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@bigguy. I guess you are asking if the bin laden mission was successful due to decisions made from the President down. I don't pretend to know the details behind that mission other than the massive amount of Intel from the ground agents and that there was hesitation from the leadership as to the certainty that he was in the compound and were worried about the consequences if he wasn't. I applaud the ones who had the courage to trust the professionals and allow them to complete their mission without the bureaucracy, and that includes the President. I'm not on here to bash a party or a particular leader. I'm just making the point that when bad decisions are made by our leaders there are severe consequences. They sometimes lose focus as to who their decisions impact. I will let you guys do the political bashing. Least we judge those who have to make those tough decisions.
I know this is not exactly what this article is about, but I felt I might shine a little light on what bad politicians are capable of doing. I had the distinct honor yesterday to get to listen to Col (Ret.) Danny McKnight speak, and Im sure most of you know he was the Battalion Commader for the 3rd Ranger Battalion who lead Task Force Ranger operation in Mogadishu in October of 1993 where 18 of our Army Ranger and Delta Force operators lost their lives. He gave a compelling presentatation and provided the insight into how the politics behind that mission ultimately led to those soldiers being lost on the battlefield. How poor civilian leadership made bad political decisions that caused the mission to go wrong. I would recommend that if you are intersted, to buy the book "Streets of Mogadishu" authored by Col. Mcknight as he tells the rest of the story that you didnt hear in the Hollywood portrayal "Black Hawk Down" or the previous book written by Mark Bowden. Col. Mcknight is a true American Hero as are all of our Soldiers and I urge each of you to consider the sacrifices they have made and continue to make that allows each of you the opportunity to sit on your computers and even debate with one another. Dont allow your narrow visions to cloud the truths of what ultimate freedom and democracy are really about. God Bless America!
I love cigars and cigar stores, Pinehurst is for sure in need of a high quality cigar shop, but not to have a lounge inside will be a turn off to serious cigar smokers and locals who would patronize the bar. This place will do great as long as they keep their prices comepetive and dont over inflate cigars just because its in Pinehurst. Cigar buyers know how much cigars should sell for and will not pay outrageous prices when they can buy them online for a fraction of the cost. If they are looking to just have a place to gouge the toursist then they can forget about the locals supporting them. I look forward to seeing how this turns out in a place where rent is 4 times the price it should be.
I agree with the View, Aberdeen is so understaffed that they can not even keep the current 2 fields up to standard for a 3 month baseball season and they have also made it hard on the baseball league to even play there around kickball and field availability. It seems that they are trying to not hold up their end of the bargain as much as S.Pines and Pinehurst are doing. Ms. Baggs is personaly very unsupportive of the baseball programs and goes out of her way to put it on the backseat to kickball. Kickball can be played in an open grass field with 4 bases and thats all that is required. They could use the old Aberdeen Middle School fields for that. I agree totally that this area needs a 50-80 acre complex to be more appealing to atheletics but there should be a joint effort from all area parks and rec to have one together, host soccer, softball, and baseball tournaments, etc. This area is in desperate need for that sort of facility. I hope that if Aberdeen plans to spend this money that they look hard at thier current Parks and Rec staff to make sure they are the ones to lead it into the future. I am an Aberdeen native and grew up playing ball on the 1 field at colonial heights and love the history and tradition there, but its time to get into the 21st century and grow with the community. I support the town for at least doing the feasibility study and making some people that need to be aware that there is actually a need for something other than kickball.
@RECONDO, per the local law in Moore County which you refer to, you need to read it more closely and you will realize that if you are hunting with a .223 centerfire rifle in the Sandhills or Mineral Springs townships then you are using an unlawful weapon. The law states that you can not use a rifle capable of firing .22 centerfire ammunition which a .223, 22-250 etc. would fall into that catagory. You would be allowed to use a .22 mag, .22 LR, in rimfire and only something smaller than .22 in centerfire such as a .17 hornet or .204 ruger. So you may need to reconsider your weapon of choice and stop using your AR in those areas. Any other townships in Moore County you could use any legal rifle. Hope this helps clear that up for you.
Congratulations to Sheriff Carter, a very fine and professional man. I hope you enjoy your retirement. I wish the best to whomever takes the position and know that Chief Godfrey is highly qualified to assume the role. We will miss Sheriff Carter.
For one thing, Paul Tillman is not an "agent" for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and the Pilot needs to stop quoting him on issues that have nothing to do with what he is legally licensed by the NCWRC to do. He is a licensed damage control agent through the NCWRC that has the authority to deal with small mammels and some fur bearing animals causing damage to property, he has no authority over migratory birds, deer, bear, coyotes, fox, or other animals not causing property damage. In regards to the geese, there are set seasons and bag limits that allow for the harvest of geese but there are city oridinances that prohibit the discharge of firearms within the city limits. As for geese causing property damage or nuisance issues, the USDA controls the issuance of permits to allow the depredation of these birds. As of now, the NCWRC can issue permits for geese causing damage to agriculture as well as permits to destroy eggs. Golf courses having damage issues should contact the USDA for options to have these geese removed or have permits issued. As long as there is water, grass, and nesting habitat, there will be a resident goose population n Moore County.
We have the two largest long leaf pine plantations in the world located just to the southeast and to the southwest of us that require major forest management including controlled burns. This is the only time of year that can be done safely for both the ecosystem and the wildlife. This process is necessary for many reasons including reducing the fuel supply for potential wildfires that could be much more harmful to the forest and the surrounding area, as well as for the new growth of beneficial plants and vegetation that help to produce oxygen and filter the air to improve air quality. So i guess you could say that while it can be a nuisance from time to time, it is a necessary evil. Just as with the pollen, humidity, and heat its something else we have to tolerate to live in this beautiful area we call the Sandhills.
So much for the new BBCOR bats not having the pop. A good start for the young Patriot team, Im sure they will learn from this game. Looking forward to the season.
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