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

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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

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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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