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Posted in: Obama attending first U.S.-Canada-Mexico summit See in context

Americans who consume/sell/buy drugs are thrown in to prison, what more do you want?

Mmmm tough question. Obviously jail has not been a deterrent if 11,000 people have been killed. How about stop doing drugs which would then affect demand thus the profit motive which often leads to murder? But like I said, the Canadian and American users are too indifferent to care about their part in that bloodshed.

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Posted in: Obama attending first U.S.-Canada-Mexico summit See in context

Well the drug users of Canada and America should be held to account for their part in this tragic situation in Mexico. But unfortunately, like LastBestHope, they are too indifferent about the suffering of others to change.

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Posted in: Akiko Yada divorces Oshio after his arrest See in context

Has Manabu learned anything from all this sh:t he has heaped upon himself and those around him? Or does he still expect that others learn from his mistakes and cowardice.

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Posted in: Palin says Obama's health care plan is 'evil' See in context

ObamaCare is not about reform. It is about control. When we give an unspecified group of government empoyees full access to our medical records and financial accounts (for the purpose of collecting payment) and dictate treatment options to doctors, the true intent of ObamaCare becomes crystal clear. Control.

Then shouldn't you also object to the control private for-profit insurance companies have over deciding who gets health coverage? But you don't because you do not actually care about health care, it is all ideology. Speaking of which ...

The vast majority of American's are satisfied with their health care. Survey after survey shows this to be true. So instead of focusing on that small segment that are not insured or satisfied with their health care,

The over 40 million Americans without health care are not a "small segment" of American society and then include the 10s of millions who are under-insured, disqualified because of pre-existing conditions, face imminent job loss and so on.

It is ideology that allows some people to ignore the suffering of their fellow citizens. Obama's plan probably is not perfect, but what have the GOP done to address the very real health care problems faced by a significant segment of American society? Not much.

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Posted in: Palin says Obama's health care plan is 'evil' See in context

How many 10s of millions of American citizens don't have health insurance? How many millions more are under insured? Most people think the present system sucks, but what has the GOP done to help their fellow citizens? They had 8 years in office ... now they cry because someone else is doing what they could not do. You had your chance and you squandered it.

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Posted in: Iran state TV confirms arrest of 3 Americans See in context

Does Iran have any diplomats at the UN??? Round 'em all up and lets make a trade!

Why? Are Iranian diplomats in the US illegally?

Why do you support illegal behaviour? Are you happen with all the illegal immigrants in your country? Why should anyone tolerate people illegally in their country?

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Posted in: Why the Japanese Are a Superior People See in context

Haha won't this get under the skirts of the Japan haters!

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Posted in: 3 American hikers arrested in Iran See in context

Hikers, huh? Could be true, dumber things have been done. Good luck on convincing the Iranians that with American forces at war in countries on two of Iran's borders.

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Posted in: Gates 911 call: Witness not sure she saw crime See in context

A lot of theatre but not much substance beyond two alpha males unwilling to respect the other. Happens everyday.

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Posted in: Obama surprised at reaction to his comments on police officer in Gates' arrest See in context

What a bunch of halabaloo. Everyone wants one up the other. "Stupid" is right.

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Posted in: Democrats suggest CIA concealment broke law See in context

“This continued attack on the CIA and our intelligence gathering organizations is undermining the morale and capacity of those organizations to gather intelligence,” said Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire.

And these types of comments provide political cover whenever the gov't wants to step over the line. If moral is so important, then perhaps the politicians should not act as if they are above the law.

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Posted in: Cheney told CIA not to discuss counterterrorism program See in context

"But you were attacked once" And that was just months after Bill Clinton left office

So are you going to lay blame on Poppa Bush for the 1st WTC attack which happens mere weeks into Clinton's first term? The Clinton haters don't want to do that, what do you do Sarge?

As for Cheney, there was actionable intel in August 2001 and nothing was done ("Who knew?" as Rice said). Maybe Clinton knew and let it happen so he could push through policies he knew wouldn't fly otherwise?

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Posted in: Bush surveillance program was massive, report says See in context

Ummm, Whitehawk, the "missing W" scandal was proven to be false years ago (like I said trashing Clinton regardless of merit), but here you are doing your hagiography of Bush even as you deny doing so.

There was an Aug. 2001 PDB that explicitly warned of a threat and yet Ms. Rice piped up months later asking, "Who knew?" If Clinton or Obama said that kind of BS had they been president at that time I would guess you'd crawl out of your skin in outrage. But Bush was president so you and your ilk work endlessly in establishing a sainted Uncle Bush legacy where good people never do wrong.

Clinton was not a perfect president (or human being) and neither is Obama. That is a given and not a concession. Bush, on the other hand, seems to require special care and not be expected to shoulder the heavy responsibility of owning up to the outcomes of his (in)actions.

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Posted in: Bush surveillance program was massive, report says See in context

Whitehawk, sure Obama has to take responsibility for his actions just like everybody should. However for Bush legacy propagandists this "no attacks on America since 9/11" is a very sad attempt at shielding Bush & Co. from responsibility for their inaction prior to 9/11.

Similarly, you are basically doing the same when you question why call it Bush's surveillance program. It is Bush's surveillance program because it was, among other things, a fig leaf to hide the fact that they ignored intelligence reports specifically stating an airplane strike. For all the criticism of the intelligence system prior to 9/11, it had gathered a lot of actionable data which was ignored for political reasons - the data came from a Clinton era team.

I remember the contempt the Bushies had for Clinton (who doesn't). Anything that had anything to do with the Clintons was trashed regardless of merit. And who could miss the foreboding from April 2001 onward that something bad was going to happen. When Sept. came around I thought that perhaps the crisis had passed ... tragically it hadn't. Ever since the Bush propaganda is to push away responsibility away (towards Clinton if at all possible and at every turn) and create a hagiography for Bush that will in time cloud the responsibility issue.

Yes, Obama needs to answer for his inaction, but it is still Bush's surveillance program.

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Posted in: Bush surveillance program was massive, report says See in context

Yeah Whitehawk let's do just that and scrub Bush's name from the things he had done. While we're at it, let's push the fantasy that Bush kept America safe making 9/11 magically go away. Blaming someone else is always fun (besides the Clintons seem to enjoy it). Sure Obama would like to carry more blame, since he's doing it anyway with the bailouts that pre-date his election. I think in a year or two everyone will think of Bush as a kind uncle sort of ex-prez and all the bad stuff will be associated with Obama and the Clintons.

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Posted in: Worst violence since U.S. pullback hits Iraq with 60 dead See in context

Can you prove that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died ( excluding the bad guys and people over 75 )?

Sarge, do you have evidence to the contrary? Please share. You know, millions of non-combatants were killed in WWII though some would deny that fact. The Iraq War has lasted longer than WWII and 100s of thousands does not seem an exaggeration.

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Posted in: Bush surveillance program was massive, report says See in context

How many terrorist attacks on the US after explicit warnings given?

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Posted in: Attempt to beat train in Michigan ends 5 young lives See in context

When I read stories like this I wonder how many times we took stupid risks and were fortunate enough to live long enough to stop doing those stupid things. All they needed was one or two seconds more and they too would have been fortunate enough to get home.

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Posted in: Palin links resignation to 'higher calling' See in context

Sarge says,

And Senator Egan is a Democrat. Of course he's going to say Palin should apologize.

So Alaskans who are Democrats have no valid opinion about what their governor does? Kind of a pathetic democracy if you accept that all commentary is invalid if it comes from the other side.

Sad fact is that Palin is leaving her post early to seek a "higher calling" for no discernible good reason.

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Posted in: Palin links resignation to 'higher calling' See in context

If Palin cannot handle the heat of politics while governor of Alaska, then I cannot really see her doing any better on a large stage.

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Posted in: Palin resigns as Alaska governor; keeps plans secret See in context

Come again? Palin is bailing on her 1st term job so she can focus on a run for POTUS? The lust for power is more alluring than finishing her job.

OK, I get that America is a democracy and anyone can become president, but if the GOP insists on propping up almost anyone to be president, then perhaps America should lose the nukes. We don't need some American ayatollah from the radical Right in proximity to the big button.

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Posted in: Putin has 'one foot in old ways,' Obama says See in context

Oh great! another US president understands a Russian president ... I know there is a joke in there somewhere, but really, the first time wasn't all that funny.

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Posted in: Bolivia leader says Obama 'lied' about cooperation See in context

Tariff free since 1991 on the expectation that drug production and transit would be curtailed. Never happened so Obama pulled the plug. Now why is he the bad guy?

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Posted in: Republicans accuse Obama of socialism See in context

socialism in America will not and cannot be like socialism elsewhere.

Then maybe it isn't socialism then. As far as I can tell, all it is is the-GOP-talking-points-for votes-country-be-damnedism. Obama sneezes and the GOP will try to find a political angle on it.

Yeah, I know America is special but you can't hide behind empty ideas by trying to redefine the argument everytime someone challenges you. You rightists criticize at every turn and reject every overture - may as well move to Iran. America is just an excuse to play politics (the same goes for the left-wing nuts).

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Posted in: Obama scoffs at Ahmadinejad's demand for apology See in context

Actually, there isn't. It's fairly obvious that Obama's just winging it.

Well, duh! Events are unfolding as we write. You say he's winging it, I say he is obviously responding to an unfolding crisis and recalibrating his initial stance.

Should he just send in the troops? Get mouthy? There are a not a lot of options right now. Unless you are hungry for more war...

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Posted in: Michael Jackson found loyal, generous fans in Japan See in context

despite all obvious evidence will crucify Michael Jackson despite the official acquittal

His admission that he found it OK to share his bed with children really creeped me out ... kind of like smoke and fire.

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Posted in: Republicans accuse Obama of socialism See in context

Conservative is not an argument, it may have been at one time and certainly not on these boards. Now it is a shout with a handful of insinuations, veiled threats, and an inability to actually accomplish their stated goals.

And yes, "BOO!" America is not going socialist anytime soon. It is just the GOP in search of a purpose.

An argument? sorry, not in the real world.

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Posted in: Obama scoffs at Ahmadinejad's demand for apology See in context

So predictable. Obama's gonna learn the lesson that when you reach out to Islamic nations, you get bit. At least I hope he'll figure it out.

Or he could be setting the stage. Clearly he is different than Bush, why would he take on his mantle? Obama seems have provided Iran with a room and a rope to clarify in which direction they will go. Don't forget that not everyone in Iran supports the mullahs so it would be of strategic interest to signal America's larger intent if circumstances warrant it. Obviously they don't and Iran has taken this opportunity to place the rope around their own neck. Everyone in the world sees that.

Obama does not have to do very much at all. World opinion is moving away from Iran and it is more difficult for their allies to argue in their favour. Iran is isolating itself. By staying arms length away, Obama is placing America in a better position if a more robust response in required. Of course there are no guarantees, but there is method to the WH response to Iran.

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Posted in: Republicans accuse Obama of socialism See in context

BOO!

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Posted in: Obama scoffs at Ahmadinejad's demand for apology See in context

Now just hold on a minute here. I was told that once Obama took office,

Yeah and you were also told that Saddam had yellow cake, WMDs and a whole lot of other make-believe.

Only children accept what they are told without question.

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