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1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain

1652 – New Amsterdam (now NYC) passes 1st speed limit law in US

1693 – 1st woman’s magazine “Ladies’ Mercury” published (London)

1743 – War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: on the battlefield in Bavaria, George II personally leads troops into battle. The last time that a British monarch would command troops in the field.

1759 – General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec.

1778 – Liberty Bell came home to Phila after the British had left

1847 – NY & Boston linked by telegraph wires

1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange

1905 – Russian sailors mutiny aboard battleship “Potemkin”

1929 – 1st color TV demo (NYC)

1940 – Soviet Army attacks Romania

1942 – FBI captures 8 Nazi saboteurs from a sub off NY’s Long Island

1950 – US sends 35 military advisers to South Vietnam

1950 – North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

1954 – 1st atomic power station opens (Obninsk, near Moscow, Russia)

1954 – CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala

1955 – 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois)

1957 – Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas

1963 – USAF Major Robert A Rushworth in X-15 reaches 86,900 m

1973 – “Live & Let Die” premieres in US

1976 – Israeli raid on Entebbe, Uganda

1977 – Willie McCovey smashes 2 HRs in inning for 2nd time (Apr 12, 1973)

1985 – Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica), is decertified

1993 – Don Henley booed in Milwaukee when he dedicates the song “It’s Not Easy Being Green” to President Clinton

1994 – Aerosmith become first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet

2008 – Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


1040 – King Ladislaus I of Hungary (d. 1095)

1838 – Paul von Mauser, German weapon designer (d. 1914)

1869 – Emma Goldman, anarchist/publisher (Mother Earth)

1880 – Helen Keller, Ala, blind-deaf author/lecturer had more sense than many

1899 – Juan Trippe, American airline entrepreneur (d. 1981)

1923 – Paul F Conrad, Cedar Rapids Iowa, cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84)

1925 – Jerome “Doc” Pomus, rocker

1930 – H Ross Perot, Texas, billionaire/presidental candidate (1992)

1944 – Bruce Johnston, US pop musician (Beach Boys-God Only Knows)

1955 – Isabelle Adjani, Paris, actress (Story of Adele H, Driver, Ishtar)

1985 – Nico Rosberg, German race car driver


444 – Cyrillus van Alexandria, patriarch of Alexandria, dies

1638 – Lukaris Cyrillus, patriarch of Alexandria/Constantinople, dies

1844 – Hyrum Smith, founder/leader (Mormon Church), shot by mob in Carthage Ill

1844 – Joseph Smith Jr, founder/leader (Mormon Church), shot by mob at 38

1889 – Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, dies

1952 – Max Dehn, German mathematician (b. 1878)

1971 – Kenneth Washington, actor (Sgt Baker-Hogan’s Heroes), dies at 53

1995 – Prez “Kidd” Kenneth, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 61

2001 – Jack Lemmon, American actor (b. 1925)

2002 – John Entwistle, bass-player with The Who dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57

2004 – George Patton IV, American general (b. 1923)

2005 – Shelby Foote, American author and historian (b. 1917)

2005 – Domino Harvey, English-born bounty hunter (b. 1969)

















National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06.24.15



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project



” Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 24, 2015:

  • Island County, Washington: The sheriff apologized for the dehydration death-in-custody of a mentally ill man.
  • Update: Evans, Colorado (First reported 04-10-15): An officer was cleared of wrongdoing during an investigation into the shooting death of a county deputy’s wife. The deputy is facing charges in that case.
  • Update: Bibb County, Georgia (First reported 06-18-15): A deputy was fired after his DUI arrest.
  • Key West, Florida: An officer was arrested for domestic battery of his 18-year-old girlfriend.
  • Jackson County, Oregon: A now-former officer was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a ticket-fixing investigation.
  • Update: Las Cruces, New Mexico (First reported 05-20-15): Two officers were indicted for their roles in a jailhouse beating.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 03-27-14): Two officers were charged with 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of James Boyd last year.
  • Update: Lowndes County, Georgia (First reported 05-07-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for extorting Hispanic drivers. He took money from them during traffic stops under threat of deportation.
  • Update: Dover, Delaware (First reported 05-06-15): An officer indicted for assault against a suspect due to video of the incident has trial scheduled for November  30, 2015.
  • Update: State College, Pennsylvania (First reported 05-15-15): An officer was fired and charged with tampering. He allegedly removed and replaced the contents of 120 packs of drug evidence.




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Oops, I Did it Again! – TSA Version – With Remy




Published on Jun 25, 2015

” Remy gets the TSA boy band together to give their twist on the Britney Spears hit.

Runs approximately 2 minutes.

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

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I think I did it again
I just saved the world
You’re welcome, my friend

Oh baby, I’ve
groped so many kids
by patting them down
I just received this

A four-ounce tube of toothpaste?
No ain’t nothing getting past me
Well maybe, maybe

Oops, I did it again
I missed all their bombs
they got on the plane
oh baby, baby
Oops you think I’m the one
keeping track of the guns
I’m not that competent

Of the 70 weapons they tried to sneak past, you missed 67
leaving you incompetent at the single task we gave you
Is there a reason we shouldn’t fire you?
Well, I identify as competent.
Why didn’t you say so…

Oops, I did it again (Oops I)
I missed all their bombs (did it again, missed their bombs)
they got on the plane (I got lost)
oh baby, baby (I’m not that bright, baby)
Oops you think I’m the one (Oops you)
keeping track of the guns (gave us the GDP of Guam)
I’m not that competent “










Why Does Your Breath Stink In The Morning?





Published on Jun 23, 2015

” At night, your mouth becomes the perfect home for growing bacteria. Forgive us if we don’t talk to you until after you brush your teeth.
  Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters — we couldn’t make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, Justin Lentz, David Campos, John Szymakowski, Peso255, Jeremy Peng, Avi Yaschin, and Fatima Iqbal.”










Doris Lessing




” Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others.”












Lisa Benson














 Today In The Past




684 – St Benedict II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1284 – Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away (actually happened)

1498 – Toothbrush invented

1721 – Dr Zabdiel Boylston gives 1st smallpox inoculations in America

1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can’t sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil!

1843 – Hong Kong proclaimed a British Crown Colony

1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US

1896 – 1st movie theater in US opens, charging 10 cents for admission

1906 – Hongar Szisz wins 1st Grand-Prix (Le Mans, France)

1917 – 1st US Expeditionary Force arrive in France during WW I

1936 – 1st flight of Fw61 helicopter

1941 – Finland enters WW II against Russia

1944 – Yanks, Dodgers & Giants play unique 6 inn game for War Bonds, each playing successive innings, final score Dodgers-5, Yanks-1 & Giants-0

1945 – UN Charter signed by 50 nations in SF

1959 – Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

1959 – Queen Elizabeth & Pres Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway

1964 – Beatles release “A Hard Day’s Night” album

1970 – Frank Robinson hits 2 grand slams as Orioles beat Senators 12-2

1974 – The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio

1975 – Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.

1977 – Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, last performance of his career

1990 – 122°F in Phoenix Arizona

1994 – 104°F (40°C) at Denver Colorado

1994 – 107°F (41.6°C) at Albuquerque New Mexico

1994 – 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso Texas

1994 – 122°F (50°C) at Laughlin Nevada

1994 – 126°F (52.2°C) in Death Valley Calif

1995 – Gunmen ambush Egyptian pres Hosni Mubarak, escapes unharmed

2008 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.


1575 – Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1612)

1819 – Abner Doubleday, Mjr Gen (Union)/inventor (baseball) [or 1/26]

1887 – Anthony G de Rothschild, Britain, philanthropist

1892 – Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, China, author (Good Earth-Nobel 1938)




1893 – “Big Bill” Broonzy, Miss, blues singer/guitarist (Blues by Broonzy)







1898 – Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer




1898 – Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history (d. 1971)






1904 – Peter Lorre, Hungarian/US, actor (M, Casablanca, Beast with 5 Fingers)

1911 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete (d. 1956)

1943 – Georgie Fame, rock vocalist (Get Away, Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde)

1961 – Greg LeMond, US bicyclist (Tour de France winner-1986, 1989, 1990)

1973 – Gretchen Wilson, American singer

1974 – Derek Jeter, Pequanock NJ, shortstop (NY Yankees, Rookie of Year 1996)

1979 – Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racing driver


363 – Flavius C Julianus, [Apostata], emperor of Rome (361-63), dies

1541 – Francisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima by the son of his former companion and later antagonist, Diego Almagro the younger. Almagro is later caught and executed.

1863 – Andrew Hull Foote, US Union lt admiral, dies

1993 – Roy Campanella, 3xMVP catcher (Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 71

2003 – Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)

2003 – Sir Dennis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)

2007 – Liz Claiborne, Belgian-born American fashion designer (b. 1929)

















Happy Birthday “Big” Bill Broonzy









” Big Bill Broonzy was born William Lee Conley Broonzy in the tiny town of Scott, Mississippi, just across the river from Arkansas. During his childhood, Broonzy‘s family — itinerant sharecroppers and the descendants of ex-slaves — moved to Pine Bluff to work the fields there. Broonzy learned to play a cigar box fiddle from his uncle, and as a teenager, he played violin in local churches, at community dances, and in a country string band. During World War I, Broonzy enlisted in the U.S. Army, and in 1920 he moved to Chicago and worked in the factories for several years. In 1924 he met Papa Charlie Jackson, a New Orleans native and pioneer blues recording artist for Paramount. Jackson took Broonzy under his wing, taught him guitar, and used him as an accompanist. Broonzy‘s entire first session at Paramount in 1926 was rejected, but he returned in November 1927 and succeeded in getting his first record, House Rent Stomp, onto Paramount wax. As one of his early records came out with the garbled moniker of Big Bill Broomsley, he decided to shorten his recording name to Big Bill, and this served as his handle on records until after the second World War. Among aliases used for Big Bill on his early releases were Big Bill Johnson, Sammy Sampson, and Slim Hunter.”







” Broonzy‘s earliest records do not demonstrate real promise, but this would soon change. In 1930, the Hokum Boys broke up, and Georgia Tom Dorsey decided to keep the act going by bringing in Big Bill and guitarist Frank Brasswell to replace Tampa Red, billing themselves as “the Famous Hokum Boys.” With Georgia Tom and Brasswell, Broonzy hit his stride and penned his first great blues original, “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” This was a hit and helped make his name with record companies. Although only half-a-dozen blues artists made any records during 1932, the worst year in the history of the record business, one of them was Big Bill, who made 20 issued sides that year.”









” Through Georgia Tom and Tampa Red, Big Bill met Memphis Minnie and toured as her second guitarist in the early ’30s, but apparently did not record with her. When he did resume recording in March 1934 it was for Bluebird’s newly established Chicago studio under the direction of Lester Melrose. Melrose liked Broonzy‘s style, and before long, Big Bill would begin working as Melrose‘s unofficial second-in-command, auditioning artists, matching numbers to performers, booking sessions, and providing backup support to other musicians. He played on literally hundreds of records for Bluebird in the late ’30s and into the ’40s, including those made by his half-brother, Washboard Sam,Peter Chatman (aka Memphis Slim), John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson, and others. With Melrose,Broonzy helped develop the “Bluebird beat,” connoting a type of popular blues record that incorporated trap drums and upright string bass. This was the precursor of the “Maxwell Street sound” or “postwar Chicago blues,” and helped to redefine the music in a format that would prove popular in the cities. Ironically, while Broonzy was doing all this work for Melrose at Bluebird, his own recordings as singer were primarily made for ARC, and later Columbia’s subsidiary Okeh. This was his greatest period, and during this time Broonzy wrote and recorded such songs as “Key to the Highway,” “W.P.A. Blues,” “All by Myself,” and “Unemployment Stomp.” For other artists, Broonzy wrote songs such as “Diggin’ My Potatoes.” All told, Big Bill Broonzy had a hand in creating more than 100 original songs.”Continue reading





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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06.23.15



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project


” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 24, 2015:

  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for assault and harassment for an incident off duty.
  • Asbury Park, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for tampering, falsifying records, and other official misconduct.
  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (First reported 05-07-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years and three months violating a man’s civil rights for using excessive force during an arrest. He arrived on the scene and the suspect had already been subdued by fellow officers. He kicked the suspect in the teeth.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was charged with trespassing. The victim claims charges too light for his actions.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was charged with domestic violence.
  • Update: New York, New York: Three officers had misconduct charges dropped in two separate cases that alleged excessive force.
  • Broward County, Florida: Four deputies have been accused of beating a woman in custody.
  • Springfield, Oregon: The City settled a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former officer for $250,000. He alleged retaliation for repeatedly reporting misconduct.
  • Cleveland, Mississippi: An investigator shot a leashed family dog and then lied about it in his report.




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Rick Estrin And The Nightcats – “Never Trust A Woman”





Uploaded on Mar 30, 2010

” Live at Callahan’s, March 28, 2010″












John Caparulo: Meet Cap




Published on Dec 29, 2012

” My favorite stand up of all time. If there are any others that you want me to upload, just subscribe and let me know, and I will try to get my hands on them! Please and thank you! “













The Disposable Life Of A 20 Year-Old Confidential Informant




Published on Jun 15, 2015

” On June 27, 2014, the body of 20-year-old Andrew Sadek, a promising electrical student at the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton, North Dakota, was pulled from the Red River bordering North Dakota and Minnesota.

  Missing for two months, the young man was found shot in the head, wearing a backpack filled with rocks.

  The grisly death of a college student in one of the safest towns in the state, where violent crime is extremely rare, did not lead to a sweeping investigation. In fact, police immediately said they did not suspect foul play.

  Such a supposition strains credulity as it is, but what would be slowly revealed over the following months is that Andrew had been working as a confidential informant for the police, and that his school knew that authorities were busting its students and using them as bait to catch drug dealers.

  This is a story of overzealous prosecution of minor drug offenses by a task force answerable only to itself, callous official indifference toward a grieving family, and a lack of transparency by authorities that raises more questions than it answers.

  Paramount among these questions: Why are police using non-violent, first-time offenders in the very dangerous role of confidential informant? “










John Wayne




” It rankles me when somebody tries to force somebody to do something.”











Glenn McCoy



Glenn McCoy













Today In The Past



253 – St Lucius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1183 – Peace of Konstanz

1500 – Pope Alexander VI accept Treaty of Granada

1630 – Fork introduced to American dining by Gov Winthrop

1638 – Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in US

1788 – Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify US constitution

1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens

1867 – 1st barbed wire patented by Lucien B Smith of Ohio

1868 – FL, AL, LA, GA, NC & SC readmitted to US




1876 – Custer & 7th Cavalry wiped out by Sioux & Cheyenne at Little Big Horn






1910 – Mann Act passed (no women across state lines for immoral purposes)

1929 – Pres Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam)

1935 – Joe Louis defeats Primo Carnera at Yankee Stadium

1938 – “A Tisket A Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1

1942 – Maj Gen Dwight Eisenhower appointed commander of US forces in Europe

1947 – Tennis shoe introduced

1949 – Long-Haired Hare is released in Theaters starring Bugs Bunny.

1950 – Korean conflict begins; N Korea invades S Korea

1951 – 1st color TV broadcast-CBS’ Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities

1956 – 51 die in collision of “Andrea Doria” & “Stockholm” (Cape Cod)

1968 – Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his 1st major league game (Giants)

1977 – Roy C Sullivan of Va is struck by lightning for 7th time!

1979 – Failed attack on NATO commander Haig in Obourg, Belgium

1981 – Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration, constitutional

1988 – Cal Ripken Jr plays in his 1,000th consecutive game

1996 – The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills 19 U.S. servicemen.


1242 – Beatrice of England, Duchess of Brittanny (d. 1275)

1726 – Thomas Pennant, British naturalist

1886 – Henry “Hap” Arnold, commanding general, US Army Air Force (WW II)

1900 – Lord Louis Mountbatten, of Burma, royal relative/earl/baron/admiral




1903 – George Orwell, [Eric A Blair], Bihar, British India, British writer (Animal Farm, 1984), (d. 1950)






1924 – Sidney Lumet, Phila, director (Group, Pawnbroker, Fail Safe)

1925 – Clifton Chenier, Opelousas La, blues singer (Bayou Blues)

1925 – June Lockhart, NYC, actr (Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction)

1929 – Eric Carle, American author

1936 – Harold Melvin, US singer (Blue Notes-My Hero)

1945 – Carly Simon, NYC, singer (Anticipation, You’re So Vain)

1946 – Allen Lanier, rock keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult)

1956 – Anthony Bourdain, Chef and author


1212 – Simon de Montfort, a leader of the crusades, dies at 67

1483 – Edward V, king of England (Apr 9-Jun 25, 1483), murdered

1533 – Mary Tudor, queen consort of Louis XII of France (b. 1496)

1579 – Hatano Hideharu, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1541)

1876 – Boston Custer, brother of George Custer, dies at Little Bighorn

1876 – George A Custer, US general (Little Bighorn), dies at 36

1876 – Thomas W Custer, brother of George Custer, dies at Little Bighorn

1906 – Stanford White, Architect, shot dead atop Madison Square Garden which he designed by Harry Thaw jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit

1916 – Thomas Eakins, American artist (b. 1844)

1956 – Ernest J King, US fleet admiral/Chief of Naval Operations, dies at 77




1959 – Charles Starkweather, spree killer (b. 1938)






1976 – Johnny Mercer, US songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66

1995 – Warren Earl Burger, Supreme Court Justice, dies of heart failure at 78

1997 – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Fren oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

2009 – Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest aged 50

2009 – Farrah Fawcett, American actress and pop culture figure (b.1947)



















National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06.19.15 To 06.22.15



National Police Misconduct Reporting Project




” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, June 19 through Monday, June 22, 2015:

  • Columbus, Ohio: An officer inadvertently shot a four-year-old girl while attempting to shoot the family dog. The girl was wounded in the leg.
  • Boca Raton, Florida: An officer was fired for violating procedure in a shooting incident last year.
  • Erie Township, Michigan: An officer was suspended for actions before and after a domestic altercation that involved a shooting.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: The department is being sued by a man after a police cruiser collided with him while he was on an ATV.
  • Fulton County, Georgia: A captain was arrested for pandering during a vice sting in another county.
  • Update: Newton, New Jersey: A now-former officer pled guilty to exposing himself to five men during traffic stops. He is scheduled to be sentenced in August.
  • Osage Nation, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with a felony after a fatal hit-and-run of a pedestrian.
  • Owasso, Oklahoma: An officer was placed on leave while under investigation for use of excessive force.
  • Update: Simpsonville, South Carolina: A now-former officer pled guilty to misconduct. He improperly disposed of evidence in murder case.



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Happy Birthday To A Master




” Beck grew up in Wallington, England. His mother’s piano playing and the family’s radio tuned to everything from dance to classical made sure Beck was surrounded by music from a young age.

“ For my parents, who lived through the war, music was a source of comfort to them. Life was tense and music helped them forget about their troubles. I’m sure that made an impression on me,” recalls Beck. “I was really small when jazz broke through in England and I can still remember sneaking off to the living room to listen to it on the radio—much to my parent’s disapproval.”

  Inspired by the music he heard, it wasn’t long before Beck picked up a guitar and began playing around London. He briefly attended Wimbledon’s Art College before leaving to devote all of his time to music. Beck worked as a session player, with Screaming Lord Sutch – the British equivalent to Screaming Jay Hawkins – and the Tridents before he replaced Eric Clapton as the Yardbirds’ lead guitarist in 1965.”











 ” Geoffrey Arnold “Jeff” Beck (born 24 June 1944) is an English rock guitarist. He is one of three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds(Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page are the other two). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.

  Much of Beck’s recorded output has been instrumental, with a focus on innovative sound and his releases have spanned genres ranging from blues-rockheavy metal, jazz fusion and an additional blend of guitar-rock and electronica. Although he recorded two hit albums (in 1975 and 1976) as a solo act, Beck has not established or maintained the sustained commercial success of many of his contemporaries and bandmates.

   Beck appears on albums by Mick JaggerKate BushRoger WatersDonovanStevie WonderLes PaulZuccheroCyndi LauperBrian May and ZZ Top. In 1988, he made a cameo appearance in the movie Twins.

  He was ranked 5th in Rolling Stone‘s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and the magazine has described him as “one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock”.  MSNBC has called him a “guitarist’s guitarist”.  Beck has earned wide critical praise and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance six times and Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance once. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: as a member of The Yardbirds (1992) and as a solo artist (2009).  “










 All About Jazz is celebrating Jeff Beck’s birthday today!


” Jeff Beck isn’t your typical guitar legend. His goal, in fact, is to make you forget that he plays guitar. “I don\’t understand why some people will only accept a guitar if it has an instantly recognizable guitar sound,” says Beck.”Finding ways to use the same guitar people have been using for 50 years to make sounds that no one has heard before is truly what gets me off… Read more. “










” This Jeff Beck recordings listing is arranged in chronological order, except for the recordings he made with the Yardbirds. Jeff Beck was a member of the Yardbirds for two years and some of the recordings he made with them were not released until 14 years later. All records listed are US and England, unless otherwise specified.”








Happy Birthday Jeff , Long May You Play










The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 Vol 1




” The American Folk Blues Festival 1962 1966 vol 1

1. T-Bone Walker – Call Me When You Need Me (1962) 

2. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – Hootin’ Blues (1962) 

3. Memphis Slim – The Blues Is Everywhere (1962) 

4. Otis Rush – I Can’t Quit You Baby (1966) 

5. Lonnie Johnson – Another Night to Cry (1963) 

6. Sippie Wallace – Women Be Wise (1966)  

7. John Lee Hooker – Hobo Blues (1965) 

8. Eddie Boyd – Five Long Years (1965) 

9. Walter “Shakey” Horton – Shakey’s Blues (1965)

10. Junior Wells – Hoodoo Man Blues (1966) 

11. Big Joe Williams – Mean Stepfather (1963) 

12. Mississippi Fred McDowell – Going Down to the River (1965)  

13. Willie Dixon – Weak Brain and Narrow Mind (1964)

14. Sonny Boy Williamson (1963) 

15. Otis Spann – Spann’s Blues (1963) 

16. Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo Working (1963) 

17. Finale – Bye Bye Blues (1963) “


Dean Martin, Peter Sellers, Nipsey Russell, Dom DeLuise – 1973 – “The Barbershop Sketch”




” Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 — December 25, 1995) was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer.

  One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the “King of Cool” for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assuredness. He was a member of the “Rat Pack” and a star in concert stage/nightclubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television. He was the host of the television variety program The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974) and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974–1985).

  Martin’s relaxed, warbling crooning voice earned him dozens of hit singles including his signature songs “Memories Are Made of This”, “That’s Amore”, “Everybody Loves Somebody”, “You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You”, “Sway”, “Volare”, and “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?”.

  Peter Sellers, CBE (born Richard Henry Sellers; 8 September 1925 — 24 July 1980), was a British film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, featured on a number of hit comic songs and became known to a world-wide audience through his many film characterisations, among them Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films.

  Julius “Nipsey” Russell (September 15, 1918 — October 2, 2005) was an American comedian, best known today for his appearances as a guest panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s, especially Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth and Pyramid.

  His appearances were distinguished in part by the short, humorous poems he would recite during the broadcast. These lyrics became so closely associated with Russell that Dick Clark, Bill Cullen, Betty White, and others regularly referred to him as “the poet laureate of television.” He also had a leading role in the film version of The Wiz as the Tin Man. He was also a frequent guest on the long-running “Dean Martin Celebrity Roast” series.

  Dominick “Dom” DeLuise (August 1, 1933 — May 4, 2009) was an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur from 1965 until his death and the father of actor, director, pianist, and writer Peter DeLuise, actor David DeLuise, and actor Michael DeLuise.

  He starred in a number of movies directed by Mel Brooks, in a series of films with career-long best friend Burt Reynolds, and as a voice actor in various animated films by Don Bluth.”
















Charles Murray And Jonah Goldberg On Civil Disobedience In America




Published on May 11, 2015

” The American ideal of limited government on life support. Is it time for civil disobedience? Charles Murray says yes. Murray has been writing on government overreach for more than 30 years. His new book, “By The People,” is a blueprint for taking back American liberty. Jonah Goldberg sits down with Murray to discuss civil unrest in Baltimore, the scope of the government, and why bureaucrats should wear body cameras.

  According to AEI scholar, acclaimed social scientist, and bestselling author Charles Murray, American liberty is under assault. The federal government has unilaterally decided that it can and should tell us how to live our lives. If we object, it threatens, “Fight this, and we’ll ruin you.” How can we overcome regulatory tyranny and live free once again? In his new book, “By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission” (Crown Forum, May 2015), Murray offers provocative solutions.

For more, come to the live event at AEI:… ”











St Augustine



” Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.”














Michael Ramirez















Today in the Past



451 – 10th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

843 – Vikings destroy Nantes

1314 – Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England

1441 – Eton College founded by Henry VI

1509 – Henry VIII crowned King of England

1540 – Henry VIII divorces his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves

1664 – The colony of New Jersey is founded.

1795 – US & Great Britain sign Jay Treaty, 1st US extradition treaty

1817 – 1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast

1853 – Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (76,800 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce 

1861 – Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from US

1863 – Planning an invasion of Pennsylvania, Lee’s army crosses Potomac




1884 – John Lynch is 1st black elected chairman of Republican convention






1894 – Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years

1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.

1917 – Russian Black Sea fleet mutiny at Sebastopol

1930 – 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia DC

1938 – 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

1939 – Pan Am’s 1st US to England flight

1947 – Jackie Robinson swipes home for 1st of 19 times in his career

1948 – Soviet Union begins Berlin Blockade

1962 – Jack Reed’s 22nd-inning HR wins longest NY Yankee game in history

1968 – Jim Northrup hits 2 grand-slammers to help Tigers beat Cleve 14-3

1970 – “Catch 22” opens in movie theaters

1970 – Bobby Murcer ties record of 4 consecutive HRs

1972 – “Troglodyte (Cave Man)” by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6




1972 – Yvonne Braitwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair in Dem convention






1980 – Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, 1st horse to win $2 million

2004 – In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.


1386 – Giovanni da Capistrano, Italian saint (d. 1456)

1771 – E I Du Pont, France, chemist/scientist (Du Pont)

1813 – Henry Ward Beecher, Litchfield Ct, clergyman/orator (Independent)

1842 – Ambrose Bierce, Meigs County, Ohio, American writer and satirist (Devil’s Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust)

1850 – Horatio Herbert Kitchener, England, original Order of Merit member

1897 – Daniel K. Ludwig, American shipping magnate (d. 1992)

1899 – Chief Dan George, actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man. Smith!)

1903 – Phil Harris, Linton In, actor (Anything Goes, Robin Hood)

1911 – Juan Manuel Fangio, racing driver

1944 – Jeff Beck, Surrey England, singer/guitarist (Jeff Beck Group)

1950 – Mercedes R Lackey, US, sci-fi author (Arrow’s Fall, Magic’s Pawn)


1398 – Hongwu Emperor of China (b. 1328)

1519 – Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander, dies at 39

1817 – Thomas McKean, US attorney/signer (Decl of Independence), dies at 83

1908 – Grover Cleveland, 22nd & 24th Pres (1885-89, 93-97), dies at 71

1946 – Louise Whitfield Carnegie, American philanthropist (b. 1857)

1987 – Jackie Gleason, comedian (Honeymooners), dies of colon cancer at 71

2007 – Chris Benoit, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1967)