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JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/24/12 - 09:34 pm
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Military justice is an

Military justice is an oxymoron. "Marine to serve no time in Iraqi killings case" http://ap.augustachronicle.com/pstories/20120124/946029058.shtml

Bruno
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Bruno 01/25/12 - 11:17 am
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Obama uses military force to

Obama uses military force to free a hostage in Somalia. Sends in a SEAL team to rescue ONE American aid worker. In the resulting fire fight 9 Somali nationals are killed. Why is this ok with his supporters?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/25/12 - 11:32 am
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Bruno, you know I don't like

Bruno, you know I don't like Obama, but I am perfectly OK with killing 9 Somalian kidnappers. It sends a message worldwide that if you screw with American citizens, there is a price to be paid.

Bruno
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Bruno 01/25/12 - 02:18 pm
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So you are ok with him

So you are ok with him sending the military into a hostage situation at the local Qwiki Mart. The point is that we should not be using military force at the request of one person against people of a sovereign nation.

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Riverman1 01/25/12 - 06:34 pm
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I want to ask Sean-Chronicle

I want to ask Sean-Chronicle their policy on screennames since I'm hearing about problems with imitators. Could I make up one close to a public figure's name? Could I make up one using a current poster's name and just make a subtle change so I appear like the original poster? I hear none of us have rights to anything close to our names, so how about those beans?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/25/12 - 07:47 pm
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Bruno, I do not mind sending

Bruno, I do not mind sending American government operatives (military or otherwise) into any foreign country to rescue captive Americans. It is especially nice when they kill a few of the captors

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Bruno 01/25/12 - 08:01 pm
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I would agree with you if it

I would agree with you if it was the foreign government holding the captives. So would you be ok with him sending in a SEAL team to rescue hostages being held by private entities here?

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Bruno 01/25/12 - 08:09 pm
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From The Miami Herald:

From The Miami Herald: "Pentagon officials said they thought the hostages had been held as part of a growing problem in Somalia of kidnapping for profit, not as an act of terrorism. Somalia is also home to a violent Islamist insurgent group, al-Shabab, but U.S. officials said that group wasn't involved in the kidnapping.
Although the kidnappers were widely described as Somali pirates, the Defense Department referred to them as "criminal suspects."

This was using our military against private citizens in a foreign country. This was not a military situation but rather a criminal one. Obama will get a pass on this since they saved a "cute white girl". I am waiting for Cain to start pointing out the illegality of this issue as well as the assassination of Bin Laden.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/01/12 - 08:46 pm
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As of 6:58 pm EST Wed 01 Feb

As of 6:58 pm EST Wed 01 Feb 2012 http://icasualties.org/oef/ website had raised its tally of U.S. military fatalities in Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghanistan theater of war) to 1890 after another U.S. soldier was killed by a member of the Afghanistan Nation Army that the U.S. and NATO are supposedly allied with and are training. This is the 6th time this type of incident has happened since Dec 26 and the 45th time it has happened since 2007.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/02/12 - 11:18 am
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NPR News reported at 8 am EST

NPR News reported at 8 am EST Thu 02 Feb 2012 that the U.S. military is saying that as many as 15,000 U.S. troops may remain in Afghanistan after 2014. United States will not agree to vacate Afghanistan voluntarily, but economic, political, and /or military exigencies will force the U.S. to withdraw.

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Bruno 02/02/12 - 12:36 pm
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I certainly hope that you

I certainly hope that you aren't going to reanimate your silly body count postings Cain.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/02/12 - 03:48 pm
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Well, it IS called the "idle

Well, it IS called the "idle chatter" thread.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/02/12 - 11:22 pm
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Israel really cannot strike

Israel really cannot strike Iran against United States' will. This idea that Israel will notify the U.S. only minutes before the strike is nonsense. United States cannot wash its hands of responsibility for the actions of its number 1 client state, Israel. Do not let Zionist neocons plunge us into WWIII while falsely assuring the world that Iran's response to Israeli air strikes will be restrained. Remember how the neocons predicted that the U.S. invasion of Iraq would be a "cakewalk" and American troops would be showered with flowers and sweets. Don't fall for their lies again. "Panetta believes Israel may strike Iran this spring: reports" - Reuters | 02 Feb 2012 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/03/us-nuclear-iran-usa-israel-idU...

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KSL 02/02/12 - 11:48 pm
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And you know this because?

And you know this because?

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/03/12 - 12:17 am
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/03/12 - 12:43 pm
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Assessment of U.S. war in

Assessment of U.S. war in Afghanistan for "professionals": FUBAR. "The Real Issues in Afghanistan: Looking Beyond Undefined Policy Statements and Slogans" by Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Defence Professionals (DefPro.com) 03 Feb 2012 http://www.defpro.com/news/details/32008/?SID=2f5fbcd3376311620f18be66b2...

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/03/12 - 06:25 pm
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I have been writing for

I have been writing for several years now that economic, political, and /or military exigencies will eventually force the U.S. military to withdraw from Afghanistan. Here is more evidence that this will occur sooner rather than later. "Analysis: Politics drives exit from Afghanistan" By Deb Riechmann, Associated Press – Fri 03 Feb 2012 http://z15.invisionfree.com/Augusta_Alternative/index.php?showtopic=1757...

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/06/12 - 11:20 pm
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"Truth, lies and Afghanistan:

"Truth, lies and Afghanistan: How military leaders have let us down" By Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis | Armed Forces Journal | http://armedforcesjournal.com/2012/02/8904030

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/07/12 - 01:30 pm
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I have been writing for

I have been writing for months on end, probably years now, that United States' empire will be forced into retreat because of economic, political, and or military exigencies. That day has arrived. United States is in decline and won't regain its economic or political prowess until it returns to its core values of unflinching respect for human rights and reinvents its economy in an equitable and sustainable manner. "U.S. Planning to Slash Iraq Embassy Staff by Half" by Tim Arango | The New York Times | Tue 07 Feb 2012 | http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/world/middleeast/united-states-plannin...

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/07/12 - 10:37 pm
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United States has no

United States has no intention of allowing either Iraq or Afghanistan to escape from beneath its national security thumb even though it has ostensibly withdrawn troops from Iraq. "The CIA is expected to maintain a large, long-term clandestine presence in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect U.S. interests in the two longtime war zones, U.S. officials said." "CIA digs in as Americans withdraw from Iraq, Afghanistan" By Greg Miller | The Washington Post | Tuesday, February 7, 7:13 PM | http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-digs-in-as-ame...

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/08/12 - 07:01 pm
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I've been asking this

I've been asking this question about the U.S. war in Afghanistan for the last 6 years: Is it Vietnam yet? Of course, the answer is YES.
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/209537-vietnam-and...

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/12/12 - 08:49 pm
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Finally an AP investigate

Finally an AP investigate piece that speaks truth to power. The U.S. government told us repeatedly that Alan Gross was doing humanitarian work in Cuba. This truth is he was performing covert operations under cover of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Alan Gross claimed he was duped, but logs he wrote after previous trips to Cuba detailed that he know exactly how "dangerous" the work he was doing. United States is going to have to fess up and come clean if it wants his 15 years sentence commuted. "AP IMPACT: USAID contractor work in Cuba detailed" by Desmond Butler | Associated Press | Sunday 12 February 2012 | http://ap.augustachronicle.com/pstories/20120212/954599988.shtml

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socks99 02/19/12 - 09:34 pm
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Finally!! Media demonstrates

Finally!! Media demonstrates wisdom regarding the smoking debate!

Where is ACES?

"Attempts at prohibition didn’t work with alcohol. And let’s be honest: It hasn’t worked with drugs. Why would we expect it to work with tobacco?"

http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2012-02-18/what-others-say-education-bes...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/22/12 - 02:33 pm
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This was in today's print

This was in today's print edition of The Augusta Chronicle:

WASHINGTON — The East Room of the White House was transformed into an intimate blues club Tuesday night for a concert featuring blues all-stars of the past, present and future – and the president himself. The surprise performance by Obama came at the end of the playlist when the ensemble was singing Sweet Home Chicago, the anthem of Obama's hometown.

You can bet he needed a teleprompter for the lyrics.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/22/12 - 03:08 pm
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Here's another Associated

Here's another Associated Press story from today's Chronicle print edition:

WASHINGTON — Europe has endured layoffs, wage cuts and tax increases to bring government debt under control. So where's the gain? Far from falling, debt burdens are rising fastest in European countries that have enacted the most draconian austerity programs, according to the Associated Press’ Global Economic Tracker, which monitors the performance of 30 major economies. The numbers back up what many analysts say: Austerity can be counterproductive and even make a country’s debt load grow.

How can that be? Well, you have to look closely what they mean by "debt load."

The best way to compare debts among countries is to look at government debt as a percentage of gross domestic product. The AP’s Global Economy Tracker found Portugal cut pensions, reduced public servants’ wages and raised taxes starting in 2010. Yet in the third quarter of 2011, government debt equaled 110 percent of GDP, up from 91 percent a year earlier. In Ireland, middle-class wages have been reduced 15 percent and the sales tax boosted to the highest level in the European Union. But its debt amounted to 105 percent of GDP in the third quarter of 2011. A year earlier it was 88 percent. In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron staked his political future on his austerity plan. Government debt ratios, though, reached 80 percent in the third quarter of 2011, up from 74 percent a year earlier. In Greece, two years of austerity programs have devastated the economy. The government's debt equaled 159 percent of the country's GDP in the third quarter of 2011. That was up from 139 percent a year earlier.

Do these Associated Press writers think their readers are economic illiterates? Well, perhaps most are, but not Little Lamb. Come on, folks, of course the debt ratio will go up temporarily under austerity. That is because the debt stays relatively the same but the GDP goes down as the austerity kicks in. If they stick with it, things will get better; but it's painful at first.

We'll be facing it soon enough in the United States.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/22/12 - 03:18 pm
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I'll bet they did not play

I'll bet they did not play "Re-enlistment Blues" at the White House Blues Club:

Re-enlistment Blues

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 03/05/12 - 02:19 pm
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War and U.S. drone strikes

War and U.S. drone strikes have not led to peace or any positive developments in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Libya, in Pakistan, in Yemen, or in Somalia. More U.S. wars and covert actions in Syria and Iran will not lead to peace, improvement in human rights, or any other positive outcomes. I can't believe the talk this morning of war with Iran - not after the collective experiences we have been through in the past 10 years 5 months. IMO the world, catalyzed by a misguided, militarized U.S. foreign policy aimed at hegemony, is spiraling toward ever more numerous and widening conflict that may well coalesce into a great conflagration that will come to be recognized as WWIII.

"Gunmen kill 27 in raids on west Iraq checkpoints" By Fadhel al-Badrani | FALLUJAH, Iraq | Mon Mar 5, 2012 6:39am EST http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/05/us-iraq-attack-idUSTRE82408220...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/05/12 - 02:50 pm
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Good night. Why would the

Good night. Why would the Associated Press even consider running this story? Doesn't sound like news to me.

ATLANTA — Fewer voters cast early ballots for Georgia's upcoming presidential primary than in 2008. Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office said 172,135 people had voted in the presidential primary by Friday. That includes 145,826 people who voted at polling stations and another 26,309 who mailed in absentee ballots. Early voting sites have now closed, although residents can continue to mail in absentee ballots until the close of polls on Tuesday. Early voting turnout is down about 31 percent from 2008. Those early ballots will not be counted until Tuesday, making it impossible to say which Republican presidential candidate has a lead among early voters.

In 2008 you had two nailbiting contests — McCain, Romney and Huckabee for the Republicans and Obama, Clinton and Edwards for the Democrats. You had more people interested than ever before. It is to be expected that turnout for this primary would be lower than the record.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/14/12 - 02:56 pm
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From the AP Wire: ATLANTA —

From the AP Wire:

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of the 78 worst performing schools in the state as part of its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. The list sent out Tuesday identifies the state's "priority" schools — those that consistently perform poorly on tests or have low graduation rates. The schools on the list will qualify for state assistance aimed at improving student achievement. The state was one of 10 states to win waivers last month from the highly criticized federal law. More states are expected to apply for relief. The other designations for school performance under Georgia's waiver are: alert schools, focus schools and reward schools. All designations will be handed out by the fall.

In Richmond County four schools made the list:

Hornsby K–8
Glenn Hills High
Josey High
Laney High

Burke County High also made the list.

Lincoln, Columbia and McDuffie counties had no schools on the list.
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The list was dominated by high schools, with only a few elementary schools and just smatterings of middle schools. I'm sure the reason is that one of the criteria is high school graduation rate. It is a travesty to include graduation rate in such a rating system. If a child does not want to be in school when he/she hits 16, don't let the door hit ’em on the fanny on the way out. Good bye, and good riddance.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/14/12 - 02:59 pm
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I can think of one easy and

I can think of one easy and cost effective method of getting one of those Richmond County schools off the list. Simple. Shut down Laney High School and bus the students to Josey. Sell Laney High School property to the highest private bidder (no governments allowed to bid).

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