Repost from 2018: Rise Up & Speak Up


#TakeAKnee

Now is the time for Unity as a Nation

and Rise Up to meet the Challenge!

For have you forgotten?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident:
That all men are created equal;
That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights;
That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
—Thomas Jefferson

The Guru — Pondering Poet Pilot


When the virus started, The whole world was on the brink. Didn’t like the sound of that, Decided I should drink. Started off with water, Hoped I’d wash those germs away. Then I made a bleachy mix ‘Cause He said, “That’s the way!” Shone UV light down my throat, Some other places too. Ended […]

via The Guru — Pondering Poet Pilot

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Women in Transportation History – Raye J. Montague, US Navy Computer Programmer, Ship Designer — Transportation History


In the spirit of the female African-American mathematicians whose efforts to strengthen and advance the U.S. space program despite discrimination are depicted in the movie Hidden Figures, Raye Jean Jordan Montague played an important if often overlooked pioneering role when it came to military seacraft. Montague, who was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1935, […]

via Women in Transportation History – Raye J. Montague, US Navy Computer Programmer, Ship Designer — Transportation History

Diary of a Scribbler: James Madison and the Indispensable Provision


James Madison

Since the U.S. House of Representatives voted to formalize an Impeachment Inquiry today, I thought it a good time to reflect on first principles.

In July of 1787 the Founding Fathers were still in Philadelphia drafting our Constitution. James Madison, known in our history as the Father of the U.S. Constitution, played a major part in organizing the convention and constructing the final draft of the Constitution and then getting it ratified by the states.

Continue to read on the Diary of a Scribbler.

For the New Intellectual


My morality, the morality of reason, is contained in a single axiom: existence exists—and in a single choice: to live. The rest proceeds from these. To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life: Reason—Purpose—Self-esteem. Reason, as his only tool of knowledge—Purpose, as his choice of the happiness which that tool must proceed to achieve—Self-esteem, as his inviolate certainty that his mind is competent to think and his person is worthy of happiness, which means: is worthy of living. These three values imply and require all of man’s virtues, and all his virtues pertain to the relation of existence and consciousness: rationality, independence, integrity, honesty, justice, productiveness, pride.

— John Galt’s Speech. (Ayn Rand)

 

See Also:

Happiness

Fall in DC

Falling Water A Flyout that wasn’t

Money is the root of all evil

In the name of the best within you

Atlantis

Heroes in Fiction

Capitalism with Morality: The Lost Cause!

Words on Wednesdays: Freedom


“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

–Abraham Lincoln

 

There is no freedom of religion, if you need an armed guard to pray

There is no freedom, if you need an armed guard in every floor or in every room  of every office, school or building.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

–Nelson Mandela.

Words on Wednesdays: Immigration #1


Pre 1790

Historian’s  believe that the first human beings came to the America from across the Bering Straits about 20, 000 years ago.

These were the ancestors of the many Native American cultures, which would people the landscape for thousands of years.

Around the year 1000, a small number of Vikings would arrive. Five hundred years later, the great European migration would begin.

Crossing the Atlantic meant two to three months of seasickness, overcrowding, limited food rations, and disease. But the lure of available land and the hope for political and religious freedoms kept the Europeans coming.

In some places, the meeting of Europeans and Native Americans was peaceful. In others, the cultures clashed, leading to violence and disease. Whole tribes were decimated by such newly introduced diseases as small pox, measles, and the plague.

Continue to read the timeline here.

Yes!


Words on Wednesdays

Finally, semester is over! I took my last class, passed the QE, and can finally say I am ABD 🙂Unlike last year, when I planned and flew to Hudson River & Montauk Point in April 2017

Or the previous year, when I planned and went down to Australia & New Zealand in April 2016,

Or the previous year, when I planned a trip to the National Museum of the USAF in April 2015,Or the previous year, when I planned and flew to Sun & Fun in April 2014,
I am free to once again start planning … OSH!

I am also planning a repeat of Douthat State Park and a whole lot of flying once I get current again.

And of course more down under.

Stay tuned as Flynthings picks up where it left off last fall and takes to the skies again.

The possibilities are immense!