Tag Archives: financial morass

Lost and Found – September 7th Edition

What to remember about September 7th…

  • 1776  World’s 1st submarine attack; American submersible Turtle attempts to destroy British flagship in New York harbor
  • 1813  Nickname Uncle Sam is coined for the United States; attributed to businessman Samuel Wilson
  • 1864  Union General William Tecumseh Sherman orders residents of Atlanta to evacuate the city
  • 1896  Electric car wins the 1st automobile race held in America
  • 1936  American musician and songwriter Charles Harden “Buddy” Holley is born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1940  300 German aircraft bomb London for the 1st of 57 consecutive nights, the “blitz” has begun
  • 1977  President Carter signs treaty giving up American control of the Panama Canal
  • 1997  American F-22 Raptor flies for the 1st time
  • 2008  Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are taken over by the federal government

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Lost and Found – September 15th Edition

What to remember about September 15th…

  • 1779  French fleet blockading Savannah, Georgia captures 2 British frigates and 2 supply ships
  • 1794  James Madison marries Dolly Payne Todd
  • 1835  Naturalist Charles Darwin reaches the Galapagos Islands aboard the HMS Beagle
  • 1857  President William Howard Taft is born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1862  Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson captures Harpers Ferry, Virginia and 12,000 Union troops
  • 1916  Tanks are used in battle for the 1st time by Britain at the Battle of the Somme
  • 1935  Nuremberg Laws are passed in Germany; Jews are stripped of their civil rights; Nazis adopt the swastika for their flag
  • 1950  U.S. forces under General MacArthur  make surprise amphibious assault at Inchon and capture the city
  • 1981  Senate Judiciary Committee approves Sandra Day O’Connor to become the 1st female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2008  158-year old financial firm Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history

British Mark IV Tank

Lost and Found – September 7th Edition

What to remember about September 7th…

  • 1776  World’s 1st submarine attack; American submersible Turtle attempts to destroy British flagship in New York harbor
  • 1813  Nickname Uncle Sam is coined for the United States; attributed to businessman Samuel Wilson
  • 1864  Union General William Tecumseh Sherman orders residents of Atlanta to evacuate the city
  • 1896  Electric car wins the 1st automobile race held in America
  • 1936  American musician and songwriter Charles Harden “Buddy” Holley is born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1940  300 German aircraft bomb London for the 1st of 57 consecutive nights, the “blitz” has begun
  • 1977  President Carter signs treaty giving up American control of the Panama Canal
  • 1997  American F-22 Raptor flies for the 1st time
  • 2008  Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are taken over by the federal government

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 – December 11th Edition

What to remember about December 11th…

  • 1725  George Mason IV is born in Virginia (d. 1792); patriot, Constitutional Convention delegate, and “Father of the Bill of Rights”
  • 1777  General Washington halts march to Valley Forge as American and British forces stumble upon each other at river crossing
  • 1816  Indiana is admitted to the Union as 19th state
  • 1862  Union troops cross river into Fredericksburg, Virginia hoping to take the city from Army of Northern Virginia
  • 1941  Hitler’s Germany declares war on United States; Italy follows suit
  • 1972  Landing module of Apollo 17 touches down; last human visit to the Moon begins
  • 2008  Financier con man Bernie Madoff is arrested in New York City for $65 billion Ponzi Scheme
  • 2008  Police recover remains of murdered 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in a garbage bag near the family home in Orlando, Florida

washington at valley forge

Lost and Found – September 15th Edition

What to remember about September 15th…

  • 1779  French fleet blockading Savannah, Georgia captures 2 British frigates and 2 supply ships
  • 1794  James Madison marries Dolly Payne Todd
  • 1835  Naturalist Charles Darwin reaches the Galapagos Islands aboard the HMS Beagle
  • 1857  President William Howard Taft is born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1862  Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson captures Harpers Ferry, Virginia and 12,000 Union troops
  • 1916  Tanks are used in battle for the 1st time by Britain at the Battle of the Somme
  • 1935  Nuremberg Laws are passed in Germany; Jews are stripped of their civil rights; Nazis adopt the swastika for their flag
  • 1950  U.S. forces under General MacArthur  make surprise amphibious assault at Inchon and capture the city
  • 1981  Senate Judiciary Committee approves Sandra Day O’Connor to become the 1st female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2008  158-year old financial firm Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history

British Mark IV Tank

Lost and Found – September 7th Edition

What to remember about September 7th…

  • 1776  World’s 1st submarine attack; American submersible Turtle attempts to destroy British flagship in New York harbor
  • 1813  Nickname Uncle Sam is coined for the United States; attributed to businessman Samuel Wilson
  • 1864  Union General William Tecumseh Sherman orders residents of Atlanta to evacuate the city
  • 1896  Electric car wins the 1st automobile race held in America
  • 1936  American musician and songwriter Charles Harden “Buddy” Holley is born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1940  300 German aircraft bomb London for the 1st of 57 consecutive nights, the “blitz” has begun
  • 1977  President Carter signs treaty giving up American control of the Panama Canal
  • 1997  American F-22 Raptor flies for the 1st time
  • 2008  Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are taken over by the federal government

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

Let Them Eat Pizza!

Let Them Eat Pizza! – Posted on MySpace April 10th, 2009 at 11:33 am

Anyone that follows politics is used to hypocrisy. Our current system is so compromised by cronyism, pay-for-play, and outright fraud that we have become desensitized to it. Could this actually be part of the plan? I mean, we have the heads of the Senate and House committees on banking not just taking contributions from the bailed out but still failing banks and financial institutions they are supposed to oversee, but actually getting mortgages with their help. The savior appointed to head the Treasury Department is not only a tax cheat, he’s the guy that for 2 years formulated government financial policy leading up to the current economic crisis. There are even government agencies searching the backgrounds of private citizens because they have the temerity to question or disagree with the policies of the current administration. What happened to the rally cry of the left shouted so loudly these last 8 years… “Dissent is patriotic”? Apparently the cry can’t be heard because their mouths are full of pizza.

Here we have an administration that claims that the environment is a more critical issue than the state of the American economy. The situation is so dire that we need to regulate not just what cars you can buy, what temperature your thermostat can be set at, but even the amount of CO2 you exhale. Apparently we must be told how to act for our own safety. We, the people, are no longer competent to run our own lives in the face of this impending apocalypse. We must be ruled, ruled by those that can make tough choices and tell us of the sacrifices necessary for our future. But sacrifice is for the common man, not our ruling elite.

Our leaders must have the freedom to act on our behalf. They need the freedom to fly in private jets to tropical islands to discuss the dangers we face from our own irresponsibility. They need the freedom to tax American industries for their pollution and then give that money to other nations so that they can build their economies in an eco-friendly manner even though Americans at home need jobs. They need the freedom to monitor your home energy consumption and to limit it when they feel you are abusing the privilege of paying for the energy you use. They deserve the freedom to order take-out pizza from 800 miles away with your tax money while they compose regulations that will tax the producers of the food you eat and raise the price of your groceries. ….America truly is the land of the free.

The Beast

The Beast – Posted on MySpace February 13th, 2009 at 2:24 am

As I peer deeper and deeper into the financial morass that now spreads before us, I am reminded of a quote by Friedrich Nietzsche… “Whoever battles monsters should take care not to become a monster too, for if you stare long enough into the Abyss, the Abyss stares also into you.”  This is the situation that confronted and overwhelmed the Republican Congress beginning in 2000. They had fought the socialist monster and its spendthrift ways only to eventually embrace them as their memories and convictions failed. They had tasted the forbidden fruit of power and sold their political souls for individual gain. This selfishness weakened their cause until the real monster once again reared its gloating head and devoured its misbegotten progeny.

Today we face great economic difficulties. Rising joblessness, home foreclosure rates, and bank instability are compounded with falling earnings, a weakened dollar, and great consumer unrest. These are measurable weaknesses whose causes and cures economists can debate endlessly and without surety or consensus. Despite the dire nature of these circumstances, these sad and distressing facts are not what truly endangers us as free people.

In its earliest days, America was dreamed of first and foremost as a land of freedom. The opportunity to begin again, to be treated equally and fairly, to find all the success that our natural talents and will would afford us was what generations sacrificed to achieve, live out, and protect. No one immigrated to this new land for security or handouts or codling. Immigration was for a chance, or even a hope of a chance at a better life through the opportunities to be found here.

Today, the average American has had that desire for freedom bred or educated out of them. We are a culture that envies and covets what we don’t have and despises those that have actually worked to achieve something greater than their fellows. Culturally we worship celebrity and vulgarity while mocking ethics and morality and industriousness. Society rewards sloth and selfishness by ignoring consequences and subsidizing failure. This state we find ourselves in shows not only that we have wandered from the path that led to America’s foundation, we have turned our backs on that path.

Government has in the past 100 years done much to cultivate and encourage the trends that have led us here. America is reaping the fruits of the politician’s labors while we stand with bile in our throats but no words on our tongues. We now face the prospect of massive generational debt, huge increases in government and union workforces, invasions of our medical privacy, loss of control over our own medical decisions, and the socialization of American industry and banking.

Because of this and other affronts that lie unseen on the horizon, I find that there is a great rage building in me. This rage is a beast being fed by soulless politicians that sell our children’s birthrights before they can take their first breaths. The beast grows in strength when bureaucrats see themselves as tha shepherds of the American citizenry instead of its servants. More fodder feeds the beast when our elected leaders tell us what is good for us and ignore our wishes and concerns. The beast is strong and has grown large as the Beast in Washington has feasted on our freedoms and our fears.

I remember what can happen when you fight monsters, you may become one even in pursuit of victory. With this in mind, I keep my beast caged. I harness it. I will use its strength and its voice to make sure that free Americans know what is happening to them and why. Maybe if enough of us find our beast and resist becoming it, the abyss can be traversed. Maybe we can find our path down into through, and back out into the light. America can find its way back into the light. That light is freedom.