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Happy Birthday President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was the thirty-second President of the United States. Elected to four terms in office, he served from 1933 to 1945, and is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms. He was a central figure of the 20th century during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war.

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Roosevelt created the New Deal to provide relief for the unemployed, recovery of the economy, and reform of the economic and banking systems. Although recovery of the economy was incomplete until almost 1940, many programs initiated in the Roosevelt administration continue to have instrumental roles in the nation’s commerce, such as the FDIC, TVA, and the SEC. One of his most important legacies is the Social Security system.

Roosevelt won four presidential elections in a row, causing a realignment that political scientists call the Fifth Party System. His aggressive use of an active federal government re-energized the Democratic Party, creating a New Deal Coalition which dominated American politics until the late 1960s. He and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, remain touchstones for modern American liberalism. Conservatives vehemently fought back, and the new Conservative coalition successfully ended New Deal expansion; during the war it closed most relief programs like the WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps, arguing that unemployment had disappeared.

After 1938, Roosevelt championed re-armament and led the nation away from isolationism as the world headed into World War II. He provided extensive support to Winston Churchill and the British war effort before the attack on Pearl Harbor pulled the U.S. into the fighting. During the war, Roosevelt, working closely with his aide Harry Hopkins, provided decisive leadership against Nazi Germany and made the United States the principal arms supplier and financier of the Allies who later, alongside the United States, defeated Germany, Italy and Japan. Roosevelt led the United States as it became the Arsenal of Democracy, putting 16 million American men into uniform.


Senator Obama's Victory Speech From Iowa – 01-03-2008

I’ve been swinging between Obama and Biden (stronger for Biden since a certain event in November that had nothing to do with Obama but with a Utah Democratic Senator that shivved me in the back).

As much fun as Biden is (his characterization of Mayor Rudy is dead on), Obama is still the only candidate that inspires me. Biden is a talented technition, Obama is a “once in a generation” candidate like JFK, Truman, Clinton (Bill) and even Jefferson.

From Veracifier’s YouTube Channel:

And, for Misty, my love for Biden:

Download This is why, Misty


Better than Steinbeck or Hemingway – Governor Jesse Ventura has written another book!

I have no idea why this little story makes me nearly giddy (yes I do), but, for a hard policy wonk like me, someone like Jesse really is a lot of fun. Shoot from the hip politikin’. Jesse was one of the reasons I loved the time I spent in Minnesota.

From Pioneer Press:

Jesse gets in (another) last word

Ventura’s new book covers the past (his governorship), the present (Bush’s failings) and the future (his surprise presidential bid)

HE AIN’T GOT TIME TO BLEED, YOU MEDIA JACKAL!Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and his strongly held, sometimes outrageous opinions will soon be back on public display in his new book, “Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me.”

The book – part Mexico travelogue, part memoir, part screed – details his brushes with famous people; his feelings about his governorship; and hints, teases and jokes about a possible 2008 run for president.

In the book, co-written with author Dick Russell, Ventura says he suggested to then-President Clinton that certain disputed Israeli sites should be blown up to stop the fighting over them; he consulted with then-Vice President Al Gore about a Minnesota abortion debate; and he offered to be Sen. John McCain’s running mate in 2000, if the Republican ran as an independent candidate.

He also reveals some continued bitterness about the tough time he had governing Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.

If you click through to the article, they have *gasp* excerpts! Yay!


Happy Holidays from The Biden Family

I sent Joe Biden a letter a few years ago, an even handed good thing/bad thing letter. It was, as I recall, a really long letter.

Senator Biden left me a hand written note at the bottom of the return mail, thanking me for being balanced and thanking me for writing.

Every year since, he sends me a Christmas card. That’s why I love this guy. He’s got class.

In his holiday email, there was no link to his contribute page (unlike a few others), so, I’ve added one here. He’s got class.

Oh, and my spooky-hard-right-wing Grandparents think he’s the devil. I have no idea why, but, that too makes me love him. He’s got class.


From our family to yours, we wish you all a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season. During this time when so many families are celebrating together, let us say a special prayer for those who are not — especially the many men and women in uniform around the globe who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.
God bless America and God protect our troops.


 Happy Holidays!


 The Biden Family


Happy Birthday, General Wesley Clark – Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO – Democrat

Happy Birthday, Sir! I’m not yet forgiving you for not running for President this year, but, happy birthday none the less.

From Wiki:

wesclark.jpgGeneral Wesley Kanne Clark, GBE, MSC, (born December 23, 1944) is a retired four-star general of the United States Army. Clark was valedictorian of his class at West Point, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics), and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master’s degree in military science. He spent 34 years in the Army and the Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000.

Read more HERE 

General’s MySpace HERE

WesPac HERE 

Jack Nicholson proves he's a hard core Democrat: "I even voted for Dukakis, the true test of a Democrat."

I. Am. So. Badass! You see, because all Democrats have a badass idol to look up to! I’m going to go grab a golf club and beat the hell out of someone’s car! Sweet:


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – At 70, without a thing left to prove, Jack Nicholson is sharpening his political edges. Not that he’ll be showing up at any presidential campaign rallies.

“I, by choice, am not an activist at this point,” Nicholson said. “I think Sean Penn is the greatest living American in a certain way, because he’s a man of action. … I feel by being a neutralist in this area, in my actual field of endeavor I can be more effective.”

Isn’t this fun?

That’s worth a signature Jack eyebrow arch. But while he hints at folding progressive messages into his movie roles, Nicholson in conversation also has the crowd-pleasing ability of a natural actor to take both sides of an issue — and make you believe him.

He calls former British Prime Minister Blair a “rock star … he’s wonderful” and says he supports Hillary Clinton in the presidential race (“I’m a friend of the family”). Nicholson acknowledges being “a lifelong Irish Democrat. What more can I say? I voted for what’s his name, (1988 presidential candidate Michael) Dukakis. This was the real test for a Democrat.”


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