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(The Daily Beast)   That handshake with Obama and Castro? Yeah, that was a well-planned troll. And we all took a big bite   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 352
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2013-12-12 02:25:10 PM  

Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: cameroncrazy1984: trappedspirit: Lord_Baull: trappedspirit: I've seen more apologists for this event than accusers.  This is weird propaganda machine.

[i13.photobucket.com image 222x282]

Yeah, the first I even heard of this was from the apologists on facebook already cranking out stuff like this

[i141.photobucket.com image 451x800]

Oh, I see. You don't get the difference between making fun of GOP arugula-based nontroversies and "apologists"

They are apologizing for his behavior by saying everyone plays this fake diplomatic game.  I've yet to see anyone losing their mind over this.  Just the apologists out in force but the other team didn't even know it was game day.

So because you're ignorant they're "apologists". Gotcha.

I think you got that backwards.

Nope. The "I never heard about it so it doesn't exist" is a stupid defense.


I agree.  Who made that claim?
 
2013-12-12 02:27:00 PM  

trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: cameroncrazy1984: trappedspirit: Lord_Baull: trappedspirit: I've seen more apologists for this event than accusers.  This is weird propaganda machine.

[i13.photobucket.com image 222x282]

Yeah, the first I even heard of this was from the apologists on facebook already cranking out stuff like this

[i141.photobucket.com image 451x800]

Oh, I see. You don't get the difference between making fun of GOP arugula-based nontroversies and "apologists"

They are apologizing for his behavior by saying everyone plays this fake diplomatic game.  I've yet to see anyone losing their mind over this.  Just the apologists out in force but the other team didn't even know it was game day.

So because you're ignorant they're "apologists". Gotcha.

I think you got that backwards.

Nope. The "I never heard about it so it doesn't exist" is a stupid defense.

I agree.  Who made that claim?


Do you have a mirror handy?
 
2013-12-12 02:29:34 PM  

Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: cameroncrazy1984: trappedspirit: Lord_Baull: trappedspirit: I've seen more apologists for this event than accusers.  This is weird propaganda machine.

[i13.photobucket.com image 222x282]

Yeah, the first I even heard of this was from the apologists on facebook already cranking out stuff like this

[i141.photobucket.com image 451x800]

Oh, I see. You don't get the difference between making fun of GOP arugula-based nontroversies and "apologists"

They are apologizing for his behavior by saying everyone plays this fake diplomatic game.  I've yet to see anyone losing their mind over this.  Just the apologists out in force but the other team didn't even know it was game day.

So because you're ignorant they're "apologists". Gotcha.

I think you got that backwards.

Nope. The "I never heard about it so it doesn't exist" is a stupid defense.

I agree.  Who made that claim?

Do you have a mirror handy?


Do you have a citation handy?
 
2013-12-12 02:30:06 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: THE GREAT NAME: dinch: THE GREAT NAME: dinch: Hilarious. This reminds me of a friend of mine that was cheating on her boyfriend. For some dumb reason the guy she was cheating with sent her a love letter, and for an even dumber reason she held on to it. When her boyfriend found it and confronted her she grabbed the note, tore it up and flushed it down the toilet. Then denied there was ever a note.

The people in this thread stating that there was never any outrage are like that girl. Unfortunately, you can't flush the interwebs down the toilet.

You hang out with love cheats? Typical lib.

Like I'm going to care if a stupid girl tries to insult me.

Stupid girl????

Reported to mods: trolling other users

You are boring.



Hence, farkied "Boring troll."
 
2013-12-12 02:34:00 PM  

trappedspirit: VendorXeno: trappedspirit: VendorXeno: Therefor you either saw it or you willfully avoided looking for something you knew probably existed, and instead elected to promote the idea that it didn't exist. There's really no other possible scenario, sorry. I know you think you're spinning a clever lie, but you're not, you're just making yourself look especially stupid.

I think this is getting no where.  You are one of those people that need to have an argument in order to communicate.  You've found a spot to inject a make believe argument so that you can get your arguing on.  And now you've decided things have to be one of two ways and no way else.  Yet both of them are lies.  Have you stopped beating your wife yet?  Yeah, I get it.  Have I ever suggested that the outrage was none existent?  Doesn't matter.  You keep stuffing that straw in my shirt but I'm not going to be your strawman.

I think it's definitely going somewhere. Many, many people here have recognized that you're being dishonest and trying to slander others. I, myself, prefer open, intelligent and honest dialogue, but I'll settle for exposing crackpots, liars and trolls, since it's kinda required to reach that stage anyway.

Expose?  Oh, okay.  Go right ahead.  I keep asking people to expose me but all they can do is tell me what I have seen and what I am thinking.  You don't win an argument when you fabricate things you want to be in other people's heads.


Yeah, you're stupid, ignorant, belligerent and dishonest, and you're clearly not worth interacting with anymore.
 
2013-12-12 02:40:22 PM  

trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: cameroncrazy1984: trappedspirit: Lord_Baull: trappedspirit: I've seen more apologists for this event than accusers.  This is weird propaganda machine.

[i13.photobucket.com image 222x282]

Yeah, the first I even heard of this was from the apologists on facebook already cranking out stuff like this

[i141.photobucket.com image 451x800]

Oh, I see. You don't get the difference between making fun of GOP arugula-based nontroversies and "apologists"

They are apologizing for his behavior by saying everyone plays this fake diplomatic game.  I've yet to see anyone losing their mind over this.  Just the apologists out in force but the other team didn't even know it was game day.

So because you're ignorant they're "apologists". Gotcha.

I think you got that backwards.

Nope. The "I never heard about it so it doesn't exist" is a stupid defense.

I agree.  Who made that claim?

Do you have a mirror handy?

Do you have a citation handy?


Obtuse or trolling. I can't tell anymore.
 
2013-12-12 02:43:50 PM  

VendorXeno: I think it's definitely going somewhere. Many, many people here have recognized that you're being dishonest and trying to slander others. I, myself, prefer open, intelligent and honest dialogue, but I'll settle for exposing crackpots, liars and trolls, since it's kinda required to reach that stage anyway.

Expose?  Oh, okay.  Go right ahead.  I keep asking people to expose me but all they can do is tell me what I have seen and what I am thinking.  You don't win an argument when you fabricate things you want to be in other people's heads.

Yeah, you're stupid, ignorant, belligerent and dishonest, and you're clearly not worth interacting with anymore.


You know how I knew this was going to end with ad hominems and zero proof.  But foxnews does have some voice about it.  I don't usually go to that site, but I figured I must have missed a news cycle and wanted to see the outrage firsthand.  Little did I know that all I would find would be Bill O'Really disagreeing with John TheCane.
 
2013-12-12 02:51:23 PM  

Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: cameroncrazy1984: trappedspirit: Lord_Baull: trappedspirit: I've seen more apologists for this event than accusers.  This is weird propaganda machine.

[i13.photobucket.com image 222x282]

Yeah, the first I even heard of this was from the apologists on facebook already cranking out stuff like this

[i141.photobucket.com image 451x800]

Oh, I see. You don't get the difference between making fun of GOP arugula-based nontroversies and "apologists"

They are apologizing for his behavior by saying everyone plays this fake diplomatic game.  I've yet to see anyone losing their mind over this.  Just the apologists out in force but the other team didn't even know it was game day.

So because you're ignorant they're "apologists". Gotcha.

I think you got that backwards.

Nope. The "I never heard about it so it doesn't exist" is a stupid defense.

I agree.  Who made that claim?

Do you have a mirror handy?

Do you have a citation handy?

Obtuse or trolling. I can't tell anymore.


That fabrication in bold.  That no one said.  Is this your creation?
 
2013-12-12 02:52:35 PM  
My lord. trappedspirit is still in hear crying about how no one is helping him move the goal posts? Give it up already.
 
2013-12-12 03:01:59 PM  
Cuba isn't really "free" until they have a McDonald's and a Walmart in Havana. And you can quote me on that.
 
2013-12-12 03:14:23 PM  

impaler: My lord. trappedspirit is still in hear crying about how no one is helping him move the goal posts? Give it up already.


I went out to lunch, came back and he's still doing it. It's breathtaking.
 
2013-12-12 03:20:29 PM  

impaler: My lord. trappedspirit is still in hear crying about how no one is helping him move the goal posts? Give it up already.


You still beating on that strawman?  Wow.
 
2013-12-12 03:23:57 PM  

whidbey: Cuba isn't really "free" until they have a McDonald's and a Walmart in Havana. And you can quote me on that.



Your disdain for a functioning modern economy would be funny except for the part where only 7 out of Cuba's 17 power plants are functional, and there are about 125 days a year with major power outages.

But I'm sure that the Cuban people, as they swelter in their tropical climate while 60 or 70 years behind the rest of the world technologically, frequently smile and think of how much they enjoy having your approval at their lack of McDonald's and Wal*Mart.
 
2013-12-12 03:25:55 PM  
And seriously if at this point you are still complaining about Cuba and how dare we normalize relations, you are a tool of an anachronistic establishment.
 
2013-12-12 03:28:50 PM  

qorkfiend: ElLoco: I don't really keep up with these things... but why is there still an embargo again? I'm assuming there's some sort of at least half-assed reason?

The reason is that Fidel Castro is a communist.

The real reason is that Florida is still full of anti-Castro Cuban expats, and no serious candidate for President wants alienate Florida and its 29 EV, so when it comes to Cuba the Republicans whip up their base and the Democrats remain silent.


Only when all politicians stop pandering to silly nostalgic old people's fears and prejudices will our society move ahead.
 
2013-12-12 03:35:23 PM  

SpectroBoy: The Muthaship: I love how the media always tells us of the secret brilliance of every dumb ass move this guy makes.

So your position is that having diplomatic discussions with a country physically close to our own is a dumbass move?

Sounds like your opinion of Obama is sort of like this;
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Years ago when Obama was first elected I was flipping around on the radio and on the right wing talk sation they were playing a clip about how he met the crew of air force one and they asked him if he would like a special food. He asked for dijon mustard and the female host of the show flipped out about how he was a snob. I jsut rolled my eyes. I may not be a fan of the presiden be jeebus that is some nit picking shiat there.
 
2013-12-12 03:43:48 PM  

trappedspirit: impaler: My lord. trappedspirit is still in hear crying about how no one is helping him move the goal posts? Give it up already.

You still beating on that strawman?  Wow.



Classic FlashLV. That's how Ima Farky you.
 
2013-12-12 03:46:09 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: Only when all politicians stop pandering to silly nostalgic old people's fears and prejudices will our society move ahead.


It was my understanding that to become a politician you had to be vetted by old people with fears and prejudices?
 
2013-12-12 03:50:25 PM  
You can't spell trappedspirit without 'derp'.

/just sayin
 
2013-12-12 03:52:20 PM  

Lord_Baull: trappedspirit: impaler: My lord. trappedspirit is still in hear crying about how no one is helping him move the goal posts? Give it up already.

You still beating on that strawman?  Wow.


Classic FlashLV. That's how Ima Farky you.


Is that another user that people kept imaging they were arguing some point with but couldn't quote their original position because it only existed in their head?
 
2013-12-12 03:57:37 PM  

blottoman: You can't spell trappedspirit without 'derp'.

/just sayin


Don't tell thunderpipes
 
2013-12-12 03:58:26 PM  
Left-wing, right-wing, left-wing, right-wing ... I've never hoped for an airshow disaster more than now.
 
2013-12-12 04:03:59 PM  

Thunderboy: Left-wing, right-wing, left-wing, right-wing ... I've never hoped for an airshow disaster more than now.


Yay, and now a snotty fence-sitter smugly proclaiming nothing of substance to make the collection complete!
 
2013-12-12 04:07:58 PM  

blottoman: You can't spell trappedspirit without 'derp'.

/just sayin


or ape spit, incidentially
or dirt star
or rat is tripe

I should probably start paying attention to my meeting...
 
2013-12-12 05:04:28 PM  
Any media-tv, blogs, radio, whatever-thrive on manufactured outrage. It's disgusting, and we all fall for the bait.
 
2013-12-12 05:16:16 PM  

ElLoco: I don't really keep up with these things... but why is there still an embargo again? I'm assuming there's some sort of at least half-assed reason?


Florida Republicans
 
2013-12-12 05:32:55 PM  

ElLoco: I don't really keep up with these things... but why is there still an embargo again? I'm assuming there's some sort of at least half-assed reason?


Maybe it is the guy they are keeping in prison.
 
2013-12-12 05:34:02 PM  

trappedspirit: I've yet to see anyone losing their mind over this. Just the apologists out in force but the other team didn't even know it was game day.


Those goalposts must be heavy.  Take a break and let the better trolls take over.
 
2013-12-12 05:37:31 PM  
Time for "Hot Native Cuban Ladies" thread?
 
2013-12-12 05:41:28 PM  

THE GREAT NAME: Nappy Imus: Its starting to sound like THE GREAT NAME is a bot, you know, an automatic response program with no human pulling the strings. Watch :D

You're so convinced of you lib opinions, that you can't even accept as human those who disagree. Sad, really. Luckily libs are not as organised as the Germans otherwise you would no doubt start Holocausting those who do not share stupid lib opinions.


Nice Godwin, Hitler.
 
2013-12-12 05:47:04 PM  
Can we trade them Florida for Castro's resignation and free elections?
 
2013-12-12 05:47:42 PM  
Loving the claims that nobody on the right got their panties in a twist over the handshake.

You guys realize these things are recorded, right?
 
2013-12-12 06:06:58 PM  
 
2013-12-12 06:21:32 PM  

blindio: HeartBurnKid: trappedspirit: Lord_Baull: trappedspirit: I've seen more apologists for this event than accusers.  This is weird propaganda machine.

[i13.photobucket.com image 222x282]

Yeah, the first I even heard of this was from the apologists on facebook already cranking out stuff like this

[i141.photobucket.com image 451x800]

Welcome out of the cave.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/11/obama-shakes-raul-castro- ha nd-at-mandela-service/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mccain-on-obama-castro-handsha ke -chamberlain-shook-hands-with-hitler-audio

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/12/10/cnn-cuomo-obama-c as tr-handshake-not-be-misunderstood

http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/192 61 5-rubio-slams-obama-handshake-with-castro

http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/obama-castro-handshake-visual/2013/12 /1 0/id/541016

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2013/12/10/msnbccom-writer -h ails-obama-castro-handshake-omits-fact-cubans-holding

http://twitchy.com/2013/12/10/oh-bam-obamas-castro-handshake-in-shat te ring-perspective/

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/12/supreme_irony_of_obamaca st ro_handshake_goes_unnoticed.html

http://www.infowars.com/castro-handshake-what-about-that-obama-photo -o p-with-an-african-cannibal/

Oh my... you went out and got all those links?  How do you still have the will to live?  Have you at least taken a shower since?


It is too late for him, he has been exposed now. I doubt he has more than a week to live
 
2013-12-12 06:25:42 PM  
This is one of the first times that the GOP has actually given a crap about the Cuban people anyway.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/sen-marco-rubio-says- he -wants-to-re-examine-cubans-fast-track-status-but/2128556
 
2013-12-12 07:35:25 PM  

VendorXeno: Thunderboy: Left-wing, right-wing, left-wing, right-wing ... I've never hoped for an airshow disaster more than now.

Yay, and now a snotty fence-sitter smugly proclaiming nothing of substance to make the collection complete!


Not a fence-sitter, just not a mindless follower.  And I'm getting over a cold.
 
2013-12-12 07:53:34 PM  

Thunderboy: VendorXeno: Thunderboy: Left-wing, right-wing, left-wing, right-wing ... I've never hoped for an airshow disaster more than now.

Yay, and now a snotty fence-sitter smugly proclaiming nothing of substance to make the collection complete!

Not a fence-sitter, just not a mindless follower.  And I'm getting over a cold.


No, you're a mindless contrarian.
 
2013-12-12 07:58:35 PM  

Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: I've yet to see anyone losing their mind over this. Just the apologists out in force but the other team didn't even know it was game day.

Those goalposts must be heavy.  Take a break and let the better trolls take over.


I don't think you understand what that handy dandy logical fallacy is supposed to be used for.  But I'm glad you got the link to the list.
 
2013-12-12 08:04:19 PM  

Thunderboy: VendorXeno: Thunderboy: Left-wing, right-wing, left-wing, right-wing ... I've never hoped for an airshow disaster more than now.

Yay, and now a snotty fence-sitter smugly proclaiming nothing of substance to make the collection complete!

Not a fence-sitter, just not a mindless follower.  And I'm getting over a cold.


But you are mindless. See, you never take the time to evaluate either position for merits. You blindly call adherents, "followers," which is stupid, and never even consider the idea that someone might adhere to, or reject, a position due to actual presence of, or lack of, merits. In short, you avoid thinking about any position rationally while pointlessly insulting anyone who takes one, which is even more stupid. You are young in thought, ignorant and trite.
 
2013-12-12 09:21:01 PM  
So long as neither use a feminine grip, there is no need for ridicule over any handshake.
 
2013-12-12 10:31:23 PM  
I think there was more outrage at the "selfie" he took with the PM of Denmark.
 
2013-12-12 11:17:37 PM  

trappedspirit: Lord_Baull: trappedspirit: I've seen more apologists for this event than accusers.  This is weird propaganda machine.

[i13.photobucket.com image 222x282]

Yeah, the first I even heard of this was from the apologists on facebook already cranking out stuff like this

[i141.photobucket.com image 451x800]


I don't know why but this just made me laugh my ass off :D
 
2013-12-12 11:27:55 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Coming on a Bicycle: KellyX: So let me get this straight...

The Obama Administration has been quietly for the last 2 months been trying to begin talks with Cuba (which realistically we knew was going on after they announced that Cubans could start traveling there, or whatever that was) and when they got the chance to meet publically at a event on neutral ground, Castro offered his hand and probably told Obama he was ready to talk more and start normalizing relations.

So this is what I see...

1. End 2 wars and start pulling most troops out

2. Killed Osama bin Laden

3. Helped End Gadhafi's dictatorship (not much you can do afterwards with its ppl, they have to sort that out)

4. Something something Egypt... What can you do about people that want to vote stupid in though.

5. Starting process of normalizing relations with Iran

6. Starting process of normalizing relations with Cuba

/but he's worse President ever, not 'cause he's black, god no, how can you bring race into it!? He's just an empty suit do nothing that we're threatened by because he does stuff, oh and he's a communist, marxist, socialist, nazi, fascist, liberal, kenyan, uppity ni.... uhhh... democrat...! Yea! What's the problem with all these bl.... blah people???

And he closed Guantanamo, of course.

He did try.  Congress had a giant bipartisan pants-wetting over bringing the Gitmo detainees onto American soil for trial and detainment, and did everything possible to prevent it from happening.  Because, you know, the instant the terrorists set foot in the US, they'll gain superpowers from our yellow sun and destroy the country.


Its seems you're believing the political theater is actual reality. He's the president, the executive branch. He wouldn't even need an executive order to close down Guantanamo Bay if he'd really wanted to. Its obvious that he didn't, but you believe what you want, its a free country. . .
 
2013-12-12 11:47:37 PM  

trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: I've yet to see anyone losing their mind over this. Just the apologists out in force but the other team didn't even know it was game day.

Those goalposts must be heavy.  Take a break and let the better trolls take over.

I don't think you understand what that handy dandy logical fallacy is supposed to be used for.  But I'm glad you got the link to the list.


Yes I do.  But I'm not surprised you don't since Google is beyond your grasp as this thread has proven.
 
2013-12-12 11:53:41 PM  

Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: Fart_Machine: trappedspirit: I've yet to see anyone losing their mind over this. Just the apologists out in force but the other team didn't even know it was game day.

Those goalposts must be heavy.  Take a break and let the better trolls take over.

I don't think you understand what that handy dandy logical fallacy is supposed to be used for.  But I'm glad you got the link to the list.

Yes I do.  But I'm not surprised you don't since Google is beyond your grasp as this thread has proven.


Then please, for the love of god, reset the goal posts to their original position and tell me what you think my original position was that I slipped from defending.  Just state that.  You claimed I moved the goalposts, so you should be very aware of what position they were in.
 
2013-12-13 01:22:23 AM  

VendorXeno: But you are mindless. See, you never take the time to evaluate either position for merits. You blindly call adherents, "followers," which is stupid, and never even consider the idea that someone might adhere to, or reject, a position due to actual presence of, or lack of, merits. In short, you avoid thinking about any position rationally while pointlessly insulting anyone who takes one, which is even more stupid. You are young in thought, ignorant and trite.


I prefer to evaluate the individual issues and take a position on each, I don't take the positions proscribed by a group.  That's not "ignorance", it's "open-mindedness".

I also try not to get all worked up about dumb jokes someone makes on the internet.
 
2013-12-13 02:42:06 AM  
So,
they AREN'T getting same-sex married after all? How sad, and I had already chosen a tasteful gift.
languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu
 
2013-12-13 03:28:39 AM  

Thunderboy: VendorXeno: But you are mindless. See, you never take the time to evaluate either position for merits. You blindly call adherents, "followers," which is stupid, and never even consider the idea that someone might adhere to, or reject, a position due to actual presence of, or lack of, merits. In short, you avoid thinking about any position rationally while pointlessly insulting anyone who takes one, which is even more stupid. You are young in thought, ignorant and trite.

I prefer to evaluate the individual issues and take a position on each, I don't take the positions proscribed by a group.  That's not "ignorance", it's "open-mindedness".

I also try not to get all worked up about dumb jokes someone makes on the internet.


 Naw, you didn't do that, either. Quite the opposite, you took this single, tiny issue and then derived the two sides from it, gleefully and childishly chanting the terms despite the fact that people weren't claiming affiliation. See, to evaluate issues you actually have to think about them, not just mindlessly taunt others talking about them.
 
2013-12-13 09:56:03 AM  

Nappy Imus: HeartBurnKid: Coming on a Bicycle: KellyX: So let me get this straight...

The Obama Administration has been quietly for the last 2 months been trying to begin talks with Cuba (which realistically we knew was going on after they announced that Cubans could start traveling there, or whatever that was) and when they got the chance to meet publically at a event on neutral ground, Castro offered his hand and probably told Obama he was ready to talk more and start normalizing relations.

So this is what I see...

1. End 2 wars and start pulling most troops out

2. Killed Osama bin Laden

3. Helped End Gadhafi's dictatorship (not much you can do afterwards with its ppl, they have to sort that out)

4. Something something Egypt... What can you do about people that want to vote stupid in though.

5. Starting process of normalizing relations with Iran

6. Starting process of normalizing relations with Cuba

/but he's worse President ever, not 'cause he's black, god no, how can you bring race into it!? He's just an empty suit do nothing that we're threatened by because he does stuff, oh and he's a communist, marxist, socialist, nazi, fascist, liberal, kenyan, uppity ni.... uhhh... democrat...! Yea! What's the problem with all these bl.... blah people???

And he closed Guantanamo, of course.

He did try.  Congress had a giant bipartisan pants-wetting over bringing the Gitmo detainees onto American soil for trial and detainment, and did everything possible to prevent it from happening.  Because, you know, the instant the terrorists set foot in the US, they'll gain superpowers from our yellow sun and destroy the country.

Its seems you're believing the political theater is actual reality. He's the president, the executive branch. He wouldn't even need an executive order to close down Guantanamo Bay if he'd really wanted to. Its obvious that he didn't, but you believe what you want, its a free country. . .


It may surprise you to know this, but the US is not a dictatorship.  Congress has the power of the purse, and Congress blocked him from using any funds to close Gitmo.  Any at all.  Sure, he technically could shut the prison down, but he couldn't do anything more than have the staff open up the cells and say, "You're free, boys, have fun in Cuba" on their way out.
 
2013-12-13 01:59:36 PM  

HeartBurnKid: It may surprise you to know this, but the US is not a dictatorship.  Congress has the power of the purse, and Congress blocked him from using any funds to close Gitmo.  Any at all.  Sure, he technically could shut the prison down, but he couldn't do anything more than have the staff open up the cells and say, "You're free, boys, have fun in Cuba" on their way out.


Kind of wish he would, I'd love to see McCain have a heart attack while biatching up a storm...
 
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