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[T]he flames kindled on the 4 of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 1821
AMERICAN HISTORICAL FIGURE
Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.
CONSERVATIVE ORG HIGHLIGHT
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“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
House Reaffirms ‘In God We Trust’
‘Economy more important than Founding Principal of Nation’
Personal Liberty Digest – Last December, Representative Randy Forbes (R-Va.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama correcting the President’s assertion that “E pluribus unum” — the Latin phrase meaning “from many, one” — was the national motto of the United States in a speech at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Lessons from history: lawful treatment of slaves and the nature of man
National Review – Larry Arnn and Our Founding Documents: Chapter 2 of 5
Dr. Larry Arnn discusses the influence of Woodrow Wilson.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Nurses Don’t Want To Be Abortionists
Faith and the state
Personal Liberty Digest – Twelve nurses represented by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) have sued a hospital operated by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for requiring them to participate in abortions.
SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Fast and Furious: NRA to Launch National Campaign Calling For Holder’s Resignation
Townhall – The National Rifle Association called for President Obama to hold Attorney General Eric Holder accountable for his role in Operation Fast and Furious during their annual convention and meetings in Pittsburgh back in April, when the scandal was just getting started.
SC Sheriff Urges Citizens To Arm Themselves
Liberal policies keep criminals on streets
WXII12 News – The Spartanburg County, S.C., Sheriff is known for speaking his mind, and at a news conference on Monday, he didn’t hold back his anger and frustration after a woman was attacked in a park over the weekend. Sheriff Chuck Wright opened his news conference by saying, “Our form of justice is not making it.” He said, “Carry a concealed weapon. That’ll fix it.”
Chris Cox’s Failed Argument for Forced Concealed Carry
ON THE LEFT
Huffington Post – NRA lobbyist Chris Cox recently authored an op-edfor The Daily Caller in which he argued in favor of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 822). Sadly, as is often all-too true with the arguments made by the NRA regarding our nation’s gun laws, his reasoning was misleading at best.
Lady Gaga dominates MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast
Western culture in free-fall
Lady Gaga has dominated the MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast, collecting four prizes in a range of outfits. The US pop singer gained awards for best song, best video, best female and biggest fans at the ceremony, in the Odyssey Arena.
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Georgia University Forces Employees to Sign Statement Rejecting Homosexuality or Be Fired
University taking a stand
Fox News – A private Georgia university is reportedly requiring its employees to sign a statement indicating they are not gay or face termination.
Ultrasound viewing part of NC abortion law blocked
No allowance for sympathy for their own – the cursed unborn in America
MSNBC – A federal judge blocked part of North Carolina’s new abortion law Tuesday, ruling providers do not have to place an ultrasound image next to a pregnant woman so she can view it, nor do they have to describe its features and offer her the chance to listen to the heartbeat.
North Carolina legislators and officials have argued that by offering the image to a woman seeking an abortion and other information they would promote childbirth and protect patients from emotional distress associated with the procedure and possible coercion. The judge said she received no evidence supporting those arguments.
Is the tide turning against the killing of ‘cursed’ infants in Ethiopia?
Cursed infants in Ethipia
CNN – Erma Ayeli’s first child was considered “mingi,” or cursed by her Ethiopian village, and killed. A child can be mingi because of physical deformities, illegitimacy, ancient superstitions and a variety of other reasons. If they do not kill the cursed infant, villagers believe, bad luck will come to the whole community.
Study Links Swearing on TV to Teen Aggression
“As a man thinks, so he is”
Fox News – Swearing on television during prime time will most likely get a show fined by the Federal Communication Commission, and new research suggests it might be for good reasons. “Profanity is kind of like a stepping stone,”
How to Raise an American Patriot
Book Review – Marijo N. Tinlin – Eagle Forum
Kids used to learn civics and even patriotism in school. Now they are more likely to be taught that America conquers and steals from other nations and victimizes and oppresses her own people. Mother and author Marijo. Tinlin offers parents an antidote to make it “okay for our kids to be proud to be an American.” …The book also highlights some heroes whose stories will motivate you and your kids to learn more about our remarkable national history. Your kids have no doubt heard of George Washington. But do they know that during the Revolutionary War his horse was shot out from underneath him and that bullets tore through his clothes but did not hit him? Kids will also be interested to learn that James Madison was an ambassador to Russia when he was only 14 years old!
ECONOMY | FINANCIAL | BUSINESS
Many companies pay no income taxes, study finds
Taxation, Economics & Morality
CNN Money – The corporate tax rate is 35%. But an examination of 280 of the nation’s largest corporations suggests that many aren’t paying anything close to that. The report issued by Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy paints the corporate tax code as wildly inefficient, filled with loopholes and subject to the influence of lobbyists who carve out special provisions for the companies they represent.
Santorum’s right about morality and economy
National Morality & Economic Crises
Star Parker – WND – Santorum may be dragging up the rear in the lineup of Republican presidential candidates, but I am grateful to him for being the only candidate who insists that the so-called “social issues” remain an integral, explicit part of his agenda.
That’s not to say that the other conservative candidates disagree with Santorum’s take on these issues – traditional values, abortion, marriage – but Santorum has been the only one to insist that you cannot consider the economy independent of the way the individual human beings that make up the economy behave.
Debttpocalyse: Army Futurists See Fiscal Meltdown on the Horizon
National Defense Magazine – Military preparing for national economic meltdown
Generals, admirals and politicians have been pushing the panic button repeatedly in recent weeks over proposed cuts to the Pentagon’s budget.
But don’t tell that to the forward thinkers who are shaping the future of the U.S. Army.
Army strategists say they are planning for an era of austerity, simply because they might not have a choice. According to the conclusions of the service’s “alternative futures” seminar conducted this week in Chantilly, Va., the United States is headed for fiscal calamity as early as two to three years from now. The message: The national security of the United States does not rest in bigger military budgets but in getting rid of its atrocious debt and restoring its fiscal health.
Why Liberals Won’t Want to Re-Elect Obama — Today’s Outrage
Dispossessed home owners, the jobless, the angry and the sullen
The Street – The nation awoke yesterday morning to find that our president was right on the job. President Obama proclaimed that he wasn’t going to let a recalcitrant Congress kick him around anymore.
Foreign buyers scooping up U.S. homes
The state giveth, taketh away and giveth to another
CNN Money – Hey, wealthy foreigners! Want to live in the U.S.? Buy a home here. International purchases of American homes are ramping up, and a new Senate bill designed to boost the ailing real-estate market would encourage globe-trotting investors to buy even more.
No Child Left Unmedicated?
Eagle Forum – TeenScreen Expanding Despite Concerns
More and more public schools are using TeenScreen, a controversial mental health screening diagnostic, despite public protests, myriad problems, and known conflicts of interest. According to TeenScreen deputy director Leslie McGuire, the program has expanded from 30 sites in 2003 to 600 sites in 46 states today. Requests for their screening questionnaires have almost tripled to 426,000 in 2010, according to the group.
Congressman Ron Paul has noted the potential for universal or mandatory mental health screenings to be used for politically motivated purposes. One federally-funded violence prevention program already lists “intolerance” as a mental problem that may lead a child to commit violent acts at school, and there are efforts underway to add a diagnosis of “extreme intolerance” to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. “Because ‘intolerance’ is often a code word for believing in traditional values, children who share their parents’ values could be labeled as having mental problems and a risk of causing violence,” said Paul as he reintroduced his Parental Consent Act before the House of Representatives in August.
School Competition Rescues Kids
Townhall.com – For years, American education from kindergarten through high school has been a virtual government monopoly.
Conventional wisdom is that government must run the schools. But government monopolies don’t do anything well. They fail because they have no real competition. Yet competition is what gives us better phones, movies, cars — everything that’s good.
The Mighty Macs
Movie Guide – THE MIGHTY MACS is based on the true story of Cathy Rush, who in 1971 is hired as the women’s basketball coach at Immaculata College, a small all-women Catholic school in Philadelphia.
When she applies for the job, Cathy knows only three things about the school: it’s an all-girls school, the basketball team isn’t very good, and the school is run by nuns. When she’s hired, she finds the college is out of money so she will have to work hard to find everything the team needs, including a place to practice since the old gym burned down a few years earlier.
Congress? Who needs ’em
World Net Daily – Henry Lamb
With the current presidential administration Congress is dysfunctional and to be avoided, the Constitution an imperfect document with deep flaws.
Occupy Washington with God
World Net Daily – Larry Klayman
The left continues its attack on Wall Street, and not without cause. While several conservative commentators have denounced it, as I have written in recent columns, “We the People” are more than fed up; we are at the end of a long line of failed leadership and unanswered grievances. Indeed, reports today are that the so-called budget deal – long pushed down the road by both Democrats and Republicans – is yet another sham, with paltry cuts to our over-bloated budget. This is just one example of the failed leadership that has brought our nation to its knees.
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Cannabis Disrupts Brain Waves Like Schizophrenia, Study Finds – Fox News
Fox News – Cannabis causes the same type of chaotic brain activity seen in people with schizophrenia, British scientists found. Researchers from Bristol University, in western England, made the discovery after measuring the brain neurons of rats that were given the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis.
Michelle Obama: ‘We Start With Kids … We Can Affect Who They Will Be Forever’
CNS News – First Lady Michelle Obama said yesterday that the government can affect who kids “will be forever” if it can shape their “habits and preferences” during the large part of the day they are at school. (In so many ways)
Ancient History 335 – Athanasius is banished to Trier, on charge that he prevented a grain fleet from sailing to Constantinople.
Ancient Church History 680 – The Sixth Ecumenical Council commences in Constantinople.
The Third Council of Constantinople, counted as the Sixth Ecumenical Council by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches and other Christian groups, met in 680/681.
Revolution 1776 – Post office stays in the Franklin family
On this day in 1776, Congress chooses Richard Bache to succeed his father-in-law, Benjamin Franklin, as postmaster general. Franklin had sailed for France on behalf of the Continental Congress the previous month.
Civil War 1861 – North and South clash at the Battle of Belmont
On this day in 1861, Union forces under Ulysses S. Grant overrun a Confederate camp at the Battle of Belmont, Missouri, but are forced to flee when additional Confederate troops arrive. Although Grant claimed victory, the Union gained no ground and left the Confederates in firm control of that section of the Mississippi River.
Old West 1876- Texas- Johnny Ringo and George Glidden are arrested
Their arrest ends the “HooDoo War” in Texas. The feud began over a year earlier with cattle rustlings. The HooDoos were night-riding vigilantes who disguised themselves with hoods and boot-black. Today In Old West History
John Peters “Johnny” Ringo (May 3, 1850 – July 13, 1882) was an outlaw Cowboy of the American Old West who was affiliated with Ike Clanton and Frank Stilwell in Cochise County, Arizona Territory during 1881-1882.
The Mason County War, also called the Hoodoo War (1875–1876) was a cattle rustling dispute between German-American settlers and the non-German ranchers in Mason County, Texas.
World War 1914 – First issue of The New Republic published
On this day in 1914, while World War I rages in Europe, the first issue of a new weekly magazine, The New Republic, is published in the United States.
The New Republic’s editorial board was presided over by the journalist Herbert Croly, author of the influential 1909 book The Promise of American Life. Impressed by Croly’s arguments for greater economic planning, increased spending on education and the need for a society based on the “brotherhood of mankind”—ideas that were said to have influenced both Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson—the heiress Dorothy Payne Whitney and her husband, the banker and diplomat Williard Straight, approached Croly and asked him to join them in launching a new liberal journal that would provide an intelligent, opinionated examination of politics, foreign affairs and culture. After recruiting his friend and fellow journalist Walter Lippmann, Croly saw the first issue of the new magazine hit the stands on November 7, 1914.
World War II 1944 – Soviet master spy is hanged by the Japanese
On this day in 1944, Richard Sorge, a half-Russian, half-German Soviet spy, who had used the cover of a German journalist to report on Germany and Japan for the Soviet Union, is hanged by his Japanese captors.
Science History 1867 – Marie Curie born this day
Marie Marja Sklodowska Curie was a Polish-born French chemist and physicist. In 1898, her celebrated experiments on uranium minerals led to discovery of two new elements. First she separated polonium, and then radium a few months later. The quantity of radon in radioactive equilibrium with a gram of radium was named a curie (subsequently redefined as the emission of 3.7 x 1010 alpha particles per sec.) With Henri Becquerel and her husband, Pierre Curie, she was awarded the 1903 Nobel Prize for Physics. She was then sole winner of a second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in Chemistry. Her family won five Nobel awards in two generations. She died of radiation poisoning from her pioneering work before the need for protection was known. Today In Science
Japanese-American WWII vets honored by Congress
MSNBC – Thousands of Japanese-Americans who fought in the fiercest battles of World War II and became some of the most decorated soldiers in the nation’s history were given an overdue thank-you from their country Wednesday when Congress awarded them its highest civilian honor.
INTERNATIONAL VIEWS & INSIGHTS
Has Obama changed America’s standing in the world?
America and its president in the eyes of the world, one viewpoint. American exceptionalism hasn’t withered, it just never existed.
BBC Britain – President Obama’s actions abroad can exacerbate existing worries about its role in the world. America may seem too young a country to be suffering from a mid-life crisis. But people who grew up in a nation that never doubted its power, wealth and vigour are suffering status anxiety. Are they no longer the best? Doomed to decline? From those fears flow more questions. Have they been too arrogant? Are they no longer feared? Is being loved more important ? President Obama inherited this; he didn’t invent it.
Has America Become an Oligarchy?
The Second Gilded Age
Spiegel Germany – The Occupy Wall Street movement is just one example of the sudden outbreak of tension between America’s super-rich and the “other 99 percent.” Experts now say the US has entered a second Gilded Age, but one in which hedge fund managers have replaced oil barons — and are killing the American dream.
“Can China control social media revolution”
BBC Britain – Microblogs give people the opportunity to share information and speak out like never before
“Microblogging leverages the wisdom of the crowds – the good things bubble up to the top”
LIFE OF SERVICE
‘Mother Robin’ delivers for poor women in Indonesia
CNN Heros – Working as a midwife in Indonesia was not something Lim, a U.S. citizen and author of many books related to infant and maternal health, planned for her life. But after several personal tragedies, her life shifted in a new direction.
“In the span of a year, I lost my best friend and one of the midwives who delivered my child,” said Lim, who has eight children. “My sister also died as a complication of her third pregnancy, and so did her baby. I was crushed, just crushed.
“But I decided not to get angry. I decided to become part of the solution. If I could help even one family prevent the loss of a mother or a child, I would do that. I would dedicate my life to it.”
Justice Department Sues South Carolina Over State’s Strict Immigration Law
Contest federal vs state immigration control
Fox News – The federal government filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop implementation of South Carolina’s tough new immigration law, arguing that the legislation that requires law officers to check suspects’ immigration status is unconstitutional.
Inside Obama’s War Room
The Ends Justify The Means – Congress Remains Un-engaged
Rolling Stone – How he decided to intervene in Libya – and what it says about his evolution as commander in chief. [W]hatever demons lie ahead in Libya, America, for once, will not be solely responsible for having unleashed them – or for exorcising them.
Key general: Iraq pullout plan a ‘disaster’
Washington Times – President Obama’s decision to pull all U.S. forces out of Iraq by Dec. 31 is an “absolute disaster” that puts the burgeoning Arab democracy at risk of an Iranian “strangling,” said an architect of the 2007 troop surge that turned around a losing war. Retired ArmyGen. John M. Keane was at the forefront of persuading President George W. Bush to scuttle a static counterinsurgency strategy and replace it with 30,000 reinforcements and a more activist, street-by-street counterterrorism tactic.
Herman Cain: Runaway Slave
American Thinker – Lloyd Marcus
Black overseers and liberal white democrats do not want to see a character-driven black in the Oval office who will not exploit his race to further a socialistic agenda.
Latinos Go Conservative
The Americano – As if the White House didn’t have enough to worry about, a recent Gallup poll piled on bad news for President Obama. At the beginning of 2010 the president enjoyed support from 69% of Hispanics. By May that number was down to 57%. Now just 55% of Hispanics support the president and his liberal agenda. This news by itself is devastating to the Democrats’ prospects in the 2010 midterm elections.
Charlie Daniels Defends Gibson Guitar, Says Raid Was Political
Townhall – The Obama Adminstration has been accused of raiding the U.S. based company for political purposes since the company has donated to republicans in the past rather than democrats.
SCIENCE | ENVIRONMENT | TECH
Letter from Bermuda: Secrets of a Civil War Shipwreck
Archaeology – Civil War Insights
The oceangoing sidewheel steamship Mary Celestia offers new insight into the desperate struggle between North and South—and faint echoes of her crew’s private aspirations
Archaeology of World War II
Archaeology – Between 1939 and 1945, the world was engulfed in a conflict fought on almost every continent and ocean, involving every world power, and ultimately costing more than 50 million people, both soldiers and civilians, their lives.
Sunstones may have helped Vikings navigate from Norway to America
New research adds credence to Viking legend of sunstones that could pinpoint the sun even on cloudy days. According to Viking legend, the marauding seafarers found their way in bad weather using glowing sunstones that revealed the position of the sun even when it was obscured by cloud or had sunk beneath the horizon.
More here >> and The Fabled Viking Sunstone
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