Thursday, December 31, 2020

QUO VADIS, COUSIN SAM?

this page updated 13 July, A.U.C. 2771  [A.D. 2018]


Route 132, Candiac, Quebec, Canada
     The initial focus of this blog is the area of Eastern Washington encompassing the northern parts of the Big Bend Country and Northern Washington; and the people who have lived in the area; and particularly the ascendants and descendants of Thomas Brownfield Seaton (1843-1920),  Louis Joliet (1645-1700), Thomas-Jacques Taschereau (1680-1749), Maria Jane Beamish (1819-1889), Eleonore de Grandmaison (1620-1692), Andreas Peterson Longacre (1657-1718), and Col. George Eskridge (1660-1735), and many other direct ancestors; and James Alexander (1749-1835), Samuel C. Rinker (1844-1912), and Jasper Burton Norman (1892-1956), who are related, and many others to whom I am connected, and who explored and settled a continent and helped to build two great nations.  My extended family tree includes the Lee family of Virginia and all 44 presidents.  As this work progresses other parts of the United States and Canada will come into focus, including Cass County, Missouri; Pembina, North Dakota; Northern Virginia; and Quebec, to name a few.  I will also be following some lines of history back into Europe, including one line to 4th century Saxony.



      "People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." - Edmund Burke in Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1793.


      "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana in Reason in Common Sense, 1905.

      "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - Attributed to George Santayana (1863-1952)





      This post is set to remain at the top of the blog as a home page, with a general table of contents and other information.  (Quo Vadis means "where are you going.")



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BLOG TABLE OF CONTENTS


IN THE NEWS
Indexes for the years 1850 to 2010 have been constructed. Content will be added as I get to it.

      About this section

      shortcut to prefious half:  JANUARY — JUNE, 2018

      shortcut to current half:   JULY — DECEMBER, 2018


THIS DATE IN HISTORY
including fixed holy days, commemorations, birthdays, anniversaries, deaths, and other special occasions, as well as significant local, regional, national, and world events

Daily Quotations
From "Thought for today" postings on Facebook

Connections Index  [new section under construction]
How I'm Related or Connected to Famous People

PICTURE GALLERIES

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MANUSCRIPTS

FROM PIONEERS TO POWER
Having received permission, I have begun posting the book, FROM PIONEERS TO POWER, about the building of the Grand Coulee dam and the people who pioneered the area, including many members of my family.  TABLE OF CONTENTS

A HISTORY OF COULEE CITY, WASHINGTON
By Leslie Edwin Lillquist, WSU Dpt. of History, 1969
Permission received in a conversation a few months before his death.

ROSS FAMILY RECORD
This is the book that really got me into blogging.  This unpublished manuscript, prepared by Henry Ross Wiggs in 1971, tells of the descendants of J. William Ross (d. 1824), his son Drummond Ross (1816-1856), Drummond's wife Maria Jane Beamish (1824-1889), and her second husband, Achille-Antoine Fleury Taschereau (1836-1886).  Maria and Fleury were my great grandparents.  Index


BOOKS

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE BIG BEND COUNTRY
embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin counties, state of Washington
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1904; C. S. Blog edition
archive details:      Part 1 (pp. i - 520)      Part 2 (pp. 521 - 1024)

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF STEVENS, FERRY, OKANOGAN AND CHELAN COUNTIES,
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1904.
archive details

CONQUEST of the COEUR D'ALENES, SPOKANES & PALOUSES
The Expeditions of Colonels E. J. Steptoe and George Wright against the "Northern Indians" in 1858.  By Benjamin Franklin Manring; Inland Printing Company, Spokane, Wash. 1912.
archive details
Col. Edward Jenner Steptoe was my 3rd cousin 5x removed.

FROM SEA TO SEA (chapters 22-37)
In Vol. 16 of THE WRITINGS IN PROSE AND VERSE OF
RUDYARD KIPLING ©1899
NEW YORK.  CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS.  1906.
An account of Kipling's visit to America in 1889

HISTORY OF THE CITY OF SPOKANE AND SPOKANE COUNTRY, WASHINGTON
From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, By N. W. DURHAM
The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1912.
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II      VOLUME III

SPOKANE AND THE SPOKANE COUNTRY, PICTORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL
De Luxe Supplement.  The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1912.
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II

Illustrated history of Spokane County
Rev. Johathan Edwards, W. H. Lever, Publisher, 1900
archive details

Early Okanogan History
by William Compton Brown
archive details

History of Old Walla Wall County
embracing Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin Counties
W. D. Lyman, S. J. Clarke publishing co. 1918
archive details:     VOLUME I      VOLUME II

History of the Yakima Valley, Washington
comprising Yakima, Kittitas, and Benton Counties
W. D. Lyman, S. J. Clarke publishing co. 1919
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II

An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima, and Kittitas Counties
with an outline of the early history of the state of Washington
Interstate publishing co., Chicago, pub 1904
archive details      full text

An illustrated history of north Idaho
embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1903
archive details      full text


OTHER

COULEE CITY INDEX

BIG BEND TOWNS INDEX

BIG BEND CEMETERIES

ANCESTRY INDEX

OBITUARY INDEX
(family tree members):

FAMILY TREE RESEARCH INDEX

FAMILY SCRAPBOOK INDEX
Grand Coulee Dam, Coulee City, Military Service, Spokane

JUDITH BURDACK ARTICLES

THE LEES OF VIRGINIA

SCRAPBOOK MISCELANEOUS INDEX

INDIANS (NATIVE AMERICANS) INDEX

RAILROADS INDEX
Many of the settlers in the Big Bend area, including many members of my family tree, came from their previous homes in the Railroad Migration after the completion of those lines in the late 1880's and early 1890's.  These railroads were and continue to be essential to the region.

WASHINGTON FAMILY INDEX

COMING EVENTS
[not currently being  maintained]

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COUSIN SAM'S LIBRARY
On July 12, 2011, I opened this blog as a reference library for much of the source material related to research for my other blogs, as well as other material, such as collections of quotations, web links, Archive links, and such, so that I can keep the  focus of this blog on family and place.

COUSIN SAM'S FAITH
On July 13, 2011, I opened this blog on religion, politics, and opinion, which are matters of faith, with faith being understood as not merely believing, but what we believe and why.  These subjects are not well suited for inclusion in my other blogs, which are concerned with who, what, when, and where. This blog is about the fifth "w", why.

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CONTRIBUTIONS


     It takes a lot of time to research and transcribe the kind of information going into this blog. Donations using the PayPal Donate button at the top right are most welcome.  Donations in the form of checks made out to Samuel Taschereau will also be accepted at the snail mail address.

     If you have articles, stories, letters, or documentation that you think may be of interest to this blog, you may send it to me either by e-mail or snail mail.

e-mail: rfsamt@gmail.com

snail mail:  S. F. Taschereau
                 4822 N Nelson, Apt 5
                 Spokane, WA 99217

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Ancestry Research Web Sites & Links:     http://cousinsam.blogspot.com/2011/06/web-sites-links-ancestry-research.html  Including Open Library selections

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages. http://www.archive.org/index.php

state history publications:
http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications.aspx


University of Idaho Historic Photograph Collection List


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Saturday, December 28, 2019

THIS DATE IN HISTORY INDEX


JANUARY


01      02      03      04      05      06      07      08      09      10      11      12

13      14      15      16      17      18      19      20      21      22      23      24

25      26      27      28      29      30      31



FEBRUARY


01      02      03      04      05      06      07      08      09      10      11      12

13      14      15      16      17      18      19      20      21      22      23      24

25      26      27      28      29



MARCH


01      02      03      04      05      06      07      08      09      10      11      12

13      14      15      16      17      18      19      20      21      22      23      24

25      26      27      28      29      30      31



APRIL


01      02      03      04      05      06      07      08      09      10      11      12

13      14      15      16      17      18      19      20      21      22      23      24

25      26      27      28      29      30



MAY


01      02      03      04      05      06      07      08      09      10      11      12

13      14      15      16      17      18      19      20      21      22      23      24

25      26      27      28      29      30      31



JUNE


01      02      03      04      05      06      07      08      09      10      11      12

13      14      15      16      17      18      19      20      21      22      23      24

25      26      27      28      29      30



JULY


01      02      03      04      05      06      07      08      09      10      11      12

13      14      15      16      17      18      19      20      21      22      23      24

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AUGUST


01      02      03      04      05      06      07      08      09      10      11      12

13      14      15      16      17      18      19      20      21      22      23      24

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SEPTEMBER


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OCTOBER


01      02      03      04      05      06      07      08      09      10      11      12

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NOVEMBER


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DECEMBER


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sources:

This Day in History — History.com — What Happened Today in History

On This Day - NYTimes.com

This Day in History: October 24 — Infoplease.com
www.infoplease.com/dayinhistory

On-This-Day.com - The best source for daily historical events ...
www.on-this-day.com/

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History – Facts Of The ...
www.historynet.com/today-in-history

Gaston gazette


Friday, January 25, 2019

JULY — DECEMBER, 2018


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JULY


SUN 01      MON 02      TUE 03      WED 04      THU 05      FRI 06      SAT 07

SUN 08      MON 09      TUE 10      WED 11      THU 12      FRI 13      SAT 14

SUN 15      MON 16      TUE 17      WED 18      THU 19      FRI 20      SAT 21

SUN 22      MON 23      TUE 24      WED 25      THU 26      FRI 27      SAT 28

SUN 29      MON 30      TUE 31



AUGUST



                                                        WED 01      THU 02      FRI 03      SAT 04

SUN 05      MON 06      TUE 07      WED 08      THU 09      FRI 10      SAT 11

SUN 12      MON 13      TUE 14      WED 15      THU 16      FRI 17      SAT 18

SUN 19      MON 20      TUE 21      WED 22      THU 23      FRI 24      SAT 25

SUN 26      MON 27      TUE 28      WED 29      THU 30      FRI 31



SEPTEMBER


                                                                                                             SAT 01

SUN 02      MON 03      TUE 04      WED 05      THU 06      FRI 07      SAT 08

SUN 09      MON 10      TUE 11      WED 12      THU 13      FRI 14      SAT 15

SUN 16      MON 17      TUE 18      WED 19      THU 20      FRI 21      SAT 22

SUN 23      MON 24      TUE 25      WED 26      THU 27      FRI 28      SAT 29

SUN 30



OCTOBER


                  MON 01      TUE 02      WED 03      THU 04      FRI 05      SAT 06

SUN 07      MON 08      TUE 09      WED 10      THU 11      FRI 12      SAT 13

SUN 14      MON 15       TUE 16      WED 17      THU 18      FRI 19      SAT 20

SUN 21      MON 22      TUE 23      WED 24      THU 25      FRI 26      SAT 27

SUN 28      MON 29      TUE 30      WED 31



NOVEMBER


                                                                           THU 01      FRI 02      SAT 03

SUN 04      MON 05      TUE 06      WED 07      THU 08      FRI 09      SAT 10

SUN 11      MON 12      TUE 13      WED 14      THU 15      FRI 16      SAT 17

SUN 18      MON 19      TUE 20      WED 21      THU 22      FRI 23      SAT 24

SUN 25      MON 26      TUE 27      WED 28      THU 29      FRI 30



DECEMBER


                                                                                                              SAT 01

SUN 02      MON 03      TUE 04      WED 05      THU 06      FRI 07      SAT 08

SUN 09      MON 10      TUE 11      WED 12      THU 13      FRI 14      SAT 15

SUN 16      MON 17      TUE 18      WED 19      THU 20      FRI 21      SAT 22

SUN 23      MON 24      TUE 25      WED 26      THU 27      FRI 28      SAT 29

SUN 30      MON 31



Friday, July 20, 2018

In the news, Friday, July 6, 2018


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JUL 05      INDEX      JUL 07
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Information from some sites may not be reliable, or may not be vetted.
Some sources may require subscription.

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from Bloomberg
Media/News Company

Pruitt Was Told to Resign in Call From White House, Sources Say
Scott Pruitt resigned as EPA chief Thursday after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly delivered a message from the president that it was time for the scandal-plagued administrator to leave, according to two people familiar with the situation. Pruitt didn’t want to leave his post and was described as being devastated that he had to resign, said the people, who asked not to be named discussing a personnel matter.

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from Competitive Enterprise Institute
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS

Guidance on How to Curtail Time Federal Employees Spend Performing Union Business
In May, President Trump issued an executive order that instructed federal agencies to limit the amount of time federal employees spend performing union business instead of public duties. There is more that can be done. This union subsidy is called “official time.” Its true cost is unknown because of poor recordkeeping, but an estimate by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) found official time cost $175 million with federal employees spending 3.6 million hours conducting union activities. If the administration wants to achieve its stated goal to use tax dollars as effectively as possible, tackling official time should be high on its to-do list.

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from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

"Taxes Are the Price We Pay to Live in a Civilized Society" – or Are They?
A common sentiment among proponents of government and centralized authority is that “taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society.” In reality, however, the state’s hunger for tax revenue and control directly undermines well-intentioned humans’ efforts to be civil to each other.

In Belgium, Is Communism Making a Comeback?
Belgium's Communist party is gaining support in the polls despite being ideologically motivated by some of the worst criminals of the 20th century.

The Supreme Court Has Destroyed the Principle of the "Consent of the Governed"
Any power exercised by the federal government that is not among those delegated in the Constitution is power exercised without the consent of the governed.

Socialism is Not Built on Compassion. It's Built on Dehumanizing Others
How is it possible to insist that the next socialist regime will be different? When socialism inevitability fails, the ruling elites have to shift the attention of the population to a scapegoat. Someone or some group other than the political leadership needs to be blamed.

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from First Things

THE REAL MODERN ANTI-SEMITISM
In a June 18 dispatch, Eric Fournier, the French ambassador to Hungary, reported that the alleged anti-Semitism of Hungarian President Viktor Orban was “a fantasy of the foreign press.” He added that the allegation diverted attention from the “real modern anti-Semitism,” whose source is “Muslims in France and Germany.” The private memorandum was leaked by the left-wing website Mediapart and reported widely in the French press. Hungary’s “management of illegal immigration” might be a model for France, Fournier added.

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from National Review
RIGHT BIAS

When Patriotism Loses Its Universality
When nationalism-sold-as-patriotism becomes the primary rationale for any party in power, the toxic process of polarization and partisanship gets worse.

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from New York Daily News
Newspaper in New York

Pruitt torn to pieces over his resignation from the EPA
Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is an emotional wreck after being jettisoned by President Trump over a series of bizarre ethics scandals, according to a report. Despite the assertions of unwavering devotion to the President, Bloomberg News reported that Trump had grown weary of the negative press surrounding the cabinet member. The final straw was an investigation into allegations Pruitt’s public schedule were doctored to keep some of his meetings secret, a possible criminal violation of the Federal Records Act, the report said. More allegations were expected by the White House, according to the news service.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

Marc A. Thiessen: The left’s contempt may well reelect Trump
Axios reports that Democrats are targeting the “20% of Trump’s voters [who] told exit pollsters they didn’t like him” hoping these reluctant Trump voters will help power a “blue wave” in the 2018 midterms and defeat President Trump in 2020. One problem with that theory: The left’s nonstop, over-the-top attacks on Trump are not peeling those voters away from him; they are pushing them further into the president’s camp.

Karen Tumulty: ‘Abolish ICE’ is a trap for Democrats
“Abolish ICE” has become the new rallying cry of the left, which is trying to turn the fury Americans are feeling about the horrors at the Mexican border on the little-understood agency known as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But replace it with what? Democrats don’t have a clear answer for that, which is why they are heading into dangerous political territory. Demonizing a government agency is an old, tired strategy – one that rarely if ever has worked.

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from Task & Purpose
Media/News Company in New York, NY

No, President Trump Is Not Purging The Military Of Immigrants
On the immigrant enlistees washing out, the Associated Press got it wrong. The Department of Defense is strongly disputing a recent AP article that suggests the United States Army has begun purging its ranks of non-U.S. citizens as the Trump administration ramps up efforts to crack down on illegal immigration.

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from Yahoo News

AP Exclusive: Washington psychiatric hospital called 'hell'
Behind tall brick walls and secure windows, hundreds of patients at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and psychiatrists say they are navigating a system that punishes employees who speak out despite critical staffing shortages.

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In the news, Thursday, July 5, 2018


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JUL 04      INDEX      JUL 06
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Information from some sites may not be reliable, or may not be vetted.
Some sources may require subscription.

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from Conciliar Post

For some Christians, the church needs to become relevant again, because orthodoxy means staleness. While orthodoxy may have governed the way the Christian Church operated for a time, the challenges of the modern word call for a different approach. Fresh engagement, new ways of things, and an adoption of the language of the “other” are the expectations of this camp. Of course, for other Christians, the desire for relevance distorts the very thing trying to be made relevant. In short, relevance becomes a code word for theological liberalism or heresy. 

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from Fox News (& affiliates)

Germany willing to cut tariffs on US cars, lifting automakers’ shares
Germany’s chancellor said Thursday she’s willing to back lower tariffs on U.S. auto imports as a potential European Union (EU) concession to the Trump administration – just one day after CEOs of Germany’s biggest carmakers reportedly voiced support for eliminating such tariffs entirely.

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from The Guardian (UK)
LEFT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, daily newspaper

Charles I's 'message for the future' discovered in poetry book
“While I breathe, I hope.” This “cryptic message” discovered in a copy of The Faerie Queene reveals it to be one of the books Charles I read during his final imprisonment. The volume is just one of the treasures from the library at West Horsley Place that the television presenter Bamber Gascoigne is selling at auction to raise money to turn it into a cultural centre.

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from HumanProgress.org  Education Website

The Reports of the Death of Democracy Are Exaggerated
From a historical perspective, democracy is a relatively new phenomenon. For most of humanity’s recorded history, people have lived under some form of autocracy. Power was concentrated in the hands of one person, such as an absolute monarch, or a small group of people, such as oligarchs.

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from The New American Magazine
RIGHT BIAS: John Birch Society

Polish Official: “We Will Not Receive Even One Muslim” in Poland
A sea change is occurring in Europe — and the continent may never be the same again. Whereas just some years ago immigrationism would not be questioned, the ice is now beyond broken: European nations are increasingly rebelling against globalist, culture-rending European Union migration policies. The latest example is a Polish official who, responding to an attempt at politically correct shaming, unabashedly told a British television host, “We will not receive even one Muslim, because this is what we promised.... This is why our government was elected, this is why Poland is so safe, this is why we have not had even one terror attack.”

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

11 people, multiple pets, escape house fire near Gonzaga that’s under investigation as arson
An early-morning house fire in north Spokane that displaced 11 people is being investigated as arson. At about 3 a.m. Thursday morning, multiple crews with the Spokane Fire Department were called to 119 E. Sinto Ave. near Gonzaga University, where they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the second floor of single-family residence, firefighters said in a news release.

Spokane County’s population passes 500,000 mark following strong job growth
Spokane County’s population has passed the half-million mark, with an estimated 507,950 people living here, according to new state estimates. Over the past 12 months, the county’s population grew by 8,150 people. Hiring in the region and affordable housing costs were likely drivers, local economists say.

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In the news, Wednesday, July 4, 2018


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from Asia Times Online
News & Media Website

Reports of government directives that media paint a positive picture come after market takes a beating. One of the advantages Beijing has in a trade war with the US, some observers have noted, is control of the public narrative. China’s government controls the media, so they can help shore up support for standing firm and not giving in to demands seen as unreasonable. The US, on the other hand, has to cope with a bitterly divided electorate. Not to mention, on tariffs, the US president’s own party largely opposes him. The Democrats, though traditionally sympathetic to more protectionist trade measures, will take any opportunity to challenge Trump.



The agreement to placate the grand coalition’s conservative side leaves the chancellor even more vulnerable to attacks from the left. 

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from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

Words from the President Who Achieved Economic Excellence without Sacrificing Freedom
On July 4th, Americans celebrate our freedoms. Unfortunately, we all but ignore the only President born on Independence Day—Calvin Coolidge, who, though denigrated by historians, produced remarkable results without sacrificing them.

Can Americans Remember the Virtue of Independence (and the Corrosiveness of Dependence)?
If this 4th of July you reflect on the future of liberty, you will not be alone. Many Americans believe freedom is in decline. The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom confirms the decline. Their latest 2018 data places the United States as only the 18th freest country in the world.

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from LifeZette (& PoliZette)
Media/News Company in Washington, D. C.

If America Is So Bad, Why Do They Keeping Coming Here?
To listen to open-borders advocates, left-wing journalists and Democrats in Congress, the U.S. is a hellhole of misery and bigotry.

Anti-Catholic Bias Called Left’s ‘Last Acceptable Prejudice’ in SCOTUS Hysteria
The faith of potential nominee Amy Coney Barrett is center stage in liberals' outrage over chief executive's second Supreme Court pick.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

Growing wildfires in U.S. West keep thousands from homes
Large wildfires grew across the American West on Wednesday, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on fireworks to prevent new fires from igniting in the hot, dry region. The National Interagency Fire Center on Wednesday reported more than 60 large, active blazes across the country, most in the drought-stricken West where holiday festivities could lead to increased fire danger.

Shawn Vestal: On this July 4, let’s remember that civility isn’t always the right path
Two hundred and forty-two years ago, the men who founded the country did something supremely uncivil. It was insurrectionary. It was impolite. It was revolutionary. They reached a point where they could no longer take it, a point where the dictates of agreement and acquiescence were so clearly exceeded by more urgent priorities, that they told the king to go pound sand.

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from Sputnik
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, MIXED, Broadcasting & Media Production Company out of Moscow, Russia

'Obrador Channeled Deep Discontent of Public' With Mexican President - Analyst
Mexicans have elected leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as the country's new president. Lopez Obrador secured 53% of the vote, according to the latest count - the most in the history of Mexico’s democracy.

Ankara Issues Special Decree Transferring New Powers to President - Reports
According to Reuters, Turkey has issued a special decree transferring some new powers to the incumbent president, in line with the country's changes of the political system that were introduced earlier during last month's presidential and parliamentary elections. Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan will now have the powers to appoint vice presidents and parliamentary officials and influence the country's judicial system.

Riyadh Unlikely to Unilaterally Boost Oil Output on Trump’s Request - Analysts
Declining oil production in Venezuela and Libya may require the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase output by more than the recently agreed 1 million barrels per day (mb/d) to offset supply shortages.

Merkel-Seehofer Dispute Signals EU ‘Political Crisis’, Not Migration Problem
The tumultuous European Union summit on June 28 over the issue of how to address the question of migrants to Europe has sent ripples across the continent, with some saying Merkel had “broken the EU.” However, the crisis isn’t migration it’s political blocs forming in European politics, peace activist Reiner Braun told Radio Sputnik Tuesday. "The point is the new order of the party system in Germany, which is developing three new blocs like in other countries."

Google's Email Surveillance ‘Far Creepier Than Brave New World'
Though the Wall Street Journal's report on Google's practice of scanning emails is huge, it's just the tip of the iceberg, Dr. Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, told Sputnik Tuesday.

US Police Union Protests School Reading List Depicting Police Brutality
A South Carolina police union has lodged a protest about a high school’s summer reading list over the school’s inclusion of two novels that discuss the topic of police brutality. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) union said the award-winning “The Hate U Give” was an “almost indoctrination of distrust of police.”

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