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  • Mysterious Earthen Rings Predate Amazon Rainforest

    07/10/2014 12:35:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 07, 2014 03:37pm ET | Stephanie Pappas
    Carson and his colleagues wanted to explore the question of whether early Amazonians had a major impact on the forest. They focused on the Amazon of northeastern Bolivia, where they had sediment cores from two lakes nearby major earthworks sites. These sediment cores hold ancient pollen grains and charcoal from long-ago fires, and can hint at the climate and ecosystem that existed when the sediment was laid down as far back as 6,000 years ago. An examination of the two cores — one from the large lake, Laguna Oricore, and one from the smaller lake, Laguna Granja — revealed a...
  • Dinesh's "America" now the #1 bestseller on Amazon for all books.

    07/10/2014 8:26:28 AM PDT · by smartyaz · 30 replies
    Any thoughts why?
  • The awesome (and chilling) genius of the Germans: From soccer to supermarkets,

    07/10/2014 6:51:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 10, 2014 | Max Hastings
    Our forefathers knew the feeling. One minute there you are, like Brazil’s football team on Tuesday, settling down to start a long campaign. The next minute, bewilderingly, it is all over: Germany is master of the field, counting prisoners or — in this case — an unprecedented 7-1 triumph in the World Cup semi-final, executed with chilling discipline and precision. What is it about the Germans? Yes, yes, I know we are not meant to mention the war, or rather wars. But how can we not do so, when for centuries the world paid tribute to Germany’s prowess on the...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-07-09 : President Obama's Border Absurdity

    07/09/2014 4:19:29 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 12 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-07-09 | Newt Gingrich
    . July 7, 2014 Newt Gingrich : President Obama's Border Absurdity ===================================================== President Barack Obama is in Texas today. Texas is the center of the current crisis at the border. From Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, thousands upon thousands of children are pouring into the United States. This flood of foreign children is not a problem of border security. They are not sneaking across the border illegally. Under the Feinstein Amendment of 2008, unaccompanied minors from these countries can present themselves at a legal border crossing, claim to be political refugees and seek asylum. The argument on the left is...
  • Jimmy Carter unveils truth about Israel

    07/09/2014 4:14:09 PM PDT · by sopwith · 11 replies
    you tube ^ | ?? | msnbc
    ok Carter is still a commie
  • Bung Mokhtar Draws Ire With ‘Hitler’ Tweet Congratulating Germany for Win Over Brazil

    07/09/2014 11:23:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Rashvinjeet S. Bedi
    Controversial Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin has found himself in the firing line again, this time for linking the German football team to Adolf Hitler. After Germany humiliated Brazil 7-1in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday morning, Bung tweeted “WELL DONE..BRAVO...LONG LIVE HITLER”. His tweet went viral and netizens condemned Bung for being “insensitive” and “brainless” among other things. In his subsequent tweets, Bung, however, seemed unrepentant and defended himself from the derision on Twitter. He told Twitter user @Aisehman that he didn’t know what was going on while he told @syazwanrahimy that he was making a...
  • The Origin of the Little League Baseball® World Series [75 years of Little League]

    07/09/2014 5:52:11 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 10 replies
    The Origin of the Little League Baseball® World Series Since its inception, Little League® has shown to be a microcosm of society, reflecting cultural and historical trends. In 75 years, the “idea” of Little League, devised in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, by Founder Carl E. Stotz in 1938, with its first season in 1939; has rewarded players, families, volunteers and communities with impactful life lessons centered around the games of baseball and softball. Understandably, the idea took some time to resonate. By 1946, there were only 12 leagues patterned after Mr. Stotz’s model. In 1947, Mr. Stotz and the first local Little...
  • Bush's Western White House revealed: George W. opens the doors to his Texas ranch

    07/09/2014 3:55:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7-8-14 | Joshua Gardner
    Former U.S. president George W. Bush recently opened the doors to his gorgeous Texas ranch to reveal rooms where he once hosted world leaders and where he now bides his time painting them. Bush gave a tour of the Crawford home he completed just after becoming the nation's 43rd president in 2001 to Architectural Digest for the magazine's August cover story. It's a rare glimpse at the sprawling property where Vladimir Putin once rode shotgun in Bush's pickup and where the younger of W.'s twins, Jenna, held her intimate 2008 wedding. George and Laura Bush have retired to Dallas, Texas...
  • Study: Fossil soaring bird had huge wingspan

    07/08/2014 8:57:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 3:12 PM EDT | Malcolm Ritter
    A fossil found in South Carolina has revealed a gigantic bird that apparently snatched fish while soaring over the ocean some 25 million to 28 million years ago. Its estimated wingspan of around 21 feet is bigger than the height of a giraffe. …
  • In Search Of... The Coming Ice Age (1977)

    07/08/2014 5:06:45 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/8/2014 | Youtube
    Video Linky Here
  • Ripped from the pages of the Wall Street Journal in July 1889 - it's never different this time...

    07/08/2014 9:54:03 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    WSJ via ZeroHedge ^ | 7/8/14 | Tyler Durden
    Ripped from the pages of the Wall Street Journal in July 1889 - it's never different this time...
  • Dovedale Roman and Iron Age coins found after 2,000 years

    07/08/2014 7:40:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 6 July 2014 Last updated at 21:15 ET
    The treasure trove was unearthed after a member of the public stumbled across four coins in the cave in Dovedale in Derbyshire's Peak District. The discovery prompted a full-scale excavation of the site. Experts say it is the first time coins from these two separate civilisations have been found buried together. Archaeologists discovered 26 coins, including three Roman coins which pre-date the invasion of Britain in AD43, and 20 other gold and silver pieces which are Late Iron Age and thought to belong to the Corieltavi tribe. Although Roman coins have often been found in fields, this is understood to...
  • Critics Hate 'America,' Public Gives Patriotic Docudrama A+

    07/08/2014 4:46:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood ^ | 7-7-2014 | Christian Toto
    In case we needed any more proof of the disconnect between mainstream movie critics and the public ... enter America. The new docudrama from the team behind 2016: Obama's America, earned some of the surliest reviews in recent memory. Critics sniffed the film was "odious," "hypocritical," and filled with "outright lies." One august reporter directly told readers not to see the film. Here's how the critic at RogerEbert.com starts his review: In 2012, political commentator, author, disgraced former university president and convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza Others reveal their news biases directly, like this critique in the Salt Lake Tribune: The...
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the American Founding

    07/07/2014 7:11:41 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Bradley J. Birzer
    On this Fourth of July, 236 years after Congress declared independence from the British Empire through the Declaration of Independence, it’s well worth reminding ourselves of a number of things about the Founding era. In 1776, numerous individuals, families, committees, congregations, localities, and states had already proclaimed their independence, and almost no remaining imperial structure could continue to operate with any legitimacy in what would very soon become thirteen states. By the very beginning of July of 1776, it became clear that members of Congress would have to catch up quickly to the more activist localities, hoping to rein in...
  • 10/2013 *UPDATED* The List: Unnecessarily Shut Down by Obama to Inflict Public Pain

    07/07/2014 3:28:53 PM PDT · by RginTN · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Oct 2013 | JOHN NOLTE
    ...this White House is determined to unreasonably punish as many everyday people as possible. And this includes children sick with cancer. That might sound like hyperbole, but it is not.
  • Fossils Unearthed at Silicon Valley Construction Site

    07/07/2014 2:23:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jul 7, 2014
    Giant teeth from a 40-foot-long shark and portions of what could turn out to be an entire whale skeleton are among more than 500 fossils that have been unearthed at a dam construction site in Silicon Valley, a newspaper reported. Most of the fossils uncovered at the Calaveras Dam replacement project in Fremont, California, are believed to be about 20 million years old, dating to the Miocene Epoch, when the ocean extended as far inland as Bakersfield, California, the San Jose Mercury News reported on Monday. Scallops, clams, barnacles and the teeth of an extinct hippopotamus-like creature called a Desmostylus...
  • Meet Chiquita: A tiny, blonde, 500-year-old Wyoming mummy

    07/07/2014 8:43:10 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    Casper Star-Tribune Online ^ | 06 July 2014 | Jeremy Fugleberg
    George Gill hands over the never-published photos of the infant he calls Chiquita. Her fine blond hair arches over her wrinkled, leathery skin. Her arms are wrapped around her, a tiny mouth frozen in an “O.” If she once had another name, Gill wouldn’t know it. After all, Chiquita has been dead for hundreds of years. She is one of only a handful of known infant mummies in existence with a particular birth defect. Two such mummies, Chiquita and one known as the Pedro Mountain mummy, were found in Wyoming. They both hold tantalizing clues about those who inhabited Wyoming’s...
  • The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Salmon P. Chase

    07/07/2014 2:31:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    NY Times Disunion ^ | July 2, 2014 | RICK BEARD
    On July 4, 1864, four days after President Abraham Lincoln had surprised him by accepting his resignation, Treasury secretary Salmon P. Chase confided to his diary, “I am too earnest, too antislavery … [and] too radical.” Chase surely possessed each of these attributes – in excess – but they had little to do with his unexpected exit from Lincoln’s “team of rivals.” Rather, it was much more personal. Chase’s oft-repeated threat to quit had tested the forbearance of a beleaguered president once too often. Out of patience, Lincoln ended his tenure with the observation that “you and I have reached...
  • The History of America In 12 Movies

    07/06/2014 8:56:44 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | John Nolte
    Here in Boone, NC, the most perfect and beautiful spot in all of America (and therefore the universe), the sky is blue and the air is cool and dry. For that reason, a movie festival is probably not on my agenda this holiday weekend. But for those of you stuck inside, what better way is there to celebrate the 4th of July than with a movie binge that takes you through the history of this great country of ours. My list is not perfect. Lists never are. It's a starting point. Feel free to make your own recommendations.
  • Errant spot of ink causes ‘serious misunderstanding’ of Declaration of Independence, scholar says

    07/05/2014 1:15:22 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 40 replies
    National Post ^ | July 3, 2014 | Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times
    Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation’s founding charter exactly as it was signed by the Second Continental Congress in 1776. Or almost exactly? A scholar is now saying that the official transcript of the document produced by the National Archives contains a significant error – smack in the middle of the sentence beginning “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” no less. The error, according to Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, concerns a period that appears right after...
  • French archaeologists discover an exceptional Gallic chariot tomb at Warcq in France

    07/04/2014 8:35:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Art Daily ^ | Friday, July 4, 2014 | unattributed
    A combined team composed of archaeologists from the Ardennes departmental archaeology unit and from Inrap is currently excavating a Gallic aristocratic tomb at Warcq (Ardennes)... This type of aristocratic tomb emerges in the 7th century B.C. – during the first Iron Age – and ends with the end of the Gallic period. The oldest chariots have four wheels (like that found at Vix), while those from the second Iron Age have only two. The deceased person – who could be male or female – was generally inhumed on the chariot, which was an object of prestige and a symbol of...
  • Speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence: Calvin Coolidge July 5th 1926

    07/04/2014 8:20:46 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 6 replies
    July 4th 2014 | Cripplecreek
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania We meet to celebrate the birthday of America. The coming of a new life always excites our interest. Although we know in the case of the individual that it has been an infinite repetition reaching back beyond our vision, that only makes it the more wonderful. But how our interest and wonder increase when we behold the miracle of the birth of a new nation. It is to pay our tribute of reverence and respect to those who participated in such a mighty event that we annually observe the fourth day of July. Whatever may have been the...
  • King Mentuhotep II's chapel unearthed in Sohag

    07/04/2014 5:56:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Nevine El-Aref
    At the Arabet Abydos area in Sohag, where the large temple of King Seti I is located, an Egyptian excavation mission from the Ministry of Antiquities and Heritage (MAH) stumbled upon a limestone ancient Egyptian chapel from the 11th Dynasty. The excavation work came within the framework of a cleaning programme carried out by the MAH in that area, after officers of the tourism and antiquities police caught red handed inhabitants trying to illegally excavate the area in front their residences in search of treasured artefacts. Ali El-Asfar, head of the ancient Egyptian Section at the MAH, told Ahram Online...
  • Blood residue from ancient tools reveals clues about past

    07/04/2014 5:45:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Aiken Standard ^ | Saturday, June 28, 2014 | Dede Biles
    Blood residue on spear points and other ancient stone tools made by American Indians thousands of years ago is providing scientists based at the Savannah River Site with... interesting information that indicates what animals those early people hunted and when huge Pleistocene creatures such as mammoths and mastodons might have ceased to exist... The tools they looked at were made anywhere from 13,000 to 500 or 600 years ago. They were found at a Carolina bay at the Savannah River Site known as Flamingo Bay, at other locations in the CSRA and in the Fort Bragg area in eastern North...
  • Changes in Human Skin Studied [Vitamin D myth]

    07/04/2014 5:37:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, July 02, 2014 | unattributed
    It had been thought that Northern Europeans developed light skin in order to absorb more UV light to process more vitamin D, necessary for healthy bones and immune function. But a new study conducted by a team led by professor of dermatology Peter Elias from the University of California, San Francisco, shows that the changes in skin’s function as a barrier to water loss is more likely. The skin-barrier protein filaggrin is broken down into a molecule called urocanic acid, which Elias says is the most potent absorber of UVB light in the skin. “It’s certainly more important than melanin...
  • VIDEO: Five skeletons uncovered during big dig near Roman Villa

    07/04/2014 5:30:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Bournemouth Echo ^ | Thursday, July 3, 2014 | Gayle McDonald
    Archaeologists from Bournemouth have uncovered ancient burials during a dig near a Roman villa in north Dorset... It’s thought the remains, which date back to the mid-4th century, could belong to three generations of the same family who owned the villa. The skeletons of two adult males, two adult females and one elderly female were discovered at the farm, which is currently being excavated as part of the Durotriges Big Dig project. Miles Russell, senior lecturer in archaeology at Bournemouth University and one of the archaeologists leading the dig, said: “The discovery is of great significance as it is the...
  • Declaration of Independence 4 July 1776 (Scene from John Adams Mini Series via You Tube)

    07/04/2014 2:16:17 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 21 replies
    John Adams Mini Series Clip via You Tube ^ | July 4, 1776 | Founding Fathers
    You Tube Summary: Published on Jul 4, 2012 There is a back story to how an intrepid group of the some of the most extraordinary men to have ever lived created a document that both declared their independence and brilliantly summarized the rights of all mankind.
  • Famous Birthdays on this Day in History

    07/04/2014 1:47:20 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 18 replies
    History Orb ^ | July 4th, 2014 | Unattributed
    Famous People born on this day, include: 30th US President Calvin Coolidge (1872) Cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1883) George Steinbrenner (1930) Among others...Dear
  • Spring Break: Totally Rad Photos from the '80s

    07/04/2014 10:12:23 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 47 replies
    weather.com ^ | n/a | Camille Mann
    Some great photos.
  • Vanity: Illegal immigrant children = obama's smallpox blankets

    07/04/2014 10:26:02 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 19 replies
    The white man has been crucified by history for infecting others with diseases. Is obama's personally manufactured border crisis a similar situation? Is the manufactured crisis his smallpox blankets (yes I know the original incident is greatly exaggerated by liberal historians), with the added benefit of additional voters and additional takers to bring the country down even further?
  • CIA claims that UFOs over Norway were U-2 flights

    07/04/2014 10:12:32 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 19 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | July 4, 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    FULL TITLE: Were aliens the source of UFOs spotted above Norway in the 1950s? No, says the CIA: ‘That was us’ The CIA has claimed responsibility for various UFO sightings in the 1950s They say lights over Norway can be attributed to their U-2 aircraft The plane began flying in secret from 1955 and remains in operation today It is capable of flying up to 70,000 feet, meaning it was much higher than conventional planes in the 50s and 60s This meant that, when some pilots saw sunlight glint off the planes above them, they reported them as UFOs as...
  • Historians claim typo in Declaration of Independence changes its meaning

    07/04/2014 9:10:19 AM PDT · by Sasparilla · 45 replies
    downtrend.com ^ | 07/04/2014 | Robert Gehl
    And, of course, an over reaching government agrees...
  • How Beautiful We Were

    07/04/2014 9:01:23 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 2 replies
    "We actually believed that all men are created equal and tried to make it come true. Everybody liked our movies and loved our television shows. We tried to educate everybody, whether they wanted it or not. Sometimes we succeeded. We did Levis. We held the torch high and hundreds of millions came. No matter what the cost. We saved Europe twice and liberated it once. We believed so deeply and so abidingly in free speech that we protected and honored and, in some cases, even elected traitors. We let you be as freaky as you wanted to be. We paid...
  • I have a plan to destroy America [Richard D. Lamm, former governor of Colorado]

    07/04/2014 8:20:11 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 37 replies
    The speech was given by Governor Lamm at the 2004 Immigration-Overpopulation Conference in Washington, D.C. He titled it “A Plan to Destroy America.” AMERICAN SUICIDE Wherever you stand, please take the time to read this; it ought to scare the pants off you! We know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado (Democrat). In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant. Recently there was an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, filled to capacity by many of America’s finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Davis Hansen talked about his latest book, “Mexifornia,”...
  • 'The people are the ONLY legitimate FOUNTAIN of power'; Congress is but 'creatures of the people'

    07/04/2014 4:58:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian
    Colofornian | July 4, 2014 | Colofornian
    One of my favorite fireworks are "fountain" based designs. As you review these Fountain Firework Images (or see them tonight in your neighborhoods), think of Founding Father's James Madison use of the "fountain" image (1788): "The people are the ONLY legitimate FOUNTAIN of power, and it is from THEM that the constitutional character, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived." (The Federalist Papers) Our government has forgotten this basic notion of freedom. With... ...the IRS targeting scandal and ensuing cover-up, ...ObamaCare attempted sovereignty of our lives, ...increased governmental encroachment, ...spend-happy 'pols' in D.C. and our...
  • Nixon's 'Southern Strategy' and a Liberal Big Lie

    07/03/2014 11:38:36 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | July 3rd, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    “For the first time since President Richard M. Nixon’s divisive ‘Southern strategy’ that sent whites to the Republican Party and blacks to the Democrats …” began a New York Times story last week. Thus has one of the big lies of U.S. political history morphed into a cliche — that Richard Nixon used racist politics to steal the South from a Democratic Party battling heroically for civil rights. A brief stroll through Bruce Bartlett’s “Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past” might better enlighten us. Where Teddy Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dinner, Woodrow Wilson re-segregated the U.S....
  • Have We Been Reading the Declaration of Independence All Wrong?

    07/03/2014 10:54:38 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    The Wire ^ | 7/3/14 | Abby Ohlheiser
    First, let's pinpoint what's in question here. The official transcription from the National Archives reads (emphasis ours): We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. See that period? According to Princeton professor Danielle Allen, it's not actually in the original document. If she's right, then the individual rights of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" would share a sentence with what follows:
  • I AM AN AMERICAN

    07/03/2014 9:58:43 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 20 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | July 4 2014 | Carlo3b
     I Am an American!             I was born an American. Unlike my grandparents, I was born in the greatest nation in the history of the world. Being born here didn't make me a real American. That took time. I became an American, slowly and decisively over my entire life. I learned to be an American, through experiences, and knowledge, and witness. I remember moments in my life that brought me to the realization that being born here, in America, is one of the the greatest blessing I had been given. As a young boy, I watched as my...
  • Louis Zamperini, ‘Unbroken’ Olympian and war hero, dies at 97

    07/03/2014 7:16:56 AM PDT · by Pelham · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 3, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner and war hero who survived 47 days at sea and three years in a Japanese POW camp after his plane crashed in the Pacific during World War II, died of pneumonia late Wednesday. He was 97. "After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives," Zamperini's family said in a statement, according to Deadline. "His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days." The Olean, N.Y., native's astonishing...
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    07/03/2014 5:31:34 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 103 replies
    Happy Independence Day FReeper FRiends!!!I am posting this on Thursday so we can have some silliness before the Holiday weekend.  Today is the anniversary of the day America broke up with England  To celebrate, I found a little song someone wrote on Tumblr:Cuz if you liked it then you shouldn’t have put your rules on itIf you liked it then you shouldn’t have put that tax on itDon’t be mad once you see our freedom hitIf you liked it then you shouldn’t have badly governed itWo oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh, wo oh...
  • War Hero and 1936 Olympian Louis Zamperini Dies at 97

    07/03/2014 5:28:21 AM PDT · by Skooz · 8 replies
    NBCLA ^ | July 3, 2014 | By City News Service
    Louis Zamperini, a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic track and field team who survived repeated torture for two years as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II, died Wednesday from pneumonia at the age of 97, his family announced. "After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives. His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days," his family said in a statement released by Universal Pictures, which will release a...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-07-02 : A Sobering Report for America’s Birthday

    07/03/2014 4:45:53 AM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 13 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-07-02 | Newt Gingrich
    . July 2, 2014 Newt Gingrich : A Sobering Report for America’s Birthday ===================================================== Americans are in a period of amazingly negative thinking about the state of our country. A recent Gallup analysis drove home how deep and how threatening the current mood is. Gallup asked Americans in early June how much confidence they had in our nation's institutions. The answer: not much. Only 30% had "a great deal" or "quite a lot of confidence" in the Supreme Court. Just 29% felt that way about the presidency. And an abysmal 7% had faith in the Congress. Think about what this...
  • Prehistoric bones found in Spain are ancestors of Neanderthals

    07/03/2014 4:02:58 AM PDT · by Renfield · 8 replies
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 7-1-2014 | Joel Achenbach
    In a cave in northern Spain a team of scientists has retrieved the remains of 28 prehistoric humans, members of an enigmatic species that could be described as a little bit Neanderthal.They had Neanderthal faces, with heavy brows and protruding noses. They had powerful mandibles and mouths that could open extremely wide, indicating they used their teeth as gripping tools. But they didn't have the large skulls or other robust skeletal features seen in the prototypical Neanderthals who, hundreds of millennia later, roamed Ice Age Europe. These were apparently ancestors of Neanderthals, inhabitants of a line that many thousands of...
  • The Hidden Identity of This Nazi Poster Child Would Have Stunned Hitler

    07/02/2014 3:30:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 2, 2014 | sharona schwartz
    Today, Hessy Taft is an 80-year-old professor in New York. During the mid-1930s, she was a baby in Berlin — a particularly attractive baby who was chosen for the cover of a Nazi magazine intended to show the perfect Aryan child. Little did its editors know, their picture-perfect cover baby was actually Jewish. “I can laugh about it now,” Taft told Germany’s Bild newspaper. “But if the Nazis had known who I really was, I wouldn’t be alive.”
  • What flag will you fly on July 4th? ~ Vanity

    07/02/2014 10:11:49 AM PDT · by GraceG · 90 replies
    This year I am so tempted to fly the Yellow, Green and Black Rattlesnake Flag instead of the Red White and Blue, or at the very least fly both and put the Rattle Snake below Old Glory. But I am still trying to decide on it.... In some ways I feel like raising the Red White and Blue is akin to pretending that nothing is wrong in this country and there are a lot of things that are going wrong right now. In some ways it makes me feel like I am surrending to the normalcy bias. I could always...
  • Strangest Tanks in History

    07/02/2014 9:59:05 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 21 replies
    darkroastedblend ^ | Avi Abrams
    "Early Tank Ideas to Enormous Pre-WW1 Steam Tanks It all started in the 14th century. We have a record of a "pre-tank" machine,..... Interestingly, the idea of a turtle-like tank shape found its realization much later, in the 1930s, in this Venezuelan armored vehicle:.... .....;
  • 50 years ago Today

    07/02/2014 9:06:37 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 6 replies
    7-2-14
    This day in history..LBJ signed civil rights law.
  • 'I was a virgin to humiliation of that level': Monica Lewinsky speaks out ...

    07/01/2014 5:07:59 PM PDT · by maggief · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2014 | LYDIA WARREN and ALEX GREIG
    Monica Lewinsky has spoken out about becoming 'the most humiliated woman in the world' when salacious details of her affair with then-President Bill Clinton emerged. As part of her return to the spotlight, Lewinsky shared details in a new National Geographic documentary, 'The 90s: The Last Great Decade?', which will air starting next Sunday. On Tuesday, the Today show gave a first glimpse at the three-part special, in which Lewinsky, now 40, opens up about the day a 445-page report by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr was published. 'That was one of the worst days of my life,' she said. 'I...
  • Help immigrants reject liberal ideas

    07/01/2014 3:52:46 PM PDT · by Fester Chugabrew · 37 replies
    The Elkhart Truth: People's Forum ^ | July 1, 2014 | Rev. David A. Seyboldt
    The recent influx of people from other lands has many citizens and politicians up in arms. Some consider it to be a planned invasion of dependents intent on becoming a huge Democratic voting bloc. Others see it as an opportunity to employ cheap labor for a hefty profit. Still others see it as a direct threat to the American way of life. The first thing we should consider is that they are people. They are not things. For that reason, whether they are admitted as voting citizens or not, they should receive the basic needs of food and shelter, along...
  • SCUD Missile Launchers, Tanks, Howitzers, More Up For Auction (Jacques Littlefield)

    07/01/2014 12:53:11 PM PDT · by holymoly · 7 replies
    KCBS ^ | July 1, 2014 | KCBS
    PORTOLA VALLEY (KPIX) — In the market for a tank, armored bridge carrier, amphibious jeep, or maybe a SCUD missile launcher, complete with attached missile? They can be yours, for a few thousand dollars or up to a few million dollars as the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation auctions off 200 military vehicles from the Littlefield collection, including historic vehicles and armaments from both sides of nearly every armed conflict in the last century.Spread across 460 acres in San Mateo County is late tank collector Jacques Littlefield’s estate, and half of these vintage war machines are heading to a museum. To...