99 days and counting…

99 days and counting…

I saw a bumper sticker that made me laugh out loud until I thought about it.

At least Nixon had the decency to resign

Anyone else feel like they’re watching the last five minutes of Dr. Strangelove?

The trees were just turning in Harper’s Ferry, but the election was already underway. It was November 6, 1860 (148 years before my actual birthday coming up this year). I heard Breckenridge won. I wonder what life would have been like without Abraham Lincoln.

Would we be better off? Would there still be slavery?

At least now I know how close we are to Harper’s Ferry. I was surprised. And I noticed one other thing: While I saw a few McCain stickers on the backs of cars, the only signs I saw in town belonged to Obama.

I got my new registration card in the mail last week. The deadline for VA and DC has passed, but if you haven’t registered yet for Maryland, better get moving. You have till the 14th.

A funny note: Two rangers were talking outside of the shuttle bus as we were waiting to board. They were commiserating over some of the people who come out here this time of year. One guy bitched loud and long about how he’d planned this trip for months to be that particular weekend, and how dare the trees NOT be in full autumn color mode. The guy ranger said he’d get right on that (indicating painting the leaves, Alice in Wonderland-style).

Snort.

Some people are just stupid.

Off to the shower, services and maybe a bunch of box moving this afternoon. If you have free time and you want to help out, give me a call on my cell. I could use put-stuff-in-boxes help and hauling help both.

Enjoy your day!

Comments:

LC:
RE: Fall Foliage
We’re in the mountains of Northern Georgia and the leaves are just starting to change here too. Saw some stunning foliage on the way down as we went up in elevation; we drove from late summer to early fall and back again.

Re the guy who was upset because fall wasn’t in full flood; I actually like early fall better. Sure, the hills aren’t totally aflame, but a lot of the dark reds and vivid oranges are only there briefly when the leaves start changing.

SC:
Bearing in mind that I want him to win, these are still funny:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3154/2702462166_77a0dda189.jpg?v=0

Then again, this one’s funnier – possibly because it’s fresher:

http://bumperstickers.cafepress.com/item/that-one-sticker-bumper/315158816

But my real favorite is this:

https://www.cafepress.com/mf/25570758/bumper_bumper-sticker?productId=218556906

Won’t they ever learn???

Won’t they ever learn???

DH just gave me this lovely little tidbit for my own blog post. Can’t help sharing with other folks.

The More Things Change… A Review by Doug Brown (Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism)

Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism by Geoffrey R. Stone

Debating Polk’s declaration of war on Mexico in 1848, Abraham Lincoln’s law partner argued the president should have the right to declare war on another country to repel invasion. In an amazingly prescient bit of writing, Lincoln disagreed: “Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purposes, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect after having given him so much as you propose. If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, ‘I see no probability of the British invading us’; but he will say to you, ‘Be silent; I see it, if you don’t.'”

Interesting, huh…?

Have I ever mentioned that there was a book in the library at my elementary school, which I always sought out and which (if such records still existed) would probably prove to be the only book I checked out more than once? It contained the lyrics to a whole bunch of songs, including the Battle Hymn of the Republic. I could listen to that song all day – even though the lord she wrote about isn’t mine.

Here are the lyrics, just so I can find them again, without digging through my lyric books. BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC

And finally, in honor of the man whose name has become synonymous with the word freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream

Speech delivered August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. (70 days before my birth, 86 days before the death of JFK).

How far we have come, and yet…

Theme: Elation by Kaira.