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Our World....It's About Time By Adam Dodd.... The President Presses Congress for Expanded War Powers Against ISIS

I do not believe this nation is benefited ... by being on a perpetual war footing," –Barack Obama

Having not received the memo that he is now officially a ‘lame duck’, the President presented his request for expanded war power to Congress earlier this week in an effort to combat the rising threat of the terrorist group known as ISIS, or ISIL, depending who you ask. Having seen enough defenseless people mutilated, tortured, murdered and desecrated across the internet Obama was forced to make a formal declaration against the rogue state in addition to the steady string of air strikes that America have already undertaken. Although the new request asks for wider reach and flexibility dealing with the extremist Muslims abroad the President made it a point to detail that this draft proposal limits their engagement to a three year schedule and prohibits  “enduring offensive ground forces”. Obama insists this “would not authorize long-term, large-scale ground combat operations like those our Nation conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan.". Whereas the necessity to stymie the extremists’ ambitions is clear the methods to do so are debatable. Rather than depending on a bulk of American forces on the ground the President proposed, “local forces, rather than U.S. military forces, should be deployed to conduct such operations." However he did leave a caveat in that American forces could be present but limited to “ground combat operations in other, more limited circumstances, such as rescue operations involving U.S. or coalition personnel or the use of special operations forces to take military action against ISIL leadership."  Click here for the whole story





Kasich is Good Bet for 2016 Ticket

Opinion by Larry Durstin

A Democratic gubernatorial candidate has not beaten an incumbent Ohio Republican governor in Ohio since the 1950s.  And it’s not going to happen this fall — despite Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald’s grasping-at-straws maneuver of trying to scare off Kasich voters by claiming that the governor will not serve out his term because he plans to run for president in 2016.

First of all, history has shown that the electorate really doesn’t care about this issue (just ask voters in Arkansas in 1990 and Texas in 1998 who were bombarded with similar charges against Bill Clinton and George W, yet elected each by a landslide); and secondly, any talk of Kasich running for president does nothing but elevate his stature, excite those who back him and generate significantly more fundraising – much of it from out of state – for him than he really needs to win this November.  Click here for the whole story





Dog whistles from the extreme political right breed hate, lack of class and lack of morals 
Opinion by Tim Shirer

This past Friday on November 22nd marked one of the saddest days in United States history with the 50thanniversary of President John Kennedy’s assassination.

What struck me greatly while watching all of the programing and reading all of the articles about how people felt after the assassination, they all felt awful and saddened at what had happened that day in Dallas.

Republicans and Democrats mourned the death of Kennedy.  It made me realize that back in 1963 people were more caring, had morals and much more class than we have in the society of 2013.

I feel like if the same event unfolded in Dallas or anywhere today, the reaction would not be the same.  Especially from people on the right.  It’s really pathetic that this thought would even enter my mind.  But it has and I’m not the only one who thinks this way.  Click here for the whole story

 

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