If Ron Paul really, truly believes that this was an uncoerced vote of self-determination then my opinion of The Idjut just went down the toilet.
Why does the U.S. care which flag will be hoisted on a small piece of land thousands of miles away? (Obviously not a fan of John Doone) Or as Hillary might put it, "What difference does it make?" Yeah, you're in real solid company, Ronnie.
That said, as an autonomous republic with a lot of Russian occupiers after the Holodomor, Crimea is an area that could be flipped. Just don't kid yourself that the announced "93% in favor" is any more real than Kim Jung-un's "unanimous" election.
And if you consider yourself someone who holds hands with any of Russia's neighbors, don't come crying when the Bear bites your hand off. After all, "treaty" is just Russian for "toilet paper". Get used to it.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat.
Or it could have gone like this: - Hey, are you following me? - Ummm, yes. - May I ask why? - Well, uh, we've had a number off robberies in this neighborhood lately, and I don't recognize you... - Oh, well, I'm Travon Martin, I'm spending the summer at my uncle's in unit 12. I expect you'll see a lot of me this summer. - OK, thanks, good to know. I'm George Zimmerman, by the way. They shake hands. - No, thank you for keeping an eye out for your neighbors!
Now you're just talkin' like a creepy-@$$ cracker!
I hate to seem ignorant, but . . . I'm as distrustful of government as anyone, but I am not clear on what makes these background checks dangerous. I'm even willing to concede the point that it may not prevent any future havoc, "will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools," as the NRA puts it. Still, even if it's ineffective,what's the concern about it?
Perfectly understandable. After all, if some Christian radicals bombed the mosque on the Temple Mount to oblivian - particularly when it was full of people - the muslims would want to build a memorial there with a cross on it, right?
I haven’t really thought it through, bu my initial impression is, I don’t think I’d care. In fact, I might be inclined to apply for a permit just to have it published, i.e., “Don’t mess with this guy!”
The communists considered payment of incentives to peasants for delivering food to be anti-revolutionary and capitalist.
In the current vernacular, I believe that's "YOU didn't grow that!"
Kinda spooky how life in America today echoes the Old Country that Grandpa escaped 100 years ago, ahead (thank God!) of the Povolzhye Famine & Holodomor that wiped out millions who stayed behind.
Established in the US, hearing what happened to family in the Workers Paradise, Grandpa got himself a gun, and I'm told he noted, "Someday the Bolsheviks will come knock on the door here, but I'll be ready." Yes, Grandpa understood exactly what the Second Amendment was about: no longer an unarmed peasant at the mercy of murderous apparatchiks.
As little as ten years ago, I would consider such remarks silly & extreme, a product of his life experience. "Never in America!" I would think. Today, I feel very foolish, and sad that we've allowed the country to slide this far down the commie rabbit hole.
...they cant and wont quantify and articulate what they mean [by "fair"]
Not true. They know exactly what they mean by "fair", but they won't say it because of the consequences (just like Candidate BO's disingenuous "above my pay grade" remark). "Fair", to them, means "from each according to his ability; to each according to his need." But they won't say that for obvious reasons, just as Candidate BO wouldn't admit that he believes in infanticide, if that's what the Mother wants.
I still want to know, is Millionaire Obama paying his "fair share". And if not, why not? It is BO who made tax rates a moral issue, so he does have to be pressed on a number of points:
What is a "fair" share? Exactly what makes X% fair? Do you only do what is Right, what is Fair, if the law requires it? Isn't it hypocritical not to pay your "fair" share, not to do what you believe is morally right, regardless of the law? No one prevents BO and Buffett and all his other "generous" rich friends from Doing the Right Thing (e.g., via "pay.gov").
Stalin would be proud of the St. Lucie County Board of Elections
And you might think that they'd be ashamed of that - but they're not. Witness endorsements of BO's re-election by every two-bit despot in the world. To them, it's all a justified means to a "glorious" end.
I think that there is a far more obvious reason, indicated by the REAL mob protest (Cairo) chanting "Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas". That is really what incensed the masses, isn't it? Not a stupid, obsure YouTube video, but our president parading and campaigning with the slogan "Osama is dead!" as though he'd done it, and that is that.
The Inconventient Truth is that President BO himself is the one who incited hatred in the Muslim mobs, and NO DOUBT inspired the far-from-dead Al Qaida to strike again. That is why it was IMPERATIVE to blame it on someone else.