For those of you who haven't heard me rant and rave about Jimmy Carter (search) lately, it's time to push record on the TiVo (search). Here's another one.

Jimmy Carter was once president of the United States — a disaster at the time and a profound continuing embarrassment to this country. Funny that after you throw them out of office, they still get called Mr. President. Can we do something about that?

On Tuesday, Jimmy was at this Atlanta center for peace and hammering nails — whatever it's called.

Says former President Jimmy:

"The U.S. continues to suffer terrible embarrassment and a blow to our reputation because of reports concerning abuses of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo."

Think it's worse than the blow to our reputation when he was president? How about the hostages at the Iran Embassy?

How about the gas lines, how about the double digits on everything from inflation to unemployment? Boy, those were the days, weren't they?

Ever so often when I talk about Carter, I manage to offend a few people. It must only be a few. I can't figure out how there could be more than a few who didn't suffer terribly during his presidency.

All those who want to go back to the president telling us we have to think small and wear a sweater, please raise your hands.

Funny the only one with his hand up is Jerry Brown (search).

But seriously, why does anybody listen to Jimmy Carter anymore? He's just trying to make us all forget the disaster that was his presidency. But I'm not forgetting.

I don't care how many 20-year-olds think an old coot for peace is cool.

Now to give Carter some credit, though not a lot, I must say that he did manage to criticize those dopes at Amnesty International (search) who compared Gitmo to the gulags.

According to an AP report, Carter said the alleged abuse at Guantanamo Bay could never compare with the forced labor camps operated by the former Soviet Union.

Well, that gives us a little hope doesn't it?

He seems to have allowed a little reality creep in.

Think this signals he might be pulling out of his end-of-career nosedive?

Maybe. But, nawwwwww, not a chance.

That's My Word.

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