Chef Julia Child, others part of WWII spy network

Thursday, August 14, 2008

– Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world.

Possibly more than secret recipes

Possibly more than secret recipes



They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.

The full secret comes out Thursday, all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the United States. The National Archives, which this week released a list of the names found in the records, will make available for the first time all 750,000 pages identifying the vast spy network of military and civilian operatives.

They were soldiers, actors, historians, lawyers, athletes, professors, reporters. But for several years during World War II, they were known simply as the OSS. They studied military plans, created propaganda, infiltrated enemy ranks and stirred resistance among foreign troops.

Some of those on the list have been identified previously as having worked for the OSS, but their personnel records never have been available before. Those records would show why they were hired, jobs they were assigned to and perhaps even missions they pursued while working for the agency.

Among the more than 35,000 OSS personnel files are applications, commendations and handwritten notes identifying young recruits who……  [ CONTINUE ]

Breaking News:Fidel Castro Resigns Cuban Presidency After Half-Century in Power

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Although his resignation was anticipated due to his declining health I don’t think it was expected this early….flagranny2

HAVANA —  An ailing Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba’s president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when the new parliament meets Sunday.“I will not aspire to nor accept — I repeat, I will not aspire to nor accept — the post of President of the Council of State and Commander in Chief,” read a letter signed by Castro published early Tuesday in the online edition of the Communist Party daily Granma.The announcement effectively ends the rule of the 81-year-old Castro after almost 50 years, positioning his 76-year-old brother Raul for permanent succession to the presidency. Fidel Castro temporarily ceded his powers to his brother on July 31, 2006, when he announced that he had undergone intestinal surgery.Since then, the elder Castro has not been seen in public, appearing only sporadically in official photographs and videotapes and publishing dense essays about mostly international themes as his younger brother has consolidated his rule.A new National Assembly was elected in January, and will meet for the first time Sunday to pick the governing Council of State, including the presidency that Fidel Castro has held for decades. There had been wide speculation about whether he would continue in that role.

Castro rose to power on New Year’s Day 1959 and reshaped Cuba into a communist state 90 miles from U.S. shores. The fiery guerrilla leader survived assassination attempts, a CIA-backed invasion and a missile crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Ten U.S. administrations tried to topple him, most famously in the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961.

His ironclad rule ensured Cuba remained communist long after the breakup of the Soviet Union and the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe.

Monarchs excepted, Castro was the world’s longest ruling head of state.

Raul Castro had long been his brother’s designated successor. The longtime defense minister had been in his brother’s rebel movements since 1953 and spent decades as No. 2 in Cuba’s power structure.

The United States, bent on ensuring neither brother is in power, built a detailed plan in 2005 for American assistance ………[continued]

Katie Couric: Is she being given a fair chance?

As I was watching Fox News the other afternoon I forget which segment it was but they brought up the fact that Katie Couric would be reporting from Baghdad next week and you would have thought all hell was going to break lose. They were saying how could she even thing of going over there, putting her life on the line when she has 2 young daughters to think of. That her career and the ratings for CBS meant more to her than her family knowing that several journalists had already lost their life

As I sat there listening I couldn’t help thinking none of these issues factored in when any of the male journalists went over or were sent over as part of their job and some of these men were/are husbands, fathers who had to leave their families behind but no one criticized their judgment or morals.

There seems to be separate standards for men and women who make it a tough world. In keeping with the topic of journalism, if a male journalist makes it to the top and lands the job as head anchor with a TV station he is considered a hard worker, one who has given time, energy and gone from runner, local reporter, state reporter, national reporter, part time weekend anchor to head anchor.

Now as we look at the other side of the picture there seems to be a different theory when it comes to female journalists. It seems that when a female journalist makes it to the top there is no mention of how they began as a journalist, considered a hard worker and worked their way from local, state and national reporter, part time weekend anchor to top anchor. On the contrary it seems the only justification for the female journalist who makes it to the top is not credited to her abilities but is credited to the number of bosses she slept with.  A good example is a book written by Edward Klein called “Katie: The Real Story”.  This book by Klein is an unauthorized bio and if you click on the link you will find an interesting interview between Klein and Fox’s “The Big Story” host Gregg Jarrett.  In my opinion I think the interview shows Klein to be very much a sexist.

As for Katie Couric and CBS why was it wrong for her to make the change? Isn’t it, at least I would think it would be, every journalist’s dream to become head anchor of one of the biggest TV stations. Those opportunities don’t come along that often especially for a female and if you don’t seize the opportunity you may never have the chance again.  Couric was offered the opportunity and there was no reason not to take it.  Frankly I think she would have been a fool to not accept it. 

For some reason it seems like everyone except CBS was not ready to give Couric that chance feeling that even though she had been with the “Today” show for 15 years she should stay there forever and not try and advance when she had the opportunity, an opportunity that any journalist would more than jump at the chance to have. 

I wonder how many of us ended up with certain jobs that we would not have if we had not been given a chance or someone hadn’t taken a chance on us.

I can’t imagine going solo as an anchor being an easy transition after co-anchoring for all those years.  The responsibility that goes with that position is definitely greater than what she was used to but she was willing to take on the challenge, accept the responsibility to work hard at trying to become one of the best female anchors for CBS or any place.  I think this has opened the door for other young femal journalists who have their sights set on top positions in journalism. 

I can’t help but think that there has to be someone behind all the initial critiquing and to me that person would be Dan Rather but that is just my own opinion.  I know Rather was know at CBS as “the Don” and it is my feeling that he enjoys causing any controversy he can when it comes to CBS and him handing in his resignation whether by his own decision or one that was made for him. 

There you have it, I don’t think she has been given a fair chance and has been unfairly judged so early on.     [ The interview ]

Merv Griffin Dead at 82: Breaking News >> Entertainer and Entrepreneur Merv Griffin Dies at 82

Fox News just announced Merv Griffin Died today after fighting battle of prostate cancer.  [Full Story]

Griffin was well known for his game shows Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and best known as a great Talk Show Host.

A good link with a bit of info about Griffin called “What I’ve learned” by Merv Griffin give you a little insight as to who he really was.