Friday, February 29, 2008

Winter Child's Play sledding and snowy playground

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winter snow on the playground
Children at Winter play in Riverside Park on the upper westside of Manhattan, NYC. Sledding while parents look on and a hardy monkey bar enthusiast on a snowy playground..

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Republican Elephant by Thomas Nast



1874 Nast cartoon depicted GOP as an elephant demolishing the flimsy planks of the Democrats. The "Third-Term Panic", by Thomas Nast, originally published in Harper's Magazine 7 November 1874.

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February 28, 1854 - The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.

Republican Elephant by Thomas Nast

History of the United States Republican Party From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Republican Party was created in 1854 in opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Act that would have allowed the expansion of slavery into Kansas. The Republican activists denounced the act as proof of the power of the Slave Power—the powerful class of southern slaveholders who were conspiring to control the federal government and to spread slavery nationwide. The name "Republican" gained such favor in 1854 because "republicanism" was the paramount political value the new party meant to uphold. The party founders adopted the name "Republican" to indicate it was the carrier of "republican" beliefs about civic virtue, and opposition to aristocracy and corruption. The name had been in previous use by Jeffersonians, Jacksonians, and nationalists.

Besides opposition to slavery, the new party put forward a progressive vision of modernizing the United States—emphasizing higher education, banking, railroads, industry and cities, while promising free homesteads to farmers. They vigorously argued that free-market labor was superior to slavery and the very foundation of civic virtue and true American values—this is the "Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men" ideology explored by historian Eric Foner.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sparrows in the family Passeridae

Sparrows in the family Passeridae

Sparrows in the family Passeridae
Wintering over sparrows at the Collegiate School garden located on the upper west side of Manhattan at 77th and West End Ace.. The school traces is history back to 1628.

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Sparrow From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The "true sparrows", the Old World sparrows in the family Passeridae, are small passerine birds. Generally, sparrows tend to be small, plump brown-grey birds with short tails and stubby yet powerful beaks. The differences between sparrow species can be subtle. They are primarily seed-eaters, though they also consume small insects. A few species scavenge for food around cities and, like gulls or pigeons, will happily eat virtually anything in small quantities. This family ranges in size from the Chestnut Sparrow (Passer eminibey), at 11.4 cm (4.5 inches) and 13.4 g., to the Parrot-billed Sparrow (Passer gongonensis), at 18 cm (7 inches) and 42 g. (1.5 oz).

The Old World true sparrows are found indigenously in Europe, Africa and Asia. In Australia and the Americas, early settlers imported some species which quickly naturalised, particularly in urban and degraded areas. House Sparrows, for example, are now found throughout North America, in every state of Australia except Western Australia, and over much of the heavily populated parts of South America.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Amelia Earhart



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SUMMARY: Portrait, head and shoulders, facing front. MEDIUM: 1 photographic print. CREATED, PUBLISHED: c1928. NOTES: Copyright by Underwood and Underwood. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

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Amelia Mary Earhart (24 July 1897 – missing 2 July 1937, declared deceased 5 January 1939) was a noted American aviation pioneer, author and women's rights advocate. Earhart was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, which she was awarded as the first woman "aviatrix" to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records,[5] wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for women pilots.

Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937. Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues to this day.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Winter Riverside Drive (Manhattan)



Riverside Drive at 81st street looking south then north February 22, 2008

Riverside Drive (Manhattan) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Riverside Drive is a scenic north-south thoroughfare in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The boulevard runs generally parallel to the Hudson River from 72nd Street to near the George Washington Bridge at 181st Street on the west side of Manhattan. At points Riverside Drive is a wide avenue; at other points it narrows to a serpentine neighborhood street. Some of the most coveted addresses in New York are located along its route.

Riverside Drive was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted as part of his concept for Riverside Park.
It passes through the Manhattan neighborhoods of the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, over Manhattanville in West Harlem by way of the Riverside Drive Viaduct and Washington Heights. Among the monuments, sights and institutions along its route are the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Statue of Joan of Arc, Grant's Tomb, The Riverside Church, Riverbank State Park, Trinity Church Cemetery, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Fort Washington Park.

Most of Riverside Drive was built along an older road. Due to the hilly terrain, Riverside Drive passes over 96th Street, 125th Street and 158th Street on viaducts; at 125th Street, an old alignment is present, also named Riverside Drive. At its north end, Riverside Drive used to merge with the northbound lanes of the Henry Hudson Parkway, which were originally part of the road. However, in 2005, a retaining wall collapsed onto the roadway and on the Northbound Henry Hudson Parkway. To this day, the right lane of the Henry Hudson Parkway remains closed and Riverside Drive is closed at 181st Street. A detour takes you to Haven Avenue to Fort Washington Avenue.

The section exiting the parkway at the Dyckman Street exit and ending at Broadway is still known as Riverside Drive.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Full Moon Over Observation Hill Antarctica

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Full Moon Over Observation Hill A full moon behind the cross on Observation Hill at McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica. The cross stands as a memorial to the members of Sir Robert Falcon Scott's journey to the South Pole in 1911-1912. The National Science Foundation funds and manages the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), which carries forward the Nation's goals of supporting the Antarctic Treaty, fostering cooperative research with other nations, protecting the Antarctic environment, and developing measures to ensure only equitable and wise use of resources.

The program comprises research by scientists selected from universities and other research institutions and operations and support by a contractor and other agencies of the U.S. Government. NSF operates three U.S. scientific stations year-round on the continent: McMurdo Station located on the Ross Sea--Antarctica's largest station that serves as a "gateway" to Antarctica for U.S. scientific field teams as well as the hub for most of the U.S. scientific activity; Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, located 841 statute miles inland from McMurdo, at the geographic South Pole; and Palmer Station, located on Anvers Island in the Antarctic Peninsula region.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

B-2 Spirit stealth bomber

B-2 Spirit stealth bomberThe "Spirit" in Guam. ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- A B-2 Spirit stealth bomber deployed from the 393rd Bomb Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., waits on the flightline here.
The B-2 Spirits and more than 270 personnel from the 393rd Bomb Squadron are deployed here in support of Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region, enhancing regional security and the U.S. commitment to the Western Pacific. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

Fuel the Spirt - OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN -- A B-2 Spirit bomber soars during a deployment to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The bomber deployed as part of a rotation that has provided U.S. Pacific Command officials a continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region,
enhancing regional security and the U.S. commitment to the Western Pacific. It is from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Val Gempis)

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Winter in Riverside Park NYC

Winter in Riverside Park NYC

Winter in Riverside Park NYC

Winter in Riverside Park NYC
Riverside Park (Manhattan) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Riverside Park is a scenic waterfront public park on the Upper West Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City, operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The park consists of a narrow four-mile strip of land between the Hudson River and the gently curving rise-and-fall of Riverside Drive. When the park was first laid out, access to the river was blocked by the right-of-way of the New York Central Railroad West Side Line; it was covered over with an esplanade later. It also contains part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway which encircles Manhattan's waterfronts, with car free bike routes.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Angel and Earth

Angel and EarthAngel and Earth. Broadway and 59th street, Columbus Circle, New York City.

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Columbus Circle From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Columbus Circle, named for Christopher Columbus, is a major landmark and point of attraction in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Completed in 1905 and renovated a century later, it is located at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park West, Central Park South (59th Street), and Eighth Avenue, at the southwest corner of Central Park, with coordinates 40°46′05″N, 73°58′55″W. The traffic circle was designed by William P. Eno, a businessman who pioneered many early innovations in road safety and traffic control, as part of Frederick Law Olmsted's vision for the park, which included a "Grand Circle" at Merchants' Gate, its most important Eighth Avenue entrance.

The monument at the center, created by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo,[1] is the point at which distances to and from New York City are officially measured. It was erected as part of New York's 1892 commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus' first voyage to the Americas. Constructed with funds raised by Il Progresso, a New York City-based Italian-language newspaper, the monument consists of a marble statue of Columbus atop a 70-foot granite rostral column decorated with bronze reliefs representing Columbus' ships: the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María. Its pedestal features an angel holding a globe.

Renovations to the circle completed in 2005 included new water fountains (by WET Design, of Fountains of Bellagio fame), wooden benches, and plantings encircling the monument. The inner circle measures approximately 36,000 square feet (3,300 m²), and the outer circle is approximately 148,000 square feet (13,700 m²). The redesign, by the Olin Partnership of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the recipient of the 2006 American Society of Landscape Architects’ General Design Award Of Honor.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

St. Patrick's Day Souvenir Postcard

St. Patrick's Day  Souvenir. PostcardPostcard: "St. Patrick's Day Souvenir" postmarked 1912 in the United States. On postcard: "OLD WEIR BRIDGE". Description: "1912 POSTCARD ST. PATRICK'S DAY SOUVENIR; POSTALLY USED and CANCELLED MARCH 1912".
Pictured: The painting depicted is of the "Old Weir Bridge" located near Dinis Cottage, in Killarney National Park, Ireland. Source: eBay store Web page.

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Killarney National Park From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Killarney National Park (Irish: Páirc Náisiúnta Chill Airne) is located beside the town of Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. It was the first national park established in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish state in 1932. The park has since been substantially expanded and encompasses over 102.89 km2 (25,425 acres) of diverse ecology, including the Lakes of Killarney, Oak and Yew woodlands of international importance, and mountain peaks. It has Ireland’s only native herd of Red Deer and the most extensive covering of native forest remaining in Ireland. The park is of high ecological value because of the quality, diversity, and extensiveness of many of its habitats and the wide variety of species that they accommodate, some of which are rare. The park was designated an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1981. The park is also known for its beautiful scenery.

Dúchas, The Heritage Service is responsible for the management and administration of the park. Nature conservation is main objective of the park, and ecosystems in their natural state are highly valued. Recreation and tourism amenities are also provided for.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Clean Air Hybrid Electric Bus

Clean Air Hybrid Electric BusNew York City Clean Air Hybrid Electric Bus. The M104 uptown at Broadway between 77th and 78th streets

NYC Transit has the largest hybrid-electric bus fleet in North America. By the end of 2007, the hybrid fleet exceeded 550 buses.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) presented the Clean Air Excellence Award to New York City Transit's Department of Buses for the purchase of hybrid electric buses, its use of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and diesel particulate filters, and its diesel engine repowering program.

In November 2005, the California Transportation Energy Future Conference gave New York City Transit's Department of Buses its Blue Sky Merit Award for contributions to clean air and energy efficiency.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Presidents Day Saviours of our country

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SUMMARY: Head-and-shoulders portraits of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Grover Cleveland, with the U.S. Capitol in background. MEDIUM: 1 print : lithograph. CREATED, PUBLISHED: c1884.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Saint Patrick's Day Hats and Toys

+sookie tex. Saint Patrick's Day Hats and Toys. Public Domain ClipArt Stock Photos and Images. St. Patrick's Day Hats, toys and merchandise at the Paper House between 72d and 73d streets on Amsterdam ave. in New York City.

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Saint Patrick's Day From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461), one of the patron saints of Ireland. It takes place on 17 March, the date on which Patrick is held to have died.

The day is the national holiday of the Irish people. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland, and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Montserrat, and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the rest of Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Presidents Day George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

Presidents Day George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

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TITLE: National picture. Behold oh! American, your sons the greatest among men / O. Knirsch, Chgo. ; lith. by Chas. Shober, Chicago. CALL NUMBER: PGA - Shober--Behold (C size) [P and P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-90652 (b and w film copy neg.)

SUMMARY: One of the numerous patriotic apotheosis scenes produced in the months following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. (The Library's impression of "National Picture" was deposited for copyright on July 18, 1865 months after Lincoln's death.) As in many of these prints, the artist eulogizes the martyr Lincoln by comparison with George Washington. Here the two men stand on a miniaturized continent of North America over which ominous dark clouds part and give way to the divine light of Providence.

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George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

The words "Under Providence Washington Made and Lincoln Saved Our Country" appear in the sky. The two figures flank a shield of stars and stripes, which they support and which rests on the symbols of war: a cannon, sword, cannonballs, and shells. Washington holds in his hand the Constitution, and Lincoln his Proclamation of Emancipation. A second, smaller version of the print, drawn by Louis Kurz, was copyrighted later the same year by Shogren and was also printed by Shober. (See "National Picture," no. 1865-8.)

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MEDIUM: 1 print on wove paper: lithograph printed in buff and black ; image 35.8 x 41.5 cm. CREATE, /PUBLISHED: [Chicago : Shober], c1865.

CREATOR: Shober, Charles, lithographer. RELATED NAMES: Knirsch, Otto, artist. NOTES: Title from print. "Entered ... 1865 by E[rick] Shogren ... Illinois."

Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1865-7.

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One of the numerous patriotic apotheosis scenes produced in the months following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. (The Library's impression of "National Picture" was deposited for copyright on July 18, 1865 months after Lincoln's death.) As in many of these prints, the artist eulogizes the martyr Lincoln by comparison with George Washington. Here the two men stand on a miniaturized continent of North America over which ominous dark clouds part and give way to the divine light of Providence.

The words "Under Providence Washington Made and Lincoln Saved Our Country" appear in the sky. The two figures flank a shield of stars and stripes, which they support and which rests on the symbols of war: a cannon, sword, cannonballs, and shells. Washington holds in his hand the Constitution, and Lincoln his Proclamation of Emancipation.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Construction Cranes

Construction Cranes

Construction Cranes
New York City Construction site, development of the entire block between 77th and 76th streets on the westside of Amsterdam Ave. The demolition of a 4 story parking garage for construction of a modern residential high rise.

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Crane (machine) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A crane is a mechanical lifting device equipped with a winder, wire ropes and sheaves that can be used both to lift and lower materials and to move them horizontally. It uses one or more simple machines to create mechanical advantage and thus move loads beyond the normal capability of a human. Cranes are commonly employed in the transport industry for the loading and unloading of freight; in the construction industry for the movement of materials; and in the manufacturing industry for the assembling of heavy equipment.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

March is Women's History Month

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Women's History Month is an annual declared month in the United States that highlights contributions of women to events in history. March is declared Women's History Month.

The annual event traces its beginnings to the first International Women's Day in 1911. In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California participated in Women's History Week, an event designed around the week of March 8 (International Women's Day). In 1981, responding to the growing popularity of the event, Congress passed a resolution making Women's History Week a national holiday. This week was well received and soon after schools across the country began to have their own local celebrations.

The next year, leaders from the California group shared their project at a Women's History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Other participants not only became determined to begin their own local Women's History Week projects but also agreed to support an effort to have Congress declare a national Women's History Week. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) cosponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a "Women's History Week." Soon, other state departments of education began to encourage celebrations of National Women's History Week as a way to promote equality among the sexes in the classroom.

Maryland, Pennsylvania, Alaska, New York, Oregon and other states developed and distributed curriculum materials all of their public schools, which prompted such events such as essay contests. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities got on the bandwagon that was National Women's History Week, with the support and encouragement from governors, city councils, school boards, and the U.S. Congress. Congress legally expanded the focus to a whole month in 1987. Since then, the National Women's History Month Resolution has been approved with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine's Stuffed Animals Teddy Bears

Valentine's Stuffed Animals Teddy BearsA wall of Valentine's stuffed animals and Valentine's Teddy Bears with hearts and chocolates

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Teddy bear From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The teddy bear is a stuffed toy bear. It is an enduring, traditional form of stuffed animal, often serving the purpose of comforting children. In recent times, some teddy bears have become expensive collector's items. Teddy bear collectors are known as arctophiles from the Greek words 'arcto' (bear) and 'philos' (lover).

Commercially made, mass-produced teddy bears are predominantly made as toys for children. These bears have safety joints for attaching arms legs and heads. They must have securely fastened eyes that do not pose a choking hazard for small children. These "plush" bears must meet a rigid standard of construction in order to be marketed to children in the United States and in the European Union.

By contrast, artist bears are not mass produced and are not intended for small children. In fact, most carry a tag saying that "These bears are intended for an adult market of avid collectors. They are individually created by a whole host of artists around the world. Many of these artists design their own bears as well as making them by hand or stitching them up on home sewing machines. These bears are not mass marketed."

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New York City Winter Scenes

New York City Winter Scenes

New York City Winter Scene
New York City Winter Scenes, Looking up Broadway from 77th street toward 108th street and looking east on 77th street toward P.S. 87 The William Sherman Elementary School

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Charlie Chaplin

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Charlie Chaplin From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr., KBE (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977), better known as Charlie Chaplin, was an English comedy actor. Chaplin became one of the most famous actors as well as a notable director and musician in the early to mid Hollywood cinema era. He is considered to be one of the finest mimes and clowns ever caught on film and has greatly influenced performers in this field.

He acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films. Chaplin was also one of the most creative and influential personalities in the silent-film era. His working life in entertainment spanned over 65 years, from the Victorian stage and music hall in the United Kingdom as a child performer, almost until his death at the age of eighty-eight. Chaplin's high-profile public and private life encompassed highs and lows with both adulation and controversy.

His principal character was "The Tramp" (known as "Charlot" in France and the French-speaking world, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Turkey, and as "Carlitos" in Brazil). "The Tramp" is a vagrant with the refined manners and dignity of a gentleman. The character wears a tight coat, oversized trousers and shoes, and a derby; carries a bamboo cane; and has a signature toothbrush moustache.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-122

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Chrysalis As if emerging from a cocoon, space shuttle Atlantis races into the sky on mission STS-122 to the International Space Station. The launch is the third attempt for Atlantis since December 2007 to carry the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station.

During the 11-day mission, the crew's prime objective is to attach the laboratory to the Harmony module, adding to the station's size and capabilities. Image Credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph, Tony Gray, Robert Murray

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John Quincy Adams

John Quincy AdamsJohn Quincy Adams The first-ever photograph of an American President (taken late in his life).

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United States presidential election, 1824 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In the United States presidential election of 1824, John Quincy Adams was elected President on February 9, 1825 after the election was decided by the House of Representatives. The previous few years had seen a one-party government in the United States, as the Federalist Party had dissolved, leaving only the Democratic-Republican Party. In this election, the Democratic-Republican Party splintered as four separate candidates sought the presidency. The faction led by Andrew Jackson would evolve into the Democratic Party, while the factions led by John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay would become the National Republican Party and later the Whig Party.

This election is notable for being the only time since the passage of the Twelfth Amendment in which the presidential election was decided by the House of Representatives, as no candidate received a majority of the electoral vote. This presidential election was also the only one in which the candidate receiving the most electoral votes did not become president (because a majority, not just a plurality, is required to win). It is also often said to be the first election in which the president did not win the popular vote, although the popular vote was not measured nationwide. At that time, several states did not conduct a popular vote, allowing their state legislature to choose their electors.

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Gargoyle Female with Jewelry

Gargoyle Female with  JewelryGargoyle Female with Jewelry. Historic Hotel Belleclaire New York City, 77th street and Broadway.

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Gargoyle From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building.

The term originates from the French gargouille, originally "throat" or "gullet"; cf. Latin gurgulio, gula, and similar words derived from the root gar, "to swallow", which represented the gurgling sound of water (e.g., Spanish garganta, "throat"; Spanish gárgola, "gargoyle").

A chimera, or a grotesque figure, is a sculpture that does not work as a waterspout and serves only an ornamental or artistic function. These are also usually called gargoyles in laypersons' terminology, although the field of architecture usually preserves the distinction between gargoyles (functional waterspouts) and non-waterspout grotesques.

Reproductions of statues representing gargoyle-like creatures, available in some retail stores, although sometimes functional, are more often than not grotesques modeled after famous gargoyles.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

New York City Police Cars

New York City Police CarsNYPD practise emergency response at Columbus Circle NYC, the corner of 59th street and Broadway.

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New York City Police Department From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The New York City Police Department (NYPD), which was established in 1845, is currently the largest police force in North America, with primary responsibilities in law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. The NYPD is considered to be one of the first "modern" style police departments in the United States along with the Boston, Massachusetts Metropolitan Police Department. The NYPD has a broad array of specialized services, including tactical operations, K-9, harbor patrol, air support, bomb disposal, counter-terrorism, intelligence, anti-gang, narcotics, public transportation, and public housing. NYPD has extensive crime scene investigation and laboratory resources, as well as units which assist with computer crime investigations. The NYPD's headquarters houses an anticrime computer network, essentially a large search engine and data warehouse operated by detectives to assist officers in the field with their investigations. According to the department, its mission is to "enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment."

The New York City Transit Police and Housing Police were fully integrated into the NYPD in 1995; some new police officers are randomly assigned to the Transit and Housing units. Members of the NYPD are frequently referred to by the nickname New York's Finest. The NYPD is headquartered at One Police Plaza located on Park Row across the street from City Hall.

The size of the force has fluctuated depending on crime rates politics and available funding. The overall trend however shows that the number of sworn officers is decreasing. In June 2004 there were about forty thousand sworn officers plus several thousand support staff.

In June 2005 that number dropped to thirty five thousand. As of November 2007 it had increased to slighly over thirty thousand with the graduation of several clases from the Police Academy.

The NYPD's current authorized uniformed strength is thirty seven thousand eight hundred and thirty eight. There are also an approximate four thousand five hundred Auxiliary Police Officers, five thousand School Safety Agents, two thousand three humdred Traffic Agents and three humdred seventy Traffic Agent Supervisors.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois

W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du BoisDigital ID: cph 3a53178 Source: b&w film copy neg. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-16767 (b&w film copy neg.) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieve higher resolution JPEG version (91 kilobytes)
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W. E. B. Du Bois From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (pronounced /duːˈbɔɪz/) (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an African American civil rights activist, leader, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar. He became a naturalized citizen of Ghana in 1963 at the age of 95.

David Levering Lewis, a biographer, wrote, "In the course of his long, turbulent career, W. E. B. Du Bois attempted virtually every possible solution to the problem of twentieth-century racism—scholarship, propaganda, integration, national self-determination, human rights, cultural and economic separatism, politics, international communism, expatriation, third world solidarity."

W. E. B. Du Bois was born on Church Street on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, at the south-western edge of Massachusetts, to Alfred Du Bois and Mary Silvina Burghardt Du Bois, whose February 5, 1867, wedding had been announced in the Berkshire Courier. Alfred Du Bois had been born in Haiti. W. E. B. Du Bois detailed his French Haitian background in his autobiography:

Of grandfather's life in Haiti from about 1821 to 1830, I know few details. From his 18th to his 27th year he formed acquaintanceships, earned a living, married and had a son, my father, Alfred, born in 1825. I do not know what work grandfather did, but probably he ran a plantation and engaged in the growing shipping trade to the United States. Who he married I do not know, nor her relatives. He may have married into the family of Elie Du Bois, the great Haitian educator. Also why he left Haiti in 1830 is not clear. It may have been because of the threat of war with France during the Revolution of 1830 and the fall of Charles X.

Their son was born 5 months before the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified, and added to the U.S. Constitution. Alfred Du Bois was descended from free people of color, including the slave-holding Dr. James Du Bois of Poughkeepsie, New York, a physician. In the Bahamas, James Du Bois had fathered three sons, including Alfred, and a daughter, by his slave mistress. Du Bois was also the great-grandson of Elizabeth Freeman (“Mum Bett”), a slave who successfully sued for her freedom, laying the groundwork for the eventual abolition of slavery in Massachusetts

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Valentine's Day Hearts and Toys

Valentine's Day Hearts and Toys

Valentine's Day Hearts and Toys
Valentine's Day Hearts and Toys

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Monday, February 04, 2008

Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver, Minister of Information for the Black Panther PartyDigital ID: ppmsc 01265 Source: digital file from original. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsc-01265 (digital file from original negative) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieve higher resolution JPEG version (48 kilobytes) Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version (5 megabytes)

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Eldridge Cleaver From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eldridge Cleaver (August 31, 1935 – May 1, 1998) was an author and a prominent American civil rights leader who began as a dominant member of the Black Panther Party.

Born in Wabbaseka, Arkansas, Cleaver moved with his family to Phoenix and then to Los Angeles. As a teenager he was first involved in petty crime, and then in 1957 was convicted of assault with intent to murder. While in prison, he wrote a book of essays, published in book form as Soul on Ice (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968; paperback Dell/Delta, 1968) which was influential in the black power movement and now widely considered a classic.

In the book, Cleaver infamously acknowledges the rape of several white women, which he defended as "an insurrectionary act". He also admitted that he began his career as a rapist by "practicing on black girls in the ghetto." He maintains that his felonious acts have nothing to do with the views expressed in the book. Cleaver was released from prison in 1966, after which he joined the Oakland-based Black Panther Party, serving as Minister of Information (spokesperson).

He was a Presidential candidate in 1968 on the ticket of the Peace and Freedom Party. That very year, he was injured in a confrontation between the Panthers and Oakland police. Charged with attempted murder, he jumped bail to flee to Algeria, where he was joined by Timothy Leary. Cleaver placed Leary under "revolutionary arrest" (kidnapped) as a counter-revolutionary, although Leary was later released alive. Cleaver later left Algeria and spent time in Cuba and France.

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Chinese New Year of the Rat, Wu Zi, 4705

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February 7, 2008 is the first day of this years Chinese new year. It is known as the Year of the Rat, Wu Zi, 4705 by the Chinese calendar.

Chinese New Year From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year, is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is an important holiday in East Asia. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival.

Chinese New Year's Eve is known as Chúxī. Chu literally means "change" and xi means "Eve".

Celebrated in areas with large populations of ethnic Chinese, Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had a strong influence on the new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, as well as cultures with whom the Chinese have had extensive interaction. These include Koreans, Mongolians, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Vietnamese, and formerly the Japanese before 1873. In Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and other countries with significant Chinese populations, Chinese New Year is also celebrated, largely by overseas Chinese, but it is not part of the traditional culture of these countries. In Canada, although Chinese New Year is not an official holiday, many ethnic Chinese hold large celebrations and Canada Post issues New Year's themed stamps in domestic and international rates.

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