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40 Years Ago Today

Posted by JayZeeBMT on Sat Jun 16 10:42:55 2012

Four decades ago today, DC Metro police arrested four men who were caught breaking into the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office/hotel complex. This began a shocking and unprecedented chain of events that ended two years later with the resignation, in disgrace, of President Richard Nixon.

The Watergate scandal was the worst Constitutional crisis to beset the government since the Civil War, and it revealed the grossest abuse of the Presidency ever committed. Most of Nixon's associates, including his notorious "Plumbers", went to jail for their roles in Watergate, but not Nixon himself. Nixon was pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford, who spent much of his short term falling out of airplanes and helicopters.

The White House was never quite the same after America's "long national nightmare". One notable change: since 1974, every President's staff has included a criminal lawyer.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Fred G on Sat Jun 16 10:56:40 2012, in response to 40 Years Ago Today, posted by JayZeeBMT on Sat Jun 16 10:42:55 2012.

Dick was licked.

your pal,
Fred

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by bingbong on Sat Jun 16 12:45:00 2012, in response to 40 Years Ago Today, posted by JayZeeBMT on Sat Jun 16 10:42:55 2012.

The most amusing memory of that time was his nationally televised speech (back then, all networks suspended or cancelled programming for Presidential speeches, regardless of party affiliation) where he famously said:

"I am not a crook"

by then, everyone *knew* he was. You had to laugh.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by JayZeeBMT on Sat Jun 16 13:43:26 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by bingbong on Sat Jun 16 12:45:00 2012.

Yup, he was a crook. Plus a lot of other things, none of thdm good.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Dave on Sat Jun 16 16:04:37 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by bingbong on Sat Jun 16 12:45:00 2012.

Yup..I thought of that when Slick wagged his finger at the camera and said, "I did not have sexual relation with that woman."

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Elkeeper on Sat Jun 16 16:10:36 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Dave on Sat Jun 16 16:04:37 2012.

Monica just licked Willie's "Tricky Dickie"! Looks like all of the swallows did not return to San Juan Capistrano! LOL!

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Rockparkman on Sat Jun 16 16:13:32 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Dave on Sat Jun 16 16:04:37 2012.

Nazi Dave, Clinton should not have been subjected to any of the shit YOU Nazis put him through. Clinton's taxes and regulations gave us the best economy EVER. Then you had your way and SANK the country.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Train Dude on Sat Jun 16 16:37:29 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Rockparkman on Sat Jun 16 16:13:32 2012.

Could you imagine how popular and successful he would have been if he kept his eye on the ball instead of keeping the balls on the chin?

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Jeff Rosen on Sat Jun 16 16:42:21 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Rockparkman on Sat Jun 16 16:13:32 2012.

40 Years Ago Today Rockparkman was already an asshole.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Jeff Rosen on Sat Jun 16 17:02:58 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by bingbong on Sat Jun 16 12:45:00 2012.



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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by joe c on Sat Jun 16 17:08:06 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Rockparkman on Sat Jun 16 16:13:32 2012.

Amen to that!



til next time

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by bingbong on Sat Jun 16 17:14:07 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Dave on Sat Jun 16 16:04:37 2012.

I didn't. Nixon WAS a crook. President Clinton really wasn't. The whole perjury thing was trumped up from a case that normally never went to any variety of criminal prosecution. They never found any criminality on his part in Whitewater, or Vince Foster's tragic suicide. That was the original inent of the Kenneth Starr witchhunt.

The two are nowhere near equivalent.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Olog-hai on Sat Jun 16 17:19:37 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Rockparkman on Sat Jun 16 16:13:32 2012.

Clinton should not have been subjected to any of the (truth that anyone) put him through

Tell that to the families of the soldiers whose bodies were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu by bin Laden's devotees, rocKKKparKKKnazi, a true son of a whore.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by salaamallah@hotmail.com on Sat Jun 16 17:19:45 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by bingbong on Sat Jun 16 17:14:07 2012.

iawtp

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Dave on Sat Jun 16 17:26:20 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Train Dude on Sat Jun 16 16:37:29 2012.

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Sat Jun 16 17:38:39 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Olog-hai on Sat Jun 16 17:19:37 2012.

So Clinton invaded Iraq and Afghanistan where the same stuff happened? Even MORE so?

You republicans ... lol

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sat Jun 16 17:45:10 2012, in response to 40 Years Ago Today, posted by JayZeeBMT on Sat Jun 16 10:42:55 2012.

To this day, many still consider Gordon-Liddy a hero. I know Watergate was a horribly partisan event, but that should not force those on the right to defend the indefensible.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Fred G on Sat Jun 16 17:47:02 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sat Jun 16 17:45:10 2012.

I admired those people at one time, but over time realized they broke the law and were criminals.

your pal,
Fred

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Olog-hai on Sat Jun 16 17:47:40 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sat Jun 16 17:45:10 2012.

Watergate: One of the silliest liberal-on-liberal incidents in this country's history.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Fred G on Sat Jun 16 17:57:18 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Olog-hai on Sat Jun 16 17:47:40 2012.

LOL!!

your pal,
Fred

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sat Jun 16 17:57:22 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Olog-hai on Sat Jun 16 17:47:40 2012.

And in the end, more damaging for Democrats than Republicans. While it led to the ouster of Nixon, it discredited the left wing of the GOP (which unified behind Nixon) and brought about the move towards Reagan.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Sat Jun 16 18:02:27 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sat Jun 16 17:57:22 2012.

And the move to Reagan was done with ALL of Nixon's crew except for those who were doing time.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Fred G on Sat Jun 16 18:04:24 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by SelkirkTMO on Sat Jun 16 18:02:27 2012.

Rechtel Construction.

your pal,
Fred

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Sat Jun 16 18:10:50 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Fred G on Sat Jun 16 18:04:24 2012.

And Halliburger too.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by salaamallah@hotmail.com on Sat Jun 16 19:07:32 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Olog-hai on Sat Jun 16 17:47:40 2012.

zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by SMAZ on Sat Jun 16 19:08:46 2012, in response to 40 Years Ago Today, posted by JayZeeBMT on Sat Jun 16 10:42:55 2012.

.....the memory of "Deliverance" still alive and well
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40 years later, memories of 'Deliverance' still linger
By Melissa Long, WXIA-TV, Atlanta

RABUN COUNTY, Ga. – With the drama the film Deliverance captured, it's a wonder anyone signed up for a river adventure in North Georgia after the summer of 1972.

But they did — and they still do.
For decades, people have suited up for a trip downstream. Many were led by Payson Kennedy on the Chattooga River.
Now in his 70s and on the water weekly, Kennedy was a double in Deliverance.

"They started making the film without us. It wasn't until they had some mishaps on the river and lost a camera and such, that I think the stuntmen from Hollywood said, 'Hey, you need to get some people in here who really know the river and know what they're doing paddling,' " Kennedy said.
Sometimes he was on the rapids, sometimes helping the actors stay safe.
"Our job was to be downstream with safety ropes so we could pull the paddlers to shore before they went over the waterfall," he said. "There really was a 65-foot drop."

Once a hobby, the Chattooga River became a career when the Georgia Tech librarian and programmer left academia to create an outdoor adventure company around the time the film opened on July 30, 1972. From June 22 to 24, Clayton, Ga., and Long Creek, S.C., will play host to the inaugural Chattooga River Festival to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Deliverance.
Now Kennedy's Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City, N.C., is a $15-million-a-year business.
"In the early years, growth was rapid and spontaneous, word of mouth," he said.
Georgia's movie-making industry has also taken off, in part because of Ed Spivia. He was on the set of Deliverance— which mostly was shot in the Tallulah Gorge southeast of Clayton, Ga., and on the Chattooga River — learning the industry and was Georgia's first film commissioner.
Spivia worked with then-Gov. Jimmy Carter to bring Hollywood here.
"He realized the problems he was having getting big business to consider Georgia," Spivia said. "He wanted us to get rid of the little red school house and dusty, sandy road image that Georgia had."
Today his Lake Lanier home is a museum to moviemaking. He has albums with newspaper clippings and lining the walls, photos of celebrities —John Wayne, Paul Newman, Ray Charles.

"There are a lot of people who would have liked to have my job, he said. "Including me."
But for Kennedy, "I have the padding bug rather than the filmmaking bug."
Deliverance was the only film he ever worked on.
And, what a defining film it was. The controversial thriller in which the 57-mile Chattooga River doubles as the book's Cahulawassee River still evokes intense emotion today.
"People were mixed about the content of the film," Kennedy said. "I guess that's my one complaint about the movie. They depicted mountain people of North Georgia in a very unfavorable light."

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by orange blossom special on Sat Jun 16 21:36:10 2012, in response to 40 Years Ago Today, posted by JayZeeBMT on Sat Jun 16 10:42:55 2012.



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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Dan Lawrence on Sat Jun 16 21:56:06 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Jeff Rosen on Sat Jun 16 16:42:21 2012.

I've got a feeling Rockparkman wasn't even a gleam in his father's eye forty years ago.

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Edwards! on Sat Jun 16 21:56:44 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by SelkirkTMO on Sat Jun 16 17:38:39 2012.

you tellin me...
These guys a PISSED..DEFENDING NIXON!

This is amazing!

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Sat Jun 16 22:05:33 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Edwards! on Sat Jun 16 21:56:44 2012.

Wellll ... the GOP did continue downhill from "not a crook" after all ... him's the "golden years." :)

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Re: 40 Years Ago Today

Posted by Dave on Sat Jun 16 22:11:43 2012, in response to Re: 40 Years Ago Today, posted by Dan Lawrence on Sat Jun 16 21:56:06 2012.

Perhaps a stain down his dad's leg?


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