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  • Dem Lawmaker Wears Hillary Pin During House Hearing On Clinton Email Probe (Shiela Jackson-Lee)

    09/28/2016 3:19:13 PM PDT · 9 of 35
    fieldmarshaldj to Col Frank Slade

    You missed your opportunity to take a flamethrower to the place.

  • Dem Lawmaker Wears Hillary Pin During House Hearing On Clinton Email Probe (Shiela Jackson-Lee)

    09/28/2016 3:18:13 PM PDT · 7 of 35
    fieldmarshaldj to GregoTX

    Not to mention epic stupidity and asshattery. Maybe President Trump can fulfill her dream to go to Mars... one way.

  • Only 1% of Catholic Democrats in Congress Pro-Life vs. 94% of Republican Catholics

    09/28/2016 2:58:00 PM PDT · 24 of 34
    fieldmarshaldj to NYer; Impy; BlackElk; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy
    "Of the 86 Catholic Congressional Democrats, the sole representative with a pro-life voting record is Rep. Madeline Bordallo of Guam with 100%."

    But Bordallo is a NON-VOTING U.S. Delegate !

  • Censorship: Facebook Deleted 100,000 ‘Hate Posts, Insults’ in Just One Month

    09/28/2016 1:26:51 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    fieldmarshaldj to bushwon

    You aren’t wrong... but there are some that won’t just sit idly by.

  • Censorship: Facebook Deleted 100,000 ‘Hate Posts, Insults’ in Just One Month

    09/28/2016 12:43:34 PM PDT · 3 of 15
    fieldmarshaldj to bushwon

    You censor the right of people to speak out and they will turn to other means to be heard. Just sayin’...

  • This Labrador retriever sniffs out kiddie porn for cops

    09/28/2016 12:21:58 PM PDT · 15 of 83
    fieldmarshaldj to Paradox
    "Maybe if the dogs were trained to sniff out semen..."

    That's something Zero is an expert at.

  • Sean Penn Likens Voting for Donald Trump to "Masturbating Our Way Into Hell"

    09/28/2016 11:37:07 AM PDT · 4 of 93
    fieldmarshaldj to seanmerc

    What wit, or rather lack therof. Doesn’t he have a fundraiser for bloodthirsty Communist dictators to attend ?

  • ‘Modern Family’ Will Feature Transgender Child Actor

    09/28/2016 8:51:08 AM PDT · 36 of 37
    fieldmarshaldj to stephenjohnbanker

    Sounds like the whole place reeked of poo. I wonder how many were dead of AIDS within 15 years.

  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(9/28/16)[Prayer]

    09/28/2016 8:09:01 AM PDT · 11 of 24
    fieldmarshaldj to left that other site

    Amen.

  • Air Force colonel, facing court-martial on sexual assault charges, found dead

    09/28/2016 8:06:31 AM PDT · 43 of 44
    fieldmarshaldj to 9YearLurker

    He’s 46, Bubba is 70. Bubba’s got 24 additional years of sex crimes under his hat. He was just hitting his prime this time 24 years ago when he was about to take office as President.

  • Alabama Rep. Ed Henry stands by Tweet referring to Bill Clinton as "likely a rapist."

    09/28/2016 8:03:24 AM PDT · 3 of 23
    fieldmarshaldj to kevcol

    Likely ?

  • Hate graffiti spray-painted on wall and in yards (BLM: KILL WHITE PEOPLE)

    09/28/2016 5:46:11 AM PDT · 31 of 43
    fieldmarshaldj to TheCipher

    The 12th of Never (and that’s a long, long time).

  • Former Israeli leader Shimon Peres dies aged 93

    09/28/2016 5:41:04 AM PDT · 12 of 12
    fieldmarshaldj to ButThreeLeftsDo

    RIP.

  • Mother

    09/28/2016 5:39:15 AM PDT · 47 of 57
    fieldmarshaldj to lyby

    Prayers for you.

  • Air Force colonel, facing court-martial on sexual assault charges, found dead

    09/27/2016 3:23:50 PM PDT · 2 of 44
    fieldmarshaldj to Excuse_My_Bellicosity

    And yet he’s still done less than Hillary’s husband.

  • Anti-Defamation League: Pepe the Frog a ‘Hate Symbol’

    09/27/2016 3:21:47 PM PDT · 32 of 45
    fieldmarshaldj to VitacoreVision

    I think they're on to us, cuz.

  • Navy Sailor Refuses to Stand During National Anthem

    09/27/2016 3:18:23 PM PDT · 8 of 59
    fieldmarshaldj to Red in Blue PA

    I hear Fort Leavenworth Prison is lovely this time of year.

  • Anti-Defamation League: Pepe the Frog a ‘Hate Symbol’

    09/27/2016 2:51:27 PM PDT · 14 of 45
    fieldmarshaldj to dp0622

    Je suis Pepe.

  • Former Gov. Sununu comes full circle, endorses Trump: Ayotte says Trump was 'fine' in debate

    09/27/2016 1:44:44 PM PDT · 3 of 9
    fieldmarshaldj to 2ndDivisionVet

    Hell no to Gary. He takes votes from the Butcheress of Benghazi.

  • GRAPHIC: 3 Priests Kidnapped and Murdered in Mexico Within Week

    09/27/2016 1:25:39 PM PDT · 3 of 16
    fieldmarshaldj to detective

    Dreadful. RIP.

  • Anti-war activist 51st winner of Debs Award (Cindy Sheehan)

    09/27/2016 1:01:09 PM PDT · 7 of 16
    fieldmarshaldj to Artemis Webb

    Pelosi.

  • Judge Compares Dallas Cop Suing Black Lives Matter to a 'Slave'

    09/27/2016 10:44:42 AM PDT · 3 of 30
    fieldmarshaldj to kevcol

    Impeach this racist bitch.

  • Media won’t tell you this but Trump is at or near the MOE for nine states lost by Romney

    09/27/2016 10:34:58 AM PDT · 19 of 26
    fieldmarshaldj to pgkdan

    Bingo.

  • Media won’t tell you this but Trump is at or near the MOE for nine states lost by Romney

    09/27/2016 10:23:01 AM PDT · 18 of 26
    fieldmarshaldj to Mr. K

    Nothing says electability like a 3-time loser.

  • Media won’t tell you this but Trump is at or near the MOE for nine states lost by Romney

    09/27/2016 9:44:28 AM PDT · 13 of 26
    fieldmarshaldj to Jolla

    That would’ve only made sense IF he was backed to the hilt by the establishment (as McQueeg and Willard were).

  • Media won’t tell you this but Trump is at or near the MOE for nine states lost by Romney

    09/27/2016 9:21:23 AM PDT · 3 of 26
    fieldmarshaldj to Shadow44

    He was a ringer, pure and simple. Willard was there to assure Zero’s re-coronation, to stop a Conservative from being the nominee and derailing the bipartisan leftist cabal ruling class.

  • Like Ike? A Trump presidency could mirror Eisenhower

    09/27/2016 7:11:47 AM PDT · 104 of 104
    fieldmarshaldj to Rockingham
    "Eisenhower’s record on spending. Imagine how much better we would be off today if, beginning in the 1950s, a national consensus had developed that: (a) increases in domestic government spending would be permitted only as the economy and revenues grew; and (b) that the reduction of high tax rates and of regulatory burdens would thereby permit absolute spending increases even as the relative share of government spending stayed the same or decreased."

    One thing was clear: we should've had a Balanced Budget Amendment long ago. Unfortunately, the left wing in this country seems to think massive spending and debt is A-OK. I've talked with some that literally cannot grasp that trillions in debt and far beyond that in unfunded liabilities is even a problem.

    "In any event, Eisenhower era educational spending was mostly for defense related purposes: the GI Bill; the ROTC program; and, especially after Sputnik, for scientific and technical research and training. As for the bad stuff with the Interstate Highway Program, it mostly came in the 1960s and was usually due to direct political interventions initiated by state and local figures."

    Defense, of course, being one of the few things explicitly spelled out that falls under federal purview. Still, Ike's infamous "military-industrial complex" speech exploded leftist paranoia beyond all comprehension.

    "By way of contrary example, a few years back, I was able to use federal highway officials to help block a bad local toll road project by publicizing their heavy terms for a connection to the local Interstate. This upended much of the claimed justification for the project and eventually helped spur its defeat."

    Not to say I oppose the highway program, my argument was more to do with placement and being punitive towards poor and Black urban neighborhoods where many were run through. Some of this was done in the name of "urban renewal", which was a federal-led initiative with disastrous consequences and the wholesale loss of viable neighborhoods and irreplaceable architecture.

    "If you want the name of someone harmed by McCarthy style allegations, here is one, off the top of my head: Cord Meyer. In 1953, Meyer, a decorated Marine who had lost an eye in WW II due to a combat wound, was working for the CIA. A believer in UN style world government, Meyer came under attack by the FBI, which claimed that he was a security risk for having once stood at the same podium as a notorious leftist. Meyer’s security clearance was held up, but an internal CIA inquiry summarily dismissed the claims."

    McCarthy did not explicitly name Meyer, so that doesn't really address what I asked. Meyer was an odd person, anyhow, and that business surrounding the strange murder of his ex-wife who was having an affair with JFK was even more bizarre.

    "Not only was MacArthur not a shrinking violet, but he was vain, sometimes weird and venal, and surrounded by often incompetent sycophants. He would have proven unsuited to public office."

    Leaders often have their quirks, still nothing to disqualify him from high office. He certainly wouldn't have stood idly by in the 1960 elections as the outgoing President (my hope was that in 1956, President MacArthur would have chosen Dewey's 1944 running mate for VP, Ohio ex-Governor and (by '56) Senator John Bricker, an excellent Conservative. Bricker, sadly, was one of the dozen+ losses in the horrific '58 elections. He'd have made an excellent Conservative President for the 1960s and would've put us on a far different course for the future).

    "Ike’s Supreme Court appointments. On this, Taft, a brilliant lawyer, would probably have done a better job. Eisenhower seems to have trusted too much to assurances from his aides, associates, and nominees."

    He'd have only had time to appointed Vinson's successor as Chief Justice, perhaps the aforementioned Sen. John Bricker himself, Taft's seatmate. If he had remained until his death, he'd have had a whopping 33 years as Chief Justice (1953-1986).

  • Like Ike? A Trump presidency could mirror Eisenhower

    09/27/2016 6:40:33 AM PDT · 103 of 104
    fieldmarshaldj to Rockingham
    "Reagan and Eisenhower got along well, with Ike writing letters of advice and good wishes to Reagan beginning when he ran for California governor in 1966."

    Did the well wishes extend to an outright endorsement ? I would think Ike would strongly prefer the left-wing ex-San Francisco Mayor George Christopher in the primary, who had all the establishment support (and who would've promptly lost to Pat Brown).

    "The proximate cause of the expansion of the federal government in the 1960s was LBJ’s landslide election victory in 1964 against Goldwater. The large Democratic majority gave LBJ the power to override opposition within his party and from the much diminished GOP contingent."

    True, but had Ike given strong assistance to Nixon in 1960, this all need not have happened.

    "MacArthur’s war plan against China does not seem to have gone beyond taking all of Korea up to the Yalu River, nuclear bombardment of major Chinese air bases, and a naval blockade. It would have required US war mobilization and its attendant costs, risked blanketing Japan with fallout, and still would not have been enough to procure suitable terms from the Chinese."

    If the end result was the full liberation of Korea and a weakened China, it was worth pursuing.

    "Chiang merited US support on Taiwan but his well-demonstrated defects made him implausible as a liberator of the Chinese mainland. For most of the Chinese people, he offered nothing but more of the stagnation, poverty, and brutal oppression of traditional China."

    And yet, that would pale in comparison to the tens of millions murdered by Mao.

  • Raised-fist Olympians punished in 1968 will be received at White House (barf alert)

    09/27/2016 6:30:28 AM PDT · 6 of 20
    fieldmarshaldj to simpson96

    Ah, yes. The sheep-fisters.

  • Prayer for our American Heroes and Our Nation

    09/27/2016 6:18:07 AM PDT · 5 of 12
    fieldmarshaldj to Jeanbl

    Amen.

  • ‘Modern Family’ Will Feature Transgender Child Actor

    09/27/2016 6:06:18 AM PDT · 23 of 37
    fieldmarshaldj to Impy

    Yup, child abuse. I have no interest in this show and never have. Propaganda parading as entertainment.

  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/26/2016 12:29:30 PM PDT · 5 of 10
    fieldmarshaldj to Kitty Mittens

    Amen.

  • Bill Weld: Clinton camp ‘planted’ rumors of Libertarian collapse

    09/26/2016 11:49:41 AM PDT · 17 of 34
    fieldmarshaldj to Snickering Hound

    Is he initiating a mating ritual ?

  • Like Ike? A Trump presidency could mirror Eisenhower

    09/26/2016 8:51:49 AM PDT · 99 of 104
    fieldmarshaldj to Rockingham
    "Eisenhower’s record on spending. On balance, federal spending as a percentage of the GDP is a sound basis for comparison. The new categories of spending that Eisenhower approved – for education and the Interstate Highway System – were relatively small and had a connection with national defense."

    By that reckoning, if you have banner economic growth, it's A-OK to similarly expand federal spending. I vehemently disagree. That's the time to cut back. Actually, there's never a bad time to cut government and spending. As for education measures, that's not something that should remotely be under federal auspices. At least the highway system could have an argument made in its favor, although I'm not a fan of what it did to many of our inner cities in destroying neighborhoods, many of which have never recovered.

    "Eisenhower and McCarthy. Having constant hunts for spies and security risks can cripple an organization. McCarthy’s public fusillades tended to do just that with critical parts of the federal government. McCarthy is vindicated only in part by the times that he was right. His attacks were too much like firing off a shotgun in a crowd, hitting not just valid targets but also innocent people and panicking most of the crowd."

    Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. McCarthy was right to ring the bell and loudly. I disagree with the characterization of him "firing off shots" in the vicinity of innocent people hoping that it might strike a guilty party. For years I heard from people, who know little about McCarthy (only that he somehow managed the feat, mostly spent as a member of the minority, to Chair a "House Committee" on Un-American Activities) claiming he harmed "countless, innocent people." My response to that is, "Whom ?" The irony is that most people don't know that HCUA was established to weed out Nazi sympathizers and its founder and co-chair was NY Democrat Congressman Samuel Dickstein, later exposed as a paid Soviet agent.

    "Taft versus MacArthur. You propose that if elected President, Taft, a mature man of deep principle, would have been forced by on the job training and taking up a national perspective to go from isolationist to interventionist. Just how long would such a process take? Would we have to lose Europe to the Soviets first? There can be no credible assurance that would not have happened."

    Yes. Because there is a difference between being a Senator vs. being President, though he would've only had a matter of months to deal with foreign policy. We certainly know his successor, MacArthur, was no shrinking violet.

    "Ike’s Supreme Court appointments. Eisenhower’s Supreme Court appointments include the dismal Earl Warren and William Brennan, but the historical consensus is that the liberal decisions they delivered were contrary to Eisenhower’s expectations."

    But yet, he appointed them. You have to own what you do in office.

  • Like Ike? A Trump presidency could mirror Eisenhower

    09/26/2016 8:21:04 AM PDT · 96 of 104
    fieldmarshaldj to BlackElk

    RE: Taft, that vindicates my point that he would not have been an isolationist President.

    As for Earl Warren, I’ll have to respectfully part company with you on that one. I don’t think I could possibly conceive of a lower opinion for someone to have served on the court. Whatever positives he may have accomplished before leaving the CA Governorship was wiped out swiftly as soon as he hit DC.

    He was everything a Chief Justice should never be and his turning the court into a nightmare of a leftist activist one should’ve seen him promptly impeached. And I think he knew exactly what he was doing, too. Had he remained in office to Roe v. Wade, I have no doubt he would’ve gleefully approved. Add in he tried to arrange it so that the crooked Abe Fortas (once attorney for the infamous Communist Owen Lattimore) succeeded him as Chief Justice, thankfully foiled.

    Chief Justice Fred Vinson, by comparison, never behaved in such an egregious and destructive manner, both to court and country. I would take 1,000 Freds for one Earl, and then promptly wish him into the cornfield.

  • Like Ike? A Trump presidency could mirror Eisenhower

    09/26/2016 7:56:27 AM PDT · 95 of 104
    fieldmarshaldj to Rockingham; BlackElk; Impy; NFHale
    "Eisenhower as a schmoozer: Having political skills and a genial manner does not exclude talent as a leader. Eisenhower’s management style, like that of George Marshall, avoided flash and attention. Where Marshall was stern and sober-minded though, Ike as President cultivated an avuncular image and often seemed detached from day to day politics.

    It took historians decades to discern that behind the scenes, Ike as President was frequently pulling the strings and accomplishing his objectives at minimal effort and political cost. Reagan used similar methods, with business magazines praising his skill at delegation, which insiders said was modeled on Eisenhower’s practices. Both Reagan and Eisenhower are now generally rated as among the country’s better and even greatest presidents."

    Historians, sadly, tend to overwhelmingly lean leftward (too often a problem with academics). I could see why left-wingers would praise Eisenhower. However, the more I learned about Ike, the less I found (as a Conservative) to like, for all the reasons I cited. One thing I'd be curious to know, since Ike was still alive when Reagan won the CA Governorship in 1966 and was seriously floated for the Presidency in 1968, what his opinion was of him. I would think it probably wasn't terribly well-regarded, as he was viewed as a Goldwaterite (albeit not exactly so), and Goldwater wasn't high on Ike.

    "Growing US domestic issues today. The concept of proximate cause matters. Eisenhower cannot fairly be blamed for, say, today’s high rates of illegitimacy and family breakdown, nor can it be assumed that somehow MacArthur as president would have made a difference for the better."

    But since Ike paved the way for JFK/LBJ and their explosion of their big government welfare state insanity, an individual in the Presidency who opposed such policies from being implemented at a national level might've slowed down or prevented the fiasco that resulted. Alas, that was neither Ike nor Nixon.

    "Trying to save China from Mao. US resources were limited to the degree that we might be able to check the Soviets from further gains in Europe, but we could not, to a virtual certainty, undo Mao’s conquest of China, and there is no possibility that we could have done both. Worse, squandering our economic and military resources trying to save China would likely have permitted a Soviet takeover in Europe."

    I chalk this up more to the failings of Truman to let MacArthur actually stop the Communist menace in the Asian theater. But that opportunity was there and should've been swiftly pursued. That MacArthur was relieved of duties was the greatest disasters to befall Eastern politics, and well over a billion souls have paid the price. I also vehemently disagree, again, that we had to choose one over the other. We could deal with Europe AND Asia. After all, we did so in WW2. You can walk and chew gum at the same time.

    "Chiang as a ruler. During WW II, US aid was often stolen or diverted by Chiang and his circle, and military resources were usually held back for use against Mao instead of the Japanese. After the war, Chiang and his allies were soundly defeated by Mao. Chiang and the Nationalists lacked a clear and appealing political program for reform and had little appeal to the Chinese populace.

    Indeed, on Taiwan, much of the native population regarded Chiang and his Nationalists as invaders, and Chiang’s rule depended on a harsh security regime. Not until after Chiang died was a modern democracy contrived on Taiwan in the 1990s.

    To be sure, US support for Chiang was sabotaged by communists working in the US government, but that does not mean that the Chinese populace was ready to revolt against Mao. What MacArthur would have delivered if he had his way would have been a war with China with little prospect of success at reasonable and bearable cost -- and we would risked losing Europe to the Soviets in the meantime."

    I cannot summon up any indignation against Chiang in "skimming" weaponry to use against Mao. Indeed, I'd have cheered him on. There's simply nothing that can be said to me that would convince me to the contrary that the policies ultimately pursued here were a positive. Mao should've been defeated and executed at the earliest possible time. You pursue an argument reminiscent of those who said Batista removal was justified by Castro. There's another epic-level failure of Ike's... Cuba. And that was left for an in-over-his-head junior Senator who stole the 1960 election (for which Ike also did nothing about it).

  • Young Prince George shuns high-five, low-five from Canada's Trudeau

    09/26/2016 6:52:30 AM PDT · 10 of 20
    fieldmarshaldj to simpson96

    The young prince knows a country-killing epic Commie a$$hole when he sees one.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/26/16)[Prayer]

    09/26/2016 6:50:06 AM PDT · 3 of 27
    fieldmarshaldj to left that other site

    Prayers for you on your procedure tomorrow.

  • Should I adopt a cat with feline leukemia

    09/26/2016 6:45:30 AM PDT · 15 of 56
    fieldmarshaldj to Randy Larsen

    It’s not wrong for them to be adopted, so long as a person is prepared for the challenges. Euthanizing them out of hand isn’t right, either, especially if they can live for several years presenting few to no symptoms. Mine did not “suffer horribly” until the very end.

  • Should I adopt a cat with feline leukemia

    09/26/2016 6:41:30 AM PDT · 13 of 56
    fieldmarshaldj to Hot Tabasco

    If this is an only cat, that’s one thing. You can’t bring a cat with leukemia home to one that has cat(s) that are healthy. Several of my cats contracted leukemia as outdoor pets from strays and they did not live long afterwards. Three that contracted it as kittens (or may have been born with it), one lived only to about 6 months, another about a year and a half (and she went blind) and the last one just short of two. Some cats can live longer with it than others, it just depends on the symptoms. The one that made it the longest for me didn’t present serious symptoms until the last month or so of its life, and he suffered from respiratory failure.

    Ultimately, you have to be prepared for the prospect the cat could live a short time (or, it might live longer). Probably no different than adopting a senior cat.

  • Breaking SAD NEWS: Country music legend Jean Shepard dies; was Grand Ole Opry staple (NASHVILLE)

    09/26/2016 6:13:02 AM PDT · 4 of 22
    fieldmarshaldj to GailA

    RIP.

  • Jamaica Needs A Donald Trump!

    09/26/2016 2:24:47 AM PDT · 13 of 18
    fieldmarshaldj to dp0622

    Not a citizen ? No problem ! I expect this to be the most corrupt election in American history.

  • Jamaica Needs A Donald Trump!

    09/26/2016 2:15:40 AM PDT · 10 of 18
    fieldmarshaldj to dp0622

    Google being an arm of the Democraps ? Anything to help the Butcheress of Benghazi to steal the election.

  • Classic American Muscle Cars & Customs (several 100 photos!)

    09/26/2016 2:14:38 AM PDT · 73 of 77
    fieldmarshaldj to Salamander

    Thought you’d like it. ;-D

  • Like Ike? A Trump presidency could mirror Eisenhower

    09/26/2016 2:13:30 AM PDT · 92 of 104
    fieldmarshaldj to Rockingham; BlackElk
    "Eisenhower’s record on spending. When Ike was elected in 1952, federal spending was 18.9 per cent of the GDP. When he left office in 1960, his last budget had federal outlays of 17.2 per cent of GDP – with a small surplus. I call that a reduction in federal spending, in relative terms when measured as to its impact on the economy."

    That simply means economic growth outpaced federal spending. He did not CUT spending, he increased it. You're using the rhetoric the Democrats do when they call a slower increase in spending a "cut."

    "Eisenhower and McCarthy. McCarthy was badly flawed, but he deserved better. Eisenhower seems to have regarded him as a treacherous publicity hound and a burden to efforts to establish sound procedures to weed out the disloyal and insecure. Worst of all was McCarthy’s attack on the US Army and reckless slams on George Marshall, Eisenhower’s friend and mentor. Is it any wonder that Eisenhower was antagonistic toward McCarthy?"

    Ike obviously abhorred the messenger (despite having ostensibly used McCarthy to ride to office in '52), but it seemed obvious that he didn't like the message, either. There was a substantial infiltration of American institutions by Soviet agents and sympathizers (I mean, FDR's 2nd Vice President, Henry Wallace, was a Stalinist sympathizer !), and that included the military. Ike seemed either oblivious or out of his depth when it came to aggressively going after this infiltration.

    "Taft’s foreign policy views if elected. Really? Taft should be preferred to Eisenhower because Taft would have repudiated his own isolationism if elected -- and then been succeeded by MacArthur, who was intent on waging a massive war in China? Why not simply elect Eisenhower in the first place?"

    Because Eisenhower was a lousy President, as I've outlined here. What one does as a Senator, tending to parochial state interests, differs from what one would do acceding to the Presidency in having to deal with foreign affairs. Had Taft lived, he would've risen to the occasion, as MacArthur certainly would've, and we'd have been left in better shape in my estimation.

    "Earl Warren, etc. Eisenhower also thought Earl Warren proved to be a terrible appointment. More broadly, your rhetoric against Eisenhower echoes the Old Right rhetoric against Taft."

    And yet Ike continued to make awful and mediocre appointments. Warren, Brennan, Whittaker, Stewart, and that just on SCOTUS. Would Taft/MacArthur have put these bozos on the court ? Let's just say they probably couldn't have done worse. Gee whiz, even JFK put Byron White on the Court, and he pretty much blew away Ike's imbeciles.

  • Like Ike? A Trump presidency could mirror Eisenhower

    09/26/2016 1:55:48 AM PDT · 89 of 104
    fieldmarshaldj to Rockingham; BlackElk
    "Unlike MacArthur, who ran his own campaign against Japan and had a notoriously poor relationship with Nimitz and the US Navy, Eisenhower had the personal and political skill to manage large personalities and forge a multinational coalition that invaded Europe and liberated it from the Nazis. Known and respected by the public and leaders of Europe, as President, Eisenhower was uniquely well-suited to the task of rallying and stabilizing free Europe and making it into a reliable US ally against the USSR and Warsaw Pact."

    Well, you have schmoozers and you have leaders. Leaders can rub others the wrong way. I consider Mac (and Patton) leaders, while Ike was more a schmoozer. As President, the schmoozing left us weaker. That demonstrates today why the base of the GOP is fed up with that type of pol and wants an unapologetic leader.

    "To be sure, Eisenhower's (and later Reagan's) strategy of well-armed containment required patience and resolve in the expectation that generational changes would eventually lead to the peaceful decomposition of the USSR and the other communist regimes of Europe. And that is of course what happened."

    And we have similarly decomposed. This was not the desired outcome.

    "Should we have focused on China and Asia instead? Absolutely not. If we lost Europe, we lost the Cold War. Since Europe after WW II contained a decisively large fraction of the world's uncommitted scientific and technical talent and productive capacity, the incontestable logic of strategy required that the US give Europe its primary attention, not China. And while Korea, China, Japan, and the rest of Asia encompassed a vast land mass and population, in 1952, even when added together, they had minimal economic power and little ability to project military power. That made MacArthur's focus on China and Asia strategically foolish."

    I did not suggest an exclusive focus on Asia under a MacArthur Administration. Losing either Europe or Asia was unacceptable, and we effectively did lose Asia. I disagree vehemently that MacArthur's focus on Asia (as a military leader) was "foolish." He exposed Truman's disastrously inept weakness and could've averted the situation we have today.

    "Your suggested alternative -- let MacArthur move on China, defeat Mao, and install Chiang -- would have required an immense military effort that the US public would have rejected. And to what end? The conquest of a large, populous, and staggeringly poor country from the communists -- so that it can be returned to Chiang and his gang of corrupt, bickering, incompetents who lost it in the first place. No thanks."

    This is a shocking statement. Liberating China from a monster, the greatest mass-murderer known in modern history, before he could implement that action en masse and placing it in the hands of an American ally is wrong-headed ? Your alleging Chiang's "corruption/bickering/incompetents" deserved him to lose Mainland China ? Seeing the result in Taiwan under his governance and policies, I simply cannot believe your stance here. I am utterly floored.

  • Like Ike? A Trump presidency could mirror Eisenhower

    09/26/2016 1:39:12 AM PDT · 87 of 104
    fieldmarshaldj to BlackElk

    I think my comment on Patton was misinterpreted. If both Patton and MacArthur had been available for the Presidency (or VP) in 1952, Patton would’ve been the top pick while MacArthur in 2nd place.

    If Patton had survived and followed through with running for President in 1948, he’d likely have to have done so as a Republican. There’s no way the ever-increasing left-wing base of the Democrat party would’ve gotten behind an unapologetic Conservative and patriot.

    Getting back to MacArthur for a moment, it probably better served Japan for him to “modernize” their men away from the feudal-style model that had led them into terrible atrocities. That he was able to accomplish turning Japan into a peaceful and productive society while allowing them to preserve their dignity following their defeat was remarkable.

  • Like Ike? A Trump presidency could mirror Eisenhower

    09/26/2016 1:29:22 AM PDT · 86 of 104
    fieldmarshaldj to BlackElk

    It’s unfortunate so many of Ike’s appointments ranged from mediocre to execrable. From Warren, who turned out to be Joseph Stalin’s twin on the court, to the Democrat Brennan. Probably John Marshall Harlan, II, was the lone creditable appointment. It’s too bad that Charles Whittaker, who was way in over his head, didn’t discover a backbone until AFTER he quit the court following his nervous breakdown.

    Ike a political transgender ? That’s a good description. Basically a liberal Democrat cross-dressing as a Republican. Way too many of those in office for eons.

  • Classic American Muscle Cars & Customs (several 100 photos!)

    09/26/2016 1:18:23 AM PDT · 69 of 77
    fieldmarshaldj to Salamander

    Thought this thread might interest you as well, if you haven’t seen it already...

  • LEGENDARY GOLFER ARNOLD PALMER DIES AT 87, UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES

    09/26/2016 1:14:50 AM PDT · 92 of 99
    fieldmarshaldj to Biggirl

    RIP.