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“People can judge me for what I’ve done. And I think when somebody’s out in the public eye, that’s what they do. So I’m fully comfortable with who I am, what I stand for, and what I’ve always stood for.”

Debbie Allen and her sister, Phylicia Rashad arrive for the formal Artist’s Dinner honoring the recipients of the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors hosted by United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry at the U.S. Department of State on December 3, 2016 in Washington, D.C

pop quiz: ExxonMobil is to global climate change denial as ...

you guessed it: Phillip Morris (Altria) is to cigarette smoking causes cancer denial!

Oh, and the really good news? The CEO of ExxonMobil is almost certainly going to be the next Secretary of State of the United States.

So that’s sure to just work out great.

74 Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour 5

Roosvelt Speech after the Pearl Harbour and declaration of war

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And, while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has therefore undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense, that always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt - December 8, 1941

Bonaparte in the President’s Cabinet

Two hundred years ago this week, Napoléon Bonaparte’s bid for continued military glory in Europe was crushed by allied British and Prussian troops at the Battle of Waterloo. Following his surrender, the former Emperor of France had hoped that the British might allow him to live the remainder of his life in exile in the United States. However, Napoléon had already escaped exile once before (from the Mediterranean island of Elba) and once again rallied the French around him in a last-ditch effort to conquer the European continent prior to Waterloo. Unwilling to risk another vanishing act, the British instead banished Napoléon to one of the most isolated places in the world – the island of Saint Helena, in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, between Africa and South Africa – for the rest of his life.

Some of the Bonaparte family did eventually reach the United States, however. In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Charles Joseph Bonaparte (1851-1921), the American-born grandson of Napoléon’s youngest brother, Jérôme, as the U.S. Secretary of the Navy. A year later, Roosevelt shifted Bonaparte from the Department of the Navy to the Justice Department. For the rest of Theodore Roosevelt’s Presidency, the great-nephew of the man responsible for the Napoléonic code was the United States Attorney General – America’s top law enforcement official – where he helped establish the Bureau of Investigation, better known today as the FBI.

  • my history class a couple years ago:
  • "Can anyone tell me who wrote the declaration of Independence, and when America became its own, free country?"
  • *silence*
  • "No? Nobody?"
  • my history class now:
  • "Can anyone--"
  • "I was going to ask if anyone knew who spread Christianity to Rome, Mya. This has nothing to do with the Founding Fathers. This is a Global History class, please sit down."
Donald Trump could be impeached on four grounds, former Labor Secretary says

There are now four grounds to impeach Donald Trump and a fifth is “on its way”, according to former Labour Secretary Robert Reich. Posting on Twitter, Mr Reich outlined the four reasons he thinks Mr Trump could be impeached. The practical question is whether there is the political will,“ Mr Reich concluded.

discovering “Hamilton”

history teacher: alright class, what year did Thomas Jefferson return to the United States from Paris and immediately became appointed Secretary of State by George Washington?

me: u-uhh…

history teacher:
okay again, when did Thomas Jefferson return to the United States from Paris and immediately became appointed Secretary of State by George Washington?

me: *stands up* Seventeen, *clap* se-se-seventeen *clap*, se-se-seventeen, SEVENTEEN EIGHTY-NINE *clap* how does the bastard, orphan, immigrant–

teacher: okay you can sto–

me: decorated war vet unite the colonies through more debt? fight the other founding fathers til he has to forfeit? have it all, lose it all–

teacher: please sit back down you already answered the question and please stop your singi–


anonymous asked:

What do you think is the most successful political family dynasty? Bush? Adams? Kennedy? Roosevelt?

No, I think there’s a political dynasty that is overlooked because they aren’t as flashy as the Kennedys or Roosevelts: the Taft family. 

The most famous member of the family, William Howard Taft, was not only the 27th President of the United States, but also Chief Justice of the United States, Secretary of War, Solicitor General of the United States, and Governor-General of the Philippines, among others. His father, Alphonso Taft, served as Attorney General of the United States and Secretary of War in President Grant’s Administration. And President Taft’s son, Robert, is considered one of the greatest U.S. Senators in history and probably would have been the Republican Presidential nominee (if not actually been elected President) if Dwight Eisenhower hadn’t sought the Presidency in 1952.

That’s just three members of the Taft Family. There are many, many more successful members of the Taft Family’s political dynasty, and they’ve held office longer and more consistently than any of the more famous political dynasties. Here is just a partial list of the Taft political dynasty. Even Lincoln Chaffee (and his father, John, who was a longtime U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, Governor of Rhode Island, and Secretary of the Navy) are connected to the Taft Family’s political dynasty through marriage!