What’s on your Google ?

Google – We all use it  – don’t be shy admit it.

It’s mysterious wonders and ability to find – well just about everything from home improvement tips to some of the most weird crap imaginable is pretty amazing.

So being across the Pond – I’ve been watching old Google these past few days, and I’ve noticed it has been tailored to the Arabic Culture for the most part. Guess no harm in that now is there?

The cute little graphics 2 days ago had some Dead Persian dude  600 some odd years old Happy Birthday – whatever.

The next day – something about …I don’t know I forget but it was singularly so not impressive I data dumped what ever it was from my memory in less than 24 hours.

Today I have no clue what they are trying to display it’s a bunch of squares and when you mouse over it, the description reads in …Arabic… So I don’t know …I don’t really care to be honest.

But then I thought – well I wonder – what’s Google showing on their cute little graphics in the US?  So curiosity kindled ….I’ve tried to hand jam in the HTTP and IP address for a look but it automatically re-directs me to the Google.com/kw version.

What’s it show in the US Pups? I’m curious – there’s a reason I want to know – and I’ll relate that later…

Just tell me what the Graphics on the mighty Google Search Page shows you…

And oh…. At risk of getting my hands slapped for being overly loose with the keys to the liquor cabinet here about – Consider this a Friday Open Thread …..Gladiator…I know you’re chomping at the bit for one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

41 comments

  1. 1
    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    Edward Gorey’s birthday.

  2. 2
    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    It is a series of either his sketches, or sketches in his style within the letters.

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    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan @ #: 1& 2..

    Okay Thanks Gingsis there’s a point in my asking trust me – but lets wait for a bit until the rest of the pups chime in ….
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  4. 4
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-02-20/%E2%80%98they-tell-french-people-illusions-and-lies%E2%80%99

    I beg those of inquisitive minds to read this current observationon France’s economy.

    Most importantly [since Obama is bringing this culture here] is the following paragraph:

    “We have a major, massive, heavy problem that has never been dealt with until now,” lamented François Bayrou, presidential candidate of the centrist MoDem, “which is, our country has abandoned the force that it had, the force of creation, of enterprise, of production. If you don’t produce, you don’t have new products, new services, innovations, things to sell.” France has abandoned the private sector.

    That is what this POS leftist Obama is forcing – abandonment of the private sect

  5. 5
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Limbaugh-For-the-First-Time-in-My-Life-I-Am-Ashamed-of-My-Country

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/02/21/Limbaugh-For-the-First-Time-in-My-Life-I-Am-Ashamed-of-My-Country

  6. 6
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondant says:

    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan @ #: 1& 2..
    Okay Thanks Gingsis there’s a point in my asking trust me – but lets wait for a bit until the rest of the pups chime in ….
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    Its a recognition of Goreys 88th birthday, and an affirmation of his being GAY. Google taking sides.

    Gorey never married, professed to have little interest in romance, and never discussed any specific romantic relationships in interviews. In the book The Strange Case of Edward Gorey, published after Gorey’s death, his friend Alexander Theroux reported that when Gorey was pressed on the matter of his sexual orientation, he said that even he was not sure whether he was gay or straight. When asked what his sexual orientation was in an interview, he said,

    I’m neither one thing nor the other particularly. I am fortunate in that I am apparently reasonably undersexed or something … I’ve never said that I was gay and I’ve never said that I wasn’t … what I’m trying to say is that I am a person before I am anything else …

    Edward Gorey agreed in an interview that the “sexlessness” of his works was a product of his asexuality.[8]

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    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    LC Gladiator @ #:

    Hmmm, it appears I didn’t look deep enough. Before 20 minutes ago I didn’t know who he was.

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    So we’ve established that my assumption that Google was tailoring things to the Middle East is in fact incorrect.

    Damn – there goes my 1 time of being wrong every year and it’s only Feb… :em05:

    I arrived at that premise by jumping to conclusions I guess – I saw the graphics of whatever Persian Scientist they were touting the other day – and assumed that it was because I was in the sandpit, that Google was tailoring their images to the audience so to speak. I have been watching it closely the past few days because – like I said there’s a point to this…. I’ll get to it in a bit.

    I am in fact seeing the same thing on the Google landing page as those of you in the US. – Edward Goey’s Birthday.

    There’s a point – honest there is… But I want to see if anyone else chimes in… I doubt the results will be any different that what we’ve already established….
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  9. 9
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    THIS needs to be seen by everyone, especially the LO-FOs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZMNfP_HCUA&feature=player_embedded

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    Okay well I let this simmer a bit – but’ tis well past midnight here in the sands and I’m getting weary…clue-batting sure can take it out of a guy let me tell you – :em05:

    What I was driving at with Google and their silly little images – Google “George Washington’s Birthday” and see what pops up.

    Google has some obscure artist on the graphic. Yet the Father of our Nation’s Birthday warrants nothing – Think about that for a second. Intentional ? You decide. I tend to believe that yes, it is deliberate.

    Happy Birthday President Washington, Father of a great nation – 1st President – General that led an army to overthrow tyranny in conditions that would send some modern days soldiers screaming for their mommies.

    The Ass Clown Kool-Aid gargling Birkensock wearing hippy freaks that run Google might not want to acknowledge it – but rest easy in eternity knowing some of your accomplishments – bravery – sacrifice and honor is still revered.
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  11. 11
    Cricket growls and barks:

    Hey’all,

    Google is showing Gorey’s birthday and his drawings. I think he was the same artist that illustrated PBS’s “Mystery” for years. Macabre and a bit Tim Burton-ish.

  12. 12
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    Couldn’t tell you, dude. I use Lougle. Usually whilst listening to Motley Lou.

  13. 13
    HempRopeAndStreetlight growls and barks:

    Fuck Google: https://startpage.com/

  14. 14
    bruce growls and barks:

    i learned over at gates of vienna why sept. 11 is a big deal to the ragheads.on sept.11 1683 the ragheads who had been besieging vienna were routed by force of poles and prussians that was half their number which they have not for gotten even if we have.both bush and bongo have screwed up our war with the ragheads by treating them as if they were humans when they are savages who can not be reasoned with they can only be killed.if we are not killing them in large quantities then we are not getting our point across.i am not surprised that google would celebrate some sissy boy over a real man like george washington who stands head a shoulders above any historical figure in human history.for google to do so would only remind them what little men they really are.

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Balderdash! Sen. Rand Paul demolishes
    Obama’s sequester scare tactics
    Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering

    On FOX News this morning, Sen. Rand Paul may have just delivered the most pointed response to President Obama’s scare tactics on the sequester. “I would say balderdash,” Paul said after the FOX host asked for his response. “It’s untrue, unfair, dishonest, disingenuous. The president is making stuff up.” Paul added that Obama’s “histrionics” were “beneath the office of the presidency,” criticizing him for scaring Americans over any cuts to federal government spending. “It is the least we can do,” Paul said about the spending cuts. “Our country is drowning in a sea of debt, borrowing $50,000 a second.

  17. 17
    LC Old Dog growls and barks:

    I would love to comment on Google but one of the first things I do when working up a new computer or browser is to rip Google the fuck out! :em08:
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    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    LC Gladiator posted:

    ts a recognition of Goreys 88th birthday, and an affirmation of his being GAY. Google taking sides…Edward Gorey agreed in an interview that the “sexlessness” of his works was a product of his asexuality.

    So Google says he was gay? That’s erroneous AFAIK. “Asexuality” doesn’t rule out homosexual tendencies, but it it doesn’t indicate their presence either.

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    HempRopeAndStreetlight says:

    Fuck Google: https://startpage.com/

    Not to be argumentative here, but StartPage is “enhanced by – Google”.

    Under the “details” link for “enhanced by Google” is this:

    Startpage offers you Web search results from Google in complete privacy!

    So you’re still using Google, only via a proxy server – it just limits the amount of crap Google can track in your search queries.

    And no, I don’t have an answer as to an alternative – Google works – it’s that simple. I’ve tried Bing! And after a week wanted to gouge my eyeballs out with a rusty can opener. Ask.com, Jeeves, etc all work to a degree – but in the end Google is the SE of choice based solely on it’s performance.

    Some follow up thoughts on this issue here:

    Frankly I would hazard a guess that no matter what SE you use – it really doesn’t matter because, the college whiz kids running these things these days are well and truly steeped in the kool-aid therapy of how great it is to be a liberal, how bad America and her history are, the concept that social justice is somehow going to work..this time – and how they are all so enlightened, so very talented, and so blindingly intelligent. :em04:

    Personally, I just see it as a crying shame that somewhere in the maze of Google corporate there isn’t one person willing to say “Hey wait a second here – we’re supposed to be an information power house – millions upon millions use our product – why is it we’re touting obscurity over prevalence in history?” But then – I guess, if that mythical person did exist at Google they probably wouldn’t be employed there for long. After all - nothing is more intolerant than a liberal when their little concepts of right and wrong are challenged.

    Is it some sort of bias, Or am I seeing a liberal boogie man under the bed here? I’ve been accused of doing just that many times by left wingers…followed of course by a severe clue batting of the hapless Obama junkie :em07: ….but I think bias is alive and well at Google when you notice things like this. One time or even a few – okay it’s an aberration but the web is also full of reports of the Bias at Google.

    It’s disingenuous on steroids to even try to compare the contributions made by the opposing figures. George Washington vs. Edward Gorey – really? Even if you despise the Founding Fathers – Think George Washington was a slave raping, tree chopping, Indian killing maniac – You’ve got to realize and acknowledge which historical figure contributed more to the very freedoms that allows places like Google to even exist in the modern era, ignoring that is just flat out ridiculous.

    Even if they still want to tout some obscure artist – these are web design people that can’t put up a secondary link – something to the effect of “Also born today” or Other notable figures born today”… Really?

    Finally, I don’t have any say in what Google does or doesn’t put up on their SE – or any of the others for that matter. To me this is just another sad example of that “non existent bias” we’re told over and over that isn’t happening in America’s slide into the clutches of Socialist decay. And when you say, “Fuck Google” – yep, I agree 110% with that sentiment.
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    HempRopeAndStreetlight growls and barks:

    So you’re still using Google, only via a proxy server – it just limits the amount of crap Google can track in your search queries.

    Yup. It stops them from gathering meaningful tracking data on you, which is a big part of how Google makes money. But it’s still consuming their resources. It’s like going to a restaurant and eating the food but they can’t bill you for it. Which is normally something I’d not approve of. But in this case, I hate what the restaurant stands for, and want to see it shuttered. So, I shall do my own little part to hurt it. Death by inches is fine with me.

    So, I repeat – fuck google.

    :em01:

  21. 21
    LC Draco growls and barks:

    My search engine is http://www.ixquick.com for MANY reasons…

    Google I use as a back up on some other devices ….
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  22. 22
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Laws of Combat

    1. If the enemy is in range, so are you.

    2. Incoming fire has the right of way.

    3. Don’t look conspicuous, it draws fire.

    4. There is always a way.

    5. The easy way is always mined.

    6. Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo.

    7. Professionals are predictable, it’s the amateurs that are
    dangerous.

    8. The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions:

    a. When you’re ready for them.
    b. When you’re not ready for them.

    9. Teamwork is essential, it gives them someone else to shoot at.

    10. If you can’t remember, the claymore is pointed at you.

    11. The enemy diversion you have been ignoring will be the main
    attack.

    12. A “sucking chest wound” is natures way of telling you to slow
    down.

    13. If your attack is going well, you have walked into an ambush.

    14. Never draw fire, it irritates everyone around you.

    15. Anything you do can get you shot, including nothing.

    16. Make it tough enough for the enemy to get in and you won’t be
    able to get out.

    17. Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself.

    18. If you are short of everything but the enemy, you are in a
    combat zone.

    19. When you have secured an area, don’t forget to tell the enemy.

    20. Never forget that your weapon is made by the lowest bidder.

    21. Friendly Fire Isn’t.

  23. 23
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Nestled among the lofty rhetoric of “hope and change,” Barack Obama made a core promise during the 2008 campaign that he would put an end to the corporate cronyism that has long pervaded the political system. “The days of sweetheart deals for Halliburton will be over when I’m in the White House,” he proclaimed. What President Obama left out however, was that the days of sweetheart deals for his cronies had only just begun–with his chief corporate advocate, Google, quickly emerging as the Halliburton of his administration.

    Though the Internet giant recently faced serious federal antitrust charges that might have broken up other companies, it emerged virtually unscathed just two months after President Obama won re-election with significant financial and creative assistance from Google and its executives. Unquestionably the president’s most indispensable corporate ally, the terms of Google’s recent antitrust settlement are just the latest example of crony capitalism benefiting the company under the Obama Administration.

    An investigation by the FTC found Google to be engaged in activities involving the illegal manipulation of search results to favor its own products, scraping content from other websites without any provision allowing those with objections to opt-out, and imposing restrictions that prevent portability of search advertising campaigns across AdWords and other platforms.

    Google is still facing a litany of cases at the state level–Texas, California, Ohio, New York, and Oklahoma–as well as the European Union. Yet Google walked away from the federal case with a non-binding “handshake” agreement in which it says it will make minor changes to some of its search functions. Moreover, there is no way for the FTC or any other agency to enforce the terms of the agreement should Google decide not to comply.

    Regardless of how people feel about antitrust laws, the hallmark of corruption is to selectively enforce laws in a way that harms your opponents and accommodates your allies. In this case, an administration that has been aggressive on antitrust enforcement when, for instance, spiking the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, took no enforceable action against Google even after finding wrongdoing.

    It raises a major ethical conflict when the beneficiary of an agreement with terms so favorable that their propriety is questioned, has such incestuous ties to the very administration granting the dubious arrangement.

    Google, and particularly its Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, have a relationship with President Obama that is too close for comfort. Schmidt has been a top-dollar donor to Obama since 2007, has consulted on his campaigns, and currently serves as a member of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. According to press reports, he was offered the post of Treasury Secretary in the second term–but ultimately declined. While holding court as one of Obama’s most trusted and generous confidants, Schmidt has continued to serve as one of Google’s most visible government relations operatives.

    Since 2008, there has been a steady flow of cash, personnel, and technology from Google’s California headquarters to the White House. Google employees have given the President over $1.5 million in combined donations. In fact, they were his fourth-largest source of cash in 2008, and in third-largest in 2012. Google’s biggest contribution however was the specially-designed technology, not yet available to the public, that allowed Obama to connect with voters in ways his opponents could not.

    The sad truth is that this settlement is just the latest, amid a long line of examples, in what has emerged as the cornerstone of Google’s Obama-era business model: break the law, or make the law, in a way that shackles opponents, while boosting their own bottom line – without suffering any real consequences.

    While Google scratched Obama’s back, the favor has been returned in spades. It has happened with “net neutrality” regulations and rigged spectrum auctions being pushed through at the FCC, and in addition to this latest settlement, the DOJ’s voluntary 2011 settlement with Google over additional illegal advertising practices.

    Some conservatives like Google, hate regulators, and therefore look favorably on the company’s string of free passes. But Google opposes big government only when it restricts Google, and the Obama administration has no commitment to regulatory restraint. Google, like Halliburton, should play by the same rules as everyone else.

    Erik Telford is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Outreach at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

  24. 24
    VonZorch Imperial Researcher growls and barks:

    Google is a very good search engine owned by a bunch of leftard assholes. That is why I use it but never use an advertised link.

  25. 25
    LC/IB PrimEviL growls and barks:

    Today, if you click the “I’m feeling lucky” button, it’s Art Clokey’s birthday. So who the hell was he?
    Well, he was the creator of the “Gumby” series of animated characters. My thought was, ‘just why did I need to know that
    today?’
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  26. 26
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    ‘Carnage on the Racetrack’: Horrific Last-Lap Crash Injures Fans, Brings Daytona to a Halt

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/23/horrific-last-lap-crash-brings-daytona-to-a-halt/

  27. 27
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Rand Paul: just as big a nutter as his dad, Ron Paul the 911 Twoofer.

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    ** Putting this here because of the nature of the thread it refers too – it’s far too somber of a subject to clown around on….but I Just cant resist the temptation otherwise…. besides- it’s an open thread :em05:

    I count 6 votes for Post of the week on this thread.…..so with out further ado….

    Hear-ye Hear-ye! After a duly cast vote of the denizens of the mighty Empire forthwith and henceforth it is my great privilege – to proclaim Sir Crunchie, the most honorable most witty Loyal Knight and Citizen, Imperial Blogger, Resident Jar-Rine – yada yada – Uhhhhm, Something *squints* Uh – mumble cough magnificentass? mumble cough – to all ye who bear witness this day of our Lord star date – wait – wrong sci-fi – Evil Empire date XXXIIV as Poster of the week!!

    With all the attended honors and awards it so entitles him to – whatever that maybe. Ahem.

    On that note a little celebratory music is in order!!

    ** click** This award should not be confused with Poster -Child of the week for Uncle Sam’s Misguided Chillllllldren – pay no attention to man behind the curtain! Talk to your Doctor if you have an erection lasting more -than 4 hours, as this may cause an unsafe drop in – i WAS SHOT IN THE BUTT-TOCKS!! – remember kiddies Your vote counts! So Vote early and vote often!! – I’s Snop Dawg – and I’s approv’s dis message n shit..**feedback whine**
    **click**

    :em08: Okay damn it – who’s the wise guy that’s been jacking around with the Imperial PA system again!?? :em08:
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    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondant says:

    Evil Empire date XXXIIV

    Is that the fifth iteration of thirty two?

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    LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondant says:

    Talk to your Doctor if you have an erection lasting more -than 4 hours,

    Hell. I talked to a “doctor” so I COULD get an erection that lasted 4 hours. :em01: Bangie Thing ain’t been the same since. :em05:

    But, in all seriousness, thank you, thank you. You like me, you really like me! I would like to thank…..*pulled off stage by two Imperial Stormtroopers who just finished the stormtroopers marksmanship academy.*
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    bruce growls and barks:

    my brother is a surgeon in florida and when his youngest graduates he will retire because of bongo care.when the best and the brightest see how bongo care screws doctors they will take their brains else where and we will get great affirmative action doctors.they will be just like bongo with his affirmative action harvard law degree of course he can’t practice law because he lost his license for insurance fraud.

  33. 33

    s that the fifth iteration of thirty two?

    Since Evil Empire dating isn’t the same as puny mortal dating and it involves bending the very time space Aleutian quantum – as well as 2 naked virgins, and subscription to ‘girls gone wild’ — It is actually expressed as the 33 to the 5th power minus pi- chocolate with Whipped cream…. any more questions? :em03: Geeeze What ever ARE they doing over there in the Department of Imperial Re-Education gulags these days??! :em05:

    But, in all seriousness, thank you, thank you. You like me, you really like me! I would like to thank…..*pulled off stage by two Imperial Stormtroopers who just finished the stormtroopers marksmanship academy.*

    Oh look – it’s the LAPD…… :em04:
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    americanexpat growls and barks:

    Try this: go the U.S. Google site, where it should come up as google.com. Then type in after the com/ncr, then set that as your home search page. Just to be clear, it should look like this:

    google.com/ncr

    The ncr stands for No Country Redirect, and you should be able to go straight to your U.S. Google search engine that way. It’s come in handy for me during my travels, when I didn’t want to have my Google page come up in Indonesian or Thai (both of which I can read, but still find annoying when I’m looking for something in English) or Japanese (which I can’t read). Of course, I don’t know if your Middle East hosts dick around with your internet access in other ways, so it’s possible it might not work. But try it and see.

  35. 35

    americanexpat @ #:34

    :em01: Thanks- that’ actually did work here in the sandy region.
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  36. 36
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    20 Of The Most Embarrassing Moments In The History Of The Democrat Party
    John Hawkins

    1) The Trail of Tears (1838): The first Democrat President, Andrew Jackson and his successor Martin Van Buren, herded Indians into camps, tormented them, burned and pillaged their homes and forced them to relocate with minimal supplies. Thousands died along the way.

    2) Democrats Cause The Civil War (1860): The pro-slavery faction of the Democrat Party responded to Abraham Lincoln’s election by seceding, which led to the Civil War.

    3) Formation of the KKK (1865): Along with 5 other Confederate veterans, Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest created the KKK.

    4) 300 Black Americans Murdered (1868): “Democrats in Opelousas, Louisiana killed nearly 300 blacks who tried to foil an assault on a Republican newspaper editor.”

    5) The American Protective League and The Palmer Raids (1919-1921): Under the leadership of Woodrow Wilson, criticizing the government became a crime and a fascist organization, the American Protective League was formed to spy on and even arrest fellow Americans for being insufficiently loyal to the government. More than 100,000 Americans were arrested, with less than 1% of them ever being found guilty of any kind of crime.

    6) Democrats Successfully Stop Republicans From Making Lynching A Federal Crime (1922): “The U.S. House adopted Rep. Leonidas Dyer’s (R., Mo.) bill making lynching a federal crime. Filibustering Senate Democrats killed the measure.”

    7) The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (1932-1972): Contrary to what you may have heard, Democrats in Alabama did not give black Americans syphilis. However, the experimenters did know that subjects of the experiment unknowingly had syphilis and even after it was proven that penicillin could be used to effectively treat the disease in 1947, the experiments continued. As a result, a number of the subjects needlessly infected their loved ones and died, when they could have been cured.

    8) Japanese Internment Camps (1942): Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order that led to more than 100,000 Japanese Americans being put into “bleak, remote camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards.”

    9) Alger Hiss Convicted Of Perjury (1950): Hiss, who helped advise FDR at Yalta and was strongly defended by the Left, turned out to be a Soviet spy. He was convicted of perjury in 1950 (Sadly, the statute of limitations on espionage had run out), but was defended by liberals for decades until the Verona papers proved so conclusively that he was guilty that even most his fellow liberals couldn’t continue to deny it.

    10) The West Virgina Democrat primary is rigged by John F. Kennedy (1960): From an interview with the late, great Robert Novak.

    John Hawkins: You also said that without question, John F. Kennedy rigged the West Virginia Democratic primary in (1960), but that the Wall Street Journal killed the story. Do you think that sort of thing is still occurring with great regularity and do you wish the Journal had reported the story when it happened?

    Robert Novak: In my opinion, they should have. They sent two reporters down to West Virginia for six weeks and they came back with a carefully documented story on voter fraud in West Virginia, buying votes, and how he beat Humphrey in the primary and therefore got the nomination. But, Ed Kilgore, the President of Dow Jones and publisher of the Wall Street Journal, a very conservative man, said it wasn’t the business of the Wall Street Journal to decide the nominee of the Democratic Party and he killed the story. That story didn’t come out for many, many years — 30-40 years. It was kept secret all that time.

    11) The Bay of Pigs (1961): After training a Cuban militia to overthrow Castro, Kennedy got cold feet and didn’t give the men all the air support they were promised. As a result, they were easily defeated by Castro’s men and today, Cuba is still ruled by a hostile, anti-American dictatorship.

    12) Fire Hoses And Attack Dogs Used On Children (1963): Birmingham, Alabama’s notorious Commissioner of Public Safety, Democrat Bull Connor, used attack dogs and fire hoses on children and teenagers marching for civil rights. Ultimately, thousands of them would also be arrested.

    13) Stand In The Schoolhouse Door (1963): Democrat George Wallace gave his notorious speech against integrating schools at the University of Alabama in which he said, “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

    14) Escalation In Vietnam (1964): Lyndon Johnson dramatically escalated our troops’ presence in Vietnam while he simultaneously put political restrictions in place that made the war unwinnable. As a result, 58,000 Americans died in a war that ultimately achieved none of its aims.

    15) Chappaquiddick (1969): The Democrats’ beloved “Liberal Lion” of the Senate, Ted Kennedy ran off the road into a tidal pool with passenger Mary Jo Kopechne in the car. Kennedy swam free and then spent 9 hours plotting how he would reveal the news to the press while she slowly suffocated to death.

    16) Democrats Deliver South Vietnam To The North (1975): “In 1975, when there were no Americans left in Vietnam, the left wing of the Democratic Party killed the government of South Vietnam, cut off all of its funding, cut off all of its ammunition, and sent a signal to the world that the United States had abandoned its allies.” — Newt Gingrich

    17) The Iranian Hostage Crisis (1979-1981): 52 Americans were held hostage by the government of Iran for 444 days. After Jimmy Carter’s disastrous, failed rescue attempt, the hostages were finally released after Ronald Reagan’s inaugural address.

    18) Bill Clinton turns down Osama Bin Laden (1996): In Bill Clinton’s own words, “‘Mr. bin Laden used to live in Sudan. He was expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1991, then he went to Sudan. And we’d been hearing that the Sudanese wanted America to start meeting with them again. They released him. At the time, 1996, he had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here because we had no basis on which to hold him, though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America.’ — Bill Clinton explains to a Long Island, N.Y., business group why he turned down Sudan’s offer to extradite Osama Bin Laden to America in 1996.” Had Bill Clinton accepted Sudan’s offer, 9/11 would have likely never happened.

    19) Bill Clinton was impeached (1998): Clinton became only the 2nd President in American history to be impeached after he lied under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

    20) America loses its AAA credit rating (2011): The United States was first given its AAA credit in 1917, but it couldn’t survive Barack Obama’s record breaking spending. In 2011, America lost its AAA credit rating.

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    LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondant says:

    3) Formation of the KKK (1865): Along with 5 other Confederate veterans, Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest created the KKK.

    *sigh*

    That statement always sets my teeth on edge.

    The founding of the KKK meme – There are accounts disputing if he was actually involved in the founding of the original KKK or in fact recruited or joined after the original 6 members established it.

    In fact This article on PBS article tells a completely different story – Bedford Forest Joined the KKK after its founding.

    Director of the Civil War Center at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and a history professor and Forrest biographer Brian Steel Wills also writes, “While there is no doubt that Forrest joined the Klan, there is some question as to whether he actually was the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

    From a wiki article :

    A common account is that Forrest arrived in Nashville in April 1867 while the Klan was meeting at the Maxwell House Hotel, probably at the encouragement of a state Klan leader, former Confederate general George Gordon. The organization had grown to the point where an experienced commander was needed, and Forrest fit the bill. In Room 10 of the Maxwell, Forrest was sworn in as a member.

    Link

    Also from that same Article :

    Forrest dissolved the first incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan in 1869, although many local groups continued their activities for several years.

    Disclaimer : It’s Wikipedia – use it’s information at your own risk

    What is not unclear however is:

    - Historical facts – His tenacity and genius as a Calvary General – read some of what the Union Generals such as Grant and others said about the man.

    - That the original KKK – was disbanded possibly at his directive, and it was not until years later – in fact 35 years after his death, that it resurfaced into what is generally recognized today as the Modern KKK.

    - The fact that post Civil War, in both documented speeches and writing, he was considered to be an advocate for – Unification and Civil Rights.

    Forrest Gump and the Hysterical bed wetters at Huffingglue Post might claim he is the “founder of the KKK”- Historical Facts Studies, and accounts however, seem to beg to differ.
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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    Well…A huge dick might be good for her. Not so much for the guy.
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    0007 growls and barks:

    Actually I ‘spect that there are a lot of us out here who don’t have anything to do with google except by accident. I use bing for a search engine. Never open goo(do as much evil as posible)gle.

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    MARXISM anyone??

    401K plans and IRAs eyed to avert Fiscal Cliff

    The ever expanding debate on averting financial consequences in 2013 has refocused attention on concerns that the coveted 401 k plan and IRAs, long considered the last bastions of private retirement savings which replaced pensions for most working Americans may be tapped. The plans may be slated for dramatic changes ranging from limiting deductions, to retroactive taxation and to possibly include a nationalization scheme by imposing government mandated plans on employers with savings allocated exclusively to Treasury bonds.

    An Investment Company Institute study illustrates that U.S. retirement assets at the end of second quarter 2012, total $18.5 trillion. Two components are 3.5 trillion in IRAs and $5.1 trillion in 401(k) plans. These therefore present very tempting deficit-funding sources for the Obama administration to help close a spiraling budget gap that is approaching $20 trillion.

    By restricting the deductions for monies flowing into these plans for the highest wage earners or as some reports have suggested, retroactively taking back already deducted amounts , plan assets could be reduced and resources effectively transferred through redistributive taxation back to government coffers to help pay down government debt. In response to this threat The American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries ( ASPPA) has launched a national campaign this week to educate the public known as “Save Our 401Ks”. With over 11, 000 member firms consisting of broker-dealers and retirement plan service firms the campaign is part public lobbying effort and part a public education initiative.

    Brian Graff, executive director and CEO of the ASPPA criticized Obama’s proposal to limit the tax benefit for retirement savings 0 and categorized it as “a bad proposal based on bad math.”

    Graff went on to say , “the tax break for retirement savings is a deferral, not a permanent write off. Under the President’s budget, these taxpayers wouldn’t just lose a current tax break, they would actually be penalized for saving–paying taxes now and taxes later.” This, Graff continues, “will discourage small business owners from setting up or maintaining retirement savings plans for their employees. Workers that lose workplace retirement savings plans will be the ones that really pay for this misguided proposal.”

    Another organization; the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) echoed these concerns pertaining to retirement annuities.

    They announced ( though the Administration’s proposal) “does not explicitly call for changes in the tax status of annuities” for all, there are serious concerns including “… the elimination of certain tax incentives for retirement savings and new limitations on deductions for retirement contributions.” IRI is urging policy makers “to protect incentives in place for Americans to attain financial security in retirement, particularly by maintaining the tax-deferred status of annuities for everyone.”

    IRI’s “research has shown that the tax-deferred status of annuities has been pivotal in helping middle-income Americans utilize lifetime income strategies as part of their retirement savings plan,” said Cathy Weatherford , IRI’s president and CEO, in a statement. “Removing this incentive would not necessarily increase tax revenue, but certainly would add a new barrier that would prevent Americans from attaining lifetime income coverage. With today’s unprecedented retirement challenges, now more than ever, we need to protect the incentives available to help Americans attain a financially secure retirement”.

    The references that Graff and Weatherford make stem from ongoing discussions that are now becoming more relevant with the so-called looming “fiscal cliff ” crises and that also includes a well stated goal of the Administration’s budget plan to force employers to offer “mandated” retirement plans. This discussion has been going on for some time though.

    In 2010 Senators John Kerry- D, MA and Jeff Bingaman-D, N.M proposed ideas that have been circulating in discussions and public hearings at the Treasury and US Labor Department since which has been endorsed in the Obama administration’s 256 page Budget Proposal For Fiscal Year 2013. The centerpiece is an “Automatic IRA” in which employers are directed to allocate an amount that equals 3% of a participating employee’s salary into a social security-type retirement plan that invests in US treasuries and in which the federal government guarantees a 3% return. Smaller firms with 10 or less employees would be exempt. Even though tax credits to businesses would be provided for this scheme the concern is that this would add an additional cost burden on small businesses that would restrict job growth.

    With nearly half of 78 million workers in the US without work-based retirement plans a drive to liberalize access to retirement assets funded by employers is now a distinct possibility for the coming year.

    With the uncertainty of the outcome of negotiations in coming weeks and with a vulnerable economy the potential for government control of private retirement funds can fundamentally change how Americans save for retirement and this is unsettling for many savers and retirees.

    Joe D’Amore writes from Groveland, MA

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