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Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Net Neutrality




     We’ve run this video before but now that the FCC’s attempt to regulate the internet have been brought back to the public’s attention we thought that Mr Oliver’s take on the cronyism and statism that is represented by the Obama administration’s plans to make the internet a “public utility” deserve further prominence . 

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” What happens when Ami Horowitz waves an ISIS flag on Berkeley’s campus? Nothing.

  What happens when Ami waves an Israeli flag? Watch and see… Thank you Ami Horowitz for another great film! And thank you Dr. Bob for funding it! “










The Federal Emergency Management Agency: Floods, Failures, And Federalism



” The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the lead federal agency for disaster preparedness, response, and relief. FEMA’s budget fluctuates from year to year, but spending has trended sharply upwards in recent decades. The agency spent $22 billion in fiscal 2013 and $10 billion in fiscal 2014. The main activity of FEMA is distributing aid to individuals and state and local governments after natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. In addition, the agency provides ongoing grants to the states for disaster preparedness, and it operates the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

  FEMA’s response to some major disasters has been slow, disorganized, and profligate. The agency’s actions have sometimes been harmful, such as when it has blocked the relief efforts of other organizations. FEMA’s dismal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 dramatized the agency’s bureaucratic dysfunction. FEMA’s grants for disaster preparedness are known for wastefulness. As for the NFIP, its insurance subsidies are spurring development in flood-prone areas, which in turn is increasing the damage caused by floods. The NFIP also encourages an expansion of federal regulatory control over local land-use planning.

  Federalism is supposed to undergird America’s system of handling disasters, particularly natural disasters. State, local, and private organizations should play the dominant role. Looking at American history, many disasters have generated large outpourings of aid by individuals, businesses, and charitable groups.

  Today, however, growing federal intervention is undermining the role of private institutions and the states in handling disasters. Policymakers should reverse course and begin cutting FEMA. Ultimately, the agency should be closed down by ending aid programs for disaster preparedness and relief and privatizing flood insurance. “


Tennessee DA Restricts Use Of Civil Forfeiture Laws



Tennessee Asset Forfeiture Reform




” An agency at the center of NewsChannel 5′s “Policing for Profit” investigation has severely restricted the use of civil forfeiture laws that had been used to seize cash from drivers passing through Tennessee.

  Instead, the new boss of the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force said he wants officers to re-emphasize their primary mission of looking for drugs.

  For more than three years, NewsChannel 5 Investigates has shined the light on laws that let police take cash from drivers without charging them with a crime.

  Critics called it “highway robbery.”

I don’t want the public to believe that we are out there trying to just take money from innocent people,” said District Attorney General Ray Crouch. “That is not what we are going to do. I am not going to be part of that.

  It marks the first time that a Tennessee district attorney has publicly rejected the broad use of the civil forfeiture laws that have drawn national attention. For the past several years, the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference has lobbied lawmakers to preserve that source of money.

” I want the public to know that they do not have to be in fear of the 23rd Judicial Drug Task Force seizing their personal property, their cash, their assets,” Crouch toldNewsChannel 5 Investigates. “


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AG Nominee Loretta Lynch Boasts Having Seized $904 Million Through Asset Forfeitures In 2013 Alone




” Civil asset forfeiture is a controversial policy in which the government seizes private property that it believes was either gained through the commission of a crime or used to commit one. However, the items being seized sometimes belong to someone who was never accused of a crime at all or people who later turn out to be completely innocent. Since a civil process is used to seize the items in question, individuals facing the loss of property do so without the benefit of the level of due process that would ordinarily be afforded a criminal defendant.

  The Washington Post notes that, under President Obama, civil asset forfeitures have doubled. Now, as Eric Holder steps aside as US Attorney General, his potential replacement, nominee and US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch, recently announced that her office seized over $904 million in asset forfeitures in 2013 alone.

  According to a quote from The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, “As a prosecutor Ms. Lynch has also been aggressive in pursuing civil asset forfeiture, which has become a form of policing for profit. She recently announced that her office had collected more than $904 million in criminal and civil actions in fiscal 2013, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.” The editorial calls for senators to ask questions in an effort to clarify Lynch’s views on the controversial policy. “


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Obama’s Amnesty Threatens To Shut Constitution







” Pundits warn that a funding fight over the president’s move to grant de facto amnesty to illegal aliens threatens a politically risky government shutdown. But there’s something much more important at stake here.

  The Founders had good reason to give Congress the power of the purse: Short of impeachment, it’s the most effective way to stop a lawless president from disobeying the will of Congress and usurping powers not granted by the Constitution.

  The question is: Will Congress use this power to thwart President Obama’s shredding of the Constitution with his executive amnesty plan? “



Even some renowned liberals are recognizing the threat to our Constitution posed by “King Obama’s” unilateral action …



” There’s more at stake here than mere political fortunes. We are at the constitutional tipping point that Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley warned us about as Obama continues to wield executive authority that he himself once said he did not have.

  We live in a constitutional republic, and the president who says he cannot wait for the Congress to act ignores a Constitution that says he has to. Article I, Section 8 gives Congress exclusive authority to “establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization” and Article II, Section 3 says that it’s the president’s duty “to take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

  Professor Turley told the House Judiciary Committee at a Dec. 3 hearing that Obama’s abuse of executive power has grown to the point that “he’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.” “


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Bombshell: Email Proves That White House, DOJ Targeted Reporter Sharyl Attkisson




” Judicial Watch reports that the Obama administration has turned over about 42,000 pages of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. The administration was forced to turn the documents over to Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Judicial Watch is posting them on its web site. The administration turned them over on November 18, 2014.

  One of the documents provides smoking gun proof that the Obama White House and the Eric Holder Justice Department colluded to get CBS News to block reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson was one of the few mainstream media reporters who paid any attention to the deadly gun-running scandal.

  In an email dated October 4, 2011, Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control.” Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop Attkisson.

  Schultz replied, “Good. Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

  Schultz also told Schmaler that he was working with reporter Susan Davis, then at the National Journal, to target Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA). Issa led the House investigation into Fast and Furious. Davis now works at USA Today. In the email chain, Schultz tells Schmaler that he would provide Davis with “leaks.”

  Davis wrote a critical piece on Issa a few weeks later.

  Attkisson was later subjected to hacking of her computer by people who remain unknown, but who likely belong to a government agency. She and CBS parted ways earlier in 2014, and Attkisson has since said that the network blocked her reports from airing.

  Update: More about Schmaler here, here, here and here. “


Thanks to Bryan Preston at PJMedia










Obama Puts The Cat Among The Pigeons



Executive Amnesty



” Barack Obama put the cat among the pigeons Thursday night, but he may be surprised by how big that cat could get, and with it a big cat’s appetite for more than pigeons.

  His “executive orders” demanding a stop to deportations is no doubt good news for millions of illegal immigrants — 5 million at last count — he wants to preserve and protect for Democrats looking to replenish a depleted constituency. But it’s not such good news for anyone who appreciates law and order on the border. Amnesties can be good, but they must be written carefully lest they invite more of the same misery that led to amnesty. The president’s invitation to the millions south of the border — “Come on in, I’ll find a way to make you legal later” — guarantees that hell on the border will continue, and probably get worse. The hell on the Potomac will get a lot worse.

  The president and his lawyers are clever. By not actually issuing an executive order called an executive order — he can call it a “memo” to his prosecutors but it’s still an order from the executive — he will make it more difficult for the Republicans to find a way to overturn it. 

  Just the anticipation of the president’s big speech set off cries and celebrations. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, having abandoned her dream of ascending once more to speaker of the House, and who knows no more of the nation’s history than the president apparently does, got lost Thursday afternoon in a history book. She mistook Barack Obama for Abraham Lincoln, and his immigration amnesty for the Emancipation Proclamation. “Does the public know that the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order? she asked. (Does the public know that the Emancipation Proclamation preserved slavery in the four slave states still in the Union, and freed no slaves in the departed Confederate states? The public could look it up.) The only similarities in Mr. Lincoln’s proclamation and Mr. Obama’s order is that neither was intended to resolve anything, but to set loose that cat among the pigeons. The Civil War circa 1861-1865 ground bloodily on, and the immigration system circa 2014 is still broken and bleeding, and probably farther from resolution than ever.

  Civil war is the metaphor of the day. Phyllis Schlafly, who almost single-handedly defeated the feminist crusade for an equal-rights amendment, now calls Mr. Obama’s executive order “a modern-day Fort Sumter.” “


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A Novel Tree Swing From Unilad




Start your weekend with a smile … 

Originally posted on Rare:

In the first installment of the Internet video series, “Super Epic Cats,” the creators bring you hover cat.

The cat that is magically air lifted off the ground to hover.

Set to hilariously intense music, and complete with room rattling, this video will be the most epic thing you see today.

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141 Year Old Cold Weather Record Falls In Jacksonville





” Thursday morning not only broke an “ancient” record from 1873, but we also dropped to the second coldest temperature ever recorded in the month of November in Jacksonville. 

  According to the National Weather Service, for the second morning in a row, Jacksonville set a new cold weather record. Thursday mornings temperature dropped to a bone chilling 24 degrees breaking the old record of 30 degrees set in 1873.

  Some areas around Woodbine, GA flirted with the upper teens as the temperature officially there dropped to 20 degrees.

  Any thoughts that the winter of 2014-2015 wouldn’t be as bone-chilling as last year’s may have just been put on thin ice. And it’s only November.”



The rest of the nation is feeling the cold as well …



” Even the snow covering the ground is amazing. Roughly 50.4 percent of the lower 48 was covered with snowmore than double the amount normally seen for this time of year. At this exact same time last year, just a scant 12.1 percent of the country had snow on the ground. Check out the maps below from Tuesday’s snow cover versus exactly one year ago.

  Jeff Masters is meteorology director at the online site Weather Underground. He says the low temperatures are January-like instead of what’s normal for November. He says it’s 15 degrees to 35 degrees below average over a big chunk of the country, thanks to arctic air.”


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Executive Orders: Washington – Obama





President Term

Total Orders1

Average / Year Years in Office EO Number Range
George Washington Total 8 1.02 7.85 unnumbered
John Adams Total 1 0.25 4.00 unnumbered
Thomas Jefferson Total 4 0.50 8.00 unnumbered
James Madison Total 1 0.13 8.00 unnumbered
James Monroe Total 1 0.13 8.00 unnumbered
John Quincy Adams Total 3 0.75 4.00 unnumbered
Andrew Jackson Total 12 1.50 8.00 unnumbered
Martin van Buren Total 10 2.50 4.00 unnumbered
William Henry Harrison Total 0 0 0.08 unnumbered
John Tyler Total 17 4.34 3.92 unnumbered
James K. Polk Total 18 4.50 4.00 unnumbered
Zachary Taylor Total 5 3.70 1.35 unnumbered
Millard Fillmore Total 12 4.53 2.65 unnumbered
Franklin Pierce Total 35 8.75 4.00 unnumbered
James Buchanan Total 16 4.00 4.00 unnumbered
Abraham Lincoln Total 48 11.65 4.12 unnumbered
Andrew Johnson Total 79 20.31 3.89 unnumbered
Ulysses S. Grant Total 217 27.13 8.00 unnumbered
Rutherford B. Hayes Total 92 23.00 4.00 unnumbered
James Garfield Total 6 10.91 0.55 unnumbered
Chester Arthur Total 96 27.75 3.46 unnumbered
Grover Cleveland – I Total 113 28.25 4.00 unnumbered
Benjamin Harrison Total 143 35.75 4.00 unnumbered
Grover Cleveland – II Total 140 35.00 4.00 unnumbered
William McKinley Total 185 40.84 4.53 unnumbered
Theodore Roosevelt Total 1,081 144.71 7.47
William Howard Taft Total 724 181.00 4.00
Woodrow Wilson Total 1,803 225.38 8.00
Warren G. Harding Total 522 216.60 2.41
Calvin Coolidge Total 1,203 215.21 5.59
Herbert Hoover Total 968 242.00 4.00 5075 – 6070
Franklin D. Roosevelt Total 3,522 290.59 12.12 6071 – 9537
Harry S. Truman Total 907 116.58 7.78 9538 – 10431
I 504 133.33 3.78 9538 – 10029
II 403 100.75 4.00 10030 – 10431
Dwight D. Eisenhower Total 484 60.50 8.00 10432 – 10913
I 266 66.50 4.00 10432 – 10695-A
II 218 54.50 4.00 10696 – 10913
John F. Kennedy Total 214 75.35 2.84 10914 – 11127
Lyndon B. Johnson Total 325 62.86 5.17 11128 – 11451
Richard Nixon Total 346 62.34 5.55 11452 – 11797
I 247 61.75 4.00 11452 – 11698
II 99 63.87 1.55 11699 – 11797
Gerald R. Ford Total 169 68.98 2.45 11798 – 11966
Jimmy Carter Total 320 80.00 4.00 11967 – 12286
Ronald Reagan Total 381 47.63 8.00 12287 – 12667
I 213 53.25 4.00 12287 – 12499
II 168 42.00 4.00 12500 – 12667
George Bush Total 166 41.50 4.00 12668 – 12833
William J. Clinton Total 364 45.50 8.00 12834 – 13197
I 200 50.00 4.00 12834 – 13033
II 164 41.00 4.00 13034 – 13197
George W. Bush Total 291 36.38 8.00 13198 – 13488
I 173 43.25 4.00 13198 – 13370
II 118 29.50 4.00 13371 – 13488
Barack Obama Total 193 33.10 5.83 13489 – 13681
I 147 36.75 4.00 13489 – 13635
II 46 25.14 1.83 13636 – 13681
Note: Obama EO counts are updated monthly following the 20th day of the month to recompute average per year. Orders issued between updates can be accessed here:

Last Update: Data Through November 20, 2014. (through 5.83 years of the Obama Administration)

Citation: Gerhard Peters. “Executive Orders.” The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA. 1999-2014. Available from the World Wide Web:

1 1789 to 1945 (Roosevelt) data includes “numbered” and “unnumbered” executive orders. 1945 (Truman) & 1967 (Johnson) data includes only numbered executive orders including those with letter designations (ex. Executive Order 9577-A).

Data Sources:
• 1789 – 1945 (Roosevelt) data obtained from Lyn Ragsdale, “Vital Statisitcs on the Presidency: Washington to Clinton.” rev. ed. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 1998).
• 1945 (Truman) – present data compiled by Gerhard Peters, The American Presidency Project, from documents contained in the Federal Register.”



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Jon Stewart Calls Out Not-Emperor Obama’s Powerlust By Pointing Out Something He’s Overlooked




” Remember when President Obama, when asked about what he would do to “ensure more people aren’t being deported,” deferred by saying:

My job is to execute laws that are passed.


I’m the President of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States.

Jon Stewart remembers. And he’s noticed how the President’s latest words on the extent of his presidential powers don’t exactly square with his previous declaration that he is not “the emperor.”

I’m going to do what I can do through executive action.

It’s good to be the king. “


Thanks to IJR










National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-19-14



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project




” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 19, 2014:

  • Chicago, Illinois: A police officer has been indicted on federal charges. He is accused of using excessive force when he allegedly punched a man during an arrest, and kicked him while he was handcuffed and lying on the floor face-down.
  • Update: Clovis, New Mexico: Prosecutors have decided that a police officer won’t face state charges in connection with a traffic stop in which excessive force was alleged.
  • Weld County, Colorado: A grand jury has indicted a now-former deputy on felony charges in the murder of his wife.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer must face charges that he threatened a man with his city-issued handgun. He has been fired.
  • Horry County, South Carolina: A sheriff’s deputy was released from jail on $1,000 bail after he was charged with assault and trespassing related to an incident that occurred while he was on duty and driving a sheriff’s van.
  • Secaucus, New Jersey: A police officer has been charged with obtaining a steroid gel known as Androgel testosterone and then selling the medication online.
  • Update: Santa Fe County, New Mexico: The now-former sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting and killing a fellow deputy has pled not guilty.
  • Newton, New Jersey: A police officer was caught on videotape unzipping his pants and exposing himself to young men during at least five traffic stops, according to an arrest affidavit.
  • Houston, Texas: A police officer has been charged with sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. He allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl.
  • Update: Goodyear, Arizona: A police officer pled not guilty after he was accused of recording 21 women as they undressed at a tanning salon. “


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Son House – The Original Delta Blues









Published on May 25, 2012


1. Death Letter
2. Pearline
3. Louise Mcghee
4. John The Revelator
5. Empire State Express
6. Preachin’ Blues
7. Grinning In Your Face
8. Sundown
9. Levee Camp Moan
10. Pony Blues
11. Downhearted Blues “











I Love Lucy – Hamburgers





Uploaded on Oct 20, 2009

” From the episode 27 of season 3, ‘The Diner’. I got a real kick out of this bit.”













Why So Serious? Can Conservatives Do Viral, And Funny Political Video?




Published on Nov 19, 2014

” Conservatives own the recipe for a happy life, but have a hard time telling that story without being didactic, even dull. Liberal values lead to misery, but Liberals know how to hook hearts with music and laughter and drama. Does the conservative “head game” make them seem heartless? Does the very fact that K&W are talking about this — rather than singing, or rapping, or dancing — provide the perfect illustration? Plus, Whittle reveals the Achilles heel of a Liberal. “










H L Mencken




” I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time. “










Steve Breen












Today In The Past




164 BC - Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean familyrestores the Temple in JerusalemThis event is commemorated each yeaby the festival of Hanukkah.






235 - St Anterus begins his reign as Catholic Pope

695 - Pope Sergius names Willibrord as Archbishop Clemens of Friezen

1272 - Following Henry III of England’s death on November 16, his son Prince Edward becomes King of England.

1317 - Frederik of Sierck/Zyrick becomes bishop of Utrecht

1492 - Pinta under Martin A Pinzon separates from Columbus’s fleet

1620 - Pilgrim Fathers reach America: Provincetown Harbor, Mass

1620 - Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims in Cape Cod, [O.S. Nov 11]

1654 - Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia




1759 - Battle at MaxenPrussian army surrenders to Austrians






1783 - Pilstre de Rozier & Marquis d’Arlandes make 1st free balloon flight




1787 - Andrew Jackson admitted to bar






1789 - North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state

1791 - Colonel Napoléon Bonaparte is promoted to full general and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.

1794 - Honolulu Harbor discovered

1806 - Decree of Berlin: Emperor Napoleon I bans all trade with England

1813 - Stettin surrenders to allied armies

1818 - Russia’s Czar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine

1837 - Thomas Morris of Australia skips rope 22,806 times

1847 - Steamer “Phoenix” is lost on Lake Michigan, kills 200

1852 - Duke U, founded in 1838 as Union Institute chartered as Normal College

1864 - -22] Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia

1871 - Moses F Gale patents a cigar lighter (NYC)

1871 - The 1st human cannonball, Emilio Onra, is shot

1876 - Skirmish between HM Stanley’s expedition & natives

1906 - China prohibits opium trade

1916 - HMHS Britannic sinks in the Aegean Sea after a mine explodes, killing 30 people.

1918 - 2 German ammunition trains explode in Hamont Belgium, 1,750 die

1918 - Polish soldiers organize a pogrom against Jews of Galicia Poland

1922 - Rebecca L Felton (Ga) sworn in as 1st female US Senator

1925 - Red Grange plays final Univ of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears

1933 - 1st US ambassador to USSR, W.C. Bullitt, begins service

1934 - “Uiver” returns from Schiphol in London-Melbourne air race

1934 - NY Yankees buy Joe DiMaggio from SF Seals (Pacific Coast League)

1935 - 1st commercial crossing of Pacific by plane (China Clipper)

1945 - General Motors workers go on strike




1953 - “Piltdown Man,” discovered in 1912 proved to be a hoax









1953 - Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce that the “Piltdown Man” skull, held to be one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, was a hoax.

1959 - Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

1962 - The Chinese People’s Liberation Army declares a unilateral cease-fire in the Sino-Indian War.




1964 - World’s longest suspension bridge “Verrazano Narrows” opens (NYC)






1965 - 1st freighter arrives in Ashdod Port Israel

1967 - Phillip & Jay Kunz fly a kite a record 28,000 feet

1967 - Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: “I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing.”

1971 - Indian troops partly aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas) defeat the Pakistan army in the Battle of Garibpur.

1972 - Red Sox Carlton Fisk wins AL Rookie of Year, Mets Jon Matlack wins NL

1973 - Pete Rose wins NL MVP

1973 - Pres Nixon’s attorney, J Fred Buzhardt, reveals presence of 18½ minute gap in a White House tape recording related to Watergate

1974 - Freedom of Information Act passed by Congress over Pres Ford’s veto

1977 - 1st flight of Concorde (London to New York)

1979 - Crowd at Islamabad, Pakistan attack US embassy, 1 dies

1980 - Dallas’ “Who Shot JR?” episode (Kristen) gets a 53.3 rating (83 mill)




1980 - Fire at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84







1981 - 400,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against cruise missiles

1981 - Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical,” single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks

1987 - Horse Racing Breeders’ Cup Champs: Epitome, Ferdinand, Miesque, Sacahuista, Success Express, Theatrica, Very Subtle at Hollywood

1989 - Law banning smoking on most domestic flights signed by Pres Bush

1989 - TV cameras permitted in British House of Commons

1990 - Michael Milken is sentenced to 10 years for security law violations

1992 - Jan Karlsson swims world record 50m butterfly (23.80 sec)

1992 - Jani Sievinen swims world record 100m medley (53.78 sec)

1992 - Louise Karlsson swims world record 50m freestyle (31.19 sec)

1992 - Oregon Sen Bob Packwood issues apology for unwelcome sexual advances

1993 - Neo-fascists MSI win 36% of municipal elections in Rome

1995 - Dow Jones closes above 5,000 for 1st time

1995 - Israel grants jailed US spy Jason Pollard, citizenship

1996 - A propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.

2002 - NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.

2004 - The island of Dominica is hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. The northern half of the island receives the most damage, especially the town of Portsmouth. It is also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed as a result.

2004 - The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq’s external debt.

2006 - Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut.





1495 - John Bale, England, bishop/anti-catholic playwright (Kynge Johan)

1561 - Carolus Scribani, Italian/Flemish jesuit/author

1567 - Anne de Xainctonge, French saint (d. 1621)

1637 - Catharina Questiers, Dutch poetess (Friend of Abandoned Child)




1694 - Voltaire, [Francois-Marie Arouet], France, writer, essayistphilosopher and playwright (Candide) (d. 1778)






1729 - Josiah Bartlett, US physician/judge/signer (Decl of Independence)

1768 - Friedrich Schleiermacher, German theologist/philosopher

1785 - William Beaumont, Lebanon, Connecticut, surgeon (Father of gastric physiology), (d. 1853)




1787 - Samuel Cunardfounder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line)









1811 - Zeng Guofan, Chinese military (d. 1872)

1817 - Richard Brooke Garnett, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1863

1828 - William McComb, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1918

1831 - John Franklin Miller, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1886

1834 - Henrietta (Hetty) Green,New Bedford, Massachusetts, financier (Witch of Wall Street), (d. 1916)

1834 - Joseph Jackson Bartlett, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1893




1860 - Tom HornAmerican gunman (d. 1903)








1867 - Vladimir N Ipatiev, Russian chemist

1898 - René Magritte, Belgian surrealistic painter (This is Not a Pipe)




1904 - Coleman Hawkinsvirtually created tenor saxophone for jazz


After Midnight

Body and Soul

Lover Man

Dickie’s Dream with Count Basie , Ben Webster , Gerry Mulligan





1916 - Sid Luckman, NFL QB (Chicago Bears)

1920 - Ralph Meeker, Minneapolis MN, actor (Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker)

1920 - Stan Musial, outfielder (St Louis Cardinal, 7 times NL bat champ)

1922 - Abe Lemons, American basketball coach

1924 - Christopher Tolkien, British author

1927 - Joseph Campanella, NYC, actor (Dr Steffen-The Nurses, Lou-Mannix)

1927 - Georgia Frontiere, co-owner of the St. Louis Rams (d. 2008)

1929 - Marilyn French, US author (The Women’s Room)

1932 - Jim Ringo, NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia)

1933 - Frank Brake, English multi-millionaire

1933 - Henry Hartsfield Jr, Birmingham Ala, astro (STS-4, STS 41-D, STS 61A)

1933 - Jean Shepard, Pauls Valley Oklahoma, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)

1933 - Joseph Campanella, American actor

1937 - Marlo Thomas, [Mrs Phil Donahue], Detroit Mich (That Girl!, Jenny)




1940 - Dr John, [Rebennack], New Orleans Lavocalist (I Was in Right Place)


Such a Night

“There Must Be A Better World Somewhere”

Didn’t He Ramble ; Closer Walk With Thee

Goodnight Irene





1940 - Natalia Makarova, Leningrad, ballerina (Kirov)/defected 1970

1940 - Richard Marcinko, American author

1941 - Juliet Mills, London England, actress (Nanny & the Professor, QB VII)




1942 - Tweety Birdcartoon character






1942 - Afa Anoa’i, Samoan/American wrestler




1943 - Larry MahanOregonrodeo champ (1967-70)






1943 - Phil Bredesen, American politician

1943 - Viktor Sidjak, Russian fencer

1943 - Jacques Laffite, French former racing driver

1944 - Earl “the Pearl” Monroe, Phila Pa, NBA Guard (NY Knicks, Balt Bullets)

1944 - Harold Ramis, Chicago IL, actor/director (SCTV, Stripes)




1945 - Goldie HawnTakoma Park Mdactress (Laugh-inPrivate Benjamin)








1948 - Lonnie Jordan, San Diego Ca, rock keyboardist/vocalist (War)

1948 - George Zimmer, American entrepreneur

1948 - Alphonse Mouzon, American jazzist

1950 - Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 400m dash (Olympic-gold-1976)

1950 - Livingston Taylor, Boston, rocker (I Will be in Love With You)

1952 - Deborah Shelton, Wash DC, actress (Dallas, Ocean Kill, Body Double)

1952 - Eamonn Coghlan, Ireland, 1500m runner (Oly-4th-76)

1952 - Lorna Luft, Scarsdale NY, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are-1980)

1953 - Tina Brown, journalist publisher (New Yorker, Tattler)

1957 - Jim Brown, rocker (UB40-Red Red Wine)

1958 - Evert van Benthem, Dutch skater (11 Cities Skating Race, 1985, 86)

1962 - Sabine Busch, German athlete

1963 - Nicollette Sheridan, Worthing England, actress (Paige-Knots Landing)

1965 - Bjork, Iceland, singer (Like Someone in Love)

1966 - Troy Aikman, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys – Superbowl 1992)

1967 - Toshihiko Koga, Japanese Judoka

1968 - Antonio Tarver, Orlando Fla, light heavyweight boxer (Olympics-br-96)

1969 - Ken Griffy Jr, centerfielder (Seattle Mariners, MVP 1997)

1971 - Michael Strahan, NFL defensive end (NY Giants)

1972 - Rain Phoenix, American singer/actress

1974 - Casey Patton, London Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)

1975 - Chris Moneymaker, American poker player

1976 - Daniel Whiston, British ice skater

1980 - Danielle Hartsell, Ann Arbor Mich, pairs skater (& Steve Hartsell)

1982 - Georgios Kalogiannidis, Greek archer

1982 - Ryan Starr, American singer

1984 - Álvaro Bautista, Spanish motorcycle racer

1984 - Jena Malone, American Actress

1987 - Brian Douwes, Dutch kickboxer and martial artist





496 - Pope Gelasius I, Catholic Pope, of Berber extraction

1361 - Philip I, Duke of Burgundy (plague) (b. 1346)

1481 - Ikkyu Sojun, Zen head of Daitokuji temple, dies in Kyoto, Japan at 87

1555 - Georg Agricola, [Bauer], German mineralogist (zinc), dies at 61

1579 - Thomas Gresham, English merchant and financier

1580 - Willem Van Hoorn, baron of Heze, governor of Brussels, executed

1652 - Jan Brożek, Polish mathematician, physician, and astronomer (b. 1585)

1728 - Fjodor M graaf Apraksin, Russian gen-admiral, dies

1875 - Friedrich A Lange, philosopher/socialist (Neo-Kantianism), dies at 67

1881 - Ami Boué, Austrian geologist (b. 1794)

1882 - Sergei G Netsjajev, Russian nihilist, dies at 35

1899 - Garret Augustus Hobart, 24th VP, dies

1922 - Ricardo Flores Magón, Mexican anarchist (b. 1874).

1932 - Vito Pardo, Italian sculptor (Columbus monument Argentina), dies

1941 - Juanita Spellini, first women executed in Calif




1945 - Robert BenchleyUS humorist (My 10 years in a quandary), dies at 56






1953 - Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1893)

1959 - Max Baer, US, heavyweight boxing champ (1934), dies at 49




1963 - Robert Stroud, “bird man of Alcatraz“, dies







1970 - Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Indian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)

1981 - Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75

1986 - Jerry Colonna, actor (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 82




1986 - Dar RobinsonAmerican film stuntman (b. 1947)






1991 - David “Sonny” Werblin, AFL owner (NY Jets), dies at 81

1993 - Bill Bixby, actor (My Favorite Martian), dies of prostate cancer at 59

1999 - Quentin Crisp, British writer, raconteur and actor (b. 1908)

2002 - Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)

2005 - Alfred Anderson, last Scottish World War I (and Christmas Truce) veteran (b. 1896)

2005 - Hugh Sidey, American journalist (b. 1927)

2006 - Pierre Amine Gemayel, Lebanese Cabinet minister (assassinated) (b. 1972)




2006 - Robert LockwoodJr., American blues guitarist (b. 1915)


Sweet Home Chicago

Steady Rollin Man

Kindhearted Woman Blues

Ramblin’ On My Mind





2009 - Konstantin Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)

2010 - Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American artist and writer (b. 1917)















All The Best Black Friday Tech Deals





” Get your shopping list in order–the Black Friday deals are popping up already. We’ve scoured them for the most interesting bargains, and we’ll be updating more great deals as we see them.

  Call it 50-inches of entertainment nirvana for less. Best Buy has announced its Black Friday deals, and one of them is a massive Panasonic 50-inch HDTV for only $199. It’s an LED model so it won’t suck up as much power. Other deals include a DigiLand 7-inch tablet that runs Android but won’t deplete your pocketbook—it’s only $40. We also should point out that the iPad Air 2, which almost never gets price cuts, is also on sale. Best Buy is taking $100 off any model. “

   There is much more on tech deals at Popular Mechanics … 

   Meanwhile over at The Verge you can find lots more impending Black Friday deals from Apple , Amazon ,Walmart and more …

” Black Friday is the best time of the year to get great deals on all kinds of electronics, games, and gadgets. We’ve culled through the best deals around to bring you everything that matters and nothing that doesn’t. This stream will be updated all season, so be sure to check back often.”

This Gruber-Gate Supercut Video Is Positively Enraging







” This video, flagged by invaluable Twitter resource and Ace of Spades Decision Desk entrepreneur John Ekdahl, is among the most infuriating things you will see today.

  Composed by American Commitment, this video is nothing more than a smash cut of the various videos of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber juxtaposed against footage of Democratic lawmakers either denying his existence or exalting him to the heavens.”


Hot Air has more










Crime-Fighting Robots Go On Patrol In Silicon Valley





” A new kind of security guard is on patrol in Silicon Valley: crime-fighting robots that look like they’re straight out of a sci-fi movie.

  At first glance, the K5 security robot looks like a cartoonish Star Wars character.

“ The vast majority of people see it and go, ‘Oh my God, that’s so cute.’ We’ve had people go up and hug it, and embrace it for whatever reason,” said Stacy Stephens, co-founder of Knightscope, headquartered in Mountain View.

  They are unarmed, but they are imposing: about 5 feet tall and 300 pounds, which very likely will make someone think twice before committing a crime in their presence.

“ The first thing that’s going to happen is the burglar is going to spot the robot. And unfortunately, criminals are inherently lazy. They’re not looking for something that’s going to be confrontational, they’re looking for something that’s going to be an easy target,” said Stacy Stephens, co-founder of Knightscope. “They see the robot and maybe they move down to the next place down the street.” “


Read more










Three Wounded In Florida State University Shooting, Gunman Killed






” A gunman opened fire at a Florida university library, leaving three people wounded before campus police shot him dead early on Thursday, police said.

  Officers confronted the attacker outside Florida State University’s Strozier Library, ordered him to drop his weapon, then shot him dead when he opened fire on them, Tallahassee police said.

  Three people were wounded, police spokesman David Northway told reporters, without giving further details. A nursing supervisor at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hospital said medics were treating two victims for gunshot wounds.

  Graduate student Alexandra Lauren told CNN that she was in the library at the time of the shooting.

” We heard the gunshots, and then it was in a matter of seconds the entire first floor just seemed to go into chaos,” Lauren said, her voice wavering.

” It was very scary. I’m just more heartbroken than anything else. FSU means a lot to me,” she added. “


Thanks to NewsMax









Schlafly: Obama Could Launch Another Civil War



” President Obama’s looming executive action on immigration reform represents a Fort Sumter-type moment, according to conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly.

  Fort Sumter, of course, is the sea fort in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there that the opening shots of the U.S. Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861.

  Schlafly at first considered comparing the Obama amnesty to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but decided that Obama’s plan is much more subtle.

“ With Pearl Harbor, the American people knew what was happening,” she said.

  But Fort Sumter represented the beginning of a ruinous war, and Schlafly, like fellow conservative luminary Richard Viguerie, speculates that an executive amnesty might touch off a sort of modern-day conflagration.

  Obama plans to announce his unilateral immigration reform proposal in a televised address Thursday night. While no details are being released by the White House until then, analysts widely expect it to include work permits for up to five million people currently in the U.S. illegally.

  However, the administration may be expecting to authorize many more than those five million. Last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began searching for a contractor capable of producing up to 34 million blank green cards over the next five years. “

Read more at WND











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