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The Political Playground

July 21st, 2010

On July 14th the NAACP passed a resolution condemning the racist elements with in the Tea Party movement. Needless to say that didn?t go over well with the Tea Party or the conservative movement in general.

Now, I’ll be honest, I haven?t read the text of the resolution, but I find it hard to believe that the NAACP was actually condemning the entire Tea Party Movement, and was instead just targeting the racist fringe elements, elements that tend to exist within all most any political movement. Elements that most Tea Party leaders themselves have been trying to remove.

So, on the 19th, Andrew Brietbart dug up some video clips from an NAACP awards dinner in March where Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development gave a speech, edited them to remove any context, and posted them on his site Big Government in an attempt to prove a point. Using editied video to undermine your political opponents has exploded thanks to the advent of the YouTube era.


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History

Hiroshima – August 6th 1945

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65 years ago from today, America became the first and only nation to use a nuclear weapon in war against the Empire of Japan. The Enola Gay dropped the ?Little Boy? bomb directly killing an estimated 80,000 people. By the end of the 1945 deaths from burns and radiation sickness brought the death toll to an estimated 90 ? 140,000 people. Approximately 67% of the cities buildings were completely destroyed. It was only the second nuclear explosion on Earth. While only 2 bombs have ever been detonated against actual targets in war, in the time since (up till 1998), 7 nations have set off an additional 2051 bombs

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Today in History – July 24th

Events

1148 ? Louis VII of France lays siege to Damascus during the Second Crusade.

1567 ? Mary Queen of Scots is deposed and replaced by her 1 year old son James VI.

1814 ? War of 1812: General Phineas Riall advances toward the Niagara River to halt Jacob Brown‘s American invaders.

1823 ? Slavery is abolished in Chile.

1864 ? American Civil War: Battle of Kernstown ? Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early defeats Union troops led by General George Crook in an effort to keep them out of the Shenandoah Valley.

1866 ? Reconstruction: Tennessee becomes the first U.S. State to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.

1911 ? Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas".

1943 ? World War II: Operation Gomorrah begins: British and Canadian airplanes bomb Hamburg by night, those of the Americans by day. By the end of the operation in November, 9,000 tons of explosives will have killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed 280,000 buildings.

1948 ? Looney Tunes character Marvin the Martian makes his first appearance in the cartoon Haredevil Hare.

1969 ? Apollo program: Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

1977 ? End of a four day long Libyan-Egyptian War.

2002 ? James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.

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