Many of you have seen the hideously kitsch portrait of poker playing presidents.
There are two versions — one with Republicans (above), the other with Democrats (at end of column). I’ll assess them in bi-partisan fashion. Both are atrocious. They make the poker playing dogs look like The Last Supper.
The Republican poker game includes Abraham Lincoln hosting his pals — George Bush, Sr., Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford. Some psychopath even painted Sarah Palin into the most current version. If I had the opportunity to stake someone in that lineup, I’d bankroll Nixon in a Watergate minute. My reasoning is simple: He’d be willing to cheat to win. That makes him an easy favorite in Republican Party politics.
The Democratic poker game is equally preposterous. Thomas Jefferson is the table captain, joined by his chums — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Lyndon B. Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, and Harry Truman. In this field, I’d make Johnson the clear favorite, that is, unless the game was played in Vietnam. Jimmy Carter might as well be drawing dead.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
— George Orwell (“1984”)
An astonishing thing happened in Las Vegas, Nevada this past week. The largest newspaper in the state, the Las Vegas Review-Journal was sold off — to someone.
Trouble is — no one knows who.
Not even the writers and editors on the news staff know who they’re working for, right now. A number of reporters have even taken to Twitter the past few days, speculating publicly on the media mystery of the great unknown.
While the American Revolution was being fought, the British government found it easier to hire and arm foreign mercenaries than to recruit and train its own soldiers.
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson apparently hasn’t studied that page from American history. He’s convinced that shoveling millions of dollars into what amounts to the rusty coal furnace known as the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling will somehow deliver that most elusive of political victories — a federal bill outlawing most forms of online gaming. That’s now seemingly a fool’s paradise after his forces were thoroughly demolished in Wednesday’s committee hearings before members of congress on Restoring America’s Wire Act, otherwise known as “RAWA.” READ MORE ABOUT THE GREAT BATTLE OF RAWA HERE
Watching Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) flounder and fumble his way through multiple hours of congressional testimony on Wednesday reminded me of painful memories on my high school debate team.
I was engaged in a debate on some topic or other and as we went back and forth, I gradually came to realize the futility of my arguments. By the closing remarks, I was in complete agreement with the other side. Unfortunately, when engaged in a team debate competition, one can’t simply concede defeat and walk off the stage. So, I used my final summation to run through the motions in a halfhearted attempt save some face and then exit the room as quickly as possible.
If Angela Merkel walked down the street of any city in America, it’s doubtful she’d be recognized.
She’s only the most powerful woman in the world and in the opinion of many who follow global affairs, arguably the most respected head of state, at least, so far in this century. Just in case you’re still caught in the headlights drawing a blank stare, Merkel just so happens to be Chancellor of Germany, an elected post she’s held since 2005.