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What Year Is It, Anyway?

In 1973, I was transitioning between my sophomore and junior years in college.

Like so many young men and women at Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, I followed the story of the Watergate break-in and the growing evidence that the Nixon White House was involved.

When Brent Snowcroft acknowledged to the Justice Department that President Richard Nixon routinely tape recorded conversations in the Oval Office, the nation was stunned. But now, at least, we could get to the bottom of this mess. All we needed to do was listen to the recordings.

Once we could obtain them, that is.

I remember all this clearly and easily. I was between 19 and 20 years of age at the time. The 45th President of the United States was between 26 and 27 years old back then. It seems incredible he couldn’t or wouldn’t remember anything about those singularly historic developments.

And yet, within the last two days, the President has tweeted to former Director of the FBI James Comey and threatened to release certain recorded conversations if Comey testifies in the (as of this writing) ongoing Congressional probes of possible collusion between the Trump Presidential Campaign/Administration and Russia.

Philosopher Georg Hegel once opined that if you don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past, you have to know history. To ignore the lessons we can learn from the past means we are doomed to recreate them.

And President Trump (just like your humble blogger) has had the opportunity to know these lessons first hand. But it would seem he wasn’t paying attention. His threat to Comey strongly implies that Trump has made such recordings.

Be prepared to hear him attempt to walk the threat back (“I never said I had any recordings, I merely suggested he should hope I didn’t. Actually, I don’t make recordings; they’re so much trouble, so much trouble… But it would have been a terrific idea if I had.”)

So now we have to go round and round the mulberry bush to try and obtain copies of these supposed recordings.  And so it goes.

For those too young to remember, eventually Richard Nixon’s recordings were obtained and, once heard, his fate was sealed.

Let us pray that, thanks to Donald Trump’s own monumental ignorance of recent American Political History, the demise of this administration will be just as inevitable.

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Annnnnnd I’m out……

Do We HAVE to Celebrate Presidents’ Day This Year?

First of all, I have nothing against Presidents, as a rule. Some my favorite people are Presidents, you can ask ANYBODY!  Really.

And I happen to think it’s just environmentally responsible to recycle leftover Valentine’s Day cards…

Seriously, when I was a lad, every grade school student recognized that historic tableaux of “George Washington Crossing the Delaware (River)”.

Of course, the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue would NEVER be content with anything so humble as a mere rowboat…

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Most Presidents embrace the concept of political correctness, but Rick Stevens’ “Diesel Sweeties” crowd is a crowd apart:

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And the notion that the current new administration is especially warm to Kremlin interests is simply ridiculous:

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When every cabinet level appointment candidate’s the best available, especially where education’s concerned:

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I thank Rick Stevens for permitting me to repost his work here.  And special thanks to David Horsey of the Los Angeles Times. Thanks also to you for coming to look at it.

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Seven Donalds; see if you can guess which one is not like the others!…         (Hint: The duck BELONGS there!)

 

See you soon!

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To AND From Russia with Love!

Our stalwart correspondent, Tom Tomorrow, suggests one way in which Foreign Policy and Domestic Policy may be blurred.  Please welcome him back to this blog with his latest work…

By the way, if anybody out there can translate that last little speech balloon from the Russian language into English, please let me know.  I suspect he is NOT complimenting Don on his tan!

Okay kids, that’s a wrap!

Thanks for coming, thanks to Tom Tomorrow, and if you found this latest post sufficiently entertaining, please like, follow and/or share this post!

See you soon!

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          “Mr. Putin played upon Mr. Trump’s vulnerabilities by complimenting him. He responded just as Mr. Putin calculated…

          In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”

    — Michael Morell, former CIA Director (1958 —     )

I’m Just Sayin’…

Dear Republican Presidential Candidate Don:

Please know that I speak these words with your own best interests at heart, just like you do.

I realize you think cozying up to the Russian President is a good idea, especially since you’re already telling people to expect the November General Election to be rigged.

Just remember this: When somebody disappoints or disagrees with you, they just get dragged into court.

But when somebody disappoints or disagrees with him, they get dragged into a waiting black car and they don’t come back.

So go easy with the thinly-veiled threats of political violence or assasination, please.

Crazy comes in a wide variety of flavors beyond your own, y’know.

I’m just sayin’ …