Kent State: The Day the War Came Home

Kent State: The Day the War Came Home

Bullets don’t like people
who love flowers,
They’re jealous ladies, bullets,
short on kindness.
Allison Krause, nineteen years old,
you’re dead
for loving flowers.

May 4th, 2010, will mark the 40th Anniversary of the Kent State Shootings, also known as the Kent State Massacre, which took place at Kent State University in Ohio.  It involved the shooting of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970.  The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others.

Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the American invasion of Cambodia, which President Richard Nixon had announced in a television address on April 30.  Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.  There was a significant nation-wide response to the shootings: hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closed throughout the United States resulting from a student strike of four million students.

Remembering The Kent State Massacre May 4, 1970

Slide Show: Kent State/The Day the War Came Home

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Obama Vanquishes Clinton in Wisconsin: Rolls to Ninth Straight Win

Senator Barack Obama soundly defeated Hillary Clinton in yesterday’s Wisconsin Democratic primary. With his double-digit 58% to 41% victory, Obama racked up a ninth consecutive win over Clinton in the presidential campaign. Very early reports from the Hawaii caucuses have Obama headed toward a landslide triumph over Clinton there, leading her by a 77% to 23% margin. A win in Hawaii would extend Obama’s win streak to ten consecutive victories over the Senator from New York.

In what is now becoming a common, but somewhat bizarre pattern in her political behavior, Clinton once again made arrangements to flee the primary state that she has just lost. This time, she didn’t even stick around long enough to see the voting results begin to come in. Instead, she managed to arrange a “practice speech” in Youngstown, Ohio. Once again, she failed to extend any word of congratulations to Obama. Reportedly, at her engagement in Ohio, Clinton even ignored the fact that the Wisconsin voting actually had taken place on Tuesday, although she found the time to thank a high school marching band.

Obama had entered the Wisconsin contest with a great deal of momentum. In addition, with a substantial number of liberal Democratic voters centered in and around Madison, it was anticipated that he would win. In recent days, though, Clinton had invested a noticeably increased amount of time and money campaigning in Wisconsin, hoping against hope to shut down Obama’s eight-state winning streak before she confronted the decisive contests in Ohio and Texas on March 4th. However, Obama’s winning streak has given Obama a lead in the pledged delegate count and a boom in his campaign’s momentum heading into those crucial March 4th votes.

Obama Speaks in Houston: Wisconsin Results Thrill Supporters

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