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Tuesday, November 17. 2015
Since the entire world has quickly settled on singing a dreary, infantile ditty written by a wife-beater that extols the state religion of Nazi Germany and the USSR as a response to an existential threat, I guess it's time to move on to new topics. Speaking of existential, didn't those Frenchmen invent existentialism? No, I think that was Kierkegaarde. Maybe it was Nietzsche. Whatever. It was one of those grouchy fellows. I was doodling in my copybook and trying to get a peek down a girl's blouse that day in school, and must have missed it. At any rate, Europe is just a bunch of zebras at the watering hole watching a lion eat their little sister while mumbling, "Wasn't me, don't care." Who am I to bother about it? Let's read the papers:
Like Obama, Hollande looks at terror attacks through the lens of self-interest. If it affects their personal reputation, they get peevish and start talking like a fop's idea of Audie Murphy. Otherwise, they really don't give a sh*t.
I'm sure a multinational terrorist organization is shaking in their sandals over the prospect of a deluge of fake one-star reviews on Yelp.
In my experience, machine snow is half-frozen filthy retaining pond water sprayed all over you if you deign to ski on a weekday.
Silly me. I thought holding up an inexpertly lettered sign with a preachy message and a hashtag was the pinnacle of human achievement.
Bombshell? You guys don't get out much. She reminds me of homely girls who go to Star Wars conventions.
Ever hear of the Fourth Amendment? Cute little thing. It was popular around here 200 years ago. It almost seems like you have a problem using probable cause to determine who to surveil because then you'd have to admit who is probably gonna cause a problem.
Judge: I need to know which one of them liked that dreadful song in order to rule against him or her.
Round up the Friends of Eddie Coyle
Don't worry. ISIS will crack those open like a pinata after their next Mahdi connects the Sudan to Vienna.
"Brutal" prehistoric world? Compared to what? My housecat will kill anything it can catch, and tortures it first, too. Your goldfish would eat you if it could fit you in its mouth.
Be careful out there in the brutal posthistoric world today.
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quite an interesting mix of subject matter there today.
Dinosaurs, fake snow, pyramids and jihadists.
and it's considered a "brutal" prehistoric world because there are no professional hunters to kill that dinosaur chasing you with intent to eat you (if you existed at the same time). You'd have to do it yourself to survive.
Seeing the clip of that pianist playing the tedious dirge Imagine in Paris was a good reminder of our biggest problem in the West.
You can't fight the beliefs of Islamic extremists by offering belief in nothing much at all as the alternative.
Here is a way for France to do something....The "solution" to the "refugee" crisis is easy and simple. Repatriate all of the "refugees" to Iraq and Syria. Have NATO clear several cities now held by ISIS by levelling them to bare ground. Provide construction materials and food. Conscript the male "refugees" who are largely 18-35 year old males, to defend the areas. Give them the oil wells and refineries that ISIS has captured (and we are allegedly bombing and destroying related oiltankers to prevent flow of money to ISIS).
If they fail, or revert to ISIS, level the whole area again. This "solution" is more than fair, gives them a good chance to save their countries and create a prosperous culture and live-able environment. And it prevents them from destroying the cultures of Europe, the US, and other countries that many of them hate.
These and other excellent suggestions I've seen only have one flaw. Charlemagne, Vlad Tepes or any of the Medici (Cosimo, Lorenzo...) are not currently in power in any country in Europe. Nor anyone like them.
Flash back to that picture from last week of the four Defense secretaries of Germany, France and so forth. All women, could be mistaken for the new cast on the 'View'. Opposite them the photo of the tough looking, solid, and scowling Russian Defense minister. No photo available of the Isis Defense minister, for one thing they don't do 'defense', second there was a scheduling conflict with a beheading.
Russia will work it out, Europe I have no hope for.
The female of the species is more dangerous than the male, 'tis said, but not these four.
Who said bomb "old guys" (do you mean imams/mullas who urge or plan atrocities)? Bulldozers are pretty effective levelers. Surely Obama and NATO can quickly take a few cities from a "JV team" and the Army Core of Engineers could quickly turn it into a new construction zone to start over. But no new mosques with the free construction materials and loaned construction equipment..
I say she's OK, and likely better when she puts on her warpaint.
There are dozens of known Islamic terrorists organizations some even more blood thirsty than ISIS. There are many little known or secret Islamic terrorist organizations that the West is trying to identify. No matter what we eventually do to ISIS a dozen more Islamic terrorist groups will form to replace it. It is a mistake to believe that these are some very small minority radicals. The nature of Islam creates people who are ready and willing to give their lives if they can take a few (or many) non-believers with them. Part of it is indeed their lifestyle, upbringing, culture, etc. But it is mostly their religion. I have many friends who go on 'missionarys' once a year. Some have gone to Haiti, some go to Mexico every year, and a few went to Africa. The Christian religion 'spawns' people who want to make a difference in the world; to help people and save lives. This is part of the Christian religion. Not every Christian does this but many do and many decide to do it in midlife or after they retire. It is inexplicable UNLESS you understand Christianity and then it makes perfect sense. THAT is the SAME as the Islamic religion the difference is their religion commands them to go to other lands and kill the people there and convert or enslave the people there until you create a caliphate. If you believe we can stop this or all live in peace and be friends than you simply do not understand the Islamic religion. Not every muslim will cut your throat. Many of them will merely give money and support to those who WILL cut your throat just as many Christians will give money to build a hospital in Mexico or Africa. Not every muslim will give money or support to the radical BUT many of these 'moderate' muslims will celebrate the radical muslim's terrorist attacks just as many proud, moderate muslims in Islamic countries celebrated 9/11.
If you want to end Islamic terrorism there are two possible ways:
1. kill them all, destroy their country and leave nothing standing.
2. Kill all of them able to fight, Destroy their infrastructure and impoverish those who are left.
I am not naive, I realize there is no appetite to do either of these things so I offer a logical and probable third choice:
3. Wait until they nuke one or more of our largest cities killing us by the millions and then we will understand that we must 'kill them all, destroy their country and leave nothing standing'.
That would be, to use the loaded expression, the final solution. And while I don't specifically endorse that method, I'm at a loss to find another. Ever since Mohammed died, the Muslims have been trying to conquer and/or enslave people in the name of their religion (did they really wait till Mohammed died?). Not constantly, but periodically for over a thousand years.
It would be preferable to have a Muslim Reformation which would allow everybody to know the good guys from the bad, but failing that, the only options I see are to either allow "an acceptable level of violence" on the rest of us or finally be done with them. I'm hoping for a reformation, but I'm not holding my breath.
Patton saw it: No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making some other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
Lemay saw it too: "If you kill enough of them, they stop fighting".
Sorry for the cut and paste guys, I'm down on my chemo today.
Oh, my uncle Letsgo "Bantam King" Lozko, one day I asked him how did he know which chickens to relegate to the stew pot?
"All same; off wit da head, plucked and inna pot" A chicken's just a chicken,nicht war?"
Tell me more about these Star Wars conventions...
Awesome take down of that stupid, endlessly naive song. Why would I want to imagine no heaven?
I knew he was a tax evading hypocrite, but a wife beater? I didn't know that.
It's always good to see the artist getting the dino wrist structure correct.