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Squeaky Fromme Released From Prison

Personally I still don’t see how this is a good thing. But former Manson family member and attempted Presidential assassin Lynnette Squeaky Fromme was released from prison today. She had been sentenced to life in prison when in 1975 she had aimed a loaded gun at then U.S President Gerald R Ford.

In the clip above, which I posted on another post, in an interview she did for what appears to be a recent History Channel special she seemed to display little remorse for nearly gunning down the leader of the free world.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Charles Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who was convicted of trying to assassinate former President Gerald Ford, is out of prison after spending more than 30 years behind bars.

Fromme, a Manson family member, was released from a Texas prison hospital on Friday, according to federal officials. Now 60, she left the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth at about 8 a.m., Carswell spokeswoman Dr. Maria Douglas said in a statement.

Fromme was just 26 years old when she pointed a semiautomatic .45- caliber pistol at Ford in September 1975 in Sacramento, Calif.

Secret Service agents grabbed her and Ford was unhurt.

Travel arrangements after her release won’t be made public, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley.

Fromme first became eligible for parole in 1985 but did not seek release.

Fromme, who got a life term, became the first person sentenced under a special federal law covering assaults on U.S. presidents, a statute enacted after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.



Another Gerald Ford Assasin to be Freed?

Here is what looks to be a fairly recent interview about the assassination attempt with Lynette Squeaky Fromme, the woman about to be released from prison.

Lynette Squeaky Fromme, one of the closest and most devout members of Charles Manson’s ‘family’ and who in 1975 aimed a pistol and attempted to assassinate then President Gerald R Ford could be paroled as soon as this month. This as the fortieth anniversary of the infamous Tate-Labianca murders approaches.

(CNN) — The president she once pointed a gun at has been dead for nearly three years, and her longtime idol and leader, Charles Manson, remains in prison.

However, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme is about to get her first taste of real freedom in more than three decades.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Fromme, now 60, is set to be released on parole August 16.

Fromme is housed at Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.

For years, she was one of Manson’s few remaining followers, as many other “Manson Family” members have shunned him. A prison spokeswoman would not say whether Fromme continues to correspond with Manson.

Fromme was convicted in 1975 of pointing a gun at then-President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California. Secret Service agents prevented her from firing, but the gun was later found to have no bullet in the chamber, although it contained a clip of ammunition.

Personally I think this woman, even if she is now 60 years old should remain in prison. At one point during her prison tenure she supposedly assaulted a fellow prisoner with a claw hammer and in 1987 even escaped from prison when she is alleged to have heard a rumor that Manson was supposedly dying of Cancer. She has lavished praise on this monster who was her former master and was (and perhaps still is) m clearly infatuated with him. Not to mention she almost killed a U.S president, and if someone is so irrational and blinded by hate and malice they are willing to even attempt to gun down a head of state of the most powerful nation in the world, ensconced by a phalanx of secret service men, body guards, and reporters; what makes one think that anyone this ruthless would hesitate at all to kill any other person of less prestige?

Of all the former apostles of Charles Manson, she according to her statements in the past has been if not the one of the most devout and likely least remorseful. There are a host of other Manson family members in jail, who are responsible for the heinous Tate-Labianca murders. Many of them have expressed remorse, one even has Cancer; and although I am opposed to their release at least they have expressed remorse and have shown some signs they have reformed themselves.

Fromme was sentenced to life in prison and in this case with some who showcases such a dangerous history and a penchant for histrionics of a violent and erratic nature, a life sentence should be just that.

But Fromme was not the only assassin of President Ford. In 1975, another woman by the name of Sara Jane Moore actually fired upon the President, but luckily missed him. She too was recently paroled too.


This Date in History- Assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

A month following the assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in Serbia, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia. This declaration would through an entangled thicket of secret alliances would mark the beginning of a conflict that was known as “the Great War” and is known today as World War I. Dramatic technological developments and new weapons made for a war with such blood shed and casualties that it would alarm the world and become the largest reorganization of the order across the European continent since the Napolonic Wars. Three empires; the Austro-Hungarian, the Russian, and the Ottoman empires would be among the casualties.


The Very Definition of Ruthless

Neda has become the symbol of the harsh repression and repugnant treatment the demonstrators in Iran have had to occur.

But her story is not the only one that will strike anger, shock, and heartbreak into you like three colliding thunderbolts. The Wall Street Journal reports that Kavah Alipour, a 19 year old groom to be not involved in politics was nonetheless caught in the gunfire of the establishment against those whom they govern on Saturday ending his all too brief life. When the parents learned of his death, the government poured salt into the proverbial wound by demanding that the family pay $3,000 for the bullet that struck him dead. The proper words can’t be summoned to describe how vile and cruel this atrocity is.

On Saturday, amid the most violent clashes between security forces and protesters, Mr. Alipour was shot in the head as he stood at an intersection in downtown Tehran. He was returning from acting class and a week shy of becoming a groom, his family said.

The details of his death remain unclear. He had been alone. Neighbors and relatives think that he got trapped in the crossfire. He wasn’t politically active and hadn’t taken part in the turmoil that has rocked Iran for over a week, they said.

“He was a very polite, shy young man,” said Mohamad, a neighbor who has known him since childhood.

When Mr. Alipour didn’t return home that night, his parents began to worry. All day, they had heard gunshots ringing in the distance. His father, Yousef, first called his fiancée and friends. No one had heard from him.

At the crack of dawn, his father began searching at police stations, then hospitals and then the morgue.

Upon learning of his son’s death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a “bullet fee”—a fee for the bullet used by security forces—before taking the body back, relatives said.


Iran Wrap-up 6/21/09 Neda Rest in Peace

The unrest and demonstrations in Iran continue in the wake of the controversial presidential election. Reports have surfaced that some family members of an ex-Iranian President have been imprisoned, as the suppression of professional media in the country has continued. A BBC News Corespondent has been instructed by the government to leave and the Bureau of the Arab news channel Al-Arabiya has been closed down. The U.S media has also been prey to the crackdown as a Newsweek journalist has also been detained. As many as 24 reporters have been arrested thus far.

Amidst the bedlam and discord though one death has become the tragic and brutal hallmark of the Iranian dissident movement. Neda Soltani, a girl who was as young as 16 years old according to some accounts was brutally assassinated by some of the security forces, and was left to have the last of life expelled from her body as she lay in her father’s arms awash in blood. Footage of Nada’s final terrifying moments of life is posted all over the internet, including above on here. The images are violent and disturbing, but the truth is far more so.

Nada was buried almost immediately so the Iranian government and their jardinieres would not have to endure a mourning ceremony, but something tells me they will endure far more resistance now both domestically and abroad. Yesterday in demonstrations the Basij, some of the most steadfast supporters of the regime were fought back when they sought to violently suppress demonstrations, some even being pushed off their motorcycles. Protesters, especially the young are said to be shouting her name as a rallying cry for the demonstrations. It is truly a tragedy that has unfolded over the past week and it has culminated in true horror.

One last note, for a regime that ascended to power three decades ago using the latest in technology at the time (audio cassettes) it is ironic that they now find themselves fighting to maintain power from a movement that is now in this age disseminating its message through a technology (the internet) that like in 1979 the current government doesn’t understand.



Congressman and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Pete Hokestra (R-MI) is having some delusions of grandeur, evidenced in a recent twitter message.

Here are some of the twitter responses to the idocy of Hokestra (H/T: TPM)

ArjunJaikumar @petehoekstra i spilled some lukewarm coffee on myself just now, which is somewhat analogous to being boiled in oil

chrisbaskind @petehoekstra My neighbor stopped me to talk today. Now I know what it is like to be questioned by the Basij!

luckbfern @petehoekstra I stand in solidarity with the oppressed rich white men of Repub Party in the House. #GOPfail Allah Akbar!

aciolino @petehoekstra Today I poked my finger on a hanger. Now I know what all those aborted babies go through.

ceedub7 @petehoekstra I got a splinter in my hand today. Felt just like Jesus getting nailed to the cross.

netw3rk @petehoekstra Someone walked in on me while I was in the bathroom. Reminded me of Pearl Harbor.

MattOrtega Walked out onto Constitution Ave in D.C. and was almost hit by a taxi. Reminded me of Tienanmen Square.

TahirDuckett @petehoekstra ran through the sprinklers this morning, claimed solidarity with victims of Hurricane Katrina

paganmist @petehoekstra Had to move all my stuff to a new office w/o a corner view. Now i know what the Trail of Tears was like. #GOPfail


This Day in History: JFK civil Rights Speech and the Assasination of Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers

The date of June 11, 1963 was a significant mark in the history of the U.S Civil Rights movement. One in which their was both an urging for a nation to examine and follow its moral compass as well as a tragedy that stained the earth of Mississippi in blood.

The first was an address by President John F Kennedy on national television that night in which he called on the country at large to examine its conscience in regards to segregation and racism, as well as a request that congress take up Civil Rights legislation.

That night in Mississippi, as the President gave his speech; in a driveway in his Mississippi home a gunshot shattered any sense of peace, striking down and killing longtime civil rights activist and field secretary of the Mississippi NAACP Medgar Evers. Evers died soon thereafter at the age of 37.

The following is a documentary clip that examines both the legacy of Evers and the tense and vicious climate of the segregationist south in the 1960s.