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In all of his voyages to the New World, Columbus continued to think he had hit on some part of Asia.
In 2005, the popular television show ''The West Wing'' aired a live debate between presidential candidates played by Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda. If only real debates were this good. Watch it on Netflix or Prime.
During the Great Depression this type of dish was a popular way to cook meat, an expensive luxury. President Obama says the U.S. had an obligation not to leave any of its military personnel behind. Really? Now the terrorists know we will negotiate with them.
Newspapers in Hawaii were warning the public the week before the attack on Pearl Harbor.  How can that be when our textbooks and history tell us our Navy and Army were caught with their pants down? Cooking a brisket live on television for 13 hours is expected to earn Arby's a spot in the Guiness Book of World for the longest television commercial in history. If you overlook the part where the Jews all died of typhus, and the war was everybody else's fault, this is a pretty decent narrative of World War II. You thought Hillary had the time and talent to write a book?  ''Hard Choices'' was written by Edward Widmer, a former speechwriter for Bill Clinton.
Seized for failure to pay a $92 unconstitutional special tax on property owned by Confederates leaving the Union, General Lee's farm became the final resting place for 20,000 Union soldiers by war's end. A list of the most beloved regional soda brands that have survived through the decades. The Memorial Day Concert on PBS from the U.S. Capitol. Sunday, May 25th, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm ET. Because public support is so crucial to waging war, the home population is subject to deceit. The creation of false excuses to justify going to war is the first step.
In the years leading up to World War II, the U.S. army began planning for wars with a variety of countries, designating each plan by a different color. Early in the morning on May 20, 1927 Charles A. Lindbergh took off in ''The Spirit of St. Louis'' from Roosevelt Field near New York City. When bad news pops up, the Press Secretary is the most visible member of the White House staff. WASP is short for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, a group that fancied themselves as setting the standards of American values, but they do so no longer.
''Modern Motorcycle Diaries'' documents the journey of Alex Chacón, from Texas, to the southern tip of South America, and then around the world. Why do long-term marriages end? The answer seems to be revealed in this article's reader comments. An actual note handed to a flight attendant by an 8 year old girl on a Quantas flight. Click for more letters. The operation, code-named TP-AJAX, was the blueprint for a succession of CIA plots to foment coups and destabilize governments during the cold war - including the agency's successful coup in Guatemala in 1954 and the disastrous Cuban intervention known as the Bay of Pigs in 1961. In more than one instance, such operations led to the same kind of long-term animosity toward the United States that occurred in Iran.
To keep from being shot down, the surrendering Japanese Betty Bombers were painted white with green crosses on the wings, fuselage and vertical tail. Nigeria's militant group Boko Haram is using bombings, assassinations and abductions  to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. The Pioneer Moon Ranch, formerly owned by the coolest man on the planet, is located at the foot of the Pioneer Mountains in Hailey, Idaho. Moe Berg, baseball's Renaissance man of the '20s and '30s, was a U.S. atomic spy in World War II.
Federal gas tax is the same coast-to-coast, 18.4 cents a gallon, States and local governments take 40 to 70 cents a gallon. Click open to check your State. When you go to a basketball game, one of the first things you notice is that there are more black people playing than there are in the bleachers. World War I started when a Serbian terrorist shot an Austro-Hungarian archduke in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1914. But, it is much more complicated than that. Monica Lewinsky writes in Vanity Fair for the first time about her affair with President Clinton.
All the news that's fit to be on the internet. That would be pretty much anything. In the 1950's, followers of a fringe 18th century scholar Mohammed Al Wahab began to take Islam back to basics, where women were treated as property, and the progress of the last 1400 years never happened. Setting sail after topping off at Midway Island in the late summer of 1943, headed for the Sea of Japan, the legendary Gato-class submarine, USS Wahoo (SS-238), was never to be seen again. Playing the race card is an idiomatic phrase that refers to exploitation of either racist or anti-racist attitudes by accusing others of racism.
To encourage U.S. support for the war in 1940, Tizard gathered all British technical secrets which might have military use, including radar, and delivered them to Washington in a small trunk. After you’ve taken a look at these horrifying runways, you’ll probably never want to fly away on an exotic adventure again. In a speech, President Clinton said ''Whether we get involved… in the end must depend on the cumulative weight of the American interests at stake.'' The incessant drone of an aircraft diminishes our ability to taste some flavors, but not tomato juice.
The 25 urban legends currently circulating most widely, as determined by frequency of access, user searches, reader e-mail, and media coverage. The primary targets of the German U-boats were the merchant convoys bringing supplies from Canada, the British Empire and the United States to Great Britain. Seafood Watch raises consumer awareness with pocket guides, website, mobile applications and outreach efforts, encouraging  the purchase of seafood from sustainable sources. The National Gay Pilots Association 2014 Spring Fling is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The main concern for travellers in Saudi Arabia is breaching Islamic codes, which can be a lot stricter than you think. But, go ahead and beat your wife. The number of people 50 to 64 who live in their parents' homes has surged in recent years, reflecting the grim economic aftermath of the Great Recession. Peekaboo is a game played over the world, crossing language and cultural barriers. Why is it so universal? Perhaps because it’s such a powerful learning tool. Gary Varvel has been the editorial cartoonist for The Indianapolis Star since 1994.
In August 1992,  FBI agents and U.S. marshals engaged in an 11-day standoff at Ruby Ridge with white separatist Randy Weaver, his family, and a friend in an isolated cabin in Boundary county, Idaho. Weaver's wife, Vicki, his 14-year-old son, Sammy, and a U.S. Marshal were killed during the siege. Father Ray Kelly of Meath, Ireland surprised everyone at the wedding when he started to sing. The next flying saucer you see might be one of ours. The base of the Citibank building is what makes the tower so unique. The bottom nine stories are stilts. This thing does not look sturdy. But it has to be sturdy. Otherwise they wouldn’t have built it this way. Right?
Doris Day hadn't been seen in public for 20 years, when she attended a party to celebrate her 90th birthday in 2014.
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Internet sources say former Republican Congressman Russell Platts was responsible for slipping language in the 2008 Farm Bill that did away with the 10 year statute of limitations on debt collection. Companies that provide WiFi on US domestic flights are handing over their data to the NSA, adapting their technology to allow security services new powers to spy on passengers.
Find out if any of your fitness routine is actually bad. The director of ''Captain America: The Winter Soldier'' says civil liberties issues, drone strikes, the president's kill list, and preemptive technology are all in the film.
Veteran aircraft dealer Steve Weaver has an interesting Facebook page.
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The story of how the U.S. wound up with the income tax is the story of two wars, a Supreme Court justice on his death bed, and Donald Duck. brings consumers the most comprehensive, scientific and trustworthy reviews available. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the terrifying mystique of Writer's Block, it's better to take it apart and understand it. Examining the methods used to fertilize and promote the growth of disinformation. The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 allows the federal government to have sweeping power to push television, radio, newspaper and social-media propaganda onto the U.S. public.
If there is a Biblical explanation, it goes all the way back to Abraham. The Jews are descendants of Abraham’s son Isaac. The Arabs are descendants of Abraham’s son Ishmael. With Ishmael being the son of a slave woman and Isaac being his son with his wife, obviously there would be some animosity between the two. At magnitude 9.2, the 1964 earthquake in Alaska was the biggest ever to shake the United States. Whether you want to record accidents or beautiful scenery, a dashcam is a smart investment.  I have one installed on my motorhome windshield. The huge magma chamber below Yellowstone Park is the world's largest volcano, and animals know when the getting is good.
Browse 1,375 accidental oops photos and images available, or start a new search to explore more photos and images. Your wife is getting frisky again. Meet Google Maps: The never-ending quest for the perfect map. Energy Quest is the award-winning energy education website of the California Energy Commission.
Water may be the indispensible source of life, but it can be a villain when it's leaking inside your home. Bronko Nagurski was a legendary football player and professional wrestler, and the pride of International Falls, Minnesota. You can run, but you can't hide. ''You look familiar'' says the cop, as he whips out his smart phone. Operation Downfall was the codename for the Allied plan for the invasion of Japan. The planned operation was abandoned when Japan surrendered.
Have you seen coins or stones left on a headstone and wondered the meaning of this tribute? This company in New Hampshire specializes in selling interesting items from the past. An illustrated guide to the Atomic Bombs Yes, that is grumpy old me, working on my website, and a hacker could be watching my every move using my own webcam and microphone.
100LL is a specialty product not because of its lower volume, but because it contains lead. No common carrier pipeline in the US will allow 100LL. Thanks to Edward Snowden's disclosures, we know that the current level of general surveillance in society is incompatible with human rights. Facebook is one of the most ingenious time-sucks known to man. ''If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold.'' Giada De Laurentiis is an Italian-born American chef, writer, television personality, and the host of the Food Network television program ''Giada at Home''.
Chip and pin credit cards are harder to clone than those with a magnetic stripe, reducing the likelihood of fraud. A forgivable offense and a touching story: Pope Francis reveals he took his late confessor's cross. An interview with former SR-71 Blackbird pilot Rick McCrary about what it's like to fly the world's fastest plane. While many missing airplanes are never found, others are eventually discovered, often by accident.
What brings Americans to the ER is often regional. Many do not realize how much information their phones share about them every minute. Need tech support? Don't call the published number and wait on hold forever, here are better numbers. Rescue dog pays owner back after snowmoble accident, by keeping him warm and safe all night, and then leading two men to his rescue.
Are you smarter than a 5th grader? The wiki about the history of the American Mafia, Gangsters, and other noteworthy associated and/or related criminal figures/crime subjects. Remember that ending scene in "Indiana Jones" where the Ark of the Covenant is boxed up and wheeled through an endless government warehouse? The warehouse actually exists. On paper, the influence-peddling business is drying up. But lobbying money is flooding Washington, DC like never before. What’s going on?
If this Netflix documentary about Mitt Romney had come out before the election, he might have won. The Obama administration is planning to send contractors into the nation's newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles that meets the public's ''critical information needs.'' Bitcoins are a unit of currency, launched in 2009, that only exists online and aren't controlled by the Federal Reserve Bank or any other central authority. Parcel Post Service was introduced to Americans on Jan. 1, 1913, and not everyone was clear on what this new service could provide.
Thousands of photos of airline meals from hundreds of airlines, sent in by travelers from all over the world. With a bottomless budget for travel and entertainment, what would you do on a national holiday named for you? But, is it really a holiday? The arrest by the Gestapo of a French operative, who knew of the plans for D-Day, may have triggered this raid, to help him escape or to kill him before he talked. A website featuring the original factory brochures and ads for nearly every American car you have ever owned, like the 1960 Ford Galaxie I bought in 1964.
In 1992, pollsters for Bill Clinton’s campaign issued a confidential memo painting Hillary as ''ruthless''.  In the 1930's, when the average American went to the movies 2 or 3 times a week, precocious Shirley Temple was Hollywood’s biggest star. To fully appreciate all the A350 XWB promises to offer, your imagination needs to take a rather giant leap. If you watch cropped ''pan and scan'' movies, you don't know what you are missing.
CAUTION: CREEPY -  A common practice in the 19th and early 20th centuries, photos of the dead were considered a keepsake to help remember them. This disgusting body fat replica  is made of soft vinyl plastic and costs $23 bucks. Having this on your desk all day will practically guarantee weight-loss.
Some critics think this television mini-series in 1988 was better and closer to the book than the 2002 big screen version starring Matt Damon.
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Parents know that taking kids out to eat is expensive. Here's a Tuesday deal offered by Denny's.
Budweiser's 2014 Super Bowl commercial is about a puppy who keeps escaping his adoption center and makes friends with a Clydesdale on a nearby farm. Rather than take the money and run, contestants on this show often get caught up in the excitement, take a wild guess, and lose everything. The plan to split California into six states could be on the ballot for voters to decide the fate of the State. The 2014 propane gas shortage was caused by many things, like a colder than expected winter, and a record and wet corn crop last year that needed to be dried.
An Armenian named Calouste Gulbenkian became incredibly wealthy by controlling 5% of the oil produced in the Middle East. The tax collector is the big winner on every game show, and if you win all trips (they usually can't be re-sold) and no cash, you are really screwed. Backseat drivers are comical in fiction only; in real life, it's hard to overstate the irritation they can provoke Wedding vows aren't what they used to be. When I got married in 1966, my wife agreed to the ''obey'' thing, but I think she had her fingers crossed.
Throughout history the men and women who have prepared and buried the dead have been ostracized and shunned. But, attitudes are changing. A blizzard is a severe snowstorm caused by strong sustained winds of at least 35 miles per hour and lasting for a prolonged period of time, typically three hours or more. While the President has input, and approves the final draft, the State of the Union speech is put together by an army of writers, with input from many sources. John D. Rockefeller made a fortune selling kerosene to illuminate millions of homes long before there was a need for the petroleum by-product called gasoline.
Scientists believe older people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains. It’s so easy to get caught up in what a husband always does wrong. This widow wishes she had it all back, and it wouldn’t be a burden at all the second time. Hedy Lamarr's 1942 frequency-hopping spread-spectrum invention is the basis for modern day communication technology. In 2012, a Pentagon’s spy blimp successfully detected and tracked an anti-ship cruise missile, which the Navy then proceeded to blast out of the sky.
The American Birding Association inspires all people to enjoy and protect wild birds. More people are becoming aware they are being tracked throughout their daily lives, but few understand to what extent. A tradition unique to America is that we honor those we remember with deals on everything from pizzas to mattresses and used cars. As its value rises, maple syrup is becoming a black-market commodity.
Some folks have simple bucket lists, while other people have lots of ideas that cost more money. In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued a definitive report that linked smoking cigarettes with lung cancer. The movie ''Pirate Radio'' is loosely based on the famed Radio Caroline off the coast of the UK. Some interpret the presence of oranges in movie scenes as a harbinger of death to come.
The A10 Thunderbolt was designed for air support of ground forces, to attack tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with limited air defenses. After Hirohito died in 1989, many archival documents about the Emperor’s role in the start and conduct of the war were made available. Your tires can look good, but have insufficient tread left to be legally safe. Midway Airport evolved from a small plot of land on the city's southwest side in 1923 with just one runway that served airmail services.
The tale of War Horse has gone from beloved children's book, to successful stage play to Hollywood movie directed by Steven Spielberg. I love it when someone tries to sell me on the traffic and popularity of their website by telling me how many HITS they are getting. No one is safe from this incredible hacker who attacks political figures and celebrities effortlessly. When an airplane goes down to a watery grave, it slowly transforms into something other-worldly and astonishingly beautiful.
MacArthur was very brave in combat, but you have to question medals that are outside of his area. Some believe he simply awarded them to himself. The author tried therapy, drugs, and booze. Here’s how he came to terms with the nation's most common mental illness. See if you can identify some of the world's best and worst toilets. A surprising number of people are now choosing vandwelling over home ownership.
The Bladensburg, Maryland  High School  Class of 1959 website includes a great video jukebox of music hits from the 1950's. Graceland Cemetery is the oldest and perhaps the most famous cemetery in Chicago. Where else can you look in the face of death? Look for Sirius – at midnight culmination – highest in the sky around midnight every New Year’s Eve. Columnist Ann Coulter believes the founder of Kwanzaa, Ron Karenga, was played by the FBI to create unrest in the black community.
The Christmas Truce was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. Santa Sleigh Mk. 1 and 2 are eight or nine engine transport aircraft powered by magic reindeer engines. The Mk.II allows extended all weather operations.   With the success of skimmers, the crooks are getting even bolder. If the ATM looks like this one, you DEFINITELY don't want to use it. The legend grew legs when a picture of the plane appeared on the net, telling of an angry wife who wanted the money spent on breast implants, not a plane for her husband.
In addition to a rich Mark Twain history and legacy of soaring, the Chemung River Valley is the gateway into New York’s largest wine-producing region. It's no easy task summing up someone's life in just a few words, but here are some suggestions. December 20, 1943 - The day a chivalrous German flying ace saluted a crippled US bomber and let it fly to safety instead of shooting it down. ''People think they have a right not to have their feelings hurt, not to have their sensibilities in any way exacerbated.''
Pembina, North Dakota farmer Joe Wilson and his team of horses pulling a Hudson airplane across the Canadian border during the early days of World War II. Orlando, a black Labrador retriever, bravely leapt on to the tracks at a Manhattan subway platform after his blind owner lost consciousness and tumbled in front of an oncoming train. A small and growing group of Americans are returning to a more hands-on, no-frills memorial service. Can home funerals offer more closure? Potlatch was a festival of the peoples of the Pacific Northwest where the host gave gifts as a way to demonstrate wealth, generosity and social standing. Guests would reciprocate at a later time with items that matched or exceeded the value of the original gifts, or risk being humiliated.
In August, 1967, Dr. Richard Kimble finally caught up with the one-armed man. Does this man look familiar? On March 9, 2007, American citizen and retired FBI Agent Robert Levinson went missing during a business trip to Kish Island, Iran. John F. Kennedy’s unbending resolve and heroic efforts are the real story of PT-109.
Local police are using new technologies, including cell tower dumps and secret mobile devices known as Stingrays. Help your child get in the holiday spirit by writing a letter to Santa, with a copy to your email address. FIZZIES were hugely popular in the 1950's, 60’s, and early ’70's. Both Friday and, separately, the number 13 have long been considered unlucky.
Edward R. Murrow reports from London on a bombing raid over Berlin on December 2, 1943. The Numb Bum Index helps determine the best spot to park yourself on a plane. Author Bill McWilliams documents the events before, during and after the Dec. 7, 1941, Once the day of rest, Sunday has devolved into a day of stress worrying about Monday. Am I in trouble at work? Am I overdrawn at the bank?
Clinton Folger was the mail carrier for Nantucket. Because cars were forbidden by the town, he towed his car to the state highway for driving to Siasconset. Unscrupulous websites are posting mugshots of anyone arrested, and then charging the hapless souls to remove them. You might pay $100, a celebrity much more, and it is all legal. A Minnesota teenager without a pilot's license decided it was a lot cheaper to ''borrow'' a Cessna 150 from the absentee owners than to look for a rental. Thelma and Louise did this on purpose, but a terrorist or hacker could take over and do it without your help.
On November 26, 1943, 1,138 men, including 1,015 U.S. soldiers, died when the HMT Rohna was attacked and sunk in the Mediterranean. The event was kept secret from the American people. Ask this question and most of the time you'll get a blank look, a shrug of the shoulders and maybe a guess along the lines of ''What a horse can do''. All turkeys are tasty, but some are even talented. Enjoy your thanksgiving dinner. 8 hour sleeping is a modern invention.

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