Deep Throat case dismissed by judge

Peter Sarsgaard and Amanda Seyfried were the stars of Lovelace

Claims that a film about actress Linda Lovelace bore striking similarities to 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat have been dismissed by a US judge.

New York District Judge Thomas Griesa concluded that last year’s biopic of Lovelace did not copy the core of the original film, in which she starred.

He said Deep Throat focused on one sex act but the 2013 film, titled Lovelace, did not feature any explicit material.

The owners of the original movie’s rights said they would lodge an appeal.

Arrow Productions sued the makers of Lovelace last year in a bid to block its distribution, but their legal move was rejected by the judge.

They also claimed the title Lovelace was used without licence or permission and sought damages of at least $10m (£6m)

In his decision, the judge described Deep Throat as a famous pornographic film replete with explicit sexual scenes and sophomoric humour while Lovelace was a critical, biographical film documenting the life of the actress.

He commented on the use of three scenes from the 1970s release in the later film, saying they added a new, critical perspective on the life of Linda Lovelace and the production of Deep Throat

Under US copyright law, a certain amount of footage from Deep Throat could be inserted under the auspices of fair use.

Lovelace chronicled the porn star’s abusive marriage to Chuck Traynor, played by Peter Sarsgaard, and how she came to work on Deep Throat.

The lead role was played by actress Amanda Seyfried.

It also explored her relationship with her mother Dorothy, played by Sharon Stone.

Deep Throat, the first “porno” widely seen in cinemas, made an estimated $600m.

The film drew middle class audiences to the cinema and helped lay the foundations of today’s hardcore adult entertainment industry.

Born Linda Boreman, Lovelace became an anti-pornography campaigner in later life. She died in a car accident in 2002 at the age of 53.

Algeria halts football after death

algeria has suspended football indefinitely following the death of Cameroonian player Albert Ebosse, who was hit by a stone thrown by fans.

The Algerian Football Federation made the decision after a meeting on Sunday.

Ebosse, who was 24, was struck on the head when leaving the pitch after his side JS Kabylie’s home defeat by USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou on Saturday

Algerian authorities had already ordered the indefinite closure of the 1st November 1954 stadium

That ruling will now apply to all stadiums in the country.

For years now violence has crept into the stadiums and spills over sometimes onto the streets, bringing with it a climate of fear and insecurity

Algeria’s football federation said in a statement it had postponed the league in protest at the irresponsible actions of certain fanatics and hooligans who resort to violence in the stadiums which has reached an unacceptable level

It added that it was considering taking further action, including the expulsion of the club at fault “from all competitions”.

The governing body has also decided that US$100,000 will be given to Ebosse’s family, plus the amount he would have earned over the period of his contract. In addition, JS Kabylie’s players will each donate a month’s salary.

An investigation into Ebosse’s death, and a deeper inquiry into football hooliganism in the country, has been ordered by the Algerian interior ministry

BBC Sport has learned that the 1st November 1954 stadium was under maintenance at the time of the game and fans threw loose stones that were lying on the ground.

It is understood that one of the key questions to be asked by the investigation will be why the venue was used when construction works were still in progress

The match was only the second round of games in the new season

Notting Hill Carnival gets under way

This year’s carnival is part of the build-up to the event’s 50th anniversary

Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, has got under way with its children’s day.

More than one million people are expected to attend the two-day event in west London, featuring Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.

Giant floats and dancers wearing colourful costumes will make their way from Westbourne Park Underground station to Ladbroke Grove.

The main Carnival procession started at 10:00 BST.

Organisers say this year is part of the build-up to the event’s 50th anniversary.

The arenas will pay tribute to steel pan, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, which has played a pivotal role in shaping the carnival from 1964 to the present day.

The Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust said some people thought the first carnival took place in 1964, but others argue a street parade took place the following year.

However the trust said there was documentary evidence which shows the first event with performers, costumes, music and placards took place in 1966.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: “Carnival is a wonderful celebration and highlights what the Caribbean community does for London.

“I hope everyone has a fantastic time and a truly great event.”

Prior to the main carnival, the J’ouvert event from 06:00 BST opened the carnival with a procession and a paint fight.

Lorraine, a social worker from Berkshire, said: “Me and my friends have been getting up early and coming here for the last six years.

“It’s the most fun bit of carnival and there’s no trouble. It’s just dancing an throwing paint and powder over each other.”

A crackdown by police in the run-up to the carnival on 21 August saw officers make 126 arrests and seize guns, drugs and about £78,000.

Several of those arrested and released on bail will be banned from the carnival.

Officers known as “super-recognisers” are trained to spot them in the crowds if they ignore the ruling.

What autopsy showed

The preliminary results of an autopsy that Michael Brown’s family requested are unlikely to settle the dueling narratives that have defined the case from the beginning.

Brown was shot at least six times, all to the front of his body, according to the preliminary results. Four bullets went into his right arm, and he was shot twice in the head.

Daryl Parks, an attorney representing Michael Brown’s family, said at a news conference in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday that there is “ample” evidence from an independent autopsy conducted on the teen’s body to support the arrest of the police officer who shot Brown.

“Already based on this limited information, people believe it plays into whatever theory they have about what happened,” CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter said.

“Because these shots were all in the front apparently, that might lend credence to people’s theories that Michael Brown was going after the police officer.

“On the other hand,” Stelter added, “the shots were on the arms (and head) on the front. Does that mean his arms were up?”

It’s a case, he said, where more information is not necessarily better information.

Therein lies some of the risk.

“This is bound to escalate tensions,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson said. “This is a very provocative report.”

Accounts unclear

Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead nine days ago by a white police officer.

His mother asked independent investigators who conducted the autopsy on her son’s body whether he felt any pain at the time of his death, according to Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump.

She was told that “he did not suffer,” Crump said at Monday’s news conference.

Accounts of exactly what happened when Officer Darren Wilson stopped Brown vary widely.

Witnesses said they saw a scuffle between the officer and Brown at the police car before the young man was shot. Police said Brown struggled with the officer and reached for his weapon.

Several witnesses said Brown raised his hands and was not attacking the officer.

Last week, the St. Louis County Police Department said an original autopsy found that Brown, 18, died of gunshot wounds. But the department wouldn’t say how many times he was shot or any other details.

“We are not specifying how many gunshot wounds at this point,” the department said. “The investigation into his death is still ongoing, and the full autopsy is not likely to be released for many weeks because multiple law enforcement agencies are now involved in the investigation.”

The lack of information prompted Brown’s family to request an independent autopsy.

A highprofile pathologist

Enter high-profile forensic pathologist Michael Baden.

He has brought his expertise to the stand in a number of closely watched cases.

Baden testified in the O.J. Simpson, Phil Spector and Drew Peterson murder trials. He was chairman of the committee of pathologists that investigated the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Bringing him in is a very big development,” CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson said. “The family wants to know what happened. And why should they just rely upon on what the authorities to tell them?”

Not shot at close range

According to Baden’s autopsy, the bullets that struck Brown were not fired from close range, as indicated by the absence of gunpowder residue on his body.

Some of the bullets left several wounds.

One of the bullets shattered his right eye, traveled through his face, exited his jaw and re-entered at his collarbone, according to the autopsy.

The last two shots were probably the ones to his head, family attorney Anthony Gray said. One entered the top of his Brown’s skull, suggesting that his head was bent forward when he was struck.

More work to be done

Baden intends to do much more than just the autopsy. He may ask questions about the officer’s gun as well.

“Is there only the police officer’s DNA on that gun. Or if there was, in fact, a struggle, is Michael Brown’s DNA on that gun as well? That would certainly say a lot about whether a struggle for the gun took place.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has approved another autopsy on Brown’s body, the Justice Department said. The autopsy will be conducted by a federal medical examiner.

Australia’s home grown terror threat

Officials estimate there are between 150 to 160 Australians fighting with radical Islamist groups overseas

Australian jihadists fighting for radical Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria are to be targeted by new laws, amid fears they pose a growing threat at home.

The legislation would make it easier for the police to detain and prosecute suspected extremists and force Australians to justify their travel to areas of conflict abroad

The potential for terrorism in this country has substantially increased,” warned Prime Minister Tony Abbott

We’ve all seen truly shocking imagery of Australians born and bred doing absolutely horrific things to surrendering Iraqi police and military personnel

What we are now acutely conscious of is the danger posed back here in Australia by people returning to this country who have been radicalised and militarised by the experience of working with terrorist organisations overseas.

Last month, authorities in Canberra said they had issued arrest warrants for two Australian Islamic State fighters, after one was pictured brandishing the severed heads of what appeared to be Syrian government soldiers.

Investigators have identified the two suspects as Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar, who was shown in photographs posted on social media clutching the bloody remains of his enemies, and boasting that he would cut the throats of infidels.

The pair from Sydney are alleged to be two of the most notorious Australians fighting with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Sharrouf has form. He was one of eight people arrested for plotting to attack the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney, and, after pleading guilty, was jailed in 2008, serving almost four years in prison.

In December, he slipped out of the country using his brother’s passport, and has issued a call-to-arms for fellow his Muslims in Australia.

He has taunted the police, and recently sent a provocative note to Australia’s Fairfax media from Iraq

We will dedicate our lives to your unrest, he wrote. “We are not mad men or dysfunctional as they portray us to be

By Allah, we are the sane. Anyone who sees what is happening to the Muslims around the world… and sits back and does nothing, he is insane.

Senior intelligence officials in Canberra also fear the conflicts in Syria and Iraq could revive the anti Western extremism in Indonesia that led to the attacks in Bali in 2002, which killed 88 Australians. The bombings were blamed on the militant organisation, Jemaah Islamiah (JI).

Officials estimate that there are between 150 to 160 Australians currently fighting with radical Islamist groups overseas, considerably more than those who travelled to join the war in Afghanistan.

It’s about as big a threat as we’ve ever faced, explained Professor Greg Barton, the director of the International Global Terrorism Centre at Monash University in Melbourne.

It was returning fighters from Afghanistan to South East Asia that formed the JI network. And if we follow the pattern of what happened with Afghanistan, they’ll return home and find it hard to give up fighting.

they’ll have been traumatised and radicalised to a fairly horrible degree. We may see the likes of Bali 2002 repeated. I think it’s almost inevitable we’re going to see more lives lost from jihadi violence in South East Asia.”

Australia has run deradicalisation programmes to try to divert at-risk young Muslims away from trouble.

Academic studies have shown that more than half of those who have embraced radicalism were born in Australia and about 60% are of Lebanese heritage.

Most were married with children, and weren’t particularly religious prior to being seduced by extreme Islamic ideologies.

A fundamental driver, according to the research at the University of Western Sydney, has been the stigmatisation of Muslims within Australia and beyond.

Kuranda Seyit, the executive director of the Forum on Australia Islamic Relations, believes Canberra’s efforts at deradicalisation have not worked.

The government’s attempts have not hit the mark, he told the BBC news website. They have been cosmetic and have been addressing the wrong crowd, mainly moderate Muslims.

Targeting fringe groups is difficult. They are invariably small and close-knit, and are unmoved by the urgings of mainstream Imams and preachers.

The onus (of deradicalisation projects) is on various community agencies and non-governmental organisations to address the problem but they don’t have the capacity, skills or the knowledge to deal with the issue. Access to those groups who are at most at risk of radicalisation is the key problem here, Seyit added.

Australia intends to address the threat of homegrown extremism by boosting funding to security agencies over the next four years by A$630 million ($580m, £348m)

In a rare public appearance last month, the director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, David Irvine, said the nation must always be vigilant.

We’ve always been worried about the threat of home-grown terrorism, he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

In the last 10 years we have actually stopped four mass casualty attacks occurring in Australia, when we stopped them quite early in their planning stages.

The new security measures will be included in the Terrorism Foreign Fighter Bill, which is expected to come before parliament in Canberra later this month.

8 weird houses worth a visit

Grand Marais, Michigan’s Pickle Barrel House Museum was once a summer home for the cartoonist who drew the labels on Monarch Food’s pickle jars and is now on the National Registry of Historic Places.

(CNN) — A house is just a house, right?

Even the increasingly popular tiny houses look like standard houses, reduced in size. But some houses are so far outside of the box, they’re worth a trip to see.

Here are eight of the most unusual houses around the United States:

Pickle Barrel House Museum inGrand Marais, Michigan

Have you ever found yourself in a pickle? Cartoonist William Donahey came pretty close when he took up residence in a house shaped like a pickle barrel.

Built in 1926 as a summer home for Donahey, Grand Marais, Michigan’s Pickle Barrel House now holds a seasonal museum open from June to September. Donahey allowed Monarch Food Company to use his popular “Teenie Weenie” cartoon characters on their pickle jar labels, and out of gratitude Monarch’s parent company commissioned the house for Donahey’s family to use, building him a much larger version of the barrels their pickles were sold in.

Purchased in 2003 and restored by the Michigan Historical Society, the museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can also take a stroll through the Historic Iris Preservation Society’s Display Garden found on the property, with free admission to the museum and garden.

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Gold Pyramid House inWadsworth, Illinois

Some people have a guard dog. This house has a pharaoh standing watch.

With the enormous statue of Ramses II in front of it, the 6-story, 17,000 square foot Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth, Illinois, transports visitors back to ancient Egypt.

In the 1970s “pyramid power” was a popular trend, with some people believing in the supernatural powers of the pyramids. Jim and Linda Onan were two such people, and at the time, their house was full of pyramids. Linda used to joke to her husband that he should build their next house in a pyramid shape so she could stop looking at all of the little ones inside of it, and in 1977 he did, painting it gold and surrounding it by a moat.

Visitors can tour the pyramid and public areas of the home, which are decorated in an ancient Egyptian style to match the exterior of the house, visit a replica of King Tut’s tomb and hear a presentation about the history of the gilded pyramid. Admission for adults is $15, children 17 and under are $10.

Shoe House inHellam, Pennsylvania

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe. But in this case, it was a shoe salesman, who built the eye-catching Shoe House in Hellam, Pennsylvania.

Standing 25 feet tall and 48 feet long, the giant shoe was created as a structural advertisement almost 70 years ago. Creator and shoe salesman Mahlon N. Haines originally used it as a guest house.

With five different levels inside, the house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room. The house is open for tours from June through October, but private tours are available in the winter and spring. Tour prices are $4.50 for adults and $3 for children ages 4 to 7.

Winchester Mystery House inSan Jose, California

Winchester rifle heir Sarah Winchester believed that spirits haunted her, and it took her 35 years to build an elaborate Victorian mansion that she believed would confuse those ghostly apparitions.

Completed in 1919, the seven-story, 160-room Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, has secret passageways, upside down columns and other oddities that the superstitious Winchester believed would bedevil those tormenting spirits.

The mystery house hosts guided tours for brave visitors who are fond of the supernatural. There are three different tours available, with prices starting at $27 for adults and $24 for children.

Mary’s Gone Wild Glass House inNew Brunswick, North Carolina

People find a variety of ways to recycle old bottles, but covering an entire house in them might be a first.

Visitors to New Brunswick, North Carolina’s coast will stumble upon Mary’s Gone Wild glass bottle house and folk garden, located only 5 miles from the ocean.

Growing up, Mary Paulsen was known as the neighborhood doll repair woman, collecting discarded dolls and fixing them up. As an adult, she turned her yard into a village for her 6,000 dolls, using whatever items she could find. People started leaving their unwanted good in Mary’s yard for her to make into art and she began work on her bottle house gallery in 2008, covering the walls with 8,000 different types of bottles, from nail polish to wine.

The glass bottle house is open for tours year round. Visitors can also stop in her gallery to purchase art that benefits the hungry, or make a donation, as admission to the house is free.

One Log House inGarberville, California

This isn’t what comes to mind when most people think of a log cabin.

Living in Humboldt County, California, Art Schmock was used to seeing giant redwoods towering above him, but his relatives living in the Midwest and East Coast refused to believe that trees actually grew to be so large.

Realizing that most people had never seen giant redwoods, the logger created the One Log House and put it on wheels so that he could tour the country. Schmock and a friend spent eight months hollowing out the 7-foot-tall, 32-foot-long section of redwood.

Holding a living room, kitchen and bedroom, the log house was similar to other mobile homes, except that its tremendous size and weight made mobility challenging, requiring special permits to drive on each state highway. Although the house traveled on occasion, it spent most of its time “resting” in small towns along the Northern California coast.

Now, One Log House Espresso and Gifts sits on Highway 101, south of Garberville, where it’s been for the last 15 years. The small cafe sells food, beverages and redwood gifts and has some relics of the old-time logging days. Admission is $1 for visitors over 5 years old.

Beer Can House inHouston, Texas

It all started with a dislike of yard work. Tired of mowing the lawn and doing landscaping work at his Houston home, John Milkovisch inlaid thousands of marbles, rocks and metal pieces into the concrete and redwood of his yard in 1968.

When he finished with both the front and back yards, he began work on crafting aluminum siding for the house out of beer cans, which eventually became known as the Beer Can House. After he finished the practical aspect, he moved on to the decorative, making sculptures and garlands for the house, also out of beer cans.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not estimated that 50,000 beer cans went into making John Milkovisch’s tribute to recycling.

In 2001, years after Milkovisch passed away, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art acquired and restored the house, opening it to the public in 2008. The house is open for visitors between Memorial Day and Labor Day, costing $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger.

House on the Rock inSpring Green, Wisconsin

Are you afraid of heights? Then you may want to avoid the Infinity Room at Spring Green, Wisconsin’s House on the Rock.

The long, thin room stretches 218 feet long and 156 feet above the valley floor, with over 3,000 windows for walls, providing amazing panoramic views. Considered an architectural wonder, the house was built in 1945 by Alex Jordan as a luxurious retreat.

Perched on a rock, as its name implies, the house has an amazing view of the surrounding nature.

Open to the public since 1960, the house is divided into three sections that can all be toured. The admission for all three sections is $28.50 for adults and $15.50 for children. But, each section can also be visited separately for $12.50.

Staff recommends that visitors spend at least three hours in the house to experience all that it has to offer, such as a carousel it touts as the world’s largest, complete with 269 handcrafted animals.

Cheney: Any attempt to impeach Obama would be distraction

(bursa escort) — Although a fierce critic of Obama former V . P . Dick Cheney doesn’t support calls from some around the far right of his party to impeach him saying it might simply produce a distraction

I am not prepared at this time to for that impeachment from the Leader Cheney stated within an interview with CNNs Charge with Mike Tapper

Cheney thinks Obama’s the worst leader of my lifetime which Jimmy Carter may have been a much better Leader but impeaching him won’t accomplish much

Both Obama and Carter are Dems while Cheney is really a conservative Republican who offered two terms under George W Rose bush

Requires the Republican-brought House to impeach Obama are originating from Sarah Palin along with other harsh conservative experts in the height of midterm campaigning His administrations handling from the immigration crisis around the southern border has increased the little chorus

However this type of step is recognized as far-fetched especially after House Speaker John Boehner expressed disagreement using the premise within this situation

Obama has clashed frequently and dramatically with Republicans throughout his presidency

Cheney however did offer limited support for House Republican efforts to file a lawsuit Obama over their claims he’s mistreated his authority on numerous occasions by unlawfully making the rounds Congress to handle policy

Theyre focusing their unusual law suit on a bit of Obamacare a significant political flashpoint between your GOP and also the Leader and the supporters

Im glad to determine the home Republicans are challenging him a minimum of legally at this time However I believe that reaches be a little of the distraction similar to the impeachment of Bill Clinton did Cheney stated

Clinton was impeached within the Monica Lewinsky affair although not charged through the Senate

Defiant Cheney accepts no blame for Iraq

Cheney also stated the Rose bush administration left Iraq in reasonably very good condition after many years of war and blamed Obama because of not obtaining a security agreement from Iraqi leader Nouri al-Maliki to help keep some US troops after that combat procedures ended to assist ensure stability

Resurgent Sunni extremists have taken through areas of northern and central Iraq in recent days subjecting serious weak points in Iraqi security and governance

Obama has sent military advisors to evaluate the problem but promises no new ground troops

The debacle has opened up another front for Republicans in demeaning the administrations foreign policy

Obamas failure to maintain a stay-behind pressure is exactly what produced the havoc we have seen in Iraq today Cheney stated

Whenever we left Iraq would be a relatively stable place We defeated al Qaeda we’d a coalition government in position he added

Requested whether a few of the choices produced by him and Rose bush have the effect of the upheaval in Iraq now Cheney deflected blame

I believe its mainly Maliki and Obama Thats things i believe and thats exactly what the history books can have Cheney stated

Opinion: Cheneys amazing chutzpah on Iraq

My grandpa was ‘unaccompanied minor’ to U.S.–in 1907

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday, July 21, that he will deploy up to <a href=’′>1,000 National Guard troops</a> to the Texas-Mexico border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year. Perry also wants President Obama and Congress to hire an additional 3,000 border patrol agents to eventually replace the temporary guard forces. “I will not stand idly by,” Perry said. “The price of inaction is too high.”

Editor’s note: Philip Kasinitz is a presidential professor at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the co-author of “Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age” (with Mary Waters, John Mollenkopf and Jennifer Holdaway) published in 2008.

(CNN) — The situation along the U.S. southern border is complicated. There are no easy answers to the problem of thousands of desperate children, many unaccompanied minors, fleeing chaos, violence and governmental collapse in Central America.

Yet seeing some of my fellow Americans jeering busloads of frightened children and hearing commentators dismiss these children as someone else’s problem has left me wondering exactly what kind of country we have turned into, and how quickly we forget our own history.

My grandfather arrived on Ellis Island in 1907 as an unaccompanied 9-year-old from an impoverished small town in what is now Belarus. The situation he fled was probably less dire than that of many of the Central Americans arriving today. But it was bad enough.

His father had died. His widowed mother’s only alternative to destitution was a quick remarriage, but the presence of the strong-willed boy was a serious impediment to her prospects. So little Chaim was farmed out to his elderly grandmother, for whom he was clearly too much to handle. He continually ran away from home and school, sometimes for days at time.

Chaim became a kind of unlikely Jewish mascot of a local gang of non-Jewish teens. With a child’s unerring instinct of how to get under the skin of his new, strictly observant stepfather, he began to eat pork with his rough companions.

Decades later he would recall his days as a freedom-loving village hooligan with a mischievous grin, but it does not take much historical imagination to understand why the adults around him were terrified. Political violence, anti-Semitic pogroms, criminal gangs and violent state repression were all on the rise in the waning days of the Russian empire. In this dangerous, chaotic time, Chaim must have seemed headed for certain disaster.

The local rabbi was consulted and a course of action was recommended: Send the incorrigible little delinquent off to live with his late father’s cousins in America — a land so full of incorrigible delinquents that one more would scarcely be noticed.

Chaim arrived at Ellis Island penniless and alone. Social workers kept him there until they found a cousin willing to claim him. It didn’t take, however. Sixty years later he told me this cousin had a big beard and reminded him of the teachers and rabbis back in the shtetl that he had run away from in the first place. Whatever the real reason, by age 11 he had run away from the cousin, too, and was more or less on his own for good.

Early days in America were not auspicious. He wandered the streets of New York’s Lower East Side and Brownsville, sleeping in a stable and working for pennies by helping out teamsters on their wagons. In his late teens he became a boxer — never very good — and a bouncer at a saloon.

Only 5-foot-2, he acquired the nickname of “Little Frenchy” a tribute to a street brawler named Frenchy whose fighting style he emulated. The name stuck for the rest of his life. He did stints in orphanages and reformatories and a short one in adult jail, when he lied about his age to avoid the juvenile authorities.

And yet, from this unpromising beginning, an American family sprang. After this rocky start — Frenchy, like many thousands of other one time “unaccompanied minors” — eventually became a very solid American.

He volunteered for the U.S. Army during World War I and became an American citizen. After the war he started a small moving business that grew to be modestly successful, employing about a dozen men. He married a U.S.-born girl whose family came from his hometown. Together they ran the business, raised two sons who later served in the U.S. military and went on to successful careers.

Frenchy and his wife lived to see their grandchildren, who eventually became reasonably decent and productive Americans. And, much to the annoyance of those grandchildren, my grandparents also became knee-jerk patriots, loudly supporting all things American even at the height of the Vietnam War.

Not knowing his real birthday, Frenchy always listed July 4 as his date of birth.

He voted, joined civic groups and paid taxes. Indeed, one of my father’s favorite stories about my grandfather concerned a year in the late 1940s when his accountant told him that after depreciation on his trucks and various other deductions, he owed no federal tax. Frenchy would have none of it. To the accountant’s horror, he insisted on writing a check for the same amount he had paid the previous year.

America had taken him in when he was a hungry, frightened child. Whatever his shortcomings, America had allowed him to prosper by the sweat of his brow. Now a successful man, he was not going to hide behind some accountant’s tricks and shirk his duty to pay his fair share. Paying his share was what a man did. It was what an American did. While he never lost his youthful distaste for organized religion, he had an almost religious belief in the essential goodness of his adopted homeland.

And yes, Frenchy escort broke the rules and occasionally some laws to get here and survive here. If that is a contradiction, it is the kind of contradiction that animates many bursa American lives. That is the kind of country we are, and for the most part, it’s worked out pretty well.

I wonder how many people screaming at frightened children in Murrieta, California, have an ancestor with a similar story. I wonder why so many Americans have forgotten their history. And I wonder, if they are allowed to stay, what sort of Americans will the brave, resilient children on those buses someday become?

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For the record books: Two hurricanes spinning toward Hawaii

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(BURSA ESCORT) — Supermarket shelves taken bare Schools government offices points of interest shuttering Sandbags filled Ports closing

Hawaiians are planning for any potentially devastating one-two tropical cyclone punch beginning with Hurricane Iselle which inside a rarity for that condition might make direct landfall Thursday evening

Iselle on the right track to pass through within the Big Island Of Hawaii of Hawaii like a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 miles per hour could mention to one foot of rain existence-threatening storm surges expensive surges and mudslides forecasters say

Hurricane Julio churning behind Iselle may affect the hawaiian islands 2 days later though forecasters expect it to clean the condition just with its outer bands because it passes towards the north like a destabilized tropical storm

Clients selected through stores for groceries along with other supplies Wednesday evening At many locations for example KTA in Waimea canned water was offered out departing the vendor scrambling to obtain more

Weve been on the telephone from very early (Wednesday) morning dealing with our suppliers looking to get more water It has been a really difficult situation because everyone is looking to get water store manager Colin Miura told CNN affiliate KGMB

Expensive flooding on already saturated islands is a primary threat together with mudslides from a few of the mountainous terrain into populated areas

Formulations to safeguard existence and property ought to be rushed to completion the Central Off-shore Hurricane Center stated in the public advisory on Iselle early Thursday

A hurricane warning was at effect for that easternmost populated island Hawaii with a few of the states other islands — The island of oahu Maui Molokai Lanai and Kahoolawe — bracing for tropical storm conditions with sustained winds of under 73 miles per hour

Even while the storms contacted Hawaii the nation’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated Thursday it’s well informed that sleep issues of The United States will discover a below-average tropical cyclone year

NOAA stated that there’s now a 70% chance that the amount of named storms within the Atlantic this season is going to be at or underneath the 30-year average of 12 NOAA had place the chance at 50% on May 22

We’re well informed that the below-normal season will occur because atmospheric and oceanic problems that suppress cyclone formation allow us and can persist with the season Gerry Bell lead periodic forecaster using the NOAA Climate Conjecture Center stated

A comparatively rare event

Iselle could be one for Hawaiis record books simply by making landfall

Direct hits are rare for that condition Because the nineteen fifties 3 hurricane eyes have hit Hawaii — and both contacted in the south where temperature of water usually sufficiently warm to sustain the storms strength

Iselle however approaches in the east and it might be the very first tropical cyclone from that direction hitting the condition because the satellite era started in 1959 CNN meteorologist Dork Hennen stated

Thats not saying Hawaii hasnt had near misses The central Off-shore sees typically about five tropical cyclones annually and a few have blown the condition in recent decades

But Iselle is poised to beat numerous factors that in recent decades conspired to help keep the storms from striking Hawaii directly or weaken them before they were given there

The cyclones generally approach in the east after developing within the eastern Off-shore But near to Hawaii dry air cooler water and wind shear mix to weaken approaching cyclones dissipating them before they are able to be a significant threat CNN meteorologist Indra Petersons stated

Now nevertheless the water off The hawaiian islands are warmer than normal which can keep Iselle at hurricane strength whether it hits Hawaii island not surprisingly Thursday Petersons stated

Hawaiis most harmful hurricane in recent decades — Hurricane Iniki of 1992 — came throughout an El Nino year or perhaps a year of above-average ocean surface temps This season hasnt met the factors for El Nino however it could within the days ahead Petersons stated

Iniki wiped out four or five people and triggered about $2 billion in damage if this hit the western Hawaiian island of The island of kauai based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Storm dangers

Iselle should bring heavy downpours of 5 to eight inches within the Big Island Of Hawaii in isolated spots as much as one foot the hurricane center forecasts

That may cause rock and mudslides

Even the storm surge could come on the top of high tide pushing one to three ft water onto dry land and based on overlap with tides could hit remote areas hard

Ports take absolutely no way and early Thursday the united states Coast Guard upped warning levels to signal the the storm was approaching

All sea going commercial ships and sea going barges more than 200 gross tons are required to create formulations to depart the ports it stated inside a statement Ships wanting to stay in port are needed to file for a secure mooring plan

Excitement and fear

Within the capital of scotland- Hilo around the Big Island Of Hawaii everyone was sitting on beaches anxiously searching in the water

The viewers get looking forward to these storms but everybody else is losing it stated Chris Owens who owns East Side Contractors along with a longtime resident

Many of the local people here think that the tall mountain tops around the Big Island Of Hawaii shield them from severe weather Owens stated However in 24 hrs this theory might be proven wrong

A Nationwide Weather Service map demonstrated waves on islands west from the Big Island Of Hawaii showing as much as levels of ten to fifteen ft CNNs weather center reported waves as much as 40 ft high at Iselles location within the central Off-shore on Wednesday

Thats potentially good surf to Scott Murray who is the owner of the Hilo Surfboard Co He’s resided around the Big Island Of Hawaii in excess of six decades Many fellow citizens are psyched concerning the waves and never worried about potential damage and flooding

I am not really concerned about his storm Murray stated the 2009 week

Schools out elections still on

The colleges around the Big Island Of Hawaii and Maui is going to be closed Thursday as citizens await Iselles arrival

Some air carriers are earning credits to clients in front of the storms For those who have been scheduled to go to or from Hawaiian international airports on Thursday and Friday U . s . Air carriers and Hawaiian Air carriers say they wont charge costs to alter bookings and theyll waive variations in costs for individuals changes

Island Air is going to do exactly the same for people ticketed from Thursday though Tuesday Delta stated it might waive costs for reservation changes for Thursday and Friday but fare increases could apply

Hawaiis primary elections goes on as scheduled Saturday regardless of the storms KGMB reported Local media reported that lots of switched up for early voting in expectation of tornados on election day Other medication is concerned that voter turnout might be affected

Hawaii Gov Abercrombie has signed an urgent situation proclamation his office stated It provides the federal government accessibility states disaster funds

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