Archive for Saturday, September 13, 2008

Simons: Americans should appreciate seven years without attack

September 13, 2008


How often do Americans stop and think how fortunate they are to live in America?

This week was the anniversary of the terrible Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the foiled attack on another Washington, D.C., target, perhaps the U.S. Capitol or the White House.

How many Americans stop and realize how fortunate we all are that there have been no other successful terrorist attacks in the past seven years. This isn't just a matter of luck.

If we were to believe current campaign talk by the Obama and Biden crowd, the country is in terrible shape, citizens are no safer than they were eight years ago, and the Bush administration is doing little if anything to protect our nation.

There's no question that those who planned and executed the attacks on New York and Washington and hijacked another plane still are planning and trying to carry out other deadly attacks.

It's easy for those trying to discredit President Bush and others in his administration to say the Bush team has failed to adequately safeguard this country.

It's easy to make wild charges and suggestions as to what should or should not be done. This is nothing but partisan, political talk, and those acting as experts have absolutely nothing to lose. They can make all kinds of charges and say what should be done, but it is all hollow because they do not have to face up to the challenge and perform. Hindsight is great, and this is the tactic being used by the Obama-Biden team.

This is what is troubling about the current race between Obama and McCain.

Democrats say the election of McCain would be merely four more years of Bush policies. This is their constant theme of attack. They make every effort to convince voters there is no difference between McCain and Bush and give McCain no credit for being his own man with his own ideas and plans of how he would serve as president.

The bitterness and hatred of Bush among a good percentage of Democrats is so strong they are committed to do anything, say anything and write anything they think will hurt McCain and the Republican Party.

This intense feeling is so deep it causes many to wonder what would happen if McCain should defeat Obama and move into the White House. Democrats have thought they would have a cake walk into the presidency, considering the Iraq war, the economy and the various congressional seats Democrats won in 2006 in traditionally strong GOP areas.

Now, only seven or so weeks before the election, McCain enjoys a slight lead over Obama and the mood among Democrats has changed. McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate also changed the scene.

All of a sudden, Democrats are waking up to the fact they are in a tight, tough race. They are stunned, suddenly frightened by the possibility of losing. Even some in the media are urging them to get tough and mean and get into a "gut" fight.

Consequently, they are shifting into a different mode. They are committed to doing anything they can to try to damage the image of McCain and Palin. Teams of Obama-Biden supporters have been sent to Alaska to try to dig up any facts about Palin that might be embarrassing and damaging.

Many in the liberal media are asking far more penetrating questions of Palin than they have of Obama. Likewise, many in the media display a different set of standards or guidelines when reporting the statements and positions of Obama and Biden than when reporting the positions of the GOP team. There are double standards.

Consider the tone and manner of ABC's Charles Gibson's interview of Palin vs. interviews with Obama or Biden.

A recent Wall Street Journal piece titled "Obama's Lost Years" states, "The Columbia years are a hole in the sprawling Obama hagiography. In his two published memoirs, the 47-year-old Democratic nominee barely mentions his experience there. He refuses to answer questions about Columbia and New York, which in this media age, serves only to raise more of them. Why not release his Columbia transcript? Why has his senior essay gone missing?"

The editorial continued, "Such caginess is grist for speculation. Some think his transcript, if released, would reveal Mr. Obama as a mediocre student who benefited from racial preference. Yet he later graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude, so he knows how to get good grades."

Regardless of past abuses and the sure-to-come excesses leading up to Election Day, the increased intensity of the campaign, the meanness or unfairness, the bias and likely charges of voter fraud - regardless of all this, consider how fortunate we are to enjoy the freedoms provided to those living in the United States.

These freedoms, all freedoms, must be protected to assure that America is, indeed, a very special place.


coltrane 9 years, 8 months ago

are we appreciative of corporate america selling our national debt to China?

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 8 months ago

Why do Americans think the only choice of country to live in is here or Pakistan or Iran or someplace else in the "developing" world? There are plenty of countries out there with decent lifestyle choices, plenty of freedom, nationalized health care and no one bombing them. Some even speak English! We are so ignorant.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 8 months ago

"Americans should appreciate seven years without attack"Americans should appreciate twice four years coming to an end.

jaywalker 9 years, 8 months ago

Here comes beatrice, once again diplaying the intellectual capacity of a snow pea.Who gives a flying fig whether BO opposed the war in Iraq?He didn't have a vote in the matter since he wasn't sworn in as a state senator until '05. That's swell he was against it, especially since he had no say in the matter nor any political liability for his position. Anything else completely irrelevant you'd care to add bea? Or would you care to 'look at history as it actually happened'?And it 'appears' that Fund's story was a 'lie'? And you have irrefutable proof.............where? Tea leaves? What a joke.And you want 'details' of the numerous unsuccessful, or shall we say thwarted, attempts at attacks here in the U.S.?Let's see, off the top of my head there was the plot to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge where the suspects were rounded up, the Buffalo terrorist cell who are now serving time, there were a couple seperate cells in Jersey....... or do these not count because we caught them before they could implement their plans? There have close to twenty seperate plots to carry out acts of terrorism here since 9/11, and that's just the ones that have been reported since the CIA and Secret Service don't report their successes.And you top off your ignorance with 'where's Bin Laden'. Brilliant. Eric Rudolph hid in the mountains of North Carolina for 5 years without being caught. And that was HERE, in the gentle quiet mountains of the Appalachians. Ever taken a look at the size of the mountain region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, how inhospitable, vast, and rugged the terrain? How 'bout looking into the history of the region and how the cave networks that have hidden tribes, renegades, and terrorists for decades have been described as so complex and varied that even an expert of the system could get lost? The Russians fought in the area for 10 years and couldn't weed their enemies out. It's not like he's got a low-jack anklet on. For the love.....Webster's is looking for a fresh pic of ya, bea, to go along with their definition of 'mental midget'. You've been whining about 'personal attacks' when I'd done nothing of the kind, so I figured it was time for to oblige. Hall monitor that.

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 8 months ago

True patriots are the ones who can see their country for what it is and want to fix it, not the ones who hide their heads in a hole and pretend more of the same will make it ok again.

laughmonkeyboylaugh 9 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Simons,Good for you. You just lost one more customer. I will no longer purchase the Lawrence Journal World (LJW). I will no longer utilize the online features. I would not have minded if you had ran a similar Op-Ed from an outside source, but instead you made it clear that the mission of the LJW and its leaders is to support a particular campaign and a particular party. That is not news. That is not journalism. That is unacceptable.I hope you are comfortable knowing that you are directly responsible for the continuance of your dwindling readership.

dipweed 9 years, 8 months ago

Weren't most of the 911 attackers from Saudi Arabia? I wonder why didn't Bush launch a war in that country.

beatrice 9 years, 8 months ago

Tom: "We need McCain/Palin, not Obama, a fraud, Socialist, pacifist whose patriotism I strongly question."We had you speaking some sense for a little while, but am afraid to see that you have gone back over the deep end. What a shame. You are also a liar. Obama is neither a socialist, nor a pacificist -- both are ridiculous claims of an extremist view point. And how dare you question anyone else's patriotism. Who the hell do you think you are -- because you sure the hell don't sound like an American to me. Pathetic. jay: "Who gives a flying fig whether BO opposed the war in Iraq?"Those of us who appreciate sound judgment, that is who. Sorry that such reasoning is beyond your understanding. But I know you love to hurl your hateful comments at me, so if it helps you or acts as some form of therapy for you, feel free to keep it. After reading Tom's anti-American comments, I see a little more clearly where people like you and he are coming from. Your calling others "mental midgets" also really reinforces your arguments, especially those lamenting a lack of civility on these boards.

beatrice 9 years, 8 months ago

"Eric Rudolph hid in the mountains of North Carolina for 5 years without being caught."I didn't realize Eric Rudolph had anything to do with 9/11. Thanks for clearing that up.

coltrane 9 years, 8 months ago

problem is BUSH did a better job of destroying our economy, environment, health care, jobs, and more importantly hope than bin Laden even dreamed unjust war fought for lies - so that cronyism & warprofiteers take over our economy & culture.rome crumbled from within.

Lindsey Buscher 9 years, 8 months ago

Sorry Dolph, but getting attacked like we did on 9/11 isn't exactly the norm for this country, so you'll have to forgive ALL Americans if they never pause to consider how luck they are that they aren't currently being attacked.However, Every time I read one of your editorials, I appreciate the fact that you own all media in a town where your opinion is the minority.

TacoBob 9 years, 8 months ago

"80% feel Bush has led the country in the wrong direction." Does this mean that Obama will win by 80% at a minimum?Is this a prediction?

JohnBrown 9 years, 8 months ago

Bondman wrote: "Liberals like Barry Hussein Obama are incapable, unwilling and unable to protect Americans from Islamic extremists. "Just for the record, Bush and the Republican,ts* didn't protect us either. 9-11 happened on the Neo Cons watch. Don't try and shove that onto Democrats.Republican't: the party that can't govern, can't regulate banks and lending, can't clean up after a hurricane, can't follow the Constitution, can't win a war, can't figure out who the real enemy is, can't keep their promises, can't tell the truth, can't protect us from terrorists, can't keep our military strong and "ready", can't supply our military with the stuff they need, can't take care of our vets, and can't figure out we need to get off oil.

LiberalDude 9 years, 8 months ago

More right-wing conservative media bias displayed by Dolph. I wonder if he's on the GOP payroll? Also I'm sure Dolph is crazy rich so he wants McCain because McCain will reduce taxes on rich people.

BigAl 9 years, 8 months ago

Wow. Mr. Shewmon has the Bill O'Reilly talking points down pat. Almost word for word. Typical far right wack-nuts. Never mind that the vast majority of Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, think that Bushco has been a failure. Blame Hollywood. Blame the press. Blame Clinton. But, but Clinton.......

overthemoon 9 years, 8 months ago

you fail to mention Bush's attacks on the constitution and on the integrity of our government, on the middle class, and, by means of taking no action, on the environment, veterans, the economy, the housing crisis and health care.It is not only democrats who have recognized and spoken out against the atrocities of the Bush administration. 80% of the American people feel this way.

bondmen 9 years, 8 months ago

Liberals like Barry Hussein Obama are incapable, unwilling and unable to protect Americans from Islamic extremists. Their hatred for America and what America stands for carries over to our safety and protection from avowed, sworn enemies. They take their personal safety for granted and believe they can talk their way out of any trouble and furthermore don't believe American soldiers are necessary on the ground drawing the neck cutting thugs away from hearth and home.It is a mental illness and if it spreads to the majority it will put all Americans in danger of mortal injury by an enemy whose only assurance of heaven and perpetual virgins is to die killing the infidels in jihad. Ask an Imam who the infidels are and what the Koran dictates be done with them. Still you think you can talk your way out of the knife to your throat. Oh, you could submit and convert to their false god and save your earthly life. Maybe this is the liberals secret plan for all of US!

yellowhouse 9 years, 8 months ago

The injustice against our own constitution continues. Peoples rights are being stepped on.Just on a smaller scale. Freedom is not free, and Justice is not always justice.

NeutralObserver 9 years, 8 months ago

"...there have been no other successful terrorist attacks in the past seven years."------------------------------------------------------------------------This statement is false. The anthrax attacks, which bullied the Democratic opposition into going along with the PATRIOT Act, were a successful terrorist attack.Of course, with all the holes in the government's story regarding the anthrax attacks, I can see why you might conveniently forget about them.

beatrice 9 years, 8 months ago

"there have been no other successful terrorist attacks in the past seven years. This isn't just a matter of luck."Exactly which terrorist attacks were unsuccessful? Dolph indicates that we had more attacks following 9/11. I want details -- or is he just making stuff up, like McCain has been doing on the campaign trail? AND where the hell is Osama bin Laden?!? Nice going, President Bush, with McCain right there with you the entire way.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 8 months ago

There are many other reasons not to put republicans in office ever again. Republican presidents have some long history of big time crime taking place within their administrations. How do voters forget so easily? Clintons love affair was not big time crime. Crime against Vets: What party is in the white house that went around the nation lying to citizens about Social Security? Republicans! party is in the white house and has been observing the sub prime loan scandals, pretending nothing was wrong? RepublicansCRIME: Who has history with financial institutions going south such as the savings and loan scandal? Republicans! McCain-the-most-reprehensible-of-the-keating-five Who hosted the Iran Contra secret illegal sale of weapons? Republicans! Who brought the nation Iran Contra number 2? Republicans! Which party illegally spied on the democrats to win an election? Republicans! Watergate! Which party held secret energy meetings and refused our elected officials its' content and who attended? GW Bush and the republicans!CRIME: Which party lied to congress and the world,went against military advice and created the worst strategic blunder in the history of the USA aka Iraq War? Republican Party!Which party has held secret oil deals with Saudi Arabia?Republicans! Secret Oil deals for Iraq Oil- Republicans! AGAINST THE ECONOMY: Which party introduced voodoo economics into our system? aka Reaganomics. Republicans!Who still practices Voodoo economics? GW Bush and the republican party!The USA has fewer jobs for taxpayers today as a result of a Texas republican governor exercising his executive decision making powers as president of the USA.CRIME against democracy: PNAC's policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members hold highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration.

introversion 9 years, 8 months ago

If I were a bettin' man, I'd say that bondmen listens to Rush Limbaugh. Damn- that's embarrassing.

myvotecounts 9 years, 8 months ago

"9/11/01 was a massive plan that took a long time to plan."Yes, but Bush had been in office just a few months. That means Al Qaeda conceived and orchestrated its 9/11 plan primarily under Clinton's watch. Al Qaeda also carried out other mass murder crimes against the US during Clinton's presidency, e.g. Somalia, and USS Cole. Enron blossomed into a huge network of corporate crime under Clinton's watch. The Worldcom scandal and others, including Wittig's shenanigans at Westar were conceived and allowed to fester under Clinton policies as well. Would we be better off if those 8 years of Clinton hadn't happened? I strongly believe so, and I'm not ready to trust our security and economy to another democratic president.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 8 months ago

Mr Simons,What was the Bush administration doing prior to 9/11/01 knowing this element was alive and well? How in the world did this group of terrorists get by the Bush Administration?How did this element get by the CIA,Interpol,Military intelligence and the Bush White House Security Team? 9/11/01 was a massive plan that took a long time to plan.How in the world can a gang of terrorist manage to get 4 large passenger jets into the air simultaneously and immediately go off course without being noticed? Do you expect anyone to believe that air controllers were not watching this fiasco wondering what the hell is going on? Frankly I believe our air controllers are people of competence and were forced to watch this mass murderwith no authority to scramble jet fighters. Mr Simons nothing was foiled on 9/11/01. The Bush administration dropped the ball on 9/11/01 and should have received pink slips due to incompetence... yes they should have been fired. With that level of screw up most people would lose their jobs.

beatrice 9 years, 8 months ago

Two things: "Hindsight is great" -- especially when you got it right in the first place! Obama opposed the war in Iraq. McCain called for it immediately after the attack on 9/11, even before Bush! Instead of "hindsight," might I just recommend looking at history as it actually happened.It appears that the John Fund's story in the Wall Street Journal of Obama airdropping a team of 30 lawyers in Alaska is absolutely and completely false. It is a LIE! Yet Simons repeats it, in an article he is writing about integrity, no less! What a joke.

Scott Tichenor 9 years, 8 months ago

I see the Journal World is in full campaign mode this morning--as usual--for the Republican Party. This must be an example of the "Liberal press" sir Simons recently railed about in last week's editorial.

temperance 9 years, 8 months ago

"It's easy for those trying to discredit President Bush and others in his administration to say the Bush team has failed to adequately safeguard this country."Right. It's very easy. That's because the biggest terrorist attack in US history occured under the leadership of GW Bush. He failed with the basic mandate to keep the US safe. We're supposed to clap him on the back because he didn't screw up again?I'm sure at the end of Clinton's tenure you were penning editorials praising Clinton for going 8 years without a major foreign attack on US soil. Right? Of course you weren't. You're Dolph Simons.

Mark Stone 9 years, 8 months ago

The idea that all Americans should "stop and think how fortunate they are to live in America," is a sentiment that is shared by Americans regardless of political bent. That does not and should not denigrate the 80% of Americans for expressing their opinion that the present Republican administration has led the country in the wrong direction. Appreciating the lack of attacks our country does not preclude reflection on some the means implemented by the Bush administration in trying to achieve that goal. Many Americans believe that the damage wrought by this administration on the economy, the political process, our country's standing in the world not to mention the Constitution and some of Americans most strongly held values is deeper and more long lasting than a terrorist attack could achieve. Americans are questioning whether many of actions taken by the Bush administration were influenced more by ideology or partisan politics than the concern for the well being of all Americans. Maybe Democrats make the argument that the McCain/Palin ticket would be a continuation of the same policies and divisive approach to government because what few policies the McCain campaign has expounded on show no significant difference from those of the Bush administration.

Mark Stone 9 years, 8 months ago

When the media finally reports the misrepresentations and fabrications obsessively repeated by McCain and Palin, Republicans scream liberal media bias, an oldie but a goody, but it is just another tactic of distraction. In truth there is the conservative media and there is the liberal media. Then there is the rest of the media that bends over backwards to present both sides as being perfectly equal regardless of the amount and validity of evidence supporting each side. This type of media often ends up confusing the facts to the extent they are lost in ambiguity. So pick your poison. In his example Mr. Simons is framing his statement, "Many in the liberal media are asking far more penetrating questions of Palin than they did of Obama." Of course they are, they are the liberal media! What did you aspect? In exactly the same way, the conservative media continues to go after Obama to a far greater degree than they do McCain and Palin. The rest of the media mostly just describe the catfight without investigating if there is any real substance and so it goes. In this particular instance however the suggestion of a double standard is only a straw man that Mr. Simons builds up and then knocks over. Perhaps those who are in the media should try to elevate the political conversation by concentrating on the issues that actually affect the American people and not get drawn into perpetuating these petty distractions that the campaigns spew out. But that might not sell as many papers.

beatrice 9 years, 8 months ago

Tom, would someone who wants their state to split from America be considered one of these anti-Americans you write of? How about their spouse? Re-think your posts, then tell us who is really foaming at the mouth. And to write of the "corrupt liberal media" on a story such as this one writen by the papers owner and editor -- that is laughable and sad.

Paul R Getto 9 years, 8 months ago

Like most issues in this heated campaign, the discussions are more complex than they appear. BUSHCO has helped with security and kept some of the Islamic community at bay, but Homeland Security is a joke and, like most programs promoted in the past 7 1/2 years, primarily a boon for firms connected to the Bush family. The fight with Islam goes all the way back to the Crusades; those who promote it as a new development are ignoring history. We will be attacked again, sometime, regardless of who is in control of Washington. We are, collectively, guardians of the Constitution and our rights. Sacrificing our rights and hiding like cowards is not the answer.

MCwzMC 9 years, 8 months ago

Dolph, Sorry, but I didn't waste my time reading your article. Nevertheless, I though--based on the ridiculous title you gave this column--that you might need some help picking the title of your next column. Here are some suggestions:Americans should appreciate six decades since WWII.Americans should appreciate potable water.Americans should appreciate passing the burden fiscal irresponsibility to future generations. Americans should really appreciate . . . lamp. Oops, I need Dolph to write another article because I ran out of things Americans should appreciate.

Corey Williams 9 years, 8 months ago

So it's only been seven years? Did he forget that it was over eight years since the first WTC attack? "The actions of the Democrats and the liberal media and the far-left blogosphere are deplorable. Never in my adult life, have I seen anything like this. It's driven by the hatred of George W. Bush indeed."And Mr. Shewmon, don't worry. I remember how it was during the eight years of Clinton. Republicans couldn't do enough to find fault with everything he did. So maybe you hated those years enough to block them out of your mind, because that's the only way you could say, "Never in my adult life, have I seen anything like this."

JohnBrown 9 years, 8 months ago

Funny how the Republican'ts are running against themselves.Do they also plan to fix the $5 trillion in debt they have run up over the past 8 years? REPUBLICAN'T: the party that can't govern, can't balance a budget, can't regulate banks and lending, can't clean up after a hurricane, can't follow the Constitution, can't win a war, can't figure out who the real enemy is, can't keep their promises, can't tell the truth, can't protect us from terrorists, can't keep our military strong and "ready", can't supply our military with the stuff they need, can't take care of our vets, and can't figure out we need to get off oil.

Mark Stone 9 years, 8 months ago

Obama isn't releasing his transcripts from Columbia University; Palin isn't releasing the transcripts from the five different colleges she attended during her six-year college career. Blah, blah : blah. What was the point of the Wall Street Journal article that Mr. Simons referenced? Maybe it was to insinuate that Obama might not have been the superior student at Columbia that he was later at Harvard. Many students, who are their own for the first time in their lives, use the college experience to test the worldview and beliefs they inherited from their parents. There is a lot of learning in college that is not reflected in the transcripts. Students explore new and different ideas through both academics and in their personal lives. In fact many would argue that that is one of the main benefits of attending college. Testing the validity of established beliefs is the foundation of progress and often leads to strengthen those core beliefs.Again what is the point of perpetuating yet another distraction, "the grist for speculation"? Was it to insinuate that Obama benefited from some sort of affirmative action or that he took advantage, like anyone else would, of the opportunities that were open to him and then made the most of them by graduating magna cum laude from Harvard. Either way how does that pertain to the policies that Obama will implement to tackle the serious problems that face our country?I do agree with Mr. Simons closing sentiment; ":all freedoms must be protected to assure that America is, indeed, a very special place." To that end the media should re-claim the mantle of independent witness, reporters of the facts and demand of the campaigns a genuine discussion of the issues that we, the American people are facing.

4chewnut 9 years, 8 months ago

Dear Dolph,In Sunday's paper there were three articles highlighting McCain and Palin. From reading your paper, I really wasn't sure if Obama was still campaigning. Fair? Balanced? Elite conservative media? You just lost another long-time subscriber.

tashtego 9 years, 8 months ago

What a load of crap from Simons. Years ago, he came to one of our classes at LHS and gave a talk. What an idiot, I remember thinking.Bush, Cheney, et al. got explicit warnings in the summer of 2001 about Al Qaeda plans to attack the U.S, with hijackings and NYC and DC landmarks as targets.Condoleeza Rice claimed that "No one could imagine that planes would be hijacked and be flown into buildings", etc.Really? Columbine killer Eric Harris (April '99) had on his website a plan to hijack a plane and crash it into NYC. So a lonely and disturbed Colorado teenager can imagine it, but the National Security advisor can't?Read Vincent Bugliosi's recent book THE PROSECUTION OF GEORGE W. BUSH FOR MURDER for a concise yet thorough explanation of the Bush/Cheney bungling of security in the weeks and months preceding 9-11-01.

beatrice 9 years, 8 months ago

Boeing, I don't think that way of all McCain supporters at all, nor have I ever indicated as much. That was a direct slam at Robert "Hussein Osama" Marble. For the good of our country, I can't really understand how anyone could support someone like McCain who supports George Bush's international and economic policies, but I don't think the vast majority are concerned either way with race. However, to a few, it is an issue, including by those who try to pretend it isn't. As you recognize, we can all tell who they are. ese -- Without going after the religious implication of your question (church/state), let me just point out that Christ wasn't an American, but MLK was.

Robert Marble 9 years, 8 months ago

that is correct; the 9/11 attacks were planned and trained for under klinton's watch. and this subsequent to two other attack's: the first attack on the world trade center and the USS Cole. what was klinton doing during all this? executing a 25% reduction in US Military forces and counter terrorism / intelligence gathering organizations. somehow bea will try to construe that as racist, though.

DoltSimons 9 years, 8 months ago

Hey. I guess since there have been no terrorist attacks by foreign citizens in 7 years, Mr Simons believes the Virginia Tech massacre was some kind of silly joke.Mr. Simons is well acquainted with racial preference. Usually people who do not keep up with the news get to be newspaper editors.

jonas_opines 9 years, 8 months ago

"bea's racist stereotypeing of political parties is not only incessant but also groundless." Were we to look through your profile, Marble, would we find no examples of the stereotypifying of political parties?

4chewnut 9 years, 8 months ago

invictus -- flat out lies! But that is what the McCain campaign is doing and they are finally being called out for it.

uncleandyt 9 years, 8 months ago

I want the truth. What's your deal? Does the LJW Co. get any of the administration's media contract money? To be in the information business, yet ignore the truth... tsk tskYou either believe yourself, or you believe you are fooling people. So, do some research, or knock it off, please.

beatrice 9 years, 8 months ago

Senator John McCain voted against the Martin Luther Kind holiday in 1983, supported efforts to repeal the holiday in Arizona back in 1987, and he voted against funding for the commission working to promote the King Holiday in 1994.Yes, I can see why McCain appeals to the likes of the Robert Marbles in our country.Obama / Biden 2008!

coolmom 9 years, 8 months ago

i generally stand on the middle ground in most things. i am still researching who i want for president but as for the wtc and the war i watched that morning unfold with horror and not a small amount of fear. i think we had to do something besides simper in our homes and i believe that the iraq people will ultimately be in a better place. there have been failures but we did need to do something. i havent a clue if its right but honestly how much power does the president really have? who in their right mind would even want the job of figurehead of this country? i doubt you could accomplish anything of real change or value with the huge government machine we have now. no one agrees we just bluster at eachother about how we would all do it differently.

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 8 months ago

We'll blame it on the fact that there are 3 companies that make electronic voting machines in this country. Two of them are heavy donators to the Republican Party. With no paper trail, it's Florida and Ohio once more and we once again have to take someone's word for it.

beatrice 9 years, 8 months ago

I can't wait until Obama is president and he forces people like RM to give up his home, work without pay for the common good of the nation, and is forced into a multi-racial gay marriage.RM, still having bedwetting fantasies, I see. You really should see somebody about that. And no, your calling Senator Obama names like "hussein osama" doesn't make you look like a racist at all ... not at all. But please do keep it up. It helps shine a light on who the real McCain supporters are.

jayhawklawrence 9 years, 8 months ago

Simon is definitely drinking the cool-aid these days.Watching news stories this past week I couldn't tell if I was watching real news or some new soap opera.Time to get our heads out of the clouds. It's a dangerous world out there.

Boeing 9 years, 8 months ago

Beatrice, please do not paint all McCain supporters as racist idiots who calling Barack "Hussein" and try to get people to fear him just because of his name. I am voting McCain this year and I am about as worldly as can be, so we are not all like that. I do not paint all of the Obama supporters under one brush, please do not paint me under the same one as those idiots.

Robert Marble 9 years, 8 months ago

and boeing, don't be an idiot by assuming an unflattering version of a political candidates name is racially motivated. Instead, the idiots are those who seize upon and exploit the fact of hussein's ethnic background in order to launch allegations of racism. it is quite common during heated political races for either side to do something similar. simply because hussein is a minority does not necessarily mean anything directed at him is racially motivated. in this case, it is merely disgust with his agenda and character. bea is merely one of the common morons who enjoy exploiting his race to suit their needs. and if I were a betting man I would say the safe money is on bea to be among the first to play the race card as an excuse once he loses the election. if she has time to fantasize about me personally as she aluded to in her posting above surely she has already developed that strategy well in advance of november in order to rationalize his impending loss.

Joshua Montgomery 9 years, 8 months ago

This type of article is exactly why it is important to support alternative media in Lawrence.Some of the readers may dismiss this piece as opinion, but it is clear that Mr. Simons' view influences the news staff's story selection and approach to local news. The single largest problem with Lawrence Kansas is the World Company. If we had competitive media outlets in our community we would be much better off. There would at least be a motive to report actual news instead of Republican centric right wing propaganda.This type of right wing propaganda is exactly why we started the Lawrence Freenet project, bought the Lawrencian and are working to build a radio station on at 89.9 FM on our recently granted FCC permit.All of you advertisers out there should let your wallets to the talking and take your business elsewhere.Joshua MontgomeryFree Planet, Inc.

Robert Marble 9 years, 8 months ago

bea's racist stereotypeing of political parties is not only incessant but also groundless. afterall, it was Abe Lincoln- a republican- who freed the slaves against the wishes of democrats. that's surely more significant than voting for or against a holiday. but bea can be rather selective with her little factoids.

Robert Marble 9 years, 8 months ago

it's laughable that the libs try operating on the platform of civil rights losses. a socialist state under hussein's regime would be far more damaging to the Bill of Rights than than anything previously seen.The whole "political correctness" concept- a liberal construct- has done far more to impair free speech than any perceived threat from the patriot act as the bedwetting liberals would have you beleive. the libs have stolen witch hunt tactics from old salem days and combined it with pages torn from the mccarthy commie scare. now they just label anything counter to their views as racist/ intolerant/etc (insert any contemporary lib hate/scare tactic buzzword) and launch the accusations. that seems to absolve them of the responsibility of dealing with actual facts or issues, plus seems to give them the false perception they're operating from the moral high ground.same basic crap the conservatives have pulled in decades past, only with them it was religious fervor rather than political correctness. the modern day "pc" zealots are every bit as arrogant with their fear mongering and race baiting as the bible thumpers were with their rhetoric. same tactics but less attention to personal hygiene. their aversion to 2nd Amendment rights is undeniable; the libs can't even convince themselves that they haven't attempting to eliminate protections guaranteed under that amendment for decades. they seem only too happy to vote away their freedoms. fortunately the tide has turned and hussein osama's lack of substance has become known; his campaign is beyond salvaging at this point. when the votes are counted and his loss is publicized, how many of you libs will blame it on racism/ cia mind control/ alien experimentation/ etc?

uncleandyt 9 years, 8 months ago

The Iraqi people will be in a better place? The ones that haven't been killed or jailed or displaced or injured or poisoned or recruited for the New army or placed on a wanted list have a bright future.Please understand that Iraq did not attack us, we attacked and continue to attack them.We needed to do something. We did something else.

JHOK32 9 years, 8 months ago

Oh yes, let's get down on our knees and praise the almighty Bush. Give me a break! If W was so great, wise, and wonderful, then where the heck was his ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION on the MORNING of 911? 3000 of our fellow Americans burned to death, or jumped to their deaths, because of total incompetence of the Bush administration. The billions and billions of our tax dollars spent on spy satellites, the entire CIA, the entire FBI, were out-smarted by a handful of arabs armed with 99 cent boxknives? Yes, praise Bush indeed. Give me a break! I suppose no one in the entire administration had ever heard of people hi-jacking planes's only been going on since the 1970's. Yes, now we have added another 4000 American deaths to this apex of stupidity, wrecked our economy with a trillion dollar war, and created an entire new multi-billion dollar Homeland Security bureaucracy that was totally inept when Katrina hit. The stock market is in the toilet, the banks are all going broke, the oil companies are getting fatter by the second & killing our economy, but yes, let's praise George! indeed. He's doing a wonderful job!

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