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I've long said that an 85 pound woman with a firearm has a greater chance of defending herself from a violent man than a female wrestler from WWE without a firearm does.
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D'Souza's America

rama Wrote: Jul 22, 2014 11:32 AM
This was possibly the worst movie review I have ever read. This is like saying that the movie Titanic was about an iceberg and totally missing all other parts of the story. This author zeroed in on a few sentences in the movie and barely acknowledged any context the D'Sousa provided. He completely ignored D'Sousa's points that slavery was an inherited institution on this country and the choice at the founding was to have slavery or not have a country. D'Sousa also pointed out how the language of the Declaration was used by the abolitionist movement(I do think he could have emphasized this more) and provided the backbone of the moral arguments by it. The abolitionist movement for 200 years consisted of a few people here and there and a few pamphlets. After the declaration was written the abolitionist movement grew exponentially for the next 70 years and the phrase "All men are created equal." was in all their literature. You could say the birth of America was also the beginning of the end of slavery.
What kind of churches are these? I find it hard to believe that most Catholic Baptist or Methodist churches would allow this. Probably those Unitarian churches or something.
Just as in Watergate the crime won't be the story-the cover-up will.
Here is what is going to happen. Obama will continue to obfuscate and run out the clock on this until 2016. On the night before the new presidents inauguration there will be pardons issued for just about his entire administration which will mean no one will be able to be held accountable for anything.
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Does Hillary Clinton Take Us for Idiots?

rama Wrote: Jun 14, 2014 9:49 AM
The embargo has to do with the seizure of American money and businesses during the Castro revolution. The embargo was put in place as a mechanism to get them to reimburse Americans for the theft of their property. Once Cuba pays it back the embargo can be lifted according to the law that put it in place in the first place. Don't hold your breath. Cuba has one of the worst records in the world when it comes to paying it's debts.
I did a double take when I saw the title for this post. I thought it said they would be marching off the bridge. Imagine my disappointment when I saw what it really said.
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Just Wait A Minute, Willya?

rama Wrote: Jun 10, 2014 9:37 AM
I understand to a degree some of Mr. Greenburg's comments. I wouldn't want a politician to dig a hole for themselves by rushing to judgment on this and then finding out that there were some facts that weren't disclosed that somehow mitigated his actions. I also would want any legal action on Bergdahl to be judged on it's merits without taking the trade into account. The trade was on Obama. No one has suggested that this man negotiated the trade. As far as whether men died trying to find him, that is a tough one that defense lawyers will have a field day with. Example of possible defense would be acknowledging that people died but that their normal duties were dangerous too and could have led to more deaths than the search. I can see things devolving into charts and calculations showing rates of soldiers deaths in different types of missions and they may even argue that by changing missions from more dangerous ones more soldiers lives may have been saved. Perverse yes, but that is the defense lawyers job. We have been promised an investigation and with the light shown on this, hopefully the facts come out and if he is tried and found guilty of desertion I hope he gets the appropriate punishment. We can afford to take a breath. Write your congressman if you must and express your desire for the investigation to be thorough and let them know you expect the outcome to be determined by the facts, whatever they are.
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Nothing Is What it Should Be Anymore

rama Wrote: May 20, 2014 11:31 AM
Every time I read these things about the stock market being bad I wait for the other shoe to drop and someone to start hawking gold or some commodity as being a better place to put your money. One thing you can't get away from is this. There hasn't been a better or more consistent LONG TERM monetary growth vehicle than the stock market. Since its inception in the late 1700's it has never been outperformed by another investment vehicle over a twenty year period. Not with the great depression, the great recession, World wars, Civil wars or any other influences. The stock market is a measure of mankind's march forward. Men won't go backward for very long. They will always keep trying to improve things and find ways to propel themselves forward with inventiveness and willingness to work. When you stop that permanently then the stock market will be stopped permanently. Not before.
Actually we did tell Ukraine that we would help defend her from Russia when we were negotiating the removal of hundreds of Nukes from the Ukraine to Russia. We stopped short of giving war guarantees(thank God). I agree that we shouldn't feel obligated though. When a mob overthrows it's democratically elected government it shouldn't expect other countries to honor commitments made to it's old government. That would be like demanding the US honoring all it's treaties with Cuba even after Castro led a communist overthrow. The Ukrainians did this to themselves. They had the power of the ballot box available to them but the decided on mob rule which led to more instability. The people that voted the old government in just watched a western powers influenced mob annul their votes. Is it any surprise that they don't feel allegiance to this mob and are choosing instead to go back to their historic country, Russia?
Mr. Putin is reabsorbing parts of the Ukraine which were part of Russia since the 1700's. As far as Crimea between 70-90% of the people there want to be part of Russia, a clear majority no matter what numbers are most believable. This point has never been adequately answered. If we see the mob overthrow of the Ukraine government as legitimate and was the will of the people, then why not recognize the will of the people of Crimea and other eastern Ukrainians to be reunited with Russia? Most eastern ukranians speak Russian as a first language and identify with her history and are loyal to Russia over the EU.
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