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A newspaper is not just for reporting news, it's to get people mad enough to do something about it. -- Mark Twain ?

Necessarily we are all fond of murders, scandals, swindles, robberies, explosions, collisions, and all such things, when we know the people, and when they are neighbors and friends, but when they are strangers we do not get any great pleasure out of them, as a rule. Now the trouble with an American paper is that it has no discrimination; it rakes the whole earth for blood and garbage, and the result is that you are daily overfed and suffer a surfeit. By habit you stow this much every day, but you come by and by to take no vital interest in it -- indeed, you almost get tired of it. As a rule, forty-nine-fiftieths of it concerns strangers only -- people away off yonder, a thousand miles, two miles, ten thousand miles from where you are. Why, when you come to think of it, who cares what becomes of those people? I would not give the assassination of one personal friend for a whole massacre of those others. And to my mind, one relative or neighbor mixed up in a scandal is more interesting than a whole Sodom and Gomorrah of outlanders gone rotten. Give me the home product every time. -- Mark Twain, "Italian Without a Master"
 
Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar. - Edward R. Murrow (1908 – 1965)

People forget the role of a journalist is not to be a pleasant conversationalist with those in power. - Susan Bennett, quoted in Christian Science Monitor, 3-10-2005. Judith Miller and Bob Woodward seem to have completely forgotten this principle as they cozied up to power.

  May 2004
When The Times opts for CD's rather than CDs, it's considered house style. But if a shopkeeper mislays an apostrophe, the kind of people who worry about whether anal-retentive has a hyphen are quick to criticize.

  A modern newspaper, seen from the point of view of the workers, is a gigantic munition-factory, in which the propertied class manufactures mental bombs and gass-shells for the annihilation of its enemies. - Upton Sinclair, 1919

Did a sense of shame ever reside in our Republican toadies? You can't stop people who are never embarrassed by themselves. [George] Will's readiness to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse can be cited as world class sycophancy. - Norman Mailer

[Norman Mailer] has put his finger on the problem of the mainline Washington commentariat: a plodding devotion to the ordinary, a near-neurotic need for the social acceptance of their political betters, a knee-jerk predictability that makes most columns coma-inducing, a waste of perfectly good trees. - Michael Ryan in TomPaine.com 3/18/02, about Mailer's criticism of George Will, 3/14/2002


If our knowledge of the world is controlled by the media then we live in a mediocrity.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt. (thanks, G.B. Trudeau)

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. - Ben Hecht

Freedom of press is limited to those who own one. - HL Mencken

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. - HL Mencken

Democracy is grounded upon so childish a complex of fallacies that they must be protected by a rigid system of taboos, else even halfwits would argue it to pieces. Its first concern must thus be to penalize the free play of ideas. - HL Mencken

  Journalism: An ability to meet the challenge of filling the space. - Rebecca West

  I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Lets start with typewriters. - Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)

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Our local newspaper is the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, which is now owned by the New York Times. Its editorial policy is moderate conservative, and it has an open letters-to-the-editor policy that lends itself to abuse by religious and political kooks. For example, although the editors came out in favor of water fluoridation in 2001, it printed so many dozens of blatantly false and hysterical tirades in opposition that the referendum on fluoridation was defeated. I stopped writing to the paper after its second hash of one of my letters — there was no response to my complaint about that. Supposedly it rejects letters that are unintelligible, but as some of these examples show, it has a very loose definition of "intelligible." 

    The Telegram does have some good columnists - Dianne Williamson and Clive McFarlane on various local issues, Kenneth J. Moynihan on politics, Albert B. Southwick with a weekly history lesson - but it also has its right-wing editor, Robert Z. Nemeth, ham-handed or just clueless right-wing cartoonist, David Hitch, and a crew of mostly  right-wing syndicated columnists. When it runs the NYT columnists, it's several days after original publication.

    On 19 September 2004 a carnival ride called the "Sizzler" broke apart in Shrewsbury MA, killing one man and injuring another. The Telegram has devoted more front-page headlines to that accident than to the 9/11 attacks, the Asian tsumami or Hurricane Katrina. Some weeks it has been in the paper every day! As of Nov 2005, we can still expect at least weekly articles. Pathetic.

2011 - I've given up subscribing. The thin rag continues its decline, and the editorials pander even more to the teabaggers and plutocrats. I sometimes check the headlines. It was a real shock when my son gave us a subsrciption to the Sunday Boston Globe - I'd forgotten what a real newspaper was like.

  There are/were some thoughtful conservative columnists - William Safire, James Kilpatrick, rarely George Will - from whom one can learn something, even though their columns usually end up with "the Democrats are sending the country to the dogs." Then there are the droolers, paleocons like Jeff Jacoby and John Leo, who would be happy if Mussolini was in power. I occasionally wonder whether they are included in moderate papers to appease the rabid right on one hand, and make the right look like moronic troglodytes to everyone else. Ditto for the comic strip Mallard Fillmore.

One should always keep an open mind, but not so open that one's brains fall out. - Bertrand Russell


8 March 2003

Too much book learning kills character.
I would shut down the whole higher education system.
Six grades of reading, writing and arithmetic are enough for most people.

Susan Bobilin,
Orange MA


Public schools influenced by forces of evil
Saturday, 14 September 2002

wing nuts      Let's assume that the National Education Association is made up of liberal atheists, which is most likely true considering what their goals are: Children, don't listen to your parents; feel good about yourself and be tolerant; don't tell a homosexual he should repent to Jesus Christ who came in the flesh to Earth and died on the cross for our sins, was resurrected in glory and is now seated at the right hand of the Father until his enemies are made his footstool.
      You may figure out that, by not accepting the grievousness of sins in others, you are a sinner, too. You will feel this thing they used to call shame, and you can forget about feeling good about yourself. Then you might end up listening to your parents and accept God as your savior.
      Parents, take the blinders off and reel your children in from this destructive force that your kids are being subjected to in this evil world. Pray for the leaders in government that they realize they are being influenced by a force that is evil, and not by their own good intentions. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against the principalities and powers of darkness.
      My bride and I have decided to home school our six children this year and for the rest of their schooling days. We are tired of having to deprogram them when they come home from public school.

PETER P. FORTIER
Templeton MA



Monday, 16 September 2002

drooler      I read in the Telegram & Gazette about a man who wrote a children's book about a fictitious story about the cloning of Jesus Christ. This is a real story.
      I've been telling people about this for over a year now. There's a nonprofit European group which has been working on this for almost three years. I suspect they got the DNA from the shroud. Wherever they got it, they are ready to unveil this abomination of Jesus Christ within the next couple of years.
      They want to unveil it on Christmas Day. Whether it's this year, or in the next couple of years, they are ready to go.
      The Bible says at the end of time, there will be such an abomination of Jesus Christ like you've never seen before. Part of it is that people will believe that this is Jesus Christ coming back to Earth for a second time. Don't believe it.
      Also, when they unveil this false Jesus Christ, see how fast their nonprofit status changes. Imagine what the cost would be to see or talk to this false Jesus Christ. 

Philip Posson
Shrewsbury MA


Monday, 17 January 2005
  *Receiving flu shot could be hazardous*
 
tinfoil hatAnecdotal evidence tells of people getting the flu after getting a flu shot, while those who didn’t get a shot didn’t get the flu. They claim they contracted the flu because their immune system was too weak to respond properly or the vaccine was defective.
 
Scientists kill the virus by mixing it with formaldehyde, a dangerous carcinogen, and other poisons such as ethylene glycol (antifreeze), which is a kidney killer. They breed bacteria and virus strains in such nasty things as rotten eggs, sheep guts, monkey brains and fetal diploid tissue because they have to preserve it. The cheapest way is thimerosal, a mercury derivative which is a highly toxic heavy metal that attacks every organ and system in the body. Mercury is strongly implicated in Alzheimer’s disease and the epidemic of autism in vaccinated children. To give this concoction a kick, they add a dose of aluminum, another poisonous metal also strongly correlated with Alzheimer’s, made many times worse when associated with mercury and fluoride. This year, the antibiotics didn’t work, so more than 46 million vaccines were recalled because of bacterial contamination. Killing off the elderly would stave off the bankruptcy of Social Security and killing babies would make it easier to replace Americans with cheap foreign workers.
 
In the April 2001 issue of the Nutrition & Healing newsletter, Dr. Jonathan V. Wright recommended, along with eating properly, to avoid sugar because a single teaspoon of sugar can impair the immune system by 50 percent for several hours.

ANTHONY P. HMURA
Worcester

My letter to the editor complaining of this babbling idiocy was not acknowledged. Hmura is a frequent author of similar gibberish.

Monday, 15 August 2005
Humanists have agenda of contempt

drooler    An article, “Humanist voice rises in region” (Telegram & Gazette, Aug. 1), was viewed by me to be not simply offensive, but a very poor attempt to disguise the fact that what the American Humanist Association is selling is hatred for God’s government — which I realize to be a blasphemous assault upon the government and constitution of Massachusetts and other states.
    Years ago, I learned that humanists are atheists with a political agenda, and what was published on their behalf in the T&G is proof enough of their contempt for God’s government, which is a criminal offense to promote in Massachusetts, to the best of my knowledge.

THOMAS M. STACHURA
Auburn

Reads a newspaper, but still lives in the 17th century. Actively looking for witches to burn.

Wednesday, 17 August 2005
Newspaper’s views are left-leaning

    After moving from Massachusetts many years ago, I revisited recently for a vacation at the Cape. I bought the Telegram & Gazette at the newsstand because I used to be a delivery boy for The Evening Gazette in Worcester County way back when. Not surprisingly, I noticed that the T&G appears to be one-sided on the editorial pages, presenting only the left-handed opinion.
    Glaringly, on the July 28 editorial page was a syndicated cartoon that presents the “My way or the highway” view you project. The cartoon shows President George W. Bush’s nominee John Roberts being pursued by two club- and gun-wielding donkeys calling for a search of this person simply because he appears to be the typical evil conservative. Above the cartoon is the caption, “The one situation where profiling seems acceptable.” Sure ... search granny and thrash a court nominee where no threat exists, but ignore the male Mideastern-appearing terrorist at the airport or on the road for fear of profiling.
    But this is not the end of the one-way opinion section. On the facing page I found Doonesbury, a leftist comic. In my current local paper, Oklahoma’s Tulsa World, I am used to viewing that comic as well, but they also print the opposing-view comic Mallard Fillmore ... missing in the T&G.
    Summarizing, I can only quote a friend of mine in saying, “If the T&G were any more left-leaning it would fall over.”

RUSSELL ADAMS,
Owasso, Okla.

Red-staters really are thundering morons, but not necessarily by birth!  This one is too dumb to understand a right-wing cartoon!

pillory Monday, 22 August 2005
Hollywood still hotbed of communist beliefs

    When columnist John Leo says, “Hollywood is an alien nation,” he is so right, it hurts. When the Soviet Union lost the Cold War and the United States did not become the 16th Soviet Socialist Republic, the movie colony was heartbroken and went into mourning, along with the politically correct in the colleges. The consummate racket, which is what communism is — it has the Mafia beaten by nine miles — made successful inroads into Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. What prompted this was the attacks by churchmen on the lifestyles of actors, actresses and directors over a number of whom were accused of breaking the sixth commandment. Enter the Communist Party to champion the beleaguered sinners. In appreciation, Hollywood turned barnyard red. This is not to say that every Hollywood artist became a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist, far from it. But those who speak for Hollywood, such as Michael Moore, Jane Fonda and Ed Asner, are ex-Russia-firsters and they have a positive affinity with the Castros, the Chavezes and the Ortegas.

CHARLES SHEEHAN
Leominster

And we can assume he thinks Joe McCarthy is the greatest living patriot.

Saturday, 24 September 2005        
 The tables have turned on evolution

the stupid, it burns    The tables have been turned on evolution. Its two strongest arguments against creation: 1) no science and 2) faith-based are now being used against itself. Every fossil ever collected shows evidence for instantaneous appearance (not billions of years of development). Transitional species fossils (e.g., reptobirds, fishfrogs) have never been found. Science now considers the seven members of the ape-man progression (Ramapithecus to Neanderthal) to be either entirely ape or entirely human.
    Piltdown was exposed as a hoax long ago. And besides, every real scientist knows that matter does not come from non-matter. It takes a lot more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in creation. And that’s the issue, for if God did create, then the penalty for sin is real and every person is accountable to a holy creator.
    The Bible details six, 24-hour days of creation, no death prior to sin and a savior, Jesus Christ, who conquers sin. To be saved from sin requires faith in the savior, a faith which acknowledges his death as the only means of life. Evolution is not science but a faith which attempts to conceal its accountability.

we winROBERT S. MUTO
West Brookfield

How do you even begin to argue with this sort of superstitious babbling?

Saturday, 24 September 2005
Governance tapestry threaded with morality

     The existence of God should involve some degree of proof in the abstract. Proof, however, is discounted when the abstraction becomes faith. Faith, belief and, consequently, religion integrate in that abstract processing center, the human mind, as it compounds the complexities of its own creation. Reason infers God is an abstract processed dynamic, birthing, moral consciousness and infusing the mind with thought relating cosmic presence and intent.
    No thought has ever been transformed into a materialized reality but is dealt with on a secondary level as sound (voice) and visuals (graphics) — commonly both. Time demands ideas submit to revaluation and elimination of mental snares of deception and delusion.
    Establishing religious truths is inhibited by a probability of impossible, finalized conclusions as the mind pushes the frontier of insight into deepened complexities. Judaic-Christian heritage advocates for God. An ancient poet-king desired goodness and mercy to infuse life and to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. It is not too bizarre to equate the house of the Lord with the human mind. There is no question but that goodness and mercy are moral tenets.
    Church, synagogue, mosque, temple, each is an enclosure physical and mental within which religious thought is propagated. Passion stirred by commitment to the politicized principle of separation of church and state might consider the tapestry of governance in all forms is threaded with morality. Separation needs concentration upon eliminating archaic, retarding, theatricalized entertainment favoring deepened touching of that gnawing need for goodness and mercy.

EARL W. GRANLUND
Sutton

Huh? Maybe this made sense before the Telegram  edited it, but I doubt it.

Monday, 5 Dec 2005
America must honor founder's beliefs

wing nuts    People in the United States of America have to take a stand against those who want to change all that America stands for.
    Christmas is an American holiday and tradition, but the anti-American ACLU wants to destroy all mention of it.
    When people ask to come to the United States and be an American, they must conform to our laws and respect our traditions. Americans do not have to conform to theirs. If theirs were so great, then why did they want to come here?
    When will the government overturn the separation of church and state law and get back to what the Founding Fathers believed — the Bible?
    It built America and our laws and freedom.

James Chabot
Webster

Where to start with this one?  With his assumption that his beliefs are identical to those of the founding fathers (the hundreds of thousands or millions of them)? With his ignorance of actual European and American history, particularly the sources of our Constitution? Has he never learned that celebrating Christmas was illegal in colonial New England, due to its pagan origins and symbols? With his apparent belief that the ACLU is comprised of recent immigrants bent on destroying America?

Wednesday, 11 January 2006    
Turnabout fair play for evolution

dino man    Hi, it’s me, ape man, did you see my leader, his name is Chucky, all hail Chucky, good old Chucky Darwin. We all have to follow his beliefs. It’s Chucky’s way or else.
    Oh, I’m sorry there’s no one else, according to our government and school system. Now is the time to pledge your loyalty. No, we don’t come from a supreme being because that’s religion not biology. Yeah, look at the Bible, it says we are all someone special, not a number but a name. How foolish. But we only have to look as far as our hand and what do we see, a fingerprint, and no one else in the world has our fingerprint. We have DNA and no one else has the same DNA as we do. Wow, that sounds like biology to me.
    If you can’t teach one side of the equation then don’t teach the other side of the equation, as Yogi Berra might say.

PHILIP C. POSSON
Shrewsbury

Despite the Shrewsbury address, this nutter is still living in his own dense ozone cloud.

biblesaurSaturday, 14 January 2006    
Evolution theory smacks of racism

  Evolution isn’t science, it’s racism, the origin of which comes from Charles Darwin. Let’s look at the full title of his book “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” or “The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.” The fact is, evolution has nothing to do with science. All it is is a theory, and a false theory at that. There’s good science out there that can prove the evolution theory is impossible. Evolution is against equality and therefore is racism and it doesn’t belong in our schools. It should be outlawed, just as creationism is outlawed in our schools. There are many differences in humans. Some are stronger, some are weaker, some have high IQs, but the fact remains that we are all still human. Yes, science can take good genes from smart, healthy people and implant them in an embryo and they may come out smarter and healthier but that’s not evolution, that’s science. You see, it takes a creator in this case. The creator is the scientist. It doesn’t evolve. The fact is we are all human and we always will be. Our Declaration of Independence says that all men are created equal; so does the Bible and the word of God; and evolution says we are better than others. The fact is, we all have faults. Some may be taller, some smaller, but we are all human. Our schools teach equality for all. So get rid of that faulty racisy evolution theory.

DANIEL RIEDL
Worcester

What a bizarre hash of anti-science, populist politics, creationist regurgitation and just ignorance. Maybe his bible says all people are equal, but I think it's probably the same one used for centuries to specifically deny that.

Friday, 3 March 2006    
Evidence exists of God’s hand in universe

dummies Now that intelligent design has its foot inside the schoolhouse door, science classes dealing with origins can put the volumes of time and chance back on the shelf and examine the evidence. And the evidence doesn’t reject special creation, a young Earth or the biblical account of the flood.
    Fossil evidence shows marine fossils in great quantities on mountain tops all over the world; rapid burial and mineralization — exactly the conditions produced by a universal flood; no transitional species fossils; and a geologic column showing little or no erosion with polystrate fossils — advanced species appearing beneath the simpler species from which they supposedly evolved.
    Time and chance, the science of evolution, say: Place a pile of lumber and a barrel of nails in the back yard. Come back in 2 billion years and you’ll have a shed. But the Bible dates the Earth at about 6,000 years (the flood at 4,350).
    Measurable data like moon recession, Grand Canyon topography, coal-forming peat beds at Mount St. Helens and rock wear at Niagara Falls support it.
    Chance, without a causative agent, doesn’t exist. Intelligent design identifies that agent as God and it’s time for scientists young and old to examine what he has done.

ROBERT S. MUTO
West Brookfield

Do writers like this collect Frequent Drooler points from the Telegram? Collect your drool cups here, folks! Now in 12 Day-Glo colors! Trade them with your friends at John Birch meetings! 3-cup bonus if you can connect fluorine, Darwin and Osama bin Ladin in a single letter!

InquisitionTuesday, 14 March 2006    
Defying tradition leads to corruption

    I would like to comment on the loss of dignity and stature of the Catholic priesthood.
    Physical contact between priest and parishioner is one of the subtle Protestant reforms designed to desanctify and degrade the priesthood. Traditionally, the priest was untouchable. Even his stole could not touch the ground. As Christ was untouchable, the priest was likewise. Hidden under the guise of modernism is a systematic and diabolical plan to degrade the priesthood and destroy the Catholic Church.
    Christ foresaw the abomination of hypocrites standing in his sanctuary at the end of ages. The modern priest exists not to serve Communion, but the vanity of his parish counsel cohorts. What type of degrading change is next? Saint Paul said hold fast to your traditions. And as we can now plainly see, defying tradition leads to corruption.

ROY T. GUIMOND - Shrewsbury

It takes a certain sort of mind to blame Protestantism for the crimes of the Catholic priesthood. Guimond and Lewis Carroll might have had an interesting conversation, except Carroll lived in the 19th century and Guimond lives in the 16th.

Saturday, 8 April 2006    
Government played role in Mideast plot
tinfoil hat
 Biggest murder mystery in American history. Seven-hundred innocent people murdered and real traitors in America are not brought to justice.
    In 1987, two brothers in the bin Laden family told two American scientists about the U.S. government’s plans to topple the World Trade Towers and bring about war in the Middle East.
    Ronald Logsdon of Philadelphia said he was shown film of secret United States intelligence briefings mapping a strategy for an eventual Middle-East takeover. He said that the strategy included creating a Pearl Harbor-like event in order to stampede the American people, paving an easy path to war with immediate public approval.
         Mr. Logsdon told the American Free Press that he went to the FBI with his information about the plot to attack New York but he was rebuffed.
    What does it take to bring their murderers in our government to justice?
    Naturally, all the media is in on this cover-up.
    There is much evidence that two sources were responsible for this tragedy, our government being one.
    In closing, William Rodriguez claims a massive underground explosion brought down the towers. His story is strengthened further by 14 eyewitnesses, who I believe can verify his claims as well as a burn victim from the basement explosion whom he helped to safety as well as a number of others.

ANTHONY P. HMURA
Worcester

Hmura seems to be way out in front in the deranged drooler competition.

alian marriage28 October 2006
  We should follow the laws God gave us
 
 I listened to a religious preacher on television Sunday, who claims that, according to the church, marriage is between a man and a woman.
  The worst law ever passed in three decades is the no-fault divorce law.
  The women’s rights law is against the Bible and God’s law. And men and women have destroyed the way the world is supposed to be, the way God expected. And men are not supposed to have children from several different women. 
 
  RICHARD A. PIERCE
  Worcester

Your first mistake, here, was listening to a TV preacher, but obviously you've got older problems. And try reading your Bible to see its examples of marriage. Moron.

28 Oct 2006
  Chinese illegal aliens enter U.S. via Mexico

tinfoil hat The nuts in Washington and our elected officials who hide their deeds are at it again. Chinese illegals are invading the United States through ships belonging to Cosco, the Chinese government-owned shipping company. At the same time, Hutchinson-Whampa has control of the Panama Canal.
      But the real story concerns the two former U.S. Navy amphibious landing ships, which would cost the United States $1 billion each to replace. The Bush administration gave them to Mexico.  The real purpose is to use these ships to move along the U. S. West Coast and the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to ship more illegals into the United States.
      Reports from United States law enforcement that Mexican soldiers have been seen helping drug and immigrant traffickers should be taken into account when the U. S. government decides to sell military vehicles and weapons to Mexico.
      These two large ships are capable of transporting nearly 2,000 well-armed, combat troops.
      Writer Michael Blair has been told that Mexico allows Chinese illegal aliens to enter that country via its ports and along its coast. They then, with the assistance of Mexican narcotics smugglers and corrupt police, travel through Mexican territory and cross into the United States.
      Insight magazine has reported that this activity has the full support of the Mexican government, which even provides boats to transfer them ashore from large ships.
      We need Americans to run this country, not traitors.
 
 ANTHONY P. HMURA
  Worcester


like a rockFriday, January 19, 2007
Carbon monoxide in air is eventual killer
 
     When I was in school, the class was asked, “Is an automobile a necessity or a luxury?” The class was split. Today, everyone in the house has to have an auto.
      If you had a choice of oxygen being used for humans to breathe or autos to run, which do you think is more important?
      Example: A gallon of gasoline weighs approximately seven pounds and, when burned, changes into  pollution, heat and carbon monoxide. 
       Take the air from a three-bedroom home and hose it into an auto motor air intake. Then take the auto exhaust (carbon monoxide) and hose it into the house. After the gasoline is used up, everyone in the house will die due to asphyxiation.
      Auto repair shops vent all running autos, otherwise the mechanics will die. People have died holding onto the rear of inboard motor boats. Underground tunnels have exhaust vents; otherwise motorists will die in the tunnels. So, what happens to this carbon monoxide? “Well, I don’t know,” says the dummy, “I guess it goes up into our atmosphere and will eventually build up and kill our future generations, but not us.”
      Yes dummy, carbon monoxide sent up into our atmosphere won’t kill us in our lifetime, but will eventually kill our future families and heritage.
 
 BERNARD J. PATSKY
  Shrewsbury

With this level of scientific insight, he should be President.

Friday, January 19, 2007
Cutting down tree was a despicable act
 
     The cowardly and desperate act of cutting down a tree during daylight hours from a resident’s property is criminal. It hurts our individual and collective trust in each other.
      The heinous and despicable removal of a tree during the time of the year for giving, from the yard of a World War II and Korean War combat veteran, a veteran who received the Silver Star for heroism and valor, a veteran who for 40 years since his retirement from honorable military service, who has nurtured civic pride in our youth, nurtured the growth of a new generation of veterans, who did nothing but take his wife of 60 years to their weekly breakfast to continue the deepening of solid roots of an American love story is the work of evil.
      This violent and criminal act offends all veterans. Veterans did not survive the horrors of war to be insulted by  these vile criminals. 
       VFW Post 1807’s members applaud the generosity, kindness and respect shown to our comrade Joe Kleczka by Keith Beaudoin and Matt Bernard. They get it. The misguided person who cut down Mr. Klecka’s tree just needed to ask for help from one of the numerous and generous organizations, churches, city officials or agencies. He didn’t have to hurt a hero.
      I ask the witness or witnesses to be courageous and contact the Leominster Police Department to testify to any facts pertaining to this crime.
 
 DENNIS M. LYDDY
 Commander
  Veterans of Foreign Wars
  Post 1807
  Leominster

The context: WPI pledges cut down a 40 foot tree (reported to be from a condo common area, actually), without anyone noticing, and erected it as a Christmas tree at their frat.
Get a clue, Dennis. Why would it be any less of a crime (or any less a clever prank) to have removed the tree from the yard of  someone you don't like?

Friday, February 16, 2007
Democratic Party is invested in U.S. defeat

wing nuts    The Senate Democrats are pushing a resolution stating that President Bush’s troop surge is not in our national interest. Gen. David Petraeus, in his Senate confirmation hearings to become Iraq theater commander, says such a resolution will encourage the terrorists and discourage our troops, not something that is helpful to our war effort, but typical of Democratic Party conduct.
    In the House of Representatives, our own U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern has led a Democratic-sponsored “Out of Iraq” resolution to end our involvement in Iraq.
    These are just a couple of tactics being used by Democrats to insure that Mr. Bush’s attempt to win the war in Iraq, the center of the war on terror, fails. The Democratic Party has become invested in our defeat. A victory by the president now will destroy the Democrats nationally since that party is leading the  opposition to his very sensible policies. 
    We must not let Democrats lead us to defeat as their Watergate Congress did in 1975 in Vietnam. After taking serious action against North Vietnam, President Nixon forged an acceptable peace in January 1973 that would keep the South free if we supplied its army. That anti-war-dominated Congress refused President Ford’s requests for such aid and South Vietnam was overwhelmed by the heavily armed communist invasion 30 months later. This totalitarian victory caused 3 million deaths in Cambodia and South Vietnam, destroying our standing worldwide. We can’t let ani-war Democrats do it again.

EDWIN P. DOW
Worcester

Wingerland is a strange, fact-free place. Perhaps there are hallucinogens (but no fluoride) in the water. In fact, the US and China supported the legitimacy of Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia, while it was Vietnam that invaded to stop that auto-genocidal regime. I assume Dow's statements about Congress/Vietnam are wrong, too. I don't see that Congress can be blamed for Bush's lies and incompetence, except for allowing him to continue in office.
Support the Troops. Impeach Bush

Sunday, March 11, 2007
President’s policies based on the Bible

the stupid, it burns    President George W. Bush’s commitment to God and country disturbs the news media. They label him ignorant and bigoted because he opposes embryonic stem-cell harvesting, global warming and same-sex marriage. But like great presidents before him, Mr. Bush’s policies aren’t prejudicial, they’re biblical.
    George Washington publicly acknowledged God. He commanded his soldiers to attend chapel and curb foul language. Thomas Jefferson put a Bible in every Washington, D.C., classroom, held church at the Capitol and signed official documents, “In the year of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.” Abraham Lincoln prayed, then made policy. “Without the Bible,” he said, “we could not know right from wrong.”
    In China, Mr. Bush urged leaders to permit freedom of worship and make Bibles accessible. In Africa, he preached abstinence for AIDS. His faith-based initiatives work — prisoner recidivism runs 8 percent with the Bible and 62 percent without. They get similar results with violent crime, drug abuse and teen  pregnancy. 
    Mr. Bush’s policies are about national preservation. If that’s too heady for the press, they might consider the words of Russian Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He summarized his government’s failure in four words: “Men have forgotten God.”

ROBERT S. MUTO
West Brookfield

Wow. Muto's making a strong run for Worcester County Top Whackjob, but Hmura is still well out in front. One again, it's hard to know where to start with this demented potpourri. He's got feeble, if not imaginary, anecdotes about the saint Presidents. He's got preposterously imaginary statistics. He claims that Solzhenitsyn claims the atheist Soviet Union failed because “Men have forgotten God.”

Apr 6, 2007
Disabled students also can be gifted

Students with disabilities are as capable as those without.

    Clive McFarlane writes in “Students left on the sidelines” (Telegram & Gazette, March 16) that he fully supports special education, but wishes more could be done to fund gifted and talented programs for the best and brightest students, as if these were two different groups of students.  They are not. 
    The truth is that approximately 90 percent of our students with disabilities are as intellectually capable as their non-disabled peers. There are as many gifted and talented students with disabilities as there are without disabilities. The difference is students with disabilities need appropriate special education services in order to develop their potential.
    Unfortunately, according to a July 2005 Massachusetts Department of Education report, Worcester does not provide students with appropriate special education services. The district does not accurately evaluate students with disabilities, does not develop appropriate educational plans for them, and does not adequately assess their progress. As a result, they fail the MCAS exams at roughly three times the rate of their non-disabled peers.
    Sadder still, Worcester is not alone. Most Massachusetts school districts fail to properly serve students with disabilities. And statewide, they are failing at many times the rate of their non-disabled peers.
    Shameful.

CHERYL LEATHAMSON
Shrewsbury

And white looks black if you shut your eyes real tight.

Saturday, August 18, 2007
People have no choice except gasoline

typing monkey    I read in a magazine about two different people discovering substitutes for gasoline. One young man had a double battery-driven vehicle and the other man adjusted his engine and inserted an article that cost 1 cent to drive all day long.
    The young man with the batteries sold his item and the man with the adjusted engine would not sell his idea. He fixed all of his vehicles and painted on them that “this runs all day for 1 cent.”
    His patent attorney got scared and said that he wouldn’t do his patent. Because he wouldn’t sell, he was put in jail  for five years. A jail mate had a brother who could patent, and he did that for this man. 
    My nephew just arrived here from Tulsa, and he said there was a man with a capsule that could be inserted into the tank and the automobile could run all day. He sold out.
    It’s a shame that we have no choice.
    People with money are destroying the environment and turning green into brown. They seem to forget that we are all in the same boat in life together.

EVELYN M. LaROCHELLE
Sturbridge

"It has been said that thousands of monkeys banging on keyboards would produce the complete works of Shakespeare. The internet has proven this to be untrue."
The same conspiracy drivel that's been going around for decades. I heard this crap in college, and wondered about it, briefly. It was probably ancient then.
"Oxford University, 1300: student this year have been discussing the suppression of news by the Church and major landlords that there is a symple small physic that will allow a horse to gallop all daye without water nor fodder."

Saturday, October 13, 2007
Mexico sends criminals, deadbeats to U.S.

tinfoil hatMexico appreciates us and is sitting pretty these days, because that country got rid of all their criminals, deadbeats, mentally disabled, sick and all other undesirables by sending them to the United States.
    Congratulations to the dumb-headed Americans who rush down to the border to assist these law-breaking illegals in reaching U.S. soil. Abnormally ignorant people coming into the U.S. don’t make a country; they tear it apart and destroy it.
    A police officer in Phoenix said they had records of 285 gangs, many with connections to Los Angeles and other places. Phoenix police reported that illegal Mexicans stole 4,000 cars a year to be sold south of the border. Yeah, they come here to pick lettuce. Last year, these lawbreakers, Mexican illegal patients, cost the taxpayers of Arizona $90 million. Also, last year along it cost Arizona taxpayer’s untold billions for medical treatment, welfare fraud and other social services for illegal aliens.
    About 10 years ago, I tried to get eight Polish workers to stay in the U.S. because their green cards had expired. They had a good roofing business and were law-abiding and hardworking. No such luck.
    They had to leave the U.S. America needs criminals and lawbreakers to help the economy. Judges and lawyers would be on welfare.
    Throw them out. It may take a few months, but so what.

ANTHONY P. HMURA
Worcester

Hmura seems to be Worcester's premier nutjob, with truth-free rants and a brain full of bile.

gold
              pope2007, at least
The Telegram has been running a weird set of letters by Catholics defending their sect's claim to be the one and only True Christian Church©, with occasional rebuttals from Protestants. If those letters represented the sect's best shots and minds (or even average ones), it would be in serious trouble.


Saturday, February 16, 2008
Wars will end if abortion stops

    As long as we have abortions, there will be wars. Give up abortions and God will stop all wars.
Abortion is the No. 1 offense against God. We must remember that God is in charge. This is God’s world, and we are allowed to use it but not abusI wouldn't trust your god,
            even if he existede it by killing lives.
    Continue the abortions and wars will never end. Amen. This is the word of the Lord.

IRENE GEMME
Worcester
So much for an omnipotent and loving god.
The Telegram seems to run one anti-abortion letter per day, but today ran this also:

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Affirm fundamental right of the unborn

    In this election year, which coincides with the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it is critical to affirm the fundamental right to life of the unborn. Human life begins at conception. This was established 120 years ago by Wilhelm His, the father of human embryology. Acceptance today of abortion in the popular mind, even in law, is a sign of an increasing and dangerous inability to distinguish between good and evil, even when the basic right to life is at stake. We need the courage to look the truth in the eye and call things by their proper name — this is murder.
    The Declaration of Independence clearly states that, “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In Roe v. Wade, the high court ignored settled law and the rights of the unborn by permitting abortion — an act previously outlawed. It sentenced the most innocent to a gruesome death.
    While the slogan that abortion is a woman’s right to control her own body may sound reasonable to many, it is a medical fact that the human fetus is not a part of the mother’s body. It is a separate, distinct and unique human person with its own heartbeat, brain waves and DNA.

PAUL KOKOSKI
Hamilton, Ontario

Let's see: confusion of Declaration of Independence with the Constitution and with law - typical; bald assertion that someone scientifically determined that life begins at conception - absurd; slippery slope argument - contrary to evidence. Unique person with heartbeat, brainwaves, DNA - only its DNA is unique at conception and for several weeks, since embryos don't have hearts or nerves; personhood is a legal status, not a biological one. 60-80% of conceptions are spontaneously aborted - god loves his embryos so much. Or there's the flippant response - if the embryo/fetus is so independent, let it try living on its own.
Supposedly the Telegram only prints letters from local people, but it makes frequent exceptions for its favorite droolers.


Monday, March 10, 2008
 All humans endowed with right to life

the dark ages     In an Associated Press article on domestic violence (Telegram & Gazette, Feb. 18), researchers from the National Center for the Study of Terrorism noted that extremists commit violence in the name of their cause.   Further, “More research needs to be done on what leads extremists to commit violence.”
      No further research is necessary. Mother Teresa gave the answer at a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., in 1994: “If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.”
     The aftereffects of IED explosions upon human bodies and the after-effects of abortions are exactly the same: decapitation, dismemberment, pieces of flesh, pools of blood and death.
      To identify the rationalizations extremists use to justify killing, researchers only need ask: What makes a mother want to kill her own innocent and defenseless unborn baby? What makes doctors violate their Hippocratic Oath and consent to the killing? What made a Judeo-Christian nation, founded on the principle that all men are endowed by their creator with the inalienable right to life, legalize the killing of unborn babies?
      Finally, to understand the causes for which extremists kill, researchers only need to investigate why 52 million babies have been killed by abortion in America since 1973 for the causes of women’s liberation and the euphemistic slogan freedom of choice.
 
 ANTHONY S. KAZARNOWICZ Jr.
  Bagram, Afghanistan

An Army padre working for a government prepared to annihilate all macroscopic life on the planet complains, as he always does, about abortion,, sending his reactionary scribblings to the only newspaper that will print them. As always, he ignores the fact that his "god" aborts most babies.

guilt, fear and insanityThe US military is in danger of being hijacked by the crusaders, or maybe it's already lost to them. "I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an idol." - Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, about battling Muslim militia in Somalia in 1993, reported Oct 2003
The Word Of God, conveniently for those of us who hate,
Will always back our hatred with religion's holy weight.
The good may credit God, of course; sing praises to his name—
The bad, as well, cite scripture, which they loudly will proclaim!
The Word Of God is leather-bound, and sits upon your shelf,
And lets you blame a deity for things you do yourself.
You're good, or bad, or neither; you are moral or you're not;
You think that God contributed? He did precisely squat.
It's you who takes the credit, and it's you who takes the blame;
No God controlled your hatred, so don't try to spread the blame.
So go ahead; pretend that you are acting on God's word;
Both you and we know better; you're a coward and a turd.
    Posted by: Cuttlefish, OM | August 23, 2009 at Pharyngula

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Government stole from Fort Knox

tinfoil hatAmericans had better hurry up and purchase silver and gold. They will be competing with the federal government, which buys gold for about 30 cents an ounce, naturally with the approval of our senators and congressmen. Our elected officials who don’t look out for our interests throw us a bone and, lo and behold, they are geniuses.
    Back on Sept. 10, 1983, I wrote a letter concerning the federal government looting millions upon millions of gold from Fort Knox. Four tractor-trailers were loaded with gold on Jan. 20, 1965, and loads of gold left Fort Knox. (No shipment on that date was shown on the Treasury’s tally).
    Then another unexplained event is the $66 billion in gold missing from Fort Knox between November 1973 and April 1974. Fort Knox admitted one shipment in 1971 that was worth $500 million. It took 33 15-ton trucks to haul it out, but where did it go?
    In closing, I will explain how the federal government prints $100 denominations with the price of ink and paper about 2.5 cents, so 10 would be 30 cents. Nice rip-off. Better hurry. Back in the 1960s, they left about 10 percent of the silver and gold for us suckers.

ANTHONY P. HMURA
Worcester

This loon can't do elementary arithmetic, never mind explain the bullion reserve. He does not seem capable of discerning "in" from "out".

Friday, July 11, 2008
What has happened to nation’s character?

    As I watched the rain on July 4 morning, I wondered if God was weeping over America?
    The news has been heartbreaking. From the murder-suicide in Templeton to the kidnapping and murder of the young girl in Vermont, what has happened to the moral character of this once great nation?
    The daily obsession with the rich and famous, as they self-destruct on the nightly tabloid shows and the indulgence shown our star athletes that lets one push down a 62-year-old man without consequences. What we have is a political arena that allows a fight to the death of one’s honesty, principles and money, as long as they are elected.
    Wars, floods, soaring gas prices, school shootings, epidemic divorce rates, overcrowded prisons and tornadoes — do you think that God is trying to get our attention, or could he just be giving us over to the independence from him that we fought so hard for?

MICHAEL J. CAVE
Holden

These people have have been wrting the same letter for hundreds of years, slightly varying the details.

Saturday, July 12, 2008
moment of scienceStory of Noah’s Ark doesn’t hold water

    This is in regard to the saga of Noah and the Ark, in which we are offered two conflicting versions of the great flood:
    The floodwaters covered the highest mountain (Mount Everest — 29,025 feet). Noah brought the ark to rest on Mount Ararat (16,916 feet). Obviously, one of these stories is false.
    When the floodwaters receded, and all our lakes, oceans, rivers and brooks were formed from the same body of water, how come some of them are saltwater and some are freshwater? It’s mind-boggling to think of the world being covered five miles high with water.

HARRY WILSON
Paxton

Third grade theology? Why does the T&G print this drivel? At least he wasn't supporting the Biblical account.

Sunday, July 13, 2008
Liberals prolonged the war in Vietnam

wing nuts    In a letter to the editor from Worcester (Telegram & Gazette, July 4), the letter writer gives credit to dissenting liberals for forcing President Richard M. Nixon to respond to their pressure to end the Vietnam War. He appears to be praising the anti-war liberals for forcing an end to that war. I consider what they did to be a disgrace since, thanks to liberal Democrats in Congress, the anti-war liberals forced us to withdraw from a war that Mr. Nixon had won.
    The North Vietnam communists suffered a huge defeat in the Tet Offensive of 1968, and took horrendous casualties for years, but kept the war going in large part because of actions of the anti-war liberal protests in this country.
    North Vietnam’s commander, General Vo Nguyen Giap, stated repeatedly that in spite of terrible casualties, they kept fighting with the expectation that such protests would allow them to win the war in this country. This caused the loss of American soldiers.
    Following our December 1972 bombing campaign, Mr. Nixon forced the communists to accept a peace accord in January 1973 that would keep South Vietnam free, requiring that we furnish air support and supplies should the communists attack.
    Sadly, the Democrat-controlled Congress in early 1975 refused such support in the face of all-out communist attack due to pressure from the anti-war liberals, causing South Vietnam and Cambodia to fall. The resulting deaths of 3 million innocent civilians were caused by those dissenting liberals.

EDWIN P. DOW
Worcester

Imaginary history and ridiculous made up numbers from a winger.

Saturday, February 21, 2009
Writer explains why he hates America

    After much thought, I have come to the conclusion that I hate America, and I will tell you why. America is an ugly country inhabited with ugly people. The topography across America is nothing more than one ugly strip mall after another with their ugly neon lights. Every state looks like every other state. Unless you literally know where you are, there is no way to pinpoint your exact location according to the endless rows of McDonald’s, Burger Kings, KFC’s, Wal-Marts and Holiday Inns.
    Americans are an ugly people. They are mostly obese and are unkempt and slovenly in their overall appearance. The natural uniform is simply a pair of beat-up blue jeans, a T-shirt and a pair of worn-out sneakers. Americans are a rude, crude, ignorant, lazy, cruel, depraved, perverted and disrespectful people, who think that the whole world revolves around them. It is no wonder that Americans are hated all over the world. The rest of the world thinks that Americans are fat and ugly cowboys with a John Wayne mentality and a bull-in-a-china-shop attitude.
    America has been ruined due to affirmative action and reverse discrimination laws, which today rule the land. America is called the great melting pot, but I call it the great cesspool of humanity. I hate diversity, equality, political correctness and American democracy itself, while the stupid American people are drunk on bread-and-circus
issues.

SCOTT D. WOLFE
Worcester

It's almost a classic drunken liberal rant until it gets to the open racism at the end.

May 15, 2009
Flu shots can harm your health

tinfoil hat    Just who the hell is running the state? We catch these monsters who kill for a buck and don’t pay for their crimes. Why has Baxter International been chosen to head up efforts to produce a vaccine for the Mexican swine flu?
    In December 2008, Baxter International was caught shipping live avian flu viruses mixed with vaccine material to medical distributors in 18 countries, including Germany, Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Naturally, to spread the flu and for them to make a buck. Are they tried for their crimes? No.
    But the public hysteria continues. I am outraged. It’s an evil, political maneuver with advertising efforts to panic the people into taking swine flu shots. Rep. Ron Paul said, “Those who were responsible should be held morally accountable to the American public.”
    When Dr. James Jeff Bradstreet testified before Congress on April 25 and April 26, 2001, he linked vaccines to mental illness and autism. He’s an expert in autism and has a son with autism. He treats nearly 1,000 autistic children from around the world.
    Even back in 1956, when Dr. Benjamin P. Sandler, a nutrition expert at the Oteen Veterans Hospital, said what could cause polio is that sugars and starches lower the natural level of blood sugar in the human body, producing a condition known as hypoglycemia. He cut polio by 90 percent. More can be said, but who cares? As I said before, receiving flu shots could be hazardous.

ANTHONY P. HMURA
Worcester

hoodMay 31, 2009
Tea party a way to send message

    Fifty-eight million people did not vote for the messiah. I believe it is time for 58 million to take part in the peaceful tea parties and tell our elected officials that it’s time to stop this madness of higher taxes and taking over our banks, car companies and whatever else they can get their hands on.
    Don’t worry about being called a racist when you attend a tea party, because anytime a conservative stands up for what we believe in, as opposed to what a liberal believes in, we are called racist or bigot.
    Remember, the administration has taken over free enterprise and gotten us so far in debt that even our great-great-grandchildren will never be able to pay it off. The administration’s plan for health care for all will be under government control just like everything else, and they will have a say in our health care. Our government will own us lock, stock and barrel. Thanks, but no thanks.
    And another thing, the president should stop calling us arrogant Americans and stop bowing down and apologizing for us.

PHYLLIS DICK
Worcester

treason, the new patriotism24 Oct 2009 
The Worcester Telegram ran a puff piece on the treasonous wing-nuts who call themselves Oath Keepers.
Aug 15, 2009
U.S. needs to be guarded by Americans

tinfoil hat    Watch out for terror attacks in the U.S.
    Pakistan’s former military chief, General Mirza Aslam Beig, said on Pashto Radio on June 15 that undisputed intelligence proves the U.S. interfered in the Iranian election: “The documents prove that the CIA spent 400 million dollars inside Iran to prop up a colorful but hollow revolution following the election.” Americans sure could use that $400 million.
    Just who the hell are these people who cause countries such as Iraq and Iran to hate us? Well, I’ll tell you. President Obama (not a U.S. citizen) takes over 10 key posts in his administration. Six former Rhodes Scholars, educated at Oxford University in Britain, and four others associated with the London School of Economics are serving in the Obama administration.
    No room for Americans. The American people should band together and throw Obama and these 10 operatives out of the U.S. We’ve got our nose in over 100 countries, murdering babies and elderly, and there’s no outcry in the U.S. How come? Because the population is thoroughly brainwashed. I’ve often said that we are living in an enemy-occupied country. Put no one but Americans on guard. We have internationalists on guard who are out to destroy this country.
    We hear of people talking about how the German people did nothing to stop Hitler. Well, you American people are not doing anything on the bankster agents that run our country.

ANTHONY P. HMURA
Worcester

should brave men die so you
          can drive?    About 10 Dec 2009, a T$G editorial claimed events had demonstrated that the Iraq war was not about oil. Several comments reamed the editors for their ludicrous logic, pointing out that even Bush officials had acknowledged the war was in fact about oil. The editorial disappeared within a day from the web site, apparently because even these editors were embarrassed by their own ignorance.


26 Dec 2009
Birth control law wasn’t progress

troll    In “Law, sex customs, hypocrisy,” Albert B. Southwick cited as progress the legislation of artificial birth control in 1966 (Telegram & Gazette, Dec. 3). He said that it addressed the plight of poor women with large families.
    I don’t consider it progress when a society’s traditional family values disappear as a result of a change in law and attitudes. With the legalization of artificial birth control, sex could be enjoyed for pleasure alone without the burdens of responsibility for children and family life. Women are increasingly viewed as objects for sex pleasure. Infidelity, promiscuity and sexual predators multiplied, together with STDs, AIDS, pedophilia, pornography, sex trades and generations of children growing up without a healthy understanding of sexuality and authentic moral values. With scores of marriages deteriorating, time-honored divorce laws were replaced with permissive no-fault divorce. America leads the world with a 50 percent divorce rate for first marriages, and a 65 percent divorce rate for second marriages. Having abandoned moral values and fearing divorce, single people began cohabitating before marriage. Ironically, cohabitation increases the chances of divorce.
    The next progression in the anti-life, pursuit of individual pleasure mentality was the legalization of abortion — with 54 million unborn babies killed to date. With lifeless sex and abortion legally recognized for heterosexuals, there were few arguments left to deter judges from legalizing homosexual marriages.
    I would consider it progress if Americans turned around and got back in the right direction, but at present most aren’t ready or willing to do so.

ANTHONY S. KAZARNOWICZ Jr.
Fort Jackson, S.C.

The author seems to be an Army padre, a member of the child-molesters union (that is, a Catholic priest.)
WFEB
Heroes of human independence:
Katherine Dexter McCormick Pincus MC Chang


 Mar 2010
Sowell bullshitresponse to a letter defending teabggery
The writer's point is simply a reiteration of Stanford philosopher Thomas Sowell's theory of the unconstrained vision vs. the constrained vision of gov't influence. In the constrained vision, man is imperfect and bound by law (in this case the US Constitution) that builds upon its own experience, thus producing imperfect, albeit usually consistent positive results for society. The unconstrained vision is expounded by those believing themselves progressive, and allows for law to be dictated by the whims of time and mob emotion. It is Sowell's theory that history has proven that the constrained vision bears infinitely better long term societal results, as evidenced by the durability of the Constitution and the US. The unconstrained vision has an oddly repetitive pattern of producing results and gov't structures which vanish by their own hand over short periods of time, such as the French Revolution, the Khmer Rouge, and National Socialism. Given the recorded historical facts,it's a little tough to argue against Sowell's premise.

Posted by Just call me TJ

Insane nonsense parading as philosophy and history. Can such people even tie their shoes?
Sowell is a fellow of the far right Hoover Institute at Stanford.

Stachura Auburn minaret‘Day of Prayer’ not unconstitutional
 
    Can anyone at the Telegram & Gazette actually see any honest reason why a federal court in Wisconsin should have catered to the demands of a group of obvious haters of both religion and the good will of millions of God-fearing Americans? How on earth did the Freedom from Religion Foundation ever manage to get its hateful device into that Wisconsin court?
    I see nothing unconstitutional about our long-established “National Day of Prayer,” as it was not designed to impose any mandate or penalty upon anyone. However, I do see a lot of impropriety in the actions of United States District Judge Barbara Crabb, who appears to have personal contempt for her oath to God to uphold our laws that her office required of her.
    Are we now to be forced to put up with more vicious complaints from people who are obviously bent upon the destruction of our culture and civilization, or will the U.S. Congress finally do what obviously needs to be done, and start removing troublemakers from our federal courts?

THOMAS M. STACHURA
Auburn
------------
What does the location of the judge have to do with her ruling? Wisdom does not reside just in Washington, New York, or Noston, and certainly not in Auburn.
The judge was exactly following her oath of office, and upholding the Constitution. Your religious beliefs have, or should have, nothing to do with the government. But even if the country had a religious basis, there is a Biblical admonition to the hypocrites who pray in public.
'The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion,' From the Treaty of Tripoli which was signed during the term of George Washington and ratified by Congress during the term of John Adams.

2. This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.
3. No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
- (U. S. Constitution, 1787, Art. 6, Sec. 2 and 3)
    T&G comment by culch

What actually trumps everything is a maudlin nostalgia for the 1950s as they never actually happened.
It's vitally important to read the Constitution as the Founding Fathers intended it to be read during the Cold War against the godless Soviets.
  comment at Pharyngula, 25 apr 2010, on the same issue

teabagNation divided from within intentionally

23 May 2010
Black against white. Brother against brother. State against state. This is what this administration wants. If the citizens take to the streets (with a little push from Washington), then they can step in and fix everything. This is the plan and it has been for a long time. It’s just happening faster than in the past.
It has been said that the United States will never be destroyed by an outside force. It will be destroyed from within. I am saddened to see my country falling apart and the rights of the individual being gradually taken away.
American journalist Henry Louis Mencken said, “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false face for the urge to rule it.”

DIANE E. WILSON
Worcester
[with support from the usual dirtbag reactionary trolls]

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