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The Federalist asks "Do Democrats Always Win Close Statewide Elections?", and concludes that yep, uh huh, they usually do. http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/22/do-democrats-always-win-close-statewide-elections/
Clarice, Wallace (and Steve Schmidt) were a disgrace. Amazing that McCain could pick such a great VP candidate and then squander her like that.
H&R, there's no denying my mistaken insertion of penal there; it was an unintended penal implant (like when the wrong guy is sent up the river for a crime he didn't commit).
I had a splendid meal at One If By Land, Two If By Sea in 1982. I'll bet the place hasn't changed one bit since then (I'd hope not, anyway).
A panel, not a penal, for crissakes.
I saw something on Fox News recently, a penal that might have included Pat Caddell (can't remember), and the participants all agreed that the GOP is squandering an opportunity by not running national ads that emphasize how a vote for GOP candidates will help neutralize Obama policies. Seems like a good overall message to me, in terms of gotv. The reason there are no such ads, the panel agreed, and this is horrifying to me, is that consultants make less money on ads like that. I do believe they quoted consultants getting something like a 15% fee on a targeted ad buy (i.e. they spend a million dollars on a statewide ad and pocket a cool 150k for their efforts). If all this is true, it's very disturbing.
Chiquita should have spoken with Bono first; he moved his money from Ireland to the Netherlands for the same reason (taxes).
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Is There Anything They Can't Do? at JustOneMinute
Oops, I see the chemical weapons story is covered by a different thread below, my bad.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2014 on Tom Friedman Making Sense at JustOneMinute
If Friedman says it, it's probably false; every once in a while, a strong dollar and the prospect of a continued strong dollar will actually have the effect it's supposed to (gold hasn't been too pretty either). Much more interesting from today's Times, I think, is the well-sourced and fairly straightforward (for the Times) article about chemical weapons that have been found in Iraq regularly for the last decade. The Times likes to note that the West, long ago, built the weapons for Iraq, as opposed to emphasizing that Iraq did indeed have plenty of WMD after all; in any case, ISIS now controls most of those areas of Iraq and whatever still lies within those areas. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/14/world/middleeast/us-casualties-of-iraq-chemical-weapons.html
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2014 on Tom Friedman Making Sense at JustOneMinute
There are no subways in the United States. England has some, but they call them "the tube", so maybe that doesn't count. Sounds like ISIS is out of luck!
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2014 on Eric Holder To Resign at JustOneMinute
"See, this is how conspiracies get started." There's plenty of that. How about JFK's brain? It was removed from the President before burial, it was stored (with medical slides and documents) at the National Archive, and it did disappear. Supposedly Bobby took it because the whole thing creeped him out, but who knows.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
"Oliver Stone type big honcho conspiracy? Fantasyland, as far as I'm concerned." Fantasyland as far as everyone is concerned; even Stone has admitted he was just throwing every conspiracy at the wall at once, to see what stuck. Plenty had motives for wanting to kill JFK, yet no real evidence has ever emerged that any of those parties had a hand in it. But that doesn't mean that there's not some odd circumstances associated with the assassination that haven't been explained.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
"Let me get this straight. Kennedy's suit with the blood spatters cannot be seen until 2103? That's 150 years after the assassination!" They sent it to the slowest dry cleaner in town.
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"I guess y'all don't know who Jennifer Nettles is. Pfft. How about Jasmine Guy? She asked me out about twenty-two years ago..." I had to look her up, Beasts; but, yeah, that's impressive!
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
I agree with John John, and it's even true with Caroline - you have to cut them both a break for what they've been through (and, due to Jackie, they didn't develop the bad habits of other Kennedy kids). It's really sad to watch the clips of them as kids at that funeral; not an easy thing for them to recover from.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
I like Walker too, NK. He seems to have very good debating skills, and he's not in the Washington loop. 2016 is so far away, though, it could be anyone; if Jeb Bush actually decides he wants it, he has a tremendous fundraising apparatus at his disposal.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
"besides both of her kids were SO STUPID--" Heh, that gets a silver star.
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"....until the hideous exoskeleton claw PROTRUDED FROM HER SLEEVE WHERE HER HAND WAS SUPPOSED TO BE!" Yeah, that my was fear, Iggy - everyone knows she's one of the lizard people.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
"Jackie was what 54-55 then?" Yes, but it could have happened in '81, when she would have been 53 (and I, 25). She was there with that little old guy who squired her around (Milton somebody, I think), but she was unattended when I first saw her. As I said, my date had gone off to the ladies room, and I was standing in a circular marble rotunda in the lobby. I was wearing my best suit, I still remember it, and I pulled a pack of Winstons out of my pocket - as I lit the cigarette with an old-style paper match, I looked over the flame and saw Jackie O, her eyes locked on me. She was just, maybe, ten feet away, and she just kept staring at me (and I back at her, of course). Maybe she wanted a cigarette, maybe she thought I looked familiar (and maybe I did, but that's another story). Maybe she wanted me to go talk to her. Anyway, the little guy came back and ended our "moment". When my date got back from the ladies room, I told her who was in attendance, but Jackie was gone. We stepped inside the seating area and I spotted Jackie and her date; I said "See, she's over there", my date said "Where??", I gestured while looking over towards Jackie, who was eyeballing me anew, and also sizing up my date.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
"...she gets a lot of praise simply for being a very attractive woman" I just want to take this occasion to announce (for the second time on this board, but I can't help myself), that in 1982 Jackie Onassis flirted with me in the Carnegie Hall rotunda during an intermission before a performance of Beethoven's 4th Symphony. As for her attractiveness, she glowed. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time and who returned from the ladies room to witness the event and therefore knows it's absolutely true, nevertheless feels an obligation to deny the event whenever I regale my kids with it, which is often.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
"hrtshpbox-- drpping LBJ. Is that were the LBJ did it conspiracies come from?" That's one of the reasons cited by that faction, i.e. that Lyndon had caught wind of the coup. I think ex-prez aide and general trickster Roger Stone just took that old tale and turned into a book; as the story goes, LBJ had one hitman who'd killed several people over the years at his behest, and that guy was in Dallas that day, etc., etc.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
".. she did collect ss for her kids (social security.)" Curiously, she also let the kids watch a lot of ss (Sesame Street), and once vacationed with them in ss (San Sebastian).
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
"He wouldn't have been in Texas if he thought he could win reelection without at least 2 southern states." This is undoubtedly true, though LBJ was supposed to be able to deliver Texas on election day. One story (as probably first outlined in a 1968 book by JFK secretary Evelyn Lincoln)is that JFK had already decided to drop LBJ as VP for 1964 in favor of North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford. In that scenario, trying to shore up Texas would be even more important.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
NK, I agree, obviously JFK was a lock to get into Harvard. But that "essay", or snippet from it, sounds like something a 12-year-old would write. JFK would have further botched Vietnam, and he ruined any chance of Cold War progress with the Bay of Pigs debacle, but I think he should be given some credit for moving Civil Rights legislation along. Deeply flawed, yes (though not in the manner of LBJ, who was such a headcase that one aide said he'd be in a lunatic asylum if he wasn't the President), but one of the things I liked about JFK was his press conferences - unlike Obama, whose tone and pomposity I find grating, JFK was articulate and interesting to listen to, and really did carry himself like a President (at least during those press appearances).
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute
"The reasons that I have for wishing to go to Harvard are..." You'd have to think that any admissions officer today would immediately s***can such unimaginative drivel.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Making History at JustOneMinute