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So I was doing some research and stumbled across Richard Nixon’s list of political enemies, which was compiled for him by Presidential Counsel John Dean. This is word-for-word what Dean turned over to the Ervin Committee, and I think it’s fascinating. (Especially #19!)

1. Arnold M. Picker, United Artists Corp., N.Y. Top Muskie fund raiser. Success here could be both debilitating and very embarrassing to the Muskie machine. If effort looks promising, both Ruth and David Picker should be programmed and then a follow through with United Artists.

2. Alexander E. Barkan, national director of A F.L.-C.I.O.’s committee on Political Education, Washington D.C.: Without a doubt the most powerful political force programmed against us in 1968 ($10 million, 4.6 million votes, 115 million pamphlets, 176,000 workers—all programmed by Barkan’s C.O.P.E.—so says Teddy White in “The Making of the President 1968”). We can expect the same effort this time. [See p. 468E3]

3. Ed Guthman, managing editor, Los Angeles Times [national editor]: Guthman, former Kennedy aide, was a highly sophisticated hatchetman against us in ‘68. It is obvious he is the prime mover behind the current Key Biscayne effort. It is time to give him the message.

4. Maxwell Dane, Doyle, Dane and Bernbach, N.Y.: The top Democratic advertising firm—they destroyed Goldwater in ‘64. They should be hit hard starting with Dane.

5. Charles Dyson, Dyson-Kissner Corp., N.Y.: Dyson and Larry O’Brien were close business associates after ‘68. Dyson has huge business holdings and is presently deeply involved in the Businessmen’s Educational Fund which bankrolls a national radio network of five-minute programs—anti-Nixon in character.

6. Howard Stein, Dreyfus Corp., N.Y.: Heaviest contributor to McCarthy in ‘68. If McCarthy goes, will do the same in ‘72. If not, Lindsay or McGovern will receive the funds.

7. Allard Lowenstein, Long Island, N.Y.: Guiding force behind the 18-year-old “Dump Nixon” vote campaign.

8. Morton Halperin, leading executive at Common Cause: A scandal would be most helpful here. (A consultant for Common Cause in February-March 1971)[On staff of Brookings Institution]

9. Leonard Woodcock, UAW, Detroit, Mich.: No comments necessary.

10. S. Sterling Munro Jr., Sen. [Henry M.] Jackson’s aide, Silver Spring, Md.: We should give him a try. Positive results would stick a pin in Jackson’s white hat.

11. Bernard T. Feld, president, Council for a Livable World: Heavy far left funding. They will program an “all court press” against us in’72.

12. Sidney Davidoff, New York City, [New York City Mayor John V.] Lindsay’s top personal aide: a first class S.O.B., wheeler-dealer and suspected bagman. Positive results would really shake the Lindsay camp and Lindsay’s plans to capture youth vote. Davidoff in charge.

13. John Conyers, congressman, Detroit: Coming on fast. Emerging as a leading black anti-Nixon spokesman. Has known weakness for white females.

14. Samuel M. Lambert, president, National Education Association: Has taken us on vis-a-vis federal aid to parochial schools—a ‘72 issue.

15. Stewart Rawlings Mott, Mott Associates, N.Y.: Nothing but big money for radic-lib candidates.

16. Ronald Dellums, congressman, Calif.: Had extensive [Edward M. Kennedy] EMK-Tunney support in his election bid. Success might help in California next year.

17. Daniel Schorr, Columbia Broadcasting System, Washington: A real media enemy.

18. S. Harrison Dogole, Philadelphia, Pa.: President of Globe Security Systems—fourth largest private detective agency in U.S. Heavy Humphrey contributor. Could program his agency against us.

19. Paul Newman, Calif.: Radic-lib causes. Heavy McCarthy involvement ‘68. Used effectively in nation wide T.V. commercials.’72 involvement certain.

20. Mary McGrory, Washington columnist: Daily hate Nixon articles.

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David Wong wrote this incredible, painful piece:

Robin Williams and Why Funny People Kill Themselves

"Every time they make a joke around you, they’re doing it because they instinctively and reflexively think that’s what they need to do to make you like them. They’re afraid that the moment the laughter stops, all that’s left is that gross, awkward kid everyone hated on the playground."

If you’re struggling with the “why” of Williams’ death, go read the whole thing. (Or even if you’re not, for that matter.)

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It also might be time to take a break from researching/writing when you burn out the scroll wheel on your mouse.

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You know it’s time to take a break from writing when it takes ten minutes to spell “compatible” because you can’t remember that it has an m.

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My 16 year old, as we were watching Sharknado 2: The Second One last night: “Man, those sharks cut like butter.”

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I loooove creepy books, and I’ve got two new ones to recommend:

The House of Small Shadows, by Adam Nevill…an antiques expert is invited into the Red House to value the collection of an expert taxidermist who also made marionettes and collected Victorian dolls. You know it never goes well when you’re invited to stay in a crumbling mansion in the middle of nowhere that has a name. Never, ever.

Help for the Haunted, by John Searles…kind of what would happen if the demonologist couple from The Conjuring got themselves killed and left behind their two completely screwed up daughters. Plus an oversized haunted Raggedy Ann doll named Penny. I’m only halfway in, but I love it so far.

EDIT: Finished Help for the Haunted last night. It’s not as straight-up supernatural as The House of Small Shadows, but I LOVED it.

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If SyFy filmed a movie in my house, it’d be MegaShihTzu Vs. Cocker Spanielsaurus in an epic battle over a squeaky toy.

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cracked:

“Pinterest hosts thousands of tutorials for becoming beautiful. In one day, I tried all of them.” — Kristi Harrison
5 Most Disastrous Internet Beauty Tips (Tested)

#4. Use Concealer to Conceal Your Humanity
Unless you live in a never-ending loop of tribal initiation rituals, you probably aren’t seeing many women walking around with different colored lines on their faces. That’s because the next step after applying the concealer is blending it in so the unsuspecting public never knows you’re face-tricking them. My friend Katie Willert made the observation that once you’ve applied your makeup in this particular pattern, there’s no reason to blend. After all, why bother with a skinnier face when you can shoot for LION? It’s a great point, but once I put on the contouring makeup, I felt less like a lion and more like a clown melting in the sun.

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The crap we women put ourselves through…

cracked:

“Pinterest hosts thousands of tutorials for becoming beautiful. In one day, I tried all of them.” — Kristi Harrison

5 Most Disastrous Internet Beauty Tips (Tested)

#4. Use Concealer to Conceal Your Humanity

Unless you live in a never-ending loop of tribal initiation rituals, you probably aren’t seeing many women walking around with different colored lines on their faces. That’s because the next step after applying the concealer is blending it in so the unsuspecting public never knows you’re face-tricking them. My friend Katie Willert made the observation that once you’ve applied your makeup in this particular pattern, there’s no reason to blend. After all, why bother with a skinnier face when you can shoot for LION? It’s a great point, but once I put on the contouring makeup, I felt less like a lion and more like a clown melting in the sun.

Read More

The crap we women put ourselves through…

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