Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jesse Prince and Scientology

U Can't Touch This MC Hammer (when my oldenst g'daughter was about 19-22 months old my 2nd X and I used to babysit her and when we did that we'd take her to the mall a few blocks away and I'd take her on the escalater, she simply loved it....... anyways, this one time I got in the car with her in arms and my x started the vehicle and this song started...... OMG, she jumped out of the car seat onto the floor and started dancing..... I will never forget and she's now a mom her own self so listen and enjoy before getting into the negativity of the blog and roflyao with me in memories. ttyl ...cal

Teach Your Children CSNY (enjoy) ...cal

Obama - Billary 2008 debate w/Tim Russert
http://www.ask.com/videos?ch=vid&l=dis&o=15527&pg=1&q=%22tim%20russert%20and%20louis%20farrakhan%22&qsrc=180 (I liked the way Obama kind of snickered after the Billary had her say on; reject/denounce!) ...cal

to pronounce especially publicly to be blameworthy or evil
archaic a : proclaim b : to announce threateningly
to inform against : accuse
obsolete : portend
to announce formally the termination of (as a treaty)

1a : to refuse to accept, consider, submit to, take for some purpose, or use b : to refuse to hear, receive, or admit : rebuff, repel c : to refuse as lover or spouse
2obsolete : to cast off
3: throw back, repulse
4: to spew out
5: to subject to immunological rejection

Jesse Prince -Scientology youtube

Jesse Prince Warning about L. Ron Hubbard,
Nov 25, 2010 ... Mirrored from the cultxpt vimeo channel in the hope of informing the Nation of Islam and the public in general: http://vimeo.com/3374670 This ...

Hamburg Symposium 03-2010 - Jessie Prince on
Mar 27, 2010 ... This Video was taken on 26th March 2010 on a Educational Symposium about Scientology Organized by the Workgroup Scientology of The ...

In 1999, former Scientologist Jesse Prince told The Press-Enterprise that after his wife Monika became pregnant while both were working at the Scientology complex Golden Era Productions in Gilman Hot Springs, California, she was ordered to have an abortion in order for the couple to remain in the Sea Org.[14] "The order devastated both my wife and me. Our dedication as Sea Org members clashed violently with our intentions as parents and we went through a personal nightmare," said Prince in an affidavit filed in a legal case in Colorado.[14]

Scientology April 12, 2011 Human Traficking

The Nation of Islam is a mainly African-American new religious movement founded in Detroit, Michigan by Wallace D. Fard Muhammad in July 1930 to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African Americans in the United States.[1] The movement teaches black pride and principles of Islam. They teach that their founder Wallace Fard Muhammad is a Mahdi.[2]

After Fard's departure in June 1934, the Nation of Islam was led by Elijah Muhammad, who established mosques called Temples, Schools named Muhammad University of Islam, businesses and large real estate holdings in the United States and abroad. The Nation of Islam has grown into one of the wealthiest and best-known organizations in black America, offering numerous programs and events designed to uplift African Americans

King James Bible (I found this interesting???) ...cal

1) Lower taxes
Wanniski was instrumental in popularizing the ideas of lower tax rates embodied in the "Laffer Curve," and was present in 1974 when Arthur Laffer drew the curve on the famous napkin for Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.[5]

Over the years, Wanniski repeatedly emphasized high tax rates as the cause of poverty in Africa. Wanniski collected details about the tax structures of various countries in Africa and explained how they were limiting the progress of the poor. These observations ended up as part of an episode of The West Wing

2) The Two Santa Claus Theory is a political theory and strategy published by Wanniski in 1976, which he promoted within the United States Republican Party.[6][7]

According to Wanniski, the theory is simple. In 1976, he wrote that the Two-Santa Claus Theory suggests that "the Republicans should concentrate on tax-rate reduction. As they succeed in expanding incentives to produce, they will move the economy back to full employment and thereby reduce social pressures for public spending. Just as an increase in Government spending inevitably means taxes must be raised, a cut in tax rates—by expanding the private sector—will diminish the relative size of the public sector"[8]. Wanniski suggested this position, as Thom Hartman has clarified, so that the Democrats would "have to be anti-Santas by raising taxes, or anti-Santas by cutting spending. Either one would lose them elections"[9].

The theory states that, in democratic elections, if one party appeals to voters by proposing more spending, then a competing party cannot gain broader appeal by proposing less spending. The first "Santa Claus" of the theory title refers to the political party that promises spending. Instead, "Two Santa Claus Theory" recommends that the competing party must assume the role of a second Santa Claus by not arguing to cut spending but rather offering the more appealing and publicly sellable option of cutting taxes.

This theory is a response to the belief of monetarists, and especially Milton Friedman, that the government must be starved of revenue in order to control the growth of spending (since, in the view of the monetarists, spending cannot be reduced by elected bodies as the political pressure to spend is too great). See also Starve the beast.

The "Two Santa Claus Theory" does not argue against this belief but holds that such arguments cannot be espoused to try to win democratic elections. In Wanniski's view, the Laffer curve and supply-side economics provide an attractive alternative rationale for revenue reduction: that under reduced taxation the economy will grow, not merely that the beast of the government will be starved of revenue, and that that growth is an attractive option to present to the voters. Wanniski argued that Republicans must become the tax-cutting Santa Claus to the Democrats' spending Santa Claus.

One potential result of the Laffer curve is that increasing tax rates beyond a certain point will be counterproductive for raising further tax revenue. A hypothetical Laffer curve for any given economy can only be estimated and such estimates are sometimes controversial. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics reports that estimates of revenue-maximizing tax rates have varied widely, with a mid-range of around 70%.[3]

The Laffer curve is associated with supply-side economics, where its use in debates over rates of taxation has also been controversial. The Laffer curve was popularized by Jude Wanniski in the 1970s, with Wanniski naming the curve after the work of Arthur Laffer. Laffer later pointed out that the concept was not original, noting similar ideas in the writings of both 14th century North African polymath Ibn Khaldun (who discussed the idea in his 1377 Muqaddimah) and John Maynard Keynes.[1] Numerous other historical precedents also exist.

Jacob ( /ˈdʒeɪkəb/; יַעֲקֹב (help·info), Standard Yaʿakov, Tiberian Yaʿăqōḇ; Septuagint Greek: Ἰακώβ Iakōb; Arabic: يَعْقُوب‎ Yaʿqūb) "heel" or "leg-puller"), also later known as Israel (Hebrew: יִשְׂרָאֵל‎‎, Standard Yisraʾel, Tiberian Yiśrāʾēl; Septuagint Greek: Ἰσραήλ Israēl; Arabic: إِسْرَائِيل‎ Isrāʾīl; "persevere with God"[1]), as described in the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, the New Testament and the Qur'an was the third patriarch of the Hebrew people with whom God made a covenant, and ancestor of the tribes of Israel, which were named after his descendants.

In the Hebrew Bible, he is the son of Isaac and Rebekah, the grandson of Abraham and Sarah and of Bethuel, and the younger twin brother of Esau. He had twelve sons and at least one daughter, by his two wives, Leah and Rachel, and by their female slaves Bilhah and Zilpah. The children named in Genesis were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, daughter Dinah, Joseph, and Benjamin.[2][3]

Before the birth of Benjamin, Jacob is renamed "Israel" by an angel (Genesis 32:28-29 and 35:10). The name "Israel" can be translated as "God contended",[4] but other meanings have also been suggested. Some commentators say the name comes from the verb śœarar ("to rule, be strong, have authority over"), thereby making the name mean "God rules" or "God judges".[5] Other possible meanings include "the prince of God" (from the King James Version) or "El fights/struggles".[6]

Not only is the above a gross violation of human rights, it is also a violation of human trafficking laws. Human trafficking is not only about send staff off to far flung places without their consent, it is about detaining them against their will.

Former Mechanics Chief Freewinds
Bill Straass

In memory of Jorge Arroyo

Came across my desk a notice anything nice, Jorge Arroyo a Mexican took his own life within the Freewinds (boat that Scientology uses to deliver services higher "in price"). The full story is in the blog of Mark Rathbun , as described in this blog (Marty's) after adjustment of ethics imposed by the top jeriárquicamente in Scientology, he decided to hang himself and end his life.

This kind of news is most unfortunate, not only is it Latino or Mexican, but by the type of concealment which are then given in this sect is so harmful to society in general. By way of concealing the truth and avoid the bad public relations and responsibility, to light out for what they are now served, the Sea Organization decided to report that he suffered a heart attack.

You Are The Reason ...cal

http://www.learner.org/resources/series54.html (Life's a bitch and then you die, ey? :) ...cal
1. Infancy and Early Childhood (Birth–Age 5)
Beginning with the first years of life, the early influences of the biological and social clocks, how children develop, and how they gain confidence and curiosity are explored.

2. Childhood and Adolescence (Ages 6-20)
This program examines the years before and during adolescence and the stressful task of molding an identity while the biological and social clocks are out of synch.

3. Early Adulthood (Ages 20-40)
Young adults hear the first of many messages from the social clock: to separate from family, get a job, find a mate, set goals, and face reality in this period of intense social growth.

4. Middle Adulthood (Ages 40-60)
Older adults are concerned with creating a legacy for the next generation, changes in life direction, and personal goal achievement.

5. Late Adulthood (Ages 60+)
An examination of the last stage of life, when people consider what they might still do to change or add to their lives.

Eye of the Tiger w/Lyrics

(dedicated to Ron Paul) ...cal

Village People (or not) hmmmmm

Somewhere Out There w/lyrics

GPS Blog

1) Randall William Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) (Randall was born
on my mother's b'day and died on mine) ...cal

2)Rhoads was killed instantly, as were Aycock (36) and Youngblood (58). All
three bodies were burned beyond recognition, and were identified by dental
records and Rhoads' jewelry.

Take a guess where, AFTER 25 yrs of research, WHERE they have decided the best
place to PUT the veri-chip(digital angel) implant in the human body???

"where a human has the least amount of accessible skin. Either the forehead or
top of the hand".

Her story adds up! Gotta be true… except for the slight fact that ex-husband
Peter Marc Jacobson doesn't seem to remember the extraterrestrial meet-and-greet
at all! Could it be that his memory was altered to think their hands were
scarred by matching freak drill bit accidents? Fran seems to think so.

"I said to him, that's what the aliens programmed us to think," Fran explains.
"But really, that's where the chip is."


GPS Capabilities
According to a press release by VeriChip, the corporation distributes a product
called VeriTrace in response to the events of Hurricane Katrina. Basically, it
implements GPS tracking capabilities, giving authorities the ability to track
down missing people during disasters, among other things.

Choice or Not
Since the inception of the chip, it remained a choice for you if you wanted the
chip implanted or not. In response to the question of choice, some states have
enacted Senate Bill 362 in 2007, which makes it illegal to force microchip
implantation on any human being. The government also speaks out for privacy.

VeriChip's VeriTrace Platform Sees Sales Boost
The system, which employs implantable tags to identify and track the remains of
deceased individuals, is seeing gains in sales as states acquire it for disaster

By Mary Catherine O'Connor

Nov. 5, 2007—In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina—which devastated much of the
north-central Gulf Coast in 2005—Gary Hargrove, the coroner of Harrison County
in southern Mississippi, used RFID tags to track human bones unearthed after the
flooding. Marc Poulshock, VP of implantable and emergency management divisions
for RFID solutions provider VeriChip, says Hargrove duct-taped a tag to each
bone. According to Poulshock, Hargrove utilized VeriChip's VeriTrace platform,
designed to help identify and track the remains of deceased
individuals—particularly during large-scale disasters with hundreds or thousands
of fatalities.

VeriChip is better known for its VeriMed product, in which embedded tags are
used to retrieve a living person's medical history. In its third-quarter
financial results, VeriChip reported that its implantable segment, which
includes VeriMed and VeriTrace, generated $53,000, primarily through sales of
its VeriTrace products. (VeriChip also sells RFID patient-tracking systems for
health-care facilities that do not use implantable tags.)

VeriChip's VeriTrace microchip, which is implanted in the remains of deceased

This is the first revenue posted by the division since its initial public
offering, announced in February, and beats the company's earlier projections
that it would not generate revenue until next year. (The company used to market
its implantable tags as part of an access-control system called VeriGuard, but
has since discontinued that product, choosing instead to focus only on
health-care and forensic applications, according to Allison Tomek, VeriChip's VP
of investor relations and corporate communications.)

In 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, VeriChip Corp. donated implantable
chips to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which used them to track and
identify corpses in Mississippi and Louisiana.

When did this calamity happen? It hasn't—yet. But the doomsday scenario is not
far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on
New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large
earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red
Cross no longer opens hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its
workers is too great.

Monday, January 30, 2012

More on John Waltonn/Henry Kravis family back & forth Dems/Repugs

Children First America is an organization associated with the Children's
Educational Opportunity Foundation America. It's mission is to eradicate public
schools in the United States.

Chairman: Richard L. Sharp

Board Members:

Betsy DeVos
James R. Leininger, M.D.
Brother Bob Smith
John Walton

National Board of Advisors
John T. Walton CSF Co-Founder, In Memoriam 1946-2005
Theodore J. Forstmann CSF Chairman and Co-Founder
The Honorable John B. Breaux United States Senator
Eli Broad Chairman, SunAmerica Inc.
James E. Burke Chairman, Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Barbara Bush Honorary Board Member
Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Chairman, The National Center on Addiction and Substance
Abuse at Columbia University
Raymond G. Chambers
Henry G. Cisneros President & CEO, American City Vista
Lester Crown Chairman, Material Service Corporation
The Honorable Thomas A. Daschle United States Senator
Dick DeVos Former President, Alticor Inc.
Stanley F. Druckenmiller

Civic life
In 1995 Forstmann was given the "Patron of the Arts Award" by the National
Academy of Popular Music at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction
ceremonies.[citation needed]

Forstmann dedicated significant personal resources to the cause of education
reform. He was a prominent supporter of school choice. In 1998 he and friend
John T. Walton established the Children's Scholarship Fund to provide tuition
assistance for low-income families wanting to send their children to private
school.[citation needed]

In February 2011, Forstmann became a signatory of The Giving Pledge.[7]
He was an active member of the Republican Party.[8]

Personal life
In December 2006, newspaper reports on the inquiry into the death of Diana,
Princess of Wales alleged that U.S. intelligence agencies had bugged Forstmann's
phone or plane and monitored his relationship with Diana. She and her sons were
said to have planned to visit him in summer 1997, but British security
reportedly blocked the visit over security concerns related to the bugging.[9]

In May 2011, Forstmann was diagnosed with brain cancer and received treatment at
the Mayo Clinic. [10]

Forstmann had two children: Everest and Siya, both adopted from South Africa.

Avionics GPS Systems
Digital Anti-jam Receiver (DAR)
Raytheon's Digital Anti-jam Receiver (DAR) provides the highest possible GPS
accuracy and jamming resistance for all combat aviation missions. The DAR
ensures robust GPS navigation for the full spectrum of military aviation
missions, from precision attack and tactical airlift to unmanned reconnaissance
and strike. It represents the most advanced GPS technology available today,
combining the latest selective availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM)
receiver with the ultimate in digital anti-jam (A/J) technology.

To prevent obsolescence during the host aircraft's service life, the DAR has an
upgrade roadmap that includes all anticipated GPS modernization requirements,
including M-code, the joint precision approach and landing system (JPALS), and
civil airspace compliance.

Hemisphere GPS' Air group specializes in the design and manufacturing of
precision aerial GPS products for farmers, forestry workers, and firefighters.
Our Air Agriculture products are mainly used in row crop spraying, pest control,
forestry and fighting fires.

Hemisphere GPS debuts two videos at the 2011 NAAA Convention!

The billionaire who beguiled Diana... and could have saved her life
By Catherine Ostler

Last updated at 12:09 PM on 22nd November 2011

Besotted: Princess Diana's relationship with Theodore Forstmann was still 'on
the boil' when she died, a new book claims

There was a time when it looked like New York billionaire Theodore `Teddy'
Forstmann might play Aristotle Onassis to Princess Diana's poignantly single
Jackie Kennedy.

While not blessed with the good looks of a dashing Major James Hewitt or her
other lover, swarthy art dealer Oliver Hoare, he was, like Onassis, reassuringly
rich, clever, and more than able to provide private jets and security

Early life
Kravis was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Bessie (Roberts) and Raymond
Kravis, a successful Tulsa oil engineer who had been a business partner of
Joseph P. Kennedy.

KKR & Co. L.P. (formerly Kohlberg Kravis Roberts) is a New York City-based
private equity firm which is going public in a $1.25 billion initial public
offering (IPO). The company has refurbished its hostile takeover image and is
now seen as a kinder, gentler firm with a buy-and-build strategy. "The firm
assembles funds from institutional and wealthy investors and profits from
management fees and its direct interests. An active investor, it often
supervises or installs new management and revamps strategy and corporate
structure, selling underperforming units or adding new ones." In 2006, it had
sales of $4.4 billion and profits of $1.1 billion.

Bilderberg's favourite power couple were spotted: Henry Kravis, head of private
equity giant KKR (assets $60 billion) and his wife, Marie-Josée (Hudson
Institute; International Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve). Then in swept
Washington's hawkish 'Prince of Darkness', Richard Perle (Hudson Institute;
PNAC; Hollinger; former Gaddafi adviser – etc. etc. etc.).

Marc S. Lipschultz; Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Marc Lipschultz, 38, heads KKR's energy and natural resources group, and was a
key figure in the firm' s $45bn deal to acquire TXU, the Texas-based energy
group, in February. Previously at Goldman Sachs, the Harvard Business School
graduate joined KKR 12 years ago.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Occupy USA



You Gonna Fly Keith Urban

The Aryan race is a concept historically influential in Western culture in the period of the late 19th century and early 20th century. It derives from the idea that the original speakers of the Indo-European languages and their descendants up to the present day constitute a distinctive race or subrace of the larger Caucasian race.[1] Belief in the existence of an Aryan race is sometimes referred to as "Aryanism".

While originally meant simply as a neutral ethno-linguistic classification, it was later used for ideologically motivated racism in Nazi and neo-Nazi doctrine and hence also in other currents[clarification needed] such as occultism and white supremacism.

Celtic (Irish) Goddess of love and fertility, later known as the fairy queen. Goddess related to the moon, crops, and farms or cattle. Aine is revered among Irish herbalists and healers and is said to be responsible for the body's life force. A woman of the Leanan Sidhe (Sweetheart of the Sidhe). Some said she was the daughter of Manannan, some said she was the Morrigan herself. There was a stone, Cathair Aine, belonging to her and if anyone sat on the stone, they would be in danger of losing their wits, sit three times and they would lose them forever. Aine was very revengeful, and it was not a safe thing to offend her.

The Morrígan ("phantom queen") or Mórrígan ("great queen"), also written as Morrígu or in the plural as Morrígna, and spelt Morríghan or Mór-ríoghain in Modern Irish, is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have once been a goddess, although she is not explicitly referred to as such in the texts.

The Morrigan is a goddess of battle, strife, and fertility. She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors, and in the Ulster cycle she also takes the form of an eel, a wolf and a cow. She is generally considered a war deity comparable with the Germanic Valkyries, although her association with cattle also suggests a role connected with fertility, wealth, and the land.

She is often depicted as a triple goddess,[1][2][3] although membership of the triad varies; the most common combination is the Badb, Macha and Nemain, but other accounts name Fea, Anann, and others


God and mystuffs
In my dream one night God
appeared. He seemed puzzled.

He spoke to me in a gentle
voice and asked me why I
didn't have faith in him.

I'm sure I looked shocked.
My expression must have
been complete awe.

I looked at him and smiled
and shared that I thought
HE knew every thought I had.

He grinned and admitted that
HE had a lot on His plate and
didn't always know everything
running thru the minds of the
billions of people on earth.

I laughed and looked HIM
straight in the eye. BTW,
HE has wonderfully caring eyes
and indeed the old saying that
the eyes are the mirrors of the
soul IS TWUE. I've gazed into
similar eyes when I've gazed into
my children's and g'kids
and this
time I knew that they did indeed
get their eyes from their FATHER.

Anyways, back on topic here. I
still have a hard time believing
that HE didn't realize my faith.
(I'm still pretty sure HE knows
all and was just testing me earlier.)

I teared up a bit and trembled as I shared with

SIR, I have never doubted, I
have always had complete and
total faith in YOU. It was me
that I didn't trust, it was me
that I questioned.I always knew
that YOU were there.I always
knew that YOU loved me especially
after YOU sent me my first born.
McBride Martina- In my daughter's eyes (With lyrics)
I always knew that I would one
day do YOUR work when YOU were
ready to give my stuffs over to me,
when I had learned that I could
trust me to know YOU well enough
to do YOUR stuffs.I had to learn
first how to trust YOUR faith in me.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Occupy Oakland On the March January 28, 2012



Occupy Oakland On the March




Morozov is a visiting scholar at Stanford University,[2] a fellow at the New America Foundation, and a contributing editor of and blogger for Foreign Policy magazine, for which he writes the blog Net Effect. He has previously been a Yahoo! fellow at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, a fellow at the Open Society Institute, director of new media at the NGO Transitions Online, and a columnist for the Russian newspaper Akzia. In 2009 he was chosen as a TED fellow where he spoke about how the Web influences civic engagement and regime stability in authoritarian, closed societies or in countries "in transition."[3]


Idema charged that the Special Forces operative played by George Clooney was modeled on him. A judge dismissed Idema's claim and ordered him to pay US$267,079 in attorney fees.

2) Sometime in the early 1980s Idema founded Counterr Group (also known as US Counter-Terrorist Group), a business entity which, according to its website, specializes in expert training for counter-terrorism, assault tactics and other security-related services

Jalali wrote an influential critique in the spring of 2002 of the U.S. military role in Afghanistan, arguing that the way the United States used local chieftains in the War on Terrorism "enhanced the power of the warlords and encouraged them to defy the central authorities." He later softened his criticism but pointed out that local militias still play a significant role in working with the U.S. military.



Empathy (Obama)

Although IQ scores are good predictors of academic achievement in elementary and secondary school, the correspondence between IQ and academic performance is less consistent at higher levels of education, and many have questioned the ability of IQ tests to predict success later in life. The tests don't measure many of the qualities necessary for achievement in the world of work, such as persistence, self-confidence, motivation, and interpersonal skills, or the ability to set priorities and to allocate one's time and effort efficiently. In addition, the creativity and intuition responsible for great achievements in both science and the arts are not reflected by IQ tests. For example, creativity often involves the ability to envision multiple solutions to a problem (a trait educators call divergent thinking); in contrast, IQ tests require the choice of a single answer or solution to a problem, a type of task that could penalize highly creative people.

Excerpt:Divergent thinking is a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. It is often used in conjunction with convergent thinking, which follows a particular set of logical steps to arrive at one solution, which in some cases is a "correct" solution. Divergent thinking typically occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing manner, such that many ideas are generated in an emergent cognitive fashion. Many possible solutions are explored in a short amount of time, and unexpected connections are drawn. After the process of divergent thinking has been completed, ideas and information are organized and structured using convergent thinking.[1]

Psychologists have found that a high IQ alone does not guarantee creativity. Instead, personality traits that promote divergent thinking are more important. Divergent thinking is found among people with personalities which have traits such as nonconformity, curiosity, willingness to take risks, and persistence.[2] Additionally, researchers at Vanderbilt University found that musicians are more adept at utilizing both hemispheres and more likely to use divergent thinking in their thought processes.[3]

Activities which promote divergent thinking include creating lists of questions, setting aside time for thinking and meditation, brainstorming, subject mapping / "bubble mapping", keeping a journal, creating artwork, and free writing.[1] In free writing, a person will focus on one particular topic and write non-stop about it for a short period of time, in a stream of consciousness fashion


What Is Empathy? What is Emotional Intelligence?
Empathy is the ability to feel what the other person is feeling. It is to experience their emotions. It is the ability to put yourself in the other person’s shoes in a big and meaningful way. Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage your own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. This is a skill that all great communicators possess (more about this tomorrow).

This site is maintained by Davis Dyslexia Association International to report and track pending legislation in the United States. DDAI supports laws that meet the following goals:

•Increase awareness about dyslexia and divergent thinking styles;
•Promote scientific research into brain function and dyslexia, including research focused on exploring the perceptual gifts and creative talents of dyslexic people;
•Encourage educational research into alternative, innovative and emerging approaches for teaching students with dyslexia and atypical learning styles;
•Provide greater opportunities for dyslexic children and adults;
•Promote educational initiatives that increase options for parents and students and provide individualized support for children with dyslexia.
We have created this blog-based web site as a resource for sharing information about legislative initiatives, as a forum for discussion and exploration of policy issues, and as a communications tool to encourage citizen participation and involvement with their representatives in government.

This site was created during the summer of 2009 and does not track or reference legislation introduced in earlier legislative sessions. Statutes that were enacted in previous years can be found by reviewing the table on the State Dyslexia Laws page.

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You don't need a university degree to care. S. Hein.

Showing Empathy
Awareness & Acknowledgment

Empathy and Sensitivity

Empathy, Understanding and Compassion

Empathy and Conscience

Too Much Empathy?
Einstein Quote
Empathy Deficit

Barack Obama Quote About "Empathy Deficit"

Article on Cultivating Empathy in Children & Youth, by Dr. Arundhati Ray


Empathy and the Process of Socialization

Barack Obama Quote About the Empathy Deficit

There's a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit - the ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes; to see the world through those who are different from us - the child who's hungry, the laid-off steelworker, the immigrant woman cleaning your dorm room.
As you go on in life, cultivating this quality of empathy will become harder, not easier. There's no community service requirement in the real world; no one forcing you to care. You'll be free to live in neighborhoods with people who are exactly like yourself, and send your kids to the same schools, and narrow your concerns to what's going in your own little circle.

Not only that - we live in a culture that discourages empathy. A culture that too often tells us our principle goal in life is to be rich, thin, young, famous, safe, and entertained. A culture where those in power too often encourage these selfish impulses.

They will tell you that the Americans who sleep in the streets and beg for food got there because they're all lazy or weak of spirit. That the inner-city children who are trapped in dilapidated schools can't learn and won't learn and so we should just give up on them entirely. That the innocent people being slaughtered and expelled from their homes half a world away are somebody else's problem to take care of.

I hope you don't listen to this. I hope you choose to broaden, and not contract, your ambit of concern.

From http://obama.senate.gov/speech/060616-northwestern_un/

Music Corporation of America

Ours Taylor Swift (to my babes) ...cal

Superman Taylor Swift (to my babes again, oh yeah and substitute words where needed) hmmmm and i call him babes cause way long time ago my daddy called me baby and i was just learning to talk and tried to imitate him and i somehow said babes when i was drinking a bottle and spit the milk all over my daddy and everywhere........ go figure ey ...your rockin robot reporter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uUo_Z9XPo8 (u don't wanna miss this as it's dedicated to you if u'r reading this) ...cal

Dan E. Moldea, Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA, and the Mob. An explosive and unsparing exposé, Moldea reveals "the Gipper" in the grip of the Syndicate's MCA monolith.

Dennis McDougal, The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood. More on the story of MCA's Lew Wasserman, fixer Sidney Korshak, Screen Actors Guild president Ronald Reagan, and the mob.

Reagan's career sagged after the late 1940s, and he started appearing in B-movies after he left Warners to go free-lance. However, he had a eminence grise par excellence in Lew Wasserman, his agent and the head of the Music Corp. of America. Wasserman, later called "The Pope of Hollywood," was the genius who figured out that an actor could make a killing via a tax windfall by turning himself into a corporation. The corporation, which would employ the actor, would own part of a motion picture the actor appeared in, and all monies would accrue to the corporation, which was taxed at a much lower rate than was personal income. Wasserman pioneered this tax avoidance scheme with his client James Stewart, beginning with the Anthony Mann western Winchester '73 (1950) (1950). It made Stewart enormously rich as he became a top box office draw in the 1950s after the success of "Winchester 73" and several more Mann-directed westerns, all of which he had an ownership stake in.

Excerpt:CareerHis law practice brought him into contact with many mobsters, such as Al Capone,[citation needed][2] Frank Nitti and Sam Giancana. His services were used by the upper ranks of both legitimate and illegitimate business in the United States.

Korshak numbered among his friends many Hollywood celebrities and leading figures in the entertainment industry, including MCA/Universal chief Lew Wasserman, entertainment lawyer Paul Ziffren (the driving force behind bringing the 1984 Olympics to Los Angeles), MGM chief Kirk Kerkorian, Gulf + Western founder Charles Bluhdorn, Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, William French Smith (labor attorney and future United States Attorney General), Edmund "Pat" Brown, Edmund "Jerry" Brown, future Governor of California Gray Davis, producer Robert Evans, Warren Beatty, Barron Hilton and Hugh Hefner.

Korshak was highly successful in the field of labor consulting and negotiations, and his client list included Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, MGM, Playboy, MCA/Universal, and Diner's Club. One of his clients was Jimmy Hoffa, notorious head of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Korshak was heavily involved in the Teamsters' west coast operations during a time when organized labor was at the peak of its activity.

Korshak was an attorney for various elements of the Chicago Outfit. Korshak bought the J.P. Seeburg Corporation and immediately after the company stock rose from $35 to $141.50 a share. He then sold 143,000 shares to pivotal figures in the stock market like Bernard Cornfield, who owned the FOF Property Fund, in Switzerland. Korshak received $5 million from the deal

Universal Pictures is 100% Jew controlled with Lew Wasserman as chairman of MCA (the parent company). Universal president is Sidney Sheinberg with Thomas Pollack as film head.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is run by the half-Jew Alan Ladd, Jr. (his mother being the Jewess Sue Carroll). Paramount Pictures president is the Jew Mel Harris with Martin Davis chairman and Deborah Rosen as communications director.

In November 1962, he was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood with a bullet wound near his heart, an unsuccessful suicide attempt.[2] In 1963 Ladd filmed a supporting role in The Carpetbaggers. He would not live to see its release. On January 29, 1964 he was found dead in Palm Springs, California, of an acute overdose of "alcohol and three other drugs", at the age of 50; his death was ruled accidental.[8] He was entombed in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Not until June 28, 1964 did Carpetbaggers producer Joseph E. Levine hold an elaborate premiere screening in New York City with an afterparty staged by his wife at The Four Seasons Restaurant.[9]

Alan Ladd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1601 Vine Street.[10] His handprint appears in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Hollywood.

[edit] Personal life He had married a high-school acquaintance, Midge Harrold. Their only child, a son named Alan Ladd, Jr., was born in 1937. Ladd's stepfather died suddenly. Then his mother, who suffered from depression, committed suicide by poison.

In 1942, Ladd married his agent/manager, former movie actress Sue Carol.

Ladd owned properties in Beverly Hills and, in Palm Springs, Alan Ladd Hardware. His son by his first wife Midge Harrold, Alan Ladd, Jr., is a motion picture executive and producer and founder of The Ladd Company. His daughter actress Alana, who co-starred with her father in Guns of the Timberland and Duel of Champions, is married to the veteran talk radio broadcaster Michael Jackson. Another son, actor David Ladd, who co-starred with Ladd as a child in The Proud Rebel, married Charlie's Angels star Cheryl Ladd, 1973-1980. Actress Jordan Ladd is his granddaughter.[11]

Personal life
As a young woman, Carol married Allen H. Keefer, a buyer for a Chicago stock yard firm, divorcing in early 1929. In July 1929, Carol became engaged to the actor Nick Stuart and the couple married in November.

In 1933 Carol was cleared in a case involving the disappearance of a baby from a Brooklyn, New York family. The family had complained that the baby had been taken for adoption in November 1932 by a woman who said she was acting in behalf of Carol.

Another famous residence is the home at 4961 Cromwell Avenue, designed by Marshall P. Wilkinson. One of the coolest features was the inclusion of a speakeasy, the Silent Woman Pub. Sue Carol bought it from her bandleader husband, Nick Stuart, in 1931. In 1942, Alan Ladd, whose agent/manager was Carol, moved in. Ladd overdosed and died in 1964. The home was later purchased by Scott Cutler of barely-remembered band Ednaswap, whose song "Torn" was later covered by Natalie Imbruglia, another musician long forgotten by all except adoring polysomnambulist Brian Meehan.

CareerCutler had previously been a member of the Los Angeles bands Ednaswap and Annetenna along with songwriting partner Anne Preven.

He has written well-known songs such as "Torn" with Anne Preven for Ednaswap,[1] later covered by Natalie Imbruglia, and "Listen", sung by Beyoncé Knowles in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, for which he received a Critics Choice Award as well as a Golden Globe nomination and an Academy Award nomination. He also wrote "Sanctuary" with Madonna and "No Man's Woman" with Sinead O'Connor. He also co-wrote along with Anne the song "Yo-Yo" to the singer Mandy Moore in 2001. Cutler has helped in the production of Miley Cyrus's album Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus and co-wrote the song "Start All Over" with Fefe Dobson and Anne Preven.[2] He also wrote early in his career "Piano in the Dark" for Brenda Russell, which was nominated for a Grammy. Co-writer and co-producer: Teenager (with Nicholas Littlemore one part of pop-duo Empire of the Sun and Pip Brown a.k.a Ladyhawke). Produced and wrote new songs for Pnau album with Nick and Peter in 2010...

Beyonce and the Illumaniti

Last years
Wasserman pocketed an estimated $350 million from the sale and remained as manager, but with vastly diminished power and influence, until Seagram bought controlling interest in 1995, which then resulted in his role becoming even more marginalized. Wasserman served on the board of directors until 1998. On September 29, 1995, Wasserman was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.

1. Bill Clinton was the final speaker of the evening at UCLA’s Royce Hall where he recalled getting the idea while governor of Arkansas that his state should have a film office. He made a cold call to MCA chairman Lew Wasserman who invited him to Los Angeles to discuss the matter.

2) He also recalled being seated at a dinner at the Wasserman home while president with Rupert Murdoch, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Edie told him he was being introduced to the local “Judeo-Scientology culture.”

OBITUARY: Edie Wasserman, Wife of Lew Wasserman, Dies at 95

In addition, an HBO miniseries titled The Devil and Sidney Korshak is being developed with writer Art Monterastelli adapting.[4]

StoryTotal Recall 2070 takes place in a dark, crowded, industrial and cosmopolitan setting. The government mostly runs at the behest of a small number of extremely powerful companies called "the Consortium" (including computer memory and virtual-reality vacation provider Rekall and android manufacturer Uber Braun). David Hume is a senior detective for the Citizens Protection Bureau (CPB), a police agency. After his first partner is killed by self-aware androids, he is partnered against his wishes with Ian Farve, an earnest and upright officer new to the department. Hume and the CPB often have conflicts with the Assessor's Office (the investigative agency that has sole jurisdiction over crimes related to the Consortium) and with the private security forces of Consortium companies. The main story arcs of the series concern the agendas of the Consortium, Farve, Hume's wife Olivia, and the mysterious manufacturer of Alpha Class androids (including Farve himself). Significant plot elements remain unresolved due to the cancellation of the series; a crucial story arc from the series was the suggestion that the memory expansion used on self-aware androids was part non-human DNA and that a material found by a remote base on Mars could create a hybrid of human and android DNA.

HistoryThe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was founded by Tim Berners-Lee after he left the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in October, 1994. It was founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Laboratory for Computer Science (MIT/LCS) with support from the European Commission and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which had pioneered the Internet.[citation needed]

W3C was created to ensure compatibility and agreement among industry members in the adoption of new standards. Prior to its creation, incompatible versions of HTML were offered by different vendors, increasing the potential for inconsistency between web pages. The consortium was created to get all those vendors to agree on a set of core principles and components which would be supported by everyone.[citation needed]

It was originally intended that CERN host the European branch of W3C; however, CERN wished to focus on particle physics, not information technology. In April 1995 the Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (INRIA) became the European host of W3C, with Keio University becoming the Japanese branch in September 1996. Starting in 1997, W3C created regional offices around the world; as of September 2009, it has eighteen World Offices covering Australia, the Benelux countries (Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium), Brazil, China, Finland, Germany, Austria, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and Ireland.[3]

In January 2003, the European host was transferred from INRIA to the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), an organization that represents European national computer science laboratories



The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA and the Hidden History of Hollywood
Praised and feared by peer and foe alike, Lew R. Wasserman reigned for most of the second half of the 20th century as the undisputed master of Hollywood in his role as Chairman of MCA Universal – a veritable entertainment factory that manufactured movies, television programming, and popular music at a uniform and cost effective pace that invited comparison to the conveyor belt methods Henry Ford once used to fabricate Model Ts.

Born to Russian émigré parents on March 22, 1913, the future master of Music Corporation of America and Universal Studios grew up amid the speakeasies and silent movie palaces of Cleveland, Ohio. Louis Wasserman worked from his early teens as a candy salesman and usher at night while attending public schools during the day. Following high school graduation in 1930, Wasserman worked for Cleveland’s infamous Mayfield Road Gang operating a casino. He met and married Edith Beckerman, only daughter of Mob lawyer Henry Beckerman, and when the casino went bankrupt in 1936, the Wassermans moved to Chicago where Lew became a talent agent for the Music Corporation of America.

Founded in 1924 by Chicago ophthalmologist Jules Stein, MCA was by far the richest and most influential dance band agency in the world, with ties to both James C. Petrillo’s American Federation of Musicians and Al Capone’s skein of nightclubs, brothels and gambling halls. When Stein moved his headquarters from Chicago to Beverly Hills in 1937, Wasserman rose quickly among the ranks in MCA’s drive to monopolize motion picture, stage and radio talent. Among Wasserman’s earliest clients were Bette Davis, John Garfield, Jane Wyman, Betty Grable, and future President Ronald Reagan. Wasserman cemented their lifelong friendship when he negotiated one of Hollywood’s first $1 million movie contracts on Reagan’s behalf in 1941 with Warner Brothers Studios.

That same year, Edie Wasserman bore Lew his only child, daughter Lynne Wasserman. He spent scant time at home through the rest of the decade, devoting his energies instead to building Stein’s MCA into the overweening talent powerhouse in the English-speaking world. By 1946, a merger Wasserman brokered with Broadway talent lord Leland Hayward catapulted both MCA and Wasserman into Hollywood’s stratosphere. Stein named him MCA President at the age of 36 – the youngest chieftain of a major talent agency with power to make or break careers on a par with that of any of the legendary studio moguls, including Jack Warner, Paramount’s Adolph Zukor or MGM’s Louis B. Mayer. Under Wasserman, MCA became known as “The Octopus” because its tentacles extended into every aspect of the entertainment business and its agents were called the “Men in Black” because they all wore the Wasserman “uniform”: dark suit, white shirt, dark tie.

In the early 1940s, Wasserman purchased one of the first televisions sold in Southern California, set it up in his den, and advised all who visited his home that the clumsy gadget with its poor reception and sparse programming would eventually be the most influential means of communication in the world. In his role as MCA president, Wasserman proved his prescience by creating Revue Productions in the late 1940s to produce most of early television’s programs throughout the 1950s, including General Electric Theater, hosted by Ronald Reagan. As Screen Actors Guild president, Reagan oversaw an MCA waiver of SAG bylaws which forbids talent agencies from engaging in TV or film production. The secret waiver gave MCA the advantage of selling stars at the same time that its Revue Production arm hired them, but by the time the waiver came to light in 1960, Wasserman and his army of agents had secured MCA’s position as the most powerful and affluent force in the entertainment industry.

During the 1950s, Wasserman also turned film stars into independent contractors. He made actor Jimmy Stewart a millionaire with a single role in Universal Pictures’ Winchester ’73. By taking his salary in the form of profit participation instead of a paycheck, Stewart paved the way for actors, directors, producers and writers to leverage their celebrity at the negotiating table. Similarly, Wasserman formed independent production companies for stars like Jack Benny, Alfred Hitchcock, Errol Flynn and dozens of other MCA clients, allowing them to minimize taxes while exploiting their star salaries and expanding their influence in movie production.

In 1962, a lengthy federal Department of Justice investigation into MCA’s monopolistic practices resulted in a face-off between Wasserman and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. In order to avoid criminal and civil penalties for alleged anti-trust violations, MCA divested itself of its talent agency at the same time that the company bought struggling Universal Pictures and Decca Records. Literally overnight, MCA quit the talent business and created the largest entertainment assembly line in Hollywood. Building on its Revue library of detective shows, westerns, situation comedies, and specials, MCA and Wasserman transformed the moribund Universal Pictures into Universal Studios: the largest and busiest lot in Hollywood. A backstage motion picture studio tram tour hatched by Wasserman’s brain trust became second only to Disneyland as Southern California’s biggest tourist attraction.

Wasserman succeeded Stein as MCA chairman in 1969, expanding his role beyond Hollywood to Washington D.C. and every corner of the globe. During this period MCA expanded its influence to publishing (Putnam/​Berkley), retail stores (Spencer’s Gifts), banking (Columbia Savings and Loan) and even Yosemite National Park, where MCA monopolized concessions. At its height, MCA had offices in 42 countries and beginning with John F. Kennedy, Wasserman became consigliere and a major contributor to Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and, of course, Ronald Reagan.

While much of MCA/​Universal’s output during Wasserman’s rein was negligible, the studio nurtured a host of producing talent that moved through the Universal TV, music and movie mill as if it were a finishing school before they blossomed on their own, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ron Howard, Stephen Cannell, and Stephen Bochco. During Wasserman’s tenure, the studio won an Academy Award for The Sting and Emmys for enduring programs like Columbo and The Rockford Files, but Wasserman and his successor as MCA president, Sid Sheinberg, were far more interested in profit than art. Thus, MCA led Hollywood’s negotiations to keep wages low and profit margins high, cutting costs at every turn. Sets, stars and scripts were recycled so often that Universal became a universal butt of jokes about Hollywood homogeneity during the 1980s.

His non-stop quest to meld developing technology with his passion for profit continued to make Wasserman an innovator, just as he had been in the early days of television. In the early 1960s, he installed one of the earliest industrial computer systems at MCA headquarters and in the late 1960s, he acquired patents for digital and laser technology that would eventually make MCA the pioneer in developing CDs and DVDs. MCA locked Sony Corporation in an epic struggle to corner the early market on video cassette recording, ultimately winning the battle to make VHS tapes standard in the U.S., but losing the war over MCA’s right to prevent taping off of television in a lawsuit that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Despite MCA’s continued dominance through the 1970s and 1980s in television, popular music, and motion pictures with blockbusters like Jaws, Back to the Future and E.T., Wasserman opted to sell MCA in 1990 to Matsushita Electric for a then-whopping price of $6.13 billion, of which Wasserman’s share was more than $500 million. He and Sheinberg continued to manage MCA on Matsushita’s behalf through 1995, but a falling out with the Japanese over profligacy in the production of the MCA production Waterworld ended in a surprise sale of Wasserman’s beloved MCA/​Universal to the Canadian liquor company Seagram. Within weeks of the takeover, Seagam CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. dismissed most of Wasserman’s executive hierarchy, supplanted Wasserman in all but an advisory role, and slowly eased out the 82-year-old MCA patriarch. In 1998, Wasserman left the MCA headquarters building –renamed for him – for the last time. He continued in his role as a major Democratic Party fundraiser and contributor to Southern California institutions ranging from UCLA to the Holocaust Museum, but bowed out of his beloved motion picture business. He died at 89 in his Beverly Hills estate on June 4, 2002.

Mayor besieged by thousands of tacos after racist remark/TRUE DUALIITY HERE, ey?

Mayor besieged by thousands of tacos after racist remark
By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, January 27, 2012 12:58 EST 93 Topics: Connecticut ♦ East Haven ♦ Jr. ♦ Mayor Joseph Maturo ♦ tacos

When recently asked about his support for Latino rights, the mayor of East Haven, Connecticut said that he “might have some tacos” for dinner. Little did he know, a local group of activists would be happy to take him up on that.

Days later, 500 tacos showed up at Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr.’s office, courtesy of local activists with The Campaign to Reform Immigration for America. Sadly, he wasn’t there to receive them.

“When we delivered the tacos to [the] Mayor, he ran out the back door to avoid us,” the activists wrote on their blog, citing a report in local media. He allegedly had an important meeting to attend.

Unfortunately for Maturo, the taco onslaught has only just begun: activists have pledged to send one more for each person who texts the word “taco” to 69866.

Within about 24 hours of announcing their plan, the group said they received over 3,500 texts. MSNBC noted that by Thursday, over 2,000 tacos had been delivered.

The whole fracas began agents when the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested four East Haven police officers for assaulting and inventing charges against undocumented immigrants. The mayor was confronted by a reporter who noted that there were no Latinos on the town’s police force, and asked what Maturo would do about it.

Local activists have since launched a petition to have the mayor fire Leon Gallo, his police chief, and replace him with someone who will ensure the laws are enforced without discrimination.

While the group said they were disappointed that the mayor was not present to receive his tacos, they left one for him and donated the rest to feed the homeless.

The video below is from CNN, broadcast Jan. 26, 2012.

On November 6, 2007, April Capone Almon apparently defeated Maturo by 21 votes. The slim margin of victory forced an automatic recount. On November 11, the recount showed that Almon won by 63 votes, but discrepancies in the tally resulted in a second recount. The election was certified on November 14, following a second recount. The final total showed that Almon won the election by 25 votes.

In a bid to become major again, Maturo ran against John Finkle for the Republician nomination, where he lost. Maturo decided to run as an independent until John Finkle withdrew from the race. The town Republican committee gave Maturo the party backing. He went on to face Almon in a rematch of the 2007 elections. Just has it happened in 2007, the challenger defeated the incumbent by 31 votes. The slim margin forced an automatic recount, mirroring the events of 2007. After a recount was finished on Saturday, November 12, 2011, Maturo won back the mayor's seat with 34 votes.

In early 2012, when four local policemen were arrested by the FBI accused of being "bullies with badges," Mayor Maturo said, "I don't believe these charges at all," and "I stand by these officers."[3][4] Additionally, when asked what he would do for the Latino community, he replied, "I might have tacos when I go home," a comment that many considered insensitive, especially in the wake of the recent racism problems

"bullies with badges,"

East Haven Police DepartmentThe East Haven Police Department employs over 50 uniformed officers. Crime rose in 2010, but the town's crime index still remains at half the national average.[citation needed]

In 1997, an East Haven police officer, Sergeant Robert Flodquist used excessive force in killing a black suspect. In 2003 a jury awarded the family of Malik Jones two and a half million dollars.[8] The award was later reduced to nine hundred thousand dollars.[9] Flodquist was made the department's public spokesman by Mayor Joseph Maturo.[10]

The Department of Justice began investigating East Haven Police for racial profiling of Latinos in September 2009. On December 2011, The DOJ released a report concluding that "EHPD has engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against Latinos, a violation of the Constitution and federal law." [11] On 24 Janaury 2012, Sergeant John Miller and three officers were arrested by the FBI on charges of conspiracy, false arrest and excessive force and obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation. Press reports indicated a suspicion amongst the investigators that the chief of the department, Leonard Gallo was also involved.[12]

At the arraignment for the officers, several other East Haven officers were present to show their support. Mayor Joseph Maturo and the police union also stood by the officers. The government asked that one, Officer Dennis Spaulding be barred from entering the town for fear he would intimidate possible witnesses

The Jury Finds ...
July 11, 2003|By THE HARTFORD COURANTWith respect to the defendant Robert Flodquist, has the plaintiff proven by a preponderance of the evidence that he violated Mr. Jones' constitutional rights by using excessive force against him? Yes

Has defendant Robert Flodquist proven by a preponderance of the evidence that he is shielded from liability under the defense of qualified immunity because a reasonable police officer in defendant Flodquist's situation could have believed his conduct to be lawful? Yes

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With respect to defendant Town of East Haven, has the plaintiff proven by a preponderance of the evidence that Mr. Jones' constitutional rights were violated by either defendant Robert Flodquist or defendants Robert Flodquist and Gary DePalma as a result of an official practice or custom of the Town of East Haven. Yes

With respect to each of the defendants has the plaintiff proven by a preponderance of the evidence that Mr. Jones sustained injury or damage as a result of the wrongful conduct of that defendant?

Robert Flodquist: Yes

Town of East Haven: Yes

With respect to each of the defendants, do you find that because of his or its conduct, that defendant is liable for punitive damages?

Town of East Haven: Yes

Punitive Damages: $2,500,000

R.I. official says he was targeted in drug charge
April 28, 2011|By David Klepper, Associated Press
— A leading Rhode Island lawmaker charged with marijuana possession and drunk driving in Connecticut said Tuesday that police targeted him because he is a legislator.

Robert Watson, the House minority leader, was arrested Friday after he was stopped at a police checkpoint in East Haven, Conn. Watson addressed the charges Tuesday on the House floor. He told lawmakers that police adopted a more aggressive attitude once they saw a legislative ID in his wallet.

“It seemed from that moment on the whole dynamic changed,’’ said Watson, a Republican. “I was immediately told that I would have to submit to a field sobriety test.’’

East Haven Police Sergeant Gary DePalma, who was working the checkpoint Friday, said Watson’s assertion that he was targeted because he is a lawmaker is “ridiculous.’’

“We interviewed hundreds of people,’’ DePalma said. “I’m sure we talked to lawyers, doctors, carpenters. We don’t care what you do.’’

Watson said he uses marijuana to treat recurring pain from pancreatitis that hospitalized him last fall, but he insisted that he had not smoked any the day of the arrest.

The veteran legislator apologized for creating a distraction as the General Assembly struggles to resolve the state’s fiscal crisis.

Watson failed field sobriety tests and smelled of marijuana and alcohol, according to the police report on the incident. The officer who detained Watson reported that he slurred his words, had bloodshot eyes, and showed difficulty keeping his balance. Police found a small bag of what they believed to be marijuana and a pipe in Watson’s pocket.

Watson faces a May 11 hearing on charges of drunk driving and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He said he will fight the drunk driving allegations and the officer’s depiction of him.

“I wish there had been cameras there,’’ Watson said. “I wish it wasn’t just my word against the police.’’

Watson was in Connecticut to help a friend move and was returning from dinner when he was stopped. He said he had consumed several drinks but was not drunk. An alcohol breath test performed at the police station determined that Watson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.05, below the state’s 0.08 limit.

Watson said he had a small supply of pot with him Friday in case he experienced a recurrence of his pancreatic illness. He said the illness put him in a coma for several days last fall and caused pain that he likened to a gunshot. He turned to marijuana after other medications gave him an allergic reaction, Watson said.

Rhode Island has a medical marijuana law, but Watson never sought a marijuana prescription because he wanted to keep his use private.

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Community reacts to Rep.'s DUI charge
Watson: I was a safe & sober driver
Updated: Monday, 25 Apr 2011, 10:41 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 25 Apr 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

By Melissa Sardelli
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Rhode Island lawmakers are reacting to the news of one of their own being charged with drug possession and driving under the influence .

House Minority Leader Robert Watson (R-East Greenwich-West Greenwich) was arrested Friday after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in East Haven, Conn.

According to a police report , he was charged with operation while under the influence; possession of drug paraphernalia, a wood marijuana pipe; and possession of a controlled substance, less than four ounces of marijuana.

Rep. Watson tells Eyewitness News that he was a safe and sober driver.

•Click here to watch an Eyewitness News in-depth interview with Watson about the comments.
"While confident I was a safe and sober operator, trace evidence of marijuana was discovered and I was charged with operating under the influence, a charge I vehemently deny," Watson said in his statement.

Local lawmakers reacted to the news on Monday.

“I have served with Minority Leader Watson in the House for the past 19 years and I consider him a friend. I am unfamiliar with the details that transpired, but I spoke with Bob today and I offered him my support during this difficult time,” said Speaker Gordon D. Fox.

A statement released by Governor Lincoln Chafee's office said:

Governor Chafee believes the incident in Connecticut involving Representative Robert Watson is very unfortunate. However, the Governor also recognizes that Representative Watson is entitled to due process.

The Guatemalan American-Alliance and the Immigrants in Action Committee are asking Rep. Watson to step down.

“What happen to Rep. Watson is unfortunate and I wish him well as this situation is not only hurting him but also his family, on the political front Representative Watson has to do the right thing and leave the Minority Leadership post for the good of his party, however I do not think Rep. Watson should resign from his representative seat and his constituents should decide that during the next election. I do wish him the best. No one is perfect,” said David A. Quiroa.

Providence's Guatemalan community became angry in February over comments he made in a speech to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce -- questioning the priorities of the General Assembly.

Rep. Watson has called a caucus of his fellow House Republicans Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the House Minority Office at the Statehouse to personally explain what happened.

How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power
Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades. Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today's president

reddit this Ben Aris in Berlin and Duncan Campbell in Washington
The Guardian, Saturday 25 September 2004 18.59 EDT Article history George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.
The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.

His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.

The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator's action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

The debate over Prescott Bush's behaviour has been bubbling under the surface for some time. There has been a steady internet chatter about the "Bush/Nazi" connection, much of it inaccurate and unfair. But the new documents, many of which were only declassified last year, show that even after America had entered the war and when there was already significant information about the Nazis' plans and policies, he worked for and profited from companies closely involved with the very German businesses that financed Hitler's rise to power. It has also been suggested that the money he made from these dealings helped to establish the Bush family fortune and set up its political dynasty.

Remarkably, little of Bush's dealings with Germany has received public scrutiny, partly because of the secret status of the documentation involving him. But now the multibillion dollar legal action for damages by two Holocaust survivors against the Bush family, and the imminent publication of three books on the subject are threatening to make Prescott Bush's business history an uncomfortable issue for his grandson, George W, as he seeks re-election.

While there is no suggestion that Prescott Bush was sympathetic to the Nazi cause, the documents reveal that the firm he worked for, Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), acted as a US base for the German industrialist, Fritz Thyssen, who helped finance Hitler in the 1930s before falling out with him at the end of the decade. The Guardian has seen evidence that shows Bush was the director of the New York-based Union Banking Corporation (UBC) that represented Thyssen's US interests and he continued to work for the bank after America entered the war.


Bush was also on the board of at least one of the companies that formed part of a multinational network of front companies to allow Thyssen to move assets around the world.

Thyssen owned the largest steel and coal company in Germany and grew rich from Hitler's efforts to re-arm between the two world wars. One of the pillars in Thyssen's international corporate web, UBC, worked exclusively for, and was owned by, a Thyssen-controlled bank in the Netherlands. More tantalising are Bush's links to the Consolidated Silesian Steel Company (CSSC), based in mineral rich Silesia on the German-Polish border. During the war, the company made use of Nazi slave labour from the concentration camps, including Auschwitz. The ownership of CSSC changed hands several times in the 1930s, but documents from the US National Archive declassified last year link Bush to CSSC, although it is not clear if he and UBC were still involved in the company when Thyssen's American assets were seized in 1942.

Three sets of archives spell out Prescott Bush's involvement. All three are readily available, thanks to the efficient US archive system and a helpful and dedicated staff at both the Library of Congress in Washington and the National Archives at the University of Maryland.

The first set of files, the Harriman papers in the Library of Congress, show that Prescott Bush was a director and shareholder of a number of companies involved with Thyssen.

The second set of papers, which are in the National Archives, are contained in vesting order number 248 which records the seizure of the company assets. What these files show is that on October 20 1942 the alien property custodian seized the assets of the UBC, of which Prescott Bush was a director. Having gone through the books of the bank, further seizures were made against two affiliates, the Holland-American Trading Corporation and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation. By November, the Silesian-American Company, another of Prescott Bush's ventures, had also been seized.

The third set of documents, also at the National Archives, are contained in the files on IG Farben, who was prosecuted for war crimes.

A report issued by the Office of Alien Property Custodian in 1942 stated of the companies that "since 1939, these (steel and mining) properties have been in possession of and have been operated by the German government and have undoubtedly been of considerable assistance to that country's war effort".

Prescott Bush, a 6ft 4in charmer with a rich singing voice, was the founder of the Bush political dynasty and was once considered a potential presidential candidate himself. Like his son, George, and grandson, George W, he went to Yale where he was, again like his descendants, a member of the secretive and influential Skull and Bones student society. He was an artillery captain in the first world war and married Dorothy Walker, the daughter of George Herbert Walker, in 1921.

In 1924, his father-in-law, a well-known St Louis investment banker, helped set him up in business in New York with Averill Harriman, the wealthy son of railroad magnate E H Harriman in New York, who had gone into banking.

One of the first jobs Walker gave Bush was to manage UBC. Bush was a founding member of the bank and the incorporation documents, which list him as one of seven directors, show he owned one share in UBC worth $125.

The bank was set up by Harriman and Bush's father-in-law to provide a US bank for the Thyssens, Germany's most powerful industrial family.

August Thyssen, the founder of the dynasty had been a major contributor to Germany's first world war effort and in the 1920s, he and his sons Fritz and Heinrich established a network of overseas banks and companies so their assets and money could be whisked offshore if threatened again.

By the time Fritz Thyssen inherited the business empire in 1926, Germany's economic recovery was faltering. After hearing Adolf Hitler speak, Thyssen became mesmerised by the young firebrand. He joined the Nazi party in December 1931 and admits backing Hitler in his autobiography, I Paid Hitler, when the National Socialists were still a radical fringe party. He stepped in several times to bail out the struggling party: in 1928 Thyssen had bought the Barlow Palace on Briennerstrasse, in Munich, which Hitler converted into the Brown House, the headquarters of the Nazi party. The money came from another Thyssen overseas institution, the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvarrt in Rotterdam.

By the late 1930s, Brown Brothers Harriman, which claimed to be the world's largest private investment bank, and UBC had bought and shipped millions of dollars of gold, fuel, steel, coal and US treasury bonds to Germany, both feeding and financing Hitler's build-up to war.

Between 1931 and 1933 UBC bought more than $8m worth of gold, of which $3m was shipped abroad. According to documents seen by the Guardian, after UBC was set up it transferred $2m to BBH accounts and between 1924 and 1940 the assets of UBC hovered around $3m, dropping to $1m only on a few occasions.

In 1941, Thyssen fled Germany after falling out with Hitler but he was captured in France and detained for the remainder of the war.

There was nothing illegal in doing business with the Thyssens throughout the 1930s and many of America's best-known business names invested heavily in the German economic recovery. However, everything changed after Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Even then it could be argued that BBH was within its rights continuing business relations with the Thyssens until the end of 1941 as the US was still technically neutral until the attack on Pearl Harbor. The trouble started on July 30 1942 when the New York Herald-Tribune ran an article entitled "Hitler's Angel Has $3m in US Bank". UBC's huge gold purchases had raised suspicions that the bank was in fact a "secret nest egg" hidden in New York for Thyssen and other Nazi bigwigs. The Alien Property Commission (APC) launched an investigation.

There is no dispute over the fact that the US government seized a string of assets controlled by BBH - including UBC and SAC - in the autumn of 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy act. What is in dispute is if Harriman, Walker and Bush did more than own these companies on paper.

Erwin May, a treasury attache and officer for the department of investigation in the APC, was assigned to look into UBC's business. The first fact to emerge was that Roland Harriman, Prescott Bush and the other directors didn't actually own their shares in UBC but merely held them on behalf of Bank voor Handel. Strangely, no one seemed to know who owned the Rotterdam-based bank, including UBC's president.

May wrote in his report of August 16 1941: "Union Banking Corporation, incorporated August 4 1924, is wholly owned by the Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart N.V of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. My investigation has produced no evidence as to the ownership of the Dutch bank. Mr Cornelis [sic] Lievense, president of UBC, claims no knowledge as to the ownership of the Bank voor Handel but believes it possible that Baron Heinrich Thyssen, brother of Fritz Thyssen, may own a substantial interest."

May cleared the bank of holding a golden nest egg for the Nazi leaders but went on to describe a network of companies spreading out from UBC across Europe, America and Canada, and how money from voor Handel travelled to these companies through UBC.

By September May had traced the origins of the non-American board members and found that Dutchman HJ Kouwenhoven - who met with Harriman in 1924 to set up UBC - had several other jobs: in addition to being the managing director of voor Handel he was also the director of the August Thyssen bank in Berlin and a director of Fritz Thyssen's Union Steel Works, the holding company that controlled Thyssen's steel and coal mine empire in Germany.

Within a few weeks, Homer Jones, the chief of the APC investigation and research division sent a memo to the executive committee of APC recommending the US government vest UBC and its assets. Jones named the directors of the bank in the memo, including Prescott Bush's name, and wrote: "Said stock is held by the above named individuals, however, solely as nominees for the Bank voor Handel, Rotterdam, Holland, which is owned by one or more of the Thyssen family, nationals of Germany and Hungary. The 4,000 shares hereinbefore set out are therefore beneficially owned and help for the interests of enemy nationals, and are vestible by the APC," according to the memo from the National Archives seen by the Guardian.


Jones recommended that the assets be liquidated for the benefit of the government, but instead UBC was maintained intact and eventually returned to the American shareholders after the war. Some claim that Bush sold his share in UBC after the war for $1.5m - a huge amount of money at the time - but there is no documentary evidence to support this claim. No further action was ever taken nor was the investigation continued, despite the fact UBC was caught red-handed operating a American shell company for the Thyssen family eight months after America had entered the war and that this was the bank that had partly financed Hitler's rise to power.

The most tantalising part of the story remains shrouded in mystery: the connection, if any, between Prescott Bush, Thyssen, Consolidated Silesian Steel Company (CSSC) and Auschwitz.

Thyssen's partner in United Steel Works, which had coal mines and steel plants across the region, was Friedrich Flick, another steel magnate who also owned part of IG Farben, the powerful German chemical company.

Flick's plants in Poland made heavy use of slave labour from the concentration camps in Poland. According to a New York Times article published in March 18 1934 Flick owned two-thirds of CSSC while "American interests" held the rest.

The US National Archive documents show that BBH's involvement with CSSC was more than simply holding the shares in the mid-1930s. Bush's friend and fellow "bonesman" Knight Woolley, another partner at BBH, wrote to Averill Harriman in January 1933 warning of problems with CSSC after the Poles started their drive to nationalise the plant. "The Consolidated Silesian Steel Company situation has become increasingly complicated, and I have accordingly brought in Sullivan and Cromwell, in order to be sure that our interests are protected," wrote Knight. "After studying the situation Foster Dulles is insisting that their man in Berlin get into the picture and obtain the information which the directors here should have. You will recall that Foster is a director and he is particularly anxious to be certain that there is no liability attaching to the American directors."

But the ownership of the CSSC between 1939 when the Germans invaded Poland and 1942 when the US government vested UBC and SAC is not clear.

"SAC held coal mines and definitely owned CSSC between 1934 and 1935, but when SAC was vested there was no trace of CSSC. All concrete evidence of its ownership disappears after 1935 and there are only a few traces in 1938 and 1939," says Eva Schweitzer, the journalist and author whose book, America and the Holocaust, is published next month.

Silesia was quickly made part of the German Reich after the invasion, but while Polish factories were seized by the Nazis, those belonging to the still neutral Americans (and some other nationals) were treated more carefully as Hitler was still hoping to persuade the US to at least sit out the war as a neutral country. Schweitzer says American interests were dealt with on a case-by-case basis. The Nazis bought some out, but not others.

The two Holocaust survivors suing the US government and the Bush family for a total of $40bn in compensation claim both materially benefited from Auschwitz slave labour during the second world war.

Kurt Julius Goldstein, 87, and Peter Gingold, 85, began a class action in America in 2001, but the case was thrown out by Judge Rosemary Collier on the grounds that the government cannot be held liable under the principle of "state sovereignty".

Jan Lissmann, one of the lawyers for the survivors, said: "President Bush withdrew President Bill Clinton's signature from the treaty [that founded the court] not only to protect Americans, but also to protect himself and his family."

Lissmann argues that genocide-related cases are covered by international law, which does hold governments accountable for their actions. He claims the ruling was invalid as no hearing took place.

In their claims, Mr Goldstein and Mr Gingold, honorary chairman of the League of Anti-fascists, suggest the Americans were aware of what was happening at Auschwitz and should have bombed the camp.

The lawyers also filed a motion in The Hague asking for an opinion on whether state sovereignty is a valid reason for refusing to hear their case. A ruling is expected within a month.

The petition to The Hague states: "From April 1944 on, the American Air Force could have destroyed the camp with air raids, as well as the railway bridges and railway lines from Hungary to Auschwitz. The murder of about 400,000 Hungarian Holocaust victims could have been prevented."

The case is built around a January 22 1944 executive order signed by President Franklin Roosevelt calling on the government to take all measures to rescue the European Jews. The lawyers claim the order was ignored because of pressure brought by a group of big American companies, including BBH, where Prescott Bush was a director.

Lissmann said: "If we have a positive ruling from the court it will cause [president] Bush huge problems and make him personally liable to pay compensation."

The US government and the Bush family deny all the claims against them.

In addition to Eva Schweitzer's book, two other books are about to be published that raise the subject of Prescott Bush's business history. The author of the second book, to be published next year, John Loftus, is a former US attorney who prosecuted Nazi war criminals in the 70s. Now living in St Petersburg, Florida and earning his living as a security commentator for Fox News and ABC radio, Loftus is working on a novel which uses some of the material he has uncovered on Bush. Loftus stressed that what Prescott Bush was involved in was just what many other American and British businessmen were doing at the time.

"You can't blame Bush for what his grandfather did any more than you can blame Jack Kennedy for what his father did - bought Nazi stocks - but what is important is the cover-up, how it could have gone on so successfully for half a century, and does that have implications for us today?" he said.

"This was the mechanism by which Hitler was funded to come to power, this was the mechanism by which the Third Reich's defence industry was re-armed, this was the mechanism by which Nazi profits were repatriated back to the American owners, this was the mechanism by which investigations into the financial laundering of the Third Reich were blunted," said Loftus, who is vice-chairman of the Holocaust Museum in St Petersburg.

"The Union Banking Corporation was a holding company for the Nazis, for Fritz Thyssen," said Loftus. "At various times, the Bush family has tried to spin it, saying they were owned by a Dutch bank and it wasn't until the Nazis took over Holland that they realised that now the Nazis controlled the apparent company and that is why the Bush supporters claim when the war was over they got their money back. Both the American treasury investigations and the intelligence investigations in Europe completely bely that, it's absolute horseshit. They always knew who the ultimate beneficiaries were."

"There is no one left alive who could be prosecuted but they did get away with it," said Loftus. "As a former federal prosecutor, I would make a case for Prescott Bush, his father-in-law (George Walker) and Averill Harriman [to be prosecuted] for giving aid and comfort to the enemy. They remained on the boards of these companies knowing that they were of financial benefit to the nation of Germany."

Loftus said Prescott Bush must have been aware of what was happening in Germany at the time. "My take on him was that he was a not terribly successful in-law who did what Herbert Walker told him to. Walker and Harriman were the two evil geniuses, they didn't care about the Nazis any more than they cared about their investments with the Bolsheviks."

What is also at issue is how much money Bush made from his involvement. His supporters suggest that he had one token share. Loftus disputes this, citing sources in "the banking and intelligence communities" and suggesting that the Bush family, through George Herbert Walker and Prescott, got $1.5m out of the involvement. There is, however, no paper trail to this sum.

The third person going into print on the subject is John Buchanan, 54, a Miami-based magazine journalist who started examining the files while working on a screenplay. Last year, Buchanan published his findings in the venerable but small-circulation New Hampshire Gazette under the headline "Documents in National Archives Prove George Bush's Grandfather Traded With the Nazis - Even After Pearl Harbor". He expands on this in his book to be published next month - Fixing America: Breaking the Stranglehold of Corporate Rule, Big Media and the Religious Right.

In the article, Buchanan, who has worked mainly in the trade and music press with a spell as a muckraking reporter in Miami, claimed that "the essential facts have appeared on the internet and in relatively obscure books but were dismissed by the media and Bush family as undocumented diatribes".

Buchanan suffers from hypermania, a form of manic depression, and when he found himself rebuffed in his initial efforts to interest the media, he responded with a series of threats against the journalists and media outlets that had spurned him. The threats, contained in e-mails, suggested that he would expose the journalists as "traitors to the truth".

Unsurprisingly, he soon had difficulty getting his calls returned. Most seriously, he faced aggravated stalking charges in Miami, in connection with a man with whom he had fallen out over the best way to publicise his findings. The charges were dropped last month.


Buchanan said he regretted his behaviour had damaged his credibility but his main aim was to secure publicity for the story. Both Loftus and Schweitzer say Buchanan has come up with previously undisclosed documentation.

The Bush family have largely responded with no comment to any reference to Prescott Bush. Brown Brothers Harriman also declined to comment.

The Bush family recently approved a flattering biography of Prescott Bush entitled Duty, Honour, Country by Mickey Herskowitz. The publishers, Rutledge Hill Press, promised the book would "deal honestly with Prescott Bush's alleged business relationships with Nazi industrialists and other accusations".

In fact, the allegations are dealt with in less than two pages. The book refers to the Herald-Tribune story by saying that "a person of less established ethics would have panicked ... Bush and his partners at Brown Brothers Harriman informed the government regulators that the account, opened in the late 1930s, was 'an unpaid courtesy for a client' ... Prescott Bush acted quickly and openly on behalf of the firm, served well by a reputation that had never been compromised. He made available all records and all documents. Viewed six decades later in the era of serial corporate scandals and shattered careers, he received what can be viewed as the ultimate clean bill."

The Prescott Bush story has been condemned by both conservatives and some liberals as having nothing to do with the current president. It has also been suggested that Prescott Bush had little to do with Averill Harriman and that the two men opposed each other politically.

However, documents from the Harriman papers include a flattering wartime profile of Harriman in the New York Journal American and next to it in the files is a letter to the financial editor of that paper from Prescott Bush congratulating the paper for running the profile. He added that Harriman's "performance and his whole attitude has been a source of inspiration and pride to his partners and his friends".

The Anti-Defamation League in the US is supportive of Prescott Bush and the Bush family. In a statement last year they said that "rumours about the alleged Nazi 'ties' of the late Prescott Bush ... have circulated widely through the internet in recent years. These charges are untenable and politically motivated ... Prescott Bush was neither a Nazi nor a Nazi sympathiser."

However, one of the country's oldest Jewish publications, the Jewish Advocate, has aired the controversy in detail.

More than 60 years after Prescott Bush came briefly under scrutiny at the time of a faraway war, his grandson is facing a different kind of scrutiny but one underpinned by the same perception that, for some people, war can be a profitable business.