11 Weird and Wacky Geography Facts

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This is from Mental Floss.



The world is a big, mysterious place, where sometimes facts defy logic. Here are some mind-bending geography facts that might surprise you.


Africa is the only continent that is in all four hemispheres: north, south, west, and east. It’s therefore also the only continent to have land on the prime meridian and the equator.


Alaska is the westernmost and northernmost state in the United States, which makes a lot of sense when you look at a map. But more surprisingly, the state manages to be the easternmost state as well. Parts of Alaska are so far west that the state actually stretches into the eastern hemisphere. Longitude lines converge at the top and bottom of the globe, so Pochoni Point, Alaska, has the easternmost longitude of any point in the country.


Lesotho, San Marino, and Vatican City are the only countries to be surrounded by just one other country. Lesotho is landlocked within South Africa while San Marino and Vatican City are surrounded by Italy.


Even when looking at a map, this fact is hard to wrap your head around. Despite being in Nevada (and nearly 300 miles from the ocean), Reno is roughly 86 miles farther west than the coastal city Los Angeles.


Estcourt Station, Maine, is the northernmost community of New England. Despite being the highest town in the contiguous United States east of the Great Lakes (and therefore associated with frigid winters), it’s surprisingly farther south than other cities across the Atlantic. London, for example, is nearly 300 miles north of the small Maine community, and Estcourt Station is also farther south than Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels.


Canada is the second largest country in the world, so it may not come as a surprise that it has a lot of lakes. But it might shock you that the country has more than half of all the natural lakes in the world. An impressive nine percent of the country is covered in fresh water.


If the entire world were as densely populated as New York City, the whole population would only cover 250,404 square miles. That means the entire world could fit into the state of Texas. For comparison, if the world had the same population density as Houston, Texas, it would cover 1,769,085 square miles. Even then, being able to hypothetically fit over 7 billion people in an area smaller than half the United States is pretty impressive.


Being its own continent and completely surrounded by water, you’d think Australia would easily have the honor of being the country with the longest coastline. However, that title goes to Canada. Canada has 152,100 miles of coastline, compared to Australia’s measly 16,000 miles. In fact, Australia ranks seventh on the list of the world’s longest coastlines, coming in behind Indonesia, Greenland, Russia, Philippines, and Japan.


Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth, so it would stand to reason that the top of the mountain would be the highest point on Earth (and therefore closest to space). But when you remember that Earth is slightly oval-shaped, things get interesting. Our planet is slightly inflated around the equator, meaning countries like Ecuador and Kenya have a bit of an edge. With this added elevation, the top of Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo (which is only 20,564 feet tall) is closest to the stars.


At 14 million square kilometers (about 5,400,000 square miles), the ice sheet in Antarctica is the largest solid ice mass on the planet. The enormous frozen structure contains about 90 percent of all the fresh water on Earth.


Russia might be the biggest country in the world, but China borders the most other countries. The 14 countries bordering China are: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Nepal.

Armed with this new knowledge, you just may be smart enough to take on the pint-sized geniuses featured on Child Genius: Battle of the Brightest (but probably not…). See where you stack up by tuning in to the premiere of Child Genius: Battle of the Brightest on Thursday, January 7th at 8/7c on Lifetime.


Indian Reservations and the Rotten Fruit of Liberalism

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This is from Godfather Politics.

If you want to see the failure of liberalism go to almost Indian Reservation.

What you see is rampant unemployment and rampant alcoholism.


Harry Reid has called Native Americans in Nevada, “my Nevada Indians.” This one statement oozes long-held paternalistic sentiments about Native Americans. Most Democrats hold similar opinions about blacks: “our African Americans.”

Over lunch I always have some reading material. One particular day I was reading an article written by Michael McVicar titled “‘First Owyhee and Then the World’: The Early Ministry of R. J. Rushdoony” that was published in the November/December 2008 issue of Faith for All of Life, a publication of the Chalcedon Foundation. As the title indicates, it’s about the early life of Rushdoony’s ministry work.


In an April 15, 2011 Washington Times editorial titled “Obama’s Third World America,” this statement caught my attention: “On a campaign fundraising trip to Chicago, Mr. Obama quipped that under the proposed Republican budget plan, ‘we would be a nation of potholes, and our airports would be worse than places that we thought — that we used to call the Third World, but who are now investing in infrastructure.’ He failed to elaborate on which developing countries he thinks should be models for the United States, but his policies have secured America’s status as part of the declining world.” Do you want to see a microcosm of what Government intervention has done to a nation, then pay close attention to the words of Mr. Rushdoony.

Rushdoony served for eight and a half years as a missionary to the Shoshone and Paiute Indians on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in a remote area of Nevada beginning in 1944. It was his time on the reservation where he deduced correctly that the state “is the giver of all things, the source power, of land, and (having built a reservoir for irrigation here) even of water. . . . The government hospital delivers the children, and the government army taketh them away, and blessed is the name of the government each Memorial Day and Fourth of July.”

The government’s “management” of the Indians ruined their lives. Rushdoony told about the impact of this process in a prescient article published in 1954 in Essays on Liberty, a publication of the Foundation for Economic Education. As you read it below, note how Rushdoony’s reservation experience has broadened in scope to include a majority of Americans who are now on a much larger reservation. — Gary DeMar


The reservation Indian is becoming less self-sufficient and more dependent upon what he calls “the Great White Father in Washington.” Instead of freedom, the Indian has government-guaranteed “security.” Instead of individual responsibility, he has a government bureau to handle his personal affairs. There are special laws governing his right to own land and to spend tribal money. Under that system of bondage it would surprise no one to find that many thousands of Indians have remained uneducated, hungry, diseased, and mismanaged.

—FROM Wards of the Government

As a missionary to the Indians, I find your warnings underscored by my daily experience. One of the surest consequences of a government of “welfare” and “security” is the rapid decline and death of responsibility and character.

Whatever the pre-reservation Indian was—and his faults were real—he was able to take care of himself and had a character becoming to his culture and religion. He was a responsible person. Today he is far from that. The wretched security he has had, beginning with the food and clothing dole of early years, designed to enforce the reservation system and destroy Indian resistance, has sapped him of character. The average Indian knows that he can gamble and drink away his earnings and still be sure that his house and land will remain his own; and; with his hunting rights, he can always eke out some kind of resistance.

Government men too often hamper and impede the man with initiative and character. This is because their program inevitably must be formulated in terms of the lowest common denominator, the weakest Indian. In addition, the provisions of the government for the “welfare” and “security” of the Indians remove the consequences from their sinning and irresponsibility. The result is a license to irresponsibility, which all the touted government projects cannot counteract.

And I believe the results would be no better for the best hundred or thousand persons selected from any society, after a generation or so of the same kind of “welfare” and “security” government.

There are many men in the Indian Service who are sincerely and earnestly trying to improve the Indian’s welfare. They are, however, faced with this constant dilemma: All their zealous and patient efforts to help the Indian simply tend to become another crutch that the Indian depends on. Those Indians who have become progressive and independent apparently have done so because of personal and religious factors totally unrelated to the government program.

Harry Reid Issues Bizarre Threat About Hobby Lobby, Then Makes Absurd Gaffe About How US Gov’t Works


This is from Independent Journal Review.

Why do the people of Nevada keep reelecting the senile old man?

Dingy Harry is an embarrassment to himself and  the state of Nevada.



Rattling off a laundry list of legislation the Senate needs to tackle, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made it clear that he is dismayed by the Supreme Court’s ruling that Hobby Lobby has the right to opt out of government-mandated reproductive services on religious freedom grounds.

In classic Harry Reid fashion, it appears that the Senate Majority leader is unaware that there are three separate branches of government, and might be a bit confused about what the Supreme Court does.

We have so much to address over the coming weeks, Mr. President. Sportsmen’s bill denied, the highway bill, emergency supplemental, manufacturing legislation… we going to do something about the Hobby Lobby legislation, we need to correct.

Hobby Lobby… legislation? Senator Reid, I don’t think you know how this works. The Senate cannot undo a decision made by the Supreme Court, unless it wants to act outside of the Constitution. Not a problem for some in the Democratic Party, but there you have it.

Here’s a refresher course, Mr. Reid, in case you need some brushing up on high school civics.


Obama Stumps for Gun Control While Stockman Bills Would Repeal ‘Gun Free Zones’

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This is from AmmoLand.

Obama was to win the fight with gun owners.

But we will not lay down and let Obama win.

There is a link to the bill by Rep.Steve Stockman(R-Tx) to

eliminate gun free zones.

Stockman bills would repeal “gun free zones”

Gun Owners of America

Gun Owners of America

Washington, DC –-( President Barack Hussein Obama is picking a fight with gun owners once again.

As reported by The Blaze on Tuesday: One day after a deadly middle school shooting in Nevada, President Barack Obama “remains committed” to pushing for stricter gun control laws and will “keep at it,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

This was the second conspicuous shooting in two months — although the shooting this week did not garner nearly the amount of press that the Navy Yard shooting did in September.

Regardless, the Nevada incident was truly tragic — especially given the fact that Congress has done nothing to let teachers come to the defense of students. The Blaze reports:

Police say a 12-year-old boy at Sparks Middle School near Reno, Nev., shot and injured two classmates and killed math teacher Mike Landsberry, a former Marine who served in Afghanistan and who had been trying to talk the shooter out of harming others. The 12-year-old boy also killed himself.

Okay, what’s wrong with this picture? Can you spot all the ridiculous scenarios that are presented in just that one sentence alone?

This story raises several serious questions:

  1. * Why is a former Marine like teacher Mike Landsberry “trying to talk” the shooter out harming others? Why can’t he have a gun?
  2. * Why shouldn’t a Marine, who has been trained in weaponry, be able to protect himself and his students? Why can’t he have a gun?
  3. * Moreover, why does Congress continue to ignore the 80% of police officers who favor “arming teachers and/or school administrators” who volunteer to carry at their schools? Why wasn’t Landsberry allowed to be armed?
  4. * Finally, why isn’t Nevada following the example of its neighbors — in Utah and Idaho — which are arming teachers at schools?

While several schools in Idaho are now in the process of implementing this policy, Utah has been doing this for several years.

Thankfully, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) has an answer to this insanity — the kind of craziness that keeps our teachers unprotected at schools, or for that matter, that keeps our servicemen unprotected when they are at work.

That’s why Rep. Stockman has introduced:

  1. * HR 35, which would repeal the gun ban that keeps teachers and school administrators defenseless. The bill would thus protect heroes like Assistant Principal Joel Myrick who have actually used a gun to stop a school shooter.
  2. * And HR 3199, which would repeal the ban that keeps servicemen defenseless on military bases.

With ObamaCare “glitches” giving the President headaches, don’t be surprised if he tries to shift the debate at some point after the next shooting.

It’s time to start pushing back — proactively!

ACTION: Click here to urge your Representatives to cosponsor HR 35 and HR 3199. Let them know you don’t want to ban guns; you want to ban gun free zones!

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About:Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. `The only no comprise gun lobby in Washington’ – Ron Paul to Join.

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Reid raises sequester debate after deadly military training accident

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This is from Fox News Politics.

Dingy Harry Reid is a low life gutter snipe.

Dingy Harry is lower than whale droppings on the ocean floor.

Barack Obama is even lower than Dingy Harry.


Just hours after an explosion killed seven Marines in his home state, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid used the fatal training accident as an opportunity to talk about the potential impact of the sequester on military readiness.

The Senate Democratic leader initially took to the floor Tuesday to mourn the deaths of the seven Marines, killed during a training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada.

“My thoughts are with those who are injured and of course the families of those who lost loved ones,” Reid said.

But then, after explaining that the Marines were at the depot for training, Reid went on to use the tragedy as a segue to talk about the importance of canceling the automatic budget cuts known as sequester.

“It’s just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can’t train and do the maintenance necessary,” Reid said. “These men and women, our Marines, were training there in Hawthorne and with the sequester it’s going to cut this stuff back, and I just hope everyone understands sacrifices made by our military, they are significant.”

While using the activities at the Nevada facility as an example of critical training that would be cut, Reid did not appear to directly link the budget cuts to the deaths.

Still, some took offense at his comments.

“I don’t know how anyone could link this accident to budget cuts. Budget cuts would never cause Marines to operate in unsafe conditions,” one Marine official told Fox News.

Reid urged Congress to pass a bill allowing the military flexibility to move around money and spare certain parts of the budget. His office later sought to clarify his reference to the deadly explosion.

“In the wake of the Hawthorne tragedy, Senator Reid’s thoughts are with the Marines who were killed or injured and their loved ones,” spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said. “The idea that Senator Reid thinks the Hawthorne tragedy has anything to do with the sequester is absurd and unsubstantiated by his remarks on the topic. Marines would not be forced to operate under unsafe conditions due to budget cuts.”

A senior Pentagon official adds: “Reid didn’t directly tie sequestration and the tragedy at Hawthorne. He made a general point about how training and readiness will suffer if sequestration isn’t lifted.”

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation by the Marines. But military officials confirm that a 60-millimeter mortar round exploded prematurely inside its tube at about 10 p.m. local time Monday. This was a nighttime live fire exercise carried out at an Army ammunition depot.

Seven Marines from North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune from the 2nd Marine Division were killed — three of them immediately.

The others died while waiting to be transported to nearby hospitals. Some of the wounded were taken to Reno.

The Hawthorne Army Depot has been used since 1930. It is 230 square miles and has nearly 3,000 buildings.

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Californians flee for better-run states, study finds

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This is from Fox News.

The Republic of Kalifornia is over taxing its residents.

The people are voting with their feet and leaving.

it will not be long all that is left are moochers and illegals.

Oh yes and the leftist HollyWeird loons.



Californians are fleeing in droves to live in better-managed states, according to a conservative research group.

The long-running exodus from the cash-strapped Golden State is an old story, but a new study by The Manhattan Institute finds that the biggest beneficiaries of the population drain are Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Georgia and South Carolina. Lower cost of living, less government debt and a more business-friendly culture are the main drivers, according to the study.

“States that have gained the most at California’s expense are rated as having better business climates,” the study concluded. “The data suggest that many cost drivers —taxes, regulations, the high price of housing and commercial real estate, costly electricity, union power, and high labor costs — are prompting businesses to locate outside California, thus helping to drive the exodus.”

Census data shows that more Americans have left California since 2005 than have come to live in it. The finding is a sharp contrast to earlier decades — 4.2 million Americans moved to California from other states between 1960 and 1990.

The report found that since 1990, the state has lost nearly 3.4 million residents through migration to other states, like Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Georgia and South Carolina. The average number of residents leaving the state each year over the last decade is 225,000, the report found.

People Jumping from World Trade Center (Warning: Graphic) RIP Never forget

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This video is very graphic.

You see people jumping to their deaths.

They were jumping to keep from burning to death.

3,000 Americans died due to the attack by murdering animals.

The murders were followers of the pedophile Mohammed.


Harry Reid not releasing his own tax returns

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This is from The Politico.

Dingy Harry Reid that Mitt Romney needs to release his tax returns.

Well it is time to Dingy Harry Reid to do the same.

Lets use Dingy Harry Reids’s own words from 1974 about taxes.

Reid said “Any man or woman who will not completely candid,

about his or her finances does not deserve to be in public office.”

How about it Dingy will you be completely candid?

LAS VEGAS — Senate Majority Harry Reid again deflected questions Monday about releasing his tax returns, even as he continued to pound the demand for Mitt Romney to make more of his own public.

Instead, Reid pointed to the financial disclosure forms he files as a member of Congress, which provide different information.

“I’m a member of Congress now, I don’t make too much money,” said Reid, whose net worth was estimated at $10 million in 2010. “But it’s all listed every year.”

(Also on POLITICO: Reid’s chief denounces ‘cowards’)

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson told POLITICO last week that the majority leader will not release his tax returns, writing: “He’s not running for president. … He has of course released more than 30 years of detailed [personal finance disclosures]. There is exponentially more information available to the public about Senator Reid’s financial life than there is about Mitt Romney’s.”

Conservatives have begun accusing Reid of hypocrisy for his attacks on Romney. And the Las Vegas Review-Journal — in a somewhat different context — on Monday resurrected a 1974 statement in which Reid said: “Any man or woman who will not be completely candid about his or her finances does not deserve to be in public office.”

Asked about that statement at a news conference Monday in Nevada, Reid responded: “In 1974 I wasn’t in Congress.

“All you have to do is go look,” he added. “I file every year, every stock trade, every piece of land I buy, all the money I have, it has the value of my homes, it’s got it all there.”


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