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  • Uncertain future troubles Eisenhower Memorial Commission and its insular staff

    04/15/2014 6:36:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/15/2014 | LUKE ROSIAK
    A federal planning group has delivered what could be a fatal blow to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission's controversial design for honoring the former president and World War II hero.Nine full-time, taxpayer-funded employees and a board of aging political leaders have spent the better part of a decade planning the memorial to President Eisenhower, but the National Capital Planning Commission rejected their proposal nearly two weeks ago.Other national memorial planners held open design competitions, but the EMC quickly settled on Frank Gehry -- the distinctive, modernist designer of Los Angeles' theme park-esque Walt Disney Concert Hall and an old...
  • It’s Time to Bury Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial

    03/07/2014 12:01:18 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Feb. 3, 2014 | Justin Shubow
    The Eisenhower Memorial is dead. Not the memorial itself, but the wildly unpopular design by Frank Gehry. The decisive blow is Congress’ 2014 budget, which denied the $49 million in construction funds requested by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, the body charged with building the memorial. Instead, Congress allotted $1 million for operations, thereby halving the Commission’s previous annual budget. Congress also reinstated the requirement that the Commission possess 100% of construction funding before it can break ground. This sets an impossibly high bar. The Commission’s 2014 budget request estimated that it would need an additional $25 million in construction funds...
  • Masters landmark Ike's Tree suffers major damage, removed

    02/17/2014 5:45:35 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | 2-16-2014 | John Boyette
    Golf’s most famous pine tree is no longer guarding the 17th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. The Eisenhower Tree suffered major damage in an ice storm and was removed over the weekend, the club confirmed Sunday. Photos showed major limb damage, particularly on the left side and top of the tree. “The loss of the Eisen­hower Tree is difficult news to accept,” Augusta National and Masters Chairman Billy Payne said in a prepared statement. “We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible.” The Masters landmark, also known as Ike’s Tree,...
  • John F. Kennedy's Vision of Peace (RFK Jr. barf alert, but did he reveal RFK was a KGB asset?)

    01/01/2014 9:43:28 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 37 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
    Despite the Cold War rhetoric of his campaign, JFK's greatest ambition as president was to break the militaristic ideology that has dominated our country since World War II. In the autumn of 1961, as retired Gen. Lucius Clay, who had taken a civilian post in Berlin, launched a series of unauthorized provocations against the Soviets, Khrushchev began an extraordinary secret correspondence with JFK. With the Berlin crisis moving toward nuclear Armageddon, Khrushchev turned to KGB agent Georgi Bolshakov, a top Soviet spy in Washington, to communicate directly with JFK. Bolshakov, to the horror of the U.S. State Department, was a...
  • Ike's Son Remembers George S. Patton Jr.

    12/22/2013 10:26:40 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 23 replies
    American Heritage Magazine ^ | Summer 2012 | John D. Eisenhower
    <p>On the morning of December 19, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower strode into the gloomy school building in Verdun that housed the main headquarters of General Omar Bradley’s Twelfth Army Group. He had called a meeting of all the senior commanders under Bradley. More than just the building was gloomy; the weather outside was a dark gray, and the tactical situation facing the American Army in Europe was also dark. Adolf Hitler’s gigantic Ardennes counteroffensive had been launched three days before, and German Gen. Hasso von Manteuffels’s Fifth Panzer Army was about to surround the all-important road junction at Bastogne. The news had reached the United States, and near panic reigned from across the ocean.</p>
  • John Eisenhower, Historian and Ike's Son, Dies

    12/21/2013 8:17:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | December 21, 2013 | Douglass K. Daniel
    John S.D. Eisenhower, the son of a five-star general turned president who forged his own career in the U.S. Army and then chronicled the history of the American military in numerous books, died Saturday. He was 91.
  • November 8, 1942 - Operation Torch, the Allied Landings in French North Africa

    11/08/2013 6:57:29 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 7 replies
    "On the morning of November 8, 1942, a force of over 70,000 American and British soldiers went ashore on the coast of Vichy French North-West Africa, and a period of close Anglo-American co-operation began. Altogether over 500 ships had carried and guarded the assault force: 102 of them crossing the Atlantic from America; the remainder sailing in two convoys - one fast and one slow - from Britain. They all arrived at their destinations within a few hours of each other and a pattern of smooth timing and organisation had been set."
  • The World According to Ike

    10/30/2013 3:16:36 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10-12-13 | Jason Lewis
    One troubling aspect of our near-war with Syria is the apparent zeal both political parties have for military action abroad. In fact, no sooner had we dodged the proverbial bullet in Damascus then America’s bipartisan saber-rattlers recalibrated their sites on the big prize, Tehran. Historically speaking, it’s really no surprise that Wilsonian internationalists like John Kerry gravitate toward government intervention. After all, that’s exactly what liberals do at home. What’s harder to explain is why conservative policy has become so hawkish given Republican Party tradition throughout the 20th century.
  • Censoring Eisenhower and Religious Freedom in the Military

    07/29/2013 5:40:02 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7-29-13 | Tony Perkins
    If President Eisenhower were alive today, the five-star general may be shocked to know that his own speeches are too offensive to be quoted in the military he used to command. A military chaplain has been taken to task for fulfilling the job description that most spiritual leaders (until recently) were hired to do: talk about faith. In a harmless post for his online website, "Chaplain's Corner," Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes (USAF) of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska wrote an inspirational piece called, "No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II." The phrase, which President Eisenhower...
  • Walt Disney’s Fascinating Political Journey (From Naive Socialist to Staunch Conservative)

    05/27/2013 8:00:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/27/2013 | CHRIS QUEEN
    Walt & Lillian Disney with Richard Nixon and his family at Disneyland, 1959 We tend to think of Hollywood as a bastion of leftism, and rightly so. Books like Ron Radosh’s Red Star Over Hollywood demonstrate the deep-seated left-wing dominance of the entertainment industry. Even with the leftism prevalent in Hollywood’s Golden Age, many unabashed conservatives found success without compromising their principles, including one of the most creative minds in the business — Walt Disney.Several biographers and writers that I’ve read have tried to declare that Walt Disney was apolitical, but I find this conclusion not to be true....
  • Mom, Apple Pie, and the Ghost of Quagmires Past

    01/21/2004 11:39:19 AM PST · by marron · 122 replies · 1,883+ views
    21 January, 2004 | marron
    My friend is a veteran of the early war in Viet Nam, when it was not yet an official war, when we were first there on the ground quietly and in small numbers. He saw the war both from the above-ground military perspective and from the slightly clandestine side when he was “loaned” over to Air America, hauling mysterious cargos to and from nameless airstrips in areas we never admitted to. He has all of the usual kinds of stories men tell of their time in the war zone, tales usually punctuated by punch lines not all perhaps fit for...
  • Ann Coulter: White liberals tell lies about civil rights

    02/17/2013 8:48:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | February 18, 2013 | Ann Coulter
    Liberals ignored my book “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery From the Seventies to Obama” throughout the fall. Now that I’m safely home from my book tour, they feel free to jabber on about their make-believe history of the civil rights movement with abandon. In the hackiest of all hacky articles, Sam Tanenhaus, the man responsible for ruining The New York Times Book Review, has written a cover story in The New Republic, titled: “Original Sin: Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people.” MSNBC has been howling this cliche for a decade — or, as MSNBC’s...
  • I Still Like Ike

    12/14/2012 6:52:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | December 14, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    Ordinarily, the news that a long overdue memorial to an historic American leader has been put on hold still again would come as a disappointment. But if you've seen the innocuous design for an Eisenhower memorial in the nation's capitol, the news may come as a relief -- and a welcome opportunity to start all over and try to get it right this time. Innocuous doesn't begin to cover the emptiness, the blahness, the pomp meaninglessness of Frank Gehry's design for this "monument" that is the opposite of monumental. It's just a few saplings around what looks like an...
  • Thousands Of US Troops Arrive Near Syrian Shore On USS Eisenhower

    12/06/2012 5:34:30 AM PST · by Strategy · 83 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 6, 2012
    The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention. While the Obama administration has not announced any sort of American-led military intervention in the war-torn country, the US is now ready to launch such action "within days" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decides to use chemical weapons against the opposition, the Times reports.
  • Eisenhower Letters Hint at Affair With Aide

    11/10/2012 6:27:40 AM PST · by Trapper6012 · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 06, 1991 | By JOHN KIFNER
    A previously unknown collection of wartime letters from Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to his driver, Capt. Kay Summersby, appears likely to stir renewed debate over whether the two were lovers during the last year of World War II. Both General Eisenhower, who was married, and Captain Summersby initially denied the long-rumored romance. But in 1976, as she was dying of cancer, Miss Summersby published a second book of memoirs of the war years, "Past Forgetting: My Love Affair With Dwight D. Eisenhower," in which she described a passionate but frustrating affair with the Supreme Allied Commander.
  • Eisenhower WRC-TV 1958 (oldest known colour videotaping)

    07/22/2012 10:51:02 AM PDT · by bigbob · 24 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3-1-2010 | Oldtvhistory
    This is sample footage of the earliest surviving colour videotape recording which is the Dwight Eisenhower inaugural address to WRC-TV on 22nd May 1958. The first 15 minutes of this event was shot in B&W which you see the president arriving to the building and the news reporter giving details of the event, then about nearly 15 minutes in Robert Sarnoff hits the colour switch and on comes the colour. For the remaining 15 minutes Robert Sarnoff, Dwight Eisenhower and David Sarnoff speak about the station and the colour television technology while being recorded in living colour!!! The whole program...
  • D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers

    06/06/2012 11:41:15 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 24 replies
    Self | June 6, 2012 | Retain Mike
    General Dwight Eisenhower arrived in London to head Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) during the last five months of planning for D-Day. He achieved much more than the popular portrayal of managing a political/military alliance. Though he never led troops in combat, his leadership sustained many unprecedented initiatives for the successful Normandy landings. The air assault examples the frightful uncertainties plaguing critical hazards run on this “Day of Days”. The night before D-Day, 20,400 American and British paratroopers dropped behind the Normandy beaches from 1,250 C-47 aircraft plus gliders. This massive assault was attempted just 17 years after Charles...
  • Google goes for Drive-Ins, not D-Day for today's logo.

    06/06/2012 8:14:37 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 14 replies
    American History ^ | June 6, 1944 | Dwight D. Eisenhower, SHAEF CIC
    IN MEMORY AND SALUTE TO OUR BRAVE GENERATION About 12 hours ago European time, 68 years ago as the invasion fleet was en route, this was broadcast: Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over...
  • Eisenhower Never Took Credit for D-Day...

    06/06/2012 7:58:44 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 18 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 6, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
  • "OK, we'll go"; D-Day, June 6th, 1944

    06/05/2012 9:39:24 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 22 replies
    Eisenhower National Historic Site ^ | 06/06/12 | Unattributed
    "At about 9:30 p.m. (21:30 hours) on the evening of June 4, 1944, Eisenhower called a meeting at his command post at Southwick House in Portsmouth, England. A storm with high winds and rain had forced a one-day postponement of the invasion, originally set for June 5. Eisenhower had learned from his meteorological staff that there would be a break in the weather and that the next day, Tuesday June 6, would be more favorable. He considered all the variables. General Montgomery, his ground commander, favored taking the risk. After a long silence, Eisenhower gave the command, "Okay, we'll go."
  • General Dwight D. Eisenhower: D-Day Letter

    06/05/2012 9:11:54 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 10 replies
    ARMY ^ | 6/5/1944 | General Eisenhower
    Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is...
  • Rep. Jim Moran joins Eisenhower family’s effort to halt memorial design

    06/01/2012 7:44:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 31, 2012 | Christopher Bedford
    Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran joined the growing chorus of opposition to the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on Tuesday, just ahead of Friday’s scheduled hearing on the monument’s controversial design. “I have also met with members of the Eisenhower family and share their objections to the current design,” Moran wrote in a letter obtained by The Daily Caller. “While the Eisenhower Memorial is very far along in the process, I have approached several of my colleagues who serve on the commission and encouraged them to rethink their support and allow a new public competition on an alternative design.”
  • Eisenhower's Family Objects to Memorial Design

    02/07/2012 7:57:00 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 67 replies
    Newser ^ | Feb 7 2012 | John Johnson
    A memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower is scheduled to be unveiled on the Washington Mall in 2015, but first a thorny dispute needs to be resolved between Eisenhower's family and renowned architect Frank Gehry. Ike's relatives think Gehry's design—which features a statue of Eisenhower as boy in Kansas looking out on vistas of his future accomplishments—as a country bumpkin. They are demanding changes before the project moves forward, and Gehry has yet to comment publicly, notes the New York Times. (The AP had a similar story last month.) “He was chief of staff of the Army; he was a two-term...
  • Gehry’s Ghastly Eisenhower Memorial

    01/10/2012 12:50:46 PM PST · by mojito · 93 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 1/10/2012 | George Weigel
    ...The present Eisenhower Memorial design, by postmodernist Frank Gehry, has virtually nothing to do with the Dwight David Eisenhower of history. Plans call for Ike to be memorialized in sculpture as a barefoot farmboy on the Great Plains: not the great wartime leader; not the soldier-diplomat; not the chief executive of the United States who presided over eight years of peace and prosperity. The Gehry conceit seems both obvious and entirely in tune with the postmodern deconstruction of history: There are no great men; there are no great virtues; there is no great striving; nor is there great accomplishment or...
  • 90 year olds marry after 40 years of friendship (Col. William Thomas - Eisenhower's personal pilot)

    01/01/2012 5:48:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Live 5 News ^ | 12/29/11
    90 year olds marry after 40 years of friendshipUpdated: Dec 29, 2011 12:13 PM EST Charleston, SC (AP) - A 91-year-old newlywed says she expects to spend a dozen more years with her 92-year-old spouse following their wedding at a retirement home on James Island. According to media reports, Margaret McSpadden and retired Air Force Col. William Thomas married Wednesday at Bishop Gadsden. Thomas is a World War II veteran and was President Dwight Eisenhower's personal pilot. He celebrates his 92nd birthday Thursday. McSpadden owned an antique store in Charleston.
  • Obama's Job Approval Drops Below Carter's

    11/29/2011 10:43:01 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 122 replies
    US News ^ | 11-29-11 | US NEws
    President Obama's slow ride down Gallup's daily presidential job approval index has finally passed below Jimmy Carter, earning Obama the worst job approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history. Since March, Obama's job approval rating has hovered above Carter's, considered among the 20th century's worst presidents, but today Obama's punctured Carter's dismal job approval line. On their comparison chart, Gallup put Obama's job approval rating at 43 percent compared to Carter's 51 percent.
  • How Eisenhower Solved Illegal Border Crossings from Mexico

    11/27/2011 4:46:13 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 82 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 6, 2006 | John Dillin
    Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America's southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond. President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents – less than one-tenth of today's force. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol. Although there is little to no record of this operation...
  • For Every Argument Against Herman Cain Winning, There Is An Equally Strong One On Why He Will Win

    10/13/2011 10:51:04 AM PDT · by Billlknowles · 3 replies
    WeArePolitics ^ | 10-13-2011 | David Johnson
    As Americans suffer through the economic crisis since the Great Depression, anger continues to build. Not the manufactured anger and protests that we see at the Occupy Wall Street protests but an anger in middle America, what Richard Nixon described as “the Silent Majority”. These are voters who in 2008 elected Barack Obama and believed in his promise of hope and change. In 2010, after feeling betrayed by the leftward direction of the Obama Administration , they voted Republican believing that a Republican House would rein in the Obama Administration. Their anger continues to build. It is an authentic anger...
  • Obama Increased Debt More in 4 Days Than Truman and Eisenhower Did in 10 Years

    08/10/2011 9:19:06 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 7 replies ^ | Aug 10 2011 | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    In just four days last week, President Barack Obama’s administration increased the national debt by more in inflation-adjusted dollars than the administrations of Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower increased the national debt over the entire decade of the 1950s. At the start of business on Tuesday, Aug. 2, according to the Daily Treasury Statement, the national debt subject to the legal limit was $14.293975 trillion. Obama signed legislation that day lifting the limit by as much as $2.4 trillion—with an initial and immediate increase in the limit of $400 billion. By the close of business on Friday, Aug....
  • An Astounding Turnabout by Obama

    07/18/2011 4:23:13 AM PDT · by radioone · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7-18-11 | Greg Richards
    Something remarkable occurred in President Obama's press conference on Friday (July 15). It was so astonishing that I was not sure I had heard right, and had to wait until the press conference transcript was posted on the White House website to be sure. But there it is in the sixth paragraph. Here is the quote in full: Now, what that would require would be some shared sacrifice and a balanced approach that says we're going to make significant cuts in domestic spending. And I have already said I am willing to take down domestic spending to the lowest percentage...
  • "The Insolvent Phantom of Tomorrow" From Eisenhower's Farewell Address, January 17 1961

    05/13/2011 11:32:07 AM PDT · by jdfromny · 6 replies
    American Digest ^ | 5/13/11 | Gerard Vanderleun
    "The Insolvent Phantom of Tomorrow" From Eisenhower's Farewell Address, January 17 1961 Often quoted as his warning about "the Military-Industrial Complex," Eisenhower's speech also includes other warnings. One concerns "the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite," which is now cited concerning the pervasive fraud surrounding global warming and other "scientific" boondoggles. Another passage concerns something of much more importance to our present moment: "Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society's future, we-you and I, and our government-must avoid the impulse to live...
  • Ike Needed Birth Certificate to Run for President

    03/31/2011 2:38:55 PM PDT · by conservativegramma · 26 replies
    Sonoran News ^ | September 22, 2010 | Linda Bentley
    CAVE CREEK – Glen Fairclough, a reader from Salt Lake City, Utah, sent us an e-mail last week to express his gratitude for publishing the recent article regarding President Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate. And, while going through digital images online of his hometown newspaper, the Deseret News and Telegram, Fairclough forwarded us a United Press wire article from the Oct. 2, 1952 edition he thought we would find interesting. The article appeared on page 6A with a dateline of Sherman, Texas. It was headlined: “General’s birth certificate officially filed,” and stated, “A certificate recording Dwight Eisenhower’s birth in Denison on...
  • Students find treasures in Ike research

    01/07/2011 9:45:59 PM PST · by kathsua · 15 replies
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 1/07/11 | Michael Strand
    SALINA -Imagine you're the president of the United States, and your resume also includes job titles such as Supreme Allied Commander. You've got a friend/adviser and member of your White House inner circle who's looking for a private-sector job, and helping him out ought to be a cinch — except everyone you call says "No" because E. Frederick Morrow is black. "Eisenhower was tearful about it," said William Putzier, a senior at Salina Central High School. Putzier didn't learn that bit of history from a book in a history class. Rather, he learned it from reading President Dwight Eisenhower's own...
  • Was Patton killed?

    12/19/2010 12:17:44 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 167 replies · 8+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 18, 2010 | ROBERT K. WILCOX
    Sixty-five years ago this month, Gen. George S. Patton Jr., hero of World War II and an outspoken critic of the Soviets, was en route to a Sunday hunting trip, a day before permanently leaving Europe, when he was critically injured in a vehicle accident on a deserted two lane highway near Mannheim, Germany. A large US army truck that Patton’s driver later said was waiting for them, suddenly — and without signaling — abruptly turned into his limousine’s path, causing a head-on crash. Even though Patton had an aide with him and the driver of the truck had one...
  • In Archive, New Light on Evolution of Eisenhower Speech

    12/13/2010 9:22:21 AM PST · by Palter · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Dec 2010 | Sam Roberts
    The phrase that would emerge as the most enduring legacy of what became, arguably, the most famous farewell address since George Washington’s evolved over 20 months and was agreed to only a few days before it was delivered. The words, in a speech by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, were transformed from a warning against a “war-based industrial complex” into a “vast military-industrial complex” and finally into a more vanilla “military-industrial complex,” which seemed controversial enough without the qualifier. Documents released Friday by the National Archives shed new light on the genesis of the phrase in the televised address, which Eisenhower...
  • Going Home To Glory

    11/22/2010 6:00:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | November 22, 2010 | David Stokes
    The snow had fallen in massive quantities the night before and the temperature had plummeted to single digits. And the man who had provided steady and unruffled guidance to the United States of America during a potentially turbulent time, likely found himself watching the weather every bit as much as his sense of duty drove him to keep an eye on the very world itself. He had a trip planned that day—one he had been looking forward to for a while. It was more than an excursion from one place to another; it was a journey from glory to glory....
  • American Minute - Nov. 9 - Dwight Eisenhower on the Spiritual Foundation of America

    11/09/2010 4:41:24 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 23 replies
    American Minute ^ | Nov. 9, 2010 | Bill Federer
    On NOVEMBER 9, 1954, President Eisenhower addressed the National Conference on the Spiritual Foundation of American Democracy at the Sheraton-Carlton Hotel, Washington D.C.: "Now Dr. Lowry said something about my having certain convictions as to a God in Heaven and an Almighty power. Well, I don't think anyone needs a great deal of credit for believing in what seems to me to be obvious... This relationship between a spiritual faith...and our form of government obvious that we should really not need to identify a man as unusual because he recognizes it." Eisenhower continued: "Our whole theory of government finally...
  • Ike in color! -- Oldest known color videotape

    11/05/2010 9:50:59 AM PDT · by Callahan · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/5/10 | Me
    This is sample footage of the earliest surviving colour videotape recording which is the Dwight Eisenhower inaugural address to WRC-TV on 22nd May 1958. The first 15 minutes of this event was shot in B&W which you see the president arriving to the building and the news reporter giving details of the event, then about nearly 15 minutes in Robert Sarnoff hits the colour switch and on comes the colour. For the remaining 15 minutes Robert Sarnoff, Dwight Eisenhower and David Sarnoff speak about the station and the colour television technology while being recorded in living colour!!! The whole program...
  • Can You Name the Greatest President of the Past 100 Years? (Cato Inst. says it's Calvin Coolidge)

    10/19/2010 7:07:22 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 73 replies · 1+ views
    cato Institute ^ | 10/19/2010 | Daniel Mitchell
    It’s tempting to say that Ronald Reagan was the best U.S. president of the past century, and I’ve certainly demonstrated my man-crush on the Gipper. But there is some real competition. I had the pleasure yesterday of hearing Amity Shlaes of the Council on Foreign Relations make the case for Calvin Coolidge at the Mont Pelerin Society Meeting in Australia. I dug around online and found an article Amity wrote for Forbes that highlights some of the attributes of “Silent Cal” that she mentioned in her speech. As you can see, she makes a persuasive case. … the Coolidge style...
  • The Way They Were

    08/05/2010 7:52:08 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 5, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Conservative students opting out of campus battles in favor of national ones may want to refocus their efforts. To be sure, the local campaigns can be hazardous. Just ask Ruth Malhotra, who needed a police escort when she waged one at Georgia Tech. Nevertheless, they give students the opportunity to expound on that which they know best. Moreover, it gives them a chance to follow in a noble tradition, namely that of William F. Buckley, Jr. when at Yale. “For his valedictory in 1950 he convened a dinner to honor the retiring Yale president,” Rick Perlstein writes in Before The...
  • The Sad Fate of a Spy Plane

    07/14/2010 3:21:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 7/1/2010 | Joe Pappalardo
    1962 the Soviets swapped a U.S. airman to the Americans in return for their spies, but they kept the pilot's plane. Here's what happened to it. By Joe Pappalardo It looks like Russia and the U.S. are negotiating the biggest spy swap since the Cold War ended, as accused and convicted spies in both nations are set to be bartered, and some being moved from prisons in America to Vienna in anticipation of a deal. The episode harkens to the 1960s, when spies were traded to maintain the brittle peace between nations. The most famous of these cases involved Francis...
  • Would President Eisenhowers Successful Government Program Used To Deport Illegal's Work Today?

    07/06/2010 7:04:51 PM PDT · by Retired Intelligence Officer · 33 replies
    Think about it. Back in the mid 1950s, President Eisenhower was faced with a mass influx of illegal aliens crossing over the Mexican border into the United States. People were complaining of the same thing back then like they are doing today. That the illegals were taking jobs for less pay compared to what the average American was making and that also they were dangerous to society. Ike proposed a plan and had one of his generals inpliment it. The plan was to round up and deport the illegals deep into Mexico by ships and once word got out that...
  • D-Day: Eisenhower and the Paratroopers

    06/05/2010 7:12:46 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 21 replies · 650+ views
    Vanity | June 5, 2010 | Retain Mike
    Eisenhower arrived in London with less than five months until D-day. That is one month less than I had as Finance Director of a private college to lead the management team in preparing the annual operating and capital budgets. His experience occurred in another world I can never adequately imagine. A popular historical portrayal describes General Dwight Eisenhower managing a political/military alliance, but reminds us he never lead troops in combat. However, his leadership sustained many unprecedented initiatives for successful Normandy landings. The air assault examples the frightful uncertainties of many critical hazards run on this “Day of Days”. The...
  • Great power no more?

    05/17/2010 4:07:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 363+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 16, 2010 | ARTHUR HERMAN
    It seems Barack Obama has a new presidential role model, at least as far as national de fense is concerned: Dwight Eisenhower. But the Ike that Obama likes isn't the easy-going golfing geezer -- and certainly not the grim Cold Warrior who promised massive nuclear retaliation on the enemy if they started any serious trouble. No, this is the Ike who slashed America's defense budget by more than a quarter after the Korean War, and who, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, was willing to "make hard choices" about where American military might should be used, and where it shouldn't....
  • President Eisenhower Defends A "Traitor?"

    05/12/2010 11:50:16 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 132 replies · 1,516+ views
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 05/11/2010 | Richard Williams
    "General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America. . ."
  • Roger Waters on wheat-pasting over the Elliott Smith memorial wall...

    05/05/2010 11:05:33 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 36 replies · 715+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 5, 2010 | | August Brown
    ...his recent campaign to wheat-paste an anti-war quote from President Eisenhower across American cities to promote his touring revival of the Floyd staple “The Wall” unexpectedly proved his point, after his employees pasted the quote over the storefront of Solutions speaker repair in Silver Lake. The wall has served as an impromptu fan memorial to the late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith for nearly a decade. Smith passed away in Los Angeles in 2003, and fans have left personal messages and quoted lyrics on the wall, the backdrop to the cover art of his album “Figure 8,” ever since. But as of...
  • Downed U-2 pilot's son on own mission in Russia

    05/01/2010 3:45:39 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 504+ views
    MOSCOW — Fifty years ago Saturday, U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down while flying a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union, a dramatic episode of the Cold War that pushed the rival superpowers closer to confrontation. Now his son has come to Moscow on a mission of his own: By telling his late father's story, he hopes to help preserve Cold War history and prevent future generations of Russians and Americans from ever again facing the threat of nuclear war. On May 1, 1960, Powers was in the cockpit of the world's highest-flying plane, concentrated on keeping...
  • AP source: US Navy has encounter with Iranian jet

    04/28/2010 11:45:15 PM PDT · by dr_who · 44 replies · 1,498+ views ^ | Wed Apr 28, 10:57 pm ET | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON – A U.S. military official says the Navy had a close encounter with an Iranian surveillance jet last week in the Gulf of Oman. The official says the jet buzzed a Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Eisenhower, coming within about 1,000 yards of the ship. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said the April 21 incident occurred in international waters.The jet was described as a maritime patrol aircraft generally used for surveillance. The official says "there was nothing threatening about the aircraft itself or how it...
  • Iranian navy plane flies near USS Eisenhower in Gulf of Oman

    04/28/2010 4:49:30 PM PDT · by boughtwithaprice · 62 replies · 1,971+ views
    An Iranian navy plane that approached a U.S. aircraft carrier last week was flying as low as 300 feet as it neared the USS Eisenhower, U.S. military officials said Wednesday. The incident, first reported by CNN on Tuesday, came as Iran was beginning a series of military exercises last week meant to show off their military prowess. The Eisenhower was on duty in the Gulf of Oman in the northern Arabian Sea, in support of the Afghanistan war efforts, when the Iranian maritime patrol aircraft flew within 1,000 yards of the vessel, according to military officials. While the encounter was...
  • 'Band of Brothers' author Stephen Ambrose accused of faking Eisenhower interviews

    04/26/2010 6:38:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,180+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/26/10 | Brett Michael Dykes
    Was one of America's most revered popular historians fabricating his own material? That's the explosive charge now levied at Stephen Ambrose, author of numerous bestselling military and presidential histories. The author of "D-Day" and "Band of Brothers" died in 2002, but several authorities have recently questioned the writer's accounts of his research for "Supreme Commander," a massive two-volume biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower. At a minimum, Ambrose's critics say, he had vastly exaggerated the amount of time he spent interviewing the former president; and at worst, they suggest, he simply made up long stretches of the book. The U.K. Guardian...