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Todays Americana Question
Posted:Jul 17, 2018 6:10 am
Last Updated:Jul 17, 2018 7:37 am

Dances With Wolves was one of my favorite films, so here's a question about it.

When the main buffalo herd is located by a group of Sioux warriors and Lieutenant Dunbar is invited to come along to view this massive herd. What device does Dunbar produce that fascinates his friend Kicking Bird?
I don't know
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Yesterdays Answer
Posted:Jul 17, 2018 6:05 am
Last Updated:Jul 17, 2018 6:06 am

Amazon was originally named "Cadabra." It was intended as a reference to the word "abracadabra" (as in, magic). Bezos later changed the name to, Inc. after a lawyer misheard its original name as "cadaver". He selected the name Amazon by looking through the dictionary. When he landed on the word "Amazon," the name of the largest river on the planet, he decided that was the perfect name for what would become the world’s largest bookstore.
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Questions that need Answered
Posted:Jul 17, 2018 5:49 am
Last Updated:Jul 17, 2018 8:48 am

Just how many of you actually expected Vladimir Putin to come on the global stage and admit to all the atrocities that they have accused of?

Did you actually expect Donald Trump to wag a finger at Putin at that lectern in Helsinki, throwing down an ultimatum to never, ever mess with our elections again?

Did you actually expect him to declare the Russian leader a liar on global TV? What would have been the point of traveling to Helsinki and arranging a summit between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers, only to scuttle the chance at a new and improved relationship?

Perhaps you should remember the hype over President Trump when he called Kim Jong Un "rocket man". I do believe the reactions were that Trump was trying to start WW3. I think that Russia has a lot more Nukes than North Korea. It seems to me that stopping the possibility of a Nuclear Holocaust should have been the number one thing on the list of things to do. Also considering that we don't know what was said behind closed doors I am inclined to agree with New York University Russian Studies professor Stephen Cohen who said, "The reaction by most of the media, Democrats and anti-Trump people is like mob violence." Cohen said it's been common since World War II for the U.S. president to meet with the leader of the Kremlin, "in order to avoid war between the two superpowers."

"Relation between the United States and Russia are more dangerous than they have ever been, including the Cuban Missile Crisis."

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Monday expressed his approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of Russia despite the tsunami of criticism the president faced after his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It’s gotten so ridiculous that someone has to stand up and say we should try to engage even our adversaries and open up our lines of communication,” Paul told Politico after the controversial press conference.

“We’re going to talk to the president about some small steps in order to try to thaw the relations between our countries,” the senator added, noting that he’s set to travel to Russia early next month to continue the dialogue that Trump started.
Todays Americana Question
Posted:Jul 16, 2018 5:08 am
Last Updated:Jul 17, 2018 6:05 am

A total change of pace with this one.

Which technology company was originally named "Cadabra"?
I don't know
3 Comments , 7 votes
A Russian Ham Sandwich
Posted:Jul 15, 2018 8:36 am
Last Updated:Jul 16, 2018 4:05 am

If there’s one thing Special Counsel Robert Mueller is exceedingly good at it is indicting Russians over whom he has zero jurisdiction. Mueller had previously indicted 13 Russian individuals and companies, and Friday he added 12 more to the list.

It’s a neat little trick – bring charges against people you’ll never get in court, therefore you’ll never have to prove them. This allows Mueller and his team to say they’re “doing something,” that the American people are getting something for the millions his investigation has cost us, while not having to actually prove anything.

Maybe there is something to these charges. I don’t know, and to be honest, I don’t care. I do know the old saying that a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich, proving those charges are something else entirely.

What the Russians are alleged to have done amounts to nothing – Facebook posts, fake social media accounts, etc. It’s nothing 12-year-olds couldn’t do, and likely do regularly.

The one thing they are alleged to have done that is serious is hacking the servers of the Democratic National Committee. That’s a serious charge. It’s also completely unprovable, which makes it a brilliant political move by Mueller.

It’s a serious charge. But if any of the people charged with doing it were to show up in court, which is highly unlikely, their lawyers would demand to see the DNC’s servers so they could have their experts examine them. Mueller says Russians hacked them, but the servers have magically disappeared. So how can anyone be certain who hacked them, or if they were even really hacked at all?

Since none of those charged are going to show up in court, there will be no challenge to the allegation, no demand to see the evidence, and no legal embarrassment for Mueller when the charges are dropped because the key piece of evidence not only can’t be provided to the defense, it wasn’t even examined by the prosecutor. He appears to have simply taken the word of the Democratic Party about what happened.

Democrats, naturally, have a vested interest in advancing a story of Russian hacking costing Hillary Clinton the election because the alternative is she was a horrible candidate, the American people wanted nothing to do with her or her ideas, and they ran an awful campaign.

The fact that their “hacked” server disappeared should be a red flag. It’d be like someone claiming they cleaned up a murder scene they stumbled across before calling the police because they’re a neat freak, not because they’re trying to cover up their guilt.
This “problem” with the server having vanished won’t be an issue because there’s no one to make it an issue. But there are plenty of people willing to exploit the charges because this is Washington, and Washington doesn’t need proof or have standards when there is a narrative or an agenda to advance.

And let’s not forget that John Podesta’s email password was “password,” and he gave it to a hacker by falling for a fishing email. Not exactly James Bond-level spying.

But first remember no votes were changed, and nothing related to voting or vote counting was “hacked,” even though Democrats and media like to fudge that fact. Second, if you want to protect the integrity of the election bring back paper ballots and require photo ID.

Liberals love to talk about the importance of the integrity of the vote, but they aren’t willing to do literally the least they could do to protect it by requiring people to prove they are who they say they are when they show up at the polls.

In the end, this will likely amount to nothing. There are show trials and show indictments. What happened Friday appears to be the latter, especially since there will never be a trial. But there sure will be a lot of campaign commercials.

In part from article by Derek Hunter
Yesterdays Answer
Posted:Jul 14, 2018 3:48 am
Last Updated:Jul 14, 2018 3:50 am

Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison began his working life selling newspapers on the Grand Trunk Railroad as a way to fund his scientific experiments. He eventually found work as a telegraph operator all over the Central Western United States, and favored the night shift as it gave him the chance to conduct his experiments during his free time in between messages. He was known for being more engrossed in his science experiments than in his job - one manager described him as always having his nose buried in a copy of "Scientific American", and he would take time off from work to purchase chemicals for his experiments, and leave forgotten wires and jars in his wake. His constant moonlighting got him into trouble on at least one occasion, when a mishap cost him his job at the Associated Press Bureau in Louisville. As he recalled years later, "I went one night into the battery-room to obtain some sulfuric acid for experimenting. The carboy tipped over, the acid ran out, went through to the manager's room below, and ate up his desk and all the carpet. The next morning I was summoned before him, and told that what the company wanted was operators, not experimenters. I was at liberty to take my pay and get out."

Edison eventually left telegraphy entirely and established a laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey to devote all of his time to his inventions. His efforts in developing an inexpensive way to mass produce light bulbs led to the formation of the Edison Electric Light Company, which was the predecessor to the General Electric Company. Edison famously registered over a thousand patents in his lifetime, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1973 for his work on electric lighting, motion pictures, and the phonograph.
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Hypocrisy On Display
Posted:Jul 13, 2018 9:56 am
Last Updated:Jul 15, 2018 8:09 am

If a person stands against
a Judge simply because
the Judge supports the
Constitution as written,
then the person undeniably
stand against the Constitution
as written.

Democratic member of Congress
Didn't you swear an oath to
defend the Constitution?
Todays Americana Question
Posted:Jul 13, 2018 5:25 am
Last Updated:Jul 14, 2018 3:47 am

He was working as a telegraph operator in Louisville, Kentucky in 1867, but his main focus was his experiments. He spilled some acid in the battery room which ate through the floor and damaged his manager's office below, and the next day he got a pink slip. He went on to become a well-known inventor and founded several successful businesses, including the General Electric Company. Who is he?
Alfred Nobel
Nikola Tesla
Henry Ford
Thomas Edison
I don't know
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Yesterdays Answer
Posted:Jul 13, 2018 5:22 am
Last Updated:Jul 13, 2018 5:22 am

Harry Truman

Franklin Delano Roosevelt died less than three months into his fourth term as U.S. Presidents; Harry Truman took over and served the remainder, followed by another full term.
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Todays Americana Question
Posted:Jul 12, 2018 4:04 am
Last Updated:Jul 13, 2018 5:21 am

Of the Presidents who served more than 4 years, but less than 2 full terms.

Which one served served the longest: 7 years, 9 months, 8 days?
Harry Truman
Abraham Lincoln
William McKinley
Richard Nixon
I don't know
2 Comments , 6 votes

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