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Opinion: Obama’s war strategy taking shape

This is a terrible "strategy". The drums of war beat inside the current administration to the same degree as the prior. Campaign promises and outright 180's have betrayed those that voted the President in office. The continuation of the Bush foreign policy is undeniable and we now have Iraq round III mixed with siding with both sides of a civil war.

What will the "coalition" do when ISIS fades into the populace? The ONLY solution is ground troops.

What did 10 years "advising" in Iraq teach us? What makes anyone think that we can send 150 thousand Military personnel to Iraq to train, advise, and protect over 10 years and not achieve the same results with the current lot?

Its a losing battle.

No boots on the ground? How do you direct airstrikes? There ARE boots on the ground.

We're Asad's best friend.

September 25, 2014 at 9:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Kerry error hampers long-term pact

"Reagan started the wars with Libya,Iraq and such in the 80's. Americans never left and after 34 years the wars rage on." - Dick Heckler

And every democrat president in between shares the blame. This whole "well....so and so started it" may be well placed in the proper context but to continue the military aggression is to be complicit in the same crime.

Lets take the current administration. Candidate Obama said the first thing he would do as president was to get out of Iraq. So what happened? The status of forces agreement expired and we left years later. This was despite the administrations efforts to do exactly the opposite of what it promised when it tried to renew the agreement and remain in Iraq. Not exactly the first thing he did.

It's both sides. Both parties are owned by flawed foreign policy and the military industrial complex. If you want to argue to what degree each party's contribution to war has been, that's fine but to pick the lesser of two evils is still a choice for evil. In my mind it's a fruitless debate.

July 29, 2014 at 7:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Kerry error hampers long-term pact

"It is pretty well-known that conservatives in this country support Israel in anything they do, regardless of whether it was ethical or not. And conservatives tend to appreciate war and all it's gory effects on women and children." - MerriAnnie Smith

You are aware that the president started a war with Libya right? He also continues to authorize signature drone strikes that kill civilians, continued bombing in Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and has given material assets i.e. weapons to ISIS via the FSA?

Oh and this gem: http://antiwar.com/blog/2013/10/01/ob...

Now, what was it you said about gory effects on women and children?

Please apply a consistent standard to both parties, it's so easy to do and the opportunity to hammer both for the same bad behavior is a plenty.

July 29, 2014 at 12:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Gun grandstanding

"do you conveniently ignore ALL of the harassment that the GOP has done for six years of more like a mad 5 year old in a grocery store? " - Mike

Ummmm... No. I'm quite aware of the harassment. That's not what we're talking about. You started out with Zombie lies and can't own up to to the party you support and it's lie.... In many ways the democrats in charge are no better than the GOP and are guilty of the same crimes.

My mistake on Congressman Cao...the one lone savior of the bipartisan effort that was the ACA. The shining example of bipartisanship through compromise. What was it that the Dems compromised on again?

There's no race component. To say so without evidence is as desperate as some of the things coming out of the Republicans' mouths. The positions are different but the tactics are the same.

It really does come down to the ACA. The Dems rammed it through congress without thoughtful and thorough review. I'm not convinced that the entire republican party in DC is racist and couldn't be persuaded to come across the isle. I think the ACA vote count speaks to the true efforts of compromise on the Dems part. Why try your hand at compromise if you have the majority? That's the poison of true democracy. Mob rule.

July 23, 2014 at 9:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Gun grandstanding

The GOP amnesia is a relevant point. It speaks to the hypocrisy of the party logic....BUT you still haven't been able to persuade me that the Democrats are any different than Republicans when it comes to misinformation and lies. Do the ends justify the means? Can the democrats be held to the same standard with regard to lies? If you refuse equally applying the same logic then you're no worse than the GOP and their amnesia.

As for the alternative....no plan is better than a bad plan.

If the keep your doctor is nonsense then why did the administration try to guarantee something that was never a reality in the first place? The same goes for keeping your plan. Health Insurance companies change the plans all the time.

Unless you can admit that the Keep your doctor was a lie....I think you suffer from amnesia yourself, in that either you actually have it or are selectively forgetting the facts. The latter is the sad reality that speaks to the unwillingness of the Democrats to at least do their part in being honest about the passage and the motivations behind it. The Republicans have their share of misinformation and lies.....but they didn't win the battle and the calculated misinformation to pass this law is squarely on the Democrats.

The Dems got everything they wanted in the ACA and they still screwed it up! A gift wrapped piece of legislation passed with NO bipartisan support that does not grant the IRS the ability to extend subsidies to those who buy insurance through the federally run exchange.

They Biden'd the legislation.

July 23, 2014 at 7:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Man with legal concealed gun had to leave Salina theater

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See the above comment as it was originally posted.

July 23, 2014 at 1:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Man with legal concealed gun had to leave Salina theater

According to the Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-related Violence report commissioned by the current President there are at least 108,000 annual defensive uses...at the bare minimum.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Research Council and other federal agencies were asked to identify the “most pressing problems in firearms violence.” per one of the 23 EO's handed down from the Administration after Sandy Hook.

From the study: Defensive use of firearms page 15

http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?recor...

"Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed (Cook and Ludwig, 1996; Kleck, 2001a). Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million (Kleck, 2001a), in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008 (BJS, 2010). On the other hand, some scholars point to a radically lower estimate of only 108,000 annual defensive uses based on the National Crime Victimization Survey (Cook et al., 1997). The variation in these numbers remains a controversy in the field. The estimate of 3 million defensive uses per year is based on an extrapolation from a small number of responses taken from more than 19 national surveys. The former estimate of 108,000 is difficult to interpret because respondents were not asked specifically about defensive gun use."

According to the report the figure is between 3 million and 108,000 annually.

While the 108 K figure is difficult to interpret for reasons mentioned in the report...the low ball figure is still an impressive number when you consider that According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Uniform Crime Reporting Program, 68,720 people were murdered in firearm-related violence between 2007 and 2011.

108,000 people get to live another day every year.

July 23, 2014 at 12:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Gun grandstanding

Congratulations Mike...I guess as long as you got what you wanted then the people that lost out on the Democrat zombie lie are SOL? How....Republican of you. As long as you're not affected and get what you want the ends justify the means.

"the conservative misinformation that's repeated until some uninformed people assume it's a fact.... you know.....a zombie lie." - Mike Ford

That's strange...I don't recall Conservatives telling me I can keep my Doctor & Plan.

July 23, 2014 at 12:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Voting counts

"The recent Republican-led passage in many states of proof of citizenship laws is simply an underhanded way of suppressing the total number of minority and economically disadvantaged people who cast ballots. And not coincidentally, those folks disproportionately vote Democratic." - Bob Forer

Don't you mean the recent Democrat-led amnesty movement in many states is simply an underhanded way of locking up a huge Latino voting bloc to secure the Presidency and other public offices for generations to come.... and not coincidentally, those folks disproportionately vote Democratic?

July 22, 2014 at 10:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Voting counts

"The improper suppression of even one vote is something we should all be concerned about. ."- Bob Forer

And what about the improper casting of even one fraudulent vote being something we should all be concerned about? Wouldn't that be a consistent logic?

The real worry is an entire voting bloc being given the ability to vote in elections post amnesty, it's a power play for the left. If amnesty comes to reality for the millions of illegal aliens that will undoubtedly gain the ability to vote by way of citizenship or lack of ID, what's the real motivation here? Locking up the presidency for the next <x> amount of future presidential elections? Come amnesty time 55% of the left's joy is going to be capitalizing on the instantaneous return on investment and one would be a fool to believe that it's all about this compassionate will to give illegal aliens a free pass and subsequently the ability to vote.

I believe the disenfranchised economically disadvantaged people not being able to vote line is about as real as the phantom voter fraud the Repubs are trying to protect us from but somehow the integrity of both isn't shared. You can't have it both ways. One suppressed vote is just as tragic and infrequent as one fraudulent vote. The consistent logic should be protection against both.

And where is the consistency in what is required to practice one's rights? If the left had their way the economically disadvantaged can say goodbye to their 2nd amendment. Why are so many obstacles applied to one right and none for the other? To obtain 2nd amendment rights in some areas of the country you have to practically give your first born, spend a lot of money and of course valid ID. However, for an equally sacred right to vote you're o.k. with zero verification? Not one shred of proof of citizenship?

Some counties and municipalities are offering to provide free certified birth certificates to those that need it to vote. Where's my subsidy to buy a firearm?

July 22, 2014 at 10:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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