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Friday, January 20, 2017

Over decades of a brilliant career as a brain surgeon, Dr. Ben Carson attracted legions of admirers — black, white and brown; liberal, moderate and conservative; fundamentalist Christian and agnostic. His story is the stuff of legend, the awe-inspiring tale of a poor black boy in Detroit who overcame daunting obstacles and vaulted to the very top of his profession.

Given that his profession was pediatric neurosurgery, black Americans were particularly proud. Carson, who was the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins attached at the head, stood as stark repudiation of invidious stereotypes about black intellectual capacity. His memoir, Gifted Hands, has been passed through countless black households.

But the good doctor’s foray into Republican presidential politics threatens to become his epitaph, to overshadow — perhaps even to overwhelm — his academic and surgical accomplishments. He will likely be remembered as the GOP’s latest black mascot, a court jester, a minstrel show. He’ll be the Herman Cain of 2016.

Clearly, Carson’s chances of winning the Republican nomination for president stand at less than zero. No matter how many cheers he attracts at conservative gabfests, no matter how many of his bumperstickers appear on the vehicles of true believers, no matter how many Fox News pundits suggest he’s a viable candidate, he won’t come close to becoming the GOP standard bearer.

Nor should he. He is dangerously unqualified for the presidency — a political novice who is happily ignorant of policy, both foreign and domestic, and contemptuous of religious pluralism and personal liberties.

Carson catapulted to stardom in the ultraconservative firmament in 2013, when he addressed the National Prayer Breakfast with a speech in which he lashed out at the Affordable Care Act as President Obama sat nearby. Though the breakfast has a long history of nonpartisanship, Carson chose to criticize many of the policies that the president supports, including progressive taxation.

That was enough to cause conservatives to swoon. Since Obama’s election, Republicans have been sensitive to charges that their small tent of aging voters has become a bastion of white resentment, a cauldron of bigotry, nativism and fear of the other. They want to show that their fierce resistance to all things Obama has nothing to do with race.

That promotes a special affection for black conservatives who are willing to viciously criticize the president. As with Cain before him, Carson garners the most enthusiastic cheers from conservative audiences when he’s excoriating Obama, the most rapturous applause when he seems to absolve them of charges of bigotry. Why would Carson trade on his reputation to become their token?

I’ve little doubt that his conservative impulses are genuine. He grew up Seventh-Day Adventist, a conservative religious tradition. Moreover, he has adopted a view popular among white conservatives: that black Democrats give short shrift to traditional values such as thrift, hard work and sacrifice. (Hasn’t Carson ever heard any of Obama’s riffs excoriating deadbeat dads and promoting discipline, scholarship and parental involvement in their children’s lives?)

But Carson hardly represents the long and honorable tradition of black conservatism in America. Starting with the father of that movement, Booker T. Washington, its adherents have had a healthy appreciation for the reality of racism in America. Carson, however, thinks Obamacare “really (is) the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And … it is slavery in a way.” Washington and his peers, who knew better, would never have countenanced such nonsense.

Moreover, black conservatism has promoted self-reliance, but it hasn’t been a font of right-wing intolerance and know-nothingism. Carson, for his part, has dismissed evolution (giving his former colleagues at Johns Hopkins heartburn); he has compared homosexuality to bestiality; and he has spurned the First Amendment’s separation of church and state.

Given the ultraconservative politics of GOP primary voters, those extreme positions may help Carson in the early campaign season. But those views also guarantee that mainstream Republican leaders and their donors will flock elsewhere, seeking to find an experienced, broadly appealing and electable candidate.

Carson can only lose in this campaign — and more than just the Republican primary. He also stands to lose his place as one of the nation’s most admired men.

(Cynthia Tucker won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007. She can be reached at [email protected])

394 Responses to Ben Carson Is In Danger Of Losing All Respect

  1. Carson is letting himself be used by the GOP. as is the woman they will run in a few primaries. Each of these individuals will mime the GOP biases. Their real purpose if to try an attract a few black and female voters. As usual, the GOP will offer illusions rather than solutions.

    • Unreal bigoted and hypocritical comment . if Carson were running as a Democrat and stated that he preferred Communism as a form of government as Obama did you would love him … You people are bigoted hypocrites

      • We sure are a divided nation! We have a lot of ‘My mind is made up’ out there and I am not open to anything else! Democracy is only as good as those educated enough to study facts. Our future depends on it. Things are not looking good for America!

        • The democrats are the best advertisement neede in this election. The other 47 % plus independents and others are really pissed at what was allowed to go on.

        • Agreed …people should look at things more dispassionately and learn the differences between propaganda and information
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  2. “Ben Carson Is In Danger Of Losing All Respect”

    Too late. He did that a very long time ago when he babbled about how being gay is just like humping sheep and kids.

  3. ” He will likely be remembered as the GOP’s latest black mascot, a court jester, a minstrel show.” Comment by author Cynthia tucker, …what utter defamatory trash writing. Any Blacks that have made it through perseverance and self reliance are excoriated by their own, …..there are many , who have also made it.

    The only true black leashed mascot , half assed white ,at that, is the president in the White Hose, -will remain uncorrected. He has been on a leash since he was born. He was shepherded through every remedial class in Columbia and Harvard, his opinions on any subject are not to be found….what a vetting process! MSM. Where are you journalist?. Have you all found any one who has ever seen him attend classes. Even George Bush appeared in class and got a few bad grades, that he shyly admitted . More testosterone than current president.

    Obama, With out a script- his extemporaneous rhetorical skills are zero. His speech stumbles and he gesticulated trying to find his next thought, because he knows he is making it up and his words are not from his heart.

    It is truly amazing how Obama has squandered his influence as a role model to the Black youth, who are looking for a person that could show the way through education, self reliance and perseverance . He enslaves his own people by his lack of leadership. ….purposely. He blames others and victimizes his own.

    Whitey is not keeping any Black down. Successes: Colin Powell, Susan Rice, , evil one Eric Holder, Dr. Ben Carson, Condie Rice….oops a conservative, entrprenorial Herm. Cain, and the great citizens ….Most of Prince George’s County Md. Many thousands . Are they Instilling family values in future generation. yes these are unknowns and …..these success have to be front page news , everyday……where are ANY media articles on thesepeople…..UTTER FAILURE OF PRINT OR VIDEO MEDIA TO HEADLINE ON THESE POSITIVE FAMILIES.

    And of course the oracle of the White House, al sharpton….small letters, a caricature of black ism expected by comedy writers, who keeps stereotyping…profiling the olde expectation.- essence of black face Vaudeville .

    • Sweetheart, when you berate someone for a lack of education, you shouldn’t have the plethora of spelling and grammatical errors you display in your little rant. That aside, you are simply a fool.

      • Oh my, my . Was working on rounds , allowed my tablet to auto fill, still my fault though . I will check your techniques so I can remain as flawless . Aside from my grammar, I assume then , you agreed with my thoughts. Thanks , glad to see that we are of one mind.

        • You’re actually of one and a half minds. J.Martindale has got one whole one and you’ve got one half.

          • And you, CrankToo, who have proven time and again that you are the epitome of the half-wit, can not even come up with one intelligent thought.
            Get a life, you arsehooole.

          • Your 3 “friends” who gave you “thumbs-up” are as idiotic as you, arsehooole, and that’s saying a LOT.

          • When you think you’re “saying a LOT”, you’re actually saying nothing. But that’s okay, we rational folk understand that you LIPs have “special needs”.

          • You are such a dumbass, Crank. I wasn’t “saying a lot”. What I DID say, you idiot, was that your 3 “friends” and fellow nincompoops are as idiotic as you. And THAT is what’s saying a lot.
            I know, I know, I know, as a leftist/liberal/socialist/”progressive” dummy, even simple concepts do not come easy to you.
            It’s ok, Crank, everybody knows by now that you are not the “brightest lightbulb” on this site of dummy leftists.

          • Yep. When he got 3 idiots who gave him “thumbs-up” I counted up to three, and when the number of idiots increased to 5, I counted up to five. I don’t know what I’ll do if and when the number of idiots increases to 47; that’s too high a number for me.
            You, on the other hand, can count to 97477, and that’s great.
            …… but even considering that fact, by your posts and thumbs-up for your fellow idiots, I can see you are the epitome of the dumbasses ….

    • Yeah, sure, Carson is the exemplar; Obama, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, is not.
      I know you HATE hearing that, but have a dose or reality for once. I’ll even spot you the Hussein, if you like, as in: Barack HUSSEIN Obama is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

      By the way, “half-assed white”? What are you trying to say there, buddy? Way to KKKeep it KKKlassy.

      Ben Carson will NEVER be PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Carson is an obvious loon, and only your Fox-powered right wing fantasy bubble keeps you from seeing that. I mean, all the Rethuglican candidates have to pander to the fascist moron set (i.e. your tribe), but this nut seems to be somewhat of a True Believer. Yes, it seems that even a learned neurosurgeon can be a paranoid freak. Yep, he’s your man, alright!

      • Dr. Carsons life and accomplishments are an open book. Obama can not even come ,close. Most great leaders are able to surround themselves with best of breed administrators to carry out specific departmental assignments. Obamas appointees are frequent and incompetent, thus far.

          • You mean like in Left Behind (A$$) , that is funny. For you anyway. I can not be crushed by your cruel treatment of me….Hmmmf.

          • Oh, thanks, I am glad you are civil, I was beginning to like you, oops your spirit, but I accept that. Actually I was asked to move forward a grade , because I was beginning to corrupt my class, but I chose to reform and stay behind , so you are correct. Planet…I am naive and shy at times, I accept a persons word, until proven differently, do not have time for subterfuge.

      • Half asses and half white is what I meant , no kkk bigotry meant , how soon you dive into your talking points, scary.

    • You really said that Obama is not capable of speaking extemporaneously? Clearly you’re not listening objectively, as anyone who hears him speak off the cuff will realize how intelligent and balanced he is. You also have to remember that every word he says will be scrutinized, so everything he says “off the cuff” has to be measured (that doesn’t mean with a ruler, in case that went over your head) and carefully stated, lest his point be missed or misconstrued. Oh yeah…and like another commenter stated, please think twice about criticizing someone’s intelligence when you can’t even spell correctly, use proper vocabulary, or proper grammar.

      • He makes miscues even when he is very deliberate, ” you can keep your doctor and favorite health plan. No matter what” over two dozen times coming from his heart or being read from script.

        • The first part was correct. He neglected to add, if your health plan meets the standards set up (to ensure all meet specific standards) Only those people with substandard health care plans had to change insurance plans or hope their current plans agreed to be improve their standards.
          I kept mine.

          • I am sure you astutely were able to choose for yourself the best coverage from a respectable list to fit your needs. …..Maybe from one of the Koch family of companies , or the G .E. Companies that provide jobs for many .

    • unreal…Remember when Obama ran for President ? Yes he had 143 days on the job as an Il Senator in which time he voted present 86% of the time on votes in the Senate ? No one knew a thing about him other then he was unwilling to represent the people who sent him to the Senate . Every thing about him was a mystery from his school records to his place of birth .. Remember when Hillary made his birth place a campaign issue and then Obama played his race card on her and Bill ? So we had a former Community Organizer and all we knew about him is that he was raised by Communists and preferred that style of Government . He stated so in his book . We knew he didn’t like America and despised the Constitution . Yet if you didn’t vote for him because he had and had absolutely no qualifications you were a RACIST . Now Dr Carson is running . Unlike Obama who grew up in Hawaii with Hawaiian and White friends Dr Carson actually grew up in poverty with fellow Black Americans . He actaully lived and was down for the struggle . He became one of the best surgeon’s in the World . He loves America and the Constitution and now if you vote for him he is an Uncle Tom … Let me ask you Liberals something ? If he were a Dem you would love him … Especially if he hated America and the Constitution right ?

      • Are you making this up. So what if Obama was a communist sympathizer and he had associations with unsavory characters , terrorists, And starts race wars! Black and white relationships have never been better. You are obviously racist. Oops half racist…obama is half breed . But he is inclusive, diverse in surrounding himself with Islamists, Jarrett, Brennan, others escape me. You are a bigot as well.

        • Leftout …I don’t know how to take that but it is a great comment …me laugh
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          • Take it as a compliment, I love serendipitous, creative comments. Dr. Ben Carson is the quintessential American success story as is fed Cruz, Marco Rubio.

          • I’ll have to read it a few more times. I’ve never seen anything creative , serendipitous or close to factual posted by anyone on the right. Maybe if I squint or cover one eye,

          • Oh, I see you are blinded, by truths. I am great teacher and would explain point by point. It’s a little historical narrative for some who are new here. Shows how stupidly we think and what matters to different folks. We all have different concerns.

          • That’s real kind of you, Left Behind but I’m familiar with your opinions and I’m about to wash my hair. Maybe another time.

          • Washing your hair!!!! Wow, that is very feminine , sexy may I add. I imagine you have long flowing hair down your back…….not growing on your back of course, like Eleanor Whitaker ….or me. Post a pix. Hide your face. Make my day…..oops getting macho there. …feminist do not like that. Thanks for the imagination.

          • Okay first you were just strange dude from somewhere in the galaxy or on the spectrum. Not an insult, most people are, only you might score higher than most.
            Now that you are adding creepy guy to the mix, you are sounding much like a couple other trolls who frequent this site.

          • Been here for a while, not a troll? Just like to discuss issues from another perspective.

    • It is not skin color these days that keeps you down, it is lack of willingness to use the wonderful opportunities that society has provided for you. Some do and they are succeeding. Obama is an example of a successful black helped by those opportunities but not enough to become a President unfortunately!

    • Leftout!
      According to your assessment of the President, he must have accidentally done something right that kept safe in the home land. Improved the US economic, helped 17m people get health insurance. For your information, there is no disgrace in searching for words in delivering speeches. I just saw the PM, David Cameron of Great Britain reading from a telep. Its better than shouting off at the mouth. Some of you, so-called Black Conservatives are just spitting mad that, as you said, the half white assed, in the Oval Office isn’t one of your kind sticking his ‘Nose’ up in air, as he carry his white master’s water. Get a grip on reality. No Obama, Ben Carson, Condie Rice, Colin Powell, Susan Rice, Eric Holder, or Herman Cain, can change the minds and behaviours of some of our young people to make them productive members of our society. When a Justice System rendered them, unemployable for life, should they got into trouble and have a record. 7 out of 10 young Black men are now in that category these days. And according you, its all Obama’s fault. As Black folks, we sometimes, marginalized ourselves by the company we keeps, or how much we tried to be different from the majority. Mr. Obama has done as much as he was allowed to do. Go mentor a young black man, asking him to put up his pants, (Suggest) he get rid of the dread lax, it is so yesterday already, be there on time. Let him know, could do anything he wants, if he tried hard enough Make that your job.

      • Kept us safe:
        we have shooting every other day from moslemists, we allow them to leave the country for training and , we let them come back!!! Let them stay there I say. it is best to be packing some small arms 9mm at least to help the cops. When these moslemists surface. It really is a serious situation.
        Economy improved:
        many have to work 2 x 30 hours to come up with reasonable wage. And take lowere level jobs at that. More people APPEAR to be working . 17 million peopl did get insurance that we , the working people are contributing to. Some companies a and individuals are Directly , automatically having IRS extract monies from bank accounts . This is outrageous. IRS must be eliminated. This is very very serious. This ACA is very costly in many ways. Thereis a better way. To pay for. Everyone more ffairly. Yet his has not hit everyone yet.
        Racial discord: very bad at this moment , your peopl have more on their minds that whites is keeping them down, not so. You mention people who have long rap sheets , hey if I had one arrest my ole man , ole lady would have chained me to the the house.
        That is what is missing . Obama was spoon fed , and God bless him, and he has no sense of black problems, just his hate being fed to him by sharptons. And similar dead beats looking for excuses.

  4. It is incomprehensible that a pediatric neurosurgeon, a physician well-respected for his expertise in his specialty, would believe that the ACA, which enables the purchase of access to healthcare for so many who heretofore could not access healthcare, with all of the consumer protections that the ACA provides that secures that access, could in any way believe that it is worse than slavery.

    He may be allowing himself to be used as a “token”; or, he may just be a skilled surgeon in the technical ability to navigate the brain with scalpels and lasers much like a skilled engineer or auto mechanic, but lacking in any other kind of intelligence. That may explain his ignorance on all other matters as detailed in the article.

    But any noted pediatric neurosurgeon who can believe what he purports to believe, having seen the raw reality of families and children in one of the most direst of circumstances, lacks any moral compass and is bereft of intelligence and character traits of integrity. He knows nothing other than how to perform the technical aspects of brain surgery.

    I have known such surgeons in my many years of professional nursing. They are underdeveloped human beings. They may be great and skilled surgeons, but they are unfinished human beings, socially inept, and unable to function outside of their operating arena, including at the bedside.

  5. Remember when Obama ran for President ? Yes he had 143 days on the job as an Il Senator in which time he voted present 86% of the time on votes in the Senate ? No one knew a thing about him other then he was unwilling to represent the people who sent him to the Senate . Every thing about him was a mystery from his school records to his place of birth .. Remember when Hillary made his birth place a campaign issue and then Obama played his race card on her and Bill ? So we had a former Community Organizer and all we knew about him is that he was raised by Communists and preferred that style of Government . He stated so in his book . We knew he didn’t like America and despised the Constitution . Yet if you didn’t vote for him because he had and had absolutely no qualifications you were a RACIST . Now Dr Carson is running . Unlike Obama who grew up in Hawaii with Hawaiian and White friends Dr Carson actually grew up in poverty with fellow Black Americans . He actaully lived and was down for the struggle . He became one of the best surgeon’s in the World . He loves America and the Constitution and now if you vote for him he is an Uncle Tom … Let me ask you Liberals something ? If he were a Dem you would love him … Especially if he hated America and the Constitution right ?

    • Nope. I’m a liberal and a democrat and I wouldn’t vote for him for dog catcher, much less president. He’s simply not qualified. The race of his childhood neighbors has nothing to do with his qualifications to decide policy for a nation of 333 million people on the world stage.

      • Obama was considered unqualified and look how masterfully he accomplished his goals. It is surrounding your self with the best, in your mind, people and drive your points to a successful conclusion.

        • Only the right considered Obama unqualified yet they were fine with McCain/Palin.
          That speaks for itself.

          • They have no list of accomplishment or lack thereof to criticize, since they lost.

          • You mean the “smart people” who voted for someone they knew nothing about? Obama had a great speech writer. He hit all the buttons for people who “felt” there should be a better way. Feeling is not the same as thinking. Thinking people didn’t vote, because they understood there was no candidate running who should be President.

          • It always amuses me when a died-in-the-wool Progressive assumes that if I’m not a Democrat I must be a Republican.

            There are more of us registered as Independent than there are Democrats or Republicans. Those of us who can think have a nasty habit of vetting each candidate regardless of their Party affiliation. But I understand how much easier it must be to just vote a straight ticket. Thinking is so tiresome.

          • I didn’t say you were a republican but after reading your posts you definitely aren’t left leaning.
            I’d guess you like Rand Paul.:-) He’s not a bit right leaning.

            And you’d be dead wrong about me being a dyed in the wool Progressive.
            Get over yourself.

          • It depends on the topic. I’m a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. That’s the main reason I’m registered as an Independent. Neither Party fits.

            I’m not sure about Rand. He tries to talk like his father, who is fiscal conservative/social liberal, but that may just be an attempt to garner the support his father amassed over the years. Meanwhile, he leans right to win the Tea Party, then swings left to get the support of establishment Republicans, then…

          • Old Rand wants to be all things to all people so stayed tuned.
            Most who claim to be Libertarians are much like the Tea Party , who couldn’t garner enough support on their own so latched on to the GOP. Now there is no GOP just RINOS.

          • No you are incorrect, their biggest lack of accomplishment is that they ran such a poorly managed and handled campaign that they lost the election. Palin in her comments on foreign policy showed how unqualified and inept of a choice that she was to run as a Vice-President candidate.

          • I have not followed her for a while, I am not sure of what foreign policy statement she misspoke on. Can you respectfully refresh.

          • Google Palinisms. There’s list after list . And they’re will be sequels, no doubt.She can’t help herself.

          • Ok, I remember her supposed faux pas on , being able to see Russia from Alaska, but she was correct on that, we were taught that inn5th grade. , she actually never said that. I do like her spontaneous out down quips, sometimes fast thinkers may miscue a few words as most of us. Her other remarks I have not found terrible , sort of satirical truths, at worse.

          • Oh let’s start we how she understood foreign policy with Russia because she lived in Alaska and planes from Russia flew over Alaska. Does that refresh your memory?

          • Yes, she stated that she could practically see Russia, but that is true if you were in the Aleutians, where I flew for the Navy a few times. Surely we were all aware of a Russian threat when we were kids. I believe she was thinking that she was very close to the Evil Empire up in Alaska, and was aware of the significance of international interplay. Although an invasive attack from almost anywhere is remote in that environment except by missiles. There is plenty of space to intercept such devices hurled from almost any country. Other countries ,as not be so fortunate. These threats are just saber rattling. To cross the nuclear line is a quick disaster for all. Most countries know this Hopefully wars threats will be minimized when combatants realize Nukes are very bad, but good deterrents……….if they realize.

            We now have to lbe aware of threats from internal charterers as we have been seeing. These threats are strangely harder to control….at the moment , because we do not want to hurt feelings except our own, and due to our very lax travel restrictions and border oversights. It is our fault. We will wake up soon me thinks.
            Then the round up begins.

          • Thanks for the non-answer reply. I’m not sure what you fairly long rant has to with Sarah Palin’s VP qualifications. Please spare me you verbal masturbation.

          • Ooh you are so witty, but I believe that is your wife’s chore! My reply was to your original comment “They have no list of accomplishment or lack thereof to criticize, since they lost.” There first lack of accomplishment was losing the election.

          • Well, of course, there is logic there. But both Palin and McCain had accomplishments as governor, and legislators respectively. Palin would definelty be a good back up operating officer -Executrix- to get things done. She is also good with put downs,,that are required occasionally. Would definetly hire that type of personality to run the office and staff. Women are good at that as well as being CEOs. Our administrative assistants are organized ,competently essential, mainly females, and keep everything flowing , not only work projects.

          • You need to get back into the real world. Palin would be a good operating officer to get things done. Maybe if she stayed around to finish the job and not quit part of the way into the job. By the way she would not be an Executrix that’s “a woman named in a decedent’s will to carry out the provisions of that will” not an Executive that is in charge of an organization/company. Your other statement “Would definetly hire that type of personality to run the office and staff. Women are good at that as well as being CEOs. Our administrative assistants are organized ,competently essential, mainly females, and keep everything flowing , not only work projects” shows that you think they would make good office managers not CEO’s.

          • I am in the real world and relate my experiences, I was attempting to make a distinction between males ,using ‘ executrix’ Latin 202 perhaps. Females make good office managers or CEOs as their skill sets/ desires allow. Our office guru is an excellent , degreed, trained Paralegal, but works as an executive administrator/ assistant, making more financially with out group, very highly regarded and sought after…she does not tell anyone of her modestly higher training. We have many VP and C level titles indicating VP operations, COO, Exec VP, on and on mostly females. They perform well at committee meetings and Homework type assignments. It is the nature of business. I prefer the technical parts of work and minimize paperwork, and meetings ….”just send me a memo” …no meetings.

          • Making a statement like “Females make good office managers or CEOs as their skill sets/ desires allow” is bogus. Using the qualifier “as their skill sets/ desires allow” can be applied to male or female applicants, not just females. You try to come across as a gender neutral person but your description of job skills as being female – perform well at committee meetings and homework type assignments while male skills would be the technical parts. Your last sentence shows a sexist attitude – ladies you have the meetings, do the paper work, leave me alone to do the manly work. You are a joke!

          • I am relating my personal work experiences ,preferences , do not like paper work as much as hands on technical, I am not referring to work as manly nor feminine, there are many that rather just do hands on and leave the admin work to higher ups. I have been in VP positions and I do not care for the constant meetings that are not my interests. Just give me the facts and I will do my job. I am usually in charge of a small group and I protect them from interference and let them do their work. There are project management types that like doughnuts meetings and preparing dashboards and presenting meeting, I am not one of those.

          • By the way your explanation of the use of “executrix” is pure bs. Executrix is not the female equivalent of he word executive. The word executrix has to do with carrying out the provisions of a will not the management of a company. You most certainly are dividing work into male/female categories. Female – go to meeting, take notes, do homework, male – do the technical parts of a job, read notes (taken by a female) from meeting.

          • I see you like being a cunning linguist as well. The is the only word I could find to differentiate a female exec, from a male in a light vane. Sorry, I respect women in the work environment and I am usually under their executive command , I have not a problem there.

          • Your wife seems to enjoy my cunning linguist skills, she agrees to take notes for me at the next meeting. You keep making up something that doesn’t exist, you can’t admit you used a word that wasn’t used in its proper context. The word executrix has nothing to do with being an executive, it is used at times to define a female executor, a person who carries out the provisions a will. You may respect women in the work environment but you also categorize certain work skills as female and others as male.

          • See, typical lefty, you assumed,mthrunsome bigotry, that was like you and categorized me as having a wife. No woman would put up with me , I am sure. I am familiar with the word
            ‘executrix, I like to make words from Latin extraction, although this is a valid word of course. I categorize jobs that I not want to do as to who has the best interests or qualifications for the task. I enjoy budgets and variance reports, but not every hour of the day, once a month is good enough.

          • You should proof-read your comments before posting them. Your statement ” I am familiar with the word,

            ‘executrix, I like to make words from Latin extraction, although this is a valid word of course. I categorize jobs that I not want to do as to who has the best interests or qualifications for the task. I enjoy budgets and variance reports, but not every hour of the day, once a month is good enough” is full of grammatical errors and run-on sentences. Maybe you need a course in writing and grammar.

          • Your are a bit retentive and unctuous, about writing. I take blame of course, for using this auto filling I – gadget. I will try and use a regular PC to write. This media is not a thesis paper in writing, and I am working in between , while trying to answer quickly. I have re read some of my errors and some thoughts are horrifically disjointed, I can not even make sense of it. I will slow down a bit, before hitting the send button. I will take your criticism constructively.

          • Well you are right on retentive, I do have a good memory. However would strongly disagree with unctuous, I’m not excessively pious. You wrote a comment that contained flawed sentences, blaming it on using an iPad or iPhone is not taking responsibility for something you wrote. My suggestion is to proofread your comments before posting.

          • Proof reading , is necessary , it seems , with theses devices, It is a flaw of mine, and I cringe when I go back and see it. Thanks , I will proof read.

          • Especially if you use an iPad or iPhone, these devices pick words based on a few letters and probably aren’t what you wanted to use.

          • Quite right. Thanks for the criticism any way, it will get me focused to proof read.
            Have a go week til next time.

          • A Reply got lost in the ether. You assumed
            Thru some profiling, bigotry that everyone is like you. Assuming that I had a wife is typical hyper conclusions not based on fact , so you may be salivating on the wrong lap. I know the meaning of Executrix. I categorize staff and assign all to their best level of Performance and Their desire To do the job . It is not based on gender

          • You do love to write some existential bs, I really don’t care if you have a wife or not. You claim to know the meaning of the word executrix but used it incorrectly to try to describe it as meaning a female executive. Then you compound your error by trying to claim some Latin explanation or a way to differentiate a female executive from a male executive. Both are typical bs explanations that you try to offer.

          • And she said you could see Russia from Alaska, which is true, but seeing Russia from an island, does not make one qualified in foreign policy. Did you watch the interview where she decided to show how good she would be at foreign policy by interviewing a diplomat from one of the Arab nations? He made so much fun of her and she wasn’t bright enough to know she was the butt of his jokes.

          • No I missed it but maybe you could remind “Leftout” since he seems to be unaware of her comments “I have not followed her for a while, I am not sure of what foreign policy statement she misspoke on. Can you respectfully refresh”. That’s why I mentioned her lives in Alaska and can see Russia?

          • Getting elected with his policies are a mystery to me. I am glad that it is almost over so we can re generate, and move on. He was elected with a great hope that I knew he hoodwinked mushy minds. He was like Egyptian Morci who was elected democratically and became a tyrant that did not allow democracy to exist for everyone else. Obama policies were formed from his early associations with an unsavory crowd in Chicago, and it colors his agenda. He is persona non grata because of that. His speechs are not the values that the created American Beacon of opportunity, there has been massive corruption lately with legalized bribery in the use of PAC and lobbyists monies. Monies for politicians to do bidding of special interests , with no account ability to the people.

          • I can well imagine many things are a mystery to you and most of the right.
            Facts certainly elude y’all.

      • Sure and what were Obamas qualifications ? Community organizer and No Leadership Senator for 143 days …Before he was elected he was on record as being a racist not liking America and her Constitution but you voted for him and called those who were smart enough to vote for him racists .Carson has decision making skill sets has an executive skill set an administrative skill set all with records of accomplishment …He has been in charge of budgets loves his Country and the Constitution ..But liberals want everyone to know that the guy who is 100% African American who actually lived the struggle isn’t black enough and is just an Uncle Tom …sweet got it
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        • You are clearly not qualified or knowledgeable enough to even offer an insight on this. A doctor with absolutely no public service vs. a Harvard educated lawyer who taught constitutional and who has been in elected office for nearly twenty years. Read and Learn!

          • Obama was a paid lecturer not a Constitutional prof . The Dept head at the U of C was moving to have him fired and didn’t renew him because his lectures turned into Socialist anti Constitutional rants that had little to do with proper teaching . You can do a simple Google search and find that out . Public service as a rep doesn’t give someone an executive skill set which Obama has proven he lacks . He constantly blames everyone else for his failures and can’t get cooperation or consensus from even his own party . Remember they voted against all of his budget proposals some of them in unanimous votes . Any Exec will tell you that it is very hard to get cooperation from those you blame everything on plus it . Also every foreign policy decision he has made has been proven a mess…Carson has Exec experience administrative experience all with a proven track record of success .He loves America and the Constitution
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          • bikejedi Obamas Law Licenses. When you
            claimed Obama was raised by Communists I was merely amused. I did not know people still used that old canard. Then you made other claims that are false,
            that are so easy to verify the truth or false that it demonstrates a lack of concern for the validity of a claim. It
            is NOT true that the Obamas had to surrender their law licenses. They went on inactive status, but still hold a valid
            license. This is common among lawyers
            when they are not practiicing law because of obligations such as carrying malpractice insurance, taking continuing legal education classes, etc. A lawyer who has gone on inactive status still holds a valid law license but is not currently engaged in any professional activities that require it to be active. James Grogan, deputy administrator and chief counsel for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the
            Supreme Court of Illinois, affirmed that the Obamas were “never the subject of any public disciplinary proceedings,” and the Illinois State Bar Association continues to list Barack and Michelle Obama as Honorary Members of that organization. See http://www.factcheck.org/2012/06/the-obamas-law-licenses/; http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/lawlicenses.asp

          • His Grand Parents were self described Communists and he cite Frank Davis as one of his biggest influences and Mr Davis is a Communist …Hell a lot of people think he may be the baby daddy …but I guess we would need a DNA and Maury to find out . And no they were forced into surrendering their law licenses or they would’ve had them pulled
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          • One way you can tell if it is fascist talking, is they are rabid anti-Communist. For those who want to destroy Democracy, the dragon is Communism.

          • bikejedi Your claimed that Obama was going to be fired from teaching at U of C are also false. Anything can be found on Google. You should go to the source, the university itself. The university presented this official statement to the media in which it clarified Obama’s title and its offer to him of a full time professorship. UC Law School statement: “The Law School has received many media requests about Barack Obama, especially about his status as “Senior Lecturer.” From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School’s Senior Lecturers have high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined.” http://www.law.uchicago.edu/media

          • The University was just trying to be PC for funding and political favoritism reasons with Chicago Dems …They are fighting for some land rights and other issues and don’t need vindictive Democrats mad at them
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          • bikejedi There is a conservative website, The Volokh Conspiracy, which also debunks these false claims. It states, “I wanted to warn people away from this; it’s a mixture of error, unsupported rumor and speculation, linguistic gamesmanship, and innuendo suggesting some malfeasance in what is actually perfectly normal behavior. It’s wrong to fall for it and to recommend it to others. AND IT’S ALSO COUNTERPRODUCTIVE: IT UNDERMINES YOUR CREDIBILITY FOR THE ACTUAL SUBSTANTIVE ARGUMENTS THAT SHOULD BE MADE AGAINST THE ADMINISTRATION’S POLICIES.” http://volokh.com/2010/04/05/massive-problems-with-anti-obama-allegations-that-have-been-making-the-rounds-recently/

          • Yes but once again …I actually live in Chicago and know people who work at the U of C …so believe whatever you want …We in Chicago that have our ear to the ground can separate what is BS and what is truth
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          • bikejedi You belittle the concept of a community organizer. You should read about it in Chicago where Obama was. It is a very comprehensive, detailed, far-reaching enterprise that is studied across the country. Your other comments are your opinions, not facts, which differ from many other people’s opinions.

          • Uh …I live in Chicago …I think I know all I need to know . I personally acquainted with half his Campaign staff including Stephanie Cutter David Axelrod and Jen Psaki. ..all Obama did was represent ACORN once and build straw men to make victim entitlement Dem voters not accept personal responsibility and blame something else for their plight Sent from my ZTE Sonata 4G™, a Cricket 4G smartphone

          • He would belittle anything about Obama and the biker is a inveterate liar. Maybe we should tell him Obama breathes and maybe he will stop breathing. These people are not an asset to our country.

          • When did he practice law ? Gee I must’ve missed his days as an attorney …Probably because he didn’t do much .You do know that both he and Michele had to surrender their law licenses or they would’ve had them revoked. And yes he was a Senator for 143 days before he ran for President and in that time HD didn’t represent his constituents voting Present on 86% of the votes before him . Yeah seems he didn’t want a voting record for his opponents to pick apart ….Some leadership right ? Sent from my ZTE Sonata 4G™, a Cricket 4G smartphone

    • You obviously know very little about this man you admire. He is not fit to to be President because he has not done his homework. He does not know and is not learning about foreign policy, taxation, our current energy policy or any of the other myriad of things that our President needs to be versed on. You say he supports the constitution by which I think you mean the second amendment because he has not been a supporter of the 1st nor the separation of church and state.

      You also do not seem to realize that Hawaii is not a foreign country do you also think that New Mexico is part of Mexico? All I can say is that your rant proves what people say which is irony is loss on a true conservative.

      • Joan are you just being silly . You say he doesn’t know foreign policy …Well he knew ISIS was a threat when Obama was calling them the JV team …He rightly called the Ukraine mess while Obama was calling Yemen a success story … I think it is Obama who needs to do hid homework not Carson but this is what you get when you have Foreign Policy ala Community Organizer …He and Hillary have made a mess of things especially by their capitulation and appeasement of Islam ..They have funded the Muslim Terrorist group Hamas while blaming our ally Israel for having to defend itself and now they are funding the largest state sponsor of Muslim Terrorism and are going to all but ensure their building a Nuke . He favors a fair Tax unlike the Dems and anyone can see our current energy policy is a mess that leaves us dependent on the Middle East Canada and Venezuela for oil . And no I mean that unlike our current Democrat President Carson favors our whole Constitution and would taken his oath to UPHOLD AND DEFEND it seriously …You have to wonder why Obama even ran for office knowing his disdain for the thing he was going to have to swear to uphold …Well we can all see he lied when he took that oath as he has not been true to the Constitution at all . I am quite aware Hawaii is a State an unlike Obama I know that there are ONLY 50 States . Do you know that or do you think there are 57 or 58 like Obama …My point in mentioning Hawaii was that he grew up raised by communists and had pretty privileged existence unlike Carson who was actually down for the struggle …All I can say is your rant shows the hypocrisy and information level Gruber so eloquently described of Liberals
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        • your disagreements with the president on policy are not equivalent to carson’s ignorance of policy.

          • They aren’t my disagreements with Obama on policy they are HIS FAILURES . By what Carson has said on Foreign policy you can make the case already he knows more than Obama
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          • How about I show you the prayer breakfast where Carson took Obama down on the same stage ? Look I’m not saying Carson is the best candidate only that he is far better than Obama and when Obama ran if you didn’t vote for him the left called you a racist …Now you have an authentic 100% African American and the left calls him an Uncle Tom ..if he were a Democrat we would all be hearing the same racist crap from the left and that is the point …But the terms Hypocrite and Liberal have become synonymous in our lexicon and for good reason Sent from my ZTE Sonata 4G™, a Cricket 4G smartphone

      • Please do tell…How has he proven himself qualified ? Let’s examine domestic policy . He has doubled the number of those in poverty . We now have the greatest number and percentage of Americans working part time jobs as Companies scramble to get out ahead of obamacare .These people now make less money and have no Company supplied healthcare yet they are required to buy it . This is borne out by the fact that average yearly incomes are down $4000 . We have the greatest number of Americans not working ( 93 million ) and the Highest Black Unemployment rates in History …which makes Obamas decision to try to legalize millions of Illegal Aliens who don’t even respect our Country or our laws even more troubling as they will steal even more jobs away from those poor Blacks who dutifully vote Democrat . In the meantime Obamas own rhetoric and race dividend agenda has set back race relations over 70 years and has made Blacks feel victimized . What happened to personal responsibility and judging someone on the content of their character …These people are now rioting and looting in their Democrat Party Ghettos and blaming the very Democrat policies that have kept them impoverished …except they aren’t looking in the mirror or blaming those they put in office …Why do you suppose that is ? On foreign policy …Well Romney schooled Obama and the left on that subject and the Ukraine and Obama made a clever joke about the 80’s wanting their foreign policy back ..liberals clapped like trained seals and said yay ..thinking Obama was smart …hahahahahahahahaha…How did that work out …in the meantime He and Hillary oversaw the birth and growth of ISIS and Obama called them the JV team ..I don’t think Carson would make that mistake ..Now Obama is kicking that can to the next President ..in the meantime he and Hillary decided to fund the Muslim Terrorist group Hamas who promptly bought arms and rockets and started attacking Israel …When our ALLY Israel defended herself against MuslimTerrorist attacks Obama and the left blamed our ally …Now Obama is funding Iran who will use that money to build their Nuke …will you feel safer when Iran has their Nuke ? Do you have kids ? When Iran uses their Nukes who will you blame ? Bush ?
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        • I see you kept your helmet on to preserve what?
          Your ability to still spout the same old tired rhetoric.

          • Fortunately it is all the truth and that is why instead of being able to challenge it you went full liberal and tried some immature and intolerant insult ….You never go full liberal
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          • No .On the economy I cited stats and facts not my opinion …On Domestic policy I cited Obama rhetoric and the agenda that has set . In Foreign policy I cited what has actually taken place …So if you care to rebut let me know …if not have a real nice weekend …I just got back from s ride myself
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          • You wrote a novel and while you may throw in some truthiness here and there it’s far from factual. It’s what those on the right do and then tell someone to rebut it. I know better than to waste my time doing so.
            You have a real nice weekend too.

        • And W WAS qualified? We are STILL involved in wars started under the “Bush Doctrine” of preemption. We are STILL paying the bills on everything the Bush administration did without either raising taxes or cutting spending (something which, by the way, the Republicans in Congress have required of Obama since 2009). We are STILL recovering from the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, in the face of a nice headwind provided by the honorable opposition.

          • Yes W was a Governor with a proven track record of success and accomplishment . He had an executive skill set lived America and the Constitution . He wasn’t the best he wasn’t the worst …In Obamas 7th year the fact that anyone would still be trying to make excuses for Obama and or blame Bush is real funny
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          • I can only assume that you have linked into Skynet and have mastered travel into parallel universes, because you are certainly not living in this one. The 20th century’s irrefutably greatest president (FDR) required a World War and a period of three terms as president to get the US out of the Republican-induced Great Depression. We can expect nothing more of Obama, under similar circumstances..

          • FDR was not the greatest President . He did lead us in WWII I will give him that but he dragged out the economic recovery for 8 years longer then most historians think was necessary and it was only WWII that got us out of that .Now of the last 6 recessions in the modern era Obamas recovery is by far the worst in terms of GDP growth …He is in year seven and you people are still blaming Bush for Jimmy Carters CRA of 1977 for Chrisakes
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          • Yes W was a Governor with a proven track record of success and accomplishment . He had an executive skill set lived America and the Constitution . He wasn’t the best he wasn’t the worst …In Obamas 7th year the fact that anyone would still be trying to make excuses for Obama and or blame Bush is real funny
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          • And W, along with evil cheney and rummy, was conviced of war crimes in two countries: Malaysia and Norway. There are several other countries who sworn out warrants for their arrests if they ever go to those countries. It is so funny that war criminals are more acceptable than a Black Man in the White House.

    • Did you hit your head when you fell off your bike?? If you want to be taken seriously you’re going to have to come up with something more sensible than ‘Dems hate America and the Constitution’. Just makes you sound like a Dork. Maybe Dr. Carson should take a stab at your brain?

      • Well Obama doesn’t and he has stated as much .He has also made Global Apology tours .Mist of the left follows his lead so what do I have wrong …lol …Hope that helps
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        • The President has stated he hates America?? Please enlighten us with your link. Don’t know what ‘mist of the left’ means. Still sounding dorkish!

          • Read his book …is that a good enough link .He openly states he doesn’t like America the way it sits and he also states he prefers Communism as a form of Govt …Sounds like Mr Arrogant has God complex and he envies the control Communist dictators have Sent from my ZTE Sonata 4G™, a Cricket 4G smartphone

    • 86% attendance in the US Senate is about average, and, among freshmen, it is generally quite good. Except for those who are required, due to Committee leadership positions and the other leadership roles in the Senate,to be present at almost every session, Obama’s attendance rate was better than average.

      • That wasn’t his attendance rate that was his voting record .You can vote Yay Nay or Present . Present means you don’t want to take a stand on a vote . Obama simply didn’t want a voting record his opponents might be able to pick apart so he chose to vote present on that percentage of votes …Never once did he consider representing the people who sent him there . Great leadership
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        • This idiot, and so many others, will say anything to defend their hero.
          I have been laughing nonstop for 5 minutes with his statement about Obama’s “attendance”.
          LOL !!!

          • Right ? I mean he didn’t even get that it was his voting record and not his attendance and like a dutiful liberal he just went into spin and defend mode …This guy is God to them and they font even see how epically bad he is …When the bill comes due for Obamas policy decisions they will still be blaming Bush …They are in total denial and don’t even realize how childish they look with their endless defense of him
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  6. Well he is a lot more qualified than Obama but for many he represents the wrong side of the aisles. Guess if you are a hard left wing liberal you think Obama was better qualified.

    Carson is certainly more qualified than Obama but we need someone with more experience in industry than either of them has.

    • I completely disagree in terms of qualifications. Constitutional scholarship, legal education, community politics and Senate experience give a person many skills relevant to high political office. Pediatric neurosurgery–not so much. Can’t say you make a very good point here.

      • He has dealt with hospital administrators,,most of whom are females, and you know how difficult females can be. He himself was an administrator, using, delegating authority to get jobs done, in a very complex setting, from finances, optimizing workflows, by using quality indicators to make the proper decision going forward, with the scrutiny of board members, a reaching across aisles concept.

        • Are you joking? He works with difficult women, and that makes him qualified for the Presidency? You need to be writing for The Onion!

          • I work in the same environment and it is overwhelmingly female management…of course it is a slight attempt at humor. Women are great executives,,methodical , organized, and focussed. Tis an interesting mix of male personalities and more mature female oversights conflicting. Transactional analysis -mother and boy kind of controversies , but light hearted. We all love working with women and as stated elsewhere they are pleasant and also pleasing diversion to look at, for me anyway. But dealing with the complexities 0f this mini city 10000 plus multi level staff is as complex as any business or national intrigue. You learn how to deal with emerging situations every second and mustering the resources to reply to the needs . Project management 102.

        • what hospital have you worked at? Most hospital administrators are male graduates of MBA or Hospital admin programs who don’t know a damn thing about hospitals or patients. They adore no nothings like Carson. much to the detriment of the female nursing staff.

          • Oh!! ABSOLUTLY correct , many are MBA , bottom liners..bottom feeders that accumulate, increase debts and merger and purge., then they move on to another site….. similar to a losing football coaches that show up on another losing franchise. They adore people that bring in business. It is sad commentary . Business comes from excellence, then people confidently by in. Ihospital are used as stays symbols , some people what to have in their Obit that they passed away at Cornell Weill- New York Presbyterian – New York Hospital ,rather than St. John’s Episcopal or Benson Arizona Memorial. More CNOs are becoming administrators and that is a good thing. Believe me , Male / female admin, types cower at the thought that the nurse are Un happy and there is noise about not enough staff. The sick pay a lot for these hotel services , and we all all want it . We all have to pay the same rates everywhere so why not go to a comfortable palace. It encourages healing and engenders confidence of the services provided. It cost a lot to comply with the happiness police that promulgate happiness audits to see who has the least disgruntled patients . One hospital had 60 of us at a table discussing happiness , and they were worried about a 500k shortfall in the budget. I looked around the table and saw we were surely all making at least 100k and only 20 of us would be required to do audits that no one reads , to see how happy our patients are after they leave. The government promulgates much expense nonsense to take up healthcare dollars costly in effective EMRs to so called “meaning less “use guidelines. Many large Hopkins Hospitals type attract high profile staff to attract patients , they attract payers and are well endowed as well. Our health care system is the best even with some corruption here and there . No one else has such helpful technology to rule out difficult clinical situations.

        • Who said and what is your source most hospital admins are females? Who cares? I’m married to a neuro doc.

          • He had an interview a day ago and he listed, his other duties, many Physicians who have primed out take up administrative positions/duties – I know this to be true- of one kind or another, lending their exerpertise, experience as needed: boring Quality Assurance and various goverment mandated BS committees, that are terribly costly to administrate, much paper work, just to present at another meeting. Corporations have some of the same nonsense going on as well,

          • Your comment is irrelevant. Don’t you get that, what does competency to be POTUS have to do with how many hospital admins are females.

          • So. What. Are you saying Carson isn’t fit to hold office since you claim most admins of hospitals are female. Holy Crap. Frank. Everybody Loves Raymond. I hope you aren’t registered to vote.

          • I am for Dr. Carson, but a young nurse ,disparagingly said, that staff physicians like Ben Carson are held in pseudo God status by Male dominated CEOs, and that she felt that she was being treated badly by these star-like , over pampered physicians.

          • “Yea right I am now paying $8400 for HC single. High deductible. Ask me how good he made me.”

            Your neuro doc husband won’t put you on his health care plan?

    • I think Obama has done a good job considering what he had to deal with. The opposition blocks everything he tries to do then blames him for it

        • Well my I retirement investments have recovered from the W years and are actually doing very well. My home has recovered its value and some from the W years. My health insurance costs have decreased by 20% with ACA becoming a law. Also unemployment has decreased to 5.4%’, the U.S. dollar has been increasing for the last few years. I guess you are not doing so good paying so much for your health care unlike millions of other Americans. I feel you pain

        • What insurance company are you with?
          You’re either really old or very unhealthy or lying through your teeth.

    • He is a lot more ‘qualified’ than Obama. Really? You truly believe a Surgeon who wants to get rid of the FIRST AMENDMENT is more qualified to be President than a Senator? Wow.

      • Who said Carson wants to get rid of 1a? You’ve got the wrong person. It’s Obama who wants to get rid of 1A 2A 4A.

    • Carson is more qualified as a SURGEON. However, as someone who knows and understands the system of American government and our Constitution, Carson apparently knows very little. As a professor of Constitutional Law, Obama far more knowledgeable in that area than Carson.

      • Really. “Obama knows constitutional law.” If that statement is correct why is he constantly rewriting it? Rhetorical ?

  7. Carson’s bigotry, although reprehensible, might be explained by his religious indoctrination as a child. What is unforgivable to me, though, is his blind rage at the attempts to improve our horrific health care system. The man was a surgeon. He HAD to have known that thousands of families’ lives have been lost because of the inability to pay for necessary health care. He had to have known that hundreds of thousands of families have been ruined by bankruptcies because of catastrophic illnesses. And his response? The ACA is worse than slavery!

    I work with doctors fairly often. The great majority are compassionate human beings. Every once in awhile, though, I run across one who thinks he or she deserves enormous wealth, fame, and power because they are smart and work hard. And they totally lack compassion for people who may not be as smart or as successful–or as LUCKY as they.

    I lived with a Duke physician for a while. The M.D. that followed his name meant, in his mind, Minor Deity. I fear Carson is a like minded person.

    • Only you said he’s a bigot. Race? He ‘s colored like obama. So why is Carson a bigot. Can’t answer that.,right.

      • I’ve read your comments in this thread and I have to assume that you have more than a few screws loose in that thing dangling on your neck. I’m guessing here that you are a female by your moniker. If that is the case and you support the Repuglicans then you seriously need to get schooled on their policy agenda’s. If you remember what this country was like in 2009(which I seriously doubt) when President Obama took office and what he has done while fighting the asshats on the right side of the aisle tooth and nail then you need to reschool yourself.
        There will be a reckoning in 2016 when the citizens of my country(USA)(not really sure what country you’re from) have gotten disgusted with the Repuglican rhetoric and vote all of them out of office.

        • I never said I supported Rs. Get real and read my Comments. This discussion is about Carson. No more no less.

        • She comes from a state where they shoot Black people for walking around a store, on a cell phone, swinging a toy gun pointed at the floor.

  8. Dr. Carson, and the handful of African Americans that constitute a tiny minority in the GOP, is serving the same purpose as Herman Cain and others.

  9. He’s a wonderful gifted surgeon. Nothing can take that away. His religion has addled his mind. He is not fit to hold public office. It doesn’t matter what color he is. For those who want to push the BS that dems would love him if he were a democrat, you know that’s not true.

    • Democrats would love Colin Powell if he were a Democrat. Powell is a much finer and better rounded person and politician that Carson can even imagine.

          • The freaks on the right have claimed the word patriot and changed the meaning . It’s no longer honorable by their actions.. They pull out God and/or Patriotism as a prop as needed and by the real definition of the word it isn’t anything close to it. What you have when they combine the two is the American Taliban.
            “Here Illegally?”Ah, another indicator.
            I think you’re confusing patriot and citizen but that doesn’t surprise me either.

          • That’s the best you have going for you.Rhetoric.
            Your party depends on you not changing at all.

          • I love it when lefties are n’t playing with a full deck, can’t answer those who can and

            block them.

          • Carolyn dear, or should I say Lenore dear? (If you are not Lenore, my EX-wife, you certainly sound and “write” as half-wit and dumb as she is):
            I repeat: Carolyn/Lenore, you dear, got your sorry arse WHIPPED (yet again !!) by Lady Impact!!
            Now go and enjoy the rest of Great-Great-Great Grandmothers Day….

          • Louie I have much higher standards than any woman who would find you remotely tolerable. I can only imagine your ex lost a bet or it was be kind to an Ug week.
            You’re one of those old guys who probably thinks all the women in the place find you hilarious.
            Now go play with your sock puppet friends and don’t address me again.

          • Yep ! You ARE Lenore Whittaker ! (or as DUMB as her).
            …. and I can “address” you whenever I want, dear.
            Go back to your pigsty, Carolynore.

          • Yes you can address me but you’ll get no further response, so in essence you’ll be talking to yourself. Although I’m sure that’s not an unfamiliar situation. Your obsessive and cringe worthy tirades to and about your ex wife reflect only on you. You’re the one with the obsession. In any case she’s now the winner, if she only has to hear your blathering via a comments section remotely.
            No one, with the exception of the few creatures who are also on your level here, find you amusing or entertaining.
            Your hatred of women is clearly an indication of being rejected on a regular basis. Instead of introspection, you project your anger onto others.Obviously you aren’t intelligent enough to figure out you are your own problem.
            I’m actual sorry for you because it must be a type of circular hell you reside in.
            So do feel free to carry on with your low class and moronic ravings if that’s what does it for you. I’m certain I’m not the only one who will continue to ignore you.

          • I don’t hate women (au contraire !). You hate men, dear.
            Confirmed: YOU are Lenore Whittaker.

          • Yada x3
            I’m not engaging in any further banter with someone who obviously isn’t playing with a full deck.
            I’d say you were attempting to troll but you aren’t very good at it so it’s safe to assume just another run of the mill mouth breather.
            Buh bye.

        • Because haters are not usually those whose I.Q. gets to the triple-digit mark, they cannot reason, have no idea what critical thinking is, and therefore resort to name-calling in lieu of facts. It is a waste of time to respond to them. You will not come away enlightened by any hate rhetoric they use. They are usually members of a white supremist group.

          • You’re so right! I don’t think Louie is energetic enough to be a member of any group though. His mouth is the only thing that likely moves. He’s just your average run of the mill
            a s s h o l e 🙂
            BTW one of my dearest friends lived in Glenns Ferry. They have a great winery there. She unfortunately passed away recently from a terminal illness. I visited her a couple years ago and so enjoyed Idaho. It’s a beautiful place and a paradise for hikers.

  10. I think the fates have turned 180 degrees “away” from the GOP and the reality of that is not at the level of their collective consciousness.

    I agree with the writer that Dr. Ben is playing with fire and most likely will get emasculated, fried, tarred, feathered and dragged through the village square by a vicious bunch of ambitious sociopaths addicted to power and greed.

    The GOP candidates as a whole are a group and class of people who have NEVER–on record–done ANYTHING to benefit the constituents of their respective state:
    They are simply exploiting having BO to distract from their own shameful incompetence: Does the voting public know this????

    When the debates start conservatives will find a way to subject Ben Carson to the kind of public humiliation they employed to destroy Herman Cain and the country will see on full display this GOP at it’s venomous best.

    I don’t feel sorry for Carson because he is willfully aligned with the enemies of his race who also happen to be the progenitors of global destruction.

    I can’t wait to see the fallout not just to him but to this wretched bunch of false Christians and corrupt patriots!

    Lastly, this presidential race is little more than gladiator arena entertainment for the politically engaged.

    If our democracy will be salvaged, all Americans will have to vote during off election cycles. If the DNC is not corrupt it will take the lead and start to mobilize “ALL” eligible voters with various forms of initiatives year around to keep people engaged.

    We just can’t through money at needy people and expect them to know what is in their best interests.

    • I read the book, “Carry Me Home, Birmingham, Alabama.” The Black people began to hate who they were because of the hatred that was dumped on them. They straightened their hair and tried to act White. Ben Carson is one of those. If he acts white enough you might not notice he is Black.

      • My impression of Dr. Ben is linked to the sitcom: The Jeffersons.

        There was an episode that featured of George boasting his membership in the republican party. The revelation was stunning to his white friend who was married to a black woman: quite funny– as well profound.

        The skit was a parody of how success can sometimes affect the black psyche when he feels himself “Moving on him on up”…

        I think it illustrates the opposite expression of self-hatred whereby the nouveau riche now feels loved by whites…it’s as if he has arrived at conditional love by dent of his own effort (the bootstrap story)

  11. THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Just another up-dated version of an uncle Tom that wants to join the right wing political clown show.

  12. His latest pronouncement, defining President Obama as a psychopath, is enough to give one pause about his medical credentials. That is not a diagnosis made lightly, or by exaggerating a subject’s behaviors and stereotyping them. There are specific changes to brain function and neurochemistry that must be confirmed by specific medical tests. Bizarre.

    • Honey, I’m no brain surgeon but I can say Obama is suffering from NPD. Not a hard diagnosis. Geez.

      • Based on those criteria, so is any used car salesman or Realtor. Or professional poker players and my Representative, Bill Shuster,, who sees nothing illegal or comedic about shtupping the woman who’s lobbying him. I suffered from a psychiatric misdiagnoses and the attendant erroneous prescription, which made me riotously ill, until blood tests revealed the truth of my clinical depression. I trust science, not prejudice.

  13. Carson brings a lot to the conservative fold. His presence helps to convince its members, that despite all appearances to the contrary, they are not, per se, racists. With his rhetoric, he helps to convince them that they are right in their perspectives which are often racist.

      • You have got to be kidding. But I guess then you would be one who won’t believe me when I tell you ICYMI MLK was a Republican. Guess he was an “Uncle Tom” too.

        • Republicans in MLK’s time we’re not the same as they are now. My parents were Republicans and black, back then when the Democrats had significant members like Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms among other notable southern democrats. Those individuals flipped to the Republican Party as the Democrats embraced progressive ideas like voting rights for all citizens. As my parents eventually became Independents because of the change in Republicans, I would not have been surprised if MLK would have done the same thing if he had lived into these times.

          • The Dixiecrats became Republicans and the Republican Party became the New Dixiecrat Party. The conservatives demand that we ignore that transformation and consider only the name attached to the political party rather than its policies. It’s how they assuage guilty consciences and avoid their shame. Their ancestors used to do the same thing to justify slavery.

          • Ladies and Gentlemen!
            Our histories of Yesterday is saturated with mystery that will shake our very core of understanding. Just a month ago, I read an article where the late Marcus Garvey, a Black Jamaican by birth, was actually an ally of the KKK. The article stated that Marcus Garvey started a back to Africa schemes for all black people. There we would inherit the Gold of our forefathers. And the KKK’s were only too happy to became Marcus Garvey’s instant best friends. Until, of course Fredrick Douglass, hastily put a stop to it. Our human histories are complicated and messy beyond our imagination. No Thanks to you Marcus Garvey. Thanks to Fredrick Douglass, and his descendants. Marcus Garvey, was imprisoned in Georgia, for unrelated crime. President Grover Cleveland deported him back to Jamaica before his prison sentences were completed. Garvey died in the UK 75 years ago, and he is hailed as Jamaica’s number one Hero.

        • MLK had a policy of being non-partisan and not-so-secretly supported LBJ over Goldwater in ’64 (not surprising since Goldwater was opposed to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

        • Get real! Compare their statements and ideals. Carson fits the profile of an “Uncle Tom” mouthing the master’s view. King opposed those views. Learn the true history instead of modern Republican revised history. By the way, most Black Americans were Republican before FDR and LBJ.

  14. “He is dangerously unqualified for the presidency — a political novice
    who is happily ignorant of policy, both foreign and domestic, and
    contemptuous of religious pluralism and personal liberties.”
    Gee, who else falls into this category?

    • Just about all of them. Including George Washington. Next!! Reagan was a movie star and he remembered an America where there were no racial problems. I watched him say this with a straight face but then again, he had Alzheimer’s per his son. Not me.

  15. Last week I saw a meme on my Facebook page of Betty White saying, “You’re and woman and you vote Republican? God, are you stupid!” Substitute any minority for the word “woman”, and this is equally true. The Republican Party has done nothing over the past three decades to make life better for ANY minority or for women, and they are very proud of it. Conservatives, nominated by Republican presidents, on the SCOTUS eviscerated the Voting Rights Act. Conservative opposition to universal healthcarehave made us the laughing stock of the civilized world. Conservative (and monied) responses to the imminent danger of global climate change put the lives of our children and their children at grave risk. Deregulation, tax policy, and trade policy driven by conservative values continue to cost American workers jobs and to drive more of the American middle-class into poverty.

  16. Carson has made some money from his medical so he is seeking acceptance into the club of the rich. The have given him phones acceptance so that they can use him for their purpose

    • Hillary has made some money from her medical contributors – uranium isotope radiologist from Russia, no doubt, so she is seeking acceptance into the club of the rich. After all she was so poor when she left the White House she ,,took some of the furniture. I can empathize there, for sure.

      • Good for you! You’re still playing the totally refuted right-wing lies from 15yrs ago. You might as well fill in the rest. She stole the computers and trashed the White House before she left.
        Repugnantcon lies, never die!

  17. I’m not even going to read the entire article. But Lefties just can’t conceive of a black person being a Republican. When I tell them MLK was GOP they call me a liar. I tell them to look it up.

    Black mascot?? Now I would say that’s racist. Let’s bring in Loretta Lynch and Mosby.

    • Of course he was a Republican. In THOSE days the GOP was still a champion of African-American rights, as it had been since the days of Lincoln. It is only hard to imagine now, since Nixon adopted the “Southern Strategy” in the wake of LBJ’s signing of the Civil Rights Act and started blowing the dog whistle fast and furious to let the racists know things had changed. Forty years on, the GOP has become such a cesspool of bigotry, nobody can imagine there was time when it was rational.

      • Conservatives are like cockroaches inside amber. They can’t understand that the GOP of 2015 resembles better the Dixiecrats of 1968 than the Republican Party of that same era yet insist others view them like that. Somehow their biased and bigoted comments and votes on policy for the last four decades are supposed to be totally forgotten, as they do repeatedly on failed policy. How else to justify their tax and economic policies since Reagan which have turned the US into a banana republic.

        • Excellent post. But you could have stopped after “Conservatives are like cockroaches”. No further information is necessary.

    • Of course there are black republicans. For the same reason white people are willing to vote against their own self interests, so are black people.
      MLK was GOP when it was the GOP. This current bunch of freaks hijacked the GOP and it’s in name only now.The intelligent republicans fled. Like the parasites they are, they couldn’t form a third or forth or fifth party, so latched on and that’s why there are so many factions fighting for control. Until one wins, none will ever elect a president.

    • What’s your point? Are you saying Carson is a viable candidate? ‘Lefties’ know full well that the GOP will NOT nominate a Black man for Pres. It wont happen. You know. And we know it. Doesn’t make us the racists….we’re merely pointing out the GOP’s racism. They wont nominate a woman either.

      PS. If you truly believe this article is wrong…and Carson will get the GOP nomination, I’d be happy to bet you on that.. Whatever you can afford. Literally. I mean that sincerely.

      • Yeah. I’d like to call that bluff, too…

        On the other hand, that might be a sucker’s bet. You know, those Turd Party “patriots” DO love to hate. And they particularly love to hate black people and women. Those wingnuts might nominate a black man or a woman just to have someone to berate and hate for another four years.

        (Not that one of them could survive a general election, but they apparently don’t know that.)

        • How they view women too was very clear when McCain picked Palin. There are at least intelligent republican women but he didn’t want an intelligent woman who would have outshines him so he picked her.

  18. Carson has already lost his reputation. It’s sad…brilliant neurosurgeon, yet homophobic right-wing nut!

    • Strange considering one has been elected to state office,the Senate and twice as President of the United States and other not so much.

      • 1 has earned a degree and is extremely accomplished. The other is a quota recipient who never could compete on an even playing field and is a socialist

        • What quota? Harvard has no quotas and has accepted blacks since the 1800’s. Again, what quotas. Princeton, on the other hand has always had quotas of some sort. Judge Ginsberg got in on a quota. Only 10% of the class could be Jews and they were quartered in separate areas. Blacks, it was affirmative, were not allowed, period. Catholics were admitted to traditionally protestant institutions, also, under quotas. 10%, 25%, depending on the institution. You have ALWAYS had affirmative action and quotas, I graduated from HS in 1967 and it was affirmative I could not attend over half your higher learning institutions due to race. He earned his degree and made Harvard review. Carson is typical of blacks who want or need your approval or respect. I, on the other hand, am one of those blacks, raised around the same time, with a college degree, who will tell you where to go and how to get there while smiling at you. Maybe, because we were not raised poor. We had both our parents. My parents owned their home and my mother NEVER cleaned any of yours and in her words ‘I’ll be damned if I cleaned anything of theirs’. They ran a very successful business and put five girls through college with no debt. Two have masters. We do not need nor ask for your approval and never will. He needs it. He craves it from years of being told he is less than by you. Read the book. the movie just touched on a bit of it. This has marked him and others like Clarence Thomas. They are the ones who would have turned in Nat Turner. An Obama or someone like me and mine, would have not.

        • Obama has a law degree and is President of the United States.
          Is there a credential that is better?

          • A law degree but never passed the bar exam. Which debunks his so called IQ. He has a QUOTA Law Degree not one based on merit

          • Baby, I worked as a desk clerk for Ford Motors. Why is my IQ equivalent to a retard?

      • Winning elections never meant Obama was qualified as his record has proven he was not . What it does prove is that Gruber was right and those people supported Obama … Remember also when Obama ran and if you didn’t vote for him because he was unqualified and petulant you were labeled a racist by Liberals playing their race card ? Well then why doesn’t the same hold true for Dr Carson when he is authentically 100% African American and lived the Black experience growing up in a Democrat Party Ghetto … All of which Obama cant claim

        • Actually I don’t recall folks being labeled ‘racist’ by Liberals because they may have believed that Obama was unqualified and petulant. BTW, what does it take to be classified as ‘100% African American?’

          • Oh and yes …most liberals called anyone who didn’t vote for Obama a racist
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          • Having your heritage be 100% African American ….Not 50 % white 44% Arabic and 6% African Sent from my ZTE Sonata 4G™, a Cricket 4G smartphone

          • Have you really forgotten that it was not so long ago that one drop of black blood was all that was needed to be 100% African American? Seriously, it was not that long ago that a large portion of the country felt that way. In some areas perhaps it still does.

          • Lynda I am just pointing out the absurd hypocrisy of the left where you are racist if you didn’t vote for the half white black man who never even experienced life as most blacks in America do yet Dr Carson is an Uncle Tom just because he is running as a Republican . If this guy had a D in front of his name then once again the people who didn’t vite for him would be labelled as racists by the left . The funny thing is that unlike Obama Dr Carson would never play that race card
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          • Sorry But Ben would still be not very bright about the world as most people know it regardless of what color he is.

          • Sorry but judging by the way he took Obama down on the same stage .. well you wrong …Maybe you didn’t see that video
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          • bike:
            Lynda is having a bad attack of Alzheimer’s. She doesn’t “recall folks being labeled ‘racist’ by Liberals because they may have believed that Obama was unqualified and petulant”. LOL !!!
            Ask her if she “recalls” Obama’s “If you like your doctor …”

          • Yes liberals often are affected by selective memory syndrome ..

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    • Ben is a doctor, Obama is a politician. Never the twain shall meet.
      Stick to doctoring Ben and let the big guys, who believe in evolution and seperation of church and state run the country.

  19. War of words, The
    Neurosurgeon, versus The Law Professor!

    The 2016 Presidential election seems to be,
    already in full throttle even though, it will be more than 15 months before we
    head to the polling to booth. Some office seekers, have already drawn their
    lines in the sand, on how uncivilized they intend to be, toward those, they
    opposed. In a recent Television/ Radio interview, Neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson
    called President Barack Obama, a Psychopath.

    According to Dr. Ben Carson’s perception,
    of Mr. Obama, with regards to the recent 5.5% Unemployment reports puts out by
    the Department of Labour Statistics. Dr. Carson explained to the reporter why
    he said, the President was a Psychopath. “Because they tend to be extremely
    smooth-charming people who can tell a lie to your face with complete-looks like
    sincerity, even though they know it’s a lie.” Let us rationally try to evaluate
    Dr. Carson’s opinion of Mr. Obama. First of all, shouldn’t Dr. Carson, be
    aware that the President, of the United States isn’t the one who compiles the
    numbers of unemployed people before he accused him of being lair? I have never met Mr. Obama, but I met Dr. Carson, about 15 years ago, he was the Keynote Speaker, at a function where my wife and, I were invited guests. In his address to the audience, Dr. Carson, laid out the American exceptional-ism, he kept us on the edge of our seat. His American story was my story. Sadly, however, these days the very charming Dr. Benjamin Carson, whom we met in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is no longer the same person he used to be. Political practitioners/Politician has always told us about the rough and tumbles of politics. However, when one choose to be above politics
    then, one must adhere to at least the minimum standards of decorum, in public
    discourse, to substantiate their best qualities. Both Mr. Obama and Dr. Carson
    are indeed products of the best, of what America is to the world. Finally, I wish Dr. Carson well in his Campaign for President of the United State. Nonetheless, my bet is with the President Obama, because even if he was still running for his second terms of office, he would have been disciplined enough, not to honour someone with a response, who would called him a Psychopath. Lastly, if an American Prodigy and, one of the world’s most Re-known Neurosurgeons, an author and a humanitarian finds comforts in calling the leader of the free world a Psychopath, then what shall
    we expect from our children? Hold it, For the purpose of full disclosure. I’m a
    moderate Democrat, since 1998, my vote has been counted, sometimes for
    Republican, as well as Democrat. I have never been on welfare, nor had I ever
    been a charged on the Government. Therefore, my rebuke wouldn’t have been any
    different, had he Dr. Carson been the recipient of such vile and disrespectful names calling. Men of integrity and convictions are often exonerated, for their lapses of judgement, thence they grow to be wiser.

    • What was the word they used for Black people who hated being Black so much they tried to act white? Ah, yes, Oreos. There was an article, many years ago, about doctors using drugs.

  20. Ben has been sniffing the anesthetic. He is so far off in never never land that even the most right wing Republicans run away from his ridicules ideas.
    Why is it that people that are successful in one profession think that they are superior and know what is best for all of us?
    Donald Trump is one of his type and just as ridicules.

    • The difference between Carson & Obama is at least Carson was successful in his previous profession. You’re obviously a product of the liberal American Dept of Education; it’s ridiculous, not ridicules. Pitiful Americans!

      • Yes he was successful .. Other differences are that Carson has a proven executive skill set and is a polished administrator . He also loves America and the Constitution . He is also principled and ethical and unlike any Dem is NOT a Pathological LIAR

        • Bill Clinton was driving past the White House when he accidentally ran over the Obama’s puppy, Sunny, crushing it flat as a fritter. He climbed out of his Rolls and sat down on the grass totally distraught. He knew Michele would go
          ballistic. Then he noticed a lamp half-buried in the ground. He dug it up, brushed it off and immediately a Genie popped out. “You have freed me from thousands of years of imprisonment,” said the Genie “As a reward I shall grant you one wish.” “Well,” said Bill, “I have all the material things I need, but let me show you this dog I just ran over.” They walk over to the splattered remains of Sunny. “Do you think you could bring this dog back to life for me?” Bill asked. The Genie looked at the remains and shook his head. “This poor critter is too far gone for even me to bring it back to life. Maybe there’s something else you’d like?” Bill thought for a minute, reached into his pocket and pulled out two photos. “I had an affair with this beautiful young girl called Monica,” said
          Bill, showing the genie the first photo. “But I’m actually married to this older, distressed looking woman called Hillary” and he showed the genie the second photo. “You see Hillary isn’t good looking at all, so do you think you can make her look pretty like Monica?”The Genie studied the two photographs and after a few minutes said, “You know, let’s go have another look at that dog!”

  21. I doubt if Ben Carson wins the nomination, but to call him “He will likely be remembered as the GOP’s latest black mascot, a court
    jester, a minstrel show. He’ll be the Herman Cain of 2016.” a court jester is out of line and below the standards of the National Memo. He is a successful American who wants to be the President. He believes he can lead our country to higher levels. Calling this man a mascot, court jester, minstrel show is below any and all creditable journalistic standards. No one has to agree with his politics or ideas. Just treat this man with respect he has earned.

    • No it isn’t. We are black and we see what is going on, you never will. What she wrote is dead on. Michael Steele is also a republican but because HE never jumped and danced to their tune, where is he now? I respected him, though I did not agree with him. There is a difference. I respected George Bush but did not agree with him, especially on the patriot act and Iraq and guess what? I was right!!!!. They’re doing so much pack peddling, they should have been able to reverse time a la The Time Machine. Most of the right does not respect this resident just because of his race, period. He put our ideas culled directly from republicans, including the health plan BUT WITH a single payer. See Nixon’s plan. They didn’t like the ‘package’. if you say you don’t agree, fine. I say, if one of you said the sky is blue and it actually is, I would ask Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles for a second opinion and go with theirs and one is dead.

      • Michael Steele, has become a very objective person since, the GOP thrown him over board, right after he had given them their biggest Congressional win in history. He would never have belittled himself by calling the President Obama, a Psychopath. Even FOX NEWS, finally calling out the good Doctor on his Uncivilized behavior. I hope he will recover and, put this nonsense behind him.

      • I don’t agree at all. He is a honorable man with principles. No one has to agree with him, but he not a clown.

    • Treat a man with respect who blithely calls Obama a “sociopath” then doubles down on his stupidity? No thanks. Clown, court jester, minstrel all fit perfectly.

      • wow Remember when Obama ran for President ? Yes he had 143 days on the job as an Il Senator in which time he voted present 86% of the time on votes in the Senate ? No one knew a thing about him other then he was unwilling to represent the people who sent him to the Senate . Every thing about him was a mystery from his school records to his place of birth .. Remember when Hillary made his birth place a campaign issue and then Obama played his race card on her and Bill ? So we had a former Community Organizer and all we knew about him is that he was raised by Communists and preferred that style of Government . He stated so in his book . We knew he didn’t like America and despised the Constitution . Yet if you didn’t vote for him because he had and had absolutely no qualifications you were a RACIST . Now Dr Carson is running . Unlike Obama who grew up in Hawaii with Hawaiian and White friends Dr Carson actually grew up in poverty with fellow Black Americans . He actaully lived and was down for the struggle . He became one of the best surgeon’s in the World . He loves America and the Constitution and now if you vote for him he is an Uncle Tom … Let me ask you Liberals something ? If he were a Dem you would love him … Especially if he hated America and the Constitution right ?

        • Wow. Here’s what’s funny. If you were really interested in learning something about Obama back then, it was pretty easy. Since I’m from the Chicago area–where we have books and newspapers and libraries–I knew Obama worked after graduating from Columbia University for a Roman Catholic community organization in an area that had been devastated by the closing of the steel mills. He helped the parishoners get job training and their children get college prep help. Then he went to Harvard Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude–do you know what that means in terms of grades? Oh yeah, first African American president of Harvard Law Review. We thought that was pretty cool. He taught at University of Chicago, practiced law, served on the board of many dynamic organizations, including one that registered 150,000 voters. Elected to six years in the Illinois Senate where he gained the respect of both sides of the aisle and helped passed important legislation that improved the lives of the people he represented.

          Of course, if you were really interested in reality, you would know that the real father figure in Obama’s life is his maternal grandfather, a WWII hero who ran furniture stores after the war in Kansas and Hawaii–in other words, a real communist. You’d also know that Hillary never said a word about his birthplace of Hawaii and that the “story” circulated anonymously among “Hillary supporters” as a leftover from an earlier Republican ploy. Now I could go on and prove how every single one of your pathetic little rants are the meanderings of a lemming who watches too much right wing paranoia media–none of which have any basis in reality–but what does it matter? There are facts, then there is Ben Carson’s and your world, where accomplished, hard-working Americans become psychopaths

          Carson’s latest rant that the concept of judicial review is suspect shows him to be a political quack. If you would like to debate the merits of Marbury vs. Madison, I’d be happy to, with him or with you. Both of you need a dose of reality apart from Fox World Fear Factor.

          • First off he came to Chicago after Harvard and how do you really know he was Magna when all of his records are sealed ? He lectured at the U of C and as an attorney once represented the nefarious lawless group known as ACORN . Yes the group who he worked with that registered all those Voters were the criminals at ACORN none of that is a good thing as ACORNs greatest claim to infamy is vote fraud . Yes his Grandfather was a self described Communist .Yes Hillary was the original birther regardless of any excuse making or spin you want to put on it …You would have more credibility if you posted factually and not to defend bad actors . So you can go on and on all you want and you will just make yourself look like a silly devoted liberal fan boy who is willing to believe any ridiculous lie and then regurgitate it in defense of your messiah …You need to stop listening to the sheeple propaganda network MSNBC …they lie just like Gruber and Obama and your posting is do inane you prove the Gruber theorem correct . Hope that helps .
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          • Yes anyone reading our exchange would agree that’s what your post was and my reply proved that . Pathetic and cult like defense of Obama …lol Hope that helps …Keep smoking the Hopium
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          • Let’s just look at your first sentence. He graduated from Columbia in 1983, worked in NYC for two years then worked in CHICAGO for the Catholics for 3 years (1985-88). He entered Harvard law in 1988 and graduated in 1991. So, golly, you are wrong. Magna Cum Laude is bestowed BY THE UNIVERSITY. The University announces it.

            The rest of your worthless, pathetic screed is equally without basis in fact.

          • Funny I live here and no one recalls him being here then ..Maybe it was an Axelrod Press release or something and with his records sealed whatever Harvard releases has no merit Sent from my ZTE Sonata 4G™, a Cricket 4G smartphone

          • No, what’s funny is how many facts you got wrong in one sentence. But this new defense that you are simply unaware of what’s going on around you is refreshing.

          • bike:
            Obama lies. But Gruber told the truth.
            Fanatics like rlpincus and high pckts/low brains prove it.

          • Yes rlpincus in particular proves the Gruber Theorem correct

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      • rlpincus:
        “Peanut Brain” just gave you a “thumbs-up” for your stupid remarks.
        I guess empty skulls “think” alike.

          • bikejedi has a real brain, a fact that he demonstrates quite often.

            You, rlpincus, do not possess a working brain, a fact that you demonstrate quite often.

          • Exactly which one of bikejedi’s many mistakes tickled your fancy? All of them? Tell us how those mistakes prompted you to post such childish gibberish.

          • What really troubles you is the fact that bike backs up his arguments with facts, whereas you my friend hate facts and never allow facts to contradict your libtard philosophy. As for “childish gibberish”, read your own rants, er, posts, pinky.

          • The ability of folks like you to create a paranoid alternate reality then get all hot and bothered about your fictional creations doesn’t make me happy. Entertained, interested, occasionally surprised, but not happy.

            However your ability to dodge a question is impressive in a Jeb Bush sort of way. At least bikejedi admitted he wasn’t paying attention.

          • Ah, my useless, mindless existence has triggered a momentary spark of intellectual curiosity. So special. “Yes he had 143 days on the job as an Il Senator in which time he voted present 86% of the time on votes in the Senate ?” Obama’s actual record: He voted around 4000 times in 8 years in the Illinois Senate and voted “present” 129 times. btw, voting “present” is a common (meaning all politicians do it) tactic to not show support but give yourself political cover. That works out to around 3% of the time. Why talk about his record in Illinois? Because opponents like Palin and McCain–and Hillary Clinton–used that number but cynically applied it to his US Senate record, and the low-info crowd ate it up. However, he never voted “present” in the US Senate. Never. Not once. Yeah, I know, Palin and McCain and Hillary Clinton were distorting reality to make a point that didn’t exist. Sounds familiar?

    • Oh here we go with the ” he is a successful man, can do no wrong, has a heart of gold” BS! He is a fountain of hate and a bigoted black man who is full of himself!

  22. The worse part to me is how he denigrates Affordable healthcare. Why? I work in the industry. I know what claims under HIS type care can cost. You’re looking at millions of dollars for a few patients. How many had the money or where with all to pay for this? How many maxed out their insurance as was the norm, $1-2 million over a lifetime. No longer true due to ACA. How many people are still paying this man or his institution. Yet, wait, that’s right, they are reimbursed by that same federal government for the indigent and those who run out of money. In Ohio, we received $1 billion dollars for that very reason. To rant and vilify the president for helping people get healthy or remain so, as a doctor, is hypocritical to say the least. Wonder how much he DID receive. I see claims in my work at an insurance company. Over 28 years, I have watched plain maternity claims go from $500/$600 for a 4-5 day stay to over $5,000. for 2 days. Preemies can run over $100K per month depending on how early they were born and problems from early birth. Multiply that if multiple births. Yet, the right still denies the need for covered people. Really. I have NEVER been without it. Under my parents. Mine. Mine and my husband’s. Now, just mine and soon Medicare plus my jobs. I do not like paying for the indigent when they could have gotten insurance. Many of them refuse to get it, even through their jobs and go right to the ER for treatment.

  23. This reimbursement is yearly. figure it out for yourselves. $1 billion, yearly for 49 more states and red states get more because they cover less and the many territories like Puerto Rica, Guam, etc. YOU do the math and bitch about insurance, again. Including Carson.

  24. This is by far the most comprehensive commentary ever, regarding Ben Carson. Kudos to Cynthia Tucker. Excellent.

  25. Cynthia, you Kretin:
    Wow! Quoting you: “… the GOP’s latest black mascot, a court jester, a minstrel show.”
    You leftist/liberal/socialist/”progressives” are SO full of corrosive VENOM!
    You can not stand, much less understand, a black person from the ghettos who overcame extraordinary obstacles (compare with what the REAL Court Jester of the Left “overcame”) and became a world-renowned doctor, …. without government handouts.
    Dr. Ben Carson’s saintly mother has to be rolling in her grave at your lack of basic decency and abomination of an insult.
    Cynthia, you poor imitation of a “reporter”, and even poorer imitation of a human being, you are not even worthy of LICKING Dr. Ben Carson’s boots.
    You Krrretin are the epitome of an insignificant and indecent “human” being.
    SHAME ON YOU, Cynthia.

    • Oh wow! You are a piece of work! Are you so blinded by his rhetoric that you can’t see his true colors? He is no better than the worst of the GOP! I don’t care what his background is! I don’t care what he had to do to get where he is! The fact is, he is a CRETIN with no sense of conscience or morals! You can’t spew the nonsense he does and expect people to fall in love with such a bloated sense of self importance as this guy is!!

      • high pckts/low brains:
        Let me just twist around your words a little bit as follows:

        “Oh wow! You are a piece of work! Are you so blinded by Obama’s rhetoric
        that you can’t see his true colors? He is no better than the worst of
        the Dems! I don’t care what his background is! I don’t care what he had
        to do to get where he is! The fact is, he is a CRETIN with no sense of
        conscience or morals! You can’t spew the nonsense he does and expect
        people to fall in love with such a bloated sense of self importance as
        this guy is!!”
        There you have it, dumbass.

    • If your side thinks he’s so wonderful, and conservatives are so noble…why is Carson polling on the right in the single digits?

      Carson is a brilliant neurosurgeon. A brilliant neurosurgeon with zero chance of winning the GOP primary, much less the presidency.

      …and recheck your comments about Carson *not* receiving handouts. He did, and plenty if them (he writes about it in his book).

      • Candace, you useful idiot:
        1) Jonathan Gruber had your type of simpleton in mind when he said what he said about “stupid voters”.
        2) Dr. Ben Carson’s poll numbers, whatever they are, and however they increase or decrease in the future, have NOTHING to do with the un-necessary, completely distasteful, venomous, callous, vicious insults from this village idiot, Cynthia Tucker.
        3) One thing is disagreeing with Dr. Carson’s statements/beliefs, and another, completely different thing is calling this great man, who you liberal morons wish were a DemocRat, “… the GOP’s latest black mascot, a court jester, a minstrel show.” That is an abominable insult that, if uttered about “The Great Prevaricator”, would have had you leftist/liberal/socialist/”progressive” HYENAS up in arms.
        4) Besides that, it seems that you have a secret admiration for the guy (or, as is so common among you liberal retards, you lied) since you apparently read “his book”. WHICH of his books, you empty-brain?

        • Hmm…all you have is a bunch of name-calling? Meh… shows you’ve got nothing.

          A big steaming pile of nada.

          • Is that the best you can come up with?
            Confirmed: Jonathan Gruber had your type of simpleton in mind when he said what he said about “stupid voters”.

          • Expected of you. No further arguments. No further answers, not even WHICH of his books did you read (secretly, without your Momma authorizing you).
            Go back to your Momma’s basement niche in the wall ….

          • Don’t worry Candy.
            I WILL explain everything to you later.
            I know, I know, dear, ….. but DO try.
            P.S. – Candy, don’t try to play with the people that can “run rings” around you, sweetie.

          • Didn’t Gov Jindal say your team should stop being the “stupid party”…

            You should really try giving that a shot… how about…umm, right now. #ByeFelicia

      • He sure did benefit from a ton of government programs. And guess what? They worked PERFECTLY! EXACTLY as they were supposed to! Worked for me, too! And Carson used to be proud of it. He was a welfare success story. But then the people gassing his head up to think he should run for president started realizing that he was an argument FOR the very programs that they are against! The next thing you know, Carson starts scoffing at the idea that he really needed the programs that fed and housed him until he could become a millionaire neurosurgeon. And, anyway, those little Ben Carsons of today aren’t like the Ben Carson of old. Or his welfare mama. Anyone today would just abuse the system, so it probably needs to go away. And the campaign money started rolling in…

  26. Louis Allen!
    Sorry, but you are on an Island all by yourself. Your calling Cynthia Tucker, names will not change anything about your hero Dr. Ben Carson’s missteps. Thousands of people agrees with Ms. Tucker’s analysis of Dr. Carson’s stupidity in the public square. Not withstanding, his life’s accomplishment.

    • Ivan Flim-Flam:
      Yep. You are right. Those “thousands of people who agrees [sic] with Ms. Tucker’s analysis” are exactly the ones Jonathan Gruber referred to ….

      • Wow, I suppose it would take a real “Conservative” person, to make fun of another person’s name. However, it is the customary responses of folks who have very little to contribute, to any civilize discussion. No self-respecting man, or woman who desire to become the President of the United States, who would behaved the way your hero, Dr. Ben Carson has done. You may make fun of my name, if it makes you happy, but it will not reverse the political malfeasance, the good doctor singlehandedly created. I am Irish and Jewish, and I am proud of my name.

        • Flim-Flam:
          You take personal offense (how funny, but how typical of you leftist/liberal idiots!) at my making fun of your name. But you have no problem with this cretin Cynthia Tucker calling Dr. Ben Carson, whose boots she is not worthy to even lick with her venomous tongue, “… the GOP’s latest black mascot, a court jester, a minstrel show.”
          Ivan, you TRULY should be ashamed of yourself.
          P.S. – Listen Irish/Jewish, I could not care less about your ethnicity, but:
          1) DO improve your very poor English grammar;
          2) Admit that you can differ from Dr. Carson’s views without calling him “… the GOP’s latest black mascot, a court jester, a minstrel show.”.
          That, my friend, is VILE.
          3) Admit that if Obama was called “… the Dems’ long-lost black (token) mascot, a court jester, a minstrel show.”, you, my friend, would have been ENRAGED.

          • I do not believe in calling people, names. And I wouldn’t attempt to address Dr. Ben Carson, the way other posters has. I believe we can disagree with someone and be respectful to them, at the same time. I suppose I could pick apart the Louis Allen, in order to have some fun but I would be equally as immature as you are therefore, let us agree, to disagree on the subject of Dr. Carson.

            I bid you good day.

          • Ivan:
            Wow! It took a while and quite some prodding to get you to admit that you “… wouldn’t attempt to address Dr. Ben Carson, the way other posters have. I believe we can disagree with someone and be respectful to them, at the
            same time.”
            You see?
            That was all I wanted you to admit.
            … and it only took three (3) proddings ….
            A good day to you, sir.

            P.S. – Cynthia Tucker is STILL a VILE, venomous, rancorous and mean excuse for a “reporter”.

          • Louis:
            You are wrong, I was not prodded to admit to anything. My utter contempt was never for Dr. Ben Carson, the man. Instead my contempt was for the words Dr. Carson used in reference to President Obama, a fellow trendsetter. Furthermore, I made myself unequivocally clear that I had been, an admirer of Dr. Carson prior to him going out of his way to insult the president at a function where both of them were guest of honour. As regards to disagreeing with someone, and be respectful to them, is a Democrat ideal. The only Republican, I knew to have had those temperament, we used to called him the Gipper, as in President Reagan. Oh by the way, I think its time we change the subjects for something more substantial. Like who are the 2 Republican that the Democrats going to beet like drums in the 2016 Presidential Election.

          • Ivan:
            1) After your most recent statements, you now sound like a gentleman.
            2) Cynthia Tucker is STILL a VILE, venomous, rancorous and mean excuse for a “reporter”.
            3) If you really believe that “disagreeing with someone, and be [sic] respectful to them, is a Democrat ideal”, I have this bridge in Brooklyn that I want to sell to you.
            DemocRats are intolerant, hate facts (because they stand in their way), hate reason, and love empty, mindless and meaningless slogans.
            4) My friend, regarding “… who are the 2 Republican [sic] that the Democrats going [sic] to beet [sic] like drums in the 2016 Presidential Election.”, I think you are in for a BIG, and unpleasant SURPRISE ….
            A good night to you.
            P.S. – Ivan, my friend, DO brush up on your English grammar?

          • Louis:

            I have always admire people for being intellectually smart. I am however, offended by intellectual elitist who looked down with scorn, on self educated people like me. You referred to my poor “English” in both of your recent postings. I only wish you would have taken the time to be objective on the subjects of the conversation rather than my English grammar. FYI, I was born in another country outside of the US, under British Colonial rules. Under British rules, the education for my countrymen wasn’t a priority for the reigning King of England. And I spent the first 15 years of my life with two parents neither, of which could read or write. I wrote my for the very first time, when I was already 16 years old. I will forever regretted, not pursuing formal education once I arrived in America at age 28. But I went straight into the factory to work for a living. I made sure my daughters went to the college of their choice, and I am pleased, that they are productive members of our society. One of my disappointments with some intellectuals, I have always had to literally, explain how, am I able to crossed the street without having a “High School “diploma.” I wrote and published my autobiography in 2012 and I can think of at least 5 people who are still upset with me because, I was unable to convinced them that the absent of education had never prevented me, from doing what I had to do, to be a productive person. I started businesses, I managed people, on occasions I mentored people with colleges. And for the past 8 years I have volunteered my time as a hospital volunteer, sharing God’s with people of all walks of life. So inasmuch, as you have a right to comment my poor “English” I will not be deter, in my attempt to call out people who wants to be leaders,for their lack of decorum.

          • Ivan:
            I apologize to you for my references to your English. I now see that, under ANY standard of measurement, you are both a good person/family man and a hard worker.
            Having apologized, I must indicate to you that you are completely wrong when you claim that: “I only wish you would have taken the time to be objective on the subjects of the conversation rather than my English grammar.” Ivan, my friend, I WAS objective, completely objective and truthful, when I said that:
            1) You had no problem with this cretin Cynthia Tucker calling Dr. Ben
            Carson, whose boots she is not worthy to even lick with her venomous
            tongue, “… the GOP’s latest black mascot, a court jester, a minstrel
            show.”
            2) You can differ from Dr. Carson’s views without calling him “… the
            GOP’s latest black mascot, a court jester, a minstrel show.”.
            3) If Obama had been called “… the Dems’ long-lost black (token) mascot, a
            court jester, a minstrel show.”, you, would have been
            ENRAGED.
            4) Cynthia Tucker is STILL a VILE, venomous, rancorous and mean excuse for a “reporter”.

          • Louis:
            Now that we have come to where, we are no longer shouting at one another. Perhaps, we should open a page on a new subject that you might wish to join me in a meaningful debate. Here are some thought provoking subjects, that you might find to be of interest; Based on my perception 9 out 10 Black Conservatives have insisted that President Obama,has made “Race” relation worse for African American. They said Mr. Obama, have victimized his own people then, blamed someone else. I say that is totally false. I have had disagreements with the president on several things. Many of which I thought, he shouldn’t have allowed himself to be involved. What troubles me greatly, is the fact that people might have excepted their lives would have suddenly changed by the election of a black president. It would seems, as though in many quarters of our nation, folks were excepting programs to be initiated specifically for them, by the president. Another thing that bother me, is that so many of our Young men of color are all caught up in our Justice System. As a result, they have becomes permanently unemployable. In your opinion, what could the president have done to make life better for African-American as a “Race” without breaking the law. How can we change the mindset of those who believe that help should always come from somewhere else, and not from within? Let us start a conversation.

          • Ivan: Thank you for the “olive branch” you so graciously offer me. I really appreciate it.
            Since I am at the moment at my office (small consulting office with only 5 employees), and since I want to give you honest and well thought-out comments ( I don’t pretend, for a moment, to have all the “answers”), I will write back later tonight or tomorrow.
            I just wanted to acknowledge receipt of your thoughtful and friendly message at this moment.
            Thank you again and be well.

        • Flim:
          Complete, utter, deafening silence from you ………
          Zzzzzzz …..
          What happened to the Irish/Jewish? Did he get his (sorry) arse whipped?!
          P.S. – Again, admit that if Obama had been called “… the Dems’ long-lost black (token) mascot, a
          court jester, a minstrel show.”, you, my friend, would have been
          ENRAGED.
          But perhaps, flim-flam, you lack the BASIC DECENCY to admit that ….
          Shame on you.

  27. Ben Carson, plain and simple, is a conman. He saw the tea-baggers storming the capitol with their bigoted and misspelled picket signs and saw an easy way to make piles more money than he was making in the difficult work of neurosurgery.

    So he took a page straight from Sarah Palin and took all of the narcissistic B.S. being spewed by the tea-baggers and parroted it all right back at them in one book after another. Not to influence politics, but to get them to hand over their money, effectively providing to them the political equivalent of the girlfriend experience.

    So you are right, Ben Carson has a 0% chance of becoming President. And he knows it. But he’s going to keep up the facade just long enough to get one more of his hyper-conservative hand jobs on the NYT best sellers’ list.

  28. Update: To those still against Affordable Healthcare . Just audited a claim for $400+K. For artificial skin graft. They had insurance.

  29. It’s weird when a brilliant neurosurgeon comes off sounding like he could use a brilliant neurosurgeon…

    • Good one! Though no “brilliance” is needed to be a successful neurosurgeon. You just have to be a good technician and know your anatomy.

  30. I’m one of MANY who strongly disagree. If people would stop playing the race card and take off their victim mentality glasses, they would figure it out. “The person who has the most to do with what happens in your life is you.” That’s always been his message, it’s a conservative message, so why your opinion of him is changing now is beyond me.

  31. My opinion hasn’t changed at all. Of course I never heard of him until he became the right wing black kook of the day, so I never held a very flattering opinion of him. I do have a friend (a very accomplished black woman) who was a big fan until he started his political blathering.

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