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FLASHBACK: Where did Saddam’s WMD go? To Syria …

I thought this point of Iraq possessing no WMDs was settled a couple days ago on another post. Apparently not. That's despite President Bush's own Commission on WMDs concluded, "the Intelligence Community was dead wrong in almost all of it's pre-war judgements about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction." Here is the link: sites/all/files/do c/war/2005-03-31_w md_transmittal_let ter.pdf So LonePalm, et al., please stop trying to rewrite history. Please stop presuming you know more than Ex-President Bush and his WMD Commission. Our country cannot learn from it's mistakes - and this was a whopper - if a portion of the population trys to cover it up and pretend it was not a mistake. Moving on, the truth all Americans adults in 2002 knew, heard and remember well is Bush saying Iraq was trying and perhaps already had nuclear weapons. We attacked to find and destroy those facilities, any stockpiles, and round up the scientists involved with Iraq's nuclear weapons program. We did NOT attack because of chemical or biological weapons. To say so is to dishonor all those who fought with a revisionist history of the war. Here is a good synopsis from CNN after the Iraq Study Group released it's 1,500 to 1,700 page report of findings about the war. For those short one time, it says, "Saddam decided to give up his weapons in 1991, but tried to conceal his nuclear and biological programs for as long as possible. Then in 1995, when his son-in-law Hussain Kamal defected with information about the programs, he gave those up, too." Here is the link: /2004/WORLD/meast/ 10/06/iraq.wmd.rep ort/ Other things Republicans got wrong and/or blatantly lied about Iraq include these (and others): 10/11/2000, George W. Bush, Candidate for President "I don't think our troops ought to be used for what's called nation building." 10/7/2002, George W. Bush, President "The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas." 1/15/2002, Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense"Five days or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last longer." 01/10/2003, Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense"... something under $50 billion for the cost. How much of that would be the U.S. burden, and how much would be other countries, is an open question.” 02/08/2003, George W. Bush, President"We also know that Iraq is harboring a terrorist network headed by a senior al Qaeda terrorist planner. This network runs a poison and explosive training camp in northeast Iraq, and many of its leaders are known to be in Baghdad." 03/16/2003, Dick Cheney, Vice President"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. . . . I think it will go relatively quickly, . . . [in] weeks rather than months." 03/30/2003, Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense"We know where they are [Iraq's weapons of mass destruction]. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat." 05/01/2003, George W. Bush, President"My fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended." Under the banner "Mission Accomplished. " Finally, I'll leave you with these two key failures: 09/17/2003, George W. Bush, President Q: Mr. President, Dr. Rice and Secretary Rumsfeld both said yesterday that they have seen no evidence that Iraq had anything to do with September 11th. THE PRESIDENT: "We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th." 03/31/2005, President's Commission on WMD We conclude that the Intelligence Community was dead wrong in almost all of its pre-war judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. —Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Link here: sites/all/files/do c/war/2005-03-31_w md_transmittal_let ter.pdf  (Aug 26, 2013 | post #3)

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St. Marys, GA

More Job Growth - Great Job Mr. President!

Might as well add this article from today's AJC, 6/9/13, which bolsters the improving economy all around us. "Tax collections in Georgia shot up nearly 9 percent in May despite lagging sales tax growth with the end of the “birthday tax” on vehicles. Yet Georgia is far from in the financial clear, as a growing population is driving a need for ever higher education and health spending. Tax collections grew by $106 million, or 8.6 percent, compared with the same month last year. That makes for an overall increase of 6.3 percent for fiscal year 2013. “This shows the state’s economy is strengthening, and in recent months we’ve seen higher percentages of growth than we’ve seen in the past two years,” Gov. Nathan Deal said. “That means more Georgians are on payrolls and that more people feel confident enough to spend money on goods and services.” The May growth was fueled by individual income tax collections that jumped by about $38 million and corporate income tax receipts that soared roughly $19 million. That helped offset sales tax collections that dropped by about $30 million from May 2012. Part of the reason for the plunge is the new law that took effect in March that requires new vehicle owners to pay a one-time upfront title fee of 6.5 percent of the vehicle’s value rather than an annual tax. As the tax coffers swell, Deal offered a note of caution, saying he will “budget conservatively as we continue to face pressures from increased spending on k-12 education and Medicaid.” Here is the link: /news/news/georgia s-tax-collections- shoot-up-again/nYF Wx/  (Jun 9, 2013 | post #29)

St. Marys, GA

Finally, an intelligent Republican opinion

A powerful and accurate op ed. Wish a Republican with cojones would write a similar piece about our nation's gun problem. There are similarities with Republicans pandering to every crackpot group just for a few more votes.  (Jun 9, 2013 | post #13)

St. Marys, GA

D-Day anniversary and too many guns

We're home from a nice 1,300-mile, 4-state vacation. I was disappointed to see no one on Topix bothered to mention the 69th anniversary of D-Day that occurred on June 6, 1944. That was a unbelievably tough day for many vets, many still alive today. Speak to your kids about it if you've not done so. One of the many interesting things we noticed on our trip was signage to effect of, No Private Firearms Permitted, at gas stations, restaurants, hotels, fast food joints, etc. Hopefully that trend will increase. No need for a gun to enjoy a stack of waffles. I was also disappointed to see in my email that the gun craziness continues unabated. Right here in Georgia we've got another "responsible gun owner" and concealed carry nut think it's okay to shoot at a shoplifter in a Belk parking lot. Here is the link: http://www.dothane e_ledger/opinion/c olumns/kyle_mooty/ article_b93f4188-d 132-11e2-a1f5-0019 bb30f31a.html Worse was the 4-year old who shot and killed his father, a veteran. Another case of a gun being in a home where there is a child about. It's unnecessary and often deadly. Get them out of the house if that's you. Here is the link: http://www.foxnews .com/us/2013/06/08 /4-year-old-boy-ac cidentally-kills-d ad-in-arizona/?int cmp=trending Even worse I noted right here on Topix someone posted an article saying, "Sounds like a good idea", about a community giving away shotguns for every and any homeowner. Another dumb idea. Read the article above for verification. More guns in the communities and neighborhoods is never the answer. They lead to more deaths, problems and guns on the street. Bottom line. Too many guns out there still folks. People, kids included, are getting killed unnecessary just to give the gun industry more profits. They are the real merchants of death in our society today. Support politicians who support stronger gun safety laws.  (Jun 9, 2013 | post #1)

St. Marys, GA

More guns for everyone? Sure, why not?

Still not much new here folks. Guns continue to kill our family and friends at an alarming rate. Still too many guns in homes with children. Still too many guns in our neighborhoods and communities. Still too many states with weak gun laws (like Georgia). Please support politicians that support strengthening the nations gun safety laws. Below is just "some" of the carnage I found from the past week or so: Lake City, FL. 4 YO shoots and kills 11 YO sibling. Eatonton, GA. 28 YO concealed carry nut places .38 on top of car and drives off. Fortunately gun found by honest citizen. Hopefully it will be melted down and not returned. Denton, TX. 8 YO kills 5 YO brother. Patriot gun owners home at time of shooting. Onalaska, WI. 24 YO concealed carry nut fired .45 in his dashboard while at Gander Mountain parking lot. Salem, OR. 24 YO patriot shoots sister in the leg while unloading gun. Iowa City, IA. 61 YO "responsible gun owner" pulls gun on 12 YO boy looking for lawn mowing work. Good Hope, GA. 24 YO "responsible gun owner" shoots friend in hand while cleaning 9mm. Soldotna, AK. 16 YO shoots self in leg. San Francisco, CA. "Responsible gun owner" wraps pistol in aluminum foil for sneaking through X-ray machine. Fail. Boise, ID. 23 YO "responsible gun owner" male kills relative during "family gathering." Bristol, TN. 25 YO "responsible gun owner" male patriot shoots .45 into neighbor's apartment. Chatsworth, GA. "Responsible gun owner" male shoots dog for being on his yard. St. Petersburg, FL. Concealed carry nut sets purse down at Starbucks shoots friend in leg. Albany, GA. 18 YO male shoots 19 YO brother. Eugene, OR. "Responsible gun owner" patriot arrested after neighbor complains of gunshots. Police find 39 bullet holes in ceiling and multiple guns. Soldotna, AK. 23 YO man shoots self and friend while disassembling .45 cal in car. Amarillo, TX. 6 YO shoots self in abdomen while "responsible gun owners" patriots at home. Tullahoma, TN. 26 YO dad shoots 13 month old girl while cleaning 9mm. Albuquerque, NM. "Responsible gun owner" shoots into the air. Bullet finds 74 YO woman on her way to church. She lived. Wilkes-Barre, PA. 3 YO shot in hand. No "responsible gun owners" fessing up - yet. Santa Rosa, CA. 27 YO shoots 25 YO brother in the leg and unloads rest of clip into the air. Charleston, WV. 13 YO boy shot at home. Police lied to about location of shooting. Jupiter, FL. Male patriot concealed carry nut shoots self while bowling. Yea, that's what we need, more guns. Aurora, CO. Student riding home with off-duty security guard shot when driver placed gun in glove box. Lehigh, IA. 33 YO man unloading gun shoots self in hand. Beaverton, OR. Neighbor calls police re bullet hole in wall and loud bang. Neighbor (i.e., responsible gun owner) says did not know gun actually fired. Stanley, WI. 42 YO man shoots self in neck. Another "accidental " discharge. Houston, TX. 15 YO teen shot dead while out driving with four other teens. Gravette, AR. Man shoots self while trying to hide stolen gun. Blames home invasion. SWAT called out, schools locked down, etc. Simpsonville, SC. 24 YO "responsible gun owner" male "accidentally " fires round into neighbor's apartment. Since the neighbor did not complain, shooter went off to work. Bossier City, LA. 13-year-old finds the patriot's family gun, accidentally shoots 11-year-old. Roseburg, OR. 20 YO takes 49 YO uncle to the range. Shoots uncle in stomach. Charlotte, NC. Off-duty police detective shoots himself at the movie theater. Trained. Educated. Tuscon, AZ. Two 16 YO's out with a gun for a walk. One teen shoots other in the head. Memphis, TN. TSA finds two loaded guns in carry-on's. Ten so far this year found in "responsible gun owners" bags. Pontiac, MI. Teen shoots 17 YO girlfriend with a headshot. Federal Heights, CO. Young patriot wife buys assault rifle, couple day's later trips and kills herself with a headshot. Buy more guns they say.  (May 20, 2013 | post #1)

St. Marys, GA

Guns & kids don't mix. A 1-year old this time.

Wow, first time I've seen a law enforcement officer acknowledged kids and guns don't mix. Lets hope this spreads far and wide. The 1-year old is listed in critical condition. Bottom line: Get guns out of homes with children. Having guns around kids is reckless and can be deadly. Period. "Police said the Tullahoma man accused of shooting his 1-year-old daughter in the chest while field stripping two handguns was acting recklessly. Witnesses said Kevin Sayre, 26, was showing how parts of one gun were interchangeable with the other one when the gun discharged, according to Lt. Jason Ferrell. Sayre was charged with aggravated assault. “You’ve got to ask yourself if a reasonable person would consider those actions reckless,” Ferrell said. “It’s our contention that it was reckless that he was even performing those steps with the child present.”" The Tennessean 5/15/13  (May 16, 2013 | post #1)

St. Marys, GA

New gun control safety measures

Sounds like a reasonable starting point: "Maryland's gun laws are now among the strictest in the nation. Governor Martin O'Malley signed the sweeping gun control measure Thursday. Under the new legislation, which the governor helped push through the General Assembly, anyone buying a handgun will have to submit fingerprints to obtain a license. The bill also bans 45 types of assault weapons, but those who own the weapons before the law goes into effect will be allowed to keep them. Gun magazines will be limited to 10 bullets, gun ownership by people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility will be banned, and Maryland State Police will be able to suspend the licenses of gun dealers who fail to comply with recordkeeping obligations." From NBC News 5/16/13  (May 16, 2013 | post #1)

St. Marys, GA

Hobbies matter, dead kids not so much

Just so you and others are clear, I've never posted to "ban" guns as you're alluding too. The only people using that phrase are the NRA leadership. For my money the NRA is just an internal terrorist organization milking money out of gullible citizens with ridiculous scare tactics. But their real money comes from the gun industry for which they really work. All I've been advocating here and other places is for stronger gun safety laws. Period. There are lots of reasonable, rational ideas that will, if enacted, save lives without "infringing " on the ability to own a gun. For example, there should be a requirement for a pistol lock box for cars for those who carry a concealed weapon. You lock your gun away in a secure box bolted to the car when you enter a facility you can't carry, like the Court House, Starbucks, a hospital, church, etc.). That way your gun is not stolen and ending up in the hands of criminals while your inside. Seen a police cruiser lately? Their auxiliary weapons are locked and bolted down tight inside either in the vehicle or the trunk. That way some punk won't steal them. But for some "infringement " crazy reasons and people, lock box legislation can get passed. Stupid. We clearly need a similar or stronger mandate for guns kept in homes with minors. Be it gun safes, solid trigger guards, removable triggers, firing rings and/or some other reasonable technology, we must fix this problem. Our kids are dying all the time. So, yea, stronger gun safety laws are needed badly. And until they're passed, I'll keep posting to keep this issue out front and center. PS. Read up on the 8-year old Alaskan boy who killed his 5-year old sister while playing with a .22 rifle at home. Just another needless death. http://www.alaskad e/20130430/5-year- old-shot-killed-8- year-old-brother-r emote-alaska PSS. Phony "Camden Vet." Do you really think you're fooling anyone by posting under my name? What you're doing is making a fool out of yourself. If you have something intelligent to say, say it - under your own name clown.  (May 9, 2013 | post #4)

St. Marys, GA

Hobbies matter, dead kids not so much

Hobbies matter, dead kids not so much, is how it seems to be these days. Which one of these stories will make intelligent, honest citizens stand up and demand better and stronger gun safety laws and regulations in our country? The 6-year old who shot dead a 4-year old on April 10, 2013? The 5-year old who shot dead his 2-year-old sister on May 1, 2013? The 13-year old who shot his 6-year old sister on May 5, 2013? Or maybe the Tampa 3-year old who shot himself dead 2-days ago on May 7, 2013? Each of them should. But if they don't, no worry, they'll be THOUSANDS more to read and weep over in the years ahead if we fail to change our laws. And yea, I know, I hear your whining that little gun hobbies are important and fighting off all this imaginary tyranny is hard work. I'm not buying it, that's a crock of you know what. On the other hand, if you man or woman enough to admit we've got gun safety problems in this country, then call your Congressman (Kingston, Chambliss or Isakson) and let them know. Google has their number. Sooner or later we'll pass some intelligent safety laws for gun control. I hope it will be sooner, rather than later. Too many citizens, young and old, are dying because of gun hobbyist.  (May 9, 2013 | post #1)

St. Marys, GA

Steelaway is not leaving Part 2

Thanks for the detailed, but unnecessary reason you're here. 99% of us are glad you're here. The ship is nice to look at and the kids enjoy the tours. Ignore the 1% which you'll never please.  (Apr 20, 2013 | post #4)

St. Marys, GA

6-year old shot by 4-year old dies

There is not much sadder reading than reading of yet another child killed by a gun. It happens over and over and over again in our country for no reason. We have too many guns out there and too lax laws and regulations concerning guns, gun ownership, gun storage, etc. That said, today the Senate is expected to vote to expanding background checks to purchase a gun. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of Republicans will vote against the bill. They are scared of the NRA's money and losing their jobs, not what's best for America. Bottom line: We need less Republicans and NRA servants in elected positions. Our two senators have signaled the will vote no as well. What a shame. And to sort of answer the issue of accountability for kids being killed like those 2 in this posting, I've never, ever, seen anyone held accountable. And I doubt we will on either of these cases either. You can email our senators regarding the upcoming background vote by following the link below. Thank you. http://campaigns.d action/public/?act ion_KEY=373  (Apr 17, 2013 | post #14)

St. Marys, GA

Some consequences of too many guns

Too many guns out there folks! Time to strengthen our gun safety laws and stop these tragedies. Not everyone can and should have a gun. Period. Support politicians who will support intelligent gun restrictions and legislation. LUMBERTON, N.C., March 26 (UPI) -- A 10-year-old Fairmont, N.C., boy was accidentally shot to death when the 12-gauge shotgun his father was cleaning discharged, police said. Christopher Stanlane Sr., 34, was on a couch in the family home, cleaning the gun with the butt of the gun on the floor and it discharged Sunday afternoon. Christopher Stanlane Jr., sitting on the floor watching television, was struck in the head, Capt. Anthony Thompson of the Roberson County, N.C., Sheriff's Office. Stanlane's wife, in another room, called 911. The boy was pronounced dead at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer reported Tuesday. No charges have been filed. Read more: /Top_News/US/2013/ 03/26/Father-accid entally-shoots-kil ls-son/UPI-9552136 4320825/#ixzz2OspW RZ6w FLINT, Mich., March 26 (UPI) -- Police and school officials Tuesday were still trying to learn how a Michigan first-grader came to have an unloaded handgun in his backpack at school. Flint Township Police Chief George said officers were at Dye Elementary School the day after the gun incident to talk with students, reported. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said if the weapon was taken from an unsecured location at home, there could be a fourth-degree child abuse charge brought against whoever was responsible, said. Read more: /Top_News/US/2013/ 03/26/Police-inves tigating-grade-sch ool-gun-case/UPI-7 4111364303075/#ixz z2OspJGAyj KOKOMO, Ind., March 21 (UPI) -- A former teacher in Indiana is facing charges after a gun he allegedly hid in the ceiling of a class room fell to the floor during a class, officials said. Christopher Johnson, 52, of Frankfort, Ind., on Tuesday was charged with possessing a firearm on school property and criminal recklessness for the incident, the Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune reported. Johnson, a former teacher at the Kokomo Area Career Center, allegedly hid a loaded handgun in a classroom at the center. Auto tech students discovered the gun while playing with a tape measure, which hit the ceiling, sending the loaded 9mm Beretta and its holster to the floor. Johnson turned himself in at the Howard County Criminal Justice Center Tuesday morning. He has since posted $7,500 bond and has been released. Kokomo police notified Kokomo-Center officials that Johnson, who last taught at the school in May 2012, placed the gun in the ceiling. Read more: /Top_News/US/2013/ 03/21/Former-teach er-charged-for-gun -at-school/UPI-985 71363893105/#ixzz2 OsovK4zC  (Mar 28, 2013 | post #1)

St. Marys, GA

Gun deaths & shootings 9-15 Mar. Part 2

This is Part 2: North Fayette, Penn. -- After a heated text-message exchange with a girlfriend, a 25-year-old man left a bar today only to return moments later with three handguns and shoot three people, killing one of them. Police later found a loaded assault-style rifle inside the assailants vehicle in the parking lot. Chanceford Township, Penn. -- A 43-year-old man called police to say he just shot and killed his wife, then proceeded to shoot and kill himself. Houston, Tex. -- Police believe a man and a woman found fatally shot inside a home died as a result of an apparent murder-suicide. Brandon, Fla. -- A 70-year-old is man is accused of shooting his 41-year-old wife’s 32-year-old lover late last night after discovering them having sex in the living room of his home. Ninety Six, S.C. -- A 51-year-old man was fatally shot when a fellow hunter mistook him for a wild hog. Jacksonville, Fla. -- A man and a 22-year-old woman walking together out of a post office building began to argue, the woman pulled out a gun and shot the man several times, killing him. El Rio, Calif. -- Two males in their late teens or early 20s confronted a 16-year-old boy on a street before shooting and killing him. Milwaukee, Wis. -- A woman arguing with the father of her children asked a 39-year-old male acquaintance to come to her aid. The father shot and killed the acquaintance. Billings, Mont. -- A 47-year-old man was found shot several times and killed outside his garage on his property. Fulton County, Ga. -- A 30-year-old man was shot and killed by his 29-year-male roommate at a home early today after getting into an argument. North Liberty, Iowa -- Two police officers were shot at a home. Louisville, Ky. -- An 11-year-old boy with a group of juveniles was shot in the side when one member of the group began playing with a gun. Marietta, Ga. -- A 70-year-old man shot and killed his 72-year-old girlfriend in the garage of her home and then shot himself to death. Boise, Idaho -- Police believe a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound caused a driver to crash a car Saturday afternoon. Lake City, Fla. -- A 32-year-old woman was fatally shot Saturday while walking on a street. Manchester, Tenn. -- A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the head with his aunt’s gun. Terrace Heights, Wash. -- A man shot his pregnant wife in the bedroom of their home Friday morning when he mistook her for an intruder. Seattle, Wash. -- A 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg when a friend playing with a semi-automatic handgun accidentally fired the weapon as the two sat in a car. Philadelphia, Penn. -- A 21-year-old man was in critical condition after his friend, a 19-year-old man, accidentally shot. Muskogee, Okla. -- A woman was shot and wounded when someone fired a bullet through the front door of her home. Tampa, Fla. -- A 19-year-old man fired a gun in the air during an argument with his mother at an apartment.  (Mar 16, 2013 | post #1)

Q & A with Camden Vet


Camden County, GA

I Believe In:

America, truth, freedom and equality for ALL citizens. And I don't think America should ever be for sale. Yes, we got problems in our country. One of the largest is the availability of guns. We must enact some reasonable gun laws (ammo, magazines, etc.) soon. I'm a 25 year veteran and a former Republican now an Independent leaning Democrat.