It is the most beautiful and sacred of our national holidays, and its observance is of a dignified, reverent nature. Mary Emogene Hazeltine. Anniversaries and Holidays: A Calendar of Days and How to Observe Them. American Library Association, Chicago. 1928. From the 1965 edition: It is a day of heroes, a day to remember their sacrifices
Today is Washington’s birthday. Not last Monday. Today. And so, I’ll begin by cribbing a bit from Scott Johnson’s annual commemoration of the Indispensible Man over at Powerline (sorry link coming, I’m not fully coffeed yet). From the letter to Washington from America’s oldest Jewish congregation welcoming him to Newport, Rhode Island upon the ratification
Via Powerline’s The Week in Pictures Me too. We all need help. Sadly, there’s no one left to save us but ourselves.
I vote for Gin & Tonic– but hey, it’s a free country! Via Powerline’s The Week in Pictures
And also… And finally… (though not the “And finally…” that the folks at Powerline do)… Via Powerline’s The Week in Pictures ~~ *This is what– in part– Longfellow said about The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere: So through the night rode Paul Revere; And so through the night went his cry of alarm To every
In an effort to control all thought, the Romanian government took over on October 25 all lending libraries and second-hand book shops, so as to remove the danger of their dealing in books which were not on the official list of government-approved books. From Collier’s Year Book: Covering Events of the Year 1949. Just sayin’.
Prize-winning Essays on Freedom of Speech, Censorship & Advertising Bans was published in 1987 by tobacco conglomerate, Philip Morris under the banner of its magazine, Philip Morris Magazine. The 54 essays– the winners– were among over 4000 submissions to an advertisement that appeared in the September 1986 issues of “major magazines and newspapers throughout the
… “Marrrriiiiccca???” “Yes, Missy. What do you want?” “Ruff.” “Gosh, Marica. We are so sorry to be troubling you.” “RUFF!” “Oh, alright my Dear Friend. I admit you had nothing to do with this. Go back to bed. I am so sorry to trouble. What’s the prob, Marica?” “Things are not right in the world, Missy.
Whew! Long event-filled day. Just now sitting down to wander around the World Wide Web for a few minutes before turning my attention to National Dog Day. Here’s my favorite line so far (via Instapundit): Free people in free societies can surprise you. As they say, read the whole thing.
“Hey, Marica. What are you up … I mean, to what are you… whatcha doin’?” “ruff?” “Well, Missy, I heard from two of my faithful readers that… .” “TWO!?! You have TWO!?! readers, Marica! That’s so awesome!! Two people are reading your blog!! Oh! MY! Congratulations!!!” “ruff.” “Thanks, Missy. You know, you could get the
Who are these people to impose their values and their brand of “morality” on others? G.T. Lenard, New Jersey State Winner, in American Voices: Prize-winning essays on Freedom of Speech, Censorship & Advertising Bans (1987). What a great question, isn’t it? Who are these people? One is a certain U.S. District Court Judge named Carlton Reeves
Tell you what– I’ll give you a silver dollar for every bad habit, every danger, I’ve managed to steer clear of in my life by not readin’ about it. Fair enough? Don G. Campbell, National Second Prize Winner in American Voices: Prize-winning Essays on Freedom of Speech, Censorship & Advertising Bans (1987)
The views expressed in this book will be unavoidably unpopular with most critics, whose natural liberalism and sympathetic interest in new experiments will be offended by this apparent betrayal of the liberal cause. I can only ask them to remember that liberalism may be defined as fidelity to freedom. –William Durant (1933)
Via Instapundit at Business Insider a “Beautiful Visualization Of Nobel Prizes By Country Since 1901. It is beautiful, isn’t it?Suggestions for further reading:Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. Edward R. Tufte. Graphic Press, Cheshire, Connecticut. 1997.Sign, Image, Symbol. Gyorgy Kepes, ed. George Braziller, New York. 1966.The Great Books Foundation Set One Volume Four: Aristotle, The Federalist
I’m working on a little project– yes, I know, I should be ironing– and I ran across this from John Adams to his wife, Abigail: I am apt to believe that this day will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by
Carrot Casserole I about to go into the oven Daughter C made the best fire. Ever. We used our imaginations. And we did some ‘hands-on’ projects Yes. That is broccoli raab you see in there. As we were enjoying our salads, A. Leland commented that he’d never eaten flowers before. OMG. The range of topics
The plain and obvious Meaning of the Words Freedom and Liberty, in common Speech, is Power, Opportunity, or Advantage, that any one has, to do as he pleases. Or in other Words, his being free from Hindrance or Impediment to the Way of doing, or conducting in any Respect, as he wills. And the contrary
Last January a fellow named Jonathan Jarvis gave a public address at State. We went. Here’s what I had to say about the talk and Jarvis. “National Parks and American Values: A Field Guide” The National Park Service is nearing its centennial! Look forward between now and 2016 to a massive advertising campaign targeting young
Via Instapundit: GUN RIGHTS: Kerry to sign UN arms treaty. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to sign an arms trade treaty opposed by the Senate and the gun lobby as early as Wednesday, and Republicans aren’t happy about it.Kerry’s plan to sign the treaty on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly in
I alluded to the corset maker just this morning (at 8:52 central time). There Ought To Be No Law By Michael Walsh September 13, 2013 11:01 AM The weasel word is, of course, “legitimate,” so that would leave out Tom Paine and the other illegitimate rabble-rousers who fomented the American Revolution.