Posts Tagged ‘United States’

American Expansion, Month by Month

May 13, 2019

Month by month, colony by colony, state by state: An animated map of the contiguous United States shows every boundary change since 1629. a video by EarthDirect. Map data from the Newberry Library’s Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

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58th Presidential Inauguration

January 20, 2017

58th Presidential Inauguration

At Noon today, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Mr. Trump will take the oath of office with his hand on the Lincoln Bible, symbolizing his hostile takeover of the Republican Party and the U.S. of A.

God Save the Republic.

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Immigration

April 12, 2013

Immigration

“Millions of Americans have grown up with a defining family immigration story. But while our families may have endured hardship coming to America, the simple fact is that most of our immigration stories would not be possible at all under today’s immigration laws.”

Would your immigrant ancestors be denied entry today? Find out here.

From EntryDenied.org

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Vote for the Millionaires of Your Choice

October 15, 2012

Vote for the Millionaires of Your Choice

“If millionaires were a political party, that party would make up roughly 3 percent of American families, but it would have a super-majority in the Senate, a majority in the House, a majority on the Supreme Court and a man in the White House. If working-class Americans were a political party, that party would have made up more than half the country since the start of the 20th century. But legislators from that party (those who last worked in blue-collar jobs before entering politics) would never have held more than 2 percent of the seats in Congress.”

— “Which Millionaire Are You Voting For?” Nicholas Carnes, New York Times

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Lady Liberty Goes High-Tech

October 28, 2011

Lady Liberty Goes High-Tech

The Statue of Liberty got some high-tech gifts for her 125th birthday. Webcams have been installed in her torch so the masses can huddle over their laptops and enjoy the view. Yearning to see free?  Click here.

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Why Wait? Ask Now: Who Lost Iraq?

October 23, 2011

Why Wait? Ask Now: Who Lost Iraq?

President Barack Obama has announced that U.S. combat troops will leave Iraq before the end of 2011, ending nine years of military action that have wrecked the economy and cost the lives thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

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The National Food

June 13, 2011

The National Food

With wieners in the news, Felisa Rogers takes the opportunity to examine the history of America’s iconic national sandwich, the frankfurter or tube steak:

“How the hot dog became the most American food,” Felisa Rogers, Salon

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Burnt Offerings

May 27, 2011

Burnt Offerings

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and patriotic citizens honor America’s fallen heroes by incinerating and ingesting meat outdoors. Other observances include mass motorcycle runs, parades of children and pets, traffic jams, and ceremonial retail frenzy.

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The Devil In America

November 14, 2010

The Devil In America

America’s Roman Catholic bishops held a conference last weekend to train more priests in how to conduct exorcisms. There is a shortage of U.S. priests who know the rite.

We commend the Church for this quick response to the mid-term election results.

The conference was motivated by an increased demand for exorcisms, driven by an influx of Third World immigrants and a rejection of psychiatry, according to Illinois Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, the meeting’s organizer. We we wonder if simple lack of access to medical services is a factor.

The training seems to have emphasized diabolical triage. “The problem is the discernment that the exorcist needs before he would ever attempt the rite,” according to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Houston. Practitioners look for violent reactions to holy water, super strength, aversion to the name of Jesus or Mary and speaking in tongues. The latter may be problematic, as this is a major feature in the worship of a growing number of Catholic Pentecostals.

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