10 Thursday, April 16, 2009
Book borrowed for 145 years back on shelves
Boston ‘Tax’ Party across nation highlights anger with consumers By Joe Biesk The Associated Press
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Thousands of protesters, some dressed like Revolutionary War soldiers and most waving signs with anti-tax slogans, gathered around the nation yesterday for a series of rallies modeled after the original Boston Tea Party. They chose the income tax filing deadline to express their displeasure with government spending since President Barack Obama took office. The protests were held everywhere from Kentucky, which just passed tax increases on cigarettes and alcohol, to South Carolina, where the governor has repeatedly criticized the $787 billion economic stimulus package Congress passed earlier this year. “Frankly, I’m mad as hell,” said Des Moines, Iowa, businessman Doug Burnett, one of about 1,000 people, many in red shirts declaring “revolution is brewing,” at a rally at the Iowa Capitol. “This country has been on a spending spree for decades, a spending spree we can’t afford.” Large rallies were expected later in California and New York. In Atlanta, thousands of people were to gather on the steps of the Georgia Capitol, where Fox News Channel conservative pundit Sean Hannity was set to broadcast his show Wednesday night. In Boston, a few hundred protesters gathered on the Boston Common — a short distance from the original Tea Party — some dressed in Revolutionary garb and carrying signs that said “Barney Frank, Bernie Madoff: And the Difference Is?” and “D.C.: District of Communism.” The tea parties were promoted by FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington and led by former Republican
RICH PEDRONCELLI | AP PHOTO
POWER: In this file photo, State Education Secretary Alan Bersin, left, gestures during a meeting of the Board of Edcuation in Sacramento, Calif.
Former Justice official named ‘border czar’ in hopes to end drug violence By Alicia A. Caldwell The Associated Press
STEPHAN SAVOIA | AP PHOTO
WON’T BACK DOWN: Theresa Patrie, an engineer from Lynn, Mass., attends a tax day protest on the Boston Common in Boston, Wednesday, April 15, 2009.
House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas, a lobbyist whose corporate clients including Verizon, Raytheon, liquor maker Diageo, CarMax and drug company Sanofi Pasteur. The group’s federal tax returns show its educational and charitable arms received more than $6 million in donations in 2007, the most recent year for which returns are available. Organizers said the movement developed organically through online social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and through exposure on Fox News. And while they insisted it was a nonpartisan effort, it has been seized on by many prominent Republicans who view it as a promising way for the party to reclaim its momentum. “It is a nonpartisan mass organizing effort comprised of people unhappy with the
size of government. All you have to be is a mildly awake Republican candidate for office to get in front of that parade,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. The movement has also attracted some Republicans considering a 2012 presidential bid. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich planned to address a tea party in a New York City park Wednesday night. His advocacy group, americansolutions.com, has partnered with tea party organizers to get word to the group’s members. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, another likely 2012 GOP presidential hopeful, planned to attend tea parties in Columbia and Charleston. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sent an e-mail to his supporters, letting them know about tea parties taking place throughout the state.
EL PASO, Texas — A former Justice Department official who led a 1990s crackdown on illegal border crossings was named to the new U.S. post of “border czar” yesterday to oversee efforts to end drug-cartel violence along the U.S.-Mexico border and to slow the tide of illegal immigration. Alan Bersin, a former U.S. attorney who also once served as California’s education secretary, was named to the job by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Bersin and Napolitano spoke to reporters on a bridge over the Rio Grande linking El Paso with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a city plagued by violence among drug cartels and Mexican authorities that has killed more than 10,650 people since December 2006. The Obama administration has promised to target border violence and work with Mexican authorities to curb drug and arms trafficking. Hundreds of federal agents, along with high-tech surveillance gear and drug-sniffing dogs, are being deployed to the Southwest. But Bersin, speaking in both Spanish and English, imme-
diately cautioned against the exaggeration of the drug cartels’ threat to residents of U.S. border states. “We should be very cautious to not ... misstate the security situation,” Bersin said. He noted that there had been no direct spillover of the violence seen in northern Mexico, although cartel-affiliated drug and immigrant traffickers have engaged in kidnapping and other crimes farther north of the border. The new assistant Homeland Security secretary for international affairs also rejected calls by state officials and others to place troops on the U.S. side of the Mexican border. “The posse comitatus have served this country well,” he said, referring to laws that prevent the U.S. military from operating as law enforcement within the U.S. Two weeks ago, Napolitano traveled to San Diego, Mexico and Laredo, Texas, to meet with officials about border enforcement and curbing violence spurred by warring Mexican drug cartels. Last year, customs officials apprehended 792,321 people who tried to get into the U.S. through the Southwest border, and immigration officials removed more than 369,000, according to Homeland Security statistics.
By ZInie Chen Sampson The Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. — Washington and Lee University has a missing library book back on its shelves — nearly 145 years after it was stolen by a Union soldier during the Civil War. The 1842 book, the first volume of W.F.P. Napier’s four-volume “History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814,” was returned recently by a friend of one of the soldier’s descendants to the Lexington school’s Leyburn Library. Mistakenly thinking he was at adjoining Virginia Military Institute, soldier C.S. Gates pilfered the book on June 11, 1864, from the library of what was then Washington College, university officials said this week. The theft took place when Army of West Virginia Gen. David Hunter’s troops raided the area and looted the college’s buildings. No other details about Gates were available from the university. A note Gates inscribed in the book reads: “This book was taken from the Military Institute at Lexington Virginia in June 1864 when General Hunter was on his Lynchburg raid. The Institution was burned by the order of Gen. Hunter. The remains of Gen. Stonewall Jackson rest in the cemetery at this place.” Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee became Washington College’s president after the war ended in 1865. The school was renamed Washington and Lee University after his death in 1870. The book, which covers the early stages of the war between Spain and its allies against France over control over the Iberian Peninsula, was passed down through C.S. Gates’s descendants.
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