|a|| To read Lawdog's analysis and results of the last
poll (best president of the second half of the 20th
century), or any other poll, go here .
My take on the "Best President".
The results don't surprise me. Perception is shaped by symbolism. Communism was the longest-running evil of the 20th century, and Reagan presided over its demise. In addition, no matter who was responsible, his administration turned around a dreadful economy riddled with double-digit inflation. Finally, although Reagan's subordinates got into some scandals and controversies, Ron managed to stay above it all and emerge unsullied and Presidential. Plus, he's just kind of a likeable guy, more like your uncle than your President. OK, he wasn't the brightest guy in the world, or the most sophisticated, but what the hell does that have to do with being a good president, or being perceived as one?
You will be surprised to read this. For all the grief I have given Clinton over the years, I agree with his high placement on the list. He ignored the Democratic agenda and ran a pragmatic ship. The biggest concerns at the beginning of his administration were rampant crime, the size of government, and the degeneration of education. By any objective standards, America has done well on his watch on all three. The crime rate has reversed after years of explosive growth. Clinton's administration has had the best budget control of any president since Hoover. Declining SAT scores have finally started to show some signs of recovery, and 1997's scores were the highest since 1971. The two issues that are always important are peace and prosperity. The economy has stayed prosperous, he's been friendly to business, and he's managed to keep America's children and dollars out of any debilitating major foreign entanglements. I know he's a lyin' horndog, and his wife is one of those people who think they know better than you how you should live your life. I don't like them very much at all. But you know what? Bubba did OK.
Truman should not have placed so well, but my comment is only based on a technicality. It is reasonable to argue that Truman was a great President in the first half of the 20th century, but that wasn't the question. His major accomplishments were from 1945-1949, which was the first half of the century. This poll was about the second half. In the second half, his administration was pretty much of a disaster. He did nothing important except : he fired MacArthur, which he should have, but he failed to heed MacArthur's sound military advice about never committing US ground forces to an Asian land war, and ordered direct US engagement in the Korean War. Harry was completely justified in firing the arrogant and insubordinate MacArthur, but Truman's commitment of US ground forces to an Asian war, thus beginning 25 years of same, was probably one of the five worst single national policy decisions since Napoleon invaded Russia.
In 1952, he ordered the federal seizure of the steel mills in order to avert an impending strike. Although the Supreme Court quickly and correctly overruled him, it was possibly the most blatant example of a genuine impeachable offense in the history of the US Presidency. The only contender I can think of would be Andy Jackson's relocation of the Indians, the so-called "trail of tears". And the trail of tears was more of a moral crime, rather than a specific violation of the law or constitution. Truman's wholesale seizure of private property was clearly illegal and unconstitutional, and he knew it full well, but he did it anyway because he thought it was necessary. As always, though, you had to admire his cojones and his willingness to do what he thought was the right thing, irrespective of the Congress, the press, and the polls.
Senator McCarthy's hearings began, and Truman stands condemned today for what he did NOT say. He owed the nation a thundering repudiation of McCarthyism, and he was surprisingly subdued on the subject.
|The Gist and Lawdog|
|words and pictures byMongoose|
|Here are some caps from the
1972 Jean Rollin movie "The Shiver of the
Vampires" aka "Le Frisson des Vampires/Sex and
the Vampire/The Thrill of the Vampires/Vampire
Thrills." The DVD comes from Salvation Films in the
UK who are the gods of remastering old movies for DVD.
First bunch of pics is of Marie-Pierre Castel and Kuelan Herca
in bed with a newly married young man.
Marie-Pierre hanging about the castle naked in various poses. Recommended.
Nicole Nancel getting a hug from the little vampire played by Dominique. Unfortunately for Nicole, Dominique has iron spikes attached to her nipples.
Dominique (like Madonna, she does not use a last name) plays a vampire and here she is getting molested by the two tallest skinniest guys in all of France. The men play vampires who were, until the beginning of the movie, vampire hunters themselves.
Another bunch of pics of Dominique. Dominique's not the prettiest woman but from the waist down...
Lead actress Sandra Julien is being mesmerized and groped by Dominique.
Sandra Julien is asleep and getting felt up by her husband.
More naked Sandra Julien
This is a composite pic of a slow upward pan of Ms. Julien's body as she stands naked, hugging a grandfather clock.
Sandra Julien crawls into bed for the evening and is surprised by a visit from the little topless vampire, Dominique. Nice shots of Sandra's ass.
The end of the movie. The two tall skinny ex-vampire hunter vampires are getting ready to have sex with Sandra (who is now a vamp herself) on the beach as her husband watches helplessly from afar. Too bad for them the sun comes up.
|+||Ever wonder what the
Playboy, Page Three, and other softcore models do when
not modeling for Playboy or the British tabs? Fred does.
Fred, or as he is known in the ancient Elventongue,
"Frodo", specializes in "outing" the
harder action from these ostensibly wholesome girls.
"Is Playboy Model Laurie Wallace the same person as Katie Kean, porn star and ALS model?? Here are some pictures so you folks can decide. Sorry, but I can't send any Playboy pics for comparison (Scoopy's rules)." Frodo wanted everyone to know that I, not he, abbreviated San Francisco to Frisco in his previous post.
|"Scoop, I have a
potpourri of stuff for you this week. First Kristian
Alfonso who has starred on both Days of Our Lives and
Melrose Place from 1993's "Army of One", with
human mannequin Dolph Lundgren. The thong shots are
probably a body double, but the rest is she. Also some
pics from the first great sex symbol of the 1980's, the
perfect 10, Bo Derek. Finally one of my favorites, the
mouth-wateringly magnificent Uschi Digard. She was
discovered by faboobulous director Russ Meyer and her
44-26-35 frame was featured in many 70's movies. She's
seen here in "Kentucky Fried Movie"
|The last of the Swimsuit
issue of "Flex". Bikini shots.
||FR||The mammoth cleavage of Tina Ruland in a public appearance|
Unbearable Lightness of Being", from Tuna
I'll talk about this in about a week or so, when I do my version.
Juliette Binoche (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12) Lena Olin (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #24, #25, #26, #27, #28) Consuela de Haviland (#1, #2, #3) Miscellaneous (Pascale Kalensky, Swimmers, Swimmers, Swimmers, Upskirt)