Bush: arrogant, incompetent and naive.
Cheney: maniacal, manipulative and evil.
Rumsfeld: reckless, arrogant and deceitful.
Invasion of Iraq: indefensible and ill-conceived. Pushed on us by the three listed above. The stupidity of invading Iraq is still will us, paid for by U.S. taxpayers, and our brave, honorable soldiers who have had the tragic misfortune to believe what they were told by that administration. Tragic.
Jack Allen, you are spreading misinformation, and don't know much about California if you think the Aqueduct was built by Ronald Reagan. (But, Republicans continue to give him credit where not due.)
The California Aqueduct was built due to the efforts of Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, a Democratic Governor, who campaigned for a bond measure to build the giant water project. In fact, the aqueduct is named after him (not Reagan). It's formally known as the Governor Edmund G. Brown California Aqueduct.
If people who are "fearful" with Obama as President were equally fearful under George W. Bush, then I'll give them a pass on the racism charge. There was more reason to be fearful with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & Rice . . . all of whom ignored the warnings they were given about impending terrorist attacks. Remember that the 9/11 attacks happened on their watch. Then they used it as an excuse to start a war under false pretenses with a nation not involved in the attacks.
As for those who supported that administration's belligerent incompetence, and feel fearful of Obama . . . those, I think, are stupid racists.
Hammond is a disgrace and embarrassment to the region. And, the people who feel "fearful" with Obama as President must be easily-manipulated tools and/or ignorant racists if they weren't also fearful under George W. Bush.
There was much more to fear under Bush & Cheney's belligerent incompetence. Don't forget, the 9/11 tragedy happened on their watch, while they ignored the warnings they were given.
How about a high-speed rail line through Chattanooga, linking Nashville & Atlanta?
Timbo says: "Not one conservative rant today, not one." Really? So, conservatives do support gerrymandering, and off-shore accounts so the rich can evade taxes? I suspected as much.
Taxes in Russia a pretty low. Maybe those who object to supporting the US would like to move there.
Terry Stulce, thank you for that letter.
I agree that Alexander and Corker have behaved despicably in voting to delay confirmation of former Marine Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. And, they say they will vote against his confirmation the next time it comes up in the Senate.
Corker and Alexander continue to toe the Republican line of "no, no, no;" irrespective of the damage to our nation. They are giving comfort to our enemies and putting the U.S. at risk in a perilous world. I have lost all respect for them. Votes like theirs are helping to make the GOP extinct.
Thanks, John Bratton.
Personally, I don't want a gun. It would require way more time and effort than I want to devote to a piece of metal, at least if one is to be a responsible gun owner. 1. Is the gun unloaded and stored where a child or mentally unbalanced person cannot find it? 2. Where is the ammunition kept? 3. Have I trained and practiced using the gun on a regular basis so that I can do so safely in an emergency? 4. Is the gun clean and in reliable working order? 5. Am I sure the gun won't be used against me, or someone in my family? 6. Have I gotten theft and liability insurance? 7. How do I prevent over-reacting to bumps in the night or a surprise visit by a friend or family member?
I've lived in big cities (Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Nashville) and in small towns for more than 6 decades. There has never been a situation where having a gun would have improved things. In several instances it would have made the situation worse.
Besides, if someone wants to steal the TV, I'll let them. We have theft insurance; I am not going to risk a deadly shoot-out (and all the other dangers of gun ownership) over some object(s) that can be replaced.
Hunter is right, the GOP repeatedly shows that it cannot tolerate independent thought. It seems that everyone in that party must march to the extremists' tune.
Dare we hope that our Senators will demonstrate statesmanship and independence from the rabid pack? Is that too much to ask?