Sunday, January 12, 2014

Unseen Alfred Hitchcock Holocaust documentary ‘Memory of the Camps’ to be released


By Ben Child, The Guardian
Friday, January 10, 2014 7:09 EST
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The ‘disturbing’ film, made in 1945 and withheld, was restored by the Imperial War Museum
An Alfred Hitchcock documentary about the Holocaust which was suppressed for political reasons is to be screened for the first time in the form its director intended after being restored by the Imperial War Museum, reports the Independent.
Hitchcock was asked to assemble footage shot by a British army film unit cameraman of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. But the resulting documentary, which had been commissioned in an attempt to inform and educate the German populace about the atrocities carried out by the Nazis in their name, was ultimately held back.
It was not shown at all until 1984, in an incomplete version at the Berlin film festival, and was missing a sixth reel and in poor quality when it was screened on the PBS network in the US a year later. Now the film, retrospectively titled Memory of the Camps, is to finally see the light of day in a format Hitchcock would have approved of.
“It was suppressed because of the changing political situation, particularly for the British,” Dr Toby Haggith, senior curator at the Department of Research for the Imperial War Museum told the Independent. “Once they discovered the camps, the Americans and British were keen to release a film very quickly that would show the camps and get the German people to accept their responsibility for the atrocities that were there.”
Haggith said test screenings had left colleagues, experts and film historians extremely disturbed. The film’s narration, which has been re-recorded with a new actor, features descriptions of “sightseers” at a “chamber of horrors”.
“The digital restoration has made this material seem very fresh,” said Haggith. “One of the common remarks was that it [the film] was both terrible and brilliant at the same time.”
The film is due to be shown on British television in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Europe. It will be accompanied by a new documentary from Andre Singer, a producer on the acclaimed 2013 film The Act of Killing, which has topped a number of critical best of the year lists including the Guardian’s. Both films will be shown at film festivals and cinemas later this year.

Friday, January 10, 2014

A notice of Passing, and a reaction

An email this morning asserted that a Lieutenant Mike Maas had dies in San Diego. 

Everyone will forgive me if I do not get all choked up. 

Maas came to the El Cajon CHP Office around 1993 . We were warned in a Briefing that 
he and another officer had declared themselves to be Gay while as Sergeants in the West Los Angeles Office.  They had been subjected to hazing, had sued the State and collected around $750,00 for "Sexual Harassment" 

When Maas arrived, he was thin, only about 5'6", and very concerned with himself. 

I do not know what I did to alienate him, but he made it his life's goal to see that I was written up, given days  off without pay, or terminated. 

Since he worked the 1400 shift, and I usually worked the 1300 shift, we had several encounters. Here are a few: 

-- Around 1400 hours one day, I turn around at an under crossing in El Cajon.  I see a van pulled over to the right. I stop. In the van is a woman who has clearly been beaten up. I asked who did it. She said it was her live-in partner, a Hispanic male who was visible ahead of us walking on to the I-8. I call dispatch after finding the beating occurred at some apartments in El Cajon, asked for El Cajon Police, and stayed with the woman in case the male decided to return

Next thing I know, Maas and two CHP Units are there. El Cajon PD had arrived, stopped and arrested the male, and had brought him back to the van. 
Maas walks up and immediately started berating me in front of everyone for not calling the El Cajon CHP Office.

---One afternoon, I get onto I-8 east bound. There is a cafe racer motorcycle with a male driver and female passenger at high speed . After about 3 miles, I pace him at 85, then stop him.  
The motorcycle has a Baja California plate. I had never seen one on  a motorcycle. I did know that many cars and cycles are stolen, disappear into Mexico, and never recovered
So, I ran the VIN number. 

Dispatch initially said it was stolen.

My Beat Partner arrived. I had just wet ahead with a speeding ticket. Stan walks up, I tell him, you go on his right side, I will go on the left, and we will handcuff him. We did.
After a short period, Dispatch calls and asks me to repeat that VIN number. I do. 
After about a minute, Dispatch says "Sorry--it is not stolen". 
All this time, the female Hispanic was sitting on the curb. She had in  sandals, a short skirt, and a brief top. 
Maas arrives, and stops  my patrol car. He leaves all the emergency lights going on the Chev Suburban he drove there. Soon there are two rear-ender crashes, caused by gawkers . Maas calls a third unit and assigns him to take the collision reports. 
Then, he says ,"Let me use my PR skills to smooth this over". I asked, "What for--he's going to sign a ticket, and we will never see him again. He's from Mexicali" 
Maas talks to him. I have him sign the ticket. The motorcycle leaves. I leave. 

Maas calls me and orders,"Meet me at the Greenfield Dr off ramp" .

I do. He gets out and says, "Did you search that Female?"
I said "No--What's to search. You could see everything on her". 

He declared pompously:"I am seriously concerned about   your Officer Safety Skills", and left.

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We had a K9 Officer, whose main job was to check for drugs. She had got after a pickup-camper, and declared she was in pursuit. I started going east, ans I was 30-35 miles west of her. No--I did not notify Dispatch that I was rolling.
The K9 car then said that the pickup was now westbound--in the eastbound lanes of I-8 .

When I arrived, the pickup had pulled off to the right shoulder, and the driver and about 25 smuggled human beings fled up the hill south of I-8 on foot. 
There were SIX Border Patrol Vehicles, a second K9 car, and a San Diego Sheriff's car there. 

Now, the brush in that hill was dense, and about 5 to 6 ft high. I had on $85 pants, spit shined boots and a $65 shirt--all of which would have been torn up if I tried to navigate that brush, The K9's , Border Patrol and the Deputy all wore coveralls. 

No one was in sight. 

I decided to just return to my beat. 

That night, Maas called me in to the Sergeants office, closed the door and demanded:
"Why didn't you go up to help Jennifer (K9)?" 
I did. 
"You did not say on the radio that you were responding--or that you arrived there".

" No need--One, she was in  a pursuit. You are supposed to keep a clear channel. TWO--when I got there, there were six Border Patrol vehicles, a Deputy and the other K9-- They did not need my, so I returned to my beat. "

Maas: "We are looking into writing you up for failing to assist a fellow officer". 


Fast forward. 
I had my fill of El Cajon. There was an absentee Captain--who came in once every two weeks--in a suit. He had turned most things over to a Lieutenant Rick Ward. 
This man had become a Cadet, intending to go straight to Commissioner. He was ruthless, unethical, and put in practices that angered about 95% of the Officers.

Under him were Sergeants that avoided him, or three suck-up Sergeants known as the Three Stooges. Maas was one of those. 

I had put in for transfer back to Oceanside. 

I got that transfer before Mass and the other two could get action against me approved .

When I got to Oceanside, a Sergeant I had known for a long time showed me what papers they had prepared, and said,"This isn't going anywhere". 

After two years, Maas shows up in Oceanside as a Lieutenant. 

One night, a VERY rare occasion had came about. I had agreed to have lunch with someone, and I was enroute there. Normally, I took my lunch to avoid restaurants and fast food places.

Dispatch gave me a call that a woman had called in and said she was broke down about four or five miles north of Escondido. I answered, and said, " I will be on the way". 
A CHP Motorcycle rider came on the air, and said" I coming back to my beat (Highway 78) from my lunch at home--I'll take that--I'm right there"

I went to lunch, and thanked the motor rider. 

When I got to the office--end of shift-- a Sergeant interrogates me about not going to the disabled motorist,

Next thing I know, the Sergeant tells me that the Lieutenant--Mass--has recommended Day Off without ay for me for "Refusing to assist a disabled motorist". 

Fortunately, we had a very common sense Captain, and it never came to that.


Maas promoted to Captain and went to Contra Costa CHP Office. 


A couple of years go by. 
One day, I talk to one of the Oceanside Motor Officers. 

He tells me that Contra Costa had a in house investigator that got a plain car, and went out following up on Hit-and Run crashes, suspected fraud, and other items. Upon arrival, Maas had taken a shine to this man and they had apparently co-habited. 

Time goes by, like 6 or 8 months. 

Maas takes a shine to a field officer. He kicks the inside investigator out--sends him out to a beat--and brings in his new fascination. 

Maas wants to get back to San Diego, as his mother died and left him a veritable mansion overlooking Mission Bay. He gets a transfer, and is to be Captain at the San Diego CHP Office.

BUT-- before his reporting date, the first in-house investigator---the jilted party--had filmed them in intimate, compromising encounters i their shared home. He had sent those photos to Border Division CHP via the CHP IntraNet ..

Maas was supposed to be terminated (Anyone else would have been)

Then he declared himself stressed and took six weeks off. 

He engaged an attorney, who negotiated  that he only be reduced to Lieutenant and assigned the scales near Banning on I-10. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014


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Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Cheers to the Truth! 
"Where is the G-damn f**king flag?  I want the G-damn f**king flag up every f**king morning at f**king sunrise." (From the book "Inside The White House" by Ronald Kessler, p. 244 - Hillary to the staff at the Arkansas Governor's mansion on Labor Day, 1991) 
"You sold out, you mother f**ker!  You sold out!"From the book "Inside" by Joseph Califano, p. 213 - Hillary yelling at Democrat lawyer. "It's been said, and I think it's accurate, that my husband was obsessed by terrorism in general and al-qa ida in particular." (Hillary telling a post-9/11 world what a 'great' commander in chief her husband was; Dateline, NBC 4/16/2004.) 
"I have to admit that a good deal of what my husband and I have learned [about Islam] has come from our daughter." (TruthInMed 8/8/1999 - Hillary at a White House function, proudly tells some Muslim groups she is gaining a greater appreciation of Islam because Chelsea was then taking a class on the "religion of peace") 
Hillary's opinion of cops:"F**k off!  It's enough that I have to see you shit-kickers every day, I'm not going to talk to you too!!  Just do your G*damn job and keep your mouth shut."(From the book "American Evita" by Christopher Anderson, p. 90 - Hillary to her State Trooper bodyguards after one of them greeted her with "Good morning.""You f**king idiot."(From the book "Crossfire" p. 84 - Hillary to a State Trooper who was driving her to an event.)
"If you want to remain on this detail, get your f**king ass over here and grab those bags!" 
(From the book "The First Partner" p. 259 - Hillary to a Secret Service Agent who was reluctant to carry her luggage because he wanted to keep his hands free in case of an incident.) 

"Get f**ked!  Get the f**k out of my way!!!  Get out of my face!!!"
 (From the book "Hillary's Scheme" p. 89 - Hillary's various comments to her Secret Service detail agents.) 
"Stay the f**k back, stay the f**k away from me!  Don't come within ten yards of me, or else!  Just f**king do as I say, Okay!!!?" 
(From the book "Unlimited Access", by Clinton FBI Agent in Charge, Gary Aldrige, p. 139 - Hillary screaming at her Secret Service detail.) 
"Many of you are well enough off that [President Bush's] tax cuts may have helped you.  We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you.We're going to have to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."(Hillary grandstanding at a fund raising speech in San Francisco; 6/28/2004.)
"Why do I have to keep proving to people that I am not a liar?!"(From the book "The Survivor," by John Harris, p. 382 - Hillary in her 2000 Senate campaign) "Where's the miserable c*ck sucker?"(From the book "The Truth About Hillary" by Edward Klein, p. 5 - Hillary shouting at a Secret Service officer) 
"No matter what you think about the Iraq war, there is one thing we can all agree on for the next days - we have to salute the courage and bravery of those who are risking their lives to vote and those brave Iraqi and American soldiers fighting to protect their right to vote. (Was posted on Hillary Clinton's web site on 1/28/05)
"Put this on the ground!  I left my sunglasses in the limo.  I need those sunglasses.  We need to go back!"(From the book "Dereliction of Duty" p. 71-72 - Hillary to Marine One helicopter pilot to turn back while en route to Air Force One.) "A right-wing network was after his presidency...including perverting the Constitution."(To Barbara Walters about the Republicans who impeached her husband; 20/20, ABC 6/8/2003.)
"Son of a bitch."(From the book "American Evita" by Christopher Anderson, p. 259 - Hillary's opinion of President George W. Bush when she found out he secretly visited Iraq just days before her highly publicized trip to Iraq) 
"What are you doing inviting these people into my home? These people are our enemies! They are trying to destroy us!" (From the book "The Survivor" by John Harris, p. 99 - Hillary screaming to an aide, when she found out that some Republicans had been invited to the Clinton White House) 
"I mean, you've got a conservative and right-wing press presence with really nothing on the other end of the political spectrum." (C-Span, 1/19/1997 - Hillary complains about the mainstream media, which are all conservatives in her opinion )
"Come on Bill, put your dick up! You can't f**k her here!!"(From the book "Ins ide The White House" by Ronald Kessler, p. 243 - Hillary to Gov. Clinton when she spots him talking with an attractive female at an Arkansas political rally) 
You know, I'm going to start thanking the woman who cleans the restroom in the building I work in.  I'm going to start thinking of her as a human being -Hillary Clinton(From the book "The Case Against Hillary Clinton" by Peggy Noonan, p. 55)
"You show people what you're willing to fight for when you fight your friends."(From the book "The Agenda" by Bob Woodward, ch. 14) 
"We are at a stage in history in which remolding society is one of the great challenges facing all of us in the West." (From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 119 - During her 1993 commencement address at the University of Texas)
"The only way to make a difference is to acquire power" (From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 68 -  Hillary to a friend before starting law school.) 
"We just can't trust the American people to make those types of choices.... Government has to make those choices for people"(From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 20 - Hillary to Rep. Dennis Hastert in 1993 discussing her expensive, disastrous taxpayer-funded health care plan)
"I am a fan of the social policies that you find in Europe" Hillary in 1996" From the book "I've Always Been A Yankee Fan" by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 76 - Hillary in 1996)
This ill-tempered, violent, foul mouthed, hateful and abusive woman wants to be your president and have total control as commander-in-chief of a military that her party so openly and proudly admits they detest.  I can see someone like this gaining the respect of other nations, and especially from their leaders, who refuse to do as she tells them ...or else.  No thanks; my country deserves a better leader, not a dominatrix!