Saturday, April 25, 2009

Will The Benjamin Franklin Obsessed Thomas Birch Please Stand Up?

Thomas Birch, copier of newly discovered Benjamin Franklin letters (said discovery is thanks to Professor Alan Houston, a political science professor at UC San Diego) is the English historian. There is another famous Thomas Birch, an artist, who is not the Thomas Birch that copied the Benjamin Franklin letters.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the following information about Thomas Birch, and his connection to Benjamin Franklin.

Copies of Franklin letters

"Recently discovered by American researcher Alan Houston at the British Library is a file entitled Copies of [Benjamin Franklin's] Letters relating to the March of General Braddock. Birch was said to have obsessively copied any documents of historical importance he could get his hands on. He was a friend of Franklin, and they were both members of the Royal Society. In his autobiography, Franklin refers to his "Quire Book", which has never been found, but which contained letters and papers concerning his efforts to support the British Government at that pre-revolutionary time."

Author's Comment: Since Thomas Birch was obsessive about copying important historical documents, there can be no doubt that the newly discovered Benjamin letters are a true find. Furthermore, who says all obsessions are bad? I'm personally glad that Thomas Birch was obsessive about something important for the rest of humanity to appreciate generations later. For more information about the Benjamin Franklin letters, see the Los Angeles Times article.

Also, read my related posts recently published on my Conservative Wordsmith Weblog at Townhall.com. The following links will lead you directly to said posts:

Did Benjamin Franklin Cheat On His Wife? Read Excerpt From Newly Discovered Letter

Benjamin Franklin Letters Discovered: Courtesy of Thomas Birch

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Susan Boyle: "I Wouldn't Want To Change Myself Too Much"

According to a recent CNN article, singing sensation "'Susan Boyle, 47, has said she's still the same humble girl next door despite her knockout singing on "Britain's Got Talent.'"

Susan Boyle also said: "'I wouldn't want to change myself too much because that would really make things a bit false,' she told CNN's 'American Morning' on Friday. 'I want to receive people as the real me, a real person.'"

"'A clip of Boyle's performance on the talent show had more than 15 million views on YouTube by Friday, and the world's media have beaten a path to her door in Blackburn, Scotland.'"
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"'During an earlier interview with CNN's Atika Shubert, Boyle expressed amazement at people's reaction to her -- 'the way everyone seems to have embraced me, the way they seem to have apparently fallen in love with me,'" she said.
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Susan Boyle and Her Fans Are All "Gobsmacked"

Susan Boyle said, after her triumphant performance Saturday, April 11, on Britain's Got Talent, that she is "absolutely gobsmacked." 1

Now there's a new word for you and for me also! What does the word gobsmacked mean exactly?

According to an article by Richard Nordquist, "'The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2006) defines 'gobsmacked' as 'being speechless or lost for words as the result of amazement or shock."' Similarly, Sara Tulloch, author of The Oxford Dictionary of New Words (1991), offers the definition 'astounded, flabbergasted; speechless or incoherent with amazement; overawed.'"

Gobsmacked is "a combination of gob, mouth, and smacked. It means 'utterly astonished, astounded.'" 2

1 http://grammar.about.com/b/2009/04/17/gobsmacked-by-susan-boyle.htm
2 http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-gob1.htm
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Susan Boyle FanSite Grows to 9,319 Members, Conservative Blogger Joins

I am so inspired by the gifted singer Susan Boyle, a recent contestant on Britain's Got Talent television show, that I decided to join her official fan club today. When I wrote about the Susan Boyle FanSite (the slogan there is 'Never judge a book by it's cover') yesterday, there were 6,804 members.

Today, including my new membership, the list has grown to 9,319 members at this very moment. I might add that a short time ago, the membership count was 9,281, so the list is continually growing.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Singing Sensation Susan Boyle Had A Dream, Too, and Now It's Coming True!

Yesterday I wrote about Susan Boyle, the amazingly talented contestant on the British television talent show, Britain's Got Talent.

The YouTube video *(see link below to view her incredible performance) has now received over 11,000,000 hits (!) in just a few days (she appeared on the show on April 11, 2009).


Susan Boyle now has a fan club totalling 6804 members at this moment, and they are all rooting (so am I) for Miss Boyle to win!


Thanks to http://www.susan-boyle.com/, official site of Susan Boyle FanSite, for the above information. Click this link to join Susan Boyle's fan club, view more videos, or read more information about this fantastic woman.

Susan Boyle was interviewed, and also performed live, from her home in Blackburn, Scotland, on this morning's CBS "Early Show." 2

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Singer Susan Boyle Gets To Chat With Patti LuPone, Who First Did Hit "I Dreamed A Dream".



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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Susan Boyle, Unemployed and 47, Astounds Britain's Got Talent Judges

Susan Boyle, a 47 year old unemployed contestant on Britain's Got Talent television show, recently forced a panel of judges, including the critical Simon Cowell, to admit that a great voice doesn't only come out of the mouths of young babes.

Susan Boyle indeed has an incredibly beautiful voice. Watch the YouTube video of Susan Boyle singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Miserables and see for yourself.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Michael Medved's "Right Turns" For Sale At New Conservativve Online Bookstore

Now you can purchase the book Right Turns by Michael Medved for a special price of only $10.14! Michael Medved is an extremely popular conservative talk show host on KRLA radio, based in Los Angeles, California, and I happen to enjoy listening to his informative show. Here is the link to my Amazon Associates Conservative Wordsmith Bookstore:
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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