Laguna's past comments

  • 4

    Laguna

    Sheesh, the guy is 72 and was flying an airplane one year older than him - ALONE! Mr Ford, I salute you.

    Posted in: Harrison Ford injured in light plane crash

  • 1

    Laguna

    Iran, as the leader of the Shiite sect, has legitimate interests in many Middle Eastern countries. In fact, a confident Iran could well prove a measure of stability in that chaotic region, as well as a needed counterbalance to unhinged Sunni extremism. This would be facilitated by, initially, America recognizing Iran's interests, and later, perhaps, cooperation.

    A nuclear agreement would be a good first step, but only a first step. Goodwill on both sides should be encouraged and, if displayed, developed.

    Posted in: Iranian role in fighting IS in Iraq: Where will it lead?

  • 3

    Laguna

    Pauli USA, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was built in 1932 and reused in 1984; its use not only saved money but, more importantly, served as an emotional bridge between those eras.

    Demolition of the National Stadium is both a farce and a tragedy.

    Posted in: Construction of 2020 Olympic stadium to start in October

  • 6

    Laguna

    Some JTers have offered exceedingly brave comments in this thread. No doubt they will be the first to sacrifice their lives and/or fortune in an entirely preventable and unnecessary war - just like Netanyahu, a man who never flinched at volunteering American blood and treasure. Very manly. Send your own sons.

    Posted in: Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuclear talks

  • 13

    Laguna

    Seems appropriate for vandalism. I loath vandals.

    Posted in: German vandals ordered jailed, caned in Singapore

  • 6

    Laguna

    The entire congress (both sides) was standing, applauding and chanting his name.

    This is not a basketball game, and no, it was not well received by those who will have to make the tough decisions.

    Pelosi got it right when she called the speech "an insult to the intelligence of the United States."

    Texas, can you encapsulate some sort of plan Bibi put forth rather than complete Iranian capitulation? If so, the world would like to know. Until then, please leave this to the adults.

    Posted in: Netanyahu assails Iran nuclear talks in speech to Congress; Obama disagrees

  • 3

    Laguna

    Obama got shellacked by Netanyahu today.

    I see. Please let the adults in the room know what single, concrete, actable suggestion he offered other than his implied takeover of the Pentagon.

    Obama once again looks small, weak, petulant and foolish compared to the Prime Minister of Israel.

    Netanyahu may well be the former Prime Minister of Israel within two weeks. Jawboning supplies no solutions, as adults know. Funny how the House had to rely on the Democratic Party to fund the DHS as they were too childish to do it themselves - and they did it in the shadow of this speech for maximum concealment. Again, please call me when the adults are in the room.

    Posted in: Netanyahu assails Iran nuclear talks in speech to Congress; Obama disagrees

  • 5

    Laguna

    I for one think the Republican's inviting a foreign leader to Congress to dictate American foreign policy is a wonderful step. Certainly, Netanyahu uttered realities that would never have occurred to American leadership, such as that Iran is after its own self-interest and that treaties tend to involve compromise. Most importantly, when Netanyahu in effect stated that only a deal involving total regime change in Tehran would be acceptable, he as such boldly directed Congress to subsume the Pentagon in the battle for his version of the Israeli state; such brave volunteering of American blood and treasure by a foreign leader is most generous.

    Boehner and what else stands as Republican "leadership" should be proud of themselves for such an outstanding job of outsourcing American foreign policy.

    Posted in: Netanyahu assails Iran nuclear talks in speech to Congress; Obama disagrees

  • 3

    Laguna

    Russians know this and the idea that Putin had Nemstov killed is as ludicrous has Obama having John McCain killed. It's beyond even laughable.

    I will refrain from speculating on who killed Nemtsov until more facts are available - unlike some posters here who, equally deficient in facts, leap to absolve the Kremlin because, y'know, that'd be crazy! I will point out, though, that the idea of Obama (or any American president) silencing an opponent with lead is ludicrous, while the same cannot said, given history, of Mr. Putin.

    Posted in: 30,000 marchers in Moscow mourn slain Putin foe

  • 2

    Laguna

    Had the KGB done this they would've had an Oswald type patsy ready to take the heat.

    And in tomorrow's news....

    Posted in: Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators say

  • 5

    Laguna

    Calling the Philippines an "American colony" is incorrect - it was an American protectorate. There is a huge difference, in this case being that the Philippines became independent just after the war, a few years later than the US had promised, but certain events had occurred in the meantime.

    Posted in: 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive

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    Laguna

    The weird thing is all this is that the Western Press has suddenly purged any and all mention of the main eyewitness to the whole event, a 23 year old Ukrainian model.

    Google, my friend, is your answer to this "weirdness." As CNN, the NY Times, and other western press outlets have noted, apparently she was his girlfriend of three years - feel free to be jealous - and they were within view of his apartment - on the route he normally took home- when he was shot.

    CNN also notes,

    despite the fact that initial eyewitness reports stated that the killers were driving a white car without license plates, by noon the next day, RT was claiming that the car had been found, now with license plates from the Muslim republic of Ingushetia.

    Putin's men are wasting no time here. Then again, how many white cars could there be in Russia?

    Posted in: Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators say

  • 1

    Laguna

    Wonderful, your tax dollars hard at work.

    Exactly. Just like Teflon, GPS and the Internet. What good has ever come from government-coordinated innovation?

    Posted in: 3 Japanese automakers to jointly work on self-driving car technology

  • 2

    Laguna

    Probably a quartet of Russian soldiers "on vacation." Seems a whole lot of "vacationing" is going on in Russia at the moment.

    Posted in: Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators say

  • 5

    Laguna

    That Nemtsov was murdered makes Russia look back regardless of who the culprits are.

    I would amend that: Putin has created a state in which his murder of political opponents is entirely plausible.

    A Republican candidate for the governorship of Missouri apparently committed suicide last week, but even the most extremist rightists never thought to point fingers at Obama. That is America.

    I won't pretend to know who was behind this, but Putin's history leaves him - or his cohorts - quite likely. That is Putin's legacy, whether he was involved or not.

    Posted in: Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead

  • 1

    Laguna

    badsey3, just checked out your claim and was linked to all of the usual suspects - and no legitimate news service at all. Your link indicates "an internal government memo" apparently "(o)btained by Judicial Watch," yet there is no link to or excerpts from this supposed memo whatsoever.

    Judicial Watch is a typical right-wing attack platform; they are a smidgen away from being a Birther site: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_Watch

    I could tell you that repatriations of undocumented immigrants are at an all-time high under Obama and document it, but you would likely either disbelieve me or ignore it. Such is life in the fact-free zone.

    Posted in: Homeland Security to stay open as Congress OKs 1-week bill

  • 2

    Laguna

    “You have made a mess,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said....

    Totally predictable - and predicted - from the instant the GOP "we have to prove we can govern" Congress latched on to this insane scheme. And now, with the craziness all too evident, the best they could do was extend it by a WEEK!? What, pray, will change during that time? The Republican House reminds me of some woefully unprepared high school kid praying for a natural disaster so that his test is cancelled.

    Boehner knows that there is only one way out: to rely on Democratic votes to pass a clean extension, after which the House can knock themselves out all they'd like with doomed attempts to undo Obama's executive actions. They claim these actions are illegal; they should leave it to the courts to decide this. In the meantime, Boehner's official position in a nutshell: ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    Posted in: Homeland Security to stay open as Congress OKs 1-week bill

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    Laguna

    Worst case is the old pattern from the Korean war.

    Disagree. Russian involvement was minimal in Korea; China was the North's main supporter, and looked how they reacted - and this was in an age before modern weapons.

    I would be extremely cautious in providing arms to Ukraine unless under rather restrictive circumstances. The bits of Ukraine that Putin wants, Putin will get. More fighting will not change the outcome; it will simply amplify the suffering on innocent civilians.

    Better is to amplify further the suffering on Putin and his fellow oligarchs.

    Posted in: U.S. mulling lethal aid to Ukraine; Russian response a concern

  • 4

    Laguna

    No, Americans are not safe, but it is not terrorists they must worry about, it is their fellow citizens who, thanks to the GOP, are allowed extensive arsenals they can use whenever they go a bit nuts.

    That same party is also doing their best to "protect" America by threatening to defund the Homeland Security Department.

    Oh, yes, the GOP does wonders for American safety.

    Posted in: 3 arrested in New York, Florida in plot to join Islamic State

  • -2

    Laguna

    My guess is after Mariupol is in separatist hands the rebels will finally agree to Minsk 3.

    You're probably correct, and if you think this is a good thing and live in Russia, I hope you don't like bananas or other imported goods or commonsense things like traveling abroad. Until now, Russia had been considered a country developing along western, civilized norms, a key of which is "Do not eat your neighbors." The west is rapidly reevaluating this assessment. If Putin thinks he can consume chunks of Ukraine without consequences that will last a generation, he is wrong. This is not just about sanctions; this is about the global concept of Russia. And to think that the Sochi Olympics were just a year ago - Russia's last stand on the international stage for a generation. Despite the patriotic outpouring in Russia now, likely, many will find it not worth the price before long.

    Posted in: Ukraine disputes rebel claim that weapons pullback begins

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