Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holder Condemns Fatal Shooting of NYPD Officers as ‘Unspeakable Act of Barbarism’.......

Via Joe

 ........which he and Obama have been promoting.....

The officers were shot Saturday in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Authorities say the gunman later killed himself.

In a statement Saturday night, Holder called the attack “cowardly” and said it underscores the dangers that are routinely faced by those who protect and serve their fellow citizens.

Holder praised law enforcement officers as courageous men and women who routinely incur tremendous personal risks and place their lives on the line every day to preserve public safety.
He said all Americans are forever in their debt.

& he is also full of shit.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Teenage Son Mugged Near Family Home

Via Joe "Couldn't happen to a nicer family...."
 Image source: WGN-Tv

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s 17-year-old son was mugged near the family’s home, a spokeswoman for the mayor said.

Emanuel’s son Zach had “injuries that required medical treatment, but was able to join the family for a long planned trip,” spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Saturday, adding that the mayor is focused on his son’s well-being and requested the news media respect the family’s privacy.

More @ The Blaze

Barbarous Blot on New England’s Escutcheon

African slavery in North America began with a Portuguese ship with slaves to sell, and a Virginia free black man who sued in court to retain a black man as a slave in 1654. Further north, New Englander’s were engaged in enslaving Indians who resisted their settlements, and developing a transatlantic slave trade that surpassed Liverpool’s dominance.
Bernhard Thuersam, Circ1865

Barbarous Blot on New England’s Escutcheon

“Negro slavery in New England was a peculiar admixture of servitude and bondage. There was the same horror of the [plantation-era] slave trade, the same spectacle of gangs of manacled blacks deposited on the wharves of Boston and Newport, and the same selling of human chattel at auction. Nor was the tearing the wife from husband, nor the separation of children from both, nor the existence of a slave code, peculiar only to the Middle and Southern Colonies. It was applicable in New England as well; and, in some instances, New England led the way.

The Puritan settlements of New England enjoyed, either contemporaneously or separately, the three forms of servitude common in that day, namely; indentured servants, Indian slaves, and Negro slaves. Indentured servants date from the founding of Massachusetts . . . [and a] new source of [servants] was soon found, however, for Indian warfare began about 1636, and the captives were promptly sold into slavery. The women and children were usually employed in the colonies; the warriors were carried to the West Indies and there sold as slaves.

The barbarous treatment of the Pequots by the New Englanders in their ruthless war of extermination against them, must ever remain a blot upon New England’s escutcheon. However, the pious Puritans easily dismissed any qualms of conscience which might have arisen, by the simple fact that “a gracious Providence had been pleased to deliver the heathen Indians into their hands.”

Thus the redskin, not the black man, was the first slave in New England. As such they were eagerly sought by the Puritans for their labor. Even the much-vaunted saintliness of Roger Williams, was not sufficient to deter him from writing John Winthrop, Governor of Massachusetts, asking that a small Indian boy be sent to him as a servant. He had just previously written Winthrop (1636), protesting against the cruel treatment of the Indians by the whites, and praying that “they be used kindly and have houses and fields given them.”

Indian slavery was, however, soon to be supplemented by Negro servitude, for the redskin was considered lazy, intractable, vindictive, and inclined to run away. [Most] authorities agree that the mention of Negro slaves by John Winthrop in his diary, in the year 1638 is the earliest authentic testimony of black slaves in New England. There were Negro slaves in New Haven [Connecticut] as early as 1644, six years after the founding of the colony. It is known that John Pantry of Hartford owned a slave in 1653. In New Hampshire [mention of black slaves mentioned in 1646].

The Eighteenth Century . . . saw the rise of the New England colonies as the greatest slave carriers of America. Quick to see the unprofitableness of the Negro slave as a laborer in such an environment, when the price of the slave was greater than the labor returned, the ingenious Yankee soon found a market in the West Indies for slaves, exchanged for rum, sugar and molasses on the Guinea Coast.

Massachusetts early assumed a commanding position in this trade. Peter Faneuil, whose “whole lineage is held in peculiar honor” in Boston, was typical of the many possessors of comfortable fortunes amassed from profits of this traffic.”

(Slave-Holding in New England and Its Awakening, Lorenzo J. Greene, Journal of Negro History, Carter G. Woodson, editor, Vol. XIII, No. 4, October, 1928, pp. 492-496)

NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

Via Cousin Colby

The Santa Tracker tradition started with this Sears ad, which instructed children to call Santa on what turned out to be a secret military hotline. Kids today can call 1-877 HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to talk to NORAD staff about Santa's exact location.

This Christmas Eve people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress through U.S. military radar. This all started in 1955, with a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.

Shoup's children, Terri Van Keuren, 65, Rick Shoup, 59, and Pam Farrell, 70, recently visited StoryCorps to talk about how the tradition began.

The Santa Tracker tradition started with this Sears ad, which instructed children to call Santa on what turned out to be a secret military hotline. Kids today can call 1-877 HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) to talk to NORAD staff about Santa's exact location.
Terri remembers her dad had two phones on his desk, including a red one. "Only a four-star general at the Pentagon and my dad had the number," she says.

"This was the '50s, this was the Cold War, and he would have been the first one to know.

More @ NPR

NC: Patriots of ’61 -- Private Henry Theodore Bahnson of Forsyth County


“A life filled with untold services, beyond all human reckoning, and one that should prove a lasting inspiration to the living, was that of the late Dr. Henry Theodore Bahnson of Winston-Salem.  North Carolina may well take pride in such a character . . . “

Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on 6 March 1845, he was the son of Bishop Frederick and Anna (Conrad) Bahnson.  When four years old his father was called to the pastorate of the Moravian Congregation at Salem, North Carolina where he rose to become bishop of his church.  Young Henry attended the old Salem Boys’ School, transferred in 1858 to the Moravian Institution of Nazareth Hall in Pennsylvania, then to the Moravian College and Seminary at Bethlehem.

Returning to North Carolina in early 1862, he enlisted in Wayne County on 1 January 1863 and assigned a hospital steward in the Second Battalion, North Carolina Infantry.  Captured at Gettysburg on 5 July as he attended wounded North Carolinians, he was imprisoned by the enemy at Point Lookout, then to City Point, Virginia exchange on 24 December.  He returned to his unit for service, then on 5 November 1864 transferred to Company B, First Battalion, North Carolina Sharpshooters “in which he became known for his fearless spirit in many a terrible encounter.”

His unit was part of General Jubal Early’s campaign in the Shenandoah Valley and several engagements with the enemy, then transferred to Petersburg where Private Bahnson took part in the battle at Hatcher’s Run in February 1865, then the assault on Fort Stedman in late March.

Private Bahnson’s religious convictions deepened during the war years as he “had read the Greek New Testament cover to cover as he carried it in his knapsack through the weary marches of the long campaigns.”   He served in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia through Appomattox, was paroled and joined many in the long walk home to North Carolina where he arrived weak, sick and hungry at his father’s door, though he had given up for dead. 

In 1867 he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, travelled abroad for medical studies at the universities of Berlin, Prague and Utrecht, then returned home to Salem in 1869 to begin his own practice of medicine.  For fifty years he was known to minister to the sick and suffering, most importantly ailing Confederate veterans and their widows.

About 1890 he was appointed the house physician of the Salem College and Academy where he distinguished himself in caring for all there with his native genius for diagnosis.  His last notable service to that institution came in the spring of 1916 when he led a successful effort to ward off a threatening epidemic at the college, and received high commendations from State and federal health specialists for his work.

At the time he entered his final rest on 16 January 1917 at age seventy-one, Dr. Bahnson was serving as surgeon of the Southern Railway System and president of its Board of Surgeons; he was as well chief surgeon of the Winston-Salem Southbound Railway Company. Dr. Bahnson had been president of the North Carolina Medical Society, president of the State Board of Health, secretary of the State Board of Examiners, and member of the Board of Directors of the State Hospital at Morganton.

He had married Adelaide de Schweinitz, daughter of Bishop de Schweinitz, on 3 November 1870, though her untimely death came within a year’s time.  He married Emma C. Fries on 14 April 1874, a union which produce six children. He is buried in the Moravian graveyard in Salem. 

History of North Carolina, Volume IV, Biography, Lewis Company, 1919, pp. 27-28
North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865, Volume II, Infantry, pp. 77; 266

Bernard Kerik: De Blasio, Sharpton 'Have Blood on Their Hands'!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/sharpton14n-2-web.jpg

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax that Saturday's execution-style shooting of two uniformed police officers was ultimately encouraged by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Rev. Al Sharpton — and "they have blood on their hands."

"de Blasio, Sharpton and all those who encouraged this anti-cop, racist mentality all have blood on their hands," he said. "They have blood on their hands."

More @ Newsmax

Top Ten Stolen Valor

It starts off simple enough. A casual mention of military service. And, oh by the way, a Purple Heart and a few other honors earned. How can you not trust a man who served his country so gallantly?

More @ Warrior Lodge


Ten More Stolen Valor!

Saving Comrade Castro

Via Joe

The Soviet Union did not have to fall. If Carter had won a second term and Mondale had succeeded him, the Communist dictatorship might have received the outside help it needed to survive.

And we would still be living under the shadow of the Cold War.

Carter couldn’t save the Soviet Union, but he did his best to save Castro, visiting Fidel and Raul in Cuba where the second worst president in American history described his meeting with Castro as a greeting among “old friends”.

Raul Castro called Carter “the best of all U.S. presidents”.

Obama’s dirty deal with Raul will make the worst president in American history, Castro’s new best friend.

Carter couldn’t save Castro, but Obama did. This was not a prisoner exchange. This was a Communist bailout.

More @ Sultan Knish

American Sniper Trailer

Police: 2 NYC Cops Shot Dead, Execution Style

Two uniformed New York City police officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in a marked police car in Brooklyn, in what investigators believe was an armed gunman's move to avenge the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

The suspect was found dead a short time later in a nearby subway station, The New York Post reports.

The shooter was identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley who wounded his girlfriend in Baltimore before driving to New York and ambushing the officers, according to the New York Daily News. Brinsley, reportedly a gang member, bragged on Instagram just hours before the shooting that he wanted to take out some cops, according to the Daily News.

He apparently shot himself in the head as officers closed in on the crowded subway platform.

"It’s an execution," a law-enforcement source told the Post. The shooting occurred at 3 p.m. in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The man had fired through the front windshield.

More @ Newsmax

1971 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T Sunroof: The Highest Optioned Example Known to Exist

This 1971 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T from the Wellborn Musclecar Museum is literally unlike any other. Not only is it one of only 63 built that year with the mighty 426/425 HP Hemi engine in its final year of production; it is also one of very few equipped with the rare code M51 power sunroof option. That is but one item in a list of features that qualify it as the most highly optioned 1971 Hemi Charger R/T known to exist.

More @ MECUM

Thomas Jefferson on Powers


I’m a big fan of federalism for both policy and political reasons.

Returning programs to the states is the best way of dealing with counterproductive income-redistribution policies such as welfare, Medicaid, and food stamps.

Federalism is also the right way of unwinding bad education schemes likeObama’s Common Core and Bush’s No Bureaucrat Left Behind.

And the same principle applies fortransportation, natural disasters, and social issues such as drugs.

More @ Townhall

Judicial Watch Forces Release Of Photos Of Gang Attack With Fast & Furious Rifle


They should refer to the WASR 10s recovered at crime scenes along both sides of the border as “Obama Specials.”

Cheaply-made and relatively inexpensive Romanian WASR 10s were the “gun of choice” for straw purchasers that supplied the Sinaloa drug cartel with thousands of weapons, all under the watchful eye of Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.

Judicial Watch sued under public records laws this past October, forcing the release of crime photos from a 2013 gangland attack that proves the guns the Obama Administration provided to Mexican drug cartels are being used to kill and wound people on American soil.

More @ Bearing Arms

“It’s all part of the administration’s stated intent to go around Congress on everything from energy to immigration.”

 AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

On September 4th at Sen Harry Reid’s “annual energy conference, where green-tech-industry players, environmentalists, and politicians” meet to discuss their agenda, ongoing or preferred, Center for American Progress founder and White House insider John Podesta blandly presented what may be the greatest presidential power grab in American history, but the media is only getting around to telling people about it now.

 More @ Breitbart

First Humans in America were likely European

Via Billy


I didn’t know I was witnessing the discovery of history-shaking evidence when I went to an archaeological dig in Titusville, Florida back in the mid-1980s.  At the time, I was taking photos and writing an article about the dig for Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida.

The memories of that project came rushing back to me when I turned on the History Channel’s “America Unearthed” on November 2, 2014.  To my surprise, the Titusville site, known as the Windover Archaeology Site, was being featured.

According to the program, a total of 168 ancient skeletons estimated to be 14,000 to 25,000 years old were unearthed at the site.  Thanks to the natural preservative nature of the bog where they were buried, they were in remarkable condition.