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December 12, 2015

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narciso

it's a flash back to a simpler time, now look at all the dreck kids are exposed to, is there any wonder many turn out the way they do,

Bori

Happy Birthday, Ignatz!!

JIB, Great game, wish I had been there with you.

lyle

BSU beats the Dux. Meaningless to most of the country but not the northwest. Hope Phil Knight's hemerroids keep him awake all...er...night.

Miss Marple 2

I agree Captain Hate.

The only bad thing is that it made my children feel sorry for broken toys, so I could never get them to get rid of anything.

Miss Marple 2

Ignatz, I keep popping in and out and forgetting to wish you well on your birthday. I am sorry for being so absent-minded.

Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day!

James D.

And THIS is why the R's need someone to do what Trump is doing:

Trump said, “She was on one of the shows the other night and she was talking about Donald Trump talks very rough. he may be dangerous. Dangerous? She’s the one that caused so many deaths and everything with her horrible policies. You look at what’s gone on in Libya. You look at — and I’m not just mentioning Benghazi, which was a disaster in itself, but you look at so many of the decisions that she made that were so bad, so horrible, and honestly caused tremendous havoc and tremendous death. So, she’s the one that’s really got to justify her record that’s horrible.”

No pussyfooting around, no equivocating, look at the words: horrible, havoc, disaster, tremendous death. It needs to be said, loudly and clearly and bluntly and repeatedly.

daddy

Herbie: "Gosh Rudolf, Have you ever ridden on an ICBM?

Rudolf: Sure Herbie, lots of times!

Captain Hate on the iPad

Btw I don't think I mentioned this but Teddy was really sick a week ago with a case of the dog flu. Last Friday night, after being very active, all of a sudden he just got listless and lethargic, and felt feverish and was coughing. Then he got more mucus coming from his nose than I've ever seen on a dog. I got an appointment at the vets last Saturday morning and the vet said it was probably the first case of dog flu in the area. She made him inhale something to clear his lungs, then an antibiotic and then a saline solution and gave me some antibiotic pills to give him once a day. He was about half his old self after that but still slept a lot. By the end of the next day he was about 80 percent back with improvements every day after that.

Today he was a holy terror around the house, constantly bothering Sailor to play with varying levels of success, so I took him to the local dog park where he constantly ran to make up for lost time. He turned 8 months old yesterday so he's close to full grown, even though the concept of an Airedale growing up is quite the oxymoron.

He also caught a squirrel before he got sick (the vet said that had nothing to do with his illness) by getting the leash out of my hand and chasing the damn thing down before I saved it before he completely mauled it. He is very fast and loves to run more than my other 'dales, some of whom were quite lazy.

Miss Marple 2

daddy,

Thanks for the pictures. That comic book might explain my war-like attitude. LOL!

Here is another favorite of mine, although not in a Christmas theme:

I read every single issue. (Turok and his companion Andar. American Indians, fell into some sort of time warp/ hidden valley which they called Lost Valley, where they battled cavemen and"honkers" (dinosaurs).

This comic might be why I took a geology major. Ha!

Publius

Hate to be a downer lyle, but if the Broncos are going to continue being such inhospitable hosts, the Ducks are going to be difficult to schedule in the future.

Publius

I'm only going to say this once, but I'll carry it to my grave
....
If Christian McCaffrey's name were not Christian, if he played on an East Coast team, and if he were black, he would be a unanimous winner of the Heisman Trophy.

narciso

re star wars, I recall I was rather late to the series, I think I saw a comic with the first act around 1979, and I didn't get to see the film until it was in laser disk around 1980, shortly before they aired on regular tv,

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Since we're talking dogs;
--I hope you took advantage of your window of opportunity with the cute puppy thing with the lady's.--

The one he was directed at is still not in any mood for dating.

-- If your Chester has grown as fast as mine he's losing the puppy look. --

Yep, 48 pounds at the vet yesterday. The cute receptionist is quite taken with the little galoot. I resisted the urge to sound like a dork when she said "you're such a handsome guy" to Chet.

lyle

Too true, Publius. Everything.

Miss Marple 2


Martin O'Malley Verified account
‏@MartinOMalley

Together, inshallah, we will overcome these challenges.

Bolding is mine. This guy is as tone deaf as any politician I can remember. Even Hillary.

narciso

Major. Carcetti is not the smartest knife in the home depot.

one could the less loaded spanish version ojala,
this is a larger population he's going for,

daddy

Miss M,

Turok was a great series. I've got a huge collection (probably 500 comics) I haven't looked at in probably 30 years, stored down in the basement in some big cardboard boxes that I removed from my parents attic when they passed away and we sold the place. No Superman Number 1 or anything, but I do have the First Green Lantern, and the first appearance of Adam Strange (Mystery in Space) who was probably my favorite:

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

What's creepy is, the Bing homepage not only knew it was my birthday but my name.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Chart of the day. Right click for whole thing;

narciso

apropo of nothing, the second GI Joe film is airing, the premise of which is the president is an impostor who is using a carbon filament based space weapons platform, to extort the world of their nuclear arsenals,

daddy

Re: dogs, Was snowing big time today so we had a nice 3 hour walk out in heavy falling powder which they really enjoyed today. Not too cold, and very soft on their feet. Both dogs love the snow and enjoy flopping over and doing snow angels along the trail. There paw hair is short so they don't get the big coagulated snowballs between their toes that some of their Lassie type buddy's get.

They are both beaten up and worn out, and draped on the couches next to me snoring heavy. Very pleasant. Fry just flicked open his eyes as if he knows I'm talking about him:)

Miss Marple 2

daddy,

By brightest day, by blackest night
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let all who worship Evil's might
Beware my power, Green Lantern's Light!

I did NOT google that. My sister and I memorized it when we were kids.

I once owned the first issue of The Fantastic Four. My mother threw it away. Aaargh!

Miss Marple 2

daddy,

Maggie (English shepherdcollie type) gets those snow balls in between her toes. She LOVES snow, but when she comes in I have to wrestle her down and get those ice balls out from between her toes. If I don't, she will start whining and chewing her feet.

Jack is Back! (On Alert!)

Frederick and I went to Parc on Rittenhouse and met a friend and associate from 37 years ago who has an office here in Philly. Much catching up over many too many wines. But how about that. He was here for his office's Christmas party and we were here for the game.

The place is packed with Navy fans. Army are in there beds or cars or vans and heading out. Just don't see them as much as Navy. Lots of both kids patrolng the streets having fun and enjoying liberty.

jimmyk

Speaking of inshallah, Barry managed to dig up the most hysterical anti-Israel "rabbi" for the White House Hanukkah celebration, one who according to Daniel Greenfield actually screeched, “I stand here to light these lights to say no the darkness of Islamophobia and Homophobia and Transphobia.”

Talve babbled about insuring “justice for Palestinians” and began gleefully chanting, “Ins’Allah, Ins’Allah”. Or “Allah Willing”.

This was the person Obama (or more likely ValJar) chose.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/12/obamas-disgraceful-hanukkah-party.php

narciso

DC has had trouble faithfully adapting their properties, the original superman with chris reeves had it right, as did chris nolan's batman, for the most part, of the green lantern film, the less said the better,

Captain Hate on the iPad

James, in your 9:17 Trump just wiped his ass with every page of the GOPe Amy Vanderbilt/Emily Post Guide to Gracious Losing. That burning sound you hear is the Duke and Duke Finishing School getting torched.

Again, Trump may not be the ideal candidate but until somebody else treats Hillary Diane like the skanky, lice ridden, drunken predator enabling piece of trash who left far better people to be brutally murdered that she is, I got nowhere else to go.

Jack is Back! (On Alert!)

jimmyk,

Saw that about the Obama Hanukkah and thought to myself what a Dem would have to do to kill the automatic Jewish vote. I guess nothing even having the Iranian Mullah's at the candle lighting.

narciso

there's a thin line between clever and stupid,


https://reason.com/blog/2015/12/11/stars-wars-as-a-tale-of-luke-skywalkers

much like Joss Whedon, Lucas often misunderstands his own material, Firefly, the Avengers, et al,

jimmyk

JiB, if Obama were running again he might even fall below 50% in the Jewish vote. But if it's Hillary, too many will forget all about her kissing Mrs. Arafat, her 'proud Muslim' sidekick Huma, and all the rest, and go back over 60%. Still, I think the Dems may have permanently alienated 10 or 20 percent of the Jewish vote, especially as the older generation of automatic D votes dies off, and they won't be back above 70%.

Captain Hate on the iPad

Lucas is unpossible to parody.

Buckeye

jimmyk

What do you expect out of the prick? He has the power of the Presidency and Secret Service protection. He wouldn't have the courage to play this shit otherwise.

narciso

apparently Laurence kasdan, who wrote empire, did the screenplay, this time, lucas apparently based tattoine on growing up in modesto, which sort of explains mcclatchy,

Miss Marple 2

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2015/12/12/alabama-running-back-derrick-henry-wins-heisman-trophy.html?intcmp=hplnws

clarice

daddy, hang on to those--they're your retirement insurance.

daddy

This recent ADN story tells us that we have between 550 to 830 Moose/Vehicle collisions a year up here:
Moose collisions a real, present danger on Alaska roadways

It's nice to know that when our pilots head out of state they're able to keep their moose collision skills sharp: Alaska Airlines plane kills deer while landing in Santa Rosa, California

Egan said she didn’t know why a deer was on the tarmac. Airport officials couldn’t be reached for comment, and the deer couldn't tell his side of the story either.

Miss Marple 2

daddy,

First issue Green Lantern on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&LH_Sold=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=15&_stpos=46142&_dmd=1&_ipg=50&LH_Complete=1&_nkw=Green+Lantern+%231&_sop=16

These are sold prices. Line through them means buyer made an offerless than the asking price.

If you have those in cardboard boxes you need to get them out, sort them, and get them in plastic sleeves and then store them in a plastic tub for protection. Mildew, must, or deterioration from temperature changes will destroy the value.

Value also goes down if pages are torn, ink marks or writing, folded corners, etc.

Stephanie

I can't find that article someone posted the other day on the female prophet.

HELP, please. Thanks

Miss Marple 2

Stephanie,

There were several about her. Here is one:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3350753/Did-blind-Bulgarian-clairvoyant-predict-rise-ISIS-Nostradamus-Balkans-died-20-years-ago-said-great-Muslim-war-2016.html

Captain Hate on the iPad

I think The Big Bang Theory has brought up the difference between treating something as a collectible versus playing with it. Model trains was probably the progenitor of that; God knows there are some strange people who have some really neat stuff.

It's hard to imagine the pulpy paper that comic books were printed on not being a humidity sponge and subsequently reeking of mildew unless stored in a manner that would arch the eyebrows of any parent wondering what kind of weird crap their child was dabbling in.

daddy

Golly! You don't suppose...

narciso

the daily mail straddles that line between clever and stupid as well.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3356859/Beauty-beasts.html

narciso

conquistador coffee often dissapoints,

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/12047809/David-Camerons-climbdown-on-EU-benefits.html

Miss Marple 2

daddy,

The Gremlin!

When I was working as a geologist I had to fly to Parkersburg, West Virginia to train people on computer mapping.

We were on a plane in rough weather and I had a window seat. The co-worker flying with me leaned over and said, "Hey, remember that Twilight Zone about the gremlin on the wing of the plane?"

I am not a fan of flying anyway, and I about went nuts, as that Twilight Zone had scared the heck out of me when I was a kid!

I was NOT pleased at the guy!

narciso

a rare miss on her part,

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/12047704/Prime-Minister-Corbyn-and-President-Trump-Only-the-voters-can-stop-them.html

Stephanie

Thanks!

BTW Don't know if y'all remember or not, but I used to own a sports card and collectibles store. Don't get me started on THAT market. I opened the year the Braves went to their first world series and sold it the year of the last strike. Perfect timing. ;) And yes my closets are full of jacketed, protected cards.

clarice

nytol. smooches

Publius

JIB,

One other plus to your game today, the CNC was not there.

Captain Hate on the iPad

That clip of the gremlin was probably the most frightened I'd ever been by something on television. Serling dialed it up to eleven on that one.

Miss Marple 2

This mystery pops up from time to time. There is now a new theory:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/12047289/Friend-says-Lord-Lucan-killed-himself-after-murdering-the-family-nanny-by-mistake.html

daddy

Miss Marple,

From your link I see I have his first appearance in 1959 in Showcase number 22. That's about a year before he came out in his own mag:

He's in plastic in a cardboard box somewhere. I knew he was valuable a long time ago so probably about 1980 I stuck him in the recommended mylar comic bag etc and haven't opened it since. Mediocre condition at best.Most of the 500 downstairs are ones I knew weren't valuable because we read them so often the covers fell off.

Now that Green Lanterns gay I wonder if he's worth more or less?

Miss Marple 2

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-chicago-police-shooting-one-month-later-kass-met-1213-20151213-column.html

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Is that a Nike-Ajax between the Green Lantern's legs or is he just happy to see daddy?

daddy

Maybe it's just me, but it sure seems to me like the name of the suspected California Mosque Arsonist, Carl James Dial Jr., was revealed to the public one heck of a lot quicker than the name of the San Bernadino Muslim murderers.

Maybe it was because it was easier to pronounce.

Miss Marple 2

daddy,

The only way you will know is to try to sell it. Your best bet is on eBay unless there is a big comic store in your area.

A dealer will offer you at best half the retail. This is why I send to the local auction only those things which haven't sold on eBay or are proven, through searching, not to sell as much as I want.

eBay is probably your best bet if you ever want to sell.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Maggie (English shepherdcollie type) gets those snow balls in between her toes.--

My last Gordon Setter would accumulate huge snowballs in the feathers of his legs. They got so big a couple of times he sat down out in a field and couldn't move. They were six or eight inches in diameter and I had to break them up just so he could walk.
Have pictures of them somewhere.

Miss Marple 2

I would not be surprised if Carl James Dial, Jr. is a government agent and after his arrest we will hear no more about it.

But the message of anti-Muslim bigotry will be out there, repeated over and over again.

daddy

Ig,

Nike-Ajax or no, I think Green Lantern's still going to have a tough time keeping up with Superman.

BTW,

Green Lantern and I wish you a Happy Birthday:)

lyle

I stand with Publius.

daddy

I once owned the first issue of The Fantastic Four. My mother threw it away. Aaargh!

Miss M, I hate your Mom. Hope that's OK with you:)

Miss Marple 2

Things my mom threw away:
1. First Issue Fantastic Four $23, 100.00

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fantastic-Four-1-CGC-7-5-VF-Universal-No-Reserve-/201461640583?hash=item2ee80cad87:g:6iIAAOxyyq5TN40U

2. Robert the Robot $100

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1950s-Ideal-Robert-the-Robot-w-Box-Lot-67-/272030302750?hash=item3f5645021e:g:ZQsAAOSwo6lWIvSy

3. Talking Larry the Lion $163

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1962-Mattel-Animal-Yacker-LARRY-THE-LION-Talks-w-box-/231773169796?hash=item35f6c1e884:g:UtkAAOSw8-tWYLXj

I could go on.

Miss Marple 2

daddy,

I can't blame her. At the time, no one collected comic books.

However, keeping that in mind, it's why daughter's complete Rainbow Brite collection is still in my attic.

narciso

well this dial character, had a facebook page, with a french tricolor shading, but his politics don't seem to be particularly right, more anarchist,

Eric in Boise

No comic books for me as a lad, but I know there was at least one of these in the cards my mom tossed.

Miss Marple 2

I think it''s time for me to go to bed.

Nytol!

daddy

ZoBob just walked in the door and her dogs went bananas!!! Ha! Luckily I was prepared and was able to film the dogs dead on the couch before they heard the garage door open, thinking it was Momma, so they dashed to the garage door and I had the camera rolling, and in walked Z and their tail wagging kicked up to "11."

Great, great fun:)

GUS

John Effin Kerry Kohn Heinz will explain to us the CARL DIAL probably had a legitimate reason for his actions.
AMERICAN LIVES MATTER or sumpting!!!

GUS

I stayed up so as to see read and comment on CLARICE'S PIECES. As usual our own Clarice Feldman..."get's it".

At what point will SOCIOPATHIC, NARCISSISTIC and completely illogical Obama realize that HE, is RADICALIZING America???
I've heard no one suggest such a thing, and I sincerely doubt that many Conservatives or more accurately many Republicans, have the guts to turn that table on Obama.
How long will we watch Obama purposefully TEAR down our country and blame our WONDERFUL NATION for other cultures, nations and religions DYSFUNCTION.
At what point is is OKAY for others to strike back???? I mean, Obama has made excuses for EVERYONE, except real, God fearing Americans. We are expected to accept a HALF BILLION dollars of OUR taxes being spent as fungable ABORTION COSTS. Yet we cannot object nor voice our opinions, because if WE DO, WE are inciting.
NONSENSE.
Great stuff Clarice. As usual.

GUS

Barack Hussein Choom Soetoro Obama and you're miserable "wife" ...ARE NOT......Who we are.

GUS

Holy Crap!!! Various nations, and PLENTY of them, have come to an agreement in Paris!!!!
Hooooooray!!!
These LIBTARDS have decided that THEY as LIBTARD politicians and AJBECT FUKWAD FAILURES at THAT, are able to CHANGE WEATHER and MOTHER NATURE, by virtue of TAXES and COMMUNIST re-distribution of nations WEALTH!!!!!
AWESOME. This fantastic news. LIBTARD/MARXIST politicians, will TAX....YOU....and give those TAXES to nations who are by any measure LOSERS. And, the temperature of THE WORLD. Yes. THE WORLD will.......................................errrrrrrrrrrr....ummmmmmmmmmm.

WOW. Who is this fucking stupid??

anonamom

Belated Happy Birthday Ig!

And congratulations to JiB's team. I cheered for Army this year for the first time just because of the 14 years and all. (And four of my partners are West Pointers, two of my son's classmates across the pond, two friends' sons are there, and a number of my other partners served to pay back the financing of their med ed. Great people, all.)

As someone on my Twitter feed noted yesterday:

You are watching a game where everyone on the field would die for everyone in the stands.

They are indeed our future as was noted --but we are theirs as well.
We have to keep speaking out to our lib friends and family. It is long past time when their adolescent take on the world serves them, or us.


They've had their eyes opened. They have had their out-of-pocket insurance costs go up over $2000 a person in their families over the past two years alone (on average) and lost their doctors--they know not only were we right on that one, but they were lied to.
They saw people killed by Islamic terrorists at a "holiday" party-- despite not using the offensive word Christmas, the shooters having been vetted by the "proper" government programs, and everyone having taken down that dastardly Battle Flag of the Virginia Army not four months before. IN the state with the strongest "commonsense" gun regulations in this country.

They've watched the pathetic speeches full of the empty platitudes that have come out of Obama since Charlie Hebdo, and know he's not the one. They are even starting to question whether Climate Change isn't just a made up term for weather.

They are getting it---help them understand nothing will change if they keep doing what they've been doing when they vote D.

It's the least we can do.

anonamom

Sorry if this was already posted.

The Not So Secret Plan to Nominate Mitt

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2015/12/12/the-not-so-secret-plan-to-nominate-mitt-romney

pagar a bacon, ham and sausage supporter

Good Morning to all!

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/12/obama_is_not_who_we_are.html

IMO, Clarice has got it right, Again.

pagar a bacon, ham and sausage supporter

What a deal. Takes money away from taxpaying legal
citizens and gives it to illegals while adding to the debt that our grandchildren will never be able to repay. How can this not be a crime?

http://dailycaller.com/2015/03/10/memo-illegals-to-receive-social-security-credit-for-time-worked-illegally/

On with the trial.

Heh, well, that's impeachment.

You pulled an all righter.

Astonishing cramming at the last minute, c.

Tickets for the Parade.

Romney, eh? I hope he picks a good cabinet and lets them work.

Buckeye

pagar @7:19

Just another form of reparation in the prog mind. Besides, when has they left ever worried about being fiscally responsible.

sbw

Excellent piece, Clarice, and timely, too. I’ll excerpt and point to it in an editorial.

My comment on sharing Clarice’s Pieces on Facebook:

Followers of Gramsci’s Long March Through the Culture see words as the tools of war . . . and our children are unarmed to defend themselves.

jimmyk

Yes, very impressive, Clarice. Maddening to read, but nice work.

sbw

Mitt Romney? That is not who we are.

sbw

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, THe National Chamber of Commerce, Karl Rove . . . That is not who we are.

For the welfare of the politic and all its deceptively trapped humans.

I like Mitt. He should get Trump to talk for him and Cruz to operate for him. Specialty operating Carson's bailiwick.

He's better than the narrative.

And Jeb can advise him about everything but climate, and education, and immigration, and, well, OK, you tell me what he's good for. Florida sure didn't collapse under his care, nor has it since.

sbw

Better than the narrative? Really? Seems to me that the MittGOPe is the peacetime equivalent of a Vichy government.

Collector Fantasy Poliball.

Heh, I meant Jeb is better than the narrative on him. Romney should be Veep, operator to ?????'s executive. Mind you, I'm tumbling the dice in my hand, seeing what comes up without the throwing.

My fave, now, is Cruz. There is massive talent and potential in the field and in some who are not in the field, like Romney and Palin, and Walker.

I beg for an effective blending of those talents.

Old Lurker

"Romney should be Veep, operator to ?????'s executive. Mind you, I'm tumbling the dice in my hand,"

More like tumbling ball bearings while counting strawberries, Kim!

Marlene

Good Morning! The Portland paper has a news item this morning about a Limerick,Maine homeowner's Christmas light display. The display prompted a visit by the sheriff's office after a local resident reported the word ISIS in lights in front of the home. Above on the deck,Santa stands,urinating (a stream of white lights) on the word. The homeowner assured the sheriff he will rearrange the lights to to clear up any doubt about the message.
Maybe he'll replace the white lights with yellow lights to show Santa relieving himself?
The paper didn't show the picture the sheriff's department released. They wouldn't want to offend anyone.

clarice

Thanks!

Captain Hate on the iPhone

Romney must be the ultimate GOPe heartthrob because they won't stop obsessing about him. Like Nixon.

Miss Marple 2

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/trumps-latest-targets-john-roberts-the-epa-low-flow-toilets-216715

I think we all can agree on abolishing low-flow toilets.

Miss Marple 2

Clarice,

I am SO glad you took "that's not who we are" as a theme. Great summary of infractions by 404 plus I appreciate you calling the phrase to everyone's attention.

When Paul Ryan used it while lecturing us about how we couldn't pause Muslim immigration, it set my teeth on edge.

clarice

MM--not right after I replaced all my toilets! I did DC is always looking for new revenue sources and heavily charges for water although we are literally swimming it--5this is after all swamp land along the Potomac.

Thanks,

Miss Marple 2

Well, maybe abolish low flow toilets isn't what I mean. How about not outlawing high flow toilets? Let people CHOOSE.

By the way, if any of you are redoing baths and have the colored fixtures so popular in the 50's through the 70's, do not send them to the dump. Renovation enthusiasts love black and purple toilets, red sinks, blue bathtubs, etc.

A purple toilet sold for $800 on Craigs list on the West Coast.

clarice

wow!e
Steel cabinets are also in--I took the cabinet fronts and drawers from those in my pantry to a car repair shop and had them powder coated Chinese red--they look like new.

MaryD

Great pieces, Clarice! BTW, here is a great gift idea for the Wolverine ---I'm sending one to my goddaughter and her sisters for Christmas! It's a bomb making kit! :-)

lun

Miss Marple 2

Clarice,

I need to tell my sister about the powder coating. Her entire kitchen is metal cabinets (it was a National Homes 1950's pre-fab) and she has kept them. A few door fronts are getting a little beat-up and there is a body shop right near her house!

She could take a few door fronts at a time over to get them spruced up, or even change the color if she wanted (they are white).

Jim Miller

clarice - A couple of days ago, you asked for suggestions on topics.

I was busy and didn't have time to answer you then, but this may give you some ideas for future posts: We need more on what the candidates have accomplished, for good or ill, and less on what they are saying right now.

Past performance may be no guarantee, as the ads always say, but it's the best guide we have. You could even use a -10 to +10 point scale to judge the candidates. Hillary, for example, would get, say, -6, based mostly on her performance as SoS.

It is, granted, harder to apply such a scale to candidates who have never held elected or appointed offices, but the fact that Carson and Fiorina would get zeroes does tell us something about them.

(Trump, because of his efforts to bribe politicians and use the state to grab private property, would get a -2.)

What I am suggesting you do is help your readers do the "thinking slow" that is required to choose a president rationally.

We have had seven years of a president who was chosen because he said things people liked to hear. That experience should have persuaded most that we should spend less time on what a candidate says, and more on what they have done.

(For those who want to be good citizens and do a little digging yourselves, I'll recommend, as I have before, starting with the Almanac of American Politics. It's expensive -- $80 at Amazon, last I looked -- but you can find it in any decent American library.)

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

So the only accomplishments that count are ones when a person is on the public payroll?
By those standards a veritable colossus of the private sector could never topple some fleece brained minor functionary who put a stop to mohair subsidies and pushed a hundred pointless good government bills through the halls of the national bordello we call congress.
I'll admit that seems like kinda slow thinking but I'm guessing that's not what you meant, Jim.

MaryD

Hear, hear, Iggy!

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