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November 20, 2017

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RNC Guns

RNC Applauds Security Longer Than They Remained Silent for Deaths

The delegates at the Republican National Convention applauded for the security – ironically, perhaps the only men allowed to be carrying guns during the convention – for much longer than Reince Priebus’s declared “moment of silence” for the slain officers. So, a very quick, brief moment of silence is given to officers who were slain by deadly weapons. Then the men keeping the delegates at the convention safe, perhaps (almost certainly) carrying deadly weapons receive a long, loud round of applause.

Church and State

The RNC Has A Religious Message For You

It’s embarrassing to see just how narrow the Republican establishment is making this convention. To narrowly “pray” for officer deaths and not bring up the mass shootings and diverse racial problems in America is already narrow-minded. To narrow down the nation through religious guidance, you’ve labeled your party as “The Party of The Religious”. That’s not how you make America “Great Again”. That’s how you further divide up the people of your nation. You’ve established yourself as nearing theocracy; from Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee to the inclusion of religion in a political party resorting in so-called secular nation.

Blue Lives Matter

Moment of Silence for Officers, NOT Victims of Mass Shootings

The GOP Convention is starting the way anyone could assume it would have, with chairman Reince Priebus asking for a “brief moment of silence” for specifically the “officers slain” in previous days – specifically citing Baton Rouge and Dallas. The convention basically starts with a leading Republican figure shouting out #BlueLivesMatter! How the hell are independents and Democrats supposed to hear this? It truly shows that the Republican Party is backing away from their previous stance of “All Lives Matter”, which is completely and utterly flawed in argument concepts to begin with, to enforce authoritative ideologies.

Colbert Flickerman

Stephen Colbert Hijacks RNC Stage

While interns and technicians were making preparations for this week’s Republican National Convention last night, Stephen Colbert hijacked the stage to poke fun at conservative chaos. The comedian turned Late Show host walked onto stage dressed as Caesar Flickerman, the eccentrically dressed host from “The Hunger Games” franchise on Sunday night. Colbert grabbed the microphone and announced that Donald Trump had “formed an alliance with Indiana Governor Mike Pence” before pretending to fall asleep. “Sorry,” he wakes up, “I blacked out there for a moment.”

The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders of 1977

Camp Scott was once an innocent retreat for Girl Scouts resting within over four hundred wooded acres in Locust Grove that could accommodate 140 campers and 30 staff members. Now, it remains abandoned. Forgotten and falling apart, Camp Scott remains the perfect example of something good gone horribly wrong.

Disaster Protection Handbook

The Disaster Protection Handbook for School Administrators

It’s 1959, and the world is on the brink of destruction. But thanks to this handy dandy little guide, you – as the administrator of [INSERT EDUCATIONAL FACILITY] – can make sure the next generation can survive anything. No school in America can be certain that it is entirely safe from total and utter annihilation through threat of attack. From small nuclear bombs to bacteriological warfare, it’s important that you, as an administrator, have a detailed plan from start to finish memorized like the back of your hand. After all, where would these great United States be without the next generation of educated minds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics?

Catherine the Great: Part 4 – A Husband’s Reign

Catherine has found herself in a rather delicate situation. Her third child, fathered by her newest lover Grigory Orlov, had just very recently been born; her dunce of a husband Peter III had just taken over the country; and everyone around her was waiting for some sort of coup to occur. France and Austria weren’t too pleased to hear that Peter III had been able to take over the throne of Russia. The Prussian boy who had always been obsessed with military drab had obvious sympathies for Frederick the Great – the land-grabbing military madman who was pushing through central Europe.

Catherine, birth

Catherine the Great: Part 3 – A Rising Woman

Most people assumed that, since Catherine had done her job of producing a “legitimate” heir, she wouldn’t really be seen with Peter, her horrendous husband, anymore. Imagine the surprise people had when she entered Peter’s birthday ball in a superb, diamond-encrusted blue dress in an extravagant entrance! The mother of the heir was more than just the mother of the heir after that; she became a social figure…and with due time she was able to transform herself from something other than her previous personality.

Catherine and Peter

Catherine the Great: Part 2 – A Dysfunctional Marriage

After a wedding ceremony that lasted four hours and receiving a ring worth more than the average village this side of the Don River, Catherine and Peter were an item – a dysfunctional royal one. The obsession so many young girls have with becoming a princess and being whisked away to a powerful kingdom to have a happily ever after with some Prince Charming is…fantasy at that. Catherine’s marriage was Peter was objectionable at best.

Catherine, birthname Sophie

Catherine the Great: Part 1 – A Girl Named Sophie

Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg was born in the small city of Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia. Depending on the calendar system you use, we’re talking about either April 21st or May 2nd of 1729. Stettin, once part of the Kingdom of Prussia, is now renamed and within jurisdiction of modern-day Poland. In fact, it’s now the capital city of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship, serving as a major seaport for Poland by the Baltic Sea.

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