Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.


- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Monday, September 15, 2008

I read the news today - oh boy

New York Times:

A.I.G. Seeks $40 Billion in Fed Aid to Survive

The American International Group is seeking a bridge loan
from the Federal Reserve as it faces a potential downgrade
from credit ratings agencies.

Lehman Brothers Announces It Will File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Lehman Brothers, the storied Wall Street securities firm,
announced on its Web site early Monday that it will file for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

After Frantic Day, Wall St. Banks Falter

In one of the most dramatic days in Wall Street history, Lehman Brothers said it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, while Merrill Lynch agreed to sell itself to Bank of America for about $50 billion.

Jittery Road Ahead

Wall Street and the federal government faced off over the weekend, raising worries of a sell-off when markets open on Monday.


Eww. Not good.

What is that crashing sound I hear in the distance? I've heard that 'pride goes before a fall.' I wonder if that is also true of unfettered greed?

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