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  • Liberals Furious Over Gov. DeSantis' Release of New Florida License Plate

    08/16/2022 8:18:02 AM PDT · by montag813 · 55 replies
    24News ^ | 08-16-2022 | Joshua Ford
    by Joshua Ford | 24NewsThe unveiling of a new Florida license plate by Governor DeSantis has liberals and leftist organizations up in arms.Liberals are constantly willfully misinterpreting traditional American and patriotic flags and symbols to try to associate them with “right wing extremism.” One such victim of this misinterpretation is the iconic Gadsden Flag.This iconic flag dates back to the time of the revolution and has been seen as a symbol of freedom, defiance in the face of oppression, and American patriotism ever since.Now, Governor Ron DeSantis has released a new Florida license plate which prominently features the Gadsden flag...
  • Ben Franklin Put an Abortion Recipe in His Math Textbook

    07/06/2022 2:25:40 AM PDT · by Callahan · 62 replies
    Slate ^ | 5/5/22 | Molly Farrell
    e year was 1748, the place was Philadelphia, and the book was The Instructor, a popular British manual for everything from arithmetic to letter-writing to caring for horses’ hooves. Benjamin Franklin had set himself to adapting it for the American colonies. Though Franklin already had a long and successful career by this point, he needed to find a way to convince colonial book-buyers—who for the most part didn’t even formally study arithmetic—that his version of George Fisher’s textbook was worth the investment. Franklin made all sorts of changes throughout the book, from place names to inserting colonial histories, but he...
  • The Feuding Fathers

    06/26/2010 7:02:43 AM PDT · by Palter · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 26 June 2010 | Ron Chernow
    In the American imagination, the founding era shimmers as the golden age of political discourse, a time when philosopher-kings strode the public stage, dispensing wisdom with gentle civility. We prefer to believe that these courtly figures, with their powdered hair and buckled shoes, showed impeccable manners in their political dealings. The appeal of this image seems obvious at a time when many Americans lament the partisan venom and character assassination that have permeated the political process. Unfortunately, this anodyne image of the early republic can be quite misleading. However hard it may be to picture the founders resorting to rough-and-tumble...
  • Debate over time change: California mulls options on keeping, ending daylight saving time

    11/05/2021 2:36:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    ktla ^ | Nov 5, 2021 / | Tracy Bloom
    Three years after California voters approved a ballot initiative to take the first steps toward staying on daylight saving time the entire year, the state is preparing to “fall back” to standard time this weekend like nearly all of the U.S. And as the debate over the seasonal time change continues, a state lawmaker says all options are still on the table in the California Legislature — even a possible move to year-round standard time. Inaction by Congress, however, means California and other states looking to end the time change currently aren’t allowed to stay on daylight saving time throughout...
  • An Hour at What Cost? The Harmful Effects of Daylight Savings

    11/06/2021 5:54:29 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 80 replies
    WEBMD ^ | 11-5-21 | Lindsay Kalter
    In a 2015 study published in Sleep Medicine, researchers compared the rate of strokes during the week after daylight saving to the rate 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after. They found the rate was 8% higher the first 2 days after the shift, and people with cancer were 25% more likely to have a stroke than during other times of year. People over 65 were 20% more likely. A 2019 report found a higher risk of heart attack after both time changes, but particularly during daylight saving. Interruptions to circadian rhythm can also impair focus and judgment. A 2020...
  • The Sommersett Case and the Slave Trade (Benjamin Franklin)

    03/09/2021 7:40:31 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    Founders Online ^ | June 18–20, 1772 | Benjamin Franklin
    The Sommersett Case and the Slave Trade (1) It is said that some generous humane persons subscribed to the expence of obtaining liberty by law for Somerset the Negro.(2) It is to be wished that the same humanity may extend itself among numbers; if not to the procuring liberty for those that remain in our Colonies, at least to obtain a law for abolishing the African commerce in Slaves, and declaring the children of present Slaves free after they become of age. By a late computation made in America, it appears that there are now eight hundred and fifty thousand...
  • Happy Birthday, Dr. Franklin

    01/17/2021 8:35:32 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 32 replies
    315 years ago, on January 17th, 1706, Benjamin Franklin came into our world. He would go on to do amazing things, things which it is not my intent to spend another 50000 words re-telling. What I wanted to do instead was invite you and invite everybody to celebrate his life and legacy, and take the time to get to know him a little better on a more personal level. This can be done. There is a fantastic free open source public domain audiobook of Franklin's autobiography which you can download here, it is well put together and is a great...
  • 1786: Elizabeth Wilson, her reprieve too late

    01/03/2021 3:22:15 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 2 replies ^ | January 3 2011 | Headsman
    On this date in 1786, Elizabeth Wilson was hanged in Chester, Pennsylvania for the murder of her infant twins. “One of the melodramas of the early American republic,” our Elizabeth (sometimes called “Harriot Wilson” in the accounts) was a farmer’s daughter of Chester County who got knocked up by a passing sailor. When this gentleman declined to make an honest woman of her after she had borne the bastards, the kids disappeared — later to be discovered dead in the woods by a hunter. The fallen woman denied having killed them directly, but “acknowledged having placed the children by the...
  • Unless the Lord Builds the House

    11/01/2020 3:36:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | November 1, 2020 | Dan Celia,
    This week is probably one of the most important weeks since the founding of our nation. It is a week that can only be described like the week leading up to that summer day in 1787 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where delegates from 13 colonies came together. They had all decided it was important now to work out all the specifics, all the details that were going to take this Republic into the future. They were tired, aggravated, many of them coming with their own agendas for their own colonies. The convention was in danger of ending with nothing...
  • Sleep Experts Make the Case Against Daylight Saving Time

    09/03/2020 8:11:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 09/02/2020 | Nora McGreevy
    For decades, many Americans have fiddled with their clocks each March and November as they “spring forward” or “fall back” to keep pace with daylight saving time (DST). Experts have historically claimed that the practice, which has roots in late 19th century and was widely instituted in 1966, benefits society by extending our sunlit hours and saving energy costs, although many others have called those benefits into question, as Amanda Kooser reports for CNET. Last week, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) entered the debate, calling for the end of DST-related time-changes altogether. Instead, AASM leaders wrote in a...
  • Washburn U. Removes Statues of ‘Controversial’ Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin

    08/31/2020 12:30:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 31 2020 | TOM CICCOTTA
    Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, quietly removed statues of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin from campus in July over concerns that they would be vandalized by protesters. The university also feared that having a statue of Thomas Jefferson would become a “target or an embarrassment” for alumni. Statues of Jefferson have recently been targeted by vandals on campuses and in parks around the country. According to a report by the College Fix, Washburn University removed statues of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin in July to prevent vandalism. The statues, which were donated by a Washburn alumnus, were replaced with blue...
  • Today's Quotefall Puzzle by Benjamin Franklin

    04/13/2020 7:47:18 AM PDT · by GOP Congress · 1 replies
    Self-Published | 4/13/2020 | Self-Published
    Today's Quotefall Puzzle features a quote by Benjamin Franklin. Click puzzle (or click here) for full size rendition, then use your browser's print command to print puzzle. Benjamin Franklin is the reason why 100-dollar bills are so enticing. All hints, along with the answer, are provided in the first reply comment below, using filtered font to prevent accidental spoilers. Please refrain from disclosing the full answer in comments to prevent spoilers.To solve the puzzle: Enter the letters in the top half (letter columns) of the puzzle into the white squares on the bottom half (answer grid) belowEach letter must stay in its...
  • Today's Quotefall Puzzle by Benjamin Franklin

    03/28/2020 8:41:26 AM PDT · by GOP Congress · 1 replies
    Self-Published | 3/28/2020 | Self-Published
    Today's Quotefall Puzzle features a quote by Benjamin Franklin. Click puzzle (or click here) for full size rendition, then use your browser's print command to print puzzle. Ben Franklin flew a kite one night. 250 years later, we gotz the Interwebz. How about that. All hints, along with the answer, are provided in the first reply comment below, using filtered font to prevent accidental spoilers. Please refrain from disclosing the full answer in comments to prevent spoilers.To solve the puzzle: Enter the letters in the top half (letter columns) of the puzzle into the white squares on the bottom half (answer grid)...
  • Biden claims to be Ivy League professor: 'I've spent a lot of time on campus'

    03/25/2020 8:40:39 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/25/2020 | James Varney
    Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden returned Wednesday to his longtime habit of gilding his academic credentials. Mr. Biden claimed to be an Ivy League professor at the end of a nearly 8-minute, rambling answer to a question from an 18-year-old on what he was doing to appeal to young voters who may favor Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination. “There’s a lot we can do. When I left the United States Senate, I became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania,” he said, bringing up that fact to claim that his professorship established a bond with college...
  • Benjamin Franklin and the Glass Armonica

    01/18/2020 12:33:57 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 17, 2020 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    On February 18, 1762, at Spring Gardens in England, a 19-year-old musician named Marianne Davies gave a concert that introduced the world to a brand new, fascinating musical instrument: a row of delicate tuned glass bowls in a beautifully-finished wooden chest, mounted horizontally on a long spindle, called a glass armonica. As she came from a musical family, Miss Davies herself was already somewhat well known around London’s musical circles. Her father was a composer and flautist, and she and her sister had been performing – both singing and playing instruments – since childhood. But this particular concert was news:...
  • Ben Franklin's Response to the First Great Awakening

    11/12/2019 10:37:14 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Charisma Magazine ^ | July 2 2018 | Eddie Hyatt
    In a letter dated July 2, 1756, Benjamin Franklin presented a proposal to George Whitefield, the most famous preacher of the Great Awakening, that they partner together to establish a Christian colony "in the Ohio," which was frontier at the time. In the letter, Franklin expressed confidence that God would give them success in such a project, "If we undertook it with a sincere regard to his honor." For the next 30 years, they carried on a lively and open correspondence. Whitefield often spoke about faith in Christ and admonished Franklin to make sure he was prepared for the next...
  • Ben Franklin & Pennsylvania's Role in Ending Slavery

    08/02/2019 2:26:23 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 26, 2019 | Bill Federer
    On JULY 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General of the United States, a position he held under the British Crown before the Revolution. Franklin's public career began when he organized Pennsylvania's first volunteer militia during threaten attacks from Spanish and French ships. Franklin then proposed a General Fast, which was approved by the Colony's Council and printed in his Pennsylvania Gazette, December 12, 1747: "As the calamities of a bloody War ... seem every year more nearly to approach us ... there is just reason to fear that unless we humble ourselves before the Lord & amend...
  • A Republic. If You Can Keep It...

    07/04/2019 6:25:02 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Jul 3, 2002 | Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.
    As Benjamin Franklin departed the Constitutional Convention, he was asked if the framers had created a monarchy or a republic. "A republic," he famously replied, and then added, "if you can keep it." The remarkable generation that founded this nation led an improbable yet successful revolution against the strongest military power of the time. They declared their independence based on self-evident truths, asserting a new basis of political rule in the sovereignty of the people and launching an experiment in self-government. Through a carefully written constitution that limits power and secures rights while allowing for change through its own amendment,...
  • 'Ancient Principles' Birthed the Greatest Nation the World Has Ever Known

    07/04/2019 5:30:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    American ^ | July 4, 2019 | Trevor Thomas
    On the same day that the Declaration of Independence became official, a telling event further reveals that our founders understood well the “ancient principles” upon which our republic must be built. On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed a committee -- consisting of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams -- to design an official seal for the United States. Adams proposed an image of Hercules contemplating the persuasions of Virtue and Sloth. Franklin proposed a biblical theme: Moses standing on the Shore, and extending his Hand over the Sea, thereby causing the same to overwhelm Pharaoh who...
  • A Republic, If You Can Keep It

    06/25/2019 4:44:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | June 25, 2019 | Paul Curry
    On a warm September day in 1787, Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Franklin was leaving what has come to be known as The Constitutional Convention. Originally it was simply the Philadelphia Convention, which was intended solely to improve upon the Articles of Confederation, the prevailing government of the time. As legend has it, a man approached him and demanded, “What have you wrought?” to which Franklin succinctly replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Franklin, known for so many famous quotes he could make Yogi Berra appear to be a mute, delivered that day what might...