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  • Jorg Aadahl 7:46 pm on July 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Iraq war blame 

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is now being seriously criticized for his role in the Iraq war, even being called a war criminal.
    His excuse: “I thought I did the right thing”.
    When will we get around to the culprit who talked him into this idiotic war game, SCOTUS-selected “Commander-in-Mischief”, George W. Bush, a fellow evangelist who used to pray afterwards that he had done the right thing?

    Or, are we too preoccupied with Hillary’s e-mails?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:15 pm on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump a GREAT leader! 

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is indeed a leader and someone who can save the country and make it even greater!
    He is about to lead the out-dated Republican party straight off the cliff and into oblivion, which will be good for both the country and the rest of the world.
    Out with religion in politics, special interest leaning SCOTUS, voter restrictions and unnecessary wars. In with equal rights, science, environmental protection and medical care for all, – just for starters.
    So, better times are ahead, thanks to Trump’n. Bless you, bible waving charlatan Donald Trump!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:05 pm on January 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Dangerous GOP rhetoric 

    It’s disturbing to see how the right-wing media, as well as low-information, intellectually challenged individuals, paint a frightening picture of our duly elected President Barack Obama. There is no end to the name calling, the lies, the innuendos, the made-up horror stories and the claims that he is everything from Hitler, Satan, Communist, and to thief and even “Antichrist” — whatever that means. He is being accused of destroying jobs, the economy, the country, killing Grandma and being a Muslim with a secret plan to turn the world over to Sharia law.
    Never mind that President Obama was elected fair and square, with a comfortable margin, twice — despite the election roadblocks and Republican efforts to deny people their constitutional right to vote. Never mind what Obama has been able to accomplish despite compact opposition from an unpatriotic and insanely short-sighted Republican opposition. Never mind that he has been able to repair much of the damage done by his unqualified predecessor, including restoring some of our reputation with the rest of the world.
    And disregarding the grotesque disrespect for the office of the U.S. presidency, don’t these Obama haters realize that there are plenty of lunatics out there, with legally as well as illegally obtained firearms, ready to take a shot at the president, if given a chance, to get rid of what they have been fooled to believe is our “enemy No. 1?”
    Or perhaps they do?

    Also, check out the latest entry under ARTICLE-links: Republicanism vs. Common sense – Giving Obama his due.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:25 pm on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A wasted opportunity 

    Naturally, Republicans anticipated and were looking forward to an extended imprisonment for the ten American sailors caught and held by Iran after they somehow drifted into Iranian waters.
    No wonder they became upset when the sailors were all released early the next day, unharmed and well fed, – possibly as a result of the recent negotiations and a more civilized relationship worked out between our two nations.
    What a shame to having wasted such a splendid opportunity to stir up things over there and secure a more serious Mid-East unrest!
    Of course, the Republicans are upset, – and not only because the outcome was just as President Obama predicted, and so wisely avoided mentioning in his State of the Union address. This could mean a slippery slope again. Who knows what comes next, – cooperation towards more lasting peace, working together to combat climate change, heaven forbid, – or worse?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:01 pm on December 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Walls of separation! 

    Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump seem to have found each other, expressing mutual admiration.
    Instead of a wall of separation, perhaps it is a dream of a wall that unites the two?
    Putin doesn’t seem to have gotten over the loss of the Wall between East and West, while Trump’n advocates a wall facing Mexico that no one can get over. The main difference is that the former was built to prevent people from leaving a stressful Sovjet Union, Trump’s dream wall seeks to keep people from getting in to a more attractive United States.
    I can’t wait to see a shirtless Trump riding a horse, – to further demonstrate his likeness to his idol, the Russian dictator. Or, on second thought …

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:23 am on November 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Islam not hijacked! 

    Muslims all over the world have been quick to denounce this latest, vicious wave of terrorism, claiming that it is an attempt to hijack the religion of Islam and saddle peaceful Muslims with defending a religion whose very name is rooted in peace.
    There is no doubt that by far the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, decent and contributing members of their various societies, and that Islam-inspired atrocities reflect badly and unfairly on them. However, to the extent that Islam is based on The Quran, even peaceful Muslims must admit that their “holy” book does not exactly advocate love and peace. Quite the opposite, The Quran makes it clear that it is a Muslims duty to kill any so-called “infidel”, including Muslim apostates, if he has a chance to do so. The Quran is rather specific on that point, advocating hate instead of love, and death and mayhem instead of peace. In other words, the atrocities we have witnessed, both recently and over many, many years in the past, are directly in line with the expressed spirit of the Quran.
    That means that the jihadist terrorists have not “hijacked” the religion of Islam, they have followed that religion to the letter. Fortunately, most Muslims do not follow their religion, and some have even turned Atheist, like author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Unfortunately, too many take the word of The Quran literally, as we have seen, and obviously wooed by the Quran’s promise of virgins in heaven for mass murderers of innocent fellow human beings. Some religion in that sense, and very tempting for those weak of mind and morality, easily persuaded by an outdated religion based on a book made up by superstitious desert people hundreds of years ago, partly to counter Christianity, and for some very good reasons.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:59 am on September 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The Iran deal 

    Republican foreign policy experts Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump
    have come out in force and in no uncertain terms denounced the multi-national Iran nuclear deal.
    On top of that, Iraq attack architect Dick Cheney has publicly criticized the agreement, which he says will upset the good work the Bush administration did in the Middle-East.

    What better indirect support could President Obama ever hope for?

     
    • Al Ward 6:13 pm on September 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Jorg, congratulations on getting this post published as a letter to the editor in Sept. 13 San Jose Mercury News.
      Coincidentally, on the facing page of that editorial section was Charles Krauthammers column addressing the same topic. That triggered the following thoughts.

      The icon of the 20th century for the consequences of action or lack thereof based on naive wishful thinking regarding one’s adversaries is Neville Chamberlain.

      It seems very likely that future historians will award that icon status for the 21st Century to our President, Barak Obama.

      By the way, I don’t recall, was Neville Chamberlain awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his accomplishment?

      • Jorg 12:52 pm on September 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        No, Chamberlain was never awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, although other mistakes have been made. The worst mistake I can recall at the moment, was to give it to Mother Teresa!
        On the other hand, I predicted publicly that Obama would be awarded the Peace Prize, about a year before it actually happened. I think history will show that this award was well deserved. We’ll have to wait and see, won’t we? Same for Al Gore, by the way.

    • Al Ward 5:01 pm on September 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well Jorg, apparently the recently retired Secretary of the Nobel committee, Geir Lundestad, might disagree with you regarding Mother Teresa as being the worst choice.
      His statement regretting having given the award to President Obama underscores the fundamental truth that liberal (progressive) decision making is based on wishful thinking.
      He told the AP that “the committee HOPED the award would strengthen Mr. Obama”.
      To your knowledge, has the Nobel committee regretted any other of its awards?

      As regards Al Gore, do you suppose he keeps his Nobel prize with him as he rides around in private jets or settles into his huge air conditioned Tennessee mansion?
      Isn’t it a fun fact that Al reaped a small fortune in “filthy Arab oil money” when he sold his failing progressive TV network to Al Jazeera? Perhaps the Nobel committee should create an Hypocrisy prize so that Al could be a double winner.

      By the way, a closely held secret is that the Supreme Court handed the Presidency to George Bush in 2000 simply because they were disgusted that Al Gore didn’t carry his home state of Tennessee. After all, if the voters who knew him best didn’t want him as president, why would the court wish him onto the whole country?

      • Jorg 8:30 am on September 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Mr. Lundestad did not speak for the Nobel Peace Prize committee members! He was a lonely voice, mainly to add some juice to his book, partly to criticize Thorbjørn Jagland, the committee chairman, for various personal reasons. Lundestad’s statement has been soundly criticized by the Committee, forcing him to take back some of the personal fire. That has not been disclosed in American press, but as you know, – I’m fluent in Norwegian and read the local papers daily.
        And as far as Al Gore, time will show how right he was, – while the vast majority of the world’s scientists already agree with him!

  • Jorg Aadahl 10:06 am on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The presidential R-bate 

    On background of the first Republican presidential debate, what the party seems to need the most is the hopeful contender Dr. Ben Carson, — a brain surgeon.
    And for some, even a heart surgeon may also be required.

     
    • Al Ward 4:15 pm on August 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Regarding Republican Presidential Candidate brains and hearts:
      If You Are Not a Liberal at 25, You Have No Heart. If You Are Not a Conservative at 35 You Have No Brain.

      I like to attribute this quote to Winston Churchill, but the web site below indicates that wise men have been quoting this solid fact regarding human nature for centuries.

      http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/02/24/heart-head/

    • Jorg Aadahl 7:58 pm on August 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Whether or not he said it, or something to that effect, I think good old Winston would have been rather embarrassed by being associated with today’s American Republicanism! Quite a cry from British conservatism of Churchill’s day, – actually, a bloody scream apart, I’d say.

  • Jorg Aadahl 2:16 pm on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    BOMBING AWAY! 

    Republican position before 2016:

    Afghanistan: We bombed!

    Iraq: We bombed!

    ISIS: We should have bombed!

    Syria: We should have bombed!

    Iran: Let us bomb!

    Republican position after 2016:

    We bombed — big time!

     
    • Al Ward 10:04 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Time will tell. In the event that Trump runs as a third party candidate we will probably have the coronation of Hillary whose main claim to fame is derived from having been married to a philanderer

  • Jorg Aadahl 10:38 am on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Confederate confusion 

    Taking down the Confederate flag after the South lost their Civil war, should be as much a no-brainer as taking down the Swastika after Nazi-Germany lost their evil war, – unless you have no brain, that is.
    Or, no heart.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:48 pm on April 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    ENEMY SHORTAGE LURKING? 

    With President Obama on his peace making mission, patching things up even with Iran and Cuba, – we may run smack out of enemies before his term is up!
    But, nothing too permanent for a Republican coup in 2016 to undo.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:59 am on March 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The ‘Republicans’ ‘47%’ curse. 

    The now infamous ‘47%’, which Presidential hopeless Mitt Romney claimed didn’t pay taxes, sank him as a viable candidate, thank goodness.

    Now, 47 Republican senators, or 47% of the US Senate, have demonstrated that Obama-hate trumps patriotism, by sending a letter to Iran intended to torpedo the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations. For the sake of the country, and the world at large, we can only hope that the latest ‘47%’ will sink the Republican party, and not the ongoing talks with Iran.

    While Romney’s ‘47%’ was misleading, the Senate ’47’ thoroughly exposed the awful truth, that nothing is beneath them in their zeal to take down our duly elected President Obama. The question remains, though, – is it treason, blatant Republican-type stupidity, or both? Or, perhaps a fear that we may go without another war for a while. Yeah, that would be very un-Republican, catering to the Democratic agenda. Can’t risk that!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 4:29 pm on February 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Love & Hate Rudy Style 

    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently unleashed on President Obama, claiming he doesn’t love America, and that he had the audacity to suggest that the country isn’t exceptional and near perfection.
    However, to be fair, – Mr. Giuliani is generous with praise where he feels credit is due, like the open admiration he has shown for Russian President and former KGB head, Vladimir Putin, whom he has characterized as a real leader, one who dares to make decisions, one who quickly executes, literally, without much hesitation.
    Yeah, – more like George W. Bush.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 11:18 am on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Premonition Republican style 

    The claim now is that Republican leadership knew what the newly elected President Obama was up to, and that’s why they already on day one conspired to obstruct everything he would ever set out to do.
    So, they must have known back then that he would create millions of jobs, cut the deficit, rescue the auto industry and the economy, get the stock market up to record highs and the jobless rate down more and faster than even Romney had “promised”, besides getting bin Laden and improving health care to cover millions more, – not to mention getting us out of, instead of into, wars.
    And, heaven forbid, – outlaw torture, a Republican favorite!

    Of course, that would be really embarrassing on background of George W. Bush’ eight years of tanking the economy, letting preventable 9/11 happen, starting a couple of unnecessary wars that we lost, losing millions of jobs and wasting the surplus left by President Clinton on tax cuts for the already rich.

    Such a glaring and historic contrast would indeed be very embarrassing for the Republicans, so it had to be prevented at all cost, regardless of the consequences. Quite logical, actually.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 1:10 pm on October 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Election integrity! 

    Besides informed voters, we cannot have a true democracy without election integrity. That means that every citizen over a certain age gets to vote, without any restrictions or obstructions, except for individuals that
    have lost the right to vote. Any effort to limit the right to vote through intimidation, unnecessary rules and requirements,or lack of accessibility, makes for less than honest elections, and less of a Democracy, which again is
    un-American and unpatriotic.

    With the threat of 3½ years in jail, $10,000 fine, and deportation for illegals, it is rather unlikely that anyone would try to vote without the right to do so, especially for an act with no direct personal benefit.
    So, what’s the “voter fraud” hysteria on the part of Republicans all about? It can be nothing but an effort to prevent eligible voters from exercising their constitutional right to do so, thus swinging the election in their favor, at the expense of election integrity. Such unpatriotic and unconstitutional acts are right up there with cheating in sports, but with more dire consequences.
    The electile dysfunction (mind the spelling!) in 2000 gave us an incompetent president, two unnecessary wars, a right-wing Supreme court, impaired international relations, joblessness and a wrecked economy, and
    war on science, education and women, just to name a few. Predictable as 9/11 was, it might very well have been prevented with a more capable administration in charge.

    Who wants to support a party that cheats? It happened both in 2000 and 2004, and we’ve seen what that led to! Dirty tricks, lies, distortions and misrepresentation seem to be the Republican game plan again, covered up with
    a shield of hypocritical religiosity. Unfortunately, that has been working too well for a party stuck in the past.
    Our only hope now is that enough voters wake up and vote in the best interest of the country. And themselves!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 4:30 pm on September 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Hindsight, or foresight? 

    If only …
    President Obama hadn’t withdrawn from Iraq,
    George W. Bush hadn’t attacked Afghanistan and Iraq in the first place,
    George W. Bush hadn’t been re-elected in 2004,
    Supreme Court hadn’t selected George W. Bush in 2000,
    The Bush administration had been awake and prevented predictable 9/11,
    We hadn’t sided with Sadam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq conflict of the 80s,
    We hadn’t supported the Afghanistani Taliban against the Soviets during the ’79 conflict,
    If only McCain or Romney had been elected instead of Obama, – oh, my goodness, a
    thought too scary to contemplate …
    Oh, well…
    Perhaps we should think ahead more and consider the consequences, instead of looking back with regret!
    If only we could learn from history …

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:22 am on September 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Kerry gravely mistaken on Islam! 

    The day after the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) released a video showing the brutal beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist ISIS has decapitated on video, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech stating that Islam is a “peaceful religion based on the dignity of all human beings,” and that ISIS is not “the real face of Islam.”

    What utter nonsense! What is “peaceful” about Islam? Has John Kerry never read the Koran? The actions he is referring to, along with numerous barbaric terror acts committed in the name of Islam, are directly in line with the word of the Koran and in the spirit of Islam! Not “radical” Islam! Islam itself IS radical!
    It is about time we get real and honest and call a spade a spade, or Islam the worst hoax perpetrated on the human race. The only “peace” that can be achieved in the spirit of Islam, is when all of us so-called “infidels” are wiped out. That includes not only Atheists, but everyone harboring a religion not accepted by the islamists. However, the remaining islamists will in all likelihood keep on slaughtering each other for the slightest, insignificant difference of opinion on the made-up origin of that religion.
    About time we distinguish between Islamists who follow the letter and spirit of The Koran, and everyday Muslims who live peaceful lives without a threat to others. They don’t follow The Koran any more than most Christians follow the Bible, fortunately. What all religions have in common, is that they are made up. The difference is that Christianity is ashamed of its bloody past, while Islam advocates an even bloodier future.

     
    • Al Ward 3:58 pm on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      As I listened to Secretary of State John Kerry this morning spout the Obama Administration’s glut of wishful thinking regarding the Middle East, I was reminded of this Sept 6 blog post, “Kerry Gravely Mistaken…”.
      What brought this post to mind was Kerry’s statement today that “ISIS is making a mockery of a peaceful religion”. That made me also recall the Hesitant President stating on Sept. 10 that “ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents”.
      I must admit though, it was exciting to see our President pretend to show military resolve, stepping right up BEHIND the sweeping change of public sentiment regarding Middle East involvement by America.

      This whole stream of wishful thinking regarding a “coalition of the willing”, and the promise (either another Obama lie for political purpose, or a reflection that he doesn’t really care about military success) that there will be no American “boots on the ground” is obviously only a ploy trying to help Democrats in the Nov election.
      If there was REAL intent to contain OR degrade OR destroy (pick one) the enemy, the last thing a responsible Commander In Chief would do is announce what military force he is willing (or not) to use.

      Regarding the coalition of the willing: on or around Sept. 15 Prime Minister Cameron of Great Britain echoed Obama, announcing “These are not Muslims, they are Monsters”, but then he confirmed that Britain ( our only ally with significant military muscle) will not participate with airstrikes.

      So what is left to join Obama’s coalition? The Lilliputian military of the majority of nations who for decades have been defense freeloaders riding on the back of the US military and taxpayers ( Jordan, Albania, Bahrain, Greece, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Italy, etc., etc.).

      • Jorg Aadahl 3:08 pm on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        US military help to Norway, – of all countries??? That defies all common sense and logic, not to mention facts. In Table 1299 – US Foreign Economic and Military Aid by Major Recipient Country, Norway isn’t even listed, although countries receiving just a few millions, are. And why would Norway even need any foreign help, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with a very healthy trade balance and balanced budget, contrary to the state of the US economy? The fact is, that Norway actually manufacturers a lot of weaponry and ammuninition for the US military, while US itself manufacturs a substantial amount of sophisticated weaponry on license owned by Norway or Norwegian companies. Norway is also a member of NATO and has been on the side of the US in the Mid-East conflicts, contributing both military expertice, special forces, and weaponry.

  • Jorg Aadahl 6:19 am on August 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A Republican idol 

    Not long ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin was hailed by Fox News pundits and several more or less prominent Republicans like former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, as a true leader, one who doesn’t hesitate, one who dares to make a decision and who executes without hesitation — in stark contrast to President Obama, who was criticized as someone who has to think about everything before he acts, weigh consequences, talk to others and evaluate options.
    Putin has now demonstrated that he is a leader of Republican ilk — more like George W. Bush.
    When pushed further to the right, it doesn’t take much for politics to complete the circle and meet Communism on the other side. The two have much in common, including fooling the masses to believe that it is all in their own best interest and that they all have an ownership stake, while only the top few really benefit, and usually at the expense of the lower echelons.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:33 pm on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VOTE IN NOVEMBER! DEMOCRATIC! 

    This post will be updated regularly with  reasons why it is so important to get out and vote this coming November.

    Voting is important not only for yourself, but for all those who may suffer even more if the Republicans keep control of the House, and, Heaven forbid, gain control of the Senate!

    We have seen what they’ll do if we let them! So, don’t, – for the sake of our country!

    Republican track record a disaster!

    After letting the predictable and preventable terror attacks on 9/11/2001 happen, Republicans lied us into unnecessary wars, with disastrous results.
    Then they tried to lie us out of necessary affordable health care for all, obstructed attempts at job creation and projects aimed at getting the economy going again after the failurs of the Bush administration.

    Now they are suing the president and threatening impeachment, – for going on his own, doing the job they refused to do.
    What a track record! Still any voters out there who don’t understand we’ll get more of the same if Republicans are given the chance? So go out and vote in November to prevent them from doing even greater damage than they have already done!

    Wonder if it would be the end of GOP if Republican voters were better informed, if Republicans stopped lying both about themselves and the Democrats, and if voters were not prevented from voting through restrictions and manipulation.

    Don’t hide – get out and vote

    Will Democrats hibernate this November and complain later? Midterm elections might not be sexy or hold the prestige of presidential elections, but their congressional outcomes have the power to undo years of progress. I can think of millions of people who can’t afford to hibernate this November: those who now have health insurance. Depending on the outcome of this election, many could be at risk of losing their insurance, along with women who want equal pay and want to keep their right to make personal life choices, immigrants who want reform, underserved minorities who are caught on minimum-wage treadmills, young people who want affordable degrees and gender equality, and seniors who depend and count on Social Security. Voting is the new sexy in November. Let it be you who votes, not complains in December.

    Betty Lucas, San Francisco

    (San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, 2014)

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:11 am on June 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Cheney wrong, – again! 

    Dick Cheney’s statement, “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many”, has gone viral. By pinning it on President Obama, instead of George W. Bush, – good old slick Dick managed to be wrong on that one, too.

     
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