Thursday, September 03, 2015

History for September 3

History for September 3 -
Ferdinand Porsche 1875, Alan Ladd 1913, Mort Walker 1923 - Cartoonist ("Beetle Bailey") 

Al Jardine 1942 - Musician (The Beach Boys), Charlie Sheen 1965 - Actor ("Two and a Half Men"), Shaun White 1986 - Olympic snowboarder 

1783 - The Revolutionary War between the U.S. and Great Britain ended with the Treaty of Paris. 

1838 - Frederick Douglass boarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from being a slave. 

1935 - Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour. He reached 304.331 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah

1939 - British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, in a radio broadcast, announced that Britain and France had declared war on Germany. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1. 

1951 - "Search for Tomorrow" debuted on CBS-TV. 

1954 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years. 

1966 - The television series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" ended after 14 years. 

1967 - The TV game show "What's My Line?" broadcast its final episode. The show aired over 17 years on CBS. 

2013 - Hunters in Mississippi caught a 727-pound alligator. 

Wednesday, September 02, 2015



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By Tammy Derouin

I spent the better part of my younger years hoping to leave my hometown.  I didn’t have a legitimate grievance.  My hometown didn’t wrong me or make life difficult.  I would have experienced the same ups and downs had I grown up in a different location. 

There were a couple opportunities which could have put my hometown behind me but I passed.  It just didn’t feel right.  I attempted to force the issue by applying to just about every airline in the sky.  My plan was to be a flight attendant.  I would travel and eventually land on greener grass.
Back in the late 1980’s there were many airlines, so many possibilities!  I eagerly applied and wondered which one I would choose.  Rejection letters began to arrive.  They rejected me as rapidly as I applied. A height standard was strictly enforced.  I fell short of the bar, way short of the bar.  The good Lord has a sense of humor, although I didn’t think it was very funny at the time.  My height or lack thereof was predetermined.  I never had a chance.

The more I tried to leave, the more resistance I encountered.  I began to rethink the possibilities I had turned down. The one which kept me wondering the most was the military.  I wanted to fly; I wanted to be a pilot. Women weren’t trained to be military pilots when I was of the age to join.  I walked away from the recruiter’s desk.   

I struggled with regret.  I could have at least been around planes, right?  But, forcing something when it doesn’t feel right tends to have other consequences... 

VIDEO: The Real Iran Deal Danger That Obama Forgot to Mention

VIDEO: The Real Iran Deal Danger That Obama Forgot to Mention:

"What will Iran do with $150 BILLION? Eric Shawn and Ambassador John Bolton explain the enormous danger that Obama is putting the United States as well as Israel an the rest of the world in.

Iran has kept none of their bargains, continues to proclaim “Death to America,” and terrorize the world, yet somehow the politicians of this country will not stop Obama in his tracks . . . even when the vast majority of Americans on both sides want nothing to do with Obama’s Deal."

Elephant in the Room

Cartoon: Elephant in the Room - NetRight Daily

Ted Cruz’s Harsh Words for Obama After Execution-Style Murder of Texas Deputy: ‘From the Top on Down’ |

Ted Cruz’s Harsh Words for Obama After Execution-Style Murder of Texas Deputy: ‘From the Top on Down’ |

"Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is blaming President Barack Obama’s “harsh rhetoric” toward law enforcement for the execution-style murder of a sheriff’s deputy near Houston over the weekend.

The GOP presidential candidate, who is from Houston, made the comment during a campaign appearance in Milford, New Hampshire, on Monday after he was asked by reporters about the fatal shooting of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth.

“Cops across this country are feeling the assault. They’re feeling the assault from the president — from the top on down — as we see, whether it’s in Ferguson or Baltimore. The response of senior officials, of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement,” Cruz said, "

14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines Litter the United States

14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines Litter the United States | American Elephants:
"The towering symbols of a fading religion, over 14,000 wind turbines, abandoned, rusting, slowly decaying.
When it is time to clean up after a failed idea, no green environmentalists are to be found. 
Wind was free, natural, harnessing Earth’s bounty for the benefit of all mankind, sounded like a good idea.
Wind turbines, like solar panels, break down. 
They produce less energy before they break down than the energy it took to make them.  
The wind does not blow all the time, or even most of the time.
When it is not blowing, they require full-time backup from conventional power plants.
Without government subsidy, they are unaffordable.
With governments facing financial troubles, the subsidies are unaffordable.
It was a nice dream, a very expensive dream, but it didn’t work.
...When they are abandoned, getting the turbines removed is a major problem.
They are highly unsightly, and they are huge, and that’s a lot of material to get rid of.
Unfortunately the same areas that are good for siting wind farms are a natural pass for migrating birds.
Altamont’s turbines have been shut down four months out of every year for migrating birds after environmentalists filed suit.
According to the Golden Gate Audubon Society 75-110 Golden Eagles, 380 Burrowing Owls, 300 Red-Tailed Hawks and 333 American Kestrels are killed by the turbines every year.
An Alameda County Community Development Agency study points to 10,000 annual bird deaths from Altamont wind turbines.
The Audubon Society makes up numbers like the EPA, but there’s a reason why they call them bird Cuisinarts.
Palm Springs has enacted an ordinance requiring their removal from San Gorgonio Pass, but unless something else changes abandoned turbines will remain a rotting eyesores, or the taxpayers who have already paid through the nose for overpriced energy and crony-capitalist tax scams will have to foot the bill for their removal.
President Obama’s offshore wind farms will be far more expensive than those sited in California’s ideal wind locations.
Salt water is far more damaging than sun and rain, and offshore turbines don’t last as long.
But nice tax scams for his crony-capitalist backers will work well as long as he can blame it all on saving the planet."

‘No Authoritative List’: Federal Gov’t Lacks Precise Number on Just How Many Bureaucracies Exist

‘No Authoritative List’: Federal Gov’t Lacks Precise Number on Just How Many Bureaucracies Exist |
"To find out how big the federal government is, the federal government itself is no place to get any conclusive answer, with the count on existing federal agencies listed as low as 60 or more than 400.
Office of Personnel Management spokeswoman Lindsay Haake referred TheBlaze to, which lists 389 separate agencies.
She also referred to the website, also lists a total of 389.
Haake said number came from the Federal Employment Viewpoint Survey.
However, that’s not the source that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) used at a hearing on June 10 on the federal regulatory system.
“The Federal Register indicates there are over 430 departments, agencies, and sub-agencies in the federal government,” Grassley said.
“And the pronouncements of this ever-expanding administrative state impact nearly every aspect of Americans’ daily lives.”