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Daily Comedy 4.17.15

Dick Van Dyke Show – Scenes Featuring Buddy Insulting Mel




Published on Jun 21, 2014

” Six Clips from The Writers Room w/Morey Amsterdam, Richard Deacon, Rose Marie & Dick Van Dyke. One scene features Gavin MacLeod.”








Rand Paul – A New Vision For America




Published on Apr 11, 2015

” Rand Paul seeks to take America back from the big money Washington establishment. “








John Locke




” Virtue is harder to be got than a knowledge of the world; and, if lost in a young man, is seldom recovered.”









Jerry Holbert



Jerry Holbert










Today In The Past




858 – Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as when the book’s pilgrimage to Canterbury starts.

1492 – Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies




1524 – Giovanni Verrazano,  Florentine navigatordiscovers New York Harbor







1534 – Sir Thomas More confined in London Tower

1555 – Siena surrenders for Spanish troops

1629 – 1st commercial fishery established

1793 – Battle of Warsaw

1797 – Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions to Spanish territories in America.

1808 – Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships

1817 – 1st US school for deaf (Hartford, Conn)

1824 – Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54° 40’N

1853 – US Marine Hospital at Presidio (SF) forms

1861 – Indianola TX – “Star of West” taken by Confederacy

1861 – Virginia is 8th state to secede




1863 –  Grierson’s Raid : La GrangeTN to Baton RougeLA






1864 – Battle of Plymouth, NC

1864 – Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia

1864 – Grant suspends prisoner-of-war exchanges

1865 – Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln’s assassination

1875 – “Snooker” (variation of pool) invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain

1895 – Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)

1900 – 7 high chiefs of American Samoa sign Instrument of Cession

1905 – US Supreme court judges maximum work day unconstitutional

1905 – The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York which held that the “right to free contract” was implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

1907 – Ellis Island, NY-11,745 immigrants arrive

1912 – 1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson’s “Ragging The Baby To Sleep”)

1920 – American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)

1924 – Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures & Louis B Mayer Co merged to form MGM

1932 – Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery

1934 – New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5

1937 – Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig, debut

1939 – Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1941 – British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis

1941 – Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)

1941 – World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.

1942 – 12 Lancaster bombers strike MAN-factory in Augsburg

1942 – Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp

1942 – POW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein.

1943 – Admiral Yamamoto flies from Truk to Rabaul

1945 – 8th Air Force bombs Dresden

1945 – Benito Mussolini flees from Salò to Milan

1945 – US troops lands in Mindanao

1947 – Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit

1951 – NY Yankee Mickey Mantle’s 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

1953 – Mickey Mantle hits a 565′ (172 m) HR in Wash DC’s Griffith Stadium

1956 – Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament

1958 – Brussel’s (Belgium) World Fair opens

1961 – 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs attempt to overthrow Castro

1964 – Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2368 base)

1964 – Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world

1967 – Shortwave Radio NY Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off

1967 – Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20

1969 – Bernadette Devlin elected to British house of commons

1969 – Czechoslovakia’s Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek deposed

1969 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy

1969 – The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert

1970 – Apollo 13 limps back safely, Beech-built oxygen tank no help

1972 – 1st Boston Women’s Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik of NY in 3:10:26

1972 – 76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39

1973 – 2nd Boston Women’s Marathon won by Jacqueline Hansen of CA in 3:05:59

1973 – 77th Boston Marathon won by Jon Anderson of Oreg in 2:16:03




1973 – German counter-terrorist unit GSG 9 founded.







1974 – Bundy victim Susan Rancourt disappears from CWU, Ellensburg, WA

1974 – Moslem fundamentalists assault military academy in Heliopolis Egypt

1975 – Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea Natl Day)

1975 – Phnom Penh fell to Communist insurgents, ending Cambodia’s 5-year war

1978 – 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)

1978 – 7th Boston Women’s Marathon won by Gayle Barron of Ga in 2:44:52

1978 – 82nd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:10:13

1978 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for “Dragons of Eden”

1982 – Canada adopts its constitution

1983 – Grete Waitz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)

1983 – In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters

1983 – India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket

1983 – Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

1983 – Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs Rangers Rangers 7-Isles 6-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 2-1 lead Wayne Gretzky scores 7 goals in one Stanley Cup playoff game

1986 – IBM produces 1st megabit-chip

1986 – Netherlands & Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651)

1986 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for “Lonesome Dove”

1987 – Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points

1989 – 18th Boston Women’s Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33

1989 – 93rd Boston Marathon won by Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia in 2:09:06

1989 – Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week

1990 – Gas explodes on passenger train in Kumrahar India, 80 die

1991 – Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46)

1991 – Railroad workers go on strike in US

1993 – Police officers found guilty of violating Rodney Kings civil rights

1995 – 24th Boston Women’s Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:25:11

1995 – 99th Boston Marathon won by Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya in 2:09:22

1997 – John Bell, 115, recieves new pacemaker

2002 – Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War.

2012 – The St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe’s oldest intact book, purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds






1278 – Michael IX Palaeologus, co-ruling Eastern Roman Emperor (d. 1320)

1539 – Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter/cartoonist (Comedia)

1586 – John Ford, English dramatist (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore)

1598 – Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (d. 1671)

1620 – Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (d. 1700)

1710 – Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (d. 1767)

1741 – Johann Gottlieb Naumann, composer




1741 – Samuel Chasesupreme court justice (signed Decl of Ind)





1788 – Joseph Gilbert Totten, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1864

1798 – Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (d. 1840)

1809 – Philip St George Cocke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1861

1813 – Henry Washington Benham, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1884

1827 – French C Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (St Amanduskerk, Antwerp)

1837 – John Pierpont Morgan, US banker/CEO (US Steel)

1845 – Isabel Barrows, US, editor/penologist (Conference on Negro Question)

1849 – William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1923)

1863 – Augustus Edward Hough Love, English mathematician (d. 1940)

1866 – Ernest Starling, British physiologist (d. 1927)

1885 – Karen Blixen-Finecke, [pen name Isak Dinesen], Danish writer (Out of Africa)

1895 – Bert Wheeler, actor (Nitwits, Hold ’em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers)

1896 – Senor Wences, ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet)

1897 – Thornton N Wilder, US, novelist/playwright (Our Town)

1904 – Edward Chodorov, playwright/director (Story of Louis Pasteur)

1905 – Arthur Lake, Corbin Ky, actor (Dagwood-Blondie)




1915 – Joe FossAmerican WWII USMC ace pilot and Medal Of Honor recipient (d. 2003)










1916 – David Stafford-Clark, psychiatrist

1916 – Donald Gibson, British vice-admiral

1916 – Sirimavo Bandaranaike, world’s 1st woman PM (Sri Lanka, 1960..77)

1918 – Anne Shirley, UK, actress (Devil & Daniel Webster, Stella Dallas)




1918 – William HoldenIllactor (Stalag 17Bridge Over River KwaiSOB)







1921 – Donald Barron, CEO (Midland Bank)

1923 – Harry Reasoner, Dakota City Iowa, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS)

1923 – Lloyd Biggle Jr, US, sci-fi author (Silence is Deadly)

1923 – Norman Potter, cabinetmaker designer/writer

1926 – G M Hughes, professor/zoologist

1928 – Cynthia Ozick, US, author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories)

1929 – James Last, orchestra leader/composer/arranger

1930 – Chris Barber, jazz trombonist

1934 – Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer (invented bubblegum music)

1936 – Pete Graves, rocker (Moonglows)




1937 – Daffy Duckanimated character







1937 – Eduard N Stepanov, Russian cosmonaut

1939 – Robin Knox-Johnston, yachtsman

1943 – Roy Estrada, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)

1946 – Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)

1948 – Jan Hammer, composer (Escape from TV, Miami Vice)

1949 – Heini Hemmi, Switzerland, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1976)

1951 – Olivia Hussey, Buenos Aires, actress (Romeo & Juliet, Death on Nile)

1952 – Željko Ražnatović, Serbian warlord (d. 2000)

1954 – Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)

1954 – Michael Sembello, American musician

1955 – Pete Shelley, vocal/guitar (Buzzcocks-Going Steady, Love Bites)

1956 – Pillow, [Therese Joan Bell], California, bodybuilder (Gold Classic 1983)

1957 – Nick Hornby, English author

1959 – Sean Bean, English actor (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, A Game of Thrones)

1959 – Teri Austin, Toronto Canada, actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing)

1961 – Boomer Esiason, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)

1962 – Nancy Hogshead, Iowa City, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)/model (jockey)

1964 – Raye Hollit, American Gladiator (Zap)

1966 – Lela Rochon, actress (Waiting to Exhale)

1967 – Liz Phair, American musician/songwriter

1969 – Alexander McQueen, fashion designer

1972 – Jennifer Garner [Affleck], Houston, Texas. American actress (Sydney Bristow-Alias)

1972 – Claire Sweeney, English actress

1973 – Brett Maher, Adelaide SA Australia, basketball guard (Olympics-96)

1974 – Victoria Beckham [Adams], Harlow, Essex, English singer (Posh Spice-Spice Girls)

1976 – Nadine Thomas, Miss Jamaica Universe (1997)

1976 – Monet Mazur, American actress and musician

1978 – Jason White, Scottish rugby player

1981 – Ryan Raburn, American baseball player





326 – Alexander of Alexandria, Patriarch of Alexandria

485 – Proclus, Greek mathematician, dies in Athens [or Apr 14]

617 – Donnán of Eigg, Celtic Christian martyr, patron saint of Eigg

818 – Bernhard I, King of Italy, dies

858 – Benedict III, Italian Pope (855-58), dies

1080 – King Harald III of Denmark (b. 1041)

1272 – Zita/Cita, Italian maid/saint, dies at about 59

1427 – Jan IV, duke of Brabant/Limburg/wife of Jacoba van Bayern, dies

1574 – Joachim Camerarius, [Liebhard Kammerer], German philologist, dies

1630 – Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (battle of White Mt), dies

1680 – Kateri Tekakwitha, first American Indian to receive beatification (b. 1656)

1761 – Thomas Bayes, English mathematician




1790 – Benjamin FranklinUS, (Poor Richards Almanac), dies at 84







1799 – Richard Jupp, English architect (b. 1728)

1835 – William Henry Ireland, forger (Shakespearean manuscripts), dies

1838 – J Schopenhauer, writer, dies at 71

1843 – Samuel Morey, American inventor (b. 1762)

1863 – Daniel Smith Donelson, Confederate general/cousin of Andrew Jackson, dies at 61

1882 – George Jennings Sanitary engineer (b. 1810)

1941 – Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)

1942 – Jean Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)

1945 – Hannie Schaft, “Girl with red hair,” executed

1945 – Walter Model, German fieldmarshal, commits suicide at 54

1960 – Eddie Cochran, rocker, dies at 21 in a car crash

1967 – Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1908)

1968 – Margaret Seddon, dies at 95

1974 – Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose

1976 – Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)

1983 – Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies

1983 – Mark W Clark, US general (WW II), dies at 87

1987 – Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (No woman no cry), dies at 36




1987 – Dick Shawncomedian (Producers), dies on stage at 57





1988 – Eva Novak, actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90

1990 – Ralph David Abernathy, US civil rights leader, dies

1992 – Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure

1996 – Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, philosopher, dies at 86

1997 – Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78

1998 – Linda McCartney, American-born wife of Paul McCartney (b. 1941)

2003 – Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)

2003 – Paul Getty, American-born philanthropist (b. 1932)




2003 – Earl KingAmerican musician and songwriter (b. 1934)






2003 – Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon (b. 1910)

2007 – Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality (b. 1910)

2008 – Danny Federici, organ player for E-Street Band (b. 1950)

















Watch This Homeowner Shoot Down A Drone Flying Over His Property





” One video shows a drone hovering over a beautiful home in Southern California and you won’t believe what happened!

  The homeowner ran out of his front door with a shotgun!

  The drone flew away with the guy in hot pursuit. His friend was recording cell phone video of the wild chase.
  The homeowner ran around his house, spotted the drone again, took aim, and fired.

  Larry Breaux of Valencia, California, is the homeowner who shot down the drone. He told INSIDE EDITION he believes the drone was sent over his house in a deliberate act of harassment.”


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   The whole thing is suspicious as hell when you take into account , the shotgun right at hand and the ground footage of Mr Breaux chasing the drone … Be sure to read the comments from many drone enthusiasts and you will wonder if this whole deal was nothing more than a publicity stunt .











GOP Lawmaker Proposes Lifetime Lobbying Ban







” Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) introduced legislation on Tuesday to prevent members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists after they leave office.

  Blum, a freshman lawmaker, argued his bill would help limit lobbyists’ influence on the legislative process so members of Congress won’t feel pressured to cater to their wishes for their own self-interest.

” This bill would finally close the revolving door between Congress and special interest groups, restoring integrity to our political system and ensuring that politicians focus on representing their constituents instead of catering to lobbying groups who offer a lucrative post-electoral career,” Blum said in a statement.

” This lifetime ban on lobbying is another step in that effort to make Congress more accountable to the people by reducing the incentive for our elected officials to use their position for their own personal gain,” Blum added.”


The Hill has more on this great first step in the fight for responsible government 











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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Remy: Best Song Ever! (Tax Code Edition)




Published on Apr 15, 2015

Remy channels One Direction to help us understand the tax code.

Written and performed by Remy. Music tracks and background vocals by Ben Karlstrom. Produced and edited by Meredith Bragg.

Approximately 2 minutes.

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Make them pay four months of earnings (oh, that’s a good one)
Have them look for lost receipts (ooh, I like it!)
They’ll have about as much fun
as their last colonoscopy
People everywhere will get ripped off…
the paper version of the Apple Watch

And we’ll dance all night, it’s the best code ever
Some folks pay a lot, others they pay never
And you’ll get tax breaks if you’re really clever
It’ll take so long, it’s the best code ever
They’ll be like “oh, oh no”
We’ll be like “yeah, yeah, yeah.”
We’ll be like “awww.”

You may have heard that all your info
on our systems can be hacked with ease
But rest assured if they don’t get them
they’ll be in the care of folks like these
Yes historians will all agree
among the greatest works in history

And we’ll dance all night, it’s the best code ever
Some folks pay a lot, others they pay never
and if you don’t comply you’ll go to jail, however
Why would you not file? It’s the best code ever
They’ll be like “Oh, oh no”
We’ll be like “yeah, yeah, yeah” “












Look At How Many Pages Are In The Federal Tax Code




” As they rush to file their taxes by April 15, Americans are rightfully frustrated with the complexity of the 74,608-page-long federal tax code.

  The federal tax code is 187 times longer than it was a century ago, according to Wolters Kluwer, CCH, which has analyzed the federal tax code since 1913.

  Amazingly, in the first 26 years of the federal income tax, the tax code only grew from 400 to 504 pages. Even through President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the tax code was well under 1,000 pages. Changes during World War II made the length of the tax code balloon to 8,200 pages.

  Most of the growth in the tax code came in the past 30 years, growing from 26,300 pages in 1984 to nearly three times that length today.”


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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.14.15



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project





” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer is under FBI investigation for fatally shooting teen. He fired 16 rounds that hit the 17-year-old boy.
  • San Pablo, California: An officer was arrested for buying drugs out of his car and possession of illegal guns. He was on administrative leave at the time and also had 2-year-old girl in the car with him.
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia (First reported 02-09-15): The sheriff defended the actions that led to a 37-year-old woman’s death in custody. She was fully restrained when she was Tased four times.
  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 04-24-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison for providing police protection to drug deals.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Two officers were placed on administrative leave after an APD employee accused them of excessive force.
  • Jacksonville, Florida: An officer was arrested for petit theft and misconduct for falsifying time sheets.
  • Update: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-25-14): A now-former officer agreed to a plea bargain in a bank fraud conspiracy case. His sentence is yet to be determined. Presumably in exchange for cooperation against his co-conspirators still awaiting trial or a detailed allocution in court, prosecutors have agreed they “will dismiss the remaining charges and will recommend a reduction in sentence if [he] adequately shows he accepts responsibility.” He faces up to 30 years and a $1 million
  • Update: South Burlington, Vermont (First reported 03-23-13): A lieutenant pled guilty to DWI. He was ordered to pay a fine. He remains on
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 11-03-14): Two now-former narcotics officers were indicted on federal charges for robbing and extorting drug dealers.


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Researchers Believe A Biological Revolution Enabling Humans To Experience Everlasting Youthfulness Is Coming







” It is likely the first person who will live to be 1,000 years old is already alive today.

  This is according to a growing regiment of researchers who believe a biological revolution enabling humans to experience everlasting youthfulness is just around the corner.

  At the epicentre of the research is Aubrey de Grey — a Cambridge gerontologist and co-founder or the California-based Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence(SENS) Research Foundation.

“ The first thing I want to do is get rid of the use of this word immortality, because it’s enormously damaging, it is not just wrong, it is damaging,” he told Motherboard.

“ It means zero risk of death from any cause — whereas I just work on one particular cause of death, namely aging.” “


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Yesterday We Were In Error With A Birthday . It Was Tommy Castro’s And Not Coco Montoya’s . Today We Make Amends.






” According to all the press and hype and hoopla for a time during the 1990s, Tommy Castro was pegged as the next big star of the blues. Long a favorite among Bay Area music fans, Castro — in the space of two album releases — took his music around the world and back again with a sheaf of praise from critics and old-time blues musicians alike. His music was a combination of soul-inflected rockers with the occasional slow blues or shuffle thrown into the mix to keep it honest. His vocals were laid-back and always a hair behind the beat, while his scorching guitar tone was Stevie Ray Stratocaster-approved. Crossover success did not seem out of the question.

  Born and raised in San Jose, California, Castro started playing guitar at the tender age of ten. Initially inspired by Mike Bloomfield, Eric Clapton, and Elvin Bishop, he started the inevitable journey into the roots of his heroes and discovered and quickly became enamored of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and Freddie King. His vocal styling came from constant listening to Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Otis Redding. After playing with numerous Bay Area groups honing his chops, he landed a gig playing guitar for the San Francisco band the Dynatones, who were then signed to Warner Bros. The two-year stint augured well for Castro, playing to the biggest crowds he had seen up to that point and backing artists as diverse as Carla Thomas and Albert King.” Continue reading




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Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: The IRS




Published on Apr 12, 2015

” Nobody likes the IRS. But recent budget and staff cuts have made it increasingly difficult for the department to do its very important job. Don’t take our word for it. Ask Michael Bolton.”











Andrew Klavan: Obama’s Clown-Car Diplomacy




Published on Apr 10, 2015

” In which our resident scholar on all things Middle-East – and circus related, Andrew Klavan, explains Barack Obama’s policy for that troubled region. Think of it as Smart Diplomacy for Dummies… “










Arnold J. Toynbee




” The last stage but one of every civilization, is characterized by the forced political unification of its constituent parts, into a single greater whole.”














Lisa Benson














Today In The Past




1178 BC – A solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War.

73 – Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt.

556 – Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1071 – Bari falls to Robert Guiscard, ending Byzantine rule in Italy.

1346 – The Serbian Empire is proclaimed in Skopje at an Easter assembly and Stephen Uroš IV Dušan crowned Emperor over much of the Balkans.

1395 – Azzo X d’Este is defeated at the Battle of Portomaggiore by Venetian-Ferrarese troops.

1509 – French army under Louis XII enters Alps

1521 – Martin Luther arrives at Diet of Worms

1582 – Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.

1632 – Albrecht von Wallenstein appointed supreme commander

1705 – Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College

1724 – 1st Easter observed (OS=Apr 9)

1746 – Battle at Culloden: Troops of George II of Great Britain defeat Charles Stuart

1777 – Battle of Bennington-New England’s Green Mountain Boys rout Brits

1780 – The University of Münster in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded.

1789 – George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration

1799 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor – Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.

1818 – Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)

1853 – The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.

1854 – Steamer “Long Beach” sinks off Long Beach NY, 311 die

1861 – US president Lincoln outlaws business with confederate states

1862 – Slavery abolished in District of Columbia

1862 – US Confederate Congress approves conscription act for all white males (18-35 years)

1865 – Battle of Columbus & West Point, GA (Ft Tyler)

1866 – Nitroglycerine at Wells Fargo & Co office explodes

1868 – Louisiana voters approve new constitution

1869 – Ebenezer Bassett, 1st US Negro diplomat, begins service in Haiti

1874 – Dr David Livingstones corpse arrives in Southampton

1881 – In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.

1908 – Natural Bridges National Monument forms (Lake Powell Utah)

1912 – Harriet Quimby becomes 1st woman pilot to cross English Channel

1912 – Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base)

1917 – Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution

1922 – Annie Oakley sets women’s record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row

1924 – 1st radio-transmission of wireless: Mattheus Passion

1925 – During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.

1926 – Book of the Month Club sends out its 1st selections “Lolly Willowes” & “Loving Huntsman” by Sylvia Townsend Warner

1929 – NY Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers

1935 – 1st radio broadcast of “Fibber McGee & Molly”

1939 – Stalin requests British, French & Russian anti-nazi pact

1940 – 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)

1940 – Cleve Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0

1942 – Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship

1942 – King George VI awards George Cross to Island of Malta

1943 – 40 NZ bombers attack Haarlem Neth (85 killed)

1943 – Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.

1945 – German troops in Groningen surrender

1945 – Red Army begins Battle of Berlin

1945 – US troops enter Nuremberg, Germany, during WW II

1945 – US troops land on He Shima Okinawa

1946 – 1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt

1947 – -17] Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp

1947 – Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)

1947 – Massive explosion & fire kills 522 in Texas City, Tx

1948 – Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris

1951 – British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75

1953 – British royal yacht Britannica taken out of service

1956 – 1st solar powered radios go on sale

1962 – Brazil nationalizes US businesses

1962 – Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News

1964 – 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain’s 1963 “Great Train Robbery”

1964 – Geraldine Mock of US is 1st woman to fly solo round the world

1965 – Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket

1970 – 70 die in a snow crush (France)

1972 – Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)

1972 – China sends 2 giant pandas to US

1975 – Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh

1983 – Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games

1986 – To dispel rumors he’s dead, Moammar Gadhafi appears on TV

1987 – British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court in London charged with gross indecency.

1990 – Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $260 per week

1990 – Supreme Court rejects appeal from retarded man, Dalton Prejean, condemned to death for murdering a Louisiana state trooper in 1977

1992 – The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.

1993 – Jury reaches guilty verdict in Federal case against cop who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th

2004 – The super liner Queen Mary 2 embarks on her first Trans-Atlantic crossing, linking the golden age of ocean travel to the modern age of ocean travel.

2007 – Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, shoots 32 people to death and injures 23 others before committing suicide.

2012 – At least 55 people are killed in the Syrian uprising despite UN presence to oversee ceasefire





778 – King Louis the Pious (d. 840)

1495 – Petrus Apianus, German mathematician (d. 1557)

1628 – Cornelis Evertsen de Young, vice admiral of Zealand

1660 – Hans Sloane, England, physician/naturalist/founder (British Museum)

1661 – Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, British poet and statesman (d. 1715)

1673 – Francesco Feroci, composer

1682 – John Hadley, mathematician/inventor (1st reflecting telescope)

1728 – Joseph Zwart, Scottish chemist/physicist

1738 – Henry Clinton, British general (d. 1795)

1816 – Edward “Old Allegheny” Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army)

1821 – Ford Maddox Brown, painter

1823 – Orlando Bolivar Wilcox, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1907

1823 – Ferdinand Eisenstein, German mathematician (d. 1852)

1850 – Herbert Baxter Adams, US, historian (American Historical Association)

1865 – Henry George Chauvel, Australian general (d. 1945)

1867 – Wilbur Wright, of aeronautical fame (Wright Brothers)

1889 – Charlie Chaplin, (Tramp), comedian (City Lights)/IBM salesman

1897 – John B Glubb, British commandant/writer (A soldier with the Arabs)

1899 – Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (d. 1988)

1900 – Polly Adler, Russia, bordello proprieter/author (House is not a Home)

1905 – John Lee-Barber, admiral

1906 – Pigmeat Markham, Durham NC, comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In)

1907 – Joseph-Armand Bombardier, French-Canadian inventor and businessman (Bombardier) (d. 1964)

1911 – Christine McIntyre, actress (3 Stooges movies)

1912 – John Halas, animator

1912 – Garth Williams, American illustrator (d. 1996)

1913 – Les Tremayne, London, actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds)

1913 – Lord Aberconway, CEO (John Brown & Co)

1914 – John Hodiak, Pittsburgh PA, actor (A Bell for Adamo, Lifeboat)

1918 – Spike Milligan, India, actor/comedian (Digby, 3 Musketeers)

1918 – Dick Gibson, British racing driver

1919 – Merce Cunningham, choreographer (Acrobat in Every Soul is a Circus)

1920 – Barry Nelson, Oakland, actor (Airport, My Favorite Husband)

1921 – Peter Ustinov, London, actor (Death on Nile, Logan’s Run, Billy Budd)

1922 – Christopher Samuel Youd, UK, sci-fi author (Tripods Trilogy), (d. 2012)

1922 – Kingsley Amis, London, novelist (Lucky Jim, James Bond Dossier)

1922 – Eddie Bert, Yonkers, New York, bebopjazz trombonist, (d. 2012)

1924 – Henry Mancini, Cleveland, composer/conductor (Pink Panther)

1925 – Edie Adams, Kingston Pa, Mrs Ernie Kovacs (Murial Cigar), actress

1927 – Joseph Ratzinger, German theologist/dogmaticus

1928 – Dick “Night Train” Lane, NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions)

1930 – Herbie Mann, Brooklyn NY, jazz flute/sax (Just Wallin’)

1932 – Imre Polyak, Hungary, featherweight (Olympic-gold-1964)

1934 – Brian Peppiatt, joint CEO (SG Warburg Securities)

1934 – Geoffrey Owen, British editor (Financial Times)

1934 – Robert Stigwood, producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease)

1935 – Bobby Vinton, Pitts Pa, singer (Roses are Red, Blue on Blue)

1935 – Haskell “Cool Papa” Sadler, blues singer/guitarist

1939 – Dusty Springfield, [Mary O’Brien], London, vocalist (Growing Pains)

1945 – Stefan Grossman, NYC, country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie)

1946 – Margot Adler, American journalist

1947 – Gerry Rafferty, Paisley Scotland, guitarist/vocalist (Baker Street)

1947 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor], NBA center (Mil Bucks, LA Lakers)

1949 – Melody Patterson, American actress

1951 – Pierre Toutain-Dorbec, French photographer

1952 – Peter Westbrook, St Louis Mo, US fencer (Olympic-bronze-88, 92, 96)

1953 – Jay O Sanders, Austin TX, actor (Meeting Venus, V I Warshawski)

1953 – J. Neil Schulman, American writer

1954 – Ellen Barkin, Bronx NY, actress (Big Easy, Sea of Love)

1954 – John Bowe, Australian racing driver

1955 – Charlotte Morrison, English large landowner/multi-millionaire

1956 – David M Brown, Arlington Va, Cmdr USN/astronaut

1956 – Lise-Marie Morerod, Swiss skier

1959 – Anne Kursinski, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-silver-96)

1961 – Doris Dragović, Croatian singer

1963 – Jimmy Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Donnie & Marie)

1964 – Dave Pirner, rocker (Soul Asylum)

1965 – Jon Cryer, actor (Pretty in Pink, Superman IV)

1965 – Martin Lawrence, comedian (Martin)

1971 – Selena, Texas, spanish singer (Grammy-1994)

1976 – Lukas Haas, actor (Music Box, Witness, Testament, Leap of Faith)

1976 – Dan Kellner, American fencer

1977 – Alek Wek, Sudanese supermodel

1979 – Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver

1982 – Gina Carano, American Mixed Martial Arts fighter.

1985 – Benjamín Rojas, Argentine actor and singer

1986 – Paul di Resta, British racing driver

1990 – Heather Fulton, American marine biologist





69 – Otho, Roman Emperor (b. 32)

744 – al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph

924 – Berengar of Friuli, King of Italy

1115 – Svjatopolk II, great monarch of Kiev, dies [or 1113]

1118 – Adelaide del Vasto, wife of Roger II of Sicily

1198 – Duke Frederick I of Austria

1446 – Filippo Brunelleschi, architect, dies

1529 – Louis de Berquin, French humanist/reformer/heretic, burned at stake

1619 – Denijs Calvaert/Caluwaert, [Dionisio Fiamingo], Flemish painter, dies

1645 – Tobias Hume, English composer

1756 – Jacques Cassini, Fr astronomer (Discover rings of Saturn), dies at 79

1783 – Christian Mayer, Czech astronomer (b. 1719)

1788 – Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, French naturalist (b. 1707)

1828 – Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Spanish painter/cartoonist, dies at 82

1850 – Marie [Gresholtz] Tussaud, maker of wax figures, dies at 88

1859 – Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian (b. 1805)

1865 – Robert C Tyler, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle

1879 – Bernadette, st/(saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies in Nevers France

1888 – Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (b. 1845)

1899 – Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (b 1875)

1914 – George W Hill, US astronomer (moon orbit), dies at 76

1915 – Nelson W. Aldrich, American politician (b. 1841)

1928 – Henry Birks, Canadian businessman, founder of Henri Birks and Sons (b. 1840)

1938 – Bertram Wagstaff Mills, circus proprietor, dies

1946 – Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)

1947 – Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1900)

1955 – Abdullah Seif el-Islam, brother of Yemenite king Ahmed, beheaded

1958 – Rosalind Franklin, British chemist (b. 1920)

1968 – Edna Ferber, American author (American Beauty), dies at 82

1970 – Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)

1972 – Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese author (Nobel 1968), dies at 72

1978 – Lucius D Clay, gen/gov US zone W-Germany (airlift), dies at 80

1988 – Khalil al-Wazir, PLO milt commander, assassinated by Israeli commandos

1991 – David Lean, director (28 academy awards), dies of pneumonia at 83

1992 – Neville Brand, actor (Stalag 17), dies of emphysema at 71

1994 – Ralph Waldo Ellison, US writer (Invisible Man), dies at 80

1995 – Cheyenne Brando, daughter of Marlon, commits suicide

1996 – Raymond Earl Hill, saxophonist, dies at 62

1996 – Stavros Spyros Niarchos, Greek shipowner, dies at 86

1997 – Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, media tycoon, dies at 66

1997 – Mae Boren Axton, song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82

1998 – Fred Davis, English snooker player (b. 1913)

1998 – Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician (b. 1920)

1999 – Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)

2002 – Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)

2002 – Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)

2005 – Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist (b. 1976)

2007 – Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)

2007 – Seung-Hui Cho, Korean American murderer (b. 1984), see List of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre

2007 – Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, American instructor of French (b. 1958)

2007 – Kevin Granata, American professor of Engineering (b. 1961)

2007 – Liviu Librescu, American Jewish-Romanian professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (b. 1930)

2007 – G. V. Loganathan, Indian American professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (b. 1954)

2007 – Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)

2008 – Edward Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (b. 1917)

2010 – Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)

2012 – Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Danish shipping Magnate, dies at 98














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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.11.15 To 04.13.15



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project




” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 11 through Monday, April 13, 2015:

  • Tulsa County, Oklahoma: An officer was shown on video holding down suspect who had been shot and was complaining of shortness of breath. He said, “F*** your breath!” The man had been shot by a 73-year-old reserve officer who is also a substantial financial donor to the department. The reserve officer has been charged with negligent homicide.
  • United States Secret Service: A uniformed officer was arrested for burglary and destruction of property after allegedly kicking down the door of his ex-girlfriend’s home when he was off duty.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A now-former officer was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for beating a man after responding to a noise complaint. The man suffered a ruptured bladder during the incident.
  • Tuscon, Arizona: Four officers were placed on administrative leave during investigation into undisclosed misconduct. Their names will not be released during the investigatory process.
  • New York, New York: A detective was suspended for stealing rent money from a deli during a raid for selling untaxed cigarettes. The proprietor thought employees had stolen the money but surveillance video shows the detective removing the over $2,500 in cash from the place the owner left it. The receipt the proprietor was given for the seized funds was just under $600. The officer’s supervisor has been placed on desk duty.
  • Akron, Ohio: An officer was arrested for assault in an “attack” outside a hotel in Cleveland, though the officer claims self-defense. Two suspects remain at large.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A transit officer was placed on administrative probation after an excessive force complaint by passenger.
  • Update: Vineland, New Jersey (First reported 04-06-15): An officer is shown on video sitting on a man’s back, punching him, and siccing a K-9 unit on him while he was face down on ground. He died in custody.

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Don’t Mess With The I.R.S.




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Vote Hillary Clinton: Because You Owe Her Big Time – Scott Ott Thought




Published on Apr 11, 2015

” Now that Hillary Clinton’s in the race, we have a chance to pay her back for all the trouble we’ve caused her, from Whitewater to Benghazi and much more.”










Jonathan Rauch




” A liberal society stands on the proposition that we should all take seriously the idea that we might be wrong. This means we must place no one, including ourselves, beyond the reach of criticism (no final say); it means that we must allow people to err, even where the error offends and upsets, as it often will.”











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