The first U.S. presidential inauguration was 232 years ago today, when George Washington took the oath of office and delivered an address to Congress. Here are some facts about George Washington’s inauguration.
Washington’s inauguration took place at Federal Hall in New York City, the temporary U.S. capital. New York City was the first U.S. capital after the Constitution established Congress. In 1790, the capital was moved to Philadelphia, and then to Washington, D.C., in 1800.
Horseback and other arduous travel modes delayed finalizing the presidential election and Washington’s inauguration.
The Library of Congress notes, “Until the ratification of the Twentieth Amendment in 1933, the official day for presidential inaugurations was March 4.”
But on that day in 1789, neither the House nor the Senate had the quorum necessary to conduct the official count of electoral votes. Both chambers had achieved quorums by April 6, when they counted the votes. Washington himself needed time to get from Virginia to New York City for the inauguration.
Washington hand-wrote his inaugural address. In cursive. View images of the document, like the one above, from the National Archives here.
It was 100 years ago that Warren G. Harding became the first American president to ride in a car in his inaguration.
According to the 2020 census, the resident population of the United States as of April 1, 2020, was 331,449,281. This represents a 7.4% increase over the population according to the 2010 census.
Texas, the only state to gain more than one congressional seat, added nearly 4 million residents between 2010 and 2020, reaching 29,145,505.
The Alamo’s Davy Crockett is an American icon, and worth remembering.
He was a man of principle, and served his country with dignity. Crockett was a husband, father, frontiersman, soldier of multiple wars and battles, statesman, and patriot.
Crockett was very unique in the respect that he was not a party-line politician. He once said “I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgement dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me… Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them!”
In today’s American politics, an elected official could not honestly make this statement; and that is a grave misfortune and a part of our modern political struggles.
Crockett aligned himself with the father of our country, George Washington, and his belief on the subject of political parties.
Washington said in his farewell address, published on September 19, 1796, “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
Just when I was about to give up on Arizona, Garret Lewis of Drive in with The Morning Ritual, a weekday show on KNST AM 790 in Vail, Arizona, reports that hundreds of parents showed up to the Vail School Board meeting to demand the board make masks optional.
“The board didn’t want to hear it so they walked out of the meeting before it even began.”
“So the parents, under Robert’s Rules of Order, voted in a new school board.”
“Then, the new members voted to end the mask requirement in Vail Schools.”
My confidence in Arizona remains iffy:
“It’s a publicity stunt,” Vail Superintendent John Carruth said the following day. “A new board needs to be voted through a due elected process of the voters of this community. That did not happen last night.”
Portell said the rules do not give the group the right to take over.
“Roberts Rules of Order have been around for decades and really provide a way of conducting open meetings, public meetings, in an orderly fashion,” attorney Steve Portell said. “They don’t have the legal impact of supplanting Arizona law and removing elected officials from office.”
Even though the FDA granted emergency use authorizations for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in December 2020, the clinical trials the FDA will rely upon to ultimately decide whether to license these vaccines are still underway and are designed to last for approximately two years to collect adequate data to establish if these vaccines are safe and effective enough for the FDA to license.
The abbreviated timelines for the emergency use applications and authorizations means there is much the FDA does not know about these products even as it authorizes them for emergency use, including their effectiveness against asymptomatic infection, death, and transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease.
Given the uncertainty about the two vaccines, their EUAs are explicit that each is “an investigational vaccine not licensed for any indication” and require that all “promotional material relating to the Covid-19 Vaccine clearly and conspicuously … state that this product has not been approved or licensed by the FDA, but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA” (emphasis added).
EUAs are clear: Getting these vaccines is voluntary
The same section of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that authorizes the FDA to grant emergency use authorization also requires the secretary of Health and Human Services to “ensure that individuals to whom the product is administered are informed … of the option to accept or refuse administration of the product.”
Likewise, the FDA’s guidance on emergency use authorization of medical products requires the FDA to “ensure that recipients are informed to the extent practicable given the applicable circumstances … That they have the option to accept or refuse the EUA product …”
In the same vein, when Dr. Amanda Cohn, the executive secretary of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, was asked if Covid-19 vaccination can be required, she responded that under an EUA, “vaccines are not allowed to be mandatory. So, early in this vaccination phase, individuals will have to be consented and they won’t be able to be mandatory.” Cohn later affirmed that this prohibition on requiring the vaccines applies to organizations, including hospitals.
The EUAs for both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require facts sheets to be given to vaccination providers and recipients. These fact sheets make clear that getting the vaccine is optional. For example, the one for recipients states that, “It is your choice to receive or not receive the Covid-19 Vaccine,” and if “you decide to not receive it, it will not change your standard of medical care.”
What this means in practice
When the FDA grants emergency use authorization for a vaccine, many questions about the product cannot be answered. Given the open questions, when Congress granted the authority to issue EUAs, it chose to require that every individual should be allowed to decide for himself or herself whether or not to receive an EUA product. The FDA and CDC apparently consider this fundamental requirement of choice important enough that even during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic they reinforced that policy decision when issuing their guidance related to the Covid-19 vaccines.
This means that an organization will likely be at odds with federal law if it requires its employees, students or other members to get a Covid-19 vaccine that is being distributed under emergency use authorization.
State law often prohibits retaliating against an employee for refusing to participate in a violation of federal law. Organizations that require Covid-19 vaccination in violation of federal law may face lawsuits under these state laws not only to block the policy but also for damages and attorneys’ fees. Such potentially costly lawsuits can be avoided by refraining from adopting policies that require vaccination or penalize members for choosing not to be vaccinated.
Organizations are free to encourage vaccinations through internal communications, through educational events, and through other measures to urge employees to be vaccinated. They can take these measures so long as: (1) they are not viewed as coercive, (2) the organization makes clear the decision regarding whether to receive the vaccine is voluntary, and (3) the measures comply with the requirements in the EUAs and the related regulations for these products.
A comparison of the 2000 and the 2010 Census records found that 6% of the U.S. population gave different ethnic and racial responses between the two counts.
Richard Alba, in “The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream” uses this data as one example showing that “race and ethnicity are not fixed and obvious in the same way that, say, age is.”
Alba is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Alba thinks that both census data and popular understandings of race are fundamentally flawed. At the center of the misunderstanding is “a robust development that is largely unheralded: a surge in the number of young Americans who come from mixed majority-minority families.”
They “have one white parent and one nonwhite or Hispanic parent.”
Currently, about one out of 10 births in the U.S. come from such parentage. And, that number will keep growing because nearly one out of five new weddings cross racial or ethnic lines.
Adding to the complexity is that people with the same ethnic heritage often have different attitudes depending upon how far removed they are from that heritage. For example, a plurality of Hispanic voters whose parents were both born in the United States favors Republicans on the generic congressional ballot. However, most of all other Hispanic voters prefer Democrats.
A Level-4 travel advisory for some areas of the Bahamas has been issued by the US State Department due to crime and COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Bahamas due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.
The vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport) islands.
In Nassau, exercise caution in the “Over the Hill” area (south of Shirley Street). Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault occur, but generally not in tourist areas. Activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas. Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists.
As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use independently operated jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.
In December 1976, more than 40 million—about one-fifth the American population—had been vaccinated before the federal government finally stopped the Swine Flu program that was started in March. It was a fiasco.
Today, after more than a year of destruction to freedoms, businesses, employment, and tragic personal losses (suicides, education, health, etc.), it is retrospectively apparent to millions that there were considerable intentional and unintentional dangerous results from government decisions regarding the Coronavirus.
This is especially colossal, but it’s not the first time scientists, political advisors, and government have blundered in vaccine matters. The list is long and controversial. Here are some examples.
On April 12, 1955 the government announced the first vaccine to protect kids against polio. Within days, labs had made thousands of Lots of the vaccine. Batches made by one company, Cutter Labs, accidentally contained live polio virus and it caused an outbreak.
More than 200,000 children took the polio vaccine, but within days the government had to abandon the program.
In 1976, scientists predicted a pandemic of a new strain of influenza called swine flu. I was one of the first in line with fellow journalism Texas State University students to naively take the vaccine. More than 40 years later, some historians call it “flu epidemic that never was.”
President Gerald Ford’s Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare F. David Mathews projected 1 million Americans would die in the 1976 flu season unless action was taken. Citing the “strong possibility” of a swine flu pandemic, CDC Director David Sencer recommended an unprecedented plan: a mass vaccination of U.S. citizens.
“President Ford was basically told by his advisers, that look, we have a pandemic flu coming called swine flu that may be as bad as Spanish flu,” said Michael Kinch, a professor of radiation oncology in the school of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. His latest book, “Between Hope and Fear,” explores the history of vaccines.
“Ford was being cajoled to put forward a vaccine that was hastily put together. When you have a brand new strain situation like that, they had to do it on the fly,” Kinch said.
Ford made the decision to make the immunization compulsory.
The government launched the program in about seven months and 40 million people got vaccinated against swine flu, according to the CDC. That vaccination campaign was later linked to cases of a neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can develop after an infection or, rarely, after vaccination with a live vaccine.
Of the Guillain-Barre Syndrome cases reported so far by VAERS, 55% of the cases are attributed to Pfizer, 40% to Moderna and 10% to Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Of course, J&J was only injected for a short time until the CDC “paused” them due to concerning numbers of blood clotting cases.
Note that historically, VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) grossly underreports actual adverse events.
Did Captain Kangaroo fight at Iwo Jima with actor Lee Marvin?
Was Mr. Green Jeans the father of musician Frank Zappa?
Captain Kangaroo, Bob Keeshan, a native of Lynbrook, New York, graduated early from Forest Hills High School in Queens, New York. In 1945, because of World War II, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He had not yet been sent to an overseas assignment when it was announced that Japan had surrendered. On the GI Bill, Bob attended Fordham University and Hillsdale College just about the time television network programs began airing.
Bob soon found a job with NBC Studios working as a page doing odd jobs for Howdy Doody, a pioneer children’s show which premiered in 1947.
He was paid so little that the show’s host Buffalo Bob Smith would give Bob $6 after every show. On January 3, 1948, Bob was promoted to the role of Clarabell the Clown, a silent prankster who communicated by honking horns connected to a waist belt. One horn for “yes.” Two honks meant “no.”
Bob met a fellow Marine known as “Lumpy,” a musician who had played in the Marine band during the war. Later Lumpy joined the Four Squires and afterwards moved on as a musician for Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. This group had a regular radio show when Bob first became acquainted with Lumpy. It just so happened that Lumpy began hosting his on New York WABC-TV local TV series, Uncle Lumpy’s Cabin in 1951.
By the following year, Bob left Howdy Doody as Clarabell over a salary dispute. In 1952 he returned to TV in a speaking role as Corny the Clown in Time For Fun at WABC-TV where Lumpy was playing.
That same year he began an additional role playing the grandfather type character of Tinker for preschoolers in Tinker’s Workshop. It was in this work that Bob and long-time friend Jack Miller developed the concept of Captain Kangaroo. CBS loved the idea.
Here are over 20 facts about the beloved Captain Kangaroo program that most people don’t know:
—CBS premiered the show on October 3, 1955, the same day Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club began on ABC. Both were mega-hits. Bob had described his character as based on “the warm relationship between grandparents and children.” He went on to be Captain Kangaroo for almost three decades.
—Lumpy’s real name was Hugh Brannum, but the world knows him as Mr. Green Jeans. His character was loosely based on stories about a boy named “Little Orley” that Lumpy told with the Fred Waring orchestra on the radio and on recordings. Mr. Green Jeans was a friendly neighbor-handyman who helped the Captain at the Treasure House. Sometimes he would bring various zoo animals to visit.
—From 1955 until 1984, Brannum not only was Mr. Green Jeans, he played the roles of the Professor, Greeno the Clown, the New Old Folk Singer, Mr. McGregor, Percy, Uncle Backwards, and Mr. Bainter the Painter.
—According to Bob Keeshan, Mr. Green Jeans was an enhancement of Brannum’s real personality. The shows were performed before a live audience and during one taping, a lion cub bit Brannum’s finger and drew blood. Brannum stuck his bleeding hand into his pocket and never broke character for the remainder of the episode.
Two major myths about Bob and Lumpy:
Myth #1: Bob Keeshan fought next to actor Lee Marvin in the military during WWII at Iwo Jima. The legend goes that Marvin told Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show about fighting with Keeshan. It never happened. Neither were there.
Myth #2: Hugh Brannum was the father of musician Frank Zappa. This was not true but many people think the rumor started because of a Zappa composition titled “Son of Mr. Green Genes” on his 1969 album, Hot Rats.
—The iconic theme song for Captain Kangaroo was not unique to the show. “Puffin’ Billy” was actually borrowed from Chappell Recorded Music Library in Britain. Usually the show began with the theme music starting up, then the Captain would unlock and open the doors of the Treasure House from the inside. Children would get their first glimpse of him. Then he would put the Treasure House keys on a nail, and the music would stop. On occasion, the Captain could not get the keys to stay on the nail, and when they fell off, the theme music would begin playing again.
—The “Kangaroo” came from the deep pockets in his captain’s coat. Sometimes Bob played the parts of Mr. Pennywhistle, Mr. Doodle, Wally and the Town Clown.
— During the first four years, the show was telecast live twice each day. One performance for the East Coast and another for the Midwest. Because Bob would not perform the show live three times daily, it was broadcast on kinescope for the West Coast.
— One important person on the show was Cosmo Allegretti an actor-puppeteer who originally started as a painter on the sets. His Captain Kangaroo characters were Mr. Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, Dennis the Apprentice, Miss Frog, Mr. Whispers, Dancing Bear, Grandfather Clock, and Uncle Ralph. He created many of the puppets on the show and became the puppet master for the series. He died in July of 2013 at the age of 86 at his home in Phoenix, Arizona.
—After Cosmo’s death, his Dancing Bear costume sold for $200,000. Mr. Moose is on display with one of the Captain’s original navy blue jackets at the Smithsonian Institution. (In the 1970s, the jackets went from blue to red.).
—Bob Keeshan stepped off a plane at Toronto International Airport on his way to accept a children’s service award on July 13, 1981. Moments later he suffered a heart attack and underwent triple-bypass surgery. While in the hospital he received over 5,000 get-well wishes from fans.
—Beginning in 1974, before the theme song came on, the program always began with various people saying “Good Morning, Captain!” Most were unknown, but occasionally special guests would appear. Among the notable greeters were Star Trek’s William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, the “Peanuts” characters, Mister Rogers, and the stars of “M*A*S*H” and “The Price is Right.”
—In season 21, episode 3, Dolly Parton appeared as a special guest to not only wish the Captain a good morning during the very beginning of the show, but was overtaken by overwhelming laughter in the middle of a song she and the Captain sang together.
—Other celebrities who appeared on the show included Carrie Fisher, Hank Aaron, Bill Cosby, Nipsey Russell, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Dick Shawn, Arte Johnson, Andy Griffith, Alan Arkin, Adam Arkin, Shari Lewis, Skitch Henderson, Pearl Bailey, Carol Channing, Stephanie Mills, Lorne Greene, Walter Cronkite, Marlo Thomas, Jack Gilford, Minnie Pearl, Danny Aiello, Doc Severinsen, Emmett Kelly, Frank Gifford, Roosevelt Grier, Stubby Kaye, Alan Sues, George Kirby, Godfrey Cambridge, Dudley Moore, Bob Denver, Jo Ann Worley, John Ritter, Gale Gordon, Barbara Rush, Eli Wallach, Estelle Parsons, Mary Kay Place, Fannie Flagg, and Jean Stapleton.
— Keeshan left Captain Kangaroo when his contract with CBS ended in December 1984, just nine months shy of the show’s 30th anniversary. In 1985 he was honored with a primetime network TV farewell special called “Captain Kangaroo and Friends.”
—Bob Keeshan passed away in January of 2004 and is buried in New York. Along the way he received five Emmy awards and several honorary doctorate degrees. Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo was such a significant person in so many young lives, he still lives in the hearts and minds of millions.
—Britton Keeshan, at age 22, climbed Mount Everest to become the youngest person to ever climb the Seven Summits. After reaching the peak, he buried a photo of his grandfather in the snow, leaving his legacy “at the top of the world.”
Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado was the first national park established to protect human created structures and history, including 5,000 archaeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people.
The diversity of plant and animal life, beauty of the mountains, and incredible campsites and communities in Tennessee and North Carolina make Great Smoky Mountains National Park the most visited (12 million people in 2020) national park.
Update: April 25, 2021–7,157 people have contracted COVID-19 AFTER taking the experimental “vaccinations.”
There have been almost 69,000 “adverse events” since December voluntarily reported on the latest VAERS report updated on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Anaphylaxis, Bell’s Palsy, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and miscarriages are some of the most prominent events.
This report indicated 795 reports related to blood clotting disorders with 400 attributed to Pfizer, 337 to Moderna and 56 to Johnson & Johnson between Dec. 14, 2020 and April 8, 2021.
This information is released each Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the number of injuries and deaths reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
The data now confirms that following COVID vaccines, there are growing numbers of reports for blood clots and other related blood disorders associated with all three vaccines approved for Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S.
Only Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was “paused” briefly for blood clot concerns while Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations continue.
What was first presented by mainstream media and vaccine defenders as conspiracy theories has backfired on their propaganda. It is true that many people are having adverse reactions. Their future could reveal more.
As of April 8, 2021 68,357 adverse events were reported through VAERS. Historically, VAERS has grossly underreported and estimated actual cases. There have been 2,602 confirmed deaths in the U.S. This is an increase of 260 over the previous week — and 8,285 serious injuries, up 314 since last week.
From the 2,602 deaths reported as of April 8, 27% occurred within 48 hours of vaccination, 19% occurred within 24 hours and 41% occurred in people who became ill within 48 hours of being vaccinated.
The latest VAERS data show:
19% of deaths were related to cardiac disorders.
55% of those who died were male, 43% were female and the remaining death reports did not include gender of the deceased.
The average age of those who died was 77 and the youngest death was an 18-year-old. There are a few reported deaths in children under 18, but the CDC state these could be “errors.”
As of April 8, 408 pregnant women had reported adverse events related to COVID vaccines, including 114 reports of miscarriage or premature birth.
Of the 678 cases of Bell’s Palsy reported, 59% of cases were reported after Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations, 38% following vaccination with the Moderna vaccine and 24 cases (4%) of Bell’s Palsy were reported with J&J.
There were 77 reports of Guillain-Barré Syndrome with 55% of cases attributed to Pfizer, 40% to Moderna and 10% to J&J.
There were 20,021 reports of anaphylaxis with 47% of cases attributed to Pfizer’s vaccine, 46% to Moderna and 7% to J&J.
Reports of blood clotting disorders in VAERS
Children’s Health Defense queried the VAERS data for a series of adverse events associated with the formation of clotting disorders and other related conditions. VAERS yielded a total of 795 reports for all three vaccines from Dec. 14, 2020, through April 8.
Of the 795 cases reported, there were 400 reports attributed to Pfizer, 337 reports with Moderna and 56 reports with J&J — far more than the eight J&J cases under investigation, including the two additional cases added Wednesday.
Michigan remains the hot spot accounting for more than 10% of daily COVID cases in the U.S. and home to 16 of the 17 metro areas with the nation’s worst case rates of late, the tracker shows.
Doing as he is told, expect the current resident of the White House to take up a new series of actions and executive orders to make Democrat and Deep State power brokers even more powerful and rich.
A good example is Al Gore, the environmentalist vice president knighted by the crooked Clintons, left office with $2 million of worth. He hauls in $175,000 speaking fees, is tied to at least fourteen green-tech firms, sits strategically on their boards, plus benefits from Obama era grants and millions in tax breaks. He’s on his way to becoming what one congressional leader called “our first carbon billionaire.”
It was Gore who told the world in 2006 that we had ten years left before the planet turned into a “total frying pan.” Basically most people wisely ignored him and 15 years later the earth is thriving.
In 2008, following Gore’s lead, a segment aired on ABC News predicting that New York City would be under water by June 2015. As of April 2021, the metropolis is securely above water.
Going back to the year of the first Earth Day, in 1970, ecologist Kenneth E.F. Watt said that “If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but 11 degrees colder by the year 2000, This is about twice what it would take to put us in an ice age.”
Uh, indoctrinated folks, that was over 50 years ago! Wrong again.
Even after zero percent average of his predictions coming true, again in 2008, Gore predicted that there is a 75% chance that the entire north polar ice cap would be completely melted within 5-7 years. He at least hedged that prediction by giving himself “75%” certainty.
Baby Boomers (at least the wise and informed ones) have been through these scenarios so many times–at least 50 years worth–they know there is NO INTEGRITY behind these statements. It’s worthwhile to examine the original nonsense. From 1970:
For years their propaganda had made many politicians rich as the manipulation and deception regarding dire climate change/global warming reports continued.
Now the same techniques have caused masses of people to be misinformed or misled on issues like illegal-wholesale immigration, unrestricted abortion, physician-assisted suicide, socialism, a “war on women,” “free” entitlements, pandemic masks and experimental “vaccines.”