I am flying a different flag today. (This is from the internet. Mine is similar) For those familiar with Texas history, today in 1836 was the decisive battle leading to Texas independence – the defeat of Antonio López de Santa Anna in present day Houston. Information here. Since there is an elementary school close to our house, I’m hoping some kids ask their teachers what that new flag down the street is. Maybe a little history lesson may be disseminated. Eventually, I’m thinking of placing one of those reader boards, like in a museum, along the sidewalk and have a simple explanation there for the curious. Someone has to present real history, it might as well be me.
13 January, 2017
Spouseinbox and I were in the Texas state capital some time ago and I found a plaque in the right hallway behind the stair, facing the outside wall. It stated that Texas would dedicate itself to the true history of the Confederacy and reasons for the war. I have been holding off on posting until I found the picture of that plaque, but since I haven’t found it, but have found a good article on the subject, I decided to post anyways. Next, there is a letter written by a Confederate soldier which describes the feelings, filling in the blanks noted by the article. When I run across the picture of the plaque, I will post without the extra material.
3 February, 2015
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Quoth the Gipper:
“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid” [hence military hardware rolling down our streets. It’s not there for protection…of us.]
“The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us…
Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business.”
“We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent”
“Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to manage conflict by peaceful means”
“Of the four wars of my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong”
“If the Soviet Union ever let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state…
because everybody would join the other party”
“How do you tell a communist? He reads Lenin and Marx. And how do you tell an anti-communist?
Someone who understands Lenin and Marx.”
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction; it’s not something we pass along in our bloodstream.
It must be fought-for, protected, and passed-along for them to do the same”
“Entrepreneurs and small businesses are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States”
“If you can’t make them see the light, let them feel the heat”
“They say the world has become too complex for simple answers… they are wrong”
“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help”
“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job; a depression is when you lose yours”
“Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement…”
3 August, 2014
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Mominbox and I went to a sandwich shop last evening. It was decorated in a roughly 50’s style of advertisements, and paraphernalia. There were games there designed mechanically, which our present games make up for electronically. One I remember was the driving car where the car was an actual model and the road was a roll of plastic (I’m guessing) that rolled underneath. See, there was life before the x-box. Anyways, there was one particular sign that caught my eye – both for the age, and the content. I looked up the origin of Walmart and noted that Sam Walton purchased a store in 1950. I don’t have a date from the sign, so can’t compare to whether it came first, Sam started first, or both had a similar idea:
‘complete house furnishers’
auto service day or night
1 July, 2014
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Note in his tale how precise his training had him drop the bomb. I did a quick figure and believe they had him about 9 miles away from the blast at the moment of detonation. Considering the radius of the H-bomb blast, that’s rather close calculating.
*UPDATE – I understand the link was not working, so reset it.
7 January, 2013
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Beyond this specific example of doing another end run around the Constitution and other generally accepted rules for governing America stands something larger. If we ask “what historical precedents are there for a national leader coming to power using the accepted rules, but once in power ignoring those rules with increasing frequency?” then we get unpleasant answers.
That’s not to say that the U.S. is doomed to follow any grim precedents but on a chilly morning it’s a circumstance that’s way less comforting than long underwear.
22 November, 2012
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(Try to find where Washington was deistic or atheistic)
THANKSGIVING DAY 1789
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – A PROCLAMATION
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.