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Quote for Today February 19th

Quote for Today February 19th

on February 19, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, People

Democracy passes into despotism. Plato Plato was a philosopher, as well as mathematician, in Classical Greece. He is considered an essential figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition, and he founded the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with Socrates and his most famous student, Aristotle, Plato laid the […]

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Brougham Castle

Brougham Castle

on February 19, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Brougham Castle, founded by Robert de Vieuxpont in the early 13th century, is south-east of Penrith, Cumbria, England, on the site of Brocavum, a Roman fort. The castle is scheduled as an Ancient Monument, along with the fort, as “Brougham Roman fort and Brougham Castle”. The Vieuxponts were a powerful land-owning family in North West England and also owned the […]

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Know-Nothings

on February 18, 2020, 8:37 AM / in History

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Despite its obvious flaws, the two-party system has proved enduring in this country. So has a latent desire among the electorate for more options. But despite the obvious vacuum, which is particularly acute today, third (or fourth) political parties don’t tend to arise from the ideological center. The passion that it takes to […]

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Remembering the Planets and what the heck happened to Pluto

Remembering the Planets and what the heck happened to Pluto

on February 18, 2020, 6:12 AM / in History

My very earnest mother just stole uncle Ned’s Pants… got a kick in the rear.  In 1930, Originally thought to be ninth planet of our solar system, Pluto, was discovered by Claude W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona; it was announced March 13. Pluto was originally considered the ninth planet from the Sun. Its status as a major planet […]

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February 18th in History

February 18th in History

on February 18, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, News

February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 316 days remaining until the end of the year (317 in leap years). Holidays Christian Feast Day: Bernadette Soubirous (France) Colmán of Lindisfarne Flavian of Constantinople Simeon of Jerusalem (Western Christianity) February 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Earliest day on which Wife’s Day or Konudagur can […]

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Quote for Today February 18th

Quote for Today February 18th

on February 18, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, Opinion

If ignorance were treasure, the American political class must be declared wealthier than Midas. “Ignorance, my poor dear Americans, will not save you, nor will your ceaseless pathetic bleatings of excuses, justifications and rationalizations save you from the rank harvest of what you have so assiduously sown for the past five years. Indeed, your excuses and rationalizations push My poisoned blade […]

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Key Facts About George Washington

Key Facts About George Washington

on February 17, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

General of the Continental Army: June 15, 1775 to December 23, 1783 President of the United States: April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797 BIRTH DATE: 1732 at Pope’s Creek, Virginia DEATH DATE: 1799 at Mount Vernon, Virginia (Age 67) HEIGHT: 6′ 2″ (1.879m) WEIGHT: 174lbs (79kg) in 1760 WIFE: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (Married in 1759) CHILDREN: None RELIGION: […]

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Presidents Day? No, officially it’s still Washington’s Birthday

Presidents Day? No, officially it’s still Washington’s Birthday

on February 17, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, National News, News

It may be a day for big sales and cheaper car prices. It’s usually a day off school, and a day when no mail arrives. But federal workers, including U.S. postal workers, who get a day off work on the third Monday in February are not actually celebrating Presidents Day. The federal holiday, enacted in Washington, D.C., in 1879 and […]

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Quote for Today, February 17th

on February 17, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, People

Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty. Barnhill, John Basil (1914). “Indictment of Socialism No. 3”

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Newton’s parakeet

Newton’s parakeet

on February 17, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Newton’s parakeet (Psittacula exsul) is an extinct species of parrot that was endemic to the Mascarene island of Rodrigues in the western Indian Ocean. Several of its features diverged from related species, indicating long-term isolation and adaptation on Rodrigues. Around 40 centimetres (16 in) long, Newton’s parakeet was roughly the size of the rose-ringed parakeet, a close relative and probable ancestor. […]

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February 17th in History

February 17th in History

on February 17, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining until the end of the year (318 in leap years). Holidays Christian Feast Day: Seven Founders of the Servite Order Alexis Falconieri Constabilis Fintan of Clonenagh Janani Luwum (Anglican Communion) Lommán of Trim February 17 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Independence Day, celebrates the […]

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February 16th in History

February 16th in History

on February 16, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

February 16 is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 318 days remaining until the end of the year (319 in leap years). Holidays Christian feast day: Abda of Edessa Elias and companions Juliana of Nicomedia (Catholic Church) Onesimus Charles Todd Quintard (Episcopal Church (USA)) February 16 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Kim Jong-il’s Birthday (North Korea) […]

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Today’s Quote: February 16th

Today’s Quote: February 16th

on February 16, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, People

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. P. J. O’Rourke Patrick Jake “P. J.” O’Rourke (born November 14, 1947) is an American political satirist, journalist, writer, and author. O’Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American […]

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Tea Party’s Dawn

on February 16, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s February 16, 2018. Nine years ago today, a modern version of the Boston Tea Party emerged in U.S. politics. It took place in Seattle, not at Boston Harbor, and although it didn’t have anything to do with tea or British trade tariffs, it certainly concerned taxation. Taxes have long been a touchstone for fiscal conservatives in America, […]

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Quote For Today February 16th

on February 16, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, People

“To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That’s what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul – would you understand why that’s much harder?” Ayn Rand, Fountainhead

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Slavery – a long shameful history

Slavery – a long shameful history

on February 16, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Slavery has a long and shameful history. Ancient cultures made slaves of those captured in battle, as seen in Babylon, Persia, Greece, China, India, and Africa. Israelites were made to be slaves by powerful Pharaohs of Egypt for four hundred years. Julius Caesar conquered in Gaul and brought so many captured “slavic” peoples into to Rome that the term “slav” […]

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February 15th in History

February 15th in History

on February 15, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 319 days remaining until the end of the year (320 in leap years). Holidays Candlemas (Eastern Orthodox Church) Christian Feast Day: Claude de la Colombière Faustinus and Jovita Quinidius Sigfrid of Sweden Vartan (a holiday for Armenians in Lebanon) Thomas Bray (Episcopal Church (USA)) February […]

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Tragedy and Misjudgment

Tragedy and Misjudgment

on February 15, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s February 15, 2020. Eighty-five years ago today, President-elect Franklin Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt in South Florida that claimed the life of Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak. Also on this date, in 1898, the USS Maine exploded in Havana harbor, killing 268 sailors and Marines among its crew of 350. The ship had been sent to project […]

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More Slaves Today than at any time in Human History

More Slaves Today than at any time in Human History

on February 15, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History

There is a book by Benjamin Skinner, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government that stated that an estimated 27 million people in the world are forced to work, held through fraud, under threat of violence, for no pay beyond subsistence, in forced marriages, in sex-trafficking and prostitution. William Federer relays from […]

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‘Miraculously, We Found Bill’s Crash Site’

‘Miraculously, We Found Bill’s Crash Site’

on February 15, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, People

A personal account of three days in a Vietnam veteran’s life — separated by many decades. “Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.” —John Adams (1808) Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, two weeks ago, I received this text message: “Miraculously, we found Bill’s crash site and the farmer who was nearby that day.” That message was […]

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