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No, actually I think that "Nostradamus" above is counting on a 9.9 earthquake and the entire coastal region of California being swallowed up by the Pacific Ocean, along with its inhabitants. That's just about the only way his prediction will come true in our lifetimes ...
Well, I am going to assume that you are NOT a troll, although the thought did cross my mind. I live in California, I am 52, and I can tell you that the Republicans will not get California's electoral votes in any election during my lifetime - even if I live another 40 years. Demographics is destiny, and California's fate is now to slowly keep descending into the status of a typical third world hellhole - with a small elite insulated from their policies by their wealth - and everyone else, clamoring for more government money and policies to punish those who actually work and pay taxes.
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The Left's Evolving Hierarchy of Rights

Al341 Wrote: Apr 06, 2014 2:39 AM
Charles, ask the Jews of Germany how well that tactic worked out for them - or the Christians of Stalin's Russia. When you are dealing with pure totalitarian evil, the religious strategy you advocate above is tantamount to marching voluntarily into the execution pits. Gandhi was a complete moron, BTW - he advocated that the Jews should be passive and try to win Hitler over peacefully - oblivious to the fact that the only reason that his nonviolent resistance to British rule in India worked was that his opponents were civilized people with a high code of behavior and honor. Had he been facing Hitler, or Stalin, no one would have ever learned his name because he would have been liquidated after his first protest. The "Progressives" (read: Marxists) are akin to Hitler and Stalin. The only way they can be defeated is with the iron fist. What this nation needs is a General Pinochet, or a General Franco to rise up and save it. But that can never happen here, because of the way that the military has been completely subservient to civilian rule throughout our history. That is a good thing in a vibrant democracy, but robs the people of the only independent factor that can prevent a leftist takeover in times of crisis. So, speaking as a historian, America is doomed. The pattern, now that we have crested the hill and have started down the long slope of decline, is greater and greater (leftist) government control, resulting in loss of liberty, personal and economic, and eventual impoverishment of larger and larger numbers of Americans. Along with that decline will come more and more totalitarian tactics as a way of keeping the increasingly desperate population "in line". Finally, when the ruin becomes such that the entire system starts to collapse (see the example of Rome, and more recently, Soviet Russia), only then do these empires (which America certainly is by virtue of its geographic size) start to break up into smaller elements - when there is no benefit to the people of a region to being ruled from a distant capitol as opposed to having local rule, the local rule always wins out. Then the devolved parts of the dead empire can slowly start building themselves back up towards civilization once again. The problem with this inevitable scenario is that it takes many generations and untold economic destruction and displacement, not to mention tyranny and loss of freedom, before society can start reestablishing itself....
The problem with your analysis is that he was fired for his political beliefs, not because of his religious views. At least that is the way it would be presented by Mozilla. Not sure how that would be covered under any civil rights law.
Huh! Did Chrome import your saved passwords and bookmarks? I may have to give it a try (but not delete Firefox until I am comfortable with Chrome). Of course, Google is run by lefties as well, so what would be the point of switching from one lefty-run company to another?
A few real world problems with your advice re: browsers, John. 1. Mozilla Firefox is not "third rate", it is the best all-around browser; 2. Google Chrome is a close second, but, well, its by Google (need I say more) 3. IE Explorer leaks like a sieve; 4. Everybody else is really "third rate" I don't feel like becoming a guinea pig for Safari or Opera or risking losing all my stored passwords, bookmarks, etc that I've had on Firefox for 8 years...
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Putin the Great vs. Obama the Weak

Al341 Wrote: Mar 22, 2014 6:33 PM
And your point is? We are not talking about American presidents or American history here. And BTW, when a similar situation arose in our history, the US did unite - with Texas. The collective hissy fit thrown by the "chicken littles" in the West played right into Putin's hands - having let them work themselves up into a frenzy, he calmly reiterated that Russia would not be seeking to incorporate any other border areas, thereby giving the Western pansies a fig leaf to calm down and accept the fait accomplis. And making himself suddenly look like a reasonable man after they spent a week comparing him with the likes of Stalin and Hitler. Whom he does not resemble in the slightest. In other words he played them like a fiddle.
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Putin the Great vs. Obama the Weak

Al341 Wrote: Mar 22, 2014 6:08 PM
John, quit showing off your ignorance. Obama's weakness aside, Crimea was always Russian, populated by Russians, and only went with Ukraine in 1991 because of a stupid political favor given by Kruschev 60 years ago to his cronies in Soviet Ukraine. Russia in 1991 was in no position to do anything other than try to prevent a civil war and start building a new society. But things change. Reuniting Crimea has probably been on Putin's agenda from day 1, and the protests in Kiev, combined with Western weakness, gave him the perfect pretext to act. Reuniting Crimea with Russia does NOT mean that Russia will now try to take border areas of other neighbors with Russian populations. Crimea was a special case, not only because of its history, but because it has always been Russia's only warm-water port. Putin is not a "bad guy". He is, however, a real leader, pragmatic, determined, with a steel will - and one who actually places the interests of his own country first. The Western democracies ought to try getting back to that antiquated concept.
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The Costs of Barack Obama’s Weakness

Al341 Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 11:44 AM
Let me correct one fact for you: The people of Crimea are not paying any costs. They are 60% Russian, the peninsula was always Russian, and they want to be part of Russia. Obama is weak and feckless and has made us the laughinstock the way he responded. Better it would have been to say nothing; but make no mistake - Russia annexing Crimea is not an international crime - it is simply returning to Russia what belonged to it to begin with, and honoring the wishes of its people. Remember that Crimea only went to the Ukraine as a "gift" from Kruschev to Ukraine within the old Soviet Union. It went with Ukraine in 1991 for that reason, and Russia, on the brink of civil war, was in no position to say anything about it. Putin used a heaven-sent opportunity to accomplish something that was his goal from the beginning of taking the reins of power. He has no interest in invading any neighboring states. He doesn't need to; Russia's economic power over its neighbors owing to its being their main supplier of natural resources gives him all the leverage it needs. He did it masterfully, playing the braying "Chamberlains" of the West like a fiddle; after watching them getting all hot and bothered over fantasies of a Russian invasion of Ukraine or other neighbors, he simply stated Russia had no intention of doing so (which it never did). That makes him seem to be backing down and gives the cowards in the West a face-saving way to tone down their rhetoric and accept the fait accomplis of the reunification of Crimea with Russia. Love him or hate him (and his policies) Putin may be the only truly great leader in the world today - and he is certainly one of the very few in the industrialized world who understands that his primary (only?) goal is to advance and protect his nations interests. He is smarter and more decisive than all the Westerm leaders put together. If he had a sense of humor he would be laughing at them, but he leaves that to his lieutenants to accomplish. Be truthful - how many of you wish that the opposition in this country had poked fun at the fact that our "Emperor" has "no clothes" in the way that the Russian politicians have done? Humor is THE most effective way to hurt a political opponent, because people instinctively know when someone is deserving of ridicule and will respond to it.
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Under Obama: Are WE Austria-Hungary?

Al341 Wrote: Mar 17, 2014 3:23 PM
Mr. Blackwell omits to discuss WHY we might "be Austria-Hungary". Austria-Hungary was a polyglot states composed of Austrians (who ran the show), Hungarians (who as the second most populous had a voice in the running of the show and the rest being the Slovenians, Croatians, Bosnian Moslems, Slovaks, Czechs and some Poles, who had far less say in the matters of state. The point is that by 1914 all of these groups wanted more autonomy or outright independence, which they got as a result of the disastrous decision of Austri-Hungary to invade Serbia in the Fall of 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, Bosnia, by a Serb nationalist. In the US today, thanks to the willful policies of the "progressives" (read "Marxists") the various manufactured "groups"are being pitted against each other. I saw manufactured because in the world of reality, all people should basically aspire to the same things - equality of opportunity, not results. This is of course being used as a "divide and conquer" tactic by the Marxist left. Unfortunately, in the long run, after much economic turmoil, collapse and usually warfare, states that are controlled in such a way WILL inevitably break up, when the benefits of staying within a particular union are outweighed by the benefits of leaving it. That may not sound like such a bad idea, but remember that history teaches that BEFORE that can happen, it is almost always preceded by total economic collapse and open warfare. The "progressives" are like an aggressive cancer, which propagates itself without control, oblivious to the fact that the death of its host body will also results in its own demise...
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