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  • The Truth about Trump

    03/12/2016 6:06:30 AM PST · 25 of 156
    citizenK to impimp

    Generally agree with your comment. Read Ricardo for backup.
    Everyone benefits from “free trade” - the sellers and they buyers.
    Raising tariffs protects inefficient industries and raises the price of goods. More people in the economy are hurt when tariffs go up than are hurt with low tariffs that can displace some workers in select industries.

    The problem is that trade is often not “free” and is not always fair. Dumping occurs when a country sells product for less than it cost to make it. Dumping is a serious problem that disrupts supply chains, domestic industries and displaces workers. Trade deals are supposed to protect domestic economies from dumping practices but need to be aggressively enforced.

    Trump is only partly correct in his view on US trade deals. The US has negotiated good trade deals because our tariff structures are comparatively low, and we get more tariff reduction for our exports to other countries than other countries get in tariff reductions for their exports to the US. Historically (up to and including NAFTA) the US has made some good deals, and then aggressively beats countries over the head when they fail to comply. Trump’s criticism of US trade policy may be more valid when focused on the crony capitalism that Obama ascribes to. The scope of TPP, for example, goes beyond “trade” into other areas of the economy, so the value of TPP is suspect. We all know Obama does not favor deals that enhance or strengthen the US position in the world economy. Since Obama is apparently motivated to knock the US down a few notches, Trump’s criticism of current US policy has validity.

  • It's Crazy to Have 10 Candidates in the Main Debate and 3 in the Sideshow One

    10/04/2015 4:49:01 PM PDT · 15 of 22
    citizenK to Jim 0216
    The whole thing is a sideshow and none if it is a true debate.

    Why and how the Right continues to let the Left run the Right’s show is absolutely astonishing.

    Wasn't the last true debate in US electoral politics Lincoln-Douglas?

    They just don't run the show, the left effectively selects the candidates for the Republicans. Allowing independents and party affiliation gamesmanship into the primary process closes the deal. Makes one wonder.

  • Two Rotten Peas in One Very Rotten Pod

    02/01/2015 9:11:14 AM PST · 14 of 19
    citizenK to old curmudgeon
    ...they do not meet the definition of treason.

    Maybe not legally, but the betrayal is obvious.
    What they (Jarrett/Obama) arguably practice is sedition. Paradoxical because they in fact represent the legal authority (i.e., Constitution) they offend. Not sure the republic has faced this before - maybe in the Roosevelt administration. The Moslem Brotherhood scenario in Egypt draws parallels to abdicating Stalin and partitioning Europe out of the Yalta agreement.

    Short-term solutions ride solely with the Congress, possibly SCOTUS. Unfortunately, we have lost the checks and balances the Constitutional system was designed to promote to 100+ years of progressivism and communist subversion.

  • Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies, aged 71

    10/25/2014 2:11:35 PM PDT · 62 of 66
    citizenK to mononymous

    Cream was an awesome power trio. Really enjoy cranking their music.
    RIP Jack Bruce.

  • Court rejects Obamacare challenge by Christian college

    07/11/2013 4:08:21 PM PDT · 26 of 28
    citizenK to Gen.Blather
    give up health care entirely and pay the penalties,

    Sure, it's the smart thing to do financially.'s in keeping with the spirit of the law.
    Seems the affordable health care act was meant to force people into the hands of the government by design. The idea is to hasten the transition to a single payer system. If the movement toward unbounded socialism comes at the price of religious freedom, all the better in the mind of the committed leftist.

  • Get Ready To Be Taxed on Internet Purchases

    04/23/2013 4:38:10 PM PDT · 78 of 149
    citizenK to conservative98
    Seems like near every business is at a disadvantage these days.

    Shipping costs are an important variable in the online purchase calculus. But so is time travelling to a shopping center, fuel for the car, dealing with cashiers who can’t count change; for those averse to shopping, the pain points are multifarious. The value of online shopping vs brick & mortar retail will vary with the friction of distance and the conduciveness of specific product classes to the online purchase experience. Does taxation tip the balance over to the BM retail interests?

    In the end, taxes hurt everyone - and as noted, on many purchases the tax is already being collected, so this law does nothing. In New York state for example, if you itemize your state income tax, you have to (~ahem voluntarily) declare online purchases and calculate the tax the state of New York expects.

    Per the article, the administration is claiming the legislation will “allow a state to collect sales tax on Internet purchases made by its residents, even if the Internet company has its headquarters in a different state.”
    Say what? That’s already what’s the legislation really about?

    Control. Political favor. The “right” thing to do.

  • University upholds study finding children do better with straight parents than homosexuals

    08/31/2012 7:25:17 PM PDT · 33 of 33
    citizenK to Svartalfiar

    The 8% raped number put out there for the intact biological family seems high too. But the likelihood 3 to 4 times greater of being a rape victim because your guardians are homosexual - that is quite alarming.

    Our society needs some objective eyes on this. If these numbers are true, and can be otherways substantiated, the practice of allowing homosexuals to raise children needs to end.

  • TSA Conducting Random Searches on US Highways

    05/12/2012 8:30:54 AM PDT · 169 of 248
    citizenK to guitarplayer1953
    Has anyone else seen this type of activity where you live and under what law can they randomly stop a car and have a dog walk around it and sniff for drugs?

    Similar to a DWI checkpoint - I encountered a drug specific roadblock driving through a small town in western New York state. This was a dozen years ago or so - the dissolution of liberty vis-a-vis the 4th ammendment has been going on for decades.

    The roadblocks are not random though. Since they stop everyone and give everyone the same hairy eyeball, it's ok right? Equality under the of the law? That's the thinking of politicians and law enforcement.

  • Mysterious Symbols in China Desert Are Spy Satellite Targets, Expert Says

    11/17/2011 6:26:16 PM PST · 25 of 31
    citizenK to DManA; Las Vegas Dave

    Looks like the work was completed in 2005, between April 13 and May 29. Google Earth has historical imagaery at the coordinates (40.45, 93.74) referenced by Las Vegas Dave.
    The April 13 image shows site with trucks and work-in-progress with respect to the resulting pattern. The May 29 image shows site abandonment.

  • Gillibrand bill encourages LGBT adoption (cuts of federal $$$ to entities that won't let them adopt)

    10/31/2011 7:35:45 PM PDT · 18 of 45
    citizenK to markomalley
    shot against the bow for all Catholic adoption agencies

    The article says the Catholic agencies have already stepped back from running child placement services because they have been forced into dealing with LGBT couples.

    The real kicker in this article is that a reivew of 59 studies was recently published that contradicts the proposed leglislation. The conclusion of the review was that broad statements equating the rearing of children in gay/lesbian households to the rearing of children in straight households cannot be supported. Gillibrand runs counter to the recent research (and centuries of common sense) in favor of an ideology that promotes gay/lesbian activiism.

    Gillibrand is Roman Catholic herself, at least per her bio on Wikipedia.

  • Gillibrand bill encourages LGBT adoption (cuts of federal $$$ to entities that won't let them adopt)

    10/31/2011 7:17:18 PM PDT · 14 of 45
    citizenK to markomalley
    shot against the bow for all Catholic adoption agencies

    According to her bio on Wiki, she's Roman Catholic herself. Go figure.

  • Health reform lawsuit appears headed for Supreme Court

    09/26/2011 5:16:44 PM PDT · 24 of 27
    citizenK to Rome2000
    Proposing, sponsoring, voting for, and signing blatantly unconstitutional legislation should be a Federal crime, and the marxists responsible for this travesty prosecuted and imprisoned.

    Couldn't agree more.
    They didn't even read the legislation they signed!

  • Why Politics? 43% Say for Positive Change, 43% to Fend Off Government

    06/04/2011 9:25:00 AM PDT · 5 of 9
    citizenK to upchuck

    Keeping the government at bay (i.e., fending off government) is the positive change we need.

  • The Answer, My Friend, Is … 37% Have No Opinion of Bob Dylan

    05/30/2011 3:42:52 PM PDT · 20 of 47
    citizenK to SamAdams76

    Your comments about his art being in the arrangement and melody are so true - and largely overlooked by the lyric analysts and critics of his performance and singing style.

    Dylan’s tours in the 1990s were marked by excellent musicianship - he surrounded himself with some real talent on stage.

  • Rabbi Daniel Lapin: atheists are parasites

    09/04/2010 7:34:12 AM PDT · 19 of 109
    citizenK to Big Bureaucracy

    The Rabbi is correct. Atheists benefit from the stability to society that religious organization affords. This is isn’t a Judeo-Christian thing either - ancient Greeks and Romans who were polytheists found the same benefit to organizing their religion. In the the ancient context, individuals would belong to a specific temple, which served as a support network for the other aspects of their lives - business/commerce, art and culture, politics and warfare. I saw the Rabbi makes these comments, and he was citing the fact that human beings appear to be hardwired to seek religious affiliation - it provides basic meaning to the other aspsects of life mentioned above.

    My problem with atheists is that they mostly come off as intellectually dishonest. They claim to not believe in God, but deny that this view is a belief system itself. I could care less how this unfolds for individuals on a personal level. However, it is hypocritical of the atheists who try to push organized belief systems out of the societal “marketplace” - for example, those atheists who actively work to remove the nativity scenes from public spaces fail to view their own cause as the promotion of a belief system.

  • The Supremes and Religious Freedom (Another Turn of the Screw)

    07/25/2010 8:57:24 AM PDT · 4 of 6
    citizenK to SeekAndFind

    What a lousy decision backing the tyranny of the left.
    Justice Kennedy is obtuse to the point of stupidity in his comparison of voluntary membership in a campus group that rejects wanton sexuality with the denigrated (unjustly) efforts of Senator McCarthy to rid the government of communist subversives.

    The college rejects the CLS becauase of the morality clause.
    Why is the morality clause considered discriminatory?
    Isn’t participation in the CLS voluntary?
    Participation in the group is certaintly not required for graduation. If a student does not like the moral code of the CLS - that student is free to pass on joining the CLS group. Just having the moral code in place does not make the group hostile to people who reject that code - though if the university could provide evidence that the group’s activities and actions created a hostile atmosphere on the campus, their case against CLS would be stronger. Of course the college would never apply the same standards with respect to pet groups of the left who modus operendi includes harrassment and haranguing anyone who happens to be walking by - especially if they appear to disinterested.

    The leftist tyrants have far too much control over socities institutions. I am so sick of the hypocrisy of the left whereby intolerance and insensitivity are used to promulgate the concept of tolerance itself. These efforts have nothing to do with “justice” (as in social justice) but are the exercise of sheer political power of one group over another. Talk about fostering a hostile environment!

  • The Cloward - Piven Strategy - eyewitness account of its unveiling at Socialist Scholars Conference

    06/27/2010 12:15:49 AM PDT · 12 of 45
    citizenK to Nachum

    The perversion of charitable endeavors into a tool of power and manipulation by the radical left is simply dispicable.

    This hypocrisy of the left is unbounded. Claiming to be freeing the dependent class from the grips of the corporate power, they have institutionalized welfare across generations. The left has exploited the entitlement psychology to the extent that the “poor” ironically vote en-masse for platforms that assure their dependcency upon fed-gov. This is called progressive.

  • Vera Baker: We Do Not Have Only Jesse James (Michelle sends Hussein's thorn/squeeze to Martinique?)

    05/01/2010 6:44:10 PM PDT · 49 of 60
    citizenK to Jim 0216

    He’s a commie-fag-junkie-pervert-hippie-freak.

  • Merry Christmas: GOP gives in on timing of health care vote

    12/22/2009 5:04:58 PM PST · 69 of 209
    citizenK to mdittmar

    They changed the rule so they could vote earlier and go home.
    Why not delay the voting until after the holiday?
    Seriously, what’s the official reason?

    This course of action can only be interpreted as wreckless. This isn’t some fly-by-night legislation, like a gratuitous pay raise voted in their own self-interest at 1 in the morning. We are talking about ram-rodding legislation likely to affect 1/7th of the economy on a timeline to meet holiday/vacation obligations?

    In the US Senate, they must consider this health-economy legislation a war, for only dire circumstances would warrant such abandonment of process and procedure.
    The US Senate as a warring party???

  • Exclusive: IRS hires "hundreds" for new wealth unit

    12/13/2009 9:22:59 AM PST · 94 of 164
    citizenK to rbg81

    Sure, no one should cheat on their taxes. Everyone should pay what they legitimately owe. However, several problems with this and the tax system generally.

    1) The laws are too complex, and depending on who makes the determination of compliance, you can get conflicting responses about what is legal/acceptable per the tax code. The conflicting interpretations of tax code can come from within the IRS itself, not just between the IRS interpretation and that of the tax payer or their CPA.

    2) Given the complexity of the tax code, the enforcement of the code is arbitrary.

    3) The tax code turns our historic legal legacy on its ear - under tax law, the taxpayer or “suspect” is presumed guilty and one must prove their innocence to escape the dictates of the IRS. Why do we tolerate this presumption of guilt when our justice system is supposed to be based on the presumption of innocence?

    4) Arbitrary enforcement of laws and the tax code, along with the presumption of guilt in tax matters, is a pre-condition for tyranny and is the basis of a totalitarian state.

    The IRS functions as a tyrannical force in our society and is antithetical to the promise of freedom that is supposed to be the basis of the American system.

    This should be obvious to all when the president says the goal of the tax system is not to generate revenue efficiently for the function of government, but is instead a means of achieving what the left perceives as fairness in the allocation of economic and political benefit.

    People understand that the government requires funding, and seem to accept the tyranny of the IRS as a matter of fact. Probably because they are scared to speak up in fear of an audit. We need to re-write the tax code, dismantle the IRS, and come up with a better way of funding government that is more in line with the principles of freedom held in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

  • EDGE: Conservatives and 'Atlas Shrugged' (A Conservative Tears Apart Atlas Shrugged)

    05/16/2009 8:18:46 AM PDT · 145 of 189
    citizenK to r9etb
    As for "man -- every man" being "an end in himself" ... that idea doesn't survive even the first instant of parenthood. Indeed, reason, applied to the evidence presented to us by what we can observe, far more clearly points to the conclusion that we are a means to our children's ends.

    So it's all for the children?
    Where have we heard this philosophy espoused?

  • Sounds good: The flat loudspeaker that is as thin as a sheet of foil

    04/01/2009 4:22:15 PM PDT · 12 of 18
    citizenK to Smokin' Joe; Free ThinkerNY

    Yeah, yeah. But just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.

    I had the same reaction to the news of this sort of technology. How hard can it be to turn its function as a speaker into that of a microphone?

    The ultimate tool for the ultimate surveilance society - eyes and ears everywhere!

  • State Rep. Wants Drug Testing for Unemployed

    03/17/2009 10:52:10 PM PDT · 36 of 58
    citizenK to montanajoe
    Why isn't the idea that government should stay out of peoples lives a core conservative belief?

    It was but it isn't anymore. Few Republicans today follow this core conservative value. Failing to adhere to the "government should stay out of people's lives" ethos makes Republicans and Democrats two different sides of the same coin.

    Sure, the merits of drug testing can be rationalized through the power, need or desire of the State to protect its expenditure. This same line of thinking is what will allow the State to ration health services when/if universal health care takes root. Either side of the coin, it's to the benefit of tyranny and the detriment of freedom.

  • Report: Barack Obama's Al Qaida initiative began months before his election

    01/28/2009 6:00:06 PM PST · 110 of 338
    citizenK to tx_eggman
    Does Al Queda meet the requirement of being a "foreign government" or "any officer or agent" of a foreign government?

    For terror groups like AQ, isn't one of the problems fighting them is that they are stateless organs?

    How could Obama or anyone make a "deal" with AQ? How can you enforce an agreement with a group that operates outside the confines of the state - outside of any legal structures?

    Compound the problem of statelessness with its cellular structure; AQ is likely to fracture into splinter groups with different leaders emerging. Obama will be making deals with these people all day long.

  • Supreme Court To Review Obama’s Citizenship

    11/24/2008 5:08:01 PM PST · 108 of 133
    citizenK to DouglasKC
    The aim was to subvert and weaken the constitution and the United States.

    You are the first person I have seen write this...
    this has been my view all along.

    Even if he was born in Hawaii (and in theory has nothing to hide), he may be deliberately withholding the BC so he can foment a Constitutional crisis - or at least develop the sentiment in the body politic that the Constitution is an out-of-date and flawed docuument.

    If he really is unqualified for the Presidency, he and the Dem power players who failed to vet his candidacy should all go to jail.

    This will get very messy if the Supremes find some red meat here!

  • Tax requirements and business cell phone use

    11/21/2008 10:06:53 PM PST · 3 of 4
    citizenK to Jotmo

    The company I work at also recently changed the cell phone policy, and charges $15 per month. It does not personally affect me, but I am galled at the concept that the company issued cell phone is a “benefit” that is taxable.

    It is a benefit to essentially be on call 24/7 - or to have the expectation to take business calls outside the “normal” work day?

    Any new angle to part working people from the money they earn; only a complete government jackass would consider a company cell phone (and the associated responsibility) as a benefit.

  • Vote McCain-Palin, save America from the Marxist Barak Hussein Obama!

    10/09/2008 6:20:40 PM PDT · 47 of 55
    citizenK to Tax-chick; prolifefirst

    plf is rather descriptive in getting his point across...but he has a good point about the toilets.
    Congress mandated what size toilet we are allowed to purchase and install in our homes. Improvements in the engineering have taken place since the law was passed some 15(?) years ago, but the fact is, the effort to save water is thwarted when you have to flush twice.
    I find absolutely outrageous that Congress would dictate what size toilet I can install in my house!

    Point is though, Congress is and has been involved in nearly every facet of our daily lives. It will only get worse if/when Obama takes the helm with first-mate Pelosi and petty-officer Reid supporting him.

    I shudder everytime I hear a pol (including our esteemed President, GW) talk about us living in a free society - it just isn’t true. Sure we have some freedoms, but the choice of whether to watch Survivor or American Idol does not reach the height of freedom spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. To some extent, Americans still have the freedom to make mistakes until they find success. For some folks, it takes several attempts and failures in a career before success is achieved. In other countries, you are given one option, and if you fail, there are no alternative paths to success. Americans still have the right to largely determine for themselves what success is. This is the unique and truly wonderful thing about being an American. My main problem with Obama and his marxist-democrat ilk is that they want to tell me what success is - as an individual. Please correct me if I am wrong - but has anyone ever heard Obama entertain the topic of life in a free society? Freedom and liberty are not part of his lexicon. I fear for the cause of freedom and liberty and do not understand how so many people can be for the type of change Obama represents and promises. Anybody but Bush? - well the Presidency is term-limited; I just don’t understand how people can be so lead by their emotions and be so open to someone so obviously vaccuous as Barack Obama.

    Bottom line though - if Congress will dictate the size of our toilets - they are capable of dictating anything to sheepish electorate.

  • IOC orders investigation into He Kexin's age

    08/21/2008 7:25:47 PM PDT · 37 of 42
    citizenK to Red in Blue PA award the games to China in the first place.

    Separate issue, but absolutely concur.

  • IOC orders investigation into He Kexin's age

    08/21/2008 7:07:14 PM PDT · 34 of 42
    citizenK to petitfour; ThanhPhero

    China has done a terrible thing to these girls, but more importantly, they dishonored the Olympic competition by not complying with the rules.

    This is the same country that brought poisoned food, medicine, and toys to the world market. What else can one expect from low-down cheating commie bastards?

    Too bad for the girls, but as a subsequent poster says - this is women’s gymnastics, not children’s gymnastics.
    The medals need to be taken away from He and from the others who “won” the team event in which He took part.

  • Chinese immigrant in bus beheading dined on victim

    08/05/2008 5:48:52 PM PDT · 38 of 50
    citizenK to Disturbin

    Why not 1st degree?

    Probably hard to pin the 1st degree - with its implication of cold calculation and pre-meditation - on someone so obviously insane.
    The crimes being so barbaric, to the most reasonable people, the man is as crazy as you can get.

    Uderstand the sentiments calling for his immediate execution. But they will likely keep this guy on ice for a while, reckoning he is a gold mine for the clinical/abnormal psych specialists. Compare to Dahlmer, where the motivation was sexual. What is going on in this person’s head where he would commit this sort of killing in public - in full view of people on a bus? What psychology is being satisfied by this act?

    Scary isn’t it?

  • Obama's GOP Support Groups

    07/31/2008 6:04:59 PM PDT · 9 of 13
    citizenK to j_tull

    Seriously. If you once identified or currently identify yourself as a Republican, and you are for Obama, you don't need a support group - you need treatment!

  • Man who accidentally killed his son had alcohol, pot in his system (MN)

    05/07/2008 7:09:43 PM PDT · 55 of 55
    citizenK to ButThreeLeftsDo
    Would you hunt with this guy?
    Ha ha. No way!
    Would you hunt with Dick Cheney?
  • Man who accidentally killed his son had alcohol, pot in his system (MN)

    05/05/2008 5:58:15 PM PDT · 21 of 55
    citizenK to packrat35

    Interesting about the mj factor in this case. AFAIK, there is no test for determining intoxication by marijuana. The urine test actually tests for metabolites that indicate the body recently “digested” THC. Furthermore, the metabolites for THC can be present in the body for up to 30 days past the time the user ingests the drug. As much as I would like to see this guy appropriately punished for killing his kid, I don’t see how they can take stock in the up coming report that details the “amount of marijuana” in his system.
    That being said, the police/prosecutors have plenty to tell the jury just by saying they found a pipe with burnt mj residue at the crime scene, found evidence in the defendent’s urine indicating he recently smoked marijuana, found evidence that he was drinking, and was in fact intoxicated (a .06 three hours after the fact means he had more than “one”) from alcohol. Probably enough there for the jury to see the light without having to make false claims about the levels of mj intoxication at the time of the crime.

  • National Socialism NAZI(Or why Coservatives are not, but Liberals are)

    04/28/2008 7:23:38 PM PDT · 28 of 38
    citizenK to FFranco

    Union membership is or should be voluntary; such assemblies of people are protected under the BOR. The same right to freedom of assembly allows both the labor union and the corporation to organize and function legally in our society.

    That being said, no arguing that unions are a constraint on the market. Unions are, by their nature, an anti-capitalist force in the economy. However, over the past 30 years, American business competitiveness in world markets is more a function of productivity driven by technology, particularly computerization, than it is a function of labor cost. American wages are higher in large part because the American worker is able to produce more than his or her counterparts in competing labor markets.

    It is true though, that unions inflate the cost of labor. Higher costs dampen demand, so this means unions actually take jobs out of the economy. But that’s ok, because politicians (like Hillary), use their connections in Washington and add (union) jobs to the economy - right?

  • Feds fight threat of small-boat terror strikes (want a federal boat license_

    04/27/2008 7:53:08 PM PDT · 16 of 31
    citizenK to demoskowitz

    This federal boat license proposal is just stupid. Not only a waste of time and money, but just a distraction from the real issues of security that threaten this country.

    I speak from firsthand knowledge and experience when I say that this ship has already sailed - American pleasure boaters have no freedom from government harassment on US waterways.

    The coast guard already has carte blanche to board any vessel in US waters - and for any reason. Oh - no good reason? Then how about a “safety inspection” - which is the preferred rationale for this burgeoning arm of our manifest tyranny.

  • Lieberman willing to star at Republican convention

    04/15/2008 6:12:24 PM PDT · 14 of 71
    citizenK to Sub-Driver

    Lieberman may well draw some moderates, but McCain needs to shore up his conservative bona fides.
    Reaching across the aisle is pointless if all you do is what the other side wants.

  • The Drain of War: Dems Aim to Tie Iraq to Americans' Financial Woes

    02/26/2008 5:19:23 PM PST · 11 of 32
    citizenK to Diana in Wisconsin
    The expense for this war is about 1% of GDP...
    the expense for the Korean War was about 15% of GDP.

    It costs Americans relatively fewer dollars to wage war than it has historically.
    The war is not a drain on the economy.

    Attempts by the Leftist propaganda machine to link the war to economic downturn will likely fail, but for the help and collusion of the mainstream media.


    11/03/2007 8:34:52 PM PDT · 4 of 30
    citizenK to neverdem

    May contribute to voter fraud?
    No kidding.
    What else could be influencing the Spitzer’s decision other than Motor Voter?
    This is the third or fourth major thing Spitzer has had to backtrack on since he was innaugurate.
    Spitzer has shown himself to be rather impotent in state politics.

  • Redheads really are the world's shrinking violets

    10/27/2007 11:01:20 PM PDT · 47 of 125
    citizenK to Dundee

    Red hair, red flag.

  • Muslim women: My headscarf is not a threat (but your religion is)

    08/21/2007 10:48:13 PM PDT · 45 of 153
    citizenK to Williams
    Agreed. Moslems in America are mostly free from routine bad treatment. This is especially true historically, in comparison to the treatment bestowed upon other immigrant and religious groups.
    However, the fundamental tenets of Islam are anti-thetical to liberty and the semblance of liberty in a society. So the aversion to Islam is hardly a sign of ignorance. Actually, the more one learns about Islam, the greater grows the aversion to it and its symbols.

    As to the headscarf, it is as much cultural as it is religious. Ok, it’s a free country, and wearing a head covering like a scarf is a matter of choice. But to be veiled, or to wear the full-on head-to-toe garb is a cultural statement. In fact, and at this point in history, it’s a political statement too.

  • Profile In Incompetence, A 10-part Series On The Worst President in American History (con't)

    05/23/2007 7:13:19 PM PDT · 23 of 38
    citizenK to american_ranger

    I do not disagree with the sentiments of your post. Much of Bush’s problems are the result of his inability to thwart the incessant onslaught of his political enemies. The whole “new tone” in Washington failed. We do not need anymore compromise - our bicameral government is itself structured for compromise. We need leadership.

  • Profile In Incompetence, A 10-part Series On The Worst President in American History (con't)

    05/23/2007 6:40:51 PM PDT · 22 of 38
    citizenK to Osage Orange

    Good point about Clinton’s perfidy. Clinton is a smart guy and a master politician, but he completely squandered his presidency. His biggest failure was to adequately engage our enemies. Like Carter, his actions appear to have emboldened our enemies, and like Wilson, his actions are likely to exact a high price in men, materiel, and innocents in the future (an ounce of prevention, afterall, is worth a pound of cure). The further we get from the economic success enjoyed during his tenure, the worse Clinton will be perceived by historians.

  • Profile In Incompetence, A 10-part Series On The Worst President in American History (con't)

    05/23/2007 6:30:13 PM PDT · 20 of 38
    citizenK to WalterSkinner

    I’m with you on Bush and immigration. I understand the basic Democrat supporting amnesty in turn for the erosion of American culture and development of a political base, but I do not understand Bush’s thinking on immigration.

    In whole agreement with your assessment of Jackson too - the treatment of the Indians is inexusable. Of course, it’s easy to make this sort of assessment 175 years after the fact, but I too would rather see Ronald Reagan instead of Jackson on the $20.

    Wilson is the pre-eminent example of the self-righteous politician. Particularly disturbing about Wilson is his disregard of the Constitution in favor of a “modern” government that takes care of the needs of the people. Hello income tax and IRS, Federal Reserve System and the advent of nanny statism to American government and culture. How about foreign policy? Wilson’s arrogance precluded him from tempering the vindictiveness of the allies, and from gaining the support in the US Senate needed to get the Versailles treaty ratified. Wilson’s failure in this regard all but assured WWII would a greater world conflict and be more deadly than WWI. Wilson was the first modern Democrat - and any thinking person of our own time should impugn his so-called accomplishments.

  • Profile In Incompetence, A 10-part Series On The Worst President in American History (con't)

    05/23/2007 5:35:24 PM PDT · 9 of 38
    citizenK to WalterSkinner

    20th C Worst ever: Carter, Wilson, and Johnson (LBJ).
    Agree with your growing dislike of Jackson, I have been there with Wilson for years.

    Too early to tell how Bush will fare historically; he is no Ronald Reagan - but he sure is hell no Jimmy Carter either.

  • Top US intelligence analysts to study climate change

    05/03/2007 9:15:18 PM PDT · 12 of 12
    citizenK to Tarpon
    IIRC, there was a documentary on TLC or the History channel that came out this past fall that placed climate change as the number one likely most devastating end of the world scenario we face - even beating out such as nuclear war, disease epidemic, super-volcano, asteroid collision, or any other threat we face.

    ...if globull warming alarmism makes socialism more appealing to the masses, then globull warming it is.
    A spot on assessment of the Democrats. Everything for Democrats is first and foremost about politics and power. Whatever it takes. Many Democrats in this country, pols and voters alike, are so detached from reality that they cannot see nor comprehend that they are socialists or support socialism. The people wallow in their ignorance, while the pols, blinded by their lust for power, fail to see their perfidy as the assault on American freedom and Western civilization that it is.

  • Crime: Losing the Street War (Not Iraq, Must Be A US Civil War)

    01/02/2007 6:35:40 PM PST · 12 of 24
    citizenK to goodnesswins

    Single mothers with sons is likely a contributing factor. Also, I would hypothesize that a good deal of the increase in violence can be attributed to demographics; could there be more 16-20 year old males in urban areas than there were just a few years ago when crime rates were lower?

  • The President In the Room (Hillary Clinton's Biggest Issue?)

    12/17/2006 10:35:37 AM PST · 20 of 20
    citizenK to albie
    You make some decent observations.
    This article was also written to focus the scope of criticism against her - Bill is not just a liability, he's her only liability.
  • Children handcuffed in police drug raid (and SOP of shooting the family dog)

    09/28/2006 6:37:18 PM PDT · 69 of 451
    citizenK to mugs99
    This was a misdemeanor pot bust of an 18 year old. This required a swat team and gunplay in an apartment with children present?

    Great question.

    Honestly, the WOD zealots have lost all sense of proportion.

  • Children handcuffed in police drug raid (and SOP of shooting the family dog)

    09/28/2006 6:28:49 PM PDT · 52 of 451
    citizenK to spunkets

    Pitbull terriers are typically very mellow dogs with respect to people. I do not know how they react to a home invasion - most dog breeds with which I have had experience would not be passive in such a situation, but some breeds are not the threat that people think. What really sets off a pitbull is another dog - another dog in their territory or challenging their space turns on a switch in the pitbull - they are/were bred for fighting other dogs, they were not bred as watchdogs (though their musculature certainly makes them appear intimidating).

    That being said, it is SOP for the cops to kill the dog not because of the threat or potential thereof to the police. The reason they kill the dog is to get maximum shock affect on the family whose home they are invading.

    No knock raids are an abomination to our Constitutional freedoms. The perpetuators of this type of no-knock violence (all in the name of law and order) are themselves as thuggish as the criminals whom against they act - different sides of the same coin.

    Instead of no-knock raids - the tool of tyrannical regimes throughout history - why do we not insist on less violent solutions to our social problems?

    The para-militarization of law enforcement in this country means we can expect a greater frequency of these types of incidents and an increase in their lethality. The rationality and acceptance of excessive force by law enforcement is dispicable. $60 worth of mj - wow! People in that area should sleep a whole lot better tonight knowing the police are on top of this sort of crime. Accomodations and medals should be issued....

  • Hercules thinks outside the big-box - City changes image by using eminent domain to thwart Wal-Mart

    05/28/2006 8:10:17 PM PDT · 8 of 63
    citizenK to SmithL

    So Walmart just builds in the town right next door. The clever leaders of Hercules lose out further growth generated by the Walmart anchor, and they lose any share of sales taxes that the neighboring town will now enjoy. But what do the leaders of Hercules care but for their self-righteousness?