one day as Congress meets there while fleeing from Philadelphia
  • 1779  Continental Congress appoints John Adams to negotiate treaties for America in Europe
  • 1854  Luxury ship Arctic strikes steamer Vesta in fog off Newfoundland; 322 die in the 1st modern naval disaster
  • 1938  President Franklin Roosevelt writes to Chancellor Adolf Hitler in an appeal for peace
  • 1941 SS Patrick Henry is launched; she is the 1st of more than 2700 Liberty ships that will be built for WWII
  • 1954  The Tonight Show debuts on television; Steve Allen is the 1st of many hosts
  • 1979  Congress establishes the Department of Education as the 13th Cabinet position
  • 1994  Over 350 Republican congressional candidates sign the 10-point Contract with America
  • 1997  NASA loses contact with Sojourner rover; historical Mars Pathfinder mission comes to an end

samuel adams gun rights quote

Commencement Speaches You’ll Never Hear

Digging through the detritus at the ever thoughtful and sarcastic Iowahawk , I recently uncovered his never-to-be-delivered commencement speech.  It begins, appropriately enough, with the following:

Welcome distinguished faculty, honored guests, and bankrupt parents. And above all, welcome to you – the eager and unemployable graduates of the Class of 2011.

Today represents the culmination of a long safari through the murky thickets of this impenetrable rain forest we call “higher education.” Just a few years ago you arrived for your freshman orientation, full of wide-eyed anticipation and existential dread, wondering if this place would eat you alive. Soon though – through luck, pluck, and enormous amounts of mind altering substances – you adapted to your new surroundings. You learned to communicate in the natives’ strange gibberish and follow their bizarre rituals. You learned which taboo words and thoughts to avoid, and how not provoke the cannibals. And finally, today, as you stumble out of that misty, bewildering glade and across this stage, you will receive the ultimate acknowledgement of your successful journey through the heart of darkness: a college diploma.

Eerily enough it echoes the sentiments brought forth on the air and in his book The Terrible Truth About Liberals by nationally syndicated Libertarian talk-show host Neal Boortz.  Just as Iowahawk’s missive, this wakeup call for the entitlement generation is disguised as a commencement speech.  Unfortunately it has never been delivered.  The message however has.

I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion. It’s about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you; you’ll have enough smoke blown your way today. And you can bet your tassels I’m not here to impress the faculty and administration.

You may not like much of what I have to say, and that’s fine. This isn’t the first time you’re not going to like what someone has to say … your bosses, for instance. Things change today. There will be a lot less pandering to your every whim, and a lot more demands for performance. You will remember what I had to say though. Especially after about 10 years out there in the real world. This, of course, does not apply to those of you who will seek your careers and your fortunes as government employees … or as college professors.

With graduation approaching for another crop, I urge you to go read both of these.  Share the lessons and warnings with any graduate you can get to listen.  Even better, if you still have children in school, inoculate them now against what is coming their way.

Lost and Found – October 17th Edition

What to remember about October 17th…

    • 1777  British surrender 5000 troops after losing 2nd Battle of Sarasota; French recognize American independence
    • 1781  British forces request ceasefire at Yorktown
    • 1814  Brewery flood of 300,000 gallons of beer destroys 2 homes and drowns 8 in London, England
    • 1835  Voters pass resolution establishing Texas Rangers
    • 1968  Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are stripped of their medals for executing the black-power salute during medal awards ceremony
    • 1973  OPEC announces it is cutting oil exports to nations that assisted Israel during the Yom Kippur War; energy crisis
    • 1978  President Carter signs bill restoring citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis
    • 1979  Law creating Department of Education is signed
    • 1989  Deadliest earthquake in 80 years strikes San Francisco as World Series is about to begin

Lost and Found – September 27th Edition

What to remember about September 27th…

    • 1722  American revolutionary leader Samuel Adams is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1803)
    • 1777  Lancaster, Pennsylvania is capital of United States for one day as Congress meets there while fleeing from Philadelphia
    • 1779  Continental Congress appoints John Adams to negotiate treaties for America in Europe
    • 1854  Luxury ship Arctic strikes steamer Vesta in fog off Newfoundland; 322 die in the 1st modern naval disaster
    • 1938  President Franklin Roosevelt writes to Chancellor Adolf Hitler in an appeal for peace
    • 1941 SS Patrick Henry is launched; she is the 1st of more than 2700 Liberty ships that will be built for WWII
    • 1954  The Tonight Show debuts on television; Steve Allen is the 1st of many hosts
    • 1979  Congress establishes the Department of Education as the 13th Cabinet position
    • 1994  Over 350 Republican congressional candidates sign the 10-point Contract with America
    • 1997  NASA loses contact with Sojourner rover; historical Mars Pathfinder mission comes to an end