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26
Feb
11

Thank Wisconsin it’s Friday

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01
Mar
08

On This Day, 3-1-08: The Weather Underground

1950: Fuchs guilty of espionage

In London, Klaus Fuchs, a German-born physicist who helped build the first two US atomic bombs, is convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Because he committed the espionage before the USSR was designated a British enemy, he was only sentenced to 14 years.

Fuchs, a Communist, fled Germany for Britain after the rise of Adolf Hitler. In 1943, he was enlisted into the US atomic bomb program and soon was relating precise information about the US program to a Soviet spy. In 1945, Fuchs returned to England, where he was arrested by British intelligence in December 1949.

The discovery of Fuchs’ espionage came four months after the Soviets successfully tested their first atomic bomb, a development that helped motivate US President Harry Truman to approve the American hydrogen bomb program.

http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/this_day_in_history/this_day_March_1.php

1498 – Vasco de Gama landed at what is now Mozambique on his way to India.

1562 – In Vassy, France, Catholics massacred over 1,000 Huguenots. The event started the First War of Religion.

1692 – In Salem Village, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Salem witch trials began. Four women were the first to be charged.

1781 – In America, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation.

1803 – Ohio became the 17th U.S. state.

1815 – Napoleon returned to France from the island of Elba. He had been forced to abdicate in April of 1814.

1845 – U.S. President Tyler signed the congressional resolution to annex the Republic of Texas.

1864 – Louis Ducos de Hauron patented a machine for taking and projecting motion pictures. The machine was never built.

1867 – Nebraska became the 37th U.S. state.

1872 – The U.S. Congress authorized the creation of Yellowstone National Park. It was the world’s first national park.

1873 – E. Remington and Sons of Ilion, NY, began the manufacturing the first practical typewriter.

1912 – Captain Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.

1932 – The 22-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped. The child was found dead in May.

1937 – U.S. Steel raised workers’ wages to $5 a day.

1950 – Klaus Fuchs was convicted of giving U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

1954 – The United States announced that it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test on the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

1954 – Five U.S. congressmen were wounded when four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives.

1961 – The Peace Corps was established by U.S. President Kennedy.

1966 – The Soviet probe, Venera 3 crashed on the planet Venus. It was the first unmanned spacecraft to land on the surface of another planet.

1971 – A bomb exploded in a restroom in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol. There were no injuries. A U.S. group protesting the Vietnam War claimed responsibility.*

1974 – Seven people were indicted in connection with the Watergate break-in. The charge was conspiring to obstruct justice.

1999 – In Uganda, eight tourists were brutally murdered by Hutu rebels.

*The Weather Underground, a radical and violent splinter group of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), are held responsible for this attack.

“Hello, I’m going to read a declaration of a state of war…within the next 14 days we will attack a symbol or institution of American injustice.” ~ Bernardine Dohrn http://www.upstatefilms.org/weather/main.html

This is a full length film documentary and has graphic violent content.

“The Weather Underground”

Port Huron Statement of the Students for a Democratic Society, 1962

Introductory Note: This document represents the results of several months of writing and discussion among the membership, a draft paper, and revision by the Students for a Democratic Society national convention meeting in cf2 Port Huroncf0 , Michigan, June 11-15, 1962. It is represented as a document with which SDS officially identifies, but also as a living document open to change with our times and experiences. It is a beginning: in our own debate and education, in our dialogue with society.

published and distributed by Students for a Democratic Society 112 East 19 Street New York 3, New York GRamercy 3-2181

http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/huron.html

“Violence didn’t work.”  Mark Rudd

A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.
Mohandas Gandhi

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

12
Jan
08

On This Day 1-12-08

49 BC – Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River signaling a war between Rome and Gaul.

1773 – The first public museum in America was established in Charleston, SC.

1908 – A wireless message was sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

1915 – The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.

1915 – The U.S. Congress established the Rocky Mountain National Park.

1932 – Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.*

1940 – Soviet bombers raided cities in Finland.

1942 – U.S. President Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.

1943 – The Office of Price Administration announced that standard frankfurters/hot dogs/wieners would be replaced by ‘Victory Sausages.’

1945 – During World War II, Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.

1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.

1966 – U.S. President Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.

1966 – “Batman” debuted on ABC-TV.

1971 – “All In the Family” debuted on CBS-TV.

1986 – Space shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.

1998 – Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr’s office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.
Julius Caesar

Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.
Julius Caesar

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
Margaret Thatcher

*Hattie Caraway maintained a “housewife” image and made no speeches on the floor of the Senate, earning the nickname “Silent Hattie.” To learn more about Hattie Caraway follow the link http://womenshistory.about.com/library/bio/blbio_caraway_hattie.htm

11
Jan
08

On This Day 1-11-08

1815 – U.S. General Andrew Jackson achieved victory at the Battle of New Orleans. The War of 1812 had officially ended on December 24, 1814, with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. The news of the signing had not reached British troops in time to prevent their attack on New Orleans.

1861 – Alabama seceded from the United States.

1867 – Benito Juarez returned to the Mexican presidency, following the withdrawal of French troops and the execution of Emperor Maximilian.

1902 – “Popular Mechanics” magazine was published for the first time.

1935 – Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

1964 – U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report that said that smoking cigarettes was a definite health hazard.

I usually don’t talk about politics.  It’s kind of like arguing on the Internet.  You may win the argument, but people will view you as an idiot in the process because you were dumb enough to get into the argument in the first place.

I’m not a big fan of politics.  I don’t even like to vote.  I do remember the first time I voted though.  I had just turned eighteen and there was a runoff election for county judge in my home county.  The incumbent judge was the same guy who four years earlier had slammed his gavel down and given the man who murdered a best friend of mine two years for involuntary manslaughter.  If you’re thinking about murdering someone, shoot them seven times with a twenty-two rifle and then claim you thought you were shooting a bear.  You’ll only get two years.

I walked into that polling booth and of course the little old gray hairs knew my dad.  “You look just like him.”  I registered right then and there because Wisconsin isn’t one of those Nazi states that has all those rules about registering way before the election so people will be denied their right to vote — although they’re trying to Nazify the voting process here too.  One of the gray hairs handed me a ballot and explained how it worked.  I entered the booth not even knowing who was on the ballot.

I slipped the ballot booklet into the punch card apparatus and opened it to the instruction page.  I carefully read and followed the instructions.  I opened the next page and saw that judges name.  I think that is the day I began understanding my personal anger.  I pushed that punch through his opponents name and felt satisfied.  I didn’t care about political parties and still don’t.  I just voted my conscience and still do.

That judge lost.  After eleven years of being the county judge, we threw his butt out.  I like to believe that the other kids who turned eighteen that year and remembered that boy left face down in a trout stream also voted against that judge.  Oddly enough over the next five years we got them all.  From the dog catcher to the mayor to the state legislators.  We got them all, including a state legislator who had held his seat for twenty-three years.

This election will be historic.  The first time a woman or a black man will be running for president.  But no election has held any meaning for me since those first five years of my voting history.  Every time I voted in those days, I walked out of the polling place feeling satisfied.  These days I leave the polling place feeling like I need a shower.




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