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Rough and Ready’s secession

Rough and Ready is a little town of just under a thousand residents in northen California.

In 1850, it was a mining town with 3,000 residents. To avoid alcohol laws and taxation they deemed unfair, they seceded from the Territory of California and the United States! Tempers were high and a Mexican War veteran with a devoted following led the effort which resulted in the Great Republic of Rough and Ready. This was a short-lived independence, however. Dealing with complications of being a tiny landlocked foreign nation, townsfolk voted to rejoin the Union 3 months later.

Today, Rough and Ready is proud of and clings to its old Western heritage, including an annual festival known as the “Rough and Ready Secession Day,” on the last Sunday in June.

Read more, including details on the upcoming (free!) festivities, here.

In prison…


Sleek and advanced: the SR-71

We recently visited an Air Force museum, and one of the things we saw and learned about was the SR-71—a US reconnaissance aircraft, and a very advanced one too. It was used from 1964 to 1990 but was then deemed too expensive and taken out of use.



It has no wings because the sleek body serves that function. The part near the back that looks like wings is really the tail. It flew so incredibly fast and high that pilots had to wear suits similar to those worn by astronauts.

Read more at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

Images via National Museum of the US Air Force and Wikipedia.

Pictures and thoughts: America

This is a picture of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, which we visited today.

I’d like to thank all the United States Armed Forces who have fought for America. I’m grateful for all of you and for those who have fought and died in the past.

Here is a picture of the Rocky Mountains.

The song “America the Beautiful” was inspired by a trip to Pikes Peak, which is in this mountain range. Here are the lyrics of the song.

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!

O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

~ Katharine Lee Bates, 1913

Lets thank God for this amazing nation, pray for His will to be done and occupy till He comes, doing His will here.




Great picture from Townhall Cartoons. To all our Armed Forces, thank you and God bless you.

Daniel Webster’s Desk

The desk that the great 19th century statesman Daniel Webster used during his time in the US Senate is now assigned to the senior senator from Webster’s home state of New Hampshire. This practice is referenced in the classic Mr. Smith Goes To Washington; however, in the movie, Mr. Smith (the junior senator) gets the desk when in reality Senator Joseph Paine (the senior senator) should have gotten it.



With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence

Read it here.

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