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  • For Christians and Jews, Germany's Alternatives to Merkel Are Equally Unpromising

    06/17/2018 8:24:18 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 2017 | Rod Dreher
    Germany has much more severed itself from God and Christian tradition than the US. The culture is deeply anti-Christian. AfD and PEGIDA [German nationalist, anti-Islam movement] for example long for a return to the days of a thoroughly Christian culture only in as far as “personal peace and prosperity” is concerned as Schaeffer put it way back when. Unless there is a bottom up moral cultural renewal in this country/on this continent, parties such as AfD or movements such as PEGIDA will be hapless, romantic attempts to impose some well-meant principles/policies on a people that have given up on God....
  • Vanity - Trump backs Democrats into a corner on "Parent/Children" border split.

    06/17/2018 4:39:10 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 16 replies
    POTUS, Donald J. Trump, always the strategic thinker, is outsmarting the Democrat Party once again. Just as he did with his tax reform package and his meeting on Immigration with Democrats months back....he has them heading for a corner they cannot back out of, unless they to vote to pass "Trumps" immigration package. Not one Democrat voted "Yea" on Trump's tax reform package, or Trumps legislation that would have given legal status and citizenship to 1.8 million DACA folks. The Dems wanted a canpaign issue, instead. The Democrats are going wild over their newest tact for winning the Mid-Term elections...beating...
  • One of the World’s Largest Steam Locomotives Is About to Make a Triumphant Return

    06/16/2018 10:54:25 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 71 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | 06/12/18 | Justin Franz
    Hold onto your engineer caps, railroad history lovers. Seventy years after the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, the steep Rocky Mountains of Wyoming and Utah were still giving the Union Pacific Railroad trouble. Despite having massive steam engines, the Union Pacific, one of the biggest railroads in America, still struggled to move heavy freight trains over the mountains and would often have to use multiple locomotives to get trains to their destination. This practice required more workers and more fuel. In 1940, the Union Pacific’s mechanical engineers teamed up with the American Locomotive Company to build one...
  • WATCH: 3 years ago, Trump stepped off a golden escalator and made his announcement rest is history

    06/16/2018 9:15:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 16, 2018 | Christian Datoc
    On June 16, 2015, businessman Donald Trump stepped off a golden escalator and officially announced his candidacy for the presidency. Trump had flirted with running for political office in the past, and almost everyone watching — with the possible exception of the man giving the speech, notes CNN's Brian Stelter — considered this to be some type of publicity stunt. We were all wrong.
  • John Shippen Jr.: African-American pioneer; first American-born golf professional

    06/16/2018 6:46:23 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 12 replies
    www.pga.com ^ | 2/2/15 | Bob Denney
    As American golf popularity skyrocketed at the start of the 20th century, Scottish immigrant professionals like Willie Dunn found their career footing. Dunn was a combination superb player, golf instructor and owner of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, built near the Shinnecock Indian reservation in Southampton, New York. One of Dunn’s best young students was John Matthew Shippen Jr., one of nine children of Eliza and John Shippen Sr., an African-American Presbyterian minister who had moved his family to the reservation in 1888 from Washington, D.C. At age 15, young Shippen was introduced to golf. A year later, he was employed...
  • The untold story of Billy Graham in N. Korea (Video)

    06/15/2018 10:23:22 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    "My wife went to school in North Korea. That was one of the reasons that we could get in and talk to the leaders – that made it possible for us to go," Graham said. Ruth Graham’s parents were Christian missionaries in Pyongyang, a city once called the “Jerusalem of the East.” Today, possessing a Bible there can lead to criminal charges. He drew the kinds of crowds in Asia usually reserved for a pope, famously preaching to more than 1 million people in South Korea in 1973. “Love one another!” Graham told the congregation during his tour through Seoul,...
  • Vanity - Vote for Republican/Conservative, Corey Stewart for Senate in Virginia.

    06/15/2018 7:11:00 PM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 24 replies
    Corey Stewart is the Republican candidate facing "Dim Bulb" Democrat, Senator Tim Kaine for the Senate seat in Virginia. I have no doubt that Stewart will run a terrific, pro-active, effective campaign against the failed, Hillary Clinton, VP choice..."the well known, asleep at the wheel, deadbeat, Democrat, Tim Kaine". Rumblings are heard that the Establishment GOP Senate campaign group will not fund the Stewart race. It's hard to believe....but Stewart can defeat Tim Kaine. It's amazing, because if Stewart takes down Kaine early in the evening of election day, the entire country (who will still be voting) will witness a...
  • Marine Le Pen's niece, tipped as France's future far-right leader, drops her last name

    06/15/2018 6:49:52 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 2018 | Agence France Presse
    Marion Marechal-Le Pen, often tipped as a future leader of France's far right, has dropped one of the most famous – and infamous – names in French politics.. On her social media accounts Marion has changed her profile names from Marion Le Pen to simply Marion Marechal. The change “was a way to demonstrate my transition to civilian life. I have never and will never feel ashamed of my name”, she told the rightwing Boulevard Voltaire website. Marechal, a 28-year-old former MP and devout Catholic, added her mother Yann Le Pen’s name to her surname in 2012 as she launched...
  • NATO helps bind Western ties amid G7 'trade war'

    06/15/2018 1:15:07 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Europe Observer ^ | June 2018 | Andrew Rettman
    "Despite the differences we see between Nato allies on issues like trade, we see a Nato which is delivering on strengthening our collective defence and the biggest reinforcement to our collective defence since the end of the Cold War." "Not only do we see a Nato which is united, but we see actually a Nato which is able to strengthen our cooperation and transatlantic bond," Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato head and former Norwegian PM, told press in Brussels on Thursday (7 June). US defence minister Jim Mattis echoed Stoltenberg when asked in Brussels on Thursday if the trade clash could...
  • City saves history by turning over rare StG 44 to Navy museum system

    06/15/2018 12:02:05 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 15 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 06/15/18 | Chris Eger
    A police department in Virginia sat on a seized German military rifle for almost a decade before moving to turn it over to a military museum. The Chesapeake Police Department seized a Sturmgewehr 44 in 2009 from a felon that could no longer possess the firearm. Seeing that it had historical significance — the StG 44 is considered by many to be the first true “assault rifle” due to its select-fire design and use of an intermediate cartridge — the agency rendered it inoperable and this week moved to have the City Council approve donating the piece to the...
  • FBI Agent Joked Clinton Associate Who Lied Would Never Be Charged

    06/15/2018 11:24:28 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 32 replies
    http://thefederalist.com ^ | JUNE 14, 2018 By Rachel Stoltzfoos
    An FBI agent joked about how a witness who lied in the Hillary Clinton email investigation would never be charged, according to a Justice Department inspector general report released Thursday. The witness had obviously lied to the FBI about handling sensitive information, the agent told one of his colleagues, but it didn’t matter, because regardless of what the Clinton associate said, the FBI wasn’t going to do “sh-t” about it. Here’s the exchange: FBI Employee: “boom…how did the [witness] go” Agent 1: “Awesome. Lied his -ss off. Went from never inside the scif [sensitive compartmented information facility] at res, to...
  • Reparations: Who Should Pay? To Whom Should It Be Paid?

    06/15/2018 8:53:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/15/2018 | Tom Trinko
    In their never-ending effort to Balkanize America and buy black votes by stealing from all taxpayers, including black ones, the Democrats are reviving their call for reparations for slavery. After all, with blacks waking up to the fact that Democrats are doing nothing for them, a new bribe appears to be necessary. Given that there are no living Americans who were slaves or who owned slaves, it's clear that the idea of reparations has nothing to do with justice or concern for blacks; it's just another political effort to bribe voters with other people's money – just like Paul Ryan...
  • RANKED: 5 Best (And 5 Worst) Fighter Planes In History

    06/15/2018 7:14:01 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 106 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 06/15/18 | Robert Farley
    So what are the best and worst fighter aircraft of all time? What plane would you pick for a war in the sky? On the surface, the questions seem easy to answer. One might look at which planes performed the best in combat as opposed to fighters that did not. Or, one could look at which planes had the best technology, took advantage of historical circumstances, or utilized a combination of the two. Does America dominate the field of best fighters? What about Russia? Does China get any mentions? Does any one nation have more negative mentions? All good questions....
  • Word of the Day: Demimonde

    06/15/2018 6:38:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    www.dictionary.com ^ | 06/15/2018 | Red Badger
    ________________________________________________________________________________________ In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". demimonde [dem-ee-mond; French duh-mee-mawnd] noun 1. (especially during the last half of the 19th century) a class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of indiscreet behavior or sexual promiscuity. 2. a demimondaine. 3. prostitutes or courtesans in general. 4. a group whose activities are ethically or legally questionable: a demimonde of investigative journalists writing for the sensationalist tabloids. 5. a group characterized by lack of success or status:...
  • Georgy Zhukov’s Close Call With Stalin’s Killers

    06/15/2018 5:55:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 15, 2018 | Robert Beckhusen
    Beginning in 1936, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin set about deliberately murdering 700,000 people in the Great Purge, an act of mass killing that “constituted a form of rule” unto itself, as Stalin biographer Stephen Kotkin explained. The armed forces were not spared. The purges swept through the officer corps, including 154 division commanders — of 186 in total — and resulted in the NKVD executions of several of the country’s most innovative and senior military thinkers, including Mikhail Tukhachevsky who was forced into signing a confession under torture before his murder. Thousands of officers were executed.
  • Malaysian Air Flight MH17: Families of victims say World Cup in Russia is ‘under a dark shadow’

    06/14/2018 11:33:32 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    The West Australian ^ | 2018 | Ben Anderson
    The families of Australian victims of the MH17 tragedy have written a heartbreaking open letter warning soccer fans this year's World Cup in Russia is “under a dark shadow”. In May, prosecutors investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 say they identified the missile used to shoot down the plane as coming from a Russian military unit. All aboard died, two thirds of them Dutch and 38 of them Australian residents. “That a sophisticated weapon belonging to the Russian Army was dispatched and used to shoot down a civilian aircraft should be of grave...
  • Vanity - DOJ/FBI a joke....Christopher Wray lives in the bubble - Like me!!

    06/14/2018 5:48:37 PM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 17 replies
    Listening to FBI Director, Christopher Wray this evening, made me sick to my stomach. I am done with this DOJ/FBI farce from A-Z. POTUS, Trump I love you ....but, this ugly game of Obama/Clinton/Democrat fools, turncoats and traitors needs to end right now. Sir.....fire Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, Christoper Wray, Robert Mueller, immediately...like right now!!! Screw them and the horses they rode in on. Do it SASPO & MAGA!!! The DOJ/FBI are corrupt, criminals from A-Z...period.
  • 57 Vintage Photos of Classic Cars from the 1950s (car porn)

    06/14/2018 12:27:34 PM PDT · by NRx · 38 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06-13-2018 | Yesterday Today
    A glimpse in the rear view mirror at the land and cars of long ago.
  • Man set foot in Ice-Age Tibet

    06/14/2018 12:22:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    CNN Hong Kong ^ | April 17, 2002 | Nick Easen
    Fossilized hand and footprints have revealed that mankind lived on the Tibetan plateau at the height of the Ice Age -- 16,000 years earlier than anyone previously thought. The 19 fossilized signs of life have also cast doubt on the theory that the plateau was fully covered by a glacier one kilometer thick at that time. The 20,000 year-old prints, 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Lhasa, predates any archaeological evidence on the plateau and suggests that man may have migrated to the "roof of the world" extremely early on. At the arid and frigid site, 4,200 meters above sea level,...
  • Ukraine's Catholic Archbishop says 'No Choice' but Dialogue with Russia

    06/14/2018 8:43:09 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuck, leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has emphasized the importance of dialogue and forgiveness between the parties at war for the future of Ukraine. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has cost more than 10,000 lives since 2014. "There is no official dialogue among the different Orthodox churches, and there is no official dialogue between Catholic churches and our Orthodox brothers,” Shevchuck said, adding that this is a cause for “regret.” Shevchuck made his remarks after a closed-door roundtable discussion on religious freedom with Vatican officials and diplomats at the U.S. embassy to the Holy...