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By deskofbrian On Monday, December 16th, 2019
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How ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ almost didn’t happen

Op-ed by Lee Habeeb/National Review Online The Gospel According to Peanuts – How A Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn’t happen Few headlines about network television make me giddy. Fewer still make me hopeful More...

By deskofbrian On Monday, August 19th, 2019
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This Day in History: BP Oil leak contained within 20 miles

It was the summer of 2010 and the BP oil spill captivated headlines as the environmental rose month after month. From that report: Academic scientists are challenging the Obama administration’s assertion More...

By deskofbrian On Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
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Ezekiel Emanuel Quotes

Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel was the special adviser for health care at the Office of Management and Budget and the brother of Obama aide, now Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel. photo Will O’Neill via Flickr In articles More...

By deskofbrian On Saturday, July 13th, 2019
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Remembering Ex-Univ. of Delaware student Nate Henn killed in Uganda

A former college rugby player who toured U.S. colleges and churches urging people to help children in war-riven Uganda was among 74 killed by explosions that tore through crowds watching the World Cup final in the More...

By deskofbrian On Friday, June 14th, 2019
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Joe Lieberman in 2011: ‘The threat of a bioterrorism attack keeps me up at night’

The consequences of a biological terrorist attack are nearly unimaginable and the possibility of such an attack remains frighteningly high, agreed several current and former Congressional members during a panel More...

By deskofbrian On Friday, June 14th, 2019
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Look back at 2011: the dollar hit a record crash, Sterling hit highs as the debt deadlock continued

It was this month in 2011 when Bloomberg began their report “The dollar fell against all of its most-traded counterparts as politicians struggled to agree on raising the U.S. debt ceiling and reducing its More...

By deskofbrian On Thursday, May 30th, 2019
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Remembering: Five Pakistan women killed on this day in 2012 for ‘singing and dancing,’ officials deny claims

On this day, in 2012, five women in Kohistan, four of whom were filmed ‘singing and dancing’ with men at a wedding party, were killed on May 30 after a tribal jirga ordered their execution, claimed Muhammad More...

By deskofbrian On Thursday, May 30th, 2019
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This Day in History: Natalee Holloway goes missing, Stephany Flores Ramirez dead five years later, Joran Van der Sloot guilty

May 30, 2005 was the day Natalee Holloway went missing and five years later, Stephany Flores Ramirez was found dead and Joran Van der Sloot confessed to the murder. Authorities believe Van der Sloot attempted to More...

By deskofbrian On Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
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No Disney ‘Aladdin’ here, in Weird News story about a Saudi man chained for 6 years ‘possessed by evil genie’

As Disney’s live-action Aladdin film wins big at the box office, a bizarre 2010 story from Saudi Arabia features a “genie” of its own. From that story: A Saudi man has spent six years chained in More...

By deskofbrian On Thursday, December 21st, 2017
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Chuck Schumer Quotes (UPD: No Ride List for trains)

I love the example of AT&T…Over the last ten years, AT&T has paid an average tax rate of eight percent a year. They have 80,000 fewer employees today than they had then. Tax breaks don’t lead More...

By deskofbrian On Monday, May 29th, 2017
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Honoring Memorial Day- Great quotes and links

On this Memorial Day, I am proud to thank all of those who served our country defending our freedom and rights as we know them today. While it is easy to thank them it is even more important to understand the long-term More...

By deskofbrian On Thursday, May 11th, 2017
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Ridley Scott Quotes

Religious themes in “Alien: Covenant”: “Prometheus raised the question eventually of how we were made. Was it God? I don’t think so. Was it random? No, I think it was planned” “I’m More...

By deskofbrian On Saturday, April 29th, 2017
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Indonesia: 2-year-old boy, Ardi Rizal, hooked on smoking, Dad is not worried

UPDATE: Ardi Rizal is back in the headlines, this time with some good news – he’s kicked the habit. Indonesian boy Ardi Rizal shocked the world when his 40 smokes a day habit made headlines. Now Ardi, More...

By deskofbrian On Monday, April 24th, 2017
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Gawker’s Ken Layne quotes

Ken Layne, renown blogger on Gawker and Wonkette, now author of “Desert Oracle” “You can have utter peace and quiet if you need it. It’s a place where you can live a mythic existence if you try — More...

By deskofbrian On Friday, December 23rd, 2016
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Tom Foolery joins the DOB team unexpectedly at a Christmas Party

Years later, Tom is still around, coming out annually to sit at Brandon’s desk. He is wrapped in lights now and still causes raised eyebrows and questions. Sometimes it’s the most unlikely places or More...

By deskofbrian On Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
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Jesse Jackson Quotes

2009 photo/Eric Guo, cropped by Beyond My Ken via wikicommons Rev. Jessie Jackson has pointed the finger at U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his followers for helping to creating the climate of fear More...

By deskofbrian On Monday, December 19th, 2016
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Richard Nixon met with Elvis December 21, 1970

On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House in Washington, D.C. The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit with More...

By deskofbrian On Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
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FDR’s Declaration of War- December 8th, 1941 (VIDEO and transcript)

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT’S Speech to the U.S. Congress on December 8th, 1941 (as delivered): Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, of the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7, 1941 More...

By deskofbrian On Friday, August 26th, 2016
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Photo Gallery Hurricane Irene making landfall

It was five years ago today. Below is the coverage from 2011 and a few photos submitted to us, then Desk of Brian, and now a look back at Hurricane Irene. Hurricane Irene roared closer to landfall Friday evening More...

By deskofbrian On Friday, July 29th, 2016
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‘Pro-Trump’ Alexander Dugin three years later: globalization, stop the ‘hegemony’ of the West

In February 2012, Professor Alexander Dugin (Aleksandr Dugin) traveled to New Delhi, India to attend the 40th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, the theme of which was “After Western Hegemony: More...


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