Gary Ogletree said:
Palin has the best record in the country...
Best record for what?Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 26.12.2008 @ 17:19
Too me, these are nonissues as to whether or not any candidate should or should not be considerd to be an elected leader.
Non Issues!? These issues should be an intellectual litmus test for a candidate, no matter the party or affiliation.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 26.12.2008 @ 13:18
Jindal may not believe in theories of Climate Change and wish to see ID/creationism taught in schools. Should this disqualify him from successfully running for president?
Yes, it absolutely should.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 26.12.2008 @ 10:55
Well said, Rick.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 25.12.2008 @ 22:20
What is it you don’t understand about radical Islam?
Nothing. I understand it well.
Are you still buying into that whole “Religion of Peace” thing?
Meh. As much as I buy into Christianity being a "Religion of Peace".
Do you really think that the Jolly Jihadists subscribe to your guidelines on “morality”?
No. And furthermore, I don't care.
Can you show that even one person’s life has been spared since we announced we will no longer waterboard anyone in our custody?
This question is nonsense.
I can promise you that if you had one clue as to the mindset of the jihadists,
I understand the mindset. Just like any fundamentalist religious faction that thinks it's doing Gods work, It's not that hard to grasp.
you would understand that any capulation on our part (including the suspension of tough interrogation techniques) is thought of as a weakness on our part and should be exploited.
Nothing, nothing I have ever read has proved that torture actually works. NOTHING. You think I care about some terrorist being waterboarded, which, by the way IS torture? No, I don't care. Torture results in lies mixed with truth. Torture results in mediocre to bad intelligence that wastes time and money. Wasting time and money costs lives. If torture produced anything of value that couldn't have been achieved by non evil means, then I'd be all for it, but it doesn't.
Instead, it is an evil, morrally corrupt, time and money wasting practice that results in bad intelligence and false allegations. It's something that I don't want my country to be a part of because there are other, more effective ways of getting BETTER information.
The universal ticking time bomb scenario does not apply. It's designed as a back door to give people a way condoning evil while feeling good about it. Congratulations.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 22.12.2008 @ 15:24
Declaring war on a notion or ideology is completely nonsensical. It only sounds good. It's as utterly stupid as declaring a War on Evil.
Hell, why not just do that? The United States hereby declares a War on Evil! It will be perpetual war, and any time we want to spend money on something we'll put it under the all encompassing umbrella of the War on Evil. Thus, if taxpayers should ever demand some accountability, we'll just say we need to spend your money as part of the War on Evil. They'll fold in a heartbeat because hey, who wants to be known for interfering with the War on Evil?
It's a propaganda tool designed specifically to fool people. It is as ridiculous as the supposed War on Drugs. The War on Drugs is a complete and utter failure that wastes billions of taxpayer dollars. So too is the War on Terror. A war without end with a black gaping tax dollar money pit bigger than all the rest.
Of course there are evil people who want to kill us. Of course we should find them and kill them. But doing so under financial rubber stamp of the "War on Terror" is a disservice to the American tax payer, not to mention a virtual green light for the destruction of personal liberties.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 22.12.2008 @ 12:58
War changes everything, and the war on terror is not a bumper sticker.
Declare war on a notion, then make up the rules as you go. Isn't it amazing how convenient this is? It almost seems like it's... wait for it... by design!? Like focus groups were used to see which language would make the majority of the people able to stomach the evil?
It's interesting to watch people use bumper sticker logic justify the unjustifiable, especially in people who call themselves Christian.
Terrorism is more than a "notion." That's a pretty silly idea. It may not be a "country" except that there are nation states that provide material support so that terrorists can exist. It may be a "tactic" except it carries with it an ideology as nasty and evil as fascism or communism. To say you can't declare war on an ideology is laughable. We have declared war on organized groups of people who wish to destroy us. If we can defeat them by destroying nations that harbor and support them, so be it. If we can defeat them by rooting them out and killing them one at a time, so be it. Counter terrorism doctrine is changing as we learn the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The only thing we can't do is kill them after they've already slaughtered thousands or tens of thousands of us. That is a loony idea and is what is involved in making the "War on Terror" a police action more suited to INTERPOL or Scotland Yard than the US military. Police are not suited to take down terrorists - except the bunglers and amatuers who are too stupid not to get caught.
ed.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 22.12.2008 @ 11:12
Anyone who ordered and/or carried out torture should be held accountable and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Spare me the intellectually dishonest ticking time bomb scenario retire05. Torture is evil and wrong. Period.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 22.12.2008 @ 01:58
Well said, Rick.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 18.12.2008 @ 14:52
Gayle, are you suggesting fraud in the Minnesota recount? How do you know?Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 17.12.2008 @ 12:44