Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 1:38am

Too much to endure

Saturday, Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker at the “Tea Party Convention” held in Nashville. I would first like to state that I am very proud whenever Nashville is selected for any major venue, political or otherwise. But the very fact that Palin was selected as the keynote speaker shows that the Tea Party movement is not in danger of being taken over by the Conservative Republican movement, but that it already has been. Their true colors are being shown right from the beginning.

One of the first things that Sarah Palin did was to mention good southern barbeque and sweet tea. I found that interesting as I was left wondering whether she had actually had any since she and others had lobster at several hundred dollars per plate.

In fact, all of the attendees had to pay over $500 to attend. I seem to recall that several weeks ago a similar Democratic event was held in which both southern barbeque and sweet tea were served which was, incidentally, free of charge. We did not partake of any lobster, but we did have important keynote speakers.

As usual, Palin stated the expected platitudes toward those who serve our country in uniform. While that is always admirable, these conservatives always try to make it seem that only conservative Republican types serve in our military. Let me be clear, there are many liberal Democrats proudly serving their country in our military also. But Conservatives like Palin tend to forget that.

Soon after that she referred to “Alaska” as being a “beacon of hope” for the rest of the world. Well, at least that was her only gaff! But she went on to state that we need more than tough talk from the current administration while ignoring the fact that this administration has literally conducted more missile strikes against the terrorist threat than any administration before has done. 

And she invoked John F. Kennedy by stating that it should be recalled that “all of the world’s problems aren’t his [Obama’s] predecessor’s fault.” Of course, she forgets that during the previous administration everything was blamed on the Clinton administration. They can dish it out, but they can’t take it.

She mentioned TARP without recalling that this was a Bush administration “fix” for our economic problems, insinuating that it was all an Obama administration idea. And, of course, she was highly critical of TARP and stated that we are in the worst economic situation ever due to the consequences of Obama administration policies. Never mind Bush administration policies.

She mentioned annoyance with the national debt without acknowledging that it was the Bush administration that took us from a surplus back into greater national debt in the first place.  Republicans never made a single peep concerning the national debt while the Bush administration was in charge, but can’t shut up about it now as they insinuate that the Obama administration has somehow caused it all by itself. There is no thought to how bad this “great recession” might have been if the present administration had not taken measures to reign in the negative effects of the runaway conservative agenda.

Finally, she made reference to “liberal intolerance,” which is an oxymoron if I ever heard one. It is, in fact, conservatives who are intolerant of others, not liberals. And almost in the same breath she insinuated that liberals reject children with special needs, which I found particularly insulting since I happen to have two nephews with special needs, one of whom, I am very proud to say, is a Freemason and a Shriner and has been elected as chaplain for Hendersonville Lodge this year. 

If Palin wishes to insinuate that Democrats like myself reject those with special needs then she should come to understand that we accept people no matter who they are and believe in providing them with opportunities as they grow and develop in their lives. We are not solely focused on the yet to be born, but acknowledge and support those already born as well.

In the end, the chants encouraging Palin to run for President of the United States of America were just a bit too much to endure. I implore the American people to thoughtfully consider what it would be like for this nation and their families if she were to become the most powerful person on this planet. Do you really want that? Think about it.

John M. Browder, 37211

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293 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 3:45

sorry to hear about your kitty, Mama.


By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 3:46

Breasticles: Whe a male walks thru the new airport scanners, the "operator" views his "testicles" in an ajacent room and proclaims, "oh, boy, look at that set of hooters". Thus, the name breasticles. MamaG is just ahead of the curve.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 3:47

yes, she is ahead of the "curve"!

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 3:47

Girlie, thanks so much. He's FIV positive and nothing I do for him at the vet's lasts very long. It's just time. He will go out back, beside the dogs. Sad, he's only 8 yrs old. I still have my female--a big biscuit head blue persian...she's great!

I saw a white dove fly overhead on my way to work today...strange to see, that!

'Night all...

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 3:53

Chief's "done with training", like the KKK is done with bleaching the white sheets.
Helping the "Iraqi's free themselves"? And since he was in Baghdad for the past 3 months, there were 6 suicide bombings, killing 300. Yes, by all accounts, Baghdad is "safe", open for business, as usual.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 3:56

see ya, Mama.


By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 3:59

sharing electronic medical records would be a good cost savings!

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 4:11

Stop it, Blanket...we like the archaic, expensive and confusing old way.


By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 4:12

Oh, and any reform will break your mother's back.


By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 4:12

oh gosh, there i go aiding the enemy again - lol!

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 4:14

Loner said this forum isn't group therapy or a "Dr. Phil" show. I agreed.
Then House asked why the Special Olympics weren't held in the Winter Games.
I said the "'tard" word, that we all threw around the past couple of days.
So, it's not enough trying to keep up with "Sid" and all her shenanigans, "Funditto" get's offended.
This forum isn't "Dr. Phil" or isn't a confessional. If I'm being bad, I'll talk with a priest.
I just wish people posting would make up their minds as to whether this is a "joking", easy going forum, full of sarcasm, or beyond PC, and we've got to always watch our backside as to not offend anything or anybody.

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 4:16

This site is whatever you make of it. To me, it's a big, beautiful elephant with purple eyes.

By: brrrrk on 2/9/10 at 4:18

Blanketnazi2 said

"sharing electronic medical records would be a good cost savings!"

This is something that both the German and French health care systems do. In both cases a card is issued to each individual containing a microchip that stores all their insurance information (children are on the mothers card.. at least in France). You go to ANY doctor ANYWHERE and they put your card in a reader that gives them all the necessary information they need to process your visit and/or procedure. Check out T R Reid's book, The Healing of America.... I think it a fair assessment of different health care systems around the world, warts and all.


By: brrrrk on 2/9/10 at 4:22

OK, Ann Coulter ads on both sides of the page, Palin on one side and Newt at the bottom (ironically)... no bias here I see....

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 4:27

Blanket, you have to admit that the electronic records are truly appealing, I agree totally. Especially for those of us with drug allergies, and low and behold, the one you cannot take is the very one the ambulance guys want to inject you with! LOL I had to argue w/them, my head bashed in and blood oozing out, not to inject me w/morphine endlessly...all the way to the ER. No, I'm not wearing one of those tags either.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 4:34

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 3:16
This site is whatever you make of it. To me, it's a big, beautiful elephant with purple eyes.


By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 4:35

it seems as though the only "offended" people are those seeking out attention.

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 4:39

Gotta admit that d7 topped me with the "tard" remark. B@lls the size of church bells, I tell ya...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 4:42

so that's why he staggers. i thought it was the fortified wine....

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 4:49

brrrrk, Coulter wants you to look at her breasticles.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 5:03

Ann is hiding her candy.

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 5:03


Yes, mamma and I'll be a doing what ''chew say cuz I know you da boss lady.

Take your meds. I've never written that MUCH in all caps. Did you ever think that maybe you are over analyzing my posts? That maybe the problem is YOU?

Of course not. When I first came on here, someone told me ya'll were not smart enough to rationalize with. I never thought such a thing.

But your attack on me today was, well, hurtful at best. Thanks for clearing up in my mind what's WRONG with me.

Now, can you clear up for me what is wrong with the rest of you SIDIOTS?

Sidots? Now that is funny! About as funny as Funditto! (no offense intended fun)

Hey Girlie Girl. Wish I COULD be you. YOu are so logical and never offend. Can you help me get sweeter and nicer? I am such an "sidiot". I wish I had class like you. That'll be the day.

Disclaimer: If anyone reads sarcasm into my post, please take 2 aspirin and drink a beer.

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 5:03

oops! make that xanex and 4 beers!

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 5:04

How about if I just drink several beers, sid?

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 5:06

Xanax does sound pretty good, though...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 5:07

sid, if several people tell you the same thing, perhaps you should consider some self examination.

By: chiefpayne568 on 2/9/10 at 5:10


Nice to hear from you too.

Yeah, I guess if we just leave the Iraqis to the terrorists, they will be doing ok...like the terrorists killing more than 300 a day rather than in 3 months.

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 5:21

We've got our own terrorists here at Fort Breasticle.

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 5:51

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 4:07
sid, if several people tell you the same thing, perhaps you should consider some self examination.

Blanket if several people tell me the same thing on this post, it reinforces my behavior. Remember, you can't tell a SIDIOT anything. So does that mean if I tell you the same thing "several times" that you'll listen? I didn't think so.

Thanks for your thoughtful comments on me. Just what I tuned in today for -- to be critiqued. "self examination"? Duh!

Look into a mirror Blanket and tell me what you see?

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 5:56

Sid, different people tell you things on different day, yes. But they all tell you the SAME thing. Over and over and over again. But you just blame the messenger and refuse to consider that you bring it on yourself. It makes me feel real sorry for you.

By: brrrrk on 2/9/10 at 6:02

More Paine to be considered....

"I care not how affluent some may be, provided that none be miserable in consequence of it. But it is impossible to enjoy affluence with the felicity it is capable of being enjoyed, while so much misery is mingled in the scene. The sight of the misery, and the unpleasant sensations it suggests, which, though they may be suffocated cannot be extinguished, are a greater drawback upon the felicity of affluence than the proposed ten per cent upon property is worth. He that would not give the one to get rid of the other has no charity, even for himself.

There are, in every country, some magnificent charities established by individuals. It is, however, but little that any individual can do, when the whole extent of the misery to be relieved is considered. He may satisfy his conscience, but not his heart. He may give all that he has, and that all will relieve but little. It is only by organizing civilization upon such principles as to act like a system of pulleys, that the whole weight of misery can be removed. "

Take that Beck!!!

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 6:15

brrrrk, stop making my posts look so insignificant.
I know you do it on purpose, you hateful b@st@rd...

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 6:29

Thanks to Dusty's grandson for letting everyone know where he is and what is going on. My prayers and I am sure others on this forum will be for his speedy recovery so he can join in with us again.

Thanks again Dusty's grandson!

By: brrrrk on 2/9/10 at 6:31

house_of_pain said

"brrrrk, stop making my posts look so insignificant.
I know you do it on purpose, you hateful b@st@rd..."

ROFLMAO... blame Thom Hartmann, it's all his fault....

By: bfra on 2/9/10 at 6:33

sid - No one else on the forum fits as a sidiot - guess you have that class all by your titty baby self.

Thanks again Mama for giving the gnat a catagory! A swatter only last so long.

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 6:53

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 4:56
Sid, different people tell you things on different day, yes. But they all tell you the SAME thing. Over and over and over again. But you just blame the messenger and refuse to consider that you bring it on yourself. It makes me feel real sorry for you.

Funditto, and I feel sorry for you as well. And for mama and all the other sidiots. I love that word. Wish I had thought of it. "Sid-idiots" Definition: People who are not saavy when it comes to Sid-ography.

For some reason,

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 6:58


"isn't necessary" -- according to whom? Youm? OK, Big mama! I'll be careful to make sure I only say what is "necessary" according to Youm!

Just now I heard that 80% of the Stimulus dollars ARE NOT being given to us U.S. citizens. It's going to ------- CHINA!

So 20% of the tax money we spend is coming to us. Look for it at a local store near you. 20% fricking percent. BUT the WHITE HOUSE doesn't see a problem with that.


By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 7:02


A word I hate to hear, read or type. Please stop using it or I will stop joining you on this post.

Right! ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,. Who will see this last? They will be the first person to use the word of the day.

Can't wait.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 11:33


By: FreedomJournal on 2/10/10 at 8:29

(By Carl A. Patton, 13 January 2009)

Greetings Brethren,

Peace be unto you. Once there were real Democrats and Republicans. However no one now is the same. Meanwhile celerity politicians take center stage. You first become a star and then you write a book. Chairs are thus won by many thespians as the media has a fit and the smoke-filled rooms on both sides of the aisle cry out Stop!

Abraham Lincoln Frowned But God Never Left

Soon after the days that the chattel chains broke
the people originally from “The Land of the Blacks,”
flocked to embrace Lincoln’s politics as he was the
god of the oppressed.

Freedom rang many bells and the freedom bell
did ring for some although it is a life-long process
as freedom is seen by some as oppression and
some as equal rights human.

Meanwhile a mere political philosophy did not
ensure neither freedom nor the right to vote but only
for a little while as freedom came to the battle
field as the right to citizenship was won and,

Not given. However many that knew God saw
it as a God given right. But for the most part with
this legacy of attempted freedom or human rights,
as a human subject being waged the new citizens stayed,

Within the ranks of the GOP. But as the new
century moved in and the surge of Civil Rights
Organizations came to fruition also an economic
down turn hit all and both sides suffered.

However the poorest of the poor suffered most.
The depression that had historically been upon them
was now counted as a Depression for all people.
A man on the other side of the aisle came to the rescue.

FDR spelled out a program that would benefit all
that hungered for a place to eat, sleep and clothes to
wear and a school house. The inexperienced, unseasoned
citizens still looking for hope bolted from the ranks.

The balance was now one-sided as it had been
previously however these days and days since
there has been some mood to bring back the legacy
of Lincoln however, in very strange ways.

Many celebrity chairs now compete some Black
and some White. However will theatrics bring freedom
and justice? What would Lincoln think? But what
is God thinking as he perceived it before it happened.

Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 14 January 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

By: consultmlcesq on 2/10/10 at 9:14

Typical deceptive GOP Politics: whatever negative characteristics they attribute to Democrats are typically true about themselves. Sneaky, Sneaky. Deception is the art of GOP politics.

By: Anna3 on 2/10/10 at 10:30

I'm still havin' a hard time visualizing a group of nitwits stupid enough to elect Obama.

By: brrrrk on 2/10/10 at 10:43

consultmlcesq said

"Typical deceptive GOP Politics: whatever negative characteristics they attribute to Democrats are typically true about themselves. Sneaky, Sneaky. Deception is the art of GOP politics."

It's called Psychological projection or projection bias, the unconscious act of denial of a person's own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, such as to the weather, the government, a tool, or to other people. Thus, it involves imagining or projecting that others have the same feelings or motives, rather than what they really think.

And God forbid they actually acknowledge what we REALLY think.