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  • 101-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Surfaces

    04/09/2014 3:23:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 8, 2014 | Jaime Lutz
    A message in a bottle that was thrown into the ocean in 1913 and recently found by a fisherman off the coast of Germany was returned to the sender's granddaughter. "It was very surprising," said Angela Erdmann, 62, to The Guardian. "A man stood in front of my door and told me he had post from my grandfather. He then told me that a message in a bottle was found and that the name that was on the card was that of my grandfather."
  • Pictures of military science from 1913

    07/17/2013 8:16:57 AM PDT · by DFG · 37 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 07/16/2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A fascinating collection of illustrations shows how America keenly observed Britain and Germany as the countries prepared for the first world war - long before the United States was drawn into battle. In 1913, before WWI even began, military scientists watched from across the Atlantic as the rival nations raced to build more efficient and effective weapons in a bid to control sea, sky and land. The images, published originally by the magazine Scientific American in 1913 and again on its website this week, mostly depict these weapons, though some of the drawings show mistaken assumptions about how a war...
  • Rite that caused riots: celebrating 100 years of The Rite of Spring

    05/29/2013 6:20:53 AM PDT · by Borges · 59 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/27/2013 | Kim Willsher
    Stravinsky's work caused a scandal in 1913 but has since been recognized as one of the 20th century's most important pieces. The audience, packed into the newly-opened Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to the point of standing room only, had neither seen nor heard anything like it. As the first few bars of the orchestral work The Rite of Spring – Le Sacre du Printemps – by the young, little-known Russian composer Igor Stravinsky sounded, there was a disturbance in the audience. It was, according to some of those present – who included Marcel Proust, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Maurice Ravel and...
  • When He Walks Contrary to Us

    05/11/2013 9:10:24 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Blog & Mablog ^ | 5-11-13 | Douglas Wilson
    Schizophrenia is no less schizophrenia if one of the voices happens to be talking sense. Hard schizophrenia is no less difficult if murderous insanity is linked up tight with weird, pathetic, and arbitary scruples. In fact, if such an arbitary pattern is applied long enough, one may detect a method in the madness. I am talking about our erratic public policy when it comes to protecting human life. Gosnell is a disgrace because he killed babies in this spot instead of the officially-approved that spot. As one observer noted, he is apparently being charged with murder because he enjoyed himself...
  • Georgia Legislators Propose Ending Direct Election of Senators—Why Not Just Get Rid of the Senate?

    02/17/2013 10:14:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 101 replies
    Mother Jones (yeah, I know, I know) ^ | February 15, 2013 | Tim Murphy
    It is a matter of public record that the United States Senate is a terrible place where serious policy issues are ignored; routine votes are occasionally delayed over concerns about non-existent terrorist groups; and proverbial cans are proverbially kicked down the proverbial road of sadness, gridlock, and despair. What's less clear is why the Senate is such a congress of louts. Is it the endless pressure to raise money? The never-ending campaign? The fact that Americans hold lots of substantive disagreements on important things and are themselves—it's been said—somewhat dysfunctional? Actually, according to Georgia state Rep. Buzz Brockaway, the biggest...
  • Happy-100th-birthday-us-federal-income-tax (100 Years Of U.S. Federal Income Tax)

    02/03/2013 10:58:17 AM PST · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-3-13 | Tyler Durden
    On February 3rd, 1913, one of the two most historic events in US history took place: the ratification of the 16th amendment, which established Congress' right to impose a Federal income tax on Americans, and overturned Article I, Section 9 of the US Constitution which explicitly prohibited a general income tax. The amendment was brief and to the point, and read as follows: "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration." And with that, the US Federal Income...
  • The Income Tax in 1913

    01/26/2012 9:02:45 PM PST · by zeugma · 17 replies
    ZeugmaWeb.com ^ | 1/26/2012 | Zeugma
    The 1913 Income Tax In 1913 the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It was a fairly short amendment, as such things go, weighing in at a whopping 30 words. It reads as follows: The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census of enumeration. It was a simple little thing, with rather large consequences for the republic. Prior to the income tax being instituted, the United States government managed to fund itself with various excise taxes, and...
  • 1913 Was a Very Bad Year ( from way back )

    01/19/2012 7:58:40 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 8, 2010 | J.B. Williams
    Prior to 1913, there was no federal income tax. The states had rights and representation in Washington, D.C., there was no Federal Reserve Bank, and the federal government lived under the enumerated powers afforded within the U.S. Constitution. What a difference one year can make... ... Passage of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution would forever change life in America, and not for the better. ... Further, thanks to the 17th Amendment, also passed in 1913, the states no longer have representation in Washington, D.C. Once again, what seemed like a simple sentence and a good idea to some at...
  • Maryland lawmakers want — finally — to ratify the 17th Amendment

    01/17/2012 8:25:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 16, 2012 | Annie Linskey
    Two Democratic lawmakers in Annapolis want to spur a debate about the influence of money in politics and send a rebuke to tea party leaders by having the General Assembly ratify the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which required that U.S. senators be elected directly by voters instead of by state legislatures. The amendment became the law of the land in 1913 after three-quarters of the states approved it. Maryland was not one of them. Attacking the amendment has become a cause among some conservatives who believe it transferred too much influence from the states to Washington. It is the...
  • Frankly, Scott has a better idea on highway funding

    09/29/2011 1:01:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    nj.com (Star-Ledger) ^ | September 29, 2011 | Paul Mulshine
    The other day our sister newspaper, the Gloucester County Times, reported on a raid at a fraternity house at Rowan University where — get ready for a shock — some college kids were drinking. About 100 of the kids were underage and will face charges. Believe it or not, that incident has its roots in the same problem that led to the controversy over the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska. That problem lies in the way the federal government distributes highway funding: poorly. It’s obvious in the case of the bridge that would have connected the city of Ketchikan,...
  • A lesson for Sean Hannity on the 17th amendment

    12/16/2010 1:04:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 15, 2010 | Greg Halvorson
    A recent exchange between Sean Hannity and one of his listeners provides an opportunity to educate the public on the 17th amendment of the United States Constitution. Sean, defending the 10th amendment - which grants those powers not specifically delegated to the United States to the States respectively - did not agree with the caller’s wish to see the 17th amendment repealed, and seemed confused as to the amendment’s implications. The 17th amendment, for the edification of Sean, was enacted in the magical year, 1913 - the year that gave us the income tax and the Fed! - and stripped...
  • Senate president wants 17th Amendment repealed

    11/12/2010 8:31:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | November 12, 2010 | The Associated Press
    CORBIN — LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Senate President David Williams told a group of law students that state legislators, not voters, should choose members of the U.S. Senate — comments that drew a negative reaction from Kentucky’s two senators. Declaring himself “a tea partier,” Williams on Wednesday called for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for popular election of U.S. senators, the Lexington-Herald Leader reported. Williams is seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year.
  • Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

    11/10/2010 7:26:53 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    Nationa Review Online ^ | November 10, 2010 | Todd Zywicki
    Joe Miller, Alaska’s Republican nominee for the United States Senate, recently expressed support for an idea that is rapidly gaining steam in Tea Party circles: the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment. Miller subsequently backtracked from his statement, but he shouldn’t have: Repealing the Seventeenth Amendment would go a long way toward restoring federalism and frustrating special-interest influence over Washington. Ratified in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment replaced the election of U.S. senators by state legislators with the current system of direct election by the people. By securing the Seventeenth Amendment’s ratification, progressives dealt a blow to the Framers’ vision of the...
  • 1913 Abraham Lincoln film found in NH barn cleanup (30-minute film, "When Lincoln Paid")

    04/13/2010 5:07:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,497+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/13/10 | Kathy McCormack - ap
    CONCORD, N.H. – In a tale celebrating the romance of movies, a contractor cleaning out an old New Hampshire barn destined for demolition found seven reels of nitrate film inside, including the only known copy of a 1913 silent film about Abraham Lincoln. "When Lincoln Paid," a 30-minute film about the mother of a dead Union soldier asking Lincoln to pardon a Confederate soldier whom she had initially turned in, stars the brother of John Ford, director of "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Quiet Man," and other classics. "I was up in the attic space, and shoved away over in...
  • A little tax trivia to chew on today.

    04/15/2009 7:11:41 AM PDT · by RolandTignor · 10 replies · 812+ views
    Odessa American ^ | 4/15/2009 | unknown
    THE POINT — Not-so-happy returns will be sent off today to beat the deadline. April 15, 2009 - 12:09 AM Deadlines? Don't you hate them? Today is one of the biggest deadlines of the year for taxpayers. It's when Uncle Sam orders you to turn over a large portion of the money you earned so he can stuff his pockets with it and give it away to whomever he chooses. This has been going on in the U.S. since 1913, thanks to the ratification of the 16th Amendment. Back then, its supporters claimed only the rich would pay the tax....
  • 1913: The Origin of This Whole Mess

    03/25/2009 2:38:39 PM PDT · by arthurus · 44 replies · 1,038+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | March 25, 2009 | Katy Delay
    Economists disagree on the identity of the true culprit behind our current crisis. Some blame Wall Street; some blame the progressive politics that pushed Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae beyond their capacity; some blame the profiteering loan brokers, the foxy house flippers, and the naive subprime home buyers in their rush for quick profits. Some blame the Federal Reserve, including me from time to time.
  • Sen. Feingold's Constitution

    02/22/2009 7:11:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies · 1,442+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2009 | George F. Will
    A simple apology would have sufficed. Instead, Sen. Russ Feingold has decided to follow his McCain-Feingold evisceration of the First Amendment with Feingold-McCain, more vandalism against the Constitution. The Wisconsin Democrat, who is steeped in his state's progressive tradition, says, as would-be amenders of the Constitution often do, that he is reluctant to tamper with the document but tamper he must because the threat to the public weal is immense: Some governors have recently behaved badly in appointing people to fill U.S. Senate vacancies. Feingold's solution, of which John McCain is a co-sponsor, is to amend the 17th Amendment. It...
  • The Federal Reserve’s Systematic Destruction of America

    04/23/2008 5:53:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies · 148+ views
    echo chambers ^ | April 22, 2008 | echo chambers
    “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” -Thomas Jefferson The Founding Fathers put Congress in control of the the U.S. monetary system. In 1913 Congress relinquished this awesome power and gave it to a private cartel with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act. For almost 100 years, Federal Reserve policy has swindled Americans...
  • The Question Is, Do You Want To Keep It?

    12/09/2007 6:39:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 203+ views
    Chuck Shiflett ^ | October 21, 2007 | Chuck Shiflett
    In last week's column I highlighted comments made to the Financial Times of London by U.S. Comptroller General David Walker in which he compared the current political, social, and economic situation in the United States to that of the Roman Empire shortly before its collapse. I heard from a number of readers in response to the column… Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians. While a couple of folks used the opportunity to plug a particular presidential candidate or legislative issue, almost all were in agreement that things in our nation must change drastically and quickly. Despite a booming economy, low unemployment, and...
  • The worst amendment

    12/08/2007 7:35:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 201+ views
    Musings of a Rogue Federalist ^ | October 11, 2007 | Christopher
    There are very, very few things about the Constitution that I would just outright change. There are lots of very important areas where reasonable people can differ, with enormous consequence, and I would certainly like to see those clarified, but that's not what I mean here. Here I'm talking about things in the current Constitution, as amended, that are just plain wrong. The first and foremost among these is the 17th Amendment. If I could change one thing about the Constitution, it would be to clarify the meaning of "general welfare". If I could change two, though, the second would...
  • Write-in candidate offers third option in 5th District race

    11/27/2007 10:25:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 174+ views
    Mobile Advertiser Tribune ^ | November 27, 2007 | Kevin Risner
    Napoleon resident John F. “Jack” Green is 78 years old and runs about three miles every morning. He also is running for Congress in the 5th District special election as a write-in candidate. “I’m running because I can’t lose. I can only win,” Green said. “How can you lose something you never had?” While Green’s name will not be on the ballot, the names of State Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, and Democrat Robin Weirauch of Napoleon will be. Green said he ran for the same congressional seat six or eight years ago, when no Democrat candidate was running. Green,...
  • Larry Sabato Doesn’t Understand the Constitution

    11/01/2007 6:32:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies · 144+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 19, 2007 | Matt Mayer
    In an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times on October 10, 2007, University of Virginia Professor Larry Sabato argues for scrapping our Constitution and replacing it with a new one. He couldn’t be more wrong. In support of his call to redo the Constitution, Sabato trots out a quote from Thomas Jefferson positing that a constitution is only good for nineteen years. The quote comes from a letter Jefferson sent to James Madison on September 6, 1789. In his response, Madison raised several fundamental flaws to Jefferson’s (and Sabato’s) reasoning. The one most applicable to our times is this...
  • Democracy a misnomer for what was created

    10/30/2007 5:17:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 187+ views
    Martinsville Reporter-Times ^ | October 22, 2007 | Allen Davis
    Many people with whom I talk about politics with are stunned by my constant assertions that America is not supposed to be a democracy. I credit public education for this. The fact is that most people are almost totally ignorant of history and completely brain-dead about the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers did not give us a democracy, nor did they intend to. They were very well-educated men (especially by today's standards), and they knew, historically, democracies had never worked, even on the small scales when they had been attempted. They knew if democracy wouldn't work on the small scale of...
  • Defending The 17th

    10/29/2007 7:14:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 349+ views
    Redstate ^ | December 2006 | Dan McLaughlin
    It's a hardy perennial in the more philosophically-oriented conservative circles, despite its manifest political infeasibility: the argument that the Seventeenth Amendment should be repealed or should never have been passed. While this argument does have its virtues, I disagree. Regardless of whether it was a good idea at the time, repealing the 17th Amendment today would only weaken the mechanisms that are essential to conservative policies and conservative philosophy. Specifically, restoring to state legislatures the power over the election of Senators would make the Senate less directly accountable to the people and insulate the federal courts even further from public...
  • Don't Just Keep the Electoral College; Repeal the 17th Amendment

    10/25/2007 3:50:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 659+ views
    Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | December 2000 | Sheldon Richman
    In the heat of the electoral controversy — the worst possible time to make constitutional decisions — many people, such as Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, are calling for an end to the Electoral College. Big mistake. Someone once said, Don’t knock down a wall merely because you cannot immediately see what it’s good for. The same can be said for the Electoral College. We should keep in mind that the Founding Fathers were of somewhat better caliber than the politician you are likely to see on television, including those with presidential ambitions. The Electoral College was not an idea floating...
  • The Tip Of The Iceberg

    08/12/2007 4:45:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies · 2,635+ views
    ROAR ^ | Aug 10, 2007 | By Sterling H. Saunders
    The Tip Of The Iceberg By Sterling H. Saunders A week ago Jim posted information from our web page pertinent to our plan to Repeal the 17th Amendment. In it we had stated our reasons to be centered on a government run amuck. The following examples are just the tip of the iceberg. For every one you see here there are hundreds more in the same category. In some instances, thousands. Therefore, we believe we have a sound basis for doing what we're doing. Some of the examples are simply stupid or ridiculous. At the other end of the spectrum...
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment blog

    10/17/2007 1:28:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 226+ views
    Repeal the 17th Amendment ^ | October 16 (latest update) | Brian
    This weblog calls for the repeal of the 17th Amendment and addresses the abusive hegemony committed by the U. S. Senate. If Americans want to remove some corruption from government, the first significant step is to repeal the 17th Amendment. Americans should fear the steady growth by the oligarchy in the Senate. We should fear the oligarchs more because our Constitution cannot be spoiled by bombs, the courts, or the President; only through legislation.
  • The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy

    10/23/2007 10:12:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 135+ views
    Social Science Research Network ^ | 2006 | Zvi. S. Rosen
    Abstract: "The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy" analyzes the shift in the role of the Supreme Court following the movement towards a democratic Senate which culminated in the Seventeenth Amendment. The Supreme Court's shift is presented as the inevitable result of the system of mixed government that underlies the constitutional order, which orders American Government into democratic, aristocratic, and monarchical parts. While in the original conception of the constitution the Senate was the aristocratic part, the Senate would become part of the democratic part with the Seventeenth Amendment and prior procedural changes. Into...
  • Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

    05/30/2005 5:58:31 PM PDT · by Remember_Salamis · 142 replies · 3,851+ views
    May 17, 2005 | Thomas J. DiLorenzo
    Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment by Thomas J. DiLorenzo May 17, 2005 Every once in a blue moon someone in Congress (usually Congressman Ron Paul of Texas) proposes a law or resolution that would actually improve the prospects for human liberty and prosperity. It’s rare, but not nonexistent. One such case is Senate Joint Resolution 35, introduced into the U.S. Senate on April 28, 2004, which was recently brought to my attention by Laurence Vance. S.J. Res. 35 reads: "Resolved . . . . The seventeenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." That’s Section...
  • The Elegant Campaign Finance Reform

    01/31/2002 2:36:49 PM PST · by Political Junkie Too · 26 replies · 1,755+ views
    1/29/02 | Political Junkie Too
    If you really want to use Enron and Global Crossing to shape the political environment forever, then push the following elegant campaign finance reform solution: Repeal the 17th amendment to the Constitution. Passed in 1913, the 17th Amendment made the Senate directly electable by the people. Prior to this, the Senate was appointed by each State Legislature. The Founding Fathers wanted the Senate to be the States' representation in Congress -- the House was the people's representation. The Founding Fathers made the Congress a two-chamber house for a reason. They wanted new legislatation to be passed by both a majority ...
  • Repeal Seventeenth Amendment

    10/20/2007 3:45:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies · 274+ views
    States' Liberty Party ^ | September 22, 2002 | John MacMullin
    With respect to states' rights, it should be readily apparent to all that state governments cannot exert any meaningful influence or control over the federal government, judiciary, or any other federal institution. Let us state the problem precisely. At the present time, there are no checks and balances available to the states over federal power or over Congress itself in any area. However, in the history of our country, it was not always this way. In the original design by the Framers of the U.S. Constitution, there was an effective check on Congress through the state legislatures' power to appoint...
  • Democratizing the Constitution: The Failure of the Seventeenth Amendment

    10/18/2007 10:40:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies · 241+ views
    National Humanities Institute ^ | April 8, 2000 | C. H. Hoebeke
    From The Center for Constitutional Studies Democratizing the Constitution: The Failure of the Seventeenth AmendmentC. H. Hoebeke*[From HUMANITAS, Volume IX, No. 2, 1996 © National Humanities Institute, Washington, DC USA] It was with no small sense of vindication that Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan signed the proclamation of 31 May 1913, declaring the Seventeenth Amendment duly ratified and incorporated into the fundamental laws of the United States. More than twenty years earlier as a Nebraska congressman, "The Great Commoner" had joined the struggle to free the Senate from the control of corrupt state legislatures, and despite three failed campaigns for...
  • The Road to Mass Democracy: Original Intent and the Seventeenth Amendment

    10/21/2007 1:20:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies · 144+ views
    The Independent Review ^ | Winter 1997 | Todd J. Zywicki
    Title: The Road to Mass Democracy: Original Intent and the Seventeenth Amendment Author: C. H. Hoebeke Published: New Brunswick, N. J.: Transaction Publishers, 1995. Price: $39.95 (hardcover) Pages: 211 Reviewer: Todd J. Zywicki Affiliation: Mississippi College School of Law The Constitution of 1787 provided for the appointment of United States senators by state legislatures. In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified, installing the current regime of direct election of U.S. senators. The bloated and special-interest-driven nature of the federal government during this century has led scholars in recent years to reexamine the original framework of the Senate and to...
  • Gold and Economic Freedom

    05/11/2005 4:45:35 PM PDT · by babylontoday · 3 replies · 439+ views
    babylontoday.com ^ | 1966 | Alan Greenspan
    "An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which unites statists of all persuasions. They seem to sense - perhaps more clearly and subtly than many consistent defenders of laissez-faire - that gold and economic freedom are inseparable, that the gold standard is an instrument of laissez-faire and that each implies and requires the other. In order to understand the source of their antagonism, it is necessary first to understand the specific role of gold in a free society. Money is the common denominator of all economic transactions. It is that commodity which serves as a medium...
  • Gold and Economic Freedom

    05/11/2005 3:44:02 PM PDT · by babylontoday · 325+ views
    babylontoday.com ^ | 1966 | Alan Greenspan
    "An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which unites statists of all persuasions. They seem to sense - perhaps more clearly and subtly than many consistent defenders of laissez-faire - that gold and economic freedom are inseparable, that the gold standard is an instrument of laissez-faire and that each implies and requires the other. In order to understand the source of their antagonism, it is necessary first to understand the specific role of gold in a free society. Money is the common denominator of all economic transactions. It is that commodity which serves as a medium...