An all-too-timely reminder of the power of language in politics. (open thread)
Senate Republicans: "We'll work with the numbers we want, not the numbers CBO gives us."
June 7, 1984 - The London Economic Summit begins. Persian Gulf tensions increase as Liberian Grain tanker hits mine and blows up. Iran-Iraq War continues. Golden Temple Aftermath in Punjab region of India, some 300 Sikhs dead after Army storms temple. Riots break out in New Delhi. Haitian sailboat capsizes with 6 drowned and some 61 rescued. Believed to be carrying refugees. Walter Mondale gets enough delegates for an easy nomination in upcoming Democratic Convention. Flash floods in Vermont. And Acid Rain more widespread than previously thought.
May 21, 1984 - President-elect from El Salvador Josè Napoleon Duartè visits the U.S. and lobbies President Reagan and Congress for military aid, despite rotten Human rights record. Iran continues to attack shipping in Persian Gulf, brings condemnation for Arab League and hints of U.S. involvement. Hindu-Muslim riots claim 100 in Bombay. Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov celebrates 63rd birthday with 19th day of hunger strike.
Anonymous Announces Operation Defense Phase II Response to CISPA...
March 14, 1984 - The Political Horse Race Season. Super Tuesday results. Gary Hart wins big. Mondale still the front runner. George McGovern drops out. Atlantic City New Jersey Mayor Michael Matthews recalled. James "Cowboy" Avery put to death in Texas - 3 more scheduled to go in March. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams shot and wounded by unknown assassin. Capitol Hill: Senate proposes to expand spending on Military aid to El Salvador while expanding funding for CIA war in Nicaragua. A ceasefire in Beirut appears to be holding.
Newstalgia Backstage Weekend with Talking Heads live in Milwaukee, 1984.
February 22, 1984 - Trying to end the conflict in Lebanon. Syria and Saudi Arabia meet in Damascus to work out a peace deal. Lebanese President Gemayel at crossroads. Iran threatens to shut Strait of Hormuz to Oil shipments. Pres. Reagan to hold first Press Conference of 1984. Marines pulling out of Beirut. New Hampshire Primaries. SCOTUS rules on unions and Miranda rights. Europe in austerity uproar. U.S.-Vietnam talks resume.
February 13, 1984 - Konstantin Chernenko named Soviet Party Chairman. Reagan meets with King Hussein and Hosni Mubarak over Lebanon. U.S. Women win Gold and Silver at Sarajevo Olympics. Justice Warren Berger calls out attorney's over frivolous lawsuits. Texaco files for merger with Getty Oil. And so much more.
If you witnessed the last GOP Presidential debate on Fox News, you witnessed a Republican field of candidates that have become a cross between the John Birch Society, the Moral Majority and Americans For Tax Reform. When Jack Abramoff, Grover
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