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Joseph P. Farrell The Cosmic War Part 1 with GeorgeAnn Hughes on The Byte Show
Born on January 30, 1882, on a large estate near the village of Hyde Park, New York, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only child of his wealthy parents, James and Sara Delano Roosevelt. He was educated by private tutors and elite schools (Groton and Harvard), and early on began to admire and emulate his fifth cousin, Theodore Roosevelt, elected president in 1900. While in college, Franklin fell in love with Theodore’s niece (and his own distant cousin), Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, and they married in 1905. The couple had a daughter, Anna, followed by five sons, one of whom died in infancy.
Roosevelt attended law school at Columbia University and worked for several years as a clerk in a Wall Street law firm. In 1910, he entered politics, winning a state senate seat as a Democrat in the heavily Republican Dutchess County. In 1913, President Woodrow Wilsonnamed Roosevelt assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy. He would hold that post for the next seven years, traveling to Europe in 1918 to tour naval bases and battlefields after the U.S. entrance into World War II.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was in his second term as governor of New York when he was elected as the nation’s 32nd president in 1932. With the country mired in the depths of the Great Depression, Roosevelt immediately acted to restore public confidence, proclaiming a bank holiday and speaking directly to the public in a series of radio broadcasts or “fireside chats.” His ambitious slate of New Deal programs and reforms redefined the role of the federal government in the lives of Americans. Reelected by comfortable margins in 1936, 1940 and 1944, FDR led the United States from isolationism to victory over Nazi Germany and its allies in World War II. He spearheaded the successful wartime alliance between Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States and helped lay the groundwork for the post-war peace organization that would become the United Nations. The only American president in history to be elected four times, Roosevelt died in office in April 1945.
A woman walking Sunday night by the sculpture in Coronation Park—at the foot of Strachan Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd. W.—called police after noticing someone had taken a black marker and written “Canada will burn; Praise Allah” on the memorial.
“This is an identifiable group,” Det. Anthony Williams told reporters at the scene Monday. “The veterans should be respected. That’s a total disrespect for our sworn members and military members who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
At the Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall Sunday morning, anti-war protesters were heard chanting during the two minutes of silence.
Williams said he couldn’t speculate whether the vandalism was protest-related.
“I can’t speculate as to what their motivation is, but if they did this on Nov. 10 or 11 … someone is looking for an opportunity to draw attention to themselves,” he said.
City cleaners scrubbed the black letters off the memorial.
“I think it’s terrible to see them destroy what these veterans have done for us,” he said. “It’s like stepping on them. These people wanted to protect our lives. My father would be very upset over this.”
John McEwen, 67, who built the memorial in 1995, said the monument symbolizes the range of languages in Canada and recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Second World War and the military contributions of Canadians.
“Do I take it personally? No, and I don’t think the veterans should take it personally,” he said. “Stupidity isn’t even politics. Stupidity is ignorance and ignorance is an indulgence in a place where you don’t know what’s going on.
“If you had any political agenda you were trying to serve, it’s just wasted.”
Mayor Rob Ford said he was sickened by the news of the war memorial being defaced.
“It really, really bothers me,” Ford said at City Hall on Monday.
“For someone to stoop to that level … people have sacrificed their lives for us to be here. It makes me absolutely sick.”
Mischief and vandalism charges could be likely, Williams said, but there “are provisions for higher penalties when they are designated as a hate crime.”
Officers were also investigating a sign at a lifeguard’s post near the memorial, which had “Holy Jihad” written in black marker, to determine if there was any connection with the vandalism found on the memorial.