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  • Helen Thomas: "Obama Is No FDR - Republican Mission Is To See Obama Fail [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/25/2009 1:01:29 AM PST · by seanmerc · 58 replies · 3,369+ views ^ | 24 Dec 09 | Helen "The Grinch" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- The spirit of Christmas seems to have escaped Congress, maybe even the country. Have you ever encountered such mean spiritedness and political conniving as are now on display on Capitol Hill? In the past, we have had great philosophical divisions in the struggle for civil rights, especially when southern legislators ran the show. In praise of democracy, fortunately they lost. And of course there also was the "red scare" fomented by Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis., in the 1950s when he led the commie-hunting movement that ended up victimizing government officials, academia and Hollywood. We recovered from that, too....
  • Obama's Afghanistan decision evokes LBJ's 1965 order on Vietnam buildup

    12/06/2009 11:57:57 AM PST · by South40 · 16 replies · 696+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | December 6, 2009 | MICHAEL A. LINDENBERGER
    Hovering in the shadows of President Barack Obama's decision last week to ramp up the nation's war effort in Afghanistan, even as he promises to bring it to a swift conclusion, are ghosts of another decision, made 44 years ago by a Texan in the White House. In 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson took ownership of a war he, like Obama, had inherited. Gen. William Westmoreland wanted more troops in Vietnam, and after a protracted debate within the White House, Johnson sent them. Over the next three years, he would send hundreds of thousands more and launch a carpet-bombing campaign against...
  • Lyndon Johnson Is Back In The White House

    12/01/2009 6:47:27 PM PST · by parkerj · 29 replies · 951+ views
    theFinancialSkinny ^ | December 1, 2009 | theFinancialSkinny
    In the mid-1960’s President Lyndon Baines Johnson agonized throughout his White House years about the War in Vietnam. Like Mr. Obama, he was pursuing an ambitious, controversial, and expensive social agenda, which included Medicare and Medicaid, two of the three programs that currently are bankrupting the country.
  • Obma Elevates LBJ's Legacy

    10/29/2009 1:32:19 PM PDT · by jazminerose · 10 replies · 554+ views ^ | 10/29/09 | Joy Tiz
    It’s not enough that the Narcissist-in-Chief keeps popping up like a Netflix ad, which is irksome by itself. But he has now manifestly broken Bill Clinton’s record for malfeasance. He mocked our soldiers by showing up for a photo op at Dover Air Force Base to feign honor for our fallen troops even as he refuses to send our military commanders the resources they urgently need. Obama’s cavernous lack of concern for others is certainly typical enough for a narcissist. It’s especially abrasive when he uses our fallen heroes for a photo op as his generals have been pleading for...
  • Public School's Version of a "Call To Freedom"

    10/29/2009 6:27:56 AM PDT · by albie · 10 replies · 363+ views
    I was just reading one of my daughters "history" books called, "Call to Freedom". (credit is given to "" so I knew this was going to spell trouble.) In a chapter called "The Great Society", the book brags about LBJ's accomplishments in poverty. Here's a quote..."Partly because of Johnson's Great Society, poverty in the US decreased. Overall unemployment levels stayed low and the percentage of Americans living below the poverty level dropped to about 12% by 1969. Americans' income levels rose more during the 1960's than they had during the prosperous years of the 1950's". There are chapters devoted to...
  • Another Failed Presidency

    10/13/2009 9:26:44 AM PDT · by Harley · 11 replies · 1,176+ views
    American Thinker ^ | Orig: Aug 31, 2009 (Oct 13, 2009) | Geoffery P. Hunt
    Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson. In the modern era, we've seen several failed presidencies--led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed presidents have one strong common trait-- they are repudiated, in the vernacular, spat out. Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early, avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned in disgrace, yet his reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by his triumphant overture to China.
  • EDITORIAL: How to win a war

    09/23/2009 6:20:00 PM PDT · by Saije · 9 replies · 640+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9/24/2009 | Editorial
    A U.S. president is engaged in an unpopular long-term counterinsurgency effort, ground commanders are asking for more troops, a skeptical Congress is pushing back. Haven't we been here before? In the spring of 1968, the Vietnamese communists were on the run in the wake of the failed Tet Offensive. Gen... Westmoreland, the U.S. commander in Vietnam, urgently requested a surge capability to exploit the allied victory, hammer the enemy troops and potentially end the war. But President Lyndon B. Johnson, harried by leadership challenges from within his own party and facing a recalcitrant Congress, failed to act decisively. For weeks,...
  • Kennedy legacy: Black voters joining the Democratic Party

    08/31/2009 4:51:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 29 replies · 920+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 31, 2009 | Andrew Walden
    After nearly a week of incessant post-mortem vacuity, not a single commentator has hit upon the real legacy of the late Kennedy political dynasty. The Kennedys are largely responsible for making African Americans dependent on an alliance with liberal Democrats. The result--highly unstable in a democratic society -- 90% of black voters regularly pull the Democrat lever. The 90% solid black vote tips the balance in favor of Democrats in Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland. Without these votes, Democrats would simply cease to function as a national party. Without the Kennedys around...
  • Obama and the Holy Land

    08/23/2009 9:53:00 PM PDT · by kingattax · 6 replies · 717+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2009 | Edward Bernard Glick
    When Lyndon Baines Johnson was a young congressman, he saved 42 Jews from the Nazis. Indirect evidence shows that he rescued another 400 Jews, including the famed orchestra conductor Erich Leinsdorf. While Johnson didn't risk his life to save Jews, as European non-Jews did, there are those who believe that he should be honored in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem's Holocaust Memorial Museum, for being what the Israelis call a Righteous Gentile. After the 1967 Arab-Israel Six Day War, when he was President, he met with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey. Mr. Kosygin asked him why America supported Israel...
  • Could Afghanistan Become Obama’s Vietnam? (NYT)

    08/22/2009 9:06:09 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 26 replies · 828+ views
    New York Times ^ | 8/22/2009 | Peter Baker
    WASHINGTON — President Obama had not even taken office before supporters were etching his likeness onto Mount Rushmore as another Abraham Lincoln or the second coming of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Yet what if they got the wrong predecessor? What if Mr. Obama is fated to be another Lyndon B. Johnson instead? To be sure, such historical analogies are overly simplistic and fatally flawed, if only because each presidency is distinct in its own way. But the L.B.J. model — a president who aspired to reshape America at home while fighting a losing war abroad — is one that haunts Mr....
  • The No-Brainers of Robert S. McNamara

    08/05/2009 6:07:59 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 36 replies · 1,012+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 8/1/2009 | Robert S. Dudney
    His lack of integrity was deeply troubling, but it was the world-class arrogance that did the real military damage. It should be evident to all that Robert S. McNamara, to paraphrase a line from the 1940 book Guilty Men, was among the worst selections for high office since Caligula chose to make his horse a consul at Rome. He died July 6 at age 93. TodayÂ’s officials can profit from studying his career. McNamara, the Pentagon chief in the Kennedy and Johnson years, showed sketchy character on many occasions, but nowhere did he do this more baldly than in his...

    08/02/2009 4:17:16 AM PDT · by tlb · 94 replies · 5,905+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 2, 2009 | staff
    Lyndon Johnson "Johnson would come on the plane and the minute he got out of sight of the crowds, he would stand in the doorway and grin from ear to ear and say, 'You dumb sons of bitches. I piss on all of you,' " recalls Robert M. MacMillan, an Air Force One steward. Richard Nixon One evening, Nixon built a fire and forgot to open the flue damper. Two agents came running. "Can you find him?" one of the agents asked the other. "No, I can't find the son of a bitch," the other agent said. From the bedroom,...
  • Could Hillary Be Obama's RFK?

    07/30/2009 6:02:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1,005+ views ^ | July 30, 2009 | Matt Towery
    Several weeks ago, the press was full of stories that pointed out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's absence from important international confabs. Even the most "mainstream" of publications suggested that America's real foreign policy was being forged from the same epicenter as healthcare reform, energy policy and virtually every other major initiative -- the White House. Of course Secretary Clinton had suffered a nasty injury to her elbow not long ago, which could explain some of her absence from the limelight. And in recent days she has made major statements regarding both Iran and North Korea, and has picked up...
  • Dean Snipes At Obama On Health Care: Voters Were Promised 'Change They Can Believe In'

    07/28/2009 6:12:56 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies · 1,477+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Somewhere, Lyndon Johnson is smiling. Howard Dean has provided perfect proof of LBJ's adage that when it comes to potential adversaries, "it's better to have them inside the tent p---ing out than outside the tent" doing the reverse. Barack Obama chucked Dean out of his DNC chairmanship. Adding insult to injury, PBO denied the good doctor any role in his health care initiative. Now, it's payback time. Subbing for Keith Olbermann on this evening's Countdown, Dean depicted Obama as a loser in the health care fight. For good measure, he flung a famous Obama campaign slogan back in the prez's...
  • Conrad Black: McNamara’s Folly - The road to failure in Vietnam.

    07/28/2009 11:17:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 934+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 27, 2009 | Conrad Black
    July 27, 2009, 4:00 a.m. McNamara’s FollyThe road to failure in Vietnam. By Conrad Black The recent death of former U.S. defense secretary and World Bank president Robert McNamara, at 93, has raised again, in editorials and obituaries, the hoary head of the Vietnam War. Geeky in his thick, rimless glasses and slicked-back hair, expressionless, desiccated, fast-talking, and mechanically confident, McNamara was at the cutting edge of the managerial revolution—a business administrator, statistician, and efficiency expert. He was a mesmerizing figure for a time, especially after the Kennedy public-relations apparatus confected the myth of calibrated crisis management in the...
  • Walter Cronkite Without Tears

    07/20/2009 5:53:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies · 4,268+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 20, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Journalism: After the eulogies, the fact remains that "the most trusted man in America" betrayed that trust. He helped snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Vietnam and tried hard to do the same in Iraq.President Obama on Friday praised Walter Cronkite as a journalistic icon, calling the CBS anchor the "voice of certainty in an uncertain world." More to the point, he was the father of advocacy journalism, the patron saint of media bias. He went from reporting news to recreating it in his own image. Far from the image of the patriotic war correspondent, Cronkite was a...
  • Robert S. McNamara, RIP: The architect of the Vietnam War finds peace

    07/06/2009 9:43:30 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 35 replies · 1,444+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2009 | Editorial
    Mr. McNamara's last day at the Pentagon was a comedy of errors. A grand farewell ceremony was planned on the lawn near the river entrance, and thousands assembled in the freezing rain. Meanwhile, the elevator taking Mr. Johnson, Mr. McNamara and 11 others jammed between floors, and they were stuck for 15 minutes. "What's wrong with this thing?" the president asked. "Don't ask me," Mr. McNamara replied, "I don't work here anymore."
  • Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara Dies

    07/06/2009 6:21:18 AM PDT · by DFG · 333 replies · 10,536+ views ^ | 07/06/09 | Staff
    Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara has died. McNamara, 93, died at home in his sleep Monday morning, his wife Diana told The Associated Press. She said he had been in failing health for some time. Known as a policymaker with a fixation for statistical analysis, McNamara was president of the Ford Motor Co. when President John F. Kennedy asked him to head the Pentagon in 1961. McNamara worked for seven years as the defense secretary in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, longer than any other person in that post. He headed the war department during the build-up of forces in...
  • GOP blind to its race problem

    06/23/2009 7:33:32 AM PDT · by rwrcpa1 · 38 replies · 1,381+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 06/21/09 | Leonard Pitts
    The modern GOP was created in 1965 with a stroke of Lyndon Johnson's pen. If that is an exaggeration, it is not much of one. When Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, he made a prediction: In committing the unpardonable sin of guaranteeing the ballot to all citizens regardless of race, he said, he would cause his party to lose the South ``for a generation.'' And indeed Southern Democrats, who for a century had bombed schools, lynched innocents, perverted justice and terrorized millions in the name of intolerance, responded by leaving their ancestral party in droves. They formed the base...
  • Hell No, We Won't Go

    06/15/2009 11:10:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 917+ views
    American Thinker ^ | June 16, 2009 | Randy Fardal
    In a nationally televised address on August 4, 1964, US President Lyndon Johnson announced that North Vietnam had launched two unprovoked attacks on American military ships.  Within three days of Johnson's TV appearance, lawmakers passed the bipartisan Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and Mr. Johnson had started the ill-fated Vietnam War. Political analysts say the crisis helped Mr. Johnson defeat former military pilot and war veteran, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, in the 1964 presidential election.  (Employing a Democrat gimmick still used today, Johnson also portrayed Goldwater as racist.) "Conspiracy kooks" charged that Johnson lied about the second attack and they also...
  • June 8, 1967 Attack on USS Liberty

    06/08/2009 6:14:11 PM PDT · by MurrietaMadman · 57 replies · 5,453+ views ^ | June 5, 1995 | James M. Ennes, Jr.
    On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly and brutally attacked on the high seas in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. The USS Liberty Memorial web site tells their story and is dedicated to the memory of the 34 brave men who died.
  • Obama's Battle With the Liberal Wing of the Democratic Party

    05/29/2009 9:28:22 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 30 replies · 2,262+ views
    U.S. News ^ | May 28, 2009 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    Four decades ago, the liberal, antiwar wing of the Democratic Party helped to force President Lyndon B. Johnson from office. Specifically, Johnson decided not to run for re-election in 1968 in large part because of rising primary challenges and increasingly vitriolic demonstrations against him. One chant that was heard often at anti-Vietnam War rallies was "Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?" The level of anger now is nowhere close to that level, but there are warning signs that President Obama is starting to generate serious opposition on the fiery left. There is increasing unease about his...
  • 100 Days in the Footsteps of F.D.R. and L.B.J.

    05/03/2009 4:19:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 588+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 3, 2009 | SAM TANENHAUS
    In American politics, the symbolic and the concrete are seldom far apart. Consider the fanfare surrounding President Barack Obama’s 100th day in office. On the surface it seemed a classic instance of what the historian Daniel Boorstin once described as a “pseudo-event,” an exercise in public relations masquerading as news. “The celebration is held, photographs are taken, the occasion is widely reported,” Mr. Boorstin wrote of such staged episodes. The Obama administration itself took an equally jaundiced view at first. Robert Gibbs, Mr. Obama’s press secretary, promised that the 100th day, which fell on Wednesday, would be “not a ton...
  • McCain Strategist Warns GOP Risks Becoming 'Religious Party'

    04/17/2009 1:01:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 333 replies · 6,926+ views
    McCain Strategist Warns GOP Risks Becoming 'Religious Party' Steve Schmidt urges Republicans to begin voicing more support for civil unions and gay rights. Friday, April 17, 2009 John McCain's top adviser from the presidential campaign urged fellow Republicans on Friday to warm up to gay rights and warned that the GOP risks becoming the "religious party" with its opposition to same-sex marriage. Steve Schmidt, in his first political appearance since the election, spoke at the Washington, D.C., convention for the Log Cabin Republicans -- a grassroots group for gay and lesbian Republicans. He urged Republicans, in the near-term, to...
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin on Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Great Society (So true today!)

    04/11/2009 1:46:42 PM PDT · by llevrok · 16 replies · 841+ views
    Wall Street Journal | 4/11/09
    Doris Kearns Goodwin on Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Great Society, in "Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream": In his determination to get Congress and America moving again, Johnson demanded support for the Great Society and confidence in the capacity of government to improve all the conditions of society as matters of faith. . . . The intensity of his own belief strengthened his formidable persuasive powers. . . . In so expansive an era, filled with such benevolent intentions, the boundaries between fact and fiction, between the present and the future, no longer held. . . . And so...
  • Obama's LBJ Syndrome(Someone else who did not know a million from a billion from a trillion..)

    03/10/2009 5:50:58 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 8 replies · 622+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3/10/09 | Jeffrey Lord
    The 1967 board game was called "Credibility Gap." Created by two academics, it was inspired by what now might be called LBJ Syndrome, the pattern of behavior exhibited in the 1960s by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. A pattern of behavior that gradually led Americans to the belief LBJ was a hopeless teller of untruths. "Credibility gap" was the much used political term of the day applied to Democrat LBJ whether talking about subjects major (Vietnam, the economy, health care) or minor (insisting an ancestor fought at the Alamo even though said ancestor was soon found to have never arrived in...

    02/27/2009 3:10:25 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies · 578+ views
    The New York Post ^ | February 27, 2009 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON - Big government is back - and so are big taxes. President Obama unveiled a mammoth, $3.6 trillion budget yesterday that would dramatically boost federal spending almost across the board - and pay for it with tax hikes of $1 trillion on individuals and businesses over the next decade. Experts immediately tagged the new president's supersized spending plan the most sweeping government overhaul since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society in the 1960s. Marty Regalia, the chief economist at the US Chamber of Commerce, called it "the biggest return to the welfare state that we've seen in decades." The budget would...
  • The 2% Illusion - Obama's Expensive Domestic Agenda Will Cost America's Middle Class

    02/26/2009 12:48:44 PM PST · by rxsid · 31 replies · 1,843+ views
    WSJ ^ | 2/26/2009 | rxsid
    Barack Obama's Expensive Domestic Agenda Will Cost America's Middle Class - WSJ.comThe 2% Illusion"Obama has laid out the most ambitious and expensive domestic agenda since LBJ, and now all he has to do is figure out how to pay for it. On Tuesday, he left the impression that we need merely end "tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans," and he promised that households earning less than $250,000 won't see their taxes increased by "one single dime. This is going to be some trick. Even the most basic inspection of the IRS income tax statistics shows that raising taxes...
  • More on Moyers

    02/23/2009 7:00:06 PM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies · 1,092+ views
    Slate ^ | Feb. 23, 2009 | Jack Shafer
    What we do know from the tapes was that Hoover thought he had flawless gaydar. Beschloss writes that Hoover believed, based on a report from liberal columnist Drew Pearson, that the Republicans were about to drop a "bombshell" on a Johnson administration official on Oct. 31, a bit of intelligence that he had passed along to Johnson. On the morning of Oct. 31, Johnson telephoned Hoover for new gossip, and the conversation ambled toward a Navy employee. LBJ: … They raised the question of the way he combed his hair and the way he did something else, but they had...
  • J. Edgar Moyers (Moyers was J. Edgar Hoover's Toady)

    02/21/2009 9:55:55 AM PST · by RightWingConspirator · 9 replies · 541+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 21, 2009 | Wall Street Journal Editorial Staff
    One of the darker periods of modern American history was J. Edgar Hoover's long reign over the FBI, as we have learned since he died in 1972. So it is more than a historical footnote to discover new records showing that prominent public television broadcaster Bill Moyers participated in Hoover's exploits. ...
  • Valenti's Sexuality Was Topic For FBI (Bill Moyers was Hoover's "dirt digger")

    02/21/2009 10:28:35 AM PST · by kellynla · 21 replies · 1,459+ views
    the washington post ^ | February 19, 2009; | Joe Stephens
    When Beltway insider Jack Valenti died two years ago at age 85, he was playing the role of intermediary between Washington and Hollywood as the theatrical, snowy-haired president of the Motion Picture Association of America. But back in 1964, Valenti was a Houston ad executive newly installed at the White House as a top aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson. And J. Edgar Hoover's FBI found itself quietly consumed with the vexing question of whether Valenti was gay. Previously confidential FBI files show that Hoover's deputies set out to determine whether Valenti, who had married two years earlier, maintained a...
  • Holder Seen as a Chance To Right Racial Wrongs (Blacks disproportionately imprisoned/executed)

    02/05/2009 6:09:24 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 83 replies · 1,997+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 05, 2009 | Carrie Johnson and Krissah Thompson
    For decades, the face of the criminal justice system in this country has been black and male: hundreds of thousands locked behind bars, arrested in disproportionate numbers and facing execution at rates far greater than those for the general population. This week, Eric H. Holder Jr.'s swearing-in as the nation's first black attorney general and its top law enforcement official came weighted with heavy expectation that the system could change.
  • Lyndon Baines Obama (braying)

    01/31/2009 6:43:35 AM PST · by bray · 16 replies · 420+ views
    self | 1/29/09 | bray
    The War in Iraq/Trashcanistan has been officially changed from a military action to a Political battle. This was on display when the Coward in Chief caved to appease his peaceniks going back to the 16 month cut & run. Add to that his closing Gitmo w/no plan for the prisoners, then changing the name from WOT to The Challenge and you have Vietnam II. Lyndon Baines Obama has taken this war out of the hands of the military and turned it over to the political hacks. How long before Generals Hussain and Biden/Pelosi are pouring over maps planning bombing runs...
  • New tapes show LBJ worried about Vietnam, Nixon (Paranoia strikes deep)

    12/04/2008 3:35:44 PM PST · by decimon · 13 replies · 556+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 4, 2008 | KELLEY SHANNON
    AUSTIN, Texas – In the last months of his administration, President Lyndon Johnson voiced worry over the Vietnam peace talks and stridently suggested that associates of Richard Nixon were attempting to keep South Vietnam away from the table until after the 1968 election, recordings of telephone conversations released Thursday show. "This is treason," Johnson said, referring to people close to Nixon, during a conversation with Senate Republican leader Everett Dirksen.
  • Photographer who took LBJ's swearing-in photo dies

    11/05/2008 7:50:55 AM PST · by Borges · 13 replies · 836+ views
    KWQC ^ | 11/5/08
    Cecil Stoughton, the White House photographer who shot the iconic image of Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office aboard Air Force One, has died. He was 88.
  • "48 Liberal Lies About American History; FR's "LS" on BookTV C-span2 Sat 10-18-08 11:15PM EAST

    10/18/2008 4:30:56 PM PDT · by VOA · 39 replies · 1,209+ views
    BookTV/C-Span2 ^ | 10-18-08 | BookTV/C-Span2 staff
    BookTV/C-Span2 HEADSUP!!! Tune in at 11:15 PM EASTERN or set your TIVO/DVD Recorder. FR's own "LS" and his latest work-product (book) will be the topic of a segment on BookTV (45 min. in duration). IF you miss this first broadcast, please go to the BookTV/C-Span2 page linked for future date/time of rebroadcasts.
  • (NJ) Poorer school districts are less diverse than ever

    10/08/2008 4:42:56 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 624+ views ^ | 09.21.08 | HEATHER APPEL
    While the state has seen demographic shifts in suburban school districts, the isolation and intense concentration of minority students in the 31 Abbott school districts is worse today than it was 20 years ago.  That's the basis for a "friend of the court" brief filed jointly by the New Jersey Black Issues Convention and the Hispanic Directors Association, two influential umbrella organizations. They are among nine groups challenging the state's overhaul of the school funding formula that guaranteed additional aid to the state's neediest districts. Locally, Paterson, Passaic and Garfield are classified as Abbott districts.   The court is scheduled...
  • LBJ and Israel

    08/27/2008 8:59:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 68 replies · 304+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 8-27-08 | Jason Maoz
    Lyndon Baines Johnson, born 100 years ago this week, came from a part of the country where Jews were about as common as a herd of cattle in Manhattan. But in 1939, while still a young and relatively powerless congressman, Johnson was moved enough by reports of Jewish suffering in Europe to begin raising money and pulling whatever strings were necessary - not all of them legal - to save as many Jews as he could from the Nazis. Over the next few years, hundreds of Jews were issued counterfeit passports and visas and brought to Johnson's home state of...
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson was home in heart of Texas

    08/27/2008 7:32:40 AM PDT · by Borges · 17 replies · 272+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 08/27/08
    Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of Lyndon Baines Johnson's birth, and the former president's spirit seems particularly vivid on the ranch, where the National Park Service has restored Johnson's working office, which will open Wednesday for tours. It is a season of remembrance in LBJ country. Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of Lyndon Baines Johnson's birth, and the former president's spirit seems particularly vivid on the ranch, where the National Park Service has restored Johnson's working office, which will open Wednesday for tours. Little more than a year after the death of Lady Bird Johnson, the LBJ Ranch is becoming...
  • Guns or butter ... why not both? Democrats ask -- National security ....spending money at home,...

    08/27/2008 9:48:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 143+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Aug. 27, 2008 10:14 a.m. EDT | Russ Britt & Rex Nutting, MarketWatch
    National security can also mean spending money at home, they say DENVER (MarketWatch) -- Democrats have an ambitious agenda in this year's election: To stimulate the economy, cut taxes for middle-class families and seniors, increase spending on vital domestic issues, and not blow up the federal deficit. But their plans to promote the general welfare could be hobbled by an equally urgent need: To protect America from its enemies, foreign and domestic. 'There are just so many things that need to be fixed. If we don't start funding the Veterans Administration, if we don't start taking care of the veterans,...
  • Ford Told FBI About Panel's Doubts on JFK Murder

    08/09/2008 11:11:36 PM PDT · by kellynla · 93 replies · 3,633+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 9, 2008 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    WASHINGTON — Former President Ford secretly advised the FBI that two of his fellow members on the Warren Commission doubted the FBI's conclusion that John F. Kennedy was shot from the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository in Dallas, according to newly released records from Ford's FBI files. Ford, still a congressman at the time, also told a senior FBI official about internal panel disputes over hiring staff, Chief Justice Earl Warren's timetable for completing the final report on the assassination and what panel members said about the FBI. In turn, Assistant FBI Director Cartha "Deke" DeLoach confidentially advised...
  • Dissecting Obama's Vulnerabilities for November

    06/11/2008 8:08:57 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 34 replies · 80+ views
    NPR ^ | June 11,2008 | Mara Liasson
    Democrat Barack Obama is continuing his tour this week of battleground states, where his biggest campaign vulnerability comes from swing voters. Obama's strengths are obvious. The Illinois senator can draw huge crowds, register millions of new voters and raise money like no other candidate in history. He is also a giant-slayer, meaning he managed to outmaneuver the powerful Clinton machine in a one-on-one contest. But in the end, Obama wheezed across the finish line. He lost nine of the last 14 primaries, and although Democrats are uniting behind their nominee, there is a lot to make them nervous about Obama's...
  • 'Nixonland,' Chronicling a Political Sea Change

    06/08/2008 4:54:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 182+ views
    NY Sun ^ | May 29, 2008 | CHRISTOPHER WILLCOX
    You don't have to agree with everything in this monumental account of politics in the 1960s and 1970s to find Rick Perlstein's "Nixonland" (Scribner, 896 pages, $37.50) interesting and even engrossing. The book is a masterful retelling of the turbulent period between the crushing defeat of Barry Goldwater by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and the equally stunning loss by George McGovern to Richard Nixon in 1972. Mr. Perlstein's use of the elections of 1964 and 1972 as ideological goalposts may be arbitrary, but it is easy to see why he selected them. Could two such different countries really be...
  • New revelations in attack on American spy ship

    06/07/2008 2:49:49 PM PDT · by Jonah Johansen · 78 replies · 431+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 8, 2008 | John Crewdson
    Bryce Lockwood, Marine staff sergeant, Russian-language expert, recipient of the Silver Star for heroism, ordained Baptist minister, is shouting into the phone. "I'm angry! I'm seething with anger! Forty years, and I'm seething with anger!" Lockwood was aboard the USS Liberty, a super-secret spy ship on station in the eastern Mediterranean, when four Israeli fighter jets flew out of the afternoon sun to strafe and bomb the virtually defenseless vessel on June 8, 1967, the fourth day of what would become known as the Six-Day War.......... .....Their anger has been stoked by the declassification of government documents and the recollections...
  • LBJ tapes show a strong connection to Israel

    05/28/2008 12:48:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 245+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/28/08 | Beth Marshall - ap
    JERUSALEM - Tapes of Lyndon Johnson's Oval Office conversations, released to the public for the first time on Wednesday, reveal that the American president had a personal and often emotional connection to Israel, a scholar said. In the first public presentation of the tapes Wednesday at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Professor Robert Johnson said this connection influenced his policy decisions and helped lay the foundation for the special relationship between the two nations. "I sure as hell want to be careful and not run out on little Israel," Johnson said in a March 1968 conversation with his ambassador to the...
  • LBJ should share in Obama's success (comparing to Johnson's voting rights program)

    05/27/2008 10:38:18 AM PDT · by 2banana · 9 replies · 452+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 27 MAY 2008 | Carl Leubsdorf
    LBJ should share in Obama's success Johnson's voting rights program marked an earlier pivotal point in American history. And yet his name is rarely invoked. By Carl Leubsdorf As former aides, historians and journalists met recently at a celebration of Lyndon Johnson's 100th birthday, a persistent theme was the way echoes of his presidency still reverberate through the nation's politics. Four decades after Johnson's inability to settle the Vietnam War destroyed his presidency, the nation is coping with how to extricate itself from another quagmire - in Iraq. But the impact of his landmark domestic achievements, especially the historic measures...
  • Power to the President

    05/04/2008 5:05:48 AM PDT · by Nony · 1 replies · 105+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | May 4, 2008 | George Will
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo.—Business, meaning research by historians and nourishment for history hobbyists, is brisk at the Harry S. Truman Library on this 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, the desegregation of the armed services, recognition of the state of Israel and the improbable election of the president responsible for many momentous policies. The library is a place, and now is a time, to ponder the transformation Truman wrought in the presidency and the Constitution and why that transformation should be debated before the next president is selected. With a mere 15 million pages of documents, this library is minuscule: The Clinton...
  • "The Second Sacking of Washington": Martin Luther King Riots (April 5, 1968)

    04/05/2008 6:13:21 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 30 replies · 139+ views
    4/5/08 | Self
    "go home and get your guns"-Stokely Carmichael April 4,1968 in Washington D.C. I had a habit of sitting in the kitchen and eating my breakfast while the radio was turned on to the morning news. The morning of Friday April 5th, 1968 I heard the account of a radio reporter (from UPI) who hid under a car while mobs rioted in the street around him. He sounded scared and he had reason to as rioting broke out in the nation's captial following the assassination of Martin Luther King late on the evening or April 4th and early on the morning...
  • 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...
  • Mother will not discuss alleged Kennedy liaison (lots of new info)

    02/18/2008 5:31:05 AM PST · by Andy'smom · 22 replies · 214+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 02/18/08 | Jessica Leeder
    EAGLE PASS, TEX. — The family link that connects the mother of a man who recently identified himself as John F. Kennedy's son to the former president has its dusty roots in this scrubby town on the southern border of Texas. It was here, in the late 1930s, over country club visits and long lunches across the Rio Grande at the famous El Moderno restaurant, that Lyndon Johnson began his friendship with Robert Bibb, a fierce Democrat and county judge whose 22-year political career cemented his reputation as a local legend. Judge Bibb, who gave up his seat in 1964,...