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grant228 2016-05-05 16:12:08
Dave, I think the choice to be presented to the American people will be who is the lesser of two evils. I used to think US presidents carried an aura of authority which had been earned and was an example to the rest of the world. I can't see Donald or Hillary being classed as the equals of say FDR or Lincoln. What do you think is the reason for the dearth of quality candidates?
 
dave 2016-05-05 12:38:22
Grant, yes it is and Obama is as good as any of them at self promotion. And yes, currently quite an election.
 
grant228 2016-05-03 23:07:02
Dave, isn't that part of a politician's D N A? Your quad-annual (?) election contest is certainly an interesting one this time, entertaining the rest of the world!
 
dave 2016-04-30 10:09:27
Obama is very good at taking advantage of opportunities to elevate himself! Wow I made a political comment :)
 
grant228 2016-04-24 04:24:33
Bill, as much as I like your president I was dismayed to see him fawning over the royals in England ths week. I don't think the spirits of those who fought the Revolutionary War would be pleased!
 
bill 2016-04-06 12:11:07
BENJ: Thanks for the quiz on Tchaikovsky!
 
bill 2016-04-06 12:10:30
Thanks for the invite, Grant. Would love to go there once my fairy godmoney shows up.
 
grant228 2016-04-02 06:04:33
Bill, I will personally escort you and Dana if you ever trek this way, showing the magic of my little patch. The mountain in the background was named by Captain Cook as he sailed north in 1770. It's the third in a row of three and is called North Brother Mt. It's a good climb (or drive) with glorious views from the summit.
 
bill 2016-03-28 22:19:09
Awesome, Grant! I would love to go there! My wife and I will be going to Florida for a week soon for some Vitamin D soaked sun!
 
grant228 2016-03-27 02:34:13
Bill, I think that appellation applied only to Nixon's political chicanery. "Slick Willy" might also be similar but I think it's open to his sexual, moral and financial dealings. Attached is a picture for you sun-starved Northerners of my little slice of heaven on Easter Saturday. We call is God's Zone (God's own) and I can't think of any other place I'd like to be. The mountain/hill in the background is about 20 miles south, giving you an idea of the length of the beach.
 
 
bill 2016-03-26 09:52:56
Grant, how about Tricky Dick? That was the not-so flattering nickname for Richard Nixon!
 
grant228 2016-03-20 06:29:09
Dave, of the many political nicknames conjured, I think "Slick Willy" is one of the most potent - open to so many connotations!
 
bill 2016-03-19 18:22:39
Hi Benj95: Thanks very much for the quiz on John Denver! He was a great musician and an even greater person. One of my favorites who died way too young. Thanks again!

Bill
PeopleQuiz co-owner
 
dave 2016-03-19 11:58:16
Grant, I apologize for being such an inconsistent blogger. Yes, Slick Willy doesn't have to be humble anymore.
 
grant228 2016-03-18 04:24:57
Bill, your's is the most interesting take on the journey to the afterlife I've read. As we know, it's usually the bright light beckoning. I wonder if those strange shapes have any psychiatric basis. Freud would probably have a field day. I hope your's was a one off encounter.
 
bill 2016-03-11 12:50:32
Hi Grant: Actually, I was in a place in which I was not dreaming but not dead. No bright light beckoning, not spiritual, just very strange. The world was made up of huge walls and borders; strange shapes; hard to describe.

I'm back on my feet; still a ways to go, though.

So, please send me the secret of keeping the doctors at bay.
 
grant228 2016-03-05 05:21:38
Dave, he sure has made up for it since then! It appears the Presidency is now a stepping stone for prodigious wealth. My political idol, Harry Truman, always refused offers to sit on boards etc because he claimed the Presidency should never be for sale.
 
dave 2016-03-04 09:42:52
Grant, If you look at Clinton's upbringing he came from fairly humble origins.
 
grant228 2016-03-04 02:15:15
Bill, we have an expression out here you may use - Strewth! You obviously don't do things by halves! Have the quacks (doctors) been able to determine where you picked up your double dose? On a metaphysical, philosophical take, did you see the bright light beckoning you? Once you're upright I'll send you the secret of how to keep doctors at bay!
 
bill 2016-03-03 22:32:31
Thanks Grant. I had two strains of pneumonia and acute respiratory failure. Almost died. Ouch!
 
grant228 2016-03-03 05:44:36
Bill, sorry to hear of your woes. I hope your recovery is swift and complete. Knowing you, I think time will hang heavily on your hands. Good luck staying sane. Hospitals are not my favourite place.
 
bill 2016-03-02 20:02:42
Offline for a while as i am currently hospitalized with pneumonia. Ouch.
 
grant228 2016-03-01 01:38:42
So Dave, this means the long-held legend of log cabin to the White House as in the case of Lincoln will never be repeated? I was leaning towards Sanders as it appeared he was trying to put power back into the hands of the people rather than vested interests.
 
dave 2016-02-29 08:48:32
Grant, In answer to your question on political campaign money, I think most of it comes from donations, though sometimes for wealthy candidates they fund it form their own money.
 
grant228 2016-02-28 14:02:58
Bill, that's the stark difference between our societies. I know when I go for a walk every person I walk past is not packing heat. I read there were almost 13,000 Americans killed by guns in 2015 - an average of 36 a day! Rather than people being safer because everyone "has the right to bear arms" it would appear that prevailing mentality makes for an edgier, more violent society where the sanctity of life has been lowered a few notches.
 
bill 2016-02-26 18:21:12
Ours is a wacky political system, eh!?

"Gun control" walks a fine line, for sure. How do we allow for law abiding citizens the right to protect themselves but also keep guns out of the hands of the nut jobs? As for the guy you speak of below, I did hear about that and he sounds a little off the wall!
 
grant228 2016-02-22 05:20:04
Gentlemen, I'm sitting here on a Monday evening watching a report on the gun culture in the US. It began with coverage of a pro-gun group in Michigan (I wouldn't feel safe around them!) and then took a broader view of the activities of the NRA. One of the NRA proponents spoke about what school children could do if an armed madman came into their classroom. He said children aged between 6 and 10 could charge the gunman making it difficult for him to use his weapon effectively. Surely not all your countrymen are this stupid?
 
grant228 2016-02-22 01:58:02
Dave, I love the drama and showbiz of your political system but am aghast at the flagrant waste of money following Jeb Bush's "suspension". I read he has spent $100 million on a campaign that went nowhere. Where does all that money come from?
 
dave 2016-02-15 18:43:28
Happy Chinese New Year everyone (A week late)
 
grant228 2016-02-11 06:08:51
Bill, hope you're on the improve. Summer here has been similar in that there have been no extremes with withering fires. February can be a brutal month temperature-wise but so far has been more than bearable. All we're hearing about from your neck of the woods is politics plus. It seems an awful lot of money is wasted during your democratic process!
 



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