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Ah, look it's nice to be appreciated after all.


By Tenpoundbass   2014 Dec 17, 2:46am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (2)   1 link   1,306 views   8 comments   watch (1)   quote

SULAYMANIYAH, Northern Iraq – The bald eagle, Old Glory and the almighty dollar are king in this portion of Iraq, where ethnic Kurds don’t hide their affection for the U.S.

Unlike most parts of Blue state America where it can land you in jail and fined, and your kids expelled from School. (True story!)

"Imagine if America didn't exist,” said Kurdo Amin Agha, an accountant whose home is adorned with Israeli, American and Kurdistan flags, and who wears a U.S. Army shirt and Navy SEAL watch. “Without America, the world would be run by China or Iran.

No wonder they love Bush and are still singing HIS Praises.

"America represents freedom,” he added.” Our dream is to be eternally allied to America."

Throughout the region, a U.S. passport gets its bearer waved through security checkpoints, ushered through ministry doors and tea served with a broad smile of the manager when dining out

Taxis are routinely adorned with seat covers starring the iconic bald eagle pattern, an array of household, electronic and fashion items from screwdrivers and pots and pans to guitars, phone covers, hats, shirts, shoes and bags are widely available in stars and stripes patterns.

Local police and military forces proudly sport American brand 5.11 Tactical gear and clothing – which can be found in both real and counterfeit varieties in scores of stores. An American flag patch is often sewn on.

And can you believe there are communities in America post 911 that have foreign Firefighters working with in the City that has sued and won to have the US flag removed from Fire Engines?

"Students used to have to learn Kurdish and Arabic," one local doctor explained. "Now they just want to learn Kurdish and English.”

When the U.S.-led airstrikes to hamper ISIS were launched in August, entire Kurdish neighborhoods could be seen waving American flags in the streets, with many even marking American Veterans Day this past November.

"We follow American news," Agha said. "Like shootings and hurricanes. We care about what happens to the people of the United States."

Most Kurds show great respect for President Obama, but it’s the name Bush that generates a larger salute. Some are even preparing to get behind possible candidate Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential elections.

"The first Bush made no secret that he hated Saddam, the second Bush finished him off," Agha added. "And the third will be the one to give Kurdistan its independence."


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1   FortWayne   189/191 = 98% civil   private mesage   2014 Dec 17, 4:22am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

The problem is with liberals. They are like children who failed to reach emotional maturity, who strongly believe they are entitled to get their own way and hate and abuse anything that thwarts their entitlement attitude.

They hate religion, the bold eagle and just about anything truly American that represents their parents generation and authority. They don't want to hear the simple truth that if you want to succeed you have to work hard. They want it handed to them. They pretend to hate government authority, but at the same time quickly flock to Obama giving him unlimited big government authority.

Liberals will quickly throw a parade to support homosexuality, drugs, abortions, all of which are very destructive and irresponsible. Yet they'll not lift a finger to actually make this society a better place. Liberals envy the wealthy, but do nothing to make themselves wealthy. Everything with them turns into "life is not fair because someone has more." And somehow, as laughable as it is, they feel entitled to be taken seriously with their overgrown minors attitude. It's just sad really.

2   BlueSardine   358/360 = 99% civil   private mesage   2014 Dec 17, 4:34am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Liberals live under the assumption that if you are good to others, they will return your kindness in spades.
Works in the local neighborhoods, but not in foreign policy.
The world is full of too many animals that don't give a shit about you and your morals. Gorillas have their place in society just as well as the smack shooting chimps..

3   bob2356   427/428 = 99% civil   private mesage   2014 Dec 17, 4:47am  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

FortWayne says

The problem is with liberals. They are like children who failed to reach emotional maturity

Yes it's a shame liberals never reach the level of emotional maturity displayed by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbuagh, Anne Coulter, CIC, softshell, or Ft Wayne. Being a petulant 5 year old is hard to measure up to.

4   Dan8267   1846/1867 = 98% civil   private mesage   2014 Dec 17, 5:28am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

FortWayne says

They hate religion, the bold eagle and just about anything truly American that represents their parents generation and authority.

1. Religion
Should be hated. It's evil. And it's proper to hate the sin (religion), not the sinner (the religious). So we're good on this.

2. Bold Bald Eagle
Bullshit. If conservatives had their way, the Bald Eagle would have gone extinct because of all the damn pollution you conservatives let corporations get away with. It's the damn hippie Earth huggers that saved the Bald Eagle with the environmental movement. And the eagle was saved by doing everything you conservative despise and call "regulations".

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Why the Bald Eagle almost went extinct in this country

Habitat was lost when virgin forests were cleared
Animals that eagles eat (like shorebirds and ducks) also declined because of overhunting
Eagles were shot because they were thought to threaten livestock
DDT, an insecticide with widespread use, built up in adult eagles and caused them to lay thin-shelled eggs that cracked before the chicks could hatch.

What we did to bring the Bald Eagle back

We banned DDT
We prohibited killing of eagles
We improved water quality in many of our lakes and rivers
We protected nest sites
We restored eagles back to areas where they had been eliminated

Of course, as usual the conservative tries to rewrite history to transfer his sins to liberals. What bullshit!

3. just about anything truly American

That's a meaningless phrase. You conservatives consider torture, racism, and the suppression of human and civil rights to be American. We liberals don't. We liberals consider equality under law, civil rights, and transparency in government to be American values.

But what is the greatest American value? It has to be REVOLUTION. This country was founded on revolution and based on the principle that the people have the right to violently revolt against their government and overthrow it in order to protect liberty. This brings us to...

4. authority

A real American is inherently a revolutionary. He is suppose to challenge authority and, if he finds it wanting, overthrow it. That's the American way. To deny this is to deny the very legitimacy of our country created by overthrowing authority.

Respect must be earned even by especially by authorities.

5. parents

I have no problem with my parents. They aren't assholes like your children's parents.

But you hypocritical conservatives are always bitching and moaning about "liberals" -- and you never use that term correctly -- wanting a nanny state to act as a parent taking care of everyone's needs. In actuality this is a leftist philosophy, not a liberal one.

Yet at the same time you two-faced conservatives want a nanny state or daddy-knows-best state to act as a parent telling everyone how they should behave, not for the purpose of protecting rights or safety, but for the purpose of conforming to daddy's values and culture even when those values and culture are fucking evil and repulsive.

So really, it's you fucked-up conservatives who have bad relations with your children and grandchildren who want the state to validate your authority in your family by treating everyone like a tyrannical patriarch treats his family. Well guess what, you suck ass as a parent and nothing the government does is going to change that, validate your authority, or improve your broken relations with your kids.

The state isn't like a father. The state doesn't love you and has no problem torturing and killing you. The state isn't a moral figure. It's a monster to be controlled.

[Side note: Now that's not to say there aren't people employed by the state who aren't doing good and aren't well-intentioned, but those people who control the state have power and power corrupts. So those people with power tend to commit evil acts especially when they are not held accountable for their actions. This is true for politicians, cops, judges, lawyers, and other powerful members of the state.]

5   Dan8267   1846/1867 = 98% civil   private mesage   2014 Dec 17, 8:32am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

SoftShell says

Liberals live under the assumption that if you are good to others, they will return your kindness in spades.

I'm a liberal and I don't believe that assumption. The issue of reciprocity is well-studied in game theory and evolutionary biology.

Read anything by Matt Ridley.

The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation is one of my favorite books.

6   Tenpoundbass   752/753 = 99% civil   private mesage   2014 Dec 17, 8:34am  ↑ like (5)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Dan come on down out of that tree.

7   Dan8267   1846/1867 = 98% civil   private mesage   2014 Dec 17, 8:38am  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

8   FortWayne   189/191 = 98% civil   private mesage   2014 Dec 20, 1:19pm  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

One leg at a time Dan, you can pull it off.

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