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Do you recognize this president?

This adorable child is which of the three presidents shown below?

For the answer, check (√) every 4th letter in this string of letters:


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03_thomas_jeffersonDID YOU KNOW —  Jefferson Wrote His Own Bible?

(Primary resource for this post: “5 Facts About Thomas Jefferson’s Faithby Carol Kuruvilla. The Huffington Post, 04/13/2015.)

Thomas Jefferson is celebrated as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, but few know that he also cut-and-pasted portions and versions of the Gospels together to “write” his own New Testament.

Thomas Jefferson was an avid churchgoer, “sometimes going alone on horseback, when his family remained at home.” But in his private life, Jefferson rejected many traditional Christian teachings. His scientific, rational mind rejected what he deemed superstitious, irrational elements in the New Testament – in particular, miracles.

As Jefferson put it:

The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.

 Jefferson Wrote His Own Bible!

“Jefferson blamed the Gospel writers, the apostle Paul, and other church leaders for corrupting Jesus’ message over the centuries. In an effort to get rid of what he believed to be excess, Jefferson used a knife to cut away portions of the Gospels that talked about Jesus’ miracles –like the feeding of 5,000 with two fish and five loaves of bread. He then pasted together the remaining verses, which contained Jesus’ ethical teachings and parables. The resulting book, The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth, was organized by topic.

“In 1820, Jefferson made another attempt to recreate the Bible. He pasted Greek, Latin, French and English versions of the New Testament together, to present a comprehensive view of the text. His book, officially titled The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, eventually came to be called The Jefferson Bible. (Kuruvilla:”5 Facts About Thomas Jefferson’s Faith”)

Jefferson Quotes on His Religion

You say you are a Calvinist. I am not. I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know.

I am a real Christian—that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.

I am a Christian in the only sense in which He wished anyone to be: sincerely attached to His doctrines.”

More About The Jefferson Bible

Are you curious about The Jefferson Bible? What did Jefferson include?  How did he organize it? The good news is that The Jefferson Bible was published. In fact, it’s still being published.  It is available for sale on, other online book outlets, and from bookstores.

If you’d like to know more, click The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth









♦ You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.

♦   If you can’t convince them, confuse them.

♦   When even one American — who has done nothing wrong — is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth — then all Americans are in peril.

♦  A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

♦  I never gave anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

♦  The reward of suffering is experience.

♦  The buck stops here!

♦  There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.

♦  Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.

♦  The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

♦  The President is always abused. If he isn’t, he isn’t doing anything.

♦  Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.

♦  A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who’s been dead for 15 years.




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William Taft advice2 More William Howard Taft Quotes:

♦  The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much.

♦   A government is for the benefit of all the people.

♦   The world is not going to be saved by legislation.

♦  Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment.

♦  We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.

♦  Substantial progress toward better things can rarely be taken without developing new evils requiring new remedies.

♦  I hate politics.

♦  Presidents come and go but the Supreme Court goes on forever.

♦  No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.





George Washington: Getting Personal

portrait_of_george_washingtonDid You Know . . . ?

♦  Washington was the first person to send an airmail letter between Philadelphia and New Jersey. He sent it via balloonist Pierre Blanchard.

♦  Washington was 6’3”, weighed over 200 lbs., and wore size 13 boot.

♦  He had all his teeth pulled when he was 57 & wore uncomfortable dentures; some of ivory, lead, & human or animal teeth (none of wood).

♦   His IQ is estimated to have been about 125.

♦   Favorite foods: green beans with mushrooms, cream of peanut soup, mashed sweet potatoes w/coconut, ice cream.

♦   He would not wear a powdered wig; he powered his own red-brown hair.

♦  His face was scarred from smallpox, & he had his entire army vaccinated (“vaccine” drawn from sores of smallpox victims).

Quotes about the Presidency


Here are some quotes about the Presidency — from those in the know:

No man will ever bring out of that office the reputation that carried him into it. The honeymoon would be as short in that case as in any other, and its moments of ectasy would be ransomed by years of torment and hatred.
Thomas Jefferson

 Presidents are selected not elected.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it.
John Adams

But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
Ronald Reagan

I once told Nixon that the Presidency is like being a jackass caught in a hail storm. You've got to just stand there and take it.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I'll be damned if I am not getting tired of this.  It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk.
William Howard Taft

Abraham Lincoln: Trivia

About Abe Lincoln: DID YOU KNOW . . . ?

PM Lincoln 1846This is the first known photo of Lincoln.
It was taken in 1846, when Lincoln  was 37.

Did you know . . . ?

♦  Lincoln hated being called “Abe” and preferred to be called “Lincoln.”

♦  Lincoln’s wife said his hobby was cats. He loved them, and his cat sat at the White  House dinner table while Lincoln fed “Tabby” with a gold fork.

♦  Lincoln was the tallest president (6’4”). He weighed 180 lbs. His hat size was 7 1/8,   and his shoe size between 12 and 14.

♦  Lincoln's favorite foods were oysters, fruit, and chicken casserole.

♦  Lincoln's stovepipe hat was his “desk” and “filing cabinet.” He kept his mail, bankbook and  important papers there.

♦ The suit Lincoln wore to Ford’s Theater the night he was shot was made by Brooks Brothers.

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And now . . . the question!

PM-carnac-the-magnificentJohnny Carson as "Carnac the Magnificent"  divines the answer to the question in the unopened, hermetically sealed envelope -- kept in a mayonnaise jar on Funk & Wagnall's porch for two days.

A. Bambi, the White House lawn, and the new TV season.

And now, Carnac opens  the envelope for  . . . the question:

Q. Name a fawn, a lawn, and a yawn.

But what of the White House lawn?  Like many houses, the White House has a front yard and a backyard.  The front yard is the North White House Lawn and the backyard is the South White House Lawn. 

The North Lawn is bordered by Pennsylvania Avenue and has a semicircular drive leading to the White House. (Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.) Visiting dignitaries are welcomed here, and White House correspondents usually stand on the North Lawn to broadcast TV news.

The  South Lawn is large, long, and wide and is the site of recreational activities. It has, for example, a jogging track, tennis courts, swimming pool, vegetable garden, and swing set.  It is the site of the annual Easter egg roll and tee ball game and is also where the White House helicopter lands.

♦  Want to go to the White House Easter Egg Roll?  Visit for information on tickets (free).

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