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  • Why the Marine Hymn Contains "Shores of Tripoli"

    03/05/2015 8:19:50 AM PST · by Parmy · 29 replies
    Subject: Why the Marine Hymn Contain Shores of Tripoli"... Interesting bit of history. This may be one of the more informative history lessons you ever read. Why the Marine Hymn Contains the Verse "To the Shores of Tripoli" Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago the United States had declared war on Islam and Thomas Jefferson led the charge! At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant...
  • Another man with middle name "Jefferson" accused of inappropriately touching customers

    03/05/2015 6:22:49 AM PST · by Colehill1999 · 5 replies
    WRAL-TV ^ | 3-5-15 | NA
    The owner of a Raleigh used car dealership is accused of inappropriately touching at least two customers. Thomas JEFFRSON Lynn, 63, turned himself in to authorities on Friday. He is charged with misdemeanor sexual battery and is currently out on bond. Two customers, a 22-year-old man on Feb. 22 and a 32-year-old woman on Dec. 21, 2013, told police Lynn inappropriately touched them while at Wolfpack Auto Sales, at 3020 Hillsborough Street.
  • The BMP Is Part Tank, Part Taxi

    03/05/2015 4:46:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 4, 2015 | S.K. Au-Yeong
    When the Cold War escalated in the 1950s, the United States and its European allies knew that the Warsaw Pact far outnumbered the alliance’s own tanks, artillery and infantry. Should the Soviets launch an invasion of Western Europe, the NATO armies expected — and planned—to use tactical nuclear weapons to make up for their inferior numbers.
  • Ammo Vending Machine Put in Use in Pennsylvania

    03/05/2015 2:51:35 AM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 11 replies
    controversialtimes ^ | March 4, 2015 | Reagan Wilson
    If youve ever been to a public shooting range you might have experienced long lines to check in, buy targets and buy ammo. Well one shooting range in Pennsylvania is taking a more efficient approach to selling the ammo. The Beaver Valley Rifle & Pistol Club has installed a vending machine for ammo at their range. Also, the guy who installed it? Hes running for county sheriff. Sam Piccinini is a Republican candidate for sheriff who also owns the small ammo company that operates the machine.
  • The true history of conservatives and liberals. (Humor)

    03/04/2015 4:57:58 PM PST · by Wingy · 2 replies
    Vanity | 3/4/2015 | Bob (Not a Democrat)
    Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.
  • US billionaire Paul Allen discovers wreck of Japan's biggest warship Musashi

    03/04/2015 3:37:21 PM PST · by mojito · 36 replies
    Guardian/AFP ^ | 3/4/2015 | Unattributed
    Sunk without trace in what some historians consider the greatest naval battle ever fought, the mightiest battleship ever built has been found off the Philippines by one of the worlds wealthiest men. Paul Allen, the multibillionaire Microsoft co-founder, on Tuesday posted photographs of the wreck of the Musashi, a second world war Japanese battleship that, with its sister-ship the Yamato, was the largest and most heavily-armed warship ever launched. WW2 Battleship Musashi sank 1944 is FOUND, Allen announced on Twitter, beneath a ghostly underwater photograph of the mammoth vessels rusting, coral-encrusted bow clearly bearing the chrysanthemum crest of the Japanese...
  • They Thought They Were Free

    03/04/2015 12:09:40 PM PST · by Osage Orange · 31 replies
    University of Chicago ^ | 3-4-2015 | Milton Mayer
    An excerpt from They Thought They Were Free The Germans, 1933-45 Milton Mayer But Then It Was Too Late "What no one seemed to notice," said a colleague of mine, a philologist, "was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. Just think how very wide this gap was to begin with, here in Germany. And it became always wider. You know, it doesnt make people close to their government to be told that this is a peoples government, a true democracy, or to be enrolled in civilian defense, or even to vote. All this has...
  • Determining recipes for some of the world's oldest preserved beers

    03/04/2015 10:20:58 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 03-04-2015 | Provided by American Chemical Society
    Some breweries have taken to resurrecting the flavors of ages past. Adventurous beer makers are extrapolating recipes from clues that archeologists have uncovered from old and even ancient brews found at historical sites. Now scientists have analyzed some of the oldest preserved beer samples from an 1840s' shipwreck to try to provide insight into how they were made. They report their findings in ACS' Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry. Brian Gibson and colleagues explain that in 2010, divers discovered an old schooner at the bottom of the Baltic Sea near Finland. Archeological evidence suggested the ship went down about...
  • 'First human' discovered in Ethiopia

    03/04/2015 10:18:28 AM PST · by moose07 · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 4 March 2015 | Pallab Ghosh
    The new jawbone: its teeth are smaller than those of other human relatives Scientists have unearthed the jawbone of what they claim is one of the very first humans. The 2.8 million-year-old specimen is 400,000 years older than researchers thought that our kind first emerged. The discovery in Ethiopia suggests climate change spurred the transition from tree dweller to upright walker. The head of the research team told BBC News that the find gives the first insight into "the most important transitions in human evolution". Prof Brian Villmoare of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas said the discovery...
  • 'Oldest human brain' may have been preserved by mud

    03/04/2015 10:02:21 AM PST · by moose07 · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 4 March 2015 | BBC
    The brain was discovered inside a skull found at Heslington near York A human brain, believed to be the oldest ever discovered, may have been preserved for over 2,000 years by mud, archaeologists have said. The organ was found inside a decapitated skull at an Iron Age dig site near York in 2008. Tests on the remains suggested they were from the 6th Century BC, making them about 2,600 years old. York Archaeological Trust said the skull had been buried in wet, clay-rich ground providing an oxygen-free burial. They said the burial location could have helped conserve the brain,...
  • Japanese ship found after 70 years

    03/04/2015 9:18:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    . The Musashi was one of a trio of vessels built by Japan during the war that, at 263 metres (863 feet) each, were its biggest battleships ever. American warplanes sank the Musashi on October 24, 1944, at the height of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, regarded as the largest naval encounter of the war in which US and Australian forces defeated the Japanese. Dozens of Japanese warships that were sunk during World War II have since been found in the Philippines, with some of them now popular dive locations. The Sibuyan Sea where the Musashi was reportedly found is...
  • Will Netanyahu's speech pave the way to ending Israel not signing Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?

    03/04/2015 7:33:23 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 25 replies
    3/4/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The NPT was signed in 1968 and became affective in 1970. Concerning non signatories for the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), Pakistan, India, Israel and South Sudan fall into this list. North Korea withdrew from it, and the rest of the world is either a recognized nuclear weapon state ratifier, a recognized nuclear weapon state acceder, and so on. There are five nuclear weapons states from the NPT (the U.S., Russia, China, France and Great Britain), other states known and/or highly suspect for possessing nuclear weapons (Israel) and states suspected of developing nuclear weapons (Saudi Arabia, Iran and others). There are...
  • Microsoft billionaire finds wreck of legendary Japanese battleship Musashi: [truncated]

    03/04/2015 6:14:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | Flora Drury
    Microsoft's co-founder has used his own submarine to find the wreck of the Japanese Navy's biggest warship - which has lain undiscovered at the bottom of the ocean for the past 70 years. Paul Allen revealed his amazing discovery to the world on Tuesday, by posting a photo to Twitter of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal. The Musashi - which, along with its sister ship Yamato, was the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleship ever constructed - was sunk by the U.S. Navy in 1944, taking with it more than...
  • 18th-Dynasty Tomb Discovered in Luxor

    03/04/2015 2:23:01 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Tuesday, March 03, 2015 | editors
    A tomb dating to the 18th Dynasty has been discovered by a team from the American Research Center in the Gorna necropolis on Luxors west bank. The t-shaped tomb has two large halls and an unfinished small niche at one end. A side room has a shaft that could lead to the burial chamber, Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh el-Damaty told Ahram Online. The walls of the tomb, which was looted and damaged in antiquity, are decorated with paintings of hunting scenes and images of the tombs owner, a guard of Amuns gate, and his wife in front of an offering...
  • Israel: Biblical Libnah Iron Age settlement from Kingdom of Judah 'found' in Tel Burna

    03/04/2015 1:12:52 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    International Business Times UK ^ | February 6, 2015 | Mary-Ann Russon
    Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a fortified settlement that could be Libnah, part of the Kingdom of Judah in ancient Israel, and a place where the Israelites stopped during the Exodus... Libnah was also the site of a revolt during the reign of King Jehoram of Judah (mentioned in 2 Chronicles 21:10) when the king had forsaken "the God of his fathers". Another biblical account states 185,000 Assyrian soldiers under King Sennacherib were killed by an angel of God while they were encamped near Libnah, which prevented them from advancing on Jerusalem from Lachish (2 Kings 19:35)... Tel Burna...
  • Archaeology student discovers 'outstanding' Anglo-Saxon pendant worth L50K

    03/04/2015 12:54:54 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 28, 2015 | Kate Pickles
    Likely owner had royal connections given quality of jewellery Archaeology student had been amateur metal detector since childhood Coins and other jewellery found next to female skeleton in field Pendant described by experts as of 'national significance' Student, landowner and others on dig will get to split proceeds
  • Ancient 'lost city' home to a vanished civilisation found deep in jungles of Honduras

    03/03/2015 2:39:00 PM PST · by BBell · 48 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 3/3/15 | Philip Sherwell
    The jungle-choked remains of a "lost city", abandoned by a mysterious civilisation several centuries ago and long fabled for reports of its gold and "monkey children", have been uncovered in the depths of the rainforests of Honduras. A team of American and Honduran archaeologists, aided by the bushcraft and survival skills of former British SAS soldiers, has just emerged from one of the most remote locations on Earth with news of their stunning discovery. The expedition was seeking the site of the legendary "White City", also known as the "City of the Monkey God", a goal for Western explorers since...
  • Chris Matthews: Netanyahu Speech a Foreign Takeover Attempt

    03/03/2015 11:16:31 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 38 replies
    NRO ^ | 3/3/2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    MSNBCs Chris Matthews saw a nefarious aim behind Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahus speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, claiming his discussion on the Iranian nuclear talks represented nothing less than a takeover attempt by a foreign leader. Let me get to the heart of this now, he told host Thomas Roberts. This man, from a foreign government, walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over U.S. foreign policy. Mm-hmm, Roberts said approvingly. He said, You should trust me, not your president, on this, Matthews continued. I am the man you should trust, I...
  • Vacate the Chair

    03/03/2015 10:59:55 AM PST · by Another Kansan · 4 replies
    "The Speaker can not be unmindful of the fact, as evidenced by three previous elections to the Speakership, that in the past he has enjoyed the confidence of the Republican Party of the country and of the Republican Members of the House; but the assault upon the Speaker of the House by the minority, supplemented by the efforts of the so-called insurgents, shows that the Democratic minority, aided by a number of so-called insurgents, constituting 15 per cent of the majority party in the House, is now in the majority, and that the Speaker of the House is not in...
  • Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coup: Coolest Chrysler Ever Made

    03/03/2015 10:19:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    jalopnik.com ^ | 5/01/09 3:00pm | Peter Orosz
    As the first day with Chrysler in bankruptcy dawns, lets look at a mad car from an era when the automaker was set to conquer the very skies: the jet-powered Gilda coup. There is something definitely wrong with the heat exchangers of Italian air conditioners. Granted, they have fans in them and machines with fans will never be silent but cooling a small building by Lake Como should not require a jet engine. There, I said itand as if on cue, this orange-silver concoction from half a century ago rounds a bend and motorvates leisurely down a service road. The...
  • Queen's new portrait for coins revealed by Royal Mint

    03/03/2015 4:21:18 AM PST · by beaversmom · 11 replies
    A new portrait of the Queen to appear on coins has been unveiled, but it might be some time before the new money starts appearing in people's wallets. The effigy, designed by Jody Clark, is only the fifth definitive coin portrait to have been created during the Queen's reign and the first since 1998.
  • Dictators Necessary to Keep Free Republics.

    03/03/2015 1:47:35 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 17 replies
    First off, a dictator is not a tyrant. Yes, an online dictionary and a thesaurus I know of regard them as fairly synonymous. They are not. Tyrants are outlaws hostile to republican freedom. Tyrants assume, grasp, and otherwise illegally seize powers. They either destroy republican institutions outright, or like Obama, they squeeze the neck of institutions like congress that stand in their way. In time, once free institutions become rubber stamps to the will of the tyrant and sooner or later legitimize his oppression. OTOH, successful dictators are republican saviors. Classic, ancient dictators were freely given enormous authority for a...
  • Postwar Rape: Were Americans As Bad as the Soviets? (German author/revisionism)

    03/02/2015 10:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | March 02, 2015 06:36 PM | Klaus Wiegrefe
    In the popular imagination, American GIs in postwar Germany were well-liked and well-behaved. But a new book claims that US soldiers raped up to 190,000 women at the end of World War II. Is there any truth to the controversial claim? [] German historian Miriam Gebhardt, well known in Germany for her book about leading feminist Alice Schwarzer and the feminist movement, has now published a new volume casting doubt on the accepted version of Americas role in German postwar history. The work, which came out in German on Monday, takes a closer look at the rape of German...
  • Maggie Smith to leave Downton Abbey after Season 6

    03/02/2015 3:48:25 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3-2-15 | David Hinckley
    "Downton Abbey" is losing its Dowager Countess. Maggie Smith, who plays the sharp-tongued Violet on the beloved PBS drama, told the Times of London Sunday that the upcoming sixth season will be her last. Perhaps more alarming to fans, if thats possible, was Smiths broad hint that this could also be the finale for the show itself. "They say this is the last one, and I can't see how it could go on," Smith told the Times. I mean, I certainly can't keep going ... To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're into the late 1920s."
  • Happy Casimir Pulaski Day

    03/02/2015 2:20:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | March 2, 2015
    Casimir Pulaski Day is a holiday observed in Illinois on the first Monday of every March in memory of Casimir Pulaski (March 6, 1745 – October 11, 1779), a Revolutionary War cavalry officer born in Poland as Kazimierz Pułaski. He is praised for his contributions to the U.S. military in the American Revolution and known as "the father of the American cavalry".More
  • Astronomers Find a Dusty Galaxy That Shouldn't Exist

    03/02/2015 10:11:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | Published March 2, 2015 | Michael D. Lemonick
    A object from the very early universe is bafflingly rich with dust that theory says shouldn't have formed yet. Photograph by NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Blakeslee (NRC Herzberg Astrophysics Program, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory), and H. Ford (JHU) Astronomers have spotted a surprisingly dusty little galaxy within the cluster Abell 1689, shown here in an image by the Hubble telescope. Peering back in time to find the very earliest objects in the universe, an international team of astronomers has discovered a galaxy that shouldn't be there at all. The problem, the scientists report Monday in Nature, is...
  • The Evolution of the Sniper Rifle Infograph

    03/02/2015 7:04:45 AM PST · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    This is a quick down and dirty of the main sniper rifles that was significant from past to present and had made huge contribution to the U.S. war campaigns. View the evolution of sniper rifle infograph here.
  • Sadd Al-Kafara ... the oldest dam in the world [2700-2600 BC]

    03/02/2015 6:57:05 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Hydria Project ^ | 2009 | MIO
    About forty kilometres south of Cairo, close to the town of Helwan, lie the ruins of the Sadd-el-Kafara ( = "dam of the Pagans"), an embankment dam of great size built around 2700-2600 BC, discovered over 100 years ago in the old, deep and dry Garawi ravine. The masonry-faced earthen dam originally measured 14 m height and 113 m length along the crest and is considered today the oldest dam of such size known in the world. The primal aim of the dam was to retain the water from rare but violent floods. It could also ensure water to workers...
  • 15 Megatons of Hell: The Castle Bravo Nuke Test

    03/02/2015 6:55:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 72 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | March 2, 2015 | Paul Huard
    Sixty-one years ago on an island in the South Pacific, scientists and military officers, fishermen and Marshall Islands natives observed first-hand what Armageddon would be like. And it almost killed them all. The Atomic Energy Commission code-named the nuclear test Castle Bravo. The March 1, 1954 experiment was the first thermonuclear explosion based on practical technology that would lead to a deliverable H-bomb for the Air Forces Strategic Air Commandpart of the Operation Castle series of tests needed to manufacture the high-yield weapons. Bravo was the worst radiological disaster in American atomic testing historybut the test provided information that led...
  • The Triumph of an Idea (Harper's Weekly article)

    03/01/2015 4:53:00 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica
    Archive.org ^ | March 8, 1913
    The Triumph of an Idea Beginning and Conclusion of Seven Years of Public Service "Meanwhile, please God, as ever hitherto in a crisis of the Republic, a man will emerge from comparative political obscurity, capable of holding high the torch of personal liberty, that all the people may see the clear light and revert gladly to the pristine standard of individual and industrial progress which, despite temporary retrogression, continues to be the glory of the nation." - North American Review, August, 1910 Selections from about Three Hundred Columns of Editorial and Special Articles Published in "Harper's Weekly" and "The North...
  • Minnie Minoso, Treasured White Sox Ballplayer, Is Dead

    03/01/2015 12:44:03 PM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 1, 2015 | Richard Goldstein
    Minnie Minoso, the hugely popular All-Star outfielder from Cuba who became the major leagues first black player out of Latin America and a treasured figure in the history of the Chicago White Sox, died on Sunday in Chicago. His true age was never entirely clear, but by an account in his autobiography, he would have been 89 when he died.
  • Cats' Roundtable Radio Program -- 3/1/2015

    03/01/2015 8:31:01 AM PST · by 9thLife · 1 replies
    Am 970 The Answer ^ | Sunday March 1, 2015 | John Catsimatidis
    Guests Cats' Roundtable national edition 9:00AM schumer: Senator Charles Schumer is the senior United States Senator from New York, a Democrat. First elected in 1998 by a margin of 55%44%. Schumer was re-elected in 2004 by a margin of 71%24% and in 2010 by a margin of 66%33%. Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Schumer served in the US House of Representatives from 1981 to 1999, representing New York's 16th congressional district, Manhattan. A native of Brooklyn and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he was a three-term member of the New York State Assembly, serving from...
  • Dogs bred from wolves helped humans take over from Neanderthal rivals in Europe 40,000 years ago

    03/01/2015 5:42:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 1, 2015 | Dan Bloom
    It's thousands of years since mankind won dominance over nature, and we're still pretty proud. But a top researcher says we've been giving ourselves too much credit - because we were helped by our oldest friends. Humans paired up with dogs as early as 40,000 BC, it is claimed, giving us such an advantage in hunting that it prompted the wipeout of our Neanderthal rivals.
  • Flight Nurse 1953 [Korean War 65 years ago in 1950]

    03/01/2015 5:33:11 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Republic
    Flight Nurse 1953. Director: Allan Dwan. Stars: Joan Leslie, Forrest Tucker, Arthur Franz [depicts Korean War 1950]
  • The Progressive Myth of Creativity, Ken Robinson, and the Worst World Order

    02/28/2015 3:44:04 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Nov. 25, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [Summary: Progressive education tends to celebrate creativity at the expense of knowledge and the traditional curriculum.] Creativity has been a big theme in progressive education for more than 75 years: We are constantly lectured that kids need music, art, theater, etc. This theme is now metastasizing into an oppressive dogma. But why? Ken Robinson, the guru of creativity, is famous for saying We are educating people out of their creative capacities. The premise seems to be: if kids do arty things, they will end up being artists. Empirically untrue. Conversely, Robinson says that if children do something rigorous and academic,...
  • Malcolm Boyd dies at 91; Episcopal priest took prayer to the streets

    02/28/2015 2:35:50 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mary Rourke
    The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, the Episcopal priest whose book "Are You Running With Me, Jesus?" took prayer out of church onto the city streets in a slangy vernacular not found in Sunday missals, has died. He was 91. Boyd died Friday under hospice care in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia, according to Robert Williams, spokesman for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Boyd delivered riffs on life's grittier problems the white racists afraid of integration, or teenage girls who get pregnant with a candor that was rarely heard from a priest leading a community at prayer.
  • Found Islamic Coins Hidden Inside Viking Age Shield Boss

    02/28/2015 1:53:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    ThorNews ^ | Valentine's Day, February 14, 2015 | unattributed
    In August 2014 a hobby archaeologist found a Viking Age sword with metal detector in a field in Skaun, just south of Trondheim in Central Norway. Now, archaeologists have examined the finding and have some exciting news about the owner. Having examined the grave, archaeologists at the NTNU Museum of Natural History and Archaeology in Trondheim tell NRK that it is dated to about the year 950. In addition to the sword, researchers found the remains of a shield. 'We have not managed to find out who owned the sword, but we know that he was a well traveled man",...
  • Archaeologists discover secret room in ancient Sidon temple [Phoenicians]

    02/28/2015 12:44:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | February 24, 2015 | Mohammed Zaatari
    ...The newly discovered monumental room is believed to be an extension of the underground Temple of Sidon, which dates back to the Bronze Age. This finding comes as workers prepare the foundations of a new national museum, which will be established beside the archaeological site. Construction of the museum led to urgent excavations at the site last month. Ten years ago, the delegation discovered an underground "holy of holies" room, dating back to 1300 B.C., where ancient residents are believed to have worshipped their gods. The newly discovered room was found adjacent to it, and is thought to be an...
  • Star Trek Online Announces In-Game Memorial For Leonard Nimoy

    02/28/2015 9:38:21 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    ComicBook.com ^ | 2-28-2015 | Russ Burlingame
    Following in the footsteps of World of Warcraft's magical tribute to the late Robin Williams, Star Trek Online will feature an in-game tribute to veteran Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away yesterday at age 83. "I want to once again express my heartfelt condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Leonard Nimoy," said executive producer Steve Ricossa in a statement. "Everyone at Cryptic Studios was saddened to hear of his passing and we want to make sure we never forget the cultural impact of the man or the character he played. To that end, the Star...
  • Earl Lloyd, N.B.A.s First Black Player, Dies at 86

    02/28/2015 8:03:44 AM PST · by EveningStar · 1 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 27, 2015 | Richard Goldstein
    Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player to appear in an N.B.A. game when he took the court for the Washington Capitols in October 1950, three and a half years after Jackie Robinson broke modern major league baseballs color barrier, died on Thursday in Crossville, Tenn. He was 86 ... When the N.B.A., going into its fifth season, prepared for its April 1950 draft, many club owners continued to resist signing a black player. Apart from the prejudices of the time, some owners feared that Abe Saperstein, the owner of the all-black, crowd-pleasing Harlem Globetrotters, would pull them from...
  • This Day In U.S. Military History - 27 February 1945

    02/27/2015 4:27:50 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 3 replies
    Today we pay homage to a trio of WWII Medal Of Honor recipients: Pfc. Herman C. Wallace Company B, 301st Engineer Combat Battalion, 76th Infantry Division Gy.Sgt. William Gary Walsh, USMC Company G, 3d Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division Pvt. Wilson Douglas Watson, USMCR 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division "I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life.I am prepared to give my life in their defense."
  • History of the Sniper

    02/27/2015 8:33:27 AM PST · by w1n1 · 16 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/27/2015 | Frank Jardim
    The sniper is an incredibly efficient fighter, compared to the typical infantryman. Consider that in World War II, American infantry units fired 25,000 rounds to kill just one enemy soldier. By the Korean War, that figure jumped to 50,000 rounds, and the select-fire M14 and M16 infantry rifles of the Vietnam War only seem to have produced more misses, requiring the expenditure of 200,000 rounds to kill one enemy combatant. It is ironic that a country built on a tradition of rifle marksmanship took nearly 200 years to formally embrace the sniper, the man that represents the military apex of...
  • Pharaoh Brutally Killed in Battle, Analysis Shows

    02/27/2015 7:09:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    discovery,com ^ | Rossella Lorenzi
    Pharaoh Senebkay, one of the earliest kings of a forgotten Abydos Dynasty, was brutally killed in battle more than 3,600 years ago, says a study that has reconstructed, blow by blow, the kings last moments. The research identified 18 wounds on the pharaohs bones. It also established that Senebkay is the earliest Egyptian pharaoh to have died in battle. Woseribre Senebkay was unknown to history until last year, when a University of Pennsylvania expedition led by archaeologist Josef Wegner, working with Egypts Supreme Council of Antiquities, found his remains in a four-chambered tomb at South Abydos in Sohag province, about...
  • Marie Harf Funnies

    02/27/2015 3:34:18 AM PST · by thesligoduffyflynns · 9 replies
    This is a very brief excerpt of Marie Harf & Matt Lee going at it .It's and oldie but a goodie-& freaking funny I love how Harf chastises Matt Lee and at the very end puts her emphasis on the word "AGAIN"
  • Britain Imported Wheat 2,000 Years Before Growing It

    02/26/2015 6:45:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    scientificamerican.com ^ | Cynthia Graber
    Early farming began in the Near East about 10,500 years ago. Farming first reached the Balkans in Europe some 8 to 9,000 years ago, and then crept westward. Locals in Britain, separated from the mainland by the relatively newly formed English Channel, did not start farming until about 6,000 years ago. But an analysis of sediment from a submerged British archaeological site called Bouldner Cliff found something unexpected. Amongst our Bouldner Cliff samples we found ancient DNA evidence of wheat at the site, which was not seen in mainland Britain for another 2,000 years. Robin Allaby of the University of...
  • The Circuitous Perfection of Libertarian "Foreign Policy"

    02/26/2015 5:52:41 PM PST · by crusher · 1 replies
    swlf | today | crusher
    The Present and Future Timeline of Libertarian Foreign Policy RE: Iran I have long believed that Iran was THE problem in the Middle East, and given that they are clearly DaWon's heart throb thy are worthy of continued monitoring. Their presence on the word stage is a continued source of confusion for Libertinians who tend to fall into the pattern of thinking below. 1. All nation states are evil, in fact equally evil, so no nation state including the USA should engage in actions against other nation states like Iran (or even extra-national entities like ISIS). 2. Since all nation...
  • Al Sharpton Getting The Bullet

    02/26/2015 4:40:38 PM PST · by thesligoduffyflynns · 36 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | today | sligoduffyflynns
    Looks like Bobblehead Al is on his way out
  • Suspected Israeli nationalists torch Christian seminary in Jerusalem

    Suspected Israeli nationalists set fire to a Christian seminary in Jerusalem and vandalized an elementary school in Nablus on Thursday, officials said. The attacks, which came a day after a similar group burned a mosque near Bethlehem, have been characterized as hate crimes by Israeli officials and "terrorism" by Palestinians. According to local media reports, the assailants poured flammable liquid into a bathroom window of the Greek Orthodox seminary and ignited it. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said "anti-Christian" slogans were scribbled in Hebrew on the seminary's walls including Jesus is a son of a whore and the redemption of...
  • Ted Cruz calls out GOP leadership after Senate gives in to Democrats demands on DHS funding bill

    02/26/2015 11:14:44 AM PST · by napscoordinator · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 24, 2015 | PETE KASPEROWICZ
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    Daily Beast ^ | February 26, 2015 | Arthur Chu
    So were in late February, which means its the season for local Jefferson-Jackson Days, when local Democratic Parties hold potlucks to raise money and get people pumped for Get Out the Vote drives. Its also shortly after Presidents Day, which is, for me, always a day spent reminiscing about random presidential trivia and tweeting unpopular opinions. And for once one of those unpopular opinions caught the attention of an editor and now Im writing about how the Jackson in Jefferson-Jackson Day is an abomination. Indeed, I want to grab my fellow Democrats who say stupid, historically ignorant things about how...