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  • When Looting and Rioting Happened from 2001-2008, the media blamed BUSH...

    04/28/2015 6:23:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    4/28/15 | sff
    Watching the city of Baltimore burn, hearing the lame mayor there talk about giving thugs "space"....recalling the riots of Ferguson, as well as the violence seen over Eric Garner and the attacker of George Zimmerman..... My mind was brought back to the time when Bush was President....New Orleans was the primary catalyst, but it sure seems to me WHENEVER there was domestic unrest or unhappiness on the streets of America, GEORGE W BUSH was being blamed. The man child Obama is getting a FREE PASS AGAIN. I just heard a local media report assure us Loretta Lynch was going to...
  • A weird 'platypus' dinosaur made of mismatched parts

    04/27/2015 5:40:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Deborah Netburn
    Paleontologists have unearthed a strange new species of dinosaur that is unlike anything they have seen before. The newly described Chilesaurus diegosuarezi was an ostrich-size dinosaur that walked upright like a Tyrannosaurus rex but had the teeth of a more primitive long-necked plant eater. "The interesting thing about this dinosaur is that different parts of it look very similar to unrelated dinosaurs," said Martin Ezcurra, a researcher at the University of Birmingham, England, who helped describe the animal Monday in the journal Nature. "It is like a combination of different dinosaurs in a single species."
  • The U.S. Navy Needs to Radically Reassess How It Projects Power (Carriers = Obsolete)

    04/27/2015 6:45:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jerry Hendrix
    A battle of the hawks is raging on Capitol Hill. Defense hawks say the nationís security will be endangered if the caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act arenít lifted, allowing for more defense spending. Fiscal hawks assert with equal vehemence that the nationís long-term economic health ó the foundation for all government activities, including defense ó will be permanently harmed if burgeoning deficits and debts are not addressed. Defense hawks argue for a massive investment to maintain the United Statesí position as the worldís strongest power. Fiscal hawks argue for innovative improvements in efficiency to sustain U.S. leadership.
  • The Civil War in Four Minutes: Ulysses S. Grant

    04/26/2015 7:36:09 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 35 replies
    Civil War Trust ^ | 1 year ago | Curt Fields
    Living historian Curt Fields describes the life and accomplishments of Ulysses S. Grant. This video is part of the Civil War Trust's In4 video series, which presents short videos on basic Civil War topics. The Civil War in Four Minutes: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Adeline Myers Celebrates Meatballs From Around the World

    04/26/2015 3:16:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/14 | Michael Floreak
    In the introduction to her book ďGlobal Meatballs: Around the World in 100-Plus Boundary-Breaking Recipes,Ē Adeline Myers celebrates the imperfections that make these ďhumble, misshapen roundsĒ a home kitchen favorite. When it comes to assessing both flavor and aesthetics, Myers, 31, knows her stuff. The author, trained at Tante Marieís Cooking School in San Francisco, has baked desserts for many area restaurants, and also works as an art conservator, recently on assignment to restore a gilded picture frame for Bostonís Museum of Fine Arts. Myers set off to research the worldwide variations on one of the worldís great comfort foods...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Unconquered"(1947)

    04/26/2015 11:06:31 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1947 | Cecil B. DeMille
  • USS Midway Marks Vietnam War Anniversary With Exhibits, Ceremonies

    04/25/2015 10:33:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Apr 24, 2015 | Bridget Naso
    Vietnam veterans from around the country are in San Diego to mark the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War on April 30. On Friday, many took private tours of USS Midway and were able to see locations that are off limits to the general public. Veteran Pete Dunn, who is making his first return to the ship since the war, said the experience took them back to 1975. ďIt just brought back so many memories of being in that hot fire room," he said. The minimum temperature was like 120.Ē On Sunday, a commemorative event will be held to mark...
  • Epic Fail: Seven Big Failed Environmentalist Predictions

    04/25/2015 12:52:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/24/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    I recently discussed what it would take to prove that global warming is actually occurring, that it is caused by humans, and that it will be catastrophic. But that’s not the full picture. To understand why so many of us are so skeptical about global warming, you have to understand the environmentalists’ larger track record: a long series of failed predictions and bogus prognostications of doom. It has been 45 years now since the first Earth Day. You would think that in this time frame, given the urgency with which we were told we had to confront the supposed...
  • The Holocaust as a Green Nazi Sacrifice

    04/25/2015 10:41:28 AM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-25-2015 | Mark Musser
    In truth, National Socialism was an ancient fertility cult brought up to date under the scientific guise of eugenics where people were to make sacrifices and/or be sacrificed for the fecundity of nature. Fertility, sacrifice, and power were all virtually worshiped by the National Socialists in one form or another, no matter how scientific or secular many of its adherents would try to couch their ideology. The great desire of National Socialism was to become fertile and powerful through sacrificial eugenic measures ...
  • Did Halley's Comet Convert the Irish to Christianity?

    04/25/2015 3:57:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Smithsonian (video) ^ | circa 2014 | unattributed
  • Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwellís ĎRosie the Riveter,í Dies at 92

    04/25/2015 3:17:15 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | APRIL 24, 2015 | SAM ROBERTS
    Mary Keefe, a 19-year-old Vermont telephone operator whom her neighbor Norman Rockwell immortalized as his model for the heroine of ďRosie the Riveter,Ē the World War II feminist anthem that empowered women to leave home and pinch-hit in military plants, died on Tuesday at her home in Simsbury, Conn. She was 92. Her death was confirmed by her daughter Mary Ellen Keefe. Mrs. Keefe was a redhead, like the Rosie who appeared on the cover of the Memorial Day issue of The Saturday Evening Post magazine in 1943, but she had never wielded a rivet gun (not until an appearance...
  • 'The Bronx Bull' is another shot at the story of boxer Jake LaMotta

    04/24/2015 10:34:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 23, 2015 | Theresa Walker
    ... [Jake] LaMotta has been the subject of several books, a film considered one of the greatest in American cinema, and a failed stage show called "Lady and the Champ." Now there's a second feature film about his life, this one titled "LaMotta: The Bronx Bull." LaMotta will be in Orange County on Saturday when the new movie, produced by Irvine-based Main Street Films, premieres as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival ...
  • Here's what happened during the Armenian genocide and why Turkey denies it

    04/24/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider via the Daily Telegraph ^ | 04/24/2015 | RICHARD SPENCER, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    As Yerevan and Armenians across the world gather to remember the 1.5 million killed during the massacres, Richard Spencer explains what happened On Friday, Yerevan and the Armenian disapora together with world leaders in the Armenian capital will commemorate the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian genocide . It is the 100th anniversary of the date on which the Ottoman Empire began its attack on Armenians when intellectuals and political leaders were rounded up in Istanbul on April 24, 1915. What was the Armenian genocide? As the Ottoman Empire suffered its first losses in the First World War, the ďYoung...
  • Churches in America: Prepare to Be Treated Like 1st Century Christians in Rome

    04/24/2015 6:56:07 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 4/24/2015 | WALLACE HENLEY
    The United States Supreme Court may soon liberate the biblically conservative church from old "prejudices" that should have long ago been "jettisoned," forcing it into "rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity," in the words of a recent writer in The New York Times. Homosexuality must be removed from the "sin list" and, according to an MSNBC commentator, traditional marriage proponents must be forced "to do things they don't want to do." Sadly, this crusade will be like the Marxist "liberation" movements that promised to "free" people, but really were about control and suppression. The culmination may come as the...
  • 1978 Flashback: Bruce Jenner, Wheaties, and the ĎBreakfast of Championsí [Romans 1]

    04/23/2015 3:55:37 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 35 replies
    Yahoo Food ^ | 4/23/2015 | Cassie Carothers
    With America fixated on all things Bruce Jenner and the anticipation around his Diane Sawyer interview Friday night on ABC, it seemed an interesting moment to revisit another time when he captured this countryís attention. In 1978, Jenner snagged one of the sports worldís biggest honors: appearing on the Wheaties cereal box. While this might not sound impressive in todayís era of multi-million dollar endorsement deals, back then it was one of the ultimate prizes for a top athlete. A lot of people know Jenner today from his relationship to the Kardashian clan. But decades ago, he became a national...
  • Rep. Peter King: Alex Rodriguez shouldnít be celebrated if he ties Willie Mays on Home Run list

    04/23/2015 10:47:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/23/2015 | BY NATHANIEL VINTON
    Congressman Pete King (R-NY) supports the Yankeesí refusal to celebrate as Alex Rodriguez approaches a historic baseball milestone, pulling within two home runs of Willie Mays on the career home runs list. ďI think theyíre right, because itís obvious that so many of his home runs were tainted,Ē King told TMZ Sports. ďI think it would be wrong to be celebrating ... since for all we know, hundreds of those home runs probably occurred when he was taking steroids." Rodriguez, who is not in the lineup for Thursday's afternoon game against the Tigers, has hit 658 dingers compared with Maysí...
  • 18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the first Earth Day in 1970

    04/23/2015 7:26:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    AEI ^ | 04/23/2015 | Mark J. Perry
    In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled ¬ďEarth Day, Then and Now¬Ē to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day, and in the years following, there was a ¬ďtorrent of apocalyptic predictions¬Ē and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article. Well, it‚Äôs now the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and a good time to ask the question again that Bailey asked 15 years ago: How accurate were the...
  • See The Constitution While You Still Can

    04/22/2015 4:17:09 PM PDT · by Bigg Red · 31 replies
    self ^ | April 22, 2015 | self
    Please, if you are able, visit Washington, D.C., and see the Constitution and the Bill of Rights before Obamugabe has them shredded. When you visit the National Archives you will find them housed in the same room as the Declaration of Independence. Although I am a Boomer who has lived in Maryland all of her life, I just saw these precious documents for the first time yesterday. Embarrassed that it has taken me so long. We just spent a week at a DC-area private campground, a fairly affordable alternative to staying in a hotel. I highly recommend this place, Cherry...
  • 170-year-old champagne recovered from shipwreck still delicious, tasters say

    04/20/2015 7:38:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    sciencerecorder.com ^ | Delila James
    Biochemist Phillipe Jeandet.... who has analyzed the early 19-century bubbly, says there were surprising amounts of copper and iron in the wine. The copper most likely came from copper sulfate, which vintners used to kill mildew and fungus on growing grape vines, the report said. The nails used to hold the wooden storage barrels together probably account for the liquidís high iron content, he said. Even after 170 years lying some 165 feet deep in the ancient sunken cargo vessel, the champagne corks had not deteriorated because, scientists say, there was liquid both inside and out. And, according to Andrew...
  • South Iceland Cave Made before Settlement

    04/20/2015 1:42:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Iceland Review ^ | April 17, 2015 | Eyglo Svala Arnarsdottir
    Archaeologist KristjŠn Ahronson has concluded that Kverkarhellir, a manmade cave between waterfall Seljalandsfoss and farm Seljaland in South Iceland, was partly created around 800 AD, before the settlement of Iceland, which, according to sources, began in 874... ďKverkahellir, along with Seljalandshellir, is remarkable as it is part of a number of cave sites in southern Iceland, manngerūir hellar [Ďmanmade cavesí], that are marked by cross sculpture.Ē ... Ahronson would not state that theories that the crosses may have been made by papar, monks from the British Isles who were said to have lived in Iceland before the Norse settlers, may...
  • Here's What It Would Take to Prove Global Warming

    04/20/2015 9:09:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/20/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    Recently, Reason‚Äės Ronald Bailey asked what it would take to convince conservatives and libertarians that global warming is real. If generally rising temperatures, decreasing diurnal temperature differences, melting glacial and sea ice, smaller snow extent, stronger rainstorms, and warming oceans are not enough to persuade you that man-made climate [change] is occurring, what evidence would be? This has since been picked up by Jonathan Adler at the Washington Post‚Äės token right-leaning blog, the Volokh Conspiracy. There‚Äôs no pressure: Bailey and Adler merely insinuate that you are ‚Äúobscurantist‚Ä̬óthat is, you hate new knowledge¬óif you don‚Äôt agree. That, by the way¬óthe...
  • Back in the Day (Photos)

    04/19/2015 12:13:50 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 43 replies
    Imgur ^ | 4/19/2015 | Dallas59
    Just ads and pictures mostly from the 50's and 60's.
  • So You Say You Hate the Puritans

    04/19/2015 7:28:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2015 | Jeremy Egerer
    Despite the fact that Oliver Cromwell was vastly superior to Charles I, I have yet to hear anyone praise Cromwell for deposing and killing the king. There have been many reasonable objections to his killing of Charles, chief among them being that Charles's death immediately led to the instant popularity and eventual kingship of Charles II Ė historically one of the most profligate and useless kings that England ever saw. But people are more likely to complain about Cromwell and the Puritans and unfairly loathe them, despite the fact that Cromwell ruled more honestly and rightly than both his predecessor...
  • Vietnam: When We Lost the Winnable War

    04/19/2015 7:22:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/19/2015 | Bruce Walker
    Forty years ago this April, our nation lost the Vietnam War Ė a war that America could easily have won, and should have. South Vietnam had been invaded by North Vietnam, although the conflict was portrayed by communist apologists as a ďcivil war.Ē The Viet Cong did fight, but the primary enemy of the South Vietnam was North Vietnam. The SEATO alliance pledged France, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan and America to come to the aid of South Vietnam if that nation was attacked by another nation. The moral obligation of France, the colonial power that held...
  • Reagan shooter Hinckley finds both rejection and indifference in future home

    04/19/2015 7:16:16 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 19 April 2015 | JESSICA GRESKO
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) ó The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community. He takes long walks along tree-lined paths, plays guitar and paints, grabs fast food at Wendy's. He drives around town in a silver Toyota Avalon, a car that wouldn't attract a second glance. Often, as if to avoid detection, he puts on a hat or visor before going out.
  • Police officer's 'Dukes of Hazzard' car criticized

    04/19/2015 7:02:16 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 15 replies
    CBS 46 ^ | Apr 18, 2015 | wcbs
    The car was spotted at the 34th Precinct station house parked inside the lot authorized for police officers. The late model Dodge muscle car had orange paint and a Confederate flag on the roof, similar to the "General Lee" car in The Dukes of Hazzard TV show.
  • America's 5 Worst Wartime Presidents

    04/19/2015 5:26:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 04/18/2015 | Robert W. Merry
    No presidential decision is as politically hazardous as the war decision. Thatís because voters are quicker and more ferocious in turning on their chief executives when wars go awry than when events become troublesome in other areas of governance. Woe be to the president who finds himself in a war he canít win and canít get out of, or finds that the price of war far outweighs the promised benefits, or learns that the rationale for war doesnít hold up. Herewith, then, a catalogue of the countryís five worst wartime presidents, men who took their country to war, or continued...
  • Palaeolithic remains show cannibalistic habits of human ancestors

    04/19/2015 4:41:17 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 34 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | April 16, 2015 | Natural History Museum
    Analysis of ancient cadavers recovered at a famous archaeological site confirm the existence of a sophisticated culture of butchering and carving human remains, according to a team of scientists from the Natural History Museum, University College London, and a number of Spanish universities.
  • CBS Dusts Off And Colorizes ĎI Love Lucyí Episodes For May Sweep Tryout

    04/19/2015 12:46:20 AM PDT · by iowamark · 24 replies
    Deadline.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lisa de Moraes
    CBS, which has aired colorized episodes of I Love Lucy during the Christmas holiday period, is expanding the scheduling strategy to May. Thatís when broadcast networks celebrate the end-of-TV-season holes in their schedules because their regular series have completed their runs. The network said today it will air two newly colorized episodes of its popular 1950s series from 8-9 PM Sunday, May 17. William Holden guest stars in ďL.A. At Last!Ē (1955), and George Reeves ó who was starring on TVís Adventures Of Superman at the time ó reprises his role as the Man of Steel in ďLucy and SupermanĒ...
  • Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

    04/18/2015 4:24:33 PM PDT · by Paisan · 59 replies
    Longfellow
    240 years ago, tonight, an American Patriot, Paul Revere, threw aside all misgivings about his own personal safety and freedoms, and embarked upon a most famous undertaking... LISTEN, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. 5 He said to his friend, ĎIf the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,ó One, if by land,...
  • The Technocratic Elitism of Modern Environmentalism

    04/18/2015 1:57:21 PM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 11 replies
    The Intellectual Conservative ^ | 4/18/2015 | Mark Musser
    Modern America is saddled with many albatrosses weighing heavily upon the neck of her God given liberties coming from a variety of different directions Ė everything from the entitlement ethos to leftist political correctness, from a staggering debt never before seen in its history to many foreign despotic enemies lurking behind the shadows of the so-called United Nations, from post-modern socialism and/or environmentalism to an amorality based on Darwinism together with its mutated culture of death wrapped around abortion, divorce, marital infidelity, and a sexual madness that willfully refuses to differentiate between male and female. Enter another serious difficulty that...
  • The First Apple Homepage

    04/18/2015 1:56:09 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Kevin Fox ^ | April 16, 2015 | Kevin Fox
    Last week I happened across a blog post showing the history of Apple.com over the past 17 years, complete with screenshots culled from the very earliest days of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Itís a serious trip down memory lane, but it didnít go back far enough ... ...
  • The Doolittle Raid

    04/18/2015 12:01:58 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 29 replies
    April 18, 2015 | Self
    One week after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt began pressing the U.S. military to immediately strike the Japanese homeland. The desire to bolster moral became more urgent in light of rapid Japanese advances. These included victories in Malaya, Singapore, the Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, and the Dutch East Indies, as well as sinking the British battleships Prince of Wales and Repulse. Only improbable, audacious ideas warranted consideration, because submarines confirmed Japan placed picket boats at extreme carrier aircraft range. One idea even involved launching four engine heavy bombers from China or Outer Mongolia to strike Japan and fly on to Alaska....
  • Creating a living and breathing Constitution

    04/18/2015 10:32:41 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 20 replies
    The United States does not have a living and breathing constitution. So then, how do we build it into one? Earlier today, I posted the full text of Louis Brandeis' address "The Living Law", which is quite an interesting work. On the one hand, Brandeis does accurately capture public feeling regarding mistreatment by their employers. On the other hand, Brandeis' uses this address to stand back, marvel at his own work, and act like an innocent bystander. The big key in the address is the court case "Muller v. Oregon", to which Brandeis had a hand in. He doesn't mention...
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "Paul Revere's Ride" Poem animation

    04/18/2015 10:14:35 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1863 | Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    The Landlord's Tale; Paul Revere's Ride Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, "If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,-- One, if by land, and two, if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every...
  • Two surviving Doolittle Raiders present Congressional Gold Medal to USAF museum

    04/18/2015 7:50:20 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 18, 2015 | Rick Moran
    They're in their 90's now, old and bent. But 73 years ago today, their courage torched the skies over Tokyo, sending a message that the United States would stop at nothing to achieve victory. Of the 80 airmen and pilots commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle, that took off from the deck of the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942 bound for a bombing run over Tokyo, just two are still alive. Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, 99, and Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, 93, will toast their 78 missing comrades at a private event later today, while taking...
  • The End of the Republic: Review of Barry Straussí The Death of Caesar [Eerie similarities]

    04/18/2015 4:20:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/18/15 | Tom Rogan
    Barry Straussí The Death of Caesar begins with the triumphant Julius returning to Rome, surrounded by allies and well-wishersómany of whom would eventually take part in the plot to kill himóand then takes the reader on a compelling tour of the events surrounding Caesarís assassination and the subsequent struggle between competing parties and conceptions of Roman government.The struggle for power is the heart of this skillful, accessible account. Strauss is keen that we understand just how ruthless the men of Rome were, noting how Brutus had once locked debtor councilmen in their homes until they starved to death. He provides...
  • Grierson's Grand Raid

    04/17/2015 8:49:02 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    After conferring with General William Sooy Smith, commanding at La Grange, Grierson issued orders for "light rations" to his brigade, which now consisted of the Sixth and Seventh Illinois, and the second Iowa. On the beautiful spring morning of April 17, Grierson led the long column of seventeen hundred officers and men out of La Grange and headed south. Grierson himself, carried a small-scale map of plantations and Confederate storehouses, and a jew's harp in his blouse. The command met no opposition on the first day, traveling an easy thirty miles to halt just short of Ripley, Mississippi at the...
  • Sixth extinction, rivaling that of the dinosaurs, should join the big five, scientists say

    04/16/2015 10:10:24 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 25 replies
    American Association for the Advancement of Science ^ | 16 April 2015 5:15 pm | Eric Hand
    Earth has seen its share of catastrophes, the worst being the ďbig fiveĒ mass extinctions scientists traditionally talk about. Now, paleontologists are arguing that a sixth extinction, 260 million years ago, at the end of a geological age called the Capitanian, deserves to be a member of the exclusive club. In a new study, they offer evidence for a massive die-off in shallow, cool waters in what is now Norway. That finding, combined with previous evidence of extinctions in tropical waters, means that the Capitanian was a global catastrophe. ďItís the first time we can say this is a true...
  • Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Orson Welles' Centennial

    04/16/2015 10:18:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | April 15, 2015 | Matt Coker
    1. Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915. 2. As a filmmaker, his three greatest pictures, in order, are Touch of Evil (1958), Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). 3. Ah, yes, but Citizen Kane tops many lists as the greatest film of all time (with Welles filling the top slot on many directing lists). The fictional story of a megalomaniac newspaper magnate (loosely based on William Randolph Hearst) and innocence lost is indeed a masterpiece . . . albeit a dated one. Newspaper magnates? Not in this century, bub. 4. John Houseman wrote in his 1972...
  • Taking a trip to NYC!

    04/15/2015 1:58:44 PM PDT · by eeevil conservative · 170 replies
    4/15/2015 | eeevil conservative
    My son is graduating from college! Worked his way through on his own! As a gift, I am taking him to NYC. Staying with my sister in Queens. I want to do just ONE thing that is extra special- like to a taping of the The Tonight Show? Any ideas, suggestions? We will be going to see Statue of Liberty, Coney Island, Central Park, etc... But I am looking for one thing that will stand out for a young man graduating college-- no girlie clubs! MOM is on this trip!
  • George Washington and most of Jamestown had gay sex... and John Wilkes Booth was one of Abraham [tr]

    04/15/2015 1:43:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 216 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2015 | Alexandra Klaunser
    Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were gay, says a new book by a gay activist and award winning writer. Larry Kramer, 79, says he believes what's written in his history book is true though he is selling it as fiction to avoid legal troubles. In Volume One of his two part book 'The American People,' Kramer says that Abraham Lincoln was gay and his killer John Wilkes Booth was actually Lincoln's spurned gay lover. 'We know that Abraham Lincoln was gay,' Kramer told CBS in an interview about the book which came out this month.
  • RFRA & My Wedding Ring (Terrific Essay)

    04/15/2015 12:43:20 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    First Things ^ | 4/7/2015 | Maureen Mullarkey
    It has been some time since I gave thought to the day my soon-to-be husband and I bought our wedding rings. But the spectacle over RFRAóall the panting hysteria of a predatory media and toadying politicians aided by timorous clergyóbrings it back with great clarity. And even greater poignancy. Our wedding date was set. It was time to pick a ring. But where to look for one? How to shop? The two of us were young, broke, and scrappy. It would be some years yet before we could afford to pay retail. Besides, my intended was a combative shopper, born...
  • Who Was John Wilkes Booth Before He Became Lincoln's Assassin?

    04/15/2015 11:05:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 94 replies
    NPR ^ | APRIL 15, 2015 | Renee Montagne
    John Wilkes Booth was the man who pulled the trigger, capping off a coordinated plot to murder President Abraham Lincoln. But historian Terry Alford, an expert on all things Booth, says that there's much more to Booth's life. His new biography, Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, delves deep into his life ó before Booth went down in history as the man who assassinated a president. Booth was born into a prominent family of actors. According to Alford, he had good looks and an exceptional acting range, playing both dark roles as bad guys and softer roles such...
  • The Courage of Americaís Founding Fathers

    04/15/2015 7:32:01 AM PDT · by dware · 5 replies
    Family Life ^ | 2014 | Scott Williams
    When you think of the Fourth of July, what words come to mind? Holiday? Grilling? Fireworks? But 238 years ago, it was a different three words. Conviction. Courage. Sacrifice. On July 4, 1776, 56 men met in Philadelphia to pass a resolution declaring their independence from England. It was anything but a picnic. What they did that day at Independence Hall would cost them greatly in the years to come. But it paved the way for a radical new way of thinking about government that would change the course of human history. Itís not that the signers of the Declaration...
  • Tax Day 2015: Why Is April 15 The Deadline To Pay Taxes?

    04/14/2015 8:30:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Tech Times ^ | April 14, 2015 | Laura Rosenfeld
    Though they may seem like it, the dates that holidays fall on aren't usually random. They typically commemorate a significant event that happened on or around that day. Obviously, this makes sense. However, it's hard to guess why April 15 was chosen as Tax Day, the deadline for filing and paying your taxes. The 16th Amendment, which instituted a national income tax, was passed by Congress on July 2, 1909 and ratified on Feb. 3, 1913, but neither of these days made the cut to be the Tax Day. What gives? If the April 15 deadline to file and pay...
  • Sarah Palin: KTUU-TV Sports Reporter (1988) Footage

    04/14/2015 6:04:53 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 44 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 11, 2008
    Uploaded on Oct 11, 2008 Sarah Palin ó then Sarah Heath ó as she anchored the sports in 1988 for KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Dash cam: Officer who shot black man told boss he ran away

    04/14/2015 2:32:03 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 117 replies
    AP release via Yahoo ^ | 4/14/15 | BRUCE SMITH and PHILLIP LUCAS
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) ó The white South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man can be heard telling his supervisor twice that he didn't understand why the man ran away, according to dashcam video.
  • AMC's Turn episode one free for next 2 weeks.

    04/14/2015 2:10:12 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 56 replies
    AMC.com ^ | 4/14/15 | AMC
    In case anyone missed the two hour season premier last night. It says no login required so I'm guessing its available to people who aren't Xfinity subscribers.
  • The Winchester Mystery House

    04/14/2015 1:04:24 PM PDT · by pabianice · 39 replies
    In 1862, Sarah married William Wirt Winchester, son of Oliver Fisher Winchester, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut and manufacturer of the famous Winchester repeating rifle. The coupleís life together was happy, and they moved in the best New England society. However, in 1866, disaster struck when their infant daughter, Annie, died of then mysterious childhood disease marasmus. Mrs. Winchester fell into a deep depression from which she never fully recovered. Fifteen years later, in March 1881, her husbandís premature death from tuberculosis added to Mrs. Winchesterís distress. It is said, she ultimately sought help from a spiritualist... ...However, the medium also...