Monthly Archives: February 2014

Today in History….February 28

1827, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight

 1844, a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded as the ship was sailing on the Potomac River, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and several others

 1849, the ship California arrived at San Francisco, carrying the first of the gold-seekers

 1854, the Republican Party of the United States is founded in Ripon, Wisconsin

 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized

 1893, the USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched

 1916, Allied forces complete their conquest of the Cameroons, a German protectorate on the coast of western Africa

 1932, the last Ford Model A was produced, ending an era for the Ford Motor Company. The successor to the Model T, the Model A was an attempt to escape the image of bare bones transportation that had driven both the Model T’s success and its ultimate failure in the market. The vastly improved Model A boasted elegant Lincoln-like styling, a peppy 40 horsepower four-cylinder engine, and, of course, a self-starting mechanism. The Model A was as affordable as its predecessor, however, and with a base price at $460, five million Model A’s would roll onto American highways between 1927 and 1932

 1935, DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents Nylon

 1939, the erroneous word “dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation

 1940, basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden)

 1944, Hannah Reitsch, the first female test pilot in the world, suggests the creation of the Nazi equivalent of a kamikaze squad of suicide bombers while visiting Adolf Hitler, ym”sh, in Berchtesgaden. Hitler was less than enthusiastic about the idea

 1951, the Senate committee headed by Estes Kefauver, D-Tenn., issued a preliminary report saying at least two major crime syndicates were operating in the U.S.

 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced they had discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule that contains the human genes

 1954, the first-ever color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public

 1958, a school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains the worst school bus accident in U.S. history

 1959, Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched

 1972, President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued the Shanghai Communique at the conclusion of Nixon’s historic visit to China

 1982, the J. Paul Getty Museum became the most richly endowed museum on Earth when it received a $1.2 billion bequest left by Getty

 1983, the concluding episode of the long-running television series “M*A*S*H” drew what was then the largest TV audience in U.S. history

 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in central Stockholm

 1987, in a surprising announcement, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev indicates that his nation is ready to sign “without delay” a treaty designed to eliminate U.S. and Soviet medium-range nuclear missiles from Europe. Gorbachev’s offer led to a breakthrough in negotiations and, eventually, to the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in December 1987

 1990, the Soviet Parliament passed a law permitting the leasing of land to individuals for housing and farming. It was another radical change in the Stalinist scheme of a state-run economy

 1991, the first Gulf War ends

 1993, a gun battle erupted at a compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to serve warrants on the Branch Davidians; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began

 1996, Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana agreed to divorce after 15 years of marriage

 1997, the Democratic National Committee said it would return nearly $1.5 million in contributions that may have been illegal or improper. ALSO: Brushing aside congressional calls for a tougher stance against Mexico, President Clinton recertified the country as a fully cooperating ally in the struggle against drug smuggling

 2003, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a ban on all forms of human cloning, setting up a Senate debate on what would be appropriate research

 2006, a 20-year-old legal fight over protests outside abortion clinics ended with the Supreme Court ruling that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used against demonstrators

 2007, A federal judge in Miami ruled that suspected al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla was competent to stand trial on terrorism support charges, rejecting arguments that he was severely damaged by 3 1/2 years of interrogation and isolation in a military brig. ALSO: Wall Street rebounded fitfully from the previous session’s 416-point plunge in the Dow industrials as investors took comfort from comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that he still expected moderate economic growth

 2008, Prince Harry, third in line for the British throne, was pulled from the front lines in Afghanistan immediately after word got out that he was on army duty. He had spent 10 weeks in the war zone

 2013, President Barack Obama urged the Supreme Court to overturn California’s alternative lifestyle marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country. ALSO: Bradley Manning, the Army private arrested in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, pleaded guilty at Fort Meade, Md., to 10 charges involving illegal possession or distribution of classified material. (Manning, who has since taken the female identity Chelsea Manning, was sentenced to up to 35 years in prison after being convicted of additional charges in a court-martial.) AND: In Seffner, Fla., a sinkhole opened up under a man’s bedroom and swallowed him up without a trace; Jeff Bush is presumed dead


Dumb, Uneducated, And Eager To Deceive: Media Coverage Of Religious Liberty In A Nutshell

Most Reporters Are Simply Too Ignorant To Handle The Job

In the aftermath of the abominable media coverage of Arizona’s religious liberty bill, an editor shared his hypothesis that journalists care about freedom of speech and of the press because they practice them. And journalists don’t care about freedom of religion because they don’t.

But one of the most interesting things about modern media’s deep hostility toward the religious, their religions, and religious liberty in general is that press freedom in America is rooted in religion.

The John Peter Zenger case of 1735, argued successfully by Andrew Hamilton, wasn’t just an important legal event but an important symbolic event in the development of American freedom of expression. We remember Hamilton’s now-famous plea that truth should be admitted as a defense.

But perhaps we don’t understand that the members of the jury ruled in favor of press freedom because of their belief in the foundational importance of religion and religious liberty. The Zenger press freedom case was a “disputation on truth and on how truth is revealed to man,” noted David Paul Nord in 2006′s “A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers.” This is another way of saying “religion.” In the Cato letters printed in Zenger’s New York Weekly Journal, it was argued that each individual had not just the right but the duty to seek truth in his own way. From the book (emphasis mine):

“Every man’s religion is his own,” Cato declared, “nor can the religion of any man, of what nature or figure soever, be the religion of another man, unless he also chooses it; which action utterly excludes all force, power or government.”

The media now call people who agree with this notion “bigots” or “Jim Crow” types. Sometimes they’re more nuanced and just write shockingly biased articles about religious liberty issues. (My favorite was the time a media outlet — Religion News Service, of all places — defiantly put scare quotes around “religious liberty” and thendefended the obnoxious practice.)

Anyway, back when individual reason and conscience were the way to divine truth, the authority of human law could never be absolute. Nord wrote that Americans have been “strangely intolerant libertarians, often suppressing individual liberties in the name of a more transcendent freedom.” Or we used to be, at least. Now we hear from some of media’s biggest elites that transcendent freedoms are to be obliterated in favor of individual liberties, and that opposition to this notion is the real enemy. More on that in a bit.

The First Amendment begins with religious liberty because (and even our non-traditionally religious Founders agreed with this), all freedom of expression — speech, press, assembly, etc. — is rooted in the importance of man determining truth according to his own conscience.

So What’s That Have To Do With Our Modern Media?

Read the rest from Mollie Hemingway over at The Federalist.

Today in History….February 27

1700 – The Pacific Island of New Britain was discovered.

1801 – The city of Washington, DC, was placed under congressional jurisdiction.

1827 – New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.

1861 – In Warsaw, Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland.  Five protesting marchers were killed in the incident.

1867 – Dr. William G. Bonwill invented the dental mallet.

1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine.

1896 – The “Charlotte Observer” published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith.  The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm.

1900 – In South Africa, the British received an unconditional surrender from Boer Gen. Piet Cronje at Paardeberg.

1922 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.

1933 – The Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building in Berlin, was set afire.  The Nazis accused Communist for the fire.

1939 – The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.

1949 – Chaim Weizmann became the first Israeli president.

1951 – The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting U.S. Presidents to two terms.

1972 – The Shanghai Communique was issued by U.S. President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai.

1973 – The American Indian Movement occupied Wouned Knee in South Dakota.

1974 – “People” magazine was first issued by Time-Life (later known as Time-Warner).

1981 – Chrysler Corporation was granted an additional $400 million in federal loan guarantees.  Chrysler had posted a loss of $1.7 billion in 1980.

1982 – Wayne B. Williams was convicted of murdering two of the 28 black children and young adults whose bodies were found in Atlanta, GA, over a two-year period.

1986 – The U.S. Senate approved the telecast of its debates on a trial basis.

1990 – The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

1991 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush announced live on television that “Kuwait is liberated.”

1997 – In Ireland, divorce became legal.

1997 – Don Cornelius received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 – Britain’s House of Lords agreed to give a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end to 1,000 years of male preference.

1999 – Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new hot air balloon endurance record when they had been aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes.  The two were in the process of trying to circumnavigate the Earth.

1999 – Nigeria returned to civilian rule when Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo became the country’s first elected president since August of 1983.

2002 – In Boston, twenty people working at Logan International Airport were charged with lying to get their jobs or security badges.


Fading Freedom

UPDATE at bottom of post.

One of the reasons I love being an Arizonan, a native at that, is that politics is never boring here.

az sb 1062

Regarding the AZ Bill 1062, I wonder what the outcry would be if this all started with a Muslim baker/caterer/photographer instead of a Christian. Let’s insert Muslim, Islam and Muhammad in every instance where Christian, Christianity and Jesus Christ is mentioned with regards to this bill.

Try it. Now what do you think?

Would the passion for this bill to be vetoed be the same? Or would the thought of having your head sawed off have anything to do with it? Just wondering.
No one is claiming that Christians should be allowed to simply not serve gays. No one is claiming that or even arguing that. What is claimed is that a Christian butcher, baker, candle stick maker, florist, photographer, or priest should not be forced to provide goods or services to a gay wedding or risk…..losing……their…….business…….. on orders….. of the state.
That’s it. No anti-gay law. It’s a short bill, read it.
Tolerance does not mean acceptance or participation. It means allowing people to make their own choices about what they choose to do, and to respect the ability of their fellow citizens to do the same as long as it does no injury to them. What this contretemps shows is that America is getting a lot more intolerant the more “tolerant” we become.
Land of the free and home of the brave is becoming less on both counts.

 If everyone took the same approach as Andrew Sullivan (wow, yes Andreww Sullivan!) there wouldn’t be a need (real or perceived) for this bill at all:

I would never want to coerce any fundamentalist to provide services for my wedding – or anything else for that matter – if it made them in any way uncomfortable. The idea of suing these businesses to force them to provide services they are clearly uncomfortable providing is anathema to me. I think it should be repellent to the gay rights movement as well.

The truth is: we’re winning this argument. We’ve made the compelling moral case that gay citizens should be treated no differently by their government than straight citizens. And the world has shifted dramatically in our direction. Inevitably, many fundamentalist Christians and Orthodox Jews and many Muslims feel threatened and bewildered by such change and feel that it inchoately affects their religious convictions. I think they’re mistaken – but we’re not talking logic here. We’re talking religious conviction. My view is that in a free and live-and-let-live society, we should give them space. As long as our government is not discriminating against us, we should be tolerant of prejudice as long as it does not truly hurt us. And finding another florist may be a bother, and even upsetting, as one reader expressed so well. But we can surely handle it. And should.

Leave the fundamentalists and bigots alone. In any marketplace in a diverse society, they will suffer economically by refusing and alienating some customers, their families and their friends. By all means stop patronizing them in both senses of the word. Let them embrace discrimination and lose revenue. Let us let them be in the name of their freedom – and ours’.

That is the definition of tolerance — not enforced participation, but allowing people to make their own personal choices free of government-imposed mandates of acceptance and participation.

Today in History….February 26

  1784, in a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the eagle as the symbol of America, and stated his own preference: the turkey

  1788, Captain Arthur Phillip guides a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia. After overcoming a period of hardship, the fledgling colony began to celebrate the anniversary of this date with great fanfare

  1838, the first Prohibition law in the history of the United States is passed in Tennessee, making it a misdemeanor to sell alcoholic beverages in taverns and stores

  1841, Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British

  1848, the Second French Republic is proclaimed

  1861, Louisiana seceded from the Union

  1863, President Abraham Lincoln signs the National Currency Act into law

  1870, Virginia rejoined the Union. ALSO: In New York City, a demonstration of the first pneumatic subway opens to the public 1885, the Berlin Act, which resulted from the Berlin Conference regulating European colonization and trade in Africa, is signed

  1907, Congress passed the Tillman Act, which prohibited corporations from making direct campaign contributions to federal election candidates

  1914, HMHS Britannic, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast

  1919, an act of the U.S. Congress establishes most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park

  1942, the first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland

  1945, Soviet troops enter Auschwitz, Poland, freeing the survivors of the network of concentration camps-and finally revealing to the world the depth of the horrors perpetrated there

  1950, India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president

  1962, the United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon — but the probe missed its target by some 22,000 miles

  1971, U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.

  1980, at the request of President Jimmy Carter, the U.S. Olympic Committee votes to ask the International Olympic Committee to cancel or move the upcoming Moscow Olympics. The action was in response to the Soviet military invasion of Afghanistan the previous month

  1984, US troops withdraw from Beirut. President Ronald Reagan had sent the troops as a peacekeeping force in August 1982

  1991, on Baghdad Radio Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announces the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait

  1993, first World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand

  1997, the Green Bay Packers beat the New England Patriots 35-21 to win their first Super Bowl in 29 years

  2004, the United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years

  2005, a fragment of granite bearing the name “John” — all that remained of a memorial to the six people killed in the 1993 terror attack on the World Trade Center — was installed as the central piece of a new post-9/11 memorial

  2006, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Denmark to protest caricatures of Muhammad published in a Danish newspaper. (Protests spread across the Muslim world for weeks, and dozens of people were killed by practitioners of that “religion of peace”)

  2009, the Pentagon, reversing an 18-year-old policy, said it would allow some media coverage of returning war dead, with family approval

  2011, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose strong sanctions on Libya and called for a war-crimes investigatio

  2013, A deeply divided Senate voted, 58-41, to confirm Republican Chuck Hagel, known for his anti-Israel stances, to be U.S. defense secretary. ALSO: A  hot air balloon burst into flames during a sunrise flight over the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor and then plummeted 1,000 feet to earth, killing 19 tourists (one tourist and the balloon’s pilot survived).

Today in History….February 23

1574 – France began the 5th holy war against the Huguenots.
1660 – Charles XI became the king of Sweden.
1792 – The Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated.
1813 – The first U.S. raw cotton-to-cloth mill was founded in Waltham, MA.
1820 – The Cato Street conspiracy was uncovered.
1821 – The Philadelphia College of Apothecaries established the first pharmacy college.
1822 – Boston was incorporated as a city.
1836 – In San Antonio, TX, the siege of the Alamo began.
1839 – In Boston, MA, William F. Harnden organized the first express service between Boston and New York City.  It was the first express service in the U.S.
1847 – Santa Anna was defeated at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico by U.S. troops under Gen. Zachary.
1861 – U.S. President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take his office after an assassination attempt in Baltimore.
1861 – Texas became the 7th state to secede from the Union.
1870 – The state of Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.
1874 – Walter Winfield patented a game called “sphairistike.”  More widely known as lawn tennis.
1875 – J. Palisa discovered asteroid #143 (aka Adria).
1883 – Alabama became the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
1886 – Charles M. Hall completed his invention of aluminum.
1887 – The French/Italian Riviera was hit by an earthquake that killed about 2,000.
1896 – The Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield.
1898 – In France, Emile Zola was imprisoned for his letter, “J’accuse,” which accused the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus.
1900 – The Battle of Hart’s Hill took place in South Africa between the Boers and the British army.
1904 – The U.S. acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million.
1905 – The Rotary Club was founded in Chicago, IL, by Attorney Paul Harris and three others.
1910 – In Philadelphia, PA, the first radio contest was held.
1915 – Nevada began enforcing convenient divorce law.
1916 – The U.S. Congress authorizes the McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin.
1919 – The Fascist Party was formed in Italy by Benito Mussolini.
1927 – The Federal Radio Commission began assigning frequencies, hours of operation and power allocations for radio broadcasters.  On July 1, 1934 the name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
1932 – Robert Short became the first American to die in an arial battle with the Japanese.  (more info)
1940 – Russian troops conquered Lasi Island.
1940 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio” was released.
1945 – The 28th Regiment of the Fifth Marine Division of the U.S. Marines reached the top of Mount Surabachi.  A photograph of these Marines raising the American flag was taken.
1954 – The first mass vaccination of children against polio began in Pittsburgh, PA.1955 – The French government was formed by Edgar Faure.
1957 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NFL operations did fall within coverage of antitrust laws.
1958 – Juan Fangio, 5-time world diving champion, was kidnapped by Cuban rebels.
1963 – The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.  It prohibited poll taxes in federal elections.

1966 – The Bitar government in Syria was ended with a military coup.
1967 – Jim Ryun set a record in the half-mile run when ran it in 1:48.3.
1968 – Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia 76ers) became the first player to score 25,000 career points in the NBA.
1970 – Guyana became a republic.
1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army demanded $4 million more for the release of Patty Hearst.  Hearst had been kidnapped on February 4th.
1980 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared that Iran’s new parliament would have to decide the fate of the hostages taken on November 4, 1979, at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

1985 – The TV show “Gimme a Break” was broadcast live before a studio audience.  It was the first TV sitcom to be seen live since the 1950s.
1991 – During the Persian Gulf War, ground forces crossed the border of Saudi Arabia into the country of Iraq.  Less than four days later the war was over due to the surrender or withdraw of Iraqi forces.
1993 – Gary Coleman won a $1,280,000 lawsuit against his parents.
1995 – The Dow Jones Industrial closed about 4,000 for the first time at 4,003.33.
1997 – NBC-TV aired “Schindler’s List.”  It was completely uncensored.
1997 – Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian teacher, opened fire on the 86th-floor observation deck of New York City’s Empire State Building.  He killed one person and wounded six more before killing himself.
1998 – In central Florida, tornadoes killed 42 people and damaged and/or destroyed about 2,600 homes and businesses.
1999 – In Ankara, Turkey, Abdullah Ocalan was charged with treason.  The prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for the Kurdish rebel leader.
1999 – White supremacist John William King was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering James Byrd Jr.  Byrd was dragged behind a truck for two miles on a country road in Texas.
2000 – Robby Knievel made a successful motorcycle jump of 200 feet over an oncoming train.
2005 – The New York, NY, city medical examiner’s office annouced that it had exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of the people killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, due to the limits of DNA technology.  About 1,600 people had been identified leaving more than 1,100 unidentified.

A Freedom Fighter…One of the Reasons I Have Hope For Our Future

Because of awesome, clear thinking up and comers, such as Katie Pavlich.

I grew up with Katie’s……….. mom. She obbbbbbbviously had Katie at a very young age! We swam on the same swim team from age 6 to 13, went to the same Junior High and High School.

Katie, btw, recently turned 25 and she is news editor for, a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine, a highly sought after Fox News contributor, and an alternate co-host for The Five,  a National Review Washington Fellow. Katie has shared her perspective on multiple media venues including, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and Fox Business, in addition to a host of national and local radio shows.

Katie was named ‘Blogger of the Year’ at CPAC 2013 for her coverage of the ATF gunwalking scandal commonly referred to as the ‘Fast and Furious scandal’. She is the author of a book on the same subject, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up.

See what I mean.