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(NPR)   Between Obama's time machine and Reagan's invisible bridge, American politics turns into Warehouse 13   (npr.org ) divider line
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2014-08-06 10:53:16 AM  
Wow. All this hero worship. For a cheap actor. The monkey was a bigger hit.
Where is the "Ronald Ray Gun Zap" legacy?
Just WOW!

If all of history has been revised like this, I am disappoint, so farking disappoint.
 
2014-08-06 12:13:09 PM  

snocone: Ronald Ray Gun


It was banned by the Brady Bill.
 
2014-08-06 01:30:51 PM  
Nice Polite Republicans at it again.
 
2014-08-06 01:33:26 PM  

snocone: Wow. All this hero worship. For a cheap actor. The monkey was a bigger hit.
Where is the "Ronald Ray Gun Zap" legacy?



i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-08-06 01:33:42 PM  
Of course Reagan would have survived the Age of Google. Politicians lie all the time and you have a host of bloggers and pundits who repeat the lie while their fans spread it on Facebook and other social media. He was ahead of the curve.
 
2014-08-06 01:35:10 PM  
This one?

www.christianknighthood.com
 
2014-08-06 01:38:30 PM  
I've actually come across people who believe George Bush the Elder commandeered an SR-71 and flew it to Iran in 1980 to tell the Iranians to hold on to the hostages through the election.

People believe weird stuff if it fits there political bias.  News at 11.
 
2014-08-06 01:38:56 PM  
An early chapter tells the story of an editorial cartoon in Reagan's high school yearbook. A local lifeguard whose reputation for heroism had no greater hagiographer than himself, Reagan - then "Dutch" - is portrayed pulling a drowning man out of the water. "Don't save me, I want to die," the man says. "Well, you'll have to postpone that," cartoon Reagan replies, "I want a medal."

...snip....

"Where Reagan and Carter converge," Perlstein explains, "They're telling a story about American innocence. But where they diverge is that Carter believed that in order to achieve that innocence, we had to acknowledge all of the damage that was going on." In other words, we needed the painful reckoning. "Whereas Reagan's intuition was the confidence with which he never even acknowledged those problems existed."

Reagan offered the easy way out: the story of America that had never lost its innocence, where all the apparent upheavals of our trauma were not rooted in our national character, but in forces outside of it. "Carter's appeal at the time was that he spoke to this mood in the dominant political culture that something was deeply wrong," Perlstein told me, "but for Reagan, the idea was that the things that were wrong were foreign forces, things that weren't really America at all. All our troubles with race, with violence, with corruption: they had somehow invaded America like a bacillus."

"What Reagan was saying was that there is nothing in Watergate, for example, that's essential to the American character. That it can be wished away because America is fundamentally decent and good. He just kept on saying it. And the fact that he said with such confidence gave people a kind of psychological permission to believe the same thing."

This is what Perlstein calls the "liturgy of absolution": Ronald Reagan's capacity to cleanse America of its transgressions without the pain of self-reflection. For those who saw the heroic hometown lifeguard, this liturgy was the salve that put their troubled minds at ease. But for those who saw the man in search of a medal, it was the essence of Reagan's sin, the moment we surrendered our last, best chance to heal ourselves. The fairy tale was more appealing. The division of a people, laid bare by their reaction to a leader: in exposing this, at least, The Invisible Bridge achieves Perlstein's stated goal.

From an excellent read, a review by Emmett Rensin.
 
2014-08-06 01:44:25 PM  
is this going to be the third time an article about this book goes green and literally no one shows up to defend human garbage pile ronaldus magnus reagan?
 
2014-08-06 01:46:36 PM  

snocone: Wow. All this hero worship. For a cheap actor. The monkey was a bigger hit.
Where is the "Ronald Ray Gun Zap" legacy?
Just WOW!

If all of history has been revised like this, I am disappoint, so farking disappoint.


Reagan was the least  authentic president.  He knew how to take stage direction and deliver a line but for all he knew or cared he could have been speaking phonetically
 
2014-08-06 01:49:39 PM  
www.syfy.com

/just getting this out of the way
//hot like Claudia Donovan
 
2014-08-06 01:51:27 PM  
No, no, it was HG Wells' time machine. And Myka was riding it. Or her. Either/or.

geekosfera.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-06 01:52:21 PM  
massive 35 post threadnaught coming up! man the server farms
 
2014-08-06 01:57:37 PM  

Pappas: [www.syfy.com image 685x385]

/just getting this out of the way
//hot like Claudia Donovan


Was going to ask if this means we get Claudia, you have obliged. Tip of hat to you and a raised glass.
 
2014-08-06 02:09:22 PM  
Since I've been beaten to the hotshots above...

I'd like to offer up one of the funniest episodes of television ever produced:

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-06 02:33:31 PM  
Canceling american politics could be a good thing
 
2014-08-06 02:42:09 PM  

Jackson Herring: is this going to be the third time an article about this book goes green and literally no one shows up to defend human garbage pile ronaldus magnus reagan?


No, just about book sales.
Move along
 
2014-08-06 03:17:05 PM  

UncomfortableSilence: Pappas: [www.syfy.com image 685x385]

/just getting this out of the way
//hot like Claudia Donovan

Was going to ask if this means we get Claudia, you have obliged. Tip of hat to you and a raised glass.


Second.
 
2014-08-06 03:20:00 PM  
Yes, but "Warehouse 13" is considerably more entertaining.
 
2014-08-06 03:36:18 PM  

flynn80: Canceling american politics could be a good thing


I'm surprised it got picked up for a second season.
 
2014-08-06 08:03:09 PM  
img2.wikia.nocookie.net

If only we had Steve Jinks in the press pool.
 
2014-08-06 09:20:06 PM  
i172.photobucket.com

What Obama's time machine may look like.
 
2014-08-06 10:09:22 PM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: [i172.photobucket.com image 500x602]

What Obama's time machine may look like.


"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor..."
 
2014-08-06 11:25:42 PM  
Was that the same invisible bridge that Saddam Hussein was going to use to march his army across the Atlantic Ocean to invade us in 2003?

I remember a lot of people shiatting themselves over that possibility at the time, and I got a lot of blank looks when I asked how Iraq could invade us.  I guess they were just dumbfounded that I didn't know about the invisible bridge.
 
2014-08-06 11:49:34 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: CigaretteSmokingMan: [i172.photobucket.com image 500x602]

What Obama's time machine may look like.

"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor..."


But I want Jon Pertwee's Doctor!
 
2014-08-07 02:09:31 AM  
Ahh...Our Beloved Creator of The Dreaded Libyan Death Squad Threat. (or at least somebody's talking head)
 
2014-08-07 10:31:09 AM  

Bith Set Me Up: CigaretteSmokingMan: [i172.photobucket.com image 500x602]

What Obama's time machine may look like.

"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor..."


I don't know where you keep your doctor, but where I keep mine,
 
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