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F&L: Amy Klobuchar From the Overflow Room

I’ve already told you about coming into Exeter a good hour ahead of schedule, and still seeing a horde of people already lined up around the block, waiting for Amy to show up at the Old Town Hall.  I didn’t mention the freezing drizzle, but there was that too.  Gotta love New Hampshire in February.

I’ve checked out the press arrangements ahead of time.  This event does have some nice perks (more…)

Wanted: Spotters And Fire Marshals

“This isn’t the state of California, it’s a state of insanity.” – General Joseph W. Stilwell

Feb. 25, 1942.  Just before 3am, the Japanese launched an air raid on the city of Los Angeles; by the end of the encounter, five men were dead and numerous injured, 1500 rounds of antiaircraft artillery had been fired and several enemy saboteurs had been arrested and turned over to the F.B.I.

This was it.  The ‘unassailable mainland’ was finally the target of Japanese bombs and all the drilling done by the raw American volunteers would be put to the test.

Only it never happened. (more…)