Veteran’s Day

Freedom is NOT FREE! We are The Land of the Free, BECAUSE of the Brave!  Today we remember our veterans. Home or deployed, they fight for our freedoms. Our freedom to express dissenting views, to worship or not as we please, to peaceably assemble. I wish the press would understand and respect that the troops fight for freedom of the press- and that they would respect and use that freedom responsibly by reporting FACTS- all the facts. But that is another post.
As my online friends know my son and daughter in law are active duty military. Daughter in law is currently deployed in Afghanistan. For years and years and years now (has my son really been in 20 yrs? Where did all that time go?) I have made it a habit to include extra in their Christmas boxes if they are deployed. Why? To give to the troops who may not receive a card or package for the holidays. Some have no family to send them anything. Some are young troops whose families may not yet know that holiday mailings to a deployment location overseas have to go out in the priority mail bags by the third week of November at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery. I usually put in a few small things- a card, an extra tin of cookies, some playing cards, a Reader’s Digest or a paperback or two. All wrapped in holiday paper, with a blank tag for “my” troop to fill out for their friend who did not get a package. Silly? I don’t think so.
You can join in and thank a soldier as well. The Red Cross runs a Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Join in won’t you?

The process is very simple and takes no time at all – All you need is a pen and piece of paper to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the U.S. Armed Forces make to protect our freedoms The Holiday Mail for Heroes mail box is open and ready to receive for your cards. Please send all mail to:

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Sending a “touch of home” to American men and women who serve our country is the perfect way to express your appreciation and support during the holiday season.

Many VFW posts and various churches and civic groups run collection drives for the troops. Great way to support the troops if you can not afford to send a whole package. Most will have wish list items- check it out and lend a hand please! Say thank you to our women and men in the military!

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Officially it is STILL Washington’s Birthday- Updated at the bottom

Because it is my blog and this whole small p president’s day thing pisses me off- I am going to repost this entry.

NO, Nixon, Carter and Obama DO NOT deserve the same praise and recognition as President Washington or President Lincoln. (Us old timers remember when these were two separate holidays- Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday!)

This is more new age BS- give everybody a trophy or ribbon for participation.

Kind of like how they give the Nobel Peace Prize now?

 

Never fails that when I start looking things up I learn something.

President’s Day or Washington’s Birthday

“Well, according to the federal government, the holiday observed on the third Monday in February is officially Washington’s Birthday. But many Americans believe that this holiday is now called “Presidents’ Day,” in honor of both Presidents Washington and Lincoln, whose birthdays are Feb. 22 and Feb. 12, respectively. It turns out that whether you honor one or the other or both of these presidents may depend on where you live.”

The Monday Holidays Act of 1968 moved Washington’s Birthday to the third Monday in February. Attempts to change the name of the holiday to “President’s Day” have never been successful.  The same article linked above reminded me that States set the holidays and are not obligated to accept Federal holidays.

No matter what the law calls it most people now use  “president’s Day” (and yes I used a small ‘p’ on purpose.) We have gone from honoring the First President to a holiday that is essentially a commercial event. Wouldn’t want the American people to get the insane idea that we have actually had some heroes in our history now would we?  Though Federal law still recognizes Washington’s birthday I don’t hear any uproar when we reduce the day to small p president’s day- as if all the Presidents were somehow equal in their contributions and character. Everybody is a winner! Being second – or God forbid being a failure- is bad! “All animals are equal.”

What is the message American’s get for this day?? BUY BUY BUY!!! Are they even teaching Washington in school anymore???

What would Washington himself say?? Here is what he DID say!

Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.

Some advice our current crop of politicians- especially the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave should heed-

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

And two I think the citizens of this country should apply BEFORE they vote!

Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

Happy Birthday- a few days early- Mr. President!

And Happy Birthday to Susan B Anthony- whose actual birthday is today! (Feb 15, 1820) Susan was one of the mothers of the women’s rights movement.

Read about Ms. Anthony here

Susan’s first involvement in the world of reform was in the temperance movement. This was one of the first expressions of original feminism in the United States and it dealt with the abuses of women and children who suffered from alcoholic husbands. In 1849, Susan gave her first public speech for the Daughters of Temperance and then helped found the Woman’s State Temperance Society of New York, one of the first organizations of its time. In 1851 she went to Syracuse to attend a series of antislavery meetings. During this time Susan met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, became fast friends and joined Stanton and Amelia Bloomer in campaigns for women’s rights. In 1854, she devoted herself to the antislavery movement serving from 1856 to the outbreak of the civil war,1861. Here, she served as an agent for the American Anti-slavery Society. After, she collaborated with Stanton and published the New York liberal weekly, “The Revolution” (1868-70) which called for equal pay for women.
In 1872, Susan demanded that women be given the same civil and political rights that had been extended to black males under the 14th and 15th amendments. Thus, she led a group of women to the polls in Rochester to test the right of women to vote. She was arrested two weeks later and while awaiting trial, engaged in highly publicized lecture tours and in March 1873, she tried to vote again in city elections. After being tried and convicted of violating the voting laws, Susan succeeded in her refusal to pay the fine. From then on she campaigned endlessly for a federal woman suffrage amendment through the National Woman Suffrage Association (1869-90) and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (1890-1906) and by lecturing throughout the country.
Anthony, along with Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage published the History of Woman Suffrage 4 vol (1881-1902) In 1888 she organized the International Council of Women and in 1904 the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. Although Anthony did not live to see the consummation of her efforts to win the right to vote for women, the establishment of the 19th amendment is deeply owed to her efforts.

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But the whole fact that we have no holiday’s recognizing any of the great women of our country is the subject of a whole ‘nother post!

It’s SAINT Valentine’s Day!

Just can not stand the whole politically correct thing. I mean look where it’s gotten us! Take the Saint out of this day, court challenges to keep Nativity scenes and Menorahs off the public square, “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas, idiots screaming to take the Ten Commandments out of courtrooms, Hallow e’en without ghosts, goblins and witches – where does it all stop? Rewriting history one little snippet at a time.

Here is one of many of the legends of the beginning of St. Valentine’s Day.

The History of Saint Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl’s name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. At that time it was the custom in Rome, a very ancient custom, indeed, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honour of a heathen god. On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed.

The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavoured to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine’s Day for the celebration of this new feaSt. So it seems that the custom of young men choosing maidens for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming year, arose in this way.

Looks like the same thing was happening away back then- take the local culture and subtly twist it and take it over.  The Church was very, very good at transforming pagan festivals! We have today a new power block that wants to transform our society into something generic. It has been going on for quite some time- think back- remember when we had “Christmas Vacation” from school? Christmas Concerts? Easter vacation? What are they called now? Do you remember Hallow e’en parties at school? The politically correct folks are doing away with those things at an alarming rate- trying to make all of society fit their model.

We have all kinds of (fill in the blank) History months- but no American History month. As noted in an earlier post we have done away with the separate holidays for Lincoln and Washington and now have a generic “president’s day.” Memorial Day? Slowly being eroded from a day of solemn remembrance of those who gave their all for our country and turned into a three-day drunken barbecue! Columbus Day- well he is now a dirty rotten old European white guy who single-handedly exterminated the native Americans- but we get another 3 day week-end for it!

Slow but sure- in the guise of political correctness- we are losing all that makes us unique. One world and all that you know.

So- Happy SAINT Valentine’s Day and Happy Chinese New Year as well! The way things are going in this country we maybe should all become familiar with the Chinese calendar- the Chinese own so much of our debt our grandchildren may be living under it if we don’t wake up!