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General News and Politics
By Jim Barber, Camp Verde, Arizona
Current news and political discussion
GETTING THEIR MONEY'S WORTH
It is often said that everyone should vote. I heartily disagree. Those who have no interest in voting, who have no interest in the issues or of learning anything about them, should admit as much and bow to an informed electorate.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
DAMNED IF YOU DO OR DON'T
Sometimes you're damned if you do, damned if you don't. A judge has ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional - too cruel. Why? Because they are not killing convicted murderers quickly enough.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE
Our military spends millions every year working with the Mexican military. Our top generals said that it was necessary to release five top terrorist commanders to ransom Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
WHO WAS THE DAMN FOOL?
Who was the first idiot to look at a tobacco leaf, think "I'll just roll that up, set it on fire and suck the smoke down my lungs!" In an old country song, "Smoke, Smoke (that cigarette)", the singer says "...I'd murder that son-of-a-gun in the first degree."
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
MISPLACED LOYALTIES
Just as Blacks have found themselves being taken for granted by the Democrat party, Hispanic voters should be aware that they are slipping into the same category - assumed safe votes for any Democrat nominee.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
HAGEL SHOULD TELL TRUTH
Regardless of the impact on Arizona's economy, if retiring the Warthog is in the best interests of the country it should be done. However, Secretary Hagel is being less than honest about replacing it with the F-35.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
LOW STANDARDS
I love a good joke or comedy. I'm not offended by a dirty joke or a little nudity. Humor is generally based on someone's misfortune or discomfort. Always looking for a new sitcom, such as Everybody Loves Raymond, Modern Family or Last Man Standing, I attempted to watch "You're The Worst" the other night.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
CAPITALISM ENHANCES FREEDOM
Bill Goodykoontz misjudges D'Souza's film "America." Despite the demonization of the far left, D'Souza makes the case that, for all her faults, America has become a beacon of individual freedom.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
THE WORLD IS A MESS
President Obama's low job approval rating, 41%, his handling of foreign policy at 37%, and over half believing the president unable to lead the country, was the subject during an ABC interview.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
WISHFUL THINKING
Eugene Robinson's (AZ Rep,Opinions, 6/29/14) statement, "...we may be creating terrorists as quickly as we eliminate them" is the typical "Blame America First" response of those who believe terrorists would live and let live if only given the chance.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
HOW DARE THEY
Who do they think they are? They presume to know what's best for us and, whether we like it or not, they will shove it down our throats. They turn our own government agencies into weapons against us if we dare to voice our objections, whether on the street corner, the college campus or the voting booth.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
DISCONNECTED
President Obama's low job approval rating, 41%, his handling of foreign policy at 37%, and over half believing the president unable to lead the country, was the subject during an ABC interview.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
POTHEADS STEALING WATER
Ah, the unintended consequences of pothead agenda. As Uncle Sam shuts down a productive, job producing oyster farm along the West coast for esthetic reasons a new cottage industry has emerged - growing pot for illegal export to states that haven't yet legalized the mind-numbing drug.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
DRONING CITIZEN JIHADISTS
When allied troops invaded axis-held Europe during WWII, there were American born Germans and Italians waiting to kill them. Any suggestion that these enemies might have constitutional rights would have been universally ridiculed.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
COMEDY CENTRAL
If anyone asked me to describe the Obama administration I would have to say it is a cross between the Keystone Kops and The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
REPEATING HISTORY
The recent actions of Vladimir Putin have analysts considering the striking similarities of those actions to Nazi Germany leading up to WWII.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
THE DANGER OF ONLINE VOTING
Government's main focus is to promote government. The VA started a program to send special teams of experts to troubled VA hospitals. After a short period the program was ended.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
BAD JUDGMENTS
In 2009 4 people died in a "flukish" accident driving a loaner Lexus. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Ca.) led an attack on Toyota, claiming an electronic bug in the car's system caused runaway vehicles, taking his case to the floor of the House even as evidence piled up that "pedal mis-application" was the real culprit.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
THINK AGAIN
Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss in Virginia has liberals giddy and GOP leaders dumbfounded. They shouldn't be. Liberals are shouting that the radicals have taken the Republican Party.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
CORRECTING MISTAKES
President Obama, whose stumbling, bumbling foibles in foreign policy have destroyed American credibility in the world while encouraging our opponents, leaving our military leaders scratching their heads and Americans questioning his qualifications, has a unique (if not too late) opportunity to recover some small part of respect.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
SCORE ONE FOR BIDEN
Even a broken clock is right twice a day!
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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