9/11 – The day, 18 years ago today, America changed – for the worse, we fear. Our 9/11 First Responders (fire, police, AND their search dogs, mostly labs) who are lethally sick from their work in hell that day and those following weeks … and yet for years they had to go groveling to Congress for their health care funds/support. GITMO is a national disaster – and a money pit. Former President George W. Bush was strong on that day but, thanks to his evil genius Veep Dick Cheney who was in his brain, Bush went on to unnecessarily invade Iraq and create havoc all over the Mid East. The chaos ensues … Thousands of civilians are dead … millions of displaced people, refugees, looking for a new home country …
President Donald TRUMP MUST GO – HIS INVITE TO the TERRORISTS RIGHT BEFORE THE 9/11 anniversary shows the world he is not playing with a full deck, he is dangerous – a pox on the entire planet!
– Rosalie Tirella
A good thing! The City of Worcester Inspection Services is coming down today to my apartment to see the code violations at 36 Blackstone River Road, Worcster!
Thank you, City of Worcester!
Maybe I’ll get another stove! And bathroom floor!
36 Blackstone River Road stove:
Needs new tiles, my bathroom:
And the Worcester Police Department responded… Police officers were here – with good advice! Took reports, too.
Thank you, officers!
– Rosalie Tirella
CECELIA INCITY VOICES
DEMOCRATS LOSS OF NORTH CAROLINA RACE IS GOOD NEWS FOR TRUMP
By Steven R. Maher
High hopes that Democrats would eke out a win in yesterday’s North Carolina election, which was supposed to serve as a bellwether of a blue (Dem) November 2020 landslide, were dashed by Republican candidate Dan Bishop’s 96,081 to 92,144 win over Democrat Dan McCready – a close race. (The election figures are from the New York Times.)
The deeply red district was voting in what was called the last campaign of 2018.
Reported the Huffington Post: “On election night in November 2018, McCready believed he’d lost to pastor Mark Harris by 905 votes, conceded and left for a family vacation to Disney World. But Harris never made it to Congress. Credible allegations that a Republican contractor illegally submitted hundreds of mail-in ballots in order to steal the race forced the state board of elections to order an unprecedented new election. Harris, after questions arose about his knowledge of the scheme, bowed out of a rematch.”
Democrats were hopeful that growing national distaste with President Donald Trump’s behavior gave them a shot at the seat. Additionally, Bishop “… is the author of North Carolina’s infamous ‘bathroom bill,’ which targeted transgender people by mandating they use public facilities corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates” reports the Huffington Post.
Bishop ran on a pro-Trump platform, said the Post: “He tightly embraced Trump’s harsh anti-immigrant positions, and an early TV ad from his campaign linked McCready to progressive Democrats it dubbed ‘crazy liberal clowns’: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).”
Trump pulled out all the stops to elect Bishop, barnstorming the state, along with Veep Mike Pence the day before the election.
The best McCready and the Democrats can do now is claim that Bishop’s margin of defeat – 2% – is far less that Trump’s 2016 12% margin of victory over Hillary Clinton.
CECELIA BOOK REVIEW:
“The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, De Gaulle, and Von Cholitz Saved the City of Light” by Jean Edward Smith, Simon and Shuster, New York (2019, 242 pages).
Reviewed by Steven R. Maher
This book is a well written and researched account of how Paris, France, survived being destroyed as it was liberated during World War II. The writing is unusually clear. There are no wordy, literary flourishes. The author achieved both clarity and conciseness in retelling this important historical episode.
The Paris story revolves around three individuals:
• General Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower. The commander in chief of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe, Ike ultimately gave the order to liberate Paris when he was notified that a faction of Communists within the resistance movement might attempt an uprising on their own and try to set up a Communist state before the Americans arrived. Eisenhower had lived in France for a year and, after the end of the war, went on to serve two terms as U.S. President.
• General Charles De Gaulle, the leader of the free French forces in World War II, who wanted the U.S. to capture Paris to prevent a Communist government from ultimately taking power. This book lays out De Gaulle’s excruciating – at times – relationship with his American and British allies.
• Commander of the German garrison in Paris: Dietrich Von Cholitz. On 1 August 1944, Cholitz took up his command and, the next day, Hitler instructed him to be prepared to destroy any Parisian religious building or historical monument.
Hitler sent this order by cable: “Paris must not fall into enemy hands except as a field of ruins.”
On August 25, 1944, Cholitz surrendered the Paris garrison, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world was saved from destruction!
How we got from Cholitz’s appointment to the saving of Paris, the reader can learn by reading this book.