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"Obama visits Richmond" -coverage from the Richmond paper of record (Times-Dispatch)

President Obama speaks at a campaign rally in the Siegel Center

That's it.

The people have actually spoken (France and Greece) - the market no likey

Markets could stumble after France, Greece votes

By DANIEL WAGNER, AP Business Writer – 12 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial markets will likely stumble this week after elections in Greece and France cast a pall of uncertainty over Europe's efforts to solve its debt crisis.

Greek voters on Sunday voted mostly for two parties that want to change the nation's international bailout terms or even overturn the rescue deal, according to early projections of the election results. Greece won't have a government until parties with divergent worldviews can form a governing coalition.

Greek voters are reacting against spending cuts imposed on the recession-weary nation by the international lenders whose bailouts are keeping it afloat.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy lost in a runoff election to Socialist candidate Francois Hollande. Hollande has criticized France's austerity program and wants to encourage growth by boosting government spending.


How the Battle of Puebla (Cinco de Mayo) changed the American Civil War

I had never heard this element of the story

Consequences to the United States

Some historians have argued that France's real goal was to help break up the American Union, at the time in the midst of a civil war, by helping the southern Confederacy: "The Mexicans had won a great victory that kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels for another year, allowing the United States to build a powerful army. This grand army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War." The consequence of Cinco de Mayo to the United States has been thus recognized: "The defeat of the French army had consequences for America as well...the French defeat denied Napoleon III the opportunity to resupply the Confederate rebels for another year."

Donald W. Miles adds, "At the time, there were fears in the United States that the French would use Mexico as a base to back the Confederacy, so President Lincoln and his Secretary of State went out of their way to appear 'neutral' in the Mexican situation. They did not want to take on the French and the Confederates at the same time". Dr. Miles goes on to explain that "Napoleon III had hesitated to take on the United States directly, but now the news of the Civil War changed everything". It meant that the Americans would be occupied with their conflict between North and South for some time. Upon hearing the Spaniards and the British had sailed off to grab the customs house in Veracruz to start collecting their duties, Napoleon decided he would not only send the French navy, but would also start looking for someone to place as emperor in Mexico. He would then use Mexico as a base to help the Confederates win their war against the United States. Napoleon saw this as an opportunity not to be missed. Dr. Miles then concludes, "The Emperor of France ordered his generals to spend a few months taking on Mexico and then - using Mexico as a 'base' - help the Confederates win their war against the United States. What if they had succeeded? The United States would never become the significant world power it is today...the Mexicans not only took their nation back, but influenced the outcome of the U.S. Civil War."

Historian Justo Sierra has written in his Political Evolution of the Mexican People, that had Mexico not defeated the French in Puebla on May 5, 1862, France would have gone to the aid of the South in the U.S. Civil War and the United States' destiny could have been very different.


Junior Seau joins eerie death list of 1994 Chargers Super Bowl squad

Source: NY Daily News

Seau, 43, is the third '94 Charger to die the past two years, following linebacker Lew Bush, who died of a heart attack in December of 2011 and defensive tackle Shawn Lee, who died in February of 2011 at the age of 44 from cardiac arrest brought on by double pneumonia.

Three years before Lee and Bush's death, defensive end Chris Mims and center Curtis Whitley were both discovered dead in their homes in 2008. Mims, who weighed 456 pounds when he died, was killed by an enlarged heart, and Whitley, who had a history of substance abuse, was found dead in his Texas trailer.

The curse of the '94 squad began shortly after they played in the Super Bowl. In 1995, five months after losing to the 49ers in the big game, linebacker David Griggs died after his speeding car slid off an expressway ramp in Florida. Griggs, who was later determined to have been drunk at the time of the crash, was 28.

Less than a year later, running back Rodney Culver died in a plane crash at the age of 26, and in July 1998, linebacker Doug Miller died after being struck by lightning.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/junior-seau-joins-eerie-death-list-1994-chargers-super-bowl-squad-article-1.1071838

3 heart attacks
a probable overdose
a car crash
a plane crash

8 out of a 53 man roster dead before the age of 45. Sad and odd.

Snakes knocked out power to 40,000+ (Richmond VA)

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Dominion Virginia Power said snakes were to blame for two Tuesday night power outages across Central Virginia, knocking out power for about 40,000 plus.

The first outage occurred around 8:30 p.m. in Henrico’s West End, off River Road. According to Dominion’s website about 10,000 customers lost power when a power substation suffered an equipment failure.

The second outage Tuesday evening knocked out electricity eastern Henrico, Hanover and New Kent. This outage affected around 33,000 customers.

The warmer over the past couple of days must be making snakes more active.

“I do not recall ever hearing of two issues involving snakes,” said Dominion spokesman, Karl Neddenien.

The oh so sad irony of May 1st ------- for W and all Republicans

May 1

2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended".

2011 – Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks is killed by United States special forces in Islamabad, Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2 in Pakistan.


9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 oh but actually killing Bin Laden???

This just rips my turnips!

"Mr. President about Bin Laden..." 9/11!
"Mr. President the unemployment numbers don't count the ...." 9/11!
"Mr. Secretary your agriculture policy..." 9/11!

But now A YEAR AFTER KILLING BIN LADEN half of every story (or the whole story itself) is those stinking Republicans whining about PRESIDENT Obama making too much about ACTUALLY DOING HIS JOB!!!

Give me a friggin' break!!

In fact W shut down the CIA office that was looking for Bin Laden. And, of course, HE LET HIM GET AWAY IN TORA BORA!!!

W's entire life is a miserable failure. I notice that in the anti-WE GOT HIM chatter they have even stopped trying their sad attempt to credit W with getting Bin Laden. 2 1/2 years later (or a "Governor Palin" as the kids say) you can't take credit for your FAILURE.

Take your "9/11!" and go sit in the corner and look at it for the rest of your miserable life.

Yesterday in history - April 30 - Coxey's Army~~~ and the politics of "The Wizard of Oz"

April 30

1894 – Coxey's Army reaches Washington, D.C. to protest the unemployment caused by the Panic of 1893.


Coxey's Army was a protest march by unemployed workers from the United States, led by Ohio businessman Jacob Coxey. They marched on Washington D.C. in 1894, the second year of a four-year economic depression that was the worst in United States history to that time. Officially named the Army of the Commonweal in Christ, its nickname came from its leader and was more enduring. It was the first significant popular protest march on Washington and the expression "Enough food to feed Coxey's Army" originates from this march.

Coxey's Army in culture

Among the people observing the march was L. Frank Baum, before he gained fame. There are political interpretations of his book, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which have often been related to Coxey's Army. In the novel, Dorothy, the Scarecrow (the American farmer), Tin Woodman (the industrial worker), and Cowardly Lion (William Jennings Bryan), march on the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, the Capital (or Washington, D.C.), demanding relief from the Wizard, who is interpreted to be the President. Dorothy's shoes (made of silver in the book, not the familiar ruby that is depicted in the movie) are interpreted to symbolize using free silver instead of the gold standard (the road of yellow brick) because the shortage of gold precipitated the Panic of 1893. In the film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, the silver shoes were turned into ruby for the cinematic effect of color, as Technicolor was still in its early years when the movie was produced. However, this theory was only advanced many decades after the book was written.






Used 1977 Jeep CJ-5


Richmond, VA


1977 jeep cj5. previous owner dismantled it to restore but lost interest, its all there! most of it is under the tarp. V8 engine, (also somewhat disassembled) fix up or use for parts! (clean title) $100
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