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Is there a credible source that Obama hasn't made himself available for briefings?
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2012 on And Now The Other Shoe Drops..... at BLACKFIVE
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The US Embassy in Yemen was attacked as well, but the Yemeni authorities kicked the rioters off the grounds and set a perimeter within 45 minutes. We have all seen the Libyan and Egyptian police and military in action this past year, so where were they during these actions? It is more than silence from these governments, I think it is absolute complicity. Do we have any credible evidence that Obama has failed to attend a briefing since 5Sep? Would that not be something like a breach of contract with the American people if he hasn't made himself available for, you know, Presidential shit? But I am not just taking someone's word on it, because all political parties will lie through their teeth to get to their ends...
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2012 on Was it really all about a movie? at BLACKFIVE
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Sorry, to me he is yet another big party politician who will pander to whatever crowd he happens to be standing in front of. He has a slew of speeches and runs through a quick flow chart before each event, knowing which G.O.P. special interest group he needs to impress the most. Republican or Democrat, it is Party, Self, Constituent. It has been this way for a very long time and only the strength of American industry has kept our heads above water. Other countries have caught up and unless we get another explosion like the the technology boom of the '90s things are going to get real ugly. Forget the flowery speeches and your personal political bias and focus on the results of the policies of the last several administrations and Congresses. We are trending down at an increasing angle. I am not advocating voting for the crappy 3rd party nominees either. If they were more charismatic they would be running with the big dogs. BUT if we could get all those people voting for the "lesser of two evils" to write their own names in, and convince the 44% of those eligible voters who couldn't be motived to vote during 2008's "record turnout" to go write their names in, we might get someone's attention up there. The message would be around 60% of Americans saying "I care enough to vote, just not for you". Then maybe some politicos who actually DO care about America might stand a chance of getting on a winning ticket, instead of the backstabbing knob-slobbers.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2012 on Missing the Mark at BLACKFIVE
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Allow me to add: SEAL gets his true identity leaked and cracked. SEALS teammates get discovered by other hackers now that they know one. SEALS and their families have to spend the rest of their lives hiring wellfare recipients to start their cars. WE should not even know the Navy did this raid, let alone what team, and now a member of that team is jumping up and down saying "look at me".
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My guess is the General was reffering to Dishonest Disclosure guys being former SpecOps and trying to use that history to prove they are an authority on the subject. I think that is pretty accurate otherwise why identify your self in such a way? You point stands though, A- FORMER military has every right to speak about politics, I would argue more of a right than a non-serving citizen. But then I am biased like that. B- these guys and their buddies are the ones putting their asses on the line. People die in combat and that sucks, but its far worse when deaths could be avoided by certain voted in temporary officers keeping their holes filled with pie. As to the buddy-fucker writing that book? I was pissed when the Pres announced what branch of service conducted the raid, let alone name the team. Now a guy on the ground is coming forward? How long until the ID of this guy is leaked, how hard to use that info the find the other team members, and how long before some AQ sleeper cell starts hunting them and their families down? Is there anyone more qualified for Douche of the Week?
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Shane, You need to drop the freedom of speech angle. Those mayors do not have the authority to ban Chik-Fil-A or any other business from their cities based on opinions, religion or feelings. If someone applys for permits there are laws on the books that govern the details, it isn't a personal decision. I bet you would also find that in large cities like Chicago the mayor's office has nothing to do with commerce in that fashion, there are boards full of people who are independently voted into office. It was all about sound bites, all the way around.
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Wil, You should not apologize for your remarks, unless you don't actually believe them. Nobody should have gone to the Chik-Fil-A "buycott" to support free speech, if they were they were even bigger idiots than I thought simply based on how long a wiat they endured for crappy food. See, the government was not censoring the CEO over his beliefs. What about those mayor comments? Like so much other political drivel, it is entirely impotent. They can't deny permits based on clash of opinions. It is very similar to gun control legislation, the people who are going to shoot other people with guns are not going to be stopped because a law says they can't buy that gun in Kmart, or can't get it for seven days, or whatever. It is just sound bite crap designed to fool the ignorant sheep who voted for them into thinking they are working hard at upholding their promises, when in reality they are doing nothing of the sort. People who went to Chik-Fil-A on that day were supporting an opinion, not the right to have an opinion. If you believe that denying the right of marriage to homosexuals is bigotry, then say as much and don't back down from it. I don't care one way or the other about gay marriage. I'm straight and married to a woman and so if two dudes want to get hitched I don't see how that affects my life one way or the other. What does bother me is people activley trying to limit rights from one demographic when the application of that right would not harm anyone. To me that is patently un-American and contrary to everything I believe, stand for and swore to fight, kill and die for when I enlisted in the military. To the Tea Party, please stop using the name of a treasured historical event as well as the Gadsen for your symbol. Politics and politicians have done a number on this Great Nation, and everyone who is that involved should be ashamed of the results up to this point. To people who are confused what to do, a vote for Republican or Democrat is taking a path to oppression. Vote for yourselves in the write in slot, send the message to D.C. that you care enough to vote, just not for them. Only half of teh eligible voters bother to vote at all, so the status quo is upheld unless people bother to vote for someone else. To the LGBT people, stop ragging on Cathey and his fast food joint. He was honest about where your money goes if you eat there, so now you now not too(as if the quality of FF and health concerns weren't enough already) Making so much noise will intimidate and silence other people who feel the same way, people whose buisnesses you still frequent. Allow them to show themselves so you can spend your money somewhere else.
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Good article, good debate in the comments. I might as well puke my own opinions... I am going to play Devil's Advocate here and say that police militarization is a good thing, but we can't stop with expensive weaponry and stylishly bloused boots. We need training too. Far too many high profile incidents have taught me that the police of the US are clearly not trained enough to be carrying and using weapons in public spaces. Sounds like maybe the shooter in this case was able to hit his target,and that is sadly noteworthty. As for whether that shoot was justifiable, I don't know, I wasn't there. I'll leave that debate for the people who think they can put themselves into the mindset of the cop during that event, I am not nearly that clairvoyant. I will say this, if someone who is being repeatedly ordered to stop doesn't, and then makes a sudden movement, I can see where a cop might interperet that action as potentially violent. Coming from a line unit, "don't fire until fired upon" doesn't make a whole lot of sense, hard to defend yourself if you catch the first round. And I will also say this, it is far easier to pontificate on such things while sitting at your desk, whether you are a lawyer, politician, judge, or internet wannabe, than it is to slow everything down and check from every angle in high definition and super slow motion while the event is unfolding, so unless this particular cop has a history of exceeding his authority and/or using more force than necessary I would give him the benefit of the doubt this first time. Yes, there are a lot of cops out there who are in love with the power they have, and I am all for weeding them out, they give the majority of cops a bad name. But so far the only cops I have seen that have enough training and professionalism to be shooting in public are the SWAT types, so I am all for training everyone to that extreme. Bullets kill regardless of what kind of gun they are shot from, so I don't want to be there when Don Knots opens fire...with an MP5, M60, or the .22 rimfire 5 round revolver I inherited from my Dad...
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2012 on Reason TV police demonization at BLACKFIVE
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Since I am not a big fan of rap music, I only know Ice T from his acting. I thought he looked very uncomfortable on camera and as such the Left will try to slam him and say he is an idiot and not worth listening too. I agree with what he said as well as those who commented above me. I would have preferred he said protection against the government rather than police, but that may be semantics.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2012 on Ice-T on the right to bear arms at BLACKFIVE
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Thats awesome. My local high school, Southern Regional in NJ has one of those digital message boards out on the highway. In addition to mentioning the students who perform well on academic and sports contests, they display the names and branches of all graduates serving. Every year before Memorial Day they fill the field in front with small flags, all dress right dress, as it should be. NJ is famous for our idiots and criminals, but it ain't all bad...
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2012 on School(s) Getting It Right at BLACKFIVE
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Ok, I sure wouldn't want to give this bigot my money, and I am glad she is outed. HOWEVER, is it not her right to have those beliefs? And since this is a (assumed) private apartment she is renting, is it not her right to rent to whomever for whatever? If she was tending publically funded apartments this would be a different story. In this country you have a right to be an asshat. A right we swore our lives to protect...
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Ugh, this. I am prior service Infantry, now I am working in a job in a union shop. I have to actively avoid conversations with people about the way things should be, because if I gave these teat suckers what they really needed I would be put in jail. Forget union meetings, I just can't take the whining and all the boo hooing that happens when people violate the Code of Conduct and are disciplined for it. The wussification of America is well and truly underway, and I really don't see things getting better any time soon. Some of the Occupy movement does make sense. People on the ground making the company work should be better compensated for their efforts and jobs should not be shipped overseas so stock holders and CEO's can get rich, but camping out in a city park crying is not the way to get that done. Thanks for voicing my frustrations.
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