Gimme a Break

Posted Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at 11:17 AM
View 23 comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. Please note that those who post comments on this website may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.
  • Sam,

    I understand you do not like President Obama, but is there anyone in Washington that you do like. All of your blogs seem to be very neg. Who do you respect and would like to see in power? Who do you think could turn the economy around?

    -- Posted by gary on Tue, Oct 6, 2009, at 12:48 PM
  • *

    The link I read, which was quite easy to find, is:

    I keep telling you Guillermo, that I am not in bed with Republicans. The article I read, which is linked above, says nothing about party, and they used the word czar. You show your limited experience again Guillermo. Of course, Republicans have had czars, they weren't Communists, Marxists, Abortion ghouls or radical leftists however.


    Gary, you question was a good one, even though you couched it within a scold. That's fine. I'd be glad to answer.

    I think the US government is broken.

    The Democrat Party has sold out to the most radical leftist elements. The Democrat party leadership, does not really represent average Democrats, but they spoon feed the masses with petty Government payoffs (the $200 handout of the streets of NYC) and they feed in hate and racism.

    The Republican Party has wimped out again and again, afraid to take on the Media. They see what America's dysfunctional Media did to Sarah Palin, and they are scared. They won't take on the leftists, they won't take on the massive spending, they fight like a bunch of scarred fourth graders.

    Who would I like to see in Washington?

    Gary, I like to see Auto Mechanics instead of History Teachers. I'd like to see Pig Farmers instead of Lawyers. I'd like to see Homemakers, and Clergy, and Small Business Owners, instead of corrupt career politicians.

    It is not so much a matter of WHO can turn the economy around, but WHAT will turn the economy around.

    Solid principles will turn the economy around, things that you and I have to do every day.

    Make a budget, use smart business practices, don't borrow money recklessly, live within your means. I don't mind charity, but I believe that charity is not in itself a solution. Democrats want to keep us all with equal outcomes, equal misery. Republicans should be telling people that this is the land of opportunity, and then helping us. We are over-governed my friend, not under-governed.

    As far as being negative. I wish it were not so. I would like it very much if President Obama and these seething, radical do-gooders were not trying to fundamentally change our government, steal our freedoms and our money, and make my children and grandchildren serfs.

    I owe it to my grandchildren to fight for their futures, and right now, the truth is harsh. The truth is negative. The truth can be painful. If we have the integrity to honor the truth, we will emerged much better for it.

    I think the best solution is to vote every single Senator and every member of Congress out of office as soon as they are up for election. Every one of them.

    Maybe the new group will "Protect and Defend" the Constitution of the United States.

    This current bunch tramples on the Constitution.

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Tue, Oct 6, 2009, at 2:03 PM
  • *

    Oh and Gary, I think my comments about Nebraska schools insofar as the cost per student were positive! Thanks again Gary for reading.

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Tue, Oct 6, 2009, at 2:05 PM
  • Hey Sam,

    Here we go again.

    The same nonsense about OBAMA causing this Bush/Cheney mega-recession.


    President Obama has not had a single important program enacted into law and causing expenditures.

    NOT ONE -- ZILCH!!

    So far, he has only sought to reorganize and cleanup the BUSH/CHENEY BAILOUT PROGRAMS started 13 months ago, in September 2008, during the national election campaign and two months before the election went against the Republican Party.

    Sept., 2008 -- Bush/Cheney took the Auto Makers bailout to Congress;

    Oct. 2008 -- The first of the bank bailouts hit congressional committees.

    Nov. 2008 -- Congress was made aware of the AIG mess.

    Candidate Obama only participated in Senate hearings on these matters as one of 100 U.S. Senators and a low-ranking member of the minority party.

    Candidate Biden only participated in Senate hearings on these matters as one of 100 U.S. Senators and a high-ranking, senior member of the minority party.

    Candidate Obama began contacting financial, business and industry professionals in late October, asking them to participate in groups considering the worsening economic situation.

    After winning the election, he completed organization of some of these "Task Forces" before leaving for Hawaii with his family.

    Returning, he plunged full-bore into the Task Force studies regarding the military, Iraq and Afghanistan, the banking crisis, the full economic crisis, exploding unemployment and Health Care Reform.

    By the time he became President, GM and Chrysler were already effectively bankrupt despite Bush/Cheney bailouts, AIG and the banks had received massive bailouts and unemployment was up to 700,000 jobs lost monthly.

    Paint it anyway you want, Sam, the $3-Trillion in bailouts to date are a DIRECT RESULT OF DubYah Bush's policies and requests of a Republican Congress, even those which were completed after Jan. 20 -- even those included provisions demanded by Pres. Obama before he would sign the bills.

    He demanded stronger oversight and regulation, with limits for executive bonuses for any company or bank receiving bailout moneys.

    We now know those Republican stalwarts at Bank of America's headquarters in Charlotte, NC approved more than a BILLION in bonuses to Merrill-Lynch executives before the supposed "shotgun wedding" of B of A and M.L.

    B of A Pres. Lewis' justification. Merrill-Lynch had not received any bailout funds, M.L was just being acquired with bailout money, therefore the M.L. executives could give themselves massive bonuses as a reward for running Merrill-Lynch into the ditch. Oh yes, Lewis is out.

    Sam, I will make a bet.

    My bet is that a minimum of 90-95% of the executives of all these banks and companies, including AIG, which received bail-out money--ARE STAUNCH REPUBLICANS.



    But the facts are, Sam, not a single serious Democratic program has been adopted with financial cost to date which has impacted the economy in any way.

    The MASSIVE DEFICITS AND MORE THAN 18 MONTHS OF BUSINESS FAILURES, MOUNTING UNEMPLOYMENT AND TAX DEFICITS all started and grew with DubYah and The Draft Dodgers in control, with full compliance of their Republican-dominated Congressional majority.

    With the Obama administration, monthly job losses are down to 200,000 and reducing futher.

    The housing market is coming back, primarily because private investors are diverting their funds away from the banks, into other forms of lending.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake --- A BUSH APPOINTEE -- has declared quite bitterly that the bailed out banks, under legal obligation to put the bailout funds into the domestic business and residential credit markets are diverting those bailout funds ." the same risky investments that got them into trouble in the first place."

    What has Obama done:

    --Drastically reduced U.S. combat forces in Iraq and along with that, reduced the costs, with approval of the Pentagon and military leadership;

    --With more full Pentagon support, stopped a multi-Billion "pork barrel" jet engine program which was totally unwanted and unnecessary;

    --With full Pentagon support, moved $50-Billion in research and development funds for military systems intended for 2075 to 3050 -- into current needs for combat weapons, equipment, personal gear and other support for our people in Afghanistan and Iraq;

    -- After months of digging by his cabinet and appointees, including several of your despised Czars, has dug out and identified BILLIONS in hidden budget appropriations being used to hire the 70,000 PRIVATE SECURITY CONTRACTORS in Afghanistan and many more in Iraq.

    -- HAS TERMINATED ALL ISSUANCE of No-Bid, Sweetheart "Good Ol'Boy" Crony contracts for Iraq and Afghanistan;

    -- Moved the Iraqi government to review all "NO-BID" contracts with anyone, U.S. firms or otherwise. [Surprise, dozens of "executives" have been flying home from Iraq and Afghanistan out of Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Cairo, Ankara, Istanbul -- virtually every airport in the entire Middle East. The usually less than full jets are jammed with these returning high-cost executives. Cabin crews report to European reporters that conversations between these passengers run to "It was great while it lasted, my bank account is full."

    --Simple reality, all this, plus getting a start on curtailing and reducing the nation's excessive Health Care Costs, with a huge share of our people under insured and under protected and tens of millions totally uninsured and unprotected, has been accomplished in nine months.

    --The stimulus money for public works projects is just now getting into action. Education funds only really went to work in September. Without any serious share of that money actually getting into the economy until now, the economic downturn has been virtually stopped.


    "Shotgun" Cheney has run around crying that people he directed to violate many U.S. laws should not be investigated, at all, and certainly should not be tried for criminal misconduct!!!

    The GOP has been in an all out-obstructionist mode -- "If you won't let us steal any more elections, we're just going to be against everything, until we get control again."

    Get over it, conservatives and Republicans.

    Your crowd wrecked things twice within six presidential terms.

    Poppa Bush left us with farm foreclosures, business bankruptcies, home foreclosures, the western timber, metals mining and oil development industries out of business. We were left to pay for can't or won't-win wars in Somalia, Grenada, Panama and the Persian Gulf.

    DubYah left us with the second half of their combined $20-TRILLION in federal debt, the Iraq "war of choice" to close out, and the Get Al Qaeda war suspended for Afghanistan -- and a bigger mess there than existed in 2002.

    With the Draft Dodgers running the show, it wasn't until DubYah was forced by the Pentagon appoint a qualified Dept. of Defense Secretary, that any structure started over there.

    But even Bob Gates did not know where all the money was being spent, or for what -- and he had no control over a heavy percentage of the cost.

    Sam, we have some serious government cost problems.

    But the existing problem is a 100% Bush/Cheney product.

    President Obama's 2010-2011 budget is still in the works and won't be completed until they find all the hidden costs DubYah left behind.

    With ten years as House Ways and Means Chair, Director of the Office of Budget Management for six years and White House Chief of Staff for two years -- Leon Panetta is probably the best there is at finding money trails.

    This is the shining light of young Republicans who resigned from Vista's top job and blew the whistle on the Nixon White House for ordering him to violate federal law and put GOP party hacks into Civil Service jobs -- and left the party.

    This is the same man who organized a six-man co-op apartment with fellow freshman congressmen to reduce all their costs drastically.

    This is the man, who refused every pay raise during his decade-plus in Congress and who had his district office managed by his wife, without salary.[Compared with other congressional districts, that's at least $100,000 annually for more than a 14 years. Gifts to the nation.

    Panetta had to dig in every cabinet level department to find all the "NO-BID" Private Security Contractor funding. That's how well this corrupt spending was hidden by Bush/Cheney.

    There is no question, from 2000 through 2008, the U.S. government was being broken, the Constitution was being deliberately subverted and there was no fiscal responsibility.

    Anything DubYah and his buddies saw and wanted, they got -- and expense be hanged.

    Cut the nonsense, Sam, our present budget deficit is Bush/Cheney product and nothing else.

    The mega-recession was a Bush/Cheney product and nothing else.

    The vastly increased national debt since 1980 is a result of two Bush administrations -- and nothing else.

    Two recessions, tens of thousands of mid-western farmers being foreclosed, millions of homes lost and hundreds of thousands of small businesses wiped out -- INCLUDING ONE HUGE SHARE OF THE INDEPENDENT OWNER-OPERATOR LONG-HAUL TRUCKERS -- all wiped out by the two Bush eras.

    Keep blaming Obama -- but where are fuel prices today compared to the $5.00+ per gallon we were paying during a period of surplus supply under the two oil company shills -- Bush and Cheney?

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Oct 6, 2009, at 5:08 PM
  • *


    Don't let these guys get away with this BS. You are speaking for many of us. Gary wants you to be positive when Obama certainly is not positive. So phony. The hubby and I get tired of this.

    Your point in this blog was so simple and right on the money. Maybe that is why the libs react the way they do, they just can not understand simple lasting sound logic.

    You just keep on speaking the truth, and thanks.

    -- Posted by CandyKilroy on Tue, Oct 6, 2009, at 8:05 PM
  • Sam,

    It just hit me. You are an idealist. A morbid, twisted idealist, but an idealist nonetheless.

    All you do is tear down what you see. But you never give solutions. You use broad strokes such as, "morality needs to come back" and things like this. But you never give one solid solution to the problems you point out.

    I think you'd be a better politician than you might think.

    -- Posted by mccookreader on Tue, Oct 6, 2009, at 10:31 PM
  • Ms. McCookreader, Ill ignore the hatefulness in your comments, but not only were you hateful, you were dead wrong. Sam has repeatedly come out for lower taxes, less regulation, respect for life, strong defense, nuclear energy, local control for schools, drill for our own oil, not apologizing for America, building refineries, States rights, etc. etc. Sam has repeatedly come out for these things, so either you spoke from ignorance, or you lied. Which is it? You sound like one of those Catholic voters, that turned their backs on the unborn and voted for Obama because you hate people. I'm right aren't I? Sam can defend himself, but, like Candy, I get tired of your liberal smartypants attacks against him, simply because he out-debates you, and you feel guilty for voting for a radical Marxist.

    -- Posted by RMontana on Tue, Oct 6, 2009, at 11:40 PM
  • Mr. Inglaterra, Not once has Sam come out for civil war against liberals. You are making false accusations. That violates the rules of the McCook Gazette. I don't care frankly, and I doubt Sam does either, you are not to be taken seriously. I do take comfort from knowing that you to stoop to falsehoods and cheap tricks to try and win an argument. You still lose. You haven't bested him yet, even with your untruths, hatred, smears and silliness, he still makes you look dumber than a bag of hammers. That has got to hurt.

    -- Posted by RMontana on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 12:24 AM
  • Candy, Sam and the rest of the attack patrol,

    Calling a lifetime conservative businessman a liberal is not going to render the diatribes against President Obama or Jimmy Carter or any other Democrat any more realistic.

    Your problem with me is that you can't come up with responsible facts to support your philosophies. Note that I used the plural, because inevitably, you end up pursuing two different philosophies.

    Every conservative wants to force reduced spending, smaller government, less government "interference" -- but I don't think a single conservative considers it hypocritical to demand their religious belief control every woman's rights to decide what is best for her, her body and her life.

    You want freedom -- but want to control those you consider too different from your idea of morally perfect.

    What you are saying is -- I want to be free to own the biggest gun I can afford and fire the most deadly armor piercing ammunition I can find -- but I want control over everyone else, particularly those liberals who want enough gun controls to keep assault rifles out of the hands of drug pushers in the inner cities.


    There hasn't been a politician in history who walked on water.

    A conservative self-made millionaire politician in Arizona, the state's defacto budget director as State Senate Finance Committee Chairman was accused by your breed of attack pack of accepting a $250 bribe to secure a liquor license for some clown he had never met.

    A college president from the other end of the state, with a new complee major campus created almost solely by that Senator's policies, was asked what he thought of the $250 bribe accusations.

    "If the Senator wore a halo, he would take it off and use it for a night light. If someone offered $100,000 to a campaign election fund for help securing a liquor license, he would deposit the check into the campaign fund and give them the telephone number of the ABC office where they could file their application."

    That's the level of charges against Pres. Obama.

    -- He was born in Kenya, years before his mother applied for a U.S. Passport, despite solid documentation that he was born in a Honolulu hospital.

    --He is a Socialist, despite the fact he and his wife were self-made millionaires before he ran for the White House office, and he is clearly in all his acts a capitalist.

    --He is spending the country into the hole, despite the fact that the two Bushes ran up a total federal debt of more than $20-TRILLION in principle and interest, before Sen. Obama filed to run for the presidency.

    --And despite the fact, that no major Obama spending proposal has been presented to Congress, his spending is bankrupting the country.

    He is working with the last Bush budget, not his own budget. That budget contains none of his programs or proposals. It contains BILLIONS of Bush conceived waste, which he is trying to restrict as much as he legally can.

    --He is pushing total governmental control of the health industry.

    FACT -- He presented his PROPOSALS to Congressional Leaders of both parties in February, and again in an address to both houses last month. [AND has been savaged by conservatives for leaving the country for 24 hours instead of staying and attempting to control the congressional debate.]


    Fact -- Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Bill Crist have stated that most Republicans favor the major provisions of all Health Care Reform proposals reported from committees to date.

    Specifically prohibition of insurance companies denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions, cancellation because the policyholder gets sick or is injured, annual or lifetime caps on policy payments and most favor a system allowing workers to transfer their coverage from employer to employer.

    Those are the major provisions of all programs.

    The dead issue at present is the Public Option, which would never have involved more than 5% of the population, but would provide coverage for that 5% without you and me paying for their medical needs with our insurance premiums, or having them flood Emergency Rooms for free basic medical care.

    That's a long way from government control.

    You want DEATH PANELS, look to the insurance companies's coverage committees which decide which doctors may be paid, what treatments may be provided and when coverage payment limits have been exceeded.

    Don't tell me those COMPANY DEATH PANELS don't ration care and don't exist. I have negotiated more group medical programs with more companies than any two of you have even read.

    Without exception, every insuror had some form of committee ruling on matters of life and death.

    Most of the time, when a question goes to that committee, the decision was "Let them die, our coverage does not REQUIRE the company to pay for that treatment, that drug, that surgery or that nursing home."

    Most of the policies dictate what doctors can be consulted, what hospitals can be used, what treatment is covered. THAT'S CONTROL.

    Yet, the neo-cons keep spinning their lies about what the reform packages will probably contain.

    What the self-styled conservatives are attempting is the old Southern DixieCrat tactic of promoting fear to sway voters.

    No matter the issue -- don't consider facts -- just create a Bogeyman and keep trotting him out endlessly -- even though everything about him is total fraud.

    One I heard endlessly in my youth, "You can't end segregation, all those Black Men will rush out and marry white women!"

    What's more ridiculous than that nonsense -- A lot of otherwise sensible white people bought it.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 12:47 AM
  • RMontana,

    Less taxes, less regulation, drilling our own oil etc. all sound really nice,

    But these are not exact examples either. How do you go about cutting taxes? What does less regulation actually mean? Sam is just repeating conservative keywords over and over and his sheep are cheering him on.

    And actually yes I am catholic. And yes i voted for obama. I do not feel like i turned my back on aborted babies. I am firmly against abortion in all cases except that which would kill the mother. With that being said... No president that has been pro-life in our nation's history has been able to reverse Roe v Wade. I hate to say it, but abortion will not be deemed illegal in my lifetime. This is sad, but true. Therefore choosing my candidate on that alone would be foolish. Sure McCain was pro-life, but he was not going to make it illegal.

    -- Posted by mccookreader on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 8:38 AM
  • "Stand against it...won't be a pillow fight"??

    Civil wars aren't what they used to be (I'll bet Hank could attest to that).

    Even for you gi, that's quite a stretch.

    -- Posted by Husker23 on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 8:39 AM
  • *

    Hey Monte - don't let Guillermo and his crap get to ya. That is the nature of politics nowadays. I don't care what goofy Guill thinks he has, I have never advocated for civil war.

    Guillermo is necessary on this blog so that you good folks out there can clearly see the face of hate. It was Guillermo who hoped I'd get a disease and die. It was Guillermo that accused me of trying to coax underage girls in my truck to have sex with them. He has made allot of hateful statements, maybe he has kept a record of those as well.

    To my friends out there, let's not let Guillermo degenerate the debate. That is what the left does so well.

    I did not call for a civil war, I did however say that Obama and his hatred of America, and the lefts attempt to kill our Republic could lead to civil war. And I still stand by that statement. There is still time to correct this horrid mistake of Obama, before he and the left, kill our Republic.

    Husker and Candy, did you see where Monte listed some of the positions that I have come out for, respect for life was one of them, and Guillermo said none of these positions are good for America? Also strong defense.

    So according to Guillermo, respect for life and strong defense are not good for America. I think you folks may give this poor robot Guill allot more credit for being able to think, than he deserves.

    As far as Hank goes, he is still REALLY ticked that he HAD to go to Korea, and there weren't any famous or rich people in the mud, dodging bullets, with him. I can understand that. I disagree with Hank, but I respect him.

    As it becomes even more clear in the days ahead, that our President is a puppet for the Soros kill America program, we will find these Obama voters becoming even more shrill. They wanted to believe so much, Obama a god...created in their image.

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 9:34 AM
  • *

    McCookReader - I have explained lower taxes, and lower regulations. You must have missed them during the period of time that you were not reading my blog because I aggravate you so. I can and will repeat these simple economic principles in the days ahead.

    I don't think McCain was pro life, that is why I did not vote for him. I am not going to let politicians, from either party, have me vote for a man or woman, who does not, as a basic fundamental, have respect for life. Over fifty million babies are dead. Abortion is a holocaust, a crime against God, and a crime against humanity.

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 9:54 AM
  • So you didn't vote in the last election?

    You may have voted independent which is fine.

    But if not, I find it quite hypocritical that a man on the forefront of overthrowing our "terrible" government isn't even committed enough to vote against obama.

    And do you know what happened before government regulation of business and banks? Go look at what Andrew Jackson did to our economy when he destroyed the prosperous federal bank. If we got rid of government regulation of business and banks Independent businesses would be dead. mccook banks would disappear. Less regulation is not the answer. We can't have this country running on a gold and barter system.

    -- Posted by mccookreader on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 11:31 AM
  • *

    mccookreader / there are various sources regarding tax cuts and how they work. The liberals like to say "tax cuts for the rich" because they promote class envy and hatred of the rich. If you want an excellent article on why tax cuts work, as well as a resources to learn more, try this link to the Business and Media Institute.

    You are wrong about me being a sheep. I appreciate Sam because he takes the heat to try and give the other side to this liberal coup of our country. When I first read some of his blogs, I thought he was a bit harsh, even crude. My hubby points out that Sam is a Truck Driver, in his fifties, are we expecting madam butterfly? I see a guy that puts it on the line, and takes the verbal abuse ie. Guillterra, because he truly fears for a future for his grandchildren. So do hubby and I. You people that hate Sam never explain how stealing money from future generations to hopefully make our life a little better works. I would lovingly suggest that you do what you preach, consider both sides.

    Sam I have a question for you. You say you did not vote for McCain. Hubby says you supported Alan keyes. Do you think that Christians, who voted as you did helped Obama to win the election? thanks

    -- Posted by CandyKilroy on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 11:46 AM
  • I believe the first stone was thrown by gi, with his claim of Sam "advocating civil war".

    Nice to see you again, pot.

    -- Posted by Husker23 on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 1:59 PM
  • *

    Candy, Madam Butterfly! LOL

    Thanks so much for your comments!

    You asked a very good question, about the election. It is a question many Christians have to face at election time. We struggled through this issue when Bob Dole was our nominee, and at that time, I decided to vote for Dole, and hold my nose. I did not like it.

    Not too long ago, I wrote a blog about the lesser of two evils, and that the lesser of two evils is still evil. My spouse and I decided that we would never again let ourselves be put into that box. If the Republicans were going to turn their backs on Christians, and upon the unborn, who continue to be slaughtered every day, then they are not going to get my vote or any support.

    If our President, or any elected official does not honor life, then how can we trust them to defend the Constitution? The left has no problem voting for Obama, even though he claims to be a Christian, because they know he is not one. The left understands the politics of needing to convince some naive Christians that he is one of them, for votes.

    But, back to your question. Did many Christians, saying no to McCain and voting for the Libertarians, or Alan Keyes, or not Obama win?

    I'm sure it did.

    It came down to what my wife and I honestly believe, that God is God. And we will have to honor God, and let the chips fall were they may. One could even argue that President Obama is the President that the USA deserves. The holocaust of the unborn, and the way the government and culture have become anti-God.

    Sooner or later, I suspect, the nation will return to, and honor God, or I suspect we'll fail. How can we, as a nation, ask for God's blessing when we so easily murder three thousand kids a day?

    In the last election, a good number of Christian people refused to pick the lesser of two evils. We also have to consider voter fraud, ACORN and the like. To be honest with you, I don't know that Obama really won the election. How many votes were phony in these big inner cities? ACORN and all the other Democrat groups working to corrupt the system.

    Trusting God is not easy, sometimes, although it should be.

    Thanks again, and my best to you and "hubby"!

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 2:15 PM
  • There have been all sorts of name-calling attacks here, insistance that one blogger or another is showing the truth about the so-called LIBERAL positions.

    I have as yet to see one of these Neo-Con bloggers refute any of the documented facts I have listed "ad infinitum."

    Not one.

    Blaming Obama for DubYah's established fiscal irresponsibility is just trying to shift the blame.

    Insisting anyone who disagrees with you is against Christian values. Without defining which kind of the thousands of denominations and sects within Christianity you value.

    Wake up people.

    Knee-jerk reaction to every idea which disturbs you and arouses your fear and forebodings is not being honest to yourselves.

    The numbers of the two Bush administrations, wars started, with wars won limited to Grenada and Panama.

    The first Persian Gulf war was left as a draw -- Sadaam walked, he kept his army and most of his weapons, with a great deal of the loot from Kuwait.

    Our troops have been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan longer than in WWI and WWII combined. Yet the Neo-Cons in Congress and outside Congress, are screaming to send as many troops as the generals demand. Does anyone remember the gradual but steady increases in troops into Viet Nam?

    LBJ is blasted somewhere by the NeoCons because he was "conned" by some War Hawk Navy Brass into believing the Tonkin Gulf incident actually happened.

    Wake up people, promotions are slower than frozen molasses for military officers during peacetime.

    Upper field grade and general grade officers need wars to gain promotion. With war, a Lt. Colonel has a strong chance of getting his Star, lifetime luxury residential rights on the military base of his choosing, lifetime medical benefits for himself and his spouse in military hospitals, very attractive retirement income and perks.

    That's their real world. Get one star and live the Life of Riley in perpetuity.

    But, I keep waiting for someone of all these conservative geniuses to disprove my facts.

    Please, Sam, and all you others.

    Disprove my points, if you can.

    If not -- grow up and get a life.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 7:05 PM
  • *

    I was suspended from blogging for a couple weeks, as was Michael Hendricks, so that we could try and elevate the debate that goes on here.

    I did not call for the censorship. When the talk towards me got down and dirty, I got down and dirty. Some may argue that I started it, I argue that I did not, but whatever - I never thought to run to the folks at the Gazette and ask them to fight my battles.

    Nonetheless, the Gazette is good to let us blog, and answer blogs. They have a family newspaper here, and they don't want a bunch of folks spewing hatred at each other on their website, and they have a right to not only require decent behavior, but to expect is as well.

    That brings me to Guillermo Inglaterra. I would ask fellow conservatives, and those folks who occasionally agree with me, that you simply ignore Guillermo from now on. It is not something I want to do, however, the level of debate always sinks when you try and engage Guillermo, in my opinion.

    I am touched that a few of you came to my defense. I sincerely appreciate it. But, we are getting back into petty bickering, and that gets old. Life is too short.

    Lets end the petty bickering.

    To Guillermo,

    I hope you continue to speak out. Selfishly, I want you to keep at it because I think folks should see what passes for intellectual thought in 2009. I think folks need to see the results of staffing our colleges and universities with Marxist professors. You are doing a public service. Let folks see the scope and depth of what we conservatives are up against, as we try and wrestle back our country from those who are now in power.

    I doubt I will talk any further with you Guillermo, and you will have ample opportunity to say whatever, Ill say these few more words to you.

    The God of the Bible is the Creator. America is not a racist nation. America was a Christian nation, and will be again. Within the next ten years, I predict that an American President will stand and announce to the world, that America is a Christian nation, and there is not a thing you can do to stop it.

    So save this blog along with the others of mine you save.

    Adios Guillermo!

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 7:48 PM
  • Sam,

    You attempt to read so much nonsense into your screeds it is pathetic.

    "As far as Hank goes, he is still REALLY ticked that he HAD to go to Korea, and there weren't any famous or rich people in the mud, dodging bullets, with him. I can understand that. I disagree with Hank, but I respect him."

    MY POINT WAS that DubYah, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Quayle and most wealthy types ducked out, to became TOTAL HAWKS after they were beyond the age for combat duty.

    I had one guy I knew who was in that group.

    Bragged about paying $5,000 to get into an air national guard headquarters group, plus $1,000 annually for six years.

    Now he is the biggest WAR HAWK ever.

    Just as with moral superiority hypocrites.

    The Ensigns, Sanfords, Craigs, et al-- who waged total war on Clinton.

    Now David Letterman, who has made a career of jokes about politicians who stepped over the line sexually. Guess what, during the whole time, he was using his exalted position in the business of TV production and on-camera STAR to get his skinny frame into the sack with female employees.

    Poppa Bush, Joe and Jack Kennedy, Sen. Inouye and many other prominent politicians and public figures served in combat.

    Even Teddy Roosevelt's son and FDR's sons served in combat. TR's son drove the top brass nuts because he insisted on going ashore with the troops on Omaha Beach.

    They did not seek cushy rear echelon slots.

    Not at all like the super-patriot Joseph McCarthy who campaigned for a supply slot in country -- and then ran for the Senate claiming combat duty as a heavy bomber tailgunner.

    I would not trade my service for anything. Would not want to repeat it, but would not trade.

    Only change I would make. When a Four-Star offered to put me on his personal staff in Europe,if I would extend for six months -- and then he would get me into the West Point Prep school for the Math and Science courses and then into West Point -- and I declined.

    I am ticked because these draft dodgers, combat shy clowns use the War Hawk bit for political gain.

    Haven't found many patients at VA medical facilities who have any use for those characters.

    Whether they served as combat soldiers or not.

    DubYah and His Draft Dodgers had no hesitation pulling support out of Afghanistan and devising a system of undermanned, isolated outposts along the Afghan-Pakistan border where those handfuls of real men have had to withstand repeated mass suicide attacks by the Taliban.

    This last week, eight of those real patriots died thanks to incompetent planning in the Bush White House.

    And yes, the Taliban knew that outpost is to be abandoned before winter. Their idea was to put American Soldiers in body bags and hospitals to weaken resolve here at home.

    If we could leave that region tomorrow, with all the Pakistani nuclear weapons and production facilities -- that would be the thing to do.

    Until someone can arrange that -- our men are stuck in that Dark Ages Hell.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 8:29 PM
  • There is one certainty in every reply that Obama gives to a question: ""A definite maybe"

    Furthermore; Attended FDR's 1937 inauguration with my dad. Almost since I could vote I have been insulted by most politicians antics, (I have witnessed a lot of them). I don't advocate a change in the system, but, term limits would be good for the American people.

    -- Posted by pecuniary liability on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 12:01 AM
  • Hello Liability,

    Look what eight years of "Shoot Brom the Hip," ill-considered snap actions [impossible to list them as snap judgements) by DUBYAH and the Draft Dodges got us.

    [Sam has probably seen big rig drivers who followed DubYah's philosophy. "Don't know for sure where we're going, don't want to waste time studying the map -- but we're sure making good time."]

    DubYah just left the worst mess this country and the global economy have been in for nearly 70 years.

    Yet, the KNEE JERK haters can't quit screaming because we have an administration which does not go roaring off in sheer ignorance -- but instead puts the best minds and planners available to gather FACTS and present every reasonable option.

    Then a carefully considered and balanced decision is made.

    We had eight years in Viet Nam and a combined 17 years in Afgh anistan and Iraq, because the civilian government, including Commanders in Chief,did not adequately question and challenge military hardliners.

    LBJ, with the finest of intentions, bought the Tonkin Gulf line that was fed him. He listened to Westmoreland and other brass.

    Look how may body bags that filled.

    The nation and Congress bought all WMD, mobile biological warfare nonsense and backed into going in -- with Rumsfeld's "budgeted war."

    Result, the point forces roared through, finding huge munitions depots and leaving them intact until more units could come up and secure that weaponry.

    Only problem, Rumsfeld's budget did not allow for those added units.

    The mercenaries have been using the explosives hauled out of those places for the past seven years to kill U.S. and British soldiers -- and thousands of Iraqis, keeping the nation in turmoil.

    Wouldn't it have been nice if the military planners who warned of Rumsfeld's plans, could have been heard by the White House and Congress?

    That is the HUGE difference.

    All viewpoints are being solicited and carefully considered with this president.

    It takes time.

    They have stopped the economic drop and gotten things leveled off in nine months. That should be enough for one four-year term.

    But President Obama inherited near total devastation in every area, because his predecessor operated on gut instinct, need to divert Federal BILLIONS to his and Shotgun Cheney's cronies. He spent eight years of "Shooting From the Hip" operation and look at the mess he got the nation and the world into.

    And the attack opposition dares criticize the Obama administration for getting all the facts in and considering every possible option before venturing thousands of lives and BILLIONS of our dollars.

    Wake up and smell the coffee.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 1:35 AM

    "Some perspective; In 1999 [Clinton was in office) when the Dow first crossed 10,000. Gas was $1.20 per gallon. Today, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.48.

    "In 2008, for several months, it was well above $4.50, sometimes beyond $5.00 -- thanks to market manipulation by speculators at a time when there was a world surplus."

    "The dollar index (DXY), a comparison of the dollar's strength against other currencies, was 100.36. Today it's at 75.60, showing a dollar weaker by 25 percent. The other side of the dollar coin, so to speak: In 1999, gold was $280 per ounce. Now, it's $1,060, showing investor anxiety in the dollar. Most frighteningly, the total U.S. debt was $24.6 trillion. Mostly created during the George Herbert Walker Bush eight years in office. Today, it's $50.8 trillion." -- MOSTLY CREATED DURING DUBYAH'S EIGHT YEARS IN OFFICE. Of the $50.8-BILLION, AT LEAST $40-BILLION WAS CREATED BY THE BUSHES.

    That's right, A $26.2-BILLION INCREASE IN NATIONAL DEBT -- With well in excess of $23.5-Billion during the George DubYah Bush regime.

    Bush used his family's personal feud with Sadaam as motivation for launching an unnecessary invasion of Iraq -- pulling strength out of Afghanistan at a time in 2002 and 2003, when the Taliban and Al Qaeda were set up for the final knockout punch.

    Bin Laden sneaked out of a border cave into Pakistan and has been in hiding since. But, he and the Taliban have been allowed six years to rebuild -- which they have done in spades.

    Now, because President Obama is insisting careful consideration and planning for the next several years comes before any new committment of military units -- The CRITICS are in full cry.

    As a nation, we are burdened with a $50-BILLION DEBT, more than half created by DUBYAH AND THE DRAFT DODGERS BETWEEN 2000 AND 2008.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 8:07 PM
Respond to this blog

Posting a comment requires free registration: