I've spent a lot of time on several message boards where I'm able to discuss politics and I've seen a lot of crowing by Democrats and a lot of anger by Republicans over the unprecedented way in which our DoJ/FBI have become blatantly political and have actually sent more than 30 ARMED AGENTS to the home of a former president.
This raid was very similar to the same kind of tactics used by the FBI in their pursuit of Manafort, Stone, and Navarro. Predawn entry into private homes and in a c
I've watched a few of these old propaganda documentaries from the 40s and they lend, for me at least, a different perspective on today's enlightened generation of Americans. These films were all part of a campaign to get average working Americans more involved in the struggle America had at that time, and they accomplished that purpose. Educated people today will likely just laugh at the comparatively simplistic style of that time and think of these people as backward, easily pliable tools to
As I move on and search for another community, I’m reminded just how special UM is. There are other places to discuss or argue passionately about politics and world issues but they have a level of coarseness that gets in the way of deeper discussions and give and take. Perhaps that’s a perception based on being the newbie but this place, even with some members who seem to enjoy being smug or vicious, is still superior in many ways. Unfortunately, I also see that coarsening be
I’ve seen multiple discussions about voting for a 3rd party but realized that it would be impossible for any of them to pull enough support to beat the Republicrat machine. The history of these movements reinforces that belief but this could be the first time in our history that a 3rd party candidate could easily pull enough support to challenge Democrats and also spell the end for the Re
I've been thinking a lot, lately about my country and the path we seem to be on. It's difficult not to become overwhelmed and depressed over the changes I see occurring daily. I try to remind myself that a large part of the bad news is generated as propaganda but not all of it is. This past week, the New York State Senate passed a law into their Constitution that allows a baby to be killed the day before it is due. It also allows a provider to end that baby's life even if it survives the abo
A chronic lack of civility in our public discourse has led to an approaching breakdown of social order. When it comes, when the nastiness reaches a critical point, who will be willing to back down and compromise? When hotheads shed blood, who will reach across to make peace? WWII ended 73 years ago. Is our institutional memory so short? Do we so little value what has taken 2 centuries to build? Finally, are we so full of hate that we'd rather lose all than admit an error and compromise? O
The republicans fought Obama's agenda where it diverged from their principles. I fully expect the Dems to do the same and when it is done on real principles, I have no problem with it. We are 340 million, very diverse human beings with different needs and wants. The reason this country became so successful is that we have, before now, always managed to find common ground. Even when the Republicans began the long fight against Obama, it was AFTER he humiliated his former opponent, McCain, by t
It's 1:30 AM here in south Alabama. The election will be decided in about 48 hours. A lot of sound and fury that signifies nothing? Oh no, it signifies a great deal for us and the world.
I want to begin with a disclaimer because there are a few here who cheerfully accuse me of inciting violence. The following statements are my OPINIONS. They are nothing more or less than that....opinions. I do NOT desire or advocate any violence against ANY person, group or government entity.
Those here who know me, even a little, might appreciate how true to form I was in responding to another one of those folks on the political "progressive" side. Or not. I was answering a criticism this guy had about Trump vs Hillary. He saw my opinion and informed me what he thought of it/me. Here is my response. It was centered primarily on the danger she poses because of her gun control agenda.
+Richard Mcneil You're more than stubbo
So the Israeli government has decided to stir the hornet's nest - again. I'm sure there are many around the globe (who pay attention) who will immediately vilify them for their desire to clim ALL THE LAND. As those here who know me can tell you, I use that expression REGULARLY when speaking of the motivations of the Palestinian. I feel thoroughly justified in doing so because of their very rhetoric (nearly daily) on the topic. So Israel grabs a huge chunk of ground in a move that is guarante
Hope everyone is having a great day! So I'm surfing the net and happen across a young woman who puts herself out there exhorting people to come to Christ in these last days and she has a rather singular message about something that is to happen soon. It's on the internet so I give it it's due consideration but it has me thinking, what if? It seems an entirely plausible event that could happen and would not be surprising in the least.
In short she is citing John McInerney - a retired 3 st
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Recently I came to the conclusion that my opinions and heartfelt beliefs seem to cause unrelenting anger on the M.E. forums and since there are other members there who are FAR better than I at explaining the situation in Israel's defense I have determined to leave that struggle to them. Arguing for the sake of arguing is childish but I find I have a real need to make a stand and to defend the people of Israel in their struggle to remai
On Friday, December 14, 2012 a 20 year old man broke into an elementary school in Newtown, CT. He killed the principal and 5 other teachers/psychologist. He Killed 20 children – all 6 or 7 years old. He then shot himself in the head. No real answers on motive are possible. The right to keep and bear arms is now under full assault in this nation. I predict that new regulations will be imposed that will take away many rights in this regard. Some, perhaps all, will be reasonable. But incre
Christmas 2012 is approaching and I couldn't be more content. In 3 days yet I will have been here at UM for one year. Made a couple of friends, argued with several people that I've come to respect in spite of themselves and been given a chance to see the world from a different perspective. I let my passions about my religious beliefs get in the way of exercising my faith and though I still love and support the people of Israel without exception I have become more aware of the wrong done in
In the coming weeks or months there is a likelihood that bombs are going to fall on multiple locations in Iran. Depending on the time of day dozens or even hundreds of civilians will die. In Natanz, Qom and Esfahan there will be workers at various plants with duties as diverse as engineers to janitors and night watchmen who will die. Civilians with the misfortune of being about their business near these facilities will also die. Iranian rage and international condemnation are a given respons
Source: US Military's "Total War" Against Islam
The responses quickly began flowing about how hateful and twisted I am that I would even contemplate using nuclear weapons against human beings. I was/am speaking from the cold light of survival in a war that the West cannot lose and remain the place we have all been nurtured by. There is a great war afoot and where one stands will either be as a free man or a slave. The great number of responses, if they were being honest and not just provocat
The past 3 years of my life have been an incredible train wreck. Slow motion, grinding metal breathless scream sort of stuff. It's been relentless and just doesn't seem to stop. I've gone from being somewhat self assured to a hollow shell of a man. Needless to say I have had a few moments when I thought seriously of pulling the chain and saying adios. But I didn't. The reasons don't really matter. A few months ago I found this place and it's been like a lifeline. Like a confusing, opinio
It's really quiet as I sit here and at the cursor moving in time with my thoughts. Damn that sticky U again...gotta get that fixed. I came to UM almost 3 months ago and began to dump thoughts and feelings that I didn't even know I had. I look back and see I've posted over a 1000 thoughts in response to others here. Some people here are *******s. Most are intelligent and with the just right mix of quirkiness and humor to suit my personality. And I have learned from and appreciate both types
My nickname is Skip. I'm 51 and decided to see what blogging is all about. Everything you bother to read here is my opinion and is not intended to harm or even to impress anyone. It's just a mirror constructed with words and the image you see may not please you but it also won't hurt you. I've read some of what other's here have written and I can assure you that I'm not profound or poetic. Just feel the need to reach out and see if anyone else understands what passes for the "wisdom" I've b