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January 19, 2011

Jasper Moylan, my great-great-etc Grandfather

Having a son has unearthed a trove of family stories and history. Here is my ancestor from the revolutionary war, a dedicated book collector he was partly responsible for the foundation of the Supreme Court. Ens Jasper Alexander Moylan (1757 - 1812) - Find A Grave Memorial
Jasper Moylan was among the most prominent attorneys in 18th century America. He arrived in Philadelphia late in 1777, having been educated in both Spain and Paris, France at St. Sulpice and St. Omer Seminaries where he had for several years studied for the priesthood. After arriving in Philadelphia he joined the Philadelphia First Troop militia unit, founded the Hibernian Society for the Relief of Emigrants in 1790, served as director and co-founder of The Law Library of Philadelphia, housed in Independence Hall and was instrumental in implementing the first Library System in the state of Pennsylvania. His letters exchanged with Thomas Jefferson are often cited as being the impetus behind the founding of the United States Supreme Court. He was also one of the original founders of The Insurance Company of North America in 1792, now known as Cigna Insurance. He was an esteemed member of the Gloucester Fox Hunt Club, The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, The Society of the Cincinnati, and was Captain of the now famous Philadelphia Dance Assemblies. A philanthropist and a dedicated bibliophile he, at the time of his death, had amassed what was considered the greatest private library in the New World. Jasper Moylan was held in high estimation for his wit and social qualities. He and his two brothers Stephen and John were known as the "three polite Irishmen".

January 15, 2011

Graph: What Will Happen if Gay Marriage is Legalized

(by Chris Haley is... THE ENTHUSIAST!)

January 12, 2011

Even Hawaii Got Snow Today

Snow In 49 States Right Now (MAP)...

January 11, 2011

Percentage of Men (by Country) Who Paid for Sex at Least Once: The Johns Chart

Percentage of Men (by Country) Who Paid for Sex at Least Once: The Johns Chart - Prostitution - ProCon.org
We drew the information presented below about the male clients (johns) of prostitutes worldwide from 21 studies conducted between 1994 and 2010. We included the only 15 countries for which we found data on men paying for sex at least once in their lifetimes. We excluded countries for which we could only locate findings on paid sex during the previous year. When we located a range of estimates for one country, we listed the highest and lowest percentages found. Researchers investigating prostitutes' clientele have reported difficulty finding reliable data because of a scarcity of prior research, variations in sample sizes, and possible underreporting by survey respondents about their private sexual practices.

Sweetie, whatever happens, just remember: I'm your father, I'll always love you, & this fish is better at math than you

Fish compete with college students on math test | MNN...

January 10, 2011

Maybe you're having a bad day, but you aren't having *this guy's* bad day

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January 05, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken team up to take one tiny, charming bite out of homelessness and unemployment

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