Archive for December, 2013


A Report On Liberty From Reason Magazine

 

 

 

 

” Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch’s The Declaration of Independents, published in 2011, provides a hopeful outlook for the future of freedom, a vision of how libertarian politics can fix America’s problems. How did 2013 pan out for the libertarian moment upon us? Here are seven pieces of good news for freedom this year from some of us here at Reason– Ed Krayewski

 

1. No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

  WHNSAs 2013 began, America was still reeling from a mass murder at a Connecticut elementary school. Parents and officials across the country were nervous that something similar might happen in their backyards, and that nervousness translated into a series of strange school security scares, many of them involving absurd zero-tolerance decrees. The most infamous might be the second-grader in Maryland who was suspended for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.

  It was easy to assume that the reign of zero tolerance was just going to get worse, as school districts felt the same bureaucratic imperatives that swept the nation after the Columbine massacre of 1999. It didn’t help that both liberals and conservatives were calling for measures that had fed the zero-tolerance beast in the past. But then something unexpected happened. Those silly security scares were mocked in the press. Politicians proposed bills to roll back zero tolerance’s excesses, and schools across the country adopted new policies that might not be a civil libertarian’s dream but at least give officials more flexibility in doling out punishments and make it less likely that a misbehaving student will be pushed into the criminal justice system. As victories go, these may be small, but a year ago I didn’t expect this to be an area where there would be victories to celebrate at all. —Jesse Walker “

 

 

See the other six advances of liberty at Reason.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the Bangkok Post via Michael Yon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mapping How Emotions Manifest In The Body

 

 

 

 

” The mapping exercise produced what you might expect: an angry hot-head, a happy person lighting up all the way through their fingers and toes, a depressed figurine that was literally blue (meaning they felt little sensation in their limbs). Almost all of the emotions generated changes in the head area, suggesting smiling, frowning, or skin temperature changes, while feelings like joy and anger saw upticks in the limbs—perhaps because you’re ready to hug, or punch, your interlocutor. Meanwhile, “sensations in the digestive system and around the throat region were mainly found in disgust,” the authors wrote. It’s worth noting that the bodily sensations weren’t blood flow, heat, or anything else that could be measured objectively—they were based solely on physical twinges subjects said they experienced .”

 

 

 

The Atlantic has the story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWAT Team Deputy Killed Serving “No Knock” Warrant

 

Texas deputy slaying suspect thought he was victim

 

 

 

” On December 19th, a sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during an attempt to serve a “no knock” warrant near Sommerville, Texas. Just before 6:00 A.M. an 8 member SWAT team broke through the door of Henry Goedrich Magee to serve a warrant which would permit the team to search the mobile home in which Magee and his pregnant girlfriend were living. Reacting to the pre-dawn, forced entry Magee grabbed a rifle propped against a bedroom door frame and fired at the unidentified intruders, killing 31 year old sheriff’s deputy Adam Sowders. No one else was injured and Magee was taken into custody. He is being held on $1 million bail and has been charged with capital murder, punishable in Texas by life in prison without possibility of parole or death by lethal injection.

  It’s a safe bet that a mountain of additional information will be forthcoming should Magee stand trial. But based upon the information that has been released, should Henry Magee have been charged with capital murder? In fact, should he face a murder charge of any kind? IF the SWAT team (as it was called by Texas Ranger Andres de la Garza) entered without identifying its members as law enforcement officers, did Magee have an absolute right to shoot, given that he feared for his life, that of his girlfriend and of their child? Must officers accept any risk which goes along with the serving of a “no knock” warrant, the purpose of which is to confuse, intimidate and catch suspected criminals off guard? “

 

 

   If someone breaks into your house in the dead of night what would you do ? More and more each day it becomes “us vs them” . Our government has declared war on it’s citizenry . End “No Knock” raids NOW , End the “War on Drugs” NOW .
This sort of nonsense has been going on since Waco or even longer . If the cops suspect a man of being a threat then surveil him , get a warrant , take him down outside his home and then search the premises . That way potential evidence isn’t destroyed , people aren’t killed and our rights are preserved .
   In a country where a man has a right to defend his home this sort of tragedy has to be expected and perhaps that is the State’s ultimate goal . If it happens enough will it inspire law makers to make it a crime to defend our homes ?
   Many people’s lives are now ruined because of the aggressiveness and militarization of the police . When will it end ?

 

Update : A thoughtful reader has sent us a link to a Facebook page set up to support Henry Magee . Go here and see what you can do to help .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blowing Up A Huge Rock

 

 

Rock To Rubble

 

 

 

This is a very cool video of a demolition project … location unknown .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huge Fireworks Blast Rattles Bronx

 

Bronx Fireworks

 

 

” A massive explosion rocked the Bronx tonight when a box of fireworks detonated in Pelham Bay Park at about 11:15 p.m., an FDNY spokesperson said.

  The explosives were in a garbage pail that was left on a pitcher’s mound on a baseball field in the park, law enforcement sources said. The pail was turned to shrapnel in the blast, but there were still a number of unexploded fireworks left scattered around.

 “ These were high grade professional fireworks, very strong fireworks,” an NYPD source said.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Looks Like A Boring Box In A Room. But What Came Out Of It Blew My Non-Engineering Mind.

 

 

” Looks can be deceiving… so make sure to never underestimate someone’s creativity. Take this box for example. It seems like it’s just a normal chest, albeit a cool one, right?

What it really is will leave your jaw on the floor. You won’t see this one coming. I didn’t.”

 

It starts out as a normal box, just looking all boxy.

” It starts out as a normal box, just looking all boxy.”

You’ll never believe what comes out of this box unless you see it with your own eyes .

 

 

I still don't know what.

 

    Here is the beginning of the transformation and while the temptation is great to reveal the final result we will make you click through to see the amazing finished product . You will be glad that you did . Don’t miss it . Please , look at the pictures before you watch the video . You won’t be disappointed .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zogby Report Card: 2014 Looks ‘Dim’ For Obama

 

 

 

” Pollster John Zogby reports in our White House report card that President Obama’s 2014 agenda has a poor chance of success, although it’s likely immigration reform will pass because both sides want it to.”

 

Read on at the Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Left Is Too Smart To Fail

 

 

Vote Intellectual

 

 

” Manufactured intelligence is the smarmy quality that oozes out of a New York Times column by Thomas Friedman, Maureen Dowd, Frank Bruni and the rest of the gang who tell you nothing meaningful while dazzling you with references to international locations, political events and pop culture, tying together absurdities into one synergistic web of nonsense that feels meaningful.

  We all know that George W. Bush was a moron. And we all know that Obama is a genius. We have been told by Valerie Jarrett, by his media lapdogs and even by the great man himself that he is just too smart to do his job. And it’s reasonable that a genius would be bored by the tedious tasks involved in running the most powerful nation on earth.

  But what is “smart” anyway? What makes Obama a genius? It’s not his IQ. It’s probably not his grades or we would have seen them already. It’s that like so many of the thought leaders and TED talkers, he makes his supporters feel smart. The perception of intelligence is really a reflection.

  Smart once used to be an unreachable quality. Einstein was proclaimed a genius, because it was said that no one understood his theories. Those were undemocratic times when it was assumed that the eggheads playing with the atom had to be a lot smarter than us or we were in big trouble.

  Intelligence has since been democratized. Smart has been redistributed. Anyone can get an A for effort. And the impulse of manufactured intelligence is not smart people, but people who make us feel smart. That is why Neil deGrasse Tyson, another obsessively self-promoting mediocrity like Carl Sagan, is now the new face of science. Sagan made science-illiterate liberals feel smart while pandering to their biases. Tyson does the same thing for the Twitter generation. 

  Self-esteem is the new intelligence. Obama’s intelligence was manufactured by pandering to the biases and tastes of his supporters. The more he shared their biases and tastes, the smarter he seemed to be and the smarter they felt by having so much in common with such a smart man.”

 

 

     Read the whole brilliant piece from Daniel Greenfield and read this companion piece from CainTV that further explains the farce that constitutes the meme of the “Elitists” who know better and thus require our unquestioned acquiescence …

 

 

” Take a look at the organization’s own case for why it is not elitist. Classic:

How do you decide who gets admitted to the live TED events?

  Our goal is a diverse community of amazing people from numerous fields. We also try to maintain a balance between longstanding TEDsters and invaluable newcomers. We are admitting around 1,500 people to TED, and a year ahead of each conference there is already demand from far more people than will fit. We give preference to people who: 

  • are curious, passionate and open-minded
  • have done something fascinating with their lives
  • show evidence of creativity, innovation, insight or brilliance
  • would be wonderful to sit next to at lunch and have a conversation with
  • are well placed to help make a difference in the world
  • have made a contribution to the TED community already

Translation: 

  You get to attend when you’re part of the elite crowd as defined by them. It’s not that different from trying to get into a fraternity or sorority, except that the kegger only lasts 18 minutes. The pretentiousness is pretty much the same.

  Why does any of this matter? Because it explains how people are capable of believing nonsense that simple facts demonstrate to be nonsense. Liberal policies have failed to solve poverty, failed to generate economic growth, failed to make us energy-independent and are now in the process of making a total fiasco of health care. Look at the real-world results and you can come to no other conclusion.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Political Timidity & Clerical Cowardice

 

 

” When an attempt was made to railroad George Zimmerman into prison for defending himself when assaulted, most conservatives fell silent, and some joined the lynch mob — and, to the best of my knowledge, not a single public official stood up to denounce what was going on.

  More recently, when A&E suspended Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty for having the effrontery to repeat age-old Christian doctrine in an interview with GQ, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruz let A&E have it. But the Republican establishment was present and accounted for only in its absence from the scene.

  Moreover, when Mark Steyn blasted GLAAD in his inimitable way for trying to shut down public discourse, his editor at National Review Online took offense and went after him. Mark, being Mark,knew how to respond, and others at NRO have since rallied to his support. But I am nonetheless struck by the timidity on the right.

  Even more to the point, however, I am really struck by the silence of the clergy. We can debate whether what Phil Robertson said was right or wrong, but the priests and ministers of the various Christian sects profess precisely what he said, and they have been ostentatiously silent. “

 

 

 

An astute commenter posits the theory that this …

 

 

 

 

                                           

                                                … is the reason for our present state of affairs and he is correct , at least in part .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Does The Environmental Protection Agency Need Its Own SWAT Team?

 

 
” Nestled in the tranquil Connecticut River watershed of southwest New Hampshire, the city of Keene has largely avoided the violent unrest common to many other urban areas. With a population of only 23,409 people, Keene’s violent crime index is about half the national average.

  Despite the calm, however, local authorities didn’t think twice about requesting a BearCat armored counterattack vehicle from the Department of Homeland Security.

“ Our application talked about the danger of domestic terrorism, but that’s just something you put in the grant application to get the money,” said a Keene City Council member. “What red-blooded American cop isn’t going to be excited about getting a toy like this?

 

 

And if they have it , what “red-blooded American cop” isn’t going to get excited about USING it ?

 

 

” While the possession of an armored vehicle by such a peaceful city may seem strange, the militarization of the Keene police force isn’t an isolated case. Over the past decade, thousands of local police departments nationwide have been amassing stockpiles of military-grade equipment in the name of homeland security. Local police now have the sort of equipment soldiers use to fight wars.”

 

 

   This hard hitting article should be read by all that have an abiding love of liberty and civil rights . This is the type of wisdom to be found as one reads deeper into the article …

 

 

” Why the Founders Didn’t Create a Federal Police Force

  America’s founders were deeply wary of standing armies in peacetime. They could have given the federal government a well-armed federal police agency to “contain and reverse violent threats to domestic tranquility”—but they deliberately didn’t. Instead, they limited the power of the government, the federal government in particular. They wanted to reduce threats to individual liberty.

  The founders realized the danger posed to the American people by police forces that think and act like they are at war. Above all else, the Constitution’s framers believed that government power should be decentralized so that no one person or branch of government could emerge as a force of tyranny. As James Madison said at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive, will not long be safe companions to liberty.” “

 

 

   Please . Read the whole piece and pass it on . This paragraph gives the reader a chilling example of the mindset existent in today’s police hierarchy and this from the “Live Free Or Die” state …

 

 

” In the summer of 2013, a police chief in Concord, New Hampshire, asked Homeland Security for more than $250,000 to purchase an armored vehicle that he could use to protect the city from the Occupy New Hampshire movement and the Free State Project, a civil libertarian group. “The State of New Hampshire’s experience with terrorism slants primarily toward the domestic type,” he said in his filing. “We are fortunate that our state has not been victimized from a mass casualty event from an international terrorism strike; however, on the domestic front, the threat is real and here. Groups such as the Sovereign Citizens, Free Staters and Occupy New Hampshire are active and present daily challenges.”

 

 

    We’ll leave you with this final example from the article to mull over and consider if the reader believes this country is being turned into a Statist haven or not .

 

 

” Racing Toward a National Catastrophe

  Discarding the laws of the land has become a theme of the current administration. If constitutional separations between federal and local law no longer apply, then the only law that does apply is the law of the jungle. If a federalized police force has more firepower than local police or private citizens, then might makes right.

  If federal agents want to swoop in and confiscate a company’s financial statements, then the executive branch of government “can do what they want, when they want, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” If a city mayor wants an MRAP to stop protests by civil libertarians, then you better hope he wakes up in a benevolent mood, because that’s the only remaining guarantee of public safety.

  Here is what Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote in the Washington Times: “Mr. Obama has argued that he can kill Americans whose deaths he believes will keep us all safer, without any due process whatsoever. No law authorizes that. His attorney general has argued that the president’s careful consideration of each target and the narrow use of deadly force are an adequate and constitutional substitute for due process. No court has ever approved that” (Feb. 7, 2013).”

 

 

    It’s all being done in the name of “public safety” but who is really being made safer ? The public ? Or the State ? For everyone’s sake READ THE ENTIRE PIECE .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gone In 2013: A Tribute To 10 Remarkable Women In Science

 

Yvonne Brill

 

” Pioneering scientists and engineers are often overlooked in popular retrospectives commemorating the year’s departed. In particular, women in such fields tend to be given short shrift. To counter this regrettable circumstance, I present here a selection of 10 notable women in science who left us in 2013. Each of these individuals contributed greatly to her field and should be remembered for her exceptional accomplishments. This, of course, is not a comprehensive list; I’d welcome your thoughts, in the comments below, on any others who may also be deserving of recognition.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,000 Report Seeing Fireball Over Iowa And Minnesota

 

 

 

” More than 1,000 people reported seeing a fireball in the skies over Iowa and Minnesota on December 26, with footage of the incident being captured by security cameras and the National Weather Service (NWS), various media outlets reported over the weekend.

  According to Adam Withnall of The Independent, eyewitnesses reported that the object was approximately as bright as the sun, and was visible shooting across the sky for several seconds before it suddenly appeared to break apart.

  The ball of light was also reportedly emitting sonic activity similar in nature to previously confirmed meteor sightings, Withnall added. While it is believed that it was indeed a meteor, that has not yet been officially confirmed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess Who’s Funding The Republican Civil War

 

 

 

” The Republican Main Street Partnership has emerged as an outspoken, deep-pocketed player in pro-business GOP plans to beat back tea-party challengers next year. But the group’s new super PAC has an unexpected source for its seed money: labor unions.

  The super PAC, called Defending Main Street, has not yet submitted a major donor disclosure to the Federal Election Commission. But documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October.

  Main Street says it has raised roughly $2 million total between its super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit group so far—and that means labor has supplied at least 20 percent of those funds.

  For the unions, this is not a surprising move. While both labor groups direct most of their millions to Democrats, they have consistently given smaller amounts to friendly Republicans.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil Train Collision In North Dakota Sets Off Fireball, Forces Evacuation In Casselton 

 

 

 

” A BNSF train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train Monday afternoon, setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic.”

 

 

 

” Residents heard five powerful explosions a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound train carrying soybeans derailed, and an eastbound 104-car train hauling crude oil ran into it around 2:10 p.m. CST (3:10 p.m. EDT), local officials told Reuters. There were no injuries, but hundreds of residents were evacuated as a precaution, the Associated Press reported.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Of The Paul Hogan Show

 

 

 

Published on Sep 28, 2013

” The Best Of The Paul Hogan Show. Collection of clips from the popular Aussie show from the 1970′s & 1980′s.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Paul… “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exposing The Federal Reserve!

 

 

 

Uploaded on Jan 29, 2012

” Subscribe to http://www.YouTube.com/AnCapChase also Like http://www.facebook.com/RPrevolution.

 This animated short film reveals the insidious and fraudulent nature of the Federal Reserve System. It explains basic concepts, historical facts, and ways out in a easy and fun to understand format.

Website: http://www.theamericandreamfilm.com/ “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Winston Churchill

 

 

” Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Kelley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

406 - 80,000 VandalsAlans and Suebians cross the Rhinebeginning an invasion of Gallia.

 

 

 

 

 

535 - Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year.

765 - Coffin of Ho-tse Shen-hui interred in a stupa built in China

870 - Skirmish at Englefield: Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army

1229 - James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian conquest of the island of Majorca.

1492 - 100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily

1502 - Cesare Borgia (son of pope Alexander VI) occupies Urbino

1564 - Willem van Orange demands freedom of conscience/religion

1600 - British East India Company chartered

1621 - Hungarian King Bethlen Gabor/Ferdinand II sign Treaty of Mikulov

1660 - James II of England is named Duke of Normandy by Louis XIV of France.

1687 - 1st Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope

1695 - A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.

1708 - Great Alliance captures Bridge

1711 - Duke of Marlborough fired as English army commander

1744 - James Bradley announces discovery of Earth’s nutation motion (wobble)

1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlies army meets with de Esk

1758 - British expeditionary army occupies Goree (Dakar) Senegal

1775 - Battle of Quebec; Americans unable to take British stronghold

1776 - Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors

1781 - Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens

1831 - Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.

1841 - Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons

 

 

 

1862 - Jan 2ndBattle of Stone’s River/Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennesse in American Civil War

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - President Lincoln signs act admitting West Virginia to the Union

1862 - Skirmish at Parker Cross Roads, Tennessee

1879 - Cornerstone laid for Iolani Palace (only royal palace in US)

1879 - Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp

1890 - Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot

1896 - 25th auto built in US

1902 - Boers & British army sign peace treaty

1904 - The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York.

1907 - For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal new year

1910 - US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910

1911 - Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize

1914 - Colonel Jacob Ruppert & Cap Huston purchase NY Yankees for $460,000

1930 - US tobacco industry produced 123 billion cigarettes in 1930

1934 - Helen Richey becomes 1st woman to pilot an airmail transport

1935 - Charles Darrow patents Monopoly

1938 - Dr R N Harger’s “drunkometer,” 1st breath test, introduced in Indiana

1939 - 25 U boats sunk this month (81,000 ton)

1940 - 37 U boats sunk this month (213,000 ton)

1942 - 60 U boats sunk this month (330,000 ton)

1942 - Battle in Barents Sea

1944 - 48 people die in a train accident in Ogden, Utah

1944 - Japanese army evacuates harbor city Akyab

1944 - World War II: Hungary declares war on Germany.

1946 - Pres Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II

1950 - Jockeys W Shoemaker & Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year

1953 - Willie Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year

1955 - The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year.

1958 - Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X

1961 - 1st performance of Beach Boys

1961 - Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name

1961 - Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game

1961 - Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion

1963 - Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir played music together for the 1st time

1966 - Monkee’s “I’m a Believer” hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks

1968 - 1st supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)

1968 - 1st test flight of Tupolev TU 144

1970 - President Allende nationalizes Chilean coal mines

1971 - Lt Gen Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, ends term as deputy director of CIA

1972 - Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987

1974 - Free agent pitcher Catfish Hunter signs $3M 5 year NY Yank contract

1974 - Gold legal in US, Franklin Mint strikes Panama’s Gold 100 balboa coin

1974 - Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac

1974 - Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer

1976 - The Cars played their 1st gig

1977 - Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

1978 - CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy

1978 - Taiwan’s final day of diplomatic relations with US

1979 - Winterland Rock Concert Hall in SF closes after 556 concerts

1980 - A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18

1981 - CNN Headline News debuts

1981 - Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution

1983 - Brunei gains complete independence from Britain

1984 - Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash

1984 - NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in NH

1984 - Rajiv Gandhi takes office as India’s 6th PM succeeds his mom, Indira

1984 - US leaves UNESCO

1986 - Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97

1986 - Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound

1989 - Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year

1990 - Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting

1991 - CPN, Communist Party of Netherland, last day of existance

1991 - Dow Jones closes at record high 3168.8

1991 - USSR, last day of existence

1994 - 1st snowless December in Baltimore Maryland

1994 - This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively.

1995 - Cartoonist Bill Watterson ends his “Calvin & Hobbes” comic strip

1997 - Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268

1997 - Microsoft buys Hotmail E-mail service

1997 - More Swedes died than were born in 1997, 1st time since 1809

1997 - S Afr & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head

1998 - US movie box office hits record $6.24 billion for year

1999 - Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama

1999 - Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.

2004 - The official opening of Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet).

2007 - The Massive Big Dig construction project in Boston, Massachusetts ends.

 

 

 

Births

695 - Muhammad bin Qasim, Syrian general (d. 715)

1378 - Callistus III, (Alfonso the Borja), Pope (1455-58)

1491 - Jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557)

1514 - Andreas Vesalius, Brussels Belgium, anatomist (Fabrica)

1572 - Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan, (d. 1617)

1668 - Hermannus Boerhaave, Dutch medical/botanist

1720 - [Bonnie Prince] Charles Edward Stuart, English pretender to throne

 

 

 

1738 - Charles Lord Cornwallissoldier/statesman “fire when ready Gridley

 

 

 

 

 

1763 - Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, French admiral (d. 1806)

 

 

 

1815 - George Gordon MeadeMajor General (Union Army), died in 1872

 

 

 

 

 

1825 - Francis Trowbridge Sherman, Brig Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1905

1859 - Max Fiedler, composer

1860 - Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist (d. 1937)

1864 - Robert G Aitken, US astronomer (Binary Stars)

1869 - Henri Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord, impressionist painter (Odalisque), (d. 1954)

1878 - Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswoman (d. 1966)

 

 

 

1880 - George MarshallUniontown Paauthored Marshall Plan (Nobel 1953), (d. 1959)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1882 - Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway)

1882 - Martin O’Meara, Australian soldier (d. 1935)

1892 - Jason Robards Sr, Hillsdale Mich, actor (Acapulco)

1905 - Jule Styne, England, songwriter/composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony)

1908 - Simon Wiesenthal, Polish/Austrian nazi hunter (Wiesenthal Center)

1912 - Maj-Gen John Frost, British para commander (d. 1993)

1921 - Lynn Compton, Los Angeles, California, jurist (Sirhan Sirhan prosecutor) and commissioned officer (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), (d. 2012)

1924 - Victoria Draves, US, platform/springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1948)

1928 - Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], Amarillo Texas, hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), (d. 2012)

 

 

 

1930 - Odetta, [Holmes], Birmingham Ala, folk singer (Sanctuary)(see UE 12/02 Deaths)

 

 

 

 

 

1931 - Bob Shaw, UK, sci-fi author (Orbitsville, Ragged Astronauts, Vertigo)

1932 - George Schlatter, TV producer (Laugh-in)

1937 - Anthony Hopkins, Port Talbot, Glamorgan, actor (Elephant Man, QB VII, Magic, Bounty)

1937 - Avram Hershko, Israeli biologist, Nobel laureate

1938 - Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Holland, speed skater (world champ)

1938 - Rosalind Cash, Atlantic City NJ, actress (Omega Man, Wrong is Right)

1939 - Willye White, US long jumper (Oly-silver-56, appeared in 5 Olympics)

1941 - Sarah Miles, Essex England, actress (Ryan’s Hope, Big Sleep, Venom)

1942 - Andy Summers, Blackpool England, rock guitarist (Police-Roxanne)

1943 - Ben Kingsley, Scarborough England, actor (Gandhi, Betrayal, Maurice)

1943 - John Denver, NM, singer (Rocky Mt High), thank God he’s a country boy

1945 - Taylor Hackford, director (Idolmaker, Officer & a Gentleman)

1946 - Barbara Carrera, Managua Nicaragua, actress (Angelica-Dallas)

1946 - Patti Smith, Chicago Il, rock vocalist (Radio Ethiopia)

 

 

 

1947 - Burton Cummingskeyboardist ,singer (Guess Who-These Eyes)

 

 

These Eyes

No Sugar Tonight

Share The Land

She’s Come Undone

American Woman

 

 

 

 

1947 - Tim Matheson, California, actor (Animal House, Fletch, Up the Creek)

1948 - Donna Summer, Boston, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), (d. 2012)

1948 - Joe Dallesandro, Pensicola Fla, actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein)

1948 - Tony Hamilton, rocker (Aerosmith)

1950 - Inge Helten, German FR, sprinter (Olympic-bronze-1976)

1951 - Fermin Goytisolo, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)

1951 - Michael Allen Bantom, Phila, basketball player (Olympic-silver-1972)

1951 - Tom Hamilton, Colorado Springs Co, rock bassist (Aerosmith-Dream On)

1953 - James Remar, Boston, actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club)

1956 - Steve Rude, American comics artist

1959 - Bebe Neuwirth, Princeton NJ, actress (Lilith-Cheers, Damn Yankees)

1959 - Paul Westerberg, singer (The Replacements)

1959 - Val Kilmer, actor (Top Secret, Top Gun, Willow)

1963 - Scott Ian, US heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I’m the Man)

1964 - Klari MacAskill, Budapest Hungary, kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96)

1965 - Julie Doucet, Canadian underground cartoonist

1965 - Gong Li, Chinese actress

1965 - Nicholas Sparks, American author

1970 - Dan Howe, Kingston Ontario, canoeist (Olympics-96)

1971 - Erin Warren, Winchester Mass, luger (Olympics-1994)

1973 - Curtis Myden, Calgary Alberta, 200m/400m swimmer (Oly-2 bronze-96)

1974 - Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist

1974 - Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver

1977 - Donald Trump Jr., son of Donald Trump and Ivana Trump

 

 

Deaths

192 - Lucius AA Commodus, Emperor of Rome (180-192), murdered at 31

335 - St. Silvester I, Catholic Pope, dies in office

 

 

 

406 - GodagiselKing of the Vandalsdies in battle

 

 

 

 

 

439 - Melania the Younger, Roman monastery founder/saint, dies at about 56

1194 - Duke Leopold V of Austria (killed at a tournament) (b. 1157)

1297 - Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1249)

1302 - Frederick III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1238)

1382 - Daigaku, Zen teacher/46th head of Engakuji, dies in Kamakura Japan

1424 - Thomas Beaufort, 1st Duke of Exeter, English military leader

1568 - Shimazu Tadayoshi, Japanese warlord (b. 1493)

1610 - Ludolph van Ceulen, German mathematician (b. 1540)

1616 - Jacques Le Maire, pirate/explorer (Lemaire Strait), dies at 31

1647 - Giovanni Maria Trabaci, composer, dies

1650 - Dorgon, Chinese emperor (b. 1612)

1679 - Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist and physicist (b. 1608)

1691 - Dudley North, English economist (b. 1641)

1719 - John Flamsteed, 1st Astronomer Royal, dies at 73

 

 

 

1775 - Richard MontgomeryGeneral in Continental Army during American Revolutionary Wardies in attack on Quebec

 

 

 

 

 

1802 - Francis LewisWelsh/US merchant/signer (Decl of Ind), dies at 89

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - James Edward Rainslawyer/Confederate brig-gendies in Battle of Stone’s River at 29

 

 

 

 

 

1862 - Joshua Woodrow SillUS Union brig-generaldies in Battle of Stone’s River at 31

 

 

 

 

 

1890 - Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (b. 1826)

1893 - Jacob G de Scheffer, Dutch vicar/theologist, dies at 74

1894 - Thomas J Stieltjes, mathematician (Stieltjes-integral), dies at 38

1910 - John Moisant, American aviator (b. 1868)

1910 - Arch Hoxsey, American aviator (b. 1884)

1936 - William FA Ellison, Irish clergyman/astronomer, dies at 72

1948 - Malcolm Campbell, English race driver, dies at 63

1951 - Philipp A Kohnstamm, Dutch philosopher/physicist, dies at 76

1953 - Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64

1966 - Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75

1971 - Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)

1971 - Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (b. 1919)

1972 - Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

1980 - Marshall McLuhan, Canadian cultural philosopher, dies at 69

1980 - Raoul Walsh, US director (High Sierra), dies at about 88

1985 - Rick Nelson, singer/actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet), dies at 45

1985 - Sam Spiegel, Academy Award winning producer (Betrayal), dies at 84

1986 - Lloyd Haynes, actor (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies at 54

1990 - Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A), dies at 62

1993 - Brandon Teena, Transsexual, murdered (b. 1972)

1994 - BAM “Bob” Schreiner, airline owner (S Aviation Group), dies at 79

1994 - Thomas J Watson Jr, CEO (IBM), dies of a stroke at 79

1994 - Woodrow “Woody” Strode, US rugby player/black cowboy actor (Oil), dies

1997 - Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate, dies at 89

1997 - Michael Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy, dies in ski accident at 39

2000 - José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)

2002 - Kevin MacMichael, American guitarist (Cutting Crew) (b. 1951)

2003 - Arthur R. von Hippel German-born physicist (b. 1898)

2005 - Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor (b. 1932)

2007 - Ettore Sottsass, Italian architect and designer (b. 1917)

2008 - Donald E. Westlake, American author (b. 1933)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MILITARY SNIPERS: IT ISN’T SIMPLY ‘POINT AND SHOOT’

 

 

 

” Thirty-two of the world’s best snipers met at Fort Bragg, N.C. to face off in the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Sniper Competition, Dec. 2-6.

  A two-man team assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) emerged as this year’s winner. Second place went to a team from 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), with third place going to the Navy SEALs assigned to Naval Special Warfare-East.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beretta Passes On Building Factory In Va Over McAuliffe Gun Control Stance

 

 

 

” Until Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) was elected on November 5, Beretta USA had the Old Dominion on a short list of states in which it could build a new factory. 

The USA side of Beretta has been based in Maryland, but Governor Martin O’Malley’s (D) gun control push convinced them to move to a more gun-friendly climate. “

 

 

Beretta walks the walk … show your support .

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Years Of Little Tyrannies In 2 Minutes!

 

 

 

Published on Dec 30, 2013

” After 12 years, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves office on New Year’s Day, 2014.

  His legacy goes far beyond his nanny state war on cigarette smoke, salts and fat, but into his use of the NYPD (which he described as “his personal army”) to spy on citizens and stop-and-frisk young men of color en masse, as well as his abuse of eminent domain to seize private property and hand it over to his fellow billionaire developers for massive vanity projects.

  Reason TV takes a brief year-by-year look back at Mayor Bloomberg’s most outrageous assaults on freedom of choice and civil liberties.

  About 2 minutes. “


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Heritage.org

 

 

 

Published on Dec 29, 2013

” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claims “the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make.” The cupboard, however, is overflowing with liquor, crystal glassware, and more.”

 

 

HT/Conservative Byte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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