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  1. 4 minutes ago, Chairchucker said:


    the person who holds the highest position in a national government:

    It’s arguable that he does not. He holds the highest position in one branch of three that are coequal. Theoretically.

    Now when it comes to dealing with foreign powers the president is definitely the face of the United States. The executive is also the singular agent of the country in matters of foreign policy. But that’s not quite the same thing as what you were thinking

  2. 13 minutes ago, Chairchucker said:

    He's the head of state. He represents every single American. He makes decisions that affect all of them, and disproportionately affect the least powerful, like homeless people.

    Sorry buddy I’m represented by a guy name David Kustoff. Nice fella, maybe not the brightest candle in the cathedral but not bad. The President of the United States is just the head of the executive branch of the government. He’s not what you would call a head of state or any kind of representative of the people.


    Edit: Grom beat me to it

  3. 2 minutes ago, Chairchucker said:

    IMO the President should have to have been homeless at least once. How... what was the phrase? How can you be the head of something you don't respect or understand?

    Well if we ever amend article two and make the President commander-in-chief of the homeless I’ll agree with you

  4. 1 minute ago, Gromnir said:

    technical this is wrong. trump don't have a doctorate, but biden, harris and pence all have JDs. juris doctorate. in most US jurisdictions it is possible to receive a masters o' law to satisfy the legal education education requirement. is a cheesy doctorate, but a jd is technical a doctorate.

    gary johnson's highest level o' education were, we believe, a bs... not certain though. weld had a jd.

    jorgenson, johnson, cohen and weld did not claim any military service.

    HA! Good Fun!

    That’s right I forgot about that. Johnson and Jorgensen definitely did not serve. As for Cohen in the military? That would be a laugh. It didn’t happen in my platoon but I heard of guys in Boot Camp who broke down crying and ended up washing out during forming week and early in First Phase. That would definitely have been himThat would definitely have been him

  5. We were talking about this a little while back. Actually I think the specific discussion was whether any president ever “dodged“ the draft. I looked it up:

    Let's see,

    • Hoover was a Quaker and never served in the military for religious reasons
    • FDR missed WWI was was SecNav before becoming President. No draft in his day.
    • Truman served in the Army and National Guard as an artilleryman in WWI
    • Eisenhower was a career military man and the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe in WW2
    • Kennedy was a naval officer and PT boat commander in WW2
    • Johnson was too young for WWI and too old for WW2 so he never served but there was no draft.
    • Nixon was a Navy officer and served in the Pacific in WW2
    • Ford was also a Naval Officer and served in the Pacific in WW2.
    • Carter was a Navy man and Submariner. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets in the '50's
    • Reagan was an enlisted man in the Army when WW2 started. He was later commissioned and served in the Army Air Corps.
    • George HW Bush was a Navy fighter pilot during WW2.
    • Bill Clinton was given draft deferments for college. When his number was coming up he used influence from Democrat Senator William Fullbright to get an ROTC appointment he never reported to. He didn't actually "dodge" the draft. But he came real close to doing it.
    • George W Bush used family influence to get in the Air National Guard.
    • Barack Obama missed all the wars. The draft was over. He never served in the military.
    • Donald Trump got four deferments for college and failed the draft physical during Vietnam.  
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  6. 11 minutes ago, ComradeMaster said:

    The commander in chief is a civilian, there's nothing constitutional about the President and mandatory military service.

    It's like saying that all district attorneys should have to be cops before they become lawyers.

    I didn't say it was Constitutional. I just said it was my opinion.

  7. There is absolutely no way to know Clinton’s level of involvement with Lawrence. Other than to note they were friends. Did Clinton do him a favor here? A phone call from the admin to the Pentagon could easily have gotten him in without too much attention paid to his record and without Clinton’s name attached to it. I don’t know. That is speculation.But as for saying it never happened at all  is like saying “There are no rats in the barn. Oh, except that one”.  

    Now I will admit my memory of this whole thing, upon which my first post was entirely based, let me down here. I remember the story, the outrage that came from it and that there was truth in it. Not the specifics. I should have googled before posting not after. It was 23 years ago after all. But let me be clear here my recollections right or wrong are entirely mine. I was no more a fan of talk radio then then I am now. I don’t need someone to read the news to me and tell me what it means. I can formulate my own opinions.



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  8. Sure. Of the 69 names we got most of them were a no brainer.  One surely was not. Were there more? Some reputable news sources seemed to think so. No way to know. 

    Of course what Trump is doing here, if he is behind this new “proposal” is as bad. Maybe worse because it is self aggrandizement. I think it likely is true.

    Edit: Yes I knew Lawrence was gone. 

  9. @Gromnir

    1. Yes. The idea of a permanent military would have upset the framers very much. Madison and Franklin in particular IIRC. This (military service being a prerequisite for the Executive office) is purely my own opinion.
    2. There were 69 waivers granted during Clinton's Term. Not 5. Or at least The Clinton admin released 69 names in 1997 in response to this scandal. But according to the LA Times and Tampa Tribune there were 71 applications. Who were the other 2? No record I could find. I do remember this happening first hand. There was a lot of smoke and I don't mean "right wing radio". The Washington Times was all over it also. The names of the people who received waivers was not released until months after the s--t hit the fan. Before that "privacy" was stated by Army Sec Togo West for why they were kept quiet. Of the 69 names we did  get "only one was a big donor to the DNC" according to the LA Times. Larry Lawrence who was the US Ambassador to Switzerland when he passed away. Before that he was a very successful real estate developer, frequent Democrat fund raiser, donor, and DNC Delegate. Oh yes.... lest we forget in 1994 he got into trouble  with the FEC & IRS for donations to Democrats that exceeded the annual maximums. Now, he did have a case for a waiver because he claimed to serve in the Merchant Marine in WW2. Except, he didn't. He made that all up. He even threw in a story about a U-Boat attack just to spice it up. They could hardly deny Lawrence since he'd been dead and in Arlington a year when this came to light. Now, the two missing names from what the LA Times reported, who they were or if they ever existed is anyone's guess. Maybe It just Lawrence, maybe there were others. You remember Clinton well enough, I'm sure you would not be surprised either way. 
    3. I do not consume "right wing talk radio" in any form. In this case I was going off my own memory. It had to be jogged by a 15 minute or so google session


    Edit: Correction, it was the Washington Times, Insight Magazine, the Deseret News, the Tampa Tribune and Fox that reported 71 waiver applications. Not the LA times. It only discussed the 69 that were released in 1997 

  10. Proposal to Allow Non-Veteran Presidential Burials at Arlington Draws Pushback

    There is a pay wall. I read the WSJ though. The gist of it is the Democrats and Vets are in a twist about a proposal coming from the "Pentagon" (meaning Trump indirectly) to permit non-veteran Presidents to be buried with honors in Arlington. Ironic considering his derisive comments about the people buried there. 

    Of course the same goddamned Democrats were mute when Bill Clinton was selling Arlington burials to non-vets as political favors. Politics today though is "it's not wrong if we do it". 

    Personally I think military service should be a requirement to be President. How can you be the commander in chief of something you don't respect or even understand? 

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  11. My favorite burger chain is Backyard Burgers. I've had In and Out, Red Robin, Steak and Shake, Burger Fi, Habit, Five Guys, etc. BYB > Them. But the best hamburger is Little Jimmie's BBQ in Covington. Don't look for that opening in Colorado though... there is onlt one Little Jimmie. 

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  12. I came in with KOTOR II. I was around on the old Black Isle forum but only a little. I was in the NWN forums all the time with Volo, Gromnir and others from BI. When I got here and saw a lot of familiar names is was cool. Most are long gone now. 

    What keeps me? Interesting conversation. There is a pretty broad range of opinions here. Half the posters are from outside the USA and that is a plus. I like hearing about what's doing elsewhere. And an ousider's perspective on the US is always interesting. Most forums self segregate into opinion echo chambers or a bomb throwing range. That never happened here. It's pretty rare. 

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  13. Trump considers executive order ending birthright  citizenships 

    there are also a number of stories where people in the CIA and elsewhere are worried that he will reveal some of the nations secrets on his way out of office. Add that to the numerous election challenges that even he knows are now pointless. He appears committed to creating any kind of mischief he can in the time he has remaining even though he knows it is all over. Do you know who this guy is? This is Saruman going to the Shire after being kicked out of Isengard.

    hey I should get some points here for finding a way to associate US politics with lord of the rings.

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  14. Is it just me or does anyone else get upset when dog meat gets injured in fallout four? Hearing him crying and seeing him flail around but you can’t run out to him because you’re under heavy fire from gunners? Very upsetting. 

    Of course is he didn’t charge the damned baracade manned by guys with automatic weapons like a bad dog none of that would have happened.

  15. 19 minutes ago, ComradeMaster said:

    I have a feeling I'd rather spend time with them than Ivanka Trump or Chelsea Clinton..

    Of course. You would actually have a shot with the strippers. Assuming you’re not too objectionable looking and have at least $20 in your pocket. And don’t mind bullet scars and cigarette breath.  LOL

  16. 58 minutes ago, ComradeMaster said:

     Eh, it's been a while since I frequented Social Media so I'm not sure which is the dominant 3rd party at the moment.

    That’s like asking who is the prettiest stripper at the King Frog Truck Stop Restaurant and Caberet in Macon Georgia on a Tuesday afternoon.

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  17. Seems Malc & I like the same kind of story. Political corruption, international intrigue, espionage, all it needs is a man in a tux and a couple of racy sex scenes (with a female preferably) to make it complete! Hey we love a good spy yarn!

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  18. Following the trumps legal team press conference. So Biden‘s victory was actually a conspiracy between Venezuela and Cuba and China? That’s amazing! This sounds like a Brad Thor novel! I take it Rudy Giuliani will be the action hero that will save the day? Quite a story LOL

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