Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Opening of Bush Library

EDITOR:

Nothing illustrates the delusional fantasies that animate today’s GOP than the right-wing commentariat on the opening of the Bush Library. From Charles Krauthammer to Michael Gerson to Ross Douthat, not one dared call the Bush presidency for what it was: an unmitigated disaster. “He kept us safe” is the mantra repeated incessantly by the right, as if constant repetition will somehow re-write history. No, Bush did not keep us safe, far from it: 9/11 occured nine months into his presidency, not on Clinton’s or Obama’s watch as some would have us believe. Katrina and the utter lack of Federal response happened on Bush’s watch. Who can forget Barbara Bush’s comment, speaking of the thousands of refugees in the New Orleans Superdome: “…those people” are better off in the stadium than they’re used to at home.

Bush’s incompetence was matched by his arrogance. He lied us into two wars that, when the accounting is finally done, will have cost us between $3 trillion and $4 trillion, according to Linda Bilmes, a Harvard economist, and Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner in economics and professor at Columbia. And how did Bush pay for these wars? On a credit card issued by the Chinese government. So the right wing’s newly-discovered high dudgeon on the Federal deficit and the debt sound hollow and hypocritical — the GOP’s default positions on just about everything.

The Medicare Prescription Act that runs over $20 billion a year was also financed on the Chinese credit card on Bush’s watch. To add insult to injury, Bush caved in to drug companies’ demands that Federal agencies not be allowed to negotiate drug prices. As a result, the Veterans’ Administration pays full price for a drug that insurance companies buy for far less.

Finally, the recession and the collapse of the housing market started on Bush’s watch, long before Obama was elected. Bush’s tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the middle class and the poor are in large part responsible for the misery that was visited upon us shortly before Obama was inaugurated. In spite of the abject failure of “trickle down” economics, the GOP’s delusional fantasies still promote that discredited snake oil.

Pundits, right and left, point out that Bush was a nice guy. Even if true, and the claim is dubious, so what? We don’t elect Presidents to be “nice guys!” Unfortunately, as the American public becomes less and less informed and more and more dumbed down, a presidential election will resemble picking the winner on “Dancing with the Stars:” personality and looks will matter most of all, even if the suit is empty, as was the case with Romney.

JOHN GARON
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  • Phil VeerkampMay 09, 2013 - 9:34 pm

    If Gore had just won Gaddafi would still be alive. Libya would still be developing nukes. Benghazi would not have happened. HAARP would have been dismantled. Chemtrails would just be contrails, and the moon landing would still be real. There’s probably more that we can lay on Bush but my rear view mirror is not as good as John’s.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 09, 2013 - 9:50 pm

    Colonel, you might consider a fellowship with Mr. Garon. He tosses oodles more red meat than you do. You could learn.

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  • James E.May 09, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    Phil, I believe in moderate red meat thrown at the right time. Excessive red meat only agitates needlessly and prevents the success of deception. Do you remember the movie Missouri Breaks. There is a message there. Yes, cookies -- you propose the $3.00 price of cookies be reduced to $2.50. Republicans wanting to feed America with cheaper cookies?

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  • James E.May 09, 2013 - 10:43 pm

    ADDED: Just read Mr. Garon's letter. Excellent factual review of George W. Bush's tenure. And, if Gore had won, we have no way of knowing looking at a reverse crystal ball in 2013.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 09, 2013 - 11:07 pm

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!! Colonel, you have demonstrated that to a liberal a price increase of only $.50 in the face of a proposed increase of $1.00 is (to a liberal) a price cut. A $2.50 cookie is less expensive than $2.00 cookie????? LIBERALitus.

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  • EvelynMay 10, 2013 - 5:01 am

    George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum - HERE

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  • EvelynMay 10, 2013 - 5:07 am

    Name the book (HERE) Pres. Bush read to children at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 5:33 am

    Look at the bright side, it gave obama the chance to so some more campaigning.

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 6:01 am

    What did media matters and think progress tell you they said? Bush derangement syndrome is a long lasting disorder. Your last paragraph is exactly what we have now. They only difference is obama is not a nice guy.

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 6:05 am

    Evelyn, is this letter an example of "blocks to critical thinking"?

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  • LpMay 10, 2013 - 6:20 am

    Bush's presidency was a disaster!

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 6:55 am

    lp, is it more convenient for you to disregard the fact that the dems have controlled at least 2/3's of the federal government since 2006? Do you remember when pelosi referred to 5.5% unemployment and $2/gal gas as "failed economic policies"? If that is true what would you call the last 4 1/2 years? obama is redefining disaster.

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  • EvelynMay 10, 2013 - 7:12 am

    Cookie65: You are in the better position to know whether this letter qualifies as a block to your critical thinking.

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  • Ken SteersMay 10, 2013 - 7:16 am

    Right after reading this, my first reaction was that of Mel Gibson's, William Wallace after destroying the British in the Movie. BLAAAAAA!!!!!!??!!!! Then I took a breadth sipped my coffee and remembered that I was never a Bush fan either. We could have had Al and Tipper being the influence for Love Story II. Al becomes President but loses Tipper in a tsunami caused by global warming...

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 7:17 am

    It isn't really garon's fault for being stuck on stupid. He is fully dependent on media that is just waking up to the fact that obama and hillary have been lying about Benghazi for 8 months.

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 7:21 am

    Evelyn, Bush gave the left virtually everything they wanted and he still ranks below Beelzebub with them. How do you negotiate with people like that?

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  • LpMay 10, 2013 - 9:32 am

    I believe Obama is trying to clean up the mess left by mr. bush mr. Cookie..

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  • rodMay 10, 2013 - 10:11 am

    Mr. Garon sounds like perhaps an intelligent person, so how has he forgotten to mention in 2006, the house and senate were overrun with democrats? it was they who held the purse strings and spent chinese money like drunken sailors... it was on Bush's watch barney frank and other Demoncrats decided and forced low income home loan requirements to be tossed out the window collapsing the housing market which dominoed into world depression. Mr. Garon, how have you forgotten to mention that it was Clinton that gutted our CIA and our signals intelligence so that 9/11 ocurred on Bush's watch. How is it mr. garon that you forgot to mention these FACTS? Your letter has a distinct bias but I wonder if it has less to do with your memory and more about your integrity sir.

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  • James E.May 10, 2013 - 10:22 am

    Phil, when I want cookies I buy them and I don't care about the price (and never see them in light of the liberal/conservative construct). Maybe I'm not political enough?

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  • chrispytahoeMay 10, 2013 - 10:24 am

    BUSH = TRAITOR(WAR CRIMINAL)2

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  • James E.May 10, 2013 - 10:46 am

    Rod, I want to thank you for educating me that 9/01 was the fault of Clinton. The Intelligence Briefing given to Bush in 8/01 in which he told the briefer that "he" had covered his ass and Bush then went fishing without alerting all government anti-terrorist agencies had nothing to do with our failure to prevent 9/11. It's always good to learn, but strange that Clinton gutted the CIA but apparently not so much that the CIA couldn't give Bush the warning in 8/01. Thank you again for clearing all this up for me.

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  • chrispytahoeMay 10, 2013 - 11:00 am

    Under Obama there have been 2 US embassy attacks and 4 deaths. Under Bush there were 11 US embassy attacks and 52 deaths. FACT.

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  • chrispytahoeMay 10, 2013 - 11:08 am

    Since Obama took the helm I was able to get a good job, get a promotion, continue my education, buy a house, make money on my portfolio again, travel oversees where people from other nations smile and speak highly of our president and nation for the first time in years. I do not know what some of you are doing to be so miserable under the Obama presidency, guess you are just not doing it right! Lol!

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  • red white and blackandblueMay 10, 2013 - 11:11 am

    The Bush library? Bush can read?

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  • Jack MartinMay 10, 2013 - 11:22 am

    Mr Garon's melodramatic and predictable cry in the night against the Bush Library (and presidency) is all too predictable. But, it did raise some interesting observations and/or questions. Garon's own comments on GWB's Medicare Prescription Act reinforce the claims we Conservatives made all along - that GWB was never one of us. Two, note how Liberal/Progressives assign blame for 9/11 to GWB and not to Clinton, even though GWB had been in office only nine months. And yet note how FIVE YEARS into the Obama administration, they still don't hang the failed economy around Obama's neck, but still blame it on GWB. Three, it is correct to note that deficit spending accelerated under GWB, even to the point that then-candidate Obama called it "Unpatriotic." But what has Obama done to even so much as lift his foot off the accelerator? Garon, there may have been a time and a place when your political observations held sway, but given that you served under Carter, that explains a lot. These days, your perspectives don't even come close to reality, but they do add a bit of humor to the political discourse. If you seek a sympathetic audience, I suggest you contact John Stewart.

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 11:28 am

    The Lp's of the world make me think I must be crazy. Not only is Bush responsible for what obama inherited his first term but also what obama inherited his second term. What a useful tool to have. I have read that it is a running joke at the Bush household. No matter what happens they all say "Bush's fault".

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  • RobertMay 10, 2013 - 11:49 am

    Mr. Garon..please check your facts before you throw up on yourself once again. Do us all a favor a research Brooksley Born and the Community Reinvestment Act. Your liberal hack job is so tiresome and falls flat on its face. Its almost as comical as your complete ignorance of the term "productivity" and hence your oblivious understanding of economics 101.

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  • Kirk W MacKenzieMay 10, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    When I want cookies, I make them from scratch. In fact, I'm ramping up to make a batch of Toll House with pecans and peanut butter swirls...mmmmmmm....

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 5:41 pm

    A day in the life of the low information voter. Also an example of those dreaded blocks to critical thinking. http://www.ijreview.com/2013/05/51483-day-in-the-life-of-a-low-information-voter-benghazi-scandal/

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 10, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    An 8 minute peek into LINK - This MOST transparent Presidency - - - the audio link is at bottom left - - - cooking hildabeast - - - slowly - - -

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    Phil, how long before obama throws PIAPS under the bus so moochelle can run in '16? I also expect chief spreading bull and perhaps the crash-test-dummy to have their eye on running. When obama was elected the left proved qualifications and competence have no bearing on the office and when he won re-election they proved visiting the view and john stewart is worth millions of votes.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 10, 2013 - 6:55 pm

    Another 9 minute peek inside the slow cooker - - - LINK - re Admiral Mullen's Carefully Chosen Remarks on the Benghazi Tragedy Response, 9/11/12.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 10, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    Cookie, Carney began the slow cooker today for the pig cook.

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 7:22 pm

    Can you imagine how all of willy's bimbos are rooting for her downfall? Of all those in politics today she has defined the politics of personal destruction more than anyone else. KARMA is a beeach.

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  • EvelynMay 10, 2013 - 7:52 pm

    "It’s Dishonest to Talk about Benghazi Without Talking About the Syrian War" - HERE

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2013/04/remember-obamas-declaration-the-war-on-terror-is-over-no-one-told-the-islamists-2620800.html

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  • LpMay 10, 2013 - 9:15 pm

    Mr Cookie Dough...Whatever your smoking, they do have help out there for 'ya!

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  • cookie65May 10, 2013 - 9:40 pm

    Knowing how symbolism is everything to the shallow left, moochelle wouldn't have any problem putting an end to PIAPS hopes of ever doing something at the whitehouse besides serving crumpets and running cover for willy's pizza delivery and his ministering to troubled young women. Life is double edged sword. Maybe in retirement should could finally remember where she left the billing records to the Rose law firm.

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  • LpMay 10, 2013 - 9:53 pm

    Cookie dough 65.......you're too funny..

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 10, 2013 - 10:22 pm

    Evelyn, regarding,”It’s Dishonest to Talk about Benghazi Without Talking About the Syrian War" I’ve been offering periodic links to that fact since before the election 5 minute clip - - - LINK - It's about Syria - John Batchelor - before the election

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  • LpMay 10, 2013 - 10:48 pm

    The biggest intelligence blunder was the Irac war! Yes Bengazi was a disaster! How about holding 5 time deferment chicken hawk Dick Cheney accountable for his vested interested in Irac?

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  • James E.May 10, 2013 - 10:56 pm

    Phil, if the plan is to knock Hillary out of 2016 you will need something more than Benghazi -- I know it's all you have but it's small potatoes as to who said what a week or two after the event. You would have to prove that Hillary was on the satellite in real time and ordered the military to stand down and let them die. That would give you the event you need to make a good political hammer. Didn't happen, so will be hard to prove a non-event. So you can only hope for something bigger, but I doubt Hillary will give you anything in the future.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 10, 2013 - 11:07 pm

    LINK - 13 minutes of audio - judge for yourself, James

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 10, 2013 - 11:53 pm

    LINK - IRS apologizes for targeting tea party groups

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  • James E.May 11, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Phil, I listened to the link which was recorded before the appearance of the three whistle-blowers who testified before the Issa Committee and gave Issa nothing. Larry Johnson, on the link, said that it was "his understanding" that Hillary and her Deputy took charge of the Ops Center in real time. His understanding? If he had proof of this he would have provided it to Issa. His understanding? BS. John, the host of the link closes by saying "National Security -- we'll never get there, but we will get close." He's right, but close doesn't count when you are trying to bring down the SecState. I've judged for myself as you asked me to do. Small potatoes, and Republicans want it so bad it makes their teeth hurt. It's the only alleged scandal they have.

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  • James E.May 11, 2013 - 12:02 am

    And now to bed.

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  • EvelynMay 11, 2013 - 6:12 am

    Yes, Phil, you have consistently been posting on Benghazi/Syria. As the above article concludes: "In other words, both GOP and Dem politicians are supporting instability and war, based upon false pretenses and pro-war media coverage … just like Iraq."

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  • Does anyone really know?May 11, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    "Low information voter" is commonly stated by Cookie65 in his rants. Maybe you have had more time on your hands in your lifetime to be soooo informed and, of course, right about everything. You certainly have learned to pull up, copy and paste from your most beloved anti-government websites. It is the arrogance that is so amusing. Bush headed our country into a downward spiral that no one President, Democrat or Republican could make right in 4 or 8 years. The hate for President Obama over the well being of our country hasn't aided in our recovery. I guess he should have had more Tea parties.

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  • James E.May 11, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    Test, testing!!!!! Comment sent, disappeared. Second replacement comment sent, disappeared??

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  • James E.May 11, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    Won't try a third time. Will wait until further Benghazi talk with Phil.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 11, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    James writes, ". . . if the plan is to knock Hillary out of 2016 you will need something more than Benghazi. . . "The plan, Colonel, is not to knock hildabeast out. The plan is to get the facts out regarding Benghazi. If the facts are fatal to hildabeast then so much the better. The greater good for the public is the promised transparency we all deserve. If the promised sunlight disinfects then HURRAY!

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 11, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    PS - Pablo hit a home run in the 1st. Top of the 3rd - Giants 1 Atlanta 0 - GO GIANTS!

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  • James E.May 11, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    Phil, perhaps a short version will get through. There will never be transparency in this matter. Having lived in that world, the saying is "Tell them (the American people and Phil) a little, but don't tell them a lot." It's just the way it is in code word operations and it's the standard for the current and all past administrations. The controversy is now reduced to who manipulated the talking points. Ms. Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for the State Department, got in a shooting match with the CIA and she won. Interesting that she worked for Dick Cheney in the past and is married to Robert Kagan, brother of Fred Kagan, both rabid neocons. Even if tracked above Ms. Nuland, it's a venial sin, not a mortal one. Real justice in this is not transparency, but tracking down the bad guys and killing them in a bunch or one by one. Real justice, not faux Republican justice.

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  • James E.May 11, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    Some kind of block on my comments. Perhaps I can work them in at a later time.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 11, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    Look for Díck-like words that the MD filter kills, Colonel.

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  • James E.May 11, 2013 - 3:19 pm

    Phil, fifth reply again blocked so maybe if I just talk about transparency. Having lived in that world, the saying is "Tell them (the American people and Phil) a little, but don't tell them a lot." We will never know the details of the SCI code word operation in Benghazi. This (need to know) has always been the case, for this administration and all past administrations. There is no First Amendment or other right to know the details.

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  • James E.May 11, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    Phil, OF course, slapping myself on the top of my head. I now have five versions of my comment (had to do four from memory, so they may all vary a bit), at the MtDemocrat being checked for foul language because I noted that Ms. Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for the State Department who manipulated the talking points in a shoot out with the CIA worked for "Richard" Cheney in the past and is married to Robert Kagan, brother of Fred Kagan, both rabid neocons. Very strange bedfellows. Well, hopefully the MtDemocrat will release one of my previous five when they realize I was only referring to Darth Vader.

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  • cookie65May 11, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    Does anyone, if you can find anything I say somewhere else I can probably prove I said it first. But you can't find anything I say anywhere else because I couldn't care less what anyone else says or thinks. If you could ask my late father he would tell you I do my own thinking. Just because copy and paste is the way of life for the lemming left doesn't mean it is for everyone. But I may have blocks to my critical thinking skills because I take a hard line on the disease of leftism. Grow a brain and quit embarrassing yourself on the internet. How much would you like to wager that if moochelle ran for the dim nomination hildabeast would be done? Can you imagine how much the left could protect her incompetence? Look at how they have with hubby barack. And how have they done it? The R-card. With moochelle it would be all of that times 10. I wish leftist weren't just flat stupid. Even you use the lefts favorite word, "hate". I have never been to a tea party. Nor do I plan to.

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  • cookie65May 11, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    By the way check your history. Reagan inherited from carter a complete disaster also created by leftism just like this one and he turned it around in a couple of years. Ignorance is choice, your intellect becomes an issue when you repeatedly choose ignorance.

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  • help kookieMay 11, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    Cookie you don't need to worry your pretty little head about tea parties cause your daddy didn't raise you to be that sort of person and youll never be invited to one. Everyone knows youd break all the china. Youre awfuly defensive today. Lost your meds?

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  • Does anyone really know?May 11, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    My goodness Cookie65. These first few lines of your post of May 11, 5:25 pm tell a lot about you. "Does anyone, if you can find anything I say somewhere else I can probably prove I said it first. But you can't find anything I say anywhere else because I couldn't care less what anyone else says or thinks. If you could ask my late father he would tell you I do my own thinking." Eeeow! Cookie65 your arrogance and narcissism are sad, and, yet amusing. You are a hater. A hater of our government and very intolerant of those that do not think exactly the way you do. You call us ignorant or low information voters, to name a few, which makes you fearful. Your mind closes like a steel trap shutting out any light. I, like yourself am not stupid, nor are so many that want to be part of the MD community without being accosted. You say you do not care what anyone else says or thinks. If this were true, you would not be so virulent against the way others think of our imperfect, great country or opinions on how to solve its problems. There is definately old issues, and I believe it is you who regularly embarrasses themselves on the internet. It is attitudes like yours that aides in this country's problems. Just stop belittling people just because you can, please.

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  • James E.May 11, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    Is Saturday beat up Cookie day? I'm a liberal, firmly on the left, a Democrat and I read without rancor all of Cookie's comments. She's Cookie, we accept her comments and she's one of the gang on this site. You may be new to her, but she is our Cookie so please don't make Saturday beat up Cookie day.

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  • James E.May 11, 2013 - 8:54 pm

    Phil, the air is coming out of the Benghazi balloon, so might be better to shift to the IRS/Tea Party controversy. No SCI code word problems there.

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  • self righteousMay 11, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    tolerance is intolerable and just a sign of wishy washy indecision wich has got us to this parlous state of affairs; go away lefty librals. You stay, cookie65.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 11, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    1) James, I respect your “family” protectiveness. Others probably do too. But our cookies won’t crumble. (Uhh . . . sorry for that) 2) Benghazi will “evolve”. 3) Do you suppose John minds us cluttering up his Bush burning with our drivel? 4) The Giants kicked butt today 10 to 1!!!

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 11, 2013 - 9:14 pm

    James, here is another 9 minutes of Benghazi analysis. Audio link is bottom left - - - LINK - Guests - Dan Henninger, WSJ, in re Benghazi - Not Yet Watergate or Whitewater, Not Yet Iran-Contra -- Why A Select Committee Is Needed.

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  • James E.May 11, 2013 - 11:07 pm

    Phil, oh, I know that Cookie will still be Cookie. She doesn't need my help, but I thought it important that we, despite our differences, look out for each other when appropriate. I'm sure Mr. Garon doesn't mind our various comments over his work. I'm a little tired of Benghazi -- let's let it cook for a couple of months and see where it's going. Giants win 10-1 which is good, but look at all those extra runs that they will probably need in a future game. Can they deposit excess win runs with the baseball commissioner for later use?

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  • LpMay 12, 2013 - 12:30 am

    Here's to " Chicken Hawk Cheney!" did you you know "Chicken Hawk Cheney" had 5 deferments from the Viet Nam war? Let's send everyone else. And where was "Mission Acomplished" Busch during the war cookie dough??

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  • LpMay 12, 2013 - 12:50 am

    Oh I forgot, Busch (beer brain) was drinking, getting a DUI while our American soldiers were dying.

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  • cookie65May 12, 2013 - 6:09 am

    Still waiting for anyone of you to share "your own thoughts" on how fast hildabeast would be history if moochelle ran for the dim nomination. I realize the leftist media has not given you "your own thoughts" on the matter yet so you don't have any, but live a little give thinking for yourself a try. Think about it (I know, you not equipped) the left could use her nomination to claim the right hates women, minorities, and a whole boat load of other nonsense that is just red meat for their lemming base. I can see the headlines, "The GOP Continues It's War On Women With Opposition To The Nations First Black Woman President". It is made to order for the party that has nothing else to offer.

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 6:40 am

    Bullfights generally favor the matador.

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 7:03 am

    "How Elites and Media Minimize Dissent and Bury Truth" - HERE - Consider how bizarre the history of the 1940s would seem if America had attacked China in retaliation for Pearl Harbor.

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 7:13 am

    (“Most of the Americans who elected Barack Obama in 2008 intended their vote as a total repudiation of the policies and personnel of the preceding George W. Bush administration. Yet once in office, Obama’s crucial selections — Robert Gates at Defense, Timothy Geithner at Treasury, and Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve—were all top Bush officials, and they seamlessly continued the unpopular financial bailouts and foreign wars begun by his predecessor, producing what amounted to a third Bush term.” ~ Paul Craig Roberts, Asst. Sec. of Treasury in the Reagan Administration

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  • cookie65May 12, 2013 - 7:34 am

    Just look at her qualifications, she has made the cover of all the low information voter magazines dozens of times. The fashion world is devoted to her. She went to the Oscars. She has been on all the daytime tv shows. The women on The View idolize her. Late night tv can't get enough of her. She knows all the best vacation spots. Her aptitude for spending taxpayer money is breathtaking. While bubby barack was in the Illinois Senate she was employed as an influence peddler, oops I mean a diversity coordinator, where she protected the hospital where she was employed from the poor so they could keep space available for people who had high end insurance. So she has experience in healthcare. She gardens. Parents no longer need to be concerned with dietary needs of their children thanks to her. The epidemic food insecurity for the children suffering from childhood obesity could be solved faster than her hubby brought us the 'summer of recovery'. She is symbolism over substance on steroids. Her depth exceeds her 1 inch deep hubby by at least a few millimeters. She has a nice smile. What more could an informed, educated, thoughtful, electorate ever dare to hope for?

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  • cookie65May 12, 2013 - 7:52 am

    I forgot to mention, the great political minds of our time, george clooney, sarah jessica parker, barbara streisand, janeane garofla, jamie foxx, fiddy cent, lil wayne, jay z, beyonce, dennis rodman and all the rest of them would dump hildabeast faster than you can say "Bush's fault" if and when she decides to run.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 12, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Evelyn, thank you for highlighting Obama's hypocrisy. After getting elected with, “Bush is a corrupt idiot”, Obama then by his actions, says, “Bush was right.”

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 8:23 am

    . . . and yet voters continue to believe campaign rhetoric and media pundits.

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  • cookie65May 12, 2013 - 8:40 am

    Evelyn, "Most of the Americans who elected Barack Obama in 2008 intended their vote as a total repudiation of the policies and personnel of the preceding George W. Bush administration." That is the media narrative that has become a finishing note the media's endless hatred of Bush and 8 years of bashing him. By using that conclusion they are able to give themselves credit for obama winning because the caused Americans to hate Bush. But I don't agree. obama was elected because people believed he was going to be very generous with other peoples money. Remember the woman who told the reporter that she wasn't going to have to worry about paying her mortgage? Or putting gas in her car? The media knew that wasn't true but they let the double digit IQ voters believe it. The leftist media tried to sell Romney as etch-a-sketch but "hope and change" was the biggest etch-a-sketch political slogan ever conceived of, people were encouraged to draw a picture of what ever hope and change meant to them. And for most of them it was obama getting EVEN with the rich and "spreading the wealth". Now, back to my blocks to critical thinking.

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  • cookie65May 12, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Another thing about that statement, it gives an huge amount of undeserved credit to a whole lot of stupid people. The overwhelming majority of obama voters didn't and don't have the slightest clue about any of Bush's policies, cabinet, department heads or even which ocean is on the west coast. All they know is every time they accidentally got exposed to the news Bush was being vilified by them and the entertainment crowd, which is the single source of all their worldly knowledge never stopped bashing Bush. obama was gonna spread the wealth. He was gonna make things fair.

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 9:31 am

    cookie65: In your May 12, 2013 - 8:40 am you wrote: "That is the media narrative ... ." Actually, that was from Ron Unz, as found in The American Conservative and later quoted by Paul Craig Roberts, formerly Ronald Regan's Asst. Sec. of Treasury. Ron Unz's writings may be found HERE.

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 9:34 am

    oops. R E A G A N

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 9:42 am

    Ron Unz's biography HERE: "A theoretical physics by training, Mr. Unz serves as founder and chairman of UNZ.org, a content-archiving website providing free access to many hundreds of thousands of articles from prominent periodicals of the last hundred and fifty years. He also serves as publisher of The American Conservative, a small opinion magazine, and had previously served as chairman of Wall Street Analytics, Inc., a financial services software company which he founded in New York City in 1987. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, Cambridge University, and Stanford University, and is a past first-place winner in the Intel/Westinghouse Science Talent Search. . . . In 1997, Mr. Unz began his “English for the Children” initiative campaign to dismantle bilingual education in California. He drafted Prop. 227 and led the campaign to qualify and pass the measure, culminating in a landslide 61% victory in June 1998, effectively eliminating over one-third of America’s bilingual programs. Within less than three years of the new English immersion curriculum, the mean percentile test scores of over a million immigrant students in California rose by an average of 70%." ********* If Ron Unz is a conservative, I might be one after all!!!

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 9:45 am

    . . . the point being, cookie65, is that to blithely dismiss Ron Unz as incapable of more than simple "media narrative" is, at best, inaccurate.

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  • James E.May 12, 2013 - 10:01 am

    Cookie, nice straw man (straw woman), but Mrs. Obama is not going to run for president. Time better spent talking about the IRS/Tea Party situation.

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 10:09 am

    THIS is a link to keep -- Ron Unz's content-archiving website (referenced above) which provides free access to many hundreds of thousands of articles from prominent periodicals of the last hundred and fifty years.

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 10:19 am

    HERE is an article certain to offend everyone: "Bush Was a Horrible Crony Nepotist, Who Favored the Super-Elite at The Expense of the Little Guy … Obama’s Worse"

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 10:23 am

    . . . and, since James has raised the IRS/Tea Party matter: "IRS apologizes for targeting tea party. Should heads roll?" - IRS apologizes that its bureaucrats trolled for groups with names that included 'patriot' and 'tea party' before last year’s election - HERE

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Good morning, James. Happy Mother's Day to Mrs. Longhofer. Since we're the only two here right now, I'll take my dog for a walk before it gets too hot.

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  • cookie65May 12, 2013 - 10:48 am

    Evelyn, I understand who and where that specific version came from. But it is still part of the larger false consensus that obama got elected because he wasn't Bush. How could such a statement be made when obama was himself a complete mystery to those who voted for him? And he still is. Just like when Romney ran, the media tried everything to make Romney out to be Bush but that wasn't working which is why the played the class warfare card. Lastly, making the claim that obama was an alternative to Bush is silly on the face of it since Bush wasn't running.

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  • James E.May 12, 2013 - 10:50 am

    Dogs love to go on walks so they can sniff the world. Dogs have such advanced smell (over us) that they can tell so much of what has happened in the neighborhood (kinda like them reading the doggy newspaper).

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  • cookie65May 12, 2013 - 11:21 am

    Have you seen the bumper stickers with obama's picture on it looking like a church saint proclaiming "we did it"? I assure you it has nothing to do with Bush and everything to do with race. I know people personally who in their 60's had never been registered to vote who got registered so they could "be a part of history". Again, not the slightest motivation that obama was going to usher in something respectable in government or be different than Bush. Bush was all about big government so in order for obama to be "different" than Bush would mean what exactly?

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  • cookie65May 12, 2013 - 11:34 am

    http://www.google.com/search?q=obama+yes+we+did+sticker&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=c-CPUZaxHcfq0QHz1ICQBQ&ved=0CEcQsAQ&biw=1536&bih=762

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  • cookie65May 12, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    James, the politically correct language restriction would be "strawperson". What would keep moochelle from running? I think she has become rather fond of AF1 and the endless parties and vacations at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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  • cookie65May 12, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    Another example of the kneepad media. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/05/12/Benghazi-Whistleblower-NBC-Spiked-Obama-Voter

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  • James E.May 12, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    Cookie, you mention race. Just had an amusing thought: What if the president grows an Afro with a comb stuck in the back, and then speaks jive in all his public announcements. What would be the result? Massive strokes flooding the hospitals in the red states? I'm thinking it would be so, and why not as he doesn't have to stand for election again.

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  • James E.May 12, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    Cookie, she just isn't going to run. There is never been any indication that she has political ambitions, and if so she would want to do a training term in a lower political office first. Hillary is your target and in reserve is Senator Warren.

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  • James E.May 12, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    OK, off to the store to hunt for my fav sourdough bread (the only one that really tastes like sourdough bread): Naroe's Bakery Sourdough French Bread. Back later.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 12, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    From your link, Cookie - - - Victoria Toensing, attorney for Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks, says Hicks is a Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries, and President Obama twice for President. Toensing also said that NBC News "spiked" the story this week, prior to Hicks' dramatic testimony before Congress. Toensing appeared on WMAL-FM in Washington DC Saturday with host Steve Malzberg. "He voted for Hillary in the primary and Obama twice. NBC spiked the story where I told it before the hearings... ...It’s just amazing what the press is still trying to do to cover this up. So they try to make this partisan because of the lawyer. Well I’m not the messenger, he’s the messenger! The modus operandi is to find anything they can do to just attack.”

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  • James E.May 12, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    Phil, I know Victoria Toensing from my time in DC. No further comment. Yes, I found my sourdough -- five loafs. One in breadbox (yes, I have a breadbox) and four in the freezer.

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    Not having a horse in this race and knowing nothing about Victoria Toensing, herewith: "[She] is a part of the DC Republican establishment who is routinely put forward when legal opinions are needed which exculpate Republicans or inculpate Democrats." - HERE ********** Fire away!!!

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  • James E.May 12, 2013 - 5:14 pm

    Evelyn, thank you for expanding on my no comment regarding Victoria. Would I be out of line to say she is the type of person who would drop you into a pit of poisonous snakes just to enjoy your screams. Oops, I've gone beyond my no comment.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 12, 2013 - 7:19 pm

    Evelyn and James - Ms. "T's" credentials diminish her client's exactly how??? Your logic is approximately, "she's a hack so her clients are hacks". Do I have that right. (FYI- my computer is just now out of brain surgery so I might be a little off in some regards.)

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  • James E.May 12, 2013 - 7:33 pm

    Phil, I made no comment about her current involvement, nor do I have any opinion about her being pro/con in the Benghazi story. My only comment is that if she invites you to look into a snake pit and to move close to the edge, refuse. This has nothing to do with Benghazi and is from 30 years ago.

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  • James E.May 12, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    ADDED: Oh, I forgot to mention that my wife made some superb scones this afternoon. One of the little pleasures in life.

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  • EvelynMay 12, 2013 - 8:14 pm

    Phil: I happily confess to no attempted logic whatsoever. Just looked up Mrs. whatever-her-name-is to see who she is and reported what I found. Undoubtedly you're correct on all counts. As I previously profoundly proclaimed: "Fire away!!!"

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 12, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    I WIN!!!! - Full credit to computer brain transplant today by GEEKSQUAD - huge upgrade - screw WINDOWS 8!!!

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  • LpMay 12, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    Party at cookie doughs house!! Help educate us oh mighty one! God knows we need it! Keep on smoking whatever it is you're smoking. Must be a nice little world you live in cookie dough. I'm thinking there's something in there other than eggs, flour, and butter in your dough!

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  • James E.May 12, 2013 - 10:44 pm

    Phil, get a MAC.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 12, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    NO! Not until they bring back mcribs AND angus mushroom cheese.

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  • James E.May 12, 2013 - 11:08 pm

    Phil, they are not bringing them back and I understand they are doing away with the Angus burger. Don't be stubborn.

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 12, 2013 - 11:21 pm

    well then, good night

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