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By the way, the whole left/right, Republican/Democrat sparring bout is getting old. The duopoly of Republicans and Democrats, essentially two sides of the same coin (big government), will continue to chip away at our liberty and freedom. Until that changes, expect more of the same, regardless of how informed the electorate may or may not be.3 months ago
Will you now be in support of knife control?
The propensity of the human being to inflict acts of violence on his fellow man is the real problem, not guns, which are just a tool. I've never seen a gun kill anyone... oh maybe in some sci-fi move where the guns became possessed, got down off the wall, loaded themselves, and went on a rampage (kind of like the trucks and other motorized vehicles in "Maximum Overdrive", if you've ever seen that flick). Yes, it's an old and possibly even trite cliche, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people", but it has some truth. Violence has been gong on almost forever, from the day Cain killed Abel (with a club I believe), or if you're not religious, since the first caveman got ticked off enough at his neighbor to take his life.
Regardless of what tool you take away, such as guns, violent men will find some other tool to take its place.
3 months ago
I think it works both ways. The right listens to their "voices"... FOX, Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, etc., and the left listens to their's... MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, New York Times, Huffington Post, Media Matters, etc.
I'm sure that with a little research we could find some leftist poll results as equally absurd as this one cited by Mr. Griffin.
3 months ago
I'm with you, Rev.! Bring the troops home. Close up the majority of overseas bases. We do not need to police the world. We are broke! Maintain a strong defense while pursuing a foreign policy of non-intervention. This is not isolationism. The inaugural pledge of Thomas Jefferson: "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."
3 months ago
If Austrian school = clown car
Keynesian school = insane asylum
But let's save that discussion for another time. It's a holiday weekend which I intend to enjoy, politics free!
4 months ago
Hey, Chet, thanks for doing your homework. I only thought it fair that you should back up your comments, as you had requested Mr. Crook to do. Perhaps he will follow up with his sources, if he follows this at all online.
I'm not out to prove you right or wrong. For me at least, race doesn't matter. If the President were white, yellow, red, or blue, and had the same ideology as Mr. Obama, I'd probably have a problem agreeing with much he set out to do. You paint with too broad a stroke. Not everyone to your right on the political spectrum is a racist.
You will find charges of a conspiracy behind most every turn of events now days. The left was good at it during the Bush years, and now it is the right bringing up the scenarios.
I happen to agree with Mr. Crook that the quantitative easing policies of the Fed are a ticking time bomb/bubble just waiting to explode/burst. QE has a definite impact on how the market looks. Just look at how the market goes down every time Bernanke begins to hint at cutting back on QE. Is there a conspiracy behind this monetary policy and manipulation as Mr. Crook claims? I don't know if anyone can prove that one way or the other. Or is it just the Keynesians and Austrians (schools of economics) once again knocking heads with each other?4 months ago
Please practice what you preach. Instead of telling readers to look it up, why not post your documentation that supports your claims. I'd like to see that from you, and Mr. Crook as well. Then I can decide who has the better propaganda... er, excuse me, facts.
By the way, nice way to play the race card. Never fails.4 months ago
Chet, it is difficult to communicate via web posts, I agree. One's tone can be easily misconstrued.
Ahwatukee deserves better candidates... Amen to that, and that applies to State and Federal elections as well. My intent was not to discourage voting, but what is one supposed to do if neither candidate is satisfactory in my opinion (and I'm pretty sure there are others like me)? What are my options... not vote, write in "none of the above", hold my nose and vote for the "lesser of two evils"? None of those choices are good, but can you suggest another option?
It would be nice if the candidates would stick to telling us what they would do in office. That would change the entire tone of the campaign. I would be more inclined to listen to that than to each candidate's bashing of the other.
Since I win, you owe me a beer.. a local craft beer!
I appreciate the discourse as well.
4 months ago
Boy oh boy, Chet, what a well thought out and reasoned response to my letter.
My dictionary defines mudslinging as the following: the use of insults and accusations, especially unjust ones, with the aim of damaging the reputation of an opponent. I don’t see how expressing my disappointment in how these campaigns have been run can be classified as mudslinging. That would mean that your definition would have to be along the lines of: publicly disagreeing with anything is mudslinging. Imagine you had to choose between chocolate and vanilla. But you make the comment that you would prefer strawberry. By your definition, you have now slung mud against all the lovers of chocolate and vanilla. That’s hardly the case. You have simply expressed an opinion.
Nowhere in my letter did I advocate not voting. I believe voting to be very important. In fact, as stated, I do plan to vote. I’m just not voting for either of these candidates. And if you would have done a search on my name on the AFN website, you would have found that my previous post was in response to someone who advocated not voting. My position was that one should vote, but vote wisely.
And speaking of name searches, you appear to enjoy doing background searches on anyone who disagrees with your point of view. You admitted to it in a previous comment regarding a post by Bob Sundahl. I probably did the exact same search on my name as you did, and lo and behold there’s an entry that has a John Coleman who works for Maracay Homes. He appears to be a purchasing agent, hardly President of the company. But since that fit your agenda so well (DiCiccio is bought and paid for by the evil home builders), you decided you would just throw that into your comment for good measure. Why do you think that everyone who disagrees with your point of view is a plant or part of some conspiracy? And why don’t you let us know your last name so we can run a search on you? Hmmmmm!
I moved to Ahwatukee from North Phoenix in August of 1987. That’s 26 years that I’ve called Ahwatukee home. I’ve seen immense changes take place in our neighborhood, some good and some bad. I don’t have any other claim to fame to put out there. I’m just curious, Chet, how long have you lived in Ahwatukee that makes you such an expert on what’s best for this area? You are entitled to your opinion in support of Keogh Parks. And so are those who support DiCiccio. And so are those, like me, who support neither.
4 months ago