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Rosemary: the part you don't know

The part we DO know is the failed lobotomy, the Wisconsin mental institution her mother never visited, the isolation, the tragedy:

She's the Kennedy daughter the world never got a chance to know – Rosemary Kennedy, the third of Joe P. Kennedy and Rose's nine children. Born in 1918, she was mentally impaired and had trouble keeping up with her competitive siblings. After undergoing a disastrous lobotomy in 1941, the once vivacious beauty was unable to form a complete sentence.

For the next sixty years, she was sequestered at Saint Coletta, a facility for the mentally disabled in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where she lived quietly, cared for by nuns.

But here's the part we don't hear much about: even though Rose never made it to Saint Coletta while Joe Kennedy was alive, Rosemary's brothers and sisters did:

And after Joe died in 1969, Rose went to Wisconsin, collected Rosemary, brought her back to Hyannis, and there she lived until she died, surrounded by her family:

Of all her siblings, Rosemary was closest to Eunice Shriver, who, inspired by her sister, founded the Special Olympics in 1968, for people with special needs. Even in Rosemary's younger years, author Kate Clifford Larson author of Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, excerpted in this week's PEOPLE, says, "Eunice was the one person who could calm her down. They were exceptionally close."


After Paris attacks, French leaders reposition for presidential race

Hollande plays father of nation, Sarkozy torn
By: Reuters | Paris | November 18, 2015 12:46 PM

While France mourns the dead in the Paris attacks by Islamic State, President Francois Hollande and his two likely main challengers are calibrating their response with one eye on the 2017 presidential election.

Francois Hollande, 61, a Socialist who is deeply unpopular due to high unemployment and economic stagnation, is using the advantages of incumbency to reinvent himself as a decisive war leader and a compassionate father of the nation.

Nicolas Sarkozy, 60, his centre-right predecessor, is hesitating between statesmanlike support for national unity at a time of crisis in the wake of Paris attacks and the itch to criticise a successor he has always belittled as weak and irresolute.

Paradoxically, hard right National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen, 47, initially softened her shrill anti-Islamist, anti-immigration rhetoric after the Paris attacks, apparently convinced that events were turning voters in her direction anyway. It didn’t last long.

In what many have called France’s “9/11 moment”, Hollande won a standing ovation from a rare joint session of parliament on Monday after declaring that France was “at war” with Islamic State militants, and would wage a merciless campaign against them while beefing up its internal security. The respected centre-left daily Le Monde headlined it “Hollande’s security U-turn.”



Hollande, whose approval rating had sunk to 13 percent, the lowest in the history of France’s 57-year-old Fifth Republic, enjoyed a brief bounce after his widely praised handling of a previous set of deadly Islamist attacks on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris in January.

The president led a million-person march with world leaders in support of freedom of speech after overseeing decisive police intervention that saved dozens of lives then, and striking a tone that embodied national dignity and determination.

The upturn did not last long. The Socialists suffered heavy losses in municipal elections in March. The economy has since begun to pick up slowly, and unemployment finally seems to have peaked, but Hollande has drawn scant political benefit.

He has said he will seek re-election in 2017 only if his government has succeeded in reversing the rise in jobless rolls.

In the three-horse presidential race that was shaping up before the Paris attacks, many analysts were predicting the left could be eliminated on the first round, as Socialist Lionel Jospin was in 2002, leaving a run-off between Sarkozy and Le Pen. Her father was beaten in the second round by then-President Jacques Chirac.

Another such outcome no longer looks quite as likely.

“You could expect the extreme-right and the left to benefit from the situation in the first instance – the far-right because the issues are its traditional strengths, and the left because it has finally embraced the issue of security,” said Jean-Daniel Levy, head of politics at pollster Harris Interactive.

The coming weeks will give Hollande more opportunities to display statecraft. He has visits to Washington and Moscow planned for next week, billed as an effort to persuade the two biggest global powers to make common cause against Islamic State.

And by invoking the European Union’s mutual assistance clause and declaring that security spending comes before EU budget rules, Hollande offered something to pro-Europeans, sovereigists and leftists alike.

But voters are ultimately likely to judge him on his economic results, and the Paris attacks could weaken a feeble recovery, making it harder to seriously reduce jobless queues.

“Economic concerns will return to the fore” once the threat of terrorism has receded, said Gael Sliman, president of the Oxoda polling institute.


Washington Is Next on François Hollande’s Tour to Press Allies for Anti-ISIS Coalition

Source: New York Times

PARIS — President François Hollande of France heads to Washington on Tuesday as a self-described wartime president, with his political future at stake.

France is pressing hard for its allies and friends to step up their efforts against the Islamic State, so Mr. Hollande has been on an extraordinary global tour this week to win them over. He met here Monday morning with Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, who promised to press the British Parliament to approve military action in Syria.

After seeing President Obama on Tuesday, Mr. Hollande will be off to Moscow. By Sunday evening he will also have met with the German, Italian, Canadian and Chinese leaders, plus the European Union president, Donald Tusk, and the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

Mr. Hollande is counting on the new reach of the jihadists abroad — massacring 130 civilians in Paris and taking responsibility for bringing down a Russian airliner full of civilians over Egypt — to change assumptions in Washington, Moscow and London and prompt a serious military effort to take down the self-styled caliphate. He is calling on Washington and Moscow to “unite our forces” in a “wide and single” international coalition against the Islamic State.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/24/world/europe/washington-is-next-on-francois-hollandes-tour-to-press-allies-for-anti-isis-coalition.html

President John F. Kennedy's Civil Rights Address

June 11, 1963:

Absolutely, an astonishing, blazing, game-changing speech, and here it is ...

Kennedy's "not a Pax Americana" speech, announcing among other things his nuclear test ban treaty and touching on his favorite theme, "the most important topic on earth, world peace":

This speech gives the lie to the lame claim that Kennedy was ever a cold warrior. Far from it. He ran on peace in 1960 and spent the next three years delivering it. And you might be right, this speech might have sealed his fate, but if he hadn't also acted on his words he'd have probably flown home from Dallas and he probably wouldn't have issued the memo in October that I think did sign his death warrant, NSAM 263, cited by Art-from-Ark above: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Action_Memorandum_263

Incidentally I hadn't realized before tonight that the last line hearkens back to his 1960 book, a reminder that among other achievements he kept his campaign promises:

Confident and unafraid, we labor on--not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace.


p.s. about the test ban treaty: "On August 5, 1963, representatives of the United States, Soviet Union and Great Britain signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which prohibited the testing of nuclear weapons in outer space, underwater or in the atmosphere." http://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/nuclear-test-ban-treaty

He praised Fidel Castro as an heir of Bolívar

and repeatedly warned against getting drawn into a quagmire in Indochina (Vietnam). The Vietnam war is not JFK's legacy though many would like us to believe otherwise. It is LBJ's and it made his friends at Brown and Root, aka KBR, rich. Here's JFK on Latin American revolutionary movements, specifically Cuba's:

Just as we must recall our own revolutionary past in order to understand the spirit and the significance of the anti-colonial uprisings in Asia and Africa, we should now reread the life of Simón Bolívar, the great "Liberator" ... of South America, in order to comprehend the new contagion for liberty and reform now spreading south of our borders. (Strategy of Peace, p. 167)

This is not cold warrior or a moderate speaking; these are the words of a Massachusetts liberal.

Today is Nov. 22, right

thanks for remembering ...

This is JFK's campaign book, released in 1960, compiling foreign policy positions set forth in speeches delivered in the Senate and at whistlestops all over the US including San Juan, Puerto Rico "at a Democratic dinner" on Dec. 15, 1958, and Riverside, CA, where he gave a speech on India and China on Nov. 1, 1959 (pp. 177-79). Quote from The Strategy Of Peace posted on goodreads:

“World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor—it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever . . .”


Forever edition:

Parisians urged to pray ‘for hope not hate’ at Notre Dame service

Cardinal calls on country not to ‘provoke aggression’ but to remember attack victims

People attend a service at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Sunday ahead of a ceremony for the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks.

Sun, Nov 15, 2015, 19:37

The people of Paris have been urged to “pray for hope, not hate” at a ceremony at Notre Dame Cathedral to mourn the 132 people killed and hundreds injured in Friday’s terror attacks.

During an 80-minute service inside the French landmark, Cardinal Andre XXIII called on the country not to “provoke aggression” but to remember the dead in the wake of the “barbaric” attack on the country.

He said: “We pray for hope, not hate. “The main purpose of us meeting is to pray for the dead, their relatives, the wounded, our country.”

Cathedral bells

The service began after the famous cathedral bells rang out over the Seine and across the centre of Paris, marking the memory of the dead.

Crowds had gathered behind heavily controlled barriers around Place Jean Paul II square throughout the afternoon, eager to be among those permitted onto the pews inside.


Oblivious to the drama outside, inside the cathedral a handful of people took pictures and videos on their camera phones during the service, which featured hymns, prayers, an organist and burning incense.

Members of the congregation were asked to shake hands with those around them before Cardinal Andre closed the service, shortly after 7.50pm local time (6.50pm Irish time).


Far-right protests break out across France as tensions reach boiling point

{Source is a RW tab but the pic seems to check out ... if anyone knows otherwise please let us know! )

Anti-Muslim demonstrations have broken out in France
By SELINA SYKES - Sun, Nov 15, 2015

CROWDS of extreme right-wing protesters have disturbed a solidarity march in France as news breaks that at least one of the terrorists responsible for the slaughters in Paris was a Syrian refugee.

A peaceful demonstration taking place in the centre of Lille, northern France, was interrupted by right-wingers appearing to belong to the Front National.

The unrest came as Front National leader Marine Le Pen declared French people “are no longer safe” and called for France to take back control of its borders.

Many people have taken to the streets across France today to show their solidarity with Paris despite the French government banning demonstrations from taking place for security reasons.

Banners of peaceful protesters read: “We are not afraid”, “Pray for Paris” and “Je suis Paris” in homage to the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January.

Mourning Parisians have laid flowers and candles at the six locations where the gruesome attacks took place.

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