John Lemon

John Lemon 1 month ago on 706 The Question Is... Self determination

Tom, The Ukraine does have a goodly amount of land on which wheat is grown. The Crimea, of course, is Russia's warm- water port. An irony is that Russia had long-term leases on the ports and for the most part already controlled the area. I do not understand why Putin pushed for such a clumsy move when he/Russia already controlled the situation. Perhaps all of it has to do with Putin and not with logic.

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John Lemon 1 month ago on 706 The Question Is... Self determination

Tom, Your references to the past of the Crimea should serve to focus our attention. The U.S. and like-thinkers lost this confrontation before it began. We have no chance of bluffing Russia with the threat of military force because we all know that we will not use military force so long as Russia does not attempt to take the rest of Ukraine. Even if that happened it is doubtful if we would be willing to go to war and Europe would not be willing to go to war. The larger point is that Putin/Russia behaved in a brutish and clumsy fashion . We and allies must attempt to make Russia look evil because it is behaving so brutishly. Possibly the entire episode is a lesson for us : Russia under Putin is, in fact, just what Romney said : our greatest geopolitical enemy on the global map ( at the moment). We should impose sanctions of the Russians and do whatever else we can to demonstrate to the Russians and to others that will not allow states to do as they wish.

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John Lemon 1 month ago on 694 The Question Is... That stuff that bulls drop.

Tom, The STUPID statement might have been of a settlement agreement which, in part, said that Fontana would agree that the police did nothing wrong and that Fontana would not seek additional redress. Not withstanding, the Judge must be of diminished capacity.

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John Lemon 1 month ago on 632 The Question Is... Separation of powers.

Tom, Congressman C. Gowdy recently introduced a Bill that would require that a bill passed by Congress and signed into law be enforced by the Executive branch. Likely it will die in the Senate. The entire problem should never have been noted if we elected people who acted ethically within the traditional guides of the Constitution. Values lacking !

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John Lemon 1 month, 1 week ago on 592 The Question Is... Executions

Tom, I can not verify the following, but it is interesting. Someone told me that in Russia they put a condemned prisoner in a cell and often come into the cell for inspections. The prisoner is told to face outward and place hands on the bars. The prisoner can not watch what the guard is doing behind him. One day the guard comes for inspection, tells the prisoner to assume the usual position and then shoots him in the back of the head.

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John Lemon 1 month, 1 week ago on 691 The Question Is.... School bonds.

Tom, The manner in which several members of the Board have acted and voted over the past 5 years have left a bitter taste in my mouth. I have serious doubts about approving any bond issue for the school district. A couple of years back the Board allowed a debt of over a million dollars. How ironic that they now claim to be a million short.

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John Lemon 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 592 The Question Is... Executions

Tom, I remain undecided on the issue of the death penalty in that both pro and con sides have legitimate points of view. As regards the means of execution: I recall that Utah made use of Firing Squad several years back. My thought is that the usual means of execution appear to be perhaps based on the opinions of observers more than criminals. Who can say that a Firing Squad's bullets or a hangman's noose or a medication is more humane for the inmate?

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