NW Okie's Stumpy and old things flowerbed is coming along nicely. We have added a water feature using an old water pump and a recycling pump as shown below.
This week some celebrate "Juneteenth." What is "Juneteenth?" We found online a national Registry, History of Juneteenth, which stated that Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It dates back to 1865, on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863. However, the Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. The surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger's regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
General Order Number 3
One of General Granger's first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:
"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."
Have you noticed that the Republicans are becoming unrecognizable from what they believed in one hundred years ago? It is like the Democrats and Republicans have switched ideologies from way back when. Which party do you prefer: The party "Of the People, By the People, For the People?" Or . . . The party "OF the Rich, By the Rich For the Rich?"
Stop the Obstructionism of the GOP Congress! Where are the Jobs, Boehner?