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: Loner on 1/28/10 at 1:25

Well, how can I possibly top "personally knowing Ronald Reagan" as fuel for my argument? Once again, Dusty has trumped me, His personal testimonial, as to the veracity of Ronald Reagan, is difficult dismiss as anecdotal evidence, without questioning the veracity or integrity of the source.

If you wish to believe that Ronald Reagan was a great president, that's your right, Dusty. I don't think that I could ever change your mind on that, so I will not try.

Dusty, are you implying that the arms for hostages deal was justifiable, legal and honorable? Was that a case of the ends justifying the means?

Are you suggesting that Reagan was out of the loop concerning Oliver North, the October surprise and the Iran-Contra Affair? If so, that supports my argument that he was just a figurehead, working for the benfit of the special interests...thank you for adding those items to my argument.

Ronald did say one thing that sticks with me, he said, "Trust, but verify." Too bad that his most ardent fans don't verify the facts and/or dispel the well-crafted myths concerning his so-called "greatness"....they trust, they don't verify.

Ronald trusted, as you pointed out, all too often he himself did not verify.

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

You gotta admit, dropping a bomb on Quaddafi's(sp?) house was pretty funny.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 1:31

true house :)

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 1:31

Yeah, House, how many burnt bodies were pulled from the rubble...I forgot.

By: house_of_pain on 1/28/10 at 1:32

Only a few of his family members, Loner.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 1:33

loner - so you don't believe in ever striking back at those who sponsor terrorism?

By: brrrrk on 1/28/10 at 1:35

In 1982 a Democratic Congress passed a bill that raised taxes by $37.5 billion a year. Reagan could have vetoed the legislation, but he chose to sign it. You see, it was much easier to leave it slide and blame the Democrats rather than have the cajones to do it himself. He also later signed legislation increasing the Social Security tax.

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 1:35

Really, Dusty? Do you really want to go there? What about Lebanon? 200 plus dead Marines and Reagan runs with tail between his legs.

Do NOT get me started on that.

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 1:36

Of course, if the Libyans had somehow managed to bomb the White House, we'd have called that "state-sposored terrorism". When we do it, it's called a "pre-emptive strike". it's all in the euphemisms.

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 1:37

"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. "

That wasn't me loner... it was a critic of mine. I agree with your response sans the State of Israel bait.

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

"State-sponsored terrorism", that is...my bad.

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

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A 16-year-old girl pulled from the rubble more than two weeks after a deadly earthquake was in stable condition Thursday, able to eat yogurt and mashed vegetables to the surprise of doctors, who said her survival was medically inexplicable.

This is a story worth changing the subject for. Everyone say "amen". "able to eat yogurt and mashed vegetables to the surprise of the doctors". She's a miracle and destined for great things.

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

Didn't George Soros say that Americans kept consuming and quit producing?

Did we "quit" our production or did our leaders ship all our production to Mexico and other foreign lands? Textiles, boot making, auto industry, garment industry? Just to mention a few.

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

You have to admit it was effective - Q backed down and has mostly tried to portray a peace lover ever since :)

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

Best I can remember, "Mo" was starting s**t with us, and had been warned.
I was just a teenager at the time, and could be suffering from selective memory, however.

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 1:44

http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/8355

By: Captain Nemo on 1/28/10 at 1:45

Thank you VinnyT. I hope you jion us from time to time.

I am only on page 2 and eastnasty has exposed just how profound his/hers trepidation of government has gotten. Weather Control?

sid's out of control need for attention gives me concern that not all is happy in her life? Could the lack of sensation in her life generate her to seek out any responce she can find? Whether it is positive or negitive.

BenDover for Bush makes an appearance. Mention Palin and tea Baggers and old Ben gets riled. Glade yo paid us a visit, Ben, I have misse your wild rants from Never Neverland.

BTW- What is.......amases By: idgaf on 1/28/10 at 8:44

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

Loner
"All politics are local and all political speeches are euphemisms couched as reality."
Robert Kennedy

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 1:46

Ben, are you saying that an imposter is posing as Ben Dover? You wrote, "That wasn't me loner... it was a critic of mine. I agree with your response sans the State of Israel bait".

"Bait"? That was merely a second example..Israel brags of being the only secular democracy in the region. Their economy is built along the lines of a libertarian model, except for their miltary industrial complex, the universal healthcare benefits and the preferential governmental treatment for members of the Jewish faith. Other than that, it's very libertarian.

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

Welcome back capt - hope you are feeling better :)

By: Captain Nemo on 1/28/10 at 1:51

Thanks Dusty. I have seen better days.

How are you doing. I saw where we paid a visit to the doctor.

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

capt - still waiting test results - they said if they can give me a 50/50 chance of surviving surgery they would go for it :)

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

Capt - we must be getting old :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 1:57

hi there, Nemo. have you gotten to my Saints joke yet? lol!

By: Captain Nemo on 1/28/10 at 1:58

Is this for your heart? I am afrid that I am not up to all that is going on with you lately.

Now what were we talking about? lol

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 1:58

Son of a...

http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2010/01/27/nashville-slayer-and-megadeth-show-now-official-cancelled/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TennesseancomTuneInMusicCity+%28tennessean.com+%7C+Tune+In+Music+City%29

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

blanket - yeah that was pretty cute :)

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 1:59

gdia: J.D. Salinger just died. (91) Wasn't Mark David Chapman reading "Catcher in the Rye" after he shot John Lennon? And, whay was that, anyway? Holden Caufield? I never understood the book.

By: slacker on 1/28/10 at 2:01

Hello chat room chatters.

Dusty I believe that was Tip O'Neil, not R. Kennedy.
Lots of ill will today, bunch of polarized chat.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/28/10 at 2:01

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 12:57
hi there, Nemo. have you gotten to my Saints joke yet? lol!

Did not see, Blanket. What page?

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 2:04

Capt - yeah - weak heart wall muscle - Cleveland Clinic evaluated me years ago for a blowout patch but decided I wouldn't survive surgery - now its disintegrating slowly so they are considering replacing the wall - totally experimental - never been successfully accomplished yet.:)

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 2:04

Darge, he had the book on him when he shot Lennon. I think he said something that the book would explain his actions or something.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 2:06

1/4 down on page 4, Nemo.

hi, slacker!

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 2:06

slack - yeah tipsy often got credit for "all politics is local" quote but I read it in RK's writings so I'm not so sure?

By: Captain Nemo on 1/28/10 at 2:07

I found it, Balnket. Hell freezes over.

Is that your pick?

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 2:07

Sid"V": STOP all this nonsense about a "truce". Get it straight:
This is a silly little chat room, based on silly little LTE's. If Bend-O wants to come across as a PhD. candidate from MIT, that's his business, as we're all impressed.
This board isn't an extension of NBC's Dr. Phil Show. STOP your incessant whinning, complaining, and flame throwing. If you were someone important I might take a closer look at what you say or take it to heart. But, knowing your behavior and emotional intellect for the past year, you bore me. I think you're more at the speed of "People" or "US" magazines.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 2:07

Nemo, i'd like to see them win but i think the colt's have it. you?

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 2:08

worth repeating I think! :)

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: Captain Nemo on 1/28/10 at 2:09

By: slacker on 1/28/10 at 1:01
Hello chat room chatters.

Dusty I believe that was Tip O'Neil, not R. Kennedy.
Lots of ill will today, bunch of polarized chat.

Who you calling polarized? ;-)

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 2:10

capt - I'm north pole I think? :)

By: slacker on 1/28/10 at 2:11

Hi, nazi. Wear your visor with the defroster tomorrow we'uns are in for it.
I putting beet juice brine on everything.

By: BenDover on 1/28/10 at 2:11

Dusty, you seem like a pretty cool guy. My argument about the economy going into hibernation on the promise of Obama holds up much better than the oft. repeated and exaggerated "It's Bush's Fault!" mantra that we still seem to suffer more than a year into Obama's tenure.

Good to hear from you Nemo. I hope things are going well for you.

Loner, Brushwood, maybe this year? I shoe-horned a Mustang V8 into a Miata and I'm anxious for a road-trip in this beast.. I'm thinking hordes of kooks surrounding a feisty old hippie might be worth the cost of admission. I’ll by you a wizard robe and I’ll wear my Alan Jackson hat… between that and the prolific mist of herbal supplements floating around we should have out pick of the lot.

BN hope all is well with you too. You're still internalizing the beliefs of others rather than finding your own way though. Do be careful to find a little balance in your input as inbreeding to that degree can be quite perilous.

Got to sign off now guys... I'll check back in another day.

BD

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 2:12

thanks for the encore, Dusty! i thought it was a hoot so i had to share!

yep, slacker. i've got my fleece pocket protector set out for tomorrow.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/28/10 at 2:13

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 11:08
be the bigger person, sid and quit taking the bait.
........................................................................................................................................................

Ain't going to happen. sid is is addicted to verbal bait.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 2:14

well, one can hope Nemo.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/28/10 at 2:14

Ben, you could say the same regarding your input. Be careful.

By: DustyU on 1/28/10 at 2:15

Capt - regrettably I have to agree - she seems to feed off the abuse - even to the point of encouraging it :(

By: slacker on 1/28/10 at 2:16

Nemo, I don't want to make you mad, I know that you and VinnyT are tight.

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 2:17

Ben likes to copy and paste that nonsense about the economy. It's not accurate but always an amusing read.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/28/10 at 2:17

With out hope there is only be sid's rants into the void.