The Watering Hole, Saturday, August 9, 2014: It Was Forty Years Ago Today

It was forty years ago today, August 9, 1974, that President Richard M. Nixon bid farewell to his staff. At noon that day, Vice President Gerald R. Ford, appointed to the Vice Presidency upon Spiro Agnew’s resignation over corruption and tax evasion activities (they weren’t just allegations; he took a bribe in his VP office from a Maryland contractor) took the oath of office to become our nation’s first un-elected president (the next being George W. Bush). Fun Fact: Dick Cavett noted that the letters in Spiro Agnew’s name can be rearranged to spell “Grow A Penis”.

This is our daily open thread. Feel free to discuss Richard Nixon, other people named Milhous, un-elected office holders, or anything else you wish to discuss.

The Watering Hole, Monday, November 25, 2013: Monday Mix, FB Edition

Every once in a while I give in and check my Facebook notifications/updates/whatever. Here’s some odds and ends that I felt worth sharing:

A friend who used to work with us posted the first photo, from a Facebook site called Earth Porn. The second photo is from the same site. Check out the site, they have some awesome photos.
alaskan sunset Winter Sunset – Alaska (USA) photo by Ron Perkins

Japanese Maple Tree, Oregon, USA Photo by Peter Lik

Japanese Maple Tree, Oregon, USA Photo by Peter Lik


On the humorous side, our old friend Jim Wolf (Jim Wolf359 from TP) posted this:
How to Cook A Turkey (from Pampered Chef)

How to Cook A Turkey (from Pampered Chef)


Last, I’m proposing a Caption Contest for this shot of Richard Nixon, which was posted by an FB friend who I met at TP. The links that were provided didn’t seem to have anything to do with the actual photograph, so I have been trying to source it, but I can’t find it anywhere.
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This is our daily open thread–got any captions, thoughts, rants, etc.?

Thom Hartmann Discusses Nixon’s Treason

YouTube:

Thom Hartmann discusses the recently released audio tapes of President Johnson talking about Republican candidate for President Richard Nixon making secret deals with the North Vietnamese in order to help himself get elected.

This is quite fascinating. Thom Hartmann starts the discussion discussing the attacks against the Obama camp in connection with the exposed corruption of Rod Blagojevich, and how he (Obama) is already under attack by the Republicans before he is even sworn in. Thom then moves on to discuss the treason committed by Richard Nixon in order to win an election, and how it wasn’t discussed or covered by the press because of the fear it would weaken the presidency.

This segment is in two parts:

Here is the article at Consortium News by Robert Parry that Hartmann referred to: The Significance of Nixon’s ‘Treason’

Obama Has Doubled His Lead In National Poll

This speech from President Bush on the Economy is helping Barack Obama in the polls.  Bush is completely incoherent as always. 

The New CNN poll out today was-conducted after the VP debate-on October 3-5. The survey questioned 1,006 people. It shows that 53% of the voters support Barack Obama and 45% support John McCain.

President Bush may be part of the reason why Obama’s making gains. Only 24 percent of those polled approve of Bush’s job as president, an all-time low for a CNN survey. “Bush has now tied Richard Nixon’s worst rating ever, taken in a poll just before he resigned in 1974, and is only 2 points higher than the worst presidential approval rating in history, Harry Truman’s 22 percent mark in February 1952,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

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Speaking of debates…

From Play This Thing!

The contest between Kennedy and Nixon for the presidency in 1960 was a watershed moment in American history….

This election has been transformed into a board game by Jason Matthews and Christian Leonhard. 1960: The Making of the President is a game whose simple and straightforward mechanisms manage to recreate this struggle for the presidency in all of its gritty glory. It presents an battle between asymmetrical forces that is nonetheless so balanced that the result is often in question right up to the final election.