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A War Too Far: General Revolt

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George Myers | 2/28/2007, 11:29 am EST

Before “Top Gun” we sold 80 F-14 Tomcats to Iran. 4000 Grumman employees (like Apollo 13) were in a compound for the Shah training them, but the students, who said to Kissinger they were being spied on by Savak while going to school in the US, which he said there was nothing he could do about, revolted before that I think could become 100 Tomcats. I was in the test pilots house for his birthday when it was announced that if the USSR made a move for the Iran border during the crisis the US would obliterate all Tomcats. I think they said it was over the air-to-air missiles, an expensive secret technology, the Tomcat truly a WMD, a fighter-bomber, it can acquire and deal with up to six targets at a time. It also had some problems and could fall out of the sky without another one being nearby I saw on Albany TV, footage presented by reporter Mr. Holbrook and subsequently Langley I think has made mods.

Source: “A War Too Far: General Revolt” in Rolling Stone “National Affairs Daily” ed. Tim Dickenson

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02/28/2007 at 4:51 pm

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First Lady – Elayne Boosler at Huffington Post

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Comment: Robert Gardiner the heir of Gardiner’s Island out on the east end of Long Island said his great-aunt, First Lady Julia Gardiner, President John Tyler’s (“elected Vice President and became the 10th President of the United States when Harrison died 1790-1862”) second-wife was strong advocate for the admission of Texas to the Union, her father the US Senator from New York. They met when the “Peacemaker” a prototype “super cannon” exploded on the deck of the USS Princeton saluting George Washington’s Mount Vernon above the Potomac River, knocking them both down below deck where they were having a glass of champagne. A number of people were killed including her father and members of the Cabinet. The cannon was made in Manhattan in New York City by a large English foundry, Haddersley I think whom he said rode around in carriages affecting royalty. It’s been said she was the “prettiest First Lady” as that goes. When ex-President Tyler died in charge of Confederate Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War, (they had lived on his plantation in the Tidewater area of the James River, she had a vision of his passing riding all night to be at his side) her entourage in mourning was allowed to cross the siege and defense lines in ceasefire in respect of the First Lady traveling back to NYC. She was after scandalously involved in a large Manhattan real estate “last will” case, as up to that time, uncontested and became so after challengeable he said. I see somewhere she lived on later on Staten Island in NYC. A famous case, Mr Gardiner, in law school used to fib about it being about his family he related. He served on the “U.S. Princeton” in naval intelligence in WWII and used to rub elbows with the rich and famous. He said Gloria Swanson thought it would take a Vivian Leigh to portray her.

Source: First Lady Elayne Boosler at Huffington Post

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02/27/2007 at 9:00 pm

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Who Am I?

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Happy birthday! Well I’m sure we’ve both had a couple since Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor, Maine, fogged in as it were. I once spent another summer like fogbound for 29 days in 1967, on Grand Manan Island, part of a cultural archipelago that includes Deer Island and FDR’s beloved Campobello Island, New Brunswick, the only “officially bilingual province”. The French speakers are mostly up north on Gaspé and along the St. Lawrence River, John and I visited back in 1971 along there in a made over used Telco van into a “Starship” they painted on the front.

About that Draft. As you recall we all had numbers way up there, and “fortunately” an other he and I split a tab of the “bad brown acid” going around the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969, so he had an excuse of “flashbacks” he told me from a doctor or he probably would have gone? I don’t know I stayed 1A technically myself waiting for the number to be called and then to decide if I was to take up residence among relatives where my grandfather came from in Canada. In 1968 I worked in a Jewish camp washing dishes at Timber Lake so I espied Jimi Hendrix in a sidewalk café in Woodstock, NY where we used to go on our days off, unless it was with the 6′ 6″ black camp basketball star from Roosevelt, Jeffrey who cleaned the toilets and carted the Central Park horse manure, then time off with him was a trip to Harlem and out to Roosevelt to rediscover my South Bronx roots, having lived there from 1954 or so to 1960 in the Patterson Houses projects nearby the then busiest firehouse in the City, and attending its poorest Catholic parish, St. Rita’s on College Ave. for $1 a month.

Any way, the numbers as I recall went 1-150 then 1-100 (then I was out, but had already returned from Canada anyway) and then 1-50, then none for the Draft. Ironic isn’t it (or wasn’t it) we had the first JROTC Marine Corps in the country in Newfield HS in Selden, a town named after a judge who testified on behalf of Susan B. Anthony when she posed as a man to vote in Upstate New York, according to the “local history” published since I’ve read, in what thanks to principal Mr. Lacina’s impetus, became one of the top 50 school library systems in the US.

The circa 1970 Army JROTC was in what turned out to be Paul McCartney’s American manager’s town in Connecticut, the other two branches out on the “Left Coast” in California, I found writing a letter back then, connected somewhat with Smithaven Ministries which was giving draft advisement in the Smithaven Mall. PBS’s “Defense Monitor” show asked back after the first “desert karma” about 1991 whether the $1 billion a year spent in 20,000 mostly poor school districts was worth it, before they went off the air, watching the Pentagon. Any women in it? I don’t know “Brooklyn Bridge” and others lived nearby, JROTC and rock ‘n roll? There weren’t that I recall, do you recall any women in it?

I should have made an outline, I’ve probably forgotten now why I was writing you. The big house 12 room house we had in Seal Cove, Grand Manan Island we had torn down next to the Provincial school it was too large to repair and they wanted it painted and the foundation was cracked and the big box twisted in the wind. It might have been an earlier landmark but never inquired. The former sardine factory closed and is for sale, only about 15 years old owned by Bumble Bee now.

Anyway it seems more Mexican-Americans and Chicanos were becoming victims in Vietnam along with the disproportionate number of black African-Americans in the conflict. President Nixon asked Jewish “rat pack” star Sammy Davis, Jr. to go over there on a fact finding mission to show you some of the perhaps whacko politics we once had on our brains. (Source of Hispanic report: 1st issue of “Lowrider” magazine, about the cars in the mid 1970s, the founding editor describes how someone snuck into the military industrial complex and “liberated” the Hispanic statistics which were put on placard signs shown in a photo of the demonstrations out there, disproportionate casualties).

Reminds me more recently like (the k key is right next to the l key) the about 50/50 signs for and against Bush, the against moved up the street out of the President’s view and away from his cheering gallery I bussed into the middle of outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral a few years ago when President Bush visited the new Bishop? I was picking up PCB cleanup maps for research in Waterford, NY the following day at the Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation on Peebles Island in a former Arrow shirt factory. A woman archaeologist I know of excavated Pierre Toussants remains, a “former slave born in Saint-Dominique now called Haiti” from the old St. Patrick’s graveyard known for his charitable works [I worked in the “First Almshouse” burials found in City Hall Park in 1999 next to Horace Greeley’s statue] now in the crypt under the altar there with Cardinal O’Connor’s).

Well its winter and believe it or not I’ve had many digging jobs during winter in the past sometimes under the shelter of greenhouse (also the name of one of the companies, Barry Greenhouse who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, originally from Brooklyn). My colleague Nancy, she’s the one with the M.S. from RPI in Public Archaeology, was just out at a sewerage treatment plant in Queens today backhoe testing whether the ground there was landfill or not for Earth Tech a division of TYCO, Inc. The Landmarks Commission requires that a “Register of Professional Archaeologists” be onsite in NYC setting standards that are actually required by law now in the state of Mississippi, which has quite a bit of archaeological history and prehistory in it. I worked there in 1979 and in Alaska in 1980 Greyhound through Mt. St. Helens ash.

I can’t recall the statistics, I used to 1/2 hour lunch across the street in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Lower Manhattan digging in what was once the Livingston and Captain Kidd properties many years ago for archaeologist, but it seems that if the National Guard, once referred to the units that protected the new US government which met in NYC (and again recently after 9/11 it met) and over 10 years in Vietnam roughly 7,000 National Guard were ever there, that they today are disproportionately called upon, when technically, if you see my point they are State Militias that are supposed to be guarding their respective states, more than just a semantics issue. I’ve had to study them in the Bowery, site of former graveyards also, white and black.

George “gone Gonzo” Myers again.

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02/27/2007 at 1:53 pm

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Katie Couric’s Notebook: Sad Friday – Couric & Co.

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I last visited N.O. in 1979 during a summer hurricane that fizzled. I was working on the archeology of Tenn-Tombigbee Canal in Tennessee Williams hometown of Columbus, Mississippi, which the Congress chose over an “energy island” for NYC, connecting the Ohio-Tenn. river system with Mobile, Alabama, said to be the site of the Nation’s oldest Mardi Gras parade.

I wanted to say there have been many warnings prior to the Katrina event to the Army Corps of Engineers, which I worked for a number of times, which organizationally should also be reformed, Kansas City has jurisdiction over some projects in the Northeast, while nearby headquarters are in Fort Hamilton, NYC. In industrial archeology we see the pumps over 100 years old that the city has to rely on, in case of flood, the troops with M-16s and battle gear when food was finally handed out to children and recall that a lot of money was spent to have a canal through Mississippi that maybe should have been spent on maintaining the levees and spent on new pumps for New Orleans, which could have been announced before the Russians flew their three aid planes into the city.

Source: Katie Couric’s Notebook: Sad Friday – Couric & Co.

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02/25/2007 at 10:36 pm

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New Zealand, Canada take different paths in aboriginal treaty claims

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Interesting, on Long Island in New York State we have a court case on behalf of the Shinnecock native Americans that properties were seized in 1859 illegally from them to build roads and other areas that today encompass some of the most expensive real estate on Long Island, i.e., Southampton, NY the oldest incorporated town in New York State. Southampton College there is now part of Stony Brook University and opening again. Stony Brook also has a small campus in Manhattan. I hope something will work out. I worked with a former Southampton College student, one of its radio DJs, who worked summers with one of the heritable chiefs of the Shinnecock in a landscaping business on some of the big estates out there. Another coworker, our office secretary’s husband,  was a composer and music professor at the college Mr. Gary Washington. She went on to work in the Peconic Land Trust. 

Source: cananda.com “Where perspectives connect”  “New Zealand, Canada take different paths in aboriginal treaty claims

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02/25/2007 at 6:36 pm

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The City Hall Park Project – this just in

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The City Hall Park Project from Archaeology A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
February 12, 2007

by H. Arthur Bankoff and Alyssa Loorya

Excavations in the late 1990s revealed evidence from New York’s formative years.

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02/25/2007 at 6:16 pm

Ka-CHING! – Mark Knoller posted Couric & Co.

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An interesting choice of “timeline” in presidential economics is this interview. Starting with Mr. Clinton’s successor, President George W. Bush, presidential salaries doubled to $400,000 (from $200,000) I read, so in two years, President Bush earned what former President Clinton earned in a whole four year term. Of course Mr. Bush’s penchant for spending time in Crawford, Texas on a former German’s turkey farm (singer Joe Cocker actually raises cows on his in Crawford, Colorado) he bought from the money he made in baseball while Governor of Texas makes his deal even sweeter.

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