Category Archives: USA

Early 19th Century shipwreck, the Washington, newly discovered in Lake Ontario

The single-masted sloop Washington, built in 1798 in Pennsylvania on Lake Erie, was used to ferry cargo and people around Lake Erie and Ontario a few years prior to the War of 1812. In 1802 it was sold to Canadian interests and apparently dragged overland from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.


In early November 1803, the Washington left Kingston, at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, with a crew of five and cargo, bound for Niagara at the western end of the lake. Somewhere off Oswego, New York, the Washington encountered a severe storm and sank, with all hands and cargo.

The shipwreck, in an excellent state of preservation, was discovered by the wreck-diving team of Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski, and Roland Stevens, who have discovered or surveyed many of the wrecks in Lake Ontario, including the earliest known sailing vessel on Lake Ontario, the HMS Ontario, sunk in 1780.

Video courtesy of the wreck-diving team’s remotely piloted underwater camera.

Donald Trump, Conservatism and Freedom of the Press.

Back when (Salem Media) was something other then a #nevertrump only/”facebookers are real” website, I posed the question to the base in a comment: “What is a Conservative?” There never was a uniform answer, nor really was there much consistency in the responses received, other than a vague notion of “personal responsibility”, “smaller government”, and “fiscal prudence”. Some were Reaganites, others were classic libertarians, some “social conservatives”, and some “progressive” conservatives –  really, small L liberals.

So when people state Trump is not a “conservative”, it follows that the question becomes “by who’s definition?”

Based on his public statements and interviews, and that of his family that I’ve seen and read over the last year, I would characterize him, in my hierarchy, as a “social conservative”.  Many Americans (and more than a few Canadians) are not willing to accept “social conservatism” as being “conservative”.  But what is different about Trump in this respect, is something most conservatives cannot be familiar with – the vast difference in being very, very rich, in contrast to being very poor, or at least truly struggling. Trump understands that difference, and while he may have earned most of it, he knows that he is indeed fortunate to have done so.

While not publicized enough, Trump is very conscious of his privilege acquired through money. He is way more of a philanthropist than has been made public. This is one reason why he’s seen as being on the fence politically. He recognizes that occasionally people do really need a hand up, and it may be a hand-out;  he is known to reward selflessness handsomely. This is Trump’s “social conservatism”, or,if you will, his “conservative liberalism”.

Trying to pigeonhole Trump into the “conservative” camp, when much of America can’t define what it means to be “conservative” and is very much interested in tearing apart the “conservative” Republican party, tossing it on the ash-heap of history, is overtly hypocritical. He is who he is. He is running under the Republican banner because that’s how the US system works. It’s where he fits for the political purpose he is running. Independents don’t stand a chance.

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With regard to his “freedom of the press” twitter comment, his frustration with a biased press is obvious. Everybody on the right, Trump included, understands the First Amendment of the US Constitution and “freedom of the press”. However, the current press environment can hardly be described as “free”, even without state restriction.

The press is not free, when contrary voices, in part because of editorial/publisher decisions and the scourge of monopoly ownership, are suppressed and marginalized. The press is not free, when access to the airways is controlled by money and government fiat. The press is not free when nepotism in politics and media is the norm rather than the exception. Americans may have a free voice, but they do not have a free press.

Trump’s twitter rant is about the integrity of the press, and as a political newcomer, he can be forgiven for believing that integrity and balance should be the standards from which discussion flows. In Trump’s world, integrity is the building block of his business – without it, there is no business. In politics today, integrity has left the building, and he’s wrestling with what can only be described as a vicious “fight with a pig”.

McCarthy: Obama’s Cash Payment to Iran Was More Than a Ransom — It Broke Criminal Law

Obama’s Cash Payment to Iran Was More Than a Ransom — It Broke Criminal Law
The president hoped to camouflage what he knew to be against the law.

By Andrew C. McCarthy — August 6, 2016 National Review Online.


Trump Backgrounder for the Leftist Media

In today’s Trump Doral, Florida presser, the MSM are reporting in a variety of terse ways, that Donald Trump is asking the Russians to hack the DNC and God knows what else. For the record, this is the full reference that is being “precis’d”. The most serious hacks going on right now are the media hacks.

“If it is Russia, which it’s probably not, nobody knows who it is, But if it is Russia, it’s really bad for a different reason, because it shows how little respect they have for our country. When they would hack into a major party and get everything, but it would be interesting. I will tell you this. Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you find the thirty thousand emails that are missing. I think you’ll probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens next.”

The Progressive Left

“The fundamental flaw in both the left and its media is that they are craven. Without a moral compass and no sense of integrity or righteousness, they will chase every gold cloaked squirrel that runs in front of them, which is why they are where they are today: roadkill.”

The Next President of the United States.

If you didn’t tune in last night, to fully appreciate the content of Trump’s speech, and of the man, you need to hear three speeches from last night, in order. Tom Barrack, who sets the stage for Trump the man, then Ivanka (what a powerhouse this girl is) who sets the stage for who Trump is as a family man, and who the Trump Organization is as a business, then the slow rolling boil of Trump himself, who pulled no punches whatsoever. All three speeches form a “sales” package. People who have doubts about what Trump can do simply have no experience in the high powered, high energy, high stakes business world. And anyone who doubts that Trump doesn’t mean what he says he will do, would do well not to find themselves in the way of his freight train. Trump’s biggest obstacle as President will be that cannot just as easily fire people in govt as can be done in the private sector, but then, he believes in putting the most competent in control – he’ll let them do their job.

Will he accomplish all he’ll set out to do? No. Will he serve notice to a lot of squishes, both inside and outside the country, that there is a new sheriff in town? Absolutely.

Here they are, in order. Barrack and Ivanka run abt 15 minutes. Trump’s – an hour and 15….