This is the second time I’ve read about this organization, and I’m blown away by its humanitarianism in times of tragedy, and its courage in the face of danger. I’m happy to make a donation to its efforts, and I ask you to consider doing the same. charitynavigator.org, a nonprofit charity rating site, gives it a perfect score of 100, so you can give with confidence. And thanks, Jill, for calling attention to these folks again. Larry
I needed to step away from the politics of the day for just a few moments, and had just about decided to skip doing a morning post today, but as I scrolled through the 400+ emails awaiting some disposition, I came across one from World Central Kitchen. You all remember them … the organization started […]
Today, June 14, is Flag Day here in the United States.
Now, how many of you fellow Americans out there knew we commemorate Flag Day every year, but that was all you knew about it?
Yeah, me too. 😳😳
So, here’s a little refresher course for us:
According to our good friend, Wikipedia, “It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
“In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; on August 3, 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.”
Though Flag Day is observed nationwide, it’s not a federal holiday. However, you lucky folks in Pennsylvania get to have the day off, as that’s the only state to observe today as a holiday.
All over the country, there are Flag Day parades today. Maybe near where you live. Some of them have a long history; Fairfield, Washington’s parade dates all the way back to 1909 or 1910.
If you wish to display the Stars and Stripes today (or any day), you may want to consult https://www.usa.gov/flag for info on the proper way to do so.
So, Happy Flag Day, friends! Go to a parade if you have the chance, fly Old Glory proudly if you have it, and let’s all take a moment to respect the national symbol of our freedom.
Oh, and incidentally:
June 14 is also the birthday of the United States Army! Congress adopted “the American continental army” on this day in 1775. So, Happy Birthday to you!
More good cartoons, courtesy of TokyoSand at politicalcharge.org. Amazing how much these folks can communicate in a single image. Larry
By Steve Breen The same gun debate rages on and on, yet editorial cartoonists find new angles to cover it. I remain, as always, in awe of their talent. The Gun Debate By Michael deAdder By Drew Sheneman By Lalo Alcaraz By Nick Anderson By Adam Zyglis By Phil Hands By Dave Whamond By Walt…
This lady has been the Queen of England longer than I’ve been alive.
And I’m pretty f*****g old!
Congratulations to Her Royal Highness, Elizabeth II, 96, on 70 years as England’s Queen. An unprecedented and magnificent achievement.
The Platinum Jubilee, a four-day celebration of the Queen’s milestone, is already under way in England. According to Associated Press:
“The celebration of Elizabeth’s reign includes a service of thanksgiving Friday at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, a concert at Buckingham Palace on Saturday and a pageant staged by thousands of performers drawn from schools and community groups around the country on Sunday afternoon.
“Throughout the weekend, neighborhood organizations and individuals are expected to hold thousands of street parties around the country, repeating a tradition that began with the queen’s coronation in 1953.”
In a written message, the Queen thanked everyone involved in organizing all the Jubilee celebrations, and added, “I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions. I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last 70 years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.”
Congratulations, Your Majesty. You have long been a figure of strength, wisdom and grace on the international stage. Enjoy these four days celebrating your remarkable reign.