Support our Troops

A crowd of crazy lunatics blew a hole in the side of a US embassy in the Middle East and also attacked another building about a mile away. These nuts did it under the misapprehension that killing Americans and maybe some local staff who work for Americans could in some why help their deluded cause.

In the case of the US embassy in Benghazi 4 people were killed, The US ambassador , another US diplomat and two American Security staff. Another ten people were hurt in the attacks.

It should be noted that Bengahzi is in the country of Libya, a country with a history of creating crazed terrorists, including the ones that blew up an airliner passing over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on its way to America killing 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people who were living in the town of Lockerbie.

Many other countries embassies have been attacked in the country of Libya, many other Libyan terrorists have tried to kill people in other countries around the world.

At around the same time (within the previous week and the next week) as the 100 or so crazies in Benghazi were screaming and killing, several other groups in other countries around the middle east were screaming and terrorizing other locations.

Whenever and wherever terrorists attack, the response from the world has always been a mix of solid condemnation of the terrorists, and a solid front of stoic resilience, showing no outward change that would give the terrorists any reason to believe their horrific actions had in any way changed the way the world works and a solid underground effort to bring those who were responsible to account.

The basics of dealing with criminals is : Never pay a ransom, never let an act of terror achieve its goal of creating terror and find and bring the bastards responsible to account.

To honor the memory of those who were hurt and/or killed, never let the terrorists succeed in creating terror.

And that is why the stupidity of the republican campaign to publically find a way of linking the terrorist attacks in Libya to a mistake by the Obama government is so abhorrent. It is giving terrorists a reason to repeat their cowardly acts.

In effect those who are publically castigating the white house for purely political reasons are aiding the cause of the terrorists. This is cowardly and wrong.

When diplomats and security staff take roles in dangerous countries they are doing it to support their country. It’s an act of bravery and they need to be honored for their service. If they are hurt while on active service, they should be honored for their service.

Those who use an act of terror for their own political benefit are bringing themselves down to the disgusting level of the terrorists.

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War is the absolute failure of politics and diplomacy

When war happens, it happens when diplomacy and politics fail.

When you stop talking to the crazy man, then he is left with just the thoughts in his head.

This is the reason that we send lunatics to the mental institutions, you have to keep working on trying to reach even that tiniest amount of working brain cells.

The other choice is you ignore them and the voices in their heads that are telling them to kill take over.

It’s no different with world leaders. There are some crazy ones out there, and you have to keep talking to them.

When you stop talking to them they are free to do the craziest of things.

Diplomacy can be horrible. You may have to talk to people that you honestly detest.

That’s the job we pay and empower politicians and diplomats to do, and when they fail, wars happen.

Quite simply war is the purest form of diplomatic and political failure. A politician that leads a country to war or cannot find another route but all-out fighting has failed.

Failure happens, but that does not stop it from being a failure.

Many noble warriors and innocent bystanders get terribly hurt in war.

Heroes are not those who go to war, they are those who perform incredible acts to save others.

I’m not for a second postulating that it’s okay to let bad people do bad things, just that it takes political skill to force bad people to stop doing bad things without directly bombing them.

And in the face of popular dissent, still being able to force bad people to stand down takes political bravery and skill.

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Breakup Note Signed by “Autopen” in Question; Relationship End Delayed 2 Months Pending Inquiry

January 3, 2013: Average Angry Wire Service:  A controversy is brewing in Washington, DC around the use of an autopen to sign an important document, namely a document which would end a controversial agreement between often arguing parties.

This is a boy-meets-girl story that began well enough on a Capitol Hill bar crawl stop at the Tune Inn dive bar and evolved into a semi-commited relationship between the two long-time singles. The relationship now includes a drawer at each other’s apartment, a joint credit card and an assumed “date” each Saturday night.  But as with many boy-meets-girl stories it got ugly after one unfortunate “toilet non-flushing” too many. Screaming, name calling and a storming out followed and then a few days later the “note” appeared in the boy’s Google + account.

The autopen is mightier than the swirl?
The autopen is mightier than the swirl?
The girl in question (Nancy), states that “It’s over!” and that autopen is a perfectly acceptable way to authenticate a breakup, BFF status change or other relationship decision.  Her former love (John, but known as “Boner” by friends and colleagues), disagrees and adamantly states that the breakup “isn’t the real deal without a real quill.”  He also refuses to relinquish her drawer, end their fiscal entanglements or change his Facebook relationship status until she returns from her family vacation in Hawaii (so they can come to a resolution face to face on neutral territory in Washington).

His challenge to the validity of the “Dear Boner” letter has caused Nancy stress on her Hawaiian vacation, according to her spokesperson, and almost led to her canceling a much anticipated golf game and cliff diving tour with the newly elected president of the local American Legion hall in Waikiki Beach.  Her spokesperson also stated that she’ll deal with the problem in 2 months when she returns to DC and that her debt to him will eventually be paid off and won’t cause his Visa account to reach its ceiling and hurt his credit rating.

Sources familiar with the couple said they couldn’t elaborate on the bathroom incident but heard her threaten him with a “swirly” or similar swirl related toilet action if he didn’t “clean up his act.”

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Mr. President, A Budget Tip

November 6, 2012, 3:30pm ET   

President Obamney (I’m not sure who won yet), I feel that if the rest of us have to balance our checkbooks each month (and year), our country should too.

Voters have to balance their checkbooks, right?

Call me crazy but I believe that the USA can find a way to survive on a meager $2.5 trillion/year (or whatever the expected revenue is next year).  Go through every line item the way we workers do with our own budgets and make adult decisions about what you absolutely have to pay for and what is a “nice to have” that will have to wait until you get a raise in revenue or an unexpected bonus.  If you and the leaders of the House and Senate can honestly say that every line item in that proposed budget is 100% required this year, then I’ll personally bet you everything I own that you’re full of crap.  The size of the debt itself is the next economy and retirement-crushing disaster-in-waiting and you and the House and Senate were elected to address just this kind of tough problem.

Line-item veto? OK

Please don’t violate the “No Asshole Rule” and put politics ahead of doing the job right.  I don’t care how you do it or who gets the credit and neither should you.  If a “line item veto” is how it will get done, then I’ll support the President (and Speaker and Senate Majority Leader if needed) getting that power and I don’t care which party any of them are from.

This isn’t rocket science or difficult to understand and you all know it.  Once the budget is balanced for the year, THEN consider options for tackling the existing debt.  Increasing taxes and adding those additional short-term $ to the budget kitty will only increase spending, not decrease the debt in my opinion and isn’t that the point, to eliminate the debt itself?

It’s a balanced budget, not the quest for the Grail

Find a way to spend within your current means and then I’ll support really reviewing all options (including new and higher taxes and fees), to raise revenue for the specific purpose of eliminating the national debt itself.

Who’s with me?

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Who Writes the Epitaph?

Consider Gore, Al.  For a guy who was never president, he’s incredibly well known for a great many things.  Which one will rise to the top and be his final 1-line epitaph?  Some possibilities include:

– 1/2 of the fiery young Clinton-Gore presidential team for 8 years who drove the “Reinventing Government” initiative to cut waste and red tape in Washington, DC

– Inventing the Internet (and making us capitalize “Internet”)

– “Inventing” the Global Warming issue (or the GW myth if you’re skeptical), and winning the Nobel Prize for it

– Losing his home state of Tenessee (with 11 Electoral votes) in a presidential election he lost by 5 Electoral votes

Candidate Gore’s famous on-stage kiss

– The icky, creepy on-stage, on-air erotic kisser of Tipper “Parental Advisory record labels” Gore

– Hanging chads and the most controversial election result in generations

– Co-founder of “Current TV” network (with Joel Hyatt)

…Or will Mr. Gore just be best remembered for being a hilarious “head-in-a-jar” (a preachy, boring one at that) on the animated TV show Futurama?

So, will Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. best be remembered for something “positive” or something “negative?”

There’s a saying from an Australian philanthropist, lifesaver and pubbuilder known as Sheepshagger John which may help you predict the answer, “You know, a man can do a thousand great things, but if you “shag” one lousy sheep…”– (5) (7)

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Why So Much of the Same Ads?

If TV this month is any indication then I’d say that clearly:

1. We all need new car insurance (and haven’t decided on who to buy it from)

and…

2. We’re all potential voters that are “undecided” at the moment

 

Really?  That many of us haven’t decided?

 

My theory is that advertising agencies and their “inside” men and women are doing a phenomenal job – a phenomenal job of convincing their clients that we the people haven’t decided yet and that another 100 or so viewing “impressions” (industry term) of that “reptile” each week will make the difference (Geico’s The Martin Agency does a good job too).

They’re slinging what the industry calls FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) at their own clients and it’s working.

So people, brace yourselves for lots and lots more Flo, Gecko, the deep-voice actor guy, the guy that played Brenda’s boss on The Closer, Aaron “Discount Double Check” Rodgers and, oh yeah, Barack and Mitt because the agency guys are gooooood.
On the bright side at least I get to see more of Ronald using karaoke to get his “profile” out there and save money on online dating (it is so popular btw that they released an extended version on YouTube for Ronald’s fans)
Apparently Ron’s “hairline is receding, but (he’s) getting a weave”

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