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  • A humorous description of life on various planets, by Henry Livingston, 1789

    12/09/2018 9:17:56 AM PST · by mairdie · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1789 and 1791 | Henry Livingston
    A Russian astronomer observed the planets thru a telescope made of ice. Henry describes his observations. Ever wondered what the opinion of equality of the sexes was in 1789? Henry's position is that "Love, and all its delectable concomitants was utterly unknown there [on Venus]; as that passion exists but where equality is found or understood." Interesting?
  • Ranch Radio Song of the Day

    12/09/2018 8:54:10 AM PST · by cowpoke
    YouTube ^ | 12/9/2018 | myself
    Our gospel tune today is I'm S-A-V-E-D by the Blue Sky Boys (Bill & Earl Bolick) from 1940. THE WESTERNER https://thewesterner.blogspot.com/ Ranch Radio on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RanchRadio4U/
  • Dana Carvey Remembers George Bush, From Muse to Friend

    12/09/2018 5:52:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 7, 2018 | Dana Carvey
    Late on Nov. 8, 1988, the phone rang. I answered, and a familiar voice said: “Well, congratulations. You won.” “I won? What do you mean I won?” “Bush won, so you won,” he answered. “Jon?” “YES, it’s me! JON LOVITZ! And NOW YOU are going to be the president on ‘Saturday Night Live’ for the next four years. HAPPY NOW?” On “Saturday Night Live,” your friend’s defeat can be your victory. Comedians can be insanely competitive — the reason “class clown” is singular is because if there were two class clowns, one clown would ultimately kill the other clown.
  • Queen Victoria’s black silk bodices with 36-inch waists are set to fetch £9,000 at auction [tr]

    12/09/2018 5:28:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 9, 2018 | Unity Blott
    Black mourning clothes worn by Queen Victoria following the death of her husband have been discovered 150 years later - by the family of one of her servants who 'took them as mementos'. The three black bodices, which formed the top half of her famous two-piece mourning dresses, were worn by the 4ft 8in monarch in the 1860s and '70s after Prince Albert's untimely death in 1861. The auctioneers say it is uncommon to find items from earlier in the monarch's life, with most of it coming from her last decade in the 1890s. They are much smaller than outfits...
  • Rep. Jim Jordan on Comey's cagey closed-door testimony

    12/08/2018 7:57:23 PM PST · by Paladin2 · 56 replies
    Fox ^ | Today | Judge Jeaninne
    "Lawmakers release transcript of testimony from former FBI Director James Comey; reaction from Rep. Jim Jordan, Republican member of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees." The Judge reams out Jordan and totally DUMPS on PRyno.
  • Donald Gould - PIANIST SENSATIONAL!

    12/08/2018 6:45:58 PM PST · by foundedonpurpose · 5 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | May 9, 2016 | Discovery Free
    Incredible story of a Veteran that was found on the streets playing the Piano. Someone with a heart helped him. Link only! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FalZRgCHeGM Have tissue on hand!
  • Dr Who (David Tennant) – Angels in the Snow – Annie Lennox

    12/08/2018 11:52:10 AM PST · by mairdie · 24 replies
    I really think David Tennant is my favorite Doctor. Annie Lennox's "Angels in the Snow." Henry Livingston's stories were in Clement Moore's library while he was growing up, as his father was a subscriber to the magazine in which Henry published. Audio of “Memoirs of a Pine Tree” by Henry Livingston, published in the New-York Magazine of March, 1792. A pine tree describes the world he knew as a young sapling, when only native Americans roamed the woods. Henry's comparison of their culture with that of his current day is absolutely fascinating.
  • DiGenova Calls Out Gowdy, Goodlatte! Both Are Embarrassment To Oversight

    12/08/2018 6:37:33 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 92 replies
    Wayne Dupree ^ | Wayne Dupree
    I know people will come to his defense but let’s look at the facts. Gowdy talks a good talk but have we actually seen any justice? Benghazi, Clinton, Lynch, Obama and his cronies Legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova called out Representatives Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte. Mary Walter talked to diGenova about the effectiveness of Gowdy and Goodlatte and if what they are doing now at the last minute will produce any results. DiGenova didn’t hold back in slamming both representatives. “This is an embarrassment by Gowdy and Goodlatte, to stand up and pound their chest on...
  • Remembering the LIRR massacre on its 25th anniversary

    12/07/2018 6:09:04 PM PST · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    ABC NEWS 7 NYC ^ | December 7, 2018
    LONG ISLAND, New York (WABC) -- Friday marks the 25-year anniversary of a deadly shooting on a Long Island Rail Road train. A man from Brooklyn named Colin Ferguson opened fire inside the commuter train to Hicksville on December 7, 1993. Six passengers were killed and 19 others were hurt. Ferguson is serving a 315-year prison sentence. Survivors of the deadly shooting are still comforting each other a quarter of a century later to talk about the day the gunfire rang out and how their lives have changed.
  • USS Ward and the First Shots of Pearl Harbor

    12/07/2018 2:31:12 PM PST · by NRx · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-07-2018 | The History Guy
    A short history of the USS Ward.
  • Here’s the photo Walmart’s CEO keeps on his phone to stoke ‘healthy paranoia’ in race against Amazon

    12/07/2018 1:38:54 PM PST · by Red Badger · 91 replies
    CNBC ^ | Published Fri, Dec 7 2018 • 10:30 AM EST | Updated Fri, Dec 7 2018 • 10:30 AM EST | Lauren Thomas
    Walmart’s Doug McMillon keeps a list of the top 10 retailers over the decades to remind him you have to innovate and adapt constantly. Becky Quick | CNBC ________________________________________________________________ Walmart CEO Doug McMillon keeps a photo on his phone that lists the top 10 retailers in the U.S. over the past few decades to remind him how so many companies come and go. Walmart wants to keep its No. 1 spot, which it’s held since the 1990s when it overtook Sears. “After learning from so many people ... we know that retailers come and go,” McMillon told CNBC’s Becky Quick...
  • Trump Cleans Bathrooms, Works As Waiter & Bellhop @ Trump Hotel Chicago (2011)

    12/07/2018 12:50:23 PM PST · by Sontagged · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 22 2016 | YouTube
    "Am I allowed to accept tips?" asks Donald Trump spending a day in the shoes of his employees at Trump Tower Chicago. Aired on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 2011
  • A True Story?

    12/07/2018 12:46:40 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 17 replies
    unknown | 7/20/1969 | Neil Armstrong
    IN CASE YOU DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW THIS LITTLE TIDBIT OF WONDERFUL TRIVIA............... ON JULY 20, 1969, AS COMMANDER OF THE APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE, NEIL ARMSTRONG WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON. HIS FIRST WORDS AFTER STEPPING ON THE MOON, "THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND," WERE TELEVISED TO EARTH AND HEARD BY MILLIONS. BUT, JUST BEFORE HE RE-ENTERED THE LANDER, HE MADE THE ENIGMATIC REMARK "GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY." MANY PEOPLE AT NASA THOUGHT IT WAS A CASUAL REMARK CONCERNING SOME RIVAL SOVIET COSMONAUT. HOWEVER, UPON CHECKING, THERE WAS NO...
  • "An Invitation to the Country" – By Henry Livingston (1787) - vintage postcard illustrations.

    12/07/2018 10:19:31 AM PST · by mairdie · 1 replies
    This love poem of the simple life was published in the 19 Jan 1786 issue of the Poughkeepsie Journal. The music, "I Love Sue" and "Dawn of Hope" is from Henry's music manuscript. Another small poem to one of the young ladies in Henry's circle is this "Acrostic to Miss Eliza Hughes," to the music "General Wolfe."
  • Man unknowingly buys 4,000-year-old pottery at flea market, uses it as toothbrush holder

    12/07/2018 10:02:14 AM PST · by ETL · 40 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Dec 6, 2018 | Jeanna Bryner Live Science Managing Editor | LiveScience
    The pottery vessel, adorned with the painting of an antelope, caught the eye of Karl Martin while he was browsing a yard sale five years ago. He picked the jar up, along with another pot, for about $5 (4 pounds). "I liked it straight away," Martin said in a statement from Hansons Auctioneers, where he now works and where the pottery was auctioned — selling for about $100 (80 pounds) in November. The jar dates to the Indus Valley Harappan civilization, which thrived in the northwestern regions of South Asia during the Bronze Age, according to James Brenchley, head of...
  • Dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky at 90

    12/07/2018 8:27:25 AM PST · by Borges · 76 replies
    DW ^ | 12/7/2018
    Born on December 7, 1928, Noam Chomsky was raised by Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants in Philadelphia. Though his father was a Hebrew scholar who studied medieval grammar, Chomsky lacked direction through school and university and only committed to the study of linguistics when he took up a post at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1955. It wasn't long, however, before the young unknown scholar single-handedly revolutionized the field of linguists, his book Syntactic Structures (1957) kickstarting his concept of "transformational grammar" that argued — contrary to the behaviourist fad of the time — that our linguistic capacity is genetic...
  • Ranch Radio Song of the Day

    12/07/2018 7:24:18 AM PST · by cowpoke
    YouTube ^ | 12/7/2018 | myself
    TGIFF! Its Fiddle Friday and we have Fourty Years Ago Waltz by J.T. Perkins. The tune is on his 1975 album Fiddle Favorites Perkins Style. THE WESTERNER https://thewesterner.blogspot.com/
  • Vanity - December 7, 1941 - Japanese "sneak" attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

    12/07/2018 6:50:20 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 51 replies
    Just a recalling of the "devastating" Japanese "sneak" attack on the USA Naval base located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. America was stunned, set back and unprepared, but, the USA military responded quickly with the B-24 bomber, bombing attacks on Tokyo, the aircraft being launched from the USN Aircraft Carrier "Yorktown", The Battle of the Coral Sea, and then the devastating defeat of the Japanese at the battle of Midway Island, where the USN destroyed four (4) Japanese aircraft carriers that changed the course of WWII in the Pacific Theater of Operations. All three of these brilliant...
  • China 2018 = Japan 1918: A Lesson from History

    12/07/2018 6:34:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/07/2018 | Robert Arvay
    China is following the path that Japan took in the years leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor 77 years ago. Of course, China has been much more subtle, but no less aggressive. Indeed, the outcome may be worse. Some background is in order. In the year (1918) immediately after First World War, a war in which Japan was a member of the winning alliance, the Japanese expected to take their place on the world stage as major player. They were awarded many of the formerly German territories in the Pacific, but they demanded more. They demanded the formerly...
  • Classy Bush Funeral Reminds Us of Just How Awful the McCain Family Is

    12/06/2018 12:38:56 PM PST · by LavaDog · 26 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/06/2018 | John Nolte
    Whatever you might think of the Bush dynasty’s legacy, no one can ever accuse the family of not showing class and decency. And their sterling example of this, while saying goodbye to their beloved patriarch, has also served as an important reminder of just how awful the McCain family is.