The Charlotte News

Monday, October 10, 1949


Site Ed. Note: The front page reports that Navy men testified to the House Armed Services Committee that Russian radar defenses could stop B-36 raids in numbers and that any B-36's getting through the net would waste a lot of atom bombs by missing targets. One Navy witness testified that a person could stand at one end of the 1.25 mile runway at Washington National Airport when an atomic explosion hit at the other end and survive without serious injury, that the area of destruction of the atomic bomb was quite limited. The witness also said that precision bombing from 40,000 feet was a myth. Another Navy witness said that long raids by B-36's would, because of their lack of maneuverability against fighters, result in losses about three times more than those of B-17's during raids of Germany during the war. One Commander from Barbers Point, Hawaii, likened the B-36 to a moving van, making it especially vulnerable to night fighter attack.

The President asked Congress for 1.3 billion dollars in appropriations to pay for American arms shipment abroad to friendly nations, the bulk of which would be used for the Western European nations of NATO. The Congress had already authorized the aid.

In Paris, the entire staff of the Chinese Embassy deserted the Nationalist Government and declared its allegiance to the Communists. It was the first desertion by a major Chinese embassy. France did not recognize the Communist Government and so presumably the staff of the Embassy would lose their diplomatic status.

The President signed a bill increasing disability and dependency payments for World War I veterans.

At Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the Air Force and Navy were cooperating in exercises designed to show joint striking capability of the Tactical Air Command, for the benefit of 3,000 young officers and observers as part of an air indoctrination course. The three American services were coming to the aid of Beta, an hypothetical small nation invaded by aggressor nation Gamma in Beta's remote areas. The exercise was designed to teach young officers the technique and to learn of needed improvements for equipment.

There was no progress in resolution of the coal strike as mediation continued. The steel strike also continued, with other company contracts set to expire October 15, triggering additional plant shutdowns.

Two AFL unions, the Carpenters and Laborers, settled a longstanding jurisdictional dispute lasting several years regarding handling of concrete forms. The impasse had tied up millions of dollars worth of construction for months at a time, often resulting in strikes. The unions agreed to split the work of removing wooden forms, with the carpenters doing the removal and the laborers carrying the wood away from the site and to the next site, unless the forms were not reusable, in which case the laborers could remove them.

A Congressional investigation had been ordered into a nearly six-month old strike at the Hart Cotton Mill in Tarboro, N.C., after mill officials had just notified Governor Kerr Scott that they refused the offer of the union to settle.

Scripps-Howard staff writer Earl Richert relates of taxes on consumer items in a new series, starting with the report that the average consumer paid between $355 and $466 in taxes on a new car costing between $1,600 and $2,000, much of the tax hidden in pre-purchase taxes added to the cost of the car. G.M. estimated that at least 17 percent of the cost to dealers covered corporate and excise taxes and Chrysler reported a similar amount.

In Fort Worth, Texas, four persons, including two young children, were found in their home shot to death. A .22 Colt revolver was found about three inches from the hand of the maternal grandmother who had been shot through the mouth. The other dead were her daughter and grandchildren. The shootings had apparently occurred Saturday. The husband and father had not been home for several days, was visiting his father in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Many people who had fled flooded areas in and around Houston on Friday and Saturday had returned home after an absence of rainfall on Sunday.

Tornadoes hit various spots in Oklahoma the previous night, injuring one person, and in Nebraska, where one person was killed and two were injured.

In Las Vegas, Joe Kirkwood, Jr., who had played "Joe Palooka" in the movies, was honeymooning with actress Cathy Downs after their wedding Saturday took place in a hotel chapel without letting their friends know.

At Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, not reported on the page, the Yankees defeated the Dodgers 10 to 6 in the fifth game of the World Series on Sunday to win the series four games to one.

There was no reported sludding in the game—not the case, unfortunately, in Chapel Hill in the pouring rain this past Saturday, to the distinct disadvantage of the team normally reliant primarily on an air offense manifested at a quickened pace. The Tar Heels got slugged in the mud, in the backlash from a hurricane, by the sludding Gobblers, that is, the Hokies.

On the editorial page, "Navy's Blast at Defense Plan" comments favorably on the decision of the House Armed Services Committee, overruling Secretary of the Navy Francis Matthews to allow the admirals to testify publicly regarding their criticism of the Joint Chiefs' decisions regarding cuts to the Navy and especially in approving the B-36 for the Air Force as a long-range strategic bomber, which they viewed as inadequate in the event of atomic war. Admiral A. W. Radford testified that, in addition to the problems with the B-36, he thought that defensive fighters and tactical bombers had been neglected and that an atomic blitz would not win the next war. The sum of these mistakes, he believed, had weakened the nation's security.

He had not, however, outlined in his testimony what he thought the Navy's proper role ought be in the nation's defense program. The piece assumes other witnesses from the Navy would do so.

"Diabetes Week" explains diabetes and urges during the week to become familiar with it and its symptoms and to obtain free tests for it available in the community during the week. Persons with relatives having diabetes, it stresses, ought especially be checked as the disease is hereditary.

"Natural Gas Pipeline Fight" finds that Governor Kerr Scott's intervention on behalf of Piedmont Natural Gas Corporation in its battle with the Federal Power Commission would be good for consumers in the Carolinas. Piedmont's projected 72 million dollar pipeline from Mississippi was to serve the Carolinas and Virginia but it was being fought by a Virginia company seeking to be the sole provider of natural gas for that state only.

It believes that industrial development and diversification would be seriously handicapped if the Virginia company were to win the rights over Piedmont, as the Virginia company would shut out the Carolinas from receiving natural gas from the pipeline.

A piece from the Jackson (Miss.) Daily News, titled "Poker and the Law", tells of a social club in San Francisco petitioning the Supreme Court to uphold the right to play draw poker in private homes or social clubs.

The piece suggests that because the question was limited to draw poker, all justices who were not thoroughly familiar with the game of poker should recuse themselves from participation in the decision. It particularly hopes that Justice Felix Frankfurter would keep quiet about his "pernicious oversimplification" theory.

It refers to the statement of Justice Frankfurter's dissent in U.S. v. Monia, 317 U.S. 424, at 431, a case finding that the Sherman Act, by its plain terms, granted immunity, with respect to any matter substantially connected with the transaction, to those testifying before a grand jury regarding alleged violations of the Act: "The notion that because the words of a statute are plain, its meaning is also plain, is merely pernicious oversimplification."

Apparently, the Court declined to hear the case, presumably not wishing to play.

Drew Pearson tells of John Maragon and Presidential military aide General Harry Vaughan having successfully prevailed upon the Maritime Commission to provide a contract to a Milwaukee firm to salvage a ship, the SS Luckenbach, sunk by a Nazi U-boat off Key West, Fla., in 1942, carrying a cargo of tin worth two million dollars.

Another firm out of Palm Beach, Fla., had a contract to do the salvage work for the insurance companies. The insurance underwriters and the RFC had not yet approved the Maragon-Vaughan constructed deal with the Milwaukee firm and so it remained to be seen which firm would get the nod.

Marquis Childs again addresses the matter of Congressman Earl Chudoff of Pennsylvania being prevented by a Federal Judge, himself a former member of Congress, from appearing as a criminal defense attorney for a client accused of sending obscene matter through the mails. Mr. Chudoff, who had said that other members of Congress had done it, was now appealing the ruling.

Congressman Francis Walter, ranking Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee, had represented stockholders in a suit against two companies and taken a fee of $170,000.

How the case would be resolved would be important to maintaining confidence in the separation of powers, and answering whether it should be permissible for sitting members of Congress to appear for clients in courts, risking thereby the independence of the judiciary.

A piece assembled from Tax Foundation reports tells of veterans benefits and their costs to taxpayers.

James Marlow tells of abuses to the G.I. Bill since it had been enacted in 1944 to enable veterans to obtain a college education free and enjoy a basic living stipend while doing so. But many G.I.'s had enrolled in frivolous courses, deemed "recreational", not designed to aid the veteran earn a living, just to obtain the stipend. So the Congress had tightened the law twice, in 1948 and 1949, eliminating the recreational courses from the Bill's purview, unless the veteran could show that they were necessary to his earning a living, and preventing veterans from enrolling under the Bill in schools in existence for less than a year, as many schools of questionable merit had suddenly sprung up to cater solely to G.I.'s.

But the V.A. had gone even further, preventing G.I.'s from using the bill to take post-graduate courses or transfer from one course to another or to a new school or to resume an interrupted course. There had been so much objection to these restrictions, however, that the V.A. relented and abandoned them.

Still there were abuses and it appeared that it would take more legislation by Congress to eliminate them.

The Republican presidential nominee last night, in the second presidential debate of 2016, disgraced himself and for all time.

The performance in which he engaged is beyond words. Any words set down to describe it would be inadequate to convey the hypocrisy, dishonesty and utter contempt for this nation which this man routinely displays, reaching new depths last night, especially in the context of a debate. Never in the history of American politics has anything come close to this despicable performance.

The man wants to be your dictator, putting those who disagree with him politically in jail. He is dangerous, every bit as dangerous as Adolf Hitler was in 1932.

He will never be President, as the polls readily convey. We would be more outraged were he seemingly to gain from his outrageous conduct. But he is losing ground daily and will soon be consigned to the political ash-heap of history.

And there are only four weeks left until election day, thank goodness. Then the man can crawl back into the sleazy hole from which he crawled 16 months ago to dismay, taunt and disgrace the nation. To refer to him by such terms as "guttersnipe" does the guttersnipe community a true disservice. To refer to him as an "obscurantist" elevates his conduct to some level of seeming political tradition, even if an unsavory one. There is no precedent.

"Scum" is even too polite a word to convey his utter lack of decorum and sensibility to people, ordinary people, trying to make a living, not benefited by a "small" million dollar gift from his slumlord father at graduation from college or a fourteen million dollar loan from his father after that or forty million or more in inheritance, yet after that.

He is outraged by Secretary Clinton calling half of his supporters "a basket of deplorables" a few weeks ago for following his unrepentant xenophobia, misogyny, racism, religious discrimination, venomous utterances generally, disrespect for free speech, urging to violence, and other deplorable traits. But prior to that time and throughout his tawdry, ridiculous, pathetic campaign, he has referred to the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, whom millions of people in this country admire, as "crooked". He has said before that he would seek to have her indicted and "locked up" if he were to be elected. He said it again last night on the debate stage, quite out of context, in one of his rambling, incoherent diatribes designed to brainwash further his core supporters. Never mind the people who support Secretary Clinton. By implication, they are all crooks or sheep following a crook, too stupid to see through her veil, and should be locked up also.

Of course, his threat in that regard would assume that he, himself, if elected, were not impeached in early January by the new Democratic House for high crimes and misdemeanors occurring before his term, with regard to bribing the Attorney General of Florida to end the investigation into Trump University and for criminal fraud associated with that scam. There is, after all, thanks to the extremist Republicans of 1998-99, a precedent for that basis for impeachment. He would be lucky not to be thrown out of office by March. For he is the only crook in the race.

But that pretty pass will never come to be as he will never come close to election. He is finished. There was plentiful reason for him to be finished months ago, before he ever got the nomination. And there have been many reasons coming to light since the Republican convention for him to have been finished. But he will not recover now, not after his performance last night. His lies and hypocrisies are known well enough. He is done.

His tawdry, absurd statements from 2005 on a bus were not typical "locker room" chatter, unless the locker room were in a prison, a particularly scummy prison. Even that is probably stretching a point. "Scum" would be the best way to characterize such persons engaging in such talk. It sounds like the chatter among the least savory characters in a movie about organized crime, about scum of the earth.

And that is one of the glaring problems with this idiot. He, and most of his loyal followers, are unable to distinguish between reality and fantasy, between that which might elicit an ironic chuckle for its outrageousness, well portrayed, in a movie, and the reality of hearing such things said or acted out before you. The two are quite different. Movies are movies because they present something outside and beyond reality, not because they are or should be emulated in reality. Even the "storybook endings" are rarely, if ever, achieved for more than a few hours at a time, never permanently as implied in the movies.

And, of course, not only did he condone the statements he made in 2005 and, moreover, his openly admitted attempt to commit adultery with a married woman, with a non-apologetic apology, trying to persuade voters that former President Clinton had said to him things just as bad or worse—without any proof whatsoever or prior conduct to suggest such statements—, but he demeaned every adult in this country by suggesting that such talk characterizes private conversations among adults, another of his colossal lies.

This man is obviously pathologically ill, divorced from reality for many, many years, a sick man in need of mental help.

But for now, he is the presidential nominee of the Republican Party and so we have the right to carp, even in the face of his obvious mental illness. And we must go out on November 8 and do our duty therefore to defeat him. It is not as if we do not have a very good alternative choice in Secretary Clinton, a brilliant, able and dedicated public servant who has done only good for people throughout her several adult careers.

That brings up another despicable act by the Republican nominee yesterday, when he paraded before the cameras three accusers of the former President, whose accusations have never been proved and who have been shown repeatedly to be liars, persons who were dredged up by the worst scum in politics ever to surface outside Nazi Germany in any country in the world, and promoted by such unrepentant slaves to Mammon as Jerry Falwell during the 1990's—ultimately, because of one primary American character trait for which the Clintons have always stood since entering on the national stage in 1992, tolerance and diversity.

This utter hypocrite, the Republican nominee, who once, in 1998, referred to these three women as "ugly" and trashy looking, now dredges them up again, along with a prosecutrix in a rape case, the alleged rapist having been represented by Hillary Clinton as an appointed defense attorney early in her career as a lawyer forty years ago. That representation is the most honorable service anyone can do as a lawyer, done, for all intents and purposes, free of charge. She did her job and did it well, serving everyone in the society who values freedom and justice for all in its truest sense and not just mouthing the words as a parrot. (How many times have we heard, since the advent of DNA testing in the nineties, of falsely accused rape defendants or murderers being exonerated by non-matching DNA?—which, perhaps, in some cases, might have been unnecessary had the defense counsel done a more zealous job of defense in the first instance with the evidence then available, as did Hillary Clinton regarding a client who passed a polygraph.) Her private statement from over ten years later in the mid-eighties during which she laughed, was not about the alleged victim in the case, but rather the predicament unanticipated by the prosecutor when she brought in an expert from New York to testify regarding lack of physical evidence of rape in the case, leading to a plea bargain with the prosecutor. She did her job and did it well. Such private banter among attorneys and judges about past cases, "war stories" as they are called, is quite common in the legal profession. And only a crook pulls punches as a criminal defense attorney, leaves their client in the lurch to hang. It is why our good, though imperfect, system is adversarial and the burden of proof rests with the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

For this Republican nominee to bring this parade of persons from 25 and 40 years ago before the American people and to refer to them during the debate tells each of us the hole from which this crook, this despicable lying creep, crawled out. And of course it was all to try to divert attention from his own despicable talk and behavior from eleven years ago when he was a mere 59-year old boy on the bus bragging about being a "star" able to grab women's genitals with impunity and his attempt to commit adultery with married women. It was retaliation for a story originating with the Washington Post and the television show "Access Hollywood", from which the tape originated, having nothing at all to do with release by the Clinton campaign, though he stated repeatedly that Secretary Clinton had "brought it up" before and during the debate, further demonstrating his complete abandonment of reality for the sake of conjuring false perceptions among his core supporters, trying to extend their fascism born of ignorance more generally to the American people at large, in effect trying to transform a debate into one of his "rallies".

He would, quite perversely, ignoring his own criminal conduct, have a justice system where the accused is always guilty. He would organize a "People's Court" to streamline the system, just as in Nazi Germany, to bring about "law and order" as he describes it, as he illustrates repeatedly at his "rallies" with thugs, encouraged by the candidate from the rostrum, beating up anyone exhibiting mild protest.

The man needs to retire and go home. He is not informed enough to be dogcatcher, let alone President. He knows nothing of law, of diplomacy, of statecraft, of working with Congress, of working with any form of legislative process. He is sick. This race is a vanity for him from the start, a final feather in his cap, a dare to all those who he perceives have slighted him, sold him short, during his adult life, a race which any sensible person in this country would know not to begin without some basic understanding and experience in government. But not him. For he is too drunk with his own arrogance and self-love to be governed by such self-restraint. And he has brought out, in that process, the very worst, the most divisive aspects of this country over the last year.

Go home, stupid. Get out of the race. Get off the stage. You had your chance, boy, and you took it and threw it to the wild winds, an utter disgrace in every way imaginable, just as you have done with all the good fortune your daddy was able to bestow on you, none of which you ever honestly earned yourself.

You are utter garbage, the worst this country has ever produced on the national political stage. And that includes some pretty reprehensible characters.

Get out. Go home. You're done.

Anyone henceforth supporting this lunatic deserves the condemnation they will receive, especially elected representatives who, while expressing "outrage" at his recently revealed statements from 2005, continue, nevertheless, to endorse him. They all ought be defeated and sent home with him.

It is time to start anew anyway, with a new Congress, which, if you study the matter with any understanding of how our system works, you will realize to be the source of the worst faults in our country presently, as for many years, whenever we have been so fortunate to have a President, as now, trying to make progress. The President cannot do it under our system alone. We have not had in this country at least twelve consecutive years of Democrats in the White House since Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, ending in 1953. Yet those two Presidents did a pretty fair job of transforming the society for the better.

We also have a glorious opportunity to correct the course of a Supreme Court, errant on many issues vital to our collective freedoms since the days of President Nixon, and, more recently, allowing big money back into politics with the Citizens United case.

We stand, in short, nonplussed over what happened last night. Secretary Clinton plainly won the debate and will win the election. That is a foregone conclusion at this point, provided the electorate turns out to vote. She remains focused, addressing the major issues, and, aside from the necessity to respond at least briefly to the redundant baiting and lies, refuses to be drawn into the gutter by the megalomaniacal, accusatorial nut whom she finds as her opponent.

The problem continues to be this Republican's outrage to every American who believes in the democratic process and resents the damage he is doing daily to America's reputation around the world, turning our quadrennial election into a laughing stock, a circus sideshow, weakening in the process our democracy, even claiming in advance that unless he wins, the election is rigged, thus trying to undermine the authority of the next President—taking all of his cues for this skein of conduct from the ultra-right wing "press", the fascist Breitbart and the rest running his campaign, and the like-minded radio nuts who regularly lead this charge among those for whom reading is a painful exercise, exploiting their ignorance to attract commercial sponsors to their thus cultivated audience share, as such snake-oil salesmen have done for decades since the 1930's, with even greater concentration during the past 30 years.

Go home. It's over.

Anything we have not said above is said amply well here, a statement with which we wholly concur.

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