Ronald Wilson Reagan Part 74

Picture of Nancy and Ronald Reagan horseback riding at Rancho Del Cielo.
(Picture from the Ronald Reagan Library, courtesy of the National Archives)

Photograph of President Reagan and Mrs. Reagan Horseback Riding at Rancho Del Cielo. (November 25, 1982)

I am posting a great March Madness Moment from the article by A. J. Foss called Ultimate March Madness: The 20 Greatest Moments in NCAA Tournament History

15. 1990 Loyola Marymount
Playing just two weeks after the death of All-American Hank Gathers during the West Coast Conference Tournament, the Loyola Marymount Lions make an emotional and heartwarming run to the Elite Eight.

The Lions entered the tournament as a #11 seed in the West Regional and faced New Mexico in their first round matchup.

When Bo Kimble, Gathers’ best friend and teammate since high school, went to the free throw line for the first time in the game, he shot his first free throw left-handed, the way Gathers shot free throws, in his friend’s memory.

The free throw was good and Kimble went on to score 45 points in a 111-92 win over New Mexico.

Kimble would repeat this act in the Lions’ second round matchup with #3 seed Michigan as the Lions defeated the Wolverines 149-115 in the highest scoring game in NCAA tournament history.

Kimble did not go to the foul line in the Lions’ Sweet Sixteen game with the Alabama Crimson Tide, but Loyola Marymount came away with a 62-60 win to advance to the Elite Eight where Kimble would make his left-handed free throw for the third time in a 131-101 loss to eventual national champion UNLV.

1980 Presidential Debate Reagan v Carter

Yes, thank you. Realizing that you may be equally reluctant to speak ill of your opponent, may I ask why people should not vote for your opponent, why his Presidency could be harmful to the Nation? And having examined both your opponent’s record and the man himself, could, you tell us his greatest weakness?


Well, Barbara, I believe that there is a fundamental difference — and I think it has been evident in most of the answers that Mr. Carter has given tonight — that he seeks the solution to anything as another opportunity for a Federal Government program. I happen to believe that the Federal Government has usurped powers and autonomy and authority that belongs back at the State and local level — it has imposed on the individual freedoms of the people — and that there are more of these things that could be solved by the people themselves, if they were given a chance, or by the levels of government that were closer to them.

Now, as to why I should be and he shouldn’t be, when he was a candidate in 1976, President Carter invented a thing he called the misery index. He added the rate of unemployment and the rate of inflation, and it came, at that time, to 12.5 under President Ford. And he said that no man with that size misery index had a right to seek reelection to the Presidency. Today, by his own decision, the misery index is in excess of 20 percent, and I think this must suggest something.

But when I have quoted it Democrat President, as the President says, I was a Democrat. I said many foolish things back in those days. [Laughter] But the President that I quoted had made a promise, a Democrat promise, and I quoted him because it was never kept. And today, you would find that that promise is at the very heart of what Republicanism represents in this country today. And that’s why I believe there are going to be millions of Democrats that are going to vote with us this time around, because they too want that promise kept. It was a promise for less government and less taxes and more freedom for the people.


Japan begins the clear-up and buries victims of the earthquake and tsunami

School bags recovered from Okawa primary school in Ishinomaki are seen. Only 24 of 84 schoolchildren and 13 teachers have been confirmed as alive by the school
School bags recovered from Okawa primary school in Ishinomaki are seen. Only 24 of 84 schoolchildren and 13 teachers have been confirmed as alive by the school.


Free-lance columnist Rex Nelson is the president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities. He’s also the author of the Southern Fried blog at rexnelsonsouthernfried. com.

Rex Nelson wrote in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on April 2, 2011 a great article called “Arkansas Bucket List.” The readers of his blog came up with a list of things you must do at least once in your life to be considered a well-rounded Arkansan. Nelson asked others to add their suggestions at his website. I am going through the list slowly.

1. Listen to live music one Saturday night on the courthouse lawn at Mountain View.
2. Go to the infield at Oaklawn on Arkansas Derby day and then eat anOaklawn burger at a table under a crab apple tree.

3. Descend deep below the ground at Blanchard Springs Caverns to cool off on a hot summer day. (I really enjoyed my visit to Blanchard Springs Caverns. Here is a picture below.)

File:Blanchard Springs II.jpg

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