I don't believe in turning the other cheek. I believe in destroying those who attack us.
That said, the farce of retribution brought first by Bush and now by O-Bomb-Ya is obscene.
We could have dispatched our black ops teams to locate and take out bin Laden. We could have gotten the intel right on Iraq. We didn't have to kill 100,000+ civilians, overthrow governments, kill thousands of our military personnel and maim and mentally wound hundreds of thousands more. We didn't have to respond by gutting our own civil liberties. We were attacked by 3d-world camel jockeys with BOX CUTTERS. Had not our government disarmed pilots and told Americans not to fight back, 9/11 could not have happened. Had Americans been allowed to fly ARMED, no hijacking would have been possible.
Yes, bin Laden succeeded beyond his wildest dreams - but he also failed spectacularly. Bin Laden had studied the US, and in the wake of the Cole attack, multiple attacks on our embassies, and other attacks around the world, he was convinced that an attack on the WTC would cow America and make it flee the middle east as we did after the Beruit attack that left 241 marines dead. Bin Laden miscalculated, and hundreds of thousands of middle-east civilians and multiple governments paid the price.
But we have also paid a huge price - too great a price. Our economy is on the verge of collapse. Our government is a police state. Our dwindling freedoms have never been in greater jeopardy. And America has lost its joie de vivre.
We need to reclaim America for Americans. Enough paranoia. Enough with cops who dress up and act like gestapo at every opportunity to show "security". The people who attacked us are dead and it's unlikely we'll ever be caught so unaware again. It is enough. I want my Country back.
Come on....Trotter is billcope during an up phase. I'm average, educated, and working class and think he's as far from a leader as anyone can get. Take race, any better off now? How about US's position on the world stage, better? The dude that came in with such opportunity squandered it like a drunken sailor does money in the PI.
How any leader of the USofA can say that we'll do anything militarily with "modest effort"is beyond belief. He's tired and just wants to get golfing full-time(or a little more than he does now).
A bit over the top Bill. While I also believe that the GOP has deep hatred for anything Obama does (even if the ideas come from their own party- the health care mandate is a perfect example) I am not so sure it is entirely racial. Sure- in some areas of the country they want to drag him behind a truck like the good old days but in general I don't believe that to be the reason the party leaders hate him.
I think - that they hate him because average, working class, educated voters love him. The GOP represents big business and big money- the idea that they may have to share the wealth scares them beyond belief.
Even if you belief that finding and punishing those responsible for 9/11 was necessary, it took all of 3 months, from Oct to Dec 2001, and 12 fatalities to drive Al Qaeda out of Afghanistan and overthrow the Taliban who gave them safe harbor.
Well written article and I couldn't agree more. The Afghanistan and Iraq wars were not necessary and they cost our country and citizens so much and gave back nothing. The whole "terrorism" scare was force fed to citizens until they became so worried and fearful that it changed our culture. About 4,000 women die each year due to domestic violence. Since 1970 far less than 4,000 American citizens have died due to terrorism. Approximately 2,600 died in the 9/11 attack, less than 600 died in the Oklahoma City bombing and from there the numbers are in the single digits for all other attacks. The 9/11 attack was basically used to steer those with no direction and convince those with no understanding. Quite sad and also scary when you see just how opinionated the citizens of this country are, but have little to no information to support their beliefs or understanding.
Annual number of deaths in the United States and causes
Smoking tobacco 435,000
Infectious diseases 75,000
Toxic agents 55,000
errors in hospitals 44,000 to 98,000
Traffic collisions 43,000
Firearms deaths 31,940
Sexual disease 20,000
Drug abuse 17,000
Of those listed above I can easily see where lives could be saved by making simple changes. Why aren't changes made? Because none of which can generate money and unless change makes money it will never come. Unless the people demand it.....
good luck with that. Sunday truckers don't like to learn. *sigh*
This is a difficult issue. As a business owner we have had homeless people sleep on our steps. My heart breaks when I see it. However, there are dilemmas that must be overcome:
1. I have employees that come in early and they have to ask them to move in order to open the door. This is typically not a problem but I fear for the female employee that attempts to gain access to the office before it gets light, with nobody around.
2. I have opened the door to urine, defecation, vomit, blood, cigarette butts, and trash; not something that is conducive to a safe or normal business environment.
While it saddens me greatly to see people in such a state, I don't know how to handle the situation without causing them to "move on". While the ACLU is busy defending the homeless the city is working on creating a safer environment for the business owners and their customers.
Please understand that "safer" doesn't mean the homeless are physically attacking people. But blood, urine, and defecation are considered hazardous. And the police cannot do anything about that unless they are actually caught in the act.
Again, it is a difficult issue with both sides needing understand and resolution.
Jeez, billcope just mailed this one in. He couldn't even reach "modest effort" on the Barry scale.
One can't help but wonder if Mr. Cope is "projecting," as the shrinks call it.
Anybody who's critical of President Obama is a racist. "How convenient."
Ask yourself if this week's column has contributed in any way to meaningful dialogue, improved race relations, understanding between liberals and conservatives. Or if it's just more posturing and polarization. (And this week's accusations are nothing new - it's just a rehash of what we've been told for 4+ years. We're all racists if we don't go along with the Fundamental Transformation of America.) Cope is Firecracker Boy among the bomb throwers.
you are a racist pig...spreading false truths and stirring up racial division in this country. Shame on you, you sound as if Obama pays you to write this crap. DESPICABLE YOU!!!!!
I would expect nothing more of a liberal hack like Bill Cope than to resort to the race card to explain why it is that conservatives in America dislike Obama. That's just standard, right-out-of-the-playbook, liberal nonsense. Like most things liberal in nature, it's purely based on emotion and severely lacking in anything resembling common sense or reality. Obama's race is a non-factor. His race has nothing to do with his complete lack of qualifications, his inexperience, his lack of knowledge, his childish petulance when things don't go his way, and his glaringly obvious, gross incompetence when dealing with any issue of importance. You don't need to look any further than the "Affordable" Care Act, Benghazi, the NSA and IRS scandals and, most recently, the Syrian debacle to understand exactly what I'm talking about. (And those are just a few examples....there are many, many more). Anyone with even the slightest thread of common sense in their head realizes this. If you fail to, that's on you for either choosing to ignore reality or simply lacking the intelligence to understand. Bottom line is that the Obama administration is a joke - there simply isn't a tent big enough to contain the circus anymore.
"I have two brothers, both as smart as me..." - Cope.
"Like you, I find that living in this beautiful part of the country is marred primarily by the 'race to the bottom of the stupidity barrel' by our majority GOP politicos." - Anonymous B.S.U. "professor."
Looks like Bill has made up another alter ego to get his divisive insults towards the majority of Idahoans in print once more. We have the "redneck" he talks to and now the anonymous B.S.U. "professor." The movie "Harvey" comes to mind (my apologies to Jimmy Stewart) when on the rare occasions when I indulge my curiosity, to see the latest lunatic rantings from Rope-A-Dope-Cope.
Apocalyptic predictions make good entertainment. Accuracy is beside the point.
I predict that the Koch brothers, Charles and David, will be the first humans to have their consciousness transferred to robot bodies and will live out their dream of conquering the planet in its entirety. When their fossil fuel energy destroys the atmosphere they will build domed cities for the wealthy elite and sell everyone else oxygen by the liter. As a matter of necessity, a small underground group will create the machine and the propulsion necessary to migrate off planet and the human race will commence the destruction of another planet, or several.
Surely it must be true that every Idaho student who survives falls from second and third story windows lives on to be a terrific resource to her or his state of residence. Which is probably Washington, California, Oregon, or any of a number of places on earth where there is actually some job opportunities. It's the ones who actually remain behind in Idaho, who survived the falls but retained permanent brain damage from alcohol poisoning, who become embittered haters of everything BSU. It's unfortunate, but every bit as true as heavy metals in North Idaho converting Union Democrats into John Birch Republicans. Live here for a few decades, and you learn a few things.
Panama City wasn't a very smart choice if you were looking for an "off the beaten path beach".
I'm actually impressed that Mr. Cope can be swayed in any direction other than the one he's already decided is right based on little more than a first impression and his own indigestive rumblings... Maybe there's a little hope for other old white guys? = >
"It has been generally agreed that if we wish to remain friends, we should speak neither of religion, politics or the f***ing Broncos."
Then it's probably a safe bet that his friends don't read his column regularly, since those are the topics. (Makes one wonder about the topics of conversation between he and his friends. Music and bowling?)
As for "casual reader" threatening to boycott if Mr. Cope writes less than factual statements... obviously a VERY casual reader. This column is NOT about facts, but rather is Mr. Cope's bitter-old-coot view of the world. (With the VERY occasional foray into unfamiliar non-bitter territory, like last week.)
See Frank DeFord's commentary today (NPR) on the corruption of academics at too many NCAA-affiliated universities.
Interesting...."a disembodied presence on a computer screen." Are you saying that learning online, albeit remote and convenient to match a working professionals needs with family, job and life, is worthless? Seems like someone should maybe try taking one of those disembodied presence on a computer screen courses to see if he can actually hack it to get a passing mark. The education is only as good as the student/teacher relationship allow it to become with quality learning activities and quality content being taught to a high standard.
Oh and BTW, both UofI and BSU have online learning components available while looking to grow even more. It seems to be the way to keep growing costs in control while consistently offering quality learning for students that are paying large amounts to learn.
Of course this is just one educated opinion of a casual reader albeit soon to be less of a casual reader if the writer continues to write less than factual statements.
Colleges today are most of a privilege which is very sad. Education has to be affordable. While children are in the university, they should study instead of spending sleepless nights at work or working the second shift just to afford paying off things like commodities, libraries and other. The reason why they start working, which leads to missing classes, is because they borrow as less as possible for the education. Is this what education has to look like? Oh and of course, missed classes lead to bad marks. Yes, kids can turn to services like http://myessayservice.com/ to help them, but I still think that this is not the same. And things are only getting worse.
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