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  • Ringing of the Liberty Bell (to call the citizens to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence)

    07/09/2020 8:55:52 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 8, 2020 | Bill Federer
    The Pennsylvania Assembly ordered it to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Quaker leader William Penn founding the Colony in 1701 and writing the Charter of Privileges. Quakers were the first and strongest voices to end slavery.  In 1751, Pennsylvania's Assembly declared a "Year of Jubilee" and commissioned the bell to be put in the Philadelphia State House. Speaker Isaac Norris read the Leviticus chapter 25 verse 10: "And ye shall make hallow the fiftieth year, and PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND unto all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee." "Jubilee" in the Israelite calendar was, after...
  • Marine who played wide receiver in college catches a three-year-old boy thrown from a burning building by his mother before she died in the fire

    07/08/2020 2:30:07 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 July 2020 | Lauren Fruen
    Phillip Blanks, 28, ran to the home in Phoenix on July 3 barefoot to try and help He was able to save Jameson Long from the flames on the third floor balcony 'There wasn't much thinking. I just reacted. I just did it', he said Wednesday Blanks, who now works in the security industry, is a former wide receiver and said the boy was 'twirling in the air like a propeller' as he fell 'I know how to catch. I've learned how to catch a football', he added The boy's mother Rachel, 30, died in the blaze; Blanks said: 'She's...
  • The F-35 Lightning II Can't Fly Near...Lightning

    07/08/2020 12:56:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | Jun 26, 2020 | By Kyle Mizokami
    A key F-35 safety system is sustaining damage in Air Force service, forcing the office that overseas the F-35 program to recommend flight restrictions. Under the new guidelines, F-35 jets should socially distance from lightning, maintaining a distance of least 25 miles. The faulty systems could cause a F-35 hit by lightning to literally explode in midair. ================================================================================================= The F-35 Lightning II strike fighter is temporarily barred from flying near actual lightning. More than a dozen Air Force F-35s were discovered with damage to a system designed to prevent catastrophic damage from lightning strikes. The damaged systems place the aircraft...
  • Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman retires, citing campaign of ‘bullying’ and ‘retaliation’ by Trump after impeachment testimony

    07/08/2020 10:22:05 AM PDT · by Kozy · 88 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/08/2020 | Missy Ryan
    An Army officer who played a high-profile role in President Trump’s impeachment proceedings is retiring from the military over alleged “bullying” and “retaliation” by the president, his lawyer said Wednesday. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who served as a national security aide at the White House until earlier this year and was up for promotion to colonel, will leave the military instead, his lawyer, David Pressman, said in a statement. “Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the president of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between...
  • Anti-Slavery Party formed (Republican Party, which also stood for natural one man-one woman marriage)

    07/07/2020 11:23:23 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 7, 2020 | Bill Federer
    Calls to ban statues, flags and images of groups that were involved in slavery would have to include the Democrat Party's Donkey and Islam's Crescent, as both of these institutions were involved in the enslavement of Africans. Beginning in colonial times, approximately 350,000 African slaves were brought to America. This number grew to nearly 4 million slaves prior to the Civil War. Slaves were purchased at sharia Muslim slave markets. Sharia Islam defended the right to own slaves, as its founder, Mohammed, owned slaves. Beginning in 622 AD, the next 1,400 years saw an estimated 180 million Africans enslaved in...
  • Jefferson & Adams - 50 years after the Declaration of Independence

    07/07/2020 11:00:16 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 5, 2020 | Bill Federer
    Both served in the Continental Congress and both signed the Declaration of Independence. Both served as U.S. Ministers in France. One was elected the 2nd President and the other the 3rd. Once political enemies, they became close friends in later life. An awe swept America when they both died on the same day, JULY 4, 1826, exactly 50 years since they approved the Declaration of Independence. Their names were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson's handwritten Declaration of Independence used the wording "inalienable" rights as seen in the copies at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, the New York...
  • House Democrats push bills to remove Confederate statues from Capitol (still silent on Exalted Cyclops Byrd)

    07/06/2020 4:30:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/06/20 | Emily Jacobs
    House Democrats are pushing forward with their efforts to remove artwork and monuments honoring Confederate figures from the Capitol. Nearly one month after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on lawmakers to introduce legislation that would allow for Congress to remove the pieces, two bills have been proposed that appear headed toward floor votes. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) plans to bring a bill he originally introduced in March to the floor, The Hill reports. **SNIP** Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and House Rules Chair Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) have co-sponsored the legislation. Speaking to reporters last Wednesday,...
  • How Black Americans Co-opted the Fourth of July (Article title)

    07/06/2020 6:56:11 AM PDT · by Pete from Shawnee Mission · 9 replies
    JSTOR Daily ^ | July 3, 2020 | Livia Gershon
    "Like all symbols of American patriotism, the Fourth of July has meant different things in different times and places. In Memphis in the first decades after the Civil War, Brian D. Page writes, it was a distinctly Black holiday. ..(Snip)"
  • Button from Gen. Robert E. Lee coat found in time capsule under North Carolina Confederate monument

    07/06/2020 3:41:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    WSBTV ^ | 7/04/20
    RALEIGH, N.C. - A button that experts believe was from Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s dress coat and a strand of hair from his horse are among the items found inside a time capsule discovered at the base of a Confederate monument, according to the State Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The capsule was placed in the base of the monument in 1894, according to the State Archives. The monument was dedicated a year later. Also among the discoveries reported by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources were Confederate money, song books and flags and a stone...
  • The Modern Survivalist Livestream (Matt Bracken & Ferfal discuss current news in America)

    07/05/2020 3:44:54 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Matt Bracken & Ferfal
    Fernando Aguirre and Matt Bracken discuss latest news and events in U.S., including Antifa, BLM and SHTF in 1 hour 51 minute video.
  • Germany promises to atone for discrimination of gay soldiers

    07/04/2020 7:48:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.04.2020 | Timothy Jones
    Germany is planning to rehabilitate soldiers who were discriminated against in past years by being rejected for promotion or even fired from the army because of their homosexuality, the Defense Ministry announced. The ministry said it intends to present a draft bill in September to address the injustices done to those soldiers who had been subjected to punitive measures by military disciplinary courts. In some cases, gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender (LGBT+) soldiers have been disadvantaged with respect to their peers by receiving a lower salary or pension because they were refused promotions. A law preventing homosexuals from becoming professional...
  • The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds Just Flew Over The White House

    07/04/2020 5:21:33 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Twitter ^ | 07/04/20 | Dan Scavino
    Salute to America this Independence Day.   
  • Boeing communications boss Niel Golightly resigns over sexist article

    07/04/2020 10:07:13 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 3, 2020 | Noah Manskar
    Boeing communications boss Niel Golightly has resigned over a sexist article he wrote three decades ago opposing women’s service in the military. His exit leaves the embattled planemaker searching for a new top spokesman as it works to get its troubled 737 MAX jet flying again. Golightly stepped down Thursday as Boeing’s senior vice president of communications following an employee complaint about the 1987 article, which he called “embarrassingly wrong and offensive.”
  • "GREATEST REVOLUTION that has ever taken place IN THE WORLD'S HISTORY"-Reagan (Happy 244th Birthday, America!)

    07/03/2020 9:17:45 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 4, 2020 | Bill Federer
    38-year-old King George III ruled the largest empire that planet earth had ever seen. The Declaration of Independence, signed JULY 4, 1776, listed 27 reasons why Americans declared their independence from the King: -He has made judges dependent on his will alone ... -He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. -He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies ... -To subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution ... -For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us ... -For...
  • Gettysburg: Profiles in Courage

    07/03/2020 11:59:42 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 22 replies
    City Journal ^ | July 1, 2020 | Michael G Klingenberg
    This week marks the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. As it happened, Union victory in Pennsylvania on July 3, and the surrender of Confederate forces at Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, portended a gradual death for the Southern rebellion. When the Confederacy collapsed in 1865, so, too, did the foundation of its apartheid society: institutionalized racial slavery. Yet the ultimate success of Union arms was hardly a foregone conclusion in 1863. Emboldened by its victory at Chancellorsville, Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River, passed through Maryland, and raided south-central Pennsylvania. It plundered farms,...
  • WW2 Hero passed yesterday

    07/02/2020 10:43:00 AM PDT · by tomatomaster · 21 replies
    WW2 hero passed yesterday, age 95 I’ve posted before about Raymond T. Matheny, my second cousin. He authored the book, “Rite of Passage” describing his experience as a B17 flight engineer, shot down in January 1944, then spent 16 months as POW in Stalag 17. After the war, he eventually became a professor of archeology at BYU. Last summer at age 94, he presented his last paper at an archeology meeting before his retirement. Some links: Interview: Book: Article with photos: Article: photo: Raymond lived a magnificent and grand life. Part of the greatest...
  • Finland's air force quietly ditches infamous SWASTIKA symbol from its command insignia

    07/02/2020 4:52:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2020 | Harry Howard
    Finland's air force has quietly dropped the infamous swastika from its command insignia after critics called for it to be changed because of its links with Nazi Germany. The air force had used the symbol ever since it was founded in 1918 and long before it was co-opted by mass murderer Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party. But in a change first noticed by University of Helsinki academic Teivo Teivainen and reported by the BBC, the air force command has stopped using the unit emblem.
  • A Monthly Dose of President Trump- Trump Family Train 7/1/2020

    07/01/2020 4:02:42 PM PDT · by weston · 2,504 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 7/1/2020 | weston
  • America's M2 Carbine: The Rifle That Made the U.S. Military Great on the Battlefield

    07/01/2020 7:41:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    National Interest ^ | June 30, 2020 | Sebastien Roblin
    Here's What You Need To Remember: The M2 simply does not fit neatly into modern weapon classifications, save perhaps as a personal defense weapon. However, it was indisputably the U.S. military’s first portable long-arm automatic weapon to see wide-scale use. It reflected a growing recognition that infantry engagements typically occurred at shorter ranges, and that sheer portability could be a kind of force multiplier, while also demonstrating the shortcomings of using lower-powered cartridges and trusting inexperienced soldiers to refrain from blazing away with automatic fire at distant targets.
  • Human remains found during search for missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen

    06/30/2020 10:53:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/30/2020 | Nicole Chavez and Raja Razek,
    Human remains were found Tuesday during the search for a missing soldier stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, Army officials told CNN. Vanessa Guillen, 20, has been missing since April. She was last seen in the parking lot of her barracks at the post on April 22, according to the US Army Criminal Investigation Command. Investigators had "returned to an area of interest close to the Leon River, Bell County, Texas, for more investigative work" and discovered partial human remains, the Army CID said. Authorities said the identity of the remains have not been confirmed. The remains were found in...