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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:00 am

Although it is a disappointing commentary on the political direction of the current administration, the irony is not lost on me that the "political issue" that I find myself most closely aligned with our president over the last four-plus years is his NCAA Tournament bracket.

Mark Bechthold


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  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 8:58 am on Sun, Mar 31, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Not being much of a basketball fan (pro or college, unless the Kings are in the playoffs, which hasn't happened too often lately) I suppose then I find little common ground with this president. But it isn't just President Obama, it's pretty much the entire concept of liberalism/progressivism that I'll never embrace. Both run completely counter to my core beliefs and what I believe our nation should represent.

    Of course I'm condemned for my stances, and I accept that. But those on the left don't seem to be able to accept what I believe. No, they'd rather hurl accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny and whatever else they feel is appropriate simply because I believe in something they don't. So much for freedom of thought! Oh well, maybe Obama will be after that soon enough.

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 2:47 am on Sun, Mar 31, 2013.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Mr Pham: Well written but mostly well understood...your grasp of the mechanics of life here AND there...your words are what make Americans! VN was a clash of Titans...China and the US...Vietnam was the pawn and the battlefield and what most GIs want and wanted was to be recognized for trying to do something good for another human being. I think the direction of Vietnam today is proof that they did. I think they made a difference...look at you. Thanks.

  • Quan Pham posted at 10:04 am on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

    qpham63 Posts: 31

    Patrick W Maple, I was too young to understand much of the Vietnam war even when I lived it. As I studied and read more and more in the US, the story of Jane Fonda pieced my heart like an arrow. I can't imagine the pain of betrayal when she handed the note to the commander that caused further torture to our service men.

    She is rewarded with continued career success and now Hollyweird has her play Nancy Reagan? Another movie I won't go see. She should be behind bars for her betrayal of our country.

    Rodman is little more than this generation's Jane Fonda. We are lucky he was not visiting POWs in North Korea.

    What I don't understand about the American Haters who lives here. Those that hate Capticalism and the free market who lives here, particularly our über-rich celebrities...what's keeping you here?

    Those who think America and Americans aren't inclusive enough, hey, you are in our house, get with our program. You left your home country for whatever reason, now you want this country to be like the one you left? Does it even make sense?

  • robert maurer posted at 8:30 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 485

    For a good laugh, google barack obama facts, than scroll down to best of obama heroic facts.

  • robert maurer posted at 8:03 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 485

    www.bestobamafacts.com compares our iniquities with obama's. Enjoy!

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 7:43 am on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    I hate basketbll...I wonder how much Rodman got paid to come to N Korea...Jane Fonda anyone?...money is everything in DC especially if it belongs someone else...do your grandkids spend your money?...there is nothing known as world peace...NO Mr Pham...there are NO adults in DC...period...to them responsibility is a relative term that can be negotiated...as far as BO the only common ground I find with him is that upon which we stand...him in DC and me here...as close as I wish it to be.

  • Quan Pham posted at 6:03 pm on Thu, Mar 28, 2013.

    qpham63 Posts: 31

    The president has two daughters and I believe that he loves them very much. I have one and absolutely adores her. That's about it.

    I love my country, I don't believe he does. I believe he like most politician loves power and control ... no matter what the cost.

    This crushing national debt and we can't even stop spending. Spending, that's the real problem.

    When we have large big debt that we can't afford, we pay down our credit card and guess what? We reduced our spending to match our income. That's what the wife and I do as responsible adults.

    Are there no adults left running our country? Oh well, we will remain under this dark cloud for a while yet, almost another 4 years to be exact. Politically, I find very little common ground with this president, his administration and most of our so call more conservative Republican party.

    I find myself praying more each day and each day I get more discouraged.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 9:19 am on Thu, Mar 28, 2013.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    Thank you for utilizing some wit and allowing to see a silver lining through a very very dark cloud. You know that was what Dennis Rodman said repeatedly about Obama and Kim Jong-un... that they both liked basketball. Maybe basketball will be the unifier that brings all together and finally gives us world peace..


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