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  • Martin Luther King's Last Days(Remembering 1968)

    04/02/2008 5:29:44 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies · 106+ views
    4/2/08 | Self
    On Monday April 1st, Martin Luther King was in Atlanta preparing for a return to Memphis to lead a march on behalf of the striking sanitation workers. He spoke to his aides and others that day. Matters of discussion were the planned Poor People's March On Washington later in the year and the decision of President Johnson not to run for re-election. King had started on good terms with Johnson, who pushed through the controversial civil rights legislation of 1964. Portions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were seen by conservatives as federal power usurping state power in an...
  • Recreating '68

    04/01/2008 3:09:45 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 13 replies · 46+ views
    Human ^ | March 31, 2008 | Lisa Richards
    Those lovable, aggressive peace-loving anti-war factions of the left are ready for the 1968 presidential race. At least some of them are preparing to recreate the chaos that surrounded the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago when the Dem delegates gather this August in Denver, Colorado. The band of loons, freaks and frauds planning the new mess is unimaginatively named Recreate 68. It’s a radical left-wing group of “peace-loving” Castro-ettes whose goal is described as peaceful through good old fashioned liberal violence upon the dangerous American establishment and government that Recreate 68 feels must be taken down and controlled by revolutionaries....
  • Lyndon Johnson, Vietnam and Politics: 40 Years Ago Today (Remembering 1968)

    03/31/2008 6:08:20 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 16 replies · 972+ views
    3/31/08 | Self
    "Does Ho Chi Minh have anything like this"-President Lyndon Johnson According to Texas writer Larry L. King (not the CNN guy) the earthy talking Lyndon Johnson made this comment in the White House to staff members with his pants down and his manhood on display. Regardless of the raw nature of Johnson's reported comments the administration's Vietnam War policy always aimed to be a repeat of the Korean War with some negoatiated ending. The "bombing" of North Vietnam was restricted when it came to the main conduit of North Vietnam's war supplies, Haiphong harbor. There was fear that Soviets on...
  • 40 Years Ago Today: Violence In Memphis As King Leads March (Remembering 1968)

    03/28/2008 5:11:56 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies · 334+ views
    3/28/08 | Self
    The sanitation workers strike in Memphis could be seen as just any other labor-management dispute over pay, but since most of the workers were black, the racial aspect stood out. This brought Dr. Martin Luther King to Memphis in the spring of 1968 to support the strike that had begun in February. On March 28th, 1968 King marched with five thousand others in the streets of Memphis. Around 20 minutes after the march began, 200 youths began to break windows and loot stores along Beale Street. The march turned into chaos and Dr. King was taken away. One person was...
  • Echoes of 1968 return to haunt the divided Democrats

    03/24/2008 6:06:24 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies · 516+ views
    The Observer ^ | March 23 2008 | Paul Harris
    The Democrats head for their convention beset by splits and overshadowed by a war, just as they did 40 years ago when Chicago became the focus for extraordinary anti-Vietnam riots. As two films recall those tumultuous events, veterans are reflecting on the similarities with the conflicts of 2008Forty years ago, John Froines was a Sixties radical leading anti-war hippie protests to the Chicago Democratic Convention. After the 1968 convention descended into riots and more than 25,000 troops and police were deployed on the streets, Froines became one of the famed 'Chicago Eight'. He was put on trial for inciting the...
  • Group Looks To Re-Create Bloody 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention In Denver

    03/21/2008 3:16:36 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 73 replies · 1,461+ views
    cbs news ^ | March 21, 2008 | cbs news
    Denver '08 bring up memories of Chicago '68? It will if a group called Re-create 68 have anything to say about it. The group is promising "demonstrations that will rival those at the bloody 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago" at the August's Democratic National Convention in Denver, according to the Rocky Mountain News. The Re-create 68 Alliance is upset that a permit for the Civic Center, a "spacious plaza" that "has been used for major public events and celebrations representing the diversity and cultural heritage of Colorado and Denver," according to the city of Denver's Web site, went to the...
  • 1968: The year of the posturing rebel [by playwright Tom Stoppard]

    03/20/2008 9:08:17 PM PDT · by Aristotelian · 17 replies · 521+ views
    London Sunday Times ^ | March 16, 2008 | Tom Stoppard
    The student unrest in Paris and London 40 years ago filled our writer with revulsion. The protesters enjoyed enviable freedom and had no idea how lucky they were. In 1968 I was living the good life with my first wife and first baby in our first house on the swell of my first play and was beginning to be noted by my peers as someone who was politically dubious. It was to be some years before a well known left-wing director, asked to typify a “Royal Court play”, replied that it was a play not written by Tom Stoppard, but...
  • The New Hampshire Primary:40 years ago today(March 12,1968)

    03/12/2008 5:17:34 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies · 306+ views
    3/12/08 | Self
    The road to the White House was filled with a lot more backrooms in the past. Most of the delegates to political conventions were "superdelegates" in those times. For candidates in 1968 only a handful of primaries existed with New Hampshire leading off the six that had any meaning (linking votes and delegates). Into this situation entered Democrat Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota, running an anti-Vietnam War campaign against incumbent Lyndon Johnson. The first big anti-war protests began in 1967, but those protesting were countered by a large demonstration supporting America's Vietnam War effort in New York City. The street...
  • That's The Way It Wasn't: Walter Cronkite 40 Years Ago Today (1968)

    02/27/2008 5:55:50 AM PST · by Nextrush · 9 replies · 1,260+ views
    2/27/08 | Self
    In 1944 with his chips down Adolf Hitler made a big gamble to try to defeat the Western Allies and force them out of World War II. The Nazis launched a desperate offensive in the Ardennes Forest hoping to cut the Allied armies in two. Covering the Battle of the Bulge was a reporter for the United Press named Walter Cronkite. Just over 23 years later Cronkite, now America's most popular television newsman, would visit Vietnam to witness the another desperate offensive against American forces. This time it was launched by the Vietnamese Communists and was called the Tet Offensive....
  • Will America elect a black president? (Barf Alert)

    02/11/2008 12:22:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies · 275+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | February 12, 2008 | Professors Abdullah A. Dewan and Guy Downs
    People worldwide -- and indeed, most Americans -- are under the impression that whichever party candidate has the most delegates at the end of the primary elections is assured the party nomination for president. And who can blame them? In a typical year, one candidate will emerge from the primary campaign with a majority of the delegates, and he will have the nomination secured. But this year's race is unprecedented; a woman and black man, running neck to neck against each other to try and reach the magic number of 2025 delegates to lock the nomination. There are 4,049 total...
  • 1968 still casts shadow over American present

    02/06/2008 5:15:58 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 43+ views
    The Star ^ | Feb 02, 2008 | Geoff Pevere
    John F. Kennedy's "New Frontier" – so named by the dashing young candidate at the Democratic leadership convention of 1960 – was barely two years old when veteran filmmaker John Ford suggested the whole thing might be a lie. The context was a 1962 Ford movie called The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a Western about a lawyer (played by James Stewart) who negotiates a bogus claim to heroism to a seat in the U.S. Senate. At the movie's climax, a newspaper editor is informed that the real man who shot the desperado Liberty Valance isn't the man everybody thinks...
  • The Tet Television Offensive: 40 Years Ago Today (Remembering 1968)

    01/31/2008 5:22:26 AM PST · by Nextrush · 23 replies · 178+ views
    1/31/08 | Self
    It was 40 years today that the film from the first day of the Tet Offensive (January 30th) made it onto our television screens. Back then there was no live satellite link from Vietnam so the newsfilm of the war was flown to Hong Kong or Tokyo for satellite transmission to the United States. I sat as a seven year old transfixed by the exciting pictures of the kamikaze style attack by the Vietcong on the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Militarily speaking the attack was an utter failure, but visually speaking the attack was shocking to Americans sitting in their...
  • "Catwoman" Goes "Dixie Chick" (Remembering 1968)

    01/18/2008 5:48:21 AM PST · by Nextrush · 21 replies · 351+ views
    1/18/08 | Self
    I was seven years old in early 1968 watching lots of television on a black and white picture set in my bedroom. One of my favorites was the "Batman" series on ABC with Adam West in the title role and Burt Ward as Robin. One of the guest villains on the program was "Catwoman" Eartha Kitt, whose entertainment career blossomed in the 1950's. Kitt, was black and a woman, which clearly qualified her for an invitation to the White House for a ladies luncheon in January of the election year, 1968. The First Lady, who was known by her nickname...
  • The Presidential Race: 40 Years Ago Today

    01/11/2008 6:00:49 AM PST · by Nextrush · 22 replies · 124+ views
    1/11/08 | Self
    (This is part of an actual newscast from 40 years ago today as broadcast in Los Angeles at 1pm Pacific Time.) "Its 1pm, 61 degrees at Civic Center, no smog, this is David Rogers, KFWB News..... California seems to be a veritable stomping ground for those who desire White House occupancy. The most recent to be hitting the hustings, one who doesn't like the way the current chief executive is handling things across the Pacific. KFWB's Charles Arlington has details of what he has to say: 'Minnesota's Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy in Los Angeles to campaign to get on the...
  • Myths Of '68 (Thomas Sowell)

    01/08/2008 6:43:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 78 replies · 414+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | January 9, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    January 9, 2008 This 40th anniversary of the turbulent year 1968 is already starting to spawn nostalgic accounts of that year. We can look for more during this year in articles, books, and TV specials, featuring aging 1960s radicals seeking to relive their youth. The events of 1968 have continuing implications for our times but not the implications drawn by those with romantic myths about 1968 and about themselves. The first of the shocks of 1968 was the sudden eruption of violent attacks by Communist guerillas in the cities of South Vietnam, known as the "Tet offensive," after a local...
  • Remembering 1968:40 Years Ago Today (Presidential Candidates)

    01/02/2008 4:47:47 AM PST · by Nextrush · 8 replies · 130+ views
    1/2/08 | Self
    Today, we are on the verge of the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary, but 40 years ago today the campaigns were just beginning. The Democrat who had dared to challenge incumbent president Lyndon Johnson, Eugene McCarthy, was just opening a campaign office in New Hampshire. That's where voters would go to the polls in the first primary on March 12, 1968. There were only a handful of primaries back then. Only 7 had real meaning and were seriously contested by any prospective candidates.(New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Indiana, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota and California) California's primary was the last one and...
  • A fresh look at tumultuous 1968(Barf Alert!)

    12/08/2007 2:58:10 PM PST · by mdittmar · 67 replies · 206+ views
    The Cincinnati Post ^ | 12-08-2007 | Rick Bird
    Tom Brokaw's two-hour flashback to 1968 is refreshingly far more complex than simply one of those groovy nostalgia pieces on those wacky days of sex love and rock 'n' roll.Viewers will get the good, the bad and the cultural confusion of the time in the compelling History Channel special "1968 with Tom Brokaw" (9 p.m. Sunday). Brokaw connects the period to the present - "1968" becomes a kind of Rorschach test for one's current political and social values."I think 1968 was probably the worst year in this nation's history," conservative Pat Buchanan says in the film.On the other hand: "It...
  • 1968: The Long Goodbye

    11/14/2007 10:32:26 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 71 replies · 135+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 15, 2007 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    Can America rise above the divisions of the 1960s? Not yet. . . . What fell out of 1968 was a profound division over what I would call civic vision. One side, which took to the streets in Chicago or occupied Columbia University, concluded from Vietnam and the race riots that America, in its relations with the world and its own citizens, was flawed and required big changes. Their defining document was the March 1968 Kerner Commission report, announcing "two societies," separate and unequal. The press, incidentally, emerged from Vietnam and the riots joined to this new, permanent template. That,...
  • DPD hunts more cops for DNC ( 2008 Democratic National Convention )

    08/09/2007 6:32:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 397+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | August 8, 2007 | Chris Barge
    Denver chief asks metro agencies to send officers. Denver won't have enough cops of its own to police the 2008 Democratic National Convention, so Chief Gerry Whitman has called on suburban police departments to help carry the load. In a recent letter, Whitman asked various metro area police chiefs to pledge forces for the convention next August... Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates has responded by pledging 300 officers - 50 percent of his street force - for five days. Denver police declined to release a copy of the letter or to discuss convention security plans. "We won't talk a lot...
  • Councilman: Handcuffing cops for DNC an outrage

    06/04/2007 7:01:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies · 1,389+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 4, 2007 | Alan Gathright,
    A city councilman expressed outrage today that the council will consider a proclamation initially drafted by a protest group that calls for restricting police tactics during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. The one-page proclamation headed for a council vote next Monday is based on a compromise version of the original statement proposed by the Recreate 68 Alliance, which is organizing protests for the 2008 Denver convention. The group's Web site vows to make Chicago's 1968 Democratic National Convention — notorious for its brutal, bloody clashes between Chicago police and anti-Vietnam War protesters — "look like a small get-together...