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  • Why So Many Historians Agree With Ted Cruz On Gold

    02/09/2016 11:40:04 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 81 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nathan Lewis
    Echoing the recent sentiments of Steve Forbes, this week Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz told a group in New Hampshire: "Money is ... a unit of measurement. So, the reason why we see these rapid oscillations in commodities markets, it's because of unstable currencies. And it's why I think we should look at going toward rules-based money supply, ideally tied to gold, so you have stability." Perhaps this will trigger another flood of disagreement in the mainstream press, such as the recent New York Times item which reported that 40 out of 40 "leading economists" said that a gold standard...
  • Historical Cycles

    02/07/2016 1:20:20 PM PST · by Little Bill · 21 replies
    self | 2/7/16 | Self
    I have been reading History since I was in the Fourth Grade thus destroying any hope of an Academic Future. About 17 years ago I ran across a web page about what happened in 3200 BC and the birth of Civilization as we know it. Cool. Lately I have seen posts on the GGG thread about the Sea People and the death of the Old Kingdom. It seemed to me rather strange that the Old Kingdom croaked in the same time frame as the Sargonite Empire in the two rives area and the sea people occurred at the time of...
  • Box Office: 'Hail, Caesar!' Underwhelms Friday

    02/06/2016 8:29:37 PM PST · by fireman15 · 58 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 02/05/2016 | Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford
    The third new offering of the weekend, Nicholas Sparks' film adaptation 'The Choice,' is also struggling; 'Kung Fu Panda 3' will beat all three to stay at No. 1. Ethan and Joel Coen's Hail, Caesar! grossed an underwhelming $4.3 million from 2,222 theaters Friday for a projected $11.6 million debut, the lowest nationwide start of the duo's directing career. The news is even more grim for mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The movie may only debut to $5 million after earning $2 million on Friday from 2,931 theaters. That puts it behind the the third new movie daring to...
  • Two Steps From Hell: Heart of Courage (FDR D-Day Prayer)

    01/31/2016 10:34:48 PM PST · by PittsburghAfterDark
    YouTube: Wagonburner5000 ^ | February 1, 2016 | PittsburghAfterDark
    As this nation embraces our quadrennial presidential election cycle we should be reminded of the incredible heroism of our nation's ancestors. We should be grateful for their courage, their sacrifice, their valor and never forget their memories. The men and women who have left behind blood, sweat, tears, lives and limbs so we may continue to embark on the great American experiment. Some may say our nation's best days are behind us. Our 18 year olds of yesterday that stormed the beaches of Normandy, Iwo Jima and defeated empires that spanned continents and the globe have been replaced by crybullies...
  • The Future of the Gentiles...miracle nation pt 33

    And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and the...
  • Will the World Survive Obama's Last 12 Months?

    01/29/2016 12:46:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2016 | Joy Overbeck
    Speaking in Colorado at the recent Steamboat Institute Summit on Foreign Policy, columnist, author and scholar Victor Davis Hanson predicted a rough 12 months in which Barack Obama's appeasement habit versus Vladimir Putin's aggression may put the NATO alliance at risk. Noting how easily Putin grabbed Crimea, Hanson said, "If Putin goes into, say, Estonia, does anybody think Obama would say that's a red line and invoke Article 5 of the NATO charter? And if he didn't do anything wouldn't that mean the dissolution of NATO, which is what Putin wants?" Estonia is one of the former Soviet satellite Baltic...
  • In Search of the First Rocket Man

    01/27/2016 2:19:45 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 1/27/16 | Paul Gilster
    In Search of the First Rocket Manby Paul Gilster on January 27, 2016 If you're interested enough in space to be reading this site, you've probably run into the name of Wan Hu. He's the subject of a tale that may well be spurious, but it's certainly lively. It seems that some time around the year 1500 AD, Wan Hu took his fascination with rocketry to the logical limit by building a chair equipped with 47 gunpowder rockets. Lit by 47 attendants, the combined rockets took Wan Hu somewhere, but just where is unknown, as he is said to have...
  • Amherst College Drops ‘Lord Jeff’ as Mascot

    01/26/2016 1:22:50 PM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 26, 2016 | Jess Bidgood
    Lord Jeffery Amherst, the colonial military commander who gave this town its name, will no longer represent the prestigious liberal arts college here. The board of trustees at Amherst College announced on Tuesday that it had decided “not to employ this reference in its official communications, its messaging and its symbolism (including in the name of the Inn, the only place on the campus where the Lord Jeffery name officially appears).”
  • Review: Origins and Development of the Second Amendment

    01/26/2016 9:22:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    If you want to understand how the United States came to have the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, David Hardy's book may be the best place to go. I have read numerous books and articles about the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Some have been short, others hundreds of pages. But I had not read David T. Hardy's slim book. This is surprising, because the book was originally published in 1986! But, I was in Panama in 1986. The Internet was just starting to form. At that time in its early development, I had an...
  • The Curse Of The Law...miracle nation pt 30

    But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou...
  • Forrest McDonald, Historian Who Punctured Liberal Notions, Dies at 89

    01/25/2016 8:41:38 AM PST · by KC Burke · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 22, 2016 | Sam Roberts
    Forrest McDonald, a presidential and constitutional scholar who challenged liberal shibboleths about early American history and lionized the founding fathers as uniquely intellectual, died on Tuesday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was 89. The cause was heart failure, his daughter Marcy McDonald said. As a Pulitzer Prize finalist in history and a professor at the University of Alabama, Dr. McDonald declared himself an ideological conservative and an opponent of intrusive government. (“I’d move the winter capital to North Dakota and outlaw air-conditioning in the District of Columbia,” he once said.) But he refused to be pigeonholed either as a libertarian or,...
  • A Secret About The 1st Legal Slave Owner in America…

    01/24/2016 9:58:59 AM PST · by SandRat · 33 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | Addison Riddleberger on January 22, 2016 at 8:50am
    A Secret About The 1st Legal Slave Owner in America, but the Media Does not Want To Report This Most liberals just cannot stand the sight or sound of truth. Facts go over their heads as they look for opportunities to call others “intolerant” of their worldviews, resort to logic that they don’t recognize as faulty, and stoop to ad hominem commentary because they have no foundation on which to stand. Now, just imagine if I told them that slavery in American was started by a black man — yikes. The black male I am referring to is Anthony Johnson,...
  • Ted Cruz Loves The Senate - The Roman Senate

    01/22/2016 12:58:36 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 27 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/22/2016 | Taylor wofford
    RTX22LO4 Why does Ted Cruz, left, make so many references to Cicero, right? And what does that mean for his hopes in the 2016 presidential election? REUTERS U.S.TED CRUZCICERO Ted Cruz's onstage appearance with Sean Hannity was going well. It was February 2015, and Cruz, like all the other GOP hopefuls, was at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, D.C., being lobbed softballs by the Fox News talking head. Hannity was playing a little word game. "I'm going to ask you about three people, first words that come to your mind," Hannity said. "Barack Hussein Obama," Hannity prompted. Cruz...
  • Suggestions Needed for Jr. High Social Studies Textbooks

    01/16/2016 5:52:44 AM PST · by jp3 · 48 replies
    Hello all, I am a junior high SS/Religion teacher in one of the Cincinnati Catholic Schools. We are using an updated textbook from Prentice Hall (Pearson). To be blunt, I hate this textbook! It's all over the place on our American historical roots as well as very biased against American ingenuity and foresight. My principal and parish priest are very open to using resources that have not 'revised' the world's history. Can anyone suggest a textbook company that is not revising history? The textbook we use now is called "America, History of our Nation."
  • The End of Economic Man, the Origins of Totalitarianism, a Book Review

    01/15/2016 8:00:14 PM PST · by tbw2 · 12 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 01/15/2016 | Tamara Wilhite
    Peter Drucker wrote the first version of this book during Hitler's rise to power. Most explanations for the rise of fascism focused on political reasons or economic ones, while Drucker explains the social movements that made leaders like Mussolini and Hitler possible. It also explains what is (and isn't) fascism, how they hobble their own economies, and the social warpage they create. Peter Drucker updated "The End of Economic Man" in the 1960s, seeing horrifying parallels between the 1960s activism and the 1930s. And while history does not repeat, it rhymes - and this book explains the social trends that...
  • Houston ISD: Plan approved to rename four schools with Confederate titles

    01/14/2016 10:17:46 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 35 replies
    ABC13 ^ | Thursday, January 14, 2016 10:18PM | Kaitlin McCulley and Jessica Willey
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Four schools within the Houston Independent School District will be renamed and four others removed from the discussion after approval Thursday night. Just after 7pm, trustees approved a plan to begin the process of renaming four schools with Confederate titles. Those schools include Henry Grady Middle School, Richard Dowling Middle School, Lee High School and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Middle School. Trustees approve plan to begin process renaming 4 schools to represent #HISD values/diversity: @GradyMS @DowlingMS @LeeHSHouston, Jackson MS — Houston ISD (@HoustonISD) January 15, 2016 Four other schools with ties to the Confederacy were removed from the...
  • First beheaded was King Louis XVI then Marie Antoinette in France's Reign of Terror...

    01/12/2016 5:30:29 AM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 49 replies
    "ALL that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." This famous quote was from British statesman Edmund Burke, who was born JANUARY 12, 1729. He was considered the most influential orator in the House of Commons.Edmund Burke stands out in history for, as a member of the British Parliament, he defended the rights of the American colonies and strongly opposed the slave trade. As the bloody French Revolution progressed, Edmund Burke wrote in "A Letter to a Member of the National Assembly," 1791: "What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the...
  • 11 January 1569: England holds its first lottery draw

    01/11/2016 10:38:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Money Week ^ | January 11, 2016 | Chris Carter
    Old St Paul's Cathedral: the venue of England's first lottery draw By 1566, England's harbours and coastal defences were looking a little shabby. To fix them, Queen Elizabeth I would either have to raise taxes (boo) or hold a glittering prize draw and raise the money that way. Unsurprisingly, she chose the latter. Selling tickets for the chance to win a prize was nothing new. The idea had been around on the continent for at least a hundred years, where lotteries were sometimes held by merchants looking to shift expensive stock that wasn't selling. On 11 January 1569, outside the...
  • Something Trump Can't Buy

    01/10/2016 3:40:51 PM PST · by pax_et_bonum · 115 replies
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    If Donald Trump wins the presidency and succeeds in doing what he says he will do he will be assured a position in history as one of our very greatest presidents.
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: The True History of the War for Southern Independence

    01/09/2016 7:35:03 AM PST · by soakncider · 227 replies
    Shotwell Publishing ^ | Clyde N. Wilson
    TRUE HISTORY OF THE WAR FOR SOUTHERN INDEPENDENCE IN THIS AGE OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS there has never been a greater need and greater opportunity to refresh our understanding of what happened in America in the years 1861-1865 and start defending our Southern forebears as strongly as they ought to be defended. There is plenty of true history available to us. It is our job to make it known. All the institutions of American society, including nearly all Southern institutions and leaders, are now doing their best to separate the Confederacy off from the rest of American history and push it...
  • Empires (Like the U.S.) Fall When Corruption Becomes Rampant

    01/08/2016 10:50:43 AM PST · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 8, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Widespread corruption destroys empires. By way of example, corruption was one of the main causes of the collapse of the Roman Empire: The Praetorian Guard—the emperor’s personal bodyguards—assassinated and installed new sovereigns at will, and once even auctioned the spot off to the highest bidder [and see this]. The political rot also extended to the Roman Senate, which failed to temper the excesses of the emperors due to its own widespread corruption and incompetence. As the situation worsened, civic pride waned and many Roman citizens lost trust in their leadership. The Ottoman Empire started its decline when the sale of...
  • Looking for really good Revolutionary War resources?

    01/07/2016 9:42:45 PM PST · by Politicalkiddo · 78 replies
    I'm looking for really in-depth resources about the Revolutionary War for my own personal knowledge. Documentaries, books, etc. Thanks in advance. :)
  • The discovery of a 300-year-old ship at a construction site has archaeologists ecstatic

    01/06/2016 5:01:29 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 30 replies
    WashingtonPost ^ | January 6, 2016 | Patricia Sullivan
    A large, heavy ship, scuttled between 1775 and 1798, is being dug out of its damp grave at the site of a new hotel construction project in Old Town Alexandria. Archaeologists found the partial hull of a ship at 220 S. Union Street, part of the city's major redevelopment of the Potomac River waterfront. It's on the same one-block site where workers two months ago discovered a 1755 foundation from a warehouse that is believed to have been the city's first public building.
  • Tree Grown From Ancient Seed Found in Jewish Fortress

    06/13/2008 10:01:24 AM PDT · by mware · 25 replies · 56+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, June 13, 2008 | By Clara Moskowitz
    Scientists have grown a tree from what may be the oldest seed ever germinated. The new sapling was sprouted from a 2,000-year-old date palm excavated in Masada, the site of a cliff-side fortress in Israel where ancient Jews are said to have killed themselves to avoid capture by Roman invaders. Dubbed the "Methuselah Tree" after the oldest person in the Bible, the new plant has been growing steadily, and after 26 months, the tree was nearly four feet (1.2 meters) tall.
  • There is a War on Christmas—In the History Books

    12/29/2015 5:41:12 PM PST · by Coleus · 22 replies
    A war on Christmas? Has nobody seen Arthur Christmas? The North Pole has stealth technology and fanatical commando elves—you screw with that at your own peril. But there was a time in America when celebrating Christmas was illegal. For 22 years in the 17th century, from 1659-1681, celebrating Christmas carried a hefty fine imposed by Puritans who viewed the holiday as a borrowing from pagan Roman celebrations. “Whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so...
  • Animated map shows the history of immigration to the US

    12/24/2015 10:43:40 PM PST · by BridgeOutAhead · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/23/2015 | Staff
    Very informative
  • Press Cheers When Obama Sinks 40-Foot Chip Shot

    12/23/2015 5:50:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/23/15 | Daniel Halper
    [Hussein] Obama went golfing in Hawaii...then made what ABC News describes as a 40-foot chip shot....The press rewarded Obama with cheers.
  • 1932: The Lightweights Who Would be Heavy

    12/22/2015 6:19:35 AM PST · by statestreet · 4 replies
    rightnation.us ^ | December 21, 2015 | Mr. Naron
    Over a year ago, I went looking for a book--any book--on the 1932 presidential election. In case you haven't noticed, I'm a bit of sucker for books about presidential elections. (Imagine my dilemma: I despise Karl Rove, yet he's got new book out about the 1896 election!) I couldn't find anything other than something that looked rather amateurish and plenty of court history about the New Deal. I wanted something that dealt in detail with the campaign, especially FDR's messaging. Not having found anything good, imagine my joy when I saw that my favorite campaign historian, David Pietrusza had a...
  • Saint Nicholas and the Origins of Santa Claus

    12/21/2015 9:34:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | 12/21/15 | Stephen Nichols
    ....The legend behind Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas, the fourth-century bishop of Myra. His hat was the bishop’s mitre. Nicholas was born in modern day Turkey to a rather wealthy family. Losing his parents at a young age, Nicholas dedicated both his fortune and his life to the Christian church. Very quickly he was appointed the bishop of Myra, on the southern coast of modern day Turkey.
  • World War Two Patton and the Battle of the Bulge 1944

    12/17/2015 9:47:18 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | History Channel
    Patton 360 - Battle of the Bulge by History Channel
  • Operation Wacht am Rhein

    12/18/2015 7:13:22 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on May 26, 2009 | Youtubes Official WW2 Channel
    The Ardennes Offensive (16 December 1944 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive launched towards the end of World War II through the forested Ardennes Mountains region of Belgium (and more specifically of Wallonia: hence its French name, Bataille des Ardennes), France and Luxembourg on the Western Front. The offensive was called Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein (translated as Operation The Guard on the Rhine or Operation "Watch on the Rhine") by the German armed forces (Wehrmacht). This German offensive was officially named the Ardennes-Alsace campaign[5] by the U.S. Army,[6] but it is known to the general public simply as...
  • Battle of the Bulge, Hitler's Last offensive

    12/17/2015 8:23:55 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 83 replies
    YouTube ^ | National Georaphic Channel
    Generals At War: Episode 06 The Battle of the Bulge The Greatest battle America ever fought was against Hitler's Army when it staged one of the last offensives of the war in Belgium against American troops who were alone and unprepared for the Nazi onslaught. Despite overwhelming odds American troops defeated the German Blitz preventing history from repeating itself as it did when Hitler first invaded Belgium in the begining of the war.
  • December 15th, 1944: Mostly Quiet on the Western Front. The Bulge begins tomorrow.

    12/15/2015 6:15:43 PM PST · by OKSooner · 26 replies
    US Army History ^ | 12-15-2015 | Phillips, McManus, et al
    December 15, 1944. All is mostly quiet along the western front in France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. It's cold, and the nights are dark. So dark that GI Joe, sitting and waiting, can't see his hand in front of his face. Four divisions of the US army are parked at a 75-mile front along the western frontier of Germany. The American commanders believe that the German Wehrmacht is finished and not capable of offensive operations. They either haven't been talking to some of the GI Joes in the front lines, or they aren't taking GI Joe seriously. He has been hearing...
  • Pregame attitude adjustment

    12/19/2015 12:31:15 PM PST · by RiverDrifter · 1 replies
    Virginia Tech Athletics ^ | November 11, 2015 | Virginia Tech Athletics
    Men's basketball honors veterans in team ceremony
  • European Gun Laws did not reduce Murder or Crime Rates

    12/18/2015 5:33:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Those who push for more restrictions on gun ownership and use like to compare the United States with Europe. They claim that Europe has low homicide rates because Europe has extreme restrictions on gun ownership and the carry of guns. They ignore that the laws restricting gun ownership and carry came between World War One and World War Two. The chart above is from a European academic paper(pdf) comparing homicide in Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The study was financed by the European Union. European gun laws restriction ownership and carry were instituted after WWI. Germany had no laws...
  • Tuscany's Excalibur Is The Real Thing, Say Scientists

    09/24/2001 7:46:55 PM PDT · by blam · 53 replies · 2,702+ views
    The Observer ^ | 9-16-2001 | Rory Carroll
    Tuscany's Excalibur is the real thing, say scientists Rory Carroll in Rome Sunday September 16, 2001 The Observer The sword of St Galgano, said to have been plunged into a rock by a medieval Tuscan knight, has been authenticated, bolstering Italy's version of the Excalibur legend. Galgano Guidotti, a noble from Chiusdano, near Siena, allegedly split the stone with his sword in 1180 after renouncing war to become a hermit. For centuries the sword was assumed to be a fake. but research revealed last week has dated its metal to the twelfth century. Only the hilt, wooden grip and ...
  • Donald Trump, Islam, and "Un-American Activities"

    12/12/2015 7:32:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2015 | Brian Birdnow
    First of all, let me issue a note to all readers of this column. Don't be fooled by the title of the column. It is not a retrospective piece centering on Martin Dies, the Texas Democrat, and anti-Communist stalwart who earned the gratitude of all Americans when he chaired the late House Committee on Un-American Activities back in the 1939-45 era. That is a different subject for a different column. The "Un-Americanism"we will discuss here is the tag that has been recently applied to Donald Trump, the Republican presidential aspirant and billionaire, respectively. Much ink has been spilled, many tears...
  • That's Not Who We Are

    12/11/2015 5:34:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2015 | George Mano
    According to a popular website, President Obama has used the words "That's not who we are" in various formulae 46 times. Recently, he used it in response to a proposal from Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, who wants to temporarily stop all Muslim immigration. A possible interpretation of Obama's words is that stopping a particular group of people from immigrating to the United States because of their race, nationality, or religion is un-American. If that is what he meant, he is uninformed. The US government has historically restricted immigration from certain groups and has sometimes—rightly or wrongly—singled out national or ethnic...
  • The speech where Adolf Hitler declared war on the USA, 1941

    12/11/2015 6:00:13 AM PST · by equaviator · 65 replies
    On December 11, 1941, several days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States declaration of war against the Japanese Empire, Nazi Germany declared war on the United States, in response to what was claimed to be a series of provocations by the United States government when the US was formally neutral during World War II. The decision to declare war was made almost entirely by Adolf Hitler, without consultation. Hitler had received no advance notice from the Japanese about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although he and his Foreign Minister Ribbentrop had verbally indicated a willingness...
  • Quran vs. Constitution

    12/10/2015 6:20:48 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    TCT ^ | 12/8/15 | William Federer
    William Federer hosts a show called "Faith in History" on the Christian network TCT. He goes into depth about the role of Christianity in American and world history. I just happened to watch some recent on-demand programs and the 12/8 and 12/9 shows are about the Quran versus the Constitution. They talk about how in Islam people who aren't Muslims are second-class citizens in Muslim-controlled countries, such as that Christians can be forced to quarter Muslims in their homes. I don't have a direct link because they don't seem to be available on the site.
  • How Ancient Rome Killed Democracy

    12/10/2015 4:13:10 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 9, 2015
    It didn’t take all that much to tip a great civilization into the shackles of empire. Rome holds a special place in the popular imagination. Cast as a culture steeped in myth, with values reminiscent of our own, it is often treated as the forebearer of our own political system, an ancestral democracy that provides a republican link between the present and the ancient past. From architecture to literature to political system, Rome is where it all began. But in his latest book, Richard Alston wants us all to think a little more critically about our beloved Rome. Alston is...
  • 1932 and 1944: Two new books shine spotlight on success, failure of FDR

    12/08/2015 7:54:34 AM PST · by statestreet · 12 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | December 8, 2015 | John Bicknell
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt loved to keep secrets. He didn't want the public to know he was bound to a wheelchair, so he went to elaborate lengths to hide his inability to walk on his own. And when he was dying, his doctors hid it from the public. Even Roosevelt himself didn't want to know. Secrets of a different sort lie at the heart of two new books about Roosevelt the candidate and Roosevelt the president, with a special guest appearance by Adolf Hitler, before he became der fuehrer. David Pietrusza's 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR--Two Tales of Politics,...
  • December 7 is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor (with bonus Monty Python)

    12/07/2015 6:48:58 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 38 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 12/07/2015 | HarpyGoddess
    Today is the anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, which brought the United States into World War II. The meticulously planned and devastatingly successful operation was launched from six aircraft carriers and their escorts, which had managed to penetrate to within 200 miles of Oahu without being discovered. Of the eight American battleships in port that day, four were sunk or destroyed, and nine other warships were sunk or severely damaged. Over 2,400 U.S. servicemen lost their lives, including 2.000 sailors, most of whom perished on the USS Arizona (BB-39). The only bright...
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor | World War II History Documentary in Color

    12/06/2015 6:30:30 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | YouTube Mar 27, 2015 | Discovery Channel
    The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941 (December 8 in Japan). The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. There were simultaneous Japanese attacks on the U.S.-held...
  • History Returns Violently in the Mediterranean and Beyond

    12/01/2015 9:50:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Sometimes you can learn something about today's world from a history book -- even a book about obscure characters in a long-ago time in a far-away corner of the planet, featuring conflicts between regimes that ceased existing at least a century ago. For me, one such book has been "Agents of Empire," by the Oxford historian Noel Malcolm, gaudily subtitled "Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World." The subjects of the book, members of two intermarried Albanian families, the Bruni and Bruti, filled all those roles in the years from 1560 to 1600. They started off in...
  • What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur'an -A History of Islam & the United States

    12/01/2015 3:29:24 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    ebook (.pdf) ^ | 5/27/2010, 2007 | By William J. Federer
    PREFACE Thousands of books, documents and articles have been researched over several years in preparation for this book. You will be fascinated by this fast-paced history of the world from a perspective you have never imagined. Current events will come into focus in the back drop of 1,400 years of inconceivable yet true events and conflicts. Every effort has been made to present this information objectively. It is hoped this work is received that way. You will not be the same after you have read what every American needs to know about the Qur'an. Click the source ebook link above...
  • Blame Woodrow Wilson for Americans' Lack of Historical Literacy

    12/01/2015 2:06:43 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | December 1st, 2015 | Williamson M. Evers
    When we think of President Woodrow Wilson, we think of a multitude of historical events: the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank and other progressive legislation at home; idealistic internationalism, a world war to "keep the world safe for democracy," and promotion of the League of Nations abroad. Lately, we think of the Princeton University students protesting against him. In mid-November, they were agitating for the former university president's name to be removed from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs over his legacy of white supremacy. But there's another reason conservatives should revisit Woodrow Wilson. We need...
  • GOP's hell-bent on tearing us apart:decades-long (southern) strategy to win by divisiveness...

    11/29/2015 4:51:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | November 29, 2015 | Heather Cox Richardson, .....a professor of history at Boston College
    Republican candidates for the presidential nomination claim that Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell them, insist the U.S. is at war with an "evil state of consciousness," compare Muslims to rabid dogs, and call for closing mosques and registering Muslims. These are not fringe candidates. They are the front-runners. American politics has descended from principle into tribalism. The descent began in 1968. That year's presidential election looked to be a principled fight, with Democrats Hubert Humphrey and Robert F. Kennedy articulating a vision of an inclusive America in which the government expanded efforts to guarantee equality. For...
  • NY Times Once Thought 'Toxic' Woodrow Wilson Was 'A Man of High Equipment for the Office'

    11/27/2015 1:42:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | Tim Graham
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