A couple with three children in Louisville Kentucky is raffling their 2100 foot home to the public as they say adios to the good life in the Bluegrass State in the good old USA. They are selling everything they own (see broadcast story here) and moving to the Dominican Republic where their mission will be to fix broken wells and provide communities with safe drinking water. (See more from the couple’s blog here)
One of the main causes of death and disease in the Dominican Republic is due to contaminated water and this couple is dedicated their lives and their children to serving others in need. That is the American Way! But, they need to sell the house quickly so they can use the funds to help finance their mission. To do so, they are selling raffle tickets for the home for a mere $50 a chance. Here is how to buy a ticket. You can do so from any part of the world. You will be helping a good cause and, if you are lucky, you will get an fantastic investment to do with as you please. Talk about a capital gain if you sell the property! Or, its in a nice neighborhood in suburban Louisville and is a very nice home. I encourage you to participate. The odds of winning are way way better than winning the lottery. Click here for their website and take a chance!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD
On this date a long long time ago, Robert B. Symon, Sr. was introduced to the world. And the world has been a better place for it. I’m hoping to one day live up to the old man but I haven’t quite gotten there. When I was a kid and he helped coach my football or baseball teams. the other guys on the team always told me that my dad was their favorite coach. They said he was nice. Today, I realize that is true. I think we all wish that we could be a person whom about people would say, “you know, I’m a better person for having known him” or “I’m just a little happier for having known him. My dad is one of the few people I know in life that I think that is the case. Come to think of it, Snow White is too. One would think that if I am surrounded and influenced by such people, some of it would rub off on me. Well, there’s always tomorrow.
On This Date In History:
In 1782, there was some chaos in the new nation. There was a shortage of funds to pay foreign debts and Congress was arguing about what to do. There was a proposal afoot from officers in the army to settle the situation by proclaiming George Washington as King George I. On This Date in 1782, General George Washington refused to become king when he quickly dispatched such notions when he said that no such occurrence in the war gave him “…more painful sensations…” than such talk. The word of General Washington was formidable, thus saving the Democracy before it even really got started. The Constitution was adopted in 1787 and the General became the first President in 1789.
On this date in 1856, abolitionist Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner insulted South Carolina Senator Andrew Butler in a rant against slavery. Well, Butler’s nephew, Representative Preston Brooks decided to defend the honor of his uncle, and presumably slavery. He later entered the Senate chamber and beat Sumner so severely that he could not return to the Senate for 3 years! How’s that for civility in government. Turns out that Brooks had considered challenging Sumner to a duel but a South Carolina House colleague suggested that dueling was for men of social standing and that Sumner’s coarse language used toward Butler indicated his standing was that of a drunkard. In other words, “he’s not worth it.” Well, Brooks decided that if he was such a low life, that a beating was the proper coarse of action. South Carolinians sent Brooks a bunch of new canes and told him to “beat him again.” Brooks was not expelled from the House, but instead resigned. The beating was seen in the North as a sign of southern cowardice and newspaper drawings like the one above ensued. Brooks gave a interesting defense of his action as he resigned. If you are interested, it’s linked below. Once again, we complain about the lack of civility in Congress these days but, fear not, it’s been worse.