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Don’t Know Much About History: Senator Schumer Credits Jefferson for Bill of Rights

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For Washington TimesStephen Dinan reports: Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, stumbled Tuesday over basic American history, crediting Thomas Jefferson for authorship of the Bill of Rights during a debate over the First Amendment and campaign finance.

facepalm-teapot“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.”

– Harvard graduate, Senator Charles E. Schumer

While Jefferson is deemed the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, he was not intimately involved in the writing of the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, which is the first 10 amendments to that founding document.

Indeed, Jefferson was out of the country, serving as minister to France at the time of both the Constitution convention and the congressional debate over the Bill of Rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Proposal to Split California Into Six States Clears Major Hurdle: Here Are the Proposed New States

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A proposal to split California into six smaller states just cleared a major hurdle. (Image source: Shutterstock)

For The BlazeOliver Darcy writes:  A seemingly long-shot proposal to split California into six smaller U.S. states cleared a major hurdle this week, with the golden state’s secretary of state’s office saying that proponents “may begin collecting petition signatures.”

States would reportedly include Silicon Valley, South California, West California, Central California, North California and Jefferson, if the proposal is ultimately approved.

The initiative is sponsored by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, according to the AFP, and contends that ”political representation of California’s diverse population and economies has rendered the state nearly ungovernable.”

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Thomas Jefferson Rolls in his Grave as Liberty-Crushing 21st Century Socialist Presidential Pretenders Invade His House, Part 2

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Washington Post reports: Obama and Hollande visited Monticello, the historic estate of Francophile and onetime envoy to France Thomas Jefferson — an act of bonhomie aimed at putting aside the political troubles dogging both men…

From this morning’s HotAir:

If you had to name one American President who put up the most resistance to an imperial presidency, which comes to mind first? For most, it would be Thomas Jefferson, the third American President under the Constitution that Jefferson influenced with his ideals, based ultimately on the rejection of monarchical power Jefferson co-wrote in the Declaration of Independence….

The Weekly Standard has the clip of yesterday’s gaffe from Barack Obama:

At 4:45 POTUS and president Hollande walked out from a portico and strolled…with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation… POTUS said that he’d like to take a look and seemed delighted to “break the protocol”.

“That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want” he quipped…

…precisely the opposite of the example set by Jefferson…

More from Washington Post:

For much of the past decade, relations between France and the United States were tense…Both American officials and French diplomats say many of those divisions have since been closed because of Obama’s positive relationships with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and with Hollande, who has governed much in the mold of Obama despite an early socialist platform.

Excuse me? “…governed much in the ‘mold of Obama in spite of an early socialist platform..? The Obama administration has moved U.S. policy further left than many countries in western Europe, including France.

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Besides Founding a Nation, Collecting Books, and French Wine, Thomas Jefferson also Designed a Pasta Machine

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This document is in the public domain of the United States of America

Drawing of a macaroni machine, with a sectional view showing holes through which dough could be extruded, by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson became interested in pasta and other exotic foodstuffs as a result of his travels…

Holy Macaroni, what didn’t this guy do?

Drawing: Wikimedia Commons

Amazon has this fine book: Dining at Monticello: In Good Taste and Abundance (Distributed for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation) 

For a more involved take on this, with sources, references, and even a Jefferson macaroni recipe, there’s a wonderful blog post at  acenewsservices.com  – “Thomas Jefferson the President and the Cook”:

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United states, acquired a taste for continental cooking while serving as American minister to France in the 1780′s. When he returned to the United States in 1790 he brought with him a French cook and many recipes for French, Italian, and other au courant cookery. Jefferson not only served his guests the best European wines, but he liked to dazzle them with delights such as ice cream, peach flambe, macaroni, and macaroons. This drawing of a macaroni machine, with the sectional view showing holes from which dough could be extruded, reflects Jefferson’s curious mind and his interest and aptitude in mechanical matters…”


Screw Progressives: Restore Classical Liberalism

Screw Progressives: Restore Classical Liberalism

Yes, A Democrat President of the United States really said that