Category Archives: Modern Era

Smithsonian Snapshot – Amelia Earhart’s Transatlantic Record Airplane: A Lockheed Vega 5B. 1932.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this week’s Snapshot highlights Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega 5B—the very plane she flew when she became the first woman to fly nonstop and solo across the Atlantic Ocean. On May 20 – 21, 1932, … Continue reading

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Is American Civic Ignorance at an All-Time High?

Recently A Newsweek study showed that more than one-third of American adults are unable to pass the U.S. citizenship test, according to their survey results. According to the result, perhaps the most astonishing find, 29% of respondents couldn’t name the … Continue reading

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Reparations for Descendants of Slavery?

Apparently several Chicago Mayoral Candidates support the idea of “reparations for descendants of slavery.” Am I the only one who wonders how on God’s Green (er, sun blasted over heated Co2 saturated…) Earth this is accomplished? Does anyone agree with … Continue reading

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Very Proud of My President

Don’t agree with President Obama on pretty much all of his political views, but tonight’s speech in Arizona was, in my humble opinion, his best. Very proud of the President and First Lady. Very proud, they had an opportunity to … Continue reading

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Constitutional Whitewash?

Yesterday the United States House of Representatives kicked off the year with a reading of the Constitution. I thought it a nice gestured, but wondered how many of them have actually read it (you know as much as they read … Continue reading

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Era of $500 Million Dollar Schools?

I thought we were in a “Great Recession”? Well somebody please tell California that. The state that is cash poor and literally broke has unveiled a $578 million K-12 super complex that will handle 4,200. This is a shocking example … Continue reading

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Uber Liberal Oliver Stone Proclaims Hitler Needs Context

Nincompoop Hollywood writer/director Oliver Stone told the Sunday Times of London (would link to it but you have to pay, a simple internet search finds commentary on this topic) — while promoting his documentary South of the Border about South … Continue reading

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How Should History Remember Democrat Senator Robert Byrd?

(I gave this a few days since his death out of respect for the man, but the question deserves asking.) Will he be remember as a Racist? KKK Member? Esteemed Senator that brought home the bacon for his state? Democrat … Continue reading

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Government Regulation of Internet?

The government wants to regulate and in some instances start taxing blogs and other websites. Great! More government cuz you know it does such a good job regulating and taxing and dealing with oil spills and hurricanes…. yea, more government … Continue reading

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Worst Oil Spill in American History?

It took place 100 years ago and was much bigger than the current BP spill [though it still needs to be totally played out.] It is known as the “The Lakeview Gusher” and began in 1910 when an oil line … Continue reading

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