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As y’all know by now, I am a proud Army wife. But that doesn’t mean we are blind to the politics rife in the military.
Bergdahl Is Set to Resume Life on Active Duty
That’s the headline on a NYT article today.
Sergeant Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.
I do feel for the soldiers on this duty. My understanding is, Bergdahl is not well-received.
The investigation into his “disappearance” is still ongoing. But I am irked that the Joint Chiefs support his repatriation, while the investigation is still ongoing. I am not well-versed on military rules and protocol, but this smacks of shining a turd.
By now y’all know so-called “Sgt” Bergdahl is now stateside. You also know Iraq is about to be taken over by ISIS, radicals that make Al Qaeda look like diplomats. You are also aware of the impoverished former Secretary of State’s new work of fiction. This week has been nothing but bad news for this administration. So the only recourse left for our Prez is to go visit a Sioux reservation in the Dakotas.
Six years after he promised to help with conditions in Indian Country.
Seriously, what is this I don’t even….
Go nuts trying to figure this out, because all I can see is our leader
letting helping the world burn.
This weekend brought news of a prisoner exchange brokered by the Obama administration. “Sgt.” Bowe Bergdahl was released as an Afghan POW in exchange for five top Taliban operatives who were being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The stories are coming out, and they ain’t pretty. Whereas the administration is touting this as a necessary operation due to Bergdahl’s health, and/or a triumph in diplomacy to bring home a hero, soldiers who actually served with him and were in country at the time have a different version of Bergdahl. Many military bloggers as well as others have written extensively on the matter, and much better than I can. But I do have one question that I haven’t seen answered anywhere.
If he was against the war, as his parents allege, if he was “disillusioned” with the war, why did he enlist in the first place?
I don’t wish to sound like I have a tin foil hat on, but his father’s comments and Bergdahl’s actions do not seem to add up to that of a soldier taken by insurgents. No soldier I know would take off his gear and pile it neatly even if they needed to relieve themselves, especially in a hot zone such as Sharana. I recall Hubby being in the Green Zone, an area that was supposedly “safe”, and no one was allowed to go outside without the full gear, for any reason. Add to this the fact that once again Teh Prez promised to close Gitmo by the end of 2014 and released these Taliban terrorists without notifying Congress, and you get your spidey senses tingling.
Oh, and what happened to the VA scandals? How odd that they are missing from the front pages of most major news outlets, eh?
This whole situation stinks like an asphalt-baked skunk in summer.
Have we as a nation become so intellectually lazy that we believe a poster can change a virulent ideology?
Has diplomacy become a meme on the internet? It would appear so, from the look of this crap.
Frankly, I find this very troubling. What GOOD does a poster DO?? The people who abducted the nearly 300 girls in Nigeria DON’T GIVE A SHIT WHAT WE THINK. They want to kill, and maim, and rape, and abuse all in the name of their pissant of a god and for their own profit. Yes, profit. Slavery isn’t about subjugation. It’s about making money. And some stupid poster won’t do a damn thing to stop it. I have far more respect for Daryl Hannah, who has gone on her own fucking dime to hellholes in Thailand to rescue young women that have been sold for prostitution. Those metrosexuals pictured above want to “bring awareness” to the the global problem of the slave trade, but at the same time condemn their own fucking country for trying to stop the very fuckers that benefit from it. Sean Penn (net worth: $150 million) has no problem assaulting his (ex)wife, Ashton Kutcher (net worth: $140 million) has no problem cheating on his now-ex, and neither does Justin Timberlake (net worth: $115 million), probably because disrobing a female pop-star on TV sent him over the edge or something. Outside of their own personal demons, their political leanings tend to favor those who would turn a blind eye to this tragic practice.
Posing while you are on a set of your latest multimillion dollar venture does NOT impress me. It sickens me. All you have done is take five fucking minutes from your precious time and taken a vapid pic in all of your unshaven glory. It shows you for the intellectually shallow beings that y’all are.
You want to make a change? Make a difference? Then take your fucking money and GO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!
UPDATE COURTESY OF TIBERIUS!!!
It would be hilarious if it weren’t true.
There is no end to the news stories surrounding The Most Transparent Administration, EVAH™ lately. It used to be that the White House minions would wait until 4 PM EST to dump any news. But lately it’s almost as if they are so complacent that they forget to manage the news cycle. I mean, they are just no longer even trying. A massive email dump is given to Judicial Watch as per their FOIA request, and you allow a former Nat’l Security Council spokesman with the attitude of a pimply 16 year old that has been turned down for Prom by his crush to go explain what the administration WASN’T DOING on the night of September 11, 2012?
Who is writing this drama? Nicholas Sparks?
First we learn that The Prez wasn’t in the Situation Room at all during the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, and Planet Hillary was….. not there either. Then Pimples Vietor drops another nugget: he was in charge of talking points for Ambassador Rice, and the talking points were changed from “attacks” to “demonstrations”. Hey, in my world without Common Core math, 2+2=4. But the biggest take-away anyone with two braincells and an axon can get is this: no matter what, the level on incompetence from ALL senior staff, The Prez included, was instrumental in the Benghazi terrorist attacks. People are in dire need of rescue and you can’t be bothered to even be briefed in the Situation Room? Shit, even MSNBC is turning on the administration!
And I can see 2016 from here.
One never knows what will set a woman off.
I was minding my own business yesterday, shopping for a dreaded dress to wear for my niece’s wedding (because she has told me in no uncertain terms no black, white, or dark colors. That leaves my entire closet out), when I hear a news clip about Senator Harry Reid (D- Nevada) calling those who stood with rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists“.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he believes the supporters who rallied around Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy in his fight against the federal government are “domestic terrorists” and Bundy does not respect his country.
Searching for a dress didn’t make me upset. Getting caught in a storm didn’t get me upset. Having to cater to my youngest because she doesn’t like my cooking didn’t get me upset. Being honked at by an impatient person who wanted my parking slot didn’t get me upset. Having five Mexican nationals cut in front of me at a store pretending they didn’t see me there and snickering about getting away with “cheating the gringa” didn’t get me upset.
Don’t worry. I called them on it. And smiled while doing so.
But this? This elitist dickwrinkle telling me that people who stand in opposition to more government control are domestic terrorists???
Listen, you disgusting excuse for pig offal, you are an elected official. You’re not royalty and the people of Nevada are not your subjects.
THEY ARE YOUR BOSSES.
YOU ARE THEIR SERVANT.
This is supposed to be a government of the people, for the people, and by the people. You seem to think it is a government for your personal use, to increase your graft and power over those who “don’t know any better”. Unlike you, you perverted whey-faced ass boil, the people still recall that. And because they know this bloated, debt-ridden government came with limits, and they have the utter nerve to call you on it, you decide they are terrorists? Words have meaning, you canker. Your ideological side has embraced the words of that illustrious Nobel Piss Prize winner, Yasser Arafat: one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Remember that, you twisted scrotum sac?
Well, guess what? This country has a metric fuckton of freedom fighters, and you just managed to wake a shitton more. Welcome to the party, pal, and yippey kay AY!!
As the world watches Ukraine and Putin, and begins to wonder what happened to Georgia (the republic, not the state), our esteamed* Prez and leader of the somewhat free world decided it was time to get serious and get involved.
Early Monday, the White House confirmed a Washington Post report that the U.S. was sending “associated support personnel,” and a “limited number” of CV-22 Osprey aircraft to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. Obama sent about 100 U.S. troops to help the African forces in 2011.
The administration did not specify how many troops and aircraft would be sent to Africa, but the Post reported that the president had ordered four Osprey aircraft and 150 Air Force special operations members and airmen to Uganda.
I’m all for helping the oppressed, don’t get me wrong. But having studied Sub-Saharan African cultures, and the geography, I’m pretty freakin’ sure they will never find much less catch that Kony character anytime soon. Besides that, I have to ask, how does his capture secure the freedom of not just the people of Uganda and the Central African Republic (so-called), but also of the US? Just how is Kony a threat to Western interests? He has no nuclear capabilities, no organized army divisions, nothing but a mythical shroud to provide him cover. This is akin to the Ugandan Army sending troops to Los Angeles to capture the Hillside Stranglers.
Meanwhile, Vlad “Impale Them All” Putin is poised to go to war over Ukraine as a probable second step (don’t forget Georgia, the republic, not the state) in his quest to re-establish Russia as a superpower and making Poland, Hungary, and all the other former bloc nations very, very nervous, since the US no longer has their backs. But the Prez will write a sternly-worded letter or reprimand while trying to calm the European countries on his tour.
He will no doubt try to douse that conflagration with just enough gasoline.
* Yes, I spelled it that way on purpose
This past Saturday evening was the 129th meeting of the Gridiron Club Dinner, a white-jacket event which is hosted by the créme de la créme of the Washington press corps.
I’ve always wondered about this club. It’s odd to have members of the press in an exclusive and elite club, when they are supposed to be open about everything. But whatever.
Anyway, the evening’s headliner was none other than Secretary of State John Kerry. In a moment of rare clarity, Monsieur Kerry delivered the ultimate burn to erstwhile king of news, CNN.
During a humorous and well-received speech, Kerry, the evening’s headliner, said that CNN’s John King had asked if the former Massachusetts Senator was considering another presidential bid in 2016.
Kerry’s response: “I am out of politics — and based on the ratings, so is CNN.”
And though mon cher Kerry wasn’t the only one to zing CNN, he was the most devastating. I must say, it was rather funny to see le bete noire Kerry beat down the channel that propped him up in the first place. A blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while, I guess.
Then again, it doesn’t take a lot of effort or fight to kick an opponent when he is on life support, either.
Look at that. It’s Friday and time for the Open Thread.
Today’s OT deals with entitlement. Specifically, that young woman who felt the need to sue her parents after storming out of her home in a huff.
I’m not a fan, as you can tell. I read an interview with her father, a former police chief, who claimed he was a very liberal parent, and only wished HIS parents had been so lenient.
Hey, Chief Barbrady, that is WHY your spawn felt the want to sue your ass.
I don’t care about this family at all. They all deserve each other. As far as I’m concerned, the parents should pay for her shit as punishment for raising such a princess, and in return, she should be forced to go to a public school in Trenton and state college.
What fitting punishment would you give them??
It’s not enough that our Prez is working hard to destroy this country. He has to make it easier for other tyrants to destroy the rest of the world, too.
Last week, the White House released a photo of our Prez talking on the phone with Russian Prez Putin. It was a rather foolhardy effort to make our Prez look tough. But as usual, it failed spectacularly.
Reportedly, this call lasted 90 minutes. This is how I imagine the call went.
BO: Hey Vlad, how’s things?
VP: Hallo comrade! Things are good, very good. Enjoyed some time in Sochi and now going to enjoy some time in The Crimea. And what about you? Taking another vacation?
BO: Really thinking about it right now. Listen, about Crimea… Um, would you mind just holding off for a bit?
VP: Why, Obamushka?
BO: Look, I’m out of red lines and some people expect me to come up with one.
VP: Red line? Is this new drug, like ecstasy?
BO: I wish… I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but the thing is, you going to Crimea looks like an act of war to some people, and frankly, I am trying my damnedest to get rid of OUR military right now, and you are making the argument to keep OUR military at current levels here. You have to work with me!
VP: I have to work with you?? Do I have to remind you who is my bitch here, Obamushka?
VP: Good. Now, be a good cyka and keep rattling the saber. Your supporters still believe in you to transform your country. Just as my supporters believe in me to transform mine, da? Now, I have to go. My jackboots just came back from being shined.
Why so short a call? Putin probably kept Obama on hold for 80 minutes.