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Entries from April 30th, 2012

One of Us – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint

April 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on One of Us – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint · Campaigning, Immigration, Multi-culturalism, Politics, US Politics

To Jesse Helms, politics and ideology were simple, black and white. He saw it as right versus wrong, good versus evil. His slogan for the 1972 Senate campaign was “He’s one of us.” It appeared in television ads and in flyers distributed around the state…. It also implied that the opponent was not “one of […]

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Daisy Girl – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint

April 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Daisy Girl – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint · Campaigning, History, Nuclear Weapons, Politics, US Politics

The ‘Daisy Girl’ spot was intended to play on the fears and anxieties about Goldwater that he himself had created. The ad opens with a young girl sitting in a field of flowers, picking daisies as she counts them…. At zero, the camera zooms in to the girl’s eyes and we see a nuclear explosion, […]

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Upton Sinclair – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint

April 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Upton Sinclair – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint · Campaigning, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, US Politics

In 1934 (Upton Sinclair) abandoned the Socialist Party and then entered the Democratic Party Primary for governor. He reasoned that a Socialist could not get elected; he had to win an election before he could enact a single policy. He based his campaign on a utopian novel he had just written, called, I, Governor of […]

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Red Army Political Arrests – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Red Army Political Arrests – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · Communism, History, Socialism, Totalitarianism, WW2

The proportion of political arrests in the Red Army doubled from 1944 to 1945, a year when the Soviet Union was effectively at war for little more than four months. In that year of victory, no fewer than 135,056 Red Army soldiers and officers were condemned by military tribunals for ‘counter-revolutionary crimes’…. Over 1.5 million […]

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Rape in Occupied Berlin – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Rape in Occupied Berlin – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · History, Human Rights, War, WW2

Berliners remember that, because all the windows had been blown in, you could hear the screams every night. Estimates from the two main Berlin hospitals ranged from 95,000 to 130,000 rape victims. One doctor deduced that out of approximately 100,000 women raped in Berlin, some 10,000 died as a result, mostly from suicide. The death […]

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German Chutzpah – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on German Chutzpah – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · History, War, WW2

Like the other Russians present, Grossman was taken aback when a burgermeister, on being told to provide working parties to clear streets, asked, ‘How much will the people be paid?’ After the way Soviet citizens had been treated as slave labourers in Germany, the answer was obvious. ‘Everyone here certainly seems to have a very […]

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The Goebbels Family – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Goebbels Family – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · History, Totalitarianism, WW2

Freytag von Loringhoven was at the bottom of the stairs when he suddenly saw Magda Goebbels descend the concrete stairs, following by her six children. She looked ‘sehr damenhft’ – ‘very ladylike’. The six children behind ranged from twelve years old down to five: Helga, Hilde, Helmut, Holde, Hedda and Heide. Their first names, all […]

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History – the Lived Experience – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on History – the Lived Experience – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · History, WW2

‘These are strange times,’ she added in the large sales ledger which she used as her diary. ‘One experiences history in the marking, things which one day will fill the history books. But while living through it, everything dissolves into petty worries and fears. History is very tiresome. Tomorrow I’m going to look for nettles […]

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Lascivious Embraces – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Lascivious Embraces – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · Communism, Humanism, War, WW2

Perhaps as a side-effect of this law linking death with sexual maturity, the arrival of the enemy at the edge of the city made young soldiers desperate to lose their virginity. Girls, well aware of the high risk of rape, preferred to give themselves to almost any German boy first than to a drunken and […]

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Ivan is Here – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ivan is Here – “Berlin: The Downfall 1945” – Antony Beevor · Quotes, War, WW2

A telephone suddenly rang (in the German Zossen HQ). One of the Russian soldiers answered it. The caller was evidently a senior German officer asking what was happening. ‘Ivan is here,’ the soldier replied in Russian, and told him to go to hell.

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