Thought for the day

"Only one thing to it: a strong stomach. The guts to gladhand a man you're going to stab in the back; pledge allegiance to principles you stomp on every day; righteously denounce some despot in the press and sell him arms under the table. The talent to whip up the voters' worst passions while you seem to call on their highest instincts, and the sense to stay wrapped in the flag. That's politics: I'll take the simple life." -- Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro

If you attended elementary school in the United States, you probably already know the basic facts about Abraham Lincoln, but what we learned from our social studies textbooks was far more honest than Abe's. For example, history teachers often fail to mention this, with Lincoln presumably suffering from depression as well as a disorder that made him so tall and lean that he was supposed to send free slaves to Africa Used to go, and had a very comic sense.


Lincoln's Early Years

Illinois calls itself the "Land of Lincoln," but Abraham Lincoln was born in a small log cabin in Kentucky, near Hodville. When young Abe was seven years old, his father lost a lot of his land in a title dispute, and the family moved to Perry County, Indiana. Shortly thereafter, when Lincoln was nine years old, his mother succumbed to a mysterious disease "milk sickness" that passed through the Ohio River Valley in the early 1800s. It was later determined that many cows in the area had eaten white sinks, adding poison to their milk, but at that time no one could tell how Nancy Lincoln died.