Poll: Favorite person in The Best and the Brightest?

JFK   0 votes - 0 %
RFK   0 votes - 0 %
LBJ   0 votes - 0 %
Rusk   0 votes - 0 %
McNamara   0 votes - 0 %
Max Taylor   0 votes - 0 %
Westmoreland   0 votes - 0 %
Nixon   0 votes - 0 %
Kissinger   1 vote - 50 %
Matthew Ridgeway   1 vote - 50 %
George Ball   0 votes - 0 %
MacGeorge Bundy   0 votes - 0 %
Ruscow   0 votes - 0 %
Ho   0 votes - 0 %
WIPO   0 votes - 0 %
 
2 Total Votes
WIPO by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 02:42:30 PM EST
Thatcher.

Can you afford the vacation ? And where's the Mrs working now ? (It sounds via context like back at an eye docs ? )

Maggie? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 02:44:23 PM EST
I don't recall that, or even any British sorts.


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opps sorry about that by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #10 Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 01:27:04 PM EST
I meant Churchill, or that Chamberlain guy.

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Did the best and brightest mention the G Man? by lm (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 09:10:37 PM EST
G. Gordon Liddy is probably my favorite political actor from that era. Even today he's still remarkably entertaining. Granted, he's almost entirely morally bankrupt. Nonetheless, I find him fascinating.

And, yeah, South Park is hit and miss. Some episodes are brilliant, like the one with Korn. Others are just plain dumb, like most of this last season.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
I saw him in college by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 09:34:33 PM EST
I forget if it was when he was touring with Abbie Hoffman.

The Best and Brightest doesn't mention him, Nixon comes on at the end, explaining how he won the '68 election. It mentions Agnew too, but that's about it for the Nixon White House.


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'68 was the `secret plan' to get out, right? by lm (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 09:40:09 PM EST
The Vietnam era is actually one of my weakest periods with regards to history. Well, most of the 20th century is. But even with regards to the 20th century, the Vietnam era is one I know relatively little about.

Hoffman was another interesting character. But that's a different topic altogether.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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The secret plan was by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 09:45:56 PM EST
get Nixon elected, then bomb and draw down US troops until the Commies took over Vietnam.

I recommend the book if you want to see how the Kennedy and Johnson administrations acted wrt Vietnam, and how a shortsighted ignorant policy will bite you in the ass.

I suspect the architects of the Iraq War never read it, or paid on attention to it.


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I might put that in the queue by lm (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 10:17:04 PM EST
I just finished the Gulag Archipelago so I'm casting about for another title for casual reading.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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It's about that size by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 10:19:57 PM EST
I found mine for $1 at a Goodwill. I can send it to you if you want, the cover fell off while I read it, but it might last another 2-3 readings.

I guess it's a book I don't think I'll ever reread.


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I'm pretty certain the library will have it by lm (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 11:57:00 PM EST
Granted, the libraries here in the People's Republic of Montgomery County pale in comparison to what I'm used to in Ohio, but I have access to the all the university libraries in the DC area. So I'm fairly certain I can get a copy for free.

But I appreciate the offer.

If you aren't going to read it again, I suggest leaving it at some random place around the city.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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mint.com by garlic (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 10:32:22 AM EST
what's in it for mint if I use their site? it looks pretty interesting.


Other than transferring all your money to their by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 10:38:52 AM EST
accounts in the Cayman Islands?

I'm not sure, targeted advertising maybe?


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their about page by garlic (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 10:42:41 AM EST
says they sometimes make money when you follow advice given by them. It's not very clear.


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That explains the introductions by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 10:56:36 AM EST
to the son of a Nigerian Foreign Minister.


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