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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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Busted Brackets

ESPN is reporting that out of over 11 million brackets submitted in their online challenge only 612 picked the final four correctly.  I have to admit it, I'm still struggling just a bit that 612 people actually picked UConn and Kentucky to make it to the Final Four.  Picking one of the two, I think I could deal with, but to still have 612 people pick both of them!  Hopefully this little tidbit will help you ease your mind on your bracket picks and you can sleep better.  As for me, it's another night with unisom and that pesky 20/20 hindsight!

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