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, […]
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.
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‘S’ is for SCIENCE
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)
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
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.”
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.
Words on Wednesdays
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!
Not everyone is capable of such sane behavior!
What’s on you mind?
The last few posts, I have posted teaser content and photos of Cherry Blossoms from previous year. To prove my previous post, and reiterate that while winter seems to be making a fuss about leaving (we had flurries almost all day today), here are the first official pictures of some pink from this year 🙂
This time of the year, if you live in the DC area, Cherry Blossoms are what’s on most people’s mind. End of March and early April is when throngs return to the Capital city, to catch a glimpse of the Blossoms along the Tidal Basin, around the city and neighborhood. In a way, the Cherry Blossoms are a harbinger of spring: once they are here and gone, winter is officially over.
Believe it or not, while it is quite pleasant to be able to walk around the city without being trampled upon, I do miss the hustle and bustle that returns with the Cherry Blossoms. It is exciting to see new faces and the awakening of the city for the new tourist season which continues till Labor Day.
The trees around the Tidal Basin are still slow to bud, but come this time next week, I am sure there will be more life in them. Today’s storm, is hopefully the last of the year, and temperatures are expected to return to normal after tomorrow.