08/09/2015 archive

On This Day In History August 9

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

Click on images to enlarge

August 9 is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 144 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this day in 1974, one day after the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford is sworn in as president, making him the first man to assume the presidency upon his predecessor’s resignation. He was also the first non-elected vice president and non-elected president, which made his ascendance to the presidency all the more unique.

Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974. As the first person appointed to the vice-presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, when he became President upon Richard Nixon’s  resignation on August 9, 1974, he also became the only President of the United States who was elected neither President nor Vice-President.

Before ascending to the vice-presidency, Ford served nearly 25 years as Representative from Michigan’s 5th congressional district, eight of them as the Republican Minority Leader.

As President, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, marking a move toward detente in the Cold War. With the conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam nine months into his presidency, US involvement in Vietnam essentially ended. Domestically, Ford presided over what was then the worst economy since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure. One of his more controversial acts was to grant a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. During Ford’s incumbency, foreign policy was characterized in procedural terms by the increased role Congress began to play, and by the corresponding curb on the powers of the President. In 1976, Ford narrowly defeated Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination, but ultimately lost the presidential election to Democrat Jimmy Carter.

Following his years as president, Ford remained active in the Republican Party. After experiencing health problems and being admitted to the hospital four times in 2006, Ford died in his home on December 26, 2006. He lived longer than any other U.S. president, dying at the age of 93 years and 165 days.

Punting the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Punting the Punditsis an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Punting the Pundits”.

Follow us on Twitter @StarsHollowGzt

The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR): Gov. John Kasich (R-OH); former Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX); and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

The roundtable guests are: ABC News analyst Matthew Dowd; ABC News contributor Donna Brazile; Republican strategist Sara Fagen; and Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, managing editors of Bloomberg Politics.

Face the Nation: Host John Dickerson’s guests are: Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former HP CEO Carlie Fiorina; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; and NAACP president Cornell William Brooks.

His panel guests are: Susan Page; Jonathan Martin, Ed O’Keefe and Michael Gerson.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: Sunday’s guests on “MTP” are: Real estate magnate Donald Trump; Gov. John Kasich (R-OH); Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO); human rights advocate Martin Luther King III; and former UN Ambassador Andrew Young.

The panel guests are: David Brooks, The New York Times; Hugh Hewitt, “The Hugh Hewitt Show“; Heather McGhee, Demos; and Andrea Mitchell, NBC News.

State of the Union with Jake Tapper: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former HP CEO Carlie Fiorina; and Gov. John Kasich (R-OH).

His panle guests are: fromer Rep Bakari Sellers (D-SC); Republican analyst Ana Navarro; CNN political commentator Patti Solis Doyle; and former state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA).

Six In The Morning

On Sunday

Iraq PM bids to end vice president and deputy PM roles

  Haider al-Abbadi proposes decree cancelling the roles as he also announces reforms to tackle corruption and cut costs.

09 Aug 2015 07:23 GMT

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi has issued a decree proposing the cancellation of the country’s vice president positions and deputy PM role.

A statement on Sunday on the PM’s Facebook page said that Abbadi will also investigate corruption, reappoint all senior officials based on professional rather than sectarian standards, and reduce the number of security personnel protecting senior officials in order to cut down on waste.

Abbadi held a meeting on Friday evening with a number of experts and advisers to discuss the administrative and financial reforms in his new bid to tackle corruption in the country.

Sunday’s Headlines:

Nagasaki bombing remembered with calls for Japan to stay off path of war

Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria’s new president promises to rid country of terrorists, but corruption and falling oil revenues hold him back

Plugging Leaks: Merkel’s War on Germany’s Press and Parliament< br>

Haitians prepare to vote in long-overdue elections

With Summer Olympics a year away, Brazil wonders if it’s ready

The Breakfast Club (Shopping Around)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover  we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

 photo 807561379_e6771a7c8e_zps7668d00e.jpg

Breakfast Tune: Sweet Sunny South – Jerry Garcia & David Grisman – Warfield Theater, SF 2-2-1991 set1-08

LoloYodel Published on Apr 28, 2012

Jerry Garcia, David Grisman

Today in History

Published on Aug 8, 2014

The U.S. drops an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan; President Richard Nixon resigns; Charles Manson cult murders actress Sharon Tate and four others; Singer Whitney Houston born; Musician Jerry Garcia dies. (Aug. 9)

Something to Think about, Breakfast News & Blogs Below

Rant of the Week: Jon’s Last Rant – Bullshit

Bullshit Is Everywhere

If you smell something, say something