Blog Smith

Blog Smith is inspired by the myth of Hephaestus in the creation of blacksmith-like, forged materials: ideas. This blog analyzes topics that interest me: IT, politics, technology, history, education, music, and the history of religions.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Evolution of the Desk

Anti-Semitic Campuses


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Best Presentations 2016


Growth University City Tech Scene


Muslim Trump Supporter


Roman Catholicism Transcends Politics

What do you mean that the Pope's: "remarks transcended Catholicism?" The substance of Catholicism is that it is a universal faith and in public affairs promotes the common good by its very nature. There are narrowly focused religions that promote their aims exclusively and without regard for the common good and Roman Catholicism is no such public ideology. The founders of this country created the environment for the free exercise of religion based on Judeo-Christian principles. Roman Catholicism does not need to transcend itself but it is at the heart of the founding of this nation.

Several of those men who played key roles in the creation of the United States of America were Catholics. Chief among them were three members of the Carroll family of Maryland: Charles Carroll, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence; his cousin Daniel Carroll; and Daniel Carroll's brother John Carroll, who became America's first Catholic bishop. 
Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832) was the most illustrious and best-known of the Carrolls. He was the only signer whose property Carrollton was mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. 
At the time he signed the Declaration, it was against the law for a Catholic to hold public office or to vote. Although Maryland was founded by and for Catholics in 1634, in 1649 and, later, in 1689 after the Glorious Revolution placed severe restrictions on Catholics in England, the laws were changed in Maryland, and Catholicism was repressed. 
Catholics could no longer hold office, exercise the franchise, educate their children in their faith, or worship in public. With the Declaration of Independence, all this bias and restriction ended. Charles Carroll first became known in colonial politics through his defense of freedom of conscience and his belief that the power to govern derived from the consent of the governed. 
Daniel Carroll of Rock Creek (1730-1796) was a member of the Continental Congress (1781-1783), and a signer of the Articles of Confederation. He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and one of only two Catholic signers of the United States Constitution. (The other Catholic signer was Thomas Fitzsimons of Pennsylvania.) At the Constitutional Convention, Daniel Carroll played an essential role in formulating the limitation of the powers of the federal government. He was the author of the presumption enshrined in the Constitution that powers not specifically delegated to the federal government were reserved to the states or to the people. 
John Carroll (1735-1815), Daniel Carroll's younger brother, was educated in Europe, joined the Jesuit order, and was ordained a priest. During a period when the Revolutionary War was going badly, Washington asked John Carroll to join a mission to Canada to seek the support of the French for the colonies. Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Chase, and Charles Carroll of Carrollton were the others on the four-man mission. While it failed, it established a relationship with the French, much influenced by the Catholic faith they held in common with the Carrolls. It bore fruit years later at Yorktown, where the largely Catholic-financed French fleet cut off supplies to British general Charles Cornwallis, and Washington was able to force Cornwallis to surrender and bring the war to an end. 
John Carroll was an intimate of Washington. He wrote a prayer at the time of Washington's inauguration asking God's blessing on the president, Congress, and government of the United States a prayer still very much in use today. Out of gratitude for John Carroll's support during the war, Washington gave a modified version of the seal of the United States to the institution that is now Georgetown University, and that seal is still in use. 
Roman Catholicism in the founding of the United States contributed to the free exercise of religion enjoyed today by Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and others, including those of no faith; it is not a narrowly focused political ideology needing to transcend itself for political and public approval.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Progressive Era

Progressive Era

Judge Andrew Napolitano explains how the progressive era was marked by a huge expansion of the federal government and its power to regulate the states and individual behavior. The Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution, authorizing the federal income tax, gave the government increased control over our hard-earned money; and the Seventeenth Amendment, providing for popular election of senators, removed an important obstacle to federal control of the states.

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst, is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. Judge Napolitano lectures nationally on the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law, civil liberties in wartime, and human freedom. He has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. His weekly newspaper column is seen by millions every week. The Judge is the author of seven books on the U.S. Constitution, two of which have been New York Times best sellers. His most recent book is Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom.

Harvard Law Promotes Sharia


Ian Hunter, BBC Radio 2, Russell Davies Interview

Post BBC Radio 2 - Ian Hunter the Art of Artists

First broadcast 26 December at 23.00 - hour long programme - available for another 29 days on BBC i Player radio

Russell Davies interviews Ian and charts the musical family tree of the legendary Mott the Hoople front man from his time in a prize-winning skiffle band to being given All The Young Dudes by David Bowie - a song that saved the band from splitting up. Ian talks about how early life in a factory prepared him for the rock'n'roll life of hard knocks and how Barry Manilow of all people came to cover one of his songs.

It sounds like this was produced by the same team that produce Johnny Walker's Sounds of the 70s and from listening to the broadcast it was made recently. Ian mentions touring Europe in 2017

Compliments of the season and a Happy New Year to all the MTH/Ian Hunter family

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Paypal and Failure

Robust Network

Creating Robust Networks for Even More Devices

A ubiquitous and powerful Wi–Fi network is now so important for students, that colleges like the University of California, Irvine are prepping for students that haven’t even arrived yet. As students bring more connected devices to campus — EDUCAUSE estimates 61 percent will have at least two — it has gotten even harder for universities to provide the bandwidth needed.
With a combination of network optimization, creative IT policies, and research to prepare for the incoming Internet of Things, universities are being proactive about creating the networks of the future.

Thomas Sowell Farewell


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Exoskeleton Soldier


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

American Imperialism

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Libertarian Gifts


Google Drawings for the Classroom


Monday, December 19, 2016

Trump President Video by Celebs


Freedom Tunes

Freedom Tunes

2016 Why Electoral College Works


Allahu Akbar Turkey Killed




Top Teaching Learning Articles

Saturday, December 17, 2016



PADLA Conference


Friday, December 16, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

1972 Election

Nationally, the election of 1972 is remembered for Richard Nixon’s decisive victory over the Democratic nominee, George McGovern. Nixon had been elected president in 1968 on a “law and order” campaign, winning the support of moderate voters who were growing wary of the pace of change, the increasing radicalism of activists, and the images of hippies and protesters on their television screens. What Nixon called his “silent majority” propelled him to victory, and continued to support him even as support for the war in Vietnam diminished.
McGovern, a liberal senator from South Dakota, called for an end to the Vietnam War and a guaranteed minimum income for the poor. He won the Democratic nomination despite opposition from the party’s establishment. Many states held primary elections for the first time in 1972, and McGovern did well in the primaries, where party leaders often had little influence. But the grassroots activists who had led his primary campaign couldn’t engineer a victory in the November election. Nixon carried every state but Massachusetts and won the popular vote by a margin of 60.7 percent to 37.5 percent.
Despite Nixon’s landslide, both houses Congress remained firmly in the hands of Democratic majorities. But in the South, there were signs of the change that would eventually give the Republicans a national majority.
1972 for Dummies
McGovern's Democratic Convention Acceptance Speech

Nixon vs. McGovern's Defense Plan

Nixon Now Campaign
McGovern Campaign Ad
McGovern Concession Speech
Nixon and Kissinger on Election Night
McGovern Warns Obama About the LBJ Legacy

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Wonder Years, "Politics as Usual"

0986.05Politics as Usual (original air date: October 21, 1992)
  A charismatic McGovern campaigner brings Winnie and Kevin into the political arena, where Kevin, believing the man is an opponent in the race for Winnie's affections, gets a taste of power politics.

Written by Craig Hoffman
Directed by Bryan Gordon

1 = "Happy Days Are Here Again" -- Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (or Yellen & Ager)

Ithaca, N.Y., Third Grade Anti-Semitic Indoctrination


Monday, December 12, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Ian Hunter on Johnnie Walker BBC

UNREAD_POST Ian Hunter on Jonnie Walker BBC Radio 2 show Sunday 11th Dec
Details here. It will be on the BBC I-player after broadcast.

But you might want to hear the whole show to pick up various other bits where JW is talking about Ian, plus you don't hear the songs on the shortcut version.

Visualize Wifi Signals


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Shooting Drone Out of Sky


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Imam Says Breed and Conquer


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Reviving a Constitutional Congress

Islamic U.S.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Croc Bite


Ohio Honor Killing


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Syrian Islamist Threat


Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Zombies


College Report by Gallup


Monday, November 21, 2016

Sanders Quit Identity Politics


Since 9/11, Which Religious Group is Most Often Targeted?


Like Harvard, Yale Sharia Law Program Funded by Saudis


Friday, November 18, 2016

Ian Hunter - Sweet Jane - Live Union Scene Drammen Norway - 18 November 2016

Sweet Jane

Ian Hunter, Malmo, 15 November 2016

Cleveland Rocks

Cleveland Rocks

When I'm President

White House

"That was the first time we ever played it live."

American Spy

Michael Picasso

Irene Wilde/All The Way From Memphis

24A Swan Hill

Islamophobia, Christopher Hitchens

Embedded image permalink

Pompeo CIA


Trump Effect




Thursday, November 17, 2016

Qur'an Phobias

Embedded image permalink

Tuesday, November 15, 2016



Ian Hunter, November Tour Dates

15 Nov 2016 – KULTURBOLAGET, Malmo Sweden
16 Nov 2016 – PUSTERVIK, Gothenburg Sweden
21 Nov 2016 – NALEN, Stockholm Sweden

Twitter Teaching


Trump Doctrine America First


Monday, November 14, 2016

Constitutional Liberty Restricted


Watch: Anti-Trump Protestors a Attack Pregnant Woman In Car In Portland! Pregnant Women Defenseless!

Watch: Anti-Trump Protestors a Attack Pregnant Woman In Car In Portland! Pregnant Women Defenseless!


Ian Hunter, Picturedrome, Holmfirth, 13 November 2016



Roll Away The Stone

Roll Away The Stone

Michael Picasso


The Truth, The Whole Truth, Nuthin' But The Truth

Fingers Crossed

23A Swan Hill Sweet Jane













Summary of Trump Surprise

Shocked and Mocked

Violent Anti-Trump


Paid Anti-Trump Protestors


Friday, November 11, 2016

Angel Dog


Ian Hunter & The Rant Band "Dandy" at the Tramshed, Cardiff 8th November 2016


Happy Veterans Day: Thank You

Hussein 2, Trump 1




Dying Liberal Arts Colleges


Defecator Against Trump


Anti-Trump Violence


Monday, November 7, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site: Election

This episode of Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site finds the Galaxy guys looking at this election year. With the Presidential Election next Tuesday, we look at how campaigning has changed over the years, but also how it has remained the same. Nastiness in campaigning has been bad recently, but that has gone on for many years, even going back to the earlier years of this country. We also have a quick look at collectibles, from buttons and bumper stickers, there are some neat collectibles from election years gone by.  Join us as we wind down this election year on Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site, on the Galaxy Nostalgia Network.
November 5, 2016 at 2:39 PM
19.7 MB (Audio)

Rodeo Star Spangled Banner


Ian Hunter, Glasgow, 5 November 2016

When I'm President/The Whole Truth/Cleveland Rocks/AAAB/Fingers Crossed/Dandy/American Spy/Life/ATYD/Goodnight Irene


Insect Roar


Estonia National Museum: Kick Mary

Kick Mary


Lutheran Archbishop Objects to State Insult

Hillary Child Rape Ring


Clinton Underground Child Sex Ring, Part 1


Friday, November 4, 2016

Ian Hunter Tour Kickoff

04 Nov 2016 – Town Hall, Birmingham England
05 Nov 2016 – The Garage, Glasgow Scotland
07 Nov 2016 – The Sage, Gateshead England
08 Nov 2016 – The Tramshed, Cardiff Wales
09 Nov 2016 – RCNM, Manchester England
11 Nov 2016 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London England
12 Nov 2016 – The Tivoli, Buckley Wales
13 Nov 2016 – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth 

Jimmy Kimmel Muslim Obama


Huma Abedin

Huma Abedin

The newest batch of John Podesta’s hacked emails released by Wikileaks shows Obama’s transition team kept lists of Muslim candidates for jobs in the administration:

An aide writes:
"In the candidates for top jobs, I excluded those with some Arab American background but who are not Muslim (e.g., George Mitchell). Many Lebanese Americans, for example, are Christian. In the last list (of outside boards/commissions), most who are listed appear to be Muslim American, except that a handful (where noted) may be Arab American but of uncertain religion (esp. Christian)."
Also notable, there was concern that some of the Muslims suggested would not survive media scrutiny, with one aide writing, “High-profile Muslim Americans tend to be the subject of a fair amount of blogger criticism, and so the individuals on this list would need to be ESPECIALLY carefully vetted.”

She continues, “I suspect some of the people I list would not survive such a vet — but I do personally know, at least in part, virtually all of the candidates in the 1st two categories (but I know very few of those listed for outside boards/commissions).”

This follows a pattern of the Obama Administration using race and religion to determine hiring, with other leaked emails showing potential political appointees being labeled with an F for female, B for black, H for Hispanic, and M for Muslim.
 Another Wikileaks release showed the Obama transition team keeping extensive lists of non-white candidates for administration posts.

Obama Hillary Unemployment


Islamic State and Hillary Share Funding


Podesta Hillary's Wiccan


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Obama Hire Muslims America Sharia



Ian Hunter, Mott The Hoople, Mick Ralphs

Three part interview with Mick Ralphs, interesting viewing, talks all things Mott, Bad Co. etc. :)

How to Live Wisely


Likely Hillary Indictment


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ian Hunter, City Winery, Chicago

When I'm President

American Spy

Michael Picasso

Shrunken Heads

23A Swan Hill/Sweet Jane

ATYD/Goodnight Irene

Selected Greek and Roman History Sites


      Ancient World Mapping Center

      Association of Ancient Historian

      Attalus (Ancient Authors & translations

      Classical Atlas Project

      Electronic Resources for Classicists

      Latin Library

      Library of Congress Greek and Latin Classics

      Perseus Digital Library

      Perseus Art and Archaeology

King Clinton Indictment Doomed First Bush


Muslim Survivor of Charlie Hebdo vs. Islamism



Saturday, October 29, 2016

Gooch and the Motion


Petraeus: Generational Struggle


Michael Riah, Just A Man

Just A Man

Ian Hunter Tribute Album

A swedish Ian Hunter tributealbum has just been released. Longtime fan and singer-lyricist, Wille Ahnberg, has selected ten of Ian Hunters finest slow songs. Naturally, the album is entitled, "The Slow Hunters"(Langsamme jagaren in swedish). Good reviews and a 11-minute long feature on swedish national television. 

The songs on the album: Sea Diver, Ill Wind Blowing, Trudis Song, All is Forgiven, Win it All, Overnight Angels, 3000 Miles from here, Sons and Daughters, Rest in Peace. All is Forgiven is released as a single and sounds a bit like Velvet Underground!

Musicians: Per and Sven Lindvall(from Strings Attached and Artful Dodger). Peter Hallstrom and Staffan Astner(several livegigs in Scandinavia w Ian Hunter). Wille Ahnberg, Uffe Borjesson, Sara Isaksson, Jesper Nordenstrom et al.

A great album. Check it out here
or at Spotify

Ian Hunter, Atlanta and Nashville, City Winery


Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Honoloochie Boogie/Dandy

Cleveland Rocks/All American Alien Boy

American Spy

Sweet Jane


The Truth, The Whole Truth, Nuthin' But the Truth

23A Swan Hill

All The Way From Memphis

ATYD Nashville

Ian Hunter, 28 October 2016, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC

ATYD/Goodnight Irene

Hillary Pay to Play