This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Vent Page 104


Here we are at vent page number 104.

 Vent pages are handy for posting of off-topic posts, rants, raves, rages, etc, which might not be appropriate on other threads where adults are having serious discussions. Childish rant? Need to call another poster a name? Just feel like spouting off? Or even if you have something to say and there doesn't seem to be any other logical place to say it....THIS PAGE IS FOR YOU! AND NOW WE OFFER A SPECIAL LOW PRICE, NO FRILLS  VENT PAGE!

78 comments:

Blogger said...

Putin, the Ayatollah, and Black Lives Matter have something in common. They have to know they will never face a more supportive president than now. Make hay while the sun is shining. Party time is almost over.

Johnny Rico said...

And they will never face a more weak kneed Republican Congress than they do now.

Democratus Rex said...

You are as delusional as Jeb Bush.

Nobody said...

Here are my ideas for the general election Presidential debates.

1) NO moderators. Only a timekeeper. Let the two candidates just go at for two hours, with no questions from liberal journalists. We know that the Democratic candidate will never agree to that, so...

2) Only two moderators -- one conservative and one liberal. The conservative questions the Democratic candidate, the liberal questions the Republican candidate.

The media are getting worked up over the RNC cancelling the Republican debate on NBC. Can anyone tell me when the Democratic debate on Fox News is scheduled?

Sarkazein said...

From the man-made Global Warming thumpers- CLICK HERE

Blogger said...

For once Nobody, we are not on the same page. I know what the candidates believe and their talking points are on their webpages. The only thing that made the debates important was seeing how quick the candidates were on their feet and how well they handled themselves under pressure. I don't like to think they have all become a bunch of cry babies after the CNBC debates.

Nobody said...

Blogger,
I'm afraid the media is becoming a distraction. What have we heard recently? That the CNBC debate was a debacle and that the candidates are now thinking about alternatives to RNC/Media arranged debates. Don't get me wrong -- I want our candidates to face tough questions and show their mettle, too. I don't like the idea of a "candidate run" debate style. But I also do not like the unfairness that is built into the system as it currently stands -- the one where the media and debate moderators attack Republican candidates and try to make them look bad while simultaneously helping Democratic candidates and trying to make them look good. Candy Crowley and the 2012 debate between Obama and Romney? That's why I favor my second idea. When the two parties have their candidates -- Hillary and one of our candidates -- have our candidate questioned by a respected liberal, and Hillary questioned by a respected conservative. Hillary would never go for a Rush or Hannity questioning her, so why not George Will, or Brit Hume?

The double standard is what gets me. The media is incensed that the Republicans might not debate on NBC where the Repubs might face "tough questions," but they don't bat an eye that Democrats are refusing a Fox News hosted Democratic debate. Fact is, the Dems are too afraid to go on Fox.

Sarkazein said...

The childish punk Obama mocked the Republican candidates regarding the biased CNBC " moderators ". Everything he said in his speech was a lie. The Republicans handled the 3 LiberalPOVs "moderators", Putin and the Chinese are rubbing his (Obama's) nose in his own mess all over the world, and he is afraid of FOX.

Wolf's Head said...

Why we aren't going to put up with anymore lefty gun control crap.

https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/how-do-those-shackles-taste-lawson/

Sarkazein said...

Houston voted down "equal rights" for men who wanted to use women's locker rooms.

Liberals are so dishonest. Calling this an equal rights vote is like calling Obamacare "Affordable Healthcare". This piece of legislative trash was named "HERO" by the mayor

Part of the shared bathroom law says it was to keep our military from being discriminated against. Whaaat???

The goofy mayor says she will go on with her fight to allow men to use the women's showers, no matter the voter and no matter the courts and no matter common decency. She is now term limited out.

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Sarkazein said...

The Houston mayor had even tried to subpoena clergy sermons who were against men using women's facilities. She lost in court. A true Marxist thug. She, just as Obama, tried to do it by executive order.... fail.

Blogger said...

Sark, I think I heard the people of Houston exhaling all the way to here.

Sarkazein said...

Blogger- The woman's vote killed the pervert initiative here in Houston. The wig stores and make-up stores here have lines in front of them with men returning wigs and eyeshadow.

Sarkazein said...

Virginia Republicans look set to hold onto their Senate majority in the Old Dominion, amid aggressive campaigning by Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

It is a big defeat for McAuliffe, a close ally for Hillary Clinton, and a big defeat for New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who donated heavily to Democrats in the hope of winning the Virginia electoral fights on a promise of more gun-control.
- Bloomberg

Wolf's Head said...

HAPPY GUY FAWKES DAY!

Sarkazein said...

The Leftist Democrats/MSM are beginning another high-tech lynching of an escaped Negro from the Democrat Plantation.

Anonymous said...

Where liberalism would like to take us....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKcWu0tsiZM

Reader said...

To all our Veterans...Thank you for serving our country.

I lost a good friend yesterday that was a wonderful veteran. In fact Watauga county lost a good friend. Our veterans should be an important part of all our lives. Prayers go up for each and every one of them.

Wolf's Head said...

Reader, condolences on the loss of your friend and our good neighbor.

Sarkazein said...

It is long past time for Obama to resign. He is the JV team water boy.

Blogger said...

Quote of the week: Bernie Sanders said he voted against the war in Iraq but that he did vote for the war of 1812.

Blogger said...

As we now are beginning to know our candidates, for right now, my dream ticket would be Cruz and Carli Fiarina. Both can communicate Conservative values clearer than the rest. The vice president’s role is to go hard after the opposition which leaves the presidential candidate more room to be presidential. Carli is awesome and it would be woman to woman–no man beating up on a little old female. Vice president will make up for never having previously won an election.
Cruz is the most intelligent of all the candidates.

He just might be able to bring in Hispanics and other minorities. My second choice would be Rubio who loves this country with a passion and after 8 years of a president who hates this country, he would be so inspiring. He too could get some Hispanics and other minorities. Also, after Paris, foreign policy will be taking center stage. Cruz and Rubio are both prepared. Maybe Rubio could have Ben Carson who needs some seasoning and at the same time bring in the successful Blacks.

Blogger said...


Broadly (and imprecisely) speaking, there are three main ideological channels in the Republican Party: business boosters, values voters and leave-us-alone libertarians.

Yes, voters can occupy more than one channel and, yes, voters sometimes change channels depending on the issue. But these are the basic divisions and, the most frequent sources of tension.

When big business wants the government funded no matter what and social conservatives refuse to budge on Planned Parenthood funding, you see the tension.

Sarkazein said...

Half of New York City residents say they are struggling economically, making ends meet just barely, if at all, and most feel sharp uncertainty about the future of the city’s next generation, a new poll shows.
The poll, conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, shows great disparities in quality of life among the city’s five boroughs. The stresses weighing on New Yorkers vary widely, from the Bronx, where residents feel acute concern about access to jobs and educational opportunity, to Staten Island, where one in five report recently experiencing vandalism or theft.


A liberal run city in a liberal run state.

Sarkazein said...

The Turks shoot down a Russian war plane. What will Obama whisper into Medvedev's ear to tell Putin. Way to organize, Obama!

Sarkazein said...

Obama investigated by IG- CLICK HERE

Please note the sub title on the web site link above

"Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out"

Sarkazein said...

The Obama administration previously declined to take out oil wells controlled by the Islamic State because officials didn’t want to cause “environmental damage,” former CIA Diretor Mike Morell revealed on Tuesday.

What a freak! Look at all the money ISIS used to murder people and to build their ranks and that sorry excuse for a human being chose NOT to stop it.

Sarkazein said...

Something has to change with Obama. He has to either be impeached or resign or him and his family packed up in the back of a deuce and a half by the DOD and be placed under house arrest back in Chicago.

Sarkazein said...

Pardon me, Choose not chose.

Wolf's Head said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Proclamation
Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Go. Washington

Sarkazein said...

Wolf'sHead- Thank you for posting Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours too.

Sarkazein said...

Imagine how bigoted HM would have been toward President Washington.

Sarkazein said...

Thug Life Matters now demonstrating/blocking commerce in the Liberal city of Chicago.

Sarkazein said...

FOX is the only news channel I saw running Obama's speech this morning. I noticed in the part I watched that Obama is up to 5 words a minute without the Teleprompter. It is painful to watch that idiot in search of a word.

Lew Hendricks said...

Blogger - below is my press release. Feel free to post here or as a stand alone entry if you feel it's appropriate.

TO: Watauga and Ashe County Republican and Independent Voters
From: Lew Hendricks - Candidate for NC House of Representatives

Jonathan Jordan hasn't earned the right to have a free pass in the Republican primary.

The Republican and Independent voters in Watauga and Ashe County deserve to have a choice. I will give them that choice.

1. A vote for me is a vote for an unwavering commitment to public education.
2. It is a vote to represent the best interests of the people of Watauga and Ashe County and not the special interests.

These are the two most glaring differences I offer to the Republican and Independent voters in the 2016 primary. Politicians love to talk about their support of public education and representing the best interest of their constituents.

It's time they start doing it.

Sarkazein said...

Police say 24-year-old Kayla-Simone McKelvey, who is black, left the Nov. 17 demonstration on Kean University’s campus and created an anonymous Twitter account to post a threat against black students.

“I will shoot any black person I see at Kean University,” she allegedly wrote in one tweet.

In another she allegedly stated, “the cops won’t save you….you’re black.”

A short time later, McKelvey returned to the rally and began to circulate details about the fake threat, according to police.

McKelvey, a former president of the Pan-African Student Union, has been charged with third-degree creating a public false alarm, The Star-Ledger reports.
- Jason Howerton Blaze

The useful idiots of the Left.

Sarkazein said...

The CEO of UnitedHealthcare on Tuesday said he regretted the decision to enter the ObamaCare marketplace last year, which the company says has resulted in millions of dollars in losses.

“It was for us a bad decision,” UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley said at an investors' meeting in New York, according to Bloomberg Business.


UnitedHealth, the country’s largest insurer, announced last month that it would no longer advertise its ObamaCare plans over the next year and may pull out completely in 2016 — a move that sent shockwaves across the healthcare industry.
The Hill

DUH!

Sarkazein said...

Obama sending an elite force of climatologists to San Bernardino to takeover the investigation.

Sarkazein said...

Hillary Clinton was asked during a campaign event on Thursday whether the women who have accused her husband of sexual assault should be believed.

“You say that all rape victims should be believed, but would you say that about Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones?” an unidentified woman asked Clinton. “Should we believe them as well?”

“Well, I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved on evidence,” Clinton responded. The Democratic presidential front-runner then rested a microphone in her lap and smiled to applause from the crowd.

Jones sued former President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment in 1994. Willey is a former White House volunteer who said in 1998 that Clinton sexually assaulted her in 1993, and Broaddrick in 1999 accused Clinton of raping her nearly two decades earlier.
- THE HILL

That girl, the questioner, had more guts then all the MSM combined. There is no evidence to the contrary. There is no evidence that makes people "disbelieve"... if so, name it! Hillary is a known liar and an enabler of an assaulter of women... and the Democrats love her.

Wolf's Head said...

Thanks to Obama there are 100 MILLION more guns in the US during his term.....

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/12/stunning-over-100-million-guns-sold-in-us-since-obama-became-president-video/

AND he's going to sell military surplus semi automatic pistols!!!!!

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2015/11/foghorn/breaking-obamau-s-army-1911s/

Can ARs be far behind?

What a guy!!!!

Sarkazein said...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel- Live by the Liberal Sword die by the Liberal Sword.

Sarkazein said...

Unfortunately, US national security is living by the Liberal Sword.

Sarkazein said...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs to go on a national apology tour. Obama can tutor him.

Wolf's Head said...

This is why the conservative base hates the republican establishment.

http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2015/12/trump-republican-establishment-just.html

Finally someone addresses the concerns of the people and is immediately targeted by the elites because they can't control him.

Wolf's Head said...

There is a great new show depicting America under socialism.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Man-In-High-Castle/dp/B00RSGIVVO

It's just as I thought it would be.....

Sarkazein said...

My advance apologies to liberals for this Earth blasphemy:

CLICK HERE

Anonymous said...

I know you guys don't like to talk about local politics, but I thought maybe someone here might confirm the rumor going around that Dan Soucek is resigning as state senator in order to make an opening for Nathan Miller.

Anything to it?

Blogger said...

Anonymous, no, I have not heard anything about Soucek. Of course that would be good news to me as I have never been able to get over his determination to destroy my community in the ETJ. But my guess is Nathan would be the same, as they both seem determined to put under concrete what little beautiful land that is left.

Now to another subject. You said we did not like to discuss local matters on this blog. That is not true. When I first agreed to do this blog for the local Republican party, I was expecting a lot of help from fellow party members. I explained to them that the local Democrat bloggers had the advantage, not only of knowing local politics, but actually shaping it.

After years of begging for help at every meeting, I got nothing. I finally decided that Lib was right. GOP stands for grumpy old people who are not in the 21st century. It was one of the reasons, along with the ETJ ignominy that caused me just to walk away.

At one point however I found New Guy. He not only knew what was going on locally but on a number of occasions, he actually scooped the local press. During that time, we had some of our highest readership. But he quit for reasons unknown.

Blogger said...

Well How abut that? Just learned Soucek is bowing out.

Honest Debate said...

I thought John Kasich was a champ in the 90's. I still respect his body of work from that era. Now he's just another establishment punk. Chris Christie used to send a thrill up my leg but his immigration stance bugs me and I can't forgive him for allowing Obama to play him like a fiddle after Sandy. I've tried. Lindsey Graham is right about a some things but I don't trust him at all on the few things he is good on. John Roberts has made some good decisions but he's a traitor. If it were up to me I'd impeach him. And now, Et tu Paul Ryan? Send him to Eric Cantor land. The list of feckless Republicans is long.

Trump is not my candidate but I can completely understand his rise. And don't think I wouldn't vote for him in a heartbeat if it comes to that. He's political candy, it may not sustain you but it sure is sweet.

I still have not decided but I am excited about this cycle because we will have a say from NC because we vote on super Tuesday. I can't remember the last time the NC Republican primary was relevant. In 2008 I voted for Hillary because McCain was already the nominee and I knew Obama was the radical, Alinsky-stewed disaster he has proven to be... that and Operation Chaos.

If the election were tomorrow, I'd go with Cruz. Rubio has promise but has slid in my mind after the last debate. I like Carson and am not one who puts experience above integrity but I'm still a little uneasy with him given the Middle East turmoil. My second choice behind Cruz (at this point) is Fiorina. I just can't rule her out. Her reasoning about why she wouldn't talk to Putin right away was outstanding. I like her foreign policy, she is the only one I've heard who has articulated what she would do. I think she gets it.

Sarkazein said...

HonestDebate you wrote- "I thought John Kasich was a champ in the 90's".

The hard Leftist change of Obama and Pelosi hadn't occurred at that time. It was still just the slow drip drip drip of incrementalism. Kasich has a good heart, but now it is going to take something special to stop and make retreat the barbarians who have long since breached the gate. It might take a populist like TRUMP to do it. It might take a giant intellect like CRUZ with the same kind conviction as the hard Left.

Sarkazein said...

To add, TRUMP brings back memories of Perot, but at least it is not 3rd Party this time. Perhaps Perot could have won on the then Republican ticket. But, I don't think Perot ever wanted to take the job as President. Hopefully it's not the same with TRUMP.

Honest Debate said...

Sarkazein, I agree with you my only concern with Trump is I'm not sure he realizes the job is bigger than he is. I'm not sure he thinks anything is bigger than he is. I'm also not sure that is necessarily a bad thing given the circumstances. We need someone extraordinary and he certainly is that.

That's a great point about incrementalism and the conviction of the left. The clearest example is, and let's face it, Obama won on healthcare. He continues to win even as Obamacare spirals down to it's inevitable demise. If Hillary or Sanders win, we will have single-payer which was his plan all along. Even going back to 2008 and the campaign, he has done whatever shameless deed was necessary to keep the train moving. He had to trash Hillary's plan for having a mandate knowing he would have one but all that mattered at that point was beating Hillary. He had no problem insisting you could keep your plan and doctor, or swearing premiums would go down knowing full well they wouldn't. He'd deal with the lies later. And then to get it passed he bribed Mary Landrieu, gave a kickback to Ben Nelson and a meaningless signing statement to Stupek and his crew. Chug, chug, chug. And then reconciliation! He claimed it wasn't tax when he needed to and when he needed to get it through the SCOTUS he argued that it was a tax, and won. That's after he called out Roberts in the press to intimidate him. Precedented decorum meant nothing. Hell, he called them out at the State of the Union address too. Choo, choooo. When the website launched he completely understood it wasn't ready, he knew he'd catch hell, it didn't matter. What mattered is the process got rolling. Drip, drip, drip and on and on.

Repeal has added "replace" and now that must happen because it's entrenched. The people are hooked on the subsidies like a crackhead is to crack. Market driven solutions to lower healthcare costs are no longer enough and ironically we got here because there was a concerted effort to ignore healthcare cost. Obama just changed who paid those costs and made sure consumers were totally separated from any notion of the costs.

I actually didn't mean to go off on an Obamacare rant, sorry. I guess that's why they (actually it may have been me) call this the vent page. There are so many issues from the economy to security to Constitutional protections to foreign policy to immigration to race relations to entitlement reform. We certainly need someone who is bold and unapologetic.

Blogger said...

Folks, see why I am happy to have HD back. He hits a homerun every time.

USS Rodger Young said...

Blogger said:

"At one point however I found New Guy. He not only knew what was going on locally but on a number of occasions, he actually scooped the local press. During that time, we had some of our highest readership. But he quit for reasons unknown."

New Guy was a shill for the RINOs. He barred me from posting during the last election when I was trying to get the word out about RINO liberal Thom Tillis. New Guy is little different from a liberal. I am the reason New Guy quit - he knew eventually that I was going to expose him (which I have and will continue to do) so he quit. But something needs to be talked about here. RINOs/liberals are willing to sacrifice themselves to accomplish a given mission. In other words an Eric Holder, Rahm Emmanual, Susan Rice, or a New Guy, will knowingly fall on a sword if they can make a difference for their party. They are committed to their cause. Conservatives are not willing to do this which is one reason liberals are growing in power and presence. New Guy sacrificed his reputation to silence a few patriotic conservatives who knew the truth about Thom Tillis, Virginia "Fund Planned Parenthood" Foxx, and the RINO NC Senate.

He may have been good help Blogger, but he pulled the wool over your eyes and then quit when the truth came calling. Good riddance.

Wolf's Head said...

Spot on.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/12/24/mud-huts-v-western-civilization-rhodesmustfall-must-fail/

Lew Hendricks said...

I’m happy that my fellow Republican and Democrat NC House candidates are willing to discuss/debate public education. I look forward to doing this on February 13.

There are a lot of topics that Watauga and Ashe county residents care about. None bring out more passion and concern than our public education system. In looking at the public education debate I’ve come across a lot of misinformation and twisted statistics from both Democrats and Republicans. I think having a public education forum/debate with the NC House candidates participating and some of our public education administrators and teachers moderating would be a great way to give people an accurate assessment of North Carolina’s public education system.

Lew Hendricks

https://www.facebook.com/hendricks4nchouse/photos/a.809531059130597.1073741828.798180703598966/965335906883444/?type=3&notif_t=like

Sarkazein said...

It is rumored that the FBI plans a big revolt if Hillary is not indicted. To add: CLICK HERE

Perhaps the un-indicted coconspirator will become the indicted king pin. Long time overdue.
Then the Biden Draft I predicted kicks in to gear.

Reader said...

Hey Sark, what do you think about the Patriots in Oregon?

Sarkazein said...

I am with CRUZ on this one. Stand down. I don't want the government to have a violent victory over these patriots. This is one place where Obama won't be a coward.

Blogger said...

Obama invites Syrian refugee to State of the Union Address tomorrow!!

Blogger said...

Governor McCrory: "I guarantee that the Syrian Refugee that’s a guest of the President tonight has gotten a much more thorough background check than the other Syrian Refugees that are coming to our country and to the state of North Carolina."

Blogger said...

Heard on tv: Obama complains there is too much partisan poltics. That's like the Kardashians
complaining there is too much trash programs on tv.m

Sarkazein said...

I could not watch the President of the Liberal Wing of the Democrat Party speak (SOTU) last night. I am curious if he mentioned the 10 sailors being held by IRAN. Did he mention the IRAN nuclear deal and not the 10 sailors?

Happily Married said...

Sark,

He didnt need to mention the 10 soldiers. Do you want to know why? Because he has a record of working WITH Iran to defuse the situation. I'm so tired of republicans with their head in the sand about the use of force versus true strength. Crux immediately blasts the President about these 10 men that just happened yesterday and expecting some inclusion in the SOTU. The reality is Kerry simply makes a phone call and it goes away - after years of negotiations that have improved relations. You conservatives get so distracted by shiny trinkets that you forget the long term. I bet no one here - or any Republican will admit that they might have been hasty in their admonishment - typical short term idiots. I would much rather have a long term leader.

Sarkazein said...

Really, Happy? So why not the other Americans IRAN is holding hostage. Catch the NEWS much?
A good nation would have stood by with a bigger ship and waited for the 10 sailors to be rescued, unless the 10 sailors wanted to abandon ship. What do you think IRAN did with those boats while KERRY was begging and apologizing?

Lew Hendricks said...

He DID need to mention the 10 service members. He's the Commander in Chief. How do you think the parents of those ten service members felt? It wouldn't have taken much. Just say the 10 sailors are fine and are going to be released unharmed. You have to say something.

Improved relations? We have a deal that has no teeth and passes the buck to the next President. Iran is doing missile launches while one of our air craft carriers is floating by.

I am a veteran of the Iraq war, but I'm not someone looking to light everyone up. But, I will tell you first hand....military leaders do not have faith in this President and countries like Iran don't think we have the guts to do anything about it.

It's a dirty world and if you think for one second Iran is going to play nice, not try to get a nuke, and abide by any agreement you are sorely mistaken.

Lew Hendricks
Candidate for NC House
www.hendricks4nchouse.com

Anonymous said...

HM..They were SAILORS, not SOLDIERS.


Geeze, getg a clue!

Happily Married said...

Lew,

He did Not need to mention it because it was under control. You conservatives are like cats with your shiny objects. Should he have mentioned the 100,000 people being affected by a water crisis in Flint Michigan? He could have spent his entire speech going over the daily minutia - but instead he opted to take a broader perspective. Leadership is taking time to develop relationships and taking a broader perspective. This President, as well as the American people, are tired of the same old military approach to global affairs. I will say to you welcome home and I thank you for your service. I hope moving forward that I should never be in a position to argue and fight for disabled veterans benefits. America is far to quick to take the military approach. Might does not make right - it only makes might that is often misused. If Iran thought that we would not have acted in this case - the service men - and their boats - would not have been released. The President emphasized that we are so excessively the mightiest military power in the world today that countries do not "poke the lion". Only idiot extremist groups think they stand a chance. Their victories are that military minded conservatives make them a threat and then sell it to the people. The fact that ISIS is the number one thing on the minds of the American men (by poll numbers) speaks to this shameful approach. The American public is statistically more likely to be killed by a Christian extremist with ties to North Carolina than by an ISIL attack. Conservatives dont wont to admit that - or address that and they - and the Press cant sell it. This country should be focusing on issues that affect so many more people - poverty, education, healthcare. Congratulations conservatives, you are creating a nation of cats distracted by meaningless shiny objects. I dont care about the dirty world. I care about the dirty country. If and when the issues of the dirty world affect more of us than the issues of the dirty country, please feel free to light something up.

Lew Hendricks said...

Happily,

10 service members being held by Iran is not minutia. I'm not saying go to war over it. I'm saying you mention it so the family and friends of these service members and Americans as a whole understand the situation and that you, the Commander in Chief, is on top of it. You are not inciting Iran by mentioning it in a speech.

You spend a lot of time talking about being too quick to take the military approach. A lot of military people like myself are the least likely to jump into wars. Because we know what the sacrifice is. We should use our military power only when necessary and decisively when we do use it.

I enjoy the debate and am perfectly fine with agreeing to disagree on things. But, using phrases like "cats with your shiny objects" is counter productive to having a civilized debate. You want people to understand your point of view and respect it. Name calling is not the way. This name calling is something I wish our politicians on both sides of the aisle would stop doing.

Lew Hendricks
Candidate for NC House
www.hendricks4nchouse.com

Sarkazein said...

Happy wrote- "The President emphasized that we are so excessively the mightiest military power in the world today that countries do not "poke the lion"."

Obama's been poked so many times he should be called President Pokemon.

Happily Married said...

Lew,

If you want to debate in a civilized manner, then fine. My previous rant was out of pure frustration in the hypocrisy. I watched the SOTU, the response and the press provide their interpretation. I watched as the POTUS was attacked, much as you did, for not including one specific issue on the day that it happened. It was minutia as he determined it, as he, quite obviously, was on top of it. The Republicans tried to make it an issue and an example of some failing. There was no failing, except in the technical systems of a boat. The sailors - and the boat were promptly returned. Instead of concentrating on the content of the speech, the conservative press blasted him for what he did not include - which then quickly became a non issue. They, just like you, will not acknowledge jumping the gun to blast the President. You want to make big issues out of relatively little things for political purposes. Just like representative Meadows in his response. I cannot help but wonder if any credit will be given to the administration for the very quick release. Somebody must have done something right for this to have happened. Obama was slammed and blamed for the heightened rhetoric. Will you acknowledge the positive outcome of this in such a quick manner - or stand by your political rhetoric? Would not a positive response thanking the administration for quickly resolving an issue for fellow service men tone down the rhetoric?

I get increasingly frustrated by the divisive two party approach. Only blame for the other side - and never any acknowledgement. Obama is excoriated for executive actions but has issued the fewest number of executive actions for a two term President since the 1800's. The general public is scared of terrorism because of rhetoric. The POTUS has correctly indicated that that fear is exactly what the terrorist want. Blogger thinks we are somehow at war and facing doom and gloom over a bunch of middle eastern rednecks running around in trucks. How would you respond to the fact that you are statistically more likely to be killed in this country by a Christian extremist than a ISIL supporter?Are you interested in dealing with real issues that affect many more real people or are you going to continue the same manner of political rhetoric? We have serious problems in this country and poverty, education and healthcare should be at the top of the list - not isolated instances that get so much political hype like 10 sailors or Benghazi. BTW - before anyone goes crazy over Benghazi - be sure to note that in that instance 4 Americans died - everyday 30 people are shot and murdered by handguns in this country - EVERYDAY. Please help me understand where the priority of the rhetoric stands.

Lew Hendricks said...

Happily,

I think if you look at what I say I'm not part of the "rhetoric" you are referring too. I'm simply saying I think he should have said something and that I would have said something. One of the lines I like to use is I reserve the right to be wrong. I still think he should have said something and I'm glad the sailors were returned safely. A few things about it don't add up and I'm sure after the sailors are interviewed it will be cleared up. Things like if they had two boats and only one had a problem why let both drift. Did the Iranians inspect the boats....etc I'm sure there is an explanation.

At no time did I attack what was being done behind the scenes as I don't know what happened behind the scenes. Again, only commenting that I thought he should have said something.

I agree with you about the divisiveness of the two party approach. You are again right the other side always blames the other. Leadership 101 in the Army is when something goes well you give credit to the troops. And, when something goes bad you take the blame. It's the opposite in the political world.

I'm running for NC House and not federal. So, this isn't really an issue I would have to deal with. And, honestly probably shouldn't have even posted anything. But, given my military background I get pretty fired up about putting our military members in harms way and how we handle situations.

A comment on your handguns comment. Most of those 30 people shot are not the ones we hear about on the news. We hear about the ones that get ratings. Not the shootings that are happening in our inner cities. Any ideas as to why that is?

I like that you keep bringing up education. Please check my issues link at http://www.hendricks4nchouse.com/lew_issues and see what I have to say about education.

Lew Hendricks
Candidate for NC House
www.hendricks4nchouse.com

Sarkazein said...

Obama has been poked so many times, the next time he comments on what his son would look like, he would have to say- " If I had a son, it would look like Putin".

Anonymous said...

HM, Could you provide a source for your claim that "you are statistically more likely to be killed in this country by a Christian extremist than a ISIL supporter?"

And also for your claim that " everyday 30 people are shot and murdered by handguns in this country - EVERYDAY"

30 people MURDERED by handguns every day seems hard to believe. FBI stats seem to suggest that only about 11000 Homicides (Not murders, HOMICIDES) per year by firearms (not handguns, FIREARMS) A high percentage of that number might be murders and a high percentage of those murders might be by handgun, but your figures seem exaggerated (or just made up).

I assume you know the difference between homicides and murders?

Anonymous said...

Lew, many of us here are veterans but we don't find in necessary to mention it 2 or 3 times per post.Thanks for your service.

Lew Hendricks said...

Anonymous,

I often use my experience to explain my point of view. Sorry if it was over the top.

But since you were talking about exaggerating figures....you said 2-3 times per post. I referenced it 4 times in the last 3 posts. Well below your stated figure. Haha. Sorry had to do it.

Do I get the benefit of the doubt since I actually post opinions under my own name while I'm running for office?

Lew Hendricks

Anonymous said...

Of course you do! No offense intended.