Monday, September 05, 2011
We also learned the suspects were NOT apprehended and are still at large.
Lighting Science Group teams up with Indian electronics manufacturer Dixon Technologies to unveil the world's first $15-or-less 60-watt equivalent LED bulb.
The founding father of Labor Day is tangled in a web of union figureheads and, well, spelling.
Other than those holding a PhD in American History, very few Americans know about the so-called Democratic-Republican Societies, a post-Revolutionary phenomenon that occurred during the 1790’s in most of the then United States. Until recently, it was the only significant movement in American History motivated mainly by opposition to the entire ruling political elite – although the Jacksonian ascendancy was somewhat similar in that regard.
Briefly summarized, when Independence was fully achieved, although there were opposing political doctrines – the Federalist and the “Republican” views, epitomized by Hamilton and Jefferson, respectively, that eventually became the basis of organized “parties” (a term initiated by James Madison) – most officials distrusted the purer forms of democracy and favored governance by the more educated and affluent citizens. At that time many members of Congress were elected by the state legislatures, which were very aristocratic and controlled by the wealthy and/or large landowners such as the “Virginia gentry,” composed of scions of the Randolph family (including Jefferson and Marshall) and other FFV’s. The first President, George Washington, was the choice of an “Electoral College” that at that time did not simply endorse the popular vote. Washington, despite his universal prestige and popularity, was viewed as an aristocrat and sometimes called “His Excellency.” His inaugural was called a “coronation” by many who feared an incipient monarchy despite his having no children.
During Washington’s first term there developed a widespread belief among those less well endowed, financially, especially those not so well connected but who were doing well as artisans and businessmen, that the political “aristocracy” was attempting to feather their nests at the expense of the body politic. That view was further inflamed by the internal “excise” taxes imposed on such things as whiskey, high tariffs, and the decision by Washington not to support the revolutionary government in France, the country that had been our ally during the American Revolution, against the British. Soon, ordinary citizens and even some leading ones – many of whom had been under arms against the British a few years earlier – were forming activist groups that included in their titles the words “Democratic” or “Republican,” which at the time shared the same general meaning and denoted opposition to the concentration of governmental power into the hands of a small elite.
In short, many citizens had been imbued with a desire to participate directly in the political power and refused to simply shift from being ruled by British monarchical fiat to a system controlled by an aristocracy, albeit elected. They felt it was imperative to promote a much broader system of democracy by means of concerted action. However, the activists did not create a formal political party, of which there were none at the time that the movement began and flourished. Historians have evidence of at least 50 different Societies that were widely dispersed throughout the nation as it existed at the time, but did communicate and share thoughts with one another.
When it existed, the grass roots Societies movement was loosely affiliated with the so-called Republican officials and leaders, most of whom were rural landowners, such as Jefferson, and urban artisans and small businessmen. The coalition of these rather diverse groups was fueled by the policy and programs of the so-called Federalist officials, nominally led by Hamilton, who dominated the administration of Presidents Washington and his successor, Adams, including taxation and other revenue sources to support spending by the federal government for such things as repayment of the remaining debt incurred by States (mostly Northern) to support the Revolutionary War.
One such tax resulted in the Whiskey Rebellion, which caused the government to assemble an army of about the same size as that which had won our freedom from British rule. The Federalists attributed that episode and active support for the French government to the Societies and those that befriended it, especially Jefferson. Those episodes and others, including vocal opposition to the Jay Treaty with Great Britain and reaction to the excesses of the French Revolution, resulted in withering and eventual disappearance of the Societies, but many of the members coalesced into the Democratic-Republican Party, which by 1800 eclipsed the Federalist Party when Jefferson became President.
It’s not a perfect analogy, given the much different circumstances, but the tenor of the times is such that the recent rise of a loosely organized “Tea Party” reflects the same opposition and reaction to the ruling political “elite” in our mainstream political parties that caused the formation and conduct of the Societies that arose somewhat more than 200 years ago. And, just as than, the dominant political coalition – the present day Democrat Party – is as terrified of the Tea Party as the Federalist “party” of the time was by the Societies, which it sought (unsuccessfully) to have censured by Congress but did manage to have criticized (as “certain self created societies”) by President Washington. Some feel that the public criticism of elected officials by the more outspoken members of the Societies was the catalyst for the Sedition Act of 1798, under which charges were brought against a leading member of the Societies, Benjamin Franklin Bache, whose newspaper had excoriated prominent Federalists, including Hamilton and other officials, including George Washington, for some years.
Just as then, one mainstream political party has become affiliated with and influenced by the popular movement in reaction and opposition to prevailing political ruling class and its conduct. We may be witnessing a historical repetition.
It remains to be seen whether the Tea Party will be more or less permanent – and influential – than the Democratic-Republican Societies of the 1790’s and whether it becomes subject to the same response by those politicians who fear its actions and goals.
There is meager scholarship about the Democratic-Republican Societies – the last comprehensive history was published about years ago. However, there is a good synopsis at www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-2536600826.html.
The best known and largest Society group was in Philadelphia, then the U. S. Capitol; begun in 1793 as “The Democratic Society of Pennsylvania,” its members included notables such as David Rittenhouse, Benjamin Rush and Benjamin Franklin Bache (grandson of Benjamin Franklin), who published the popular anti-Federalist “Aurora” newspaper. Another group, also begun that year in Philadelphia, the “German Republican Society” included the former (and future) Congressman, Peter Muhlenberg.
The attitude of the more aristocratic Federalist officials toward the Societies is reflected in the statement of one of its leading members, John Jay: “those who own the country ought to govern it.”
The Sedition Act of 1798 imposed a substantial fine and even imprisonment for statements that could be deemed as bringing the President or the Congress “into contempt or disrepute.” It was aimed at, among others, Benjamin Franklin Bache, who was charged under the Act but died of Yellow Fever before his trial began.
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We chose to head over to the Texas Road House on Friday night to try something a little different. We walked in and we were immediately seated, no wait at all. Our waitress had a fantastic sense of humor and made our dining experience better than we had experienced in quite some time.
I ordered the bone-in porterhouse steak cooked Pittsburgh style. If you've never ordered a steak that way, I strongly recommend it. However, you have to enjoy a steak more on the rare side. It was cooked to perfection. Our friends who joined us actually asked for something that wasn't on the menu and they had no problem whatsoever delivering another very enjoyable meal.
All in all it was a wonderful experience. One thing I enjoy most is an establishment that is clean and has a staff that is happy to be there. The prices were more reasonable than most others, yet I'd rate this one at the very top of the list. They have proven that you don't have to go to another high priced restaurant to experience quality food and a great atmosphere.
It may be a little bit of a drive from Delmar but one thing is for sure, we'll be back on a regular basis. It blows away Outback and you don't walk out of the place feeling like you're wearing grease on your clothes.
Postal Service on verge of going broke, shutting down
'If Congress doesn't act, we will default,' postmaster general says
The other investor is a partnership associated with the Walton family, which tends to lean Republican. And public filings suggest that Kaiser-linked funds had sunk at least $320 million into Solyndra before adding the secured financing; they’re taking a bath along with the rest of us. “If this was a sweetheart deal, it was the worst sweetheart deal ever,” one official quipped.
LOS ANGELES - Uncle Sam wants you to know more about what you're eating.
The Food and Drug Administration wants to revise the nutrition facts label — that breakdown fats, salts, sugars and nutrients on packaging — to give consumers more useful information and help fight the national obesity epidemic.
A proposal is in the works to change several parts of the label, including more accurate serving sizes, a greater emphasis on calories and a diminished role in the daily percent values for substances like fat, sodium and carbohydrates.
It's the latest attempt to improve the way Americans view food and make choices about what they eat, and comes in the wake of major advances in nutrition regulations by the Obama administration.
These are the dog days of summer, and in this hot, sweltering weather most Americans are busy working. (I know, I know, not you folks in the Hamptons.) Meanwhile, most Europeans are busy vacationing. Thus it has ever been - only it's getting worse.
Nowadays the average European gets about three times as many days of paid vacation as his counterpart in America. Italy has the most vacation days, with the average worker there getting 42 paid days off, according to the World Tourism Organization. Next was France with 37 days, Germany with 35, Brazil at 34, the United Kingdom at 28, Canada with 26 and Korea and Japan both with 25. The United States was near the bottom of the list with the average worker getting 13 days off.
Why do we do this to ourselves?
Five GOP Presidential Candidates Have Proposed Eliminating Capital Gains Tax, A $1 Trillion Giveaway To The Rich
But Huntsman is far from alone in the GOP primary in proposing full elimination of the capital gains tax. In fact, five GOP presidential candidates have proposed the very same thing:
At least five Republican presidential candidates support eliminating taxes on capital gains, proposing even deeper cuts than former President George W. Bush endorsed and standing in contrast to advocates of higher investment tax rates such as Warren Buffett.
According to published reports or their websites, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former pizza executive Herman Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have said they back getting rid of the capital gains tax, which now has a top rate of 15 percent for most assets held for more than a year.
Catholic writer broke the news that Baltimore's archbishop was leaving for RomeA 28-year-old guy living in his parents' basement in South Philadelphia just might be one of the foremost experts on the Archdiocese of Baltimore, if not the whole American Catholic Church.
Rocco Palmo facetiously calls himself "The Church Whisperer," and over the past six years, his blog has become a must-read for ecclesiastical insiders. After starting with just three readers a few days before Christmas in 2004, Palmo has built up a audience of roughly 500,000 unique visitors each month. When he attends church conferences, he's treated like a rock star. Archbishops line up to shake his hand.
Rep. Michele Bachmann indicated Sunday she's taking a slow-and-steady approach to the Republican primary race, dismissing the suggestion that Rick Perry's entrance has overshadowed the buzz around her candidacy.
"This is a marathon, not a sprint," Bachmann, R-Minn., told Fox News. "And I'm very confident that we're doing all the right things to be the Republican nominee."
After jumping into the race in June, Bachmann surged into second place behind Mitt Romney in several national polls. But she's been knocked back a couple notches by Perry's entrance and speculation surrounding other possible candidates.
SYDNEY -- A shark bit the legs off a bodyboarder at a popular surfing spot in western Australia on Sunday, killing the man, police said. Authorities were searching for the shark as well as the man's missing limbs.
The man in his early 20s was bodyboarding with five friends when the shark attacked, a police spokesman said.
He died at the scene in the surfing haven known as The Farm, off Bunker Bay near the western town of Dunsborough. The beach was closed after the attack.
About 30 surfers were in the water when the shark attacked, according to a beachside cafe employee, Deb Pickett, who called police and an ambulance after hearing the disturbance.
Sept. 4 is the fifth anniversary of the death of Steve Irwin, the Australian wildlife presenter fatally speared by a stingray's barb while filming on the Great Barrier Reef. His death was a shock, but its manner surprised nobody. There was no dangerous animal Irwin wouldn't provoke and manhandle for TV.
Five years on, the pet-and-pester approach he pioneered has become the standard way for nature programs to produce cheap dramatic footage — reality TV with claws. Turn on any channel and you'll see Irwin lookalikes hassling animals. They declaim their love of nature, while unwittingly recording our dysfunctional relationship with it, teaching our children to both fear and subjugate creatures already pushed to the brink of extinction.