Gambling, With History!

truman-poker.jpg Gambling Great Harry Truman

Poker News calls the roll of Presidential poker players: Grant, Harding, both Roosevelts, Truman, Eisenhower and Nixon. They are summoning up the ghosts of gaming past to defend….online gambling!

“It’s hard to imagine that a pastime that these men, arguably considered pillars of American history, could be condemned by so many just because there is an element of luck and gamble mixed in with the skill needed to be successful in the game.Perhaps America’s legislators should take a look at these presidents and the game of poker in America’s history before condemning the online gambling industry. If the game is good enough for presidents to play, it’s good enough for people to be playing online from the comfort of their own homes.”

Better press than usual for Warren Harding – moving on up!

Northern Neighbors

harding-they-died-in-our-service.GIF Need I point out, Republicans all

The ever-changing rankings of George Bush by historians and in popular opinion can fill hours of fun, but Warren Harding stands like a rock in the ranks of bad presidents.

And Canada remembers!

From the Dominion comes a stirring YouTube salute to the little mourned Ohioan, who became the first President to visit Canada on his ill-fated Western journey towards death in San Francisco’s Palace Hotel. harding-palace-hotel.jpg [not a plaque there, by the way]

Who knew Vancouver had a Harding Memorial? harding-memorila-canada.jpg
Let’s harken back to that bygone era through Harding’s words:

“No grim-faced fortifications mark our frontiers, no huge battleships patrol our dividing waters, no stealthy spies lurk in our tranquil border hamlets. Only a scrap of paper, recording hardly more than a simple understanding, safe-guards lives and properties on the Great Lakes, and only humble mile posts mark the inviolable boundary line for thousands of miles through farm and forest.”