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  1. Wraithkin commented on Glenn McCoy 1 day ago

    I was thinking about this on the way in to work, and have a couple thoughts. Initially I was upset at the Republicans for passing this thing, because it’s not why we elected them. But I thought about the other circumstances. They aren’t in power yet, but the CR ends this month. So they can’t clear the budget they want without a shutdown… democrats will refuse to play ball unless the budget has something they want. So they either a) agree to most of what the Democrats want and absorb that backlash, or they b) shut down the country again by refusing to pass a CR, and absorb that backlash. It’s the lesser of the two evils they picked, I believe. We will have to see what they do after they own both chambers.

  2. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 2 days ago

    Quin: They called it that so their life insurance paid out. Many life insurance policies do not cover terrorist attacks. Gonna have to disagree with you there.

    Trout: How does Cheney have anything to do with this comic of the media not connecting the dots? They need to realize these terrorist attacks are all related, and they are either willfully or naively not connecting them together. After all, a bunch of individual wolves form a pack.

  3. Wraithkin commented on Lisa Benson 3 days ago

    I do not deny that our ecosystem is changing, and that the weather patterns are changing. Where I disagree is that mankind is the sole cause of it. Weather patterns shift as part of the natural order of things. It’s difficult to extract ourselves from the equation and to decipher which is which.

    I also loath the self-deprecation that “believers” have towards our country as it comes to our level of pollution and contribution to said climate change. We have made MASSIVE strides in this country on being more conscious of our emissions, and yet we continue to get slapped about the head and face by ecoterrorists that insist everything that runs on fossil fuels is akin to a mortal sin.

    Our way of life is built around fossil fuels, mostly because there is no good, cost-effective alternative. The concept of going green is fine and dandy, until you involve the end consumer in the process, especially the middle and lower classes. First, the easiest to fix would be electricity, mostly because it doesn’t require direct investment by the consumer. But what you don’t see is that if we convert all of our processes to green processes, we run the risk of brownouts or worse.

    On top of that, the investment made by utility companies will spike the costs passed on to the consumer. Do you want to see a family of 4 making $35k a year (poverty) see their utility bill double or triple? You honestly think they can absorb that cost? If you say, “government programs will pay for it,” where do you think that comes from? Why, it comes from schlubs like me that can afford to pay my utility bill, so our rates will go up nearly double to make up for it. It hurts the middle class the worst, because the upper class doesn’t care. They have enough money to pay it without even batting an eye.

    Then we get to heat… a lot of people use heating oil or forced-air natural gas or other natural-gas-using devices. If you have to convert all those units to Geotherm or electric (because we somehow magically converted everything to have an abundant electricity supply), that’s a massive expense to lay out for individual homeowners or business owners to convert everything in the buildings to electric or geotherm (not cheap). Who is going to pay for this?? How can the middle and lower classes afford this, on top of the increased electricity bill above? Again, the rich have enough money so they don’t care.

    I could continue, but I’m looking at this from a practical approach. Do we need to reign in emissions? Sure? Maybe? Does India and China? Absolutely. But can the rank-and-file consumer afford to do a major overhaul of our system to meet ecoterrorist demands? Not in even the best-case scenario can we do that. it’s simply too expensive for the average household to retool to meet your expectations.

    Or do you have a more pragmatic approach that is reasonable for every day people?

  4. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 3 days ago

    First, can we tone it down a notch guys? It’s getting pretty hostile in here, and it’s not needed. We can exchange views and opinions without devolving to primates throwing feces at each other. Please try to keep it professional.

    As to the points above, first, let’s talk about opednance’s comment. Coal? Really? Let’s talk comparisons.
    - After 9/11, Afghanistan was known to be hiding terrorists and the terrorist-supporting Taliban was running the country. They needed an a$$-whooping, so they got one. Our troops were extremely disciplined in who we engaged… the ROE got so stupid that we couldn’t actually shoot someone unless they were in the act of shooting at us, and we could guarantee that our round would strike only the person shooting at us.

    We use precision munitions to ideally strike only our targets, they use PBIED’s, VBIED’s, and Roadside IED’s. The PBIED’s and VBIED’s slaughter their own people in droves; ours have the occasional collateral damage. Don’t lay those casualties at our feet; they were killing their own people.
    - Iraq was ruled by Saddam who has historically murdered his own people. He gassed the Kurds, and terrorized his own citizenry. He employed death squads to keep people in check by using fear. I remember seeing footage where someone offended someone in a death squad, so they dragged them out into the street and chopped off their hand right there. They would rape and maim their own women.

    They also employed massive IED attacks, and they indiscriminately attacked and killed their own people, sometimes not even striking at us; frequently they were trying to intimidate those who were signing up to be Iraqi Police to protect their own country. The insurgency that was created was responsible for the vast majority of their own deaths; we took great pains to ensure we did not strike civilians or their homes. During the invasion(s) of Fallujah, we notified the local populace to clear out weeks in advance if they didn’t want to be subjected to our military engagement. We telegraphed our punch so we minimized civilian casualties. I’m pretty certain the insurgents gave their people no such courtesy.

    So yeah… your tens of thousands argument is a paper tiger: they did it to themselves. If we didn’t get involved, many others would be tortured, maimed, and killed because of the regime that was in place in both countries. Don’t lay those deaths at our feet because they chose to use weapons that murdered their own people.

    @ Crosspatch: Based on polls and surveys, the Republican “Obstructionism” that was in place was justified: the program is a train wreck, the costs are soaring, lies were employed to provide its passage, and the American Public has NEVER had a positive review of it. Sounds to me like the Republicans were doing what they were hired to do: Represent the people of this country. Based on what we know and what’s been done, it is the Democrats who jammed it down the throat of the American Public should bear the brunt of the fallout from it. In fact, I’m pretty certain they did in 2010 and a month ago.

  5. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 3 days ago

    The US has lost 5,281 troops from 2001 to present combined in combat, and 1,432 to “other” causes. Please explain to me how 6,717 = “tens of thousands.” Mind you, every one of these dead were volunteers, and knew what they were getting into when they raised their right hands. I enlisted AFTER both wars had started, and I knew full well that I may be called upon to give my life up for this country. I would sooner expend my life over there, than to have my children’s lives expended here by the same people.

  6. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 3 days ago

    I know I’m not in danger because I obey the law. How hard is that for you to understand? Criminals are criminals because they break the law. Whether it be shaking down a convenience store, punching an officer in the face and trying to steal his sidearm, or repeatedly selling things illegally… they all involve breaking the law.

    People are more and more believing that the law doesn’t apply to them, and then they are caught, they cry fowl and “racism.” That’s ignorant and wrong-minded, and people like you are covering for that poor behavior.

    The worst law I break is speeding, but if I get pulled over for speeding I don’t cry about how the cops hate me. I do the Adult thing and accept that I was in the wrong and I pay the ticket. I don’t make excuses about how it wasn’t my fault for (insert crap here).

    @ Harley: I was using the word “victim” because it’s what the liberals on these boards understand instead of “perpetrator.”

  7. Wraithkin commented on Glenn McCoy 6 days ago

    If only we had congressional term limits. sigh

  8. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 6 days ago

    Your assumption is flawed. The only time I’ll ever be surrounded by 5 men that I am certain are going to kill me is not going to be in a circumstance where those 5 men are cops. Why? Because I don’t break the law. Both of the instances that are being used as foils are all started because both individuals broke the law. Brown significantly moreso than Garner. But if you don’t break the law, you won’t be drawing attention on yourself. It’s as Chris Rock said.

    In the case of Michael Brown, he brought the shooting on himself. The concrete evidence (blood, photos, and other hard evidence, mind you) proves that Brown assaulted the officer and when he was shot it was a justified killing. He was a thug, and he was acting like a thug, and he was shot like a thug. If it were a private citizen defending themselves, it would be the same outcome: Self Defense.

    In the Garner case, it was a different situation. Based on what I know, he was choked by police, and while it is a tragedy that he died, it was not intentional nor was it malicious. I’m pretty certain the officer at the time didn’t know that Garner had asthma. And when you hear someone saying, “I can’t breathe,” that is an indication to someone who is trying to restrain that person, they still are technically breathing because they are TALKING.

    Had he gone limp immediately, instead of struggling, they likely would have stopped it where it was going. But, again, back track even further and you find that had he not been breaking the law, he wouldn’t have been accosted by the police in the first place. Or are you now advocating police should not enforce laws?

  9. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 6 days ago

    TBH Pea, I think the Democrats helped the Republicans this election with that whole “fear and hate.” With a record of 58% of people opposing the PPACA, and Obama inserting his foot in a whole bunch of Democrats’ mouths with his "My initiatives are on the ballot, he really did some damage to them. Republicans had one job: To show they aren’t freaking lunatic fringe, and let the Democrats’ records beat themselves. That’s precisely what happened. Don’t turn it into something it’s not.

    As to the ‘toon, I would whole-heartedly agree. We gave Republicans an opportunity here. I hope they don’t squander it. If they do, they will be right back out on the street while we find someone new.

  10. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 6 days ago

    You guys are so naive. I laugh that you are finding the cops guilty until proven innocent. You are so blinded by your racial hatred that you can’t see that in the case of Brown, he attacked an officer that defended himself. The Grand Jury, not you, had all the evidence. They rendered a decision based on that evidence. You merely are rendering a decision fueled by your racial bias.

    As to the choke-out in NY, here’s something I have learned from having kids: If they are still making noise, they are okay. When he is saying, “I can’t breathe,” he still is breathing because you can’t speak if you can’t breathe. At the same time, if he had complied and not resisted arrest (which I’m guessing he did, by the fact that they had to get him in a figure-4), they wouldn’t have had to put a choke-hold on him in the first place. Most cops aren’t out to “get you.” If you do as they say, you frequently have them treat you like human beings. Sounds like you lot should watch this.