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Dr. Daniel Dreisbach, professor of public affairs at American University on Jefferson's wall of separation.
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Posted 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 15

On this date in 1948, a few hours after declaring its independence, Israel was attacked by Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon and Palestinian insurgents.


On this date in 1856, Lyman Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz books, was born in Chittenango, New York. The book was said to be a monetary reform parable based on three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan's proposal that 16 ounces (abbreviated oz) of silver be the monetary equivalent of one ounce of gold. Read more.

On this date in 1556 John Knox appeared at the Church of the Blackfriars in Edinburgh, Scotland, to face charges of heresy. Knox turned the tables, the summons was dismissed, and he went on to preach to large crowds in Edinburgh. Read more.

On this date in 1972 Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland, while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination.


On this date in 1963 astronaut L. Gordon Cooper began a 22 orbit flight in Faith 7, the final launch in the Mercury program.


On this date in 1858, the Royal Opera House opened at Covent Garden in central London. It was the third theater built on this site after fires destroyed the first two. Read more.

On this date in 1930 Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess. Read more.

Posted 7:55 a.m., Friday, May 13

On this date in 1940 Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in a speech to the House of Commons, declares: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."


On this date in 1607 the first permanent British settlement was founded at Jamestown, Virginia. The colonists arrived on the Sarah Constant, Godspeed and Discovery.


On this date (dates vary) the first U.S. airmail stamps were issued featuring a Curtiss JN-4 biplane. On some stamps the plane was printed upside down, making it a collectors item.

Posted 8:45 p.m., Saturday, May 7

On this date in 1912 a German torpedo sank the British ocean liner Lusitania off the Irish coast killing 1,200 people.

Posted 7:25 p.m., Friday, May 6

Here is my photo gallery from yesterday's GOP Presidential Debate, Tea Party event and National Day of Prayer in Greenville, South Carolina


South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

Posted 7:45 a.m., Thursday, May 5

Fifty years ago today, Alan Shepard became the first American in space as he completed a 15 minute suborbital flight.


On this date in 1945 a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon killing the pregnant wife of a minister and five children.


Panic of 1893: On this day in 1893, the stock market crashed.

Posted 8:15 a.m., Wednesday, May 4

Today is Rhode Island Independence Day. It commemorates the date in 1776 when the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations declared its independence from Great Britain two months before the other 12 colonies did so.

On this date in 1886 the Haymarket affair took place in Chicago during a labor demonstration for an eight-hour work day. Someone threw a dynamite bomb at police, and the bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and four others.

On this date in 1942 the Battle of the Coral Sea began.


On this date in 1970 Ohio National Guard members fire on Vietnam War protesters at Kent State University killing four.

On this date in 1980 Marshall Josip Broz Tito, Communist dictator of Yugoslavia died. Less than a decade later the nation he held together broke into the warring factions of Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Macedonians, Bosnians, Muslims and Kosovars.

Posted 2:15 p.m., Monday, May 2

Stephen Brown, Chad Connelly and Bill Connor, candidates for SC GOP chairman, speak to the GCRWC April 28.

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Stephen Brown Chad Connelly Bill Connor

Stephen Brown audio
Chad Connelly audio
Bill Connor audio

SCGOP chairman candidates speak to Greenville County Republican Women

Stephen Brown, Chad Connelly and Bill Connor, candidates for chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, spoke to the Greenville County Republican Women Thursday. The election will take place at the GOP convention in Columbia Saturday.

Brown, former chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party and one of the attorneys arguing the county’s registration by party lawsuit, said he is disappointed in “where we have gone with the Republican Party.”

Brown said he wanted to make the Republican Party the vehicle for the conservative movement. Brown said we are seeing the biggest battle of political ideas since the War Between the States. “We are talking about the very survival of our system of government, whether or not we are going to remain free and independent as individuals or whether we are going to allow the state to run our lives.”

Connelly, Newberry County GOP chairman, said he would work with the legislature to get registration by party passed and seek to replace legislators who do not support the Republican Party in their voting records.

Connor, a former candidate for lieutenant governor, and U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who served in Afghanistan, said that defending the Constitution in the military, gave him a love for our Constitution.

“I don’t care what our president says, we are a Judeo-Christian nation founded upon Christian, biblical beliefs,” Connor said. Connor spoke at the first Tea Party event in Greenville in February 2009.

Posted 2:40 p.m., Sunday, May 1

On this date in 1893 the World's Columbian Exhibition opened in Chicago.

On this date in 1884 Moses Walker, an African-American, made his Major League baseball debut.

On this date in 1931, the Empire State Building, with 102 stories was dedicated in New York City.

On this date in 1960, Francis Gary Powers was shot down in a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union.

Posted 9:35 a.m., Saturday, April 30

April 30

On this date in 1789 George Washington was inaugurated as the nation's first president under the Constitution. Several presidents of the United States served under the Articles of Confederation before Washington.

On this date in 1803 the United States doubled in size when President Thomas Jefferson and Napolean Bonaparte reached a deal for the United States to purchase the Louisiana Territory for $15 million. The land purchased contained all of present-day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, parts of Minnesota west of the Mississippi River, most of North Dakota, nearly all of South Dakota, northeastern New Mexico, the portions of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado east of the Continental Divide and Louisiana west of the Mississippi River, including New Orleans.

On this date in 1945 Adolf Hitler and his wife of one day Eva Braun committed suicide in his bunker beneath the chancellory in Berlin as Russian troops approached.

On this date in 1975 Saigon fell.


April 29

On this date in 1945 U.S. troops liberated the Dachau concentration camp.


Posted 7:40 a.m., Thursday, April 28

On this date in 1789, 18 mutineers on the HMS Bounty led by Fletcher Christian set Captain Bligh and 18 of the 22 crew loyal to him afloat in a small boat. The mutineers then settled on Pitcairn Island. Descendants of some of the mutineers still live there. After Bligh and his crew of 18 sailed in the small boat to Timor in the Dutch East Indies, he returned to England and reported the mutiny.

On this date in 1945 Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were executed by Italian partisans. Mussolini led Italy for 20 years.


On this date in 1958 Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat began a goodwill tour of Latin America. The Nixons encountered hostile mobs in Lima, Peru, and Caracas, Venezuela.


Posted 7:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 26

American Minute with Bill Federer
April 26

Thomas Jefferson wrote in his Autobiography, 1821: "The first settlers of Virginia were Englishmen, loyal subjects to their king and church, and the grant to Sir Walter Raleigh contained an express proviso that their laws 'should not be against the true Christian faith, now professed in the Church of England.'”

On April 26, 1607, English settlers landed at the site of Cape Henry, named for Prince Henry of Wales. Their first act was to erect a wooden cross and commence a prayer meeting. They ascended the James River, named for King James, and settled Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America.

Virginia, so named for the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth, stated in its First Charter, April 10, 1606:
"Greatly commending...their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of His Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God."

The Second Charter of Virginia, May 23, 1609, stated:
"The principal Effect which we can expect or desire of this Action is the Conversion and reduction of the people in those parts unto the true worship of God and the Christian Religion...It shall be necessary for all such our loving live together, in the Fear and true Worship of Almighty God, Christian Peace, and civil Quietness, with each other."

The Third Charter of Virginia, March 12, 1611, stated:
"Our loving Subjects...for the Propagation of Christian Religion, and Reclaiming of People barbarous, to Civility and Humanity, We have...granted unto them...the first Colony in Virginia."

James Madison wrote to Robert Walsh, March 2, 1819:
"The English Church was originally the established religion...Of other sects there were but few adherents, except the Presbyterians who predominated on the west side of the Blue Mountains. A little time previous to the Revolutionary struggle, the Baptists sprang up, and made very rapid progress...At present the population is divided, with small exceptions, among the Protestant Episcopalians, the Presbyterians, the Baptists and the Methodists."

Posted 7:35 a.m., Thursday, April 21

David Horowitz speaks on Academic Freedom and Intellectual Bigotry in event at Furman University sponsored by the Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow



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April 21

On this day in 1836, with the battle cry of "Remember the Alamo," Texans under Sam Houston defeated Mexicans at the Battle of San Jacinto. In the 18 minute battle, about 630 Mexicans lost their lives and only nine Texans were killed. Houston later served as the first and third presidents of the Republic of Texas.

Posted 9:05 a.m., Wednesday, April 20

Gowdy: national debt is greatest threat to our way of life


Still photo gallery.

Rep. Trey Gowdy told the Upstate Republican Women at the Poinsett Club April 18 that “the biggest threat to our way of life is our debt” and warned that if you want to straighten the nation’s financial course without talking about entitlement reform, you are not serious.

Gowdy said that President Obama first proposed a budget without entitlement reform, then the Republicans produced Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget with entitlement reform, and then the president produced a budget that raises taxes, while calling the Republicans draconian and accusing them of trying to hurt senior citizens.

Gowdy said that 17 government shutdowns have taken place in our nation’s history but they were called “spending gaps” the first 16 times. Then, during the Clinton administration, adviser Dick Morris said that if they were going to win the battle with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich they would have to call it a government shutdown. They did and the administration won that battle in the public’s eye.

Gowdy said that Speaker John Boehner, with the Republicans controlling only the House, is negotiating having control of one half of one third of the government. Gowdy has voted against the Speaker’s wishes four times, explaining that “I do not challenge his conservative credentials. I just am blessed to come from an area that is prepared to go at [spending cuts] at a faster pace.”

All spending cuts that Congress is considering come from non-defense discretionary spending. If this amount was brought to zero that would just be $600 billion out of a $1.5 trillion debt this year. If interest rates increase, interest on the debt “will explode,” Gowdy said. Defense is the one item in the budget mandated by the Constitution, but many opponents want to start with cuts in defense spending.

Congress is considering raising the debt limit, which, Gowdy said, it has done 74 known times in the past.

Posted 7:20 a.m., Monday, April 18

April 18

On this date in 1521, Martin Luther, brought to the city of Worms to recant by Emperor Charles V, replied, "Unless I am convicted by scripture and plain reason—I do not accept the authority of popes and councils for they have contradicted each other—my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen."

On this date in 1775 Paul Revere rode from Boston to Lexington to warn colonists of the approaching British army. The army was sent to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock and seize weapons stores in Concord. Revere did not shout "The British are coming!", largely because the mission depended on secrecy and the countryside was filled with British army patrols, and most colonists at the time considered themselves British. Revere's warning was "The Regulars are coming out."

At 5:13 a.m., on this date in 1906, an earthquake struck San Francisco, killing nearly 700 people.


On this date in 1942 Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle led his air squadron to bomb Tokyo.


On this date in 1945 World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by Japanese gunfire on the island of Ie Shima off Okinawa.Watch video.

On this date in 1978 the U.S. Senate voted 68-32 (just one vote more than the two-thirds majority needed) to return the Panama Canal to Panamanian control on Dec. 31, 1999.

Posted 12:20 p.m., Sunday, April 17

April 17

On this date in 1970 Apollo 13 returned safely to earth after an ill-fated attempt to land on the moon. Watch video.

On this date in 1861 the Virginia State Convention voted for Virginia to secede from the Union. It was ratified by voters May 23.

Posted 11 a.m., Saturday, April 16

April 16

On this day in 1947, Bernard Baruch coined the term Cold War to describe chilly relations between the United States and Soviet Union in a speech to the South Carolina Assembly, where his portrait was being unveiled. "Let us not be deceived," the Camden, South Carolina, native said, "we are today in the midst of a Cold War. Our enemies are to be found abroad and at home. Let us never forget this: Our unrest is the heart of their success."

On this date in 1962 Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS Evening News. Read more.

From the American Minute by William Federer

American Minute with Bill Federer

April 16

On April 16, 1859, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died.

After nine months of traveling the United States, he wrote Democracy in America in 1835, which has been described as "the most comprehensive...analysis of character and society in America ever written."

De Tocqueville wrote: "Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention... In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united."

De Tocqueville continued: "The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other... They brought with them into the New World a form of Christianity which I cannot better describe than by styling it a democratic and republican religion."

In Book Two of Democracy in America, de Tocqueville wrote: "Christianity has therefore retained a strong hold on the public mind in America... In the United States...Christianity itself is a fact so irresistibly established, that no one undertakes either to attack or to defend it."

Posted 8:25 a.m., Friday, April 15

Possible presidential contender Herman Cain talks about the Fair Tax to students at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, Thursday night. Watch video.View photo gallery.


Herman Cain promotes Fair Tax at Furman event

By Thomas C. Hanson

Herman Cain, a possible presidential candidate, promoted the Fair Tax Thursday at an event sponsored by Furman’s Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow and the Young America’s Foundation.
Cain is a Fox News commentator, was host of the Herman Cain talk radio show in Atlanta until February, turned Godfather’s Pizza into profitability, and in 1995-1996 was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.
The Fair Tax is a 23 percent national retail sales tax that would replace all federal income tax, all payroll tax withholdings including Social Security and Medicare, but not company and personal deductions. Wage earners would take home their entire salary and not have to fill out tax forms. Cain said that it would raise the same amount of money that the current system raises.
Corporations would not have to pay income tax. It would eliminate capital gains taxes, the death tax and the Internal Revenue Service. The Fair Tax would be collected by the states, which would retain a percentage of the tax revenues. It would not eliminate state sales taxes.
Under the Fair Tax, families (based on family size) would receive a monthly pre-bate based on how much they would pay for basic necessities—food, shelter and clothing, to offset the national sales tax they would pay.
The Fair Tax would only be paid on new goods, not used goods. It would be paid on new houses and new cars, not existing houses and used cars.
The president is the only person in Washington who can single-handedly lead on changing the tax code, Cain said, because the 535 members of the House and Senate will not do so without leadership from the president.
Cain said that today’s tax code, which began in 1913, was only two pages long. The objective was to tax the richest 2 percent of Americans. Even then the liberals hated “those evil rich people.”
Stephen Sebastian, CSBT’s chief executive officer, made introductory comments before Cain’s address, and Mary Ann Sane, CSBT chief operating officer, introduced Cain.

Posted 10:10 a.m., Thursday, April 14

Dr. Marshall DeRosa, professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University, speaks on the Confederate constitution at Furman University April 13. He was introduced by Will McNutt of the Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow. Watch video and view still photo gallery.


Marshall DeRosa speaks on Confederate constitution

By Thomas C. Hanson

Dr. Marshall DeRosa, a political science professor at Florida Atlantic University, spoke on the Confederate constitution Wednesday at an event sponsored by the Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow at Furman.
Will McNutt of the Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow introduced Dr. DeRosa.
DeRosa, a Salvatori Fellow with the Heritage Foundation and an associated scholar with the Abbeville Institute, said that the core of the Confederate constitution is states’ rights, which means that the states and the people within those states are sovereign. The Confederate constitution limited government, and did not mandate slavery. It left slavery up to the states.
The Confederate constitution responded to a U.S. federal government fiscal policy that was “picking the pockets of Southern states to enhance the wealth of Northern states.” The poster child of this, DeRosa said, was the transcontinental railroad. Abraham Lincoln was a lobbyist for the transcontinental railroad, and a wealthy one at that.
The Confederate constitution limited the president to one six-year term. The Confederacy was expected to expand, which scared the Republican Party, especially Secretary of State William H. Seward, who knew that the Confederacy was going to be a free trade zone and that many of the states of the Mississippi Valley, the Midwest and West considered joining the Confederacy to escape the fiscal policies of the U.S. Government.
The Confederate constitution allowed state legislatures to impeach national officials including federal judges. The Confederate post office was to be privatized after two years. It would have to pay its own way, DeRosa said. The Confederate constitution banned protectionism. It banned internal improvements at the expense of the government. It prohibited contract-plus contracts. Cost overruns could not be billed to the Confederacy.
States’ rights, however, was also the Achilles heel of the Confederate constitution, DeRosa said. “It has often been said that the Confederate States of America died of a theory, fatal self-inflicted wounds from an overzealous commitment to states’ rights. Even Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, claimed this.
DeRosa said that his position is that the Confederacy did not die of a theory, necessarily, “but was murdered by the United States government.” A de-centralized Confederacy was at a disadvantage when confronted with challenges from a centralized government whether it be all-out war, economic or cultural competition or whatever the case might be.
“It is self-evident that the Confederacy would never have been conquered in the first place if the Lincoln administration adhered to the states’ rights principle inherent in the U.S. Constitution,” DeRosa said. “Had Lincoln adhered to the Constitution he would have respected the states’ rights prerogative of secession and continued with his predecessor President Buchanan’s acknowledgement that his office lacked the executive powers to coerce the Southern states back into the Union.”
The Confederate constitution implicitly guaranteed the right for states to secede. The primary constitutional case law book used at West Point had a chapter on secession, which stated that the United States was a voluntary compact of states and if a state did not like it, it could leave. DeRosa said that most secession movements before 1860 were in the North.

H.K. Edgerton of Southern Heritage 411 speaks at Furman Tuesday night Watch video.


H.K. Edgerton speaks at Furman

By Thomas C. Hanson

H.K. Edgerton, president of Southern Heritage 411, spoke on black Southern heritage at an event sponsored by the Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow and Dixie Republic at Furman, Tuesday, April 12.
Southern Heritage 411 is a corporation founded “to inform the public about Southern Heritage from the perspective of the hundreds of thousands of black people who love and support the South, its people, its customs and its history.”
Edgerton is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Southern Legal Resource Center and is an associate member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He is the immediate past president of the NAACP’s Asheville branch.
Edgerton noted that James C. Furman, founder of Furman University, was an outspoken secessionist and a member of South Carolina’s secession convention that voted to withdraw South Carolina from the Union in 1860.
Edgerton said that blacks earned a place of honor and dignity under the Christian cross of St. Andrew, and that the whole world was implicit in the institution of slavery, including blacks selling fellow blacks in Africa, but that only Southern Christian whites have been blamed for it. Edgerton said that blacks have been used as the weapon of choice against Southern white Christians. He said that Northerners favored slavery when it was financially profitable to them but became abolitionists when it was no longer profitable. He said that Northerners wanted to make the Western states and territories whites-only zones.
Edgerton did not defend slavery, but said that white Southerners fought to defend their homeland from invasion not to maintain the institution of slavery. It was home for whites and blacks. “I can defend the Southland of American because it is home,” Edgerton said. “I am Southern. That is the bottom line.”
In response to a question, Edgerton said he considers himself an American, not an African-American. “Africans did not want me then, and they do not want me now,” he said.
The Delta House Drummers, a black group, provided music before Edgerton’s address.
Members of the Furman NAACP walked out near the end of Edgerton’s address.

Posted 5:40 p.m., Tuesday, April 12

Hostilities Commenced"
Los Angeles Star reports
on Events at Fort Sumter

The April 27, 1861, Star reported the beginning of the war and called upon Californians to decide which side to join. The Star advised Californians not to "crawl at the feet of either a Southern or a Northern Confederacy."
Under the heading "Hostilities Commenced" it wrote:
The intelligence which we publish to day of the fall of Fort Sumter [April 14], created in our midst, on its arrival here by telegraph on Wednesday evening last, the most profound sensation. The fate of the "Union" is now sealed. Reconstruction is an obsolete word, in this connection. The temporizing, vacillating policy of the Border States has been checked—and the question has been brought home to them in such a manner that they can no longer shirk or evade it. They must now strike for honor, interest—or be basely dragged at the chariot wheels of the great North. It is for themselves to decide.
Before long the same question will press itself on us here in California. Let us consider well our position. Let us look our affairs fairly and squarely in the face—coolly and calmly discuss our resources, capabilities—the revenue paid by us in Boston, New York, Philadelphia or New Orleans, as well as in San Francisco—and on a calm review of our circumstances, take our stand. Shall we, too, strike for independence—or, like whipped spaniels, crawl at the feet of either a Southern or a Northern Confederacy? To this we come, and that, too, ere long.

In 1862, the Lincoln Administration would exclude the Star from the mails and put editor Henry Hamilton in my book Abraham Lincoln: How He Suppressed the Los Angeles Star.

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30 years ago today

On this date in 1981 Space Shuttle Columbia was launched for the first time.


50 years ago today

On this date in 1961 Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.


Posted 8:10 a.m., Monday, April 11

April 11

On this date in 1945 the Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated.


On this day in 1506 Pope Julius II laid the cornerstone for St. Peter's basilica in Rome. Later, Pope Leo X authorized the sale of indulgences (full or partial remission of temporal punishment for sin) to pay for construction. This led to Martin Luther's 95 Theses and the Protestant Reformation.

Posted 8:25 p.m., Saturday, April 9

Greenville County Republican Party Convention Photo Gallery

Barbour Newt Santorum

Haley Barbour (left) & Paul Wickelshimer, Clerk of Court

Newt Gingrich (right) and
State Rep. Garry Smith
Rick Santorum (right)
and SC AG Alan Wilson

Posted 8:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 5

Danny Cronin reports on the situation in England: The banking crisis has really bitten hard in this country. We have thousands of people losing their jobs. We had over 250,000 people march through central London in protest over Government's cuts to the Welfare Budget, the Police Force, the Military, and anything you care to mention.

We have seen taxes increase by percentage rates more than wages are rising. Utility bills, gas, electric, water have risen to high levels.

VAT is at 20 per cent, another tax on food, clothes, etc.

The Government has decided to cut 27 thousand police jobs to save money. The Military has had to fly 3,000 miles to drop bombs on Libya, because the Government scrapped the last aircraft carrier we had to save money on the Defence Budget.

But on a positive note (joke), the bankers who caused the world meltdown, are still getting their million pound bonuses. Also the Government, 26 of 29 are millionaires, are telling us that we have to work longer and harder for less money before we can retire.

The ordinary working person is being made to pay for other people's mistakes. Life on this side of the Pond is NOT SO GOOD. Regards Danny.

On this date in 1964 Gen. Douglas MacArthur died in Washington.


On this date in 1869, Daniel Bakeman, possibly the last surviving American Revolutionary War soldier, died at age 109. Read more.

Posted 3 p.m., Sunday, April 3

Mark Anthony was elected president of the South Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution Saturday in Columbia. Here is a portion of his inaugural speech. View my still photo gallery here.


On this date in 1968, Martin Luther King gave his "Mountaintop" speech to striking sanitation workers in Memphis. He was assassinated less than 24 hours later.


On this date in 1860 two riders left simultaneously from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, for the first exchange of mail by the Pony Express. The service was discontinued Oct. 24, 1861.

On this date in 1882 outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Missouri, by Robert Ford.

Posted 7:45 a.m., Thursday, March 31


On this date in 1968 President Lyndon Johnson tells the nation he will not seek re-election.

Posted 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 30

Thirty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan survived an assassination attempt, 69 days into his presidency. Watch video.

On this date in 1867 the United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million or a little more than two cents an acre. U.S. Secretary of State William Seward pushed for the deal, which was ridiculed as "Seward's Folly."

Posted 12:20 p.m., Sunday, March 27

On this date in 1913 First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the wife of the Japanese ambassador planted the first cherry trees around the Potomac Tidal Basin in Washington.

Posted 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 25

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to the Greenville County Republican Women's Club in Greenville, South Carolina, March 24. View photo gallery.



Gingrich says 2012 election will end 80 years of left wing dominance.

By Thomas C. Hanson

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club Thursday that 2012 will be a historic election that will end the left wing majority that has dominated the country on behalf of liberal elites since 1932 and will re-center the country as a center-right country that believes in American exceptionalism, American patriotism and the American economy.
Gingrich, who served as the nation’s 58th Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999, said that President Obama’s “performance failures combined with his radical ideology are creating one of the most teachable moments in American history.”
 He went on to say that “there could not be a wider gap between President Obama’s radicalism and the beliefs of most Americans.”
 “Does the Declaration of Independence say, ‘We are endowed by our Creator’ or not?” Gingrich asked. “We are the only country in history that says God endows each of you personally. You are sovereign. You loan power to the government. The government never lends power to you. In Europe the governments are the center of power, and people are told what rights they have. In America, the people are the center of power, and they tell the government what power they will loan it.”
President Obama “represents the European, secular, socialist , intellectual belief system, and that’s fine, he just shouldn’t be president.”
Gingrich called for a balanced budget. “Politicians should not be allowed to get away with spending your children’s and grandchildren’s money. If your family and your business have to balance their budgets, so should Washington, D.C. We did it before when I was Speaker, we can do it again.”
Gingrich said the current tax rates should be made permanent, and called for the elimination of capital gains and death taxes. He called for an American energy policy that starts with the right to explore for oil and natural gas and the right to develop clean coal plants.
Gingrich called President Obama a spectator in chief, not the commander in chief, criticizing him for saying that his authority to intervene in Libya came from the United Nations and the Arab League. Gingrich countered that under our Constitution, the U.S. president can claim no authority from these bodies.


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