Gary Hart Was Set Up!

Closing Thought–24Oct18

May I see a show of hands……who knows who Gary Hart is and what is his significance?

I am an old fart and I remember and even supported the candidacy of Dem. Gary Hart….the year was 1988 and the GOP had G.H.W. Bush as their candidate….after 8 years of a Reagan it was time for the US to move to a more sensible president.

Well into his run for the nomination a photo emerged of a cute blonde sitting on Hart’s lap( hint not his wife)….and his run collapsed as quickly as it had come to life…..

One of the biggest political sex scandals of the modern era—one that perhaps helped the elder George Bush become president—may have been a set-up. So writes James Fallows in the Atlantic regarding the fate of Colorado Sen. Gary Hart in 1987. Hart had been a leading contender for the Democratic nomination that year when an infamous photo emerged of a young model named Donna Rice sitting on Hart’s lap on a pier in Bimini. The photo effectively ended Hart’s bid for the White House. Now the new twist: Legendary GOP operative Lee Atwater, who served as Bush’s campaign manager, reportedly made a deathbed confession in 1991 to Hart consultant Raymond Strother that he orchestrated the photo and resulting scandal. “I thought there was something fishy about the whole thing from the very beginning,” Strother tells Fallows.

“Lee told me that he had set up the whole Monkey Business deal,” he adds, referring to the name of the boat on which Hart had sailed to the Bahamas. ‘I did it!’ he told me. ‘I fixed Hart.’” Strother says he kept this information mostly to himself over the years but decided to go public because of a cancer diagnosis. Atwater reportedly arranged for a donor to invite Hart on a cruise, concocted a boat switch to that of the aptly named Monkey Business, made sure young women were on board, created a snafu that required the boat to stay overnight, then orchestrated the photo as they waited out the delay. “It was clearly staged, but it was used after the fact to prove that some intimacy existed,” Hart himself tells Fallows. More details on the alleged scheme are in the full story. (This woman says she’s the Miami Herald tipster who triggered a damning Hart investigation.)

Of course as a supporter I felt that he had been set up….but in those days we did not have the many conspiracy sites on which we could make our case.

Plus the woman was sitting on his lap….kinda of mild after the sexual crap we have these days, huh?

Hart was an  antiwar candidate…I say candidate for if elected who knows what direction he would have turned….

Ever noticed that good candidates seldom go on to be nominated?

BTW….1836 the match gets a patent.


The Assassination Of Huey Long

I feel compelled to help my fellow Americans to learn the history that is left out of most history books…….history is interesting as well as fascinating….there is something for everyone.

On this day, September 8 in 1935 an assassin shot and killed presidential candidate Huey Long of Louisiana.

On this day in 1935, a Sunday, Sen. Huey Long was shot in the Louisiana state Capitol by the son-in-law of a political enemy. He died about 30 hours later at age 42. News of Long’s death made headlines around the world. Some 200,000 mourners flocked to Baton Rouge for the funeral.

Branded a demagogue by his critics, Long was a larger-than-life figure who boasted that he bought legislators “like sacks of potatoes, shuffled them like a deck of cards.” He dubbed himself “The Kingfish,” saying: “I’m a small fish here in Washington. But I’m the Kingfish to the folks down in Louisiana.”

A fascinating individual…some called him a socialist, others a populist and his popularity was amazing especially in his home state of Louisiana …….

Huey Long was a fiery and charismatic Louisiana politician who moved up the ranks at a young age. Branded a demagogue and radical by his opponents, and known for turning his back on established processes to gain political victories, Long controlled a vast political machine in the name of courting working class and poor constituents.

There are those that say that Long was targeted by FDR because he was so popular and was gaining in the presidential polls.

Long did much for Louisiana……built roads, schools took on oil industry and made them pay taxes to be used for education and schools….Long was a colorful figure from the history of the South….his story makes excellent reading.

If you are interested in this American politician than a visit to a website dedicated to him and his story is available……all things Huey Long……

In closing of this post a short musical interlude from Randy Newman in honor of Huey “the Kingfish” Long…..

*****Warning:  The “N” word is used in the song below…if you are offended then you might pass on the video.*****

In closing I would like to let you guys hear some more of Randy Newman and the “Good Old Boys” album….warning the “N” word is used but please listen to the words before you condemn for Newman makes fun the “Rednecks” of the South of the past……

Just had to drop some local history on you, my readers ….now time for my Saturday to kick off with those damn “honey dos”…..

Dear Mr. Trump: Dude Seriously?

Just about everything that flies of Our Dear Leader’s mouth is ill-thought out or just plain moronic…..his newest batch of stupidity…..

  • McCain flap. Trump denied that he had made mistakes in his reaction to the Arizona senator’s death, which saw the White House flag lowered, raised, then lowered once more. He declined to answer when asked whether the Republican would have made a better president than Barack Obama. “I don’t want to comment on it,” he said. “I have a very strong opinion, all right.” Bloomberg notes that press secretary Sarah Sanders stared at him as he delivered the answer.

President Trump gave Bloomberg an interview Thursday that was a doozy even by Trumpian standards. Among other things, he insisted he couldn’t be impeached because he is “doing a great job,” defended his controversial handling of John McCain’s death—and threatened to pull the United States out of the World Trade Organization. Some highlights:

  • Can’t impeach me. “I don’t think they can impeach somebody that’s doing a great job,” Trump said of Democrats, praising his own performance on issues include trade deals. He said if he was impeached, every following president would be impeached whenever the opposing party gained control of Congress. “You look at the definition of impeachment, that’s a high bar and that would take a long time to fight that if you’re doing a good job,” he said. “And I’m doing a great job.”
  • No to the WTO? In a section of the interview that made headlines worldwide, Trump threatened to pull the US out of the World Trade Organization if the body that lays down rules for global trade doesn’t improvement its treatment of the US. “If they don’t shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO,” said Trump, who has claimed, incorrectly, that the US loses “almost all of the lawsuits” in the WTO. He told Bloomberg the creation of the WTO was the “single worst deal ever made.”
  • Sessions safe for now. The president said Jeff Sessions can remain in his role until the midterm elections, though he declined to comment on whether the attorney general’s job would be safe after November. Trump, citing “great scholars,” complained that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russia meddling is illegal. He said he would love for Sessions to “do a great job” and look at the “other side,” referring to calls to investigate the Clinton campaign.
  • No comment on Stormy. Trump declined to say whether he knew about lawyer Michael Cohen’s hush money payment to Stormy Daniels before the election, citing an excess of media coverage. “I don’t want to get into it because it’s been covered so much,” he said. “I can say this: There’s no campaign violation whatsoever, and if you watch all of the good legal pundits you’ll see that.”
  • Tehran on the brink of collapse? Trump boasted that his policies may lead to the collapse of the Iranian regime. “When I came into here, it was a question of when would they take over the Middle East,” he said “Now it’s a question of will they survive. It’s a big difference in one and a half years.”
  • “A very antitrust situation” at tech giants. Trump, who has complained of anti-conservative bias at Google and other tech giants, declined to say whether he would seek to break them up under antitrust laws. “I won’t comment on the breaking up, of whether it’s that or Amazon or Facebook,” Trump said. “As you know, many people think it is a very antitrust situation, the three of them. But I just, I won’t comment on that.”

Seriously?  You really believe that you cannot be impeached because you are doing a great job?  Think Bill Clinton. Need we say more?  Seriously “everybody”….who are these masked minions?

In closing I believe it was Thomas Jefferson that said a couple of things….”A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit”……or “the greatest danger American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution”…..both applies to Our Dear Leader……Americans take heed!

Jimmy, Thank You

The Far Right thinks that demonizing Pres. Carter is the way to make their policies law…..they are wrong and anyone that criticizes Carter are wrong….from a foreign policy point of view Carter was a success on many levels…..most notably in the Middle east….it is possible that if he had won re-election the complexion of the conflict would be different.  He seldom gets credit for the START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) which was suppose to eliminate all nukes in the future….and then Reagan shows up and the conflict talk gets louder…..his only “sin” was the failed rescue attempt of the hostages in Iran…..the failure was not the fault of Carter or his plan…weather and malfunctioning equipment caused the failure….but according to many on the Right it was all Jimmy’s fault…kinda like everything these days is Obama’s fault.  I will admit that Jimmy crapped in his corn flakes with the neutron bomb fiasco…..

There is no comparison with after presidency activism…Carter is far more down to earth than his wealthy greedy executives that followed…..but that aside let’s look at his foreign policy chops……

When the historian Walter Russell Mead in a Foreign Policy article published in early 2010, sought to criticize the Obama administration and warn it against the risks of “weakness and indecision” and “incoherence and reversals,” the essay’s headline evoked the threat of a “Carter syndrome.” The meaning was clear: a damning allusion to President Jimmy Carter’s famously weak foreign-policy record.

But there was a problem with Mead’s comparison: The conventional wisdom about Carter is wrong. Far from the feckless leader he’s often portrayed as today, Carter racked up more tangible successes in just four years than most other presidents have in eight.


Thank You, Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter deserves the atta boys he deserves…..not some made up BS from jealous politicos……my feeling is that the world would have been a better place if he had been given another term to implement his policies further……the Middle East may have looked different and nukes may have not been the bane they are these days……

Carter will always have a warm spot in my heart….even though I was a radical in those days his policies were well worth support.

Turn The Page!

RFK–A ‘What If’

50 years ago Bobby Kennedy was assassinated on the campaign trail in LA……some say if that had not occurred he would have won the Democratic nomination and ultimately the presidency.

Recently I wrote that his son, RFK, Jr has said that he believes there were 2 shooters maybe more when his father was shot….

But let’s think about the 1968 election…..let’s look at history as if RFK had won the election….what would that mean to the US?

It is one of history’s great “what ifs.” What if Robert Kennedy had not been assassinated 40 years ago and gone on to become president of the United States? It’s safe to say that his presidency would have followed a different course from that of Richard Nixon. And it may just be that American politics would not be endlessly refighting the 1960s. Kennedy was a less polarizing figure than Nixon, who exploited the divisions that have now hardened into Red States and Blue States. But Kennedy himself was a complex and mercurial figure, so all we can really do is speculate. It’s an intriguing guessing game—if one does not get too dreamy about the mythology of RFK.

One reality check to start: it is far from a sure bet that RFK would have been nominated, and if nominated, elected. Kennedy was winning most of the primaries at the time of his death in June 1968, but under the old rules the bosses still controlled the Democratic Party. Hubert Humphrey, LBJ’s vice president and Kennedy’s real rival for the nomination (not Sen. Eugene McCarthy, the poet-politician who was fading in the stretch), was the favorite of the bosses. Kennedy was regarded as too “hot” and too radical by the big city and Big Labor chieftains. RFK was counting on Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley to turn the tide, but Daley was not a sure bet (despite some romantic and unconfirmed reporting that Daley promised his support in a phone call to Bobby just before Kennedy was killed). And RFK would have faced a formidable foe in Richard Nixon in November. The New Nixon was an expert at divide and conquer, and he was building a Silent Majority of white middle-class Americans fearful of rioting blacks and hippie college radicals.

50 years ago the US was set for a change and those shots in LA destroyed the chances of a new way forward……robbed the country of a brilliant leader

OMG! Will She Ever Shut Up?

Closing Thought–25May18

Another school shooting…..and few seem to care…..what a great country.

Not a month goes by that there is not yet another story about Hillary Clinton…..for Christ sake she lost the election and we are still have to relive the damn thing through her eyes.

I speeches since the voting has has blamed damn near everybody but Miss Piggy for her loss….that is everybody but the one person she should blame….herself.

Her newest excuse was an age old enemy of state….”socialists”…..

Hillary Clinton is incapable of coming to terms with her loss and now finds fault with greedy capitalists who are turning young people into socialists, as Paul Street explains.

Hillary Clinton’s take on “what happened” in the 2016 election is a running tale of victimization. She was the casualty of FBI Director James Comey and of Vladimir Putin and WikiLeaks. She was unjustly loathed by that “basket” of racist, sexist, nativist, and homophobic “deplorables” that is supposedly the American “heartland,” white working-class and rural population – people she recently painted (at an elite globalist gathering in Mumbai, India) as a bunch of “pessimistic,” slow-witted and retrograde losers. She was victimized by Bernie Sanders, who (Hillary complained) wasn’t even a “real Democrat” but had the unmitigated chutzpah to let his primary campaign challenge her prearranged coronation as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate.

Never mind the series of stupid, arrogant, and largely unforced errors that crippled her uninspiring and policy-bereft insider campaign that was under her command. And never mind her own epic unpopularity before and during the campaign – disapproval earned over her many years of functioning as a cold and transparently elitist Establishment agent of the wealthy corporate and financial Few.

She needs to buck up and place the blame where blame is due….her campaign!

Democrats need to move past her whining….if they are ever to gain the seat of power again they need to find a message and let the scapegoating die.

One more Clinton piece of crap……

he new Wikileaks release shows the then Secretary of State ordering a war in Syria in order to overthrow the government and oust President Assad, claiming it was the “best way to help Israel”.

“The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad,” Clinton forthrightly starts off by saying.

Even though all US intelligence reports had long dismissed Iran’s “atom bomb” program as a hoax (a conclusion supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency), Clinton continues to use these lies to “justify” destroying Syria in the name of Israel.

She specifically links Iran’s mythical atom bomb program to Syria because, she says, Iran’s “atom bomb” program threatens Israel’s “monopoly” on nuclear weapons in the Middle East.

If Iran were to acquire a nuclear weapon, Clinton asserts, this would allow Syria (and other “adversaries of Israel” such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt) to “go nuclear as well,” all of which would threaten Israel’s interests.


Prime example on our foreign policy……it is protect Israel at all costs……

Time for Hillary to just slide off into the dust bin of history.

Are We Sick Of Clinton Yet?

It seems that we may never get a rest from all things Clinton.

A year and half after the 2016 general election and we are still explaining what happened that allowed Hillary Clinton to lose her race.

She lost because of the Russians or was it the FBI or was it because of her message or maybe she was just an inferior candidate.

In my book she was a terrible candidate that was running against a horrible candidate and horrible won out.

And since November 2016 pundits have been explaining her loss and it is still being told to whoever will listen.  Even books about her and her loss are still being published…..

New York Times reporter Amy Chozick has a new book on Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election, and one anecdote in particular from it was getting attention on Friday. It’s from election night, when Chozick writes in Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling that it finally became clear somebody had to break the news to Clinton that she was going to lose to Donald Trump. The task fell to “Robby Mook, the drained and deflated campaign manager,” per an excerpt in the Times. And when he finally did so, Clinton “didn’t seem all that surprised,” writes Chozick. Then the key Clinton quote: “‘I knew it. I knew this would happen to me,’ she said, now within a couple of inches of Mr. Mook’s ashen face. ‘They were never going to let me be president.'”

The Daily Beast has more on the book, including what would have been the “nut graf” of the Times story on a Clinton victory under the six-column headline “Madam President.” The paragraph would have begun, “No one in modern politics, male or female, has had to withstand more indignities, setbacks and cynicism.” And it would have ended: “But if she was guarded about her feelings and opinions, she believed it was in careful pursuit of a dream for generations of Americans: the election of the country’s first woman president.” The Washington Post review of the book details Chozick’s recollection of dealing with sexism from male Clinton staffers. And it has a quibble: “Unfortunately, too much of the book is devoted to Chozick’s worrying and whining—’Jesus did I whine’—about her status at the Times,” writes Carlos Lozada.

The Dems need to move past the Clinton loss and find the best candidate for 2020…..focusing on Clinton will not produce a good candidate.

Please stop all the whining and accept the loss and move on……politics has become sloppy and worthless…..time for a political revolution…..time to flush the governance toilet as it were.