DC street names and Civil War heroes – Sedgwick, Upton, Rodman

  • Sedgwick St. – John Sedgwick was a commander in the Army of the Potomac. He performed brilliantly under fire in the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg. He died from sniper fire at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in 1864. His last words were “they couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” Ulysses S. Grant said that he would rather lose 1,000 men than John Sedgwick. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sedgwick
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  • Upton St – is named after Emory Upton, a general in the Army of the Potomac that revolutionized how infantry could attack entrenched defenders. After the war he trained the PRussian Army on American infantry tactics prior to the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.
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  • Rodman St – is named after a commander in the Army of the Potomac that held off A.P. Hill’s counter attack at the Battle of Antietam

NBA Usher and little kid in an epic dance off

By Sam Laird1 day ago

Last week, we brought you footage of an NBA usher and young boy staging a hilariously amazing dance battle on the Jumbotron “dance cam” at a recent Detroit Pistons game. Video of the duo’s incredible moves has been watched more than 8 million times on YouTube.

Now they’re back, throwing down in typically excellent fashion on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night. You can watch — and hopefully pick up some moves of your own — in the clip embedded atop this post.

History of How Friday The 13th Originates

History of How Friday The 13th Originates

Fear of Friday the 13th, also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia, plagues our society. The diagnosis brings together “Frigg,” a Norse goddess and Friday’s namesake, and  “triskaidekaphobia,” fear of the number 13 in general.

Every year, the world loses $700 to $800 million on Friday the 13th because people won’t conduct business as usual. Many especially refuse to fly.

On top of that, almost 80% of high rise buildings skip the 13th floor. Many airports exclude gate 13, and hospitals regularly avoid room 13.

So where does this superstition originate? The roots link back to religion — of all denominations and time periods.

History of a superstition

First and foremost, the Last Supper’s 13th guest (and last apostle), Judas, supposedly betrayed Jesus. Then, His Crucifixion occurred on a Friday. Some scholars also believe Eve tempted Adam on a Friday.

Also, Babylon’s ancient Code of Hammurabi skips number 13 when listing laws. Egyptians considered the afterlife the 13th phase of life.

But the number thirteen’s cursed beginnings fall outside the rise of Christianity, too. A similar story occurs in Norse mythology. The 11 closest friends of Odin, the father of all gods, chose to dine together when Loki, the god of evil and chaos, crashed the party. One of the gods, Balder, the god of joy and happiness, died that evening.

If you take those tales as fiction instead of fact, math also has a stake in why people get bad vibes from the number thirteen. First, 12 appears a lot in our culture — 12 months in a year, 12 hours on a clock, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 apostles of Jesus. We love 12.

12 is a “pseudoperfect” number, according to Wolfram. The sum of some of its divisors equals the whole number. For example, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 go into 12. Both 2+4+6 and 1+2+3+6 equal 12.

On December 12, 2012, a boy in Alabama turned 12 at 12:12 p.m. People started calling him everything from “the chosen one” to a sign of the impending apocalypse.

Thirteen has a tough act to follow.

Regardless of where, when, or how this superstition started, we’ve perpetuated our own fear. “If nobody bothered to teach us about these negative taboo superstitions like Friday the 13th, we might in fact all be better off,” Stuart Vyse, psychology professor at Connecticut College in New London, told National Geographic.

Leonardo DiCaprio Might Play a Viking King

Leonardo DiCaprio Might Play a Viking King

Leonardo DiCaprio is already thinking about playing 19th-century Russian badass/mystic Grigori Rasputin, but he’s also getting in the mix with a movie about Vikings. The project is called King Harald, and Vacancy writer Mark L. Smith is penning it with DiCaprio in mind. “The subject: Harald Hardrada, the 11th Century conqueror who has been called the last great Viking king.” The man ruled Norway for two solid decades, “but his quest for power and thirst for battle led to his being exiled for a time to Russia and then returning in triumph.” Deadline says the movie’s being pitched as “a Braveheart-style story. DiCaprio, a history buff, has long been interested in headlining a Viking movie; he had once circled a film about Viking warriors that Mel Gibson was to direct.” DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company is definitely onboard; now let’s see if Leo has it in him to go full-Viking.

Last Night on Chelsea Lately: Watch Lindsay Lohan’s Monologue


Lindsay Lohan took over for Chelsea Handler last night on Lately, and with a “lovely court-ordered vacation in Malibu” behind her, she delivered on her promises of being “happy, healthy,” and actually pretty funny. She even thanked Anthony Weiner, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber for picking up the paparazzi slack during her absence. Watch Lilo’s monologue straight ahead:


Fire Wagon circa 1842

Fire Wagon circa 1842

When I first saw these all I could think about was “Gangs of New York”

Sign reads: “Developed in Philadelphia in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, this engine style was pulled by hand to a fire. Pump handles (called brakes) and standing boards could be folded up to maneuver through crowded streets. With both extended, twenty or more fire fighters could operate the pumps, with teams working in short shifts.
Such an engine could throw about 100 gallons of water per minute on a blaze from 150 feet or more. Fire fighter directed the streams from a long nozzle on top, or though leather hoses attached to the sides. These pumpers used similar hoses to draw water directly from municipal hydrants and cisterns.”


Graham (R) considers war with Iran while America is $16 Trillion in debt

Graham (R) considers war with Iran while America is $16 Trillion in debt

We just got out of a War that contributed to our $16,740,446,280,396.95.  For those who can’t count that high that equals over 16 trillion dollars.  Not that I want Iran to build another Nuclear weapon, but they’ll do it anyways!  They do not like be threatened by the U.S it makes them uneasy.

What do you guys think?  If War isn’t the Answer, what is?




National History Museum

Old Wagons

I spent Sunday morning in the National History Museum in downtown Washington, DC. These old wagons brought me back to the old days of playing Oregon Trail on old school Apple computers.

Should I  ford the river or dock the wagon and float it?


Summer butterfly

Summer butterfly

I came home for lunch and saw this butterfly, plus two bumble bees pollinating a plant outside my house. What a beautiful sight! Got me thinking about the whole pollination process and the crucial role bees and butterflies play in it.

About – The Liberal Critique



Are you sick of the media telling you how to think?  Well I am.  No this isn’t a used car commercial, but it is a pitch.  Every automaton out there (by which I mean just about everyone), blindly follows the loudest voice simply because it drowns out all the others.  Now is the time to revolt!  Or give up, whichever seems easier.