Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Interesting Letter

As tomorrow, January 19, 2010 is the 202 anniversary of the birth of Robert E. Lee, I thought it fitting to share the following with you:

August 9, 1960
Dear Dr. Scott:
Respecting your August 1 inquiry calling attention to my often expressed admiration for General Robert E. Lee, I would say, first, that we need to understand that at the time of the War Between the States the issue of Secession had remained unresolved for more than 70 years. Men of probity, character, public standing and unquestioned loyalty, both North and South, had disagreed over this issue as a matter of principle from the day our Constitution was adopted.
General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation.. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America; he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies but ingenious, unrelenting and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. Through all his many trials, he remained selfless almost to a fault and unfailing in his belief in God. Taken altogether, he was noble as a leader and as a man, and unsullied as I read the pages of our history.
From deep conviction I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s caliber would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present-day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our own time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained.
Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Update from Ravelry

Australian knitters and crocheters are celebrating a government decision to revoke the ban on bringing knitting needles and crochet hooks on planes. This change in heart came after more than 200 knitters and crocheters, many of them Ravelry members, flooded the government with submissions to a review of Aviation Transport Security Regulations in 2009, and align Australian standards with those in the United States, Israel, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Singapore.
Ice picks and meat cleavers, however, are still banned from cabin baggage.

If in doubt, check the TSA website or your airline. Ask specifically about the type of needles you're thinking about bringing. :)