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Maybe they meant well, but they were wrong

Lee Ohanian, Professor of Economics at UCLA and consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, explains why Presidents Hoover and FDR created, then extended the Great Depression.

Hoover and the Great Depression

Did FDR End the Great Depression?



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In 1492, Apparently Nothing Happened

There has existed a movement for some time to remove all references to Christopher Columbus, including his statues and the designation of today as Columbus Day, a holiday for federal employees and financial institutions. The snowflakes want to change the name to “Indigenous Peoples Day,” just as they want to refer to Christmas as “winter holiday.”

President Trump Issues “Columbus Day Proclamation” without Obama’s Hand-wringing Apologies
How refeshing is it to have a President who actually works to preserve and honor our History as Americans? Barack Obama worked his entire eight years to denigrate and undermine our common culture and History as Americans. Not Trump. Every Conservative – every American – should support Donald Trump in his desire to preserve our History. Our history and tradition of observing Columbus Day is a good example

The History Behind the Movement to Replace Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day
While the Federal Government will close on Oct. 9 for the 80th commemoration of Columbus Day, which was made official by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937, some U. S. cities will mark the day in a different way, choosing rather to focus on the original inhabitants of the land to which Christopher Columbus sailed.

Italian-Americans fight against movement to abolish Columbus Day
But the gesture to recognize indigenous people rather than the man who opened the Americas to European domination also has prompted howls of outrage from some Italian-Americans, who say eliminating their festival of ethnic pride is culturally insensitive, too.

Columbus, the West, and the Myth of the Noble Savage
For starters, those who were long recognized as American Indians constituted anything but a monolith but, rather, many tribes or nations.
Secondly, American Indians comprised numerous tribes or nations that were continuously at war with one another.
Thirdly, these wars were distinctively bloody and savage.
The Myth of the Noble Savage, a uniquely European fiction that Columbus himself initially endorsed, has long exposed as just that by anthropological and archaeological research.


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Let’s give credit where credit is due

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Those Who Ignore History

2017_08 New Yorker Reality Check

It is absolutely ridiculous to associate President Trump with the KKK.

The Ku Klux Klan is the name of three distinct movements in the United States that have advocated and employed terrorism—both physical assault and murder—against groups or individuals whom they opposed.

President Trump has repeatedly and forcefully condemned terrorism of every kind.

The first Klan (late-1860s to mid-1870s) was founded in the South by Democrats who were furious that they lost the Civil War. It sought to overthrow the Republican state governments in the South during the Reconstruction Era, especially by using violence against African American leaders.

“Polls show consistently that what blacks care most about today is jobs and economic opportunity. … So far Trump has done more for black economic progress in six months than Obama did in eight years.” – Stephen Moore, Aug 15, 2017 @ The Hill (link below)

The second Klan (1915 to mid-1920s) was rooted in local Protestant communities, particularly in urban areas of the Midwest and West, during a time of high immigration from mostly Catholic nations. It primarily targeted Catholics and Jews.

President Trump’s wife is Catholic; his daughter is Jewish.

The third and current manifestation of the KKK emerged after WWII, in the form of localized and isolated groups angry about the successes of the Civil Rights Movement. The most optimistic estimate of its total membership as of 2016 was a measly 6,000 nationwide.

Virtually every Christian denomination has officially denounced the KKK.


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Around the Twitterverse

No links or commentary anymore. There’s no point.

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Erasing Our History

Confederate statues today, book burnings tomorrow

A crowd of ignorant protesters pulled down a bronze Confederate statue that stood before a county government building in Durham, North Carolina — the angry national backlash to the Charlottesville brouhaha over the Robert E. Lee monument.
This is not how civil societies operate. And yet this is what the left has brought, and now cheers.
What’s next — burning books with offensive content?
Burning books written by those who used to own slaves? At the very least, museums will have to go.

Woman, 22, who pulled down Confederate statue in North Carolina is arrested and could face PRISON – as Democrat governor vows to remove all ‘anti-American’ Civil War monuments from his state
Takiyah Thompson, 22, was arrested after she admitted to helping bring down a Confederate monument on Monday in Durham, North Carolina
She said she climbed a ladder to the top to tie a rope around the monument before the crowd tore it down
On Tuesday before her arrest, she said her actions were justified because Confederate statues represent white supremacy
She is charged with disorderly conduct by injury to a statue, damage to real property and two other felony counts
Vandalism comes after violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday over a statue of Confederate hero Robert E. Lee

Workers began removing a Confederate statue in Gainesville, Florida on Monday. The statue is being returned to the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which erected the bronze statue in 1904

Leftist Activists Demand New York Museum Take Down Statue of ‘Racist’ Theodore Roosevelt
You give an inch, they take a mile.

A stark embodiment of the white supremacy that Roosevelt himself espoused and promoted,” pontificated the group of protesters in a statement. “The statue is seen as an affront to all who pass it on entering the museum, but especially to African and Native Americans.”
Marching around the museum in a fit of self-righteous rage, protesters carried signs that read “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” “DECOLONIZE THIS MUSEUM,” and “ABOLISH WHITE SUPREMACY.”
The entire spectacle was underscored by a sort of religious fanaticism.
In fact, the devout left-wing activists moved from exhibit to exhibit in a trance-like motion burning sage and exuberantly playing Native American music.

Abrams calls for removal of Confederate faces off Stone Mountain

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called for the removal of the giant carving that depicts three Confederate war leaders on the face of state-owned Stone Mountain, saying it “remains a blight on our state and should be removed.”
“We must never celebrate those who defended slavery and tried to destroy the union,” Abrams said in a series of tweets posted early Tuesday, a response to the deadly violence sparked by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Va.
Gov. Nathan Deal quietly struck Confederate Memorial Day from the state’s official holiday calendar and removed the statue of a segregationist leader from the state grounds. State-issued license plates featuring the Rebel emblem have been altered, though only slightly. Statues and paintings of Confederate leaders in the statehouse are facing fresh criticism. And the state is set to unveil a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. outside the Capitol this month.
Abrams calls for removal of Confederate faces off Stone Mountain

Trump: Should Statues Of Slave Owner George Washington Be Torn Down, Too?

In a contentious back and forth with reporters, Trump argued with the logic of removing Confederate statues by pointing to the slave-owning history of Founding Fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
“You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name,” Trump said during one spat with a reporter.
“George Washington was a slave owner,” he continued. “So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?”

To Removers of Monuments

Those impassive, silent guardians – will their gaze no longer shame you?
Have they been forever banished? Are you sure?
Can you finally stroll in comfort streets bereft of all reminders?
Is their valor gone, as if it never were?
Spiteful children! Did it gall you that someone so loved, respected these,
Enough to raise their monuments on high—
And you know you’ve never earned any respect, and never will,
And your blog will be deleted when you die?
“Ingrate, vandal, ignoramus,
Meddler, coward, bully, fool”—
Those are titles your pedestal might bear,
Were your legacy preserved, beyond the web and your own minds –
But I doubt it will last too long even there.


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I Need This

I had to go back to 2013 to find something worthwhile.
Watch A Man Who Saved 669 Children From Death Camps Get A Tearful Surprise On TV
Sir Nicholas Winton, dubbed “the British Schindler” after saving 669 mostly Jewish children from Nazi death camps on the eve of the Second World War, is given the surprise of his life on television. And, well, I did not expect to see the audience do that at 0:50. Winton humbly kept his efforts a secret until his wife found scrapbooks in their attic about saving the children. Holocaust history should still be very much in the public’s mind and in our education, and it’s little moments like these that should be celebrated, not forgotten.

Nicholas Winton – How one man changed the world

Man who saved 669 kids from Death Gets a Tearful Surprise on TV.


Zuzana Marešová , 85, who left Prague at seven with her two older sisters in July 1939, said the survivors of the child transports had conceived the memorial as a final act of gratitude to their parents, having already paid generous tribute to Winton – who died aged 106 in 2015, a year after receiving the Czech Republic’s highest honour for his rescue missions.

“Can you imagine putting your children on a train, saying goodbye to them, knowing you might never see them again? We had the opportunity to thank Nicky [Winton] personally, but never to thank our parents,” she said.

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On This Day in 1782

Washington creates the Purple Heart

On this day in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver. The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit.”
Washington’s “Purple Heart” was awarded to only three known soldiers during the Revolutionary War: Elijah Churchill, William Brown and Daniel Bissell, Jr. The “Book of Merit” was lost, and the decoration was largely forgotten until 1927, when General Charles P. Summerall, the U.S. Army chief of staff, sent an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to “revive the Badge of Military Merit.” In 1931, Summerall’s successor, General Douglas MacArthur, took up the cause, hoping to reinstate the medal in time for the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. On February 22, 1932, Washington’s 200th birthday, the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the “Order of the Purple Heart.”
The original Purple Heart award was instituted by George Washington in 1782 to reward troops for “unusual gallantry” and “extraordinary fidelity and essential service.” The award was a purple cloth heart edged in silver braid, and was to be worn over the left breast of the uniform. Only three awards are known to have been issued, of which two are known to exist today.
One of the two known examples of the Badge for Military Merit

Current Awards: In addition to awards to those killed or wounded “in any action against an enemy of the United States”, the criteria for the award of the medal was amended to include those killed or wounded as a result of “an international terrorist attack,” and “as part of a peacekeeping force.” Thus in addition to awards for Grenada (Operation Urgent Fury), Panama (Operation Just Cause) and Iraq (Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom) the medal is awarded for fatal and non-fatal wounds arising as a result of peacekeeping efforts such as Lebanon, Haiti, Somalia, and Bosnia-Croatia.

For more than two centuries our fighting forces have defended our country, often at the cost of a limb or a life.The purple heart is a meager token awarded for their sacrifice. Almost every one of them earned it.
In his book,”Unfit for Command” Lee Corsi documented the extreme cowardice, showmanship, and treachery of the 2004 democrat nominee for president and current climate change whack job John Forbes Kerry. He volunteered for service in Vietnam because ‘it would look good on his political resume.’ Those who served with him knew what an unmitigated fraud he was and remains to this day. They are the Swift Boat veterans that the media did their best to minimize but couldn’t, since THEY WERE THERE!
The book documents how he wrangled three Purple hearts in the short span of four months and slithered out of the service to testify at the infamous ‘Winter Soldier’ hearings and sell out the brave men he’d just run away from. One award was scooped up when he threw a grenade into a pile of rice bags and got some rice kernels in his ass. Testimony from a medic who treated him in another event said he had a tiny wooden sliver in his finger that he had to hold to keep it from falling out on its own. He had a cameraman follow him everywhere he went to record his many acts of heroism. Folks in Massachusetts nicknamed him “Liveshot.”
The only thing he ever did well was marry rich women and behave like the arrogant overbearing buffoon that he is. Being a liar and a fraud is part of being a democrat. What really galls me is how he abused the system and cheapened an award that is meant to honor those who have given a measure of themselves to serve. For that he will never be forgiven by those who know the truth.



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