Letters to the Editor

Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 2:02pm

Force fed

Had to watch — forced myself actually — Sarah Palin address the faithful at Saturday night's "Tea Party Convention." Was pleased when all the national media panned down the steets on Broadway [and] the bars didn't have their "Guns Welcomed Here" signs out.

Palin is a charismatic, effective public speaker, to be sure. She looks a lot better than Hillary in high heels. But, her content is an attempted throwback to "yesterday, and years gone by." Bigger military, an arrogant diplomatic posture, and pray for "Divine Intervention" when the chips are down.

She effectively, to the 600 attendees, [drew] rousing appreciation — everyone on their feet, with hand pumps and high fives.

A one-on-one question and answer session at the conclusion floated the idea of "President Palin." The interviewer said those two words "scare people." You bet they do. All of her ideas and rhetoric give people hope for something different that we bought into last election and like a little child, have become bored with our new toy.

It's always "something different; a change" that we vote into office. It was G.W. Bush as a change from the Clinton years. Then it was Barack Obama as a change from the Bush years. In 2012, it could very well be Palin as a change from the Obama years.

America has a short attention span.

Paul D'Argent, 37209

 

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339 Comments on this post:

By: oyharward on 2/8/10 at 9:12

Thank you for allowing me to show a few “links” to locate the” anti-Sarah Palin bull____”, and how she has been forced to spend over $500,000 out of her own pockets to protect the truth.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/08/palin-fends-off-all-ethics-charges-brought-since-0/

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26772.html

http://www.adn.com/palin/story/838912.html

http://www.michiganders4palin.com/2009/12/two-more-frivolous-ethics-charges.html

http://palininvestigated.blogspot.com/

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/09/palin.ethics/index.html

Oscar Y. Harward
oharward@carolina.rr.com
http://conservativechristianvoice.blogspot.com

By: sidneyames on 2/8/10 at 9:22

Wow Capt. thanks for that post. It was heart warming; I'm glad the wall came down. And you are right. NO ONE can do great things alone. It takes team work.

Obama scared a lot of logical minded people with his "bold, swift" talk. When a new owner of a company takes over, or a new manager or other boss, the "employees" (or peons) are generally apprehensive about change.

Americans can accept change, but for some reason the country seems to want slower steps in change. At least that's how I view the matter.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 9:25

sid, many people want change and we want it now. it's the obstructionist republicans that are blocking the way and are unwilling to compromise.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/10 at 9:29

Only Nixon could go to China.

Only Gorbachev could bring down the wall.

By: sidneyames on 2/8/10 at 9:32

Blanket, sometimes when "change" comes too fast, it is not well thought out. Re-arranging lives should be done with a lot of planning and thoughtfulness. That's my take on it.

Everytime people "Jump" on board for a New idea, it leads to disappointment. I agree with change - but slowly.

Look at the new convention center. CHANGE. Yeah. The first booked convention is a repeat convention from 2 years ago. How new is that? I mean, they came back, didn't they? They already knew about Nashville from their good experience 2 years ago.

OR are we not hearing the whole story? Did they get the new booking for FREE or cheaper than 2 years ago just for the publicity stunt?

I say change is a good thing if well thought out. Let me know how you feel about the convention center in 2-4 years when you're being asked to raise your property taxes 20% or more to cover the expenses associated with it.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/10 at 9:32

Alright Oscar, we get it, you have a crush. She's married and Conservative values dictate that you cannot touch...tsk tsk...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 9:35

change isn't coming to fast, it's simply being blocked by the obstructionists who are only concerned about their own agenda and not the welfare of the country. they spout mis-truths to their constituents in order to gain support.

By: gdiafante on 2/8/10 at 9:37

This country has been static for over 50 years...and you think we should change slowly? That's exactly why America's lost her edge in competition with China and India.

We're on the way down and some think that's fine.

By: sidneyames on 2/8/10 at 9:37

This is what I want changed: The AP reported this:
"BEIJING (AP) — China has found another 170 tons of tainted milk powder in an emergency crackdown that has made it increasingly clear many products discovered in the country's 2008 milk scandal were repackaged for sale instead of destroyed.
The growing number of cases in recent weeks challenges the government's earlier promise to overhaul its approach to food safety after hundreds of thousands of children in that scandal were sickened by milk products tainted with an industrial chemical. At least six children died.
Tainted milk products have recently emerged in China's largest city, Shanghai, and in the provinces of Shaanxi, Shandong, Liaoning, Guizhou, Jilin and Hebei."

No more products from China; no more toys, clothes, milk, food products. None, nada. They do not have the security and checks and balances in place that make me feel safe.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 9:39

For as long as he can remember, 7-year-old Timmy Yu has had one precious dream: From the bottom of his heart, he has hoped against hope that God would someday hear his prayer to walk again. Though many thought Timmy's heavenly plea would never be answered, his dream finally came true Monday, when the Lord personally responded to the wheelchair-bound boy's prayer with a resounding no.

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28812

By: gdiafante on 2/8/10 at 9:39

That's fine Sid, but I don't want any complaining when you pay more for these items.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 9:42

Last week, after nine months, the Senate finally approved Martha Johnson to head the General Services Administration, which runs government buildings and purchases supplies. It’s an essentially nonpolitical position, and nobody questioned Ms. Johnson’s qualifications: she was approved by a vote of 94 to 2. But Senator Christopher Bond, Republican of Missouri, had put a “hold” on her appointment to pressure the government into approving a building project in Kansas City.

This dubious achievement may have inspired Senator Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama. In any case, Mr. Shelby has now placed a hold on all outstanding Obama administration nominations — about 70 high-level government positions — until his state gets a tanker contract and a counterterrorism center.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/08/opinion/08krugman.html

it has nothing to do with "change" happening too fast. it's all just posing and agendas.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 9:44

Today, by contrast, the Republican leaders refuse to offer any specific proposals. They inveigh against the deficit — and last month their senators voted in lockstep against any increase in the federal debt limit, a move that would have precipitated another government shutdown if Democrats hadn’t had 60 votes. But they also denounce anything that might actually reduce the deficit, including, ironically, any effort to spend Medicare funds more wisely.

And with the national G.O.P. having abdicated any responsibility for making things work, it’s only natural that individual senators should feel free to take the nation hostage until they get their pet projects funded.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/10 at 9:47

By: oyharward on 2/8/10 at 9:12
Thank you for allowing me to show a few “links” to locate the” anti-Sarah Palin bull____”, and how she has been forced to spend over $500,000 out of her own pockets to protect the truth.
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Howard, I could not stop you from posting if I wanted too. So there is no need for the phony niceties. I ask for the bull and you give me old news.

By: Loner on 2/8/10 at 9:50

The handle. "Christian Conservative Voice", has that theocratic ring to it....like the expression, "Islamic Republic" or "Jewish State". Pastor Harward is one of those Christian warriors, stirring the pot, inciting more hate, rationalizing the bigotry.,,,from a safe distance.

Sarah Palin is the natural choice of these enemies of pluralism, science and secular democracy.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/10 at 9:51

Hey guys, over the weekend I found out that a few of my acquaintances actually know Sid.... general consensus, there ain't enough tin foil in the world to build a hat for this woman.

oh, and before I hear about it.. yes Sid, I say hate-filled hateful things that you hate.

By: BigPapa on 2/8/10 at 9:51

I am no Palin fan. If the GOP dcided to hitch their wagon to her, well prepare to be the minority party for a while.

But I am amazed that it took 3 post before some what invoked Hitler! Don't you know that the first person to compare the other to Hitler automaticly loses the debate?? C'mon stop the hyperbole.

By: sidneyames on 2/8/10 at 9:51

: gdiafante on 2/8/10 at 9:39
That's fine Sid, but I don't want any complaining when you pay more for these items.

I think I'd rather pay more for a child's piece of jewelry or toy and know that when the toy is in the child's mouth, that they are not getting lead poison. Or that we're not feeding our children poison milk.

So, G, I won't complain. I buy less food that costs more now. My take on expensive food is that if it costs more, eat slower and get more nutrition from it. My hubby was a "gulper" of food till I convinced him that he could eat slower and spend less.

I like avocados, artichokes, papaya, and other sort of costly items. Just eat 'em slow. They last longer.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 9:53

The U.S. clearly has reached the point of imperial overreach. Military spending and debt-servicing are cannibalizing the U.S. economy, the real basis of its world power. Besides the late U.S.S.R., the U.S. also increasingly resembles the dying British Empire in 1945, crushed by immense debts incurred to wage the Second World War, unable to continue financing or defending the imperium, yet still imbued with imperial pretensions.

It is increasingly clear the president is not in control of America’s runaway military juggernaut. Sixty years ago, the great President Dwight Eisenhower, whose portrait I keep by my desk, warned Americans to beware of the military-industrial complex. Six decades later, partisans of permanent war and world domination have joined Wall Street’s money lenders to put America into thrall.

Increasing numbers of Americans are rightly outraged and fearful of runaway deficits. Most do not understand their political leaders are also spending their nation into ruin through unnecessary foreign wars and a vainglorious attempt to control much of the globe — what neocons call “full spectrum dominance.”

http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/eric_margolis/2010/02/05/12758511-qmi.html

you can't have more military and a balanced budget. when will the conservatives figure this out???

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 9:53

The U.S. clearly has reached the point of imperial overreach. Military spending and debt-servicing are cannibalizing the U.S. economy, the real basis of its world power. Besides the late U.S.S.R., the U.S. also increasingly resembles the dying British Empire in 1945, crushed by immense debts incurred to wage the Second World War, unable to continue financing or defending the imperium, yet still imbued with imperial pretensions.

It is increasingly clear the president is not in control of America’s runaway military juggernaut. Sixty years ago, the great President Dwight Eisenhower, whose portrait I keep by my desk, warned Americans to beware of the military-industrial complex. Six decades later, partisans of permanent war and world domination have joined Wall Street’s money lenders to put America into thrall.

Increasing numbers of Americans are rightly outraged and fearful of runaway deficits. Most do not understand their political leaders are also spending their nation into ruin through unnecessary foreign wars and a vainglorious attempt to control much of the globe — what neocons call “full spectrum dominance.”

http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/eric_margolis/2010/02/05/12758511-qmi.html

you can't have more military and a balanced budget. when will the conservatives figure this out???

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 9:55

no way, brrrk! that's hilarious!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/10 at 9:55

This is a good example of Republicans not wanting to spend out tax dollars and moving the country forward.

According to the report, Shelby is holding Obama's nominees hostage until a pair of lucrative programs that would send billions in taxpayer dollars to his home state get back on track. The two programs Shelby wants to move forward or else:
- A $40 billion contract to build air-to-air refueling tankers. From CongressDaily: "Northrop/EADS team would build the planes in Mobile, Ala., but has threatened to pull out of the competition unless the Air Force makes changes to a draft request for proposals." Federal Times offers more details on the tanker deal, and also confirms its connection to the hold.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/report-shelby-blocks-all-obama-nominations-in-the-senate-over-al-earmarks.php

By: house_of_pain on 2/8/10 at 9:59

Blanket, it's mighty cold in hell today.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 10:00

yes, indeed it is! i tried a six pack of Trinity last night. not bad....reminds me of Anchor Steam.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 10:02

Who Dat!!!!!

By: gdiafante on 2/8/10 at 10:04

Question: if the current health care bill fails, and the Republicans win the Senate back, when can we expect health care reform?

Or Social Security reform?

I'll wait...

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/10 at 10:06

By: BigPapa on 2/8/10 at 9:51

But I am amazed that it took 3 post before some what invoked Hitler! Don't you know that the first person to compare the other to Hitler automaticly loses the debate?? C'mon stop the hyperbole.

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There was no comparing at all Big Papa. I used Hitler as an example. Could have said Attila the Hun, would that have offended you?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 10:06

Ivan the Impaler.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/10 at 10:07

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 9:53
The U.S. clearly has reached the point of imperial overreach. Military spending and debt-servicing are cannibalizing the U.S. economy, the real basis of its world power. Besides the late U.S.S.R., the U.S. also increasingly resembles the dying British Empire in 1945, crushed by immense debts incurred to wage the Second World War, unable to continue financing or defending the imperium, yet still imbued with imperial pretensions.
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This happen to Rome before The Fall

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/10 at 10:08

lol brrrk

By: brrrrk on 2/8/10 at 10:09

gdiafante said

"Question: if the current health care bill fails, and the Republicans win the Senate back, when can we expect health care reform?

Or Social Security reform?

I'll wait..."

Didn't you hear GD, they're pushing the ol' privatizing Social Security and dump it into the stock market meme again.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 10:10

are they pulling that again????

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/10 at 10:11

Sarah Palin is the natural choice of these enemies of pluralism, science and secular democracy.

You got that right Loner.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/10 at 10:14

Blanketnazi2 said

"are they pulling that again????"

Yep, I suppose they just can't get enough of a good thing.

http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/rep-hensarling-advocates-cutting-benefits-and-privatizing-social-security.php

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/10 at 10:14

lol Blanket

By: sidneyames on 2/8/10 at 10:15

By: gdiafante on 2/8/10 at 9:37
This country has been static for over 50 years...and you think we should change slowly? That's exactly why America's lost her edge in competition with China and India

G, I'm not sure the computer industry; technology, auto industry or space program would agree we've been static. And then there are some human rights issues that have changed. After all, 50 years ago, when I was 13, you couldn't even say "gay" in a school, let alone "gay rights" or transgender ? OMG, that was off limits. Now it's mainstream in most places.

Don't be so critical. We've gone from an adult woman flying solo (Emelia) to having teenagers sail solo across the oceans.

We've gone from no smoking at all by women to women smoking all they want to. We've gone from secret reefers to medical marijuana.

Maybe not fast enough for you, but rather quickly, I'd say. Because 50 years in the span of time since the universe began (billions of years) is but a mere drop of sand on the beach of life.

By: Loner on 2/8/10 at 10:18

Bn, it is possible to have both guns and butter, if international umbilical cords keep your nation-state solvent. Since nobody, save the Chinese, are throwing Uncle Sam a lifeline, he may slowly sink into the quicksand of insolvency. if the Chinese quit buying our debt. we will have defeated ourselves, victims of our illusional success.

Obama is doing his level best to antagonize our Chinese creditors, by selling arms to Taiwan and by demanding that China reevaluate its currency to benefit the USA.

Dennis Ross, former US Ambassador to Israel and now high up in the State Dept. heirarchy, recently told the Chinese leadership that we may not be able to stop Israel from striking Iran, if the Chinses balk at more sanctions. If Israel and the US decide to hit Iran, the Chinese may consider that to be the last straw. The Chinese could pull the financial rug out from under us (and Israel) at any time.

Ironically, World Peace might actually come about, if the USA was out of the picture....the original American Founding Principles have been undermined by the special interests and perverted by our corrupted political parties. As a nation, we had it, then we blew it....there's plenty of blame to go around....we're all guilty.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/10 at 10:19

Loner said,

"Sarah Palin is the natural choice of these enemies of pluralism, science and secular democracy."

Boy howdy, ain't that the truth?

She's the perfect conduit for the anti-Jeffersons in this country, of course we all know that Jefferson (that's Thomas and not George, for you teabaggers) was a communist.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 10:20

sid, a good read is "The People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn, if you have not already read it.

By: sidneyames on 2/8/10 at 10:21

By: brrrrk on 2/8/10 at 9:51
Hey guys, over the weekend I found out that a few of my acquaintances actually know Sid.... general consensus, there ain't enough tin foil in the world to build a hat for this woman.

oh, and before I hear about it.. yes Sid, I say hate-filled hateful things that you hate.

And BRRRK since you "HIDE" behind letters Brrrrk, it's not possible for me to know if any of my "acquaintances" know you. ha, ha, ha. So you have "acquaintances" that think ill of me? Don't you have any real friends ? Did you meet them at the 12-step meetings you attend? (FA - Friends' anonymous)). So hide behind your letters, brrrrrrrrrrk. Nothing you say hurts me. It only hurts you to spread ugly thoughts throughout the planet. And who would wear a tin foil hat anyway? Some dunce? NOt me.

And didn't you have anything too talk about EXCEPT your disdain for me over the weekend? Ohhhh, Shallow! Empty! Sad little person(s).

And if I knew who you were talking about, they probably would be people who are nice to my face and mean behind my back, cause only know of D7 who hates me. So you and Paul must have met up.

Sorry to hear about your misfortune!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 10:22

yeah, brrrrk. now you have no friends and you're a recovering alcoholic! my, that's rich. only a dumbass would post their real name on a posting board.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/10 at 10:22

Ironically, World Peace might actually come about, if the USA was out of the picture....the original American Founding Principles have been undermined by the special interests and perverted by our corrupted political parties. As a nation, we had it, then we blew it....there's plenty of blame to go around....we're all guilty.

Loner I think we maybe pricing out of the world picture anyway.

By: sidneyames on 2/8/10 at 10:22

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 10:20
sid, a good read is "The People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn, if you have not already read it.

Blanket, thanks for the suggestion. I"ll try to find it and read it. MIght take me some time. I'm a slow reader! But I get there.

By: sidneyames on 2/8/10 at 10:25

By: Loner on 2/8/10 at 8:14
Darge, why bring the troll into the conversation? Ignoring her is the best policy, IMHO. Maybe you just enjoy poking that mangy, tethered dog with a stick. Animal cruelty sucks

Loner, because he's always trolling on broadway; didn't you know that? And he likes to stir up dooooo-doooooo! And you probably think you hurt my feelings by calling me a troll. NOT!

Only makes me laugh. You are hiding behind a "screen" name. Loner? Recluse? But nonetheless "hiding". So you can call people names and never have to own up to it.

Bye now.

By: brrrrk on 2/8/10 at 10:25

sidneyames said

"By: brrrrk on 2/8/10 at 9:51
Hey guys, over the weekend I found out that a few of my acquaintances actually know Sid.... general consensus, there ain't enough tin foil in the world to build a hat for this woman.

oh, and before I hear about it.. yes Sid, I say hate-filled hateful things that you hate.

And BRRRK since you "HIDE" behind letters Brrrrk, it's not possible for me to know if any of my "acquaintances" know you. ha, ha, ha. So you have "acquaintances" that think ill of me? Don't you have any real friends ? Did you meet them at the 12-step meetings you attend? (FA - Friends' anonymous)). So hide behind your letters, brrrrrrrrrrk. Nothing you say hurts me. It only hurts you to spread ugly thoughts throughout the planet. And who would wear a tin foil hat anyway? Some dunce? NOt me.

And didn't you have anything too talk about EXCEPT your disdain for me over the weekend? Ohhhh, Shallow! Empty! Sad little person(s).

And if I knew who you were talking about, they probably would be people who are nice to my face and mean behind my back, cause only know of D7 who hates me. So you and Paul must have met up.

Sorry to hear about your misfortune!"

See, they're right.

Way to sell ammo to the Indians, General Custer.

Oh and By the way, how's your neighbor Lois doing? (and no, Lois isn't an acquaintance)

By: Captain Nemo on 2/8/10 at 10:29

People people. You need to be nicer to sidneyames.

Sid suffers from Lackaperceptionitis: only infects these with-existing conditions of mental-stenosis.

By: Loner on 2/8/10 at 10:31

Judging from what the US auto industry is putting out these days, Nemo, you could be right. Who on earth would want to spend $50,000 for a rear-wheel drive, retro, pony car? Besides the NASCAR fans and the middle-aged-crazies, who wants a 400 HP hemi? Who needs a Buick, or a Cadillac, when a Lexus is comparably priced?

By: brrrrk on 2/8/10 at 10:31

Lackaperceptionitis? Is that the same as bat guano loco en la cabeza?

By: sidneyames on 2/8/10 at 10:32

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/8/10 at 10:22
yeah, brrrrk. now you have no friends and you're a recovering alcoholic! my, that's rich. only a dumbass would post their real name on a posting board.

And D7 ain't Paul D'Argent? Yeah, you're right dumb, dumber and dumbassest!

Spoke too soon, Blanket. YOur buddy Paul is D7.

Now back to the topic. LEt's stay on topic and see who can keep from falling asleep first? This hate mongering is boring.

And by the way, tell your acquaintances hell-O for me, brrrrrrrrrk. I'm sure you see them often.

By: bfra on 2/8/10 at 10:35

brrrrk - HEY EVERYBODY NOTICE ME isn't hard to find, her personal info is plastered all over the internet, so evidently that is what she feed on.