Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Political Facts

John F. Kennedy ordered over 1,000 Cuban cigars for personal use just hours before he made them illegal.

Sales of the Guy Fawkes mask - used by protesters all over the world as a symbol of their fight against government corruption and corporate power - all go to Time Warner.

In 1916, a US amendment was proposed to put all acts of war to a national vote. If you voted yes you would have to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army.

In ancient Athens, the worlds first democracy, they had a process called ostracism, where once a year the people could vote on the politician they thought was most destructive to the democratic process. The “winner” was banished from Athens for 10 years.

Former U.S. Congressman John Jenrette once had sex with his wife on the steps of the Capitol Building during a break in a late night Congressional session.

There was a pre-WWII movement called Technocracy, which held that scientists and engineers should take over the government and economy from politicians and economists. The leader of the movement was known as the Great Engineer.

The Queen of England, who once enjoyed extensive powers and authority over almost the whole world, and despite all her present majesty and glory, is not allowed to enter the House of Commons simply because she is not its member!

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48 comments :

  1. Politicians are nothing if not diligent.. in being hipocritcal and deceitful.

    Have a wonderful day! big hugs xoxo

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    1. I agree Barb and it's both sides of the aisle too. :(

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  2. I'm shocked that a congressman had sex with his wife. :)

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    1. Ann you crack me up. Yes you do. :)

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  3. Now those are some interesting facts. And Ann's comment is funny!

    Big hugs, honey...

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    1. Ann stole the show today honey. Big hugs. :)

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  4. Those are some mighty interesting facts; Silly congressmen and women. You did make the Person laugh out loud. Take care and have a great Tuesday.

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    1. There is so much fodder when you're talking politics.

      You have a great Tuesday too Marg. Scritches to all the babies. :)

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  5. I'm shocked that he was able to have sex at all and that it was his wife. Ha,ha,ha. I don't understand about the Queen. To me she is just a woman with a title. I've got a title, Cruisin Paul. Can I Get into enter the House of Commons Probably not. I can get into my bathroom, that's more important. I feel looney today. Oh well, have a great Tuesday Sandee.

    Paul

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    1. I don't get all the adoration on politicians at all Paul. Most are a mess.

      Have a fabulous day feeling looney my friend. :)

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  6. I wish we still practiced ostracism, there are quite a few I would like to get rid of today......

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    1. Me too Jennifer, me too. :)

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  7. it's a nutty world out there. roche' said to tell you that! ha ha

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxo

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    1. Roche is right about that too. Tell him I said hello. :)

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  8. I would like to ostracize our current so called "leaders" and bring in some engineers!
    Great post Sandee!
    How about this:There is nothing more permanent than a temporary tax. They are as immortal as a vampire and nearly as hard to kill. Take the “temporary” tax imposed in 1898 to pay for the Spanish-American War. It remained on the books until 2006 when Congress discovered that the Spanish-American War ended a century earlier.

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    1. Well isn't that in interesting tidbit. Bunch of crooks. :)

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  9. Imagine that Athens election in some other cities today. I am pretty sure it would be pretty hotly contested.

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    1. It sure would be hotly contested. :)

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  10. Whatever happened to the custom of having the King lead the charge into battle? Right now the deciders to go to war send other people's kids to do the dying while being financed with other people's money. The last 3 presidents were a draft dodger, a draft evader and a never-was'er who send the young to do something they refused to do. A great president is one who avoids war, not seeks it.

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    1. No, you don't have to walk the talk anymore. :)

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  11. leaders?..what a sham my sweet friend!..despite it all: Have a great week my friend~!!:-) hugzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :-)

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    1. Well we don't have any good leaders right now. I can't think of a one. Hugs back my friend. :)

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  12. Things like this make me think that the world has always been going to hell in a hand basket... it's only the velocity that's increasing.

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    1. So very true. Politics has always been the same though. Since the beginning of time. :)

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  13. LOL at Ann's comment...hahahahaha

    Happy Tuesday to you!

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    1. Ann was funnier than my post. :)

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  14. I hate politicians with a passion they are hyprocites liars and scroungers especially the lot we have in at the moment in the UK they are a disgrace ..rant over LOL

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    1. I don't care for them either. Out for themselves while trying to convince us they care about us. They don't. Not one bit. :)

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  15. That was a real insight on the life of John f Kennedy for a political science students, thanks a lot

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    1. As long as they get what they want that's all that matters. To heck with the rest of us. :)

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  16. Can we do the Athens thing but make it 9 out of 10 sent home?

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    1. Amen to that Bearman. :)

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  17. Very interesting. Hubby & I think we Americans should have a law like the Athens ostracism!

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    1. Hubby and I think the very same thing. :)

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  18. Sounds like Chicago politics to me! That sort of stuff goes on everyday here!

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    1. This is why I couldn't live in a big city. :(

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  19. The cigar story sounds true. But because of Lee Oswald one must wonder how many of those thousand did he get to enjoy. Never liked Kennedy but most applaud his actions in the Cuban Missile crisis while at the same time condemning his actions at the "Bay of Pigs" that ultimately lead to the missile crisis.

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    1. The cigar story is true Ron. It just shows that they are above the rest of us. Always have been and always intend to be. :)

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  20. Ostracism sounds smart to me, it makes the politicians stay on their toes. Also, that very first democracy fell after the people realized that they could vote to give themselves all of the money out of the treasury. We've been warned, there, but the politicians don't listen.

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    1. You are spot on messymimi. Spot on. :(

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  21. There doesn't seem to be any good leaders anywhere in the world.

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    1. I can't think of one either. Not a one. :(

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  22. Love the catch-22's. On a serious note though we really, really, really need to bring ostracism back.

    Also? I tried to make my own Guy Fawkes mask so I could "stick it to the man" but it ended up looking like a Ron Jeremy mask and that wasn't the sticking I had in mind.

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    1. Yes we all pretty much agree about the ostracism.

      Bwahahahaha on the Guy Fawkes mask. :)

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  23. Interesting facts :) and I think ostracism will do good here in our country..

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    1. It appears ostracism would do well in every country. :)

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  24. I think voting out the most destructive politician is a great idea, but there are so many deserving candidates.

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    1. Way too many deserving candidates. :(

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