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  • The Secret History of Tiger Woods

    04/25/2016 6:38:06 AM PDT · by Baynative · 55 replies
    ESPN.go ^ | April 2016 | Wright Thompson
    Docking in a luxury marina is about the only place to catch a random glimpse of Tiger, who moves through the world in a cocoon of his own creation. When he bought his plane, he blocked the tail number from tracking websites: It ends in QS, the standard code for NetJets. Many athletes, by contrast, have some sort of vanity registration, and some even have custom paint jobs; Michael Jordan's plane is detailed in North Carolina blue, and his tail number is N236MJ -- the "6" is for his titles. Jack Nicklaus flies around in N1JN nicknamed Air Bear. Sitting...
  • Obama: This is the most peaceful era in human history

    04/25/2016 6:36:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    inn ^ | 4/22/16 | Shlomo Pyotrkovsky
    US President Barack Obama said on Monday at a trade fair in Hannover, Germany, that this is the most "peaceful and prosperous era in human history." Obama's comments came during a visit to Germany where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and called for Europe and NATO to do more to fight the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization that has sprung up on his watch, committing mass rapes, beheadings, and genocide. But according to the president, there's never been a better time for the world, and if someone had to choose a time in history to be born,...
  • It's Oliver Cromwell's birthday - here's his speech throwing out the corrupt Parliament

    04/25/2016 5:53:08 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 22 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 04/25/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my...
  • 17th-century dress belonging to English noblewoman found on Dutch island

    04/24/2016 6:11:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 24, 2016
    A 17th-century silk dress reportedly belonging to someone on the royal court of an English queen was found buried in sand on a Dutch island. The Dutch News reported Thursday the dress belonged to someone who was on the royal court of English Queen Henrietta Maria. The queen was apparently traveling on a secret mission in the Wadden Sea when one of her baggage ships sank. According to paper, the queen’s trip to the Dutch Republic was to deliver her 11-year-old daughter to the court of William II, Prince of Orange – whom the girl married a year before the...
  • Happy Earth Day! Here's the story of the co-founder who killed then composted his girlfriend

    04/22/2016 10:37:46 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 13 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 04/22/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the "composted" body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk.
  • Director posits proof of biblical Exodus

    04/14/2006 5:58:16 AM PDT · by timsbella · 157 replies · 3,529+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 14 April 2006 | Michael Posner
    A provocative $4-million documentary by Toronto filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici claims to have found archeological evidence verifying the story of the biblical Exodus from Egypt, 3,500 years ago. Religious Jews consider the biblical account incontrovertible — the foundation story of the creation of the nation of Israel. Indeed, they celebrated the Exodus Wednesday night and last night with the annual Passover recitation of the Haggadah. But among scholars, the question of if and when Moses led an estimated two million Israelite slaves out of pharaonic Egypt, miraculously crossed the Red Sea ahead of the pursuing Egyptian army and received the Ten...
  • Confederate emblem removed at U.S. Capitol (State flags!)

    04/21/2016 2:55:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    USA Today | April 21, 2016 | Deborah Barfield Berry
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/21/confederate-flag-removed-us-capitol-tunnel/83337106/
  • Falsehoods and Feel-Good Myths About the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman

    04/20/2016 10:18:38 AM PDT · by golux · 33 replies
    By making explicit or implicit connections between the Underground Railroad and Tubman's trips, and by depicting Tubman as an Underground Railroad superstar, the textbooks imply that the paramount purpose of the Underground Railroad was to launch slave-stealing expeditions. That is false. The Underground Railroad was not in the business of staging raids, and Tubman's excursions were idiosyncrasies at best. (...) The salient points that occur again and again in the textbooks' accounts of Tubman -- such as the claim that she made nineteen trips to liberate slaves, and the claim that slave-owners put a huge price on her head --...
  • Our ignorant kids don’t know how history got us to where we are today. Here’s a remedy

    04/19/2016 10:37:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 15, 2016 | Sharon Kehnemui
    Can you answer the following questions? Who fought in the Peloponnesian War? Who taught Plato, and whom did Plato teach? Who was Saul of Tarsus? Why does the Magna Carta matter? What are one or two of the arguments made in Federalist 10? Hard questions, right? Maybe not. Maybe you learned some or all of the answers in school, or you knew them at one time, but have now forgotten the details. Or perhaps you are devoted to a few events that you have internalized and helped form you into the person you are today. But knowing the answers in...
  • T'was the 18th of April in 75: The midnight ride of William Dawes, Samuel Prescott, and Paul Revere

    04/18/2016 9:15:34 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 28 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 04/18/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    Paul Revere gets all of the credit, but he never actually finished that famous ride, and in fact warned the British that the Americans were coming. William Dawes and Samuel Prescott were left out of the poem and subsequently most elementary history books: it was actually Samuel Prescott who completed the midnight ride.
  • "When you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty."-Franklin

    04/17/2016 5:29:35 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 17 replies
    ...In his Poor Richard's Almanac, May 1757, Ben Franklin wrote: "Work as if you were to live 100 years; pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Franklin cited the Spanish Empire's downfall in The Way to Wealth, 1758: "If you would be wealthy, says he...think of saving as well as of getting: the Indies have not made Spain rich, because her outgoes are greater than her incomes." Franklin expounded the dangers of debt in The Way to Wealth, 1758: "God gives all things to industry. Then plough deep, while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell...
  • A Dangerous Man (Interesting And Very Long Article)

    04/15/2016 4:31:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2016 | Geoffrey Norman
    Andrew Jackson was a killer presidentWhen he was 13, but more man than boy, Andrew Jackson got his first taste of war, helping his mother tend to the casualties after the Battle of Waxhaws. The May 1780 battle became, in legend, a massacre of defenseless colonials by British redcoats under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton. Continentals who attempted to surrender were run through and slashed by the men under Tarleton, who was everything that Jackson was not. An aristocrat cavalryman and a fop, Tarleton eventually went back to England and became a member of Parliament and a general,...
  • HILLARY'S AMERICA: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY [Trailer! Film Out July 2016]

    04/13/2016 4:37:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    dineshdesouza.com ^ | Dinesh D'Souza
    Who are these Democrats? What is the progressive party hiding? In his newest film, Dinesh D’Souza will expose the secret history of the Democrats and the true motivations of Hillary. Click here to visit the official movie website. Watch the trailer for this hard-hitting exposé...
  • Yuri Gagarin: Celebrating first man in outer space 55 years later (slideshow)

    04/12/2016 11:02:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | April 12, 2016
    Please click the link to view the slideshow. There are 40 images, minus a few ads.
  • Death of the West: Stanford Students Reject Western Civilization By A 6-To-1 Margin

    04/11/2016 8:34:03 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 59 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 11, 2016 | Blake Neff
    An effort by a group of Stanford University students to restore a Western Civilization class requirement has been decisively rejected by the student body, with voting results released Monday showing it mustering less than 15 percent support. The ballot initiative was promoted by members of the school’s conservative-leaning Stanford Review. If passed, it would have called for Stanford to require that all freshmen complete a two-quarter course covering “the politics, history, philosophy, and culture of the Western world.” Stanford once possessed a similar requirement, but eliminated it after a student campaign in the 1980s that denounced it as fostering racism,...
  • Walter Williams: Attacking Our Nation's Founders

    04/11/2016 11:19:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 11, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    During Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign visit to Liberty University, he told the students that our nation was created on racist principles. Students at a Christian-based university, such as Liberty, do not often hear the founders-as-racists argument. But it is featured at many other universities, as well as primary and secondary schools. Most often, the hate-America teachings are centered on the fact that slavery is a part of our history. What is left untaught is: Slavery was a routine part of human history. Blacks were the last people to be enslaved. Plus, our Founding Fathers struggled mightily over the issue of...
  • Embrace the Chaos, Excuse the Dust

    04/11/2016 11:18:12 AM PDT · by ChessExpert · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Aprill 11th 2016 | Jack Cashill
    This year, the Republicans have defied their own party mandarins, the high priests of political correctness, and a complicit and corrupt media to stage the most exciting and energetic primary process since they nominated underdog Abraham Lincoln on the third ballot during a tumultuous Chicago convention. This insurgency caught Washington fully off guard. “Mitt Romney’s decision to forgo a third try at the White House has settled the question of whether the 2016 GOP presidential field has a front-runner,” opined the Washington Post in January, 2015, “bestowing a coveted status on former Florida governor Jeb Bush.”
  • 2000-year-old temple found underwater off Indian coast

    04/08/2016 1:59:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | April 2, 2016 | Sravanth Verma
    The ruins are located close to the popular tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mamallapuram, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Just before the devastating 2004 Asian Tsunami hit, the ocean receded several hundred feet, and tourists reported glimpsing large stones and boulders in the distance. A 10-member team from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) surveyed the area from March 10 to 18, and have found the ruins of one of six ancient temples that are thought to have been swallowed up by the ocean as sea levels rose. The team, comprising of divers, geologists and...
  • The Abba Cave, Crucifixion Nails, and the Last Hasmonean King

    04/08/2016 1:34:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    James Tabor 'blog ^ | April 3, 2016 | James Tabor
    Few have heard anything about the "Abba Cave," discovered in 1971 in the north Jerusalem suburb of Givat Hamivtar-not far from the tomb of "Yehohanan," the famous "crucified man," discovered in 1968-about which much has been written. The Abba cave held the remains of another "crucified man," with three nails-not just a single one in the heel bone-that clearly pinned the hands (not the wrists, as some have argued) in hook-like fashion to a cross beam. It was assumed back in the 1970s that these bones were buried and no longer available for analysis-but it turns out this is not...
  • Archaeobeer (Brewers and Vintner's thread)

    04/08/2016 2:04:46 PM PDT · by taxcontrol · 18 replies
    Brew your own ^ | September 2007 | Dan Mouer
    Back in the day - we're talking WAY back in the day - beer was brewed with malt, and bread, and honey and wine . . . and just about anything that could be fermented. How the ancients brewed - and how you can too! Archaeology and beer seem to go together, and it’s not just because a cold brew helps wash the dust from your teeth after a long day on the digs. I’m an archaeologist by profession and a homebrewer by avocation. Lots of archaeologists brew their own, and those who don’t often have a passion for more...
  • Easy as Alep, Bet, Gimel? Cambridge research explores social context of ancient writing

    04/08/2016 1:50:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | April 5, 2016 | University of Cambridge
    The project, called Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS)... is led by Dr Philippa Steele of the University's Faculty of Classics... For instance, today the notion of "alphabetical order" is used to arrange everything from dictionaries to telephone books, but why is the alphabet organised the way it is? Alphabetical order as we would recognise it first appeared over three thousand years ago in Ugaritic, written in a cuneiform script made of wedge-shaped signs impressed on clay tablets. The Ugaritic alphabet was in use in the ancient city of Ugarit, uncovered at Ras Shamra in modern Syria....
  • How Ancient Rome's 1% Hijacked the Beach

    04/08/2016 2:06:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Hakai Magazine ^ | April 5, 2016 | Heather Pringle
    About 400 years ago, a throng of dusty workmen laid down their shovels and huddled around an ancient painted wall -- a fresco, technically -- unearthed in a tunnel near Italy's Bay of Naples. The men were at work on a massive construction project, burrowing through a hill to build a canal for a local armament factory and mill. No one expected to find fine art. But as the workmen dug deeper into the hill, they encountered wonder upon wonder -- house walls painted blood red and sunflower yellow, fragments of carved inscriptions, pieces of Roman statues. The architect supervising...
  • Star of David found engraved into an ancient Temple arouses bustle in Egypt

    04/08/2016 7:11:21 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 3, 2016 | Maayan Groisman
    Egypt has recently been witnessing a great commotion following the archeological discovery of two Star of David engravings in an ancient Temple in the southern city of Aswan. The Roman Temple, which dates back to the 3rd century B.C, is located in the Elephantine Island in Aswan. Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the Egyptian Antiquities branch in the Antiquities Ministry, said that he noticed a stone with two Star of David engravings in the Roman temple. Afifi accused the delegation of German archaeologists that has been working on the site's reconstruction of engraving the Stars of David into the...
  • Daniel Pipes: There's a name for Trump's brand of politics: neo-fascism

    04/07/2016 3:38:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 78 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 7, 2016 | Daniel Pipes
    Of his many outrageous campaign statements, perhaps Donald J. Trump's most important ones concern his hoped-for role as president of the United States. When told that uniformed personnel would disobey his unlawful order as president to torture prisoners and kill civilians, Trump menacingly replied "They won't refuse. They're not going to refuse, believe me." Responding to criticism by the speaker of the House, Trump spoke like a Mafia don: "Paul Ryan, I don't know him well, but I'm sure I'm going to get along great with him. And if I don't? He's gonna have to pay a big price." ......
  • "The Greatest Show on Earth" -P.T. Barnum, & Evangelist D.L. Moody

    04/07/2016 6:44:39 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 1 replies
    "The Greatest Show on Earth" was owned by P.T. Barnum, who died APRIL 7, 1891. Selling millions of tickets, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus had big draws including General Tom Thumb, a man only 25 inches tall, and elephant "Jumbo," whose name entered the dictionary. Barnum, who was received by President Lincoln and gave a command performance for Queen Victoria, stated: "Most persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing too little, than by believing too much..."
  • Would The U.S. Survive Another Battle of Okinawa?

    04/01/2016 6:35:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 1, 2016 | Brad Schaeffer
    It’s hard to believe the resolve the United States once showed in defeating enemies. One wonders if in a 24/7 news cycle of “living room wars” whether this nation could have ever mounted the sustained effort it took to join the Allies in stopping Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Americans today would find such will to win at any cost difficult to comprehend. Perhaps with Easter just passed, it is fitting to remember Easter of 1945 when the invasion of Okinawa, the last battle of World War II and the largest sea-air-land operation in history, began. It would also be...
  • Contested presidential conventions, and why parties try to avoid them

    03/31/2016 6:11:29 PM PDT · by XEHRpa · 11 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | February 4, 2016 | Drew DeSilver
    Now that actual voting has started in the 2016 presidential campaign, there’s been more than the usual amount of chatter and speculation about whether this might be the year for a contested convention – particularly on the Republican side, given the large field of GOP candidates and the unpredictable nature of the contest so far. A contested convention, for those who’ve never experienced one (which is to say, everyone under the age of 35 or 40), occurs when no candidate has amassed the majority of delegate votes needed to win his or her party’s nomination in advance of the convention....
  • 'First Time in Human History': People 65 and Older Will Outnumber Children Under 5

    03/31/2016 2:17:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/31/16 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Sometime in the next four years the global population of human beings who are 65 and older will surpass those under 5 for the first time, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. “For the first time in human history, people aged 65 and older will outnumber children under age 5,” says the report, entitled “An Aging World: 2015.” “This crossing is just around the corner, before 2020,” says the report. “These two age groups will then continue to grow in opposite directions,” it says. “By 2050, the proportion of the population 65 and older...
  • Retro Photos

    03/28/2016 3:27:46 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 21 replies
    shorpy.com/ ^ | n/a | N/A
    A site that states it always has something interesting
  • For America, the Fall of the Roman Empire Is the Best Case Scenario

    03/28/2016 8:05:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2016 | Kurt Schlichter
    A lot of people, especially Millennials with degrees in Intersectional Climate Change Gender Studies, may not know it, but there is a way to anticipate what’s going to happen in the future. It’s not perfect, but it helps you make educated guesses about what’s next. It’s called “History,” and apparently no one in our ruling class has ever heard of it. Roman history is especially applicable to America and all of Western civilization. The Romans had a good run, but then their moral, political, and cultural weaknesses grew insurmountable and the empire fell. Not all at once, mind you, but...
  • What Would Jefferson Advise Today’s Supreme Court About the Little Sisters of the Poor?

    03/26/2016 9:57:19 AM PDT · by Twotone · 18 replies
    Cascade Policy Institute ^ | March 22, 2016 | Kathryn Hickock
    In 1804 an Ursuline nun in New Orleans asked Thomas Jefferson to clarify in writing her religious community’s right to retain their property and to continue their ministries without government interference following the Louisiana Purchase. As French Catholic Louisiana was being incorporated into the Anglo-Protestant United States, the nuns were concerned about the status of their institutions under U.S. law. President Jefferson assured her that the government would not interfere with the sisters’ property, ministries, and way of life. In a letter dated May 15, 1804, he wrote: “I have received, holy sisters, the letter you have written me wherein...
  • The Worcester Art Museum's New Exhibit Is All Cats, All the Time

    03/24/2016 12:12:45 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 3-11-16 | Danny Lewis
    New art exhibit will trace humans' captivation with cats throughout history Thanks to the Internet, it can sometimes seem like cats have taken over every aspect of popular culture. Funny videos and goofy photos may be firmly under their furry paws, but now not even fine art seems to be able to resist their feline allure. Now, Massachusetts' Worcester Art Museum is hosting a new exhibition dedicated to cats in art from ancient Egypt all the way up to the modern day. Cat memes might seem like a modern phenomenon, but the expressive animals have intrigued artists for thousands of...
  • Obama vows to release intel on U.S. role in 1976 Argentina coup

    03/24/2016 9:26:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/23/16 | Dave Boyer
    .... Obama pledged Wednesday to declassify secret military and intelligence files on the U.S. role in the coup that installed a brutal military regime in Buenos Aires 40 years ago. “We are absolutely determined to do our part as Argentina continues to heal and move forward as one nation, and I hope this gesture also helps to rebuild trust that may have been lost between our two countries
  • Mystery invaders conquered Europe at the end of last ice age

    03/23/2016 6:35:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    New Scientist ^ | February 4, 2016 | Colin Barras
    Europe went through a major population upheaval about 14,500 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, according to DNA from the bones of hunter-gatherers. Ancient DNA studies published in the last five years have transformed what we know about the early peopling of Europe. The picture they paint is one in which successive waves of immigration wash over the continent, bringing in new people, new genes and new technologies. These studies helped confirm that Europe's early hunter-gatherers - who arrived about 40,000 years ago - were largely replaced by farmers arriving from the Middle East about 8000...
  • Larry Schweikart (FReeper "LS"): America's Socialist Origins (video - 5:38)

    03/21/2016 10:11:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Prager University ^ | March 21, 2016 | Larry Schweikart
    Was America once socialist? Surprisingly, yes. The early settlers who arrived at Plymouth and Jamestown in the early 1600s experimented with socialist communes. Did it work? History professor Larry Schweikart of the University of Dayton shares the fascinating story.
  • The Borking Liberal Media Goes to Work for Merrick Garland

    03/19/2016 5:55:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 19, 2016 | Jeffrey Lord
    The media campaign to replace the conservative late Justice Antonin Scalia with an Obama appointee has begun. It won’t be pretty. Republicans will be accused in the media -- actually they are already being accused -- of being “obstructionists” and worse in blocking the appointment of Judge Merrick Garland. But how did it get this way with the media, Democrats and Supreme Court nominations in the first place? Let’s return to the days of yore - the summer and fall of 1987. I was a young political director in the Reagan White House, and President Reagan had nominated Robert Bork...
  • Levin: Populism is Progressivism, Which is Statism (audio: 12:41)

    03/18/2016 3:17:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 178 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | March 17, 2016 | Mark Levin
    Levin: Populism is Progressivism, Which is Statism (audio: 12:41)
  • The US military is everywhere, except history books

    03/16/2016 6:14:03 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 2 replies
    Aeon ^ | 03.16.2016 | Robert Neer
    This year, historians at the Ivy League schools, plus Stanford, the University of Chicago, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – who collectively offered instruction on hundreds of scintillating subjects from Puritan New England to women in the workforce – provided just six that directly examined the US military.
  • 4,000-Year-Old Necropolis with more than 100 Tombs Discovered Near Bethlehem

    03/07/2016 4:26:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | March 8, 2016 | M.R. Reese
    By studying and excavating ancient burial grounds, we can learn about how final respects were paid when people died during ancient times. The artifacts located alongside these remains also provide insight into what items people valued and what they believed about the afterlife. A 2013 discovery of an ancient burial ground near Bethlehem is providing new information about one civilization that lived approximately 4000 years ago. In 2013, efforts began to build an industrial park near Bethlehem, leading to a discovery that may prove to offer fresh insights about the ancient world. The area where the industrial park was to...
  • Remember the Alamo on her 180th Anniversary

    03/06/2016 9:50:10 AM PST · by GregoTX · 44 replies
    Tour Texas ^ | March 6 2016
    On March 6th, one of the most significant events in the history of not only our state, but our country, will be commemorated: the Battle of the Alamo. Why is this battle so important? I think because it shows just how much we Americans value our freedoms and what we will sacrifice to preserve them. At the Alamo, 189 documented defenders took on thousands of Mexican troops, a turning point in the Texas Revolution. Battle at the AlamoThe valiant “Texians” held on for 12 days, finally being annihilated on the 13th day, March 6. The event motivated the Texians, and...
  • No taxation without representation (March 5th, 1770)

    03/05/2016 1:51:01 PM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 11 replies
    The Moral Liberal ^ | Saturday March 5th 2016 | Bill Federer
    The French and Indian War ended in 1763 with the French losing Canada and all their land east of the Mississippi River. King George III decided to leave troops in the American colonies in case of future French incursions or native uprisings. British troops were to be paid with taxes collected from the colonies: the Sugar Tax of 1764, the Stamp Tax of 1765 and the Townshend Acts of 1767, taxing glass, paint and paper. As the Colonies had no representative in Parliament, the cry arose, “No taxation without representation.” The King imposed Writs of Assistance in 1765 allowing British...
  • March 5 is the anniversary of Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech

    03/04/2016 6:59:11 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 7 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 03/04/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow. ~ Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) (speech, Fulton Missouri, 5 March...
  • D.C.-Area Archaeology Event: Ancient Libraries in Rome

    03/02/2016 3:10:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Staff
    On Sunday, March 6, 2016, Dr. Pier Luigi Tucci, Assistant Professor of Roman Art and Architecture at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver the lecture "Ancient Libraries in Rome: Reconstruction of the Bibliotheca of the Templum Pacis" in the Washington, D.C. area. The event is hosted by the Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia (BASONOVA) and Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF). The Templum Pacis (Temple of Peace) was built by the Flavian emperor Vespasian in 75 C.E. near the Roman Forum. It commemorated both the end of the Jewish war and the civil strife that had followed the death of Nero...
  • Fears of Trump as Fascist Echo Similar Warnings Against Ronald Reagan

    03/01/2016 12:45:49 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    NY SUN ^ | 2/29/16 | Ira Stoll
    How panicked should we be about the rise of Donald Trump? A professor at Harvard, Danielle Allen, recently published a widely shared op-ed piece in the Washington Post likening his rise to that of Hitler... ...such Hitler hype has happened before, and been unwarranted. Steven Hayward, author of “The Age of Reagan,” recalls the rhetoric: Democratic Rep. William Clay of Missouri charged that Reagan was “trying to replace the Bill of Rights with fascist precepts lifted verbatim from Mein Kampf.”
  • Are Mainstream Civil War Museums Racist?

    02/29/2016 5:42:47 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 16 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 2 February 2016 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Not only is the assumption "a fundamental mistake", it, by necessity of logic, transfers that same assumption and guilt to many more organizations and persons than just the one displaying the flag . . .
  • The Banality of Evil's Brood - Review: Jay Nordlinger, 'Children of Monsters...'

    02/28/2016 10:18:22 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 28, 2016 | Juliana Geran Pilon
    Do psychopathic dictators spawn monsters? Jay Nordlinger's answer is a qualified yes. And it's the qualifiers that make Children of Monsters: An Inquiry Into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators such a riveting and informative read. In the easy, elegant style that is to be expected from a senior editor of National Review, Nordlinger coaxes his reader into a universe of evil all the more astonishing for its ubiquity: the twenty men whose offspring he selects for scrutiny span the globe. China, Japan, Russia, North Korea, Cambodia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Cuba, Haiti, five African countries (the Democratic Republic of the...
  • Lawmakers Consider Bills on Bikes, Historical Markers, and Skunks

    02/26/2016 10:27:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Memphis Flyer ^ | February 25, 2016 | Toby Sells
    Tennessee's rule factory is cranking at full tilt, and Nashville lawmakers want to tell Memphians how to pay for bike lanes, what monuments we can move, and whether or not we can own skunks (seriously). No gas tax for bike lanes A new bill would prohibit spending any gas tax revenues on bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and "other non-vehicular facilities." Portions of the state gas tax are required to go to cities and counties. Those governments sometimes use the gas tax funds for matching dollars to get federal money for bike and pedestrian projects. The new bill says all of...
  • Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria

    02/24/2016 7:36:00 AM PST · by Vostok-1 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/23/16, 8:50 AM CET Updated 2/24/16, 6:08 AM CET | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr
    They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil.
  • "Empire of the Summer Moon" - pretty interesting read

    02/23/2016 4:02:26 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 35 replies
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    I'm a history buff, especially when it comes to Texas. A pal of mine told me I should read this so I bought it a couple of years ago I guess, just got around to reading it this past fall. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • February 23, 1945 - the raising of the American Flag on Iwo Jima: quotes, history, and a documentary

    02/23/2016 2:47:46 PM PST · by harpygoddess · 12 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 02/23/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    February 19 was the anniversary of the beginning of the amphibious assault by the United States Marines on Japanese-held Iwo Jima (wiki) in 1945, during the final year of World War II. Located in the Volcano Islands, 750 miles south of Tokyo, Iwo Jima was one of the final steps in Admiral Nimitz's Central Pacific "island-hopping" campaign and was attacked both to eliminate a base from which Japanese fighter aircraft could intercept Tinian-based U.S. B-29 bombers on bombing raids against Japan and to provide those bombers the protection of U.S. fighter escorts based there, plus an emergency landing site. After...