» July 20th, 2012
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» April 5th, 2014
(Reuters) – The world of espionage has been brought to life by characters such as James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer on film and television, but a new AMC drama is going back to spy origins with America’s own founding father, George Washington.
“Turn,” which premieres on Sunday, tells the story of four childhood friends who find themselves pulled together as spies during the height of the American Revolutionary War in 1778 in New York’s Long Island, under the orders of General Washington.
The series is based on Alexander Rose’s 2007 book “Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring.”
The Culper Ring was formed by Major Benjamin Tallmadge, who chose an unsuspecting group of his friends, civilians who opposed the British occupation of New York – farmer Abe Woodhull, pub landlady Anna Strong and fisherman Caleb Brewster.
Abe, played by British actor Jamie Bell, is the symbol of the “everyman,” reluctantly drawn into the Culper Ring because he is forced to stand by his beliefs and try and change the country for the sake of his baby son’s future.
“He’s not a hero. He’s not a spy. He’s a farmer, a failed farmer, and he’s a family man. He wants the war to disappear. He doesn’t want to be one of these people who wants to step up,” Bell said of his character.
“Even though they are muted in the show, his politics are that a man should be in his own country and make decisions for himself.”
The premiere sets up the circumstances in which the four friends are brought together, and highlights the underlying tensions and connections between them.
While the series is based on true events, not much is known about the real lives of some of these characters, some of whom were uncovered only through their correspondence with Washington, who kept the letters instead of burning them.
“We had to take a bit of liberty because there was nothing known about him. We knew he was a farmer and we knew he was terrified, but that’s all we knew,” Bell said of Abe.
‘SPYING IN AMERICA’S DNA’
After gritty drug drama “Breaking Bad” concluded last year with 10.3 million viewers tuning into the explosive finale, and “Mad Men” entering its final season, cable channel AMC is hoping to continue drawing audiences with period drama “Turn.”
Craig Silverstein, executive producer of the series, said he believes AMC Networks Inc found a programming “commonality” with “Turn.”
“Before ‘Breaking Bad,’ there wasn’t a show like that, and there really wasn’t anything like ‘Mad Men,’ and there wasn’t anything on TV like the ‘Walking Dead,’” Silverstein said.
“There’s nothing on TV like ‘Turn.’ So that’s what I believe they (AMC) saw. They make their success by taking risks.”
The occupation of spying has become glamorized by the likes of the suave James Bond films, Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible” franchise, Jason Bourne in “The Bourne Identity” films and Kiefer Sutherland’s agent Jack Bauer in Fox’s television series “24,” resurrected for a new series this year.
But “Turn” goes back to a time when state-of-the-art tradecraft consisted of invisible ink, laundry on washing lines, and dead letter boxes. The true story of the primitive efforts of an underground group of operatives is what both Bell and Silverstein think will surprise audiences.
“What this show gives you is that insight; it’s as close as we could get to what it would have been like. The show isn’t so much a history lesson as it is a glimpse into a different era and time,” Bell said.
“The history of American espionage and spying is such a crucial asset to this country, and this is George Washington trying to figure out how to do it.”
With espionage very much in the headlines these days – with U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning convicted of violating the Espionage Act and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden charged for leaking classified documents to the public – “Turn” resonates in the current debate over spying.
“It definitely shows that this is nothing new, that spying is in America’s DNA,” Silverstein said.
» April 5th, 2014
Horace Cooper is an adjunct fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research, Co-Chairman of the Project 21 National Advisory Board and a legal commentator.
During the first six months of 2012, Horace has averaged 28 appearances on radio talk shows per month representing Project 21, in addition to regular television appearances and interviews by the print media.
Horace taught constitutional law at George Mason University in Virginia and was general counsel to U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
» March 29th, 2014
Barbara joins Mike on today’s edition (March 29th 2014) of CS as we take a snap shot of what is coming our way in the Commonwealth.
» March 22nd, 2014
Dr George joins Mike on Conservatively Speaking speaking this morning on WCRN am 830 or live streaming
Dr George joins Mike on Conservatively Speaking speaking this morning on WCRN am 830 or live streaming
Dr George’s interest in the politics of healthcare and the reform effort has led her to become both a powerful voice for the practicing physician and an advocate for the patient. She is on the advisory council of Project 21 black leadership network, an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research. She is a contributor to a wide variety of websites including BigGovernment.com and Newmediajournal.us and Amy Ridenour’s National Center Blog. Dr George has been a guest on Frances & Friends to discuss the consequences of Obamacare with a world wide audience of over 500 million people.
» March 21st, 2014
I Am the Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive’s Worst Nightmare.
I am a White, Conservative, Tax-Paying, American Veteran, Gun Owning
Biker. That’s me!
I am a Master Mason. I work hard and long hours with my hands to earn
I believe in God and the freedom of religion, but I don’t push it on others.
I ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles, and drive American-made cars, and
I believe in American products and buy them whenever I can.
I believe the money I make belongs to me and not some liberal
governmental functionary, Democratic or Republican, that wants to
share it with others who don’t work!
I’m in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!
I think owning a gun doesn’t make you a killer; it makes you a smart
I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and
does not entitle you to anything. Get over it!
I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac or any other item, you
should do it in English.
I believe there should be no other language option.
I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and
where they want to.
My heroes are Malcolm Forbes, Bill Gates, John Wayne, Babe Ruth,
Roy Rogers, and Willie G. Davidson (who makes the awesome Harley
I don’t hate the rich. I don’t pity the poor.
I know wrestling is fake and I don’t waste my time watching or arguing
I’ve never owned a slave, nor was I a slave. I haven’t burned any
witches or been persecuted by the Turks, and neither have you!
I believe if you don’t like the way things are here, go back to where
you came from and change your own country!
This is AMERICA …We like it the way it is and more so the way
it was …so stop trying to change it to look like Russia or China , or
some other socialist country! If you were born here and don’t like it…
you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you.
I believe it is time to really clean house, starting with the White House,
the seat of our biggest problems.
I want to know which church is it, exactly, where the Reverend
Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he is
always part of the problem and not the solution?
Can I get an AMEN on that one?
I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you’re breaking
the law, regardless of what color you are, but not just because you
happen to ride a bike.
And, no, I don’t mind having my face shown on my driver’s license.
I think it’s good….And I’m proud that ‘God’ is written on my money.
I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don’t
want you deciding who should be running the most powerful
nation in the world for the next four years.
I dislike people standing in the intersections trying to sell me stuff or
trying to guilt me into making ‘donations’ to their cause….Get a job
and do your part to support yourself and your family!
I believe it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents….
I believe ‘illegal’ is illegal no matter what the lawyers think!
I believe the American flag should be the only one allowed in AMERICA!
If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I’m a BAD American.
If you are a BAD American too, please forward this to everyone you know.
We want our country back!
My Country….. I hope this offends all illegal aliens.
My great, great, great, great grandfather watched and bled as his
friends died in the Revolution & the War of 1812.
My great, great, great grandfather watched as his friends died in
the Mexican American War.
My great, great grandfather watched as his friends & brothers
died in the Civil War.
My great grandfather watched as his friends died in the
My grandfather watched as his friends died in WW I.
My father watched as his friends died in WW II.
I watched as my friends died in Vietnam , Panama & Desert Storm.
My son watched & bled as his friends died in Afghanistan and Iraq.
None of them died for the Mexican Flag.
Everyone died for the American flag.
Texas high school students raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole,
other students took it down. Guess who was expelled…the students
who took it down.
California high school students were sent home on Cinco de Mayo,
because they wore T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.
Enough is enough!!!
This message needs to be viewed by
every American; and every American needs to stand up for
America .We’ve bent over to appease the America-haters long enough.
I’m taking a stand.
I’m standing up because the hundreds of thousands who died fighting
in wars for this country, and for the American flag.
If you agree, stand up with me. If you disagree, please let me know.
I will gladly remove you from my e-mail list.
And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message.
AMERICANS, stop giving away Your RIGHTS !
Let me make this clear! THIS IS MY COUNTRY !
This statement DOES NOT mean I’m against immigration !
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN MY COUNTRY, welcome to
1. Get a sponsor
2. Learn the LANGUAGE, as immigrants have
in the past!
3. Live by OUR rules!
4. Get a job!
5. Pay YOUR Taxes!
6. No Social Security until you have earned it and Paid for it!
7. NOW find a place to lay your head!
If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone,
then YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!
We’ve gone so far the other way . . . bent over backwards not to
Only AMERICANS seems to care when American Citizens are being
WAKE UP America ! ! !
If you do not Pass this on, may your fingers cramp!
Made in the U S A & PROUD OF IT!!!!!
» March 21st, 2014
WOW !! WOW !! AND WOW AGAIN !!
95 year old hero!
Letter To Obama at Whitehouse Sent from 95 year Old Pearl Harbor Survivor !!
This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country.
A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.
Dear President Obama,
My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.
I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor , allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.
One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.
So here goes.
I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.
I can’t figure out what country you are the president of.
You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
” We’re no longer a Christian nation”
” America is arrogant” – (Your wife even
announced to the world,” America is mean-
spirited. ” Please tell her to try preaching
that nonsense to 23 generations of our
war dead buried all over the globe who
died for no other reason than to free a
whole lot of strangers from tyranny and
I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.
After 9/11 you said,” America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.”
Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.
I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.
Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.
Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue . You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.
And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts , who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.
One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.
You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.
And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle…
Harold B. Estes
Snopes confirms as true:
When a 95 year old hero of the “the Greatest Generation” stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can. Please pass it on.
» March 21st, 2014
» March 21st, 2014
Sensible Gun Control
I’m Beginning to Really Like This Guy!
Sensible Gun Control
This explains why there has been no attempt on Mr.Obama!
Gun Control that makes sense. Great Idea! Why didn’t I think of this?
In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States .
In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.
In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States .
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States .
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States .
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.
In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria.
In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.
In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US .
In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.
In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.
In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis .
In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school.
As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.
One could go on, but you get the point, even if the media does not.
Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns. Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservatives were involved in these shootings and murders.
SOLUTION: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns. Best idea I’ve heard to date.
» March 21st, 2014
Here is history few ever knew. When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included….
Fascinating. One complaint – the reference to the CIA, which did not exist at that time; should be OSS.
Here is history few ever knew.
When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included. Although he played with 5 major league teams from 1923 to 1939, he was a very mediocre ball player. He was regarded as the brainiest ballplayer of all time. In fact Casey Stengel once said: “That is the strangest man ever to play baseball.” When all the baseball stars went to Japan, Moe Berg went with them and many people wondered why he went with “the team” . . …
The answer was simple: Moe Berg was a Unites States spy working undercover with the CIA.
Moe spoke 15 languages – including Japanese – Moe Berg had two loves: baseball and spying.
In Tokyo , garbed in a kimono, Berg took flowers to the daughter of an American diplomat being treated in St. Luke’s Hospital – the tallest building in the Japanese capital.
He never delivered the flowers. The ball-player ascended to the hospital roof and filmed key features: the harbor, military installations, railway yards, etc.
Eight years later, General Jimmy Doolittle studied Berg’s films in planning his spectacular raid on Tokyo …
Berg’s father, Bernard Berg, a pharmacist in Newark, New Jersey, taught his son Hebrew and Yiddish. Moe, against his wishes, began playing baseball on the street aged four.
His father disapproved and never once watched his son play. In Barringer High School , Moe learned Latin, Greek and French. Moe read at least 10 newspapers every day.
He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton – having added Spanish, Italian, German and Sanskrit to his linguistic quiver.
During further studies at the Sorbonne, in Paris , and Columbia Law School , he picked up Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Arabic, Portuguese and Hungarian – 15 languages in all, plus some regional dialects.
While playing baseball for Princeton University , Moe Berg would describe plays in Latin or Sanskrit.
During World War II, he was parachuted into Yugoslavia to assess the value to the war effort of the two groups of partisans there. He reported back that Marshall Tito’s forces were widely supported by the people and Winston Churchill ordered all-out support for the Yugoslav underground fighter, rather than Mihajlovic’s Serbians.
The parachute jump at age 41 undoubtedly was a challenge. But there was more to come in that same year.
Berg penetrated German-held Norway , met with members of the underground and located a secret heavy water plant – part of the Nazis’ effort to build an atomic bomb.
His information guided the Royal Air Force in a bombing raid to destroy the plant.
The R.A.F. destroys the Norwegian heavy water plant targeted by Moe Berg.
There still remained the question of how far had the Nazis progressed in the race to build the first Atomic bomb. If the Nazis were successful, they would win the war. Berg (under the code name “Remus”) was sent to Switzerland to hear leading German physicist Werner Heisenberg, a Nobel Laureate, lecture and determine if the Nazis were close to building an A-bomb. Moe managed to slip past the SS guards at the auditorium, posing as a Swiss graduate student. The spy carried in his pocket a pistol and a cyanide pill.
If the German indicated the Nazis were close to building a weapon, Berg was to shoot him – and then swallow the cyanide pill.
Moe, sitting in the front row, determined that the Germans were nowhere near their goal, so he complimented Heisenberg on his speech and walked him back to his hotel.
Moe Berg’s report was distributed to Britain’s Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and key figures in the team developing the Atomic Bomb. Roosevelt responded: “Give my regards to the catcher.”
Most of Germany’s leading physicists had been Jewish and had fled the Nazis mainly to Britain and the United States . After the war, Moe Berg was awarded the Medal of Freedom – America’s highest honor for a civilian in wartime. But Berg refused to accept, as he couldn’t tell people about his exploits.
After his death, his sister accepted the Medal and it hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown ,
» March 20th, 2014
You may want to read this as it is true, unfortunately Gore did know a thing when he was talking about global warming
Ian Rutherford Plimer is an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies. He has published 130 scientific papers, six books and edited the Encyclopedia of Geology.
12 February 1946 (age 67)
Earth Science,Geology,Mining Engineering
University of New England,University of Newcastle,University of Melbourne,University of Adelaide
University of New South Wales,Macquarie University
The pipe deposits of tungsten-molybdenum-bismuth in eastern Australia (1976)
Eureka Prize(1995,2002),Centenary Medal (2003), Clarke Medal(2004)
Where Does the Carbon Dioxide Really Come From?
Professor Ian Plimer could not have said it better!
If you’ve read his book you will agree, this is a good summary.