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Life’s Soundtrack – RPWL and Todd Snider!

Ok so yesterday we had a family gathering to celebrate Easter and Andrew's 31 birthday, which is today. Anyway about midway through the day, Andrew went upstairs and came down with three albums by RPWL which I mentioned in the other days post about Blind Ego! So on the way down to the job site at milepost 53.9 on the Garden State Parkway, I listened to a mix of RPWL and enjoyed their music. I'll write more after I've listened to the albums a few more times. On the way back, I had a mix of my entire library on...


Today in History – In 1870, Thomas Mundy Peterson becomes the first black man to vote in America!

So on March 31, 1870 .... Thomas Mundy Peterson (October 6, 1824 – February 4, 1904) of Perth Amboy, New Jersey was the first African-Americanto vote in an election under the just-enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution. His vote was cast on March 31, 1870. From Wikipedia Peterson also became the first black man to hold an elected office.  His father was Thomas Peterson. His mother's name was Lucy Green. The former came from free parents, but the latter's parents had been slaves in Gov. Newell's family; in Monmouth County. When Thomas was four years old, his father moved to Perth Amboy. On Feb....


American History Explorations with: The War Lovers and The Imperial Cruise!

So yesterday found me in Barnes and Noble with a gift card from either last Father's Day or my birthday  that sill had twelve dollars on it. So while I spent time looking at the new books, I knew that my purchases would probably come from the Bargain Books. I ended up with two history books that continue my explorations of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The two books are The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898 by Evan Thomas  and The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley. Of the two, The Imperial Cruise is to me...

History, Today in History

Today in History – 1883 – Jan Matzeliger Patents the shoe “lasting machine”

So this morning I read that on this date in 1885 - John Matzeliger of Suriname patented the shoe lacing machine. I thought that sounded interesting, especially since I had no idea what a shoe lacing machine did? Anyway, what I found when I googled the event was that in 1883 a young man named Jan Matzeliger, who was born in Suriname patented a "shoe lasting machine". Matzeliger was born in Suriname of a Dutch Father and a black native of Suriname. At an early age Matzeliger showed an aptitude for machines and by the age of 10 he was...

History, Politics

This Day in History – The Start of Operation Iraqi Freedom

A few reads regarding the Iraqi War, which started on this date ten years ago. From Bush announces the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom On this day in 2003, President George W. Bush addresses the nation via live television and announces that Operation Iraqi Freedom has begun. Bush authorized the mission to rid Iraq of tyrannical dictator Saddam Hussein and eliminate Hussein's ability to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Operation Iraqi Freedom illustrated the Bush administration's pledge to use unilateral, pre-emptive strikes if necessary against nations believed dangerous to American national security. Read More Is it better to...


Quick Watch Robert Reich – Raise the Minimum Wage!!

So According to Robert Reich: “Raising the minimum wage from the current rate of $7.25 an hour to $9 should be a no-brainer,” Robert Reich says. The labor secretary during the Clinton administration argues, among other points, that putting more money in the pockets of the country’s lowest earners is not only fair, it would also help boost the economy. “Fifteen million workers would get a pay raise, allowing them to buy more and thereby keeping others working,” Watch below as he explains it in a couple of minutes. Then go sign the petition!