Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Looking Back - Thousands Join Anti-War Movement

On this day in 1967, the biggest demonstration ever against American involvement in the Vietnam War took place in the town of Oakland, in California. An estimated 4,000 people poured onto the streets to demonstrate in a fifth day of massive protests against the conscription of soldiers to serve in the war. The city was brought to a standstill as protesters built barricades across the roads to prevent buses carry recruits to the Army's conscription centre. Police reinforcements came in from San Francisco as the protests turned violent. Demonstrators, many wearing helmets and holding plywood shields, overturned cars and threw bottles, tin cans and stones at the police. Four people were injured and seven arrested.
There was no repeat of the scenes three days before, however, when police in Oakland used clubs and chemical sprays to clear the streets. The heavy-handed treatment of demonstrators caused outrage throughout the country.
Today's demonstration was part of what was being called 'Stop the Draft Week' - a nationwide initiative which has seen peace marches in cities across the United States. It was expected to move to Washington DC the following day and demonstrators were said to be targeting all roads to the capital. It was thought up to 40,000 could join a protest march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Pentagon.
President Johnson was under attack from those who believed he was not being aggressive enough on Vietnam as well as those who thought he should withdraw.
A Gallup poll published earlier in the month showed his popularity rating plummeting to the point where if an election were held at that point in his term of office, he would have lost by a landslide.
Click on the video link below to watch a short clip of the demonstrations:

Amazing Artwork - John Pugh

The fourth in our series of eight, featuring the work of artist John Pugh, who paints 3D murals on the sides of buildings.

The mural at Caf Trompe Loeil, San Jose, California, is entitled Art Imitating Life, Imitating Art Imitating Life. This customer doesn't leave at closing time.


Worlds Worst Jokes

I went to buy a watch, and the man in the shop said 'Analogue'. I said "No, just a watch."

I went into a shop and I said, "Can someone sell me a kettle." The bloke said, "Kenwood", I said, "Where is he then."

I went to the doctor. I said to him "I'm frightened of lapels." He said, "You've got cholera.

I met the bloke who invented crosswords today. I can't remember his name, it's P something T something R.

Big Dog

Whether you own a dog or not, you must appreciate the efforts of this owner to sell her dog. Read the sales pitch!!!
Dog For Sale
Free to good home. Excellent guard dog. Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more drug pushers, thieves, murderers, or molesters left in the neighbourhood for him to eat. Most of them knew him as 'Holyshit!'