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This is the archive for March 2007

Sunday, March 25, 2007

BBC News had some outstanding coverage on how England celebrated this moment and I thought I would give some links.

A Q&A panel on why it should be observed and what it means in today’s world - click here
The Prime Minister apologizing for Britain’s role in slavery - click here
The Mayor of London apologizing - click here
How two Archbishops of the Anglican Church celebrated - click here
On using YouTube to show the horrors of slavery - click here
The Legacy of Slavery - click here

For a different point of view, this is how the lawmakers of my adopted home state of South Carolina currently are looking at its past role in slavery.

The recent arrest of Denning McTague, a 40+ year old former intern of the National Archives, on charges of stealing 165 historical documents and then selling them on eBay made headlines in newspapers from around the world. One of the first places I read about the incident was actually on the British site, BBC News.

Unfortunately this shows again that the greed of man will make some do just about anything.

If proven guilty (remember, innocent until proven guilty by a jury of one’s peers) I hope that he gets more punishment than that of President Bill Clinton’s former National Security Advisor – Sandy Berger. Mr. Berger admitted that he stole classified documents from the archives (hiding one set under a construction trailer near the archives) and in return was required to pay a $50,000 fine, serve two years' probation, perform 100 hours of community service and submit to a polygraph "lie detector" test.

Have you wondered how close McTague came to never being caught? This linked story shows how he was caught on just plain dumb luck.

Thankfully, there are some honest people out there too.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Unfortunately I am not making this up. The City of Seattle was looking to take a GAR cemetery and convert it to a dog park so that dogs could run around unleashed. The city had taken over responsibility for the cemetery in 1922 and a volunteer group has been helping keep it up.

Thankfully this horrendous idea was stopped before it could make any real progress.

But think about what the City government was doing for that brief time - what were they saying was more important? Our veterans of yesteryear or the dogs of today. It is rather sad that a group had to put any effort into stopping this.

Check out this blog which has a News video of the whole mess.