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Did We Vote for War?

Conchfritters Wrote: Nov 18, 2014 12:54 PM
Good points, but I take exception with #2, my example being Afghanistan. We kicked the Taliban's ### and routed Al Quaeda in just two weeks with some cruise missiles, smart bombs, and bearded special forces riding horseback with the Northern Alliance. Should have been game over - go back to Diego Garcia, and come back and thump them if they popped up again. Nope - we had to pour well in excess of $1 trillion to try and bring some nomads into the 21st century, and permanently base tens of thousands of troops there to give illiterate jihadists something to get pi**ed about, and send some of the best men and women who ever lived in this country to an early grave so we could build some schools, and give them wifi. And in case we didn't endear ourselves to the Afghanis enough, we gave them Hamid Karzai. If that isn't a recipe for blowback down the road, I don't know what is.
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Did We Vote for War?

Conchfritters Wrote: Nov 18, 2014 12:54 PM
Good points, but I take exception with #2, my example being Afghanistan. We kicked the Taliban's ### and routed Al Quaeda in just two weeks with some cruise missiles, smart bombs, and bearded special forces riding horseback with the Northern Alliance. Should have been game over - go back to Diego Garcia, and come back and thump them if they popped up again. Nope - we had to pour well in excess of $1 trillion to try and bring some nomads into the 21st century, and permanently base tens of thousands of troops there to give illiterate jihadists something to get pi**ed about, and send some of the best men and women who ever lived in this country to an early grave so we could build some schools, and give them wifi. And in case we didn't endear ourselves to the Afghanis enough, we gave them Hamid Karzai. If that isn't a recipe for blowback down the road, I don't know what is.
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Internet Gambling Ban a Losing Bet

Conchfritters Wrote: Nov 17, 2014 3:20 PM
“Conservatives who favor federal ‘wars’ on drugs, gambling and other behaviors should understand the damage they have done to the constitutional underpinnings of limited government.” - - George Will
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The Oil Weapon in America's Hands

Conchfritters Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 11:00 AM
Correction - - Russia can't balance their budget unless oil is $100/barrel or more.
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The Oil Weapon in America's Hands

Conchfritters Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 10:06 AM
Double edged sword indeed. Russia can't balance their budget unless oil is $100 a barrel or less. It is in their vested interest to stir the geo-political pot in order to try and raise the price of oil. I agree very little with Senator McCain, but he was right on the money when he said that Russia is a gas station masquerading as a nation. But it is a gas station with nuclear weapons. I will be very interested to see how this all plays out. If the Saudis want to flood the market with oil, great - - every 20-cent drop in retail gas prices saves consumers and businesses $75.6 million a day, or $27.6 billion a year, nationwide. It's hard to imagine that oil was close to $40/barrel just 6 years ago in 2008.
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A Tent Too Big

Conchfritters Wrote: Nov 13, 2014 11:25 AM
Love Ted Cruz. He is an excellent Senator, and hopefully will be a leader in the GOP for many years. But to the points made above, he is unelectable on a national level. A winning GOP Presidential candidate will be able to garner a good share of the independent vote, and even grab a few democratic votes as well. I don't see Cruz doing that. Love the guy, but he has no cross-over appeal.
Let me go on record and say that the UN's position on marijuana is the same position that Los Zetas, La Familia, Knights Templar, the Sinaloa cartel, the Juarez cartel, Beltran Leyva, and the Tijuana cartel have on the marijuana issue. They all want to keep prohibition alive. Let me state that again: their collective position on this issue is in lockstep with one another. Now I'm not insinuating that these murderous beasts are donating to the UN, or helping support the UN in any way - - no sir. They actually get the UN's support for free.
Keep on comparing those who want to end the Federal ban on pot to Progressive-Leftists. It exposes your ignorance on the subject. Go ask Governor Hickenlooper, Governor Dayton, and other leftist/progressive morons how they feel about pot, and you will find that they are in your camp, dude. “The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense - the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.” - - William F Buckley Jr.
I don't think it will matter. Have the SCOTUS take away the subsidies and let the prices of insurance rocket to the moon. The American public will go apoplectic and demand that the bill be scrapped. Hopefully they will hold their elected leaders responsible AGAIN and usher in a new round of blood letting in 2016. This is worse than the post office scandal in the early 90s that the Democrats paid dearly for.
Our President appears to be out to lunch - permanently. China just signed a huge gas deal with Russia, and is working with them to subvert US power and the dollar as the world's currency. China continues to upset neighbors with designs to grab additional islands that do not belong to them, and it appears that the Chinese continue to hack our government computers on a daily basis. And we are talking to them about.... Global Warming?!? It's like standing before a firing squad, and asking the executioner if my hair looks good before they pull the trigger.
Excellent. These are law abiding citizens who want to protect themselves. Who is going to register for conceal and carry? The crips? The bloods? No! Show me the last time gang members filled out paperwork to get a concealed carry permit. These are not criminals trying to get these permits, these are law abiding citizens, being treated like common crooks. How about: My city is more dangerous than Afghanistan and Iraq. If that doesn't pass the threshold for need, I don't know what would.
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