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Repeat, Nah, Probably Not!

On September 29, 1789, the first United States Congress adjourned.

The met in New York City’s Federal Hall; the Capitol wasn’t even constructed, heck, Washington D.C. wasn’t even there!

In that first session, the boys did the following… On April 1, they had a quorum and elected officers.  Five days later, the Senate did the same thing! That same day, the House and the Senate, in a joint session, counted the votes of the Electoral College and certified that George Washington had indeed been elected the first President of the United States and second runner UP, John Adams was VEEP!

On April 30, GW took the oath of office in New York City at Federal Hall.

Martha was so proud she posted a picture of the proceedings on Instagram.  It got lots of s!

When they got together back in March, the gang got busy.  The regulated time and manner of oaths of office, created the Tariff of 1789, created the first Cabinet Department, the Department of Foreign Affairs, which was aptly named as Thomas Jefferson was the first Secretary of State, and boy did he have affairs!

In July, Collection of Duties was regulated when they established the Customs Service.  In August they created the Department of War (later PCed down to the Department  of Defense.) The Department of the Treasury and a Judiciary Act came in September which established the federal judiciary and the office of the Attorney General.

That same month before taking off for home, the boys approved 12 amendments to the US Constitution and guaranteed us freedoms and rights, set clear limitations on governmental power, and sent them to the States for ratification.

Of course the states pussy-footed around and it took longer than anyone had hoped!

North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the Constitution and joined the Union.  There were Tarheel parties everywhere!

Then the boys took off for home, vacation, checking out things at the plantation, kissed a few babies, raised some cash, and basked in the glow and praise of their constituents who were thrilled at all they had accomplished.

Wonder if that’ll happen this year?

Nah, they’d have to accomplish something first!

In light of the impending nuclear holocaust everyone is fretting about, many on Social Media sites such as Facebook were framing their profile pictures with a peace themed dove and flowers motif.

Jack, a friend from childhood did so, and being the person I am and having the lifelong relationship with him that I do, I commented, “I spent hours looking for the I’m For Nuclear Winter frame.”

I didn’t, really, I promise.

It was a joke.

But, I knew Jack would get it!

And Jack, being the type of person he is (and I’ll not take the time to define that right now) made one for me.

Needless to say I was thrilled, moved, touched even.

So, of course I made it my profile picture.

The response was mixed.

People were unsure.

So, let me explain.


I am not anticipating a nuclear winter; I do not want a nuclear winter.

Just in case it’s not clear, a nuclear winter is the theoretical result of 100 or more cities being struck with a nuclear bomb allowing for such a great amount of fallout in the air that it would block the Sun’s rays to earth causing a significant drop in the earth’s temperature.

Really folks, I don’t want that.

I don’t anticipate that.

There are some who may fear the fat man on the Asian peninsula of Korea seems hell-bent on the world’s destruction, but I do not.

He’s crazy for sure, but he knows that should he strike first, he’s gone, his country’s gone, and most of the Korean peninsula is gone.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

So, rest assured, I’m still the same World Peace loving guy I always was – I realize everyone wants peace, I just thought the frames were overkill.

Have a great Monday!

And remember, Duck and Cover, and now might be a good time to read Alas, Babylon if you haven’t!

Chet Said It Best…

Chester A. Arthur assumed the presidency on this date back in 1881 upon the death of President James A. Garfield.

There was much controversy with his assumption, Congress was essentially leaderless due to the resignation of Conkling, opinions differed on the ascendancy and Arthur wasn’t even in Washington when it occurred.

He took the oath at his home in New York City!

His presidency isn’t one of the most memorable ones, but anyone who occupies the office leaves a legacy.

And they leave quotes.

He left many, but today, for this Wordless Wednesday, I’ll use this one.

“Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remain unshaken.”

45 men have occupied the office of the Presidency, many have passed on, but the fabrics of the free institutions do remain unshaken.

Good Fortune…

Lafayette was born on September 6, 1757.  He was 19 when he came to fight in the American Revolution.

It’s Wordless Wednesday, which I do very badly. Here’s a quote from the French Marquis…

“The good fortune of America is closely tied to the good fortune of all humanity.”

Clearly the man was a genius.

I’ve attached a post on, among other things, Lafayette.

The Hero of Two Worlds