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D-DayOn June 6, 1944, Allied Forces (U.S., England & Canada) succeeded in surprising Hitler, and the Wehrmacht, with their landing at Normandy.

Days later, Hitler still believed it was a diversion, and that the main landing would be at Calais. By then the Allies had landed 1 million troops and 500, 000 tons of material. So desperate had the situation become for the Germans that Field-Marshal Rommel told Hitler “the West would inevitably smash through the Normandy front and break into the homeland.” He urgently requested that the war be brought to an end. Hitler responded to Rommel’s assessment with: “Rommel has lost his nerve; he’s become a pessimist. In these times only optimists can achieve anything.” Adolf Hitler, John Toland (Doubleday, 1976).

The war with Germany could have ended in the days after D-Day. On July 20, 1944 an attempt was made on Hitler’s life. Many of his top generals knew it was over and would have handed Hitler over if the Allies had been willing. There was even a deal in place with the U.S. for Stalin to join the fight against Japan as soon as Hitler had been defeated. Churchill and Stalin had other ideas. As a result the wars in Europe and the Pacific waged on and were more costly, with millions more lives being lost because of sordid leadership.

“The United States had given us the most handsome assistance in the fight against Germany.” Winston Churchill

Had the U.S. stayed out of the WWI (The Great War) there would have been no Hitler or Holocaust. By appeasing Churchill, Roosevelt kept England from settling with Germany (Germany tried in 1940), which would have been better for the world.

 

 

 

CooperUnionWhile passing by a dumpster, near Cooper Union yesterday, a number of finished paintings could be seen in the trash — presumably student’s work.

One wonders — “What do they make there that isn’t trash?”

WomanDriver2014The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter is presented at the New York Public Library through September 7, 2014.

From the exhibition guide:

“Behind every children’s book is a vision of childhood: a shared understanding of what growing up is all about. Accordingly, authoritative voices from the realms of theology, philosophy, psychology, and education have all played their part in shaping the nature of literature for young people…now and then, when visions of childhood clash, literature for young people becomes anything but child’s play.”

HumptyDumpty2014Just last week, life imitated (children’s book) art when the brother-in-law of Prince Charles, Mark Shand, was in NYC to help sell large Faberge eggs at a Sotheby’s auction. After the auction he slipped and fell, hitting his head, and later died. The egg he had sponsored was titled: Humpty Dumpty.

 

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AmericanDream1“(A) dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…a dream of being able to grow to fullest development as man and woman, unhampered by the barriers which had slowly been erected in the older civilizations, unrepressed by social orders which had developed for the benefit of classes rather than for the simple human being of any and every class.” James T. Adams, Yale 1900 (The Epic of America, 1931)

“That the Moral Nature, that Law of laws, whose revelations introduce greatness,—yea, God himself, into the open soul, is not explored as the fountain of the established teaching in society. Men have come to speak of the revelation as somewhat long ago given and done, as if God were dead. The injury to faith throttles the preacher; and the goodliest of institutions becomes an uncertain and inarticulate voice.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harvard Divinity School, 1838

AmericanDreamHundreds of thousands of American high school seniors were to have learned, by today, if they were accepted by colleges, through early admission.

Going to college in the U.S. is more expensive and necessary than ever, but also more unhealthful than ever. One reason is because students are being misled and defrauded with ‘dreams.’ Back in August, Peter Salovey PhD, President Yale University, welcomed the Yale 2017 Class with an address in which he mentioned “dream” or “American Dream,” no less than 19 times — saying “the dream is very much alive here at Yale.” No doubt the Wall Street guys who drained $5.9 billion, in 2008, from the Yale endowment fund were thinking the same thing.

American mythology was given a boost with Morris Abel Beer’s 1918 poem, Manhattan — “This is the Promised Land of Dreams.” The 20th century notion of the American Dream saw an ‘unhampered’ departure from the right thinking of earlier Americans, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, who were oriented around Natural Law. Today’s American Dreamers are oriented around ‘success’ with little or no respect for truth. The result is a disordered ‘get some’ culture of murderers and madmen (and women) — where having trumps being.

The irony is that today’s, so-called, liberal education (with its materialism and revolt against Nature) is making people unfit for democracy.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

FritzSternFritz Stern, Professor Emeritus and former Provost of Columbia University, received the Sander Prize this evening at Deutsches Haus/NYU.

In its inaugural year, the Sander Prize will be awarded annually by Deutsches Haus of NYU to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the cultural relationship between the German speaking world and the United States.

Professor Stern is considered to be one of the master historians of Modern European, German and Jewish history.

In his laudation, Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, said that Professor Stern “helped us (Germany) gain confidence on the path to a responsible liberal democracy and to win the trust of our neighbors, our trans-Atlantic friends and our partners in the world. The lessons of the past—so wisely formulated by Fritz Stern—guide us in dealing with today’s challenges.”

In his remarks, Professor Stern described this as a “melancholy moment,” for Germany and the United States, in the wake of NSA eavesdropping on Chancellor Merkel’s phone conversations, which he characterized as “ill-begotten, foolish, appalling, criminal acts” that have damaged the trust built up between the countries over the years.

LE Observation: The U.S. government’s eavesdropping on its own citizens, and leaders of foreign governments, is not the work of a vital democracy but rather the desperate machinations of a failed democracy.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

JohnJay2013bJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice, in NYC, held their graduation exercises today for 3339 students, the largest class in the school’s history. School president Jeremy Travis commented: “We are fierce advocates for justice.” A good percentage of John Jay graduates typically get jobs in law enforcement.JohnJay2013c

This year’s valedictorian, was Rizwan Ali Raja — from Pakistan, with a 4.0 GPA in Political Science.

One of the speakers said that “people are crying out for justice and the rule of law.” Ironically, a Pakistani student was the valedictorian, at a U.S. school for criminal justice, on the same day the U.S. continued to violate international law, natural law and divine law by assassinating individuals inside Pakistan — who they consider to be bad guys.

Peter Neufeld, attorney and Co-Founder of the Innocence Projects, addressed the students and exhorted them to “speak scientific method to ignorance.” He and his partner Barry Scheck are on the forefront of DNA testing in litigation.

The graduation class was divided in half, with one group graduating in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Senator Charles Schumer addressed both groups — pointing out the tuition tax credit he got through Congress, and then holding up a paper saying he had prepared a speech only to rip it up, twice…

Analysis: In a society where nature and the ‘whole person’ are not understood or accepted, science/technology and egoism/rebellion are filling the void — with justice becoming the domination of rather than the serving of others.

DanielleMcCloskey3Doom Of Exiles

Now we, returning from the vaulted domes
Of our colossal sleep, come home to find
A tall metropolis of catacombs
Erected down the gangways of our mind…

Backward we traveled to reclaim the day
Before we fell, like Icarus, undone;
All we find are altars in decay
And profane words scrawled black across the sun.

Still stubbornly we try to crack the nut
In which the riddle of our race is shut.

Sylvia Plath sent this poem to her mother just days before Mother’s Day in 1954. She was 21 at the time.

The photograph is of Danielle McCloskey, an FIT art student, in an installation she created for the school’s graduation art exhibit. Danielle said the work is a commentary on identity, which is prevalent throughout the show.

In a world where computers are taught to think and humans taught to tweet, where individuals are told they are gods and nothing — but a pile of data, it’s hard for women and men to find a coherent and correct view of reality — and their true identity.

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“Just a note in the appropriate midst of Escape from Freedom to let you know I won one poetry prize this year on the basis of my sonnet “Doom of Exiles,” which I wrote this spring. Only $20, I think, but it will keep me in new shoes for Marty’s wedding. Also I just got elected president of the Alpha Phi Kappa Society, honorary society of the arts, which has the advantage of being a very honorary post with a minimum of work and a solid gold, ruby-studded pin from Tiffany’s…” Sylvia Plath, May 20, 1954

A secular society, that exalts algorithms and egoism, is seeing the human person increasingly diminished by forces inside and outside of herself. Activist organizations that seek to promote human rights often times undermine the people they claim to be helping. This can be seen in the Women’s Movement.

Makers4The Women’s Movement in the U.S., organized to achieve voting rights, was in fact a revolutionary movement that (consciously or not) sought to emancipate women from nature — as Trotsky sought to break with nature in Russia during the Russian Revolution. In 1913 Helen Keller said: “I am a militant suffragette because I believe suffrage will lead to socialism, and to me socialism is the real cause.”

A recent symposium in NYC, organized by WNET New York Public Media, presented a documentary on the Women’s Movement to a group of Girl Scouts. The discussion that followed featured prominent activists, including Marlo Thomas. The comments reflected a utilitarian perspective on life: “Gloria and I didn’t want to be domesticated. You can’t mate in captivity.” “Until the domestic arrangement changes, nothing will change for women.” “I must, I insist, I have to have.”

As with Marxism, the Women’s Movement is a materialist movement that sees women’s power as a function of numbers — “If you have half the group then you have power.” “When 51 women are in the U.S. Senate, then we can relax.” The result is a failure to understand the true power of women and to operate in the natural order of existence. The better way is for people to grow to understand their inter-dependent spiritual nature, and how to participate in being in a conscious and concrete way. For that, men and women need to freely choose to respect and serve each other in all areas of life. The free and sincere ‘gift of self’, rather than the assertion of self, is the way to achieve happiness and peace within and among persons.

GhettoWithoutWalls2013“There is no international morality left, everybody snatches whatever booty he can.” Adolf Hitler to Joachim Ribbentrop, May 1938

The Czech Center in New York is presenting a two-part program: From Democracy to Dictatorship and Genocide: Jews in the Czech Lands and Slovakia before during and after the Second World War.

The first session, by Benjamin Frommer a historian at Northwestern University, was given on 4/11. His talk: The Ghetto Without Walls: The Identification, Isolation and Deportation of Bohemian and Moravian Jewry, 1938-1945 addressed the impact of the Nazi occupation on Jews, in what is now the Czech Republic — with lessons for today.

Since coming to power in 1933, Hitler was driven by a desire to “smash” the Versailles Treaty of 1919, which had reduced German territory, and (in his mind) been pushed for by Jewish elites in the U.S. and England. The Munich Agreement (Sept 1938) gave Hitler the Sudetenland and control over the remaining Czech area, which the Nazis occupied in March 1939. Before the Nazis arrived, Czechoslovakia was the only democracy in central/eastern Europe, with a Jewish population that was fully integrated in Czech society — including 30% intermarriages.

In his talk, Mr. Frommer commented that “in 1939 the Nazis weren’t aware that they were going to create Auschwitz and try to kill every Jew in Europe.” The question is was there a tipping point (added to by outside forces) in the “step-by-step process” that led to genocide?

In Jewish Prague (Akropolis Publishers, 1991), Ctibor Rybar reported that the Jews began to be deported from Prague and Brno on October 19, 1941. It was on September 11, 1941 that President Roosevelt announced to his nation, in a fireside chat, that “the time for active defense is now,” after manufacturing the Greer incident. Could it be that the Nazi’s ‘final solution of the Jewish question’ began when the U.S. decided to enter the war?

Historians like to say there is no logic for the insanity and evil of Hitler and the Holocaust. And yet when looking at the facts, and connecting the dots, one can’t help but believe that World Wars I & II, and the Holocaust could have been avoided if leaders in the U.S., Britain and Russia had themselves possessed less furor teutonicus.

NYUSexton2013The Catholic Center at New York University held a symposium, 2/4, exploring the thinking of John Henry Newman and the question — What positive contribution can religion make to the ongoing life of the contemporary university?

“Newman reminds us today, that as unlikely and outlandish as it might seem, theology and the speculative contemplation of which it gives rise to is about the only thing that can save the university from its total functionalization and commodification. For theology reminds all the other disciplines that the greatest freedom comes with the contemplation and communication of the transcendent truth of God.” Reinhard Huetter, Duke Divinity School

“For you, also, we have a message, and it is this: Continue to search, tirelessly, never despairing of the truth! Recall the words of one of your great friends, St. Augustine: ‘We seek with a desire to find, and we find with a desire to seek further.’ Happy are those who, possessing truth, seek it, in order to renew it, to deepen it, and give it to others. Happy are those who, not having found it, go toward it sincere in heart; may they seek tomorrow’s light in today’s, till they come to the fullness of light.”Pope Paul VI

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