Saturday, November 12, 2005

Remembering Veteran's Day

The History of Veterans Day

November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day -- the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill insured three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971.

Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on November 11.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Referendum on Bush?

Democrats Win Gov. Races in N.J., Va. By ROBERT TANNER, AP National Writer
32 minutes ago

"Democrats swept both governors' races Tuesday, with Sen. Jon Corzine (news, bio, voting record) easily winning New Jersey and Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine taking Virginia despite a last-minute campaign push for his opponent from President Bush.

In Texas, voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage, while Republican Mayor Mike Bloomberg surged ahead in his bid for a second term in heavily Democratic New York. Voters also picked mayors in Detroit, Houston, San Diego and Boston.

Kaine had 860,719 votes, or 51 percent, to Kilgore's 789,273 votes, or 46.8 percent, with 88 percent of precincts reporting.

In New Jersey, Democratic Sen. Jon Corzine trounced Doug Forrester, pulling in 54 percent of the vote to the Republican's 42.8 percent, with 55 percent of precincts counted. Corzine had 605,915 votes, and Forrester had 480,477.

In California, several government-overhaul measures on the ballot were seen as a referendum on GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who campaigned hard for them."

~ AP News

No comment here, except that New Jersey is a really special place to live *rolling eyes*.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Busy :)

Greetings to all my fellow bloggers and friends who I have lost contact with over the last few months! Busy doesn't really begin to describe how my life has been going, I haven't had any leisure time whatsoever ( except for this last week when my Logic class got cancelled ) so I'm barely keeping up with what's been going on on here. But do not fear, I am aware of developments through dear frineds, I have been informed of the defection of false friends who removed me from their blog lists, I am equally aware of those who have faithfully awaited my return :P, and I highly anticipate Pete's promised predestination battle. Anyway, not to bore you all, but I have been working constantly, and now my boss has asked me to train to become a pharmacy technician, which would include lots more stress and time. School is going very well, I'm almost half-way through my first semester at PHC and I have to confess my college grades are far superior to the onse I got in highschool ( a testament to just how difficult A Beka's highschool program is ). Not to say college isn't hard - because it is, I had to read Virgil's Aeneid in two weeks, and the History course is swift, comprehensive, and overwhelming. Plus tons of paperwork ( which PHC is somewhat notorious for ) - I've already gotten myself into a History term paper on the economic repercussions of the cotton industry in the pre-Civil War South, a Research and Writing paper on the Jewish holy book The Talmud, and a Theology paper on the CESSATION of the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues. Perhaps I will post that paper once I finish, for everyone's edification. :D Anyway, that's all for now, because you're probably all asleep, but I will try to be a little more faithful in posting or at least appearing on here...:)

Saturday, July 30, 2005

"LOST" Update

Ok, I know I'm not the only one out there obsessed with LOST, or driving myself crazy with ideas and hypotheses (sp) about the show, so here is an update. LOST returns on September 21st, and is promising a new main character. Here's what the AP is reporting about it:

"NEW YORK - There's someone else on the island. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will join the cast of ABC's "Lost," the network announced earlier this week. The actor will play Emeka, "a mysterious man whose presence on the island — and intentions — will be revealed" early in the upcoming second season, ABC said in a statement. "

Cool, huh? The show will of course pick up where it left off, with Michael's son in the hands of the strange island people, who are perhaps one of the biggest mysteries in the show. Sawyer, Michael, and Jin are all in the middle of the ocean having lost their boat, and Jack, Hurley, Locke, and Kate have unlocked that mysterious sealed vault. Should make for an awesome premiere. Maybe we will get two hours of it. :)

Friday, July 29, 2005

Blog Referrals

Hi everyone, I wanted to refer you all to some excellent blogs that are not receiving all the attention they deserve. ;) First off, my dear friend Sara has a LOTR oriented blog called The Grey Havens . If you like discussing all things LOTR then by all means visit.

Oh, and it looks like MVB needs a little attention over at The King's Highway, , and do check out his new poll. ;)

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

How Well Do You Know Your Denominations?

Hey everyone, I found an extremely challenging quiz on the beliefs and histories of various American denominations. There are only 25 questions, so it won't take you too long to take, unless of course, you get stumped on every question.:) I got 19 right out of a possible 25, with a score of 76%. If you decide to take it, please do not reference other web sites or books, rely on your own brain power. :)

History Trivia Questions

This from ABC News:

"Join the "Stump Sam" challenge!"

E-mail us political trivia questions and we'll toss the quiz to Sam Donaldson during his daily appearances on ABC News Now.

Stump Sam Contest Rules
Questions can involve any aspect of presidential trivia, dating from 1950 to the present.

ABC News Now is a 24-hour-a-day news feed available on digital cable, the Internet and other outlets.

To get your questions to Donaldson, please fill in the form below. And if you manage to outsmart the veteran reporter, we'll send you an ABC News Now baseball cap! "

I think we should all put our heads together and think of some really tough questions... and if it's trivia then we could technically ask him anything... like "what color tie was President Reagan wearing at his second inauguration?". :) Anybody got an idea?:)

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Biblical Scroll Fragments Found in Israel

This from the AP...

"Biblical Scroll Fragments Found in Israel

By DANIELLE HAAS, Associated Press Writer Fri Jul 15, 3:48 PM ET

JERUSALEM - A secretive encounter with a Bedouin in a desert valley led to the discovery of two fragments from a nearly 2,000-year-old parchment scroll — the first such finding in decades, an Israeli archaeologist said Friday.

The finding has given rise to hope that the Judean Desert may yield more treasures, said Professor Chanan Eshel, an archaeologist from Tel Aviv's Bar Ilan University.

The two small pieces of brown animal skin, inscribed in Hebrew with verses from the Book of Leviticus, are from "refugee" caves in Nachal Arugot, a canyon near the Dead Sea where Jews hid from the Romans in the second century, Eshel said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The scrolls are being tested by Israel's Antiquities Authority. Recently, several relics bearing inscriptions, including a burial box purported to belong to Jesus' brother James, were revealed as modern forgeries.

More than 1,000 ancient texts — known collectively as the Dead Sea Scrolls — were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in 11 caves overlooking the western shores of the Dead Sea.

"No scrolls have been found in the Judean Desert" in decades, Eshel said. "The common belief has been that there is nothing left to find there."

Now, he said, scholars may be spurred on to further excavations.

Archaeologist and Bible scholar Steven Pfann said he had not seen the fragments. If authenticated, they would "in general not be doing more than confirming the character of the material that we have from the southern part of the Judean wilderness up until today."

But "what's interesting and exciting is that this is a new discovery," Pfann added. "This is the first time we've seen anything from the south since the 1960s."

Eshel said he was first shown the fragments last year during a meeting in an abandoned police station near the Dead Sea.

A Bedouin said he had been offered $20,000 for the fragments on the black market and wanted an evaluation."