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The liberal media would like Trump’s presidency to go directly from inaugural address to Watergate. Don't bet on it.—Niall Ferguson
A historian's role is to re-imagine the past—with all its uncertainties and possible futures—on the basis of sources.—Niall Ferguson
Calling out the press is not entirely unheard of. Obama scolded reporters for doing things he didn't approve of; Nixon obsessed about the hostile liberal press. What's different is how happy Trump is to personalize his battles. Un-presidential? Yes. Unpopular? I suspect not. Media has to accept attitudes towards journalism have shifted according to partisan bias, and there are a lot of conservatives who disbelieve unfavorable reporting of Trump simply because they don't trust its source.—Timothy Stanley, CNN
In two weeks time this will be history ... enjoy it while it lasts folks ... Obamamania is coming to an end. He was a good president for America no doubt ... but a disaster for the world and the middle east in particular. No president was hailed by the biased media during his entire presidency as Barack Hussein Obama was to nauseating effect ... and to think some are complaining about the North Korean Leader's Personality Cult ?—Darius Kadivar on Obama's "Goodbye" (CNN FB Page )
History will likely be a cruel judge of the Obama administration's risk-aversion on Syria. Nobody will understand how the administration could not have done more in the face of the largest single refugee flow since the end of the World War II, the hundreds of thousands killed and the destruction of an entire society. The image of a failure to counter Russia and Iran will likely stick the outgoing administration like a barnacle to the side of a boat.—David Aaron Miller
From what is apparent, this man [Trump] has a high level of political sensibility, that is vastly different than the one who preceded him.—Raghad Hussein (Saddam's daughter)
The high-profile murder of a Russian diplomat in Ankara has inspired fearful comparisons with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 – and prompted some to speculate that Monday’s killing could also provide the spark for a regional conflagration. Yet Putin and Erdoğan are likely to find common ground in their desire to blame third parties for death of Andrei Karlov.—Julian Borger, Guardian
I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back—Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917-2017)
Echoing President Obama’s early decision to release legal justification approving CIA’s interrogation program during George W. Bush’s tenure, the incoming Trump administration wants to release potentially embarrassing documents in hopes of turning the page on the last administration’s actions. Many unclassified documents on Iran's nuclear deal have been held by Obama's administration in tightly-controlled security environments making it impossible for the public to see them.— Daily Beast Iran Nuke Documents Kept From View
"Not every authoritarian Leader is 'Adolf Hitler"—Niall Ferguson on Trump Presidency


Food of Life
Songs of My Homeland, Honiball Joseph, February 25, 2017 - Cupertino, CA
Fared Shafinury Concert, Buriel Clay Theater, San Francisco, January 28, 2017