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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2007


COMMENTARY
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Crime in Philadelphia and most other major cities.  A recent issue of Philadelphia Magazine sets forth the horror of murder in many neighborhoods in the city of brotherly love.  The article also suggests that there is a solution, and it further asks, why isn’t it tried?  Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Taylor says the victims and the shooters are getting younger and younger in Philadelphia….


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Crime in Philly and most other major cities.  More on the murder in Philly as we reported previously.  The University of Pennsylvania Professor Lawrence Sherman, who is Director of the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the university, is speaking out…


COMMENTARY #3
       
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Crime in Philadelphia and most other major cities.  Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson recently announced the formation of a special unit to implement some of Professor Lawrence Sherman’s suggestions.  That is going after the guns.  With no teeth in this proposal, the commissioners unit is accused of only handling 911 backlog calls and not being dispatched to the bad neighborhoods and seizing the guns from individuals who should not have them in the first place….


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Jean Kirkpatrick, authoritarian v. totalitarian.  Yes, it was one of President Reagan’s favorite democrats, Jean Kirkpatrick, who became his ambassador to the United Nations.  And we all know her for her separation from the George McGovern wing of the Democratic Party…  Jean was well-connected to some individuals connected with the Lincoln Institute…


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Smith Hempstone recently died at age 77.  Hempstone was the former editor and chief of the Washington Times and also ambassador to Kenya.  His family were part owners of the old Washington Star and its broadcast affiliates.  Dolores and I were good friends of Smith and his gracious wife of 52 years, Kitty.  We loved being invited to their wonderful and charming home in Chevy Chase, MD.  He was a character in every sense of the word….


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More on Smith Hempstone the former editor and chief of the Washington Times and ambassador to Kenya.  Smith Hempstone was to the diplomatic core, that Pat Moynihan, Jean Kirkpatrick, and John Bolton were to the U.N.  Smith was appointed ambassador to Kenya in 1989 by the first President Bush, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall….


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In an effort led by good friend William Barclay Allen, professor of government at Michigan State University, and Ward Connerly, former Chairman of the Board of Regents in California’s higher education system, the voters of Michigan last November 7th passed proposition 2, which disallowed the state and local governments in the state from preferring a group of individuals because of race, gender, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or getting contracts….


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Lamar Hunt and William Murchison in Dallas, Texas.  The recent death of Lamar Hunt, the founder and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, reminds us, who are old enough, to remember the expansion of the National Football League in the late 1950’s.  To the consternation of the Washington Red Skins, the City of Dallas received two – count them – two NFL franchises the same year….


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Lamar Hunt and William Murchison in Dallas, Texas.  Both teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Texans, played in the old but famous Cotton Bowl in Dallas.  The city promised to fully renovate the relic, but in a couple years only piece mail changes were made to the bowl.  Kansas City offered Lamar Hunt a new state of the art stadium and Lamar took it and moved his team to Kansas City…


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Lamar Hunt and William Murchison in Dallas, Texas.  Lamar Hunt, who’s father was known as H.L. Hunt, which stood for Haroldson Lafayette, was the staunch anticommunist in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  I met the old man in the lobby of The Deauville Hotel in Miami during the GOP convention in 1968….


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Jamestown 1607 to 2007, celebrating America’s 400th birthday.  After 7 years the contract between the Virginia Company in London and the hired men expired in 1613.  Some of the men chose to stay and farm.  A result of their motivation to reap a return on their investment of money, time, and talent, and risk, settlers discovered the value of tobacco for export…
 

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