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After being taken down twice by Blogger within a single week, we got the message:. Not everything over there is fully functional yet, and the internal links still point to this blog, and will for the indefinite future.

So all the old material will be left here for archival purposes, with comments turned off. Too often they thought they were in the service of stability, but later found out that was not the case.

Norway is one of the smallest countries in the world, and one of the largest contributors to the Palestinian Authority PA and others, with annual donations of over Million NOK. Especially since the current left-wing Labor government took office in , the donations have exploded. What are these sums spent on? Recently the remuneration for suicide bombers was tripled. Those who have carried out the worst attacks against innocent civilians receive the highest pay.

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center figures from show that Palestinians have conducted 25, terrorist attacks, suicide attacks leading to 1, dead Israelis and 7, wounded between and Fatah conducted acts of terrorism in alone, according to Terrorism Review. Many more foreign hostages than originally reported were taken by the Al Qaeda terrorists at the Amenas gas plant in Algeria.

The Algerian government says that out of were freed, and some sources say that 30 or more hostages were killed. The British government offered the Algerians manpower, equipment, and expert assistance to expedite the resolution of the crisis, but was refused.

American, British, and French nationals are thought to be among the dead. In other news, the latest figures from Angola indicate that at least , Chinese nationals have migrated to the country. The Angolan government says that work permits were issued for the Chinese to assist with development projects. To see the headlines and the articles, open the full news post. Thanks to Andy Bostom, C.

Commenters are advised to leave their comments at this post rather than with the news articles so that they are more easily accessible. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible.

Further research and verification are left to the reader. Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo. Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from Unzensuriert.

The number of pupils with a first language other than German has doubled from to The doubling in the number of multilingual students is evident in virtually all provinces in Austria. The Styrian province is the only outlier, where the number of children with a different native language has tripled from about 5, to 16, The nationwide statistics conceals the dramatic developments in Vienna, because German is hardly spoken in the primary schools of the federal capital.

For a complete listing of previous enrichment news, see The Cultural Enrichment Archives. Scroll down for other posts that have appeared since Wednesday. Certain posts at Gates of Vienna, among them those by Takuan Seiyo, tend to attract the attention and comments of people who are preoccupied with the Jews.

I generally delete such comments without publishing them. Before I deleted it, I sent it to Takuan, just to show him what was coming in. He suggested that I go ahead and post it, followed by his response.

Some interesting points, a lot of waffle and some errors. Top class, modern historians now regard that figure as grotesquely disproportionate. It is one of the most successful internationsal businesses of all time. You have the temerity to post this kind of Nazi apologist garbage in a comments thread of an article by a writer whose gentile grandparents had been murdered in a concentration camp and whose gentile mother spent two years in a labor-extermination camp, was a state witness in the post-war trial of its commandant, and relayed her wartime experiences to this writer directly.

Moreover, a writer who was born and grew up one hour by car from Auschwitz and three kilometers from the plant where the firm Hoch und Tiefbau AG had built the crematoria for that camp. In which, alone, 2. Moreover, you desecrate the memory of Witold Pilecki plus other Polish officer escapees from Auschwitz who produced written reports, e. I am omitting here reports by Jewish escapees, for example the Vrba-Wetzler report, as well as the fate of the Jewish part of my family during the war, so as to skirt the whole specious Joooos-tainted-it aspect of your comment.

The lowest for Auschwitz, for instance by the Polish historian Franciszek Piper , cites 1. The highest figure cited for Auschwitz is 4 million. However, much has happened since it went up, including the Blogger outage. Scroll down for a report on that. More new posts will be added below this one. The essay below is the conclusion of the ninth part in a series by Takuan Seiyo. See the list at the bottom of this post for links to the previous installments.

For over 60 years, White mea-culpists have had a firm grip in all fields of cultural mind imprinting: Their main endeavor has been to enforce their compulsory e. K and discretionary e. Nor the evils of the worldwide Islamic Inquisition which — not in the 16th century but now, in the 21st, condemns Muslim apostates to barbaric execution.

Instead, aggressive White androphobes of all genders which I can no longer count are decimating the philogynous and egalitarian West. Equality psychos are tearing down the most egalitarian society that ever existed except for initial communist experiments, before they turned bloody. American Jews, at the apex of the greatest fortune and philosemitic tolerance their long diaspora has ever bestowed on their kind, are busy supporting all the ideologies and policies that demolish their safe harbor and build up their Muslim, Black and Third World enemies.

Leftoid masochists and the Christian meek call for returning Hawaii to the Hawaiians and capitulating before a massive Mexican reconquista of one-third of America. The rightful Etruscan landowners are not bearing angry placards in front of the Vatican. The Japanese are not planning to relinquish Hokkaido to its original owners, the Ainu. The tall, white and fair-haired Chachapoyas of the Andean forest have, alas, no remnants left to sue the Incas for genocide in a Peruvian court of law.

However, even that great moral abyss of Western civilization — the Holocausts — stands out more in its industrialized and organizational features than it does either in the quality of its hatefulness or its relative or even absolute volumes. In relative numbers, in just one year, , the Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda, killed off a total of one million, in a population of 7 million.

Is it more humane to go by a stroke of a blunt machete than by a whiff of Zyklon B? The Khmer Rouge murdered at least 2 million Cambodians between and Is it more humane to die by wallops from a Cambodian pickaxe handle than by a bullet from a German Mauser? Inscription on the back in German: There is a special horror attached to the Third Reich, because those were 20 th century Europeans, Christians, and in many ways the smartest, most civilized people on Earth.

But the Holocausts do not prove that Whites are worse than other people, just that they are no better. The history of the Third Reich also proves that with the right formula of economic blowup, misery and humiliation, sparked by charismatic evil, no people are immune to such horror, at no time. Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer sends his translation of an article and interview with two respectable high-profile Muslim leaders in Oslo, who have strongly negative opinions about Jews and the worldwide Jewish conspiracy.

A new trend seems to have developed in the Islamic community in Norway: It should also be pointed out that this is the same mosque that the Norwegian police apologized so profusely to last year for the fact that we have freedom of speech in Norway. The translated article from Dagsavisen:. Many Norwegians have a negative view on Islam due to Jewish domination of the media. We are visiting Central Jamaat-e Ahl-e Sunnat, the mosque with the largest member base in Norway, to talk to its spiritual leader.

The mosque was founded in and currently has more than 5, members. The Imam begins by explaining that all three heavenly religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, are sacred to them. Many people are unaware of this fact, says Sarwar. Both of them believe that the school visits confirms their views that Norwegians in general have an inaccurate impression of Islam and Muslims. People are ignorant because they get their information from the media, and the media only write negatively about Islam.

Only a handful of people were behind the movie about Mohammed in the U. So who was financing them, who was backing them? A big tip of the Bodissey pickelhaube to our commenter Jolie Rouge, who has provided us with a brand new acronym. Note the aggressor is not named other than by geographical location e. North Africa, Afghanistan and surprisingly the inclusion of Turkey. I think JIM could have great utility for our enterprise: Who will be the first major Western politician not counting Geert Wilders to break the greatest cultural taboo of our time, and mess around with JIM?

Yesterday a group of Al Qaeda terrorists assaulted a natural gas plant in Algeria and killed two foreigners while taking 41 other hostage. Today Algerian special forces staged a helicopter raid on the plant, killing a number of the hostages — between six and 34, depending on whose figures you believe — in the process of taking out the terrorists. Among the foreign hostages were American, British, French, and Japanese nationals. In other news, Germany has begun repatriating its foreign gold reserves, which are stored in vaults in Paris, London, and the United States.

The following article tells a brief tale about immigrant-on-immigrant violence in Cologne, with Muslims of immigrant background dealing it out and Russian immigrants as victims. It shows the attempts by a Turk to protect a Russian family and being killed for his trouble. The translated article from Quotenqueen:. Two criminal foreigners, free to terrorize their neighbors despite drug-related and violent crimes, killed a Turkish husband and father who tried to get them to behave.

It happened in a sector of the city called Bickendorf — a district notorious for years for immigrant violence and bordering on the thoroughly Islamized Ehrenfeld. But no one was killed. The Spanish government recently revoked his status as a political refugee in Spain, and he is due to be deported to Pakistan, where he will face the death penalty for blasphemy. | Free Sex, Free Porn, Free Direct Download

While doing his graduate work, he was writing his thesis on William Blake , whose spiritual symbolism he was coming to appreciate in new ways. One evening in September, Merton was reading about Gerard Manley Hopkins ' conversion to Catholicism and becoming a priest. Suddenly, he could not shake the sense that he, too, should follow such a path. He headed quickly to the Corpus Christi Church rectory, where he met Fr. George Barry Ford, and expressed his desire to become Catholic. In the following weeks Merton started catechism , learning the basics of his new faith.

Merton decided he would pursue his Ph. In January , Merton had heard good things about a part-time teacher named Daniel Walsh, so he decided to take a course on Thomas Aquinas with Walsh. Merton and Walsh developed a lifelong friendship, and it was Walsh who convinced Merton that Thomism was not for him. In October , Merton invited friends to sleep at his place following a long night out at a jazz club.

Over breakfast, Merton told them of his desire to become a priest. Soon after this epiphany, Merton visited Fr. Ford at Corpus Christi to share his feeling. Ford agreed with Merton, but added that he felt Merton was suited for the priesthood of the diocesan priest and advised against joining an order. Soon after, Merton met with his teacher Dan Walsh, whose advice he trusted. Walsh disagreed with Ford's assessment.

Instead, he felt Merton was spiritually and intellectually suited for a priestly vocation in a specific order. They discussed the Jesuits , Cistercians and Franciscans. Merton had appreciated what he had read of Saint Francis of Assisi ; as a result, he felt that might be the direction in which he was being called.

Walsh set up a meeting with a Fr. Edmund Murphy, a friend at the monastery of St. Francis of Assisi on 31st Street. The interview went well and Merton was given an application, as well as Fr. Murphy's personal invitation to become a Franciscan friar.

He noted that Merton would not be able to enter the novitiate until August because that was the only month in which they accepted novices. Merton was excited, yet disappointed that it would be a year before he would fulfill his calling. By Merton began to doubt about whether he was fit to be a Franciscan. He felt he had not been candid about his past with Fr. Murphy or Dan Walsh. It is possible this may have concerned his time at Cambridge, although The Seven Storey Mountain is never specific about what he felt he was hiding.

Merton arranged to see Fr. Murphy and tell him of his past troubles. Murphy was understanding during the meeting, but told Tom he ought to return the next day once he had time to consider this new information. That next day Fr. Murphy delivered Merton devastating news. He no longer felt Merton was suitable material for a Franciscan vocation as a friar, and even said that the August novitiate was now full. Murphy seemed uninterested in helping Merton's cause any further, and Merton believed at once that his calling was finished.

In early August , the month he would have entered the Franciscan novitiate, Merton went to Olean, New York , to stay with friends, including Robert Lax and Ed Rice, at a cottage where they had vacationed the summer before. This was a tough time for Merton, and he wanted to be in the company of friends. Merton now needed a job. In the vicinity was St.

Bonaventure University , a Franciscan university he had learned about through Bob Lax a year before. The day after arriving in Olean, Merton went to St.

Bonaventure for an interview with then-president Fr. Fortuitously, there was an opening in the English department and Merton was hired on the spot.

Bonaventure because he still harbored a desire to be a friar; he decided that he could at least live among them even if he could not be one of them. Bonaventure University holds a repository of Merton materials. In September , Merton moved into a dormitory on campus. His old room in Devereux Hall has a sign above the door to this effect. While Merton's stay at Bonaventure would prove brief, the time was pivotal for him.

While teaching there, his spiritual life blossomed as he went deeper and deeper into his prayer life. He all but gave up drinking, quit smoking, stopped going to movies and became more selective in his reading. In his own way he was undergoing a kind of lay renunciation of worldly pleasures. At once he felt a pull to the place, and he could feel his spirits rise during his stay. Bonaventure with Gethsemani on his mind, Merton returned to teaching.

In May he had an occasion where he used his old Vulgate , purchased in Italy back in , as a kind of oracle. The idea was that he would randomly select a page and blindly point his finger somewhere, seeing if it would render him some sort of sign.

Immediately Merton thought of the Cistercians. Although he was still unsure of his qualifications for a religious vocation, Merton felt he was being drawn more and more to a specific calling. In August , Merton attended a talk at the school given by Catherine de Hueck. Hueck had founded the Friendship House in Toronto and its sister house in Harlem , which Merton visited. Appreciative of the mission of Hueck and Friendship House, which was racial harmony and charity, he decided to volunteer there for two weeks.

Harlem was such a different place, full of poverty and prostitution. Merton felt especially troubled by the situation of children being raised in the environment there. Friendship House had a profound impact on Merton, and he would speak of it often in his later writing. In November , Hueck asked if Merton would consider becoming a full-time member of Friendship House, to which Merton responded cordially yet noncommittally.

He still felt unfit to serve Christ, hinting at such in a letter to Hueck that month, in which he implied he was not good enough for her organization. In early December Merton let Hueck know that he would not be joining Friendship House, explaining his persistent attraction to the priesthood.

Fearing the Draft Board , on December 10, , Thomas Merton arrived at the Abbey of Gethsemani and spent three days at the monastery guest house, waiting for acceptance into the Order. The novice master would come to interview Merton, gauging his sincerity and qualifications.

In the interim, Merton was put to work polishing floors and scrubbing dishes. On December 13 he was accepted into the monastery as a postulant by Frederic Dunne, Gethsemani's abbot since Merton's first few days did not go smoothly. He had a severe cold from his stay in the guest house, where he sat in front of an open window to prove his sincerity.

But Merton devoted himself entirely to adjusting to the austerity, enjoying the change of lifestyle. During his initial weeks at Gethsemani, Merton studied the complicated Cistercian sign language and daily work and worship routine. In March , during the first Sunday of Lent , Merton was accepted as a novice at the monastery. In June, he received a letter from his brother John Paul stating he was soon to leave for war and would be coming to Gethsemani to visit before leaving.

On July 17 John Paul arrived in Gethsemani and the two brothers did some catching up. John Paul expressed his desire to become Catholic, and by July 26 was baptized at a church in nearby New Haven, Kentucky , leaving the following day. This would be the last time the two saw each other. John Paul died on April 17, , when his plane failed over the English Channel. Merton kept journals throughout his stay at Gethsemani. Initially, he felt writing to be at odds with his vocation, worried it would foster a tendency to individuality.

Fortunately his superior, Dunne, saw that Merton had both a gifted intellect and talent for writing. In Merton was tasked to translate religious texts and write biographies on the saints for the monastery.

Merton approached his new writing assignment with the same fervor and zeal he displayed in the farmyard. On March 19, , Merton made his temporary profession of vows and was given the white cowl , black scapular and leather belt. Merton had mixed feelings about the publishing of this work, but Dunne remained resolute over Merton continuing his writing. In New Directions published another poetry collection by Merton, A Man in the Divided Sea , which, combined with Thirty Poems , attracted some recognition for him.

The Seven Storey Mountain , Merton's autobiography , was written during two-hour intervals in the monastery scriptorium as a personal project. By Merton was more comfortable in his role as a writer. On March 19 he took his solemn vows, a commitment to live out his life at the monastery.

He also began corresponding with a Carthusian at St. Hugh's Charterhouse in England. Merton had harbored an appreciation for the Carthusian Order since coming to Gethsemani in , and would later come to consider leaving the Cistercians for that Order. In The Seven Storey Mountain was published to critical acclaim, with fan mail to Merton reaching new heights. Merton also published several works for the monastery that year, which were: Merton published as well that year a biography, Exile Ends in Glory: The Life of a Trappistine, Mother M.

Merton's abbot, Dunne, died on August 3, , while riding on a train to Georgia. Dunne's passing was painful for Merton, who had come to look on the abbot as a father figure and spiritual mentor. In October Merton discussed with him his ongoing attraction to the Carthusian and Camaldolese Orders and their eremitical way of life, to which Fox responded by assuring Merton that he belonged at Gethsemani.

Fox permitted Merton to continue his writing, Merton now having gained substantial recognition outside the monastery. On December 21 Merton was ordained as a subdeacon. From on, Merton identified as an anarchist. On January 5, , Merton took a train to Louisville and applied for American citizenship. On March 19 Merton became a deacon in the Order, and on May 26 Ascension Thursday he was ordained a priest, saying his first Mass the following day.

In June the monastery celebrated its centenary , for which Merton authored the book Gethsemani Magnificat in commemoration. In November Merton started teaching mystical theology to novices at Gethsemani, a duty he greatly enjoyed. By this time Merton was a huge success outside the monastery, The Seven Storey Mountain having sold over , copies.

In subsequent years Merton would author many other books, amassing a wide readership. He would revise Seeds of Contemplation several times, viewing his early edition as error-prone and immature. A person's place in society, views on social activism, and various approaches toward contemplative prayer and living became constant themes in his writings.

In December a fellow monk allowed Merton to take the monastery jeep for a drive on the property. Merton, who had never learned to drive, hit trees, ran into ditches, and upset the jeep. He never used the jeep again. During long years at Gethsemani, Merton changed from the passionately inward-looking young monk of The Seven Storey Mountain to a more contemplative writer and poet.

Merton became well known for his dialogues with other faiths and his non-violent stand during the race riots and Vietnam War of the s. By the s, he had arrived at a broadly human viewpoint, one deeply concerned about the world and issues like peace, racial tolerance, and social equality.

He had developed a personal radicalism which had political implications but was not based on ideology, rooted above all in non-violence.

Darron Glass's parents are both deceased and he was a ward of the state in He had lived with her for less than three months before her disappeared on September On the day of his disappearance, he went downtown to watch a baseball game, then returned home at 4: He left the house again after only a few minutes, and Smith assumed he had gone out to play. Shortly afterwards, Smith got an emergency phone call from someone claiming to be Darron, but he hung up before he was able to speak to her and never called back.

Darron has never been heard from again. Investigators believe Darron may have been a victim of the Atlanta Child Killer, the nickname for a serial killer thought to be responsible for the deaths of over a score of African-American children, teens and young adults, mostly boys from poor families, in Atlanta in the early s. The listed victims' ages ranged from seven to twenty-eight and they were killed in a variety of ways.

Some were missing for months before their remains were found, but of the presumed victims, only Darron has never been located. Wayne Bertram Williams, a music promoter and freelance photographer, was convicted of murdering two of the oldest listed Atlanta victims in He maintains his innocence in all of the cases.

The presiding judge at his trial allowed prosecutors to bring in evidence linking Williams to the other victims. After his conviction, the police closed the files on the 22 other deaths, concluding that Williams had killed those victims as well. A photograph of Williams is posted below this case summary. It is worth considering, however, that there are doubts about Williams's guilt and many suspect the Atlanta Child Killer was actually several serial killers operating independently of one another, or even the Ku Klux Klan.

One of the police officers on the task force that arrested Williams stated he did not believe Williams had ever killed anyone at all. Nonetheless, Williams remains in prison and all of his appeals have been rejected. The investigation into five of the Atlanta child murders was reopened in , but it was closed again in without any new indictments being handed down or new evidence being uncovered. Smith described Darron as a immature but streetwise child who had many friends.

It's unclear whether he had a history as a runaway; some accounts maintain he was a habitual runaway, and others say he had never run away from home. Smith stated he stayed close to home and often brought his friends over. He had lived in another foster home for about a year before moving in with Smith.

His status as a victim of the Atlanta Child Killer is tenuous; he was listed only because he fit the profile. Darron's case has never been closed. He remains missing and foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved. In , six crewmembers on board the Soviet Salyut-7 space station witnessed something incredible. A flash of bright white light blinded all the cosmonauts on board for a short time. After a few seconds when they could see again, the cosmonauts saw silhouettes of seven figures outside the station.

The silhouettes looked like humans, but were huge, at least 90 feet. They also had large wings and luminous halos above their heads, the creatures looked like angels.

The Angels kept pace with the space station for some minutes before vanishing. Later in the mission, some days later, the crew were joined by another three cosmonauts from the Soyuz T spacecraft: Shortly after joining them, the Salyut 7 was once again visited by the Angelic beings.

All cosmonauts on board the Space Station related the same story, in detail, and all were profoundly moved by the experience. After this strange incident occurred,some of the crew stayed on the vessel for another days before abandoning it. Safely back on Earth at the end of their mission, all the Cosmonauts were subjected to vigorous psychological and medical tests, which found no abnormalities at all.

The incident was quickly classified Top Secret by the Soviet Union, and the entire crew were cautioned never to speak of the event publicly. Many US astronauts on board NASA's space shuttle, and the International Space Station have also encountered angel-like beings, and strange creature's while on missions.

As with the Russian encounter, Astronauts are unable to relate their experiences, under the threat of death in some cases. Yesterday, George Jacobs top pic was quoted in the Jeanne Carmin article. Jacobs revealed that people assumed he and Sammy Davis, Jr. Davis was very distant towards him. By the same token, he mentioned that Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner made up for it because both women were extremely black friendly.

He became Marilyn's confidant. Published in , Mr. George Jacobs wrote a tell-all book about his time in Frank Sinatra's employment. Kennedy, then a United States senator. Most revelations centered on Sinatra, who died in at There were the luminous women he chased: He caught many of them.

There was the specially constructed underwear he wore in public, which kept what Mr. Jacobs describes as his considerable natural endowment discreetly suppressed. Jacobs wrote, could be abusive. Sinatra once hurled a spaghetti marinara dinner at him because he had failed to cook it al dente, Sinatra is portrayed with sympathy — a tragic figure who continued to pine for his second wife, Ava Gardner, long after their divorce. George Emanuel Jacobs Jr.

After serving as a Navy cook, he settled in Los Angeles, where he landed extra roles in a few Tarzan films. Jacobs was married and divorced three times. Besides his son Mr. Jagger, his survivors include three other sons, George Jacobs Jr. Three other children, Guy, Brenda and Rene Jacobs, died before him. In later years Mr. Jacobs worked as a carpenter. He was Frank Sinatra's valet, traveling companion and pal, a gentleman's gentleman who poured the Jack Daniels at cocktail time and stayed all night to play poker.

In Palm Springs and Bel-Air, he cooked the pasta, pressed the suits, found the girls. Sinatra cried on his shoulder about his lost love, Ava Gardner. Marilyn Monroe cried on his shoulder about Sinatra. The product of a rough-and-tumble background, Jacobs got up close and personal with global figures.

He had a spirited talk about women with John F. Kennedy while giving the future president a massage. Sinatra's mobster friend Sam Giancana joked about trying to hire him away; Jacobs later observed that Giancana, the late Mafia boss accused by conspiracy theorists in the JFK assassination, "had the most perfectly manicured hands and nails I had ever seen.

Jacobs, 86, died in his sleep Saturday at a Palm Springs nursing home, said his son, artist Snake Jagger. Born in New Orleans on April 29, , Jacobs spent days with his mother, a cook for a wealthy family in the city's Garden District, and nights with his father, the owner of a honky-tonk called the Joy Tavern.

His Creole grandmother had other grandchildren. A grandfather and a great-grandfather on each side of his family was Jewish. In , the trim, handsome Jacobs joined the Navy, trained as a ship's cook and became an aide to an admiral. While on an aircraft carrier off Korea, he was told that his father had been fatally shot in a robbery.

Back in New Orleans, he learned that his dad was killed by gangsters squeezing him for money with the aid of police. Disgusted with his hometown, Jacobs moved to Los Angeles and took a series of odd jobs — gardener, process server, an extra in "cheesy MGM 'Tarzan' knockoffs" — and wound up working Hollywood parties for a caterer. He sat back in the back seat of the Rolls and started whistling "Dixie.

When Sinatra hired Jacobs three years later, the legendary singer and his new valet hit it off. A prankster, Sinatra sent Jacobs to Tijuana to load up on cherry bombs that he'd explode in toilet bowls. Sinatra had a famously insatiable sexual appetite, whether for well-known actresses or cocktail waitresses. More than once, Jacobs wrote, he'd have to drive Sinatra's conquests home in the middle of the night after his boss deemed their perfume excessive.

At one divorce hearing, an exasperated Jacobs threw a trash can at news photographers. They followed up the ceremony with a trip to a brothel and an all-night drunk on kosher wine, Jacobs wrote.

The next day, Sinatra and his entourage vanished by the time Jacobs got out of bed, leaving him without cash and no one to call for help. In , Sinatra campaigned for Kennedy and, after his victory, prepared his Palm Springs home for presidential visits. He was devastated when family patriarch Joseph Kennedy ruled that Sinatra's unsavory associations made his home off-limits for the president-to-be. Jacobs said his boss was wailing — "like a little kid and nearly in tears. Calla Records was a small, New York City-based independent black owned Soul record label run by Nate McCalla only black man pictured above and active c.

McCalla was an associate and bodyguard for Morris Levy the White Suge Knight-pictured above-fifth from the left who headed Roulette Records which had known ties to the mob.

Artists recording for the label include the Emotions, J. Jackson, and the Persuaders, etc. Nate McCalla was so feared, that white artists were scared of him.

He murdered with guns and baseball bats and when you saw him coming, you knew someone was going to get injured or worse. I should have said Ed Sullivan. So I did "Shindig. McCalla was a decorated war hero who had fought in Korea. He told pop singer Tommy James: They taught me to kill people and that's what I do!

When McCalla wasn't running a record label or being a mob enforcer, he was running guns through the Caribbean. He was an outlaw among an outlaw. Authorities found his throat slit and his body decomposed. He was also shot in the head and tied to a chair. This was the first record to use the work "funky" in its title. Dyke did session work for Bill Withers and the Watts rd St. At the time of his death, he was preparing for a tour of Europe and working with Barry White.

Dyke, was sitting in his car when One-Eyed Clancy fired upon him, killing him instantly. As for One-Eyed Clancy, who was allegedly a police informant, he was set free after a jury ruled he acted in self-defense. A coroners report showed no alcohol or narcotics in Dyke's system. Paul Williams went from drinking milk on an daily basis to drinking hard liquor on an daily basis. It's always been rumored that he "may" have been murdered by his mistress's boyfriend; that's the reason he was found in his underwear.

This theory has never been proven. Paul Williams met Eddie Kendricks in elementary school; supposedly, the two first encountered each other in a fistfight after Williams dumped a bucket of mop water on Kendricks. Both boys shared a love of singing, and sang in their church choir together.

Williams suffered from sickle-cell anemia, which frequently wreaked havoc on his physical health. In love with Brown but still devoted to his wife and children, Williams was also depressed because Cholly Atkins' presence now made Williams' former role as choreographer essentially, but not completely, obsolete.

Life on the road was starting to take its toll on Williams as well, and he began to drink heavily. In the spring of , Williams and Brown opened a celebrity fashion boutique in downtown Detroit. His health had deteriorated to the point that he would sometimes be unable to perform, suffering from combinations of exhaustion and pain which he combated with heavy drinking.

Each of the other four Temptations did what they could to help Williams, alternating between raiding and draining his alcohol stashes, personal interventions, and keeping oxygen tanks backstage, but Williams' health, as well as the quality of his performances, continued to decline and he refused to see a doctor.

Otis Williams and the other Temptations decided to resort to enlisting an on-hand fill-in for Paul Williams. Richard Street, then-lead singer of fellow Motown act The Monitors and formerly lead singer of The Distants, was hired to travel with The Temptations and sing all of Williams' parts, save for Williams' special numbers such as "Don't Look Back" and "For Once in My Life", from backstage behind a curtain.

When Williams was not well enough to go on, Street took his place onstage. In April , Williams was finally persuaded to go see a doctor.

The doctor found a spot on Williams' liver and advised him to retire from the group altogether. Williams left the group and Street became his permanent replacement. In support of helping Williams get back on his feet, The Temptations continued to pay Williams his same one-fifth share of the group's earnings, and kept Williams on their payroll as an advisor and choreographer, and Williams continued to help the group with routines and dance moves for the next two years.

By early , Williams made his return to Motown's Hitsville USA recording studios, and began working on solo material. However, after Williams' death was ruled a suicide in August , Motown decided to shelve the sides, because the song "Feel Like Givin' Up" was just too literal to bear and the single was not released.

On August 17, , Paul Williams was found dead in an alley in the car having just left the new house of his then-girlfriend after an argument.

A gun was found near his body. His death was ruled a suicide by the coroner; Williams had expressed suicidal thoughts to Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin months before his death.

Williams' funeral was held on August 24, with his family and former bandmates in attendance. He was survived by his wife, Mary Agnes Williams, and five children: The circumstances surrounding Williams' death caused the Williams family to suspect that some form of foul play was the actual cause of Williams' death. According to the coroner, Williams had used his right hand to shoot himself in the left side of his head.

In addition, a bottle of alcohol was found near Williams' left side, as if he had dropped it while being shot. The gun used in the shooting was found to have fired two shots, only one of which had killed Williams. Both of his solo recordings were later released by Motown on Temptations-related compilations in the s and s. The group was already in distress over Williams' death and this illegal act added insult to injury. Over 2, people attended Williams' wake and funeral, including his wife and six children.

The East Cleveland home is a sore sight inside and out. A peeling, putrid shade of yellow on the outside, on the inside the living room looks like a rummage sale has exploded, casting old VHS cassettes and magazines in every direction. A large Sony TV is so old that it's hard to make out what's on the screen.

For now, it will have to wait. Johnson has just crawled out of bed on a Saturday morning and perched himself at the kitchen table next to an open box of Cheez-Its, clad in a Day-Glo blue robe and a bright red do-rag.

He is a somber, at times despondent man. But things weren't always this way. Destitute and desperate at age 58, Johnson spends his nights working the front counter at the Hot Sauce Williams barbecue joint on Superior Avenue and East rd Street, just a couple of miles from his home. But for 40 years, Johnson was the personal assistant to — and later a heralded performer with — the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

He traveled the globe performing alongside the hardest working man in show business. Today, he clings to a box of tangled laminates that once provided him all-access privileges in venues around the world. A faded press kit from includes a photo of him dancing alongside the legend himself at a tour stop in Mexico.

The home's dreary walls are dotted with photos of Johnson posing with a variety of celebrities: Old concert posters list Johnson as the opening act on James Brown bills.

They are yellowed reminders of the life he once led, a ramshackle shrine of frames all hung haphazardly, as if an earthquake once rattled the house and no one bothered to straighten them again.

Five decades ago, Johnson was plucked from the Cleveland ghetto and ultimately promised the Godfather's throne. When Brown died unexpectedly on Christmas Day , Johnson's dream of succeeding the master died with it. The Godfather of Soul had no Cleveland show on the schedule when he landed at Burke Lakefront Airport one spring day in This trip was all about shopping, and Cleveland at the time was as fine a place for it as any. Johnson was a student at Oliver Wendell Holmes, but he found his passion as an usher at Leo's Casino, already an historic Euclid Avenue club.

There, the boy became accustomed to meeting big-name soul stars; today, he cherishes a framed photo of himself standing next to a young Marvin Gaye. But James Brown would leave a far more lasting mark.

Johnson had befriended a group of disc jockeys from WJMO radio, and they were charged with meeting Brown at the airport to chauffeur his adventure that day. Dressed sharply in gray tweed pants and a turtleneck, Brown took an instant liking to Johnson, who shared with the singer a precocious affinity for fashion, often wearing ties and sport coats to school. When Brown asked Johnson to hold his brown leather coat, the boy eagerly obliged, making no fuss about the pistol he found in its pocket.

I thought, 'This man wants me to hold his coat. Nobody gonna get this coat from me. I'm going to guard this coat with my life. Their spree led them to King's Menswear in the Lee-Harvard shopping center. I grew up at st and St. Clair in the '60s, in a big apartment building with mice, roaches, and whatever.

That's exactly what everyone thought I did. James Brown wasn't in town. He wasn't doing a show. So why would I have run into him? I was so pissed and hurt that nobody would believe me. It's like a fairy tale. It just doesn't happen. Prior to the show, Brown had a radio appearance at the Giant Tiger department store parking lot. When they delivered Johnson to him, Brown offered a word of advice: Perhaps it's no surprise that Brown connected with the boy. Raised by an aunt after his parents separated, Brown grew up amid extreme poverty in South Carolina.

As an adult, he was always gracious to young children, and he singled out Johnson for his manners and appearance. I was very sharp. It was just a habit. I didn't like to be dirty. I didn't want kids putting their dirty hands on me. I always found a way to put a tie or something on my neck.

I would dress very colorful. Several years later, with his GED in hand, Johnson contacted Brown and started promoting his albums and concerts throughout the region and beyond.

He bought a Greyhound Ameripass and rode the bus around the country, dropping off James Brown albums at radio stations. They were a little apprehensive at first about playing it, and then they were like why not? He wrote that song in like an hour and got some kids from San Francisco to sing backing vocals on it. He took all the colored people and made 'em black on that record.

Nobody wanted to be black back then. That was a bad thing. But he certainly changed that. In , Brown assembled what would become his most famous backing band, the JB's. His profile higher than ever, Brown left Cincinnati-based King Records with whom he had signed in and inked a major deal with Polydor; he even started producing acts of his own on a Polydor subsidiary.

Polydor purchased his back catalog, reissued it, and gave Brown his own office at its New York headquarters. Landing the cultural icon was a major coup for the label. But Brown made sure his supporting cast remained intact. When the singer performed in Zaire in in advance of the historic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, Johnson was there with him as a traveling companion.

I saw his performance from a distance. He enlisted Johnson to sell ads. The show lasted only a year, a casualty of the changing times. Albums such as 's Mutha Nature and 's Jam s tried to incorporate disco-friendly production techniques, but ultimately fell flat. The action cooled, though not for Johnson: It's like Lucille [Ball]. She would do all these new shows, and nothing compared to I Love Lucy.

In the same breath, nothing James Brown did was comparable to what he already did. That's when he decided his live performance was more important. Then Brown's album Gravity became a surprise hit.

It featured the song "Living in America," a patriotic tune that soared thanks to its inclusion in Rocky IV. The song went on to win a Grammy. By this time, rappers were starting to sample Brown's beats and drum breaks, offering reassurance that Brown remained relevant. His induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in , its inaugural year, only confirmed his place in history.

As Brown's career was resurging, so too were his demons. He was renowned for his foul temper around the many women in his life. Though he married Velma Warren in , by the end of the '60s, they were divorced, and by that time he'd reportedly had seven children with various women.

His infidelity was exacerbated by his addiction to marijuana and other drugs. Johnson admits he bought Brown's pot: Adrienne was the one who turned him on to PCP. In , reportedly high on PCP, the singer hit rock bottom. After allegedly brandishing a weapon at an insurance seminar taking place next door to his office, Brown led officers on a wild car chase. While trying to dodge a police roadblock, he had his tires shot out.

Thinking they were harassing him, he led a chase from Georgia into South Carolina for which he ended up serving more than two years in prison.

I don't know about the PCP, but I think he was on painkillers, and he had probably smoked some weed. While Brown was incarcerated, Johnson fell off his payroll, so he picked up odd jobs around Cleveland doing manual labor. He collected food stamps and sold a bit of pot to make ends meet. It was a work stoppage. When Brown returned from prison, he put Johnson in charge of his wardrobe — a task he gladly accepted.

Room was often booked in his name for weeks at a time. Brown would enlist Cleveland designer Curtis Gibson to fly to Augusta and come up with costume ideas. But once they were made, Johnson was the guy who kept track of them. He's known for dressing. His wife Adrienne couldn't do it anymore. I stepped in, and he always says I took the job because I saw her struggling. Once I picked up that iron, I never put it down. When I started packing his clothes, I would load up at least ten personal suits and five or six different boots, an assortment of ties and scarves.

For the costumes, you had to piece everything together. I was the only one who could do it. I would take at least two costumes for each show because sometimes he would change during the show.

To celebrate his release from prison in , Brown put on a star-studded pay-per-view special that included guest appearances by Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, and comedian George Wallace.

Johnson was right there at his side, costumes in tow. A lot of artists and stars came to the concert that was James Brown's coming-out [of prison] party. I did make one mistake: I sent him out onstage with a leather jacket on that still had the tag on it. He was walking onto the stage and popping the tag off at the same time. He was all over the television too. Even after Brown's office burned down in , after an employee reportedly stole from him and set the place on fire, Johnson would stay there, watching old episodes of The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy while sitting by the phone in case Brown needed anything.

Eventually, Brown came to realize his longtime associate deserved more than life as a wardrobe man. By , Johnson found himself separated from his longtime girlfriend, a Cleveland woman he had dated since the mids. Together they raised a son and daughter, both of whom were adults by the time of their split.

Johnson says he wasn't anywhere near as promiscuous as his boss, but he admits that life in Brown's entourage made fidelity a constant challenge. When that spotlight is on you, it's going to happen. You mean he can sing like that? Then we had to go in the studio. Produced by Brown, it's a traditional soul ballad in the vein of Marvin Gaye or Otis Redding, featuring a '90s synth sound. On it, Johnson croons about how he will do anything to keep his woman happy. The track got radio airplay in the South, but didn't make a dent elsewhere, even though Johnson would often sing it during James Brown performances.

He would hand me the microphone, and whatever song we were doing, I would take over from there. There was a spot on the stage where he wanted me to stand and would say, 'That's why I got you over there — because one day you're going to be over here. For ten years, Brown's backing ensemble had been known as the Soul Generals. By his own admission, Johnson never was an official member; he was a backup singer and a personal assistant through it all.

But it was clear Brown thought highly of him as a performer. Soul Generals' drummer Robert "Mousey" Thompson joined the band in He doesn't remember that specific incident, but he does remember that Johnson and Brown were close friends.

And he had his own stuff he'd play too. James Brown created a bunch of leaders in his band, and he would tell everybody to try to keep that legacy going on. He would always carry around James Brown's heavy trench coat that had all his personal belongings in it. But he did so much more than that.

He also had a role onstage too. I don't know how he did it. Five people should have been doing all that he did. Shortly before Christmas in , James Brown made an appointment for tooth implants. But when the dentist heard wheezing in Brown's chest, he suggested he see a doctor first.

Brown, it turned out, had caught pneumonia from the recent Moscow tour. He died on Christmas Day. He was 73 years old and still doing two-hour shows. He was still singing and dancing and sweating. He would wear us out. I had my stuff packed and ready to go. I was going to fly on Christmas Day and go to his house and pack his stuff.

I didn't know what to think. I thought about me and what I was going to do. It was such a numbing feeling. You go from way up high to way down low in a heartbeat.

That's exactly what it was. From the time I got that phone call, it's been downhill. It's like, how do you go from rags to riches to rags and deal with it? And then, suddenly, it was all gone. With Brown's death, so too died the Soul Generals and Johnson's spot on the stage.

And so began the many questions about who would carry on the great singer's legacy. In his wake, Brown left a dizzying number of potential heirs. In an extensive article he wrote for GQ on the James Brown estate, reporter Sean Flynn noted Brown left behind "14 children, 16 grandchildren, eight mothers of his children, several mistresses, and 30 lawyers," all of whom have tried to get a piece of Brown's fortune.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. One lawsuit led to another, and eventually the singer's inner circle wound up on the outside looking in: People like Johnson and longtime Brown associates David Washington and Charles Bobbit, his housekeeper and manager, respectively, were left out in the cold. Ross, a Chicago attorney who was one of James Brown's lawyers for 15 years, can't recall whether Johnson was named in one of the wills.

But he adds that he wouldn't be surprised if he were. Brown was a big fan of R. But once a South Carolina court appointed an impartial executor to sort out matters regarding Brown's will, Johnson's chances of getting a piece of the pie diminished. The family argued among themselves. I did almost all his entertainment agreements, and I've never been contacted once by the executor. I've asked to be contacted. I've gone through other parties, and apparently most of the people who surrounded him were of evil intent and either went to jail or their motives were not pure, and so what I'm told is that I was thrown in with the rest of the them.

Johnson sued the Brown estate shortly after his death, but wound up with nothing. So in , the stars stubbornly fading from his eyes, he took a job as seasonal help at Malley's Chocolate. Two years ago, he started working at Hot Sauce Williams and moved into a friend's house, where he pays rent only if he's got it. More times than not, he doesn't have it. He's setting up a website to show promoters that he's for real when he says he wants to tour as "R. And there are other possibilities brewing.

Johnson recently met with Snoop Dogg about a potential TV special. He's talked with Shaquille O'Neal about possible financing. If a mass audience could just see him do his thing, Johnson insists, the band would be able to tour again. It's about keeping his music alive. His music is steadily dying. James Brown stood for so much more than music.

Brown's iconic stature isn't lost on Neal Israel, the Hollywood writer-director whose credits include Bachelor Party. He has expressed interest in making a movie about Johnson's life, centering on the way that Brown retrieved him from Cleveland's ghetto and took him on a wild ride around the world, all because he found someone he could trust to hold his coat.

It's that image that really struck Israel, who heard about Johnson through a friend and flew him to Hawaii a couple of years ago, signing him to a contract that gives away his "life story rights.

If anyone will tell Johnson's story, it will be Israel. I really just need a script to get started. Through it all, Johnson has struggled with depression, though he thanks his year-old son and year-old daughter for their support. They've been helping me out. I ain't mad at him. What did he do? I wouldn't trade a minute of it. I am not saying I was entitled to anything. There's no reason [his band] shouldn't still be performing. The Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast.

Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order.

The Handmaid's Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time.

My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course. Instead, he arranges for me to write a feature on him, ensuring a lot more time together. But when the unthinkable happens, can I even blame him for cutting his losses?

Customers highlighted passages in Beneath a Scarlet Sky more frequently than other books on this week's list. Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share. Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade—and lost him two years ago. So she does something entirely unexpected: As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden.

The neighbors in her tidy gated community are more than a little alarmed. But with the help of new friends, a charming local cop, and the transformative power of the soil, Paige starts to see potential in the chaos of her life. Something big is beginning to take root—both in her garden and in herself. In the summer of , Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned.

His body was never recovered. Ten years later, Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She's married, pregnant, and in control again Too traumatized to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Only his body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced.

As Emma attempts to reconnect with her now teenage son, she must unmask the monster who took him away from her. But who, in their tiny village, could be capable of such a crime? It's Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell the unspeakable. This dark and disturbing psychological novel is a page-turner you will not be able to put down.

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