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Today In The Past





876 – Charles becomes king of Italy

1504 – By treaty of Lyons, French cede Naples to Ferdinand of Aragon




1578 – Battle of Gembloux






1596 – Catholic League disjoins

1609 – Wisselbank of Amsterdam established

1675 – Cornelia/Dina Olfaarts found not guilty of witchcraft

1747 – The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.

1779 – Charles Messier adds M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) to his catalog

1804 – British vice-admiral William Blighs fleet reaches Curacao

1846 – After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unified as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1851 – Gail Borden announces invention of evaporated milk

1855 – Western railroads blocked by snow

1861 – State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans

1862 – Telescope maker Alvin Clark discovers dwarf companion of Sirius

1863 – 1st black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army

1865 – Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)

1865 – Gen Robert E Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies

1871 – Millions of birds fly over western SF, darkens sky

1874 – Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri

1876 – The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.

1895 – Jose Martí & others leave NYC for invasion of Spanish Cuba

1901 – Boer general John Smuts & De la Rey conqueror Mud river Transvaal

1905 – 1st auto to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A G MacDonald, Daytona Beach

1906 – Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter

1915 – 1st (German) poison gas attack, against Russians

1917 – Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ship

1918 – A series of accidental collisions on a misty Scottish night leads to the loss of two Royal Navy submarines with over a hundred lives, and damage to another five British warships.

1919 – The Battle of George Square takes place in Glasgow, Scotland.

1920 – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, at Howard University, incorporates

1928 – Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company

1930 – 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst, NJ

1933 – Hitler promises parliamentary democracy

1934 – FDR devalus dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce

1936 – “Green Hornet” radio show is 1st heard on WXYZ Radio in Detroit

1940 – 40 U boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)

1941 – 21 U boats sunk this month (127,000 ton)

1942 – 62 U boats sunk this month (327,000 ton)

1943 – 39 U boats sunk this month (203,100 ton)

1943 – Chile breaks contact with Germany & Japan

1943 – Gen Friedrich von Paul surrenders to Russian troops at Stalingrad

1944 – Operation-Overlord (D-Day) postponed until June

1944 – U-592 sunk off Ireland




1944 – US forces invade Kwajalein Atoll








1945 – US 4th Infantry division occupies Elcherrath

1948 – Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway

1950 – President Harry Truman publicly announces development of H-bomb

1950 – Pres Harry Truman OKs building of hydrogen bomb

1953 – “Princess Victoria” capsized off Stanraer Scotland; 133 die

1953 – Hurricane-like winds flood Netherlands drowning 1,835

1957 – Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished

1957 – Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.

1958 – US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1

1961 – David Ben-Gurion resigns as premier of Israel

1961 – Ham is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2

1961 – USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights

1962 – Gen Charles P Cabell, USAF, ends term as deputy director of CIA

1962 – Samuel Gravely assumes command of destroyer escort “USS Falgout”

1964 – US report “Smoking & Health” connects smoking to lung cancer

1966 – Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers

1968 – Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32″), at Agata, USSR

1969 – Beatles perform last live gig (42-min concert on roof of Apple HQs)

1969 – Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA

1970 – Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges

1971 – “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison hit #1 on UK pop chart

1971 – Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands

1971 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn

1974 – MacDonald’s founder Ray Kroc buys San Diego Padres

1978 – Israel turns 3 milt outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements

1980 – Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41

1981 – “The Tide Is High” by Blondie hits #1

1982 – 10 Arabian oryx (extinct except in zoos) released in Oman

1984 – Edwin Newman retires from NBC News after 35 years with the network

1986 – Mary Lund of Minn, is 1st female recipient of an artificial heart

1988 – Barge sinks near Anacortes, WA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil

1990 – 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world’s biggest McDonalds

1990 – The first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow, USSR.

1991 – Robert Gibson flies record 27,040 feet altitude

1994 – Dow Jones hits a record 3,978.36

1995 – President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.

2001 – In the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.

2003 – The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.

2009 – In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.



36 BC – Antonia Minor, daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia Minor (d. 38 AD)

877 – Taejo of Goryeo, ruler of Korea (d. 943)

1512 – King Henry of Portugal (d. 1580)

1543 – Tokugawa Ieyasu, Shogun of Japan (d. 1616)

1550 – Henry I, Duke of Guise, French Catholic leader (d. 1588)

1597 – John Francis Regis, French saint (d. 1640)

1620 – Georg F von Waldeck, German commander-in-chief




1734 – Robert Morris, merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)(20th ?)







1752 – Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)







1802 – Jan C J van Speijk, Dutch naval hero




1810 – Daniel Ruggles, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1897







1812 – John Randolph Tucker, Capt (Confederate Navy), died in 1883

1813 – Samuel Sarphati, Amsterdam, physician/pharmacist/social activist

1817 – Antony Winkler Prins, Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)

1818 – William Raine Peck, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1871

1857 – George Jackson Churchward, Great Western Railway Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1933)

1865 – Henri Desgrange, Founder of the Tour-de-France (d. 1940)

1868 – Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)




1872 – Zane Grey, American Western novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)







1877 – Max Ettlinger, German philosopher

1881 – Irving Langmuir, inventor (tungsten filament lamp/Nobel 1932)

1881 – Joseph A Cushman, US, palaentologist

1884 – Nicholas Joy, Paris France, actor (Boss Lady)

1892 – Eddie Cantor, NYC, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater)

1893 – Freya Stark, English explorer/ travel writer

1896 – Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)

1902 – Alva Myrdal, Uppsala Sweden, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize-1982)

1902 – Jean C M Picart le Doux, France, carpet designer

1902 – Julian H Steward, US anthropologist/professor

1903 – Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)

1903 – Tallulah Bankhead, Huntsville Ala, actress (Lifeboat, Die Die Darling)

1905 – John O’Hara, Pottstown Penn, novelist (Appointment at Samarra)

1909 – Foley Newns, British colonial administrator

1911 – Christina Foyle, book seller

1914 – Jersey Joe Walcott, heavyweight boxing champ (1951-52)

1914 – Louis Osman, architect/artist/goldsmith

1915 – Bobby Hackett, Providence RI, trumpeteer/orchestra leader (Air Time ’57)

1915 – John Profumo, president (Toynbee Hall)

1915 – Thomas Merton, France, Trappist monk/poet/essayist (7 Storey Mt)

1915 – Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)

1916 – Violet Cane, statistician

1919 – Jackie Robinson, Ga, 1st black major league baseball player (Dodgers)

1921 – Carol Channing, Wash, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly)

1921 – John Agar, Chicago, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima)

1921 – Mario Lanza, Phila, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans)

1921 – E. Fay Jones, American architect (d. 2004)

1923 – Joanne Dru, Logan WV, actress (Guestwood Ho, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)

1923 – Norman Mailer, Long Branch NJ, NYC mayoral candidate/novelist (Naked & the Dead), (d. 2007)

1925 – Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader

1928 – Chuck Willis, rock vocalist (C C Rider)

1928 – Eric Ash, rector (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)

1929 – Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist, Nobel laureate

1929 – Jean Simmons, London, England, actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls)

1930 – Joakim Bonnier, Swedish racecar driver (d. 1972)

1931 – Ernie Banks, Dallas Texas, “Mr Cub” Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman)

1934 – James Franciscus, Clayton Mo, actor (Mr Novak, Longstreet, Hunter)

1934 – Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist

1936 – Marvin Junior, singer (Dells-Oh What a Night)

1937 – Philip Glass, Baltimore Md, minimal composer (Einstein on the Beach)




1937 – Suzanne Pleshette, NYC, actress (Birds, EmilyBob Newhart Show)







1938 – Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, queen of Netherlands (1980- )

1940 – Jessica Walter, Bkln NY, actress (Play Misty For Me, Amy Prentiss)

1940 – Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)

1941 – Richard A Gephardt, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )




1944 – Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)






1946 – Terry Kath, rocker (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now)




1947 – Nolan Ryan, pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)







1951 – Harry Casey, [KC], rock vocalist (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)

1951 – Phil Manzanera, rock guitarist (Roxy Music-Let’s Stick Together)

1951 – Dave Benton, Aruban-born singer

1954 – Adrian Vandenberg, Amsterdam Neth, rock guitarist (Whitesnake)

1956 – Johnny Rotten, [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)

1957 – Brett “the Hitman” Hart, Alberta Canada, WWF champion

1957 – Shirley F Babashoff, California, swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76)

1958 – Tom Schuman, pianist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)

1959 – Anthony LaPaglia, actor (Murder One)

1959 – Kelly Lynch, actress (Drugstore Cowboy)

1959 – Kelly Moore, American stock car driver

1960 – Elaine Roque, Santa Monica Ca, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)

1960 – Grant Morrison, British comic book author

1961 – Lloyd Cole, guitar/vocals (& the Commotions-Rattlesnakes)

1963 – Scott Ian Rosenfeld, Bayside NY, rocker (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)

1964 – Sharon Cain, San Antonio TX, team handball center back (Olympics-1996)

1964 – Jeff Hanneman, American musician (Slayer)

1965 – Adam Johnson, Portland Ore, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)

1965 – Kim Clarke, Tulsa Oklahoma, team handball back court (Olympics-88, 92, 96)

1969 – Mathew Pallister, Sydney NSW Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96)

1970 – Rachel Jean Marteen, Atlanta GA, playmate (Aug, 1995)

1971 – Minnie Driver, actress (Good Will Hunting)

1973 – Portia de Rossi, Australian actress

1974 – Pavi Sald, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)

1974 – Tory Toogood, Australian rower (Olympics-96)

1976 – Buddy Rice, American race car driver

1977 – Naomi Darrell, Miss Bermuda Universe (1997)

1977 – Kate Shindle, American actress

1977 – Kerry Washington, American actress

1978 – Brad Rutter, Jeopardy! champion

1980 – Tiffany Limos, American actress

1981 – Justin Timberlake, Memphis, Tennessee, singer-songwriter (Sexyback, My Love)






743 – Muhammad al-Baqir, Shia Imam (b. 676)

1398 – Emperor Sukō (b. 1334)

1435 – Xuande, Emperor of China (b. 1398)

1561 – Menno Simonsz, Dutch priest/vicar (Foundation Book), dies

1561 – Bairam Khan, Great Mughal General, regent for Akbar




1606 – Guy Fawkes, convicted in theGunpowder Plot“, executed at 35









1632 – Joost Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker and mathematician (b. 1552)

1720 – Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford, English privy councillor (c. 1654)

1729 – Jakob Roggeveen, Dutch explorer (b. 1659)

1736 – Filippo Juvara, Italian architect (b. 1678)

1788 – [Bonnie Prince Charlie] Charles E Stuart, English pretender to the throne, dies at 67

1790 – Thomas Lewis, Irish-born Virginia settler (b. 1718)

1794 – Marriott Arbuthnot, British admiral (b. 1711)

1815 – José Félix Ribas, Venezuelan independentist leader (b. 1775)

1828 – Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter, dies at 35

1844 – Henri Gratien, Comte Bertrand, French general (b. 1773)

1888 – John Bosco, Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society (b. 1815)

1907 – Timothy Eaton, Canadian department store founder (b. 1834)




1945 – Eddie Slovik, 1st US executed for desertion since Civil War at 25






1954 – Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63

1955 – John R Mott, US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89

1956 – A. A. Milne, English author (b. 1882)

1967 – Chief Thundercloud, actor (Ambush, Colt 45, Typhoon), dies at 100




1970 – Slim Harpo, [James Moore], bluesman, dies at 46







1973 – Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77

1974 – Glenn Morris, olympian/actor (Tarzan’s Revenge), dies at 61

1974 – Samuel Goldwyn, Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies at 91

1990 – Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian-born imam (b. 1935)

1994 – Pierre Boulle, French writer (Executioner), dies at 81

1996 – Gustave Solomon, mathematician, dies at 65

1997 – John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)

2000 – Gil Kane, Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)




2002 – Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)







2004 – Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (b. 1913)

2006 – Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina (b. 1926)

2007 – Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author (b. 1944)

2007 – Adelaide Tambo, South African activist and wife of Oliver Tambo (b. 1929)

2012 – Mike Kelley, American artist, commits suicide at 57

2012 – Anthony Bevilacqua, American cardinal, dies at 88



” What do you think about all this? Urban military training exercises, a comprehensive list. Compiled by my friend, Notitia Recolligo. I have used her comprehensive list with her permission, so that you might share with all of your friends.

Americans are not used to seeing the hardware for war in their own cities and neighborhoods, on trains, or on their roads.


It will take a while, but please try to watch each video, and realize as you watch that the national media appears to be complicit in NOT REPORTING these activities, most are reported by local, and most are CBS affiliates, strangely enough.

If you know of more, please post links in the comments section.

St Paul
St. Louis
Long Branch

Minneapolis Residents Catch Footage of Black Hawks Conducting Urban Training Exercise:
Urban Defense Blackhawks in downtown Minneapolis!:
Military Black Helicopters “training” in Minneapolis – Mon. Aug. 27th:
Black Helicopters fly around Minneapolis Federal Reserve:
(CBS) Downtown Mpls. Becomes Black Hawk Helicopter Training Zone:

St. Paul:
Black Hawk Helicopters over Saint Paul, MN:

Black Hawk Helicopters in Downtown Denver:
(ABC) Blackhawk Flyovers Whip Up Concern, Curiosity:

Another Massive Military ‘Training Drill’ Involving Helicopters Spotted in Houston, Texas — Watch the Raw Footage:
(ABC w/ additional footage) Army Training Drill Scares Residents in South Houston Shooting Blanks No Warning – School goes on lock-down:

Los Angeles:
LAPD And Special Forces Conduct Military Maneuvers In The Skies Above Downtown LA:
REAL VIDEO : Black Hawk Helicopters in the skys of LA- Jan 2012:
Buzzed by Black Hawks:

U.S. Military to perform helicopter exercises along border (Laredo):

So Why Have Military Helicopters Been Flying Over Miami? We Explain, Plus See the Videos:
(CBS) Black Hawks Used In Military Training Exercise In Miami:
(ABC) Machine Gun Fire From Black Hawk Helicopters Flying Over Miami Fl:

Blackhawk Choppers Buzz Chicago Skyscrapers:
Special Forces Black Hawk Helicopters at Street Level in Chicago, IL:
Black Hawk helicopters doing a Chicago river fly by April 16, 2012:
Urban Warfare Drill Chicago 2012 Blackhawk helicopters:
Fox News:
Drone Spotted in Chicago Suburbs:

Military Training Exercises to Take Place In and Around Boston:
Low Flying Military Helicopters Over Boston Buzz Buildings During Training Exercise:
Military helicopters training downtown Boston:

US Military to Run Urban Exercises in North St. Louis – Residents Hope It Will Cut Down on Crime:
‘Makes Very Little Sense’: Why Are Army Tanks Rolling Down Residential Roads for Training in St. Louis?:
(NBC) Military Police Training to Drive Tanks in St Louis:

Worcester MA 
Military exercises in Worcester, Massachusetts a surprise to residents, including the local police?
Army Helicopters Flying over Worcester:
Live military exercise in downtown Worcester:

Long Branch, NJ:
Army Conducts Training Exercises in Long Branch Monday Night :
Army Training in Long Branch:
Military Training Rattles Monmouth Residents:


‘We Have Never Seen Anything Like This Before’: Beck & the Military Weigh in on Army’s Public Training Exercises:

Obama to Top Brass: Will you fire on American Citizens?:
“World-renowned educator and human rights activist Jim Garrow says that the source, man regarded as “one of America’s foremost military heroes,” told him that President Obama is using a new litmus test for “determining who will stay and who must go” among top-ranked military leaders. That test is whether they will fire on US citizens or not. Garrow says that his source made the disclosure in order to “sound the alarm” over the administration’s plans…”

Report: Washington Didn’t Even Tell Marine Gen. He Was Being Replaced:

* This is a must see, you’ll be stunned. Please share: Subversion And The Demoralizing And Dismantling Of Our Military:

14 Big Government Programs That Failed to Achieve Their Goals






” Prohibition was instituted with ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution on January 16, 1919, which prohibited the “…manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States…”

Congress passed the “Volstead Act” on October 28, 1919, to enforce the law, but most large cities simply ignored the law and bootlegged alcohol to meet demand, creating a huge black market rife with crime and corruption. Prohibition was repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment in 1933, essentially acknowledging the exercise had been pointless and counter-productive.”

Foreign Aid: Money Down A Rat Hole?



CPI Index



” A few months ago I stumbled upon a nonprofit organization that publishes an annual corruption index. It’s called the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and it measures the “perceived levels of public sector corruption in 176 countries/territories.” The CPI is published by Transparency International and their web address is: It should be noted that a score of 100 is perfect (i.e.; least corrupt) and a score of ‘one’ would indicate a high level of corruption.

At the bottom of the index (top of the table) are the two most corrupt regimes. They are Somalia which received $168 million and Afghanistan which received $2.3 billion. Together, these two nations received approximately $2.47 billion! The total given to all of the countries listed in the table approaches $9.0 billion. The U.S. issues approximately $50 billion a year in foreign aid with nearly 20% allocated to the countries in the table. In case you’re curious, the U.S. ranks 19th on the corruption index with a score of 73. The least corrupt nations according to the CPI are Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, each with a score of 90.”

 How About Some Chili-Dog Nachos ?

Picture of Chili Dog Nachos Recipe



Total Time:  25 min  – Prep 10 min  , Cook 15 min


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 hog dogs, sliced into 1/2- inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 sack yellow corn tortilla chips
  • 1 sack, 10 ounces, shredded yellow Cheddar
  • Sour cream, garnish
  • Salsa, garnish
  • 2 scallions, chopped

Going Galt in Detroit? $300,000 to Become a Citizen of a Proposed Free-Market Utopia



” If you had the opportunity to live in a free-market utopia — complete with its own currency and government — would you do it?

Well, you just may get your chance.

While the city of Detroit continues to teeter on the brink of bankruptcy, one developer is proposing a radical and revolutionary idea to rekindle the American spirit and bring Detroit back into prosperity.

The driving force behind the plan, developer Rodney Lockwood, wants Detroit to sell the city’s Belle Isle Park for $1 billion to private investors who will then transform it into a utopia free of big government and ideally full of job creation and innovation. Belle Isle is an uninhabited 928-acre island in the Detroit River, between the U.S. and Canada.

Under the plan, the island would be developed into a U.S. commonwealth or city-state with around 35,000 people. Citizenship for the “remarkable new nation” would cost $300,000 in most cases. The community would also have its own laws, transportation, customs and currency.”





    A simple perusal of the above table will show that in 19 quarters of Obama governance there have only been 8 quarters with growth at 2% or above . That is anemic “growth” at best . Three quarters with negative growth and three quarters with growth in the 3% range . Pathetic . For a sitting president to be re-elected with this economic record is not only unprecedented but an embarrassment .



 ” The American economy has taken a nosedive.For the first time in over three years, the U.S. Gross Domestic Product shrank. Between October and December of 2012, the GDP had a negative growth of 0.1. And let’s remember that this is the same quarter where we saw the media go into hyper-drive to spin Obama’s anemic job and GDP growth into a repeat of the Roaring Twenties.”


   Media corruption is the obvious answer . If the MSM did their job even half a diligently in the age of Obama as they did with Bush we would all be better off . 


” The media is just as bad. The biggest story in our country today should be the increase in poverty and an unemployment crisis so dire our labor force has shrunk to thirty-year lows. But neither will speak of it. We do, however, know all about some idiot and his phony girlfriend. We know all about a “heckle” that didn’t happen. One wonders which is the bread and which is the circus.”


   We anxiously await the ” unexpected ” nature of the first quarter report for 2013 . With the tax hikes and Obamacare mandates kicking in as of January first we wager that this quarter is going to be a real winner .


Obama Shuts Down Southern Defense Mechanism, Opens South To Attack




” As the Federal government spends billions of dollars to expand the surveillance and monitoring of U.S. citizens with electronic eavesdropping devices and drone aircraft, it has decided to shut down a surveillance system that protects the southern border and coastline against low-flying aircraft and missiles and assists U.S. Customs and Border Protection in interdicting illegal border crossings and smuggling.


According to an email to employees of Exelis Systems Corp., the company that built and maintains the system, the government has requested the program be shut down on March 15. Following is the text of the email:

Subject: TARS Contract Update

Tuesday, 15 January 2013, we received a government request for a proposal (RfP) to de-scope and close the TARS program by the end of the fiscal year. The government indicated that it does not intend to exercise the final two option years for the TARS contract. In the RfP, the government also indicated its intent that aerostat flight operations will cease on March 15, 2013, and that the remainder of the fiscal year will be used to deflate aerostats, disposition equipment, and prepare sites for permanent closure. We are currently reviewing all the details of the RfP and evaluating the possible impacts on the program and our workforce. We continue to communicate with the government on this matter, and we will have more information in the coming days and weeks.”


  Just what has this administration done to STRENGTHEN our security ? Anything ? Anywhere ? 

What’s an Assault Weapon?







New survey data suggest most Americans don’t know which guns are covered by the ban they support.



   There is a case to be made that the public has been , and continues to be , misled as to what these ” assault weapons ” really are by the very organizations (MSM) charged with informing them of the truth .



” Although arbitrary distinctions are a defining characteristic of “assault weapon” bans, recent polls indicate that most Americans support them. New survey data suggest one possible explanation: Most Americans don’t know what “assault weapons” are.



   The more cynical among us , ourselves included , would maintain that this deception is in fact a deliberate attempt to hoodwink the public in pursuit of the statist agenda to which the dinosaur media adhere .



” A Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey conducted this month suggests such misconceptions are common. After asking the 1,000 respondents if they thought people should be “prohibited from owning assault weapons,” the survey (which is sponsored by my employer, the Reason Foundation) asked half of the sample to “describe an assault weapon.” The answers are illuminating.

About two-thirds of the respondents described “assault weapons” as guns that fire rapidly, guns that can fire a large number of rounds without reloading, guns with a lot of “power,” or guns used by the military. More than a quarter described them as “machine guns,” “automatics,” or the equivalent (e.g., “multiple rounds with just one pull of the trigger”).



    Ignorance breeds ignorance , or in this case perhaps we should say , lies breed ignorance .

52 Percent of Americans Say Sandy Hook Is Being Exploited for Political Gain






” As gun rights and gun control are debated in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, a majority of Americans say elected officials are “exploiting” the tragedy.  The new Reason-Rupe poll finds 52 percent of Americans believe that elected officials are exploiting the tragedy for political gain, while 41 percent feel elected officials are acting responsibly.

Democrats differ sharply from independents and Republicans on the issue. Seventy-one percent of Republicans and 60 percent of independents think the tragedy is being politicized, while just 32 percent of Democrats believe so.”


   The poll contains some demographic surprises …


” Democrats, who normally count on the youth vote, may be surprised to find that 70 percent of 18-24 year-olds and 58 percent of 25-34 year-olds say “assault weapons should be allowed.” Similarly, Republicans, who usually rely upon the senior vote, will find that 57 percent of 55-64 year-olds and 61 percent of people over the age of 65 say assault weapons should be prohibited.”



   So despite a two generation stranglehold over the re-education camps called public schools held by the statist crowd it would appear that the younger generation still entertains a healthy respect for liberty .

   If it wasn’t for the fact that the GOP is indeed the “stupid party” we would say that this finding offers the party that supports liberty and freedom a great opportunity to capture the hearts and minds of a here-to-fore loyal constituency of the democrats . 

   Does anyone believe that the republican party is actually capable of capitalizing on this ? We didn’t think so . If there is a way to blow a golden opportunity the RINO party will find it .

Colorado: Sheriffs’ Group Opposes New Gun-Control Laws

” Cam Edwards talks to the First Vice President of the group County Sheriffs of Colorado, Sheriff James Casias from Las Animas County, CO about this article: – NRA News – January 29, 2013 – “

15-Year-Old Girl Shot And Killed In Kenwood Neighborhood Park



” A teenage girl–an honor student who had just performed at President Obama’s inaugural–was gunned down Tuesday afternoon in the Kenwood neighborhood, just blocks from the high school she attended.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the victim, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, was taking shelter from the rain with a group of 10 to 12 teenagers under a canopy in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park on the 4500 block of South Oakenwald Avenue around 2:30 p.m., when someone jumped a fence, ran up to them, and opened fire.

Just days before, Hadiya performed with her high school band at President Obama’s inauguration.”

New Republic Falls For Fake Picture Of Obama Skeet Shooting On Parody Site




” The liberal New Republic magazine, eager to prove that President Obama participates in skeet shooting even if Jay Carney can’t corroborate it, tweeted a picture of Obamaappearing to hold a shotgun while at Camp David on Tuesday. Shortly after tweeting it, the New Republic deleted it.

The reason? The photo was fake, and came from a parody website called

The site clearly says, “not the White House” on the top of the page, with the banner, “parody of” ”




1100 Green Berets Sign Letter Supporting the 2nd Amendment As A Defense Against Tyranny





” We aren’t going to give this a big intro as the content speaks for itself. 1100 Green Berets have signed the following letter. The effort was started by long time forum members at You can read the full post here. Full letter text below (yes, it’s long, read it anyway).

Thank you for your service and your commitment to uphold the Constitution of the United States.”

Here is an excerpt , read the whole thing .


” Protecting the Second Amendment – Why all Americans Should Be Concerned

We are current or former Army Reserve, National Guard, and active duty US Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets). We have all taken an oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.…” The Constitution of the United States is without a doubt the single greatest document in the history of mankind, codifying the fundamental principle of governmental power and authority being derived from and granted through the consent of the governed. Our Constitution established a system of governance that preserves, protects, and holds sacrosanct the individual rights and primacy of the governed as well as providing for the explicit protection of the governed from governmental tyranny and/or oppression. We have witnessed the insidious and iniquitous effects of tyranny and oppression on people all over the world. We and our forebears have embodied and personified our organizational motto, De Oppresso Liber [To Free the Oppressed], for more than a half century as we have fought, shed blood, and died in the pursuit of freedom for the oppressed.”

So, You Want to Bury Your Guns?



” The decision to cache your weapons is a very personal decision and my friend is only okay with me sharing his story with a couple hundred thousand interested readers today because, well, because of none of your business. But I tell his story here because it helps illustrate a greater point: a secret is a secret until it isn’t.

If you ever plan on burying your survival treasure, you do well to remember the old adage, “loose lips, sink ships.” If you tell just two really good friends, expect them to tell at least two of their most trusted friends and don’t be too surprised when you find a stranger telling you about a bunch of guns buried in the west corner lot of your grand-daddy’s apple orchard. Also realize that if the story of your guns is being told, inevitably someone listening will suggest finding them.”

Mention of Toy Gun Draws SWAT to NYC School (VIDEO)


Bronx Nerf Scare




” It what is clearly becoming almost a daily occurrence, schools across the country are in complete panic mode at the mention of the word ‘gun’.  From little children being suspended from using their fingers as guns to the most recent incident where NYPD SWAT were called after two students were overheard discussing toy guns.”


Occupy Twitter And Facebook Accounts Hacked


Occupy Hacked



” A series of Occupy twitter accounts as well as the Occupy Sandy facebook account were hacked Tuesday evening, with the hackers tweeting out messages like “OCCUPY IS OVER. IT WAS FUN. #SORRY” and “OCCUPY IS OVER.” The affected twitter accounts included @OccupyWallSTNYC,@OccupyTogether@OccupyChicago@USUncut@OccupyArrests, @OWSUnionSquare, and others.”




Time For That ‘National Conversation’ About Chicago: 11 Shot, Three Dead Today




” Who knows, maybe we’re just spitting in the wind wondering why the media continues to ignore the daily bloodbath in Barack Obama’s hometown. It’s completely out of control but doesn’t help the Obama agenda to notice it, apparently.

A 15-year-old girl and two men are dead, and at least eight other people were wounded by gunfire throughout the city Tuesday, police said.”



Hillary Clinton’s Dodgy Benghazi Testimony Was Full Of Untruths




” Wednesday, in her testimony before both the Senate and, later, the House, Clinton brilliantly fudged, dodged and filibustered. Of course, she’s a pro. Clinton was slow-walking depositions, lawyering up and shifting blame when many of her questioners were still civilians down on the farm.”


The money quote : 


“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”



But ultimately just one more lie among many …



” But just to be clear, Clinton lied and is still lying. When asked about the claim that the attack was sparked by a protest over a video, she responded, “I did not say … that it was about the video for Libya.”

That’s simply untrue. When she stood by the caskets of the four Americans killed in Libya, she directly blamed an “awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.” Afterward, she reportedly told the father of Tyrone Woods, the former Navy SEAL who was killed in the attack, “We will make sure the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.” Why tell the man that if the video had nothing to do with it?”




VT Shooting Range


” A Vermont gun range has banned the Burlington Police Department from using its facility after City Council voted to advance a proposed ban on semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. And given the fact that such facilities are limited in the area, the move could impact when and where officers can go target shooting.

Officials with the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club told Fox News that it is hard for the facility to support the city, which includes police officers, due to the attempted gun grab by City Council.”

Fmr. Navy SEAL Howard Wasdin Compares Benghazi to 1993 Battle of Mogadishu: ‘It Looks Like Hillary Clinton Took a Page Out of Her Husband’s Playbook




” Eighteen Americans were killed in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu. The two-day firefight during which a group of soldiers tried to rescue their fallen comrades inspired the film ‘Black Hawk Down.’ According to critics, the Clinton White House failed to provide our men with the resources needed to complete the mission. Some are drawing comparisons between the tragedy and the events surrounding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Howard Wasdin, who survived the battle at Mogadishu and went on to write “SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper,” joined Fox and Friends this morning.”











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