Monday, April 24, 2023

Top 5 Troubled Presidential Sons

While some presidents' sons have achieved great things (two even becoming president themselves), others have lived tragic lives characterized by depression, scandal, substance abuse, and early death.   

Monday, April 17, 2023

28 Woodrow Wilson

Born to Scots-Irish immigrants and raised in the Confederate South, Woodrow Wilson came into his own as a student at Princeton University. Armed with a Ph.D, he launched his career a historian and professor of political science and soon returned to Princeton, where he quickly became its most popular lecturer and was eventually named its president. His ambitious tenure garnered him national attention, and some Democratic party kingmakers saw him as an attractive candidate for national political office. Wilson had long harbored dreams of becoming a statesman, and in 1910 he allowed New Jersey's Democratic political machine to make him New Jersey's governor. Promptly repudiating the machine, he signed into law many progressive reforms and positioned himself to run for president in 1912. Up against a bitterly divided Republican party, Wilson coasted to an electoral college landslide victory. As president, he aggressively lobbied Congress to enact his New Freedom agenda (and turned a blind eye as his cabinet introduced widespread segregation into the federal bureaucracy), but his presidency reached a turning point in the summer of 1914 when the death of his wife coincided with the outbreak of the First World War in Europe. He resisted calls for the U.S. to enter the conflict and was re-elected in 1916 on the slogan "He Kept Us Out Of War," but in 1917 he felt forced to join the war in order to make the world "safe for democracy" (though his war effort was tinged by a sweeping suppression of civil liberties on the home front). Upon the Allied victory, Wilson hoped to shape a new world order with his idealistic Fourteen Points peace plan, but settled for a punitive peace propped up by a League of Nations. He failed to persuade a reluctant America to join the League and--after he suffered a debilitating stroke--his second wife led a conspiracy to hide his condition from the American people for the final year-and-a-half of his presidency. Clinging to fantasies of a third term, Wilson descended into bitterness and died soon after leaving office.    

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Clifford Titus’s wife has left – Brooklyn Times Union – Brooklyn, NY – April 11, 1913

Mrs. Titus responds – Brooklyn Times Union – Brooklyn, NY – April 14, 1913

Clifford Titus arrested – Brooklyn Daily Eagle – Brooklyn, NY – April 18, 1913

Clifford Titus acquitted – Brooklyn Daily Eagle – Brooklyn, NY – April 26, 1913

Debt collector Harry W. Worsham – Bixby Bulletin – Bixby, OK – March 28, 1913

Ewing Hotel wants chambermaids – Sioux City Journal – Sioux City, IA – September 2, 1914

Ewing Hotel is a house of prostitution? – Sioux City Journal – Sioux City, IA – May 23, 1915

Barnes Circus – The Brainerd Daily Dispatch – Brainerd, MN – July 3, 1919

Barnes Circus – The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham, WA – June 3, 1919

Barnes Circus – Star Tribune – Minneapolis, MN – July 6, 1919

Barnes Circus charged w/ staging lewd performance – Bismarck Tribune – Bismarck, ND – July 3, 1919

Barnes Circus “men only” sideshow – Jamestown Weekly Alert – Jamestown, ND – July 10, 1919

Lusitania + German warning – New York Tribune – New York, NY – May 1, 1915

Lusitania sunk – New York Times – New York, NY – May 8, 1915

Dr. O.A. Young cures strokes – The Gazette – Cedar Rapids, IA – June 15, 1915

Scranton Life Insurance Company – The Tribune-Republican – Scranton, PA – March 6, 1913

Monday, April 10, 2023

PWF #11 - War At The Shore

War at the Shore features a card full of electrifying matches, including a main event in which the PWF is challenged by an unholy alliance between the CCW and the TWO:

Monday, April 3, 2023

Presidential War #22 - All The Peanuts You Can Eat

On this episode, we discuss whether we'd rather have Jimmy Carter or Andrew Jackson dating our daughter, whether Woodrow Wilson or Millard Fillmore would make the better Supreme Court Justice, whether George Washington stands a snowball's chance in hell against George W. Bush in the category of Biggest Partier, and much more!      

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