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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

You have to wonder if these folks have actually read "A Christmas Carol" or spent any time pondering what Scrooge actually says and does. Because if you do, you come to realize that Scrooge more closely resembles a modern liberal than a conservative.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Hillier, who used to be a corporal in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, is a volunteer with the 1st North American Expeditionary Force, a private organization that is providing aid to anyone who wants to help the Kurds in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS or simply Islamic State.

Hillier, who grew up in Carleton Place and is the son of Progressive Conservative MPP Randy Hillier, said he accomplished more good in 20 hours at Tel al-Ward than he did in the past 26 years of his life. read more


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

David Masciotra, Salon: Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as "heroes." The rhetorical sloppiness and intellectual shallowness of affixing such a reverent label to everyone in the military or law enforcement betrays a frightening cultural streak of nationalism, chauvinism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism, but it also makes honest and serious conversations necessary for the maintenance and enhancement of a fragile democracy nearly impossible. read more


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

France's Socialist government has detailed a 21 billion-euro ($26.5 billion) cost-cutting plan, the deepest-ever spending cuts in the country's modern history.

Presenting the 2015 budget Wednesday, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said, "These spending cuts are crucial to our credibility in the eyes of the French and Europeans, they'll be fully applied."

A significant part of the savings is to be made on France's generous welfare system. The government plans to cut 3.2 billion euros from health spending, and to cut family benefits by 700 million euros. read more


Comments

"Have you ever read what UMCJ has to say on the subject?"

I don't believe I have. But if there is any language regarding sleep deprivation or undue stress, than I think we're going to have to build a very, very large prison for all of those military individuals who have been complicit in enforcing sleep deprivation and stressful situations.

The US Military still operates at least three facilities dedicated to preparing combatants exposed top high risk of capture to the effects of "enhanced interrogation." In your opinion, is it time to shut them down?

"In your effort to minimize and gloss over the egregious nature of Dick Cheney's crimes against humanity, you sort of left out a few important things ~ like the number of treaties Cheney violated in our name ~all of them punishable under the law."

I'm not legal counsel for DC. If he sold secrets to the Chinese, or offered nuclear weapons designs to Iran, I'm with you. Lock his ass up. But that's not what we're talking about here. We're talking about members of a criminal organization, dedicated to killing civilians both in the US and elsewhere, being held in uncomfortable circumstances.

I don't like DC. I thought it laughable that his idiot daughter thought that she would move to WY from VA and get elected. But whomever made the decision to lean on these ------------- made the right decision. They weren't hurt. Anyone whose been through SERE knows that. the notion that what was done to these idiots was comparable to some sort of inquisition silliness is laughable.

Personally, I think it's intended as such. Even if I were a MMA champ, if I were captured, I would make the claim that every face slap, every slam against the wall, imposed upon me a phsychological damage that would never be erased. Why wouldn't you. When your adversary is a society that has been consistently shielded from reality, the narrative might actually gain a foothold...

Totally off topic, but my buddy crash landed his plane the other day...

"www.ktbs.com"

Again, totally off topic, but a pretty cool story. His wife is pregnant, so I'm really glad she was not with him.

"No I wouldn't. They're a lot more like you than me. Idealists, albeit with different ideals. I'm a pragmatist."

That wasn't directed at you. It was directed at Speak, who seems to believe that person (1) can't make a good decision for himself, but person (2) can make better decisions for people 1-n than those folks could individually. You actually came off as being far more pragmatic than I have ever seen previously.

"The crux of your philosophy is that what someone perceives as their best interest is truly their best interest."

And the failure of your position is believing that you can derive what one's "best interest" is without being that person. I think we can both agree that what each of us feels would be in our respective individual best interests are probably very different, no?

"Here in America, and in 118* other countries in the world, a patient discharged from the hospital after heart surgery can go to McDonald's and order herself a Big Mac, against doctor's orders."

I don't have to work tomorrow, so I'm chugging a Great Raft Southern Drawl Pale Lager. Is that in my best interest? To me it is? The Baptists down the road who try to get me to go to chuch would probably disagree. As would my liver. Yet still I drink.

In Colorado, pot is now legal. Is it one's best interest to smoke pot? Not from a health standpoint. Nor should one ride motorcylces or ATVs. Or snow ski. Yet I'll continue to do all of the above, with the exception of pot. And I'll probably even do that, someday. Why not?

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