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A Gingrich-Santorum ticket?

The GOP will never regain the White House until it stops recycling the same old faces and the same old agenda. In 2012, it cannabalized likely candidates until the only one left was the least likely to win. Personally, I would have voted for the "Rent' s too damned high" candidate before I would vote for Romney or Obama. If this insistence on the part of the GOP to push establishment candidates whose time is past, it will be going the way of the Whigs.  (Mar 25, 2013 | post #100)

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White House releases photo of Obama shooting gun at Camp ...

"woodtick57 "Looking at the world around you objectively is not for the small minded...stop even trying before you hurt yourself.. My mental state is not the topic we are discussing. When one disagrees with another and has no other recourse but to diminish his opponent, he engages in the "ad hominem" argument, a personal attack which comes as a last resort when all other legitimate arguments have been exhausted. My perception of Obama as an undertaker is called hyperbole. Hyperbole is a form of exaggeration which is used to make a point. I see him in this context because unless he is preaching to the masses, he comes across as humorless and burdened with the weight of contrived solemnity. I leave the undertaker image out there because it can be interpreted in any number of ways which is my intent. Critical reading is a higher level of comprehension and interpretation. Those who recognized my imagery as humorous got the point. Obviously, you need to set aside your bliind devotion to a politician of questionable merit and begin educating yourself so that you will fully understand the agenda he and his managers are promoting.  (Feb 4, 2013 | post #117)

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White House releases photo of Obama shooting gun at Camp ...

Sorry. I simple cannot get the image of Obama as a funeral director out of my mind. Obama may be some people's idea of the Messiah but he still looks like an undertaker to me. If you examine the picture carefully, you will notice that it lacks credulity. I put it in the same category as the one of Sen. Kerry duck hunting.  (Feb 3, 2013 | post #64)

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White House releases photo of Obama shooting gun at Camp ...

I don't have Photoshop but there are a few other programs on my computer that can alter or modify pictures. The finished products look professional regardless of the level of expertise of the user. The fact that Obama's handlers felt that it was necessary to verify the fact that he goes skeet shooting indicates a widening gap between what Obama says and the number of Americans who unquestionably believe him. No matter what he says, in whatever context and regardless of the setting, I cannot shake the impression that he looks like an undertaker. A picture of him skeet shooting looks to me like an undertaker skeet shooting on his day off.  (Feb 2, 2013 | post #8)

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Steven Chu steps down as Obama's Energy Secretary

"Kahoki" Just going to point out, 11M less people voted this election than in 2008. With that quantity of lesser amount of people voting, that should tell you something. The Republican Party undermined likely candidates until the last man standing was Romney. Romney was not the candidate who could have beaten Obama. The two major parties have it all locked up because o the cost and requirements for minor parties to offer alternative candidates. Consequently, the major parties appear to be competing to foist the absolute dregs on the American people.  (Feb 1, 2013 | post #12)

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Steven Chu steps down as Obama's Energy Secretary

Iran. Sorry  (Feb 1, 2013 | post #6)

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Steven Chu steps down as Obama's Energy Secretary

Being part of the Obama administration is not exactly a career builder. Despite Hillary Clinton's political savvy, any hopes she has for 2016, have been sacrificed on the altar of the Messiah. Benghazi will be with her for the rest of her life. Most of the officially recognized cabinet heads have little real power or influence. Valerie Garrett, who is a native of ziran is the go to person and those who actually wield power are the czars who do not need to be vetted and do the bidding of the power behind the presidency.  (Feb 1, 2013 | post #5)

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Biden brings gun control push to Virginia

I have watched many inaugurations over the years but this most recent one was a real eyeopener. I have never seen such an open display of armed security as was televised on Monday. Six to eight SS guards per lino. A pick-up truck full of additional armed security. Our elected leadership is not pushing gun control in the name of victims of insane shooters. They are terrified of the American people whom they have cheated, scammed, misrepresented, and exploited to make themselves part of the global elite.  (Jan 26, 2013 | post #15)

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Why Obama's term will end in July

Obama's term in office will end in July of 2014...unless he uses executive privilege to declare himself king. Or if he can get enough members of both the House and Senate to eliminate term limits on the presidency. After watching the coverage of today's gala, I'm wondering if we are not half way to a monarchy as it is. After the swearing-in and the speeches and musical presentations, the elite retired to a lobster luncheon and the proletariat stood outside in the cold waiting for a glimpse of our royalty. Right now, I am watching the Secret Service walk the parade route or take a break in an open pick-up truck while the dignitaries ride in their limousines in heated comfort. I don't think the vehicles are electric cars. It looks like there is more security there than there are spectators. I don't see this as bringing people together. It is more likely a sharp contrast beteen our political elite and the rest of us.  (Jan 21, 2013 | post #68)

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Write your own inaugural address

If he drops "Let me make myself perfectly clear" before completely muddying the waters of clarity, and eliminates the "uh 's" completely, he can cut a good half hour of inane and meaningless patter.  (Jan 20, 2013 | post #23)

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Write your own inaugural address

"Riider on the Storm I wonder if we can expect great lines like this.......... Ladies and gentleman we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. Wont you please join me as we try to change it............. Agreed. Something along the lines of our not recognizing the country by the time he and his merry band of cutthroats are finished abolishing the Constitution and establishing a reign of terror.Very upbeat...  (Jan 19, 2013 | post #15)

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Write your own inaugural address

Our morning paper carried a story about Obama's quest for just the right words from speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King both of whom are greatly admired by Obama. Their most important speeches are available on line and are very easily recognized. Stringing quotes from their speeches without their correct context will not enhance his speech. A novel idea would be for Obama to write his own speech. I doubt that he has the command of the language to write anything memorable but it will be uniquely his., double speak and all.  (Jan 19, 2013 | post #12)

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An infantile spectacle

I think it is standard operating procedure for politicians to surround themselves with artfully selected groups or individuals in order to drive home whatever point they think they are making. I imagine there was a selection committee that chose the sweetest, most angelic little ones as the backdrop for Obama's righteous anger as well as his almost convincing teary-eyed grief. I was more inclined to listen to his speech which was a compendium of excerpts from memorable speeches by great Americans, including Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Considering the time frame and the circumstances in 1863 when the speech was originally given, the dedication of the cemetery for the honored dead who left us in the armed service to this country, there was something oxymoronic about using this particular speech. I looked at this speech as more of the same, written with a book of famous quotes in one hand and spell check on automatic.  (Jan 17, 2013 | post #42)

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What's up with the $1 trillion coin?

"tha Professor" I don't entirely disagree, but let's not make the Founders into gods. They were prosperous white males who wanted to preserve the status quo, kept slavery a protected institution, kept women from owning property or voting, made sure to protect property rights above virtually everything, and didn't really care what happened to the poor, the sick, or the indigent. They were the product of their time and their English heritage, face it. Hell, even after the Civil War an ex-President of our nation only saved his family from poverty and destitution by writing a memoir in his dying days which sold extremely well and kept his family from the poorhouse. I speak of Ulysses S. Grant, of course. Thos parties have done some extremely dumb and destructive things sure. The founding fathers were products of the Enlightenment, to be sure. In a time frame in which more people were illiterate than could read or write, those who sought revolution after diplomatic means failed, were the logical leaders of the movement. They also had the most to lose if the Revolution failed. They used their personal fortunes to subsidize the movement. Jefferson was nearly broke when he died.. The issue of slavery was a sticking point. John Adams was an abolitionist. Slavery was legal in some northern states such as Delaware and New York. The southern delagstes to the Constitutional Congress derived much of their wealth from slavery and threatened to form their own nation if it were abolished. The matter was put off in order to keep the unity of all thirteen colonies. The "right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness" was a compromise. It originally guaranteed property which was what slaves were considered. In the 18th century, it was not considered the duty of government to provide social services. Those in need were the responsibility of local communities and public and religious charities. Public service required sacrifice on the part of elected officials. Congress met for only a few months each year at the expense of their real jobs. The membership could not expect an eternal pension for a comfy little job pandering to special interests. We do not have the citizen statesmen envisioned by the founders. Those who pretend to represent us have desecrated their oath of office and diminished us immeasurably.  (Jan 11, 2013 | post #32)

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What's up with the $1 trillion coin?

"We the sheeple" It's no different than declaring a dollar bill is worth $1. Since none of our money is backed by anything other than the word of the federal government, it doesn't matter if we make a $1 bill or a $1 trillion coin. Neither have any value other than what the govt says they do. Good point. We've been the drunk deadbeat from down the street for decades. We've gone from a proud self-sufficient nation to a staggering delusional wreck in less than seventy years, if we consider the triumphant end of WWII as the starting point. Both parties are train wrecks and the candidates they saddle us with live in an alternate universe. The patriots who founded this nation would be shocked by the mockery that has been made of their sincere efforts to construct a nation of infinite possibilities that were virtually unknown elsewhere.  (Jan 11, 2013 | post #23)