Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 11:13pm

Maverick back in the barn

Former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, just wrapped up her whirlwind book tour. From all accounts it was a rousing success, drawing standing-room-only lines everywhere she went. The book sold millions, set all kinds of records, and didn't drop in price to $4.79 until the second week of publication.

I didn't buy the book on principle. The public's fascination and blind faith to this woman is astounding.

Palin can take any event that most of us would call "tragic" and spin it into a wonderful, positive experience we all should envy. Her 16-year-old unwed daughter getting pregnant for instance, and she herself at 44. Finding out her child had Downs Syndrome she declined an abortion and now parades the boy around as a badge of honor.

Bristol's relationship has ended with Levi, soon after her mom's failed VP run. Or maybe his posing nude in Playgirl ruined the blessed event?

Now Palin claims to have no interest in running for president in 2012, or at least claims to not know, which I believe. Anyone who doesn't know what's lying on their coffee table, night stand or arriving in the mail, probably isn't up to knowing where the Oval Office is either.

Paul D'Argent, 37209

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445 Comments on this post:

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 10:38

"Reagan was intelligent and not a zealot"

Back then they tried to paint Reagan with the same radical tint they are using on Palin today. People were just smart enough to see through it back then.

It's a game they play. John Kerry was painted as a brainiac but in truth was (and still is) a D average buffoon. Bush was painted as a know-nothing dolt but somehow he got his undergrad at Yale and an MBA from Harvard... and then managed to beat the combined effort of the nation's elite leftists... twice.

If Palin is uber-popular its a result of who she is shining through the methane fog of her critics; combined with a boost that comes as a result of the rightly deserved back-lash against her critics.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 10:40

uber-popular does not equal competent, Ben.

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 10:41

I can assure this was no gay piano bar. However, gay bars are getting a lot more plentiful, I just steer clear of them. VinnyT was right, I found the picture on the net.

But thanks for trying to warn me and from reading your comments, if you get to have the surgery, I will pray that all goes well. As a diabetic, myself, I can also tell you to keep a good check on that blood sugar.

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 10:42

Reagan worked behind the back of a sitting POTUS (Carter), to secure an arms for hostages deal with the Iranian revolutionaries, with the stipulation that there be no "October surprise" release of the captive Americans. Their release was delayed until Reagan took the Oath of Office. This kind of perfidious activity was characteristic of Reagan's style. Republican myths notwithstanding, Gorbachev, not Reagan, deserves most of the credit for ending the Cold War.

Compared with Richard Nixon and Junior Bush, Ronald Reagan simply looks good by comparison; his "greatness" is highly over-rated. He failed to follow up on Carter's successes in the ME, for example; instead, he gave Israel the green light to proceed with their illegal settlements and their apartheid policies. His failure to deal with the Israel-Palestine conflict is only one example that illustrates the fact that Reagan was a tool of the special interests, nothing more.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 10:47

BD - both bushes were incompetent! Whatever problems RR had he still accomplished 3 things for this country!
1> He made us proud to be americans again - military could walk down the street without getting spit on.
2> He brought down the wall.
3> His policies started an economic expansion that lasted two decades ending only by bush junior's total incompetence and lackey policies towards his corporate buddies.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 10:51

loner - considering carter's weak sister policies as president are you surprised that RR didn't keep him in the loop - as for the rest of that garbage - not true

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 10:51

Geezzz, more Carter worship... even the apartheid reference. Just like Babs needs to Shut up and Sing; Jimmy needs to just shut up and swing... that hammer building houses for the poor.

Iran turned over the hostages because they were afraid Reagan would nuke them. Same thing with Gorby... the only thing that got Russia to the table was Reagan lining up a few hundred nuke-tipped Pershing-II missiles on their border.

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 10:51

Call them "Democrats", that's OK, Ben. Of course, nobody is asking anyone to refer to the "Democrats" as "Democratics". You carried my point to absurdity - the old reducto ad absurdum debating tactic. I don't think that you can win arguments using that discredited technique, Ben....it is, however, entertaining to see you reduced to using name-calling and such, in an attempt to make your Limbaugh-tainted points.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 10:53

BD - on second point - true :)

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 10:57

bfr - thanks for concern - sugar was 164 this morning - and still no answer back from doctors yet on surgery probabilities

Don VT - Godfather thanks for the info and not whacking us :)

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 10:59

"Iran turned over the hostages because they were afraid Reagan would nuke them."

Right...no wonder you like Palin...lol

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 11:00

Our economy collapsed on the promise of electing the first communist as president of the United States. Bernanke saved us by doubling the money supply to match the DEFLATION cycle we were entering as a result of everyone sighing a collective 'sell' , easing out of market investments and basically poising to ride out the coming cold-red winter.

Since he matched the doubling of the money supply to real deflation we were able to print a trillion dollars without suffering any inflation. That FREE money was used to prop-up the banks and prevent a run and has largely been replayed (only to be further re-spent by Obama on reckless social policy for political benefit). It was a brilliant move. (on Bush 43's watch, btw)

Our problem now is with the pork laden stimulus package passed in January; combined with the promise of ridiculous leftist - business killing legislation like health-care, cap and trade, et al. Businesses are scared to hire because they have no idea what it's going to cost them... nor do they have any idea how much the tab on all of these coming excesses will be. The one thing they do know is that they will be the ones to pay.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:01

Howard Zinn died.....

http://www.wickedlocal.com/newton/topstories/x985826939/Howard-Zinn-historian-and-Newton-resident-dead-at-87

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:02

yeah, Ben. our economy was in such a good state when Obama took over. whatever.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 11:03

gdia - regettably mostly true - RR increased military spending to point where USSR economy couldn't compete - brought it to edge of collapse - then he moved N-missles into W Germany.

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 11:04

"Garbage", Dusty? Can you be more specific? I'm not in the habit of bringing "garbage" to this forum.

Carter's Camp David Accords resulted in a lasting peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and it laid the groundwork for the Israel - Jordan treaty, which was signed during Clinton's presidency. Not bad, for a four-year prsidency...no other US President, in modern times, accomplished anything like that.

The Israelis are ingrates and so is the American Right; President Carter was a victim of circumstance and GOP perfidy. He accomplished much in his short time as president. President Carter's post-political work is beyond admirable, it is a noble example for future former-presidents to emulate.

By: idgaf on 1/28/10 at 11:06

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 9:40
uber-popular does not equal competent, Ben.

And barry is?

She had a 90% approval rating on how she ran Alaska, what did barry run again? Refresh my memory.

What has he done in a year that worked?

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 11:07

Yep... looks like O's going to emulate that whole 4 year thing, all right.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 11:08

"The Mental Defectives, in Formation League"....it's a silly letter in a minor rag, called The Nashville City Paper. It's not Scientific American where I'm calling DNA into question. Are all your lives so shallow, tuncated, and pathetic you have to resort to slamming me, based on today's letter?
Ames, you're like a shark, with dead eyes, who just patrols the ocean depths looking for a wounded prey. You've posted, what, 15, on this LTE? Get a life of your own. Stop feeding off of me.

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 11:09

That was a lame shot of indignation to my lame name-calling; loner. How shall we raise the bar?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:09

id, you gotta take responsibility on both side of the aisle if you're going to make those sort of accusations.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:09

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. - Howard Zinn

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:12

"Democrats and the Republicans are on the same side of the class war. They have slightly different takes. The Democrats are part of the upper class that is more willing to make concessions to the lower class in order to maintain their power."

"My feeling is that we are living in an occupied country. Really, that we've been taken over, a junta has taken power and now the problem for the American people is to do what people do in an occupied country.."

-From a 2001 interview with Howard Zinn.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 11:13

Loner - agreed Carter is the best ex-pres we could have but: his unwillingness to bite the bullet so to speak on the hostage situation that RR solved with one statement that he considered it an act of war - despite your claim he traded no weapons for them.
Carter was viewed by much of the world as a lightweight and no amount of rewriting history will change that. His camp david accord stood for how long before Israel violated it by assassinating a Palestinian official and his family in Egypt?

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 11:14

BN, my point was that the promise of Obama is what cause the economy to tip into the red. Him running around promising to double the capital gains taxes out of 'fairness', rewrite NAFTA, bankrupt the Coal industry and pass a littany of social programs on the backs of the 'wealthy' got the attention of people with something to lose BEFORE the election. You can even track the fall in the S&P 500 to his InTrade gains.

Combine that with the Pelosi Reid war on energy we'd suffered for the preceeding two years and you've got yourself a full fledged economic melt-down.

Bush even left him a free $1Trillion bonus and it wasn't enough to cover the fall.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 11:17

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 10:09
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

Blanket - beautifully written and so very true :)

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 11:17

If President Obama can pull off a lasting peace treaty, or two, between Israel and its neighbors, during a four-year presidency, that might compensate for a lot of his inevitable shortcomings.

As for the economy, Obama inherited a disaster, compliments of Bush-Cheney et al. If Obama can get things back up to speed in the next two years or so, he can brag about his success in dealing with the mess. I cannot believe that American businessmen and businesswomen are going to simply hunker down until 2012, waiting for Obama to go away. When there is a buck to be made, rest assured, they will make it.

By: Funditto on 1/28/10 at 11:20

We are an occupied nation. It is run by corporations. We are all at their mercy and there is no denying it. The only ones happy about it are the ones who have become rich because of it. The thing is, the corporation knows no loyalty. The riches that have been made, can be gone in an instant - and at the whim of whatever clown is in charge.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:20

Ben, i'm going to have to agree to disagree with you on that.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:21

very true, Funditto. if one doesn't believe that we are the United Corporations of America, then they truly are naive.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 11:21

Nazix2: Sid performing low blows? That's her speciality.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 11:21

Loner - big ifs but unlike cheneyrushpatpalin I'm praying he succeeds :)

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 11:22

I think the economy will recover, loner... but despite Obama's policies... not because of them.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:22

so if it recovers you'll give Obama no credit. lol!

By: idgaf on 1/28/10 at 11:26

Poor 7 everybodys always picking on him

Nazi I do put it on both sides of the isle and put Bush over Carter as the worse president before barry knocked him out of the box.

By: JohnGalt on 1/28/10 at 11:26

"I also want to apologize for offending any of you with my “virtual chat room” comment the other day..."

Why? That's exactly what it is. A circle of jerks talking among themselves and congratulating each other on how smart they are.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 11:26

d7 - you don't like being slammed either - may I make a friendly suggestion - just ignore the posts rather than responding - works for me :)

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 11:28

By: idgaf on 1/28/10 at 10:26
Nazi I do put it on both sides of the isle and put Bush over Carter as the worse president before barry knocked him out of the box.

idg - yeah I have to agree junior did a real good job of destroying our economy :(

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 11:29

He will have earned no credit, BN. You can't stimulate the economy by taking money that one person would have spent and giving it to someone else to spend. There's no value added and to the extent it punishes the producer there is value removed in the process.

It's ridiculous. Plus the debt he's racking up with all manner of ineffective government intervention is a monkey on the back of the US economy for generations and generations to come.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 11:30

JG - smart? not me - I'm just a poor dumb country boy myself

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:31

so all the debt that was racked up from an ineffective and unnecessary war does not come into play? i suppose you think regulating the banks is "ineffective government intervention" too?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:32

then why do you show up, John? join the conversation or not. don't just show up and whine.

By: brrrrk on 1/28/10 at 11:33

"The book sold millions, set all kinds of records, and didn't drop in price to $4.79 until the second week of publication."

Something that is not reflected in the numbers is the amount of books bought by right-wing special interest groups. The books then end up either being sold through the group at cost or given away like hors d'œuvre at Costco. In fact, some lists that rate the popularity of books actually discounts any data coming from bulk sales, or at the very least notate the fact that books were bought in bulk.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 11:34

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 10:29
You can't stimulate the economy by taking money that one person would have spent and giving it to someone else to spend. There's no value added and to the extent it punishes the producer there is value removed in the process.

BD - sad but true fact - but remember junior started the process and O is only following his footsteps down the stimulus path :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:35

brrrk, i have 14 years experience in the book industry. that would be considered a "blip" instead of concrete sales. anything that comes out of the hopper at 75% off suggested retail is just ridiculous.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 11:38

idgaf: I could care less about being "liked and accepted" in this forum. But, Cousin Vinny seems to either like my LTE's, wants to instigate a bru-ha-ha, or no one else submits anything worthwhile or coherent.
Either way, the good editor sure has you brain- dead Republicans foaming at the mouth based on that I took a swipe at Palin.
Palin's approval numbers were 90%? Why would anyone then quit in that bracket?
Now you're bashing Jimmy Carter? Guy ruled as President in 1978. Like that's relevant to today's (2010) duscussion. I was in High School, where your intellect seems to have frozen in time. GW Bush got a Masters from Harvard? Bull**sh**t.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 11:38

Blanket - so is it you that keeps all these adult book stores stocked? :)

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 11:40

Ben, you really need to get better material. Your "threat of Obama caused the economic collapse" has been debunked more times than Tiger cheated.

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 11:41

Carter bit the bullet, Dusty, vis-a-vis the hostages, the trouble was that the bullet went off as he bit it. The rescue mission was bold, had it succeeded, Carter would have been a hero, no doubt. As we know, it failed, of course, he took the loss of life as his personal responsibility, he was reluctant to bite any more "bullets". His compassion and sense of personal responsibility were seen as weakness, the Reaganites exploited the failed rescue mission and Carter's reluctance to go to war over the hostage incident. Reagan, the Californian, surfed his way into the White House, on a tidal wave of ugly populism.

Dusty, the Shah had purchased US-made aircraft, they needed spare parts; after Reagan took over, the Iranians managed to secure many of the needed parts. The facts surrounding these events are clouded by conspiracy theories. Nobody will ever know the full extent of what Oliver North was able to do, in order to undermine President Carter, his Commander-In-Chief.

No, Ronald Reagan was merely a figure-head; IMO, his soul had been torn out years before he assumed the Presidency. He read from a script written by ghost-writers and "aides". He went where his handlers sent him. He was an actor playing the role; some thought the character he played was genuine, not theatrical. These foolish and delusional notions persist to this very day.

A nagging question: Was Reagan's advancing Alzheimer's disease hidden from the public, when he ran for re-election?

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 11:41

"idg - yeah I have to agree junior did a real good job of destroying our economy :("

Far far from the truth, sir. The Jimmy Carter's CRA, Fannie, Freddie, Dodd, Frank, Raines, Clinton's double-down on CRA, Obama suing banks for loser loan standards; and a host of other well intended people created the precarious perch that the economy teetered on. And as noted above, two years of Pelosi and Reid combined with the promise of electing a commie as president of the united states caused the whole thing to come crashing down.

Bush/Bernanke saved the economy by devaluing the dollar to the rate of DEFLATION and using the proceeds to prop up the banks. The dollar didn't lose ground to any other world currencies nor did we suffer any inflation but we got $1trillion free dollars to save us from economic collapse. This money has mostly been repaid in the course of 1 year... and then spent by BO and Congress along with another couple of trillion this year in debt.

Again, without the additional spending the banks would have paid back almost all of our investments and we'd have been a trillion to the good. BO and congress spent that and more to maintain the deficit we had and further, double-down on it again this year.

All the numbers are out there. Just look at them.