Statuary Haul

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It’s one step forward, one step back for gigantic representations of Ronald Reagan. An immense Reagan statue has been dedicated in Covington Louisiana, with a head oddly swollen compared to the original noggin.

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Elsewhere, setbacks for the cause. A young Bill Clinton led anti-war demonstrations at the London Grosvenor Square American embassy. A Reagan statue was proposed for the square, but has just been turned down by the Westminster Public Art Advisory Committee.

It was double dipping by Chaz Fagen, who’s already making the Reagan statue to go in the US Capitol. He’s already done bush-monument-houston.jpg Bush Sr., and a Reagan reagan-berlin-wall-uss-reagan-bronze-on-berlin-wall.JPG relief bust for the USS Ronald Reagan.

Flights Of Fancy

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More detail emerges on new rides at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Museum & Fun Park, as a team of Kansans travel to California to install a Boeing 707 flight simulator in a shed near the Air Force One Pavilion.

Kansas’s El Dorado Times reports that the vintage hardware’s sad fate is to reward impressionable youths who have survived role playing exercises pretending to re-invade Grenada.


Nico Never Wavers

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia claims to be an “Originalist” in court decisions, but he likes his history predictable, if wrong.

Defending his 2000 Florida recount cutoff, Scalia goes with a classic, offering the legend of a noble Richard Nixon putting country above self, declining to challenge the disputed 1960 election.

“Richard Nixon, when he lost to [John F.] Kennedy thought that the election had been stolen in Chicago, which was very likely true with the system at the time,…But he did not even think about bringing a court challenge. That was his prerogative. So you know if you don’t like it, don’t blame it on me…I didn’t bring it into the courts. Mr Gore brought it into the courts.”

Others aren’t so sure about silent, selfless, sixties Nixon.

“Three days after the election, party Chairman Sen. Thruston Morton launched bids for recounts and investigations in 11 states—an action that Democratic Sen. Henry Jackson attacked as a “fishing expedition.” Eight days later, close Nixon aides, including Bob Finch and Len Hall, sent agents to conduct “field checks” in eight of those states. Peter Flanigan, another aide, encouraged the creation of a Nixon Recount Committee in Chicago. All the while, everyone claimed that Nixon knew nothing of these efforts—an implausible assertion that could only have been designed to help Nixon dodge the dreaded “sore loser” label.”

The Black Legend

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New York Sun prison correspondent Conrad Black writes from sunny Florida that the Nixonland hype must stop, claiming author Rick Perlstein somehow missed the hidden wells of Nixon popularity both past and present.

“Mr. Perlstein does recognize that Nixon was and is popular, though he doesn’t know how popular and can’t explain why.”

“Was” can be demonstrated, as this Wall Street Journal graphic shows:


“Is” appears more problematic, despite the frenzied efforts of smooth backed Roger Stone. nixon-tatoo-roger-stone.jpg

Making Friends Wherever We Go

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And Abroad…

Sen. Rodolfo Biazon Wednesday questioned the US government’s deployment of an aircraft carrier to help in the search for survivors of the capsized MV Princess of the Stars and the retrieval of bodies trapped in the vessel. “An aircraft carrier is not designed for salvage. The USS Ronald Reagan is a strategic and combat vessel whose main assets are aircraft, F-18s. What will the F-18s do for the recovery [efforts]?” Biazon, a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces, said in a press conference.He said the US government should have sent smaller ships with a crane instead.

Could there be some other motive for sending the USS Reagan to the Philippines?