Throwback Thursday today is from October 1955 and would be Larry Fillmer’s 7th birthday party. I just love these old black and whites. Apparently back in the mid-50′s you dressed up for a birthday party since one of them is wearing a suit and bow-tie and I love the card table, which was probably literally used as a card table. I’m not too sure about any of the history behind this photo, and the only reason I am saying the date is 1953 is because there are 7 candles on the cake, otherwise, there was no date or anything else on the photo. I’m sure someone in the family will tell me a little more about the image, but I’m almost 100% sure that’s my dad as the birthday boy from the way he is dressed, watch and all… always a snappy dresser. Pretty sure that is his brother Les Fillmer standing to the right of Larry.
So it seems, I’ve now been told, the photo was taken in Birmingham in an area called Oak Hills in Central Park, the puppets were Howdy Doody Puppets, and yes, they apparently played cards on that card table.
Today all across the country people came out to protest the taxes and spending our government started months ago and has continued into present day. After flipping through the mainstream media outlets, even CNN, I have determined that they just don’t get it. They portray this to be a GOP or Republican thing and they are so far from understanding that people are fed up with our government overspending, growing larger and larger, and more importantly today, ever-increasing the taxation (in various forms) its citizens.
Last week CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) 2009 took place in Washington DC. News this week has been coming out of that conference from the Keynote speaker Rush Limbaugh all the way down to a speech given by Jonathan Krohn on the meaning of conservatism. Haven’t heard of Jonathan Krohn before now? He wrote a book called Define Conservatism that was published last year at a time in the country when people didn’t quite understand conservatism. He set forth to try and explain that conservatism does not equal republican, it does not equal a mean and uncaring mindset, but does stand for a set of principles like life, love for this country, believes each individual can succeed if they choose to, takes personal responsibility for their own lives, thinks people are over taxed and wants less government involvement in their lives.
Did I mention that when he wrote this book he was 13 years old! At 13 years old he did more than many will ever do in their life and published a book, and Krohn gave a two minute address on “Conservative Victories Across the Nation” on the second day of CPAC in Washington DC last week. He gave the speech in the video below in front of a huge crowd, that was broadcast live on CSPAN, all at the age of 14.
Even if you don’t agree with his politics, he is an amazing kid that is bound to do something amazing with his life. Even if you just watch the first part of the video below, you will see someone who is far more advanced in his ability to speak and conceptualize a concept and principle than many of us “well educated” adults.
Noticed I filed this post under “political” so if you don’t like political stuff, just move on to my next post (and coming up I will post a photo shoot I did yesterday). Until then, I came across this site, If I Were President from 247 Town Hall, a while back during the election and forgot about it until now when I saw something similar on another blog. This site was a “get out the vote” type video site, filled with tons of well made videos from high profile, almost all left wing liberal celebrities. Always great that no matter what the message now, you know you can package something to look so good and tasty that it just has to be a good thing.
Everything now is hope, hope, hope, we have hope for change, we can change change to a new change and hope change can bring about a new kind of hope and change. I love it. Now that we actually do have change on Pennsylvania Avenue I think this video is a pretty good monologue of what kind of change we are in for.
Some of it is pretty funny, and I don’t totally disagree with all of it, there was one person who said they wanted to legalize marijuana (think that has basically already been done), Deb would go for the ban on Asparagus, and another to ban all hummers and buy everyone a bike. I already have a bike and can’t afford a hummer. I will say this has probably been one of the most difficult first few weeks in a new office but the job is for 4 years so there is a long way to go. Tonight when Mr Obama speaks to Congress we should get a better glimpse into what is coming up. More doom and gloom or pumping up an economy in the tanks right now.
Either way, I bet not a whole lot of people watch the address to congress as much as I am guessing that many reading this didn’t even know he was going to speak tonight, and wouldn’t until they see that he has interrupted American Idol. Perhaps Mr O should play this video below to make people feel better?
I don’t do many political type posts, but that is all that is going on in the news today. I can never remember when an inauguration got so much coverage. It is well deserved, but nothing has stacked up to this $150 million party that Obama is throwing that finalizes tomorrow. Obama has managed to create this show of shows by outspending Bush ($40 million) and even Clinton ($33 million) by bringing out all the biggest names in Hollywood and making such a spectacle of the whole thing and I will be glad when it is finally over and we can collectively get back to the work of the country.
Does anyone remember from back in highschool when you tried to date two girls at the same time? It never worked and more times than not you would lose both girls in the process. That may be a bad analogy, but I hope that doesn’t happen to Obama and he ends up loosing both sides. All he will be left with are the ultra moderates who can’t ever make a decision about anything. Nothing worse in my book than indecision and luke warm. Even scriptures talk about being against Christ is better than not having an opinion at all.
The discussion in our house lately has been if we want to see Obama succeed as president or not (a question Mr Bill has posed on his show lately). I do in fact want to see America become stronger, more prosperous, better educated, and succeed in general (of course that has different meaning to everyone). If it takes Obama to do that, great. No matter if we voted for him or not, he is our President now, we should get behind him, even if we disagree with him.
Some Totally Random Thoughts About Politics on January 19th
The word “Obama” is NOT in the wordpress spell check database
I am sick of hearing the news ask someone if they thought they would ever see a woman or African-American as President, I DON’T CARE. I want to see the most qualified person for the job, ANY job, and I don’t care what race, nationality, or genger the person is. If Bill Lester is the best person to put in a race car GREAT, if he can’t win races, get someone else in there.
What is the reason we have to spend $150 million on a party and not think about how this translates into his Presidency?
Thoughts on #2 :: Bail-out? Auto industry, economy, people out of work, consumer confidence?
Bush put everything he had into his job over the last 8 years, we should be glad someone kept us safe
Pelosi and Reed should be totally ashamed at everything they have tried to do in prosecuting Bush administration officials
I am waiting for my check in the mail from the Obama administration (never got one from Bush)
Keith Olbermann is possibly the worst excuse for a journalist that MSNBC has ever hired (and they have a lot who fit in that category)
OBAMA IS NOT ABRAHAM LINCOLN, he is Obama.
I personally don’t deserve said check from #8, I didn’t pay any taxes over the last few years because I didn’t make enough money
I wish the Obama administration well, and I hope they can keep American safe while turing around the economy, but most of all, I will be glad when this $150 million party you paid for is over and people can get back to work.