32 Comments on “Tuesday Reads: Shirley Temple, The “Hillary Papers,” And The Endless NSA Story”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    WaPo: How the 9/11 Commission helped Edward Snowden

    Apparently it wasn’t such a great idea for all the intelligence agencies to share their data with each other on-line.

    • RalphB says:

      I seriously wonder if the Dept of Homeland Security is worth anything in the larger scheme of things. I personally doubt it. Though it does suck up a tremendous amount of money and yields lot of jobs for politically connected people.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    The media love affair with Vladimir Putin continues:

    NBC News: No More Mr. Tough Guy? Putin Shows Off Softer Side in Sochi

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Snowden and the Fools Who Love Him

    (Author Edward Lucas writes for The Economist and is an expert on Russian spying.)

  4. Fannie says:

    Speaking of reading books, I have over 15 books on the Clinton’s…….couple by Hillary, think I am missing It takes a Village…I went through all indexes looking for her good friend, Diane Bair………….and nothing pops up. The last book by Hillary was 2003, Living History. I have a couple of errands, and I will try to post in her own words about her marriage, and Monica Lewinsky. I understand that she is currently writing another book about her life experiences, and sure to include time frame of her campaign, and Sect. of State position, as well as her husband, and her daughter, and the love from those inspired her.

    They are soooo soooo afraid of the Big H. Rand Paul needs to stop jerking off, but then again, we know that he is trying to set Hillary up the Big Fail, and that won’t work.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Sorry, I got her name wrong.

      Here’s Diane Blair’s obit at the NYT. It doesn’t sound like Diane and Hillary were that close. She died in 2000.

      Mrs. Blair befriended the Clintons in the mid-1970’s. She worked as a researcher for Mr. Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992, and as an adviser in his 1996 re-election effort. In 1993, Mr. Clinton appointed her to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

      The friendship drew scrutiny in Mr. Clinton’s first term after it was revealed that Mrs. Blair’s husband, James B. Blair, the chief counsel to Tyson Foods, had helped Mrs. Clinton make nearly $100,000 in profits from trading in commodity futures.

      Professor Blair was a regular guest at the White House, and the Clintons reciprocated, visiting her in Fayetteville three times in recent months during her illness.

      The Clintons are expected to attend a memorial service for her next month.

  5. RalphB says:

    John Boehner To Test Unconventional Debt Limit Strategy Of Not Being A Dick

    Bad news for anyone who was looking forward to another stupid debt ceiling standoff: popular television personality and Speaker of the Whole House John Boehner says he will hold a House vote tomorrow to raise the borrowing limit of the United States, which he expects will pass only with a big assist from Democrats:

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made clear the GOP would provide the requisite number of Republican votes for the “clean” measure but that Democrats will be expected to carry the vote.


  6. dakinikat says:

    Congress once debated whether Shirley Temple was a communist . She was 10. http://ow.ly/twn8C

    • bostonboomer says:

      Weird. She was a Republican.

    • Fannie says:

      Shirley first md. John Agar, and had daughter Susan with John. Five years later she divorced and in 1950 md. Charles Black, and they had son Charles Jr. and daughter Lori Black. Her father in law was James B. Black, who was employed as engineer by Pacific Gas and Electricity, and he developed the Black Power House located in Shasta Co. Ca. She often visited Northern California with her family, and many people took photos of the family.

      I remember the many Shirley Temple paper dolls I used to cut out. Damn I wish I had that shoe box of her and all those party dresses. I would dream of wearing them, and looking as pretty as I thought she was. She was America’s Sweetheart, and shouldn’t be forgotten on Valentine’s Day either, cause I had those in that shoe box too.

      Back 1967 she ran against Paul McClosky and lost, and in 1974, she was nominated by Pres. Ford as Ambassador to Ghana. I think she was in Prague at some time too. She was the first women to serve as board member to Walt Disney, and also Del Monte Corporation.
      (I used to work in the cannery back in the day).

      She wasn’t much for promoting women’s liberation, I think she was known for preferring the arms of her strong husband………….something like that.

      • janicen says:

        I have my mom’s scrapbook that she made in 1935 and 1936. She was a teenager and crazy about Shirley Temple so she cut out every picture and article in every magazine and newspaper she could get her hands on, and pasted them into a scrapbook. Almost as if Shirley Temple was that generation’s Justin Bieber! lol!

        As well, I have Shirley to thank for the tight curls I sported in my kindergarten and first grade school pictures. I guess by second grade I was able to resist my mother dressing me like Shirley Temple!

        • Fannie says:

          What a treasure, the old actors/actress scapebooks are hard to fine. When I was a kid, I did soap, toilet paper, and cigs………..go figure.

    • Beata says:

      Yes, Shirley was a hard-core Party agitator beloved by the proletariat during the Great Depression. The “Good Ship Lolipop” was actually a thinly veiled reference to the Battleship Potemkin and a call to arms against the ruling class.

      RIP, Comrade Temple.

  7. RalphB says:

    Beaumont, TX …

  8. Fannie says:

    Guess who is going to filibuster? Yup, Ted Cruz, I bet Boehner is hitting the Jack Daniels bottle.

  9. RalphB says:

    This is probably the best thing Joe Klein has written in years. Maybe he found a topic he really cares about.

    Time: The Hillary Clinton Papers: Not Much There

  10. RalphB says:

    USAToday: Petraeus: Clinton would be ‘tremendous president’

    Sounds like an endorsement.