"We don't have a strategy....".
Well, apparently, Obama does have a strategy. These are the "rebels" he wanted to arm in Syria, against Assad. Remember? Only just a few short months ago, Obama had an itchy trigger finger, wanting to strike Syria, drawing all those red lines all over the place. Remember that? Somehow, it turns out that maybe it wasn't Assad gassing those people after all.
Obama supported the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Those are the people who support Sharia law. He said Mubarak "had to go". He sent US warplanes into Libya as part of a UN operation, to get rid of Khadafy. The Muslim Brotherhood took Khadafy's place. There's credible evidence that the attack in Benghazi was an arms swap gone wrong.
There's instance after instance of the Obama administration trying to help Islamic radicals, so I think he DOES have a strategy. His strategy is to help Islamic radicals get a foothold and establish an Islamic state. Why else would his administration try to pressure Israel give concessions to Hamas? This would also explain Obama's cold shoulder to Israel since he's been in office. It would also explain his willingness and anticipation to talk to Iran, which just gives Iran political cover to continue to develop their bomb.
I think that Obama's strategy all along has been to facilitate the creation of an Islamic state, at the expense and to the detriment of Western nations and Western culture. It's either that, or he's the most inept, gullible, naive man we've had in the White House in the last 200+ years.
Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain has it right. He has raised his nations's threat level to "severe", and has restricted the travel of foreign nationals within Great Britain. He understands that the jihadists are intent on killing as many Westerners as possible. Obama's vacillation is either a sign of weakness, or part of a plan to allow ISIS time to gain strength. Unfortunately, we will probably lose American lives as a result of Obama's lack of "strategy".
Bush had it right. You're either "with us, or against us". I think Obama's "against us", and has been all along.posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:36
[quote][b]grove600[/b] - @snarkydude: is a name. [/quote]
Well, I can call myself names, but I make a point not to be derogatory to others. I may lack respect for their opinions, but I try to show them respect.posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 08:23
@mpd0.59: IF.....and that's a BIG "if".....we had any leadership in the White House, we might have gotten a budget that didn't include cuts for military readiness. Obama, like Carter before him, has done his best to gut the military.
We always have international crises flare up when Democrats are in charge, because they appear weak to our adversaries. Carter, Clinton and Obama are all weak men who are more concerned about politics here and their so-called "legacies" than they are about making sure we have a strong American military and defense system.
With the exception of Carter, who was a moral man but a weak leader, why is it that you Democrats can't find candidates who have courage of their convictions, a strong backbone and the ability to say what they mean and mean what they say? All you can find to nominate are liars, philanderers, cowards, and wimps. That doesn't say much for the moral fabric of your party.posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 08:21
There's a time to play golf, and a time to be serious. Perhaps someone more in tune with the concern of the nation might have rescheduled the golf game to be played at a later time.
America expects its leaders to have a steady hand during a crisis. I think George Bush did an admirable job of that on 9/11. Throughout his term, Obama has given me the impression that he wasn't interested in messy little details, unless he could claim credit for something good. He was nowhere to be found during the Benghazi attack. He has been disengaged at best, and completely devoid of interest at worst with regards to the other crises that have come up under his watch. He does seem more interested in going on vacation and playing golf than he does showing concern for average, hard-working Americans.....unless they are among his ardent fans. So far as Obama is concerned, the rest of us can go take a hike. He's not interested. If the Obamas were concerned about how their vacation time appeared to out of work Americans, they wouldn't take these million dollar trips. He hit an all time low by sending his children and their friends on a trip to Mexico on the taxpayer's tab.
Yes, it's a stressful job, but a leader is aware of his movements and how they look to those he leads. To his credit, Bush quit playing golf when soldiers started coming home in body bags.
The last two Democrat presidents (and their wives) seem to have a cavalier attitude about "us and them". Clinton would go on TV, tell us he "felt our pain", and then have an affair with someone his daughter's age. That's not feeling our pain, that's telling us you have no respect for us. Hillary's recent statements about "being dead broke" with an $8 million book advance are pretty hard to swallow for Americans who have been unemployed or under employed for years. Obama's "it's not my fault", "I wasn't aware", and "I found out just like you did, from the evening news" comments make you wonder if he really wanted the job after he got it, and Michelle's actions are right up there with "let them eat cake".
The Democratic party is no longer the party of the working man. It's a party of elitists, who favor socialistic policies designed to punish those who achieve, and those who disagree with them. It's "do as I say, not as I do". Their disengagement and attitudes show a revulsion and disdain toward anyone who doesn't share their view.posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 13:01
My opinion is often contrary to some on here, but I make an extreme effort to express my views without demeaning those of others. I will admit to being demeaning about the culture that I believe causes most of our problems. When challenged, I just ask that someone else prove to me that I am wrong.
If you have a point to make, state the point and back it up. If you disagree, provide a logical basis for your disagreement. Nobody has to call people names.posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:36
George Bush got the approval of Congress before going into Iraq and Afghanistan. Democrats voted overwhelmingly to authorize this mission. Why wouldn't Obama want the approval of Congress? I don't think Obama has the guts to really do much of anything, when it comes to Muslims. The only time he really gets involved is when a white (or someone the news media can make white) person kills a black person in this country.
I sure hope we can get a leader in office next time, instead of a lying stoner do-nothing.posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:37
@mpd0.59: The President signed that law. Do you suppose he has any responsibility here? The President also decided that we didn't need to continue our ability to fight two wars at the same time, didn't he?
Oh...I forgot....to you Dems, everything is George Bush's fault.posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:30
Boy....Obama gave a speech. I bet ISIS is shaking in their collective boots. What a big bag of hot air.posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 15:58
@Kwijibo Junior: yeah...ol' Vince don't look the same, does he? ROFL
I guess we're going to have to give behavior manuals to paroled felons, because they sure don't seem to be able to pick up the basics very well....
1. Don't be out late at night or early morning. Nothing good happens after midnight.
2. Don't drink more than your tiny little head will handle. Drinking to excess leads to poor decision-making.
3. Police lights mean stop.
4. More than one police car, or police cars hitting yours, means stop right now.
5. When an officer orders you out of your vehicle, comply with his request.
6. If you ignore #3 and #5, your going to get an ass-beating.
7. It will hurt.
8. Doing anything more illegal than tearing the tag off your mattress will put you back inside.
It's so simple, yet these people can't seem to get it right. Culture again?posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 15:44
@barryhollander: You won't be able to find 12 people in any county around here who haven't been tainted by pre-trial publicity. Not only that, this trial will be lengthy, so those who work can't serve and be out that long, unless they work in a meaningless job with little to no responsibilities. Lord only knows I hope they don't call me. I sure couldn't be out that long.posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 15:36
Tell me again why we want the government to be more involved in our healthcare. Tell me one.....more.....time.....why some people think single payer is the way to go.posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 14:46
"Innocent young black men"?? Has it been determined that this young man was innocent of any wrong doing, and that the police officer is guilty of murder? Have all sides been heard, or is this article making great assumptions?posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 14:41
I keep trying to tell folks....
We need to trade our homeless-who-want-to-be-homeless, and a bunch of our other parasites to other countries for their immigrants. At least the immigrants want to work and do better. That's more than I can say for the homeless who want to stay in the woods.posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 14:36
So, to sum up, it's more important to be politically correct than to hear to truth? Sounds like we could take a lesson from this.posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:46
When will you people learn there's no free lunch?
No matter what you think is fair and/or equitable, somebody has to write a check when it comes to healthcare of anything else. You want to provide coverage for people who have expensive pre-existing conditions? You'd better expect your own premium to jump, then, because it inevitably will.
Providing coverage for people who are already sick isn't "insurance". "Insurance" is the pooling of monies against a possible risk, and there's no "risk" here....only certainty. When you ask for coverage for pre-existing conditions, what you are asking for is a welfare program to provide healthcare....(and I have a couple of pre-existing conditions, so don't start yelling at me. You know I'm right.)
If you want to provide coverage for everyone, you need to designate a certain portion of your premium dollar in order for that to happen. Think of what we could cover with the money spent for required coverages like contraception. Could you cover some sick people with what we'll collect so we can give out free birth control pills to people?
Remember....this travesty was never about helping people who don't have insurance, it was about controlling a large portion of the economy, and forcing you to vote for the party who has your healthcare, and thereby has you, by the balls.posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:39
You will NOT get a death penalty verdict in Clarke County. You're kidding yourself if you think it's possible. There will be at least ONE slimebag from the same ghetto area that has sympathy for Hood, and they will not vote for the death penalty.
If the DA does not request a change of venue, they need to get a plea of guilty with a sentence of life without possibility of parole, end this sideshow, and shut Hood up for good. I'm sure there's someone in prison who is related to someone else he killed at some point. Maybe they'll take justice into their own hands when they get a chance.posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:50
Michelle doesn't want you to know what she'll do. It's another example of "you have to vote for me, to find out what I support".
The Democrats are afraid you won't vote for them if they tell you the truth. Good, bad, or indifferent, most of the time, you know where a conservative candidate stands. You might not like it, but most of them don't keep it a secret. Contrast that with Democrats. If you had known the real truth behind Obamacare, would you have opposed it from the start, or demanded that it be rewritten? Don't you wonder why they didn't want open debate on that law? Plainly and simply, they didn't want you to know what was in it, because they knew the kind of backlash they would have gotten if you did.
Wonder why Obama won't make any definitive statements, and why he won't take a stand? He doesn't want any negative blowback. He wants to be able to say "it wasn't me" if things go south. If the people had known what he meant by "hope and change", many would have voted for someone else. This is the Democratic strategy: promise them something vague, pretend you're a "regular guy" or a "nice lady who loves her grandma", and never, ever reveal your real positions on things. Let's be honest: Michelle Nunn will support whatever the President tells her to support. End of story.
Why do you want to vote for the nominee of a party who won't even articulate what she or he supports? A lie by omission is still a lie. She's not being truthful with the voters on purpose. Is this how you want your senator to start out?
Remember that in 2016, too. Hillary Clinton has a history of over two decades of documented lies, untruths, and obfuscations. She'll look at you and lie in a heartbeat if she thinks it will accomplish her objectives. Why do you want to vote for a party whose nominees are cowards, liars, and worse? The GOP isn't perfect by a long shot, but at least you don't have to wonder where they stand on issues.
Democrats: the party of welfare, food stamps, and liars.posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:34
She knew EXACTLY what whe was doing, and she knew it was wrong. She also would have kept on doing it, had it not been for WSB-TV in Atlanta poking around. THAT is what journalists are supposed to do, not be a cheerleader for one political party or another. If we had REAL investigative journalists in the national media, we'd probably never have elected Obama.
Also....she probably ain't the only one dipping into the till. The former county CEO is up on charges, and I'd be willing to bet if WSB poked around a little more, they'd find some more dirt on others. Dekalb County, Fulton County, Clayton County, the stadium authority and the airport authority have long been sources of corruption and malfeasance.posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 14:47
The real, basic issue of this election is: do you agree with the actions and policies of President Obama and the Democratic party. Immigration is just one part of that question. I believe...and see....that even many Democrats are distancing themselves from Obama, because they see supporting this president as an albatross around their necks in November.
Obama's ratings are in the toilet. Support for his signature legislation, Obamacare, is in the toilet. As more and more costs become evident, support drops even more. Support for Obama's foreign policy is in the toilet, too. Obama blithely plays another round of golf, as he vacations while an American ciitizen is beheaded by ISIS.
Obama's penchant for changing laws and situations he doesn't like by issuing yet another executive order has drawn criticism all the way up to the Supreme Court, yet he seems to think that he is above the law, and above reproach. According to many pollsters, if the election were held today, Romney would win hands down.
The Democrats have given us nothing but lies, tap-dancing around lies, and more lies, and now Hillary wants her chance to lie again. In 2014, you need to send a clear message to the Democrats that their policies do not benefit most Americans, and in 2016, you need to tell them you don't want any more serial liars in office.posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 12:26
@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: This is a true story. There was also an incident some years back in Oglethorpe County, where the deer came through the windshield of a pickup, and got trapped in the cab. Still, you're better off hitting the deer than trying to dodge it.
With most insurance companies, an accident with a deer is considered an act of God, and will not result in a rate increase. If you try to miss the deer and have a collision that results in damage to your vehicle, it is considered an at-fault accident and your rates will normally go up 10% to 15% for the next three years.posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:53
The first Republican primary was held in Georgia in 1970. The first major run at a state-wide office by a Republican was by Bo Callaway in 1966. People have forgotten that this state was once a solidly single-party state....in favor of the Democrats.
Consultants can talk until they're blue in the face, but there's one factor they continue to either ignore or they just don't know: the vast majority of Georgian voters outside the major cities in this state are solidly conservative, and they despise President Obama and his agenda.
You'll find little pockets of liberalism. We have one here, due to UGA. You've got black metro Atlanta, and the yuppie/gay Midtown area, and you've got the inner city areas of Macon, Augusta, Columbus and Albany. Everywhere else you go, you'll find people who are sick of Obama, and don't want to hear anything that even resembles a closeness to Jimmy Carter. His name is still "mud" to most people outside any metro area.
Sam Nunn had a loyal following in the state, due to his moderate approach to politics, but that won't carry over into support for his daughter. She's running on the strength of his name, and hoping she won't have to stake out a position on anything that's controversial. The voters know she'll be a rubber stamp for the president.
I talk to people across the state every day. Pollsters talk to maybe 100 people, mostly by random phone calls. They pick and choose the demographics they want to call, in order to get the results they want to give to their candidate. I always ask two questions: (1) How's your business. The answer to that is almost uniformly "not good", or just plain "bad". Even if they have a decent volume of sales, it's not usually enough to offset increased costs due to healthcare. (2) What do you think of the President? That's when I hold the phone away from my ear.
The poll-takers and the talking heads, in their haste and politically correct effort to concentrate on minority voters, have greatly underestimated the intense unpopularity of Obama and the Democratic party in general. They need to get farther outside the perimeter than Newnan, and they'll figure it out.posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 17:58
We sure wouldn't want to infringe on the rights of someone convicted of murder, would we?posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 16:41
[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - What kind of slur?
"Shamal"?? Bet I can guess.posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 16:22
One word: Depends.
At my convenience store several years ago, I caught two young women who squatted down between the aisles, and went on the floor. I gave them a mop and made them clean it up. That was a MUCH better solution than calling the cops. I didn't have to worry about banning them from the store, either.posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 16:19
I posted this idea last week. I think it is a great idea. We need to swap an equal number of welfare and/or homeless parasites for these people. Let IRC find a host country that is willing to take our deadbeats, and we'll take their immigrants. The immigrants will probably all find jobs and be self-sufficient. Our deadbeats will....well...............
All in favor, say "aye".posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 15:57
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