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Rest in Peace, Jill Clayburgh

6 Nov

Jill Clayburgh, an Oscar-nominated actress known for portraying strong, independent women, died on Friday at her home in Lakeville, Conn. She was 66.

Read more:  New York Times

Jill Clayburgh
April 30, 1944 – November 5, 2010


God Bless the USA

27 Oct

Lee Greenwood, Born on this Day in 1942.

A Time for Choosing

27 Oct

Delivered on this day in 1964.

As relevant today as it was then. Perhaps moreso.

Soon I Will Be Done…

26 Oct

Mahalia Jackson
October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972

Minnie Pearl: 50 Cent Kiss

25 Oct

Minnie Pearl, Born on this Day in 1912

Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon
October 25, 1912 – March 4, 1996

On this Day in History, October 20, 1803

20 Oct

October 20, 1803 – The United States Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.

Immediately thereafter, liberal Democratic Senators hold a press conference to declare the purchase “Bush’s Fault.”

On this Day in History – October 19, 1791

19 Oct

The Surrender at Yorktown, by John Trumbull, 1820

October 19, 1781 – At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis handed over Cornwallis’ sword and formally surrendered to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau.

On this Day in History, October 14, 1926

14 Oct

October 14,  1926
Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne, is first published.

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?””

~ Winnie the Pooh

Remembering Robert E. Lee

12 Oct

Robert E. Lee died 140 years ago today, October 12, 1870.

Each day at lunch, when the weather cooperates, I take about a 40 minute walk from my office near the Capital, down along with Richmond Canal Walk out to Brown’s Island. At the end of Island and just across from the American Civil War Center at Tredegar Ironworks is a walking bridge, or a partial bridge. The bridge commemorates the fall of Richmond. Carved into the planks are quotes from those affected by the siege of the Capital of the Confederacy. First among them, a quote from Robert E. Lee.

“It is absolutely necessary that we should abandon our position tonight.”
General Robert E. Lee to Jefferson Davis.

It is difficult for many to understand the respect and admiration of Robert E. Lee, one of the most brilliant military minds of his time. for that reason, he was offered a commission by President Lincoln, but declined and returned to his native Virginia.

Yes, Lee fought for a losing cause, and for a cause that defended the buying and selling of fellow human beings. That much cannot be ignored. But it will not be debated here.

When he died Lee was serving as President of then Washington University. Not long after, the name was changed to Washington and Lee University.

Robert E. Lee was a man of integrity, a man of deep faith and his adversaries recognized that. While at Washington University Lee recruited students from the north and stated that “We have but one rule here, and it is that every student be a gentleman.” In post war politics, lee supported civil rights and a system of free public schools for blacks.

The day of his passing the headline in a Richmond paper read:

“News of the death of Robert E. Lee, beloved chieftain of the Southern army, whose strategy mainly was responsible for the surprising fight staged by the Confederacy, brought a two-day halt to Richmond’s business activities.”

Lee’s last words were “Strike the Tent.”

Robert Edward Lee
January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870

President Obama needs to go back to Schoolhouse Rock

20 Sep

In a speech to Congressional Hispanic Caucus on September 15 the President omitted the words “by their Creator” from the opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence.

Perhaps the President needs a little review:

Or perhaps, as my friend marfdrat asserts…it was deliberate.