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  • The Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/16/2014 6:28:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    CpTryon.org ^ | 2007 | Victor Hoagland, C.P.
    The Easter Triduum:Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil Meditations on the Triduum by Victor Hoagland, C.P. The Easter triduum, marking the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, is the most important time of the church year. It begins with the evening Mass of Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes on Easter Sunday evening. Prepared by the days of Lent, Christians celebrate on these holiest of days the saving work God has accomplished in Christ. From the events remembered these days, so sorrowful and so joyful, the church learns the deepest lessons. In...
  • Looking for a good book recommendation on WWI

    04/15/2014 4:18:24 PM PDT · by KosmicKitty · 104 replies
    4-15-2014 | Kosmickitty
    After listening to one of my favorite podcaster, Dan Carlin & his Hardcore History, about the beginning of World War I, I would love to find out more about this time in history. I know that Freepers are a well read bunch and I am asking for any recommendations you may care to make in a good book covering this time in history.
  • 'Double Dealing': How Pakistan Fueled War in Afghanistan [Blame Bush as BO's Foreign Policy Fails]

    04/14/2014 5:39:52 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    KABC.com ^ | 4/14/14
    What if the United States has been waging the wrong war against the wrong enemy for the last 13 years in Afghanistan? Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Carlotta Gall, who's spent more than a decade covering Afghanistan since 2001, concludes just that in her new book, The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014.
  • History of Pontius Pilate: his background before Good Friday

    04/09/2014 2:23:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Bill Pietro ^ | April 9, 2014 | Bill Petro
    PONTIUS PILATEHis name provides two valuable clues to his background and ancestry. The family name, Pontius was that of a prominent clan among the Samnites, hill cousins of the Latin Romans. They had almost conquered Rome in several fierce wars. The Pontii were of noble blood, but when Rome finally absorbed the Samnites, their aristocracy was demoted to the Roman equestrian or middle-class order, rather than the senatorial order. It is Pilate’s personal name Pilatus that proves almost conclusively that he was of Samnite origin. Pilatus means “armed-with-a-javelin”. The pilum or javelin was six feet long, half wooden and...
  • Hank Aaron Compares Republicans That Oppose Obama To KKK

    04/09/2014 10:32:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 108 replies
    Atlanta CBS ^ | 4/9/14
    ...Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.... Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way hes treated, Aaron told USA Today Sports. Aaron continued: The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.
  • History quiz

    04/07/2014 6:31:43 AM PDT · by oldbrowser · 9 replies
    email ^ | unknown | unknown
    This has been around for a while, but this may be a good time to refresh our knowledge of history. Six trivia questions to see how much history you really know. Be honest, it's kinda fun and revealing. If you don't know the answer make your best guess. Answer all the questions (no cheating) before looking at the answers. And no, the answers to these questions isn't all Barack Obama. Who said it? 1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." A. Karl Marx B. Adolph Hitler C. Joseph Stalin D. Barack Obama...
  • Shepherds & Kings

    04/04/2014 4:41:44 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 4 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 4 April 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Shepherds & Kings: A Look at the Papacy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnNo2LgnnyI(Music used available for purchase here: http://www.amazon.com/Cantiones-sacrae-II-Exsurge-Domine/dp/B00B9E18Y8) There is to be one Shepherd here. It was first King David (Ezekiel 34:23), then Jesus (John 10:11), and now is the Pope (John 21:17). This role is tied to the role of King. As David was King (2 Samuel 5:12) and Christ is King (Matthew 27:11), so the Pope is (as the Vicar of Christ) "father of princes and kings". Historically, the Pope has been the unifier of everyone: emperors, artists, the religious, and so on. Whenever emperors would abandon the Faith, they would...
  • Justice Antonin Scalia Remembers When Toting a Rifle in New York was a Non-event

    04/02/2014 7:20:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 51 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Back before the big gun blogs existed, back before President Obama was elected, the AP ran a news article that showed how much the culture has been conditioned to fear firearms: "I grew up at a time when people were not afraid of people with firearms," said Scalia, noting that as a youth in New York City he was part of a rifle team at the military school he attended. "I used to travel on the subway from Queens to Manhattan with a rifle," he said. "Could you imagine doing that today in New York City?" I have heard...
  • Why Rand Paul is Wrong to Blame the US for Pearl Harbor

    04/01/2014 8:08:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/01/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The views in the video aren’t surprising. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO They’re the views of Ron and Rand Paul and their intellectual milieu which believes that most wars are set up by banks. According to them, the US need not have gotten involved in WW2. “There are times when sanctions have made it worse. I mean, there are times .. leading up to World War II we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily. We also had a blockade on Germany after World War I, which may have encouraged them … some...
  • A History of the Disastrous Global Warming Hoax

    03/31/2014 7:31:50 AM PDT · by Excellence · 21 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | March 31, 2014 | Anan Caruba
    It is the greatest deception in history and the extent of the damage has yet to be exposed and measured, says Dr. Tim Ball in his new book, The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science. Several UN conferences set in motion the hoax that is based on the assertion that carbon dioxide (CO2) was causing a dramatic surge in heating the Earth. IPCC reports have continued to spread this lie through their summaries for policy makers that influenced policies that have caused nations worldwide to spend billions to reduce and restrict CO2 emissions. Manmade climate changecalled anthropogenic global warmingcontinues to be...
  • Guarding grapes and other tales from papyri

    03/24/2014 12:48:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Phys dot org, University of Cincinnati ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | Tom Robinette
    If you weren't careful, you might end up beaten by grape thieves skulking in the darkness. A University of Cincinnati graduate student writes about the contractual obligations of vineyard guards and researchers from around the world contribute more stories from ancient times in the most recent volumes of the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists (BASP)... The latest volume of BASP is the 50th in the series and the eighth to have been edited at UC. The recently published journal features 35 contributions from 26 writers from 11 countries. The previous year's volume features 44 contributions from 41 writers...
  • BBC Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavelli

    03/25/2014 5:51:30 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 11 replies
    BBC via Youtube ^ | Mar 25, 2014 | BBC
    With performances from Peter Capaldi, imagine. marks the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's notorious book The Prince. Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavell. This video has been recorded at the international conference on 'Machiavelli's The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics' at Brunel Unive. Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Nicolo Machiavelli's seminal work The Prince The BBC's Tim Wilcox discusses Machiavellian ideals vs modern Italian politics.
  • Looking for Slave's Friend Bowie Knife Pamphlet

    03/26/2014 11:53:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A number of years ago I came across a good image of the above Slave's Friend abolitionist pamphlet. It was published sometime between 1836 and 1860, most likely in the earlier years. Freeper Ruy Dias de Bivar was kind enough to send me the image above, which is from MAN AT ARMS, published by the NRA, August, 1997, page 12. I intend to make this pamphlet easily available on the Internets, but I need a better image than the one above. I know at least one better one exists, because I saw it in a reference book on weapons...
  • WYATT EARP AUCTION Famed lawman's guns will go to highest bidder

    03/25/2014 11:17:06 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 50 replies
    <p>It's high noon for one Arizona auction house that says it has two guns once owned by the legendary gunslinger Wyatt Earp.</p>
  • Does An Ancient Tablet Tell the Real Story of Noahs Ark?

    03/27/2014 7:58:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/27/2014 | By JAVIER ESPINOZA
    As Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe unveil Noah in U.S. cinemas this week, British archaeologist Irving Finkel offers a new perspective on the story with his book The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood. In his book, published in the U.S. by Doubleday, Finkel tells the story of how he managed to get his hands on a cuneiform tablet, which was part of the flood story. As a curator for the British Museum, he relies on members of the public bringing artifacts to him for inspection. He was on duty one afternoon in 1985 when a man...
  • English Bible History

    03/24/2014 12:58:22 PM PDT · by metmom · 53 replies
    GREATSITE.com ^ | John L. Jeffcoat III
    English Bible History The fascinating story of how we got the Bible in its present form actually starts thousands of years ago, as briefly outlined in our Timeline of Bible Translation History. As a background study, we recommend that you first review our discussion of the Pre-Reformation History of the Bible from 1,400 B.C. to 1,400 A.D., which covers the transmission of the scripture through the original languages of Hebrew and Greek, and the 1,000 years of the Dark & Middle Ages when the Word was trapped in only Latin. Our starting point in this discussion of Bible history, however,...
  • Exclusive - Study: Obama Most Well-Traveled, Expensive President In History Through Five Years

    03/23/2014 8:17:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/23/14 | Matthew Boyle
    President Barack Obama has spent more time traveling abroad than other U.S. president in history at this point in their presidencies, according to a forthcoming study from the National Taxpayer Union Foundation (NTUF) provided exclusively to Breitbart News ahead of its public release. The most internationally well-traveled President, through five years, is also flying the most expensive-to-operate Air Force One to date, NTUF wrote. After five years in the White House, Obama has taken 31 trips for a total of 119 days abroad. At that point in George W. Bushs presidency, Bush had taken 28 trips for 116 days, while...
  • ...Map of Europe 1000 AD to present with timeline [Borders Animated 1140-2011 in 3 minutes]

    03/17/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    ...Since I didn't know how this video was made, I assumed that the timeline was linear and based the time calibration on Napoleon's Campaigns (apogee in 1812 at 02:33) and Hitler's invasion of Poland (1939 at 03:04).
  • Why Do 16th-Century Manuscripts Show Cats With Flaming Backpacks?

    03/16/2014 6:29:43 AM PDT · by Renfield · 41 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 3-10-2014 | Brad Scriber
    A series of 16th-century manuscripts that have been making waves on the Internet look like a Monty Python version of the Renaissance: They show cats outfitted with flaming backpacks, attacking castles and villages. But the illustrations are legit. They're intended to show how cats and birds could in theory be used to set fire to a besieged city, according to a University of Pennsylvania scholar. Mitch Fraas, scholar in residence at the University of Pennsylvaniathe university digitized the manuscripts last yearsays that the drawings are from artillery manuals and are accompanied by notes explaining how to use animals as incendiary...
  • AHC .. American Hero's Channel

    03/15/2014 4:37:14 PM PDT · by knarf · 34 replies
    Some cable channel ^ | March 15, 2014 | knarf
    I'm in a hotel and I don't know the cable ... Dish or whatever, but I've been hooked on a channel I never saw before ... American Hero Channel
  • Dan Hill Memoir Published - ''A LIFE OF BLOOD AND DANGER''

    From his early childhood, Dan Hill wanted to be a soldier. At the age of 15, he forged his birth certificate and enlisted in the United States Army. By the time he was 22 he had seen action as a covert sniper in the Hungarian Revolution, a paratrooper during the Lebanon invasion, an infiltrator during the Algerian Revolt, a gunrunner to Cuba, an undercover mercenary in the Congo and he had killed more than 200 men. That's when he stopped counting. That was before two tours in Vietnam, before fighting with the Mujahedin in Afghanistan, before going undercover to spy...
  • A long history in America of portraying Catholic priests as predators

    03/14/2014 8:08:54 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 27 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 14, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    In an article which may be found here, Dr. William Oddie notes that, "Pope Francis has now once again (though to judge by the so far sparse coverage, youd think hed never said or done anything before) expressed his abhorrence of clerical sex abuse. Previous popesindeed most senior clergyare normally too reticent, however, to do what he has now done as well, that is to say, he has defended the Catholic Churchs record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, by declaring what is now the simple truth: that no one else has done more than the Church...
  • With Dems War on Education, is It Any Wonder Students Don't Know History?

    03/11/2014 7:19:33 PM PDT · by LD Jackson · 1 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 03/11/14 | Mike Miller
    In a Breitbart column insisting that Ronald Reagan was not as assertive as commonly believed on military and foreign policy issues, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) mentions, in passing, I met Ronald Reagan as a teenager when my father was a Reagan delegate in 1976. . But his father, Ron Paul, is hardly a Reaganite today. Indeed, he is now claiming that Crimea has a right to leave Ukraine and join Russia, and that U.S. sanctions against the Russian regime are criminal. Thats just people looking to start a war, Paul said. This is criminal, its stealing and will just aggravate...
  • Remembering Holocaust survivor Leo Bretholz: See you soon again, dear friend

    03/11/2014 11:27:09 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 1 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/11/14 | Patti Murphy Dohn
    Leo Bretholz has inspired John Carroll seniors for years with his words of wisdom and courage as he recounted the atrocities that he and countless others endured at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Leo died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, two days after his 93rd birthday. Most recently, Leo and a number of his friends and associates from the Speakers' Bureau of the Baltimore Jewish Council joined us on February 25 for our annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. Included were personal interactions between small groups of hosting seniors and the survivors, a liberator, and several other special...
  • One Town Disarmed

    03/07/2014 10:48:28 PM PST · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    http://krisannehall.com ^ | march 4, 2014 | kris anne hall
    In May of 1774 General Thomas Gage was appointed military Royal Governor over Massachusetts. Gage would become very aggressive in the efforts to control the colonist and subdue their seditious behavior. He was going to enforce the Coercive Acts upon the colonists whether they liked it or not. Gage passed laws that forbade any town meetings without his approval and would only legally allow one town meeting a year. At one point he sent troops to disband and eliminate a crowd that had gathered in Salem, Massachusetts. The people, outraged at the display of force, responded by gathering over 3,000...
  • 77 Years Ago Today The U.S. Apologized To Hitler For NYC Mayors Insult

    03/06/2014 8:26:20 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 21 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 03/06/2014 | By Sarah Fruchtnicht
    By Sarah Fruchtnicht, Thu, March 06, 2014 Seventy-seven years ago today the U.S. apologized to Germany after the mayor of New York City made disparaging remarks about Adolf Hitler. NYC Mayor Fiorella La Guardia said he wanted to end the 1939 World’s Fair with a “chamber of horrors” that would have “as a climax … a figure of that brown-shirted fanatic who is now menacing the peace of the world.” The son of Italian immigrants, La Guardia’s mother was Jewish and his father was Catholic. The German press covered the story calling La Guardia a “dirty Talmud Jew” and...
  • ULUS-KERT: An Airborne Company's Last Stand

    03/01/2014 8:54:29 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 9 replies
    Okulsel.net ^ | Michael D. Wilmoth, Peter G. Tsouras
    In four days of desperate fighting, from 29 February to 3 March 2000, a large force of Chechen fighters wiped out a Russian paratroop company in the harsh defiles and ridges of the Argun Gorge in the mountains of southern Chechnya. Although the battle was a catastrophic tactical defeat for the Russian airborne force, the company's stubborn defense to the last man and the concentration of Russian relief forces inflicted a strategic setback on the Chechens. The Russians stumbled into this catastrophe through poor unit leadership, but Russian blood and valor transformed it into victory. Hatred to the Bone In...
  • Hated textbook gets Reagans dark side half right

    02/25/2014 4:14:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Rare ^ | 2-25-14 | Ian Huyett
    Conservative student group Turning Point USA caused a stir last week by posting pages online from a textbook used at the University of South Carolina. The book calls Ronald Reagan sexist and says conservatives take a basically pessimistic view of human nature one in which people are conceived of as being corrupt. Several avowed conservatives balked not just at the negative portrayal of Reagan but also at the idea that the conservative persuasion contains a measure of pessimism. On this point, the textbook is right and they are wrong. Russell Kirk was the man credited by William F. Buckley...
  • Time Travellers: Please Dont Kill Hitler

    02/23/2014 11:06:23 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 126 replies
    In almost any science-fiction scenario involving time-travel, the default action is to kill Hitler. As terrible a human being as he was, there are many reasons why this probably isnt a good ideaIf you find yourself suddenly gaining access to a time machine, whats the first thing youd do? If you said kill Adolf Hitler, then congratulations; youre a science-fiction character. Actually, the whole access to a time machine thing suggested that already, but the desire to kill Hitler clinches it. Any time-travelling sci-fi character (at least ones created by Western society) seems to want to kill Hitler, so much...
  • Does America Still Need Black History Month?

    02/20/2014 5:43:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/20/2014 | Alice Nelson
    Here we are again, another February, black president firmly ensconced in office -- for a second term, no less -- and still we feel the need to set aside a month to celebrate the contributions of Black Americans. Each year we get a collective pat on the head by race hustlers and guilty liberals who act as if our skin color is akin to suffering from some kind of affliction that needs special compensation. Maybe we could organize a telethon to help find a cure? So even with a so-called post-racial president, there are still far too many of us...
  • Thomas Jefferson--WELL WORTH READING!!!!

    02/18/2014 7:26:42 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 33 replies
    This is amazing history. Be sure to read the quotes in BOLD at the end. Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped. At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor. At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French. At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages. At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. Also could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other. At 19, studied law for 5 years starting under George Wythe. At 23, started his own law practice. At...
  • "A Worthy Burden" - My Apologetic Story

    02/16/2014 3:48:45 PM PST · by matthewrobertolson · 16 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 16 February 2014 | Matthew Olson
    The Church is my greatest weight. Of course, the weight of over a billion souls would likely be rather large, especially post-McDonald's, so I suppose that nothing else is really comparable.What does this mean? In an age of moral relativism, instability, and self-gratification, much like the age of the Roman Empire prior to its Christian conversion, I found myself alone and empty after a scarring experience. So, I sought the counsel of philosophy and history surely, men had answered my questions before! and I was, after seemingly endless struggles with myself and others, eventually comforted. The Church became...
  • Scientists Create Genetic Map of History

    02/15/2014 4:57:49 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | February 13, 2014 | University College London
    "Because our approach uses only genetic data, it provides information independent from other sources. Many of our genetic observations match historical events, and we also see evidence of previously unrecorded genetic mixing. For example, the DNA of the Tu people in modern China suggests that in around 1200 C.E., Europeans similar to modern Greeks mixed with an otherwise Chinese-like population. Plausibly, the source of this European-like DNA might be merchants travelling the nearby Silk Road."
  • A Trust Deficit

    02/11/2014 8:56:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Most people accept the notion that politicians don't always tell the truth. Some lies are harmless enough; others more consequential. Lyndon Johnson skirted the truth when he promised during the 1964 presidential campaign not to send any more American troops to fight a land war in Southeast Asia. He knew then that American intervention would eventually be necessary, but the lie helped him win the election. After the election, Johnson sent additional troops, more American lives were lost and the war escalated. Richard Nixon claimed he knew nothing about Watergate. "I am not a crook," he said. Lies. In 1976,...
  • Black history has become a commodity traded by Republicans and corporations

    Since 1976, when it was officially recognized, it has become a tool used by black activists to shame businesses, schools and politicians into showing blacks they "care". And companies seem only too happy to oblige, even though I doubt if any of them really care about black history at all. As February rolls around, we see corporations from McDonald's to Northrup Grumman advertizing Black History Month. The ads usually begin with "we salute" or "we celebrate", but they simply don't want to be called racist for not acknowledging it. It's hypocritical for businesses to honor Black History Month when the...
  • "Insensitive" menu causes problems for Calif high school black history month event

    02/07/2014 6:31:27 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 37 replies
    www.ktvu.com ^ | 2/7/14 | unknown
    CONCORD, Calif. A student effort to come up with a special menu for Black History Month backfired at a Northern California high school. Interim President Sister Ann Bernard of Carondelet High School in Concord, Calif., said students who were members of the Black Student Union club at neighboring De La Salle High School planned a special lunch to celebrate the month. The menu included fried chicken, corn bread and watermelon. "They thought this was a very clever way, in their own way, of celebrating Black History Month. It was as simple, and naive as that," Sister Bernard explained. On...
  • RONALD REAGAN: a Portrait in Courage

    02/06/2014 7:29:55 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Dutch would have been 103 today... Ronald Reagan's well-sorted views regarding the USSR, communism, and the then-emerging Cold War were initially formed by his own personal experiences in the Hollywood labor strike in the Fall of 1946. According to author Peter Schweizer's (Reagan's War) research of Soviet archives, the Hollywood strike's leader - pugnacious rabble-rouser Herb Sorrell-was directly funded by the American Communist Party and received operational help/strategy from Soviet agents. Sorrell was head of the Conference of Studio Unions (CSU), and the goal was nothing less than (communist) control of the Hollywood film industry. He had said at the...
  • Whos godless now? Russia says its U.S.

    02/04/2014 1:52:22 PM PST · by Sopater · 49 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | Marc Bennetts
    MOSCOW At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a godless nation. More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West. Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in...
  • The right side of history

    02/03/2014 5:35:46 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Renew America ^ | 2-2-14 | David Huntwork
    Time and time again I have been accused of being on the "wrong side of history" when it comes to the arguments over abortion and, especially, to so-called gay marriage. This linguistic fad has exploded in use lately as if history itself is the sole arbitrator of what is right and true. It is the weapon of utter dismissiveness that is boldly and routinely wielded by the Left. One should, in reality, not be interested in being on the "right side of history," but on the right side of right and wrong. The most recent and sudden burst of Leftist...
  • Amercian Exceptionalism: A Statement Of Fact

    02/01/2014 5:16:27 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 1 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 2/1/2014 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    "American exceptionalism is a fact of Americas past, not something that you can choose whether to believe in any more than you can choose whether to believe in the battle of Gettysburg. Understanding its meaning is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand what it has meant to be an American." ~ Charles Murray
  • Missing For 112 Years, First Porsche Is Found In Warehouse

    01/29/2014 6:05:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NPR ^ | January 29, 2014 | Mark Memmott
    Even the famed German automaker concedes that it "may resemble an old horse-drawn carriage." But the recently rediscovered "first Porsche in the world" dubbed the P1 was a technological marvel for its time. It "included a compact electric drive weighing 286 pounds," writes the automotive news site Jalopnik, and could chug along at 22 mph. The car was found, according to Porsche, in an Austrian warehouse where it had apparently been left untouched since 1902. As for the car's history, according to Porsche: "The owner of 'K.K. Hofwagenfabrik Jacob Lohner & Comp.' had a wide range of interests,...
  • Remember the 1970s, When Congress Actually Stood Up to the Intelligence Community?

    01/29/2014 8:24:35 AM PST · by lbryce · 6 replies
    History News Network ^ | January 29, 2014 | John Prados
    It was sad last week to wake up to news of the passing of former New York Democratic congressman Otis G. Pike. During the fierce debates of 1975, known as the Year of Intelligence (because the controversies of the day led to the first significant investigations of the actions of U.S. intelligence agencies) Representative Pike held to a steady course in the face of a concerted effort by the Ford administration -- and the CIA, NSA, and FBI of the day -- to head off any public inquiry. Sound familiar? Like the current controversy, ignited by leaks from NSA contract...
  • 300,000-year-old hearth found: Microscopic evidence shows repeated fire use in one spot over time

    01/28/2014 3:05:36 AM PST · by Islander7 · 21 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Jan 27, 2014 | Weizmann Institute of Science
    Summary: When did humans really begin to control fire and use it for their daily needs? Scientists discovered in the Qesem Cave, an archaeological site near present-day Rosh Ha'ayin, the earliest evidence -- dating to around 300,000 years ago -- of unequivocal repeated fire building over a continuous period. These findings help answer the question and hint that those prehistoric humans already had a highly advanced social structure and intellectual capacity.
  • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Survivor Celebrates 108th Birthday

    01/24/2014 5:03:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Jan 24, 2014 | Monte Francis
    San Franciscos fire chief made a special visit to the North Bay on Friday to celebrate the birthday of one of the two known survivors of the 1906 earthquake. Bill Del Monte turned 108 years old this week. He was just three months old when the earthquake devastated San Francisco. He now lives in a retirement home in Greenbrae. Thats where San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White met him for lunch, catered by Johns Grill. Over some steaks and a glass of scotch, Del Monte recalled his mothers memory of the moments after the 1906 quake, when he was just...
  • Obama's polls fall as middle class gets his number

    01/22/2014 7:18:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-21-14 | Noemie Emery
    Are you dazed and confused by Barack Obama, the nominal Democrat, whose conduct as president since 2009 has seen him sink from nearly 70 percent to 40 percent or less in the national polling, from which he has seemed to learn nothing, but still marches on? Fear not, the doctor is in: Fred Siegel of the Manhattan Institute, whose latest book, The Revolt Against The Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class, explains all you wanted to know about Obama, and much else. It explains why he never became the new Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy or Lyndon...
  • Repeating 1939: The Islamization of the West

    01/21/2014 11:58:37 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 21, 2014 | William Kilpatrick
    In his 2005 book, The West’s Last Chance, Tony Blankley noted that there is a “natural human instinct to forget the distant past and to assume that the more or less benign trends of the recent past will continue.” Nevertheless, observed Blankley, “shocking divergences from the status quo have defined the path of history.” But these divergences are seldom anticipated. For example, “Londoners in the summer of 1939, my parents included, never expected that forty thousand of their fellow Londoners would soon lie dead in the streets from German bombing.”The West’s Last Chance is about the danger that Islamization...
  • Sabotage may have started Three Mile Island accident

    01/19/2014 10:12:01 AM PST · by Pontiac · 34 replies
    ATOMIC INSIGHTS ^ | 1/18/2014 | Rod Adams
    Updated (Jan 19, 2014 at 01:45 am) The pattern is not completely clear, and there are pieces missing from the puzzle, but I have found enough bits of evidence to convince me that it is more likely than not that someone purposely initiated the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident. This is a difficult story to tell; its not easy to revise history. Its even harder to it successfully when there is sure to be disbelief, dismissal, and efforts to discredit. I prefer being respected and strive to avoid the potential of being marginalized as a crackpot. However, I feel a...
  • Today in U.S. Military History - 17 January 1781 - Battle of Cowpens

    01/17/2014 6:54:47 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    Map of the Battle of Cowpens From Today in U.S. Military History: The Battle of Cowpens took place in the latter part of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and of the Revolution itself. It became known as the turning point of the war in the South, part of a chain of events leading to Patriot victory at Yorktown. The Cowpens victory was one over a crack British regular army and brought together strong armies and leaders who made their mark on history. From the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge on, the British had made early and mostly...
  • History Lesson For The President

    01/16/2014 7:44:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    Congressional speeches are generally hot air, politicians blathering to a largely empty chamber. But on January 9th a discussion in the House of Representatives soared above that mediocrity. For those Americans who worry that Congress no longer cares about preserving the Constitution, the words below will provide reassurance that there are a few people with backbone in Washington D.C. Congressman Tom Rice (R - South Carolina) and several of his 29 co-sponsors defended their resolution calling on the House of Representatives to sue President Obama in order to compel him to take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, as...
  • Changes in the Pacific: A Return to the 1930s

    01/13/2014 4:28:33 AM PST · by Tainan · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 9, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>In the 1920s, Japan began to translate its growing economic might after a prior 50-year crash course in Western capitalism and industrialization into formidable military power.</p> <p>At first, few of its possible rivals seemed to care. America and condescending European colonials did not quite believe that any Asian power could ever dare to threaten their own Pacific interests.</p>