Presidential Libraries: Locations and Ephemera

I’ve had the opportunity to visit several Presidential libraries, homes and historic places.  Most of the ones I have visited are centered around a home. Visiting Spiegel Grove, Rutherford B. Hayes’s home in Fremont, Ohio, is a quiet affair…a lovely home, a library for research, his final resting place.  Mount Vernon, the magnificent home and final resting place of George Washington, has a sprawling museum and estate and has been lovingly cared for by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association since the 1850s.  Other homes include those of Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and FDR.

Some Presidential libraries lack a home, but have outstanding museums and artifacts.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL tends toward the Disney-esque, with life-size dioramas and high-tech holographics along with a rotating display of artifacts in a more traditional portion of the museum.  The outstanding Library is across the street from the museum; Lincoln’s home, operated by the National Park Service, is across town and his tomb is also nearby.

The newest Presidential center will apparently be Obama’s. There is some controversy regarding the location, appearance and function of the center.  John Kass, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, calls the proposed Presidential center, to be built on public land near the golf course in Jackson Park, “The Barack Obama Temple of Adoration and Fealty.” The center won’t house any Presidential papers, nor will it be a center for research.  Kass even has a couple of suggestions for the inevitable shop at the center, “Presidential golf clubs or a Michelle Obama vegetable peeler for nutritious school lunches would be nice.”

Regardless of what ends up in the Obama center, I would like to suggest that there only be one item in the future Donald J. Trump Library:

This document captures everything about the current President…all anyone needs to know.  American can-do bravado, shades of General McAuliffe’s memo to the German command “NUTS!”, captured in a letter so clearly dictated by Trump that I can imagine the hand of a nice Katie Gibbs secretary flying across the page in perfect Gregg shorthand.  Presented on the finest Crane Presidential stationery, he signs it with a graffiti-esque Sharpie. Permanent. Bold.  Yes–this is all we need, in so very many ways.

I guarantee his feet weren’t on the surface of the Resolute desk when he signed it.


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Faith Restored

Today I talked to a restaurant manager and a construction sub contractor. I was sitting there, sipping coffee from the thermos and a realization dawned on the common thread.

Both were struggling with keeping their places staffed

Both were saying it was hard to find people

Both were saying business was booming

Both looked a bit like deer in the headlights.

These were seasoned guys, not novices, but it came to me that it had been before their time since this pattern had occurred. A hot labor market, raising wages, shortages of skilled people.

We have as a nation forgot how to handle this, coupled with managing a touch of inflation in materials along with spot shortages due to high demand.

Ah well, time to dust off the old experience, long filed away , and describe “the way we did it back then….”

I cannot stop smiling these days. My America is back, at least in part. I do see opportunity shining in the eyes of the young folk, the blessed light of fresh possibilities that fires the soul of Americans.

Political Correctness cannot stand in the way of that force. Division cannot stand. Their forebears told the establishment to stick it and headed west. I have faith that will come again.

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TOTD MAY 24, 2018: In the News … and got me smiling.

48 Hours Later, Media Still Keeps Dems’ Total Collapse in Reuters Poll a Secret

 On Monday, Reuters/Ipsos announced that the Democratic Party’s strong lead on the generic ballot question, which had remained stable for most of 2018, had rapidly collapsed over the prior week

Couple of tweets from Elon Musk …

Elon Musk@elonmusk

Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication. Thinking of calling it Pravda …

Elon Musk@elonmusk

The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them

:-))

 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/48-hours-later-media-still-keeps-dems-total-collapse-in-reuters-poll-a-secret/?utm_source=PJMCoffeeBreak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=May2018

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/elon-musk-teases-website-tracking-journalists-and-media-outlets-credibility


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TOTD 23 May 2018 – A Century-long Experiment

During the twentieth century the industrialized world was engaged in three major conflicts: World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. In all three wars one side contained a coalition whose nations favored authoritarian  governments running command economies. The other side was dominated by nations who favored representative governments with free-market economies.* In all three wars the coalition which was more representative and more free-market won and the coalition which was more authoritarian and with more centralization of the economy lost.

In all three cases before the war the authoritarian, command economy nations were viewed as more efficient with a more effective use of resources. The representative-government, free-market economy nations were viewed as messy, inefficient, and weak.

It was almost as if gods in Olympus were running a century-long debate on the issue of “Resolved: authoritarian government with command-controlled economies produce better results than representative governments with free-market economies.”  And those holding the pro position got their heads handed to them three times running.

So, what do we hear from today’s elites? You know, socialism (authoritarian with command economy) is really the way to go. Like the Bourbon kings of France, they learn nothing and forget nothing.

* Yes, there was at least one authoritarian, command-controlled economy nation in that coalition, but the bulk of the economic power was held by the representative, free-market partners.


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A View From The Deplorable Culture

Starbucks, always much in the news and on the lips for the wanna be elites prides itself as the gathering place where the elite meet to transact business over burned and expensive coffee as a vehicle for sugar delivery.

I have spent my time meeting a certain class of clients at such places, usually off the rush hours. It has all the aspects of a tribal place, with the common rituals and intonations.

My current clientele is more oriented to construction trades and manufacturing. Their place to meet seems to be the ubiquitous Golden Arches.

I had to meet my excavator in Chapter 11 client today to exchange data and a review of upcoming contracts he is bidding. He chose the usual place and I pulled up in my F150 around 10am. It seemed the parking lot was about 90% similar Fords, Rams, Silverados, all fairly new with a variety of racking rigs.

Inside it was guys and gals in jeans with laptops, blueprints and folders of bids and RFQs, all reviewing stuff with a serious eye over black coffee and egg mcmuffins.

McDonalds even had a hostess who walked around refreshing coffee and greeting the patrons.

I looked out at the Starbucks across the parking lot and wondered if the cultures would keep moving farther apart, like galaxies after the big bang.

One parking lot full of Beemers, Priusi and Volvos, the other Pickup trucks.

Heck, at least the coffee is not burned beyond recognition at the Arches, and still a dollar a cup with free refills.

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Pay Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain…

As I watch the “Big Ugly” (hat tip to Sundance) unfold, one thing that strikes me is the villains are too obvious.

Brennan almost seems like he is a wrestling villain, taunting, sneering, jeering and making the crowd go wild with visceral rage. Clapper is the penultimate jerk bureaucrat we all despise. Sally Yates is the smarmy scold and Comey is the comic clown jerk who almost resembles a six foot six Peter Sellers character.

When it is obvious, beware misdirection. Do not misread me, these are bad people and true villains, but I sense they are not the masterminds but merely the fall guys.

If you blow past them, the next layer is Obama, the Clintons along with Soros, the Podestas, Valerie Jarrett and the whole crew.

(Now I reflect on E.E. “Doc” Smith, the author of “The Lensman” series. Over many pages his heroes fought evil and kept defeating layer after layer only to find another one above their hard won victory. Who is Boskone? (Name of their evil bad guys at ever higher levels))

We know the TPP, the Iran Deal, the Destruction of the US as a Manufacturing and an Energy Giant, the WTO, NAFTA, The Paris Accords, Mass Invasive Migration have made certain people and institutions place trillion dollar bets on certain outcomes.

If the US rebuilds it’s manufacturing base it will reduce asset values of those bets, if it continues to pump oil and natural gas it will threaten the current order, if it secures it’s borders it will create a high wage prosperity magnet for the best in the world and not the least skilled.

Who is Boskone? Who pulls the strings for these bets?

That is the real set of villains. Do you think POTUS knows who they are?


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Thought Experiment In Progress

Okay folks, grab your pocket protectors and favorite off white lab coat, time for a genuine thought experiment!

Assume- Trump and his team of Military supporters (Kelly, Mattis, Rodgers etc), billionaire buddies in the cabinet (Ross, DeVos and her brother in law Eric Prince etc) along with the Saudis, the Israelis, the Japanese and his Deplorables have the serious goods on Hillary, Bill, Soros, Obama, Valerie Jarrett , various Banking Houses and their minions like CLapper, Brennan, Comey and their MI6 buddies, Teresa May, Macron and Merkel.

I mean serious goods, like video, audio and reams of illicit banking records. Imagine the whole magilla from the worst depths of Anthony Weiner’s laptop to the Haitian operation of the Clinton Foundation to Uranium One and the Iran financial deals for European Industrialists.

What do you do?

0. Do the Gentlemanly GOP thing- give a speech where bygones are bygones and pledge to work together for a better world where the elites watch out for the little folks.
1. Prosecute Everyone in the US Courts?
2. Prosecute a few and cut deals with the rest?
3. Declare a State of Insurrection and operate Military Tribunals?
4. Have a process which removes the group from power permanently which may never become public.

Add options as you wish.

To an extent, if Trump wins this one, it will be worse than putting the world back together after WW2.


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A good read from a Dem. Pollster

Stopping Mueller isn’t about one president or one party. It’s about all presidents and all parties. It’s about cleaning out and reforming the deep state so that our intelligence operations are never used against opposing campaigns without the firmest of evidence. It’s about letting people work for campaigns and administrations without needing legal defense funds. It’s about relying on our elections to decide our differences.

Read the whole thing. (H/T DrudgeReport)

http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/388549-stopping-robert-mueller-to-protect-us-all


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Cue the music, Act two is about to begin

I have been trying to play this one out in my head but there are too many things underwater to guess the play.

I do know it will be a war of tribes and beliefs. Loyalties to law or tribe will be the crux.

I also can guess that POTUS will address fairness rather than law, as Americans respect fairness more.

POTUS main advantage is his life and demeanor are an open book compared to the nightcrawlers who are arrayed against him. They thrive in the world of secrets, redactions and hidden things.

In a battle for public opinion, being the nightcrawler is a tough position to defend.

And now a word from Ambassador Kosh


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