Posts by CLYDE


log in
41) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 2 (Message 1501986)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile CLYDE
China will soon become the worlds largest IMPORTER of Oil, and they don't really control most of it (think military force).

USA is poised to exceed Saudi Arabia in Oil Exports.

Almost All the increases in Petroleum Products, are on Private and State Lands. The Vast Federal Land's have not been touched.

USA LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) Exports: Obama Administration has approved only a few requests. But not to China, Western Europe, Japan or South Korea.

An interesting future.
42) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 2 (Message 1501884)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Are you seriously implying that Leaders are no better than Cockroaches.

Upon further reflection...
43) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 2 (Message 1501827)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile CLYDE
That it is. I still say that a post I made approx. 7 years ago is still valid today.....

2050AD somewhere out there.....

Astronomy student says to teacher....

'Huh? All signals have stopped from Sol"

Teacher

'That's not possible. They are such a prolific little species, let me check. Damn, you're correct'

2100AD E.T lands on Earth and finds 85% covered by water with the remaining 15% a barren desert with no sign of life.

TOTALLY DISAGREE.

They will find lichen and cockroaches.

:)
44) Message boards : Politics : Crimea 2 (Message 1501820)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Welcome back!!!

Interesting reading.
45) Message boards : Politics : US Elections '14 and '16 Sound_Bites (Message 1501785)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Guy..

Don't waste you breath.

You and I may disagree on many subjects. But we agree to disagree, and truly understand nobody is 100% correct.

I believe it would be better to ignore, or a short response, to the long and intolerant, ranting and ravening of others.

One cannot reason with the unreasonable.
46) Message boards : Politics : US Elections '14 and '16 Sound_Bites (Message 1501778)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
But then isn't Europe the pinnacle of Culture and Reason?

They want to believe that.

Never understood why.
47) Message boards : Politics : US Elections '14 and '16 Sound_Bites (Message 1501745)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Мишель, I can't seem to convey any real meaning to you.

Come over here and start walking up and down the street with a sign that says, "we need to vote for the RIGHT people!" and see how fast the NAACP/ACLU comes after you and places you at the top of the news hour on MSNBC as a racist.

That still doesn't explain why that is supposedly racist.

An internal American joke.

Ah so instead of listening to what the majority wants, we should listen to what a minority wants because this minorities views and opinions supersede the views and opinions of everyone else. I don't think you don't understand what the purpose of democracy is.

Unless you have STRONG Laws stopping the 51% from imposing their will on the 49%: Democracy degenerates into Mob Rule. Slower in First World Countries. Quicker in Third World Countries.

In Lawful Democracy's: Winning elections have Limited Consequences.
48) Message boards : Politics : Crimea (Message 1501704)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
"Only on bases"

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/08/politics/us-navy-ship-ukraine/

Washington (CNN) -- The Navy warship USS Donald Cook is scheduled to enter the Black Sea no later than Thursday as part of the latest U.S. military effort to demonstrate support for Eastern European allies concerned about Russia's troop buildup along its border with Ukraine.

Raistmer..

WOW!!!!

One Small Destroyer is equal, in threat, to the Russian Military on Ukraine's border.

Didn't understand how weak The Russian Military is!
49) Message boards : Politics : Crimea (Message 1501689)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Past is Prologue..

Feel as if caught in a 'Time Warp' of The Cold War.
50) Message boards : Politics : Crimea (Message 1501681)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
And nobody tells USA how they should move troops around inside own territory. Maybe worth to stop telling that to Russia?

I agree, however, if the US started moving them into Mexico i think some people may object.

Americans have already moved into Mexico and formed a breakaway republic. It is now the state of Texas.

BAD HISTORY.

That War was a fight between Brother-in-Law's regarding Taxation.

A small expansion of the above.

Sam Houston (twice President of The Republic of Texas) was a wanted man in The USA.

The USA during the first few years of The Country of Texas: Did NOT want to annex Texas.

Just a couple of points regarding Texas. It is a complicated story, which most people, Mexican and American, do not know.
51) Message boards : Politics : Crimea (Message 1501677)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
And nobody tells USA how they should move troops around inside own territory. Maybe worth to stop telling that to Russia?

I agree, however, if the US started moving them into Mexico i think some people may object.

Americans have already moved into Mexico and formed a breakaway republic. It is now the state of Texas.

BAD HISTORY.

That War was a fight between Brother-in-Law's regarding Taxation.
52) Message boards : Politics : Crimea (Message 1501675)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Dear CLYDE!

I do not pay attention to them! It is Russian special services workers! We know about them...
Now it is their job, the сommunist-a chauvinistic propaganda, agitation and subversive activities against Ukraine! They are now on every site or forum...
Today in Russia, they shut off the broadcast, "Voice of America"!
Read here (Ukrainian) http://www.radiosvoboda.org/content/у-росії-зупинили-радіомовлення-голосу-америки/25326926.html
They will live in the 18th century? The horror ... :)

Regards,

Alex

Long ago, in this discussion, I mentioned being Stationed in 'Western' Europe decades ago, regarding the Soviet threat. Attached to a 'Unit' which compiled and analyzed Soviet Propaganda (I was just a 'Paper Shuffler'). I made an observation comparing Then to Now.

You are 100% correct regarding the Russian's in this discussion.

Regards,

CLYDE
53) Message boards : Politics : Crimea (Message 1501660)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Alex..

I apologize to you, and the Ukrainian People, for the comments of the Non-Russian Fools in this discussion. You know who they are.

Possibly they think this is a silly game, or silly discussion over coffee.

The Russians in this discussion, have shown the Real Truth about Tsar Putin, and Themselves. At least to anyone with common sense.

GOOD LUCK
54) Message boards : Politics : US Elections '14 and '16 Sound_Bites (Message 1501655)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Since 1945, The USA has been the paramount Military, and Economic Power in The World. (Fading now)

And look where it's got you.

Not really understand Your point.

My point was about European ignorance of this Country.


Why haven't Europeans educated themselves regarding the Basic Governmental System in The USA?
Probably because we looked at it and thought "Geez, i'm glad i don't live there!".

Silly rant.

We do have the ability to look things up over here in the free world.

Most don't.
55) Message boards : Politics : US Elections '14 and '16 Sound_Bites (Message 1501568)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
As an ex-european living in the US, I see one flaw with US government. It always runs as a coalition government, where 2 parties share power based on their relative control of house/senate/presidency. By staggering elections (House and senate elected 1/3 every 2 years, president every 4th), you ensure that you can never get any radical change. Given the current gridlock, a winner takes all system might be much better. I suggest that the entire house/senate/president are elected once every 4 years. That way, the winners get 4 years to either solve (or screw up) the country and they can't evade responsibility. Constant rolling elections every 2 years protect unpopular politicians/parties and limit the ability of angry voters to remove them form office.

Because American Thought is 'Stopping the Greater Bad, is preferable'.

An Experiment in Progress.
56) Message boards : Politics : US Elections '14 and '16 Sound_Bites (Message 1501566)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Don't assume Europeans haven't. Europeans see the flaws in your system, the same as they see the flaws in our own systems - perhaps that is why the EU is a doomed project, the people don't want to fall into the same trap as the USA has.

The EU is not the US Constitution.

The EU is similar, in thinking, to the US Articles of Confederation, 1781-1787, (Precursor to The US Constitution).

The 'Articles' was found to be fatally flawed, and was scrapped.

Why didn't Europe look to previous failures before ratifying the EU?

Don't see a trap. But an experiment in progress.

History has always shown that Centralized Power always turns bad. Why does European Thinking continue this failed philosophy?
57) Message boards : Politics : Crimea (Message 1501563)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Who is going to be Solomon, and declare that one perspective on the Crimea is 'right', and the other 'wrong'?

It doesn't take a Solomon.
58) Message boards : Politics : US Elections '14 and '16 Sound_Bites (Message 1501402)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile CLYDE
As for the states, the 17th amendment was a mistake IMHO. This significantly shifted power away from the states to Washington DC.

Guy..

Noting the 17th Amendment, Right/White, etc. with Мишель, or any other European, will just confuse them.

Having lived in Europe many years ago. May I ask this question to any European in this Board:

Since 1945, The USA has been the paramount Military, and Economic Power in The World. (Fading now)

Why haven't Europeans educated themselves regarding the Basic Governmental System in The USA?
59) Message boards : Politics : US Elections '14 and '16 Sound_Bites (Message 1501386)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Yes, I guess that is why you have elections every 4 years. They are not going to wait until enough people finally say that Obama should go, he is simply up for reelection every 4 years, where he has to regain the consent of the governed. And after 2 terms he has to go. The same goes for everyone in congress and the state legislature.

Negative.

You still vote for the governments of those sovereign states of yours don't you? What I said applies to voting for state level governments as much as it applies to federal level government. Unless of course the idea is to have states get stuck in a gridlock as well.

You, and most Europeans, have a total misunderstanding of how The USA Operates.

President: Limit Two Terms. (Constitution Amendment, not Inferior Law)

Senator/Representative: As long as they are re-elected.

Sovereign States: Different Constitutions.

The USA was, and is, constructed differently from most other Country's.

Example: Any Treaty, or Agreement entered into by the Federal Government, with a Foreign Nation(s), or UN: May possibly, not be binding to the 50 Sovereign States. I can give recent examples if you wish.
60) Message boards : Politics : US Elections '14 and '16 Sound_Bites (Message 1501331)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile CLYDE
Very European thinking, and shows a complete ignorance of how America operates.

Elections, inside the USA, have limited consequences. Washington is not the Central Government of The USA. There is no Central Government within The USA. Washington is not even called The American Government regarding internal matters.

They might have 'limited consequences' but it still matters who you send to congress. Its the difference between a congress that actually passes laws and a congress that can't agree on anything.

Besides, you also vote for state legislative bodies right? The same applies there. If you vote for the right people you will see a remarkable improvement in quality of local government bodies as well.

Europe may believe in Mandates and complete changes in Inferior Laws, but inside The USA: That power has been limited by, let's say, the Supreme Law of The USA, The Constitution.

And I'm pretty sure the constitution clearly states that Congress can enact laws on certain issues. Even so, there is again the local state governments which are also democratically elected and who pass laws on a far wider range of things.

Therefore, a Majority, even a Large Majority of The People, or Politicians, can not impose sanctions against a hated Minority Opinion (European Hate Speech Laws is one example).

We weren't even talking about hate speech laws or anything related to that. How is this remotely relevant?

On a side note, yes they can. The US has its own hate speech laws, though those only apply if the hated minority opinion will lead to actual violence.

Hate Speech Laws, without another crime involved shows, using one example, is what happens when a Democracy degenerates into Majority Mob Rule, and is very related. Who are the 51%. Why do they have, in a Free and Lawful society, the authority to determine 'Acceptable Speech'? What is better about the 51%?

Washington, (Federal, not American Government), was not made to run efficiently. 'Gridlock' was the Foundation (Read The Federalist Papers) of those who wrote the American Constitution.

American Thought: Government Power must be diminished in an attempt to stop 'The Greater Bad'.

European Thought: Government Power must be increased 'For The Greater Good'.

An interesting difference.


Previous 20 · Next 20

Copyright © 2014 University of California