Just emailed the WSJ reporters to see if they had any more info. Hope they get back to me soon.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 1.09.2007 @ 11:58
All we have at the moment is the blurb in the WSJ about the arrest of gang leaders.
Surprised there's no follow up yet.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 1.09.2007 @ 11:47
Unfortunately, the only way this will be big, big, big is it gets coverage, coverage, coverage.
This story does not exist beyond the Democrats returning the money. There are no other questions about this fine, upstanding Democratic moneyman who just forgot he had been sentenced to three years in prison and then took a 13 year vacation in China.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 31.08.2007 @ 17:36
Spin it any way you want, giving more than twice the coverage to Dems over Repub is a sign of bias - even accounting for what I pointed out in the article that you obviously couldn't or didn't read.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 30.08.2007 @ 13:26
Didn't I ban you? WTF are you doing nack here trolling?
"Craig is a member of the GOP, a party that is premised on homophobia. He is freaking hypocrite who got caught. Got it, Rick?"
That kind of exaggerated stupidity is why you're going to be banned again.
"No, Rick, it is not the perception. It is the reality. Republicans hate gay people because they are gay. Why is that so freaking difficult for you to understand?"
OOOPS. Buh bye.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 28.08.2007 @ 05:15
Are you arguing that I didn't list more than "a few?" Sophistry.
And perhaps you have a point about "few repercussions" for Thailand and Cambodia. But even the Times can't be as obtuse as they seem to be when calling genocide on a scale committed by Pol Pot a "few repercussions."Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 24.08.2007 @ 10:44
I don't dispute your main point - that the north would have fought until reunification.
But could a political settlement eventually been achieved? Not in the context of what actually happened but with the clear understanding that the South's legitimate concerns be taken into account.
Remember, Ho was dead. The chances for reconciliation with the South would have improved over time.
So you are correct in your assessment but I still think we left the South in the lurch and that a little more staying power on our side may have pushed the two sides together politically.
Pipe dream, you say? We'll never know.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 23.08.2007 @ 18:59
"Rick, it took four years to withdraw U.S. troops completely from Vietnam. Is that your definition of withdrawing â€œprecipitouslyâ€?"
The last 150,000 were brought out in 6 months. That is precipitously, yes.
And Iraq is "lost" in the sense we will never achieve the President's goals that even today he keeps insisting on trying to get.
But as a disaster for US interests, there is still a good chance to avoid that calamity. The two issues are separate. The political calculation that the war is "lost" by the press, the left, and much of the world makes any notion of "victory" ridiculous. But creating conditions in Iraq that would keep the lid on the worst of the downside to our withdrawal is still achievable - which btw is basically what Cordesman, O'Hanlon, and Pollack were all saying after their trip to Iraq.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 23.08.2007 @ 09:01
I am exposing a wrong perpetrated by government - the excessive taxation of a minority while being hypocritical by not banning something they and some commenters here say is deadly.
Rather than tax it, ban it. I call for a moratorium on raising taxes and get the crap beat out of me by people who are proud to claim that "government is the problem." Except in this case they gleefully ride on the government's back claiming they're doing it for the kids or to recoup what they think smokers cost them due to their choice to smoke.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.08.2007 @ 22:00
Of course you don't want to ban it. You love the feeling of smug, self righteous superiority you and the other health nazis get when lecturing me about what I can do in my own house with my own life.
No balls either, otherwise you'd support banning cigs.
BTW - Nowhere in that post was I asking anyone to feel sorry for me. I feel sorry for you, however, because it's obvious you and your buddy Steve above didn't read what I wrote and responded emotionally without even addressing the main issue I brought up; it isn't taxes - it is excessive, ruinous, confiscatory taxes that is the issue.
But I guess that was too hard for you to understand. Next time, I'll put in in words of two syllables or less.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.08.2007 @ 21:28
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