Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 11:30pm

Talking loud, saying nothing

If I remember correctly, former vice president Dick Cheney was your basic MIA VP. He was always in some "undisclosed location," usually at a hospital getting a tune up on his pacemaker or appearing occasionally at military bases under armed guard.

Once out of office, he's popping up on TV talk shows more often than anyone in Hollywood. Always having something derogatory to say about our current President Barack Obama, he's never at a loss for words.

The latest flap that has Mr. Cheney, as well as the entire field marshals of the GOP, up in arms is Obama shaking Hugo Chavez's hand. That fau paux coming weeks after Obama bowed in subservience to the King of Saudi Arabia and agreeing to "talk" to Iran and North Korea.

Opening up Cuba as a tourist destination has Nixon and Reagan rolling in their graves.

I forget who said "Hold your friends close, but hold your enemies closer," and maybe Obama is following that course of action. I think the Bush administration had a "Do Not Call" list of world leaders longer than Nixon's "enemies list."

These leaders we banish from the world stage 'cause we say so’ has gone on too for long and accomplished nothing. They are in their respective positions for reasons that are none of our business.

Paul D’Argent, 37209

103 Comments on this post:

By: Dragon on 5/27/09 at 7:53

Obama's N. Korea policy is working wonders. Maybe his new diplomacy is secret.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 8:01


Must be the best kept secret around...because I can't see any results myself.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/27/09 at 8:06

hey, at least it hasn't been 8 years of no diplomacy.

By: Dragon on 5/27/09 at 8:11

Chief, there has been much accomplished. NK has said it is no longer bound by the armistice and will consider the stopping of its ships (South Korea yesterday agreed to join the Proliferation Security Initiative, or PSI, set up to locate and seize shipments of equipment and materials used to make weapons of mass destruction.) to be acts of war.

And, their missile program has never been more robust.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 8:12


Nope...it's been 100 days of Neville Chamberlain-type diplomacy around the world...with no end in sight I'm afraid.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 8:14

BTW, I was seriously SHOCKED the California State Supreme Court acknowledged the legality Prop 8.

Score one for states rights and the will of the people, anyway.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 8:27

Hey Dragon,

If Obama says we're already out of money, how does he plan to pay for socialized medicine? I've been trying to figure that one out since he said it.

By: slacker on 5/27/09 at 8:40

N. Korea's rhetoric is getting serious.

By: gdiafante on 5/27/09 at 8:41

I haven't seen Chief and Dragon this giddy since they were handing out free Viagra at Publix.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 8:45


Sorry I don't take Viagra...and by the way, how would you know they were handing out free Viagra at Publix anyway?

By: gdiafante on 5/27/09 at 8:45

Slacker, it has always been serious. Until now, we haven't taken it as such.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 8:46


Absolutely. Hope Obama realizes what he's doing right now isn't working and he will shift to a more aggressive stance.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 8:48


They've always had a pretty aggressive stance...that's how North Korea has always operated to get what they wanted which was economic help. Now though, their bluff is being called simply because there is no way economic help can be sent.

Should be interesting to see what happens now.

By: gdiafante on 5/27/09 at 8:49

I was there buying beer when a senior citizen started humping my leg. I thought that may have been you.

By: slacker on 5/27/09 at 8:50

By the way, which Publix is giving away viagra, my cousin ask me to check?

By: idgaf on 5/27/09 at 8:51

Biden is where?

Barry's time is running out spending like a little kid with access to his parents credit line.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 8:53


Sorry but I have more class than that...I would at least pay for a hotel room.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 8:54


Wonder if that's the reason we must hurry this along...because he knows if he doesn't do it now, it'll never be done because we will realize we can't afford it right now?

By: gdiafante on 5/27/09 at 8:55

As to the letter, Dargent can't have it both ways...either Dick Cheney is Darth Vader, quietly pulling the strings instead of Bush or he was an absent VP.

Liberals have always confused me about his issue. They will state on one hand that Bush is stupid and Cheney was running the show, then complain that Bush was a tyrant who dared to be king. Hmmm...

I think he was a stooge.

By: gdiafante on 5/27/09 at 8:56

Chief, you insult me! I am not that easy...

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 8:57


I get it, you're not easy or cheap...but reasonable...got it.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 9:02


I'm rather amused by this little tidbit:

Poll: Favorable opinions of Cheney rise

This is apparently irritating liberals hence my amusement. But frankly, I don't care one way or the other about how polls go for Cheney...he's not in office anymore.

By: daKine7 on 5/27/09 at 9:10

This LTE is TWO weeks old. Cannot you arm chair ambassadors of brilliance write one yourselves? "Cassius" Clay and myself are getting pretty tired of carrying the load.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 9:14


Two weeks? The date says it's two DAYS old. Is the date wrong?

By: house_of_pain on 5/27/09 at 9:14

Kwityerbitchin' and get back to work, d7. More LTEs!
We want cartoons submitted with them from now on.

By: slacker on 5/27/09 at 9:14

Obama is going to pass as many of his programs as he can get on the floor for a vote, in the next year. Watch Ginsburg resign next, so he can get another justice in place before the mid-term elections. When he might gain or lose seats.
If we have a terrorist attack, he's screwed.

slackerdamus 5/27/09

By: daKine7 on 5/27/09 at 9:15

Chief: "he's not in office anymore"...he sure acts like he is. While "in office" or hiding in his bunker, he only spoke at some military fort or at some GOP fundraiser during the last 8 years. Now, he's a revisionist", trying to either ruin Obama, keep his kiester out of jail for war crimes, or his pacemaker was retrofitted with an alkaline battery with a higher voltage. Either way, get lost!

By: house_of_pain on 5/27/09 at 9:18

Words like "if" and "might" should not be coming from slackerdamus.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 9:21


Now that he's no longer VP, he can speak as a civilian all he wants to...doesn't necessarily mean a thing...but apparently SOME people want to hear him as, at least according to CNN, his polls are going up. Whatever.

By: slacker on 5/27/09 at 9:25

pain, I agree I think slackerdamus is obviously a charlatan.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 9:26


Defile NOT the Great and Mighty Slackerdamus! He must be listened to as he is all-knowing!

BTW Slacker, I tend to agree with you that President Obama will be trying to get his agenda through before the defication hits the rotary oscillator. Or in the words of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanue, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 9:28


HERESY!!!!! I will not listen.

Slackerdamus is all-knowing!

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 9:32

Oh this doesn't look good for financing more stimulus money:

IRS tax revenue falls along with taxpayers' income

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 9:37

Just saw this too. IMO, it would be INSANE to try to implement something like this right now. It would retard what is already an extremely poor market.

Once Considered Unthinkable, U.S. Sales Tax Gets Fresh Look
Levy Viewed as Way to Reduce Deficits, Fund Health Reform


By: brrrrk on 5/27/09 at 9:43

The problem is that we continue to believe that we can spread both Democracy and Christianity (and make no mistake, these two were definitely linked during the Bush administration) through browbeating, intimidation, or at the point of a gun. It just doesn't work that way.

By: daKine7 on 5/27/09 at 9:44

Hey, look at the bright side. The governor has the "Bring your guns to state parks" on his desk. Then, onto bars, churches, nightclubs. There IS hope.

By: idgaf on 5/27/09 at 9:45

Cheney would have made a better president then Bush just as the beast would have made a better president then barry.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 9:48


The problem is that the private sectors and most individuals with money to stimulate the economy have no faith in the economy right now. And frankly, I haven't seen President Obama do much to allay those fears - all he's done is try to spend his way out of a bad economy, which (as far as I can tell) has never worked.

So, until those captialists who drive the economy decide to reinvest in it, the economy will continue to tank, IMO.

All of the above is just my opinion, of course.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 9:51


Ok...I THINK I agree with you here. I DO think Cheney would have made a better President than George W. But who is the beast? Are you talking about Hillary?

If so, then I also agree with you on that. Obama does not have the political background or experience Hillary does. He's having to learn as he goes...Hillary would not have had that problem. Of course she'd have other problems like not getting much respect in the Arabic world either.

By: daKine7 on 5/27/09 at 9:56

ChiefPain: Cheney had 2 DUI's to Bush's 1. Cheney had 5 military deferments to Bush "was in the National Guard, but nobody remembered him".
Whatever Obama has acomplished, has been on his own. No "daddy" pulling strings, a Yale legacey, oil interests...Obama is pure intellect. And that's what scares you. You know he's several pay grades above you, and you cannot handle it.
Get used to it. It will be a long 8 years.

By: brrrrk on 5/27/09 at 10:06

Chief... uh... who are you responding to? Talk about changing horses in the middle of the stream.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 10:15


BWHAHAHAHAHAHA! Abortion is above his pay grade...yet I can tell you exactly what I think. He may make more money than me, but I don't necessarily think he's any smarter. BTW, Obama didn't have daddy pulling strings...but he did have affirmative action working for him, didn't he.

Want to know what scares me about President Obama? He has very little experience in politics and is learning as he goes. THAT scares me. He shouldn't have been put into the position he's in until he had a few years in DC first. Now, we have to hope and pray he can figure out the right thing to do before he steps in it and we end up in a mess of trouble.

Intimidated or afraid of him? Nope. Afraid for my country. You bet! And you're darn right it will be a long FOUR years.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 10:17


The problem isn't spreading Democracy and Christianity right now. The problem is spending more than we have.

Sorry if I didn't make myself clear.

By: Dragon on 5/27/09 at 10:22

"He has very little experience in politics and is learning as he goes. "

Scarier still is there is no one to teach him outside of Pelosi, Reid, et al.

By: slacker on 5/27/09 at 10:26

dargent, you are getting that thrill running down your leg again. You shouldn't worship the guy, he might disappoint you.
I don't think his intellect is any higher than yours, and that makes him dangerous.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 10:33

Oh Darn Dragon,

You just made me even MORE nervous.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/27/09 at 10:34


I agree with you. I am constantly amazed how many people seem to almost worship this guy...and for no reason I can ascertain.

By: gdiafante on 5/27/09 at 11:00

Obama is much more intelligent than Dargent, and perhaps even everyone that posts here. I find it amazing how little credit people can give just because it would be incompatible with their ideology.

As far as worship, yes, there are some who seem to view Obama in an otherwordly way...but the majority are simply inspired or being filled with optimism.

Much the same way Conservatives embraced Bush, while Liberals reviled him. Shoes on the other foot now...very amusing.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/27/09 at 11:03

g, you took the words right out of my fingers!

By: daKine7 on 5/27/09 at 11:05

ChiefPain/Dragon: Obama has more smarts in one pinky than both of you have combined. If he's a dumb, naive, inexperienced as you all say, why then is he the freekin' President of the USA? He must have something goin' on. And it ain't "affirmative action". You don't get to be president by AA. And red-necks, like yourselves, didn't vote for him 'cause he's black".
No one "worships" Obama...it's just that in comparison to a jester who stole one election and jacked the second, it's refreshing.
But, debating you jag-off's is a definition of insanity. Off to get some of that Vigra being passed out at Publix. A 4 hour erection sounds a lot better than "posting" this compost heap.