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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Firing Line With William F. Buckley: Warren Report- Fact or Fiction: Mark Lane- December 1, 1966

It is now clear that there were many holes in the Warren Report on the JFK Assassination. They did not know enough about Lee Harvey Oswald and probably didn’t look into other possibilities enough when it came to this assassination, but they did get at least one thing right. That Lee Oswald wanted Jack Kennedy dead and had the means and access to shoot and kill President Kennedy. And he was the person who shot President Kennedy whether he was the only person behind the assassination or not.
I’m personally a hundred percent sure that Lee Oswald shot and killed President Kennedy. The question is whether or not he was the only person behind this assassination. Or were others involved in this plan to kill the President, or was Oswald acting on his own. And I don’t believe we still know the answers to that considering that were plenty of the people on both the far-right and far-left that wanted President Kennedy dead in Dallas, Texas alone.
Firing Line With William F. Buckley: Warren Report- Fact or Fiction: Mark Lane- December 1, 1966

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

JC Western Wear: Cowgirl Boots Western Wear in LA Tribal Skinny Jeans

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Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

I love dem cowgirls and this is one of the reasons. Which is their style and how they present themselves and how they carry themselves. They do the work and activities that cowboys have traditionally have done. But in the last fifty-years or so cowgirls have become probably as common as cowboys. And you see cowgirls doing the same jobs and activities as cowboys. Managing ranches, horses and cows, wrangling them up, you see cowgirls competing in rodeos and other western shows and not just as models, but as contestants competing in the same activities as cowboys. The western rancher profession s for both men and women, because it is not a job defined by gender as far as whether someone can do it successfully or not. It is defined by technique, skill, knowledge, execution and yes physical strength as well. But you don’t become a cowgirl if you are not physically up to the job in the first place.
JC Western Wear: Long Island, NY-Ladies Cowboy Boots Western Wear & Grace LA Tribal Skinny Jeans

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Arpa Keun: Video: McCarthyism in America

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

McCarthyism in America deserves at least one long blog and probably several of them. But to give you a summary of McCarthyism. It was about one U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Joe McCarthy who was anti-communist to the point that he didn’t believe democracy or liberal democracy could survive in the United States with any link to it. Especially inside the United States Government that he had to do everything in his power that he had as a member of Congress to absolutely destroy it.

Senator Joe McCarthy saw his anti-communism as the ticket to bigger and greater things as far as his political career. And perhaps something that would get him to the White House post the Eisenhower Administration. And he took it as far as he could to get everything out of it that he could politically. To the point that he not only destroyed his own political career, but destroyed the professional lives of a lot of good innocent Americans.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

PBS: Frost-Nixon Interviews- The First Show

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Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

What I like most about the Frost/Nixon interviews is that we got to see the inner side of Richard Nixon. He was very protective about his personal life and his feelings. But David Frost got him to open up a little bit and perhaps President Nixon wanted to open up as well. And you got to see in this first interview Dick Nixon giving a little about what his philosophy on life is. And what makes people happy and how he feels about these issues.There wasn’t many times in Dick Nixon’s public life at least where we got to see him as the man. And not as a politician or president and that is one reason why the Frost/Nixon interviews were a success. Because Frost brought out Nixon the man in these interviews as we got to see him purely as a human being.
PBS: Frost/Nixon Interviews- The First Show

Friday, January 17, 2014

Jay 88J: Miss You- Tribute to Aaliyah Haughton

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Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

Aaliyah Haughton would've been thirty-five this week had she not of died in a plane accident in the summer of 2001. The beautiful adorable Aaliyah whose music and voice was as beautiful and adorable as she was. Who also sang from her heart and what she felt instead of singing about whatever contemporaries were singing about. So you always knew where she was coming from and what she was feeling and almost thirteen years later. Still represents a huge lost to the rhythm and blues industry. Aaliyah became big in 1993-94 at the age of fourteen or fifteen years old. I just happened to be a senior in high school that year and probably first heard of her by the winter of 94. Listening to the song when I got home from school one afternoon called Back and Forth. Singing about a relationship she had with someone that I guess had a lot of ups and downs in it. I got to listen to her music for a solid seven years, but not nearly long enough considering how much talent she had and how big her heart was.
Jay 88J: Miss You- Tribute To Aaliyah Haughton

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Newsmax: The Steve Salzburg Show- PJ O'Rourke: Author of The Baby Boom: How it Got Away

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Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

First of all I love PJ O’Rourke, you know platonically because he’s one my favorite political and cultural commentators. And why is that because first of all his deep honesty and consistency. He’s what is called a Conservative Libertarian. Probably not a pure Libertarian, but a Barry Goldwater Conservative whose politics is built around government should mind their own business and not the business of the people. Meaning that government’s job is to defend the people’s freedom, not try to run their lives. Not one of the fake Conservatives who bash big government as they are sticking up for other parts of big government.

The exchange he had with Steve Malzberg about marijuana in this interview is a perfect example of what a conversation between a real Conservative like PJ and a fake Conservative. I’m not very familiar with Steve Malzberg enough to know if he’s a fake Conservative or not. But how they were talking about marijuana where PJ basically saying the cat is already out of the bag on this. Marijuana prohibition is a failure and besides we are only talking about a drug that has similar effects as alcohol anyway. With Steve Malzberg making the establishment drug warrior argument of why should we legalize another dangerous drug in this country. The same argument that could be made about alcohol.

I’m not a Libertarian but definitely a Liberal who takes the same viewpoint about government that PJ O’Rourke takes that it is not the job of government to run my life for me and try to protect me from myself. But protect me from people who would hurt me. By punishing them not by prohibiting what I can do with my own life. And if you are a real Conservative or a Conservative Libertarian, you have a very similar view about government as well.
Newsmax: PJ O'Rourke- Columnist, Humorist and Author Of The Baby Boom: How it Got That Way

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fire Ice 1971: Nixon 1995- Oliver Stone's Look at Richard Nixon

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Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat Plus

Nixon is one of my favorite movies purely for entertainment value. And I believe Anthony Hopkins did a great job of playing Richard Nixon and Joan Allen did a great job portraying Pat Nixon. But I don’t believe the movie is very accurate as far as other things movies and books that I’ve seen about the man. I mean the movie constantly has Dick Nixon drinking some type of scotch or alcoholic beverage. And although Nixon was Irish, (ha, ha) people close to him said that he couldn’t hold his liquor. He would have maybe one drink after work and another with dinner. But wasn’t drinking throughout the day and during meetings and so-forth.

Also the movie I believe over-portrays Dick Nixon’s negative aspects. And again if you are familiar with the man you know he’s one of the most fascinating complicated politicians whose ever lived. And a big reason for that had to do with the fact that he wasn’t just good or just bad. That he had many aspects that were good and bad that people who worked for the man who have broad respect, like David Gergen or his second Attorney General Elliot Richardson, said that the man had some awful character flaws like not being able to trust people, to use as an example. But that he did a lot of great things as president like as they related to China and Russia.

Nixon is a very good movie from an entertainment value and as far as the aspects of Dick Nixon’s life that they covered. And was very well written with a great cast that also included Paul Sorvino, James Woods and Ed Harris to name a few others. But they left a lot out or didn’t cover some of the other aspects of the man’s life. Like his time in Congress or as vice president and some of his big accomplishments as president.
Fire Ice 1971: Nixon Original Theatrical Trailer

Thursday, January 9, 2014

FOX Sports: Video: Mike Garafolo, Jay Gruden The Next Head Coach of The Washington Redskins

So in other words the Redskins thanks to Dan Snyder go out and not hire the best available name out there. Instead they hire the hot guy so to speak, the up incomer, the guy who will generate the most buzz. The most sexy pick to use a bad pop culture term. But that is the Dan Snyder Redskins for you and get the most attention for the Redskins. And to sell the most tickets for the Redskins. Instead of hiring the most qualified guy to become the next Redskins head coach.

And if this is the case, that perfectly sums up the Redskins right now under Dan Snyder. Who are more interested in buzz and attention than winning football games. Also it looks like the Redskins aren’t interested in replacing the defensive coaching staff. I wonder if Jay Gruden will have any say in that considering he will be the head coach of the whole football team. This is a team that gave up over thirty points a game last season and only held one team to under twenty points. That being the 4-12 Oakland Raiders who actually won one more game than the Redskins.

The Redskins defense despite having pretty good personal on defense have never been good under Jim Haslett. And need to scrap the 3-4 all-out-blitz defense especially with that secondary. And go to more of a 4-3 gap or cover 2 defense and bring more pressure with their front seven. Which they have the personal, but probably not the coach for. Whenever the Redskins have been good on defense, whether it was the 1970s, 80s or early 90s they were a 4-3 defensive team that could pressure the QB with just their lineman and drop LBs in coverage.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FOX Sports: Video: Crowd Goes Wild: Dead Spin, Is Hall of Fame Vote a Good Thing?

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

I have no issues with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine going into the Hall of Fame today. No doubt they are two of the best pitchers of their generation. Frank Thomas a great hitter, but a below average first baseman and a long-term designated hitter. But my main problem with the 2014 Hall of Fame Class were the great players who still haven’t made it. Especially former Detroit Tigers great pitcher Jack Morris the all-time winningest pitcher of the 1980s and one of the best big game pitchers of all-time. And Mike Piazza the greatest hitting catcher of all-time. Who should’ve been a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Gi Bomber: Video: ESPN's Wednesday Night Baseball: MLB-1993-Dallas Rangers @ Anaheim Angels: Nolan Ryan's Last Game

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on WordPress

Nolan Ryan, what forty-six years old and still a very effective starting pitcher at this point and pitching his last game ver. Capping off a great twenty-five year career. Not saying he was the best pitcher, or the most dominant pitcher of all-time, but when he was on, he was those things, at least as far as what I’ve seen. He was generally very good, but not always great and have some games where he would become somewhat hittable and give up big hits and home runs. But when he was on, I believe he was the most dominant pitcher I’ve ever seen and the most dominant for the longest time. A twenty-five year, you know and how many bad seasons did he have.

I just wish his last game was against a better team and it had something to do with who was going to win the AL West in 1993. But the Rangers who did have a good season in 93, finished eight games out of first place behind the Chicago White Sox. And the Anaheim Angels, finished tied for fifth place in the AL West and only winning seventy-one games. And in the Rangers case 1993 is pre-wildcard, so you had to win your division to make the playoffs in the American League or National League. And the Rangers being this far out of first place at this point of the season, meant this was their last game.
Nolan Ryan