Caffeinated Politics Celebrates 12th Birthday!

As Caffeinated Politics turns 12 years old I re-post the second article which appeared on this site.  From July 2006 comes a memory or two about an old Scholastic Magazine.   Though the pen I mention in the post is no longer pictured, the words still resonate.


I was reminded over the past few weeks that I have always had an opinion about many topics and also have had a long time fixation about writing down my thoughts.  Stored in the upper closet of my childhood bedroom were boxes of journals and writings that I finally moved to my home. I have been reading some of them  and find  I have always been relentless about  topics I cared about.

Having had nephews and nieces in my family I had a few salted comments for those who used cloth diapers that leaked, though I did comment on the economic benefit of the cloth items.  My damp legs as an uncle were great fodder for the pen and page as was the fact that Lucille Ball smoked.  I adored her comedy but it seems there was a period of time I was quite dismayed to find she used cigarettes.  It was the closet I ever was to becoming a Puritan. 

As I read those old pieces which covered a wide variety of topics I have reflected on how many more news and information resources I have today to utilize in my quest to be knowledgeable about the world. While I was more informed as a child about history and current events than my peers, in retrospect I knew little as compared with kids who grow up now with cable TV and the internet.

In one of the boxes was a favorite magazine of mine while I was in grade school.  An older sibling had given me a copy of Scholastic Magazines’ U.S. and World Affairs Annual from 1966, which I treasured, though by the time I had it in the mid-70’s the world was changing.  It contained a small atlas, information on every nation such as capitals and languages spoken and was kept in my folder with a writing pad.  I would use it to locate countries I would hear about on the radio or read about in our daily newspaper.

That magazine from 1966 was on my desk this week as I was searching Google Earth for the locations of the events unfolding in the Middle East.  The same interests in locating exact places on the map and gaining a better understanding of the world still resides within me but the means that are now at my disposal to gain information are enormous.  My bookshelves bulge with historical atlases, geographical dictionaries, and reference books of all types, including even the encyclopedia of espionage.

So much has changed from the time when radio and the daily newspapers were the ways we got our news back home and as a kid I would take a pen and pad and write about things I thought about or was concerned over.  Today I write with a computer and when I need to get the exact quote or the precise fact on a particular item I jump on the internet and have the information in seconds.

And yet as I looked at that old magazine this week I was reminded of warm and fuzzy thoughts of childhood.  So as I put my blog site together this week I added the pen at the top of the banner to remind myself of how far I have come in the information age, and yet how many of my interests are still the same as when I was a kid. 

July 14th–What Are The Odds?

My non-fiction read is currently Robert Caro’s fourth volume on the life and times of Lyndon Baines Johnson.  The Passage Of Power takes the reader directly into the lead-up to the 1960 presidential campaign.

One of the funny stories involves LBJ wanting to make efforts for his ‘race’ under the radar.  As such he has an office in Washington established with workers and all the furniture to make it run.  But once word gets out it is operating he orders it to be shut down at once.  But no one cancels the orders for the very large LBJ for president signs which are to adorn the windows of the corner office.  (Why the signs were ordered in the first place for a low-key effort was not explained.)  When word gets to Johnson about the signs he almost has a hemorrhage and orders them not to be put up—but the workers are already doing that very thing.

It is only then that his team understands why taking them down will be more difficult.  While there is one permit to place a sign up on a building……..there is a separate permit needed to remove a sign.  The Washington newspapers got whiff of the signs, took photos, and reported on the Texas-size mess the following day.

Now to July 14th……

Last night I read for a bit and closed the book.

Today I started the next section and the lead sentence began with, “The drama that was to consume the rest of the day–Thursday, July 14th 1960……

What are the odds to land on the events of the 14th in Caro’s book—-on the 14th by accident?

I wonder if LBJ gets to be Vice-President………..?

What About Donald Trump’s Business Acumen?

Donald Trump’s pair of golf resorts in Scotland have steadily lost money, with losses calculated at $23 million the last year his company reported figures to United Kingdom officials.

U.S. voters may not know that.   And now that it is reported there will be a segment of the nation that will simply not care to know unpleasant facts.

Trump told U.S. officials that Trump Turnberry earned $15 million and Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen earned $3.8 million in what he describes as “golf-related revenue” for roughly the same period of time.

“He has that history — playing fast and loose with the numbers,” said Henry DeLozier, a principal in Global Golf Advisors, which works with investment bankers, real estate developers and golf owners.

Several legitimate possible reasons exist for the discrepancy. But Trump has long been accused of inflating his income. A Forbes reporter even said Trump disguised himself as another Trump Organization official in 1984 to try to convince Forbes magazine staff to give him a place in its annual ranking of America’s richest people.

“If there’s one thing we know for certain about Donald Trump’s financial disclosures and lack of disclosures, it’s that denying Americans a full picture of his financial situation is a top priority,” said Robert Weissman, president of the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Why Trump voters love to be deceived is akin, I suppose, to the woman who now being the third wife thinks her husband has stopped finally philandering.