It was appropriate then, it's appropriate now.
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
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 favour; 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 PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and 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 TWENTY-SIXTH 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 in the courſe and concluſion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have ſince enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to eſtablish Conſtitutions of government for our vafety 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 favours which He has 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 publick 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 governments, 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, one thousand ſeven hundred and eighty-nine.
(signed) G. Washington
[Ed note: Whoever digitized this into characters must have mistaken the "long s" form "ſ" ("ſ" above, where it is not italicized), common in English writing back then, for the lower-case "f" it so closely resembles. The ſ form was the norm, with "short s" reserved for the ends of words. Some writers would also use the latter form even in the middle of a word for the second letter of a double-s: "ſs". This has more than a passing resemblance to the ß in modern German that is rendered "ss" in Switzerland, or where the former ligature is unavailable. As a Language Martinet, I study such things, and have corrected the mistranscription accordingly. Happy Thankſgiving, everyone!]
Thursday, November 26, 2009
It was appropriate then, it's appropriate now.
In case you missed it.
Three Navy SEALs have requested courts-martial for apprehending one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq.
Yep. You read that right.
Ahmed Hashim Abed...(the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004)... whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.
somewhere in the chain of command...
Made the decision to proffer charges.
I want that person's name.
Update: BTW, that link is to (shudder) Fox News. Because a search at "The Newspaper of Record" (AKA, "All the News that's fit to Ignore") revealed...
Posted by daddyquatro at 7:39 AM
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Eric Raymond is one of the main advocates for Open Source software. As such, he makes intellectual arguments in favor of open processes that allow anyone to examine how a system works, and point out errors. This was once the way that science worked, but for some reason, the "researchers" into Gorebal Warming have fought against releasing their primary data and the source code of the software they used to produce things like the infamous "hockey stick" graph.
Unless you've been living under a rock (or only getting your news from the MainScream Media), you're aware that someone either hacked or leaked megabytes of files from the Climate Research Unit. Eric has been perusing them, and found this interesting excerpt (emphasis mine):
;Eric thinks calling it a mere "smoking gun" is a massive understatement: "it’s a siege cannon with the barrel still hot." Well, let me add that they didn't just cook the data; they marinated it for a week, put on a rub, laid it in the smoker for a day and a half, sliced it up, wrapped it in bacon, dipped it in batter, rolled it around in the flour, and deep fried it.
; Apply a VERY ARTIFICAL correction for decline!!
2.6,2.6,2.6]*0.75 ; fudge factor
if n_elements(yrloc) ne n_elements(valadj) then message,’Oooops!’
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I thought I'd to check out the Texas page on recovery.gov.
The difference between "Total" in the top section and "Total Funds Awarded" in the bottom section is five hundred forty-seven thousand seven hundred twenty-six dollars.
You know what they say, "A half a million here and a half a million there, and pretty soon you're talking about some REAL money."
If you hover over the "Total", you get this helpful message.
I'll re-type it here, for sheer incredulity's sake. "Sum of funds awarded to primes (less awards to their subs) and sub-recipient awards from primes at that location."
Well, hell. Isn't that obvious?
If you hover over "Total Funds Awarded", you get this helpful message.
"The sum of funds awarded by a Federal Agency to a prime recipient at that location."
If I'm a sub-prime I get 500K? Isn't that what got us into this current economic mess in the first place? Where do I sign up?
Happy Fact #1: $10,679,918,184(total funds awarded) divided by 19,572 (jobs created or "saved") = $545,673.00 per job. Where do I sign up?
Happy Fact #2: $1,826,235,380(total funds received) divided by 19,572 = $93,308 per job. Where do I sign up?
Happy fact #3: recovery.gov has just been awarded another Eighteen Million Dollars to fix a web site that has already spent 12-14 million dollars.
Can you imagine the web site we could create with 30 million dollars?
It might even be able to compute basic math! Or maybe, just maybe, be able to screen for congressional districts that don't exist.
Posted by daddyquatro at 3:18 AM
Friday, November 20, 2009
A friend of mine sent this to me today in an email. You can, and should read the whole thing at American Thinker
Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson.[Ed. note]: Trimmed down to excerpts and linked back to original. The current version should fall well within fair use exemption to copyright law. Sorry about that, American Thinker.
In the meantime, while we've been struggling to take a measurement of this man, he's dissed just about every one of us--financiers, energy producers, banks, insurance executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, post office workers, and anybody else who has a non-green job. Expect Obama to lament at his last press conference in 2012: "For those of you I offended, I apologize. For those of you who were not offended, you just didn't give me enough time; if only I'd had a second term, I could have offended you too."
Mercifully, the Founders at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 devised a useful remedy for such a desperate state--staggered terms for both houses of the legislature and the executive. An equally abominable Congress can get voted out next year. With a new Congress, there's always hope of legislative gridlock until we vote for president again two short years after that.
Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them. The coyotes howl but the wagon train keeps rolling along.
Posted by Don at 1:06 AM
Monday, November 9, 2009
This cartoon is timeless and is just as true today as it was when made at Harding Colege in 1948!
After viewing this cartoon, it was shocking to notice how close it is to what is happening today. Its been over 60 years and that "ISM" problems are still with us today, much more so than in 1948. Remember too that in 1948, the ISM's didn't have as much influence with their mass mind control as they have gained since then, and ISM has been replaced with nice sounding names like "social justice", "going green" (not "red" as previously known), etc. Don't be fooled,... it is still the same old ISM from the same source.
By the way, does that snake oil salesman look familiar to you?
Posted by Don at 2:57 AM
Sunday, November 8, 2009
""Obviously, we're all guessing, but it's reasonable to believe that he will be convicted and sentenced to death," said retired Navy lawyer Philip Cave, now a military crimes defense attorney.
Cave estimated that Hasan, 39, would spend between five and 15 years in the military's court martial system."
If he isn't insane, and he can't point to a lookalike that he took the hit for. There is NO reason this guy shouldn't be in front of a firing squad inside of 90 days.
Posted by daddyquatro at 4:56 AM
Monday, November 2, 2009
From an email going around the web:
TO MY CONSERVATIVE PALS and Liberal friends that are somewhat conservative
This pretty much describes our Country today.
If a conservative doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one.
If a liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy.
A liberal wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.
If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.
If a black man or Hispanic are conservative, they see themselves as independently successful.
Their liberal counterparts see themselves as victims in need of government protection.
If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.
If a conservative doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don't like be shut down.
If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. (Unless it's a foreign religion, of course!)
If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.
If a conservative slips and falls in a store, he gets up, laughs and is embarrassed.
If a liberal slips and falls, he grabs his neck, moans like he's in labor and then sues.
If a conservative reads this, he'll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.
A liberal will delete it because he's "offended".