Open Thread, Tuesday 30 September 2014

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  1. Thanks for the open threads knight and love this mornings Verse of the day too.

  2. From the “Hill”

    The United States and Afghanistan signed a security agreement on Tuesday that would allow some U.S. troops to remain in the country to help train and advise the Afghanistan military. The 10-year deal, according to reports, would allow 9,800 troops to remain in the country beyond the end of the year and allow some bases to remain open. It would also bar U.S. military from being prosecuted under Afghanistan law. A separate agreement would allow a small number of NATO forces to remain. “The BSA is the clearest possible expression of a U.S. commitment to a security partnership with Afghanistan,” the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan said in a statement. “It provides a legal framework that allows the United States to continue to train, advise and assist the ANSF and further develop its capabilities.” The signing came the day after new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in after a months-long election battle with his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, who took a post as chief executive under a power-sharing agreement. Both Afghan presidential candidates had vowed to sign the status of forces agreement during the campaign, something the previous president, Hamid Karzai, had resisted. Throughout the year, the United States has sought the agreement with Afghanistan to allow a small number of U.S. forces to remain in the country to help train Afghan forces and for other counterterrorism efforts. But after a number of failed attempts to get an agreement with Karzai, the former Afghan president said a deal would likely have to wait for his successor. President Obama announced he was looking for a “responsible end” to the war in Afghanistan during his visit to the country in May. At the time, he outlined the administration’s plan to draw down all but 9,800 of the 32,000 troops that remained in the country by the end of the year. That number will fall even lower by 2016. A number of Republicans have blamed the current unrest in Iraq and the rise of Islamic militants there on the failure of the United States and the Iraqi government to come to a status of forces agreement after U.S. combat missions ended there.

  3. At the time, he outlined the administration’s plan to draw down all but 9,800 of the 32,000 troops that remained in the country by the end of the year. That number will fall even lower by 2016.

    So let me get this right. We had 32,000 and they’ll end up with 9,800? That is going to be a good deal for their safety? Did I miss something here?

  4. http://watchdog.org/173992/discrimination-complaint-va-town-undocumented/
    Now here is some towns people that have some scruples! “Ya know what I mean Vern?”

    • freedom1781 says:

      In college I dated a guy from Lawrenceville, which is a small, rural farming community. Over the past few years the demographic has changed, it’s mainly black now. There’s absolutely nothing racist about their refusal to house illegal immigrants.

  5. Now here is Hawaii’s best layin down the law that is exceedingly in favor of the foreigner!
    09/23/2014

    §134-2 Permits to acquire.
    (d) The chief of police of the respective counties may issue permits to acquire firearms to citizens of the United States of the age of twenty-one years or more, or duly accredited official representatives of foreign nations, or duly commissioned law enforcement officers of the State who are aliens; provided that any law enforcement officer who is the owner of a firearm and who is an alien shall transfer ownership of the firearm within forty-eight hours after termination of employment from a law enforcement agency. The chief of police of each county may issue permits to aliens of the age of eighteen years or more for use of rifles and shotguns for a period not exceeding sixty days, upon a showing that the alien has first procured a hunting license under chapter 183D, part II. The chief of police of each county may issue permits to aliens of the age of twenty-one years or more for use of firearms for a period not exceeding six months, upon a showing that the alien is in training for a specific organized sport-shooting contest to be held within the permit period. The attorney general shall adopt rules, pursuant to chapter 91, as to what constitutes sufficient evidence that an alien is in training for a sport-shooting contest. Notwithstanding any provision of the law to the contrary and upon joint application, the chief of police may issue permits to acquire firearms jointly to spouses who otherwise qualify to obtain permits under this section

    Now let’s section this out and see what this means for Americans?

    “The chief of police of the respective counties may issue permits to acquire firearms to citizens of the United States of the age of twenty-one years or more”

    “The chief of police of each county may issue permits to aliens of the age of eighteen years or more”

    So Aliens can get permits at 18 but you must be a citizen to be denied a permit until you are 21??????????? WTH???

    How about becoming a US citizen first ( since you are a resident alien) and forfeiting your “home” country (and learn English) since you are “choosing” to live in OUR Country! Now WTH is wrong with that???

    Now about the spouses? Eh say what?

    • Talk about an abuse of power?! Now let’s jusrt hypothetically say this:
      You’re an 18 year old from the “liberal” state of Hawaii and you joined the military (doesn’t matter what branch) and you end up fighting for your country in the middle east somewhere. You finished a couple of “tours of duty” and decide to take some time off to get back in touch with nature and apply for a permit to but a rifle and hunt some pigs. You are denied because you are 19 or 18 years of age. You’re obviously upset but believe in following the rules and regulations your country set forth for you. So you decide to go with your older brother hunting. You are a spectator and can’t carry a weapon to hunt with. Somewhere out in the field you come across another bunch of hunters who all have riffles and are looking for game. You happen to notice a particular face who you came up AGAINST in the middle east. You tell your brother WTF is this guy doing in your homeland carrying a weapon and “looking” for game. You know the guy can’t be anymore that 17 or 18 years of age maybe! So being very agitated you follow up with the authorities to find out that not only does this guy have a visa but has acquired a legal permit to carry a gun and hunt in the state of Hawaii. This infuriates you because not only is he the enemy on the other side but he is allowed to carry a weapon on your home turf but you cannot. You call you local senator and he tells you to “just get over it”!
      By the way soldier you can fight for us, kill for us, bomb for us and possibly loose your sanity for us at 18 years of age but here in Hawaii you can do all these things for your country but you cannot buy or drink a beer and cannot buy a cigarette or smoke one unless you are 21 years of age. Now about that medical marijuana they’ll let you get, hmmmmm, wonder if you can legally “smoke” it since you are only 18!

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