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Recalling the Day JFK Died, 50 Years Ago



slide_264933_1788378_freeOK, here’s my contribution to the “Where Were You When President Kennedy Was Shot?” discussion. It being a Friday, I was driving to the bank in Oklahoma City to deposit my paycheck before heading to work. I had just completed my first year as a reporter for the Daily Oklahoman, the state’s leading daily newspaper. Glued to my car radio for more details, I hurriedly completed my transaction at the drive-up window and raced to the office, which I knew would be in all-hands-on-deck mode.

It was. The newsroom was in bedlam as editors on the afternoon paper, the Oklahoma City Times, frantically tore up their front page to get details of the assassination into at least a portion of the press run. Meanwhile, editors of the morning paper on which I worked, the Daily Oklahoman, were huddled to draw up plans for the next day’s paper. While we awaited our assignments, we reporters eagerly snatched bulletins from the AP and UPI teletypes from the hands of the copyboys whose job it was to monitor “the wires.”

Eventually, my City Editor began handing out assignments. The star writer and a photographer were quickly dispatched to Dallas, which is just 300 miles from “The City,” as Oklahoma City was known. Others were assigned to do the stories on the transition of power to Lyndon B. Johnson, the grieving widow Jackie, the nation in shock and mourning. A couple of reporters were assigned to gather reaction from leaders in our state: members of Congress, state legislators, city and county officials, federal judges and law enforcement officers. Two or three others went out into stores and bars for the man-in-the-street reaction.

My assignment: Write a story about LBJ’s last visit to Oklahoma City. The Vice President had been to the state a few months before, for what I no longer remember. Researching our clip-files for stories on the visit and calling local dignitaries who had met with LBJ, I put together a 15-inch story that was published deep inside that Saturday morning paper. I was grateful to have something productive to do, and the concentration required to report and write the story took my mind off the horror of the events in Dallas. I thought of my sister Joan, who lived in Greenville, just a few miles east of Dallas, and her husband Dick, whose parents lived in Dallas.

Most of us worked all weekend to continue to report what was certainly the biggest story any of us had ever covered. By Sunday, we were wrung-out, exhausted after two days of 12- to 15-hour shifts, thinking that on Sunday there might be time to relax, unwind, maybe even smile. But of course there wasn’t, because Jack Ruby decided to take justice into his own hands in the Dallas Police Station that day.

And the presidential funeral – that terrible day of national mourning marked by a 2-year-old boy’s salute to his father’s passing coffin and a riderless horse with empty boots turned backward in the stirrups — still lay ahead on Monday.

David Klement, Executive Director

Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions

St. Petersburg College

 



Today at 12:30, College of Law Rotunda: John Bradshaw on nuclear negotiations and human rights in Iran



CONTACT: Mark Schlakman
(850) 766-2146; mschlakman@admin.fsu.edu

Nov. 19, 2013

NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERT TO DISCUSS NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS,
HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN

John C. Bradshaw, executive director of the National Security Network, will speak at Florida State University Nov. 20 as part of the “Human Rights & National Security in the 21st Century” lecture series.

Against the backdrop of heightening tensions surrounding Iran’s nuclear pursuits as negotiators from the P5+1 countries and Iran return to Geneva with a concrete proposal that is providing some cause for encouragement, there is a push from some U.S. senators for new sanctions that may complicate U.S. negotiations. Bradshaw will address these issues in his lecture, “Iran: Nuclear Negotiations, Human Rights and Other Emerging Regional Priorities.”

Prior to joining the National Security Network, Bradshaw served as executive director of the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, Washington director of Physicians for Human Rights and coordinator of the Human Rights Leadership Coalition, which comprises 12 major U.S. human rights organizations.

Bradshaw previously was a foreign service officer, serving in Venezuela, Brazil and Burma, as well as in the State Department’s East Asia and Human Rights bureaus. He also served as a foreign policy adviser for Sens. Paul Wellstone and Robert Torricelli, then members of the Foreign Relations Committee.

The FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights lecture series explores the frequent tensions between human rights interests and national security imperatives. This lecture is sponsored in collaboration with the National Security Network and is free and open to the public. It will be held:

12:30 – 1:30 P.M.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20

FSU COLLEGE OF LAW ROTUNDA

425 W. JEFFERSON ST.

TALLAHASSEE

Public parking is available across the street at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St.

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Rabbi Jack Romberg: Pondering the nature of good and evil (reflecting on last Friday’s “Faith, Food, Friday” conversation)



Romberg_JackIf you missed Friday’s “Faith, Food, Friday” conversation “After the Trayvon Martin Case” here is a blog post by “God Squad” co-founder Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel Tallahassee. You can read other entries from his blog “The Jewish Observer” online here.

Here’s a snip:

But what framed all of these lessons from Krystallnact in a new light was participating in a panel discussion through our ongoing “Faith, Food, and Friday” series on racism in America in a post Trayvon Martin atmosphere. Joining me were 3 other clergy as well as Ahmad Abuznaid, a founder and leader of the Dream Defenders – the political action group that occupied the Florida state capital after the verdict in the Martin case came down. We discussed many aspects of race issues in America – the changing demographics of the country, the persistence of prejudice, the need to form relationships across ethnic and ideological barriers – but there was one aspect of the discussion that has haunted me, that just refuses to go away.



Chris Christie gets Village Square points: Part 2



On election eve:

"Let me tell you, if you’re looking for the candidate that you agree with 100% of the time, then I want you to do something for me tonight: Go home and look in the mirror, because that’s the only person you agree with 100% of the time. But sometimes we make political candidates feel like that’s what you want. Like you want us to agree with you 100% of the time or you won’t vote for us. You know what happens then? If you make politicians believe that, you know what they’ll do, they’ll just lie to you. They’ll just look you in the eye and they’ll say ‘hm, I wonder what she wants to hear."’..



Chris Christie gets Village Square points: Part 2



On election eve:

"Let me tell you, if you’re looking for the candidate that you agree with 100% of the time, then I want you to do something for me tonight: Go home and look in the mirror, because that’s the only person you agree with 100% of the time. But sometimes we make political candidates feel like that’s what you want. Like you want us to agree with you 100% of the time or you won’t vote for us. You know what happens then? If you make politicians believe that, you know what they’ll do, they’ll just lie to you. They’ll just look you in the eye and they’ll say ‘hm, I wonder what she wants to hear."’..



Chris Christie gets Village Square points: Part 2



On election eve:

"Let me tell you, if you’re looking for the candidate that you agree with 100% of the time, then I want you to do something for me tonight: Go home and look in the mirror, because that’s the only person you agree with 100% of the time. But sometimes we make political candidates feel like that’s what you want. Like you want us to agree with you 100% of the time or you won’t vote for us. You know what happens then? If you make politicians believe that, you know what they’ll do, they’ll just lie to you. They’ll just look you in the eye and they’ll say ‘hm, I wonder what she wants to hear."’..



Chris Christie gets Village Square points: Part 1



Part 2 comes tomorrow.

From last night’s New Jersey gubernatorial victory speech:

We still fight, we still yell. But when we fight, we fight for those things that really matter in people’s lives. And while we may not always agree, we show up everywhere. We just don’t show up in the places that vote for us a lot, we show up in the places that vote for us a little. We don’t just show up in the places where we’re comfortable, we show up in the places where we’re uncomfortable.



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This Friday: Faith, Food, Friday “After the Trayvon Martin case,” featuring leader of Dream Defenders | Early bird meal prices through Tuesday



Ahmad AbuznaidThis Friday November 8th, FAITH, FOOD, FRIDAY, (“Improbable conversations for people of faith and no faith at all”) continues with “After the Trayvon Martin Case.” Our guest panelist is Ahmad Abuznaid, one of the founders of Dream Defenders, the organization that occupied Florida’s Capitol after the verdict in protest over Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law. This has been a topic that has driven lots of national passion… we’re delighted it’s finally in the capable hands of the “God Squad.”

To get more information or reserve your seat for this program click HERE. (Lunch is pizza, salad, cookies, lemonade, tea – and you’re always welcome to bring a bag brown lunch.) NOTE: The program is at Temple Israel. RSVP by Tuesday for the early bird lunch price.

Each program is from noon to 1pm and is free and open to the public. If you’d like to eat the hot lunch offered, it is available for $8 through the Tuesday ahead of the program ($10 after). For more information, you can email fff@tothevillagesquare.org or call 590-6646.

You can see “Faith, Food, Friday” dates and topics for the entire season and even RSVP for any of this year’s programs online HERE.