12 May 2005

They are stupid

It's what Republican president Dwight David Eisenhower said about President George W. Bush and his desire to destroy social security. Well, not Bush specifically, but well, here is a quote from one of his presidential papers…
Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.

But Bush and Cheney are Texas oil millionaires, arn't they…

4 May 2005

Four Dead in Ohio

On May 4th, 1970 - 35 years ago today - National Guardsmen opened fire on a crowd of unarmed students at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others wounded.

No one was ever punished and the remaining and unanswered questions are many.

Was there a conspiracy at Kent State?

Previously undisclosed FBI files reveal that:
  1. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover felt the victims deserved to be shot;

  2. Hoover eagerly followed Nixon's instructions to "knock down" (that is, discredit) accurate news reports that the shootings were not necessary and that the Guardsmen could be prosecuted; and

  3. After Hoover relayed that order, one of his top aides boasting of "scotching" those accurate news accounts.