Latest Articles: Historical
Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb
Post Date: 2017-08-12 09:38:29 by Deckard
[Excerpted from Harry S. Truman: Advancing the Revolution, in Reassessing the Presidency: The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedom, John Denson, ed.] The most spectacular episode of Harry Trumans presidency will never be forgotten but will be forever linked to his name: the atomic bombings of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and of Nagasaki three days later. Probably around two hundred thousand persons were killed in the attacks and through radiation poisoning; the vast majority were civilians, including several thousand Korean workers. Twelve US Navy fliers incarcerated in a Hiroshima jail were also among the dead.1 Great controversy has always ...
It’s Been Exactly 80 Years Since the US Declared War on Weed — and Weed Is Still Winning
Post Date: 2017-08-03 10:02:38 by Deckard
The government fought cannabis and cannabis won. This Wednesday is the eightieth anniversary of the first major action the federal government took against cannabis in the United States, and eight decades later, that same federal government has still failed to reduce Americans consumption of the plant. In fact, its on the rise. Long before the era of prohibition, druggists used cannabis as a medicine. According to Origins, a joint publication by the Ohio State University and Miami University history departments: Cannabis, like opiates and cocaine, was freely available at drug stores in liquid form and as a refined product, hashish. ...
The Founders’ Go-To Text
Post Date: 2017-07-28 10:51:09 by Anthem
In his illuminating Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, Daniel L. Dreisbach shows how early Americans used the Bible both as an intellectual sourcebook and as a tool for moral instruction. He thinks the Bible was the most authoritative, accessible, and familiar book in eighteenth-century America. But be comforted, O Unbeliever! This book is not a work of Christian apologetics. A claim of biblical influence, Dreisbach writes, does not suggest that the founders were theocrats intent on imposing a biblical order on the polity. On the contrary, he says, Believers and skeptics alike made use of the Bible. The American University professor ...
Second Monumental Arch of Titus
Post Date: 2017-07-21 11:36:35 by redleghunter
Full title: Second Monumental Arch of Titus Celebrating Victory Over Jews Found in Rome Arch unearthed at the entrance of the Circus Maximus was built by Titus' brother Domitian, boasting of how the Romans had done the undoable and 'subdued the Jews'. It wasnt enough for the Romans to enslave the Jews, plunder Judea, conquer Jerusalem, destroy the Temple and then erect a massive triumphal arch to commemorate those feats of war for millennia to come: They had to build a second, even larger monument to celebrate their victory. Archaeologists in Rome have uncovered the remains of a second triumphal arch dedicated to the emperor Titus and his success in putting down the ...
Old America versus the rotten new [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2017-07-14 08:57:55 by Deckard
He had lugged the 50 lb. bag of Milorganite into the garden in order to discover, as on many prior occasions, that he had nothing with which to open it. He blamed this on the war on terror and the TSA. As a youth he, as did every boy, had a pocket knife. Always. It was expected. There was no school rule against pocket knives. Once for a period they even all had switchblades. You could get them for 99 cents, a large amount in those days, enough to buy a case of 24 Coca-Colas. The switchblades met with school and parental disapproval as they smacked of New York gangs. But before teachers and parents came up with a policy, the boys had abandoned the switchblades. The knives had weak springs. ...
The Boston Marathon Bombing After Four Years
Post Date: 2017-07-11 13:51:50 by Deckard
April 15, 2017, was the fourth anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, a hoax event performed by crisis actors and tell-tale bright red Hollywood blood. Sheila Casey has done a good job of exposing the hoax just by using the time line and photos of the event. https://truthandshadows.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/false-flag-theatre-boston-bombing-involves-clearly-staged-carnage/ A number of agencies run training programs in which amputees working as crisis actors have a prosthesis afixed to resemble a bone as a remaining piece of a leg or arm. Casey examines the Boston event by timeline. First the crisis actors are assembled. Then the prosthesis is attached. Then the blood appears. Notice ...
The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite - 3/17/77 - pt. 1!
Post Date: 2017-07-06 20:31:31 by A K A Stone
Patrick K. O’Donnell: How an Elite Unit of Iron Men Saved George Washington’s Army and Changed History
Post Date: 2017-07-04 15:05:08 by hondo68
Military historian Patrick K. ODonnell, author of Washingtons Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution, joined SiriusXM host Alex Marlow for a special Independence Day edition of Breitbart News Daily. Washingtons Immortals tells the story of a heroic regiment that saved the Continental Army from destruction at the Battle of Brooklyn by holding the British at bay. Despite the pivotal importance of their sacrifice, the regimental dead are buried in a mass grave with only the most minimal markings, their story largely unknown to the modern public. ODonnell said the story of the Immortal 400 came looking for him and ...
(Free Republic Archived Retro Thread from 2002): Sneakypete Schools Freepers and Nopardons on Reality Of Bush Family As Statists/RINOs (and NOT "conservative")
Post Date: 2017-06-25 13:26:48 by Liberator
Taknoprisoners: "So how did Jeb end up in Florida? Just so I know and for the record?" Sneakypete: "The Bush family stationed him there,just like the Kennedy family stationed "Patches" in New Hampshire. Politics be da fambly bidnez,don'tchaknow,and his brother already had dibs on Texas." The Bush family probably thought his Mexican wife would be a political asset there with all the Spanish speaking voters."151 posted on 08/29/2002 12:27:33 AM PDT by sneakypete To: sneakypete "BTW, your class envy, now entitles you to a GOLD 'Marxists' card. :-)" 159 posted on 08/29/2002 12:34:28 AM PDT by nopardons sneakypete: I'll NEVER ...
How the CIA Turned Us onto LSD and Heroin: Secrets of America's War on Drugs
Post Date: 2017-06-25 12:19:00 by Deckard
"There's a huge story to be told," says Anthony Lappé, "about the actual extent of the U.S. government's involvement in drug trafficking." And that's exactly the story Lappé and his co-producers Julian Hobbs and Elli Hakami tell in a mesmerizing four-part series that debuted this week on cable TV's History Channel. Through dramatic recreations and in-depth interviews with academic researchers, historians, journalists, former federal agents, and drug dealers, America's War on Drugs (watch full episodes online here) tells true tales of how, for instance, the CIA and Department of Defense helped to introduce LSD to Americans in the 1950s. ...
America's War on Drugs (Acid, Spies, & Secret Experiments)
Post Date: 2017-06-21 08:12:27 by Deckard
The roots of Americas War on Drugs reveals secret assassination attempts, the CIAs bizarre experiments with LSD and support of heroin traffickers, LSD parachuting from the sky, and how it led to a five decade war.Video at the link.Acid, Spies, & Secret Experiments
George W. Bush’s Horrific Legacy
Post Date: 2017-05-31 10:28:53 by Deckard
As part of the drive to drive President Trump from the White House, some never-Trumpers are rehabilitating George W. Bush as a relative moderate and thus whitewashing his war crimes, notes Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson There is an ongoing reality that is destroying hundreds of thousands of lives in the Middle East. And though most Americans are ignorant of the fact, and many of those who should be in the know would deny it, the suffering flows directly from decisions taken by Washington over the last 27 years. President George W. Bush announcing the start of his invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003. Some of the facts of the matter have just been presented by ...
The Only Thing, Historically, That's Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe
Post Date: 2017-05-25 05:48:32 by A Pole
Plagues, revolutions, massive wars, collapsed statesthese are what reliably reduce economic disparities Calls to make America great again hark back to a time when income inequality receded even as the economy boomed and the middle class expanded. Yet it is all too easy to forget just how deeply this newfound equality was rooted in the cataclysm of the world wars. The pressures of total war became a uniquely powerful catalyst of equalizing reform, spurring unionization, extensions of voting rights, and the creation of the welfare state. During and after wartime, aggressive government intervention in the private sector and disruptions to capital holdings wiped out upper-class wealth ...
Special Cinco de Mayo Greetings from Chicano Icon Che Guevara
Post Date: 2017-05-10 13:38:49 by Tooconservative
Mexicans are mostly a rabble of illiterate indians (Che Guevara, 1955). In the historic annals of unrequited love few cases rival the affair by Chicanos with Che Guevara. I trust Ches iconization is sufficiently documented by U.S. Chicano groups in their murals (i.e. graffiti.) They seem to plaster this lily white Argentinian racists mug on practically everything they paint to celebrate their Amerindian Aztec culture. Go figure. Perhaps a word with some Bolivian Amerindians who actually experienced Che Guevaras plans to Stalinize their culture would help. In 1967 these (overwhelmingly indigenous) Bolivians (with help from U.S. Green Berets) made short ...
When the FBI Went After Mad Magazine
Post Date: 2017-05-04 05:25:28 by Deckard
Warner Bros., IStock In a memo dated November 30, 1957, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified as A. Jones raised an issue of critical importance: "Several complaints to the Bureau have been made concerning the 'Mad' comic book [sic], which at one time presented the horror of war to readers." Attached to the document were pages taken from a recent issue of Mad that featured a tongue-in-cheek game about draft dodging. Players who earned such status were advised to write to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and request a membership card certifying themselves as a full-fledged draft dodger. At least three readers, the agent reported, ...
Ruby Ridge, Part One: Suspicion
Post Date: 2017-03-11 15:06:17 by Gatlin
General Article: Ruby Ridge, Part One: SuspicionThe story of the 1992 standoff that helped launch the modern militia movement. By Cori Brosnahan To tell the story of Ruby Ridge a standoff between the federal government and the heavily-armed Weaver family in the remote hills of Idaho filmmakers Barak Goodman and Emily Chapman interviewed eye witnesses, including federal agents on the ground, journalists who reported the story, and a member of the Weaver family. This three-part narrative draws directly from the transcripts of those interviews, exploring how a seemingly small infraction failure to appear in court for sawing off ...
Documents reveal how Trump’s racist dad inspired Woody Guthrie’s most bitter writings
Post Date: 2017-03-10 16:03:21 by Willie Green
In December 1950, Woody Guthrie signed his name to the lease of a new apartment in Brooklyn. Even now, over half a century later, that uninspiring document prompts a double-take. Below all the legal jargon is the signature of the man who had composed This Land Is Your Land, the most resounding appeal to an equal share for all in America. Below that is the signature of Donald Trumps father, Fred. No pairing could appear more unlikely. Guthries two-year tenancy in one of Fred Trumps buildings and his relationship with the real estate mogul of New Yorks outer boroughs produced some of Guthries most bitter writings, which I discovered on a recent trip ...
Andrew Breitbart Explains the Evil of the Democrats
Post Date: 2017-02-27 08:40:34 by A K A Stone
When the Beatles Brought Psychedelia to Prime Time
Post Date: 2017-02-23 11:32:11 by Deckard
On February 25, 1967, promotional films for the Beatles Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever debuted on ABCs Hollywood Palace. Fans had never seen films like these before, and they hadnt seen the Beatles look or sound like they did nowin full psychedelic splendor. Whether or not they liked the new look and sound, fans appreciated that the Beatles were constantly changing, which kept them interesting. A male Beatleness interviewee, born in 53 recalled, I was intrigued. I knew I was looking at a piece of art. One of the most striking things about these films was that the Beatles had grown ...
1859 John Brown and Harper’s Ferry
Post Date: 2017-02-13 19:10:51 by A K A Stone
On the night of October 1859, John Brown and 21 of his followers raided the Harpers Ferry Federal Arsenal in Virginia. In 1855 Brown had also perpetrated the Pottawatomie Creek Massacre in Kansas as a result of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, resulting in five deaths. He was said to be acting on Gods orders. His goals were to free slaves and overthrow the white government to establish a free black state. Who was John Brown? John Brown was born in Torrington, Connecticut on May 9, 1800. His family moved to Ohio where he spent his childhood, his father owned a successful tannery. At age 16 he moved to Plainfield, Massachusetts and then to Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania he opened his own ...
1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act
Post Date: 2017-02-13 19:06:36 by A K A Stone
Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas, one of the architects of the Compromise of 1850, proposed to organize governments for two new territories that belonged to the Louisiana Purchase Lands, Kansas and Nebraska. His motivation had political and economical roots. He had envisioned a transcontinental railroad crossing the country west to east with Illinois, his state, as the eastern terminal. He needed the support of the south. And because the territory was above the 36Ú30 line of the 1820 Missouri Compromise, the bill would open up territory not previously available to slavery. The bill was approved and signed by President Franklin Pierce. The Kansas-Nebraska Act drew new borders ...
Douglass’ Role in the Civil War
Post Date: 2017-02-13 19:03:07 by A K A Stone
A war undertaken and brazenly carried for the perpetual enslavement of the colored men, calls logically and loudly for the colored men to help suppress it. Growing political tensions over the spread of slavery started a decade before the beginning of the war. As a preamble to the Civil War, between 1854 and 1861, there were a series of violent political confrontations known as Bloody Kansas or Bleeding Kansas as a result of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The conflict arouse primarily on the subject of Kansas being accepted into the Union as a slave-free or slave state. The election of Abraham Lincoln as president in 1860 and the of Republican Partys determination to stop the ...
Frederick Douglas, An Alternative Truth
Post Date: 2017-02-13 15:08:40 by A K A Stone
Who was Frederick Douglass? More importantly, why does Frederick Douglass matter to todays America? The above questions are not merely rhetorical, as the recent controversy surrounding President Trumps Black History Month statement illustrate. Frederick Douglass, Trump said, is an example of somebody whos done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice. The mainstream media have caste Trumps curious mixture of both past and present tenses whos done (past) vs. is being recognized (present) - as an incongruous construction at best, and at worst as a clueless invocation of one of ...
Nixon and the End of the Bretton Woods System, 1971–1973
Post Date: 2017-01-03 20:54:36 by A K A Stone
On August 15, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon announced his New Economic Policy, a program to create a new prosperity without war. Known colloquially as the Nixon shock, the initiative marked the beginning of the end for the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates established at the end of World War II. Secretary of the Treasury John Connally on the day that President Richard Nixon announced his New Economic Policy, August 15, 1971. (Nixon Presidential Library) Under the Bretton Woods system, the external values of foreign currencies were fixed in relation to the U.S. dollar, whose value was in turn expressed in gold at the congressionally-set price of $35 per ...
Tom Jones and Janis Joplin - Raise Your Hand - (Rare TV Performance)
Post Date: 2017-01-03 07:57:52 by Deckard
Tom Jones and Janis Joplin kick ass in this TV duet from 1969.
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