A Daughter’s Homage to Her “Barnstorming” Mother’s Spirit Even in Old Age

A new article has been published about my mother. The story inspired my just completed novel “Jenny Flynn.”
The picture, was taken of my mother in her youth when she was learning to fly on an old World War I trainer called a “Jenny.”
Read more here: Motherhood Moment blogspot.com

Theasa Logan Tuohy

Theasa Logan Tuohy

The U.S. is celebrating the wrong anniversary for the Vietnam War


American military personnel in South Vietnam in August 1963. (AP Photo)

American military personnel in South Vietnam in August 1963. (AP Photo)

The Washington Post has just published an Op Ed piece I wrote concerning the arbitrary choice of March 1965 as the start of the Vietnam War – when 3,500 Marines landed in Da Nang. We already had 23,000 so-called ‘advisers’ in Vietnam before that.
Until we acknowledge how the conflict really started, we can’t come to terms with the origins or our nation’s involvement. Read more here – and be sure to comment, like and share. Thanks!

Killing of Journalists Should be a War Crime: AP CEO

President and CEO of the Associated Press Gary Pruitt delivered a speech at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club on Monday. He stated that it should be a war crime for journalists to be killed in the line of duty– in the same way that it is a war crime to kill Red Cross volunteers.

Read more hereKilling of Journalists Should be a War Crime

Vietnam 1975: A New Movie by a Kennedy

New movie by a Kennedy. I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks interesting.
For something as chilling as they come, reference my blog entry of April 8, 2013.  http://thefiveoclockfollies.com/?p=544
A CBS video report by Bruce Dunning on a harrowing 1975 flight of thugs stampeding to get out of Da Nang.

Homage to Those who Take the Risks

HOMAGE TO THOSE WHO TAKE THE RISKS, and to those who fall:
From Nicholas Kristof
In Darfur once … my interpreter said: We’ve just got to go. If they catch us, they’ll hold you for ransom. But they’ll just shoot me.

Video Shows ISIL Possible Beheading of Photojournalist James Foley

Men claiming to be part of terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) posted a video allegedly showing the beheading of freelance photojournalist James Wright Foley, who disappeared in northwest Syria on November 22, 2012. The White House said they have not yet confirmed the authenticity of the video.
More on this story will follow as it develops.

Read More Here: http://politi.co/1Aw7mwl

See reactions on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/hashtag/JamesFoley?src=hash

Video Believed to be authentic http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/215579-white-house-foley-beheading-video-authentic


No Free Press in Egypt

In June, a Cairo court sentenced 3 journalists seven to ten years each in prison. Similar sentences were passed on 17 other defendants– 11 of them in absentia.

More HereReporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders)


Egyptian opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi hold up a poster of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on July 26, 2013 during a protest in Cairo. Tens of thousands of anti-Morsi supporters gathered in response to a call by the army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Egyptians to show their support for a security clampdown on “terrorism”. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Bad Timing for the US

Secretary of State John Kerry went to Egypt last weekend to renew US-Eqypt ties and to offer its new president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, swift restoration of military aid. Unfortunately in less than 24 hours of Egypt’s aid being restored, a judge on Monday convicted three journalists from Al Jazeera’s English-language network of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast ‘false reports’. One was sentenced to at least seven years.

Read more here: Egypt Convicts 3 Journalists; U.S. Is Critical – NY Times June 23, 2014

The Whitehouse responds: June 23, 2014