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SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Thursday, April 19, 2012

ENOUGH ALREADY & A PACIFIC MOMENT

IS IT ME
OR IS NEWT BEING A JERK?
     One of the hot and trending topics of the day is that 
failed Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is still getting
Secret Service protection. According to published records, that is at a cost of about $ 42,000 a day.  $42 K a day to protect Gingrich?!! 
      The porcine and largely unpopular former Speaker of the House was never a serious candidate, other than in his own mind.  His staff abandoned him.  Voters rejected him. Party leaders despise him.  Comics mock him. It seems the only thing he's qualified for is to be a stand in for the Pillsbury dough boy.
       I have long suspected this whole candidacy  farce is about feeding his considerable ego, trumping up his profile so he can earn bigger dollars as a lobbyist and "advisor" and to sell what ever book his swampy mind conjures. 
       I hope the GOP convention planners ice Gingrich.  In the meantime taxpayers should demand this demagogue not only no longer get Secret Service protection, but pay back what his coverage has cost since he "suspended" his pathetic campaign. Can you say contemptible? 

ANOTHER FACE OF THE PACIFIC
   It is evident some of you didn't care much for the video of the Slime Eels posted yesterday.  
     They are oddly fascinating, but I was taken by surprise they are being harvested in the local sea bed.
    Well for those of you, some who posted a reply and some who sent me an email, not so positive about those creatures,
here is a more tranquil short on the Pacific, just a few miles north.
See you down the trail.

22 comments:

  1. Lynn ChipperfieldApril 19, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Never has the word "porcine" been used in a better context. Thanks for your comments.

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    1. I, too, echo my learned colleague's comment re the use of the word porcine.

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    2. John,
      Thanks. The Bond remains strong.

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    3. John,
      Thanks. The Bond remains strong.

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  2. It's "suspended" and "pathetic".

    --Your editor

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  3. Oh, other than that, I agree.

    And, very nice video.

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    1. Bruce
      Thanks, and Thanks.
      Need to remember to use spell check!

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  4. I read on a blog this morning that Newt is the only candidate who has been putting on wieght while campaigning. Reporters note he can only get one button on his coats buttoned and his shirts are pulling around his belly,his ties seem to be getting shorter and his neck is bulging over his collar more than usual. He is a freakin grifter, always has been. The rubes will continue to pay for "historical" perspective.

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    1. I covered presidential campaigns. We barely had time to eat or sleep. I don't see how you can gain weight as the campaign progresses. I like your description.

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  5. I wanted to mention (first) that I never had the opportunity to use porcine while politically reporting. You beat me to the usage. I also don't blog; you beat me there too.

    Next time you afford us land-lubbers a beautiful view of Pacific Peacefulness please make it longer. Twenty-three seconds does not a respite make. That is Indiana talk. Darker supers will do.
    =w=

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    1. =w=
      I will, indeed, provide a longer view of the Pacific in a future post. And I agree about the supers.

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  6. I wish I could play the mature adult and say something nice about Newt, but I've detested him for as long as I can remember and just can't make myself type anything nice.

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    1. Your wishful thought speaks volumes. What you leave out speaks loudly.

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  7. Tom, linking slime eels with Newt seems appropriate.

    Ann

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    1. Ann-
      Thanks for making that connection!!! Well done!

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    1. Hope I didn't offend the little guy.

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  9. Tom, as an independent Republican, I appreciate Gingrich's passion and stream-of-consciousness outpouring of ideas, good, bad and indifferent. It ends there. When I encounter those who passionately support the Newtster, it is if they are under a spell (which also reminds me of those who follow Ron Paul around). You are right, his candidacy was about his ego, because he never had a chance to win, as he is repellent to even most conservative Republican women. Further, his conservatism is as genuine as John Edward's faithfulness to his wife. I know it takes all types, but we Hoosiers have been spoiled by the likes of Richard Lugar (whom should retire because of his age) and Evan Bayh. Gingrich joins the ranks of politicians whom cannot let go and so becomes a cartoon exhibiting all of the worst behaviors the American people hate in their political ruling class.

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    1. Jed,
      Your line about his conservatism being as genuine as John Edward's faithfulness is a classic! And in all honesty, he did produce a lot mental output.

      How do you think Lugar will fare?

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  10. Newt has about as much substance as a pile of grits. Cain't hep the Georgia in me fum comin' out.

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  11. Tom - I suspect Newt of devouring some favorite son or regional politico whose absence has gone unnoticed thus far. He is simply a disgrace in so many ways.

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