We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Bird Dog ... This is one of my favorite pictures of two of my heroes. Body language says it all. They are comfortable and relaxed with each other, they enjoy each other's conversation. Neither is trying to 'one-up' the other.
Marianne, Cris, Thud, Pajak... you folks are as dense as this idiot you praise. You bought the whole story, didn't you?
The White House correspondent Sam Donaldson wrote a book published in 1987 titled “Hold On, Mr. President!” which was something Sam used to yell out quite frequently as Reagan would attempt to leave a room and pretend he heard no questions. There’s a moment in this book that Donaldson describes where he watched Reagan referring to a stack of 3”x5” cards throughout a Cabinet meeting. When the meeting adjourned Donaldson walked over to the chair Reagan had been sitting in and he picked up this stack of cards and began to read through them. EVERY single word Reagan uttered during the meeting was on the cards! Everything including, “Good morning, Don, sorry your team couldn’t pull it off this weekend.” And, “David, what do you think?” And, “Does anybody care for some jelly beans?” Donaldson was totally shocked by this and he wrote in extreme explicit terms that this President is nothing more than a talking puppet. In Ron Reagan’s earlier biography of his dad, he described a moment when Governor Reagan was handing out the diplomas at young Reagan’s high school. He introduced himself to every kid who approached the stand and when Ron’s turn came, Reagan shook his hand, introduced himself and congratulated him for graduating. Ron proclaimed in horror… “Dad… it’s ME, your son, I’m Ron!” Reagan just looked a little confused but then smiled broadly and wished him on his way. We are talking about a BRAIN DONOR here, folks. This guy faithfully read every card that was ever placed in front of him, but there was nobody home.
Murray Rothbard sums up the disastrous Reagan years in this article from 1989… http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard60.html
Lew Rockwell, Murray Rothbard, Sam Donaldson... too tempting to shoot your messengers. Even if your tinfoil hat fits comfortably and makes you feel righteous, the inspiration that Reagan engendered in millions of Americans, not to mention the hope he and the team of Thatcher and Pope John Paul gave to those longing to look over the Wall toward freedom was real, substantive hope, not the Splenda Hope today's alleged leaders espouse.
Yup...dense, wealthy and happy, thats me...now fuck off you lefty shit.
Dick Cheney summed it up so perfectly... "Reagan proved deficits don't matter." Your guy... who campaigned to keep the government off our backs... let loose the tidal wave of unbridled spending, deficits, and ultimately, the erosion of our worth, our property and our freedom. I'm not a lefty, honestly, and I sure as hell ain't "conservative" or whatever that's supposed to mean. ALL the Presidents are pandering obedient puppets to the corporations... which are the military/industrial complex, and the biggest private corporation of all, the Federal Reserve. They ALL suck. Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Carter, Bush, Clinton, W, Obama... they got THE hand way up inside that tells them to say the right thing and sign the papers. Staying forever with your butt glued to the Republican/Democrat seesaw makes you very tedious while you swear you're on the winning side.