Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln

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  1. naughty

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    Today is the day 200 years ago that Abraham Lincoln was born in Springfield Illinois. I know that at least my life (If I had a life) would have been possibly very different if he had not been born.
     
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    I know what you mean.... does that mean we would not have five dollar bills?
     
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    Happy 200th Birthday Abe!! My Dad calls me Abraham Lincoln.....must be the beard!

    Naughty, what do you mean if you had a life???
     
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    Well as we know Eddy if some of history is changed, all history is changed.
     
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    So you are not happy? :frown1:
     
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    LOL! I'm fine, Eddy. Thanks for asking. I was saying that as a person of partial African descent, Lincoln's decision to free African American's from slavery to end the war quite possibly changed the course of my life. That is if I would have even been born if things had not been changed. I do not see him with rose colored glasses. Though he may not have freed African Americans with an inate sense of their equality with whites, the step to free them was life changing at the very least.
     
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    Thankyou Naughty, I breathe a sigh of relief....! And thanks for the heads up on Abe...I'm not too hot on American History, and I see that this must be one of the reasons why Abraham is historically seen as such a great President.
     
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    As a child, my grandfather made sure that I visited the Lincoln Memorial... what a fuckin' joint! WOW!!! I also spent a lot of time running around Civil War battlefields as a child. Lincoln's story has been with me pretty much all of my life. I meditate on his intellect and disposition quite often, if only I were more Lincolnesque... :tongue:

    The emancipation proclamation was infinitely awesome but I shudder to think of what would have happened to this country if the confederates were not beaten.

    This country might be redneck from coast to coast if Lincoln didn't defeat the rebels. Under his leadership, their army was devastated with their capacity to wage war extinguished.

    I've read a bunch of his letters and he is absolutely as eloquent as he is intelligent. He is one of the only presidents that I think about often.

    HE IS THE MAN!!!!
     
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    Did you know that Abraham Lincoln had a low IQ and has had a share of many, many failures in his life? He became President of United States. Unfortunately, he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. :frown1:

     
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    Well, happy belated B-day there, Honest Abe. Say, do you think Hallmark makes Birthday cards that'd read, "Happy 256th birthday" on them?:wink:
     
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    No, but Stephen A. Douglas would be on them.
     
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    Today, a big happy 200th birthday goes out to:

    Abraham Lincoln

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    Charles Darwin

    February 12, 1809... they probably had no idea what was born that day!
     
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    Charles Darwin lived in my village for a number of years....the house is still there, very grand, but a crumbling wreck...it's sad to see, the National Trust (who own it) shouldn't allow this. (Incidentally the Wedgwoods and Ralph Vaughn Williams were all residents there also, so all the more reason to preserve it).

    Anyways, Happy Birthday to Charles Darwin, also!
     
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    Very cool.

    I've heard if you go to the Galapagos, they have a walk where you can "walk in Darwin's shoes", see what he saw, sit in his chair, and so forth. Sounds cool!
     
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    Sounds very cool, funnily enough I was only reading about the Galapagos on Auntie Beebs website yesterday...ecologists are pressing for tourism to be curbed there, to halt 'irreversible damage'...fair enough, though I'd love to see them.

    Here's the link.
     
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    Yeah, I've heard a lot about that!

    Apparently Ecuador, which owns the islands, sees it as potentially a Hawaii-like place that they could market for major tourism.

    While I would love to go there, I am not enthused by the idea of it being "Maui South", and I do think conservation should be a major concern there.

    Regardless, I still want to go. :biggrin1:
     
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    Yep the same!!

    But the Galapagos becoming Maui South....actually horrifying eh!
     
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