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Monday, May 4, 2015

George Washington – First Inaugural Address

Freedom Champion
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Friday, May 1, 2015
7:49 am

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George Washington

Two hundred twenty six years ago yesterday, George Washington was sworn in as the first American president and delivered the first inaugural speech at Federal Hall in New York City. 

A few excerpts from that speech that I like:

it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge.

No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.

the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; and the pre-eminence of a free Government, be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its Citizens, and command the respect of the world.

the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

Thank you, Mr. President, for your inspired leadership as the founder of this great nation!

 

Blessings

Blessings
Author: admin
Saturday, April 25, 2015
7:53 am

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#Blessings: 1. The exquisite beauty of God’s creations! 2. Photosynthesis. 3. Living water. Good Morning everyone! http://t.co/ok5zvN2oA0
 

Happy Birthday, Library of Congress!

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Author: admin
Saturday, April 25, 2015
3:32 am

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Libary of Congress Reading Room

My father once said, “The Marriott family liked the University of Utah more than Brigham Young University. They only gave BYU a basketball arena.  They gave the UofU a library!”

Perhaps that viewpoint is debatable, but one thing is true – 2015 years ago yesterday, the Library of Congress was established. As reported by History.com:

President John Adams approves legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress,” thus establishing the Library of Congress. The first books, ordered from London, arrived in 1801 and were stored in the U.S. Capitol, the library’s first home. The first library catalog, dated April 1802, listed 964 volumes and nine maps.

In a welcome message on the Library of Congress website, James H. Billinton, current Librarian of Congress stated:

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

The Library’s mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.

As Librarian of Congress, I oversee the many thousands of dedicated staff who acquire, catalog, preserve, and make available library collections within our three buildings on Capitol Hill and over the Internet. I am pleased that you are visiting our Web site today, and I invite you return to it often.

According to LibraryScienceList.com:

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the United States. It features 883 miles of shelving, houses 155 million items total, and holds 33 million books that are written in 460 different languages. It’s also home to 68 million manuscripts, 6.5 million pieces of music, more than 5 million maps, over 3.4 million recordings, and more than 13.5 million photographs.

We would do well to heed the counsel of Benjamin Franklin, who founded the nation’s first public library, “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” Later, he would also say: “The doors of wisdom are never shut.”

With all the material in the Library of Congress, there is no shortage of what to read or watch.  Let’s just remember the Proverb, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7)

 

Blessings

Blessings
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Friday, April 24, 2015
9:20 pm

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#Blessings: 1. Dinner with Ryan and Nichole. 2. Visiting CA with Clodhopper. 3. STEM teachers. G’nite & God bless! http://t.co/I89sxR5ZYd
 

Blessings

Blessings
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Friday, April 24, 2015
6:49 am

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#Blessings: 1. Flying with Clodhopper! 2. Paperless boarding passes. 3. Good legroom in an aisle seat. Good Morning! http://t.co/kfYfNyRfOz
 

Blessings

Blessings
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
9:19 pm

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#Blessings: 1. Grandkids and ice cream. 2. Playoff basketball. 3. Great professional colleagues. G’nite & God bless! http://t.co/5EG5TjOsgJ
 

Blessings

Blessings
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
8:32 pm

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#Blessings: 1. Helping our sweet grandkids. 2. Near paperless office. 3. Fresh watermelon. Good night & God bless! http://t.co/F59Xcn8w5X
 

In Pursuit of a “Known Traveler Number”

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Author: admin
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
5:02 pm

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Precheck

I have been using the TSA PreCheck service since soon after its inception in 2011, without paying an enrollment fee, after being invited by US Airways to participate. This has allowed me to use the simpler and faster TSA PreCheck lane at airport security, rather than joining the majority of fliers in regular security lines. However a couple of weeks ago, I received a notice from American Airlines, which is merging with US Airways, that I now needed to register for a “Known Traveler Number” (KTN) so I can continue to use the PreCheck service. I don’t really know why my gratis status is no longer acceptable, but it apparently it is.

So, I filled out a pre-registration form at Universal Enroll last week, booked at a screening appointment at a registration center a few miles from my house, and went through the final process today. 

Today’s registration process was unexpectedly painless. It took less than 15 minutes, including a short wait in the lobby, fingerprinting, stepping through a series of Identity Proofing steps and paying the $85 fee. Alas, I still don’t have a KTN.  That is supposed to be issued in a week or two after some big computer in the sky processes my information. Then, I am supposed to be set up to use the PreCheck lane every time.

The downside?  The government has me in yet another identity database.  My KTN will be linked to my SSN, as well as to my fingerprints and other personal identification data. Big Brother seems closer than ever before!

Next step after the KTN?  I will need to get a new Arizona drivers license that is Real ID compliant before January if I want to continue flying. Yet another Federal tentacle into my life! 

 

Blessings

Blessings
Author: admin
Monday, April 20, 2015
9:22 pm

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#Blessings: 1. Coloring with Beckham 2. BLT on spelt bread. 3. Air conditioning! Good night & God bless! http://t.co/sltQENPpV2
 

1775: The American Revolution Begins

Freedom Article, Freedom History
Author: admin
Sunday, April 19, 2015
6:56 am

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Shot heard around the world

Two hundred forty years ago today, the “shot heard around the world” signaled the start of the American Revolutionary War. As described on History.com

At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town’s common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment’s hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, the “shot heard around the world” was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolution had begun.

The next few years would be difficult and trying, but eventually, the brave colonists would prevail. I shall ever be grateful for those who redeemed this great nation by shedding their precious blood in our behalf. (Doctrine & Covenants 101:80)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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