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Paul Hammond

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  • A US attack on Syria will Prolong the War
    • Kyzl, The purpose of bombing isn't to protest anything. It is to make the regime pay a price for its crimes and make them think twice before repeating them.

    • It may embolden the rebels, but it may shock the Baath Party elite to their senses and bring them to the negotiating table. The strike is designed to send a different message though, being that if you gas and kill civilians you will suffer. To do that it must hit them wherever it hurts the most. That might be better done by siezing their assets and closing their banks which I think you stated elsewhere.

  • Top Ten Wish List Progressives should Press on President Obama
    • First of all, Progressives did not elect Barack Obama. Myself, my family and a whole lot of other people like them decided to vote for sanity. If Barack Obama depended on Progressives to elect him, we'd be talking about President elect Romney right now. Obama needs to serve the great American center which most people occupy. We've had enough of the extremes of both the Right and the Left. Take your money and go home. Bill Clinton set the example. Barack Obama needs to learn from it and leave a legacy of limited government, personal freedom and responsibility. Wouldn't that be something.

  • "The Whirling Dervishes" by Mahmud Said (Painting)
    • I just reread a book about a Russian castration cult during the civil war called The People's Act of Love, very strange and very compelling. One of the main features of their worship was this same or similar type of estatic spinning which would carry them to heaven and create visions. I've never heard of this practice elsewhere, but it can't be unique. This certainly must have been one of the wierdest variations.

  • Omar Khayyam (107) "Not every withered Tulip is going to bloom Again"
  • The N. Korea/ Iran Nuclear Connection Fraud
    • I've often heard the not so fringe right call "wingnuts", a description I wouldn't dispute. Interestingly, here in Richmond, there is a group of off the map anarchists that self identifies as "wingnuts", a description with which I wholeheartedly agree. There have even been negotiations between the two to form a common front. They're motto?

      Wingnuts of the world, Unite!

  • A tale of two Afghan Leaders, before and after 9/11
    • Well, Professor Cole, what do you say about these less than stellar representations of Massoud? I don't ask this cynically. I too mourned the missed opportunity for peace and stability that the death of the Afghan war hero seemed to snuff out. He was certainly portrayed romantically by the American press and others.

  • Worst Reporting on Green Energy of the Week
    • Environmentalists here talk a good game till the wind turbines interfere with anything in their 'viewscape'. Vacation home owners in the Shenandoah are the worst. They spout a good game at home, buy deny locals in coal fields green jobs. That makes me kinda crotchety.

  • Top Stories More Important than Quran-Burning Nut Job
    • It's absurd that the Secretary of State, Defense, the President and General Petraeus have seen fit to legitimize a complete non-entity. As hard as it may be, our national leaders need to stop empowering any small minded idiot who can push the buttons of the world press corp. We live in a free country and everybody's got the constitutional right to idiocy. This shouldn't be international news and we need to STOP feeding this fire.

  • Glenn Beck's 'I have a Dream Speech'
  • Kurashige: The Islamic Center and the “Pearl Harbor” Analogy
    • Paul C Hammond 08/28/2010 at 6:31 pm

      The difference between the WTC, Pearl Harbor and the War of 1812 is vast, 140 to 198 years. Time heals most wounds. While Pearl Harbor is fading from living memory, the WTC is a fresh wound for many that has permanently changed the way we live. A generation, maybe two will have to pass before more rational heads will prevail. I think the construction of the "Freedom Tower" on Ground Zero is also a sacrilege. It should have been turned into a Peace park and a monument against religious extremism.

  • Republican National Committee Slashes New York Muslim Cabbie
    • Paul C Hammond 08/25/2010 at 6:07 pm

      There are more than two varieties of people in this country. Not everyone is a "hateful republican" or a "spineless Democrat" and some of those people think for themselves, are not Islamophobic, but nevertheless oppose this Islamic Cultural Center. It seems like only the worst elements come to these anti mosque demonstrations and most people don't want any part of it, regardless of their feelings on the subject.

  • Dear Rev. Graham: Obama was not born a Muslim and neither is anyone else
    • One is said to truly not be a Catholic until one is confirmed. I was not threatened or coerced into confirmation "at puberty, but at around 12 it was an ingrained family expectation. It never entered my mind that I could or should have refused. I would think in Islamic cultures the expectation would be even higher.

      Barack Obama though, is a horse of a different color (no pun intended). As the article states, his father was an atheist and abandoned him at a young age. I don't know how he was raised. The President's Islamic sounding name, Barack Hussein Obama, probably goes a long ways towards giving the impression of being or having been a Muslim. Considering the association, it's remarkable he was ever elected. That being said, most of those who promote the President as a Muslim are either ignorant, gullible, or do so cynical, self serving reasons. If the lunatic right continues to hijack the Republican Party, I predict they will fail badly in the general election. Even Joe McCarthy managed to crash and burn in far different times.

  • Iraqis differ in Reactions to US Combat Troops' Departure
    • "The status quo of the post WWII period" is one of the great success stories of the 20th century. American troops no longer occupy any part of Europe, but their continued presence has coincided with the longest period of peacetime in European history. I don't hear many calls for their withdrawal from here or there.

  • Blog Migration
    • Could be that you have an old WordPress ;or related account. I've seen this happen before.

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