Buy me some peanuts and jellybeans

There’s no politics in baseball — at least there shouldn’t be. But the geniuses within MLB’s promotions office don’t agree, setting aside June 14 to commemorate Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday at various ballparks around the league. The Braves will mark the occasion thusly: President Reagan’s favorite treat, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, will be given away to the first 10,000 fans to attend the game; Stewart McLaurin, Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s Centennial Celebration, will serve as Honorary Team Captain; National country artist Tim Dugger, member of the Reagan Centennial National Youth Committee, will sing God Bless America during the…

The potatoe-head didn’t fall far from the tree

Of all the mawkish remembrances of Ronald Reagan, Ben (son of Dan) Quayle’s is the ickiest. When I was a child, President Ronald Reagan was the nice man who gave us jelly beans when we visited the White House. I didn’t know then, but I know it now: The jelly beans were much more than a sweet treat that he gave out as gifts. They represented the uniqueness and greatness of America — each one different and special in its own way, but collectively they blended in harmony.   Related Articles Ben Quayle Dissects The Meaning Of Jelly Beans From Ronald Reagan…

Three ways today’s conservatives are nothing like Reagan

I’m generalizing, as there’s still some conservatives who haven’t sipped from the populist tea: Reagan knew the difference between Maine and Mississippi. Today’s conservatives want to rid the GOP of anyone to the left of Jesse Helms. Reagan selected a pro-choice moderate as his running mate. Does the Hannity crowd really think Maine would vote for a Palin Republican? Reagan was a foreign policy realist. If the neocons had been around back then Nixon would’ve never gone to China and the military would still be trying to save face in Lebanon. Reagan didn’t wage wars the U.S. couldn’t win (see Grenada). Reagan…

you can’t spell obsequious without IOU

Deep in the bowels of the Reagan White House, the future chief justice of the Supreme Court argued against co-opting the dignity of the office. It’s refreshing to see a public official stand up against corporate interests — seriously. Too bad we have to go back 25 years to find an example: I hate to sound like one of Mr. Jackson’s records, constantly repeating the same refrain, but I recommend that we not approve this letter. Sometimes people need to be reminded of the obvious: whatever its status as a cultural phenomenon, the Jackson concert tour is a massive commercial undertaking. The…