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Saturday, October 15th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  DoubleU | 

    Your against Obama’s war machine? Clearly that means you are a racist.

  2. #2 |  Bob Mc | 

    I don’t know that being a Deputy Sheriff in a border county necessarily makes you a “border cop”.

    In any event,- chickens of Hudspeth County, Tx – be on the lookout for a uniformed obese man with a pony tail who seeks to do you harm.

  3. #3 |  shecky | 

    Limbaugh is an excellent judge of character.

  4. #4 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Well, the British send “mercenaries”. How is that better?

  5. #5 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Camera ball takes 360 degree pics? Bad idea.

    Why? Because fucking ball guns, that’s why.

  6. #6 |  EH | 

    It just occurred to me to wonder if Obama’s pot crackdown is to undercut OWS, at least psychically.

  7. #7 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Zuccotti Park owners got $700,000 in government handouts after September 11.

    Then I’m a little less concerned about the OWS folks tearing it up and leaving it in a shambles.

  8. #8 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Re: Obama squares off against Kony.

    1. There are dozens of brutal thugs killing people around the world. Hey, some aren’t even democratically elected officials! Why Kony?

    2. How is Kony a direct threat the US?

    3. Can anyone else remember when a President decided to just send a few specialized troops to an area for some missions, training, and advising? I do. All those missions sucked ass.

  9. #9 |  Aresen | 

    WRT to those words English doesn’t have, hopefully English will just steal them as it usually does when a useful word without an English equivalent appears.

    I can definitely see a use for palinti, layogenic, rwhe, zeg, tartle and kaelling.

    Personally, I have rwheed more than once and tartle all too frequently.

    And I’d like to slap all the kaellings I’ve run into all the way to zeg.

  10. #10 |  Aresen | 

    Boyd Durkin | October 15th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    There are dozens of brutal thugs killing people around the world. Hey, some aren’t even democratically elected officials!

    Win!

  11. #11 |  Marty | 

    I missed all the previous porn-tech explosions, but I will not miss out on this one… I’ll be submitting for ‘panoramicorgy.com’ and ‘hotpublicpanorama.com’ as soon as I figure out how to get one of those cameras.

  12. #12 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    Calling Rush Limbaugh an idiot is an insult to idiots everywhere.

  13. #13 |  perlhaqr | 

    *waits for the first person arrested for photographing cops they didn’t even know were there*

  14. #14 |  Ariel | 

    We also have a non-specific descriptive word for what goes into a sandwich, or in any recipe for that matter, it’s “makings”. Even more ambiguous.

    Love Fremdschamen though (sorry, I’m umlaut challenged).

  15. #15 |  Ariel | 

    Also, just looked up the word pathetic in an old encyclopedic dictionary. His picture was there, but much younger.

  16. #16 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Re: Obama’s troop movements;

    Democrat administrations got us into WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, and (depending on how you read things) either 2 of 3 or 3 of 4 administrations responsible for the Vietnam mess that landed in Nixon’s lap were Democrat.

    Yet, Republicans are the ones labeled “Warmongers”

    Not saying that WWII, and Korea weren’t necessary. Not saying that Nixon’s performance in regards ‘Nam couldn’t have been bettered by thing growing on damp bread. Just annoyed at the sloppy thinking.

  17. #17 |  demize! | 

    @BoydDurkin for the win!

  18. #18 |  awp | 

    demize!,

    #9 | Aresen | October 15th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    “Personally, I have rwheed more than once and tartle all too frequently.

    And I’d like to slap all the kaellings I’ve run into all the way to zeg.”

    clearly won.

  19. #19 |  crazybob | 

    There is a US strategic interest in promoting stability in other parts of the world.

  20. #20 |  KBCraig | 

    To Limbaugh’s credit, he did backpedal during the same show. When the major media get a story totally wrong, they stick with it to the bitter end.

  21. #21 |  ChrisD | 

    Whoa. Stone Roses. I would go ANYWHERE to see those guys live.

  22. #22 |  Mattocracy | 

    @ crazybob,

    If you aren’t willing to pack your bags and go fight in Uganda, you shouldn’t be advocating that anyone else go fight in your place.

  23. #23 |  crasybob | 

    So you are saying that I unless I have volunteered to fight in Uganda I should be forbidden from expressing the opinion that the US has a strategic interest in promoting stability there?

    Do you even read what you post?

  24. #24 |  Rick H. | 

    The U.S. has a strategic interest in justifying its obscenely huge military budget.

  25. #25 |  Mattocracy | 

    I read what you posted.

    1. The US doesn’t have an interest in meddling in the affairs of other countries.

    2. Stability for the president means sending troops to a far away land for an operation that in no way amounts to defense of our country. Maybe you don’t mean to support stability in this manner, but it sounds like you do. Sorry if I’m wrong.

    3. I didn’t say you should be forbidden. I don’t find it appropriate for people to advocate armed intervention when they aren’t the ones risking their lives.

  26. #26 |  crazybob | 

    1) The US doesn’t have an interest in meddling in the affairs of other countries.

    Obviously false. For example the US would have an obvious strategic interest in preventing another country for turning nuclear weapons over to a hostile terrorist group. No? The US obviously has a strategic example in ensuring stability in oil supplying countries, no?

    3) So you think foreign policy discussions should be left only to those in the military? Wouldn’t that be an incredibly stupid thing to do?

  27. #27 |  Sam | 

    The soldiers being sent to Uganda aren’t authorized to fight. Small difference, I realize, given that they’ll be armed and free to defend themselves, but still, it’s a detail that matters.

    Incidentally, while I understand principled opposition to sending Americans overseas to fight, it can’t hurt to at least acknowledge that Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army are a collection of brutal butchers and outright child slaves. Perhaps there are other mechanisms by which his work might be undone?

  28. #28 |  JOR | 

    “I didn’t say you should be forbidden. I don’t find it appropriate for people to advocate armed intervention when they aren’t the ones risking their lives.”

    As much as I despise militaristic statists, I’ve always thought this particular criticism of hawks was incredibly silly. The US military is a volunteer force. And frankly as long as we’re going to have a huge overfunded gang of thugs dedicated to murdering whomever the US president tells them to, I’d rather they be somewhere else. Far away. Preferably dying violently at an above-national-average rate. Every body bag is a boot that will never fall on my neck.

  29. #29 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The soldiers being sent to Uganda aren’t authorized to fight. …it’s a detail that matters.

    To slightly change a famous quote: I find your faith disturbing.

  30. #30 |  albatross | 

    The world is full of awful places with nasty shit out of nightmares (like the LRA) running around. We can’t and shouldn’t try to clean all those awful places out–trying would turn us into something very different from a free democratic country. The limited trying w’ve done so far has already changed us in bad ways.

    Instability in the world may be counter to our interests, but it does not follow that every time there is some instability in the world, we should go fight it. The instability caused by the LRA is a bad thing, but it has very little effect on the security of the US. Much less than possibly deploying a whole lot of soldiers someplace where they can contract and bring home a big list of nasty bugs, and where we can get sucked into another decades-long grinding conflict by political forces unrelated to the national interest.

  31. #31 |  James D | 

    I find it ironic that we care about the LRA yet there have been Muslim death squads wiping out Christians in Africa for decades and nothing has been done ….

  32. #32 |  Medicine Man | 

    C. S. P. Schofield:

    The problem is that all of the wars you just listed were over decades ago. Heck, the most recent of the ones you listed was over in the 70s. Most 40yo-and-unders have been given a lopsided spectacle in recent decades and personal experience tends to trump historical perspective.

    Some general commentary on the LRA intervention (and Rush):

    (1) Rush Limbaugh is doing his best to be the analog of dumbass university students wearing Che Guevara tee-shirts. “I like the sounds of these guys (but don’t know anything about what they actually do).”

    (2) I don’t expect this to be of much consolation to libertarians, who tend to take a dim view of the gratuitous use of state power, but if you accept that a certain amount of interventionism is inevitable from the US government, you could do a lot worse than the model being employed in Uganda now. In fact, provided that there is no mission creep, it is probably a pretty good use of special forces.

    It’s a low bar to hurdle but I certainly prefer any amount this type of special forces/counter terrorism stuff over occupying countries and trying to re-build them in the west’s image.

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