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Too many Democrats in Mr. Mueller’s legal team & Pres Nixon resigned 1974

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We will discuss the appearances of the Mueller probe…… can anyone believe the result with so many Democrats on the legal team? or now so many leaks………….Wrigley Field lights turned on in 1988…..President Nixon resigned on this day in 1974……and other stories………… Please check our blog or follow me on Twitter.

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August 8, 2017 at 11:00 pm

August 8, 1974: President Nixon resigned

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It was on this day in 1974 that President Nixon delivered his resignation speech:

In a televised address, Nixon, flanked by his family, announced to the American public that he would step down rather than endure a Senate impeachment trial for obstruction of justice.

Since 1972, Nixon had battled increasing vociferous allegations that he knew of, and may have authorized, a botched burglary in which several men were arrested for attempting to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee, located in the Watergate Hotel inWashington, D.C. 
Between 1972 and 1974, the press, and later a Senate investigation committee, revealed disturbing details that revealed that Nixon had indeed attempted to cover up the crime committed by key members of his administration and re-election committee. The most damning evidence came from subpoenaed tape recordings of Nixon’s White House conversations. Nixon fought the release of the tapes, which led the House of Representatives in 1973 to initiate impeachment charges against the president for obstruction of justice.
During the televised address, Nixon stated that he had never been a “quitter” and that choosing to resign went against his instincts. He refused to confess to committing the alleged high crimes and misdemeanors of which he was accused. 
He claimed his decision was encouraged by his political base and was in the best interests of the country and said that he hoped it would heal the political and social division caused by theWatergate scandal.
A report by the Washington Post on August 9 revealed the drama that had unfolded in the White House cabinet room an hour before Nixon’s resignation speech. 
After saying goodbye to 46 members of Congress, including his staunchest supporters, the president told them that the “country could not operate with a half-time President,” broke into tears and left the room.”

President Nixon’s legacy will always be marked by Watergate.  However, his presidency was actually quite consequential:

1) He ended the Vietnam War.  I would argue that he won the war and then we let the North Vietnamese & Viet Cong overrun a smaller South Vietnamese army.  It was not one of our better days when we left South Vietnam and the region fall under communist rule.    In 1985, President Nixon wrote a book about the collapse of Vietnam:  “No more Vietnams”.    It was fantastic!

2) His domestic record was actually quite liberal.  He extended the Great Society programs and started the EPA, Affirmative Action and Title 9 for college students.   In fact, Tom Wicker wrote a book about his domestic record:  “One of us”.

3) Nixon’s memoirs and post presidency books were excellent.    “Leaders“, written in 1982 was just wonderful and would make a wonderful present to a young person interested in US and world history.    In the book, Mr. Nixon details his interactions with many of the world’s leaders during his political life:


So we remember President Nixon today, a good man with serious flaws that eventually brought him down.

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August 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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August 8, 1988: Lights at Wrigley Field

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As I recall, the game was rained out but the lights went on before the summer showers came.  

It all started at 6:05 pm when 91-year-old Cubs fan Harry Grossman began the countdown. “Three . . . two . . . one . . . Let there be lights!”

Grossman pressed a button and light towers were on.   Wonder if Mr. Grossman was around for the 2016 World Series title?  My guess is no but I don’t know for sure.

For years, Cubs’ fans had to watch day baseball.    It was charming, specially for kids during the summer school.    It made afternoon rush hour traffic a bit interesting on WGN radio.   It brought morning baseball to West Coast fans. 

Eventually, the economics must have caught up with the Cubs.    It’s hard to play day time baseball when TV viewership is crucial to pro sports.

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August 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

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Nobody is singing ‘120 dead in Venezuela’

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Once upon a time, Hollywood and rockers used to sing about dead demonstrators, such as the case of Kent State popularized by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:

“Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.”  

Kent State 1970 was obviously a terrible event. It sparked a lot of protests, songs, and speeches. At the same time, Kent State was a total aberration and there is no history of U.S. soldiers shooting at protesters.

Where is Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, Sean Penn and all of the others who danced to the Chavez shuffle over the last years?     

This is a report about what is happening in the streets of Venezuela. We are witnessing a rebellion against communism, socialism and leftism as we see in this report:  


The legitimacy of Sunday’s election to overhaul Venezuela’s Constitution was under threat as many voters avoided the ballot box, nations across the region rejected the predetermined result and the streets erupted in the deadliest day of unrest in three months.

President Nicolás Maduro had ordered a rewriting of the Constitution. The election on Sunday was simply to pick the members of the constituent assembly that will carry it out; there was no option to reject the process.

By evening, electoral officials announced the winners of the vote, a list of leftist stalwarts including Diosdado Cabello, a powerful politician who once participated in a failed coup attempt, and Cilia Flores, Mr. Maduro’s wife. The result effectively liquidates the Venezuelan political opposition and leaves the left with complete control over a country that remains deeply divided.     

“I said rain, thunder or lightning, the 30th of July was going to come,” the president said in a shaky video made from his vehicle after he cast his ballot. He remained sanguine throughout the day, saying the vote would soon bring peace to a country where about 120 people have died during protests this year against his rule.   

By any comparison, 120 people killed, and the number is likely to grow, is one of the most deadly events in recent Latin American history.

Where is Hollywood’s outrage? Where are the speeches at the awards ceremonies blasting the government of Venezuela for shooting at young people who want to be free?      

Didn’t we used to hear about Chile and Pinochet years ago? 

My guess is that there are a couple of things going on:

First, the left does not know how to admit that this Chavezism thing was a big fraud and they are the fools who fell for it;  and,

Second, many of them actually support the socialist republic of Venezuela. None of these artists invests their money in Venezuela or Cuba but they sure love any revolution that expropriates U.S. companies and alleges to provide free health care. 

In the meantime, more brave people stand up to a dictator in Venezuela but Hollywood is busy with another Al Gore movie.

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August 8, 2017 at 7:18 am