Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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‘Happy news’ revisited

EDITOR:

Thank you Mountain Democrat for writing that editorial “Happy news” last week. It keeps fresh the long list of recent incomprehensible events from this administration. But is it really “presidential incompetence” or just a calamity of error, a string of freak accidents that can befall any administration in crisis; maybe a right-wing conspiracy? Or is it something entirely different? After reading your editorial, a message was trying to connect like that angel of better judgment kindly whispering, “Hey dummy, yeah you, pay attention.”

It reminded me of that old “Twilight Zone” episode where William Shatner had a window seat on a long distance 707 flight and kept seeing a red-eyed Gremlin outside chewing on the wing. Remember that one? Your letter was like Shatner buckled in tight riding through the night in a rip-roaring thunderstorm. An ear-splitting crack of thunder and flash of lightning reveals a gremlin eating the wingtip, but only Shatner sees it. At first he thinks it’s just nerves, but in the next bolt of lightning … Boom there it is. And now more of the wing is missing … gone.

Shatner now sounds the alarm. First he wakes up the old lady next to him, she presses her nose to the window, looks out and sees nothing. Then a stewardess looks out on the same wing … nothing. It’s about now the old lady turns to him and gives him that, “You moron” look. This continues all the way up to the flight crew and still no one believes him. Then Shatner, now sweating in complete fear loses it and yells, “land this thing now or we’re all gonna die!” or something like that, then the scene cuts to a news lady with a mike in her hand.

In an empty cornfield we see a smoking pile of rubble and the news lady says, “Ladies and gentleman I’m reporting live from the scene of this terrible plane crash. Yes, the pilots reported turbulence but no emergency was declared and the investigators have no clue where the left wing is.”

Back to the future. Has Rod Serling, writer of Twilight Zone, and the Mountain Democrat given us something to chew on? Administrative screw-ups, even broken promises are one thing, but blatant lying? And not just a string of white ones but an entire administration seemingly bent on anything goes — any lie is OK because the end justifies the means. Life and death Benghazi lies blaming a video … then the military, lies to pass Obamacare, IRS lies about tax discrimination blaming underlings, NSA lies to the entire nation, and still blaming Bush.

When we hear the president say, “Fast and Furious was just an extension of Bush’s Operation Quarterback,” and then we discover Eric Holder and his cohorts did not “track” any weapons because they never intended to, is not incompetence. What was it then? Was it a deliberate attempt to subvert our Constitution, to cause enough dissention in the Mexican government to have our Second Amendment plucked from us by the United Nations’ “Small Arms Treaty,” signed off by none other than Hillary Clinton? We may never know now that Obama declared “executive privilege.” The true horror of this episode, that 2,000-plus assault weapons are still killing who knows how many Mexican nationals as well as U.S. citizens, some deserving cartel grunts, but how many innocent Latino children?

One lie begets another, so now we’re caught in this wilderness between half-truth and no truth at all. What kind of alien logic has come to rest in our “land of the free, home of the brave?” Do we now just accept ignoble transgression from our leaders as routine? Just maybe that little gremlin was trying to tell us something. It’s time we ask ourselves, has idolatry and fear of being labeled a racist replaced our rule of law, our honor, our concepts of truth and justice? Perhaps we all need to ponder seriously that smoldering pile of denial in that cornfield of lost tomorrows.

ROD KERR
Placerville

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  • R.j. CarterNovember 04, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    Mr. Kerr.....Kudos....Great letter

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    What? Alien logic? Reptilian alien? Mr. Kerr, with these crimes, isn't it time to impeach him? And, yet, it never seems to happen.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 3:10 pm

    Colonel it's a lose- lose situation. Obama has succeeded. Rush's wish was not granted. Obama jettisoned Iraq without a SOFA. Obama surged Afghanistan and in the same speech retreated. Obama jettisoned Egypt. Obama Jettisoned Libya. Obama supplied arms and hope to the Syrian rebels then hung them out to dry. Obama has lost Saudi Arabia. All of that repositioning may have made strategic sense if there was a strengthening in the Pacific. But we are wilting in the Pacific too. China in the Pacific hegemon. Our Pacific friends look to our abandonment of our Middle East friends and see their future. Impeach Obama? Why. He has taken us down. The damage is done. And now we rot from within. Waiting for the Fed to unwind the stimulus . . . . .

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    . . . China is the Pacific hegemon. . .

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  • Dee#1November 04, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Rod, great letter.

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  • Dink LaneNovember 04, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    These guys are more upset about Pres. Obama's statement (keeping your insurance "Grandfathered" is in the LAW) than Cheney's "Iraq has weapons of mass destruction and we know where they are!" ... Insurance companies CANCELED the policies.... the Law says specifically... the customer can KEEP the policy if they want........ What is it with you guys?.... Why are you fighting SO HARD to PROTECT Insurance Companies???? Why aren't you angry about the Insurance companies taking coverage AWAY?....... Please, Please, stop following the Insurance Company's press releases.... GO to the actual LAW..... use your browser to do a SEARCH... for the word "GRANDFATHER"...... and read it for yourself...

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  • R.j. CarterNovember 04, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    Yes James, why not impeach him??..Whats the hold-up??...Nixon was impeached for a whole lot less..Like Mr Kerr wrote, "has idolatry and the fear of being labeled a racist replaced our rule of law"??...The only roadblock to Obama's impeachment I can see is having to let that escaped mental patient Joe Biden run the Country..

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  • Gerald LillpopNovember 08, 2013 - 6:36 am

    Nixon resigned he was never impeached. The only Presidents impeached were Andrew Jackson and Bill Clinton. It;s one thing to believe Obama caused the 2008 financial collapse, kill JFK, bombed Pearl Harbor and sank the Maine but please get your facts straight.

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  • Midnight12November 09, 2013 - 5:38 am

    Andrew Jackson was the 7th pres and was never impeached, however Andrew Johnson, 17th pres was. I have a ticket from Johnsons impeachment.

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 3:35 pm

    Phil, I'm glad to see that you think impeachment is a no go. Now, given your position that the president has damaged the United States beyond hope in the world, perhaps President Cruz could turn us around. Wonder what his answer to the Middle East and Far East could be? Does the Tea Party have experts in those areas? I'm sure they do. Pursuing the world wide interests of the United States is easy -- anyone except President Obama can do it. Come on 2016, when President Hillary will get us all straighten out. Would it be impolite if I say that I'm leaving for Home Depot? Sorry, back later.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 3:47 pm

    When you get back from Home Depot, Colonel, read Humpty Dumpty.(say hi to john btw)

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    James, fundamentally transforming America bit by bit --->. . . withering on the vine ~~~ LINK - Pentagon weighs future of its inscrutable nonagenarian futurist, Andrew W. Marshall

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  • Dee#1November 04, 2013 - 4:09 pm

    Phil, do you think if the advice of John Bolton or Robert Spencer had been considered by our State Dept. and/or Administration that the outlook in the Middle East might be a little brighter than it is now?

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    Honestly, Dee, I'm not well versed on Bolton's or Spencer's position other than that they generally are not supportive of Obama's. That the long range deep thinkers are being jettisoned says a lot. (WP link above)

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    Dee, my God again. John Bolton? He would have nuked the entire Middle East. I don't know Robert Spencer.

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  • EvelynNovember 04, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    I hadn't thought about John Bolton in ages. One of the architects of the Iraq War, apparently now he is among those calling for an Israeli strike on Iran. I see there also is talk of his making a 2016 Presidential bid.

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    Evelyn, if John Bolton runs there is no need for an election. Just give Hillary the keys to 1600 and let her move in.

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  • EvelynNovember 04, 2013 - 5:59 pm

    Hillary fills me with despair -- Bolton with dread. Choosing between despair and dread, I'd have to go with despair. (Alternatively, vote "no" for president.)

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Phil, I did not see John at Home Depot. My visit was to buy two little electrical thingees. When I brought them home, my wife had already fixed the problem. Maybe we should talk more.

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    Phil, Andy Marshall isn't going anywhere until he is ready to go.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    James and Evelyn, revisit and refresh your Bolton data base - LINK - John Bolton: I’d ‘vote no’ on Syria strike There is at least an eensy weensy chance Mr. Bolton has landed into your data file with corrupt, and inaccurate data.

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  • EvelynNovember 04, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    Phil: My 5:22 pm references Iran, not Syria. From the Jerusalem Post (HERE): "John Bolton: Israel should have attacked Iran 'yesterday'".

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  • EvelynNovember 04, 2013 - 6:30 pm

    "Hawkish John Bolton Again Pushes for Israeli Strike on Iran" - HERE (published today's date)

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    If American Christian fundamentalists and the Tea Party frighten you then you really have not seen anything until you behold the nuclear armed Iranian 12ers.

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  • EvelynNovember 04, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    My data looks just fine. John Bolton does not.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 6:39 pm

    A perfect, un-improvable data set is . . . uh . . . rare. Some accused Bush of operating with such a handicap.

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  • EvelynNovember 04, 2013 - 7:05 pm

    What the he11 is an "un-improvable data set"?

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 7:11 pm

    divine

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  • EvelynNovember 04, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    We seem to have gone from your reading "Iran" as "Syria" to "divine". Pretty unimprovable!!!

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    Phil, of course Bolton would vote no on Syria because, at that point of time, President Obama wanted a yes vote. It's simple, just take the statement and reverse it if it has anything to do with President Obama. Had the president wanted a no vote, Bolton would have wanted a yes vote.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 6:56 pm

    James if you actually believe that Bolton is a simple contrarian then you are substantially less bright than I have been giving you credit. Bolton actually understands that Assad's (and his father's) minority Alawites are the glue that has keep the peace between Iran's Shia and Suni. Bolton understands the level of ethnic cleansing that WILL take place upon the downfall of Assad - beginning with the Alawites, and following civil war between Sunni and Shia. The 12ers are REALLY BELIEVE that the 12 Imam will appear and the Jew infidels will be exterminated. And Bolton knows more that Obama in this issue - unless, of course, Obama is a 12er too.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    excuse me. correction . . . . keep the peace between Syria's Shia and Suni.

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    Hmmm, rechecking my data file. Yep, Bolton is in the armed and extremely dangerous folder.

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 6:57 pm

    Phil, your premise that those two are feared is flawed. I think I had part of that discussion with Dee. Now, I'm not anxious for Iran to get nukes, but if they do they will be constrained as are all other nuclear nations. Pop one off and MAD will destroy your nation -- Israel will be happy to do the job. And, if you would like to worry now, worry about nuclear Pakistan, a most unstable nuclear nation.

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    Phil, please don't get into who is bright and who isn't bright. It's not a productive line of debate, as you could have made your point without the slur. I don't want to have to tell your sister about this.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    Then it's true? You actually believe that Bolton is a simple contrarian? If that is in fact what you believe then your intellectual stature takes a hit, James. That is not a slur, James. That is just a fact. Bolton is at least a tad more complex.

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    Phil, and another slur. You are fast losing points. Evelyn, was he like this when he was a boy?

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Confirmed. James actually believes Bolton is a simple contrarian. Permanent loss of 35.5 IQ points, Colonel. You are now in double digit jeopardy. Another such loss and I will be conducting a charity drive just because I wish to keep you out of Hangtown Heaven.

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  • EvelynNovember 04, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    Directions to Hangtown Heaven please. (And don't give me any more nonsense about un-improvable data sets.)

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    Directions? Sure. Proceed with James upstairs directly to the ACA. Once James arrives at the ACA floor board the express elevator to Hangtown Heaven. A NIMBY will greet him at the gate. He should tell the NIMBY that after he admits him he can raise the draw bridge. After he reaches Hangtown Heaven he should chant, "keep it rural."

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 7:56 pm

    I forgot - At the ACA level take the roundabout to the express elevator.

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  • EvelynNovember 04, 2013 - 8:03 pm

    Very good!!!

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  • EvelynNovember 04, 2013 - 7:32 pm

    No, James, he was not like this when he was a boy. Comparatively speaking, he now is unimprovable!!!

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 7:29 pm

    But, to answer your question. I don't see him simply as a contrarian, I see him as a radical ideologue who would be a danger to the security of the United States should he ever get into a position of power. I won't comment on his mustache.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 04, 2013 - 7:32 pm

    OK - I'll restore 35 IQ points, Colonel. I was afraid that you were committing a classic military blunder - underestimating your enemy.

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    Evelyn, you got a real actual authentic laugh out of me on that last one. Phil, now that we've kissed and made up I'm going to run off to Netflix for a while. Be back later.

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 9:58 pm

    Phil, I didn't ask you for directions to Hangtown Heaven. It was Evelyn. I am honored that you would have me substitute for Evelyn and I'm guessing it's because ---------. Well, the little brother, big sister thing.

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  • James E.November 04, 2013 - 10:00 pm

    I think I pay around $18 a month for Netflix and it is well worth it. So, I'm back at it. Later.

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  • cookie65November 08, 2013 - 4:53 am

    Rod, I am certain you have noticed the increased hostility coming from the left after nearly 5 years of hope and change. They were so oversold on obama (arrogant people are the easiest to fool) and he has under delivered far more than all of us told them he would. They are staring a GIGANTIC "I Told You So" right in the face. Try imaging the roller coaster of emotions they have been on since 2000. First when Bush won, then 8 years of the leftists media whipping their hatred up into a frenzy, then the WE DID IT of obama. And now coming up on 5 years of making excuses while seeing all their dreams of leftist utopia crashing to earth in a giant ball of flames. The highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. Even the most mentally ill of the them know obama is not what they were sold. They know he has done far more damage to this country than they will ever admit. They know he has done as he damn well pleases with no regard for the rule of law. They know he has done far worse in the areas they were trained to hate Bush for. All they have left is their denial. The entitlement gravy train has put such a burden on this country that our economy will not recover until something is done about the size and power of government. They know it. But they can't admit it for the same exact reason they got so fooled by obama. Pure uninhibited arrogance. obama has done more to expose the lie of leftism than any of us could have hoped for.

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  • rodNovember 10, 2013 - 10:49 am

    Cookie, It's worse than that. Transparency in our government processes is something the left demanded from the Bush admin probably stemming from the Nixon years. So obama declared HIS administration to be the most transparent of all… yet we see it is everything but. His presidency has revealed a series of lies orchestrated by his top appointments, where he, conductor extraordinaire demonstrates the model by continually and reliably saying one thing then doing the opposite. Progressive deception among the obama cabal really defines the word ”conspiracy” in its worst sense, easily surpassing ANY past administration. This link is for the 'Jeffersonians' among us, utterly meaningless to liberals, http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=JVAhr4hZDJE&vq=medium#t=19*

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  • MorrisNovember 10, 2013 - 10:56 am

    What... Yet another Sally Hemings sex tape surfaced? Must be faked. Tommy said she is just another slave; nothing more nothing less.

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  • EvelynJanuary 16, 2014 - 8:54 am

    BENGHAZI: COVER-UP BY BOTH PARTIES? - HERE: Cui Bono?

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