Monday, December 11, 2017

Criminal Justice Racial Profiling in Chicago!


War criminal Brittany Covington

By David in TN

Judge Releases 19-Year-Old Charged in Facebook Video Torture of Disabled Chicago Teen

An example of how blacks are “mistreated” by the justice system.




Ethnic intimidation (Illinois’ version of “hate crime.”)

If a white were convicted of doing all that to a black, he’d get life. Brittany Covington got nothing, which amounts to a high-five.

At Breitbart.

How to Respond to Shouts of “Check Your Privilege!”

By Nicholas Stix

1. Shout back, “Check your hatred!”;
2. “Check your evil!”; and/or
3. Sue the school, university, or employer who supports such harassment for big bucks.

The Problem with Diversity

By Nicholas Stix

The problem with diversity is that eventually, you run out of white people.

[Obviously inspired by Lady Thatcher.]

Sunday, December 10, 2017

In the New York City of Communist Mayor Bill de Blasio, and His Lackey, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, Fearless, Colored Cut-Throats Own the Night… and the Day, and Victimize Terrified Civilians and Policemen Alike

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

I’m guessing the young copper was drunk. Why else would any man not at work be out on the sidewalk at 3:40 a.m.?

But this didn’t happen because a young cop got drunk. It would have happened, if he’d been stone-cold sober.

It happened due to insufficient force. The vic was afraid, as are all white New York City cops that if he used reasonable force, he’d be railroaded, as Michael Slager was in South Carolina, and as NYPD Sgt. Hugh Barry is being railroaded in the Bronx, by racist mayor de Blah Blah Blah, racist commissioner James O’Neill, and racist Bronx D.A. Darcel Clark, who all lied about both the law and NYPD Police Academy regulations.

Sgt. Barry defended himself against racist, black psycho Deborah Danner, who sought to murder him with a baseball bat.

Because Sgt. Barry is white and Danner was black, as far as the aforementioned racists were concerned, she had a license to kill, and he had a duty to die.

Off-duty cop robbed of gun during assault in the Bronx

By Kristine Garcia
December 10, 2017 at 9:55 A.M.

MOUNT HOPE, The Bronx — An off-duty officer was attacked and robbed during an altercation early Sunday in the Bronx.

The 25-year-old officer was on Carter Avenue near E.175th Street in Mount Hope around 3:40 a.m. when a [sic] he was attacked, police said.

During the attack, the assailants took the officer’s gun before running away.

He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police are looking for the group and the officer’s weapon.

That Michael Slager Video

[Re: “Former South Carolina Cop Michael Slager Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Policing While White.”]

[From Reader D.]


Feidin Santana, the man who recorded Michael Slager's "crime," is black. Without his video I doubt that Michael Slager would have been persecuted as he was.

Would a white witness have videoed the incident? Would the outcome of the entire incident have been different?

I'm inclined to think of Slager's conviction is a racist "hate crime."

Thanks for all your good work,


Thank you for your kind words.
Feidin Santana is clearly a racist cop-hater. What is less obvious is that he’s a greedhead. He claimed to just care about justice, but sought to make millions off of his videotape.

Just what America needs—more racist “immigrants.”

The video the MSM showed, in the wake of Slager’s sentencing was the same highly doctored one they’ve been showing since shortly after the incident. It makes it look as if Officer Michael Slager executed small-time criminal and cokehead, Walter Scott.

Media operatives deleted Scott’s two attacks on Officer Slager, and attempt to rob the policeman of his Taser and use it on him.

The State of the Art: Magic Utility Theory as Explanation for Black Crime

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 8:05:00 P.M. EST

My laugh of the day—from the Grand Rapids Press and Sunday front page headline:


Lack of street lights blamed for extraordinarily high [black] crime rate along South Division Avenue.

GRA: Before I throw a couple excerpts of this latest theory on how to explain black criminality, let me explain the background.

South Division has always been "The Ghetto" in Grand Rapids. Back in 1967, when the riots broke out, this is the area that burned, mainly between Wealthy and Burton streets—a four mile stretch along Division.

Nowadays, Mexicans have started to intersperse with blacks—which creates rivalries for the drug trade. This article says a mile-long area from Fulton to Wealthy, is even worse—because of poor lighting.

MLive: “The stretch of area represents 1% of the entire city—but saw 10.6% of all street robberies and 5.5% of all assaults reported in 2016. Most of those incidents took place at night.

City manager Greg Sundstrom said, "The lighting that the city provides on South Division doesn't meet our minimum standards for any neighorhood."

A 1.5 million dollar solution is being proposed.

GRA: What isn't discussed is the fact that the entire stretch of Division is black and Mexican. In this particular area, there are hundreds of vagrants wandering around various homeless shelters—like Mel Trotter missions. There have been numerous murders committed around this area—two of which I recall were black on white—and reported here.

So what do you think? Blame the lack of lights for the crime—or the unlighted minority thugs below those fixtures, for the rampant lawbreaking. I vote the latter.

(When I said, "It's my laugh of the day," I meant that in the same way I reacted to the news last week by our local leaders, who stated, "We need more low income housing in our city.")

Really? I would think the opposite is desired for a city to be safe and prosperous—and then it wouldn't matter HOW BRIGHT your street lights shine.

The State of the Art: Magic Utility Theory as Explanation for Black Crime

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 8:05:00 P.M. EST

My laugh of the day—from the Grand Rapids Press and Sunday front page headline:


Lack of street lights blamed for extraordinarily high [black] crime rate along South Division Avenue.

GRA: Before I throw a couple excerpts of this latest theory on how to explain black criminality, let me explain the background.

South Division has always been "The Ghetto" in Grand Rapids. Back in 1967, when the riots broke out, this is the area that burned, mainly between Wealthy and Burton streets—a four mile stretch along Division.

Nowadays, Mexicans have started to intersperse with blacks—which creates rivalries for the drug trade. This article says a mile-long area from Fulton to Wealthy, is even worse—because of poor lighting.

MLive: “The stretch of area represents 1% of the entire city—but saw 10.6% of all street robberies and 5.5% of all assaults reported in 2016. Most of those incidents took place at night.

City manager Greg Sundstrom said, "The lighting that the city provides on South Division doesn't meet our minimum standards for any neighorhood."

A 1.5 million dollar solution is being proposed.

GRA: What isn't discussed is the fact that the entire stretch of Division is black and Mexican. In this particular area, there are hundreds of vagrants wandering around various homeless shelters—like Mel Trotter missions. There have been numerous murders committed around this area—two of which I recall were black on white—and reported here.

So what do you think? Blame the lack of lights for the crime—or the unlighted minority thugs below those fixtures, for the rampant lawbreaking. I vote the latter.

(When I said, "It's my laugh of the day," I meant that in the same way I reacted to the news last week by our local leaders, who stated, "We need more low income housing in our city.")

Really? I would think the opposite is desired for a city to be safe and prosperous—and then it wouldn't matter HOW BRIGHT your street lights shine.

Is Fox News in the Chaperone Business?


Suspected serial killer, Howell Emanuel Donaldson III

By Jerry PDX
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:09:00 P.M. EST

Fox News, despite its more conservative bent, still plays the “chaperone” game when reporting on serial killers. With the emergence of yet another black serial killer, Tampa Bay killer Howell Donaldson III:

Behind the scenes, damage control machinery went into action.

Immediately after Donaldson was arrested, Fox ran a feature lead story on the Zodiac killer with a “white male” composite sketch as a headline image.

Zodiac has never been caught and is “profiled” to be a white man, but since all serial killers are profiled as white and 75% of modern serial killers are black, I'll take those profiles with a big grain of salt. I had recently sent a comment about the Zodiac being featured at the same time as the breaking Tampa Bay story, and wouldn't you know it, today I spot a big glaring photo on the Foxnews headlines of white serial killer Todd Kolhepp:

Right below the Kolhepp story, though his face is not featured on the top page like Kolhepp's, is a story on the current black Tampa Bay serial killer. Wow. They just can't run a story about a current black serial killer without having a yesterday's news white serial killer to distract. If you go there right now, you can see the two stories together on Fox's lead page:

Todd Kolhepp

What Best Motivates Watch Dogs? Comic Photoessay


A tip 'o the hate to An Old Friend.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

W.R.I.P.: Obituary for a Radio Station

By Nicholas Stix

This Radio Station Did Things Its Way
By “Robert Berman” (N.S.)

‘It could have kept on growing, instead of just kept on. We had a good thing going, going — gone.” The words and music are by Stephen Sondheim, the voice supplied by The Voice, aka Francis Albert Sinatra.

The song is playing on WQEW, 1560 on your AM dial. The station’s owner, The New York Times, has just announced that it has leased the station to the Disney people, who will install a kid-oriented format, come January. Thus will the last New York station devoted to the Great American Songbook of Rodgers & Hammerstein, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, et al., go silent.

When the old “Sinatra Station,” WNEW-AM (1130), was sold in 1992, after playing American popular standards for 58 years, some old WNEW associates were able to swing a deal whereby The New York Times turned one of its two classical stations into a pop standards format. The Times promised to stick to the new-old format. As popular as the old WNEW, WQEW continued to make a profit, despite its aging demographics.

My earliest memory of WNEW was of skipping school, sneaking home and hearing Sinatra sing, “In me you see … a … man alone, behind the wall … he’s learned to call his home …” That was circa 1972. At that point, I didn’t know Rodgers & Hart from Horn & Hardart. But I learned, thanks to WNEW’s on-air personalities, Jonathan Schwartz, “Milkman” Bob Jones, and the late William B. Williams. They immersed me in Nat King Cole, Billie Holliday and Sarah Vaughn, and introduced me to the likes of Joe Williams and Al Hibbler.

And then there’s Miss Ella. It was a recording of a performance in which she forgot the lyrics to “Mack the Knife,” and started making them up (“Ella… and her fellas, making a wreck, oh what a wreck, of Mack the Knife!”) that made me fall in love with Ella Fitzgerald.

Jonathan Schwartz’ Sunday show has introduced thousands of listeners to a new generation of great cabaret singers such as Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Calloway, and the late Nancy Lamott, and bridged the world of rock with that of Tin Pan Alley. And station manager “Record Man” Stan Martin has presented live performances by no less than Tony Bennett, for my money the world’s greatest living singer.

But it always comes back to Sinatra.

I’m not nostalgic for the late Sinatra’s world. My mother was the bobby soxer. I’m only 40. I started out with the Beatles, the Supremes and Bob Dylan. But it was the ability to carry a Harold Arlen torch song, without drowning it in theatrics, and the way he made notes swing upward in songs like “Fly Me to the Moon” and “The Way You Look Tonight,” that Sinatra taught me about greatness.

[A Newsday editor butchered the following paragraph. As I have not been able to find the floppy disc with the original, 19-year-old ms., I did what I could to fix it.]

Teaching college courses, I have abused my students with this music. I sing American classics and make them write essays on them, and have developed an English as a Second Language methodology whereby immigrants learn English through singing the Great American Songbook.

The New York Times has placed the station’s personnel under a gag order.

But it can’t gag the station’s fans. On Wednesday, a swing band played as protesters young and old danced together, squeezed within narrowly placed NYPD sawhorses, in front of the Times’ West 43rd Street headquarters. Protective police brass periodically barked to any dangerous agitators outside the sawhorses, “Move along.” Apparently, the Times has discovered that it can make beautiful marching music with drum major Rudy Giuliani.

The Times notwithstanding, its station is determined to go out in style: Jonathan Schwartz’ commentary is evn more incisive than usual, and he has doubled his perennial Sinatra Saturday feature for Voice’s birthday tomorrow to eight hours.

But I’m no long-lost loser, carrying a torch for a sound that got away. I’m not ready for that final disappointment. For, at this moment, some WQEW people ae trying to patch together a deal for yet another home for the American classics. As Dorothy Fields wrote for Jerome Kern’s music, “Nothing’s impossible, I have found, for when my chin is on the ground, I pick myself up, dust myself off, take a dep breath and start all over … again.”

[Postscript, December 9, 2017: Newsday’s editors gave this essay a beautiful spread, with an original drawing of a grave for the station, with an old-fashioned, wooden radio serving as the tombstone, call letters “W.R.I.P.,” with an electrical plug planted in the grass, standing up with musical notes floating from it towards the moon. “This Radio Station Did Things Its Way”; December 11, 1998.

(Newsday’s New York City subsidiary, New York Newsday, had whitelisted me in 1991.)]

The TCM Film Noir of the Week for Sunday, December 10, at 10 a.m. ET is The Breaking Point (1950), Starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal



By David in TN
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:31:00 PM EST


The TCM Film Noir of the Week for Sunday, December 10, at 10 a.m. ET is The Breaking Point (1950). This is based on Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not, and is more faithful to Hemingway's story than Howard Hawks’ 1944 film.


John Garfield stars as a charter boat owner forced by looming poverty to smuggle illegal aliens (Chinese) from Mexico into the U.S. In Noir fashion, Garfield is double-crossed by the smugglers and gets in trouble with the Mexican government.


Juano Hernandez and Julie Garfinkle, better known as John Garfield


Patricia Neal plays the femme fatale and Phyllis Thaxter his faithful wife.


Garfield then gets involved with a crooked lawyer played by Wallace Ford fronting for would be stick-up men. It concludes in dramatic fashion with a …


Bogey and Brennan in To Have and Have Not (1944)

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan and Hoagy Carmichael at the piano, in To Have and Have Not (1944)

Our host Eddie Muller considers this the best film ever made of a Hemingway story.


See Little-Known Mug Shots of Lauren “Betty” Bacall!



Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

NFL Owners Surrender to Their Own Thug Employees

By Nicholas Stix


Friday, December 08, 2017

Former South Carolina Cop Michael Slager Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Policing While White

By Nicholas Stix

Michael Slager sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for fatal shooting of fleeing black prisoner Walter Scott, who had repeatedly assaulted him.

“Slager fired at Scott’s back from 17 feet (5 meters) away. Five of eight bullets hit him.”

Whereas other media operatives lied, and repeatedly claimed that Officer Michael Slager had shot Walter Scott five times in the back, the AP’s Meg Kinnard fudged things, giving her plausible deniability. Actually, Slager fired eight times, missing with three rounds, hitting Scott in the back three times, in the butt once, and once in one ear. But for the Anti-White-Cop Brigade, the number is irrelevant. The rage they vent at any whitecop (one word) who ever kills a black perp is the same, whether the whitecop fires once or a dozen times.

The sentence is an outrage because:

1. Slager had a legal right to shoot Scott, because the latter was a fleeing prisoner;
2. Slager and his attorney were coerced into accepting a plea bargain without knowing the sentence up front; and
3. Many other reasons I can’t go into, as I’m the prisoner of a draconian word count! (Help!)

I was unable to reach Michael Slager’s attorney, Andy Savage at press time, but suffice to say that it will not be a Merry Christmas in the Slager or Savage household this year.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Attorneys for ex-North Charleston Officer Michael Slager said he shot 50-year-old Walter Scott in self-defense after the two fought and Scott grabbed Slager’s stun gun. They said race didn’t play a role in the shooting and Slager never had any “racial animus” toward minorities.

Still, Slager pleaded guilty in federal court to violating Scott’s civil rights. As part of the plea agreement reached in May, prosecutors dropped state murder charges. A year ago, a state judge declared a mistrial when jurors deadlocked in that case.

“This is a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened,” U.S. District Judge David Norton said.

A bystander recorded the shooting on a cellphone, and it was shared around the world, setting off protests across the U.S. as demonstrators said it was another egregious example of police officers mistreating African-Americans.

Slager fired at Scott’s back from 17 feet (5 meters) away. Five of eight bullets hit him…. [White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press/Chicago Tribune, last updated: December 7, 2017, 1:59 p.m.]


I just noticed that a couple of days ago, this blog passed the 13,000 mark in posts.

How many blogs have that many posts, much less of this quality? Not many, if any.

I bought my first Internet-adaptable pc in the first week of January, 2000.

At first, in response to a solicitation by, I posted book and movie reviews at its Website. (To paraphrase, ‘Become famous through’)

Although I quickly won a $50 gift certificate for a book review—some of Amazon’s readers were crazy about my writing—I just as quickly learned that its review pages were dominated by apparatchiki and commissars who hated me, and anyone like me. They went so far as to rob me of votes and delete book reviews, in order to push my ranking down, down, down, and eventually terminate my review accounts, so that I would keep having to start from scratch.

In the spring of 2000, I revved up my first Website, thanks to Things went swimmingly for about a year, until the tech bubble burst, and’s owner, CNET, shut down the operation.

I then had a second Website, but that was over so quickly that I can’t even recall its name, or that of its owner. (It too was shut down for the same reason as

All sorts of companies which had offered free Websites were shutting them down, or themselves going out of business.

I tried starting up a free Website at, but gave up after a few days. Apparently, the cluster of free Websites had been shut down, but NBC Universal had fired the entire staff, without telling them to announce that no more free sites were to be had.

In late 2001, I believe, I was able to get a free Website, A Different Drummer, through Yahoo’s Geocities, which lasted three or four years.

When Yahoo shut down Geocities, it did a nasty thing. A woman who worked for Yahoo warned us to back up our posts, I did so, only to learn that the saves didn’t take. One’s backup files were blank.

Instead of simply downloading each Web page, one had to copy and paste each page into a doc.

Fortunately for me, some Web archivists had saved mirror Websites of ADD.

Along the way, I also “self-syndicated” my work at about 18 different Websites, almost all of which have also since gone under.

And of course, whenever possible, I wrote for paper (Middle American News, RIP, (American Renaissance) and cyber (VDARE; The Social Contract is both hard copy and online) publications for commissions.

So here I am, after 11 years here, and who knows how many more, pounding away, with the support of family, friends, and my stable of reader-researchers, some of whom have geographical monikers (“A Texas Reader”), some of whom I identify as a “Friend” or a “Buddy,” some of whom are initials (“R.C.,” “A.L.”), and some of whom forbid me from using any identifying information. You can’t be too careful, nowadays.

I guestimate that I have over 3.6 million words in print.

You know how many courageous, tireless bloggers covering similar ground to me that I’ve seen start out like gang-busters, only to fold after a few years?

If I do say so myself, I’ve got legs! (Pats self on back.)

Please help me continue my work, by hitting the PayPal “Donate” button at the top of this page, and by making a generous donation—as generous as you can handle.

I thank you, and your posterity will, too.


Nicholas Stix

Mom Stix, Jeff Bezos, and Jonathan Schwartz (Part III)


[“Part I: Lots of Broken Eggs, but No Omelets” (Part I); and

“Disappearing Red Old White Men (Part II).”]

By Nicholas Stix

Twenty or thirty years ago, Jonathan Schwartz claimed to have spent a year in Paris in 1962, when he was 21.

When I told my mom this, she shot back, “He wasn’t 21, he was 24!”

I have no idea how she knew this, but she was right; Schwartz had fibbed. His birth year is now listed as 1938.

I don’t believe Mom ever met Jonathan Schwartz, but there was only one (or is it two?) degree of separation between them.

My grandfather, Louis Simpkins, had had his own advertising company, which failed during Great Depression I. Jonathan Schwartz’ father Arthur was one half of the songwriting team, (Howard) Dietz & Schwartz.

(Both of my grandfathers were named Louis. For reasons unknown to me, this was a wildly popular name for Jewish boys born in the late 19th and early 20th century.)

While Arthur Schwartz lived off of his music royalties, Howard Dietz never gave up his day job, which was as PR chief at MGM.

The ads (trailer taglines, etc.) for the big studios’ pictures were as stupid as they were insipid and hyperbolic. You’d never know that those departments were at times run by gifted people.

To make a short story long, one time Grandpa Simpkins brought my little girl mom by on a visit to Howard Dietz’ office in New York.

It’s been a terrible week for Jonathan Schwartz. Just a few days earlier, I determined that Jeff Bezos had disappeared one of Schwartz’ wives!

Washed-Up Athlete Cum Publicity Whore Lindsey Vonn Comes Out, in Desperate Grab for Fake News Time


Lindsey Vonn fake figure

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

She came out as a Democrat, which entailed exposing herself as a crude anti-American.

Lindsey Vonn: I won’t represent US president at Winter Olympics
By Jess Vermeulen
December 7, 2017 at 6:36 pm CST

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (WCMH) — American olympic skier Lindsey Vonn is working hard to get ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Vonn, 33, says she’s proud to represent the American people, but in a conversation with CNN, she made her feelings clear about President Trump and his administration.

“Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn said. “I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the Opening Ceremony… I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”

Vonn was also asked if she would accept an invitation to the White House if she Olympic Gold.

“Absolutely not,” Vonn said. “No. But I have to win to be invited. No actually I think every U.S. team member is invited so no I won’t go.

Vonn’s downhill triumph in the Vancouver Games in 2010 turned her into a global star. According to Forbes, she’s one of the world’s best-paid winter athletes with a net worth of about three million dollars.

Injuries have kept her out of Olympic competition since then.

Several other Winter Olympics competitors have also said publicly that they won’t go to the White House if they win the gold, including free skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skaters Ashley Wagner, Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon.


Lindsey Vonn real shape

Yet Another TV Documentary on Charles Manson is Running This Week, and It’s Not Bad, but Where are the Documentaries on The Nation of Islam’s Zebra Murders, East Bay Murders, Oklahoma City Murders, Its Murders of New York City Cops…


[Of related interest: “The Nation of Islam's Zebra Murders: The First Victims?”;

“Domestic Terrorism: The Nation of Islam and the Zebra Murders”; and

The Zebra Project blog.]

By David in TN
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:23:00 P.M. EST

REELZ Channel is running a new two-hour documentary on Charles Manson this week. It repeats at 8 pm ET, Friday night December 8, again at 11 pm. This one is different in that it criticizes Vincent Bugliosi's “Helter Skelter” theory.

I somewhat agree, in that I don't believe Manson actually thought it would literally happen. Several followers did tell Bugliosi Manson preached it to his flock.

Several interviewees think Manson wasn't “legally” guilty, even though he was “morally” guilty on the grounds of not being present at the killings. In other words, since Bugliosi “made up” Helter Skelter, Manson should have been acquitted.

Bobby Beausoleil is interviewed by telephone from prison, first time I've heard from him. His arrest for the murder of Gary Hinman started the chain of events. Beausoleil denounces Helter Skelter as phony, says he shouldn't have been convicted, and then admits to killing Gary Hinman!

And Manson himself was interviewed by phone (presumably recently) in which, in Manson-talk, he “denies” responsibility.

The program says Manson was just a petty criminal pre-1967 but overlooks his being a pimp, an occupation requiring the ability to control women. And his “Family” was far and away mostly female.

In all, the program debunks “Helter Skelter,” while confirming the guilt of the gang. It also confirms what we have said before. The Manson story is done to death and other horrible crime stories need to be told.

Let's start with the Zebra Murders, shall we?

The Nation of Islam's Zebra Murders: The First Victims?

(What follows is the verbatim text, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling errors included, of a story that appeared in the Pacifica Tribune sometime between 6 and 10 August 1973. The news clipping was sent to me in scanned form by the brother of murder victim Stephen M. Conachy.

[Postscript, March 3, 2017, 2:19 a.m.: I’ve determined that this article appeared on Wednesday, August 8, 1973. It refers to “today” as “Wednesday.”]

[Post-postscript, December 8, 2017, 2:02 a.m.: From my Nation of Islam Blog,
The Zebra Project.

Two Pacifica Boys are

Murdered in Separate

SF 'Execution' Slayings

The mystery of what happened in the final violent moments of the lives of two Pacifica young men last weekend remains unsolved.
The two died in separate but similar execution-style gunshot tragedies, one in San Francisco, the other near the top of San Bruno Mountain in San Mateo County.
The bizarre deaths stunned families and friends and left police puzzled. The first inclination to link the gangster-style slayings of two males, both from the same city, within hours of each other, has been discounted by detectives in San Francisco and Redwood City.
STEPHEN M. Conachy, 21, whose family lives at 575 Heathcliff, left his girl friend’s home in Fairmont Friday evening around 9:30 p.m. or so. He was going home early to prepare for a Catholic church pre-marital religious instruction session the next day. His wedding to Linda Simons was to have been Aug. 26. He told Linda he would try to catch a shuttle bus at the Gateway underpass to his apartment in Westlake but failing that he would hitchhike. Less than three hours later, his body was found by a minister about 100 feet form the sidewalk at Lobos and Caine streets in SF. He had been shot five times in the back and head and stabbed in the chest. Detectives said he apparently had been dumped at the scene after having been “executed” elsewhere. His billfold was missing but Monday was delivered by mail to his fiancee from South San Francisco, adding another mystery element. Cash was missing but the billfold was otherwise intact.
JOSEPH M. Villaroman, age 17, 250 El Dorado drive, Fairmont, had spent had spent Friday evening with his girl friend at her San Francisco home. About 12:15 a.m. her father drove him from 30th to 16th street to the home of his grandmother, where Joe had planned to spend the night. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Villaroman, sr., had gone to Russian River for the weekend but Joey, suffering a mild case of poison oak, had decided not to join the family outing, as he usually did. At 1:40 a.m., Joey’s body was spotted by a motorist near the Radio Road intersection of the Guadalupe Canyon Parkway on San Bruno Mountain. Detectives said he’ been shot with two different weapons – seven times.
His wallet, containing $30, was on his body. No one has been able to learn why Joe didn’t enter his grandmother’s house or what happened to him. Police believe he was slain elsewhere and brought to the mountain scene.
The two youths – whose Pacifica homes are less than a mile apart – apparently did not know each other. So far, detectives have found nothing to link the two cases.
Detectives say they have nothing conclusive on either case, but investigations are continuing into every angle.
CONACHY, SON of retired San Francisco policeman Martin Conachy, graduated from Thornton high in 1969. His grieving parents reflected on a lifetime not entirely free of troubles, including a serious auto accident that in which he suffered severe facial injury requiring plastic surgery. Steve, friends said, had had encounters as a juvenile with authorities but, “after so much sadness, he had things really going his way now.” He was working at Toys R’ Us as a maintenance man and was engaged to a hometown girl friend. A shower for her had been scheduled Monday evening.
It was Saturday afternoon before his body was identified from fingerprints and the family notified by Pacifica police. The same priest who had planned to marry the young couple will conduct the funeral mass at Good Shepherd.
In the funeral notice published in the Chronicle, where usually only surviving relatives are listed, the short line, [line is missing here].

Murder Victims
(Continued from Page 1)
Steve was survived by brothers and sisters: Teresa Aguiar, married sister in San Francisco; Peggy 18, Matthew 17, Edward 15, Michael 14, Kevin 11, Daniel 9, Eileen 6. His dad is now a guard for Wells Fargo after disability retirement from the SF police department.
HIS DAD expressed the belief that his death was “one of those hit and run things.” Detective Stephen Maxoutopoulis of the SFPD said “I feel it was an execution … somebody seemed to want him dead real bad.” The detective issued appeals to press and television this week for any kind of information–anyone who might have heard or ovserved or heard anything near the death scene. His number is 553-1145. Detectives said they had a definite “angle” to pursue but it was too early to speculate.
THE VILLAROMAN boy would have been a senior at Mission high this fall. He was a “good boy,” his parents said; a scrapbook is full of clippings, certificates and mementoes of his activities in CYO basketball, baseball leagues and similar activities. At age 9, his photograph appeared in the Tribune, as winner of an essay contest sponsored by the San Francisco Warriors. He was pictured with Warrior star Guy Rodgers. He worked part time for his uncle’s repair service in San Francisco.
All his elementary schooling was in San Francisco; his mother works for the Catholic school system, his dad is a salesman for a beauty salon supply firm. Joey had never been in any trouble, authorities said. His dad speculated that when he was driven to his grandmother’s home at 12:15 a.m., he may have decided to go to a nearby restaurant: “he always liked to eat.” Or, since it was late, he may have decided to hitch home to Fairmont, where the family has lived for 10 years, rather than disturb his grandmother. He had indicated earlier he would stay in San Francisco, however.
When Pacifica police notified the family of his death, only his sister, Donna, was at home. It took several hours for a relative to drive to Russian River to notify the parents and other family members. Joe was survived by Donna 20, Janet 15, David 10, and Jim 7.
SAN MATEO County Detective Eldon McGuire also appealed for public assistance in solving the case. Villaroman’s body was found not far from the spot where another youth was found shot to death. That youth had been working with police in drug investigations.
Villaroman’s funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. at Mission Dolores Basilica. A rosary will be recited at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary in Daly City tonight (Wednesday) at 8 p.m.
Conachy’s rosary was held at McAvoy O’Hara Evergreen Mortuary last night with funeral services scheduled for 10 a.m. at Church of Good Shepherd.
Both boys will be interred at Holy Cross cemetery.

A Video Diamond in the Rough: I am the Cheese (1983)



By Nicholas Stix
November 11, 2005, 8:09 p.m.
Nicholas Stix

The farmer in the dell,
The farmer in the dell,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The farmer in the dell,
The picture begins as a group of small children is playing and singing “The Farmer in the Dell.”

The largest group forms a circle, several form a second group within the circle, and a third set of one stands alone in the middle of the circle. Through time elapse photography, we see the circle gradually widen, until one blonde-haired boy stands all alone in the middle.
The cheese stands alone,
The cheese stands alone,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
The cheese stands alone.
Stalking my neighborhood video store the other day, on the back wall with the recent releases, I saw a familiar face on a DVD with a distinctly unfamiliar name: Robert MacNaughton of E.T. (he played the older brother) is riding a bike on an empty road. But MacNaughton, who has to be closing in on 40, still looks like he’s about 15 years old.

I am the Cheese, whose theatrical release was in 1983, but which was first released twenty years later on DVD, is a disturbing movie that heaps sadness upon sadness and deception upon deception.

The picture works on at least half a dozen different levels. It’s a road movie, a coming-of-age story, and a labyrinth of mysteries.

Jonathan Tunick’s deceptively simple score begins on a single clarinet, before branching on to other instruments. And so it is with the story line of I am the Cheese, which starts as a road story, following its 15-year-old protagonist, Adam Farmer (MacNaughton), as he begins a long journey to visit his father on a rusty, old bicycle, carrying a package wrapped in brown paper, about whose contents we know nothing. The story is told through flashbacks that occur to Adam as he pedals along, on lonely, wet, New England back roads. Soon enough, the viewer is immersed, along with Adam, in mysteries in which nothing is as it seems.

Those mysteries may all be expressed as questions that may sound pretentiously metaphysical, but in fact all have concrete answers. Who is Adam Farmer? To what degree are his perceptions accurate or fantastic? What mysterious event occurred when he was a young child? What mysterious event occurred more recently? Who are the other people whom we – and Adam – encounter in the story?

And yet, for all of the psychological puzzles, I am the Cheese is, ultimately, a story about good and evil.

The screenplay was adapted by David Lange (who also produced the movie) and director Robert Jiras from Robert Cormier’s famous, eponymous 1977 novel for teenagers, which I have yet to read. (Cormier also plays a small role as the father of Cynthia Nixon’s character). My ignorance notwithstanding, the screenplay and direction, through which Adam and the viewer slowly figure things out, are taut, intelligent, and poignant. But this movie is not for young children, and will probably bore teenagers.

The acting, by Robert MacNaughton as Adam, and Hope Lange and Don Murray (former marrieds who had divorced about 21 years before filming Cheese!) as his parents – or are they his parents? – is uniformly excellent. Robert Wagner is impressive as Adam’s psychiatrist. And a luminous, wry, Cynthia Nixon, then a 15-year-old unknown, is irresistible as the girl (Amy Hertz) who enters Adam’s life.

I am deliberately being as vague as possible about the story, since anything more that I say will detract from your viewing experience. (Other reviews are full of spoilers.) What I can say is that as the trip continues, Jiras and Lange inexorably, brilliantly tie up all of the story’s loose ends.

In adapting or writing this story, either David Lange or Robert Cormier (or both) was powerfully influenced by a legendary TV show which had a glorious if brief run a few years before Cormier’s novel was published. (Naming the show would give away the picture’s entire plot structure.)

Cast & Crew

The making of I am the Cheese is a case of Six Degrees of Hope Lange, who deserved a producer credit, and surely could have had one, had she wanted it.

Sadly, Lange, born Hope Elise Ross Lange, according to her biography, died in 2003, at 70 or 72 years of age, depending on the source, her death caused by an ischemic colitis infection. She left behind two grown children, Christopher and Patricia (both of whom she had had with Don Murray; Christopher appeared in Cheese in a bit role), and her third husband, theatrical producer Charles Hollerith, Jr. (Her second ex, producer-director-screenwriter Alan J. Pakula, had died in 1998 in a freak automobile accident, when a steel beam on a truck bed got loose, and went flying through his windshield, decapitating him.)

Hope Lange had a successful career in stage, movies, and TV, getting nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for 1957’s Peyton Place, winning consecutive Emmys as best lead actress in a comedy, during the 1968-1970 run of the fantasy, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (based on the 1947 movie directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney), and was nominated for an Emmy as best lead dramatic actress as the jilted wife in the 1972 gay male coming-out TV movie, That Certain Summer. She also co-starred from 1971-74 with Dick Van Dyke as his wife on The New Dick Van Dyke Show. She and Van Dyke both quit the show when CBS executives refused to permit them to suggest in a scene that their characters had just made love.

Lange cared little for fame and fortune. While making Bus Stop (1956), her first picture, she met co-star Don Murray (whose first movie it also was) and married him the year the film opened. She and Murray immediately plowed the money they had made from their first picture into HELP, the Homeless European Land Program, which they co-founded, and which resettled Eastern European refugees from Communism on Sardinia, Italy. According to Don Murray, the couple had no money left for furniture. "She put all her money into the refugee project because that is the kind of person she was." According to their son, Christopher Murray, HELP inspired Pres. Kennedy to found the Peace Corps. Lange and Murray divorced in 1961.

(“Sustainability” guru Belden Paulson, who claims to have “developed” HELP, has since revised the purpose of the program, so that it had nothing to do with helping refugees from Communism. According to Paulson, the refugees were Neapolitans!)

The British Guardian newspaper quoted Murray as saying, upon Lange’s death, that she "was considered a great beauty, and a serious and dedicated actor who didn't pay attention to being glamorous."

Robert Wagner co-starred opposite Lange in two films early in their respective careers, The True Story of Jesse James (1957) and In Love and War (1958). Like her, he enjoyed more success on TV, starring in It Takes a Thief (inspired by the 1955 Hitchcock-Cary Grant movie, To Catch a Thief) and Hart to Hart. At the time Wagner made Cheese, he was grieving for his two-time wife, actress Natalie Wood, who had died in a boating accident on November 29, 1981.

David Lange was Hope Lange’s younger brother. At, I am the Cheese is his only listed screen credit. And yet, if journalist Carol Felsenrath is correct, this cannot be true.

According to Felsenrath, in her long, exhaustively researched essay, “The World of Kup,” David Lange was suspected in the 1963 murder of Karyn Kupcinet, the daughter of legendary Chicago Sun-Times gossip columnist Irv Kupcinet (1912-2003).

The other prime suspect was David Lange, then 27, the younger brother of the actress Hope Lange. At the time he was struggling to break into the movie business, and he would later work for the director Alan Pakula, who had married his sister in 1963. Shortly after the murder, Lange told a friend he did it, then said he was just kidding. “Oh, God, the police kept bringing that up,” says Lange today. “Within a week or so of this murder, we were all so crazed with it that people would be going around saying, ‘I’m the . . . Strangler.’”

Lange, who today lives in Connecticut, says Karyn “wasn’t really a friend.” He had seen her at a couple of parties with Prine. She helped Lange rent the apartment directly above hers. He had lived there just a couple of days, and they had talked about getting together. The next time he saw her, “she was getting carried out of the courtyard building in a body bag.”

Oddly enough, it isn’t even clear whether Karyn Kupcinet was murdered or committed suicide. She had a broken hyoid bone in her throat, but had a belly full of pills. James Ellroy speculated in 1998 that she had been dancing in the nude, as per the suggestions in a book found a few feet away from her naked corpse, and that in her diminished state, she may have fallen and broken the bone on a coffee table in front of the couch on which she was found lying on her back, but admits that the case may never be solved.

Karyn Kupcinet had gone to Hollywood to become an actress, but instead developed an eating disorder and an obsession with her former boyfriend, actor Andrew Prine, whom she stalked, and who was the main suspect in her death.

If Carol Felsenrath is correct, David Lange’s early work may have been variously uncredited and/or under pseudonyms, due to the notoriety he had earned himself, and the wrath of Karyn Kupcinet’s well-connected parents. is the best source for finding uncredited and pseudonymous work by creative people in Hollywood, but it is far from perfect, even for finding work someone has done under his professional name. (That includes Hope Lange, who gave a moving performance on a late 1970s anthology show that is not listed among her credits.)

Don Murray (1929-) has had a long career on the stage and TV, and in movies. His career started off like gangbusters on the stage and then the big screen, co-starring in his first movie, Bus Stop (1956), with Marilyn Monroe, but soon petered off. (Lange and Murray met while making Bus Stop, in which Lange played a supporting role. They married soon thereafter.) Apparently, he was more interested in politics. (Leonard Maltin wrote that Murray saw his artistic work as a form of “community service.” Maltin may be right about that, but I am fairly sure that he is wrong in claiming that Lange and Murray married in 1961, shortly before divorcing, as opposed to 1956.) He’s done some excellent work over the years, but after the early 1960s, tended to work mostly on TV, and beginning in the 1970s, worked often in forgettable productions. Cheese, as well as Lange and Murray’s turn co-starring on Broadway in Same Time, Next Year were exceptions to that downward spiral. In Cheese, Murray employs subtle nuances of speech and mannerism to express his character’s ethnic background.

Hope Lange and Don Murray may have divorced 42 years before her death, yet their names will always be associated with each other.

Emmy, Oscar, and Tony Award-winner Jonathan Tunick is best known for his work on Broadway, where he is one of the top arrangers working on the musical stage, and is indelibly associated with productions of Stephen Sondheim’s works. Tunick had previously worked with Murray on Endless Love (1981).

If you’ve never heard of Robert Jiras (1922-2000), it’s probably because this is the only film he ever directed. Jiras worked as a makeup man on some of the most important movies of some of the biggest directors in the business – Elia Kazan, Robert Wise, Robert Rossen, Otto Preminger, Arthur Penn and Robert Altman – and occasionally as a producer (The Boys in the Band and The Parallax View, which was produced by Alan J. Pakula, Lange’s second husband). This movie was clearly a labor of love for the mom-pop production team that made it – but it was not a vanity production.

I read somewhere that Sam Peckinpah felt that anytime he managed to create something of value, he had beaten the modern system of studio “suits” seemingly dedicated to the promotion of schlock. To spend one’s career as a makeup man on quality pictures, is already more than can be said for the typical Hollywood careerist. But for once in Robert Jiras’ life, he got behind the camera, and when he did, he created something of value.

After Cheese, Robert MacNaughton, now 38 years old, did only three TV movies and a 1987 guest gig on Newhart, ending his TV and movie acting career in 1987. I hope that he found a field that he was as good at as he was at acting, and which has given him joy.

posted by Nicholas at 11/11/2005 08:09:00 PM


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Witness said...
Karyn Kupcinet was killed by a karate chop to the neck -- that is my theory of a case I have followed for decades. Her father considered himself a serious journalist. So when Ruby shot Oswald he got in touch immediately with a "mutual friend" of both him and Ruby. Ruby too had grown up in Chicago. Anyway the word was out. Kup was trying to uncover what he could in his corner of the world re the Kennedy Assassination. So during that week, he wasn't too sharp about what his daughter was up to. She had been murdered on Thanksgiving and lay dead for 3 days till Marcia Goddard found her in her apartment. David Lange lived below Karyn's apt - to correct a mistake. And she was found lying on her stomach - another mistake. A hitman killed her to send a warning to him and other nosy reporters. Come to my blog.
11/28/2005 05:51:00 P.M.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Nonagenarian Survivors of Jap Sneak Attack Attend Memorial Ceremony at Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor survivors in their 90s attend solemn ceremony
By Associated Press
December 7, 2017 at 8:25 p.m. CST

HONOLULU (AP) — Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony marking the surprise bombing raid that plunged the U.S. into World War II.

About 20 survivors attended the event at a grassy spot overlooking the harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. They were joined by about 2,000 Navy sailors, officials and members of the public.

Gilbert Meyer, who lived through the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing, said he returned to pay his respects to his shipmates from the USS Utah — and say a prayer for them.

The 94-year who lives near Lytle, Texas, was an 18-year-old fireman first class when a torpedo hit the port side of the Utah. He said he's still alive because he happened to be on the ship's starboard side.

"I think about my shipmates and how they were killed. It reminds me that we're lucky we got off and we've made a good country for them," Meyer said.

Meyer later served in the battles at Attu, Kiska, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He witnessed Japan's surrender in 1945 from the deck of the USS Detroit in Tokyo Bay.

Herbert Elfring remembered hearing bombs explode and first thought the explosions were U.S. training exercises.

Then a fighter plane with Japan's World War II Rising Sun insignia strafed the Camp Makaole base where Elfring, 19 at the time, was serving. The bullets missed him by about 15 feet (5 meters).

"When I looked up and saw the red ball on the fuselage I knew it wasn't our plane," he said. "I knew it was a Japanese plane."

The Jackson, Michigan man is now 95 and said returning to Pearl Harbor for the anniversary of the attack makes him feel special because he's one of the few remaining survivors.

"I have one of those caps that says 'Pearl Harbor Survivor' on it," he said. "It's amazing how many people come up and thank me for my service."

Elfring was in the military for the entire war, serving in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and the Philippines. When it ended, he went to the University of Michigan on the GI Bill, worked for a gas and electric company and raised family of five.

The ceremony began with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. in honor of those who lost their lives — the same time the attack began. Four Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 fighter jets broke the silence, with one plane peeling off from the group to symbolize servicemen still missing.

"The heroes with us today ensured Pearl Harbor would not be the end of the story," said Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift. "Instead of retreating from the fight, America's Pacific Fleet dug in its heels. Along the way, they forged a cultural heritage of resilience that sailors continue to draw upon today."

The Navy and National Park Service host the ceremony each year. Usually, a Pacific Fleet vessel with sailors manning the rails passes by the USS Arizona Memorial during the event. This year, no ship participated because of naval operational commitments, said Bill Doughty, a spokesman for Navy Region Hawaii.

More than 2,300 servicemen were killed in the assault by Japanese airplanes. Nearly half were on the USS Arizona, which exploded and sank after it was hit by two bombs. Most of the Arizona's fallen are entombed in the battleship, which lies at the bottom of the harbor.

"December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy": Remembering the Japanese Sneak Attack on Pearl Harbor (Massive Photoessay, Documents, and Articles)

The Jap Sneak Attack: Pearl Harbor Day, 2016 (Massive Photoessay, Documents, and Articles)
By Nicholas Stix

"December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy": Remembering the Japanese Sneak Attack on Pearl Harbor (Massive Photoessay, and Collection of Documents and Articles)
Pearl Harbor Day, 2014 (Photoessay)
Remembering Pearl Harbor

Those who cannot remember and prize America’s past are condemned to be bums.



USS Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning furiously, 7 December 1941. Her forward magazines had exploded when she was hit by a Japanese bomb. At left, men on the stern of USS Tennessee (BB-43) are playing fire hoses on the water to force burning oil away from their ship
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.



AP: "In this Dec. 7, 1941 file photo, the battleship USS Arizona belches smoke as it topples over into the sea during a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Wednesday is the 70th anniversary of the attack that brought the United States into World War II."



USS Utah (AG-16): Capsizing off Ford Island, during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, after being torpedoed by Japanese aircraft. Photographed from USS Tangier (AV-8), which was moored astern of Utah. Note colors half-raised over fantail, boats nearby, and sheds covering Utah's after guns.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.


Sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken USS West Virginia (BB-48) during or shortly after the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor. USS Tennessee (BB-43) is inboard of the sunken battleship. Note extensive distortion of West Virginia's lower midships superstructure, caused by torpedoes that exploded below that location. Also note 5"/25 gun, still partially covered with canvas, boat crane swung outboard and empty boat cradles near the smokestacks, and base of radar antenna atop West Virginia's foremast.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection.


By Nicholas Stix
December 7, 2011

(Reprinted from the 2009 commemoration, plus 20 photographs from U.S. National Archives shot during and after the sneak attack, an anonymous essay on the devastation, and a new AP article.)

"December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy." (Listen to the recording here.)

That's how FDR reacted to the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, which claimed over 3,500 casualties: 2,335 servicemen killed, 68 civilians killed, and 1,178 wounded, half the Pacific Fleet, and 188 fighter planes on the ground. (Back then, as in my childhood during the War in Vietnam, we didn't use the euphemism "injured," as if someone had gotten hurt in an accident.)


"The moment the magazine exploded on the destroyer USS Shaw…"/AP


Prior to 911, Pearl Harbor was the deadliest attack on American soil. Just because it's now number two, is no reason to forget it. Indeed, there are very good reasons to never forget it: 1. The carnage itself bears remembering—those were American boys lost while serving their country, our country; 2. The fact that Pearl was a huge military base, yet was totally unprepared for the attack; and 3. The way America fought back.


Although at the time, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was by far the most leftwing president we had ever had, you will not find him shying away from giving offense to the enemy, or permitting enemy fronts to dictate war, propaganda, or domestic social policy, as both George W. Bush and the John Doe calling himself "Barack Obama" have done. We did not permit our enemies to immigrate into the United States, and give them legal privileges we do not even give our own patriotic citizens. We did not have a President who has openly expressed his loyalty to the enemy. Indeed, we called our enemies, "the Japs" and "the Gerries," and ridiculed them relentlessly, the way one does when one is serious about winning, and interned thousands of their co-ethnics who were on American soil.


America cannot prosecute a war multiculturally and win, because the whole point of multiculturalism, as devised by racial socialists, is to make America unable to defend herself against enemies foreign and domestic, and thereby destroy her.

And so we have spectacles such as Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff, who is more worried about the feelings of Moslem terrorists than about protecting his own men, and thus not only tolerating, but retaining and promoting, and thus encouraging murderous terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan.

Unlike the Japs on December 7, 1941, Hasan gave abundant warning of what he was about. But the Army variously ignored and censored the truth, and 14 people, including one unborn child died, so as not to offend Hasan's delicate, Moslem terrorist sensibilities.

And still, the Army and Marine Corps prostrate themselves before our enemies. Army Colonel Scot Mackenzie censors the truth, when he writes that the Afghans have a "God-willing mentality." Colonel, you know damned well, that that's an "Allah-willing" mentality.

But according to Time's Mark Thompson, U.S. Marine Corps Captain Jason Moore goes


Colonel Mackenzie one better: He apologizes for our protecting our own men.

Joint U.S.-Afghan operations are plagued by mistrust, with the living quarters of allied and Afghan troops separated by walls, razor wire, guarded gates and machine-gun nests. "Currently, coalition forces eat, sleep and play in separate spaces from the people they are trying to train," U.S. Marine Captain Jason Moore noted in a report earlier this year for the Corps' Command and Staff College at Quantico, Va. In part, that's because Taliban sympathizers in the Afghan military have shot and killed U.S. troops. "Intentional or not, it conveys a sense of distrust, hostility and disrespect to their hosts."


They're trying to kill us, but God—or is that "Allah"—forbid, we should offend their delicate, Moslem terrorist sensibilities.

And please remind me why we're heading towards a tab of $1 trillion in Afghanistan alone, defending people who are literally shooting us in the back. If this country weren't led by traitors, we would have long ago drummed Gen. Casey—who owes his present job to that great embracer of Islam, George W. Bush—out of the Army, and Capt. Moore out of the Marine Corps. Instead, Casey is on his way to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Moore is on his way to being a general officer, because disloyalty to America is the surest way up the military career ladder, these days.


One more thing—when reading the passages,

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory….

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger,

Keep in mind that a "premeditated invasion" has been undertaken against America in the present day, and that "There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger."

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FDR's Pearl Harbor Speech

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message.

And, while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.


It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.



Japan has therefore undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense, that always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.


I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

Franklin D. Roosevelt - December 8, 1941

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(My thanks to the good folks at The History Place for publishing FDR's speech online. A tip 'o the hat, as well, to Diana West.)



Pearl Harbor

(I found this unsigned article, along with many of the pictures appearing in this presentation, at this Web site, whose anonymous proprietor I heartily thank.)

On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the aircraft carriers and one of the battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island, where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States).



In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu, he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers, which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe, and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.



At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 "Kate" torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 "Val" dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.


When it was over, the U.S. losses were:


USA : 218 KIA, 364 WIA (WIA=Wounded in action).

USN: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.

USMC: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.

Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.

TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.


USS Arizona (BB-39): Total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.

USS Oklahoma (BB-37): Total loss when she capsized and sank in the harbor.

USS California (BB-44): Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.

USS West Virginia (BB-48): Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.

USS Nevada (BB-36): Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.

USS Pennsylvania (BB-38): Light damage.

USS Maryland (BB-46): Light damage.

USS Tennessee (BB-43): Light damage.

USS Utah (AG-16) (former battleship used as a target): Sunk.


USS New Orleans (CA-32): Light damage.

USS San Francisco (CA-38): Light damage.

USS Detroit (CL-8): Light damage.

USS Raleigh (CL-7): Heavily damaged, but repaired.

USS Helena (CL-50): Light damage.

USS Honolulu (CL-48): Light damage.


USS Downes (DD-375): Destroyed; parts salvaged.

USS Cassin (DD-372): Destroyed; parts salvaged.

USS Shaw (DD-373): Very heavy damage.

USS Helm (DD-388): Light damage.


USS Ogala (CM-4): Sunk, but later raised and repaired.

Seaplane Tender

USS Curtiss (AV-4): Severely damaged, but later repaired.

Repair Ship

USS Vestal (AR-4): Severely damaged but later repaired.

Harbor Tug

USS Sotoyomo (YT-9): Sunk but later raised and repaired.


188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S Army Air Corps).




Pearl Harbor Attack Remembered at 70th Anniversary

December 7, 2011

 Associated Press

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – The Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor and those who lost their lives that day are being remembered Wednesday on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II.

About 120 survivors will join Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, military leaders and civilians to observe a moment of silence in Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time -- the moment the attack began seven decades ago.

About 3,000 people are expected to attend the event held each year at a site overlooking the sunken USS Arizona and the white memorial that straddles the battleship.

The Pearl Harbor-based guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon will render honors to the Arizona and blow its whistle at the start of a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. -- the same time 70 years ago the first Japanese planes began to attack.

F-22 jets flown by the Hawaii National Guard are due to soar overhead in a missing man formation to finish the moment of silence.

Mal Middlesworth, a Marine veteran who was on the USS San Francisco during the bombing, will deliver the keynote address.

President Obama hailed veterans of the bombing in a statement proclaiming Wednesday "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."

"Their tenacity helped define the Greatest Generation and their valor fortified all who served during World War II. As a nation, we look to December 7, 1941, to draw strength from the example set by these patriots and to honor all who have sacrificed for our freedoms," he said.

Also this week, five ash scattering and interment ceremonies are being held for five survivors whose cremated remains are returning to Pearl Harbor after their deaths.

On Tuesday, an urn containing the ashes of Lee Soucy was placed on his battleship, the USS Utah, which is lying on its side near the place where it sank 70 years ago. The ashes of Vernon Olsen, who was on the Arizona during the attack, will be placed on his ship late Wednesday.

The U.S. lost 12 vessels that day, but the Arizona and the Utah are the only ones still sitting in the harbor. The ashes of three others are being scattered in the water in separate ceremonies this week.