Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Parable For The 4th of July

Once, in the 1820's, a little boy called Sam was playing in the yard behind his house.  During his pretend fighting game, he knocked over the outhouse.  Now Sam was upset and worried that he would get into trouble so he ran into the woods and didn't come out until after got dark.  When he arrived back home, his pappy was waiting for him.  He asked suspiciously, "Son, did you knock over the outhouse this afternoon?"
"No, pappy," Sam lied.
"Well, let me tell you a story," said the father. "Once, not that long ago, Mr Lincoln received a shiny new axe from his father.  Excited, he tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down.  But as he looked at the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother's favorite cherry tree," his pappy paused." just like you, he ran into the woods. When he returned, his pappy asked, 'Abraham, did you cut down the cherry tree?'  Abraham answered with, 'Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop down the tree.' Then his father said, 'Well, since you were honest with me, you are spared from punishment. I hope you have learned your lesson, though.' So," the Sam's father asked again," did you knock down the outhouse?"
"Pappy, I cannot tell a lie any more." said the little boy. "I did indeed knock down the outhouse."
Then his pappy father spanked Sam boy red, white, and blue. The boy whimpered, "Pappy, I told you the truth! Why did you spank me?"
Pappy answered, "That's because Abraham Lincoln's father wasn't in the tree when he chopped it down!"


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This Day in History

This Day
    U.S. declares independence, 1776
American Revolution
    American colonies declare independence, 1776
    Fiat unveils the "Nuova Cinquecento", 1957
Civil War
    Confederates surrender Vicksburg, 1863
Cold War
    Soviets rock for peace, 1987
    A sensationalized murder trial inspires The Fugitive, 1954
    Heat wave strikes Northeast, 1911
General Interest
    Death of the founding fathers, 1826
    Pathfinder lands on Mars, 1997
    Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon born, 1927
    First edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass is published, 1855
    The Clash play their first live gig, 1976
Old West
    Lewis and Clark celebrate July 4, 1804
    Thomas Jefferson and John Adams die, 1826
    Dempsey defeats Willard, 1919
Vietnam War
    South Vietnamese officers plot coup, 1963
    Thieu vows to wipe out corruption, 1968
World War I
    U.S. troops march through Paris to Lafayette's tomb, 1917
World War II
    Polish general fighting for justice dies tragically, 1943


Birthdays on July 4th

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Blast from the Past


Afternoon Funnies


Todays Quote

Birthday Boy
Calvin Coolidge

Advertising is the life of trade.
Calvin Coolidge

Advertising ministers to the spiritual side of trade. It is great power that has been entrusted to your keeping which charges you with the high responsibility of inspiring and ennobling the commercial world. It is all part of the greater work of the regeneration and redemption of mankind.
Calvin Coolidge

After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.
Calvin Coolidge

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
Calvin Coolidge

Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House.
Calvin Coolidge

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge

Civilization and profit go hand in hand.
Calvin Coolidge

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
Calvin Coolidge

Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.
Calvin Coolidge

Duty is not collective; it is personal.
Calvin Coolidge

Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow.
Calvin Coolidge

Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still.
Calvin Coolidge

Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
Calvin Coolidge

I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can't be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.
Calvin Coolidge

I have never been hurt by what I have not said.
Calvin Coolidge

I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
Calvin Coolidge

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
Calvin Coolidge

If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.
Calvin Coolidge

If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it.
Calvin Coolidge

If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.
Calvin Coolidge

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