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Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-26-08)
The remains of Charles Cameron Kingston, whose behaviour caused a scandal when he was the premier of South Australia in the 1890s, were exhumed from a cemetery in Adelaide and will be subjected to DNA testing.
The unusual exhumation was requested by a prominent businessman and his sister, who believe that they are descendants of an illegitimate child believed to have been fathered by the politician.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-25-08)
Dr Hans-Joachim Sewering, 92, a former SS member, was honoured for “services to the nation’s health system”.
The doctor has always denied sending children to Eglfing-Haar, a facility south of Munich where it’s alleged physically and mentally handicapped children were killed.
Despite the allegations, Dr Sewering enjoyed a brilliant career and is a former head of Germany’s doctors’ association. The Nazis are known to have coerced doctors into reporting disabled patients during “Action T-4”.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (5-23-08)
The local government wants it to become not just a place to remember the 8,600 dead of the town, almost half its population, but somewhere the Chinese people can learn to prevent similar disasters.
After securing the town's collapsed and leaning homes, schools and office blocks, it wants to leave them as they are rather than demolishing them.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (5-26-08)
Like a recent photographic exhibition showing Parisians enjoying themselves under the occupation, the book's depiction of life in Paris as one big party is at odds with the collective memory of hunger, resistance and fear.
"It is a taboo subject, a story nobody wants to hear," said Patrick Buisson, author of "1940-1945 Années Erotiques" ("erotic years"). "It may hurt our national pride, but the reality is that people adapted to occupation."
SOURCE: Times (UK) (5-25-08)
Now, with a team of 12 archaeologists and 70 excavators, Zahi Hawass, 60, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, has begun the search for her tomb.
In addition, after a breakthrough two weeks ago, Hawass hopes to find Cleopatra's lover, the Roman general Mark Antony, sharing her last resting place at the site of a temple, the Taposiris Magna, 28 miles west of Alexandria.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (5-25-08)
When Bob Ballard led a team that pinpointed the wreckage of the liner in 1985 he had already completed his main task of finding out what happened to USS Thresher and USS Scorpion.
Both of the United States Navy vessels sank during the 1960s, killing more than 200 men and giving rise to fears that at least one of them, Scorpion, had been sunk by the USSR.
Dr Ballard, an oceanographer, has admitted that he located and inspected the wrecks for the US Navy in top secret missions before he was allowed to search for the Titanic.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (5-27-08)
White House or living in it for approximately forever.
Bill, it could be said, was born to run. Running
became Hillary's destiny, too.
One quarter of Americans have never known life without
a Clinton trying for or having the presidency.
Millions have gone from diapers to diplomas in the
time of the Clintons.
When Hillary Rodham Clinton finally exits the 2008
Democratic presidential race, she will end a
decades-long, power-couple streak of unique political
energy, savvy ideas, colossal policy flops and raw
ambition dressed in pants suits and briefs, not
SOURCE: AP (5-21-08)
The report quoted the chief of the customs department, Nabil al-Sayyouri, as saying the pieces were seized at al-Tanaf crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border. They were hidden in a bag carried by an Iraqi crossing into Syria.
SOURCE: AP (5-21-08)
An FBI affidavit unsealed Tuesday charged 70-year-old Eugene Zollman of LaPorte, Ind., with theft of major artwork.
Authorities said Zollman is accused of taking documents of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, during visits to the university in Lexington in 1994.
SOURCE: AP (5-22-08)
Some 125 years later, the Brooklyn Bridge remains a powerful symbol of engineering might and imagination, and a revered fixture in the landscape of the nation's largest city.
And it can still draw a crowd. Thousands of people are expected at the bridge's 125th birthday blowout Thursday, with fireworks, a Navy flyover, a colorful new lighting scheme and the debut of a tribute song scheduled to honor the storied span. It opened on May 24, 1883.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (5-26-08)
A group for the victims' families says it believes the grave contains more than 125 people killed by the military.
The search for mass graves follows a government-approved truth commission into atrocities committed by both the military and Shining Path rebels.
The insurgency of the Maoist guerrillas lasted two decades, ending in 2000.
SOURCE: BBC (5-26-08)
The intricately decorated guns were said to have been forged from the iron of a fallen meteorite.
They were a unique gift from the commander of a South American region, which would later become Argentina, to the fourth US president, James Madison.
"Permit me therefore to present to your Excellency... a specimen of the first essays of the manufacture of arms established in the provinces of Buenos Ayres and Tucuman," wrote General Ignacio Alvarez in an accompanying 14-page letter.
Over time, they passed into the hands of Madison's successor - James Monroe - and are now on display at a museum dedicated to him.
Since that time, the story of their origin has gone unquestioned.
Now, scientists armed with a battery of hi-tech machines have probed the pistols in unprecedented detail.
Their findings cast doubt on the accepted theory of their origins and have thrown up a whole new set of questions for historians about the guns and the motives of the original protagonists.
SOURCE: BBC (5-23-08)
It is believed that about one million people in Ireland starved in the 1840s after the failure of the potato crop.
Hundreds of thousands of others emigrated during the disaster, sparking a worldwide Irish diaspora.
The Irish government has set up an expert group to organise a yearly event.
Between 1440 and 1460 England was suffering a late medieval equivalent of the credit crunch.
The country was still recovering from the effects of the Black Death a century earlier. The population had dropped from as much as five million before the plague and its recurrences to a mere 2.5 million in 1440, says Leicester University economic and social historian Prof Christopher Dyer. The consequences for the English economy were dire.
"The grass was growing in the streets, land was lying uncultivated. There were not enough people to occupy the land," says Prof Dyer.
The second part of the double whammy for England was a shortage of bullion, as supply from traditional sources of silver in Germany and in parts of Hungary dried up.
At the same time, the balance of trade was shifting in favour of the East as expensive luxury commodities were sold to western Europe for large quantities, Prof Dyer says.
The lack of money caused price deflation for farmers in England, at the same time as labourers were able to demand higher wages because of the depopulation.
"People knew things were going badly. They talked about low prices for farmers, they couldn't pay their rent because they weren't getting enough."
But the practice has been outlawed since 1900, when landowner Sir Edmund Antrobus decided the site needed protecting and introduced charges.
Before then, anyone who visited the site could walk freely among the ancient stones.
Now, the stones are fenced off, with private access allowed only by special arrangement.
English Heritage said an attack on the revered stones on Thursday, during which a piece of the Heel Stone was chipped off with a hammer and screwdriver, was believed to be the first of its kind in many years.
Nearly 1m visitors a year flock to the 5,000-year-old World Heritage Site.
SOURCE: BBC (5-21-08)
Deutsche Post spokesman Dirk Klasen confirmed that an order of 20 55-cent stamps had been printed by the service.
Mr Klasen said Deutsche Post would review its procedures, but that it was impossible to guarantee that unsuitable images would not slip through the net.
Rudolf Hess died in 1987, aged 93, after more than four decades in prison.
Deutsche Post's personalised stamp service was launched in February and allows customers to upload their own photos over the internet to create an individual stamp design, ordering any amount from 20 to 10,000.
Stone steps and paths lead visitors through a series of ancient entranceways to the carved sanctuary high in the Dangrek mountain range.
Look one way and a Thai flag flies on a distant rocky outcrop. Turn the other way and the cliffs fall sharply down to the blue-green Cambodian jungle below....
A hammer and screwdriver were used to take a small chip the size of a 10p piece from the side of the Heel Stone.
English Heritage said further damage was prevented by security guards who spotted the two men at the 5,000-year-old site in Wiltshire.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (5-26-08)
mask thought to belong to her lover Mark Antony have
been found near Egypt's Mediterranean city of
Alexandria, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on
The two treasures, a bronze statue of Goddess
Aphrodite and a headless royal statue from the
Ptolemaic dynasty, which ruled Egypt between 323 and
30 BC, were discovered by a joint Egyptian-Dominican
Republic team of archeologists in the Tapsiris Magna
temple, Hawass said.
Some 20 bronze coins stamped with Cleopatra's face
were found in underground tunnels 50 metres (164 feet)
deep in the archeological site, Hawass said.
SOURCE: AFP (5-22-08)
She has a simple answer for why the ancient, bamboo-based Dujiangyan irrigation system sustained only minor damage, while nearby modern dams and their vast amounts of concrete are now under 24-hour watch for signs of collapse.
"This ancient project is perfection," Zhang said.
From the hillside platform, the workings of the ingenious irrigation project that is now a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site are clearly visible.
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (5-26-08)
"What happens if, in three years time, Iran has a nuclear weapon," Mr Carter asked. "I'm not sure that is going to happen, but if it does, what do we do? They are rational people like all of us in this room. Do they want to commit suicide? I would guess not. So what we have to do is talk with them now and say to them we want to be their friends. The United States must let Iran know that we want to give them fuel and everything they need for a non-military nuclear programme. Twenty-five years ago we cut off trading with Iran. We've got to resume trading to show Iran we are friends."
During the Carter administration , 52 American diplomats were held hostage by the Iranians for over a year, and only freed on the last day of his presidency in 1981.
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (5-26-08)
Five years of detailed research, carried out by the Oxford University landscape archaeologist Anthony Johnson, claims that Stonehenge was designed and built using advanced geometry.
The discovery has immense implications for understanding the monument – and the people who built it. It also suggests it is more rooted in the study of geometry than early astronomy – as is often speculated.
Name of source: http://www.knoxnews.com
SOURCE: http://www.knoxnews.com (5-25-08)
First and foremost, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Buckles is America's last doughboy.
Of the more than 4 million who served in World War I, called the Great War, he has outlived everyone. His elder, veteran Harry R. Landis, died at 108 in February in Florida.
Buckles is from an era that has almost disappeared into the dust motes of American history.
Woodrow Wilson was president when a teenage Buckles volunteered almost 91 years ago to serve his nation. He has since seen 16 more men enter the White House.
Last known WWI veteran honored for Memorial Day
Name of source: Nation
SOURCE: Nation (6-9-08)
The FBI's Holt file is unique among the millions of files at bureau headquarters: it does not contain the usual reports on an individual's left-wing sympathies and activism but rather information about the firm and its efforts to woo Hoover as an author. The company began courting Hoover when he was known to be agitated about the 1950 publication of the first book critical of the FBI: The Federal Bureau of Investigation by Max Lowenthal. A senior Holt official--his name is blacked out--knew how to get Hoover's attention. The Lowenthal book"makes me a little sick," he wrote to the director."This book should not have been published.... when we are fighting for survival, as God knows we are today, there are certain irresponsible views that need not and should not be expressed." Because of the Lowenthal book,"it is of the utmost importance that an accurate, considered book evaluating the importance of one of our last strongholds against Communism (the FBI) be presented to the public by a responsible publisher." He modestly suggested that Holt fit the bill. He also suggested that the author should be Hoover.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (5-23-08)
John Updike Delivers 2008 Jefferson Lecture
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (5-24-08)
The only thing he has not done is visit the bench dedicated to his brother, Dave Laychak, who died on September 11, 2001, when a passenger airplane hit the Pentagon.
"I want to hold off and go and see his bench and touch his bench that day," said Laychak. "I wanted to save something special for me personally on September 11 when we dedicate the memorial, so I can spend some time with it then."
Laychak is one of many looking forward to the dedication of the memorial, which is being built to honor the 184 people killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.
"This is hallowed ground for a lot of the family members, and the essence of this place will be about them, those that we lost," Laychak said.
SOURCE: CNN (5-21-08)
The 11 sites represent the country's architectural, cultural and natural heritage, and "reflect extraordinary periods of American history," National Trust Director Richard Moe said.
The sites were chosen from about 70 nominees by the member-supported nonprofit group. Founded in 1949, it aims to protect significant buildings and locales, now protected under the 1966 Historic Preservation Act.
Of the roughly 200 places listed by the organization in the past 20 years, the National Trust says only six have been lost.
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (5-24-08)
Before invoking the Kennedy killing in comments to a South Dakota newspaper that she quickly rued, Clinton said, "My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary, somewhere in the middle of June, right?"
Actually, wrong in all but the most technical sense.
Bill Clinton became the hands-down front-runner in his party's contest 16 years ago in mid-March, when his main competitor, Paul Tsongas, exited the race. There was an outbreak of buyer's remorse a few weeks later ...
... when California's own Jerry Brown, who initially had been little more than a gadfly in the race, won the Connecticut primary.
But in early April, Clinton crushed Brown in the New York primary, all but ending the competition. And then he ended any doubt by easily winning in Pennsylvania in late April.
Yes, he needed to win the California primary in early June -- along with several others held on the same day -- to officially surpass the magic number of delegates required for the nomination. But it had been crystal clear to all for more than a month that he would do so, and the remaining primaries were mere formalities.
Name of source: NYT Book Review
SOURCE: NYT Book Review (5-25-08)
In “Rediscovering Jacob Riis,” Bonnie Yochelson and Daniel Czitrom have undertaken a rigorous, scholarly re-examination of Riis’s life and work. While Czitrom, a historian at Mount Holyoke College, places Riis in the context of other 19th-century social crusaders, Yochelson, a former photo curator at the Museum of the City of New York, offers a more critical assessment; she re-evaluates Riis’s photography and questions the mythos that surrounds him.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (5-25-08)
“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals,” President Bush said before the Israeli Parliament. “We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement.”
The White House claimed publicly that the reference was to those — including Jimmy Carter — who had met with Hamas, but an administration official acknowledged to reporters that the remarks were meant as a swipe at the probable Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, who has proposed meeting autocratic world leaders “without preconditions.”
John McCain seconded both the president’s use of the word appeasement and Mr. Bush’s warning about displaying weakness to enemies. “Yes, there have been appeasers in the past, and the president is exactly right, and one of them is Neville Chamberlain,” Mr. McCain said, referring to the British prime minister who met with Hitler in Munich and ceded Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland to the Nazis. Mr. Obama responded in short order, arguing that it was in fact Mr. Bush’s policies, supported by Mr. McCain, that had made the United States weaker and its adversaries (in particular Iran) stronger.
Lost in what was widely seen as the opening salvo of the fall campaign was an understanding of what appeasement actually meant 70 years ago.
To appease, according to one concise dictionary definition, is “to yield or concede to belligerent demands, sometimes at the expense of justice or other principles.” Recent debates on the subject generally consist of one side claiming that an appeased enemy is an empowered enemy, as proved to be the case with Hitler. Winston Churchill’s famous remark that England had been “offered a choice between war and shame” and by choosing shame would get war, too, is only the most eloquent expression of what has become a maxim of international diplomacy.
SOURCE: NYT (5-25-08)
Before that, he helped create Medicare.
Until his downfall in the 1970s, Mr. Mills, a Democrat, was called the most powerful man in Washington — with good reason. For 18 years, longer than any other lawmaker, he ran the House Ways and Means Committee, using his perch to shape not only Medicare but Medicaid and Social Security as well. (And there were tax cuts, too.)
“He reflects a timeless quality,” said Julian E. Zelizer, a Princeton historian and Mills biographer, “and that is the power of a legislator who can deliver backroom deals, who can go behind closed doors and find an area where the divisiveness of the country doesn’t have to kill legislation.”
Last week, Washington reeled from the news that another lawmaker who has that timeless quality (and who has had his own personal foibles), Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, is suffering a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer. As the Capitol absorbed the idea of a future without “the lion of the Senate” — Mr. Kennedy, 76, has been here so long that this is difficult to imagine — a handful of history’s other legislative one-man shows come to mind.
Historians say Mr. Kennedy, who has helped shape just about every major health, education and civil rights bill that has passed in his 46 years in the Senate, will very likely go down as one of the chamber’s greats, up there with Henry Clay and Daniel Webster and John Calhoun. But there are many routes to fame and power in Congress, and not all have to do with passing legislation.
SOURCE: NYT (5-23-08)
SOURCE: NYT (5-22-08)
Puerto Rico’s formal role in the process is indeed weighty. Its 63 voting delegates — 55 elected ones and eight superdelegates — at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer will outnumber delegations from more than half the states (including Kentucky and Oregon) and the District of Columbia. Yet Puerto Rico does not have a vote in the Electoral College, nor will its 2.5 million registered voters cast ballots for president in November.
How in the world did this happen? From the beginning, the question of Puerto Rico has perplexed the United States. The island was essential to the defense of the Panama Canal, so we did not make it independent, in contrast to two other Spanish possessions we gained in the war, Cuba (which become independent in 1902) and the Philippines (1946). And we judged it foreign in language and culture — and worse, overpopulated — so New Mexico-style Americanization leading to statehood was out of the question.
Similarly, Puerto Ricans have never resolved their relationship with the United States. For almost 50 years after the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rican sentiment was divided between dreams of statehood and of independence. This ambivalence deterred the island from ever petitioning Congress for one or the other. And until mid-century, sporadic outbursts of violent nationalism haunted the scene.
Partly to put such extremism out of business, Congress in 1948 allowed Puerto Rico to elect its own governor and then in 1950 gave it an intricately designed, semi-autonomous “commonwealth” status short of statehood. Two years later, the island adopted its own Constitution, and Congress quickly ratified it.
SOURCE: NYT (5-21-08)
The military museum the ship houses was at risk of going out of business last year, as the costs of overhauling the carrier and rebuilding its home pier spiraled past $100 million, almost double the original estimate, said Bill White, president of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. To keep the work going and to stay on schedule to reopen this fall, the museum’s directors borrowed against the museum’s $15 million endowment, a move they had promised never to make, Mr. White said.
“This museum and this whole project was in danger of shutting down,” Mr. White said. “If we hadn’t taken this drastic measure to use the endowment, which I consider sacred, for this purpose, there would be no more Intrepid — unless someone was willing to write a check for 15, 20 million bucks.”
Name of source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
SOURCE: Richmond Times-Dispatch (5-23-08)
The researchers, including 17 students from James Madison University, are unearthing the South Yard, a residential complex where President James Madison's domestic slaves lived and worked.
The insurance map, which came to light in 2002, is proving invaluable.
"It was a perfect roadmap for us," said Jennifer Gullette, a spokeswoman for Montpelier. "The map basically gave us the site's dimensions and location from the house measured out in feet."
About one year after Madison's 1836 death, his wife, Dolley, insured the 27-room mansion and nearby outbuildings. The map detailed the location of the South Yard's two smokehouses and three residences -- each a duplex for two slave families. The slave complex also included a kitchen and a stable.
Name of source: http://www.eurekalert.org
SOURCE: http://www.eurekalert.org (5-23-08)
Prevailing theory suggests that the present-day populations of Island Southeast Asia (ISEA) originate largely from a Neolithic expansion from Taiwan driven by rice agriculture about 4,000 years ago - the so-called "Out of Taiwan" model.
However an international research team, led by the UK's first Professor of Archaeogenetics, Martin Richards, has shown that a substantial fraction of their mitochondrial DNA lineages (inherited down the female line of descent), have been evolving within ISEA for a much longer period, possibly since modern humans arrived some 50,000 years ago.
Moreover, the lineage can be shown to have actually expanded in the opposite direction - into Taiwan - within the last 10,000 years.
Says Professor Richards: "I think the study results are going to be a big surprise for many archaeologists and linguists on whose studies conventional migration theories are based. These population expansions had nothing to do with agriculture, but were most likely to have been driven by climate change - in particular, global warming and the resulting sea-level rises at the end of the Ice Age between 15,000-7,000 years ago."
Name of source: LiveScience
SOURCE: LiveScience (5-22-08)
Senator Edward Kennedy gave a big thumbs-up as he left the hospital Wednesday, facing a new outlook on life with a potentially deadly brain tumor. Hillary did it just this week at a we're-not-mathematically-defeated-yet campaign rally in Florida. John McCain can't not do it.
The gesture, for better or worse, has long breathed life or death into major events.
Death to gladiators
The thumbs-up gesture has its roots in ancient Rome, where gladiators would literally live or die by it. Pollice verso is the Latin term for the gesture, meaning "with a turned thumb."
SOURCE: LiveScience (5-21-08)
As the 2008 presidential race wears on, the medical records of presidential candidates remain shielded by federal law. None are legally required to disclose any medical conditions when running for commander in chief. But a number of historians, bioethics scholars and physicians have argued that medical privacy should not allow presidential candidates to hide serious health problems from voters.
“If you get on a plane, that pilot gets a physical every six months,” observes Dr. James Toole, a professor of neurology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Presidential candidates “need physicals,” particularly mental health examinations, Toole says, to hold them accountable to voters. At least ten sitting presidents suffered from some mental disorder while in office, according to a 2006 study in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.
Name of source: KTRK news
SOURCE: KTRK news (5-22-08)
Eyewitness News takes a closer look at the debate over what should be done with this painful piece of history.
it was the summer of 1945 and U.S. troops had just taken over Munich, Germany.
"I was 20 years old and we had just been through a heck of a war," said Jack McConn, brother of former Houston mayor Jim McConn, who was one of the first U.S. soldiers to step foot into the war-torn country.
Name of source: http://www.news.com.au
SOURCE: http://www.news.com.au (5-22-08)
"The investigation was dropped December 19, 2007 due lack of evidence to incriminate Demjanjuk for murder," prosecutor Anna Galkiewicz of Poland's Institute for National Remembrance (IPN) said.
The IPN is charged with investigating and prosecuting Nazi and communist-era crimes.
Twenty years ago eyewitnesses identified Demjanjuk, a retired US autoworker, as "Ivan the Terrible", one of the infamous torturers at the Treblinka Nazi German concentration camp, located in what is now eastern Poland. Demjanjuk was born Ivan, later using the English version of his name John in the United States.
Deported by the US to Israel he was sentenced to death by an Israeli court in April 1988 but then acquitted by Israel's supreme court which used KGB archives to identify a different man, Ivan Marchenko, as "Ivan the Terrible".
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre insists Demjanjuk must be brought to justice for his alleged work as a guard in other Nazi death camps including Majdanek, Sobibor and Treblinka II.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (5-23-08)
It was one of the things she appreciated about her brother-in-law, the fascist leader Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists. "Oh yes, he was one of those marvellous Englishmen who don't exist any more, who had those beautiful manners. It's gone with the wind, and it's thought to be, I don't know, subservient or something - I don't know what it's meant to be - to have good manners. But the fact of the matter is, if you're among people the whole time, it simply oils the wheels of relationships. At least that's what I think. It makes life much pleasanter. I don't mean the sort of manners of getting up when somebody comes into the room, those sort of manners. It's just probably speaking to the most boring person in the room - those sort of good manners. That just doesn't exist anymore. People just go to the one they're interested in." Which, I agree, is quite the best kind of manners. It's just a pity they came with those particular political views.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (5-12-08)
"I am considering a way of rehabilitating, on a case by case basis, those shot as an example during the First World War," Jean-Marie Bockel told Monday's edition of Le Figaro.
"My officials are considering the overall dossier minutely because not all the cases are the same," he said. "We want to find those who were shot as an example, for example for refusing to fight or for mutiny, such as the mutineers of 1917."
Name of source: Earth Times
SOURCE: Earth Times (5-15-08)
Attacks with gas clouds on enemy lines during the First World War left huge numbers of men maimed or blinded. The Allies also resorted to the tactic. The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) now outlaws stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.
Name of source: Dallas Morning News
SOURCE: Dallas Morning News (5-12-08)
Now, as they prepare to go to Washington on Wednesday to receive the presidential unit citation – the highest award for heroism given to a military unit – they find the recognition bittersweet....
In late 1967, the members of naval anti-submarine patrol units began receiving orders to report for a special operation.
The 300 officers and enlisted men were formed into squadron VO-67, equipped with specially modified P-2V5 Neptune patrol planes and sent to Thailand under top-secret orders. It was not lost on anyone involved that there were no submarines there.
In Thailand, they were told they could not tell anyone what they did, not even family. The unit was soon known as the "Ghost Squadron," since it didn't exist.
"We had no idea what we were getting into," said Herb Ganner, 65, of Hurst, who served as a bombardier and backup pilot. "We soon found we were part of a new type of warfare."
The squadron's mission was to fly over the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a complex network of trails, roads and truck routes that fed supplies through Laos to North Vietnamese units in South Vietnam.
They flew at treetop level, low and slow, and dropped a variety of electronic sensors and listening devices along the trail. Specially equipped planes flying at higher altitudes picked up signals of North Vietnamese supply and troop movements and relayed them for bombing missions.
Name of source: Email from Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
SOURCE: Email from Calvin E. Johnson, Jr. (5-22-08)
Is the "War Between the States" still taught in our schools?
The Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Fairview, Kentucky marks the spot where Jefferson Davis was born on June 3, 1808. Plans are underway to celebrate Davis' 200th birthday on June 7th 8th, there, in the shadow of a 351-foot monument to Davis.
Earlier, an official dedication and grand opening of "Jefferson Davis Park" took place at beautiful Clark County, Washington on Sunday, April 27, 2008. This project was made possible by the local Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy. http://JeffersonDavisPark.org
Many 200th birthday tributes are planned for Davis.....
But, what do our children know about Abraham Lincoln (1809- 1865) and Jefferson Davis (1808-1889?) These men were born nearly 100 miles of each other in Kentucky, served as War Between the States presidents and America will remember the 200th birthday of both men soon.
A news reporter wrote that the 200th birthday commemoration for Abraham Lincoln will take place on February 12, 2009, but many people would rather forget the bicentennial birthday of Jefferson Davis on June 3, 2008.
Why the negative slant on Jefferson Davis?
The Sons of Confederate Veterans are sending a positive message by proclaiming 2008 as the "Year of Davis" www.scv.org...And last February, Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great grandson of Jefferson Davis, recreated the 1861 swearing-in ceremony of his grandfather as Confederate President in Montgomery, Alabama. Bertram Davis told reporters:
"I stand here representing a family that is very proud of their ancestor."
The Davis event of the year might be the June 3, 2008 reopening of "Beauvoir" the last home of Jefferson Davis and his family. The Davis home was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Read more about Jefferson Davis and his Mississippi Gulf Coast home at: www.beauvoir.org. The birthday festivities begin at 10 AM.
Did you know that Jefferson Davis adopted a black child, Jim Limber, as his son? The Sons of Confederate Veterans are planning a Davis Memorial Statue, in Virginia, depicting the forgotten story of the Jefferson Davis family and Jim Limber.
Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander-In-Chief Christopher Sullivan said of this project "This will be our token of gratitude for what Jefferson Davis did and what he stood for."
Please ask your local newspaper, radio and TV for equal-time in covering the birthday of Jefferson Davis. Our American Media will no doubt cover the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln next February 12th but shouldn't they also cover the Davis birthday of June 3rd? This seems to me the "Fair and Balanced" thing to do as the USA remembers two American presidents.
Who was Jefferson Davis?
Jefferson Davis was born on June 3, 1808, in Christian County, Kentucky that would become Todd County.
Davis' father, Samuel Emory Davis, served in the Revolutionary War and participated in the siege of Savannah. Three of Jeff's older brothers served in the War of 1812, two under General Andrew Jackson. His father was from Georgia and mother Jane Cook Davis, daughter of a noted Baptist Preacher, was from North Carolina.
Jefferson Davis, who would become the first and only President of the Confederate States of America, was a strong Unionist and a strong defender of the United States Constitution. Our founding Fathers believed in the sovereignty of the states and do did Jefferson Davis.
At the young age of 16, Jefferson Davis received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York by President Monroe. He graduated in 1828 with the commission of 2nd Lieutenant.
Jefferson Davis fought valiantly in the War with Mexico, served as the United States Senator from Mississippi, served as Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce and was the first to suggest the transcontinental railroad to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Jefferson Davis' last marriage is said to have been a good one to Varina, who gave her husband three sons and two daughters (Jefferson Joseph, Billy, Margaret and Winnie.) Joseph was killed in an accidental fall at the Confederate White House in Richmond, Virginia in 1864, and an abused black child named Jim Limber was adopted by the Davis family.
Jefferson Davis died in New Orleans, Louisiana in December 1889, and the New York Times ran a 2,000 word tribute to the funeral of Davis on December 12, 1889. The following is a small part of the news report from New Orleans, Louisiana:
"He suffered many and grievous wrongs. Suffered mostly for the sake of others, and those others will remember him and his unflinching fidelity with deep gratitude while the Potomac seeks the Chesapeake or the Mississippi sweeps by Briarfield on its way to the Mexican Sea."
A birthday ceremony will be performed on June 7, 2008, at 10 AM at the grave of Jefferson Davis at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.
Let's remember all those who helped make America great!!
Name of source: Huffington Post (Blog)
SOURCE: Huffington Post (Blog) (5-22-08)
Going in and out of biblical verse, Hagee preached: "'And they the hunters should hunt them,' that will be the Jews. 'From every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks.' If that doesn't describe what Hitler did in the holocaust you can't see that."
He goes on: "Theodore Hertzel is the father of Zionism. He was a Jew who at the turn of the 19th century said, this land is our land, God wants us to live there. So he went to the Jews of Europe and said 'I want you to come and join me in the land of Israel.' So few went that Hertzel went into depression. Those who came founded Israel; those who did not went through the hell of the holocaust.
"Then god sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. And the Bible says -- Jeremiah writing -- 'They shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and from the holes of the rocks,' meaning there's no place to hide. And that might be offensive to some people but don't let your heart be offended. I didn't write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel."
McCain Denounces Hagee
Name of source: Herald Sun (AU)
SOURCE: Herald Sun (AU) (5-23-08)
Since then, as mummies, they have given little cause for annoyance, spending the last 120 years in a museum where countless thousands of visitors have managed to see them without becoming the least upset.
No longer, it appears.
As a result of complaints, the naked remains of Asru, a chanter at the Temple of Amun in Karnak, the partially wrapped male Khary, and a child mummy have all now been covered in shrouds, supposedly to protect their modesty.
The decision, which has prompted wholesale derision, came after Manchester Museum said it had received feedback from the public that it was insensitive to display unwrapped mummies.
Name of source: Richard Bernstein in the International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: Richard Bernstein in the International Herald Tribune (5-21-08)
Now, in this country at least, a current of opinion is gaining strength that stands Churchill on his head. It wasn't appeasement that brought about the disaster of the conflict, but warmongering on the part of the Allied leaders, Churchill first and foremost among them.
The new revisionism makes no excuses for Hitler, but it sees the war through a lens of moral relativism: Yes, the Nazis were evil, but so were the Allies, whose leaders were mendacious, committed unspeakable atrocities and hoodwinked the public into believing that the war was a noble one, fought on behalf of decency and against an evil more colossal than any previous evil in human history.
For those of us, including myself, who have long believed that the Allied war effort was indeed noble, it might seem that such a point of view could only emanate from the dank quarters of some lunatic fringe, perhaps holed up in a Rocky Mountain redoubt and eating conspiracy theories for breakfast.
But on the contrary, the view seems to be the province of entirely respectable and thoughtful people of literary bent. The most visible proponent of the unnecessary war theory is the novelist Nicholson Baker, an accomplished, gentle and entirely civilized man, whose book "Human Smoke" has made him a darling of leftist critics of the American role in the world.
Name of source: Seattle Times
SOURCE: Seattle Times (5-21-08)
In our history, the hearts of the American people have experienced certain moments of patriotic pride and joy. These include hearing the news that World War II had finally ended or watching television screens in wonder as an American made history by walking on the moon.
The awe-inspiring deployment of the Navy's "Great White Fleet" 100 years ago was another such moment. In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt conceived the idea of sending 16 battleships on a 14-month around-the-world cruise — a feat never attempted before. Those battleships, with hulls painted white, became known as the Great White Fleet.
This week, Navy ships return to Seattle as part of the centennial celebration recalling the fleet's visit to Seattle May 23, 1908. The port call garnered much attention, with Seattle Mayor John F. Miller presenting Rear Adm. C. S. Sperry with the key to the city (made from Klondike gold). The newspapers were full of stories profiling the ships, the commanders, and Roosevelt's naval and foreign policies.
Name of source: US News & World Report
SOURCE: US News & World Report (5-20-08)
“Throughout this year, and last week in endorsing Barack Obama, John Edwards made reducing poverty a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. Yet he never mentioned Lyndon Johnson, the first--and only--president ever to declare war on poverty and sharply reduce it,” Califano told the Centennial Celebration for President Lyndon Baines Johnson at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Then he added, “A few weeks ago in his eloquent victory speech in Raleigh, N.C., Barack Obama followed a familiar pattern of omission. In recounting the achievements of previous Democratic presidents, he mentioned the pantheon of FDR, Harry Truman, JFK--but not LBJ. Not Lyndon Johnson--not the man who would be proudest of Barack Obama’s candidacy and what it says about America, the president uniquely responsible for the laws that gave this man (and millions of others) the opportunity to develop and display his talents and gave this nation the opportunity to benefit from them.”
Robb hailed the event and the fact the Democrats are running a woman and black for the first time in history, but added that she’s disappointed her dad never gets mentioned by the candidates. “Well, I guess it hurts. It makes you feel sad that people who from our perspective you would think would see that.” But she added, “Daddy would be so excited that we have a person of color and a woman running.”
Sen. Hillary Clinton did mention LBJ once, but it backfired because it was seen as a slight toward Martin Luther King Jr.
Others at the event added that the reason LBJ doesn’t get his due is because of the Vietnam War. Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who mentions LBJ often and even sat at Johnson’s Senate desk, said, “It is true that Vietnam has been an obstacle for many and hard to overcome.” Califano agreed, but urged his audience to get over Vietnam. “It’s time to take off the Vietnam blinders and let our eyes look at and learn from the domestic dimension of this presidency. Let everyone think what they will about Vietnam. But let us--especially Democrats--also recognize the reality of this revolutionary’s remarkable achievements,” he said.