July 4, 1863

by Doug Wead All this business about the fourth of July missed one of the more remarkable days in American history. I am speaking of July 4th, 1863. There were celebrations in the streets of Washington because of the apparent outcome of the battle of Gettysburg. The people of the north were hungry for a […]

July Fourth Trivia

Which three presidents died on the Fourth of July? (John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third president, both died on the same day in 1836.) What other presidents were near misses? (On July 4, 1850, President Zachary Taylor attended ceremonies for the Washington Memorial and returned to […]

Malia Obama, born on the third of July

Malia Obama had a birthday yesterday. White House kids seem to have it all. Every toy and gadget comes over the transom. The most famous people of their day are on hand. But the one thing that is often missing are the parents. When Tad Lincoln celebrated his 12th birthday on April 4, 1865, his […]

This one is interesting. As I read this article about how predicted solar flares in 2012 could potentially disrupt the electric grid, and thus all our lives, I noticed the Lockheed Martin reference. Coincidentally, or not, Lockheed is investing in solar power. 1) Tech Article: http://www.smartertechnology.com/c/a/Global-Challenges/2012-New-Y2K-Dark-Ages-20-Global-Reboot-or-Mayans-Last-Laugh/?kc=EWKSTM06192009Y2K?kc=EWKSTM06122009Y2K Excerpt: “Namely, a decade of major solar storms forecasted […]

Yesterday on Meet the Press they reviewed the declining prospects for the Republican Party.  And the yawning conclusion was that no one can really challenge Barack Obama in 2012 and no one can revive the G.O.P.  They assessed the prospects of all the possible candidates but there was one glaring omission.  Guess who? Mitt Romney […]

The size of a phone book, the massive ‘crap and trade’ bill, H.R. 2454, passed the House today (6/26/09) by a vote of 219-212.   The following 8 ‘Republicans’ voted YES on this horrendous bill: Bono Mack – CA Castle – DE Kirk – IL Lance – NJ LoBiondo – NJ McHugh – NY Reichart – WA […]

It was a woman. GOP, South Carolina, Governor Mark Sanford was on the brink of greatness.  As one of the nation’s emerging political stars he was so principled that he turned down federal money for his state, saying it was wrong.  Some said he was in the process of inheriting Ron Paul’s massive insurgent army […]

Which presidents were related? John Quincy Adams was the first son born to an American president and he became president himself.  He was number six, while his father, John Adams, was our second president. James Madison, our fourth president, and Zachary Taylor, our twelfth president, were second cousins. William Henry Harrison was our ninth president, […]