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Birth of a Nation is 100 Years Old

09 February 2015 - 11:53 PM

“The Birth of a Nation” remains the elephant in the room for film history classes, which can’t very well ignore its significance. Meanwhile, the groundswell in 1915 to censor, ban and protest the movie was, and still is, a deeply uncomfortable litmus test for many progressives who decry bigotry, but are also pro-free expression under any and all circumstances.

In this case, the side claiming First Amendment rights was a wealthy film company on behalf of a hate-mongering film — while the side demanding censorship was a powerless, historically victimized minority that had good reason to worry the film would inspire violence against it.

Indeed, the worst fears of William Monroe Trotter, the editor whose crusading Boston-based African-American paper, The Guardian, led the charge against the film, were realized. On Nov. 25, 1915, the Ku Klux Klan — until then nearly extinct — came roaring back to life at Stone Mountain, Ga., citing “The Birth of a Nation” as inspiration. By 1926, the new Klan claimed 5 million members. http://www.northjers...s-100-1.1266900

 


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The Birth of a Nation is three hours of racist propaganda — starting with the Civil War and ending with the Ku Klux Klan riding in to save the South from black rule during the Reconstruction era.

"[Griffith] portrayed the emancipated slaves as heathens, as unworthy of being free, as uncivilized, as primarily concerned with passing laws so they could marry white women and prey on them," Dick Lehr, author of The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War. http://www.npr.org/b...rth-of-a-nation

 

Surprise!  Surprise!  What do you know, the movie shattered box office records for its day!  Making millions in profit during a time when most movies made thousands.


What is Faster Than a Speeding Bullet, More Powerful Than a Locomotive...

07 February 2015 - 12:08 AM

The electromagnetic “rail gun” of course!

In development for years, the weapon would be able to fire a projectile at Mach 7, or seven times the speed of sound, hitting targets 110 miles away. (By comparison, a Hellfire missile travels a little over Mach 1.)

Instead of gunpowder as a propellant, it uses electromagnetic pulses, and the projectiles hit with such overwhelming force that they don’t need to be armed with explosives. The impact from traveling at such amazing speeds is enough, thank you very much. Lasers sizzle rather than go boom, as some have said. The rail gun definitely has one heck of a boom.

The gun made its debut at the Navy’s Future Force Science and Technology Expo at the Washington Convention Center this week.

One top Navy official recently likened the impact to “a freight train going through the wall at a hundred miles an hour.” The lack of gunpowder and explosive warheads eliminates some significant safety hazards for Navy crews, officials say.

Follow the link to see the video of this thing in action...
http://www.washingto...s-public-debut/

Critics pounce after Obama talks Crusades, slavery at prayer breakfast

06 February 2015 - 02:54 PM

Pretty much the same battle going on in the TB for the last few months over Muslims; between those who choose to live in a fantasy world of grammar school history lessons about cherry trees and Betsy Ross vs. realists that want the USA to take a hard look in the mirror so our nation can strive to do better in the future than it has in the past.
 

“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Some Republicans were outraged. “The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime,” said former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore ®. “He has offended every believing Christian in the United States. This goes further to the point that Mr. Obama does not believe in America or the values we all share.”

Obama’s remarks spoke to his unsparing, sometimes controversial, view of the United States — where triumphalism is often overshadowed by a harsh assessment of where Americans must try harder to live up to their own self-image. Only by admitting these shortcomings, he has argued, can we fix problems and move beyond them.

“We welcome the scrutiny of the world — because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems and make our union more perfect,” Obama said. “America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals and are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short.” http://www.msn.com/e...fast/ar-AA92xT8


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01 February 2015 - 06:38 PM

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The Devil's in the Details

23 January 2015 - 09:43 PM

Christian Mom Alarmed that School Bus Has Tail Lights form Pagan Pentagram



A Christian mom in Cordova, Tennessee is worried that occult influences are lurking in her town and showing their presence in the unlikeliest of places, the red tail lights of local school buses. Memphis’ Action News 5 reported Wednesday that Robyn Wilkins snapped a photo of the tail lights while she sat behind a bus in traffic. To her, the pattern of tiny light bulbs under each brake light’s red plastic lens looked like inverted five-pointed stars, which form the ancient symbol of the pentagram when enclosed by a circle.

“Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged,” the worried mother told Channel 5.

Pentagrams are a sacred symbol to various ancient faiths. Some Satanists and occultists have adopted it as their holy symbol, but other faiths use it as well.

Wilkins and other concerned parents have taken to social media to protest the brake lights, which they say constitute a sacred symbol emblazoned on a government vehicle.

“If you can’t put a cross on there, you cannot put a pentagram on it,” said Wilkins.
http://www.examiner....us-brake-lights