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Al Nashiri was the mastermind of the terrorist attack in 2000 on the U.S.S. Cole in which 17 U.S. sailors were killed and 39 were injured. Until he was captured in Dubai in 2002, he was the head of Al-Qaeda operations in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf States. Knowing that he killed and/or maimed 56 American sailors in one attack, and probably caused the deaths of other innocents during his terrorist career, are readers really supposed to "shiver in disgust" because of the way he was interrogated? Are the readers allowed to shiver in disgust about what he did, too? As between his interrogation and his actions, which is more disgusting?
Marie: Mr. Garner did not die because he was black. He was confronted by the police because he was selling loose cigarettes. Had he been standing with his hands in his pockets doing nothing, there would have been no encounter and he would not have died. I am not excusing what happened to him or suggesting that the police were justified. Rather, my point is that Democrats and especially liberals always want bigger, more powerful government in every situation, even in the aftermath of Mr. Garner's death. And yet it was big government with its burdensome regulations and abusive taxes that created the circumstances culminating in Mr. Garner's death. If the black community is upset by Mr. Garner's death, it should reconsider its allegiance to Democrats, the party of big government. If you don't learn from history, you're destined to repeat it.
Lots of folks trying to make their world a better place one bottle at a time, but not by recycling. Sing together now : "I'm shippin' up to Boston ... ."
In the state of New York, it's illegal to sell tobacco products without a certificate of registration. Persons with the certificate must collect and pay tax on a pack of cigarettes that exceeds $4.00. When people like Mr. Garner sell loose cigarettes, they're interfering with the power of big government to extract tax dollars from its citizens. The police are the enforcement arm of big government, and in New York big government actively enforces the laws against loose cigarettes. Was Mr. Garner's death tragic? Absolutely. Was it because he was black? Absolutely not. He died because he defied big government and its excessive regulations and taxes. The black community could and should be outraged by the excesses of big government, the advocates of which tend to be Democrats. For years after the Civil War blacks tended to vote Republican because it was the party of Lincoln. Perhaps its time they went home to the Republican party.
Improper executive orders in the past don't justify improper executive orders in the present. And it is irrelevant how many executive orders a president issues in comparison to his predecessors. If a President issued a single executive order--"I hereby suspend the U.S. constitution and appoint myself emperor for life"--neither previous orders from other presidents nor the lack of other orders would justify such a proclamation.
Anybody who's ever driven in traffic on the I-5 between SeaTac and Everett or on the 405 in L.A. or on the 101 in the Bay Area would agree. Bigger cities aren't necessarily better cities when it comes to daily life. As far as changing Spokane, nobody's stopping that from happening. I get the impression that some folks think there's a cadre of insiders in Spokane who somehow control things. Not so. Sartre (and others) said "We are our choices." Not happy with something here? Choose something different.
Over the last few days there have been stories about Ferguson citizens helping to clean up the mess made by the rioters. It's reassuring to know that there are still people of good will who want to have a positive impact on the community and who aren't narcissists or vandals.
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