Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Abraham Lincoln’

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we will find the way.
   —    Abraham Lincoln
[It now seems likely that John Bolton’s book (to be released in March) will open up the spillways on what (to now) has been the leaking dam of the corrupt and incompetent Trump Administration.  We are likely to see a continuing death by a thousand cuts throughout the summer and into the election and the cuts will get progressively deeper as #45 continues to lose court cases – particularly about his taxes and finances.
How long until the Senate Republicans give up their fear of #45?  A third of all Senators are up for up for re-election in 2020.  23 are Republicans and 12 are Democrats.  The Democrats must hold ALL of their seats and pick off four of the Republicans to take control of the Senate.  This is a tall order if we have a “normal” election.  It seems to me more likely the Republicans will hold their seats if they dump their dead weight now than if they continue their support and face a massive vote against Trump.  The two questions are:  1) will the voter purge (of likely Democratic voters) be enough to tip the scales to the Republicans in the critical states, and, 2)  will Republicans not show up for #45 (in protest) and / or not show up en masse to protect the down ballot candidates (the sitting Senators).
The lesson of Nixon, Bush (I) and Obama is to cut your losses, take your lumps in the short run and come back strong in Congress before retaking the White House.  Having impeachment witnesses and then convicting and removing #45 will be better for the Republicans than full retribution in November.  If they don’t call witnesses, they lose for cynical hypocrisy.  If they do call witnesses (and documents), the trial drags on until they convince Trump to quit (like Nixon).  If they wait too long, they will not have time to rally around whomever they finally fall back on as their candidate.  Their best chance for November is to lance the boil quickly and as cleanly as possible…     —    KMAB]
.
On This Day In:
2019 17 Days Until The Next Government Shutdown
2018 Disciplined Models
2017 We Cannot Afford Enemies
2016 Love Is Just A State Of Mind
2015 Waiting?
2014 Big C, Little B (II)
Where God Has Not
2013 Chasing His Dragon
Shaped And Molded
2012 Believe In Yourself
2011 Cultural Equivalence
Why Not?
Books About Books
The Basis For Adult Continuing Education

Read Full Post »

In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all, and it often comes with bitter agony.  Perfect relief is not possible, except with time.  You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better.  But this is not true.  You are sure to be happy again.  Knowing this, truly believing it, will make you less miserable now.  I have had enough experience to make this statement.
  —  Abraham Lincoln
.
On This Day In:
2018 I Doubt #45 Is Listening?
2017 Life’s Oddity
2016 Just Asking…
2015 Two Thoughts On Thinking
2014 From The Top, Please…
2013 You Are The Stars
2012 Just One??
2011 Anything But

Read Full Post »

During the campaign it was widely reported that then candidate Trump was the most dishonest candidate running for President.  (That’s Politically Correct “speak” for Trump was the biggest liar.)   Trump’s honesty rating (according to Politifact.com) was 15% – “true” (4%) or “mostly true” (11%) – and 85% dishonest – “half true” (15%), “mostly false” (19%), “false” (34%), and “pants on fire” (17%).
Trump is now on his Twitter account denying the recent reports (by various media) of “disarray” on his transition team.  Trump reports everything is going “smoothly”.
To quote Groucho Marx:  “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes.
To quote Abraham Lincoln:  “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
.
On This Day In:
2015 Something Pagan
2014 A Note To Self
2013 Determining Our Degree Of Freedom
2012 Journalism And Fantasy
Known Knowns
Jerk, n.
2011 Love Questions

Read Full Post »

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.
   –  Abraham Lincoln
.
On This Day In:
2015 If They’re Good Enough
2014 Three…
2013 Uncle Joe’s Song
Live, Then, As If…
2012 Still Trying
2011 Not Deserving

Read Full Post »

Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once.  I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
Just for today, I will be happy.  This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Just for today, I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my “luck” as it comes, and fit myself to it.
Just for today, I will try to strengthen my mind.  I will study.  I will learn something useful.  I will not be a mental loafer.  I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
Just for today, I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count.   I will do at least two things I don’t want to–just for exercise.  I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt; but today I will not show it
Just for today, I will be agreeable.  I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything and not try to improve or regulate anybody except myself.
Just for today, I will have a program.  I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it.  I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.
Just for today, I will have a quiet half hour all by myself, and relax.  During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.
Just for today, I will be unafraid.  Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.
  —  Various Attributions
[There are also various versions.  The above is the version I have in my journal from back in the late 1970’s.  —   KMAB]
.
On This Day In:
2014 Reaching For Destiny
2013 Still Just Passing Through
2012 Live Or Die
2011 On Secession
2010 A Rocky Weekend

Read Full Post »

For those who like this kind of book, this is the kind of book they will like.
   —  Abraham Lincoln
[LOL!  The same can be said for blogs and bloggers…   —  KMAB]
.
On This Day In:
2014 Righteous Anger
2013 An Irish Blessing
2012 But Is It Worth It?
2011 Let Us Start

Read Full Post »

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.   Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
   —    President Abraham Lincoln
.
On This Day In:
2013 The More Things Change…
2012 The Delicate Moment Of Giving
2011 Ready, Shoot, Aim!!

Read Full Post »

“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”
  —  Albert Einstein
—  Although I may have lost my innocence some time ago and developed a protective shield in response, my shell is only armor, not impermeable, and inside lies still a warm heart beating softly.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
  —  Martin Luther King, Jr.
—  I always wondered from when I was a very young child, why must I wait so long for everything.  It always seemed that others got what they wanted so much sooner, but perhaps their dreams were not so complicated to begin with.
“If one advanced confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success in uncommon hours.”
  —  Henry David Thoreau
—  I am, to be quite honest, still waiting for those “uncommon hours”, but they will come, I surmise, when I least expect it.
—  I am a dreamer by day with wide eyes open, but in being so, have met with much resistance.
—  My experience has taught me that though I may see truth quite clear, that does not mean others too, can, are willing, or are ready also to meet with that same experience.
—  The trouble I have presently is bridging the gap between the truth that I see and the truth others cannot, will not, or are not ready to see.  I want to bridge that gap in light of my goal as it relates to the cultivation of beauty.
“When I do good, I feel good.  When I do bad, I feel bad.  That’s my religion.”
  —  Abraham Lincoln
—  Navigating people, in my experience for sure, is the most difficult set of lessons I have ever had to learn in life.  There is an inner compass I have discovered though, which leads me now, but a long time it was in the making and still how much refining I’ve yet to go.
  —  Kyrielle Adelshine
From a blog I follow: thecultivationofbeauty.wordpress.com
The specific posting is:  http://thecultivationofbeauty.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/my-life-in-short-by-quote/; the original posting was titled, “My Life In Short – by quote
[The above excerpt is a juxtaposition of quotes versus thoughts about one’s self.  I thought the use of compare and contrast was an interesting way of describing one’s life.
I have taken the liberty to remove a few of the quotes because the blogger’s (Kyrielle) writing can stand on its own.  I have also taken the liberty of bolding the blogger’s responses to the quotes.  Hopefully, this will make it easier for the casual reader to recognize her responses.
Please visit Kyrielle’s site to read the full posting.  —  KMAB]
.
On This Day In:
2012 Fear And Understanding
2011 Just Being Human

Read Full Post »

We trust, Sir, that God is on our side.  It is more important to know that we are on God’s side.
    —    President Abraham Lincoln
.

Read Full Post »

This week, I watched two movies – one old (on DVD) and one new (at the theater).  The old one was Die Hard #4: (officially) “Live Free Or Die Hard” (2007).  The new one was “Lincoln” (2012).
DH4 is the latest Bruce Willis super-cop fights terrorist bad-guys movie.  Basically, it follows the tried and true genre which DH1 (1988) created: lots of action, people in danger, lots of gunfire, lots of explosions (even fake explosions) and, of course, the indestructible “John McClane” (Willis).  Now, some will dispute my assertion that DH1 “created” the genre – leaning towards “Lethal Weapon” (1987) as the start of the genre.  I’d say you have a valid argument, but to me, LW is more of buddy cop movie, than the lone cop against the whole terrorist gang.  Now the interesting thing is that DH4 is not strictly a lone cop movie any more (okay, DH3 wasn’t either).  McClane gains an unwilling partner, but it’s still basically Willis against the whole gang.
DH4 is much better than DH2 and DH3, mostly because it has moments of humor which make it a much more entertaining movie.  It’s not simply a string of explosions and shoot-em-ups (but it is mostly that, so you get your monies worth of bang).  Anyway, I admit to watching this movie and DH1 every couple of years and they are both terrific.  Actually, all four are very good films and well worth watching repeatedly if you enjoy this genre (and I do).  So, highly recommended!
The second film, “Lincoln“, I went to see with my oldest daughter, Rebecca.  She lives away from home, now, so I don’t get to spend as much time with Rebecca as I would like and usually when we are together, we’re talking politics.  I think we were both looking forward to seeing this movie because of our mutual interest in history and politics.  The movie is about the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in Congress just before the end of the American Civil War.  Now in all honesty, despite Abraham Lincoln being one of my favorite Presidents, I knew almost nothing about the passage of this Amendment.  This is the Amendment abolishing slavery in the United States.
The movie is a fairly typical Steven Spielberg direction / production – in other words – excellent!  The music, the pacing, the color, the imagery, the attention to period detail are all superb.  It seems highly probable to me that “Lincoln“, Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) will all be getting Oscar nominations and probably win.  I haven’t seen many great roles this year (or that many movies), but Day-Lewis is a lock (in my book) for the Best Actor nomination and award.
I found the vitriol in the House of Representatives to be amusing and interesting and certainly shed new insight into politics in our own life and times.  I also enjoyed the moments of humor, like when an exasperated cabinet member shouts, “Please, not another one of your stories!
If there are any criticisms of the movie, it’s that the movie ends predictably with the Amendments passage and with Lincoln’s assassination.  I guess there’s not much to be done about that though, as the movie is based on actual history and the Amendment did pass and the President was killed.  I guess Lincoln could have become a vampire slayer or something…  Nah!  Nobody would believe that.  (Or pay to go see it.)
In conclusion, this is one of the most enjoyable / educational movies I’ve seen in some time.  I walked away with even more respect for Abraham Lincoln.  Highly recommended!!
.

Read Full Post »

Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
    —    President Abraham Lincoln
.

Read Full Post »

Will it be wiser to take it as it is and help improve it, or to reject and disperse it.
   —    Abraham Lincoln
[A message for those who would seek to reduce the Federal government to a size small enough that they might drown it in a bath tub…
I think they should visit the Lincoln Memorial.  Above the statue of Lincoln the following words are carved in stone: “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.
Lincoln saved the Union for ALL of the PEOPLE of the United States.   —  KMAB]
.

Read Full Post »

Yet, while being a model of consistency, Lincoln was also uncommonly flexible.  He was a leader who would not and did not limit himself.  “My policy is to have no policy,” he’d say.  “I shall not surrender this game leaving any available card unplayed.”  Lincoln would always leave “an opportunity for a change of mind.”
   —  Donald T. Phillips
From his book: “Lincoln On Leadership
[So, our greatest Republican President was ALWAYS ready to be a flip-flopper!   —   KMAB]
.

Read Full Post »

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.
    —    Abraham Lincoln
.

Read Full Post »

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
    —     Abraham Lincoln
[Does anybody else see the irony of Newt Gingrich calling Mitt Romney a liar because of anonymous PAC money being spent on “negative” attack ads in Iowa?
It reminds me of Michael Jackson:  “I’m starting with the man in the mirror…”    —    KMAB]
.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: