canada.gif

gb.gif

de.gif

us.gif
 

(Please shop locally and independently. But if you can't, we appreciate your supporting Thrasher's Wheat by clicking image above. Thanks!!!)

ADVERTISEMENT
<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Thursday, May 04, 2006

"Tin Soldiers and Nixon Coming"

kent state president-nixon.jpg
"Tin Soldiers" & President Nixon


Thirty six years ago, on May 4, 1970, an anti-war student demonstration at Kent State University, Ohio left four students dead, one paralyzed, and eight others wounded.

The demonstration ended when the National Guard fired into the crowd of students. The shootings ended the lives of four students Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, William Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer.

Shortly thereafter, Neil Young wrote what would become an anthem of a generation -- the song "Ohio" in memory of the "Four dead in Ohio".

Over the years, Thrasher's Wheat has received more mail and comments on this song than almost any other Young song. Comments like this from Jodi:
"I just would like to say that I am a 23 old student and I am doing a speech on CSNY during the protest era, mainly the song 'Ohio'. I would have to say that this song has touched me and it has become one of my favorite songs. It is tragic what happened to the students, especially when I read two of those who died were just walking to their next class. This song puts me in a time I was never in and I apprecitate the music as well as the students."

The song "Ohio" was an anthem to a generation in the 1970's. Here's how Neil remembers the song from liner notes of the Decade album:

"It's still hard to believe I had to write this song. It's ironic that I capitalized on the death of these American students. Probably the most important lesson ever learned at an American place of learning. David Crosby cried after this take."


For more on the song, the historic aftermath of its impact, and photos of the day, see Lyrics Analysis of Neil Young's song "Ohio".

Open Comment Thread Below includes letters to the editor.


Links to this post:

Create a Link

56 Comments:

At 4/14/2006 10:33:00 AM, Anonymous Don said...

Even after 35 years, this song still brings tears to my eyes. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Neil (my favorite artist) said it all very well.
Don

 
At 4/14/2006 10:37:00 AM, Anonymous Lyn said...

I was there and I can tell you that it has never left me - and with recent world events, I find myself going back more and more to the music of that time because it speaks to me now. We were so intense back then and really felt things and thought that we were changing things...I look at my life now and while I've done the best I can I realize that we changed nothing.
Lyn

 
At 4/14/2006 10:38:00 AM, Anonymous joe burroughs said...

i was a 19 year old marine on a bus to play war games and we heard over a radio what just happened at kent state,and we made up our mind,if they send us to kill american students,we were not going to go.really we were scared to death,especially me cause i was an m-60 machine gunner.
joe burroughs

 
At 4/14/2006 10:38:00 AM, Anonymous C. Cook said...

I wasn't born until '72, but from everything I've heard and read,this Iraq thing is the same as the Vietnam thing. Take heed to the words to this song, for history has a funny way of repeting itself. Nixon/Bush; what's the difference?
C. Cook

 
At 4/14/2006 10:39:00 AM, Anonymous clendon said...

vietnam tho a horrific time in our history, became the greatest time for musicians, like niel young and others that made great songs about this time in history,,the only difference from that time to now {iraq} is,,we have little to show musically , you hear nothing about the war in music, its like its being ignored out of fear from what happened during the vietnam era.
clendon

 
At 4/14/2006 10:39:00 AM, Anonymous skye said...

i'm 17 and when i first learned of this event about 5 years ago it broke my heart. I was no longer going to be one of the tolerant and everytime I hear "Ohio" I cry. They could have been something more than another number while America sits idly by claiming murder for freedom. It has always been them and us, and i just want everyone to know i am just like them...human.
skye

 
At 4/14/2006 10:40:00 AM, Anonymous Al Sieben said...

I'm 16 and Canadian, and that song is the saddest I have ever heard. In no way do I not like the United States, but events like these always seem to be forgotten when wars are again started by this superpower.
Al Sieben

 
At 4/14/2006 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Jaquith said...

people say that the us is the land of freedom...how is it that possible when people cant speak freely... i know it's somewhat different...but with all this single tracked society, i fear that the future for the U.S. won't be good...i can't say what Nixon was...i wasn't around...
Jaquith

 
At 4/14/2006 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Han Baby said...

Richard Nixon was a great man.
Han Baby

 
At 4/15/2006 09:40:00 AM, Anonymous Daisy said...

Thank you for posting this site. I hope you will maintain it forever!

Americans must never forget what happens when the rights of citizens to assemble and petition Government for a redress of their grievances is not protected, but met with a hail of bullets instead. The reason we must never forget is so that we do not allow it to ever happen again.

I disagree with the assessment of Richard Nixon by Han Baby. Nixon was not a great man. He was a man whose own insecurities led him to ignore the rule of law he had sworn to uphold. Nixon's law-breaking, like Bush's, led to calls for his impeachment.

I for one think it is thrilling that once again Neil Young is the mistral sounding the call. I can't wait to hear Neil's new "metal folk protest" album, "Living With War."

Daisy

 
At 4/22/2006 04:55:00 PM, Blogger fahrender said...

there is very little art that has a political message which succeeds as art. neil young's "Ohio" is not only successful as art, it's a masterpiece.

i was a college professor in 1970. i worked in a band camp that summer. i stayed in a dormitory at Rio Grande College. right next to me were some high school kids from Warren, Qhio. they were very politically aware. they were really polite and friendly as well as being deeply angry at what had happened at Kent State. they introduced me to the music of CSNY and i will never forget them.

Neil Young's work over the years hasn't been very consistent but when he's good he's fantastic. in the film "Heart of Gold", which is showing across the country now, he sings a song "When God Made Me" with the Fisk University Singers doing backup. without mentioning Bush's name or saying the word republican Young shines a brilliant light on the kind of false religiosity that has been used to lead America down the wrong path once more......

Jim Young
McMinnville, OR

 
At 4/23/2006 04:19:00 AM, Anonymous R. Battista said...

I am a 21 year old college student,and I am very much a part of the anti-war movement today. What happened at Kent State shocks me to this very day. It was a tragic event, that four young students no older than myself, had their promising lives cut short by bullets. In my opinion, the guardsmen got away with murder. They were not boxed in, and the closest person who was shot was at least 30 yards away, some were 100 yards away or more!!! The guardsmen were murderers, and though they escaped the eyes of the law, they will not escape the eyes of GOD!!

 
At 4/28/2006 09:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's interesting that it took the insight and sentiments of a foreigner (Neil Young is a Canadian)to bring out the obvious hypocracy of American politics, and energize a cowed populace.

Jake

 
At 5/04/2006 02:54:00 PM, Anonymous rougy said...

I have no doubt that it can happen again. I'm not knocking the military or soldiers, but I think that everyone can admit that there are some men wearing those uniforms that can't wait to just shoot something.

Some in the military consider civilians as a lighter shade of "enemy."

 
At 5/04/2006 03:44:00 PM, Blogger Neil Young's Electric Guitar said...

Impressive Song.

 
At 5/04/2006 03:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's true.On the news it all looks so clean,that being military targets being struck,but as an American pilot said after awhile you get bored and bomb everything in sight !

 
At 5/04/2006 05:02:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Man said...

What a bunch of nuts you guys and gals are...get a grip.

1) Nixon did not personally dispatch the NG

2) NY is a dick head from Canada

3) You all need to get a life.

 
At 5/04/2006 05:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you who have not been to the site you should know it is a disgrace to the memory of the four that died that day. They basically occupy four parking spots in the lot that they died in - you can park your car on either side of them. There is a modest placque to their memory. Walking through the site with the constant ringing of Neil and David in the back of your head is eerie given the deplorable display at the site.

 
At 5/04/2006 08:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why Kent State is important today - The Boston Globe By Michael Corcoran : "This year's memorial will come, as the last three have, in the midst of a war that has become increasingly divisive. While the memory of Kent State and other violent clashes from that time between protesters and authorities did not deter the incumbent president from leading the country into another unpopular war, it is important to honor Kent State's spirit of dissent and what it taught about the bloody consequences of intense division."

 
At 5/04/2006 08:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Kent State is not about the past -- it's about the future."

J. Gregory Payne, associate professor of organizational and political communication at Emerson College and a Kent State historian on remembering why this tragedy is important.

 
At 5/04/2006 10:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The song said "should have been done long ago..." exactly what my father said when he heard the news.

This was the moment I realized my father really was a fascist and that I wasn't just over-reacting to his bullying, harrassment and abuse of me and my mother. I was thirteen. He didn't know those kids, and he was acting like their lives were nothing because they'd chosen the wrong side of an issue that was polarizing Americans of every age, race, and social class.

That song and what happened that day echoes down the generations.

People wanting to find out more about what happened should be sure to read "Mayday" by Gregory Payne and check out The May 4 Archive.

 
At 5/04/2006 11:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my mother was there and she was pushed out of the way into the bathroom by one of the people who was injured.... all my life i have heard this song as well is Cicillia by simon and Garfunkel, because i t was blared over the speakers during the shootings.... it is very significant to me today as well as everytime i hear it!

 
At 5/05/2006 03:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with Mr. Man on this one, Neil Young is a dickhead. Worst of all though, he is from Canada. I hate those fucking Canadians, why are anyone caring about what they're saying. They're fucking lowlife scum.
And yes you should all get a life, caring about your country's history and politics is just a waste of time.

 
At 5/05/2006 07:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well you and Mr. Man should move in together and have retarded Republican babies. Idiots.

 
At 5/05/2006 07:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

America is like a beauty queen,it's gorgeous until it opens it's mouth.

 
At 5/05/2006 07:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this bullshit about Neil being from Canada.Every other country hates Bush and co.
The problem with you Yanks is you stole the land and have no History.You're feeling insecure because you have no culture,so you bomb fuck out of any Country because you have the military power and no brains !

 
At 5/05/2006 08:20:00 AM, Anonymous Trans Canada Highwayman said...

You Yankees better watch it ... or we will come down there and burn your Whitehouse down AGAIN! hehe

 
At 5/05/2006 03:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The demonstration is nearly always called an anti-Vietnam demonstration. But wasn't it against the U.S. invasion of Cambodia? Let's not forget those poor folk either.

 
At 5/05/2006 05:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on now. Taking my post about me agreeing with Mr Man seriously is just plain stupid. And while my post wasn't exactly funny I think it did an ok job with pointing out the stupidity of Mr Mans post. Atleast the last sentence should have given you a hint at the sarcasm in my post. And no, I'm not from the US. One would think that my limited English skills would have given that away.

 
At 5/05/2006 07:57:00 PM, Anonymous MartinLav said...

You can't really claim to be a true Neil Young fan if you get angry with him because he uses his talents as his forum to communicate his feelings. His feelings generally match ours, which is why we identify with and like him, but not always. Which is also why we should like him and respect him. The fact that you so blindly follow your leaders, even when it's obvious they are wrong, lends credence that you too are "flip-floppers" by saying you USED to love Neil Young and now you don't. Whether you believe the man speaks the truth or not, he speaks (sings) knowing that not all will agree. If this were some lame-ass attempt to make money, which I've never heard anyone that supposedly loves and knows Neil say, then they really don't know Neil. I imagine he makes the music that comes to his head and doesn't really give a rats ass if you think it's crap or not. In fact, sometimes after awhile he thinks it's crap too I imagine.

I imagine most people wanted to support their country and president and struggled with the decision to go to war. Felt forced into by the actions of fanatical muslims, but when does it stop? When do we go to far? We rightly go after the terrorists in Afganistan and yet we don't stop there. Now we're in a mess in Iraq with no seemingly way out and Iran scared we are going after them next and threatening the world. Do we have to go through this for another 10 years, waiting for enough people to die and students to protest and presidents to change to end this thing? Even today most conservatives I know, don't say Vietnam was a mistake, they say it was a mistake that we didn't fight to win. That mentality still exists with this war and after enough of our soldiers are brought back in body bags finally somebody will take notice and try and stop it. Then we'll fight each other. Who's right, who's wrong?
I'd rather be happy than right.
MarkLav

 
At 5/07/2006 10:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Thrasher,perhaps we can go back to talking about the genius of Neil Young !
Fantastic website by the way !!
Carry on, love is coming !

 
At 5/07/2006 06:31:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Man said...

Obviously you Libs do not read your own postings or what the thread is about.

First, “Ohio is an anthem of a Generation” – Please! You want to talk about atrocities: It was the Lib congress 74-75 that abandoned the South Vietnamese. It is just like you Libs to have SOME of the content, but NONE of the context.

Remember, then again, most of you were not long enough in school to have studied our history; it was the Dems who got us into South East Asia. Anybody, care to tell the others which administration ordered US troops into Vietnam? Anybody care to tell the others which Administration got the US out of Vietnam? And, then the South held its ground until the Lib congress cut off all resources! The SV held off two major offensives from the NVC armed by the Russians and The Chinese – Until us proud Americans turned on them. On the third major offensive from the North the South fell. SHAME! You bunch of babies. You don’t know what hardship is and you sit here in your smug little lives and throw shit at good men.

You are too smug and too self absorbed to examine the facts. So, I will not say anything more on this for it is a waste of time.

Second, you all seem to imply that somehow Nixon and Bush (Republicans) are mirrors of each other and that Nixon somehow, secretly, sent the troops to Kent to kill students. How absurd and show me the evidence to support these fantastical ranting.

Let me try and make it simple for you dropouts; There is no corollary between Nixon Kent and NY’s Ohio to Bush Iraq and NY’s living with War. Unless you are making the case that NY is trying to recapture his glory days ($$$$ Cha-Ching $$$$). If that is the case then we are in violent agreement. SHOW ME THE MONEY! However, there is no imperial evidence to support this theory. It is all subjective. Then again, this should make you Libs very comfortable for you base nothing on facts and evidence and everything on how you feel. Again, poor smug fat assed babies.

And to my good friends, the Canadian Highwaymen – Bring it on. I’ll be waiting at the front gate with BMFGs in hand.

Muah!

Mr. Man

 
At 5/07/2006 08:57:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Man said...

MartinLav,

You seem to be trying to rationalize. Very nice. There is hope for those who make efforts to think for themselves.

"Now imagine she's White"...

Now rationalize why NY has pegging the U.S. as the bad guys...
Now rationalize why no major star has come out to attack the Islamo Fascist...
Now rationalize that there has never been, in the history of the world, a power like the US that has used such restraint.
Now tell me why?

Mr. Man

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened”

Sir Winston Churchill

 
At 5/08/2006 01:13:00 PM, Blogger Lazerlou said...

Mr. Man/ Chili

Your stupidity shines through.

It is "empirical" as in "empirical evidence" not "imperial."

And you dare call the rest of us "dropouts" ??????????

 
At 5/08/2006 02:56:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Man said...

LazerAss,

“An argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence"

Is that the best you can come back with? Maybe I give you to much credit.

Mr. Man

 
At 5/08/2006 05:20:00 PM, Blogger Lazerlou said...

Says the man whose first post anywhere on these boards was an off-the-wall personal attack filled with threats! Tnow that is rich. Time to look in the mirror Mr. Man. I know you are intellectually impotent. It is clear even to the most casual obsever of the "imperial" evidence! But do you understand that?

 
At 5/08/2006 07:18:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Man said...

LazerPig,

You crack me up! That was a good one. LOL...Oh, god watches over fools.

Peace man and God be with you.

Regards,

Mr. Man

 
At 5/08/2006 09:47:00 PM, Blogger Lazerlou said...

Mr. Manboobs,
(see how easy that is?)

God is dead, and you have killed him.

Do you recognize any problems or inconsitencies with calling me "lazerpig," and in the same message then saying "Peace man and God be with you"? Just wondering how the uneducated mind works.

 
At 5/08/2006 11:17:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Man said...

Lazerdork,
(your right it is easy)

How did you know I have Manboobs?

You crack me up! Please keep'em coming.

Nietzsche would be proud of you. Thanks, but I cannot take credit for his demise.

Are you Muslim? If so, I did not know and would never have used the pig comment :-P

Young man, please take a break and step away for a while. It will do you good to get some perspective. I am not you enemy; you are smart, but use your intellect like a weapon. That just plain’ol sits badly with me.

Seriously, take inventory and ask yourself why am I on your ass. I did not pick your name at random. What is the common denominator? All our actions have consequences; all our words carry power, meaning and responsibilities. You, to be blunt, are out of control. What you have been doing is very ungracious. Why not expand your views and experiences in life?

Mr. Man

 
At 5/09/2006 12:42:00 PM, Anonymous Soldier said...

My guess: He made you look like the right wing fool you are when you were posting anonymously?

 
At 11/22/2006 08:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Japanese military had better sense than give grunts live ammo in sensitive situations ... in sensitive circumstances the officers carried the ammo, and issued it when and if necessary. But maybe they had better trained officers. jn25b

 
At 12/01/2006 04:50:00 PM, Anonymous James E. Lee said...

I was in Germany at the time of the student killings in Ohio and remember saying to a few I was stationed with. "Hell they don't give us live rounds in the real military what are they doing giving week-end warriors live rounds." None of us could understand this then, and I still don't today.

 
At 12/20/2006 10:16:00 PM, Anonymous Sadly remembering said...

I was a 19 year old student protesting the war at CCNY that day. It could have been me.

I have a 19 year old daughter today and she protests against the war in Iraq. It could have been her.

Wake up, America. The same National Guard still has live ammunition - but now they're shooting at Iraqis rather than helping people in New Orleans.

It could have been you.

Never forget May 4, 1970.

 
At 1/07/2007 12:51:00 AM, Anonymous Stephen C. said...

I was only one when the shootings at Kent State happened. As a gay man who came out during protests on Ohio State's campus in 1990 and knowing the proud history of the Ohio Union at Ohio State having served on the Ohio Unions Board as a student(the only building on campus to remain open to offer shelter to protesters during the mandated curfews during the war protests), the Kent State Shootings always resonated with me.

Having spent so many years in the city of Columbus, passing the statue of James Rhodes on Capital Square always turned my stomach... passing the James Rhodes Office Tower, the tallest building in Columbus always made me gag. It absolutely disgusts me that this man is so memorialized in the my home state.

 
At 1/11/2007 10:38:00 AM, Anonymous Old enough to remember said...

Kent State fact that led to killings: The so-called "peaceful demonstration" left so much violence and destruction to public and private property that the National Guard had to be called in. The so-called "peaceful demonstrators" attacked the police, firemen, and the National Guard. The so-called "peaceful demonstrators" were supposedly protesting violence and were the main culprits in the first place. The so-called "peaceful demonstrators" should have helped the National Guard stop the violence and destruction, since they were supposedly for "peace."

 
At 1/21/2007 03:53:00 AM, Anonymous babydoll22855 said...

Old enough to remember, you say that a lack of "peaceful" demonstration on the part of the students is what lead to the killings??? Are you therefore saying that you believe that the students were the "main culprits" behind the actions of the National Guard? The "main culprits" in their own deaths? I, for one, am having a hard time comprehending your logic. Your words tend to remind me of the comments that were made in the weeks that followed the killings; "If they were there, they deserved to be shot." How sad that there are still some out there who believe that the actions of the students warranted a sentance of death. I dare to say that although you may be "old enough to remember", you have forgotten much of what we stood for in those days. Love and Peace, babydoll22855

 
At 1/27/2007 02:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My all time favorite song by my favorite group. It captures the very essense of that moment in time. It is the greatist rock song ever written with a great beat, anger, and poetry all coming together. Since 74 they have been playing it slow more like a ballad. Last summer's tour was the first time I've ever seen them do it live the right way with passion.

 
At 5/01/2007 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous Mitch said...

Today (Tuesday May 1, 2007), news agencies reported that on a tape recording made at Kent State on that day "Right here! Get Set! Point! Fire!" was shouted by someone just before the volley of gunfire.
I was in the service, actually, at the time (Navy), but still that chilling command takes me back to that time...that feeling. And there is still a Mayor Daley in Chicago. Some things seem locked in time.
Allison, Bill, Jeff, and Sandra. Not forgotten.

 
At 4/02/2009 01:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/2/09 The forces which caused this tragedy are ever stronger as they push for global domination, world enslavement and genocide. Nixon was a globalist, as are all his successors. The puppet regimes of the Bush's and Obama, simply do what they are told to do.

 
At 6/16/2009 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

"Just singin' a song won't change the world".....

but isn't it amazing, with all the atrocities,genocides and holocausts happening throughout the world, that one song can have soo much gravity, soo much impact, instil soo much rage and disgust highlighting an incident in history that in a scale of world catastrophes is relatively small but will always be that powerful in song, that its effect on people can still bring them to tears to this very day.
Yeah the songs of the 70's, especially CSNY'S, such as "Find the cost of Freedom" ,"Chicago" "Wooden ships" are still relevant and powerful in their poignancy and impact to today

Yep... "singin a song CAN change the world"!!

 
At 2/10/2011 05:20:00 PM, Anonymous john c said...

Maybe the dumbass hippees should have stopped the liberal protesting and gone to class like they were supposed to and guard would not have had to shoot at these violent left wing nuts.

 
At 2/11/2011 12:23:00 PM, Anonymous j rose said...

I saw csny in cleveland ohio 40 years ago,just after kent state. the stadium was jam packed and no music ever tied together the feelings like neil singing ohio. nothing in my life has ever came close to duplicating the feeling there and never will. i have seen this man play many times and love him like my brother. long may you run. j rose

 
At 2/11/2011 12:25:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

@john c - wow. that was profound. since when did the truth become a left/right issue? check your facts and check back.
peace

 
At 11/13/2011 01:58:00 AM, Blogger slimpicker said...

I did a few hours of research, mostly on Kent State University's website, and I conclude that Neil Young and many others lack the majority of the facts about the incident.

This is all from Kent State's Dept. of Sociology.

I suggest anyone who is considering opining about the incident to read the conducted study that appears on the aforementioned website link, as well as information regarding the FBI informant who may have triggered the shootings.

Here are some key facts that most people don't know or choose to ignore when voicing his or her own opinions. I list them summarily, so please do your own research from credible sources, such as the Kent State University website, before dismissing them or taking my word for it:

1. The protesters did provoke the guardsmen, throwing rocks, glass bottles, and even setting a university building on fire. However, only one guardsmen was treated for serious injuries.

2. The protests occured for 4 days leading up to the shootings, and quickly turned violent on the first day.

3. President Nixon was not directly involved with the incident or with the orders for the Ohio National Guard. Kent Mayor Leroy Satrom declared a state of emergency after the first day of violent protests and asked Governor James Rhodes' for assistance.

4. Nearly 3000 students held demonstrations for 3 days straight, disobeying a lawful order by law enforcement and Kent State University officials to cease all gatherings and protests. Because of the escalated violence and burning and vandalizing of downtown business buildings and the campus' ROTC building, courts later ruled the order did not violate civil liberties.

5. Governor Rhodes ordered the Ohio Guard onto the campus on the second night, May 2, 1970 (2 days prior to the shootings).

6. The students were not fleeing when the Guard initially opened fire.

7. Only one of the students shot, Sandy Schreuer, was a passerby walking to class and not part of the demonstration.

8. Although federal prosecutors indicted 8 of the guardsmen shortly after the shootings, all charges for each of them were dismissed.

9. "The answer offered by the Guardsmen is that they fired because they were in fear of their lives...Federal criminal and civil trials have accepted the position of the Guardsmen."

10. The guardsmen tried using tear gas and numerous warnings and arrests prior to and including the day of the shooting, yet none of this was effective in quelling the unrest.

11. FBI informant Terry Norman, who took part in the protest and was carrying a .38 pistol and a gas mask, could have fired four rounds just before the Ohio guardsmen opened fire into the crowd.

All of the above information, except #11, is from a study conducted by the Kent State University's Department of Sociology, published in 1998.

dept.kent.edu/sociology/lewis/lewihen.htm

Information about the FBI informat did not surface until 2010, which is why the Kent State study did not mention it.

Audio forensics experts claimed that shots matching the acoustic signature of a .38 caliber pistol rang out some 70 seconds before Ohio Guardsmen opened fire. The guardsmen carried .30 caliber M1 Garand rifles.

 
At 11/13/2011 11:57:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher said...

@slimpicker - thanks for research. Yes, everything you state except #11 is very well known & taken into account. But does not the new info in #11 strike at the true heart of the whole matter and put it into another light???

Regardless of what you wish to believe, the official President's Commission on Campus Unrest concluded that "the indiscriminate firing of rifles into a crowd of students and the deaths that followed were unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable."

You seem to imply the exact opposite of the President's Commission conclusion based on your citing points #1-10.

If so, this is very dangerous thinking. It would indicate that you're OK with gov't assassins, which would be highly unpatriotic & treasonous.

Again, "unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable."

See any parallels?

 
At 11/13/2011 07:02:00 PM, Blogger slimpicker said...

@Thrasher - You're welcome for the research.

While I agree with some of what the Scranton Commission concluded, I think Nixon ordered the report as more of a political maneuver than a fact-finding mission.

The conclusion that you quoted seems like an attempt to appease the public, yet at the same time it doesn't place fault on any party.

Yes, I think the shootings were "indiscriminate." But were they "unnecessary"? That is a question that can be answered multiple ways. Perhaps they were generally unnecessary, as if to say the whole situation, including the students becoming violent, did not have to happen.

However, if what some of the guardsmen testified to is true, then I would have to conclude that the shootings were necessary for the guardsmen to defend themselves.

Personally, I think the shots were fired out of confusion, and perhaps only one guardsmen felt threatened and shot, which triggered the others to shoot. On the other hand, I believe it's equally likely that Terry Norman did fire the first shots.

I don't know how my previous post implies the exact opposite of the Scranton report. If so, then Kent State University also implies the exact opposite since all I did was repeat what they said.

I'm not sure what you mean by saying I'm "OK with gov't assassins, which would be highly unpatriotic & treasonous." Do you mean assassinating the government or the government assassinating others?

I am ok with governments assasinating people such as Osama bin Laden. Apparently, so is our President. So, I don't think it makes me unpatriotic.

I'm also ok with the people assassinating the government, since that is what our founding fathers did to the English government.

 

Post a Comment

<< Home

<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Won't You Please Come to New York
Just To Sing?

People's Climate March NYC - 9/21/14

Willie for a Nobel!

Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize
for Farm Aid and his work on
alternative fuels, and world peace initiatives.


Demand justice for Aaron:
Support "Aaron's Law" and inquiry into his prosecution


Please Help Support Independent Media &
Non-Corporate Advertising


This Blog's For You!


It's Been Called The
"Missing Link" in the Ditch Trilogy

time-fades-away-banner2a

Sign the Release "Time Fades Away" Petition
Join The 10,000+ Who Have Already Signed


WIN AN ISSUE!
Broken Arrow Magazine - March 2014

broken-arrow-mag-new-logo.gif

Neil Young Appreciation Society


sugar-mtn-logo.jpg
Sugar Mountain

Neil Young Setlists
rust-radio-new
Rust Radio


youngtown-rock&roll
Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum
Omemee, Ontario, Canada

Featuring Neil Young,
The Beatles, and others

bumpersticker-neil-concert.jpg


i-l-ove-neil-young-sm.jpg
Bands Covering Neil Young songs


bumper-sticker-live-music-better-sm.jpg


This Blog's For You!

ny-times-logo.jpg
Official Neil Young News Site

bridgeschool_logo
The Bridge School


The Bridge School Concerts
25th Anniversary Edition

**100% of Proceeds to Benefit Bridge School***

farm-aid-logo.gif
Farm Aid

Stop factory farms
Go family farms!

linda-eastman-neil-young-sugar-mtn-sm.jpg
The Essential Neil Young

neil-young-sleeveless.jpg
Fans Favorite Neil Albums

neil-young-heart-of-gold-film-still
Top 50 MP3
Neil Young Song Downloads


Top 10 Best Selling Neil Albums Today
amazon-neil-store.GIF
Support Thrasher's Wheat
via Purchases from:
United States - Amazon.com us.gif
Canada - Amazon.ca canada.gif
United Kingdom - Amazon.uk gb.gif
Germany - Amazon.de de.gif







Neil Young Songbook Project

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Alchemy Concert Tour Reviews

Fall 2012 N. America Tour
Spring 2013 Australia/New Zealand Tour
Summer 2013 Europe Tour

Europe Summer 2014 Concert Tour
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Thrasher's Wheat Radio Supporters Go To Europe

jttp-film-poster-sm.jpg
Neil Young Films

2010 MusiCares Honors Neil Young

Proceeds from sales go to MusiCares,
which helps musicians in need of
financial and medical assistance.

live-rust-promo-poster.jpg



trans-promo





Neil Young FAQ:
Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
"an indispensable reference"

paul-neil-bridge2004-sat-sfc-kkomenich-sm.jpg
Paul McCartney and Neil Young

woodstock-poster.jpg


"You can make a difference
If you really a try"

lennon_peace_liberty
John Lennon and Neil Young


"hailed by fans as a wonderful read"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
csny-1974-poster.jpg
The Supergroup of the 20th Century



eddie & neil
Eddie Vedder and Neil Young

buffalo-springfield-poster.jpg
Revisiting The Significance of
The Buffalo Springfield


"The revolution will not be televised"
... it will be blogged, streamed,
tweeted, shared and liked

Turn Off Your TV

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

Neil Young's Feedback:
An Acquired Taste?

Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years
by Rustie Sharry "Keepin' Jive Alive in T.O." Wilson

"the definitive source of Neil Young's formative childhood years in Canada"

neil & joni
Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

europe 1987.jpg


dylan-young-crop
Bob and Neil

weld
So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?


Four Dead in Ohio
kent state
So What Really Happened at Kent State?

concert-pass-europe-2003-solo.jpg


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

speak truth to power

emmylou-harris-neil-young-0305-crop
Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

wilco-062305-wide-background.jpg
Wilco and Neil Young

bluenotes-pass-young88crewlam-sm.jpg

bruce-springsteen-neil-young-bridge-oct-1986.jpg
Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young

europe87concertpass


elton-john-neil-young-crop-sm.jpg
Elton John and Neil Young

musicares-neil-young-2010.jpg
2010: Neil Young Year in Review -
A Tale of 2 Neils

ronnie-vanzant-neil.jpg
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young


Neil Young Nation -
"The definitive Neil Young fan book"

powderfinger
"Powderfinger"
What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment
neil-sad.jpg
Wisconsin-solidarity.jpg
I'm Proud to Be A Union Man

UNITED WE STAND/DIVIDED WE FALL


When Neil Young is Playing,
You Shut the Fuck Up


Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...
peacefully

A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"


"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize



John Mellencamp:
Why Willie Deserves a Nobel

willie_picnic_poster_070503



Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what friend had said
I was hoping it was a lie"


We're All On
A Journey Through the Past


Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH

Freedom:
freedom-video
Does Anything Else Really Matter?

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
~~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

Maybe everything you think you know is wrong?
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

csny2k-plate.jpg
the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists


war is not the answer
yet we are
Still Living With War

"greed is NOT good"
Occupy the Music

Hey Big Brother!
Stop Spying On Us!
Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
#NullifyNSA
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right


Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?

churchsign


Share

Words

(Between the lines of age)