Blog of the Week Big Lizards describes the two real branches of government, and distinguishes Presidencies based on whether they are State or Defense administrations:
Just forget everything. Forget everything They ever taught you — it’s garbage anyway.
Yeah, yeah, I know what you learned; I learned it too. There are three branches of federal government, not two:
But those are just the branches of the temporary government, the elected/appointed wing. There is another wing of the government… the permanent government. And that comprises only two branches:
* The State branch
* The Defense branch
Read it all. Dafydd is, I think, one of the most interesting and provocative bloggers on the web.