For Father’s Day

H.W. Brands has a new biography of Ronald Reagan coming out on May 12. From Amazon:

In his magisterial new biography, H. W. Brands brilliantly establishes Ronald Reagan as one of the two great presidents of the twentieth century, a true peer to Franklin Roosevelt. Reagan conveys with sweep and vigor how the […]

From the Trailer Park -- Red Army

With only few hours before FX’s Season 3 premiere of The Americans, a little Soviet-era hockey to vet zee vistle. Below trailer and also story from one of commie’s favorite places of propaganda, the LA Times.

Friday Open Thread

This speech draws wistful remembrances on many levels… the “Boys of Point du Hoc”; the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy, the men who glided and jumped behind the lines and others too numerous to mention… It also triggers remembrance of what it was like to have a real Commander in Chief. Why […]

God Damn the (Welfare) Queen!

Back in the 1970s Ronald Reagan was labeled as a racist for talking about a “welfare queen” from Chicago or praised as a brave truth teller. As these things usually go Reagan told only half the truth (as opposed to a half-truth. And this piece, by Josh Levin, in Slate outlines that other half […]

Monday Open Thread

32 years ago today, Ronald Reagan did exactly what he said he’d do in this speech. He fired over 11,000 air traffic controllers for an illegal strike.

Honoring Ronald Reagan, Kinison-style (BUMPED)

Please continue to rest in peace as best as possible, Gipper. We’re doing the best we can to keep your spirit alive down here. Nine years ago today, we lost one of the greatest Presidents (and men) this country will ever see. Take it away, Sammy …

WARNING: Language not suitable for work, small […]

National Sanctity of Human Life Day (Bumped from 1/22/2012)

In January of 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed January 22 — the anniversary date of Roe v. Wade — National Sanctity of Human Life Day (Bush and Bush continued the proclamations, Clinton and Obama did not of course). Politically, he is correct of course in one major way… a correct and reasonable interpretation of […]

What A Card

Here’s a great piece from Lapham’s Quarterly on presidential humor and rhetoric:

Although many of the jokes attributed to Lincoln are of questionable authenticity—when accused of lying he reportedly said, “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” his public humor was well-recorded in his 1858 debates with Stephen Douglas .Lincoln […]

FOX News: White House rebukes guests who flipped bird at Reagan portrait

White House rebukes guests who flipped bird at Reagan portrait,

Money quote, “Reagan has blood on his hands. He was in the White House as AIDS exploded.”

Yes… The biggest failure of the 1980s was Reagan’s refusal to ban glory holes, anonymous unprotected anal sex, and cracking down on bug chasers. Thank […]

Ig’nant with a capital “D”

An open letter to Deena Weinstein, DePaul University, on the occasions of certain appearances in Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn’s Metal Evolution currently airing on VH1 Classic, specifically within the “Thrash Metal” section. Director Sam Dunn didn’t call you out (or maybe it ended up on the cutting room floor), but I will …

Dear Ms. […]