IMPOTENT PRESIDENT NOW SPITEFUL GEEZER
19 November 1979
11 October 1982
Check out that quote on the '82 cover: "In trying to brief Ronald Reagan on matters of supreme importance, I was very disturbed at his lack of interest." As though Reagan needed help from Carter.
DOWN CARTER'S MEMORY HOLE
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If you didn't catch Rush yesterday, you missed one of his best shows ever. For years I have seethed over the craven Carter's impotence in the face of terrorism while he was president, placing our country in peril. Out of office, he began to insinuate himself into foreign affairs, causing more damage. His ever-escalating hatred of President Bush knows no bounds. Clinton must be thanking his lucky stars for that idiot Carter as Slick's duplicity pales by comparison. What a relief that Rush could no longer restrain his anger and let loose upon that Georgia poltroon in one helluva cathartic verbal tsunami.
Jimmy Carter's Traitorous Der Spiegel Interview: I've had it with the constant drumbeat of negativity, enraged, irrational madness that embodies itself in a hatred of George W. Bush by a bunch of people that have not the slightest clue what they would do differently about anything. Jimmy Carter is engaging in traitorous conduct in my opinion with an interview that he has granted to der Spiegel magazine. … You sit there in Germany and you dare to criticize this economy when you ruined the US economy for four years? We had gasoline lines, we had 14% inflation, we had interest rates that were approaching 20%. It was so bad, sir, during your great presidency, we had to come up with the misery index to quantify and explain it -- and your presidency was called that of malaise and you're the one that named it.
Gayle chimes in: Mr. Carter's ineffectual lack of action at the time that the Iranian students (one of whom is now PRESIDENT OF IRAN) took American Embassy personnel hostage for 444 days, is a direct precurser to our present peril. His completely incompetent conduct of American foreign policy during his failed four year presidency sowed the seeds for our present War on Terror.
Mark Finkelstein remarks: We can be thankful that this decision wasn't in effect over the last several months, else we might not be talking about a 'foiled' Islamist plot to blow up multiple airliners over the Atlantic.
Lonestar Pundit gets the prize for best heading. Jimmy Cracked Corn and He Don't Care: Yesterday brought us a double-shot of former President Jimmy Carter, and it was as vile and tasteless as always.
It took this man to begin to repair the damage.
In other news ...
8 Those Radio Patriots picked up on something many missed. NSA Court Ruling is a bigger story than you think: The ACLU is not the primary plaintiff in the NSA court case. h/t Dave :)
8 AJ Strata on The State Of The Democrats: How many anti-war debacles do the Dems think America will let them have before they are relegated to the history books with the Whigs?
8 ‘Bout time for an encore of BUSH WAS RIGHT! (Choose from the sidebar.)
8 Brooklyn Boy’s blog continues to get better’n’better, and now he's installed a neat new feature. (Hint: turn on your sound.) Tell me how you did it, Boy!
8 Just fer fun ... or not ;~) Paperless toilets rolled out in Britain
TRYING TO CATCH UP
I've been gone for a few days, according to the calendar. Seems like a lifetime.
I was sorry to hear that Bruno Kirby died. I'll always remember him as the young Clemenza in The Godfather II. The young Vito Corleone had done a favor for Clemenza, who was then a stranger to Vito. Clemenza wanted to repay the favor, so he broke into a stranger's house. "A friend of mine has a nice rug. Maybe your wife would like it."
Bill Croke has written a nice tribute to John Huston for today's TAS. I've liked most of Huston's work, especially Chinatown. He played the ruthless Noah Cross, who tells Jake Gittes (Nicholson): 'Course I'm respectable. I'm old. Politicians, public buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.
Until I read Croke's piece, I had no idea that Huston was involved with the movie Moby Dick.
John Huston at 100: Nineteen fifty-six saw Moby Dick, Herman Melville's epic tale of monomaniacal revenge on the high seas, and Huston's tribute to nineteenth century whaling scrimshaw carvings (many of Huston's best pictures were opportunities for him to explore on film art forms related to milieu). Gregory Peck played mad Captain Ahab, with Richard Basehart as Ishmael. Orson Welles had a memorable cameo delivering Father Mapple's famous sermon at the beginning. The screenplay was written by the young writer Ray Bradbury (under Huston's heavy-handed supervision), soon to make a name for himself as America's premier science fiction author. It was another of Huston's wild -- if not dangerous -- location shoots, this time on the storm-tossed Irish Sea.
The film's paean to 1950s high tech special effects was the mechanical white whale that foundered twice and almost sank. It required a man inside to operate it, but after those two dangerous mishaps, the entire crew refused when Huston sought a volunteer. So the director took a long slug from a bottle of Irish whiskey and climbed in himself, issuing directorial orders as he did so. The scene went well. Years later, Ray Bradbury wrote a comic roman a clef titled Green Shadows, White Whale, chronicling the briny insanity of the making of Moby Dick. The thinly disguised Huston character in the novel is simply named "John," and functions as the narrator's own private Captain Ahab.
8 Proposal would make Chinatown car-free: For the past year Chen has quietly been pitching a proposal to stop vehicle traffic along historic sections of Mott and Bayard streets to encourage tourism. His idea isn't being ignored. … The Chinatown proposal, however, is not without opposition. "It's not something any business person in Chinatown will support," said Jan Lee, owner of the Chinese home furnishings shop Sinotique. "We have more immediate problems like illegal parking."
I want to thank everyone for the best wishes left in the comments section for my mother. After a lifetime of good health and an active social life, she's had her share of severe, and sometimes strange, illnesses in the past 4 - 5 years, including cancer and autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Last December 22nd, when she suffered a mild heart attack, they discovered a small tumor -- about 1" in size -- in her right lung. (She's not a smoker.) The biopsy came back "benign." So, she went home and seemed to do very well. Then in mid-March she became violently ill with a stomach bug and ever since then complained of a pain in her back which has become increasingly more severe. Nothing was found to cause the pain, so everyone assumed the pain was due to a pulled muscle from vomiting. With time other symptoms cropped up: weakness, shortness of breath, loss of appetite. She's morphed into a shriveled up ghost of herself. She finally had an MRI last week which showed that the once small tumor in January has drasically increased to be about 6" x 5" -- hence, her pain. Even though the doctors say they haven't seen the results from pathology yet, they're certain the tumor is malignant. It's also inoperable. She started radiation therapy to shrink the tumor in hopes that it will alleviate her pain. She's at home with round-the-clock care, and we contacted Hospice. No one has any idea of how long she has. After all of her illnesses, she just keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny, so who knows? At this point, her pain is the most pressing issue. She's on Lortab, and as long as she's sitting in her recliner or in bed, she's okay. But once she begins to move, the Lortab is ineffective. Hospice is supposed to be excellent when it comes to pain management, so we're hoping she'll finally get some relief.
OFF 'TIL WEDNESDAY NIGHT
My mother has been in the hospital again and is going home. I'll be caring for her 'til Wednesday.
In the meantime, check out my blog roll. Yeah, I know, it needs updating again. If anyone would like me to add their blog to mine, leave your link in the comments section.
P.S. GrenHelmutGuy posted my photoshop :~)
IRS INVADES HOLLYWOOD
HA HA HA !!!
TAXING TIMES FOR SWAG BAGS: (Link will time out tonight) A CRACKDOWN by the Internal Revenue Service could doom the practice of handing out "goodie bags" to celebrities at all of the televised award shows.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recently sent out letters to presenters and nominees scheduled to appear on the Aug. 27 Emmy Awards advising them they will be responsible for paying income taxes on the freebies in their "very special Gift Bag," worth between $27,000 and $33,000.
Every celebrity who received the warning was asked to sign and return a letter to the Academy acknowledging, "You are aware of this obligation . . . We will not be able to present a gift bag to any individual for whom we have not received this signed letter in advance."
The Academy hinted it might be forced to turn over a list of its swag-bag recipients to the IRS. It warned in a letter to the TV talent: "We are presently researching the income-tax reporting requirements surrounding gift bags. We will make a determination later this year as to the Television Academy's income-tax reporting obligations to the IRS and state and local tax authorities."
Most stars won't have the time for all the free trips in the bag, including holidays in New Zealand, Hawaii and the Bahamas. And they certainly don't want to be liable for taxes on trips they never took.
"This is the end of the goodie-bag era," predicted one insider. "Who would want their name on a list sent to the IRS?"
8 Sky's the limit on Oscar swag bags this year (2006)
8 Even the losers make out like bandits. "I would like to thank the Academy . . . ": Talk about consolation prizes!