Why, what do you know! He IS a black man! And, one with nothing much to offer the nation but more national debt, and a lot of snark, racist palaver, and a wife that seems to hate everything but Obama himself. How rational people can vote for this clown is quite beyond understanding.
But wait! This is simply Democrats being Democrats!Comment Posted By mannning On 21.06.2008 @ 19:14
Comment Posted By mannning On 18.06.2008 @ 12:36
We have suffered through rah rah Bush and now compassionate conservative Bush with a guy possesing the morals of an alley cat and the hormones of a teenager in between. No wonder people are going crazy over Obama. The guy seems almost normal by comparison. Who cares if he hangs around with bigots, crooks, radicals, and terrorists? At least his name doesn’t conjure up nightmares of dynastic wars as one branch of the Bush family eventually splits off and we have our very own “War of the Roses.” Imagine the horror! Legions of Bushbots ravaging the countryside, raping and pillaging in the name of one Bush or another.
Just wait! Little Obama Jr. will rise to the occasion in about 25 or 30 years. Meanwhile our republic will have become a North American democracy under President Jose Martinez Gonzalez.
Is it Obama that we are praising or some political wonk that wrote the speech and put it on the teleprompter? It would seem, after hearing him ah-uh-mm-am extemporaneously on several questions, that if it isn't on the prompter, he is lost. Are we running against a simple reader or a thoughtful person?Comment Posted By mannning On 17.06.2008 @ 13:25
There is no argument that our Iraqi endeavors are rather ambitious in a land of tribal allegiences. I happen to believe that we did the right thing in taking down Saddam, despite the lack of finding verifiable large quantities of WMD. The next step, however, that of installing a democracy of some sort, is perhaps a step into the unknown that will hopefully work itself out favorably over time.
Rebuilding the country on the US taxpayer is yet another step which I believe is much too far and too expensive.
But the main alternative is to abandon the people to their fate, so humanitarian considerations come heavily into play. The British tried for 40 years to manage this crowd, and withdrew in the end. We did not want the role of governor or dictator, so we have found ourselves with a nation needing our resources to survive, but not our rule.
The other alternative, that of leaving Saddam in charge would have been equally bad for the people, the region, and the US, but with far more unknowns to contend with, such as Saddam's vaulting ambitions for the region, as clearly shown by his invasion of Kuwait, and his well-known capability to produce WMD of several types. plus his demonstrated willingness to use them. Old arguments now, but still in force!
Ultimately, there is the question of preemptive strikes as we executed. I happen to believe that they can be justified, though I understand the reluctance of many, who want to wait for the first blow on us. In these times, with the threat of WMD, taking the first blow and losing perhaps millions of citizens is simply not acceptable.
GGComment Posted By mannning On 16.06.2008 @ 11:55
Funny man, I can agree with all you said in this last post. As a German by birth, I suspect you have not only a good command of English, but also French, if not more languages. This sets you aside from just about 75 or more percent of Americans that study some language in school, but never master it. For years there was little opportunity to use a foreign language except for those that traveled and dwelled overseas.
We went to Germany many times, and stayed there for months at a time, and my business afforded me extensive contacts there. For reasons of security, I was not permitted to go to Berlin for many years, but the rest of Germany I did visit and enjoy. I consulted with the Ministry of Defense several times when it was in Bonn.
Of late, I spent time in Stuttgart, but my favorite city is Munich. I recall playing open air chess in Schwabbing, and getting my tail beaten as many looked on.
Once you become friendly with Europeans, whether they are German, Dutch, French or Italian (to mention a few) you can have some very fine "discussions" on philosophy, politics, religion, world affairs, and just ordinary living. Lots of hand waving and shouting as the beer or wine takes hold, but all in all a wonderful time. It seems less possible to do that here in America to any real depth--in the circles we go with now at least. Must be an age thing!
AWComment Posted By mannning On 15.06.2008 @ 18:45
Really, funny man! I did not cite Germany in particular, nor any other nation. I was talking about people in Europe and how they think about the US, and the political leanings of many that I have encountered personally.
After living over there for 13 years, I do have some direct appreciation of Europeans, and how they regard America and Americans.
It is the side comments that are often telling, and they are most likely to be in a native language, so clueless Americans with no language facility are really the fools when they try to comment on Europeans and their attitudes.
Try reading a selection of newspapers from each nation for some years, and you will perhaps become educated. Or are you unable to read German, Dutch, French, Spanish, or anything but English?
Do you really think that the EU is anything but a Socialist Experiment?Comment Posted By mannning On 13.06.2008 @ 22:37
An excellent post!
1) Socialist/Communist teachers in Europe have poisoned the minds of generations of students against the US since 1947 or so. These students have gravitated to positions of power and influence now, and are being confirmed in their views by US missteps.
2) Socialism and Communism are still very much alive in many quarters around the world, and Mr. Obama fits their mold very well indeed. So it is not sutrprising that Obama is preferred over McCain there.
3) the Islamic world is obviously delighted with Obama, vice McCain.
All in all, that the US is not all that favored around the world is not very surprising, and that individual US citizens have a better rapport with some foreigners is not surprising either. I am tempted to say "so what?" It goes with the role.Comment Posted By mannning On 13.06.2008 @ 14:41
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
All mimsey were the borogroves, and the mome raths outgrabe.
Beware the Jabberwock my sons, the jaws that bite and the claws that scratch!
Maybe Lewis had something here. A Jabberwocky president.Comment Posted By mannning On 10.06.2008 @ 13:03
Amen!Comment Posted By mannning On 9.06.2008 @ 15:21
Has anyone pointed out to the Lightworker community that the personal magnetism each one radiates works only in the near field of such a person? Since those who are Lightworkers cannot be everywhere at once, the Forces of Darkness simply detect and avoid the Lightfields and then go about their business as usual.
At last count, there were far more Denizens of Darkness than Soldiers of the Light, so evil still reigns on earth. It is also true that Denizens of Darkness can emulate the auras of SLs and thus fool gullible, ordinary people into following them into darkness.
We must chose between a DD and an ordinary man for president this Fall.Comment Posted By mannning On 7.06.2008 @ 12:17