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West Wing Week: 5/13/19 – 5/19/11 or “The Commencement at Booker T”

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Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  This week the President visited flood victims in Memphis,TN before speaking at the Booker T. Washington High School graduation, celebrated the Situation Room’s 50th birthday, and gave a speech on the change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa.

Find out more about the topics covered in this edition of West Wing Week:

Friday, May 13, 2011:

Monday, May 16, 2011:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Arun Chaudhary is the official White House videographer

Politico · Politico Top 10 Quotes of the Week



The week’s top ten quotes in American politics: 

“Being a bully is not a leadership strategy.” – Presidential hopeful Herman Cain, reacting to news that Donald Trump would not pursue the presidency.  

“Really, I’m just very shy.” – Cindy McCain, pushing back at charges that she’s a “Stepford wife.” 

“You don’t go to a Georgia fan to get commentary on the University of Florida, because it’s not objective commentary.” – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, dinging critics of the Court’s decisions. 

“They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods.” – Newt Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler, fighting back against the media coverage of his boss.  

“Who?” – Sen. John McCain, pretending to not know Rick Santorum when asked for a reaction to Santorum’s criticism of the Arizona senator on the subject of torture.  

“Donald Trump was sitting nearby. Everybody was laughing at Donald Trump and it was the most beautiful thing in the world. To have the bully of the world or whatever – it was fantastic. It was really great. I wanted to go up to him and go, ‘Didn’t you think any of that was funny?’ But you don’t want to engage with somebody that’s so grotesque.” – Actor Zach Galifianakis, describing his time at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. 

“Another guy guv admits 2 cheating on his wife. Maybe we need more women governors. Guys: keep ur pants zipd” – Gov. Jennifer Granholm, reacting to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s family woes this week. 

“If a man would take back a woman after such a betrayal, is he tough enough to lead the country?” – The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto, questioning Mitch Daniel’s fitness for office given his complicated personal life. 

“Miss, I’ve been taking the subway longer than you’ve been born…You have no idea what the subway system used to be like.” – Mayor Michael Bloomberg, responding to a question about the number of panhandlers in the subways.  

“When you can slide a full pitcher of beer down the bar 15 feet or more and have it land in front of the customer, you don’t worry about whether your bartending skills have gotten rusty.” – Rep. Bruce Braley, proving that he’s still got it.


Top 10 End-of-the-World Prophecies

Let’s take a look…

Time Magazine

Full List

End Times

The Millerites

Harold Camping, 1994


William Branham and the Pentecostal Prediction

The Anabaptists of Munster

Late Great Planet Earth and Other Prophecy Books


The Branch Davidians

Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Great London Fire of 1666



Apocalypse Weekend: Harold Camping Says the World Ends Saturday. He’s Said that Before

In most disaster movies, the naysayers and doubters usually look silly and irrelevant in the larger scheme of the impending plot.  This time around, I’m one of those naysayers/doubters.

Poor Harold Camping…on a radio show earlier today, when asked, “what if the world doesn’t end tomorrow?” Camping essentially said something like, “it has to end, we don’t have a back-up plan”.

Well doh! 

For those who believe tonight will be the last full night of life on this earth as we know it, take a deep breath and read the following.  Apparently, the guy has done this before!

Time Magazine

In a comfortable office, Bible placed firmly atop his lap, 89-year-old Harold Camping is preaching with utter certainty about the end of the world. “May 21, 2011, is the day of judgment,” he says with conviction, in a YouTube video posted last year. “It is the day that ends all gospel salvation activity … It is the most important day by a billion times than any other day the world has ever known.” On that day, Camping estimates roughly 207 million people, or about 3% of the world’s population, will be plucked from the earth. What will follow is five months of earthquakes and other calamities until the world officially ends on Oct. 21 of this year.

Like all who proselytize the end the world, Camping has spread his message using a small army of followers; in his case, they’re supported by a substantial budget that by some estimates is more than $100 million. There have been stories in the media of families selling their homes, quitting their jobs and budgeting their finances such that by May 21 they will be left with nothing. After all, they won’t need it, right?

(See photos of the cinematic vision of the apocalypse.)

But Camping has been wrong before. The former engineer, who started the Family Radio network in 1958, predicted in 1992 that the world would end in September 1994. (He also wrote a book, titled 1994?, along the same lines.) When the apocalypse failed to materialize, Camping cited a mathematical error and re-emerged with a new date: May 21, 2011. Despite dubious evidence to support it, the current campaign has garnered a surprising number of followers, who hand out pamphlets, broadcast his message from the backs of trucks and plaster it on billboards nationwide — a fact that Paul Boyer, a historian at the University of Wisconsin who studies apocalyptic beliefs, attributes to Camping’s radio voice. “He has a very compelling manner of speaking,” Boyer says. “He speaks with conviction and there’s a certain percentage of people who will respond to that sort of belief.”

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