The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 12, 1966 · Page 7
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 7

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, July 12, 1966
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Algeria, (la.) Upper Des Moines Tuesday, July 12, 1966 M«rry-Oo-Round Jfifl By Drew Pearson WASHINGTON-While the Ku Klux Klan is being prosecuted in Atlanta and is reported to be waning in the South, Wan activities appear to be increasing around the big cities of the North. This is partly because of Negro moves " into the suburbs. The House Un-American Activities Committee recently heard amazing testimony regarding Klan activities in Lakewood, Ohio, a quiet treelined suburb, population 72,000, just outside Cleveland. The witness was Tom Shaughnessy of the Lakewood Sun- Herald, who when assigned to cover the Klan rally was physically attacked, and had his auto set on fire three times. The Shaughnessy telephone was bombarded by abusive, anonymous callers, such as a woman who shouted: "Yourhus- band must be a nigger. Or maybe he's Jewish*. In any case, he's obviously a communist. You'd better tell him to stop his writing against the Klan, if he knows what's good for him!" Instead of stopping, Shaughnessy and his editor, Harry Volk, stepped up their news coverage, especially when the Klan announced it was bringing Imperial Wizard James R. Yen- able from Georgia for a rally. When Shaughnessy started taking picures, a woman screamed: "Throw that damn fink photographer out!" "YeaK He's a stinking inte- graiionist," yelled another. "He's drunk--you caff tell the fink is drunk," shouted a man with sideburns. Imperial Wizard Venable wound up his Lakewood talk by telling followers that Catholics can't belong to the KKK because of allegiance to the Pope and Jews can't belong because they're not Christians. Commented one teenage onlooker: "The quickest way to get rid of those jerks would be to le't everyone in town see the nonsense here tonight." - o - -THE TRUTH IN CALIFORNIA- The Ronald Reagan forces in California have been very astute in stirring up suspicion between Gov. Pat Brown and ex-Mayor George Christopher of San Francisco, the Republican whom Reagan trounced in the California primary. Recently they planted a story on Christopher that Gov. Brown had taken out of a $2 million libel insurance policy payable to me before I wrote recent columns on Christopher and his milk business. Obviously the story was untrue since it is almost impossible for any newspaper or newspaperman to get a $2 million libel insurance policy. Furthermore, I have carried no libel insurance at any time in my career. The best defense against libel is the truth plus a good lawyer. When Christopher made this public charge, I couldn't figure out where he dreamed up such an absurd story. But I now have the answer. Back in 1960 during the Democratic convention in Los Angeles, I was part of a newspaper panel scheduled to discuss the events of the convention over station KHJ, sponsored by Bart Lytton and Lytton Savings and Loan. At the last minute KHJ informed us that we could not go on the air because they were not able to secure libel insurance. I have always suspected this was a trumped-up excuse, because KHJ is owned by the 0' Neill family, staunch supporters of the late Joe McCarthy, and they have usually shied away from forthright political repartee. During the 1960 Los Angeles convention, however, I mentioned the incident to Governor Brown and he suggested that a local real estate man, John Elshbach, was resourceful in securing insurance and might give the answer to KHJ. We never pursued the matter further. But last month I learned that Elshbach was recounting the incident at a cocktail party—with a few flourishes. One of the Reagan henchman picked up Elshbach's somewhat exaggerated comment, and fed it to the unsuspecting George Christopher with further exaggeration. Thafs how political rumors sometimes get started. - o - —APPLES DON'T KEEP DOCTOR AWAY— American apple shipments have been refused by England because of heavy lead spray, Dr. Clair Patterson of California Institute of Technology told a Senate Pollution Subcommittee. Yet these American apples met U.S. standards. "The maximum permissible level of the Pb in apples set by the United States Department of Agriculture is 7 p.p.m. If lead were to be added to the food of humans to the extent of 7 p.p.m., they would die of classical lead poisoning," said Dr. Patterson. "No attmpt has been made to regulate the quantity of apples or apple products that may be ingested. No attempt has been made to investigate the total production of lead arsenate nor the fraction of it dispensed in foodstuffs," Dr. Patterson warned. Sen. Muskier "Are you in effect saying that the level of lead is a dangerous level?" "Definitely," Dr. Patterson replied. "It will kill you." "The-source of this lead is spray?" questioned Muskie. "Lead arsenic sprayed on apples," declared Dr. Patterson. "For what purpose?" inquired Sen. Muskie, "To kill the Cottage Moth," said Dr. Patterson. - o - —HOW LBJ DECIDED— Here is the inside story of how President Johnson reached his decision to bomb the oil depots and other key installations around Hanoi and Haip- hong. For some weeks the Joint Chiefs of Staff have expressed frustration over fighting a war under semi-peacetime rules. They complained that they couldn't go all out; no war had been declared. They had to be careful to hit selected targets. They couldn't bomb steel mills or airfields, or too close to Hanoi and Haiphong. The Joint Chiefs have been emphasizing these arguments ever since last winter and gave them as one excuse for not winning the war. In National Security Council debates, however, there was strongest objection from within the State Department. Secretary of State Rusk supported the Joint Chiefs. But a minority group led bv Ambassador Arthur Goldberg disagreed. This group argued that the only solution to the Viet Nam struggle was popular civiian government in Saigon. There could never be any peace, they said, until Soutli Viet Nam had a government which would make the Viet Cong propaganda lose its appeal. The effect of more bombing, they argued, would entrench the unpopular military regime of Premier Ky and keep it longer in power. This State Department group also pointed out that bombing the North has not impeded the infiltration of communist supplies and men south. On the contrary, Secretary of Defense McNamara has said that the infiltration south has more than doubled since the bombing of the North began. What makes the Vietnamese suspicious, is the fact that the United States is building naval bases and air installations of a type to last 50 years. Therefore North Vietnamese are convinced we are planning to remain in Southeast Asia at least that long and that peace talks are merely a slick device to get the North to stop fighting. The President kept pressing the Joint Chiefs of Staff about certain results, among them civilian casualties, which he felt would seriously hurt us with world opinion, and, second, the damage to Soviet ships tied up at the Haiphong docks. The Joint Chiefs furnished intelligence showing that civilian casualties would be light and that thank to pinpoint bombing they would not hit any Soviet ships. The President also studied intelligence reports from China showing it was the throes of a deep political crisis, with troops patroling the streets of Shanghai and Peking and thousands of intellectuals sent off to work in the factories and communes. This intelligence showed China was in no condition to enter a war against the United States. - o —POOR TIMING?— State Department advisers pointed out that a North Vietnamese delegation was en route to Peking to get more aid from the Red Chinese. Ho Chi Minn was reported in this delegation. It was argued that this was the worst time in the world to start peppering Hanoi and Haiphong because it would play into the hands of the North Vietnamese and force Peking to give them more aid. .The first bombing of North Viet Nam, Feb. 7, 1965, started at the worst possible time, when Premier Kosygin of Russia was visiting in Hanoi trying to persuade the North Vietnamese to sit down at the peace table. In the end, the President announced his decision based purely on military needs. - o- —NO MINING OF HAIPHONG- The President also rejected a long-standing plea by the Joint Chiefs of Staff that bombing be coupled with the mining of Hai- phong harbor. 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