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  • Ben Franklin & Trump: Bringing Business Smarts & Pride in Workmanship to Government

    05/08/2016 2:51:54 PM PDT · by poconopundit · 28 replies
    5/8/2016 | Pocono Pundit
    My FRiends, congratulations to Mr. Trump on his pending Republican nomination!  And what better way to celebrate than to compare Trump with the so-called "First American" and Founding Father, Ben Franklin. On Google Images, I ran across an amusing New York Magazine portrait of Trump wearing an 18th century hair style.  Then, shortly thereafter I found the splendid painting of Ben Franklin by David Martin.  I said: "Hey, wouldn't it be fun to GIMP those images together?" so Trump and Old Ben could sit together at the same table and shoot the breeze. For the story, I searched Wikipedia...
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  • Dr. Benjamin Franklin Statement to 1787 Constitutional Convention Re: Executive Pay

    02/25/2016 3:54:08 PM PST · by fella · 5 replies
    Free Rebublic ^ | 18 April 2010 | dajeeps
    " . . . Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power, and the love of money. Separately each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but when united in view of the same object, they have in many minds the most violent effects. Place before the eyes of such men, a post of honour that shall be at the same time a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it. The vast number of such...
  • Jefferson/Madison/Franklin Hated God ! ?

    05/29/2005 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 240 replies · 4,011+ views
    none | may 26 2005 | Vanity post
    Having a go round with an atheist who flung this at me. Can anyone expound on the overall context and meaning ? I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved--the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!"--John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson "But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legaends, hae been blended with both Jewish and Chiistian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed.--John Adams in a letter to...
  • Adams deserves obscurity

    03/19/2008 6:01:31 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 92 replies · 2,029+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 19 mar 08 | Ed Quillen
    Thanks to the marketing power of HBO, John Adams is no longer the forgotten American revolutionary at least for a week. Adams feared his role would be neglected. Thomas Jefferson got all the credit for writing the Declaration of Independence, even though Adams was on that committee and had suggested that Jefferson draft it, since he was a better writer and a Virginian. (Adams wanted some geographic diversity to bind the southern colonies with New England in a common cause.) For the same geopolitical reason, Adams proposed that George Washington of Virginia command the Continental Army. Adams also worked...
  • Fighting Words For A Secular America Ashcroft & Friends VS. George Washington & The Framers

    10/07/2006 5:02:57 PM PDT · by restornu · 61 replies · 1,262+ views
    MS Magazine ^ | Fall 2004 | by Robin Morgan
    Alert: Americans who honor the U.S. Constitutions strict separation of church and state are now genuinely alarmed. Agnostics and atheists, as well as observant people of every faith, fear sensibly that the religious right is gaining historic political power, via an ultraconservative movement with highly placed friends. But many of us feel helpless. We havent read the Founding Documents since school (if then). We lack arguing tools, verbal karate evidence we can cite in defending a secular United States. For instance, such extremists claim and, too often, we ourselves assume that U.S. law has religious...
  • Brief on Separation of Church and State

    03/26/2006 6:58:25 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies · 1,463+ views
    Law and Liberty Foundation ^ | May 2002 | Tayra Antolick
    The current use of the wall of separation between church and state as a legal defense for the removal of the expression of American religious culture from governmental institutions and the prohibition of the free exercise of individuals working within them goes contrary not only to the original intent of the Founders and the Framers but also to the religious, political, and legal history and traditions of the United States of America. Courts, county school boards, teachers, and individuals, unwittingly devoid of the knowledge of the substantial role religion (primarily Protestant Christianity) played in the birth and formation of the...
  • Morality in America

    01/25/2005 3:46:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 575+ views
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | July 1993 | Norman S. Ream
    Early in the nineteenth century the brilliant French observer Alexis de Tocqueville gave this estimate of America and Americans in his book Democracy in America: There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than America. A similar assessment could not be made at the end of the twentieth century. That is not to say that the Christian religion exercises any great influence over the souls of men in any nation today, but the loss of its original influence is certainly as great if not greater in the United...
  • The American Colonist's Library-A Treasury of Primary Documents (Repost)

    12/05/2004 12:30:14 PM PST · by Gritty · 24 replies · 37,065+ views
    Rick Gardiner Website ^ | various | various
    The American Colonist's Library A TREASURY OF PRIMARY DOCUMENTS Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American HistoryAn invaluable collection of historical works which contributed to the formation of American politics, culture, and ideals The following is a massive collection of the literature and documents which were most relevant to the colonists' lives in America. If it isn't here, it probably is not available online anywhere. ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL SEQUENCE (500 B.C.-1800 A.D.) (Use Your Browser's FIND Function to Search this Library) Given the Supreme Court's impending decision, the ultimate historic origins of the national motto, "In God We Trust" and...
  • Three Secular Reasons Why America Should be Under God

    09/24/2003 6:41:34 PM PDT · by nosofar · 120+ views
    townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2003 | William J. Federer
    Do you like having rights the government cannot take away? Do you like being equal? Do you like a country with few laws? These ideas have origins. RIGHTS To have individual rights the government cannot take away, rights must come from a power "higher" than government. The Declaration states "all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men" In other words, rights come from God and government's job is to protect your rights. In his Inaugural Address, 1961, President John F. Kennedy put it...
  • Ben Franklin's Politically Incorrect Thanksgiving

    11/23/2005 7:57:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 847+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 1785 | Benjamin Franklin
    There is a tradition that in the planting of New England, the first settlers met with many difficulties and hardships, as is generally the case when a civilizd people attempt to establish themselves in a wilderness country. Being so piously disposd, they sought relief from heaven by laying their wants and distresses before the Lord in frequent set days of fasting and prayer. Constant meditation and discourse on these subjects kept their minds gloomy and discontented, and like the children of Israel there were many disposd to return to the Egypt which persecution had inducd them to abandon. At length,...
  • The Founding Fathers - Who is your favourite?

    10/27/2015 1:48:04 PM PDT · by ConfusedSwede · 75 replies
    Archives.gov ^ | Today | ?
    My favorites are Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine.
  • [Redux: from July 4, 2012] The 7 Most Badass Founding Fathers

    07/05/2015 12:11:18 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies
    PJ media ^ | July 4, 2012 | David Forsmark
    They all pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honors, and it was more than just an idle boast. The Founding Fathers were committing treason against the most powerful empire that the world to date had ever seen. It was also their Mother Country, to which many of their friends, family, and neighbors were still loyal. And while they certainly, in the words of Patrick Henry, made the most of their treason, the idea that they would establish the most free and powerful nation in the history of mankind was not the most likely outcome. So in singling out these 7...
  • Kerry: Ben Franklin Could Not Be Confirmed to Office If He Lived Today

    05/25/2015 12:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    At a reception at the State Department that marked the U.S. taking over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Secretary of State John Kerry said that if Benjamin Franklin lived today and was nominated for office he would never be confirmed. [] (T)here is, of course, a second connection between Franklin and this reception, Kerry said. And that is that he liked to have a really good time, folks. And he didnt spare the booze, and while he was in Paris he led a life that clearly meant that had he lived today and been nominated, he would never have...
  • Flunking Civics Should No Longer Be An Option

    04/21/2015 6:01:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    "Don't know much about history" -- Sam Cooke It's an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our times. A pollster asks: "What do you think about the level of ignorance and apathy in the country?" The person replies: "I don't know and I don't care." Each week, Jesse Watters of Fox News interviews mostly young people about politics, government, current events and history. He claims their displays of ignorance are not edited. The worst part is that the interviewees don't seem to care that they know little about their government and country. In a recent episode, interviewees...
  • America is Screwed Unless We The People Get Baptized Afresh In Our Founders' Rebel Spirit

    03/22/2015 9:10:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Doug Giles
    For those who didnt know this, our nation was founded by brilliant, freedom-loving heavy weights. Its hard to imagine that nowadays because our country is currently being deconstructed by moronic, liberty-choking, light weights also known as politicians. In particularLiberal politicians. Liberals, you see, dont mind what you do as long as they approve. Theyre kind of like King George III and his inbred dipsticks in that regard. Or, for a more current example, theyre somewhat like Islam with their fascism, sans the billygoat beards and the suicide vests. That said, our current crop of freedom-stranglers arent entirely made up of...
  • B Franklin Wrote 4 The National Gazette, Quoting the Koran & Calling 4 Enslavement of Christians

    02/06/2015 1:09:02 PM PST · by wtd · 17 replies
    Infidel Bloggers Alliance ^ | February 6, 2015 | Pastorius
    Did You Hear About The Time Ben Franklin Wrote a Column For The National Gazette, Quoting From the Koran, and Calling For The Enslavement of Christians? I bet you think I'm kidding. I'm not. The first thing we need to understand is Ben Franklin was petitioning Congress for the abolition of slavery in the USA: Author, "Theodore Parker" wrote Historic Americans in which he describes founding father, Benjamin Franklin, abolitionist extraordinaire, quoting the koran in defending his abolition petition to Congress You see the young nation in its infancy. Hercules in his cradle, said Franklin; but with a...
  • (Ben) Franklin Turnpike? Not so fast; It's Named for his Illegitimate son, William

    11/27/2014 6:11:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies
    Bergen Record ^ | November 27, 2014 | Jeffrey Page
    Who was Lee of Fort Lee, Votee of Votee Park and Merritt of Camp Merritt? The Name-Dropper gives you the lowdown on some of the people whose names you see on public statues, memorial plaques, park signs, highways and even some local streets around North Jersey. Have suggestions? Email them to features@northjersey.com and put Name-Dropper in the subject field.Everybody knows that Franklin Turnpike was named for the grand old man of the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin, right?You remember Ben, the heavyset guy who flew that kite in the electrical storm, who invented bifocals and the concept of the lending library....
  • Benjamin Franklin's Essay on Daylight Saving

    11/01/2014 2:18:53 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 13 replies
    WebExhibits ^ | April 26, 1784 | Benjamin Franklin
    To THE AUTHORS of The Journal of Paris 1784 MESSIEURS, You often entertain us with accounts of new discoveries. Permit me to communicate to the public, through your paper, one that has lately been made by myself, and which I conceive may be of great utility. I was the other evening in a grand company, where the new lamp of Messrs. Quinquet and Lange was introduced, and much admired for its splendour; but a general inquiry was made, whether the oil it consumed was not in proportion to the light it afforded, in which case there would be no saving...
  • College Board Erases the Founding Fathers

    08/16/2014 10:13:32 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August16, 2014 | Patrick Jakeway
    August 16, 2014 College Board Erases the Founding Fathers. By Patrick Jakeway The classic novel Brave New World describes a future in which people have lost all of their liberty and in which they have become drugged robots obedient to a central authority. It also details how this control was first established. First, the rulers had to erase all history and all the peoples memory of a time before their bondage. Today, the history of George Washington's leadership has been erased in the new Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History test/curriculum, taking effect in the fall of 2014. The College Board,...
  • Liberal foolishness on welfare is nothing new, even the founding fathers knew it...

    04/09/2014 11:58:13 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-9-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Liberals think their desire to have unfettered proliferation of social welfare makes them the charitable ones. Imagine my surprise to see that even the founding fathers had to combat this sort of foolishness.
  • 5 Political Fallacies Too Many Americans Embrace

    10/26/2013 4:10:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2013 | John Hawkins
    1) The more democracy we have, the better. As Benjamin Franklin once said, "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch." This is why our Founding Fathers made this country a republic, not a democracy. They believed that the people should have their say, but also that certain underlying rules should remain in place that should take precedence over the will of a simple majority. Ultimately, that's the only way that the wolves and the lambs can happily co-exist over the long haul. Unfortunately, we've moved so far away from the plain reading of...
  • Who coined the name: 'United States of America'? Mystery might have intriguing answer.

    07/05/2013 8:48:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 07/05/2013 | By Byron DeLear
    Historians have long tried to pinpoint exactly when the name 'United States of America' was first used and by whom. A new find suggests the man might have been George Washington himself. As if George Washington hasnt been credited enough with laying the foundation stones of the American republic, a new discovery might put one more feather in his cap. Our leading Founding Father could have been author of the country's name. The identity of who coined the name United States of America has eluded historians for years. Online sources vary greatly, erroneously crediting Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton,...
  • Who coined 'United States of America'? Mystery might have intriguing answer

    07/04/2013 4:41:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    As if George Washington hasnt been credited enough with laying the foundation stones of the American republic, a new discovery might put one more feather in his cap. Our leading Founding Father could have been author of the country's name. The identity of who coined the name United States of America has eluded historians for years. Online sources vary greatly, erroneously crediting Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and others.
  • 12 Little-Known Facts About the Declaration of Independence (Part 1)

    06/25/2013 3:50:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Being about a week away from Independence Day, I was doing a little reflecting upon the history surrounding the Declaration of Independence. And I thought it would be of equal interest to many of my readers to look at some often-overlooked aspects of the declaration's production and legacy. Several historical websites hold some fascinating facts about this national treasure -- including the National Archives and Records Administration's site, at http://www.archives.gov. In addition, on History's website, the article "9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence," by Elizabeth Harrison, has some intriguing notes. Let me elaborate on some...
  • I'll have an Ounce of Prevention, Please

    05/08/2013 2:20:43 PM PDT · by Noremac
    Blasted Fools.com ^ | May 7, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    Woven into the fabric of our unique American culture is the timeless wisdom of founding father, Benjamin Franklin. Franklin, the author of the phrase, An Ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure, would be appalled at much that is going on in American politics, but probably not shocked. Ambassador and Postmaster Franklin counted among his legendary Thirteen Virtues, Frugality, Justice and Moderation. He certainly would take exception with a move in Washington D.C., currently underway, in which an ill-concieved policy objective threatens to flood our country with economic refugees from such a corrupt and violent region as Mexico...
  • Our Nations' First TRUE Patriots

    05/06/2013 5:07:21 PM PDT · by True Grit · 16 replies
    Keelynet ^ | Bob Aldrich
    Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? For the record, here's a portrait of the men who pledged "our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor" for liberty many years ago. Fifty-six men from each of the original 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Nine of the signers were immigrants, two were brothers and two were cousins. One was an orphan. The average age of a signer was 45. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest delegate at 70. The youngest was Thomas Lynch Jr. of South Carolina...
  • Benjamin Franklin translated works in German and French

    04/20/2013 7:36:49 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 23 replies
    He even helped to establish a German-language College. Benjamin Rush, with financial assistance from Dr. Franklin, established Franklin College in Lancaster, Pa.: (Translation Studies Reader, by Lawrence Venuti, page 454) In Pennsylvania alone, there were enough German speakers that Benjamin Franklin thought of publishing his first newspaper, the Philadelphische Zeitung(1732), in that language, and another Founding Father, Benjamin Rush, even put forth the idea of establishing German-language colleges. In 1787, Benjamin Rush wrote about this in his "Letter Describing the Consecration of the German College at Lancaster in June, 1787", though I was unable to find a version readily readable...
  • Poor Richard's Almanack complete, unedited, originally sourced

    02/02/2013 8:04:49 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    Searching Google Books for Poor Richard's has become somewhat of an exercise in frustration for me. Typically, what you will find are compilations. Authors who have looked at Franklins' works and decided what should be considered "greatest hits" quotations. Consider me uninterested. So I finally got my hands on a copy from the library which contained the original constructs of Poor Richards' as Franklin wrote them, that way I would know what to search for. Below, you will see where to find all of them online, in their original context. 1733, 1734, 1735, 1736, 1737 ,1738, 17391740 ,1741, 1742, 1743,...
  • True Patriots

    10/09/2012 7:24:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2012 | Chuck Norris
    The third definition of "patriot" in the Oxford English Dictionary is "A person actively opposing enemy forces occupying his or her country; a member of a resistance movement, a freedom fighter. Originally used of those who opposed and fought the British in the American War of Independence." The term first was used in the U.S. by Benjamin Franklin in a 1773 letter. It referred to people who stood in opposition of those pledged to the British Crown -- the Tories aka loyalists. On Oct. 7, 1780, American patriots prevailed against loyalists in the Carolinas and won their first Southern...
  • Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklins basement? (Ambassador's London residence)

    04/14/2012 11:25:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 14, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklins basement? In 1998, a group called the Friends of Benjamin Franklin House began renovations on Franklin's London residence, No. 36 Craven Street, and discovered a nasty surprise: 1,200 pieces of bone from 10 bodies, six of which were children. And the bodies were buried in the basement around the time Franklin was living in the house. No, Franklin didn't engage in a murder spree in between penning Poor Richard's Almanack and flying kites in lightning storms. In fact, it's unlikely that the bodies were murder victims at all. The bones were...
  • Egyptian Clerics: Ben Franklin Was an Anti-Semite Who Wanted to Expel Dangerous Jews From U.S

    03/16/2012 5:38:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    The Blaze / MEMRI ^ | 3-16-12 | Tiffany Gabbay
    ..Egyptian Clerics Revisionist History: Ben Franklin Was an Anti-Semite Who Wanted to Expel Dangerous Jews From U.S Earlier in the month Al-Rahma Arabic language TV featured Egyptian clerics discussing the Jewish people. After revisiting age-old anti-Semitic slurs likening Jews to "donkeys, apes and pigs," the clerics went so far as to say that indoctrinating children to "loathe Jews" is, to them, among the highest forms of "Allah-worship." These are of course not such shocking revelations, however, given their prevalence across the Islamic world. What is interesting about this particular interview though, is that the clerics spin a revisionist history in...
  • ANN COULTER: THIS IS WHAT A MOB LOOKS LIKE

    10/07/2011 3:18:43 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 14 replies
    www.anncoulter.com ^ | October 5, 2011 | ANN COULTER
    THIS IS WHAT A MOB LOOKS LIKE October 5, 2011 by ANN COULTER I am not the first to note the vast differences between the Wall Street protesters and the tea partiers. To name three: The tea partiers have jobs, showers and a point. No one knows what the Wall Street protesters want -- as is typical of mobs. They say they want Obama re-elected, but claim to hate "Wall Street."You know, the same Wall Street that gave its largest campaign donation in history to Obama,who, in turn, bailed out the banks and made Goldman Sachs the fourth branch...
  • From Alliance to Independence at the Hotel d'York

    09/03/2011 11:51:58 AM PDT · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | Sept. 3, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the signing of the Treaty of Paris by John F. Di Leo On September 3, 1783, a group of tired diplomats got together at the Hotel dYork, and signed the Treaty of Paris. It was a long time coming. Rumblings of dissatisfaction began to be noticeable during the French and Indian War, growing to a fever pitch in the Stamp Act Congress, then a few years of calm, and then Revolution. From shots fired at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 through the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown on October 19, 1781, the fighting had lasted ...
  • Britain Realizing Benefits of Work-Based Welfare

    12/31/2010 5:06:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 30, 2010 | Dick Armey (Freedomworks)
    Britain is enacting a work-based welfare system, reversing a dole-based system reaching back to the 1600s and Queen Elizabeth I. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Benjamin Franklin and Alexis de Tocqueville were very critical of the English system of public charity, which harmed the recipient and society. In 1766, Franklin wrote in The London Chronicle: I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it . . . There is no country [other than England] in the world where so many provisions are...
  • Alexander the Great(Hamilton)

    07/04/2005 7:29:25 AM PDT · by kellynla · 23 replies · 1,301+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 4, 2005 | RICHARD BROOKHISER
    When I was a boy my family had a Time-Life book on the mind which featured a chart of the presumed IQs of famous dead men. Goethe, as I recall, led the pack, at 210. But the Founding Fathers did very well: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington all scored over 150. As the Fourth of July approaches, we'd do well to remember that the Founders were a smart lot, with few gentleman's C's among them. Yet they didn't know everything. They were strongest in law, political philosophy and history--all essential subjects for revolutionaries and statesmen. But another subject,...
  • When Ben Franklin Met the Battlefield

    10/08/2010 2:51:14 PM PDT · by Palter · 10 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 08 Oct 2010 | Brooke C. Stoddard
    Most famous today as a founding father, inventor and diplomat, Franklin also commanded troops during the French and Indian War Weapons ready, slogging into the deserted village, the men and their commander were appalled at what they saw: dead soldiers and civilians and evidence of a hasty retreat. The commander ordered quick fortifications against further attack, then burial parties. The orders came from an unlikely figure: Benjamin Franklin, 50 years old, already rich, retired from his printing business and notably famous for his inventions. He had received the Copley Medal from the Royal Society of London in 1753 for his...
  • First Great Seal Committee July/August 1776

    11/28/2009 4:02:56 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 3 replies · 338+ views
    "Resolved, That Dr. Franklin, Mr. J. Adams and Mr. Jefferson, be a committee, to bring in a device for a seal for the United States of America." July 4, 1776, Journals of Continental Congress For the design team, Congress chose three of the five men who were on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence. Although these distinguished committee members were among the ablest minds in the new nation, they had little knowledge of heraldry. To help convey their vision, they chose the artist Pierre Eugne Du Simitire to work with them.
  • In the blood

    06/21/2009 11:02:58 PM PDT · by rmlew · 9 replies · 567+ views
    The Economist ^ | Jun 4th 2009 | unattributed
    From 'The Economist' print edition Attitudes towards redistribution have a strong cultural component ARGUMENTS over economic policy are often heated. Debates about the extent to which tax and welfare policy should redistribute wealth from rich to poor tend to be particularly fractious. Understanding why people hold different opinions on the topic interests economists, not least because citizens attitudes towards such matters are likely to influence the governments they elect. Some of the evidence from individual countries conforms to standard economic reasoning. Richer people, who have least to gain from redistribution, are usually less keen on it than their poorer compatriots....
  • Berwick group nets $557K for Franklin almanac (1 of 3 originals)

    06/10/2009 3:25:07 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 2 replies · 177+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes Barre, PA) ^ | 6/10/2009 | Richard Pyle
    NEW YORK When members of the local historical society in Berwick found a dusty, long-ignored copy of Benjamin Franklins 18th-century Poor Richard almanac on their shelves a few months ago, they decided to find out whether it could be real. The answer was yes emphatically confirmed on Tuesday at the Sothebys auction house, where an anonymous bidder paid $556,500 for the 1733 edition, the second highest price ever for a book printed in America. That was big news in Berwick, an old manufacturing city of 10,000 residents, where Franklin, using the pseudonym Richard Saunders, printed thousands of copies...
  • Tips to stop wild turkeys from terrorizing you

    11/20/2008 4:18:30 PM PST · by posterchild · 33 replies · 1,446+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Wed November 19, 2008 | Beth Daley
    In honor of Thanksgiving and the constant stream of complaints wildlife officials get about the wild version of our holiday meal this little item will be all about how to avoid the big birds from pecking at your heels this holiday season. The good news is that wild turkeys have made a stunning comeback after being wiped out in the state by the mid-1800s from hunting and loss of habitat. Today, there are about 20,000-25,000 birds in Massachusetts. The bad news is that the wild turkeys have moved into Brookline, Newton and other suburbs where they are gaining...
  • The Birthday Last Wednesday

    09/18/2008 7:11:46 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 8 replies · 343+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 19 Sept 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Confessions of a Very Old Man My name is Benjamin. Here I lie in Philadelphia. I caught lightning with a kite. wrote an Almanac. I perfected a postal service. I coaxed a treaty with France. But most important of all, 221 years ago last week I encouraged 39 men To sign a four-page document To give you a republic, If you can keep it. Yes, the 17th of September was the 221st birthday of the Constitution, and I choose to talk about it through the three great contributions that Benjamin Franklin made to that document. Plus, of course, his summary...
  • A Walk in the Park for a Century or More

    07/04/2008 10:52:51 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 3 replies · 156+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 4 July 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Two weeks ago I took a Walk in the Park. It was touching, sad, funny, and educational and the best possible use of two hours of time. The park was a cemetery. It was populated by dead people who talked. This was the ninth year of the Walk in the Park, sponsored by the Highlands Historical Society. Each year the Society chooses seven or so residents of the cemetery, researches their stories, casts the actors and actresses, and invites the public to visit. It is an impressive experience to walk into a cemetery and see men and women, and sometimes...
  • US scientists reject interference

    12/14/2006 1:22:58 AM PST · by kipita · 58 replies · 997+ views
    BBC ^ | 14 December 2006 | Jonathan Amos
    Some 10,000 US researchers have signed a statement protesting about political interference in the scientific process. The statement, which includes the backing of 52 Nobel Laureates, demands a restoration of scientific integrity in government policy. According to the American Union of Concerned Scientists, data is being misrepresented for political reasons. It claims scientists working for federal agencies have been asked to change data to fit policy initiatives. The Union has released an "A to Z" guide that it says documents dozens of recent allegations involving censorship and political interference in federal science, covering issues ranging from global warming to sex...
  • America's Elder Statesman: Benjamin Franklin

    07/03/2006 7:19:45 AM PDT · by kellynla · 10 replies · 500+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 03, 2006 | Jon Kyl
    As we observe Independence Day, we might do well to turn our thoughts to one of the most fascinating Founders of them all, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). This editor-turned-scientist-turned-statesman is a household name for inventing the lightning rod and bifocals; for founding America's first nonsectarian college and its post office; and for using his masterful diplomatic skills to get the French to lend crucial support to the American Revolution. But did you also know that Franklin is the only person to have signed all four of the documents that helped create the United States? He signed the Declaration of Independence (1776);...
  • Russian Princess Stands With Franklin as Comrade of the Enlightenment

    03/13/2006 8:02:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 367+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 14, 2006 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    PHILADELPHIA You would not expect to find someone sharing star billing with Benjamin Franklin in this city, especially during the 300th anniversary of his birth. But while everywhere else in town Franklin is being lionized as the printer, scientist and statesman, an exhibition at the American Philosophical Society, which he founded, pairs him with an unlikely contemporary, Ekaterina Dashkova, a Russian princess whom few Americans have ever heard of. A noblewoman who married a prince, a teenage mother and a friend of a monarch, Princess Dashkova seemed to have nothing in common with Franklin, an elderly self-made man of...
  • The Grandfather of Our Country

    01/17/2006 5:31:34 AM PST · by Quilla · 13 replies · 420+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 17, 2006 | Phil Gallagher
    January 17th, 2006 marks the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin. Since his death 216 years ago many volumes have been written that explore his numerous accomplishments in a wide variety of endeavors. Despite so much time passing, Franklins list of achievements and his lifes work still stand tall among the achievements of the many generations of Americans that have followed. More impressive than any one achievement was his versatility. Franklin contributed to many areas of daily 18th century life. If you lived in the colonies during that period, more than likely your home was heated by a Franklin stove, your...
  • The FReeper Foxhole -Happy Birthday Ben - January 17th, 2006

    01/16/2006 9:01:50 PM PST · by snippy_about_it · 118 replies · 6,939+ views
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    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Ben Franklins Greatest Invention

    12/08/2005 11:07:42 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 129 replies · 5,316+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 9 Nov., 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Even today, sources on inventions list six by Franklin that are still in active use today. One of those sits in my back hall, cheerfully and economically heating the back of my home the Franklin stove. Another sits on the bridge of my nose as I write this a pair of bifocals. But this is about Franklins greatest invention, one that the lists never mention because it is mere words, not a physical object. Franklin made seven trips to Europe, as a diplomat and scholar. He was welcomed into all the learned societies that existed in Europe then....
  • Ben Franklin Had the Right Idea for New Orleans

    09/02/2005 9:16:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 99 replies · 3,435+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 3, 2005 | JOHN TIERNEY
    Why is New Orleans in so much worse shape today than New York City was after the attacks on Sept. 11? The short answer is that New York was attacked by fire, not water. But then why are urbanites so much better prepared to cope with fire than with flooding? Mostly because they learned to fight fire without any help from the Army Corps of Engineers or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For most of history, fire was far more feared than flooding. Cities repeatedly burned to the ground. Those catastrophes occurred sporadically enough that politicians must have been tempted...