Editorial

Editorial

freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences

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Kathy Griffin did something that is simply reprehensible. I cannot believe that her posted picture with a mock severed head of our current POTUS was anything but a sickening way to express her disgust with the current POTUS and the policies he espouses. I have been transparently clear that I find our current POTUS to be an unworthy occupant of that office. Nevertheless, I can only condemn what she posted. It's plain sick!

What If?

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What if -- Barack Obama had been twice divorced, and was known to cheat on his wives?
What if -- Barack Obama had made recorded, graphic remarks about placing his hands in intimate places on female bodies?
What if -- Barack Obama had made suggestive comments about his physical attraction to either of his daughters?
What if -- Barack Obama had made nasty, personal comments about the mental stability of high officials in government?
What if -- Barack Obama had made nasty, personal comments about his Primary Election opponents in 2008?

We now seem to be in an era of full-blown celebrity Presidents.

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The latest two I have heard who are deciding whether or not to challenge for POTUS in 2020 are Mark Cuban and Dwayne Johnson. Now, before anyone goes crazy about how unqualified these two are to be our POTUS, remember who the POTUS actually is right now! Cuban is very, very rich, so he must be brilliant and unassailable. He is also on a TV show...celebrity cred for that! And Johnson is a famous pro wrestler, formerly known as "The Rock," and movie star, who is not too poor himself.

One way or the other Americans will pay for whatever kind of "wall" is built along the U.S.-Mexico border

The most likely scenario is that if, and that's a big "if," the Congress actually passes significant tariffs on imports from Mexico, or any other nation(s), retribution is sure to occur. The long history of tariffs is that when one major nation imposes tariffs, its trading partner(s) impose(s) tariffs in retaliation. And, if a real tariff war starts, ALL BUSINESSES LOSE! It can exacerbate economic problems. At worst, tariff retaliation wars can cause worldwide recessions, or even depressions.

In Syria: Russia right; America wrong?

As you may recall, Russia took its good old time to get directly involved in Syria. Even though Russia had been a forever backer of the Assad regime, Russia seemed reluctant to take decisive action. Apparently, after years of assessment, Russia decided that ISIS/ISIL or Daesh, whatever is your choice of what to call them, amounts to a much greater evil than is the Assad regime in Syria. Apparently also, Russia assessed the moderate opposition to both Daesh and Assad to be unreliable, disunited, and too weak to be effective.

Republicans: Are they about to select the worst possible candidate for November?

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According to the latest polls, the best candidate for the Republicans to nominate out of the "Final Three" is John Kasich. It's not even close. Those who read here regularly know that I do NOT like John Kasich AT ALL! I regularly call him Governor Sick, but the numbers are fairly consistent throughout February and March.
When running against Hillary, Kasich is a clear leader in all recent polls: http://www.electionprojection.com/latest-polls/national-presidential-pol...

Am I the only one who sees hypocrisy in The Donald calling for unity?

I listened to part of his speech. The Donald -- of all people -- decried the deep divisions in our country, after he has spent the entire campaign, since he entered the fray, ripping various ethnic and/or racial groups in our society.

An Interesting possibility!

An election in which Donald ran against Bernie would be fascinating! Just think. On this Forum we would read one post after another, about why my old White man should be elected, instead of your old White man! Ha-Ha-Ha!

GOP -- empty rhetoric. Still the party of the super-rich.

The article to which I am providing a link states the case very well. Many Republicans talk as though they want to expand the party's base, and do more for common folks. However, their rhetoric is nothing but empty promises. And these Republicans are those who are relatively moderate! As this article articulates, their policies STILL favor the super-rich. Here's the link: http://news.yahoo.com/gop-tax-proposals-tilt-rich-115915494.html

As everyone remembers D Day

Today I've seen a lot of people talking about the landing of D Day.

It is in an important event. One that showed the difficulty in the mission and the sacrifice so many have been willing to make for so many more. However, every year I hear about the landing it reminds me of so much more.

Zimmermans' Favorite Song?

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Anyone else heard the rumor this is Z-mans' favorite song? If so, it's a dirty rotten shame!

"Don't you ever laugh as the hearse goes by,
For you may be the next one to die.
They wrap you up in a big white sheet
From your head down to your feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you up with dirt and rocks.
All goes well for about a week,
Until your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle on your snout,
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes

Is it Okay For John McCain To Be Ashamed Of His Country?

Should McCain resign from office and apologize to the American people?

See link below.

http://news.yahoo.com/john-mccain-m-ashamed-country-m-ashamed-president-...

Black History Month, A Tribute To the Hard Working Black Americans Who have Made This Country Great

From the chains of slavery Black Americans have endured the harsh realities of racism and discrimination to become an integral part of the American Empire. Black Americans have used their sweat to build mighty structures, made significant advances in medicine, the arts, education, sports and many other notable professions. It is fitting that all Americans celebrate the achievements of Black Americans, not only this month, but every month.

The scourge of term limits

I am posting a link to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press. One of the most significant issues with which it deals is the issue of term limits for elected officials. The writer purports that partisan redistricting and term limits have severely limited the ability of Michigan's voters to affect their government.
IMHO the same applies to Ohio voters and Ohio state government. I have often stated that the only thing term limits truly accomplish is to limit the choices voters have for elected offices. But this writer puts in into the context of the real situation in Michigan today.

Is Pope Francis a Communist?

Some conservatives are labeling recent comments from Pope Francis as an indication that the pope is a Communist. I have included a few links with differing points of view.

I lead with Rush Limbaugh: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/06/30/pope_francis_says_communist...

Here is an article from CNBC showing the concern of at least one wealthy Catholic donor. Is this a form of extortion? You be the judge. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/langone-dolan-pope-fundraising/2013/12/...

The can't-do president?

A leading right-wing newspaper continues its unjustified attacks on President Obama's performance in the foreign arena. Oh wait ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/president-obama-needs-to-focus-on...

Of disappointment and defense

Recently, I was accused by Sylvania Councilman Doug Haynam as being someone who does “not like public schools” and wanted to defeat a levy (even going as far as saying that I was the one responsible for defeating the Sylvania School levy) but nothing could be further from the truth.

POW

One of the biggest disappointments of President Barack Obama presidency is his failure to close Guantanamo Bay as promised during his presidential campaign. So say the people looking for an excuse to diss the president. Soooooo where do they think the "prisoners" are going when released? Isn't Guantanamo Bay a military prison? So does that mean that most of the prisoners would be our prisoners of war? Would that mean that most then would be from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and other places of war?

Memorial Day Rememberance: War is a Racket

Smedley Butler
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Birth name Smedley Darlington Butler
Nickname(s) "Old Gimlet Eye"
"The Fighting Quaker"
"Old Duckboard"

Jon Stainbrook is a cancer on any organization he is a part of

One thing that is a highlight of Jon Stainbrook, is that he is known to destroy anything he touches. For example, the Lucas County Republican Party has never been in worse shape, the Board of Elections is a laughing stock and full of problems.

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