56 men signed the Declaration , and in doing so were branded traitors to the Crown and faced the hangman had the colonies failed in their bid for independence .
The late , great Paul Harvey provides us with a little perspective on the Signers and the hardships they endured for the freedoms we allow to be trampled upon and destroyed as we stand and watch . Ponder that as you enjoy your bar-b-que and your boats .
Greetings fellow bloggers . We here at YouViewed have a question for you regarding traffic patterns that we seek your help with . YouViewed has existed for a little over two years and has had more or less steady growth , sometimes in leaps and bounds , sometimes incrementally . Because we have only two years worth of traffic records to rely upon we thought we would pose this question to the blogging community as a whole in hopes of some of the more seasoned veterans being able to shed some light on a matter that is perplexing us .
Some background … in addition to our more-or-less steady upward growth , excepting the occasional month of stagnation we experienced tremendous growth in the months of April and May . New viewing records were set in both months , by large margins each month . However , after the best month of all time in May with a record number of views and viewers June viewership has plummeted to levels unseen in nine months and while we never expected the April/May growth rate to continue unabated we find it curious to say the least that our viewership has dropped so precipitously in such a short period of time . It’s almost as if we were blacklisted by the search engines.
During the record months we saw unprecedented referrals from both Reddit and Stumbleupon and now those has practically ceased to exist . We should add that last year we suffered a drop , much smaller in scope , during June as well and are wondering if other bloggers witness a seasonal rise and fall in their readership . It’s understandable that the warmer weather takes people outdoors and away from their computers and if that is all there is to it , great , however we are a bit concerned that perhaps we have committed some unspoken faux pas that is causing our reader drop .
In closing we should add that we have searched the web for some sort of overall internet seasonal traffic records and barring paying expensive fees to some of the SEO sites could find nothing much useful in the public domain . We would be very grateful for any input from our blogging community as to their own personal traffic experiences . Please feel free to leave a comment , or if you prefer some anonymity you can email us at email@example.com .
Thanks , JG
” A family dog was allegedly shot and killed in front of a 6-year-old girl by a police officer in southwest suburban Hometown Friday afternoon.
The dog’s owners said their one-year-old German Shepherd mix, named Apollo, had run out the front door of their house on the 8700 block of Beck Place around 2:20 p.m. and had returned to the front lawn when police arrived.
” I walked over and I tried to call him inside. The police officer had his gun out already,” said Nicole Echlin, one of the dog’s owners. Her 6-year-old daughter walked with her.
” He started showing his teeth — that’s when the officer shot him,” said Echlin, 27. “I didn’t know that was going to happen.”
Echlin then grabbed her daughter, who had fallen to the ground crying, and rushed her inside.”
Readers may show their support for Apollo and voice their outrage at the Facebook page “Justice For Apollo” .
” A family of five was found fatally shot in a Saco apartment on Sunday afternoon, and police said late Sunday they are considering the possibility that the deaths of the man, his wife and their three children were a murder-suicide.
Police said the shootings in a second-floor apartment at 35 Water St. could have taken place around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, when neighbors reported hearing a sound like “firecrackers” going off.
But the bodies of the family members were not discovered until Sunday afternoon in bedrooms in their apartment. A preliminary examination by a deputy state medical examiner indicated that each person had been shot to death.”
The victims include three children ages 12 , 7 , & 4 , all found shot to death in their home along with a gun and the bodies of their mother and father . The Portland Press Herald has the details .
” One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
What some consider a far-flung conspiracy theory will be at the forefront during a trial set to begin Monday in Salt Lake City. The Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was brought by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue against the FBI.
He says the agency won’t release security camera videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb, killing 168 people. The government claims McVeigh was alone.”
Even this federal judge has doubts about the veracity of the State narrative of the bombing …
” Unsatisfied by the FBI’s previous explanations, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups has ordered the agency to explain why it can’t find videos from the bombing that are mentioned in evidence logs, citing the public importance of the tapes.
Trentadue believes the presence of a second suspect in the truck explains why his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, was flown to Oklahoma several months after the bombing, where he died in a federal holding cell in what was labeled a suicide.
What do they know? The FBI claims Timothy McVeigh was alone when he planted the car bomb that killed 168 in 1995, but some conspiracy theorists believe Trentadue died as part of the agency’s investigation into a second man who was on the scene with McVeigh
His brother bore a striking resemblance to the police sketch that officials sent out after the bombing based on witness descriptions of the enigmatic suspect ‘John Doe No. 2,’ who was the same height, build and complexion. The suspect was never identified.
‘ I did not start out to solve the Oklahoma City bombing, I started out for justice for my brother’s murder,’ Jesse Trentadue said. ‘But along the way, every path I took, every lead I got, took me to the bombing.’ “
” Boston ‘Teeming With Protesters’ in Giant Rally Against Housing Illegal Immigrants in the State | Video | TheBlaze.com
While Bree Sison of WBZ-TV estimated the crowd numbering in the hundreds, Boston.com described the area in front of the State House as “teeming with protesters,” noting that rally organizer Jeff Kuhner, host of WRKO’s The Kuhner Report, put the number closer to 10,000.
Glenn Reynolds slugs his blog of this story “Even in Blue State Massachusetts.” I’d say it would be more accurate to say “Especially in Blue State Massachusetts.”
Image source: Twitter/Marc Lombardo
Does this look like “hundreds” to you ?
” Blue states tend to be characterized by dominating urban areas jammed full of permanent Democrat voters who are, by and large, poorer, less educated, less employed (or employable) and generally less able to compete for good jobs.”
Read more from Bill Quick and a tip of the hat to Glenn Reynolds
” President Barack Obama cancelled his scheduled appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live (probably to attend more Los Angeles-area fundraisers) and Kimmel was not too happy. Watch (above) as he mocks President Obama about what his trip is all about.
Kimmel even mentions Obama’s motorcade and the issues it caused! This is yet another sign that Obama has lost his Hollywood base.”
Thanks to The Political Insider
” When I speak of elite education, I mean prestigious institutions like Harvard or Stanford or Williams as well as the larger universe of second-tier selective schools, but I also mean everything that leads up to and away from them—the private and affluent public high schools; the ever-growing industry of tutors and consultants and test-prep courses; the admissions process itself, squatting like a dragon at the entrance to adulthood; the brand-name graduate schools and employment opportunities that come after the B.A.; and the parents and communities, largely upper-middle class, who push their children into the maw of this machine. In short, our entire system of elite education.
I should say that this subject is very personal for me. Like so many kids today, I went off to college like a sleepwalker. You chose the most prestigious place that let you in; up ahead were vaguely understood objectives: status, wealth—“success.” What it meant to actually get an education and why you might want one—all this was off the table. It was only after 24 years in the Ivy League—college and a Ph.D. at Columbia, ten years on the faculty at Yale—that I started to think about what this system does to kids and how they can escape from it, what it does to our society and how we can dismantle it. “
Read also Newsweek’s piece on The New Republic’s hypocrisy regarding their hefty percentage of Ivy League staff .
” But if such a student seeks a job at The New Republic, that move won’t be a wise one. We’ve sized up TNR’s lengthy editorial masthead (read: not the business or sales teams) and noticed that 46 out of 91 staffers hold undergraduate or graduate degrees (or both) from an Ivy League institution. Readers who attended a college with a robust core curriculum that forces you to take a math class—Columbia University, for instance—will note that that amounts to more than half of the masthead. Here’s the breakdown.”