Lincoln’s Birthday

If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

– From the 2nd Inaugural

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? – Same guy, not from the 2nd Inaugural


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71 Responses to “Lincoln’s Birthday”

  1. B.Stover
    8:40 am on February 12th, 2011

    Happy birthday Lincoln. Good morning Chet and everyone.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:33 am on February 12th, 2011

    Will be back later. For now, just want to tell everyone that on the TODAY Show they are getting ready to show the 6 dog breeds that we discussed yesterday.

  3. dawson
    10:04 am on February 12th, 2011

    Good morning B.Stover.
    That Lincoln…he sure could speechify. Had a sense of humor too. “…would I be wearing this one?” Heh. Good one.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    10:06 am on February 12th, 2011

    Did anyone catch the show? Don’t know about anyone else, but we thought the Cane Corso was rather intimidating even on tv. The Blue Tick CH was beautiful.

    Good morning Bee, and Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln.

  5. B.Stover
    10:57 am on February 12th, 2011

    Blast! I missed the show. Good morning B&M and Dawson.

  6. Melanie
    12:06 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Missed the show. . .
    Happy Birthday, Abe!

  7. Staff
    12:10 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Good morning everyone. Mom has had her bath. Now I am bathing the laundry.

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:38 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Lincoln!… Sure wish he would show up in 2012….grunt!… We here have been busy reading even though she says there is a ton of housework to do…sniff!… I just don’t see it. Everything looks like it always does to me…snort!

  9. Wolfie
    12:49 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Good morning all. I thought Admin was making up the breeds! But then Bee started showing the photos, and was I ever amazed. I think they ought to put a Blurring category in the Show, and I would win for sure!

  10. Melanie
    1:21 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Staff: why are you bathing the laundry?

  11. Gus & BooBear
    1:24 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Not sure if this upload will work. We’re not very good at that, but if it does, it is a really neat video of a girl and a horse.

  12. Gus & BooBear
    1:25 pm on February 12th, 2011

    And it didn’t.

  13. Gus & BooBear
    1:29 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Trying one more time.

  14. Gus & BooBear
    1:31 pm on February 12th, 2011


  15. B.Stover
    1:38 pm on February 12th, 2011

    I was wondering why Staff was bathing the laundry also. And what is Rio and friend reading?

    Wolfie: You certainly would win the blurring class.

    Just got back from running errands. It feels so warm out in the sun….32.

  16. Gus & BooBear
    1:42 pm on February 12th, 2011
  17. Gus & BooBear
    1:45 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Yeah!!! Major triumph for us in the tech age! If we can do it, so can SiberH!!

  18. C. Harris
    1:57 pm on February 12th, 2011

    -30 here. The world has righted itself and returned to normal. Side effects of pills might be worse than pneumonia. But I’m feeling better. Will be actually out and about today.

  19. Gus & BooBear
    1:58 pm on February 12th, 2011

    As a background story, the girl in the video is mute. All her training and commands given to the horse are by touch and body only.

  20. Melanie
    1:58 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Gus & BooBear, I have seen that. It’s quite a video about the communication between woman and horse. Congratulations.

    We are having snow. Seems that MollyPop and Sam are not shy about sharing their Lake effect snow. It comes over NY and then hits our small hills and stays around dancing on the radar.

    Kirby T: I can see you running around and around and around. Hope your mom and dad have a wonderful weekend.

  21. B.Stover
    2:17 pm on February 12th, 2011

    G&BB: Wow! It’s dressage and Stacy is doing it bareback. That is impressive.

  22. Tupper and Gilly
    2:25 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Melanie – SNOW ??? Really? Its sunny and warm (er) here. Not a flake in sight…well, not a snowflake anyway. But mama says that daddy is kinda weird…

    Wolfie – there are a lot of categories that you would win! Most loyal, gentlest, biggest heart…we could go on and on.

    And Macy would win Sassiest.

  23. B.Stover
    3:54 pm on February 12th, 2011

    A robin was just in my garden. It seems too early for them to be back.

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    4:07 pm on February 12th, 2011

    We don’t know what part of the country you live in, but there have been reports from ornithologists that the sociological and migratory habits of birds have been changing, most notably with hawks and some of the small song birds, robins included. The feeling has been that there has been little competition for the smaller food source in cold parts of the country due to the lesser amounts of snow in the past few years, which makes the birds less likely to migrate. Apparently, they don’t necessarily fly south for warmth (or beaches and pina coladas) as they do to follow their food sources.
    However, this year with record snowfalls, the birds got fooled, and bird experts predict higher mirgration patterns next year.
    And for that reason, we really wish we were birds!

  25. B.Stover
    4:09 pm on February 12th, 2011

    T&G: I live in Michigan. I haven’t seen any robins all winter until now. For the past several years they have been back in March.

  26. Melanie
    4:21 pm on February 12th, 2011

    The sun finally came out. It was still snowing though. The beaver came out with the snow. I took some pictures, have to go downstairs and see how they look.

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    4:35 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Bee – maybe, just maybe the robins and the groundhogs are correct? Please, let it be so – come on springtime!
    Have you noticed a preponderance of hawks this winter?

  28. Melanie
    4:50 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Okay, here he is leaving the scene of the crime. . .

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:51 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Book!… We had to leave and have lunch with her mother then we went to the bank. Seems grandma left us a little bit of money. Bless her heart. I miss grandma so much…sob!…After that we went to the hobby store and she bought some more frames…sniff!… We are home now and reading Laurie R. King’s book called A Monstrous Regiment of Women….We are at a very good part where I just know she will never escape…shudder!

  30. Tupper and Gilly
    5:09 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Melanie – holy buckteeth batman! That is one freakin’ big beaver!
    Aren’t you glad they aren’t carniverous?

  31. B.Stover
    5:22 pm on February 12th, 2011

    That is a big beaver. And T&G I have noticed more hawks than usual.

    Rio: I think that’s her first book isn’t it? I’ve read the Sherlock Holmes books…a few.

  32. Tupper and Gilly
    5:29 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Uh oh…Mama’s gonna go to the blue and white box and “discuss” her new floor that was installed the other day. It bounces and snaps when you walk on it, and the installer came back today and said that this kind of floor “does that”. We think that just maybe he doesn’t want to admit he didn’t do a superior job, but he tried to do the “she’s a female, she won’t understand” kind of double talk with Mama….and that was not a good idea.

  33. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    5:31 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Stover — I think that is her second one. The first one is The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.


  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:34 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Stover!…No, I believe The Beekeeper’s Apprentice came out before this one…snort!…It’s really good. We won’t be finishing it today though…sniff!

  35. Barb & Maggie
    6:06 pm on February 12th, 2011

    One of the ladies that Barb works with likes to read slash and gash, blood and gore books. Barb has told her before she doesn’t like to read books that have graphic violence(PA books don’t bother her). She just gave her another one Friday and said that this is a really good one. Page 1, couldn’t read it! Got worse as we flipped ahead. Barb doesn’t want to offend, but how should she handle this? She read the ending, so maybe she can make a few comments, but absolutely refuses to waste time reading the whole thing.

  36. Mollypop
    6:24 pm on February 12th, 2011

    We had a scary ride to Sam’s house today. Just like Rio’s friend is concerned about, those other drivers are nuts. At the spot where someone was killed two weeks ago, two pickup trucks decided to pass in the right-hand lane that had not been plowed. That caused the car in front of us to move to the left and into the oncoming lane. A close call for all involved.

  37. B.Stover
    6:25 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Isn’t Beekeeper’s Apprentice a Sherlock Holmes novel…I mean he’s a character? Is the other one also?

  38. Barb & Maggie
    6:26 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Wow, Molly, glad you made it safely!

  39. Mollypop
    6:27 pm on February 12th, 2011

    I’m on Sam’s Pc

  40. B.Stover
    6:27 pm on February 12th, 2011

    I think Barb should tell the woman she didn’t like the book and couldn’t read it all.

    Okay Mollypop?

  41. Staff
    6:30 pm on February 12th, 2011

    I bathe the clothes in a washer with scent free detergent. It works well. Every 3/4 of an hour (If I remember to go down there) I change the load.
    I thought most everyone bathed their laundry. Do you not?

  42. Staff
    6:36 pm on February 12th, 2011

    We are listening to The Prairie Home Companion on Public Radio. They have a wonderful Jazz musician for me and for Mr.Staff they have Rhonda Vincent the bluegrass musician

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:42 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Molly!… My friend says she cannot believe the antics other drivers get up to when they should know the conditions are not great for driving 50 plus miles an hour on shining slick streets in the mornings…grunt! …She is fed up with all the tail gating and passing just to be in front so they can stop at the same stop light everyone else has to stop at….grump!…Its utter lunacy. The worst day of this past week was Monday morning after the Super Bowl. She said it was like everyone was still drunk and/or mad as hell…growl!

  44. Melanie
    6:44 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Staff: I had pictures of you giving your laundry bubble baths in the bath tub. 🙂
    I also use scent free detergent. Dan had a lab person come in the other day who was so loaded with scent that I had an allergic reaction. Coughing, hacking, throat closing up. We’ve asked that she not wear scent. That didn’t work. Next, we’re just going to say send someone else.

    MollyPop: Thank dog you are okay.

    T&G: That floor person will never no what hit him after your mom is done!

    Barb&MagPie: I think it perfectly okay to say that Barb has different tastes in books. Many years ago my sister finally stopped trying to change my opinion of South American writers. I don’t know what it is about them, but I just don’t like them. I read a book called “Imagining Argentina”. I had not looked at the author, just assumed it was a SA writer. Loved it, told my sister about, she didn’t like it. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Lawrence Thornton was born and raised in California.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:49 pm on February 12th, 2011

    MagPie!….Barb should get tough and tell that asshole she doesn’t like to read slasher books….grunt!…And tell that gal she thinks they are meant for the incredibly stupid people….sniff!…My friend had a book pushed off on her early last year. She still has it and has not read one word of it….snort!…She figured that person (who she adores) will eventually ask for it back and never lend her another book again…heh!…That finally happened yesterday….chorkel!

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:57 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Stover!… Yes, the book we are reading has Sherlock Holmes in it….snort!….He is not the main character though. He does come to the rescue every now and then…heh!

  47. Staff
    7:01 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Mr.Staff keeps trying to make me read the books he likes. I don’t mind when it is history but I don’t like the same kind of novels that he does. I still remember one called What I’m Going to Do I Think by a North Dakota writer named Larry Woiwode. He must be a very sensitive person. His protagonist could never DO anything. He drove me crazy!
    Once a niece of his came into the Quilt shop in Mayville and I asked her if she was related to him. Heh
    He gets no respect from his relatives either.

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:21 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Staff!….Oh!..heh!snort!heh!….That is really funny! That poor guy did actually write a book which is something. …heh!

    Renovation!…Now Kirby has sparked my friends love of watching those DIY shows again…grump!…I thought we were over that phase. So now I am being forced to watch Curb Appeal Block….snort!

  49. Barb & Maggie
    7:49 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Thanks for all the input. It’s not that Barb is a complete whimp. She didn’t have a problem at all with PA’s crazy Roger stairway scene (without giving away anything). In fact she rather loved it. But this lady’s book started with graphic serial killer stuff on page 1. Killed about 8 woman in gory detail. Then videos it and sends it to the cops. Then they start getting into solving it. By the time Barb read page 1 she was totally grossed out. Unfortunatly this woman, who she works with, gets a little pissy if you don’t like what she likes.

    On a lighter note, Barb’s brother has become a huge C & B fan. Barb gave hime the set for Christmas. His wife says they laught at him because he is always chuckling about something Chet said.

  50. Melanie
    7:58 pm on February 12th, 2011

    I do not think Barb is a wimp. I will not watch some parts of films because of the graphic gore. If my guys decide, because of the writing or acting in it, that I need to watch a film that has some “graphic scenes of violence”, they know it must be muted and I must be told when to shut my eyes.

    They do not consider me a wimp. So I do not consider Barb to be a wimp.

  51. Melanie
    7:59 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Of course, their not calling me a wimp might have to do with what I could tell their significant others 🙂

    I’m not above blackmail.

  52. Barb & Maggie
    8:06 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Thank you Melanie, and I hear you on the blackmail. That is from Barb.

  53. B.Stover
    8:10 pm on February 12th, 2011

    I’m watching Primeval and having an espresso with foamy richness.

  54. Melanie
    8:16 pm on February 12th, 2011

    B.Stover: If I had an espresso, I would be like Rose. Going off on all tangents, barking my head off and then stare at the wall, listening to the static in my head. That would last for 3 days.

  55. Melanie
    8:19 pm on February 12th, 2011

    A joke . . . I hope it is not too risque!

    A gynecologist/obstetrician had become fed up with malpractice insurance and paperwork, and was burned out. Hoping to try another career where skillful hands would be beneficial, he decided to become a mechanic. He went to the local technical college, signed up for evening classes, attended dilligently, and learned all he could.

    When the time of the practical exam approached, the gynecologist prepared carefully for weeks, and completed the exam with tremendous skill. When the results came back, he was surprised to find that he had obtained a score of 150%. Fearing an error, he called the instructor, saying, “I don’t want to appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result, but I wonder if there is an error in the grade?”

    “The instructor said, “During the exam, you took the engine apart perfectly, which was worth 50% of the total mark. You put the engine back together again perfectly, which is also worth 50% of the mark.” After a pause, the instructor added, “I gave you an extra 50% because you did it all through the exhaust, which I’ve never seen done in my entire career.”

  56. Alice M. Johnson
    8:23 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Heh heh heh

  57. B.Stover
    8:24 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Melanie: But when an espresso has foamy richness it is only l/3 espresso, l/3 warm milk and 1/3 foam….not strong.

  58. B.Stover
    8:26 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Laughing here Melanie. Wonder what my mechanical engineering students would think.

  59. Barb & Maggie
    8:32 pm on February 12th, 2011

    We loved it too, Melanie.

    Melanie, Can you not tolerate caffine, alcohol and gluten because of the hepatitis, or is that all unrelated?

  60. Barb & Maggie
    8:33 pm on February 12th, 2011

    We never realized that foamy richness actually meant something specific. Just thought Bee was being descriptive

  61. Melanie
    8:48 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Glad you guys enjoyed it. That was sent to me . . . Zoë and I really laughed.

    Barb and MagPie: Because of the HCV alcohol is a big NO NO. When I was first diagnosed, I was part of a “start up” HCV blog community (it was before anyone ever said blog) and it was amazing how many people didn’t stop drinking when they discovered they had HCV.

    Caffeine: I can have small amounts of it, not near bedtime, but my liver lets it stay in my system for a long time, so one coffee tends to last for a couple of days. YSAS looks at me and says “You’ve had a coffee, haven’t you?” Turns out that not only do I not sleep, but I can’t shut up.

    Gluten: I have celiac disease. Which means I don’t have the right gene to utilize wheat. I must come from a long line of hunters and not farmers. 🙂

    B.Stover: I’ll have to try that some morning when I’m up and about and near a Starbucks!

  62. B.Stover
    8:54 pm on February 12th, 2011

    The foam in foamy richness is 2% milk that has been heated and foamed with a gadget I have. Mine is better than Starbucks. Snicker.

  63. Barb & Maggie
    8:56 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Melanie, We have someone in the family that celiac disease, but also a few others who just say they feel better without gluten.

    Barb loves her coffee, but usually doesn’t drink it except in the morning. She gave up alcohol after the cancer episode in November. Really thought she would miss it more than she does, after years of having a couple of drinks or glasses of wine every evening. Now just has a juice cocktail or sparkling grape juice instead.

  64. Siber-H
    8:59 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Mom finally got home, but she is dead tired.
    Mollypop, I am glad you are safe. That’s scary.
    We have robins here year round.
    Gus&Boobear, you two cats did good getting that link up.

  65. Melanie
    9:01 pm on February 12th, 2011

    I will just have to drool over your foamy richness expresso B. Stover!

    I’m on a Virgin Mary kick right now. Low sodium V-8 juice, lemon juice, some sort of Chinese hot sauce YSAS brought up at the Holidays and pepper.

    Summertime is my grape juice time.

    Off to bed, it’s going to be 0 degrees and very windy.


  66. B.Stover
    9:08 pm on February 12th, 2011

    It’s easy to make espresso with foamy richness. If anyone wants to know I can list the equipment needed.

    I’m going to bed to read.

    Good night all.

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Stover!… Are you watching the “Meltzer Decoded” programs?….snort!…The one we are watching tonight is really making someone here mad as hell…grump!… It’s to do with the mystery surrounding the Bohemian Grove club and what happens at their gathering every year in Northern CA….growl!

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Crap!….She went to bed….snort!

  69. Barb & Maggie
    9:40 pm on February 12th, 2011

    We are leaving too, so we can watch a sappy (but fun) Hallmark movie.
    G & B, The horse video was really amazing. Barb’s daughter used to ride a Quarter horse. That girl did all that with no bridle, just leg and hand signals. Almost like being one with the horse. Truly incredible.

    Sweet dreams, everyone.

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on February 12th, 2011

    Classic!…. One word. The Godfather is on….snort!….Michael is hiding out in Italy, this is our very, very favorite part ever…gruffle! …My friend has been under the weather all day and is now feeling a little better. Yesterday she said her legs felt better, but today it was lack of energy. What’s up with this anyways??…sniff!…She says we are going to bed very early tonight to be able to make-up tomorrow for all the non-housework she did….grunt!….Not until after the Italy part of The Godfather though…yeep!

  71. Wolfie
    11:39 pm on February 12th, 2011

    I don’t want to brag or anything, but it was 78* today along the central California coast.

    We even had the air conditioning on in the car.

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