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Monday, December 17, 2018



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Please Donate to the Salvation Army
   Click the Kettle
Position Wanted – Credit
   Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Leasing News Top Stories
   December 10 - December 12
Ninth Circuit Tags Payday Lender for $1.27 Billion
  for Confusing “Truth in Lending” Notice
   By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
   and Related Industries
November, 2018 - The List
   "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
   Direct Sales Reps/Credit Analysts/Office Admin
Drop Bad Search Engine Optimization Habits
  Improve Your Website Rating
      FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos
2018 CLFP Accomplishment Report
  Includes Companies with 3 or More  CLFPs
First plug-in electric vehicle mfg. crosses 200,000
   sold threshold,  Tax credit for eligible consumers
     begins phase down on Jan. 1
Roma/Shoplifters
BlackKKKlansman/Good Mannger/Forty Guns
   Film/Digital Reviews by Leasing News Fernando Croce
German Shepherd Dog & Anatolian Shepherd Mix
   Kansas City, Kansas   Adopt a Dog
Most Influential Lawyers
    in Equipment Finance and Leasing
News Briefs
US budget deficit hits record $204.9 billion for November
 increased government spending/loss of revenue from big tax cut
Apple picks Austin for $1 billion campus
   that can hold up to 15,000 workers
California wildfires take toll on Allstate's bottom line
 paid out more than $1.2 billion for losses due to the fires
Ford November Sales Down 5% in Europe;
   Cars Weaker, SUVs Stronger

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Position Wanted – Credit
Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity

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Leasing News Top Stories
December 10 - December 12

(Stories most opened by readers)

(1) No Longer taking Broker/Discounting Business
    plus Leasing Companies Out of Business
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Dec2018/12_12.htm#no

(2) Neumann Finance Hires 50 for Philadelphia Office
    Now Cutting Back Hiring Plans
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Dec2018/12_12.htm#neumann

(3 Bancorp South Adds 5 to Equipment Finance Team
   Yes, that was the Headline, but Not the Truth
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Dec2018/12_10.htm#bancorp

(4) Ten Ways to Reduce Attorney Fees for Outside Counsel
         By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Dec2018/12_12.htm#10

(5) Madoff’s Victims Are Close to Getting Their $19 Billion Back
     “That kind of recovery is extraordinary and atypical,”
https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-recovering-madoff-money/?srnd=premium

(6) Leasing Ultrahazardous Equipment
     By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Dec2018/12_10.htm#ultrahazardous

(7) How Evergreen/Wintergreen Clause Started
     By Mr. Terry Winders
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Dec2018/12_10.htm#evergreen

(8) The Geography of America’s Distressed Communities
   Map with Full Statistics - Visual Capitalist
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Dec2018/12_12.htm#chart

(9) 26 New Certified Leasing and Finance Professionals
  Total Now 643 Active CLFP Professionals and Associates
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Dec2018/12_10.htm#clfp

(10) Verizon announces 10,400 employees will voluntarily
      leave the company
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/12/11/verizon-employee-buyout/2274529002/

 

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Ninth Circuit Tags Payday Lender for $1.27 Billion
  for Confusing “Truth in Lending” Notice

By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal Editor

Yes, $1.27 Billion!
Payday Lender Made It Nearly Impossible to Opt Out of Loan Renewals
and Gave Confusing and Inaccurate Loan Disclosures

FTC v. AMG Capital Mgmt. No. 16-17197) 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33831 (9th Cir. Dec. 3, 2018.)

Payday lenders are typically internet based, so a borrower has to navigate through a series of internet pages to obtain a loan. In addition, renewals of these loans are often more profitable than the original loans, so making it easy to renew is an important function of these loans. In today’s case, the internet lender made it extraordinarily difficult to access the Truth in Lending (“TILA”) disclosures,, made it difficult not to renew the loans, and the TILA disclosures did not comport with what was actually being charged by the lender. The lender was tagged for 1.27 billion dollars. The facts follow:

Scott Tucker owned and operated a number of payday lenders under the names of “One Click Cash,” “500Cash,” and “Ameriloan,” making payday loans to consumers at interest rates of nearly 300%. While customers could access any of the above lenders through the internet, all customers were driven to one lending platform where the applications were taken, loan disclosures made, and the loan documents electronically signed. 

The problem was that when the approved borrower went to electronically sign the loan documents, the borrower had the option of looking at the Truth in Lending disclosures or not. The borrower could avoid looking at the disclosures by simply pressing a green button on the screen which said “SEND ME MY CASH!”  Most, if not all the borrowers did not review the disclosures. 

If the borrower chose to review the disclosures, it was found in various links, which was not easily accessed. Another problem was that the Truth in Lending disclosures were not accurate. Finally, the lender made it very difficult for the borrower not to renew the loan contract. The borrower had to wait a specified time period, log on to a web page, confirm the non-renewal and electronically re-sign a promise to repay the original loan a second time. 

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) sued Tucker in United States District Court alleging that the disclosures were unfair and deceptive. After bifurcating the case into liability and damages phases, the district court, at the urging of the FTC, held that the loan disclosures were unfair and deceptive and issued both an injunction and ordered restitution of 1.27 billion dollars.  No, that’s not a typo. 

Tucker appealed. On appeal the Ninth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s ruling on the grounds that very few, if any, borrowers ever looked at the disclosures, and, instead, bypassed the disclosures by pressing a giant green button “SEND ME MY CASH!”  The Ninth Circuit also found that the Truth in Lending disclosures did not reflect the actual cost of the loans. 

One of the more interesting issues was whether the FTC had the legal authority to issue a restitution order and if so, whether the size of the award, a billion dollars, was legally appropriate. The Ninth Circuit noted that the enabling statute of the FTC did not specifically authorize monetary judgments.  Instead, the statute’s only relief was an injunction. While the decision’s author lamented that awarding monetary restitution was not statutorily authorized, the fact of the matter was that there was a long judicial precedent allowing restitution under the equitable jurisdiction of the FTC.  In short, the monetary award was not specifically authorized by the statute, but the court’s hands were tied. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s ruling. FTC won, Scott Tucker lost. 

What are the takeaways here? 

First, For Those Internet Based Lenders, Make Viewing the Truth in Lending Disclosures Mandatory Before the Borrower Electronically Signs the Loan Agreement. While the lender cannot force the borrower to review the disclosures, the disclosures should be automatically displayed before the loan is electronically signed. 

• Second, Make Sure the Truth in Lending Disclosures Are Accurate. Here, even if the disclosures were adequately made, they were wrong. Perhaps lenders should hire a forensic accounting firm to test the disclosures to real loans.

Third, While Renewals are Profitable, Don’t Make Opting Out of a Renewal Awkward and Difficult.  In essence, the lender put in place a defacto evergreen clause. Essentially Tucker’s company One Click Cash should have been named multiple click confusing cash. 

Fourth, I Was Shocked at the Size of the Restitution Award. A billion dollar award seemed was correct from an accounting standpoint, but it seemed to be completely uncollectable, and therefore unnecessary. 
 
• Fifth, I Was Surprised That the Statute Doesn’t Allow Restitution, But Federal Courts Order Restitution Anyway. The special concurring opinion of Justice O’Scanlon, who authored the main opinion expressed great skepticism whether a monetary award could be awarded, but apparently, if one believes in judicial precedent, then the court’s hands were tied. 

The bottom line to this case is that the lender’s awkward internet interface made it cumbersome to give Truth in Lending notices and to opt out of renewals. When the notices were given, they were inaccurate. Lenders should make it easy for their borrowers to navigate through the disclosures and make sure the disclosures are accurate and that the borrower may opt out of renewals easily. 

FTC v AMG Capital Management  (18 pages)
http://www.leasingnews.org/PDF/FTCvAMG.pdf

Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting in Los Angeles, California.

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Barton, Klugman & Oetting
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Los Angeles, CA 90071
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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Keith Hachey was hired as Vice President, Sales, Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas.  He is located in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Previously, he was National Accounts Development Director, Americorp Financial, LLC (January, 2018 - December, 2018); Vice President, Business Development Officer, Lease Corporation of America (July, 2009 - December, 2017 (Vice President, Sales Manager, Banc of America Leasing (September, 2004 - July, 2009); Sales Executive, Lease Corporation of America (September, 2002 - October, 2004); Relationship Manager, Sanwa Leasing Corporation/Fleet Capital Leasing (September, 1995 - September, 2002).  Education: Oakland University.  Central Michigan University. https://www.linkedin.com/in/keith-hachey-484bb810/


Jena (Lund) Morgan was promoted to Director of Systems, Solutions & Marketing, KLC Financial, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She joined the firm December, 2014, as Marketing & Portfolio Manager. Previously, she was National Business Development Manager, East Region, Channel Partners, LLC (April, 2012 - November, 2014); Agency Owner, Jena K. Lund Agency (January, 2009 - January, 2011); Manager, PR & Marketing, Best Buy (20-7 - 2009); AVP, SBA Lending, Bremer Bank (2005 - 2007). Community Service: Volunteer:  Board of Directors, National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA), September, 2014 - Present).  Annual Conference Chair, National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (May, 2014 - Present. Conference Committee Member, National Equipment Finance Association (March, 2014); Membership Committee Chair, Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women (January, 2006 - June, 2007).  Dancer, Guthrie Theater, August, 2011 - August, 2011).
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jena-morgan-a5626b14/


Gerry O'Bryan was hired as Regional Sales Manager, People' United Equipment Finance Company, Greater St Louis Area.  Previously, he was Regional Account Manager, Industrial Equipment Capital, LLC (IEC) (April, 2017 - December, 2018); Territory Manager, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation (February, 2002 - January, 2017); District Sales Manager, FCC Equipment Finance, Inc. (April 2000 - February, 2002); District Sales Manager, Associates Commercial Corporation (December, 1995 - April, 2000). Education: Lindenwood University.  Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), General, A's.
Activities and Societies: Working full time at CIT while earning my MBA.  Area of study was general MBA with emphasis in finance.  University of Missouri, Saint Louis. Bachelor of Science. BS.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerry-o-bryan-a18ab942/


Adam Stout is the owner of Gold Star Marketing, LLC, Salem, Oregon.  Previously, he was Director of Business Development, Northpoint Commercial Finance, LLC (January, 2018 - November, 2018); Business Development Manger, Jacobsen, a Textron company (January 2014 - January, 2017);  Business Development Manager, EverBank Commercial Finance (August, 2012 - November, 2014); Sales, Golf Division, TCF Equipment Finance (February, 2007 - August, 2012); Assistant Vice President, Iowa State Bank (October, 2002 - February, 2007); Loan Officer, Earlham Savings Bank (February, 2001 - October, 2002).  Community Service: Volunteer: Member of the Board, Illahe Hills Country Club (March, 2016 - Present). https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-stout-60366ab/


Zach Thibault was promoted to Credit Analyst, Equirex Leasing Corporations, Grimsby, Ontario, Canada.  He joined the firm September, 2013, as Customer Service/Insurance Coordinator; promoted February, 2014, Lease Transaction Analyst; promoted June, 2017, Junior Credit Analyst.  Education: Brock University, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). (2009 - 2013)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/zach-thibault-8b7923a3/

Mark Swearingen was promoted to Financial Analyst, Wintrust Commercial Finance, Frisco, Texas. “In this role, Mark will be responsible for transaction underwriting, documenting and portfolio management of equipment-based loans and leases.” He is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  He joined the company June, 2018, as Summer Analyst. Education: University of Oklahoma, Bachelor's Degree, Accounting and Finance (2016 - 2018).  University of Oklahoma, Price College of Business (2016 - 2018). Florida Southern College, Business Administration and Management, General (2014 - 2016).  Activities and Societies: Member of Men's Varsity Soccer Team. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-swearingen-653a35156/


Brad Wolf was promoted to Program Development Manager, HPE Financial Services. He is located in the Greater Chicago area. He joined the company as National Account Manager, March, 2018.  Previously, he was Senior Account Executive, De Lage Landen (December, 2010 - February, 2018); Account Manager, EverBank (March, 2008 - April, 2010); Lease Sales, GE Capital (August, 1997 - January, 2008).  Education: Western Illinois University, BS. (1989 - 1993).  Activities and Societies: Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-wolf-03505723/

 

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November 2018 - The List
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

Amur Equipment Finance, Grand Island, Nebraska (11/18) Auction is on for December 3rd regarding the Shares of Amur Equipment Finance and et al http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2018/11_30.htm#auction

Direct Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (11/18) Direct Capital Has Disappeared/Now Part of CIT
http://www.leasingnews.org/Pages/dircapital_disappeared2018.html

Amur Equipment Finance, Grand Island, Nebraska (11/18) New building will give Amur Equipment Finance room to grow
   Old Wells Fargo building will become new main office (w/photo)
https://www.theindependent.com/news/business/new-building-will-give-amur-equipment-finance-room-to-grow/article_8d0c0ad2-e6ef-11e8-9982-134743a6390e.html

Equipment Finance Services, Murray, Utah (11/18) Appears Dallin Hawkins Back as Equipment Finance Services
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2018/11_15.htm#alert

GreatAmerica Financial Services, Cedar Rapid, Iowa (11/18)  2018 Wins Cannata Award "Best Leasing Company"
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2018/11_13.htm#great

GATX, Chicago, Illinois (11/18) Acquires 3,100 Railcars from ECN Capital Corp., $229 Million
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2018/11_15.htm

Balboa Capital, Costa Mesa, Ca (11/18 Gets Slammed for Lessee’s Attorney Fees for $429,000 as a Result of Lying to Lessee http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2018/11_13.htm#balboa

Wedgewood Investment Group, LLC, Northfield, Illinois (11/18) Trebels Says He Has Completed More than $1 billion
in Transactions Service More than 100 lenders and Investors http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2018/11_05.htm#trebels

 



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Drop Bad Search Engine Optimization Habits
Improve Your Website Rating

FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos

Google’s search engine algorithms have certainly changed over the years. What used to work to get your page to rank high for particular keywords isn’t always effective today. Let go of these Search Engine Optimization (SEO) myths that are obsolete and outdated.

Myth #1 - Pages rank for only one term.

It used to be that pages would only rank for one keyword phrase. Today’s methods are much different. Website pages should focus on one or two keyword phrases, but by using related keyword phrases, your page may rank for multiple keywords. The key to remember is to have a central theme that is relevant to your site. Google’s mission is not to present any site over another, but to catalog the sites for a good user experience.

Myth #2 – Search Engine Optimization is about keywords.

Search Engine Optimization is constantly evolving. In years past, the algorithms focused on keywords, but today, Google’s algorithm uses many different elements to determine how to rank pages. The focus is on user experience. You have to take into account how fast your pages load, indexing, the age of your content, the structure of your website and inbound and outbound links. A marketing agency who keeps with up SEO can be an asset to your business by helping you stay on top of all the moving parts.

Myth #3 - Place the keyword as much as possible in the content.

Years ago, you could put the keyword in the title and use the keyword in the content, even if it didn’t fit naturally. Today, this is a “black hat” SEO technique, a bad idea that could work against your website in the rankings. Google is looking for content that matches the user’s intent. Create relevant content that focuses on one or two keywords, that answers your user’s questions.

Myth #4 - SEO is about search ranking.

Although SEO does relate to search engine rankings, SEO is really about getting the right people to your website to convert visitors into sales. You can have thousands of visitors who come to your site, but if those visitors aren’t really looking for your services, then it doesn’t do you any good. SEO is about the end user.

Myth #5 - There is one best SEO method.

The search engine algorithms are complex and complicated. There’s no one way to approach optimization. There are best practices and tactics that will help you rank higher, but many times, you have to test out your ideas and track results to see what works for your business and customers. You can expect Search Engine Optimization to change, which means that you have to change your approach.

Myth #6 - More must be better.

The old saying, “if a little is good, more must be better,” doesn’t always work with SEO. Instead of having a lot of sub-par content, focus on creating high-quality content that delivers your message to your target customers. Search Engine Optimization algorithms rewards quality, not quantity. Poor quality content may reduce your ranking. It pays to really think about what your client wants.

Myth #7 - Only link to keyword phrases.

It used to be the norm to use keyword phrases to link to other pages and blogs. This can create a poor user experience. Today, best practices are to like to relevant pages and articles that make sense for the user, not the creator. Think of it from the reader’s standpoint. Where will they need information? What links might they click on to get more information? Best SEO practices always think about what the user is looking for, not about beating the algorithms.

Stay Current with Search Engine Optimization.

Your Search Engine Optimization strategy has to be updated and adapted over time to adjust to what is working with your clients and search.


Alex Vasilakos
Director of Marketing
The Finance Marketing Group
Alex@financemarketing.com 
Office: 518-591-4645x102 / Fax: 518-677-1071
90 State Street, Suite 1500, Albany, NY 12207

Currently, Alex works exclusively with financial services companies but his depth of knowledge and experience can help design and implement long-reaching strategies for businesses across all industries.

Previous Financial Technology Articles
http://www.leasingnews.org/Conscious-Top%20Stories/fintech.html

 

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2018 CLFP Accomplishment Report
Includes Companies with 3 or More  CLFPs

Full 2018 CLFP Accomplishment Report (10 pages)
http://www.leasingnews.org/PDF/2018CLFPAccomplishmentReport.pdf

 

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First plug-in electric vehicle mfg. crosses 200,000
sold threshold, Tax credit for eligible consumers
begins phase down on Jan. 1

WASHINGTON – The IRS announced that Tesla, Inc. has sold more than 200,000 vehicles eligible for the plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit during the third quarter of 2018.This triggers a phase out of the tax credit available for purchasers of new Tesla plug-in electric vehicles beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

Qualifying vehicles by the manufacturer are eligible for a $7,500 credit if acquired before Jan. 1, 2019. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the credit will be $3,750 for Tesla’s eligible vehicles. On July 1, 2019, the credit will be reduced to $1,875 for the remainder of the year. After Dec. 31, 2019, no credit will be available.

The plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit was enacted in the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 and subsequently modified in later law. It provides a credit for eligible passenger vehicles and light trucks. By law, five quarters after reaching the sales threshold, the credit ends for the manufacturer. Tesla Inc.’s vehicles are eligible for some portion of a credit until Jan. 1, 2020.

Notice 2018-96 details the phase-out. More information on plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit can be found on IRS.gov. The amounts of the credit for a specific vehicle can also be found at IRS.gov.

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

New releases include a grave remembrance (“Roma”) and a heartrending drama (“Shoplifter”), while DVDs include boldly satirical suspense (“BlackKklansman”), intriguing horror-fantasy (“Good Manners”), and a brutally inventive Western (“Forty Guns”).

In theaters:

Roma (Netflix): In his first film since “Gravity,” Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron exchanges science-fiction for personal remembrance in this meditative look at his young days in early 1970s Mexico. Rather than resting the focus on himself, however, Cuaron makes Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), the diligent maid in the family household, the center of the film. Unfolding as a procession of memories raptly brought back to life, the film weaves quotidian events into an impressionistic whole. Against a backdrop of increasing national unrest, Cleo cares for unruly children, helps her boss with her marital problems, and deals with her own emotional problems. Using a distanced, perpetually moving camera, Cuaron fuses the intimate with the cosmic in ways that have reminded critics of the great memory-films by Italian master Federico Fellini (“Amarcord”). With subtitles.

Shoplifters (Magnolia Pictures): Prolific Japanese filmmaker Hirozaku Koreeda (“Still Walking”) offers one of his finest works yet with this heartrending account of an impoverished family in Tokyo. After breaking his ankle, Osamu (Lily Franky) has to leave his work at a construction site. His wife Nobuyo (Sakura Ando) works at a laundromat and resorts to filching the contents from clothes, while the youngsters they live with, Aki (Mayu Matusoka) and Shota (Kairi Jo), contribute to the meager family budget by shoplifting. A surprise addition comes when they’re joined by Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), a girl with a troubled past. Finding a fragile sense of community in their hardscrabble existence, the film suggests hope in even the direst situations. Featuring the director’s characteristically tranquil compassion, this is one of the year’s best releases. With subtitles.

Nextflix: Known for his remarkable mix of sensuality and politics, Italian master Bernardo Bertolucci (1941-2018) left behind a remarkably rich cinematic legacy. So check out Netflix for his best films, which include “Before the Revolution” (1964), “The Conformist” (1970), “Last Tango in Paris” (1972), “1900” (1976), and the Oscar-winning “The Last Emperor” (1987).

On DVD:

BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features): Maverick director Spike Lee (“Do the Right Thing”) continues his string of bold, confrontational features with this timely and darkly satirical blast. Set in the early 1970s, the story follows Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), who’s determined to make the most of his position as the first African-American detective in the police department of Colorado Springs. So he teams up with fellow investigator Flip (Adam Driver) and embarks on an extremely dangerous undercover mission: Infiltrating the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, standing side by side with a pack of volatile racists. Combining the funky style of a blaxploitation flick with ferocious humor and disturbing social commentary, Lee’s film is an attack on the absurd and deadly nature of racism. One of the year’s most vital releases.


Good Manners (Distrib Films): Realism and fantasy clash beguilingly in this horror-fantasy from Brazilian filmmakers Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra. It begins on a low-key note, as caretaker Clara (Isabel Zuaa) becomes friends with her boss, a strange, wealthy pregnant woman named Ana (Marjorie Estiano). Their friendship is complicated by revelations about Ana, including a certain lupine secret that tends to manifest itself in increasingly bloody ways. Just when you think you have it figured out, the movie keeps springing surprises, from sudden shifts of tone to flash-forwards to Ana’s teenage son Joel (Miguel Lobo). Juggling melodrama tropes and werewolf shocks and broad laughs, this genre mash-up (reminiscent of recent vampire favorite “Let the Right One In”) keeps the subtexts fresh and evocative even when it doesn’t fully gel. With subtitles.


Forty Guns (Criterion): Ever the iconoclast, legendary director Samuel Fuller tackles the Western genre with this marvelously preposterous sagebrush saga from 1957. Barbara Stanwyck stars as Jessica Drummond, a mighty Arizona landowner who rules with a steely will and a virtual army of cowboys. She meets her match in Griff (Barry Sullivan), a gunslinger turned U.S. marshal who comes to town and immediately locks horns with Jessica’s bullying brother (John Erickson). Passion clashes with family ties, and betrayals and shootouts pave the way to the decisive showdown. One of the decade’s most eccentric Westerns, the film explodes with crazy energies and violent invention. Mining the genre’s contradictory and psychotic zones, Fuller employs his trademark cinematic gusto to serve up an outsized vision that subversively blurs the lines between heroes and villains.

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German Shepherd Dog & Anatolian Shepherd Mix
Kansas City, Kansas   Adopt a Dog

Maggie
Female
2 Years old
Large
Yellow/Tan/Blond/Fawn

About
CHARACTERISTICS
sweet, needs home with another dog, been abused
COAT LENGTH
Short
HOUSE-TRAINED
Yes
HEALTH
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs. Maggie was in an abusive home and it now takes her time to feel comfortable with strangers and show her true sweet and goofy personality. She'll need a home with someone who is experienced and comfortable working with a dog who is nervous and needs to learn to trust. She loves other dogs and is much more relaxed with other dogs, so we are asking that she be adopted into a home with another dog.
GOOD IN A HOME WITH
Other dogs.
ADOPTION FEE
$150.00
Meet Maggie
Date of birth: 4/17/2016

12/5/2018: Maggie is a beautiful 2 year old Shepherd mix. She looks like she’s either a German Shepherd or Anatolian Shepherd mix. She weighs 88 lbs. Maggie has a sweet and goofy personality once she gets to know you. Sadly, she was in an abusive home and it now takes her time to feel comfortable with strangers and show her true personality. Maggie will need a home with someone who is experienced and comfortable working with a dog who is nervous and needs to learn to trust. She loves other dogs and is much more relaxed with other dogs, so we are asking that she be adopted into a home with another dog. She’s lived with other dogs of all sizes in her previous home and her foster home. You could make an appointment to bring your dog in to meet Maggie to see if they could be good friends.

Maggie is house trained and crate trained. She’s overall pretty mellow and quiet. She’s walks nicely on a leash. She knows basic commands and is treat motivated. She loves belly rubs.

Maggie generally prefers women over men, but she will bond with men, too. She will growl and snap at some people if she’s uncomfortable and doesn’t know them. She has a Shepherd personality and will bond very closely with her person once she trusts them. She likes kids and lived in a foster home with an older child and did great. We'd feel comfortable placing her in a home with an older child but it would need to be a home without a lot of other people coming and going.

Maggie has been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and tested for heartworms. She does have some skin allergies that had gone untreated and she’s on Zyrtec for that now, and her ears have had to be cleaned regularly. Maggie is a wonderful dog who will blossom in a loving home with someone who has the experience to help her.

 

Dog Adoption Contact Info:
Email: christine@hsgkc.org
Phone: 913.596.1000 ext. 113
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This Day in History

     1728 - Congregation Shearith Israel of New York purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan to build New York's first synagogue. Construction is completed in 1730.
http://www.shearith-israel.org/folder/main_frames.html 
    1734 - Birthday of William Floyd (d. 1821) at Brookhaven, Long Island.  Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of Congress. 
    1760 - Birthday of Deborah Sampson (d. 1827) at Plymouth, MA. She spent her childhood as an indentured servant. In 1782, wishing to participate in the Revolutionary War, she disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the Continental Army's 4th Massachusetts Regiment under the name Robert Shurtleff. She received both musket and sword wounds, but it was an attack of fever that unmasked her identity and led to her dismissal from the army in 1783. In 1802, Sampson became perhaps the first woman to lecture professionally in the US when she began giving public speeches on her experiences. Full military pension was provided for her heirs by an act of Congress in 1838.
    1777 - France recognized American independence. 
    1777 - General George Washington, after losing several battles to superior forces, professional soldiers, well-equipped and fortified, re-groups his farmers and volunteer fighting force by retiring with them to Valley Forge, Pa., for the brutal cold winter. The war was not going well and officers worked their hardest to not only train the troops, but to halt them from deserting.
http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/ft-was.htm#history 
http://www.casayego.com/amrev/vforge/evforge.htm 
http://www.jimfrizzell.com/valley_forge_washington_headquarters.htm 
http://www.valleyforge.org/vfpark.asp 
http://www.soupsong.com/rtripe.html 
    1788 - Poet Robert Burns wrote his version of an old Scottish song to Mrs. Dunlap, the words for “Auld Lang Syne” (times gone by).  He sent a copy of his song to his publisher Mr. Johnson, who later published it.
http://www.robertburns.org/encyclopedia/AuldLangSyne.5.html
    1790 - One of the wonders of the western hemisphere—the Aztec Calendar or Solar Stone—was found beneath the ground by workmen repairing Mexico City's Central Plaza. The centuries-old, intricately carved stone lift, 8 inches in diameter and weighing nearly 25 tons, proved to be a highly developed calendar monument to the sun. Believed to have been carved in the year 1479, this extraordinary time-counting basalt tablet originally stood in the Great Temple of the Aztecs. Buried along with other Aztec idols soon after the Spanish conquest in 1521, it remained hidden until 1790. Its 52-year cycle had regulated many Aztec ceremonies, including grisly human sacrifices to save the world from destruction by the gods.
    1791 - New York City traffic regulation creates the first one-way street.
    1797 - Scientist Joseph Henry (d. 1878) was born at Albany, NY. One of his great discoveries was the principle of self-induction; the unit used in the measure of electrical inductance was named the Henry in his honor. In 1831, Henry constructed the first model of an electric telegraph with an audible signal. This formed the basis of nearly all later work on commercial wire telegraphy. In 1832, Henry was named professor of natural philosophy at the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University. Henry was involved in the planning of the Smithsonian Institution and became its first secretary in 1846. President Lincoln named Henry as one of the original 50 scientists to make up the National Academy of Sciences in 1863. He served as that organization's president from 1868 until his death.
    1798 – The first impeachment trial against a U.S. senator, William Blount of Tennessee, begins.   An aggressive land speculator, Blount gradually acquired millions of acres in Tennessee and the trans-Appalachian west. His risky land investments left him in debt, and in the 1790s, he conspired with England to seize the Spanish-controlled Louisiana Territory in hopes of boosting western land prices. When the conspiracy was uncovered in 1797, he was expelled from the Senate, and became the first U.S. public official to face impeachment. Blount nevertheless remained popular in Tennessee and served in the state senate during the last years of his life. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Blount
    1807 - Birthday of John Greenleaf Whittier (d. 1892), poet and abolitionist, at Haverhill, Essex County, MA. Whittier's books of poetry include “Legends of New England” and “Snowbound.” 
    1812 - U.S. forces attacked a friendly Lenape Indian village in the Battle of the Mississinewa. 
    1821 - Kentucky was the first state to abolish imprisonment for debt. There were no bankruptcy laws, and prior to this, those individuals who got into debt would be sentenced to prison no matter the cause of the insolvency.
    1835 – A great fire leveled lower Manhattan.
    1846 - Ships under Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry capture Laguna de Terminos during Mexican War. 
    1861 - The Stonewall Brigade began to dismantle Dam No. 5 of the C&O Canal on the Potomac River, seven miles upriver from Williamsport, MD.   Destroying Dam No. 5 would effectively dry up the C&O Canal, cutting off the supply of Pennsylvania coal to factories and steamships in the Washington area.  The canal was also used to transport Union troops and military supplies. If Jackson could successfully breach the dam, he could throw a wrench into the Northern military machine and cause an energy crisis in the enemy capital for at least the winter.  He was not successful.  
http://www.13thmass.org/1861/index.html
  1862 - Union General Ulysses S. Grant lashes out at cotton speculators when he expels all Jews from his department in the west. At the time, Grant was trying to capture Vicksburg, Mississippi, the last major Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. Grant's army now effectively controlled much of the territory in western Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and parts of Kentucky and Arkansas. As in other parts of the South, Grant was dealing with thousands of escaped slaves. John Eaton, a chaplain, devised a program through which the freed slaves picked cotton from abandoned fields and received part of the proceeds when it was sold by the government. Grant also had to deal with numerous speculators who followed his army in search of cotton. Cotton supplies were very short in the North, and these speculators could buy bales in the captured territories and sell it quickly for a good profit. In December, Grant's father arrived for a visit with two friends from Cincinnati. Grant soon realized that the friends, who were Jews, were speculators hoping to gain access to captured cotton. Grant was furious and fired off his notorious Order No. 11: "The Jews, as a class violating every regulation of trade established by the Treasury Department and also department orders, are hereby expelled from the department within twenty-four hours from receipt of this order." The fallout from his action was swift. Among 30 Jewish families expelled from Paducah, Kentucky, was Cesar Kaskel, who rallied support in Congress against the order. Shortly after the uproar, President Lincoln ordered Grant to rescind the order. Grant later admitted to his wife that the criticism of his hasty action was well deserved. As Julia Grant put it, the general had "no right to make an order against any special sect."
    1874 - Birthday of W.L. MacKenzie (d. 1950), former Canadian prime minister, at Berlin, Ontario. He served 21 years, the longest term of any prime minister in the English-speaking world. 
    1884 - A three week blizzard of snow began at Portland, OR. A record December total of 34 inches was received. 
    1889 - Rosemary Echo "Silver Dollar" Tabor (d. 1925), the second daughter of Horace and Elizabeth "Baby Doe" Tabor, is born, Denver, CO. The Tabors were one of Colorado's wealthiest families of the time. Her mother came west from Wisconsin with her husband, Harvey, in 1877.  The couple hoped to make a fortune in the booming gold and silver mines of Colorado. Harvey Doe proved to be an inept and lazy miner, though, so Elizabeth divorced him and moved to the mining town of Leadville in 1881, where she performed on the stage and was nicknamed "Baby Doe" by admiring miners. During a chance encounter, Baby Doe won the affections of Horace Tabor, an emigrant from Vermont who made millions in the silver mines. Although Tabor was a married man, he moved Baby Doe into an elegant hotel in Denver and began a not-so-secret affair that scandalized the Colorado gentry. Ignoring the wagging tongues, Tabor divorced his wife and married the beautiful Baby Doe, who was nearly a quarter-century younger than he. For a time, the couple lived a life of extraordinary opulence and pleasure, and Baby Doe had two daughters nicknamed "Lillie" and "Silver Dollar," the latter in recognition of the source of the family's wealth. During the early 1890s, the good times started to slow as some of Tabor's investments went sour and his mines began to decline. The fatal blow came in 1893, when the U.S. Congress repealed the Silver Purchase Act of 1890, which had kept silver prices high through government investment. Without these large purchases of silver by the U.S treasury, prices plummeted and Tabor's once valuable mines were suddenly nearly worthless. In a matter of months, Tabor was bankrupt and the family was reduced to living on the modest income he earned as Denver's postmaster. When Tabor died in 1899 of appendicitis, Baby Doe and her young daughters were left penniless and moved back to Chicago to live with relatives. Eventually, Baby Doe left Lillie in Chicago and returned to Leadville with Silver Dollar. The decision was disastrous: mired in poverty, Baby Doe and Silver eked out a threadbare existence, living in a small shack near one of the worthless silver mines they inherited from Horace Tabor. As Silver grew older, she drank heavily and used drugs. She moved to Chicago, where she was murdered in 1925 at 36 years old. Baby Doe survived for another decade, an impoverished recluse who used old gunny sacks for shoes and doctored herself with turpentine and lard. During a severe blizzard that hit Leadville for several days in February 1935, Baby Doe--who had once been one of the richest people on earth--died cold and alone at 81 years old.
    1892 - First issue of “Vogue” is published.
    1894 – Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler (d. 1979) was born in, where else, Boston. 
    1895 - George Loomis Brownell of Worcester, MA, patented a paper twine machine. It twisted strips or ribbons of paper into cord that was as strong as any known steel.
    1895 - Anti-Saloon League of America is formed in Washington, D.C. 
    1896 – Schenley Park Casino, Pittsburgh, the first multi-purpose arena in North America with the technology to create an artificial ice surface, is destroyed in a fire. 
    1901 - Birthday of Janet G. Travell (d. 1997), first woman physician to hold the post of personal physician to the President of the United States (John F. Kennedy).  Travell was called upon by the personal orthopedic surgeon of Senator John F. Kennedy to assist with back pain treatments. Kennedy suffered from terrible pain resulting from invasive back surgeries related to injuries sustained during World War II. When Kennedy was elected president in 1960, he appointed her as his personal physician. She continued to serve as Personal Physician to the President following the assassination with his successor Lyndon Johnson. She continued through Johnson's re-election, but decided to leave the White House in 1965. She was a specialist in the study and treatment of musculoskeletal pain. She was firm believer in rocking chairs as mild muscular exercisers and believed that every person should choose their particular chair to fit their bodies.  At the age of 95, Travell died of heart failure at her home.
    1903 - Birthday of bandleader Ray Noble (d. 1978), Brighton, England
http://www.nobello.com/ray.htm
    1903 - American author Erskine Caldwell (d. 1987) was born in Caldwell, GA. He authored unadorned novels and stories, Tobacco Road” and “God's Little Acre,” about rural poor of the American South mixed with violence and sex in grotesque tragicomedy.  He is particularly esteemed in France and the former Soviet Union. He struggled with censorship more than any other writer in his time.
http://www.libs.uga.edu/gawriters/caldwell.html 
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/caldwell.htm 
http://www.newnan.com/ec/ 
    1903 – Brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, bicycle shop operators from Dayton, OH, inventors and aviation pioneers, after three years of experimentation with kites and gliders, achieved the first documented successful powered and controlled flights of an airplane. The plane, which weighed 745 pounds with a four-cylinder, 12-horsepower engine, was launched from a monorail after a 35-to-40 foot run. It remained aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. Three subsequent flights took place that day, of which the longest covered 852 feet in 59 seconds. The average speed was 31 miles per hour. Some historians respect the claim of Gustave Whitehead, who is said to have made four flights, one of which covered a distance of 1.5 miles, in his airplane “No. 21” on August 14, 1901, near Bridgeport. The Wright Brothers promoted their launching with press on hand and the event has been celebrated every year at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, NC, with wreaths, flyover and other observances, regardless of weather.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec17.html 
    1904 – Birthday of artist Paul Cadmus (d. 1999) in NYC.  Well-respected homosexual painter, best known for his paintings and drawings of nude male figures. His works combined elements of eroticism and social critique to produce a style often called magic realism. His notorious erotic painting, “The Fleet's In!” launched his career as a full-time artist.
http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/cadmus_paul.html 
http://www.history.navy.mil/ac/cadmus/cadmus.htm 
http://www.davidsutherland.com/films_cadmus.html 
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0915829681/inktomi-bkasin-20/104-3547695-1517507 
    1908 - Birthday of Willard Frank Libby (d. 1980) at Grand Valley, CO. American educator, chemist, atomic scientist and Nobel Prize winner. He was the inventor of the carbon-14 “atomic clock” method for dating ancient and prehistoric plant and animal remains and minerals.
(lower half of: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec17.html)
    1910 - Band Leader/Trombone player Sy Oliver’s birthday, born Melvin James Oliver (d. 1988) at Battle Creek, MI.  
http://search.eb.com/blackhistory/micro/437/64.html 
http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/oliver_sy/bio.jhtml 
http://trumpetjazz.netfirms.com/Artists/Sy_Oliver.html 
    1913 – The founder of Baskin-Robbins, Burt Baskin (d. 1967), was born in Streator, IL.  He founded the company with his brother-in-law, Irv Robbins in 1946.
    1920 - The first orphanage founded by the Church of God opened in Cleveland, Tennessee. Its establishment was the result of the vision and efforts of Church of God pioneer, A.J. Tomlinson.
    1920 – The American League allowed spitballers to continue to use while banning it for newcomers.
    1924 - A severe ice storm struck central Illinois. It coated the ground with nearly two inches of glaze at Springfield. The storm caused 21 million dollars damage along with much hardship. Ice was on the trees until the 4th of January, and electricity was not restored until January 10th. 
    1924 – The first diesel electric locomotive in the U.S. enters service in The Bronx. 
    1925 - Birthday of drummer Walter Bolden (d. 2002), Hartford, CT.  
http://www.jazztimes.com/JazzNews/XcNewsPlus.asp?cmd=view&
articleid=516 

http://www.jazzvalley.com/musician/walter.bolden 
    1925 - Colonel William "Billy" Mitchell was court-martialed for insubordination. Mitchell was a US Army general who is regarded as the father of the US Air Force.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and by the conflict's end, commanded all American air combat units.  At the time, what would become the Air Force was part of the Army. After the war, he was appointed deputy director of the Air Service and began advocating increased investment in air power, believing that this would prove vital in future wars. He argued particularly for the ability of bombers to sink battleships and organized a series of bombing runs against stationary ships designed to test the idea.  It was President Coolidge himself who ordered Mitchell's court-martial under charges of insubordination under the 96th Article of War ("conduct of a nature to bring discredit on the military service"). The trial lasted seven weeks, most of which was devoted to a discussion of Mitchell's concept of airpower. The verdict of guilty was a foregone conclusion and Mitchell was sentenced to be suspended from rank, command, and duty, with a forfeiture of all pay and allowances for five years. President Coolidge, in an uncharacteristic fit of generosity, later reduced this to forfeiture of half his pay and allowances.
Billy Mitchell refused the offer and resigned on February 1, 1926. All through the court-martial proceedings, Mitchell had the staunch support of "Hap" Arnold and such officers as Carl Spaatz, Herbert Dargue, Robert Olds, William Gillmore, Horace Hickam, and others. Each put his career on the line for Mitchell even though they knew he would be convicted. After the trial, Arnold was exiled to become commanding officer of the 16th Observation Squadron, Fort Riley, Kan. The assignment was intended to be the end of his career. Mitchell continued to campaign in speeches and articles. "Hap" Arnold, for his part, soldiered on, his leadership qualities inevitably propelling him to the top, regardless of residual resentment about his unflagging support for Mitchell. More important than Arnold's loyalty, however, was his comprehension of Mitchell's fascination with technology. Early in his tour as Army Air Corps Chief, Arnold began soliciting the ideas and the company of the top scientists in the country. Eventually, he enlisted the assistance of such stellar names as Theodore von Kármán, Hugh L. Dryden, Frank Wattendorf, Hsue-shen Tsien, Vladimir K. Zworykin, and many others for the Scientific Advisory Group, later transformed into the Scientific Advisory Board. These men and others created first "Where We Stand" and then "Toward New Horizons," studies that addressed state-of-the-art technology and put forth a blueprint for the development of the postwar Air Force. It is important to note that neither Mitchell nor Arnold had the scientific competence to write such reports; they had, instead, the far more vital ability to see that the reports were needed, recognize who could produce them, and sympathetically enlist their support. The officers Arnold picked to work with the scientists were equally well chosen, among them such men as James H. Doolittle, Donald L. Putt, and Laurence C. Craigie. They knew the importance of science and of scientists. Again, in the spirit of Billy Mitchell, Arnold picked promising young officers who understood the requirements of technology and saw that they were given a track to top positions. Doing so cost him friends. Comrades who had served with him, and who were now passed over, resented his choices. But Arnold knew he was not running a popularity contest; he was building an independent Air Force. Mitchell received many honors following his death in 1936, including a commission by President Franklin Roosevelt as a Major General. He is also the only individual after whom a type of American military aircraft, the B-25 Mitchell bomber, is named.
    1926 - Ben Pollack and His Californians records "He’s the Last Word." In the late 1950's, my friends and I hung out at his Dixieland pizza joint on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, where he would play the drums. Sandy Nelson said he got his "boom-chick-a-boom" here, or perhaps it was the burlesque house drummer, which is the real truth.
    1929 – Columnist and presidential speechwriter, William Safire (d. 2009) was born in NYC.  He was perhaps best known as a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and the author of "On Language" in the New York Times Magazine, a column on popular etymology, new or unusual usages, and other language-related topics from its inception.  He’d have a field day today!
    1930 – Penthouse founder and publisher Bob Guccione was born Robert Charles Joseph Edward Sabatini Guccione (d. 2010) in Brooklyn. 
    1932 - Birthday of sax player Sonny “Red” Kyner (d. 1981), Detroit, MI
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/reviews/r1100_096.htm
    1933 - Birthday of bass player Walter Booker, Jr. (d. 2006), Prairie View, TX.
    1933 - The Chicago Bears of the Western Division won the National Football League's first championship game, defeating the New York Giants of the Eastern Division, 23-21. The Bears scored the winning touchdown on a pass and lateral play begun by Bronko Nagurski. The purse was divided, with 60 percent going to the players, 15 percent to each club, and 10 percent to the league. Shares for individual players were $210 for the Bears and $140 for the Giants.
http://www.mapleshaderecords.com/artists/walter_booker.html 
    1935 – The flight of the first DC-3.
    1936 - Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, Candace’s dad, and dummy Charlie McCarthy, first appear on TV. 
    1938 – Otto Hahn discovers the nuclear fission of the heavy element uranium, the scientific and technological basis of nuclear energy. 
    1939 - Birthday of pianist James Booker (d. 1983), New Orleans, LA
http://offbeat.com/booker/discography.html 
http://www.zultimate1.com/music/blues/j_blues_bands/james_booker.htm 
http://www.thejukejoint.com/jamesbooker.html 
    1939 - Birthday of Eddie Kendricks (d. 1992), lead singer of The Temptations, Union Springs, AL.
http://www.thetemptations.com/eddiekendricks.htm 
http://www.alamhof.org/kendrick.htm 
    1940 - United States President Franklin Roosevelt outlined his plan for "lend-leasing" arms and equipment to Britain during World War II.
    1941 - Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel was relieved of his command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet as part of a shake-up of officers in the wake of the Pearl Harbor disaster. Admiral Kimmel had enjoyed a successful military career, beginning in 1915 as an aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He served admirably on battleships in World War I, winning command of several in the interwar period. At the outbreak of World War II, Kimmel had already attained the rank of rear admiral and was commanding the cruiser forces at Pearl Harbor. In January 1941, he was promoted to commander of the Pacific Fleet, replacing James Richardson, who FDR relieved of duty after Richardson objected to basing the fleet at Pearl Harbor. If Kimmel had a weakness, it was that he was a creature of habit, of routine. He knew only what had been done before and lacked imagination and insight regarding the unprecedented. So, even as word was out that Japan was likely to make a first strike against the United States as the negotiations in Washington floundered, Kimmel took no extraordinary actions at Pearl Harbor. In fact, he believed that a sneak attack was more likely at Wake Island or Midway Island, and requested from Lieutenant General Walter Short, Commander of the Army at Pearl Harbor, extra antiaircraft artillery for support there (none could be spared). Kimmel's predictability was extremely easy to read by Japanese military observers and made his fleet highly vulnerable. As a result, Kimmel was held accountable, to a certain degree, for the absolute devastation wrought on December 7. Although he had no more reason than anyone else to believe Pearl Harbor was a possible Japanese target, a scapegoat had to be found to appease public outrage. He avoided a probable court-martial when he requested early retirement. When “Admiral Kimmel's Story,” an "as told to" autobiography, was published in 1955, Kimmel made it plain that he believed FDR sacrificed him-and his career-to take suspicion off himself; Kimmel believed Roosevelt knew Pearl Harbor was going to be bombed, although no evidence has ever been adduced to support his allegation. The only intelligence at the time talked about a possible invasion of Indochina. There was speculation that Wake Island in Midway might be a target, but it was thought at the time the Japanese were more interested in the China mainland and its surrounding countries, their century old enemies.
    1943 - All Chinese are again permitted to become citizens of the United States with the repealing of the Act of 1882 and the introduction of the Magnuson Act. 
    1944 - COWAN, RICHARD ELLER, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company M, 23d Infantry, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Krinkelter Wald, Belgium, 17 December 1944. Entered service at: Wichita, Kans. Birth: Lincoln, Nebr. G.O. No.: 48, 23 June 1945. Citation: He was a heavy machine-gunner in a section attached to Company I in the vicinity of Krinkelter Wald, Belgium, 17 December 1944, when that company was attacked by a numerically superior force of German infantry and tanks. The first 6 waves of hostile infantrymen were repulsed with heavy casualties, but a seventh drive with tanks killed or wounded all but 3 of his section, leaving Pvt. Cowan to man his gun, supported by only 15 to 20 riflemen of Company I. He maintained his position, holding off the Germans until the rest of the shattered force had set up a new line along a firebreak. Then, unaided, he moved his machinegun and ammunition to the second position. At the approach of a Royal Tiger tank, he held his fire until about 80 enemy infantrymen supporting the tank appeared at a distance of about 150 yards. His first burst killed or wounded about half of these infantrymen. His position was rocked by an 88mm. shell when the tank opened fire, but he continued to man his gun, pouring deadly fire into the Germans when they again advanced. He was barely missed by another shell. Fire from three machineguns and innumerable small arms struck all about him; an enemy rocket shook him badly but did not drive him from his gun. Infiltration by the enemy had by this time made the position untenable, and the order was given to withdraw. Pvt. Cowan was the last man to leave, voluntarily covering the withdrawal of his remaining comrades. His heroic actions were entirely responsible for allowing the remaining men to retire successfully from the scene of their last-ditch stand.
    1944 - LOPEZ, JOSE M., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, 23d Infantry, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Krinkelt, Belgium, 17 December 1944. Entered service at: Brownsville, Tex. Birth: Mission, Tex. G.O. No.: 47, 18 June 1945. Citation: On his own initiative, he carried his heavy machinegun from Company K's right flank to its left, in order to protect that flank which was in danger of being overrun by advancing enemy infantry supported by tanks. Occupying a shallow hole offering no protection above his waist, he cut down a group of 10 Germans. Ignoring enemy fire from an advancing tank, he held his position and cut down 25 more enemy infantry attempting to turn his flank. Glancing to his right, he saw a large number of infantry swarming in from the front. Although dazed and shaken from enemy artillery fire which had crashed into the ground only a few yards away, he realized that his position soon would be outflanked. Again, alone, he carried his machinegun to a position to the right rear of the sector; enemy tanks and infantry were forcing a withdrawal. Blown over backward by the concussion of enemy fire, he immediately reset his gun and continued his fire. Single-handed he held off the German horde until he was satisfied his company had affected its retirement. Again he loaded his gun on his back and in a hail of small arms fire he ran to a point where a few of his comrades were attempting to set up another defense against the onrushing enemy. He fired from this position until his ammunition was exhausted. Still carrying his gun, he fell back with his small group to Krinkelt. Sgt. Lopez's gallantry and intrepidity, on seemingly suicidal missions in which he killed at least 100 of the enemy, were almost solely responsible for allowing Company K to avoid being enveloped, to withdraw successfully and to give other forces coming up in support time to build a line which repelled the enemy drive.
    1944 - Japanese-Americans were released from detention camps. US Army announced the end of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.  U.S. Major General Henry C. Pratt issued Public Proclamation No. 21, declaring that, effective January 2, 1945, Japanese American "evacuees" from the West Coast could return to their homes. By June, more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were relocated to remote internment camps built by the U.S. military in scattered locations around the country. For the next two and a half years, many of these Japanese Americans endured extremely difficult living conditions and poor treatment by their military guards. During the course of World War II, 10 Americans were convicted of spying for Japan, but not one of them was of Japanese ancestry.   
http://americanhistory.si.edu/perfectunion/non-flash/justice_postwar.html 
    1944 - U.S. destroyers sink in storm off Philippines, 790 killed 
    1944 – In the Battle of the Bulge – Malmedy massacre – the US 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs are shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper.
     1946 - Top Hits 
“Ole Buttermilk Sky” - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The Campus Kids) 
“White Christmas” - Bing Crosby 
“The Whole World is Singing My Song” - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day) 
“Divorce Me C.O.D.” - Merle Travis
    1946 - President Harry S. Truman received the first coin bearing the likeness of an African-American, the 50 cent commemorative honoring Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Institute. It was authorized on August 7, 1946. The obverse showed the head of Washington and the reverse a stylized Hall of Fame, under which were the words “From Slave Cabin to Hall of Fame.” Centered under this wording was a slave cabin, to the left of which was the inscription, “In God We Trust,” and to the right, “Franklin County, VA.” Around the rim was the inscription “Booker T. Washington Birthplace Memorial---Liberty.” The coin was designed by Isaac Scott Hathaway.
    1947 - New York struck by a blizzard, resulting with 27" of snow.
http://manhattan.about.com/library/weekly/aa010101a.htm 
http://www-nsidc.colorado.edu/snow/shovel.html 
    1947 – The first flight of the B-47 bomber.
    1948 - Vowing to not “subvert” his music, Stan Kenton breaks up his band, New York City (he came back in 1950 with his biggest band yet: http://home.hiwaay.net/~crispen/kenton/biography.html )
    1953 – The FCC approved RCA's black and white - compatible color TV specifications. 
    1953 - In a tax-avoidance scheme, the New York Yankees sold Yankee Stadium and Kansas City properties for $6.5 million in a deal with Johnson Corp. and the Knights of Columbus, who immediately lease the property back to the Yanks.  Johnson Corp was headed by Arnold Johnson who purchased the Philadelphia Athletics from the estate of Connie Mack in 1954, then moved the team to Kansas City, the home of the Kansas City Blues, AAA farm club of the Yankees.  The Yankees didn't ask for concessions in return from losing their farm club, but what they received instead was Johnson's unfailing cooperation in various one-sided trades in which the Yankees dumped unwanted washed-up veterans on the Athletics in return for top prospects. In some cases, the A's signed amateur players to large bonuses, kept them on their major league roster for the mandatory period imposed by the bonus rule and then handed them over to the Yanks when they were ready to contribute (third baseman Clete Boyer was the most famous case).
    1954 - Top Hits 
“Mr. Sandman” - The Chordettes 
“Count Your Blessings” - Eddie Fisher 
“Let Me Go, Lover!” - Teresa Brewer 
“More and More” - Webb Pierce 
    1954 – The first fully automated railroad freight yard opened in Gary, Indiana.
    1955 - Carl Perkins wrote "Blue Suede Shoes," which he was recording, less than 48 hours later, at the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The song became one of the first records to have simultaneous popularity on rock, country and rhythm & blues charts. 
    1955 - While their hit "Only You" was still at #2, the Platters' "The Great Pretender" enters the Billboard R&B chart at #13. I had all their records at 13 years old.
    1955 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" is number one on both the Billboard Pop and Country & Western charts. 
    1956 - The first African-American pilot on a scheduled passenger line was Perry H. Young of Orangeburg, SC.  He was hired as a flight crewman by New York Airways, New York City. He started regular passenger flights on February 1, 1957, as a copilot in a 12-passenger S-58 helicopter between New York International (now JFK International), La Guardia, and Newark, NJ, airports.
    1957 - Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" enters the Billboard Pop chart for the first time, where it will reach #6. The song was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal (1900–1967), and James Ross Boothe (1917–1976).  With “White Christmas,” it is among the best-selling songs of all-time.  Helms' original version charted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Most Played C&W by Jockeys chart, a predecessor to the Hot Country Songs chart. It also crossed to the pop charts, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart, and at No. 11 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 60 on the week ending January 11, 1958.  After the song was featured on the soundtrack album to the 1996 film, “Jingle All the Way,” the original Bobby Helms version returned to the Billboard country singles charts in late 1996 and early 1997, reaching a peak of No. 60.  The Helms version entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week ending December 24, 2016, eventually reaching a peak of No. 29 two weeks later.  As of November 25, 2016, total sales of the digital track of Helms' original Decca recording stand at 780,000 downloads according to SoundScan, placing it ninth on the list of all-time best-selling Christmas/holiday digital singles in SoundScan history.
    1957 - The United States successfully launches the first Atlas ICBM at Cape Canaveral. 
    1959 – “On the Beach,” the gripping post-nuclear war film starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Tony Perkins, premiered in New York.
    1962 - Top Hits 
“Big Girls Don't Cry” - The Four Seasons 
“Return to Sender” - Elvis Presley 
“Bobby's Girl” - Marcie Blane 
“Don't Let Me Cross Over” - Carl Butler & Pearl (Dee Jones)
    1962 - James Carroll at WWDC in Washington, DC, became the first disc jockey to broadcast a Beatles record on American airwaves. Carroll played "I Want to Hold Your Hand," which he had obtained from his stewardess girlfriend, who brought the single back from Britain. Due to listener demand, the song was played daily, every hour. Since it hadn't been released yet in the States, Capitol Records initially considered court action, but instead released the single earlier than planned. 
    1963 - The US Congress passed the “Clean Air Act,” a sweeping set of laws passed to protect the nation from air pollution. This was the first legislation to place pollution controls on the automobile industry. It authorized $93 million in matching grants for state-funded air pollution prevention and control programs.
    1965 - In San Francisco, the fourth Acid Test took place at Muir Beach Lodge near Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County after being advertised for Stinson Beach. This was the largest one to date in terms of attendance.
    1965 – The Eighth Wonder of the World, the Astrodome opened in Houston with its first event, a Judy Garland and Supremes concert 
    1966 - The Royal Guardsmen's "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" enters the Billboard Pop chart, where it will peak at #2 during its eleven week run.
    1966 - In San Francisco, Benefit for Legalization of Marijuana (LEMAR) at California Hall. Country Joe and the Fish entertained. 
    1966 - The Four Tops' "Standing in the Shadows of Love" enters the Billboard Hot 100. During a ten week stay, the tune will peak at #6. It also reaches #2 on the R&B chart. 
    1966 - Death & Rebirth of the Haight-Ashbury (Hairy Henry & Fyllis busted). Home of the anarchist Bound Together Books Collective.
http://www.cnsproductions.com/cocaine.html 
http://dmoz.org/Society/Politics/Anarchism/Bookstores/ 
    1969 - USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.
http://www.jagat.com/joel/socks.html 
http://www.roswell-online.com/clipart/ufoclip1.htm 
    1969 - The soprano-voiced, ukulele-playing Tiny Tim married the lovely Miss Vickie on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show” on this date before a huge viewing audience. The NBC-TV program earned the second-highest, all-time audience rating; second only to Neil Armstrong's walking on the moon. The unlikely couple later divorced in 1977, but not before Miss Vickie gave birth to daughter Tulip.
    1969 - Chicago Transit Authority earned a gold record for the group of the same name, who would later become simply "Chicago." The album's release by Columbia Records marked the first time an artist's debut LP was a double record.
    1970 - Top Hits 
“The Tears of a Clown” - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 
“One Less Bell to Answer” - The 5th Dimension 
“My Sweet Lord/Isn't It a Pity” - George Harrison 
“Endlessly” - Sonny James
    1975 – Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on President Ford's life
    1976 - The Ted Turner-owned WTCG-TV, Atlanta, Georgia, changed its call letters to WTBS, and was unlinked via satellite, making it the first commercial television station to cover the entire United States. WTBS began on only four cable systems, available in 24,000 homes.
    1977 - Elvis Costello & the Attractions appear on NBC-TV "Saturday Night Live" in place of the Sex Pistols, who can't get a visa to enter the country. Producer Lorne Michaels refuses to allow Costello to perform "Radio, Radio" (because of the song's criticism of the broadcasting industry), but a few measures into "Less than Zero," Costello halts his group & goes into "Radio, Radio." He will never be invited back.
    1978 - Top Hits 
“You Don't Bring Me Flowers” - Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond 
“Too Much Heaven” - Bee Gees 
“My Life” - Billy Joel 
“The Gambler” - Kenny Rogers
    1979 - “House Calls” premiered on TV. This half-hour sitcom set in Kensington General Hospital starred Wayne Rogers as Dr. Charley Michaels and Lynn Redgrave as Ann Anderson, assistant administrator and Michaels's love interest. Also featured was David Wayne as flaky chief of surgery Dr. Amos Wetherby. After a dispute with the producers, Redgrave was dropped in 1982 and replaced by Sharon Gless as assistant Jane Jeffries.
    1984 - “Run-D.M.C.” went gold, the first Rap album to attract a mass audience, recorded by the rap group of the same name. Run-D.M.C's members were “Jam Master” Jason Mizell, Joseph “ Run” Simmons, and “MC” Darryle “D” McDaniels, all of New York City. The album was released by Profile Records in June, 1984, and Rap was the music of this generation. 
    1984 - For the first time in 14 matches, John McEnroe and Peter Fleming lost a doubles tennis match in the Davis Cup competition. Anders Jarryd and Stefan Edberg lead the Swedish team to win the title, marking the worst defeat since 1973 for the United States team
    1986 - A federal jury in Las Vegas ruled that NBC falsely linked entertainer Wayne Newton to organized crime in 1980 and 1981 telecasts. Newton was awarded $19.2 million in defamation damages. 
    1986 - Top Hits 
“The Way It Is” - Bruce Hornsby & The Range 
“Walk Like an Egyptian” - Bangles 
“Everybody Have Fun Tonight” - Wang Chung 
“Hell and High Water” - T. Graham Brown
    1986 - U.S. Congress forms an Iran-gate committee to investigate the Reagan Administration’s alleged trading of arms for hostages.
    1987 - A storm in the southwestern U.S. brought heavy rain and heavy snow to parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. Charleston, NV was blanketed with 12 inches of snow. Lake Havasu City, AZ was drenched with 2.26 inches of rain. 
    1989 - TV's animated family, “The Simpsons,” premiered as a half-hour weekly sitcom. The originator of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie is cartoonist Mall Groening. The Simpsons' inaugural episode was "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.” For the full story, go here:
http://freespace.virgin.net/lol.marcus/simpsons.htm
    1989 - Twenty-one cities from Kentucky to Pennsylvania reported record low temperatures for the date, including Columbus, OH with a reading of 12 degrees below zero. Heavy snow continued in the Colorado Rockies. Vail received 65 inches of snow between the 14th and the 18th of December. Steamboat Springs was buried under 74 inches, and reported a total of 108 inches of snow between the 10th and the 18th of the month.
    1991 – In the NBA's most lopsided game, Cleveland beats Miami 148-80.
    1994 - Remixed version of The Four Seasons' "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" re-enters the Billboard Hot 100, where it will stay for another 27 weeks, just as it did when it first charted in 1976. The combined run will establish a record for the longest total chart appearance in history. The song reached #1 the first time out and #14 during its second stay.
    2000 - Jerry Rice played his last football game for the Niners during which
San Francisco wide receiver Terrell Owens sets a new NFL single-game receiving record with 20 catches in the 49ers' 17-0 win over Chicago. Owens totaled 283 yards and a touchdown while topping Tom Fears' mark of 18 receptions which had stood since 1950.
    2002 - Thunderstorms preceding a strong cold front pushed into the U.S. Mississippi Valley, producing severe weather and tornadoes. Three people were killed in Missouri and Arkansas with more than 40 injuries 
    2004 - President Bush signs the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Act of 2004 which reorganizes intelligence agencies and creates position of national security director 
    2006 - The Rolling Stones' “A Bigger Bang” tour re-captured the title of top-grossing tour ever from U2's Vertigo and was the top grossing tour of the year, according to numbers reported to Billboard Box score. The Stones took in about $437 million since the previous November.
    2012 - Outgoing U.S. Senator Jim DeMint is replaced by GOP Congressman Tim Scott, the first black senator from the South since 1881 
    2013 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Nirvana, KISS, and Cat Stevens in 2014.     
    2014 - Green Day, Lou Reed and "Lean on Me" singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015.  The Hall announced it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and make Ringo Starr the fourth ex-Beatle enshrined as an individual. Besides Reed, the class includes other posthumous inductees Paul Butterfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland, Ohio's Public Hall on April 18, 2015.
    2014 – The US ended its embargo and re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. 

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