Letters to the Editor

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 12:13am

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: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 10:41

"A circle of jerks talking among themselves and congratulating each other on how smart they are."

Poor John. Exclusion hurts.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 10:42

Dusty, we didn't carry that genre.

lol, g!

By: yogiman on 1/28/10 at 10:43

Gentlemen, and ladies, as I use the terms loosely, may I give you a fact of life? God picked us out and put us all on this earth. None of our parents picked us out of the bag. We were all put here for a purpose.

To put it simple,'all men are 'created' equal but there ain't no two alike.' We each should be pleased we were put here for our purpose, especially if you enjoy life. Accept the others, even if you don't think they are equal to you. Not knowing them, they may easily be superior to you, intelligently, and, or, physically.

Have a great day, Ya'll!

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 10:43

d7 - as a RR R hope you're not including me in the brain dead category :)
Like I've said several times I consider cheneyrushpatpalin to be the biggest threat to the future of the R party - all that hate and venom they keep spewing at anybody who dares disagree with them. :(

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 10:45

Dusty, i consider "conservatives" to be a separate group from the cheneyrushpatpalin crowd. "conservative" is not a dirty word in my book, but unfortunately there are too few real conservatives left. btw, i consider you a conservative, not a rightie whack job. lol!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 10:45

i'm considered pretty liberal by Nashville's standards. by national standards, i'm left of center, but mostly a centrist.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 10:48

D-U: Nothing like taking a swipe at Palin to bring the superficial, hollow, faux News, religious right wingnuts from the woodwork.
Maybe next time, I'll write a LTE on the archaic sodomy laws in Tenn. and that they need to be brought up to speed in today's society.
Xerox today's posts and just replicate them after that LTE is run. Same offenses, tail chasing, indignation, and going nowhere lives.

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 10:50

Sorry Dusty, Reagan wasn't that great. He cut and run in Lebanon and then traded arms for hostages in Iran to fund a war in Central America, then lied about it.

He was a bad actor too.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 10:52

Loner - As I told you before was out to his ranch twice and considered RR a personal friend - Nobody handled RR! His biggest fault however was that he trusted people too much - if he assigned you a responsibility he left it to you how to handle it and never questioned just backed you to the hilt - great for a friend - lousy for a leader. And there was no sign of the big A until well after he was out of office. It was heartbreaking when he stopped recognizing acquaintances :(

By: Funditto on 1/28/10 at 10:52

Me too blanket. But some are so confused they think everything associated with Obama is Socialist. I am certain, they don't even know what it really means.

Syd - why should Palin be hailed for keeping a baby? It's just the right thing to do. If she didn't have that baby to parade around with her illegimate grandchild, nobody would give her the time of day. And if she looked like Hilary Clinton, she'd still be PTA prez in a rural Alaska.

By: house_of_pain on 1/28/10 at 10:56

I'm not sure who wins the "circle jerk" trophy today...
right now it's a toss-up between Galt & yogi.

By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 10:56

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 9:27
sid - Gotta agree with Blanket, you ask for it even on days when d7 is relative quiet, which I admit, that isn't often. However, he has a lot on interesting input.

Yes, he does bash me A LOT! No one else does. Other people offer suggestions and insight. His is bold slander. He even said I was a prostitute once. If I"m a prostitute, he's a creepy John.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 10:57

There's two words to summarize, congradulate, and give acclaim to Ronald Reagan's accolades bestowed upon him: ......"Mikail Gorbachev". Had he faced a Nikita Kruschev, forget about it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:00

A Cajun who died went to hell:
The devil assigned him the usual punishment...put him in the mass pit where the heat was melting others. The devil came back sometime later surprised to find the Cajun just sitting around, not even misting, much less sweating. "How come you're not so much as sweating here where everyone else is screaming for relief
from the heat?" The Cajun laughed and said, "Man, I was raised in the bayous of Sout Looziana. Dis ain't nothin' but May in Morgan City to me!" The devil decided to really put the Cajun through it. He put him in a sealed off cave in the pit with open blazes and four extra furnaces blasting. When he came back, days later, the Cajun was sitting pretty, had barely begun to bead up with sweat. The devil was outraged. "How is this possible!? You should be melted to a shrieking puddle in these conditions!." The Cajun laughed even harder than before. "Hey, man! I done tole you. I was raised in Sout Looziana. You tink dis is heat?! Dis ain't nothin' but August in Cow Island !"

So the devil thought, 'Alright, a little reverse action ought to do the trick.' He put the Cajun into a corner of hell where no heat ever reached. It was freezing and to add to the Cajun's misery, he added massive icebergs and blasting frozen air. When he returned, the Cajun was shivering, ice hung from every part of him but he was grinning like it was Christmas. Exasperated, the devil asked "HOW!? How is it possible?! You're impervious to heat and here you sit in conditions you can't be used to...freezing cold and yet you're happier than if you were in heaven. WHY?!"

The Cajun kept grinning and asked, "Don't dis mean de Saints won da Super Bowl?"

Who Dat!

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

Geaux, Saints!

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

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

Idgaf in answer to your question: Barry played golf well; he had numerous vacations while Americans took STAYcations; he spent millions on parties and travel and he shuck and jived and stammered his way through the year.

Other than that, I can't think of anything. Oh yeah, he got us deeper in debt; gave US citizenship to terrorists via his handling of their crimes; had their miranda rights upheld and has made us a laughing stock in the war crimes arena.

Future: Will probably free war criminals, including crotch bomber.

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

Blanket, nice.

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

blanket - lol :0

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:04

that was my tip of the hat to you, house and dargent for your game updates!

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 11:05

Ok Sid, now you're venturing into "Dragonland"...any credibility you might have had is long gone now.

By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 11:05

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 10:08
"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.

ME? Feed off you? Well stop baiting me, you twit.

The following comment made to Idgaf compliments of D7: "I was in High School, where your intellect seems to have frozen in time."

IDgaf, don't you know D7 is the only smart, intellectual, savvy person on this site? He told us that,himself. He's chiding me for 15 comments. He has written 15 LTE's in 3 days and he's psychic cause he writes them about things that the universe has not even released yet.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:08

be the bigger person, sid and quit taking the bait.

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

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 10:26
d7 - you don't like being slammed either - may I make a friendly suggestion - just ignore the posts rather than responding - works for me :)

Dusty, you have not been the target of D7 - yet. Give him time. And by the way, ask him how many times I've opted for a truce and HE has broken it.

He won't ignore a fight. It's not in his nature.

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

Still waiting for Dusty to point out the "garbage" in my post(s).

The GOP was hijacked by angry Christian fundamentalists, when the Solid South went over to the right side of the aisle. The fuss was a reaction to the Civil Rights laws...the flight from public schools to Christian schools soon followed.

Today, we are dealing with the consequences of that societal upheaval. The graduates of these Christian schools have gone on to occupy key positions in the Republican body politic. Their uncompromising and smug certitude has turned some Republicans off. Secular Republicans are now dealing with a takeover by the theocratic wing of the Republican Party.

The Democrats have kept the "Faith-based Initiative" alive; Obama has increased their budget. Both major parties are playing with fire, somebody's gonna get burned.

Secular-oriented Americans have been left in the lurch, notions of Benign Judeo-Christian Theocracy, Divine Rights, Divine Sanctions and Holy War are all popular themes among the Bible-toting populists.

Even our beloved and articulate Ben Dover is playing the role of Christian warrior nowadays...though safely removed from battle zone.

Armed Christians who casually call our president a "commie" and speak with a Limbaugh dialect make me think that Obama may not survive to run again.

The hate speech directed at Obama is on the air, 24/7. Sooner or later, some misguided nut-job(s) will act on the covert suggestions.

By: brrrrk on 1/28/10 at 11:16

BenDover said

"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."

There are so many holes in this argument that I don't know where to start.... so I'll just pick one. First of all, you're making the assumption that the wealthy (I'm assuming here that that's who your referring to when you say one person) are spending the same percentage of their income as the "someone else" your referring to. Clearly that isn't the case. But your also making the assumption that all purchases are equal and that every dollar spent effects the economy in the same way (which is the point I'm getting to). For example, the purchase of a Lamborghini will end up having less of an impact on our economy then the purchase of a Ford F150, even if the cost of the Lamborghini is much higher. The bottom line is that the middle class in this country is the economic driving force, not the well healed... and if the middle class is left to die on the vine for the benefit of the monied aristocracy, then the games up... even for the "haves". Economy can be defined as "the human activity that consists in producing, exchanging, distributing, and consuming goods and services" or in simple words, the flow of cash... in all directions. Right now it's only flowing one way and that's bad news. Stop reading Ayn Rand (who by the way had no real education in the field of economics), and start reading material written by REAL economists.

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

*pwewwwww*

the sounds of brrrk's post going over Ben's head.

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

Brrrrk, well said.

I'd like to know your thoughts on the gold standard. You can draw a line directly back to Nixon as to when the middle class started getting squeezed, and how they (we) were forced to go into debt just to maintain the standard of living they were accustomed.

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

brrrrk... I just think that letting the person who went to the trouble to earn the money decide, for the most part, how to spend it is a pretty good and sustainable long-term model for motivating productivity and economic growth.

I'm sorry you disagree but your position defies logic.

Your position implies that an inefficient, often corrupt and politically motivated bureaucracy can best decide how to spend the earnings of society. To enact this we have politicians who use other people's money to buy political favor... while shaving off a cut from themselves and their ever-growing underlying bureaucracy.

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 11:27

sid - I have no idea what you thought I said, so what I meant, is that, you ask for what you get. Just do a little searching and reread some of your comments.

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

Excellent refutation, Brrrk.

May I suggest using line feeds (paragraph breaks) to visually enhance your argument. Just a suggestion, I hate long and dense bodies of text in a post....they take on the appearance of a rabid rant.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 11:37

brrr - hate to disagree - suggest you read book called Wealth of Nations. No wealth is truly produced outside of bringing into existence something; be it via growing or manufacture or original idea :)

By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 11:37

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 8:08
Sid "Moron" Ames: Nowhere in the LTE says Palin should abort her "Down" baby. And, learn to spell the condition correctly.
You extrpolate and spill over to the "Special Olympics" and autism?
I'm sure, as you were "gone" for two days, everybody missed their favorite "target".

bf, paul calling me a "moron" does not set well with me. Nor does anyone else on this site want to be, or deserve to be called a moron.

I presume by his name calling that he wants it back. He looks in a mirror, then calls everyone else the ugly names he sees as he views himself.

If he calls a truce, I'll honor it. But I will not call another truce. He makes the words "I'm sorry" devoid of meaning.

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 11:44

Ben Dover sez: "we have politicians who use other people's money to buy political favor... while shaving off a cut from themselves and their ever-growing underlying bureaucracy."

That is true, Ben. Both parties do it, but that does not make it right or advisable,

The "political favor" is secured through lobbyist's campaign donations. The special interests are actually a conglomeration of largely corporate interests. The recent SCOTUS decision is being hailed as a motherlode for lobbyists and their bag-men. The public interest has been further marginalized.

The righties are defending this rather queer decision as a victory for "free speech", the irony is nothing rides for free. Money talks, you know the rest.... this new decision will give the special interests an even greater voice in governance and policy formation.

As one who decries using other people's money to buy political favor, I'm curious, how do you, Ben Dover, and other like-minded righties, respond to this ground-shaking SCOTUS decision?

By: brrrrk on 1/28/10 at 11:48

BenDover said

"Your position implies that an inefficient, often corrupt and politically motivated bureaucracy can best decide how to spend the earnings of society. To enact this we have politicians who use other people's money to buy political favor... while shaving off a cut from themselves and their ever-growing underlying bureaucracy."

And your assumption that there are no rules (or should be no rules) defining what an economy is within a country or regional area is naive at best and purely a fantasy. There are always rules (either from a formal government or a society) that dictates how economies work. And without those rules, implied or otherwise, there is nothing but economic anarchy.

You want to see the results of your view of an economy than look at Somalia... And while we're at it, give me one, just one, example of a successful economy built on libertarian principles.

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 11:51

Ben demands a for instance, "give me one, just one, example of a successful economy built on libertarian principles."

Uh, isn't the US a pertinent example? Certainly the Israelis are libertarian, right? They survived the "meltdown" just fine...floated like a cork.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 11:54

brrr - most intelligent person I've ever read on subject was Heinlein and who made the following observation:
Any engineer can tell you that you can't control a machine by negative feedback - causes it to oscillate out of control. I believe any attempt by the government to control the economy (other than reducing the tax burden on the middle class) acts like negative feedback.

By: brrrrk on 1/28/10 at 11:55

DustyU said

"brrr - hate to disagree - suggest you read book called Wealth of Nations. No wealth is truly produced outside of bringing into existence something; be it via growing or manufacture or original idea :)"

I'm not sure how this disagrees with what I said. The fact is that I agree with you on this. The real answer to our economy is bringing back jobs through the return of manufacturing... REAL manufacturing, and a fair trade policy. And that means re-adopting Alexander Hamilton's Report On Manufactures. Those ideas worked for over a hundred years...

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 12:01

What's the difference between negative and positive feedback, in your (Heinlien's) analogy? Those terms are subjective, ambigous, and vague. Are you suggesting that we need a flywheel effect to manage the tendency towards oscillations, in this "machine"? Where's the intake, where's the exhaust? We'll get this bitch runnin'....

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 12:03

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 11:12
Still waiting for Dusty to point out the "garbage" in my post(s).
By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 10:41
"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."
And this was RR fault how?

"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"
Documentation? Remember I knew the gentleman

By: brrrrk on 1/28/10 at 12:05

opps...

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 12:07

Agree with Hamilton, brrrk. I just wonder what the hell we're going to produce.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 12:07

brrr - definitely jobs are the answer - don't think government spending is the right avenue to produce them :)

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 12:07

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 12:08

<> Sorry about the bold everybody

By: brrrrk on 1/28/10 at 12:09

Loner said

"Uh, isn't the US a pertinent example? Certainly the Israelis are libertarian, right? They survived the 'meltdown' just fine...floated like a cork."

I would say that most countries economies are loosely based on libertarian economic principles... but there is no country that has a successful economy based purely on libertarian principles.

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

Dusty, well the private sector isn't creating any. That leaves the government, no?

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 12:15

Gdia
I believe the reason the private sector stopped producing was junior's interference - in effect eliminating taxes for super-rich buddies unlike RR who lowered taxes on middle class.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 12:16

:( :)

By: brrrrk on 1/28/10 at 12:17

gdiafante said

"Agree with Hamilton, brrrk. I just wonder what the hell we're going to produce."

Well, according to Hamilton we produce those things that we can produce and only import those items that we can't produce. And if we import items that our manufactures produce, then we apply a tariff to that imported item. It's what every other country does. For example, the average tariff for imports going into China is 20%.. for us the average import tariff is 2%.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 12:18

ok I'm lost - /b isn't working suggestion on turning this D#@# bold off