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Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

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  1. Kary L. Krismer

    By Scotsman @ 300:

    A solution?

    http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/01/watch-john-stossel-ron-paul-matt-welch-p

    Of course it’s a solution, because it’s largely an alternative to the Republican/Democrat mess we’re in.

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  2. Kary L. Krismer

    The wife was watching a Barbara Walters special on her presidential interviews. My first memory of JFK was his being shot, so I’m going to exclude him and Eisenhower, but watching that show made me realize that during my entire lifetime there has not been a president that I’ve liked by the time their term was over.

    Nixon was good at some things, but he was clearly dishonest (and a bit paranoid).
    Ford was incompetent, and in any case pardoning Nixon didn’t get him past his first 30 days for my approval.
    Carter was good at some things, but his administration was filled with corrupt cronies from Georgia, and bottom line was Carter was weak.
    Reagan did some good things, but he was an idiot.
    Bush I should never have been elected. I have nothing good to say about him.
    Clinton looked promising, but his gun control nonsense and lying ruined him. And like Carter, he too was weak.
    Bush II was only elected because the Democrats made the mistake of nominating Gore, and he filled his administration the first term with his dad’s incompetent cronies.
    I had hopes for Obama but he turned out to be perhaps the most divisive politician possible with no respect at all for the Constitution. Because of the latter I consider him to be the most dangerous of all the bad presidents during my lifetime.

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  3. Kary L. Krismer

    As noted above in the prior post, not a big fan of any of our recent presidents. But I must say I do find it odd how Bush II was labeled as being a “liar” for being wrong about WMD in Iraq, where President Obama has not been caught up in three clear lies without the term hardly ever being thrown out there.

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/05/president-obama-acknowledges-having-lived-with-his-uncle/mz67SRGIExGAZJuOQsl1JI/story.html

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  4. Blurtman

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 303 – So a Johns Hopkins epidemiologist concluded in a Lancet publication that 100,000 mostly women and children were murdered by allied airpower during the invasion of the last Iraq war. Not counting the hell created for millions of Iraqi’s afterwards. Due a lies about WMD’s.

    I cannot find a comparable effect that is truly to the level of war crimes as a result of Obama’s lies. That could be a reason for the difference. Plus, Bush was too stupid to pull off his many lies, and it was insulting to the intelligence of the American public that he thought he could.

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  5. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Blurtman @ 304 – News flash. For it to be a lie the claim has to be known to be wrong. Even Russia thought Iraq had WMD, because they tried to make it look like they did. Absent knowledge it’s just being wrong.

    Democrats tend to have very poor language skills. The more recent one is outrage over the Republican Tweet: “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.” That is not a claim that racism has ended. That would be: “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role to end racism.”

    But if you want to compare Bush and Obama, only Obama has purposefully assassinated an American citizen without any due process of law. He’s probably the only President who has ever done that, which is ironic since Obama claims to be such a Constitutional expert.

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  6. Blurtman

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 305 – And only Bush laughed about killing Americans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCTfEf6Rrmw

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  7. Kary L. Krismer

    By Blurtman @ 306:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 305 – And only Bush laughed about killing Americans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCTfEf6Rrmw

    If you want to keep making comparisons, Democrats weren’t even trying to come up with a solution to the Iraq war, while American soldiers died. But now, they are critical of Republicans not coming up with a solution for our health care situation.

    And on the language issue, do I need to tell you what “Mission Accomplished” means? Another example of Democrats not understanding simple English.

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  8. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Blurtman @ 306 – BTW, to be clear, I’m not trying to defend Bush as much as compare him to President Obama. Neither had great respect for the Constitution, but President Obama has really gone much further.

    Also attempted to be conveyed is disrespect for the political parties. I think the country would be better off without the parties. They lead to lazy voters and politicians who don’t truly represent their constituents.

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  9. Blurtman

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 308RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 308 – I am not a Democrat nor a liberal. I am a member of the Law and Order party. Our leading platform is death to bankers.

    And yes, Hillary was rabidly pro-war. You might think after dodging sniper fire in Sarajevo, she might be more concerned about violence, but after she took out that Soviet tank, I guess she now enjoys it.

    And heart throb Maria Cantwell was strongly opposed to the Iraq war, as was i believe Senator tennis sneaker mom.

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  10. Kary L. Krismer

    NSA record gathering ruled unconstitutional. Not terribly surprising that someone not a politician and not in charge of overseeing such acts would think these actions violate the Bill of Rights.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/16/21925625-federal-judge-says-nsa-program-appears-to-violate-constitution?lite

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  11. Ira Sacharoff

    By Kary L. Krismer @ 308:

    RE: Blurtman @ 306 – BTW, to be clear, I’m not trying to defend Bush as much as compare him to President Obama. Neither had great respect for the Constitution, but President Obama has really gone much further.

    Also attempted to be conveyed is disrespect for the political parties. I think the country would be better off without the parties. They lead to lazy voters and politicians who don’t truly represent their constituents.

    I agree. Republicans and Democrats serve to get re-elected, and to please their benefactors.

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  12. Kary L. Krismer

    Not good when the White House has to both defend the claim that Biden is almost always wrong on foreign policy (the reason he was selected as a VP candidate) and also argue that President Obama is “enthusiastic” about war.

    http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Robert-Gates-criticism-hit-by-White-House-5125898.php

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  13. Erik

    I will be at Juanita pub for the game. Come down and I will buy you a drink. Anybody. It will be me and some wild and crazy medical students. They will even diagnose you at half time if needed.

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  14. Erik

    I will be at Juanita pub for the game. Come down and I will buy you a drink. Anybody. It will be me and some wild and crazy medical students. They will even diagnose you at half time if needed.

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  15. Kary L. Krismer

    The inability of Obama to negotiate his way out of a paper bag has some upsides, at least if you don’t like our troops in foreign countries. No troops left in Iraq, and soon maybe no troops left in Afghanistan.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/02/25/obama-warns-karzai-bsa/5808959/

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