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Glenn Beck has been doing an excellent job of teaching us on his program about our REAL history, especially with his Founders' Fridays. There are many books that he and his guests mention that provide us with facts that you don't find in public school textbooks. In fact, much of what we learned in school are outright lies and distortions. I'm going to use this page to keep track of the books mentioned on his show as well as others I've learned about along the way. Please make any suggests you have. If you've read any of these books, or related books, and want to do a write-up on it and help contribute to this site, by all means, please create an account and we'll get you set up as an author on this site.

1818, October, 28th Obituary Notice of Abigail Adams

OBITUARY NOTICE

 

Died at Quincy, the 28th October, 1818, Mrs. ABIGAIL ADAMS, consor of the Hon. JOHN ADAMS, late President of the United States.

 

THIS lady was not more elevated by rank, than eminent by her virtues.  Of her sex, she was an ornament not less pure, than it was brilliant.  At once the charm and the pride of the domestic circle.  Exemplary in the fulfillment of every social and religious obligation; and in the native ease and characteristic dignity, with which they were discharged.  Presiding, in her family, as though its cares had been the single object of her thoughts; yet her mind, enlarged by reading, and established by meditation, had the aspect of one, exclusively devouted to mental improvement and intellectual contemplation.  It was impossible to know her intimately, without admiring that rare assemblage of qualitative which constituted her character; in which masculine understanding was united with delicacy, unobtrusive and feminine; what was true, and useful, and necessary to be known, for the right conduct of common life, was mingled and dignified, by being combined in her mind and practice, with acquirements, at once, extensive, elegant, and extraordinary.  She was endowed by nature with a countenance singularly noble and lovely.  In it dignity was blended with sweetness, the beams of intelligence with those kindness: inspiring at once, respect, confidence and affection.  She illustrated and adorned every sphere she was called to fill.  Although polished by intercourse with the world, her mind had lost nothing of its original purity an innate worth.

This is not the language of panegyrie.  If those who knew her not, it shall have this aspect, those who knew her best, will feel how short this description falls of all her refined and all the substantial qualities which formed the stamina of her character.

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Based on the classic novel by George Orwell, Animal Farm tells the story of a group of farm animals who successfully revolt against their cruel human owner, only to be enslaved anew by the unscrupulous pig Napoleon, whose slogan is "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." Presented here in its 50th Anniversary edition, Animal Farm combines superb animation, brilliant Technicolor®, and a host of memorable characters to create a timeless fable.

2010, May 20, "E Pluribus Unum," A Response to President Calderon

Thomas Miller McClintock II is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from California's 4th congressional district.  After Mexican President Calderon addressed a joint session of Congress referecing the "racial profiling" of an immigration enforcement law passed by the state of Arizona Rep McClintock arose and offered the following response.

House Chamber, Washington, D.C.  May 20, 2010.  M. Speaker:

 

I rise to take strong exception to the speech of the President of Mexico while in this chamber today.

 

The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderon’s behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.

 

It is highly inappropriate for the President of Mexico to lecture Americans on American immigration policy, just as it would be for Americans to lecture Mexico on its laws. 

 

It is obvious that President Calderon does not understand the nature of America or the purpose of our immigration law.

1689, Two Treatises of Government, by John Locke

TWO TREATISES OF GOVERNMENT1

BY JOHN LOCKE

 

    SALUS POPULI SUPREMA LEX ESTO [Let the good of the people be the supreme law]

 

PREFACE

 

Reader, thou hast here the beginning and end of a discourse concerning government; what fate has otherwise disposed ofthe papers that should have filled up the middle, and were more than all the rest, it is not worth while to tell thee. These, which remain, I hope are sufficient to establish the throne of our great restorer, our present King William; to make good his title, in the consent of the people, which being the only one of all lawful governments, he has more fully and clearly, than any prince in Christendom; and to justify to the world the people of England, whose love of their just and natural rights, with their resolution to preserve them, saved the nation when it was on the very brink of slavery and ruin. If these papers have that evidence, I flatter myself is to be found in them, there will be no great miss of those which are lost, and my reader may be satisfied without them: for I imagine, I shall have neither the time, nor inclination to repeat my pains, and fill up the wanting part of my answer, by tracing Sir Robert again, through all the windings and obscurities, which are to be met with in the several branches of his wonderful system. The king, and body of the nation, have since so thoroughly confuted his Hypothesis, that I suppose nobody hereafter will have either the confidence to appear against our common safety, and be again an advocate for slavery; or the weakness to be deceived with contradictions dressed up in a popular stile, and well-turned periods: for if any one will be at the pains, himself, in those parts, which are here untouched, to strip Sir Robert's discourses of the flourish of doubtful expressions, and endeavour to reduce his words to direct, positive, intelligible propositions, and then compare them one with another, he will quickly be satisfied, there was never so much glib nonsense put together in well-sounding English. If he think it not worth while to examine his works all thro', let him make an experiment in that part, where he treats of usurpation; and let him try, whether he can, with all his skill, make Sir Robert intelligible, and consistent with himself, or common sense. I should not speak so plainly of a gentleman, long since past answering, had not the pulpit, of late years, publicly owned his doctrine, and made it the current divinity of the times. It is necessary those men, who taking on them to be teachers, have so dangerously misled others, should be openly shewed of what authority this their Patriarch is, whom they have so blindly followed, that so they may either retract what upon so ill grounds they have vented, and cannot be maintained; or else justify those principles which they preached up for gospel; though they had no better an author than an English courtier: for I should not have writ against Sir Robert, or taken the pains to shew his mistakes, inconsistencies, and want of (what he so much boasts of, and pretends wholly to build on) scripture-proofs, were there not men amongst us, who, by crying up his books, and espousing his doctrine, save me from the reproach of writing against a dead adversary. They have been so zealous in this point, that, if I have done him any wrong, I cannot hope they should spare me. I wish, where they have done the truth and the public wrong, they would be as ready to redress it, and allow its just weight to this reflection, viz. that there cannot be done a greater mischief to prince and people, than the propagating wrong notions concerning government; that so at last all times might not have reason to complain of the Drum Ecclesiastic. If any one, concerned really for truth, undertake the confutation of my Hypothesis, I promise him either to recant my mistake, upon fair conviction; or to answer his difficulties. But he must remember two things.

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1969, January 14, Explanation of The Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton

Survival in the world of comedy takes great insight into the workings of humanity, and great timing to relay those observations with humor.  At times comedians and poets will often use their insight to not only point out things for humor, but also to make pointed remarks about society.  Here Mr. Skelton relates a narrative from his 7th grade school teacher.  Only the last paragraph of the following is identified as his own commentary.

"I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?"

I: Me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge: dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.

Allegiance:  my love and my devotion.

1789, April 30, George Washington's Fist Inagural Address

The Inaugural Address of George Washington
30 April 1789

 

Fellow Citizens of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

 

Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the fourteenth day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love, from a retreat which I had chosen with the fondest predilection, and, in my flattering hopes, with an immutable decision, as the asylum of my declining years: a retreat which was rendered every day more necessary as well as more dear to me, by the addition of habit to inclination, and of frequent interruptions in my health to the gradual waste committed on it by time. On the other hand, the magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my Country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens, a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with dispondence, one, who, inheriting inferior endowments from nature and unpractised in the duties of civil administration, ought to be peculiarly conscious of his own deficiencies. In this conflict of emotions, all I dare aver, is, that it has been my faithful study to collect my duty from a just appreciation of eve ry circumstance, by which it might be affected. All I dare hope, is, that, if in executing this task I have been too much swayed by a grateful remembrance of former instances, or by an affectionate sensibility to this transcendent proof, of the confidence of my fellow-citizens; and have thence too little consulted my incapacity as well as disinclination for the weighty and untried cares before me; my error will be palliated by the motives which misled me, and its consequences be judged by my Country, with some share of the partiality in which they originated.

2009, March 09, The Islamic Response to the Government’s Nine Accusations

This document was provided to military authorities at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba.  The authors, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi Bin Al Shibh, Ali Abdul-Aziz Ali, Mustafa Ahmed Adam Al Hawsawi, identify themselves in signing the document as "The 9/11 Shura Council."  The 7 page document (see attached) includes an introductory page signed by Col. Stephen R. Henley, a military judge stationed at the Detention Center.

This document serves as a brief explanation for the orchestration of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.  In some ways it has been described as "a declaration of war."  Similar documents describing the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on NY, such as the The 9/11 Commission Report are rather lengthy, and use popular research models that illustrate significant items not often considered in first hand sources.  In contrast this document is an entirely first hand source for justification for the horrific events of 9/11.  The document plainly illustrates that Islam, the fundamentals of the Muslim religion, were motivating factors.  Unprompted these authors identify in several instances Islam's influence on their actions to commit violence. 

1879, October 22 The Invention of the Electric Light

On this date in 1879 a 32 year old inventor changed the world and created the first electric light bulb. 


Questions:

  • What events lead to the invention of the light bulb?
  • How long did Mr. Edison work on the project?
  • Was there international competition (similar to the Atlantic flight crossing & space race) that motivated his efforts?
  • What positive and negative effects have been felt across society because of this invention?

ADAMS, Samuel (1722-1803)

Help Create this Article!  Add your questions about Samuel Adams below.

Samuel Adams (September 27, 1722 – October 2, 1803) was a statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. As a politician in colonial Massachusetts, Adams was a leader of the movement that became the American Revolution, and was one of the architects of the principles of American republicanism that shaped the political culture of the United States. He was a second cousin to John Adams.

Among the many causes he championed, one was the inclusion of girls in public schools.1

 

  1. 1. http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/39877/
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