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How Abraham Lincoln lost his birthday holiday

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This is from the National Constitution Center.

I say give Old Abe his birthday back as a holiday.

It’s Abraham Lincoln’s 207th birthday today, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the number of states that observe the day as a paid holiday.

Lincoln_MemorialCurrently, the Lincoln holiday is celebrated unofficially nationwide, as part of what many states call Presidents Day, which falls on Monday, February 15 this year. Just a handful of states celebrate the actual Lincoln birthday on its date.

And technically, the federal Presidents Day commemorates George Washington’s observed birthday: There is no national holiday called Presidents Day.

The third Monday in February is the date designated for the federal Washington’s Birthday holiday under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971.

So on February 12, Lincoln’s real birthday, there are few celebrations on a state level, along with a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. There is also a wreath ceremony at Lincoln’s birthplace in Kentucky.

Lincoln really was born in a one-room log cabin, on Sinking Spring Farm near present-day Hodgenville, Kentucky. (The original cabin was destroyed by the time of Lincoln’s death in 1865.)

There were efforts right after Lincoln’s death to get this birthday recognized as a holiday, but there has never been a federal Lincoln-birthday holiday.

By 1890, Lincoln’s birthday was observed as a paid holiday in 10 states. According to one blog that tracks the holiday, in 1940 24 states and the District Of Columbia observed Lincoln’s Birthday.

Now, after the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed in 1971 and states moved toward considering the federal Washington-birthday holiday as Presidents Day, there are just a handful of states that honor Lincoln directly. The states that currently have Lincoln-birthday holidays on February 12 include Illinois (Lincoln’s adopted home state), California, Connecticut, Missouri, and New York.

There have been several attempts in Congress to get Lincoln his own national holiday, but none have succeeded. Now, more states celebrate Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) than Lincoln’s birthday. In fact, 18 states, not including Indiana, have days off for state employees for Black Friday. Another 10 states give their employees the day off for Good Friday, and five states recognize December 26 as a holiday.

Only 10 states include language in their holiday laws that include Lincoln’s birthday as part of what is called Presidents Day or another name for that holiday on the third Monday in February.

And although it may seem odd that Indiana, and also New Mexico, honor Lincoln on the day after Thanksgiving, it was President Lincoln who issued the proclamation in 1863 that officially set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving.

WATCH: Ted Cruz CRUSHES Smart Aleck Moderator, Leaves Her Speechless on Live TV

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This is from Conservative Tribune. 

Martha Rats Ass  is a Democrat attack dog.

During Saturday night’s Republican debate in New Hampshire, ABC’s liberal host and co-moderator Martha Raddatz attempted to hit Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with a “gotcha” question, but he was prepared for it and quickly shut her down.

The topic of the question posed to Cruz was what he would do about a nuclear-armed North Korea if he were president, as the rogue communist nation had test-fired a long-range ballistic missile shortly before the debate began.

Cruz began his answer by noting that North Korea only acquired their nuclear weapons after forging a deal with the Clinton administration in the 1990s, pointing out that some of the very same people involved in that deal were also involved in President Barack Obama’s recent nuclear deal with Iran.

He then proceeded to explain how the U.S. should work toward increasing and improving our missile defense program and deploy such anti-missile technologies with our allies in the region, such as South Korea and Japan.

He also explained the dangers posed by a North Korean nuclear missile as well as their stated plan to detonate a nuclear-armed satellite over the U.S. to cause an EMP, or electro-magnetic pulse that could knock out most of our nation’s vulnerable electrical grid.

Raddatz seemed to not accept his answer though, asking him if he would have ordered a pre-emptive strike on the North Korean missile before it was launched.

Cruz replied, “At this point I’m not going to speculate on that without the intelligence briefing that any commander in chief would have, knowing exactly what is there.”

Raddatz cut him off though and proceeded to deliver her “gotcha” question, noting that Cruz has talked tough about the situation in the Middle East and insinuating that he hasn’t received intelligence briefings about that, asking again if he would order a preemptive strike on North Korea.

But Cruz quickly shut her up by declaring, “Actually, with respect, I have gotten the intelligence briefings on the Mideast, those have been going on for many years.”

“I haven’t gotten the intelligence briefing tonight on what North Korea is doing because I’m here in New Hampshire, and when you are responding to an immediate incident you need to know the intelligence of what is occurring,” he added.

Cruz went on to explain that what we are seeing happen in North Korea is only a preview of what we will one day see in Iran if Obama’s nuclear deal with them is allowed to stand.

Martha Raddatz thought she could get Ted Cruz with a “gotcha” question regarding North Korea, but he was prepared for it and would not allow her to entrap him.

Even Cruz’s fellow senator and GOP rival Marco Rubio backed him up when he was also pressed by Raddatz about whether he would preemptively strike at the North Koreans to destroy their missiles on the launchpad.

H/T The Right Scoop

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WAIT! Who Is The FBI Leaving Off Its List Of “Extremist Ideologies!?”

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This is from RedState. 

It is no surprise to me that Muslims did not get included on a list of extermeists.

To combat the ability of terror groups to attract teenagers (note: there has only been one variety of terrorist doing this in the United States) the FBI has set up a website to educate teens on terrorism.

More and more, violent extremists are trying to radicalize and recruit our nation’s youth, especially through the Internet and social media.

It’s the FBI’s primary responsibility—working with its many partners—to protect the nation from attacks by violent extremists. One important way to do that is to keep young people—the future of our country—from embracing violent extremist ideologies in the first place.

This website is designed to help do just that. Built by the FBI in consultation with community leaders and other partners, it uses a series of interactive materials to educate teens on the destructive nature of violent extremism and to encourage them to think critically about its messages and goals.

The site emphasizes that by blindly accepting radical ideologies, teens are essentially becoming the “puppets” of violent extremists who simply want them to carry out their destructive mission—which often includes targeting or killing innocent people.

The FBI encourages community groups, families, and high schools across the United States to use this site as part of their educational efforts. All Americans are asked to join the FBI in exposing the seductive nature of violent extremist propaganda and offering positive alternatives to violence.

This is one of the landing pages:

fbi terrorism

Can anyone spot what is missing? Hmmm… The people that have killed the most Americans via terrorism than any other group aren’t mentioned. Those would be the people behind 9/11 and Fort Hood and Chattanooga and Garland and San Bernardino; the people actively recruiting young people to go to Syria to fight for ISIS. The terror front groups like Holy Land Foundation and CAIR and whatever mosque the last Democrat politician visited who encourage young people to become terrorists by both commission and omission.

This is the chuckleheaded nonsense we’ve come to expect of federal law enforcement under the regime of Barack Obama. The cast a veritable cheesecloth net to seine the ocean for the minnows of “abortion extremists” and “militia extremists” and allow the whale of Islamic extremism to swim free.

THE POLITICS OF EMINENT DOMAIN..

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Hat Tip FireBird@SHE’S RIGHT.

Jeb Bush was all over Trump during the last two debates about Trump using EMINENT DOMAIN to try to take land from a ‘little old lady’ in New Jersey to use the property as a parking lot at a hotel he was building.  The case went to court, Trump LOST, and he walked away and moved on.  Jeb portrayed Trump as if he had TAKEN THE PROPERTY!  He lied, and he KNEW he was lying because this had been covered weeks earlier.

The eminent domain case in question can be found at the link below.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/19/donald-trumps-eminent-domain-nearly-cost-widow-house

THEN………

April, 1991: The Texas Rangers shepherd through the Texas legislature a bill that creates the Arlington Sports Facilities Development Authority (ASFDA), a quasi-governmental entity that is given the power of eminent domain. Shortly after the bill is signed by new governor Ann Richards, 13 acres of private property are seized for the Rangers’ new ballpark, later prompting two lawsuits. The timeline is at the link below:

http://static.espn.go.com/mlb/bush/timeline.html

The Bush family used eminent domain to get land for the Globe Life Park baseball stadium in Arlington, Texas, where the Bush Family in general, and George W. Bush in particular, owned a part of the Texas Rangers.”  Construction was begun on April 2, 1992.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/268562-trump-bush-family-used-eminent-domain-to-build-a-baseball

FAST FORWARD:  Seems Jeb, when he was Governor of Florida, also dragged out EMINENT DOMAIN to try to take 160 acres of swampland from an old codger who had been living on it and quietly enjoying it for years so the state could create an Everglades restoration project.  Funny how that slipped Bush’s mind.

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/03/01/Floridian/Standing_his_ground.shtml

Fourth Circuit Gets The Second Amendment Right: Americans Can Choose How Best To Defend Themselves

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Muslim in Detroit on Why He Targeted a Christian Church for Attack: ‘It’s Easy… People are Not Allowed to Carry Guns in Church’!

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This is from Eagle Rising.

It would pay this follower of The Pedophile Mohammed to try any crap where I attend church.

Many of us, including our pastor pack heat we have many retired military in our congregation.

A Muslim man from Detroit, Michigan finds himself in quite a legal pickle after becoming radicalized and converting into a disciple of ISIS.

Khalil Abu-Rayyan was arrested this past October on gun and drug charges, but authorities have recently accused him of terrorism as well. While he has not officially been charged yet, the government believes that Abu-Rayyan has been working towards carrying out an ISIS inspired attack on the United States. The FBI has been monitoring Abu-Rayyan since May of 2015, and they’ve watched as he has made threats against the nation and interacted with ISIS propaganda online.

The authorities released the details of their accusations in a sworn affidavit.

While on social media he told an undercover agent that he ‘tried to shoot up a church one day. I don’t know the name of it but it’s close to my job.

‘One of the biggest ones in Detroit. I had it planned out. I brought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it. 

‘I practiced reloading and unloading, but my dad searched my car one day and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and the mask I was going to wear.’

Khalil-Abu-Rayyan

He never shared which church he planned on allegedly attacking, however, investigators did identify a possible target less than a half mile away from where he worked, WJBK reported. 

When investigators asked Abu-Rayyan why he allegedly wanted to target a church, he said: ‘It’s easy, and a lot of people go there, plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. 

‘Plus it would make the news. Everybody would have heard. Honestly, I regret not doing it. If I can’t go do jihad at the Middle East I would do a jihad over here.’

Abu-Rayyan had been preparing for quite some time and had even purchased an Ak-47 because he’d seen pictures of ISIS terrorists carrying them. He also kept a sword in his car because he had a fantasy of beheading someone, “It is my dream to behead someone,” he told investigators. The Muslim Michigander even spoke of killing the police officer who originally arrested him after hearing that the cop had had a heart attack and was in the hospital. Abu-Rayyan said that he wanted to do a “martyrdom operation” and attack the hospital in an effort to kill the recovering police officer.

Thankfully the authorities have ferreted out this terrorist sympathizer, and he’ll now face hard times for the crimes he was planning. However, it should serve as a warning to every American that this is the insidious enemy that we are fighting. The authorities have no idea when or how Abu-Rayyan became radicalized; indeed, he’s mostly just an inept pot-head with delusions of grandeur. And yet… he had the chance (and almost got away with it) to wreak incredible havoc in his Detroit community. This should be a wake up call for us all.

HE WARNED US ABOUT ISLAM 750 YEARS AGO – AND HIS WARNING IS STILL RELEVANT TODAY

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This is from Liberty 24/7.net.

Saint Thomas Aquinas was spot on with his observations about Islam and The Pedophile Mohammed.  

     

The 13th-century scholar Thomas Aquinas, regarded as one of the most eminent medieval philosophers and theologians, offered a biting critique of Islam based in large part on the questionable character and methods of its founder, Mohammed.

Thomas Aquinas is a well-known philosopher and theologian from medieval times. In reviewing his writings, it’s clear he had fierce criticism and concern about Islam. As events roll out in the Middle East with Radical Islam on the rise, it’s important to learn from history so as not to repeat it. According to Breitbart:

According to Aquinas, Islam appealed to ignorant, brutish, carnal men and spread not by the power of its arguments or divine grace but by the power of the sword.

Aquinas, a keen observer of the human condition, was familiar with the chief works of the Muslim philosophers of his day–including Avicenna, Algazel, and Averroes–and engaged them in his writings.

Since Islam was founded and spread in the seventh century, Aquinas—considered by Catholics as a saint and doctor of the Church—lived in a period closer to that of Mohammed than to our own day.

In one of his most significant works, the voluminous Summa contra gentiles, which Aquinas wrote between 1258 and 1264 AD, the scholar argued for the truth of Christianity against other belief systems, including Islam.

Aquinas contrasts the spread of Christianity with that of Islam, arguing that much of Christianity’s early success stemmed from widespread belief in the miracles of Jesus, whereas the spread of Islam was worked through the promise of sensual pleasures and the violence of the sword.

Mohammad, Aquinas wrote, “seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure.”

Such an offer, Aquinas contended, appealed to a certain type of person of limited virtue and wisdom.

“In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men,” he wrote. “As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity.”

Because of the weakness of Islam’s contentions, Aquinas argued, “no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning.” Instead, those who believed in him “were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Muhammad forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms.”

Islam’s violent methods of propagation were especially unconvincing to Aquinas, since he found that the use of such force does not prove the truth of one’s claims, and are the means typically used by evil men.

“Mohammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms,” Aquinas wrote, “which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.”

It’s interesting that Aquinas mentions the initial followers as ‘brutal and desert wanderers.’ Isn’t that what we’re seeing play out today with Syria and the Middle East? Brutal men carrying out heinous crimes in desert regions. And it’s moving into Europe as the recent Paris attacks demonstrate.

And now, through Obama’s open border policy, we’re seeing the early signs of radical Islam here in the US. Let’s hope that more honorable leaders learn from Thomas Aquinas and stop the invasion of radical Islam into the US.

What do you think of the writings of Thomas Aquinas? Leave a comment with your thoughts below.

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