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January 30, 2007 by InBloom on My Bloom County
We have been studying the American Revolution for the past two weeks in class. Today, we finally got the to last part of the war. The Marquis de Lafayette's name came up, of course, and we discussed his importance. After the discussion, one of my students raises his hand and says, "Oh...that's his name. All this time I was reading it, I thought his name was Laffy taffy..." and he states this only half-jokingly. It took all my might to contain my laughter...too funny.I just made sur...
January 20, 2007 by Larry Kuperman on kupe
On January 20th, 1942 a meeting was held by senior Nazi officers in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee. The purpose: to inform participants of plans for the "Final Solution of the Jewish problem." That solution being the extermination of the 11 million Jews living in Europe. By the time the Wannsee meeting was held, hundreds of thousands of Jews had already been killed, mostly in Russia. Deportation of Jews from occupied territories, beginning with Germany and Austria, to labor camps in Poland ...
January 15, 2007 by IanTyger on Silvercat's Lair
From the strange annals of military history comesthis little scooter that could. A Vespa scooter armed with a 75mm recoilless rifle! (The obligatory "crotch rocket" joke is made in the comments). Actually, a more serious commenter wonders if the "main battery" is intended to be fired from the scooter, or whether it would be removed for operation. He notes that there is no provision for changing elevation. The pictures in the post are unclear, but I can think of a couple of...
via email...   What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906 : ************************************ The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years. Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars. There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum s...
December 7, 2006 by IanTyger on Silvercat's Lair
It is important to be aware of history, not only in the sense of "those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it", but also in the 1984 sense of "Those who control the past control the present". The meaning of the present is shaped by what happened in the past. World War II has a huge effect on the present, and perceptions of the present. People tell us that we should heed the lessons of Munich, 1938 and be wary of negotiating with megalomaniacs. People tell us how the occu...
November 16, 2006 by Paladin77 on Masters House
We have the same problem in Iraq that we had in Vietnam. Liberals and Democrats. I am not slamming Democrats or Liberals but showing how there lust for power will help the enemy win the war just like they did in Vietnam. History lesson: In Vietnam we only lost three battles during the entire war. We still lost. When asked how he won General Japp, said it was the people in the United States that got them the victory. After reading this I did a lot of research for one of my books and realize...
The practice of slow cooking turnips in the poo-poo place partially explains the assinine, mean behavior of the 'sales class,' as I call them Republican's (they've sold out their humanity, and don't even know it... a lot of times, at least; the best of them are ruled by ancient supersticions, while the rest of them use religion as a way of communicating their morality to the masses, whether they believe in the alleged' zombie jesus or not.. I mean, they look at a democracy as a mass of peopl...
October 11, 2006 by hudstu on sang algoritma
aku berada dalam bilik bambu gelap pengap menyekap hanya sebulat sinar putih pekat dari sela anyaman bambu aku tidak lapar setelah sinar itu mengenai perutku aku tidak haus setelah sinar itu menyentuh tenggorokanku tapi masih sempat terasa beberapa saat lalu sesosok bersayap menjemput nyawaku...
One of the nice aspects of being a historian is that the past provides a whole range of parallels which illumine and help us understand the present. It has become almost a cliche to state that Islamic Terrorism is the biggest scourge of this era, in much the same way medieval Europeans looked upon the Mongols. Surprisingly the language used to describe the phenomenon of Jehadi liberation idelogy evokes the same kind of apoclyptic exuberance which was once used to describe such horrors as the pa...
September 28, 2006 by KFC Kickin For Christ on Kickin For Christ
Do you know the Preamble for your state? Where's the separation of church and state here? Interesting...... Alabama 1901 , Preamble . We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution. Alaska 1956, Preamble . We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land. Arizona 1911, Preamble . We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful...
September 22, 2006 by anydigitizing on embroidery digitizing
This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations on November 10, 1995. Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision. Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision. Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course...
September 15, 2006 by warsein on I LOVE alinyaung
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September 7, 2006 by norman blaisdell on normy624
If one wants to look at history in a real way they should be able to see what had taken place in the past. Then it depends on what era of history you are looking at. Since living and working here in China my interest in Chinese history has been expanded greatly while realizing that what I did learn if anything about Chinese history was not fully revealed nor did those who taught it gave us students a clear picture. I can understand today and at this present time just how much I did miss out. ...
August 26, 2006 by adnauseam on News From The Begging Bowl
I am a history buff and I hope that JU regulars like Dr. G. , Moderateman and others can help me with an intriguing question. My wife and I were watching "Battlefield Detectives" on Discovery and the subject was the Vietnam War. Some clips shown were of Walter Cronkite in 1968 in Saigon. This was after/during the Tet offensive. The newsreel comment ran 'roughly' like this: Cronkite's on the scene programme turned the tide of American feeling towards the war. Note: I do not use parentheses bec...
August 25, 2006 by cutepablo on Creative world
Radioactive Curse In Egypt, the monuments have an insidious threat in the form of high levels of radioactive gas radon. This has been reported by New Scientist. In Sakhem Khat pyramid, 5809 becquerels of radon per cubic meter was found. This pyramid is in the south of Cairo at Saggara. Radon is produced by the decay of uranium in the ground and in the rocks used to build the monuments. The visitors are not at risk but early egyptologists are at a risk as the radon concentr...