annual paycheck from the feds for corrupt
Jesse Jackson Jr.!?
Despite having been convicted and imprisoned for corruption, former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. collects a hefty salary, milking the taxpayers for even more. Meanwhile, shootings and murders in Chicago continue to plague the populace, the homeless and the poor continue to struggle, and the politicians continue to bilk the system.
The site where Abraham Lincoln’s parents, Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, lived during the 1840s is planning a celebration of his birthday. They lived near some of my ancestors, the Parkers and the Goodells.
I learned something, a historical sidenote, that I did not know.
“The problem with the federal school lunch program was that foods being offered were not what the students wanted to eat . . . ”
As one administrator explained, changes to the federal school lunch program, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, were “well-intended, but it had unintended consequences. Giving kids what they want to eat – it’s a subjective thing.”
And the bureaucrats clearly aren’t the answer.
“Let parents and students make that choice on their own.”
Freedom is a great thing.
1. Kane County is where some of my ancestors — the Reynolds, the Walkers, and the Tallmans — lived and worked, hence my interest in the place. That’s why I happened to find this. I browse through the papers of places where the family lived, even if it was more than a hundred and sixty-five years ago.
I’m a big fan of George Will, and I love history, so I have to check this out later, including the podcast. What will he say about Lincoln and what he means for the modern era? He always has thoughtful insight.
Of course, the subject of politics was big, given the previous year’s presidential election, George W. Bush versus John Kerry. It was mostly members of the College Republicans, from a variety of institutions, in the audience.
Today — Memorial Day — one of the men I’m remembering is Hiram Goodell, one of my great great uncles.
He joined up with the 103rd Illinois Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War, serving in Company D. While in Tennessee he came down with dysentery, like many of his comrades. He apparently died in a makeshift army hospital in Memphis in December of 1863, leaving behind a wife, Elizabeth Frances, and three surviving children, and was, or may have been, buried in Fairview Cemetery, Dyer County, Tennessee. I’m still working on confirming these details.
Hiram was a farmer who lived in Cass Township, Fulton County, Illinois. He was about my height, five feet, nine and a quarter inches tall. He had blue eyes, brown hair which he often kept long, flowing over his ears, and a full beard with a neatly trimmed mustache.
His brothers, James and Levi, served as well, in the 55th Illinois, but thankfully survived the war.
I’ve written about Hiram, and others who have served, before. I’m trying to make a tradition out of it, writing every Memorial Day about family who made that ultimate sacrifice.