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The Conkling Letter.

Abraham Lincoln and James Conkling

In the summer of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln received an invitation to speak at a Republican rally on September 3, 1863 in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.

The convention was being held in part as a response to a previous gathering of “Peace Democrats” in the state. The Democrats, known as “Copperheads,” thought the Civil War to be unConstitutional and too costly in terms of dollars and men. Long lists of casualties printed in local papers after battles such as Antietam (22,717), Chancellorsville (30,500), Shiloh (23,746), Vicksburg (37,273) and the recent battle of Gettysburg (51,118) plus other battles gave the Copperheads more ammunition to garner public support to end the Civil War, let the Southern States (and any other state) secede and let the institution of slavery to continue. In the minds of the Copperheads, neither the Union of the United States of America or “negroes” were worth fighting for, much less dying for.

In the Republican party, there was a small division of those who thought fighting to preserve the Union was good and noble, but a much smaller minority also held the view that “negroes” and the abolition of slavery was not worth the terrible cost of blood.

The CDC. Part One.

The US Center for Disease Control, the CDC, is often the “go to” source for policy guidance.

As we have seen over the past few years, the CDC has been less than truthful and statements from the agency have been based on bad or non-existent data.

The problem is that as the impact of COVID grew, the CDC took on a role of that of the legislative branch and seems to think that it can make and enforce laws.

The first and second instance of this was the eviction moratorium the CDC issued. The CDC initially issued an eviction moratorium which the Supreme Court said had to end in July. The CDC then issued another moratorium which the Supreme Court overturned effectively saying, “we’ve been down this path before. It was wrong then and it is wrong now.” The Court overturned that moratorium saying:

Thomas More Law Center v. Bonta and Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta.

(Somehow we missed this.)

Back in the early 2000’s, the people of California put on the ballot what was then called “Proposition 8,” which mandated that marriage be between a man and a woman, and that California should not perform or acknowledge single sex marriages. As one can imagine, the issue was a hot topic. However for the purposes of this post, what happened was that people that had donated money in favor of Prop 8 were attacked personally and their businesses damaged and disrupted by often violent protestors.

Two non-profit groups, the Thomas Moore Law Center (TMLC) and Americans for Prosperity had always followed California law when it comes to their charity’s mission, officers, finances, etc. What California did not require was a list of donors to those charities. Such disclosure was voluntary, and the two groups declined to disclose their donor lists.

Proteins: Explained.

Interesting stuff!

You might already know that proteins are a fundamental part of your diet, but they’re much more than that.

Ten Million Starlings Swarm (7 Tons of Bird Poo.)

From the folks at the BBC:

Rome plays host to one of the world’s most amazing displays of aerial acrobatics, but it’s not all beauty and grace…

When animals swarm they create a super-organism of incredible power. They can attack our food supplies, immobilise our transport systems, undermine our cities and even attack our energy supplies. They can stop us in our tracks. Using state-of-the-art photography, Superswarms reveals the collective intelligence behind the animal invasions, and how man fights back.

How The World’s Tallest Skyscraper Was Built.

The Citizen Who Changed The Government And You’ve Never Heard Of Him.

You’ve probably never heard of the name Mark Schlefer who passed away last November at the age of 98. His lasting effect on governments at all levels and the people of the United States cannot be overstated and yet most people would say “who?”

Schlefer flew 36 combat missions as a bomber pilot in World War II, but that is not his most enduring contribution to the country.

Schlefer started a fund to provide tuition assistance for minority children at D.C.-area private schools. But that too is not his greatest accomplishment for the country (although it may be for the lives of children and parents in the DC area.)

In the 1960’s Schlefer spearheaded to move for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, (FOIA) that is now law at the federal level and in all 50 States and the District of Columbia.

Randy Fine: Repeal Florida Statute 215.4725 Now And Protect The First Amendment.

In 2016, the State of Florida passed a law that forbids the State from doing business with any company that boycotts or supports a boycott of Israel.

The bill contained a provision that allowed companies whose contracts with the State with a value under $1 million dollars would be exempt.

In 2018, Brevard County Representative Randy Fine sponsored a bill removing the $1 million dollar limit thus banning the State from doing business with any company or person who boycotted Israel or supported such a boycott.

The original bill requires the State to maintain a list of companies that boycott Israel (or support the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement) and have companies certify that they are not taking part in any such boycott before the state signs contract with the company.

About the same time, the State of Arkansas was doing something similar in passing a similar law called “Act 710 that required the State not contract with companies that boycott Israel or support a boycott of Israel.

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