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Uncurrent Events 6.10.15

Today In The Past

 

 

Events

1190 – Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the Sally River while leading an army to Jerusalem.

1358 – French boer leader Guillaume Cale captured

1539 – Council of Trent: Paul III sends out letters to his bishops, delaying the Council due to war and the difficulty bishops had traveling to Venice.

1610 – 1st Dutch settlers arrive (from NJ), to colonize Manhattan Island

 

 

 

1619 – Thirty Years’ WarBattle of Záblatía turning point in the Bohemian Revolt.

 

 

 

 

 

1627 – Piet Heyn conquerors 38 ships at bay of Salvador

1639 – 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington Delaware)

1648 – Moscow’s people uprise against regent Boris Morozov

1652 – In Boston, John Hull opens the 1st mint in America

1719 – Jacobite Rising: Battle of Glen Shiel.

1752 – Ben Franklin’s kite is struck by lightning

1760 – NY passes 1st effective law regulating practice of medicine

 

 

 

1772 – Burning of Gaspée, British revenue cutter, by Rhode Islanders

 

 

 

 

 

1793 – 1st public zoo opens in Paris

1793 – Washington replaced Philadelphia as US capital

1794 – Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Phila, forms

1794 – France revolutionary regime begins trials

 

 

 

1801 – Tripoli declares war on US for refusing tribute

 

 

 

 

 

1805 – First Barbary War: Yussif Karamanli signs a treaty ending hostilities with the United States.

1809 – 1st US steamboat to a make an ocean voyage leaves NY for Phila

1829 – The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge takes place.

1838 – Myall Creek Massacre in Australia: 28 Aboriginal Australians are murdered.

1846 – Robert Thomson obtains an English patent on a rubber tire

1847 – Chicago Tribune begins publishing

1854 – Georg F B Reiman proposes that space is curved

1854 – The first class of the United States Naval Academy students graduate.

1861 – Battle of Big Bethel VA (Bethel Church, Great Bethal)-Union retreats

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of Brice’s CrossroadsMissNathan Bedford Forrest w/3500 defeats 8000 Feds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1864 – Battle of Kellar’s Bridge KY (Licking River)

1864 – Battle of Waynesboro VA

1868 – 2nd Belmont: Bobby Swim aboard General Duke wins in 3:02

1869 – ‘Agnes’arrives in New Orleans with 1st ever shipment of frozen beef

1871 – 5th Belmont: W Miller aboard Harry Basset wins in 2:56

1871 – Sinmiyangyo: Captain McLane Tilton leads 109 Marines in naval attack on Han River forts on Kanghwa Island, Korea.

1876 – 10th Belmont: William Donohue aboard Algerine wins in 2:40.5

1890 – 24th Belmont: Pike Barnes aboard Burlington wins in 2:07.75

1891 – 25th Belmont: Ed Garrison aboard Foxford wins in 2:08.75

1893 – 27th Belmont: Willie Simms aboard Commanche wins in 1:53.25

1898 – US Marines land in Cuba, during Spanish-American War

1899 – Improved Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks forms in Cincinnati

1902 – Patent for window envelope granted to H F Callahan

1905 – 1st forest fire lookout tower placed in operation, Greenville, Me

1908 – 1st flying club, Aeronautical Society of NY, opens

1915 – Girl Scouts founded

1916 – 48th Belmont: E Haynes aboard Friar Rock wins in 2:22

1916 – Great Arab Revolt begin

1917 – 60,000 people of Petrograd welcome Prince Kropotkin (banned 41 years)

1921 – Babe Ruth becomes all time HR champ with #120 (Gavvy Cravath)

1922 – 54th Belmont: C H Miller aboard Pillory wins in 2:18.8

1932 – 1st demonstration of artificial lightning Pittsfield Mass

1933 – 65th Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Hurryoff wins in 2:32.6

1935 – Dr Robert Smith & William Wilson of Akron form Alcoholics Anonymous

1940 – German “Dutch Q-ship Atlantis” sinks Norwegian tanker

1940 – German 5th Armour division occupies Rouen

1940 – Norway surrenders to nazis

1940 – World War II: Canada declares war on Italy.

 

 

 

1942 – Massacre at Lidice (Czechoslovakia), Gestapo kills 173

 

 

 

 

 

1943 – FDR signs withholding tax bill into law (this is W-2 Day!)

1944 – Joe Nuxhall at 15 becomes youngest ML baseball player

1944 – Nazi murders in Oradour-sur-Glane, France

1944 – World War II: In Distomo, Boeotia Prefecture, Greece 218 men, women and children are massacred by German troops.

1945 – US destroyer William D Porter (“Willie Dee”) sunk by kamikaze

1947 – Saab produces its first automobile.

1950 – 82nd Belmont: William Boland aboard Middleground wins in 2:28.6

1955 – 1st separation of virus into component parts reported

1956 – 16th modern Olympiad equestrian events open in Stockholm

1962 – Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27′ 3½”

1964 – Southern filibuster on civil rights bill ends; cloture invoked

1965 – Vietnam War: The Battle of Dong Xoai begins.

1966 – Janis Joplin’s 1st live concert (Avalon Ballroom in SF)

1967 – Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iraq & Egypt end “6-Day War” with UN help

1968 – “Danny Thomas Hour,” last airs on NBC-TV

1972 – 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28

1972 – Hank Aaron’s grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649)

1975 – Rockefeller panel reports on 300,000 illegal CIA files on Americans

1975 – Yanks sponsor Army Day at temporary home, Shea Stadium during 21-gun salute, part of fence is blown away, & another part is set afire

1977 – Apple Computer ships its 1st Apple II

1977 – James Earl Ray (Martin Luther King’s killer) escapes from prison

1978 – 110th Belmont: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:26.8

1982 – “Taxi,” last airs on ABC, moves to NBC in the fall

1982 – Battle of Sultan Yakoub – 3 IDF members captured

1984 – US missile shot down an incoming missile in space for 1st time

1984 – Zhu Jian Hua of China high jumps a record 7’10” (2.39m)

1985 – Claus von Bulow acquitted on charges he tried to murder his wife

1985 – Coca Cola announces they’d bring back their 99-year-old formula

 

 

 

1985 – French agents blow up Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior near NZ

 

 

 

 

 

1988 – Greatest number of participants (31,678) on a bicycle tour (London)

1989 – 121st Belmont: Pat Day aboard Easy Goer wins in 2:26

1991 – Mother of All Parades-NYC welcomes desert storm troops

1992 – Intelsat K launched

1994 – Biggest European clock ever (9100 kg/(237) 2.5 m) at Aarle-Rixtel

1995 – 127th Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Thunder Gulch wins in 2:32

1996 – Intel releases 200 mhz pentium chip

1997 – Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful

1997 – Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen’s family members before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold.

1999 – Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.

2002 – The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.

2003 – The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission.

 

 

Births

1213 – Fakhruddin ‘Iraqi, Persian philosopher

1613 – Johann Georg II, elect of Saxon (1656-80)

1688 – James Francis Edward Stuart ‘The old Pretender’, claimed thrones of England and Scotland as James III/James VIII (d. 1766)

1706 – John Dollond, owner of 1st patent for achromatic lens

1710 – James Short, Scottish mathematician (d. 1768)

1735 – John Morgan, American physician-in-chief of Continental Army

1803 – Henry Darcy, French scientist (d. 1858)

1804 – Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist (d. 1884)

1808 – Friedrich Kaiser, Dutch astronomer (Kaiser compass-card)

1825 – Sondre Norheim, Norwegian skier (d. 1897)

1832 – Nikolaus A Otto, German technician (gas motor, otto motor)

1836 – Yamaoka Tesshu, Japanese swordsman/master of kendo

1840 – Thomas Fentress Toon, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1902

1865 – Frederick A Cook, US, explorer (claimed falsely to be at North Pole)

1890 – Sessue Hayakawa, Japan, actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Hell to Eternity)

1895 – Hattie McDaniel, Wichita Kansas, 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Gone With The Wind)

1903 – Clyde Beatty, US animal trainer/actor (Big Cage)

1908 – Ernst B Chain, German chemist/bacteriologist (penicillin, Nobel 1945)

 

 

 

1910 – Howlin’ Wolf, [Chester Arthur Burnett], bluesman , guitarist , harmonica 

 

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1911 – Terence Rattigan, playwright (Winslow Boy, Browning Version)

1912 – William Gordon Harris, civil engineer

1913 – Thor Johnson, Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin, conductor (Cin Symph 1958)

1913 – Wilbur J Cohen, 1st employee of Social Security System

1914 – Saul Bellow, Lachine Quebec, author (Mr Sammler’s Planet, Nobel 1976)

1918 – Barry Morse, actor (Fugitive-Lt Philip Gerard, Winds of War)

1922 – Judy Garland, [Frances Gumm], Minnesota, actress/singer (Wizard of Oz)

1923 – Robert Maxwell, [Jan Hoch], Czech, billionaire/CEO (NY Daily News)

1925 – Nat Hentoff, columnist/novelist (Village Voice, The Cold Society)

1926 – Lionel Jeffries, actor (Fanny, Prisoner of Zenda)

1928 – Maurice Sendak, NYC, author/illustrator (Where The Wild Things Are), (d. 2012)

1933 – F Lee Bailey, Waltham Mass, attorney (Sam Shepard case, OJ case)

1941 – Jurgen Prochnow, actor (Das Boot)

1943 – Jeff Greenfield, NYC, media commentator (Firing Line, Nightline)

1943 – Simon Jenkins, editor (Times)

1945 – Ron Glass, Evansville Ind, actor (Ron-Barney Miller, New Odd Couple)

1947 – Ken Singleton, Mt Vernon NY, baseball player (Orioles)

1951 – Burglinde Pollak, German DR, pentathlete (Olympics-bronze-1972)

1951 – Dan Fouts, NFL QB (San Diego Chargers)

1953 – John Edwards, American politician and lawyer

1955 – Andrew Stevens, Memphis Tn, actor (Seduction, Boys in Company C, Fury)

1959 – Timothy Van Patten, Bkln NY, actor (White Shadow, Master)

1959 – Eliot Spitzer, American politician

1961 – Maxi Priest, [Max Elliott], Jamaican/English singer (Wild World)

1961 – Kim Deal, American musician (Pixies), (The Breeders)

1961 – Kelley Deal, American musician (The Breeders)

1962 – Brent Sutter, Viking, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)

1962 – Duane Sutter, NHL player (NY Islander)

1962 – Gina Gershon, American actress

1963 – Jeanne Tripplehorn, American actress

1965 – Elizabeth Hurley, Basingstroke England, actress (Christabel)

1965 – Linda Evangelista, Canada, super model/actress (Catwalk, Unzipped)

1968 – Jimmy Shea, American skeleton racer

1969 – Kate Snow, American TV journalist

1971 – Bobby Jindal, American politician; Louisiana Congressman, Governor

1975 – Risto Jussilainen, Finnish ski jumper

1978 – Shane West, American actor

1978 – Brian West, American soccer player

1982 – Tara Lipinski, Philadelphia Pa, figure skater (1997 World Champ)

1983 – Leelee Sobieski, New York City, American actress (Deep Impact, Joan of Arc, Uprising)

1984 – Dirk Van Tichelt, Belgian judoka

 

 

Deaths

 

 

323 BC – Alexander the GreatMacedonian kingdies from either fever or excessive wine at 32, (or the 11th June)

 

 

 

 

 

1075 – Ernest of Austria (b. 1027)

1190 – Frederick I Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1122) 

1247 – Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada, archbishop Toledo/advisor Alfonso VIII, dies

1424 – Duke Ernest of Austria (b. 1377)

1560 – Mary de Guise, queen-mother of Scotland

1654 – Alessandro Algardi, Italian sculptor/architect, dies at 58

1735 – Thomas Hearne, English antiquarian (b. 1678)

1791 – Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte, French admiral (b. 1720)

1831 – Hans Karl von Diebitsch, Russian field marshal (b. 1785)

1836 – André-Marie Ampère, French physicist (b. 1775)

1839 – Nathaniel Pryor, sgt of Lewis & Clark Expedition, dies

1868 – Michael Obrenovic, ruler of Sweden, murdered

1896 – Amelia Dyer, English murderer (b. 1829)

1903 – Alexander I, King of Serbia are assassinated

1903 – Dragia, Queen of Serbia, assassinated

1903 – Luigi Cremona, Italian mathematician (grafostatica), dies

1909 – Edward Everett Hale, American author (b. 1822)

1941 – Marcus Garvey, US black leader (Back to Africa Movement), dies at 52

1944 – French Duwaer, Dutch printer/resistance fighter, executed

1944 – Gerrit Jan van der Veen, [Wolffensperger], resister, executed at 41

1944 – Johan Limpers, sculptor/resistance fighter, executed at 28

1944 – Willem Jacob van Stockum, Dutch physicist (b. 1910)

1946 – Ananda Mahidol, king of Siam, shot dead at 20

1946 – Jack Johnson, 1st black heavyweight champion, dies in car accident

1967 – Spencer Tracy, US actor (7th Cross, Father ot Bride), dies at 67

1971 – Michael Rennie, actor (Day the Earth Stood Still), dies at 61

1973 – William M Inge, US playwright (Come Back Little Sheba), dies at 60

1976 – Adolph Zukor, Hungarian/US fur trader/movie producer, dies at 103

1982 – Addie “Micki” Harris, US singer (Shirelles-Mama Said), dies at 42

1982 – Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German director, dies of drug overdose at 36

1988 – Louis L’Amour, western writer (Bowdrie), dies at 80 of cancer

1992 – Zak Hernández, American soldier (b. 1973)

1993 – Alexis Smith, actress (Constant Nymph), dies of cancer at 72

1994 – Edward Kienholz, US sculptor (Back seat of a ’38 Dodge), dies at 66

1996 – Jo Van Fleet, actress (Seize the Day, Cinderella), dies at 75

1998 – Hammond Innes, English author (b. 1914)

2000 – Hafez al-Assad, President of Syria (b. 1930)

2001 – Mike Mentzer, American bodybuilder (b. 1951)

2002 – John Gotti, American gangster (b. 1940)

2003 – Donald Regan, Chief of Staff and U.S. Treasury Secretary (b. 1918)

 

 

 

2004 – Ray CharlesGrammy winning crooner who blended gospel and bluesdies aged 73

 

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

2005 – Curtis Pitts, American aircraft designer (b. 1915)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday John Stuart Mill

 

 

Early Years

” Under the tutelage of his imposing father, himself a historian and economist, John Stuart Mill began his intellectual journey at an early age, starting his study of Greek at the age of three and Latin at eight. Mill’s father was a proponent of Jeremy Bentham’s philosophy of utilitarianism, and John Stuart Mill began embracing it himself in his middle teens.

  Born in 1806, John Stuart Mill was the eldest son of James Mill and Harriet Barrow (whose influence on Mill was vastly overshadowed by that of his father). A struggling man of letters, James Mill wrote History of British India (1818), and the work landed him a coveted position in the East India Company, where he rose to the post of chief examiner. When not carrying out his administrative duties, James Mill spent considerable time educating his son John, who began to learn Greek at age three and Latin at age eight. By the age of 14, John was extremely well versed in the Greek and Latin classics; had studied world history, logic and mathematics; and had mastered the basics of economic theory, all of which was part of his father’s plan to make John Stuart Mill a young proponent of the views of the philosophical radicals.

  By his late teens, Mill spent many hours editing Jeremy Bentham’s manuscripts, and he threw himself into the work of the philosophic radicals (still guided by his father). He also founded a number of intellectual societies and began to contribute to periodicals, including the Westminster Review (which was founded by Bentham and James Mill). In 1823, his father secured him a junior position in the East India Company, and he, like his father before him, rose in the ranks, eventually taking his father’s position of chief examiner.”

 

 

 

 

Career

 

” It was not until 1843 that John Stuart Mill became known as a philosopher. In this same year he published System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive, his most systematic work.

Whatever is known to us by consciousness, is known beyond possibility of question. What one sees or feels, whether bodily or mentally, one cannot but be sure that one sees or feels. No science is required for the purpose of establishing such truths; no rules of art can render our knowledge of them more certain than it is in itself. There is no logic for this portion of our knowledge. But we may fancy that we see or feel what we in reality infer.

  Attacking “intuitionist” philosophy, he argues in favour of logic as the most adequate method of proof. Despite the fact that truth “may seem to be apprehended intuitively,” Mill stresses the fact that, “it has long been ascertained that what is perceived by the eye, is at most nothing more than a variously colored surface.” It thus the object of logic to “distinguish between things proved and things not proved, between what is worthy and what is unworthy of belief.”

  In 1848, Mill published Principles of Political Economy, which soon became the most important text of his time. The book examines the conditions of production, namely labour and nature. Following Ricardo and Malthus, he emphasizes the possibility of change and social improvement and examines environmental protection needs. In order for these to be obtained, he considers a limitation of both economic growth and population growth, as the polis itself is indispensable. Furthermore, Mill argued in favour of worker-owned cooperatives, which clearly reflect his views.

  On Liberty, published in 1859, caused the greatest controversy of John Stuart Mill’s career and has since become a classic of liberal thought. Written and developed in close collaboration with his wife, Harriet Taylor, Mill examines the nature of power and argues for an absolute freedom of thought and speech. For Mill it is only through such “freedom” that human progress can be attained and preserved. As he states: “The subject of this Essay is not the so-called Liberty of the Will, […] but Civil, or Social Liberty: the nature and limits of the power which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual.” He thus asserts a„very simple principle“: “that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others[…] The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.” “

 

 

 

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Philosophy

 

 

Liberty

 

” John Stuart Mill’s view on liberty, which was influenced by Joseph Priestley and Josiah Warren, is that the individual ought to be free to do as he wishes unless he harms others. Individuals are rational enough to make decisions about their good being and choose any religion they want to. Government should interfere when it is for the protection of society. Mill explains,

“The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinion of others, to do so would be wise, or even right…The only part of the conduct of anyone, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns him, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”

 

 

Freedom of speech 

 

An influential advocate of freedom of speech, Mill objected to censorship. He says:

I choose, by preference the cases which are least favourable to me – In which the argument opposing freedom of opinion, both on truth and that of utility, is considered the strongest. Let the opinions impugned be the belief of God and in a future state, or any of the commonly received doctrines of morality… But I must be permitted to observe that it is not the feeling sure of a doctrine (be it what it may) which I call an assumption of infallibility. It is the undertaking to decide that question for others, without allowing them to hear what can be said on the contrary side. And I denounce and reprobate this pretension not the less if it is put forth on the side of my most solemn convictions. However, positive anyone’s persuasion may be, not only of the faculty but of the pernicious consequences, but (to adopt expressions which I altogether condemn) the immorality and impiety of opinion. – yet if, in pursuance of that private judgement, though backed by the public judgement of his country or contemporaries, he prevents the opinion from being heard in its defence, he assumes infallibility. And so far from the assumption being less objectionable or less dangerous because the opinion is called immoral or impious, this is the case of all others in which it is most fatal. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Stuart Mill Major Publications

 

“Two Letters on the Measure of Value” 1822 “The Traveller”
“Questions of Population” 1823 “Black Dwarf”
“War Expenditure” 1824 Westminster Review
“Quarterly Review – Political Economy” 1825 Westminster Review
“Review of Miss Martineau’s Tales” 1830 Examiner
“The Spirit of the Age” 1831 Examiner
“Use and Abuse of Political Terms” 1832  
“What is Poetry” 1833, 1859  
“Rationale of Representation” 1835  
“De Tocqueville on Democracy in America [i]” 1835  
“State of Society In America” 1836  
“Civilization” 1836  
“Essay on Bentham” 1838  
“Essay on Coleridge” 1840  
“Essays On Government” 1840  
“De Tocqueville on Democracy in America [ii]” 1840  
A System of Logic 1843  
Essays on Some Unsettled Questions of Political Economy 1844  
“Claims of Labour” 1845 Edinburgh Review
The Principles of Political Economy: with some of their applications to social philosophy 1848  
“The Negro Question” 1850 Fraser’s Magazine
“Reform of the Civil Service” 1854  
Dissertations and Discussions 1859  
A Few Words on Non-intervention 1859  
On Liberty 1859  
‘Thoughts on Parliamentary Reform 1859  
Considerations on Representative Government 1861  
“Centralisation” 1862 Edinburgh Review
“The Contest in America” 1862 Harper’s Magazine
Utilitarianism 1863  
An Examination of Sir William Hamilton‘s Philosophy 1865  
Auguste Comte and Positivism 1865  
Inaugural Address at St. Andrews – Rectorial Inaugural Address at the University of St. Andrews, concerning the value of culture 1867  
“Speech In Favor of Capital Punishment” 1868  
England and Ireland 1868  
“Thornton on Labor and its Claims” 1869 Fortnightly Review
The Subjection of Women 1869  
Chapters and Speeches on the Irish Land Question 1870  
On Nature 1874  
Autobiography of John Stuart Mill 1873  
Three Essays on Religion 1874  
On Social Freedom: or the Necessary Limits of Individual Freedom Arising Out of the Conditions of Our Social Life 1907 “Oxford and Cambridge Review”
“Notes on N.W. Senior’s Political Economy” 1945 Economica

 

 

 

 

Further Reading & Resources

 

John Stuart Mill (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Mill, John Stuart [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]

John Stuart Mill – Philosophy Pages

John Stuart Mill – Utilitarianism

John Stuart Mill : Biography – Spartacus Educational

John Stuart Mill – The ultimate collection of online works, papers …

John Stuart Mill – Papers and essays on his philosophy

John Stuart Mill: On Liberty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally posted on Twitchy:

The same headline has been making the rounds of all of the country’s press agencies this week, perhaps more than once each. But tonight, the Associated Press seems astounded that Pamela Geller, host of the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, which was attacked by two jihadists intent on killing the participants and observers, has no regrets over exercising her First Amendment rights and surviving the experience unharmed.

Just one more reminder for the AP: the two deaths were of two terrorists who drove to Texas from Arizona with the express purpose of killing as many people as possible.

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johngalt:

These haters are the same ones that have no problem with “art” such as “Piss Christ” yet Mohammed cartoons are verboten … Hypocrites & cowards

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Earlier tonight we reported on a shooting at free speech event in Garland, Texas awarding a $10,000 prize in a Muhammad art contest.

And reaction by those who don’t agree with Pam Geller and Geert Wilders, the event’s organizers, and the event itself are about as expected. In other words, disgusting:

And Glenn? Are you saying they deserved it?

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Originally posted on Twitchy:

ABC News is reporting this morning that one of the two gunman shot last night in Garland, Texas has been identified as Elton Simpson, a many previously investigated by the FBI for links to terrorism:

One of the suspects in the shooting in Garland, Texas late Sunday has been identified as Elton Simpson, an Arizona man who was previously the subject of a terror investigation, according to a senior FBI official.

Overnight and today FBI agents and a bomb squad were at Simpson’s home in an apartment complex in north Phoenix where a robot is believed to be conducting an initial search of the apartment.

Officials believe Simpson is the person who sent out several Twitter messages prior to the attack on Sunday, in the last one using the hashtag #TexasAttack about half an hour before the shooting.

And…

Simpson was well known to the FBI. Five years ago he was…

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Very cool

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Are you one of those haters who thinks Hillary’s been less than open with the media? Yeah? Well, the joke’s on you, suckers! Because by National Journal’s count, she’s answered seven questions from the media. Seven whole questions!

From National Journal:

When the press corps comically sprinted across an Iowa lawn in pursuit of Hillary Clinton‘s van, they weren’t just hoping to catch a glimpse of the most-likely Democratic presidential nominee. They were hoping to ask Clinton questions, and—in the dream scenario—get an answer.

Those answers, however, have been few and far between. Despite being bombarded with press questions at every chance, Clinton has only personally answered seven inquiries since…

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Which Is The World’s Happiest Country?

 

 

 

 

” It may be better known for banking than bohemia, but Switzerland is the happiest place in the world to live, according to the annual study published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

  The World Happiness Report suggested that residents of the nation of lakes, Lindt and Roger Federer, are more content, on average, than those in any other country. Britons, by contrast, were judged to only be the 21st happiest of the 158 nations to feature.

  The second happiest nation was deemed to be Iceland, followed by Denmark (a previous winner), Norway and Canada. Scandinavian countries once again dominated the top ten.”

 

The Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Celebrities from Billie Jean King to Lady Gaga to Ellen DeGeneres tweeted their support for Bruce Jenner during his interview with Diane Sawyer Friday night.

Among those celebrities was Twitchy favorite Rob Lowe.

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johngalt:

Hillary is as corrupt as they come . Never forget Chris Stevens , Glen Doherty , Tyrone Woods & Sean Smith .

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Ruh-ro, Dems! This new Quinnipiac poll has some devastating news for Hillary Clinton, mainly that voters don’t think she’s “honest and trustworthy”:

With a panic-inducing (for Dems) 61% of independents saying she has a problem with the truth:

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Today In The Past

 

 

 

Events

1479 BC – Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty).

1184 BC – The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional date).

858 – Nicolaas I succeeds Benedict III as pope

1066 – Halley’s Comet sparks English monk to predict country’ll be destroyed

1185 – Battle at Danoura: Yoshitsune Minamoto’s fleet beats imperial fleet

1288 – Jews of Yroyes France are accused of ritual murder

1311 – Gen Malik Kafur returns to Delhi after campaign in South India

1364 – Pope Urbabus V names John V van Virneburg as bishop of Utrecht

1524 – Duke of Bourbon drives admiral Bonnivet out of Milan

1547 – Battle of Muhlberg: Emperor Karel V vs ruler Johan F the Brave

1570 – Battles between Spanish troops & followers of sultan Suleiman

1704 – “Boston News-Letter,” 1st successful newspaper in US, forms

1800 – Library of Congress established with $5,000 allocation

1833 – Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain

1863 – Skirmish at Okolona/Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson’s Raid)

1867 – Black demonstrators stage ride-ins on Richmond Va streetcars

1872 – Volcano Vesuvius erupts

1877 – Last federal occupying troops withdraw from south (New Orleans)

1877 – Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878: Russia declares war on Ottoman Empire.

1884 – National Medical Association of Black physicians organizes (Atlanta)

1888 – Eastman Kodak forms

1894 – French cyclist Henri Desgrange rides 100km in world record 2:39:18

1895 – Joshua Slocum completes around-the-world voyage in 11-m boat

1898 – US fleet under commodore Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines

 

 

 

1898 – Spanish-American WarSpain declares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba

 

 

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1900 – Passing of Andrew Halliday, cable car pioneer

1905 – Senators execute a triple-play & beat Yankees 4-3

1907 – Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.

1908 – Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock become 1st to travel across US by car, they leave LA in a Packard & arrive in NYC in 32d-5h-25m

1913 – The skyscraper Woolworth Building in New York City is opened.

1915 – German army fires chloroform gas in Ieper

 

 

 

1915 – Massacre of Armenians by Turks starts (Armenian Martyrs Day)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1916 – Easter rebellion of Irish against British occupation begins

 

 

 

 

 

 

1916 – Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for ice-trapped ship Endurance.

1920 – British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years)

1925 – 88°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April

1928 – Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented

1929 – 1st non-stop England to India flight takes-off

1932 – German national election (NSDAP 36.3% in Prussia)

1933 – 1st major league to get 4 consecutive doubles in 9 inn (Dick Bartell)

1941 – British army begins evacuation of Greece

1941 – Dutch Prince Bernhard becomes an RAF pilot

1944 – 1st Boeing B-29 arrives in China “over the Hump”

1944 – RAF bombs Munich

1944 – United Negro College Fund incorporates

1945 – Delegates of 46 countries gather in SF (to discuss UN)

1954 – 1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina

1960 – Heavy earthquake strikes South Persia, 500 killed

1960 – Record 4 grand slams hit today

1961 – JFK accepts “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs

1961 – Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is raised

1961 – The 17th century Swedish ship Vasa is salvaged.

1962 – 1st Lockheed A-12 is taxi tested

1962 – MIT sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: CA to MA

1962 – Sandy Koufax’s 2nd 18-strikeout game

1965 – NY Met Casey Stengel wins his 3,000 game as manager

1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had “gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.”

1968 – Leftist students take over Columbia University, NYC

1969 – Lebanese army in battle with Palestinians

1969 – US B-52’s drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary

1970 – China PR launches its 1st satellite transmitting song “East is Red”

1978 – Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game

 

 

 

1980 – US military operation (Eagle Clawto save 52 hostages in Iranfails8 die

 

 

 

 

 

 

1981 – Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey

1981 – IBM-PC computer introduced

1981 – San Antonio blocks 20 Golden State shots to set NBA reg game record

1981 – US ends grain embargo against USSR

1982 – 150 Khomeini followers assault student dormitory in West Germany

1984 – Oiler’s Wayne Gretzky is 3rd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot

1987 – Howard Stern holds a free speech rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza NYC

1989 – 10s of thousands of students strikes in Beijing China

1990 – Security law violator Michael Milken pleads guilty to 6 felonies

1990 – Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine.

1991 – Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.

1993 – 1000 kg heavy IRA car bomb explodes in London, killing 1

1993 – An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of London.

1994 – Bomb attack in center of Johannesburg, 9 killed

1995 – Court orders Darryl Strawberry to pay back $350,000 in taxes

1995 – Dow Jones Index hits record 4303.98

1995 – Package bomb, linked to Unabomber, blows up killing Gilbert B Murray

1996 – Highest scoring baseball game in 17 years – Twins 24, Tigers 11

2004 – The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.

2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.

2007 – Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.

 

 

 

Births 

1533 – William I of Orange (d. 1584)

1538 – Gugliemo Gonzaga, composer

1581 – Vincent de Paul, French saint (d. 1660)

1620 – John Graunt, statistician, founder of science of demography

1743 – Edmund Cartwright, England, cleric, inventor (power loom)

1750 – Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier, Swiss mathematician

1766 – Robert Bailey Thomas, founder (Farmer’s Almanac)

1784 – Peter Vivian Daniel, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1860)

1804 – Thomas Oliver Selfridge, Comm (Union Navy)

1807 – Charles Ferguson Smith, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1862

1814 – Angela Burdett-Coutts, philanthropist extrordinaire

1815 – Anthony Trollope, England, novelist/poet (Barchester Towers)

1815 – James Edward Harrison, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1875

1822 – Erastus Barnard Tyler, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)

1828 – Robert Brank Vance, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1899

1829 – George Peabody Estey, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1881

1849 – Joseph S Gallieni, general (Battle of Marne)/milt governor (Paris)

1867 – Fannie Thomas, became oldest known American (113 y 273 d at death)

 

 

 

1874 – John Russell PopeUSarchitect (Jefferson Memorial)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1876 – Erich Raeder, German naval commander (d. 1960)

1882 – Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (d. 1970)

1887 – Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter (d. 1931)

1889 – [Richard] Stafford Cripps, Engl min of Plane-manufacturing (1942-45)

1895 – S Constantine Timoshenko, Russian marshal/people’s commissioner

1899 – Oscar Zariski, Russian-born mathematician (d. 1986)

 

 

 

1904 – Willem De KooningRotterdam Netherlandsartist (North Atlantic Light)

 

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1905 – Robert Penn Warren, 1st US poet laureate (All the King’s Men)

1911 – Karl O Schiller, German economist (Minister of Economics)

1914 – Justin Wilson, cajun chef (Wise Potato Chips)

1927 – Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1952)

1927 – Pasqualino de Santis, cinematographer

1930 – Conn Findlay, Stockton California, coxswain (Oly-2 gold/bronze-56, 64, 76)

1932 – Vladimir Yengibaryan, Yerevan, Armenia, welterweight boxer (Olympic gold, 1956), (d. 2013)

1933 – Freddie Scott, US songwriter/singer (Cry to Me)

1934 – Shirley MacLaine, Richmond Va, actress/mystic (Irma la Douce)

1936 – Jill Ireland, London, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino)

1937 – Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2001)

1940 – Sue Grafton, American author

1941 – John Williams, Melbourne Australia, guitarist (Acad Award)

1942 – Valeri Abramovich Voloshin, Russian cosmonaut

1945 – Doug Clifford, rock drummer (Creedence Clearwater Revival-Proud Mary)

1947 – Roger D. Kornberg, American chemist, Nobel-prized

1948 – Benzion Freshwater, English multi-millionaire

1953 – Eric Bogosian, Woburn MA, actor (Talk Radio)

1955 – Michael O’Keefe, NJ, actor (Caddyshack, Ironweed, Slugger’s Wife)

1963 – Billy Gould, LA California, rock bassist (Faith No More)

1963 – Joey Vera, heavy metal rocker (Armored Saint-Aftermath)

1964 – Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor

1967 – Leslie M Marx, Ft Belvoir Va, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)

1971 – Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian guitarist and singer

1973 – Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, cricketer (prodigy at 16, Indian capt at 23)

1977 – Carlos Beltran, Puerto Rican baseball player

1982 – Kelly Clarkson, Fort Worth, Texas, American singer and winner of the inaugural season of TV series American Idol

 

 

 

Deaths

624 – Mellitus, third Archbishop of Canterbury

709 – Wilfrid, English bishop and saint, dies at about 76

729 – Egbert[us], English bishop/saint, dies in Iona at 89

1077 – Geza I, King of Hungary (1074-7), dies

1185 – Antoku Taira, emperor of Japan (1180-85), drowns

1338 – Marquis Theodore I of Montferrat (b. 1291)

1530 – Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (De partu Virginis), dies

1622 – Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar, martyr, and saint (b. 1577)

1656 – Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)

 

 

 

1731 – Daniel DefoeEnglish novelist (Robinson Crusoe), dies

 

 

 

 

 

 

1779 – Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College (b. 1711)

1891 – Count Helmuth K B von Moltke, Prussian gen/fieldmarshal, dies

1947 – Willa Cather, American writer (b. 1873)

1964 – Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (declined) (b. 1895)

1965 – Louise Dresser, actress (State Fair, Ship Comes In, Mammy), dies at 86

1968 – Tommy Noonan, actor (Gentlemen Perfer Blondes), dies at 45

 

 

 

1974 – Bud Abbottcomedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 78

 

VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

1983 – Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)

1986 – Bessie Wallis Warfield Simpson, (Edward abdicated for her), dies at 89

1993 – Oliver R Tambo, chairman (African National Congress), dies at 75

1996 – Erma Bombeck, columnist (Septic Tank is Always Greener), dies

1997 – Pat Paulsen, comedian (Smothers Brothers Show), dies at 69

2004 – Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (b. 1906)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Not only is the DNC going full-stupid and using .gifs to attack Republicans on the bogus #EqualPay issue, they’re using some of the highest paid women in the country to highlight the plight of the working woman.

Women with, by our estimate, a collective net worth of $331 million!

Check it out…

Nicki Minaj net worth $50 million:

Britney Spears net worth $130 million:

Amy Poehler $18 million, Tina Fey $45 million. (Seth Meyers $10 million — TOTALLY NOT FAIR AT ALL!!!)

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Originally posted on Consumerist:

(Alan Rappa) (Alan Rappa) The natural instinct to flee when caught kicked into overload for one suspected shoplifter, who police say crawled into a supermarket’s ceiling after getting busted with $8.50 in stolen goods. Her urge for a refuge took a seven-hour police effort, complete with a SWAT team response and store evacuation.

Police in Baltimore County say the woman was stopped by security staff at the grocery store for allegedly swiping a bag of chips and some hair accessories, reports CBS Baltimore.

“They took her back to the loss prevention office, but she ran off when they found some needles in her purse. She ran to the back of the store, up onto a catwalk and then disappeared into the ceiling,” a police rep explained.

Law enforcement wanted to make sure the ceiling wouldn’t collapse on shoppers, and used a scissor-lift in their effort to extract her from…

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Originally posted on Consumerist:

(Alan Rappa) (Alan Rappa) The natural instinct to flee when caught kicked into overload for one suspected shoplifter, who police say crawled into a supermarket’s ceiling after getting busted with $8.50 in stolen goods. Her urge for a refuge took a seven-hour police effort, complete with a SWAT team response and store evacuation.

Police in Baltimore County say the woman was stopped by security staff at the grocery store for allegedly swiping a bag of chips and some hair accessories, reports CBS Baltimore.

“They took her back to the loss prevention office, but she ran off when they found some needles in her purse. She ran to the back of the store, up onto a catwalk and then disappeared into the ceiling,” a police rep explained.

Law enforcement wanted to make sure the ceiling wouldn’t collapse on shoppers, and used a scissor-lift in their effort to extract her from…

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Facebook Reveals It’s Master Plan – Control All News Flow

 

 

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From The Pawel Kuczynski Collection

Support this artist . He has an amazing collection of anti-statist works

 

 

” Last night, I came across an incredibly important article from the New York Times, which described Facebook’s plan to provide direct access to other websites’ content in exchange for some sort of advertising partnership. The implications of this are so huge that at this point I have far more questions than answers.

  Let’s start with a few excerpts from the article:

  With 1.4 billion users, the social media site has become a vital source of traffic for publishers looking to reach an increasingly fragmented audience glued to smartphones. In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.

  Such a plan would represent a leap of faith for news organizations accustomed to keeping their readers within their own ecosystems, as well as accumulating valuable data on them. Facebook has been trying to allay their fears, according to several of the people briefed on the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were bound by nondisclosure agreements.

  Facebook intends to begin testing the new format in the next several months, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.The initial partners are expected to be The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic, although others may be added since discussions are continuing. The Times and Facebook are moving closer to a firm deal, one person said.

  Facebook has said publicly that it wants to make the experience of consuming content online more seamless. News articles on Facebook are currently linked to the publisher’s own website, and open in a web browser, typically taking about eight seconds to load. Facebook thinks that this is too much time, especially on a mobile device, and that when it comes to catching the roving eyeballs of readers, milliseconds matter.

  The Huffington Post and the business and economics website Quartz were also approached. Both also declined to discuss their involvement.

  Facebook declined to comment on its specific discussions with publishers. But the company noted that it had provided features to help publishers get better traction on Facebook, including tools unveiled in December that let them target their articles to specific groups of Facebook users, such as young women living in New York who like to travel.

  The new proposal by Facebook carries another risk for publishers: the loss of valuable consumer data. When readers click on an article, an array of tracking tools allow the host site to collect valuable information on who they are, how often they visit and what else they have done on the web.

  And if Facebook pushes beyond the experimental stage and makes content hosted on the site commonplace, those who do not participate in the program could lose substantial traffic — a factor that has played into the thinking of some publishers. Their articles might load more slowly than their competitors’, and over time readers might avoid those sites.

  And just as Facebook has changed its news feed to automatically play videos hosted directly on the site, giving them an advantage compared with videos hosted on YouTube, it could change the feed to give priority to articles hosted directly on its site.

  Let me try to address this the best I can from several different angles. First off, what’s the big picture plan here? As the number two ranked website in the world with 1.4 billion users, Facebook itself is already something like an alternative internet where a disturbing number of individuals spend a disproportionate amount of their time. The only thing that seems to make many of its users click away is content hosted on other people’s websites linked to from Facebook users. Other than this outside content, many FB users might never leave the site.

  While this is scary to someone like me, to Facebook it is an abomination. The company doesn’t want people to leave their site ever — for any reason. Hence the aggressive push to carry outside news content, and create a better positioned alternative web centrally controlled by it. This is a huge power play move.

    Liberty Blitzkrieg has much more on how the liberating effects of the internet can/will be destroyed by the behemoths of the web , namely Facebook . Couple this development with this week’s news of the Google/White House connection and bear in mind the political proclivities of the principles of both internet conglomerates and you have a recipe for Statism unmatched by the propaganda machines of Goebbels , Stalin or Mao … They’ll turn social media into “socialist media” given have the chance . 

This is what policing is all about … selfless acts of courage , not self-preservation at all costs . Bravo Sgt Hudson , bravo

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This is the kind of crazy you can’t fix. This is also the kind of thinking that has our legal system all screwed up.

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Since you say there are so many misconceptions, why don’t you tell us what a pedophile really is.

A person with an intense and recurrent sexual attraction to prepubescent children, children who have not yet entered any form of puberty. And according to the DSM [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders], it constitutes a mental disorder when you act on it, but not just that. It also constitutes a mental disorder if it causes “marked distress or interpersonal difficulty,” and, as you can imagine, pedophilia will cause this.

In your article, you open by saying that as a pedophile’s numerical age increases into teenage years and then adulthood, the numerical age of those he is attracted to does not. Are most pedophiles really starting that…

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johngalt:

The progressives have tortured the word “racist” to the point of uselessness .

Originally posted on Cry and Howl:

You know folks, I’ve really gotten tired of the “racism” claims made every time some one disagrees with a person of color. I mean it’s gotten to the point of being absolutely ridiculous. Check out this piece where a Democrat Indiana lawmaker accuses an 18 month (yes, that’s 18 month) old toddler of being a racist …

Via: DownTrend.com

Indiana Democrat Accuses GOP’s 18-Month-Old Son Of Being A Racist

An Indiana lawmaker has accused another lawmaker’s 18-month-old son of being a racist.

On the floor of the state General Assembly, Democratic Rep. Vanessa Summers said the toddler, the son of Republican Rep. Jud McMillin, is afraid of her because she’s black.

It was during a rather heated debate over the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” when Summers rose to the podium and made the groan-inducing comment.

“I have told Representative McMillin I love his little son…

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Originally posted on Twitchy:

Rep. Trey Gowdy has been told that Hillary Clinton won’t provide the House with additional emails they’ve requested because she had reportedly “wiped her server clean.”

Here’s a great question, as rhetorical as it may sound:

If Ondrasik’s last name were “Clinton” the answer to that question would be different.

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Newsmax’s Top 50 Conservative Blogs Of 2015

 

 

 

 

   Although we would classify a fair amount of these blogs as libertarian rather than “conservative” the choices are sound and united in their anti-statism . Not bad for a bunch of pajama-clad basement dwellers .

 

” Newsmax is out with our 2015 list of the 50 top conservative blogs.

  The Internet now allows anyone who cares to invest the time and trouble to become a political commentator with, potentially, many times the readership of the most long-established syndicated columnists. The media elite, from the Big Three Networks to the local newspaper, have suffered a collapse in influence and a hemorrhage of revenues as Americans simply click on their favorite bookmarks for informed opinions about the events around them.

  Is it any wonder that an executive branch dominated by the big-government left is determined to let nothing stop it from converting the Internet into a regulated public utility whose ultimate destination apparently involves United Nations oversight?

  Obama administration scandals like those involving the IRS and Benghazi may not have reached critical mass — yet. But if this were the old days of near-total liberal dominance of information transmission, it would be near-impossible to bring new developments before the eyes of the public if it contradicted the wishes of newspaper editors and network anchormen.

  It would also be impossible to prevent the mainstream media from snowballing an artificial scandal like Rathergate a decade ago, which easily could have jeopardized George W. Bush’s re-election, and which Power Line and other conservative websites had a substantial role in debunking.”

  London’s Hyde Park Corner has, for nearly a century and a half, been famed for the colorful characters who stand atop soapboxes on Sundays and speak their minds, with extremists from the organized right and left well-represented, and most of the speakers solemnly serious about what they tell the assembled throngs. A good few, however, have always been entertainers, sometimes feigning political passions that the crowd eventually discovers to be disguised jokes.

  It is no exaggeration, considering the multitudes of people many of them reach, to say that the conservative blogs listed below have more greatly influenced political events than all the Hyde Park diatribes ever delivered. Personality abounds. Some of the sites feature graphics that are feasts for the eyes; many deliver laughs rivaling a P.G. Wodehouse yarn. And almost all let any reader join in and comment to his or her heart’s content.

  Conservative blogs have electrified our 223-year old First Amendment like nothing the Founding Fathers could ever have foreseen. Here are the top 50 conservative blogs:

 

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1. Instapundit – University of Tennessee law professor and hawkish libertarian Glenn Reynolds’ nearly decade-and-a-half-old powerhouse often causes “Instalanches” of Web traffic to sites to which it links articles. Reynolds posts relentlessly and the brevity and wryness of his often all-caps comments are famous, like a recent link to a Popular Mechanics report on Iran exploding a fake U.S. aircraft carrier to flex its muscles during nuclear talks. Blogged Reynolds, “WHY DON’T WE ONE-UP THEM BY BLOWING UP A REAL IRANIAN NUCLEAR RESEARCH FACILITY?” 

 

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2. Hot Air – Founded originally by firebrand columnist and TV commentator Michelle Malkin, Hot Air persuaded veteran blogger Ed Morrissey to archive his own well-established Captain’s Quarters blog and write for Hot Air. Its other stars are American Conservative Union blogger of the year Mary Katharine Ham, and the mysterious and eloquent AllahPundit, who recently posted his skeptical take on Jeb Bush’s less-than-comfortable CPAC appearance, which he theorized wasn’t to attract votes on the right, but “to prove to people who aren’t at CPAC that he’s one of them and not afraid to broadcast that fact at ground zero of the conservative movement.”

 

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3. RedState – Some of editor-in-chief and Fox commentator Erick Erickson’s recent headlines provide a sample of Red State’s pungent flavor: “Can We Impeach Now?” “Eunuch Mitch McConnell Squeals Like a Pig,” and “All the President’s Boot Lickers Still Pretend Obama is a Christian.” But the Eagle Publishing-owned site features plenty of substantive analysis for cyberspace’s hardcore right, much of it by volunteer contributors, like “Streiff” concluding that “Boehner and McConnell are negotiating with themselves over the terms of their own surrender” on Homeland Security funding and President Obama’s executive amnesty. Pointing out that a DHS shutdown endangers no one, Streiff warned that if Congress “won’t refuse to appropriate money to fund non-essential functions of DHS, it has become irrelevant and we are a dictatorship, not a constitutional republic.”

 

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4. Power Line – The law school-educated weightiness comes through in this polished, eclectic political site founded by three Dartmouth-grad attorneys. An example: A recent post from John Hinderaker diving into the technical details of the Obama administration’s new bullet regulations and demonstrating that Second Amendment fears regarding them are “not irrational; liberals have openly argued for attacks on ammunition as an indirect means of achieving gun control.”

 

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5. Free Republic – “Working to roll back decades of governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption,” and “always have fun doing it. Hoo-yah!” Free Republic might just be the national bulletin board for the Tea Party, among serving other functions. Thousands of “Freepers,” with handles like Alamo Girl and cripplecreek, link to articles other sites usually miss, then post endless pithy commentaries. Typical is a recent post by GreyFriar on the FCC turning the Internet into a public utility: “The Democrat version of democracy means three unelected bureaucrats voting for something that none of us is allowed to see.”

6. The Corner – With National Review’s full arsenal represented, like the forceful mind of terrorist prosecutor Andrew McCarthy and the incisive reporting of Joel Gehrke, conservative political junkies fly to “the one and only” Corner for anything-but-amateur rapid response analysis on just about anything that’s happening. Washington Editor Eliana Johnson (whose father, Scott, co-founded Power Line), for instance, crashed the garden party for the latest “anti-Jeb” with her recent “Two Scott Walkers” post, reporting that hundreds of donors at the Club for Growth’s winter conference in West Palm Beach were eager to see “the man who has slayed Wisconsin’s public-unions and delivered a boffo performance” at CPAC. “Instead, they got the Walker who is shaky, unsure of himself, and hazy on policy details.”

7. Avik Roy – Forbes magazine opinion editor and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Avik Roy’s knowledge of the maze of legislative language that makes up ObamaCare is unrivaled, and as it inevitably declines in effectiveness, the blog written by Roy, former House Budget Committee Chairman Bill Frenzel, and a half dozen other experts is the place to check in often and watch its slow death.

8. NewsBusters.org – With all the resources of Brent Bozell’s Media Research Center at its disposal, NewsBusters watches the mainstream media’s every move and skewers its chronic bias, sloppiness, inaccuracies, and even outright deceit. A Matthew Balan post recently pointed out how the evening news shows of all the Big Three networks ignored the Treasury Department’s new “active investigation” into IRS “potential criminal activity,” yet “all devoted full segments to the viral photograph of a dress that appears to be either black and blue or gold and white.”

9. Café Hayek – “The Road to Serfdom” author F.A. Hayek would be delighted with the undiluted capitalism served at the blog bearing his name. One recent post by Don Boudreaux linked to a YouTube clip of the “Price is Right” game show from 1972 to demonstrate that the conventional wisdom about stagnant living standards is wrong. One of the show’s prizes was a “30-inch electric kitchen range priced at $385.” Boudreaux pointed out: In 1972, the average hourly earnings of a production or nonsupervisory private-sector worker in America was $3.90. So, such a worker in 1972 had to toil for 99 hours to earn enough income to buy that range.” But today, Home Depot sells a 30-inch range for $349, with the average hourly wage $20.80. “So, today’s ‘ordinary’ worker can earn enough income to buy a 30-inch electric kitchen range in just 16.8 hours — a mere 17 percent of the work time required in 1972.”

10. Big Government – It’s undoubtedly insulting to call the best-known section of the multi-faceted Breitbart website a blog; the late and legendary Internet pioneer Andrew Breitbart’s baby is fast growing into a professional journalistic global empire, opening bureaus everywhere from Texas to London to the Mideast. But the whole massive operation, launched to destroy the “old media guard” dominated by the left, has always had a blogger’s rebellious soul. The trademark Breitbart cheekiness was on full display in a recent post by C-FAM president Austin Ruse, who asked the head of American Atheists if the president is faking being a Christian and got this agnostic response: “Obama was raised by an atheist and a skeptic, so he at least knows the arguments.” “

 

 

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Air Force Veteran Looking For Girl He Rescued After Hurricane Katrina

 

 

 

 

” A veteran is asking for help finding a young girl he rescued nearly 10 years ago after Hurricane Katrina.

  An embrace between the two was preserved in a photo. The picture of Staff Sgt. Michael Maroney hugging the girl became a prominent symbol after Katrina devastated New Orleans. 

  Maroney was with an elite Air Force pararescue unit, The Air Force Times reports. He had arrived in New Orleans seven days before the picture was taken. He moved from rooftop to rooftop looking for people to help, the Air Force Times reports. Maroney often felt helpless in the flood-ravaged city.

  The veteran told the Air Force Times he remembers descending between treetops and power lines to save the pictured girl’s family. Maroney found a mom, dad and five children, including the little girl in a pink shirt and pigtails.”

 

 

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