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Thursday, December 10. 2015
Florida burglary suspect eaten by alligator after fleeing police
Mark Steyn rebukes democrats in climate hearing: ‘You’re effectively enforcing a state ideology’
No Child Left Behind Has Finally Been Left Behind
Nat Hentoff Excoriates ACLU’s Failure to Defend Free Speech
Supreme Court Justices’ Comments Don’t Bode Well for Affirmative Action
While we fight over Trump, France closes 3 mosques, finds hundreds of weapons
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LA TIMES: Say, Trump Could Be Right
‘Trump is right!’ Police say parts of Britain ARE no-go areas due to ISIS radicalisation
FLASHBACK: Jimmy Carter Banned Iranians from US, Deported Iranian Students During Hostage Crisis
"Come To Us, We'll Show You Paradise" Salafist 'Aid Workers' Recruit Refugees In Germany
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RE ISIS Can’t Be Destroyed from the Air
ISIS is an ideology as much as a "state". We can't destroy beliefs, but we can neuter the caliphate from the air. Bomb its command centers, economic assets and and anything worth destroying then keep bombing them. ISIS will never amount to anything in the long run.
Turn the howling wilderness into a howling wilderness.
The US and Europe have run down their stocks of bombs. And, after years of reduced budgets and more expensive aircraft, there aren't enough planes for carpet bombing. Then, an ideology is not crushed by mere bombing, and never has been, but only by on the ground death and destruction. It's not likely that the US or Europe will commit to large on ground forces, at least 50 to 100-thousand and more hardened combat troops (not REMFs), nor will the Arab countries. So, having missed the opportunities to crush them earlier, we will probably see a continuation of enlarging terror attacks there and in Europe and the US. And that will be eased by lax immigration and border controls. Sad but true. Pulling our blankets over our heads has not worked but made the threats larger and worse, and growing.
I'm not talking about carpet bombing, or infantry on the ground, or using cruise missiles to take out pick up trucks.
A drone blew up some senior ISIS leader also showed a photograph of a building in Raqqa identified as a "headquarters". A headquarters in their capital city. Why is that building, or any other government building, public works, etc. still standing?
The US can't eradicate ISIS by sending in ground troops, but it can keep ISIS limited to being a marginal player in the middle east. Because parading captured tanks and having your fighters wearing black track suits isn't a a sign of being a major player in the game, especially if your infrastructure is in continual ruin.
Unless you can name a major league ideology that was, in fact, wiped out by ground forces, and if you say "nazi" or "Japanese militarism" I'll name at least a dozen that weren't.
A militant ideology is crushed when it is no longer attractive. That means it must be wiped out, thoroughly publicly humiliated, not just show photos of a bombed pile of stone. ISIS has attracted 30,000 recruits from elsewhere, including many from the US and Europe. Because it looks glorious in its track suits and rifles waving on Humvees.
In the postwar era there are few, as the ruthless eradication has not been practiced, but look at Sri Lanka as an example or Columbia as another example, or wonder why radicals are not flocking to Yemen as Saudi forces do not practice restraint.
"Because it looks glorious in its track suits and rifles waving on Humvees."
It's the baddest gang in the hood.
Hell, what young guy wouldn't want to be a member of an international gang that had cool weapons, made you feel immortal and got you lots of subservient chicks?
Compare that with being scolded, hectored and scorned endlessly for being a young straight male in a society obsessed with "gender issues" and "microaggressions" and "diversity".
Because our military contractors have convinced the DoD that EVERY bomb dropped anywhere should be a GPS and laser-guided flying super-computer. Just idiotic.
Unguided dumb-bombs dropped from current strike aircraft are less accurate by a matter of yards - and cost a fraction as much to make. If our government didn't revel in wasting money, the cheap dumb munitions would be used for most missions.
Re: Mark Steyn's testimony about "Climate Change"
Mark Steyn has such a way with words and rationale. That is displayed well in the video in that link. I recommend it.
A video of the entire hearing can be found here: http://realclimatescience.com/2015/12/ted-cruz-hearing/
Re: No-go areas in England
If the British police do not exert control over an area inside the borders of England (and if they are required to ask permission from Muslims leaders there to patrol those areas is a good definition of loss of control) those areas are no longer part of England.
As I understand it, the U.S. has a number of no-go areas near our border with Mexico. They are effectively under the control of Mexican drug cartels, and people are warned not to enter them.
Another legacy of Obama.
I heard that too. Is this a great country (the part that is still ours) or what?
"Florida burglar suspect"...How can we get Muslims into that pond?
OT: See A Rare Video For Bob Dylan's 'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues'
December 4, 2015 by Robin Hilton • Bob Dylan's 1965 classic "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" is a dense masterpiece, packed with literary references and serpentine tales about a weary, uncertain life on the road.
This version of "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," Dylan's third take of the song, is a bit slower and moodier than the one that appeared on Highway 61 Revisited. It's one of the many alternates available on the latest release in the Dylan bootleg series, Vol. 12 The Cutting Edge 1965-1966,
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