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by Ron Kurtus

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Is it like the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy? Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
Cops were called Pigs before 1968 When Cops were Pigs USA
 
You should adll O'Reilly's book on Lincoln Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
Man who filmed the Kennedy assassination Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
Update on Russo-Finnish War Russo-Finnish War USA
 
Davy Crockett was also a weapon system Start the Fire Facts USA
 
The right to bear arms and defeat the government General Canada
 
Would like pictures of famous people and events Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Jeb and George W. Bush were also brother governors Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Legislatures selected the Senators Failures of Lincoln USA
 
How could Lincoln be a lawyer and politician at the same time? Failures of Lincoln Zambia
 
Oswald and conspiracy theories Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
Was Lincoln a true Republican? Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
Higher knowledge may be telling us something Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
What is the origin of man? Oral History Ghana
 

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Is it like the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy?

February 3, 2013

Question

Look up the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy for an answer to these supposed coincidence.

Eric - USA (23172)

Answer

The Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy mainly concerns gathering a large amount of data and seeing similarities that present a pattern. Usually some conclusions are drawn from the pattern.

The coincidences concerning the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy probably don't quality as a Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy, since no real conclusions are drawn.

I guess you could find coincidences in almost every similar historical event. However, the number of similarities in the Lincoln and Kennedy deaths certainly is weird (and entertaining).

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When Cops were Pigs

Cops were called Pigs before 1968

November 30, 2012

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I find that your account of why police are called pigs to be wildly inaccurate. There are roughly 80 accounts, that I could find, where police were called PIGS predating 1968. According to academia the term is actually an abbreviated form of Patrolmen In Ghetto.

- USA (23053)

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Thanks for your observation. I updated the page to include a few references from the 1500s to the mid 1800s where police were called pigs. However, the expression of "pigs" for police fell by the wayside many years before 1968, at which time the media picked up on the expression.

The article is more of an eyewitness view of what happened outside the Convention in 1968 than a history of an expression.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

You should adll O'Reilly's book on Lincoln

September 3, 2012

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You should definately add Bill O'Reilly's book "Killing Lincoln". A comprehensive account of Lincoln's assination & a national best seller, non fiction, for nearly a year.

Clifford - USA (22879)

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Thanks for the suggestion. I added the book as a resource.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Man who filmed the Kennedy assassination

August 27, 2012

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what about the man who took the famous film of Kennedy being shot from the grassy knoll? Wasn't his name Abraham Zabruder?

Jim - USA (22862)

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You were close. His name was Abraham Zapruder.

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Russo-Finnish War

Update on Russo-Finnish War

June 29, 2012

Question

The second Russo-Finnish war was not started by The USSR, but by the Finns, in an effort to take back the land lost in the first war, 18 months before. Though the Germans, who attacked the Soviets at the same time, urged the Finns on, they stopped when they reached the old border.

Eventually the Finns realized the error of joining Germany, in the attack on the Soviets, and got out of the war, after events turned against them. In the second treaty, the Finns lost more land still.

Richard - USA (22751)

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Thanks for the information.

Apparently, Finland was the only nation to pay off their war debts after WWII.

PS: By your last name, you must be of Finnish heritage.

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Start the Fire Facts

Davy Crockett was also a weapon system

January 31, 2012

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Yuo mention that Davy Crockett was the TV show with Fess Parker. Some videos have the Davy Crockett as the Nuclear Weapon a tactical nuclear recoilless gun for firing the M388 neclear Projectile that was deployed by the US during the Cold War.
The Davy Crockett was developed in the late 1950s for use against Soviet troops had war broken out in Europe. Small teams of the Atomic Battle Group would be stationed every few km to guard against Soviet attack, using the power of their nuclear artillery to kill or incopacitate advancing troop formation and irradiate the area so that it was uninhabitable for up to 48 hours, long enough to mobilize NATO forces.

Randall - USA (22398)

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Thanks for the input. Although I'm sure that Billy Joel was referring to the TV show, I still added information about the Davy Crockett weapon system to the page.

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The right to bear arms and defeat the government

January 29, 2012

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my name is michael. people have that right to bear arms. seems your government wants to change this. someone sad i dont have the right to speak cause im not american, but i do we share the longest border in the world. it wil affect us.

and anther question: the person that told me so there parents moved romploand to america. im half scottish. my greatgrandfather comes from new york state. look into the keith clans and crawford clans in america. so i do have that right.

i think if it ever came down it, the best way to defeat the goverment is this: hit and run attacks, blow up many building, use rocket launchers to take out helicopters. they are very successful. they worked in the afghanstan russia conflict and resently taking down 31 navy seals. they your government has abonded the people for this elite. i hope there is a revlotution. if there is, ill be fighing to i will do anything what ever it takes for people freedoms. seems in the military thers immigrants that are in the army and deep inside they just have resentment.

michael - Canada (22393)

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The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that the right to bear arms is part of a regulated militia. It is meant for the people to organize to defend their communities and not to overthrow the government that allowed that right.

Most revolutions that have overthrown the government have resulted in much bloodshed, often of innocent people. Also, the new government that takes over can easily become a dictatorship. Is that what you are looking for?

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Start the Fire Facts

Would like pictures of famous people and events

December 7, 2011

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Hello! First of all, I just want to say how informative this website is and thanks so much! But, I showed it to my teacher and she said that what would make it EVEN BETTER would be to add pictures to the majority of the people/events in the We Didn't Start The Fire history/facts page. This would give people an idea of who the person looked like (ex. Joseph Stalin) or what the object looked like (ex. Studebaker car). I know that this would attract more people to your website because it adds visual content which everyone enjoys to look at it! :) Thanks so much for considering this.

- USA (22247)

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Thanks for the suggestion. We'll try to get more pictures that would help make the article better.

Best wishes for continued success in your studies.

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Start the Fire Facts

Jeb and George W. Bush were also brother governors

November 27, 2011

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in your entry on the lyrics for "We didn't start the fire" you indicate that the Rockefellers were the only brothers in history to be governors at the same time. This was true until 1998, when Jeb and George W. Bush were governors of Florida and Texas, becoming the second set of brothers to be governor at the same time.

Don - USA (22213)

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Thanks for the info. I updated the section on the Rockefellers to include mention of the Bush brothers.

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Failures of Lincoln

Legislatures selected the Senators

October 11, 2011

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I would take issue with your statement that "the Illinois State Legislature overthrew the popular vote" in 1858. Before the 17th Amendment, senators were elected by the legislature, not by a popular vote. So it was not "overthrowing the popular vote," because the popular vote was not for Senate, but for the legislators. In the same way, a presidential candidate can win the popular vote but gain fewer electors and thereby lose the election (see Bush & Gore, 2000).

Kelvin - USA (22060)

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You are correct about the legislatures selecting the Senators in those years. I updated the material and appreciate your feedback.

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Failures of Lincoln

How could Lincoln be a lawyer and politician at the same time?

September 24, 2011

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How was Abraham Lincoln able to be a lawyer and a politian without dropping one?

Kasoka Joseph - Zambia (22013)

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Many political leaders start off as lawyers. Once they become elected, they stop their law practice. However, once they are no longer in a political office, they can start their law practice up again.

That was the case of Abraham Lincoln. He went from one to the other and back again.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Oswald and conspiracy theories

August 22, 2011

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I've always been bothered by this one fact concerning Kennedy - if you look at the history of assassination in America - everyone but Kennedy was shot by a hand held gun, not by a sniper with a rifle.
Lincoln,Garfield, Rutherford, Ford ( 2x unsuccessfully), Reagan were targeted by lone gunmen. Kennedy is the only one targeted by a sniper. Usually, after interrogations, the truth comes out, yet, 12 continous hours of interrogation with Oswald he steadfastly maintainied his innocence, as opposed to all the assassins of US Presidents who reveled in their attempts.This one fact alone always makes me ponder the conspiracy theories.

Michael - USA (21910)

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That is an interesting observation about the handguns and sniper rifle.

Although Oswald may have maintained his innocence, he did leave his rifle near the window in the Texas School Book Depository building where he worked. He also later shot a police officer with a pistol who confronted him.

However, the life of Oswald and his strange travels certainly allow for some sort of conspiracy. See Strange Life of Lee Harvey Oswald: Adventure Years for information.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Was Lincoln a true Republican?

August 9, 2011

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Your question number 2 bothers me. Yes, Lincoln was a Republican, but the parties switched ideals after the Progressive Party. So pinning Lincoln as a Republican is, kind of, wrong. Seeing as oncce the ideals were switched for each party, Lincoln would have been considered a Democrat.

Terry - USA (21875)

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Thanks for your observation.

It is true that the views of the parties have changed over the years. The question wasn't supposed to be a political statement as much as stating party affiliation. Historically, Lincoln was a Republican. However, perhaps his views were closer to those of present-day Democrats.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Higher knowledge may be telling us something

July 2, 2011

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As a memoir to my earlier inquiry I am inclined to believe that there are significant meanings to the similarities of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. As a young child I had the advantage of learning first hand knowledge from my older relatives from situations and changes related to the life of Mr. Lincoln. As I am not at liberty to reveal any of these analogies to you I can tell you that what they know about about our sixteenth president would be amazing information and news related to this story. This was somewhere around 1955, five years before Mr. Kennedy became president. I believe that a higher knowledge out there somewhere is trying to relate to us in some way, but unfortunately to this day we are not able to grasp or understand what its trying to give to us...

James - USA (21783)

Answer

It certainly is possible that the similarities are more than pure coincidences.

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Oral History

What is the origin of man?

June 23, 2011

Question

what is the origin of man.

AGYEMANG - Ghana (21756)

Answer

Many scientists believed that man evolved from lower forms of humans and from apes. However, there are many religions that believe that man was created by God. You can take either or both views.

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