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Today is JFK's 100th birthday. A good time to reflect on far we've come...and fallen.

The Kennedy Library is honoring the Centennial all year:

Warner Brothers' film PT 109 was unique in that its tale of a President's wartime heroics was released while the President was occupying the Oval Office. Released in 1963, JFK was still with us and had a say in casting Cliff Robertson as himself. He was wary of some teen idol getting the part! ;) A solid cast (Ty Hardin, James Gregory, and Robert Culp) back up Robertson in an inspiring tale of a man's leadership and refusal to give up in what appeared to be hopeless circumstances.

One telling scene late in the film shows a crewman apologizing for 'blowing his top' while things were looking grim and Lieutenant Kennedy assuring him that he wanted men around him who would speak their minds, which carried over into the White House. His brother Bobby was usually on the same page but spoke his mind when he thought JFK needed to hear it, and other close friends/staffers did the same. Imagine a President welcoming opposing views!

This movie will make your hair stand on end. We came close, very close. JFK had to fight his own generals throughout his Administration but never more than during the Cuban Missile Crisis. They wanted to strike at the missiles in Cuba or just go straight for Moscow. JFK did consider knocking out the missiles in Cuba but knew things would escalate, so did his best to find another way. He stared down into the nuclear abyss and got us out to the other side unscathed.

After this crisis, JFK worked to move toward a detente with Khrushchev, believing that the alternative of continued Cold War confrontations was far too dangerous to continue.

P.S. General Curtis LeMay (USAF) ("Those damned Kennedys!") was satirized in Dr. Strangelove (1964).
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This month is the Centennial Birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29th).

We celebrate a man who:

Pushed for aid to the elderly (which was passed as Medicare after his death).

Supported the Civil Rights Movement (reluctant at first, he worried that Southern Democrats blocking his programs in Congress would be even more combative but once he decided to support the movement, he was all in, making the first speech about civil rights from the Oval Office (June 11, 1963) and welcoming Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March On Washington organizers to the White House after a successful event on August 28, 1963).

After staring down into the nuclear abyss during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, he began to work toward a detente between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.

Oh, yeah, he saved the world from blowing up!

He gave a speech at American University on June 10, 1963, signaling his desire to start thawing relations with the Soviet Union.

He succeeded in pushing through the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty on August 5, 1963.

He quietly approved a NSAM memo (October 11, 1963) to withdraw American advisors from Vietnam to conclude by the end of 1965. Withdrawals began before his trip to Dallas. After his death, a subsequent NSAM memo reversed this policy. He gave an interview to Walter Cronkite on September 2, 1963 that said the Government would not withdraw, but no candidate for President in 1964 would ever admit otherwise. The memo showed his intent. During the interview, he also said that the war would have to be won by the Vietnamese. "It's their war." He wanted no part of American ground troops in Southeast Asia.

Constantly held off his own generals, who wanted to invade Cuba (Operation Northwoods was a plot to kill Americans and blame Cuba. JFK walked out of the meeting. Needless to say, he didn't approve the operation.). During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the generals wanted to attack the missile sites, very likely triggering a nuclear response from Russia. They also wanted to launch a pre-emptive strike against Moscow. JFK refused. The generals considered JFK 'soft on Communism'. Air Force General Curtis LeMay (satirized in Dr. Strangelove) despised JFK and his brother, too, openly voicing his contempt.

JFK did come to the Presidency as a Cold Warrior, but no candidate, either Democrat or Repuplican, could afford to be accused of being 'soft on Communism' in 1960. He gradually realized that it was too dangerous to continue the arms race, especially after the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He was a visionary who predicted we would send a man to the moon and bring him back safely before the decade was out. The first moon landing was July 20, 1969.

Some links:
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Just a little something I came across while doing some research on YouTube:

Remember, LBJ was possibly involved in another conspiracy, the Gulf of Tonkin Incidens. This fraudulent incident gave him the power (handed to him by a spooked Congress) to start sending thousands of combat troops to Vietnam.

BTW, a National Security Action Memo issued by JFK on October 11, 1963, approved of the withdrawal of 1,000 American military advisers by the end of 1963, with gradual complete withdrawal. Four days after his death, a new NSAM (273) approved that policy, with embedded policyspeak added that did signal a change on withdrawal.
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Interesting factoid: Four Presidents (3 future) were in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

JFK and LBJ.

Richard Nixon.

George H.W. Bush.

Wow, what are the odds?

Nixon had attended a conference of the Pepsi-Cola Company representing his law firm for the client. After his defeat for Governor of California in 1962 ("You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore!") he had returned to private practice. He flew out of Love Field a few hours before Kennedy flew in.

Bush spoke to a meeting of the American Association of Oil Drilling Contractors at the Sheraton Hotel on the evening of November 21, 1963.

Both Nixon and Bush couldn't remember where they were when they heard the news of JFK's shooting, the only two adults of their generation with such memory problems. Nixon finally recalled where he was, but he told two different stories. Bush didn't remember for 30 years, and he said he was in Tyler, Texas, though Barbara Bush's own memoir contradicts him. He was also an active member of the CIA at the time.
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Hi, all! As we approach the Inauguration (*shudders*), I thought I'd post these YouTube videos for comparison purposes. If JFK isn't your guy, I'm sure you can find plenty of Inaugural speeches and pageantry for other Presidents, but if you stick with me, here are some random thoughts:

This shows JFK's speech of thanks to Frank Sinatra for putting together this Inaugural Gala, and it was mentioned that some Broadway shows had to shut down temporarily as the plays' stars were all in Washington! I'm just guessing that there won't be the same amount of A-listers at Trump's Gala.

This speech is Cold War-heavy, but JFK came to office a committed Cold Warrior. He began to move away from that position, however, especially after staring down into the abyss of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. After that he pushed hard for a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (signed by him in 1963), better communications between him and Khrushchev (the infamous Hot Line), and efforts to lay the foundation for detente between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. His speech in June of 1963 at American University emphasized that peace should not be a Pax Americana, but a global peace. He also had quietly committed to pulling the American advisors out of Vietnam, keeping it on the downlow because he had to get re-elected in 1964, but he thought it was crazy talk to commit U.S. ground troops there. He publicly called it Vietnam's war to win.

Anyway, the Inaugural Speech itself is delivered forcefully and with eloquence. Think of that as you listen to Trump hem and haw and probably attack his critics in his speech. I don't know how this guy is going to last in office. Presidents are criticized for what they eat for breakfast. Thin skins don't last long in the Oval Office.

Finally, a short piece by Movietone News (still going strong in 1961!), that gives an overview of the day. It was a brilliant day, cold and clear, and as anyone in snow country knows, the sky is incredibly blue and the air sharp and clean on a day after a major snowstorm. So began the American Camelot, glittering like diamonds. :)
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Today is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Equated with JFK's assassination and 9/11, December 7th was a psychic shock for the country. Despite knowing in the backs of their minds that they would be dragged into the war, Americans had hoped against hope to be spared getting involved. After taking part in the War To End All Wars a generation before, they wanted nothing to do with Europe's latest conflagration. Yet this new war was not just in Europe but in the South Pacific, too. Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Fascist Italy were all teamed up to conquer the world.

Winston Churchill knew that it was the turning point of the war. FDR had invented Lend-Lease to help Great Britain survive and to aid the U.S.S.R. Yet even Roosevelt could not lead a people that wanted to stay out of the war until Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese were supposed to meet with Secretary of State Cordell Hull on December 7th and deliver their Government's ultimatum, but delays in transcribing meant that they met with Hull after the attack. The image enraged America: the ambassadors from Japan supposedly meeting to talk peace while the Japanese military attacked Pearl Harbor on a quiet Sunday morning.

Hitler did FDR a favor. He declared war on the U.S. soon after FDR's declaration of war on Japan. Americans would have resisted a Europe First strategy without that German declaration.

The rallying cry throughout the war would be, "Remember Pearl Harbor!" A pity more people don't remember the anniversary.

American Movie Classics are showing World War II movies all day long and the 1970 film, Tora! Tora! Tora! about the attack on Pearl Harbor at 8:00 EST tonight.

Finally, here's a video of JFK visiting the Arizona Memorial in 1963. The Memorial was completed in 1962 and he was the first U.S. President to visit it. All Presidents have followed his lead.

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After watching parts of the Presidential debates I decided to seek out the first one in 1960. I'd seen excerpts from it but watched the entire debate and was struck by how Kennedy and Nixon acted like, well, adults. And that their audience fully expected them to act like adults and to respect each other. If they hadn't, they would have been roundly criticized by every Op-Ed in the country. The campaign trail could be more rough-and-tumble, but a debate in front of the entire country was expected to show two men acting presidential. If  either one had said to the other, "You belong in jail", people would have been appalled.

Of course, civic discourse in 1960 didn't consist of screaming and shouting at each other. Interruptions? The moderator would have squelched that. The candidates disagreed without insulting each other. In-your-face was for hoodlums and people who didn't know how to act in polite society. And get this, the candidates ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT THE ISSUES!!!   

You know, it would be funny if it wasn't so important that Trump and his right wingnuts are making a pre-emptive strike about voter fraud and vowing not to accept the results if Hillary wins. Does Florida in 2000 ring a bell, with massive indication of a stolen election? What is this, a banana republic? Or just Trump's ego unable to accept defeat whether it's close or a landslide?

Trump vs JFK or Nixon would have been verbally shredded.

Here's a link to the first debate if you're interested: There are also excerpts available.

I'll be voting Tuesday. I prefer the excitement of Election Day, a communal experience, to early voting. Some people will have voted 46 days early by Tuesday! Too much can happen in that span of time, IMO. Besides, it's like TV used to be: you knew millions of people were watching with you at the same time. Why do we stop and watch a show or movie we already have on DVD? It's that human need to connect in a social way, even if your fellow watchers are unseen. They're out there. Netflix isn't quite the same. Of course, if I'm stuck in line for hours, I may rethink this early voting thing! ;)

Remember, folks, vote early and often! ;)
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Supergirl 2X2; Timeless 1X3; The Flash 3X3; Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4X4; Arrow 5X3; Legends Of Tomorrow 2X2

Spoilers Galore! )
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Yesterday I posted Was Oswald The Lone Assassin? in observance of the 52nd anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.

So today:

Who Wanted JFK Dead, Who Had Opportunity, And Who Had The Means To Cover It Up? )
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I’ve been hanging out at Youtube a lot lately and while enjoying subjects as diverse as silent movies (Georges Melies a favorite), animated DC and Marvel, and other stuff, I got sucked into JFK assassination videos after starting out with such innocents as JFK swimming at Santa Monica Beach in 1962 or other fun stuff like his press conferences. Man, some of the researchers are definite tin foil hatters, but there’s a lot of solid stuff out there. Some of it I’ve known for years and some was new to me.

Tomorrow is the 52nd anniversary of the JFK assassination, so I thought I'd share some thoughts over the next few days.

Lone Assassin or Conspiracy? )
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It was a Friday on November 22, 1963. People we going about their business, eagerly anticipating Thanksgiving the following week and the weekend closer on the calendar. Talk of Christmas presents and plans began to be bandied about. It was a pleasant, ordinary day during the New Frontier, and the President and First Lady were heading to Dallas that day. Most people just tucked that fact away in the backs of their minds if they thought of it at all. It was mostly a political trip, not big state visit or anything, so they concerned themselves with their own lives. The people in Texas were excited by the presidential visit, and others were apoplectic.

An ordinary day in 1963 )
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Yes, friends, it's one of those oddball dates again like 10/10/10 or 11/11/11 that we've had recently. They say some people are getting married on this day even though it's a Tuesday. Ah, well. :)

I did see the JFK special last night for an hour and taped the rest. It's on again tonight. Good home movies and new pix I hadn't seen before. It's amazing to me how he managed to get out of bed in the morning with all that pain. The steroids he was taking to control his Addison's Disease ate away at his spine when he was just starting out in the Senate. He underwent risky back surgery, extra-risky because Addison's Disease makes one prone to infections. He did indeed contract an infection and was given Last Rites at least twice. He'd been at death's door so many times from childhood on that he was pretty fatalistic about assassination attempts, and that's why he didn't worry too much about them.

PBS is also covering the assassination on Wednesday night at 10:00 EST on Secrets Of The Dead. And the cable channels have several specials in the next few weeks, so check your local listings if interested.

Today's my day off and I'm going to see Thor 2: The Dark World! I'll have a review up sometime in the next few days if you're curious. :) I hope to see the Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier trailer. The Thor movie is King of the box office. Marvel is rakin' it in! DC, take note.
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Hi, luvs! Well, Halloween is over and even though there's a whirl of activity around that holiday with buying candy, trick-or-treating, putting together costumes, decorating the house and going to parties, it does seem as if they holiday rush really starts after the candy corn and Jack O'Lanterns.

So, my holiday list has several check-offs: I've got my cards and addressed them but I need stamps. I bought some presents and stocking stuffers but haven't gotten them all. I need some new tags and bows. I plan on decorating Thanksgiving weekend and putting up the tree with my sister's help. Reservations for Thanksgiving dinner have been made. Oh, and I'm going to see Thor 2: The Dark World tomorrow. Yay! :)

A couple of generations ago Christmas shopping started in earnest the day after Thanksgiving, but now we seem to have Christmas trees and music in stores the day after Labor Day! I buy presents throughout the year and store them away until it's time to wrap them because if I see something I think would be good, I buy it. Most of my shopping takes place in the autumn, though. And purchasing chocolates and fruit and other goodies (oranges in the stocking!) of course takes place close to Christmas.

I enjoy the holiday season. There's extra to do but so what? Life can be so humdrum that it's nice to have special things to do and look forward to. My advice for people who stress out is to organize. Even if you're not ordinarily an organizer, try it for the season. If you can get things done pretty early you can sit back and enjoy the season instead of worrying about running out to an overcrowded mall and getting that last present. Most presents are forgotten in six months or less, anyway. Some can be memorable but when I read stories about people camping out in front of stores and ditching Thanksgiving dinner, I wonder where their priorities are.

Enjoy the holiday! These are precious times. People in 1940 might have taken the season for granted. By 1941, they knew nothing would ever be the same again. Grab your piece of history because the tides of history swirl on inexorably and it's up to us to enjoy what we have when we have it. :)

BTW, a little more info on the JFK special here.
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Hi, luvs! PBS is supposed to air a JFK special on American Experience this week. Check your local listings, but it looks like a two-parter on Monday and Tuesday. I can't confirm (Are you kidding? Some days I'm lucky to get into LJ, never mind PBS's site with dial-up!) but they've been doing previews without any info on the day or time. I happened to read it somewhere on-line awhile ago.

Whether you remember the days of the New Frontier, are a JFK scholar, or know nothing about him, you might find this documentary interesting. It's been fifty years, but what JFK faced during his Administration then is surprisingly relevant today in some areas. They will also cover his health issues (How the man survived in that much pain, I'll never know).
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I'm not sure how I feel about Dallas honoring JFK on the 50th anniversary of his death, but I suppose it's better than the city ignoring it.

November 22nd falls on a Friday this year just as it did in 1963.

[ profile] vintage_ads will be holding a one-day event on November 22nd to post JFK-inspired ads.

I better get started on my essay about November 22, 1963. I know a lot of people don't care but a lot of people do. It was an event that left the country numb for four days and for a lot longer than that. JFK was certainly no saint but I'm glad he was in office during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis!
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Well, if there's a way to ruin something good, human beings will find it. The day was glorious, typical for Patriots' Day in the Commonwealth. The Boston Marathon began and the Red Sox played their traditional 11:00 game at Fenway Park. The Bruins would play a hockey game tonight at the Garden and the city would be filled with happy, joyful people.

And then the bombs went off.

Two went off at the Boston Marathon finish line. Two are dead (one an eight-year-old child) and over 50 people injured. Limbs were blown off and panic went through Copley Square. Two more bombs were found, one under the grandstand. The Newtown Connecticut families were in the V.I.P. section.

My sister and brother-in-law were supposed to be there but he had to work at the last minute. They would have been at the finish line.

The city is shut down, the Bruins game cancelled, and the FBI, state police and local authorities are all over the place, including SWAT.

The police and fire responded swiftly, as many were at the site for crowd control and security. They've trained for something like this.

Seconds after the bombs went off, a fire broke out at JFK Library. It's just been reported that it may have been an incendiary device.

No flights in or out of Logan Airport.

Tufts Hospital: lockdown. Only staff allowed to go in.

All cellphone service is shut down.

What a world we live in!
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Well, it took awhile to get here (RL has been slamming me hard lately) but here it is! Hope you enjoy it and thanks for your loyal readership and commentary. I'm going to post a Notes entry right away, if LJ cooperates! ;)

Title: Rainbow’s Freedom (Justice Arc) (61/61)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: (this chapter): Clark/Bruce, Selina/Lois/Kathy (Selina does not appear in this chapter, only alluded to), Alfred, Dick/Roy (Roy does not appear in this chapter, only alluded to), Brendan, Lana Lang, Jack Kennedy, Jonathan/Martha, Lex/Jamie, Hal/Steve/Diana
Series Notes: In the 23rd century, Earth is a technologically-advanced society that practices the ancient institution of slavery. Clark begins training under the Bat and secrets are uncovered as the Abolitionist Movement makes rapid progress with old and new methods. Can Freedom outrace rumors of War as the Galactic Empire rushes headlong to a new future?
The entire series can be found here.
Genres: AU, Drama, Slavefic
Rating: (this chapter): NC-17
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Historic events take place as autumn leaves fall. ;)
Date Of Completion (First Draft): December 3, 2011
Date Of Completion (First Draft) For All 9 Arcs: January 29, 2007-December 3, 2011
Date Of Posting: March 29, 2013
Date Of Posting For All 9 Arcs: March 15, 2007-March 29, 2013
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 2278
Word Count For All 9 Arcs: 479,218
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: The magnificent story cover is by the wonderfully-talented [ profile] ctbn60. Thanks so much, luv! :)

He could smell the salt air and hear the sound of the waves as his blood thrummed with passion. It was all so elemental as he watched the sun sparkle on the waves and Clark’s skin glow with ardor. He was a force of Nature, claiming what was his and freely given. )
bradygirl_12: (christmas tree (sparkling))

Title: Rainbow’s Freedom (Justice Arc) (55/61)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: (this chapter): Clark/Bruce, Lex/Jamie, Jonathan/Martha, Dick/Roy (Roy does not appear in this chapter), Alfred, Hank Stanley, Henry, Chet Kelly, Roy/Johnny, Marco Lopez, Mike Stoker, Lana Lang, Jack Kennedy, Hal/Steve/Diana (Hal & Diana do not appear in this chapter)
Series Notes: In the 23rd century, Earth is a technologically-advanced society that practices the ancient institution of slavery. Clark begins training under the Bat and secrets are uncovered as the Abolitionist Movement makes rapid progress with old and new methods. Can Freedom outrace rumors of War as the Galactic Empire rushes headlong to a new future?
The entire series can be found here.
Genres: AU, Drama, Slavefic
Rating: (this chapter): G
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Christmas is a time for Family.
Date Of Completion (First Draft): November 13, 2011
Date Of Posting: January 27, 2013
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 1882
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: The magnificent story cover is by the wonderfully-talented [ profile] ctbn60. Thanks so much, luv! :)

One day close to Christmas, Clark and Bruce were sitting on the living room couch admiring the tree as a fire crackled merrily in the fireplace and snow came down outside the windows. )
bradygirl_12: (jfk (sun))

Title: Rainbow’s Freedom (Justice Arc) (47/61)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: (this chapter): Kara Zor-El, Alfred, Clark/Bruce, Dick, Lana Lang, Jack Kennedy
Series Notes: In the 23rd century, Earth is a technologically-advanced society that practices the ancient institution of slavery. Clark begins training under the Bat and secrets are uncovered as the Abolitionist Movement makes rapid progress with old and new methods. Can Freedom outrace rumors of War as the Galactic Empire rushes headlong to a new future?
The entire series can be found here.
Genres: AU, Drama, Slavefic
Rating: (this chapter): PG-13
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Kara asks Clark for help while Lana and an ally plot in Washington.
Date Of Completion (First Draft): August 30, 2011
Date Of Posting: December 11, 2012
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 962
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: The magnificent story cover is by the wonderfully-talented [ profile] ctbn60 Thanks so much, luv! :)

Kara walked up to the front door of Wayne Manor and used the brass knocker, the sound of it hitting heavy oak echoing inside. )


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