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September 10, 2013

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Dave (in MA)

daddy, guess who wasn't standing next to him?

Threadkiller

Special edition of The Five due to Bozo's anti-chemo rant.

Another reason to hate the man...

narciso

They're not buying that doggie in the window;

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fact-check-obamas-syria-case-still-lacks-proof

Threadkiller

I guess it posted.

Account Deleted

As Assad blows the hell out of more Cannibals tomorrow, I sure hope they are aware President Obama is giving them no less protection than American personnel in the Benghazi consulate received a year ago.

Any survivors shouldn't feel the President exercised any discrimination in letting them die in place.

daddy

daddy, guess who wasn't standing next to him?

Dave in MA,

I think that answered my question:)

And a brilliant line just put up by Insty in linking an AP story on the Obama speech:

ET TU, AP? AP FACT CHECK SHATTERS OBAMA SYRIA SPEECH.

Jim Miller

According to the Denver Post, Morse is trailing by more than 700 votes (8,014-7,288, with 83 percent of the vote in. Unless that remaining 17 percent is very different from the 83 percent, he'll lose, solidly.

(Democrat Angela Giron leads 946-687, with just 3 percent reporting.)

jimmyk

Spitzer's opponent has been declared the winner for comptroller. And Weiner managed only 5% of the vote.

Extreme leftist Di Blasio just crept over the 40% mark in the Dem mayoral primary, meaning no runoff if it holds. Lhota was declared the winner in the Republican primary, 3 votes to 2 (just kidding).

As always, when I voted today the poll workers automatically started to fill out the D card, and I had to tell them, no I'm a Republican. They were very nice about it, but it's annoying. Same thing happened to Mrs K.

Jim Miller

Well, well, well. John Morse just conceded, according to the Associated Press.

(I was a little surprised by that, since the vote count at the El Paso County election site had just tightened up. But his people may know which precincts haven't reported, and how they usually vote.)

Here's the AP article, which will probably be updated from time to time.

Jim Miller

Just a general remark about gerrymandering (which may or may not apply to Colorado).

One common mistake made by gerrymanderers is to get too greedy. You create districts that, ordinarily, you would win by 5-7 percent. Then along comes a wave election and those districts get swamped.

(As I recall something like that happened to the Republicans in Pa not that long ago. Their current gerrymander is, I believe, less greedy.)

Danube on iPad

To paraphrase Michelle Obama, let me ruefully declare that for the first time in my life I am ashamed of my country.

Consider the distinctions now being drawn by the administration between the invasion of Iraq and the proposed response in Syria. In both cases there was evidence of the use of chemical weapons against the population. In both cases there was a percleived moral imperative to intervene with military force.

The difference? In Iraq, we enforcers of world morality were willing to commit "boots on the ground." Not so on this occasion. In other words, we are now at the point where we feel obliged to enforce these "international norms," but only with standoff weapons.

Let me announce the Danube Doctrine: any genuine threat to our national security demands that we be willing to commit troops on the ground to eliminate it. If we aren't willing to do that, then it is not really a sufficient threat to warrant our involvement.

Stephanie

Anthony Weiner in his speech:

"We just came up short."


OMG..

Jim Miller

With 43 percent of the vote in, Angela Giron is losing by more than 2,000 votes (9,521-7,202), according to the Denver Post.

Two for two?

Here's the article.

Gus

Stopping Syria from gassing children is an INCREDIBLY SMALL war on Syria.
Stopping Women from KILLING THEIR OWN BABIES is a HUGE WAR ON WOMYN.

jimmyk

More Weiner follies: The local news had a story that Sydney Leathers tried to crash Weiner's election night party. She was wearing a low cut red dress and said she wanted to confront Weiner, but (surprise) they wouldn't let her in.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election/sydney-leathers-attempts-crash-anthony-weiner-election-party-article-1.1451641

(warning: Picture not safe for your digestion.)

Dave (in MA)


--
David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog
Somewhere an 18 year old girl is about to get a surprise instagram. #HiyoWeinerAway
--

Gus

When did Bush SIDELINE CONGRESS?? Anyone??

Gus

Oh yes!! Obama has spent 4 and a half years trying to end wars. Except his war on Republicans.

Minimalist Poster

best info I've seen on Colorado:
shows that Morse did concede

shows 62% of the vote counted on the Giron recall
59.8% for recall
40.1% against recall

http://live.denverpost.com/Event/Colorado_Recall_Election_2013

Stephanie

Speaking of mini-guns...

I'm in the market for something small and compact to carry with me whilst I am working in some of the less desirable parts of Atlanta.

Any suggestions? .380? .24? Pistol? Revolver? Semi-auto?

I need something that won't go off in my purse if I reach in to pull out something else... Too bad Michael Kors doesn't make a CCW purse.

dublindave (outcast)

This is one of those deals that benefits all parties involved;

1. Russians think they're keeping Assad in power thus protecting their interests

2. Assad doesn't get a rocket up the ass and looks light in front of the global community

3. Obama avoids Congress, disarms a tyrant and enforces his red line by removing the need for it.

4. Congressional Republicans avoid having to make a difficult decision and get back to the countries' business of..... re-naming their 45th post office.


Done. Dusted. All wrapped up in a nice bow. I told you this would evaporate in a week or two and as usual, no one believed ole baby.

Jim Miller

Two for two.

With over 60 percent of the vote counted and Angela Giron losing by about 20 percent, I'm calling it.

he Democratic majority in the Colorado state senate is down to 18-17.

dublindave (outcast)

Sorry...looks legit......

DebinNC

From daddy's AP link:

"The White House has declined to explain where it came up with the figure of at least 1,429 dead, including 400 children — a figure far higher than estimates by nongovernmental agencies such as the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has counted only victims identified by name, with a current total of 502. In his remarks, Obama more generally accused Assad's forces of gassing to death "over 1,000 people, including hundreds of children."

There were around 502 murders in Chicago last year, and BOzo has said diddly about those.

Stephanie

We've gone from talking about Kerry's and Obama's "petite military strikes" (PMS) to Weiner's 'coming up short."

Democrats sure ain't got much to offer in the war of the sexes, do they?

Gus

Sorry Douchebag, the world sees that we are no longer strong. This will cause us harm for years to come.

Jim Rhoads f/k/a vnjagvet

Casualties of 9/10/2013:

Weiner - NYC
Spitzer - NYC
Morse - Colorado
Giron - Colorado
ElJefe - White House via Chicago

All well deserved.

jimmyk

And always the class act, Weiner has this for a reporter after his concession:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/anthony-weiner-middle-finger_n_3903886.html

Ignatz

--Any suggestions? .380? .24? Pistol? Revolver? Semi-auto?--

Stephanie,
I am a big booster of the .380ACP also known as the 9mm Kurtz and always have one around as a backup. It's just about equivalent to a 38 Special and comes in some very compact pistols.

A revolver is pretty foolproof and any of the 38 snubbies are pretty good these days, with Smith and Wesson the most venerable and probably still most popular.
I find Taurus's OK, my wife has one.

Compactness = semi auto 380ACP (forget anything smaller).

Foolproof = 38 revolver.

Gus

I agree with Ignatz. 38 snub nose. And it leaves no shell casings. Both my LEO brothers told me to own one, then a glock or Sig 9.

matt

Querida has a compact Glock .45 that is basically plug & play. It will not go off with a round in the chamber and will do incredible damage at 10' or so. It has a kick, so aim low.

Last night I arrived in Portland. Not very fond of it anyway, but was jostled a 20-25 ish, grungy, hippie femme who ran into the arms of his grungy 20-25 ish poorly bearded femme boyfriend tongue kissing in the middle of the corridor as people passed by. What the hell the BF was doing past TSA I don't know. I wish I had a bucket of cold water. The city is so damn precious I try to avoid it at all costs.

But if you get out beyond the ew-factor Oregon is magnificent. Got out to Tillamook after meetings and then down the coast. Ended up in rolling farm/winelands near Salem.

The Californication of the state really has created a nightmare.

Gus

Maybe the femme boyfriend is a TSA or HOMOLAND security Agent.
If so, his/her behavior in the concourse, will probably earn him/her a promotion.

Pun intended.

Gus

I don't always shoot commies, but when I do, I prefer the Glock 45. Aim low my friends.

Stephanie

Thanks for the info guys... plan on asking for a tryout on those you mentioned at the gun range this week. See what feels best and is easiest for me.

BTW any issues with any of those as I am wrong handed (as my son says) and need a gun that isn't ejecting a casing past face. My Remington 1100 was a rightie, but then I used to shoot trap wrong footed, too. The lead time back then was incredible for a proper leftie 1100 so I endured. I never did have any problems, though.

Stephanie

LOL, Gus.

Gus

Thanks Stephanie, I have my moments. My advice as to shooting left handed, AND I DO, is to always have your shooting goggles on when shooting a LIBTARD.

bgates

Boy, you guys, I thought somebody was going to live blog. I couldn't find a transcript anywhere! Fortunately I had the speech on the DVR, so I watched it and tried to write down everything he said. Here goes:

My fellow Americans, tonight I want do what I think I do best, which is to deliver a monologue on tv — because I haven't noticed that no televised address of mine has helped win you over since I took office.

Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad, who Hillary was calling a reformer at the time, has turned into a brutal civil war. Over 100,000 people have been killed. Millions have fled the country. In that time, America has worked with allies to provide humanitarian support, to help the moderate opposition, and to shape a political settlement. But I have resisted calls for military action, as you would expect, because we cannot resolve someone else’s civil war through force. Not that it can't be done - it worked here, and in Korea, and there was a danger we were going to do it in Vietnam until members of my party including my new Secretary of State got us out of the way so the Communists could win. I just mean that we can't do it, particularly after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and especially Iraq. Actually it's been twelve years in Afghanistan, and five of those years have been while I've been President. In fact, all four of the American military's bloodiest years in Afghanistan have been since I took office, which you'd know if I let my party have those anti-war protests any more or if I let the press talk about Afghanistan ever.

Back to Syria though -the situation profoundly changed on August 21st, when Assad’s government (which my administration has not described as "reformist" since Hillary left the Cabinet) gassed to death over a thousand people, and because this is the part I want you to get emotional over I'm going to skip right over the fact that this number is literally one percent of the total fatalities and instead describe how gruesome these deaths were, including the deaths of children. To drive home the emotional point, I'm going to mention dead children three times. Dead children.

bgates

Now here's some history about poison gas that my speechwriting intern got off of Wikipedia. It contains a mention of dead American servicemen, the Nazis, and another reference to dead children, plus Overwhelming International Consensus. That consensus is against the use of poison gas.

On August 21st, these basic rules were violated, along with our sense of common humanity, in a way that the deaths of the other hundred thousand people didn't really affect. No one disputes that chemical weapons were used in Syria. It was on the internet.

Moreover, we know the Assad regime was responsible. That was on the internet too. They distributed gasmasks to their troops, and why would you do that if you thought the other side was going to use poison? Here's more evidence for you. Serious stuff.

When dictators commit atrocities, they depend upon the world to look the other way until those horrifying pictures fade from memory. Like when Saddam gassed a bunch of people, and then my party - including both myself and in 1991 my Vice President - staunchly resisted removing him from power, because he was supposed to be in some kind of "box" along with his victims. The question now is what the United States of America, and the red-line-drawers in the international community, is prepared to do about it. Yes, that is the question that I, the world's greatest orator and distinguished graduate of Harvard Law School, wish to put to you in my prepared written statement: What is we prepared to do? I shall conclude this paragraph by mentioning dead children for a fifth time and international law for the second, and also making my first mention of national security.

Gus

BINGO bgates. The guy is a ONE TRICK COMMIE. The biggest problem, AS I SEE IT, is....Obama and his ELITIST IVY LEAGUE COMMIE cronies, actually BELIEVE that they are SMARTER than us.

Gus

Logic and decision making 101 are usually quite easy. You learn as a kid, teen, and young man (or woman), what is RIGHT and what is WRONG. Obama has never learned that. He has never been held accountable for any decisions. He is INCAPABLE of making any decision of consequence, for the paralyzing fear of being EXPOSED as a complete and utter fug up.

bgates

Let me explain. No, is too much - let me sum up. Just kidding, I can never talk too much. This is another one of those deals where something that has been a problem for years if not decades demands immediate action right now because I say so. If we fail to act immediately, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. As the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas, and using them. Over time, our troops would again face the prospect of chemical warfare on the battlefield. And it could be easier for terrorist organizations to obtain these weapons, and to use them to attack civilians. And that's not the only way this is nothing like Iraq.

If fighting spills beyond Syria’s borders, these weapons could threaten allies like Turkey, Jordan, and Israel. And a failure to stand against the use of chemical weapons would weaken prohibitions against other weapons of mass destruction, and embolden Assad’s ally, Iran — hey, remember that time I said I'd meet with Iran without preconditions? Or before that how I said that the National Intelligence Estimate showed the Iranians weren't working on nuclear weapons any more? Well, now I think they might be again.

That is why, after literally a period of time of careful deliberation, I determined that it is in the national security slash political interests of the United States and its President (who is me) to respond to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike. The purpose of this strike would be to deter Assad from using chemical weapons, to degrade his regime’s ability to use them, and to make clear to the world that we will not tolerate their use.

That’s my judgment as Commander-in-Chief. But I’m also the President of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy. And a Harvard Law graduate, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Grammy winner, and even at my age I could make the traveling team for a playoff caliber NBA squad. So even though I possess the authority to order military strikes, as I did in Libya, and as I've done through drone strikes in Yemen and I don't even remember where else, I believed it was right, in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security, and in the presence of a significant political risk to myself, to take this debate to Congress. I believe our democracy is stronger when the President acts with the support of Congress. And I believe that America acts more effectively abroad when we stand together. And I sure as hell know it's going to be easier for me to blame Congress if and when things go south than it would be for me to point fingers at the military. Well, not "easier". More effective.

bgates

That is why, after literally a period of time of careful deliberation, I determined that it is in the national security slash political interests of the United States and its President (who is me) to respond to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike. The purpose of this strike would be to deter Assad from using chemical weapons, to degrade his regime’s ability to use them, and to make clear to the world that we will not tolerate their use.

That’s my judgment as Commander-in-Chief. But I’m also the President of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy, and a Harvard Law graduate, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Grammy winner, and even at my age I could make the traveling team for a playoff caliber NBA squad. So even though I possess the authority to order military strikes, as I did in Libya, and as I've done through drone strikes in Yemen and I don't even remember where else, I believed it was right, in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security, and in the presence of a significant political risk to myself, to take this debate to Congress. I believe our democracy is stronger when the President acts with the support of Congress. And I believe that America acts more effectively abroad when we stand together. And I sure as hell know it's going to be easier for me to blame Congress if and when things go south than it would be for me to point fingers at the military. Well, not "easier". More effective.

This is especially true after a decade that put more and more war-making power in the hands of the President, and by "decade" I again mean "twelve years" but I also mean "George Bush", who placed terrible burdens on our troops by expecting them to win wars, while sidelining the people’s representatives from the critical decisions about when we use force. I mean, George Bush's first term was nothing but one long rush to war. It's all we ever talked about.

Now, I know that after the terrible toll of Iraq and Afghanistan and especially Iraq, the idea of any military action, no matter how unbelievably small, is not going to be popular. After all, I’ve spent more time talking about how I end wars than I have having my autopen sign condolence letters to the 1600+ Americans who've been killed in Afghanistan since I took office promising to expand the war there. I've eliminated the American presence in Iraq, and most of our influence. Our troops are coming home from Afghanistan, most of them still alive. And I know Americans want all of us in Washington- especially me, everybody loves me and knows I can do great things if everybody else would just do what I say — to concentrate on the task of building our nation here at home: recovering from our fifth Recovery Summer, haven't mentioned kids in three paragraphs, and shit - 13 paragraphs in to this thing and I haven't said "middle class" yet. My bad. No it isn't.

It’s no wonder, then, that you’re asking hard questions. So let me answer some of the most important questions that I’ve heard from members of Congress, and that I’ve read in letters that you’ve sent to me, and in transcripts of your emails and phone calls that have been provided to me by the NSA.

First, many of you point out that war is bad, especially if it's like Bush's war in Iraq.

My answer is simple: I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria. I will not pursue an open-ended action like Iraq or Afghanistan or especially Iraq. I will not pursue a prolonged air campaign like Libya or like what Hillary's husband did in Kosovo. This would be a targeted strike to achieve a clear objective: deterring the use of chemical weapons, and degrading Assad’s capabilities. You can't ask for a clearer objective than achieving deterrence.

bgates

Others have asked whether it’s worth acting if we don’t take out Assad. As some members of Congress have said, there’s no point in simply doing a “pinprick” strike in Syria.

Let me make something clear: I am too macho to use the word "prick" without giggling a little. Even an unbelievably small strike will send a message to Assad that no other nation can deliver. I don’t think we should remove another dictator with force — we learned from Iraq that doing so makes us responsible for all that comes next, and let me be perfectly clear: I will never accept responsibility for anything. But a targeted strike can make Assad, or any other dictator, think twice before using chemical weapons, in a way that capturing and hanging him the way Bush did to Saddam never could.

Other questions involve the dangers of retaliation. We don’t dismiss any threats, but the Assad regime does not have the ability to seriously threaten our military. Any other retaliation they might seek is in line with threats that we face every day. Again, not being dismissive, just characterizing what they could do as not serious, everyday, mundane, ordinary, and in a word not that big of a deal. Neither Assad nor his allies have any interest in escalation that would lead to his demise. And our ally, Israel, can defend itself with overwhelming force, as well as the unshakeable support of the United States of America, so a while ago when I said there was a danger to them if we didn't act and fighting spilled over, that was complicated and different and shut up.

Many of you have asked a broader question: Why should we get involved at all in a place that’s so complicated, and where — as one anonymous person wrote to me in a question that echoed something I saw in the Times that I wanted to address — “those who come after Assad may be enemies of human rights?”

It’s true that some of Assad’s opponents are extremists, as are most of mine. But al Qaeda will only draw strength in a more chaotic Syria if people there see the world doing nothing to prevent innocent civilians from being gassed to death. I mean, if al Qaeda was trying to create a stronghold in an Arab country and murdering innocent people and the world did nothing, that would just be awful if the murders involved poison gas. The majority of the Syrian people — and the Syrian opposition we work with — just want to live in peace, with dignity and freedom and perhaps an occasional beheading for those who insult the Prophet of Islam with their churchgoing and such. And the day after any military action, we would redouble our efforts to achieve a political solution that strengthens those who reject the forces of tyranny and extremism while of course leaving the Assad regime in place.

bgates

Finally, many of you have asked: Why not do what you always criticized George Bush for not doing even while he was doing it, and forge an international coalition?

I agree, and I have a deeply held preference for peaceful solutions and/or unmanned drone strike assassinations. Over the last two years, my administration has tried diplomacy and sanctions, warning and negotiations, dinner with John Kerry and flattering profiles in Vogue — but chemical weapons were still used by the Assad regime.

However, over the last few days, we’ve seen some encouraging signs. Now I'm not saying I snapped my fingers and Putin jumped, but the Russian government has indicated a willingness to take Assad's weapons off of his hands before we attack, which they have literally never done for an Arab dictator before except in 2003. The Assad regime has now admitted that it has these weapons, and even said they’d join the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits their use.

Gus

Don't worry Bgates!! Saddam would NEVER do anything that would result in his own DEMISE!!!
I've had several conversations with friends and loved ones vis a vis ASSAD. Assad was born much like Uday and Qusay. He knows NOTHING other than being the KING TO BE. His frame of reference is that of a DICTATOR, and DICTATORS do not..........GO QUIETLY INTO THE GOOD NIGHT.
Obama is a MORON or more correctly Obama is a FOOL. Obama sees how he is FUXED UP, but Obama cannot accept any RESPONSIBILITY for his own actions. THAT IS FOREIGN to HIM.

bgates

It’s too early to tell whether this offer will succeed, or even whether the Russians rescind this offer now that we've agreed to it and make another one that's even more favorable to them. It wouldn't be the first time. I mean, I know I'm more flexible now, but hey Putin - the decade of the 1980s called? On the phone? And it asked if you could send its foreign policy back, through time, over the phone. Because acting like there's some kind of rivalry between us is just so 80s. And of course any agreement must verify the complete elimination of chemical weapons from Syrian territory during a civil war in which the regime doesn't even control all of that territory. But this initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force, particularly because Russia is one of Assad’s strongest allies so we know they're acting in the interests of world peace.

I have, therefore, asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote that I would almost certainly lose while we pursue this diplomatic path. I’m sending Secretary of State John Kerry to meet his Russian counterpart on Thursday, and I will continue receiving my own instructions from President Putin. I’ve spoken to the leaders of two of our closest allies, the one whose Parliament already gave a vote of no confidence and the one that hasn't actually offered us any military assistance since we were driving the Germans off of their soil, and we will work together in consultation with the Veto Brothers to put forward a resolution at the U.N. Security Council like the ones that Saddam was able to flout for over a decade while winning admiration around the Arab world until he was killed in a war that I always opposed. And we will continue to rally support from allies from Europe to the Americas — from Asia to the Middle East - from the Middle East to Syria - from Syria to Damascus - from Damascus to a nice part of Damascus — who agree on the need for action.

Gus

Bgates. Obama's speech writers are sycophantic and every bit as stupid as Obama is.
Obama thinks WORDS equal ACTIONS. Dear God, what will HISTORY say about Obama.

bgates

Meanwhile, I’ve ordered our military to sail aimlessly around the Mediterranean to show I'm tough on Assad, and to be in a position to do something immediately if I suddenly change my mind about diplomacy. And since I'm on tv tonight, I give thanks again to our military and their families for their incredible strength and sacrifices.

My fellow Americans, for nearly seven decades, the United States has been the anchor of global security, except obviously for Bush's decade of warmongering in Iraq and Afghanistan and especially Iraq. This has meant doing more than forging international agreements, like the Chemical Weapons Convention I said Assad would sign like that would end the conflict — it has meant enforcing them. Not in a global policeman, cowboy diplomacy kind of way, but in a smart diplomacy kind of way. The Democrat way. The Chicago way. The burdens of leadership are often heavy, but the world is a better place because we have borne them, and by "we" I mean "me". Or "I".

And so, to the people I call my friends on the right, I ask you how you can be so fired up about having a strong military when you don't care about obvious injustice, because that is how I tread the people I call my friends on the right: I treat them like they are stupid, and amoral, and not actually my friends at all. To my friends on the left, I acknowledge that we are virtuous and say dead children again. For sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough. Sometimes you have to say dead children until people approve of more killing.

Gus

Admiral Gosnell will be in charge of my DEFENSE of CHILDREN department.

bgates

Indeed, I’d ask every member of Congress, and those of you watching at home tonight, to view those videos of the attack, maybe get a little drunk first, or watch The Notebook, whatever makes you really emotional, I've heard Old Yeller is good for that kind of thing though that movie just makes me hungry, and then ask: What kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas, and we choose to look the other way? Will it be the kind of world my party fought so hard to create until I was elected?

Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Our national determination to keep free of foreign wars and foreign entanglements cannot prevent us from feeling deep concern when ideals and principles that we have cherished are challenged.” And then he locked up citizens whose parents or grandparents had been born in Japan, and turned away Jews fleeing the Holocaust. Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, albeit our national security is at stake in a totally nonthreatening kind of way as I said earlier.

America is not the world’s policeman. But we are concerned about our global neighborhood, and we're able to shoot at someone who's much less well armed than we are if we think they're up to no good even if some would argue they don't pose an imminent threat. America is kind of like the world's Sanford Neighborhood Watch captain. Let me say children two more times, and then some boilerplate crap about rah-rah America and humility. I'm out.

Gus

Bgates. Whether we are the WORLDS'S policeman or not, Obama is a blubbering dithering clusterfux. Obama is not trying to SOLVE any problem. Obama only intends to CONTINUE making the U.S.A a Marxist nation. Obama doesn't have the "smarts" of a PTA Mommy. He doesn't. Obumblefux is a RED DIAPER DIMWIT. Obama skipped all of the MEDIUM LEVELS of competence that most of us go thru. Obama lied, cheated and got his HALF NAPPY HEAD patted, because he WORKED THE SYSTEM. In short. Obama has NO SKILL SET. NONE.

Ranger

So the stopped clock rule is in effect here:

Dazed and Confused
If your foreign policy has to be rescued by a dictator, you are doing it wrong.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2013/09/barack_obama_s_misguided_approach_to_syria_the_president_s_strategy_for.html

It's Slate, but it's actually a pretty good assessment of where we are at now.

rse

I have a feeling that quite a few fine relatives of military personnel yelled graphic language they never use back at the tv in response to that shout out of thanks, b gates. Thanks.

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/bruce-thornton/fifteen-minutes-of-foreign-policy-malfeasance/ is quite a good synopsis of the speech and the missteps.

matt-I have had quite a few people in OR reach out out of concern over the whole welfare state being set up out there. Besides Portland being the primo region for what Agenda 21 can do to a region. One sent me The Nation article on the current governor's intentions.

And it's not a day of service. Always remember that we have cultures in this world and individual people who hate us for the same individual freedom that we cherish. And that our current leaders and former ones who would like to win in 2016 wish to take away.

Ceding power to the governments so we are the governed indeed. Oh, Carnegie and Ford and John D among others, what your riches compounded without taxation, is now financing. Foundation-financed treachery may need to be a new phrase in the common repertoire.

Jane

What a way to wake up BGates. That is spectacular!

daddy

This is beautiful. From the concession speech of the Dem Colorado State Senator who was just recalled:

“Robert F. Kennedy once said, ‘it is the essence of responsibility to put the public good ahead of personal gain.’

Today, from RFK Jr's diary:

Today I f@#$ed “a lawyer, an environmental activist, a doctor and at least one woman married to a famous actor!”

Came-alot revisited!

daddy

Bgates,

I do not have enough brain cells at the moment to do you the praise that you so deservedly deserve, so all I will say is that Clarice, if you do not move Heaven and Earth to pull strings to get Bgate's latest brilliance linked at American Thinker and elsewhere, then I swear to god whenever I do show up for chow at your place I am bringing a Riesling.

Captain Hate on an iPhone

Client 9 losing is great news. Now does Silda file for divorce?

Sandy Daze

B R A V O Z U L U bgates

Jane

I'm not following the colorado races. Was it a victory for the good guys or the bad guys?

Patriot4Freedom

bgates - Bravo, Bravo . . .

Thank you for a tour de force explication of the address of President Weak Horse™.

Captain Hate on an iPhone

Good guys, Jane.

daddy

Some of Bgates, for the scroll on thoughers amongst us:

I have resisted calls for military action, as you would expect, because we cannot resolve someone else’s civil war through force. Not that it can't be done - it worked here, and in Korea, and there was a danger we were going to do it in Vietnam until members of my party including my new Secretary of State got us out of the way so the Communists could win.

No one disputes that chemical weapons were used in Syria. It was on the internet..Moreover, we know the Assad regime was responsible. That was on the internet too. They distributed gasmasks to their troops, and why would you do that if you thought the other side was going to use poison?

This would be a targeted strike to achieve a clear objective: deterring the use of chemical weapons, and degrading Assad’s capabilities. You can't ask for a clearer objective than achieving deterrence.

I don’t think we should remove another dictator with force — we learned from Iraq that doing so makes us responsible for all that comes next, and let me be perfectly clear: I will never accept responsibility for anything.

The majority of the Syrian people — and the Syrian opposition we work with — just want to live in peace, with dignity and freedom and perhaps an occasional beheading for those who insult the Prophet of Islam with their churchgoing and such.

I have, therefore, asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote that I would almost certainly lose while we pursue this diplomatic path. I’m sending Secretary of State John Kerry to meet his Russian counterpart on Thursday, and I will continue receiving my own instructions from President Putin.

I do hope they are as much fun when I reread them sober. G'nite.

NK(tryin')

I watched a very impressive and professional effort by the US National Soccer team just suffocate the El Tri of Meh-i-co. ESPN gave much pre and post game coverage. I picked up a sandwich for the game (after 56 minutes of spin class thank you very much) the 20 something wait kid at the dineer was a nice kid of an El Salvadorean refugee (legal), and the kid was a big USA fan. he can't believe his dad is still and El salvador fan even though the USA took him in from the war. Anyway the kid righty predicted that USA would romp, and he would be happy to see mexico not make Brazil '14. He explained that to central americans, their 'El Nord' is Mexico, which abuses CA migrants looking for work in mexico. Fascinating world we live in. BTW-- did Obummer say something last night?

Patriot4Freedom

At 8:45 A.M., it will be 12 years to the minute since the first tower was struck by the hijacked airliners on 9/11/2001.

May we never forget the 2,977 victims of 9/11, no matter how busy our lives become.

May we also remember the four Benghazi vitims of 9/11/2012, and the lies and deceit of the Obama administration.

Especially their failure to protect or even attempt to rescue our consulate personnel.

narciso

Excellent bgates, how do you manage this mindmeld, and it was only slightly less absurd than the speech itself.

henry

NK, the JEF had a pre-game message. That is what jinxed the PK.

NK(tryin')

Henry-- let's be nice and bask in the glow of the Klinsmann Project. Klinsmann is dead serious about making it out of the Group, winning a knock out round game, make it to the quarterfinals and see what happens. He's serious, and it could happen. Dempsey's PK-- he was indifferent about the PK, I know he was involved in the second goal and drew the penalty, but he just looks off his game. Landy cakes and Eddie Johnson were great.

PS: This month I am going to a total of 3 college games. Seen one, next is Fairfield U-Yale, then St Lou U - UConn 9/20 at Storrs.

henry

Klinsmann coaches the game they way I like it played... ATTACK! Too much playing to not lose in the past (more of an Italian style).

Fairfield was a romp back in the day, I hope the Bulldogs ATTACK!!! It works out better.

NK(tryin')

9/11-- less than 20 minutes to go from the anniversary of the first plane strike on 1 WTC, which trapped my neighbor on the 100th floor, and caused his death. I'll never forget the mass murder that day, and the sounds of the bodies hitting pavement after desperation jumps to escape the flames, I'll never forget the heroism of the NYFD men who climbed those steps in 1WTC knowing that they could be going to their doom -- BUT THEY WENT ANYWAY, I'll always respect Rudy G for the calm strength he showed that day, I'll always remember the smell of the pile which lingered for months, I'll always revere GWB's leadership and smart military response to destroy Mullah Omar's regime and rout AQ from Afghan, and I'll never forgive the Quisslings and conspiracy mongers who disgraced themselves then and to this day.

And I will continue to demand answers about 9/11 Benghazi. I'll never forgive the lies that were told in the days/weeks after those murders.

daddy

Client 9 losing is great news. Now does Silda file for divorce?

Captain Hate,

You know, if Silda and Huma both dumped their hubbies and decided to get married to each other, I personally think that that would be less repulsive than the 2 gals standing by their so odious, odious hubbies.

I suspect that if Silda and Huma both dumped their POS hubbies and decided to get married, all would be forgiven. This would allow all the Media and the Left to completely dump on Weiner and Spitzer for good, and this would so elevate Silda and Huma that they would be the talk of the town until the end of the Republic.

Stephanie

Those aren't college football games. You've never been to a football game in the south have ya? THOSE are football games. ;)

NK(tryin')

Henry-- I though last night the USA stayed compact, let Mexico possess, and when the balled turned over they attacked on the counter. Those counters and set pieces were devastating and Mexico had no answers.

Yale hosts Fairfield Friday. They also host Uconn in late October, why don't you fly in for that.

henry

NK, too many business events in October to go anywhere. UConn is always tough.

NK(tryin')

RIP-- to all the victims of Jihadi murder on 9/11/01 and 9/11/12.

rse

If you have never been in the ground floor lobby of the Amex building of the financial ctr next to Ground Zero to see the 13 Tears living memorial created in memory of the workers in the travel office of Cantor Fitzgerald, it is an easy thing to do when you visit NYC.

I even took a group of 7th graders there who were in NT to sing at Carnegie Hall. You just tell the security guard you are there to see the most poignant memorial you will ever encounter.

It is set up so that "teardrops" come at specified intervals to set off constantly interacting circles in the reflecting pool below. So no one is ever alone.

Jane

BGAtes,

I reposted Obama's BGAtesspeech at the uber liberal website I haunt. I hope that was okay.

rse

And remember hil's lies to the faces of family members when the coffins came home and Joe's graphic language and that they have aspirations of becoming President in 2016 elections.

We have to do a better job of keeping the stupid and morally obtuse away from such power.

Sue

Bgates,

Great job.


It is hard to believe it was 12 years ago. Never forget.

centralcal

bgates: excellent.

Many of us will "never forget," because it is impossible to do so and even all these years later a lump forms in the throat, tears well up in the eyes ...

Oh, and I just saw on Twitter that today, September 11, is Assad's birthday (9/11/65).

DebinNC

Wonderful, bgates.

BOzo will be doing his annual in-and-out photo op "9-11 service project" today. AFAIK, that misdirection gambit has failed to catch on elsewhere, which is good imo.

Marlene

Oh bgates! Wonderful! Never forget. On 9/11/01 our daughter had been in DC two years. She was a lowly Congressional staffer,but she was the kid who told us at age 10,I'm going to work here someday! After the Pentagon was hit,and the Capitol Hill offices were evacuated, I started to panic.She finally called and said she was going to a co-worker's apartment on Capitol Hill. We always say a silent thanks to the brave souls on Flight 93. We will never know what that plane was intended to hit. The image of a plane hitting the White House,the Capitol or one of the monuments would have been more awfulness on that day.

Jim Rhoads f/k/a vnjagvet

I could hear the cadences, bgates. A tour de force.

BoZo and his minions will never understand how this terrible day in 2001 set in motion all subsequent actions regarding both Afghanistan and Iraq.

What happened that day hadn't happened to the US since Pearl Harbor.

And that is the major reason why the Syrian caper is nothing whatever like Afghanistan or Iraq. Especially when the Syrian actions are arguably helping AlQueda barbarians like the bastards that flew four full airplanes of our citizens into the WTC, the Pentagon, and a hole in the Pennsylvania woods. The sights and sounds of that day made me physically sick, and I was in Atlanta, not NYC, DC or PA.

My heart goes out to all who lost loved ones 12 years ago. May God grant them peace.

GMax

2nd Amendment 2

Democrat Gun grabbers & Mike Bloomberg 0


Plus

USA 2 Mexico 0 and only because Dempsey missed the PK that would have made it 3 NIL
hahahahahaha USA soccer fans have put up with a lot of crap from Mexican fans over the years so beating them so thoroughly is almost as good as beating Mike Bloomberg. And the two fer makes me delirious with delight!

Threadkiller

My favorite line from bgates masterpiece:

"ONE TRICK COMMIE"

GMax

Between the soccer match and a late inning rally by the Rangers that falls just short, I totally missed Zero's bizarre zig zag delivery. Honestly, the only thing I want to hear out of him is "I resign for the good of the country" and since I know he is not man enough to even recognize that, let alone do it, I have decided he will not address me. period.

Threadkiller
I erred in my recent interview with Elijah Jonson when I said that not a single man in the US Military was willing to stand up and call out the Obama regime. LTC Terry Lakin did it. And Terry spent five months in the Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth. But beyond that, he lost his pension. As a Lieutenant Colonel flight surgeon, that loss in lifetime benefits was estimated at over $2.5 million – and that was for a field grade reservist. I apologize to LTC Dr. Lakin for my mistake.


http://www.barnhardt.biz/2013/09/09/confirmation-from-the-former-commandant-of-the-us-army-war-college/

GMax

John at Powerline cannot listen either but he says it more eloquently than I:

It has been that kind of day. A one-Scotch, two-peanut dinner fits right in. There is, however, a massive silver lining: I do not have to–indeed, cannot–listen to President Obama’s speech tonight. I will not have to hear Obama explain why his own series of miscues and his Secretary of State’s gaffe were really strokes of diplomatic brilliance that have combined to prevent war in the Middle East.

Well, sort of. That is, the war that was already going on will continue. But Obama, through the brilliant stratagem of threatening cruise missile attacks, has now–via Vladimir Putin’s deus ex machina–rendered cruise missile attacks unnecessary! Unless, of course, you actually wanted to punish Assad’s mass murder using chemical weapons, or impact the course of the civil war, or achieve some geopolitical advantage. In which case the administration is left looking rather silly. But if you assume the administration blundered ineptly into the Syria crisis and was looking for nothing but a way out, then–gold stars are around! Another triumph of “smart diplomacy”!

narciso

Most indications it was the Capitol Building, which would have been the 4th target, which makes Durbin's remarks about the 20th hijacker, Quahtani, all that more ironic, the latter was so well connected he knew the name of the courier, but Bergen insisted he was just small fry al these years, until he had to 'revise and extend'
his remarks in Manhunt.

Where I grew up, in Jersey, one could probably have seen the towers across, one of my relatives, could and it deeply traumatized her.

Ranger

bgates, brilliant as usual. Someone should put that all together as a nice, professional PDF document and e-mail it around as an "unofficial thoughtscript" of the speech. I am sure at least one of the vaunted MFMers would pick it up and run with it, because they are just that gullible.

Ranger

Meanwhile, in Sinai, the bad guys are not giving up without a fight:

Suicide bomb attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill six

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24046153

At least six soldiers have been killed in a double suicide bomb attack in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, officials say.

Another 10 soldiers and seven civilians were wounded by the blasts outside the military intelligence headquarters in Rafah and at a nearby checkpoint.

That fight looks light it will be a long, hard slog as well.

NK(tryin')

Ranger the MB have been around in Egypt for what? 140 years? They are not going away, they seek overthrow of modernity, by vote or violence, it matters not how to them.

pagar-----

Patriot4Freedom | September 11, 2013 at 08:16 AM

Amen!
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bgates, wonderful!

narciso

No, only about 85 years, ironically, the regime that was deposed by Nasser, started it's raign bottling up the Wahhabi regime in 1817, it had gone down hill after four generations or so, I know you meant that figuratively.

Btw, anytime we win, it's 'voter suppression' as in Colorado.

NK(tryin')

OT-- BLUE STATE HELL UPDATE: Detroit city retires want bankruptcy dismissed as to them, claim Chap 9 violates Mich Const... oh and BTW-- the City retirees have no Soc Sec-- Detroit opted out under pre 1983 law ( I believe that changed) I do feel for the retirees, but they are learning the hard lesson that to live by the government trough, is to die by it: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-11/detroit-retirees-say-bankruptcy-law-unconstitutional.html

Thomas Collins

NK, I find it ironic that the progs are using what is essentially a states' rights argument in the Detroit bankruptcy matter (state and local pension protection in a state constitution is a core state sovereignty function that may not be overriden by the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution).

Marlene

narciso,I'm sure you know this...Mohammed Atta and another hijacker stayed at the South Portland Comfort Inn the night before and took a flight from PWM to BOS and then...

NK(tryin')

ThomasC-- 'ironic' personally I think it's shameless. The Union Thugs are basically saying 'we bought the State Constitution fair and square, so the feds can't take away our swag!" Wait 'States' Rights?" Code words = RAAAACIST!

iqvoice

So it's the twelfth anniversary of 9/11, and there is a new Harry Putin book coming out!

In this latest edition, entitled "Harry Putin and the Half-White Wimp", our intrepid hero, Harry Putin, has to save the world from the evil plans of the Half-White Wimp to start World War III. If that wasn't bad enough, the Wimp has appointed Moochelle Umbridge to be the new Head Mistress of Hogwarts School. Unimpeded by anyone with sanity or taste buds, Umbridge and her team of Dung-Eaters have set out to change the school cafeteria over to a 100% soy-based menu.

Meanwhile, key leaders in the Congress Ministry of Magic have agreed to put the Demented Dementors in charge of Airport Security! How will Harry, and his friend Lavrov Weasly and Hillary Granger resolve this crisis and save the day? You'll have to buy the book to find out....

Threadkiller

Local tv and radio are replaying despair. Calls to 911, people covered in soot, endless looping of collapsing towers, etc.

They interviewed a post adolescent firefighter from the costal community of Imperial Beach to get his surfer version of what it must have been like to be in Tower 2's stairwell.

My stomach was already churned from BroMocked Odummy's speech last night as I tuned into the Don Henley Dirty Laundry music video that has substituted what passed for news this morning.

I will take a pass today from their story telling and remember what I need to on my terms.

God bless those who perished that day and those who continue to suffer today.

Threadkiller

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