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A Quick Quiz to Match You With a Democratic Candidate

A Quick Quiz to Match You
With a Democratic Candidate

By Sydney Ember and Lazaro GamioJan. 30, 2020
A Biden
B Sanders
C Warren
D Buttigieg
E Bloomberg
F Yang
G Klobuchar
H Steyer

Primary season is about to begin — and there are still so many Democratic candidates in the race. Unsure who matches with some of your views and priorities?

To make it a little easier, we stacked up the eight most viable contenders and tried to determine how they would respond to a mix of questions. Take our handy quiz and see which candidate could be your match.


I seem to match Bernie 6 out of 8. I'm leaning Biden, Warren, with Kamela Harris in the Administration in any capacity.

White Supremacist Brandon Higgs Found Guilty In Hate Crime Shooting Of Black Man

White Supremacist Brandon Higgs Found Guilty In Hate Crime Shooting Of Black Man

A Maryland jury found Higgs guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter, first-degree assault and other crimes.

By Christopher Mathias




Higgs, a 25-year-old former Navy cryptologist with ties to neo-Nazi groups, was convicted of assaulting two black men, Elvis Smith and Robert Peete, during a 2018 altercation in Reisterstown, a suburb of Baltimore. Smith was shot in the leg.


The jury deliberated for about three hours Wednesday evening before delivering their verdicts. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 23.

Higgs shook his head in disbelief while being led out of the courtroom. Members of his family broke into loud sobs and shouted “I love you” as court officers escorted him away.


On Dec. 20, 2018, Smith and Peete had been at work laying concrete on a driveway near Higgs’s house when a dog belonging to Higgs got loose and ran through the wet concrete. The three men exchanged some angry words before Higgs returned to his house.

He reemerged from the house a short time later carrying a loaded gun and accosted the two men with racist remarks, according to the prosecution. “Nigger, this is my ’hood,” he allegedly said. ”Black motherfuckers, go back to Africa.”

He was accused of pushing Smith, who pushed him back. Smith then hit Higgs with what’s called a come-along, a rake used to smooth concrete. At some point, Higgs drew a gun and a tussle ensued, with Peete hopping into the melee to help Smith.

As they wrestled, Higgs’s gun fired once, sending a bullet tearing through Smith’s leg, shattering his tibia. Smith and Peete then beat, disarmed and restrained Higgs until police officers arrived.

“We know what this case was about,” John Magee, a prosecutor for the state’s attorney’s office, told the 12 jurors Wednesday inside the Circuit Court of Baltimore County. “Hate.”

Magee repeated the slurs Higgs had allegedly hurled at Smith and Peete: “Nigger, this is my ’hood” and “Black motherfuckers, go back to Africa.”


Over and over again, Magee emphasized to jurors that Higgs, after the initial altercation with the dog, went home and remained there for 10 to 15 minutes.

“Nothing else should’ve happened, but it did, and it did because of Mr. Higgs,” Magee said. “Mr. Higgs comes back locked and loaded to finish what he started, with a round in the chamber and a spare magazine.”

“He’s looking for provocation. He’s looking to incite a violent response.”


White supremacist chat logs leaked to Unicorn Riot, a media collective, showed Higgs expressing a murderous hatred of black people. In one post, Higgs hailed Dylann Roof — the white supremacist who murdered nine Black worshipers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 — as “St. Roof.”

“Brb hookjng [sic] up my nigger mulcher to the truck,” he wrote in one chat group for people planning Unite the Right.

“I decided I’m going to create my own group called Baltimore Animal Control and buy those dog patrol poles with the snare at the end and wrangle niggers with it,” he wrote in another chat group.

“Also want to leave bear traps in Baltimore city with buckets of KFC chicken.”

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

What Happens When They Find a World War II Bomb Down the Street

What Happens When They Find a World War II Bomb Down the Street

In German cities, it means alerts, traffic, evacuations, and at least a little anxiety.

by Andrew Curry January 27, 2020


German authorities with a 500-pound bomb discovered during construction work. Such discoveries are regular occurrences in cities that were bombed during World War II.

Paul Zinken/picture alliance via Getty Images

I found out about the bomb down the street by text message on Tuesday at 4:22 p.m., just as I was locking my bike outside our son’s preschool. It was a screengrab, actually: My wife had passed on a tweet from the Berlin police department with a photo of a huge archaeological excavation and construction site that we can see from our balcony in the center of the city.

“A World War II bomb was found today at about 11:30 during construction work on the corner of Grunerstr. and Juedenstr. Our colleagues have blocked off the area, the bomb squad technicians are on the scene.” What, my wife wanted to know, were we going to do?

This question is not as unusual as one might think, at least in German cities and others hit hard during the war. Between 1940 and 1945, Allied forces dropped 2.7 million tons of bombs on Nazi-occupied Europe. That’s about 1.25 million explosive objects in total—ranging from small incendiary charges meant to set fire to wooden buildings to multi-ton “blockbusters.” An estimated one in five bombs dropped failed to explode, which translates to about 250,000 duds. Often, the explosive-packed shells penetrated several feet into the ground, and were later covered up by rubble and debris from other, more successful explosions.

This means many German cities are, more or less, built on top of live explosives. Western cities such as Cologne, Duesseldorf, and Bremen, which are closer to air bases in Britain and full of industrial targets, were particularly hard-hit, and bombs regularly turn up there.

Berlin, then and now the German capital, was a major target, too. Since the war’s end, more than 2,000 live bombs have been recovered here. Some experts estimate 15,000 more may remain hidden under the fast-growing city. In the surrounding state of Brandenburg, the scene of bitter fighting in the last months of the war, police deal with 500 tons of munitions each year.


Because it’s 2020, we were getting live updates from the disposal scene via the police Twitter account. Once up close, the bomb squad discovered that the bomb was German, but equipped with a mechanical Russian fuse. In the final days of the war, it seems, the Red Army ruthlessly repurposed captured German munitions, arming them with Soviet detonators to rain German explosives down on the besieged German capital. Poetic justice. I poured another glass of wine.


By German standards, all this was pretty minor. In 2011, an unusually dry summer revealed a 4,000-pound bomb in the middle of the Rhine River where it passes through Koblenz. Authorities hurriedly cleared 45,000 people out.


The threat is present and persistent enough that new construction projects often require permits from specialists, who sign off only after examining World War II–era aerial photography for signs of unexploded bombs. In 2017, authorities had to move 60,000 people out of central Frankfurt when a British bomb containing a 1.4-ton explosive payload was located based on aerial photos that had been taken from a spotter plane a few days after a raid. The logistics were daunting: The danger zone included two hospitals, 10 old-age homes, the city’s police headquarters, the German Central Bank, and one of the country’s national libraries.

Hell, our evacuation wasn’t even the biggest to take place that Tuesday. Around the time the bomb down the street from me was uncovered, 10,000 office workers in Cologne were cleared out of the city center at mid-day while technicians defused an American-made 1,000-pounder. “Those of us in Cologne are pretty used to this,” a police spokeswoman told the media dismissively afterwards. “We dealt with 25 bombs just like this last year alone.”


Maryland Cop Who Killed Handcuffed Man Charged With Second-Degree Murder

Maryland Cop Who Killed Handcuffed Man Charged With Second-Degree Murder

The police chief of Prince George’s County described the charges — filed a day after the shooting — against officer Michael Owen Jr. as “unprecedented.”

By Dominique Mosbergen



Charges are rarely brought against police officers involved in on-duty shootings. Even when they are, it can take many weeks or months for them to be filed.


Stawinksi told reporters that it was “unprecedented” to file such serious charges so quickly after an on-duty shooting — but the chief said that, based on the preliminary results of a department investigation, he couldn’t deny that a crime had taken place.

“I am unable to come to our community this evening and offer you a reasonable explanation for the events that occurred last night,” Stawinski said, according to The Washington Post. “I have concluded that what happened last night is a crime.”

As the Post noted, some of Stawinski’s comments on Tuesday conflicted with the story originally told by police about the deadly shooting.


Green was taken into custody and cuffed with his arms behind his back. Police said initially that Green had been strapped into the passenger seat of a police cruiser, but Stawinski said he could not say with certainty that Green was seat-belted at the time of the shooting.

The facts about what happened next remain hazy.

Police on Monday said there was a struggle inside the cruiser before Green’s death, observed by two witnesses. But Stawinski said he could not corroborate the witnesses’ accounts of the tussle.

ABC7 reporter Sam Sweeney, citing multiple sources, said Green had asked to use the bathroom and was shot by Owen seven times “soon after.”

Owen was not wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting.


While on duty in 2011, Owen fatally shot a 35-year-old man after the man allegedly threatened him with a gun, the Post reported. Two years earlier, Owen, who was not on duty at the time, shot at a man who was allegedly trying to rob his home. The man fled the scene, the paper said.


“We’ve got questions with no answers. We need to know what happened to William Green,” Sandra Mathis, who said she was Green’s fiancée, told Fox 5 DC. “His life matters. He was loved.”

A Man Fond of Snakes, and Accepting of Mobsters

A Man Fond of Snakes, and Accepting of Mobsters

By Robin Finn


April 28, 2006

JOSEPH A. BONDY, just back from hitting the treadmill at a TriBeCa gym and 12 years into a law career that was kick-started when he attended a couple of trials with defendants named Gotti and found the courtroom theatrics addictive, admits to spending his workout working on his professional philosophy. "Mobsters are people, too," he says. "The people who come to me for help are just human beings. Enron is a company, but there's no mob company. You've just got mob-sters."

Mr. Bondy, 38, senses that some of them merit his compassion. And smarts. "Sometimes good people do bad things," he says. "All of us, if we're honest, have been transgressors. If you can take on the case of someone who's looked at as social evil No. 1 and protect their rights and opportunity to be treated fairly in a court of law, maybe the run-of-the-mill person might find their rights are a little safer, too."


"I'm not ashamed of the people I represent; I'm proud of them, and for me to become their champion is everything to me," he says, seated in an office where a Buddha statue is strategically placed to watch the backs of his clients. Mr. Bondy is Jewish, but says he is an admirer of Jesus Christ, Mohammed and Buddha, and takes his cues for helping society's castoffs and miscreants from them.

"I don't see it as bad for my reputation that I represent so-called bad people. What would be bad for my reputation would be if I were weak, or a sellout, or came to court unprepared." The latter is his main beef with Mr. Cutler.

"This is an important case with important components -- racketeering, a corrupt cop, murder," Mr. Bondy says, "and I plan to do an exponentially better job and get a better result. I see a guy who was maybe framed, and what I intend to do is preserve his right to testify."


"It's a cool case," Mr. Bondy says. "I think you make yourself a better person if you defend the rights of clients that people from the outside tend to view as very bad."

HE was an Eagle Scout, and built along the lines of Peter Pan, albeit a Peter Pan with a reverence for the martial arts. Bruce Lee is his choice for a body double, even if Mr. Bondy does most of his fighting with his mouth in various courtrooms, a verbal ninja warrior with a degree in psychology from Columbia and a diploma from Brooklyn Law School. His mother, a teacher, instructed him to apply there after he told her, jokingly, that if she pushed him into law school, he would become "a mob lawyer."

"She told me that was the place all the best mob lawyers went."


"I see the government picking on people who don't need to be picked on to that extent, and it makes me feel a compelling obligation to stop it," he says. "I entered the law to be a people's lawyer. To me, the scariest case in the world is to defend a person accused of committing a crime they didn't commit."

About Trump: Johnny Cash and Marilyn Manson agree - sooner or later .....

A New Face of White Supremacy: Plots Expose Danger of the 'Base'

A New Face of White Supremacy: Plots Expose Danger of the ‘Base’


Neil MacFarquharAdam Goldman

By Neil MacFarquhar and Adam Goldman

Jan. 22, 2020
Updated 7:34 p.m. ET


The plans were as sweeping as they were chilling: “Derail some trains, kill some people, and poison some water supplies.”

It was the blunt, bloody prescription for sparking a race war by a member of the Base, a white supremacist group that has come under intense scrutiny amid a series of stunning recent arrests.

Federal agents, who had secretly recorded those remarks in a bugged apartment during a domestic terrorism investigation, pounced on seven members of the group last week in advance of a rally on Monday by gun rights advocates in Richmond, Va. Three members of one cell in Maryland affiliated with the group plotted attacks at the rally, hoping to ignite wider violence that would lead to the creation of a white ethno-state, law enforcement officials said.

The “defendants did more than talk,” Robert K. Hur, the United States attorney for Maryland, said after a detention hearing on Wednesday in federal court in Greenbelt, Md. “They took steps to act and act violently on their racist views.”


“We have a significant increase in racially motivated violent extremism in the United States and, I think, a growing increase in white nationalism and white supremacy extremist movements,” Jay Tabb, the head of national security for the F.B.I., said at an event in Washington last week.

Experts who have studied the Base say it seems to have followed the model of Al Qaeda and other violent Islamic groups in working to radicalize independent cells or even lone wolves who would be inspired to plot their own attacks.

They describe the Base as an “accelerationist” organization, seeking to speed the collapse of the country and give rise to a state of its own in the Pacific Northwest by killing minorities, particularly African-Americans and Jews.


The men arrested in Maryland hoped that attacks in Richmond would spark a wider conflict.

“We can’t let Virginia go to waste, we just can’t,” Patrik J. Mathews, a member of the Base, and a combat engineer who was expelled from the Canadian Army Reserve, was recorded as saying about Monday’s rally in Richmond.

He and other members talked about killing police officers or participants who showed up outfitted with what they called “Gucci” gear: high-end weapons and body armor that they could steal.


In recent years, the founder of the Base, who uses the names Norman Spear and Roman Wolf, both of which are pseudonyms, has stressed making the movement more kinetic offline.

He did not want to recruit “keyboard warriors,” he said in a podcast interview in September 2018, but rather dynamic members who were interested in developing military and survival skills.

“Encouraging members to be more active is kind of encouraging the creation of a base of potential,” he said.

Little is known about Mr. Spear, who calls himself a veteran of the conflicts of Afghanistan and Iraq and has been described on some social media accounts as living in Russia. He encouraged cells to organize what he called “in-real-life” activity, consisting of anything from individual violent acts to training sessions. Even three members would be enough, he said, describing such a configuration as a “Trouble Trio.” Mr. Spear is said to offer prizes to participants, according to court documents.


The Base shares some ideological underpinnings and likely some members with Atomwaffen Division, another violent white-supremacist neo-Nazi group.

Both subscribe to the writings of James N. Mason, the author of “The Siege,” a kind of manual on establishing a white ethno-state.

Whereas members of Atomwaffen have been linked to about five murders around the United States, thus far members of the Base have been accused only of plotting violence, including murder, as well as illegally transporting weapons.


Brian M. Lemley Jr., 33, a former United States Army cavalry scout from Elkton, Md., was charged along with him. Among other things, the two men built a functioning assault rifle from a kit that they intended to use in Richmond, court documents said.

Mr. Spear has said repeatedly that the United States is doomed because of its large and growing minority population. He and other members of the Base have also criticized President Trump.

“Trump is a false prophet, Israel-first fraud,” Mr. Lemley was quoted as saying at one point, adding later, “The Holocaust is fake news.”


In Georgia, the three men arrested had, in the presence of an undercover agent, cased the house of a Barstow County couple they planned to shoot dead for being members of Antifa, which has staged counterdemonstrations at right-wing rallies across the country and revealed the identities of Base members publicly.

They also planned to kill Mr. Mathews, whom they had told about their murder plans.

The seventh man arrested was identified as Yousef O. Barasneh, 22, of Oak Creek, Wis., who was accused of vandalizing the synagogue of the Beth Israel Sinai Congregation in nearby Racine.

Richard Tobin, a suspected member of the Base who was arrested in New Jersey in November, told investigators that, in late September 2019, he had directed what he called “Operation Kristallnacht,” named after the notorious night in 1938 when Jewish property across Germany was destroyed. The operation that Mr. Tobin described included vandalism at the Racine synagogue and another one in Hancock, Mich.


Tulsi Gabbard Sues Hillary Clinton Over 'Russian Asset' Comments

Tulsi Gabbard Sues Hillary Clinton Over ‘Russian Asset’ Comments

The 2016 Democratic nominee is accused of spreading lies about Gabbard to harm her 2020 presidential campaign.

By Nina Golgowski


Gabbard’s defamation lawsuit, filed in a New York federal court on Wednesday, claims the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee lied about Gabbard “with obvious malicious intent” to harm the congresswoman’s 2020 presidential campaign.


Clinton didn’t specifically identify Gabbard by name in the October interview with David Plouffe when she said that “somebody who’s currently in the Democratic primary” is “the favorite of the Russians” and is being groomed to become a “third-party candidate.”

A Clinton spokesperson, when later asked if it was Gabbard whom Clinton was referring to, appeared to confirm that was the case, telling a reporter: “If the nesting doll fits.”

Gabbard’s lawyers had demanded that Clinton publicly retract her comments, but to no avail. As a result, her lawsuit claims, she suffered more than $50 million in personal and professional damages.

“Scientifically conducted opinion surveys have shown that Clinton’s false, malicious statements about Tulsi were accepted as true by millions of Americans, including large numbers of voters in battleground Presidential primary states,” her lawsuit states. “In short, Clinton got exactly what she wanted by lying about Tulsi — she harmed her political and personal rival’s reputation and ongoing Presidential campaign, and started a damaging whisper campaign based on baseless, but vicious, untruths.”

HuffPost was unable to immediately reach Clinton’s team for comment.

Kind of pretzel logic on Gabbard's part - she clams damaged image and chances because Clinton's alleged comment had more effect on her chances than did her own total campaign.

This is a nuisance suit. She's a public figure fur Pete's sakes.

John Henry Faulk - with a prize at the end

John Henry Faulk
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


John Henry Faulk
Born August 21, 1913
Austin, Texas, US
Died April 9, 1990 (aged 76)
Austin, Texas, US
Resting place Oakwood Cemetery in Austin
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin

HumoristFolkloristActorRadio & TV personality

John Henry Faulk (August 21, 1913 – April 9, 1990) was a storyteller and radio show host. His successful lawsuit against the entertainment industry helped to bring an end to the Hollywood blacklist.

John Henry Faulk was born in Austin, Texas to Methodist parents Henry Faulk and his wife Martha Miner Faulk. John Henry had four siblings.[1][2]

Faulk spent his childhood years in Austin in the noted Victorian house Green Pastures. A journalist acquaintance from Austin has written that the two of them came from "extremely similar family backgrounds -- the old Southern wealth with rich heritage and families dedicated to civil rights long before it was hip to fight racism." [3]
Education and military service

Faulk enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin in 1932. He became a protégé of J. Frank Dobie, Walter Prescott Webb, Roy Bedichek, and Mody C. Boatright, enabling Faulk to hone his skills as a folklorist. He earned a master's degree in folklore with his thesis "Ten Negro Sermons". He further began to craft his oratory style as a part-time English teacher at the university 1940–1942, relating Texas folk tales peppered with his gift of character impersonations.[2][4]

He was initially unfit for service with the United States Army because of an eye problem. Instead Faulk joined the Merchant Marine in 1942 for a one-year stint,[3] spending 1943 in Cairo, Egypt, serving the American Red Cross. World War II had caused the United States Army to relax its enlistment standards, and Faulk finally enlisted in 1944. He served as a medic at Camp Swift, Texas.[2] It was during this period Faulk also joined the American Civil Liberties Union.[4]

While a soldier at Camp Swift, Faulk began writing his own radio scripts. An acquaintance facilitated an interview for him at WCBS in New York City. The network executives were sufficiently impressed to offer him his own radio show. Upon his 1946 discharge from the Army, Faulk began his Johnny's Front Porch radio show for WCBS. The show featured Faulk's characterizations that he had been developing since his university years.[4][5] Faulk eventually went to another radio station, but returned to WCBS for a four-hour morning talk show. The John Henry Faulk Show ran for six years.[6] His radio successes provided opportunity for him to appear as himself on television, in shows like the 1951 Mark Goodson and William Todman game show It's News to Me, hosted by John Charles Daly.[7][8] He also appeared on Leave It to the Girls in 1953 and The Name's the Same in 1955.[9]

Cactus Pryor met Faulk in the studios of KLBJ (then KTBC) where Faulk stopped by to thank Pryor for letting his mother hear his New York show. Pryor had been "accidentally" broadcasting Faulk's radio show in Texas where Faulk was not otherwise heard. Although the broadcast happened repeatedly, Pryor always claimed he just hit the wrong button in the studio. Pryor visited Faulk at a Manhattan apartment he shared with Alan Lomax and became introduced to the movers and shakers of the east coast celebrity scene of that era. When Pryor stood by Faulk during the blacklisting and tried to find him work, Pryor's children were harassed, a prominent Austin physician circulated a letter questioning Pryor's patriotism, and an Austin attorney tried to convince Lyndon B. Johnson to discharge Pryor from the airwaves. The Pryor family and the Faulk family remained close and supportive of each other for the rest of Faulk's life.[10][11]

In December 1955, Faulk was elected second vice president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Orson Bean was the first vice president and Charles Collingwood was the president of the union.[12] Collingwood, Bean and Faulk were part of a middle-of-the-road slate of non-communist, anti-AWARE organization candidates that Faulk had helped draft. Twenty-seven of thirty-five vacant seats on the board went to the middle-of-the-road slate.[13] Faulk's public position during the campaign had been that the union should be focused on jobs and security, not blacklisting of members.[3][14]

In the 1970s in Austin, he was also befriended by the young co-editor of the Texas Observer, Molly Ivins, and became an early supporter of hers.[15]

Faulk's radio career at CBS[3] ended in 1957, a victim of the Cold War and the blacklisting of the 1950s. AWARE, Inc., a for-profit corporation inspired by Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy, offered a "clearance" service to major media advertisers and radio and television networks; for a fee, AWARE would investigate the backgrounds of entertainers for signs of Communist sympathy or affiliation.

In 1955, Faulk earned the ill will of the blacklisting organization when he and other members wrested control of their union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists from officers backed by AWARE. In reprisal, AWARE labeled Faulk a Communist.[16] When he discovered that AWARE was actively keeping radio stations from offering him employment, Faulk sought compensation.

Several prominent radio personalities along with CBS News vice president Edward R. Murrow supported Faulk's attempt to put an end to blacklisting. With financial backing from Murrow, Faulk engaged New York attorney Louis Nizer. Attorneys for AWARE, including McCarthy-committee counsel Roy Cohn, managed to stall the suit, originally filed in 1957, for five years. When the trial finally concluded in a New York courtroom, the jury had determined that Faulk should receive more compensation than he sought in his original petition. On June 28, 1962, the jury awarded him the largest libel judgment in history to that date — $3.5 million.[16] An appeals court lowered the amount to $500,000. Legal fees and accumulated debts erased most of the balance of the award.[16] He netted some $75,000.[17]

Faulk's book, Fear on Trial, published in 1963, tells the story of the experience. The book was remade into an Emmy award-winning TV movie in 1975 by CBS Television with William Devane portraying Faulk and George C. Scott playing Faulk's lawyer, Louis Nizer.

Other supporters in the blacklist struggle included radio pioneer and Wimberley, Texas, native Parks Johnson, and reporter and CBS television news anchor Walter Cronkite.[3]


I have a copy of John Henry Faulk: The Making of a Liberated Mind: A Biography by Michael C. Burton.

I will send it to whoever can tell me what Judge Henry Faulk had to do with the "Wobblies", postage prepaid by me.

Not just a recipe: Shrimp Curry A La Zephyr Wright


Shrimp Curry A La Zephyr Wright

Zephyr Wright was both maid and cook for President Lyndon Johnson. Leonard H. Marks, director of the U.S. Information Agency during the Johnson administration, tells this story about how she may have influenced his work on civil rights reform.

"Many say that Lyndon, because he came from the South, didn't believe in civil rights. Lady Bird had two people as hired help, Zephyr and Sammy Wright. Zephyr was the maid and cook, and Sammy was the chauffeur. At one of the luncheons I attended before Johnson became president, Zephyr was serving when Lyndon told her that she and Sammy should get ready to drive to Austin. The family would join them later. She said, "Senator, I'm not going to do it." There was silence.

She said, "When Sammy and I drive to Texas and I have to go to the bathroom, like Lady Bird or the girls, I am not allowed to go to the bathroom. I have to find a bush and squat. When it comes time to eat, we can't go into restaurants. We have to eat out of a brown bag. And at night, Sammy sleeps in the front of the car with the steering wheel around his neck, while I sleep in the back. We are not going to do it again."

LBJ put down his napkin and walked out of the room. Later, when Johnson became president and signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law Zephyr was there. Johnson motioned to her, gave her the pen that he used to sign the bill. He said, "You deserve this more than anybody else."

Recipe: Shrimp Curry a la Zephyr Wright


2 pounds raw shrimp, shelled and deveined

5 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup minced onions

6 tablespoons flour

2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

1 chicken bouillon cube, dissolved in 1 cup boiling water

2 cups milk

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Steam shrimp until done — approximately 5 minutes or until pink.

Saute onions in melted butter until tender.

Stir in flour, curry powder, salt, sugar and ginger.

Dissolve bouillon cube in water.

Gradually combine bouillon and milk with onion and spice mixture, stirring until thickened.

Add cooked shrimp and lemon juice, cooking only enough to heat through.

Serve over rice.

(Makes 8 servings.)

Source: LBJ Library
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