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Today in History: December 31

1879: Thomas Edison unveils the first public demonstration of the incandescent lightbulb, illuminating a street in Menlo Park, N.J. Edison’s carbon-thread filament solved the bulb’s problem of brightness and longevity, and would help usher in the modern world. On January 1, 2013, the progressive banning of incandescent lightbulb manufacture moves forward.
Uploaded: Dec. 30, 2013

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Movie Preview: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Aug. 22, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/386037
http://natl.re/1q0aKw2
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens in theaters August 22 and marks another journey into comic book maestro Frank Miller’s ode to hard-boiled detective fiction. Here’s a look at the new film, it’s impressive ensemble cast, and some early reviews.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For mixes stories from Miller’s neo-noir Sin City comic series with new stories written for the film. The interwoven plots pick up a wide array of characters who walk the streets of a crime-ridden city that expresses the film’s tag line: “There Is No Justice Without Sin.”
The Sin City universe takes places in the fictional town of Basin City — shortened to “Sin City” by its residents — where several competing groups vie for power, including a heavily-armed paramilitary police, corrupt businessmen, even more corrupt politicians, and the lethal young women who work as the city’s prostitutes.
Director Robert Rodriguez used cutting-edge digital filmmaking techniques to bring Miller’s unique look to the screen in 2005's Sin City, and brings those same tools to bear on A Dame to Kill For. This time, Miller sat in as co-direction in addition to writing the screenplay. Pictured (from left), Miller, Rodriguez, and star Mickey Rourke (as “Marv”) on the set.
The production made extensive use of computer animation to fill in sets and backgrounds, allowing Rodriguez and Miller to exert complete control over every aspect of the visual look and feel of the film. Pictured, Rodriguez lines up a shot with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lady Gaga.
Rodriguez works with actor Josh Brolin for a scene in a car. All that is needed for the “set” is the steering wheel.
The resulting shot in the film, with the car, the background, the rain, and everything else added and manipulated with computers.
Like its predecessor, A Dame to Kill For is a visual feast that uses the latest digital tools to evoke the textures of old Hollywood. It is also not shy about indulging in heavy doses of sex and violence, with frequent shootouts, stabbing, and bar fights — and always time for a drink at the strip club.
The Sin City comic debuted in 1991 and appeared intermittently through 2000. The comic is drawn in a highly-expressive black-and-white style with fleeting use of colors — mostly red for blood — and powered by dialogue in the vein of Dashiell Hammett. A Dame to Kill For brings that bold visual style — a mixture of comic-books and 1930s film noir — to the big screen once again.
As both a writer and artist, Frank Miller is a major figure in modern comic books. He gained widespread acclaim for his 1986 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, which reimagined Batman as an old and embittered vigilante and set the stage for the modern big-screen take on the caped crusader.
Miller also wrote and drew the graphic novel 300, which told the tale of the Battle of Thermopylae in ancient Greece, and which was adapted into the major box-office hit of the same name.
ROGUE’S GALLERY: A Dame to Kill For for brings together an impressive ensemble cast in a wide range of roles, some heroic, some sinister, and none quite what they seem. Pictured, Ava Lord (Eva Green) cozies up to a Sin City nasty.
Marv (Mickey Rourke): “That right there is a dame to kill for…”
Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba): “You’re the only man I ever loved.”
John Hartigan (Bruce Willis): “Death is just like life in Sin City. It always wins.”
Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt): “Sin City’s where you go in with your eyes open, or you don’t come out at all.”
Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin): “Never lose control. Never let the monster out.”
Ava Lord (Eva Green): “You’ve made me a very rich woman.”
Gail (Rosario Dawson): “You have ten seconds to tell us what you’re doing bringing COPS to Old Town!”
Joey (Ray Liotta): "You’re gonna suck me dry, and you’ll never ever stop!”
Senator Roark (Powers Booth): “Now, who wants to play?”
Manute (Dennis Haysbert)
Mort (Christopher Meloni)
Miho (Jamie Chung)
SUMMARY JUDGMENT: Early reviews for A Dame to Kill For have been mixed, with most impressed by the visuals more than the pulp-inspired story lines that were the lifeblood of the comics, and warning about — when not celebrating — the film’s generous dose of sex and violence. Here’s a sampling.
Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News: “Anyone offended by graphic violence, kinky sex and eyefuls of nudity should stay away. But for those who like their fiction hard-boiled like a rock and naughty to the bone, expect to be pleased, if not thoroughly satisfied.”
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: “Pulp and noir were often built on the beautiful shoulders of such characters as Ava, and the main justification for seeing the film is to watch Eva Green claim membership in the pantheon of film noir leading ladies … Green more than earns femme fatale immortality.”
Jordan Hoffman, Film.com: “The costumes are predominantly S&M fetish-wear as designed by a mescaline user. When the multicultural gang of killer sex kittens from ‘Old Town’ (a “sea of flesh” as Brolin calls it) take center stage what should be of prurient interest to teen boys is more like a hyperviolent version of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: “The followup to 2005's eye-popping Sin City is neither the dazzler I hoped for nor the disaster I feared. But ‘meh’ is hardly the reaction you expect from a movie in which Eva Green and Jessica Alba shake their ta-tas and Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin send souls screaming into hell. And this time they do it in 3-D.”
Justin Chang, Variety: “Rare indeed is the movie that features this many bared breasts, pummeled crotches and severed noggins and still leaves you checking your watch every 10 minutes. But that’s the dubious accomplishment of this visually arresting but grimly repetitive exercise in style.”
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: “Millions of devotees of the 2005 Sin City and its halfway point between ‘real’ and digitally illustrated sadism will be happy to revisit the outlandishly scuzzy urban hellhole of Basin City, this time in 3-D, with its crazed, revenge-fueled antiheroes and female body parts disguised as the gender formerly known as women.”
Stephen Witty, New Jersey Star-Ledger: “Like most of Robert Rodriguez' films, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a style in search of a movie. As in the first Sin City … the story is a richly textured visual feast, with deep monochromatic setpieces interrupted by single accenting colors — bright red lips, blazing green eyes.”
Scott Mendelson, Forbes.com: "When you have two of the most gorgeous women in cinema today (Green and Alba) playing neither love interests or hostages, plus Gordon-Levitt looking dapper as all heck, I can forgive deficiencies elsewhere and enjoy the eye candy with minimal guilt.”
The Simpsons Get Political
Aug. 22, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/385983
http://natl.re/1p0JE2I
Fans of Springfield’s yellow-hued first family are in for a treat thanks to the new cable channel FXX, which will air a 12-day marathon of The Simpsons — all 25 seasons, all 552 episodes to date, plus the 2007 movie — from August 21 through September 1. Here’s a look at some of the best-known episodes and characters that have skewered the world of politics.
Since debuting in December 1989, creator Matt Groening’s zany alternate universe has become a part of the American culture it set out to satirize, and is the longest-running scripted program in television history, surpassing the previous leader Gunsmoke in 2009. The show’s 26th season debuts on September 28 and promises the demise of a major character.
WASHINGTON POLITICS: Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington:  In the show's ode to Frank Capra, the Simpsons travel to Washington after Lisa qualifies for an essay contest about America’s greatness. But after seeing a senator take a bribe, Lisa uses this disappointing scene as the subject of her essay, and ends up exposing the senator.
GUN RIGHTS: The Cartridge Family:  Homer buys a gun to protect the family and joins the NRA, but after witnessing his irresponsible behavior the group kicks him out.  Marge wants Homer to get rid of the gun, but he uses it to save Mayor Quimby from a robbery.  
IMMIGRATION: Much Apu About Nothing:  When Mayor Quimby calls for a referendum to deport all illegal immigrants from Springfield, Kwik-E Mart owner Apu confides in Homer that he is here illegally. Apu attempts to obtain forged documents but later manages to pass a citizenship test. The referendum passes, but only the surly Scottish groundskeeper Willie is deported.
Coming to Homerica:  The Norwegian residents of Ogdenville descend on Springfield looking for work, quickly overwhelming the town. After some townsfolk start a vigilante group to guard the border, Mayor Quimby decides to build a wall, but must hire the Ogdenvillians themselves to build it.
THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington:  After the government redirects airline traffic over the Simpson household to protect some endangered species, Homer supports Krusty the Klown’s run for Congress. But once in Washington, Krusty finds he can’t get a bill passed to change the flightpaths, so he hides it within another bill that would give flags to orphans.
Sideshow Bob Roberts: The conservative talk-show host Birch Barlow (a thinly disguised Rush Limbaugh) uses his show to get Sideshow Bob released from prison and helps him run for mayor.  Bob wins, but Bart and Lisa discover he rigged the election, and get him sent back to the big house. Barlow would return in several more episodes.
Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish:  Toxic waste from Springfield’s nuclear power plant causes fish to mutate, begetting Blinky the three-eyed fish, which surfaces at a dinner hosted by the Simpsons where Mr. Burns, on the campaign trail running for governor, is forced to eat it.
See Homer Run:  Homer uses his celebrity as the school’s Safety Salamander character as a platform to run for mayor against 200 other candidates in a recall race, where he quickly becomes the leading candidate.  But after Marge shrinks his Salamander costume in the washer and it falls apart at a debate, he loses the election and Mayor Quimby is reinstated.
E Pluribus Wiggum:  After a tragic Homer-caused gas explosion, Mayor Quimby moves the presidential primary to the next Tuesday to push through a bond issue, bringing a landslide of candidates and national media. In the chaos, eight-year-old Ralph Wiggum wins the primary on a write-in vote. Bill Clinton endorses Ralph, but he can’t tell Senator “You-Know-Who.”
Politically Inept with Homer Simpson:  Bart uploads a video of Homer ranting about poor service from the airline industry which goes viral, and Homer is offered his own cable news show where he backs Ted Nugent for president.
The Kid is Alright:  Lisa meets a new friend, Isabel, who turns out to have very conservative views.  When the two run for class president, the local Republican party, anxious to tap the Hispanic vote, blankets the school with pro-Isabel propaganda. Lisa seeks solace from the ghosts of prominent Democrats who lost big elections.
GAY RIGHTS: There’s Something About Marrying:  After a poor review of the town by a television broadcaster, Springfield legalizes gay marriage in order to increase tourism. Gay couples stream in, but Reverend Lovejoy refuses to marry them, prompting Homer to become a minister and starts charging to perform weddings.
Homer’s Phobia:  Homer makes a new friend named John (voiced by John Waters) who he soon realizes is gay. Afraid that Bart will become gay under John’s influence, Homer tries to show him “manly things” like a steel mill, which turns out to be run like a gay disco. Later John saves Homer, Moe, and Barney from a pack of riled-up reindeer.
HEALTH CARE: Midnight Rx:  Mr. Burns decides to stop providing prescription drug coverage for the employees at his power plant and leads other employers to do the same. To help the town, Homer and Grandpa Simpson start smuggling the necessary drugs in from Canada.
Trash of the Titans:  Homer runs for sanitation commissioner promising lavish new benefits and defeats the incumbent, then promptly spends his entire annual budget in the first month. Desperate for cash, Homer allows other cities bury their garbage in a nearby abandoned mine, which inundates Springfield with garbage.
Weekend at Burnsie’s:  Homer is prescribed medical marijuana which promptly changes his personality and helps him become vice president of the power plant. But after pot is decriminalized, Homer promises to give it up, and gives his last joint to Waylon Smithers, who then can’t keep their boss Mister Burns from drowning in his bath.
A Tale of Two Springfields:  After Springfield is split into two area codes, Homer becomes mayor of New Springfield — made up of those residents in the new area code — and starts a rivalry with “Olde Springfield.” After he gets a wall built between the two towns, Homer convinces the rock group The Who to play their concert on top.
THE WORKPLACE: When Flanders Failed: Homer sets out to thwart Ned Flanders’s dreams of small-business success — the Leftorium, a store geared towards left-handed customers — but has a change of heart and rallies the town’s left-handed residents to the store. (In later episodes the Leftorium is threatened by heated big-business competition from Leftopolis and Left-Mart.)
King-Sized Homer: Homer intentionally puts on weight in order to qualify for disability and the company’s work-at-home program. But plus-plus-sized life at home proves difficult when Homer loses track of his reaching broom and can’t find the “Any” key, and in the chaos nearly causes a meltdown at the nuclear power plant.
RETIREMENT: Two Bad Neighbors: Jealous of all the attention their new neighbors George and Barbara Bush are receiving, Homer gets into a feud with the former president while Bart starts hanging out in the Bush household where he causes mischief, including accidentally shredding Bush’s unpublished memoirs.
ROLL CALL: Among the hundreds of characters who have appeared on The Simpsons over the years have been many either inspired by or portraying actual people. Pictured, Springfield’s Mayor Quimby — full name Joseph Fitzgerald O'Malley Fitzpatrick O'Donnell the Edge "Diamond Joe" Quimby — the city’s corrupt chief executive modeled with a complete lack of subtlety on the Kennedy clan.
Martha Quimby:  Dressed in Jackie Kennedy’s iconic pink suit and pillbox hat, Martha is the wife of Mayor Quimby.  She is clearly aware that he cheats on her, but stays with him for the power and prestige associated with being the mayor’s wife.
Rainier Wolfcastle (Arnold Schwarzenegger): With his thick Austrian accent, wife named Maria, ownership stake in a restaurant called Planet Springfield, quip-popping film roles (including “McBain”) and a big-budget flop on his filmography, fictional actor turned politician Wolfcastle is much like his real-world inspiration, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Judge Constance Harm (Judge Judy):  Judge Harm tends to be the bearer of bad news and pronouncer of harsh judgements and rather seems to enjoy tormenting her plaintiffs and brandishing a miniature guillotine.
Richard Nixon: Nixon has appeared as a supposed proponent of Duff Beer, a participant in Whacking Day, and a “powerful friend” of Sir Oinks-A-Lot, the pig mascot at Springfield A&M. (Nixon — his head, at least — was also a regular guest on Groening’s other series, Futurama.)
Gerald Ford:  The former president becomes good friends with Homer after he moves into the house next door (which George H. W. Bush had just vacated).
George H. W. Bush:  Bush becomes Homer’s enemy after he moves next door and spanks Bart in front of Mikhail Gorbachev.  He and Jimmy Carter are not invited to Mr. Burns’s birthday because they are just “one termers.”
Bill Clinton:  Bill served time in Alcatraz with the Simpsons and other undesirables such as the Dixie Chicks and Elmo.  He was forced to campaign for Hillary for president while he truly supported Ralph Wiggum in “E Pluribus Wiggum.”
Michelle Obama:  As a frequent reader of Lisa’s blog, FLOTUS comes to her aid when the other kids in her class bully her for being an overachiever.
Cartoon of the Day
Aug. 22, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/365949
http://natl.re/JbxjfK
Investigating Abuse, by Henry Payne (August 22, 2014)
JV . . . by Michael Ramirez August 21, 2014)
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Mind if I Play Through? by Michael Ramirez (August 15, 2014)
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Friendly Fire, by Michael Ramirez (August 8, 2014)
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Regime Change, by Michael Ramirez (August 4, 2014)
Good News, by Michael Ramirez (August 1, 2014)
Incompetent, by Michael Ramirez (July 31, 2014)
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Human Shields, by Michael Ramirez (July 28, 2014)
Putin’s Reset, by Michael Ramirez (July 25, 2014)
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Transparent, by Michael Ramirez (July 22, 2014)
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Ha-Mas, by Michael Ramirez (July 16, 2014)
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Tear Down This Wall, by Michael Ramirez (July 14, 2014)
Obama’s Katrina, by Michael Ramirez (July 11, 2014)
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White House to the Rescue, by Michael Ramirez (June 20, 2014)
Gap, by Henry Payne (June 19, 2014)
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Missing, by Michael Ramirez (June 17, 2014)
Dead Broke, by Michael Ramirez (June 14, 2014)
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Broke, by Michael Ramirez (June 11, 2014)
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Lemon, by Henry Payne (June 9, 2014)
The Imperial President, by Michael Ramirez (June 6, 2014)
Cutting Carbon, by Henry Payne (June 5, 2014)
The Obama Emporium, by Michael Ramirez (June 4, 2014)
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It Was the Weather, by Michael Ramirez (June 2, 2014)
The West Point Address, by Michael Ramirez (May 30, 2014)
First Read About It in the Newspaper, by Michael Ramirez (May 29, 2014)
General Motors Theater, by Henry Payne (May 27, 2014)
Freedom, by Henry Payne (May 26, 2014)
Hope . . . by Henry Payne (May 24, 2014)
Fallen Soldiers, by Michael Ramirez (May 23, 2014)
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#You Think? by Michael Ramirez (May 18, 2014)
#BringBack . . . by Michael Ramirez (May 16, 2014)
Gospel Reading, by Michael Ramirez (May 15, 2014)
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Truth, by Michael Ramirez (May 13, 2014)
Clinton Celebrity Gala, by Henry Payne (May 12, 2014)
Segregation, by Michael Ramirez (May 10, 2014)
Weather, by Michael Ramirez (May 9, 2014)
Under the Rug, by Henry Payne (May 7, 2014)
What Kind of Country? by Henry Payne (August 7, 2014)
Photoshop of the Day
Aug. 22, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/355927
http://natl.re/128lz3e
How to Get Obama Interested, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 22, 2014)
Fish Eats Fish, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 21, 2014)
Ghosts, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 20, 2014)
Social Justice, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 19, 2014)
In-Person Meetings, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 18, 2014)
Iraq Strategy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 15, 2014)
They Can Wait, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 14, 2014)
Don’t Tug on Superman’s Cape, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 13, 2014)
Emerald Gaza, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 11, 2014)
Bicycle, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 8, 2014)
The Voter Fish, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 7, 2014)
Scandal Goalie, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 6, 2014)
Wile E. Guidance, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 5, 2014)
Gaza Aid, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 4, 2014)
Don’t Shoot, by TerrellAfterMath.com (August 1, 2014)
Minaret Missile, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 31, 2014)
Punch, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 30, 2014)
The Offering, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 29, 2014)
Tunnel of Love, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 28, 2014)
Valley of Dearth, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 25, 2014)
Obama’s National Guard, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 24, 2014)
Iceberg, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 23, 2014)
Leader of the Free World, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 22, 2014)
The Bear Is Loose, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 21, 2014)
Farther Apart, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 18, 2014)
Secure? by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 17, 2014)
So Many Scandals . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 16, 2014)
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Break Shot, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 11, 2014)
Pawns, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 10, 2014)
Ship of State, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 9, 2014)
Coyote, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 8, 2014)
Obama’s Pipeline, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 7, 2014)
Fingers Crossed, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 4, 2014)
Obama’s America, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 3, 2014)
Blocked Shot, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 2, 2014)
The Obama Legacy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 1, 2014)
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‘Out Front’, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 30, 2014)
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Today in History: Battle of Bosworth Field
Aug. 22, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/384467
http://natl.re/1ol4xpa
AUGUST 22, 1485: After more than two decades, the bloody War of the Roses culminates at the Battle of Bosworth Field, where Henry Tudor defeats the army of King Richard III, who is killed in the fighting. The victory propels Henry to the throne as Henry VI and establishes the Tudor dynasty that would rule England for more than a century.
1864: The Geneva Convention adopts accords providing for the non-partisan care for sick and wounded soldiers during wartime and honoring the neutrality of medical personnel. The convention also adopts a red cross on white background as the symbol that will identify medics on the battlefield, a nod to Swiss humanitarian Jean-Henri Dunant’s advocacy of the accords.
AUGUST 21, 1858: The first of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas takes place in Ottawa, Ill., as the two vie for the state’s seat in the U.S. Senate. Slavery would dominate the debates, with Douglas favoring a state’s rights approach while Lincoln supported limiting any further expansion. Lincoln loses the election, but the debates fuel his presidential bid two years later.
1863: Captain William Quantrill leads his Quantrill’s Raiders, a Confederate guerrilla force of about 450 — among them future outlaws Frank and Jesse James — in an attack on Lawrence, Kan., in revenge for the city’s support of abolition and militias who raided pro-slavery areas of Missouri. Quantrills’ men massacre more than 150 residents and set fire to 185 buildings.
1831: Nat Turner leads a revolt with seven fellow slaves on a Virginia plantation, murdering more than 60 whites over the next two days. Turner had hoped to rally others to his cause, but the rebellion was quickly put down, and in the aftermath hundreds of blacks were killed or executed; Turner was caught and hanged six weeks later. The rebellion resulted in a rash of new restrictions on slave life.
AUGUST 20, 1998: President Bill Clinton orders cruise missile strikes against Al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan and a purported chemical weapons plant in Sudan in retaliation for the bombings of two American embassies. The strikes fail to take out Osama bin Laden, and critics noted the similarity to politically-motivated misdirection portrayed in the film Wag the Dog.
1977: NASA launches the Voyager 2 space probe on a mission to explore the outer solar system. Launched before its sister ship, Voyager 2 remains the only probe to have visited all the outer gas giants: Jupiter (in 1979), Saturn (1981), Uranus (1986), and Neptune (1989). She is currently headed to the Kuiper belt and the outer boundaries of the solar system.
1794: Revolutionary War hero General “Mad” Anthony Wayne wins a decisive victory over a British-backed confederation of Indian tribes at the Battle of Fallen Timbers near present-day Toledo. The victory clears the way for the expansion of settlements into what would become Ohio and the upper midwest territories and puts an end to British influence in the region.
AUGUST 19, 1812: The USS Constitution, one of the original ships of war built by the American Navy to protect the fledgling nation, defeats the British frigate HMS Guerrière in a fierce battle off the coast of Nova Scotia. During the fight, 18-pound British cannonballs were seen bouncing off Constitution’s sturdy 25-inch thick oak hull, lending the ship its nickname “Old Ironsides.”
1914: Speaking before the US. Senate, President Woodrow Wilson argues that the nation must stay neutral in the conflict brewing in Europe. But after Germany violates pledges to restrict submarine warfare and entices Mexico into an alliance against the U.S., Wilson returns to Congress on April 4, 1917, to request a declaration of war on Germany; the House grants it two days later.
AUGUST 18, 1227: Mongol ruler Genghis Khan dies. Khan organized the warring tribes of the harsh Mongolian steppes into a highly disciplined and mobile army and conquered an empire that stretched across Central Asia from China to the Caspian Sea. Khan’s heirs extended their rule across China and Persia and drove as far west as the Danube River, the largest land empire in human history.
1920: Tennessee narrowly ratifies the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, giving it the two-thirds majority needed to become the law of the land. The amendment, which outlawed the restriction of voting rights by sex, was the culminaton of a campaign for women’s suffrage that began more than 70 years earlier.
1587: Virginia Dare is born at the Roanoke Colony, the first child born to English parents in the Americas. The colony was first founded in 1585 by settlers sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh, but supply problems and Indian attacks drove them back to England. A second colony was begun in 1587, but when governor John White returned with supplies three years later, everyone had vanished.
AUGUST 15, 1969: The Woodstock Music & Art Fair gets underway near Bethel, N.Y., drawing more than 400,000 young people to a three-day gathering that would transform from a concert to become, for good and bad, a defining moment for the Sixties counterculture. More than 30 top acts perform at the event, where free love and copious drug use overcome rainy and poor planning.
1979: Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam film Apocalypse Now opens in U.S. theaters. Transplanting the story of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness from Africa to Southeast Asia, Coppola’s violent and vivid anti-war war film combined documentary detail with a mythic dreamscape of soldiers slowly going mad in the primordial jungle. As Coppola told critics: “It’s not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam.”
1914: After a decade of construction in the unforgiving jungles and mountains, the Panama Canal opens its massive system of locks to commercial traffic, inaugurating a new route from the Atlantic to the Pacific that would redefine international shipping. Handling just 1,000 ships in its first year, a century later annual traffic tops 14,000.
AUGUST 14, 1784: Russian fur trader Grigory Shelikhov founds the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska. The operations of the Russian American Company would later range as far south as modern-day California, but after the Crimean War bankrupted Russia, they went looking for a buyer, and in 1867 the purchase of Alaska— dubbed “Seward’s Folly” — was closed for $7.2 million.
1997: Militia-movement sympathizer Timothy McVeigh is sentenced to death for his role in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The massive explosion killed 167 people and injured more than 600, and remains the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001.
1980: Dockworkers seize the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, to demand the right to unionize after the Communist government announces new austerity measures. Among the strikers was labor leader Lech Walesa, who galvanized the workers into a broader labor movement known as Solidarity and a decade later would be elected Poland’s first non-Communist post-war president.
1945: President Harry S. Truman announces the unconditional surrender of the empire of Japan, bringing an end to the Second World War. The next day, Japanese citizens would hear the voice of Emperor Hirohito for the first time as he announced the end of the war. The formal surrender would took place on September 2 aboard USS Missouri (pictured).
AUGUST 13, 1899: Horror-film maestro Alfred Hitchcock is born in London’s East End, growing up amid talk of the then-recent killings by Jack the Ripper. Hitchcock began his storied movie career in England during the silent era before moving to Hollywood in 1939, where he created such scream-cinema masterpieces as Psycho, Rear Window, and Vertigo.
1942: Walt Disney’s classic animated feature film Bambi debuts in theaters. A high-point of the animator’s lush hand-drawn tradition, the film was filled with numerous magical animal characters that enchanted young and old audiences. Though aimed at children, the film did not shy away from portraying the tragic death of Bambi’s mother.
1934: The comic strip Li’l Abner debuts, chronicling the lives of a fictional clan of hillbillies living in the Appalachian town of Dogpatch, Kentucky. Al Capp’s creation used broad caricatures of impoverished Southern society and slang-heavy dialogue to satirize American life and politics. The strip ran for 43 years and gave birth to the Sadie Hawkins Day dance tradition.
AUGUST 12, 1961: East Germany begins construction of what it calls the “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart,” better known as the Berlin Wall. The barbed-wire and cinderblock barrier was officially meant to keep out Western influence but in reality was an attempt to stem the massive tide of defections. Steadily enlarged in the following years, the wall became a hated symbol of Communist oppression.
2000: Two catastrophic explosions inside the Russian nuclear missile submarine Kursk send the massive boat to the bottom of the Barents Sea with 118 crewmen on board. Russian naval authorities are slow to locate the wreck and begin rescue operations, resulting in unprecedented public rebukes. A later investigation determines the entire crew were dead within eight hours.
1981: Business-computing titan IBM introduces the IBM PC, which will push mainstream acceptance of computer use to new heights and create an industry standard that will dominate the market for more than two decades. The PC’s success proves a kingmaker for Microsoft, which supplied the operating system, and a setback for Apple Computer, which had dominated the industry’s early years.
1944: Navy Lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. — pictured at right with younger brother John Kennedy in 1942 — is killed in the skies over England. Kennedy’s mission was to fly a bomber carrying ten tons of explosives partway to its target in France before arming the weapons and bailing out, with the aircraft continuing via remote control. But the detonator ignited prematurely, destroying his aircraft.
AUGUST 11, 1984: During a sound check prior to his weekly radio address, President Ronald Reagan jokes: “My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” The comment causes consternation among Reagan’s critics and grist for the Soviet propaganda mill.
1965: The arrest of a young black man in Los Angeles turns violent, sparking a quickly escalating battle between mostly black residents and mostly white police later dubbed the Watts Riots. Over six days of widespread violence and looting, 34 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured as massive fires tear through whole city blocks, causing some $40 million in property damage.
AUGUST 8, 1974: In a televised address to the nation Richard Nixon announces he will resign the office of president. Facing three articles of impeachment in the House, Nixon had just two days earlier been forced to release White House audio tapes that implicated him in obstruction of justice in the Watergate investigation. The next day he departed Washington for California.
1863: A month after the disastrous defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg — where nearly a third of the Southern Army had been lost — Confederate General Robert E. Lee sends a letter of resignation to President Jefferson Davis. Lee questioned his own leadership skills and admitted to a profound fatigue after two years of war. But Davis would refuse, and Lee would stay in command for two more years.
AUGUST 7, 1782: General George Washington creates the Badge of Military Merit to honor the heroism of soldiers fighting in his Continental Army, though he would only present the decoration to three soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The badge’s embroidered heart design would later influence its official successor, the Purple Heart, which bears Washington’s profile on its face.
1964: Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution granting President Lyndon Johnson wide-ranging power to combat communist aggression in Southeast Asia. Johnson received near-unanimous support for the resolution and quickly began prosecuting the war in Vietnam, but later revelations cast doubt on the facts surrounding the incident that precipitated it.
1959: Explorer 6 transmits the first photographic image of the Earth taken from orbit, inaugurating a new era in satellite observation and reconnaissance. The spacecraft’s photocell scanner snapped the crude image during a relatively short operational life in orbit and took nearly 40 minutes to transmit it down to scientists at Cape Canaveral.
AUGUST 6, 1945: The B-29 bomber Enola Gay drops the first atomic bomb on an enemy target, incinerating the port city of Hiroshima, Japan, at 8:15 a.m local time. The “Little Boy” device detonates 1,900 feet over the ground with an explosive force of 16 kilotons, killing between 70,000 and 80,000 people in the initial blast and igniting fires across a more than four square-mile area.
1965: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, outlawing restrictions on voter access to any local, state, or federal election on the basis of race and attacking a key institution of segregation, as civil-rights icons Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks look on. Voting turnout in black communities rises significantly in the following years.
1890: Convicted murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person executed by electrocution when the sentence is carried out at Auburn prison in New York. Electrocution was meant to be a humane alternative to hanging, the dominant form of capital punishment at that time, but the grisly duration of Kemmler’s death proved the means was far from ideal.
AUGUST 5, 1962: Actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead at her home in Los Angeles in a tragic end to a storybook career that saw her become one of Hollywood’s brightest lights. First noticed in 1950’s The Asphalt Jungle, Monroe quickly rose to superstardom with roles in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot, and was linked romantically with President John Kennedy.
1981: President Ronald Reagan begins laying off air-traffic controllers two days after some 13,000 had gone on strike over working conditions. The action slowed air traffic for months, but the FAA quickly began hiring new workers and on October 22 controllers’ union, PATCO, was decertified.
1861: The first federal income tax is instituted to help pay for the men and materials needed to fight the Civil War, with the Revenue Act mandating a 3% charge on nearly any income over $800. Congress would repeal the tax in 1871, but in 1909 the 16th Amendment established the basis of the federal income-tax system that survives to this day.
AUGUST 4, 1944: Ann Frank and her family are discovered in the secret Amsterdam hiding place where they had evaded the Nazi occupation for two years. Anne and her sister Margot were later sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they both died in March 1945. Frank’s story would gain worldwide attention after the posthumous publication of the diary she kept while in hiding.
1987: The Federal Communication Commission rescinds the “Fairness Doctrine” that had required radio and television stations using public airwaves to devote time to public-interest topics and allot balanced time to opposing views. But the perceived need for diverse viewpoints was increasingly being met by proliferating cable channels. One result of the rescission was the rise of talk radio.
AUGUST 1, 1988: Rush Limbaugh debuts his daily radio broadcast to a nationwide audience, quickly attracting a large segment of listeners — later dubbed “Dittoheads” — who flock to his conservative political commentary and analysis. As his influence on political debates grew, Limbaugh would find himself attacked by major politicians including President Bill Clinton.
1981: The basic cable channel MTV Music Television begins broadcasting from New York, with its first music-video “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. MTV quickly changed the promotion of popular music and by extension the music industry itself with its popular video programming, though critics would charge it favored visuals over musical quality.
1790: The federal government conducts the first nationwide census of the United States as mandated by the Constitution, finding a population of 3.9 million living in the country’s sixteen states, districts, and territories — a figure both President Washington and Secretary of State Jefferson disputed as too low. The census resulted in the increase of the House of Representatives from 69 seats to 105.
Hillary's "Presidential" Suites
Aug. 21, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/385926
http://natl.re/1s3Ix5V
Hillary Clinton may be planning another run for the White House in 2016, but she’s already demanding “presidential” accommodations for an upcoming speaking engagement in Las Vegas. Here’s a look at Hillary’s demands, and some some of the luxurious rooms available in Sin City.
Clinton stirred controversy earlier this year when she accepted a speaking engagement at a University of Nevada Las Vegas fundraiser scheduled for this fall, with some questioning why the school had to spend $300,000 for one short speech. Clinton later “discounted” her appearance to only $225,000 — but that wasn’t all she wanted.
According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Clinton’s contract with the university spells out some decidedly 1%-er requirements. Among them: Accommodations in a “presidential suite” for her and five staffers, transportation on a private plane no smaller than a Gulfstream G450 (pictured), and a long list of do’s and don’ts about her speech and how it will be (and not be) covered.
SIN CITY GETAWAYS: While Washington, D.C., has its perks, in Las Vegas the “presidential” level doesn’t even get you into the top tier of luxury on offer. Why settle for a modest democratic title when you can indulge the tastes of a Roman or Chinese emperor, a Venetian monarch, a rock ’n roll god (or goddess), or Hugh Hefner himself. Here’s a look at some of Sin City’s swankiest suites.
Four Seasons Las Vegas: This Strip hotel offers not one but five presidential suites featuring vibrant art-deco decors with wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows, a separate butler pantry — and fresh orchids delivered daily. Cost: Starting at $3,000/night
The Bellagio: Famous for the giant fountains out front, the Bellagio offers Presidential and Chairman suites measuring more than 4,000 square feet and adorned with Gucci toiletries, private solarium and fountain, and a 24-hour butler. Cost: $5,000/night
Aria Sky Suite Villas: Located in the new City Center complex, Aria's Villas are one- and two-story suites ranging up to 7,000 square feet with amenities including private salon and fitness center, private entrance, 24-hour butler, and Hermes toiletries. Cost: $7,500/night
The Venetian: Occupying the casino’s three highest floors, the penthouses at the Venetian clock in at around 3,000 square feet and feature marble-floored bathrooms and fully-stocked wet bars. The Chairman Suite adds a personal butler, private salon, massage room, and karaoke bar. Cost: $5,000/night of the Presidential, $25,000/night for the Chairman
Caesars Palace Octavius Tower Villas: Vegas’s evocation of Roman opulence offers a range of high-end suites, but the top of the line are the Octavius Tower Villas, 10,000-square-foot rooms stocked with a baby grand piano, pool table, remote-controlled toilets, and a reported $80,000 in bedroom linens. Cost: $30,000-40,000/night
Mandarin Oriental: Also at City Center, Mandarin offers not one but three “presidential”-calibre rooms: The Emperor Suite, the Taipan Suite, and the Mandarin Suite (pictured), which includes an oversized tub overlooking the Strip, media room, and piano. Cost: Starting at $15,000/night
MGM Grand Skylofts: The hotel’s premiere luxury rooms sit on the top two floors and are filled with luxurious amenities, the all-important 24-hour doncerite and butler service, and airport chauffeur service via a custom Maybach 62 limousine. Cost: Up to $10,000/night
Las Vegas Hilton Verona Sky Villa: Paris would be proud of this huge, 15,500 square feet unit, the largest of the hotel’s three luxury villa offerings, which comes wall-to-wall with imported Italian marble floors, a private pool, private garden, observation deck, full bar and kitchen, and 24-hour butler service.
Palms Casino Hugh Hefner Sky Villa: Sure it may be the Lourdes of “War on Women” luxury, but this ode to the Playboy empire is hard to top, offering 10,000 square feet of space with a Bunny-themed outdoor infinity pool, rotating bed with a mirrored ceiling, an indoor waterfall, private gym, and eight-person hot tub and sauna. Cost: $40,000/night
The amazing view from the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa infinity pool — sadly minus the current Playmate of the Month.
Palms Casino Kingpin Suite: If you want to see how the common folk live and recreate (at least after they win the lottery), try the Kingpin Suite, a 4,500-square foot getaway which features two full-sized bowling lanes (shoes included), a full bar, theater-sized projection TV, pool table, and 24-hour butler service.
Caesars Palace Nobu Penthouse: Guests can indulge their Japanophile instincts in this expansive suite featuring a curved staircase leading to a second-story terrace, a stone hearth wall, leather sofas, and classic billiards table. Cost: Starting at $3,510/night
Wynn Las Vegas/Encore Tower Suites: Located at both hotels, these suites offer nearly 6,000 square feet of luxury in a two-story, three-bedroom duplex with billiards room, private massage room, and deep-soaking tubs. Cost: $3,500-$4,500/night
Caesars Palace Duplex Suite: Made famous in the 1988 film Rain Man, the Duplex Suite features a spectacular two-story layout with a modest 1,800 square feet, a 12-person couch, and television monitors mounted in bathroom mirrors. Cost: $3,500/night
Cosmopolitan West End Penthouses: Favored by Adele, Beyonce, and other celebrities, West End Penthouses run from 2,400 to 3,700 square feet and come with poolside Bungalow party pads, outdoor kitchens, and Jacuzzi plunge pools. Cost: $5,000/night
Red Rocks Casino and Hotel One-Eighty Suite: It’s a bit off the Strip, but this modest pad compensates with 7,500 square feet of space featuring a 180-degree view of the city, jacuzzi on the patio, pool table, and a bar with seating for ten.
#CanAnyoneConfirm
Aug. 20, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/385856
http://natl.re/1pezZLe
Reporting from Ferguson, Missouri this week, Huffington Post “Justice Reporter” Ryan Reilly tweeted this picture of orange earplugs he discovered with the question: “I believe these are rubber bullets, can anyone confirm?” As they say in the comedy biz, hilarity ensued. Here’s a look.
Twitter users immediately slammed Reilly. Wrote user Joe Walsh: “This is top notch work from a ‘justice’ reporter. Can’t distinguish between rubber bullets & earplugs.” PadTriot was even harsher: “U R An Amazingly ignorant individual and should not be reporting anything. Ever.” Others offered their own snarky research inquiries at the hashtag #CanAnyoneConfirm. Here’s a look.
“Here's a weapon Ferguson Police used to attack protesters. #CanAnyoneConfirm if those are tear gas cartridges?” (Sam Valley, @SamValley)
“My nephew left this on his porch. I think it’s an assault rifle of some sort. #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Kelly, @flyoverangel)
“This appears to be an assault rifle. #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Danny Robinson, @TheStormCro)
“Disproportionate use of Force in #Ferguson? #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (JavaJoe, @JavaJoeX)
“I believe these are hand grenades. Can @ryanjreilly or anybody else confirm?” (Jay Caruso, @JayCaruso)
“I believe this is pepper spray #CanAnyoneConfirm” (RoboCane, @RoboCane1)
“I believe this is a taser. Can @ryanjreilly confirm?” (Matt, @mdrache)
“In the aftermath. Reports are that these were launched to gas the crowds of protestors #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Jefferson Tea Party, @JeffersonTeaPar)
“I believe this is some un-detonated C-4, can anyone confirm? #ferguson @ryanjreilly @AmericanGlob #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Doug Ross, @directorblue)
“I believe this is a secret Air Force assault plane #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Solvang, @Solvang84)
“This looks like a detonation device. Not sure though. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Olliander, @ollieblog)
“I’ve found what appears to be an expended bomb shell in #Ferguson. #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Leslie, @LADowd)
“I think the sharp metal thingy on the right is a Samurai sword - Can you confirm, @ryanjreilly” (Cameron Gray, @Cameron_Gray)
“Chris Hayes: We think these are rocks. #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Barry Johnson, @ItsBarryYo)
“I believe this is a Ferguson protestor with hands in the air. #CanAnyOneConfirm?” (Bernie Gilbert, @Bernie_Gilbert)
“I believe this is a cop in riot hear harassing a #Ferguson protester in rain gear, #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Vigilant Veteran, @VigilantVeteran)
“I believe this is one of #Fergurson PD's new hateful supercops spoken of by Alex Jones. #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Dr. Kanko Swag, @kankokage)
“First known photo of #DarrenWilliams #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (MrGasMaskMan), @MrGasMaskMan)
“I believe this is Officer Darren Wilson. #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (The One Who Knocks, @Goodie1969)
“#Ferguson police now setting up road blocks to prevent children from crossing street. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Bro-Lo El Cunado, @BigDustinC)
“This MRAP sure has an odd siren. #CanAnyoneConfirm why?” (neontaster, @neontaster)
“#CanAnyoneConfirm Is the Army sending tanks to #Ferguson?” (VodkaVulcan, @VodkaVulcan)
“I believe this is an urban as-salt vehicle. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Chris Ryan, @thestreeter)
“I just spotted a Sooper Seekrit Audio Noise Connection Weapon Thing, It's white and looks racist #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Laura Rosen Cohen, @LauraRosenCohen)
“I think it's illegal to carry this many clips in D.C.” (TocksNedlog, @gypsyluc)
“I believe I’ve found evidence that POTUS was in Ferguson last night. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Mr Odell Hayes, @WOODROWNGUS)
“I believe this is a failed president, #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Charlie Johnson, @SemperBanU)
“I believe this is Cy Young. #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Kregg, @DrActorKJ)
“I believe these are 80 pound dumbbells.” (The 57th State© ℅EF™, @EF517_V2)
“I believe this is a concussed Grandma making a gang sign. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (The 57th State© ℅EF™, @EF517_V2)
“#CanAnyoneConfirm I think the hotel @ryanjreilly is staying in has “blueberries” on complimentary breakfast” (O Bow Mao Truth Team, @BowMaoTruthteam)
“These bullets look like they wrap around someone’s feet like bolas… #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (AOTUS, @The_Autopen)
“Free candy in the restroom. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (The Barbecutioner, @BBQGiant)
“I believe these are face masks #CanAnyoneConfirm” (OldSchoolBYU, @OldSchoolBYU)
“I believe this is a time machine. #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (David Burge, @iowahawkblog)
“This is the wrong way to drink milk… #CanAnyoneConfirm? (O Bow Mao Truth Team, @BowMaoTruthTeam)
“It’s about to get real. Military moving into #Ferguson. #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Mister Brent, @therightplanet1)
“I believe this is a US destroyer #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Kim, @mrskimcarn)
“I believe this needs more guacameowly. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Justice Don Willett, @JusticeWillett)
“I think I’ve found evidence of chemical warfare. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Michael Frisbie, @PastorFrisbie)
“Are these Armor Piercing Bullets? found on the scene #Ferguson… #CanAnyoneConfirm” (JavaJe, @JavaJoeX)
“Empty clips found all over the streets of #Ferguson #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Jefferson Tea Party, @JeffersonTeaPar)
“Looks like we might have found more dangerous rubber bullets. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (GunRightsAcrAmerica, @GRAAmerica)
“#CanAnyoneConfirm This is the new NOAA global warming forecaster???” 9Steven Thompson, @Thunderstixx)
“I believe this is the getaway driver from the Ferguson store looting last night. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Jimini27, @Jimni27)
“Hard to unsee this. Saw some gang graffiti tags. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Catherine, @museofhistory)
“This is tear gas, #CanAnyoneConfirm” (The Barbecutioner, @BBQGiant)
“I believe this is a mutant elephant, caused by the Fukushima radiation leak. Can anyone confirm?” (Matt, @mdrache)
“Apparently evidence of water boarding in #Ferguson, #CanAnyoneConfirm” (Pundit Review, @PunditReview)
“Not sure if this is what police refer to as "razor wire" or stun device. #CanAnyoneConfirm” (If Itsthisname, @Ifitsthisname)
“I believe this is one of the horse-mounted police horses used to kick protestors into submission. #CanAnyoneConfirm?” (Dr. Kanko Swag, @kankokage)
Clashes in Ferguson
Aug. 20, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/385402
http://natl.re/1putHa3
TUESDAY, AUGUST 19: The daily protest gatherings appeared to heed calls for calm on Tuesday evening, only to see a return to violence aimed at police forces and a resulting crackdown that once agin filled the air with lights, sirens, and tear gas.
As with previous days, the gatherings and marches during daylight hours were largely peaceful affairs, punctuated by heated rhetoric directed at law enforcement, as authorities strove to keep demonstrators moving through the usual location.
Some arrests were made during the daytime demonstrations.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson again walked among the crowd to call for an end to the violence.
Law enforcement and Ferguson community leaders appealed for a night of calm to help ease tensions. A noticeably smaller crowd remained after dark, changing the mantra “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” that has become the protesters rallying cry throughout the unrest.
A young demonstrators waves a sign that reads “Justice!”
After clashes broke out with police, some in the crowd stove to prevent further escalations, locking arms and confronting those in the crowd bent on violence.
A man stands between police and protesters to appeal for calm.
An older man appeals for calm from a group of younger men wearing masks and face coverings.
Some demonstrators and onlookers took shelter inside a nearby business.
A business owner tussles with a young demonstrator, forcing him outside.
Verbal confrontations escalated later in the evening after bottles were thrown at police.
A policeman speaks with demonstrators as tensions escalate.
Authorities reported that some protesters had thrown urine at police, and additional threats were made from a passing vehicle. In all police made 47 arrests on Tuesday evening.
MONDAY, AUGUST 18: More clashes shook the streets of Ferguson on Monday as the arrival of the Missouri National Guard and the cancellation of the midnight curfew failed to quell the growing crowd of protesters and the growing anger surrounding the investigation of the death of Michael Brown more than a week ago.
Authorities report at least 31 persons were arrested in renewed clashes, which saw the air along Florissant Avenue once again filled with smoke and tear gas as police and demonstrators vied for control.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson told reporters that there was information that some of the more disruptive participants had travelled to Ferguson from as far away as New York and California. Pictured, protesters tip over a porta-potty onto Florissant Avenue.
Johnson had been sent to Ferguson to try and reduce tensions between police and local residents, but that mission appears to have failed as clashes have only increased in intensity since the weekend.
As on previous days, earlier demonstrations were largely peaceful, though arrests did take place as police tried to keep people moving along Florissant, where most of the unrest has taken place.
Rapper Nelly arrived on Monday to join the protests.
Among the large group of demonstrators, a man with a megaphone speaks to the crowd.
Anger rises among the demonstrators.
A melee ensues as police move to arrest a demonstrator.
Heavily-armed special police units were once again out in force.
Police units form a line to prevent demonstrators from moving further.
Riot police advance on the crowd.
Police wear gas masks as they deploy tear gas in the crowd of demonstrators.
A man reacts to the effects of tear gas.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17: After the curfew on Saturday evening broke down into more clashes and arrests, police increased their presence on the streets on Sunday. But as night fell the situation again turned violent, with demonstrators taunting police and drawing a firm response from police.
After another day of violent clashes and flaunting of the town's midnight curfew, Missouri governor announced late Sunday evening that he is deploying the Missouri National Guard to restore order.
Said Nixon: "Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard ... in restoring peace and order to this community,"
Police with riot gear assemble earlier in the evening to deal with the gathered crowd.
Special units prepare to head out as a tear-gas shell streams from behind an armored vehicle.
Police respond to reports of looting at an area business.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16: By Saturday, Missouri governor Jay Nixon announced a midnight curfew in an attempt to gain control over the streets of Ferguson in the wake of Friday's continued unrest and growing anger over emerging details of the investigation. Pictured, police maintain order during daylight.
Local business owner Mustafa Alshalabi cleans up his store, Sam’s Meat Market, the morning after looters ransacked it.
Local shopowners brandish firearms to protect their property from further looting.
Two groups of demonstrators march down Florissant Avenue.
Demonstrators pass a line of police.
Captain Ronald Johnson talks with demonstrators earlier in the evening in attempt to head off more clashes with police.
Police stand guard at the 911 Hair Salon.
Police stand guard at area businesses.
Police stand guard at area businesses.
The energy level of demonstrators remain high.
Demonstrators hold up homemade signs.
Police shoot smoke cannisters into the gathered crowd.
Demonstrators run to grab smoke cannisters and hurl them back at police.
Demonstrators and journalists run as police fire tear gas into the crowd.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15: By week's end, the stronger police presence had returned after several businesses suffered damage and crowds of demonstrators continued to challenge law enforcement.
A demonstrators wears one of many tee-shirts with the image of Michael Brown.
A demonstrator wears a bandana as a mask to conceal her identity. Some have also used masks to cope with smoke and tear gas fired by police.
Fellow Ferguson residents try to restrain energized demonstrators.
Demonstrators stand and kneel in front of law enforcement officials.
Demonstrators climb vehicles travelling Florissant Avenue.
Cars crowd Florissant Avenue as rain begins to fall.
Capt. Ron Johnson, joined by Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay (at left) uses a bullhorn to appeal for calm.
Looters among the demonstrators raid an area liquor store.
Looters emerge from a local business.
Looters flee the scene.
Law enforcement prepare to move against the demonstrators.
A police officer chases a demonstrator.
Particles from a concussion grenade explode into the air.
A demonstrators walks amid gas cannisters fired by police.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 14: Protesters walk down Florissant Avenue as demonstrations continued.
Demonstrators show the "Don't Shoot" hands-up gesture to gathered media.
Demonstrators gather near the location where Michael Brown was gunned down by a Ferguson police officer on August 9.
Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ronald Johnson walks among demostrators as night falls. Johnson, a Ferguson native, was brought in to take over security from local police in an attempt to quiet tensions.
A child's train joins the demonstrations on Florissant Avenue.
Tear gas spreads through the crowd.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13: Some 500 demonstrators gathered Wednesday to continue protests against the shooting and delays in identified the police officers involved. Protesters vented their anger and in some cases taunted police.
Local police and other law-enforcement personnel have stepped up their presence on city streets over the past several days. But some observers wonder if the show of force, including military-style weapons and tactics, is only exacerbating tensions.
Though confrontations have been loud and vocal thorugh the week, there has as yet not been a repeat of the looting and arson the broke out on August 10, when some two dozen local businesses were damaged and a convenience store was gutted by flames. Nine persons have been charged in those incidents.
Throughout the night, as they have done since the demonstrations began last weekend, many protesters advanced on police lines with arms held high in the air in a gesture of surrender, exclaiming “Don’t Shoot! Don’t Shoot.”
After repeated calls to disperse were ignored, police cracked down with riot gear and tear gas.
Police line up to push the protesters back.
Some demonstrators responded by throwing the tear gas canisters back at police, while others attempted to hurl homemade molotov cocktails.
An Al-Jazeera news crew flees the scene as teear gas strikes their camera location.
Police guarded area businesses to head off a repeat of Sunday's looting and arson.
Tear gas and smoke filled the night air as police moved against demonstrators.
A demonstator braves the smoke to grab a gas cannister and hurl it back at police.
Smoke from tear gas and gas cannisters drifted into nearby neighborhoods.
Police fan out to secure nearby neighborhoods and search for violent protesters.
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