Cat Has Had the Time of His Life

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    Our Daily Bleed...

Ronnie Raygun
1 --

"If you tell the same story five times, it's true."

Larry Speakes, Reagan White House Press Secretary

1911 -- Ronald W. Reagan, monkey costar, lives (Bedtime for Bonzo); 39th/40th US president (R, 1981-89).

1938 -- US: Supreme Court issues the Mackay Decision, permitting employers to permanently replace striking workers. Employers used this weapon against striking workers sparingly until the 1980's, when its use increased under the influence of the Reagan Administration's anti-union/anti-labor policies.

1940 -- Actress Jane Wyman (Magnificent Obsession) marries Ronald Reagan (-1948) the first Mrs. Reagan.

1943 -- Germany: New crematoriums open in Auschwitz. This follows a 4 October order that all Jews in German concentration camps be deported here. But as the conservative Institute for Historical Review — one of Reagan's & other Republican's favorite think-tanks — reminds us, there was no Holocaust.

1947 -- FBI agents visit SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Pres. Ronald Reagan & his wife, Jane Wyman, accusing them of belong to Communist front groups; to demonstrate his patriotism, Ronnie quickly agrees to become a secret informer.

1947 -- Waiting For Godot? Screen Actors Guild President Ronald Reagan tells HUAC the best way to fight Communist influence in Hollywood is "to make democracy work". Ronnie is also a secret FBI informant, beginning in April of this year.

1947 -- US: 50 of Hollywood's writers, producers, & actors charted a plane to fly to Washington D.C. to express their displeasure with House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigation in Hollywood.
Headed by Humphrey Bogart, & calling themselves "The Committee for the First Amendment", 50 representatives included such people as: Lauren Bacall, Groucho Marx, Frank Sinatra, John Huston, Ronald Reagan, & Danny Kaye....

[Details, click here]

1951 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Movie Great Ronald Reagan movie "Bedtime for Bonzo" premiers, Indianapolis.

Hollywood Blacklist
1952 -- US: Actor Phillip Loeb, blacklisted in 1950 as a possible Communist sympathizer, is fired from highly successful TV comedy "The Goldbergs" because no one would sponsor it otherwise. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ronald Reagan, FBI informant during the 40s & 50s who even had his own code name because of the prolific nature of his snitching, & others, deny to this day there was a "blacklist".

1952 -- US: During the month of June the Doris Day/Ronald Reagan movie "The Winning Team" is released.

1953 -- "General Electric Theater" premiers on CBS TV; Reagan later becomes the host.

1953 -- Iran: Royalist troops overthrow liberal-leaning Premier Mohammed Mossadegh & put the pro-Western Shah Mohammed Pahlevi in power in a coup allegedly directed by Kermit Roosevelt on behalf of the CIA. One of the more brutal modern regimes, to "protect US interests".

When it is overthrown, the US supports Iraq's Saddam Hussein's war against Iran, despite (& publicly condemning) his use of chemical weapons. The Reagan administration, including the elder George Bush, provided this Axis of Evil with military intelligence, satellite photos & formulated battle plans. As one military observer put it, chemical weapons was just one more way of killing people.

1954 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Ronald Reagan opens his stand-up act at the Las Vegas Ramona Room. So good he can take it to the White House.

1958 -- US: Astrology Works?! Ronald & Nancy Reagan appear together in the "GE Theatre" production of "A Turkey for President".

1965 -- US: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), federal agency which investigated discrimination charges, becomes operational. Essentially rendered useless by Reagan administration.

1966 -- US: Reagan says "A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at?" (Opposing expansion of the Redwood National Park.)

1966 -- Ronald Reagan says "if you've seen one [tree] you've seen them all". This is the same clown some other clowns in Los Angeles will try to rename a national forest after.

Dump Reagan
1966 -- US: Where Bad Actors Go? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ronald Reagan elected governor of California. Movie & TV actor Reagan defeats incumbent Gov. Edmund G. Brown by almost one million votes.

On actors & politics, Reagan produced some real gems over the years:

"What does an actor know about politics?" –criticizing Ed Asner for opposing American foreign policy

"What makes him think a middle-aged actor, who's played with a chimp, could have a future in politics?" -on Clint Eastwood's bid to become mayor of Carmel

"Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, you coast for awhile, you have a hell of a closing."

1966 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Psychedelic Shop is busted for selling Lenore Kandel's The Love Book, Frisco, California. (Lenore is "Ramona Swartz" in Kerouac's novel Big Sur.)

Ronald Reagan has just been elected Governor of California on a platform that includes harassment of hippies, & the most famous head shop on Haight St. (& perhaps the first head shop in the world) is raided for selling obscene literature, namely, her book.

Dinosaur book
1967 -- US: Inaugural message of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ron Reagan, California's 33rd governor, delivered during ceremonies in the Rotunda of the State Capitol at midnight. Just before the swearing in, the new governor turned to US Senator George Murphy — a former movie song-&-dance man also, & said,

"Well George, here we are on the late show again."
[Source, click here]

3 Stooges & Reagan
1967 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting Governor Ronald Reagan signs liberalized California abortion bill.

"Facts are stupid things."

— Ronnie Reagan, 1988
(misquote of John Adams: 'Facts are stubborn things.')

3 Stooges & Reagan
1967 -- US: Well Ring My Bells? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader California Acting Governor Ron Reagan denies press reports that a "homosexual ring" is operating out of his office in Sacramento.

1968 -- US: Nixon's the One. At the same time, not far away in the black neighborhoods of Miami, riots result in four deaths & hundreds of arrests. At their Party convention in Miami Beach the Republicans nominate Richard Milhouse Nixon to be their presidential candidate. The next day Nixon will appoint Spiro Agnew of Maryland as his running mate (a thief, later forced to resign). Nixon has been challenged in his campaign by Nelson Rockefeller of New York, & Ronald Reagan of California. See 1973 & 1974 below.
[Source: Chicago '68: A Chronology]

1969 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Governor & FBI snitch Ronald Reagan asks California legislature to "drive criminal anarchists & latter-day Fascists off the campuses".

CLICK: anarchist circle A

Many Bayonets, People's Park
1969 -- US: Battle for People's Park, fought against the University of California & the police in Berkeley, California, who had fenced the area off in the middle of the night:

Beloved & Respected Comrade Bad Actor Governor & Future President of the United States Ronald Reagan sends in National Guard to reclaim People's Park in Berkeley, California.

Police gunfire kills a bystander, James Rector, & wounds 60, including Alan Blanchard, blinded for life.

17 days of street fighting ensue, capped by a march of 30,000, where another 150 demonstrators are shot & wounded.

'If there has to be a bloodbath then let's get it over with'.

— Ronald Reagan

4 A.M.?

— Diane di Prima, Revolutionary Letter #38

Peace With Justice
1969 -- US: As Reagan orders armed police to carry out a dawn raid against hippie protesters who had occupied People's Park near the Berkeley campus of the University of California, the 'straight' world & the "counter-culture" appeared to be implacably opposed.

On one side of the barricades, Governor Reagan & his followers advocated unfettered private enterprise & supported the invasion of Vietnam.

"The state of California has no business subsidizing intellectual curiosity."

–responding to student protests on college campuses during his tenure as California governor

On the other side, the hippies & students championed a social revolution at home & opposed imperial expansion abroad. In the year of the raid on People's Park, it seemed that the historical choice between these two opposing visions of America's future could only be settled through violent conflict. As Jerry Rubin, one of the Yippie leaders, said at the time:

'Our search for adventure & heroism takes us outside America, to a life of self-creation and rebellion. In response, America is ready to destroy us...'

Let a Thousand Parks Bloom!

1970 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ronald Reagan, Governor of California & soon-to-be President, announces his attitude towards student civil rights activists, dissenters, & Vietnam War protestors (quote):

"If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with."

1972 -- US: Singer Merle Haggard is pardoned by California Governor Ronald Reagan.

1974 -- US: Commenting on the on the SLA's ransom demand of free food for the poor, California's Acting Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting Governor & Humanitarian Ronnie Reagan (no terrorist he) says,

"It's just too bad we can't have an epidemic of botulism."

1979 -- During the month of January Ronald Reagan says 80% of air pollution comes from "plants & trees", not from chimneys & auto exhaust pipes.
Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, in 1979.
[There is no scientific data to support this assertion.]

1979 -- Anastasio Somoza D. steps down as Nicaraguan dictator & flees to Miami.

1979 -- Saddam Hussein at-Takriti assumes office as president of Iraq (- 2003).

1980 -- During the month of January, the seventh (Reagan's) post-WW II recession begins in the US (-July).

The Quotable Reagan:

"We are trying to get unemployment to go up, and I think we're going to succeed."

1980 -- Reagan claims coal plants release more radioactivity than nuclear ones.

1980 -- Presidential candidate Bush criticizes Reagan's "voodoo economics".

1980 -- Presidential candidate Reagan says "Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country."

1980 -- The US suspends all its embassy activities in Tripoli, Libya.

1980 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ronnie Reagan says he will submit to periodic medical tests.

Later, doctors find the President's brain is missing, leading pundits to speculate:

"Will he run for reelection?"

1980 -- Ronald Reagan is nominated for US president by Republicans in Detroit. Motor City will never live this one down.

1980 -- Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for US president.

1980 -- Reagan campaign official William Casey allegedly arrives in Madrid to swap arms for a delay in the release of US hostages held by Iran. Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from January 28, 1981, until his death on January 29, 1987.

1980 -- Candidate Ronald Reagan tells an Ohio crowd trees cause air pollution.

During the 1980 presidential campaign Ronald Reagan stated that trees cause more air pollution than do automobiles. Trees in fact do emit large quantities of hydrocarbons principally in the form of isoprenes. These volatile hydrocarbons may react with ozone to form compounds similar to those found in smog. (Trees, however, play a key role in removing pollutants from air.)

(The press had a field day with Reagan’s comment which evoked numerous light-hearted reactions. For example, at Claremont College a tree was draped with a banner that read:

“Chop me down before I kill again.”

--- (The Washington Post Oct. 15, 1980))

Better yet was yet another rightwing presidential aspirant, Dan Quayle, who told the world, "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."

1980 -- Reagan aide William Casey leaves on his second trip to bribe Iranians to delay the release of US hostages.

1980 -- Coca Cola intervenes to end a violent 5-year labor conflict at its Guatemalan bottling plant.

1980 -- Ronald Reagan tells Sierra:

"Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation. So lets not go overboard in setting & enforcing tough emissions standards for man made sources."

1980 -- Reagan says "I believe the budget can be balanced by 1982 or 1983". Of course this is the same dude who also said "I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself."

1980 -- Pres. nominee Ronald Reagan promises to name a woman to Supreme Court.

1980 -- Guatemalan soldiers kidnap 6 Indians & rape 14 women, Solol.

1980 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: 225 newspapers drop the week-long "Reagan's Brain" sequence of "Doonesbury." Against all proof contrariwise, the US press foolishly think Beloved & Respected Comrade Acting President Ronald Reagan has a brain. Able to adhere to such fantasy, this is further proof there is a free press in America.

1980 -- Presidential Debate with Jimmy Carter

But I have seen four wars in my lifetime. I'm a father of sons: I have a grandson. I don't ever want to see another generation of young Americans bleed their lives into sandy beachheads in the Pacific, or rice paddies and jungles in Asia, or the muddy, bloody battlefields of Europe. --- Ronald Reagan

1980 -- Pres. Carter & Ronald Reagan debate for 90 minutes on national TV.

1980 -- Iran: Negotiations with Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Peanut Prez James Carter, over hostages, abruptly halt. Carter eventually gets his chops busted for negotiating, & his successor, Actor Ron Reagan will create a shadow government to illegally trade weapons for hostages.

1980 -- US: Nuns With Guns? Yesterday three U.S. Maryknoll nuns & a lay missionary were raped & murdered & buried in a field in El Salvador by US-trained troops.

The Reagan administration goes into immediate denial & coverup.

Alexander Haig suggests the nuns provoked the incident, running a roadblock in Marxist jeeps, & were shot trying to flee. The FBI & CIA report this is a total fabrication. 18 years later relatives & friends are still trying to get the truth.

1980 -- US: Small is Beautiful? Nancy Reagan reveals she keeps a gun in a drawer near her bed. "Ronnie was away a lot, you know," she explains, "& I was alone in that house." & what kind of gun is it? She laughs. "It's just a tiny little gun."

1981 -- Ronald W. Reagan (R) is sworn in as the 39th/40th US president (-1989); 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days are freed.
Take 52? Minutes after the inauguration of Beloved & Respected Comrade Actor Leader President Reagan, 52 Americans held captive in Iran since November 4, 1979 (444 days) are released following an agreement in which the U.S. agrees to return $8 billion in frozen assets to Iran. Later it's revealed that the release was delayed until the inauguration in a PR ploy orchestrated to make Ronnie look good.

"A few months ago, I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and evidence tell me it is not."

— Reagan, March '87

1981 -- Reagan receives the freed US hostages in the White House.

1981 -- Reagan says we are in "the worst economic mess since the Depression."

1981 -- The "Moral Majority" says it will spend $3 million on anti-gay ads.

1981 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Bad Acting President Reagan revokes sanctions against Chile's government of rightwing assassins & thugs.

1981 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan endorses Casey's CIA plan for destabilization of Nicaragua; also Reagan makes an illegal arms deal with Iran, according to Bani-Sadr.

Bad Actor
1981 -- Ooopsie! Bullet HoleUS Acting President Ronald Reagan & James Brady shot by John Hinckley Jr. Near miss. Moral is, think about what you're going to do today & try to get it right first time — you may only have one shot at it.

Meanwhile some unelected punk in a military uniform, Alexander Haig, announces to the world, from the White House,

"As of now, I'm in control here."

1981 -- CNN airs a videotape showing Tamara Rand predicting that Reagan is in danger from someone named "Jack Humley" (a hoax; where's Jeanne Dixon when we need her!?).

Ronald Reagan, America's Greatest Half-Wit
1981 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ronnie Reagan is declared a Public Moron, Berkeley, California. Imbecile, cretin, they all work well. Then there are the voters who loved him.

1981 -- Guatemalan security forces murder 69, Cocob, Quich (Reagan's "Freedom Fighters").

1981 -- Reagan pardons two FBI agents convicted in illegal political break-ins in 1970's.

1981 -- Pres. Reagan asks "Can we abandon this country [white South Africa] that has stood behind us in every war?"

1981 -- US Senate confirms Anne McGill Gorsuch as Reagan's EPA head.

1981 -- Diamonds in the Ruff? Foreign Minister Botha tells Reagan South Africa is developing nukes.

1981 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan holds his third press conference, where he responds to questions on:

The Israeli attack on Iraq — "I can't answer that."

Israel's refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty — "Well I haven't given much thought to that particular question there."

Pakistan's refusal to sign the treaty — "I won't answer the last part of the question."

Israeli threats against Lebanon — "Well, this one's going to be one, I'm afraid, that I can't answer now."

The tactics of political action committees — "I don't really know how to answer that."

How do you spell alzheimers? — "Well . . . . . "

American voters [a rapidly dwindling species] love this guy.

1981 -- Reagan awards a medal to Canadian ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor for helping 6 Americans escape from the terrorists in Tehran.

1981 -- Guatemala: US-supported army begins a week of attacks on pueblos in the Petén‚ 60 people are killed & 4,000 flee to Mexico. A prelude to the massacre in Las Dos Erres in 1982.
In 1999, a Guatemalan truth commission blamed the army for 93% of the atrocities and the rebels (the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit) for 3%. The former guerrillas apologized for their crimes, and President Clinton apologized for U.S. support of the right-wing military governments. The army has not acknowledged its guilt.

1981 -- US: "New Republic" breaks the story on Reagan's secret war on Nicaragua.

1981 -- The 8th (Reagan's) post-WW II recession begins during the month of July in the US (-Nov. 1982).

1981 -- US: 195 demonstrators arrested in series of White House sit-downs against Reagan administration cuts & involvement with El Salvador.

1981 -- England: American astrologist Nancy Reagan -- giddy to be in London for the Royal Wedding -- announces, "I'm off to see the King & Queen," — though there hasn't been a King of England in 27 years. British press detests her on sight. Writes one paper of the First Lady's propensity for toppling over,

"Maybe she'll fall again & break her hair."

1981 -- US: Both houses of Congress pass Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ronnie Reagan's tax-cut legislation. The largest tax cut in the nation's history, is expected to reduce taxes by $37.6 billion in 1982, & save taxpayers $750 billion over the next 5 years. Guess who, rich or poor, gets the biggest slice?

Ronald Reagan, America's Greatest Half-Wit
1981 -- US: Coffee, Tea or Jobless?: Federal air traffic controllers began an illegal nationwide strike after their union (PATCO) rejects the government's final offer for a new contract. Most of the 13,000 striking controllers defied the back-to-work order, & were dismissed by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan, a stalwart union man & FBI snitch (complete with his own informant number), on August 5.

1981 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan orders FAA to fire 12,700 striking air traffic control workers, busting PATCO, & setting the tone for a decade of government complicity in corporate union-busting.

1981 -- 11,000 air traffic controllers are fired by US Pres. Reagan.

1981 -- Pres. Ronald Reagan decides to build neutron bombs.

1981 -- Reagan's first tax cut becomes law (25% cut for 1981-84).

Nancy Reagan & Mr. T
1981 -- US: US-China Rift? Beloved & Respected Comrade Nancy Reagan defends her decision to spend $209,508 in donated funds on a 4,732 piece china set.

"The White House really badly, badly needs china," she explains. "It's badly needed."

1981 -- US: 300,000 march on Washington, D.C., for Solidarity Day, protesting Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Reagan's social policies.

1981 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Acting Leader President Reagan announces that he has withdrawn the proposal to cut school lunches.

Ronnie suggests that a dissident faction in the Agriculture Department might have come up with the idea as a form of "bureaucratic sabotage".

Just to set the record sraight, aide James Johnson explains,

"It would be a mistake to say that ketchup per se was classified as a vegetable.

Ketchup in combination with other things was classified as a vegetable."

& what other things would ketchup have to combine with to be considered a full-blown vegetable?

"French fries or hamburgers."

1981 -- US & Honduras carry out naval exercises off Nicaragua's Atlantic coast.

Reagan's Gotta Go
1981 -- US: Do I Know You Guys? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leading Actor Ronnie Reagan greets predecessors James Carter, Jerry Ford & Dick M Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral.

1981 -- US: California state senator John Schmitz tells a TV interviewer that if Reagan's policies fail, "the best we could probably hope for is a military coup or something like that." He explains that he is talking about "a good military coup, not a bad military coup."

1981 -- Reagan decertifies Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization.

1981 -- US national debt tops $1 TRILLION.

1981 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting Prez Ron Reagan authorizes CIA to form paramilitary squads of Nicaraguan exiles to overthrow the Sandinista government of Nicaragua.

1981 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US Acting President Reagan authorizes CIA to spy on its citizens. The CIA charter originally banned domestic surveillance to prevent it from becoming a Gestapo.

"The highest ambition of the integrated spectacle is still to turn secret agents into revolutionaries, & revolutionaries into secret agents."

       — GUY DEBORD, 1988

"A few years back, a man high up in the CIA name Ray cline was asked if the CIA, by its survellance of protest organizations in the United States, was violating the free speech provision of the First Amendment. He Smiled & said: 'It's only an amendment.'"

— Howard Zinn, The Zinn Readerpp412-13.

1981 -- US: Let Them Eat Cheese? As Christmas approaches, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan authorizes the distribution of 30 million pounds of surplus cheese to the poor. According to a government official, the cheese is well over a year old & has reached "critical inventory situation." Translation: It's moldy.

1982 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ronald Reagan continues draft registration.

1982 -- Pres. Reagan proposes US tax breaks for racially segregated schools.

1982 -- Americas Watch & ACLU deliver "Report on Human Rights in El Salvador" to US Pres. Reagan, who ignores it.

1982 -- El Salvador: "Freedom fighters" destroy 70% of the Salvadoran air force, Ilopango.

1982 -- Reagan certifies a human-rights improvement in El Salvador (a lie) so US military aid can continue.

1982 -- Reagan nominates homophobe Rev. Sam Hart to the US Civil Right Commission; Hart is later forced to withdraw -- he blames homosexuals for "sabotaging" his nomination.

1982 -- US: "She really just got tired of people misinterpreting what she was doing."

— An aide telling the public that Nancy Reagan will no longer accept free clothing "on loan" from top designers.

1982 -- US: Anti-Big Government Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ronnie Reagan authorizes much broader powers for the feds to hide/withhold information on citizens on "national security" grounds.

1982 -- Guatemalan soldiers (Reagan's "Freedom Fighters") murder 100 children & 73 women, Baja Verapaz.

1982 -- 100 campesinos are massacred, La Libertad, Peten, Guatemala.

1982 -- Reagan bans most US travel to Cuba. Ningún Mafia, Ningún Recorrido!

1982 -- US: Discussing Soviet weaponry at a National Security Council meeting, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan asks CIA deputy director Bobby Inman,
Red Missle
"Isn't the SS-19 their biggest missile?"
"No" says Inman, "that's the SS-18."
"So," says the President, "they've even switched the numbers on their missiles in order to confuse us!"

Inman explains to an extremely bright & perceptive Prez that the numbers are assigned by US intelligence (sic).

1982 -- US: Federal investigators reveal mammoth embezzlement in Reagan's HUD (Housing & Urban Development).

1982 -- US: Reagan administration approves the sale of $3.2 million of nonlethal military equipment to Guatemala.

1982 -- US: In NY Central Park & LA Rose Bowl: hundreds of thousands sing Lennon's "Imagine".
Crowd estimated as large as 750,000 to two million rallies in New York's Central Park to support nuclear disarmament during UN Special Session on Disarmament — the largest anti-war demonstration in US history. Part of massive worldwide protests against arms. A rally at Peace Arch Park, on the British Columbia/Washington border, draws 50,000.

Among those in NYare several hundred members of Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan opines that the Commies are behind it.


1982 -- Reagan's first UN General Assembly speech ("evil empire" speech [see March 8th); Reagan accuses Soviets of supplying & using chemical weapons in SE Asia & Afghanistan (a lie).

1982 -- Nicaragua issues a George Washington postage-stamp series.

1982 -- John Hinkley Jr., potential assassin of Acting US President Ronald Reagan, found not guilty by reason of insanity.

1982 -- US-sponsored paramilitary attacks against Nicaragua increase during the month of July [I don't have exact date --ed.], as joint US-Honduran military maneuvers near the Nicaraguan border also begin.

1982 -- The 4th space shuttle mission, "Columbia" 4, lands at Edwards AFB, Calif. Reagan declares that the first goal of the US space program is military.

1982 -- US: In order to convey the Administration's crackdown on Israel over its attacks on Beirut, the White House points out the difference between a February 1981 photo showing acting President Reagan sitting next to Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir & laughing, & today's photo, in which Reagan frowns at him from across a table. Later, the President goes to Iowa & poses with a boar.

1982 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pres. Reagan introduces Liberian Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pres. Doe as "Chairman Moe". Guess which one is Curly?

Could have been worse: "My name is Ronald Reagan. What's yours?" –introducing himself after delivering a prep school commencement address.
The individual responded, "I'm your son, Mike," to which Reagan replied, "Oh, I didn't recognize you."

1982 -- Assistant Secretary of State for "Human Rights" Elliott Abrams accuses Nicaragua of torture in the "NY Times" (a lie).

1982 -- The Washington Post reports that of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President's Reagan first 72 nominees to the judiciary, 68 are white males.

1982 -- The "Washington Post" reports that 68 of 72 Reagan judicial appointees are white males.

1982 -- Pres. Reagan says normal babies have been born after only 3 months' gestation - wrong.

1982 -- The Guatemalan military massacres 57 adults & 35 children at Agua Fria.

1982 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan suggests that since he sees big "help-wanted sections" in the Sunday papers, unemployment must be caused by a lot of lazy people who'd just rather not work.

1982 -- Pres. Reagan is heckled at a Republican meeting for abandoning conservative principles!

1982 -- US unemployment rate passes 10%.

1982 --

"You can't drink yourself sober, you can't spend yourself rich, & you can't pump the prime without priming the pump. You know something? I said that backwards ... You can't prime the pump without pumping the prime ..."

— Acting President Reagan spews Words of Wisdom in Texass

1982 -- "You don't tell us how to stage the news, & we don't tell you how to report it."

— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader White House Press Secretary Larry Speakes, Reagan's mouthpiece, to the press

Pig snout
1982 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting Pres. Ronald Reagan tells the Lebanese foreign minister, "You know, your nose looks just like Danny Thomas's."

Ronnie Rubber Face
1982 -- Accusing his foes of "cruel scare tactics," Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Bad-Acting President Reagan attacks the "big spenders" for causing inflation, adding, "They even drove prayer out of our nation's classrooms."
A White House aide refuses to clarify whom Reagan is talking about, saying only,

"They know who they are."

"The first President I shook hands with was Calvin Coolidge. In those days the President would shake hands with any high school class that arrived in Washington. There was so little for him to do.

Reagan is very similar to Coolidge."

— I. F. Stone

1982 -- Bad Acting President Reagan is asked if he'll be visiting the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

"I can't tell until somebody tells me," he says,

"I never know where I'm going."

"Because Vietnam was not a declared war, the veterans are not even eligible for the G. I. Bill of Rights with respect to education or anything."

— Reagan, '80 (just another little lie)

1982 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pres. Reagan claims the US antinuclear movement is foreign-inspired.

Reagan/Thatcher: Gone with the Wind parody poster
1982 -- US: "The MX is the right missile at the right time."

— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader (bad)Acting President Reagan in a nationally televised speech in which he renames the deadly weapon "the Peacekeeper," prompting Dallas columnist Molly Ivins to wonder if it will be armed with "Peaceheads".

In 1985 Reagan announces plans to change the name to "Ditchdigger" & use the missile to dig a canal across Nicaragua.

1982 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan returns home from his five-day trip to Latin America.

"Well, I learned a lot," he tells reporters.

"You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries."

1982 -- US: Congress passes first version Boland amendment (411-0) which prohibited covert efforts by the President to overthrow the Nicaraguan government. Will Reagan remember?

1983 -- National Bible Year begins, according to US President Ronald Reagan.

1983 -- Pres. Reagan ends the 5-year US arms embargo against Guatemala.

1983 -- US officially labels Canadian film on acid rain "political propaganda".

1983 -- US: DingleBerry Check? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ron Reagan asks for largest peace-time build-up of the CIA — including a 25% budget increase.

Another "anti-Big Government" rightwinger in action.

1983 -- Pres. Reagan certifies that El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased, making the country eligible for more US military aid.

1983 -- Pres. Reagan says it is "very hard to justify corporate income tax."

1983 -- Reagan's Commission on Crime recommends elimination of parole.

1983 -- "Has anyone stopped to consider that the best way to balance the federal budget is not by taxing people into the poorhouse & it's not by cutting spending to the bone, but by all of us simply trying to live up to the Ten commandments & the Golden Rule?"

— acting President Reagan to a convention of religious broadcasters

1983 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Acting President Ronald Reagan calls for a week of reporting only good news. & thus was born the Daily Bleed!

1983 -- US: Can't See The Forest For the Trees? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronald Reagan visits Klamath Co., Ore. Reagan says "There is today in the US as much forest as there was when Washington was at Valley Forge". (A lie; actually, there is 30% as much.)

1983 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader acting President Reagan tells a national convention of evangelicals that the Soviet Union is "the focus of evil in the modern world ... an evil empire." Says historian Henry Steele Commager:

"It was the worst presidential speech in American history, & I've read them all."

Reagan makes his "Evil Empire" speech, in Orlando, Florida, while US employees carry out a policy of murder, rape & torture of Central Americans.

1983 -- US: Anne Gorsuch Burford resigns as head of Reagan's EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in a scandal.

Caduceus, James Koehnline
1983 -- "Let me tell you a true story about a boy we'll call Charlie. He was only 14 & he was burned out on marijuana . . .
One day, when his little sister wouldn't steal some money for him to go & buy some more drugs, he brutally beat her. The real truth is there's no such thing as soft drugs or hard drugs. All drugs are dumb . . . Don't end up another Charlie."

— Nancy Reagan, trying to transform her vapid Society Dame image, to a caring anti-drug crusader — appearing as herself on NBC's "Diff'rent Strokes"

1983 -- US: In his "Star Wars" speech Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan proposes a space-based system to blast incoming missiles out of the sky — just like the 1940 film Murder in the Air, whose hero, Secret Service Agent Brass Bancroft (played by Ronnie Reagan!), gets involved with the "Inertia Projector," a death ray that can zap planes.

1983 -- Ronald Reagan vetoes a bill to settle the claims of the Mashawtucket Pequot Indians of Connecticut.

1983 -- Reagan says "We are not trying to do anything to try & overthrow the Nicaraguan government" (a lie).

1983 -- US planes raid Libya, responding to a disco bombing in Berlin which the US attributes to Libya. They hit Pres. Muammar Gaddafi's house, killing his infant daughter. The European Community imposes limited diplomatic sanctions on Libya.

1983 -- Pres. Ronald Reagan signs a Social Security reform bill.

1983 -- Reagan says "the safety of our homeland" will be in jeopardy if the US cannot brutalize impoverished Nicaraguan peasants into submission.

1983 -- 500 Salvadoran soldiers arrive at Ft. Benning, Ga. for training during this month of May.

1983 -- US reduces its sugar imports from Nicaragua.

1983 -- Better Clean Up Her Act? Reagan EPA official Rita Lavelle is indicted for contempt of Congress.

1983 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan suggests that one cause of the decline in public education is the school's effort to comply with court-ordered desegregation.

1983 -- Wayne Newton fills in for the Beach Boys at the White House 4th of July party after US Interior Sec. James Watt banned the rock band.

1983 -- Vice-President George Bush votes to modernize US poison-gas weapons (to break a tie in the Senate). If there is anything worse than Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) its old WMDs.

1983 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Nicaragua: The US / American rightwing-funded Contra terrorists torture & kill 15 at San Francisco del Norte.

Reagan compares them to Abraham Lincoln.

1983 -- US: 300,000 march in Washington on 20th anniversary of Civil Rights March originally headed by Martin Luther King, Jr. The second "March on Washington for Jobs, Peace, & Freedom" held. NYT estimates 200,000, Almanac sez 250,000.

1983 -- US conducts a nuclear test.

1983 -- Two contra planes launched from a US navy ship assault Corinto, Nicaragua.

1983 -- ARDE terrorists attack a Nicaraguan frontier post near Costa Rica.

1983 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Nicaragua: Contra terrorists attack oil facilities at Benjamin Zeledon; meanwhile a contra DC-3 donated by the CIA is shot down, Matagalpa.

Q: "Mr President, have you approved of covert activity to destabilise the present government of Nicaragua?"

A: "Well no, we're supporting them, the - oh, wait a minute, wait a minute, I'm sorry, I was thinking of El Salvador because of the previous, when you said Nicaragua. Here again, this is something upon which the national security interests, I just - I will not comment."

— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan (press conference, Washington, February 13th 1983)

"Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or "disappeared", at the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often than not, the United States shares the blame."

— Amnesty International, in an annual report on US military aid & human rights.

1983 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader James Watt resigns as Reagan's Secretary of the Interior after referring to his appointment of "a black... a woman, two Jews & a cripple". Devastation of natural resources continues unabated.

1983 -- US navy SEALs land in Corinto, Nicaragua & destroy oil tanks.

1983 --

"I'd tell them to just say no."

— Beloved & Starstruck Comrade Leader Acting First Lady Nancy Reagan, introducing the magic words that will make the nation's drug problem go away.

Collage by SaintMeister James Koehnline

1983 -- US-supported contra terrorists dynamite Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua again.

1983 -- Nicaragua: US-trained contras massacre 47 villagers at Pantasma.

1983 -- US: Mary Francis Berry, professor of history & law at Howard University, & two other members of the Civil Rights Commission are fired by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronald Reagan. Considered a champion of minority concerns on the Commission, Berry charges the administration with attempting to "shut up" criticism. Berry sues & is reinstated.

1983 -- US vetoes a UN Security Council resolution "deeply deploring" its invasion of Grenada; the vote is 11-1.

1983 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ron Reagan signs a bill to establish a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Culmination of the efforts by many civil rights organizations & entertainers to name King's birthday as a national holiday, despite opposition of many states.

1983 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan receives the annual White House Thanksgiving turkey. "You're looking at the press a lot like I do sometimes," he says to the bird, "with your mouth wide open & a total misunderstanding of everything they're asking."

1983 -- Columnist Lars-Erik Nelson after checking the citations on all 434 Congressional Medal of Honor awarded during World War II, reveals that not one of them matches the story acting President Reagan told the other day. "It's not true," writes Nelson. "It didn't happen. It's a Reagan story . . . The President of the United States went before an audience of 300 real Congressional Medal of Honor winners & told them about a make-believe Medal of Honor winner."

Responds Reagan's man, Larry Speakes, "If you tell the same story five times, it's true."

1983 -- Iraq: Reagan's special Middle East envoy Donald Rumsfeld shakes hands with Saddam & the two discussed regional issues of mutual interest, shared enmity toward Iran & Syria, & the U.S.'s efforts to find alternative routes to transport Iraq's oil.

1984 -- Reagan "cuts & runs", as the US withdraws its troops from Lebanon.

1984 -- Rita Lavelle, head of the toxic-waste program in Reagan's EPA, is sentenced to 6 months in jail.

1984 -- The Great Compassionate Communicator:

"You can't help those who simply will not be helped. One problem that we've had, even in the best of times, is people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless who are homeless, you might say, by choice."

-- President Reagan, 1/31/84, on Good Morning America, defending his administration against charges of callousness.
Glorified following his death, for what are termed his accomplishments and legacy, under Reagan people living beneath the federal poverty line rose from 24.5 million in 1978 to 32.5 million in 1988.

Reagan's budget cuts and overhaul of tax codes led to an explosion of homelessness in the U.S. during his 8 years in power.

3 Stooges & Reagan
1984 -- US: Your Vote Counts?: "They tell me I'm the most powerful man in the world. I don't believe that. Over there in the White House someplace, there's a fellow that puts a piece of paper on my desk every day that tells me what I'm going to be doing every 15 minutes. He's the most powerful man in the world."

— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan on an unidentified aide

1984 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: NBC News says Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan is preparing to fight a two-month-long nuclear war. Sorry, we have no idea who he wants for a sparring partner.

1984 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Senate Appropriations Committee rejects Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan's request for $21 million for the contra terrorists. Back in de good ol' days when American rightwingers was in favor of terrorism.

1984 -- US: If the Bikini Fits, Wear It? Beloved & Respected Comrade Acting Leader Anti-Environment Reagan agrees to cleanup Bikini Atoll of nuclear contamination so Bikinians can return (estimated 42 million). The US detonated 23 nuclear devices here — presumably winning the war there.

1984 -- Iraq: Reagan's special Middle East envoy Donald Rumsfeld tells Iraq its development of chemical weapons will not impair relations with the US (later Bush's Secretary of Defense).

Later in 1984 U.S. condemnation of chemical weapons use in the Iran-Iraq war refers to the Ayatollah Khomeini's refusal to agree to end hostilities until Saddam Hussein was ejected from power,

"The United States finds the present Iranian regime's intransigent refusal to deviate from its avowed objective of eliminating the legitimate government of neighboring Iraq to be inconsistent with the accepted norms of behavior among nations and the moral and religious basis which it claims."

According to an affidavit prepared by one of Rumsfeld's companions during his Mideast travels, former NSC staff member Howard Teicher, Rumsfeld also conveyed to Iraq an offer from Israel to provide assistance, which was rejected.

During the spring of 1984 the U.S. reconsidered policy for the sale of dual-use equipment to Iraq's nuclear program, and its "preliminary results favor[ed] expanding such trade to include Iraqi nuclear entities".

Oh, my god!
1984 -- A "Loaded Question'?:

"We have taken that question out of the game because it is distasteful in this country."

— Selchow & Righter executive John Nason confirming that the question,

"How many months pregnant was Nancy Davis when she walked down the aisle with Ronald Reagan?"

from the US version of Trivial Pursuit. (The answer: two & a half.)

"As a matter of fact, Nancy never had any interest in politics or anything else when we got married."

--- Ronald Reagan

1984 -- US Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger says "The United States is not mining the harbors of Nicaragua" (a lie).

1984 -- US: One day after his administration announced it will not recognize the Worlds Court's jurisdiction over the mining of Nicaraguan harbors, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader acting President Reagan proclaims May 1 as "Law Day USA."

Sez the prez: "Without law, there can be no freedom, only chaos & disorder."

1984 -- Saboteurs from the US land in the Gulf of Fonseca.

1984 -- 3 Strikes You're Out: World Court rules US mining of Nicaraguan harbors violates international law, orders US to stop.

1984 -- US Pres. Reagan meets with henchman Salvadoran President-elect Jose Duarte, Wash.

Named to the ruling military junta in 1980, which later named him president. He was forced from office (1982) when the government turned to the far right. With strong U.S. backing (a favorite US "moderate"), he became president again (1984), but failed in his promises to achieve land reform, stem death squad activity, & negotiate with the leftist rebels.

In 1980 a state of siege had been instituted in El Salvador, and the war against the population began in force (with continued US support and involvement).

Peasants were the main victims of this war, along with labor organizers, students, priests or anyone suspected of working for the interests of the people. In Carter's last year, 1980, the death toll reached about 10,000, rising to about 13,000 for 1981 as the Reaganites took command.

The role of the "moderate" Duarte was to provide a fig leaf for the military rulers and ensure them a continuing flow of US funding after the armed forces had raped and murdered four churchwomen from the US.

In March 1981, 15 specialists in counterinsurgency were sent to El Salvador from the US Army School of Special Forces to form the Atlacatl Battalion (an elite unit created, trained and equipped by the United States). The Battalion was engaged in mass murder. A US trainer described its soldiers as "particularly ferocious....We've always had a hard time getting them to take prisoners instead of ears."

In December 1981, the Battalion took part in an operation in which over a thousand civilians were killed in an orgy of murder, rape and burning. Later it was involved in the bombing of villages and murder of hundreds of civilians by shooting, drowning and other methods. The vast majority of victims were women, children and the elderly.

It was this same Battalion which in November 1989, murdered six Jesuit priests, their cook and her daughter.

See Noam Chomsky's "The Crucifixion of El Salvador",

1984 -- US: Right-wing Contra Eden Pastora admits receiving illegal CIA aid during Reagan/Oliver North adminstration.

1984 -- US House committee releases a report on the Reagan campaign's theft of Carter briefing materials.

1984 -- US & Honduras begin joint military maneuvers.

1984 -- Nicaragua: Contra terrorists, US flunkies called "freedom fighters" by Reagan Republicans, slaughter civilians & loot Ocotal. Source=Robert Braunwart

1984 -- Spank Me?: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan complains about daughter Patti's liberal comments about marijuana usage & pre-marital cohabitation.

"I'm just sorry that spanking is out of fashion now,"

says Reagan — though it is unclear how long he has had this urge to spank a "child" in her 30s.

1984 -- Nancy Reagan first says "Just say no". We know she can't be referring to sex (given her & Ron's shotgun wedding) so she must mean drugs.

1984 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan claims that his environmental record is "one of the best kept secrets" of his Presidency.

When a reporter asks where Anne Burford fits in that record, Larry Speakes steps forward & orders the lights turned off.

Reagan, believed by many to be the most powerful man on the planet, stands behind his aide, saying, "My guardian says I can't talk."

1984 -- US: Stymied by a reporter's question about arms control during a Santa Barbara photo-op, acting Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan stands silently for several seconds, grunting & shrugging, until Nancy, beside him, shielding her mouth with her hand, mutters, "We're doing the best we can."

Says the august leader of the free world, instantly: "We're doing the best we can."

1984 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan signs a law prohibiting public high schools from barring students who wish to assemble for religious or political purposes outside of school hours.

1984 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ronnie Reagan announces the "Exploding Teacher in Space" project. He was also big on building a Neutron bomb.

Modern kitchen
1984 --

"Anyone that's ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would."

— President Reagan justifying the incomplete security measures at the US embassy annex in Beirut, where an iron gate was lying on the ground awaiting installation

"Anyone that's ever had their kitchen done over knows that the process is nothing at all like trying to stop somebody from driving a truckload of explosives into your house."

— Columnist Russell Baker

1984 -- Honduras suspends the training of Salvadoran soldiers on its territory.

1984 -- Salvadoran Pres. Duarte proposes amnesty for political crimes.

1984 -- Reagan creates a National Space Commission to prepare a 20-year agenda. A real space cadet he.

1984 -- US: The Associated Press reports the existence of a CIA-prepared terrorist manual advising rightwing Nicaraguan rebels how to blackmail unwilling citizens into supporting their cause, how to arrange the deaths of fellow rebels to create martyrs & how to kidnap & kill (or as the manual puts it, "neutralize") government officials.

"Come the counterrevolution, there will be a massacre in Nicaragua. We have a lot of scores to settle. There will be bodies from the border to Managua."

--- Contra officer, Newsweek, November 8, 1982

The manual was first revealed by the Baltimore Sun in January, but the US Media, including the Washington Post & the NY Times buried it. The manual was watered down in 1985 because of the stink that erupted in October 1984. That "psychological operations" manual advocated "selective use of violence" to "neutralize" civilian opponents & arranging other deaths for political advantage.

1984 -- Who Supports Terrorism?
“Death squads have been created and used by the CIA around the world — particularly the Third World — since the late 1940s, a fact ignored by the elite-owned media.”
— Ralph McGehee former CIA analyst

See A Timeline of CIA Atrocities by Steve Kangas

Native Americans barred by American Flag
1984 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting US President Nancy Reagun... astrologist Jeanne Dixon...ah, er, uh... Ron Reagan vetoes bill to improve Federal health care for American Indian reservations.

"Maybe we should not have humored them when they asked to live on reservations. Maybe we should have said, No, come join us. Be citizens along with the rest of us."

— acting President Ronald Reagan during a trip to Moscow, when a student asked about US treatment of Native Americans

1984 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan explains that the word "neutralize" in the CIA terrorist manual — which he, of course, has not read — merely means "remove from office," not "assassinate."

& how does one remove an unwanted official?

"You just say to the fellow that sitting there in the office, you're not in the office anymore."

1984 -- US: Trust Me?: Reagan's rightwing regime falsely accuses Nicaragua of importing Soviet MIGs. Not bad intelligence for a country that is spending 179 Gazillion Buckaroonies a day for "intelligence" services & spy satellites.

1984 --

"Sam, I'm not gonna take any questions in this photo opportunity here. I'm just thinkin' of looking pretty for the cameras."

— Bad Acting President Reagan & Rightwing Think-Tank Darling to Talking Head Sam Donaldson

1985 -- US military C-130A transport crashes on the coast of Honduras -- 21 die.

1985 -- Reagan speaks to 70,000 at a Washington, DC antiabortion rally.

1985 -- 20 countries (but not the US) sign a UN treaty outlawing torture.

1985 -- British PM Thatcher addresses the US Congress, lauds Reagan's policies.

1985 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader James Watt says he had never heard of the Holocaust until he became US secretary of the interior (under Reagan, of course) ("New Republic").

1985 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President President Ronald Reagan says Nicaraguan contra murderers, torturers, rapists & bandits are "the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers."

1985 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Congress approves 21 more MX missiles - $1.5 billion of Reagan toys.

1985 -- US: Congress rejects Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Reagan's appeal for support for Nicaragua contras.

Reagan's administration takes to the high ground, staking out the low ground. Rife with moral neuters & criminals from top to bottom, it secretly provides illegal aid. Involves the White House, the CIA, the military & various other government departments. Apparently one must destroy democracy to preserve democracy...

1985 -- The Reagan cabinet approves a cut of 80,000 federal jobs.

1985 -- Reagan says the pope supports the contras, but the pope denies it.

1985 -- US House defeats Reagan's requested contra aid 303-123.

1985 -- US: Ronnie Reagan declares trade embargo against Nicaragua.

Beloved & Respected Comrade Leading Presidental Actor Reagan imposes a near-total embargo on the people of Nicaragua, abrogating the US treaty of friendship with Nicaragua. (Somoza's torturers are US friends, the popular government is not.)

So much for rightwing touting of "free trade".

1985 -- Pres. Reagan pays his respects at a Nazi military cemetery in Germany.

"Springtime for Hitler & Germany,
Winter for Poland & France.
Deutchland is on the rise again,
Bombs are dropping from the skies again."

— Mel Brooks, The Producer

1985 -- Nicaragua: Reagan's trade embargo against goes into force. A "Free World" thing.Source=Robert Braunwart

1985 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan & Senate agree to compromise, limiting MX missiles to 50.

1985 -- Pope & MafiaWed?: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan bestows the Medal of Freedom -- America's highest civilian award -- on the otherwise rarely paired duet: Mother Teresa & Mafiosa sidekick Frank Sinatra (!).

Ron & Nancy
1985 -- US: "Vanity Fair" magazine, with a photo of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ronnie "Where's My Brain" Reagan & First Lady Nancy "Where's My Astrologer" smooching on the cover, are removed from sale.

"Who needs astrology? The wise man gets by on fortune cookies. "

Ed Abbey

1985 -- US: Rubbing Salt in the Wound? US: Senate votes to ask Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Reagan to stay within SALT II treaty limits.

1985 -- US: "Doonesbury" satirizes Reagan's Medal of Freedom award to mafia pal Frankie Sinatra.

1985 -- El Salvador: Contingent of armed gunmen opens fire on an outdoor restaurant in a posh district of San Salvador known as the Zona Rosa. 13 killed, including four US Marines & two US businessmen. A radio broadcast of June 24, Radio Venceremos, says,
"If U.S. Army members & CIA agents died in San Salvador, it was because they came to attack our people. No one had summoned them; they died as a result of the interventionist policy carried out by President Reagan, whose intervention grows day by day. Reagan will have to assume full responsibility for his deeds."

1985 -- El Salvador: Freedom fighters kill 13, including four US marines.

1985 -- George A. Romero movie "Day of the Dead" is released. Surprisingly it does not star Reagan.

1985 -- Reagan budget director David Stockman announces his resignation.

1985 -- US: Colonization? Doctors discover cancerous growth in Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Reagan's colon. While the doctors admit this isn't the first asshole they've seen, he's possibly the biggest.

1985 -- Doctors discover a cancerous growth in US Pres. Reagan's colon (they just keep polyping up...)

1985 -- Reagan is operated on to remove a cancerous intestinal polyp. VP George Bush is officially acting US president for 8 hours. A prelude to worse.

1985 -- Reagan meets with Bush, Schultz, Weinberger, McFarland & Regan to discuss sending illegal arms to the contras; Bush later lies, claiming he was not present.

1985 -- Pres. Reagan's spokesman Larry Speakes tells reporters "If you look very carefully at my words, you will find that there is a substantial body of accurate information there"; reporters laugh.

1985 -- USSR begins a unilateral nuclear-testing moritorium; US rejects it.

1985 -- Pres. Reagan claims South Africa has eliminated racial segregation. (Lies, lies, lies.)

1985 -- US: To avert Senate passage of South African sanctions, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting Wide Awake Reagan announces more restrained sanctions. (11 western nations have already imposed sanctions.)

1985 -- Pres. Reagan reluctantly imposes minor sanctions on South Africa.

1985 -- Israel: US TOW antitank missiles sent to Iran by Israel in Iran-Contra Deal. Part of the Reagan regime's illegal activities involving his "shadow" government; publicly & sanctimoniously he was denouncing other governments for having any relations with this axis of evil.

1985 -- Star-Struck?: US & USSR reach a tentative agreement on a world-wide ban of medium-range nuclear missiles. Hopes of reducing the number of missiles soon ended in Iceland when Soviet Premier Gorbachev called for a limit on the development of "Star Wars" weapons & Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ronnie Reagan refuses.

"I thought that Le Duc Tho had discovered some hidden physical attraction for me. He couldn't keep his hands off me."

— Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Nobel Peace Prize Winner Henry Kissinger revealing a little-known aspect of the Vietnam peace talks

1985 -- Nicaragua confiscates first issue of "Iglesia" for failure to register.

1985 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Repected Comrade Leader Acting Pres. Reagan claims Russian contains no word for "freedom" (wrong).

1985 -- US: Carpetbagger? Toasting Princess Diana on her first visit to America, Acting President Reagan refers to her as "Princess David."

Better yet, observes a BBC correspondent,

"President Reagan greeted the Prince & Princess wearing a plaid jacket that was remarkably similar to the carpet at Balmoral Castle."

Killing Time
1986 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Ronnie Reagan imposes economic sanctions on Libya for its role in international terrorism, "Free-Market" effort to corner the market.

"Now we are trying to get unemployment to go up & I think we're going to succeed"

— Ronald Reagan, precursor to the half-wit George Bush (Sr., Jr., etc.)

1986 -- Pres. Reagan announces economic sanctions against Libya.

1986 -- US Pres. Reagan signs a secret order permitting sale of arms to Iran.
"A few months ago, I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and evidence tell me it is not."

— Reagan, March '87

1986 -- Reagan addresses 36,000 antiabortion protesters at the White House.

1986 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Grenada: Beloved & Respected Comrade Castro Reagan visits this US-occupied country & inaugurates a Cuban-built airport. A fine tribute to Free Market Communism...

1986 -- US: Though the comments are on tape, acting Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Reagan denies that he called reporters "sons-of bitches" for asking questions at a photo op. Presidential mouthpiece Larry Speakes claims Reagan said, "It's sunny & you're rich."

Acid Cube
1986 -- Singing in the Rain? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Reagan & Canada's Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Mulroney finally agree on acid rain actions.

1986 -- US: Reagan administration claims 1,500 Nicaraguan troops have invaded Honduras (a lie).

1986 -- US: Smog-Brains? The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors votes to lobby the US Congress to rename the Angeles National Forest the "Reagan National Forest." Says Sierra Club spokesman Bob Hattoy,

"Naming a national forest after Ronnie Reagan is like naming a day care center after W C Fields."

1986 -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors votes to ask Congress to rename the Los Angeles National Forest the "Reagan National Forest."

1986 -- Reagan administration cuts US economic aid to Nicaragua.
"They haven't been there. I have."

—Reagan, '85, justifying his policies on Nicaragua.

Ronald Reagan had never visited Nicaragua.

1986 -- In Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, an examination of bizarre neurological disorders, is an account of oppositely impaired patients — aphasiacs who can't understand spoken words, but do take in information from extraverbal cues, & tonal agnosiacs who understand the actual words, but miss their emotional content — watching a speech by Acting President Reagan.

"It was the grimaces, the histrionisms, the false gestures &, above all, the false tones & cadences of the voice," writes Sacks, which caused the word-deaf aphasiacs to laugh hysterically at the Great Communicator, while one agnosiac, relying entirely on the actual words, sat in stony silence, concluding that "he is not cogent ... his word-use is improper" & suspecting that "he has something to conceal."

"Here then," writes Sacks "was the paradox of the President's speech. We normals — aided, doubtless, by our wish to be fooled were indeed well & truly fooled ... & so cunningly was deceptive word-use combined with deceptive tone, that only the brain-damaged remain intact, undeceived."

1986 -- Libya: US aircraft attacks five "terrorist" locations, killing numerous civilians, in Tripoli & Benghazi, & assassinating the daughter of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Qaddafi. The Reagan troika took a poll before, & found that 66% of Americans approved of killing babies. Pretext is a terrorist act in Germany flimsily attributed to a Libyan-trained group which today remains in dispute (including possible CIA involvement).

1986 -- Mark Slackmeyer of "Doonesbury" broadcasts "Sleaze on Parade," a list of Reaganite "back-scratchers, till-dippers, & conscience-cutters."

1986 -- Greatest Reagan 1-month budget deficit occurs this month of May, $39.4 billion.

1986 -- US: Columnist Nicholas von Hoffman expresses skepticism about Nancy Reagan's anti-drug campaign. Noting the First Lady's "dead eyes & death mask smile," he asks,

"Can you think of a well known American with less chance to influence the green-haired, angel-dusted, coke-sniffing teen-agers prancing through the school corridors than this prissy inanimate lady?"

1986 -- 7 million Americans join in Hands Across America for the homeless. We suspect this did not include the The Great Compassionate Communicator.

"You can't help those who simply will not be helped. One problem that we've had, even in the best of times, is people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless who are homeless, you might say, by choice."

-- President Reagan, 1/31/84, on Good Morning America, defending his administration against charges of callousness.
Glorified following his death, for what are termed his accomplishments and legacy, there is one term that was rose to prominence during Reagan's time in power that is seldom mentioned.

That is "homelessness." Reagan's budget cuts and overhaul of tax codes led to an explosion of homelessness in the U.S. during his 8 years in power.

Under Reagan, the number of people living beneath the federal poverty line rose from 24.5 million in 1978 to 32.5 million in 1988.

1986 -- US: Doctors remove two small benign polyps from US Pres. Reagan's colon.

1986 -- US: Pres. Reagan defends his judicial appointments; presumably this includes a dork named Bork..

1986 -- World Court rules Reagan policies toward Nicaragua are terrorist.

Statue of Liberty....'Never Mind'
1986 -- Pres. Reagan presides over relighting of renovated Statue of Liberty during a gala weekend; on the 5th Nancy Reagan officially reopens the Statue of Liberty, cutting red, white & blue ribbon.

Broadcast rights were sold to ABC for $10 million, and the network sold $30 million worth of commercial spots. 1,000 members of the media from 40 nations joining President Reagan on Governors Island for Miss Liberty's grand unveiling, while celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Neil Diamond participated in the salute. Reagan led a chorus of "America the Beautiful" and presented Medals of Liberty to twelve naturalized Americans, including Irving Berlin, Bob Hope, Henry Kissinger, Dr. Albert Sabin and Itzhak Perlman.

1986 -- Ed Meese's pornography commission links hard-core porn to sex crimes. No mention of the Catholic Church & its priests.

1986 -- Reagan Chief of Staff Donald Regan says the US cannot impose sanctions on South Africa because

US women will not "give up all their jewelry"

1986 -- "Variety" reports that RCA dropped singer John Denver after the release of his single "What Are We Making Weapons For" because the record upset weapons contractor GE, RCA's new owner.

1986 -- Reagan administration vetoes a resolution calling for Security Council to support the World Court's decision in favor of Nicaragua over US.

1986 -- US: Having announced his administration's election-year effort to seem tough on drugs, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan is asked if this means he is taking over the anti-drug movement from Nancy. Grinning, he responds, "Do I look like an idiot?"

1986 -- US Senate votes for Reagan's SDI project ("Star Wars").

1986 -- Oliver North tells the House Intelligence Committee he's not helping to arm the contras (a lie), & then reports back to VP George Bush.

1986 -- US: "When the chapter on how America won the war on drugs is written, the Reagans' speech is sure to be viewed as a turning point."

— White House announcement of an upcoming anti-drug speech amusingly billed as the Reagans' first "joint address"

1986 -- US: Sitting on a couch in the White House living quarters, the Reagans, in their first joint address, urge a "national crusade" against the "cancer of drugs." Afterward, the President — who will cut funding for anti-drug programs as soon as the election is over — squeezes his wife's hand reassuringly.

1986 -- US: Congress overrides Reagan's veto & passes South African sanctions. This is a culmination of efforts by Trans-Africa's Randall Robinson, Rep. Mickey Leland & others, begun almost two years earlier with Robinson's arrest in front of the South African Embassy in Washington, DC.

1986 -- Muslim kidnappers of Terry Anderson (American journalist taken hostage March 16, 1985) release a videotape in which he accuses the Reagan administration of blocking his release. Anderson is not released by his pro-Iranian kidnappers until 1991.

While Secretary of State George Shultz was in NY engaged in final negotiations to secure the release of journalist Nicholas S. Daniloff from the Soviet Union, he was refusing to meet with Peggy Say, Terry Anderson's sister.

Say said she was told by Shultz's aides that he was too busy to meet with her.

Shultz did find the time, however, to play tennis with Ivan Lendl while he was in New York City. His tennis match with Lendl was reported on the local TV newscasts.

Say also has been having difficulty recently in securing meetings with other top administration officials. In the past, she has met with President Reagan and Vice President Bush, although she said it took her over a year to get those meetings.

The Reagan Administration's position from the time of Anderson's capture has been that it does not negotiate with terrorists. (a lie)

1986 -- Iceland: Two-day summit between Gorbachev & Reagan ends.

1986 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting Prez Ron Reagan vetoes a bill that would impose trade sanctions on apartheid regime of South Africa.

1986 -- US evangelist Pat Robertson urges canceling Hallowe'en, as "satanic".

1986 -- US: Three days after Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ron Reagan's veto, & days before an election, U.S. House of Representatives votes to override veto on a bill to impose trade sanctions against South Africa. Empty, symbolic gesture, as the Senate does not follow suit.

1986 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Lebanon: Pro-Iranian Lebanese terrorists free David Jacobsen (US) after 17 mos. after Beloved & Repected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan pays ransom to Iran with weapons for his release.

While shipping arms to Iran illegally violates an American embargo, dealing with terrorists also violates Reagan's campaign promise never to do so.

Ironically, Reagan's election win over Carter (& the start of the Iran-Iraq war in September 1980) secured their release, which occurred the day of Reagan's inauguration, when he released $8 billion in Iranian assets.

Fawn, works for Sams Loans
1986 -- Lebanon: Buy Now, Admit Later? A Lebanese magazine reports the US has been secretly & illegally selling arms to Iran in the hope of securing the release of American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon. Three days later, US intelligence sources confirm the operation, & six days after that, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronny Reagan admits he was aware of the arms-for-hostages sale.

1986 -- US: Iran-Contra scandal begins to break in US. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan says "The speculation [that the US has sold arms to Iran] has no foundation." (A lie.)

1986 -- US: Discussing President Reagan's upcoming press conference, Larry Speakes tells reporters, "We can guess 99 out of a 100 times the questions that you guys pose." "Yeah" says Talking Head Sam Donaldson, "but you can never guess what he's gonna answer."

1986 -- US: Wars Go Better With Coke? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Lt. Col. Oliver North fired by the Reagan White House for being too.....Ollie. Can't spell Nuremberg? Bill Clinton takes heart: Ollie was never actually imprisoned for lying to Congress. Today, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US Attorney General Meese reveals Oliver North's covert operation to divert profits from illegal Iranian arms sales to Nicaraguan contras; Lt. Col. Oliver North resigns from the National Security Council; North's secretary Fawn Hall steals documents from sealed NSC offices in the White House by hiding them inside her skirt; national security adviser Adm. Poindexter resigns (I'll be back!); CIA agent Alan Fiers tells Congress he knew nothing about the diversion of Iran arms money to the contras (a lie).

Sales for some novelty toys don't always sizzle.

In summer 1987, after Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North's testimony captivated the nation during the Iran-Contra hearings, a San Francisco couple lost $30,000 trying to market a doll based on this disgrace to America.

By Christmas, the couple announced plans to recover their loss by taking the Oliver North head off the doll's body & replacing it with a likeness of Mikhail Gorbachev, at the time the popular Soviet leader.

1986 -- US Senator Laxalt announces Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan "is going to be in high visibility" in coming days "to demonstrate to the country that he's fully in charge."

Says a White House aide of Laxalt's statement, "When we heard it, we all cracked up."

"The White House has always attracted the mentally ill."

— Secret Service agent Vincent Charles

1987 -- Four noncancerous polyps are removed from US Pres. Reagan's colon.

1987 -- US: "Fiscal conservative" & "Free-marketeer" Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Reagan produced the nation's first trillion-dollar budget, projecting 1988 outlays of $1,024.3 billion, revenues of $916.6 billion, & a deficit of $107.8 billion.

Oddly, the rich get richer & the poor get poorer.

1987 -- Pres. Reagan produces the first trillion-dollar budget in US history.

"Taxes should hurt. I just mailed my own tax return last night and I am prepared to say 'ouch!' as loud as anyone."

— Reagan, '70, after approving California's largest tax increase in history.

Reporters soon pointed out that Reagan didn't pay a cent on state taxes that year. For all his talk about shrinking government, California's state budget more than doubled under his governorship, from $4.6 billion to $10.2 billion.

1987 -- US: NBC reports that John Poindexter told Donald Regan he'd condoned the diversion of "Iran-contra funds" because he "felt sorry for the contras." Does not hint at the rogue "shadow" government created by Reagan's administration designed to contravene the US Constitution, Congress & American law.

1987 -- US: Time reports a White House aide defended Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan's work habits by revealing he sent a secretary a hand-written thank-you note for a get-well poem:

"It shows he's up there doing things," said the aide.

"It shows that he's extremely responsive & willing to get down into the details."

1987 -- The US says a Bible inscribed by Reagan was given to Iranian leaders.

1987 -- Reagan White House approves the supercollider.

1987 -- Pres. Reagan's veto of the Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress.

1987 -- US: Former Reagan national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide.

1987 -- Reagan national security advisor Robert McFarlane attempts suicide over discovery of his Iran-contra crimes.

1987 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Reagan tells the Tower Commission he did not approve arms sales to Iran (a lie).

1987 -- Reagan opposes ratification of changes in the Geneva POW treaty.

1987 -- US: The Tower Commission Report, detailing the Iran-Contra Scandal, finds Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ronnie Reagan confused & uninformed. It faults White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan, former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane & his successor Admiral John Poindexter, & CIA Director William Casey. Casey had resigned on 2 February for health reasons; McFarlane attempted suicide on 9 February; & Regan resigned 27 February.

Ron E. Neumann

1987 -- US: At his first press conference in 4 months, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Reagan assures the public he won't be forgetting any more important things because "we now have quite a system installed of people taking notes, you know, at all our meetings & all our doings." [Jeanne Dixon?] As for his shattered credibility, he declares that he's "not going to tell falsehoods to the American people. I'll leave that to others."

1987 -- US: Doonesbury explores Beloved & Respected Comrade Acting President Reagan's brain (again). Man is obviously armed with a microscope.

1987 -- US: Benjamin Linder, an American volunteer engineer from Seattle, Washington is murdered by U.S.-sponsored Contras (characterized by then-Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Pres. Reagan as "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers") while working on a hydroelectric project in rural Nicaragua. In America we do not call the Contras or any other rightwing terrorists terrorists.

Rudolf Abel
1987 -- US: Closet Commie? Former Reagan National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane is asked why he failed to protest foolhardy administration policy.

"If I'd done that," he explains, "Bill Casey, Jeane Kirkpatrick & Cap Weinberger would have said I was some kind of Commie."

1987 -- High Seas: Plain to Sea? 37 sailors killed aboard the USS Stark when the ship — in the Persian Gulf to protect Iraq's ally Kuwait's oil tankers from Iranian attack — is hit by an Exocet missile fired by an Iraqi fighter jet. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Reagan later refers to the Stark as "the plane". Iraq calls it an accident. Stark's officers were found negligent on 14 June. US ships were escorting Kuwaiti oil tankers to the Gulf, reflagging them for the US.

1987 -- Reagan Labor Sec. Ray Donovan is acquitted of fraud & grand larceny, NY. Hey! See, not everyone in the Reagan administration is a crook.

1987 -- US: Prime-Time? Acting President Reagan defender Alan Simpson denies reports of increasing presidential out-of-itness. "I even saw him do a cowboy doodle the other day," he says. "He used to do that when he was in his prime."

1987 -- Reagan nominates right-winger Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. He is rejected in October by the Senate.

1987 -- A smirking Lt. Col. Oliver North begins public testimony at Iran-contra hearings.

1987 -- Oliver North tells Congress he shredded Iran-contra evidence.

1987 -- Nicaragua: In their first major action since Oliver North's efforts to make them folk heroes ('Ollie's Folly'), the Contras kill three children & a pregnant woman.

Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Ronald Reagan illegally & surreptiously financed these Contras, & urged American citizens to aid them, bizarrely comparing them to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade of the 1930's (Americans who fought against Franco & his fascist insurgents). These are the same Contras who ran a drug ring to finance their attempt to overthrow the government. In America we call this the "War on Drugs".

1987 -- Reagan aide Lyn Nofzinger is indicted for influence peddling.

1987 -- US begins escorting reflagged Kuwaiti tankers in the Persian Gulf .

1987 -- Pres. Reagan signs the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act.

1987 -- US Attorney General Edwin Meese tells the Iran-Contra committee that Pres. Reagan was "quite surprised" when told about illegal diversions.

1987 -- Former White House chief of staff Donald Regan tells the Iran-Contra committee he urged Pres. Reagan to end arms sales to Iran.

1987 -- US Senate votes to allow the former hospital at SF's Presidio army base to be used as an AIDS treatment center; Reagan threatens a veto.

1987 -- Pres. Reagan says he will step up the war against drug traffickers.

1987 -- US Congress votes to ban federal funding for AIDS education to organizations that "promote homosexuality".

1987 -- First military use of trained dolphins, by US navy in the Persian Gulf.

1987 -- US: B-a-a-d to the Bone?: Senate rejects Acting President Reagan's nomination of Bobby Bork to the Supreme Court. Judiciary Committee found Bork unfit, due to insensitivity to individual rights & liberties.

Despite terrifying rumors his replacement will be Orrin Hatch, Robert Bork is rejected by the largest Senate margin ever, 58-42. Says one observer of Bork's failure to win over undecided senators,

"The dogs just didn't like the food."

1987 -- 19 people at the University of Vermont are arrested protesting the CIA's exclusion of gays & lesbians.

Carmen Miranda
1987 -- US: In a PBS AIDS special hosted by Beloved & Respected Comrade Bad Acting Ron Reagan, singer Ruben Blades uses a banana to demonstrate how to put on a condom. The International Banana Association protests, claiming that the "unsavory" combination will damage the industry.

1987 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Reagan & Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Soviet Premier Gorbachev met in Washington, D.C. & sign an agreement calling for the dismantling of all 1,752 U.S. & 859 Soviet missiles with a 300-3,400 mile range.

1988 -- Bush gives sworn testimony to prosecutors on the Iran-contra affair.

1988 -- Germany arrests Christine Endrigkeit for the 1986 disco bombing that Reagan bombed Libya for.

1988 -- Center for Constitutional Rights reveals the FBI had under surveillance a number of organizations critical of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Reagan administration policies in Central America & support of the terrorist contras.
[Details, click here]

1988 -- US: Sam Donaldson broadcasts excerpts from Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader acting President Reagan's private schedule for the day — a document that includes a completer script for everything he is to say in private meetings.

Among the "talking points" suggested: "Bob I appreciate you & your colleagues coming down today," "I want to thank all of you for your input," "God bless you all" & "Otis, what are your thoughts?"


1988 -- US: In A Fix? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader NYC Mayor Koch calls Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Reagan a "WIMP" in the war on drugs. Apparently the CIA drug warlords aren't pumping enough drugs into the US.

1988 -- US: Reagan eliminates trade preferences for Panama  & withholds canal fees.

1988 -- US: White House spokesman Larry Speakes says he made up quotes for Reagan because the president "had almost nothing to say".

1988 -- US: Reagan sends more than 3,000 additional US soldiers to Honduras; meanwhile a grand jury indicts North, Secord, Hakim & Poindexter in Iran-contra scandal.

1988 -- Donald Regan book For the Record is released (about Reagan politics).

1988 -- The Great Compassionate Communicator:
"You know, if I listened to him long enough, I would be convinced that we're in an economic downturn, and that people are homeless, and people are going without food and medical attention, and that we've got to do something about the unemployed."

-- President Reagan, 6/8/88, accusing Michael Dukakis of misleading campaign rhetoric.

1988 -- Where'd My Stash Go? Pres. Reagan institutes random drug testing for White House employees.

1988 -- US Navy kills 290 civilians.

The USS Vincennes ( one of the Navy's ultra-sophisticated computer-supported Aegis cruisers) "accidentally" blows an Iranian airliner out of the sky, says it mistook it for an F-14 jet fighter. The Pentagon refuses to discipline anybody (see 19 August) & claims the passenger plane was outside its commercial air corridor & descending toward the ship — but on 5 July it is revealed it was well within its corridor — & ascending.


In a final "spin", Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Reagan calls the incident an "understandable accident." Though reliable reports say the Soviet downing of KAL 007 was also inadvertent, he insists there is "no comparison" between the events.

Says George Bush, "I will never apologize for the United States of America! I don't care what the facts are!"

1988 -- US: Post Haste? American government offers apologies & reparations to Japanese- American citizens interned during World War II. H.R. 442 is signed into law by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leading Actor President Ronald Reagan. It provides for individual payments of $20,000 to each surviving internee & a $1.25 billion education fund.

After 40 years of sweeping a brutal chapter of U.S. history under the carpet, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Large Shrub is pressured to sign a law compensating victims of U.S. internment camps, where more than 100,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast were held during WWII. In February 1942, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Franklin Roosevelt authorized the internment, & Japanese Americans were imprisoned in remote desert areas.

Hawaii's 150,000 Japanese Americans were spared internment when the business community, media, local governments & general population rushed to their support. But Japanese Americans on the mainland were isolated.

White farmers viewed them as competitors & openly admitted they wanted their land. The Los Angeles Times questioned their loyalty & echoed local radio, branding them potential spies.

1988 -- Iran & Iraq begin talks to end their 8-year war; Iraq gasses Kurds near the Turkish border.

1988 -- Source=Robert Braunwart UN: Daniel Ortega speech lists 31 US interventions in Central America from 1855 to 1981 (Actually there were at least 40 US military interventions in Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean in those years).
Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President & a magnifient scholar, Ronnie Reagan says, in September 1990,

"We have never interfered in the internal government of a country".

1988 -- Honduras asks the UN to expel Nicaraguan contra terrorists from its territory.

The Jetsons
1988 -- US: Space Cadet? Welcoming the crew of the space shuttle Discovery to the White House, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting Prez Ronnie Reagan wonders aloud how long it will be before "the children of America turn to their parents & say, Gee Mom & Dad, Can I borrow the spaceship tonight?"

1988 -- The Great Communicator signs a bill establishing the US National Institute on Deafness & Other Communication Disorders.

1988 -- US: Fools Rush In? At O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan signs a measure providing for US participation in an anti-genocide treaty signed by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Buck Truman in 1948.

1988 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader acting President Reagan — whose tenure oddly coincides with a huge increase in the homeless population — uses his last interview to again claim many of the unfortunates are homeless by "their own choice," as must be many of the jobless, since Sunday papers are full of want ads. (Asked how an actor could handle the Presidency, Reagan says he wondered "how you could do this job & not be an actor.")

1989 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Reagan pardons Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Nixon.

1989 -- US: What You Mean by Alive? Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Reagan becomes the first US President elected in a "0" year (since 1840) to leave office alive. Don't you believe it.

1989 -- UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a "deliberate fraud."

1989 -- Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" wins song-of-the-year Grammy.

Oliver North, criminal
1989 -- US: Lt. Colonel Oliver North is on trial for illegally selling weapons to "moderate elements" in Iran (of all places!) so that unlimited funding would still be available for the CIA's illegal & undeclared war against Nicaragua; today federal prosecutor Walsh agrees to drop conspiracy charges against North.

It is clear that the intent of all parties involved in the litigation is to suppress information that might suggest, not to mention prove, just how deeply ex-President, ex-actor Reagan & President (ex-CIA head) Bush were involved in this subversion of the Constitution.

"Elsewhere in the U.S. writers famous & obscure rallied in support of Salman Rushdie, with some daring Iran to kill them along with the author of The Satanic Verses."

— Newspaper account.

1989 -- Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

1989 -- HUD Sec. Kemp blames Reagan & Pierce for multibillion-dollar scandal.
"How are you, Mr. Mayor? I'm glad to meet you. How are things in your city?"

– greeting Samual Pierce, his secretary of Housing and Urban Development, during a White House reception for mayors

1989 -- 7th Innning Stretch? Ex-Pres. Ronald Reagan sportscasts baseball's all-star game (1 inning). Meanwhile, American League beats National League 5-3 & Bo Jackson is named MVP.

Baseball Canto

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Watching baseball, sitting in the sun, eating popcorn,
reading Ezra Pound,
and wishing that Juan Marichal would hit a hole right through the
Anglo-Saxon tradition in the first Canto
and demolish the barbarian invaders.
When the San Francisco Giants take the field
and everybody stands up for the National Anthem,
with some Irish tenor's voice piped over the loudspeakers,
with all the players struck dead in their places
and the white umpires like Irish cops in their black suits and little
black caps pressed over their hearts,
Standing straight and still like at some funeral of a blarney bartender,
and all facing east,
as if expecting some Great White Hope or the Founding Fathers to
appear on the horizon like 1066 or 1776.

But Willie Mays appears instead,
in the bottom of the first,
? and a roar goes up as he clouts the first one into the sun and takes
off, like a footrunner from Thebes.
The ball is lost in the sun and maidens wail after him
as he keeps running through the Anglo-Saxon epic.
And Tito Fuentes comes up looking like a bullfighter
in his tight pants and small pointy shoes.
And the right field bleechers go mad with Chicanos and blacks
and Brooklyn beer-drinkers,
"Tito! Sock it to him, sweet Tito!"
And sweet Tito puts his foot in the bucket
and smacks one that don't come back at all,
and flees around the bases
like he's escaping from the United Fruit Company.
As the gringo dollar beats out the pound.
And sweet Tito beats it out like he's beating out usury,
not to mention fascism and anti-semitism.
And Juan Marichal comes up,
and the Chicano bleechers go loco again,
as Juan belts the first ball out of sight,
and rounds first and keeps going
and rounds second and rounds third,
and keeps going and hits paydirt
to the roars of the grungy populace.
As some nut presses the backstage panic button
for the tape-recorded National Anthem again,
to save the situation.

But it don't stop nobody this time,
in their revolution round the loaded white bases,
in this last of the great Anglo-Saxon epics,
in the territorio libre of Baseball.

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1989 -- Living It Up? First of 13 indictments are returned in Reagan's HUD (Housing & Urban Development) scandal.

1989 -- Reagan's doctor says he regarded AIDS "like it was measles".

1989 -- Secretaries-General of UN & OAS set Sept. 6 for disbanding of contras.

1989 -- Reagan HUD Sec. Pierce refuses to testify about corruption to Congress.

1989 -- Reagan HUD Secretary Pierce takes the 5th amendment before Congress.

1989 -- Ex-Pres. Reagan begins a $2-million huckster tour for a Japanese firm.

1990 -- Iran-contra felon Secord calls Reagan a coward for ducking blame; meanwhile Iran-contra felon Richard Secord is sentenced to 2 years probation.

1990 -- A judge orders Reagan to provide excerpts from his personal diaries to John Poindexter for use in his Iran-contra defense (the judge later reverses himself, ruling the material is not essential).

1990 -- Reagan swears he "never had any inkling" about Iran-contra connection (What WAS this guy's job, anyway? asks chronologist Robert Braunwart.)

1990 -- Ex-Pres. Reagan's videotaped testimony for Poindexter's trial is released.

1990 -- US national debt hits $3 TRILLION (tripled since Reagan took office)
This is $12,000 for every man, woman & child in the US. A little perspective - 3 trillion seconds is more than 95,000 years

1990 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader National Security Adviser Admiral John Poindexter convicted on all five felony charges in Iran-Contra Conspiracy trial. CIA Iran-Contra
One of many "patriots" involved in criminal schemes under Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Reagan's watch. Meanwhile the "LA Times" says Bush is asking for a record $30-billion spy budget. Poindexter, convicted of conspiracy, lying to Congress, defrauding the government, & destroying evidence in the Iran Contra scandal, is rehabilitated by the Dubya Bush Cabal: on February 13, 2002, he is appointed Director of the Pentagon's Information Awareness Office.

1990 -- Ralph Abernathy, US civil-rights leader, Reagan supporter, dies at 64.

"I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964."

—Reagan, '66

"They have eliminated the segregation that we once had in our own country..."

—Reagan, '85, (a lie) praising the government of P.W. Botha in South Africa, during the height of Apartheid.

1990 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Actor Ronnie Reagan's national security advisor John Poindexter is a crook, sentenced to 6 months. Source=Robert Braunwart

1990 -- US poll shows Jimmy Carter is now more popular than Ronald Reagan.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan says "We have never interfered in the internal government of a country". Yup. & the man was not only elected president, Americans loved to be regaled by his fairy tales.

1991 -- Kitty Kelley's Nancy Reagan, the Unauthorized Biography is released.

1991 -- Kitty Kelley's "Nancy Reagan" bio hits #1 on the "NY Times" list.

1991 -- Special Prosecutor Walsh says Reagan helped cover up Iran-contra.

1991 -- Ex-Pres. Abolhassan Bani-Sadr tells BBC Reagan & Bush promised arms to Iran in 1980 to DELAY the release of US hostages.

1991 -- US: Former US hostages call for a congressional investigation into the deal between the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign & Iran.

1991 -- "The Ron Reagan Show" (talk show) premiers on Fox TV.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Reagan official Elliott Abrams pleads guilty to Iran-contra crimes.

1991 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Check This Out? The Ronald Reagan presidential library (!) opens, Simi Valley, Calif. Don't know which book it contains.

1992 -- US officials say Reagan & Bush secretly provided illegal arms to Iraq.

1992 -- Former Reagan HUD official Deborah Gore Dean is indicted for corruption.

1992 -- Reagan daughter Patti Davis autobiography The Way I See It is released.

1992 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Acting President Reagan's Sec. of Defense Weinberger is indicted in Iran-contra affair. Trying to best Nixon's Guiness World Book of Records for the most crooks in an American Administration.

1992 -- Iran-contra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh releases notes by Caspa Weinberger suggesting that VP George Bush was fully aware of the Reagan administration's arms-for-hostages swap in January 1986 (The VP is caught in a lie); Caspar Weinberger is reindicted in the Iran-contra affair.

1993 -- US: Rep. Torricelli accuses Ronald Reagan of perjury about Salvadoran murders.

1993 -- A Salvadoran bishop says rightist death squads still murder & torture.

1993 -- Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader US President Clinton drops the Reagan-Bush "Star Wars" military fantasy (that is, he drops the name of this Wet Dream).

1993 -- Reagan HUD official Deborah Dean is convicted of felony fraud.

1994 -- The final Iran-contra report cites deceit by both Reagan & Bush.

1994 -- US Senator. Riegle says that the US shipped biological-warfare agents to Iraq with Reagan's approval before the Gulf War.

1994 -- US: Reagan accuses Oliver North of lying about Iran-contra crimes.

1994 -- Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis says she is proud of her nude photos in "Playboy".

1994 -- Nancy Reagan says she is pro-choice on the abortion issue.

1995 -- Reagan Interior Secretary James Watt is indicted for perjury.

1995 -- US: "Baltimore Sun" reports on murder & torture by the Reagan CIA in Honduras.

1996 -- Reagan Interior Secretary James Watt pleads guilty to jury tampering.

1996 -- US: Former Reagan Interior Secretary James Watt is fined $5,000 & five years of probation for lying to a grand jury. The plea agreement wiped out 18 felony charges against him in connection with a 1980s influence-peddling scandal at the Department of Housing and Urban Development after he left office in disgrace in 1983.

Big Willy Clinton
1998 -- Beloved & Repected Comrade Leader "Big Willy" Clinton signs a bill renaming National Airport "Reagan Nat'l Airport."

"We gotta find a way off this goddamn cop-ridden planet."

— William S. Burroughs

2000 --

Y2K preparations completed — 6 gallons of water, 12 rolls toilet paper, bottle of rum, 2 bottles of whiskey, case of wine, cord of wood & a case of canned chili.

Hey, we're ready!!

Every night we sit around the wood stove with mulled wine or hot cider & rum & sing a medley of "So Long, Mom, I'm off the drop the bomb... & "Hey, Now Utah, here we Come!!, Reagan's zonked so don't be glum..."

Happy New Year!!

[midnight Moscow time comes at 4 pm e.s.t., so get under a desk & k.y.a.g. ...]

— Flames & Flaming Babe

2001 -- US: Nancy Reagan christens the "USS Ronald Reagan" aircraft carrier.

2003 -- US: During this month Dubya reveals his bankrupt ways. As of Sept 5, 2003 the Bush administration has borrowed $1,003,000,000,000 in 1 year 11 months & 4 days.

So... for the rest of your life this is going to cost the government more than 50 billions dollars a year in interest payments. Lets compare him to the other presidents.

President Amount borrowed % of total debt interest payment per year:
G W Bush 1,003 billion 15% in 2 yrs 52 billion
Clinton 1,394 billion 20% 8 yrs 70 billion
G Bush 1,554 billion 23% 4 yrs 80 billion
Reagan 1,879 billion 28% 8 yrs 95 billion
the other 39 presidents 979 billion 14% 204 yrs 49 billion

The last 3 conservative Republican Presidents are costing 227 billion dollars a year, every year, in interest payments. & counting....

2004 -- US: Against all odds, The Search for Reagan's Brain continues...

The Reagan Legacy: Corruption, lies, war, scandal, nuclear madness, extension of the Cold War, attacks on labor & the poor, tax giveaways to the rich, huge deficits, homelessness. Reagan, an empty-headed right-winger mythologized to Biblical proportions was one of the worst presidents in US history and set the stage for the current crop of criminal lunatics who now occupy the White House.

--- Peter Werbe

See the following for a real picture.
*Reagan Did Not End the Conflict with the Soviet Union
*Greg Palast on Reagan
*William Rivers Pitt on Reagan
*"A cruel and stupid lizard"

*Reagan: Goodbye and Good Riddance
*Rating Reagan: A Bogus Legacy
*Hijacking History
*Morrissey Comments Spark Bush Fire
*Reagan's Decisive Role in Saddam Hussein's Survival
*Reagan's Shameful Legacy

Remembering Reagan cartoon by Kirk Anderson
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Some sources: Mark Green's "To Err Is Reagan"; "Ronald Reagan's Reign of Error" by Green & MacColl.

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