“We've lost the War on Drugs. Prohibition of small, readily available and easily transportable substances cannot work. Shocking.
This is an area where Liberals and Conservatives should be ale to find common ground. Allow for individual freedom and reduced police activity by regulating and taxing these admittedly vile substances, and then use the proceeds to help those who want to battle their addictions.
It's crazy to incarcerate as many as we do. It's irresponsible to allow the havoc associated with drug violence ruin countries like Mexico.”
“The good news is that we are being more efficient with our energy use along with substituting natural gas for coal. US CO2 emissions have been on the decline for the past 5 years.
Meanwhile, China continues to burn half of the world's coal. If this issue is really important, I expect to see the author and her ilk protesting in the streets of Beijing. If I don't see that, it must not be that critical.”
irish23 on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:23:10
“China is buying much of its coal from the U.S. and gas is just as bad as coal. For one thing, this is why there's so much fracking going on. Due to fracking, groundwater is being contaminated and people are getting sick, losing crops and land is being destroyed; meanwhile, fracking is happening everywhere in America and our land will soon be like swiss cheese, creating massive sinkholes and all those chemicals used for fracking plus the stuff like humongous amounts of methane coming out of the earth equals HUGE problems for the future.”
gnorrfa on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:07:54
“And don't quit smoking until everyone dies from lung cancer and don't stop shovelling all those fries down the piehole until they're dying in the streets from cardiac arrest. That'll learn 'em.”
“They are all the same race so they can't pull the race card.”
Nooneyouknow on Dec 2, 2013 at 23:50:47
“Most Arabs live in or have lived in dictatorships, many of which were supported to the hilt by the USA, like Egypt. The dictators keep their cronies paid off, the people poor and oppressed, and the oil flowing. Development creates political turmoil--so the US really doesn't want Arabs building anything.”
“China realizes how weak our Administration is and they are testing. As are the Iranians. If you were a US ally, you are probably thinking about a more reliable self defense strategy. And we can thank our President for the nuclear proliferation that will be the logical outcome.”
TheOpinionGuy on Nov 29, 2013 at 14:31:43
“Nuclear non-proliferation has been a cornerstone of the Obama administration.
In a top-secret mission over last year's Christmas holidays, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration helped the Ukraine get more than 100 pounds of previously unsecured, weapons-grade uranium out of the country. The same team has completed its work in 19 countries, with 16 more to go. "We're over halfway," he said. "We still have a lot more work to do. And with the support, the increased budgets that we have in this area that the president is proposing, specifically to lock this stuff down, we think we're going to get this job done. That's our plan."
“Weak? Militarily we're as strong as we've ever been. We daily blow things up in other countries (our "allies") and spread our might across 5 Oceans. We're occupying everything east of Iraq for thousands of miles (except Iran, and they must feel surrounded). A third of our economy's GDP is tied to the Military Industrial Complex.
We really don't need any allies to defend ourselves. State-on-State war might be a thing of our past. No one's attacked a nuclear nation directly since their creation. We're not the "world police" because our Military wants to help. They want to make money and the surest way to do that is to drop bombs, fire missiles, burn jet and tank fuel and kill the bad guys all in the name of some political ideology.
Obama's not afraid or adverse to pushing the button. He invaded Pakistan (which we could not live without as an ally prosecuting a war in Afghanistan) to get Bin Laden. That's almost nightmarishly ballsy ... it could have started WW3 or at the least stranded 100,000+ US Soldiers. I'm sure glad that worked out.
China's not going to do anything is the point. And we don't appear weak.”
fairness6 on Nov 29, 2013 at 12:56:26
“Sorry to disappoint you, buddy: NO MORE WARS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.”
jameslowman on Nov 29, 2013 at 12:54:34
“I agree with you. Weak leadership has resulted in these "probing exercises" by confrontational nations. Only thing in your comment is that I think you blame the president only, where the blame is also to rest on those who oppose him for no reason other to oppose. Having members of the government opens disregard the president sets a precedent for countries to disregard the country.”
aristippe on Nov 29, 2013 at 12:52:50
“I hear Bush is drafting another "letter of two sorries."”
“As a Conservative who is highly suspicious of Iranian intentions, I dearly hope that our Administation knows what they are doing.”
blingbling65943 on Nov 25, 2013 at 14:25:14
“As a Conservative living on America, its is highly doubtful you have even the slightest clue what is going on....
So I can understand your fears
We are always afraid of what we don't know or understand
But rest assured EVERYONE (including Iran) hopes the
administration knows what they are doing.
and my honest opinion, they look like they do”
GaiasChild on Nov 25, 2013 at 13:56:56
“one need not be a conservative to be suspicious of iran's intentions.you think obama is pollyanna on the ME?”
bleftypro on Nov 25, 2013 at 13:55:04
“Iran is a wolf in sheep's clothing but, we will find out in 6 months.”
Chuck Bruffey on Nov 25, 2013 at 13:53:09
“You do get that there were five (5) other nations involved in this diplomatic solution, right? The U.S. did not follow the GW Bush playbook of going it alone. Think for a minute if you will about whether Iran will cheat on Russia or China who have routinely supported them in the UN. Not likely.”
Eternal Nomad on Nov 25, 2013 at 13:47:52
“As someone who had lived once in Iran, I hope Americans finally realize that Iranians just people too and not demons with sharp horns and long tails that the media has portrayed them to be.”
Bruce Winterburn on Nov 25, 2013 at 13:45:53
“I have yet to see any sign that this administration knows what they are doing.”
thinking4 on Nov 25, 2013 at 13:43:27
“The global power shift is changing and it was in our best interests to make some nodding acquaintance with the global changes”
“The totally foreseen irony of President Obama's drive to rid the world of nuclear weapons is the proliferation of these very weapons that his actions will drive. Iran will obtain them, and this so will Saudi. No one in Asia can be confident that we are an ally to be counted on, so Japan and South Korea will obtain these. And so on.
We are in the very best of hands.”
CapSen on Nov 23, 2013 at 11:08:19
“It is the US refusing to restart START III talks. Look it up.
Only the US has ever used nukes, FYI.
The US is not all-powerful. It cannot prevent any country from developing nukes. Well, maybe Honduras or something. But not Iran. Everyone knows that. Except you and the MSM media.”
Vagabound on Nov 23, 2013 at 10:18:38
“You are exactly right. This is so critical. Our children are going to grow up in the era of hyper proliferation. What I don't understand is why the president is so dead set on reducing sanction/normalizing relations. If you don't want to take any stronger measures, fine... but why on earth should we make this easier on the mullahs?”
TimboFreeport on Nov 23, 2013 at 10:09:48
“There is no proof of the scenario you propose. In fact nuclear stockpiles have decreased because of the new start treaty and the only reason Iran is talking is the crippling sanctions that the US and international community have place on Iran.
The TP.Neocon policy of bomb first and ask later is stupid.”
“Well then, your education hasn't served you as well but it provides fodder for your resume. Try using a logical argument next time.
The country was founded by minorities that were escaping tyrannies in their own countries of origin. And protections to protect the rights of minorities have always been a feature of our system of governance. Messrs Jefferson and Madison made sure of that.”
“This whole "Checks and Balances" thing is so passé, right Libs?”
citizen49 on Nov 21, 2013 at 14:09:18
“That's funny coming from the party that changed the rules in congress to keep anything the teaparty didn't like coming up for a vote. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.”
oldseadog on Nov 21, 2013 at 13:39:22
“So obstructionist are part of check and balances WOW”
dwes09 on Nov 21, 2013 at 13:34:00
“Checks and balances refers to the ways in which the three branches of Government relate to each other, not to procedural rules within the Senate.
Re-read this 'Con':
"Half the nominees filibustered in the history of the United States were blocked by Republicans during the Obama administration; of 23 district court nominees filibustered in U.S. history, 20 were Obama's nominees; and even judges that have broad bipartisan support have had to wait nearly 100 days longer, on average, than President George W. Bush's nominees."
This is not an example of "checks and balances, nor an example of reasonable discourse. It is an example of immature, behavior on the part of the regressive party trying gleefully to undermine the entire government.”
62WildEagle on Nov 21, 2013 at 13:30:45
“Well...Your Republican Brothers And Sisters brought this on themselves...No longer can your side use the "Filibuster" to hide behind...That is all Republicans have done...Hide...And when you can't Hide...Obstruct.....The Tipping Point Was Reached....Republicans brought it on themselves....Period....”
DanaRuns on Nov 21, 2013 at 13:26:55
“You keep saying that phrase, but I do not think it means what you think it means.”
KurtinSC on Nov 21, 2013 at 13:26:04
“Checks and balances are the different branches of the government. You know... executive/legislative/judicial.
It wasn't designed as something within one of the houses of one of the branches to balance between political parties.
The rules of the senate arent' constitutionally written... they make up their own rules... and that's exactly what happened today. No check/balance was ever designed WITHIN the senate. They're there to balance the executive, judicial and legislative.”
Jay Wolfe on Nov 21, 2013 at 13:23:19
“"Half the nominees filibustered in the history of the United States were blocked by Republicans during the Obama administration"”