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Friday, June 15, 2012

notes on a ballot... quick takes on the news...

 



Allan Malamud used to write a sports column in the old Los Angeles Herald Examiner.  He called it "notes on a scorecard" and it was series of thoughts you might write on your scorecard as you were watching a game.

I think I'll call mine notes on a ballot...

I saw recently that Democrats favor jeeps as their car of choice and the GOP, BMW's... since I drive a Hyundai, i asked my wife what that makes us... she said poor...

If I am backed into a corner, I'd say the odds of President Obama winning a second term are less that 50%...

There is something wrong when a presidential election comes down to just the few states that are not totally politically decided already...

Las Vegas got some good news recently... we are now only the third worst state in the foreclosure debacle...

News of even more dalliances coming to light makes it clear that there is a reason it is called secret service...

Please tell me how it is that i can usually read about a US covert program on the front page of a newspaper...

Why is it Dems support states rights when they like the issue, but oppose them when the disagree... and for that matter, the GOP too...

This mess in Syria is horrible... but is it our responsibility to fix it?

When will we be seeing a time when US forces are not active in combat?

Finally, I know everyone thinks they have the solution to what ails us a country... but until we can agree on the problem, we'll never get to the best solution...

I'm just sayin...

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Blogger dmarks said ... (4:10 PM) : 

"If I am backed into a corner, I'd say the odds of President Obama winning a second term are less that 50%..."

Watch the gas prices. I think they will determine this.

"When will we be seeing a time when US forces are not active in combat?"

Well, we could make it sooner by quickly solving the problems of the terrorists and other aggressors.

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (7:18 PM) : 

dmarks... not sure the gas prices are the right barometer... watch Europe... if they fall, so will Obama, but it will not matter, we'll be cooked then...

Combat? We've more than made up for what those guys did here on 9/11... time to come home and let the rest of the world play cops and robbers...

 

Blogger dmarks said ... (5:28 AM) : 

I agree with you in the places where there is no combat or threat. But I'd not recommend abandoning the effort in Afghanistan until the terrorists are gone. If the troops come home from there, fine, as long as there is still a major presence otherwise (air, etc) until the terrorist threat is gone.

As for bringing troops home, how about a bold new initiative toward North Korea? There's a new king there, maybe time to roll the dice. It's worth it on the chance that the cease-fire could turn into an actual end to the war. That's 28,000 troops that could come home.

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (11:16 AM) : 

Dmarks... we are never going to rid the world, or the Middle East of terrorists... so won't we be there forever?

Would a no fly zone suffice?

We probably should bring the DMZ group home too... if the North Koreans attack, we'll be overrun by a million soldiers ready to die for the cause anyways...

You think our trip wire will hold?

 

Blogger Shaw Kenawe said ... (7:35 AM) : 

"Finally, I know everyone thinks they have the solution to what ails us a country... but until we can agree on the problem, we'll never get to the best solution..."

There's the rub. We're all Americans, but we've let ideology divide us so thoroughly that we've paralyzed ourselves. We face man-made problems; and therefore, we can solve them with man-made solutions. But that won't happen until we agree to compromise and work with each other.

 

Blogger dmarks said ... (8:50 AM) : 

Dave said: "Dmarks... we are never going to rid the world, or the Middle East of terrorists.."

The much more formidable might of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were eliminated. Never say never.

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (9:26 AM) : 

Dmarks... we defeated Nazi Germany, but we never got rid of the Nazis...

We can win the war against the idea of terrorism, but alas, I think the battle to rid the world of those that are determined to be terrorists, just as those who are determined to be Nazis, can never be accomplished.

When people are bound and determined to follow an idiotic path, or believe an untruth, regardless of the facts, or evidence, what can you do?

 

Blogger Dave Miller said ... (9:28 AM) : 

Shaw, as always... I love having your comments...

BTW... I have a nephew who is living and working in Boston now... he is running the program at Youth Enrichment Services...

 

Blogger Shaw Kenawe said ... (8:12 PM) : 

Dave, if your nephew needs a friendly contact here in Boston, I'm here. You can reach me at my email:

shawkenawe[at]yahoo[dot]com

I'd be happy to reach out to him. I mean that.

 

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