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What Others Say: America is better than terrorists (The Augusta Chronicle)

If by "liberal" you mean someone open to new ideas and possibilities rather than stale "me/us and our kind" ideas, I'm proud to be a liberal.

Only the academically dense swallow the 'dribble' of Cal Thomas, John Stossel, Michael Reagan, FOX and the editorials of the Augusta Chronicle.

posted @ Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:10

What Others Say: Cautious new day for U.S.-Cuba relations (Miami Herald)

The majority of critics of resuming relations with Cuba limit their view to the 1962 Cuban Crisis; that Cuba was a communist nation, a puppet of Russia and therefore egger to establish a missile base to use against the U.S.

These critics need to go farther back into Cuban/American historical relations for a deeper understanding.

Prior to Fidel Castro's rise, a Cuban was either rich or poor, thanks to the support of the U.S. for Cuban dictators favorable to U.S. control of Cuba.

In deed, the population as a whole of South America and Central America is fed up with U.S. control.

posted @ Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:54

Funt: Democrats' worst 2016 enemy is themselves

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - Now that Jeb Bush has his hat in the ring, it is more important  than ever that we draft Liz Warren as President and Bernie Sanders as her running mate for Vice  President. Liz will appeal to our base and the Independent Sanders will appeal the vast number of independent voters.  What a winning pair for 2016.  
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Of course, you gest. However, if such a ticket could win, I think you would find more accountability than from other candidates from either party.

But, Warren is fine where she is; biting the butts of Wall Street and making them howl, plead and whine and documenting that they are a bunch of thieving B..........ds.

Break up the big "too big to fail" banks.

Break up the monopoly of big corporations.

I'm all for it.

And in the process, the media - papers, t.v., radio, big entertainment, and, AT&T.

Put "competition" back into the market where it used to be.

That - will create jobs.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 17:06

What Others Say: America is better than terrorists (The Augusta Chronicle)

@swimdawg68: " I wonder when the republicans will conduct hearings on the drone strikes ordered by Obama that have killed innocent people. How humane is that?"

Not humane at all.

Will it shock you to know that liberals would support such a hearing?

"War is a racket."

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 16:52

What Others Say: America is better than terrorists (The Augusta Chronicle)

Since I have been reading it, the Augusta Chronicle has never published a straight talk editorial.

This one is no different.

Alas, the poorly informed, the unable to comprehend, those who never challenge its viewpoints, those who never check its accuracy, eat it up.

Why, oh why, must the Athens Banner Herald EVER need to use the AC's editorials...!

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 13:35

Dupuy: Torture is sadistic catharsis

"Obama has decided not to pursue criminal charges against the architects and practitioners of the CIA’s well-documented torture program."

But, don't get caught stealing a six-pack, or a package of luncheon meat (even if you are hungry).

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 20:13

VIDEO: Obama says US ending outdated approach to Cuba

I would love to visit before the U.S. really gets back in.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 20:07

Obama: US ending outdated approach to Cuba

About damned time!

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 13:01

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

This is the last few lines of a reply to you on another topic to you (which was much longer).
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"I'd like to see your list of reasons why people can't be self-sufficient. That would be interesting."

>I'd like to see you try and teach these kids you've been talking about.

>Then, you'd have your answer.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 20:28

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

@snarkydude: "As for @dahreese and others who continually apologize and try to justify the behavior of these ghouls, you can't make a case strong enough to justify what these bloodthirsty people do."

Ah!, another revelation of the depths of your shallow world view.

No one has apologized "for what these ghouls do" - "their ghouls" or "our ghouls."

Reality is some of us have ethics enough to admit our country's wrong doing is just as bad as anyone, anywhere else.

Pathetically, you still want to live in your dream world that, "Yeah, maybe we did make a mistake or two, but the other guy is really, really the enemy.

And why not believe that?

You were raised in your community to believe that.

You were taught in your school to believe that.

Your conservative (main stream) media tell you that.

You never questioned it then and you still can't bring yourself to question it now.

You're scared to question it.

That's " too liberal."

"In anticipation of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s release of the executive summary of its torture report last week, American embassies around the world bolstered their security and vigilance. But a shocked reaction from the outside world never materialized, probably because no one was shocked or even particularly surprised."

Around the world, "...no one was shocked or even particularly surprised."

Do you suppose "Around the world" they know more about the dirty side of your country than you do?

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 20:08

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

@swimdawg68: " Park did talk about Ferguson in a general sense when he stated Ferguson was an example of " a hyper-violent incident of policing".

Yet, your comments center on Ferguson rather than the topic of Dr. Park's column.

Just what, in your opinion, is his article all about?

And if it's not Ferguson, then why not talk about the topic instead of Ferguson?

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 13:36

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

Scaarbro, old girl, I don't mind your negs.

From you, I expect it....

But at least do me the courtesy, in this case, of what your neg is all about.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 13:31

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

@swimdawg68: " Most conservatives read the facts that were presented to the Ferguson Grand Jury and came to the same conclusion they reached."

The topic, the subject, the main theme of Dr. Park's article is NOT about Ferguson....

You are a prime example of someone with a degree, but no education.

Show us the brilliance of your mind and tell us what IS the point of Dr. Park's article.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:20

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

@snarkydude: "George W. Bush, to his credit, took a stand for America after we were attacked by members of a belief system that isn't worth the powder it would take to blow 'em to hell."

BS!

GWB's thinking had nothing to do with a 'belief system.'

It was an attack on Iraq and Saddam Hussein for oil, nothing else.

NOR is the subject of Dr. Parks article about Brown or Garner.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:10

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

"They believe they will be rewarded for killing innocents."

No, they don't; not for killing "innocents" as you and I understand the word. Those whom they kill, they do not see as "innocents."

"You cannot defeat an enemy who has sworn to kill you and your family with understanding and empathy. Take care of the problem and win the peace."

Do you never wonder how much of the "problem" is caused by the U.S..?

Do you ever realize, never wonder, just how much the U.S. plunders the natural resources of other countries?

Do you really believe that the wealth of this country is built on "free market" enterprise?

Are there terrorist?

Of course there are terrorist.

And "they" do not have a monopoly on it.
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That said, the children killed at the school (as reported today) were innocent, and those who did it need to be held accountable.

That said, who is going to be held accountable for the torture and killing of innocents by the U.S.?

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 09:46

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @dahreese: "We" have free public education. You know what that is, don't you? Didn't you show up there for a paycheck for a few years?

>All I did was show up. Ask some of my students, some of whom are now retiring themselves. Ask the ones who thanked me for being so hard on them that it kept them out of jail. Or the one who probably paid me the best compliment I ever got; "Oh, yeah! I remember your classes. Didn't take no crap, you were there to learn."

"We" already provide opportunities for people to "pick themselves up by their own bootstraps". It's a helluva lot better than standing in a bucket and trying to pick the bucket up, which is how Churchill, I think, described socialism.

>Churchill did serve in the military, but most of his life, he lived with a silver spoon in his mouth.

>Why is it conservatives rarely blast corporate socialism - which, when it comes to paying taxes, is quick to accept it?

The opportunities are there for people who want to take advantage of them. I'm all for making it possible for people to get the skills that will give them access to good jobs. I've said that plenty of times.

I've also said that I don't feel sorry for people who don't take advantage of those opportunities, and I think we make it very easy not to do so.

>It is extremely difficult to motivate people to get an education, especially when there are not examples of success found in the home. "Generational poverty" is a FACT, not a myth. Are there exceptions" Of course there are exceptions. But an exception is just that, an exception, not the rule.

>Nor is that confined only to the black race as some on here keep harping about.. White rednecks are the same way.

There's a very different kind of poverty now than when my parents were young and poor. There wasn't a social safety net during the Great Depression. People who grew up during those times understood that getting an education was key to a good job and a better life.

>Some did, some didn't. There were both in my family.

New Deal programs required effort from the participant in order to receive the benefit. Today's programs require nothing. Just sign up, and get a check.

>Can't remember if you were one or not, but we've had folks on here swear that Roosevelt's 'public works' program was a failure.

If you expect to change the cycle of destructive, dependent behavior, we are going to have to make major reforms in our entitlement system...."

>Hey, I'm all for it!

>We need jobs, even public work jobs.

>But the taxpayer, the Republican leadership in particular, whine it's not the responsibility of government to create jobs - these same Republicans who champion manufacturing going out of the country....

We are going to have to find some way of making young people finish school, more so than we do now.

>If you can find the way, we'll bottle it, sell it, and be fixed for life.

We are going to have to find some way of changing the culture that encourages young women to have children at a young age, and continue to have mutliple children they can't afford to support.

We're going to have to find a way to make those fathers responsible not only for the support of their children, but for the nurturing of their children......yet any time someone proposes to do just that, the left comes screaming down with cries of "racism".

>Same answer as above.

We have an illegal immigration problem, because jobs are there that our citizens will not do. We make it too easy to sit at home and draw a check. Working for what you have gives people a sense of accomplishment that receiving a handout does not provide. We need to require work from every person who is not aged or physically or mentally disabled in order to receive help from the government. We need to return to "help", not provide a lifestyle.

>I can't disagree changes are needed. However, as soon as someone on welfare gets a job, his/her benefits are cut and that still leaves them in poverty.

There is a huge cultural problem with a segment of our society, and it isn't just confined to one race of people or ethnicity. I don't believe that the left in general, and the Democrats in particular, are interested in making people self-sufficient. We make it very simple for people to slip into poverty and never do any better.

>Interesting, though, how Republicans are scrambling for the minority vote....

America offers the most opportunity for people who are poor to improve their lives, yet so many of our people fail to take advantage of those opportunities.

>I can't say.

I'd like to see your list of reasons why people can't be self-sufficient. That would be interesting.
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>I'd like to see you try and teach these kids you've been talking about.

Then, you'd have your answer.

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 18:24

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

We have, here, the usual criticisms of those who have no idea, and are not going to bother to find out, who or what Dr. Park has done for this country.

Easier to be an uninformed critic.

Easier to try to take one comment out of the whole context; "Dr. Park, in typical liberal thinking, calls the shooting of Brown in Ferguson as "a hyper-violent incident of policing" and try to present your thinking and world experience as superior to his.

That Americans have a fear of anything different is reflected from such news media as FOX, but not limited to FOX. Fear of one sort or another is a constant theme from such media.

Nor did the major American media hesitate to beat the drums, blow the bugles for an unnecessary war/attack in Iraq.

An excellent example of fearing something different can be found locally in Cobb County where a Muslim congregation has been denied a location to build a Mosque.

There is no shortage of similar examples.

This is the point of Dr. Park's comments; "The blurring of [the] line between foreign security and domestic security operations, coupled with American security policies characterized by an irrational fear of all things perceived as “different,” has set the stage for this dangerous collapse in relations between the police and the public."

"...an irrational fear of all things perceived as “different,” has set the stage for this dangerous collapse in relations between the police and the public."

Such exaggerate fear has lead police in this country to become a "military force" not a police force.

"What we have witnessed in both the Ferguson, Mo., and New York ...may be seen in a grand context of the transformation of American character, where national arrogance has mandated our foreign policy.

"... this arrogance...has returned to the domestic political dynamics."
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Jumpin' Jesus! will some of you people EVER learn to read?!

(But back in '68 UGA was accepting almost anybody who wanted to come - qualified or not).

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 14:57

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@snarkydude: " Still....bottom line, hoss.....if those who produce and sell products and services didn't do what we do, you wouldn't get a paycheck."

It is a given that we all need food, clothing and shelter. That's the nature of being alive. But if that's all there is to life, we are no better than the animals below us, who also need food, clothing and shelter.
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"I think we should provide opportunities so that everyone can achieve to the best of their abilities."

Hummm. That's new.

You usually chime that everyone ought to pick himself up by his own bootstraps.

So, just who? is the we? that should provide "opportunities?"

posted @ Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 14:56

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - @dahreese: While you are enjoying the "fine arts" try to remember who makes your food, your clothing and your shelter. And your upscale car. I forgot about that one.
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I don't need to "remember."

If you would read what I've said, not what you think I've said, I've acknowledged physical labor.

I can also sew my own buttons, make a garden, cook and do mechanical and home repairs.

And enjoy and understand the "fine arts" in the process.
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My "upscale vehicles" are a 2001 Honda Civic, and a 2003 Toyoto Tacoma.

I can afford better, but both fit my needs.
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The "fine arts" are inherent in human nature, the crème de la crème, and give MEANING to life beyond the need to meet life's daily needs of food, clothing and shelter.

An that's a hard damned lesson for conservatives to learn.

That's why they're conservatives - they miss it.

posted @ Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:06

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @dahreese: I'm glad you know liberals who work hard for their money. Keep in mind, though......without people engaged in commerce and manufacturing, those of you engaged in the "soft arts" wouldn't have any tax money to pay your salaries.
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Your vision of manufacturing and commerce are too narrow (should I say 'conservative')?

The "soft arts" are 'also' about commerce. We just manufacture a different product - one that helps people enjoy life; express themselves.

Those of us who engage in the "soft arts" also pay taxes - in the same percentages that you do. And your car sales (supposing you sell 'upscale' cars) would be a LOT less without us.

By way of explanation; "The swords of Caesars are less than rust; the poet doth remain:'

The "swords' are the kinds of 'manufacturing/worldly goods'' you speak of.

The Caesars are the CEOs, the money grubbers, Wall Street....

The "fine arts" are inherent in human nature, the crème de la crème, and give MEANING to life beyond the need to meet life's daily needs of food, clothing and shelter.

An that's a hard damned lesson for conservatives to learn.

That's why they're conservatives - they miss it.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 21:10

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@snarkydude: " I play the piano. Don't get as much time as I'd like. I have a lot of respect for those who can play instruments like that. I have even more respect for those who can sell those talents to an audience."

Do those who can "sell those talents ("soft arts") to an audience" work in the 'real world'?
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The liberals I know work hard for their money. One even parks cars at UGA, but writes successful books. In fact, for awhile, he was the only one of us who didn't have a degree - and the rest of us with deegrees have not written nor sold any books.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 16:46

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@rzimdars: "I sense a contradiction in Snarky's observations,"

Conservatives cannot admit of contradictions.

If they do, that leads to questions about their status quo (religion, politics and anything else) and that leads to more and more questions and that leads to liberalism.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 15:29

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@snarkydude: "Most of the professors I have met who were in the humanities or soft disciplines were liberal,"

You ought to try some of those 'soft disciplines."

Try practicing piano ten hours a day (and thinking nothing about it).

Try a few YEARS of trying to master the bow of a stringed instrument.

Try a few YEARS of mastering how to create a bowl from clay; a painting from a vision in your mind, or doing portraits.

Soft.... Yeah.

"The swords of Caesars, they are less than rust;
The poet doth remain."
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Better yet, learn to sell cars.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 14:37

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@snarkydude: " Funny how working and going to school gives you a better idea of where money comes from, and how the left has lofty goals with the money taken from your paycheck."

Tax breaks for the already wealthy still come from your paycheck.

You've either chosen or have been well trained by the right not to see it.
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"For those who want to concentrate on the "bad", I'd like to ask why tens of thousands of people try to come here every year."

The usual distortion by a righty; comparing oranges to apples.

The "sins" of the country are a totally different topic from those coming here to make money.
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" I guess if the US is so evil, maybe those thousands of Hispanics need to try to illegally enter Russia or China."

Another distortion.

Do you really believe that China and Russia do not have other ethnicities trying to enter their countries illegally?

The great sanctimonious Israel even prevents some Jews from entering Israel.
"13 African-American Jews may be facing deportation from Israel."

Or this; "After 60,000 sub-Saharan Africans, Christian and Muslim, sought refuge in Israel from political persecution and ethnic cleansing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a multi-pronged campaign to expel them all."

Don't hear much about that from the American MSM, do you?

That's something don't want to admit, anyway.

"God's chosen people" turning away 'His people.?

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 14:28

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@jtsim: "There are some people that don't want our young people being exposed to religion in schools."

Whose religion shall we teach, and whose 'bible' shall we use?

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 10:43

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