The Maniacal Mind of Richard Nixon

More Nixon:

• "You don't know how to lie. If you can't lie, you'll never go anywhere." — Nixon's advice to a political associate

• "I'm not going to be the first American president to lose a war." — Nixon in October 1969, six years before the Vietnam War finally ended

• "The only place where you and I disagree is with regard to the bombing. You're so goddamned concerned about civilians and I don't give a damn. I don't care." — to Henry Kissinger — quoted in Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg

• "I call it the Madman Theory, Bob. I want the North Vietnamese to believe I've reached the point where I might do anything to stop the war. We'll just slip the word to them that, for God's sake, you know Nixon is obsessed about Communism. We can't restrain him when he's angry and he has his hand on the nuclear button." — quoted in The Ends of Power by Robert Haldeman

• "I don't give a shit what happens. I want you all to stonewall—plead the Fifth Amendment, cover-up, or anything else. If that will save it, save the plan." — Watergate cover-up

• Below: Stephen Colbert looks back at the ups and downs of the Nixon presidency. Gives Nixon credit for notable accomplishments. Worth 4 minutes.

Yet More Nixon:

• "Reagan is not one that wears well ... on a personal basis, is terrible ...  isn't pleasant to be around ... strange." — in 1972

• "The Irish can't drink ... they get mean." — to Chuck Colson

• "The Italians, of course, those people course don't have their heads screwed on tight." — to Chuck Colson

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August 9, 1974

Still more Nixon: 

• "Well, did you do any fornicating this weekend?" — to David Frost before a 1977 interview

• "I was not lying. I said things that later on seemed to be untrue." — Nixon reflecting on the Watergate scandal in 1978

• "Voters quickly forget what a man says." — Nixon

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• "The tradition only goes back about 40 years, when Richard Nixon started wearing a flag lapel pin regularly ... got the idea from Bob Haldeman — who picked it up from Robert Redford’s 1972 film, “The Candidate.” — Stephen Ambrose per Washington Post

"The Justice Department has agreed to pay $18 million to the estate of former President Richard M. Nixon in compensation for presidential papers, photographs and tape recordings that were seized after Mr. Nixon's resignation in 1974." — New York Times, June 2000

• From USA Today: Corrections & Clarifications:
"A story Feb. 21, 2005 wrongly attributed a quote to Richard Nixon as saying Hunter S. Thompson was that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character. It was Thompson who made the remark about Nixon."

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"Best" Summer Movies of All Time

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“Best Summer Movies of All Time” selected by 2013:

“In defense of the blockbuster, Rotten Tomatoes offers you Best Summer Movies, a countdown of the highest-rated wide releases since ... 1975 ... using a weighted formula that takes the Tomatometer, the number of reviews, and the year of release into account ... released wide ... between May and August.”

• “Oscar-worthy films appear at the box-office between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day followed by a lull on either side of summer’s blockbusters. Quality TV airs across the calendar year.” — Prof. Victoria Johnson, UC Irvine

Below: Click full-screen view and watch the magnificence of adult filmmaking (pre-CG) with a dazzling array of actors.

• “Television has taken possession of grown-ups and fans of things like narrative and character."

• "Hollywood studios construct their core businesses — cartoons, superhero films, young-adult franchises and sequels — for a less demanding clientele that doesn’t mind leaving the house even if the joy of the moviegoing experience is now marred by all the lapses of comfort and etiquette that keep many adults at home …”

• "Today, it’s the over-30 audience that’s written off as not worth the effort. Reaching them probably means rethinking distribution, even if that means surrendering the idea of movies as a primarily theatrical experience ... (and) treating the production of nonfranchise films as a viable business rather than as a favor or an act of atonement.” — Mark Harris, NY Times (3 quotes above)

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• “Disney's 'Frozen' recently became the highest grossing animated feature of all time. The sci-fi thriller 'Gravity,' starring Sandra Bullock (above), has raked in over $700 million, and 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' has banked about $864 million in box office sales. These movies all starred women, and yet the opportunities for women in film both in front of and behind the camera remains an uphill battle. According to a 2013 report, women made up 52 percent of the moviegoing population, yet only about 15 percent of current movies feature female protagonists.” — ReBecca Theodore-Vachon, film/tv critic

• Below: Enjoy a taste of 'Sharknado,' the "superstorm that sucked toothy killers out of the Pacific and hurled them at Los Angeles and landed in the waters of social media like a bucket of delicious chum ... (its title) a portmanteau of American excess to match the cronut and the turducken." — James Poniewozik, Time 

• “All the sincerity in Hollywood you could stuff in a flea's navel and still have room left to conceal eight caraway seeds and an agent's heart.” ― humorist Fred Allen

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• Commemorating the June 5th anniversary of first publication of NSA documents by Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian U.S. (and later, Washington Post and New York Times) leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

• Edward Snowden above outlines the substantial changes his leaks are precipitating in NSA surveillance programs, practices and public discourse.

• The 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was jointly awarded to The Washington Post and The Guardian U.S. for their "revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency."

George Polk Awards for Journalism in 2013 for national security reporting were presented to The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, and to The Washington Post's Barton Gellman.

Daniel Ellsberg uses his experience with the Pentagon Papers to explain above why Edward Snowden would not receive a fair trial in the U.S. under the Espionage Act

Journalist Glenn Greenwald explains the difference between private companies and the government retaining all your personal data and communications in the video above. 

• Above Daniel Ellsberg makes a strong case why it is necessary for Edward Snowden to be out of the U.S. 

Breaking story! Cellphone operator reveals scale of gov’t snooping

• "Twitter Inc., LinkedIn Corp., AOL Inc., Google Inc., Apple Inc., Yahoo Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are pushing for tighter controls over electronic espionage — fearing that eavesdropping threatens the technology industry’s financial livelihood." (from W.Post link above)

Links to important videos:

•See why U.S. District Judge Richard Leon calls the bulk collection NSA surveillance program "almost Orwellian" and probably unconstitutional.

Edward Snowden explains the "pattern of life" the NSA can obtain from a targeted cell phone:

• See the entire Edward Snowden interview with NBC's Brian Williams, at the Internet Archive's TV News Archive where you can edit and share your own clips:

• Link to the Internet Archive's post commemorating the anniversary of the first NSA surveillance report by Glenn Greenwald. Avid NSA followers can check out the Archive's NSA-issues TV News Quote Library for video clips and links cataloging the history of the NSA surveillance issues featuring Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Daniel Ellsberg, Barton Gellman, James Clapper, Keith Alexander, President Obama — all the key people involved in the revelations.

The Internet Archive has the largest and most comprehensive video library documenting reports, hearings and revelations on the NSA surveillance programs.

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New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast applies her wonderfully whimsical style to "pysanka-style" Easter eggs.

• "Pysankarstvo, or the art of pysanka, is a folk art form said to date from pagan times. Often used for Ukrainian Orthodox graveside and Easter rituals, and believed by some to have talismanic powers ... which are applied using a batiklike wax-resist technique."

• "Some of the eggs present typically Chastean paeans to everyday domestic angst. One bears the worried faces of a man and a woman, topped by the phrases "Did I leave the water running?" and "Did I turn off the gas?" (Carol Kino, NY Times)

• “Easter eggs … originated in Mesopotamia with early Christians — who stained eggs red to commemorate the shedding of Christ’s blood — or began as a symbol of rebirth. Others link the practice to parallels between a hatching bird leaving behind an empty shell and a risen Christ leaving behind the empty tomb." (Washington Post)

• “A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.” — Samuel Butler

Roz Chast fans will enjoy this March 2014 New Yorker interview above at her home-studio.