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Chris Christie has a message for Republicans

Chris Christie has a message for Republicans…and for Vic Crone’s social media flunky and former Young Nat President, Sean Topham, who is due to jet off to help on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Jersey governor Chris Christie has drawn a line in the sand, telling reporters that if you’re not helping Donald Trump win the presidency, then you’re helping Hillary.

Speaking to reporters, Christie said that Republicans refusing to help Trump only help Hillary win the nomination for president, and they need to “get onboard”:

Enough of everybody complaining. If you’re a Republican, it’s time to get on board and help the nominee.  Or if you don’t, you’re helping Hillary be elected president. One or the other, there’s no choice anymore. We now know who the two nominees are going to be, there’s no speculation any longer. So, if you’re a Republican and you’re not helping Trump, then you’re helping Hillary.

Chris Christie has remained one of the real-estate mogul’s most ardent supporters. Fox News commentators even went as far to call the New Jersey governor Donald Trump’s “enforcer.”

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FDR's mother Sara with her son and daughter-in-law Eleanor. Franklin Roosevelt was born in 1882. His father had been married previously and was already 54 years old with a 28 year-old son by then.

FDR’s mother Sara with her son and daughter-in-law Eleanor. Franklin Roosevelt was born in 1882. His father had been married previously and was already 54 years old with a 28 year-old son by then.

The Many Loves of FDR

The Influence Of The Women Who Figured So Prominently in His Life

“They form and reveal him” 

In the early 1900’s, very few women were working outside the home. The Victorian ideal of the angel in the house, a school of thought that promoted female domesticity, had crept into the new century. Women were just earning their right to vote, rarely received higher education, and if they wanted to work, were stuck with the limited options of teacher or secretary. Among these few working women was Lucy Mercer, mistress of Franklin D. Roosevelt and secretary to his wife, Eleanor.

FDR was a man who knew adversity – he learned to live with polio at the age of 39, became president at the height of the Great Depression, was involved in two World Wars, and rescued the economy with his “New Deal.” Despite these major achievements, an affair would make it impossible to save his own marriage.

When FDR proposed to his distant cousin Eleanor in 1905, his mother, Sara Roosevelt, opposed the union vehemently. Though the future President was 23 years old, she maintained that he was too young to get married, and made herself an awkward presence in his newlywed life. The townhouse she built for them adjoined to hers on every floor, but despite these intrusions on their privacy, the couple had six children, the first four in rapid succession.

While FDR liked to socialize and was comfortable among the upper class, Eleanor preferred a simpler existence. Nevertheless, when her husband was made Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913, she had many public obligations to fulfill, and hired Lucy Mercer to be her social security. Mercer was fun, vivacious, and beautiful, and it wasn’t long before she was sleeping with her boss’s husband.

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During the 1960s, Campbell was considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. She was well connected among other stars, politicians, and socialites, and her relationship with Giancana put her on the FBI's radar. J. Edgar Hoover quickly learned about Campbell's relationship with Kennedy, and set up surveillance on her home. Additionally, Campbell was relentlessly harassed and questioned by the FBI, and when she became concerned about the whole ordeal, Kennedy assured her it was nothing to worry about. However, it was all too much for Campbell and after one last visit to the White House, she broke things off with Kennedy.

During the 1960s, Campbell was considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. She was well connected among other stars, politicians, and socialites, and her relationship with Giancana put her on the FBI’s radar. J. Edgar Hoover quickly learned about Campbell’s relationship with Kennedy, and set up surveillance on her home. Additionally, Campbell was relentlessly harassed and questioned by the FBI, and when she became concerned about the whole ordeal, Kennedy assured her it was nothing to worry about. However, it was all too much for Campbell and after one last visit to the White House, she broke things off with Kennedy.

 The Exner Files

Judith Campbell Exner, JFK and the Mob

For many years, rumours circulated that Judith Campbell had  been involved in a plot hatched between her two lovers, John F. Kennedy and Sam Giancana, to kill the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. In 1991 she came forward and described how she had sat on the edge of the bathtub in a Chicago hotel while the president and the Mafia don talked in the bedroom.

Kennedy’s involvement with the Mob in a plot to kill the Cuban president has often been put forward as one of the reasons for his own assassination in Dallas in November1963.

The three gunshots fired in Dallas 53 years ago meant a Presidential legacy unfulfilled — and a personal life unresolved.

The sorry mess of sexual exploits that President John F. Kennedy left behind took years to emerge. The supporting cast was vast, and one of them, a woman who was, next to Marilyn Monroe, the most famous one, though not by her choice.

Judith Campbell Exner was the first of JFK’s lovers to be publicly identified, and so she was pilloried by a public furious at learning that at least one wing of Camelot had more in common with the Playboy Club.

A beautiful woman is introduced to a handsome, charismatic Senator running for President by an Academy Award winning movie star. They fall into an affair. Meanwhile, the beautiful woman is also introduced to the head of the Chicago mob by the same man. The beautiful woman carries messages and arranges meetings between the now President of the United States and the Chicago mobster. Sounds like the plot of a thriller, or a conspiracy theorists wet dream doesn’t it? However in this case, it happens to be true. Allegedly.

This much can be proved.

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There is only one way: Kill them before they kill us

Barack Obama is going to make an address to the US public in the wake of the latest terrorist attack.

US President Barack Obama will make a special primetime address to the nation on counterterrorism efforts.

Just days after 14 people were shot dead in California, the White House said the president will address the nation from the Oval Office at 8pm on Sunday (2pm NZT tomorrow).

The speech will include “the steps our government is taking to fulfilll his highest priority: keeping the American people safe”.

Obama vowed earlier on Saturday (local time) that America “will not be terrorised,” as the Islamic State group praised the couple behind Wednesday’s mass shooting as “soldiers” of its self-proclaimed caliphate.

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Gun control will stop terrorists…we know this because the White House says so

According to the White House spokesman gun control will stop terrorists.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest called for tighter gun control in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, saying that President Barack Obama believes that if “common sense” gun controls were enacted, it could have prevented the attack.

Pressed by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy whether the president actually believes gun control would stop a terrorist plot, Earnest said making guns harder to get would be a good place to start:    Read more »

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Bill Ray’s unforgettable picture of Marilyn, alone in the spotlight.

Bill Ray’s unforgettable picture of Marilyn, alone in the spotlight.

The Night Marilyn Sang to JFK

Here, on what would have been JFK’s 97th birthday, Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy, New York, May 19, 1962.

Fifty-plus years ago, on a spring night in New York City, 35-year-old Marilyn Monroe — sewn into a sparkling, jaw-droppingly tight dress — stood alone in a spotlight on a dark stage. She took a breath, began to sing — and 15,000 men and women who filled the old Madison Square Garden that night knew, simply knew, that they were seeing and hearing something that they would never, ever forget.

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Looks like the mainstream media has found a hurricane to piss into

The mainstream media are so far up their own fundament they are actually still in denial and believe that they are still relevant to most people.

Witness the way they have carried on, especially the NZ Herald, in the past weeks over John Key’s silly fetish with hair. Trying to milk the story for all it was worth, which was frankly about the same as a soy latte moccahino at Rosies of Parnell.

The White House press corp are another case in point.

Over the last six years, a confluence of forces have eroded the foundation of the relationship between the White House and the reporters who cover it most regularly. Financial pressures have reduced the number of news organizations committed to daily coverage of the White House and to participating in its cycle of pools, briefings and trips on Air Force One. And technologies including Twitter, YouTube and livestreaming of events mean the White House can communicate directly with the public without going through the traditional media that still dominates the Brady Briefing Room.

In fact, through Twitter and its whitehouse.gov website, the White House already operates something akin to its own news agency, and the president gives much more face time to niche media outlets such as MTV, Telemundo and BuzzFeed than to the reporters who camp out in the West Wing day after day.   Read more »

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Carl Mydans—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Carl Mydans—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

The Mysterious Disappearance of JFK’s Brain

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Perhaps Labour could declare a bee crisis to help the US

Everything Labour declares is a crisis miraculously recovers. It is just as well they don’t declare their party and leadership to be in crisis then.

In the US the White house has decided they need a bee task force to save the bees. The very last thing bees need is a presidential task force, in fact that has probably doomed them.

If Labour could send David Cunliffe over though and declare a crisis the problem would be solved.

President Barack Obama has announced plans to form a “Pollinator Health Task Force” in a bid to save the dwindling population of bees.

Bee populations saw a 23 per cent decline last winter, which is blamed on the loss of genetic diversity and exposure to certain pesticides. A quarter of foods eaten by Americans – including apples, carrots and avocados – rely on pollination, and the process carried out by the honey bee adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States, the White House said.    Read more »

White House visits – Compare and Contrast

Two visits to the White house, different presidents, different Prime Ministers.

The left wing didn’t think Helen Clark was sucking up when she went:

Helen Clark and George W. Bush on 21 March 2007

Helen Clark and George W. Bush on 21 March 2007

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