A Pirate’s Life For Me

A Pirate’s Life For Me

Shiver me timbers!  It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Capt. Jack Sparrow makes a pirate’s life look fun, but most pirates were not as lucky as him.  If caught, most pirates were hung immediately.  Usually only the most notorious ones were captured...

Air Travel Is the Great Equalizer

Noticed:  Justice Ginsburg was on a United Airlines flight leaving from Dulles Airport headed to San Francisco when smoke began pouring into the main cabin.  Luckily, the plane had not yet left the runway.  The pilot ordered an emergency evacuation for the plane. ...

Dogs In Court

An interesting article in the New York Times puts the spotlight on the use of dogs in the courtroom.   In “Dog Helps Rape Victim, 15, Testify,” Rosie, a golden retriever, is profiled.  Rosie provides comfort to traumatized children who testify in court. ...

99th Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster

On April 14, 1912, the world was shocked by the sinking of the Titanic.  Congress convened hearings into the cause of the accident starting on April 19, 1912.  It includes statements and testimony from the captain of the Carpathia, numerous survivors, and various...

112th Congress Convenes Today

The 112th Congress officially convenes today. With the government’s embracing of social media and web 2.0 technology, there’s a plethora of options available for keeping track of the latest legislative news. Watch live feed from the floor of the House of...

What Do Astronauts Like to Read?

No, it’s not the start of a joke.  What do astronauts do in their downtime while floating miles above the earth?  The International Space Station Media List as of 2008 gives us a glimpse into what’s available for the astronauts to watch or read during...
Today Is Veterans Day

Today Is Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day.  Originally known as Armistice Day, November 11th was selected as the day of remembrance for the end of World War I.  The date was  specifically chosen because the war came to a  formal end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of...

Wacky Weather

Hurricanes in Haiti, snow in New York City, and warm weather in St. Louis? Keenly aware of the public’s interest in weather and weather related facts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put together a few reports for the public.  One of the...
Friday Matinee: Duck and Cover!

Friday Matinee: Duck and Cover!

Get your popcorn ready and grab a snack! Today’s film is an oldie but a goodie: Duck and Cover! Produced and distributed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration, this film was shown to school children throughout the Cold War.  It’s advice is simple...

Supreme Court’s Fall Term Begins Today

The Supreme Court’s Fall Term begins today. Some of the more notable items on the docket include Snyder v. Phelps (1st Amendment rights intersecting with state tort law) and Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association (1st Amendment case on the...

Variety Is the Spice of Life and Studying?

In today’s New York Times, an article on study habits posits that variety is the key to retention.  The author explains repetition and last minute cramming is not always the key to retention of new material.  Instead, mixing up studying habits with self-testing,...
When in the Course of human events…

When in the Course of human events…

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of...
Gulf Coast World War II Shipwrecks

Gulf Coast World War II Shipwrecks

The Minerals Management Service, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, manages the energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.  Using oil industry deep water surveys and conducting its own investigations, MMS...
Hey! I Think I Can See My Vuvuzuela!

Hey! I Think I Can See My Vuvuzuela!

If you’ve caught World Cup fever, take a few minutes to see what your team’s country looks like from outer space.  NASA has put together an interesting and beautiful collection of photos of the countries participating in the World Cup. It’s a Flickr...

Friday Matinee

Lights!  Cameras!  Action!  Memorial Day Weekend is the start of the blockbuster summer movie season.  Let’s kick off the season with a few gems from the film archives of the federal government. Winged Scourge.  This 1943 info-tainment film, made by Walt Disney,...

Krazy for Kagan

If you’re looking to update yourself on Elena Kagan’s resume, writings, and her responses to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s questionnaire, there’s some great websites for you to check out. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  The...
Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!

Elena Kagan’s nomination got you thinking about the Supreme Court? Then, spend some time with Oyez.  Oyez, brought to you by the National Science Foundation, is website devoted to all things Supreme Court.  Here’s a sampling of what’s available:...

Kagan Tapped as Nominee for the Supreme Court

The White House announced Elena Kagan as the nominee for the 112th Supreme Court justice.  Elena Kagan currently serves as the Solicitor General of the United States.  The Solicitor General’s role is to conduct and supervise all government litigation before the...

College Bowl System Under Senate Scrutiny

With the addition of the Pinstripe Bowl and the Dallas Football Classic, a Big Ten fan has to ask: Why the expansion?  Was the old Bowl System unfair?  Will I need a second DVR to record all these games? Turns out the Senate Judiciary Committee had the same...