45 Years Ago


45 years ago this guy came to visit my hometown. He really created a lot of excitement. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to go see him and jealous of the neighbor kids who did.

It’s a bittersweet memory, because a week later he was dead. 1968 was a really bad year for our country.

(I stole this picture from the Merced County Historical Museum Facebook page. I went to school with the curator, Sarah Lim and worked with her husband Vince Andrade.)

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68 Responses to 45 Years Ago

  1. The Klown says:

    45 years ago yesterday Richard Nixon was elected president with 43.4% of the vote.

  2. driguana says:

    Hadn’t really thought about it but you’re right…it was quite a year. For me, I was a total left winger against the Viet Nam War, totally into Bobby Kennedy (no longer much of a Kennedy fan but liked Bobby most of all of them) who was killed, Martin Luther King was killed, I graduated from Ohio University in Athens, got married in the Washington National Cathedral, voted for Hubert Humphrey (who seemed to me to be a really good soul and was the last president I ever voted for until Romney) who ran against Nixon and George Wallace (hard to imagine!), joined the Peace Corps and went to training in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and then off to Liberia, West Africa…..in retrospect, all I can say is…..wow!

    • The Klown says:

      I was only eight so I was basically a spectator to everything, but there was a lot of stuff happening that year. It started with Prague Spring and the Tet Offensive and went on and on and on.

      There was a lot more political violence going on here and around the world than there is today.

      • driguana says:

        Yes, as I said above, I went to Ohio U (not to be confused with Ohio State), a sister school of Kent State and we were rioting all the time…in a way it was exhilarating…constant demonstrations against the war in Viet Nam…but in retrospect again, there were a lot of kids that just wanted to throw bricks through the windows of local stores…strange…lots of Marxists, communists, weather underground people all over the place….and lots of yelling and screaming….lots of violence…kids attacking police….cops attacking kids…it was pretty insane…

    • Propertius says:

      I was a total left-winger, too, but never cared for Bobby. I remember how he got his start.

      • The Klown says:

        Four Kennedy brothers, and we ended up stuck with the worst one. I guess it’s true that only the good die young.

        • driguana says:

          My Irish grandmother absolutely hated the Kennedys…apparently our Irish family came from the same area of Ireland….when I was little kid there were discussions about Joe….I didn’t get really get it all until Ted…he was a real scumbag….now I get it….see how long it takes sometimes…..

        • Propertius says:

          Caligula died at 28.

  3. The Klown says:

    In 1968 we watched the news a lot more than kids do today. We had no choice because it was the only thing on every channel. Our choices were limited to ABC, CBS, NBC, or play outside. In those days kids played outside all year round, no matter what the weather.

    • driguana says:

      …and the death tolls on the news during the Viet Nam war…that was a big deal…every day the big three couldn’t wait to be the first to announce the Viet Nam death toll for the day….

  4. helenk3 says:

    In 1968 I was pregnant with my son. the MLK was killed we were let out of work early because there was unrest due to the fact the Bell Telephone Co did not have their flags at half mast. the building where I worked was between two Bell Company buildings. As I was trying to get to the el to get home a mob was coming at me and the only place I could walk was in the street with heavy traffic to get around them.
    Bobby Kennedy was killed a few days before my son was born. It was like the American dream was been killed off one dreamer at a time

  5. helenk3 says:


    sebelius admits felons could be obamacare navigators

    I wonder why i do not feel too secure?

  6. piper says:

    OT – tried to access John Smart’s website and found out it has gone private.

  7. The Klown says:

    Ace on the Brothers Tsarnaev:

    If we’d accepted them more, the Daily Caller translates, they wouldn’t have murdered us and torn the limbs from our children.

    As usual, a leftist’s use of the construction “We failed” sounds an awful lot like “You failed.” They employ this device a lot. Speaking of one’s own flaws is a sign of elevation and openness to self-criticism, of course.

    So they show this sign. But they don’t actually speak of their own flaws. Using the dishonest Socialist We, they go on to confess, on behalf of other people, those other people’s alleged flaws, and how those flaws — xenophobia, racism, bullying, hatred of people named Djokhar — were actually responsible for a bombing that killed three and severed the limbs from more than dozen people.

    I should note that this champagne socialist almost certainly lives in a wealthy neighborhood where she doesn’t have to rub elbows with the Dirty Immigrants, so I guess her conscience is clear as far as “failing” the Tsarnaevs.

    After all, she had the good taste and breeding to stay well away from the Swarthies.

    Not her fault. But those working-class white ethnics who had the bad taste to live next door to them? It’s on them.

    I could do a whole post about this. The snooty white elitists live in nearly all-white enclaves, suburbs and school districts. The minorities they deal with are either fellow professionals or employees.

    Then they lecture the rest of us on race relations. We are supposed to share our limited number of jobs and school admissions while they rely on nepotism, legacy admissions and elite networks to ensure their children enjoy opportunities the rest of us don’t have.

    • elliesmom says:

      Those boys went to one of the most liberal high schools in one of the most liberal cities in the country. While not everyone in Cambride is brilliant, it’s home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Maybe they would have been better off living in flyover country where they would have been surrounded by people who like it here.

    • helenk3 says:

      have they ever had to watch neighborhoods that were once thriving working class neighborhoods be destroyed? See the home their grandmother lived in be a boarded up trashed house? Have your daughter take her daughter to the old neighborhood and have her daughter say ” Mom I did not know you grew up in a ghetto”. well when we lived their it was a neighborhood not a ghetto? When I go back to Philadelphia I cry. Once a beautiful city where our nation was born is now a future Detroit.

      • piper says:

        Sad – but I grew up in Detroit when it was a vibrant and safe place to live. We use to walk to school and run the neighborhood without any fear. I used to walk 1/2 to a mile to the library, grocery store and good shopping.

    • 1539days says:

      And here’s the backtracking.

      The Daily Caller points out that the Tsarnaev brothers calmly set bombs that killed and maimed adults and children. They also chose a spot where their mother was (rightfully) caught shoplifting. I wish this story was part of the immigration “debate.”

  8. underwhelmed says:

    OT but a really OMG WTF O’care observation from James Taranto in the WSJ:

    ‘This is in part a story of political incompetence and hubris. Obama and his allies in Congress were unable to win a single Republican vote–and it doesn’t seem to have occurred to them that a monstrously complicated law enacted by a slender partisan majority might prove especially difficult to implement. As Obama himself admitted yesterday in a rare truthful statement: “Now, let’s face it, a lot of us didn’t realize that passing the law was the easy part.”

    That’s what America gets for electing a president with charisma but no known skills apart (arguably) from delivering speeches.

  9. helenk3 says:


    VA sends a $4000 bill to double amputee purple heart vet.

    Is it because he has the nerve to speak our against backtrack? Is this the America we want?

  10. helenk3 says:

    just because we need to be reminded
    random acts of kindness


  11. helenk3 says:


    this is just plain f–king stupid.

    what is next
    unless you let yourself get , robbed , raped, or killed you can be arrested for defending your self

  12. The Klown says:

    I thought my social life sucked:

    David Eckert, a resident of Deming, NM, was pulled over by police officers after failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. For whatever reason, the officers decided Eckert was hiding something, or perhaps they were unsatisfied that a routine stop hadn’t blown up into something bigger.

    They asked him to step out of the car and then searched his vehicle (without his consent). Another officer brought in a drug dog which reacted (a relatively worthless indication of anything — drug dogs can easily be “alerted” by their controlling officers) to the driver’s seat. (Eckert’s lawyer calls into question this dog’s training, presenting documents that claim to show it hadn’t received the proper field training and recertification. See exhibits listed under docket item 27.) Then the officer “observed” that Eckert was standing “erect with his legs together” and his “buttocks clenched.” This was all the justification the Deming police needed to subject Eckert to the following horrific chain of events at a hospital in neighboring Silver City.

    1. Eckert’s abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.
    2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
    3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
    4. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
    5. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
    6. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
    7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.
    8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert’s anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines. No narcotics were found.

    At no time did Eckert give his consent to these searches. The police did obtain a warrant to rectally search Eckert but that warrant itself was problematic. For one, it was severely lacking in probable cause. For another, it was valid only for Luna County but the searches were executed in Grant County. Third, the warrant was only valid for four hours, up until 10 pm that night. Eckert was held for 14 hours and, according to medical records, prep for the colonoscopy didn’t even commence until 1 am the following day.

    • underwhelmed says:

      But from the ethnicity of his name, it seems he was white and therefore deserved it. If he’d been not white, though …

      • votermom says:

        And, to add insult to injury, KOB4’s news team states that the Gila Regional Medical Center is billing Eckert for the invasive, non-consensual medical procedures and has threatened to take him to collections for non-payment.

        I hope he sues them all for millions.

      • lyn says:

        Apparently, the police surmised that Eckert couldn’t hit the brakes to stop because he had drugs up his butt. I hope Eckert wins a butt load of money. Idiots.

        • The Klown says:

          I was luckier. The cops kicked in my front door on a bad tip I was selling meth and when they couldn’t find any drugs they surmised I must have swallowed them. That case was dismissed when my urine test came back clean, but not before I had to pay a bail bondsman to get out of jail.

        • lyn says:

          That is crazy. Did the cops ransack your home?

        • underwhelmed says:

          And that all involved receive lengthy jail terms with mandatory anal excavations. The New Fascist State, coming to a neighbourhood near you.

        • lyn says:

          Do citizens have any recourse when something like that happens?

          • The Klown says:

            Not really. I would have to prove they acted in bad faith. The only real damage was to the door frame. They made a huge mess but didn’t break anything inside the house.

            Ironically, if they had found some drugs they would have made less of a mess. They couldn’t find any so they kept looking and looking. They weren’t happy.

            The funny part was when they found what they thought was a couple ounces of crystal meth but it was just some Hawaiian sea salt.

      • When the citizenry loses confidence in the powers that be, can anarchy and revolution be far behind? All because Deming, NM, is too cheap to do the annual recertification training for their drug dog?
        Two centuries from now historians will confidently blame the whole kerfunkel on something called “GWB”.

  13. votermom says:

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  15. helenk3 says:

    when it becomes available watch the video

    Megan Kelly lets us know that the backtrack bunch just slipped another little tidbit for the unions into the obamacare obortion

  16. helenk3 says:


    backtrack holds meeting with dems up for relection.

    they made the choice to screw the American people on healthcare for what ever reason I do not know.

    Well in November 2014 the American people will have their chance to make a choice

  17. helenk3 says:

    random thought
    the backtrack bunch does not even pretend to represent the American citizen.
    the go for the chosen few. this should be one of their theme songs

  18. The Klown says:

    Looks like I’m in the doghouse again. Apparently Catness slipped out the door while I was putting out the garbage cans this evening.

    Since I didn’t know she was outside, I didn’t let her back in until I realized she was missing. She was out in the cold for nearly half an hour!

    So she’s mad at me.

  19. The Klown says:

    Via Ace:

    According to two former officials, CMS staff members struggled at “multiple meetings” during the spring of 2011 to persuade White House officials for permission to publish diagrams known as “concepts of operation,” which they believed were necessary to show states what a federal exchange would look like. The two officials said the White House was reluctant because the diagrams were complex, and they feared that the Republicans might reprise a tactic from the 1990s of then-Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.), who mockingly brandished intricate charts created by a task force led by first lady Hillary Clinton.

    In the end, one of the former officials said, the White House quashed the diagrams, telling CMS, instead, to praise early work on those state exchanges that matched the hidden federal thinking.

    The whole GOP has been living rent-free inside his head.

  20. underwhelmed says:

    Megan McArdle:

    The mistake that Democrats made is akin to that made by a brash new outsider who is brought in to make over a government agency or turn around a company. Occasionally, folks in these roles think their job is just to come up with top-notch orders to give to their subordinates, and maybe have some meetings with key “constituents” like politicians or board members or customers. What happens next is generally a spectacular crash and burn, because they alienate the folks they need on board to make their new program work.

    Here’s the whole article:


    Smart thinking and writing here, I think.

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