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April 1, 1917 - British Capture Savy Wood, Wilfred Owen Comes Down with “Shell-Shock”

Pictured - Wildred Owen, who wrote some of the most famous war poetry including “Dulce et Decorum Est.” He was killed in action on November 4, 1918, one week to the hour before the Armistice was signed.

In action on April 1st, the British Army captured Savy Wood, four miles from the town of St. Quentin near Arras. St. Quentin’s cathedral spire could now easily be made out in the distance. The battle was part of the preparation for the big push in spring, which was to be under the overall command of France’s new commander-in-chief, Robert Nivelle, who promised that at the helm he could end the war in a matter of weeks.

One of the soldiers fighting at Savy Wood that day was Wilfred Owen. Owen was a great friend of Siegfried Sassoon and alongside him perhaps the greatest poet of the Great War. “Dulce et Decorum Est” and “Anthem for Doomed Youth” are still the first things many think of today when they think of the First World War.

Owen led his platoon forward though an artillery barrage on April 1, storming a German trench only to find that its occupants had already retreated. The bombardment had severely shaken Owen nevertheless, and he laid down on a railway embankment to go to sleep when another “near-miss” blew him high into the air. This time his nerves could not handle the strain. The artillery shell “left him sheltering helplessly, close to the dismembered remains of another officer. When he got back to base, people noticed that he was trembling, confused, and stammering. It seems probable that his courage was called into question in some way by the CO, who may even have called him a coward.” 

Although his CO showed no sympathy, a doctor diagnosed Owen with shell-shock. The shaken poet went to a hospital behind the lines at Etretat. Writing home on a postcard depicting the cliffs near the town, Owen recorded his delight at the respite: “This is the kind of Paradise I am in at present. No. 1 General Hospital. The doctor, orderlies, and sisters are all Americans, strangely from New York! I may get permission to go boating and even to bathe.” After a while, he returned to Britain and went to the Craiglockhart War Hospital for Neurasthenic Officers, where he composed some short lines on the inmates there:

These are men whose minds the Dead have ravished.

Memory fingers in their hair of murders,

Multitudinous murders they once witnessed. 

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To anon, you sent this prompt in before I moved blogs, sorry it’s late. But I hope you enjoy it!

41. “That was an accident…” & 61. “Oh yes.”

As he lined himself up with her opening and slowly slid himself into her she couldn’t help but call his name out in response. He began to thrust in and out of her, picking up tempo, going deeper and deeper each time; she knew she was close, he could tell she was almost about to fall off the cliff, all of her tell-tale sign were on display. As their tongues fought for dominance, her nails were digging into his shoulder and the back of his neck. The trailer was hot, sweaty, steamy; the windows were foggy and the smell of sex lingered in the air. Amelia was never one to make religious comments, but she definitely yelled a few in vain while screwing Owen; and at that moment in time the words “Oh God!” were being thrown around the trailer, luckily there was no one within a 3-mile radius, so they could be as loud as they pleased. As they were both about to fall off the cliff Owen intertwined his fingers with Amelia’s and threw them up about to pin them above her head, as he assaulted her jawline with kisses. Suddenly Amelia called out, assuming she had fallen off her cliff, Owen was about to allow himself to fall off his. Just as quickly as she had called out, she called out again stopping Owen in his tracks.

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Faces of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee

The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee promises to be more difficult than any of the 89 bees that preceded it.

The bee got underway Tuesday morning when 291 well-read elementary and middle-schoolers gathered at a convention center outside Washington to take a written test. The nerve-wracking exam goes a long way toward determining who will be among the 50 or so spellers to advance past Wednesday’s preliminary rounds.

Last year, the bee extended the final rounds and made the championship words tougher in an attempt to avoid a third straight tie. But two spellers still ended up sharing the title. This year, the top spellers will take another written test that will be used as a tiebreaker if necessary. (AP)

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House Republicans working on key bill struggle to escape Comey's shadow
House Speaker Paul Ryan at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, June 8, 2017. (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP)

WASHINGTON — It was supposed to be House Speaker Paul Ryan’s big day.

On Thursday, House Republicans passed the crown jewel of their regulatory reform package: the Financial Choice Act, which undoes many of the regulations in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that was intended to reform Wall Street after the financial crisis. The bill, which guts one of President Barack Obama’s legislative legacies, will soon head over to the Senate for consideration.

But the attention of the political world was focused on a Senate office building just blocks away, where ex-FBI Director James Comey testified on conversations he had with President Donald Trump in which the president asked him to drop an investigation into his former top adviser Michael Flynn.

The testimony dominated the national conversation throughout the day, and cable news covered the event uninterrupted — by commercials or any other political topic. Comey said he took the president’s words as a direct order, testimony that suggests concerns about the president’s conduct and potential obstruction of justice are not going away anytime soon.

Even though his weekly press conference had half as many reporters as normal, Ryan insisted that the political circus down the block would in no way prevent his caucus from pursuing key issues, including the Financial Choice Act.

“We can chew gum and walk at the same time,” Ryan said, one of the speaker’s go-to phrases when asked by reporters these past few months about distractions from the White House.

But the speaker also showed signs of frustration that Comey’s hearing was receiving the overwhelming attention, especially as Ryan asserted that the testimony vindicated Trump. Comey excoriated Trump during the hearing, but he confirmed telling the president that he was not personally under investigation.

“We’re bringing the Choice Act to the floor today, we are replacing Dodd-Frank today,” Ryan told reporters. “We have been working on the problems that American people are facing and delivering on the promises that we made during the campaign so we can improve their lives. And that is why is the president is frustrated, because these are the questions being asked [about Comey] while there is a lot to be done.”

Rank-and-file Republicans readily acknowledge that the media coverage from Comey’s hearing would dwarf that of their own work. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, said that many Americans will just be following the media’s lead and focus on Comey.

“No doubt [Americans are] watching Director Comey today because they have to, it’s being covered by every major network,” Ratcliffe said, adding that the coverage of the Financial Choice Act will not match the media frenzy surrounding Comey’s testimony.

Former FBI Director James Comey at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, June 8, 2017. ( Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

But that bill, which Ryan calls one of the “crown jewels” of the House GOP agenda, could have major implications for the financial sector. It gives the president sweeping power to fire the heads of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a watchdog group formed under Dodd-Frank, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which helps regulate mortgage powerhouses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The bill exempts some banks from Dodd Frank’s liquidity requirements that required them to hold a certain amount of cash on hand and replaces Dodd-Frank’s system for dealing with failing banks entirely.

Conservatives say the bill will help achieve more robust economic growth and empower smaller banking institutions.

“If you support financial opportunity for all, taxpayer funded bailouts for none, less regulations for small, community financial institutions and more accountability and transparency, you will support this bill, support consumers and support Main Street Americans,” Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, said on the House floor Thursday.

But Democrats say the bill would pave the way for another financial crisis, arguing it destroys consumer protection and that the protections in Dodd-Frank were crucial to maintaining the stability of the financial industry.

“This bill unleashes, once again, the opportunity for [the financial industry] to act in a way that is not in the interest of consumers, not in the interest of investors and certainly not in the interest of taxpayers,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Thursday.

The bill has an uncertain future in the Senate, where Republicans must decide whether to craft a major banking bill of their own or use the process of reconciliation, which reduces the threshold needed to pass a bill to 50 votes, to tackle smaller reform.

Either way, the process will take time. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, is spearheading the effort and has said he will attempt to roll out banking reform legislation early next year. Yet even Senate Republicans say they are struggling to get their own message out of the shadow of the Russia probe, meaning bills like the Financial Choice Act may remain in the background.

“It [Comey’s testimony] is sucking up all of the air in the room,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told reporters Thursday.

Additional reporting by Liz Goodwin in Washington.

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You had never thought that this beast could go on like this, but within a few seconds it had found you both. While adrenaline kept you going, the sound of the giant feet that hit the ground behind was nothing good - with a roar it sprinted forward and Owen had somehow managed to run towards a cliff.

Your eyes widen as you saw the cliff, but how would you die? Eaten by a dinosaur-hybrid or falling off a cliff - Owen had his answer as he grabbed your wrist and jumped off the cliff.

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'It was basically a killing field': Congressmen recount ‘deliberate attack' on elected officials at a baseball practice

(Police and emergency personnel are seen near the scene where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot during a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017.Cliff Owen/AP)
House Majority Whip Steven Scalise was one of several people injured in a shooting Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Shortly afterward, members of Congress who attended the practice talked to media outlets to recount what they had witnessed.

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama told CNN he saw at least five people who were injured in the shooting, one of whom he assisted by using his belt as a tourniquet.

He described the shooter as a white, somewhat heavyset man armed with some sort of semiautomatic weapon. Brooks talked to CNN about the moment he heard the shooting.

“I look around, and behind third base in the third base dugout, which is cinder block, I see a rifle,” Brooks said. “And I see a little bit of a body and then I hear another ‘blam’ and I realize that there’s an active shooter. At the same time I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream that he was shot.”

Brooks said the shooter continued to fire and people in the field scattered.

“I run around to the first base side of home plate, and we have a batting cage that’s got plastic wrapped around it to stop foul balls, and hide behind the plastic,” he said. “… I’m lying on the ground with two or three others as gunfire continues.”

Rep. Mark Walker told NBC News that the “gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible,” adding that he was “shaken but OK.”

Rep. Ron DeSantis told Fox News he left the practice before the shooting broke out, but recalled a man approaching him and asking “whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there.”

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told MSNBC he had been in the batting cage when what sounded like an “isolated shot” rang out, shortly followed by a rapid succession of shots, and a chaotic scene as people scrambled for cover and attempted to ascertain where the shots were coming from.

Paul said he saw an injured Scalise attempting to drag himself through the dirt into the outfield, and shots hitting the dirt around staffers in the right field.

“It was basically a killing field,” Paul later told CNN. “Had the Capitol Police not been there, he would have walked around and shot everybody.

Paul added that were Scalise — a member of congressional leadership — not in attendance, there likely would not have been enough of a security presence to respond to the shooter.

"By him being there it probably saved everyone else’s life,” Paul said.

Scalise, as well as two Capitol Hill police officers who were shot, appear to be in stable condition, MSNBC reported.

Alexandria police said on Twitter that the suspected shooter is in custody and not a threat.

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