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  1. C. L. says:

    February 19 in American History

    1807 – Former vice-president Aaron Burr is arrested in Alabama on suspicions that he is scheming to establish an independent republic. Later found innocent.

    1847 – The first rescuers reach the Donner Party, a band of California-bound settlers stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

    1878 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for the phonograph.

    1913 – 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box.

    1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an executive order authorizing the internment of Japanese-Americans.

    1945 – US Marines begin a horrific struggle for the Pacific island of Iwo Jima.

    1969 – 1st Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

    1980 – Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18.

    1987 – Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland.

  2. C. L. says:

    February 20, American history

    1809 – The Supreme Court rules (United Sates v Peters) that the power of the federal government is greater than the power of state governments.

    1839 – Congress outlaws dueling in the District of Columbia.

    1862- Willie Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son, dies at the White House of typhoid fever.

    1942 – Lt. Edward “Butch” O’Hare becomes the Navy’s first flying ace of World War II after shooting down five Japanese bombers headed for the USS Lexington.

    1962 – John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth.

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    This President’s Day let’s take a moment to recognize all the living presidents…

    Jimmy Carter
    George H. W. Bush
    Bill Clinton
    George W. Bush
    Valerie Jarrett
    Donald Trump

  4. C. L. says:

    So, Russia’s ambassador to the UN just died. What is that now, four Russian diplomats in the last few months?

  5. notamobster says:

    A love story set against a backdrop of the Kulak resistance to Holodomor:

    https://youtu.be/3P0saS1peTw

    • C. L. says:

      This looks like it needs to be added to my must watch list.

    • Uke says:

      I saw that. It interested me. Not sure if it must really be centered around a love story, but I’m sure that’ll undoubtedly help it bring in more viewers than a documentary. So I won’t complain.

      I’d guess the Holodomor is probably known to less than 20% of Americans, so any exposure is welcome.

    • Rich says:

      I hope the movie addresses the backstabbing false reporting of the NY Times’ reporter Walter Duranty who saw first hand the slaughter of the Holodomor and filed report after report that all was well in Ukraine. That would be a true public service.

  6. C. L. says:

    February 21, American history

    1848 – Former president John Quincy Adams suffers a stroke on the floor of the US House, and dies two days later.

    1862 – Confederate Constitution and presidency are declared permanent.

    1878 – The first telephone directory is issued in New Haven, Connecticut. 50 names.

    1885 – The Washington Monument is dedicated.

    1931 – Alka Seltzer introduced.

    1953 – Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule.

    1965 – African American leader Malcolm X is shot and killed by three members of the Nation of Islam in New York City.

    1972 – Richard Nixon becomes the first US president to visit China.

    1979 – 2 Iowa girls High School basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters; game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period.

    Iowans.

  7. C. L. says:

    In some strange way that I can’t explain, daily reminders of American history are comforting to me. It makes me feel more strongly that holding onto the ideals is worth it.

  8. rj says:

    http://www.infowars.com/exclusive-russian-bank-docs-show-how-putin-laundered-money-to-hillary-podesta/

    This is a well written and researched article, I do not disregard it just because it is on info wars.

    Could be the thread that unravels the truth of why dems were so intent on link trump to Russia, projection.

  9. C. L. says:

    February 22, American history

    1630 – Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving.
    . . .yeah . .. in February.

    1732 – George Washington is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

    1784 -1st U.S. ship to trade with China, “Empress of China,” sails from New York.

    1819 – Spain ceded Florida to the United States.

    1879 – Frank Woolworth starts a retail revolution when he opens his first “five cents store” in Utica, New York.

    1889 – Dakotas, Montana and Washington admitted to union.

    1923- 1st successful chinchilla farm in U.S. (Los Angeles, California)

    1924 – Calvin Coolidge delivers the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.

    1935 – Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House.

    1967 – 25,000 U.S. and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, offensive to smash Viet Cong stronghold near Cambodian border.

    1980 – The US Olympic hockey team wins a stunning victory over the Soviets, 4 – 3, at Lake Placid, New York.

    1991 – Bush and U.S. Gulf War allies give Iraq 24 hours to begin Kuwait withdrawal.

  10. C. L. says:

    Man, I just can’t seem to catch a break this past month. I just found a flat rear tire on my tractor that is not fixable by patching the leaky tube because the tire sidewall split wide open. The other rear tire is about to go, too. I’ve coasted by with them for the past two years by pure luck. Two tires and tubes are at least a grand.

    Honestly, expensive things like this have been happening this entire month. When it rains it pours, I guess. It’ll be a long time before I have a working tractor again. Yeah, and we are expecting 10 inches of snow between now and Sunday. Just. Great. Other expensive stuff is higher priority even with the snow.

    Did you notice I didn’t swear? I have no explanation for that.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Sorry to hear that, bro.

      • C. L. says:

        Thanks. Sorry for dumping that here, but, I really didn’t feel like venting on the only other person at my location. I’d like her to stick around for awhile. 🙂

        Those past expensive things are what made it so I could not go to the meet-up in April.

  11. C. L. says:

    February 23, American history

    1836 – The siege of the Alamo begins at San Antonio, Texas.

    1847 – US troops under General Zachary Taylor defeat Mexican general Santa Ana at the Battle of Buena Vista.

    1861 – President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington, DC, amid reports of assassination plots.

    1896 – The Tootsie Roll is introduced by Leo Hirshfield.

    1903 – The Cuban state of Guantanamo is leased to the USA.

    1942 – A Japanese sub fires on an oil refinery in Ellwood, California.

    1945 – US Marines fighting on Iwo Jima raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi.

    1954 – School children in Pittsburgh receive the first injections of a polio vaccination developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.

    1967 – The 25th amendment (presidential succession) is declared ratified.

    1974 – Patty Hearst, daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by the SLA.

    2012 – Ahead of court martial, suspect U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning is formally charged with turning over a massive cache of classified documents to Wikileaks.

  12. jacksonsdad says:

    My step brother died a couple of weeks ago and it barely made a bleep on my radar. When Daddy died he did what greedy assholes do so…. he was already dead to me.

    He was several years older than me and there was a time when I would have taken a bullet for him. We agreed on most things political and otherwise for the 20 or so years we knew each other and used to have a chuckle poking fun (behind his back of course) of “the old man” we had in common.

    Funny how a couple of weeks after the funeral I wanted to put a bullet IN him.

    I mention all this only b/c I just saw that Alan Colmes died and I actually got misty. I disagreed w/ virtually everything that man said and he drove me nuts with his typical lefty tactics of misdirection, obfuscation and flat-out rude interruption… but at least he fought above the belt.

    I’m actually mourning the passing of a person I did not know and could not stand but someone I thought I knew well and once loved deeply…. well… suffice it to stay that on our spring trip back to NC I’m making a special delivery to his grave in the form of a newly recycled Large Diet Dr Pepper.

    btw… sorry for being absent lately. Bizy bizy bizy but I still lurk and read all the articles when I have time to catch up. Y’all keep up the good work and RIP Alan Colmes.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Awesome writing right there…

    • C. L. says:

      You are a good writer. I have a living cousin I feel the same way about. We will never “make peace” and that does not bother me in any way. I don’t need him or his approval for anything. Same type of reason as yours, too, just a little more complex. I don’t hate him anymore. Time softened that up, for what it’s worth.

  13. C. L. says:

    February 24, American history

    1803 – The Supreme Court, in Marbury v. Madison, affirms its power as the final interpreter of constitutional issues. (the first time a law was ruled unconstitutional)

    1839 – The steam shovel is patented by William Otis, Philadelphia.

    1841 – John Quincy Adams begins two days of arguments before the US Supreme Court in the Amistad case. (he wins the case)

    1868 – President Andrew Johnson becomes the first president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. (the Senate later acquits him)

    1871 – For the first time since the Civil War, the South gains full representation in Congress with the seating of the Georgia delegation.

    1983 – Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time. Wow. Just, wow.

    1989 – U.S. performs nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.

    1991 – In the Persian Gulf War, a US led coalition begins a ground campaign against Iraq.

  14. C. L. says:

    “If you kill your enemies, they win.” – Justin Trudeau

    Um . . . can someone help me to understand this? I think either me or Justin is a moron. He’s a head of state, so . . . this makes my head hurt.

    Someday I just know I’m going to wake up and read that he is now wearing dresses and calling himself Justine.

  15. C. L. says:

    February 25, American History

    1751 – 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, New York City (admission 1cent).

    1791 – 1st Bank of U.S. chartered.

    1836 – Inventor Samuel Colt patents his revolver.

    1862 – Captain William Driver flies Old glory after Union troops enter Nashville.
    – Congress forms U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
    – Paper currency introduced in U.S. by President Abraham Lincoln.

    1863 – Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency.

    1870 – Hiram R. Revels, a Mississippi Republican, becomes the first black US senator when he is sworn in to complete the unexpired term of Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederacy.

    1875 – Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft. Sill.

    1901 – J. P. Morgan forms U.S. Steel, the worlds first billion-dollar company.

    1913 – 16th Amendment ratified, authorizing income tax. (f**kin’ bastards)

    1932 – Not American, but – Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship. (and Germany still has not learned that they have an immigration problem)

    1933 – The USS Ranger, the first US Navy ship designed and built as an aircraft carrier, is launched at Newport News, Virginia.

    1945 – U.S. aircraft carriers attack Tokyo.

    1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets record “That’ll Be the Day”.

    1987 -U.S. Supreme Court upholds affirmative action, 5-4.

    2011 – Researchers in Fairbanks, Alaska, discover the remains of a 3-year old child from the Ice Age and named it Xaasaa Cheege Ts’eniin, ‘Upper Sun River Mouth Child’.

    • C. L. says:

      I’m going to go out on a limb and say that those Ice Age child’s remains were found near the mouth of the Upper Sun River.

      Think about that. It’s 2017 and you decide to take a trip to someplace you’ve never been before. You have absolutely no connection to this place other than that you decide to check it out on vacation. You might even be famous back in civilization.

      As you’re walking around enjoying the scenery, you trip and fall off of a 200 foot cliff into 15 feet of soft wildebeest dung which instantly buries you. For no explainable reason, wildebeest have been shitting there for 1,000 years, which is why you went there in the first place. It’s the only source of tourism for this particular African nation. There were no witnesses, because not many people want to go all the way to Africa to see a big pile of shit.

      15,000 years later, some boring scientist with no imagination whatsoever finds your remains and names you Cthulpora Mukaka Illytch, which means “Ruminant Shit-covered Cliff Base Man.” But, hey, you are now famous forever.

      If only climate scientists could stick so completely to the facts . . .

  16. C. L. says:

    I wonder if that guy with the awesome deviled egg tray hanging on his kitchen wall is still making videos.

  17. C. L. says:

    What’s happening in the UP this weekend, you ask?

    Why, it’s the annual outhouse races, for one:
    http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/Trenary-Outhouse-Classic-is-definitely-not-number-2-414794493.html

    And world class ski-jumping for another:

    • C. L. says:

      BTW, the winner of Sunday’s competition was Halvor Egnor Ganerud of Norway, with a jump of 134 meters – 439 feet. This is classed as a 90 meter hill.

      I had a guy in my high school graduating class who was an Olympic ski-jumper, a friend whose father was an Olympic jumper, and a long since retired fire chief who was an Olympic jumper.

  18. C. L. says:

    February 26, American History

    1846 – Frontiersman and showman William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody is born near LeClaire, Iowa.

    1869 – The 15th Amendment guaranteeing the right to vote is sent to the states.

    1893 – 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge in Michigan.

    1917 – President Woodrow Wilson learns of the Zimmerman Telegram, a coded German message suggesting an alliance between Germany and Mexico, a communication that hastens the US entry into WWI.

    1919 – The Grand Canyon becomes a national park. Also, Acadia National Park is formed.

    1930 – The 1st red and green traffic lights are installed (Manhattan New York City).

    1933 – Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony is held at Crissy Field.

    1951- The 22nd amendment (presidential term limits) to the Constitution is ratified.

    1967 – Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in St. Paul, to become NWA champ.

    1984 – The last U.S. Marines in a multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut.

    1987 – The Tower Commission probes the Iran-Contra affair.

    1993 – Islamic terrorists explode a bomb in the garage of the World Trade Center, killing 6 people.

    2012 – Trayvon Martin is shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

  19. R.D. Walker says:

    I am the post historian for my chapter of the American Legion. I am preparing a list of every veteran of the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I and World War II from the two townships my post serves.

    The Civil War is the most difficult and I have been out scouring the cemeteries in this area to make sure I didn’t miss any.

    In one country cemetery I found five Civil War vets of the Union Army. I check them against GAR records and pension records to confirm they are who I think they are.

    In this particular cemetery every Civil War veteran stone is marked with one of these.

    They are supposed to be marked with this.

    Now the War of the Rebellion was a long time ago and most people don’t care, but there is something messed up with marking a veteran’s grave with a marker of the enemy he died fighting. That would be just as true if it was the other way around.

    We don’t have the bronze markers on hand. I will order some but I am going to call around to other posts tomorrow and see if I can find five right away. It bugs me and I want to get it corrected.

    • Ben says:

      That is awesome. I should really get around to joining the VFW or the legion.

    • Uke says:

      Good catch.

      My thinking is that I’d be amazed if that’s not a special order item by now, frankly.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Well, even if I have to replace them with the modern version, I will do it. They are all Union veterans. They shouldn’t be marked with Confederate medallions.

        Incidentally, only family members or members of Congressionally authorized veterans’ organizations can place them or remove them. The American Legion, of course, is a Congressionally authorized veterans’ organization.

    • Van-a-gram says:

      I thought Union soldiers had GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) markers, and Confederate soldiers had CSA (Confederate States of America) markers; I’ve seen both in various cemeteries.

      Like this: http://www.phototree.com/article_medallions.html

      • R.D. Walker says:

        The Grand Army of the Republic was a veterans organization like the American Legion or the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars. It was limited to Union Army Civil War Veterans and thus disbanded when the last Union vet died in about 1950.

        If you were a member of the GAR, you got a GAR medallion assuming someone from the GAR was willing to place it. It is the same today. American Legion members get American Legion medallions placed by the American Legion.

        The two I showed above are Veteran’s Administration provided medallions. They are both old and outdated, however.

        .

    • Rich says:

      Perhaps you (or someone with the right skill & equipment) could grind off the CONFEDERATE on the old markers. The resulting markers would look different from the others, but at least the label would be correct.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        My Legion Post agreed to buy new medallions. In fact, I ordered them last night. I will sell the Confederate medallions on eBay in hope of recovering some of the expense.

  20. C. L. says:

    Look who’s back. I always enjoyed his sense of humor.

    http://stiltonsplace.blogspot.com/

  21. C. L. says:

    February 28, 1993 – the siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas begins, with an ATF raid that results in 4 dead ATF agents and 6 dead Branch Davidians. Agents knew beforehand that they had lost the element of surprise, but proceeded with the raid anyway.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waco_siege

  22. Bman says:

    I just learned that Albert, from the show Little House on the Prairie, was the U.S. Pac-Man Champion in 1982. Huh…

  23. R.D. Walker says:

    The best thing you will see today. Watch in fullscreen.

  24. C. L. says:

    Another good EO today, undoing Obama’s power and land control grabbing “navigable waters” interpretation. Awesome.

  25. C. L. says:

    So, did anyone have a paczki (poonch’ key – Polish pastry) yesterday, or is that just a huge Fat Tuesday tradition around here?

    • Uke says:

      My family has ponchzki regularly, courtesy of a wonderful Polish bakery in Worcester, MA.

      Never associated it with Lent, however.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      We sometimes have a king cake with a little plastic baby Jesus inside on Fat Tuesday. Not this year, tho.

      Missus made Cajun BBQ shrimp last night. Yum.

      • Jim22 says:

        The ‘King Cake’ is popular in Mexico where it’s called ‘Tres Reyes’ or ‘Three Kings’. It also has a little plastic Jesus inside.

    • C. L. says:

      Paczkis, here, are pretty much only available for about two weeks before Fat Tuesday, and in that two weeks every bakery and every in-store bakery makes mountains of them fresh every day. I love them.

      I had no goodies yesterday, however, opting instead for the dental work that could wait no longer and still has my face sore. Well, that, and I’ve been on a self-inflicted weight loss regimen since Jan.1. 18# so far and I don’t want to backslide.

  26. BrunDawg says:

    Just for the fun of it. Live police chase Los Angeles. Car jacking.
    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/channel/323-livestream/
    Sorry for the commercials.

  27. Jim22 says:

    “George W. Bush Discusses His Affection for Michelle Obama”

    iOTW

  28. C. L. says:

    I just noticed that the contact tab is missing at the top of the page.

    Also, the birds have flown away?

  29. Jim22 says:

    Why you don’t pick up a deer after hitting it:

    NSFW Language

  30. Jim22 says:

    Chuck Schumer Should Resign. Here is the evidence:

  31. Jim22 says:

    An attention getter:

  32. C. L. says:

    I really hope I am not jinxing myself with this. All day yesterday and continuing right now, there has been high winds blowing across the UP. It’s 20 – 30 mph sustained with gusts of 40 and 50 mph. Every little town around me, plus the bigger cities have been experiencing power outages due to the many downed trees and branches taking down power lines.

    I purposely designed and overbuilt my solar panel rack system, and it is paying off. We are not having any problems so far. I say that knowing there are 85 feet tall trees within 30 feet of my solar panels. If a tree takes them out now, I’ll know that jinxes are real.

  33. Jim22 says:

    CNN finds more evidence of Trump colluding with Russia:

    From Diogenes

  34. Jim22 says:

    There they go getting logic involved – again.

  35. R.D. Walker says:

    I am losing it. The dude is friggin everywhere!

  36. C. L. says:

    March 11,1903 – Lawrence Welk is born. I remember sitting with my grandparents watching his show. Enjoy.

    • C. L. says:

      My Great-aunt and -uncle who would both be over 100 now, could dance like that, and they did every time they got the chance. Boy, could they two-step, polka and waltz, too. Family wedding receptions just ain’t what they used to be with them gone.

      • sortawitte says:

        Sioux and I dance just like that at the Senior Citizen’s Center every Tuesday night. Live band, no alcohol, no smoking. Some of the folks can’t drive after dark, so they’ve been looking forward to time change. Then they can stay later.

        • C. L. says:

          I can’t dance at all. There was a time when I really wished I could and thought about taking lessons, but it’s not important to me anymore.

  37. C. L. says:

    I don’t like this. I suppose it was inevitable after the government got involved in everyone’s healthcare. This is a Republican bill to allow employers to demand genetic testing, and imposes fines in the thousands for those who refuse the tests.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/house-republicans-let-employers-demand-100034946.html

  38. Ray Davies says:

    Today is our old friend’s birthday. Go to Facebook and give Erin a shout out, maybe she will decide to re-join us. She did have some good arguments.

  39. C. L. says:

    1967 – Glen Campbell wins two grammys apiece for these two awesome songs.

    and

  40. C. L. says:

    The gardening pre-season has begun in the UP! I’ve got bell and cayenne peppers coming up. Also, I have some American plum seeds planted to see if I can get them to come up. They would be a nice addition to the permaculture side of things. The broccoli and tomato seeds will be planted shortly. There is still a foot or more of snow in the garden area.

    https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gN6fdNegLFE/WLtXmikTC1I/AAAAAAAAY9M/KLMv7HNMAVw9zwybWDsmnVlwtXS57GQHACEw/s1600/Fun21.jpg

  41. R.D. Walker says:

    I am now enjoying my fifth of what will be a minimum of eight hours of weather related delays in O’Hare Airport. What fun!

  42. C. L. says:

    Perhaps our new military command staff will “adjust” the rules of engagement on Somali pirates, too. They’ve been quiet for awhile, but are starting up again.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7e0b3f0d717a4cdcb50f7dd855db8190/pirates-hijack-freighter-somalias-coast-officials-say

  43. Ray Davies says:

    Today, March 15th. Is Nota’s Birthday. Send him a note.
    Happy Birthday Little Buddy. Thank your Mother,

    • jacksonsdad says:

      Happy Birthday Bro! At least you don’t have to worry about the Birthday Cake candles catching your hair on fire!

      Mine is getting so dang gray I’m thinking of taking the blade to my own scalp. Heck. I know it’s already tan b/c I keep it so short anyway and I spend at least 20 hours a week outside!

      Dang I LOVE waking up in the morning not having to worry about bed head. Gimme 3 more good reasons and double dare me and I’ll send you a pic of me cue-balled (if my wife doesn’t kill me first ;o)

  44. C. L. says:

    I wonder if these will be available to the public? Skynet. A 12 gauge shotgun shell that shoots a 6-foot diameter net for taking out drones.

    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/8291/u-s-air-force-buying-special-drone-snagging-shotgun-shells

  45. C. L. says:

    Here’s a story from just down the road from me. How does this happen? How does a mother or father not notice that their 3 year old has left the house naked in 30 degree weather? The side story is that the dog who found the little girl had been severely abused and had arrived at a shelter with two broken legs, broken ribs, and other injuries, with some injuries older than others. The dog was then adopted.

    http://www.dailypress.net/news/local-news/2017/03/girl-found-naked-in-ditch/