Abraham Lincoln – an annual tribute

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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

An evening pause: Today is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. As I try to do every year, I honor his memory on this date. As I wrote last year,

it is once again time to remember a man who stands as one of our nation’s — and possible one of the world’s — greatest leaders. Of our Presidents possibly only George Washington is more significant. We must above all not forget the incredible and now all too rare good will he held for everyone, even to those who hated him and wished to kill him.

Lincoln stood for freedom for all humans, the central heart of the American experiment. He was willing and did die for that stance. We should all be willing to do no less.

The video below shows probably every photograph ever taken of Lincoln, in chronological order. You can see him age and mature. You can also see a gaunt and serious man who appears to care deeply about whatever he does.


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  • Cotour


    Getting a little ahead of myself here, but in my opinion in 2024 it will be this man, retired Army Col., Allen West, who will be the strongest and most likely next Republican presidential candidate and president. This is the man, he will be in the mix for sure and he can prevail.

    I have had my eye on him for a long time, listen to this short interview and understand why I have developed this opinion.


    And he will be the first true full blood Black American president.

    He is the exact right age, he is smart, he is well spoken, he is reasonable and balanced, he served 22 years in the Army, he served in Congress, he understands the intent of the Constitution and he is a true and natural leader. Denzel will play him in the movie.

    A little back round: “West was deployed to Kuwait in 1991 and Iraq in 2003. In 2003, West was charged in an incident that involved the beating and simulated execution of an Iraqi policeman. After an Article 32 hearing was held, West accepted non-judicial punishment, was fined $5,000, and allowed to retire as a lieutenant colonel.”

    As I understand it, Col. West was in charge of many men in Iraq and I believe 2 of his men were captured by the enemy and the Iraqi policeman knew where the enemy was taking them and he would not tell West the location. In this extreme situation Col. West persuaded the Iraqi policeman that it was in everyone’s best interests for him to help in recovering Col. Wests men.

    Col. West saved his mens lives due to his leadership and action.

    And THAT is the kind of man, or woman, that I want in the White House.

  • sippin_bourbon


    I would vote for Allen.
    I kinda hoped he would have been the VEEP for Trump.
    Either way, I hope he jumps in.

    On the flip side, he may be looking to work behind the scenes to hold TX, as he says in his book.


    In Regards to President Lincoln, I recently finished Team of Rivals by Goodwin.
    Excellent book.

    It is not the be all end all of his life, or even his presidency. But still a good look into the politician.

  • Andi

    A day late, but better late than never:

    “Happy Birthday Abie Baby” — Hair


  • eddie willers

    Denzel will play him in the movie.

    Well…there you go.

    One thing all people can agree on: Lincoln was one ugly man. I wonder if this helped him since no one would fawn over him because of looks. You HAD to look deeper.

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