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Lost and Found – January 22nd Edition

What to remember about January 22nd…

  • 1740  Patriot General and spy Noah Phelps is born in Simsbury, Connecticut; infiltrated Ft. Ticonderoga alone to help plan its capture
  • 1840  1st British settlers arrive in New Zealand near Auckland
  • 1879  Battle of Rorke’s Drift; 139 British troops hold off over 4000 Zulu warriors
  • 1890  United Mine Workers of America is founded in Ohio
  • 1901  Queen Victoria of Great Britain dies ending her 63-year reign
  • 1917  In his address to the U.S. Senate, President Woodrow Wilson proposes “peace without victory” in effort to end World War I
  • 1957  George P. “Mad Bomber” Metesky arrested in Connecticut; planted more than 30 bombs in New York area over 16 years
  • 1970  Boeing 747 “jumbo jet” makes 1st scheduled commercial flight
  • 1973  Supreme Court rules to decriminalize abortion with their decision in Roe v. Wade; over 50 million abortions since this decision
  • 1973  Former President Lyndon B. Johnson dies at home in Texas (b. 1908)
  • 1998  Murderer and serial bomber Theodore “Ted” J. Kaczynski pleads guilty to 17 years of Unabomber attacks; sentenced to life in prison
  • 2008  Australian-born, Oscar-nominated actor Heath Ledger dies abusing prescription medications
  • 2009  President Barack Hussein Obama II announces he will sign an order to close Guantanamo Bay detention center for terrorist suspects within the year UPDATE At the end of Obama’s 8 years in office, Guantanamo Bay facility remains in operation.

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Lost and Found – January 12th Edition

What to remember about January 12th…

  • 1876  American author and journalist Jack London is born (d. 1916)
  • 1932  Democrat Ophelia “Hattie” Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas becomes the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate
  • 1942  President Franklin D. Roosevelt re-establishes National War Labor Board to regulate business-labor relations
  • 1943  Soviet forces penetrate the year-and-a-half long German siege of Leningrad
  • 1951  American talk show personality and political commentator Rush Hudson Limbaugh III is born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • 1986  Bill Nelson (D-FL) is second sitting Congressman (now Senator) legislator to take flight aboard Space Shuttle as a mission specialist
  • 1991  U.S. House of Representatives and Senate both approve a resolution authorizing use of force against Iraq to liberate Kuwait
  • 2010  7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes the island of Haiti; estimates of 200,000 dead and over 800,000 homeless

Lost and Found – January 5th Edition

What to remember about January 5th…

  • 1779  American explorer and army general Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr. is born in Lamberton, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • 1781  Traitor Benedict Arnold, now a General in British army, leads loyalist troops to capture and destroy Richmond, Virginia
  • 1920  New York Yankees announce the purchase of Babe Ruth from Boston Red Sox; worst baseball deal in history?
  • 1933  Construction begins on the Great Depression delayed Golden Gate Bridge; most popular suicide location in the world
  • 1949  President Truman gives “Fair Deal” State of the Union speech outlining national health insurance, public housing, and more
  • 1967  U.S. Marines begin amphibious operations in Mekong Delta
  • 1970  United Mine Workers (UMW) leader Jock Yablonski and his family found murdered in their home; investigation reveals that UMW leadership had paid for their murders for disputing election
  • 1972  President Nixon signs bill authorizing Space Shuttle program
  • 1976  Pol Pot, murderous, communist dictator of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, renames the country Democratic Kampuchea
  • 1993  Serial killer and  child molester Westley Allen Dodd is executed; last execution by hanging in the U.S.
  • 1996  Palestinian master bomb maker is killed by Israel’s Shin Bet with bomb placed in his cell phone

Lost and Found – December 5th Edition

What to remember about December 5th…

  • 1775  Colonial Colonel Henry Knox arrives at Ticonderoga to form expedition to bring 60 captured artillery to General Washington; 10-week journey is astounding winter feat
  • 1782  Future 8th President Martin Van Buren is born in Kinderhook, New York (d. 1862)
  • 1791  Austrian musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies of fever in Vienna (b. 1756)
  • 1831  Former President John Quincy Adams takes office as a member of the House of Representatives
  • 1901  American entrepreneur and philanthropist Walter Elias “Walt” Disney is born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1933  Prohibition ends when Utah ratifies 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified and 18th is repealed
  • 1945  27 men lost when squadron of Navy planes disappears over Bermuda Triangle; mystery of Flight 19
  • 1955  American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations merge to become AFL-CIO
  • 1964  Army Captain Roger Donlon is presented 1st Medal of Honor awarded during Vietnam War; 1st member of Special Forces to receive the award
  • 2007  19-year-old gunman opens fire at Westroads Mall in Nebraska; 8 killed and 4 wounded before shooter kills himself
  • 2008  O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 15-33 years in prison for his role in kidnapping and robbery at casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

Lost and Found – November 3rd Edition

What to remember about November 3rd…

  • 1777  George Washington learns of cabal led by General Conway intent on discrediting him with Congress
  • 1783  Continental Army is disbanded after Washington has his Farewell Orders to the Army published on November 2nd
  • 1793  Founder of Texas Steven F. Austin is born (d. 1836)
  • 1941  Japanese Fleet receives Top Secret Order No. 1 directing them to attack Pearl Harbor in 34 days
  • 1957  Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 spacecraft; stray dog named Laika from the streets of Moscow is 1st animal in space
  • 1964  Washington, D.C. residents vote able to vote in a presidential election for the 1st time
  • 1979  5 Communist Workers Party and union protesters killed by Ku Klux Klan and American Nazis during march in Greensboro, North Carolina; no police present at the rally
  • 1986  Reports surface in Lebanon of American secretly selling arms to Iran to secure release of 7 hostages; Iran-Contra Affair
  • 2010  San Francisco passes law banning McDonald’s from giving free toys with “unhealthy” meals

Lost and Found – October 21st Edition

What to remember about October 21st…

    • 1797  USS Constitution is launched in Boston Harbor; 44-gun frigate was commissioned to defend American shipping from muslim pirates of the Barbary Coast
    • 1833  Swedish chemist, manufacturer, and founder of the Nobel Prize Alfred Nobel is born; inventor of dynamite
    • 1867  Leaders of Plains Indian tribes sign Medicine Lodge Treaty establishing system of reservations in Oklahoma
    •  1910  Los Angeles Times building is destroyed in bombing attack orchestrated by union organizers
    • 1921  President Harding gives a speech in Alabama condemning lynchings
    • 1944  1st recorded Japanese kamikaze attack occurs as Battle of Leyte Gulf begins
    • 1945  Women in France are allowed to vote for the st time
    • 2003  U.S. Senate votes to ban partial birth abortions

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Labor Day Lies

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.

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Picture credit to Tom Burns, illustrator / graphic designer.

Lost and Found – September 5th Edition

What to remember about September 5th…

  • 1774  Continental Congress meets for the 1st time; begins work on Declaration of Rights and Grievances
  • 1836  After leading fight for independence from Mexico, Sam Houston is elected 1st president of Republic of Texas
  • 1847  Infamous outlaw Jesse James is born in Missouri (d. 1882)
  • 1882  1st big Labor Day observance in America; event organized by the Central Labor Union of New York
  • 1942  Japanese forces forced to retreat from their attack on Milne Bay; 1st decisive defeat of the war for Japanese military
  • 1960 Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) wins Olympic gold medal as light-heavywieght boxer
  • 1972  Palestinian muslim terrorists attack olympic village in Munich; 2 israeli athletes killed and 9 taken hostage; remaining hostages will be murdered during rescue attempt
  • 1975  Charles Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme attempts to assassinate President Gerald Ford
  • 1977  NASA launches Voyager space probe on a “grand tour” of our outer solar system
  • 1997  Nobel laureate and Catholic nun Mother Teresa dies in Calcutta, India (b. 1910 as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu)

Lost and Found – August 29th Edition

What to remember about August 29th…

    • 1862  After days of maneuvering the 2nd Battle of Bull Run begins; Confederates win a path to invade the north
    • 1945  President Truman orders the U.S. Navy to seize control of oil refineries and transportation to break strike by union workers
    • 1949  Soviet Union successfully detonates its 1st atomic bomb at test site in Kazakhstan
    • 1958  Pop musician, songwriter Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana
    • 2005  Hurricane Katrina comes ashore for the second time; worst natural disaster in U.S. history
    • 2007  Hero security guard Richard Jewel dies; discovered bomb planted by Eric Robert Rudolph in Centennial Olympic Park; saves hundreds of lives but is falsely accused of planting device

Lost and Found – July 30th Edition

What to remember about July 30th…

  • 1619  The first elected legislative assembly in the New World is held in Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1780  600 Colonials led by Colonel Isaac Shelby capture Ft. Thicketty in South Carolina
  • 1864  Union forces fail to break Confederate lines at Battle of the Crater in after setting off massive bomb in tunnel
  • 1866  Constitutional Convention of blacks and whites in New Orleans is attacked by armed Democrats and anti-abolitionists; 40 killed and over 150 injured
  • 1945 USS Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine after having delivered the components the for atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima
  • 1947  Actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger born
  • 1956  President Eisenhower signs law making “In God We Trust” the official motto of the United States
  • 1975  Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappears from suburban Detroit; never seen again