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  • Remains of World War II Marine Returned to Gilroy Family

    11/18/2017 7:13:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Nov 17, 2017
    The remains of a World War II Marine who was killed in the South Pacific arrived at San Jose International Airport Friday to be returned to his family in Gilroy. The Masoni family has waited since 1943 for Frank Masoni to return home. Masoni was a Marine cook in the South Pacific but was sent into action and killed in the battle of Tarawa. His family thought his body was never recovered until the military conducted a DNA test matching it to an unknown Marine buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. Turns out, it was...
  • How Russia went wrong, as told from the inside

    11/18/2017 10:28:57 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 51 replies
    The Economist ^ | Sep 2017
    The central argument of the book is that Russia has returned to the dangerous stagnation of the 1980s, largely thanks to the resurgence of the old KGB. The authoritarian squeeze will worsen at home, Mr Kovalev predicts, while foreign policy will become increasingly hostile and unpredictable. In the long run he fears a break-up of Russia, before—possibly—the dawn of democracy, the rule of law and modernisation. His language is strikingly blunt. Mr Putin is a “mumbling, stammering knock-kneed brow-furrowing ex-KGB agent who speaks the language of the gutter and values power above everything”. Echoing Alexander Herzen, a 19th-century émigré who...
  • Vanity-McConnell & Establishment RINOs go quiet on Judge Roy Moore.

    11/18/2017 6:46:11 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 81 replies
    Have you all noticed Mitch McConnell has gone silent (silence is golden) and has "snake" slipped into the Republican Establishment RINO, closet, so as to be out-of-sight, out-of-mind, these days, as Judge Roy Moore comes roaring back with money, determination and strong fight to remain in and win the political race for USA Senate in Alabama. You all do know that if, Judge, Roy Moore wins this special election on 12/12/2017 in Alabama....Mitch McConnell and his brood of Trump Hater RINOs turn into dead political fish, immediately..Alabama voters "ALL", regardless of political party,....cast your votes for Judge, Roy Moore on...
  • This Day in History: The origins of the Battle Hymn of the Republic

    11/18/2017 6:36:43 AM PST · by iowamark · 25 replies
    TaraRoss.com ^ | November 18, 2017 | Tara Ross
    On or around this day in 1861, Julia Ward Howe is inspired to write the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Did you know that this much-loved patriotic song has its roots in the Civil War years? Julia was the daughter of a Wall Street broker and a poet. She was well-educated and was able to speak fluently in several languages. Like her mother, she loved to write. She also became very interested in the abolitionist and suffragette causes. Samuel Howe was progressive in many ways, but he wasn’t too keen on expanding women’s rights. He thought Julia’s place was in...
  • 50 years later, to the day, USC vs. UCLA marks game for the ages

    11/18/2017 5:09:17 AM PST · by x1stcav · 32 replies
    TMG Sports ^ | Nov 14, 2017 | Anthony Ciardelli
    On Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the USC Trojans will face the UCLA Bruins in football for the 87th time since 1929. Saturday’s game falls on the 50th anniversary, to the day, of what many consider to be the biggest, best, most dramatic and most important football game played in the rivalry. That game, played on Nov. 18, 1967, would determine the city and conference (AAWU at the time, now the Pac-12) champion, the Rose Bowl representative and, ultimately, the national champion. Oh, and also the Heisman Trophy winner.
  • Revisiting CV-59 USS Forrestal fire July 29 1967

    11/18/2017 1:47:46 AM PST · by beebuster2000 · 44 replies
    various ^ | Nov 18, 2017 | beeuster2000
    With all the discussion of John McCain, and with the recent spate of Naval accidents, I found it most interesting to re-vist one of the most catastrophic accidents of the last 40 years, the fire on the USS Forrestal, which killed or injured 300 sailors and came close to losing the ship. Like recent Naval accidents, it was a series of unplanned and unforeseen events, combined with training lapses and poor judgements, all combined with insanely bad luck. And like recent Naval events incredible sailor heroism and self sacrifice when it counted. PS: there has always been rumor about McCain...
  • The First English Translation of ‘The Odyssey’ by a Woman Was Worth the Wait

    11/17/2017 7:49:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 16 | Madeline Miller
    Attempting a new translation of “The Odyssey” is like directing “Hamlet.” Much of your audience knows the work well, and they take their seats with entrenched expectations and the intonations of favorite performances reverberating in their heads. At the same time, though, you will have audience members who have never seen the play, for whom you provide the introduction to a giant of Western literature. And let us not forget those who are there under duress, dreading the upcoming hours of boredom. You must find a way to speak to all these disparate groups, sneaking past the defenses of the...
  • 8 Facts Behind the Edmund Fitzgerald's Final Hours

    11/17/2017 5:30:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | November 09, 2017 | Tanda Gmiter
    When the Edmund Fitzgerald sank to the bottom of Lake Superior amid a fierce storm on Nov. 10, 1975, the most gut-wrenching loss was its entire crew - all 29 men aboard who went down with the famed freighter. But the wreck of the 729-foot "laker" was also a $24 million loss of an engineering marvel - a ship considered a Great Lakes workhorse as it racked up seasonal records for its cargo-hauling abilities. Below are some of the often-forgotten facts about the ship whose demise has become a tragic Lake Superior legend. The Edmund Fitzgerald was not only an...
  • Word For The Day - SAMIZDAT

    11/17/2017 6:45:32 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    www.dictionary.com ^ | 11/17/2017 | Red Badger
    ==================================================================================== sam·iz·dat ˈsämēzdat/ noun: samizdat the clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, especially formerly in the communist countries of eastern Europe. Origin 1960s: Russian, literally ‘self-publishing house.’ a key form of dissident activity across the Soviet bloc in which individuals reproduced censored and underground publications by hand and passed the documents from reader to reader. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samizdat
  • medieval treasure trove of 2,200 pieces of silver, 21 Islamic gold coins and a stunning signet ring

    11/16/2017 3:24:23 PM PST · by mairdie · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 November 2017 | Shivali Best
    Archaeologists have discovered an 'exceptional' treasure trove of precious objects at the Abbey of Cluny, a former Benedictine monastery in France's Saône-et-Loire More than 2,000 objects have been found, including silver deniers - or pennies - Islamic gold coins, a signet ring and several gold items. The discovery is the first time that gold coins from the Arab lands, silver French deniers and a signet ring have ever been found together in a single, enclosed complex. Researchers from the Universite Lumiere Lyon discovered the items as part of an archaeological dig at the Abbey of Cluny, which started in 2015....
  • Vanity - The Democrat/Republican Establishment "Swamps" must be politically destroyed.....Right NOW.

    11/16/2017 1:06:28 PM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 26 replies
    I have had it up to my ears with both the Democrat & Republican Establishment Low Life, Swamp Critters, like Barack Hussein Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Al Franken, Sheila Jackson Lee, Elizabeth Warren...and on & on & on. Americans, you better all wake up and get rid of these would be destroyers of the American Republic or one morning, soon you will rising up out of bed saying Good Morning to "The 1984 George Orwell, Big Brother". These people, without a doubt, are, Criminals, Sex Offenders, Cheats,. Lie Tellers...
  • 175 years ago today, Chicago auctioned off a black man

    11/16/2017 10:34:25 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 14, 2017 | Mark Jacob
    The handbills posted in Chicago declared: “A Man for Sale.” And on Nov. 14, 1842 — 175 years ago today — an African-American man was auctioned off near the corner of LaSalle and Randolph. He may be the only black person ever legally sold into slavery in Chicago. The bondage was supposed to be temporary — a year maximum under the law — but the idea infuriated abolitionists in Chicago. The man being auctioned was Edwin Heathcock, described by early Chicago historian Alfred Andreas as “a colored man, industrious and well-behaved, and a member of the Chicago Methodist Church.” While...
  • Australian Aboriginal symbols found on mysterious 12,000-year-old pillar in Turkey...

    11/16/2017 7:34:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 73 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 11/14/2017 | Tara MacIssac
    From about 14,500 to 11,500 years ago, a period known as the Younger Dryas, the world experienced dramatic climate shifts. The shift at the end of the Younger Dryas was particularly abrupt, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Archaeologists have agreed that Göbekli Tepe is at least 12,000 years old, placing it within this period. The site was rapidly buried about 1,000 years after its creation. Whether this was done intentionally by people or by nature is a matter of debate. Some have theorized that the society wanted to protect the monuments from the cataclysm. ......
  • The B-58 Hustler Was a Beautiful Mistake

    11/16/2017 6:03:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 16, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    On Nov. 11, 1956, the first B-58 Hustler took flight. It would never see combat. An exotic, beautiful bomber designed for high-speed nuclear strike missions, a changes in Soviet tactics and a development method which dramatically hiked costs conspired to doom the Hustler — intended as a replacement for the jet-powered B-47 Stratojet.
  • Call to ditch Gladstone... and replace him with Jon Snow! Students demand hall [tr]

    11/16/2017 5:26:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2017 | Liz Hull
    Students are demanding university bosses change the name of a halls of residence because of its links to former Prime Minister William Gladstone and his association with the slave trade. The Roscoe and Gladstone building at Liverpool University was partly named after the Liberal politician, whose family wealth was built on slavery in the 19th century.
  • Vanity - Judge, Roy Moore & the voters in Alabama.

    11/16/2017 4:36:58 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 34 replies
    As the web of accusation against Judge Roy Moore begins to unfold as the "The Fake News Story", it now appears to be,...let me clearly state that the only people that can judge Roy Moore are the legal, registered, voters in the great state of Alabama. What Mitch McConnell and his band of Republican Establishment RINOS, screech out every day means absolutely nothing. The voters of Alabama will decide and determine the political fate of Judge Roy Moore...period. I would suggest with much gusto and drive, that "ALL" the good voters in Alabama, fully support and cast their votes on...
  • Painting Looted From Hitler to Be Auctioned in Cologne

    11/15/2017 10:56:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Art Newspaper ^ | 14th November 2017 | Catherine Hickley
    Van Ham to offer Franz von Stuck portrait in 17 November saleThe Cologne auction house Van Ham is planning to sell a painting by Franz von Stuck that was looted from the Nazi headquarters in Munich on the night Adolf Hitler shot himself in his bunker in Berlin. The portrait of two young girls was among the art earmarked for Hitler’s planned Führermuseum in Linz, a project that never came to fruition. In an irony of history, the Nazi art looters who had assembled the collection suffered plunder themselves at the hands of the people of Munich in the chaotic...
  • Political History Laughs: Sen. Kerry: Nation is 'Polarized' - The challenger on...

    11/15/2017 7:09:31 PM PST · by lefty-lie-spy · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/1/2004 | Tom Brokaw
    I stumbled across this and had a wonderful laugh. This is an interview Tom Brokaw did with John Kerry just before the election in 2004 when he F-in' lost miserably to George W. Bush. Enjoy the historical laughs.
  • Specialization in progressivism: gun control, car control, etc.

    11/15/2017 5:28:12 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    In my last blog post, I wrote about how critical specialization is to progressive ideology, and the weaknesses that get bred in because of that. I also wanted to point something out, and I don't think very many people will like it. Culturally, I am quite certain that progressivism would be hard pressed to justify its own existence without specialization, and gun control is one of those topics that is probably the easiest to dissect. One of the main stated goals of gun control is to get guns out of the hands of pretty much everybody, but the only people...
  • Museum snags only known painting of George Washington's wartime command center tent

    11/15/2017 3:14:18 PM PST · by mairdie · 3 replies
    Daily Mail and AP ^ | 15 November 2017
    Philip Mead was online late one night in May, looking for possible artifacts from the American Revolution, when a painting up for auction caught his eye and got his heart racing. The chief historian at the Museum of the American Revolution, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had spied an unsigned watercolor from 1782. It was a panorama of an army encampment, and to his expert eye seemed to feature the only known wartime depiction of the tent George Washington used as his command center during the Revolutionary War. The tent is the marquee exhibit at the museum, which opened in April. And,...