“And your jumping to about six conclusions. The logical and sane conclusion is that once he disappeared his things would be checked out and examined for clues and he didn't want the military going through his lap top and personal notes.
That's not logical. The first thing that would happen is the base would be notified. His NCOIC would be questioned as to where he was seen last. His roommates will be questioned. Sure his stuff would be cataloged then stuffed in the back of a shipping container. This isn't Blue's Clues though. They wouldn't be taking apart his weapon looking for to-do lists.
Personal notes...He wasn't a desk jocky, he was special forces.
If you go missing, the first thing people will do is make a mad dash to your computer...”
“Because soliders in his unit and others involved had to sign non-disclosure documents. It's bad for the government when soldiers go AWOL and seek out the taliban.
The day before he "disappeared" he mailed home his personal effects and his laptop. Doesn't that sound like someone who had a plan to leave?”
Nativeskingrl on Jun 3, 2014 at 12:13:49
“You're jumping to conclusions. It could mean many things like:
1. He is going home for leave soon and mailing some things early.
2. His laptop needs repair.
3. He got a new laptop and decided to ship back his old one.
4. He accumulated a large amount of personal items and is shipping them back home.
5. A change in lifestyle.
6. Anticipated a move to a different part of his base and decided to mail personal effects to make an easier move.
The fact is, we don't have all the facts. There is a lot of hearsay, (oddly) no witnesses and questionable proposed behavior by Sgt. Bergdahl.”
“In war every city is a military target. Cities have factories and bases. Japan shouldn't start a war if it didn't want to face the consequences. The firebombing of Dresden was just as bad or the fireboming of Tokyo.”
“Becuase the Japanese believed the US carriers were going to be in Pearl Harbor. The Japanese also didn't expect a surprise attack. They expected war to have been declared just before the attack.
Had the carriers been there the US would have been in a tough situation and the Japanese would have had even fully reign over the Pacific.
The Japanese would have had a great shot to take Australia and then fortify their position. The Battle of Midway would have never happened and the Japanese would have take Midway then moved to try and take the Hawaiian Islands.
Heck it might have also freed Japanese troops and equipment to attack Russia and force the Russians to fight a two-front way.
But that's just speculation. It was a calculated risk and luckily for the US, the carriers were out ferrying planes and losing the antiquated battleships forced the US to upgrade its Navy.”
“Wow the projected deficit. What about the real deficit? That's the way Democrats work. Promise cuts in the future but they are never made. I project Tampa Bay and Jacksonville will play in the Super Bowl this season. What chance do you think there is of that happening? About as much as the deficit projections being correct.”
“Because most in Texas like what he is doing. He's my senator and he's doing what I voted for to try and get the deficit under control. It seems to be lost on so many that get government help that's its not free and it didn't come from the almighty Obama, it came out of the pockets of hard-working Americans. Money just doesn't appear in the governments till. I comes from taxes.”
Daydreamer57 on Oct 16, 2013 at 16:41:31
“You like what he is doing because you fail to see the bigger picture. You wine about the deficit, but only when the other side is running the country. I'll bet you had absolutely nothing to say as the last Republican President assured us that the economy was fine...even as it was accelerating off of a cliff. You whine about government spending until a major disaster sweeps across the state of Texas and you require emergence disaster assistance, from the very government you want so very much to shrink..in those cases government spending becomes a good thing. You lament the plight of hard-working Americans, yet you stand by while your "junior" senator and his minions cause the furlough of 800,000 "hard working Americans" Maybe if all those furlough Americans were from Texas you would appreciate the impact this exercise in lunacy had on the larger nation, its economy and international reputation. Texans always did have an overblown view of their importance in the larger fabric of the American quilt, but it ain't always about you!!!”
CatcheroftheWry on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:44:38
“And yet, that is NOT at all what he did, is it?”
GrandmaG on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:38:35
“And doesn't you state take more than it pays in? Go look that up.”
Connie Perkins Hunt on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:32:36
“@Tcugrad87, the deficit has been cut in half. How much faster do you think this should be done? The deficit is large due to ineffective leadership under Bush. Lowering taxes during 2 wars and deregulating big banks is just a start. Or have you selectively forgotten about recent history? Do you think that putting a million people out of work was a good thing to do? Did it accomplish their goals? No, it did not. All of this in vain and costing over $130,000,000 per day. Now that is one negative way to cut spending Huh?”
Shawna Lit on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:29:43
“Taxes from hard working Americans? Yes. From corporations that also try to manipulate the gov't in their favor? NO! I'm okay with cutting spending. That needs to happen from the military. The military asked that no more tanks be sent but some in congress made a deal with tank builders and therefore, tanks had to continue to be sent. That sort of stuff needs to stop. That will cut some of the spending. Cutting spending is not enough. You need to have an income if you want the debt load to decrease quicker so we don't have to keep having this kick the can down the road on the debt ceiling every six fripppin months. Collect from corps. Get them politicians OUT of their pockets. And collect taxes due.”
Tennys Daughter on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:27:20
“I live in Texas and I most certainly did NOT vote for Ted Cruz. Unfortunately you allowed your hatred for the President cloud your judgment. I think everyone understands that government assistance is not free. I have been in my career for almost 30 years. I understand that not everyone could afford to get an education in order to compete in today's market. Circumstances and situations happen everyday that causes a person to have to rely on government assistance. I for one am happy that safety net is available for them. I also understand that some people take advantage of it. However, as with anything you have to take the good with the bad. Unfortunately it is the nature of the beast for people to find loopholes to circumvent the system and use it to their advantage. The President is interesting in helping EVERYONE not just the 1%.”
cegrubbs on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:26:32
“Your last Senator caused the deficit by voting for tax cuts while also voting for two unfunded wars. You either don't know what caused the deficit, or are using it as a political football. What did you do when Texan Karl Rove said "deficits don't matter." It was that carpet bagging ex Governor of Texas who as President wreaklessly slashed taxes on those who had benefited from the wealth of this country and plunged this country into a economic crisis. Texas Republicans are a menace.”
ncal on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:23:17
“See anything wrong with this picture? (Hope the columns stay aligned.)
% Taxes % of the Population
Below $30,000 income - 5% 47% (141M)
$30,000 - $100,000 18% 48% (144M)
$100,000 - $1,000,000 63% 4% (12M)
Over $1,000,000 24% 1% (3M)”
sayagainover2005 on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:22:58
“Agreed. Know he is doing something right when Dems & Rhino's finally agree on something that being their hatred of Representatives like the great Ted Cruz that actually represent their constituents and not just tow the line to get along to go along.”
Nancy Kowalak on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:22:53
“tcugrad87: We have to many people getting assistance to survive, and they have given up looking for work! Ted Cruz is not the dirty person in this party, its those who say they want to balance the budget but their pockets are full of money by lobbiest, they were in no hurry to see any budget cuts. The man had one vote, and good intentions to make the country stop and take a look at what we are doing, some just saw the empty cupboards, some saw the trouble we could have been in, and others just closed their eyes and extended the budget!”
MichaelMMMM on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:21:44
“Isn't it fascinating how stupid the low information voters are? The ones who vote for a living. they would believe it if the media reported that Obama was pregnant and the father was Reverend Wright.”
tarby on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:21:36
“Most of your tax money was squandered by that other great Texan, GWB pushing us into two UNFUNDED wars.
Were you complaining about that? NO, you were busy voting for him.”
Lesley Anne on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:21:06
“It isn't just people who get government help but you don't see conservatives crying out that that isn't free. The military spends billions of dollars on wasteful programs and equipment and government contractors who don't seem to have to account for the money they receive and that isn't free either. The tax and spend meme doesn't seem to apply to conservative causes. The sequester represented across the board cuts and so leave them in place. Let agencies work with their funds as they see fit but don't shift the burden to domestic programs when it's time for the military to audit themselves. There's plenty of room to go around when it comes to adjusting the budget. Waiting until the last minute deadline and them demanding concessions is not the prudent way to go about it. Cruz and other Republicans had six months to negotiate on the budget resolutions but they refused to sit down and work it out. Try it again and the same thing will happen, there will be no ransom paid.”
yoyoming on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:20:44
“Then you should be upset, because he has done absolutely nothing to get the deficit under control. In fact, he has caused great harm to our economic recovery, which will of course worsen the deficit. But he sure got a lot of money and free press -- all at the expense of hardworking Americans.”
TanzaniaTeacher on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:17:44
“Defaulting would do the opposite of 'getting the deficit under control'.
Cruz is not your ally. He cares about one thing only, pleasing his TP masters in the hopes of gaining more political power.”
Kenny Gatesman on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:16:47
“You voted for him to get the deficit under control at the expense of global economy? You voted for him to turn our country into a joke? And then you make your case based on the pockets of hard working Americans? Bozo the Cruz got us within 24 hours of losing another huge chunk of our 401(k)s and a whole mess of jobs.”
Kittybad on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:16:33
“You didn't realize this in 2002 when Bush was on a spending spree?”
Hooponopono on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:13:21
“You voted for Ted Cruz to strap the equivalent to an economic nuclear weapon to his chest and threaten to destroy the US and world economies if his DEMANDS were not met.
YOU VOTED FOR THAT !!! Are you affiliated with Al Qaeda?”
jmdoyleme on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:12:54
“This clown is doing everything but trying to get the deficit under control. Open your eyes. Explain how, for example, being with a bunch of confederate flag wavers is getting any deficit under control but instead just helping increase the reality deficit they all seem to have?”
“Time for the House Republicans to stand strong. People act like there has never been a long government shutdown. How about this cut the budget and live within the means of the taxes collected. Most Americans do this, why can't the government?”
ProgressivesWin on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:08:29
“It's not that people act like they've never seen it before -- it's that people are now engaged and watching via the internet and have access to many sources of solid commentary on the pernicious influence of the GOP.
The country DOES NOT LIKE OR WANT THEM IN POWER ANY MORE. Who wants a bunch offoolswiththe power of the purse? They won't hold significant power again until the teafarty is GONE.”
CarloFernando on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:07:42
“Maybe in your FOX NEws planet this is OK. We are already leaving under austerity and all it does is to block the economy from growing which is the main reason for the deficits!
When you look at it from the proper perspective, Federal expenses are already lower than in any of the recent governments and the projected deficit has already been reduced by almost 50% based on recent economic grow. If your guys stop sabotaging the government we will have a better economy which in turn creates greater revenues that reduce the deficit. Unfortunately if you do not read some basic macroeconomics and are under the FOX spell you will never understand that.”
TryingToBeOptimistic on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:06:49
“If they'd "stand strong" defending what's best for OUR country and not just what's best for a minority of citizens, they might become credible again.”
Irmanator on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:04:50
“Comparing the finances of an individual or a family to the finances of a government with fiat currency is not valid. Government should spend more in a recession (unemployment, food stamps, even stimulus) and they should pay down their debt in the boom times. Unfortunately the Bush administration decided to squander a surplus situation and provide a tax cut during a boom time, instead of paying down the debt. Then they lied us into two wars....”
joyfulworld on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:04:34
“See, this kind of my-way-or-the-highway attitude is what got us into this mess in the first place. The Republican concept lost at the ballot box. Get over it and learn to live within our laws instead of attempting to circumvent them.”
ebisu on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:04:32
“LOL, you so funny”
habajebe on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:04:10
“It's a little late for that, toady. They caved, as was always assured. Now the adults can take control and the whiners and pouters can shut up.”
any mouse on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:04:02
“Actually most Americans carry a lot of personal debt for their shelter and vehicles and virtually all businesses carry debt for operating budgets.
“Because maybe the Republicans care about the country and are trying to save it from self destruction at the hands of a plan that can't possibly work, which the Democrats already know. The whole objective is to get a single payer plan for the USA,”
John Olexa on Sep 28, 2013 at 20:41:21
“Sorry, but i am having a hard time not believing both sides only care about themselves and their egos”
fineasset on Sep 28, 2013 at 19:55:29
“It was good enough for Romney's State but not good enough for the rest of us?”
“Do any of you people realize Zimmerman didn't even use the stand your ground defense in his trial.”
dwalpr on Sep 9, 2013 at 18:26:17
“Do you realize he used it to skate home on the night of the murder scot free and evidence was not properly collected?”
fap1947 on Sep 9, 2013 at 18:21:47
“If you listened closely to the defence, you would know that we was using stand your ground without the actual words.”
Marie Ruley on Sep 9, 2013 at 18:19:44
“Do you realize that the jury instructions stated that "stand your ground" was part of self defense?”
JasonNewYork101 on Sep 9, 2013 at 18:18:06
“His lawyers ensured the language from stand your ground was in the jury instructions. Oh, sorry...they didn't cover that on the right wing media.”
RBsGang on Sep 9, 2013 at 18:17:26
“Yes we do realize that but unfortunately for justice the stand your ground defense saved him because the verbage was used in the charges to the jury. THAT is why they couldn't find him guilty. Pay attention.”
“Are we really going to try to pretend that the GOP has not taken the level of disrespect and name-calling to a whole new level. I am not trying to say that the Democrats are always upstanding people, but for the most part Dems have not taken the low road that Republicans seem eager to travel.”