George Washington at 279 (Born Feb 22, 1732) Part 10

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No 1: Laettner sinks Kentucky

NCAA East Regional final, March 28, 1992 — You’ve seen the replay: With 2.1 seconds remaining, Duke’s Grant Hill hurls a three-quarters court pass to Christian Laettner, who catches it at the free-throw line. He takes one dribble to his right, spins left and shoots just before time expires. “I remember I kept saying to myself, ‘Just get a good shot up,’ ” Laettner recalled years later. “I was worrying about catching the ball more than anything.” The cap to a perfect game (10-for-10 from the field, 10-for-10 from the free-thrown line) gave the Blue Devils a 104-103 overtime win and propelled them to their second-straight national title.

Back a few years ago, I got to go to Rick Pitino’s weekly show which was held at a restaurant and I got to speak with him. I told him that I saw a special on ESPN that called this game the best ever and sat my two sons down and told them that this game had two of the greatest coaches going up against each other. Now it seems that my sons just seemed this was the greatest games ever that the two coaches involved are the two best ever. Pitino told me, “I like the way you teach your kids. Keep up the good work.”

 

Steeling the Mind Bible Conference Pt 2 of 6 David Barton

My sons Hunter and Wilson are in Los Angeles now and they had the opportunity to sit down next to two really interesting people. Wilson wants to be a movie director one day and he met a guy who graduated from USC film school and this guy offered to take him on a tour of the campus. Hunter is interested in comedy and he sat next to Gabriel Iglesias, who is famous comedian. Take a look at some of his work below.

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.

  • Replace “inveterate antipathies” (hatred) and passionate attachments with “just and amicable feelings.”
    1. “passionate attachments” produce a variety of evils
    2. these attachments will lead you into “quarrels and wars”
    3. they will also lead to favoritism, conceding “privileges denied to others.”

    Washington’s own words:

    In the execution of such a plan nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations and passionate attachments for others should be excluded, and that in place of them just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation prompted by ill-will and resentment sometimes impels to war the government contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject. At other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility, instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations has been the victim.

    So, likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld; and it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation) facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country without odium, sometimes even with popularity, gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

    Trivia about George Washington:

    One of Washington’s most interesting innovations was a nearly round, 16-sided barn for thrashing wheat.

    — He established a spy ring in 1780 to reveal that Major General Benedict Arnold was a traitor.

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