July 31, 2007 - When John Kennedy was killed in Dallas the US military deployment to South Vietnam stood at 16,000 troops. He had confided in his Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara that he intended to withdraw the American contingent following the 1964 election. Kennedy understood what his successors would not. It was not America’s war to win. It was South Vietnam’s war and the Vietnamese people would determine whether it was won or lost. He did not make it to the 1964 election.
July 26, 2007 - On March 13, 2002 President Bush had a press conference in which he claimed victory over Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist network. He said this about his nemesis:
Q “ Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? Also, can you tell the American people if you have any more information, if you know if he is dead or alive? Final part -- deep in your heart, don't you truly believe that until you find out if he is dead or alive, you won't really eliminate the threat of –“ .......click here for entire article
July 5, 2007 - Peter, Paul, and Mary where are you? Where have you gone, Pete Seeger? The last time we were hip deep in the Big Muddy and the damn fool said to go on you were there. You were there to call on our reason; to call on our consciences and to remind us that the score was National Guard – Four and Kent State – Nothing while the flowers had all gone to Vietnam. There were 12 riders in the gloom when The Limeliters brought the First Battalion home. Where are the new protest songs now that we are neck deep in the Big Muddy and a new damn fool Texan is in charge? Oh sure, there are the Dixie Chicks but they are fighting their own battles with their songs. Yes, there is Larry McMurtry but he only sings about economics mentioning the war only in passing. Nobody is asking, “War! What’s it good for?” The Boss records the Seeger Sessions and it is only nostalgia. Where are the patriots of protest today?.......click here for entire article
July 4, 2007 - My wife is 61 and I am 8 years older. We went to our community’s Annual Fourth of July Ice Cream Social and Independence Celebration last evening. It was held at the historic Virginia Theatre. The Park District owns and operates the facility. Built in 1921 it is a 1500 seat house that in former days hosted vaudeville, so called legitimate theatre and the latest first run offerings of the film industry. Its style befits a Twenties movie palace. Slowly but at a steady pace the Park District is restoring the house to the way it looked in its heyday. Restoration is a pricey process and it takes every cent the Theatre takes in from the shows and concerts that are jobbed in; community theatre offerings; and the vintage movies shown every Tuesday and Thursday evenings just to meet the operating costs.
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