Listening to John Adams: The true conception of liberty is far larger than mean-spirited conservative ideology – Salon

The sad conditions we face at this moment in our political life as a nation summon a particularly high-spirited parable from a couple of red-blooded Americans whose minds often turned on the fate of human liberty. Its a parable that tests the proposition that one can find a liberal political conscience even in those illiberal, uncharitable, self-righteous politicians who masquerade as champions of the people.

In April 1817, precisely 200years ago, 81-year-old former president John Adams wrote a marvelously candid letter to his onetime rival and successor as president, Thomas Jefferson. Adams was still getting hammered in print by a fellow New Englander whom George Washington had hired as secretary of state and Adams had fired, three years into his presidency, for political disloyalty and warmongering. The embittered Timothy Pickering refused to give Adams credit for any accomplishment, either as a committed Revolutionary or as chief executive. Adams returned the favor when he renewed his attacks on Jeffersons legacy some years later.

My loving and beloved Friend, Pickering, has been pleased to inform the World that I have few Friends, the wry Adams told Jefferson. I wanted to whip the rogue till the blood come. But, he continued, his true friends cautioned him that nothing that such a Person could write would do me the least Injury. Ironic, perhaps, that Adams was entirely comfortable, in 1800, with the Alien and Sedition Acts legislation passed amid a counter-revolutionary fervor which severely restricted freedom of the press and resulted in the imprisonment of editors who criticized the president in print. Ironic, too, that Jefferson, as president, actively tried to impeach a Supreme Court justice, simply for criticizing him from the bench.

They were politicians, through and through, though theyd mellowed somewhat as the years passed. Adams went on to tell Jefferson how hed convinced himself that even one so mean-spirited as Pickering had to possess a conscience. Not that religion played any role, mind you. He didnt quite know where to turn, but he refused to give up hope. Adams could not despise mankind, he wanted Jefferson to know, because all men were created equal in their combined qualities of reason and ridiculousness.

There were moments when Adams was prepared to go public with the message that he classed religion with the ridiculous:I have been upon the point of breaking out, This would be the best of all possible Worlds, if there was not Religion in it.

But then, he reconsidered. If indelible marks of Conscience adhered even to the most egoistic of exalted political leaders, and he was convinced it did,then religion deserved some credit.

Adams went on to tell Jefferson that all the promises hed ever heard, earthly and heavenly alike, left him feeling naught but pitty for his fellow creatures. Whether in the political forum or the pulpit, Fears and Terrors appear to have produced an universal Credulity, he wrote.In Adams judgment, humans succumbed to their fears to such a degree that they repeatedly settled for tyrannical rulers who exacted obedience and bowed before a religious authority that preached posthumous punishment so as to control parishioners day-to-day behavior.

Jefferson, for his part, backed up Adams on both scores.

As for Pickering and the vengeful others who spoke ill of them, the sympathetic Virginian wrote quotably, Were such things to be answered, our lives would be wasted in the filth of fendings and provings, instead of being employed in promoting the happiness and prosperity of our fellow citizens. He also commiserated with Adams as another longtime critic of the miraculous in religion and the gullibility of those overburdened by their attachment to church dogma. And he agreed with Adams that moral precepts, innate in man, bolstered by the general principles laid down by religion, helped avert a human-produced hell.

The Adams-Jefferson correspondence, especially that of their later years, stands as a reminder of two decisive truths about Americas history as a nation: 1. The prevalence of character assassination as a feature of U.S. politics; and 2. The constancy of moral appeals to the happiness and prosperity of our fellow citizens (whether helped along by a nondenominational religious persuasion or not).

The parable of 1817 still retains its value in 2017, when it seems near impossible to justify whatever rationale self-identified conservatives in Congress use in proposing the abandonment of liberal-inspired programs that address the suffering of our citizens.

While blaming government for social ills, no matter what their true cause, conservatives somehow convince people who would do better in a more equitably based society that they should hate nothing so much as equalizing legislative measures. Moneyed power-brokers with their hooks into members of Congress keep rewarding themselves while deceptive crumbs are thrown to everyone else.These same people, hypocritically spouting religious morality at every campaign stop, acquiesce to an irreligious chief executive who makes deals at the expense of morality.

These are painful times. People are justly dispirited and confused. Graphs objectively displaying economic inequality are becoming ever more stretched and distended.In a modern republic, we all agree, the government does not abandon its duty to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, to borrow a phrase from the Constitutions Preamble.

But it does.

Conservatives in Congress and in too many state legislatures make sure it does. Their love for liberty and freedom is legend: Theres a Republican Liberty Caucus, a House Liberty Caucus, and the most recent of newsworthy incarnations, the House Freedom Caucus. All of the Liberty caucuses oppose social spending. Theres Liberty University, but the political endorsements of both its founder and current president suggest less of an appreciation for the blessings of liberty than for a strict social order. Obey. There was even a Liberty Party in the U.S. in the 1840s. Its platform was slavery abolition, which makes the party name quite literal and quite different from conservatives modern adaptation.

Conservatives in Congress exploit the fear of undocumented workers with undocumented rhetoric. They again rail ad nauseam about infiltration by foreigners except those pulling strings in Moscow who threaten public security and the national economy. Of course, immigrants make America strong. They always have. They succeed bigly. But if youre a conservative, you convince easily conned voters that immigration reform is amnesty, that it interferes with the promise of American liberty. When hysterical hatred of strangers ensues, you get, well, what we have now. The same goes for voter fraud. Conservatives make sure the longest lines are at minority community polling places to maximize liberty?

Barack Obama suffered more than John Adams ever did from the sensational statements of haters. And he let it go, which was very Christian. Republicans have railed ad nauseam in opposition to the Affordable Care Act, which they derisively call Obamacare. Now they only hope it implodes, as the cruel prophecy goes. All who refuse to take in the Republicans truth-mocking talking points understand that the goal of health care must be to cover as many people as possible and to put Big Insurances and Big Pharmas profits second after the health of citizens. The real-world result would be to extend both life and liberty to many more millions.

If the founders hallowed vocabulary actually matters, Republicans would not have played the hate and discredit game for all these years, while having no good ideas of their own.

The same truth-deniers in Congress who succeeded in convincing a conscience-damaged base that Obama was not really American, and a secret Muslim to boot, are always quick to tag progressive programs as socialist. They never actually define socialist otherwise, they would have to propose abolishing Medicare altogether, which would anger voters, which wouldnt allow them to retain their sinister clubs power over the popular mind. Yet hear ye, hear ye irony heaped upon irony when stalwart Republicans are shown pie charts of the wealth distribution in two unidentified countries and theyre asked which theyd prefer to live in, a whopping 90 percent choose Sweden, with all its socialism, over the United States. (And 94 percent of Democrats went the same way.)

You heard that right.Americans want a society where liberty equals fairmindedness. Where relative social equality is operational, not an empty boast. Yet last November, they succumbed to a vapid con man and voted in billionaire rule.

Americans say they love democracy because its the perfection of political liberty, but its not liberty when the conservative candidate shouts at voters that theyre persecuted by a federal government that cares more about illegals than about them. Reagans apocryphal welfare queen in her fancy limousine was just the beginning of this hijacking of votes through cruel deceptions. Reagan believed his own stories. This new 70-year-old, the limp entertainer, doesnt seem to know what to believe. Living moment to moment in a nightmare of his own creation, lacking apparent impulse control, he just seems to spew forth self-servingly, snicker and sneer. He orders others to pick up what he drops, as he moves on to the next moral outrage.

Voters were conned by promises and provocations, which were humorlessly prattled over the course of a year and delivered in pathetically simplistic form, la, Youll be so tired of winning What will the future say of us? What would a John Adams, a Thomas Jefferson, have made of the present phenomenon? (Were often asked.) That Americans are enjoying the liberty to be deceived?

The Adams persuasion commands us to believe that even the most conservative members of the GOP possess enough of a conscience to accept some of the facts when the facts show how many good Americans are getting hurt by their policies. The language of deception look the other way so you dont see how were exploiting you should be embarrassing at some point to all but the most shamelessly dissimulating of corporation-protecting, so-called conservatives. (Dont hold your breath for Ted Cruz.) After all, in private, theyre always telling Democratic colleagues what they can never say in public without revealing the con and losing it all.

To the end of his days, Tim Pickering never wavered. He was simply a nasty guy. Todays Republicans dont seem to be big on apologizing either. With a moral compass like weve seen since Reagan, its no surprise that theyd oppose the Republican idea of health care as soon as Obama touched it whence it suddenly acquired its scary socialist tendencies.

Can caring people do something to stop this? We can think of one way: Seize back the narrative. Wherever its spoken or written, reclaim libertyas it ought to be understood: an expansive, not restrictive, quality of life; a privilege shared by the great majority of citizens, with respect for minimum-wage laborers, for underpaid, under-provisioned public school teachers in our poorer communities; and respect for patriotic immigrants.

Make it plain that the GOP is not at all in the business of expanding liberty, that theyre strictly in the business of making policies that allow their donors to hoard money. They keep wages down as union membership declines, income inequality rises. They ignore inequality of opportunity in public education. They ignore all that would help to rebuild the middle class. They trash the environment. They defraud voters when they gerrymander districts so as to win a majority of congressional seats with a minority of popular votes.

Liberty is meant to be spread, not hoarded. Its the governments responsibility to make liberty available to those ordinarily deprived of it, not to destroy individualism, but to protect it. It was Franklin Roosevelt who said that.

Bernie Sanders has noted that more than half of all new income generated in this country goes to the top 1 percent. You have got to think about the morality of that, he said, pointing out that justice is denied amid a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires, while at the same time America has the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on Earth. How can we? I want you to go into your hearts, how can we talk about morality, about justice, when we turn our backs on the children of our country?

Sandersmade those bold, searing remarks at did you guess Liberty University.

The happiness and prosperity of our citizens demands an apology from antisocial conservative politicians. Which wont arrive until they become comfortably retired ex-GOP congressmen who continue to rest easy with a cushy government healthcare plan that our less privileged taxpaying citizens lack access to. Thats when conscience finally kicks in. George W. Bush paints portraits of soldiers now. Maybe thats what old John Adams meant when he credited wrongheaded politicians with the capacity to recover a social conscience.

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Digital Detox at Liberty University – New York Times

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Liberty Media Loses Malaysian Grand Prix One Year Early – Forbes

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BIIF volleyball: Ka’u outlasts Christian Liberty in five-setter – Hawaii Tribune Herald

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Play volleyball in the Canefire fieldhouse gym, and there's a good chance the school with 44 high school students could take you down or at the very least put up a good fight. Ka'u outlasted Christian Liberty 27-25, 17-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13 in a BIIF

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GOP Calls on Trump to Honor Promise to Defend Religious Liberty … – Townhall


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In February President Trump made a promise to people of faith across the fruited plain.

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My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land, the president said at the National Prayer Breakfast.

When he campaigned for the White House he stated that the first priority of my administration will be to preserve and protect our religiously liberty.

The First Amendment guarantees our right to practice our faith as we see fitall the time, always, wherever, he went on to say.

It was partly because of that promise that Trump garnered the support of evangelical Christians. I wrote about this very promise in my book,The Deplorables Guide to Making America Great Again.

And now House Republicans are calling on President Trump to fulfill the promise he made to Christians on the campaign trail.

I have exclusively obtained a letter signed by more than 52 House Republicans urging the president to sign an executive order on religious liberty.

We look forward to coordinating with your administration on these efforts so that critical religious liberty and conscience protections may finally be restored to millions of Americans who have been harmed and left unprotected for far too many years, the letter states.

The executive order would ensure that Americans are not coerced to buy abortion coverage under Obamacare exchange plans not to mention other and other health coverage that violates a persons faith and conscience.

A handful of Republican senators also crafted a letter to the president on April 3 warning that religious groups on college campuses are being banned, threatened or forced to change their bylaws.

The free exercise of religion rings hollow if individuals do not have the ability to live out their faith without fear of repercussion from the government, the senators wrote.

The federal government has pushed organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor to change their health care plan to offer services that violate the Little Sisters deeply held religious beliefs, the senators rightly point out.

Lawmakers also fear that Christians might face persecution as a result of the Supreme Courts decision to redefine marriage.

They referenced comments made by then Solicitor General Donald Verrilli during oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Verrilli stated that nonprofit tax status of religious colleges could be jeopardized should they live out their traditional beliefs about marriage, the letter read.

I commend these Republican lawmakers for having the courage to write the letters to President Trump.

And now I call on President Trump to deliver on his campaign promise. Catholics and Evangelicals need protection from the militant secularists.

Do the right thing, Mr. President.

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‘Duck Dynasty’ family speaks at Liberty’s convocation – WSET

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) – The Robertson family of “Duck Dynasty” spoke at Liberty University’s convocation Friday morning.

The family talked about their relationship with God, their family values, and how their hit show got started.

The family owns and operates Duck Commander, an outdoor great supplier specializing in duck calls.

Part of the series finale was filmed on the university’s campus, and featured John Luke and Mary Kate Robertson, who are now sophomores.

Thousands packed the Vines Center at Liberty University to hear the family Friday morning.

“The fact that I was just able to see my childhood heroes up on the stage, it’s really incredible,” freshman student Peter Christofides said.

We ran into another fan, junior Chase Orlandini, who was dressed in head-to-toe camouflage with a fake beard to look like a Robertson.

“I wasn’t doing this just to get attention,” he said with a smile. “I just wanted to show them how much of a fan I am.”

Aside from the laughter, there was a serious message for students, and it was patience.

“When I went to college, I was a P.E. major,” Willie Robertson said. “I thought I was going to be a pastor perhaps, and I had no idea the road that we would take.”

This resonated with students in attendance.

“I got some goals I want to set for myself,” Christofides said. “I know they are not going to happen right away.”

Junior Austin Case said, “It’s a huge thing for me because I’m about to graduate in a year, and [to] really know that no matter where I’m going to be, the Lord is going to prosper me.”

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Relative: Family expected to recover after Liberty Bridge wreck – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The young family badly hurt in a Liberty Bridge crash this week is recuperating under intensive care, buoyed by a deluge of support, a relative said Friday.

Brandon and Maureen White Ciampaglia of Brookline were driving home with their infant son, Liam, when the three-car wreck happened Tuesday afternoon. They had just left West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield after she gave birth four days earlier, said her brother-in-lawDante A. Ciampaglia, 35, of New York.

They are all three expected to recover, go home and then begin the long, long process of healing and getting better, Mr. Ciampaglia said.

He said the couple were awake and talking Friday, when they saw each other for the first time since the collision. Both are at UPMC Mercy. A date for their return home had not been set.

Its tough because theyre both in pain. But them being together you could tell that was a huge relief to both of them, Mr. Ciampaglia said. He said Liam, a strong, strong little man, is making progress at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Pittsburgh police were still investigating Friday the crash and its cause, public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. They have said another motorist drove a sport utility vehicle in the wrong lane near the Downtown end of the bridge.

That driver was upgraded to good condition Tuesday at UPMC Presbyterian, according to police. They have not released his name. A third driver declined medical attention after the crash. Authorities closed the bridge over the Monongahela River for more than three hours after the crash.

Since then, to support the Ciampaglia family, donors have given more than $28,000 to an online fundraising effort backed by the National Association of EMS Educators. The campaign at http://www.gofundme.com/brandons-campaignwill help this family get back on their feet when they rebuild their lives together, said Joann Freel, executive director at the association.

The outpouring of prayers and donations has really touched us, Mrs. Freel said.

Brandon Ciampaglia, 34, is communications coordinator at the Mount Lebanon-based association while his wife, 33, is the customer service coordinator at Pittsburgh CLO. Their relatives have been at Mercy and Childrens hospitals pretty much nonstop, Dante A. Ciampaglia said.

He said the fundraiser contributions will help the family navigate the coming months. Their expenses will include medical care and a new car, Mr. Ciampaglia said.

They also will need assistance once they get home, he said.

We all appreciate the thoughts and prayers and well wishes and kind words and everything that were getting from everywhere, Mr. Ciampaglia said.Its really been overwhelming, in the best possible way, to see the outpouring of love for this family and these three people.

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Liberty AD hiring expected next week – The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

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NORTH LIBERTY Imagine building a high school staff from scratch.

The administration. The teachers. The cooks and custodians.

And the coaches.

Its kind of like putting together a fantasy team, said Scott Kibby, principal at Iowa City Liberty.

Only, this is reality.

Liberty is less than five months from its grand opening, the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

The staff is beginning to come together. Kibby has completed 47 hires, on the way to somewhere in the 60s.

To be honest, I thought it would be smoother and easier, Kibby said. Its been challenging, trying to get all the pieces to fit.

Were focusing on our teaching staff first. I think our priorities are correct.

There has been no shortage of quality candidates. For the assistant-principal spot, for example, there were 121 applicants, a pool that will be trimmed to five finalists.

Kibby announced his first varsity coaching hire March 25. Jeff Kelley has been selected as the softball coach for the summer of 2018.

Monday is interview day for the five finalists for the athletics-director position, and Kibby said he expects to announce a hire by Wednesday. He also said that the head volleyball coach will be (announced) soon.

Liberty will not fill a varsity football squad until fall of 2018, and Kibby said filling that position will wait for another year or so.

Only next years freshmen and sophomores that live inside the Liberty boundaries must attend the new school. Juniors and seniors have the option to attend Liberty or Iowa City West.

Kibby estimates 30 seniors, 90 juniors, 275 sophomores and 275 freshmen at Liberty in the fall.

That would mean an enrollment of 395 in grades 10-12 in 2017-18, which would make Liberty the 75th largest school in the state according to the states BEDS Documents, and place the Lightning in Class 3A for most boys sports, 4A for most girls sports.

Assuming continued class sizes at 275, Libertys BEDS enrollment would grow to 640 in 2018-19, 825 in 2019-20.

Liberty will compete as an independent in its first year, then along with Western Dubuque will join the Mississippi Valley Conference in 2018-19.

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Passenger from Carnival Liberty cruise ship missing – WPTV.com

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Liberty Bowl to honor ex-Memphian Tim McCarver – The Commercial Appeal

FILE – In this July 21, 2012, file photo, Tim McCarver greets the crowd before accepting the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting as part of the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y.(Photo: Heather Ainsworth/AP)

He lives in Sarasota, Florida, and owns a residence in Napa, California, but Tim McCarver, the former major league all-star catcher and broadcaster, says hell always have an affinity for his hometown.

And his hometown continues to reciprocate.

McCarver, 75, will receive the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Distinguished Citizen Award in a ceremony June 25 at the Memphis Hilton. The award has been presented to a wide range of prominent Americans through the years. Past recipients include Elvis Presley, former Ole Miss and NFL quarterback Archie Manning, FedEx founder Fred Smith, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospitalfounder and actor Danny Thomas, Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson, and legendary football coaches Bear Bryant and Lou Holtz.

The honor is very nice, McCarver said. Im very flattered. Any time you receive an honor whose origin is your hometown, its very, very special.

McCarver said he moved from Memphis in 1978, but in reality, I never really left.

My friends that are there people that have been my friends since childhood, or at least after high school they are people that are going to be friends for the rest of my life, he said.

McCarver was a Christian Brothers High standout in football and baseball in the late 1950s and began his pro baseball career as a 17-year-old. His 21-year major league career spanned four decades, the majority of those seasons spent with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1964, he was named MVP of the World Series after hitting .478 and helpingthe Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in a seven-game series.

Following his playing career, he moved into broadcasting and began a second career that ultimately earned him a place in the broadcasters wing in the Baseball Hall of Fame. McCarver was an analyst for 16 World Series broadcasts and remains in the booth, on a limited basis, doing Cardinals broadcasts on Fox Sports Midwest. He said hell work about 30 games this season.

“He was born and raised in Memphis,” said Steve Ehrhart, executive director of the bowl game. “He is perfect for us to recognize.”

Ehrhart said McCarver will join a group of a past honorees “who have distinguished themselves” to reach the pinnacles of their respective fields.

Although the Liberty Bowl didnt move to Memphis until the mid-1960s, McCarver has followed the game through the years. He said there was a brief period he got involved with the game as a representative, or bowl scout, when the bowls sent representatives to `scout potential teams.

I traveled for the bowl, I made two trips to the University of Missouri, he said. In fact, the first one was in 1969 and Harry Caray was still doing (play-by-play) for the University of Missouri football games.

McCarver said Caray, the longtime baseball play-by-play announcer for the Cardinals at the time, invited him to be his halftime guest and talk about the Liberty Bowl. Instead, McCarver said, Caray spent someof the interview discussing his and McCarver’s recent exits from St. Louis. Caray left to become play-by-play announcer for the Oakland A’s (followed by stints with the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs) and McCarver departed in a trade to Philadelphia.

The honor will be the second McCarver has received from his hometown since retiring from full-time broadcasting. He recently was elected into the CBHS Hall of Fame, which gave him another opportunity to rekindle friendships from an earlier era.

Ive never forgotten Memphis, McCarver said. And I never will. Its part of my legacy.

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Liberty County constable recovering from accident – Houston … – Chron.com

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Justin Johnston works on rehabilitation exercises with Gabby Macias ofTIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Justin Johnston works on rehabilitation exercises with Gabby Macias ofTIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Liberty County constable recovering from accident

A Liberty County constable who suffered a traumatic brain injury on Feb. 15 after being hit by a truck is making a rapid recovery.

Pct. 1 Constable Justin Johnston is not ready for marathons just yet but with a little more therapy, he could once again chase fugitives. Just three weeks after the accident that nearly claimed his life, Johnston is walking, talking, playing his guitar and completing exams that test his cognitive abilities.

His recovery is nothing short of remarkable. Johnston has another word for it miraculous.

“It literally was the prayers of God’s people that saved my life,” the 39-year-old lawman said. “I don’t deserve any credit. I am just a guy who went to work to provide for his children and to be a responsible person. I am not a superhero. I got hit by a truck but God showed up and spared my life because His people were crying out for mercy for me.”

Johnston cannot recall large chunks of time on the night he was hit. Only small snippets remain, which he has pieced together into a more complete account with the recollections of his fellow peace officers, some of whom witnessed the accident and immediately began performing life-saving procedures on Johnston.

“My memories are fuzzy. I remember certain things, certain sounds. I remember being on the helicopter when it took off and being scared. I remember being in the ambulance,” he said. “People who have come to visit me and were on scene after the accident have helped me fill in a few more details, but I don’t remember actually being struck.”

His doctors at the TIRR at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston have told him he could be released as early as the end of the month as long as he continues to make progress. He’s certainly doing his part. On Friday, as part of his daily therapy, he spent 15 minutes on an elliptical machine and then took three flights of stairs back to his hospital room.

“You took those stairs like a boss,” teased his girlfriend, Steffani Erickson. “You just shimmied up the stairs so fast. It’s so awesome.”

Johnston smiled back at her and then added, “Therapy has been great. I’ve been working my tail off. I’ve been doing a lot of core strengthening and a lot of balance exercises. We walk around the whole complex. Yesterday, my therapist walked with me to Starbucks. I got to have some coffee, which was cool.”

Erickson and the constable’s other loved ones have maintained an around-the-clock vigil at the hospital. A schedule posted on his hospital room wall helps them keep track of who will be with him on any given day. He will need the help for a few more weeks as he must undergo one more surgery to replace the section of skull that was removed immediately after the accident.

“You can tell the whole right side of my head is off. They took that section of my skull out. It’s in the freezer somewhere at the hospital. About 90 days after the initial injury, they will put it back,” he said.

He knows he has an uphill battle to regain his energy and achieve a sense of normalcy.

“The old normal is a thing of the past. I have to get to a new normal,” he said. “Right now my equilibrium is a bit off. My balance is also off at the moment. I know it sounds very dramatic but I kind of feel like I had to learn to walk again.”

Johnston will also be sporting a brain-protecting hat for the next few months until the skull fracture is healed. He is optimistic about the future and feels confident he will be able to return to his elected position. He estimates returning to work before summer begins.

“I am expecting to be back at work in the middle of May. I won’t be out kicking in doors and taking in bad guys just yet, but I’ll get there slowly,” he said.

Johnston also is looking forward to acknowledging the people who saved his life.

“I have a lot of ‘thank yous’ to say and a lot of necks to hug,” he said.

He is confident that his life was spared for a reason.

“I have an amazing story to tell. I don’t believe the Lord caused the accident or even made it to happen. I don’t even know if I would go so far as to say he allowed it to happen, but it happened and just like it says in Job, though he giveth and taketh away, I will still praise him. That’s my story,” he said. “There is no doubt in my mind that the Lord has a special plan for my life.”

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High school wrestling | Coffman’s Dom Demas, Liberty’s Brakan Mead grab state titles – The Columbus Dispatch

Rob Oller The Columbus Dispatch @rollerCD

Dublin Coffman senior Dom Demas spent Saturday afternoon watching The Hangover, which has a running time of 1 hour, 48 minutes or about 8,700 hours shorter than the sober but sick feeling Demas had to sit through since last March 14.

On that day, Demas failed to repeat as a state champion. After winning a title as a sophomore in 2015, he finished runner-up last year, thus the queasy stomach.

Especially doing worse than I did the year before? The feeling was awful,” he said.

Then came Saturday night at the state wrestling tournament at Value City Arena, where Demas found the tonic for his ills by pinning Trey Grenier of Olentangy Liberty in the 145-pound weight class to collect his second title in three years.

Im ecstatic. It feels great to be back on top, especially after last years loss, said Demas, who has signed to wrestle at Oklahoma. Losing last year motivated me to work 10 times harder.

Brakan Mead lost last year, too. And the year before that. The Liberty senior placed second as a sophomore and third as a junior, and was fed up with coming up short. He changed that in a big way Saturday by scoring a 2-0 decision against Bryce Hepner from Lakewood St. Edwards in the championship match at 113 pounds, helping the Patriots secure third place in Division I for the second straight year.

I wanted that win for three years, Mead said. But its not like its just me. Im backed by the community and an amazing coaching staff. Its a pyramid. Im at the top but below that is so much. I know when I go out there its a family.

Liberty coach Mark Marinelli was thrilled for his senior, who he described as a wrestling junkie.

Hes lived the journey and paid the price, Marinelli said. Im so happy he won it.

The Central District picked up a third state champion when Circleville junior Nate Keaton (113) scored a tight 1-0 win against Dominic Carone of Streetsboro.

He was definitely ready for this weekend, said his uncle, Circleville coach Brad Keaton.

Central Ohio also experienced some painful losses, including Central Crossing junior Jaden Mattox, who dropped a 7-1 decision to David Carr of Massillon Perry at 152. Mattox was trying to win his second consecutive title, having won at 132 last year. Now comes the same path Demas faced.

I would say to (Mattox), Remember this moment, because its the worst feeling ever, Demas said.

But winning is the best, he added.

After pinning Grenier 30 seconds into the second period, Demas ran to the stands to celebrate with his family.

I gave my mom a big hug, he said. She had tears, like she did last year. Theyre just a different kind of tears this time.

Davidson junior Gio DiSabato (120) suffered a tough 5-4 loss when Elyrias Brendon Fenton scored a takedown with 42 seconds left. DiSabato was attempting to win the 17th state championship for the DiSabato family, a fixture in the Columbus wrestling community.

Coffman missed out on a second champion when Ben Frye (285) dropped a 5-2 decision to Kevin Vough of Elyria.

Lakewood St. Edwards won its 31st Division I team title, while St. Paris Graham easily walked away with its 17th consecutive championship, and 19th overall, in Division II. Mechanicsburg collected the Division III crown, highlighted by senior Kaleb Romero (170) becoming the 29th wrestler in Ohio High School Athletic Association history to win four titles. Romero, who has committed to Ohio State, led the crowd in an O-H-I-O cheer after pinning Brett Vonderwall of Delphos St. Johns 52 seconds into the Division III match. His four-year prep record is 202-3.

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Liberty, No. 9 St. John’s split baseball doubleheader – Augusta Free Press

Published Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017, 12:33 am

Front Page Sports Liberty, No. 9 St. Johns split baseball doubleheader

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A sacrifice fly by third baseman Trey McDyre provided the Liberty Flames with a 7-6, walk-off victory over the No. 9 St. Johns Red Storm in game two of a doubleheader, Saturday at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

After Flames relief pitcher Zach Clinton stranded the go-ahead run at third in the top of the ninth inning, first baseman Sammy Taormina opened the home half of the ninth with an opposite field double and moved to third on a single by second baseman Andrew Kowalo. Red Storm reliever Gavin Hollowell then hit left fielder Jake Barbee to load the bases. McDyre followed by lifting a fly ball to right field to plate Taormina and give Liberty the 7-6 victory.

With the win, Liberty splits its doubleheader with St. Johns. The Red Storm took game one, 4-2. Liberty moves to 9-6 on the season, while St. Johns falls to 12-2.

The visiting Red Storm took a short-lived lead in the top of the third. With one out, designated hitter Gui Gingras singled and second baseman Josh Shaw drew a walk. Left fielder Michael Donadio followed with a two-run double for a 2-0 edge.

In the bottom of the inning, the Flames sent 11 men to plate and scored a season-high six runs to take their first lead of the three-game series. McDyre and designated hitter Payton Scarbrough began the uprising with back-to-back singles. St. Johns right-hander Michael LoPresti then walked shortstop Josh Barrick and center fielder D.J. Artis to force in the first run of the frame. Catcher Matt Allen followed with a RBI single to tie the game at 2-2.

An error on Red Storm third baseman Kevin Buckley on a grounder by right fielder Will Shepherd scored Barrick and gave Liberty a 3-2 lead. Taormina then plated Artis with a sacrifice fly to up the Flames advantage to 4-2. Two batters later, Barbee lined an opposite field double into the left field corner to bring home Allen and Shepherd for a 6-2 lead.

St. Johns countered with two runs in its next at bat. First baseman John Valente, who had three hits in the contest, singled with one out and scored on a double by shortstop Jesse Berardi. Later, an infield single by right fielder Mike Antico brought home Berardi, cutting Libertys advantage to 6-4.

The Red Storm tied the contest with single runs in the seventh and the eighth. In the seventh, center fielder Jamie Galazins two-out single scored Donadio, who walked to lead off the inning. In the eighth, Berardi walked to lead off the inning and came around to tie the game at 6-6 on a sacrifice fly by Shaw.

Right-hander Zach Clinton moves to 1-0 on the year. The fourth Liberty pitcher of the contest, the redshirt sophomore pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and walking a batter.

Hollowell drops to 0-1. The reliever gave up one run on two hits over the 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Liberty collected eight hits in the contest. Taormina had two hits to lead the Flames. St. Johns had 12.

Up Next: Liberty will host the Saint Josephs Hawks, Tuesday at Liberty Baseball Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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High school boys hockey | Olentangy Liberty falls in state semifinal – The Columbus Dispatch

By Adam Conn The Columbus Dispatch

How do you stop a train?

It was a question coach that Jack Hoogeveen asked Saturday afternoon after Olentangy Liberty, which went into the third period trailing by a goal, got bulldozed by Toledo St. Francis for five goals in an 8-2 loss in a state tournament semifinal at Nationwide Arena.

Hoogeveen was referring to Kevin Hack (three goals, three assists) and Warren Natyshak (two goals, one assist), who combined for 22 shots and logged a plus-13 rating. The Knights (26-6), who attempted 58 shots on goal, advance to the final for the second time in three seasons.

We knew they had guys that can lug the puck and attack our (defense), Hoogeveen said. We knew their strength and we had trouble with it in the end.

The Patriots (32-8), who were limited to 21 shots on goal, weathered 13 first-period shots before one got past goalie Logan Senhauser. The Patriots tied it with 49 seconds remaining when Kent Stadulis chipped a pass from center ice to James Bursinger, who broke free for a wrist shot past the glove of Jacob Coward.

In the waning seconds of the first, however, Hack stole a clearing pass and snapped one over the glove of Senhauser to reclaim a 2-1 lead for the Knights.

What gets us there is our gray-zone passes, where we’re just dumping the puck when we’re trying to get it out, said Senhauser, who made 50 saves.

Liberty opened the second with a goal by Ron Ambrosia 38 seconds in. But once again, in the final minute, the Knights answered when Hack’s backhander was stopped but settled neatly on Natyshak’s stick for the winning goal.

It’s deflating, Bursinger said. Like we’ve got to go out there and start all over again. We were able to do it for a while, just couldn’t do it enough.

Natyshak scored his second goal 2:24 into the third, Ben Mitchell added a short-handed goal 5:44 in, and Gabe Barrow scored 90 seconds later. Hack then tallied an empty-netter two minutes later with Liberty on a 6-on-3 advantage, on a shot that sailed three-fourths the length of the ice. He earned the hat trick with three minutes remaining, also short-handed.

We tried to pull the goalie (on a two-man advantage) and steal some ‘mo,’ but they got the empty-netter. Talk about deflation. Hoogeveen said.

St. Francis outshot Liberty 21-9 in the second period, 22-7 in the third and won 39 of 62 face-offs.

Cleveland St. Ignatius 4, Hunting Valley University School 3, 3OT: Brian Kurtz scored 11 seconds into the third overtime, and St. Ignatius (28-7-2) rallied to defeat University School (28-10-1) in a state semifinal. St. Ignatius scored twice in the third.




High school boys hockey | Olentangy Liberty falls in state semifinal – The Columbus Dispatch

Knights snap Liberty Christian’s postseason streak – The Herald Bulletin

FRANKFORT The tears will dry, and the pain eventually will fade away. Then all that will be left is the legacy.

For the third straight season, Liberty Christian said goodbye to one of the greatest players in program history Saturday night.

Ronny Williams drained a 3-pointer on the final shot of his high school career, then buried his head in his jersey as the buzzer sounded. He walked that way moments later with his teammates to the locker room.

But he was back on the floor after Lafayette Central Catholic celebrated a 69-54 victory at Case Arena that gave Class 1A’s top-ranked team its first regional title since 2013.

While the Knights made plans for next week’s semistate, Williams greeted friends, family and former teammates on the court where he and his senior teammates have enjoyed so much success.

In the past four seasons, the Lions won 84 games. The loss in the regional final snapped a string of 11 postseason wins overall and seven in a row at Case Arena.

Seniors Williams, Trajan Dixon, Peyton Quinn and Osiris Crumes also helped the program extend its string of sectional titles to six. And, of course, they were a part of the school’s first state championship in any sport a year ago.

“These seniors left us a huge gift, and that gift is that the cupboard is not bare for next year,” Liberty Christian coach Jason Chappell said. “They care about the program, and they worked really hard to help develop these young guys. So those players are going to be better for it. That’s great leadership.”

Chappell asked the three seniors on the floor in the final period Williams, Dixon and Quinn if they wanted to come out and receive a final curtain call from the fans. They all declined in favor of playing out their final minutes.

“That just shows their character,” Chappell said. “I’m so proud of them.”

The championship tilt itself began to turn in the second quarter when the Knights used an efficient inside-out attack to knock down six 3-pointers and outscored Liberty Christian 21-10. That left the Lions with a 34-22 halftime deficit.

Liberty Christian (13-15) twice got within seven points in the third quarter but couldn’t make a sustained run.

The Knights (21-6) took a 52-38 advantage into the final period and led by as many as 21 before the final buzzer sounded.

Avery Denhart and Jacob Page scored 19 points each to pace the victors. Ben Tharp and Carson Barrett each added 10 points, with Barrett a 6-foot-3 freshman also pulling down 10 rebounds.

“The first game took something out of us,” Chappell said. “But LCC is a great team. They really work the ball around, and they’re selfless on offense. It didn’t go our way, and we struggled to execute our game plan. That happens.

“LCC’s a great team, and they’re ranked No. 1 for a reason.”

Williams finished his marvelous career with 23 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. That followed up a triple-double of 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the 65-48 victory against Seton Catholic in the semifinals.

Dixon was the only other Lion in double figures with 16 points.

Long after the fans had left the arena, while a custodian with a leaf blower worked the bleachers, Williams and Dixon waited at one end of the court.

As the victorious Knights left the floor, each stopped and shared mutual congratulations with their opponents.

The final member of the parade was a 2-year-old child who ran as fast as tiny legs would allow in Williams’ direction. The point guard bent down to embrace the child.

Then he rejoined Dixon and walked off the court for the final time.

“It’s the end of their high school careers, but it’s not the end of our relationship,” Chappell said. “What will make me proud is to see them become great men of God, be strong in their marriages and strong in their work ethic. And I know these guys are going to do exactly that.”

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High school wrestling | Title out of reach, Olentangy Liberty still excels – The Columbus Dispatch

By Ray Stein The Columbus Dispatch

Mark Marinelli and his Olentangy Liberty wrestling team came to the state meet with designs on making history by becoming central Ohios first big-school team champion.

That blueprint likely was scrapped on the tournaments first day when four Liberty wrestlers lost their opening matches, putting the Patriots in an early hole that only deepened when three-time champion Kyle Lawson lost in a quarterfinal Friday.

But Marinelli and his crew still were able to make a statement on behalf of Columbus-area wrestling at Value City Arena, becoming the first Central District team to finish with more than 100 points in the big-school team standings.

Led by state champion Brakan Mead and seven other wrestlers who made the podium by finishing among the top eight, Liberty totaled 122 points 27 more than it scored a year ago and good enough for third place, matching the best-ever finish by a central Ohio team in Division I.

As usual, Lakewood St. Edward won the big-school team title, with 151 points. It was the Eagles 31st state title and 19th in the past 21 years. Elyria was second with 128.5, passing Liberty with only four matches remaining.

We came here to win, Marinelli said. We have a 10-year plan, and this year we thought wed have a great chance. A couple of matches got away.

But the Patriots masked any disappointment about missing the big prize by reveling in their resilience and their 27-point improvement from 2016, when they also placed third.

Its a real good team, Marinelli said. I told them, Im going to wake up tomorrow and have a coffee and a doughnut and the suns going to come out whether we win or lose. So why not make it taste a little better?

The Patriots tried to make it as sweet as they could Saturday, which began with them trailing Elyria by 19.5 points.

Worse, the Patriots learned before Saturdays matches that Lawson, who won the 160-pound title for Liberty as a junior and two previous titles for St. Paris Graham, would not wrestle because of an injury suffered in a consolation match Friday.

He hurt his knee on a whip-through, Marinelli said. His meniscus locked up on him. He wanted to wrestle (Saturday) but we wouldnt let him.

So Lawson defaulted to a sixth-place finish, but big performances by his teammates in consolation matches helped the Patriots overtake Elyria by the start of the championship-match session.

We had a real good morning, Marinelli said. Thats when you know your team is focused.

Trevor Lawson, Kyles younger brother, finished third at 170 pounds, and sophomore Connor Brady did the same at 152. Jordan Rosselli (120) and Mike Ezenekwe (220) placed fourth, and Blake Saito (106) was seventh.

Brady was especially key after losing to eventual state champion David Carr of Perry in the second round. Not only did Brady win all four of his consolation matches, but he recorded pins in each of them, racking up valuable bonus points.

I came out there trying to score the most points I could, Brady said. I was hoping to wrestle in the final, but that didnt happen. We wanted to win, too, but that didnt happen, either. So we worked to get the next-best thing.

Meads title at 113 pounds helped keep Liberty in front, but Trey Grenier was beaten in the 145-pound final and three of Elyrias four finalists won titles to pull ahead.

(Friday) I said we cant win them all. And this morning we tried to, Marinelli said. Im proud of them.


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Part 1: The Manhoff Archives – Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

From a balcony with a view to the Kremlin, Major Manhoff shot the only known independent footage of Stalins funeral. By Mike Eckel, Wojtek Grojec, and Amos Chapple

U.S. Army Major Martin Manhoff had been in Moscow for more than a year when on March 5, 1953, after several days of ominous reports in the Communist Party mouthpiece Pravda, it was announced that Josef Stalin had died.

There is no written record in Manhoff’s files of his reaction to the Soviet dictator’s death. What the assistant army attach did leave to history, however, was the only known independent footage of Stalin’s funeral procession.

Manhoff’s films, shot in full color, show hundreds of soldiers dressed in long trench coats forming a lengthy cordon for Stalin’s body to be brought to Red Square. A procession of dozens of dignitaries members of the Politburo and other high officials is seen carrying massive funeral wreaths.

Stalin’s funeral procession has been seen before but not like this. Shot from a balcony of the U.S. Embassy, Martin Manhoff’s raw footage of the event provides a colorful and unfiltered view of the procession that brings out the humanity behind the scenes.

One close-up shows the casket draped in red and decorated with Stalin’s trademark military cap, and featuring what appears to be a window for viewing his face. The casket is carried on a caisson, pulled by a team of horses and escorted by soldiers carrying bayonet-fitted rifles. They are followed by hundreds of people. Other historical images shot by official Soviet photographers show the pantheon of Communist leaders who either served as pallbearers or escorts: Nikita Khrushchev, Lavrenty Beria, Vyacheslav Molotov, and others.

The film then peers from a distance into Red Square, where crowds of officials mass in front of Lenin’s Mausoleum to hear eulogies by the Politburos leadership. Stalins embalmed body is later interred in the mausoleum next to the body of the Soviet leader he succeeded, Vladimir Lenin.

Manhoff’s films appear to be one of a kind. Most, if not all, news reels of Stalin’s funeral including those used in Western news programs like the BBC used Soviet state footage, the best example being the 1953 official documentary called Velikoye Proshchaniye, or The Great Farewell, produced by the Central Studio for Documentary Films.

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To be sure, Manhoff was filming while officially working as a U.S. government employee, and there is good reason to believe that the footage was viewed by U.S. intelligence agencies looking for hints of who might succeed Stalin.

What makes it stand out is its raw, unedited quality, an unfiltered look at a tectonic moment in Soviet history.

One scene Manhoff shot from his vantage point at the then-U.S. Embassy shows crowds streaming across nearby Manezhnaya ploshchad, as hundreds of people rush to the bottom of Kremlyovsky proyezd, the short incline leading up to Red Square.

Other footage shows soldiers standing guard on Kremlyovsky proyezd jumping up and down and clasping their arms in an attempt to stay warm on a cold March day, something thats unseen in any official films.

Such unfiltered views of Soviet life highlight the uniqueness of the Manhoff Archive, according to Douglas Smith, the Seattle-based historian who discovered the collection and provided exclusive access to RFE/RL.

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Manhoff “captured this everyday quality, both in his photographs and his movies,” Smith says. “It gives it a human quality that is missing from any other depiction.”

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LIBERTY, IND. Liberty Elementary Student Council members have displayed their entrepreneurial abilities again, raising $750 to assistAdopt-A-Dog, which helps place abandoned dogs in new homes.

A project of the Union County Foundation and Liberty Elementary School,five local non-profit groups were invited to submit a grant application earlier in the school year. Student councilmembers carefully considered each application, said Danka Klein, the foundations executive director.

The students decided to help the local animal shelter, she said. Over the winter, the students carried out several fundraisers and their hard work truly paid off.”

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Their fundraising surpassed their$500 goal, with students collecting$750, Klein said.

Last week, Adopt-A-Dog officials received a check for $1,500, which includes the money raised by the students plus matching funds provided by the foundation, Klein said.

Before Adopt-A-Dog was formed, Union Countys dog warden often had to euthanize stray animals because ofa shortage of new owners. Adopt-A-Dog has expanded its search for dog owners beyond county limits and has volunteers who also work to keep the animals in good conditionto improve the possibility of adoption.

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Liberty Lobby Week 8 Videos – Free Keene

Liberty Lobbyist Darryl W Perry and I went to the state house this week to testify on more legislation. It was a short week, however, and I only have two full hearing videos to share:

HB 161 would close the loophole allowing untaxed beer sales at farmers markets. This is the same bill that was heard in week 2s videos, but in front of a different committee. Darryl and I testified against it. Heres the full hearing video:

HB 103 would require government schools to send parents notice of any sexually objectionable course material. Heres the full hearing video:

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