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  1. clueliss

    Watergate & My Crazy Aunt

    So The Impeachment of Trump 2.0 - and my ability to pay attention to it due to Covid Pandemic Work From Home World is generating some memories for me. And I'm returning to my long neglected blog here to record (and share) this one. I was 9 or 10 years old in 1974. Fourth Grade. My parents marriage was dying - Mom Divorced Dad that year. We moved that summer. But before we moved, I have this very vivid memory of being highly upset one Saturday morning, because the next Saturday morning cartoon should have been Josie and the Pussycats. Only it wasn't. We had live coverage of Watergate Hearings. Being a fourth grader, I couldn't care less. And in 1974 small town, wide spot in the road Kansas you had only a few over the air options for TV. And all of them had the one thing on. Watergate. I didn't understand. Granted, I had no idea how much life was going to change later that year either. I also remember my Crazy Aunt. The maiden aunt who never married, was a teacher at the school for the deaf being rather 'into' all of this. I remember her cutting out newspaper and magazine articles about Watergate and perhaps Nixon and everything going on. And hey, 10 year old, thought it was over the top. I didn't say anything. I wasn't raised that way. Mouthing off about that would have gotten me grounded. And right now. At 56 years old. Watching all of this. This time. Because of the world gone sideways. Because I can pay attention. And because I am THIS upset about what happened. About the Insurrection. About the Abomination that OFM is. I understand my Crazy Aunt and those Watergate Hearings. Now to be honest, part of my wants to say "How many times do you get to watch an Impeachment Trail during your life?" But then I have to stop myself. Because the answer is now THREE. And Nixon came very close to being a fourth. But I was repulsed by what Clinton did, and the lies - but rather ambivalent about the whole Impeachment. And the first Trump Impeachment, I checked out on mentally because deep down I didn't want to get invested in something that I didn't think was going anywhere. And something I didn't think they could prove or change minds about. But this time? This time I'm angry. And I am invested. I'm invested because I sat here listening to and later watching during Work From Home on January 6, 2021. And I cried that day. And I called out to God - many times. And I felt fear and confusion I hadn't felt since September 11, 2001. And because as 2020 wore on, I became increasingly angry at that disgusting excuse for a President and so much time asking in prayer for his removal from office that this time - I'm invested and I'm here for it. So to my aunt - that because of Covid and her dementia - I can't explain any of this to - I'm sorry for my 10 year old self not getting it. Because I get it now.
  2. Vivi_music

    75th anniversary of D-Day

    Tomorrow I'll be at work, like thousands of other people going to work on a Thursday morning. However my heart will be far away on the beaches of Normandy. I would have loved to spend my day in front of the television watching the ceremonies live, even more so in this 75th anniversary. However, life must follow its course here in Montreal. I had the immense chance of working as a young tour guide on the Canadian D-Day beaches in 2012. I lived almost 5 months in Normandy. I was in my 20s and it was my first time living abroad, so far from home and family. I discovered myself and it was not always easy being away from home, but it helped me mature and become a better tour guide (a profession I still do today). As part of our work, we visited all of the beaches, Utah, Omaha, Sword and Gold beach. It was amazing to be immersed in the past like this. Long story short: a great life experience that I recommend to every young person. But the thing I will never forget are the stories I heard and the people I met thanks to my work. I was lucky enough to be invited to a private ceremony on the night of June 6th. On that night, me and my fellow guides listened in amazement to the testimony of a British veteran, describing the sounds that whistled through his ears as he was running on the beach. I still remember that sweet Canadian veteran who visited the beach and museum later during the summer. He simply kissed my hand when I thanked him for his service. Not to mention the generous people of Normandy who shared with us the difficult moments they went through under the German occupation. The Normands are surronded by the remnants of D-Day and WWII, and every generation is very conscious of that. All the ones I met (young and old) carried a special gratitude in their heart for every individual soldier who was part of the Normandy campaign. As June 6th will come and go, I will especially think of my great-uncles, three of them. It was mainly because of them that I decided to embark on the journey to Normandy. Two were uncles on my mother's side and one of my father's side. Each of them had a different position, one in the artillery, a member of the medical staff and lastly a simple and brave foot soldier (his wife was a member of the Canadian Women's Army Corps as well! Go ladies!). They all participated in the Normandy campaign and the liberation of Europe as members of the Canadian Army. I only knew two of them, one having passed before my birth. It was strange to see how different they approched the memory of D-Day as they were aging. One of them was less vocal whilst the other was very outspoken and shared a lot of his war memories with the family and his community. Considering the traumatic things one must go through during a war, I certainly understand that every person reacts in different ways. Surprisingly, my stay in France also made me bound with my own grandmother. When I came back home, she shared with me everything about her life during the war. I remember the lunches we had, just her, me and my mom. She would go on and on all lunch time, about life here whilst her brother was in Europe (and we gladly listened). The curfews, the rationing, the war effort, her praying for her brother, the fear and the unknown. I cherish these special moments I had with her. Since 2012, all of my great uncles have passed and so has my Grand-Maman, two years ago. A generation that lived through very difficult times. Later this summer, I am going back to Juno Beach and I can not wait to find myself immersed again in this wonderful place of memory and commemoration. I simply wanted to create this thread for anyone on FJ who wishes to share their own special link with D-Day. Maybe one of your relatives participated in the Normandy Campaign and liberation of Europe, or maybe you visited the D-Day beaches and were touched by it. The one uncle who shared with us the most said once that it was his moral obligation to remember and talk about such a tragic historical event and its victims, in order to ensure that such an event would not happen again. I will end a few pictures I took during my stay in Normandy.
  3. This year's ceremony at Pearl Harbor was different than all the previous ceremonies. At the rate the WW II vets are dying it won't be too long until we lose that human connection to the war.
  4. Yeah I know this is from 2015, but it's even more relevant today. All five of the things in this article are five things Spanky McFornicateFace would really hate about these first Christians. He'd probably be siding with Rome and trying to figure out how he could swipe the throne for himself.
  5. fraurosena

    American History X

    I'm starting this thread because of all the controversy about American history the last couple of weeks and the presidunce's thinly veiled endorsement for fascists, racists and bigots. His tweets about condeming the removal of Confederate statues, claiming it would be doing history a disservice, has only poured oil onto the flames. We've been talking about it in the other threads, but i think this subject deserves a thread of its own. Anyone who has seen the movie, knows the reasoning behind the name of the thread. Today, I found this jaw-dropping article: Ex-Trump Spokeswoman Tells Fox News That Slavery Is ‘Good’ History To think that this piece of work voted for Obama in 2008 just boggles the mind.
  6. Just saw this most excellent Tweet on the Twitters...
  7. EyeQueue

    Drunk History

    Alright, I know we have to have some fans of Drunk History, so let's hear your favorite episodes and what you like about them. First of all, I have to say that I'm usually not into guys who are on the shorter side, but I love me some Derek Waters and find him pretty damned defrauding. My Favorite episodes: "Lincoln the Lawyer" in the "Chicago" episode. "Am I involved in this case, or what?" "This guy is a lanky gawky ape legged man. This guy is awkward. This guy is like an ape awkward guy. THIS GUY!!!!! has ape awk...awk ape....awxword....awkward...THIS GUY has ape awkward arms!" Mary Dyer in "Boston." "She freaked their dicks off." "The joy and the treasures of the blessings and the refreshments." Bonus with Winona Ryder as Mary Dyer and Michael Cera as one of the a-hole Puritan leaders. Robert Smalls in "Charleston." I think this is my favorite so far. The commentator (Mark ?? on the floor) saying, "So, at the end of the American Civil War civlwallsak;dasldkgaosighoihoasldkjlsihgie [completely unintelligible] and he had just enough money...." [ETA: And the look on Derek's face as the guy is just blathering on and you can't understand a word of what he's saying is flippin' hilarious.]
  8. Not sure where to post this, but Cokie Roberts has a new children's book out honoring our Founding Mothers. I bet its much more accurate than anything in Palin or Limbaugh's attempts to rewrite our history. I plan on getting it for my great nephew's first birthday since I have a pact with his mother to give him collectible, quality children's books for Christmas and Birthdays. (Exposing our boys to women's accomplishments is as important as exposing our girls IMO). http://www.amazon.com/Founding-Mothers- ... ie+roberts (I didn't break link because it's Amazon. If that's not appropriate, will the mods please fix?)
  9. Where people can get info about history, ask for books about a certain historical subject and reccomend books about historical subjects! Dear FJ history geeks (especially Australians, Canadians, Central and South Americans), we all know about the witch trials that happened in America and Europe; even the modern day 1s in Africa and the Middle-East. Were there any witch trials in Canada and Mexico? I have tried to find information and books on the them; but alas, have found none. Australians and Europeans are free to contribute about their countries' and continents' witch hunts too! (If any of you have good reccomended books about the parts of the French and Native American/1st Nations War that took place in Canada, that would be excellent too!) I'm interested to see if non-American and European countries had witch hunts/trials similiar to the Salem 1s; especially if there were any in Canada and Mexico. Oh, and any modern books about the modern witch hunts/trials going on in Africa and the Middle-East would be great! Please forgive me if I'm being ignorant... Sincerely, Anxious Girl.
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