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Norman Borlaug

"For Being Crazy Enough To Think
     He Could Save A Billion Lives"

Norman Ernest Borlaug (3.25.1914 – 9.12 2009)
"The Man Who Saved A Billion Lives", was an American agronomist, humanitarian, and Nobel laureate who has
been called "The Father of the Green Revolution".
Borlaug was one of six people to have won the
Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom
and the Congressional Gold Medal. He was
awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second
highest civilian honor.

Borlaug received his Ph.D. in plant pathology
and genetics from the University of Minnesota in 1942.
He took up an agricultural research position in Mexico,
where he developed semi-dwarf, high-yield,
disease-resistant wheat varieties.

During the mid-20th century, Borlaug led the
introduction of these high-yielding varieties combined
with modern agricultural production techniques to
Mexico, Pakistan, and India. As a result, Mexico
became a net exporter of wheat by 1963. Between
1965 and 1970, wheat yields nearly doubled in
Pakistan and India, greatly improving the food security
in those nations. These collective increases in
yield have been labeled the Green Revolution, and
Borlaug is often credited with saving over a billion
people worldwide from starvation. He was awarded
the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to world peace through increasing food
supply. Later in his life, he helped apply these methods
of increasing food production to Asia and Africa.










NOTABLE AWARDS

Nobel Peace Prize (1970)

Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977)

Public Welfare Medal (2002)

National Medal of Science (2004)

Congressional Gold Medal (2006)

Padma Vidhushan (2006)







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"You Can't Fix Stupid!"
~ Ron White





ENRON

"For Being Not So Smart!"

The Enron scandal, revealed in October 2001,
eventually led to the bankruptcy of the Enron
Corporation, an American energy company
based in Houston, Texas, and the dissolution
of Arthur Andersen, which was one of the five largest
audit and accountancy partnerships in the world.
In addition to being the largest bankruptcy
reorganization in American history at that time,
Enron was attributed as the biggest audit failure.

Enron was formed in 1985 by Kenneth Lay after
merging Houston Natural Gas and InterNorth. Several
years later, when Jeffrey Skilling was hired, he developed
a staff of executives that, through the use of accounting loopholes, special purpose entities, and poor financial reporting, were able to hide billions in debt from failed
deals and projects. Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow
and other executives not only misled Enron's board of
directors and audit committee on high-risk accounting practices, but also pressured Andersen to ignore the issues.

Shareholders lost nearly $11 billion when Enron's stock
price, which hit a high of US$90 per share in mid-2000, plummeted to less than $1 by the end of November 2001.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
began an investigation, and rival Houston competitor
Dynegy offered to purchase the company at a fire sale
price. The deal fell through, and on December 2, 2001,
Enron filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the
United States Bankruptcy Code. Enron's $63.4 billion
in assets made it the largest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history until WorldCom's bankruptcy the following year.

Many executives at Enron were indicted for a variety
of charges and were later sentenced to prison. Enron's
auditor, Arthur Andersen, was found guilty in a United
States District Court, but by the time the ruling was
overturned
at the U.S. Supreme Court, the firm had
lost the majority of its customers and had shut down. Employees and shareholders received limited returns
in lawsuits, despite losing billions in pensions and stock
prices. As a consequence of the scandal, new regulations
and legislation were enacted to expand the accuracy of financial reporting for public companies. One piece of legislation, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, expanded
repercussions for destroying, altering, or fabricating
records in federal investigations or for attempting to
defraud shareholders. The act also increased the accountability of auditing firms to remain unbiased
and independent of their clients.

The Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002
(Pub.L. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745, enacted July 29, 2002),
also known as the 'Public Company Accounting Reform
and Investor Protection Act' (in the Senate) and
'Corporate and Auditing Accountability and
Responsibility Act' (in the House) and more
commonly called Sarbanes–Oxley, Sarbox or SOX,
is a United States federal law that set new or
enhanced standards for all U.S. public company
boards, management and public accounting firms.
It is named after sponsors U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes
(D-MD) and U.S. Representative Michael G. Oxley (R-OH).

The bill was enacted as a reaction to a number of
major corporate and accounting scandals including
those affecting Enron, Tyco International, Adelphia,
Peregrine Systems and WorldCom. These scandals,
which cost investors billions of dollars when the share
prices of affected companies collapsed, shook public confidence in the nation's securities markets.

The act contains 11 titles, or sections, ranging
from additional corporate board responsibilities
to criminal penalties, and requires the Securities
and Exchange Commission (SEC) to implement
rulings on requirements to comply with the law.
Harvey Pitt, the 26th chairman of the SEC, led the
SEC in the adoption of dozens of rules to implement
the Sarbanes–Oxley Act. It created a new, quasi-public
agency, the Public Company Accounting Oversight
Board, or PCAOB, charged with overseeing, regulating, inspecting and disciplining accounting firms in their
roles as auditors of public companies. The act also
covers issues such as auditor independence,
corporate governance, internal control assessment,
and enhanced financial disclosure. The nonprofit arm of Financial Executives International (FEI), Financial
Executives Research Foundation (FERF),
completed extensive research studies to help
support the foundations of the act.

 






"The Smartest Guys In The Room - Not!"



Kenneth Lay

On July 7, 2004, Lay was indicted by a grand jury on
11 counts of securities fraud and related charges. Lay was
found guilty on May 25, 2006, of 10 counts against him;
the judge dismissed the 11th. Because each count carried
a maximum 5- to 10-year sentence, legal experts said Lay
could have faced 20 to 30 years in prison. However, he died
while vacationing in Snowmass, Colorado, on July 5, 2006,
about three and a half months before his scheduled October 23 sentencing. Preliminary autopsy reports state that he died of
a heart attack caused by coronary artery disease. As a result
of his death, on October 17, 2006, the federal district court
judge who presided over the case vacated Lay's conviction.





Jeffery Skilling

Former president of Enron Corporation, headquartered in
Houston, Texas. In 2006 he was convicted of multiple federal
felony charges relating to Enron's financial collapse, and is
currently serving a 24-year, four-month prison sentence at the
Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, Colorado.
The Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments
in the appeal of the case March 1, 2010. On June 24, 2010,
the Supreme Court vacated part of Skilling's conviction and
sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings.
In April, 2011 a three judge 5th Circuit Court panel ruled that
the verdict would have been the same despite the legal
issues under discussion, and Skilling's conviction
was upheld. Skilling appealed this new decision to the
Supreme Court, but was denied certiorari.





Andrew Fastow

On October 31, 2002, Fastow was indicted by a federal grand
jury in Houston, Texas on 78 counts including fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy. On January 14, 2004, he plead
guilty to two counts of wire and securities fraud, and agreed
to serve a ten-year prison sentence. He also agreed to
become an informant and cooperate with federal authorities
in the prosecutions of other former Enron executives
in order to receive a reduced sentence.

Prosecutors were so impressed with his performance
that they ultimately lobbied for an even shorter sentence
for Fastow. He was finally sentenced to six years at
Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex in Oakdale,
Louisiana. On May 18, 2011, Fastow was released to a
Houston halfway house for the remainder of his sentence.















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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a
2005 documentary film based on the best-selling
2003 by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and
Peter Elkind, a study of one of the largest business
scandals in American history. McLean and Elkind
are credited as writers of the film alongside the
director, Alex Gibney.The film examines the 2001
collapse of the Enron Corporation, which resulted
in criminal trials for several of the company's top
executives; it also shows the involvement of
the Enron traders in the California electricity
crisis. The film features interviews with
McLean and Elkind, as well as former
Enron executives and employees,
stock analysts, reporters and the former
Governor of California Gray Davis.
The film won the Independent Spirit Award
for Best Documentary Feature and was
nominated for Best Documentary Feature
at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006.













 





"When somebody has risked and failed. And when somebody has fallen from the tightrope they have been walking on.
Somebody has to pick them up .. best thing is that a friend should do that."

~Ron Winspear





Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

"For being the first person to circumnavigate
    the globe single handed and non-stop
!"

Sir William Robert Patrick "Robin" Knox-Johnston, CBE, RD and bar (born 17 March 1939) is an English sailor.
The first person to circumnavigation of the globe single
handed and non-stop between June 14, 1968 and April 22, 1969. He set out from Falmouth, England his tiny 32ft ketch Suhaili and returned 313 days later to become the first
person to sail single-handed non-stop around the world.
It was a time when the Flat Earth Society was still in
existence, and even seasoned yachtsman thought it
to be an impossible feat. For everyone else it was;
Robin was the sole finisher among 9 starters to complete
this 30,000 mile supreme endurance race, organized
by the Sunday Times newspaper.

The eldest of 4 brothers he attended school at
Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, the same school as
Bill Tilman and Graham Greene. Main interests long
running, swimming and boxing. Not very good at
team sports, indeed, chose tennis as opposed to
cricket, but usually slipped away to Grandparents
house to work on a 1927 Austin 7 car instead of either.
Went to sea in the Merchant Navy in 1957 as a
Deck officer with the British India Steam Navigation
Company, gaining his Master's Certificate in 1965.
In 1962 married childhood sweetheart, Suzanne,
who passed away in November 2003 as a result
of ovarian cancer. One daughter, Sara, born in
Bombay 1963, and now 5 grandchildren. Interests:-
Sailing, Exploring by boat, Maritime History, the marine environment, youth development, shooting.

He was Knighted in 1995, and has uniquely been
the UK's Yachtsman of the Year 3 times. He was ISAF
sailor of the Year with Peter Blake in 1994 and in 2007
was one of the first 6 inductees into the ISAF Hall of Fame.


Donald Crowhurst

Donald Crowhurst was a British businessman and
amateur sailor who died while competing in the
Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a single-handed,
round-the-world yacht race. Crowhurst had entered
the race in hopes of winning a cash prize from
The Sunday Times to aid his failing business.
Instead, he encountered difficulty early in the
voyage, and secretly abandoned the race while
reporting false positions, in an attempt to appear to
complete a circumnavigation without actually circling
the world. Evidence found after his disappearance
indicates that this attempt ended in insanity and suicide.


 

 







ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1968-9
Winner Sunday Times Golden Globe Racesailing 30,123 nautical
miles in 312 days becoming the first person to circumnavigate
the globe east to west without stopping, at the time it was also
the lengthiest solo voyage to date.

1970

Won two-handed Round Britain Race with Leslie Williams in Ocean Spirit
1970

UK Yachtsman of the Year (elected for second time in 1994)
1970 Royal Cruising Club Seamanship Medal.
1971

Took line honors in Ocean Spirit in Cape Town to Rio Race.
1974

Won two-handed Round Britain Race with Gerry
Boxall in British Oxygen.
1977

Took line honors in 77 ft maxi sloop Condor in Whitbread
Round the World Race
1992

President of the Sail Training Assn & Trustee of the Royal
Maritime Museum, UK
1994

IYRU World Sailor of the Year.

1994
Sailed catamaran Enza
around the world in 74 days 22 hrs 18 min with Sir Peter
Blake setting new world record.

1995
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

2006-7
Sir "RKJ" is currently racing SAGA Insurance in the
Velux 5 Oceans Race









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"Co-directors Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell's historical documentary Deep Water chronicles one of the most infamous nautical tragedies of the past several decades. In autumn 1968, Britisher Donald Crowhurst, the proprietor of a down-and-out manufacturing business for marine electrical components, avowed to enter the first Golden Globe sailing competition -- a nonstop, one-man circumnavigational race against eight other competitors. In financing the boat via a deal with English entrepreneur Stanley Best, Crowhurst used his house as collateral. Relinquishing the voyage, or failing to complete it, would thus have instantly rendered Crowhurst homeless and driven his family into Chapter 11. But the voyage was doomed from the start: Crowhurst failed to finish building the craft prior to his October 31st departure, but set sail just the same, and thus sealed his own grim fate. Indeed, two weeks after Crowhurst sailed out of Devon, the boat began to leak substantially; recognizing that a trip into the Southern Ocean could spell disaster, a desperate Crowhurst radioed home with indications of phony distances and falsified his logbook; he then made an illegal pit stop in Argentina to repair the boat, and joined up with the rest of the competitors on the opposite side of Cape Horn, in the Atlantic. When Robin Knox-Johnston won the overall competition, Crowhurst and Nigel Tetley went head-to-head to win 5,000 pounds for the fastest voyage; Crowhurst recognized that a victory would yield scrutiny of his logbooks and unveil his deceptions to the world; he thus intended to preserve his reputation by coming in second. He didn't count, however, on Tetley's boat capsizing -- which led to Crowhurst's own victory. Foreseeing disaster, Crowhurst decided to end his life by drowning himself. In telling Crowhurst's sad story, Osmond and Rothwell intercut narration from Crowhurst's journals, archival film, and interviews with the sailor's family, friends, and colleagues. What emerges is a portrait of a man sinking rapidly into a pit of despair as he comes face to face with his own darkest nightmares of personal failure."
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"I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell!"
~ Harry Truman






Joseph William Kittinger II

"For The Longest Freefall Ever!"

'Joseph William Kittinger II' (born July 27, 1928) He entered
the Air Force in March 1949 as an aviation cadet. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in March 1950. From
950 to 1953 he served as a jet pilot in the 86th Fighter Bomber Squadron in Germany and then was assigned to the
Air Force Missile Development Center at Holloman Air
Force Base, N.M. On June 2, 1957, while stationed at
the AFMDC, Kittinger made a balloon flight to 96,000 feet
in the first flight of the Air Force's "Project Man High.
"After being assigned to the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, Kittinger,
now a captain, was appointed test director of "Project Excelsior," investigating escape from high altitude. As jet aircraft flew higher and faster, the Air Force became increasingly concerned with the hazards faced by
flight crews ejecting from these high performance
aircraft. Project Excelsior was established in 1958
to study and solve these high altitude escape problems.

During this project, there were three high altitude jumps accomplished from a balloon-supported gondola; the
first from 76,400 feet; the second from 74,700 feet 25 days
later; and on Aug. 16, 1960, from 102,800 feet, the
highest altitude from which man has ever jumped.
It was Kittinger who did the jumping. In freefall for four
and a half minutes, Kittinger fell at speeds up to 714 mph,
exceeding the speed of sound. He experienced
temperatures as low as -94 degrees Fahrenheit. Kittinger
opened his parachute at 18,000 feet and landed safely
in the New Mexico desert after a 13 minute 45 second
descent. Project Excelsior successfully proved the
new parachute system, the Beaupre Multi-Stage
Parachute, would solve the problem of high altitude
escape by crewmen. In December 1962, under Project
Star Gazer, Kittinger piloted a balloon into the upper
atmosphere accompanied by U.S. Navy civilian
astronomer to use a high powered telescope to view
regions of deep space. They stay aloft for 18.5 hours
above the skies of southwestern New Mexico.

Kittinger also volunteered for three combat tours in
Vietnam and served as commander of the famous
555th "Triple Nickel" Tactical Fighter Squadron flying F-4s.
After shooting down a MiG-21 in aerial combat, he
himself was shot down on May 11, 1972 and spent 11
months as a prisoner of war. Kittinger subsequently
continued his career and retired as a colonel in 1978.
After retiring, Kittinger remained active in ballooning. In 1984,
at age 56, he traveled more than 3,500 miles at altitudes
between 10,000 and 17,000 feet, crash-landing in
northern Italy, setting a record for the longest solo balloon
flight, both in time and distance. He has received numerous
awards for solo transatlantic balloon flights, and he is
the author of several articles about his 1960 leap for various publications, including the "The Long, Lonely Leap.
"Kittinger is also the subject of a new Naval Institute book,
"The Pre-Astronauts."


 










PRESENT HOLDER OF THE
FOLLOWING WORLD'S RECORDS


Longest Parachute Freefall-4 min. 36 sec.
August 15, 1960


First man to approach the Speed of Sound
without an aircraft or space vehicle.
August 15, 1960


Most High Altitude Balloon Flights (5)
Man High I - 96,000 ft.
Excelsior I - 76,000 ft.
Excelsior II - 75,000 ft.
*Excelsior III, 102,800 ft.
Stargazer - 86,000 ft.




























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"You can do anything you set your mind to man!"
~ Eminem





Felix Baumgartner

"For The Highest & Fastest Jump Ever!"

Felix Baumgartner (born April 20,1969) in Salzburg, Austria. When he was a little boy, he dreamed about flying and skydiving. In 1999 he claimed the world record for the
highest parachute jump from a building when he jumped
from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On 25 July 2003, Baumgartner became the first person to skydive across the English Channel using a specially
made carbon fiber wing. Alban Geissler, who developed
the SKYRAY carbon fiber wing with Christoph Aarns,
suggested after Baumgartner's jump that the wing he
used was a copy of two prototype SKYRAY wings sold
to Red Bull (Baumgartner's sponsor) two years earlier.

Baumgartner also set the world record for the lowest
BASE jump ever, when he jumped 95 feet (29 m) from
the hand of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de
Janeiro. This jump also stirred controversy among
BASE jumpers who pointed out that Baumgartner cited
the height of the statue as the height of the jump even
though he landed on a slope below the statue's feet,
and that other BASE jumpers had previously jumped
from the statue but avoided publicity.

He became the first person to BASE jump from the
completed Millau Viaduct in France on 27 June 2004
and the first person to skydive onto, then BASE jump
from, the Turning Torso building in Malmö, Sweden
on August 18, 2006. On December 12, 2007 he became
the first person to jump from the 91st floor observation
deck of the then-tallest completed building in the world,
Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan

The launch was originally scheduled for October 9, 2012,
but was aborted due to adverse weather conditions.
Launch was rescheduled and the mission instead took
place on October 14, 2012 when Baumgartner landed
in eastern New Mexico after jumping from a world
record 39,045 metres (128,100 ft) or just over
39 kilometres (24 mi). On the basis of provisional
data, Baumgartner also set the record for the highest
manned balloon flight (at the same height) and fastest
speed of free fall at 1,342 kilometres per hour
(834 mph) making him the first human to break
the sound barrier outside of a vehicle. Baumgartner
was in free fall for 4 minutes and 19 seconds,
17 seconds short of mentor
Joseph Kittinger's 1960 jump.


 









PRESENT HOLDER OF THE
FOLLOWING WORLD'S RECORDS


Highest Parachute Jump
39,045 metres (128,100 ft) or just over 39 kilometres (24 mi)
October 14 2012


First man to exceed the Speed of Sound
without an aircraft or space vehicle.
1,342 kilometres per hour (834 mph)
making him the first human to break
the sound barrier outside of a vehicle
October 14, 2012

2nd Longest Parachute Freefall-4 min. 19 sec.
October 14, 2012




Felix Baumgartner August 14, 2012
















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"Mend thy speech a little - lest thee may mar thy fortunes."
~William Shakespeare





Francis DeSales Ouimet

"For The Greatest Golf Game Ever Played!"

"Francis Ouimet" (May 8, 1893 - September 2, 1967)
was an American golfer, who is frequently referred
to as the "father of amateur golf" in the United States.
He won the 1913 U.S. Open, and was the first American
elected Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club
of St Andrews. He was inducted into the
World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

Ouimet was born to Mary Ellen Burke and Arthur Ouimet
in Brookline, Massachusetts. His father was a
French-Canadian immigrant, and his mother was an
Irish immigrant. When Francis was four years old, his
family purchased a house on Clyde Street in Brookline,
directly across from the 17th hole of The Country Club.
The Ouimet family grew up relatively poor, and found themselves near the bottom of the economic ladder,
which was hardly the position of any American golfer
at the time. As far as the general public was concerned, amateur golf was reserved for the wealthy, while
professional golf provided competition and income
for former caddies, prohibited by the USGA from caddying
after the age of 16 or lose their amateur status.
Ouimet found an interest in golf at an early age
and started caddying at The Country Club at the age
of nine. Using clubs from his brother and balls he
found around the course, Ouimet taught himself
the game. Soon enough his game caught the eye of
many country club members and caddie master Dan MacNamara. It wasn't long before Ouimet was the
best high school golfer in the state. When he was a
junior in high school, his father insisted Francis drop
out and finally begin to do "something useful" with his life.
He worked at a dry-goods store before a stroke of good
luck helped him land a job at a sporting goods store
owned by the future Baseball Hall of Famer George Wright.


In 1913 Ouimet won his first significant title at age 20,
the Massachusetts Amateur, an event he went on to win five
more times. He participated in the U.S. Amateur at the
Garden City Golf Club in New York in early September, losing
in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion, Jerome Travers.
Soon after he was asked personally by the president of the
United States Golf Association, Robert Watson, if he would
play in the national professional championship, the U.S. Open,
which had been postponed to mid-September from its
original June dates to allow for the participation of British
golfers Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. The event was played
at the course Ouimet knew best, The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Ouimet originally declined to play, having just returned from an absence from work to play in the
National Amateur. His participation in the Open was
soon arranged, however, with the cooperation of his employer.

It was Ouimet's first appearance in the championship.
After 72 holes of play finished in a three-way tie, Ouimet
went on to an 18-hole playoff the next day in rainy conditions,
and won the Open over Vardon and Ray. Ouimet's victory
after an 18-hole playoff against Vardon and Ray was widely
hailed as a stunning upset over the strongly-favored Brits,
who were regarded as the top two golfers in the world. He
was the first amateur to win the U.S. Open, the biggest
crowds ever seen in American golf followed the playoff, and
his achievement was front-page news across the country.
Ouimet's U.S. Open success is credited for bringing golf
into the American sporting mainstream. Before his surprising
win over Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, golf was dominated by
British players. In America, the sport was restricted to
players with access to private facilities. There were very
few public courses (the first, Van Cortlandt Golf Course in
The Bronx borough of New York City, opened in 1895).
Ten years after his 1913 victory the number of American
players had tripled and many new courses had been built,
including numerous public ones.
































Francis Ouimet winning the 1913 US Open
with Eddie Lowery, his 10-year-old caddy
in a white scarf.





There is only one player-caddie image
has ever made it to a U.S. stamp -
10-year-old Eddie Lowery caddying for
Francis Ouimet in his 1913 U.S. Open win
at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.






Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and Ted Ray.






















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Ouimet never turned professional He wished to
remain an amateur for his whole career, as he
decided before his U.S. Open success that he wanted
to work in the world of business. In 1916, however,
the USGA, in one of the most controversial decisions
in their history, stripped Ouimet of his amateur status.
Its reasoning was that he was using his celebrity to
aid his own sporting goods business, and was
therefore making a living from golf. This was at
the time when caddies were not allowed to continue
caddying after they reached the age of 16, unless
they declared themselves professionals. The decision
was greeted with uproar from Ouimet's fellow golfers.
In 1918 Ouimet enlisted in the U.S. Army and rose
to the rank of lieutenant. After the war the USGA
quietly reinstated his amateur status. Ouimet
did not bear a grudge against the USGA, and
served on several committees. He was also a golf
member of Charles River Country Club in
Newton Centre, Massachusetts, and was a
member of the Woodland Golf Club of
Auburndale, Massachusetts.










“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
~Mark Twain





Abraham Lincoln

"For Being Crazy Enough To Really Believe - 'That All Men
(People) Are Created Equal, That They Are Endowed By
Their Creator With Certain Unalienable Rights, That Among
Those Are Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness'
- And Then For Actually Doing Something About It!"


'Abraham Lincoln' (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865)
was the 16th President of the United States, serving from
March 1861 until his assassination in 1865. He led the country
through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis — the
American Civil War — preserving the Union while ending slavery and promoting economic and financial modernization. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He became a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a one-term member of the United States
House of Representatives, but failed in two attempts at a
seat in the United States Senate. He was an affectionate,
though often absent, husband and father of four children.

After deftly opposing the expansion of slavery in the
United States in his campaign debates and speeches,Lincoln
secured the Republican nomination and was elected president
in 1860. Following declarations of secession by southern slave
states, war began in April 1861, and he concentrated on
both the military and political dimensions of the war effort,
seeking to reunify the nation. He vigorously exercised
unprecedented war powers, including the arrest and detention
without trial of thousands of suspected secessionists.
He prevented British recognition of the Confederacy by
skillfully handling the Trent affair late in 1861. He issued his
Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoted the passage
of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution,
abolishing slavery.

Lincoln closely supervised the war effort, especially the selection of top generals, including the commanding general Ulysses S. Grant. He brought leaders of various factions of his party into his cabinet and pressured them to cooperate. Under his leadership, the Union took control of the border slave
states at the start of the war and tried repeatedly to
capture the Confederate capital at Richmond. Each time
a general failed, Lincoln substituted another until finally
Grant succeeded in 1865. An exceptionally astute politician
deeply involved with power issues in each state, he reached
out to War Democrats and managed his own re-election
in the 1864 presidential election.

As the leader of the moderate faction of the Republican party,
Lincoln came under attack from all sides. Radical Republicans
wanted harsher treatment of the South, War Democrats
desired more compromise, and Copperheads despised him —
not to mention irreconcilable secessionists in reconquered areas. Politically, Lincoln fought back with patronage, by pitting his opponents against each other, and by appealing to the American people with his powers of oratory. His Gettysburg Address of 1863 became the most quoted speech in American history. It was an iconic statement of America's dedication to the principles of nationalism, equal rights, liberty, and democracy. At the close of the war, Lincoln held a moderate view of Reconstruction, seeking to speedily reunite the nation
through a policy of generous reconciliation in the face of
lingering and bitter divisiveness. However, just six days after the surrender of Confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee, Lincoln was shot and killed by Confederate sympathizer
John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.
His death marked the first assassination of a U.S. president.
Lincoln has been consistently ranked by scholars as
one of the greatest U.S. presidents.












Some of Lincoln's Failures Before
Becoming The Most Respected President


1832
Lost his job (sound familiar?)

1832
Defeated in bid for state legislature

1833
Failed in businesses (more than one)

1834
Elected to state legislature

1835
Sweetheart (Ann Rutledge) dies

1836
Had nervous breakdown

1838
Defeated in bid for Speaker

1843
Defeated in bid for Congress

1846
Elected to Congress

1848
Lost renomination for Congress

1849
Rejected in bid for Land Officer

1854
Defeated in bid for Senate

1856
Defeated in bid for VP nomination

1858
Defeated Again in bid for Senate

~ Then, History Changes! ~




















A List of Abraham Lincoln's Successes

Lincoln made the decision to fight to prevent
the nation from splitting apart.

Lincoln was an Unfaltering Commander-in-Chief
during the Civil War which preserved the
United States as one nation.

Lincoln's foreign policy was successful in preventing
other countries from intervening in America's Civil War.

Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which
began the process of freedom for America's slaves. The
document also allowed black soldiers to fight for the Union.

Lincoln was a strong supporter of the Thirteenth Amendment
that formally ended slavery in the United States.

Legislation Lincoln signed into law included the
Homestead Act, the Morrill Act, the National Banking Act,
and a bill that chartered the first transcontinental railroad.

Lincoln set an example of strong character, leadership,
and honesty which succeeding presidents tried to emulate.

Lincoln gave a series of great speeches before and during
his presidency including the House Divided Speech, the
Cooper Union Address, his First Inaugural Address, the
Gettysburg Address
, and his Second Inaugural Address.

And He Did All Of This In Just
4 Years and 40 Days of Work -
That is a Mere 1500 days!
Unparalleled by Any Modern Day President!


Here we come FISCAL CLIFF -

And Nobody Can Seem To Fix It!

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CONSTITUTION DECLERATION OF INDEPEDENCE THE  BILL
OF RIGHTS






"You have to devalue everything you think you are worth and just work like a dog!"

~




United States Public Debit

"CRAZY! Period."


The United States public debt is the money borrowed by the federal government of the United States through the issue of securities by the Treasury and other federal government agencies. US public debt consists of two components. Debt held by the public includes Treasury securities held
by investors outside the federal government, including
that held by individuals, corporations, the Federal Reserve System and foreign, state and local governments.
Debt held by government accounts or intragovernmental
debt
 includes non-marketable Treasury securities held in accounts administered by the federal government that are owed to program beneficiaries, such as the Social Security Trust Fund. Debt held by government accounts represents
the cumulative surpluses, including interest earnings, of
these accounts that have been invested in Treasury
securities.
Public debt increases or decreases as a
result of the annual unified budget deficit or surplus.
The federal government budget deficit or surplus is
the difference between government receipts and
spending, ignoring intra-governmental transfers.
However, some spending that is excluded from the deficit (supplemental appropriations) also adds to the debt.

Historically, the US public debt increased during wars
and recessions, and subsequently declined. For example,
debt held by the public as a share of GDP peaked just
after World War II (113% of GDP in 1945), but then fell
over the following 30 years. In recent decades, however,
large budget deficits and the resulting increases in debt
have led to concern about the long-term sustainability
of the federal government's fiscal policies.

On 30 November 2012, debt held by the public was approximately $11.553 trillion or about 72% of GDP.
Intra-governmental holdings stood at $4.816 trillion,
giving a combined total public debt of $16.369 trillion.
As of July 2012, $5.3 trillion or approximately 48% of
the debt held by the public was owned by foreign
investors, the largest of which were China and
Japan at just over $1.1 trillion each.

 




Just The Facts Jack
You
Make The Call !

The national debt has increased from $10.6 trillion to $16 trillion,
or 50 percent, since President Obama took office.

The national debt will increase from $16 trillion to $25.4 trillion
in 2022, or 59 percent, under President Obama’s budget plans.

Every man, woman, and child in the United States owes more
than $50,000 as his or her share of the national debt.

Every taxpayer owes more than $140,000 as his or her share
of the national debt.

There are zero nations in the Eurozone that have a per
person debt greater than that of the United States.

The national debt is greater than the annual output of
the entire U.S. economy.

In the last four years, the national debt has increased by
more than it did in the previous 17 years.

Total US Unfunded Liabilities are estimated at $144 trillion,
roughly $1.2 million per taxpayer.

national debt






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The facts speak for themselves, and paint a grim picture
of the state of the nation’s finances. While the $16 trillion
figure for the reported gross national debt is difficult
enough to comprehend, estimates of the true national
debt, including all unfunded liabilities for programs
such as Veterans, Social Security and Medicare, ect.
is actually closer to $170 trillion.



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