Frost – Nixon


Ronnie Howard has a new movie out, “Frost – Nixon” and it is a pretty good movie.  I am not a movie critic, I know what I like and what I do not like, and this movie is okay – So/So.  Strange, but Ron Howard (Opie) has been in the business some fifty years now, it just doesn’t seem like this is possible.

Richard Nixon, it turns out, was a druggie.  Unfortunately, Nixon took the wrong drug.  If he had smoked pot, he would have sat around with Spiro saying “Oh, wow” and eating chips Ahoy cookies instead of ordering bombings of Cambodia and Laos.  If he had taken acid, instead of taping conversations and ordering break-ins, he’d have watched the Oval Office wallpaper move and change colors.

What drug did Nixon take?

Dilantin, given to him by a friend named Jack Dreyfus.  Dreyfus, the founder of the Dreyfus Fund, was bullish on Dilantin and gave Nixon a big bottle of it, claiming it could fix all kinds of mood and behavior problems.  Basically, though, Dilantin is an anti-convulsant, a drug that did little to help a neurotic Nixon through a convulsive presidency.

Oh, if only Dreyfus had been ahead of his time and given Nixon a big bottle of Ecstasy.  Nixon would have loved everyone, especially Pat.  There could possibly have never been an enemies list.

Another surprise is that Nixon actually saw a psychiatrist in 1970 because he was depressed by the hostile public reaction to his invasion of Cambodia.  The shrink considered him “neurotic” no big surprise there, and for only $150 an hour.  The surprising part is that our anger and demonstrations had any effect on Nixon at all.

The movie provides you plenty of reasons to hate Nixon and very important reasons.  Nixon secretly went behind Lyndon Johnson’s back to sabotage peace talks in Vietnam.  Let’s face it.  No drug in the world could cure a snake like Nixon.  Whenever I start to feel something other than contempt for Nixon, or start talking about how liberal he was compared to present day Republicans, something comes out that makes Nixon actually look worse than he did when he was alive.

For me it was so hard to believe that Nixon was so power-hungry that he lengthened the war in Vietnam, possibly killing tens of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese, by conniving with President Thieu of South Vietnam to resist Johnson’s peace talks.

It would be hard for us to believe that about anyone else, but this was Nixon.  When many of you were young, we considered Nixon a traitor to American Ideals.  We had no idea how literally traitorous he was.

Some towards the end were actually talking about whether or not he was sane.  In 1969, Nixon used his own “madman theory” to scare the Soviets into believing, as his messenger to Moscow Leonard Garment put it, that he was a “dramatically disjointed personality.”  Which is a nice way of saying just a little bit off center, more than a little paranoid and when necessary, was thoroughly convinced that he could be a cold hearted butcher.  What is sad, is years later, in retrospect, everything that Garment told the Soviets about Nixon, turned out to be basically true.

We don’t have a living Nixon to kick around anymore, but we can still set our political compasses by the Nixon record.  The lesson we can all take from Mr. Nixon is that history shows us that politicians are never to be trusted.  To stop hating them is a mistake, you should instead, trust your instincts.  If a politician seems sneaky, he probably is.  If he seems neurotic and anxious, he probably is.  Nixon seemed like all these things to many voters of his time, and yet he got elected.

Why?  People were sick of a war, and wanted to believe he had a plan that would provide “peace with honor.”

Nixon didn’t know what he meant, and he even believed the war was un-winnable. But he conned people because they wanted to be conned into believing that he could end the war.  So, in all this if you find yourself wondering if a certain politician is “as dumb as they say he is” it is probably because he is.  If it feels like he is conning you or lying to you, he probably is.

Compared to King George Dubya, poor Mr. Nixon comes off as a mere school boy, not an elder statesman of the world.  And when Bush is done writing his particular version of history, they will all pale in comparison, watch n see.

If fiction is your bag, then you will be alright with this flick.  It’s an okay movie I guess, like I said, I am not a movie critic.  You can check it out this weekend, relive another time and place, sit in the dark and eat popcorn or wait on the DVD and save a buck or two.  It surely isn’t Oscar Material that is about what I gathered about it.


Final Expenses

imagespleasebuyThe shoe is on the other foot now boys … How does it feel?

You know who I am talking about here, all you wonderful folks with no customer service, 15% restocking fee’s.

All those lousy good-for-nothing rebate forms that are somehow never filled out correctly or submitted on time, and do not pay off.

How does it feel?  What color is the sky in your world now.

Now I am somewhat confused about some of this, so perhaps someone can help me out?  “If I received a check back from my bank, and the check is marked insufficient funds.” How am I to know if it is MY check or if it is THEIR check that is insufficient?

Today is your lucky day, believe it or not, your internet search is over!  You have found the site that you were looking for!  We are here and we are open for business.

With all the pressing important concerns in the world, famine, drought, world politics’, boil over wars across borders, AIDS, the current meltdown of the financial capitalist pigs and their concerns, you find a blog that is willing to talk about … Toilet Paper.

Yes … I said Toilet Paper.

Wow, what a deal.  This could very well be as I have stated … your lucky day, … as it happens, toilet paper is one of our major topics this day, the use or rather non-use of toilet paper.

Soon to be a three part series on Dr. Phil, please check your local listings.

Woke up this morning experiencing several concerns, very important issues, and I will now share with all of you.  Things like:  “Why is it every box or roll of toilet paper has a picture of a baby on it?” Babies are the “last people” on the face of the earth that use toilet paper.

I also see where a politician came up with a “pay as you go plan” for helping towns to grow their own sewer systems.  He introduced a bill to place a tax of two cents per roll of toilet paper.  The money then would be used to fund sewer improvements.

He estimated that this could raise as much as $50 million per year.  His reasoning being, “two cents is not going to hurt families at all and people don’t mind paying for it.”  The governor of the state would not commit one way or the other, but said that if toilet paper is taxed, people might use less of it, and that would be a bad thing overall.

While we are on the subject of “less than desirable things in life” here is another.

Has the world suddenly gone insane or is it just me?  I am reading about this governor of Illinois thing and I am wondering to myself, “how is it these people manage to fly in under the radar, and get elected in the first place?”  No one noticed this guy was an apparent scumbag from the get go?

We voted for these people?

One thing that is particularly disturbing about all this is how the Republicans will be quick to blame Mr. Obama for this, or possibly link him to it.  that is a shame, but unfortunately, that is politics in America.  Read more about it here.  And as an added bonus, on the same page, Jennifer Anniston proves her boob’s are about 500 times bigger than her brain!

Check Please!

Received this little ditty in the mail yesterday, some outfit wants to help me with my “final expenses.”  At first I could not relate to what they were talking about (I am after all, still alive and do not have anything that is what could be considered final or pending right now) but then it hit me … these bozo’s were talking about burial insurance.

As I am not a big fan of junk mail, most of it ends up in the trash on any given day (the round file).  This automatically makes me a loser in the Sweepstakes Of Life in general and most certainly I will never, ever benefit from all of my “free offers” but that is the way it goes. First your money — then your clothes.

We now leave you with a “first look” of the new pre-bail out production car out of Detroit.  Brought to you by the same folks who gave you Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Afghanistan and Iraq.  With a track record like that you just know this is gonna be good.

Crumple-Crumple … Zip!  Two points! … Hole in one.

One new member in the round file of life and time moves on.


I’m Walkin

jogginMaybe it is me, but I just cannot for the life of me figure out where they find all these happy-sappy folks on television that are smiling and laughing all the while they are exercising.

Exercising sucks, I don’t care what Richard Simmons sez ….

All this “Walking can add minutes to your life”.  What good is it?  This enables you, at 85 years of age, to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7,000 per month.

So from an economic standpoint alone, walking is not a good thing.  I rest my case your honor.

My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60.. Now he’s 97 years old and we don’t know where he is.  And this jogging thing?  Well, that is totally out of the question too.

There are only two reasons to jog.  (1)  To escape your enemies.  (2)  To make it to the bathroom.  Jogging isn’t good for me because “my ice cubes always seem to rattle out of the glass” nope, just isn’t going to cut it for me.  Have to find something else.

Have to admit though, I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.  I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing. Forget this because I would NEVER get up early in the morning especially to WALK.

Which has to be the most boring endeavor on the planet.

Currently I am riding my bike, ten to twelve miles per day, every other day, and that is about all the exercise I need, want or desire.  And on some days, just loading it on the truck to take it down to the river to ride, is enough.  Bike riding seems to work for me.

Unfortunately, because of weather concerns, this will not be available to me in the near future.  Then I will be relegated to “The Mall” which early in the morning resembles “God’s Waiting Room” because of all the elderly patrons walking the concrete floors and visiting.  In the wintertime in Oklahoma, you have to find what works.

This is not my first foray into the wonderful world of fitness.  I joined a health club last year, spent about $400 bucks.  Didn’t lose a pound.

Apparently you have to actually go there.

Every time I go to the doctor’s office and hear the dirty word ‘exercise’,  I wash my mouth out with chocolate immediately on the drive home.  Exercise and work, should be deleted from the vocabulary of people that are my age, purloined with a vengeance, never to be spoken again.

These are of course, the words of a fool.

We all need exercise, we just do not like it.  But for all practical intents and purposes, we should remember to start off simple.  For instance: “If you are going to try cross-country skiing,” start with a small country.

As the country continues to “gray out” (Baby Boomers reaching retirement age) Most of us have received a lot of exercise the last few years …  just getting over the hill.  Putting on weight is just a normal fact of life.  We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads.  As you learn more information, you do what?  You store that information.  Stored information on “weighty subjects” will increase your total body mass index.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Every time I start thinking too much about how I look … I just have a French-Fry-Double Mac Happy Hour and by the time its over … I look just fine.  The only walking I am gonna do is from the TV Room to the refrigerator and back again, that is good enuff for me.

Next time we will talk about this Cialis/Vigra thing …

What is up with the couple holding hands in the bath tub, where is the symbolism in that?  Now there is some “exercise” I believe I could get into, but unfortunately, the wife doesn’t have a weight problem.  I am the one with the weight problem.

Life is so unfair.


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