Throughout our history, our nation has always faced its shares of trials, trouble and travail. Depressions…World Wars…a Cold War…a Civil War…Civil Rights…attacks on our soil at Ft. McHenry…Pearl Harbor…the World Trade Center. But throughout all those challenging times, America has had Presidents rise to the occasion, and through their vision, their foresight and their stirring words they have rallied the American people and through the sheer force of their will led us to engage and overcome the great struggles of their times. Even individuals with a mere passing knowledge could match these timeless nuggets with the President who uttered them and the crisis spurred them:
“Fourscore and seven years ago, our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
“I can hear you. The rest of the world can hear you. And the people who knocked these buildings down are going to hear all of us soon.”
The United States is facing some perilous times. Internationally, the Middle East is in turmoil as Egypt and now Libya are wracked by violence and Islamic fundamentalism. Japan just suffered a 300-year earthquake of epic proportion and has a nuclear power plant that is, at best, in serious condition. Iran continues apace with its nuclear development and Iraq and Afghanistan continue to demonstrate instability.
Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, I drag out this video of the Muppets (specifically, Animal, the Swedish Chef and Beaker) singing the song “Danny Boy”. Why? Because I think that it’s adorable, and it amuses me; therefore, I hope that it will amuse you all as well.
Feel free to drop in any of your random thoughts or suggestions, and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
PS–Don’t you just love the cranky old men in the balcony?
Just minutes ago, the U.S. House of Reperesentatives voted to defund NPR by a vote of 228 to 192. We’ll find out who the seven republicans that voted “NO” inan update to this post shortly.
Update: Republicans that voted NO!
- Chris Gibson: NY-20
- Richard Hanna: NY-24
- Pat Tiberi: OH-12
- Steven C. LaTourette: OH-14
- Dave Reichert: WA-8
- Rob Woodall: GA-7
- Sean Duffy: WI-7
For more information see here
After a contentious debate and over procedural objections from Democrats, the House on Thursday voted to prevent federal funds from going to National Public Radio.
The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), passed the House on a 228-to-192 vote, with one Republican voting present. All but seven Republicans voted for the measure, and all Democrats present voted against it.
The measure is unlikely to be taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate. The White House on Thursday issued a statement “strongly opposing” the bill but stopping short of a veto threat.
The bill would ban any federal money from going to NPR, including funding through competitive grants from federal agencies and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. NPR receives about $5 million annually in such funds. The bill would also prohibit NPR’s roughly 600 member stations from using federal funds to purchase programming from NPR and to pay station dues.
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell’s Reaction: House Votes to Defund NPR
“Republicans said today that the arrogant liberal sneers at taxpayers in Flyover Country deserve to be met by NPR raising its own money in its own fancy cafes. And an organization that admits catering to a ‘core audience that is predominately white, liberal, highly educated, elite’ is among the last that should survive budget cuts if legislators are serious about cutting unnecessary spending. We applaud the 228 Representatives who stepped up to say so with their votes in the House today. If the Senate and President Obama really care about reckless spending, they’ll pony up and do the same. The time is now to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on funding NPR.”
Singer Nate Dogg, whose near monotone crooning anchored some of rap’s most seminal songs and helped define the sound of West coast hip-hop, died Tuesday of complications from multiple strokes. He was 41.
In the spirit of March Madness, today www.ForAmerica.com launches www.ObamaMadness.com, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone. Our bracket is filled with the biggest blunders of the Obama Administration but only the worst blunder can win. Who will it be? Top seeds like ObamaCare and the $14,000,000,000,000 debt, or will the Beer Summit pull off a Cinderella run to the championship??? ForAmerica just topped 750,000 fans on Facebook and only launched in mid-September, they’re on track to double that number by the end of the year … just in time for the Iowa Caucuses.