Dec 5, 2008
I have the utmost respect for Judge Napolitano, but I disagree with the premise he shouldnt have been killed. Anwar al-Awlaki was engaged in hostilities against the United States. His treason was witnessed by more that two people, many of us have seen the videos Awlaki released. It is a tough line, but anyone who is on foreign soil and has joined the enemy in hostile acts against this Country has effectively renounced their citizenship. I do not agree with the method that was used by the Administration, they should have done it differently. Now with that said, as President I would have directed the Attorney General to convene a Grand Jury investigation and if a Judge and jury declared him guilty I would have then had him killed by whatever means necessary. That is how I would have handled it. Unfortunately this Administration has made so many errors it is hard to support them in anything. It would have been better to release the memos and to take the case to the People before acting upon the targeting. Make no mistake, I believe in the US Constitution, I took an Oath to Support and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Awlaki was an enemy not only to the Constitution but to the soldiers I trained, mentored and took to combat on many occasions in my 21 year Army Career. We will likely to continue to disagree on this, but I respect your opinion as I would hope you would respect mine. (Feb 27, 2012 | post #171979)
MAD was effective between powers that wanted to survive and valued their power. We are supposed to be downsizing to 300 nukes, which we will be outclassed by China and the Russians. It takes very nukes to make a point during an exchange, but to have the ability to entirely wipeout the opponent is a very effective deterrent to the sane leadership. Ideologues who have power and little value for human life are people I take at their word. Especially when they say they want to cause mass causalities. Terrorist organizations are a fear, because they operate in scattered and decentralized groups and have nothing to lose. Their ability to get a weapon is getting more risky. The world was safer oddly enough with the Soviets and us in a standoff. The proxy wars of the cold war era were costly, but those will pale in economic and human costs when, not if, terrorists are rogue leaders manage to get their nuke. (Feb 26, 2012 | post #171974)
I understand and saw that. (Feb 26, 2012 | post #171973)
The Soviet Empire will never rise to the extent it was. Economically and socially it would be very hard for a totalitarian regime to come to power again. Putin is a quintessential politician. He saying what he thinks people want to hear to garner their votes. - (Feb 26, 2012 | post #171961)
To make the reply fit I had to cut down your reply some The problem with Iran is the leadership does not care about the people beyond their labor and funds from tax. Iran is in a state of war with us. They have directly attacked our forces and have aided others to do so. Diplomacy is failing, and Iran is different than N Korea. The N Korean government and leadership is their religion, and they fear death. Irans leadership is not the religion, and they have no fear of death and the leadership wants to fulfill a prophecy which will create death and martyrs for their ideology. Why do we tell Israel not to act? The same reason why we told them after the Yom Kippur War to return most of the land they captured. That was a defensive War for Israel, they were fortunate to have not been wiped out. The media is geared towards the left. Few, if any are actually towards the middle or just the facts without opinion. I would enjoy a media outlet that reports facts without opinion. People are mostly lazy. There are those among us who vote by the letter next to the name and not the person. Scary to me. SOPA and PIPA are geared more towards the right of the Country. Remember the website that you can report people to for telling lies, or even the truth, about our President? Dissention cannot be tolerated by those who value power over service. That is a good assumption that I meant without . Sometimes I think faster than my fingers can type. A strong offensive posture is not about bombing or attacking anyone that has not attacked us, but the capability and the use must be considered in some cases. If it is clear and evident that something is going to occur, it should be eradicated before it is allowed to happen. As I have stated, I only know who I will not vote for. I have not decided who I will vote for. I am also concentrating on the State and local level. We have recently been thru a major gerrymandering process in Illinois and the elections are being rigged for the north of I-80 crowd. Coincidently, the district I was in a part of was Obama State Senate District, and the purge of dead voters, many of whom still voted, was mind-blowing, even for Illinois. The motto here is Vote early and often, and in the same election. (Feb 26, 2012 | post #171959)
What creates E-Coli and Salmonella is not the factory farming itself, it is the lapses in the process that introduce them. The human factor causes that. Carrots and spinach do not produce e-coli, but both have been contaminated with it. The contamination comes from improper sanitation. The question is what do we replace the factory farm with? Family farms are disappearing, the worlds population is growing and few will take the time to raise their own food. Can we grow enough food for ourselves without the factory farm? No. Is it only the factory farms that produce meat that concern you or does the plant based farms bother you as well? Food is not cheap, have you bought Peanut Butter lately? Even without the tax rates that you in California enjoy and we in Illinois enjoy, I would expect you have seen a dramatic increase in the price of vegetables and other items. (Feb 26, 2012 | post #171956)
I would disagree; they are related in my opinion. It comes down to personal responsibility. The hunter, may be prominent in his community and a legislator, but his actions where his own regardless of his status in society. By your description of her, the man could be also considered mentally ill, that condition is not based on social or economic status when it does exist. My oldest daughter lived at home until she was 28, she was not mentally ill, she was lazy. She woke up one day and had her epiphany, she realized she was going nowhere in life and decided she better get going. She is almost done with her Radiological Degree now, lives on her own and is a model citizen. Did she get a free ride? Somewhat, but she had chores and responsibilities to the household she was to maintain. Where the man lacked empathy or compassion in your mind for animals, the woman lacked the same for people. She wanted a child killed, yet she could not do it herself, she wanted someone else to do it for her. And like him, she sees no wrong in her actions. Both could be considered ill. But imo, they are both just stupid. If you assume most hunters are like him, is it also safe to assume that most animal rights activists are like her? There is plenty of wrong with factory farming. It is mass produced commodity that is run by people and therefore prone to failures. In order to feed the world, factory farms are required since family farms are far and few between anymore thanks to taxation, costs and a disinterest by the children of farers. Factory farming is not just livestock, it is all food grown for consumption as well. Leghold traps? When placed properly, no issue. I would prefer the use of snare traps. I know you like neither, but it was the animal rights crowd that made the current leghold traps legal and the older tooth traps against the law. I do like conibear traps as well for certain species. (Feb 26, 2012 | post #171955)
How many people would attempt to leave the US on an ironing board, in a homemade boat or any other contraption to go to a place less free? They dont, generally people who enjoy the leftist regimes will board a plane and go there in First Class cabins or private jets. People who escape these places do so at great peril and for the idea of what we stand for. The Patriot Act was a document drafted long before President Bush was in Office, and it did what every Government does in a time of confusion, it takes from the people. Did you know that President Lincoln had a similar legislation? He had the writ of habeas corpus suspended during the Civil War and the same arguments from then were used for the Patriot Act. This may sound contradictory, but in some cases, and those are exceptions; the leadership must be able to act when it is appropriate. Taking in account our freedoms, and our rights, when President Obama gave the order to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, a US Citizen, I believe he did the correct thing. This is why, treason must be witnessed by two individuals, and in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki anyone who saw the video tapes he produced was witnesses to his treason. But he is the exception to the rule. I do agree the Patriot Act and the NDAA went overboard. Yet our President complains that he is restrained by the Constitution and that it is flawed to restrict government. Hence we have these Bills to circumvent the Constitution. IMO, anyone who voted for these Bills needs fired by the People. Anyone who voted for without reading these Bills, needs imprisoned for a term equal to their time in Office. Extreme? Probably, but when the People are being trampled by the servants corrective action needs to swift, fit the crime and harsh to deter the next servant from crossing the line. Cameras in sensitive sites, expected. Not a violation of our freedom, imo. Cameras on private property and not with the owners consent, not acceptable. (Feb 26, 2012 | post #171954)
A majority of the Iranian people are dissatisfied with the regime there, and I also believe you are correct that in a decade there will be a change. It may be sooner imo, but the world needs to be wary all the same of who ultimately creates that change. Egypt, Libya, Syria are places where recent history should give us pause and the clue to think. I shall apologize to RP since I missed his apology, and the taking of responsibility would add credit in my opinion. (Feb 26, 2012 | post #171953)
Blue jeans and Rock n Roll were definitely a part of the fall, along with the Arms Race , their failed economic policy and the strength shown by the US and the UK. President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher with the Pope did much to keep fear in the Soviet leadership. I remember Berlin in the 80s where soldiers were the main conduit of exporting Levis and music. My belief in a strong military force for a deterrent is from my reading of history, generally societies that keep a strong force are least often attacked. The majority of the Force needs not to be conscripts, but must be professionally trained and equipped. And when soldiers leave activity duty they should retain their Arms, and serve as the reserve in case of an attack. Not entirely a novel idea as it is a proven method and is economical as well. (Feb 26, 2012 | post #171952)
Ron Paul does not believe in preemptive military action. Something that should remain as an option for when diplomacy fails and our allies or our economic interests are being threatened. As far as the Iranian leadership, they are a threat, they have made it clear what they want to accomplish. The Iranian citizens on the other hand I do not fear. The history lesson on Iran precedes the 1950s and even precedes our Countrys founding. What people fail to see is the Persian Empire and the rise of Islam (not the base Islamic belief, the perverted teachings). As in all religions, there is the base belief of peace, then somewhere along the line that belief is stretched to create strife and violence. One thing to note, in strictly religious societies that are ru by a few, the population is generally kept illiterate. Why is thatI must have missed where he said he was responsible for the content of what he published and authorized to be published. Anything short of that is not true leadership. The media has blame for some, and the candidates have blame for how they are represented. For me the perfect candidate would be this: Can balance a checkbook with using overdraft Present the aspect of a strong offensive posture to promote peace Remember that the People and the States hold most of the power Encourages people to be productive and bring welfare back to the community level Reads the Constitution and see what each Branch is responsible to do, and remove the Federal postings that are not in those simple rules There are many more, but for brevity and content I will stop here. Please understand that just because I do not agree with Ron Paul 100% of the time does not mean I dislike him personally or politically. As the campaign progresss I may even end up in his corner. But right now, not one of the people in this election cycle has my vote. (Feb 25, 2012 | post #171931)
We have been attacked by terrorists for more years than most people realize. 9-11 was only one incident in many. Why are we attacked? It is not our foreign policy as many try to state. It is deeper than our foreign policy, our freedoms and prosperity. War is fought for territory, economics or religion, rarely for any other reasons. Do I think Ron Paul as President would defend the Country? Yes I believe he would, but would he do it within political considerations or would he prosecute an action with overwhelming power and speed without regard to offending someone? That I do not know and it is hard to judge him on that front. I do not believe any of the people seeking office would as most have not served in combat or near it. National Security is complicated, and no I do not think any of the politicians in office or seeking office will take it serious enough. Our border needs better secured, and the Border States who have attempted have been stymied at all levels. Beyond securing our borders, National Security is also economic, and our deficit and lack of economic intelligence will be our downfall long before any enemy defeats us. I do watch Fox, and CNN, MSNBC, BBC, read several newspapers, listen to NPR and read politicians blogs and even have bookmarked Congressional voting records at the State and Federal level. I do not formulate an opinion from one source; the greatest formulation comes from the words and actions of who I am researching. All of the MSM, to include Fox, are to far too the left for my tastesRon Paul has many things right, but I do feel he is shortsighted on a few things. Just my opinion and by no means an insult to him, I differ in opinion is all. I respect your fervor in his defense, but understand, no one exists that I have 100% agreement with, nor even 80%. (Feb 25, 2012 | post #171930)
Funny how reading a Bill to see what it says seems to be a novel idea these days. Sometimes I wonder if politicians read anything beyond talking points and teleprompters. I see a whole lot of candidates to vote against, yet to find one to vote for. Ron Paul, his domestic agenda seems ok, I like he usually makes a Constitutional case for his thoughts, but his foreign policy scares the hel* out of me. The post WWII world no longer exists and will never exist again, and isolationism will only invite more hostilities, IMO. Yet, Paul has a few things, like all of them, he needs to come clean about.. The racist rants in his newsletters, whether he authored them or not, are something of concern. It was his publication, and he needs to take ownership of the issue. Every one of the Candidates, to include the President has to show leadership by example and admit their roles and their parts. That link, hilarious, and fitting for any legislative session of recent memory. (Feb 24, 2012 | post #171923)
This was a short article and leaves a lot of questions. It says this place was abandoned, why? And why leave the animals in such a state? And I am quite sure California has legislation against animal abandonment, and this is a severe case. This is not an excusable offense; someone made the conscious decision to leave these animals. I do hope they find the paper trail to the offender who made that decision. There a lot of questions unanswered here, please let me know of any future developments with this case. (Feb 24, 2012 | post #171922)
I do like the idea of monitoring our elected Representatives, and the basic truth of the idea is this: No one should pass any legislation unless they are willing to live with it. Monitoring is extremely intrusive in a free society, and is a violation of the presumption of innocence. As stated before, monitoring does make sense in certain situations, but those are the exception and not the rule. And I look at it in another way, we the taxpayer will be paying to monitor ourselves, which is insulting, and since we pay for the elected officials salaries, benefits and their campaigning we should have the first say who is monitored. This is a Republic, not a democracy or a police state and unless we voice our disdain and vote beyond the party lines we will surely slip further into the trap that we warned of by the Founders. (Feb 23, 2012 | post #171902)
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