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2013-12-22 02:31:33 AM
First Patton gets fired, now Eisenhower's dead?
 
2013-12-22 06:09:01 AM
Sevevrs rite fer killin Brown ppl!!!

/amidoingitright?
 
2013-12-22 06:09:49 AM

fusillade762: First Patton gets fired, now Eisenhower's dead?


Truly a dark day in Canadian Naval history.
 
2013-12-22 06:23:03 AM
Would have bet subby was off by three years. Looked it up and it was Truman and Johnson I remembered passing so close together that the flag was still at half staff.

Truman died December 26, 1972 followed by Johnson on January 22, 1973. This had the curious effect of leaving Nixon alone with no living predecessors.
 
2013-12-22 06:31:33 AM
In all seriousness, the guy was an accomplished historian and author. And his son David went on to marry Trish Nixon in December, 1968 daughter of the President-elect. David is a professor at University of Pennsylvania. Seemingly 3 generations of intellectual, moderate Republicans, a rarity for Republicans today.
 
2013-12-22 06:32:42 AM

llamalarity: Would have bet subby was off by three years. Looked it up and it was Truman and Johnson I remembered passing so close together that the flag was still at half staff.

Truman died December 26, 1972 followed by Johnson on January 22, 1973. This had the curious effect of leaving Nixon alone with no living predecessors.


And see how well that turned out for him!
 
2013-12-22 06:39:53 AM

llamalarity: Would have bet subby was off by three years. Looked it up and it was Truman and Johnson I remembered passing so close together that the flag was still at half staff.

Truman died December 26, 1972 followed by Johnson on January 22, 1973. This had the curious effect of leaving Nixon alone with no living predecessors.


Yes, strange time for Nixon being only surviving President (until he resigned and VP Ford succeeded him when there was 2 alive Presidents. Strange time compared to now when we have 5 living Presidents.
 
2013-12-22 06:55:48 AM
FTFA: "He and his father had agreed that he should not leave his troops to attend his father's inauguration, but President Harry S. Truman ordered him home for it. Afterward, he returned to Korea."

I wonder what that conversation must have been like?

Truman: In the moment of your ascent your family will never feel prouder.

Eisenhower: Not all of my family will be present.

Truman: What do you mean?

Eisenhower: My son serves in Korea.

Truman: We can work around that.

Eisenhower: He has a duty to his country, I will not see him abandon it.

Truman: Damn it, Ike, he is your SON!

Eisenhower: I want him here, but how could I justify removing him from his service?

Truman: As long as I am President, I am also Commander in Chief. These troops are mine to command and they serve at my whim.

Eisenhower: Yes, sir.


/probably bullshiat, but w/e
 
2013-12-22 06:59:22 AM
Guy gets in a car wreck in 1958, goes into a deep coma. Awakens in 1969, looks out the hospital window, sees flag at half-mast.
Asks orderly "Who died?"
Orderly replies "President Eisenhower."
Guys cries out "Shiat!! that means that bastard Nixon is President!"


Look - it was funny at the time.
 
2013-12-22 07:11:46 AM
This headline brought back some memories.  The first and only time I saw a teacher break down into tears and have to leave the classroom for a few minutes was in fourth grade.  The PA system in the school announced that (ex)-President Dwight D Eisenhower had passed.  For me at that time it really didn't mean anything, and I had been too young (4) when Kennedy was assassinated.  But my teacher's reaction made an indelible impression on me that I still remember to this day.  I can probably count the number of teachers throughout my K-12 career whose names I can remember on one hand.  Mrs. Funk, Gayman Elementary 4th grade, is one of them.

/Yes, that was her name
/Yes, that was the name of the elementary school
 
2013-12-22 07:20:34 AM
I see we continue to be rather loose with the 'Hero' tag around here. Apparently you become a hero material when you get lucky enough to be born to a President, become an Ambassador to Belgium, and write some books.
 
2013-12-22 07:51:54 AM

Weatherkiss: I see we continue to be rather loose with the 'Hero' tag around here. Apparently you become a hero material when you get lucky enough to be born to a President, become an Ambassador to Belgium, and write some books.


Inorite?  I mean you've been fighting in the trenches of the internyet keyboard brigade for years, covered in cheeto shrapnel and bivouacing in your mom's basement, and not even an electronic banana.  What ARE they thinking?
 
2013-12-22 08:18:44 AM
Who names their kid Gen.?
 
2013-12-22 08:26:04 AM
General Vigoda still alive and well.
 
2013-12-22 08:32:11 AM

SpdrJay: Who names their kid Gen.?


When you're a five-star general you can name your kids whatever the hell you want.
 
2013-12-22 08:37:20 AM

eldie: In all seriousness, the guy was an accomplished historian and author. And his son David went on to marry Trish Nixon in December, 1968 daughter of the President-elect. David is a professor at University of Pennsylvania. Seemingly 3 generations of intellectual, moderate Republicans, a rarity for Republicans today.


My grandfather was a Southern Eisenhower Republican (a rarity in the 1950's). Probably in part because granddad was also a Veteran of World War I. We are living with some of Eisenhower's legacies (Atoms for Peace) that seemed like a good idea at the time. I guess like the Interstate Highway System, it wasn't all god or bad.

The original partial nuclear test ban treaty (underground testing) was negotiated through a bunch of Ike's administration, but not ratified until the Kennedy Administration.
 
2013-12-22 08:54:39 AM

Unobtanium: eldie: In all seriousness, the guy was an accomplished historian and author. And his son David went on to marry Trish Nixon in December, 1968 daughter of the President-elect. David is a professor at University of Pennsylvania. Seemingly 3 generations of intellectual, moderate Republicans, a rarity for Republicans today.

My grandfather was a Southern Eisenhower Republican (a rarity in the 1950's). Probably in part because granddad was also a Veteran of World War I. We are living with some of Eisenhower's legacies (Atoms for Peace) that seemed like a good idea at the time. I guess like the Interstate Highway System, it wasn't all god or bad.

The original partial nuclear test ban treaty (underground testing) was negotiated through a bunch of Ike's administration, but not ratified until the Kennedy Administration.


Men, good or bad
 
2013-12-22 09:28:10 AM

Weatherkiss: I see we continue to be rather loose with the 'Hero' tag around here. Apparently you become a hero material when you get lucky enough to be born to a President, become an Ambassador to Belgium, and write some books.


You know how I know that you didn't RTFA and that you're an asshole?
 
2013-12-22 10:12:47 AM

llamalarity: Would have bet subby was off by three years. Looked it up and it was Truman and Johnson I remembered passing so close together that the flag was still at half staff.

Truman died December 26, 1972 followed by Johnson on January 22, 1973. This had the curious effect of leaving Nixon alone with no living predecessors.


That was a bad stretch for me personally. I was eleven, and my father died on December 10th, and my grandfather died on January 17. There seemed to be death everywhere.
 
2013-12-22 11:39:40 AM

Unobtanium: Unobtanium: eldie: In all seriousness, the guy was an accomplished historian and author. And his son David went on to marry Trish Nixon in December, 1968 daughter of the President-elect. David is a professor at University of Pennsylvania. Seemingly 3 generations of intellectual, moderate Republicans, a rarity for Republicans today.

My grandfather was a Southern Eisenhower Republican (a rarity in the 1950's). Probably in part because granddad was also a Veteran of World War I. We are living with some of Eisenhower's legacies (Atoms for Peace) that seemed like a good idea at the time. I guess like the Interstate Highway System, it wasn't all god or bad.

The original partial nuclear test ban treaty (underground testing) was negotiated through a bunch of Ike's administration, but not ratified until the Kennedy Administration.

Men, good or bad


What's the problem with the interstate highway system?  Not trolling, just wondering what the criticism could be.
 
2013-12-22 01:27:50 PM

fusillade762: First Patton gets fired, now Eisenhower's dead?


Kennedy better look out.
 
2013-12-22 02:53:01 PM
John Eisenhower's book on the Mexican-American War, "So Far from God", is a well-written piece of history.
 
2013-12-22 03:37:20 PM
"He and his father(Republicans) had agreed that he should not leave his troops to attend his father's inauguration, but President Harry S. Truman(Democrat) ordered him home for it. Afterward, he returned to Korea."

====================

Read the above very carefully and compare to today.
 
2013-12-22 03:44:01 PM

eldie: llamalarity: Would have bet subby was off by three years. Looked it up and it was Truman and Johnson I remembered passing so close together that the flag was still at half staff.

Truman died December 26, 1972 followed by Johnson on January 22, 1973. This had the curious effect of leaving Nixon alone with no living predecessors.

Yes, strange time for Nixon being only surviving President (until he resigned and VP Ford succeeded him when there was 2 alive Presidents. Strange time compared to now when we have 5 living Presidents.


Strange coincidence that the only presidential resignation occurred in that circumstance. It adds an extra dimension to Nixon's isolation. One wonders if he would have consulted a predecessor when Watergate got to full boil. Truman and Johnson died after Nixon had been reelected in a landslide, and before the break-in coverup started unravelling.
 
2013-12-22 04:01:23 PM
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"Hows it going Eisenhower" ?
 
2013-12-22 05:08:49 PM

eldie: llamalarity: Would have bet subby was off by three years. Looked it up and it was Truman and Johnson I remembered passing so close together that the flag was still at half staff.

Truman died December 26, 1972 followed by Johnson on January 22, 1973. This had the curious effect of leaving Nixon alone with no living predecessors.

Yes, strange time for Nixon being only surviving President (until he resigned and VP Ford succeeded him when there was 2 alive Presidents. Strange time compared to now when we have 5 living Presidents.


Yeah Nixon was like part of the mosr and least POTUSes around at the same time. The one you mentioned and the most when Clinton took office and there was Nixon, Ford, Carter, St Ronnie, H W Bush, and Clinton so 6 living presidents. There was also 6 again at the begining of Dubya before St Ronnie and Ford passed.

We are down to 5 (Obama, both Bushes,Clinton, and Carter) but assuming no one dies before whomever is elected in '16 takes office we will be at 6 again. Of course HW Bush and Carter are older than dirt so they could easily die of old age by then, and as current POTUS Obama has a chance of someone going full Lee Harvey on him, so Dubya and Clinton are the only nearly garanteed to be around 1/20/17
 
2013-12-22 07:11:48 PM

Oldiron_79: eldie: llamalarity: Would have bet subby was off by three years. Looked it up and it was Truman and Johnson I remembered passing so close together that the flag was still at half staff.

Truman died December 26, 1972 followed by Johnson on January 22, 1973. This had the curious effect of leaving Nixon alone with no living predecessors.

Yes, strange time for Nixon being only surviving President (until he resigned and VP Ford succeeded him when there was 2 alive Presidents. Strange time compared to now when we have 5 living Presidents.

Yeah Nixon was like part of the mosr and least POTUSes around at the same time. The one you mentioned and the most when Clinton took office and there was Nixon, Ford, Carter, St Ronnie, H W Bush, and Clinton so 6 living presidents. There was also 6 again at the begining of Dubya before St Ronnie and Ford passed.

We are down to 5 (Obama, both Bushes,Clinton, and Carter) but assuming no one dies before whomever is elected in '16 takes office we will be at 6 again. Of course HW Bush and Carter are older than dirt so they could easily die of old age by then, and as current POTUS Obama has a chance of someone going full Lee Harvey on him, so Dubya and Clinton are the only nearly garanteed to be around 1/20/17


Even more of these statistics:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Presidents_of_the_United_States#S t atistics

Greatest number of living presidents at one time including people who later became president: 18
 
2013-12-22 09:41:51 PM

Nem Wan: Oldiron_79: eldie: llamalarity: Would have bet subby was off by three years. Looked it up and it was Truman and Johnson I remembered passing so close together that the flag was still at half staff.

Truman died December 26, 1972 followed by Johnson on January 22, 1973. This had the curious effect of leaving Nixon alone with no living predecessors.

Yes, strange time for Nixon being only surviving President (until he resigned and VP Ford succeeded him when there was 2 alive Presidents. Strange time compared to now when we have 5 living Presidents.

Yeah Nixon was like part of the mosr and least POTUSes around at the same time. The one you mentioned and the most when Clinton took office and there was Nixon, Ford, Carter, St Ronnie, H W Bush, and Clinton so 6 living presidents. There was also 6 again at the begining of Dubya before St Ronnie and Ford passed.

We are down to 5 (Obama, both Bushes,Clinton, and Carter) but assuming no one dies before whomever is elected in '16 takes office we will be at 6 again. Of course HW Bush and Carter are older than dirt so they could easily die of old age by then, and as current POTUS Obama has a chance of someone going full Lee Harvey on him, so Dubya and Clinton are the only nearly garanteed to be around 1/20/17

Even more of these statistics:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Presidents_of_the_United_States#S t atistics

Greatest number of living presidents at one time including people who later became president: 18


JFK & Herbert Hoover are the furthest apart in years POTUSes photographed together after the younger was a POTUS, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt are furthest apart photographed together when the younger was obviously not.
 
2013-12-23 09:17:10 AM

humanshrapnel: Unobtanium: Unobtanium: eldie:

What's the problem with the interstate highway system?  Not trolling, just wondering what the criticism could be.


Good: Speedy, reasonably reliable transportation

Bad:  (1) A lot of legacy infrastructure that we haven't kept up with maintaining*, so you get I-35 bridge collapses, and weight-restricted bridges on our "premier" highway system because we can't afford to fix them.

(2) allowed for the unchecked growth of the suburbs, because everyone can have a car (or two or three**) and we can get into town for our jobs and entertainment and still live in the "country." Which of course turned the suburbs into cities with congestion and pollution because why would I drive all the way into town?

*partly because Congress has used the Highway Trust Fund (along with the other "Trust Funds") as piggy banks that they keep breaking open.

**I am casting the first stone, we have three cars, but one is a company-supplied car because I have to drive to multipleregional facilities as part of my work. But if I had a different kind of job, I would totally want to live in a walkable community close to public transit and try to use a shared-car system for at least one vehicle.
 
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