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This Day in History: Octomom, Mars, and “The View”

May 28th

  • 1774- The first Continental Congress convenes.
  • 1830- President Andrew Jackson signs The Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans.
  • 1859- Big Ben is delivered to the Palace of Westminster on a 16-horse carriage.
  • 1930- The Chrylser Building, one the tallest building in the world, opens in New York.
  • 1934- The first set of quintuplets that survive through infancy are born.  Somewhere, Octomom is smirking.  Look for more on the original quintuplets in today’s “Pointless Post of the Day”.
  • 1937- The Golden Gate Bridge officially opens to vehicle traffic.
  • 1952- Women in Greece are given the right to vote.
  • 1964- The PLO is formed.
  • 1996- Bill Clinton’s are convicted of fraud in the Whitewater land deal.
  • 2002- The Mars Odyssey finds evidence of space ice.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a happy birthday to..

  • The two surviving “original quintuplets” Cecile and Annette Dionne, 75.
  • “The Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight, 65.
  • My favorite mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, 65.
  • The only non-vomit-inducing member of “The View” Elisabeth Hasselbeck (Did you know her maiden name is “Filarski”?  How awesome is that!), 32.
  • American pop singer Colbie Caillat, 24.

Happy Flag Day to those in the Philippines!

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Pointless Post of the Day: Pauline Hanson’s “Pauline’s United Australia Party”

Pauline Hanson

Pauline Hanson

Pauline’s United Australia Party was created by Australian politician, Pauline Hanson.  Hanson was the founder of One Nation, a nationalist political party in Australia.

Hanson formed the party in order to ensure that her name appeared above the line (as per the voting method in Australian federal elections) rather than simply below the line amongst a list of independent candidates.

In the first election as a member of “Pauline’s United Australia Party”, Hanson received over 100,000 votes, garnering her 4% of the statewide vote in Queensland.

Brian Burston also ran under this political party for the Australian Senate int the state of New South Whales.  He received nearly 40,000 votes, nearly 1% of the vote.

Pauline Hanson, the founder of the party, was named among the Top 100 Most Influential Australians of All Time.

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Pointless Post of the Day: William W. Dixon

I’m back today!  I had a great trip to see the family for Memorial Day weekend.  I hope every one had a great holiday as well and is enjoying what is more than likely your first day back at work after a long weekend.  Woo.

William W. Dixon was a U.S. Representative for Montana for 2 years between March, 1891, and March, 1893.  Dixon was originally from Brooklyn, New York, though he left there at a young age and never returned.  When Dixon was old enough, he attended law school Keokuk, Iowa, and was admitted to the bar in 1858.  He then moved to Tennessee in 1860, then to Arkansas a few short months later.  He then moved to California for a very short time before moving to Nevada for a little over 3 years.  In 1866 he moved to Helena Montana, where he resided until 1879.  He then temporarily moved to Black Hills, but returned to Montana in 1881 and practiced law in Butte.  In 1891 he was elected as a Democrat to serve  in Congress.  In 1893, however, he failed to be re-elected.  He then practiced law until retiring to Los Angeles, California, where he lived until his death in 1910.  Even after his death Dixon couldn’t stay settled.  His casket was moved 3 times after his death.

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Pointless Post of the Day: Top 10 Largest Public and Private Universities in the U.S.

The largest university campus is the Columbus campus of Ohio State

The largest university campus is the Columbus campus of Ohio State

This is a list of the Top 15 largest actual campuses.  It does not include full enrollment numbers for some colleges, as they are spread out amongst several campuses.

  1. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio- 53,715
  2. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona- 52,734
  3. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida- 51,413
  4. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota- 51,141
  5. University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida- 50,254
  6. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas- 50,006
  7. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas- 48,029
  8. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan- 46,648
  9. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida- 46,174
  10. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania- 44,406

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This Day in History: Airplanes, Abortion, and Yemen

May 21st

  • 1851- Slavery is abolished in Columbia, South America.
  • 1881- The American Red Cross is established.
  • 1927- Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo, non-stop trans-Atlantic flight.
  • 1932- Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1994- The Democratic Republic of Yemen secedes from the Republic of Yemen.
  • 1998- In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.

Slow day.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a Happy Birthday to..

  • The manager of my ex-favorite baseball team Bobby Cox, 68.
  • Al Franken even though I can’t stand him, 58.
  • Mr. T because he owns the mohawk, 57.
  • Judge Reinhold because he is in the “Santa Clause” series, the “Beethoven” series, AND Beverly Hills Cop 3, 52.
  • Baseball player Kent Hrbek because his name has the letters “h”, “r”, and “b” consecutively, 48.
  • Co-star of one of my favorite shows (House) Lisa Edelstein, 43.

Oh, and I wanted to wish everyone a happy World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, because that’s today.  Don’t forget to go and buy the people that matter most a WDfCDfDaD gift!

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Pointless Post of the Day: Dr. Charles R. Baxter

Dr. Charles R. Baxter was the doctor that unsuccessfully attempted to save Presiden John F. Kennedy after he was shot in Dallas, Texas.  Baxter was born in Paris, Texas, and earned his degree in medicine from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1954.  He also worked on Texas Governor John Connally, who also suffered injuries from the Dallas shooting.  After operating on Kennedy, Baxter had this to say:

As soon as we realized we had nothing medical to do, we all backed off from the man with a reverence that one has for one’s president, and we did not continue to be doctors from that point on. We became citizens again, and there were probably more tears shed in that room than in the surrounding hundred miles.

Baxter also made great advances in the care of burn victims, and played a large part in the creation of Gatorade.  Baxter died March 10, 2005 from Pneumonia at the age of 75.

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Pointless Post of the Day: Luigi Caponaro, The Healer of Italy

The Conservative Journal is now featuring a new special post every day: The Pointless Post of the Day!  The PPotD for short.  The PPotD is a post that is about absolutely nothing important.  It’s just something fun that most people will probably chose to ignore altogether.  It’s more fun for me than you, I’m sure.  Here’s our inaugural post:

In the late 16th and early 17th century, the popular healer and “medicine man” Luigi Caponaro roamed the streets of Naples and Gaeta, Italy.  Luigi officiated his medicical practice by receiving a degree in Naples, though he never formally practice medicine under his degree.  Luigi cited a fear of blood as his reasoning for not pursuing work in a clinic or other formal practice.  Luigi used the expertise he picked up from his days in med-school to give medical advice to anyone who chose to listen, often demonstrating his skills on anyone who’d give him a minute or two.

Ironically enough, the famed healer and medicine man died at 55 from cholera.

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