Let's hope Eric Holder can put a stop to this violence. I am anxious to see him on the streets bringing calm to the diverse crowd of Black Panthers, Community Activists, Preachers and Vigil doers.
If I was the young officer, as soon as my injuries healed enough so I could travel, I'd head for Costa Rica. There are many American doctors and American hospitals in that country. There is no way I would be given a fair trial with the justice system so polluted by politicians and activists. He will get nothing but a show trial. I heard this young officer even caused global warming.
This is all the fault of Bush.
That's a false assumption becaise the price to produce is far less than the wholesale peoce. Sire, you would lose money if you sold a product for less than what It cost to produce, but we might need to reach $35.00 ppb for that to happen. Even deBeers found that if they limited the amount of diamonds someone else (Russians, Africans) would under cut them. The Arabs formed a cartel to manage the price of crude but now the USA and the Russians and some African countries can undersell the cartels.
I recently returned from an inspection of my interests and holdings in the Midwest. There is an old oil and gas field on Highway 75 South of Dawson near the Kansas border. There are oil fields along I-80 West of North Platte into Wyoming. My uncle and grand father sunk some of these wells on their ranches in the mid 1950's outside of N. Platte and Sidney, and if I recall correctly this was $5.00 a barrel oil. That's likely what they got paid and was big money back then. I can't recall, I was pretty young then. The wells were shut down for many years, not to drive up the price but because they were pumped dry. Good news is that the wells have filled back up as part of the Earth's natural process. Almost all the pumps I saw were operational.
This wild clown we had in Colorado, Ben Salazer capped all the producing wells on the front range but he did that because he is/was a fool and anti-oil. The Government did it, not the energy producers.
Just think what the price would be of the President would approve the Keystone pipeline? I just returned from a motor coach trip to visit my holdings and interests in the Midwest. My offer to allow the pipeline to cross my property still stands. I saw several of Warren Buffet's oil death trains on his BNSF tracks. I was so happy when these mile long tank car things passed by. Of course, this President must help his financial supporters.
According to several financial sources, speculators now understand the situation in the Ukraine is 'business as usual' and the price of crude and the huge stocks of gasoline in storage (same as in 2008 according to the EIA) because of the poor economy must be sold off.
This is simple economics, when a product is available in quantity, the price is reduced. More good new is the lower price is devastating to the Russian economy. When the price of crude falls below $100 per barrel the revenue flowing into Russia is greatly reduced. This morning the price of a barrel of crude delivered Sept. 14, was $94.94 and falling. RBOB September gasoline was $2.68 per gal. and rising. The py6 (Ruble) is under great pressure causing inflation inside Russia which will greatly hinder their military build up. This could cause Putin to take more drastic actions.
These are interesting and very dangerous times.
School officials, Mom's and Dads, children and innocent passers-by better watch out. The US Department of Education might send in their heavily armed SWAT food police to shoot up the place. Armored vehicles will roll over tables of snack foods and organizers will be dragged off to internment camps where they will be given nothing but water to drink and Broccoli to eat.
Boosters might not even get away with setting up their bake sale across the street on public access. The tear gas will drift that way. All must obey the mandates of the US Dept. of Ed.
@dahreese: I am assuming you are talking about the invasion of our Southern borders by people from Central and South America. You raise an interesting point.
My relatives on my brothers side are from Mexico. They arrived here on visa, waited in line and earned citizenship. They came here to flee the politics
corruption, violence and lack of opportunity in Mexico. I believe most people arrive in America for this reason. All but one (who is a local LaRaza organizer) for the most part vote Republican. They do not vote a party ticket, I try to point out some worthwhile Democrats who deserve their vote.
Many foreign nationals can quickly see the USA is leaning towards political corruption. They see little difference between local police and an armed federal
force. They see armed federal SWAT agencies like the BLM, IRS and FAA. They see politicians taking bribes. The USA is beginning to look like home, the place they fled and the want the values of America for which they ran here, returned.
As a Democrat i fear we might lose this voting block unless we return the Constitutional guarantees and freedoms these folks came here to expect. Democrats and Republicans are scared to death of the Amnesty issue and the border mess in general after the Cantor election defeat. Now we know that ISIS, Mexican gangs, Chinese and many OTM crossed into the USA. Those who oppose Comprehensive Immigration Reform are ending up to be the heroes.
We must also remember Bill Clinton's political bundlers and fund raisers. Several went to jail and others (mostly Asians) fled the country.
The TEA Party was a grass roots political ideology when people got tired of their elected officials ignoring them. Thanks for pointing out it was a bipartisan effort which ousted both R's and D's The supremes did not have to declare corporations as person, the Corporste person is a matter of law and has been so for many years. The Corporste person allows the Orgainzation to continue long after the death of the founder. This decesion allowed for a greater voice for the people. One undeniable political axiom says that money is speech.
We all remember the promise. "If you like your Doctor you can keep your Doctor...Period. If you like your insurance you can keep your insurance...Period! We also remember that ..."We need to pass the bill so we can learn what's in it". And we all remember what former Senator Max Baccus who helped draft the legislation and who voted for it called the ACA in a Senate committee. He called it a "TrainWreck."
Now we see now bad legislation can be when our elected officials don't read it, when the bill is drafted behind closed doors and is sold to the American people because of a lie. The President has made no attempt to return his signature legislation to Congress and show the leadership necessary to get both sides together, find common ground and fix it so those with life threatening or painful quality of life illness can be treated as promised.
Agreed Ben. I don't believe the R's have anyone to get excited about. Nobody blows wind up my kilt. Christy's bridge collapsed, Cantor supported amnesty and lost, Paul is too...Paul and Cruz, well...? , We Dems have our hopes attached to Hillary but she can't sustain any real enthusam. Her book tour fell flat and she made so many goofy statements. Heck, the book written by the black neurosurgeon is selling more than hers. We have the gal from MA, the fake indian but she too is extreme and will fall apart when exposed.
There is not much out there to get excited about.
Perhaps the point was not well defined You mentioned 'Congress' and then Cruz. I touched on both the House and Senate. The Senate is the problem.
Partisan politics has always been in play and there have been times when it was more vicious than now. I recall Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil say that any bill brought to the House by Reagan was Dead on Arrival. Remember, he was called the Amiable Dunce but he and others helped communism to collapse of its own weight. The difference between then and now is the both Reagan and O'Neil were leaders, they got things done. GWB invited Ted Kennedy to the White House for movies and popcorn. Both men showed leadership and Kennedy helped draft the education bill.
There is a time honored process of appointing House and Senate committees to reconcile difference, find common ground and pass laws. Often times Presidents got involved. A President has many, many options and some Presidents involved themselves when politics stalled progress. Johnson and Clinton were very good at 'arm twisting and cajoling Congress. Many of our past Presidents had vast experience in getting a job done. This one has little.
Some of the programs put in place by FDR were unconstitutional but none of our past presidents resorted to wholesale violations of the laws passed by congress nor did they stoop to be that of an imperial president.
The founders lived under a similar system which is why they created the three co-equal branches of government and placed limits on each.
There are some who feel Homeland Security is using this as a test for special weapons and tactics to be used against the people. We have seen once respected government agencies now with tactical forces. The IRS, BLM, FBI, And even the FAA have Swat teams.
We see local police officer change from being the 'cop on the beat' to members of an armed military force wearing BDU and armed with select fire weapons while making traffic stops for speeding. We see small town police departments with Armored vehicles used in Iraq. We called the local armored car company when we needed such a vehicle during shootouts. Three officers were wounded in the street and we used the armored car to provide cover while we plucked these guys off the street during a barricaded gunman situation.
On the other hand local police will battle the next War on Terror. We know The radical ISIS is in New Jersey and Nebraska and I would suspect other locations as well. They came in over the Northern and Southern borders. So, perhaps military equipment is necessary to eliminate this threat but the question is should military force be used to thwart locals expressing displeasure at government action?
Our government has fundamentally changed.
Perhaps the good professor might wish to address the recent natural events which has caused the Earth to change its Axis.
Three recent earthquakes have shifted the landmass is such a significant way that the Earth has an axis wobble according to the US Geological Service. The length of a day is not very slightly shorter and the Earths axis has shifted about 6.5 inches.
The Indonesia tsunami which we all saw on TV also resulted in a large land mass shift.
Any change in the way the angle in which solar energy reaches the Earth will have an impact on weather and climate which is being overlooked by scholars who are only funded when their concerns focus on human impact on climate. We must remember that the Sahara and Kansas were once seas, the Arctic was once a tropical forest, Greenland was once forested and the climate has been hotter and colder than it is right now. All this occurred before humans and their SUV.
This just in from Washington. The President didn't know the Missouri Governor was calling up the National Guard. He was blindsided, he didn't know. Nobody told him, he must have read about it in the newspaper.
Now the mess is in the lap of the Mo. Gov. and local officials now must be relieved.
Wow! First the County Medical Examiner conducted a Post. The family conducted a private Post and now the Feds want to do their own Post. Parts of this kid are going to preserved in little glass jars all over the country. There won't be enough left of him left to put in a bag and place In the body cavity to sew up.posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:24
Onhhhhh pleeeeze. The House has passed 230 bills which are now stalled in the Senate. These bills were passed in a bipartisan manner. Reid has not brought any to the floor nor has he formed a committee to reconcile differences between the House and Senate. He hasn't even passed the President's foreign triad bill. The government could have functioned very well without raising the debt limit by prioritizing spending, something you and I do every day. They could have moved funding, there was more than ample income coming into the government from normal revenue sources to keep everything up and running but the Administration elected to make this a political issue. The business about funding legislation already passed are just political talking points. C'mon, you're smarter than to believe that. We see a total lack of leadership
The Speakers border bill was pulled because it was a terrible bill. Both members of the House and Senate are running scared now after Cantor's reelection defeat. Seventy seven percent of the American people want the borders closed and no amnesty. Cantor supported and beat the drum for the House Bill. While the House was in extended session trying to craft a bill, Reid pulled the Senate bill because he could not get enough Democrat support. The Senate ran home.
In the Senate Cruz and the Republicans cannot stop anything. They are in the minority and the nuclear option was enacted giving them far less power. The blockage is in the Senate and the shady ol' Reid is running the show.
Huge difference. In one case we have a drunk and combative woman in a powerful and important political position who refused to do the right thing and give up her office. The Governor was doing his job as the Texas Constitution mandates. In the second case we have a president who is failing to 'execute' the laws of the land passed by Congress, and who failed to obey the Constitution and the separation of powers and respect the three co-equal branches of government. Past Presidents have encountered the same problems but have exercised leadership to get things done. Not in this case. Ooops, big difference.
Thank you for your correct assessment. Texas politics can be down and dirty. Look what they did to that other Repub., I think his name was Delay? His political career was trashed and many years later all charges were dropped. The USA is more and more like a third world country.
@cyou299: This woman was drunk and combative. she tried to throw her weight around. The Other DUIs mentioned happened at a time when DUIs were more common. When we began our DUI program in the 1980s (one of the first in the nation) most politicians and judges were drunks. This was our main problem, trying to change the mind-set of the public and officials. Today, DUI is unacceptable, everyone knows this except the drunks. Perry was right in taking the action he did. Even Axelrod said this was shaky.posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 - 08:36
When local government lies and reneges on agreements they made with their own people, their own workers, how do you think they will treat the people of the community? The people must retake control of government.posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 - 08:27
A criminal investigator who has been around for a while will tell you that witnesses are notoriously unreliable. They are often wrong. Even victims of sexual assault who have been very close to their assailant have made false identifications and innocent persons have been convicted. Officers must develop other evidence collected independently or in relation to what the witness said to convict other than a witness ID.
False confessions are also a growing problem. I instruct Interview and Interrogation techniques. The Courts are not in favor of interrogations and have sent down specific guidelines for officers to follow. Often times in the heat of an investigation with all the political pressure that comes with it, investigators will cut corners. A false confession might be the result. Again, officers must develop additional evidence.
What compensation is due an innocent person wrongly convicted? Like one law maker said, innocence does not have to be proven, but often a person is guilty and must prove innocence. The law makers are trying to get by on the cheap.
Militants? Such a nice clean word. Kind of like being disgruntled. ISIS are killers and terrorist. There are news reports from people on the ground at Mosul that children have been beheaded and their heads placed on poles.
They remove the Cross from churches and Bly the flag of Allah. They have vowed to fly the flag of Allah over the White House. They terrible people are even too violent for AQ. Even Chuck Hagel contradicted his boss and said the world is exploding all,over.
@dahreese: I didn't make the statement that Obama's legacy is going to be a short one. That was someone else. I said it was still being written. McConnell's statement is all politics, what else would a Repiblican say. McConnell is a Minority Leader and his power is very limited. He really can't do very much, the Democrats control the Senate. Leader Reid has all the power in the Senate. You might recall that Tip O'Neil, Speaker the House said anything Ronald Reagan sent up to the House was dead on arrival. That too was political talk. Reagan and O'Neil were leaders, they got together and got the job done. We see little leadership today. The House keeps passing bills in a bipartisan manner but they go not further in the Senate. In years past, leaders of the House and Senate would form a committee and find common ground to proceed and compromise on legislation. We don't see that now. GWB had Democrsts in his Cabnet and worked with Senator Kenndy on immigration and education bills. Thanks for your viewposted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 22:38
@jtsim: That was a great one.posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 22:15
What an interesting juxtaposition.
1. We have 'Teddy' Roosevelt, the Rough Rider who led the charge up San Juan Hill. He was 26th President of the United States the 25 VP, the 33ed Governor of New York and assistant Secretary of the Navy. He was a member of the New York National Guard and the US Army. He saw combat action in the Spanish American War. He was an unabashed strong America and inspired confidence.
2. Winston Churchill served Great Britton as Minister of Defense and First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Minister of the Colonies, Secretary of State for Air, Minister of Munitions and served during WWII as Prime Minister of England. Perhaps nobody rallied the English people during WWII than he. His speeches were legionary. After the war he warned the world that an Iron Curtain was descending on parts of Europe. He is one of the greatest figures of the 20th Century.
3. FDR, our 4 term President. Formerly Governor of New York, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Member of the New Your State Senate. Perhaps second only to Churchill in his ability to rally the American People through speech during the Great Depression and during WWII. There was great fear in America when we were attacked by Japan. He put that fear to rest. Even though Germany and Hitler never attacked the USA, FDR came to the aide of Europe and assisted in defeating Germany before the USA under Harry Truman gave full attention to Japan. He inspired American confidence.
4. Barrack H. Obama serves his second term as President. Was a United States Senator and Illinois State Senator. He worked as a lawyer, a Law Professor and a Community Organizer. He said he had a gift and that gift was political speech. He had the ability to rally people to believe that he was a new politician, that he would not do as his predecessors had done. He promised many things. There was such hope.
Compare the experience and the history of these four. Much of the legacy of Obama has yet to be written, and like the other three who served when the world was in flames, will things be better or worse when he leaves office?posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 19:26
I reserved my comments for the guy we have now. If we really wanted to we could go back to WWII and the Grand Mufti of Palestine, Hitler and FDR, Churchill, Stalin for the situation in the Mideast. All that is water under the bridge and history.
This President all but admitted his foreign policy blunder which Hillary 'zinged' him about and admitted his detachment stating he 'didn't know', again using the Sergeant Schultz excuse.
We are again watching mistakes which our grand kids will have to deal with.
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