5 Things to Read and Watch For the Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. It only took two minutes for him to deliver the 269-word speech, but it is one the best-known speeches in history.

Here are five things to read and watch about the Gettysburg Address.

  1. Read the full text of the Gettysburg Address 
  2. History Channel has a page dedicated to the speech. It goes into Lincoln’s preparation, the public reaction, and has a couple of videos to explore.
  3. Here are 5 facts about the Gettysburg Address.
  4. Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary has this 6-minute segment on the Gettysburg Address.

 

4. A two-minute history channel video on the Gettysburg Address

 

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The Palestinian Response to Threats from the Trump Administration Do Not Bode Well for Peace Talks

Every president we’ve had since 1948 has believed that peace in the Middle East, specifically, the conflict over the small strip of land that is Israel, could be achieved by diplomatic means.

At least, they’ve publicly spoke of peace deals and diplomacy. Unless they’re totally off their nut, I don’t see how they could actually believe that, no matter how much desire is there.

You’re not going to bring these two sides together when one side has a long-held belief that the other side not only shouldn’t be there, but should not exist, at all.

It’s not even a conflict that started in 1948, to be clear. This is a family feud that started long before.

People really need to get in those Bibles.

Genesis 16:12 (NIV), as the angel of the Lord is prophesying over the illegitimate son of Abraham and the handmaiden, Hagar: “This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.”

And the sons of Ishmael have been cutting up, ever since.

They’re not planning on being peaceful, now, just because the U.S. has a new president.

Case in point would be the Palestinian response to reports that the Trump administration has threatened to shutter the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, unless the Palestinians agree to come to the table for this season’s version of “peace talks.”

Their answer came in the form of a posted video from the senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, who called the administration’s threats, “unacceptable,” and said that, in fact, they’d stop any communication with the Trump administration, if those offices were closed.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had determined a Palestinian call for the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis violates U.S. law, requiring the organization to close its Washington offices. The Trump administration has 90 days to determine whether the PLO’s Washington office will be allowed to remain open.

That’s 90 days to try and get these people to change their minds about decades of hate.

In the video, Erekat suggested that the current position of the U.S. is due to pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

There should be nothing there that gives the illusion that if they were given everything they wanted, that they would ever agree to peace.

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Begun The Troll Wars Have: Donald Trump Responds to LaVar Ball

As I mentioned early this morning, Twitter provocateur and United State President Donald Trump has gotten himself into a trolling war that he may not be able to win: He is up against LaVar Ball.

Well, with Ball’s comments downplaying Trump’s hand in getting his son out of China (as you may recall, LiAngelo Ball and two of his teammates apparently stole sunglasses from a Louis Vitton while UCLA’s basketball team was in the country), Trump was bound to respond. And boy did he.

Donald Trump should know better, because what Ball did is exactly what Trump does on a daily basis.

  1. Make controversial statement about someone.
  2. Elicit response from said person.
  3. Come get yourself media attention for the response that person gave.

Ball is a brand-builder. As is Trump. Trump is no more successful in real estate and your local agent. He just happens to have started out with some money and the ability to garner media attention for himself.

At the same time, Ball is no sports genius. He isn’t some great athlete builder. He’s a dude with a loud mouth, decent athletes for sons, and the ability to garner media attention for himself.

So, Trump should know better, because all he is doing is giving Ball a bigger platform to launch his sons from. It’s all a game of headlines and we as America lose when they play it.

God, I hate everything.

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