And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep for ever.
- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781

In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.…Have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men.…We have been assured, sir, that 'except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it,' and without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.
- Benjamin Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, 1787

A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. - Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. - Mark Twain

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. - Mark Twain

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. - Mark Twain

Always do right, this will gratify some and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. - Mark Twain

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. - Mark Twain

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. - Yoda

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Reagan quote on government and economy

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. - Ronald Reagan

Friday, May 21, 2010

The most famous parental quote?

"Because I said so!" - the quote most often used by parents since the dawn of verbal communication...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Jerry Van Dyke does 'Mule Train' on the TV show 'Yes, Dear'

It's just so simple!

I would have never believed this, if I didn't see it for myself!

Dreams do come true!

Never lose sight of where you are going.  Never forget where you have been.  Always know where you are.

Click the link to read this story about a Star Wars wedding.

Listen to the people!

Sometimes you should just let things speak for themselves...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Betty White and Saturday Night Live

Thank you, Betty White, for the laughs on Saturday Night Live.  That had to be one of the most hilarious shows in the history of SNL!

Friday, May 7, 2010

History Mystery: Lost U.S. Colony Found at Last? - Science & Technology

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God put Shay Kelley to work

This is an interesting story about a woman that lost her job, home and car, but did not lose her faith in God.  God put her to work with what she is calling Project 50/50.  I encourage you to check out her story and then check out Project 50/50.  You can also follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address - March 4, 1865

Fellow countrymen: At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office, there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at first. Then a statement, somewhat in detail, of a course to be pursued seemed very fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented.

The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avoid it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it with war-seeking to dissolve the Union and divide the effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came. One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the Southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union by war, while the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it.

Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration, which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease when, or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayer of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. Woe unto the world because of offences, for it must needs be that offences come, but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh. If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern there any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, that the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and for his orphans, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Scott Sicko says No to NFL

Please read Peter King's comments on Scott Sicko saying No to the NFL after failing to be drafted.

Peter King's Monday Morning QB

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Duke Blue Devils are National Champions!

Congratulations to the Duke Blue Devils for winning their fourth national championship!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

3D Samsung TV

Last night I stopped by BestBuy just to browse around and happened to notice that they had the new 3D Samsung TV as their featured home theater product. I decided to put the shades on and give it a try. I was drooling before the glasses were even settled on the bridge of my nose. The clarity was unbelievable and within ten seconds, I had completely forgotten I had glasses on. It truly looked 3D. I could tell were objects were in relational perspective to each other without feeling like I was looking at cardboard cutouts.
The package they had put together cost around $3,400.00, which is about $2,400.00 more than I'm willing to spend at this time. However, like HD before it, I'm sure 3D TV's will drop in price fairly quick, after the market is saturated with choices.

Friday, March 19, 2010

I'm scared....

I'm scared that the "sleeping giant" that was awakened December 7, 1941, has slowly been poisoned to death since the '60's!
I'm scared that our elected officials have forgotten that they were elected to SERVE as our representatives, not to tell us how to live our lives!
I'm scared that trying to please everyone, has made it great for no one!
I'm scared that we are witnessing the fall of the United States of America, at our own hands!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

If you take the logic out, everything makes sense!

Charlotte-Mecklenburg is reporting that their budget is in worse shape than they originally reported and it is due to lower than expected income from the sales tax. One of the first areas they are considering cuts is the school system.
Help me understand this. Charlotte has an estimated 12% unemployment rate. If you are not working, you are not getting paid and if you are not getting paid, you are not buying! I think that pretty much explains why there is lower income from the sales tax.
So, Charlotte wants to make cuts to education. I thought education is how you improved yourself to get better jobs or higher paying jobs and if people are furthering their education, they find jobs? With jobs, they get paid. With money, they spend. With spending, there is sales tax.
I know the education cuts that Charlotte is looking at are with the elementary, middle and high schools, but why is education the first place we look to make our cuts? Education should be the last place we look to make our cuts.

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