History

Voices from the American Founding on the Desirability of Standing Armies

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Friday, 18 April 2014. Posted in American History, History

America has the largest and most powerfully armed professional military in the world. What would the Founders think of this development?

Voices from the American Founding on the Desirability of Standing Armies

Among the American colonists at the time of the War for Independence, experience had taught that standing armies were a danger to peace and liberty. Of the complaints the colonists had against King George III listed by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence was that “He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.”

Race and Violence in the 'Welfare Magnet'

Written by John T. Bennett on Tuesday, 21 May 2013. Posted in American History, History

Milwaukee's 53206 Zip Code is a neighborhood beset by social disruption, poverty and violence, largely thanks to welfare and other big government progressive programs that have proven to be vastly disruptive over the last 50 years.

Race and Violence in the 'Welfare Magnet'

Want to guess that the real estate agents stay away from these facts: Half of the housing loans are for investors, 60 subprime lenders are in operation, 90 percent of family income-tax filers are single parents, and 90 percent of the jobs are held by non-residents.

The History of the Electric Chair

on Friday, 17 May 2013. Posted in World History, History

Once described as a humane form of execution, the electric chair's first use was anything but.

The History of the Electric Chair

Are you ready to hear a somewhat bizarre, somewhat surprising, and somewhat unsettling tale?  Well ready or not, here it comes. Some of you may be more familiar with the history of the electric chair than I was prior to conducting some research. But for those of you who don’t know anything about the origins of “old Sparky”– brace yourselves.

James Madison: The Federalist No. 10

on Tuesday, 03 July 2012. Posted in American History, History

James Madison: The apportionment of taxes … is an act which seems to require the most exact impartiality; yet there is ... no legislative act in which greater opportunity and temptation are given to a predominant party to trample on the rules of justice.

James Madison: The Federalist No. 10

The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection (continued)

Daily Advertiser
Thursday, November 22, 1787
[James Madison]

To the People of the State of New York:

Margaret Sanger, Eugenics, and Genocide

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Thursday, 31 May 2012. Posted in American History, History

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is one of the Left’s favorite heroes. But her true legacy is to be found in her advocacy of a Nazi-like eugenics totalitarianism for the United States.

Margaret Sanger, Eugenics, and Genocide

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele made news recently in combination with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham when he criticized the NAACP and its relationship with Planned Parenthood. According to Steele, the latter organization used “abortion to eliminate and limit the number of African Americans.”

A Fateful Inheritance: The Effect of the Titanic Disaster on Modern Travel

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Friday, 20 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

100 years after it collided with an iceberg and sank into the depths, the Titanic's influence lives on in the institutions and safety requirements that grew out of the disaster.

A Fateful Inheritance: The Effect of the Titanic Disaster on Modern Travel

When the Titanic vanished beneath the Atlantic in the early hours of April 15th, 1912, she left a terrified mass of over sixteen hundred people behind her, gasping for breath and thrashing around helplessly in water temperatures well below zero. It was almost an hour before their cries were drowned out by silence. Yet the Titanic disaster raised voices that have yet to be silenced to this day.

An Unsinkable Titanic?

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Thursday, 19 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

The greatest of all myths about the Titanic was that she was unsinkable. A giant achievement and the pinnacle of technology to that point, she was, tragically, as vulnerable as any ship to human arrogance and error.

An Unsinkable Titanic?

“We have absolute faith in the Titanic. We believe that the boat is unsinkable.” This was the response of the White Star Line’s Phillip Franklin to a crowd of frenzied news reporters in New York. During the night, all sorts of sensational rumours had begun to surface about the new liner, and Franklin was in full damage control mode.

The Sound of Music

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Wednesday, 18 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

If there was heroism on the Titanic as it slipped into the icy Atlantic, it was to be found in a small group of musicians who bravely soothed a throng of doomed souls as the abyss beckoned before them.

The Sound of Music

The people shivering in the half filled lifeboats could hardly believe their eyes and ears. In front of them, the largest moving object ever built was sagging helplessly into the ocean like some puppet with its strings cut. Row upon row of lights blazed at a madly slanted angle on the dark black mirror of the Atlantic. Up above, a string of pathetic distress rockets soared skywards, exploding in showers of pale white sparks that no one heeded. And, incredibly, from across the water came the sound of jaunty, upbeat music.

Third Class Treatment

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Tuesday, 17 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

A mass of humanity huddled below decks and facing a rising tide of freezing green seawater: What led to the predicament faced by Titanic's unfortunate third-class passengers?

Third Class Treatment

The luckiest ones died without even knowing it. A torrent of surging, ice cold seawater roared through the forward cabins containing the single men, drowning many of them in their bunks. Others were awoken by the long, grinding jar that shook clothes hanging on coat hooks and made glasses fall from nightstands. Stepping out of their bunks and reaching for the light switch, many men found a terrifying trickle of incoming water flowing across the cabin floor.

The Ismay Factor — Leaving Titanic

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Monday, 16 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line, saved himself when the Titanic sank and was vilified for it afterward. Did he do the right thing?

The Ismay Factor — Leaving Titanic

In the entire emotional roller coaster that is the Titanic disaster, few stories have aroused more anger and indignation than the departure of company chairman, Bruce Ismay, from the sinking ship. He left a foundering ship in a lifeboat, while literally hundreds of men, women and children were still left on the decks. In light of recent events in the Mediterranean with the Italian cruise ship captain, his story still has the power to simultaneously engage and enrage people; it remains a heavily charged emotional lightning rod to this day.

To the Lifeboats — Evacuating Titanic

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Sunday, 15 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

As mighty Titanic took on water, thousand of lives hung in the balance while a crew with a shortage of experienced officers struggled with life and death decisions.

To the Lifeboats — Evacuating Titanic

Consider the following scenario. You have a sinking ship, four hundred miles from the nearest land. The only responding rescue ship will not arrive for four hours, and the ship will not stay afloat for half that time. The water temperature is twenty eight degrees Fahrenheit. Anyone attempting to swim for it will freeze to death within minutes.

Sinking the Myths: The Truth About the Titanic

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Saturday, 14 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

What we think we know about the Titanic is actually a mashup of myth and fact. The truth is fantastic enough and needs no embellishment.

Sinking the Myths: The Truth About the Titanic

It is the late evening of Sunday, April 14th, 1912, and the North Atlantic is as still as the surface of a darkened mirror. The clear, moonless night sky up above is packed with millions of twinkling, benevolent stars. In short, it is a beautiful evening.

Enigma

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Friday, 13 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

100 years after it's tragic loss at sea, the majestic Titanic and its fateful maiden voyage continue to grip our collective imaginations.

Enigma

It was the biggest single building project on the planet since the pyramids of Giza. For three years, more than fifteen thousand sweating, swearing Irishmen laboured to bring it to life from the very mud of Belfast. It grew through freezing winters and searing hot summers. As it grew, it loomed over the entire city skyline.

This Day in History: Edison Demonstrates the Light Bulb

on Saturday, 31 December 2011. Posted in Today in History, History

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The now notorious ban of incandescent light bulbs, mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, is about to make 100-watt traditional incandescent bulbs a thing of the past with the ban taking effect beginning January 1, 2012.

Ironically, it was on December 31, 1879 that inventor Thomas Edison gave the first public demonstration of his revolutionary incandescent bulb.

Importantly, Edison wasn’t the first inventor to work on such a lamp. British chemist and inventor Humphrey Davy demonstrated the principle of incandescent lamps as early as 1802 by passing a current through a strip of platinum. But while this set the stage for future development, the Davy lamp was expensive, produced only weak light for a short time, and was not practical.

From Times Past: On Putting Up a Stove Pipe

on Thursday, 22 December 2011. Posted in American History, History

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Putting up a stove is not so difficult in itself. It is the pipe that raises four-fifths of the mischief and all the dust. You may take down a stove with all the care in the world, and yet that pipe won’t come together again as it was before. You find this out when you are standing on a chair with your arms full of pipe, and your mouth full of soot. Your wife is standing on the floor in a position that enables her to see you, the pipe and the chair, and here she gives utterance to those remarks that are calculated to hasten a man into the extremes of insanity. Her dress is pinned over her waist, and her hands rest on her hips. She has got one of your hats on her head, and your linen coat on her back, and a pair of rubbers on her feet. There is about five cents’ worth of pot-black on her nose and a lot of flour on her chin, and altogether she is a spectacle that would inspire a dead man with distrust. And while you are up there trying to circumvent the awful contrariness of the pipe, and telling that you know some fool has been mixing it, she stands safely on the floor, and bombards you with such domestic mottoes as, “What’s the use of swearing so?” “You know no one has touched that pipe.” “You ain’t got any more patience than a child.” “Do be careful of that chair.” And then she goes off, and reappears with an armful more of pipe, and before you are aware of it she has got that pipe so horribly mixed up that it does seem no two pieces are alike.

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