Browsing: February 4

A Brief History On February 4, 1992, Hugo Chavez, leader of the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200, headed an attempted coup against the lawful government of Venezuela.  While the coup attempt failed, another attempt in November of 1992 was also staged, even though Chavez was in prison at the time.  The second attempt also failed, but Chavez was later released from prison after only 2 years and was elected President of Venezuela in 1998, a post he held until his death in 2013.  The Chavez years were no less tumultuous than the political chaos he and his cohorts replaced, and today the…

A Brief History On February 4, 1999, New York City police officers shot an unarmed African immigrant 19 times (out of 41 shots fired), a horrible mistake we wrote about previously on our site. (Cops Shoot Amadou Bailo Dialo 19 Times!) Police took a big public relations hit over that incident, but how about the incident in Cleveland in January of 2018? Digging Deeper On January 14, 2018, Clevelander Ronald Newberry, age 22, was pulling out of his own driveway when he was subjected to a hail of gunfire. Hit by 16 of the bullets fired at him, he somehow…

A Brief History On February 4, 1983, the World was shocked to hear that popular 32 year old singer Karen Carpenter had died, due to complications from anorexia nervosa.  The public gaped at photos of an emaciated and shrunken singer they had known as a beautiful girl. Digging Deeper Carpenter, one half of the brother sister singing duo known as The Carpenters, had scored mega hit records with “Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Superstar,” “Hurting Each Other”, “Sing,” “Yesterday Once More,” and many others.  Karen and her brother, Richard, were also popular overseas, ranking 3rd all-time in Japan…

A Brief History On February 1, 2016, candidate for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, won the Iowa caucus.  Although Donald Trump is still leading in most polls of each state and in the national poll, Cruz’s win in Iowa makes the possibility of his gaining the Republican nomination much more likely than it was a few days ago. Digging Deeper Which begs the question, is Ted Cruz eligible to run for President of the United States?  Article II of the constitution of the United States says that to be President …

This Just In! This past week has been a doozy for controversial remarks by high-profile world leaders! First, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Pope Francis said, “One time, I heard a father say, ‘At times I have to hit my children a bit, but never in the face so as not to humiliate them.’ That’s great. He had a sense of dignity. He should punish, do the right thing, and then move on.”  This comment has been taken as an endorsement by the Head of the Catholic Church of parental spanking within reason.  Most Americans seem to agree with his comment.  Do…

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