Category: Off Topic

Scooter Gets Pardoned

A long time ago, feeling irrational exuberance, I said goodbye to Scooter Libby and the gang that arranged the invasion of Iraq (from which the world has never recovered). John Bolton must have made pardoning Scooter his first order of business. Back then Maureen Down dubbed Bolton ‘The Mustache of Death.” They’re...

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PG&E’s Best Friend: Jerry Brown

A front-page story in the San Francisco Chronicle May 19 implied in its headline and first paragraph that PG&E might not be to blame for the fires that devastated Sonoma County last fall: California investigators have not — repeat, not — blamed last fall’s deadly Wine Country wildfires on Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines. But as the sixth-month anniversary of the disaster approaches, many state officials act as if it’s a foregone conclusion…. The real news in the story by David R. Baker is buried. (Newspaper editors used to figure that one in three readers of a...

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The Real Billy Graham (anti-semite, liar)

From Debbie Lord, Cox Media 2/22/18: “… A revelation in 1994 of a conversation he had with then-President Richard Nixon turned out to be a source of embarrassment for Graham –not at the time it was disclosed by Nixon Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, but years later when a tape of the conversation was released by the National Archives. At first, Graham denied comments Haldeman made in his book, “The Haldeman Diaries” that Graham and Nixon had disparaged Jews in a conversation following a prayer breakfast in Washington D.C. on Feb. 1, 1972. Haldeman said Graham had talked about a...

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GI Coffeehouses Recalled

 The New York Times has published an op-ed piece by historian David Parsons about the coffeehouses started near US bases during the War in Vietnam. Parsons had interviewed me and I must have been the source of the details he got wrong. (He got the big picture right.) His piece is indented below, with my comments. —Fred Gardner In the summer of 1967, Fred Gardner arrived in San Francisco with the Vietnam War weighing heavily on his mind. Gardner was 25 years old, a Harvard graduate and a freelance journalist for a number of major publications. He was attracted to Northern California’s...

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