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  • Putin has sent the feared Spetsnaz special forces into Syria to bail out Assad

    10/06/2015 10:17:52 PM PDT · 67 of 67
    volunbeer to BobL

    I won’t be surprised that they are successful. These are the top-notch units of the Soviet military with full air superiority. Most importantly, unlike our forces, the Russians could care less about hearts and minds - they will be ruthless and that is what it takes to win. Commitment.

    With that said though, my entire life (an Army brat then an officer) was dominated by the cold war. We always made their rank and file units out to be far superior than they actually were in hindsight. The same goes today for the bulk of the Russian military - poor equipment, poorly trained, and poor battlefield command.

    Putin is simply representing their interests (as he should) in the vacuum this administration has created after they uncorked the bottle of Islamic extremism that the established governments mostly squashed. The Middle East is a far bigger mess now than it when we entered Afghanistan and I suspect history will show that we did little to address the biggest threat - Iran.

    For Christians this is a very interesting time given Ezekiel 38 and 39. I am not a prophecy buff, but the stage is certainly being set for Israel to be surrounded by Islamic nations committed to her destruction (assisted by Russia and China) just like the good book predicted. When it happens is not known to us, but you can’t deny the appearance of the prediction coming to fruition.

  • Putin has sent the feared Spetsnaz special forces into Syria to bail out Assad

    10/05/2015 6:50:38 PM PDT · 35 of 67
    volunbeer to BobL

    Putin has tried to make some improvements to his military, but for the most part they are still two generations behind and their command and control still sucks - they still don’t allow their small unit commanders to exercise initiative.

    I understand your sentiments, but the Russian military is far behind us at the moment. A few more Progressive administrations will be necessary to lessen the gap because our technology and training is still superior. However while we enjoy dominance, our political leadership is pathetic and our rules of engagement make any fight difficult.

    With that said, the Spetsnaz with air support will be more than a match for their enemies in Syria. They are a very aggressive infantry force much like our Rangers.

  • What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like

    10/04/2015 10:54:40 AM PDT · 15 of 55
    volunbeer to cripplecreek

    Computerized automation is the new future we face and it will change things far beyond our imagination including our economy.

    Outside of that, your guess is as good as mine, but we can bet there will be incredible change sooner rather than later.

  • Franklin Graham on Russian airstrikes in Syria: They're helping save Christian lives

    10/01/2015 7:29:40 PM PDT · 8 of 18
    volunbeer to WilliamIII

    I sometimes appreciate what Franklin says, but I can’t hear him because of his 800k plus salary. Sorry, I rarely begrudge people making money, but it just seems obscene to me for a man who claims to be a servant of God.

    I know some may disagree and that is okay. I think Pastors should make a comfortable living, but that is far more than comfortable!

    This administration greatly contributed to the mess in the Middle East and now Russia steps in to fill the vacuum and protect their own interests. I don’t think protecting Christians was their motivation even if it is an unintended benefit.

  • WHO is the Shooter?

    10/01/2015 6:45:34 PM PDT · 149 of 164
    volunbeer to smokingfrog

    Yes. At this stage of an investigation they are simply gathering facts. They could care less about the stuff that gets bantered around here. The MSM jumps to conclusions and runs with their agenda so I suppose it is only natural that folks around here respond in kind.

    How many times have we seen the narrative completely change in 24 hours on incidents like this? I remember several threads about “the Muslim shooter” in Aurora (crazy) and a few threads responding to MSM or journalists alleging it was a Tea Party person (also crazy) etc etc.

    Interesting to read the speculation, but also interesting to see how many people (here and elsewhere) quickly decide their narrative and stick to it regardless of facts. They will remind the rest of us about the conspiracy next year.

    Sometimes all we can do is shake our head and get on with life. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected in this horrible act of evil.

  • WHO is the Shooter?

    10/01/2015 6:13:42 PM PDT · 114 of 164
    volunbeer to bigdaddy45

    Sadly, I have found that it is useless to reason with the conspiracy theorists on these threads. There is a small but vocal percentage of posters on here who see a conspiracy behind everything.

    The smart move by investigators is to withhold the name until they can execute a search warrant on the residence/vehicle of the shooter to obtain evidence. Putting out the name prematurely could prevent the recovery of such evidence and investigators don’t want to wade through a mob of reporters to try and interview/notify family members and friends that might shed light on the motivations. The dumbasses with minimal access to the facts are usually the ones “leaking” to the press to show how important they are. The real investigators are busy and unconcerned about what the public knows right away.

    Our insatiable need to know everything immediately often leads to errant conclusions devoid of facts and feeds the same agenda driven crap we despise when we watch the endless talking heads on cable networks. An incident like this will be fully investigated to a standard that would hold up in court. It will be fact driven to the best of their ability - after all, it’s their community most impacted.

    Thanks for trying to be a voice of reason, but don’t get too frustrated. I have learned to just patiently wait for facts to emerge and don’t get too wrapped up in the speculation phase. I suppose it is a natural inclination on the part of all of us to want to understand something so insane or even assign political motivations to such an act (like acts of terrorism).

  • North Dakota’s Housing Boom Is About to Go Bust

    09/29/2015 6:46:32 PM PDT · 8 of 28
    volunbeer to hinckley buzzard

    Yep - what goes boom usually goes bust - this was predictable as soon as gas prices dropped.

  • Donald Trump's wild claim: Unemployment is 42%

    09/28/2015 7:11:29 PM PDT · 44 of 94
    volunbeer to DiogenesLamp

    I realize numbers (and charts) can be manipulated, but that is an excellent graphic that shows what many of us believe to be true - what in the hell are we doing to our children?


  • Why some scientists are worried about a surprisingly cold ‘blob’ in the North Atlantic

    09/28/2015 7:04:48 PM PDT · 38 of 81
    volunbeer to All

    To anyone that actually knows something about this -

    Does this mean a cooler winter for Northern Europe and does the warmer water off the Pacific NW mean more rain and milder winter there?

    I am hoping for a wetter winter in the NW - don’t care how cold it gets - we need the water and snow.

  • Holy water: Congressman steals Pope Francis' glass

    09/26/2015 12:17:13 PM PDT · 44 of 109
    volunbeer to Arthur McGowan

    Planned Parenthood Rating: 100%
    NARAL Rating: 100%

    If that does not tell the story, I don’t know what does. I find this really disturbing - it’s very cult-like.

  • Holy water: Congressman steals Pope Francis' glass

    09/26/2015 12:08:29 PM PDT · 34 of 109
    volunbeer to Defiant

    That’s a little creepy.

    That is extremely creepy. Jesus has to be the focus, not a mortal man.

  • GOP Representative: Mitch McConnell ‘Next Guy in the Crosshairs’ [Just Kick Him Out!]

    09/26/2015 11:49:17 AM PDT · 7 of 19
    volunbeer to Da Coyote

    Not going to happen - wish it would because McConnell has been a major disappointment for as long as I can remember. He flat out lied during his last campaign about what he would do (oppose Obama), but he has 4 more years until he has to pretend he is going to fight again. The Senate by it’s very nature and personality is not mutiny material.

    McConnell has demonstrated for years that he cares nothing about opposing noise. He only has to care once every 6 years.

  • terrifying moment world's largest passenger plane lurches to one side as it battles high winds

    09/25/2015 4:51:31 PM PDT · 23 of 73
    volunbeer to dfwgator

    There are definitely some classic scenes in that movie!

    Good luck on Saturday - hoping my Vols can finally win one, but I will probably look like Striker by the 2nd quarter.

  • At World Meeting of Families, homosexuality dominates talk

    09/25/2015 4:47:56 PM PDT · 15 of 83
    volunbeer to bicyclerepair

    Marriage is a biblical concept defined by God in his creation. Government may grant a civil union, but government can’t change God’s definition or force God to accept something. Blaming the church for God’s own word or believing the world’s definition trumps God’s own word is devoid of logic. I pray that the young man in this story realizes what truth is. He might find a “priest” that would agree, but neither of them would be right.

  • terrifying moment world's largest passenger plane lurches to one side as it battles high winds

    09/25/2015 4:24:55 PM PDT · 2 of 73
    volunbeer to DUMBGRUNT

    Regardless, I bet he needed a new pair of underwear!

  • John Boehner just sacrificed his career for the good of the Republican Party

    09/25/2015 3:24:22 PM PDT · 24 of 71
    volunbeer to gov_bean_ counter

    I loved what Newt did as Speaker, up until he allowed his personal life to color the news (and the conservative agenda). Brilliant man who had plenty of passion for his role.

    I am extremely disappointed in Boehner, but let’s keep it real - the GOP’s criticism of Clinton would have been pure hypocrisy had they defended Newt. I think many have forgotten that.

  • Trump Calls NAFTA A "Disaster" [Syas He'll Either Rip Up Agreement Or Renegotiate]

    09/25/2015 2:35:11 PM PDT · 98 of 103
    volunbeer to Conscience of a Conservative

    Using that big, bloated, oppressive government to tax companies in order to coerce them into keeping jobs here is NOT the answer.

    You make an excellent point. I don’t pretend to fully understand both sides, but I do recognize that what we have is badly broken and we defend words that are no longer true to their definition such as “capitalism” and “protectionism”. I want the smallest and least intrusive government possible, but I also want to keep as many jobs/industries here as possible despite cheaper wages elsewhere - the solutions would involve a host of things such as government, unions, taxes, etc.

    However, it seems undeniable to me that our “competitors” have major advantages and we just shrug our shoulders in the name of “free trade.” I have never been a fan of tariffs, but I am not a fan of the games China plays (yes, I know it’s not NAFTA) to boost their exports or the games Japan played to keep our products out. Trump is right - we need to do something to level the playing field when we can.

    In some ways, I believe manufacturing will come back to the U.S. sooner than we think because of automation, 3D manufacturing technology, and robotics. The problem will be that we have imported low-skilled people by the millions that will have a difficult time assimilating into such an economy. In that sense, Trump is right even if he does not always articulate it as such. Another example of the “Chamber of Commerce” and politicians screwing future generations of Americans for a bit of profit today.

    I enjoy the discussion here and think both sides have valid points, but we must step away from invalid definitions that we instinctively defend without considering the many things we need to correct. I am curious to see how much Trump will (or if) he will talk about the other factors that created this problem. If he does not then nothing will change no matter what he does about NAFTA.

  • Trump Calls NAFTA A "Disaster" [Syas He'll Either Rip Up Agreement Or Renegotiate]

    09/25/2015 12:53:30 PM PDT · 89 of 103
    volunbeer to Conscience of a Conservative; central_va

    I think it comes down to reality vs ideas. The idea of free trade is good - the implementation has been criminal. It’s not free trade when our government regulates businesses to death and makes employees so expensive that their products can’t compete with other nations that have cheap labor and little to no regulation.

    Is it free trade when a corporation moves it’s production overseas cutting 1000’s of U.S. jobs and creating 1000’s of jobs in another nation simply to improve stock dividends? If you own the stock it’s good I suppose. If you live in the community that is gutted by the loss of jobs it sucks.

    I am for free trade when it’s done on a fair and level playing field. We don’t have that now and we struggle to be competitive in many areas because of the hidden costs and taxation that Mexican companies don’t have. Until then, we will continue to gut our manufacturing base - no thanks.

  • Trump Calls NAFTA A "Disaster" [Syas He'll Either Rip Up Agreement Or Renegotiate]

    09/25/2015 12:44:28 PM PDT · 85 of 103
    volunbeer to central_va

    I support the idea of free trade, but I no longer believe that is what we have either here or overseas.

    Therefore I have come full circle back to protectionism. I agree that may become the conservative position, but too many still believe a lie. What we have is NOT free trade. What we have is not capitalism. It’s all a rigged game to benefit the few at the expense of many.

    The world seems upside down to me and the response to the housing bubble was the event that opened my eyes. The banks and government created the crisis and then bailed themselves out with trillions of dollars we borrowed from a private bank! Government is in collusion with the banksters pulling the strings and that is not capitalism or free trade.

  • New computer model says human emissions can ‘render Earth ice free’

    09/25/2015 12:37:03 PM PDT · 51 of 80
    volunbeer to Joe Brower

    Your cartoon is partially correct. The real winner of climate change are the tax and spenders. Emissions gives government the ability to tax all kinds of activities that were previously only taxed once (tax on fuels and vehicles that use them). Government makes far more than scientists in this scam. The UN wants to use it to tax developed nations to redistribute wealth to developing nations (with a healthy cut for themselves of course).

  • Trump Calls NAFTA A "Disaster" [Syas He'll Either Rip Up Agreement Or Renegotiate]

    09/25/2015 12:28:17 PM PDT · 77 of 103
    volunbeer to SeeSharp

    I understand your sentiment - free trade is good for everyone and I think most FReepers agree.

    You are also correct about government subsidies and currency games being bad.

    What you have apparently missed is that NAFTA has been perverted - it’s not about free trade - it’s about corporate profits and exporting jobs to accomplish this. Government, big business, and even the Marxists among us have used it for anything but free trade!

    It’s a perfect example of why we no longer practice true capitalism. What we have is crony-capitalism that benefits the market, politicians, and CEO’s. When “big business” is bailed out to the tune of trillions of dollars that our children and grandchildren will have to pay we can’t call it capitalism. Both political parties are to blame.

    NAFTA is a great idea on paper because free trade benefits everyone. NAFTA in reality (just like TARP) mostly benefited the big boys on Wall Street. Any gains you or I may have made in our investments were erased permanently by the hidden tax of inflation as the Fed created more dollars.

    I believe most “Republicans” are now supporting a lie because we support capitalism. We don’t really have that when the government picks the winners and losers and bails them out and pumps the markets. The big money owns our politicians and government. It’s crapitalism - not capitalism.

  • K Street Crushed, Conservatives Elated over Boehner Departure

    09/25/2015 12:16:41 PM PDT · 32 of 69
    volunbeer to hoosiermama

    Look who is upset. They paid all that money for nothing

    Nothing? I would say it’s money well spent for the banksters. By my calculations they received at least a few trillion that our children and grandchildren will have to pay. All their crooked politicians came through for them big.

    Brutal truth!

  • Investors Are Mining for Water, the Next Hot Commodity

    09/25/2015 12:14:29 PM PDT · 17 of 18
    volunbeer to Advil000

    How about just building the really, really BIG dam system this country actually needs to capture enough water every year?

    This. Just think of all that money we “gave” to Wall Street being used for infrastructure projects that would provide us more water and cheap electricity.

  • Investors Are Mining for Water, the Next Hot Commodity

    09/25/2015 9:42:51 AM PDT · 9 of 18
    volunbeer to Personal Responsibility

    They have an effective desalinization process - it requires lots of electricity. Google search Israel’s desalinization projects - quite interesting and it’s been very effective. California is screwed because of environmentalists who won’t let them build new electricity plants and they don’t want them to desalinize the water because they claim the heavier salt in the discharge harms the environment.

    The irony is that some sea life flourishes in the presence of more salt. They have a new desalinization plant in California that had to fight for years in court to exist. Go figure.

  • Ailes ‘Furious’ at Rich Lowry for Forcing Fox to Cede ‘Moral High Ground’ to Donald Trump

    09/25/2015 12:22:08 AM PDT · 43 of 61
    volunbeer to nhwingut

    “”Reading them convinced me more than ever that it’s Trump or stay home.””

    Trump has definitely stood up to the media. However, I remain cautious because elections eventually come down to specifics and too much anger turns people off the longer they see it. Trump needs to stay on message and let the media look petty.

    Just my .02 - it will take a tactician to win next November. His populist message and hammering immigration and jobs is why he soared. His snarky attitude towards the lamestream media won him plenty of fans around here, but I don’t think any of us can predict how that will play to a larger audience as more people begin to pay attention. He needs to stay focused on his message because making it personal will harm him in the long run.

  • ISIS Uses Churches as Torture Chambers Where Christians Forced to Convert to Islam or Killed: Report

    09/21/2015 6:23:34 PM PDT · 4 of 21
    volunbeer to marshmallow

    I hope this administration is pleased with their “Arab Spring.”

    What a disaster for humanity and the worst is yet to come.

  • Wisconsin's Walker exits '16 race with harsh words for Trump

    09/21/2015 5:41:50 PM PDT · 195 of 376
    volunbeer to Viennacon

    It is possible that Trump would do more for conservatism than any President since Reagan simply by enforcing our immigration laws.

    Consider for a second that demographics decide our nations future. When we bring in immigrants who outproduce native Americans by a wide margin and they vote for benefits by a wide margin the writing is on the wall. Conservatives are losing because we can not get our message out to new Americans or first generation Americans - that is done by public schools, the media, and higher education.

    Just throwing that out there. I agree with others that Trump is certainly not the most conservative candidate, but at some point we have to stop the bleeding before we can get the rest of the house in order.


    09/20/2015 8:26:52 PM PDT · 13 of 88
    volunbeer to Jonty30; dfwgator

    Point taken, but still a bit surprised at Mick also.

    Perhaps Ozzy Osbourne is the real miracle although it’s pretty obvious his brain is fried.


    09/20/2015 8:17:26 PM PDT · 5 of 88
    volunbeer to MtnClimber

    Let’s face it - the life of a musician is not very healthy and considering the amount of substance abuse problems as a percentage of that small group there is little surprise that they don’t last as long as the rest of us.

    With that said, it still amazes me that Mick Jagger is alive.

  • Zogby Poll: Trump Widens Lead After GOP Debate

    09/20/2015 8:03:06 PM PDT · 119 of 164
    volunbeer to 11th_VA

    what’s shocking is, I think I’m in agreement with every one of his positions

    For the most part we only hear the soundbites from him the media wants to stew about, but I agree, his articulated positions show far more depth than I expected. I like what I have heard when he is not throwing out non-specific stump material. I also like his “will do” attitude in a world constantly telling him he can’t do something. He does not take “no” for an answer in his business and that may carry over to a congress owned by special interests regardless of who is in charge.

  • Trump’s advice to teens: Follow your heart, do what you love

    09/20/2015 7:47:42 PM PDT · 21 of 23
    volunbeer to E. Pluribus Unum

    If Trump wants a message that resonates with young people he should tell them about how both parties and the bankers who own them have robbed each and every young person and unborn American. Our children will have to pay the debt and it’s a message that most young people understand even though they rarely hear about it.

    He needs to focus on this because it’s the one issue that resonates beyond everything including immigration. We have witnessed a theft unequaled in the history of mankind - the “spending” of trillions to benefit the few.

    This is the idea that drove both the Tea Party and “Occupy”. It’s a message understood regardless of party affiliation and while we may not agree on how to fix it, we should all agree it’s a problem far bigger than any other. If we don’t stop borrowing trillions to finance today we will destroy our nation tomorrow.

    It started with Bush and Obama doubled down. We have very little to show for it outside of an inflated stock market. Really think about it. Is your income greater or less now? Are the roads and infrastructure in your community better or worse? Is your dollar worth more or less? Are your schools better or worse? Is your standard of living better or worse? Is the military stronger or weaker? The list goes on and the answers appear obvious.

    This is the message above all others that will capture young people, crossover voters, and the average middle American. If Trump is serious about building a better America for our children he has to blast both parties for the out of control spending/borrwing. He should continue to tell everyone that he is beholden to nobody - unlike both parties that “need the money”.

    That is the winning message that really crosses party lines and will motivate the voters who have just given up because they see the truth - there is little difference between the parties.

  • Wright: I “Made It Comfortable” For Obama to Accept Christianity Without Having to Renounce Islam

    09/20/2015 7:19:04 PM PDT · 27 of 158
    volunbeer to Arthur McGowan

    If you are a Christian you follow Christ. There is no equivocation about “the way” for a Christian. There is only one way that is truth.

    Hard pill to swallow for many, but they either swallow it or their “inclusiveness” will swallow them. There is no equivocation allowed.

    With that in mind, is there any doubt that it will become harder to be a Christian in this world of political correctness? We are also commanded not to hate and to love our neighbor (including a non-Christian), but they have found the way to attack us - our love cannot overcome our need to tell the truth because “they” have made truth hateful.


    09/20/2015 7:03:23 PM PDT · 36 of 37
    volunbeer to apoliticalone

    Conservatives and Americans are finally starting to wise-up that conservatism is not now and never was about global corporations getting rich while destroying the sovereignty of the USA.

    Conservatism is the extreme opposite of global corporatism that wants open borders and a new world order where trade agreements usurp Constitutions. I can’t begin to tell you how many arguments I’ve had with friends over the years indoctrinated by the stupidity vaccine of free trade that made the USA dependent, less secure, weaker and in debt, instead of independently affluent.

    I blame it mostly on the hired hand CEO and financier influence of our Congress, and that wants more for themselves, more cheap labor illegals and less for most Americans. Documentary “Inside Job” of about 2010 trashed both Parties. Worth a watch.

    Amen and this should be read twice - Wall Street owns the game. I would also add that they have not just moved our jobs and manufacturing overseas to increase profits - they have pumped up the market by borrowing money from every American now and in the future to “save the market” they created. Where is the benefit to the average American from the 10 trillion in added debt since the crash? Most have a lower income and standard of living now then we did then. They have stolen from us and stolen our childrens future!

  • Zogby Poll: Trump Widens Lead After GOP Debate

    09/20/2015 6:48:47 PM PDT · 45 of 164
    volunbeer to I Hired Craig Livingstone

    No doubt Trump is creating a buzz, but it’s still very early in the cycle. You are also right - if it’s not Trump we may be in for a long haul and possibly another 4-8 years of the progressive agenda because the GOP primary will become a bloody process leaving a damaged and weakened candidate as the nominee if it’s a conservative or giving us another RINO that few are excited about.

    If Trump can continue like this into the primaries he could capture it early. That would be a HUGE advantage across the board. It appears obvious that the media has not been able to “select” the alternative to Trump and they are trying.

    I will admit it - he has shocked me with how well he is doing so far.

  • Zogby Poll: Trump Widens Lead After GOP Debate

    09/20/2015 6:30:49 PM PDT · 28 of 164
    volunbeer to The Ghost of FReepers Past

    Paying much attention to polling at this point in the race is like celebrating after the first 20 laps of the Daytona 500. Outside of news junkies and people who really pay attention to politics most of the country is not paying much attention.

    With that said, one surprising trend that the MSM ignores is that Trump appears to be picking up voters who usually vote or identified as democrat. The main reason appears to be immigration. Will see if the MSM continues to ignore what appears obvious - voters in both parties, including a sizeable number of African Americans, don’t want more immigrants.

  • The GOP’s Donald Trump nightmare may soon get a whole lot worse (TPP)

    09/14/2015 12:26:57 AM PDT · 111 of 111
    volunbeer to Eric Pode of Croydon

    Automation is the future and robotics will become the norm for many actions now performed by unskilled or low skill workers. It is not if, but when.

    It makes our intake of poor immigrants all the more foolish......

  • Ad invokes Reagan to attack Republicans' hard line on immigration

    09/13/2015 5:12:18 PM PDT · 15 of 22
    volunbeer to 2ndDivisionVet

    Further proof that conservatives should never compromise. Meeting the person with a wrong idea in the middle pulls you in the wrong direction. Reagan compromised based on a promise that things would change - they did not.

    Now the same people who screamed for “bi-partisanship” use the compromise against him (and us). We fail to realize that our ideas and principles were killed by a thousand cuts and now there is no longer much difference in either party.

    You can never trust a snake. Reagan was a great man, but even he failed to comprehend that he was dealing with snakes.

  • The GOP’s Donald Trump nightmare may soon get a whole lot worse (TPP)

    09/13/2015 4:57:41 PM PDT · 107 of 111
    volunbeer to Soul of the South

    In this time of despair I take some hope in a quote from Winston Churchill. “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they’ve tried everything else.”

    You nailed it again. Let us pray that our nation wakes up if it is not too late. So many voters have been conditioned to look to the problem (gov’t) for the solution to everything. However, there are forces of influence on our government that serve their own interests (not the peoples) and as long as the electorate are stuck in the illusion nothing will change and they will continue to rob our children of the future.

  • Don't Let Papal Visit Distract You From Next Month's Synod

    09/13/2015 1:56:57 PM PDT · 6 of 12
    volunbeer to BlatherNaut

    I am not Catholic, but there is little doubt that the Catholic church has been a powerful counter to evil. What does it say about the future that the concrete foundation of Catholicism seems to crack and fracture more every month under their present leadership?

    Other “denominations” seem to have crumbled first because the Catholic church had strong central leadership separated from the leftists ideology here in America. The “church” as a whole (the body of Christ) is under siege and assault in a way that few of us believed possible. Perhaps it is a sign of the times that every institution that promotes good is under assault from not only external forces, but internal forces in positions of power.

    Interesting times are ahead.

  • The GOP’s Donald Trump nightmare may soon get a whole lot worse (TPP)

    09/13/2015 1:34:01 PM PDT · 104 of 111
    volunbeer to Resettozero

    Yep, as I wrote above. Trump is a threat to the banksters, the globalists, and politicians owned by both who have siphoned off tens of billions from the trillions that we have poured into a black hole. Trump is right about job losses and the underlying cause, but he threatens a system that is far bigger than just jobs/manufacturing - this is money like the world has never seen before.

    Trump played their game and played it well, but he is right - it is a game that is not for America and the American people - it’s for the few. He is the biggest threat to them right now.

  • The GOP’s Donald Trump nightmare may soon get a whole lot worse (TPP)

    09/13/2015 1:21:54 PM PDT · 102 of 111
    volunbeer to Soul of the South

    I said above that “it all revolves around the debt” and where it went. You were also correct in your excellent summary about the growth of corporate executive pay through bonuses and stock options. That money, a very significant amount, also went into the markets as you stated.

    Again, the spending only benefits the few (executives/banks) at the expense of many (workers and the communities in which they reside) as their jobs were outsourced. The executives benefit even as they believe they are promoting capitalism and doing what is in the interest of their companies/stock with little consideration of their workers. They believe they are capitalist just as we believe if we are conservative Republicans we are capitalist. However, capitalism is not premised on destroying the host for profit. The government has even stepped in to help the transfer of jobs out of our nation through laws and regulations that make it more expensive to employ Americans and operate in America.

    What a farce we have been sold. We think we are supporting capitalism and America. The left thinks they are supporting the poor. Entitlement spending is out of control and even while the left seeks more spending, it is only a drop in the bucket compared to the real theft that is close to 10 trillion dollars. Nothing changes for the majority of Americans despite historic levels of spending- even as we are all on the hook for the borrowed money. Everything is funneled to the market - the government retirement system, private retirement funds, executive bonuses, and the banksters get a percentage of everything.

    When the real market can’t support the growth they need through real economic activity they simply have the Fed pump trillions into the system to keep siphoning off of the lie. It’s truly criminal what has happened to our country. It’s not ideology, it’s theft. They have screwed us and it seems far beyond our ability to fix because our nation is so divided over the issues they have created as distractions to hide the crime.

    I am not a conspiracy theorist either, I just think we (the people) allowed the system to become what it is today. Everything is funneled to the market, but the part we rarely talk about is the debt - far bigger than everything else and seemingly hidden from our eyes.

  • The GOP’s Donald Trump nightmare may soon get a whole lot worse (TPP)

    09/13/2015 12:44:53 PM PDT · 99 of 111
    volunbeer to I Hired Craig Livingstone

    The effort to destroy Trump is only beginning. The big money is relying on the GOPe and the media to bring him down right now and frankly, Trump may help them because he can be a loose cannon and many (including me) fear that he may self-destruct.

    If he survives the initial attacks (and he has so far) the gloves will really come off because the people in control (the real power behind both parties) are protecting the theft I wrote about above. Trump is a threat to the system.

  • The GOP’s Donald Trump nightmare may soon get a whole lot worse (TPP)

    09/13/2015 12:28:04 PM PDT · 95 of 111
    volunbeer to DoughtyOne

    I am not anti-capitalism. However what we have now is crony-capitalism of the worst kind. Are we controlled by a moral leadership class that has our best interest at heart or by puppets with banksters pulling the strings.

    The facts are undeniable when we look at it from a new perspective and it all revolves around the debt and government spending. Both parties have “pumped” money into the market “to save the market” through quantitative easing, stimulus, and increased government spending.

    Where did that money go? Did we invest in our future or mortgage our future to preserve a failed system? My best guess is about 10 trillion of our debt has been devoted to saving the system. Where is the new infrastructure? Where are the new jobs? Where are the results that benefit everyone? They are not there - all we (and our children) are left with is a crushing debt to save what? Our standard of living has DROPPED despite 10 trillion dollars in spending!

    The principles of conservatism are grounded in moral governance within the rule of a moral law. What is moral about the scam that has been perpetrated on the American people?

    Is’nt it time we asked ourselves why we have a uniparty? What changed with the GOP taking over congress? Very little. We must ask why! What changed for me and you with our nation taking on 10 trillion (again - my best guess - probably even more) in debt? We are not talking about spending a few years of our income for something like a house. We are talking about many years of our entire GDP! It’s insane. It’s immoral and unethical. We are enslaving our children to the benefit of corporations, globalists, banksters, and hedge funds.

    Again, like communism on paper, our model should work on paper. A wealthier economy should lift us all up, but it’s undeniable that it has not worked for even a majority of Americans despite spending like we have never seen before! Just like the concept of communism, maybe our free-market capitalist ideas discounted the greedy and power-hungry individuals among us who are immoral. We have elected them even as they are owned by the banksters. We have been sold a lie FRiend - it’s not the concept or idea that is wrong. If executed properly by moral men, our wealth should lift everyone up, but it has not.

    Many folks who supported the tea party seemed to understand this idea even if they can’t put it into words. Many who supported “occupy Wall Street” seemed to understand it even if they can’t put it into words and the idea was represented by idiots defecating in the street.

    We have been sold a lie. To me and you, it was framed as free-market capitalism. To the left it was framed as helping the poor. It has helped neither and greatly harmed our nation and it’s future to the benefit of a few.

    We are not supporting the idea we both believe in - capitalism. We are supporting a lie. We are supporting an illusion that is framed in language we like, but in reality is something far more sinister.

  • The GOP’s Donald Trump nightmare may soon get a whole lot worse (TPP)

    09/13/2015 11:31:53 AM PDT · 91 of 111
    volunbeer to tatown

    Amen to 89. See my thoughts above.

  • The GOP’s Donald Trump nightmare may soon get a whole lot worse (TPP)

    09/13/2015 11:31:18 AM PDT · 90 of 111
    volunbeer to Soul of the South

    Excellent post just above this one - I posted a bit of thought prior to yours. While I agree in principle with what you said, it appears to me that we have all been sold the biggest lie in order to serve the interests of those who control both parties.

    Increasingly, I think the people in charge are the ones who benefit from the theft. Consider our deficit - it went into someones pocket. Our infrastructure is not any better today nor is our quality of life. Where is our cut of 10 trillion dollars?

    At the same time, more people are dependent on government for income and government grows. More of our wealth is transferred to the developing world. Serves the interests of the other side also.

    They throw us all a bone every now and then, but Americans need to focus on the debt and wealth transfer that has occurred - this is at the center of everything. I am not saying the “issues” we get caught up in are not important - they are, but it seems like everyone ignores the biggest issue we face - debt. A debt that has been used by both sides to further the agenda of the moneyed interests that own them.

    Our children and grandchildren have been screwed by both parties and it’s an absolute lie that we have been sold. We have mortgaged the future believing it would lift everyone in America up - it has not and will not. The uber rich left and uber rich right have become far more wealthy in the last few years. Jobs have been displaced from our nation to the 3rd world to make corporations and banksters more money without improving our standard of living. More people are on the public dole as a result.

    What a lie we have been sold! On paper (like communism) it should have worked based on what we were told. It has not. I think many in the Tea Party understand this even if they have not admitted it the way I just framed it. Something is wrong. Perhaps Trump (who played the game quite well) is the person to open the eyes of America to the theft that has taken place. God help me, I sound like Elizabeth Warren for different reasons. My solution would be far different than hers, but maybe we are starting to see the same things from opposite banks on the river.

  • The GOP’s Donald Trump nightmare may soon get a whole lot worse (TPP)

    09/13/2015 10:58:43 AM PDT · 87 of 111
    volunbeer to DoughtyOne

    Let’s tell the truth. Cruz is in a can’t win position because of money. TPP is where the money is in this election cycle.

    Trump does not need money and that is a big advantage for him because he can assume the populists position instead of the corporate view.

    I like Cruz even though I don’t think he will win the nomination, but has no money. It takes money to win and he is convinced that he can win. Cruz, like many of us, also bought into the corporate conservative view of free trade is good for all. There was a point when I believed it was true and it could lift everyone up, but over the years I have learned that the people in charge of free trade are those making millions off of it - not the workers. I don’t think many people have been lifted up by the surge in the markets since the bubble burst either. Free trade lifts the stock market and exports jobs. Anyone who has observed this for the last few decades must admit this truth.

    There are two major interests that control international trade - the banksters and the global socialists. Neither group represents the American worker or average Joe. Many conservatives bought into the idea of “what is good for Wall Street is good for everyone.” Is that really true?

    Consider for a second the growth in our national debt has largely been fueled by the Fed Reserve creating more dollars (a tax on us all - especially our children and grandchildren) to pump up the stock market and save the big corporations that own the politicians. What we have witnessed under both parties is the largest theft in history - it’s a grand ponzi scheme. The left wants to lift up the poor in developing nations. The right wants to create massive wealth in the hands of a few.

    I am still not sure I trust Trump, but the fact that he does not buy into the conventional wisdom (I used to buy into it also) makes him very dangerous to very powerful people. Forget his stump speeches and listen to some of his more deliberate interviews and he has the potential to open some eyes to what I just said. The forces that will be against him are far greater than what we see now because he is a threat to the people who have perpetrated the theft from our children and they are firmly in control.

    We all laughed at Occupy Wall Street because of “the crowd” and the way they went about it, but I will go on record and predict that the Tea Party may morph into the same message from the opposite side because the “theft” is at the center of everything right now. If Trump can capture that and open peoples eyes to “the theft” he will be attacked viciously from both sides of the aisle. The GOPe is owned by the corporations. The DNC is owned by global progressives. Both of them want free trade because it serves their interest.

    I don’t think either party wants what is best for me or you anymore. They serve their masters.

  • Father who lost son warns parents on guns

    09/12/2015 2:46:33 PM PDT · 15 of 57
    volunbeer to All

    You have to feel sorry for this guy. While firearms are a tool that can be used for good or bad, I make every effort to keep mine away from the kids - and they have all been taught to shoot and they know about firearms safety.

    The worst story I have heard recently was the young mother who was carrying her pistol in the shopping cart at Walmart in Hayden, Idaho, with a toddler. I read that she had a new concealed carry purse and somehow her toddler accessed it and killed the mother in the store. Tragic beyond words.

    I am pro-gun, but at some point I had to admit that maybe it might make sense for a person with toddlers to carry their semi-automatic without one in the pipe if it’s not on their person. Very low crime area and if you have to dig it out of the purse it is unlikely you can draw that quickly to begin with.

    That one really shook me up. Does not change my opinion of the 2nd amendment in any way, but you have to ask what did more harm - carrying locked and loaded in a purse or the slim chance you are a crime victim in a very low crime area?

    I believe if you are going to carry you have it on your person, but having three young kids I understand how it only takes a second of inattentiveness for them to get into something! Can’t imagine what that family (and the child) will go through for the rest of their lives.

    Yes, I understand this story is quite a bit different. I still feel very sorry for the father because clearly he blames himself (and gun ownership) for his sons suicide. There was obviously a problem much larger than the firearm (a tool) with his son. Don’t think a parent ever recovers from something like that!

  • The Twin Peaks Massacre Coverup

    09/09/2015 10:14:21 PM PDT · 754 of 850
    volunbeer to Cboldt

    Let’s just agree to disagree. Short of being one of the investigators or a person receiving discovery we will never see all the evidence in this investigation. Not saying that makes the case stronger (or weaker), but that is the way I see it.

    I am not here to split hairs. I think I gave my thoughts and respect your right to yours lest we split hairs. Night and FRegards

  • The awesome A-10 video the Air Force doesn’t want you to see

    09/09/2015 9:21:24 PM PDT · 45 of 58
    volunbeer to PLMerite

    This former Army guy thinks the A-10 is the prettiest plane we have and I hope they keep it. I really believe it is a mistake to get rid of it because nothing else we have can do what it does so well.

  • The Twin Peaks Massacre Coverup

    09/09/2015 9:16:20 PM PDT · 737 of 850
    volunbeer to volunbeer

    should say it’s difficult to say the process does not result in a fair result.....