November 21, 2006

Thanksgiving proclamation from 1789

The third annual repeat of this post, just because.

WHEREAS, It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor;

WHEREAS, Both the houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

--George Washington - October 3, 1789

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November 17, 2006

Dogs and cats living together

And that ain't all they're doing together.

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November 16, 2006

Public Service Announcement

Time for my 3rd annual post about The Great American Smokeout.

Do you want to quit smoking, but don't think that have the willpower to quit forever? The Great American Smokeout is for you. All you have to do is refrain from smoking for one day, just to prove to yourself that you can do it. Excerpt:

The Rules of the Game

The rules are simple: You just quit smoking for the 24 hours of the Smokeout. The wonderful thing is that you won't be alone; you can swap advice, jokes and groans with the other "quitters," nonsmokers and the American Cancer Society volunteers who will be cheering you on. Even if you don't go on to quit permanently, you will have learned that you can quit for a day and that many others around you are taking the step, too. Contact the American Cancer Society for information on how you can participate, either as a "quitter" or as a volunteer.

My grandmother died of cancer, as did several other members of my extended family. A few people I know have emphysema. I would rather not add to the list of people who suffer and/or perish from these diseases.

This post will remain at the top of this blog until November 16 has passed.

Note: In no way should my antipathy towards smoking be considered as

  1. An attack on smokers in general, as many of my friends smoke
  2. An indication that I condone the relentless attack on smokers by every branch of government, including the bans on smoking in restaurants and bars. Last time I checked, cigarettes were legal. Make them illegal, or STFU.

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November 09, 2006

They're baaaacck

It's time for the the Weblog Awards again. The current list of categories:

Best Blog
Best New Blog
Best Group Blog
Best Humor/Comics Blog
Best Liberal Blog
Best Conservative Blog
Best Media/Journalist Blog
Best Technology Blog
Best Culture/Gossip Blog
Best Sports Blog
Best Photo Blog
Best LGBT Blog
Best Military Blog
Best Blog Design
Best Podcast
Best Video Blog
Best Religious Blog
Best Parenting Blog
Best Law Blog
Best Business Blog
Ecosystem Based

Best of the Top 250 Blogs
Best of the Top 251 - 500 Blogs
Best of the Top 501 - 1000 Blogs
Best of the Top 1001 - 1750 Blogs
Best of the Top 1751 - 2500 Blogs
Best of the Top 2501 - 3500 Blogs
Best of the Top 3501 - 5000 Blogs
Best of the Top 5001 - 6750 Blogs
Best of the Top 6751 - 8750 Blogs
Best of the Rest of the Blogs (8751+)

I guess that I can nominate myself in a category, but it might be better coming from someone else(hint, hint).

Of course I'm shameless. I'm a blogger; it comes with the territory.

Oh, and you might want to suggest some more categories, if you can think of any. Go here for that.

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November 07, 2006

He's baaaacckk

Bill Whittle has a new post up. And even though his comments are closed, you can still chit-chat with Bill-so to speak- at this discussion group.

Great reading, as usual.

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