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Sunday, October 23, 2016

October 23, 2016: Blue & nerdy

October 23 in history (via Wikipedia)

1958 – The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves, later popularized in a Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series, appear for the first time in the story La flute à six schtroumpfs, a Johan and Peewit adventure by Peyo, which is serialized in the weekly Spirou magazine.

I had no idea they were a thing before they were a a tv show/collectors toy.

Birthday quotes

"Let's be clear: all professions look bad in the movies. And there's a good reason for this. Movies don't portray career paths, they conscript interesting lifestyles to serve a plot. So lawyers are all unscrupulous and doctors are all uncaring. Psychiatrists are all crazy, and politicians are all corrupt. All cops are psychopaths, and all businessmen are crooks. Even moviemakers come off badly: directors are megalomaniacs, actors are spoiled brats. Since all occupations are portrayed negatively, why expect scientists to be treated differently?"

"Environmentalism needs to be absolutely based in objective and verifiable science, it needs to be rational, and it needs to be flexible. And it needs to be apolitical. To mix environmental concerns with the frantic fantasies that people have about one political party or another is to miss the cold truth — that there is very little difference between the parties, except a difference in pandering rhetoric." 

- Michael Crichton (October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008)

Happy birthday Weird Al!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Where Did the Mind Go

I was traveling the past couple of days. Yesterday, I was pleased to witness the odometer at 134134. I knew today I would cross 134431. But I was listening to Where Did the Road Go with guest Joshua Cutchin, The episode closed with the studio version of the song below of his Half Dozen Brass Band:

I enjoyed the song so much, I forgot about the odometer until it was at 134435. I was disappointed, but then thought, "All is not lost. Coming up is 134444, with 1+3 equaling yet another 4!"

But by then, I was listening to the previous Where Did the Road Go episode with Roejen, and again missed the milestone.

But the day still had hope. I had a ways to go, and 134567 was on the horizon. AGAIN, missed it, as I was paying attention to Jim Harold's stories.

Now I'll have to wait roughly thousand miles for cool numbers. Maybe by then, I'll be catching up on more boring podcasts and pay attention to the numbers.

Oh, the troubles of modern life!

October 22, 2016: Happy Birthday, World!

October 22 in history (via Wikipedia)

4004 BC – The world was created at approximately six o'clock in the evening, according to the Ussher chronology.

Why is that not a holiday?

1836  Sam Houston is inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas.

They named a town after him, and it's bigger than Washington. Because everything's bigger in Texas.

Birthday quotes

My daughter got me a 'World's Best Dad' mug. So we know she's sarcastic.

Don't say you're going to stop eating red meat when you like red meat.

- Bob Odenkirk (born October 22, 1962

Bobby Fuller (d 1966) would be 74 today. No one knows for sure, but it's possible he fought the mob,and the mob won

Friday, October 21, 2016

October 2016: Nobel Intentions

October 21 in history (via Wikipedia)

1892 – Opening ceremonies for the World's Columbian Exposition are held in Chicago, though because construction was behind schedule, the exposition did not open until May 1, 1893.

Delays in a major urban project? How did that ever happen? 

Birthday quote

"I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results." 

- Alfred Nobel (21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896)

Happy birthday keyboardist Manfred Mann!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Iran sponsors terrorism, but why should I care?

I saw a Congressional campaign negative ad (District not mine) saying the incumbent was wrong to support the Iran nuclear deal because Iran is the world's leading sponsor of terror.

That might be true. Iran funds Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine. But...

What concern is that of the United States of America? Those countries aren't even in our hemisphere.

In the last 20 years, how many American casualties were produced from Iranian sponsorship of terrorism? How many were targets because they were Americans?

And if the sticking point is that Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas are all opposed to Israel, would it be impolite to name the defense treaty the United States has with Israel?

I would say that it's clearly against U.S. interests to treat Iran as an enemy. But "U.S. interests" is only an illusion. Lots of people in the corridors of power have an interest in demonizing Iran:

  • Elected politicians who want to list enemies they say they're keeping you "safe" from. Because much of the population still remembers the heinous Ayatollah Khomeini, they'll believe that any evil committed in the Middle East can be traced back to Iran.
  • Defense contractors, who profit from the United States having as many overseas "enemies" as possible.
  • Media companies for whom wars and rumors of war provide good fodder for their news channels.
  • Think tank ideologues who believe America has an exceptional "mission" in the world that includes overthrowing every dictatorship and theocracy -- even at the expense of the liberty and prosperity of the American people.  
I do not excuse Iran's behavior in supporting terrorists. Nor do I condone its oppressive laws. But there are a lot of evils in the world I don't like, or wouldn't like if I knew about them. I bet I wouldn't like some of the customs in the jungles of, say, Indonesia. But I don't lose sleep over evils I can't control.

And the United States can't control, coerce, or defeat Iran in any conventional war that would involve invasion or occupation. So there's no reason for continued hostility. 

Open trade with Iran, and all countries. Declare neutrality in all foreign conflicts. Because further antagonism will make the U.S. culpable of further violence.  

Mr. Obama thinks Mr. Trump needs more flair

As I write, Mr. Obama was recently on television condemning Mr. Trump for not paying taxes and claiming that Mr. Trump thinks taxpayers are suckers. A quick Google search suggests that other Democrats are making that claim, but Mr. Trump never said such a thing.

Isn't Mr. Trump bad enough, without having to make stuff up?

Mr. Obama is criticizing Mr. Trump for obeying the law, and wags his finger at Mr. Trump for not paying more than required.

Which is to say, Mr. Obama is making a moral issue over something that isn't wrong at all, and is something everyone tries to do: pay no more in taxes than is required.

Mr. Obama is like a toddler who tries to take another's toy and, when denied, cries "No fair!" He insults his own intelligence.

He's also like this restaurant manger. Don't be this guy.


October 20, 2016: Remember Art Buchwald? Dr. Joyce Brothers?

October 20 in history (via Wikipedia)

1947 – The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its investigation into Communist infiltration of Hollywood, resulting in a blacklist that prevents some from working in the industry for years.

Shameful. And remember, this was not Sen. McCarthy. On paper at least, his crusade, years later, was an honorable one. This Hollywood investigation was un-American.

1968 – Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

A relative was an exchange student in Spain at the time. Spain, not Greece. She told me decades later that lots of people were upset about it and asked her, as an American, felt. Her attitude was, "It's her life." Don't know if that's indicative of the cultural differences between the U.S. and Europe, or if my relative had common sense.

Birthday Quotes I 

"You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it."

"If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it."

- Art Buchwald (20 October 1925 – 17 January 2007)

Birthday Quotes II

"Trust your hunches... Hunches are usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level."

- Joyce Brothers (20 September 1928 - 13 May 2013)

Happy Birthday Tom Petty!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A McMullin-Pence Administration?

On October 10, the day after the 2nd Trump-Clinton debate, I received this question from from a self-described apolitical friend:
Why haven't the independents taken advantage of this election year and found and  promoted a strong candidate?  It seems like this is such a missed opportunity for them...
Here was my answer:
Nobody thought Trump would win on the Republican side until the ballot access laws in the states made it too hard to form a 3rd party.  The laws also put limits on how much money people can spend on other people, so basically only billionaires (remember Ross Perot) can put up last-minute independent bids. (There are no limits on how much they can personally spend on their own campaign). The only person with the interest & wealth to do that this time around was former NYC Mayor Bloomberg, but he endorsed Mrs. Clinton.  Mark Cuban probably also toyed with the idea, and I wouldn't be surprised to see his name in 2020.
When writing this, little did I know that an Independent candidate may impact the election the way no "third party" run ever has. Evan McMullin, an anti-Trump conservative who announced his candidacy on October 8, has a slight lead in Utah polls -- even though he's on the ballot in only a handful of states (for reasons I explained above). If that lead holds, and if his Utah victory prevents a majority victor in the Electoral College, then...
 the House of Representatives elects the President from the 3 Presidential candidates who received the most Electoral votes. Each state delegation has one vote. The Senate would elect the Vice President from the 2 Vice Presidential candidates with the most Electoral votes. Each Senator would cast one vote for Vice President. If the House of Representatives fails to elect a President by Inauguration Day, the Vice-President Elect serves as acting President until the deadlock is resolved in the House. 
This leaves an opportunity for members of the House, acting as state delegations, to choose McMullin as a compromise President since a majority of the people dislike both Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton. (The Republican Senate, with just two options, would likely choose Trump's running mate Mike Pence.)

Although I'd prefer that it was Gary Johnson who was this spoiler, I would love for the Constitutional process to work even though it selects someone nobody even knows enough about to dislike. Anything to shatter the illusions people have of Presidential campaigns and of the Presidency would be a positive.

October 19, 2016: Embargo or a world party?

October 19 in history (via Wikipedia)

1960  Cold War: The United States government imposes a near-total trade embargo against Cuba, which was lifted in 2015.

Because limiting freedom for Americans would OF COURSE be the cure for oppression in Cuba!

Birthday quotes

"What else do conservatives and libertarians profess in common? The answer to that question is simple: nothing. Nor will they ever. To talk of forming a league or coalition between these two is like advocating a union of ice and fire." 

"Conservatives have no intention of compromising with socialists, but even such an alliance, ridiculous though it would be, is more conceivable than the coalition of conservatives and libertarians."

"When heaven and earth have passed away, perhaps the conservative mind and the libertarian mind may be joined in synthesis, but not until then."

- Russell Kirk  (October 19 1918 – 29 April 1994)

Happy birthday Kurt Wallinger!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Will Congress FINALLY limit the Presidency?

The President of the United States overseas a system of...
  • humiliation (TSA)
  • intimidation (FBI)
  • blackmail (NSA)
  • deceit (CIA)
  • waste (the Department of Defense)
  • prohibition (DEA)
  • theft (asset forfeiture, IRS)
  • favoritism (tariffs)
  • murder (drone strikes)
  • destabilization (State Department)
  • censorship (FEC, FCC)
  • racism (border control)
  • cronyism (regulatory agencies)
  • orchestrated panics (CDC, EPA, Homeland Security)  
  • oppression (Bureau of Prisons)
  • betrayal (Indian Affairs, Veterans Affairs)
  • bankrupt schemes (Social Security, Medicare)
  • injustice (Department of Justice)
  • divisiveness (Census statistics that treat us as members of racial groups instead of individuals)
  • incarceration 
  • secrecy (classified information)
  • terror (arming the same radical groups that attack the U.S. and allies)
  • bullying (issuing ultimatums to foreign countries)
  • lawlessness (lack of due process from No Fly Lists to monitoring our emails to indefinite detention)
  • cruelty (mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent "crimes")
The Presidency, for the most part, makes life worse for Americans and for the people the world.  I don't know if it's possible to elect a President who supports limiting the Presidency's power and dismantling these criminal agencies and policies. And if it is possible, I wonder if the person, once in office, will stay true to his promise. The Oval Office is the Ring of Power, and even a person with the best of intentions will abuse it.

I can say, then, that while I want Gary Johnson to be elected President in 2016, that's not to say I want him to be President. I don't want anyone to be President. I can't trust the President to limit his power. Only a Congress with the support of the people can do so.

In the past, it hasn't been in Congress's insterest to do so. Anything that limited Presidential power would have been interpreted as "partisan" or worse. For instance, Mr. Obama's bombing of Libya was impeachable, but the Republicans didn't want to deal with impeaching the First Black President.

At this juncture, however, Congress may have an opportunity to strip the President of powers he should never have had. That's because the Republicans, if they retain both houses of Congress will face a President their leadership doesn't like. They don't like Mrs. Clinton, and they also don't like their "own" Mr. Trump.
  • If Mrs. Clinton's elected, they will not only derail her proposals, but also launch investigations into her associations. They won't give her the benefit of the doubt on anything. And the American people won't mind; they don't trust her like they did Mr. Obama.  
  • If Mr. Trump is elected, the Republican leadership will work with the Democratic minority to similarly derail his proposals -- even if Republican back-benchers support him.
Either way, the Congress would have the support of the majority of the American people to limit Presidential power because they dislike both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump.  No matter who's President, no war and no Executive Order will go unchallenged.

Maybe that's wishful thinking on my part. But it's the only potentially positive outcome of either of the equally dreadful Clinton and Trump presidencies.

October 18, 2016: Women are persons!

October 18 in history (via Wikipedia)

1929 – The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council overrules the Supreme Court of Canada in Edwards v. Canada when it declares that women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law.

Without government, how would we have known what women are?

Birthday quotes

"We cannot safely assume that other people's minds work on the same principles as our own. All too often, others with whom we come in contact do not reason as we reason, or do not value the things we value, or are not interested in what interests us."

"Although intelligence tests are usually speed tests for the sake of convenience, it is debatable whether speed has any rightful place in the basic concept of intelligence."

Isabel Briggs Myers (October 18, 1897 – May 5, 1980

Happy Birthday Chuck Berry!

And Laura Nyro would be 69 today.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The fractured Ron Paul Revolution

I got connected to most of my friends and followers on social networks through our mutual admiration of Ron Paul. Many of them, however, are now vociferous supporters (and defenders) of Donald Trump. The following is my attempt to understand why that is.

The Ron Paul Revolution started on a Republican Presidential debate stage in the spring of 2007, when Rudy Giuliani tried to disparage Ron Paul's foreign policy views. It backfired, and many people took Ron Paul's side.

Over the course of two Presidential election cycles, a movement grew from a libertarian fringe in the Republican Party to a faction. It tried to remain together under Ron's less libertarian, more conservative, and more compromising son Rand. Rand's Presidential campaign quickly folded, and the faction splintered by supporting different Republican, Libertarian, and to a lesser extent, Constitution Party candidates.

The faction contained three kinds of Ron Paul supporters:

1. People who were already libertarian, strict Constitutionalists, or otherwise 90+ percent in agreement with Ron's positions. Ron didn't teach us anything we didn't already know; we were just glad he was doing this to spread the message.

2. People for whom Ron opened a new world of libertarian ideas. They began to think like the people in group #1.

3. Populists who were drawn to Ron because he had the courage to speak his mind to the Establishment. His lack of eloquence and charisma didn't matter; what mattered is he said what he believed.

It seems, however, that Ron's ideas didn't matter, or were misunderstood. His enemies were often the same as traditional conservatives of the Pat Buchanan vein and anti-New World Order conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones: the foreign interventionists who'd give up US sovereignty for UN social engineering, security treaties, and trade agreements.

They liked Ron Paul as a person. But in terms of policy, they supported him only in the sense of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." His message of individual liberty didn't resonate with them. Ron defends American sovereignty and the Constitution in defense of liberty; populists defend it because they elevate nationalism over liberty.

These populists are militarist, pro-police flag-wavers. Their values are not Ron's, and Donald Trump appeals to them even more.    

Of course, they're not the only former Ron Paul Revolutionaries in the Trump camp. While libertarian support for Mr. Trump appears slim, some prominent libertarians cheer him because they perceive him as antiwar, or at least substantially more antiwar than Mrs. Clinton.

While Mr. Trump does speak more truth on foreign policy than Mrs. Clinton does, he provides no reason for optimism. He has a disdain for liberty and an affinity for Big Government, and war feeds both. I recall that George W. Bush seemed more antiwar than Al Gore in 2000, and how did that work out? If Mr. Trump wins, would anyone really be surprised if Bill Kristol, or some other prominent pro-war neoconservative or Democratic "internationalist," has lunch with him the day after the election?

It seems the motivation of libertarian Trump supporters is to see the interventionists lose. They want the satisfaction of a political victory for once in their lives. Their hatred of domestic political enemies "trumps" everything else. If Mr. Trump escalates current wars and starts new ones, they'll content themselves with the belief that Mrs. Clinton would have been worse.

I understand populist support for Mr. Trump. I think his libertarian supporters, however, are throwing away everything they say they hold dear: Privacy. Free markets. Free speech. All for a flimsy hope for peace when there are more principled antiwar nominees, such as Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, on the ballot.

Donald Trump offers nothing for libertarians and has done nothing to earn their support. A vote for him is the opposite of keeping the revolution ignited by Ron Paul alive. It's a vote to extinguish it.

October 17, 2016: 3 great Americans

October 17 in history (from Wikipedia)

1979 – The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.

Because nothing makes something better than new, bigger bureaucracies. 

Birthday quotes I

"I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn't very difficult."

"When irrational terror takes to itself the fiat of moral goodness somebody has to die. … No man lives who has not got a panic button, and when it is pressed by the clean white hand of moral duty, a certain murderous train is set in motion."

"Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that the state has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied."

- Arthur Miller  (17 October 1915 – 10 February 2005)

Birthday quotes II

"The office of president is a bastardized thing, half royalty and half democracy, that nobody knows whether to genuflect or spit."

"All political power is primarily an illusion. Illusion. Mirrors and blue smoke, beautiful blue smoke rolling over the surface of highly polished mirrors, first a thin veil of blue smoke, then a thick cloud that suddenly dissolves into wisps of blue smoke, the mirrors catching it all, bouncing it back and forth."

"Media, the plural of mediocrity."

- Jimmy Breslin (October 17, 1930) 

Happy Birthday Michael McKean!

One more:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 16, 2016: Oscar Wilde Overdrive

October 16 in history (via Wikipedia)

1973  Henry Kissinger and Lê Đức Thọ are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1984 – Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

One of these things is not like another.

Birthday quotes

"A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it."

"People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it's impossible to count them accurately."

"England has done one thing; it has invented and established Public Opinion, which is an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force."

"Just as the worst slave-owners were those who were kind to their slaves, and so prevented the horror of the system being realised by those who suffered from it, and understood by those who contemplated it, so, in the present state of things in England, the people who do most harm are the people who try to do most good."

"Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion."

"Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less."

- Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900

Happy Birthday Fred Turner!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Is it okay for a porn star to condemn rape? And why do I have to ask?

Ten years ago, comedian Doug Stanhope contemplated running for the 2008 Libertarian Party Presidential nomination. It was derailed due to FEC rules. Had he been able to move forward and won the nomination, he would have had my enthusiastic endorsement.

In 2010, I set up a Facebook page (now removed) to promote John Stagliano for the 2012 Libertarian Presidential Nomination, who was then being prosecuted on obscenity charges. I did not know him, he didn't ask me to to do this and perhaps never heard about it. My position was that the purpose of nominating him is to send the message that prosecutions of consensual crimes must stop.

Stagliano is a pornographer. Doug Stanhope is a raunchy comedian who once hosted a Girls Gone Wild special.

Stagliano filmed women having sex. Most likely, most of the women he filmed appeared in several films and had sex with multiple partners. Girls Gone Wild was also pornographic (though perhaps less explicit; I don't know).

Those who are morally opposed to pornography may dislike them, and dislike me because I was ready to support them.

Now, what would Stagliano, Stanhope, or any of the women they featured think about a rapist like Bill Cosby? I imagine that if they believe the accusations, they feel the same anger and revulsion most people do. But are any of them, or am I, entitled to condemn Cosby's crimes?

Most people would say, "Of course you can!" Even those with strict sexual ethics know the difference between consensual and non-consensual sex. They understand that wearing skimpy clothes, being promiscuous, or being a porn star doesn't mean one is "asking for it" or "deserves it."

Would anyone say to a porn star: "Wait, how can you condemn Bill Cosby? You have sex for a living!"

That question doesn't make sense. The voluntary nature of the porn star's work is different from someone violating her body without her consent. That she consents to men having sex with her doesn't mean she believes any man can have sex with any woman whether she consents or not.

Common sense, right?

But the funny thing is, I've seen several  Internet memes that excuse Donald Trump's unwitting admission of sexual assault. They show a young female pop star grabbing her crotch on stage, and pointing out the supposed irony and/or hypocrisy that she of all people criticized Donald Trump's behavior!

Because, apparently, if you voluntarily touch yourself in public, you have no moral standing to condemn sexual molestation.

That's exactly the line of thinking that would conclude that a porn star has no moral standing to condemn rape.

It's ridiculous. It's shameful such memes exist.

And it's embarrassing that (some, not all) Trump supporters portray themselves as thinking that way. They were already depicted in the media as sexist and ignorant, but I had no idea the reality was even worse than the stereotype.

October 15, 2016: Even P.G. Wodehouse slammed Donald Trump

October 15 in history (via Wikipedia)

1951 – The first episode of I Love Lucy, an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, airs on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).

65 years isn't as long ago as it used to be.

Birthday Quotes I

"Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen."

"He who is punished is never he who performed the deed. He is always the scapegoat."

- Friedrich Nietzsche (15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900

Birthday Quotes II

"Like so many substantial citizens of America, he had married young and kept on marrying, springing from blonde to blonde like the chamois of the Alps leaping from crag to crag."

Was he referring to Donald Trump?

"It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them."

"At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies."

"You know how it is with some girls. They seem to take the stuffing right out of you. I mean to say, there is something about their personality that paralyses the vocal cords and reduces the contents of the brain to cauliflower."

"Like so many substantial citizens of America, he had married young and kept on marrying, springing from blonde to blonde like the chamois of the Alps leaping from crag to crag."

"There are girls, few perhaps but to be found if one searches carefully, who when their advice is ignored and disaster ensues, do not say 'I told you so.'"

- P.G. Wodehouse (15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975

Happy Birthday Richard Carpenter!

Friday, October 14, 2016

October 14, 2016: Think Like Ike

October 14 in history (via Wikipedia):

1066  Norman Conquest: Battle of Hastings: In England on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings, the Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated the English army and kill King Harold II of England.

No one in my family is called William to this day.

1656  Massachusetts enacts the first punitive legislation against the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The marriage of church-and-state in Puritanism makes them regard the Quakers as spiritually apostate and politically subversive.

Nonviolence is subversive.

1947 – Captain Chuck Yeager of the United States Air Force flies a Bell X-1 rocket-powered experimental aircraft, the Glamorous Glennis, faster than the speed of sound at Mach 1.06 (700 miles per hour (1,100 km/h; 610 kn) over the high desert of Southern California and becomes the first pilot and the first airplane to do so in level flight.

The dude's on Twitter. @GenChuckYeager

1982 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaims a War on Drugs.

Worst thing he did.

Birthday quotes I

"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity."

"I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him [Secretary of War Stimson] my grave misgivings [on dropping the atomic bomb on Japan], first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of 'face'. The Secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude..."

"Un-American activity cannot be prevented or routed out by employing un-American methods; to preserve freedom we must use the tools that freedom provides."

"One circumstance that helped our character development: we were needed. I often think today of what an impact could be made if children believed they were contributing to a family's essential survival and happiness. In the transformation from a rural to an urban society, children are — though they might not agree — robbed of the opportunity to do genuinely responsible work."

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

Dwight D. Eisenhower (14 October 1890 – 28 March 1969)

Happy Birthday Justin Hayward!

On Social Media

Read all these articles about Trump's sexism that have sponsored links about which female celebs are still hot or got ugly. #JMOE @ARIYNBF

My anonymous appearance in Playboy (guest621515) or here.

"Cops risk their lives every day to ruin yours." - Doug Stanhope, who provides this link.

Rightful outrage about the tape, but STILL no outrage about the #CentralParkFive comments. Why is that?
9 to 5 is on. Dabney Coleman is the best thing about it, proving once again that men are better than women at acting, just as men are better at everything. Also, they should have had Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda show more skin.

I wonder how much a $2 bill will sell for. #JustMeOrEveryone #JMOE @ARIYNBF.

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