"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25
Midnight Blue (1963): Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga. Midnight Blue is one of Burrell’s best-known works for Blue Note Records. In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library", describing it as "one of the great jazzy blues records".

He said, She said...

"You are not designed for everyone to like you - Wise Man Phil

FRAGILE: Sting, Yo Yo Ma, Dominic Miller & Chris Botti

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independent Declaration...

Independence: freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.
Declaration: a positive, explicit, or formal statement; proclamation.

July 4, 1776

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted upon a resolution introduced by Virginia, that "these thirteen colonies are, and of right, ought to be free and independent states." 

The young Virgina lawyer and planter that served as chairman of the committee and was appointed to draft a declaration was Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson, along with men like John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, built upon the ideas of enlightenment philosopher John Locke, and English and colonial declaration of rights, Jefferson wrote a document for the ages, a declaration for the world to see.

The document that was written and the declaration that was made was independent of the world's opinion and Great Britain's view. It was written in the best interest of, and for, thirteen states and still stands today as the greatest government document ever written.

To the 56 men who signed the document we own much thanks and appreciation for their vision. The first, largest, and most famous signature is that of John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge (age 26). Benjamin Franklin (age 70) was the oldest. Two future presidents signed: John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President). 

To all these men I say: "Thank you".

Thank you for your intelligence, your focus, and for never relenting. Thank you for the Declaration of Independence and for the fact it signified, for the first time in history, that the principles of freedom and equality would be the political foundation for a nation. 

We are the greatest nation in the world. We are The United States of America.

sbb  4.7.10   (God Bless the USA  .  Lee Greenwood) . 303

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