Irish Guard – Awarded Victoria Cross For Single-Handedly Charging over 100 German Soldiers and Sending Them All into Retreat

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This is from War History OnLine.

Fiction writers could not make up a story like the story of  Leslie Jackson aka John Patrick Kenneally.


Many men had many a war story or two to tell their grandchildren by the end of the 2nd World War.  But it is unknown if there is another who could boast charging down a hill alone at over 100 German soldiers with his Bren Light Machine Gun and sending every last one of them into a frenzied panicked retreat.

 These were 100 disciplined and drilled members of the German Army, who looked up at the descent of this Irish man full of fury and thought to themselves they had better odds at surviving if they just ran for it.  A remarkable feat and a fascinating story when you consider that this Irish Guard wasn’t Irish at all, but a British Army deserter.
A Rocky Start to War

John Patrick Kenneally was born Leslie Jackson in 1921 England.  Born as an illegitimate child to a young 18-year-old girl, his mother was sent away by her parents to live with relatives to hide the unplanned birth.  Kenneally’s father turned out to be a wealthy businessman in his twenties, and when paternity was established, maintenance money was sent allowing him to receive an education.  On his 18th birthday, Kenneally enlisted in the British Royal Artillery.

At the start of World War 2, his unit was mobilized and sent to an anti-aircraft battery north of London.  Finding this posting less than exciting, Kenneally would prove to be yet another future highly decorated warrior who had a problem or two in garrison.  After overstaying a period of leave, he served a period of detention at Wellington Barracks, which was staffed by the Irish Guards.

Impressed with what he saw from them and treating the rules as a minor inconvenience, he deserted his position with the British Army and joined up with a group of itinerant Irish laborers who would help Leslie Jackson form his new identity as John Patrick Kenneally.

Nordafrika, deutsche Offiziere

Shortly after arriving in Ireland, the newly minted Kenneally put together a false childhood story and enlisted in the Irish Guard under his new name.

This proven group of hardened warriors was everything he was seeking, and he would find himself in the fight sooner rather than later.  In 1943, his regiment would land in North Africa to face off with the ferocious Afrika Korps of the German army.

Seize the Initiative

Pushing towards the final assault on Tunis, the Irish Guard seized a vital piece of terrain that would be needed to take the city.  The unit was ordered to hold that land at all cost despite being subject to constant German counter-attacks.

In one such attack, more than 100 Germans had formed up to prepare for an assault up the ridge.  It was at this point that Kenneally decided to seize the initiative and take the fight to the Germans in what would become one of the remarkable scenes of the war.

With fury and speed, John Keeneally single-handedly charged down the hillside firing his Bren light machine gun from the hip.  In disbelief at what they were witnessing, the 100 German soldiers became completely disoriented and began to break up in total disarray.

A hasty retreat, to say the least, after dispersing the counter-attacking Germans, he climbed back up the hill and began to reign down more fire upon the retreating Germans.

Nordafrika, Halbkettenfahrzeug mit Pak

And as if that were not remarkable enough, he did the same thing two days later on another Germany company preparing to assault.  The second time he was accompanied by a Sergeant of the Reconnaissance Corps who presumably figured two gave them better odds than one.

 Kenneally was wounded in this attempt but refused evacuation.  He continued to fight throughout that day and barked at anyone that tried to take his Bren gun from him claiming he was the only one who really understood it.  His actions were credited with individually influencing the entire course of the battle.
The Victoria Cross

While there was no immediate mention of the Victoria Cross, Keeneally was promoted to Sergeant and later offered a commission.  He refused the commission as he enjoyed life in the ranks with his brothers.

In August of 1943, much to the shock and surprise of Keeneally, this one time British Army deserter was awarded the United Kingdom’s highest military honor.

J P Kenneally, VC – 1 Battalion, Irish Guards by Henry Carr

Even more fascinating was the fact that neither the United Kingdom nor the Irish Guards truly knew his real identity at the time of his award.  Winston Churchill even mentioned Kenneally in a 1945 speech where he commended the bravery and sacrifice of Irish warriors who fought.

Once the fame from the Victoria Cross started to roll in, he was certain that he would be found out.  But the war would end without such a discovery, and he would retire a Company Sergeant Major in the Guards after seeing subsequent action in Palestine in 1948.

Kenneally would eventually reveal his identity on his terms in later years, but after being awarded the Victoria Cross for charging 100 Afrika Korps veterans alone, he seem to have gotten a free pass on any delayed punishment.

His Victoria Cross is fittingly on display at the Guards Regimental Headquarters at Wellington Barracks in London.  Seems like a fitting end to have this once deserter’s medal displayed at the place he was once imprisoned by the very unit for whom we would desert to join.  There are multiple cases of insubordinate soldiers displaying unspeakable gallantry in the actual fighting.

This is just the story of the man who personally sent 100 German soldiers running for their lives.

10 Wild West Shoot-Outs That Made Gunslingers Famous

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This is from ListVerse.


People like Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickok are synonymous with the Wild West. But, if you think about it, neither of them did anything particularly unique for that era. They both became frontier legends after they took part in shoot-outs—Earp after the gunfight at the OK Corral and Hickok after his duel with David Tutt. But they were far from the only people in the Old West to win a gunfight.

10 Owens-Blevins Shoot-Out
Perry Owens


Photo credit: Arizona Historical Society

Between 1882 and 1892, the Tonto Basin in Arizona was the stage for a bloody feud known as the Pleasant Valley War. Two families, the Grahams and the Tewksburys, were feuding over land—and race, as the Tewksburys were half Native American. The war only ended when the last Graham died. By this time, both sides had lost dozens of members.

The bloodiest event of the whole feud happened in 1887, when the Grahams killed two Tewksbury members at the same time. The newly elected sheriff of Apache County, Perry Owens, wanted to bring the men responsible to justice. Luckily for him, it didn’t take long before Andy Cooper (real name Blevins), a Graham associate, started bragging around town about the killings. As soon as Owens found out Cooper’s whereabouts, he rode there alone, carrying only a warrant and a Winchester rifle.

The warrant out on Cooper was actually for horse stealing. The whole Blevins family were known rustlers, and 12 of them were home when Owens arrived at the house. Cooper refused to cooperate, and a gunfight ensued.

Owens quickly shot Cooper then shot his brother John and a friend called Mose Roberts. Things took a tragic turn when young Sam Blevins rushed out with a six-shooter and was also gunned down by Owens. The 15-year-old died in his mother’s arms, and later Cooper and Roberts also succumbed to their injuries. Owens’s actions were ruled justified, and he became a Wild West legend.

9 The Variety Hall Shoot-Out
‘Mysterious’ Dave Mather


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This gunfight took place in 1880 in the city of East Las Vegas, New Mexico. Only one man who took part in the shoot-out ended up better for it—“Mysterious” Dave Mather. Back then, he was serving as deputy marshal to Joe Carson. A “no guns” rule prohibited anyone except for Carson and his men to be armed within the city limits. However, one day, into the city rode a group of four rowdy cowboys who didn’t much care for the rules.

While they were causing trouble in the local bar, Carson approached the men and ordered them to relinquish their weapons. They refused, and a gunfight ensued. Marshal Joe Carson was the first to get gunned down. His deputy, Dave Mather, returned fire and shot two cowboys, killing one and injuring the other. The remaining two managed to get out of town.

A few weeks later, the other two cowboys were also captured and imprisoned. Afterward, an angry mob took them, along with the third shooter injured by Mather and lynched all three. By this point, Mather had been promoted to marshal, but it is unknown whether he was unable or unwilling to stop the angry mob.

Despite his fame as a gunman, Mather’s later life is poorly documented (which probably added to his allure). We know that in 1885, he became marshal of New Kiowa, Kansas, but we know nothing else for certain after that.

8The Sandbar Fight
Jim Bowie


Photo credit: George Peter Alexander Healy

If you are familiar with the Bowie knife, then you know that it is a fighting knife with a large blade named in honor of frontiersman Jim Bowie, who was especially proficient with it. And it is the Sandbar Fight of 1827 that gave him this reputation.

Initially, the brawl was supposed to be a straight-up duel between two men, Samuel Wells and Thomas Maddox. It was the culmination of a feud between the established Wells and Cuny families (and supporters) and several new arrivals (and their supporters). In total, there were around a dozen men present during the brawl.

If either Wells or Maddox had shot the other, perhaps the violent fight could have been avoided. However, each one missed his respective target. The two of them tried to end it all with a handshake, but tensions were simply too high—there had to be blood. A brawl erupted between all the men present, and half of them were seriously injured. Bowie himself had been shot in the stomach, but this didn’t stop him from killing Major Norris Wright using his knife and then injuring another participant. Bowie and Wright had a turbulent history, and they saw this as the perfect opportunity to settle the score once and for all. Once all was said and done, the story had been picked up by numerous newspapers. Eyewitnesses were quick to describe Bowie’s proficiency with a knife, and a legend was born.

7The Trio Railroad Robbery
‘Arkansas Dave’ Rudabaugh


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The shoot-out at a railroad construction camp wasn’t particularly notable. However, it did set in motion a unique chain of events for one outlaw named Dave Rudabaugh. After this robbery, Rudabaugh embarked on an adventure that had him interact with the likes of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Billy the Kid, Bat Masterson, and Pat Garrett.

Rudabaugh was an outlaw who formed a gang with two other like-minded individuals, forming a group known as The Trio. A year later, they robbed the aforementioned construction camp and were soon pursued by a deputy marshal named Wyatt Earp.

Passing though Fort Griffin, Rudabaugh played cards with fellow gambler Doc Holliday. It was his pursuit that allowed Earp and Holliday to meet for the first time. With the help of Bat Masterson, Earp eventually caught the gang. Rudabaugh avoided prison by informing on the other gang members, but it didn’t take long for him to find other cohorts. This time, he became part of the Dodge City Gang along with the aforementioned “Mysterious” Dave Mather.

Fast-forward a few years, and Dave is part of a gang with Billy the Kid. He took part in the shoot-out at Stinking Springs where he, Billy, and other gang members were captured by Pat Garrett. He was sentenced to hang but managed to escape and flee to Mexico. Here is where Rudabaugh’s luck finally ran out—he was gunned down during a cantina fight, he was decapitated, and his head was put on a pike.

6The Shakespeare Shoot-Out
‘Dangerous Dan’ Tucker


Photo credit: Perry E. Borchers

Today, Shakespeare, New Mexico, is a ghost town, but in the late 19th century, it was a budding community. Cattle rustling was a problem, so the townspeople appealed to the county sheriff for some help. He sent his top deputy—Dan Tucker.

Tucker might not be known to the general public today, but historians often place him among the Wild West’s underrated gunmen. By the time he arrived in Shakespeare in 1880, he acquired the moniker “Dangerous Dan” for his eagerness to resolve most situations with his guns and for already having over 10 kills to his name.

It didn’t take long for Tucker to establish himself as the law in the region. It’s said that in 1882, during the infamous Earp Vendetta Ride, even Wyatt and his cohorts chose to go the long way round on horseback instead of traveling by train through Tucker’s territory while there were arrest warrants out for them.

Tucker’s biggest brush with notoriety came a year earlier, though, in a shoot-out with two suspected cattle rustlers who were riding up and down the streets shooting their guns. The gunfight itself was nothing special—nobody was hurt. Tucker arrested one of the men and caught the other one after a pursuit. The two men happened to be “Russian Bill” Tattenbaum and Sandy King, both members of the notorious Cowboys gang that fought the Earps at the OK Corral. They were found guilty and hanged.

5Chase Saloon Shoot-Out
John Bull


Photo credit: Library of Congress

Bull was an Englishman who came to the United States and became a lawman in the Montana Territory. His first action worthy of mention came in 1862, when Bull and an associate tracked down three horse thieves. Bullgunned down one and arrested the other two.

Eventually, Bull realized that he much preferred the life of the professional gambler and switched careers. A few years later, Bull entered into a business partnership with fellow countryman and gambler Langford “Farmer” Peel. Peel was a former soldier and a noted gunslinger who already boasted several dueling victories. However, it didn’t take long before the two had a falling-out. Although it seemed at first that their partnership ended amicably, Bull and Peel got into a fight one night while playing cards. Peel pulled out his gun but didn’t shoot since Bull was unarmed. He told Bull that he should go arm himself and that the next time they met, Bull better be prepared to fight.

Bull did just that. He went to his room, grabbed his guns, and went in search of Peel. He found him coming out of the Chase Saloon next door. Peel was walking with his girlfriend, and it’s been theorized that she inadvertently prevented him from pulling out his gun fast enough. Bull shot him three times but was acquitted of the crime. He moved on to other towns and found that a certain level of fame came with taking down a gunman the caliber of “Farmer” Peel.

4Murder At The Jim Waters Saloon
Dan Bogan


Photo credit: Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library

Although Dan Bogan set out for a life as a cowboy, his violent temperament often got him into trouble. In 1883, Bogan organized a strike to secure better wages for cowboys. The strike failed, and the cowboys got blacklisted, so many of them turned to cattle rustling. The ranch owners assigned Pat Garrett to deal with the criminals. Garrett and his posse chased away most of them except for Bogan and a few others who refused to leave. After a confrontation, Bogan was arrested but managed to escape.

Bogan moved to Wyoming, where he was known as Bill McCoy. However, an intrepid newspaper editor uncovered his real identity and accused McCoy of being Bogan, wanted for multiple murders by this point. Angered by this, Bogan went to confront the editor but was stopped by local constable Charles S. Gunn. Gunn was a former Texas Ranger and a fierce gunman. Although Bogan confronted Gunn on several occasions, he always backed down from taking him in a fair fight.

This changed on January 15, 1887. Bogan was waiting for Gunn in the Jim Waters Saloon. He simply asked if Gunn was heeled (armed) and then shot him twice, once in the stomach and once in the head. Bogan was captured soon after and sentenced to hang until he was “dead, dead, dead.” However, he managed to escape again. What followed was one of the largest manhunts in Wyoming history assisted by the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Even so, Bogan was never captured, as he allegedly made his way to Argentina and was never heard from again.

3Naco Gunfight
Jeff Kidder


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Usually, the person who wins the gunfight is the one remembered, but that wasn’t the case with Jeff Kidder. Born into an army family, Kidder joined the Arizona Rangers and served under famed Captain Harry C. Wheeler. It wasn’t long until Kidder established a reputation as a marksman and a quick draw, second only to the captain. Most of his career was spent patrolling the border, intercepting gunrunners who traveled between Mexico and Arizona.

In March 1908, Kidder crossed the border to pursue gunrunners into Sonora. In the town of Naco, he got into a shoot-out with the authorities, although the reason remains somewhat of a mystery. Everybody had a different story to tell. According to one version, Kidder found his gunrunners, who were under the protection of the Naco lawmen. In another version, Kidder chose to spend some quality time with a prostitute named Chia. When he wanted to leave, Kidder thought she had stolen a silver dollar. When confronted, Chia started screaming for the police, which prompted officers to burst in and open fire.

Whatever the reason, Kidder eventually found himself in a shoot-out with two Mexican lawmen. He took one bullet in the stomach but still managed to hit both shooters and stagger off. He tried to reach the border but was being pursued by numerous lawmen and Naco citizens. Miraculously, he wasn’t hit again. Kidder was taken to jail, where he was beaten up and left to die of his injuries. Most officers involved were discharged in an effort to prevent an international incident.

2Acme Saloon Shoot-Out
John Selman


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After certain shoot-outs, your notoriety is determined not by how many you kill, but by who you kill. Robert Ford became well known after killing Jesse James. Jack McCall was the infamous coward who shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back while he was playing cards. And John Selman gunned down one of the most dangerous outlaws of the Wild West—John Wesley Hardin.

“Old John” Selman spent his time on both sides of the law. By the time he encountered Hardin in 1895, he was serving as a constable in El Paso. Selman already established a reputation for himself after killing former Texas RangerBaz Outlaw in a brothel brawl. Selman’s argument with Hardin was over Hardin’s girlfriend, Beulah Morose. The city had a “no guns” rule in effect, and she had been caught walking with a pistol. Hardin had confronted Selman and threatened to kill him.

Later that same night, Selman found Hardin playing dice at the Acme Saloon. Selman walked up to him and shot Hardin in the head without warning. He was charged with murder but claimed that Hardin saw him enter the saloon in the mirror and was reaching for his gun. Although there were no witnesses to corroborate Selman’s story, he was still acquitted, probably out of a feeling that he did the city of El Paso a favor. A year later, Selman himself was killed during a card game by US Marshal George Scarborough, a friend of the former ranger Outlaw that Selman shot in 1894.

1Murder Of Morgan Earp
Frank Stilwell


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The Cowboys were among the most notorious gangs of the Wild West. However, they weren’t an organized gang but rather a loosely associated group whose numbers measured in the hundreds at one point. They became well known due to their frequent clashes with the Earp brothers.

During the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral, the Cowboys lost three men to the Earps. After a few months, they retaliated. On March 18, 1882, Morgan Earp was playing billiards at Schiefelin Hall with several men present, including Wyatt. A bullet came through the window and shattered his spine. Other bullets followed, one of them close to Wyatt Earp’s head.

Morgan soon died of his injuries, and the perpetrator was never caught, although there were several suspects, all of them Cowboys. However, they provided alibis for one another, and there was no conclusive evidence to show they took part in the shooting, so nobody was arrested. Out of all the suspects, one name rang louder than the rest—Frank Stilwell.

A Cowboy and friend of the McLaury brothers killed at the OK Corral, Stilwell certainly had motivation and almost certainly took part in the revenge on Morgan Earp. However, he didn’t get to enjoy his newfound infamy for long. Just two days later, he was gunned down by Wyatt Earp and his cohorts. Afterward, they embarked on the famous Earp Vendetta Ride to seek justice for Morgan’s death.


French Reporters Stunned At Obama’s Ignorance: “He is an Ass*ole! An Ass*ole!”

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Originally posted on Socialism is not the Answer:

butthead%20front!!DC Whispers

Obama Just Said The Most Stunningly Idiotic Thing EVER.

Now it appears some among the Climate Summit’s host-nation French media were just as outraged by Barack Obama’s glaringly ignorant commentary regarding how mass shootings only happen in the United States – and said those words while standing on a stage in Paris less than two weeks after that city saw hundreds of its citizens gunned down and blown up by Muslim terrorists in a mass shooting attack.

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“The president appeared tired, bored, and then made comments that had some reporters glancing at one another as if to say, “Did he really just say that?”

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11 Awe-Inspiring Facts About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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This is from Mental Floss.

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From its humble beginnings in 1931 to the glitz and glamor of today’s tree lightings, the towering Rockefeller Center evergreen has come to symbolize the holidays. Sure, it’s over the top to adorn a nearly 80-foot-tall tree with 45,000 lights—but this storied tradition has a surprisingly sweet side.


Assume this monument to Christmas was cooked up by corporate execs in an effort to sell more toys? You could not be more wrong. The first-ever tree was erected in 1931 by a group of Depression-era construction workers who were hired to build the Rockefeller Center complex. The group decorated a 20-foot-tall spruce with paper garlands and tin cans, and lined up beside it on Christmas Eve to get their paychecks.


The construction of this opulent new tower, the biggest private building project in New York City at that time, became a beacon of hope in the early years of the Great Depression. So for Christmas 1933, the first holiday after Rock Center (then called the RCA Building) was completed, the company arranged an official tree-lighting ceremony. A 40-foot-tall tree was strung up with 700 electric lights, and the shebang was broadcast to the nation … on NBC Radio.


In 1942, instead of a single tree, three trees were erected in the plaza—one was trimmed in red, one in white, and one in blue to honor World War II troops. The trees were never lit, due to wartime blackout rules; ditto the following two years.


David P. Murbach, manager of the gardens division of Rockefeller Center, was in charge of finding the tree for nearly three decades before his death in 2010. He searched all year long, often renting helicopters to explore surrounding states and search for the perfect specimen. “You want personality: there’s density, a height and a width that we need,” he once said. “But some trees have a way of holding their branches. I don’t know what else to call it but character.”


Over the years, the firs have come from Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, even Canada. (The tallest to date: A 100-foot tree from Killingworth, Connecticut, which went up in Rockefeller Center in 1999.) After it’s chopped down, most trees are driven through the streets of Manhattan on a custom-built trailer; others are floated on a barge down the Hudson River. In 1998, when the 74-foot-tall Norway spruce needed a ride from Richfield, Ohio, it was actuallyflown in on an Antonov An-124 Ruslan, the world’s largest cargo plane.


It wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bling: The tree-topper’s rays are made of shatterproof glass—the same kind used in New York City’s skyscrapers—and adorned with 25,000 Swarovski crystals. The star, which measures nearly 9.5 feet wide and weighs 550 pounds,first adorned the tree in 2004.


Stringing a giant evergreen with lights—which are illuminated for more than a month—was never a great move for the environment. So eight years ago, the incandescent bulbs were replaced with LED lights, a move that saved 1200 kwH per day. To put that in perspective: It’s estimated that a family in a 2000-square-foot home would use 1200 kwH to power their household for an entire month. Solar panels, stationed on top a building in Rockefeller Center, power the LEDs. This year’s tree will be strung with 45,000 lights on 5 miles of wire.


While the search for the perfect tree is ongoing, individuals can also submit their own trees for consideration—and that’s how the 2015 Rock Center Christmas tree was found.

Back in the spring, Albert Asendorf of Gardiner, New York, sent in photos of his 78-foot spruce, the centerpiece of the family’s front yard for more than 50 years. Asendorf and his partner, Nancy Puchalski, were worried that the oversized tree would fall onto the house. “It was almost a goner,” Asendorf told CBS. “We were just going to cut it up and get rid of it somehow, use it for firewood.” But that call would have been a tough one to make—the tree had stood in the yard since Asendorf’s father bought the place in 1957, and three generations of the family had played in its branches. So instead of cutting it down, they submitted the tree on a whim.

After the submission caught his eye, today’s head gardener, Erik Pauze, visited Asendorf’s tree and climbed nearly to the top to check things out. “It had a great shape, nice branches, and when I came up and looked for it, the sun was shining right on it so it made it even more glorious,” Pauze told CBS. It was officially chosen in October.


After Pauze made the official selection, the tree got some special attention. Pauze came back to see the tree—fertilizing it and watering it with 1800 gallons a visit—once a week. After the tree removal crew started tying up branches for transport, an armed police officer was stationed in the yard. Nearly 150 locals came to the Asendorf’s yard to watch the tree be cut down in early November.


According to the Rockefeller Center website, more than half a million people walk by the tree—stationed between West 48th and 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues—every day, starting from when it’s erected in late November to when it comes down in early January. Thousands will gather in person to watch the official tree-lighting ceremony on December 2, and millions more will tune in from home.


Once the season wraps, Tishman Speyer (the company that operates Rockefeller Center) donates the tree to Habitat for Humanity. The tradition started in 2007, and since then, each tree has been milled and made into lumber to build homes across the country. Children’s book author David Rubel pays tribute to the process in The Carpenter’s Gift, a story about a Depression Era boy wishing for a home for his family. The parts of the tree that can’t turned into lumber aren’t wasted; they’re turned into commemorative paper bookplates that go inside The Carpenter’s Gift.

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This was in my email box.

This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
************ ********* ***********
The year is 1914  — One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1914:
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The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only. 

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year …

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,
and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home ..

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for
any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars…

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent
of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter
at the local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to
the mind, Regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of
health!” ( Shocking? )

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help ….

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. ! 

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.

From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD – all in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years!!!

Scary, eh!!

Last Call for Ethanol


This is from Town Hall.

I would have never believed I would ever agree with Dianne Feinstein on anything.

But I find we are in agreement on dumping ethanol.


A federal program, once launched, is impossible to kill. It doesn’t matter if the scheme wastes money. It doesn’t matter if the program doesn’t work. It doesn’t even matter if the program does the very opposite of what it is supposed to do. Every government program enters the world with an army of fairy godmothers prepared to fend off any effort to cut the cord — hence the staying power of ethanol.

When President George W. Bush signed legislation to expand a federal requirement to blend gasoline with ethanol in 2007, he could claim with some credibility that he was pushing a renewable alternative to fossil fuels, on which Americans were so dependent. Yes, there were skeptics. I was one of them. But the Bush Renewable Fuel Standard flowed with the mainstream of American politics. In the 2008 presidential election, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was a big booster of the ethanol mandate.

Every year since then, ethanol has been harder to defend. A 2008 study published in Science magazine found that corn-based ethanol increases greenhouse gas emissions instead of reducing them. A 2009 study concluded that plowing fields to grow corn for ethanol could release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ethanol offsets.

FactCheck.org looked at ethanol and found U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored research that concluded that ethanol reduces greenhouse gases. But it’s hard to believe that the ethanol mandate is good for the environment when the Sierra Club, the Environmental Working Group and Friends of the Earth oppose the federal program. The Sierra Club describes claims that ethanol reduces carbon input as “extremely dubious.”

 Ethanol has fallen out of favor largely because it eats up so much of the corn supply. Some 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop goes into gas tanks, not stomachs. As demand for corn has risen, so have food prices. As the cost of feed has risen, so have beef prices. ActionAid USA and other anti-poverty groups also oppose ethanol supports.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has worked across the aisle to end ethanol supports, in part to spur the production of biofuels with smaller environmental footprints. This year, to her undying credit, she joined with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., to sponsor the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015.

Matt Dempsey, a former staffer for Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., of climate skepticism fame, has watched the left and right come together against ethanol for a decade. Now in public relations for the pro-business Center for Regulatory Solutions, Dempsey has been busy alerting states about the high cost folks outside Iowa pay for ethanol. Ethanol gets fewer miles to the gallon than gasoline. Thus, his group estimates that since 2005, the renewable standard has cost Californians an extra $13 billion at the pump.

With such a political heavyweight as Feinstein leading the opposition, you would expect California Democrats to support an effort that helps families keep groceries on the table. It says something about the political heft of the ethanol lobby, however, that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi co-signed a letter with fellow Democrats that urged the Obama administration to “keep in mind the need to reduce carbon pollution” as the president heads to the United Nations climate conference in Paris. The Environmental Protection Agency must release three-year ethanol standards by the end of the month, and Pelosi supports “a robust renewable fuels rule.” Read: more ethanol.

Dempsey described the Pelosi letter as “a head-scratcher.” He said, “It really stands out as one of the more bizarre moments for Pelosi.” The only way it makes sense, Dempsey added, is if Pelosi wants to provide cover for the Obama administration to uphold a mandate that bites into everyone’s wallet but, it seems, does not decrease greenhouse gases. Pelosi has to know how bad Obama would look touting ethanol as a tool to combat climate change. To pull off that stunt, Obama should avoid the City of Light and instead head for Iowa.


Armed Crook Shot and Killed by Armed Victim

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This is from the Last Resistance.

Good Guys with a gun 1 bad guys with a gun 0.

One of the bad guys wins the Darwin Award.

You might find a great deal on Craigslist, but when you meet up with the seller, bring a gun with you. You never can be too careful when dealing with complete strangers.

This South Carolina couple probably won’t be doing any Craigslist shopping for a while after their meet-up with the seller turned deadly. The couple arrived to purchase a car, and the two “sellers,” one of whom was armed, pulled a gun on them and demanded all their money. The wife pulled out her own gun and shot the man, killing him. The other crook took off running. The married couple got back in their car, called 911 and met up with deputies at a gas station close by. WJBF reported:

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a suspect involved in a craigslist meetup gone awry.

Deputies responded to a 911 call on Willis Hill Road and Wire Road to find a 23-year-old Frank Frazier Junior dead at the scene.

Witnesses say they saw a black male with a grey hoodie fleeing from that same road just minutes before.

Aiken County Sheriff’s deputies are working to put together the puzzle pieces to a Craigslist meetup gone awry.

While investigators and blood hounds combed the crime scene on Willis Hill Road, deputies got a call from a couple who admitted to shooting Frank Frazier Junior, and they claim it was in self-defense.

Captain Eric Abdullah says the couple met up with the deceased and the suspect through Craigslist.

“It was determined that they were responding to a Craigslist ad referenced to a vehicle purchase, and they came here to purchase a vehicle where they met two suspects one of them being the deceased,” Abdullah explained.

At some point during the meeting the 2 black men pulled out weapons and demanded money from the couple.

It was then that the woman pulled out a gun and shot and killed Frazier.

Abdullah says the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this point.

He does want people to know how important it is to take proper safety precautions when meeting someone you met online.

“One of the safety things that you need to think about is where are you meeting this people at, you should try to do it in the most public area and ensure that you have a good crowd and someone knows where you’re going,” he continued.

Abdullah says The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office says people are allowed to meet in their parking lot when making an exchange.

Deputies are still searching for a black male wearing a grey hoodie if you have any information or see anything suspicious you’re encouraged to call the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, that number is 803-642-1762.

I think it goes without saying that if you want to meet someone on Craigslist to purchase something, the transaction should take place in as public a place as possible, and perhaps a police station parking lot. And even then, make sure you’re armed. If you’re in a gun-free state, meeting up with a complete stranger over something expensive like a car is too risky.
Read more at http://lastresistance.com/14959/armed-crook-shot-and-killed-by-armed-victim/#khrrZisHMI47r8iG.99

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