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Lost and Found – June 6th Edition

What to remember about June 6th…

  • 1639 General Court of Massachusetts grants 500 acres for the establishment of the first gunpowder mill in America
  • 1664 New Amsterdam transferred to British and is renamed New York City
  • 1755 Nathan Hale born ; hanged by British September 22, 1776; states “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” before
  • 1775  Marinus Willett and Sons of Liberty confront evacuating British soldiers in New York and seize five wagon loads of weapons
  • 1862  Battle of Memphis; Confederate fleet destroyed and Union takes effective control of Memphis and the Mississippi River
  • 1892  Benjamin Harrison becomes 1st sitting president to attend a professional baseball game and throw out the 1st pitch
  • 1918  US Marines begin Battle of Belleau Wood; for his heroic actions, Gunnery Sergeant Ernest A Janson earns 1st Medal of Honor awarded in WWI
  • 1921  William “Big Bill” Gatewood pitches the first no-hitter in the Negro National League beating the Cincinnati Cuban Stars
  • 1932  1st federal gasoline tax created by Revenue Act of 1932
  • 1933  1st drive-in theater opens; Camden, New Jersey
  • 1942  Japanese invade Kiska Island in the Aleutians (Alaska) taking U.S. Navy weather detachment prisoner
  • 1944  Operation Overlord (D-Day) begins; 6000 ships and landing craft carrying 176,000 troops, 822 aircraft carrying paratroopers, 13,000 other aircraft provide support and air cover; Baseball cancels all games to honor the troops
  • 1949  George Orwell’s classic dark futurist novel “1984″ is published
  • 1966  Republican civil rights activist James Meredith shot and wounded by a white supremacist during March Against Fear
  • 1977  SCOTUS rules in Coker v. Georgia that imposition of the death penalty for rape constitutes cruel and unusual punishment
  • 1982 Operation Peace For Galilee (First Lebanon War) begins with IDF invasion of southern Lebanon, attack is in response to over 200 PLO attacks in pervious year and assassination of Israeli diplomat
  • 1984  Tetris is released; one of the best-selling video games of all time

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Lost and Found – June 6th Edition

What to remember about June 6th…

  • 1639 General Court of Massachusetts grants 500 acres for the establishment of the first gunpowder mill in America
  • 1664 New Amsterdam transferred to British and is renamed New York City
  • 1755 Nathan Hale born ; hanged by British September 22, 1776; states “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” before
  • 1775  Marinus Willett and Sons of Liberty confront evacuating British soldiers in New York and seize five wagon loads of weapons
  • 1862  Battle of Memphis; Confederate fleet destroyed and Union takes effective control of Memphis and the Mississippi River
  • 1892  Benjamin Harrison becomes 1st sitting president to attend a professional baseball game and throw out the 1st pitch
  • 1918  US Marines begin Battle of Belleau Wood; for his heroic actions, Gunnery Sergeant Ernest A Janson earns 1st Medal of Honor awarded in WWI
  • 1921  William “Big Bill” Gatewood pitches the first no-hitter in the Negro National League beating the Cincinnati Cuban Stars
  • 1932  1st federal gasoline tax created by Revenue Act of 1932
  • 1933  1st drive-in theater opens; Camden, New Jersey
  • 1942  Japanese invade Kiska Island in the Aleutians (Alaska) taking U.S. Navy weather detachment prisoner
  • 1944  Operation Overlord (D-Day) begins; 6000 ships and landing craft carrying 176,000 troops, 822 aircraft carrying paratroopers, 13,000 other aircraft provide support and air cover; Baseball cancels all games to honor the troops
  • 1949  George Orwell’s classic dark futurist novel “1984″ is published
  • 1966  Republican civil rights activist James Meredith shot and wounded by a white supremacist during March Against Fear
  • 1977  SCOTUS rules in Coker v. Georgia that imposition of the death penalty for rape constitutes cruel and unusual punishment
  • 1982 Operation Peace For Galilee (First Lebanon War) begins with IDF invasion of southern Lebanon, attack is in response to over 200 PLO attacks in pervious year and assassination of Israeli diplomat
  • 1984  Tetris is released; one of the best-selling video games of all time

Our Lips (and Records) Are Sealed… About Barack Obama

With the media digging into supposed high school bullying and 30-year-old tax returns for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the vetting of President Obama has never been started.  Questions asked have been dodged or just never asked by the mainstream media.

Now that the President has gone to the trouble to edit the biographies of other presidents to make himself look important, we have to wonder what is being done to the sealed records that no one has examined.  When mountains of what most would assume to be  mundane information is protected with Praetorian vigilance, a thinking person would ask why.  George Orwell observed the importance of the past and cautioned that “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

Orwell also said “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act” . Who will be the revolutionary and reveal to the world the real Barack Hussein Obama II?

(Thanks to the Nice Deb blog for sharing the picture above.)

Orwell, vegetarians, and the reality based world

George Orwell was one of the most influential futurist authors I was exposed to early in my reading career.  Despite his socialist leanings, a lot of his observations of human nature and societies were and still are spot on.  Read a few of my favorites and see what they tell you about the Occupy wackos.

On vegetarians and progressives…

“One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist….The food-crank is by definition a person willing to cut himself off from human society in hopes of adding five years on to the life of his carcase; that is, a person out of touch with common humanity.”

Our troops aren’t villains…

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf”

History matters…

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

Intellectual stupidity…

“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person
could believe in them.”

Insanity…

“What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?”

His personal politics aside, some time spent reading some of his books or visiting his archive site would be time well spent.

Claws for the weak.

Claws for the weak. – Posted on Facebook February 13, 2011 at 12:07am

I discovered this great quote today.

“It is a commonplace that the history of civilisation is largely the history of weapons. In particular, the connection between the discovery of gunpowder and the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie has been pointed out over and over again. And though I have no doubt exceptions can be brought forward, I think the following rule would be found generally true: that ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will tend to be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance. Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon–so long as there is no answer to it–gives claws to the weak.” – George Orwell