kurtfr 1 year, 2 months ago on Someone needs to challenge abuse of power

I question the "more than 950 executive orders". Seems like it is 163. http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/obama.html Which is 128 less than GW Bush and 218 less than Ronald Reagan.


kurtfr 1 year, 2 months ago on Politics behind Syria situation?

If it was a Republican president.....ok, I'll bite:

January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al Qaeda attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of "Bali Bombings." No fatalities.

February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al Qaeda terrorists storm the diplomatic compound, killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.

July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name "David Foy." This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what's considered American soil.)

September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar" storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

March 18, 2008. Sana'a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

September 17, 2008. Sana'a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.


kurtfr 1 year, 2 months ago on War cannot drive out war

If Putin is bad, how could GWB meet him and declare, " "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy...I was able to get a sense of his soul."

If Assad's Syria is bad, why did the United States rendition suspects there to be tortured?

It seems the U.S. picks and chooses who is good and who is bad depending on the situation.


kurtfr 1 year, 3 months ago on Spending and spending makes things worse

In 2002 there was a vote on the debt ceiling 37 Democrat Senator Voted yes and 31 Republicans voted yes. In the house 212 Republicans voted yes. In '03 in the Senate, Yes votes: 50 R's & 3 D's. In '04 50 R's and 2 D's Senators voted Yes. In the house 208 R's voted yes. In '06 52 R's voted yes in the Senate. in '07 the yeses were 26 D's and 27 R's.

What was different from '02 to '07 that made Republicans think raising the debt limit was good policy?


kurtfr 1 year, 3 months ago on Liberals only care about themselves

The only thing that is missing is writing that liberals are driven by their belief in Ayn Rand. How did he miss that?


kurtfr 1 year, 3 months ago on City should contract out for street work

A quick look at http://www.gowallawalla.us/downloads/Pleasant.pdf shows this project was awarded Culbert Construction for $1.7 million. Which means, yes it was contracted out.


kurtfr 1 year, 6 months ago on Walla Walla Council votes to keep Rose Street at four lanes

You're right. Who needs engineers? Let's have drivers and trailer park residents design bridges! "Hey, Jethro, I think a couple of 2x4's and some plywood will do the jobs. Ain't no need for reinforced concrete & structural steel."

I'm sure the traffic study done by those against was very well thought out and thorough. Oh that's right, they didn't have one did they? Emotions and "feeling from the gut" makes much more sense than historical data, engineering principals and best practices.