Rand Paul Asking Questions that Need to Be Asked

2013 March 13
by bc3b

Following the filibuster Rand Paul has not only gained popularity among conservatives and libertarians, but has also attracted national attention and improved the opportunity to deliver his message to the American public.

The junior Senator from Kentucky took advantage of one such opportunity when he was interviewed earlier this week by Wolf Blitzer on CNN. His message was bring the troops home, cut foreign aid and fix entitlements.

Appearing on CNN’s Situation Room this afternoon, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) urged that the United States bring its troops home from a costly war in Afghanistan, cut foreign aid especially to potentially hostile countries like Egypt, and take serious steps towards reforming entitlements and the tax code. He also said that, like his father Ron, he believes he can appeal to the youth vote and help make the GOP competitive in “blue and purple states.”

Reacting to the news that Afghan president Hamid Karzai believes the U.S. government is behind the latest series of Taliban attacks, Sen. Paul rebuked the comments as “disrespectful” and “troubling.”

“We’re asked to send our young men and women over there to lose their lives and we’re treated with disrespect by our allies, so find it very troubling,” he told host Wolf Blitzer.

That should drive the neocons even wilder.

(snip)

Sen. Paul, who has previously spoken out against the U.S. government providing billions of dollars in aid to foreign countries, also tore into “disgraceful” calls for America to send over $250 million in monetary support to the Egyptian government.

“We have no White House tours right now, but they’ve got $250 million to give to Egypt?” he said. “I can tell you that people are outraged when I talk to working-class people and they find their taxes are being sent to a country that burns our flag and chants ‘Death to America.’”

When the topic turned to domestic spending issues, Paul said he’d like to tell President Obama that “he could go down in history as a great leader” if only he would reform costly entitlement programs. “It’s really just math,” he explained. “Nobody really wants the changes but, mathematically, you can fix Social security by gradually raising the age and means testing the benefits. Meaning rich people get a little less benefits than they currently get.”

Not all conservatives (and neocons are not conservatives) agree with Rand Paul on every issue, but he is creating a national discussion and focusing the public’s attention on issues that they need to be aware of. And, the fact he has gotten so much attention really upsets some of the “senile seniors” and puppets who will remain unamed.

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60 Responses leave one →
  1. 2013 March 13 9:23 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Ten years ago I would have opposed Rand Paul on Afghanistan. But, I have become tired of sending our military into dangerous areas of the world (particularly the Muslim world) where they are forced to engage in rules of engagement that could easily cost them their lives. Like Vietnam, there has been no plan for victory … just a continuing drain on lives and dollars.

    The dumbest thing we can do is stop Muslims from killing other Muslims.

  2. 2013 March 13 9:28 am
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    justrand permalink

    Rand Paul’s filibuster was, perhaps, the last exit on the GOP’s rush to oblivion. McCain, Graham, et al, are determined to NOT take that exit…preferring to take the GOP and the U.S. all the way to oblivion.

    McCain’s and the GOP’s ONLY goal is to postpone reaching that destination a while longer…they no longer care about anything else but perpetuating what little power and relevance they possess (or rather, that the media grants them).

    I do not believe 2016 will matter at all. But if it does, by some miracle matter…then Rand Paul is the ONLY figure on the national stage that I would support. Cruz, Lee and Rubio can be supporting characters…but Rand Paul is the one with a true fire in is belly. Not necessarily to be President…but certainly a fire for preserving what freedom’s we still retain.

    Obama and his Flying Monkeys are determined to have us firmly rooted in the Hunger Games before 2016…hence my belief that 2016 will no ultimately matter.

  3. 2013 March 13 9:30 am
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    bc3b permalink

  4. 2013 March 13 9:34 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    I believe McCain has two goals:

    1. Possessing as much personal power as possible
    2. Maintaining the status quo

    McCain was very happy when he and his sock puppet went on the Sunday morning news shows and gave daily media interviews with no one in the GOP challenging him or Miss Lucy. Now, there are new voices (Paul, Lee and Cruz) being heard. The angry old man doesn’t like competition.

  5. 2013 March 13 9:36 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Rand Paul may be the one who got the ball rolling, but I really, really, really like Ted Cruz.

    Did I mention that I like Ted Cruz?

  6. 2013 March 13 9:48 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Right questions, wrong time. These questions should have been asked when Clinton was in office or sooner. Now the questions are like a finger in the dike of a tsunami of federal regs. Hell the regs on ObamaCare alone now stand over 7′ tall and they adding about 1.5″ a month to that stack. That’s just one law.

    Drones? We don’t need no stinkin’ drones. We’ll just withhold the health services you need to stay alive. Everyone gets there eventually. And if not you, then someone you love. Brhwawaaaaaa.

    Damn Democrats & RINOS.

  7. 2013 March 13 10:22 am
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    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #7 –

    That’s the problem with Obama’s actions regarding sequester – he (probably purposely) eliminated/reduced essential services and left unessential services intact. Then, he and his team lied about the sequester’s impact. The GOP should be making hay out of things like this but it is not.

  8. 2013 March 13 10:22 am
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “The most important element of a free society, where individual rights are held in the highest esteem, is the rejection of the initiation of violence.”
    Ron Paul

  9. 2013 March 13 11:16 am
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    Laugh of the day ~~~~http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctcCPqZ7mGk

  10. 2013 March 13 11:29 am
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    (Reuters) – The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.”
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/usa-banks-spying-idINDEE92C0EH20130313

    I’m starting to think I’d prefer the “terrorists” at this point.

  11. 2013 March 13 11:32 am
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    Freedom – errr or something

    “Police in Clayton, New Jersey, confiscated two guns from a woman after she complained about county government moving to raise her property taxes and inspect her property without a search warrant.

    Eileen Hart of Franklin Township was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassing officials from the Gloucester County Office of Assessment and Appraisal Systems, Inc.

    A county tax assessor told police Hart attended a meeting held with Franklin Township residents to discuss a property revaluation program the county instituted to “bring all home values up to the current market value,” according to the South Jersey Times.

    Assessment and Appraisal Systems told the Gloucester County Times last August the pilot revaluation program is not about raising taxes. “A revaluation is not necessary to raise taxes,” Ernest DelGuercio, CEO of the assessment company, told the newspaper. “It ensures everyone is paying their fair share – no more and no less.”

    Residents have complained the assessment program violates the Fourth Amendment. In order to make revaluation assessments and determine the tax value of a property, company inspectors must enter homes and inspect them. If not allowed to do so, the company often assesses higher values on homes, leading to increased taxes.

    Eileen Hart said she did not allow the Assessment and Appraisal Systems to inspect her home because her husband was not present at the time. She also cited religious reasons. Because it was denied access, the company revalued her property at a higher rate. Hart attended the meeting last weekend to complain about the revaluation and the arbitrary move by the county to assess the value of her property.

    After she began reciting the Constitution to support her argument, an Appraisal Systems employee escorted her from the public building.

    “I didn’t scream, I didn’t yell,” she told the Examiner. “I have the right to air my grievances against the government in a public setting. I’ve never threatened anyone a day in my life.”
    ….
    http://www.infowars.com/new-jersey-woman-arrested-for-reciting-constitution-at-tax-meeting/
    —-

  12. 2013 March 13 11:34 am
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    After police arrested her, they demanded she hand over her two guns, a .357-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver and a .40-caliber Glock for “safekeeping.” If she had refused, a judge would have set bail too high for her family to pay.

    “I have permits for each of them. I applied legally, I got them legally,” she said. “Now I can’t defend myself. I never said the word ‘gun’ at the meeting. None of those people would have even known I was a gun owner.”
    —-

  13. 2013 March 13 11:39 am
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    “That should drive the neocons even wilder.” – Why, the fact that Karzai is a douche-bag isn’t news to anyone and it isn’t the first time he’s said something incredibly unhelpful, in fact he’s made a habit of it over the years.

  14. 2013 March 13 12:30 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Go to bed with dictators and you find your wallet several billion lighter in the morning.

  15. 2013 March 13 12:31 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    So, BJGers of a Catholic persuasion, I see you have a new Pope. Any observations?

  16. 2013 March 13 12:39 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    BitCoin again. — http://www.sovereignman.com/offshore/argentines-escaping-currency-controls-with-bitcoins-11192/ — Just don’t use it as a asset reserve. They had a forking a couple of days ago that clobbered it in early trading.

  17. 2013 March 13 1:06 pm
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    More questions from Paul that need to be asked.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/03/13/rand-paul-lets-get-government-out-of-the-marriage-business/

    Been saying this for ages, if get the Feds (and even the state) out of the marriage -business most of the “push for equality” would lose most of it’s purported reasons for being.

    17 – Why anyone would really trust bitcoin (beyond a couple hundred ‘private’ bucks) right now is still a mystery to me.

  18. 2013 March 13 1:16 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    18,

    I use it like the equivalent of a digital wallet. And yeah no one should use it as a store house for retaining assets. I only risk $50 at a time. BTC has a big problem — lack of breath. If the transaction base was 10x larger than it is now we would see a lot less fluctuations in valuation.

    Today I would agree lets get the govt out of the marriage biz. Its only justification was to attempt to prevent bigamy. With the tools available today the churches could run such operations as a clearing house service.

  19. 2013 March 13 1:47 pm
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  20. 2013 March 13 2:14 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    KH #12

    It doesn’t appear that Chris Christie’s America is much different that Barack Obama’s America.

  21. 2013 March 13 2:24 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 –

    I am withholding judgement until I learn more. I am the product of a Jesuit college and I don’t particularly care for the order. Jesuit priests typically are liberal and are sometimes at odds with Church teaching. The university I graduated from (University of Detroit Mercy) was rated as the second least Catholic Catholic college (behind DePaul). I have not donated to the college in 30 years and told my children not to apply there.

    That said, there are a small percentage of Jesuits who are very traditional. I am hoping he is in that traditional minority. The fact he was appointed a cardinal by John Paul II rather than John XXIII or Paul VI encouages me. John Paul II was the first of the “back to Jesus” popes in recent times.

  22. 2013 March 13 2:35 pm
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    bc3b permalink

  23. 2013 March 13 2:54 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Apparently Francis I is unapologetically pro-life (to the point where pro-abortion politicians should be barred from receiving communion):

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-peace/2013/03/13/francis-no-communion-abortion

  24. 2013 March 13 3:19 pm
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    MI Conservative permalink

    I’m Catholic and I am indifferent to this pick. I think he is just a caretaker because of his advanced age. maybe some Cardinals voted for him because the guy they wanted wasn’t electable. Now they know it is a good bet it is not going to be a 30 year reign at the helm.

    Jesuits, What’s the old joke?

    A man asked a nun, What order of sisters she belonged to. She named one the guy never recognized and asked her what they were like. She replied “we are to the nuns what the Jesuits are to priests”. The man said, “A pain in the ass?”

  25. 2013 March 13 3:22 pm
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    MI Conservative permalink

    I see he took the name Pope Francis I. I wonder if he took the name after St. Francis DeSales or the one that was a sissy. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  26. 2013 March 13 3:23 pm
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    MI Conservative permalink

    There is always a right way and a wrong way to proceed: Two Jesuit novices both wanted a cigarette while they prayed. They decided to ask their superior for permission. The first asked, but was told no. A little while later he spotted his friend smoking. “Why did the superior allow you to smoke, but not me?” he asked. His friend replied, “Because you asked if you could smoke while you prayed, and I asked if I could pray while I smoked!”

  27. 2013 March 13 3:26 pm
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    21 – No it doesn’t, and the Franklin police had a horrible reputation 20 years ago when I was up there, apparently nothing has changed.

    25 – I’m not catholic though not because of lack of trying by at least one parental unit, so the pope to me is about as relevant as the queen of England, not so much.

  28. 2013 March 13 3:26 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    MIC –

    St. Francis of Assisi.

  29. 2013 March 13 3:28 pm
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    “Tax refunds for about 600,000 taxpayers claiming an education credit will be delayed, the Internal Revenue Service said on Wednesday, citing a software glitch at some tax-preparation companies, including industry leader H&R Block Inc. Refunds may be delayed four to six weeks from mid-February, likely not showing up until late March, the IRS said. …”
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/us-usa-tax-refund-delays-idUSBRE92C13F20130313

  30. 2013 March 13 3:30 pm
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    bc3b permalink

  31. 2013 March 13 3:32 pm
    [32]

    More pure awesomeness from the Senate Dems, a budget that spends even more.

    “Over the next decade, spending under Murray’s budget would increase by 62 percent.”

    “In an interview that aired earlier today, President Obama said, “[W]e don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next ten years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place. ”
    Obama has not released his own budget yet.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/proposed-dem-budget-increases-spending-62-over-next-decade_707579.html

    Comedic careers calling.

  32. 2013 March 13 3:33 pm
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    MI Conservative permalink

    Was Assisi a Jebi like University of Detroit priests.
    You know I understand the Jesuits are not really into Catholic Universities for Education. They just love basketball and want to sponsor teams!! HAHAHAHA

  33. 2013 March 13 3:34 pm
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    Wolfgang Schäuble, German finance minister, said on Wednesday that his budget for 2014, involving spending cuts of more than €5bn to trim the total below €300bn, was “a strong signal for Europe”.

    The plan means Germany will reach budget balance in 2015, a year earlier than required under the “debt brake” written into its constitution.

    He described the 2014 spending plan as “growth-friendly consolidation”, intended to prove to the rest of the eurozone that “consistent sustainable budgeting and growth are not mutually exclusive”.
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8a97c6de-8bff-11e2-b001-00144feabdc0.html

    What a concept.

  34. 2013 March 13 3:35 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    BC, 22,

    Thanks. Hopefully your observations hold true.

  35. 2013 March 13 3:38 pm
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    MI Conservative permalink

    A great list of Jesuit Basketball teams that just happen to have education involved.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_Jesuit_Colleges_and_Universities

  36. 2013 March 13 3:42 pm
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    MI Conservative permalink

    bc, are there any Catholic high schools in Detroit still run by Jesuits or a certain order? Are the all run by Diocese now? Or local parishes?

  37. 2013 March 13 3:48 pm
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    House votes to block Obama’s work waiver rule

    18 dems joined with the repubs

    3 repub turncoats joined with the dems.

  38. 2013 March 13 3:53 pm
    [40]
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #18 I agree with you – we should not have to beg some politican to get the state’s “approval” to marry….

  39. 2013 March 13 3:54 pm
    [41]
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.”
    Edmond Burke

  40. 2013 March 13 3:56 pm
    [42]
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Government-run health care is a truly dangerous mechanism because over time inefficiencies will cause health care to become intolerably expensive. Unfortunately, when it comes to cutting costs, the easiest expense to minimize is care itself. This inevitably leads to bureaucrats deciding who is to die and who is to live.

    That is no doubt already happening at NHS despite denials. Eventually, this sort of decision-making will be a feature of the US’s Obamacare, as well. It is inevitable.

    Don Berwick, the new man in charge of NHS, has not focused on NHS death-decision mechanisms”

    http://www.thedailybell.com/28821/Can-New-UK-Health-Czar-Cure-NHSs-Enormous-Sickness

  41. 2013 March 13 3:58 pm
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    The british disease has infected the world.

  42. 2013 March 13 4:23 pm
    [44]
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Thus, as with other matters discussed in Social Statics, the right of individuals to secede from the jurisdiction of a government will become operative only at the ultimate stage of social and moral evolution.” – George H. Smith

  43. 2013 March 13 4:23 pm
    [45]
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “One difference between libertarianism and socialism is that a socialist society can’t tolerate groups of people practicing freedom, but a libertarian society can comfortably allow people to choose voluntary socialism. If a group of people—even a very large group—wanted to purchase land and own it in common, they would be free to do so. The libertarian legal order would require only that no one be coerced into joining or giving up his property” — David Boaz, Cato Institute

  44. 2013 March 13 4:23 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    MIC –

    U-D Jesuit & Loyola Academy: Jesuits
    Catholic Central: Barsilians (sp?)
    Notre Dame Prep Sucks; Marists
    Brother Rice: Irish Christian Brothers
    DeLaSalle: Christian Brothers (FSC)
    Orchard Lake St. Mary’s – don’t know the order
    Mercy High, Ladywood, Marian and Sacred Heart Academy and Regina are all girls schoold run by various orders of nuns

    Diocesian high schools are Bishop Foley (yea), Shrine, Gabriel Richard (Downriver), Divine Child, Fr. Gabriel Richard (Ann Arbor), Cabrini, Catholic Central (Monroe) and Cardinal Mooney (Marine City).

  45. 2013 March 13 4:27 pm
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    MI Conservative permalink

    Boy bc, A lot of state champion football teams there. Thanks. I’m going to keep that list as a reference.

  46. 2013 March 13 4:28 pm
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    MI Conservative permalink

    The british disease has infected the world.

    Huh, Warm beer and fish and chips a disease?? lol

  47. 2013 March 13 4:47 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    MIC –

    DePorres, a black Catholic high school, that closed about 7-8 years ago had a ton of state football and basketball championships. During my son’s senior year at Bishop Foley he had the honor of getting his butt kicked by two schools that won state championships in football that year – Brother Rice and DePoores. Depoores had a 6’8″ 350 pound lineman who was actually fairly fast.

  48. 2013 March 13 4:51 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    MIC –

    Here’s a website for you:

    http://michigan-football.com/

    It has records, game scores and league standings for all Michigan high school football teams (including schools that are now closed) going back to the 1950s.

    Enjoy!!!

  49. 2013 March 13 6:11 pm
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    mulletover permalink

  50. 2013 March 13 6:33 pm
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    gnqanq permalink

    JR – in the other thread you asked about INFLATION. Well here is why Inflation or the Consumer Price Index is so low.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Consumer_Price_Index

    Core CPI

    The core CPI index excludes goods with high price volatility, such as food and energy. This measure of core inflation systematically excludes food and energy prices because, historically, they have been highly volatile and non-systemic. More specifically, food and energy prices are widely thought to be subject to large changes that often fail to persist and do not represent relative price changes. In many instances, large movements in food and energy prices arise because of supply disruptions such as drought or OPEC-led cutbacks in production.

    JR – that is right. They exclude FOOD and ENERGY. Two of the biggest items in everybody’s life.

  51. 2013 March 13 9:57 pm
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    “Two of the biggest items in everybody’s life.”

    and the two that I believe have increased the most in the last half decade (outside of healthcare cost perhaps).

  52. 2013 March 14 5:08 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    53,

    …. and college tuition.

  53. 2013 March 14 5:14 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Doing a little digging, guess what? Taxes are not included in the CPI either.

    So for the typical middle class family sitting a blue state, aspirations of their kids going to college, have to commute to work and God for bid they have to eat the CPI is a fiction.

    Nice to know.

  54. 2013 March 14 5:24 am
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    justrand permalink

    drdog…ahhh, but such a convenient fiction!! I have a Progressive acquaintance (ex-friend) on the East Coast who loves to quote the “fact that inflation is almost non-existent” Whenever I used to ask him about all the items that he and his family use ALL THE TIME that have skyrocketed, he would simply point to the CPI and say: “The government says it is very low…I trust them”

    He is, as they say, a “useful idiot”

  55. 2013 March 14 6:36 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Google Reader is shutting down. DAMN.

  56. 2013 March 14 6:50 am
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    ASSHOLE

  57. 2013 March 14 6:56 am
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    justrand permalink

    IP, the asshole in question wouldn’t know a “proper salute” anyway…and the Marines saluting him are probably pretending to salute each other!

    I cannot imagine what it must be like to be in the military now…and will actively try to talk young people OUT OF going in (a reverse of what I used to do)

  58. 2013 March 14 7:10 am
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    53 – Good point but I can understand why that is not included.
    54 – That is good to know as well.

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