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20140416 00:41 Thing From Snowy Mountain @ Belmont Club:

Obama’s half-way, half-a** measures involves the US without him thinking he’s involving it. He’s parsing in an international area where parsing doesn’t work. Putin now has a plausible pretext for claiming Obama internationalized the conflict and therefore will argue that two can play that game. And you can bet your boodle that Putin’s return blow won’t be limited to a few containers of MREs.

And if it escalates, what then? Another speech?

It takes more than a speech to achieve something. Remember how president Obama promised to disarm Assad of chemical weapons? What has happened since? By all indications Assad is now poised to win the Syrian Civil War after facing certain defeat. Obama has a wonderful knack for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

President Obama should remember Teddy Roosevelt’s sage advice. Speak softly and carry a big stick. Not shout loudly and carry a toothpick.
20140415 23:13 Thing From Snowy Mountain The people's cube Strikes Again.
20140415 21:20 Pappy Me, I think there should be no with-holding. Gonculate it, send in the form along with a check.

Oh, and break the tax season into twelve months - filing month based on, say, the sum of the last two digits of your SSN.
20140415 20:07 badanov Some Tuesday evening George Strait:

20140415 19:53 Glenmore All elected and appointed officials should have to do their own taxes. No computer programs, no professional assistence. Just themselves and pen and paper (well, maybe a calculator.) My annual rant, but now more important than ever.
20140415 19:47 Glenmore Stolen from a friend:

An Arab family was considering putting their grandfather (Abdullah) in a nursing home. All the Arab Facilities were completely full, so they had to put him in an Italian home. After a few weeks in the Italian facility, they came to visit Grandpa.

How do you like it here?" asked the grandson"

It's wonderful! Everyone here is so courteous and respectful," said grandpa.


"We're so happy for you. We were worried that this was the wrong place for you,since you are a little different from everyone."

"Oh, no ! Let me tell you about how wonderfully they treat the residents," Abdullah said with a big smile.

"There's a musician here - he's 85 years old. He hasn't played the violin in 20 years, and everyone still calls him "Maestro ! "

There is a judge in here - he's 95 year old. He hasn't been on the bench in 30 years and everyone still calls him "Your Honor".

There's a dentist here - 90 years old. He hasn't fixed a tooth for 25 years, and everyone still calls him "Doctor ".

And Me - I haven't had sex for 35 years, and they still call me "The Fucking Arab."
20140415 10:05 SteveS The other day we were kicking around the falling murder rate in Chicago. Consensus seemed to blame it on the cold as heck winter rather than great policing, with the expectation that the first warm day would bring a return to normalcy (ahem!). Well surprise, surprise, as Gomer used to to say. Via Vanderleun's:
weekend violence leaves 4 dead 37 wounded
20140415 08:32 Grunter There was a bandleader called Ken "Snakehips" Johnson killed (with many others) when a bomb exploded in the Rialto Hotel, London during a show.
20140415 01:54 Pappy Yes, it's scary if it's true, bad.
20140415 00:02 Alaska Paul HERE IS A LINK to the Louisville Historian article about that fateful flight of B-17 "Snake Hips."
20140414 23:56 badanov Some very late Monday night Chris LeDoux:

20140414 23:56 Alaska Paul Battle damage to B-17 "Snake Hips" after a raid in September, 1944 on a synthetic oil plant around Merseburg, Germany. This bird flew back to an emergency landing strip in England. The ball turret gunner was the only fatality on this mission.



20140414 23:47 Thing From Snowy Mountain Pappy. I didn't say that but I do want them to stop drinking. Or whatever it is they're taking.
20140414 23:41 Pappy I think the 'Blame Pakistan' is another move by the administration and its allies to further un-focus on an assertive foreign policy in order to concentrate on a domestic agenda.
20140414 23:34 Pappy To be fair, I did see it on vanderluen's site. But there are more mouth-breathers in the comment sections there than Rantburg has.

And yeah, you're right: the people elected the President.

Damn them to Hell.
20140414 23:08 Thing From Snowy Mountain And We Are The National Command Authority We Warned Us About.
20140414 23:03 badanov Scary incident, if true...
20140414 22:49 Thing From Snowy Mountain I have mixed feelings about the whole thing, I'm kind of suspicious of the whole push in the press lately to finally talk, thirteen years later, about how Pakistan is the Real Enemy. Why now?

And I'm sorry if reposting that upset you.
20140414 21:48 Pappy Speaking of rants:

I saw the comment at American Digest. The commenter is an idiot.

It's not that " that you lack the will to kill the minelayers. Or win the war." It's that the National Command Authority, or if you want to get 'personal', the Commander in Chief, that lacks the will.

The troops (this includes the Pentagon) aren't stupid. MRAPs are the logical result of being someone who loves their work and gives a damn about those placed under their leadership who, placed in a stupid situation, are trying to keep themselves and their troops alive in that stupid situation.

And there's those stupid, f**king ALL CAPS again. Did I ever mention how much I despise that? That, and the banal litany, tells me the commenter likely has never seen a full-blown, long-term, grinding, war. Better yet, a full-blown, long-term, grinding, war with no true support from command authority.

And "Our kids"? They're troops, gawdammit. Volunteers, each one of them. They aren't draftees, they aren't there because some judge told them it was that, or prison. I've got 18-year olds that head up teams of 15-20 corpsmen. There have been 19-year old Marine PFCs ending up heading squads. I've seen 22 year old ensigns get placed in command situations. "Our kids" is pure disrespect.

I'm not done, but I need a rest.
20140414 19:41 49 Pan I have to get this rant out.
So what did we expect an exercise in constitutional rights to look like? This weekend was exactly what our forefathers were envisioning. The people believed our federal government overstepped it authority. The people protested and the federal government met the protestors with military weapons to shut down Americans exercising their 1st Amendment rights. But wait, the 2nd amendment is there to protect the 1st. And so the militias from 4 different states came down to insure the fed stayed in line. Outgunned and not wanting bloodshed the feds backed down. Now it will go back to the people and the courts. Like Bundy, don't, think he wrong or right, the feds abused their powers thinking lots of military weapons and tactics could intimidate the ranchers. But the ranchers, understanding the 2nd amendment put them in check proving yet again the brilliance of our founding fathers and this amazing document. This whole event was a great lesson in democracy and our constitution.

Ok I'm done...
20140414 19:36 swksvolFF Saturday: 95F, calm
Sunday Night: 3" snow, 55mph gusts
high plains are not for everyone, makes people totter. We'll see if it killed off the grasshoppers and/or wheat.
20140414 18:47 badanov I unloaded a material truck, about 200 pounds of steel, marking it with paint marker and putting it away, all while it was snowing.
20140414 18:15 3dc Light Snow Mist
Temperature
34.9 °F

Sigh
20140414 16:55 Thing From Snowy Mountain From the comments section at American Digest:

Do you know what piece of inanimate equipment pisses me off? MRAPs.

Mine Resistant Armored Personnel carriers. Thousands of them.

When you turn your jeep into Battlestar Galactica, you have admitted to the enemy that you lack the will to kill the minelayers. Or win the war.

Money doesn't buy victory. It buys lots of equipment, but failing to IDENTIFY and ATTACK and DESTROY the ENEMY to the point he loses the WILL to resist means you are just buying shiny toys from donors. Declining to attack an enemy is not equal to not having one.

I almost miss the last administration; even when "conflict = defeat" was the journalism paradigm. At lest the war was acknowledged.

Our kids lose their sanity on multiple deployments, some finally lose the armour vs. warhead roulette, and the tribesmen still dig holes on the trails and roads at night.

Evil.
20140414 12:27 49 Pan Condor man, I have to write the comment, copy it, then delete it. The I post a single word and after it posts I edit the copied text back in. Its that or spend ten minutes trying to find the word that is blocking the post.
20140414 12:20 3dc wanted to comment but fred's filter really really hates my lexicon.

20140414 07:42 Glenmore I was getting groggy driving in the middle of the night and pulled into an interstate highway rest area to rest. Had not closed my eyes 10 minutes before being awakened by the lawman and ordered to move along. Of course the experience of being awakened by the police did have the unintended effect of chasing away my groggyness.
20140413 22:29 Pappy And from my archives:

Meet the American Nomads of Walmart’s Plentiful Parking Lots

If you’ve ever tried to sleep in your car on a long trip without planning ahead, you may have run into the law at some point. Each U.S. city has a different policy and tolerance for car-sleeping and it’s hard to find a legit spot if you don’t know where exactly you’ll be stopping.

What you can count on is one of Walmart’s over 3,000 stores being nearby. The company’s policy of allowing overnight stays in their parking lots is intended to boost sales, but has the tangential effect of creating a subculture around its locations (though they’re still at the mercy of local laws).
20140413 20:37 Pappy Anudder Masters in the history books...
20140413 06:08 Shipman Pictures? Hell we need bottles or it didn't happen. Or a barrel.. yeah... a barrel.
20140412 18:40 Skidmark Time to breakout the T-shirts.
20140412 15:46 Pappy Pictures, please, Paul.

(if possible)
20140412 14:24 Alaska Paul At an Elmendorf AFB air show some years ago, we had a flyover of an F4U Corsair, a P51 and an F15. Great planes.
20140412 14:17 Alaska Paul I will be in western Scotland in June. I will be giving a full report on local distilleries to the OC.
20140412 11:04 Pappy Well, that was an interesting hiatus.
20140412 03:45 Skidmark As long as Pan is buying, I'll have a Macallan Lalique Scotch.
20140412 01:34 badanov Aaaand, we're back.
20140411 23:33 Pappy On second thought, maybe that wasn't an appropriate music choice...
20140411 23:18 Pappy
20140411 20:51 Thing From Snowy Mountain I guess they figure the only way they can turn the political situation around is if they provoke (or start) a violent confrontation.
20140411 20:28 49 Pan Oh, 17 trillion and counting...
20140411 20:26 49 Pan Ok, the Bundy ranch issue, New York gun registration, Obamacare, Fast and furious, IRS targeting Tea Party, The head of the Senate attacking US citizens, the Koch bros, CAIR going after a mutilated Muslim woman for speaking out and a Jewish university bowing to the muslims, Gutting of the military, printing cash to make Wall Street rich with no downstream effect. This place has lost its mind.

I'll be at the bar... A round for the club on me!
20140411 09:35 Dale Such a putz. My day off and my mind in hibernation. I believe it was Spike Lee that started it but different versions were done on the same tune. Steve Allen was the best but who am I today anyway. Just don't go there.



20140411 06:21 Dale Steve Allan. Not thinking.