Sunday, January 25, 2009

The National Anthem by The Cactus Cuties

This is a great rendition of our National Anthem by a talented group of young girls, The Cactus Cuties, singing at a Texas Tech basketball game. I gather this is fairly old. The original post on YouTube has had over 5 million hits. This is a newer posting of the same video, just happened to be the one I found first.

Not sure what happened, but in later videos there are only four "cuities". I've posted another video, below, where they sing the same song on the 700 Club. They are interviewed after singing. If you'd like to hear more, just do a search on YouTube, there are quite a few to choose from.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Religious Freedom Day, 2009

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Religious freedom is the foundation of a healthy and hopeful society. On Religious Freedom Day, we recognize the importance of the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. We also celebrate the first liberties enshrined in our Constitution's Bill of Rights, which guarantee the free exercise of religion for all Americans and prohibit an establishment of religion.

Our Nation was founded by people seeking haven from religious persecution, and the religious liberty they found here remains one of this land's greatest blessings. As Americans, we believe that all people have inherent dignity and worth. Though we may profess different creeds and worship in different manners and places, we respect each other's humanity and expression of faith. People with diverse views can practice their faiths here while living together in peace and harmony, carrying on our Nation's noble tradition of religious freedom.

The United States also stands with religious dissidents and believers from around the globe who practice their faith peacefully. Freedom is not a grant of government or a right for Americans alone; it is the birthright of every man, woman, and child throughout the world. No human freedom is more fundamental than the right to worship in accordance with one's conscience.

Religious Freedom Day is an opportunity to celebrate our legacy of religious liberty, foster a culture of tolerance and peace, and renew commitments to ensure that every person on Earth can enjoy these basic human rights.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2009, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to reflect on the great blessing of religious liberty, endeavor to preserve this freedom for future generations, and commemorate this day with appropriate events and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.


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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Liberty Quote

“There is a word sweeter than Mother, Home or Heaven; that word is Liberty.”
- - Matilda Joslyn Gage, 1826-1898

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

View of a Nation's Flag

A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth.
-Henry Ward Beecher

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