Dec 18
Colonel George Willard
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Colonel George Willard

A rarely visited marker on the Gettysburg Battlefield noting the location where Colonel George Willard lost his life leading his brigade into the maelstrom wrought by General William Barksdale’s Mississippians. The marker reads,
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Dec 18

This is a repeat of an earlier caution:

As we approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday period, you will no doubt receive increasing solicitations from all sorts of charities asking for your help, especially in the current economic climate.

According to the American Institute of Philanthropy, U.S. military members, postal workers, and other federal employees are among the most generous givers in the U.S. That makes us even more proud Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 18

Bush urges 'new perspective' on Iraq 
    (AFP)

AFP – US President George W. Bush called Saturday for “a new perspective here at home” on the divisive war in Iraq, urging the public to unite in support of the fledgling government in Baghdad. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 18
Happy Thanksgiving!
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As we pause to count our blessings on this Thanksgiving holiday, we give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. We are especially grateful for the selfless service of our men and women in uniform as they stand watch around the world today and every day, preserving our freedom to celebrate with our families. Their families, who don’t raise their right hands to take an oath or wear a uniform, also serve, and we are grateful for their sacrifices Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 18
Re-distributing Your Wealth
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On my way to lunch recently, I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read “Vote Obama; I need the money.” I laughed.

In the restaurant, my server had on an “Obama 08” tie. Again I laughed. Just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came, I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Barack-Obama-redistribution-of-wealth concept.

He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I’ve decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment, I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient “deserved” (or needed) money more.

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

A. Hart
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Dec 18
Confederate Pyramid
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Confederate Pyramid

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Dec 18
Manassas Monument
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Manassas Monument

One of the earliest monuments erected to the men who sacrificed during the American Civil War. Union veterans placed this monument on the fields of Manassas / Bull Run in 1865. The inscription reads simply, “In Memory of the Patriots who fell at Bull Run July 21 1861”. This view shows a portion on the monument as seen through one of the windows of the Judith Henry house.
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Dec 18
Harpers Ferry, WV
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Harpers Ferry, WV

An aerial view of Harpers Ferry West Virginia from Maryland Heights. In the lower left hand corner of the picture you can see “John Brown’s Fort”, or the Harpers Ferry Armory‚Äôs fire engine and guard house, where abolitionist John Brown was captured by troops of the 2nd United States Cavalry led by Lt. Colonel Robert E. Lee. In 1859, John Brown had hoped to capture the weapons at the arsenal and insight a slave insurrection throughout the south. He was instead hanged for murder, inciting a rebellion, and treason. He would famously write just prior to his death, “I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done.”
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Dec 18

White House hails service of US veterans on 'Pearl Harbor Day' 
    (AFP)
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Dec 18

In honor of Veterans’ Day, bridal shops across the country are showing their appreciation of our troops by holding special bridal-gown giveaways for brides on active duty or brides whose grooms are on active duty in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

To be eligible, you must be engaged, be on active duty in the military, or have a fiance on active duty in either Iraq or Afghanistan. All military brides must show proper ID, copy of deployment papers, Read the rest of this entry »

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