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In Europe, war had been regarded as more or less the normal state of things: “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” European societies developed monarchies, bureaucracies and standing armies to fight wars, and regimes of treaties and rules to regulate wars
I feel petty sometimes.
Frum pisses me off because for eight years, in my mind anyway, I watched the President of the United States on the telly and I swear to Almighty God, every frickin time he showed up he lied.
And David Frum wrote a bunch of those speeches.
So I kind of link him with Avlon and McKinnon and others who claim to be 'middle of the roaders' or 'neutrals' or 'neutered' as far as I am concerned.
But my God,
ONLY THE DEAD HAVE SEEN THE END OF WAR
That's it for me.
I mean I am reading Bertrand Russell's The History of Western Philosophy and I am sure Plato or Alcibiades or Thales or somebody must have said this somewhere sometime.
I mean Frum put quotes around this great line but I have no money for his book and I assume he is quoting someone.
But I really don't care.
I mean the guy wrote this Patriots thingy and I will purchase the tome at discount in the next few years because the left just loves it!
Anyway, back to being petty.
I read a rather long article at WP by Woodward and Bernstein which is really just an advertisement for their new book or something. I mean they have not jointly authored anything in thirty eight years for chrissakes.
The article underlines what a pure prick Nixon was. The guy was angry at the media, at the dems, at the college students, at Teddy, at LBJ, at the Jews....
On June 17, 1971 — exactly one year before the Watergate break-in — Nixon met in the Oval Office with his chief of staff, H.R. “Bob” Haldeman, and national security adviser Henry Kissinger. At issue was a file about former president Lyndon Johnson’s handling of the 1968 bombing halt in Vietnam.
“You can blackmail Johnson on this stuff, and it might be worth doing,” Haldeman said, according to the tape of the meeting.
“Yeah,” Kissinger said, “but Bob and I have been trying to put the damn thing together for three years.” They wanted the complete story of Johnson’s actions.
“Huston swears to God there’s a file on it at Brookings,” Haldeman said.
“Bob,” Nixon said, “now you remember Huston’s plan? Implement it. . . . I mean, I want it implemented on a thievery basis. God damn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it.”
Nixon would not let the matter drop. Thirteen days later, according to another taped discussion with Haldeman and Kissinger, the president said: “Break in and take it out. You understand?”
The next morning, Nixon said: “Bob, get on the Brookings thing right away. I’ve got to get that safe cracked over there.” And later that morning, he persisted, “Who’s gonna break in the Brookings Institution?”
For reasons that have never been made clear, the break-in apparently was not carried out
VIDEO | In a question-and-answer session with AP editors on Nov. 17, 1973, President Nixon declared "I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got."
Nixon’s anti-Semitic rages were well-known to those who worked most closely with him, including some aides who were Jewish. As we reported in our 1976 book, “The Final Days,” he would tell his deputies, including Kissinger, that “the Jewish cabal is out to get me.” In a July 3, 1971, conversation with Haldeman, he said: “The government is full of Jews. Second, most Jews are disloyal. You know what I mean? You have a Garment [White House counsel Leonard Garment] and a Kissinger and, frankly, a Safire [presidential speechwriter William Safire], and, by God, they’re exceptions. But Bob, generally speaking, you can’t trust the bastards. They turn on you.”
I mean this guy hated everybody. And his plan to become total dictator of the universe had only been put off for eight years based upon his grand Underwood prop exhibited a decade prior to that.
And forty years ago a million bucks was going to be the weapon used to exact his vengeance.
Nowadays, I believe that three thousand times that amount will be used by the powers that be to pummel each other.
There will be salaries for those who wish to stuff ballot boxes and hide big boxes of ballots and misrepresent and misstate and misquote and mis-communicate and mis-transpose and mis....whatever.
There will be salaries paid to those organizations called upon to robo-call the electorate and indicate that our voting day has been called off.
There will be salaries paid to those who feign expertise in economics and feign expertise in polling and feign expertise in unemployment figures and feign expertise....in whatever.
There will be salaries paid to 'neutrals' who are nothing but shills for one side or the other.
There will be 'town hall meetings' that are staged and where the participants will be forced to sign loyalty oaths.
Back to petty.
Mel Gibson is worse that anyone would have thought. At least according to Joe Eszterhas.
I mean this lowlife hires an expert on the Holocaust to write a script for him that will bring all Jews to the realization that only an Essene will help THEM find the true way?
Mel really does hate the Jews and the Gays and the Blacks and his ex-wives and all women and....
But the real reason for me even getting into this subject has to do with Repub Representative Steve King from Iowa.
I do not understand him.
I have written about his propensity for racist chatter and classist crap but there was something in my memory that really bugged me.
And all this had to do with something I read sometime in the last two weeks and forgot about.
The Hill’s Cameron Joseph has more:
See, this fellow gets into office and the first thing he is going to do for his constituents is not only replace light bulbs and shower heads in his official DC office but degrade janitors.
If we ever figure out the why, we might be able to find a way to work with those fellows (and a few ladies) on the other side!
You see Nixon had already reached the pinnacle of success. Why on earth should he be bothered by the ramblings of the heirs of Gutenberg?
Mel Gibson had already reached the top of the Hollywood pyramid. I mean Mel made a movie about the worst days of our Lord & Savior and used only an ancient dialect long lost for dialogue and made half a billion bucks after everyone told him he was nuts.
Steve King had achieved his dream of becoming (like Cincinnatus being crowned following his departure from his fields) and all he could think about was light bulbs and shower heads.
But Steve, do you not see that a percentage of wattage was saved by these new bulbs and a percentage of water usage was save by these shower heads and do we not all have a civic duty....
The only reason I can come up with in regard to the actions of Tricky Dicky or Mel or Steve has to do with pettiness.
Now am I being petty in bringing up all this pettiness?
If I were famous, I am sure that FOX would make that point!
But I am not important enough for the media to focus on me.
So I can say almost anything I wish.
FUCK TRICKY DICKY, FUCK MEL AND FUCK STEVE.