Gettysburg Address, Nov. 1863; A. Lincoln

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

Warren Buffet’s remedy for congressional log jam

Winds of Change…. Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have this message. This is one idea that really should be passed around. *Congressional Reform Act of 2013 1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office. 2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose. 3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do. 4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%. 5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. 6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people. 7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work. If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Don’t you think it’s time? THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS! If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.

Winston churchill on going through hell

“When you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

He knew something about going through hell. The application process for social security benefits can feel like going through hell, so can the aftermath of a negligently caused injury forcing you to deal with an insurance adjuster. Perseverance is the message here. When you feel like your’e loosing the battle call in reserves, but don’t give in.

Things to think about…

It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep.                 Tibetan Proverb

Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.   Jiddhu Krishnamurti

Happiness is in itself a kind of gratitude.
Joseph Wood Krutch

Links for Supervisors of Elections for every county in Florida

http://election.dos.state.fl.us/soe/supervisor_elections.asp

The link above is to a map where you can get the web site for every county Supervisor of Elections official in Florida and the State Supervisor. I find it a great site on election night to supplement television. Remember, whether Democrat, Republican, Independent, Tea Party or Libertarian we have more in common than we have differences. Go vote!