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Happy Birthday Rory Gallagher And Larry Carlton



    Today March 2 is the birthdate of two of the greatest guitarists to ever live : Rory Gallagher who , had he lived would have been celebrating his 67th birthday today and Larry Carlton who turns 67 . Happy Birthday to them both and thank you for your tremendous contributions to the world of music .



Rory Gallagher 

Mar 02, 1948 – Jun 14, 1995

Tore Down – Germany 1971/72




” Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal; his father, Daniel, was employed by the Irish Electricity Supply Board, who were constructing a hydro-electric power plant on the Erne River above the town. The family moved, first to Derry City, where his younger brother Dónal was born in 1949, and then to Cork, where the two brothers were raised, and where Rory attended the North Monastery School. Their father had played the accordion and sang with the Tir Chonaill Ceile Band whilst in Donegal; their mother Monica was a singer and acted with the Abbey Players in Ballyshannon. The Theatre in Ballyshannon where Monica once acted is now called the Rory Gallagher Theatre.

Both sons were musically inclined and encouraged by their parents. At age nine, Gallagher received his first guitar from them. He built on his burgeoning ability on ukulele in teaching himself to play the guitar and perform at minor functions. After winning a talent contest when he was twelve, Gallagher began performing in his adolescence with both his acoustic guitar, and an electric guitar he bought with his prize money. However, it was his purchase three years later of a 1961 Fender Stratocaster for £100 that became his primary instrument and most associated with him for the span of his lifetime.

   Gallagher was initially attracted to skiffle after hearing Lonnie Donegan on the radio. Donegan frequently covered blues and folk performers from the United States. He relied entirely on radio programs and television. Occasionally, the jazz programs from the BBC would play some blues numbers, and he slowly found some song books for guitar, where he found the names of the actual composers of blues pieces. While still in school, playing songs by Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran, he discovered his greatest influence in Muddy Waters. Subsequently, Gallagher began experimenting with folk, blues, and rock music. Unable to find or afford record albums, Gallagher stayed up late to hear Radio Luxembourg and AFN where the radio brought him his only exposure to the actual songwriters and musicians whose music moved him most. Influences he discovered, and cited as he progressed, included Woody GuthrieBig Bill Broonzy, and Lead Belly. Initially, Gallagher struck out after just an acoustic sound. Singing and later using a brace for his harmonica, Gallagher taught himself to play slide guitar. Further, throughout the next few years of his musical development, Gallagher began learning to play alto saxophonebassmandolinbanjo, and the coral sitar with varying degrees of proficiency. By his mid-teens, he began experimenting heavily with different blues styles. “



Tattoo’d Lady live 1975

Year   Title Label Editors’ Rating Average User Rating
Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher Buddha Records  
Deuce Buddha Records  
Live! In Europe
Live! In Europe Buddha Records  
Blueprint Buddha Records  
Tattoo Buddha Records  
Irish Tour 1974
Irish Tour 1974 Capo Records  
Against the Grain
Against the Grain Eagle / Eagle Records  
Calling Card
Calling Card Buddha Records  
Photo-Finish Buddha Records / Capo Records  
Top Priority
Top Priority Buddha Records  
Stage Struck
Stage Struck Capo / Capo Records  
Jinx Buddha Records  
Defender Buddha Records  
Fresh Evidence
Fresh Evidence Buddha Records  
1989   That’s Original Castle Music Ltd.  
No User Ratings
1992   Calling Card, Pts. 1-2 Castle Music Ltd.  
No User Ratings
1992   The Bullfrog Interlude Castle Music Ltd.  
No User Ratings

Nadine 1986







Rest In Peace Rory 







Happy Birthday Larry Carlton


Cold, Cold” – with Robben Ford





” Carlton was born in Torrance, California. He started learning to play guitar when he was six years old, studying under Slim Edwards near his Torrance home. Taking an interest in jazz while at high school, his playing style was influenced by Joe PassWes MontgomeryBarney Kessel, and B.B. King. Saxophonist John Coltrane has also made a notable impression on Carlton, and Carlton’s live albums have featured cuts from Miles Davis‘ Kind of Blue.

  During the 1970s and early 1980s, Carlton was a session musician in Los Angeles, making up to five hundred recordings a year, including albums by Steely DanJoni MitchellBilly JoelMichael JacksonQuincy JonesThe Four TopsChristopher CrossBarbra Streisandthe Partridge Family, and Charly García‘s Clics Modernos. His guitar work on Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne” from their 1976 LP The Royal Scam has been listed as the third best guitar solo on record by Rolling Stone Magazine. From 1971 to 1976 he played with the jazz-rock group The Crusaders. In 1977 he signed with Warner Bros. Records for a solo career. In 1979 he played guitar on Michael Jackson‘s Off the Wall. Although still relatively unknown outside his fan-base, Carlton produced six albums from 1978 to 1984, during which his adaptation of Santo Farina‘s “Sleepwalk” climbed the pop and adult contemporary charts and his 1983 LP Friends garnered a Grammy nomination. In 1979, Carlton appeared on the Grammy award winning, self-titled, debut album by Christopher Cross. Guitar great Eric Johnson also played on that same album.

His solo career took a twist in 1985 when he signed with MCA Master Series for an acoustic jazz album. The result was Alone / But Never Alone, which included a rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer“. During this time Carlton worked with musicians from around the world, including Japanese guitarist Hideshi Takatani. From 1985 to 1990 Carlton did various solo projects including the 1986 live Last Nite. He won another Grammy for his cover of the McDonald/Abrams song “Minute by Minute,” from the successful LP Discovery.”




Larry’s Blues




Year   Title Label Editors’ Rating Average User Rating
With a Little Help from My Friends
With a Little Help from My Friends Edsel  
No User Ratings
Playing/Singing Edsel  
No User Ratings
1977   Larry Carlton: Live MCA  
No User Ratings
Larry Carlton
Larry Carlton MCA Jazz / GRP  
1979   Mr. 335 Live in Japan    
Sleepwalk MCA Jazz / GRP  
Strikes Twice
Strikes Twice MCA Jazz / MCA  
Eight Times Up
Eight Times Up Wounded Bird  
Friends MCA Jazz / MCA  
Last Nite
Last Nite MCA  
Alone/But Never Alone
Alone/But Never Alone MCA  
No User Ratings
Discovery MCA  
Christmas at My House
Christmas at My House MCA  
No User Ratings
On Solid Ground
On Solid Ground GRP/Impulse! / Universal  
Kid Gloves
Kid Gloves GRP  
Renegade Gentleman
Renegade Gentleman GRP  
Best One
Best One Universal/MCA  
No User Ratings
Larry & Lee
Larry & Lee GRP / Universal / Universal Distribution  
Gift GRP / Universal  
Fingerprints Warner Bros.  
2000   Words + Music Warner Bros.  
No User Ratings
No Substitutions: Live in Osaka
No Substitutions: Live in Osaka Favored Nations Records  
Deep into It
Deep into It Warner Bros.  
Sapphire Blue
Sapphire Blue Bluebird RCA / RCA  
Fire Wire
Fire Wire Bluebird  
I Hear Angels Calling
I Hear Angels Calling 335  
No User Ratings
Live In Tokyo
Live In Tokyo 335  
The Jazz King: H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Musical Compositions
The Jazz King: H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Musical Compositions Sony BMG  
No User Ratings
Plays the Sound of Philadelphia
Plays the Sound of Philadelphia 335  
Take Your Pick
Take Your Pick 335  
Four Hands & A Heart, Vol. 1
Four Hands & A Heart, Vol. 1 335  
No User Ratings
Unplugged 335  
335 Blues Master Class
335 Blues Master Class 335  
No User Ratings
335 Improv Master Class
335 Improv Master Class 335  
No User Ratings
    Carrying You MCA  
No User Ratings
    Hello Tomorrow MCA  
No User Ratings
    Les Incontournables du Jazz WM France  
No User Ratings
    Minute by Minute MCA  
No User Ratings
    Smiles and Smiles to Go MCA  
No User Ratings

Burnable – Live Performance







Happy Birthday Larry Carlton















West Virginia House Votes To End Common Core, 75-19




” On Saturday, the West Virginia House passed a bill that would withdraw the state from the Common Core State Standards adopted by the West Virginia State Board of Education in 2010 and the Next Generation Content Standards and Objective adopted in 2011. 

  Introduced by Rep. Amanda Pasdon (R-Morgantown), House Bill 2934 (HB2934) directs the State Board of Education to repeal those standards, forbids the use of Common Core-aligned assessment including, but not limited to, Smarter Balanced Assessments, and ensures the standards are revised so West Virginia students will be adequately prepared for college and careers. The House vote was 75-19.

  The bill requires the following by July 16, 2015:

(A) The Common Core Standards as approved by the Board in May, 2010, and the subsequent Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives as approved by the Board in August 2011, are repealed;

(B) No assessments designed to assess student learning based on the common core standards, including but not limited to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, will be used in West Virginia public schools; 


For West Virginia: Take action to support this important bill HERE.

For other states: Take action to fight Common Core in your state HERE. “



Next stop the senate education committee , good luck West Virginia . Read on .












Viral Video Ice Sled Ice Machine Still Works, Old Engine Saw Blade Wheel Reworked








Published on Feb 20, 2015

” This Viral video of an ice sled used for transportation across ice utilizes a John Boat and metal pipe runners. The old gas engine has a centrifigal clutch that engages the large saw blade that bites into the ice and gives it forward momentum. Forrunner to snowmobile.

  Angling for Free Fishing Videos? Here is a video on Fishing Tips and Tricks, I do video on many species such as Catfish, Walleye, Muskie, Northern, Panfish, Salmon to include most freshwater and some saltwater fish. Information good from Fishing Pro to Novice angler will like this instruction where you can Discover Fishing when you are on the hunt for big fish. I will be talking about Fish, Fishing, Outdoors, lures, boats, motors, rods, reels, Bass, Boating, and wildlife.”


HT/Wide Open Spaces













Charges Crumble After Cell Phone Video Uncovered


Douglas Dendinger



” One of the worst days of Douglas Dendinger’s life began with him handing an envelope to a police officer.

  In order to help out his family and earn a quick $50, Dendinger agreed to act as a process server, giving a brutality lawsuit filed by his nephew to Chad Cassard as the former Bogalusa police officer exited the Washington Parish Courthouse.

  The handoff went smoothly, but Dendinger said the reaction from Cassard, and a group of officers and attorneys clustered around him, turned his life upside down.

” It was like sticking a stick in a bee’s nest.” Dendinger, 47, recalled. “They started cursing me. They threw the summons at me. Right at my face, but it fell short. Vulgarities. I just didn’t know what to think. I was a little shocked.”

  Not knowing what to make of the blow-up, a puzzled Dendinger drove home. That’s where things went from bad to worse.

” Within about 20 minutes, there were these bright lights shining through my windows. It was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I mean I knew immediately, a police car.”

” And that’s when the nightmare started,” he said. “I was arrested.” “



    Read the whole story as no less than seven public officials including the the Sheriff , cops and prosecutors all conspired to protect one of their own by falsely jailing an innocent man . Disgusting 















Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email At State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules






” Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

  Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

  It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.

  Her expansive use of the private account was alarming to current and former National Archives and Records Administration officials and government watchdogs, who called it a serious breach.”

  How could this secretive practice in any way be acceptable in a public official ? We fail to understand how this could be conceived as anything other than a blatant attempt to control what parts of her “official” business are made available for public view .

I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business,” said Mr. Baron, who worked at the agency from 2000 to 2013.

  Regulations from the National Archives and Records Administration at the time required that any emails sent or received from personal accounts be preserved as part of the agency’s records.

  But Mrs. Clinton and her aides failed to do so.

  How many emails were in Mrs. Clinton’s account is not clear, and neither is the process her advisers used to determine which ones related to her work at the State Department before turning them over.”

   No matter how one looks at it , EVERY correspondence of EVERY government official , making allowances for certain matters of national security , are PUBLIC property , generated in the public interest and paid for with public funds and thus are required to be archived and saved for future investigation . 

   How is Hillary’s staff picking and choosing exactly what correspondence the taxpayers , historians , reporters and regulators have access to any different than shredding documents or Nixon’s missing Watergate tapes ? And this woman thinks she deserves to be president . Shame , shame , shame …

   It’s not like Mrs Clinton has a stellar record of forthrightness to fall back on . As a matter of fact her past history belies exactly the opposite what with her being fired from the Watergate investigation , Travelgate , Whitewater , Rose Law firm billing records etc. On the contrary the woman is the picture of obfuscation and secrecy , much like her old boss .

Read it all at the NY Times 

Record 290 Newcomers Join Forbes Billionaires List, Including Michael Jordan






” A record 290 newcomers joined the Forbes billionaires list in the last year as world markets defied international turmoil. While wars, diseases and currency crises made headlines, tycoons from every continent but Antarctica managed to mint new 10-figure fortunes.

  Nearly 25% of this year’s first-time billionaires hail from China, which produced a world-leading 71 newcomers. The United States came in second, with 57, followed by India, with 28, and Germany, with 23.

  The most famous rookie on the billionaires list? Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time and indisputably the best-paid athlete of all time. Forbes first outed Jordan as a billionaire last June. Most of his cash comes from Nike payouts on his iconic brand. The Jordan brand grossed an estimated $2.25 billion in 2013, earning his Airness some $90 million. But his most valuable asset is his stake in the Charlotte Hornets, worth more than $500 million. When ex-Microsoft MSFT +0.07% CEO Steve Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers for a stunning $2 billion, values of all NBA teams skyrocketed, creating three new billionaires. Jordan’s old boss Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago Bulls, joined the list with a fortune of $1.3 billion, and Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander boosted his net worth to $1.6 billion.

  Aside from Jordan, the Silicon Valley kids are the stars of the incoming class. Garrett Camp, Travis Kalanick and Ryan Graves, the trio of early Uber members, have seen plenty of bad publicity over the last year. India temporarily banned their service, Spain shut it down entirely, and an Uber executive brought on a torrent of criticism when he suggested digging up dirt on the personal lives of journalists. None of the news has scared away investors, who have put over $4 billion into the company already, valuing it at $41.2 billion. Camp and Kalanick are now worth an estimated $5.3 billion, and first-employee Graves is worth $1.4 billion.

  Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk and Joe Gebbia, the three Airbnb creators, are also facing regulatory concerns, with their couch-crashing business coming up against legal issues in New York City. No matter: The company has 1 million listings for places to stay and is worth more than Hyatt Hotels. Each of the cofounders have $1.9 billion fortunes.

  The youngest newcomers to the list are Bobby Murphy and Evan Spiegel, the Snapchat founders who brazenly turned down $3 billion in cash from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg for their disappearing photo app in 2013. Smart move: Snapchat is now reportedly getting offers that would value the company at $19 billion, and Forbes estimates Murphy and Spiegel are worth $1.5 billion apiece.”



    Read more at Forbes and see the entire list of new billionaires here . For some the Obama economy is booming , just not for us peons .













These ‘Privacy Glasses’ Make You Invisible To Facial Recognition




” You’re going out with friends mid-week, and you don’t want the boss/significant other/parole officer to find out. But it’s a birthday celebration, and Facebook’s auto-tagging the pictures your buddies upload like a dirty snitch. The first piece of advice: never “friend” your parole officer. The second? Maybe grab a pair of these “privacy” glasses from software security firm AVG. You, of course, can see my visage above, but AVG claims the technology in the specs means facial recognition software (like that of Facebook) will not.

  How does it work? “


EnGadget explains













National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.27.15



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project





” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 27, 2015:

  • Update: San Francisco, California (First reported 03-05-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 3.4 years in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for his role in robbing hotel guests during a drug raid.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for making or maintaining false public records and theft over $1,500.
  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and 3rd-degree assault.
  • Monroe, Michigan: An officer was arrested for DUI.
  • Firebaugh, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. He claims he was breaking up a fight between two women that left one woman with a bloody nose.
  • Winslow Township, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to falsely reporting he was fired upon. He shot his own car. As a result of the plea deal, he will be forbidden to hold public office and must forfeit the personal firearm he used in the incident.
  • Sweetwater, Florida: An officer was arrested for public corruption. He allegedly used a stolen license plate to avoid paying tolls via EZ Pass.
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer was arrested for carrying her firearm while she was intoxicated.
  • Alexandria, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

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Texas Town Sees 61% Drop In Crime After Kicking Out Cops





” Rather than degenerate into a lawless land where criminals rule the streets, a Texas town that fired its entire police department has seen a 61% decrease is crime.

  In 2012, Sharpstown, a community of 66,000 located just southwest of Houston, declined to renew its contract with the constable’s office, essentially dismissing its cops.

  Instead, the Sharpstown Civic Association hired SEAL Security Solutions, a private firm, to patrol their streets.

“ Since we’ve been in there, an independent crime study that they’ve had done [indicates] we’ve reduced the crime by 61% in just 20 months,” James Alexander, Director of Operations for SEAL, told”



The most surprising thing about this article were these revelations:



Not only has SEAL been more successful at preventing crime in Sharpstown than traditional law enforcement, they are cheaper. Sharpstown is saving $200,000 per year over their previous contract with the constable, and they get more patrol officers for less money, reported.

  So far, more than 70 communities in Harris County, where Sharpstown is located, have contracted with SEAL, according to”



   Read the rest and note this Washington Post article of a few days ago that also highlights the rise of private police forces , albeit with the much more Statist attitude typical of that democratic mouthpiece.












John Lee Hooker Rare Performances Live 1960-1984






Border Agent Brian Terry Statue Unveiling Ignored By Obama And Holder







” The unveiling of a new statue built to memorialize the murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Saturday at the Homeland Security Department’s Brian Terry Border Patrol Station in Bisbee, Arizona, received minimal news coverage by the nation’s media except for the Fox News Channel, a news agency maligned and denigrated by President Barack Obama and his administration. In fact, no official from the Obama government attended the event and the sycophants in the legacy media made certain not to cover the story.

” That iconic image of Brian carrying his BordTac team member on his shoulders represents everything good about Brian, his strength, his determination, his attention to detail, his love for the Border Patrol and his love for his fellow agents,” Terry’s cousin, Robert Heyer, told FNC’s anchor Arthel Neville while standing next to the image of the hero cop.

  One police official noted that while President Obama made certain to appear with illegal aliens, promising them that he would punish any immigration enforcement agents or officers who did not follow his anti-deportation policy, he appeared to be indifferent to the deaths of law enforcement officers killed by illegal aliens or foreign gangs. “This is a leader who regularly disrespects law enforcement officers while being concerned about the treatment of terrorists, criminal aliens and lawbreakers,” said police officer Anna Colon.”



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Don Friesen: Kids & College




Uploaded on Jun 20, 2008

” Don Friesen talks about the cost of raising kids, “I’ve got to save up for THEIR college?… I haven’t even paid for MY college yet.” “













Rand Paul – Rx For America




Published on Mar 1, 2015

” Prior to winning the CPAC straw poll, Rand Paul gives Sean Hannity a rundown on his views. “













Matthew Arnold



” The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.”














Michael Ramirez
















Today In The Past


78 – Origin of Saka Era (India)

468 – St Simplicius elected to succeed Catholic Pope Hilarius

493 – Ostrogoten King Theodorik the Great beats Odoaker

1284 – Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England

1409 – Austrian civil war ends

1575 – Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.

1627 – Piet Heyn conquerors 22 ships in Bay of Salvador Brazil




1634 – 1st tavern in Boston opens (Samuel Cole)






1746 – Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Castle of Inverness

1791 – 1st internal revenue act (taxing distilled spirits & carriages)

1791 – Congress establishes US Mint

1794 – Richard Allen founded AME Church

1801 – 1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia

1803 – 1st impeachment trial of a federal judge, John Pickering, begins

1812 – US passes 1st foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake vicitims)

1813 – Office of surgeon general of the US army forms

1815 – US declares war on Algiers for taking US prisoners & demanding tribute

1817 – Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi

1820 – Missouri Compromise passes, allowing slavery in Missouri

1837 – Congress increases Supreme Court membership from 7 to 9

1837 – US president Andrew Jackson & Congress recognizes Republic of Texas

1838 – Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario Canada

1842 – 1st US child labor law regulating working hours passed (Mass)

1843 – Congress appropriates $30,000 “to test the practicability of establishing a system of electro-magnetic telegraphs” by the US

1845 – 1st time, US Senate overrides presidential (Tyler) veto

1845 – Florida becomes 27th state

1849 – Gold Coinage Act authorizes $20 Double Eagle gold coin

1849 – US Department of the Interior established by Congress

1853 – Transcontinental railroad survey is authorized by Congress

1855 – Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use




1857 – Second Opium WarFrance and the United Kingdom declare war on China







1862 – Union forces under General Pope lay siege to New Madrid, Missouri (US Civil War)

1863 – 1st US wartime military conscription bill enacted

1863 – Abraham Lincoln approves charter for National Academy of Sciences

1863 – Federal ironclad ships bomb Fort McAllister Georgia

1863 – Gold certificates (currency) authorized by Congress

1865 – Opening of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the founding member of the HSBC Group.

1869 – University of South Carolina opens to all races

1873 – US Congress & government raise own salary, retroactively

1873 – Censorship: The U.S. Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” books through the mail.

1877 – Rutherford B Hayes is sworn in as the 19th president

1879 – 1st female lawyer heard by Supreme Court (Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood)

1882 – NY Steam Corp begins distributing steam to Manhattan buildings

1883 – Congress authorizes the 1st steel vessels in US navy

1885 – 1st US state (California) establishes a permanent forest commission

1885 – American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) incorporates

1887 – Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller

1891 – Congress creates US Courts of Appeal

1891 – Congress creates Office of Superintendent of Immigration (Treasury Dept)

1899 – Congress authorizes Lafayette silver dollar

1899 – George Dewey becomes 1st in US with rank of Admiral of the Navy

1900 – US Steel Corporation organizes

1904 – Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany becomes the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison’s cylinder.

1905 – US Forest Service forms

1910 – Rockefeller Foundation: J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announces his retirement from managing his businesses so that he could devote full time to being a philanthropist.

1911 – 1st US federal cemetery with Union & Rebel graves opens, Missouri

1915 – Natl Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NASA forerunner) created

1915 – NACA, the predecessor of NASA founded.

1926 – International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Fla)

1931 – “Star Spangled Banner” officially becomes US national anthem

1931 – Cab Calloway records “Minnie Moocher” (Jazz’s 1st million seller)

1933 – Mount Rushmore dedicated

1934 – John Dillinger breaks out of jail using a wooden pistol

1939 – In Mumbai, Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest of the autocratic rule in India.

1942 – 1st combat flight for Canada’s British-built Avro Lancaster military plane

1943 – Bomb fleeing crowd falls into London shelter; 173 die

1943 – US defeats Japan & wins Battle of Bismark Sea

1946 – US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill

1946 – US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button

1955 – Elvis Presley made his 1st TV appearance

1958 – Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq

1959 – 1st US probe to enter solar orbit, Pioneer 4, launched

1960 – 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5″)

1965 – Temptations’ “My Girl” reaches #1

1966 – Buffalo Springfield form (Steven Stills, Neil Young, et al)

1966 – Twister hits Jackson Miss; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die

1969 – Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days)




1972 – Sculpted figures of Jefferson DavisRobert E Lee& Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia






1974 – George Foreman KOs Ken Norton

1977 – Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)

1977 – Men’s Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)

1977 – Worlds Ladies Fig Skating Champ in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)

1980 – The USS Nautilus is stricken.

1982 – Senate begins debate on expulsion of Sen Harrison Williams (D-NJ)

1985 – “Moonlighting” with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis, premieres

1985 – Willie Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million

1989 – Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for Iran-Contra

1991 – Iraqi generals & Gen Schwarzkopf meet to discuss cease fire

1991 – LA Police severly beat Rodney King, captured on amateur video

1991 – Merlene Ottey runs world record 200m indoor (22.24 sec)

1992 – Gas explodes in coal mine at Zonguldak Turkey, 100s die

1992 – Pres Bush apologizes for raising taxes after pledging not to

1992 – The nation of Bosnia was established.

1997 – The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.

2002 – Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.

2004 – Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal that formed InBev, the world’s largest brewer.

2005 – Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust at his property in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. It is the deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 and the North-West Rebellion.

2005 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane around the world solo without any stops without refueling – a journey of 40,234 km/25,000 mi completed in 67 hours and 2 minutes.

2009 – The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan.

2009 – The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapses.




1455 – King John II of Portugal (d. 1495)

1500 – Reginald Pole, English Cardinal/”heretic”

1520 – Matthias Flacius, Croatian Protestant reformer (d. 1575)

1583 – Edward Herbert of Cherbury, English military/philosopher

1678 – Madeleine de Verchères, French Canadian heroine (d. 1747)




1747 – Kasamir PulaskiUS general (Revolutionary War)(oops March 6th)





 – George M Pullman, inventor (railway sleeping car)

1838 – George William Hill, US astronomer (calculated Moon’s orbit)

1839 – Jamsetji Tata, Indian industrialist (d. 1904)

1841 – John Murray, Canada oceanographer (Depths of the Ocean)

1845 – Georg Cantor, German mathematician (discover transfinite numbers)

1847 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scotland, inventor (telephone)

1872 – Wee Willie Keeler, outfielder (Baltimore Orioles); hit .432 in 1897

1877 – Garrett Morgan, African-American inventor

1880 – Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic




1895 – Matthew B RidgwayUS gen (WW II/China/Nicaragua/Korea/NATO)






1895 – Ragnar Frisch, Oslo, Norwegian economist (1st winner of the Nobel prize in economics-1969)

1897 – Jose Moreno Gans, composer

1899 – Alfred M Gruenther, US, commanding general (NATO, 1953-56)

1900 – Edna Best, Hove England, actress (Key, Calendar, Escape, Intermezzo)

1902 – Ruby Dandridge, Memphis Tenn, actress (Father of the Bride)

1903 – Gilbert Adrian, [Greenberg], Naugatuck CT, costume designer

1911 – Jean Harlow, [Harlean Carpentier], KS, 30s’ sex goddess (Dinner at 8)

1914 – Martin Ritt, actor/director (Slugger’s Wife, End of the Game)

1917 – Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (d. 1952)

1918 – Arthur Kornberg, US biochemist (Nobel 1959)

1920 – James Doohan, Vancouver BC, actor (Montgomery Scott-Star Trek)

1920 – Julius Boros, golfer (PGA Champ 1968, US Open 1952, 63)

1921 – Diana Barrymore, NYC, actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife)

1925 – Richard Vernon, England, actor (Servant, Gandhi, Hard Days Night)

1927 – John McLaughlin, commentator (McLaughlin Report)

1933 – Lee Radziwell Ross, NYC, princess (Jackie O’s sister)

1934 – Gia Scala, Italy, actress (Angry Hills, Don’t Go Near the Water)




1936 – Jim ClarkFormula 1 racer (1963 champ)






1938 – Lew De Witt, singer (Statler Brothers-Flowers on the Wall)

1938 – Willie Chambers, guitarist/vocalist (Chambers Brothers)

1942 – Vladimir Vasilyevich Kovolyonok, USR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 25, 29/31, T-4)

1944 – Janice Garfat, rocker (Dr Hook)

1946 – James C Adamson, Warsaw NY, Lt Col USA/astronaut (STS 28, STS 43)

1947 – Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (d. 2001)

1948 – Byron MacGregor, newscaster

1949 – Bonnie J Dunbar, Sunnyside Wash, PhD/astro (STS 61-A, 32, 50, 71, 89)

1949 – James S Voss, Cordova Alabama, Major USA/astronaut (STS 44, 53, 69)

1950 – Ed Marinaro, actor (Hill Street Blues)

1950 – Re Styles, rock vocalist (Tubes)

1950 – Tim Kazurinsky, Johnstown Pa, comedian (SNL, Police Academy 2, 3, 4)

1951 – Sergei Aleksandrovich Yemelyanov, Russian cosmonaut

1953 – Aleksandr Viktorovich Borodin, Russia, cosmonaut

1953 – Dave Amato, rocker (REO Speedwagon-Can’t Fight this Feeling)

1956 – Jim Barton, Lincoln Neb, soling yachter (Olympics-bronze-1996)

1958 – Miranda Richardson, Southport England, actress (Damage, Crying Game)

1958 – Marc Silvestri, American comic book artist and publisher (Top Cow Productions)

1961 – Mary Page Keller, actress (Duet, Scared Stiff, Baby Talk)

1961 – Perry McCarthy, English racing driver

1962 – Herschel Walker, WFL/NFL running back (NJ Generals, Dallas Cowboys)

1962 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, E St Louis IL, heptathele (Olympic-gold-88, 92)

1963 – Elizabeth Chavez, Santa Monica Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-91)

1966 – Ellen Minzner, Lawrence Mass, rower (Olympics-96)




1966 – Hope Marie CarltonRiverhead NYplaymate (July, 1985)






1966 – Tone-Loc, [Anthony Terrell Smith], LA California, rocker (Let’s Do It)

1968 – Brian Leetch, Corpus Christi TX, NHL defenseman (Team USA, NY Rangers)

1968 – Diann Roffe-Steinrotter, Warsaw NY, alpine skier (Oly-gold/silver-92)

1969 – Simon Whitlock, Australian Darts Player

1971 – Tyler Florence, chef, Food Network personality, & cookbook author

1973 – Victoria Nika Zdrok, Kiev Ukraine, playmate (Oct, 1994)

1975 – Danica McKellar, actress (Winnie Cooper-Wonder Years) [or Jan 3]

1977 – Ronan Keating, Bayside Dublin Ireland, Irish singer (Boyzone)

1982 – Jessica Biel, Ely Minnesota, American actress (Mary Camden in 7th Heaven)

1989 – Erica Morningstar, Canadian Swimmer, and record holder.


561 – Pelagius I, Italian Pope (547-51, 556-61), dies




1191 – Saladin [Salah ad-Din] Yusuf, sultan of Egypt/Syriadies at 52 (or 4th)






1239 – Vladimir III Rurikovich, Grand Prince of Kiev (b. 1187)

1459 – Ausias March, Catalan poet, dies

1580 – Jacob Hillebrand, Dutch mayor of Groningen, dies

1635 – Philips de l’Espinoy, historian/mayor of Ghent, dies

1703 – Robert Hooke, scientific genius, dies in London

1707 – Aurangzeb, Emperor of India (1658-1707), dies at 88

1765 – William Stukeley, English archaeologist (b. 1687)

1792 – Robert Adam, Scottish architect (Syon House, Middlesex), dies at 63




1864 – Ulric DahlgrenUnion coloneldies in battle at 21






1921 – Petrus Cuypers, architect (Amsterdam museum), dies at 93

1927 – J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)

1941 – Ernst Cahn, owner of Amsterdam Koco ice cream parlor, executed

1945 – Koos Speenhoff, Dutch singer, killed in bombing raid at 75

1959 – Lou Costello, comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 52

1966 – William Frawley, actor (Fred Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies at 89

1983 – Arthur Koestler, Hung/Brit writer (Dialogue With Death), dies at 77

1985 – Sarah Blanding, 1st US fem college head (Vassar 1946-64), dies at 86

1987 – Danny Kaye, comedian (Danny Kaye Show), dies at 74

1988 – Sewall Wright, US geneticist (evolution model), dies at 98

1991 – Arthur Murray, dance instructor, dies at 95 of pneumonia

1992 – Sandy Dennis, actress (Up the Down Staircase), dies of cancer at 54

1993 – Albert Sabin, physician (oral polio vaccine), dies at 86




1993 – Carlos Montoyaflamenco guitaristdies at 89







1994 – Anita Morris, actress (Nine), dies of cancer at 50

1995 – Shiv Verma, soldier, dies at 85

1996 – Lyle Talbot, [Henderson], actor (Plan 9 From Outer Space), dies at 76

1998 – Fred Friendly, American broadcast executive (b. 1915)

1999 – Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)

2003 – Horst Buchholz, German actor (b. 1933)

2003 – Luis Marden, American photojournalist (b. 1913)

2003 – Peter Smithson, English architect (b. 1923)

2005 – Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist (b. 1928)

2006 – William Herskovic, Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)

2012 – Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist, dies from prostate cancer at 64
















Thief Knocks Himself Out With Brick After Failed Carjacking




Published on Mar 1, 2015

” – A man from Ireland was jailed and embarrassed after he knocked himself out with a brick during a failed carjacking attempt.

  According to the Huffington Post, Gerry Brady talked to reporters about the incident when he found the man knocked out near his vehicle. Brady, who owns the local bar nearby says he watched the culprit attempt to break into his car several times. After a rock didn’t break the window, he tries to use a brick and knocks himself out. Brady says the suspect tried to tell the police he was the one who injured him, but they discovered his own actions caused the entire thing.

” You should have heard the [guards] laughing when they saw the video,” Brady said. “They were in stitches. Credit to them, they were straight out when we called and found the guy within minutes.”

  The culprit was arrested while police continue to investigate the incident.”













Violent Scenes At ‘Safe’ Underage Festival






‘ Alcohol was prohibited and parents were promised police would protect their kids, but dramatic vision from the weekend’s under-18 Good Life music festival in Sydney tells a frighteningly different story.

  A festival-goer at the underage festival at Randwick can be seen to be lifted up and slammed into the ground by an older boy during an altercation at the teen-friendly festival.

  The boy lands on his neck after being thrown to the ground and pushed by two much bigger apparently older guys.

  When he gets up, another boy intervenes halting the fight.

  At the same festival, another amateur video shows another young man tackled by police as the crowd of teenagers gathers around, some yelling in horror and others cheering.”


Read more













Tamir Rice ‘Directly And Proximately’ Responsible For Own Police Shooting Death, Says City






” The death of Tamir Rice was “directly and proximately” caused by the 12-year-old’s own actions, the city of Cleveland has argued in a defense document following a civil claim from the boy’s family. Rice was shot dead by a police officer last November.

  When he was shot, Rice was holding a toy gun which police mistook for a real firearm. The incident sparked widespread criticism that officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed Rice, employed a drastic overuse of force.

  The city of Cleveland’s defense, filed with the US district court on Friday, argues that both Rice and members of his family are to blame for any damages, injuries and losses arising from the incident. The argument lists 20 lines of defense, including that Rice did not “exercise due care to avoid injury” and that members of his family, including his mother and teenage sister, who have lodged the claim, sustained damages “caused by their own acts”. “



   Read more on the city of Cleveland’s attempt to excuse their police officer’s wanton killing of Tamir Rice by blaming the victim at the Guardian and in case you’ve missed it you can catch on the horrifying execution and it’s aftermath by reading our previous posts here , here and here .

   Be sure to watch the above video and see the young man gunned down before the police car is even brought to a stop and bear in mind that the city medical examiner ruled the shooting a homicide .













French Factory Decline Even Worse Than Greece



French Manufacturing




” The economic divide between Europe’s largest economies widened in February, as a closely-watched survey showed manufacturing output in France contracted at a faster rate than Greece, despite the weakening euro.

  Output at French factories fell for a ninth consecutive month in February, as new orders dried up and overseas demand fell. This led to a further fall in employment, Markit said, as it described general demand in France as “lacklustre”.

  By contrast, a stronger rise in new business helped output at German manufacturers expand for the 22nd consecutive month in February. Markit described the latest rise as “broad-based”, but said growth was “weak by historical standards”. “



The Telegraph has more on the European socialist market doldrums 













Ikea Unveils Phone-Charging Furniture At MWC






” Furniture giant Ikea has unveiled a range of furniture fitted with wireless charging spots for mobile devices.

  The Home Smart range will initially include lamps, bedside tables and a coffee table as well as individual charging pads for any surface.

  Ikea has used the wireless charging standard QI, which is also supported by Samsung in its latest handset, the S6.

  Environmental group Friends of the Earth urged caution over the recyclability of such products. The Swedish furniture firm will sell charging covers for incompatible iPhone and Samsung models.”


BBC News













BlackPhone Maker Silent Circle Announces $50 Million In Funding






” The BlackPhone, a $600-plus encrypted Android handset designed to keep the prying eyes of criminals and the government out of mobile communications, is now fully owned by Silent Circle thanks to the company raking in investment cash.

  Terms of the buyout deal with Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone, the phone’s hardware manufacturer, were not disclosed. Silent Circle said Thursday that it has raised $50 million and plans on showing off an encrypted “enterprise privacy ecosystem” at World Mobile Congress next week. A BlackPhone tablet is on the way, too.

” Silent Circle has brought tremendous disruption to the mobile industry and created an integrated suite of secure enterprise communication products that are challenging the status quo,” Mike Janke, cofounder and chairman of the Silent Circle board, said in a statement. “This first stage of growth has enabled us to raise approximately $50M to accelerate our continued rapid expansion and fuel our second stage of growth.”

  The cash infusion and the push for encrypted communications are in part a direct result of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about massive government surveillance.”


Details at Ars Technica













Foreign Workers Fill Hundreds Of Sacramento-Area IT Jobs





” It’s nearly 8 p.m., and inside a state office building two dozen computer experts design and troubleshoot a system that will take and process millions of unemployment claims each year.

  It’s a $200 million Employment Development Department project, but with the exception of two managers, everyone inside the office is from outside of the U.S. They are employed by Deloitte, a major U.S. IT company hired by the state to create and manage its Unemployment Insurance Modernization project. The mostly Indian nationals are allowed to work here under a visa program called H-1B.

” It’s not any different than what illegal aliens have done to construction workers,” said Kim Berry, the webmaster of two sites that almost exclusively address the influx of foreign workers in the U.S. IT job market. “Why hire an American to do the roofing when you can have a truckload of illegals do it for $30 per day each?” “


   Read more about foreigners being hired to do the jobs from which Americans are laid off . Perhaps if a college education in America didn’t cost more than a house the US education system could produce the specialized workers domestically .












Originally posted on sunshine hours:

(This is a different post than the Low Min one)

Low Max records track the lowest maximum temperature for the day.

2634 Low Max Records Broken or tied From 2015-02-19 to 2015-02-25 according to the NOAA. (That is 15% of all the measurements for that period)

Below is a screenshot showing location and the biggest difference between old record and new record.

The list is just the ones I could capture in a screenshot. Wow. Many records broken by over 20F.

Imagine … the old record was 34 and it is now 3F. A 31F difference.


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Feds Raid Texas Political Meeting








” In a deliberate “show of force,” federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating all cell phones and personal recording devices.

  Members of the Republic of Texas, a secession movement dedicated to restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic, had gathered Feb. 14 in a Bryan, Texas, meeting hall along with public onlookers. They were debating issues of currency, international relations and celebrating the birthday of one of their oldest members. The group, which describes itself as “congenial and unimposing,” maintains a small working government, including official currency, congress and courts.

  According to “Minutes into the meeting a man among the onlookers stood and moved to open the hall door, letting in an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, agents of the Texas district attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.

“ In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing all cellphones and recording equipment in a Valentine’s Day 2015 raid on the Texas separatist group.” “



WorldNetDaily has the story of the crushing of political dissent by the State














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