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Man with Tourette's syndrome reportedly denied flight after saying 'bomb'

A man with Tourette’s syndrome says he wasprevented from boarding a flight from Washington to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday after he said the word “bomb.”

MyFoxDC.com reports thatMichael Doyle was reportedly denied access to the JetBlue flight because of the outburst, despite having alerted airline and TSA officials about his condition.

“With all the stuff in the news about the Boston bombings and stuff, I started ticking ‘bomb.’ Because that when I get nervous and anything on my mind will come out,” Doyle told the station.

Doyle said he wasplanning to attend a Revolutionary War reenactment in San Juan with a friend. His trip was thwarted when a pilot reportedly heard what he was saying minutes before the boarding process began.

In a statement to MyFoxDC.com, a Jet Blue official said Doyle “was deemed a safety concern by the pilot in command” after using the word “bomb,” though the situation was later deemed “innocuous.”

Doyle told the station he was offered a free round-trip ticket on a future JetBlue flight but no guarantee that he wouldn’t be denied access in the future.

“It doesn’t make up for the embarrassment or the fact that we missed something that we’d been planning for two years,” Doyle said.

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Death toll at 3 in Boston Marathon bombing seen by White House as terrorism

The deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed at least three and injured more than 130 is believed to be an act of terrorism, senior White House officials told Fox News.

Two explosions tore through the finish line of the world-famous race just before 3 p.m., going off simultaneously as throngs of onlookers watched runners complete the 26.2-mile trek. The timing of the blasts immediately sparked suspicions of a deliberate act.

“When multiple devices go off, that’s an act of terrorism,” a senior administration official told Fox News, just moments after President Obama delivered a statement to the nation and did not use the word “terror.”

The official stressed that it was unclear whether a foreign entity like Al Qaeda was behind it or whether it was home-grown terrorism, prompting the president’s caution in characterizing the bombing.

A first responder source confirms to Fox News that five total explosive devices were found in the Boston area, including the two that exploded. Authorities spent the next several hours sweeping the area for additional devices.

The Associated Press reported early Tuesday police are searching an apartment in the nearby Boston suburb of Revere as part of the investigation into the explosions. Massachusetts State Police confirmed that a search warrant was served Monday night but provided no further details.

Authorities are guarding a person of interest at a local hospital, according to a New York Post report confirmed by Fox News.

The person, who sources said was 20 years old, had severe burns, but authorities had not determined whether the person was a victim or a perpetrator. Sources say the person of interest is reportedly a Saudi national in the United States on a student visa.

“There is no suspect,” said Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. “There are people we’re talking to.”

Davis said at an evening press conference the bombing killed “at least three,” and multiple reports said one of the dead was an eight-year-old child.

A first responder source tells Fox News all of the victims were either bystanders or marathon runners, and that two of the deceased were adults.

In addition to the deaths, more than 130 people were injured – including up to 10 with amputated limbs. Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said during a press conference that no suspect is in custody.The first two explosions occurred at 2:50 p.m. –nearly five hours after the marathon began – about 50 to 100 yards apart, according to Davis. A third explosion occurred near the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in the Columbia Point section of Dorchester, several miles southeast of the marathon’s finish line, at around 4:15 p.m.Police could not say if it was related to the earlier explosions.

The horror unfolded as the city marked the 238th annual Patriot’s Day, commemorating the anniversary of theBattles of Lexington and Concord at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Competitors and race organizers were crying as they fled the bloody chaos, while some witnesses reported seeing victims with lost limbs.

“Somebody’s leg flew by my head,” a spectator, who gave

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Gadsden flag, called Tea Party symbol, removed from New York military armory

A group of New York veterans is preparing to march into court after a town ordered the Gadsden flag removed from a military armory.

The city of New Rochelle, N.Y., has removed the Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag from the New Rochelle Armory after the city council refused to let a veterans organization display the flag, World Net Daily reported.

The United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of New Rochelle is fighting the decision, ordered by City Manager Chuck Strome after complaints that the flag is a symbol of the Tea Party movement, according to World Net Daily.

But Strome did an about-face after Peter Parente, president of United Veterans Memorial, sent Strome the history of the Gadsden flag, which is flown beneath the U.S. flag on many military sites, according to World Net Daily.

Then the New Rochelle City Council overruled Strome, voting 5-2 to have the flag removed.

According to the Washington Examiner, the council objected to the flag because they said Parente is a member of the Tea Party and wants to display the flag to push a political agenda.

Parente said no one in the veterans group is a Tea Party member. “I’m a proud Republican,” he told the council, according to the Examiner.

Now, the veterans have found an ally in the Thomas More Law Center and are ready to go to court.

“Their outrageous decision to confiscate a cherished symbol of our War for Independence smacks of pure partisan politics,” Richard Thompson, chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, told World Net Daily.

“Many Americans fought and died for our independence under that flag, and the law center will take available means to return the Gadsden flag back on the veterans’ flag pole. As one Revolutionary War hero said, we ‘have just begun to fight,'” he added.

According to the U.S. Navy website, beginning Sept. 11, 2002, all U.S. Navy ships have flown the First Navy Jack flag. The flag, first used by the Continental Navy in 1775, consists of a rattlesnake superimposed across 13 alternating red and white stripes with the motto, “Don’t Tread On Me.”

According to the site, Commodore Esek Hopkins used the First Navy Jack as a signal to engage the British in the American Revolution. The Jack in today’s fleet represents a historic reminder of the nation’s origin.

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Fighting For The Soul Of America

By Matt Barber

I just had breakfast with the Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg. Well, not the real Peter Muhlenberg, but a preacher friend of mine named Travis Witt. Travis does a powerful impersonation of the Revolutionary War-time pastor/patriot at churches and other venues around the country.

Travis will be in his full Muhlenberg character at The Awakening 2013 on April 19-20 in Orlando, Fla. The Awakening is a life-changing, spiritual-political revival.

But more on that later.

At breakfast, Travis and I were discussing the man Muhlenberg and what he stood for.

One early Sunday morning in January 1776, Rev. Muhlenberg was preaching what seemed his normal weekly sermon. His Scripture for the day focused on Ecclesiastics 3, which observes, in part, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Muhlenberg continued: “In the language of the holy writ, there was a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away.”

With his voice reaching a dramatic crescendo and his congregation now captivated, a fiery Pastor Muhlenberg then declared: “There is a time to fight, and that time has now come!” He then tore away his clerical robes, revealing, underneath, the crisply pressed uniform of a Colonial Army officer.

His congregation gasped.

Pastor Muhlenberg then marched to the rear of the church building, turned, and shook the walls, declaring, “Who among you is with me?” That very day, 300 brave men from his relatively small church stood with Peter Muhlenberg to become the 8th Virginia Regiment.

Frederick Muhlenberg, the good pastor’s brother, questioned, in a letter, whether it was Peter’s place to fight. Peter wrote back with words as true today as they were then. “I am a Clergyman, it is true,” he wrote, “but I am a member of the Society as well as the poorest Layman, and my Liberty is as dear to me as any man, shall I then sit still and enjoy myself at Home when the best Blood of the Continent is spilling? … so far am I from thinking that I act wrong, I am convinced it is my duty to do so and duty I owe to God and my country.”

I think Peter Muhlenberg set an example for each of us to follow. I think we all owe a duty to God, country, and one another to stand up and fight for liberty, regardless of our station in life.

Like then, we find ourselves today in the midst of a revolutionary war. Not a war with guns, but a war of ideals. We battle not against a foreign king, but a man among us who thinks he’s king. We struggle not against a tyrannical foreign government, but a government of our own making – a government that tilts toward tyranny.

We desperately need revival in this country – spiritual, cultural, and political revival. It’s time for the next Great Awakening.

To that end, I invite you to be part of The Awakening 2013: Fighting for the Soul of America, in Orlando, Fla.

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

Presidential Proclamation — National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

By The White House

NATIONAL FORMER PRISONER OF WAR RECOGNITION DAY, 2013

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

From the days of the Revolutionary War to the trials of our times, America has been blessed with an unbroken chain of patriots who have always stepped forward to serve. Whenever our country has come under attack, our men and women in uniform have risen to its defense. And whenever our freedoms have been threatened, they have responded with unyielding resolve — sometimes trading their liberty to secure our own.

Today, we pay tribute to former prisoners of war who made that profound sacrifice. Caught behind enemy lines and stripped of their rights, these service members endured trials few of us can imagine. Many lost their lives. But in reflecting on the tragic price they paid, we also remember how their courage lit up even the darkest night. Where others might have given up or broken down, they dug in. They summoned an iron will. In their strength, we see the measure of their character; in their sacrifice, we see the spirit of a Nation.

As we express our gratitude to heroes who gave so much for their country, we remain mindful that no one gesture is enough to truly honor their service. For that, we must recommit to serving our veterans as well as they served us — not just today, but every day. We must pursue a full accounting of those who are still missing. And for service members who have come home, we must never stop fighting to give them the stability and the support they have earned. That is the promise we renew today — for former prisoners of war, for their families, and for every American who has sworn an oath to protect and defend.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 9, 2013, as National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day of remembrance by honoring all American prisoners of war, our service members, and our veterans. I also call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA

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Colonial Williamsburg: Where The Tea Party Gets Schooled

By The Huffington Post News Editors

So I just got back from a family vacation at Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia granddaddy of all American “living history” museums. (They hate the term “theme park,” and those people in 18th-century costume are “actor-interpreters,” not characters.) The first thing to say is that we all had a great time: My kids studied up on Revolutionary War spycraft, watched several terrific programs of 18th-century theater, and delivered orations from the Declaration of Independence late at night in our hotel room. We learned how bricks and barrels were made in that pre-industrial age, and my nine-year-old daughter signed up in the Virginia militia to fight the British. (Historical accuracy be damned: One of her drill sergeants was female too.)

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Can Liberty Win? Do The Math

By Bradlee Dean

“One man with God is always in the majority.”– John Knox

When I ponder the history of the heroes of the faith – Moses confronting the Pharaoh, David confronting Goliath, Gideon and his small army of 300 standing against the oppressive Midianites, and King Hezekiah confronted with Sennacherib (the king of Assyria) – I remember that the odds were set against them. When observing their circumstances, I see they had every reason in the world to think that defeat was on the horizon.

In America, we can look back to our forefathers (namely all 56 signers), and we know the odds were set against them as well. Our small colonial army was fighting against a tyrant who had the strongest military in the world – a tyrant who was opposing them at every turn, even willing to send foreign mercenaries to destroy their families as they were set to steal away everything that rightfully belonged to them.

In the present, similar circumstances surround the American people on a daily basis. We the People are confronted with assaults to our foundations – both biblically and constitutionally – not from an enemy without, but an enemy within.

With every true-life scenario before us, I have noticed the direction these courageous men and women took without fail. They always set their face toward heaven, and they called upon the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in Jesus’ name. Because they were willing to meet God on His terms (Isaiah 66:2) and were prepared to fight for their rights, God answered them mightily (1 Timothy 1:18-19).

Case in point: I came across the following statistics, which lay out my premise perfectly:

  • During the Revolutionary War, only 3 percent of the people actually fought against Great Britain.
  • Only 10 percent of the citizens actively supported that 3 percent.
  • Approximately 20 percent considered themselves to be on the side of the Revolution, but they did not actively participate.
  • Toward the climatic end of the war, approximately 30 percent actually fought on the side of the British.
  • The rest of the citizens had no disposition either way. They didn’t care. They didn’t want anything to do with what they deemed to simply be a political issue.

Our founders and our biblical heroes are a great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12) that God is willing to answer us if we are willing to take Him at His word, “appeal to Heaven,” and claim that there is “no king but King Jesus” in America. These were the mottos of the Revolution, and they must be our mottos today if we want to see the same victorious results.

As Martin Luther King Jr. rightly stated, “When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.”

America, you still have the freedom to do the right thing.

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Pennsylvania field holds secrets of 1780s British POW camp

The mud of a south-central Pennsylvania cornfield may soon produce answers about the fate of British prisoners of war — and the newly independent Americans who guarded them — during the waning years of the American Revolution.

A few miles east of York, the city that briefly served as the fledgling nation’s capital after the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia, more than a thousand English, Scottish and Canadian soldiers were imprisoned at what was then known as Camp Security.

The fight to preserve the plot where those soldiers and their captors worked and lived has lasted almost twice as long as the Revolutionary War itself. And the end is in sight — if its backers can raise the last few hundred thousand dollars needed to pay for it.

“This is an extraordinarily important site, because so few of these camp sites survived,” said Steve Warfel, a retired curator of archaeology at the Pennsylvania State Museum who is involved in the project. “It’s a very important piece for understanding the revolutionary period, and how people were treated when they were incarcerated.”

A 1979 archaeological study found numerous artifacts that confirmed local lore about the prison camp’s location. Two years ago, the local government, Springettsbury Township, took possession of an adjacent, 115-acre property and last year The Conservation Fund paid a developer nearly $1 million for the 47-acre parcel. Now the Friends of Camp Security faces a May deadline to pay off the fund so it can turn the smaller plot over to the township as well.

Nothing about the property today suggests it was once teeming with prisoners. The first group arrived in 1781, four years after their 1777 surrender at Saratoga, N.Y. More arrived the next year after the battle in Yorktown, Va. By April 1782, there were 1,265 men at the camp, along with 182 women and 189 children — family members and others who accompanied the prisoners.

The first group was kept under less strict conditions and could be hired out to nearby farms, where among other things they were put to use chopping firewood and hunting wolves. The Yorktown veterans were much more strictly confined, kept inside a circular stockade that had been constructed from 15-foot-high log posts.

The 1979 dig, which focused on a small area, produced metal items such as buckles and buttons that are associated with British soldiers of the period, suggesting that could have either been the Camp Security stockade or the adjacent Camp Indulgence village where low-risk prisoners stayed.

That survey also turned up 20 coins and 605 straight pins that may have been used by prisoners to make lace.

Ken Miller, an associate professor of history at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., said Camp Security‘s historical significance comes from its role in a network of camps in Pennsylvania and elsewhere that held more than 10,000 prisoners during the war.

“Nobody’s really appreciated the extent to which the war reached the American interior in places like York and Lancaster and Reading and Winchester, Va., and Frederick, Md.,” Miller said. “These prisoners put the …read more

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How Microsoft and 3M Justified Their Place on the Dow

By Alex Planes, The Motley Fool

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On this day in economic and business history …

Two members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached important development milestones on April 6. One would have far-reaching effects on the global computer industry. The other would provide the world’s offices with another helpful tool for productive work. The Dow also reached 9,000 points for the first time in its history on April 6, 1998, and you can learn about that event by clicking here to read more. Let’s look at what happened on April 6 throughout the history of business and finance.

The frontier road to riches
John Jacob Astor established the American Fur Company on April 6, 1808. Astor was already a wealthy man from the fur trade, but it was through this company, and its later subsidiaries, that he became America’s wealthiest man, and its first multimillionaire.

Born in Germany in 1763, Astor emigrated to London at age 16. There, he learned English and learned of the vast frontiers of America, where intrepid men might make their fortunes. Astor traveled to America just after the close of the Revolutionary War, working with his brother at a butcher shop and in musical-instrument sales before settling on the fur trade as his path to glory.

The 1794 Jay Treaty between Britain and the United States opened new markets for Astor’s thriving fur business. Within a year he controlled a dozen ships. Five years later he was worth a quarter of a million dollars. The ill-advised Embargo Act from President Thomas Jefferson nearly undid Astor’s business, which was one of the motivating factors behind American Fur‘s establishment after the embargo was terminated. The War of 1812 was another major setback, as Astor was forced to sell Fort Astoria (a settlement in present-day Oregon). As if to make up for its repeated obstruction, the American government barred foreign fur traders in 1817, which would provide Astor with the protection needed to monopolize America’s fur trade. By the 1830s he was out of the trade, a millionaire several times over.

Astor then turned his attention to real estate, particularly in the relatively underdeveloped New York City borough of Manhattan. His investments paid off handsomely as New York grew into the nation’s financial center, and by the time of his death, Astor was by far the wealthiest man in the United States. More than $20 million in assets were disbursed in his will, which has been estimated to be worth roughly $115 billion, when calculated against the gross national product of the time.

A window to domination
Microsoft released Windows 3.1 on April 6, 1992. The first real Windows experience for millions of thirtysomethings (and older twentysomethings), 3.1 proved more stable than the version 3.0 it replaced and offered greater support for multimedia. This provided the first real impetus for game design on the operating system over simply designing …read more

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Revolutionary War battlefield lies beneath future ballpark village site

By hnn

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Even life-long St. Louis residents may not realize that a big battle was once fought on what is now the site of Ballpark Village, which is in the early stages of development just north of Busch Stadium.

Interestingly, this wasn’t a conflict during the U.S. Civil War, but the Revolutionary War.

The “Battle of St. Louis” — also known as the “Battle of Fort San Carlos” — took place in May 1780, and downtown looked much different 233 years ago.

“The early French city of St. Louis had a wall that enclosed it on three sides, and the fourth side was the Mississippi River,” notes Michael Fuller, history professor at St. Louis Community College-Meramec and one of the foremost experts on the battle….

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

5-Year Anniversary: The Epic Collapse of Bear Stearns

By Matt Koppenheffer, The Motley Fool

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A two-dollar bill taped over Bear Stearns‘ logo at its Madison Avenue headquarters just about said it all. On March 16, 2008, after a profound loss of confidence by Bear Stearns‘ lenders, circumstances — and the federal government — pushed the venerable investment bank into the arms of JPMorgan Chase  for a mere $2 per share.

Though the deal was later recut to $10 per share, it was cold comfort to employees and major Bear investors. The week prior, shares changed hands at $70. In January 2007, the stock had fetched more than $170.

Ask why Bear fell, and perhaps the best answer is the easiest: leverage. At the end of the last quarter before its fire-sale, the bank was levered at nearly 34-to-1. At that nosebleed level, a mere 3% drop in the value of its assets was all it would take to wipe out its entire equity base. 

In essence, Bear was betting the house on its traders, bankers, and managers being right… all the time… or else.

But while some versions of the pre-crisis Wall Street narrative suggest that banks — and investment banks in particular — got risky in the period just preceding the crisis, this penchant for balance-sheet risk-taking wasn’t new at Bear. Look back over the decade preceding its collapse: Bear almost continually kept an end-of-year leverage ratio approaching, or above, 30. And at many Wall Street firms, the end-of-period leverage ratio is considerably lower than what they’re running around with mid-quarter.

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It’d also be a mistake to say this was an infection of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Though many — including past Bear leadership — point fingers at former CEO Jimmy Cayne, Bear was a swashbuckling outfit. The bank was full of high-octane financiers making a name for Bear by taking on trades and business lines that competitors often wouldn’t. They were voracious card players. They were gamblers.

Bear Stearns had a long and successful history. But in many ways, it was a powder keg of risk, just waiting for the right crisis to blow the entire edifice to bits.

The leverage ratio, of course, no more tells the whole story of Bear’s collapse than the Battle of Yorktown tells the whole story of the Revolutionary War. The nature of Bear’s financing — and that of its competitors — played a significant role. With roughly a quarter to a third of its liabilities coming from short-term repurchase agreements, there was little guaranteed stability in the ground on which the firm stood.

The bank was likewise at the very heart of the structured-security business that suffered the most during the crisis. In 2006, $5 billion of Bear’s $9 billion in total revenue came from principal trading — nearly three-quarters of which came from fixed-income products like mortgage-backed securities, leveraged loans, and credit derivatives. …read more
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Examining the History Behind Assassin’s Creed IV

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is real, and it’s coming down the pipeline very quickly: it’ll be out in late 2013, only a year separated from Assassin’s Creed III. And while Assassin’s Creed III concentrated on early American history – and in particular on the American Revolution – Assassin’s Creed IV is opting to go a little further back, this time to the early 18th century.

The year 1713 will play prominently in Assassin’s Creed IV, and as such a whole new cast of real-life characters and events wholly removed from Assassin’s Creed III’s Revolutionary War motif must be established. But before we jump into the who and where of Assassin’s Creed IV, let’s first take the time to establish the what. In short, what’s so special about 1713, and why would an Assassin’s Creed game take place in and around that year?

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Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag: A Pirate's Life 4 Me

By John Gaudiosi, Contributor

With Ubisoft set to unveil the first official details and preview information about Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag on March 4, the Internet has been abuzz with the leaked trailer and screenshots, as well as the first official key art from Ubisoft. Rather than further exploring the Revolutionary War time period, Ubisoft is taking the action to the seven seas – something it introduced with naval warfare in Assassin’s Creed III. …read more
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2013 Range Rover Evoque “Collector” Spot: Damn the Facts, Full Speed Ahead! [The Ad Section]

By Don Klein

Evoque Collector

Award-winning ad man-cum-auto journalist Don Klein knows a good (or bad) car commercial when he sees one; the Ad Section is his space to tell you what he thinks of the latest spots. The ad’s rating is depicted via the shift pattern at the bottom, but everyone has an opinion when it comes to advertising, so hit Backfires below and tell us what you think, too.

Arrrgh, maties! Gather ’round and I’ll tell you a story that’ll shiver your timbers and warm the cockles of your hearts. It’s the tale of a navy captain and the woman he loved, separated at sea by a surprise attack that rained fire and death on the brave captain’s vessel. A tale that spans two centuries and ends with the couple finally being reunited, thanks to the dedication of the captain’s stylish-yet-rugged descendent and his stylish-yet-rugged luxury crossover. Aye, and what a tale it is! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll never be the same.

We don’t know the ship’s name or whose flag she fought under, but we do know “she went down on the outer shoals on May 12, 1801.” Outgunned by a frigate, she was. “It came out of nowhere.” Alas, she took most of the crew with her when she went down. The captain survived, but was “hauled out, taken ashore, and taken prisoner.” And the fair maiden? She just sort of floated away. No surprise there—she’s made out of wood. And now, more than 200 years later, she is discovered by an art collector who appears to be the captain’s great-great-great grandson (if I’ve done my math correctly), or, judging from the unbelievable resemblance to the dude in the portrait, the reincarnation of the captain himself. Either way, she’s still looking good when the matchmaker hangs her on his condo wall directly in the gaze of He Who Was Blindsided. Oh, and did I mention he drives an Evoque? Its ample cargo capacity, nimble maneuverability, and surefooted all-wheel drive didn’t merely take our hero and his precious artifact home, it took him “above and beyond.”

Above and beyond reality, that is. What part of this commercial is in any way anchored in fact? The narrator says the attack took place on “the outer shoals,” which would indicate a location off the East Coast, likely the Carolinas or New England. But no military vessels went down in those waters in 1801. Certainly none belonging to the United States. We sold all our ships after the Revolutionary War and didn’t re-establish a fleet until early 1801, and the only action those vessels (six frigates) saw that year was off the Barbary Coast.

Hours of additional research showed me that, although the uniform of the captain in the commercial is not nation-specific, his hat is most assuredly that of a British captain. Furthering the argument of the British bloodline is that the Evoque is painted red, a color still associated with the “Redcoats” at the end of the 18th century. The fake battle scenes shed …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

The Shot Heard Around The World

By Chris Enloe

Guns SC The Shot Heard Around the World

“The shot heard around the world” is most commonly taught today to be the shot that started the Revolutionary War and America’s fight for freedom. However, I believe that as time has gone on, the true meaning behind “the shot heard around the world” has been quite distorted; and this can easily be tied into the media narrative today.

Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, there has been a nasty haze looming over DC, figuratively speaking of course. The need to control guns and restrict our rights seems to be the number one issue on Capitol Hill, and it has been that way since that fateful December morning.

If you have studied American history, then you will understand that the basis of needing to separate from Britain was the restriction of freedoms and, ironically, high taxes. I’m not calling for any succession, but I am calling for all Americans to open their eyes and read the writing on the wall.

“The shot heard around the world” wasn’t a literal shot fired out of a musket; the shot heard around the world was the order sent out by King George III to confiscate the colonists’ guns.

Are you recognizing the parallels yet?

The Colonists of 1775 wouldn’t stand for having their own personal weapons confiscated from them. In that time period, weapons were handmade by each individual owner or by a local blacksmith, not massed produced, such as the case today.

The musket was the livelihood of a family in those times. The men in the family used the gun to hunt for food and protect the family, should the need arise. They didn’t keep their guns unloaded and stored away; they kept them loaded and ready to fire at the press of the trigger.

They would be kept over or around the door. People were taught how to responsibly handle and care for the gun because they knew they wouldn’t survive without properly knowing how to use it.

We need to read into the past and take large lessons away from the actions of those brave Americans who stood up for what they knew was right.

The original intent behind the Second Amendment was not to tell citizens they are allowed to bear arms when they need to put food on the table. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Chuck Schumer are completely wrong to be sitting on Capitol Hill and holding investigations as to why someone needs more than 10 rounds of ammunition to kill a deer.

Truth is, you don’t need 10 rounds of ammunition of kill a deer. BUT, you do need 10 rounds of ammunition to protect yourself and others from a tyrannical government and tyrants like Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer who believe that guns must be restricted in order for our society to be safer.

And this was the original intent behind the Second Amendment. Jefferson and Madison knew that if the need ever arose, the people would have to check their government. It’s like a fourth “check and balance.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism

George Washington: The Humble Statesman

By AK Fielding

George Washington 2 SC George Washington:  The Humble Statesman

In 1789, Americans unanimously elected George Washington as their first President.  Since then, many presidents have come and gone; yet, Washington holds the honor of being the only president in the history of the United States to garner such loyalty and affection from the American public.  Washington was an admirable man because of his excellent leadership qualities; but another outstanding quality of this great leader, often overlooked, was humility.  Even at the pinnacle of his power, Washington maintained a humble stance towards his role as the President of the United States of America.  As President, he never wavered from assuming the role of a public servant over that of a mighty ruler – a position that most modern presidents have often ignored.

Washington did not seek the presidency himself but accepted the honor as a service to his country.  In his First Inaugural Address, Washington noted that, “I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love.”  As such, the first President reflected a Statesman more than reflecting a Politician.  Perhaps the most significant difference between a “statesman” and a politician is that the former wished to serve his country; the latter is more interested in serving himself at the expense of the country.  Indeed, even when the opportunity presented itself, Washington was quick to decline from accepting “any share in the personal emoluments” or monetary gains for himself.  For Washington, the opportunity to preside over the nation presented the chance to serve Americans instead of depriving them of their liberties.

To be sure, Washington had many flaws; but for the new Americans, his humbleness overshadowed any discrepancies he possessed.   Indeed, his humility was as much, perhaps even more so, a part of his greatness.  For example, he admitted that he had received “inferior endowments from nature” and was quite “unpracti[s]ed in the duties of civil administration.”  Incredibly, even after winning the Revolutionary War against the greatest world power at the time, Britain, Washington remained “peculiarly conscious” of his many “deficiencies.”

Again, in his Second Inaugural Address, Washington maintained the same humility that was the hallmark of this great man.  Instead of a flowery speech, he was succinct and stated that if he ever “violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions” of the Constitution during his term that “(besides incurring constitutional punishment)” he should “be subject[ed] to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.”  Washington remained steadfastly faithful to the vision of the American Revolution throughout his presidency.

Of all American presidents, Washington most assuredly had the perfect opportunity to abuse his presidential authority.  Yet, instead of getting intoxicated with power and destroying the nation, he maintained his humbleness throughout his term.  Even when a deep political cleavage became apparent in his administration, Washington maintained a neutral position on most matters.  His vision was always to keep Americans united in the principles of liberty.  He managed to perform the arduous task of remaining above political factions by sheer …read more
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Video: Oath Keepers Vow To Keep Oath That Obama Breaks

By Daniel Noe

Hundreds of current and former soldiers and police made a pilgrimage to Lexington and Concord, the site of the opening rounds of the U.S. Revolutionary War. to reaffirm their solemn oaths to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic…

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Communists Fear Conservative Racial Unity

By capblack

Obama Communist SC Communists Fear Conservative Racial Unity

Demo-crack dealers in office and the private sector feel they’re at the threshold of breaking the traditional American identity, which ironically arose from the inter-play of her Black and White populations.

Social program-addiction, Amnesty, gay marriage, demonizing religion, and other destructive innovations have reached a high water mark not seen since the Sickening Sixties.

Obama gives this White communist agenda a Black face whose hue is a force field against criticism, let alone inquiry.

In the cultural crossfire are America’s shrinking White minority and her equally diminishing majority minority, American Blacks.

Back when these two central groups essentially were the American baseline, historic problems existed to be sure.

Resolving them took generations; but at days end, these Americans realized they had something better here than what their African and European ancestors enjoyed overseas.

There was also a shared culture and values each generation de-bugged of bias until these central groups could finally become sisters and brothers, instead of eternal ethnic antagonists.

An older friend of mine summed it up perfectly years ago. He said, “We (American Blacks and Whites) are about to be the minority.”

The illegal Latino influx, courted by amnesty-pushing Republi-con men and Demo-crack dealers, will soon wash America’s Black/White baseline away.

In its place will be a clear majority whose homeland is South of the Border, while native born Blacks and Whites who aren’t wealthy are pushed to society’s margins.

White communists, crony capitalists, and latter-day sharecroppers salivate at a majority-Brown America with Third World orientation.

Gone will be pesky patriots inspired by the Revolutionary War, Abolitionists, the War Between The States, and the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement.

In their place will be “citizens” whose creed is open borders, displacing working-class Blacks and Whites at discount rates and furthering an anti-Western imperialism as ambitious as anything pursued by the former Soviet Union.

Working and middle class Americans in the Black and White communities who cherish traditional values and a national identity resembling them had better unite.

Even non-integrationist Black and White nationalists should find common ground in the face of a Brown nationalism aimed like a gun by communists and crony capitalists.

America is a nation whose Black and White populations created something unique. The process was fraught with conflict, but the end result was a civic and religious construct the likes of which the world has never seen.

That’s what White communists and their multi-cultural army have marched against for decades. Once traditional America falls, a new age can be rammed down our throats.

My American History Month is an alternative to what’s become Black (Liberal) History Month. It’s also an alternative to Black/White antagonism the Left promotes to undermine this country.

Integrationist and even nationalist Blacks and Whites who are conservative can either unite against what White communists have in mind or can distract themselves with useless bickering.

They want Black and White traditionalists at each other’s throats so they can justify destroying the Constitution, Judeo-Christian ethics, and free markets.

Communists fear conservative racial unity among Blacks and Whites. That’s why they’ve infiltrated every institution, including two political parties, academia, and the media, to …read more
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The Case For Celebrating George Washington’s Birthday

By G. Michael Fielding

George Washington 2 SC The Case For Celebrating George Washingtons Birthday

Merriam-Webster defines a Statesman as a “wise, skillful, and respected political leader.” The same dictionary describes a politician as “a person experienced in the art or science of government.”  It also gives the definition:  “a person engaged in conducting the business of a government.”

When we think of a President today, who do we think of?  Our first thought may well come towards our current President.  Or we may think of JFK, or Ronald Reagan, or Franklin Roosevelt.  But if we are honest with ourselves, what exactly comes to our minds when we think of our current President?  Could it be intimidation, class-warfare, or an iron fist of demands that must “take place or else”?  The problem with our current President is that he wasn’t elected to be President.  What came to be, as a result of the media outlets and the entertainment industry, is the election of “Hollywood” to be our leader.  Not Hollywood in the real sense of the word such as film, actors, movies, and film producers, but a political celebrity.

Now, when we look in our wallets and pull out a dollar bill, does anyone take the time to think about the face on that bill?  It is a man we refer to as the “Father of our Country,” George Washington.  Our first President was not the intellectual beast that graced such men as Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, or James Madison.  As a matter of fact, Washington’s educational background was minimal with no more than maybe five years of formal education, with the rest of his learning occurring through his mother and self-teaching.  He didn’t come across as a particularly affectionate man; and according to the Catholic Exchange, he spoke little in public meetings and “lacked the charisma of many of his successors. Defeating the British with his ragtag army was an impressive feat, but he was not a traditional military hero. He won no spectacular victories during the Revolutionary War. Although he is widely admired as an outstanding president, few of his policies were stupendous successes.”

What was it that set this leader aside from most leaders in America during his day?  His character and statesmanship was what gained respect from those who far exceeded Washington in so many areas, including intellect.  He was a master at mastering self-control.  Washington wrote to his friend and aide de camp Alexander Hamilton: “I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain (what I consider the most enviable of all titles) the character of an honest man.”

Though he was not a master of great military exploits, he was nonetheless a master of himself.  Virtue and character were the great President’s high marks as nothing was more profound than when he resigned as Commander and Chief of the Continental Army and then declining a third term as President of the United States.  Keep in mind that this man could very easily have ran a third, a fourth, and a fifth term; and every time, Washington would’ve received a perfect electoral vote.  Every time!  Does anyone feel the same could be said of the most “cool and hip” President of this generation?  Voting for a leader should never be based on race, which is something the milquetoast G.O.P needs to get through their thick skulls.  But if it must, hypothetically speaking, please consider Allen West.  Because if there is one thing we all need to remember this upcoming President’s Day, it is that true leadership doesn’t rest with leaning on the backs of racist, misogynist “rap artists” but rather in the mastery of one’s character and virtue.

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Liberty Bell's twin, gift from UK, is on the move

A twin of the Liberty Bell that was a bicentennial gift from Britain has been taken from its tower in Philadelphia and placed in storage.

The so-called Bicentennial Bell was made in the same British foundry as the iconic original. It was presented to the city by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976 and is inscribed with the words, “Let Freedom Ring.”

The National Park Service on Thursday removed the six-ton bell from its imposing brick tower. The tower and its accompanying building were made for America’s 200th birthday and are being demolished for a new Revolutionary War museum.

The bell will remain in storage until its new home is decided.

The Bicentennial Bell is missing its predecessor’s famous crack but it also doesn’t work. The clapper is broken.

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