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Hooray! Chicago is the worst city for home prices in the US!
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The US' track record on bringing freedom and democracy to the middle east is not any good. Trump seems to be the only person in the running who understands that.
"The people that want to come in and replace Assad, nobody knows who they are and they could end up being worse," [Trump] said. "We're constantly going out and siding with people and they turn out to be worse than the people who were there before."And "constantly" is the right term--we backed Saddam Hussein (against Iran) and Osama bin Laden and a bunch of other guys (against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan) that turned out to be skunks after the political situation changed.
The article concludes:
In other words, Trump has no idea here either but what he does know is that the US habitually makes the same basic mistake in the Mid-East when considerations of geopolitical expediency lead Washington to oust Arab strongmen only to watch in horror as subsequent puppet governments crumble and are eventually replaced or at least partially supplanted by something far worse than the regime the US helped to overthrow. Meanwhile it is of course the people of these countries who suffer as is clearly evident in Syria.Meanwhile, Putin is the one talking sense. Check this out.
So say what you will about Trump and foreign policy, but at least he understands that much and indeed, an honest understanding of that basic concept may have been all that was needed to avoid the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in Syria.
"Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence, poverty and social disaster -- and nobody cares a bit about human rights, including the right to life," Putin said through a translator. "I cannot help asking those who have forced that situation: Do you realize what you have done?"I don't think "they" do realize, and if they do, they don't care.
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Tax cuts by themselves do nothing about the budget. The "starve the beast" paradigm does not work; the beast refuses to go on a diet.
If taxes are cut, the government simply borrows more; the budgets are higher every year. No, Ace is right--the thing to do is to force Americans to pay for all the government largesse they want, without any borrowing...and then we'd see how quickly the beast was put on a diet.
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Oceanic Airlines is real sorry about your daddy, mon. He be de zombie now. ...it's probably better not to ask why the representative of Oceanic Airlines, who is apologizing to Jack Shepherd for losing his father's body, speaks like he's from Jamaica.
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A fantastic short story from Francis Porretto.
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Today I came home from work and collapsed, getting nothing done that I had hoped to accomplish. I slept for perhaps two hours but I woke up feeling refreshed.
Now I get to wash the dishes. Such a stimulating life I lead.