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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
23rd May 1934: The death of Bonnie & Clyde
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow a.k.a. Clyde Champion Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were American criminals who traveled the central United States with their gang during the Great Depression, robbing and killing people. At times, the gang included Clyde's older brother Buck Barrow and his wife Blanche, Raymond Hamilton, W. D. Jones, Joe Palmer, Ralph Fults, and Henry Methvin. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the "Public Enemy Era", between 1931 and 1935. Though known today for his dozen-or-so bank robberies, Barrow preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and several civilians.
A posse of four led by Texas Ranger Captain Frank Hamer began tracking the pair on February 12, 1934. He studied the gang's movements and found they swung in a circle skirting the edges of five midwestern states, exploiting the "state line" rule that prevented officers from one jurisdiction from pursuing a fugitive into another. Barrow was a master of that pre-FBI rule, but consistent in his movements, so the experienced Hamer charted his path and predicted where he would go. The gang's itinerary centered on family visits, and they were due to see gang member Henry Methvin's family in Louisiana.
On May 21, 1934, the posse was in Shreveport when they learned that Barrow and Parker were to go to Bienville Parish that evening with Methvin. Barrow had designated the residence of Methvin's parents as a rendezvous in case they were separated, and Methvin did get separated from the pair in Shreveport. The full posse, consisting of Captain Hamer, Dallas County Sheriff's Deputies Alcorn and Ted Hinton (both of whom knew Barrow and Parker by sight), former Texas Ranger B.M. "Manny" Gault, Bienville Parish Sheriff Henderson Jordan and his deputy Prentiss Oakley, set up an ambush at the rendezvous point along Louisiana State Highway 154 south of Gibsland toward Sailes. Hinton recounted that their group was in place by 9:00 pm on the 21st and waited through the whole next day (May 22) with no sign of the outlaw couple.
At approximately 9:15 a.m. on May 23, the posse, concealed in the bushes and almost ready to give up, heard Barrow's stolen Ford V8 approaching at a high speed. The posse's official report had Barrow stopping to speak with Methvin's father, who had been planted there with his truck that morning to distract Barrow and force him into the lane closer to the posse. The lawmen opened fire, killing Barrow and Parker while shooting a combined total of about 130 rounds. Oakley fired first, probably before any order to do so. Barrow was killed instantly by Oakley's initial head shot, but Hinton reported hearing Parker scream as she realized Barrow was dead, before the shooting at her fully began. The officers emptied all their arms at the car. Any one of the many wounds suffered by Bonnie and Clyde would have been fatal.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
One of the major changes in the view of this character has been my attitude to CONFLICT. Having spent much of my life with no idea how to deal with it, I now accept it and embrace it as the natural order of things, inevitable because everyone has a personal AGENDA and agendas will inevitably clash.
I have in recent times lost all fear of conflict and I'm quite happy to make enemies and fight my corner in defence of my own agenda. I won't back down from a confrontation, but have also come to understand the importance of choosing the battle and the battleground if you get the chance. In many cases it's a simple case of severing the link between you, quite easy to do in an age where much communication is online.
Since I have adopted this attitude, my life has become much easier and happier, most notably at the Weekend Job, where being the stroppiest, I get treated the best. The art is to take on the "enemies" - the ones whose agenda is in direct conflict with yours, whilst not making unnecessary enemies of the "neutrals", folks with whom you could form alliances in future.
If you're going to embrace the principle of conflict and the personal agenda, you have to accept that ties of blood or history may need to be severed. I just don't come from a loving family, where the concerns of the family are more important than the personal agendas. It was then most disappointing indeed to in addition make an enemy of one's own daughter.
Of course, on the other hand, I have relationships that WORK, from the intense and intimate to the casual. At the highest level of consciousness I find all this utterly fascinating, and have resolved to pass on all I have learned as this avatar while there is still time.
With the complete acceptance of conflict and challenges, and no longer having any fear or resentment of them, knowing that there will never be external peace, I have found complete internal peace.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you running away from conflict, or standing your ground?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny, cloudier later
1015 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Don't mix your metaphors, it's not rocket surgery :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Steven Wright - oneliners from Hysteria
Dalmatian puppies have no spots when born
9. ZEN WISDOM
Never for an instant forget the effort to renew your life, to build yourself anew. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway of life itself. This is not an easy task. Indeed, it may be the most severely challenging struggle there is. For opening the door to your own life is in the end more difficult than opening the door to all the mysteries of the universe.