“Actually, if you read the Rolling Stone article that this article links to, I wouldn't be surprised if you are right. It sounds like a bunch of spoiled frat boys was what mostly made up Bergdahl's unit.”
dfinch on Jun 3, 2014 at 01:54:38
“There were some seals that were also attached to this unit that were sent out to look for him.”
“Two things: If this was your kid and you saw all those videos of him pleading to get him home, would you still be saying that?
Second, this war could have ended in 2003 with the death of Bin Laden at Tora Bora along with the destruction of the Taliban, but we outsourced that task to a bunch of warlords. The result? Bin Laden bought them out and escaped, along with the remaining 1000 members of the Taliban.
The kid really should not have been there to begin with. Think about who really cost Americans their lives.”
“The Republicans screaming about how they didn't know what was going on. They were told of this plan a long time ago. They said that they needed to be informed 30 days in advance. Technically, they had already been told. The Republicans didn't like it, but they were told.”
“First Republican lie debunked. The article states that this deal was on the table as far back as January 2012. In other words, they knew this could happen at any time. All that was required was sign-off from State and Defense.
As for the guys from his old unit who are going after Bergdahl. If you read the article, you will find they were no angels either. What are they hiding? Hmmm?”
“I know this is despicable to think, but I really do think that the tpers and other conservatives want Bergdahl dead. That way they can put together a kangaroo court run by serial leaker Darrell Issa.”
“How many did Dubya and Dick get killed for actually lying to us? How many did Reagan get killed in Beirut? How many will die if you guys get what you want and we invade Iran and see our planes get shot out of the sky by the Stinger missiles Reagan traded for hostages back in the '80s?”
“The President tried to close GITMO, but the Congress stopped him with the Defense Authorization Bill of 2011.
"Gates, testifying to the Senate, saw little hope for any breakthrough with Congress, which approved a bill that Obama signed into law last month barring terrorism suspects at Guantanamo from being brought to the United States for trial.
“You know, the 800-pound gorilla is still there: without the gun, several of the people in this melee would have lived. I know, he hit people with his car and stabbed people, but more people died because he used a handgun. However...
He had a history of mental illness. He was also on the autism-spectrum disorder scale. These are things that should immediately disqualify you from owning a gun. Don't tell me that I don't know about this. I have an autistic son. The good news about my son is he has no capability of hurting someone intentionally, but other kids who are autistic are his opposite. They should never be allowed near any gun. It's not the reason he shot, but it's the reason he didn't have a mental filter to keep him from shooting. There are other people out there who are similar to this shooter (Adam Lanza, for one), but the NRA fights ANY kind of evaluation to restrict gun ownership. Their solution: arm everyone. One problem with that, in an ambush the targets never get first shot. So, what good is a gun if you aren't able to use it.
You know, you're right. You can buy an AR-15 in CA. Another demonstration of the weak gun laws in CA...and around the country.”
“You are right. Those requirements did not stop him, which means that they are weak.
Second, you just named one rifle. There is also the Sig Sauer M400, the Colt Ops .22 caliber, etc. I don't care how much you want to minimize the numbers. A death is a death and to die this way is terrible. Something which you fail to grasp.
Do you think he would have been thinking about those statistics when picking a weapon? No, he was thinking of what he could get away with without being noticed. Ergo, stricter gun laws should be enforced.
Every other first world nation has stricter gun laws than we do and the number of murders, per capita, is immensely smaller. And no country makes it easier to buy guns than the U.S. I know, I know, guns don't kill people. People kill people.
But guns make it a whole lot easier to kill people.”
Sabrina Gray on May 25, 2014 at 23:28:58
“How would have enforcement stop this, he wasn't a criminal.”
Sabrina Gray on May 25, 2014 at 23:28:15
“Not really. Every other 1st world nation while it does have a lower rate of homicide, but they have almost always had lower rates of homicide than us. And guess what he could have bought an AR15 in CA.”
“Hmm, let's see. CA has conceal and carry, which means that he did not break any laws until he actually pulled the trigger. He had to pass a written test to get his license and a 10-day waiting period. That was it. If we had less friction from the NRA about evaluating a person's mental health, those victims would probably be alive today.
I will say this. Thank goodness they have strict laws about assault weapons in CA. Otherwise, the death toll might have been a lot higher.
I can't believe I am writing this, but I actually agree with Rep. King.”
Sinister66 on May 26, 2014 at 14:28:07
“"He had to pass a written test to get his license and a 10-day waiting period."
It takes 40+ days for the federal background check and to recieve a conceal carry permit. Requires both a class and shooting proficienty test.”
Sabrina Gray on May 25, 2014 at 20:33:59
“CA has May issue (along with the rest of the 49 states). He had to pass a written test, and a 10 day waiting period, did it stop him from committing this crime? Actually no, AR15's only account for 16 deaths on average per year and only are used in 1/4 of all mass shootings.”
“Please. If he really felt that way, he would have said it that way. By saying what he said, he has already been in violation of several parts of the Hippocratic Oath, which is required by each doctor in this country. He is basically saying that some people don't deserve care, which is expressly forbidden in the Oath. I would hope he would lose his license. However, I hear he is actually good at being a doctor. He should stick to doing just that.”
“Actually, my bad, she was only two years younger. The rest still holds, however. Back in the '80's, they didn't start this early and this often. It still means that they have nothing positive to run on, and it looks like they won't for the foreseeable future. Hillary has got Bill's legacy, which is looked on more positively than negatively.”
GoldwaterKid on May 18, 2014 at 13:00:35
“I voted for Bill, twice and his legacy was more from the Internet Boom than what he actually did...............”
“I was around during that campaign. It wasn't used this early and didn't include this amount of vitriol. The biggest shot against him back then was that he was an actor. They tried to paint him more as a lightweight. Yes, age came into it...because he was 10 years older when he ran than Hillary would be if she runs in 2016. Which, frankly, is pretty much certain with this line of attack. I think with all of this she now wants to beat the Republican Party like a rug, and with the money she will get and Barack Obama's organization, this will put the odds heavily in her favor.”
GoldwaterKid on May 18, 2014 at 12:41:09
“Then it's not a problem and no one should worry then.”
“Let the Frat Boy Chairman go ahead with this strategy. The Democrats will counter with the fact that this is the usual case of the old white-boy network having nothing to run on, so they will muddy up the waters as best as they can.
The fact is that the Clintons have been through much worse than this and more than survived. They have thrived. Look at President Clinton's poll numbers. They are through the roof, even in the South.
If anything, this will ensure that Hillary will run. I've never seen her back down from a fight.”
“You make a good point. In the '90's there was this guy from a small Texas school wasn't drafted, but picked up as a free agent after the draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He was undersized, but had some speed. The most important thing was the guy had a motor that wouldn't quit.
His name was John Randle and he was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Best defensive tackle of the last generation, perhaps ever.
I think someone will give Michael a shot, but you have to go by what you see. The draft has always been a crapshoot.”
“In 1992 or 1993, Gino Torreta was the Heisman Trophy winner. He wasn't picked by a team until the 7th round. I really do hope that Michael Sam gets picked, but his combine times were not that great. His pro day workout was better, but did not overly impress. Now, if he is not even picked up as a free agent, then something is really wrong with the NFL Michael Sam would make a good backup linebacker and special teams guy, but not a starter.”
“I love both Rachel and Alex, but I don't think that either of them really want that chair (maybe Alex, but I really don't see Rachel taking it). They have almost total control of their own shows and to move to that chair means that network muckitty-mucks are going to try to control them. I would think that Rachel would abhor that. Alex, not sure, but my gut tells me that she would hate it, too. Maybe that's why Gregory is there. No one else who is really good wants that job.”