Gut Rumbles

June 04, 2005


I was born on February 16, 1952. I am 53 years old now.

I've seen a lot of things change in this world as I grew up. I've seen 10 different Presidents attempting to run this country, and THREE of those (LBJ, Carter and Clinton) damn near ran it into the ground. I left Nixon off that list because he was NEVER as dangerous to the country as those other three were.

That's MY humble opinion, and I'm sticking with it, in spite of Nixon's natural paranoia and his idea that wage and price controls would work in a capitalist economy. He was a flawed man, but HE didn't leave us Vietnam, Iran and Osama as his legacy. The other three did.

Nixon gave us the advocacy press. Nixon is dead now, but the press never recovered from their hatred of the man, and THAT FACT is ruining the credibility of the press today. They'd rather play "gotcha!" than report anymore. Nixon must be laughing from the grave to see what has happened to the people who spent so much of their time trying to ruin him. They ruined themselves in the process.

I saw men walk on the moon, and then I saw this country abandon the space program when people started whining about pouring money into rockets when we should be ending poverty. We poured money into ending poverty and poverty became WORSE, according to the people who want more money to end poverty. We're still pouring money down that rat-hole today.

I still have a "WIN" button, and it's not rusted-up too badly. I think it's neat to look at every now and then. There's my trivia question for today: What WAS a "WIN" button and what was it for?

I've been bust-ass broke TWICE in my life, but I never declared bankruptcy. I dug myself out of the hole every time. I started working when I was 12 years old and I quit when Kerr-McGee turned me loose because of my blog. I don't intend to work again in my life unless it's something I WANT to do, and even then it better be something I REALLY want to do. I've paid my fucking dues.

Nobody depends on me anymore, and I don't depend on anybody. I kinda like it that way. I do what I please when I want to do it. I suppose that I am a free man now.

But I still look in the mirror and wonder.... "who is that old fart looking back at me?"

Life does that to you.


Gerald Ford's pitiful anti-inflation slogan
Whip Inflation Now

The shoes were too big for him

Posted by: MM on June 4, 2005 11:23 AM

Last week, I hadn't shaved for about 5 days and I happened to look in the mirror and it was my father looking back. Freaked me out.

I shaved immediately.

Posted by: MM on June 4, 2005 11:26 AM

I remembered Fords silly Whip Inflation Now buttons, too. It implied that the private sector could do so, when only government can cause inflation through monetary policy.

He should have been whipping himself.

Posted by: Brett on June 4, 2005 11:29 AM

Good God Man! Have you been reading my mail? You've got a few years on me (7) so I really don't remember LBJ that well. I do remember where I was at when Kennedy was shot even though I was 3 years old. Kennedy was a hero to my Dad and Grand Dad. When I was a kid my Dad's favorite saying was he'd rather see me "A card carrying member of the Communist party rather than see me vote Republican."

My grand Dad was a "Big Wig" in the Local chapter of the Democrate Party and treasured his invitation to JFK's inauguration. (I've still got that letter!)

Early in Reagan's administration my Grand Dad stood up publically and renounced the Democratic party and never turned back. I had turned right after ole Jimmy got in. As Reagan said "I didn't leave my party, they left me!"

OK, I rambled. What I wanted to ask is what did LBG do or not do. He really wasn't on my radar. I vaguely remember him talking a good game, but haven't really heard anything positive or negative about him.

FYI, I thought Kennedy was a bit over rated. I just can't forgive him for the "Bay of Pigs."

Posted by: Ed on June 4, 2005 11:54 AM

I was 5 when JFK made it to the oval office, and got to meet him (in passing) when he came through our town (an interesting story in itself..might share it next Nov 22). LBJ was the consummate backroom political, but not anywhere close to being a great President. Clinton, Carter, were well short of the mark as well. (Though one has to wonder, had ol' Bill one shred of moral fiber in his body...he may have had the seeds of greatness but they fell on fallow ground). Both Bush's have/had their good and bad points...though Jr still has time to be something (his war on terror aside) better then an average President (address the immigration issue, force his party in the Senate and House to vote on the judges already. Force the hands of the so called moderates (read that as RINO's) and call their bluff. What does the future hold? Who knows....but god help us all if Hillary makes it into the oval office, because the GOP can't get their act together and nominate a STRONG leader (Condi Rice any one?).

Posted by: Guy S. on June 4, 2005 12:07 PM

Whip Inflation Now. That kills me. I treasure my Nixon 72 Generation of Peace button. I wrote a paper on LBJ and civil rights, and the man was a fantastic legislator; sadly, many of those same qualities (and his foolish big government vision) doomed him to suck as President.

Posted by: Chris on June 4, 2005 12:21 PM

LBJ was a crook, plain and simple. He was elected to the house by votes from a cemetary. I was raised in Texas and Southern Oklahoma and remember my grandfather and father laughing about LBJ and what a crooked bastard he was-even by Oklahoma and Texas standards. The only good thing to say about him was that between him and the Late Sen. Kerr from Oklahoma they managed to bring home the bacon for the big oil companys-of which kerr owned one.

NIxon was not one of my heros but he was an angle compared to Johnson. Johnson just didn't get caught or managed to buy his way out when he did. Anyone remember Bobby Baker taking the fall?

Posted by: GUYK on June 4, 2005 12:35 PM

I am a little bit older than this group evidently (born in 1940) and served in the Pentagon during the JFK and LBJ era. LBJ in my opinion is the crookedest man ever to serve in the White House. I would not have trusted him to do anything. He got things passed because he knew where the bodies were buried and let those in his way know that he knew. The closest politician we have now on the national stage to LBJ is Sen Byrd and he is just a pale imitation of LBJ.

JFK was good at PR but not much else. He is remembered now more for who he was married to than what he accomplished.

Carter is IMNSHO the worst president we have had in my lifetime. He was responsible for the destruction of the morale of the country even more than LBJ was and it took Reagan to overcome that.

Bubba is just plain ability without direction. He is probably the most potentially capable prez but he fell down because he just didn't want to do the work it took. He was so inherently lazy that he tried to bluff his way through as president and got caught.

Bush I like because he tells you what he is going to do and does it. You can trust him to do what he says he is going to do almost all the time. He also married the right woman.

Posted by: dick on June 4, 2005 01:31 PM

As I recall the Clinton years were prosperous, he left office with a budget surplus. The moron wiped that out in his first few months.

Dubya will go down in history as the worst ever. He. like you, is too stoopit to know how stoopit he really is.

Disassemble that you fucktarded nitwit.

Posted by: Blanche on June 4, 2005 02:27 PM


I'd love to, but the explanation to that one is WAY over your head darlin.

starting in by cussin people out gets you no respect

now don't you have an anti-war ( read terror fan club/ rabid bush hater ) sit in or something to go waste air at?

Posted by: Heath on June 4, 2005 02:39 PM

my fiancee is a mere year older than you are. as a matter of fact, from what i read on your blog, the two of you prolly have a lot in common! cheers!

Posted by: fiona on June 4, 2005 03:02 PM

What I've learned from the Presidents in my lifetime.

JFK: Sometimes getting shot is the best career move you can make. But don't overdo it.

LBJ: Hometown rules don't play in the Big Leagues. The North Vietnamese weren't the US Senate and trying to deal with them as such was doomed to failure. At least he knew enough to walk away from the table.

Nixon: If you ain't cheating you ain't trying, but if you get caught you're WRONG.

Ford: Just because they tell you it's your turn in the barrel, that doesn't mean it's true.

Carter: Nice guys finish last.

Reagan: Hire the best people you can get and let them do their jobs, but keep an eye on them.

George Bush: Say what you mean, and mean what you say; "read my lips, no new taxes" lost him re-election.

Clinton: See LBJ. Nobody cares how they play back in Arkansas, D.C. has it's own house rules. Learn fast or else.

G.W. Bush: if you're in command, COMMAND.

General rule: You don't get to be President by winning an election. You get to be President by letting your opponent lose. Your job is to help him.

Posted by: John Stephens on June 4, 2005 03:37 PM

What I've learned from the presidents in my lifetime:

Reagan, I was 4 when he left office. All I remember is that my grandaddy loved him and the sound of his voice. Strength will always kick weakness' ass.

Bush: No idea.

Clinton: Just because you can feel your side doesn't mean you can fool the other side.

Dubya; love the man. Reagan-esque near as I can tell. Talks and walks like a man. I just wish he weren't so wobbly on domestic issues.

No idea what WIN is. Never heard of it before to be honest.

Posted by: Alli on June 4, 2005 05:00 PM

Dick, you've got a couple of years on me. But I do concur with what you write. The saddest thing about the Clinton years is he was one of the most intelligent men to ever sit in the oval office but had the least amount of character. The best that I could ever say about him was that he was quite a character.

Posted by: GUYK on June 4, 2005 05:05 PM

I see Blance buys the lie that we enjoyed a budget surplus during the nineties. That appearance was creative accounting.

The national debt increased during that period.

Posted by: Brett on June 4, 2005 05:15 PM

I see Blanche buys the lie that we enjoyed a budget surplus during the nineties. That appearance was creative accounting.

The national debt increased during that period.

And yes, the Republicans are fiscally irresponsible, too.

Posted by: Brett on June 4, 2005 05:16 PM

I lost interest in politics, and watching it on TV, after watching Martha Mitchell. HORROR of HORRORS! Anyone remember that woman?

Posted by: Bonita on June 4, 2005 07:18 PM

You are an Aquarius? That explains a lot!

Posted by: Maeve on June 4, 2005 11:07 PM

Yep, I remember Jerry Ford when he announced the WIN button: prime time speech on all three networks.

His pardoning of Nixon cost him any hope of winning election in his own right and subsequently gave us Jimmy Carter. I still think it was the right thing to do, though. I'll bet that he does too.

I've still got my Spiro Agnew watch. How many know who he was?

Posted by: StinKerr on June 5, 2005 01:16 AM

Agnew was Richard Nixon's vice president, former governer of Maryland, who resigned his office after pleading "nolo contendere" to various corruption charges.

He also nailed the moonbats early on, calling them "an effete corps of impudent snobs." This caused great merriment at the time, but it is dead accurate.

Posted by: Brett on June 5, 2005 01:37 AM

I see Blanche thinks it's better for the Gummint to have a "surplus" rather than herself having one. *shakes his head*.

When did this idea become acceptable?? It's YOUR damn money the gummint is taking and theyt don't NEED to have a surplus.

If anything, the Gummint should have enough to fund necessary, specifically noted functions which fall under their purview, and WE should keep as much of our money WE have earned after funding said gummint responsibilities, to do with as we please as long as it's legal.

A government that has a "surplus" is usually TAXING too much. Spending is usually NOT the problem.

Oy vey! *stomps off fuming at the stupidity of some people*

Posted by: KenS on June 5, 2005 02:35 AM

Alright, I know Bush is appealing around here primarily because he didn't make as big a deal about being a gun-control nut as Kerry did, but what the hell HAS he done?

As far as I can tell, the National Debt is soaring like a helium balloon tied to the side of a space shuttle, we've got a trade deficite that would embarass most Democrats, he's letting the border with Mexico remain more open than a 50. Caliber wound and verbally attacking citizens who try to secure it when the government does not.

In addition to an occupation that is NOT going smoothly, I recall that while Lt. Pantano was getting charged with murder by some subordinate that he apparently pissed off several months ago ( has the story), George and Laura were busy making themselves look like ameatures at toilet humor on national televison. I don't think either of them even gave a shit about their public image OR Pantano. I'm sorry, but just because he isn't playing as much lip-service to gun-control, the UN and Europe as Kerry would have, doesn't mean that he's suddenly the best we've had in years innumerable.

Posted by: JG22 on June 5, 2005 03:20 AM

LBJ - in addition to being crooked and a legislative blackmailer, he tried to run a policy that was called "guns and butter." He tried to fight a war in Vietnam and a war on poverty at the same time and he almost backrupted the country. The amount of money spent should have put us into a depression, but Congress and subsequent administrations chose to inflate rather than admit a problem and cut spending. In the early 1960s, a $10,000 a year job for a young person was pretty good. What's that worth now?

Nixon - cast my first presidential vote for him in 1968 and then he enacted wage and price controls. That's when I knew he was a crook.

Carter - I'm a native Georgian , had 8 opportunities to vote against Jimmy Carter and took advantage or every one of them. I don't buy that he was a nice guy. He'd change his image as quickly as Al Gore decades later - when Carter ran for governor in 1966 he was a mini-Kennedy, when he ran again in 1970 (against Atlanta silk-stocking lawyer and former governor Carl Sanders) he appeared on TV with his shirt sleeves rolled up and claimed to be a simple farmer. When he ran for president, he was a South Georgia Kennedy, complete with large family.

Clinton - typical Southern politician in the mold of Ernest Vandiver, George Wallace, etc., who stuck their fingers in the wind, found the direction and followed the popular trend.

Posted by: Juan Paxety on June 5, 2005 06:55 AM

Ike was pretty good. He played a lot of golf and didn't do much else. Seems like a good plan to me.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on June 5, 2005 09:09 AM

I still remember one day when Carter was running for president. I was visiting my dad in Central Ohio and Carter was making a sweep through the area. He was broadcast in the morning talking to the union guys on their way into work and he was telling them he was all for the union. About 3 hours later he was giving a talk to the bigwigs of the same company and he was telling them he would protect them against the union. All that within 3 hours. That told me all I wanted to know about Mr Carter. I really don't even want to call him president.

I had a friend who came from good demmie stock. He told me that Carter was a really smart man and he would do wonderful things for the country. Of course someone told me the same things about Clinton. Both of them lied!!

Posted by: dick on June 5, 2005 09:02 PM

If anyone could run our once great country into the ground more than the fuckwad we have in there now, I have yet to see him. And I pray that I never do. It is time to stop the stupidity and begin to repair the massive damage done.

Posted by: PJ on June 6, 2005 03:42 AM

Bejus for president !

Posted by: assrot on June 6, 2005 09:05 AM

Most people dont remember, because it was not told, the Viet Nam war tormented LBJ. He didn't know what to do....Never did figure it out, the fuck... Nixon got the US out of Viet Nam....Cuss Nixon all you want, he Was a good President! MURRY

Posted by: murry on June 7, 2005 03:47 AM
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