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Posts by AzJohn

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  • CIA report reveals U.S. knew Saudi-backed charities tied to terrorism in 1996

    07/31/2004 7:19:47 PM PDT · 44 of 52
    AzJohn to Sabertooth
    However, the 2000 date of the meeting between Candidate Bush, Khaled Saffuri, and Abdurahman Alamoudi doesn't get those in charge of Bush's Muslim Outreach off the hook.

    I agree with your larger point here. Candidate Bush meeting with these guys pre-9/11 doesn't bother me as much as President Bush meeting with them post-9/11, but it's a big mistake either way.

  • CIA report reveals U.S. knew Saudi-backed charities tied to terrorism in 1996

    07/31/2004 5:13:27 PM PDT · 21 of 52
    AzJohn to Sabertooth
    the picture of President Bush with Saffuri and Alamoudi was taken at a meeting in July of 2002...

    I think the 2002 date is probably a typo. I found this reference to a July, 2000 meeting. And if you look at the wording of the paragraph you cite, a 2002 date doesn't make sense.

  • ***Kerry for Senate 1984 Document: Kerry on Defense***

    02/21/2004 11:38:50 AM PST · 114 of 343
    AzJohn to maggiefluffs
    Wow, I didn't see that link. Nice catch! Although the memo is from his campaign manager and not Kerry himself, it certainly tells you something about the mindset of his organization in those days.
  • ***Kerry for Senate 1984 Document: Kerry on Defense***

    02/21/2004 11:07:02 AM PST · 62 of 343
    AzJohn to diotima
    Kerry's story on this is that he has learned from his mistakes and has subsequently had a responsible record on national defense. From the Boston Globe, June 19, 2003:

    In his zeal to keep pace with Shannon's leftward drift on disarmament, Kerry supported cancellation of a host of weapons systems that have become the basis of US military might -- the high-tech munitions and delivery systems on display to the world as they leveled the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein in a matter of weeks.

    These weapons became conversation topics at American dinner tables during the Iraq war, but candidate Kerry in 1984 said he would have voted to cancel many of them -- the B-1 bomber, B-2 stealth bomber, AH-64 Apache helicopter, Patriot missile, the F-15, F-14A and F-14D jets, the AV-8B Harrier jet, the Aegis air-defense cruiser, and the Trident missile system.

    He also advocated reductions in many other systems, such as the M1 Abrams tank, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the Tomahawk cruise missile, and the F-16 jet.

    In retrospect, Kerry said some of his positions in those days were "ill-advised, and I think some of them are stupid in the context of the world we find ourselves in right now and the things that I've learned since then."

    But he defended his opposition at the time to the MX missile, the "Star Wars" strategic defense initiative, and some other programs.

    "Some of this stuff was ahead of its time. Some was not as well thought out as it might be," Kerry said of his campaign posture then. "I'm not ashamed of that. I was [40] years old, running for the United States Senate for the first time . . . and I'm sure that some of it was driven at the time by the nature of the beast I was fighting politically.

    Politicians do sometimes need to change their mind on issues. But Kerry was 40 years old when he took these positions, not a kid, and he also had the benefit of all the same military experience he touts as an asset today. It's also troubling, to say the least, that he would adopt such a marked anti-defense posture based on political considerations in Massachusetts.

  • GOP senators, officials back alien proposal

    02/15/2004 11:08:01 AM PST · 256 of 292
    AzJohn to WhiteChristianCons
    But the noun American is used exclusively to denote American citizens. So, a citizen of Mexico is known as a Mexican, not an American. Likewise a citizen of Canada is known as a Canadian, not an American.

    According to the dictionary definition, the Canadian and Mexican could refer to themselves as Americans in the generic sense that they live in this hemisphere. But yes, we're the only country that can call ourselves that, at least according to Merriam-Webster.

  • False accusation leads to tragedy (A question for the forum)

    02/15/2004 10:54:07 AM PST · 146 of 224
    AzJohn to templar
    Is that a point of law?

    It's an assertion on my part, I'll admit. It just doesn't seem reasonable to me that you could revoke their visa because of this. I have no idea what the law is as far as revoking the visas of minor children.

    Since I'm confessing here, I should also point out that the kid was actually described in the article as a middle school student (I misread the high school reference in the article). Of course that makes it seem even less reasonable to me that you could deport someone over this.

  • GOP senators, officials back alien proposal

    02/15/2004 10:46:42 AM PST · 254 of 292
    AzJohn to ClintonBeGone
    John, the very definition you posted contradicts this statement of yours.

    Not at all. In the definition I posted meaning #3 is "a citizen of the U.S.". That's the sense in which most on the thread have used the word "American".

  • False accusation leads to tragedy (A question for the forum)

    02/15/2004 9:34:48 AM PST · 119 of 224
    AzJohn to skip2myloo
    In the press these days, how can you tell the difference ??

    The newspaper may have also used the term "immigrant" if they did not know what the family's legal status was. Although if they are from India, the chances are pretty good that they are here legally.

    What basis would there be for sending the family back home? You can't revoke someone's visa because they have a teenager who lies.

  • False accusation leads to tragedy (A question for the forum)

    02/15/2004 8:03:35 AM PST · 62 of 224
    AzJohn to HairOfTheDog
    Like many on the thread, myself included, we assumed at least a serious and devastating sexual accusation and it was not. The guy snapped over relatively nothing.

    Yeah, I was picturing something a lot more serious as well. I was surprised to read the actual circumstances.

    I also think it's a sign of the times that there had to be three investigations. For something this minor the school district investigation should be enough.

  • False accusation leads to tragedy (A question for the forum)

    02/15/2004 7:21:21 AM PST · 33 of 224
    AzJohn to Non-Sequitur
    My question to the forum is this. Since this student's false accusation directly led to the death of Ron Mayfield then shouldn't the student be charged with manslaughter?

    In my opinion, no. I believe the great majority of those who are falsely accused don't kill themselves. Something in Mayfield's own psyche led him to take his own life.

    If the police have clear-cut evidence that the charges were fabricated they should prosecute the student for making the false accusation, but not for manslaughter.

  • GOP senators, officials back alien proposal

    02/15/2004 7:01:09 AM PST · 251 of 292
    AzJohn to ClintonBeGone
    Yes I do, because you know DAMN well that the question being debated WAS NOT whether US Citizens were Americas, it was whether Mexicans were Americans.

    If one uses the term "American" to mean "a citizen of the United States" then to me it seems self-evident that people from other countries are usually not Americans. Of course Mexicans who come here legally and become naturalized citizens are American (meaning a citizen of the U.S.), as are people of Mexican ancestry who are born here.

    As for the rest of your post, two comments: 1) I believe you are much too quick to assign me to a "side" on this thread. I don't disagree with everything you've said on this thread and I don't agree with everything said by the the other posters I pinged. I just thought you were missing the boat on this particular aspect of the debate, that's all. 2) Way too many insults in your post. Yes, this subject does bring out some racist comments at times, but I believe that's not the great majority of posters here.

  • GOP senators, officials back alien proposal

    02/15/2004 1:35:33 AM PST · 248 of 292
    AzJohn to AzJohn
    A slight correction: concerning the statements by Chambliss and Hutchinson, Hutchinson actually referred to the "American economy", not citizens.

    Nonetheless, my point stands. The adjectival form of "American", like the noun, can refer to either the United States or the Western Hemisphere. Hutchinson is intending the former.

  • GOP senators, officials back alien proposal

    02/14/2004 9:24:59 PM PST · 246 of 292
    AzJohn to ClintonBeGone; raybbr; Map Kernow; WhiteChristianCons
    You guys may hate our neighbors, but I'll be damned if I'll let you pervert our language for your despicable and underhanded immigration agenda.

    First, do you really think this is called for? All I do is post a dictionary definition concerning one disputed issue on this thread and I'm being told I "hate our neighbors", and that I am trying to "pervert our langauge" and that I have a "despicable and underhanded immigration agenda". To say that you are reading way too much into my post is a gross understatement.

    The issue wasn't whether US Citizens are American, it's whether Mexicans are Americans.

    No, the issue is what do we mean when we use the term "American". Raybbr and others on this thread clearly are using the term to refer to United States citizens, which corresponds to dictionary definition #3 that I posted. And by that meaning of the word, Mexicans are not Americans.

    You, on the other hand, are using definition #2, in which an American is anyone from the Western Hemisphere, not just the United States. And that is also a valid meaning of the word. The problem is that you are insisting that this is the only possible meaning of the word, and that not to abide by that meaning is evidence of hatred,ignorance, stupidity etc. You have made several such posts which are not at all helpful in this forum, at least in my opinion.

    You might want to take another look at the article that seeded this thread. Senator Saxby Chambliss and Asa Hutchinson are both clearly using the term "American" to refer to United States citizens. Are you going to start calling them names also?

  • Vigilantes targeting Mexican military

    02/14/2004 7:13:09 PM PST · 80 of 102
    AzJohn to JackelopeBreeder
    That's where the $130M went -- away from actual enforcement at the border and into infrastructure and "some" interior enforcement.

    That budget document I linked in #74 does say they are asking for $64 million to deploy more sensors along the border and $10 million for unmanned aerial vehicles, which seem like good things. But pulling agents away from border enforcement, if that's what they are doing, seems really dumb politically quite apart from the merits of it. Weakening our border enforcement would only increase people's doubts about a guest worker program.

  • Vigilantes targeting Mexican military

    02/14/2004 6:00:54 PM PST · 74 of 102
    AzJohn to JackelopeBreeder
    The Border Patrol will not see any reinforcements in manpower or equipment. Dubya's FY 2005 budget proposal cuts their funding by $130 million.

    Are you sure about this? I don't know about the Border Patrol specifically, but the Customs and Border Protection bureau of which they are a part had a budget increase of $223 million requested for FY 05. I take that figure from Department of Homeland Security budget in brief (on page 67 of the PDF file). Could the Border Patrol cut be rearranging things on paper as part of the new organization in the Homeland Security department?

  • GOP senators, officials back alien proposal

    02/14/2004 5:36:01 PM PST · 244 of 292
    AzJohn to ClintonBeGone; Map Kernow; raybbr; WhiteChristianCons
    A utterly ignorant statement. Americans are those that inhabit the american continent.

    Enough with this argument already. The term "American" has more than one meaning. The definitions from Merriam-Webster Online:

    1 : an American Indian of No. America or So. America
    2 : a native or inhabitant of No. America or So. America
    3 : a citizen of the U.S.
    4 : AMERICAN ENGLISH

    Using the term in the more restrictive sense to refer only to those from the United States is perfectly acceptable.

  • Kerry Says He Will Repair Damage [Kerry writes Islamic Republic's English Newspaper]

    02/08/2004 5:09:32 PM PST · 137 of 306
    AzJohn to okie01
    ...the Kerry campaign and its supporters ARE guilty of issuing a statement which is so pandering and appeasing to our enemies that the enemies feel compelled to promote it and shout it from the proverbial rooftop.

    Good point. And this isn't the only story of this nature to recently appear in this newspaper. I checked the tehrantimes.com web site to see if they've run anything else on Kerry recently. I found this article in the February 7 archive: Senator Kerry Would Seek Direct Talks With Iran: Adviser.

    This story also didn't get any play here in the U.S., as far as I can tell, but some people in Tehran seem to be paying attention.

  • Kerry Says He Will Repair Damage [Kerry writes Islamic Republic's English Newspaper]

    02/08/2004 3:36:39 PM PST · 114 of 306
    AzJohn to freedom44
    I found this same letter posted here. It was an open letter to Americans abroad posted by the steering committee of Americans Overseas for Kerry, one of the groups on the Kerry campaign web site.

    So this text is coming from a part of the Kerry campaign. But would anybody associated with the campaign really be dumb enough to send it to the Iranian news agency? Seems more likely to me that the news agency could have gotten it off the Kerry web site, but that's just my opinion.

  • (Border Patrol) Agent Saves a Life, Only to Lose His On Mexico Border

    02/07/2004 9:30:21 PM PST · 6 of 19
    AzJohn to FairOpinion
    Bush almost tripled the border patrol agents.

    That's not clear from the article. The next sentence after the one you cited is:

    That includes 1,300 agents hired since 2000, reflecting a new emphasis on tracking border crossings.

    So all we really know is out of a total increase of 6,200, 1,300 were hired in the last 3 years. The rest of the increase could have been hired under the previous administration, or perhaps they were transferred to the southern border under this or the previous administration.

  • Charges, names in carjacking released: (Attack of the Illegals)

    02/01/2004 12:05:22 PM PST · 48 of 61
    AzJohn to SandRat
    That's pretty much where I'm at. However much I disagree with McCain on some issues, he's still good on defense and foreign policy, plus we just can't afford to lose any Senate seats to Democrats.