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Born Today: Dee Dee Ramone

Douglas Glenn Colvin (September 18, 1951 – June 5, 2002), known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American songwriter and musician, best known as founding member, songwriter and bassist for punk rock band the Ramones. Learn more about this 2002 inductee at the Library and Archives.

Audio clip: Ramones, “Rockaway Beach,” recorded at CBGB, New York, NY on October 29, 1977. From the James Brawley Collection.

[The Congress shall have Power…] To declare War

That’s so 1787.

The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State.

Promising to “destroy” this group with the help of “a broad coalition” of “partners,” Barack Obama said last week, “I welcome congressional support for this effort.” He obviously thinks such support is optional, partly because this “effort,” conducted by U.S. combat aircraft, is something other than war. There he goes again.

He spent seven months bombing Libya without congressional authorization and without complying with the War Powers Resolution. His lawyers argued that thousands of airstrikes, which professor Jack Goldsmith of Harvard Law School notes “killed thousands of people and effected regime change,” did not constitute “hostilities.” Professor Ilya Somin of George Mason University School of Law says, “Claims that large-scale air attacks don’t count as warfare were specious when the administration trotted them out in defense of its intervention in Libya in 2011; and they have not improved with age.”

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6 months on T: Top to Bottom, Left to Right

January 2014- Dad’s birthday with Roxy

March 2014- First Shot Day (17/03/2014)

May 2014- 1.5 months on T (8/05/2014)

June 2014- Last Day of Placement (13/06/2014) almost 3 months on T and end of June 3.5 months on T

July 2014- Uni Games and 3.75 months on T (7/07/2014) and 14/07/2014

August 2014- 4.5 months on T (3/08/2014)

September 2014- 5.5 months on T (2/09/2014) & 5.75 months on T and my demonic cat

There you go tumblr. I don’t see a huge amount of changes but I do hear them, when I can find a program that with stitch my voice recordings together I’ll post it! 

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June 5, 1968: Senator Robert F. Kennedy is Shot

On this day in 1968, New York Senator Robert “Bobby” Kennedy was shot by an assassin at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

Moments after winning the California and South Dakota primary elections, Sen. Kennedy was shot as he walked through the Ambassador Hotel. The 42-year-old presidential hopeful died hours later at Good Samaritan Hospital in L.A.

His tragic death came only four and a half years after his brother President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas. Explore American Experience's biography of Robert. F. Kennedy to learn more

Photos: Robert F. Kennedy, 1968 (Library of Congress). Robert F. Kennedy speaking to a crowd through a megaphone outside the Justice Department, 1963 (Library of Congress).

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#DDAY70 D-Day -1:

"Back in Britain, paratroopers marched out to their planes and embarked for the trip to Normandy."

Excerpted from: “D-Day to D plus 3."  From the series: Moving Images Relating to Military Activities, compiled 1947 - 1964. Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985

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June 5, 1968: Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated.

Five years after the assassination of his older brother in 1963, Robert Kennedy was himself gunned down in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles shortly after winning California’s Democratic presidential primary. Kennedy’s assassin was one Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian Christian who, according to his personal journals, held every American politician who expressed support for Israel in contempt but reserved a particular hatred for Senator Kennedy.

Because of what Sirhan perceived as Kennedy’s betrayal of the “underdog”, he obsessively planned to murder him on or before the eve of the first anniversary of the Six Day War, June 5, 1968. That evening, Sirhan smuggled a revolver into the hotel, followed Kennedy and his three security guards into the hotel’s kitchen and pantry area, and shot the senator several times (and injured five other people) as he shook hands with Juan Romero, a busboy who appears alongside Kennedy in the iconic photograph of the assassination (pictured above). Romero reportedly handed Kennedy a crucifix and told him “everything is going to be okay”. Unlike his brother, who had been shot in such a way that he had no chance of survival upon his arrival at the hospital, Robert Kennedy underwent extensive surgery for his wounds, remained in critical condition for the remainder of his hospital stay, and died over a day after the shooting. He was forty-two, and one of only two sitting senators to be assassinated in U.S. history. 

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