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You never know where this might lead for that calligrapher. Think of the fictional First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter, from Gilbert and Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore": "He copied all the letters with a hand so free, That now he is the ruler of the Queen's na-vee." In this administration if the caligrapher makes really pretty letters he might be appointed Secretary of the Navy or even Secretary of Defense someday.
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Bill and Hillary Hypocrisy Alert

gmallast Wrote: Jun 20, 2014 7:47 AM
I am not a Randite, but Ayn Rand was right about so many things. Rand said that hypocrisy is the price a person pays for holding unlivable beliefs. She was right. It has also been said for ages that hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays virtue. Anyway, I have to go take a shower. Even from looking at a picture of the Clintons, I feel I have to go wash off the sleeze..
Chicagoans will just have to buy their guns on street corners like watches, drugs, and sex so the honest, incorruptible, wise, and holy, (ahem) Chicago officials can shake down gun dealers protection money.
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Beware a Beneficent Government

gmallast Wrote: Jun 12, 2014 11:33 AM
One question, Your Honor, what is "progressive" about a 2400-year-old ideology first implemented in practice in 1534? Otherwise, your article is well-taken.
Give me credit. I was NEVER dazzled by Obama. I did my homework as best as I could. I got Dr. Jerome Corsi's book "Obma-nation" and realized this guy was a train wreck waiting to happen. He was/is too blinded by hate, arrogance, narcissism, and the radical ideology that believes one Great Noble Holy Perfect Leader can plan and micromanage the whole world and somehow, once in office, will magically and mystically have all the wisdom and virtue of the universe devolve upon him to be able to do it. Race isn't the issue, I think Col. Allen West, for example, would make a half-ways decent president. Ideology and psychological health are.
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Who Needs LA?

gmallast Wrote: May 21, 2014 11:46 AM
The absence of an NFL franchise is the least of L.A.'s concerns. What we have is another city being Detroited
Civil forfeiture strikes at the very roots of our legal system and the rule of law: "..nor deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.."--U.S. Constitution, Fifth Amendment. "..nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law..." U.S. Constitution XIVth Amendment. "No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, or disseuzed or outlawed or exiled, or in any way harmed--nor will we go upon him or send upon him--save by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land."-- Article XXXIX Magna Charta, 1215. All State Constitutions have similar provisions. Why don't some people get it? Why aren't public officials who do such things prosecuted for perjury on their oath of office?
Want to really understand Barack Obama? "Google" Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The main psychological diagnostic manual, DSM-IV posits nine personality traits for diagnosing NPD. Five out of nine are enough for a diagnosis. Obama scores a perfect nine out of nine. One of those traits is chronic lying. It says good things about our system and our nation that we have survived 5 1/2 years of a President who should be in the nut house not the White House. But it says some bad things that he ever got the nomination in the first place.
Barack Obama clearly has Narcissistic Personality Disorder. According to the standard psychological diagnostic manual, DSM-IV, NPD is diagnossed if the person has five out of nine personality traits. Obama scores a perfect nine out of nine. The guy belongs in a nut house not the White House. He is thoroughly delusional and the combination of his ideology with his pathology renders him a bungling fool at best and a malicious self-worshiping control freak at worst. Jimmy Carter may have been inept for ideological reasons but it is hard to deny he was at least basically mentally healthy and meant well. It is just, driven by his beliefs, he made errors of judgment which had very bad outcomes. Obama is wacko. The more you learn about NPD, its causes and its symptoms, the more clear it becomes he has it bad. The really troubling question is, “Why do narcissistic leaders manage to attract a large and loyal following who refuse to admit to themselves their ‘messiah’s’ failings?” Remember, in spite of five years of disaster after disaster, Obama still has over 40% approval! NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER 301.81 A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by 5 or more of the following: 1) has a grandiose sense of self- importance ( exaggerates achievements, and talents, expects to be recognized as superior ) 2) is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love) 3) believes he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions 4) requires excessive admiration 5) has a sense of entitlement, i.e, unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his/her expectations 6) is interpersonally exploitive, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends 7) lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings of others 8) is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her 9) shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
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Obama Impeachment Almost Complete

gmallast Wrote: May 07, 2014 5:47 AM
One thing I disagree on. Economically the Harding administration was very competent. The 1921-22 recession though quite severe was ended in six months largely by the Harding administration wisely doing almost nothing outside of cutting taxes and down-sizing a government bloated by World War I. Thus the 1921-22 recession goes down as "The Forgotten Recession." This contrasts greatly with how first the Hoover administration and then the Roosevelt administration set out to "cure" the Great Depression first turning what should have been a mild recession into The Great Depression and then dragging it out for years and years..
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