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Originally posted on sunshine hours:

(This is a different post than the Low Min one)

Low Max records track the lowest maximum temperature for the day.

2634 Low Max Records Broken or tied From 2015-02-19 to 2015-02-25 according to the NOAA. (That is 15% of all the measurements for that period)

Below is a screenshot showing location and the biggest difference between old record and new record.

The list is just the ones I could capture in a screenshot. Wow. Many records broken by over 20F.

Imagine … the old record was 34 and it is now 3F. A 31F difference.


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Feds Raid Texas Political Meeting








” In a deliberate “show of force,” federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating all cell phones and personal recording devices.

  Members of the Republic of Texas, a secession movement dedicated to restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic, had gathered Feb. 14 in a Bryan, Texas, meeting hall along with public onlookers. They were debating issues of currency, international relations and celebrating the birthday of one of their oldest members. The group, which describes itself as “congenial and unimposing,” maintains a small working government, including official currency, congress and courts.

  According to “Minutes into the meeting a man among the onlookers stood and moved to open the hall door, letting in an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, agents of the Texas district attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.

“ In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing all cellphones and recording equipment in a Valentine’s Day 2015 raid on the Texas separatist group.” “



WorldNetDaily has the story of the crushing of political dissent by the State













LAPD Fatal Shooting Of Man Caught On Tape




” Authorities said Sunday night that Los Angeles police fatally shot a man on skid row during a struggle over an officer’s weapons.

  Police officials offered a detailed account of what they say prompted the Sunday morning shooting, which was captured on video by a bystander.

  Cmdr. Andrew Smith said officers assigned to the LAPD’s Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative — a task force focused on skid row — responded to the location about noon Sunday after receiving a 911 call reporting a possible robbery.

  Smith said the officers approached the man and made contact with him, at which point he “began fighting and physically resisting the officers.” The officers attempted to take him into custody and at one point, attempted to use a Taser that Smith said was “ineffective.”

  The man continued to resist police, Smith said, and the man and some of the officers fell to the ground.

” At some point in there, a struggle over one of the officer’s weapons occurred,” Smith said. “At that point an officer-involved shooting happened.”

  Two officers and a sergeant fired at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Smith said. It was unclear how many times the officers fired, although at least five shots can be heard on the video recording that captured the shooting.

  No other gun was recovered at the scene, Smith said. It was unclear if the man had any other weapons among his possessions — investigators were still combing the scene late Sunday night.

  The man has been tentatively identified, but Smith said it was unclear if he was homeless.”


LA Times













National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.26.15



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project





” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 26, 2015:

  • Palm Beach County, Florida: The sheriff’s department is being sued for withholding evidence and improperly investigating a fatal deputy-involved shooting.
  • Lompoc, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. He is the fourth LPD officer arrested since 2014, and the second arrested for domestic violence in the last four months.
  • Port Barre, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for simple battery against his ex-girlfriend.
  • Update: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-14-13): An arbitrator ruled that a former officer should be reinstated after being fired for misconduct. He had crashed a car while intoxicated.
  • Update: Maywood, Illinois (First reported 02-18-12): A now-former officer’s official misconduct conviction was thrown out by a judge after a post-trial motion. He stood trial for sexual assault and official misconduct, but had been acquitted of the sexual assault charge.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: The City settled a lawsuit for $23,000. Police pinned in a man’s car at a gas station, broke his car windows, pulled him out of the car—thereby disconnecting his dialysis—and threw him on the ground. Officers claim they pulled him out of the vehicle because he was attempting to swallow the narcotics they were trying to arrest him for dealing. The City has a policy of not admitting liability when settling lawsuits.
  • Lawrence, Kansas: An officer was arrested and suspended on suspicion of domestic battery.
  • Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: A sergeant was arrested for slapping his wife.
  • Indian Lake, Texas: The police chief was charged with 14 counts of tampering. Allegedly, he lied about officers’ firearms qualifications in official documents.

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In Honor Of Rory Gallagher’s Birthday We Offer Up A Double-Header Of Blues From The Great One Himself 




Rory Gallagher – Live At Montreux – Part 1



Published on Jun 30, 2012

” Rory Gallagher – Live At Montreux – Part 1

Rory Gallagher live at Montreux Jazz Festival, 1975.
Line up:
Rory Gallagher (guitar)
Gerry Mac Avoy (bass)
Rod De Ath (drums)
Lou Martin (keyboards) “


Thanks to Giuseppe di gennaro for the playlist 

” Fantastic track list :
1. Tattoo’d Lady (1975) 
2. Garbage Man (1975) 
3. Cradle Rock (1975) 
4. I’m Torn Down (1975) 
5. Laundromat (1975)
6. Bad Penny (1985)       00:35:48
7. Moonchild (1985)
8. Banker’s Blues (1985) 
9. Philby (1985)
10. Big Guns (1985) 
11. I Take What I Want (1977)   01:14:11
12. Calling Card (1977)         01:20:44
13. Secret Agent (1977)       01:27:54
14. Bought And Sold (1977)  01:34:00
15. A Million Miles Away (1977)  01:39:50
16. Do You Read Me (1977)  01:47:55
17. Pistol Slapper Blues (1977)  01:53:43
18. Shin Kicker (1979)           01:57:45
19. The Last Of The Independents (1979) 02:03:00
20. The Mississippi Sheiks (1979)    02:09:17
21. Too Much Alcohol (1979)           02:15:00
22. Shadow Play (1979)              02:20:05





Rory Gallagher – Live At Montreux – Part 2







Published on Jun 30, 2012

” Rory Gallagher – Live At Montreux – Part 2

Rory Gallagher live at Montreux Jazz Festival, 1975.
Line up:
Rory Gallagher (guitar)
Gerry Mac Avoy (bass)
Rod De Ath (drums)
Lou Martin (keyboards)

Also Rory Gallagher live at Montreux Jazz Festival, 1994. “



And again thanks to Giuseppe di gennaro

” 01. Pistol Slapper Blues (1975)   00:00:18
02. Too Much Alcohol (1975)      00:03:26
03. Out On The Western Plain (1977)   00:08:55
04. Medley: Barley And Grape Rag, Pistol Slapper Blues, Going To My Hometown (1977) 
05. Walking Blues (1985)          00:25:05
06. Continental Op (1994)         00:33:10
07. Moonchild (1994)                00:39:10
08. I Wonder Who (1994)          00:44:15
09. The Loop (1994)                  00:52:40
10. Tattoo’d Lady (1994)            00:56:38
11. I Could’ve Had Religion (1994)   01:04:30
12. Ghost Blues (1994)             01:14:20
13. Out On The Western Plain (1994)  01:19:50
14. Medley: Amazing Grace, Walking Blues, Blue Moon Of Kentucky (1994) 
15. Off The Handle (1994)          01:37:30
16. Messin’ With The Kid (1994)  01:47:35
17. I’m Ready (1994)                  01:53:00














Ray Romano On Driving With Dad









Published on Aug 16, 2013

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Check out Ray Romano doing stand-up years before Everybody Loves Raymond!

Ray Romano is an American actor, writer, stand-up comedian, and voiceover artist. Romano is best known both for his long running comedy series Everybody Loves Raymond on CBS, as well as his voiceover work as Manfred “Manny” the mammoth in the Ice Age movies. Raymond still does stand-up around the country, often appearing on the same bill as good friend and fellow comedian Kevin James.”













Trey Gowdy’s Opening Statement At Hearing On Immigration Executive Actions




Published on Feb 25, 2015

” Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy’s Opening Statement at House Judiciary Committee Hearing “The Unconstitutionality of Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration” “













Judge Learned Hand




” The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women… “













Glenn Foden



Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden














Today In The Past



871 – Battle at Marton: Ethelred van Wessex beats Danish invasion army

986 – Louis V becomes King of the Franks.

1121 – Dirk VI becomes count of Holland

1127 – Assassination of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders.

1458 – Hussite George van Podiebrad chosen king of Bohemia

1498 – Vasco da Gama’s fleet visits Mozambique Island

1629 - English king Charles I leaces house of commons




1776 – Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston






1791 – Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.

1799 – Congress standardizes US weights & measures

1807 – Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808

1819 – Territory of Arkansas organized

1819 – US passed its 1st immigration law

1824 – Interstate commerce comes under federal control

1836 – Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico

1842 – The Grand National steeplechase at Aintree near Liverpool England is won by Gaylad, ridden by Tom Olliver.

1853 – Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Ter

1855 – Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia

1861 – Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant, Washington

1861 – US creates Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah ter

1863 – Congress authorizes track width of 4’8½” for Union Pacific RR

1865 – Gen Early’s army is defeated at Waynesborough

1865 – Second Taranaki War: The Volkner Incident in New Zealand.

1866 – 1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn

1867 – 1st Reconstruction act passed by US Congress

1867 – US Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico

1867 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Savannah Missouri, 1 dead

1867 – US Congress creates the Department of Education

1868 – University of Illinois opens

1877 – Rutherford B Hayes (R) declared president despite Samuel J Tilden (D) winning the popular vote, but is 1 electoral vote shy of victory

1889 – Kansas passes 1st US antitrust

1893 – 1st federal railroad legislation passed; required safety features




1899 – Pres McKinley signs bill creating Mt Rainier Natl Park (5th in US)






1901 – The United States Congress passes the Platt amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for the withdrawal of American troops.

1903 – Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC

1910 – 2 trains crash in snow storm in Wellington Washington, 118 die

1915 – British vice adm Carden begins bombing of Dardanelles forts

1915 – Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine

1917 – Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted

1923 – Time magazine debuts

1925 – Nationwide road numbering system & US shield marker adopted

1927 – Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year)

1930 – 1st US indoor glider flight, St Louis Terminal Building

1933 – “King Kong,” premieres at Radio City Music Hall & RKO Roxy NYC

1933 – Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hit Japan

1934 – Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha

1937 – Mexico nationalizes oil

1938 – Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (LA California)

1940 – Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland

1941 – World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.

1943 – 1st transport from Westerbork Neth to Sobibor concentration camp

1943 – Sea battle in Bismarck Sea finishes, US & Australia win

1944 – Fumes from locomotive stalled in a tunnel suffocates 521 in Italy

1945 – 8th Air Force bombs Dresden

1946 – Ho Chi Minh elected president of North Vietnam

1946 – Kingman Douglass, becomes deputy director of CIA

1949 – 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)

1949 – Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Tx, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hrs

1956 – Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France

1958 – 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game

1966 – 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam

1968 – Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov (USSR)

1968 – Men’s Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer (AUT)




1968 – USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxybiggest plane in the world





1968 – Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Geneva won by Peggy Fleming (US)

1969 – 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde

1970 – American Airlines’ 1st flight of a Boeing 747

1970 – Rhodesia becomes independent republic

1970 – Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years

1973 – “Black September” terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum

1974 – 1st class postage raised to 10 cents from 8 cents

1976 – Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest

1977 – Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive Life Achievement Award

 1977 – Future Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson

1981 – Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists

1982 – 60th hat trick in Islander history-Bryan Trottier

1982 – Terror group “The Illuminated Path” frees 260 prisoners in Peru

1983 – Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced

1983 – Final episode of M*A*S*H; 125,000,000 viewers

1986 – 1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita

1986 – Mary Beth Zimmerman wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational

1986 – Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US

1989 – 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000

1989 – Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil

1990 – Greyhound Bus goes on strike

1990 – Mark Tewsksbury swims world record 50m backstroke (25.06 sec)

1991 – Del Ballard Jr throws most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history

1991 – UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq




1991 – Battle at Rumaila Oil Field brings end to the 1991 Gulf War.






1992 – Anita Hall swims female world record 200m freestyle (2:25.35)

1994 – Miami begins a latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan

1994 – Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcasted, it is, but he doesn’t

1995 – British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC

1995 – Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe Angola, 42+ killed

1995 – Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches

1997 – Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple

1998 – Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter’s moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.

2000 – Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges

2002 – U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).

2004 – Voters in the U.S. state of Georgia vote on a referendum concerning its Confederacy-derived flag.

2004 – War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.

2012 – Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky

2012 – The Red Cross is denied access to provide relief to the Baba Amr district in Homs by the Syrian army




1316 – Robert II, the Steward, King of Scots (1371-90)

1409 – John II, French duke of Alencon/co-fighter of Jeanne d’arc

1459 – Adrian VI, [Adriaan F Boeyens], Netherlands, Pope (1522-23)

1481 – Franz von Sickingen, German knight

1578 – George Sandys, English colonist and poet (d. 1644)

1769 – DeWitt Clinton, (Gov/Sen-NY)

1779 – Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)




1793 – Sam[uel] Houston1st president of Texas (1836-381841-44)






1810 – Leo XIII, [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th pope (1878-1903)

1824 – Henry Beebee Carrington, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1912

1828 – Jefferson Columbus Davis, Bvt Mjr General (Union Army), died in 1879

1829 – Carl Schurz, Major General (Union volunteers)journalist

1836 – Henry Billings Brown, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1913)

1842 – Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer (d. 1914)

1849 – Robert Means Thompson, U.S. Naval Officer (d. 1930)

1862 – Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (d. 1916)

1878 – Wander J de Haas, Dutch physicist/son-in-law of Lorentz

1878 – William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (d. 1944)

1886 – Willis O’Brien, American animator (d. 1962)

1900 – Kurt J Weill, Dessau Germany, composer/Brecht collaborator (Mahogany)

1902 – Edward Uhler Condon, atomic scientist (Manhattan Project)




1902 – Moe BergAmerican baseball player and spy (d. 1972)







1904 – Dr Seuss, [Theodor Geisel], children’s author (Horton Hears a Who!)

1908 – Jan Brasser, Dutch resistance fighter (Witte Ko)/communist




1908 – Fyodor Matveyevich OkhlopkovYakut-born Soviet sniper (d. 1968)






1908 – Walter Bruch, German engineer (d. 1990)

1909 – Mel Ott, American baseball player, 1st NLer to hit 500 home runs, hall of famer (NY Giants) (d. 1958)

1917 – Desi Arnaz, Santiago Cuba, actor (I Love Lucy)

1919 – Jennifer Jones, [Phyllis Isley], Oklahoma, actress (Farewell to Arms)

1923 – “Doc” Watson, bluegrass musician, (d. 2012)




1926 – Murray RothbardAmerican economist (d. 1995)



1929 – Donald Gosling, English parkeerplaatsenmagnaat/multi-millionaire

1930 – John Cullum, Knoxville, actor (Hamlet, Hawaii, Northern Exposure)

1931 – Duane E Graveline, Newport Vt, astronaut

1931 – Mikhail Gorbachev, Privolnoye USSR, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91)

1931 – Tom Wolfe, Richmond Va, journalist/author (Right Stuff)

1938 – Alan Lewis, English textile factory/multi-millionaire

1942 – John Irving, NH, short-story writer (World According to Garp)

1942 – Lou Reed, New York City, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Velvet Underground)

1942 – Kwang Jo Choi, the founder of Choi Kwang- do and is one of the twelve original Masters of Taekwon-Do.

1943 – Gordon Black, English industrialist

1943 – Peter Straub, American author




1948 – Larry CarltonJazz Guitarist , Composer (Against All OddsWho’s the Boss)







1948 – Rory GallagherDonegalIrish blues guitarist and songwriter (See Here)



1949 – Gates McFadden, actress (Beverly Crusher-Star Trek Next Generation)

1950 – Karen Carpenter, New Haven Ct, vocalist/drummer (We Only Just Begun)

1950 – Jeffrey Chodorow, American restaurateur and financier

1951 – Cassie Yates, Macon Ga, actress (Osterman Weekend, Dynasty)

1952 – Laraine Newman, LA California, comedienne/actress (Saturday Night Live)

1955 – Dale Bozzio, Boston, vocalist (Missing Persons-Destination Unknown)

1955 – Jay Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie)

1955 – Shoko Asahara, [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader

1956 – John Cowsill, Newport RI, rock drummer (Cowsills-We Can Fly)

1958 – Peter Arnold, American architect

1959 – Andrew Farriss, Australia, rock keyboardist (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt)

1962 – Al Del Greco, NFL kicker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)

1962 – Jon Bon Jovi, Sayreville NJ, rocker (Bon Jovi-Give Love a Bad Name)

1963 – Suzette Charles, NJ, replaced Vanessa Williams as Miss America (1983)

1963 – Tuff Hedeman, American bull rider

1963 – Tanyu Kiryakov, Bulgarian pistol shooter

1965 – Lembit Öpik, British politician

1968 – Penny “Stamper” Davis, Carlisle England, Canadian 470 yachter (Oly-96)

1968 – Daniel Craig, English actor

1971 – Donna Perry, Glendale CA, playmate (Nov, 1994)

1971 – Dave Gorman, English documentary comedian

1976 – Glenn Rubenstein, American writer and journalist

1977 – Chris Martin, English musician (Coldplay)

1979 – Amanda Ireton, Cast member of MTV’s A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila

1981 – Bryce Dallas Howard, American actress

1982 – Henrik Lundqvist, Swedish ice hockey player

1984 – Elizabeth Jagger, English model and actress




855 – Lothair, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor (b. 795)

986 – Lotharius, King of France (954-86), dies at 44

1122 – Floris II, the fat one, count of Holland, dies

1127 – Charles, the Good, Count of Flanders, murdered

1316 – Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert I of Scotland (b. 1296)

1333 – Wladyslaw IV, the Short One/Great, duke/king of Poland, dies

1383 – Amadeus VI, count of Savoy, dies

1572 – Mem de Sá, Portuguese Governor-General of Brazil

1619 – Anne of Denmark, daughter of Danish king Frederik II, dies at 44

1729 – Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist (b. 1662)

1797 – Horace [Horatio] Walpole, British horror writer, dies at 79

1829 – Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, conspirator and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence (b. 1768)

1840 – Heinrich Olbers, German astronomer (comets & asteroids), dies at 81

1862 – Frederick West Lander, US Union brig-general/poet, dies at 40

1880 – Sir John MacNeill, Irish civil engineer (b. 1790)

1895 – Ismail Pasha, kedive of Egypt (1863-79), dies at 64

1930 – David Herbert Lawrence (DH), poet/writer (Lady Chatterley’s Lover), dies at 44

1939 – Howard Carter, Brit archaeologist/Egyptologist (King Tut), dies at 65

1943 – Alexandre Yersin, Swiss bacteriologist (bacteria plague), dies at 79




1946 – George E. StewartAmerican Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)










1957 – Harry E Soref, inventor (padlock), dies at 70

1960 – Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising (b. 1874)

1962 – Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1866)

1971 – Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54

1973 – Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated

1974 – Salvador Puig Antich, Spanish anarchist (b. 1948)

1979 – Richard Sykes, British ambassador, assassinated in Holland




1982 – Philip K Dickauthor (Hugo-1963Dr Futurity), dies at 53






1985 – John B Kelly Jr, chairman US Olympic Committee, dies at 57

1985 – Michael Redgrave, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips), dies at 77 of Parkinson’s

1987 – Randolph Scott, actor (Fort Worth, Gung Ho, Jesse James), dies at 89

1991 – Clark Mollenhoff, US journalist (Pulitzer Prize), dies

1991 – James “Cool Papa” Bell, Negro baseball league great, dies at 87

1994 – Donald McKenzie MacKinnon, philosopher, dies at 80

2003 – Hank Ballard, American musician (b. 1927)

2004 – Marge Schott, American baseball team owner (b. 1928)

2009 – Chris Finnegan, British Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist (b. 1944)

2010 – Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician (b. 1940)




2012 – Van BarfootAmerican army colonel and Medal of Honour recipientdies at 92


Air Force Medal of Honor





2012 – James Q WilsonAmerican criminologistdies at 80



Happy Birthday Rory Gallagher And Larry Carlton



    Today March 2 is the birthdate of two of the greatest guitarists to ever live : Rory Gallagher who , had he lived would have been celebrating his 67th birthday today and Larry Carlton who turns 67 . Happy Birthday to them both and thank you for your tremendous contributions to the world of music .



Rory Gallagher 

Mar 02, 1948 – Jun 14, 1995

Tore Down – Germany 1971/72




” Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal; his father, Daniel, was employed by the Irish Electricity Supply Board, who were constructing a hydro-electric power plant on the Erne River above the town. The family moved, first to Derry City, where his younger brother Dónal was born in 1949, and then to Cork, where the two brothers were raised, and where Rory attended the North Monastery School. Their father had played the accordion and sang with the Tir Chonaill Ceile Band whilst in Donegal; their mother Monica was a singer and acted with the Abbey Players in Ballyshannon. The Theatre in Ballyshannon where Monica once acted is now called the Rory Gallagher Theatre.

Both sons were musically inclined and encouraged by their parents. At age nine, Gallagher received his first guitar from them. He built on his burgeoning ability on ukulele in teaching himself to play the guitar and perform at minor functions. After winning a talent contest when he was twelve, Gallagher began performing in his adolescence with both his acoustic guitar, and an electric guitar he bought with his prize money. However, it was his purchase three years later of a 1961 Fender Stratocaster for £100 that became his primary instrument and most associated with him for the span of his lifetime.

   Gallagher was initially attracted to skiffle after hearing Lonnie Donegan on the radio. Donegan frequently covered blues and folk performers from the United States. He relied entirely on radio programs and television. Occasionally, the jazz programs from the BBC would play some blues numbers, and he slowly found some song books for guitar, where he found the names of the actual composers of blues pieces. While still in school, playing songs by Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran, he discovered his greatest influence in Muddy Waters. Subsequently, Gallagher began experimenting with folk, blues, and rock music. Unable to find or afford record albums, Gallagher stayed up late to hear Radio Luxembourg and AFN where the radio brought him his only exposure to the actual songwriters and musicians whose music moved him most. Influences he discovered, and cited as he progressed, included Woody GuthrieBig Bill Broonzy, and Lead Belly. Initially, Gallagher struck out after just an acoustic sound. Singing and later using a brace for his harmonica, Gallagher taught himself to play slide guitar. Further, throughout the next few years of his musical development, Gallagher began learning to play alto saxophonebassmandolinbanjo, and the coral sitar with varying degrees of proficiency. By his mid-teens, he began experimenting heavily with different blues styles. “



Tattoo’d Lady live 1975

Year   Title Label Editors’ Rating Average User Rating
Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher Buddha Records  
Deuce Buddha Records  
Live! In Europe
Live! In Europe Buddha Records  
Blueprint Buddha Records  
Tattoo Buddha Records  
Irish Tour 1974
Irish Tour 1974 Capo Records  
Against the Grain
Against the Grain Eagle / Eagle Records  
Calling Card
Calling Card Buddha Records  
Photo-Finish Buddha Records / Capo Records  
Top Priority
Top Priority Buddha Records  
Stage Struck
Stage Struck Capo / Capo Records  
Jinx Buddha Records  
Defender Buddha Records  
Fresh Evidence
Fresh Evidence Buddha Records  
1989   That’s Original Castle Music Ltd.  
No User Ratings
1992   Calling Card, Pts. 1-2 Castle Music Ltd.  
No User Ratings
1992   The Bullfrog Interlude Castle Music Ltd.  
No User Ratings

Nadine 1986







Rest In Peace Rory 







Happy Birthday Larry Carlton


Cold, Cold” – with Robben Ford





” Carlton was born in Torrance, California. He started learning to play guitar when he was six years old, studying under Slim Edwards near his Torrance home. Taking an interest in jazz while at high school, his playing style was influenced by Joe PassWes MontgomeryBarney Kessel, and B.B. King. Saxophonist John Coltrane has also made a notable impression on Carlton, and Carlton’s live albums have featured cuts from Miles Davis‘ Kind of Blue.

  During the 1970s and early 1980s, Carlton was a session musician in Los Angeles, making up to five hundred recordings a year, including albums by Steely DanJoni MitchellBilly JoelMichael JacksonQuincy JonesThe Four TopsChristopher CrossBarbra Streisandthe Partridge Family, and Charly García‘s Clics Modernos. His guitar work on Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne” from their 1976 LP The Royal Scam has been listed as the third best guitar solo on record by Rolling Stone Magazine. From 1971 to 1976 he played with the jazz-rock group The Crusaders. In 1977 he signed with Warner Bros. Records for a solo career. In 1979 he played guitar on Michael Jackson‘s Off the Wall. Although still relatively unknown outside his fan-base, Carlton produced six albums from 1978 to 1984, during which his adaptation of Santo Farina‘s “Sleepwalk” climbed the pop and adult contemporary charts and his 1983 LP Friends garnered a Grammy nomination. In 1979, Carlton appeared on the Grammy award winning, self-titled, debut album by Christopher Cross. Guitar great Eric Johnson also played on that same album.

His solo career took a twist in 1985 when he signed with MCA Master Series for an acoustic jazz album. The result was Alone / But Never Alone, which included a rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer“. During this time Carlton worked with musicians from around the world, including Japanese guitarist Hideshi Takatani. From 1985 to 1990 Carlton did various solo projects including the 1986 live Last Nite. He won another Grammy for his cover of the McDonald/Abrams song “Minute by Minute,” from the successful LP Discovery.”




Larry’s Blues




Year   Title Label Editors’ Rating Average User Rating
With a Little Help from My Friends
With a Little Help from My Friends Edsel  
No User Ratings
Playing/Singing Edsel  
No User Ratings
1977   Larry Carlton: Live MCA  
No User Ratings
Larry Carlton
Larry Carlton MCA Jazz / GRP  
1979   Mr. 335 Live in Japan    
Sleepwalk MCA Jazz / GRP  
Strikes Twice
Strikes Twice MCA Jazz / MCA  
Eight Times Up
Eight Times Up Wounded Bird  
Friends MCA Jazz / MCA  
Last Nite
Last Nite MCA  
Alone/But Never Alone
Alone/But Never Alone MCA  
No User Ratings
Discovery MCA  
Christmas at My House
Christmas at My House MCA  
No User Ratings
On Solid Ground
On Solid Ground GRP/Impulse! / Universal  
Kid Gloves
Kid Gloves GRP  
Renegade Gentleman
Renegade Gentleman GRP  
Best One
Best One Universal/MCA  
No User Ratings
Larry & Lee
Larry & Lee GRP / Universal / Universal Distribution  
Gift GRP / Universal  
Fingerprints Warner Bros.  
2000   Words + Music Warner Bros.  
No User Ratings
No Substitutions: Live in Osaka
No Substitutions: Live in Osaka Favored Nations Records  
Deep into It
Deep into It Warner Bros.  
Sapphire Blue
Sapphire Blue Bluebird RCA / RCA  
Fire Wire
Fire Wire Bluebird  
I Hear Angels Calling
I Hear Angels Calling 335  
No User Ratings
Live In Tokyo
Live In Tokyo 335  
The Jazz King: H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Musical Compositions
The Jazz King: H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Musical Compositions Sony BMG  
No User Ratings
Plays the Sound of Philadelphia
Plays the Sound of Philadelphia 335  
Take Your Pick
Take Your Pick 335  
Four Hands & A Heart, Vol. 1
Four Hands & A Heart, Vol. 1 335  
No User Ratings
Unplugged 335  
335 Blues Master Class
335 Blues Master Class 335  
No User Ratings
335 Improv Master Class
335 Improv Master Class 335  
No User Ratings
    Carrying You MCA  
No User Ratings
    Hello Tomorrow MCA  
No User Ratings
    Les Incontournables du Jazz WM France  
No User Ratings
    Minute by Minute MCA  
No User Ratings
    Smiles and Smiles to Go MCA  
No User Ratings

Burnable – Live Performance







Happy Birthday Larry Carlton















Senate Unanimously Welcomes Netanyahu To America





” The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution welcoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to America and endorsing his speech before a joint session of Congress.

  Critics of the Obama administration view the unanimous approval as a rebuke to the White House and Democrats, who have vowed to boycott Netanyahu’s address and work to counter his warnings about the dangers of a nuclear Iran.

  No Senate Democrats sponsored the measure, which attracted 50 Republican cosponsors. However, none attempted to block its passage, signaling that support for Israel and Netanyahu’s message has outweighed a pressure campaign by the Obama administration to sabotage the address.

“ The Senate warmly welcomes the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, on his visit to the United States, which provides a timely opportunity to reinforce the United State-Israel relationship,” the resolution states.

  Congress “eagerly awaits the address of Prime Minister Netanyahu before a joint meeting of the United States Congress,” it continues.”


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Rousey vs. Zingano: Analysis, Highlights From UFC 184 Main Event



” Cat Zingano had a pattern of starting off slow in fights. Ronda Rousey is known for finishing fights early. At UFC 184, those two tendencies manifested themselves in the most literal way possible. 

  The champion defended her belt in just 14 seconds via—you guessed it—armbar

  In defense of the challenger, she was clearly trying to address her prior slow starts. At the opening bell, she charged across the cage with the reckless abandon of someone looking to make a statement. 

  However, it’s difficult to beat the champion at her own game. Once the bout hit the mat, Rousey wasted no time in isolating the arm and torquing her way to getting her hand raised for the 11th time in her career. “


The Bleacher Report has more













Naked Man Caught Jumping Out Of Buckingham Palace Window In Internet Hoax




” A video clip that claims to show a naked man climbing out of a window at Buckingham Palace using a bed sheet has started an online debate as to whether it is real or not.

  The video shows some Swedish tourists watching the Changing of the Guard near Green Park.

  Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the video and the Metropolitan Police said they have had no reports of the incident.”

The Telegraph

5 Most Dangerous Hackers Of All Time




” As you may know Hackers aren’t inherently bad — the word “hacker” doesn’t mean “criminal” or “bad guy.”, it means someone who tries to find solutions or alternative solutions to a problem. Geeks and tech writers often refer to “black hat,” “white hat,” and “gray hat” hackers. These terms define different groups of hackers based on their behavior.

  A white hat hacker is someone working for corporations like anti-virus or firewall companies or in general trying to help society like most Anonymous Hackers.

  A Gray Hat Hacker is someone who usually doesn’t work for any company and is neither good or bad, meaning that he hacks systems kinda illegally, but still not doing any harm to the system or anyone else.

  A Black Hat Hacker is usually considered as the ‘typical’ bad guy who is doing harm, either financially or by just exploiting and hacking systems to push his own limits or better to day ego. “


Thanks to AnonHQ














With White-Knuckle Grip, February’s Cold Clings To New York





” As it limps away, February will not be missed. With the average temperature for the month lingering around 24 degrees, some 11 degrees shy of normal by the National Weather Service’s calculation, this insult of a month looks as though it will clock in as the coldest recorded February in New York City since 1934. That is 81 years of weather. That is all the way back to the Depression, when there were so many more dire things to worry about than whether 7-Eleven had salt or whose turn it was to walk the dog.

  That year, February averaged 19.9 degrees and included the lowest daily reading ever registered for New York: On Feb. 9 the mercury sank to a ridiculous 15 degrees below zero. “


Read more at The New York Times













Snow For All 50 States Forecast In Next 7 Days


GFS total snowfall forecast for the 7 days ending Friday morning, March 6, 2015.



” The unseasonable cold is expected to continue over much of the U.S., with some interruptions, and the latest GFS model forecast shows some snow for portions of all 50 states in the next seven days. (Graphic courtesy of, click for full-size). “


Read more from Dr Roy Spencer PhD













From We The People





How can you argue with this ?














Just One Hour From Vancouver There Is A Secret Island Where Everyone Lives Completely Off-Grid





” Lasqueti is a small island between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, home to a little known community of off-gridders who take pride in their isolation from both mainstream culture and mainland Canada. In this short documentary film, a journalist from 16×9 News goes to meet some of Lasqueti’s characters and find out more about life on this beautiful land that time forgot.

  With very little industry or economy, most of the residents live simply, taking what they need from the land and having next to no carbon footprint (and little need for money). The 2011 census recorded 426 people living in Lasqueti, who meet up to socialize in the island’s (one) bar and cafe.

  Lasqueti also has a free store, where people can leave or collect items without any monetary exchange. Just one hour by boat from Vancouver island, Lasqueti doesn’t have a tourist industry, booming economy or any industry to speak of, but those who live there say that they enjoy the sense of timelessness, community, and freedom that their home provides.”


Thanks to True Activist

















Jimi Hendrix & B B King Jam Live @ Generation Club NYC 1968




Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Goodbye, RadioShack





Published on Feb 8, 2015

” RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. We’ve helped them create a farewell message.

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The Five: Dangers Of Gun Free Zones





Published on Feb 28, 2015

” From the Five, a discussion on the reasoning, or lack there-of, behind gun-free zones. Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, Juan Williams, Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle. “
















Jeffrey R. Snyder




” Is your life worth protecting? If so, whose responsibility is it to protect it? … How can you rightfully ask another human being to risk his life to protect yours, when you will assume no responsibility yourself? “













Lisa Benson

















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