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  •  and the secret service has more threats (5+ / 0-)

    directed toward him thn at any other president at any other time in our history.

    maybe this is one of the reasons i am a bit more reluctant to ask our government to not "spy" on citizens - there are more crazies out there who have access to the internet (which wasn't an issue as much in past presidencies) and the ability to share through technology their mental illnesses.

    i'm rather GLAD someone is keeping an eye on the nutcases - it's easier now than it was in jfk's day, reagan's, etc.  i remember only too clearly the day reagan was shot - i was walking back to cbs radio news from lunch when i heard it from the radio at the local news stand on 57th and 8th.  i ran full speed back to 57th bet. 10th & 11th to get back to the newsroom.

    but, that's another story for another day.

    that's why i am not as perturbed as others that there are "ears" and "eyes" monitoring the words used on the web.

    •  Great (0+ / 0-)

      Have fun with your anti-freedom 'don't have a problem with the government spying on us'.

      For crying out loud, I'd suspect you as a CIA plant on this site just for that alone.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 06:23:21 PM PST

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      •  sorry, kid - i just remember the day jfk was shot (1+ / 0-)
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        too vividly - and the day that bobby was killed - and the day that mlk was shot, and then there was reagan, gabby, etc.

        there are WAY too many american nutcases with guns for my liking.

        somebody has to watch what the now emboldened skinheads and teahadists are doing... and i'd rather it be someone with the capability of preventing something really bad from happening (like new year's eve coming in from canada, the guy who wanted a rc plane to fly into the pentagon, the looney who drove into california after listening to right wing radio with the intention to blow up a charity, like the nutcase who thought he was testing out a real vest just a few weeks ago...

        or would you rather we sit back and do nothing?

        there has to be moderation in all things - including our own attitudes in dealing with an insane world.

    •  Hmm - I was on 42nd just off Fifth. (3+ / 0-)
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      Wondered why on earth people were standing on the sidewalk watching television through front window of some company at midday.

      •  i heard it first from the man who ran the (4+ / 0-)
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        newsstand.  he knew everyone and everyone knew him - he looked up and said 'reagan's just been shot!' - and with that, i was off and running - in 4 1/2" heels - 3 strides per block until i got back to the studio.

        what a day!  i was temping for the vp of radio network news.  he was out that week and i was holding down the office.  ended up watching all the networks on the tv monitors in his office when frank reynolds announced that jim brady had died.  reynolds started a melancholy remembrance of brady as the nbc anchor also broke the news that brady died.

        rather was not in the studio, so we (cbs) announced that there was breaking news and we would have the update momentarily.

        just then, reynolds grabbed his earpiece and said (looking down and angry) "WHAT!  WHAT!  WOULD SOMEBODY FIND OUT WHAT"S GOING ON!!!"

        at that point, i leapt out of the chair and ran to the television studio situated through and just beyond the radio network newsroom.  i burst into the studio even though the warning record light was on and mouthed to the director (as rather was sitting down and getting his mike adjusted) "HE'S NOT DEAD!!!"  

        the director looked startled and waived off rather on the announcement - and dan said, "we're getting conflicting reports of the health of jim brady, we will try to find out and get back to you as soon as we have further information!"

        and that is why cbs was the ONLY major network not to prematurely announce the death of jim brady!  

        my claim to fame that day... 8^)

        oh, and it turns out the source of the false report was an e.r. doctor who came out without authorization and made the "announcement" that brady had died.  he got his 15 minutes of fame, too.  but he was wrong!

        •  Ah - different era! But what a great story! (1+ / 0-)
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          Thought you meant Kennedy and the way NYC felt and we looked then . . .

          •  oops, kennedy, i was 17 and on my way (1+ / 0-)
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            to have my picture taken for my freshman class in college.  walked into phil aul's studio in charlotte where one of my classmates was sitting and she looked up and said "the president's been shot!"

            i looked at her confused and replied, "what for?"

            that is the only photo in my life that i like - i was totally unaware the camera was there and it has such a sadness reflecting from it.

            i was on the way home when we got the news that president kennedy had died.  mom was driving and every car on the street had their windows down and they were listening to walter cronkite make the announcement.

            then the following days - non-stop REAL news coverage through the cortege with the riderless horse.

            i can still see the images clearly even now.

            •  That was a very tough time. (0+ / 0-)

              I was twenty-six, had been working in New York for the same art magazine since 1959; when I first started there they were in the same office they'd been in since the 1920s, top floor of a six-story building half a block west of Bloomingdales. Not glamorous! Nor was my $65 a month apartment on East 71st near York.

              It was as if the city were covered in a deep gray pall -- for three days the traffic was very light. With no television all I could do was go home and listen to the radio and wonder what it meant.

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