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December 30, 2013

Look Back in Nausea: Goodbye to 2013

By David E. Petzal

As 2013 lurches like a spavined horse into the gloom of history, it’s time to look back on the year, hopefully without hurling, and see what it has brought us.

The good news is that the nation did not get a new, moronic, national gun control bill to keep our extant moronic gun control laws company. The bad news is that Connecticut, Colorado, and New York State did, and that Colorado learned in short order that when you have a ready supply of homicidal young men it doesn’t matter how many gun laws you pass. Colorado has also learned that if you are a legislator and you vote for gun control in an essentially pro-gun state you should have some other career options handy.

One of the things we learned in 2013 was just how disturbed Adam Lanza—the Newtown shooter—actually was. He was a loner who was obsessed with the Columbine shooting, who studied mass murders, lived in a room with garbage bags taped over the windows, and refused to communicate with his mom except by e-mail, even though they shared the same house.

However, there may be hope. After the Senate made President Obama really, really disappointed by not passing a gun bill after Newtown, whispers began to be heard about a radical new approach to gun violence—deal with the mentally ill people who misuse guns. This seems a simple and rational idea, but like the rest of our crazy quilt of laws and regulations, it’s fraught with problems.

At what point is a person disturbed/dangerous enough to have their firearms confiscated?

If someone is involuntarily committed and recovers, do they get their guns back?

If so, when?

Since the majority of mentally ill people are not dangerous, do we stigmatize them by confiscating the firearms of their homicidal counterparts?
And so on.

Then there’s the question of money. We have sufficient dollars to keep the NSA spying on us, but we lack the funds to help the mentally disturbed. However, I have a solution:

The Obama family costs American taxpayers $1.4 billion a year, which is 20 times what the Royal Family costs British taxpayers. Perhaps some of that money could be diverted from Hawaiian vacations and the like into help for these tormented souls. It would do a lot more good than a new Federal gun law. However, the Prez loves his perks, so there’s as much chance of this happening as Senator Dianne Feinstein saying, “Yes, I hate guns, but I got a carry permit anyway because I’m important.”

The other radical idea is to deprive the school shooters and the theatre blasters of what they crave most—notoriety, even in death. Why would they want to go out in a blaze of what they consider to be glory if their names are not mentioned and their faces are not shown? The news media being what they are, however, there’s as much chance of this happening as of Sen. Chuck Schumer winning a three-gun championship.

And now it’s time for some year-end awards.

The “All citizens are equal in the eyes of the law, but some are more equal than others” award goes to David Gregory of NBC-TV News for beating a misdemeanor rap despite fondling a highly illegal 30-round magazine in the network’s Washington, D.C., studio.

The “Edward R. Murrow courage of their convictions” award to the executives of the A&E Channel for reinstating Phil Robertson 10 days after they suspended him for being politically incorrect. What they discovered was that the viewers of the program were a) also politically incorrect and b) very, very angry about losing Phil. Say “ratings drop.” Say “About face!”

The “Stupid may not be a crime, but if it were, you’d be doing more time than Whitey Bulger” award goes to George Zimmerman, who was arrested yet again on gun-related charges.

The “Just because I have no idea what I’m talking about doesn’t mean my vote counts less than everyone else’s” award to Rep. Diane DeGette (D-CO), who declared that as people shot up their high-capacity magazines they (the magazines) would vanish and the problem would go away.

The “Have a nice flight” award to the Travel Section of The Sunday New York Times which advised its readers to declare at check-in that they had a handgun in their luggage even if they didn’t. This would, the article stated, help ensure that ramp apes would be less likely to bash or lose their bags.

To New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a special commemorative 2-gallon bottle of Coke and a copy of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 hit, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Happy New Year and, as Tiny Tim said, “God help us. God help us every one.”

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from 1uglymutha wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Thank you Mr. Petzal for singling out the Honorable(?) Ms.DeGette as another member of the socially elite who insist on fostering their own particular brand of goofy on the rest of us by entering politics. Legal (or illegal) Marijuana or other drugs can be the only explanation for their election.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Misquoting Tiny Tim! Is nothing sacred? And a happy new year to you, David. May God bless AND help you. :-)

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from labrador12 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Good piece Dave. I particularly appreciate your highlighting the stupendous cost of our citizen President, and our sanctimonious press, in the person of David Gregory.

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from SMC1986 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

You forgot about MD and our wonderful new gun laws. But it was probably just due to our already having some of the worst in the country that this newest addition got overlooked. Happy new year and here's to a good 2014 election season.

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from buckhunter wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I think the "Doomsday Prepper" award should go to the Department of Homeland Security for amassing an untold amount of ammunition for untold amount of shooting at an untold something.

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from RonDak wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Do you have a figure on how much it cost the U.S. taxpayers to fly Bush back and forth from the Ranch and Kennebunkport? Because its pretty well documented that he vacationed more then any other president in our nations history.

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from benjaminwc wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Brilliant Dave. Any plans on writing about what we can possibly expect in 2014? Possible titled, "Fight the Gag-relex America, and Welcome to 2014."

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I'm going to agree with RonDak, I don't see how we can gripe at Obama for taking vacations when Bush did the same thing.

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from Amflyer wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

And let's not forget the excesses of Louis XIV either. How can we gripe at current presidents when there is so much precedence out there.

The mating call of the puffy-throated political blowhard:

"Yeah, but their guy is WORSE!"

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Explain to me how Republicans can gripe about Obama taking vacations whn their guy did the same thing.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

So, gnomes of the bridges, you truly believe that Bush spent more on vacations and victory tours of the Africa Homeland than Obummer did just because RonDak (noob) said so? Where are your facts? Just more blather, blah, blah....

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from Amflyer wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I remember my first night in the Kalahari, sitting around the fire with a couple of old surly Boers. They were talking of the excesses of the Obama visit, including the multiple SUV's flown over, the aircraft carriers, and the phalanx of dark suits and sunglasses.

Aware, but indignant, of the "eyes-in-the-sky as well, they each toasted the heavens with their whisky, interspersed with a few "is that OK with you, Mr. President?", each time with lifted glass and looking towards the stars.

It's a strange thing to be embarrassed at how your country is perceived.

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from Mark-1 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Friend of mine commented on Duck Dynasty: Very profound thing happened here. PC police got their a*ses whipped by a commoner who enjoyed the will of common sense thinking people. Ole Jesse Jackson jumped in when he saw it going south. I think this episode is highly prophetic for the end of pc tolerance; people are fed up with this race card crap, entitlement crap, immigration excuse crap. IMHO you are seeing a watershed event where folks are looking at Liberal Progressive Left & say "get a life".

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from RonDak wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Amflyer, so when Bush traveled abroad, what did he go in? A row boat? Did he swim? You are so clearly biased if you pretend that Obama is the only one. And I'm not just saying Bush. It's Clinton, Bush Sr, Reagan. That is my point. And trust me, when I traveled abroad and had to explain to friends how we elected Bush twice, I was pretty damn embarrassed for our country too.

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from PbHead wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Dave, only your wit surpasses your charm.

Happy New Year to you, Phil and all the Gun Nuts.

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from Amflyer wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

My dear fellow, presumably from the Adirondacks, I never presumed to say he was the only one. I think you are looking for a fight, but I think too many think from within the thin confines of Democrat vs. Republican. Make your own decisions. I think it's silly to say that one actions are acceptable simply because someone else did similar.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I'm not saying it is acceptable for a President to go on expensive vacations on the tax payers dime. But Obama's vacations can't be one of the GOP's talking points becuase all the left has to say is "your guy did it too" and we lose the argument, at least in the public's eyes anyway.

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from Dougfir wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I'd like to award the first annual "write about guns and not politics, because you're very good at the former, but not so much at the latter" award to David Petzal.

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from RES1956 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Well written Dave, should have been in the 'Times.' LOL

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Let's not lament on the flops of 2013, politically motivated goof balls as mentioned, but thanks Dave for the reminder. Happy New Year to ALL in 2914, now let's talk GUNS for the love of GOD and Country!!

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

oops..thats 2014, people!

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from Tim Platt wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

God help us, God help us everyone. Great post Dave. You are the reason we are all here tonight having this discussion.

I am looking forward to bigger and better blogs from you a few times a week, it is so much better than the once a month thing I get from the magazine. I have a lot to be thankful for from 2013 and can't wait for the new year. Thank you Dave and Phil, and happy new year to all of you fellow gun nuts.

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from VicF wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

How about we stop spending the billions of dollars propping up foreign dictatorships with military aid and spend that money on improving the mental health system we have in this country. Our jails have taken the place of the state hospitals, only with no treatment for mental health. And while we're at it, let's end the prohibition on marijuana and treat it like alcohol. Our jails would be less crowded, our law enforcement could focus on crimes with victims, the drug black market would evaporate, and we would save billions that could help the mentally ill and probably save even more lives.

Just my two cents worth. Thus endeth my rant.

And a final award to you, Mr. Petzal: The NSA Golden Earphones. I have an idea you made some list of theirs.

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from jhjimbo wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Like years before, 2013 will fall on the trash heap of History. Let's hope 2014 will bring about 'change' we can ALL believe in and anxiously await.
Good piece Dave. You always seem to get all the right words in the right order.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

It seems,Mr. Petzal , that you have been paying close attention to a lot more than just the hunting and shooting scene.

Liberals want "equality", which requires the state to involve itself in (run) every facet of our lives.

Conservatives want freedom.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Politicians are human (barely) and, therefore, flawed.

It follows that the laws they enact are flawed.

The politicians in the executive are likewise flawed and, therefore, are flawed in the enforcement of the laws.

Government, being populated entirely by flawed humans, will always seek to increase its power by reducing freedom from its citizens and ultimately will see citizens as slaves (see IRS).

At best, government is a necessary evil. The Founding Fathers understood this and tried their level best to limit government intrusion into the lives of the citizenry by separating the government into 3 "equal" branches. Obummer has done his level best to destroy that balance by obviating Congress and packing the courts.
He sucks!

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from The_UTP wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

And the "Award for Rigorous Fact Checking" goes to: Dave, for citing a presidential spending figure that's highly dubious at best.

Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. And the fact is you have to do some very liberal counting that stretches credulity in order to assert that Obama costs $1.4 billion. Essentially, you have to count spending that would flow toward any sitting president, not just Obama specifically. This comment system does not allow me to post a link to back this up, but you can find the Washington Post rundown with a quick search.

So while the $1.4 billion figure isn't "wrong," it lives in that vast grey area of pseudo-facts in which the accounting is carried out according to one's political agenda. If the point of including a fact in an argument for a particular policy is to persuade those inclined to disagree with you, I can't see the point in citing this "fact."

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from NHshtr wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

DEP calls 'em as he sees 'em! :)

Dave and Phil, thanks for the articles and Happy New Year to all the Gun Nuts!

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from labrador12 wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

The cost of the citizen President is too high. This country was founded on the principle that all citizens are equal before the law. That we are a nation of laws not men. When our President requires 1.4 billion to function safely and effectively we have a problem. 14 thousand million is too much. Half of that figure would be too much. Let's use technology to participate in meetings and leave the 747 for emergencies. I don't care who is President or which Party he or she is the leader of. I feel no pride in the amount of money tossed about by my government. Our politicians are not, and should not be confused with Royalty. When they spend more on themselves than Royalty, than the stench of corruption becomes overwhelming.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

That kid in Connecticut wasn't nuts or "disturbed." He was autistic. His mother was nuts for getting an autistic kid involved with guns. The range manager was nuts for letting them shoot there. Sadly, these people were actually sane ... their behavior was insane. And totally irresponsible. Everybody (especially the boy's dad!) knew what that kid was like and what was going on with guns in the house. But nobody did anything ... because the system doesn't allow them to do anything. Up here Children's Aid would have pulled a kid like that out of that environment in a heartbeat. And without a court order too. I have seen them do it. And I have seen them make terrible mistakes too. But sadly sometimes a little collateral damage is necessary to win the war.

Anyway, as the father of a recently departed lovely autistic boy, I take exception to pinning this on Adam Lanza. As an autistic kid he would have become unglued at a pending significant change in his environment. That is one overriding symptom of all aspects of autism spectrum. And his parents should have known that he would react badly, probably violently. His mother, as a teacher, would have been educated in the characteristics of this disorder. But she ignored them.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Death to Canada. Any country, especially totaly useless ones like Canada, should be wiped off the map if they can simply rip a child away from its parents without a court order.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Dallas A. McWhorter:
Just erased the negative someone gave you. Would have changed your wording slightly - "...if they can simply rip a child away from its parents without so much as a court order.

Ontario Honker gave you the warm and fuzzy pie/sky liberal view (as usual).

In other words, if we just gave the government more control over us so we don't have to think for ourselves, all will be well. That wonderful Canadian government has already stripped him of his ability to own a handgun along with rules on what can be published. Can you say government censorship?

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from Longrifle wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Hear hear!

Although I do think Mr. Petzal is being far too kind.

Happy New Year to all, and If you are not already a member, join the N*R*A, and also the G*O*A, S*A*F, and N*A*G*R.

If you are a hunter, and not at least a member of the N*R*A, you are the problem. You are not voting single issue if you are defending The United States Constitution.

Stand together, power in numbers.

*Damn spam filter

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Are you kidding me? An attack on the vacations of the president? Your jackass president bush set a record for vacations and wasted money (department of homeland security?)
You are so uncreative that this is what you came up with? You couldn't look to the amount of money spent on bush's Iraq war or maybe the amount of money the republicans wasted on the government shutdown?
Come in! The amount of crap that Obama has had to deal with because of the worthless republicans warrants as many vacations as he wants. Go back and rewrite this piece without your complete prejudice and let's see if maybe you have some deeper thoughts than represented here.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Kudukid: I don't know where you guys get the idea that it's illegal to own a handgun up here. That's BS. It's illegal to hunt with them. They can only be used at a range. I don't care for the range scene so I left my pistols in Montana when I emigrated.

Children's Aid can act decisively but only temporarily. I dealt with the useless elected judicial system in Montana during divorce from my first wife thirty-some years ago. What kind of lawyer will give up his practice for a four year stint? One that is so useless he doesn't have a practice. The dregs! My oldest daughter paid the price of the "court order" system. It couldn't act decisively or with any common sense.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Ontario Honker:

What's the point of "owning" a handgun if you can't hunt with it, can't carry it and can only use it at a range?
That's not ownership, it's the Canadian government making your choices for you.

That's why you left them in the great state of Montana.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Ontario Honker:

What's the point of "owning" a handgun if you can't hunt with it, can't carry it and can only use it at a range?
That's not ownership, it's the Canadian government making your choices for you.

That's why you left them in the great state of Montana.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

openureyes:

This blog always brings in a few left-wingers such as you.

Are you kidding me? Can you spell SOLYNDRA?
Almost $1000,000,000,000 (a trillion dollars) spent on obummers "stimulus" and nobody knows where it went except the few chrony failures that made the news.

Bush's Iraq war - really? I seem to remember every democRAT voted for it except the community agitator.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

openureyes:

And let's not forget that the liberal Washington Post gave obummer the "lie of the year" award.

The continued excuse for the community agitator's administration's lack of knowledge on any of the scandals as dribbled from carnival huckster Carney...

"At no time did the obummer administration know what the obummer administration was doing."

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Yes they did because the puppet cooked the intelligence books. Wake up. Did Sean hannity pump you full of the solyndra crap? Nice. I'm left because your right wingers have ruined everything and pushed you social agenda so hard that your mentally challenged base couldnt see what they were really doing. Milking the middle class for the rich to get richer.

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from Amflyer wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

It's not Obummer, or even Obama. It's President Obama. Show a little respect for the office.

And George Bush was not "our" president, or the republican's president. He was the president of the US. The only one. Deal with it. Political parties and hyper-polarized endless rhetoric will be the end of this experiment.

I would expect better of outdoorsmen, to be honest.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

You know what? That was awesome. It's so true. Respect the office. We all created this system of government and continue to feed it so, deal with it. Nice.
I will say that I don't think any president has been disrespected, sabotaged, and bad mouthed as bad as this one and I have no doubts that the party of all white people, are to blame. That hate the thought of a mixed America and a black man in power. The world is changing and they refuse to take their heads out of the sand and open their minds.

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from Texan by Nature wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

"I will say that I don't think any president has been disrespected, sabotaged, and bad mouthed as bad as this one..." I seem to remember their being quite a few books and even a movie or two about killing and how to kill Bush. All of which recieved quite a bit of praise from the left. I even remember some left wing tv hosts saying something about killing Bush. I'm sure if the right had wrote such books and made such movies about Obama people like you would never stop flapping your under-matured tongues about it.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Amflyer:
No respect is deserved for someone in that office who trashes our beloved Constitution every chance he gets!
No, no respect for the dictator occupying the White House.

This emperor has obviated Congress whenever it please him.
His subordinates in the Senate trashed Senate rules in place since Thomas Jefferson so he could pack the DC Circuit court and then do whatever he like by executive decree.

He has done and will continue to do whatever he can to destroy the 2nd Amendment. You might want to wake up before it's too late!

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from Texan by Nature wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

And yes guys it's still Dallas, but this POS website won't let post things under that account any more, it keeps saying my submissions are spam.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

openureyes:

"...your mentally challenged base couldnt see what they were really doing. Milking the middle class for the rich to get richer."

No surprise here; this is where liberals always go when confronted with facts. They sling mud.

The middle class has suffered enormously under the community agitator. Annual incomes for them falling by 4% since he took office. The poor have done even worse. I seem to remember him saying he would cut the deficit by 50% in his first term - instead it has increased by 50% and now he wants to spend even more.

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from John Buck 41 wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Well, THAT escalated quickly. And for BHO defenders, the color of his skin is irrelevant as to why he is so disliked. It's because he's an incompetent Democrat. I apologize for the redundancy.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Let's hope 2013 taught the lemmings that liberals, communists and the MSM lie,lie,lie.....

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Call him what you will, but Barack Hussein Obama is a sorry President in my book, period.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

I love the way the right wingers add the Hussein to his name. You are so clever. I bet you get a little giggle every time you do it. Do you practice that in klan meetings?

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

openureyes:

OK left-wing radical, what do you think his middle name is?

Don't I remember the clinton White House staff removing the "W" from all the White House typewriters and computers before exiting and taking the White House silverware with them. Oh wait, that was Bill and Hillary that personally stole the silverware.

Liberals are just so classy...

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from Longrifle wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Open ur azz,

The name is Barack Hussein Obama

Just like:
John Wilkes Booth
Lee Harvey Oswald
Charles Nelson Reilly

Now sod off swampy.

Long Fvckin Rifle

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from Texan by Nature wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

If your talking about the klan that was started by southeen democrats to lynch blacks who ere freed, after a long fight with democrats, by Republicans then no. I don't join democratic organizations.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Look at that. I see what you did, the old switch a roo. You read books don't ya? Especially the glen beck ones???
Come on man. You can do better than that. It's ok that you are racist. Just admit it. At least take pride in who you are. You are a white american that belongs to the Republican Party. That means you are a racist whether you like to admit it or not. Please research how many republican senators and reps have been part of racist organizations.
Does that mean you don't go to church either since that is where the klan was started? I doubt it.
Some of you folks make me want some gun control. The kind that gives an iq test.

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from firedog11 wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

I have to disagree with you on the "All Citizens" award. Gregory was small choice compared to several who conspired to and did bring illegal weapons under the law into the Capitol building itself. Those people are Senator Feinstein, DC Police Chief Lanier and the Chief of the Capitol Police. These people brought illegal weapons into the Senate chambers for a press conference. Weapons that other people are prohibited from having under any circumstances. We have become a nation of rulers not rules. Amazing how quickly we are slipping into a dictatorship.

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from firedog11 wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Getting really tired of you spam filter too.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Comrade openureyes:
Take your commie garbage and leave!
Go on back to the brady campaign office where you came from.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Openureyes....I agree the Congressional Black Caucus is a racial organization. However, the only card carrying Klan member I was able to find was former Senator Robert Byrd of WV...a Democrat.
I suppose we can include Joe Biden in there as well. Who could ever forget the rant about BO being "clean, smart and well spoken" ..."for a black". Heck, one only need go to youtube for Joe's Greatest hits. LOL
How could ever forget his routine on Indians at Dunkin Donuts.
Yup....those Dems have quite a wide range of leeches under that Rainbow Umbrella. A strange range....LOL

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

'openureyes'
Your coments remind me of one of my personal goals: Don't engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person, particularly on the internet with no way to discern if it is an 11-year old doofus or a closet queen sitting in an unheated hovel in the Bronx.

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from Texan by Nature wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

As far as racist Christians go openureyes, there is nothing in the New Testament that teaches inequality of races. It actually teaches that we are all descended from one man and that all races are intitled to the same salvation. In fact, in Acts 8:26-40 it yells of Phillip being guided by the Holy Spirit to convert an Ethiopian. And last time I checked Ethiopians are black. But are there racist Christians? I'm sure there are. But by there ungodly hatred are they, in essence, buying a one way ticket to Hell? Undoubtedly.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Texan by Nature:
I'm afraid you're wasting your time trying to explain basics to this radical leftist.

Hopefully he's gone back to his desk at moveon.org!

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from RonDak wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Yes Kudu, everyone who disagrees with you must be some extremist who works at a liberal website. You aren't trying, but you come off as a nutter.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

RonDak:
Soros has a desk waiting for you too.
Perhaps you're too busy toting michael moore's slop bucket.

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from Texan by Nature wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

You can still call me Dallas if you want to kudu. And rondak, I'm not the the type of guy to go around calling people radicals but if someone says that if your a Republican you a racist that's pretty extreme.

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from RonDak wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Yes Kudu, I live in the year 1999 and work for Michael Moore. Good one. So current and not predictable at all.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Dallas:
I call 'em as I see 'em. When someone starts spouting moveon.org talking points it's a sure sign where they're coming from.

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from Mark-1 wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Michael Moore. Now that's a person sporting un-bias credibility. Always wondered what it took to be fired from Mother Jones for having too radical an outlook?

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

I'm not a commie but look who is. And they still vote republican??

Publicly owned and paid for. The military is clearly a socialist institution. Taxes are collected from the population at large and used to pay for the entire defense complex. The soldiers don't own the tanks and planes they use, the tax payers do. Hence they are a social good. Under a capitalist system we would be hiring mercenaries instead of soldiers.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:
Brilliant - by your definition all government at every level is a socialist institution.
Grow up!

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Yes. By that definition. You are on it aren't you?

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:
Brilliant - by your definition all government at every level is a socialist institution.
Grow up!

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:
Having firmly established yourself as a consummate fool, I'm withdrawing myself from wasting my time at the hopeless endeavor of attempting to educate you.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Why do you work for the government? Oh no! You are a socialist aren't you? You are on the sweet teet of the government?

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:
Where did you get the stupid idea that I work for the government?

As a vet from the Vietnam war era 1966 - 1968 was the only time I took a government paycheck.

Your responses are so infantile it suggests you are not yet of voting age or you're a liberal arts major.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Well you are a socialist then. The military is a socialist institution. I'm good with it. I thank you for your service.
Not liberal arts, farming. Lots of books too. Does that count?

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:
Farming is OK but that leaves the question of whether or not you have reached voting age. Books are of limited value without actual experience. You will find that out after you have farmed a while.

You will be shocked to learn that since the military is all volunteer it is peopled entirely by those participating in a free market. They are people who earn a salary based (hopefully) on their value to the branch of service they join. They strive (work) to better their lot through promotions as do those workers in the rest of society.

If you have chosen farming voluntarily, you are also part of that same free market (except for government farm subsidies) and probably hope to better your lot by hard work.

A free market is what has made America the economic wonder of the world and only as we are able to keep government out of that free market will we continue to be.
Interference in banking, the health care industry, making automobiles, energy and so on puts the entire country in danger of collapse. Get back to me when you find out what your health insurance will cost in 2014.

Using one of David Mamet's examples - would you rather buy a surfboard from someone who has made lots of surfboards and is a surfer, or a surfboard made by an Oceanographer. The current administration chooses the latter and very very few of any of obama's czars, cabinet members and staff have ever held a real job of work in the real world. They simply "know better" than the rest of us.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Man, this is so full of holes.
Thanks for the education on the free market. I did finish college, lots of boring ass economics and government. That was 20 years ago. Practicing law was not for me but farming was. Here I am.
The government has to get involved in things because when left without restrictions the market will rape and pillage the people. Think Enron, Halliburton, shell oil, etc.
with health care, the problem is so many Americans have abused themselves with food and lack of exercise that the whole system is so doomed that someone had to step in. The insurance companies, big pharm, etc. are in a solid position to rape the people and so if the government wants that job, with help from very smart people, let em have it. As for me, my insurance is covered but as you might have guessed, I have read enough to understand that my daily exercise and lots of organic fruits and veggies along with meat that has not been tainted with hormones, I will not be a leach on the system. I hope you live the same since you obviously don't want to use anything the government provides.
By the way, what would the roAds look like without government? What public land would you hunt? Ce on man, drop the tea party crap, it shows your lack of vision and understanding of the real world.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:

I tried.

I never said there was no use for government, although you may have seen they do a pretty crappy and overpriced job of most everything they touch.

I'd much rather deal with any excesses of Enron, Haliburton, and Shell than have the government raping and pillaging the citizenry.

That you are a hopeless left winger is, sadly, obvious and I'll leave you with your head in the sand, but throw you a last life line. If you want to find out just how wrong you are, get and read a copy of David Mamet's, A Secret Knowledge. Perhaps you can still save yourself - though I've little hope.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:

I tried.

I never said there was no use for government, although you may have seen they do a pretty crappy and overpriced job of most everything they touch.

I'd much rather deal with any excesses of Enron, Haliburton, and Shell than have the government raping and pillaging the citizenry.

That you are a hopeless left winger is, sadly, obvious and I'll leave you with your head in the sand, but throw you a last life line. If you want to find out just how wrong you are, get and read a copy of David Mamet's, A Secret Knowledge. Perhaps you can still save yourself - though I've little hope.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

BTW, you're not a farmer, you're a retired lawyer (AKA societal leech) having bought a farm for a hobby.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Read it.
Garbage.
Man I have lived in the south my whole life. I have heard all this stuff before. My brain just won't allow this nonsense. I think, therefore I am not a right winger.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Read it.
Garbage.
Man I have lived in the south my whole life. I have heard all this stuff before. My brain just won't allow this nonsense. I think, therefore I am not a right winger.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

Radical lefties, Anti-Gunners, PETAPHILES, Closet Communists, etc.... are assigned bulletin boards and blogs to lurk on and attack from the shadows.
The Obama Administration has been caught doing it with our tax dollars, the others admit to it and do it with tax free dollars (I guess the IRS doesn't harass them like they do right wing organizations).
They are easy to recognize. They only show up to snipe and when the subject involves their meal ticket or sacred cow. They never have any REAL facts, figures nor do they comment on any of the subjects that drew us here in the first place (the blood sports, hunting, shooting, fishing, etc...)and it's impossible to get them to respond to direct questions, they just ignore them.
I find it kind of pathetic and telling. Little propaganda machines sent by whackos not to change our minds, but so they can quote themselves on other sites. They even get picked up by the MSM as "legit" dissention in our ranks like the "most gun owners really want more gun control", etc...
Their task isn't discussion, it's disruption a tactic promoted by the Obama Team. They bounce in and out and appear under different names.
Most are sitting in their Mom's basement with a bunch of old pizza boxes with posters of Obama wearing a Che' t-shirt. They have never held a real job and never will. This is their big chance to be important in life. Keyboard Cowboys. The New Star Wars Jeti....in footie jammies financed by Mommy and Government Checks.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

Haverod,
I fear you are correct, sir.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

You are an idiot. Your small little brain is now controlled by Sean hannity, Fox News, and rush. Enjoy the ignorance. It will keep you from thoughts about the future of our environment, food safety, etc. keep jumping from one war to the next convinced that you are fighting for "freedom". You, my friend, are the enemy. You fight progress and that is scary. You are controlled by the right, and that is scary.
Also, your random "pediphile" (you should get spell check) comment is really scary. What is on your brain??? Maybe you are the one I'm the basement???

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from jhjimbo wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

You can identify them very quickly by looking at their profile. They never ask or answer a question or post a picture or post any information about themselves. They troll the message boards and chime in only on their selected topics. Too bad spam filters could not detect them.

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from TinEagle wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

Can't you just see the Liberal Foot Stomping Tantrum? Don't break the keyboard girls.

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from jcmesq wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

David, you hit the nail on the head. (Left-handers are so smart!)

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from shane wrote 15 weeks 1 day ago

Instead of yelling about vacation time, here are the numbers.

news.yahoo.com/-obama%E2%80%99s-vacations-and-golfing-by-the-numbers--165241111.html

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from shane wrote 15 weeks 1 day ago

Kudu, "trashing the Constitution" is the #1 source of bipartisanship in this country.

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from coachsjike wrote 15 weeks 11 hours ago

so did everyone forget the millions of dollars that were wasted when Obama and the rest of his entourage went on vacation to Africa...yes Africa! when was the last time anyone of our past presidents went to Africa? at least bush went on vacation back and forth to his hometown in Texas. oh and spending us tax dollars where american workers actually benefit from this. how much money is Obama and co. actually sending to other countries like Russia, China, Egypt, and Pakistan?

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from wisc14 wrote 14 weeks 2 days ago

shane: most won't let facts get in the way with their political agenda.

i would consider myself more of a republican than democrat but as a public land hunter and fisherman kudukid has got some scary thoughts. he would rather deal with exxon being uncontrolled than our current political situation? yikes. kudu must be from texas or hunt on game farms. i guess i'm some leaching hippie socialist because i'm a big supporter of PUBLIC lands.

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from Mark-1 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Friend of mine commented on Duck Dynasty: Very profound thing happened here. PC police got their a*ses whipped by a commoner who enjoyed the will of common sense thinking people. Ole Jesse Jackson jumped in when he saw it going south. I think this episode is highly prophetic for the end of pc tolerance; people are fed up with this race card crap, entitlement crap, immigration excuse crap. IMHO you are seeing a watershed event where folks are looking at Liberal Progressive Left & say "get a life".

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

So, gnomes of the bridges, you truly believe that Bush spent more on vacations and victory tours of the Africa Homeland than Obummer did just because RonDak (noob) said so? Where are your facts? Just more blather, blah, blah....

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Call him what you will, but Barack Hussein Obama is a sorry President in my book, period.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

Radical lefties, Anti-Gunners, PETAPHILES, Closet Communists, etc.... are assigned bulletin boards and blogs to lurk on and attack from the shadows.
The Obama Administration has been caught doing it with our tax dollars, the others admit to it and do it with tax free dollars (I guess the IRS doesn't harass them like they do right wing organizations).
They are easy to recognize. They only show up to snipe and when the subject involves their meal ticket or sacred cow. They never have any REAL facts, figures nor do they comment on any of the subjects that drew us here in the first place (the blood sports, hunting, shooting, fishing, etc...)and it's impossible to get them to respond to direct questions, they just ignore them.
I find it kind of pathetic and telling. Little propaganda machines sent by whackos not to change our minds, but so they can quote themselves on other sites. They even get picked up by the MSM as "legit" dissention in our ranks like the "most gun owners really want more gun control", etc...
Their task isn't discussion, it's disruption a tactic promoted by the Obama Team. They bounce in and out and appear under different names.
Most are sitting in their Mom's basement with a bunch of old pizza boxes with posters of Obama wearing a Che' t-shirt. They have never held a real job and never will. This is their big chance to be important in life. Keyboard Cowboys. The New Star Wars Jeti....in footie jammies financed by Mommy and Government Checks.

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from buckhunter wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I think the "Doomsday Prepper" award should go to the Department of Homeland Security for amassing an untold amount of ammunition for untold amount of shooting at an untold something.

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from Amflyer wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

My dear fellow, presumably from the Adirondacks, I never presumed to say he was the only one. I think you are looking for a fight, but I think too many think from within the thin confines of Democrat vs. Republican. Make your own decisions. I think it's silly to say that one actions are acceptable simply because someone else did similar.

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from VicF wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

How about we stop spending the billions of dollars propping up foreign dictatorships with military aid and spend that money on improving the mental health system we have in this country. Our jails have taken the place of the state hospitals, only with no treatment for mental health. And while we're at it, let's end the prohibition on marijuana and treat it like alcohol. Our jails would be less crowded, our law enforcement could focus on crimes with victims, the drug black market would evaporate, and we would save billions that could help the mentally ill and probably save even more lives.

Just my two cents worth. Thus endeth my rant.

And a final award to you, Mr. Petzal: The NSA Golden Earphones. I have an idea you made some list of theirs.

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from Amflyer wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I remember my first night in the Kalahari, sitting around the fire with a couple of old surly Boers. They were talking of the excesses of the Obama visit, including the multiple SUV's flown over, the aircraft carriers, and the phalanx of dark suits and sunglasses.

Aware, but indignant, of the "eyes-in-the-sky as well, they each toasted the heavens with their whisky, interspersed with a few "is that OK with you, Mr. President?", each time with lifted glass and looking towards the stars.

It's a strange thing to be embarrassed at how your country is perceived.

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from PbHead wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Dave, only your wit surpasses your charm.

Happy New Year to you, Phil and all the Gun Nuts.

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from Tim Platt wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

God help us, God help us everyone. Great post Dave. You are the reason we are all here tonight having this discussion.

I am looking forward to bigger and better blogs from you a few times a week, it is so much better than the once a month thing I get from the magazine. I have a lot to be thankful for from 2013 and can't wait for the new year. Thank you Dave and Phil, and happy new year to all of you fellow gun nuts.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Politicians are human (barely) and, therefore, flawed.

It follows that the laws they enact are flawed.

The politicians in the executive are likewise flawed and, therefore, are flawed in the enforcement of the laws.

Government, being populated entirely by flawed humans, will always seek to increase its power by reducing freedom from its citizens and ultimately will see citizens as slaves (see IRS).

At best, government is a necessary evil. The Founding Fathers understood this and tried their level best to limit government intrusion into the lives of the citizenry by separating the government into 3 "equal" branches. Obummer has done his level best to destroy that balance by obviating Congress and packing the courts.
He sucks!

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from NHshtr wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

DEP calls 'em as he sees 'em! :)

Dave and Phil, thanks for the articles and Happy New Year to all the Gun Nuts!

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from labrador12 wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

The cost of the citizen President is too high. This country was founded on the principle that all citizens are equal before the law. That we are a nation of laws not men. When our President requires 1.4 billion to function safely and effectively we have a problem. 14 thousand million is too much. Half of that figure would be too much. Let's use technology to participate in meetings and leave the 747 for emergencies. I don't care who is President or which Party he or she is the leader of. I feel no pride in the amount of money tossed about by my government. Our politicians are not, and should not be confused with Royalty. When they spend more on themselves than Royalty, than the stench of corruption becomes overwhelming.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Death to Canada. Any country, especially totaly useless ones like Canada, should be wiped off the map if they can simply rip a child away from its parents without a court order.

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from Longrifle wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Hear hear!

Although I do think Mr. Petzal is being far too kind.

Happy New Year to all, and If you are not already a member, join the N*R*A, and also the G*O*A, S*A*F, and N*A*G*R.

If you are a hunter, and not at least a member of the N*R*A, you are the problem. You are not voting single issue if you are defending The United States Constitution.

Stand together, power in numbers.

*Damn spam filter

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from Texan by Nature wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

And yes guys it's still Dallas, but this POS website won't let post things under that account any more, it keeps saying my submissions are spam.

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from labrador12 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Good piece Dave. I particularly appreciate your highlighting the stupendous cost of our citizen President, and our sanctimonious press, in the person of David Gregory.

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from SMC1986 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

You forgot about MD and our wonderful new gun laws. But it was probably just due to our already having some of the worst in the country that this newest addition got overlooked. Happy new year and here's to a good 2014 election season.

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from benjaminwc wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Brilliant Dave. Any plans on writing about what we can possibly expect in 2014? Possible titled, "Fight the Gag-relex America, and Welcome to 2014."

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from RES1956 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Well written Dave, should have been in the 'Times.' LOL

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Let's not lament on the flops of 2013, politically motivated goof balls as mentioned, but thanks Dave for the reminder. Happy New Year to ALL in 2914, now let's talk GUNS for the love of GOD and Country!!

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from jhjimbo wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Like years before, 2013 will fall on the trash heap of History. Let's hope 2014 will bring about 'change' we can ALL believe in and anxiously await.
Good piece Dave. You always seem to get all the right words in the right order.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Ontario Honker:

What's the point of "owning" a handgun if you can't hunt with it, can't carry it and can only use it at a range?
That's not ownership, it's the Canadian government making your choices for you.

That's why you left them in the great state of Montana.

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from John Buck 41 wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Well, THAT escalated quickly. And for BHO defenders, the color of his skin is irrelevant as to why he is so disliked. It's because he's an incompetent Democrat. I apologize for the redundancy.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Let's hope 2013 taught the lemmings that liberals, communists and the MSM lie,lie,lie.....

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

openureyes:

OK left-wing radical, what do you think his middle name is?

Don't I remember the clinton White House staff removing the "W" from all the White House typewriters and computers before exiting and taking the White House silverware with them. Oh wait, that was Bill and Hillary that personally stole the silverware.

Liberals are just so classy...

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from Texan by Nature wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

If your talking about the klan that was started by southeen democrats to lynch blacks who ere freed, after a long fight with democrats, by Republicans then no. I don't join democratic organizations.

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from firedog11 wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

I have to disagree with you on the "All Citizens" award. Gregory was small choice compared to several who conspired to and did bring illegal weapons under the law into the Capitol building itself. Those people are Senator Feinstein, DC Police Chief Lanier and the Chief of the Capitol Police. These people brought illegal weapons into the Senate chambers for a press conference. Weapons that other people are prohibited from having under any circumstances. We have become a nation of rulers not rules. Amazing how quickly we are slipping into a dictatorship.

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from firedog11 wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Getting really tired of you spam filter too.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Openureyes....I agree the Congressional Black Caucus is a racial organization. However, the only card carrying Klan member I was able to find was former Senator Robert Byrd of WV...a Democrat.
I suppose we can include Joe Biden in there as well. Who could ever forget the rant about BO being "clean, smart and well spoken" ..."for a black". Heck, one only need go to youtube for Joe's Greatest hits. LOL
How could ever forget his routine on Indians at Dunkin Donuts.
Yup....those Dems have quite a wide range of leeches under that Rainbow Umbrella. A strange range....LOL

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from Texan by Nature wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

You can still call me Dallas if you want to kudu. And rondak, I'm not the the type of guy to go around calling people radicals but if someone says that if your a Republican you a racist that's pretty extreme.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:

I tried.

I never said there was no use for government, although you may have seen they do a pretty crappy and overpriced job of most everything they touch.

I'd much rather deal with any excesses of Enron, Haliburton, and Shell than have the government raping and pillaging the citizenry.

That you are a hopeless left winger is, sadly, obvious and I'll leave you with your head in the sand, but throw you a last life line. If you want to find out just how wrong you are, get and read a copy of David Mamet's, A Secret Knowledge. Perhaps you can still save yourself - though I've little hope.

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from jcmesq wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

David, you hit the nail on the head. (Left-handers are so smart!)

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from coachsjike wrote 15 weeks 11 hours ago

so did everyone forget the millions of dollars that were wasted when Obama and the rest of his entourage went on vacation to Africa...yes Africa! when was the last time anyone of our past presidents went to Africa? at least bush went on vacation back and forth to his hometown in Texas. oh and spending us tax dollars where american workers actually benefit from this. how much money is Obama and co. actually sending to other countries like Russia, China, Egypt, and Pakistan?

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from 1uglymutha wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Thank you Mr. Petzal for singling out the Honorable(?) Ms.DeGette as another member of the socially elite who insist on fostering their own particular brand of goofy on the rest of us by entering politics. Legal (or illegal) Marijuana or other drugs can be the only explanation for their election.

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from Amflyer wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

And let's not forget the excesses of Louis XIV either. How can we gripe at current presidents when there is so much precedence out there.

The mating call of the puffy-throated political blowhard:

"Yeah, but their guy is WORSE!"

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

oops..thats 2014, people!

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

It seems,Mr. Petzal , that you have been paying close attention to a lot more than just the hunting and shooting scene.

Liberals want "equality", which requires the state to involve itself in (run) every facet of our lives.

Conservatives want freedom.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Ontario Honker:

What's the point of "owning" a handgun if you can't hunt with it, can't carry it and can only use it at a range?
That's not ownership, it's the Canadian government making your choices for you.

That's why you left them in the great state of Montana.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

openureyes:

This blog always brings in a few left-wingers such as you.

Are you kidding me? Can you spell SOLYNDRA?
Almost $1000,000,000,000 (a trillion dollars) spent on obummers "stimulus" and nobody knows where it went except the few chrony failures that made the news.

Bush's Iraq war - really? I seem to remember every democRAT voted for it except the community agitator.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

openureyes:

And let's not forget that the liberal Washington Post gave obummer the "lie of the year" award.

The continued excuse for the community agitator's administration's lack of knowledge on any of the scandals as dribbled from carnival huckster Carney...

"At no time did the obummer administration know what the obummer administration was doing."

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from Amflyer wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

It's not Obummer, or even Obama. It's President Obama. Show a little respect for the office.

And George Bush was not "our" president, or the republican's president. He was the president of the US. The only one. Deal with it. Political parties and hyper-polarized endless rhetoric will be the end of this experiment.

I would expect better of outdoorsmen, to be honest.

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from Texan by Nature wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

"I will say that I don't think any president has been disrespected, sabotaged, and bad mouthed as bad as this one..." I seem to remember their being quite a few books and even a movie or two about killing and how to kill Bush. All of which recieved quite a bit of praise from the left. I even remember some left wing tv hosts saying something about killing Bush. I'm sure if the right had wrote such books and made such movies about Obama people like you would never stop flapping your under-matured tongues about it.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

openureyes:

"...your mentally challenged base couldnt see what they were really doing. Milking the middle class for the rich to get richer."

No surprise here; this is where liberals always go when confronted with facts. They sling mud.

The middle class has suffered enormously under the community agitator. Annual incomes for them falling by 4% since he took office. The poor have done even worse. I seem to remember him saying he would cut the deficit by 50% in his first term - instead it has increased by 50% and now he wants to spend even more.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Comrade openureyes:
Take your commie garbage and leave!
Go on back to the brady campaign office where you came from.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

'openureyes'
Your coments remind me of one of my personal goals: Don't engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person, particularly on the internet with no way to discern if it is an 11-year old doofus or a closet queen sitting in an unheated hovel in the Bronx.

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from Texan by Nature wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

As far as racist Christians go openureyes, there is nothing in the New Testament that teaches inequality of races. It actually teaches that we are all descended from one man and that all races are intitled to the same salvation. In fact, in Acts 8:26-40 it yells of Phillip being guided by the Holy Spirit to convert an Ethiopian. And last time I checked Ethiopians are black. But are there racist Christians? I'm sure there are. But by there ungodly hatred are they, in essence, buying a one way ticket to Hell? Undoubtedly.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Texan by Nature:
I'm afraid you're wasting your time trying to explain basics to this radical leftist.

Hopefully he's gone back to his desk at moveon.org!

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

RonDak:
Soros has a desk waiting for you too.
Perhaps you're too busy toting michael moore's slop bucket.

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from RonDak wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Yes Kudu, I live in the year 1999 and work for Michael Moore. Good one. So current and not predictable at all.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Dallas:
I call 'em as I see 'em. When someone starts spouting moveon.org talking points it's a sure sign where they're coming from.

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from Mark-1 wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Michael Moore. Now that's a person sporting un-bias credibility. Always wondered what it took to be fired from Mother Jones for having too radical an outlook?

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:
Brilliant - by your definition all government at every level is a socialist institution.
Grow up!

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:
Brilliant - by your definition all government at every level is a socialist institution.
Grow up!

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:
Having firmly established yourself as a consummate fool, I'm withdrawing myself from wasting my time at the hopeless endeavor of attempting to educate you.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:
Where did you get the stupid idea that I work for the government?

As a vet from the Vietnam war era 1966 - 1968 was the only time I took a government paycheck.

Your responses are so infantile it suggests you are not yet of voting age or you're a liberal arts major.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Well you are a socialist then. The military is a socialist institution. I'm good with it. I thank you for your service.
Not liberal arts, farming. Lots of books too. Does that count?

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:
Farming is OK but that leaves the question of whether or not you have reached voting age. Books are of limited value without actual experience. You will find that out after you have farmed a while.

You will be shocked to learn that since the military is all volunteer it is peopled entirely by those participating in a free market. They are people who earn a salary based (hopefully) on their value to the branch of service they join. They strive (work) to better their lot through promotions as do those workers in the rest of society.

If you have chosen farming voluntarily, you are also part of that same free market (except for government farm subsidies) and probably hope to better your lot by hard work.

A free market is what has made America the economic wonder of the world and only as we are able to keep government out of that free market will we continue to be.
Interference in banking, the health care industry, making automobiles, energy and so on puts the entire country in danger of collapse. Get back to me when you find out what your health insurance will cost in 2014.

Using one of David Mamet's examples - would you rather buy a surfboard from someone who has made lots of surfboards and is a surfer, or a surfboard made by an Oceanographer. The current administration chooses the latter and very very few of any of obama's czars, cabinet members and staff have ever held a real job of work in the real world. They simply "know better" than the rest of us.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Man, this is so full of holes.
Thanks for the education on the free market. I did finish college, lots of boring ass economics and government. That was 20 years ago. Practicing law was not for me but farming was. Here I am.
The government has to get involved in things because when left without restrictions the market will rape and pillage the people. Think Enron, Halliburton, shell oil, etc.
with health care, the problem is so many Americans have abused themselves with food and lack of exercise that the whole system is so doomed that someone had to step in. The insurance companies, big pharm, etc. are in a solid position to rape the people and so if the government wants that job, with help from very smart people, let em have it. As for me, my insurance is covered but as you might have guessed, I have read enough to understand that my daily exercise and lots of organic fruits and veggies along with meat that has not been tainted with hormones, I will not be a leach on the system. I hope you live the same since you obviously don't want to use anything the government provides.
By the way, what would the roAds look like without government? What public land would you hunt? Ce on man, drop the tea party crap, it shows your lack of vision and understanding of the real world.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

openureyes:

I tried.

I never said there was no use for government, although you may have seen they do a pretty crappy and overpriced job of most everything they touch.

I'd much rather deal with any excesses of Enron, Haliburton, and Shell than have the government raping and pillaging the citizenry.

That you are a hopeless left winger is, sadly, obvious and I'll leave you with your head in the sand, but throw you a last life line. If you want to find out just how wrong you are, get and read a copy of David Mamet's, A Secret Knowledge. Perhaps you can still save yourself - though I've little hope.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

BTW, you're not a farmer, you're a retired lawyer (AKA societal leech) having bought a farm for a hobby.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Read it.
Garbage.
Man I have lived in the south my whole life. I have heard all this stuff before. My brain just won't allow this nonsense. I think, therefore I am not a right winger.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

Haverod,
I fear you are correct, sir.

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from jhjimbo wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

You can identify them very quickly by looking at their profile. They never ask or answer a question or post a picture or post any information about themselves. They troll the message boards and chime in only on their selected topics. Too bad spam filters could not detect them.

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from TinEagle wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

Can't you just see the Liberal Foot Stomping Tantrum? Don't break the keyboard girls.

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from shane wrote 15 weeks 1 day ago

Instead of yelling about vacation time, here are the numbers.

news.yahoo.com/-obama%E2%80%99s-vacations-and-golfing-by-the-numbers--165241111.html

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from shane wrote 15 weeks 1 day ago

Kudu, "trashing the Constitution" is the #1 source of bipartisanship in this country.

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from wisc14 wrote 14 weeks 2 days ago

shane: most won't let facts get in the way with their political agenda.

i would consider myself more of a republican than democrat but as a public land hunter and fisherman kudukid has got some scary thoughts. he would rather deal with exxon being uncontrolled than our current political situation? yikes. kudu must be from texas or hunt on game farms. i guess i'm some leaching hippie socialist because i'm a big supporter of PUBLIC lands.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Dallas A. McWhorter:
Just erased the negative someone gave you. Would have changed your wording slightly - "...if they can simply rip a child away from its parents without so much as a court order.

Ontario Honker gave you the warm and fuzzy pie/sky liberal view (as usual).

In other words, if we just gave the government more control over us so we don't have to think for ourselves, all will be well. That wonderful Canadian government has already stripped him of his ability to own a handgun along with rules on what can be published. Can you say government censorship?

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Are you kidding me? An attack on the vacations of the president? Your jackass president bush set a record for vacations and wasted money (department of homeland security?)
You are so uncreative that this is what you came up with? You couldn't look to the amount of money spent on bush's Iraq war or maybe the amount of money the republicans wasted on the government shutdown?
Come in! The amount of crap that Obama has had to deal with because of the worthless republicans warrants as many vacations as he wants. Go back and rewrite this piece without your complete prejudice and let's see if maybe you have some deeper thoughts than represented here.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Kudukid: I don't know where you guys get the idea that it's illegal to own a handgun up here. That's BS. It's illegal to hunt with them. They can only be used at a range. I don't care for the range scene so I left my pistols in Montana when I emigrated.

Children's Aid can act decisively but only temporarily. I dealt with the useless elected judicial system in Montana during divorce from my first wife thirty-some years ago. What kind of lawyer will give up his practice for a four year stint? One that is so useless he doesn't have a practice. The dregs! My oldest daughter paid the price of the "court order" system. It couldn't act decisively or with any common sense.

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from kudukid wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Amflyer:
No respect is deserved for someone in that office who trashes our beloved Constitution every chance he gets!
No, no respect for the dictator occupying the White House.

This emperor has obviated Congress whenever it please him.
His subordinates in the Senate trashed Senate rules in place since Thomas Jefferson so he could pack the DC Circuit court and then do whatever he like by executive decree.

He has done and will continue to do whatever he can to destroy the 2nd Amendment. You might want to wake up before it's too late!

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from Longrifle wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Open ur azz,

The name is Barack Hussein Obama

Just like:
John Wilkes Booth
Lee Harvey Oswald
Charles Nelson Reilly

Now sod off swampy.

Long Fvckin Rifle

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from RonDak wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Yes Kudu, everyone who disagrees with you must be some extremist who works at a liberal website. You aren't trying, but you come off as a nutter.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 2 days ago

You are an idiot. Your small little brain is now controlled by Sean hannity, Fox News, and rush. Enjoy the ignorance. It will keep you from thoughts about the future of our environment, food safety, etc. keep jumping from one war to the next convinced that you are fighting for "freedom". You, my friend, are the enemy. You fight progress and that is scary. You are controlled by the right, and that is scary.
Also, your random "pediphile" (you should get spell check) comment is really scary. What is on your brain??? Maybe you are the one I'm the basement???

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Misquoting Tiny Tim! Is nothing sacred? And a happy new year to you, David. May God bless AND help you. :-)

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Yes they did because the puppet cooked the intelligence books. Wake up. Did Sean hannity pump you full of the solyndra crap? Nice. I'm left because your right wingers have ruined everything and pushed you social agenda so hard that your mentally challenged base couldnt see what they were really doing. Milking the middle class for the rich to get richer.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

Look at that. I see what you did, the old switch a roo. You read books don't ya? Especially the glen beck ones???
Come on man. You can do better than that. It's ok that you are racist. Just admit it. At least take pride in who you are. You are a white american that belongs to the Republican Party. That means you are a racist whether you like to admit it or not. Please research how many republican senators and reps have been part of racist organizations.
Does that mean you don't go to church either since that is where the klan was started? I doubt it.
Some of you folks make me want some gun control. The kind that gives an iq test.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Yes. By that definition. You are on it aren't you?

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Why do you work for the government? Oh no! You are a socialist aren't you? You are on the sweet teet of the government?

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Read it.
Garbage.
Man I have lived in the south my whole life. I have heard all this stuff before. My brain just won't allow this nonsense. I think, therefore I am not a right winger.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I'm not saying it is acceptable for a President to go on expensive vacations on the tax payers dime. But Obama's vacations can't be one of the GOP's talking points becuase all the left has to say is "your guy did it too" and we lose the argument, at least in the public's eyes anyway.

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from The_UTP wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

And the "Award for Rigorous Fact Checking" goes to: Dave, for citing a presidential spending figure that's highly dubious at best.

Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. And the fact is you have to do some very liberal counting that stretches credulity in order to assert that Obama costs $1.4 billion. Essentially, you have to count spending that would flow toward any sitting president, not just Obama specifically. This comment system does not allow me to post a link to back this up, but you can find the Washington Post rundown with a quick search.

So while the $1.4 billion figure isn't "wrong," it lives in that vast grey area of pseudo-facts in which the accounting is carried out according to one's political agenda. If the point of including a fact in an argument for a particular policy is to persuade those inclined to disagree with you, I can't see the point in citing this "fact."

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

You know what? That was awesome. It's so true. Respect the office. We all created this system of government and continue to feed it so, deal with it. Nice.
I will say that I don't think any president has been disrespected, sabotaged, and bad mouthed as bad as this one and I have no doubts that the party of all white people, are to blame. That hate the thought of a mixed America and a black man in power. The world is changing and they refuse to take their heads out of the sand and open their minds.

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

I love the way the right wingers add the Hussein to his name. You are so clever. I bet you get a little giggle every time you do it. Do you practice that in klan meetings?

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from openureyes wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

I'm not a commie but look who is. And they still vote republican??

Publicly owned and paid for. The military is clearly a socialist institution. Taxes are collected from the population at large and used to pay for the entire defense complex. The soldiers don't own the tanks and planes they use, the tax payers do. Hence they are a social good. Under a capitalist system we would be hiring mercenaries instead of soldiers.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I'm going to agree with RonDak, I don't see how we can gripe at Obama for taking vacations when Bush did the same thing.

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from RonDak wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Amflyer, so when Bush traveled abroad, what did he go in? A row boat? Did he swim? You are so clearly biased if you pretend that Obama is the only one. And I'm not just saying Bush. It's Clinton, Bush Sr, Reagan. That is my point. And trust me, when I traveled abroad and had to explain to friends how we elected Bush twice, I was pretty damn embarrassed for our country too.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Explain to me how Republicans can gripe about Obama taking vacations whn their guy did the same thing.

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from Dougfir wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I'd like to award the first annual "write about guns and not politics, because you're very good at the former, but not so much at the latter" award to David Petzal.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

That kid in Connecticut wasn't nuts or "disturbed." He was autistic. His mother was nuts for getting an autistic kid involved with guns. The range manager was nuts for letting them shoot there. Sadly, these people were actually sane ... their behavior was insane. And totally irresponsible. Everybody (especially the boy's dad!) knew what that kid was like and what was going on with guns in the house. But nobody did anything ... because the system doesn't allow them to do anything. Up here Children's Aid would have pulled a kid like that out of that environment in a heartbeat. And without a court order too. I have seen them do it. And I have seen them make terrible mistakes too. But sadly sometimes a little collateral damage is necessary to win the war.

Anyway, as the father of a recently departed lovely autistic boy, I take exception to pinning this on Adam Lanza. As an autistic kid he would have become unglued at a pending significant change in his environment. That is one overriding symptom of all aspects of autism spectrum. And his parents should have known that he would react badly, probably violently. His mother, as a teacher, would have been educated in the characteristics of this disorder. But she ignored them.

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from RonDak wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Do you have a figure on how much it cost the U.S. taxpayers to fly Bush back and forth from the Ranch and Kennebunkport? Because its pretty well documented that he vacationed more then any other president in our nations history.

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