George Washington at 279 (Born Feb 22, 1732) Part 7



No. 4: Lorenzo Charles dunks Houston

NCAA Championship game, April 4, 1983 — Dereck Wittenburg was running out of time. Tied 52-52, N.C. State – a No. 6 seed, playing powerhouse Houston with two future NBA stars in Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler – had a chance to pull off a huge upset, but Wittenburg was scrambling after a pass Drexler knocked away. With 3 seconds remaining and from 30 feet out, Wittenburg launched a shot that fell about a foot short. Cue teammate Lorenzo Charles, who caught the ball and dunked it in one motion, just before time expired.

Everybody in Little Rock is buzzing over our University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR) Trojans going to the NCAA playoffs. Tonight the boys play at 5:30pm and the girls play this weekend.

Dave Barton from shows how George Washington was a Christian rather than a deist.

In the next few days I will post portions of the speech (which really was just a newspaper article) but since it is so long I will put an outline of the speech that is provided by David Barton of Wallbuilders.


  1. “Avoid occasions of expense by cultivating peace . . . .”
  2. “Timely disbursements to prepare for danger” are better than “greater disbursements to repel it.”
  3. Avoid debt: in time of peace, pay off debts..
  4. Public opinion should “cooperate” with their representatives to pay off debt.
  5. Some taxes are necessary even though “inconvenient and unpleasant.


With this type of mindset, what do you think the founding fathers would think of our federal governement’s spending and taxing habits today?

Take a look at Rand Paul’s proposal to cut the budget deficit by 1/3 in one year:

What do you think? Vote now in our poll below and leave your comments in the section below.

(WHAS11) – In what his office terms as a way to begin a conversation with other senators about cutting the deficit, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is proposing $500 billion in spending cuts, including an 83 percent cut to the Department of Education and eliminating some government agencies altogether.

In an interview with WHAS11, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says Paul’s budget cutting measure would “decimate” education.

“I think we have to invest in education,” Duncan said when asked about Paul’s plan, “We have to educate our way to a better economy.”
In a 36 page overview of the spending cut plan, Paul proposes rolling back spending levels to 2008 levels and eliminating the most wasteful programs.

Though Paul says 85 percent of the current government funding would remain in place, he wants to eliminate – among others – the Departments of Education, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development, the Corporation for Public Broadacasting and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, among other agencies and programs.

“This is the first step of many, needed to confront the biggest threat to our national security – our country’s perpetual debt,” Paul said in a videotaped statement posted on his Senate YouTube account.
“My proposal includes an overall rollback to 2008 pre-Stimulus spending levels,” Paul continued, “plus 10 percent cuts in some defense spending, and at least 20 percent cuts to a number of other department and agencies like NASA, TSA, Agriculture, and Department of Energy. My proposal also includes elimination of those that have gone beyond their usefulness or are not fulfilling their stated missions like Department of Education, GPO, and International aid programs.”

No agency is spared in Paul’s plan, which is also aimed at restraining government from what Paul views as an overreach beyond what the U.S. Constitution allows.

Paul’s Proposed Cuts

Legislative Branch – 23%

Judicial Branch – 32%

Agriculture (including food stamps) – 30%

Commerce – 54%

Defense – 6.5%

Education – 83%

Health and Human Services – 26%

Homeland Security – 43% (and Coast Guard would transfer to Defense Department)

Interior 78%

Justice – 28%

Labor – 2%

State – 71%

Transportation – 49%

Corps of Engineers – 27%

Environmental Protection Agency – 29%

General Services Administration – 85%

NASA – 25%

National Science Foundation – 62%

Office of Personnel Management – 12.3%

FCC – 22%

Trivia about George Washington:

The National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, Md., has on display one of Washington’s lower dentures—made from gold, ivory and lead, as well as human and animal teeth.

— The only time Washington traveled out of the country was to Barbados in 1751 with his brother Lawrence who was suffering from tuberculosis.

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