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  • Downtown Christmas Memories

    12/15/2018 6:21:06 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 40 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 12-15-18 | MOTUS
    When I was growing up  every town had at least one iconic department store that did Christmas right: fabulous back-lit and magical Christmas displays, often animated, gracing all of their street level windows. In a time before kids were so wired into their iPhones and “social” networks that they missed much of the amazement of the real world, there were all these fabulous windows of mystery and wonder, free for the taking. All it took was a dime bus ride downtown.  I was very lucky as my hometown, Grand Rapids, MI, had three such emporiums of merchandise, all founded in...
  • The Historical Profession Is Committing Slow-Motion Suicide

    12/11/2018 7:55:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 62 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | December 10, 2018 | Hal Brands and Francis J. Gavin
    A recent study confirms a disturbing trend: American college students are abandoning the study of history. Since 2008, the number of students majoring in history in U.S. universities has dropped 30 percent, and history now accounts for a smaller share of all U.S. bachelor’s degrees than at any time since 1950. Although all humanities disciplines have suffered declining enrollments since 2008, none has fallen as far as history. And this decline in majors has been even steeper at elite, private universities — the very institutions that act as standard bearers and gate-keepers for the discipline. The study of history, it...
  • George H.W. Bush and Vascular Parkinsonism

    12/06/2018 11:26:01 AM PST · by Western Phil · 13 replies
    Dr. Mirkin's free FITNESS & HEALTH NEWSLETTER ^ | Dec. 6, 2018 | Dr. Gabe Mirkin
    On November 30, 2018, George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, died of vascular Parkinsonism, a disease with many of the same risk factors as those for strokes and a heart attack. However, he did not have the two major risk factors for heart attacks: He was not overweight and he exercised regularly (and vigorously, at least in his younger days). -snip- details -snip_ He Did Everything Right Readers of my biographical articles on the deaths of notable people often comment on how frequently I criticize my subjects for their self-destructive lifestyle choices -- lack of exercise, a...
  • Why Do So Many Public Buildings in the U.S. Look Like Greek Temples?

    12/05/2018 4:22:24 PM PST · by vannrox · 42 replies
    zocalpublicsquare ^ | 20SEP18 | Robert Russell
    President Andrew Jackson took a keen interest in the construction of the federal mint in Philadelphia, a grand, columned edifice, inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, that opened in 1833. Jackson was not a man known for his appreciation of cultural and artistic pursuits. A populist who famously railed against the elites, he had initially wanted to construct a simple building for minting money quickly, because there was a severe shortage of specie—coins—in the country at the time. Gradually, though, he came around to the idea of a grander mint, and became personally involved in many aspects of the...
  • Project 78 - Homeschool Curriculum

    12/03/2018 11:32:02 AM PST · by Sopater · 10 replies
    Vanity | 12/03/2018 | Sopater
    Are you passionate about history? Do you enjoy research, writing, editing, or formatting? If so, you should consider Project 78. Project 78 is the development of a top-notch quality history curriculum, specifically designed to meet the needs of Christian home-school students and families. The project has seven key values that will define our goals for this curriculum. We will create a curriculum that is accurate, objective, thorough, simple, memorable, adaptable, and affordable. In addition to history, this project will also create supplemental courses in economics, American government, and geography. Project 78 is the project of a team of entrepreneurs, called...
  • Vanity - POTUS, Donald J. Trump Should attend the funeral of ex-POTUS, George H.W. Bush.

    12/01/2018 5:16:13 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 87 replies
    I sincerely hope that POTUS, Donald J, Trump attends the funeral of Ex-POTUS, George H.W. Bush in honor of his outstanding, long term service to our nation and our people!!! Bush like all of us human beings, has his flaws, but his successful accomplishments in his life far outweigh his faults. We must remember the young Bush did not enter Yale, (Where he was accepted) when he graduated from high school, he signed on with the the U.S.Navy, where in eleven months, he became the Navy's youngest aviator (Pilot). Bush flew fifty eight missions, when in September, 1944 his aircraft,...
  • Why Hitler Should Have Been Deported and The Caravan Should Be Stopped

    11/30/2018 8:59:53 AM PST · by OddLane · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/30/18 | Gerard Perry
    I explain how the results of the Munich trial of Adolf Hitler demonstrate why enforcing immigration laws is pivotal to our survival as a nation.
  • California School District Blacklists Popular Farmer’s Historical Reenactments

    11/26/2018 5:46:24 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/26/18 | Katy Grimes
    “Do you really want an America that can deny you a job for everything you’ve said on Twitter or Facebook? Do you really want to give up your right to speak just because you made the mistake of starting a business?” For nearly 40 years, Jim Riley and his family have lived on their 760-acre apple farm in Oak Glen, California, in San Bernardino County. Jim and his wife built a Colonial-inspired home on the farm in 1994, and were thinking about doing 18th century dinner theater. Shortly thereafter, the Rileys were approached by parents of local elementary school students...
  • The Viking Torture Method So Grisly Some Historians Don’t Believe It Actually Happened

    11/23/2018 8:05:31 PM PST · by vannrox · 72 replies
    All that's Interesting ^ | November 5, 2018 | William DeLong
    Viking sagas describe the ritual execution of blood eagle, in which victims were kept alive while their backs were sliced open so that their ribs, lungs, and intestines could be pulled out into the shape of bloody wings. PinterestA blood eagle execution. The Vikings didn’t come into towns walking on moonbeams and rainbows. If their sagas are to be believed, the Vikings cruelly tortured their enemies in the name of their god Odin as they conquered territory. If the suggestion of a blood eagle was even uttered, one left town and never looked back. Viking sagas define blood eagle as...
  • Our American Greatness Endures

    11/20/2018 11:18:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2018 | Salena Zito
    GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- In the days that followed Abraham Lincoln's 272-word speech to thousands of onlookers in this small Pennsylvania farm town, few newspapers in the country immediately reported on the speech. When they did, explains historian Michael Kraus, it was mostly dour examination filled with misquotes of the 16th president's words. "There were a lot of mistakes in those first reports. Words weren't heard well. Order was mixed up. The speech didn't appear in every newspaper the next day, or the next day, or the next day," Kraus said from his artifact-filled basement office at the Soldiers & Sailors...
  • The Gettysburg Address was 7 score and 15 years ago: contemporaneous photos and illustrations.

    11/19/2018 9:27:11 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 75 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 11/18/2018 | HarpyGoddess
    Everyone has posted the speech itself (and it's included here), but the background information is also interesting - not only the situation in America at the time, but also the extent to which the structure of the speech mimics (draws from?) Thucydides' account of Pericles' 430 B.C funeral oration at the end of the first year of the Peloponnesian War. Today is the anniversary of President Lincoln's delivery of his few "brief remarks" at the dedication of the new national cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, only four or so months after the great Civil War battle there that emerged as "the...
  • Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

    11/19/2018 8:39:26 AM PST · by EveningStar · 251 replies
    Many | November 19, 1863 | Abraham Lincoln
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should...
  • On this date in 1863

    11/19/2018 8:13:49 AM PST · by Bull Snipe · 12 replies
    in the town of Gettysburg, PA. President Lincoln delivers a short speech dedicating the new National Cemetery there.
  • President James Garfield's bithday

    11/19/2018 7:46:23 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 9 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 11/17/2018 | HarpyGoddess
    It's President James Garfield's birthday - when he was shot, Alexander Graham Bell showed up with a metal detector to try to locate the bullet. Born in Moreland Hills, Ohio to a widowed farm wife, Garfield worked at a series of menial jobs but eventually attended Williams College, graduating in 1856. He entered politics as a Republican and served in the Ohio State Senate until the outbreak of the Civil War, in which he saw combat as a Union major general. In 1862 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served in that body until 1880, after...
  • The Plan to Sell Texas to Great Britain

    11/18/2018 11:01:36 AM PST · by cowpoke · 34 replies
    JSTOR Daily ^ | 11/7/2018 | Mark Sussman
    In 1841, Andrews hatched a plan to make his political and moral beliefs a lived reality: He would convince Great Britain to buy up all the land in Texas on the condition that they free Texas’s slaves. The idea was not as outlandish as it might sound. In 1833, Great Britain had done something similar in abolishing slavery on its plantations in the West Indies. There, slaveholders were paid a total of $20 million sterling in recompense for their lost property, though they retained the land. And Texas had already reached across the Atlantic for economic aid. The South Carolina...
  • America, and humanity, is done. Prove me wrong.

    11/13/2018 8:57:54 AM PST · by GOP Congress · 87 replies
    Self-published
    For the love of God, please prove me wrong. The country is gone. For the first time since the pilgrims have reached the shores of North America, the culture that both preceded, as well as lasted over 200 years, has met its final requiem in the 2018 “elections.” The Fabian Socialists have finally taken over the United States, the last bastion of economic, religious, and cultural freedom in the world, the rule of law, and Constitutional Republicanism that guarantees the rights of individuals over the suppression of government. In short, we are entering the darkest days that America will ever...
  • The tsunamis of Olympia

    07/08/2011 7:10:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2011 | Geographical Institute, Johannes Gutenberg University
    Olympia, the Sanctuary of Zeus and venue of the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece, was probably destroyed by tsunamis that reached far inland, and not as previously believed, by earthquakes and river flooding... Paläotsunamis that have taken place over the last 11,000 years along the coasts of the eastern Mediterranean. The Olympic-tsunami hypothesis has been put forward due to sediments found in the vicinity of Olympia, which were buried under an 8 metres thick layer of sand and other debris, and only rediscovered around 250 years ago. "The composition and thickness of the sediments we have found, do not fit...
  • "The War to End All Wars" ended 100 years ago on the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

    11/11/2018 7:36:41 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 23 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 11/08/2018 | HarpyGoddess
    Today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, when at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, the First World War came to an end after more than four years of carnage. (Armistice Day became Veterans' Day in 1954.) Described by British historian Corelli Barnett as a war that had "causes but no objectives, "the "Great War" left a legacy of disillusionment in its wake and made a shambles of the rest of the 20th century. All told, there were ten million military dead and seven million civilians killed. The resulting economic collapse,...
  • Grandson's Book Offers Warts-and-All View of WWII Medal of Honor Marine

    11/08/2018 4:32:50 AM PST · by Old Teufel Hunden · 21 replies
    The Stars and Stripes ^ | November 7, 2018 | Matthew M. Burke
    On Nov. 22, 1943, Marine 1st Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Bonnyman Jr. led a desperate assault to take a massive, sand-covered bunker holding scores of Japanese troops who had Marines pinned on the northern shore of Betio in the central Pacific atoll of Tarawa. Bonnyman planned the assault, and his team of 21 engineers and riflemen -- dubbed "Forlorn Hope" due to the hopelessness of their mission -- charged the bunker and killed a machine gunner perched on top with satchel charge demo devices and flamethrowers. On the summit, they dropped explosive charges down the ventilator openings and sprayed inside the...
  • Pancho Villa was a democrat...

    11/06/2018 11:00:48 AM PST · by jonascord · 24 replies
    Delancy Place ^ | 11/6/2018 | Frank McLynn
    "[An] aspect of Villa's economic overlordship deserve[s] special attention: his attitude to the money supply. ... An economic simpleton, Villa saw no reason why he could not simply print the money he needed, and to an extent the American banks in El Paso colluded with this by accepting his currency at eighteen-nineteen cents on the dollar, on Villa's guarantee. Villa's assault on market orthodoxy was more difficult to handle, especially when he gave the poor of Chihuahua fifteen dollars each on Christmas Day 1913, and then fixed the price of staples: beef was to be sold at seven cents a...