Daily Archives: May 15, 2011

Former Autoworker Sentenced for WWII Crimes

Thursday, a German court convicted the 91-year-old former autoworker John Demjanjuk for helping nazis murder more than 28,000 Jews at Sobibor concentration camp during World War II. The court sentenced him to 5 years in jail.

Demjanjuk’s trial lasted 18 months. Proceedings were limited to 2 90-minute sessions daily because of Demjanjuk’s health problems.

Demjanjuk denied the charges against him. He was released pending appeal.

Demjanjuk was a soldier in the REd Army in 1942 when he was captured by the Germans and recruited to be a guard at Sobibor. After the war, he lived in Cleveland, Ohio until 2009, when he was deported to Germany for trial.

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Is Michele Bachmann Smarter Than a 10th Grader?

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I love this story.

Amy Myers, a New Jersey tenth grader, has challenged Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann, the Minnesota Congresswoman, to a debate and public test on civics, the Constitution, and United States history. Myers states that Bachmann’s frequent errors are bad for the public and for women.

I cannot wait to see how this plays out. Bachmann can’t very well ignore Myers’s request, but there’s no way she is going to allow herself to be schooled by a high schooler. It’s really unfortunate that we’re not all going to have the chance to see this girl mop the floor with Bachmann.

In any case, big props to Ms. Myers. Keep up the civic interest and perseverance. You’re making a difference already.

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On This Day…

In 1948, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed as British rule in Palestine came to an end.

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International Boycott of “Elephants” Over Cruelty

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And now for the week’s most ironic movie news…

New “secret footage” of the training company used by the film Water for Elephants shows the trainers brutally beating the elephants during training. The video shows the owners of Have Trunk Will Travel owners and their employees repeatedly beating and prodding elephants.

Gary and Kari Johnson, the owners of Have Trunk Will Travel, have asserted that they never use cruel training methods on their elephants, but they have been involved in several animal-cruelty controversies in just the past decade.

Animal Defenders International, a United Kingdom organisation, has called for an international boycott of the film.

See the controversial video and read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/water-for-elephants-trainers-in-new-cruelty-video-claims-20110513-1em5p.html#ixzz1MTYLr3RK

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