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Kazimierz Smolen (pictured), a 91-year-old Auschwitz survivor who after World War II became director of the memorial site, died Friday on the 67th anniversary of its liberation.
Smolen died in a hospital in Oswiecim, the southern Polish town where Nazi Germany operated Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II.
Kazimierz Smolen attributed his survival to good health and extreme luck.
Friday is the anniversary of the camp's 1945 liberation by Soviet troops. Jan. 27 was designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations in 2005, and was marked with ceremonies across Europe.
In his State of the Union response the other night, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels neatly summed up Mitt Romney’s economic case against President Barack Obama:
“The president did not cause the economic and fiscal crises that continue in America tonight, but he was elected on a promise to fix them, and he cannot claim that the last three years have made things anything but worse.”
Ener1, a company set up to manufacture batteries for electric cars, received $118,500,000.00 in federal stimulus money.
Vice President Joe Biden visited the company last year the day after President Obama’s State of the Union Address where President Obama set a national goal of having a million electric vehicles on the road in the United States by 2015—a goal that would be achieved, Obama said, by taking money out of the oil industry and “investing” it in new technology.
The day after that speech, Vice President Joe Biden made a promotional visit to that company, the Ener1 electric car battery plant in Greenfield, Indiana.
Emer1 yesterday announced it was filing for bankruptcy.
In the battle to repair the tattered finances of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, residents have turned to an unlikely city treasurer: a 23-year-old college student John Campbell (pictured).
Whether Campbell, who was installed as treasurer on January 3, is the right person to lead that charge for Harrisburg, the state's capital, remains to be seen. He is not without convictions of what is needed.
He supported the city's bankruptcy filing, which was later dismissed by a U.S. bankruptcy judge, and wants to sell the incinerator that is at the root of the city's crushing $317 million in debt.
Campbell will be facing tough challenges:
1. The city council and mayor barely speak.
2. Little money is available for routine road and streetlight repairs.
3. High crime and poor schools have fueled suburban flight.
4. A public finance expert, installed by Pennsylvania's governor, has sole authority over how tax dollars are spent.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is gaining support among Canadians for his plan to ship oilsands crude to China after President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada Corp.’s $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
We can only hope that the Canadian government has the patience to wait until November to make a final decision on the pipeline in hopes that a Republican president will be in the White House early in 2013 who will welcome the Keystone pipeline which will bring oil to the U.S.
The environmentalists Obama has caved in to are opposing an oil pipeline over flat, fault-free land forcing the oil to be piped over the pristine Canadian Rockies -- and then shipped to China.