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
I read a book the other day, too. One of the books I took in my Baby Bunny Traveling Library was All that Heaven Allows. Baby Bunny & I read it over morning coffee on Sunday & Monday. I didn’t read the … you know … lovely dovey parts out loud. One late afternoon Miss
“About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very
You know what just hit me? “When it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them to another” is something that happens in the course of human events. It’s nothing new. It happens from time to time. #Independence Day!
Via Powerline’s The Week in Pictures
Via Powerline’s The Week in Pictures. #voteLibertarian
In the last few days some so-called “conservatives” have informed me that collecting meta-data is nothing to worry about. No biggie, you libertarian-contitution-loving-reason-reading dears- bless-your-pea-pickin’ hearts. The Government just wants to keep you safe! The Government isn’t really listening to your silly phone conversations or keeping track of what looney-tune web sites you visit on
March 23, 1775 Patrick Henry delivered his famous speech containing the challenge “give me liberty or give me death” to the second revolutionary convention of Virginia, Richmond.
Today we note the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770. “Note” seems too weak a word, doesn’t it? Five colonists died. Eight Redcoats were tried for murder. The story as recounted by Bennett in his American Patriot’s Almanac (2008) is this. “Boston seethed with resentment in 1770.” Taxation without representation. A crowd of colonists began “taunting”
[I have no idea where that dot came from and no idea how to get rid of it. Sorry.] I am liking that font better than the one I used previously. How about you?
I have several books on Jewish life, history and culture. They sit on a shelf along side my books on Christian life, history and culture. I hope to look through several in the next few days. The book from which the quote comes is third in a series by the same author written for children.
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
Unbelievable: Common Core Problem Asks Kids to Choose Two Amendments to Remove From Bill of RightsA mother in Arkansas has expressed concern over her daughter’s recent Common Core school assignment that asked her to remove and replace two of the first ten amendments of the Constitution. The team assignment stated that the Bill of Rights
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
My little weekly county newspaper has gone behind a paywall. This cracks me up. $26 per year. SUBSCRIBE NOW! DON’T MISS A THING! As a subscriber to the print version I have automatic access– just as soon as Swishu gets my request and emails me a passwords. I’m waiting. Now on to the philosophers.There’s a fellow
“One of our nations three most cherished historical treasures.” Pictured in The Oxford History of The American People (Samuel Eliot Morison. Oxford University Press, New York. 1965). Hahahahahahahaha. You thought I was going to talk about college football, didn’t you? And I thought I’d just have some fun learning about something I must have forgotten.
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
This, Dear Friends, is why one does not rely solely on the World Wide Web for factual information. This is why one has books. I thought today would be a fine day to do a little reading at lunchtime and as I take some breaks from the ever-so-satisfying task of cleaning the workshop. And so
Via Instapundit.com linking to Patterico’s Pontifications: Senators are questioning whether the National Security Agency collected bulk data on more than just Americans’ phone records, such as firearm and book purchases. I’d seen the bit about the gun registry the other day and thought, “But of course.” But this was the first mention of BOOKS I’d