Flashback Sunday: 1945

Bill Crawford

Bill Crawford

Trail Mix Southern Command (Orlando) — Rummaging through some old photos we came across this image of my parents with their high school graduation class (Mt. Vernon KY, 1945).

Bill Crawford

Toby Crawford

They were dating at the time, so not sure why they’re on opposite sides of the photograph (Dad says they were “off and on” — perhaps this was an off day; Mom says she was probably mad he skipped a date to go squirrel hunting). They celebrate their 64th Wedding Anniversary next month.

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Mt. Vernon High School (KY)
1945 Senior Class
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By Craig Crawford (Chicago Tribune)
1945, What a Year — Losing FDR, Winning Two Wars, Building a New Nation

1945 Oscars

  • Best Picture:
    “THE LOST WEEKEND” — Nominees:  “Anchors Aweigh” / “The Bells of St. Mary’s” / “Mildred Pierce” / “Spellbound”
  • Actor:
    RAY MILLAND in “The Lost Weekend” — Nominees: Bing Crosby in “The Bells of St. Mary’s” / Gene Kelly in “Anchors Aweigh” / Gregory Peck in “The Keys of the Kingdom” / Cornel Wilde in “A Song to Remember”
  • Actress:
    JOAN CRAWFORD in “Mildred Pierce” — Nominees: Ingrid Bergman in “The Bells of St. Mary’s” / Greer Garson in “The Valley of Decision” / Jennifer Jones in “Love Letters” / Gene Tierney in “Leave Her to Heaven”

Top Five Songs

  • Les Brown & Doris Day, “Sentimental Journey”
  • The Andrews Sisters, “Rum & Coca-Cola”
  • Perry Como, “Till the End of Time”
  • Johnny Mercer, “On the Atcheson, Topeka & the Sante Fe”
  • Les Brown & Doris Day, “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time”

Are You an Independent? Take the Test.

Am I an Independent?

Nash 2.5

Nash 2.5

This is a question that you probably ask yourself many times a day.

Taking the simple test below will tell you with 99.5% certainty if you are, or are not, a loyal member of the non-party of unsuccessful presidential Candidates John Anderson and Ross Perot, and current U.S. Senator from Maine, Angus King.

(1) The two-party system in the USA is ….

  • (a) the direct result of our “winner-take-all” system of elections rather than the proportional representation characteristic of most other democracies which use a parliamentary system of government.
  • (b) God’s plan: all good people are Republicans and all evil people are Democrats.
  • (c) what was the question?

(2)  The immigration crisis in the USA can be solved by…

  • (a) a more flexible policy that will allow a quicker route to citizenship.
  • (b) building a wall with broken glass on top, landmines, and machine-gun towers.
  • (c) whatever.

Political Ideology(3) Russian imperial expansion can be checked by…

  • (a) a well-designed program of sanctions, in coordination with our European allies.
  • (b) invasion of and occupation of Ukraine.  (We will be welcomed as liberators.)
  • (c) I need to see some 10-second political ads before I can decide.

(4) The U.S. economy can be strengthened by….

  • (a) increasing taxes and creating programs that benefit the lower and middle classes.
  • (b) decreasing taxes that hurt “job creators”: big corporations and the 1%.
  • (c) all of the above.

(5) Global warming is…

  • (a) a scientific fact.
  • (b) a liberal myth.
  • (c) who cares?

If you answered (c) to three or more questions, you are an Independent.

More tests: Are You a Democrat? Are You a Republican?

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Are you a Democrat? Take the test.

Am I a Democrat?

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This is a question that you probably ask yourself many times a day.

Taking the simple test below will tell you with 99.5% certainty if you are, or are not, a loyal member of the party of Presidents Bill Clinton, Andrew Jackson, and Martin Van Buren.

(1) Franklin Delano Roosevelt …

  • (a) ended the Great Depression and won World War II (with some help from the Russians).
  • (b) was a communist who didn’t warn the Navy about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

(2)  John F. Kennedy …

  • (a) was assassinated by right wing Texans, or rogue CIA agents, or the Mafia.
  • (b) was a Harvard playboy whose bootlegger father bought the Presidency for him.

Political Ideology(3) The Vietnam War  …

  • (a) was Lyndon Johnson’s biggest mistake.
  • (b) could have been won if it wasn’t for those damn pot-smoking hippie protestors.

(4) Environmental Science is …

  • (a) a good college major for your kids, so they can spend their lives doing meaningful work.
  • (b) just something your naïve kids will study before they wise up and go to law school or get an MBA.

(5) The suburbs are …

  • (a) a good place to raise your kids with lots of fresh air and green lawns.
  • (b) a good place to get away from the blacks, Jews, Irish, and Italians in the cities.

If you answered (a) to three or more questions, you are a Democrat.

Are You a Republican?

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Are you a Republican? Take the Test.

Am I a Republican?

Nash 2.5

Nash 2.5

This is a question that you probably ask yourself many times a day.

Taking the simple test below will tell you with 99.5% certainty if you are, or are not, a loyal member of the party of Presidents Lincoln, Eisenhower, and Nixon.

(1) Ronald Reagan was…

  • (a) a washed-up 1950s“B” movie actor who helped Joe McCarthy blacklist people.
  • (b) God’s anointed savior, sent to Earth to put things right.

(2) The 1964 Civil Rights Act was…

  • (a) the most important piece of legislation passed in the 20th century.
  • (b) a mistake.

Political Ideology(3) The greatest U.S. President was…

  • (a) George Washington
  • (b) Dick Cheney

(4) Science is …

  • (a) A method of acquiring knowledge based on empirical testing of assumptions.
  • (b) A liberal conspiracy.

(5) Immigrants who come to the USA seeking a better life for themselves and their children are…

  • (a) the foundation upon which our republic rests.
  • (b) worthless scum who should be shot at the border.

If you answered (B) to three or more questions, you are a Republican.

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Now we need a test that will tell you if you are a Democrat. Do you have any suggestions for test questions that we could use?

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The Eyes of a President

The office ages the occupant.  A truism of the Office of the President of the United States.  Academic studies have been done.  Also every few years a reporter does a eyes and hair photo montage or slideshow – showing the changes from freshly elected to end of office.

Blue Bronc

Blue Bronc

I think only the TV series “West Wing” ever did capture the day of a president in a visual manner that demonstrated the minute-by-minute stressful life he (and hopefully starting in 2017, “she”) experiences.  Thursday, Russian trained (and that may be stretching it) “Ukraine separatists” shoot down a Malaysian passenger airplane and roughly at the same time Israel gets tired of the rockets and in a routine well practiced over the decades, invades Palestine to clear out the bad guys.

Mrs. President hosts the Kids State Dinner on Friday and Mr. President gives a few remarks.  His eyes look like hell, almost like he did not get a chance to sleep last night.  His hair shows early greying, just like most of the other residents of the office.  But, he was gracious and charming as usual.obama_crisis

The specific “West Wing” reference is to “In Excelsis Deo (S:1,E:10),” when Bartlet learns of the death of a young gay man and instantly has to have fun with a group of children. There are other episodes that attempt to depict the dichotomy of life a president lives.

A Washington saying is that a politician is an ugly actor.  As one who has had to present a face for the voters not matched by mood or feeling, it is very true.  But I never had to handle the immensity of the trauma of Thursday, and most likely some serious conversations with many world leaders during day and night.  And then literally immediately change to entertain children.

I feel deeply for those world leaders who have to deal with a deliberate and horrible act by people acting in the name of the Russians.  It is sad, as those I know want peace and happiness after lifetimes of oppression and deprivation.  To have the “former” KGB operative back in charge, apparently leading a country desiring peace, back into the Cold War, is very sad.  It was seen when he took first took control and then as he ran everything “behind the scenes”.

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Klick und Klack

An Ode to the Typewriter. Fearing spies, Germany thinks retro.

Blue Bronc

Blue Bronc

Ah, the good old days (I have no idea who to cite for that gem) keeps returning to our lives.  Why?  That is a question for many researchers, not a blogger.  What I like to see is those things of our industrial and pre-industrial age return, often with a subtlety that is a direct result of what is “today.”

People are responding to fast (see Moore’s Law) technological change by not changing. Many due to the cost of having the latest I-Phone and “2 year plan with 4-G” (4-G is fourth generation, or something you pay for but do not ever have access too).  Others, because they are barely getting the last “update” to work on their computer. 

busy-guy-300x264Ah, bought the tablet, eh?  Cool thing, unless you have to do heavy duty computer use.  More good stuff to buy, but what did you actually use to pay more than $20 per day to own?

How to sooth the angry mind and pass the day away in the cube farm?  Or while riding on the train?  Or for something to  listen to while waiting for “support” (support does not only apply to computer support from India), it can be like trying to find out why your online password to your online checking account failed to work after Sunday 6am when the system performed an “UPDATE”.  Listen to music. Old CD players,  I-whatever, MP3 players, CD discs played in computers, radio’s (for those near a window), or even an occasional 1980’s tape player.  Or even the “smart-phone” – yeah, sure those work in the tunnels.

typewriterWell, back to today, or rather yesterday.  While reading an article about the level of how pissed of Germany is with their “friend”, the United States (no mention of that commie, Kenyan, heathen, Buddhist, McCarthyrite, socialist, fascist, republican) it was typewriters.  An article from Germany regarding how the German government was going to (possibly) start reusing typewriters for sensitive transmissions that was of interest.   And, it made special mention of electronic typewriters (see IBM Selectric III) which would not be used.

With the return of the vinyl record to prominence, so it is with the typewriter.  Both do not require computers to operate or have a result.  The letter has as much protection as anything written in history that is not eaten or burned.  Whereas music is often used to promote social activity and therefore is preserved, often for generations.  Neither requires the use of electricity, which can be picked up by observers, to function.  And, the output of both can be fantastic, see 20th century literature and music from 1900 to today.

The reason for not using an electronic typewriter such as an IBM Selectric III is it has some smarts and electronics that can be “sniffed”, or some such spy term, to learn what was typed.  Ribbons can be burned.  Noise can be. . .  and we return to the “good old days” of Spy vs. Spy.

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Israelis vs Palestinians

Nash 2.5

Nash 2.5

For decades we have watched the Israelis and the Palestinians locked in a seemingly unresolvable conflict.  One piece of small piece of (not very desirable) land claimed by two peoples, who are unable to live together.

An undesirable land?  They don’t have any oil.  It’s hot and dry, nothing grows without irrigation, and they don’t have even enough water for that.

It’s a good place to go out into the desert, get dehydrated, have hallucinations, and create a monotheistic religion (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), but not much else.

Every U.S. President since 1948 has come into office with an optimistic “mid-east policy” and has left with nothing of substance accomplished.   When I listen to President Obama or Secretary of State John Kerry today talking about Israel, all I can think is “I have heard ALL of this, many, many times before.”

So, I ask all Trailmixers: what can be done to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict?

Any new ideas?

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Bloomberg Business Week: Israel Renews Gaza Bombing After Hamas Rejects Truce Plan
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The legacy of the Camp David Accords (Wikipedia): “The biggest consequence of all may be in the psychology of the participants of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The success of Begin, Sadat, and Carter at Camp David demonstrated to other Arab states and entities that negotiations with Israel were possible — that progress results only from sustained efforts at communication and cooperation.”

Solar India

Our ole pal, video journalist Andrew Satter, ventured to India recently and found this. Check it out.solarindia

As I watch employees of one of the country’s many fast-growing clean energy startups install solar panels on a local villager’s roof — their sixth installation of the day — I realize I am witnessing something transformational. It is a glimpse into the future of how the world’s rural poor could access electricity: off-grid, distributed, renewable, and most importantly, affordable. It’s happening all over rural India and in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, and is turning the entire narrative around energy and development on its head.”

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Read Andrew’s full report at Watch How Solar Power Is Transforming Rural India
(thinkprogress.org)

Supreme Buffering

Among the lesser covered Supreme Court decisions released in the pre-vacation rush was one declaring protest buffer zones outside abortion clinics unconstitutional. Having done so the justices will now have to reconcile that ruling with their own buffer zone, which faces a lawsuit working its way through federal courts.

The Court ruled that a Massachusetts law establishing 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics is a violation of the First Amendment.

But what about the Court’s own rule forbidding protests on its grounds?

scotusbufferFrom the Court’s own rule book: “No person shall engage in a demonstration within the Supreme Court building and grounds. The term ‘demonstration’ includes demonstrations, picketing, speechmaking, marching, holding vigils or religious services and all other like forms of conduct that involve the communication or expression of views or grievances, engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which is reasonably likely to draw a crowd or onlookers.”

A Maryland man who was arrested on Supreme Court grounds for protesting police treatment of minorities has sued and claimed the law violates the Constitution. The trial court agreed with him. In September the U.S. Court of Appeals hears arguments.

It’ll be fun to watch the justices buffer their own ruling.

Okay, it’s time to start teaching our kids the three R’s once again

Kids from all over our United States are being subjected to state sanctioned loss of intellectual preparation that will paralyze their minds in the years to come. — Flatus

Flatus

Flatus

Here in South Carolina kids don’t need to read or write cursive. Or do basic arithmetic, like the kind we all use when comparing prices in the grocery store. I guess they are supposed to know that Columbia is where laws are made to keep unions from ruining our great state, and to keep intrusive things such as Medicaid out.

dumb kidsWe want our kids to stay at home. They can fill boxes at Amazon, do what they are told at a Michelin tire factory, plant two or three crops a year, or just hang out. None of them (those) jobs require a real education.

Watching the trial of the person who killed Trayvon Martin, Trayvon’s girlfriend was testifying when she had to admit that she didn’t understand cursive. It was an admission of ignorance on her part and was received that way by the jury. Quite simply, that immigrant child was never taught cursive!

Now, kids not just from Florida and South Carolina, but from all over our United States are being subjected to state sanctioned loss of intellectual preparation that will paralyze their minds in the years to come.  While we, the electorate, are steered to “more important” things.

education-cartoonWhat else have we lost in schools over the years? Art and music classes. Physical education, Foreign language studies, Social Studies, etc. Pretty important stuff, I think.

I want every American citizen, by the time they leave elementary school, to be able to read, as written, the scribed documents of our Founders as well as the Gettysburg Address. That alone is enough reason for every person in this country to be able to read and write cursive. And, hopefully, it will make them smart enough to ask for more.

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