Antique Map of Italy 1571 – Never Let Conservatives Decide What is Important or True

Antique Map of Italy 1571

Even though Italy would have been part of the Holy Roman Empire in 1571 the map still shows the old Roman god Neptune ( or Greek god Poseidon) preceding over the sea. The female figure is likely Salacia, goddess of salt water and Neptune’s’ queen and wife.

1571 would be a turning point in the road toward intellectual enlightenment and the scientific method with the birth of German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler. It would also be the year the The Royal Exchange opens in London, England. Traders has previously been relegated to trading in a local pub because of their rowdy behavior.  Emperor Maximilian II grants Austrian adel freedom of religion to Austrian nobility. By the time of Maximilian’s reign the battles between Catholics and Protestants, both bloody and rhetorical had been weighing on the empire. While his decree did not do much for the common folks, it did give the nobles less to fight about.

Slide show from Life Magazine: Count Basie, Lester Young, and other jazz greats at Gjon Mili’s Studio in New York, 1942.

LIFE photographer Gjon Mili (who also directed the classic 1944 short film, Jammin’ the Blues) often hosted jam sessions at his photography studio in New York during the 1940s. These pictures testify to the talent on hand — both musical and photographic — and the pure fun that was had.

Not that conservatives have an exclusive patent on strange behavior, they just happen to do it better and more often than others: Alabama politician Bill Johnson ‘obsessed’ with donating sperm 

Bill Johnson, a former Alabama gubernatorial candidate, has left his wife and family in Prattville to be with babies he secretly conceived as a sperm donor in New Zealand.

Johnson’s wife, Kathy Hale Johnson, told the New Zealand Herald that Johnson recently returned to live in New Zealand where he donated sperm to at least 10 women without her knowledge.
“He wants me to move over there. He’s not coming back,” she told the newspaper.

She said Johnson plans to apply for residency so he can stay in New Zealand, and that he intends to donate sperm to additional women.

“He is obsessed with this. He doesn’t want to stop,” she said.

Johnson was a former Birmingham Republican city councilman and cabinet member for Gov. Bob Riley(R).

A lot of individual political races become a blur after a while. Sociologists that study elections have noted that people usually have the same list of core issues in their head – say the economy, the environment and education. Then they have social issues. Everyone consciously or unconsciously gives a certain weight to each one. Some people vote predominately on taxes. Others may vote primarily on issues that affect women. Outside the issues are things such as likeability and campaign gaffes. Those gaffes can be real or perceived. Al Gore never said he invented the internet, only that he was a political force in creating the internet that the masses use today – which is true.  The Right took the Al Gore assertion, made it into a plastic doll and blow it way out of proportion to paint Gore as a lair. They’re doing much the same thing with Elizabeth Warren’s statement that she has Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage. That, like Al Gore’s statement, is a fact. being in the South I can tell you that it is still very common for everyone to know their ethic heritage. Everyone I know knows whether their grandfather was French, whether their great-grandmother was Jewish and married an Italian Catholic. So what the big deal with Warren? Not much in the way of substantive campaign issues. Elizabeth Warren says she’s Native American. So she is.

An Indian identity is something someone claims for oneself; it is a matter of choice. It is not legally defined and entails no legal benefits. Being an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, however, is a legal status that has nothing to do with identity and everything to do with blood quantum. Members must meet requirements set by the tribe in consultation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. (Elizabeth Warren is not enrolled in a tribe and doesn’t seem to have sought such status. She doesn’t claim an Indian identity, just Indian ancestry.) Indians who are not enrolled in a tribe aren’t eligible for the aforementioned programs and benefits, including casino profits, education assistance, hunting privileges and housing.

If Warren’s claim to ancestry is really a big deal, than so is the fact that Scott Brown (R) was a pin-up model.

Senator Scott Brown (R-MS) nude modeling

The airhead above was the decisive vote in watering down financial reform. What did Brown did for being in the pocket of the banking industry – Banks Gave Heavily To Scott Brown(R-MS) As He Watered Down Financial Reform. Do not pay attention to Scott Brown helping the banks screw over millions of home owners. Do not think about Scott Brown being another puppet for special interests that is bilking the American public out of millions of dollars in little fees, some of them hidden. The majority of the public, including many Republicans like the Buffet Rule which would require millionaires to pay taxes equivalent to middle-class rates – Scott Brown voted against it and doesn’t want to talk about it. So let’s all be good little mindless bots without prioritizes or genuine values and talk about Elizabeth Warrens supposed exaggeration of her ancestry just like the conservative pundits tell us to. Let’s not vote to get rid of a mindless puppet for special interests, who has no ideas, who has endorsed Mitt Romney’s new version of Bush’s economic policies.

The fact that a Democratic Commander-in-chef with a national security team of his choosing, with his priorities took down a terrorist that Bush and Cheney failed to get, is going to stick in the conservative craw forever. Hannity’s “Heroism Vs. Politics” Obama Special Filled With Right-Wing Bunk. In which Hannity tries to divert attention away from the fact that Bin laden was killed without torturing anyone – in other words by not breaking the law. Hannity still swears waterbroading is not torture. Yet he has still not lived up to his promise to undergo waterbroading to prove it. Neither has his guest “security expert” KT McFarland. Fox’s Bolling, pathological liar Karl Rove and bitter little Chucky Krauthammer also claim that President Obama has not given enough credit to the military or the intelligence community:

Obama: “We Give Thanks For The Men Who Carried Out This Operation, For They Exemplify The Professionalism, Patriotism, And Unparalleled Courage Of Those Who Serve Our Country.” In his May 2, 2011, address announcing the operation that killed bin Laden, Obama gave “thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country.”

Obama: Navy SEALs “Deserve Credit For One Of The Greatest Intelligence Military Operations In Our Nation’s History.” In a May 6, 2011, speech to troops stationed at Fort Campbell, Obama said the troops involved in the mission “deserve credit for one of the greatest intelligence military operations in our nation’s history.” He also stated: “Thanks to the incredible skill and courage of countless individuals — intelligence, military — over many years, the terrorist leader who struck our nation on 9/11 will never threaten America again.”

Obama Privately Thanked Navy SEAL Team That Killed Bin Laden. A May 5, 2011, ABC News article reported that Obama “privately thanked the Navy SEALs who cornered and killed Osama bin Laden, congratulating them for a ‘job well done.'”

Obama Awarded Military Units Involved In Mission With Highest Possible Honor That Can Be Given To A Military Unit. A May 6, 2011, CNN article reported that Obama “awarded Presidential Unit Citations to the units involved in the Pakistan mission … the highest such honor that can be given to a military unit.”

When is everyone at Fox News going to apologize for lying over 4,000 Americans to their deaths with tales of WMD they knew did not exist. When is Fox News going to apologize for politicizing 9-11 and creating a culture of paranoia after 9-11. When are conservatives going to apologize for doing the kind of damage to the economy that terrorists could only dream of.

Five Overlooked Battles in the War on Women

2. Shackling of Pregnant Women. Giving birth is no walk in the park—now imagine doing it while in leg restraints and waist chains. Over thirty states still allow the shackling of pregnant women in prison during labor and delivery, despite numerous human rights campaigns to ban the practices.

3. Abstinence-Only Education (yes, it’s still around). Many Americans are under the mistaken impression that since Obama took office, abstinence-only education went the way of the dodo. Not so. While federal funding for misleading and dangerous abstinence-only education has been cut significantly, abstinence-only classes are still alive and well.

4. Poverty. Let’s say this once and for all—women are not “the richer sex.” Despite the current trend pieces suggesting that women are actually out-earning men (they’re not), women are actually much more likely to be poor than their male counterparts, and women over 65 are twice as likely to live in poverty as men.

For those who were not forced to read a history of western civilization text in college or have not read some of the more provocative parts of the Bible, I recommend both. For some reason conservatives have spent the last sixty years telling America to forget the history of human civilization and behavior. Just tell teens not to have sex and for some miraculous reason, every teen born since 1952 will suddenly stop having sex. Bristal Palin probably heard something like that and we know how that went. Combining abstinence and safe sex education have been proven the most effective tools against unplanned pregnancies.

An Introduction to Jazz from Smithsonian Folkways