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” In the state of nature…all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law.”












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Today In The Past




999 – Gerbert of Aurillac elected as 1st French Pope

1416 – Alfonso V succeeds his father as king of Aragon

1453 – Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which would fall on May 29.

1513 – Florida discovered, claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon

1550 – Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy

1595 – Cornelis de Houtman’s ships depart to Asia through Cape of Good Hope

1645 – Robert Devereux resigns as parliament supreme commander

1755 – Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.

1792 – US authorizes $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime

1792 – The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.

1801 – Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Copenhagen – The British destroy the Danish fleet.

1804 – Forty merchantmen are wrecked when a convoy led by HMS Apollo runs aground off Portugal.

1819 – 1st successful agricultural journal (“American Farmer”) begins

1827 – Joseph Dixon begins manufacturing lead pencils

1863 – Bread revolt in Richmond Virginia

1864 – Skirmish at Crump’s Hill (Piney Woods), Louisiana

1864 – Skirmish at Spoonville/Antoine, Arkansas

1865 – Battle of Petersburg, VA (Ft Gregg, Sutherland’s Station)

1865 – CSA President Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, VA

1865 – Battle of Ft Blakely AL & Selma AL

1866 – US President Johnson ends civil war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Tn & Va

1872 – George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine

1877 – 1st Easter egg roll held on White House lawn

1883 – Battle at Bamako: French assault on Fabous arm forces attack

1884 – London prison for debtors closed

1900 – The Foraker Act passes through Congress, giving Puerto Ricans limited self-rule.

1902 – 1st motion picture theater opens (LA)

1912 – Sun Yet Sen forms Guomindang-Party in China

1912 – Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power

1917 – Jeannette Rankin becomes 1st women member of US House of Reps

1917 – Pres Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany

1921 – Prof Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new theory of relativity

1930 – 1st NY-Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda

1931 – Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee

1932 – Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son

1935 – Mary Hirsch, becomes 1st woman licensed as a horse trainer

1935 – Sir Watson-Watt patents RADAR

1942 – USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittles B-25 departs from SF

1944 – Soviet Army marches into pro-German Romania

1945 – 1st US units reach east coast of Okinawa

1945 – Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.

1954 – Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]

1955 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright

1955 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins

1955 – Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules

1956 – Soap operas “As the World Turns” & “Edge of Night” premieres on TV

1958 – Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens

1958 – National Advisory Council on Aeronautics renamed NASA

1958 – Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record)

1962 – The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.

1964 – USSR launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned

1969 – Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

1970 – 2 men begin ascent of south face of Annapurna I, highest final stage in a wall climb in world

1971 – Sci-fi soap opera “Dark Shadows” concludes an almost 5 year run

1973 – ITT pleads guilty to asking CIA to affect Chilean pres election

1973 – Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.

1974 – Arganat Comm publishes report concerning Yom Kippur War

1975 – Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.

1977 – Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors,” album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks

1978 – TV show “Dallas” premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)

1978 – Velcro was 1st put on the market

1979 – Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt/meets pres Sadat

1980 – Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season

1981 – Heavy battle between Christian militia & Syrian army in East Lebanon

1982 – Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvina) Islands from Great Britain

1986 – 4 US passengers killed by bomb at TWA counter Athens Airport Greece

1986 – NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)

1987 – IBM introduces PS/2 & OS/2

1988 – Simply Majestic sets horse racing’s 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45

1992 – John Gotti found guilty in death of Paul Castallanos

1995 – Wrestlemania XI in Conn-Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

2002 – Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.

2004 – Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.

2005 – James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.

2006 – Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.

2012 – Oikos University, Oakland shooting kills seven people and injures 3





742 – Charlemagne, 1st Holy Roman emperor (800-14)

1348 – Andronikos IV Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor (d. 1385)

1565 – Cornelis de Houtman, Dutch explorer (d. 1599)

1602 – Maria de Jesus de Agreda, [Maria Coronel], Spanish franciscan

1618 – Francesco M Grimaldi, mathematician/physicist (light defraction)

1725 – Casanova, writer

1740 – Armand-Gaston Camus, French CEO (Council of 500)

1805 – Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, author of 150 fairy tales

1814 – Henry Lewis “Old Rock” Benning, Brigadier General (Confederate Army

1814 – Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor (d. 1879)

1826 – Philip Dale Roddey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1897

1833 – Thomas Howard Ruger, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1840 – Émile Zola, French novelist and critic (d. 1902)

1867 – Eugen Sandow, German bodybuilder and circus performer (d. 1925)

1875 – Walter Chrysler, Wamego, Kansas, founder of car company Chrysler

1894 – Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer (Swiss Air)

1905 – Kurt Adler, therapist/writer

1908 – Buddy Ebsen, Belleville Il, actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones)

1910 – Irene Mayer Selznick, producer (Street Car Named Desire)

1910 – Paul Triquet, Canadian military officer (d. 1980)

1911 – Charles “Honi” Coles, tap dancer (Tap)

1914 – Alec Guinness, London England, British actor (Bridge on River Kwai)

1920 – Jack Webb, Santa Monica California, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet)

1922 – Nikolaj G Bassov, Russia, atomic physicist (laser, Nobel 1964)

1926 – Elena Verdugo, Hollywood California, actress (Consuelo-Marcus Welby MD)

1928 – Joseph “Cardinal” Bernardin, of Chicago

1928 – Rita Gam, Pittsburgh, actress (Distortions, Hannibal, Sierra Baron)

1928 – Serge Gainsbourg, [Ginsburg], Russian/French singer (Ford Mustang)

1934 – Peter Middleton, British permanent secretary (Treasury)

1934 – Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician (d. 2007)

1936 – Jack Brabham, Australian race car driver (world champ 1966)

1938 – Whirlaway, American thoroughbred racehorse, 1941 Triple Crown Winner (d. 1953)

1939 – Marvin P Gaye Jr, Wash DC, singer (Sexual Healing)

1940 – Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love)

1940 – Peter Haining, writer/editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft)

1941 – Leon Russell, Lawton KS, pianist/singer (Carny)

1943 – Larry Coryell, Galveston Tx, jazz guitarist (11th House)

1945 – Don Sutton, baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers)

1945 – Linda Hunt, Morristown NJ, actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado)

1946 – Kurt Winter, rocker (Guess Who)

1947 – Camille Paglia, Endicott NY, actress (Female Misbehavior, It’s Pat)

1947 – Emmylou Harris, Birmingham Alabama, country singer (Together Again)

1948 – Eleanor Margaret Burbridge, astronomer/educator

1948 – Joan [Carol] D[ennison] Vinge, US, sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Dune)

1949 – Pamela Reed, Tacoma WA, actress (Grand, Kindergarten Cop, Home Court)

1951 – Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist

1952 – Joseph Kent Massey, Oklahoma City OK, soling yachter (Oly-bronze-1996)

1952 – Leon Wilkerson, rocker (Lynard Skynard)

1952 – Thierry Le Luron, French humorist (d. 1986)

1954 – Ron Palillo, Ct, actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), (d. 2012)

1955 – Michael Stone, British terrorist

1959 – Brian Goodell, US, 400m/1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-1976)

1959 – Victoria Jackson, Miami Florida, comedian (SNL, Casual Sex)

1959 – Juha Kankkunen, Finnish race car driver

1960 – Linford Christie, St Andrews Jamaica, 4x100m runner (Oly-gold 1992

1961 – Keren Jane Woodward, Bristol England, rock vocalist (Bananarama-Venus)

1961 – Christopher Meloni, American actor

1962 – Alex Tripolski, Israel, Men’s Shooting 50M air pistol (Oly-16th-1996)

1962 – Billy Dean, Quincy Fla, country singer (Billy the Kid)

1963 – Mike Gascoyne, British engineer

1965 – Rodney King, Sacramento California, black motorist beaten by LA cops, (d. 2012)

1966 – Garnet Silk, Jamaican singer (d. 1994)

1970 – Marcus Christensen, Toronto Ontario, figure skater (1995 Canadian-2nd)

1971 – James Ransom, Toronto Ontario, Epee fencer (Olympics-96)

1974 – Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician

1977 – Jelena Abbou, Serbian fitness model

1980 – Ricky Hendrick, NASCAR driver and owner (d. 2004)

1982 – Jeremy Bloom, American skier and football player





1118 – Boudouin I, of Bologne/Edessa, 1st crusader/king of Jerusalem, dies

1272 – Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1209)

1335 – Duke Henry of Carinthia (b. circa 1265)

1412 – Ruy Gonzáles de Clavijo, Spanish traveler and writer (b. ????)

1507 – Francis of Paola, Italian founder of the Order of the Minims (b. 1416)

1640 – Matthias C Sarbiewski, [Sarbievius], Polish jesuit/poet, dies at 45

1657 – Ferdinand III, King of Hungarian/Bohemia/German Emperor, dies at 48

1720 – Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1647)

1742 – James Douglas, Scottish physician and anatomist (b. 1675)

1754 – Thomas Carte, English historian (b. 1686)

1758 – Johann Balthasar Konig, composer, dies at 67

1787 – Thomas Gage, British general (b. 1719)

1791 – Mirabeau, French statesman (b. 1749)

1801 – Thomas Dadford Junior, British canal engineer (b. circa 1761)

1827 – Ludwig Heinrich Bojanus, German physician and naturalist (b. 1776)

1845 – Philip Charles Durham, Royal Navy Admiral (b. 1763)

1865 – Ambrose Powell Hill, Confederate general, killed in action at 39

1872 – Samuel Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80

1892 – Willem J d’Ablaing van Giessenburg, Dut baron/genealogist, dies at 79

1902 – Esther Morris, suffragist and first female American judge (b. 1814)

1910 – Boyd Alexander, English explorer (Niger to the Nile), murdered at 37

1914 – Paul von Heyse, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1830)

1922 – Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychologist (b. 1884)

1928 – Theodore Richards, US chemist (atomic weight, Nobel 1914), dies

1956 – Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65

1972 – Gil Hodges, manager (NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

1972 – Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)

1974 – Georges Pompidou, French president, dies in Paris at 62

1987 – Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

1995 – Hannes Alfven, physicist (Nobel prize), dies at 86

1995 – Harvey Penick, premier golf instructor/author, dies at 90

1995 – Julius Arthur Hemphill, saxophonist, dies at 57

1998 – Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)

2000 – Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)

2003 – Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)

2004 – John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)

2005 – Pope John Paul II, Polish Roman Catholic Pope (b. 1920)

















National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.28.15 To 03.30.15


National Police Misconduct Reporting Project



” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 28 through Monday, March 30, 2015:

  • Inkster, Michigan: Recently released dashcam footage shows an officer punching black man he already had in chokehold 12 times during a traffic stop.
  • Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15): The now-former officer who seriously injured and Indian national has been indicted by federal grand jury.
  • Update: Independence, Missouri (First reported 09-17-14): A now-former officer was indicted on federal civil rights charges for violating the rights of a minor. The officer allegedly tased the minor despite not being threatened and then deliberately dropping the minor head-first onto the ground, causing injury.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer arrested for driving his police cruiser while intoxicated. The arresting officer noticed him trying to park his cruiser and realized it had three flat tires and bent rims. He allegedly resisted arrest when he was being booked. This is his second arrest—he had been arrested and fired for assaulting his girlfriend but was reinstated after the charges were dropped.
  • Update: Greece, New York (First reported 09-25-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to child pornography possession.
  • Drug Enforcement Agency and Secret Service: Two federal agents have been charged with wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the high-profile case against Silk Road. According to the investigative news report, “[The Secret Service agent] is accused of placing $800,000 of Silk Road bitcoins he obtained in a personal account on the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. … [The DEA agent] allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin payments from the Silk Road as part of his undercover investigation and transferred them to a personal account rather than confiscate them as government property. He’s also accused of secretly working for the bitcoin exchange firm CoinMKT, using his DEA powers to seize a customer’s funds from the exchange, and later using a subpoena to the payment firm Venmo to try to unlock his frozen funds there. He put the Bitcoin in a personal account instead of turning it over to evidence. He allegedly also tipped-off Silk Road as to the progress of the investigation against them.”
  • Idaho State Police: A major was arrested for misdemeanor DUI and placed on leave.
  • Falmouth, Kentucky: A now-former chief was indicted for theft. He allegedly took $10,000 from a drug task force and also sold a firearm purchased with government funds for his own profit.

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Whose Line Is It Anyway – Hilarious Bloopers




China Unveils Country’s First 3D Printed Car





Published on Mar 25, 2015

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Butler D Shaffer




” Because we fear the responsibility for our actions, we have allowed ourselves to develop the mentality of slaves. Contrary to the stirring sentiments of the Declaration of Independence, we now pledge “our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” not to one another for our mutual protection, but to the state, whose actions continue to exploit, despoil, and destroy us.”













Bob Gorrell
















Today In The Past




374 – Comet 1P/374 E1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0884 AUs of Earth

527 – Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne

705 – Greek pope John VII chosen as successor to John VI

1064 – Body of bishop Eleutherius of Blandain moved to Doornik

1318 – Berwick-upon-Tweed is captured by the Scottish from the English.

1340 – Niels Ebbesen kills Gerhard III of Holstein in his bedroom, ending the 1332-1340 interregnum in Denmark.

1504 – English guilds/corp goes under state control

1581 – Portugese Cortes subjects himself on Philip II

1663 – Gemert fines unwed motherhood (50 guilder penalty)

1793 – Volcano Unsen on Japan erupts killing about 53,000

1826 – Samuel Mory patents internal combustion engine

1862 – Shenandoah Valley campaign, Jackson’s Battle of Woodstock, VA

1863 – 1st wartime conscription law in US goes into effect

1865 – -9] Battle at Blakely Alabama

1865 – Battle of 5 Forks Virginia, signalling end of Lee’s army

1866 – US Congress rejects presidential veto gives all equal rights in US

1873 – British White Star steamship Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, 547 die

1889 – 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago)

1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.

1910 – Dumitru Dan (Romania) completes a 62,137 mile (100,000 m) walk

1918 – United Kingdom’s Royal Flying Corps replaced by Royal Air Force

1924 – Crown takes over Northern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co

1924 – Hitler sentenced to 5 years labor but Gen Ludendorff acquitted

1924 – The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.

1925 – Hebrew University, Jerusalem dedicated [see May 9, 1925]

1927 – 1st automatic record changer introduced by His Master’s Voice

1928 – Chiang Kai-shek’s army crosses Yang-tse

1929 – Louie Marx introduces Yo-Yo

1929 – Morehouse College, Spellman College & Atlanta University affiliate

1931 – Jackie Mitchell became 1st female in professional baseball

1934 – Bonnie & Clyde kill 2 police officers

1935 – 1st radio tube made of metal announced, Schenectady, NY

1938 – Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, NY

1938 – Joe Louis KOs Harry Thomas in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1941 – Navy takes over Treasure Island (SF Bay)

1944 – Japanese troops conquer Jessami, East-India

1945 – US forces invade Okinawa during WW II

1946 – 400,000 US mine workers strike

1946 – Tsunamis generated by a quake in Aleutian Trench strike Hilo Hawaii

1946 – Weight Watchers forms

1947 – 1st Jewish immigrants to Israel disembark at Port of Eilat

1952 – Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow

1954 – 1st army helicopter battalion forms, Fort Bragg, NC

1954 – Earthquake/tsunami ravage Aleutians, 200 killed

1954 – US Air Force Academy forms

1955 – Armed military action taken against bureaucratic strike in Amsterdam

1955 – EOKA-bomb attacks against British government buildings in Cyprus

1956 – Violent clashes in Algeria, kills at least 380

1960 – Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000

1960 – 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)

1964 – 10°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April

1966 – 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)

1969 – The Hawker Siddeley Harrier enters service with the RAF.

1970 – Pres Nixon signs bill limiting cigarette advertisements on 1/1/71

1973 – Japan allows its citizens to own gold

1974 – Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran

1976 – Stephen Wozniak & Steven Jobs founded Apple Computer

1976 – Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the northeastern U.S..

1976 – Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect is first reported by the astronomer Patrick Moore.

1979 – Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah

1980 – Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz

1980 – New York City’s Transit Worker Union 100 begins a strike lasting 11 days.

1981 – CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax)

1982 – US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama

1983 – Anti-nuke demonstrators link arms in 14-mile human chain in England

1984 – 3rd NCAA Womens Basketball Championship: Southern Cal beats Tenn 72-61

1984 – 8 men record longest distance (13 miles) rowed in 24 hours

1986 – US sub Nathaniel Green runs aground in Irish Sea

1986 – World oil prices dip below $10 a barrel

1990 – Guns & Roses’ Duff divorces Mandy Brix, lead singer for Lame Flames

1990 – It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2′ of nude dancers

1991 – Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years

1991 – Supreme Court rules jurors can’t be barred from serving due to race

1991 – US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour

1991 – Warsaw Pact officially dissolves

1992 – Battleship USS Missouri (on which, Japan surrendered) decommissioned

1992 – Last defendant in St John sex assault case sentenced to 3 yrs prob

1995 – NY Islanders retire Bobby Nystrom’s uniform #23

1997 – 69 year old Gordie Howe begins playing AHL game with Syracuse Crunch

1997 – Comet Hale-Bopp Perihelion (0.914 AU)

2001 – Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.

2002 – The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.

2004 – Google introduces its Gmail product to the public. The launch is met with scepticism on account of the launch date.

2009 – Croatia and Albania joined NATO

2011 – After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.





1220 – Emperor Go-Saga of Japan (d. 1272)

1283 – Ludwig IV of Baveria, Roman Catholic Bavarian emperor (1314-47)

1543 – François de Bonne, duc de Lesdiguières, Constable of France (d. 1626)

1578 – William Harvey, England, physician (discovered blood circulation)

1610 – Charles de Saint-Évremond, French soldier (d. 1703)

1640 – Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician (d. 1697)

1647 – John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, English poet (d. 1680)

1697 – Antoine François Prévost, French author and novelist (d. 1763)

1755 – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French lawyer (Fisiologia del Gusto)

1765 – Luigi Schiavonetti, Italian engraver (d. 1810)

1776 – Sophie Germain, French mathematician (d. 1831)

1815 – Otto Von Bismarck, Germany, chancellor (1866-90)

1823 – Simon Bolivar Buckner, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1914

1834 – Big Jim Fisk, American entrepreneur (d. 1872)

1847 – Jules-Nicolas Crevaux, French explorer (South America)

1852 – Edward Austin Abbey, US, painter (Quest of the Holy Grail)

1856 – Acacio Gabriel Viegas, Indian physician (d. 1933)

1865 – Richard Zsigmondy, Germany, chemist (Nobel-1925)

1873 – Sergei Rachmaninoff, Novgorod Russia, composer (Prelude in C# Minor)

1882 – Paul Anspach, Belgian Olympic champion fencer (d. 1991)

1883 – Lon Chaney, CO, man of 1000 faces, actor (High Noon, Phantom of Opera)

1886 – Wallace Beery, KC MO, actor (Alias a Gentleman, Dinner at 8)

1895 – Alberta Hunter, blues singer/composer (Downhearted Blues)

1898 – William James Sidis, American genius (d. 1944)

1901 – Whittaker Chambers, American writer, editor, and defector (d. 1961)

1905 – Clara “Mother” Hale, US social worker (Hale House)

1906 – Sigve Lie, Norway, yachtsmans (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)

1909 – Eddie Duchin, Mass, society pianist/bandleader (Eddie Duchin Orch)

1919 – Joseph Murray, American surgeon, Nobel laureate, (d. 2012)

1920 – Toshiro Mifune, Tsing-tao China, writer/actor (Shogun)

1922 – William Manchester, Attleboro Mass, historian (Death of a President)

1926 – Anne [Inez] McCaffrey, US, sci-fi author (Dragonflight, Dragondrums)

1928 – George Grizzard, NC, actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica)

1928 – Jane Powell, Portland Oregon, singer/actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers)

1929 – Milan Kundera, Czech poet/writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being)

1929 – Bo Schembechler, American football coach (d. 2006)

1932 – Debbie Reynolds, El Paso Texas, actress (Singin’ in the Rain)

1932 – Gordon Jump, Dayton Ohio, actor (Arthur Carlson-WKRP, Growing Pains)

1934 – Vladimir Posner, Russian journalist

1938 – John Quade, American actor

1939 – Ali MacGraw, Pound Ridge NY, actress (Love Story, Goodbye Columbus)

1939 – Phil Niekro, knuckleball pitcher (NY Yankees, Atlanta Braves)

1939 – Rudolph Isley, Cincinnati Ohio, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout)

1942 – Phil Margo, Bkln, rock vocalist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight)

1942 – Samuel R[ay] Delany Jr, US, sci-fi author (Towers of Toron, Neveryona)

1944 – Rusty Staub, American baseball player

1946 – John Barbata, drummer (Turtles-Happy Together, Eleanor)

1946 – Ronnie “Plonk” Lane, London, rock bassist (Small Faces-Hey Girl)

1946 – William Frederick Fisher, Dallas Texas, MD/astronaut (STS 51-I)

1948 – Jimmy Cliff, Reggae singer

1948 – Simon Crowe, rock drummer (Boomtown Rats-Maxinguaye)

1949 – Gill Scott-Heron, US, writer/poet/singer (Whities on the Moon)

1950 – Leonard van Spirit, Dutch/British fruit/food magnate

1950 – Samuel Alito, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

1951 – John Philip Abizaid, U.S. Army General, former CENTCOM commander

1952 – Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, Tripoli Libya, bomber (Pan Am 103), (d. 2012)

1952 – Annette O’Toole, Houston Texas, actress (Cat People, Superman III)

1952 – Billy Currie, rock keyboardist/violinist (Ultravox-We Came to Dance)

1952 – Rey Robinson, US, 100m sprinter (Olympic-1972)

1953 – Barry Sonnenfeld, director (When Harry Met Sally, Big, Misery)

1954 – Jeff Porcaro, LA California, drummer/percussionist (Toto-Roxanne, Africa)

1955 – Stan Ridway, rocker (Wall Of Voodoo)

1962 – Dave Ulliott, English poker player

1965 – John “Jumbo” Elliot, NFL tackle (NY Giants, NY Jets)

1970 – Wes Barnett, St Joseph MO, 238lb (108kg) weightlifter (Oly-6th-92, 96)

1971 – Shinji Nakano, Japanese race car driver

1972 – Allen and Albert Hughes, American film directors

1973 – Rachel Maddow, American radio personality and political analyst

1975 – Kristine Quance, 100m breaststroke/200m medley (Olympics-96)

1975 – Magdalena Maleeva, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1995 Chicago Moscow)

1977 – Haimar Zubeldia, Spanish cyclist

1980 – Bijou Phillips, American actress

1982 – Sam Huntington, actor (Jungle 2 Jungle)

1982 – Gemma Hunt, British children’s television presenter

1989 – Vietoris Krisztián, German racecar driver





1085 – Emperor Shenzong of China (b. 1048)

1132 – St-Hugues, Bishop of Grenoble (b. 1053)

1204 – Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of Louis VII & Henry II, dies at 81

1205 – Amalrik II, King of Cyprus/Jerusalem, dies

1528 – Francisco de Peñalosa, Spanish composer

1548 – Sigismund I, the Elder, King of Poland, dies at 81

1637 – Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord (b. 1571)

1791 – Richard Butler American soldier (b. 1743)

1814 – Jozef de Ferraris, French/Austrian general/cartographer, dies at 87

1832 – Robert the Hermit, US ex-slave/hermit in Massachusetts, dies

1839 – Benjamin Pierce, American politician (b. 1757)

1870 – Patrick Gass, sgt of Lewis & Clark Expedition, dies at 98

1872 – William Frederick Horry, English convicted murderer (b. 1843)

1901 – Francois M Raoult, Fren physicist/chemist (Law of Raoult), dies at 70

1916 – Gabrielle Petit, Belgian resistance fighter, executed

1917 – Scott Joplin, ragtime composer (Sting), dies at 48

1930 – Zawditu, 1st reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies

1933 – Frederick Lord Chelmsford, viceroy of Brit-Ind (1916-21), dies at 64

1941 – Hippolyte Delehaye, Flemish historian, dies at 81

1946 – Noah Beery, actor (Beau Geste, Cimarron Kid, Mammy), dies at 62

1950 – Charles R Drew, surgeon/developer of blood bank concept, dies at 45

1965 – Henry D G Crerar, Canadian general (WW I, Normandy), dies at 76

1965 – Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer (b. 1870)

1968 – Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59

1976 – Max Ernst, German/French surrealist painter/sculptor, dies at 85

1981 – D[ennis] F[eltham] Jones, sci-fi author (Colossus), dies at 65

1984 – Marvin Gaye, singer (Sexual Healing), shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in LA at 44

1991 – Martha Graham, US, choreographer (Appalachian Spring), dies at 96

1993 – Alan Kulwicki, stock car racer, dies in plane crash at 38

1993 – Ihsan Mohamed Salem, [Yunis Awad], Palestinian Al-Fatah leader, killed

1993 – Juan of Borbon y Battemberg, father of king Juan Carlos I, dies

1994 – Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix, dies at 86

1994 – Stuart Sloan, war hero/test pilot, dies at 72

1995 – Richard Pool, naval Officer, dies at 75

1995 – H. Adams Carter, American Alpine Club President, 10th Mountain Division trainer (b. 1914)

1997 – Jolie Gabor, mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 97

1998 – Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death) (b. 1963)

2004 – Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)

2004 – Carrie Snodgress, American actress (b. 1946)

2010 – John Forsythe, American actor (b. 1918)
















Iowa Forfeiture: A ‘System Of Legal Thievery’?






The plan: Hitch a ride with a family friend to California, visit relatives and check out community colleges there.

  Sanchez-Ratliff, then 20, did something that in hindsight wasn’t the best idea, but isn’t illegal. He took with him his entire life savings, including about $14,000 provided by his grandmother and an additional $5,000 he had saved from working.”




” The much-anticipated trip took an unexpected turn about eight hours in, as flashing lights appeared in the rear-view mirror. A Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle for traveling 5 miles per hour over the speed limit.

  An hour later, the deputy seized Sanchez-Ratliff’s cash. Despite a clean criminal record and a search that turned up no sign of drugs or other illegal activity, the deputy concluded the money must somehow be linked to a crime.

  Sanchez-Ratliff is hardly alone.”



The Register continues …



” A Des Moines Register investigation into the use of state and federal civil forfeiture laws in Iowa reveals that thousands of people have surrendered their cash or property since 2009. The system is stacked against property owners while raising millions of dollars annually for law enforcement agencies across the state, something critics contend encourages policing for profit over promoting public safety.

  The bulk of forfeitures reviewed by the Register resulted from traffic stops, often for minor violations and involving vehicles with out-of-state plates. But cash or property also was seized after police were called or sent to homes or businesses. In a few cases, police seized cash carried by johns caught up in prostitution stings.

  Among the Register’s findings:

• Law enforcement agencies in all but seven of Iowa’s 99 counties have used the state’s civil forfeiture law since 2009. They have seized cash or other property 5,265 times. At least 542 more cases have used federal forfeiture laws.

• Many of those property owners — including Sanchez-Ratliff — are sent on their way after surrendering their cash or other property. A sampling of about 600 forfeiture cases from the Iowa counties that seized the most property over the past six years revealed dozens of instances with no record of an arrest or criminal charges.

• Iowa police departments and other law enforcement agencies have seized nearly $43 million over the past six years — money divided among agencies involved in each forfeiture case. Under law, the money is supposed to be used to “enhance” their crime-fighting capabilities.

• Most of the money is used to buy equipment, train officers and fund multiagency task forces. But it also has been spent on tropical fish, scented candles, mulch and other items that appear to have little or no direct link to law enforcement activities.

  Local law enforcement agencies generally keep 90 percent of forfeited cash, split among the agencies that seized the property. The rest goes to the state, for use by the Iowa Attorney General’s office and the state’s public safety departments.”



    The Des Moines Register offers a serious investigation into the blatantly unconstitutional process of stripping law abiding citizens of their money and possessions without due process , otherwise known as “civil” asset forfeiture . Read the whole thing and remember this is not an issue limited to Iowa , your state is doing it too .

Civil asset forfeiture reform now . Every “war” results in a loss of freedoms but none so much as the “war on drugs” .













Personal Details Of World Leaders Accidentally Revealed By G20 Organisers






” The personal details of world leaders at the last G20 summit were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department, which did not consider it necessary to inform those world leaders of the privacy breach.

  The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament.

  The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, and the British prime minister, David Cameron, were among those who attended the Brisbane summit in November and whose details were exposed.

  The Australian privacy commissioner was contacted by the director of the visa services division of Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection to inform them of the data breach on 7 November 2014 and seek urgent advice.

  In an email sent to the commissioner’s office, obtained under Australia’s freedom of information laws, the breach is attributed to an employee who mistakenly emailed a member of the local organising committee of the Asian Cup – held in Australia in January – with the personal information.”


But of course we can trust the State with our personal data … read more from The Guardian













Young People Inspired By Libertarianism, Conservative Free-Market Ideals Push For Change In Brazil





    Above is a video of the demonstration for those that understand Portuguese and much more may be found here and here .



” Microphone in hand and standing atop the sound truck, the raspy-voiced protest leader jabbed his finger into the air shouting for the ouster of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, igniting wild cheers from the crowd below him.

” What Lula and Dilma have done shouldn’t just result in their being banned from politics. It should result in them being in jail!” Kim Kataguiri yelled, denouncing Rousseff and her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.” 





” The March 15 demonstration was the largest Sao Paulo had seen in more than three decades, since 1984 protests demanding democratic elections after a long dictatorship.

  But more surprising than the crowd of more than 200,000, according to the Datafolha polling and statistics agency, was the fact it was being led by Kataguiri, a skinny, 19-year-old college dropout, and other young Brazilian activists inspired by libertarianism and conservative free-market ideals.

  The grandson of Japanese immigrants, Kataguiri is a social media star whose quirky videos skewer Rousseff and the ruling party’s social welfare policies. His ascent as a protest figure has been rapid. Two years ago, when protests erupted across Brazil over corruption and poor public services, Kataguiri was a high schooler who avoided the unrest.”


Deseret News












Former 10th Mountain Division Soldier Aids Christian Militias Fighting ISIS






” A former 10th Mountain Division soldier is helping Christian militias in Iraq protect their homes from Islamic State group militants.

  Brett Felton, who previously served with the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, told a crew from CBS News’s “60 Minutes” that his Christian faith inspired him to travel into the country.

“ People say, ‘You’re crazy for doin’ this,’” Mr. Felton said on the program. “I think people are crazy for not doing their part, to be honest with you. To me, for the Christians here, it would be an honor to give my life helping these people.”

  Mr. Felton deployed to Iraq in 2006, and left the Army in 2007.

  The Troy, Mich., native arrived in Iraq after sneaking over from Lebanon, where he was studying.

  The news program’s crew found him in February training forces in Bakufa, a small village north of Mosul, where many of its Christian residents have fled.”

Read more

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.27.15


National Police Misconduct Reporting Project




” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 27, 2015:

  • Fresno, California: A deputy chief was arrested on federal drug distribution charges.
  • Brooklyn, Illinois: A now-former detective is accused of mishandling evidence. The department is now being investigated for broader infractions.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for repeated sexual assaults on a minor. He allegedly met the 16-year-old victim at the church where he was also pastor.
  • Burlington, Vermont: An officer was arrested for domestic
  • Update: Carencro, Louisiana (First reported 02-12-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to federal extortion charges for protecting a prostitution and drug ring operating in a gentlemen’s club.
  • Marshall County, Alabama: Three deputies were arrested for criminal mischief. They’re accused of destroying campaign signs of the current sheriff’s opponent.
  • New Jersey State Police: A trooper was charged with assault for kicking a suspect in the head when he was handcuffed and on the ground.
  • Algona, Washington: The now-former interim police chief was arrested for stealing from a law enforcement youth program.

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Bessie Smith – I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl





Uploaded on Feb 16, 2009

” Good song lyrics:

Tired of bein’ lonely, tired of bein’ blue,
I wished I had some good man, to tell my troubles to
Seem like the whole world’s wrong, since my man’s been gone
I need a little sugar in my bowl,
I need a little hot dog, on my roll
I can stand a bit of lovin’, oh so bad,
I feel so funny, I feel so sad
I need a little steam-heat, on my floor,
Maybe I can fix things up, so they’ll go
What’s the matter, hard papa, come on and save you mama’s soul
‘Cause I need a little sugar, in my bowl, doggone it,
I need a little sugar in my bowl
I need a little sugar, in my bowl,
I need a little hot dog, between my rolls
You gettin’ different, I’ve been told,
move your finger, drop something in my bowl
I need a little steam-heat on my floor,
Maybe I can fix things up, so they’ll go
(spoken: Get off your knees, I can’t see what you’re drivin’ at!
It’s dark down there!
Looks like a snake! C’mon here and drop somethin’ here in my bowl,
stop your foolin’, and drop somethin’, in my bowl) “












NBC News Sued For Libel & Slander After Describing Rifle Target Company As Bomb Makers

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” NBC News and a local affiliate have being slapped with a libel and slander lawsuit for March, 23, 2015 report that aired on Today (also known as The Today Show) entitled, “Bombs for Sale? Popular Stores Sell ‘Dangerous Explosives.’”

  Attorneys representing Tannerite Sports filed suit against NBC Universal News Group (NBCU) and Lexington, KY-based WLEX Communications for libel and slander for allegedly defamatory print and video reports from NBC News national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen.

  The video segment (above) on Today ran in conjunction with an equally inflammatory print story on the Today web site with the headline, Bombs for sale: Targets containing dangerous explosive being sold legally. WLEX ran a version of the Today article that also allegedly claimed that it is illegal under federal law to mix the two component parts of Tannerite, which is factually false.

  Bearing Arms debunked these apparently defamatory reports from NBC News national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen the day they aired.”


Bearing Arms












One Shot Dead At Fort Meade After Trying To Enter NSA Gate







” One person is dead, and two more were hospitalized after an unauthorized vehicle tried to gain access to the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland, according to the NSA, which is investigating the incident.

” Shortly before 9:00 AM today, a vehicle containing two individuals attempted an unauthorized entry at a National Security Agency gate,” Jonathan Freed, NSA director of strategic communications, said in a statement. “The driver failed to obey an NSA Police officer’s routine instructions for safely exiting the secure campus. The vehicle failed to stop and barriers were deployed.”

  NSA police on the scene fired on the vehicle when it accelerated toward a police car, blocking its way, according to the NSA. One of the unauthorized vehicle’s two occupants died on the scene. The other was hospitalized, as was an NSA police officer.

  The two men who officials say tried to ram the main gate at NSA headquarters were dressed as women, according to a federal law enforcement official.”


Phil Silvers Show – Sgt Bilko – The NY Yankees – Sketch – Ft Dick Van Dyke







Walter Block – What Is Libertarianism?




Published on Mar 30, 2015

” Excerpts from a speech by Professor Walter Block at the Australian Mises Seminar 2012, explaining core libertarian principles and breaking down the basic types. To see full lecture go to:… “













Louis-René de Caradeuc de La Chalotais




” I claim for the nation an education that depends only on the State, because children of the State must be raised by members of the State.”   













Gary Varvel















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