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My name is Mike aka Bigfoot and I thought I should introduce myself before posting in these forums. Bigfoot has been my nickname ever since boot camp as I sport a 14 1/2 EEE
I have lived in Peachtree City on and off (mostly off) for what will be 3 years this coming March but decided to make Peachtree City my permanent home as of November. I own a home in 'The Estates' which is near Braelinn Elementary School. I have no children of my own even though I was married on 3 different occasions (married number 1 twice).
I was born & raised in Toluca Lake (Los Angeles), CA. where my dad was a firefighter for the Los Angeles County Fire Department and my mom was a homemaker. I have one sister who passed away almost 3 years ago. I spent 7 years in the U.S. Navy and received a medical discharge due to a severe asthma attack (there are some things you can not hide from uncle Sam forever). After the Navy, I applied to, was accepted, and graduated to the Los Angeles Police Department where I was 31 year veteran. My sister was never able to have children and passed away while she was still fairly young (52) and while she was successful in life, she never enjoyed it. I decided then that I would and have been trying to enjoy life the best I can ever since. I recently had foot surgery and was told I need to stay off my feet for 6 to 8 weeks so rather than watch TV, I'm here.
I do consider myself a Republican but in the last 2 Presidential elections have voted Democrat. I am still up in the air for 2012 as the field of Republicans leaves a lot to be desired (Republicans have not fielded a great candidate since Reagan) nor am I all that impressed with Barrack Obama. However, if the election were held today, I would vote for Obama as it takes time for a President to establish himself and right now we don't have that luxury if we want to get out this mess.

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bigfoot - Welcome...

to "The C". There are a few of us on this board that used to reside in the "southland" or as Jerry Dunphy used to say "from the desert to the sea".

Like you, I have a hard time relating with any of the 2012 Republican candidates and I'm not all that impressed with President Obama or his little merry band. Honestly, 2012 might be an election where many - as "JeffC" has said - will hold their noses when voting.

What LAPD Division(s) were you assigned to?

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carrer

I've worked in a number of divisions in my 31 years including Rampart, Van Nuys, Metro, and Jail (Valley). For reasons I am sure you'll understand and can appreciate, I can not go into any additional detail.
Jerry Dunphy, holy crap there's a name I have not heard for at least a decade or more. If I am not mistaken, he was still anchoring the news for KCAL (KHJ) up until the day he died.
There was a number of times in 2008, I had considered not voting as I was not happy with either candidate. I ultimately decided to vote for Obama after meeting John McCain and coming away with the impression that he was arrogant ass. A buddy of mine also pointed out that if I didn't vote, I had no right to bitch about anything so I casted my vote for the man who I considered to be the lesser of two evils.

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Bigfoot & Career

Welcome South Brother! Different folks, different strokes--none too hard to navigate. Think about joining one of our citizen blogger get-togethers, either for coffee or beverage of your choice. We have a good time socializing and avoid political ranting.

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consider it

Once I am allowed to move about again and finished rehab which should be somewhere around April, I'll consider it.

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bigfoot

Thanks for keeping LA safe. We'll look forward to seeing you at a future get together. Merry Christmas!!!

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Bigfoot. Athome. Cyclist.DM: TMI from bigfoot!

Now we know to stomp on his foot when he comes after us next blogger bully beatdown:-D. Merry Christmas to my blogging brothers and sisters! And Joe... that means you too

Cheers

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TMI?

What is TMI? I don't spend a lot of time on these forums so you may have to school this ol' boy from time to time?

Bah Humbug to all of you ;-)

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I'm one of the Southern California transplants. Learned to shoot at the LAPD range and spent many a pleasant time at the Academy with other LAPD 'kids'. My dad joined the force in 1937. I'm a Democrat - and found out that's sort of a dirty word here - LOL! Enjoy the discourse!

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It depends upon how long you want your Bigfoot to hurt

Vote Obama and the next time your foot flares up you may have a 6-month wait for a doctor.

Vote any Republican - even Bachman and you will be treated under the current system which is pretty good.

31 year LAPD you certainly have insurance. Use it. Use your doctors and don't vote for the person who would prefer that you have to go to the government for health care, insurance and everything else.

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Robert.. you probably wonder why you lost the 2008 pres election

You will no doubt wonder about your coming loss in 2012. Why did so few, like you, see the wisdom of president Romney or Cain or Gingrich?

You are running against a million more kids with healthcare....and your party offers politicians itching to create more war veterans in Iran...... candidates who are sad our soldiers have left the sovereign nation of Iraq.

Good luck with that.

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Iran

Regardless who is the White House, we may be left with no alternative but to deal with Iran. It was a Democrat in the white house who got us involved in World War I, World War II, Korea, & Vietnam. When it comes right down to it, a Democrat is just as quick to send your ass off to war as a Republican. Iran is a ticking a time bomb and whom ever is sitting in the white house may just find themselves having to deal with it.
The United States has occupied many countries for a number of years after war. The US left Germany after nearly a decade of occupation and Japan after 7 years. I'm sure if we went back and looked you would find people upset we left there as well.
Right now, I see 2012 being a very tight battle. Enough people are unhappy with Obama and the state of our country that he very likely could lose. Voters are starting to get tired of the 'I inherited this mess' excuse and want to see some real results. In football, have a bad season or two and the coach is out on his ear even though he inherited a team that has a 4 and 12 record the year prior.
Let's not forget folks that in the United States it is possible to lose the popular vote and still win the white house and that both Jimmy Cater and George H.W. Bush were considered to be shoe-in's for a second term at this same time in their presidency.

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BF & Iran

I continue to blv that Israel will play a major role (and maybe a singular one) in resolving any Iranian issues. Remember, Iran and their capabilities & intent is a major threat to their survival as a nation. Oh, BF, remember, you can be a conservative without being a republican--many are.

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Israel & iran

The US is not about to let Israel go to war with someone like Iran alone. If Iran were to even sneeze Israel's way, the US will be more than happy to take part in blowing their nose (off)

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BF & Recommended Reading

I commend to you "The Tehran Initiative"--though written as fiction, it depicts a plausible scenario. Your local library system should have it--that's where I got it.

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Bigfoot. Now that I'm back in Amehricuh.

Let's keep a contemporary setting: I believe whole heartedly that the democratic candidate in 2000 would not have tried the pre-emptive war experiment in Iraq. My opinion, I feel, is well informed.

I believe the bomb bomb bomb Iran jokingly cavalier attitude of John McCain in 2008 helped him lose the election. Mitt Romney is upset we left Iraq. That is no small, insignificant opinion. Voters will be reminded over and over and over again. They will not be talking about WWI, II, but who is more likely to start WWIII. If the nominee is not Ron Paul, the answer is very clear.

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I'm not sure.

This is something we will never know. I can not tell you the number of times in my 31 years with LAPD that someone has told me how they would have reacted in a given situation. All I can say to them is until you are in that situation yourself, you are talking out your ass. What do you think public opinion would have been on Iraq had the nation not been in the toilet. Again, this is something we can all speculate on but since we can not go back in time and make these changes, we will never know.
I do not believe that the 'bomb bomb bomb Iran' attitude is what did John McCain in but rather the extremely poor selection of a running mate. McCain assumed that by bringing Palin on board that she was going to help bring in the women vote. That may have worked had Palin never been allowed to open her mouth. That plus the skeletons in the family closet is what I firmly believe did McCain in. Unless something changes, the idea of a possible war in Iran is going to going to take a back burner to the Obama's failure to fix the economy. Obama has until just after Labor Day to make some significant progress on the front or he very well could be out of work come next January.

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One question bigfoot. How does the President force congress

Members of which having stated that Obama's political defeat is goal number one, to support any of his jobs bills?

We are forgetting that Congress has the powers of the purse. Obama is not God. Those who have said NO to everything; even tax cuts, will be a large part of the presidential race. Voters, I believe, are smart enough to know the results of unprecedented filibusters. The case will be made that congressmen focused on causing a president to fail need replacing. And again. Look at the GOP alternatives. 23% Romney? You think America will vote for the romney care bankrupt GM , outsourcing jobs guy? I don't.

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"We won, you lost. Elections have consequences"

I guess that is OK when the President says it but not OK when Congress cockroaches do? Or, the 2008 election matters but the 2010 didn't? Any idea that there was going to be a new spirit of bipartisanship and all the kumbayada Obama pre-election grandstanding abruptly came to a halt as soon as Obama had to gloat a bit.

Obama took office with 3 job-creating free trade treaties sitting on his desk that it took 3 years for him to take action upon because 2 of the 3 big unions were opposed. The UAW, showing that they DO care about jobs being created for their members, was strongly in favor. It took 3 years for Obama to finally get on board and only because his re-election campaigning was starting and unemployment was so high. Now, tell me that he's some how serious about creating jobs? We already saw how few jobs were created with various stimulus packages before and during Obama.

All that said, it's not really the President's position to "create jobs" anyway, it's to lead the country and influence the elected Congress by making a case for his/her vision as far as the issue of the economy goes. The easiest way to create jobs is for both Congress and the President to get the hell out of the way and stop choosing winners and losers and continually engaging in crony capitalism. Try free market capitalism instead, it's a novel idea outside of DC.

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Nuk_1, and look what the GOP has done

with that big win. Nothing but delays, backroom deals, and polarization of the House.

Speaker John Boehner is so out of control of his caucus it’s laughable. He can’t even hold up his own end of a bargain with Mitch McConnell, from his own party.

In comparison, Speaker John Boehner makes former Speaker Nancy Pelosi look like the ‘Lara Croft’ of the US House of Representatives.

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Gort: Master of Politics is damning praise

Reminds me too much of people who controlled their caucuses very well like Tip O'Neil,Tom Murphy, and yeah, Nancy Pelosi. That's sort of why all the Dems that Pelosi campaigned for got demolished in 2010 that she helped get elected in 2008. She was responsible for wiping-out pretty much every Blue Dog/moderate Dem.

Being head pimp isn't a great achievement. I prefer Boehner over McConnell because I think Boehner actually has some semblance of a soul and an inkling of what is best for the country. McConnell? No. He's a d-bag opportunist that cares only about himself.

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Nuk & Dems

Where oh where are the likes of David Boren and Sam Nunn? I could even sign up to support Jeff Carter,should he be so bold.

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Nuk_1, I don’t think the Democratic Party will have to wait

too long before the GOP/Teaparty gives the House back for them.

As far as the so called “Bluedogs” go, well, I think they went down because they had to learn for themselves they couldn’t support both sides of the issue and expect to win an election. (Romney and Getrich, haven’t learned that lesson yet, eh?)

My point about Speaker Pelosi was, she ran the House when she had the majority. In comparison to Speaker Boehner, the House seams to be running him.

I totally agree with you about Senator McConnell, he is a first class dirt bag.

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I think I heard much of this before..

when a republican was in the white house and democrats controlled congress. If a republican were elected in 2012 and the make-up of congress does not change, how likely are the democrats going to be to work with the president? I guess there is a first time for everything.
I may have read something incorrectly but didn't the Republicans favor extending that payroll tax credit for a year rather than the piddly 2 months the Democrats demanded? 2 months tax credit vs 1 year tax credit? who now appears to be the greedy bastards?
Nether party is any better then the other and if I had my way, each and every member of congress as well as the President would be limited to no more than 12 years in a given office, PERIOD. This would clean out some of the relics on both sides of the aisle and might jsut be the shot in the arm this country needs!

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I hope we're surprised when the Congress returns and the House and Senate work out a one year payroll tax credit - which they claimed they all wanted. We'll see.

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I don't look good with blue skin..

Sorry but I won't be holding my breath! I see no reason why it could not have been done now except for the fact that both leaders (Reid and Bohner) needed to show one more reason why they only deserved coal in their stocking.

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Coal in stocking

LOL! I'm not holding my breath either - but trying to stay hopeful. It will be interesting to see how they'll play this one out in order to have a 'winner' and a 'loser'. The winners need to be the American people!!

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play out

2012 is a an election year for 1/3 of the Senate, all of the House, and the President. Good luck on getting anything done as god forbid our elected officials will want to be in Washington doing the job we elected them to instead of galavanting around the countryside making more promises of changes which shall never come. I always look forward to election time as it tends to feature as much drama as Jerry Springer does but with people who are suppose to be more intelligent .. By the time it is all over, we will wonder who opened the gate to the looney bin and if Marlin Brando's private island is still for sale. Maybe we will get lucky and the Mayan predictions will come true and the whole 2012 election will have been for nothing.

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Bigfoot. Look back at the many GOP stances on payroll tax cuts

They were against it..... then for it IF revenue neutral... then all about an even longer one. Yes, it's been hard to follow their evolution

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Hey Kevin

glad to see your intl flight went well. Say, what about those 2 DOJ MD 88s that magically appear, wait for busses to drive up & offload? How are you involved in that?

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Athome. I guess those guys dont have the range we do.

Cause we do the deep deporting :-). They leave in style though.

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Late Christmas shopping gift idea

The Occupy Wall Street Lego Set

http://www.slatev.com/video/occupy-wall-street-lego-set/

Kids - get em' while they're hot. Now you can mock Obama's base and the people that Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the bedwetting liberals support.

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Merry Christmas Joe K

And Merry Christmas to all

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Joe. I wouldn't suggest this to kids, based on the protest signs

That snuck by the censors :-0. Pretty much true though.

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Hey Joe, that’s a good one but

still not as funny as the GOP debates. What a ‘Gong Show.’

It looks to me like the Democratic Party got to choose who the GOP Presidential candidates would be.

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Voting Republican

Voting republican in California is a complete waste of time. It is kind of like voting Libertarian or Green Party. Youa re just throwing your vote away, that is unless you live in San Diego and are voting for a local office. The last time California went Republican was 1984. In 2008, Obama carried the state with twice as many votes as John McCain.

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bigfoot, California Republicans....

somewhat rare nowadays. Much stronger back in the days of Reagan, Jarvis, Gann and Prop. 13. It was sure interesting watching ole Gray Davis squirm around and finally getting the old heave oh.

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The Terminator

Ran as a Republican - and was the previous Governor of California. Had to laugh when the stage was full of Kennedy's on the night of his election. Only in California. Oh well, that's over. LOL

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Davids mom... Arnold the "pig"....

was able to become the "Governator" only because Gray Davis promised too much (he was a Democrat after all) and could not deliver. Arnold the pig - not to be confused with the "Green Acres" pig - made it because...well be cause he was Arnold the actor.

Playing house with his housekeeper....As Bugs Bunny said "what a maroon".

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Glad to throw my vote away as a Libertarian

If you want everything to stay the same, keep on mindlessly checking "D" or "R" on the election ballot and then griping about how nothing changes aqnd how everything sucks.

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Nuk. Here's the thing.

I ain't complaining. I'm still pretty happy and able to make a living and proud to be an American.

Don't know why so many aren't

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Kevin & State of Content

Kevin, you and I and I'm sure many others are pretty content with our lot--because we have skills, benefits, and retirement deals that we worked for--and the political party in charge at the time had little or nothing to do with the outcome---it's called individual success and something that many, if not most folks, could achieve if willing to do what's required. BTW, when are you returning West?

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Athome. On my way to God's country as we speak!

Free internet from gogo and ebay! Yeah man! In NC for two days, then working till 2012. PTC 1 Jan and 2 Jan till 2pm if we can rally the troops! Love to see you and the gang of thieves.

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Kevin

It just seems that the 'unhappiness' came to the forefront the day Obama was elected - even before his policies were 'known'. Carefully planned essays on minorities/welfare/taxpayer money - etc., etc., etc. became prevalent in the media. Minorities, non-English speaking citizens were ruining 'our' country. All 'real' Americans were being disenfranchised. It appeared that the public just couldn't get full enough of this 'information'. Now of course this wasn't the only reason for our season of discontent. Lack of jobs, poor economy, war, etc., etc., etc. has affected us all.. .regardless of who/what we are. Just saying' :-)

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