United States nicknamed Uncle Sam
Kimsey claimed a half from his clash with Justin Thomas while Moynihan enjoyed a 2&1 victory over Patrick Rodgers. Live on Sky Sports Upgrade to Sky Sports The afternoon struggles were in stark contrast to a morning session which GB&I edged. The first match was halved with GB&I winning the next two before the United States won the final foursome of the session. The first match-up saw home pair Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt refuse to let the visiting duo of Kimsey and Max Orrin capitalise on the one up lead they held on six occasions. Instead each time Whitsett and Wyatt came back to tie including on the 18th hole when Orrin hit his eagle putt 12 feet past the hole with Wyatt sinking a two-foot birdie to win the hole and halve the match. Fitzpatrick victory Next up was Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, who became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the US Amateur Championship – propelling him to number one in the world amateur golf rankings – and also win the Silver Medal at July’s Open Championship at Muirfield. He was partnered by Neil Raymond and they went one up against Jordan Niebrugge and Nathan Smith at the par-four fifth, a lead they held until the 15th. The GB&I duo won the par-five 18th when Raymond hit an eagle attempt to three feet and Fitzpatrick calmly rolled the ball in for a one up victory. Raymond told www.usga.org: “To go out in foursomes over here and get the first solid point on the board was very important. I was just really happy to get it done. “I believe in my ability, and obviously believe in the world number one [Fitzpatrick] over here.” The visitors moved further ahead when Garrick Porteous and Rhys Ough defeated Michael Weaver and Todd White, three and one. Victory was clinched at the 372-yard 17th. Welshman Pugh hit his wedge approach shot to four feet. Weaver also hit a fine wedge approach to seven feet, but White missed the birdie attempt and Porteous’ birdie was conceded to give GB&I victory.
The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York , who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812.Wilson (1766-1854) stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” The local newspaper picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government. In the late 1860s and 1870s, political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) began popularizing the image of Uncle Sam. Nast continued to evolve the image, eventually giving Sam the white beard and stars-and-stripes suit that are associated with the character today. The German-born Nast was also credited with creating the modern image of Santa Claus as well as coming up with the donkey as a symbol for the Democratic Party and the elephant as a symbol for the Republicans. Nast also famously lampooned the corruption of New York City ‘s Tammany Hall in his editorial cartoons and was, in part, responsible for the downfall of Tammany leader William Tweed. Perhaps the most famous image of Uncle Sam was created by artist James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960). In Flagg’s version, Uncle Sam wears a tall top hat and blue jacket and is pointing straight ahead at the viewer. During World War I , this portrait of Sam with the words “I Want You For The U.S. Army” was used as a recruiting poster. The image, which became immensely popular, was first used on the cover of Leslie’s Weekly in July 1916 with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” The poster was widely distributed and has subsequently been re-used numerous times with different captions. In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as “the progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam.” Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, the town that calls itself “The Home of Uncle Sam.” Fact Check We strive for accuracy and fairness. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, contact us!
Walker Cup 2013: United States fight back to lead GB & Ireland
11, the Lincoln assassination, the birthplace of Barack Obama or John McCain, Pearl Harbor, Area 51, black helicopters or the moon landing fill in the blank however you like. Conspiracy theories are everywhere, and they’re more widely believed than many people think. In The United States of Paranoia, Jesse Walker, a senior editor at Reason magazine, suggests that paranoid political arguments are as American as apple pie. Walker tells NPR’s Scott Simon about the popularity of conspiracy theories, the long history of paranoia and how pop culture is shaped by revelations of real conspiracies. Interview Highlights On how conspiracy theories are more popular than commonly claimed “The classic essay that everyone cites on conspiracy theories is Richard Hofstadter’s “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” and he says in there that the paranoid style is a marginal phenomenon they’re popular among marginal movements. But in fact, even among the things that we usually think of as conspiracy theories, opinion polls show a great deal of Americans in some cases a majority of Americans believing in secret cabals.” On conspiracy theories from America’s Colonial period “Obviously the Salem witch trials are a famous one, although it’s not as well-known the extent to which, you know, people suspected that tried to draw connections, I should say between the invisible forces that were imagined in Salem and the more visible forces that were surrounding the colony: the fear of Native American conspiracies. And also just the beginning of ‘King Philip’s war,’ which began with the mysterious death of an Indian who came to warn the settlers that ‘King Philip’ [son of Massasoit and chief of] the Wampanoag tribe was plotting an assault on them. The death was believed to be an assassination now, to this day we don’t know if it was an accident or an assassination, and if it was a murder we don’t know if Philip was behind it. It’s one of those great open questions that will never be solved.” Jesse Walker is a senior editor at Reason magazine. Monica Lopossay/HarperCollins Jesse Walker is a senior editor at Reason magazine. Monica Lopossay/HarperCollins On how paranoia in the 1950s extended beyond McCarthyism “Obviously there was the Red Scare of the time, and McCarthy is sort of the person who becomes the symbol of that in retrospect. But for one thing the Red Scare built on what historians call the ‘Brown Scare’ of World War II and immediately before then, which was similar to the Red Scare in that there was this understandable fear of the agents of a totalitarian power in this case Nazi Germany but which then spread to a lot of conservative commentators who were not at all sympathetic to fascism. “Also there was going on what the historian David Johnson has called the ‘Lavender Scare,’ which was this great fear of gays and lesbians in the civil service, and one result of this was this massive purge. I mean, the director of the CIA in testimony described gays and lesbians as a, quote, ‘government within the government’ very paranoid rhetoric.
Defending champions GB & Ireland, who won 14-12 at Royal Aberdeen two years ago, were 2-1 up after the foursomes. But the home side won the first six of the eight singles, losing only one. The contest concludes on Sunday with a further four foursomes and 10 singles, with the first team to reach 13 points securing the trophy. Walker Cup facts and figures The Walker Cup is a biennial 10-man amateur team competition between a team composed of players from Great Britain and Ireland and the United States It will be played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes matches First played in 1922, GB & Ireland had to wait until 1938 to record their first victory. Since then they have won eight of the 43 meetings – six of those victories over the Americans having come since 1989 In the opening match at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, Nathan Kimsey and Max Orrin were ahead on six occasions but Bobby Wyatt holed a two-foot birdie on the last to win the hole and halve the match. Matt Fitzpatrick, the 18-year-old from Sheffield who last month became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the US Amateur Championship and is the world’s top-ranked amateur, partnered Neil Raymond to victory over Jordan Niebrugge and Nathan Smith. Raymond sent an eagle attempt to three feet and Fitzpatrick calmly rolled the ball in for a one-up victory. The visitors moved further ahead when Garrick Porteous and Rhys Pugh defeated Michael Weaver and Todd White three and one. Victory was clinched at the 372-yard 17th as Welshman Pugh hit his wedge approach shot to four feet. Weaver also hit a fine wedge approach to seven feet, but White missed the birdie attempt and the GB & Ireland putt was conceded. Patrick Rodgers and Justin Thomas defeated Gavin Moynihan and Kevin Phelan two and one after taking the lead at the 15th and recording the clinching birdie at the 17th when Rodgers struck a 111-yard wedge to six feet. Recent Walker Cup results 2011: GB & I 14-12 USA (Royal Aberdeen) 2009: USA 16-9 GB & I (Merion GC) 2007: USA 12-11 GB & I (Royal County Down) 2005: USA 12-11 GB & I (Chicago GC) 2003: GB & I 12 -11 USA (Ganton GC) Total since 1922, USA: 34 wins, GB & I: eight, one tie That momentum continued in the singles as Wyatt came from two down after six holes to beat Raymond 2up. Max Homa raced to four up by the turn and beat Orrin 5&3, while Michael Kim won three holes in succession to see off Callum Shinkwin 2&1. Fitzpatrick won the first hole of his match against Weaver with a birdie but three fives on four holes on the back nine allowed the American to move ahead and the match ended on the 17th as Weaver carded a birdie three.