“"Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners," the NRA statement said. "That's not the Texas way. And that's certainly not the NRA way."
You can't have it both ways, NRA. You encouraged these people.”
Jun 1, 2014 at 02:56:18
HuffPost Live 321
“I think we agree as to the influence of money in our government. The lobby is the root of all evil.
But tell me what that has to do with Snowden and NSA domestic spying?”
ComfortableeNumb on Jun 1, 2014 at 13:39:59
“Everything. If you want changes in our government. Otherwise things like this will continue. If the people we have in power weren't in bed with the people who bought them, then they would work on behalf of "we the people", and our rights and protection would come first. That ain't happening until money is removed from politics.”
“I think China is quickly approaching a point where it will have to become democratic in order to avoid another revolution. As long as their economy continues to grow, the CCP can keep dissent at bay; but if the economy ever hits a significant bump, all bets are off.”
May 30, 2014 at 22:18:48
HuffPost Live 321
“Do you recognize that you are more likely to die from a bee sting than from a terrorist attack? If so, how can you justify throwing away our freedoms and rights? Why are you so afraid?”
ComfortableeNumb on May 31, 2014 at 13:36:39
“I'm not afraid of anything. But you've mistaken my motivation. I don't disagree with all of your comments, but I don't agree with them all either.
But in order for things to change, money must be removed from politics. Corporations must be denied the power they have in our legislation - get rid of lobbyists. Politicians must be elected who are "Mr. or Ms. Smith" and care about "we the people" and not their own careers. It is not a single pronged issue. And I've been around long enough to see that things are actually getting worse instead of better. Corporate media have people believing that healthcare is the worst thing to happen to our country. How do you educate people to stop believing the crap they see/read from corporately controlled journalists.
When you have the solution and know how to effect real change, let me know.
Until then, I'm done, and going to have a good weekend. I hope you do the same.”
May 30, 2014 at 15:21:40
HuffPost Live 321
“So you say to protect freedom we must destroy it. We disagree profoundly. This is a power no government should have.”
ComfortableeNumb on May 30, 2014 at 15:54:59
“And I ask you, what is your suggestion to stop this spying, and protect our country, all without negative consequences?
I do not support spying on one's citizens, yet I recognize it as a necessary evil. Have the boundaries been crossed? Absolutely. But I have yet to hear a solution that is pragmatic, effective and covers each side.”
And what about all those mysterious soldiers who suddenly appeared without national insignia?
"What many opponents of Russia are insisting is that there would be no armed resistance militias in Eastern Urkainians were it not for Russia, but it's pretty clear that those in the East do not want to live under the rule of the new regime in Kiev."
That is indeed clear. It's also clear that Chechens do not want to live under the rule of the regime in Moscow. Touche?
"There is no evidence that Putin is behind any "guerrilla war" in Eastern Ukraine. Putin could have annexed Eastern Ukraine after the referendums they held."
Nonsense. Putin is funding and organizing the militias in eastern Ukraine. The same way NATO is working with Kiev.
"... why would he be trying to inherit one by swallowing up more parts of the Ukraine, which is little more than a financial black hole?"
For military reasons obviously. As you noted, Crimea was about access to a warm water port. Ukraine is all about keeping a buffer between NATO and Russia's borders. Make no mistake, the Baltics are on Putin's radar for exactly the same reason. He cannot tolerate the presence of a full NATO member directly on his border.
And he has a point. But let us not pretend he is somehow not playing the same geopolitical chess game NATO is.”
“America's many misadventures in the Middle East do not excuse Russian misadventures in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. At least America makes no pretense that its military is there.
Certainly Eastern Europe must be sick of NATO and Russia alike by now.
In any event, if Putin was not worried about the financial impact upon Russia, then why has he opted for a guerrilla war in Ukraine instead of what he did in Crimea?”
Andre De Angelis on May 30, 2014 at 03:30:07
“"America's many misadventures in the Middle East do not excuse Russian misadventures in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. At least America makes no pretense that its military is there."
Neither does Russia. Russia has had a military base in Crimea for 200 years. They never denied that.
But I agree that America's actions do not justify aggression by other states. What many opponents of Russia are insisting is that there would be no armed resistance militias in Eastern Urkainians were it not for Russia, but it's pretty clear that those in the East do not want to live under the rule of the new regime in Kiev.
There is no evidence that Putin is behind any "guerrilla war" in Eastern Ukraine. Putin could have annexed Eastern Ukraine after the referendums they held.
If you are going to argue that Putin is influenced by financial liabilities and opportunity costs, then why would he be trying to inherit one by swallowing up more parts of the Ukraine, which is little more than a financial black hole?”
May 30, 2014 at 01:28:12
HuffPost Live 321
“With respect, Snowden didn't "cast aspersions". He released documents that the government hasn't even tried to deny are authentic. The government either answers to the governed, or it does not. Snowden showed us we are being lied to.”