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May 16 2016


New blog name. See you over there

June 11 2015

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OTDIH, March 18, 1766 Parliament repealed the Stamp Act and issued the Declaratory Act stating it had power to tax the colonies in any way it saw fit.This tea pot was produced in England and sold in the colonies to mark the end of the Stamp Act. There were many such items sold to celebrate the end of the Stamp Act, and most of them were made in England. This particular pot is in the collection of the Smithsonian who have this to say about the pot:

This teapot was made in England about 1766-1770, possibly by the Cockpit Hill Factory, Derby, England. Inscribed on one side of the teapot is “No Stamp Act” and on the other is “America, Liberty Restored,” both within flowerheads and stylized scrolling leaftips in black. The cover is painted with a matching border.
Teapots such as this were made for sale to the American market soon after the 1766 repeal of the hated Stamp Act, passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The Stamp Act required American colonists to pay a tax on all printed materials—from documents to playing cards. This was the first direct tax on the American colonies and provoked an immediate and violent response throughout the colonies.
The Stamp Act and ensuing Stamp Act Crisis were crucial to the shaping of the political landscape in the U.S. According to historian Gordon Wood, the colonists’ response to the Stamp Act emphasized “the suffrage itself as a basic prerequisite of representation—an emphasis that had momentous implications for the development of American political thought.” Wood argues that the Stamp Act Crisis justified the formation of “numerous associations and congresses” and led to an attempt to draw “a distinction between external and internal taxes in an effort to delimit the separate spheres of authority the colonies and Parliament had held during the eighteenth century.”
In addition, the “No Stamp Act” teapot documents the often conflicted relationships between trade, international politics, and global. Associations between England and the colonies were certainly strong, and many British citizens supported or at least sympathized with the colonists. But the fact that this teapot was made in England for the American market to celebrate the repeal of an official Act of the British government speaks volumes about the importance of trade with colonial America to British industry. The experiences of the British pottery industry, as documented by this teapot, illustrate the rapid changes occurring in the international economy of the 3rd quarter of the 18th-century.
Before this period, ceramics were imported to the American colonies from many countries—Holland, France, Germany, and China as well as from England. Around the time the “No Stamp Act” teapot was made, England’s potteries were industrializing rapidly, increasing production, lowering costs, and forcing out competition in the American market. But, production capacity quickly outgrew existing demand. The potteries responded in many ways, one of which was to appeal to the American market with decorations that directly contradict British political will.
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Revolutionary War era cartridges & cartridge box. An old newspaper was used to make the cartridges, and they’ve been coated with something in an attempt to waterproof them. 

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1938 Indian Arrow Streamliner

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A closeup of a B-17 Flying Fortress

Brave Men Flew Those Aircraft

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Lamborghini Raptor, 1996, by Zagato. A supercar concept with a mid-mounted V12 engine and a canopy cockpit system incorporating a removable roof panel allowing the car to be transformed into an open “barchetta” 

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Overcrowding in British Prisons.

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Volkswagen EA 97 prototype, 1960. Originally devised as a Beetle replacement, a pilot run of 200 cars were made before the project abandoned. In 1969 it provided the basis for the ‘Brasilia’ – the Brazilian VW subsidiary VW do Brasil produced the compact car until 1982


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June 10 2015

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Pete has landed in Oklahoma

Play fullscreen


Henry Rollins is/was one angry dude, but then again… Fuck it, you know his background. Rollins Band - Liar

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British WWI Recruitment Posters

The British had only a small professional army at the commencement of WWI. They did not utilize national service or conscription at that time. Their posters tended to be about “king and country” and also leaned towards shaming those who were not in uniform

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So this was taken just before sundown tonight. Still on flash flood warning and tornado watch. Oh Colorado. 

Rand Paul Leads Hillary by 3% in Swing-State Ohio; No Other Declared Republicans Lead Her



According to a new poll by Public Policy Polling (PPP), Rand Paul is the only Republican in the current field that beats Hillary Clinton in Ohio. 

  1. Rand Paul 44%, Hillary Clinton 41% (+3%)
  2. Marco Rubio 44%, Hillary Clinton 44% (tie)
  3. Ben Carson 43%, Hillary Clinton 44% (-1%)
  4. Ted Cruz 43%, Hillary Clinton 44% (-1%)
  5. Mike Huckabee 42%, Hillary Clinton 45% (-3%)

Among prospective candidates, home-state favorite John Kasich does the best in Ohio. He leads Hillary Clinton by 7%, while all other prospective candidates trail her.

  1. John Kasich 47%, Hillary Clinton 40% (+7%)
  2. Scott Walker 43%, Hillary Clinton 44% (-1%)
  3. Jeb Bush 43%, Hillary Clinton 45% (-2%)
  4. Chris Christie 41%, Hillary Clinton 44% (-3%)

This poll is great news for Rand Paul. Outside of John Kasich - the Governor of Ohio that is obviously popular in his home state - Rand Paul is the only Republican that beats Hillary Clinton in the critical swing state of Ohio. 

Jeb Bush? He loses to Hillary. Scott Walker? He loses. Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie - all losers. 

Rand Paul leads Hillary Clinton in critical swing states including Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado, and now Ohio.

Rand Paul is the only Republican that can beat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

*Please note that some official candidates were not polled by PPP in Ohio: Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and George Pataki.*

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