Archive for November, 2009

Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

October 3, 1863

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.  To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.  In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.  Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.  Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.  They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people.  I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.   And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

A. Lincoln

Robb Wolf Has Left The Building

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Or was at least fired from  Crossfit Nutritional Certification.

If things played out as Robb describes, Crossfit HQ should be doing some deep soul searching at the people running things for Coach Glassman. I’ve seen shades of this mentality from other Crossfitters before and owe lots of it to them having pride in their organization. Nothing wrong with that but always be open to different thoughts and new ideas, that is how you grow.

For Those Crossfitters Looking For A WOD

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

For you non-Crossfitters WOD is Workout Of the Day. Lee Stewart created a web site to help you.

The WOD Shop

Zone Diet Explained

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Jeff Barnett over on the Crossfit Boards posted a link to something his wife wrote up explaining the Zone Diet. Go check it out.

Why Does He Hate Us?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Paul Mirengoff has an article on the Washington Examiner called Why Does He Hate Us? Read it now. 20 Years from now I believe that we’ll look back and rank President Obama as one of the worse president’s in the history of the United States.

The Fort Hood Shootings

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

The Main Stream Media (MSM) seems to be tripping over themselves in order to not paint the shooter, Nidal Hasan, in a negative light. Don’t want to offend the Muslim community don’t cha know.

Mark Steyn has a good piece on the shooting, and Hasan. I’m not taking his bet.

Scozzafava Endorses Democrat

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Dede Scozzafava, after backing out of the District 23 race in New York, has opted to back the Democratic candidate Bill Owens instead of Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman.

Scozzafava was the GOP choice, even though she had a left leaning platform. When she stepped aside the GOP platform shifted their support to Hoffman, but Scozzafava went with her heart and is backing Owens.

The GOP got themselves into this mess by backing Scozzafava to begin with. Not all Republicans were backing her and some were backing Hoffman from the start. But in one of those ways the GOP likes to shoot themselves in the foot it went with a weak candidate whom they believed had a better chance of being elected then with the more principled candidate.

Scozzafava fits in better with the Democratic party and I hope she leaves the Republicans and joins them. She could take my Senators, Snowe and Collins, with her too.

November 3 Ballot in Maine

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Here are my thoughts on some of the major questions for citizens of Maine this November 3.

Question 1: People’s Veto (Gay Marriage)

Twice the people of Maine have voted down gay marriage, but the Democratic legislatures and governor didn’t like that so passed a law anyways. This is a citizen’s veto to repeal the law. On principle I’m voting yes on this because the people of Maine have spoken more than once on this issue. Second, Maine has a domestic partner law that already covers much in this area. Finally for me as a Catholic marriage is a religious insitution. Put forth a civil union for gays and I would support it but marriage, no way.

Question 2: Citizen’s Initiative (Excise Tax)

I’m all for lowering taxes, and our vehicle excise taxes are already high. I might be willing to support this initiative if it didn’t exclude hybrid or other alternative energy vehicles. The excise tax is suppose to go towards the maintenance of roads, last I checked hybrids still use roads and cause wear and tear on them.Just lower the tax for all with no exemptions and you got my vote, ut as is I’m voting no.

Question 4: Citizen’s Initiative (TABOR)

Limit government growth to population growth and inflation? Got my vote.