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When Will We Learn, McCain Is Not A Diplomat?

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Oops I did it again

It takes a big (wo)man, not necessarily a good (wo)man, to admit he/she's made a mistake. John McCain this weekend proved he's that (wo)man. He's admitted what we've all known for years -- he means well, but is prone to exaggeration gaffs.

So in the spirit of fairness, I'm willing to say John simply got caught up in the moment, took some time to reflect on his own actions of the past and decided Obama's handshake with Raul Castro wasn't the disgraceful act of "appeasement" on par with the Neville Chamberlain/Adolph Hitler handshake. Time to get past that.

With that settled, I think it's about time that the US Government reconsider it's policy of sending McCain and usually his personal valet Senator Lindsay Graham on official "fact finding" trips to political 'hot spots' on behalf of this country. This hawk and his sidekick have never found a place where they didn't feel the US should make it a flashpoint for war.

They were early and multiply times visitors to Iraq where we escalated our efforts there -- remember the "surge" of troops?

They visited Syria and voted against Obama's using peaceful means to negotiate the chemical weapons disarmament.

McCain made a number of official visits to Israel where each time the middle east country announced increased anxiety over Iran which lead to threats of a possible unilateral Israeli strike on their warring neighbor. McCain went so far as to refer to then current Iranian leader this way according to NBC news:

McCain made a joke comparing Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey.

The Arizona senator even more recently has been vocal on pushing new sanctions against Iran which would most certainly derail the peaceful efforts to negotiate a shutting down of the nuclear weapons development program in Iran despite pleas by Secretary of State John Kerry to allow unfettered negotiations to take place. 

Now today we find McCain (without his Graham valet) once again off to a foreign land as an official envoy, this time in the rioting Ukraine.

In all these these cases, the McCain visits have turned out, by his actions once he returned, to be the opposite of our best interests. How many times must this old warhorse be sent to gather intel and report back? It's not as if his efforts have netted us any qualitative or even quantitative findings. He may be a good guy, and his military background -- at least in years spent as a prisoner of war -- is laudable. But like the accountant today who forgoes contemporary computer technology to prepare your taxes, he's slow, prone to human error and basically just out of it. He's got his old ways and refuses to change with the times. Rather than input data in a computer and have it instantly analyzed and metadata mined for multiple uses, he's still got the pencil, a paper spreadsheet (with coffee stains) and a hand-pull adding machine at his side.

We'll all be served when he finally signals his retirement. He doesn't need to be put out to pasture just yet, but he certainly doesn't need to be our eyes and ears on the ground surveying our next possible moves in volatile locations. He could help us best by passing on his knowledge in improving the standards of living and assistance to soldiers returning from service as well as issues affecting our growing aging population.

Internation diplomacy needs a bit more than just having served for a long time or a Senator singing "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran."

It takes someone who thinks before he speaks. What it needs is diplomacy, not mockery. And lately, Senator McCain has proven he's doting with emotional lust for one final battle, not one grand peace. Let's stop putting our worst foot forward. Let's start putting our best.

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Video Overnight Thread- Simulation of a person aging 60 years

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Is This Any Way To Treat A Hero?

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Shorty Belton

My father fought in WW II and Korea. I've always had the highest respect for him to risk his life, along with hundreds of thousands of other soldiers to protect us and our freedoms. Actually, any man or woman who today puts on the uniform and serves our country deserves some special attention.

Sadly, a World War II veteran, Delbert "Shorty" Belton, who was shot in the leg in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, was given some special attention -- but the wrong kind. Two youths targeted the 88 year old veteran while he was in the parking lot of his veteran's lodge. They held him up, robbed him, then beat him mercilessly.

U.S. News on NBC reports:

Belton's daughter-in-law, Barbara Belton, told NBC News that doctors said his face was battered so badly that they couldn't stop the bleeding.

"That was no way to have to die," she said. "They said even if he had survived, there probably would have been brain damage. It was horrendous."

One of the two alleged attackers (see picture above) has been apprehended. He's 16 years old. His suspected accomplice is of similar age.

And just a few days ago three teens, "bored", decided to go and randomly shoot and kill someone -- they did and killed an Australian baseball play who was just jogging down the street. Wrong place. Wrong time. Too many guns.

If there really was gun control and it was enforced, the jogger would still be alive. These kids were under-age to have a gun. If unlicensed and monitored sales of guns continue, anyone and everyone who wants one, will have one. That's where guns, by their existence, are killing people. It's hard to shoot someone with a gun if you don't have one.

But the cause of death for 'Shorty' wasn't a gun this time. But the root of this crime can be traced back to the same problem. It's the lack of  jobs, education funding and after-school programs. All three of these need to be addressed and resolved or else we're going to be seeing more senseless, random killings. When will the GOP learn we need to address real problems, not crying over spilled milk -- Obamacare?

Below is the short video on not only the murder incident, but also an insite in the kind of man who was taken away from all of us, not just his family. Here's 'Shorty' Belton's story:

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Computer game can 'make your brain three years younger' in ten hours

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Video Mid Day Distraction- The Science of Aging

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Cartoons of the Day- The Rolling Stones Turn 50

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Quote of the Day- Dog Years

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President Obama says that he's aging rapidly in "dog years" but that he still has enough energy for a second term, the Washington Times reports.

Said Obama: "These president years are dog years... I may be gray, but I'm not tired. My passion is still there. My vision for this country is still there."

Why anyone would want to be POTUS is beyond me. Via.

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