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There's Only One Person Stupid Enough to Have Ordered This

He who Must Not Be Named in a Negative Context on DU, for Fear of Retribution.

Who else has shown such petty vengefulness, such fits of pique? Who else has the power and the motivation? Who else hates Snowden with an all-burning passion, so that even HWMNBNIANCODU's wife must be getting jealous...

This strategy works...until it's overwhelmed by events

and because it works, the possibility of being overwhelmed grows daily.

And that is the usual trajectory of any effort to maintain a status quo artificially by suppression.

Nixon’s Resignation & the Era of Lawless Presidencies AUGUST 8

http://antiwar.com/blog/2013/08/08/nixons-resignation-the-era-of-lawless-presidencies/

This is the anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Nixon knew that his defense was doomed and chose to throw in the towel without a Senate trial. But President Gerald Ford compounded the damage from Nixon’s presidency when he issued a sweeping pardon of Nixon that practically condemned future generations of Americans to being governed by lawless presidents. Ford is a hero in Washington in part because he covered up the crimes of the state. His most famous action was his pardoning of Richard M. Nixon, the man who chose him to be vice president after Spiro Agnew was forced to resign in disgrace. Nixon was guilty of illegally invading a foreign country (Cambodia); of perpetuating the war in Vietnam for political purposes and his 1972 reelection campaign; of violating the rights of tens of thousands of Americans with the illegal FBI COINTELPRO program; of sanctioning CIA violence and subversion around the globe; and Watergate, as well as many other offenses. Nixon also created Amtrak.

Many people assume that President Ford pardoned Nixon only for Watergate. In reality, Ford’s pardon was so sweeping — forgiving Nixon for any and every possible crime he may have committed — that it would have exempted Nixon even from charges of genocide:

Now, therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969, through August 9, 1974.


Ford’s pardon effectively closed the book on holding Nixon culpable for his crimes against the Constitution, Americans, and millions of other people around the world.

If Nixon had been publicly tried and a full accounting of his abuses made to the American public, it may have been far more difficult for subsequent presidents to cover up their crimes. Politicians remembering Nixon’s punishment and humiliation might have been slower to lie the nation into unnecessary foreign wars. If Ford was hell-bent on pardoning his friend, he should have had the decency to wait until the evidence was on the table. And those who are concerned about how Nixon would have personally suffered from being prosecuted for all his crimes are cold-hearted towards the tens of thousands of Americans who have been killed and maimed in subsequent unnecessary wars. Making one politician pay the price of his conduct could have saved Americans and the world vast suffering.

But the friends of Leviathan have benefited immensely from the obscuring, if not the burying, of the vast majority of the crimes of the Nixon era. The more clearly people recalled Nixon’s abuses, the more difficult it would be to sway them to accept that government is inherently benevolent and trustworthy. The media’s Nixon rendition routinely starts and stops at Watergate. It is typical of the establishment media to treat a crime against a competing political party as a far graver offense than the trampling of the rights of tens of thousands of Americans by COINTELPRO (which began in the late 1950s and metastasized under Lyndon Johnson).

Ford’s pardon of Nixon set a precedent of absolute immunity for the president for all crimes committed in office. Ford’s pardon proclaimed a new doctrine in American law and politics — that one president can absolve another president of all his crimes and all his killings. His pardon signaled the formal end of the rule of law in America. The lesson that Ford’s top advisors seemed to draw from the pardon is that the government can break the law with impunity. Ford’s former chief of staff, Dick Cheney, brought this doctrine into the Bush administration, where it helped unleash torture around the world.


I DON'T THINK THAT FORD HAD THIS INTENTION, AND I DON'T THINK THE PRESS REALIZED THE FULL IMPLICATIONS OF THE PARDON, BUT I DO REMEMBER THAT IT WAS GREETED WITH GREAT ANGER FROM JUST ABOUT EVERYONE (THE GOP WAS NOTICEABLY SILENT, IF I RECALL CORRECTLY).

BUT FORD WAS NOT A CLEVER OR BRAINY MAN. HE WAS A KIND AND HONEST ONE WHO CARED THAT HIS COUNTRY NOT SPLIT APART. HE WAS ILL-ADVISED BY THE BFEE, IS MY GUESS. LOOK HOW THEY THRIVED AFTER, AS THEY CONTINUED THE WORK STARTED UNDER NIXON (AND NOT ALWAYS WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT!)

Weekend Economists and the Man in the Checkered Career August 16-18, 2013

Bert Lance died Thursday this week.

Who, you ask?

Thomas Bertram "Bert" Lance (June 3, 1931 – August 15, 2013) was an American businessman, who was Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Jimmy Carter. He is known mainly for his resignation from President Jimmy Carter's administration due to a scandal in 1977. He was cleared of all charges.

Lance was born in Gainesville, Georgia and lived in Gordon County (Calhoun), Georgia. His father, Thomas Jackson Lance, had served as president of Young Harris College. In 1941, the family relocated to Calhoun when Lance's father became superintendent of the Calhoun schools. Lance graduated from the University of Georgia in 1951 and was initiated into the Sigma Chi fraternity at the Delta Chapter. He graduated from LSU in Baton Rouge and Rutgers. While attending college he married LaBelle David, whose family owned the Calhoun First National Bank; they had four sons. After graduation, Lance became a clerk at the bank and within a decade, its president. He later served as president of the National Bank of Georgia in Atlanta from 1975 to 1977.---WIKI


SO HE MARRIED THE BOSS'S DAUGHTER AND QUICKLY ADVANCED TO PRESIDENT OF THE BANK....

Lance became acquainted with Jimmy Carter during the latter's time as Governor of Georgia, and served as State Highway Director during his administration. Lance ran to succeed Carter in 1974, but lost a bid for the Democratic nomination, finishing third in the first primary, behind Lester Maddox and the eventual winner, George Busbee. During the campaign, Lance accrued campaign debts of nearly $600,000.

Lance was an adviser to Jimmy Carter during Carter's successful 1976 campaign. After Carter's victory over President Gerald Ford, Lance was named Director of the Office of Management and the Budget (OMB). According to former OMB officials, it was well known in the department that Bert Lance and President Carter prayed together every morning.

Within six months, questions were raised by the press and Congress about mismanagement and corruption when Lance was Chairman of the Board of Calhoun First National Bank of Georgia. William Safire's article written during this time, Carter's Broken Lance, later earned a Pulitzer Prize.


SO, A DABBLER IN POLITICS, HE WAS ONE OF THE GOOD OLE BOY CRONIES THAT WAS USED TO BEAT THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION OVER THE HEAD.....

This was an embarrassment for Carter's administration, particularly as it occurred soon after Nixon's Watergate scandal and President Ford's pardon of Nixon just before he could be impeached. To insure there was no hint of similar impropriety in the Carter administration, Lance resigned his position. Later, after a well-publicized trial in 1981, Lance was acquitted by a jury on all 9 charges.

In 1981, Lance returned to the Calhoun First National Bank as Chairman. He left in 1986. He then made something of a political comeback in 1982 when he was elected Chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party. In 1984 Walter Mondale, who was the Democratic candidate for U.S. President at the time, sought to name Lance chairman of the Democratic National Committee, but was forced to withdraw his name because it was felt that it would hurt Mondale's chances. In 1988 Lance was an advisor to Jesse Jackson during Jackson's presidential campaign.


IN OTHER WORDS, HE WAS STAGE-STRUCK, BUT NEITHER PARTICULARLY TALENTED, NOR PARTICULARLY WELL-CONNECTED. BUT HE HAD THE EGO...

...(HE) cruised around Washington during Inaugural week in a black Cadillac bearing special license plates with BERT on the front bumper and LANCE on the back...

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,915153,00.html#ixzz2cAzbuxcp


I'M HAVING NO LUCK FINDING THE PHOTO OF THIS CAR THAT I DISTINCTLY REMEMBER SEEING...

Lance is credited with originating the phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", when he was quoted saying it in the May 1977 issue of the magazine Nation's Business. The expression became widespread, and William Safire wrote that it "has become a source of inspiration to anti-activists."


OTHER, MORE SUCCESSFUL POLITICOS QUICKLY SHORTENED THAT TO "IT AIN'T BROKE" OR MORE OFTEN, "WE CAN'T AFFORD TO FIX IT, SO LET'S THROW IT OUT ENTIRELY".

NEED I ADD THAT I DON'T HAVE A HIGH OPINION OF WILLIAM SAFIRE, EITHER?

Lance died on August 15, 2013 at his home in northwest Georgia. He had been in hospice care due to recent declining health. He was 82.



How I Exposed an Undercover Cop By Lacy MacAuley

http://otherwords.org/i-exposed-an-undercover-cop-lacy-macauley/

She was an undercover cop who called herself “Missy.” When I first met her four years ago, I couldn’t have known that the small-framed woman with spiky brown hair and intense eyes was anything but a fellow activist showing up for a protest in Washington, D.C. I certainly didn’t know she was actually Nicole Rizzi, an undercover cop ordered to secretly spy on peaceful protesters, violate our freedom of speech and assembly, and disregard our right to privacy.

Sure, I thought something was odd about her. She stared just a little too long. Her irreverent sense of humor made the hair stand up on the backs of a lot of necks. Her favorite t-shirt read “OBEY” and it wasn’t clear that she wore it for the irony. When I looked at her rippling arm muscles, I wondered whether they came from workouts at some spy academy or a downtown yoga studio.

So sure, I did suspect from the start that she could be an FBI agent, a police officer, or something else. But if you start being suspicious of newcomers, every honest newbie will look like an infiltrator. I kept my paranoia mostly to myself...The Twitter account was shocking. There was “Missy” tweeting about the daily grind of working for the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department. There were photos of her at the shooting range and a photo of her giant walkie-talkie. There were tweets about “the academy” and “the new morgue.”

There was a comment about her working during Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration on “ninja assignment,” and a remark that reading Miranda rights isn’t actually required...Spying on protesters is the worst violation of our freedom. It not only disregards the freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and right to privacy of the people who are being spied upon, it makes us crazed and paranoid. One person who turns out to be an infiltrator can keep us pointing fingers at each other for years. It makes us distrustful of people we don’t know, instead of finding safe ways to welcome newcomers and building vibrant social movements.

Distrust can mean slow death for a group of any kind...


MORE

Weekend Economists Going for the Gold August 9-11, 2013

As promised, we will look at MEDALS: Starting with this one:



Obama to award Oprah, Bill Clinton Presidential Medals of Freedom

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-to-award-oprah--bill-clinton-presidential-medal-of-freedom-214439983.html

President Barack Obama announced on Thursday the latest recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor presented to "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States," "world peace" or to "cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." Among them, two of the president's biggest political supporters: Oprah Winfrey and former President Bill Clinton. According to the White House release, Winfrey is being honored as "one of the world’s most successful broadcast journalists" and for "philanthropic causes and expanding opportunities for young women."

Winfrey and Clinton aren't the only Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients with historical ties to Obama. The late Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye represented Obama's home state of Hawaii on Capitol Hill. Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger, played his entire career for the Chicago Cubs — the crosstown rival of the White Sox, the president's preferred hometown team. And former Sen. Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican who served with Obama on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when Obama was a junior senator from Illinois, will be honored for his "bipartisan leadership and decades-long commitment to reducing the threat of nuclear weapons."

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours," Obama said in a statement announcing this year's list.
I CANNOT BELIEVE HE OPENLY REVEALED THAT!--DEMETER


Also among the 16 recipients named on Thursday were writer and women's rights activist Gloria Steinem; the late Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut to travel to space; jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval; and legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith. Two advisers to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — Cordy Tindell "C.T." Vivian and the late Bayard Rustin — were named for their efforts during the civil rights movement.

The awards will be presented at the White House later this year. More than 500 people have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom since President John F. Kennedy established it in 1963.


When JFK started this, I'm sure he had something a little nobler, and less self-serving, in mind....after all, his book Profiles in Courage didn't extend to women who buy houses like pairs of shoes....or men who pardon merchants of death and fraud....

But that's just me. I'm cranky and tired and I really need a Vacation after my "vacation".

So, I'm off to play Euchre, this being the designated night, and I'll return to post more of the coming Apocalypse. Be seeing you!



PS: We all know who #2 is, who is #1?


Weekend Economists Ask: Is It Haute Enough for You? August 2-4, 2013

Xchrom asked that this weekend be dedicated to food. One can only presume that X is in the throes of 1) a rigorous diet of limited range, or 2) feeding the ravening hoards that summer entertaining brings to the table.

Since there's no limits on this topic, give us your best receipts: whatever you would be cooking and eating, if you weren't reading this thread....

Haute cuisine (French: literally "high cooking", pronounced: ot kɥi.zin) or Grande cuisine refers to the cuisine of "high level" establishments, gourmet restaurants and luxury hotels in France. Haute cuisine is characterized by meticulous preparation and careful presentation of food, at a high price level, accompanied by rare wines.

Haute cuisine was characterised by French cuisine in elaborate preparations and presentations served in small and numerous courses that were produced by large and hierarchical staffs at the grand restaurants and hotels of Europe....

HISTORY

The 17th century chef and writer La Varenne marked a change from cookery known in the Middle Ages, to somewhat lighter dishes, and more modest presentations. In the following century, Antonin Carême, born in 1784, also published works on cooking, and although many of his preparations today seem extravagant, he simplified and codified an earlier and even more complex cuisine.

Georges Auguste Escoffier is a central figure in the modernisation of haute cuisine as of about 1900, which became known as cuisine classique. These were simplifications and refinements of the early work of Carême, Jules Gouffé and Urbain François Dubois. It was practised in the grand restaurants and hotels of Europe and elsewhere for much of the 20th century. The major developments were to replace service à la française (serving all dishes at once) with service à la russe (serving meals in courses) and to develop a system of cookery, based on Escoffier's Le Guide Culinaire, which formalized the preparation of sauces and dishes. In its time, it was considered the pinnacle of haute cuisine, and was a style distinct from cuisine bourgeoise (cuisine for families with cooks), the working-class cuisine of bistros and homes, and cuisines of the French provinces.

The 1960s were marked by the appearance of nouvelle cuisine, as chefs rebelled from Escoffier's "orthodoxy" and complexity. Although the term nouvelle cuisine had been used in the past, the modern usage can be attributed to authors André Gayot, Henri Gault, and Christian Millau, who used nouvelle cuisine to describe the cooking of Paul Bocuse, Alain Chapel, Jean and Pierre Troisgros, Michel Guérard, Roger Vergé and Raymond Oliver, many of whom were once students of Fernand Point.

In general, nouvelle cuisine puts an emphasis on natural flavours, so the freshest possible ingredients are used, preparation is simplified, heavy sauces are less common, as are strong marinades for meat, and cooking times are often reduced. While menus were increasingly short, dishes used more inventive pairings and relied on inspiration from regional dishes. Within 20 years, however, chefs began returning to the earlier style of haute cuisine, although many of the new techniques remained...wiki


There are actually several kinds of French cookery: from the extremely simple to the extremely complicated, depending on whether it was destined for the peasants or the princes.

Why, just this afternoon I made quiche for a client:



Quiche is basically a humble cheese custard in a pie crust, with extra ingredients for flavor and variety.

To make the custard: blend 2 eggs with one cup of half and half, pour over a cup of shredded hard cheese (nothing wetter than mozzarella) in an unbaked 9 inch pie crust, and bake at 350F until a knife comes out clean. If the pie shell is larger, increase the quantities, and the baking may take a bit longer, too.

For flavor and variety, try any combination of these: (make sure ingredients are dry, too much water will mess up the custard)

chopped onion sauteed to golden brown
wilted spinach, chopped
cooked vegetables, bite-sized: carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, summer squashes, etc.
bacon bits (the real thing)
ham bits
seafood bits: cooked shrimp. lobster, flakes of white fish, crab, I I would think squid too chewy)

Be imaginative! But don't overload the pie--at least half of it should be custard, or it won't stick together.

As you can see, Quiche is extremely simple to make, although today in America it's considered Haute Cuisine. (Anything above pizza, burgers, subs and fries is haute cuisine today, especially in the Midwest.) The way to "elevate" a quiche is to go extravagant on the added ingredients or the type of cheese, and pick a really fine wine.

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