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Former senator, astronaut John Glenn hospitalized

Source: CNN.com

(CNN)Former astronaut and US Sen. John Glenn, 95, was hospitalized "more than a week ago," according to Ohio State University spokesman Hank Wilson.

"Sen. Glenn is at The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University (and) was admitted there more than a week ago," Wilson wrote in an email. "I do not know his condition or illness or prognosis. I caution that even though Sen. Glenn is at The James that does not necessarily mean he has cancer."


Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/07/health/john-glenn-hospitalized/index.html

Godspeed and get well, Senator Glenn!

Happeeeee Thaaaanksgiving from W........K.......R.........P!

Happy Thanksgiving, DU!!!!

I voted for the first female President AND defeated fascism, all before 7:15am!

Breaking News: The Fab Four have landed at Idlewild. Nation smiles again!

Reading this story about the Cubs winning the World Series reminded me of what made Beatlemania a necessary antidote to the pain our country suffered during the winter of 1963-1964:


I'm your typical American citizen in the month of November in the year 2016, trying to hang on as this awful presidential election—historic by all measures of irredeemable awfulness—sucks out every ounce of my contaminated soul.

In other words ...

Thank God for the Chicago Cubs.


In the coming days, I suspect this World Series—with its historic conclusion and parallel timing with a nation-altering event—will draw some comparisons to the 2001 Fall Classic, when the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in the shadow of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

At the time it was said, correctly, that the country needed baseball as a balm to heal its awful wounds. Fifteen years later, we are not living in mourning, but merely in a pained and ugly time for our people.

By winning its first World Series since the birth year of Thurgood Marshall and Lyndon Johnson, the Cubs won't (sadly) change the tone of our country's dialogue.

They will, however, remind us that it's OK to be happy and hopeful.

The analogy reminded me of what I've heard over the years regarding why Beatlemania meant a lot to so many Americans numbed by the events three months previous to their landing in the US:


American political climate, early 1964

Eleven weeks before the Beatles' arrival in the U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The nation was in mourning, in fear, and in disbelief. The assassination came after a fifteen-year build-up of Cold War tension. The motivation and identity of the assassin would be doubted by many Americans for decades, despite the Warren Commission's issued report in September 1964. As the United States tried to restore a sense of normality, teenagers in particular struggled to cope, as their disbelief began to be replaced by a personal reaction to what had happened: in school essays, teenagers wrote that "then it became real", and "I was feeling the whole world is going to collapse on me", and "I never felt so empty in all my life".


February 1964 – First U.S. Concerts

An estimated four thousand Beatles' fans were present on 7 February 1964 as Pan Am Flight 101 left Heathrow Airport. Among the passengers were the Beatles, on their first trip to the United States as a band, with their entourage of photographers and journalists, and Phil Spector. When the group arrived at New York's newly renamed John F. Kennedy Airport, they were greeted by a second large crowd, with Beatles fans again estimated to number four thousand, and journalists, two hundred. From having so many people packed in a little space, a few people in the crowd got injured. The airport had not previously experienced such a large crowd.

Let's all take a deep breath.

VP Candidate Mike Pence's Campaign Plane Slides off Runway at LaGuardia: NBC News

Source: NBCNews

Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off the runway after landing at LaGuardia Airport Thursday evening, NBC News reports.

The governor was checked to make sure he was OK, according to an NBC campaign embed. Emergency crews were on site but all passengers on the plane were said to be OK, including Pence.

The plane, which was coming from Fort Dodge, Iowa -- about a three-hour flight from New York -- made a rough impact when it landed. The pilot slammed on the brakes and travelers could smell burning rubber.

Pence says mud splashed on the front windows of the cockpit.


Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Mike-Pence-Campaign-Plane-Slides-off-Runway-LaGuardia-398964271.html

Live video from the scene shows a steady rain. Saw Pence walking outside the aircraft via live MSNBC shot.

Predict the president: Will Clinton or Trump win the US election? You decide.


An interactive from the Beeb. Have fun!

Clinton wins!!!! 1992...

Fast forward to 2:52:40 for the official announcement (ABC News)

If you want to see how a gentleman who has lost should act (paging Donald Trump), fast forward to 3:03:00.


Prince Mikasa, a China war veteran who spanned three reigns, dies at 100

Source: Japan Times

Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, died of heart failure on Thursday at a Tokyo hospital, the Imperial Household Agency said. He was 100.

The prince, the oldest member of the Imperial family, was the youngest brother of Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa.


During the 1937-1945 Sino-Japanese war, Prince Mikasa served as an officer of the Imperial Army in China under a pseudonym, Wakasugi.

During the Sino-Japanese war, he was critical of Japan’s aggression into China. Then in the postwar years, the prince emphasized the importance of peace.

In a 1994 interview with Yomiuri Shimbun, the prince criticized the Japanese Imperial Army for invading China and committing atrocities there.

Read more: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/27/national/prince-mikasa-china-war-veteran-spanned-three-reigns-dies-100/#.WBH1gS0rLIU

The last of Emperor Shōwa's (Hirohito) brothers...
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