Saddam Hussein was a human rights violator, anti-democratic dictator, and ruled with a strong fist. But the argument that he kept terrorists out is factually sound and one many on the left (including myself) have used for years in explaining why George W Bush was such an idiot. He would stomp out anything that was a threat to his power and that included radical groups. It also included a lot of innocent people. We didn't go in to free them though. We went in because of a huge intelligence failure regarding WMDs. But there would be no Al Qaeda in Iraq, ISIS, or other such groups if it hadn't been for the invasion opening the door for them to rise from the ranks of Saddam's former army that wanted to still resist, the local oppressed Sunni minority that the US backed Shia government (which is now Iranian allied) stomped on which turned increasingly radical/skeptical of any peace, and the Sunnis from other parts of the world coming in to help.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day. It's impossible to say how much longer Saddam could've held power without the American invasion (he wasn't good to his people and we saw elsewhere that the discontent festered during Arab Spring) but the fact is we removed him and a large mess took his place.
Just clicked the Craigslist ad out of curiosity. Interesting headline:
"Want to open a Bottle Shop? Sandwich - $120000"
A sales pitch for a takeover in Raleigh doesn't get much more attractive than that. So who is going to pony up and open what would be bottle shop #8 (i think) within a 2 mile radius of downtown? Sandwich.
Given that the article mentions AR 15s a couple times and the picture is of an AR 15 I thought it was worth pointing out. I am really not one to go over trivial details but that is not accurate unless you are of the belief a gun is a gun and all guns are the same. A Sig Sauer MCX is not a .223-caliber (it is designed for .300 rounds but can shoot multiple calibers) and the firing system is different.
While I agree with most of the content of the story regarding the dangers in our current system and the backwards approach being taken by lawmakers in response to the increase in violence, I do think it is important to change one detail. The gun the shooter used was a Sig Sauer MCX not an AR 15 as first reported. Either way it is still an assault weapon that is based on a gun designed for military usage.
Glad we now know what to do for dogs, foxes, bats, raccoons, skunks, and groundhogs exhibiting insane behavior. But what about our General Assembly and Governor? Is DCSO willing to make a drive to Jones St in Raleigh?
It's a sad day when even Donald Trump is calling us out for HB 2:
"Trump was asked during a town hall interview on NBC's "Today" show whether he would let Caitlyn Jenner, a transgender woman, walk into Trump Tower and use any bathroom that she wanted.
"That is correct," Trump responded.
"North Carolina did something – it was very strong. And they're paying a big price. And there's a lot of problems," Trump said.
"North Carolina, what they're going through with all the business that is leaving and strife – and it's on both sides – you leave it the way it is," Trump continued.
"There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate, there has been so little trouble," Trump said.
"The problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic punishment they're taking," Trump said Thursday.
Trump also noted that "there is a big move to create new bathrooms" for transgender people.
"I think that would be discriminatory in a certain way. It would be unbelievably expensive for businesses and the country. Leave it the way it is.""
Never mind I see now upon re-reading that they will have some! Cool.
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