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  • The American Flag Daily: The Wall

    06/12/2014 6:09:04 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 12, 2014 | JasonZ
    On this date in 1987, in a speech in West Berlin, President Ronald Reagan issued a challenge to Soviet leader Gorbachev which became some of the most famous words Reagan would say during his presidency: "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Two and a half years later, in November 1989, the Berlin Wall would indeed begin to be dismantled, one of the biggest symbols of the collapse of...
  • Unlike Obama, Reagan's speeches weren't meant to be just words that dissipate into the air...

    02/18/2014 4:39:57 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-18-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I was a child when the Berlin Wall fell...and there's Reagan, literally tearing down THAT wall!I'm sure this isn't new to many Freepers, but until now I didn't know this photo existed! Thanks public school (for nothing).
  • Berlin Wall Anniversary/"Rockin' the Wall" in your town

    02/10/2014 6:12:49 AM PST · by LS · 4 replies
    This November is the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall falling. We completed a film called "Rockin' the Wall" about music's part in bringing down the wall, featuring interviews with witnesses from behind the Iron Curtain, policy analysts, historians, and musicians, from the Doors, Quiet Riot, Toto, Vanilla Fudge, and so on. Beginning around October 1, we will be doing a limited national theatrical release and can bring the film for a one-night-only screening to your town! These screenings usually have a number of people who lived under communism come out and tell their stories. Please freepmail me if you...
  • Thousands of Berlin Wall Documents Declassified

    01/14/2014 5:43:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 14, 2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Historians: Docs reveal struggle and resolve of the human spirit for freedom Thousands of newly declassified documents about the Berlin Wall reveal the struggle and resolve of the human spirit for freedom, archivists and historians said on Tuesday.The National Archives’ National Declassification Center (NDC) has released 11,000 pages of previously classified documents on activities in Berlin from 1962 to 1987—the years Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan delivered iconic speeches in the divided German city. The collection, culled from documents circulated by the U.S. Army, NATO, and U.S. government agencies, details the construction of the Berlin Wall and attempts...
  • Tear Down this What? The Common Core on the End of the Cold War

    11/11/2013 10:24:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2013 | Terrence Moore
    The ninth of November marked the twenty-fourth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, probably the most important historical event since World War II and the most important lesson about human freedom experienced within the living memory of most of us. Presumably, next year there will be more of a commemoration, but the salient question now is how this lesson is being taught in the nation’s classrooms. For while those of us in our forties and older remember the fall of communism and its causes, today’s teenagers are wholly in the dark. What, then, are the high-school students of...
  • Betrayal is a Game any Number can Play

    10/18/2013 9:33:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    When the Germans found out from Edward Snowden that America's National Security Agency had spied on Germany, an outraged German artist projected onto a wall at the American embassy the words "United Stasi of America." Chancellor Angela Merkel was not so outraged. She said that American and German intelligence services had been working together in the service of the security of both countries. The comparison to the Stasi was absurd, particularly to Frau Merkel, who grew up in the East and who knew well the efficiency and extent of Stasi surveillance. When I was in Berlin earlier this month, the...
  • McCain: We’re now set to have the most militarized border since the Berlin Wall

    06/25/2013 12:56:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/25/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via the Corner, he’s a little cranky today. McCain goes after Neb Sen Deb Fischer on border security: "She's so ill-informed…I don't know where to begin."— Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) June 25, 2013 I’m not sure what she said to warrant that but I’ll update when I do. Maybe she said we should “build the danged fence”? You know how much McCain hates that.This “Berlin Wall” talking point is a clever one for two reasons. One: It signals to amnesty shills that McCain and the Gang of Eight are still on their side, even though they’ve grudgingly agreed to extra border...
  • You Will NOT Believe What John McCain Said About the Senate Amnesty Bill (literally)

    06/25/2013 11:20:14 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 24 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-25-13 | The Looking Spoon
    He actually said this...Also, I don't want to be a smart ass, but the Berlin Wall wasn't all that militarized when it fell.......Hmm...Maybe he is telling the truth after all!
  • Reagan in Berlin, June 12, 1987: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

    06/12/2013 10:53:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread
    Twenty-six years ago today, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall.And now the Soviets themselves may, in a limited way, be coming to understand the importance of freedom. We hear much from Moscow about a new policy of reform and openness. Some political prisoners have been released. Certain foreign news broadcasts are no longer being jammed. Some economic enterprises have been permitted to operate with greater freedom from state control. Are these the beginnings of profound changes in the Soviet state? Or are they token gestures, intended to raise false hopes in the...
  • How's That Reset Button Workin' For Ya, Obama? Thu, Jun 14 2012 00:00:00 E

    06/13/2012 6:21:50 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 13, 2012
    Mideast: As Moscow tests a new ballistic missile, our secretary of state expresses concern that Moscow is sending attack helicopters to the murderous regime in Syria. The only thing changed is the degree of our naivete. On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan spoke to the people of West Berlin at the base of the Brandenburg Gate, near the Berlin Wall, and uttered this famous demand: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" A quarter-century later to the day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. was "concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on...
  • Schumer's Berlin Wall (A virtual wall to prevent the rich from taking money out of America)

    05/18/2012 12:12:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/18/2012 | Christopher S. Brownwell
    Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin's decision to renounce his U.S. citizenship came just prior to that company's announcement of its initial public offering. With that move he can escape the minimum 15% capital gains tax in the United States. Saverin can take his expected $67 million in savings to Singapore where he now resides since it has no capital gains taxes. Saverin's tax avoidance strategy has raised the dander of Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer. He fumed "Mr. Saverin says he's a global citizen, but it just so happens that the country where he has chosen to reside has no capital gain...
  • Senators to Unveil the ‘Ex-Patriot Act’ to Respond to Facebook’s Saverin’s Tax ‘Scheme’

    05/17/2012 5:33:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Senators to Unveil the ‘Ex-Patriot Act’ to Respond to Facebook’s Saverin’s Tax ‘Scheme’ Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has a status update for Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin: Stop attempting to dodge your taxes by renouncing your U.S. citizenship or never come to back to the U.S. again. In September 2011, Saverin relinquished his U.S. citizenship before the company announced its planned initial public offering of stock, which will debut this week. The move was likely a financial one, as he owns an estimated 4 percent of Facebook and stands to make $4 billion when the company goes public. Saverin would reap...
  • The Man Who Married the Goat (And Reflections on the Meaning of Marriage)

    09/20/2011 10:59:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2011 | Michael Brown
    A few days ago, I received an email from a friend entitled “Interesting Marriages,” containing four links. The first link told the 2007 story of a Sudanese man who was caught copulating with a goat. Since the Sudanese tribal custom requires that a man must marry a woman whom he sexually violated (in order to preserve her family’s honor), the village leaders decided to publicly embarrass the man who had violated the goat, forcing him to pay a dowry to the goat’s owner before “marrying” the goat. The story, which was first reported in a light-hearted way on the website...
  • Berlin Wall Is Gone, but Mental Barriers Remain [German Left to praise the Berlin Wall.]

    08/15/2011 2:36:06 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 8, 2011 | Judy Dempsey
    (...) The delegates, many of them former East German Communists but also younger people, will debate an extraordinary motion put forward by some members: They want their party to declare that the building of the wall was an inescapable necessity. If that leaves any doubts about the Left party’s nostalgia for a wall that imprisoned 17 million people for nearly 30 years, a newspaper survey published this month by The Berliner Zeitung showed that 75 percent of that party’s supporters in Berlin thought the wall was justified or partly justified. (...) Respondents said the wall was necessary to stop the...
  • Germany marks 50 years since Berlin Wall.

    08/13/2011 2:01:36 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/13/11 | BBC
    Addressing the ceremony on Bernauer Street, famously divided by the Wall and now site of a memorial, Mayor Wowereit said the capital was remembering the "saddest day in its recent history". "It is our common responsibility to keep alive the memories and pass them on to the next generation, to maintain freedom and democracy and to do everything so that such injustices may never happen again," he said. At a ceremony at a former crossing-point, President Wulff said the wall had been "an expression of fear" of those who created it.
  • Today in History (Anniversary of Reagan's Berlin wall speech)

    06/11/2011 10:38:56 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    In 1987, President Ronald Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."
  • "Winds of Change" or "Blinded Eyes & Pied Piper" - what is the song for these times?

    02/18/2011 9:33:01 AM PST · by fishtank · 8 replies · 1+ views
    my-seff | 18-Feb-2011 | fishtank
    "Winds of Change" or "Blinded Eyes" - what is the song for these times? The breathless chortling of "democracy" in Egypt and the Middle East, is it really a replay of thirty years ago at the Berlin Wall? Is the song "Winds of Change" by German rock group "The Scorpions" for today? Or is a larger, more sinister movement taking place, not of "democracy", but of mob rule, directed hate-filled theocrats? Is the unrest in Madison, Wisconsin being run in the same way. I'm sure everyone here on FR has thought about all of this. The amount of suffering that...
  • REPRISE - Ronald Reagan Tribute Song

    02/07/2011 7:25:31 PM PST · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    dfu songs ^ | Feb 2011 | dfu
    MIDI - DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING Every now and then we find that a great leader comes along One who has greatness that we celebrate in poetry and song He grew up in the Midwest and he had learned his lessons well But how far he would go nobody could really tell His accomplishments were growing but he’s not one who would boast He learned that a man’s character is what is valued most And he’s led his life with an honor that we can admire Ronald Reagan we love you…and you are loved around the world...
  • Ronald Reagan Park Dedicating Section of Berlin Wall

    01/28/2011 10:24:11 AM PST · by fantail 1952 · 1 replies
    http://reagan-park.org/ ^ | San Bernardino Valley CRA Chairman
    A portion of the Berlin Wall will be dedicated at the Reagan Park, Irvington and Chestnut Sts., San Bernardino CA, on Feb. 3, 2011 at 3PM. The celebration will begin at 1PM and continue to 5PM, and is also a celebration of Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday. There will be music, food and fun! All are invited to experience history live! Go to http//www.reagan-park.org for more information and directions to the park.
  • Guttenberg demands Ronald Reagan memorial in Berlin

    12/23/2010 1:51:28 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies · 5+ views
    thelocal.de ^ | December 22 2010 | DAPD/mry
    German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Wednesday called on Berlin to honour Ronald Reagan by naming a square or a street after the late US president. “I would welcome naming a street after this great honorary citizen and it would be evidence that the gratitude of (the city’s left-wing government) didn’t stop at (leftist student leader) Rudi Dutschke,” Guttenberg told daily Bild. Guttenberg and other conservative politicians are upset that the German capital has no plans to mark what would have been Reagan’s 100th birthday on February 6. The former US president, who died in 2004, famously demanded Soviet...
  • Jobless victims to be banned froom traveling (liberals want economic berlin walls)

    08/19/2010 8:00:45 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 17 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | MAINESTATEGOP
    As jobs continue to vanish in Democratic states with high living costs and taxes, low tax, low regulation small government states, the kind libtards claim is bad to live are thriving. Why? Because unlike most states like Maine New Jersey New York Massachusetts and Rhode Island which pass crushing regulations against new jobs and new business along with taxes that are usually forced on the consumer, states such as Texas, Kansas, Georgia and New Hampshire are gaining those lost jobs and skilled workers that flee over the borders. These states have low taxes and allow businesses to make their own...
  • Today in History June 12,1987 " Mr. Gorbachev,open this gate, Mr. Gorbachev,tear down this wall!"

    06/12/2010 10:54:13 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies · 591+ views
    Various | 6/12/10 | President Ronald Reagan
    On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan spoke to the people of West Berlin at the base of the Brandenburg Gate, near the Berlin wall. Due to the amplification system being used, the President's words could also be heard on the Eastern (Communist-controlled) side of the wall. The address Reagan delivered that day is considered by many to have affirmed the beginning of the end of the Cold War and the fall of communism. On Nov. 9-11, 1989, the people of a free Berlin tore down that wall. Thank you. Thank you, very much.Chancellor Kohl, Governing Mayor Diepgen, ladies and...
  • Happy Birthday (1911) to the Gipper - Ronald Wilson Reagan

    02/06/2010 6:52:13 AM PST · by DollyCali · 125 replies · 1,684+ views
    Misc | February 6, 2010 | Dolly Howard (DollyCali)
    Happy Birthday to the Gipper! Number 40 Born Feb. 6, 1911 in Tampico, Ill. A movie star in politics? NOT a legend in his own time MAN WE MISS HIM. Happy birthday to our man Ronald Reagan. WHITE HOUSE PAGE Presidential Library Google Images
  • Remembering Ronald Reagan

    02/06/2010 6:35:48 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 9 replies · 215+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 02/06/2010 | John G. Winder
    Today marks the 99th birthday of former President Ronald Wilson Reagan. Ronald Reagan was a movie star, television star, the 33rd Governor of California and two-term 40th President of the United States of America. Ronald Reagan was an American legend, icon and the perpetual hero in the white hat. For many he represents that ideal of a great leader we find severely lacking in today's political culture...
  • "Tear Down This Wall" - A Book for Leaders

    01/28/2010 5:24:09 PM PST · by This Just In · 5 replies · 174+ views
    Albert Mohler blog ^ | January 28, 2010 | Dr. Albert Mohler
    “Tear Down This Wall” — A Book for Leaders Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 5:18 am ET Communication is one of the central tasks of leadership. No one seemed to know this like Ronald Reagan. Much like Winston Churchill, President Reagan understood the power of words and the opportunity of a great speech. On June 12, 1987, President Reagan delivered the 1,279th speech of his presidency. He stood at the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall and called for the leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, to take down the wall. Well into his speech, the President said:...
  • Exclusive: IRS hires "hundreds" for new wealth unit

    12/12/2009 9:50:19 AM PST · by tired1 · 163 replies · 5,717+ views
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new Internal Revenue Service unit set up to catch rich tax cheats hiding their wealth in complex business entities is rapidly taking shape with the hiring of hundreds of employees..... President Barack Obama has proposed tightening tax rules for U.S. multinationals, including one in which companies delay paying taxes on income earned offshore, a legal practice known as deferral that officials say is abused.... "With any new thing, you never want to be the guinea pig," Mary Lou Fahey, general counsel for the Tax Executive Institute, comprised of business executives, said.
  • Another side of the Berlin Wall (?!?!)

    11/21/2009 7:01:45 AM PST · by CtBigPat · 11 replies · 406+ views
    workers.org ^ | Nov 20, 2009 | Greg Butterfield
    The Berlin Wall was a world away from the apartheid wall built by Israel around Palestinian population centers, the U.S./South Korean military wall that separates family members from North Korea, or the expanded U.S. wall against immigrants on the border with Mexico. What is the difference? Those walls are aimed at repressing the workers and oppressed. The Berlin Wall, by contrast, was built in defense of the workers and oppressed.
  • Colombia says Venezuela blows up two border bridges

    11/19/2009 11:54:58 AM PST · by Heartlander2 · 31 replies · 1,790+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 19, 2009
    Because article is so short, mainly just posting the link... http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N19144921.htm "Uniformed men, apparently from the Venezuelan army, arrived in trucks on the Venezuelan side at two pedestrian bridges that link communities on both sides ... and then proceeded to dynamite them," Colombian Defense Minister Gabriel Silva said.
  • Remarks by Sen. John McCain to the Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Adv. Int'l Studies (praises Rats)

    11/16/2009 12:26:15 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 603+ views
    (snip) Most of all, I remember five long decades when, for all our many differences, Americans nonetheless maintained a bipartisan commitment to the freedom and security of our allies. And together, we in the West kept faith with those on the other side of the walls of that world struggle, confident that they wanted the same things we did – liberty, equal justice, an opportunity to prosper by their own talents, and a chance to live under the rule of law, not under the thumbs of tyrants. This, my friends, is what today’s anniversary is all about. The Berlin Wall...
  • After the Wall

    11/13/2009 9:26:43 AM PST · by bs9021 · 199+ views
    American Journalism Center ^ | November 13, 2009 | Geoff Lewis
    After the Wall Geoff Lewis, November 13, 2009 Twenty years ago the Berlin wall that divided Germany from freedom and communism came down. At a recent event at the Heritage Foundation, panelists reviewed the “pulse” of Europe twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. “Nearly two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, publics of former Iron Curtain countries generally look back approvingly at the collapse of communism,” according to “The Pulse of Europe 2009,” a study released by the Pew Global Attitudes Project in 2009. “Majorities of people in most former Soviet republics and Eastern European...
  • Students against Socialism turn heads at Washington University

    11/11/2009 10:37:29 AM PST · by Marathoner · 22 replies · 1,863+ views
    KMOX radio ^ | 11/09/2009 | Kevin Killeen
    WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY (KMOX Radio) -- Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a demonstration at Washington University against socialism was making some students uncomfortable. Students cutting across the campus on a warm fall day heard the Soviet National Anthem in the breeze, coming from loud speakers inside a makeshift prison camp complete with a high-wire fence, blood-stained inmates and goose-stepping guards in Soviet-era uniforms. Organizer Dirk Doebler of the conservative group Young Americans for Liberty says the goal was to show a "liberal-leaning" campus the ugly history of socialism.
  • World Freedom Day 2009 - 20th Anniversary of Reagan's achievement

    11/11/2009 11:31:04 AM PST · by U of IL Conservative · 180+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | Monday, November 9, 2009 | Nathan Pick & Joseph E. Moser
    (I should've posted this the day before yesterday - on World Freedom Day...) ...President Reagan came to office with the belief that the United States and other free nations should use all aspects of political, military, economic, diplomatic and cultural power to defeat Communism. Once in office he put those ideas into practice by encouraging and influencing other free nations to join in his endeavor. Most notably was his speech in Berlin where he declared to General Secretary Gorbachev that if he wanted peace and prosperity for the Soviet Union he must, “Tear Down this Wall.”
  • Hillary Clinton Scrubs Ronald Reagan From History [This Is Shameful-Beyond The Pale]

    11/10/2009 9:17:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 69 replies · 2,456+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | November 10th, 2009
    Hillary Clinton Scrubs Ronald Reagan From History Nile Gardiner November 10th, 2009 It’s bad enough that President Obama could not be bothered to attend the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But Hillary Clinton’s refusal to even acknowledge the role played by Ronald Reagan in the Wall’s demise as well as the downfall of Communism was highly insulting towards one of the greatest figures of our time, and reeked of petty and partisan mean-spiritedness. The Secretary of State’s remarks yesterday in Berlin completely erased from history the huge contribution played not only by President...
  • Unsung Heroes That Won The Cold War

    11/11/2009 12:00:36 AM PST · by DakotaRed · 2 replies · 629+ views
    Right In A Left World ^ | November 3, 2009 | Lew Waters
    Once again we prepare to honor those who have served in all of our wars, paying special homage to those who did not return from our wars. Nearly all of us who served in combat zones over our history view those whose names are etched in stone on the many Veterans Memorials as the true heroes of our conflicts. Viet Nam is labeled as “America’s Longest War” due to our involvement in that country from 1950 to the fall of Saigon in 1975. That 25 years pales when considering that after World War Two, we began engagement in a much...
  • Life Behind the Berlin Wall

    11/10/2009 8:55:47 AM PST · by GunsAndBibles · 1 replies · 522+ views
    The Economist ^ | 11/10/2009 | Thomas Hoepker
    Many believed. So many were disappointed. 9 minute video, halfway down the page. Excellent encapsulation of life in East Berlin from the '50s to the fall of the Berlin Wall, including indoctrination of children, MEDIOCRE leaders, secret police and of course the wonderful architecture of East Germany. "Thomas Hoepker's photos chronicle 40 years of strange, sad, vicious and sometimes hilarious life in East Berlin.
  • Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II forgotten as world remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall

    11/10/2009 12:55:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 668+ views
    kansascity.com ^ | November 10, 2009 | Ross Balano
    Amidst all of the hoopla surrounding the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall the two men most responsible have been all but forgotten. While German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world dignitaries praised former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for the fall of the wall, the two men perhaps most responsible, President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II were all but forgotten. Merkel praised Gorbachev, “You made this possible---you courageously let things happen.” He let things happen? Is she kidding? Gorbachev had no choice but to let things happen. Let’s revisit real history for a moment please. The fall of...
  • Obama's Berlin snub in focus

    11/10/2009 2:51:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 963+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 10, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    The President of leisure has a pretty slow day Monday, highlighting the point that no pressing business kept him from celebrating the fall of communism 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell. Jim Gerraghty of The Campaign Spot on National Review goes over the official schedule for our leader yesterday: Just look at the man's schedule: He had a 10 a.m. daily briefing from the intelligence community, a 10:30 a.m. economic daily briefing, an 11 a.m. meeting with senior advisers . . . and then, right after that, at 6:45 in the evening, he had to sign an executive...
  • Hillary Clinton scrubs Ronald Reagan from history

    11/10/2009 10:34:41 AM PST · by Schnucki · 30 replies · 1,990+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | November 10, 2009 | Nile Gardiner
    It’s bad enough that President Obama could not be bothered to attend the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But Hillary Clinton’s refusal to even acknowledge the role played by Ronald Reagan in the Wall’s demise as well as the downfall of Communism was highly insulting towards one of the greatest figures of our time, and reeked of petty and partisan mean-spiritedness. The Secretary of State’s remarks yesterday in Berlin completely erased from history the huge contribution played not only by President Reagan but also by the United States in confronting the Soviet Empire....
  • P.C. Google Strikes Again!

    11/10/2009 7:21:53 AM PST · by bassmaner · 29 replies · 1,737+ views
    Google ^ | today | me
    Google strikes yet another blow for p.c.: celebrating the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street on its front page, while ignoring the 234th anniversary of the founding of the USMC.Priorities ...
  • CARTOON: 20 Years Later

    11/10/2009 5:59:28 AM PST · by NetRight Nation · 5 replies · 930+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | November 10, 2009 | William Warren
  • Obama's Surprise Video Address to Berlin on Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall

    11/09/2009 8:54:43 PM PST · by Justaham · 28 replies · 1,283+ views
    vodpod.com ^ | 11-09-09
    One international leader was conspicuously absent at the 20 Year Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall today. Even the Russian President made it there. Barack Obama is seen on screens during a video message at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, during the commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov.9, 1989. Even worse- Obama spoke about himself to the crowd: “Few would have seen on that day that… that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent.” And, of course, he did not...
  • Berlin and the Case of the Missing President

    11/10/2009 2:11:49 AM PST · by Cincinna · 17 replies · 1,069+ views
    The New Ledger ^ | November 9th, 2009 | Pejman Yousefzadeh
    On November 9, 2009, the world will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Naturally, in Germany, there will be commemorations of the event, and the collapse of Communism in Europe. "snip" And given all of this, it is safe to say that Barack Obama will attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Wall, right? Wrong. While Candidate Barack Obama was perfectly willing to go to Germany during the 2008 Presidential campaign, President Barack Obama has chosen to skip the 20th anniversary celebrations altogether. Needless to say, this has not elicited much outrage...
  • Why the Berlin Wall fell (Times of India nails it)

    11/09/2009 8:33:15 PM PST · by doug from upland · 35 replies · 2,067+ views
    times of india ^ | 11-9-09 | S.A. AIYAR
    Twenty years later: Why the Berlin Wall fell S A Aiyar Sunday October 25, 2009 We are approaching the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism. This comprehensively refuted the Communist claim to represent the people. Yet, the claim continues, sometimes dazzling a new generation of youngsters with no inkling of why the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989. In democratic Capitalism, said Karl Marx, the rich became richer and the poor poorer. Marxism inspired young idealists for over a century. Lenin’s revolution in Russia in 1917 was hailed as a new dawn. Stalin’s invasions brought Communism to Eastern...
  • Berlin anniversary too few remember (historic events forgotten, very insightful read)

    11/09/2009 7:54:44 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 18 replies · 767+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 09, 2009 12:00AM | DAVID BURCHELL
    TODAY every news service in the world will transmit the same gratifying and facile images of the destruction of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago: a moment when -- as solemn-voiced announcers will intone in practised cadences -- not just a wall, but an entire era was ground into brick-dust. Such commemorations are easy and agreeable because they invite us to celebrate the ending of something, without requiring us to know anything about what it was that ended. What could be more pleasant than to enjoy an obscurely heart-lifting, lung-expanding sensation of liberation without having to trouble ourselves as to...
  • One-Thousand Domino-Like Wall Sections Fall on 20th Anniversary of Berlin Wall Coming Down - Video

    11/09/2009 6:40:33 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 342+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 9, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of the celebration in Berlin, Germany today marking the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down on November 9, 1989. A series of 1,000 "domino-like" wall sections were set up for the observance, and Poland's solidarity leader Lech Walesa was asked to do the honors of pushing the first section over which started the domino effect as they all fell. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Remembering The Victims Of Communism

    11/09/2009 4:52:49 PM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies · 321+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | November 9, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    As we remember 20 years after the realization of Ronald Reagan's famous words "tear down this wall!" On this historic anniversary, the folks at Reason TV have produced a great four minute piece on the victims of Communism. I highlight this because we had so many callers today who lived under or saw first hand life under a socialist dictatorship. People like Kris and Erica and Susan (who lived in West Germany) knew first hand what is was like. But as Reason TV points out, these people and their lives and their sacrifices are too often forgotten. And today many...
  • East Germans lost much in 1989

    11/09/2009 3:41:40 PM PST · by inflorida · 47 replies · 1,723+ views
    The Guardian ^ | November 8, 2009 | Bruni de la Motte
    For many in the GDR, the fall of the Berlin Wall and unification meant the loss of jobs, homes, security and equalityOn 9 November 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down I realised German unification would soon follow, which it did a year later. This meant the end of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the country in which I was born, grew up, gave birth to my two children, gained my doctorate and enjoyed a fulfilling job as a lecturer in English literature at Potsdam University. Of course, unification brought with it the freedom to travel the world and, for...
  • Berlin Wall anniversary inspires new calls for unity

    11/09/2009 3:02:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 337+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/9/09 | Deborah Cole
    BERLIN (AFP) – World leaders joined more than 100,000 revellers Monday for emotional celebrations 20 years after the Berlin Wall's fall and called for a new transatlantic push against threats to global peace. Chancellor Angela Merkel joined luminaries past and present to mark the defining moment in the end of communist rule in Europe, when the crumbling East German state finally opened the despised concrete border on November 9, 1989. Merkel, who grew up in the Stalinist state, marched through the historic Brandenburg Gate with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, presidents Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Dmitry Medvedev of Russia,...
  • Musicians Who Poked at the Iron Curtain (Cold War Rock and Roll)

    11/09/2009 2:32:48 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies · 326+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 8, 2009 | LARRY ROHTER
    Guitars, keyboards and drums did not topple the Berlin Wall. But for the young people who helped bring down Communist regimes across Eastern Europe in the fall of 1989, pop music was a profoundly subversive force, inspiration and vital tool of protest for challenging and undermining a totalitarian state stricter than any parent. Now middle aged, some of the musicians who played in ostracism during those last gray years of Communist rule gathered in New York over the weekend for the festival Rebel Waltz: Underground Music From Behind the Iron Curtain. Performing at Le Poisson Rouge in the West Village......
  • Best Berlin Wall video you will see today

    11/09/2009 1:35:39 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 5 replies · 521+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | November 9, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    There are lots of good ones out there. Scott put up Reagan's speech, of course. Clyde had Sen. McConnell's tribute to the event (video added). Hot Air has a few good ones, all of which are worth a few minutes. But this is the one that got me. Freedom-loving people the world over, and especially our allies who were liberated from the yoke of Communist tyranny, are celebrating the triumph of good over evil. So ask yourself as you watch it, what the hell is wrong with Barack Obama?