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Could you pass?

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Could  you pass  the U.S. citizenship test?  I could,  having missed only one question.   From what I’ve seen,  99% of U.S. students would flunk miserably.   I suspect a horrifying number of Congress critters would fail as well.

 

 

 

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November 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

Oldest eateries…

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Here’s  a list  of the oldest restaurant in every state.    My general theory is that if a place has been in business for a century,  it probably serves good food,  so I doubt you can go wrong with any of them.   I have eaten at only two of them myself,  but what an delicious addition to my bucket list!   Who wouldn’t’ enjoy a meal at a place which still has bullet holes in the ceiling from the Wild West days?

 

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October 27, 2016 at 11:55 pm

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Black Sea’s dead zone…

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The dead zone in the Black Sea is an area at the bottom which is devoid of light and oxygen,  which generally preserves whatever happens to land there.   The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project has been scouring the bottom and has located a batch of more than 40  ancient shipwrecks  from the Ottoman and Byzantine periods.

The photos are fascinating,  and we will undoubtedly learn a great deal,  both culturally and archaeologically,  from the discovery.   When I was a child,  I thought being an archaeologist would be the neatest job in the world.   I’m not sure I was wrong about that.

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October 24, 2016 at 11:43 pm

Clarence Thomas still dissents…

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One would not expect USA Today,  with its liberal bent,  to portray Justice Thomas in an entirely sympathetic light in its look back at his quarter century on the Supreme Court,  and  it does  not.    Being an originalist is not a good thing in the paper’s view,  as it expects justices to adopt the progressive view over the years,  and therefore to change their understanding of the Constitution to suit.

Justice Thomas  actually understands the Constitution and sees his job as to look to its original and true meaning when considering cases before the court.   The liberal justices,  especially Obama’s appointees,  believe their job is to ignore original meaning in order to adjust laws to fit what they see as current opinions and mores.   In other words,  Justices Kagan and Sotomayor think,  like Queen Hillary,  that SCOTUS is there to  “represent all the people”.   No,  that is the job of Congress,  you idiots,  though it has largely failed in that duty.   Justice Ginsberg’s fondness for referring to foreign laws shows that she also fails to understand her job.

This is why Clarence Thomas’s dissents are so important —  they represent what the Constitution actually means,  and they blow huge holes in the twisted reasoning and total lack of logic made by the progressive justices.   If you seek a good education in the Constitution and in liberal irrationality,  you would do well to read those dissents.

I will give USA Today credit for pointing out that the .new National Museum of African American History and Culture highlights Anita Hill’s allegations but ignores Thomas’ 25 years on the bench,  a situation I’ll address in another post.

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October 22, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Tour Pompeii…

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I was in Italy many years ago,  but did not get to Pompeii,  a place long on my bucket list.   I don’t suppose I’ll ever actually get there,  but  this 3-D tour of one of the ruined houses is a splendid substitute for having aching feet and coping with hordes of other tourists.

Experts have been documenting the city since 1980,  and Swedish researchers have used the latest digital technology to recreate what the home of one of the richer citizens looked like before Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city.   Welcome to the new science of digital archaeology!

 

 

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October 17, 2016 at 10:07 am

Do you know the Greatest Generation?

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Take this  short quiz  to find out how well you know these ordinary men and women who performed heroically.

 

 

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October 11, 2016 at 10:03 am

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Greta Friedman, R.I.P.

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Greta Zimmer Friedman was  half of  one of history’s most iconic photos.  She has died at age 92 after a bout of pneumonia.   The famous kiss in Times Square was captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt on August 14,  1945 and published shortly afterwards in LIFE magazine.

The dental assistant and the sailor who kissed her weren’t identified until 2012,  despite the magazine republishing the photo in 1980 in an attempt to identify the pair.

 

 

 

 

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September 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

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