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The S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Amongst Yourselves

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This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 29th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “The S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Amongst Yourselves”

  1. captstubby says:

    This Day In History

    May 30, 1806:
    Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in duel
    On this day in 1806, future President Andrew Jackson kills a man who accused him of cheating on a horse race bet and then insulted his wife, Rachel.
    Contemporaries described Jackson, who had already served in Tennessee’s Senate and was practicing law at the time of the duel, as argumentative, physically violent and fond of dueling to solve conflicts. Estimates of the number of duels in which Jackson participated ranged from five to 100.
    Jackson and Dickinson were rival horse breeders and southern plantation owners with a long-standing hatred of each other. Dickinson accused Jackson of reneging on a horse bet, calling Jackson a coward and an equivocator. Dickinson also called Rachel Jackson a bigamist. (Rachel had married Jackson not knowing her first husband had failed to finalize their divorce.) After the insult to Rachel and a statement published in the National Review in which Dickinson called Jackson a worthless scoundrel and, again, a coward, Jackson challenged Dickinson to a duel.
    On May 30, 1806, Jackson and Dickinson met at Harrison’s Mills on the Red River in Logan, Kentucky. At the first signal from their seconds, Dickinson fired. Jackson received Dickinson’s first bullet in the chest next to his heart. Jackson put his hand over the wound to staunch the flow of blood and stayed standing long enough to fire his gun. Dickinson’s seconds claimed Jackson’s first shot misfired, which would have meant the duel was over, but, in a breach of etiquette, Jackson re-cocked the gun and shot again, this time killing his opponent. Although Jackson recovered, he suffered chronic pain from the wound for the remainder of his life.
    Jackson was not prosecuted for murder, and the duel had very little effect on his successful campaign for the presidency in 1829. Many American men in the early 1800s, particularly in the South, viewed dueling as a time-honored tradition. In 1804, Thomas Jefferson’s vice president Aaron Burr had also avoided murder charges after killing former Treasury secretary and founding father Alexander Hamilton in a duel. In fact, Rachel’s divorce raised more of a scandal in the press and in parlors than the killing of Dickinson.

    this has so many items for satirical posts , i don’t know where to start.
    lets have the S&L gang have the first crack at it.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Where is the universal planetary condemnation of the
    Indonesians for letting their volcano expell major amounts
    of gases known to cause climate change?

  3. captstubby says:

    “Politicians and diapers must be changed often. And for the same reason.” Mark Twain.

  4. canary says:

    Ohbambi’s EPA CZAR announced the new plan for the environment.

    She said the “first priority” was reducing the amount of wattage of electricity people use.

    So, be prepared for long underwear and wearing your coats in home during the winter, and
    sweating during the summer.

    And we may go back to the reading by candle light.

    Gosh, I hope those electric cars that cost more than gasoline to run don’t become banned.

    Fair is fair. The rich politicians should have to limit their electricity to the same measly amount
    a small home does.

    First water skyrocketing and the higher electricity costs are going skyrocket even more.

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