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You said, "I liked your viewpoint, right up to the judgmental* "crooked Willies and crooked Dick Nixon.." You just took away their
middle ground!"

Maybe I am guilty of that. It was not my intention, my reference to "Crooked Dick" was referring to scandal and problems related President Nixon when he running for Vice President with Eisenhower and several very questionable "loans" were being aired, of course, by opposition press. A very popular political joke asked "What was Ike's biggest political dissapointment?" Answer: When he found out he had a crooked dick!" At that time I lived about seven or eight miles from Nixon and was quite familiar with some of the individuals involved in the case. On the other hand, Nixon did his country a great service in pursuing and strengthening relations with China. I had no intention of poisoning your mind ... just a bit of levity.

I actually made a typo in the second - it should have been "Slick Willie". While he was campaigning for President I was serving on the Board of Directors for a Little Rock Technical School of the Blind and came in frequent contact with political stalwarts. The worst statement I heard about him was, "Gene, you just can't trust the man --- he don't tell the truth!" It was from them that I first heard Slick Willie. While he wasn't a bad President, neither was he a good one.

But for both of these ... and for our good hobbit Frodo .... I expect you take the little bit of paint I furnish you .... add to all the other you gather .... and please, please, please, PAINT YOUR OWN PICTURE THE BEST WAY YOU CAN WITH YOUR OWN BRUSH.


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