Igor 5 months, 1 week ago on No excuse for pathetic voter turnout in US

I understand your point and agree. However, according to many on the left the problem is that voting for some has become TOO hard due to voter ID laws in some states. The left claims that voter ID laws disenfranchise minorities but, just as the case of the War on Women and Climate Change, I have a hard time swallowing this one. The claim that minorities are too stupid to figure out how to get a photo ID is an insult to their intelligence and mine as well. If you have to have an ID to drive a car, buy cigarettes and alcohol, open a bank account, apply for food stamps and welfare, Medicaid and social security, unemployment compensation, get on an airplane, purchase a gun, get a hunting or fishing license, etc., then it seems entirely reasonable that you should have to have an ID to vote if for no other reason than to prevent voter fraud. Do thoughts like this make me a bad person? Or am I just stupid? Wonder what Prof. Gruber would say?


Igor 5 months, 2 weeks ago on US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

Yes, as you say, it's one huge joke. Wish I could bring myself to laugh. The planet hasn't warmed a bit in the last 15 years and before that there's no credible evidence that mankind contributed in any quantifiable way. According to my vegan friends on the Left we need to stop eating meat because bovine flatulence is the real problem. Hey, climate change folks! I have some great beach front property for sale up near Tollgate if you're interested.


Igor 5 months, 2 weeks ago on Washington approves expanded gun background checks

The reason the initiative passed is that the ballot title was misleading. "Initiative Measure No. 594 concerns background checks for firearm sales and transfers. This measure would apply currently used criminal and public safety background checks by licensed dealers to all firearm sales and transfers, including gun show and online sales, with specific exceptions."

If you didn’t take time to read the initiative in its entirety you would think that all your voting on is a law to require private background checks when you sell or give your firearm to a third party. Who could possibly object to background checks in those situations? The vast majority of NRA members favor private checks.

But what they don’t favor is a law that imposes a myriad of transfer restrictions in almost every other situation you can think of. The initiative was a Trojan horse loaded with all sorts of nasty little surprises that will do nothing but criminalize a huge number of law abiding gun owners. So yes, a legislative fix is indicated. But don’t hold your breath.

The real problem with the law is most people simply won’t comply with many of its restrictive provisions and enforcement will be almost impossible. California tried something like this some years ago and only about 10% complied with the law. My prediction is that the initiative will be invalidated because of its deeply flawed ballot title.


Igor 5 months, 2 weeks ago on No excuse for pathetic voter turnout in US

According to our President the fact that only 36% of the electorate voted means that the majority of the people continue to support his agenda . . whatever that might be.


Igor 7 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Bombing is not right approach to ISIS

You make some good, cogent arguments, but I respectfully disagree that ISIS is not a threat to the US. There’s hard evidence that many that have fought with ISIS are back home for R&R on their American passports and that many more are filtering unchecked across our southern border.

The immediate threat may not be attacks here at home, but rather attacks on our allies, both European and Arab. The ISIS army is not a bunch of ignorant savages. They are a very sophisticated lot, many of whom were educated here in the U.S. I’ve read that over 40% of their officers were former officers who served under Sadam.

Five Arab countries have joined Obama’s coalition. How much “boots on the ground” help we’ll get from them is debatable. But if we don’t take a leadership role and do all we can to annihilate the evil that is ISIS then its army will only grow stronger.

I accept your “guns and butter” argument. Certainly we can and should do more for those suffering from addiction and mental illness. But I ask you to remember that it was your leftist friends that turned all the mentally ill and the severely addicted out on the streets.

I find it heartbreaking to read about all the mentally ill that freeze to death every winter or who are raped and/or murdered on a constant basis because the left in our country, with the help of the ACLU, sued to “free” all these poor souls on the faulty assumption that they could subsist and get by with the advent of antipsychotic medicines.

Our mental health system is abominable and cruel. So far as your comments regarding industrial pollution, hunger and untreated diseases are concerned? Well, what can I say? Hogwash! No one goes hungry in this country and no one suffers from untreated disease if he can find his way to an ER.

The air and water are cleaner now than they’ve ever been and tightening regulatory standards will not do anything to improve matters. Read “Regulators Gone Wild” by Rich Trzupek

It will be interesting to see how Obama’s strategy pans out, but I fear that he’s once again boxed himself into a corner with his no boots on the ground pledge. Again, if he would have left some troops in Iraq before he bugged out, not of what we’re seeing today with ISIS would be happening.

Back in the 1930s many people saw Hitler just as Obama saw ISIS, namely, the junior varsity sporting varsity uniforms. Hitler preached hate and Teutonic supremacy. Kinda like ISIS. The same only different.

Hitler and his thugs were pure evil. Just like ISIS. The same only different. They only way to deal with these sorts of hate motivated organizations to kill ‘em all and break their stuff. Otherwise they gonna be a knock, knock, knockin’ at your door.


Igor 7 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Bombing is not right approach to ISIS

Given the way Obama has conducted our wars of late, I am hard pressed to disagree.


Igor 7 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Bombing is not right approach to ISIS

Hello Annie,

I always enjoy your letters even though we rarely agree on much of anything. Debate is a healthy thing! This time I agree with your in part, but disagree with you for the most part.

Given what we’ve learned about ISIS since the beheading of Foley, I agree that conventional aerial bombardment probably will not work, especially since our President has told them that under no circumstances will we put boots on the ground. His practice of telling our enemies what we will or won’t do is, with all due respect, the height of idiocy.

But I strongly disagree that ISIS and al Qaeda are not a treat to the U.S. and our allies. Though you’re right when you say that destroying ISIS will not eliminate the threat of “72 virgin” radical Islamism, PearlY is also correct. That is, anything less than an effective military response will only exacerbate the problem.

I also agree with Dr. Philpot’s observations. Colin Powell showed us how war should be waged in the Gulf War, i.e., with overwhelming force. If you have not read von Clausewitz’s classic treatise, On War, then you should so as to gain some practical understanding of military affairs.

The fact of the matter is that if the superior power employs overwhelming force to vanquish the enemy lives are almost always saved on both sides. Truman, like Powell, also proved this with his “nonconventional” bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Were it not for those horrific bombings many, many more lives would have been lost on both sides. Few historians dispute this fact.

The real tragedy is that none of what’s happening today in Iraq would be happening if Obama would have had the good sense to leave troops there. Instead, he was intent on bugging out with no attempts at base retention or a status of forces agreement with Iraq. Again, with all due respect, the height of idiocy.

But, as Dr. Philpot says, for us to standby and do nothing while American citizens are being murdered in the most savage, brutal way will only lead to more and more destabilization of the precarious peace we now enjoy. Appeasement is not the answer! Didn’t we learning anything from WWII?

In the words of Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Evil is still afoot in our world, always has been and always will. It needs to fought at every turn. In today's world the United States may be out last, best hope.


Igor 7 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Accept reality of climate change; seek solutions to problem now

Will take a look. Everything I've read seems to be to the contrary but then it's been several weeks since I've read anything on the topic.