Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

The dumbing down of America

EDITOR:

I just received a Costco flyer advertising a “Crock Pot” at $10 off. Below the picture of the pot is a disclaimer: “Food not included.”

I’m looking forward to the Victoria’s Secret catalog warning: “Female Models not included,” or the GEICO automobile insurance ads telling us: “Cars and geckos sold separately.”

JOHN GARON
Placerville

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 30, 2013 - 11:37 am

    lololol...nice.

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  • R J CarterOctober 30, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    Disclaimers like that are absolutely necessary in Obama's "New America" where along with other free entitlements, those with mush for brains also expect free food to be supplied with their crock-pots...

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  • James E.October 30, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    R.J., mush for brains reminds me that lawyers say the rest of us have oatmeal for brains while they have surgical steel for brains. And, I've always told my wife, "If we buy that do we get the young lady too?"

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  • Dee#1January 03, 2014 - 9:27 am

    James, I keep seeing these signs for garage sales but the garage is never for sale.

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  • TooManySheepNovember 06, 2013 - 10:13 am

    Oh, anddidyaknow.... Nutella is NOT good for you, either? Where do these baboons come from? Oh, yeah, LA... RJ, WTF? How do you spin it to be related to Obama, you are one of those that we need disclaimers for...

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 02, 2014 - 9:12 pm

    Congratulations, John! This letter's eventual publication speaks well of the value and the esteem afforded you by the Mountain Democrat. It probably also speaks poorly of my own judgment of letters worthy of publishing. IMHO it is one of your VERY BEST. It should have made the cut back in October immediately upon its first offering. HAPPY NEW YEAR, JOHN.

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 5:41 am

    Costco is sensitive to your developmental challenges. There should be a disclaimer under the Presidential seal, "hope and change not included". Is there any possibility for you to make the connection between the dumbing down of America and the influence and wealth of the teachers unions? The left has done their best to protect people from having to think for themselves. In fact they have done their best to protect them from having to do much of anything for themselves. This letter is so appropriate to all things leftism. Try and imagine what fashion of individual would be standing in line at Costco demanding the chuck roast, potatoes and carrots shown in the picture on the box and how many obama's bumper stickers they have on their car. You can almost see the union rent a mob protesting Costco for discriminating against and taking advantage of the poor. They could label it the predatory crock pot industry. Some people might believe the food is included, how many people believed they would be able to keep their healthcare plan?

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 5:59 am

    Here is a dumb down American. She believed everything she was told about obamacare. Unless people are systematically dumb down they have no need for leftists. Stalin called them useful idiots. http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2014/01/02/oregon-mother-i-cant-afford-obamacare-for-myself-1-year-old-son/

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 6:30 am

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2532869/They-no-idea-insurance-active-not-At-Virginia-hospitals-Obamacare-confusion-reigns-frustrated-patients-walk-out.html

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  • Tom GibneyJanuary 03, 2014 - 8:14 am

    Here's the other side of that coin too ... http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/01/03/doctors-office-spends-2-hours-on-hold-with-health-insurer-for-patients-surgery-authorization/

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 9:36 am

    Tom, I am anticipating a solution from the wizards of smart that will create a troubling circumstance for the mental midgets to explain away. They will come up with some sort of an I.D. to establish an individuals "insured status" but will the same lemmings declare that having to provide an I.D. is discriminatory to the disadvantaged they way it is for voting?

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 6:35 am

    The examples you provide are nothing compared to, "we have to pass the bill to find out what is in the bill."

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 6:47 am

    Dumbing down. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/01/02/petas-lettuce-wearing-ladies-to-brave-cold-temps/

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Contributing to the dumbing down of America are the news reports about the global warming pseudoscientists stuck in the ice that our very own news media reported on while failing to mention it was a global warming expedition in 96+% of the reports. http://www.ijreview.com/2014/01/105566-global-warming-scientists-stuck-antarctic-ice-saved-dirty-fossil-fuel-burning-helicopters/

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 03, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Cookie, can't you ease up on Dink . . . just an ensy winsy? Have you no shame? Be patient. I'm sure that his new book, Dink Goes to Antarctica with Dick and Jane and Sally will be out soon. Save your ammo for the upcoming school board presentation against common core . . .

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 03, 2014 - 8:25 am

    Cookie, can’t you back off poor Dink just . . . just an ensy winsy? Give Dink a little time to get home and for him to come out with his new common core text book Dink goes to Antarctica With Díck and Jane and Sally. . . . should be a hoot . . . Keep your powder dry. Don’t fire till you see the pink of the School Board’s eyes.

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 9:15 am

    Here is dink in a "nut"-shell. http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/global_warming_name_changes.jpg

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  • Tom GibneyJanuary 03, 2014 - 8:17 am

    What your surprised??? John, I recommend you watch Idiocracy. Since we are afraid of hurting kids self esteem and challenging them you will see where a progressive agenda will lead you. BY the way the movie Idiocracy is a Comedy...although it is kind of frighteningly close to reality..

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 10:25 am

    Tom, do you remember the scene from Idiocracy that was the genesis for obamacare? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8yoSAiwY18

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 10:28 am

    Speaking of dumbing down, Costco and Idiocracy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8zNsUTWsOc

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 03, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Yes Groan, America has been dumbed down. Barack Obama was elected POTUS twice. Do you need any more evidunce? (Misspelling intended)

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 8:23 am

    The dumbing down of America from the mouths of babes. From the government school classroom to the government welfare line. http://thetruthwins.com/archives/6-videos-of-school-children-singing-songs-that-praise-barack-obama

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 03, 2014 - 11:30 am

    . . . random observation . . . Half The Time It Was Above Average . . .

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 9:08 am

    The necessities of dumbing down Americans.... how can you get 47 million people, born free citizens in the most abundant and prosperous nation in history to accept government food stamps and crumbs without dumbing them down? how does crash-test dummy biden become vice president without dumbing them down? how does virtually every elected leader of the left get elected without dumbing them down? how do you get people fully dependent on capitalism for everything they take for granted to blame capitalism for their pathetic lives without dumbing them down? how do you get people to label CO2 as a pollution without dumbing them down? how do you get people to believe passing $20trillion in debt to the unborn is a sign of their compassion without dumbing them down? how does a constitutional republic establishing 3 branches of government end up with 600 without dumbing them down? dumbing them down is necessary for the advancement of leftism. FREEDOM isn't taken, it is relinquished by people who share a single trait, they have all been dumb down.

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  • I'm curiousJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:50 am

    I invite each of you to take this test and give your score. I scored a 72.

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  • I'm curiousJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:51 am

    http://www.infowars.com/newly-discovered-eighth-grade-exam-from-1912-shows-how-dumbed-down-america-has-become/ Now a 62, took 10 points off for not posting link...

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 03, 2014 - 11:32 am

    I looked at the test--and realised how much I had either forgotten or never knew. 1912. I know that my grandfather thought my generation lacking in knowledge and skills. One time he pointed out that he came from a one room classroom. His generation created the car, airplane, computer, tv...on and on he went...then he looked at me and asked "...and what has your generation done exactly?" I came up with Acrylic paint, The audio cassette, the video cassette, handheld calculator...didnt we invent Valium? My grandfather had walked away after paint...lolol.....I was a child of the sixties....I believe the adults around me were on drugs. shrugging shoulders. I was a teen in the seventies...many of the adults around me just had drug hangovers. Ripped up clothes were in. 1912--the kids were smarter about our history and basic fundamentals of engaging with your surroundings...I would not pass this test.

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 03, 2014 - 11:52 am

    :) if you havent figured it out yet...my grandfather had left the room at paint--because I had been a child in the sixties--so the paint--would have been my parents generation. I was an adult in the 80s...my generation came up with the Cabbage Patch Kids. My daughter still has hers...lolololol...grandpa could be harsh--I miss him. (we came up with "virtual reality", windows, IBM/PC s...apple comps--okay it was our fault.)

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 03, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    Fran ~~~~~~~> LINK - Why cats are liquids…

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  • johnJanuary 03, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    cOOKIE65: Please see a shrink ASAP. You're in desperate need of Thorazine or similar anti-psychotic srug Really!!

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    Define irony..... Our very own Mother Goose complaining about the DUMBING down of Americans. The only thing that could compare is our very own dink complaining about BIAS in the media.

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  • OU812January 03, 2014 - 4:57 pm

    john, it's you who has obvious mental problems.

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    Let me throw you a curve ball. How do you get people to surrender their individual earning ability, competitive nature, all of their potential and settle for the limitations and concrete ceiling of a union without dumbing them down?

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    How do you get the American people to believe government employees need to be protected by unions without dumbing them down? How do you get the American people to believe that government unions are anything other than one gigantic extortion of taxpayer money funding the left without dumbing them down? It is how the left steals money from taxpayers who would never give them a green penny and they know it. The question is who NEEDS dumb down Americans? I think Stalin answered that question. Don't blame me because leftism feeds on stupidity.

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  • Fran DuchampJanuary 03, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Thank you so much for the link Phil....I just signed on...and I laughed and laughed. Much respect. lolololol Oh my goodness....

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  • robertdnollJanuary 03, 2014 - 5:53 pm

    how many unions turned you down for membership?

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  • just sayingJanuary 04, 2014 - 7:17 am

    In the good old days, up here when there were jobs to be had. It was easy to identify who the Elites were. It was the family who owned the lumber mill, the development company, big ranch/farm or car dealership. Not many of those around any more. Few if any jobs for the young people trying to survive up here. Now the elites are those that have the cushy government jobs with unsustainable perks. People used to chuckle under their breath when someone wasn't doing well in the private sector saying their is always DMV. Not today. People like robertdnoll who got theirs in life, actually feels comfortable taking jabs at people who are not part of the elites. His words "how many unions turned you down for membership?" As if he was some how smarter than everyone else for taking the union job. Today the best and only jobs available are old government jobs. Even those are not available to the young people needing employment. So young people now while sitting at their parents homes with their 4 year degree and the debt they owe for obtaining it, can read how someone like the elites John Garon tells them they won't have the same standard of living as their parents because they just aren't are smart as he is...

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 04, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Question: What happened to the jobs up here? No logs for the saw mills? YET Sierra-Pacific-Industries is a multimillion $$$$ corporation. How when there are NO jobs? Check out what's being SHIPPED to Japan out of our Pacific Coast ports. Logging is all almost all automated. This didn't happen with Democrats or Republicans..... This didn't happen with "Liberals" or "Conservatives" ...... It happen with "Aristocratic" Corporate "tyranny" that own and operate our government (Remember ALEC?).... They plan on YOU and ME to fight against each other... and not pay attention to where the REAL JOBS are going..

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  • cookie65January 04, 2014 - 10:20 am

    http://www.spi-ind.com/html/spi_opportunities.cfm

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  • cookie65January 03, 2014 - 5:58 pm

    Two hillbillies walk into a restaurant. While having a bite to eat, they talk about their moonshine operation. Suddenly, a woman at a nearby table, who is eating a sandwich, begins to cough. After a minute or so, it becomes apparent that she is in real distress. One of the hillbillies looks at her and says, Kin ya swallar?' The woman shakes her head no. Then he asks, 'Kin ya breathe?' The woman begins to turn blue, and shakes her head no. The hillbilly walks over to the woman, lifts up her dress, yanks down her drawers, and quickly gives her right butt cheek a lick with his tongue. The woman is so shocked that she has a violent spasm, and the obstruction flies out of her mouth.As she begins to breathe again, the Hillbilly walks slowly back to his table. His partner says, 'Ya know, I'd heerd of that there 'Hind Lick Maneuver' but I ain't niver seed nobody do it!'

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  • MorrisJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:21 pm

    Proof of another leftist conspiracy to subjugate the working man and subvert his second amendment rights. The woman is Oyamamma and the hillbilly is us red county boys licking his big black booty for the right to be denied medical care. The projectile expelled from the beast that be government is the shot into the heart of liberty, mustard and juice boxes for all. Don't say the cookie didn't try an warn you......SPLAT!

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:28 pm

    Morris, I must be mistaken. I thought it was difficult to restock on moonshine at Palm Jumeirah. Special "room service"?

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 03, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    Very funny, Cookie. Here's another ~~~~~~~~~>LINK - DHS Destroys Musicians 11 Flutes calling them Agricultural Products

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  • cookie65January 04, 2014 - 6:12 am

    Only in America Phil. Where government employees are protected from virtually any and all behaviors. And they have the attitude that shows it.

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  • cookie65January 04, 2014 - 6:53 am

    Phil, the river of confiscated money fueling the global warming fraud. No wonder they abandoned science for religion. Somehow this all too fitting for the topic of this letter. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/americans-spent-745b-3-years-helping-other-countries-deal-climate

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  • MorrisJanuary 03, 2014 - 10:35 pm

    Dirhams to dollars Phil...a happy ending is still a happy ending no matter whence the donut may come.

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  • cookie65January 04, 2014 - 6:34 am

    The left has invested trillions of other peoples money achieving a state where putting "food not included" on a cooking appliance is necessary. It is just one of the consequences of creating cradle to grave government dependence. Look no further than the leftist plantation inner city sh*tholes for "why" it has been so important to leftism. There you have generations of people living in absolute squalor who continue to vote for the same exact poverty pimps year after year after year. You cannot obtain that type of control over people who possess discernment and critical thinking skills, but you can over people who need to be told "FOOD NOT INCLUDED". Be careful what you wish for Mother Goose, your ideology depends on it.

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  • cookie65January 04, 2014 - 7:16 am

    This really is a mediocre example Mother Goose chose to support his dumbing down observation. He could have made his point more convincingly just by mentioning that maxine waters has been getting re-elected to the House of Representatives since 1991. Perhaps even he understands that such an example goes way beyond just dumbing down.

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  • cookie65January 04, 2014 - 8:34 am

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/03/happy-new-year-feds-list-141-new-regulations-in-only-3-days/

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  • cookie65January 04, 2014 - 10:17 am

    This topic (one of my personal favorites) seems to have had an herbicidal effect on some of our regular houseplant commenters.

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  • cookie65January 04, 2014 - 10:43 am

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/01/106092-ted-cruz-tweets-hilarious-image-slam-obamacare-outrage-promptly-ensues-left/

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  • R J CarterJanuary 04, 2014 - 11:23 am

    Our Supreme Court just ruled that an illegal alien who has been breaking U.S. law years for over 20 years will now be given a license to practice law as a LAWYER in the U.S......Yet, any ordinary U.S. citizen who accidentally forgets his fishing license at home, and goes out and catches a trout would still get arrested .....That's the real "Dumbing down of America" not excessive labels on crock-pots.......

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  • James E.January 04, 2014 - 11:41 am

    R. J., I agree. One must be a citizen to practice law in California (or any other state). If he is an illegal alien, that means he is not legal and therefore not of good character to practice law as he has violated the law. A horrible decision by our California Supreme Court. Maybe he should be arrested as an illegal alien and then he could defend himself in California?

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 04, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    LINK - Immigrant without green card can be a lawyer, California court rules ~~~ ". . . Garcia emigrated from Mexico with his family when he was 17 months old. He returned to Mexico when he was 9 and reentered the U.S. illegally when he was 17. ~~~ His father, an agricultural worker who has obtained U.S. citizenship, applied for a green card for his son in 1994. The federal government approved the application in 1995, but Garcia is still waiting for his green card. . . ." In other words, James POTUS Clinton was too busy with Monica to do the right thing.

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 04, 2014 - 12:42 pm

    This piece is titled "Dumbing Down of America" and I wonder if it is true....... The Undocumented man who became a Lawyer is from Chico........ Sergio Covarrubias Garcia -- was brought to this country when he was 17 MONTHS old..... His parents worked in the fields of CA..... Farmers paid his parent to STAY in CA and work the field.......... Where was this boy suppose to go to school? While "Boston Inc." or "Bowell Farms" or "Harris Ranch" paid his parents to work at starving wages ?????......... Here is another point for those who FORGOT History:...... Before & During Vietnam .....When a person married an "Undocumented person" (A lot of military boys did this) ...... That person could become a citizen.... no waiting for 14 years...... When a son (who became a citizen) brought his mother over who was not a citizen..... she could become a citizen -- no waiting 14 years......... That was the law THEN..... (Including Reagan's time in the 80s)........... So now this young man who has NOT lived in any other country...... Educated in OUR country..... Passed Law School with High Honors..... is not WANTED? ......... Is this country really doing that good ...... that we throw out people we would have welcomed with open arms for over 200 years.... but now we don't ......... because the Libertarian branch of this country can't win an election so it works to undo the VERY things that made us great .... What was it the Statue of Liberty said: Give us your hungry, give us your poor.... Common people showed the WORLD...... That we didn't need KINGS to make us a GREAT Country....... (Hey, my dad's people were here before any of you. Good thing he wasn't a Libertarian.)

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 04, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    Dink, consider the post immediately above your 12:42 PM

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 04, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    I agree.... Clinton could have done something about it before the Chicken Little "The sky is falling, The sky is falling" people took hold....

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  • EvelynJanuary 04, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    THE DELIBERATE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt - HERE (738 pages. Get started!)

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  • EvelynJanuary 04, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    "The Best of George Carlin: Exposing our government and fall of humanity one joke at a time" - HERE (1 hr. video)

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  • OU812January 04, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    You call yourself dinky but a better name would be Cleopatra. Because you are a queen of denial. It wasn't an evil corporation that did the timber industry in, it was William Jefferson Clinton and his elimination of harvesting timber on federal lands because of the global warm,I mean spotted owl. It didn't matter that there was no real fact that substantiated their old growth timber belief. Question cleo, Were spotted owls suppose to wait 200 year until new old growth grew? Doesn't matter because that wasn't the goal. Ignored by the progressive opportunist was the reports that the barn owls were pushing spotted owls out of existence. What was wanted was yet another elimination of middle class jobs that didn't depend on government loans to finance an education to obtain. Your lack of cognitive understanding of historical fact tend to ad credo to Garon's hypothesis. But it doesn't address the fact, elites like you and Garon are happy that you got yours to the detriment of future generations. Any idea how this community is going to pay six figure retirements for the foreseeable decades? Truly setting up a class system of haves and have not's. No? Just as long as you're taken care of right?

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 04, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Do you REALLY think SPI is NOT logging????..... Wait till you see what they are planning to chop (clear cut) down....along Union Valley...... EDC workers are NOT getting jobs...... SPI is making $$$$ and leaving EDC in the dust... ....... And Clinton has gone off to chase some other skirt....

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  • EvelynJanuary 04, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    100% on all counts, Dink.

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  • EvelynJanuary 04, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Try counting the logging trucks 24/7 carrying EDC resources out of the County, using our infrastructure for which SPI contributes zip, zero, nada.

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  • OU812January 04, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    evelyn like cleopatra just don't get it. Log trucks on the road are logging private lands. You blame the lack of logging jobs on logging companies and not the laws the government past. dinkie cleopatra complaining about the government that he wanted had proven that he had no common sense, loyalty or ethics. They both sound like Nancy Pelosi saying the economy is California is fine just look at Long Beach Port

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  • EvelynJanuary 04, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    OU: Wrong. I do understand that EDC enabled this situation. SPI couldn't have done it alone.

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  • Sue TaylorJanuary 05, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    Evelyn is right.. The spotted owl did a good job of putting all of the county's small local logging companies out of business and made it easy for SPI to pick them up with the help of our county officials.

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  • James E.January 04, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    Phil, all you say is true (maybe not the Clinton part) and when he gets his green card and becomes legal then he can become a lawyer. Until then, he is illegal. A lawyer becomes an officer of the court sworn to uphold the law which is hard to do if you are illegal. As a Democrat I am for amnesty, but until then no shortcuts to the courthouse. And, of course our comments are meaningless as the California Supreme Court said "hey, no problem."

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  • James E.January 04, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    Question of the day: Could an illegal Muslim become a lawyer in California? Discuss.

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  • James E.January 04, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    A: No, of course not -- an illegal Muslim couldn't become a lawyer in California because he would be hanging in chains from the jail house wall.

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  • KateJanuary 04, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    There are those who would say the answer to your question is yes, in since one went already from Lawyer to President.......

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  • KateJanuary 04, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    It appears the guy has no intention of obtaining a "Green Card" since he's already had 20 years to do it and hasn't done it yet. .Also, I'll take a shot in the dark and predict that as an illegal alien who was granted a license to practice law in CA. will be specializing in Immigration Law. Anyone who knows how the Left operates knows their concern is not about bringing illegal emigrants out of the shadows and giving them a better life, it's about getting them into a voting booth and furthering Liberal agenda.

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  • James E.January 04, 2014 - 4:45 pm

    Kate, you are so quick on the uptake. President Hussain Obama became a lawyer. But, is this the best you have?

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  • James E.January 04, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    What's the deal with green cards? Can one just apply and quickly get one? Isn't there a waiting list? My appearance in Marion, Kansas, precluded my need for a green card. Lucky me. It's a crap shoot where you are born and what that means as to your future. Actually, I wish I was born in London, England, to the royal family. Prince James, sounds good.

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  • CruizenJanuary 04, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    Kate, is Ted an illegal too? ABC, yesterday:U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz vowed months ago to renounce his Canadian citizenship by the end of 2013, but the Calgary-born Republican is still a dual citizen. Cruz, 43, recently said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News that lawyers are preparing the paperwork to renounce citizenship, just as he said in August. Richard Kurland, a Vancouver-based immigration attorney, wonders what's taking so long. Kurland said Friday that unless there's a security or mental health issue that hasn't been disclosed, renouncing citizenship is a simple, quick process. "If he's attempting to bring our system into disrepute by suggesting it's lengthy and complex, it's just not true. Revocation is one of the fastest processes in our system," said Kurland. Cruz's office didn't immediately respond for a request for comment. The thorny issue of the tea party darling's birthplace has been a headache for the senator, since some in the neo-conservative movement had accused President Barack Obama of being born in Kenya and thus not eligible to be U.S. president. Obama's father was Kenyan, his mother American. Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, is eyeing a run for president in 2016. Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, when his parents were working in the Canadian oil business. His mother, Eleanor, was born in America, while his father, Rafael, is a Cuban who didn't become a U.S. citizen until 2005. Under U.S. law, a child born to an American parent gets automatic citizenship even if the birthplace is beyond U.S. borders. Canada, like the United States, also gives automatic citizenship to anyone born on its soil.

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  • OU812January 04, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    Anyone have a child born here with a HS diploma under 30 who had a job that can fully support them today? Remember how easy it was to not only get a job but a career in the '70s? Today we here from Democrat CC leader Garon people today are dumber than when he was their age. And dinkie and James who live on the hind teet of the government tout how it's a great thing that illegals should take citizens jobs. I guess in their minds it doesn't matter where their money comes from. Just as long as it keeps coming

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  • Mariette M.January 04, 2014 - 5:46 pm

    OUCH812 is incoherent and illogical, thereby proof of the pudding.

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  • Kate 308January 04, 2014 - 6:09 pm

    The qualifications for becoming an American President are written in plain English for ALL to follow, but the problem goes much deeper and is far more serious than just Leftist tactics of Obama, he is merely a symptom of what ails America. Besides, blaming the prince of the fools gets us nowhere, who should be held accountable is the vast cesspool of fools that made him their prince. Buying votes with welfare checks, food-stamps, free meds, free housing, obama-phones, all the while destroying all that sinful consumerism along with the very liberty that once made us strong. It will be far easier to undo these follies of Obama's presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to that depraved electorate which drools over him. We will survive Obama, the question is weather or not our Nation will, in the long run, survive the self-entitled, gimme, gimme, gimme, mindset of today's Leftist America.

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  • WhattheheckJanuary 05, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    Kate308.......were you asleep during the Bush and Co. illegal war; killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people in this illegal war; giving the biggest handout to Wall Street in the history of our country; putting two wars on the credit card and then giving the rich a tax break.......excuse me, but hopefully you have finally fallen out of your slumber and can google the implosion of the Repug party and it's banished leaders......

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  • 309January 04, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    308 Who do you drool over?

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  • Melvin BelliJanuary 04, 2014 - 7:26 pm

    Since False advertising laws date back to the late 1800's I can hardly see how this is the fault of liberals. Wiki-The California Civil Code § 3369, was enacted in 1872, ( California’s early unfair competition statute) and in1935, consumers, not just business competitors, were given the opportunity to sue under the UCL. The Supreme Court of California clarified the statute in American Philatelic Soc. v. Claibourne, stating that “the rules of unfair competition” should protect the public from “fraud and deceit.” This includes Misleading illustrations: One common example is that of serving suggestion pictures on food product boxes, which show additional ingredients beyond those included in the package. Although the "serving suggestion" disclaimer is a legal requirement of an illustration which includes items not included in the purchase. These disclaimers are aimed at the litigeous, not idiots, idiot.

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  • Sgt. FridayJanuary 05, 2014 - 6:27 am

    Melvin, are you speaking from the dead? Loved your stint on Star Trek. Nobody on this site/rag is interedted in facts.

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  • Roscoe_P_ColtrainJanuary 04, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    Mayn oh Mayn. I rekall drivin down the freewaye severul years ago un seeyun bumpker sticker thayt sayed "EDC is too great for hate". I ain't seem me won of them in a long time, and knowe I knos whye. EDC is fool of hayte an know won bote thu bumpker stickers. All you all hab yerselfs a wunnerful, full of lov eevnin.

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  • HateradeJanuary 05, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Ros,yeah, we should print new stickers “EDC- a great place for hate”

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  • Roscoe_P_ColtrainJanuary 05, 2014 - 9:56 pm

    Hate er ade. Judjed bye all thu comentz hear, yup. All you folkes are wunnerful happee luvin peeple. Insutz, pursunol atakz and feer mungerurs abounde hear. Makez me wunt to jes extoll the vertshoes of this hear kounti to ebery wun bazed on all thu luv sharred hear.

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  • Sgt. FridayJanuary 05, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Kate. Ah Obamma phones, a favorite gripe of the right. Too much Fox dogma and propaganda, not enough fact checking. Subsidies for communications started in 1934-with the Communications Act of 1934.The Communications Act of 1934 includes in its preamble a reference to universal service. It calls for “rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges” to “all the people of the United States.” ================Then the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was the first major rewrite of the Communications Act of 1934. The act addresses new challenges and opportunities of the digital information age. The act also set out some immediate priorities of universal service. These include quality and reasonably priced services, access to advanced telecommunication services, access for rural, low-income and high-cost regions, equitable and nondiscriminatory service, specific and predictable price structure, access of advanced telecommunication services for schools and health care and libraries (Sec. 254(b)(1)-(7)). Included are Rural health care, this program provides subsidies for “tele-health and tele-medicine,” typically a combination of video-conferencing infrastructure and high speed Internet access, to enable doctors and patients in rural hospitals to access specialists in distant cities at affordable rates.Also included is program, also known as E-Rate, provides subsidies for Internet access, telecommunications services, internal infrastructure and basic maintenance of internal connections to schools and libraries. The subsidies pay a percentage of costs based on need, with rural and low-income schools receiving the greatest subsidy. This support goes to service providers that provide discounts from 20% to 90% based on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status of the population served. So you see, you rural people also receive subsidies , I guess that makes you socialists........Crickets.

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  • Sgt. FridayJanuary 05, 2014 - 7:26 am

    Kate Cont. resource- Wiki. The only thing Pres. did was extend subsidy to cells. And they are not free, they are recieve a lower rate.

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  • Kate 308January 05, 2014 - 7:35 am

    Sgt. fry...The only crickets are between your ears. You can change your name from Cruizen to Sgt. fry but it doesn't hide your BS.. It's true conservatives are the ones behind most of the great ideas that benefit society. Then later the Liberals always corrupt those same ideas by taking them to an absurd level for their own benefit. Now go write another essay.

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  • Sgt. FridayJanuary 05, 2014 - 7:44 am

    Kate, Buying votes? Like Bush?Medicare Part D, also called the Medicare prescription drug benefit, is a United States federal-government program to subsidize the costs of prescription drugs and prescription drug insurance premiums for Medicare beneficiaries in the United States.The MMA was signed by President George W. Bush on December 8, 2003, As of the end of year 2008, the average annual per beneficiary cost spending for Part D, reported by the Department of Health and Human Services, was $1,517,making the total expenditures of the program for 2008 $49.3 (billions). Projected net expenditures from 2009 through 2018 are estimated to be $727.3 billion. Former Congressman Billy Tauzin, R-La., who steered the bill through the House, retired soon after and took a $2 million a year job as president of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the main industry lobbying group. Medicare boss Thomas Scully, who threatened to fire Medicare Chief Actuary Richard Foster if he reported how much the bill would actually cost, was negotiating for a new job as a pharmaceutical lobbyist as the bill was working through Congress. A total of 14 congressional aides quit their jobs to work for the drug and medical lobbies immediately after the bill's passage.-Wiki

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  • Sgt. FridayJanuary 05, 2014 - 7:59 am

    Kate, insults, name calling, yet no facts. Predictable and childish.

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  • Kate 308January 05, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Sgt. Fry. Can you do any better than just cutting and pasting Wiki's criticism section of Medicare_Part_D?. Here's the whole link explaining everything, just in case you'd really like to learn something about history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicare_Part_D I'm off to work now, some of us must work to support the rest.

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  • Kate 308January 05, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Added. Cry me a river.

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  • RufusJanuary 05, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Kate, conservatives are behind most of the great ideas that benefit society?? Could you tell us what those might be?

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 8:11 am

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--

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  • WhattheheckJanuary 05, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    Rufus.....thanks for your comment.....just like Faux Nooze the right has a lot of hot air but no facts.......facts confuse them.....

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 8:04 am

    dink, the wacko enviroMENTALists imbedded within our government have systematically and by design driven the logging industry out of business. You can't have it both ways dink, you don't get to support the endless communist invasion and assault against the private sector and then complain that private sector jobs have gone away. Blaming the private sector for what people like you have forced upon them makes you a complete idiot. http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2021013840_timbertroublexml.html

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  • LOONIESJanuary 05, 2014 - 8:04 am

    I know I have a lot to choose from but I think the "Obama Phones" have to be the funniest myth the right believe in! It shows exactly how LITTLE they research and how much ignorant spew they spout.

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 8:22 am

    With such a big internet, ignorance has become inexcusable. A program developed to provide "emergency" communications for people has become what every other program developed by government becomes, a vote buying, corrupt money making crony capitalism scheme with plenty of kickbacks to the politicians who charge the taxpayers for the privilege. http://www.humanevents.com/2012/10/08/top-obama-phone-provider-is-also-a-big-obama-donor/

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 8:36 am

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/philosophicalfragments/2012/09/28/the-shady-ethics-of-the-obama-phon/

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 8:39 am

    In 2008 the program cost $772 million, but by 2011 it cost $1.6 billion. A 2011 audit found that 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers. Several websites have been created to promote “free” government cell phones, including the”The Obama Cell Phone” website at Obamaphone.net.

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  • BettyJanuary 05, 2014 - 8:17 am

    "Kate" Krispy is that u? Silly girl.

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  • BettyJanuary 05, 2014 - 8:21 am

    I always know by the crumbs on ur nose!

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  • EvelynJanuary 05, 2014 - 8:55 am

    Conservatives tend to believe that the captains of industry are virtuous and that the government can’t be trusted. Liberals tend to believe that government servants are virtuous and that corporations can’t be trusted. . . . [T]here is no such thing as representative government or free market capitalism anymore. Big corporate money has coopted the government; and ill-guided politicians have destroyed the free market. Corrupt government agencies and officials and corrupt corporations and executives have become intertwined in a malignant, symbiotic relationship. - HERE

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  • what...January 05, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Evelyn dear, could you list an example of conservatives believing captains of industry are virtuous? I'm a fiscal conservative and I've never thought of people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Henry Ford or Walt Disney as being virtuous. Successful yes, but they are still humans thus flawed. The Left however, You might be onto something because never has a captain of industry ever given me a tingle up my leg...

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  • EvelynJanuary 05, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    what: I neglected to show that my 8:55 am comment was a direct quote from the linked article: Albert Einstein: “A Foolish Faith In Authority Is The Worst Enemy Of The Truth”. Notice the presence of the word "tend" in the separate sentences about Conservatives and Liberals.

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  • what...January 05, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    Evelyn, I asked you go give an example of a conservative believing captains of industry are virtuous. If you can not then what was your point exactly? Or is it just your observation of a world as you see it?

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  • EvelynJanuary 05, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    Ron Scheberle

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  • observerJanuary 05, 2014 - 8:59 am

    The title of the Letter is “Dumbing down of America.” Mr. Garon established from his multitudes of past letters that he is a Pro-Government Liberal Democrat with little if any respect for anyone he labels as to the right of his mind set. Readers of this paper might be leery of his letter title stating Americans are getting dumber. Historically he has shown little in the ways of humor. So I don’t take his statements tongue in cheek. In fact many left leaning media outlets are speaking on the same subject. I.E. Americans are not smart enough to understand what the Democrats in Washington are doing. So I question the intent. I believe it is to establish a belief that the future generations are not mentally equipped to handle life’s responsibilities. If this group mind think by those in charge can be established then when there is criticism of the government’s actions it could easilly be explained by those in charge that the masses are not intelligent enough to understand. This is the base foundation of the progressive movement. They believe that the intellectuals’ in our society will do a far better job running our lives than the individual. Count the posters response from the Left. Everyone in this string tell those they do not agree with how stupid they are or as John Garon stated himself, should be on medication. My point is, this attitude is not accidental.

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 9:06 am

    The dumbing down of Americans is systematic and intentional. Here is an example of keeping the lofo voters in the mushroom closet from a highly touted "news" agency. ABC news reports on the global warming religious zealots stuck in the SUMMER ice and never mentions that it is summer time or the fact that the purpose of the mission was to measure the LACK OF ICE. The disappearing ice. They call the ship carrying these pseudo scientists a "research" ship and no other PERTINANT FACTS are provided. Clueless twits being told what to believe by a sellout leftist media. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/rescued-antarctic-passengers-resume-journey-home-21418334

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  • James E.January 05, 2014 - 9:31 am

    I think I read recently that 100 is no longer the average American IQ. Seems as though it was now 92. Can't remember where I read it, perhaps I dreamed it.

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 9:56 am

    James, the most historic thing about obama's election is the record number of double digit IQ voters. How could you have dreamed it when we are all sharing in the nightmare?

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  • no tricksJanuary 05, 2014 - 9:55 am

    Observer, I also don’t respect anyone to the left of my mind set and it’s a very good thing that you don’t keep your tongue in your cheek. With good crystal balls and our sharp mind sets we can see that Mr Garon wants to make everyone believe that mentally deficient future generations won’t be up to much. Hill’s Bells, you and I both know that crock pots don’t come stuffed with food and automobile insurance companies don’t deliver automobiles in their envelopes. Mr. Garon should stop trying to trick us. John Garon, stop trying to trick us.

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  • R.J. CarterJanuary 05, 2014 - 9:57 am

    James....Just for the record, it was those who opposed slavery who didn't want them counted and those who favored it who did, because counting them as full persons would mean more representation in Congress for their states and even more slavery....The Left never lets the truth get in the way of a good story.....Here's a link.... http://parablemania.ektopos.com/archives/2010/04/three-fifths.html

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 10:25 am

    The US ship is rescuing the Chinese ship who went to rescue the Russian ship...all because of global warming! Made possible by the dumbing down of America. A river of money stolen from the producers and redistributed to the non-producers made possible by the dumbing down of Americans. Dumbing down Americans is a FOR profit undertaking.

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 10:38 am

    Lockstep groupthink school of fish brain dead leftists are human pretzels. Buying votes through the confiscation and redistribution of wealth thereby giving themselves the opportunity to force their idiocy on anyone and everyone. They create nothing, they produce nothing. The advancement of leftism is in direct correlation to the pervasiveness of ignorance and the dumbing down of not only Americans but every other developed country on the planet. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11181470

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 10:46 am

    Someone forgot to tell the Snowy Owl about global warming. http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/03/3850232/snowy-owl-invasion-of-us-extends.html

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  • Dee#1January 05, 2014 - 10:56 am

    R.J.-James knows that. If he doesn't then our tax money that went to his education was misspent. His comment is just an attempt to build a case that the Constitution is worthless and must be thrown out to legally allow the trashing of it and the Declaration of Independence by the Leftist overseers.

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Dumbing down Americans is in large measure contingent on the hate fueled leftist bigots not exposing their intolerance and keeping the lie of open-minded, compassionate, diversity and all the other pseudonyms they apply to themselves secured. When the cardinal sin of leftism (exposing what they really are) is committed, weeping slobbering apologies, also dependent on the dumbing down of Americans have long been considered effective at erasing any and all evidence of leftist bigotry in order to restore the business as usual of leftist bigotry. Here is how that rabbit is pulled out of the hat. Abracadabra, make exposing my leftist bigotry disappear. These intolerant pieces of sh*t say what is in their hearts, you only need to listen. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2014/01/04/melissa-harris-perry-cries-during-air-apology-romney-family

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  • HypocriteJanuary 05, 2014 - 11:51 am

    Observer what was that u said about the left calling people stupid? Cookie "fish brain dead leftists are human pretzels" HMMMMM I think that qualify's as being stupid.

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Lockstep groupthink school of fish brain dead leftists are human pretzels. I could have written it with "commas" but I chose not to since most leftists are functionally illiterate. They actually believe they "arrived" thru diligence and critical thinking at their uni-thought conclusions.

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  • HypocriteJanuary 05, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    Observer R.J. Carter "those with mush brains", Cookie "Leftism feeds on stupidity" Cookie "houseplant commentators", Kate" The only crickets are between your ears" "it doesn't hide your B.S." etc. etc. and I could go on and on and on and on and on................

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  • HypocriteJanuary 05, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    wow Cookie I gotta agree with John. u do need meds. (even if it is just a chance for u to give that old brain a rest. cause it is starting to sound like u are off ur rocker)

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 05, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    u wood sound smrtr if u spelt "are" right = r

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  • HypocriteJanuary 05, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    Those of us who aren't ancient tend to mix our texting and our posting up.

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  • Dee#1January 05, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    Evelyn-Tend | Define Tend at Dictionary.com dictionary.reference.com/browse/tend verb (used without object) 1. to be disposed or inclined in action, operation, or effect to do something: The particles tend to unite. .Conservatives do not tend to think that Capitalists are virtuous." ----Virtue - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster ... www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virtue Full Definition of VIRTUE 1 a : conformity to a standard of right : morality b : a particular moral excellence ---We see them as people , good, bad and indifferent and as individuals. Perhaps you need a different word than virtuous.

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  • EvelynJanuary 05, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    Hi Dee: The point of the word is to indicate absence of the absolute.

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  • EvelynJanuary 05, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    . . . THE word being "tend".

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  • HypocriteJanuary 05, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    AND........After reading a lot of these posts I may not be smarter than u and some others, but I know I'm a hell of a lot more educated.

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  • OU812January 05, 2014 - 1:08 pm

    Hypocrite, your statement that you are a lot more educated. Would you mind listing your educational background? I happen to know of a few posters who lean to the right with Masters degrees as well devoting their lives to education. And it is nice to know that you do understand the difference between intelligence and education.

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    The Chicago teachers union is demanding schools be closed on Monday due to the weather. The global warming indoctrination will pick back up where they left off on Tuesday. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/01/05/chicago-teachers-union-demands-schools-close-due-to-weather/

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  • robertdnollJanuary 05, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    saying what is in your heart,your language is a clear sign that children should not be in your presence

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  • Young and in the KnowJanuary 05, 2014 - 2:54 pm

    cookie what is it that you don't understand about global warming? If you did any research you would know that it has to do with erratic weather conditions. It is not all about warm weather. I never post on these sights but being that I am studying this in school I wish you who know nothing would get your facts straight. NOT about warm weather!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Kate 308January 05, 2014 - 3:24 pm

    That explains why Liberals changed the their definition of the weather from "Global warming" to "Climate change" .Just call it climate change and anytime the weather changes in any direction they can claim they were right. You all a bunch of jokes.

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 05, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    So Kate.... The Oklahoma Tornado an EF5 one-mile wide on May 31 ......... and the Philippine typhoon Haiyan With 200 mph winds, worse than Katrina ....... and the worst drought right now.... on record ...... means nothing to YOU? ....... You don't think anything should be done..... Just trust that ..... dumps..... spilling..... polluting......throwing toxins.... won't hurt your children...... Your grandchildren...... Is this what you WANT for your family????

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  • OU812January 05, 2014 - 7:24 pm

    dinky do you believe you caused those natural disasters? My gawd I know you're a wind bag but...

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    Young and indoctrinated, I suspect you missed out on the first 20 some years of the GLOBAL WARMING fraud. This is from 14 years ago claiming snow would be virtually NON-existent within a few years, "According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event". I can provide you with thousands more just like it. So yes global warming meant global warming, it wasn't until they figured out all their predictions weren't happening that they started teaching the nonsense you have been learning. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    Young and indoctrinated, prior to the global warming fraud these were the headlines. --“a major cooling of the climate” was “widely considered inevitable” (New York Times, May 21, 1975) with “extensive Northern Hemisphere glaciation” (Science magazine, Dec. 10, 1976) which must “stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery” (International Wildlife, July 1975)? Remember reports that “the world’s climatologists are agreed” that we must “prepare for the next ice age” (Science Digest, February 1973)? Armadillos were leaving Nebraska, heading south, and heat-loving snails were scampering southward from European forests (Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 27, 1974). Newsweek (April 28, 1975) said meteorologists were “almost unanimous” that cooling would “reduce agricultural productivity.” -- you would do yourself a fantastic service by developing a sense of cynicism and learn to question what they are imparting to you as alleged "knowledge". I can disprove man-made global warming with what I learned in 7th grade science class, but that was when they still taught science. Don't be so willing to drink the global warming kooliad.

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    Young and indoctrinated, I would recommend that you learn the difference between "science" and "emotion". Observe dink and his comments, all emotion, with a touch of insanity sold on the idea that we can control the weather. dink would have you believe that a couple of storms on a planet that is roughly 4.6 billion years old are evidence of the world coming to an end. What he can't tell you is whether global warming is a good thing or a bad thing and what he won't tell you is how the oceans of oil and mountains of coal got in the ground in the first place. "A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone." -- Charles Darwin

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    We exist on a sphere with a tilted axis rotating in an elliptical orbit around a fluctuating heat source in a universe where the norm is absolute zero (very cold). Periodically the planet warms up enough for life to flourish. What happens when every year we go from winter to spring? Life explodes. The people who do your thinking for you have you afraid of the very thing that causes life to exist on this planet. Don’t believe me? Try growing a tomato in the permafrost. The geologic record is dominated by evidence that life ceased to exist in times of global cooling, yet no evidence exists that global warming has done anything but cause life to flourish. Pure science, not the stuff you have been indoctrinated with since birth. The global warming fraud is one gigantic confiscation of wealth scheme that doubles as a leftist dream of dictating behavior and eliminating freedom. Look at this way, they have already caused you to be willing to not only sacrifice your freedom but also support the further restrictions of other people’s freedom. It is called social engineering and behavioral modification. They will attempt to convince you of being “more” moral than others due to your adherence to their pseudo science, just read everything dink offers for evidence of that.

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  • EvelynJanuary 05, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    Young and in the know: (1) What year in school are you, and (2) what source materials is your class using?

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  • what?January 05, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    Evelyn, the Executive Director of ALEC? Scheberle? You tend to use links to make your point. Do you have one of the Executive Director of ALEC speaking on the virtues of a captain of industry?

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  • 309January 05, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    308 . . . home early . . . can't support everyone on a short work day.

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  • Kate 308January 05, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    309....I had my hours cut due to Obama care, but thanks for asking.

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 05, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    Kate 308 ...... Hours cut.... because Blue Cross can't deny my son health care insurance any longer????? ...... You think there might be more to the story ...... or is there a part in the Affordable Heath Care Act..... Section 2010 (3)(a)(ii) that specifically says.... "Kate who lives in El Dorado County must have her working hours cut." ????? ...... I agree John... there is some "dumbing down" going on....

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Dumbing down is believing this country needed 11.5 million words in new regulations for issues that could have been solved on the back of a paper napkin. By the way dink, how did the problem of pre-existing conditions get solved? WHAT TOOK SO LONG? How come no public sector union job has ever had a pre-existing condition clause?

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  • OU812January 05, 2014 - 7:57 pm

    little tiny insignificant dinky is getting very personal to try to make some sort of point. He claims his son can no longer be denied health care because of a pre-existing condition thanks to the ACA. But California Insurance Code Section 10198.7 stating an insurance company can not deny insurance base on pre-existing conditions, has been in existence way before the ACA was dreamed up. I am not calling dinky or his son stupid. That in itself would be wrong because they don't exist. Tornadoes, tsunamis, floating debris out in the ocean twice the size of the United States and this week's coldest storm in the East ever are all because of man? If you say it with conviction some people just might believe it. Newsflash, even if a majority believe it, doesn't make it a fact. I have to agree with John Garon and say people are dumb. Proof? They voted for Obama twice...

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  • robertdnollJanuary 05, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    what's on the front of a napkin?

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  • cookie65January 05, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    A rabbit smoking a pipe.

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  • WonderlandJanuary 05, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    Cookie, actually it was a caterpillar smoking a pipe.

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  • cookie65January 06, 2014 - 4:07 am

    http://www.marcjohns.com/blog/pipe-smoking-rabbit.html

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  • WonderlandJanuary 05, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    Dink would make a fine March Hare. John Garon would be the Queen of Hearts. James could be the Mad Hatter. Evelyn would be the White Rabbit. And Cookie is Alice...

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  • Tom GibneyJanuary 05, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    Further Dumbing of America: Gen Wesley Clark pushing Hillary for 2016..So all of you who voted for Obama...here is some more Kool Aide for ya... James...if this happens it is proof positive the liberals have succeeded in creating a complete Idiocracy. ...you deserve what you get

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  • Tom GibneyJanuary 05, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    PHQ OBAMA is my current bumper sticker...I am excited I can now profit as well off of PHQ HILLARY! Democrats give me lemons...I sell lemonade !

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  • EvelynJanuary 16, 2014 - 7:02 am

    “Costco Price Tag Code” - HERE: Those last two digits of the price tell you everything. A price ending in .99 is much different than one ending in .97 or .49. Check it out… (Really. Check it out!)

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By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 5 Comments

Misquote

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 11 Comments

 
Altshuler framing

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 9 Comments

National Day of Prayer

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 7 Comments

 
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Sports

Pedal power at the forefront next month

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Outside with Charlie: Transitioning

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

Pitching the ‘Root’ cause of Trojans’ victory

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Sports Scene: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

Roundup: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
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Prospecting

4-H’ers star at showcase

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
At a glance: Look for fireballs

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2, 1 Comment

Authors to share their stories

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B2, 2 Comments

 
Church to host human trafficking conference

By Pollock Pines | From Page: B3

Grow For It! Flower of Easter

By Barbara Schuchart | From Page: B5

 
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Essentials

Crime Log: April 1-3

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
Weather stats 4-22-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Building permits 4/7-11/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

 
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Obituaries

Bobby Lloyd Bridges

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Harry Frank Harper

By Contributor | From Page: A2, 6 Comments

Marion “Wayne” Griswold

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
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Real Estate

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Comics

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8