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  • 'We're really sorry': US sends 14,000 draft notices to men born in 1800s

    07/11/2014 5:38:31 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    AP, via Fox News ^ | July 11, 2014 | AP, via Fox News
    No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians. It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation's military draft and warning that failure to do so is "punishable by a fine and imprisonment." The agency realized the error when it began receiving calls from bewildered relatives last week.
  • Photographs - GIANT Shotguns (Punt Guns), circa 1900

    02/16/2013 7:29:35 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies
    Retronaut ^ | circa 1900 | Retronaut
    A punt gun is a type of extremely large shotgun used in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A single shot could kill over 50 waterfowl resting on the water’s surface. The hunter would maneuver the entire boat in order to aim the gun. In the United States, this practice depleted stocks of wild waterfowl and by the 1860s most states had banned the practice. “Since Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 there has been a punt gun salute every Coronation and Jubilee in Cowbit, Lincolnshire, England” - Wikipedia
  • Video: Annie Oakley's Sharpshooting Skills - November 1, 1894 @ Edison's Black Maria Studio

    11/18/2012 5:13:18 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | mrmassage
    Annie Oakley (1860 – 1926) was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Oakley’s amazing talent and timely rise to fame led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, which propelled her to become the first American female superstar. Oakley’s perhaps most famous trick is being able to repeatedly split a playing card, edge-on, and put several more holes in it before it could touch the ground, using a .22 caliber rifle, at 90 feet. (NOTE: Just go to the link provided to watch the 25 second video clip.)
  • Cemetery Guns and Grave Torpedoes

    08/12/2012 12:46:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | August 4, 2012 | Christopher Eger
    Cemetery Guns and Grave Torpedoes Newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane once said, “The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't get out and those outside don't want to get in." However, this has not always been the case. For centuries graveyards had to content with the scourge of grave robbers who preyed on the valuables of corpses, and even the corpses themselves. This threat led to an industry solution—grave guns. Cemetery Guns Set-guns, defined as a gun that is set to fire on any intruder that encounters the wire that sets it off, have been around since at...
  • Biden: Hey, let’s spend $53 billion on high-speed rail

    02/08/2011 2:22:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2011 | Allahpundit
    Why not? The federal budget is now like a teetering Jenga tower that stretches into the Earth’s upper atmosphere. There’s no question that it’s going to topple pretty soon, so in the meantime, why not have fun and see how many more pieces we can stick on there before it does? Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced an ambitious $53 billion program to build new high-speed rail networks and make existing ones faster over the next six years.Biden, who estimated he has ridden Amtrak between Washington and his home in Wilmington, Delaware, some 7,900 times, made a strong pitch...
  • Woman of the Century (Apple's oldest hits 111)

    02/07/2010 3:39:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 507+ views
    New York Post ^ | 2/7/10 | James Fanelli
    Meet the Big Apple's 111-year-old wonder. Jane Gilsenan has touched three centuries, lived under 19 US presidents and witnessed some of the greatest moments in history. She is New York City's oldest living resident, according to experts, and one of the oldest people in the world. "I'm lucky to live as long as I have so far," the super-centenarian said last week at her home in a Staten Island convent. "I had nothing to do with it. It was wished on me." Gilsenan was born at Amsterdam Avenue and 98th Street in Manhattan on May 8, 1898, at the same...
  • Like Lincoln, Obama Will Ride the Rails To D.C.

    12/16/2008 10:10:25 PM PST · by Lorianne · 81 replies · 1,705+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 16, 2008 | Nikita Stewart and Michael E. Ruane
    Barack Obama has evoked Abraham Lincoln ever since launching his campaign at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Now he plans to arrive in Washington the same way that Lincoln did in 1861, with a train trip that will include stops, speeches and crowds along the way. On Jan. 17, Obama and his family will start the day with an appearance in Philadelphia, where they will board a chartered Amtrak train. The train will stop in Wilmington, Del., where the Obamas will be joined by Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Then comes a stop in Baltimore before the...
  • RECOLONIZE THE MIDDLE EAST

    08/22/2006 1:02:24 AM PDT · by 20mm lib babies in city dumps · 25 replies · 727+ views
    08/22/2006 | John Wurts
    Perhaps it's time to recolonize the Middle East. If we get our NATO allies and Russia together with us on the same page and invade the entire Muslim Middle East and re-establish European run colonial governments, we could save a lot of money on oil and put an end to government sponsored terrorism. Together, this alliance would have 90% of the world's military might. Without the mother's milk of oil revenue, it will be far more difficult fot terrorists to obtain the financing for nuclear weapon development or purchase. Russia could administer Iran, France could administer Syria, Britain could administer...
  • Jihad in American History

    12/27/2005 1:55:32 PM PST · by verytired75 · 9 replies · 984+ views
    National Review ^ | December 2005 | Joshua E. London
    America’s Earliest Terrorists: Lessons from America’s first war against Islamic terror. By Joshua E. London (author of "Victory in Tripoli: How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation," John Wiley & Sons, September 2005, http://www.victoryintripoli.com/ ) At the dawn of a new century, a newly elected United States president was forced to confront a grave threat to the nation — an escalating series of unprovoked attacks on Americans by Muslim terrorists. Worse still, these Islamic partisans operated under the protection and sponsorship of rogue Arab states ruled by ruthless and cunning dictators. Sluggish...
  • No Substitute For Victory

    12/21/2005 5:23:06 AM PST · by verytired75 · 2 replies · 318+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 24th, 2005 | John B. Dwyer
    Reviewing "Victory in Tripoli: How America’s War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation," by Joshua E. London, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2005. 276 pages, Photos, map, bibliography, index Though America’s first encounter with the Barbary States occurred in October 1784 when the Betsey was captured and her crew taken to Morocco, our wars with the Barbary pirates began officially in 1801. The Tripolitan Wars, as they were formally known, were waged against maritime terrorists who operated from the modern day states of Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Algiers, arrayed along Africa’s northern coast in...
  • The Illusion of 'Managing' China-(easy to repeat mistakes of 20th century; read the tea leaves!)

    05/17/2005 10:07:02 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 320+ views
    DEFEND DEMOCRACY.ORG ^ | MAY 15, 2005 | ROBERT KAGAN
    There has been much discussion recently about how to "manage the rise of China." The phrase itself is soothing, implying gradualism, predictability and time. Time enough to think and prepare, to take measurements of China's trajectory and adjust as necessary. If China eventually emerges as a clear threat, there will be time to react. But meanwhile there is time enough not to overreact, to be watchful but patient and not to create self-fulfilling prophecies. If we prematurely treat China as an enemy, it is said, it will become an enemy. The idea that we can manage China's rise is comforting...
  • For Sale: Beethoven's Scribbles on the Ninth

    04/07/2003 6:58:40 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 8 replies · 380+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4-7-03 | JAMES R. OESTREICH
    A manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, scheduled to be auctioned by Sotheby's in London next month with an estimated sale price of $3 million to $4 million, may have been used at the premiere of the work in May 1824. Sotheby's London is prepared to sell a musical manuscript — the musical manuscript, one is tempted to say, given the few items that are likely to become available nowadays and the importance of the work involved — Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. In three bound volumes of 465 pages, the offering includes virtually the complete score of that symphony in manuscript....
  • The Second Amendment in the Nineteenth Century

    08/07/2002 2:22:09 PM PDT · by 45Auto · 6 replies · 171+ views
    Independence Institute ^ | 1998 (BYU Law Review) | Dave Kopel
    The illegality of most federal gun lawsThe Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment, was never intended by its Framers to be the primary safeguard of liberty. In the view of the Framers, the main protection of liberty was the structure of the Constitution itself. The separation of powers would prevent the rule by fiat which burdened most of Europe. And the legislative branch was granted only the power to legislate on specific, enumerated subjects (e.g., patents, bankruptcies, interstate commerce). Thus, Congress would have no power to censor speech, to suppress assemblies, to outlaw guns, or otherwise infringe rights.(749) In...