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Cooley Hurd

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June 28, 2013

99 years ago today. Archduke Franz Ferdinand and wife Sophie assassinated



Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg

Gavrilo Princip

On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo, by Gavrilo Princip, one of a group of six Bosnian Serb assassins coordinated by Danilo Ilić. The political objective of the assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary's south-Slav provinces so they could be combined into a Greater Serbia or a Yugoslavia. The assassins' motives were consistent with the movement that later became known as Young Bosnia. Serbian military officers stood behind the attack.

At the top of these Serbian military conspirators was Chief of Serbian Military Intelligence Dragutin Dimitrijević, his righthand man Major Vojislav Tankosić, and Masterspy Rade Malobabić. Major Tankosić armed the assassins with bombs and pistols and trained them. The assassins were given access to the same clandestine tunnel of safe-houses and agents that Rade Malobabić used for the infiltration of weapons and operatives into Austria-Hungary.

The assassins, the key members of the clandestine tunnel, and the key Serbian military conspirators who were still alive were arrested, tried, convicted and punished. Those who were arrested in Bosnia were tried in Sarajevo in October 1914. The other conspirators were arrested and tried before a Serbian kangaroo court on the French-controlled Salonika Front in 1916–1917 on unrelated false charges; Serbia executed three of the top military conspirators. Much of what is known about the assassinations comes from these two trials and related records.

Assignment of responsibility for the bombing and murders of 28 June is highly controversial because the attack led to the outbreak of World War I one month later.
June 23, 2013

In 1992, the verdict of Internment was in:


Former Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, who represented the US Department of Justice in the "relocation," writes in the epilogue to the 1992 book Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans:

The truth is—as this deplorable experience proves—that constitutions and laws are not sufficient of themselves...Despite the unequivocal language of the Constitution of the United States that the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, and despite the Fifth Amendment's command that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, both of these constitutional safeguards were denied by military action under Executive Order 9066.

No stretch to apply this to Edward Snowden.
June 22, 2013

Airshow accident in Dayton, OH - two dead (WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO):

It looks like the aircraft stalled when going inverted.

Jane Wicker's (the wing walker) last interview (yesterday):

She describes the very maneuver that (ultimately) brought the aircraft down.

June 20, 2013

Alive Day Memories Part 1 (link to YouTube Playlist for complete episode below)

Playlist for the complete episode:

Thank you and Cross gently, Jimmy Gandolfini.
June 19, 2013

Documentary aims to 'break silence' on crash of TWA Flight 800


(CNN) -- Skeptics who have long theorized that TWA Flight 800 was brought down by sinister forces will get a fresh surge of energy when a new documentary attempts to disprove that the 1996 crash was accidental.

The twist: It includes six members of the large accident investigation team who, publicists say, will "break their silence" on the cause of the explosion.

They will petition the National Transportation Safety Board to reopen its investigation some 17 years after the B-747 fell in pieces into the waters off of Long Island, New York.

They include Hank Hughes, who served as a senior accident investigator with the NTSB and helped reconstruct the aircraft following its destruction. Also included, Bob Young, a top TWA investigator who participated in the investigation, and Jim Speer, an accident investigator for the Airline Pilots Association.

"These investigators were not allowed to speak to the public or refute any comments made by their superiors and/or NTSB and FBI officials about their work at the time of the official investigation," a news release announcing the documentary said.

"They waited until after retirement to reveal how the official conclusion by the (NTSB) was falsified and lay out their case."

If true, then
June 19, 2013

Rachel just gave a VERY moving tribute to Michael Hastings:

...by mentioning her former co-worker and friend, Andi Parhamovich, who was also Michael Hastings' fiancée:


Andrea Suzanne Parhamovich (June 16, 1978 – January 17, 2007) was a National Democratic Institute employee killed in Baghdad, Iraq when her convoy was ambushed as she was returning from teaching a class on democracy. Parhamovich was a graduate of Marietta College in Ohio. She developed her career in political communication with the Massachusetts Governor's office, and the International Republican Institute in Iraq before joining the NDI staff in 2006. The General Assembly of Vermont passed a resolution commemorating Parhamovich's actions in Iraq. Magdy Martinez, Executive Head, United Nations Democracy Fund in a message of condolences described Parhamovich's legacy: "The murderers who ended her life and the lives of her guards also knew this very well and wanted probably to kill the freedom Andrea represents when using their tools of assassins against her."

The Andi Foundation was established in her honor to provide financial assistance for college scholarships and access to internship opportunities in politics and media. She was the subject of the book I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story, written by her fiancé and Newsweek reporter Michael Hastings.

Michael Hastings was killed this morning in an automobile accident:


June 19, 2013

Today is the 60th anniversary of the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg...


Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg (September 25, 1915 – June 19, 1953) and Julius Rosenberg (May 12, 1918 – June 19, 1953) were United States citizens convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage during a time of war, and executed. Their charges were related to the passing of information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.

In 1995, the U.S. government released a series of decoded Soviet cables, codenamed VENONA, which confirmed that Julius acted as a courier and recruiter for the Soviets but which were ambiguous about Ethel's involvement. The other atomic spies who were caught by the FBI offered confessions and were not executed, including Ethel's brother, David Greenglass, who supplied documents to Julius from Los Alamos and served 10 years of his 15-year sentence; Harry Gold, who identified Greenglass and served 15 years in Federal prison as the courier for Greenglass; and a German scientist, Klaus Fuchs.

Morton Sobell, who was tried with the Rosenbergs, served 17 years and 9 months of a 30-year sentence. In 2008, Sobell admitted he was a spy and confirmed Julius Rosenberg was "in a conspiracy that delivered to the Soviets classified military and industrial information and what the American government described as the secret to the atomic bomb."

Their sons are still alive:



Current position on parents' executions

In 2008, after the Rosenberg co-defendant Morton Sobell admitted that he and Julius Rosenberg had engaged in espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union during World War II, Michael and Robert Meeropol agreed that their father was a Soviet spy. But, they reiterated the failures of the government prosecution: "[W]hatever atomic bomb information their father passed to the Russians was, at best, superfluous; the case was riddled with prosecutorial and judicial misconduct; their mother was convicted on flimsy evidence to place leverage on her husband; and neither deserved the death penalty." A month later, the brothers published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times reminding readers that the Sobell confession reveals nothing about the issue of the theft of the atom bomb secret. They noted that the witness Ruth Greenglass' recently released Grand Jury testimony said nothing about Ethel Rosenberg's alleged typing activities, for which the government convicted her.

The Meeropol brothers have endorsed the conclusions of Walter Schneir in his posthumously published book Final Verdict that the entire Greenglass story of the secret of the Atom Bomb was concocted -- that Julius Rosenberg had been given a "pink slip" by the KGB in early 1945 and thus was out of the espionage loop when the famous cross-section drawing of an implosion-type Atom Bomb (exhibit 8 at the Rosenberg Trial) was passed to the Soviets. With meticulous detective work Schneir determined that David and/or Ruth Greenglass turned that drawing and descriptive material over to a KGB agent in December of 1945 -- not as testified at the trial to Julius Rosenberg in September of 1945.

...and, remarkably, David Greenglass and Morton Sobell are still alive!
June 16, 2013

Is anyone else having a problem pulling up bing.com as a homepage?

I get this: Ref A: b89d0a70549e49c5aa0eeb3e73c0dc5e Ref B: CFCD7282E39EEB95AFBD1520D81968CD Ref C: Sun Jun 16 06:54:20 2013 PST

Happening in both IE10 and Chrome.

June 15, 2013

When you wipe out on your bike at 12, you shake it off...

...however, when you wipe out on your bike at 47, not so easy (as I'm discovering). My front tire blew out and my leg is sooooo effed! Not broken, but scuffed bad enough that it's taken 2 towels (so far) to staunch the blood.

Despite this, I still feel like I'm 12!

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