Historical Political Events for November 12

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Year Event
1933 In the German general election, 92% of electors are recorded as voting for Nazi candidates, with 96% of the electorate turning out to vote. (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.) [And in the USA, 2001, polls show that a majority of the population supports suspension of civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution, as long as "helps in the fight of the War on Terrorism". Almost 50% agree that torturing of the accused would be OK.]
1948 In Tokyo, an international war crimes tribunal sentences seven Japanese military and government officials to death, including General Hideki Tojo, for their roles in World War II.
1969 Seymour Hersh breaks My Lai story. [In those innocent days, it was considered poor form to murder a few innocent civilians in the heat of battle (but now -- see "655,000 Dead Iraqi Civilians", from the latest report -- gets little interest from the American public).]
1971 President Richard Nixon (R) proclaims the end of the U.S. offensive role in the Vietnam War and withdraws 45,000 more troops.
1990 Willie Nelson watches the IRS seize his holdings in six states including a ranch, recording studio, and golf course to satisfy part of a $6.5 million debt.
1997 Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. [Strangely, no uninvolved country was attacked by the U.S. President.]
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the Metropolitan Detention Center (A Federal Bureau of Prisons agency in Los Angeles): Services Purchased: "OBSTETRICIAN/GYNECOLOGIST SERVICES", AMT $90,000.00, TO James A. Mitchell, M.D.; "OPTOMETRIST SERVICES", AMT $39,600.00, TO Eyecue; "RADIOLOGY TECHNICIAN SERVICES", AMT $81,120.00, TO Fillmore B.Gongora; "RADIOLOGIST SERVICES", AMT $89,340.00, TO Westside Diagnostic Medical Group; "LITURGICAL MINISTRY/RELIGIOUS SERVICES", AMT $50,400.00, TO Robert Angelo; "ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS SERVICES", AMT $29,120.00, TO Salah Yousef Abdelgader; "PROTESTANT RELIGIOUS SERVICES", AMT $62,000.00, TO Jeffrey Utter; "JEWISH RELIGIOUS SERVICES", AMT $33,800.00, TO Aaron Kriegel. [Several questions come to mind: 1) Why is the most expensive service gynecological? 2)Were these services obtained by competitive bidding? If so, isn't that a little scary buying religious services from the lowest bidder. I mean, we are talking about going to Heaven here! 3) Why does the Protestant get more than the others? 4) Does the government not know that religious services can be obtained for FREE (or token contributions)? Many preachers "work" for contributions.]
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Quote of
the Day
[Nearly 70% of the military budget] is to provide men and weapons to fight in foreign countries in support of our allies and friends and for offensive operations in Third World countries .. Another big chunk of the defense budget is the 20% allocated for our offensive nuclear force of bombers, missles, and submarines whose job it is to carry nuclear weapons to the Soviet Union... Actual defense of the United States costs about 10% of the military budget and is the least expensive function performed by the Pentagon...
    — Rear Admiral Gene LaRoque, U.S. Navy retired
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