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Time to get country running again

Posted: October 17, 2013 - 9:12am

The degree to which some folk are capable of fooling themselves is simply stunning. In my field studies, as a natural born anthropologist, in our area, I’ve come to identify the politically self-deluded as “Kearbearians.” It’s the local flavor of what’s nationally known as Tea Party folk. To listen to the Kearbears of our town gripe about the president’s unwillingness to compromise really makes you wonder where they’ve been since 2010 when the Republican Party (who anthropologically I refer to, anymore, as Reckpublic-cons) took control of the House of Representatives. Since then, House Speaker John Boehner has brought the legislative process to a grinding halt by continually employing the Denny Hastert Rule where he only brings to the floor of the House bills and resolutions he’s assured of how the majority of the majority House members (his Republicans) will vote.

This totalitarian Republican Party way of lawmaking first came into prominence back in 1996 under House Speaker Denny Hastert when the Republican Party, finally, gained control of the House after more than 40 years in the political wilderness. Today, in retrospect, it’s becoming ever more clearly abundant why they were relegated there.

Because of Speaker Boehner’s strict adherence to Denny Hastert’s man-handling way of doing things, lest the House Tea Party clique take his precious Speaker’s gavel from him, right from the very beginning of this legislative year, the Continuing Resolution to Fund the Government was never allowed by him to be hashed out in the House Appropriations Committee, where it should have been, and later to have been further hashed out on the House floor. That would have allowed for full debate and compromise and political horse trading to have taken place. 

Instead, after being trounced in the general election last fall, it was strategized by the Republican House leadership, in cahoots with the Koch Brothers to strong-arm their way into getting what they want, the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act, by taking hostage the economic welfare of the country. Now that they’ve taken hostage operations of the government at a cost to us of more than $200 million a day these Kearbearians or Tea Party types have the audacity to argue they’ve done it for the sake of the national deficit and the unemployment situation. To think, the government shutdown is conjectured by some economist to shrink the gross domestic product by some 2 percent next month. Apparently language and numbers have no meaning to these Kearbearian-type folk. But on top of this havoc, the Kearbearians of the House are still hell-bent on taking the country into default by not increasing the debt ceiling if they can’t get what they want. By any measure, this is terrorism as impure and evil and warping as it gets.

Kearbearians of our community, isn’t it the policy of the nation, going back to Ronald Reagan’s day, we don’t negotiate with terrorists?

Anyway, I can only hope and pray House Speaker John Boehner relents and allows debate over these issues to take place on the House floor before it’s too late. Turn the key, Speaker Boehner, to turn the engine of democracy back on. 

Tim O’Leary

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kearbear
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kearbear 10/17/13 - 09:38 am
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Obamacrats held Americans

Obamacrats held Americans hostage and locked them out of their own National Parks and Monuments. Obamacrats said "Hand over that money and allow the Debt ceiling to be raised or you aren't getting in to look at your property." It's as if the caretaker told the owner "You can't get back in your house unless you get down to the bank and borrow more money so you can pay me what
I demand. Until then you are locked out.

natural born anthropologist
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natural born anthropologist 10/17/13 - 10:55 am
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Kear Bear

Keep on keeping up convincing your self, Kear Bear. There's nothing more original than original sin.

Natural Born Anthropologist

kearbear
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kearbear 10/17/13 - 11:36 am
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"The worst failures of money,

"The worst failures of money, the worst things done to money, were not done by criminals but by governments." Ludwig von Mises

By the way, the country ran just fine while there was a partial government shut down. Actually, it ran better. The cause that you are speaking and advocating for is the return of Government. As I said in a previous post, Obamacrats created as much pain and suffering as they could by exploiting the most visible National Parks and Monuments and attacking the very citizens that fought to protect our country. Obamacrat Government that locked them out. Obamacrats that put up barriers on open air monuments and actually shut down the Grand Canyon from view. Obamacrats that would not allow Americans to take a picture of Old Faithful.

Orders that were given straight from the White house to the Rangers of the National Park Service.

natural born anthropologist
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natural born anthropologist 10/17/13 - 11:54 am
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Kearbear

Kearbear,

Ya, Governments particularly under Reckpublic-con Administrations. After the collapse of the S+Ls, brought to us by Reagonomics, how much did the Resolutions Trust Corporation bail out cost the American tax payer? I believe it may have even exceeded the 2008 economic debacle. And brought to us by which administration? And how much money was kept off the books to the Iraq War? And, even more precious, how many quarts of blood were kept off the books.

I know; I know lets put our selves in the hands of the Koch brothers and corporate oilmen and all our problems will be solved.

Anyway, Kearbear you throw around a lot of quotes, but you've never thought anything through for yourself. But then again, you're unsurpassed at tortured logic. For my field study, I'd like to hear some more.

Natural Born Anthropologist

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foxriverfred 10/17/13 - 04:05 pm
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At least that Canadian, Ted

At least that Canadian, Ted Cruz, was able to raise more $$ for his ill fated presidential escapade.
It's a heck of a way to blow $28 billion, though.
We just witnessed Teabagger economics.
Time to head back up the river.

foxriverfred
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foxriverfred 10/17/13 - 04:04 pm
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Oh, and kearbear

"NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis denied the charge that the closures were politically motivated. Most of the Park Service's 20,000 employees have been furloughed during the shutdown severely limiting operations, he said.

"Given the limited staff resources during the shutdown, prudent and practical steps were taken to secure life and property at these national icons where security has become increasingly complex in a post-9/11 world," Jarvis said."

When you close government, people stay home.
Funny thing, that.

kearbear
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kearbear 10/18/13 - 02:41 pm
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Jarvis, who was testifying

Jarvis, who was testifying under subpoena, said he didn’t know whom he had spoken to at the White House about the shutdown plans but promised to provide that information to lawmakers. If the White house had any objections to how Jarvis handled the partial shut down they would have voiced them. They did not. The barricades went up.

kearbear
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kearbear 10/18/13 - 01:08 pm
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Obama keeps borrowing

U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week. Under the terms of this week’s deal, Congress set a deadline instead of a dollar cap. That means debt will rise by as much as the government spends between now and the Feb. 7 deadline. It's expected Obama may borrow as much as $700 billion dollars between now and Feb. 7.

natural born anthropologist
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natural born anthropologist 10/19/13 - 12:18 pm
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Kearbear

Thus spoke the wooly-headed Kearbear with unparalleled tortured logic with a big thumbs up from a wooly-headed ditto-head of the wooly-headed Kearbear.

Natural Born Anthropologist

Homeroid
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Homeroid 10/20/13 - 07:59 pm
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Surprised

Surprised that the News published this snarky letter, which obviously was aimed at one person with whom the writer has a political disagreement with.

btw...what's a "natural born" anthropologist anyway?

natural born anthropologist
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natural born anthropologist 10/20/13 - 11:21 pm
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Homeroid

Homeroid,

I'm not taking aim at one person, I'm taking aim at the whole swath of right-wing extremist in our area, Kearbearians, who Kearbear is representative of and prolific spoke-person for in Cyber-Space. Or does hiding out in cyber-space make Kearbear immune from criticism? I think not. Besides Kearbear isn't a person. Kearbear has made themselves emblematic of a political persuasion.

You know who I am, the face behind the Natural Born Anthropologist. You are more than welcome to criticize my public views any time any place. That's what's to be expected when you go public; that's what newspapers, as the 4th rail, are, at their best, all about: fostering public and political discourse in the "market place of ideas." Quite frankly I don't know who Kearbear is and I don't give a dam. But Kearbear as a mindset is more than fair-game.

What's a natural born anthropologist? Have you ever heard of a natural born baseball or football player or a natural born musician or writer or painter? Pardon me for my ego, but I'm kind of like that. What's an anthropologist? Go look it up.

Anyway, I'm my own worst critic. If you really want to criticize me for my above screed criticize me on my chronology on when Denny Hastert became Speaker of the House. The correct date was 1999. The Republican Party came out of the political wilderness in 1994 to take control of the House with Newt Gingrich becoming speaker.

Thus, I stand corrected even by me. I just wish Kearberian's were capable of standing corrected.

Anyway, academic anthropologist sleep well.

Natural Born Anthropologist

kearbear
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kearbear 10/21/13 - 05:35 am
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The Obama propaganda machine

The Obama propaganda machine claims to have had 19,000,000 "unique hits" to their healthcare.gov. Now they claim 450,000 applications. They refuse to disclose how many have actually made it all the way through the mazes and trap doors. People of course had made multiple attempts to get through. Some claim to have tried hundreds of times over the last three weeks with no success. Some get partway through just to be dropped out and have to start all over again including multiple applications. Sticker shock waits at the end of the process. Today, the Obamacrats will have a Rose Garden TV show with a line up of Contestants he claims have enrolled. Since the Government refuses to divulge any numbers who knows if Show and tell is true?

natural born anthropologist
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natural born anthropologist 10/21/13 - 07:10 am
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Your right Kearbear

Kearbear,

Your right Kearbear. All the sooner we can get down to what really needs to be done: raise taxes and expand medicare. Ah- that's such music to my ears. After your Tea Party's performance over the past few weeks, I think you guys are well on your way to putting yourselves and the Republican Party out into the political wilderness for the next 80 years. I hope its a hundred. I think that's where wooly-headed Kearbears are most comfortable anyway. Keep it up your stupefying Kearbearian antics.

As a natural born anthropologist, on a certain level it's rich. But time is going through the hour-glass. For a host of reasons I fear for my country.

Natural Born Anthropologist

kearbear
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kearbear 10/21/13 - 07:54 am
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Oh My God The President of

Oh My God The President of the United States is on TV at the moment barking like a carnie at the State Fair. The President of the United States is on the TV selling a product. Selling? Not really. Pretending to be selling while he is actually mandating. That is giving marching orders that we cannot refuse to accept to buy a product that we will be penalized if we don't buy it. Of course we can not access this nightmare website. Step Right Up Step Right Up barks the snake oil salesman.

kearbear
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kearbear 10/21/13 - 08:51 am
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Oh My God The President of

This fiasco is the signature pride and joy of President Obama. The President is actually on the TV giving out an 800 number to call for help. All that's left is for him to get on TV and beg people to go to his website and donate a dollar to save the Obama signature program.

kearbear
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kearbear 10/21/13 - 08:01 am
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Oh My God The President of

Did you hear the one about the Emperor?

kearbear
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kearbear 10/21/13 - 07:58 am
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There are kinks

Come and Get it! Come and Get it! Step Right Up! Step Right Up! Don't worry. We won't run out. Come and Get It! Come and Get It!

natural born anthropologist
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natural born anthropologist 10/21/13 - 08:17 am
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Kearbear

Kearbear,

I really worry about you. Or might you be in the throes of transforming into a Carebear? Hold on, it's always darkest before the light.

Anyway, do you really think Obama is a bigger snake oilman then George W Bush at $3 trillion? At least Obama is, if misguided, attempting to patch people up.

I won't hold my breath about your becoming a Carebear. I know in your wooly-Kearbearian brain Benghazi really tips the scales on things.

Natural Born Anthropologist

kearbear
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kearbear 10/21/13 - 08:45 am
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Welcome to Tomorrow Land

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow President Obama will fix it tomorrow. It took three years to get to the place where we sing tomorrow tomorrow tomorrow. Follow the yellow brick road. Tomorrow's a day away.

natural born anthropologist
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natural born anthropologist 10/21/13 - 08:46 am
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Kearbear

Kearbear,

Do you want to know a real kink? The guy or women who lost a leg or arm or eye or life in Iraq. For what?

Natural Born Anthropologist

Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf 10/22/13 - 02:09 pm
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Get a grip

I appreciate the debate going on in this thread but this main-body quote was disgusting.

"But on top of this havoc, the Kearbearians of the House are still hell-bent on taking the country into default by not increasing the debt ceiling if they can’t get what they want. By any measure, this is terrorism as impure and evil and warping as it gets."

I guess this guy didn't watch the towers go down.

His definition of the dept ceiling debate stand by one particular party as being "terrorism as impure and evil and warping as it gets." tends to expose this debater as coming across so extreme that it tends to pollute his basic premise.

natural born anthropologist
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natural born anthropologist 10/22/13 - 10:08 pm
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Lone Wolf,

Lone Wolf,

That's the problem with you lone wolves out there by yourselves disconnected from society, disconnected from cultural context, you haven't a grip on things. Indeed, Kearbearian's, right wing extremist of the House, were and still are hell-bent on taking the country to default over Obama-Care. Just ask Kearbear. You must run into him or her out there in the wilds. And, indeed, by any measure, this is terrorism as impure and evil and warping as it gets. Not to recognize it as such, Lone Wolf, really exposes a gigantic morale whole in you. You've been operating as a lone wolf way too long. Get a grip on your senses; get a grip on your morale bearings for crying out loud.

Don't you remember what happened when Lehman Brothers defaulted back in 2008 or were you out being a lone wolf? Don't you remember the horrible structural moaning and groaning of our financial system. Don't you remember its near collapse. Don't you remember all the jobs that were lost, the value of homes destroyed, retirement accounts wiped out the public debt that heaped up...the desperation that was inflicted on so many lives? All that sparked from a crisis in confidence in a 150 year old financial House.

Remember how the next day after Lehman's defaulted, AIG, the giant insurance company and the supposed invincible master of the credit default swap game was found to need $85 billion worth of federal assistance just to begin to start covering their debts. That figure-- faster than you could say presto-- escalated to 185 billion with the American tax payer having to assume a 79% stake holder position in one of the biggest, convoluted financial messes that had ever been concocted.

And, Lone Wolf, can you tell me what ever happened to Washington Mutual and Country Wide? Washed up or washed out? And remember how that ever bullish on America Merrill Lynch just pooped out and had to cling to Bank of America to keep its head above water. And remember how mighty City Bank precariously listed.

The nation is still carefully picking and feeling it's way through 5 years later. People are still horribly financially wounded with dreams forever vanquished

That's the outcrop of Lehman defaulting. Imagine if the federal government did? It would be the above but a thousand times worse. Certainly our currency would loose being the reserve and trading currency of the world. Do you have any idea on what that would mean?

It would be a nightmare. Isn't that what terrorist do, Lone Wolf, create night mares? Natural Born Anthropologist

natural born anthropologist
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natural born anthropologist 10/22/13 - 10:38 pm
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Loan Wolf

Why don't you write a letter to editor explaining to the town why threatening default on our obligations, in lieu of the repercussions, isn't tantamount to terrorism? I'll be looking forward to reading it.

Natural Born Anthropologist

Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf 10/23/13 - 09:54 am
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Struck a nerve

I see I struck a nerve.

Your pyroclastic flow of words failed to obfuscate the simple fact that you seem to believe burning innocent people alive, blowing off their limbs and killing emergency responders is somehow equal the deluge of examples you spewed forth in your answering screed.

You make some valid observations but remain way out of line with your "impure and evil and warping as it gets" accusation.

May I suggest you resend your philosophical tome to New York and Boston newspapers?

I'm sure you will find a plethora of citizens who will greet your comparison with warm enthusiasm and understanding.

Why don't you just man-up and admit that you stepped in it?

You would garner a lot more respect for your position and eliminate the existing stain on your ability to write without sounding like someone swimming in a philosophical cesspool of blind hatred for those who might not agree with everything you say.

Hopefully your ego will allow it.

natural born anthropologist
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natural born anthropologist 10/23/13 - 11:49 am
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Loan Wolf

Go write the letter; explain yourself.Tell us why forcing the Country to default on its obligations isn't evil. Again, I'm looking forward to it.

Natural Born Anthropologist

natural born anthropologist
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natural born anthropologist 10/23/13 - 12:17 pm
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P.S.

Loan Wolf,

Rather than the Boston or the New York Papers, I'm more interested in bloviating on KPEN Radio for 3 hours a day 5 days a week just like Rush Limbaugh, but in the afternoons. What do you think, should I submit my application to them?

Also, please critique my coming up letter in the Homer News this Thursday. Also, thanks for the feed back. I'll be looking forward to your letter.

Natural Born Anthropologist

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