Liberalism only works in theory  Do you ever fear dying of your own stupidity, Steve [Hammer]? You see John Kerry’s face and see a man devoted to our country and optimistic about our future (Cover, “Two Simple Words,” Dec. 29-Jan. 5)? Where has he been, Steve? He’s been a senator for 20 years. What has he done, Steve? What mark has he made? What has he actually done to impact this great nation in a positive way.   The fact that you’re a John Kerry fan shouldn’t surprise me. After all, what could one expect from a man who thinks Clinton was “... our greatest president ever.” Kerry is actually a lot like Clinton — without the charm. Neither man has core beliefs nor convictions. Both would say whatever seemed to be the popular thing to say at a given time. Both wanted to be president — not to serve their country, but to help them get chicks. Neither man really stands for anything but himself.  I have a hard time believing you give a damn about this country when you would support a man that would be so devastating for our future and the future of the world. What do I see when I see John Kerry’s face? Botox. Nothing more. Wake up, idiot! Liberalism only works in theory. This is the real world.  Rick Carr

Indianapolis  We are being lied to  There has been much debate in this country between the Republicans and Democrats about whether this war on terror is being properly executed. Our president has said that “They hate us because of our freedom.” We in this country like to believe that our cause has been just in every war that American servicemen have put their lives on the line, but unfortunately that is simply not the truth. How much truth about our nation’s history are our high school and college students really learning?  … We were lied to about the reasons for the Civil War, the Spanish American war, World Wars I and II, Vietnam. And both wars in Iraq. …  Folks, we are being lied to about a lot of things. The J.F.K., Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy assassinations, the fact that the American CIA in association with high ranking members of our military and our vice president George H.W. Bush brought tons of cocaine, marijuana and heroin into this country during the Iran contra operation, 911 and many more. 911 was an inside job. Why did Norad stand down for over an hour and a half after everyone knew the planes had been hijacked? Why isn’t anyone reporting that Marvin Bush, the president’s brother, was on the board of directors of both the company that had the contract for security for the Twin Tower complex, as well as the company who insured the towers until shortly before the attacks? Why did trade tower 7 come down the same way towers 1 and 2 did when no plane hit tower 7? The collapse of the towers sent into motion a plan that has been in place for a very long time.  Paul Warburg, an American representative of the Rothchild family, said the goal is a one-world government. The Rothchild family is one of the richest and most powerful families in the world and one of the owners of our federal reserve. That’s right, the federal reserve isn’t federal nor is it private. The Bush family is as corrupt as the Corleones.  The Patriot 2 Act just got rolled into the 911 bill that Bush was pushing. Oh and so did the National I.D. card. Did you know the government is trying to ban vitamins and minerals and other health care items? Did you know that Bush just got rid of overtime for anyone making over $22,000 per year? Did you know that we aren’t in Iraq to free anybody? Did you know that our Bill of Rights was just ruined in the new Terror Bill. Out of 4,400 pages only 400 deal with terrorism. The rest deal with controlling us.  Patrick McShay

Indianapolis  Move on  Can you please write about something else other than the election (Cover, “Two Simple Words,” Dec. 29-Jan. 5)? John Kerry lost the election by the greatest margin in the history of voting. He is not and never will be president. Maybe you should move on and support our current president, and try to say something positive.  The other option is to be negative, whine for four years about the president.  Hopefully you will be a journalist and choose the former.  Vince Roberts

Indianapolis  A brazen attempt  I fail to see any connection whatsoever between Frida [Kahlo] and the artist you are covering (Culture Vulture, “La Familia,” Dec. 29-Jan. 5), other than the facts that they are both Mexican women. Was your reason for beginning the article with an entire paragraph about Frida just a brazen attempt to catch the reader’s eye? Shallow, cheap journalism.  Posted by art lover

www.nuvo.net  Greatly exaggerated  With the exception of Dave Myers, nobody in the Gizmos could play an instrument (Music, “Remembering the Gizmos,” Dec. 29-Jan. 5). Being loud and stupid on stage does not necessarily mean you have much musical talent. Like the Dancing Cigarettes, memories of the Gizmos talent have been greatly exaggerated over the years.  Posted by rex miller

www.nuvo.net  Pony up  The “fire and forget” status of our veterans is nothing new (Cover, “Soldier’s Heart,” Dec. 22-29). It serves both establishments. The right wing establishment will never pony up for treating these people because then they would have to admit that their war isn’t just handing out flowers to cheering crowds. The left wing establishment won’t pony up for treating these people because then they wouldn’t have somebody to wave around as political puppets against the right wing.  Posted by Bryan Maloney

www.nuvo.net  Shortcomings  I usually enjoy your automotive reviews but the one on the new GTO has some shortcomings and factual errors (Culture Vulture, “The 2005 Pontiac GTO,” Dec. 22-29). I’m a car guy and feel like your writing could be more authentic and factual.  The original Pontiac GTO was a Le Mans Hardtop with a 389ci V8 and GTO badges and trim pieces. It was built to appeal to street and drag racers: It went fast in a straight line but did not steer, handle or stop very well.  The current GTO isn’t simply borrowing from a Holden Monaro, it is a Monaro, made in Australia and slightly restyled and modified for the U.S. market. The Holden Monaro is considered the BMW of Australia and the two-door sedan is only one of several models produced and offered Down Under.  The architecture is over 10 years old and based on the Opel Commodore produced by GM of Germany. The Aussies lengthened and widened the chassis and made it rear-wheel drive coupled to V6 or V8 power. In America, GM kept the original front-drive form and allowed Cadillac to build the Catera, “the Cadillac that Zags.” Who bought that car or even remembers it?  Moreover, the picture in your article is of a 2004 GTO, not a 2005. Some of the changes for ’05 include a 400 horsepower V8 and hood scoops.  The term “pony car” is a holdover from the ’60s referring to the Mustang as the inspiration for cars such as the Cougar, Camaro, Firebird and Barracuda. The GTO was always classed with midsized sedans such as the Olds 442 and the Chevelle Malibu SS. The Muscle Car Era was about straight line speed while the new paradigm demands a high level of balanced performance only dreamed of in American cars 40 years ago.  Speaking of performance: Your article mentions “a speedo [that] teases with a misleading 200 mph mark, but this pony is electronically limited to 155.” This is because the tires fitted to the car are all-season capable and speed-rated to 155 mph, as if that isn’t fast enough. With the correct performance enhancements and a capable driver, “this pony” could sustain 200 mph and still be streetable.  The current Pontiac GTO will be replaced in 2007 or ’08 with an entirely new car. This is simply a preview of better things to come from GM.  Posted by Rick Sparks

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