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Video of the Day: Did You Know 4.0

I enjoyed watching this so much, until the very last couple of seconds when you realize your 3 minutes and 56 seconds have been completely wasted.  If you’ve got an extra 4 minutes on your hands, watch today’s video of the day below:

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Video of the Day: 9/11 Impact Anatomy, National Geographic Special

I realize that some people don’t like to watch things about 9/11, so if you happen to be one of those people, don’t continue reading this post any further.

The following video, made by Purdue University, shows a simulation of the first impact on The World Center.  The video serves to debunk conspiracy theories regarding the impact, and is a part of a special on the science and conspiracies of 9/11, set to air tonight at 8 PM EST on National Geographic.

Don’t forget to watch the full episode tonight at 8 PM EST on National Geographic!

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This Day in History, May 29th: Ronald Reagan, The Hoover Dam, and Melissa Etheridge

May 29th

  • 1790- Rhode Island finally gets around to ratifying the Constituition, and is admitted as the 13th U.S. state.
  • 1848- Wisconsin becomes the 30th U.S. state.
  • 1886- Coke (the drink) is advertised for the first time in the Atlanta Journal.
  • 1935- The Hoover Dam is completed.
  • 1988- Ronald Reagan makes his first trip to Soviet Union.
  • 1999- Space Shuttle Discovery completes its first docking with the International Space Station.
  • 2004- The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a happy birthday to..

  • American rock singer Melissa Etheridge, 48.
  • Blair from The Facts of Life, Lisa Whelchel, 46.
  • Former American Idol contestant and plus-sized model Joanne Borgella, 27.

Happy International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers everyone!

To those of you that worship uner the Bahá’í Faith (Rainn Wilson/Dwight Schrute), happy Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh!

To those in Nepal, happy Republic Day!

Nigerians, happy Democracy Day!

And finally, Rhode Islanders and Wisonsinonians, happy Statehood Day!

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Pointless Post of the Day: The Dionne Quintuplets

The Dionne Quintuplets were the first set of quintuplets to survivce past infancy.  They are also the only set ever recorded that consists of all indentical females.

When the Dionne Quintuplets were born 75 years ago, the mother of the children didn’t know she was expecting more than one child.  The babies were all delivered at home, 2 months premature, by Dr. Allan Dafoe.  Dr. Dafoe did not expect the babies or the mother to live much longer after the birth.  The mother had gone into shock, but did recover the next day.  The babies were under constant care and because of it, they all survived.

Four months after the birth, the government Ontario took the children from the parents because it felt they were unfit to care for 10 children, as the Dionne’s had 5 kids prior to the quintuplets.  Under their new government care, a nursery was built for their enjoyment.  The government of Ontario realized that there was much interest in the children, so they decided to make a profit.  It’s estimated that over 3 million poeple paid to visit the Dionne children in their nursery from 1936 to 1943.  The children also starred in four films; The Country Doctor, Reunion, Five of a Kind, and Quinupland.

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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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Video of the Day: The National Debt Road Trip

I saw this video on YouTube and I thought it provided a great illustration of just how much we are going to spend over the next few years.  I think it really puts into perspective the way we’re going is not the solution.  Here’s the video:

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This Day in History: Canada, Ford, and Baseball

May 27th

  • 1813- In Canada, American forces capture Fort George as a part of the War of 1812.
  • 1883- Alexander III is crowned Tsar of Russia.
  • 1896- The F4-strength St. Louis Tornado hits in St. Louis, Missouri and East Saint Louis, Illinois, killing at least 255 people and causing $2.9 billion in damages.
  • 1907- A Bubonic plague outbreak begins in San Francisco, California.
  • 1927- The Ford Motor Company ceases manufacturing the Ford Model T.
  • 1967- The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is christened by Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline.
  • 1995- Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
  • 1997- The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Paula Jones can pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he is in office.
  • 1998- Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the Oklahoma City bombing.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a Happy Birthday to..

  • Australian politician Pauline Hanson because she made her own political party, 55.
  • ABC News anchor Cynthia McFadden, 53.
  • Former Houston Astros player Jeff Bagwell, 41.
  • Baseball champ and current free-agent Frank Thomas, 41.

Bolivian mothers: Happy Mother’s Day!

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This Day in History: Witches, Feral Kids, and Lenny Kravitz

May 26th

  • 1293- An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Japan, killing about 30,000.
  • 1647- Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1805- Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Duomo di Milano, the gothic cathedral in Milan.
  • 1828- Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
  • 1830- The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.
  • 1964- Montana becomes a U.S. Territory.
  • 1868- President Andrew Johnson is found not guilty in his impeachment trial by 1 vote.
  • 1896- Charles Dow introduces the first publication of the Dow Industrial Average.
  • 1966- British Guiana gains its independence, becoming Guyana.
  • 1998- The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island is mostly in New Jersey rather than New York.
  • 2006- The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a Happy Birthday to..

  • Stevie Nicks, because I don’t want to anger anyone that might be a Wiccan*, 61.
  • Hank Williams Jr., his song is called “The Red, White, and Pink Slip Blues”, need I say more?  60.
  • Bobcat Goldthwait, clearly because of the name, 47.
  • American singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz, 45.

*The Conservative Journal DOES NOT believe that Stevie Nicks is or has ever been a member of the Wicca Cult.

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To all you Polish mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

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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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Announcement: Posting Will Be Sporadic (Possibly) For a Few Days

I just wanted to let everyone know that tomorrow I will be driving to visit with family for Memorial Day, so posting could possibly be sporadic until Monday/Tuesday.  I will try to get in the usual “lite” posts that are just fun to do (Poll of the Day, Video of the Day, Pointless Post of the Day, This Day In History, Etc.), but anything else is questionable.  Look forward to being in full gear on Monday or Tuesday!
Thanks and have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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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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This Day in History: Earthquakes, Cuba, and Cher

May 2oth

  • 526- A huge earthquake kills around 300,000 in Syria and Antiochia.
  • 1609- Shakespeare’s sonnets are originally published.
  • 1896- The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls and crushes a human.
  • 1902- Cuba gains independence from the U.S.
  • 1980- Quebec fails to gain independence from Canada.
  • 1990- Romania holds it’s first election after the fall of communism in the nation.
  • 1995- Quebec fails to gain independence from Canada.  Again.

Birthday Shoutouts

  • English singer Joe Coker, 65.
  • My personal favorite ultra-liberal and Hollywood communist Cher, 63.
  • Wife of the maverick Cindy McCain, 55.
  • Son of da bomb dot com Prez Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan Jr., 51.

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Pointless Post of the Day: The Tree Circus

The most famous Tree Circus tree, The Basket Tree.

The most famous Tree Circus tree, "The Basket Tree".

The Tree Circus was opened in 1947 by Axel Erlandson after he visited “The Mystery Spot” in Santa Cruz, California.  Erlandson decided that if the people lined up and paid to see “The Mystery Spot” he could make some cash showcasing

One of the many tree circus trees.

One of the many tree circus trees.

the odd trees he had been cultivating for several years.  He bought a patch of land in Scotts Valley, California, and began moving his most bizarre and interesting trees to that location.  The Tree Circus never produced millions for Erlandson, one of his best years he made a mere $320.  However, Erlandson’s trees were popular among the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! circuit, being featured in Ripley’s publication 12 times.

Upon Erlandson’s death, the owner of Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, California, purchased the trees and had them moved to his theme park.  24 of the trees can be found there today.

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