The beat goes on. Shorts will be fried in due time. IMHO.
My net worth has increased dramatically, and that included some serious losses I took when our economy looked like it would collapse in a panic. Those who hate the president pick and choose what they want to focus on. During Obama's just completed two week vacation with his family, he made for public statements on serious issues, and he returned to the WH to do formal work there for two days. He did play golf, but what CEO doesn't. A lot of thought and discussion can occur while riding on a cart to get to your ball, especially if you are a mediocre golfer. I am sure Obama is surrounded by advisors and communications personnel at all times. Just look at how gray Obama's hair has become in just six years, and you will see how much stress and pressure he has been dealing with. If anyone wants to criticize Obama's vacation schedule, they should remember to compare it to the record number of days GW took. I remember reading GW's daily exercise schedule, and wondering how the heck he had so much time to work out. In retrospect, I expect GW played while Cheney made all the important decisions.
President GW Bush took 879 vacation days during his eight years in office. During that time we had 9/11, the Iraq War, Katrina, Osama bin Laden on the loose, etc., etc. Those 879 days represented over 30% of his actual time in office. Bush spent those days playing on his ranch, riding his bike, riding horses, going to baseball games, boating, fishing, and maybe even playing golf. President Reagan took a much more reasonable 335 vacation days, but he was known to take naps during briefings and meetings, so I guess you would have to factor those mini-vacations in somehow. President Obama has taken around 150 days in his close to six years in office. At that rate he will take somewhere around 200 days for his eight years in office. That means Obama will have spent around two more years at work than Bush did during their respective times as president. Interesting. But there was a good side to Bush taking so much vacation time, at least he had less opportunities to give dignitaries like the British Prime Minister a shoulder massage.
The good doctor relentlessly keeps buying. Short some more, boys and girls!!
I guess you plan to volunteer and want to initiate a draft to mobilize. Then again, you must also be calling for a war tax to fund this massive endeavor because we can't just add the cost to our deficit like Bush did in the Iraq War. It would be nice if the people like you at home supported the troops' efforts with their tax dollars if nothing else. The vast majority of Americans don't want troops on the ground in the Middle East. Bombing them back into the stone age works fine for me. As for playing a round of golf, I am sure Obama, just like all the presidents before him needs a little diversion from the constant stress he deals with. With today's communications, I am sure he is in touch at all times. Is it OK for him to take a #$%$, or is that too much of a distraction in your mind.
Duh, Frank, terrorists routinely move hostages around because they know we are watching from above and sometimes have eyes on the ground. You can choose to be such a simpleton when you find it convenient. You and rays actually believe that you know more than our intelligence and military experts who have spent their whole lives working in this area! Many of them came up through the ranks and proved their metal by risking their lives for our country many times over. To suggest that they would recommend sending our troops in on a mission they knew was doomed to failure is absurd, but most of what you two "military experts" post on a daily basis is absurd and ludicrous. But then again, it is quite easy to criticize when you safely hide behind your computers in your air conditioned rooms.
Frank, rays, you guys are absurdly biased and deliberately misleading . Obama sent our special forces in there when our recon. indicated that it was a good time to complete a rescue. Do you really think our generals, CIA, etc. would recommend sending in troops knowing the operation wasn't going to be successful! You guys are incredible windbags who shoot your mouth off at every turn. You not only second guess the president, you are second guessing our military experts who have served our country valiantly and faithfully for many years. You guys only serve yourselves with your idiotic postings, and should be ashamed of yourselves for badmouthing the brave men and women who recommended this action and carried it out to the best of their ability! But then again, guys like you run your mouths off while others put their lives on the line.
The beat goes on!!!
I think the US needs to defend our interests without putting our young men and women on the ground in places like the Middle East where suicidal extremists flock from around the world. Nation building didn't work in Iraq under Bush, and Obama's efforts to stabilize the mess that ensued haven't worked. Bombing the hell out of the bad guys works fine for me while we support the Kurds and any other good guys in the region who have the courage to fight for their independence and religious freedom just like our ancestors did. I would like to see the US continue to fully support Israel so that the Arab world agrees to accept their right to exist. I would also like to see two-year mandatory military service for all Americans right out of high school. It would help mature our youth, and it would keep the war hawks honest because their kids and grandkids would have to serve just like ordinary folks' kids do when we go to war. I would also like to see a continuation of the diplomacy that has lessened the tensions between Israel and Iran, and I am happy with the way Obama and Europe has been calling Putin's bluff. We know he could run over the Ukraine if he chose to, but it is a plus for Obama that he has been able to face Putin down and keep countries like Germany and England in our corner. As a former military person, you must know what it is like to serve in a war where it is difficult to figure out what you are fighting for and who is on your side. We have lost thousands of wonderful young service men and women and you must agree, it is time for that to stop. Tens of thousands have to go through life with horrific wounds, PTSD, and all kinds of problems. Veterans often have trouble getting jobs, and they constitute one of our highest homeless segments and suicidal risk groups. They gave their all while their fellow countrymen went about their lives without much thought about the sacrifices they were making. We didn't even raise taxes to pay for the Iraq war!!!
Frank doesn't care about facts. He just shoots from the hip and hopes nobody remembers what he said last week, the week before, and the week before that. It is quite comical to read his attacks.
Both sides are talking and the talks have been extended to the end of November. Although details still need to be ironed out, almost three years have past since Newt, Romney, etc. said that Iran was within days of having a nuclear weapon that they could and would fire at Israel. During the Republican debates, just about every candidate except for two called for bombing Iran's nuclear plants as soon as possible. Sure glad they didn't do that. The tensions between Israel and Iran have eased tremendously. Iran still has capabilities, but the sentiment there has clearly turned less aggressive. The fact that we are bombing ISIS which presents a huge threat to Iran and its Shia population certainly hasn't hurt.
If true, you should know that you don't send our young men and women in to fight everybody else's fights. If they refuse to stand up for themselves after years of sacrificing our young people's lives and our country's wealth, then shame on them. The Kurds are fighting for themselves, so it is great that we are arming them. We should have done it earlier, but both Bush and Obama didn't want to see a divided Iraq. I came of military age just as the Vietnam War was coming to an end. If I was called to serve, I would have done so. We have two navy vets, two army vets, and one marine in our family. We are very proud of their sacrifices, and we would never want them to have to fight in places like Vietnam, Somalia, and Iraq again.
J20 would put somebody else's boots on the ground, not his or his family. Like the Fraz, big talk and no action. Bush and Cheney were of the same ilk. Bush wimped out on his national guard duty, and the big, brave, Cheney had something like six deferments because he had better things to do than serve his country. Heck, Cheney made Bill Clinton look like Patrick Henry.
j20 has no solutions, he just runs his mouth whenever possible. The fact is that the world is filled with extremist and lunatics from ISIS to Putin. It is impossible for America to control and defeat all these threats by ourselves. The big thing is that our country has done a great job of preventing another 9/11 attack, and I consider that a miracle. When you factor in that many of the tea partiers on this board are Putin fans, it is easy to see that they would love to see our president fail even if it hurts our country. But you know what, so far Obama has made Putin look like a chump, and our air strikes have beaten the hell out of ISIS's positions and allowed the Iraqis and the Kurds to recapture that strategic dam. Oh, and Syria's gas stockpiles were just fully destroyed, and Iran's "imminent" nuclear attack has been defused. Who would have thunk it!!!
I was one of them. I retired at 59 because my investment portfolio under this president has done so well I don't have to work anymore. Hooray!
Consider what the cost of what is going on in Missouri amounts to, and that doesn't include the years of litigation that may follow. I am sure the police officer who did the shooting would welcome a video of the incident if it proved his side of the story. I am sure all the heavy duty weaponry the police dept. rolled out cost a lot more than a video camera for each of the town's officer. Heck, most of my neighbors have security cameras on their houses. It is very possible that my son may have read the idea somewhere else because he keeps himself well informed, but that doesn't negate that it is a good idea. Individual police video cams would be a welcome option for taxpayers and our legal system. It would save the taxpayers many $ in the long run. However, hate mongers on both sides wouldn't have anything to argue about.
Frank's comment that, "I hate libs" tells it all. I consider myself a moderate and I vote for both Republicans and Democrats. I didn't vote for either President Obama or Gov. Romney in the last election. I serve on the leadership board of my church, and I have many reasonable conservative views. I don't hate anyone for their political beliefs, but I hate the hatred that some like Frank and Whip spread as part of their political beliefs. Extremists like these old birds are increasingly loosing credibility with our diversified American populace. Ironically, guys like Frank and Whip will cling to their Social Security and Medicare "entitlements," but young conservatives like my son realize that those benefits are unsustainable. After all, it will be the young workers who will be paying for the social programs to support these old tea party fogies who denounce anyone else who gets the benefit of a socialized program. Frank will say that he is not taking his SS benefits right now, but that is only because he plans to live for ever and delaying his collection age will actually help him to collect more.