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The Turbulent Summer of 2014

Peddler44 Wrote: Jul 17, 2014 9:42 AM
Thank you for your service. My older brother was in Vietnam twice, once before the expansion of the war took place and again as it was starting to grow into what it eventually became. We were winning the war and any competent thinking person who knows and understands the history of our involvement will agree. When Walter Cronkite returned and declared that America could not win and was losing did the tide truly turn against us because of one man's influence over the broadcast news at the time. Most do not realize that this man did not care much for the average man or woman on the street, he relished his role and in private moments with his fellow liberals would he make disparaging remarks about those outside his circle. Once again, thank you for your service.
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The Turbulent Summer of 2014

Peddler44 Wrote: Jul 17, 2014 9:35 AM
Unfortunately, when the leader is incompetent, whether it is a country, business, or even a sports team, failure is the end result 99% of the time. Only when the leader can be bypassed or usurped by ones who are competent will a country, business, or any other enterprise be able to endure and survive incompetence in leadership. Obama is the poster child for incompetence and truly an example of Peter's Principle. He met his Peter's Principle moment when he was elected to the Illinois senate, well before becoming a US senator. The problem is that the flash overwhelmed substance and a gullible America whose fascination with celebrities and stars voted with shallow thinking and reasoning. They fell for the same rhetoric so many other countries have fallen for and are now paying a high price for "feel good" moments.
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The Turbulent Summer of 2014

Peddler44 Wrote: Jul 17, 2014 9:25 AM
One wonders why someone who promised so much has been able to accomplish so little unless one considers the passing and semi-implementation of ACA an accomplishment. So far, the only ones who are pleased with Obama are the ones whose benefits have increased but the ones who must pay are not pleased. The wealthy 1% of liberals and Democrats are pleased because their white guilt has been assuaged by the twice elected black president who made history. We forget that JFK also made history as the first Catholic president to ever be elected along with the fears that the Vatican would be dictating the White House on police, foreign and domestic. Yet, we have a black president who is responding to the dog whistle issues that will please the ones he wants to please the most. He has successfully turned the law of the land upside down and the border issue, has emasculated the laws completely. The law Bush signed in 2008 was intended to protect children from sex trafficking and allow them a chance for a better life, the law was not intended to be used for what it is being used for now. We have abandoned our allies in favor of enemies of Israel; have drawn lines in the sand that a mild breeze of resistance or defiance completely destroys; we have placed meaningless sanctions on Russia and as a result, Russia's influence in the world has suddenly mushroomed into one that equals or betters ours. Anyone believing the European Union nations will turn their backs on Russia is totally naïve or are blinded by the brilliance and intellectual genius of Barack Obama. Our economy is mired in one of the longest recoveries in US history and is in danger of exceeding the one Japan endured when their economy almost collapsed several years ago. Underemployment, long term unemployment, and once productive members of the work force have dropped off the roles and as a result, we have an unemployment rate that is adjusted to show a positive instead of the negative it really is. The 1% who control the financial markets and who are the main beneficiaries of the Wall Street resurgence are no longer in touch with Main Street and the inflated DOW is a direct result of companies engaging in borrowing and purchasing their own stock which in turn produces high stock values but the high value is based on borrowed money which will have to be repaid at some point. The time is coming closer for an accounting and when it arrives, then we will know if America will be able to survive.
This is the most hair brained move by Republicans I can recall. To sue Obama at this point, months before the elections is totally dumb and it will backfire big time. I want a Republican controlled congress after the November elections so Obama cannot do any more damage but this just may push the voters a little too much and they will retaliate. His supporters will come out in droves to be sure to re-elect Democrats and put more in office to stop this stupidity. Damn, Republicans in Washington must practice standing in circles, firing loaded guns at each other. Dumb! Dumb! Dumb! Concentrate on winning the upcoming election, not suing Obama. It will backfire.
If we haven't realized it by now, this administration has moved into the sacred realm where they cannot be touched by anything. They can deceive, lie, harass, subordinate the civil rights of conservatives, circumvent the Constitution and the law, and the media along with the entertainment industry will do or say anything necessary to defend or provide cover for their actions. America no longer has a legitimate and honest news industry. The partisanship by the MSM is palpable and it is evident by the lack of legitimate investigative reporters who are willing to find and actually report the facts. Instead, they will find just enough to write a story that contradicts anything that may be negative about Obama and his administration. By his administration, I am referring to Obama all the way down to any individual who works for the federal government and most other governmental agencies whether they are federal, state, or local. It is what this country has become and the change is here to stay. Once the acorns are free and one doesn't have to bother to even gather them, if anyone believes for one moment they will vote for anyone who will stop delivering the free acorns, you need to really examine what is going on out there.
What else can you expect when Democrats are oversampled in a poll? This is old news already and the ones running scared because of another bogus poll need to stop and do some research before declaring the sky is falling for Walker.
I am shocked I tell you, shocked to the core of my being. This cannot be true because Obama told us ACA was a resounding success and touted the number of enrollees. How can this be, how can it? Someone must be playing with the numbers, yeah, that's it, some conservative operative is screwing around with the numbers for political purposes. Folks, don't believe this report for one moment, the numbers are simply wrong. Believe Obama! I have witnessed it myself recently while at the shore. The ocean levels did drop while I was standing there and it wasn't long before we could see the barnacles on the pilings on the piers all along the shore as far as the eye could see. Someone told me it was simply the tide going out but I know better, Obama did cause the sea level to drop. No thank you nurse, I don't need my meds tonight.
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Poll: Is Mark Pryor Pulling Away in AR?

Peddler44 Wrote: May 12, 2014 5:08 PM
Unfortunately, you are absolutely correct. The GOP has become the most self-destructive political organization possible and they refuse to come together and agree on the important issues but prefer to stand in a circle, shooting at each other until no one is left standing. Barring a miracle, Democrats will retain the Senate and depending on how much more damage the GOP will do to GOP candidates, they may gain a few seats in both houses. In the current political atmosphere, it is entirely possible.
I don't worry about it anymore. When you do a search, somewhere it is recorded and a record kept of your internet activities. From the most innocuous to the ridiculous and to the perverse, once you search for a particular site, it is tracked and your IP information is recorded along with the time you spent on the site you were searching for and all other information gathered while you are active. And no, I am not wearing a tin foil hat. Ever wonder how it is when you are on a particular site and especially if you have recently searched for an item, i.e., a grill or outdoor furniture on another site, that ads will pop-up with those particular items in them? And that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gathering information about you and your internet activities. Are you aware that if you have a built-in video device on your laptop, it can be activated without your knowledge and record your activities? Skype is one of the most intrusive tools on the internet if one is not careful when using it. These are not fairy tales or wild imaginings, they are real and have been going on for a long time. Are you aware that a bug can be planted on your laptop or computer by purchasing a relatively inexpensive program that allows another person to monitor everything you do on your computer? They can sit in the same room and watch on their computer or laptop everything you type or every site you visit and you won't know it is going on. As for the "In-private" browsing feature, that is a joke. While it may not leave a record on your computer, the sites you visit will record your IP address and once your IP address is known, you will be targeted. I used In-private to search for a particular item, a new gazebo to replace my older one, just to see if ads would appear with the same item later. Sure enough, in about 2 hours, after exiting In-private, the ads started to show up. We can try to bypass the tracking but according to someone close to me who works for an internet security firm, once you log onto the internet, your privacy no longer exists. So, I don't worry about it and just go about my business as usual. FWIW, I cannot abide Google and the only thing from Google worthwhile is the free version of Google Earth. Otherwise, either Yahoo! or Bing.
It is not up to me to condemn gays but it is my choice to disagree with their lifestyle and the obvious fact that same sex relationships are totally against God's laws. The people who claim to be Christians and accept a gay pastor are not Christians in the true sense of the word. Remember that Jesus said He did not come to change the law but to fulfill prophesy. He also said that not one jot or tittle of the law would be changed by His coming but what He would do was offer a way for all to come before God and confess their sins without intervention by a priest or a blood sacrifice. With that said, there were some programs on HGTV I watched since construction and design are part of my work and career. However, if HGTV has cancelled the yet to be aired program over their religious beliefs and protestations by gay groups who are acting in the same manner as they accuse others of doing. The total hypocrisy of their actions and the capitulation of HGTV is enough for me to never watch HGTV again and I do intend to let them know of my position.
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