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  • Reagan Assassination Attempt (36 Years ago today)

    03/30/2017 3:06:21 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Uploaded on Nov 20, 2011 ABC News live coverage of the president Ronald Reagan assassination attempt. March 30, 1981. Anchored by Frank Reynolds.
  • Are We Ready to Play Some Hardball?

    03/29/2017 9:59:16 PM PDT · by arrogantsob · 10 replies
    personal opinion | 3/29/2017 | arrogantsob
    With the approach of a new baseball season the Trump administration should consider how far it is willing to go to get Neil Gorsuch on the Court. It is critical to get him approved before many more cases are argued. It should be obvious that the Trump presidency is undergoing numerous attacks in the Whack Job Judiciary. Everything it tries to do will be challenged in the courts. One of the strongest steps the Republican Senators could take would be to suspend or eliminate the Filibuster Rule. This has good arguments for it and good arguments against it. But there...
  • Document: SS Chief Wished Mufti in 1943 ‘Victory Against the Jewish Invaders’

    03/29/2017 12:03:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | March 29, 2017
    In a rare 1943 telegram found in the archives of Israel’s National Library (reported by the Israel’s National Library blog Hasafranim), Heinrich Himmler – Reichsfuhrer-SS, head of the Gestapo and the Waffen-SS, Nazi Minister of the Interior from 1943 to 1945 and organizer of the mass murder of Jews in the Third Reich – writes the Jerusalem Grand Mufi Haj Amin al-Husseini: “To the Grand Mufti Amin al-Husseini, Advertisement “The great National-Socialist movement of Great Germany has, from its inception, carried the flag of the struggle against world Jewry. “For this reason, it has closely monitored the struggle of the...
  • Understanding Progressive Nationalism

    03/28/2017 6:53:34 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    In his speech to Congress on December 7, 1915, Woodrow Wilson made the following point about hyphenated Americans: There are citizens of the United States, I blush to admit, born under other flags but welcomed under our generous naturalization laws to the full freedom and opportunity of America, who have poured the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life; who have sought to bring the authority and good name of our Government into contempt, to destroy our industries wherever they thought it effective for their vindictive purposes to strike at them, and to debase our politics...
  • Karschner Served Under Man Who Dropped the Bomb on Hiroshima

    03/27/2017 1:26:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Grand Island Independent ^ | Mar 26, 2017 | Jeff Bahr
    Al Karschner, a 92-year-old Grand Island resident, worked with Gen. Paul Tibbets, the man who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. Karschner served under Tibbets in the early 1960s, when the Nebraska man was stationed at the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon. Tibbets, a brigadier general, was deputy director for the National Military Command Center. Tibbets frequently paid a visit to the National Military Command Center. When he visited, he often sat in Karschner’s chair, “not because I was important,” Karschner says, but because he had the only chair available. Tibbets would put his feet up...
  • DUMB AS A BRICK: Chelsea Clinton Wonders if Lincoln in a #MAGA Hat is Photoshopped

    03/27/2017 10:55:06 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 70 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Mar. 27, 2017 | Jim Hoft
    Mental genius Chelsea Clinton made a complete a$$ of herself once again this past weekend. Via Newsbusters— The Republican Party of Palm Beach County put President Lincoln in a #MAGA hat this year for its Lincoln Day Dinner. An alarmed Chelsea Clinton, a graduate of Oxford University, asked her followers if the image was photoshopped! What a dunce. The responses to Chelsea’s tweets were EPIC! “No, this is the exact hat Lincoln was wearing when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation. People forget that.” “Nope, Lincoln was wearing that exact hat at the Theater.” “Nope, they found a picture of Lincoln...
  • Mexicans execute defenders of Goliad (1836)

    03/27/2017 7:47:10 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    In a disastrous setback for the Texans resisting Santa Anna’s dictatorial regime, the Mexican army defeats and executes 417 Texas revolutionaries at Goliad. Long accustomed to enjoying considerable autonomy from their Mexican rulers, many Anglo Texan settlers reacted with alarm when Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna proclaimed himself dictator of Mexico in 1835. Santa Anna immediately imposed martial law and attempted to disarm the Texans. Yet, this move merely fed the flames of Texan resistance.
  • Oklahoma councilwoman: Rename street honoring ex-KKK member

    03/26/2017 9:31:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 26, 2017 1:07 PM EDT
    A city councilwoman is asking homeowners in an Oklahoma college town to rename a street honoring a prominent former university professor and Ku Klux Klan member. Norman Councilwoman Breea Clark has posted an online petition asking residents to help change the name of DeBarr Avenue. If at least three-fourths of Norman homeowners agree, the city — home to the University of Oklahoma — would be among several cities nationwide renaming monuments and streets named after prominent KKK members. […] The block-long street honors Edwin DeBarr, one of the university’s first professors and founder of its chemistry department. DeBarr became a...
  • Did Richard Nixon really grab Ron Ziegler by the collar and shove him back in 1974?

    03/26/2017 7:07:17 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 45 replies
    Trivia question for Watergate buffs out there. Did this really happen? Did President Nixon really shove Ron Ziegler? I tried verifying this online but there is no video of it. There are a couple of websites that claim to have the video but I have to pay a licensing fee of some sort to download it.
  • Evolution and Revolution, by G. D. H. Cole

    03/26/2017 6:06:24 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    In 1921, George Douglas Howard Cole(Who would become a member of the Fabian Society) wrote the following in a book about Guild Socialism: (page 156) We have now completed our outline sketch of the structure and methods of working of a Guild Socialist Commonwealth, and have thus come to the threshold of the practical problem of transition to it from the capitalist Society of to-day. And here the first question that confronts us, as it confronts all Socialists under the conditions of the present time, is the question of "evolution and revolution." Do we hope and intend to bring about...
  • President Duterte speech

    03/25/2017 10:30:15 AM PDT · by knarf · 15 replies
    My FB page ^ | March 25, 2017 | knarf
    I receive daily videos of President Duterte because of our interest in the Philippines.
  • Twilight of the Rock Gods

    03/25/2017 10:13:00 AM PDT · by Mariner · 98 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 24th, 2017 | By Neil Shah
    For music fans, the recent flood of celebrity deaths has been overwhelming: David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael and Chuck Berry seem like a disproportionate number of superstars to lose in a short time span. But with many of rock’s founding fathers and mothers reaching their 70s, the end of the age of rock ’n’ roll is just beginning. While every generation bemoans the passing of its great artists, the outsize influence of rock promises to have a profound impact on popular culture and overall music-industry sales. Of the 25 artists with the highest record sales in...
  • "Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory"

    03/25/2017 8:07:50 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1966 | Anita Bryant
  • Conservative Republicans are Today's Biggest Losers

    03/24/2017 8:05:54 PM PDT · by ckinv368 · 126 replies
    Kinvig on Politics ^ | 3-24-17 | Cameron Kinvig
    The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare—the American Health Care Act—finally came up for a final vote in the House. First put forward by Speaker Paul Ryan in 2009, it offered few surprises to Republicans. And the effort itself was very familiar, as Republicans had voted over 60 times to repeal Obamacare since its passage eight years ago. Yet, when the time came to exercise the prerogative of the majority and finally repeal and replace President Obama’s deeply flawed social program, Republicans came up short. Over the past two weeks, moderate Republicans argued that they could not vote for...
  • Black Sabbath "War Pigs" Live at Ozzfest 2005

    03/24/2017 6:20:54 PM PDT · by Mariner · 40 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2005 | Black Sabbath
    One of the twentieth century's truly great rock bands while they were all still together and healthy.In Front of 2 or 300,000 people and LOTS OF POWER. Burning the house down.
  • Word for the Day, Friday, March 24, 2017 - Svengali

    03/24/2017 6:19:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    Wiktionary.org ^ | 03-24-2017 | 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". -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- svengali (plural svengalis) One who manipulates or controls another as by some mesmeric or sinister influence; especially a coach, mentor or industry mogul. Etymology: Named from the hypnotist character in George du Maurier's novel Trilby ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Amuse me, entertain me, inform me, use a link...
  • NATO bombs Yugoslavia (1999)

    03/24/2017 5:43:14 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    History.Com (This Day in History) | 03/24/2017 | staff
    On March 24, 1999, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) commences air strikes against Yugoslavia with the bombing of Serbian military positions in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo. The NATO offensive came in response to a new wave of ethnic cleansing launched by Serbian forces against the Kosovar Albanians on March 20. The Kosovo region lay at the heart of the Serbian empire in the late Middle Ages but was lost to the Ottoman Turks in 1389 following Serbia’s defeat in the Battle of Kosovo. By the time Serbia regained control of Kosovo from Turkey in 1913, there were few...
  • JFK called Hitler 'the stuff of legends': Secret diary reveals future president's fascination with…

    03/22/2017 6:27:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:55 EDT, 22 March 2017 | DailyMail.com Reporter
    John F. Kennedy referred to Adolf Hitler as having “the stuff of which legends are made” in a diary entry written shortly after visiting Germany in 1945. Kennedy, then a fresh-faced 28-year-old, traveled to Hitler’s bomb-ravaged Bavarian Berghof residence and Eagle’s Nest mountain retreat during a tour of Germany while serving as a war correspondent for Hearst newspapers. And now excerpts from the diary, which were revealed by People Magazine, have shed light on just how the man who would become president thought about the genocidal German leader. “You can easily understand how that within a few years Hitler will...
  • Libs on Facebook

    03/22/2017 8:57:15 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 30 replies
    The new lib mantra from libs on my facbook page is, "all the people i know who voted for Trump now regret it because he is cutting programs they rely on to live!!! This must be the new talking points. Here is a example for one dummy on facebook i know... "His poll numbers are also starting to dip below 40%. Looks like it's finally hitting some of the dummies that voted for him that he doesn't give a crap about the poor and elderly, many of which voted for him and all he cares about is spending more on...
  • On this date in 1622

    03/22/2017 4:23:07 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 56 replies
    Warriors of the Powhatan Confederation, led by Chief Oprechancanough, attacked the English settlements around the Jamestown area in Virginia. By the time the warriors withdrew, they had killed 347 men, women and children. This was about 1 in 4 settlers in the area.
  • Eric Clapton’s Triumphant Return to the Stage at Madison Square Garden

    03/21/2017 8:16:13 PM PDT · by Mariner · 64 replies
    Radio.com ^ | March 20th, 2017 | By Brian Ives
    Last year, Eric Clapton revealed that he is suffering from peripheral neuropathy, a condition which affects nerves in the body’s extremities and can cause numbness, shooting pain and loss of co-ordination; he said that it was making it hard to play guitar anymore. Fans feared that it might spell the end of his career. Judging by his show at New York’s Madison Square Garden last night (March 19) — his first since discussing his condition — fans need not worry. Over the course of an hour and a half show, Clapton’s guitar playing was as lyrical and soulful as it...
  • The Supreme Court is Not a Super-Legislature

    03/21/2017 12:45:09 PM PDT · by ckinv368 · 14 replies
    Kinvig on Politics ^ | 3-21-2017 | Cameron Kinvig
    Due to the unfortunate passing of Justice Scalia in February of 2016, the United States Senate recently began confirmation hearings for President Trump’s pick to take his seat on the Supreme Court—Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit. Judge Gorsuch has received almost universal acclamation from those on the Right. He is admired for his even temperament, his common sense, his dedication to originalism and textualism, and his belief that judges shouldn’t employ an “outcome based” judicial activism. Despite being unanimously confirmed to his post on the 10th Circuit by the Senate in 2006, the Left is now opposing his...
  • Classical architecture makes us happy. So why not build more of it?

    03/21/2017 12:39:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 67 replies
    Spectator (UK) ^ | 15 March 2017 | Ed West
    The key to a happy life, it’s been discovered, is living near to Georgian architecture and a Waitrose. Bath, York, Chichester, Stamford, Skipton, Harrogate, Oxford and Cambridge are among the towns listed in the Sunday Times 20 nicest places to live in Britain survey. Almost all these areas have one thing in common: they all feature a great deal of Georgian housing. And they’re all mostly unaffordable. There is a fair amount of research suggesting that traditional architecture, such as Georgian and Victorian terraces and mansion blocks, contributes to our wellbeing. Beauty makes people happy. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– This can...
  • Vanity - CNN/MSNBC, join Democrats in self-destructing themselves!!!

    03/21/2017 7:50:36 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 8 replies
    CNN/MSNBC, opted last evening not to cover the massive POTUS, Trump rally held in Louisville, Kentucky, with over 20,000 people in attendance. These two media organizations now fully join the Democrat Party in full pursuit of their own destruction. There are many effective, active responses that can be employed against these biased media folks, and most are obvious, out-front reactions,.....but. none are really necessary, because CNN & MSNBC, etc. have committed self-destruction, all by themselves. The American people will remedy these foolish actions with their own reactions in many ways!!! Folks...in the real world there is no Democrat Party of...
  • March 20, 1854: Republican Party founded

    03/21/2017 4:34:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    History.com ^ | History Channel
    In Ripon, Wisconsin, former members of the Whig Party meet to establish a new party to oppose the spread of slavery into the western territories. The Whig Party, which was formed in 1834 to oppose the “tyranny” of President Andrew Jackson, had shown itself incapable of coping with the national crisis over slavery. With the successful introduction of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill of 1854, an act that dissolved the terms of the Missouri Compromise and allowed slave or free status to be decided in the territories by popular sovereignty, the Whigs disintegrated. By February 1854, anti-slavery Whigs had begun meeting in...
  • -Vanity- Comey/Rogers congressional testimony a "ZERO"!!!

    03/20/2017 9:46:55 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 72 replies
    Watching FNC coverage of Comey/Rogers hearings which are a full blown joke. Fox News Channel panel is fawning all over itself, telling us lowly peons that this a blockbuster!!! Not so!!! Please, do not "p--" down my back, and the tell me it's raining!!! Nothing of "any" substance, one way, or the other has been has been revealed. Stay tuned...folks, as time goes by, the truth will opt and Obama and his Democrat cohorts will be found dirty as is usually the case, 100% of the time!!! Both Comey and Rogers, IMHO...are shielding themselves in the cloak of no comment...
  • The Biggest Tank Battle in History Wasn’t at Kursk: The Battle of Brody in 1941 was bigger [tr]

    03/20/2017 6:14:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 20, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    A thousand coffee table books and countless hours of popular history programs have described the Battle of Prokhorovka, part of the Third Reich’s 1943 Operation Citadel, as the largest tank battle in history. Near the city of Kursk on the Eastern Front, hundreds of Soviet tanks slammed into the 2nd SS Panzer Corps in an enormous conflagration of flesh and metal.
  • Rare Emeralds Discovered in 400-Year-Old Shipwreck Set to Fetch Millions

    03/19/2017 5:23:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Cleopatra wore them. Elizabeth Taylor loved them. Egyptians believed they could bring eternal life. Though diamonds enjoy the reputation of being a girl’s best friend, emeralds in fact are more rare – and more valuable. “Sought after for their rich color, regal history and identifiable look, emeralds are one of the most iconic gemstones in the jewelry industry,” said Amanda Gizzi, a spokesperson for Jewelers of America, a New York-based trade association, in an email. On April 25, the public will have the opportunity to own some of the most magnificent and valuable emeralds in the world, when they go...
  • The real history of the Harlots: ITV's new bonkbuster features sex, depravity and debauchery. [tr]

    03/19/2017 5:39:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 18, 2017 | Chris Hastings
    It is a world steeped in depravity and vice, where tens of thousands of women are preyed upon by the wealthiest men in society and ruthlessly exploited as playthings for pure pleasure. This is the shocking setting for Jessica Brown Findlay’s return to costume drama. And it’s a million miles away from the niceties of life at Downton Abbey, in which she played genteel Lady Sybil. Ms Findlay stars as an elegant Georgian courtesan in Harlots, which turns a spotlight on the secret world of 18th Century England’s highly lucrative sex trade.
  • When Islam Was Synonymous With Knowledge and Erudition

    03/18/2017 4:23:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | Andrew Lycett
    Christopher de Bellaigue stresses how, over the centuries, many Muslim leaders have been paragons of enlightenmentChristopher de Bellaigue, a journalist who has spent much of his working life in the Middle East, has grown tired of people throwing up their hands in horror at Isis, Erdogan and Islamic terror, and declaring that the region is backward and in need of a thorough western-style reformation. As he argues in this timely book, the Islamic world has been coming to terms with modernity in its own often turbulent way for more than two centuries. And we’d better understand it, because it’s an...
  • 50 years ago Saturday, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland

    03/18/2017 1:54:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 18, 2017 | Mark Eades
    ANAHEIM – A half-century ago today, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland with great fanfare, and Ron Hanford was there. “It lived up to everything,” he recalled, now 71 and living in Rancho Cucamonga. This week, like so so many times over the years, he was back enjoying Disneyland – and Pirates... It was the last attraction overseen by Walt Disney, opening three months after his death. What is now a 15-minute journey in a boat that bobs past fireflies, pirates firing off cannons, drinking pirates and those trying to escape a jail cell – with that catchy tune...
  • Unions plan massive anti-Trump strike

    03/18/2017 10:25:32 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 18, 2017 | Eddie Scarry
    More than 300,000 workers are planning to walk out of their jobs in protest of President Trump on International Workers Day, according to a new report. The report by Buzzfeed News said that "350,000 service workers plan to strike on May 1, a traditional day for labor activism across the world, in the most direct attempt yet by organized labor to capture the energy from a resurgent wave of activism across the country since the election of Donald Trump." The Service Employees International Union, which endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president back in 2015, will be a large component of...
  • Dinesh D'Souza goes UNCHAINED at Trinity University

    03/18/2017 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 14, 2017 | Dinesh D'Souza
    In another #onlyatYAF lecture, Dinesh D'Souza blasts the left for their fascist roots and anti-minority bigotry, two things they have become adept at throwing at the right. In fact, the history of the Democratic Party is a history of corruption, bigotry, and totalitarianism. Dinesh D'Souza is UNCHAINED at Trinity University. Watch to see more!
  • On is date in 1863

    03/18/2017 3:48:02 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 18 replies
    About 50 women rioted in Salisbury, N.C. over the scarcity of flour and salt to feed their families. They blamed local businesses for speculating on flour and other necessities. By the end of the day they acquired 23 barrels of flour and 2 sacks of salt.
  • Vanity - POTUS,Trump follow the advice of Charles Hurt!!!

    03/17/2017 9:38:53 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 7 replies
    POTUS, Trump....I see you are having another "People Rally" in Kentucky next week!!! I think and advise you should follow the excellent, outstanding suggestion made by reporter/commentator, Charles Hurt....in directly attacking the entire Democrat Party for "sitting on their hands & behinds, doing nothing to assist, in correcting and changing the horror legislation, called Obamacare, or the Obama/Democrat, Affordable Care Act. You know the gig. This rally is the perfect place to bring these Democrats to realism. The American people are behind you...more then you will ever know!!! Do it!!! I watched the press briefing yesterday afternoon, specifically, the ABC,...
  • How the “Little Groups of Paratroopers” became airborne legends

    03/17/2017 6:27:48 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    We Are The Mighty ^ | Apr 8, 2016 | Logan Nye
    When paratroopers assaulted Sicily during the night of Jul. 9-10, 1943, they suffered some of the worst weather that could affect that kind of a mission. The men were supposed to conduct two airborne assaults and form a buffer zone ahead of the 7th Army’s amphibious assault on the island, but winds of up to 40 knots blew them far off course. The 3,400 paratrooper assault took heavy losses before a single pair of boots even touched the ground. But what happened next would become airborne legend, the story of the “Little Groups Of Paratroopers” or “LGOPs.” The LGOPs didn’t...
  • The PT-76 Was the Little Soviet Amphibious Tank That Could

    03/17/2017 6:09:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 17, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    The PT-76 seems like a minor oddity of the Cold War — a Soviet amphibious light tank with thin armor and an unimpressive gun. Certainly it seemed bound for rough treatment on modern battlefields full of heavy weapons and heavier tanks. But the floating PT-76 chalked up a remarkable record, carrying knife-wielding Himalayan soldiers into battle, sinking gunboats on the Ganges Delta, dueling powerful U.S. Patton tanks in Vietnam, and launching amphibious surprise attacks on both sides of the same Middle Eastern war.
  • UK authorities seek owner of gold trove stashed inside piano

    03/17/2017 6:04:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    AP ^ | March 16, 2017 | Staff
    British officials are trying to trace the owner of a trove of gold coins worth a “life-changing” amount of money found stashed inside a piano. A coroner investigating the find on Thursday urged anyone with information to come forward.
  • Will you listen to this speech audio? Unbelievable.

    03/16/2017 8:20:29 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    (He) stated his position when he said that the history of government, the history of liberty, was the history of the limitation of governmental power. This is true as an academic statement of history in the past. It is not true as a statement affecting the present. It is true of the history of medieval Europe. It is not true of the history of twentieth-century America. In the days when all governmental power existed exclusively in the king or in the baronage and when the people had no shred of that power in their own hands, then it undoubtedly was...
  • Finally, the Boomers’ Comeuppance Begins

    03/16/2017 1:10:27 PM PDT · by Twotone · 45 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 15, 2017 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    I was wondering when it would happen. For over thirty years I have been anxiously awaiting the backlash. Alas, for years it never arrived. What backlash have I been awaiting, you ask? Why, the backlash to the most self-important, morally superior, narcissistic generation to cast a shadow across this republic in its history, the Baby Boomers. Had the generation just been designated “the Babies” and been left at that, America would have been on the right track. As we now are about to discover, while the Boomers decline into senescence, they never really did grow up — at least their...
  • Sierra Leone pastor unearths one of the largest diamonds ever found [709 kt]

    03/16/2017 10:15:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 16 March 2017 • 4:06pm | Adrian Blomfield, Nairobi
    An African church minister who supplements his meagre stipend by scrabbling for minerals in the artisanal mines of eastern Sierra Leone has discovered one of the largest diamonds ever found. The 709-carat stone was extracted this week by Emmanuel Momoh, a pastor in one of the myriad churches that ministers to the mining communities of Kono district, the diamond centre that became the crucible of Sierra Leone’s blood-soaked civil war. It is believed to be the 13th largest uncut diamond ever to be pulled from the ground, industry analysts said. The stone is to be auctioned, the Sierra Leonean government...
  • Vanity - Democrat Party becomes "Smallest Political Party" in USA!!!

    03/16/2017 10:01:45 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 8 replies
    Folks....forget the polls, forget the pundits, forget the "fake news" Obamabot/Clinton/Democrat Party media!!! Hating POTUS, Donald J. Trump is no way to go through political life in the USA!!! All you had to do, is watch the DJT rally last night in Nashville, TN, and you would clearly get the picture!!! Hating anyone or anything is neither a political philosophy or plan!!! Of course, the Democrat Party and its media, stand alone isolated from any hint of it being a functional political party!!! Gone are Barack Hussein Obama, gone are Hillary Clinton...Obama and, his wife now hide out in the...
  • The race to save footage of America's nuclear tests: Declassified clips of blasts [tr]

    03/16/2017 6:36:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2017 | Cheyenne Macdonald
    Between 1945 and 1962, the United States conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests over remote sites in New Mexico, Nevada, and both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. With several cameras to capture each detonation, the tests yielded roughly 10,000 recordings which have since been left to be slowly decay in high-security vaults. Now, researchers are working to scan the decomposing films so the footage can be reanalysed and declassified before it’s too late. So far, they’ve scanned about 4,200 recordings – and the effort has revealed that much of the original published data on the tests are wrong.
  • On this day in 1968

    03/16/2017 4:39:39 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 26 replies
    Troops of Co C, 1st Bat. 20th Inf. Reg. 11 Brig. 23rd ID attacked the Vietnamese village of My-Lai. By the end of the day the village and its population were largely destroyed.
  • Question about Executive orders and judges.

    03/16/2017 1:41:01 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    3/16/17 | sff
    Serious query here. I am upset with the judges who have said Trump cannot enforce his EOs. But I just had a "flashback" that seems to raise a question. Maybe it has been expressed but I don't recall seeing it in this manner. Here it is: Executive Orders are directions by the Chief Executive to employees and deputies of the executive BRANCH. That is, the chief executive CANNOT make rules for those working directly for the other two branches. Question: Are these judges unconstitutionally (if my understanding of EOs is accurate) meddling in another branch of gov't?
  • State Ordered to Provide Disabled Inmate with Motorized Wheelchair

    03/15/2017 5:01:39 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | March 15, 2017 | Joel Stashenko
    ALBANY - Denying an inmate a motorized wheelchair is discriminatory under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, a federal judge has ruled. Northern District Judge Mae D'Agostino found that the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision...failed to show that there were such safety risks in giving Nathaniel Wright the electric wheelchair that they outweighed his right to have the device.... Wright, 55, will complete a five-year sentence from Monroe County for first-degree sexual abuse next month.
  • Goodyear deflates blimp, but keeps familiar form in flight

    03/15/2017 5:10:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    AP ^ | March 14, 2017 | John Rogers
    Goodyear has let the helium out of the last of its fabled fleet of blimps, but the company's flight program will continue. About two dozen employees were on hand early Tuesday to witness the deflation of California-based Spirit of Innovation. But shed no tears, blimp fans, you'll still see a familiar blue-and-gold form floating over your favorite sports event or awards show. Although the blimp's replacement, Wingfoot Two, will look about the same when it arrives at Goodyear's airship base in Carson later this year, it will be a semi-rigid dirigible.
  • 1972 Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather opens (45 Year Anniversary)

    03/15/2017 2:35:50 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 54 replies
    On this day in 1972, The Godfather–a three-hour epic chronicling the lives of the Corleones, an Italian-American crime family led by the powerful Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)–is released in theaters. The Godfather was adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Mario Puzo, a novelist who grew up in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen and got his start writing pulp stories for men’s magazines. Controversy surrounded the film from the beginning: Soon after Paramount Pictures announced its production, the Italian-American Civil Rights League held a rally in Madison Square Garden, claiming the film would amount to a slur...
  • Bill Belichick is the narrator for a D-Day documentary

    03/15/2017 1:11:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | March 15, 2017 | Brett Smiley
    In late February the World War II Foundation announced that legendary New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would narrate the group’s latest documentary “D-Day: Over Normandy,” and the trailer is in (watch above). Belichick is not known for his enthusiasm at news conferences and with media in general, but this project is different. The coach’s father, Steve, served in World War II, and Bill grew up at the United States Naval Academy, where Steve coached and scouted for the football program.
  • On this date in 44 BC

    03/15/2017 5:21:48 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 33 replies
    Gaius Julies Caesar is assassinated in the Roman Senate.