How the Grandfather Clock Got Its Name

My Grandfather's Clock Originally called a longcase clock (also tall-case or floor clock), it is a tall, freestanding, weight-driven pendulum clock with the pendulum held inside the tower. The cases often feature elaborately carved ornamentation surrounding the clock face. The English clockmaker William Clement is credited with the development of this clock form in 1670.

Until the early 20th century, pendulum clocks were the world's most accurate timekeeping technology, and longcase clocks, due to their superior accuracy, served as time standards for households and businesses. Today they are kept mainly for their decorative and antique value.

High School Diploma Scams

High School Diploma Scams The Federal Trade Commission has filed charges against operators of online "high schools" that claim to be legitimate, but are alleged to be little more than diploma mills charging anywhere from $135 to $349 for a worthless certificate. The operations bought a number of website names designed to look like legitimate online high schools using terms like "GED" and "GED online" to lure individuals to their the bogus sites. Once consumers arrive at the schools' sites, they are met with messages that imply that the diplomas offered by the defendants are equivalent to an actual high school diploma. If a program says you can earn your diploma with just "life experience," it's almost certainly a scam.

The Negative Side of Immigration

The bad side of immigration One of the many things that Washington is trying to keep quiet in the current debate on immigration is the toll that deportable criminals are taking on our society. They want to keep it quiet because the crime wave their policies are creating wouldn’t exactly bolster their arguments on the subject.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is an American federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Homeland Security, a part of the executive branch of the federal government. They are responsible for identifying and dismantling vulnerabilities regarding the nation's border. And for deporting criminals. The problem is that they are not deporting them.

Destroying the Electoral College

Forcing a Constitutional Convention For several years now, there have been a group of people in this country calling for a Constitutional Convention for a variety of reasons. Some want to pass an amendment to force term limits on Congress. Others want a balanced budget amendment. And then are those who want to get rid of the Electoral College.

Since getting enough states to agree on convening a Constitutional Convention is nearly impossible, the National Popular Vote crowd is trying to get around that obstacle by changing how states choose delegates to the Electoral College. But is this a good idea?

American Exceptionalism and Conservatism Revisited

American exceptionalism and conservatism by Sen. Ben Sasse One of the speakers this week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was Senator Ben Sasse, (R-Nebraska). Sassy is one of the Senate's most conservative voices since he took office in 2015 and used his speech to give a history lesson on the American exceptionalism and conservatism that were instilled by our founding fathers.

Believing the country is in a time of constitutional crisis, he stressed the need to put the American ideals ahead of political affiliations and personal policy views.

The World is Not Getting Any Safer

North Korean missiles can now target all of the United States Now this news story was a little disturbing. It seems that North Korea has once again successfully put a satellite into orbit. Now you might say big deal, but what they used was the same type of technology needed to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a 450 payload 13,000 km. That means they can hit the entire United States if their crazy little dictator wants to.

What is even more of a concern is that only three years ago, their missiles could only carry 200 pounds to go 10,000 km. That makes it clear that North Korea could care less about their violations of U.N Security Council resolutions. In fact they are openly defiant of any attempt at diplomatic resolution by the international community on this subject.


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