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Lost and Found – August 24th Edition

What to remember about August 24th…

  • 1814  British march into, capture, and then burn Washington D.C.; have dinner in White house before setting it on fire
  • 1857  Financial Panic of 1857 begins; widespread failures of insurance, land, and railroad businesses cause financial crises that isn’t resolved until the beginning of the Civil War
  • 1912  Congress passes the Second Organic Act of 1912 forming the Territory of Alaska
  • 1954  U.S. Congress passes the Communist Control Act; falls short of outlawing communism or the party
  • 1955  Mike Huckabee, American pastor, politician and author is born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1970  Vietnam War protestors set off 2000 pound bomb at Sterling Hall on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus
  • 1981  Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon
  • 1992  Category 5 hurricane Andrew strikes Florida; 3rd most devastating storm in U.S. history
  • 2006  The International Astronomical Union votes to strip Pluto of its status as a planet

University of Wisconsin–Madison Sterling Hall Bombing Aftermath

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

Lost and Found – July 31st Edition

What to remember about July 31st…

  • 1777  Continental Congress commissions Marquis de Lafayette as an unpaid Major General in the Continental Army
  • 1875  Former 17th President of the United States Andrew Johnson dies in Tennessee of a suspected stroke (b. 1808)
  • 1912  American economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman is born in Brooklyn, New York, the man that saved America from Jimmy Carter’s stagflation and saved capitalism
  • 1941  Herman Goering sends order to Heydrich to create a plan for a “final solution to the Jewish situation”; Holocaust planning begins
  • 1965  English author J.K. Rowling is born; creator of the Harry Potter books series
  • 1971  Astronauts from Apollo 15 take first ride aboard the Lunar Rover on the surface of the Moon
  • 2007  Operation Banner, the British occupation of Northern Ireland, ends after 38 years

milton friedman

Lost and Found – July 15th Edition

What to remember about July 15th…

  • 1783 The first successful steamboat Pyroscaphe sails in France on the River Saône; built by Claude-François-Dorothée de Jouffroy
  • 1799  The Rosetta Stone is found in an Egyptian village during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign; allows translation of hieroglyphics
  • 1862  Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas attacks Admiral Farragut’s Union fleet damaging more than a dozen vessels
  • 1870  Georgia is readmitted to the Union; it is that last state to rejoin after the end of the Civil War
  • 1933  American Wiley Post begins first solo flight around the world
  • 1964  Barry Goldwater nominated for President by Republican Party
  • 1975  In simultaneous launches, Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 are launched to begin joint Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
  • 1979  President Jimmy Carter gives speech on television about our national “crisis of confidence”; misquoted as the “malaise” speech
  • 1988  Movie “Die Hard” opens; actor Bruce Willis rises to stardom
  • 2002  “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh accepts plea bargain of 20-years; he was captured fighting for the Afghan Taliban

 

Lost and Found – December 27th Edition

What to remember about December 27th…

  • 1831  British naturalist Charles Darwin leaves England aboard HMS Beagle on surveying expedition of southern Atlantic and Pacific
  • 1836  American pioneer and “Father of Texas” Stephen Fuller Austin dies of pneumonia (b. 1793)
  • 1941  Rationing program begins in U.S. when federal Office of Price Administration mandates no driver can own more than five tires
  • 1944  FDR orders the National Guard to seize Montgomery Ward plants because of refusals to allow unionization
  • 1945  International Monetary Fund and World Bank are created; agreement to organize was signed in July at the Breton Woods Conference
  • 1968  Crew of Apollo 8 splashes down safely after becoming 1st humans to orbit the Moon
  • 1979  Soviets begin to send an additional 75,000 troops to Afghanistan in 10-year bid to support puppet communist regime
  • 2002  Raëlian bishop and Clonaid CEO Brigitte Boisselier announces 1st human reproductive cloning success with birth of baby Eve; scientists sceptical and no proof ever supplied
  • 2012  General H. Norman Schwarzkopf dies in Tampa, FL. (b. 1934); led coalition forces to victory during Gulf War in 1991

wwii rationing poster

Labor Day Lies

Reposted from last year.  Still on the mark.

*****

Labor Day marks the end of lots of things – summer is over, no more backyard barbeques, swimming pools close, and you have to put away your white shoes.  What the holiday also marks is a declining free market and fair labor practices in America.

“Labor Day is an occasion upon which highly paid union men have the day off to do some shopping at retail stores staffed almost exclusively by non-union workers (if you’re in retail, you’re working on Labor Day), to have cookouts in backyards maintained by non-union (and often illegal) workers, and to otherwise enjoy the delectable fruits of hypocrisy.”, Red Monday

Why we have this love affair with a Canadian-born, crypto-Communist holiday that would more appropriately be held on May 1st is beyond me.  Everyone likes a day off, but why should we honor union bosses that have betrayed their members by being bought off in Obama’s race for socialized medicine.  Why do we perpetuate the myth that Democrats care about the welfare of the American people when their agenda is all about maintaining control by buying off constituencies or enslaving them to the welfare plantation?  You mean to tell me that refusing black children vouchers that allow them to escape failed government schools and have a hope of a better life celebrates the spirit of hope and opportunity that this nation was founded on?

Bull!

Forget celebrating big labor and their union thugs.  Forget about celebrating the “failed everywhere it’s been tried” socialist ideas and programs of the Democrats.  Forget the politics of racial division and identity.

Instead, let’s celebrate freedom.  Let’s celebrate the courage of the American entrepreneur.  Let’s take a day and celebrate the hope of a better life for everyone through equal opportunity, equal access, and equal freedom.

For more on the history of Labor Day, what it celebrates, and it fails to represent the ideals and aspirations of a freedom loving American people, check out “Red Monday” By Kevin D. Williamson at National Review Online.

communist party

Picture credit to Tom Burns, illustrator / graphic designer.

The Genius Of Milton Friedman

Today marks the 101st birthday of Nobel Prize-winning conservative economist Milton Friedman.  Remember him?  He is the conservative economist that rescued the U.S. economy from President Carter’s stagflation [i.e. rising inflation and unemployment] and gave us Reagan’s recovery miracle.  He led the to disassemble the central planning nightmare that progressives and bureaucrats had inflicted upon this nation.  Many on Wall Street and in the business world believe he is the man who saved capitalism and therefore America.

Here are a few of his observations and ideas on government that should be dusted off and tossed at the left daily:

  • “Governments never learn. Only people learn.”
  • “If you put the Federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”
  • “Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.”
  • “I think the government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse.”
  • “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”
  • “I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it’s possible.”

And then there are his ideas on freedom:

  • “Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”
  • “Every friend of freedom… must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence.”
  • “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”
  • “Because we live in a largely free society, we tend to forget how limited is the span of time and the part of the globe for which there has ever been anything like political freedom: the typical state of mankind is tyranny, servitude, and misery.”
  • “Life is unfair.”

Milton Friedman on freedom

The progressive left has made an idol of big governance.  They have infiltrated all levels of government and they control the indoctrination of our children.  When they toss the ideas and ideals of great men like Friedman into the dustbin, they add more links to the chains that bind our once-great nation in poverty, stagnation, and ignorance.

Lost and Found – July 31st Edition

What to remember about July 31st…

  • 1777  Continental Congress commissions Marquis de Lafayette as an unpaid Major General in the Continental Army
  • 1875  Former 17th President of the United States Andrew Johnson dies in Tennessee of a suspected stroke (b. 1808)
  • 1912  American economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman is born in Brooklyn, New York, the man that saved America from Jimmy Carter’s stagflation and saved capitalism
  • 1941  Herman Goering sends order to Heydrich to create a plan for the “final solution of the Jewish situation”; Holocaust planning begins
  • 1965  English author J.K. Rowling is born; creator of the Harry Potter books series
  • 1971  Astronauts from Apollo 15 take first ride aboard the Lunar Rover on the surface of the Moon
  • 2007  Operation Banner, the British occupation of Northern Ireland, ends after 38 years

milton friedman

Lost and Found – July 15th Edition

What to remember about July 15th…

  • 1783 The first successful steamboat Pyroscaphe sails in France on the River Saône; built by Claude-François-Dorothée de Jouffroy
  • 1799  The Rosetta Stone is found in an Egyptian village during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign; allows translation of hieroglyphics
  • 1862  Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas attacks Admiral Farragut’s Union fleet damaging more than a dozen vessels
  • 1870  Georgia is readmitted to the Union; it is that last state to rejoin after the end of the Civil War
  • 1933  American Wiley Post begins first solo flight around the world
  • 1964  Barry Goldwater nominated for President by Republican Party
  • 1975  In simultaneous launches, Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 are launched to begin joint Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
  • 1979  President Jimmy Carter gives speech on television about our national “crisis of confidence”; misquoted as the “malaise” speech
  • 1988  Movie “Die Hard” opens; actor Bruce Willis rises to stardom
  • 2002  “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh accepts plea bargain of 20-years; he was captured fighting for the Afghan Taliban

 

Lost and Found – December 27th Edition

What to remember about December 27th…

  • 1831  British naturalist Charles Darwin leaves England aboard HMS Beagle on surveying expedition of southern Atlantic and Pacific
  • 1836  American pioneer and “Father of Texas” Stephen Fuller Austin dies of pneumonia (b. 1793)
  • 1941  Rationing program begins in U.S. when federal Office of Price Administration mandates no driver can own more than five tires
  • 1944  FDR orders the National Guard to seize Montgomery Ward plants because of refusals to allow unionization
  • 1945  International Monetary Fund and World Bank are created; agreement to organize was signed in July at the Breton Woods Conference
  • 1968  Crew of Apollo 8 splashes down safely after becoming 1st humans to orbit the Moon
  • 1979  Soviets begin to send an additional 75,000 troops to Afghanistan in 10-year bid to support puppet communist regime
  • 2002  Raëlian bishop and Clonaid CEO Brigitte Boisselier announces 1st human reproductive cloning success with birth of baby Eve; scientists sceptical and no proof ever supplied
  • 2012  General H. Norman Schwarzkopf dies in Tampa, FL. (b. 1934); led coalition forces to victory during Gulf War in 1991

wwii rationing poster