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Sure, lots of people deserve to die just like that….. they are all in ISIS…..
Remember, he's only appalled if its true. And this is the guy who is only upset when someone is killed if "they could look like his son or daughter." Foley does not look like his fictional son or real daughter, so…...
I lived in Hawaii for 3 years, and its has one of the dumbest electorates I have ever seen. Could not believe what passed for "intelligent" debate at the state level most of the time. The news media was a patronizing almost to the point of slobbering. Abercrombie is a weird politician and its almost impossible to follow the "logic" of his economics. Not surprised he lost the primary, just surprised any electorate could have ever elected this guy in the first place.
Ventura obviously approves of Che's deliberate murder of pregnant women then. There was a day during the non stop firing squads ordered by Che that there was silence. Since the executions were taking place just below Che's window, he called out demanding to know why the shooting had stopped. By this point in the executions, the firing squad had been staffed almost entirely by non-Cubans, as even the Marxist Cubans could only shoot so many of their countrymen before recoiling. Even the non-Cuban's balked at what was coming before them, a pregnant woman, late in her term. Che pulled out his pistol and shot the woman twice, first through the baby and then after she had fallen, he shot her in the head. Che told the executioners they would be next if they shirked in their duties again. Jesse Ventura is a low life.
The number of Catholics who actually vote on the tenants of the church is, and has been, declining. The list of Democrats (who support abortion, ACORN, etc), who are Catholics and who get re elected in predominately "Catholic" areas is long. No family in the country produced more political pull in developing a pro abortion agenda than the Kennedy's for example. New England, New York and New Jersey's Catholic population has pulled the Democratic Party's lever consistently since before WWII, and there is no sign of a change there. In the last two elections, the Catholics in Ohio pulled the lever for them again and again. Catholic outrage over abortion does not exist. Practicing Catholics do not overwhelmingly translate their Church's position into votes against anything. Some do, some are deeply affected by the morality of the issue, some campaign mightily in favor of their church's positions in the political arena. But it would take an astounding shift in the voting habits of the average person who is a "cultural Catholic" to impact the next election. The cultural Catholic will tend to vote more on economic and local issues than on the issue of abortion. This, like many other articles that talk about the dilemma for Catholic politics and the "Catholic" voting public, overstate the impact of the issue in the voting booth.
NATO can and all do nothing. It is a shell of a military force backed by a continent of people ill equipped to act.
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OldArmy Wrote: Aug 07, 2014 7:42 PM
NATO's greatest cost is that it has allowed 5 generations of Europeans to be raised in societies where the primary task of a government, to ensure the survival of the state, was abrogated to the United States. Quite bluntly, the Europeans with their RAPIDLY declining indigenous populations are now incapable, either emotionally, psychologically or financially of putting together a coherent defense force. That means Putin can do what he wants, short of an action that would trigger a British or French nuclear response. In other words, the Europeans will let Putin, a ruler with a pretty small military (in Cold War terms), to continue to do what he wants. What do you think the Europeans, absent the US, would do if Putin says, "I want parts of Poland?" Not much.
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Will NATO End With a Whimper?

OldArmy Wrote: Aug 07, 2014 7:36 PM
My first tour in NATO was in 1980. As a young Army officer I spent much time with German units as a designated exchange officer. I was stunned at how little training the German soldier did, how poor the training was at the combined arms level and how bad the morale was. Long before I had finished my 3rd tour dealing with NATO militaries I realized this was a totally bankrupt and ineffective force. And the average European is clueless about how weak it is, and they just did not care. The Brits were the most delusional about how strong their military is, and they are much better than the Germans, Italians, Netherlanders, et al, but even as Europe's best, they are a continually declining force. When in private conversations with European officers I often said that the only way the Europeans would stand up and take having a viable military force seriously. The most common reply, usually from a German was, if America left, European military effectiveness would simply collapse. The reason? Europe has no military supply capability. Most of the mundane, you can't move or sustain yourself anywhere capabilities, airial tankers, heavy sealift, naval support, global communications, rapid deployment aircraft, cargo trucks, and so on, all reside with the US. Its expensive, and the Europeans delegated all that hard to do logistics to the US. Logistics is the lifeblood of war, and the Europeans have precious little of it.
The 92F is not a particularly robust firearm. Your preference for the Glock, or other polymers, is also shared by Special Operations Command, which can buy just about anything it wants. When I deployed (not with SOCOM) in the early days of this current unpleasantness, I smuggled in a Glock 27 with the intent of using it as a back up. Was easy to do in Iraq, but after I got out, guys were telling me things tightened up a bit. Last tour, ended up leaving Glock with a friend of mine who replaced me. Never saw it again, but that's alright.
Its more than just firearms. While manufacturing in the US is declining as a percentage of GDP, the East Coast's (New England and the Mid Atlantic) share of what is left is smaller than it has ever been, and no new industries are being started. Beretta moved to the US as part of a political deal (the US Military was forced to take the Beretta as our service firearm) with the Italian government that traded access for the Navy to Italian ports for a foothold in the US for better access to the US market. The Japanese moved a great deal of automobile manufacturing here after the tsunami that devastated their nuclear power industry, but all of that manufacturing moved to the South, not the North, East or West's traditional manufacturing areas. Politically, Maryland is much closer aligned with the politics of New England and Washington, DC than the South, (as are the Northern states and California). Those regions have shown incredible hostility to manufacturers in the last couple of decades, and manufacturers are leaving as their existing manufacturing base decays. Why rebuild in those areas? Sikorsky is moving out of New England, GE aircraft left a long time ago, and the list goes on. The reason you don't hear about larger manufacturing firms leaving is….. most have already left.
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