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Merle Haggard: ‘It’s Almost Criminal What They Do With Our President’


After being honored at the White House for his lifetime achievements in the performing arts and outstanding contributions to American culture, Merle Haggard is forming an opinion about President Barack Obama based on character, not political agenda. The 73-year-old country legend, who has actually visited the White House as a guest of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan in years past, made an appearance in Washington D.C. for the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors. While there, he mingled with the President, the President’s wife and several other notable honorees.

“It was also nice to meet Obama and find him very different from the media makeout. It’s really almost criminal what they do with our President,” Haggard tells Rolling Stone. “There seems to be no shame or anything. They call him all kinds of names all day long, saying he’s doing certain things that he’s not. It’s just a big old political game that I don’t want to be part of. There are people spending their lives putting him down.”

“I’m sure some of it’s true and some of it’s not,” he continues. “I was very surprised to find the man very humble and he had a nice handshake. His wife was very cordial to the guests and especially me. They made a special effort to make me feel welcome. It was not at all the way the media described him to be.”

“He’s not conceited,” he adds. “He’s very humble about being the President of the United States, especially in comparison to some presidents we’ve had who come across like they don’t need anybody’s help. I think he knows he’s in over his head. Anybody with any sense who takes that job and thinks they can handle it must be an idiot.”

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Posted by Voice for Peace | Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:49 AM (73 replies)

I'll stick this in here for dessert

oldie but goodie.

Posted by Voice for Peace | Thu Nov 6, 2014, 09:33 PM (2 replies)

"Despite being involved in what is basically a terrorist plot, Guy Fawkes

was named the 30th Greatest Briton in a poll conducted by the BBC in 2002."


Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 10:16 PM (0 replies)

NM MVD says Navajo-only speakers are “illiterates” must learn English to obtain state ID card

MVD says Navajo-only speakers are “illiterates” must learn English to obtain state ID cards or license

New Mexico’s Motor Vehicle Department recently directed employees to stop assisting Navajo language speakers with applications for licenses and identification cards, dubbing them “illiterate” in an email directive to staff.

Acting on a tip from a citizen concerned about newly registered Navajo voters being denied access to identification cards necessary to vote, ProgressNowNM obtained a copy of a new MVD directive posted in a Northwest New Mexico office.

MVD email directive. Copied as posted in the office. (right side of the original was trimmed from the posting)

Saying, “We are not able to issue license (sic) for illiterates” MVD’s regional director tells staff to end the practice of assisting applicants with completing the state’s license or ID card forms.

But state law doesn’t have a language requirement for applications.


-more at link-
Posted by Voice for Peace | Thu Oct 30, 2014, 01:02 PM (48 replies)

Watching the whole debate. I can't see how Rick Scott can possibly win.

He comes across so hollow. He is so creepy. He is lying
with every sentence. Crist is relaxed, warm, focused.

ALSO unlike many current Democratic candidates, Crist
did NOT run away from Obama. He praised him.

Scott is so weak, so creepy, so programmed, so unoriginal,
so medicated or else some kinda chip in the brain, a
real life whatchamacallit, manchurian candidate type.

Now on to Part Two.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Oct 22, 2014, 10:22 PM (1 replies)

If you have some experience with beloved pets who have vanished without a trace

It has been almost a month since I last saw my best cat.
I have cried so much that I busted my eyeballs, and the
sadness still won't go away.
The other cats remind me of him. One is lonely and lost without his brother.
I don't know if he left willingly, on an adventure.
I don't know if he is lost, or dead, or anything at all.

I've done about everything I can do except drive up and
down every street of every block within a 15 mile radius
calling his name until I am hoarse.

I'm not looking for sympathy especially anything that will
make me start crying again. But if you have gone through
this, your insights are welcome. I do believe everything is
ok, somehow; but emotionally I'm not there yet. These

emotions have been so powerful, it must be triggering
something else, other losses. I keep dreaming that I see
him, or that he walks in the door. I keep thinking that
I hear his very distinct little meow. He is the gentlest,
sweetest, most zen sort of cat. I have thought maybe
there are too many cats here for his taste, and he took
off, to get some space. I wish I knew. I am so sad but
sometimes when I think of him it's just a beautiful vision.

This is a picture of a cat that looks exactly like him.
Somebody else's lost cat.

Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Oct 22, 2014, 10:07 AM (34 replies)

It's a learning curve for everyone.

At first they didn't know the whole story. They weighed
all the possibilities and erred on the side of no lawsuits.

Ebola jokes are flying left and right, out in the outernet.

Today for no good reason I had a terrible headache. Of
course I thought oh no I have ebola, just as a private joke,
and it got quite bad, the headache, not the joke; so I took
some ibuprofin. I knew I didn't have ebola, and hoped I
didn't have influenza. As the headache subsided I thought
about the nurse who flew to Cincinnati. Maybe the day
she flew there, she had a headache and took some
advil. Same next day. She would never show a fever,
but maybe could still be in the beginning of the contagious
stage. There's so much we don't know. Being irrationally
fearful is NOT the same thing as being overly cautious.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Fri Oct 17, 2014, 12:01 AM (0 replies)

An excellent toon

a little sad, but excellent

Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Oct 15, 2014, 10:34 AM (3 replies)

I can't respond to that, because I haven't seen fearmongering here.

There's a fine line between helping people be informed,
and helping people be terrified. That kind of fear is not
helpful, it paralyzes and blocks clarity.

Any humor associated with Ebola has been for that purpose,
ie to dispel irrational fear. Not to make light of it, nor
ridicule people for disseminating useful information.

If you are feeling frustrated, maybe you are trying too
hard to make people be more alarmed. On DU I think
most everyone is well-informed about the situation.
Informed enough that it is scary all by itself, without
any additional fear-inducing input. If you have some
information that's not available elsewhere, that's helpful.

I've got a daughter who just came back from Africa.
It's easy to become scared. It's important not to
stay scared.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Tue Oct 14, 2014, 07:03 PM (0 replies)

Ugly people don't like mirrors.

They call the mirrors ugly, and cover them up with sheets
so they don't have to look at them.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Mon Oct 13, 2014, 09:22 PM (0 replies)
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