Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tidbits

Saw this at National Review Online.

JULY 31, 1777: Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-GIlbert du Motier, better known as the Marquis de Lafayette, is appointed the rank of major-general in the Continental Army and goes on to become a hero of the American Revolution. A rich nobleman from Auvernge, Lafayette yearned for glory as a soldier but arrived in the colonies with no combat experience. Striking up an unlikely friendship with General George Washington, he distinguished himself at the Battle of Brandywine, helped secure French support for the war effort, and later commanded an army in Virginia against British Lord Cornwallis, trapping him at Yorktown. Returning to France, he advocated for the liberties embodied in the French Revolution. America’s debt to the French nobleman was famously expressed in the 1917 exhortation “Lafayette, we are here!” as American troops arrived to fight in WWI. In 2002 Congress granted him honorary citizenship.

  There's your history lesson for today. :-)


***State Department overpaid Clinton aide. How much does the cesspool surrounding the Clintons have to stink before their followers smell it?

One of Hillary Clinton’s top aides was reportedly overpaid by nearly $10,000 because of violations of rules that govern vacation and sick time during her time as an official in the State Department, according to investigators.
The Washington Post reports the finding emerged on Friday after Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley sent letters to Secretary of State John Kerry, among others, about an investigation into possible “criminal” conduct by Huma Abedin over her pay.
The letters also sought the status of an investigation into whether Abedin violated conflict-of-interest laws related to her work for the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and another private firm founded by a Clinton ally, according to The Post.

And...of course the Clintons knew absolutely nothing about all this...right.

***The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the two missing teens. How sad, I can't imagine what their families are going through. They need our prayers.

After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys could be alive they're pressing on with their own hunt.
The agency said it ended the search at sunset, as it had announced earlier in the day. The Coast Guard searched waters from South Florida up through South Carolina without success.

The families and their neighbors are continuing the search. I don't blame them, I would too.

***Not seeing much about this on the news, are you? Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years. This is what happens with a dearth of leadership, which is synonymous with Democrat leadership. If she were a Republican this is all you'd hear about on the news.

Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

***Life's Too Short - Don't Wait!

by Kevin Ngo

Although it might not always feel like it, life is ridiculously short. It probably wouldn’t mean much or be worth much if it lasted forever. Because it’s so short, with the limited time that you have, I recommend creating something worthwhile, and if you dare, something amazing.
Think of your life as a major project, with a deadline. Every day, every week, month and year, you get the opportunity to either work on improving it, piece by piece, one section at a time or you can sit back and watch it corrode away.
That’s life. At some point, you have to be improving just to stay where you are.
At the end of it all, you will get to look at your project in its entirety, the life you’ve created, and how you will feel will depend on how good of a job you think you did compared to whatever standard you live by.
Regardless of the outcome, will you be satisfied knowing you did what you could or will you be filled with regret knowing you could’ve easily done a better job?
Life is too short to delay getting started. Forget New Years or your next birthday or whatever life event you’re waiting to occur. If there is something you want to do, to create, to experience in this life, start doing it NOW because whatever it is you’re waiting to happen before beginning might not ever happen. Then what? Squander your life away just waiting and waiting and waiting?
The deadline for this project is unknown. It can be due at ANY moment. So for the love of life, stop waiting and get started!


***And for today's cuteness overload, here's a doggie that looks like a teddy bear:

cute dogs image This Bear Coat Shar Pei Looks Just Like a Teddy Bear



***Sadly, this is true:

An Englishman called the emergency line for the West Yorkshire Police recently to report that his girlfriend had let his feline eat his bacon. And not only that, but he wanted to move forward with charges on both the kitty and the girlfriend.

***A snail as big as a tennis shoe? Ew.



***

The Eternal Riddle

By P.M. Raskin

Israel, my people,
God's greatest riddle,
Will thy solution
Ever be told ?

Fought - never conquered,
Bent - never broken,
Mortal - immortal,
Youthful, though old.

Egypt enslaved thee,
Babylon crushed thee,
Rome led thee captive,
Homeless thy head.

Where are those nations
Mighty and fearsome ?
Thou hast survived them,
They are long dead.

Nations keep coming,
Nations keep going,
Passing like shadows,
Wiped off the earth.

Thou an eternal
Witness remainest,
Watching their burial,
Watching their birth.

Pray, who revealed thee
Heaven's great secret :
Death and destruction,
Thus to defy ?

Suffering torture,
Stake, inquisition -
Prithee, who taught thee
Never to die ?

Ay, and who gave thee
Faith, deep as ocean,
Strong as the rock-hills,
Fierce as the sun ?

Hated and hunted,
Ever thou wand'rest,
Bearing a message :
God is but one !

Pray, has thy saga
Likewise an ending,
As its beginning
Glorious of old ?

Israel, my people,
God's greatest riddle,
Will thy solution
Ever be told ?
 

***
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
I Cor. 15:54-55

***Have a great day!

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