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20150828 21:01 Pappy one from wretchard:

Howard Fineman, writing in the Huffington Post described the Democratic Party he was hoping would be born:

If Biden is to have a chance, he’ll have to somehow reach out to minority voters, who so far seem cool to or even estranged from Sanders and Clinton. He’d also have to somehow reach out to a new version of the party that is out there waiting to be born, a yet-to-be-defined mashup of Black Lives Matter; pro-immigration activism; non-European cultural consciousness; tolerance of all religions, lifestyles and genders; genuine urgency about the fate of the planet; confidence in technology, social media and the sharing economy; and skepticism about America’s right, power and duty to lead the world.

Yet in the wake of worldwide trends it may be reasonable to ask whether Fineman's vision of the Democratic Party hoping to be born is actually the one waiting to die? The actual world of 2015 is is a world with altogether too much immigration, consisting of people fleeing in fear. It is a time of a tolerance of a religion which believes nearly all lifestyles and some genders should be persecuted. A religion that has produced almost no technology yet which cleverly uses that invented by others, like social media, for their evil purposes. In other words the empirical earth is full of people fleeing from all that Fineman’s vision holds dear towards everything it abjures.

The director of Human Rights Watch asks, ‘why does nobody care’ not just about the masses of refugees themselves the carnage they are fleeing from? After all, the West cared enough once, so what changed in the interim? What changed in the interval was Western confidence in the normativeness of its values and its ability to intervene in global events. The political delegitimization of Operation Iraqi Freedom added to the disappointment in the Arab Spring has pretty much soured the West on anything except watching the tragedy passively unfold. The “skepticism about America’s right, power and duty to lead the world”, the logical consequence of ‘no more Vietnams’, ‘no more Iraqs’ - no mas - period.

What’s left is to sit there and take it. Accept eight hundred thousand refugees in 2015 and a million will come the year after and a million and a half the year after that. A snowball, once it starts downhill, gathers up more material with it. In the end even the wolves, having driven out their human capital, will finally follow the refugees to the West, where they will presumably be welcomed for their “non-European cultural consciousness”.

The obvious problem with Fineman's plan isn’t the evil GOP; it's with arithmetic. Herbert Stein’s dictum that “if something cannot go on forever, it will stop” threatens to derail the simple scheme. The “social engineering” envisioned by the enlightened might collide with the endurance limit of physical systems. Instead of a Democratic party “waiting to be born” we may instead get an “accident waiting to happen”.
20150828 18:12 SteveS Just heard a piece on National People's Radio about the 10th anniversary of hurricane Katrina. They spent almost the entire time blaming the disaster on President Bush.

There was an interview with a (presumably fat) angry black woman blaming Bush for not showing up sooner and not doing more. There was an interview with an angry black man blaming Bush for being lazy and uncaring because he flow over the scene rather than personally laying sandbags.

No mention of the Ray Nagin Memorial Motor Pool. No mention of candy-ass state governor Blanco refusing to declare an emergency despite pleading from the Feds.

The buried lede was Bush visiting a school that had been destroyed in the flood, was rebuilt with private funds as a charter school, and now has a 100% graduation rate.
20150828 16:25 badanov Some Friday afternoon Alan Jackson:

20150824 22:49 OldSpook I have a feeling I will never see rock done any better than this. Raw, edgy, live, musicianship, with probably the greatest rebellious rock lyrics written. Entwistle (go find his isolated track for this - you will be amazed), Moon, Daltry and Townsend at the peak of their craft.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.. indeed.

20150824 21:50 badanov From a commenter at Wretchard's:

Paul Krugman's Hell.

When the truth can't be propagandized away and Marxism feels the steel toed boot of reality swung directly and forcefully into its globes.

All the parsing, dissembling, lying, Ponzi scheming won't buy milk, eggs and butter.

Krugman's Hell, with two you get egg rolled.
20150823 23:59 trailing wife minimal set of artillery (as abandoned by the Iraqi army and resupplied by the French and other "mystery" sources).

The Germans, as reported by Rudaw, and possibly the Dutch and/or Belgians -- my memory is uncertain on that.
20150823 20:27 49 Pan So will Obama do the democrat thing and surrender to China?
20150823 15:59 OldSpook Sun shines... people forget... ... its a put on.

Some things never change.

Enjoy this plain video with a high quality audio

20150823 13:42 badanov No one has come up with a Tier 1 module or faction for Arma 3 that I can see, as yet. I love Tier 1 units in Arma 2.

I usually use the civilian contractor PMC module for Chernarus Tier 1 units. That or Spetsnaz units.

I plan to buy Arma 3 in a couple months or so, so I will see just how powerful that module is. The Arms 2 module the ISIS faction had weapon as good as any NATO unit, and I didn't think that was right.

In the module I just posted I love that the designer randomized the uniforms. Whatever designer for the

Novorossiya/Ukrainians modules for Arma2 and Arma 3 have yet to do that, since those guys have a large mix of camo patterns.

A damn fine effort, if you ask me, though.
20150823 12:33 OldSpook Actually need 2 different Peshmerga to be really accurate. PKK/PYD a Turkish/Syrian Kurds, a guerrilla light infantry force with technicals and a smattering of heavy weapons as well as occasional US Air support. Second set would be Kurdistan Army - the de-facto Kurdish national army from what have basically become an independent are in Kurdish majority parts of Iraq dating back to the No-Fly zones in the 1990's. They would have heavy infantry, light infantry, combined arms with tanks & APCs, as well as minimal set of artillery (as abandoned by the Iraqi army and resupplied by the French and other "mystery" sources). The latter would be more US-style trained and organized unit structure and a mixed US operational/tactical approach.

The two groups would be interoperable at the tactical level similar to a combined arms team (3+ platoons of PKK light infantry, a few technicals, and a cross attached platoon of heavy infantry Kurdish regulars).

this organization already exists ad-hoc in places over there and has been very useful in terms of "stiffening" PKK units in the face of large ISIS assaults. More importantly, it works well lending considerable maneuver command and control in offensive actions due to well schooled Iraqi Kurds commanders and core units. Think of it akin to the Old Guard as the core and the PKK as the skirmishers and recon/harassment. Not a precise analogy but you can get the flavor of it from that.

Might even include a US "contractor" fireteam or two in there (they are there), or part of an US Army SF A team (especially if you have US CAS as part of the scenario). Just for flavor. heh.
20150823 12:28 Pappy Nice. I just wish I had time to learn and play the game.
20150823 11:59 badanov Arma 3 arrives in Syria