Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Anti-intellectul parties

EDITOR:

At a time when comedy is not what it used to be, we fortunately have John Garon to pick up the slack. Mr. Garon claims that the GOP has always had an anti-intellectual streak. This is one of the best hoots I’ve heard in a while considering it comes from Mr. Garon, who backs the party of Nancy Pelosi  — who when Speaker of the House gave us that memorable piece of towering intellect stating that we needed to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it.

If there is a dumber, stupider, more imbecilic thing to say than to admonish lawmakers to pass something they were clueless about in order to find out what they passed, I don’t know what it is. Remember folks, the party of Pelosi that gave us that stupid remark is now in complete charge of California. Good luck.

GEORGE ALGER
Placerville

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  • Gene AltshulerApril 18, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    I am not coming to the aid of John Geron as he is a big boy and can take care of himself. Mr. Alger's letter merely proves Mr. Geron's point. Speaker Pelosi's comment (all of five seconds long) was taken out of context as is usual with the far right when arguing a point. At the moment in time of Speaker Pelosi's comment there was no written bill. One could not read it because there was no bill to read. If Mr. Alger wishes to trade imbecilic statements between Democrats and Republicans he is sadly outmatched; Rep. Todd Akin - a woman cannot get pregnant from rape. Rep. Richard Mordock - pregnancy from a rape is intended by God Plymouth County Sheriff (Mass) Joseph D. McDonald (R) said the the president should be assassinated In it’s 2012 platform, the Texas Republican Party called for a ban on teaching critical thinking skills in Texas schools. And this is just for starters. If there is a dumber, stupider, more imbecilic thing to say than Mr. Alger's comments where he didn't even bother to fact check his facts then it is he who is clueless. In point of fact he is not only too dumb to vote he is too dumb to drive.

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  • EvelynApril 19, 2013 - 8:32 am

    I'm not entering into the fray about which political party to credit for the most stunning follies, whether public utterances or public policy. There's enough "credit" to go around to bury these pages of the Mt. Democrat and, indeed, the entire country -- the latter a not so unlikely prospect. But concerning Nancy's Pelosi's famous "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it away from the fog of the controversy," I'm wondering about Gene Altshuler's assertion that at the time of the comment the “Obamacare” Bill had not yet been written. Pelosi’s statement was on March 9, 2010 to a gathering of the National Association of Counties. The Bill was signed into law just 13 days later. Surely the insurance companies and other special interests who wrote this legislative abomination had done their work well prior to Pelosi’s remark.

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  • DB SmithApril 19, 2013 - 9:05 am

    Mr. Altshuler, the bill has now been written and passed but Pelosi and you still don't know what's in it.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 19, 2013 - 9:20 am

    "Nancy Pelosi — who when Speaker of the House gave us that memorable piece of towering intellect stating that we needed to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it." Isnt this the same thing that is happening with the New Economy Plan? sign it--then we will find out what it is?

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 19, 2013 - 9:25 am

    National Association of Counties and sustainability https://info.aia.org/toolkit2030/advocacy/policy-makers.html The United States Conference of Mayors and many of its member mayors have long been leaders in the sustainably designed cities movement. Many of our nations' mayors have partnered with architects in their local communities to implement innovative policies designed to enhance the quality of life for city residents. To further underscore their organizational support of energy efficiency and sustainable design, in May 2006 the United States Conference of Mayors convened an Energy and Environment Summit, and during their annual meeting a month later, they unanimously passed two new resolutions: Resolution #50 Resolution #83 "During the 2006 annual meeting, the United States Conference of Mayors also announced a formal partnership with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities through outreach, education, and technical assistance. The mayors also formed a Mayors' Council on Climate Protection with the goal of providing mayors the tools they need to carry out their mission of greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainable community design." I thought it sounded familiar...sorry

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  • Ken SteersApril 22, 2013 - 5:41 am

    Possibly the biggest difference between they Left and the Right here in our county is the Left view their politicians as their leaders. Where as the Right view their politicians as their representatives. The left rally behind their Leaders knowing that they are mentally challenged. Finding it easier to manipulate them to get out of government what they want. The Right know our politicians are representatives of our society and figure that its safer to have the mentally challenged in those jobs where we can keep an eye on them.

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 22, 2013 - 6:20 am

    Ken, it was my experience back in the day that the gateway to an anti-intellectual party was lubricated with ethanol. There was a saying, “Let’s get drunk and be somebody.” . . . wait . . . sorry . . . another one of those ‘70s flashbacks . . . sorry . . .

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  • cookie65April 22, 2013 - 7:18 am

    The left has redefined intellect, the same way they have redefined so many other important words. The modern version of the word includes anyone who shares in their groupthink. Critical thinking, discernment, the simple exercise of asking "why" or "how" are not necessary and even discouraged to be a member of the enlightened class. Questioning anything will get you labeled as a denier, hater, knuckle dragger, regressive, uncompassionate, bigoted. Becoming an intellectual giant among the mental midgets of the left is as simple as just believing what ever you are told. It is the mentality of the collective. They don't understand how ignorant they are because everyone they listen to believes the exact same things. You can read the opinion of anyone of them to learn the opinion of everyone of them. They render themselves useless in diversity of thought. Perhaps their single greatest defect is the belief that everyone else "just doesn't understand what they believe". The fact of the matter is all the rest of us have been indoctrinated with the exact same nonsense, we just figured out when didn't have to believe any of it.

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  • cookie65April 22, 2013 - 7:33 am

    Consider the example of obamacare. The left understands the very low IQ's of their following and how easily manipulate they are. They didn't need to know what was in it to support it. They believed it would be free. They also baited the hook with "pre-existing" conditions. Something they could have passed by itself anytime during the last 40 years with a one sentence bill. "Insurers shall not deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions". So why didn't they? Because they were saving it to include in a complete takeover of our healthcare system. A good fisherman knows the fish and how to bait them. The left knows their dumbdown lemming base and how they never question what they are told.

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  • cookie65April 22, 2013 - 8:55 am

    The left loves their empty suits. http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/the_tailor_who_sewed_the_obama_empty_suit_has_sewn_others.html

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  • cookie65April 22, 2013 - 9:13 am

    Another example of the vacuous intellect and dynamic logic of leftists. http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/i_saw_something_so_im_saying_something.html

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  • cookie65April 22, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Phil, I came across a great joke that I thought you could appreciate. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=559861407369944&set=a.191138880908867.42558.191103547579067&type=1&ref=nf

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 22, 2013 - 9:47 am

    Cookie - The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page - COME ON!!! - cut and paste th' joke?

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 22, 2013 - 9:54 am

    an OH, BTW reminder - - - I'TS EARTH DAY TODAY!!!

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  • sunshineApril 22, 2013 - 11:34 am

    To those on the right from the middle, I think there was another" piece of towering intellect". The statement of " Mission accomplished".

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  • cookie65April 22, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    Jack Daniels fishing story. I went fishing this morning but before long I ran out of worms. Then I saw a cottonmouth with a frog in its mouth. Frogs are good bass bait. Knowing the snake couldn’t bite me with the frog in its mouth, I grabbed it right behind the head, took the frog and put it in my bait bucket. Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bit. So I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey down its mouth. It’s eyes rolled back and it went limp. I released the snake into the lake without incident and carried on fishing using the frog. Not long after that I felt a nudge on my foot. It was that damn snake with two more frogs.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 22, 2013 - 5:58 pm

    Phil...Im looking forward to the 30th myself. When : Always April 30th National Honesty Day encourages us to be honest today, and everyday. We honestly believe you try your best to be honest. Honesty is a great virtue. If we want people to believe us when its important, then we need to be open and honest all of the time. We all know about the boy who cried wolf. When a wolf actually appeared, no one believed him. Celebrate National Honesty Day in a completely open and honest way. There are few rules for this special day......just be honest. I wonder how many people will just hide on this day . http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/april.htm

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 22, 2013 - 6:02 pm

    cookie--loved the joke. Im sharing it.

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  • cookie65April 22, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    This is for all your Earth Day flashbacks. It also goes well with the boy who cried wolf. http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/joncgabriel/the-13-worst-predictions-made-on-earth-day-1970

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netApril 22, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    lololol....breakfast bars had just come out...when as a kid ,I saw Soylent Green. I never ate another bar again. Movie was creepy.--thanks cookie for that memory...lololol

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  • cookie65April 22, 2013 - 7:14 pm

    Francesca, it is also fitting for the topic of this letter to the editor. Listening to the left always reminds me of hiding under my desk in case of nuclear war. And they think making fun of them is something new.

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  • Ken SteersApril 23, 2013 - 7:14 am

    I've never understood the labeling and marketing of the political process in our country. Left and Right. Progressive and Conservative. The Left side demonizes the Right as mean and stupid for the Right's supposed desire of limited government. The Left has done a fine job of controlling the majority of the voters who benefit directly by either employment or compensation. I think today we can define the two sides of the pendulum as simply Givers and Takers.

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  • EvelynApril 23, 2013 - 7:38 am

    Have you ever noticed that "Us/Them" delineations always favor "Us"?

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  • cookie65April 23, 2013 - 8:00 am

    Ken, to me the marketing of our two parties is like a pair of legs walking. They appear to oppose each other but are in fact both going in the same direction. One thing that is done well is how the left makes demons out of the other side when they have done everything the left wants only on a more restricted scale. Based on that fact how far left is the left? According to the left Bush was satan himself yet he expanded entitlements, spending, government, education, aids funding, you name it, he was one of them. The simplest way I have found to categorize myself is "anti-leftist". Negotiating with leftists is like making peace with radical islam. In order to achieve anything with them requires your existence to be reversed.

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  • ken_steers@shipfsp.comApril 23, 2013 - 9:24 am

    Well said Cookie. While I was active with the Republican Party the biggest eye opener for me was just how much the Progressives had taken over the Republican Party. People like Niello, Campbell, Cox, Schwarzenegger, Villines and Nehring pushing Props 1A-1E as a conservative plan. Speaking to me as if I was a child that California hadn't had a tax increase in 13 years. This coming from people who are labeled by those on the Left as Radical Right Wingers? I fought hard against the Leadership because I believed that these measures would garner no support from fiscal conservatives. And I was right. I actually have less respect for the California Republican Party than our opponents on the Left. For at least they stand for something. That is why the gang of 5 morons who run the Eldorado County Democrat Party only attack the Tea Parties. Because the Republican Party is no threat to their agenda. Ask your self why has McClintock never attended a EDCCC meeting but has been to every Tea Party event.

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  • cookie65April 23, 2013 - 11:45 am

    There is a question I have and perhaps I am the only one since I can't find anyone else asking it. According to obama's racists gun running AG the surviving Boston terrorist cannot be tried as a military combatant because he is an American citizen. But the same corrupt eric holder tells us obama can drone American citizens based on perceived suspicions. You have to be a pretzel to follow the dynamic logic of leftists. I have read that the islamic butcher of Boston can have his naturalized citizenship revoked. . There is Supreme Court precedent for revoking naturalized citizenship based on swearing a false oath of allegiance. See Knauer v. United States (1946); Perez v. Brownell ("Of course, naturalization unlawfully procured can be set aside."); and Fedorenko v. United States.

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 23, 2013 - 11:52 am

    Evelyn, have you ever noticed that "My life/Your life" delineations always favor "My life"?

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 23, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Cookie - here's to more frogs!!! (thx) !_!

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  • cookie65April 23, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    An elderly man had a massive stoke and his family drove him to the hospital. After a while the ER doctor appeared with a long face. “I’m afraid grandpa is brain-dead but his heart is still beating”, he said. “Oh dear God”, cried grandma, “we’ve never had a liberal in the family before!”

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  • EvelynApril 23, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Phil: It's a rare person who tells his own story from another person's vantage point.

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 23, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    Expand, plz? Without disclamer you point to web material asserting "actors" in Boston. Why?

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  • EvelynApril 23, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    You're jumping around! (Wrong thread)

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 23, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    Ah! 12:59 pm comment refers to 11:52 am comment. True?

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  • EvelynApril 23, 2013 - 1:13 pm

    . . . but when you find the RIGHT thread, listen to the audio.

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  • EvelynApril 23, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    T R U E

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  • Ken SteersApril 23, 2013 - 2:15 pm

    Family reunions must be a real hoot at the Veerkamps.

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 23, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Ken, she's older. Her birthday is Dec 25th. But I'm better looking. We struggle.

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  • EvelynApril 23, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    Ken: I try to see my brother only when in need of a good meal. Otherwise, I keep my distance.

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  • Ken SteersApril 23, 2013 - 3:26 pm

    LOL

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  • cookie65April 23, 2013 - 10:25 pm

    Phil, they are finally telling the public what most of us knew on Sept. 12, 2012. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/23/house-gop-administration-blew-benghazi-response/

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 23, 2013 - 11:07 pm

    Cookie - LINK - The Hildabeast Shuffle

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  • cookie65April 24, 2013 - 7:15 am

    Great video Phil, one I will be sharing.

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  • JohnApril 27, 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Apparently Geore Alger did not get Bobby Jindal's memo to the GOP's nutty fringe: "Stop being the Party of 'Stupid'"

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  • Phil VeerkampApril 27, 2013 - 8:19 pm

    John, let's close George's comment string with a warn, fuzzy positivity. OK? Most Nancys are not Pelosi.

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  • James E.April 27, 2013 - 8:31 pm

    Phil, strange but I've 'known' only one Nancy in my life (grade school). Not sure what this means, but something to think about tonight when you are in the dark trying to sleep. Actually, it kind of calming and should help.

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  • James E.April 27, 2013 - 8:33 pm

    *** it's

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  • EvelynApril 30, 2013 - 1:31 pm

    "Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosi - MISS LUBE RACK 1955" - HERE - (Nancy went on to bigger and better things.)

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  • JethroMcSwiftApril 30, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    Ms Evelyn - Y'all got any supporting documentation on MISS LUBE RACK?

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  • EvelynApril 30, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    Actually, you make a good point. I fell for a phony! For starters, "LIFE" was always in the top left-hand corner. Good catch, Phil. Apologies to Nancy.

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  • JethroMcSwiftApril 30, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    She would have been 15 in 1955

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  • EvelynApril 30, 2013 - 4:00 pm

    True. Hardly the picture of a 15-year-old enrolled at the prestigious Institute of Notre Dame, a Catholic all-girls high school in Baltimore!!! (I'm blushing.)

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