Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on June 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

Speaking in Brussels on Thursday, Obama acknowledged that he is “never surprised” by controversies whipped up in Washington…

“I make absolutely no apologies for making sure we get back a young man to his parents,” he told a press conference. “This is somebody’s child.”

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The White House has been caught off guard by the negative reaction to the deal that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

It has been particularly surprised by criticism of Bergdahl, who is accused of walking away from his unit shortly before being abducted by the Taliban…

“They put too positive a spin on what is a very ambiguous set of circumstances,” Southern Methodist University professor Cal Jillson said.

“A big part of the WH stew on this is typical photo op hubris,” said Boston University political strategist Tobe Berkovitz. “Instead of just bringing Bergdahl back, they had to do the full kissy-huggy announcement with mom and dad figuring this good news would push the VA mess off the front page.”

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Obama had a perfectly legitimate story to tell: The American POW in Afghanistan had to be returned, irrespective of his character, and even at the cost of negotiating with terrorists or violating the law governing notification of Congress…

So why bring Robert and Jani Bergdahl in for a photo-op that at best would look a bit strange, given Robert’s grooming and his public attempts to find common ground with his son’s captors?…

How were they vetted before their appearance with the president — both for security and for political sensitivities — and how long did the process take? Did anybody at the White House know Robert Bergdahl was going to say “bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim,” along with the “Pashto phrase” that has been getting so much attention?

I am not damning Robert Bergdahl here; I hope never to find out how I would behave if my child were at the mercy of Muslim psychotics. But I am saying it was bafflingly stupid to have him buddy up with the president for international television coverage.

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Behind the “the arm-waving and typical Capitol Hill vs. White House gamesmanship,” there are pertinent questions about why the administration didn’t tell Congress about the prisoner swap plan, if such a trade was a good one and whether the White House should have struck a more solemn tone about Bergdahl’s release when there were questions about desertion, Rothkopf said…

“Emotions are running very high on this case,” said CNN senior political analyst David Gergen. “Among the military personnel and veterans, my sense is it has less to do with the trade for the five militants than the celebratory qualities that the administration initially displayed toward Bergdahl. The message they got was this was a hero coming home. And that totally misreads the military mentality on this issue.”

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[N]ow, with even more investigations ahead, the circumstances of Bergdahl’s reappearance have made the soldiers’ promises of silence impossible to keep. After first hearing that Bergdahl was back, Cornelison then saw President Obama at the White House with Bergdahl’s parents. Cornelison and several of his former colleagues sensed that some sort of heroic narrative might be forming — and they knew it wasn’t true.

“When the president was there with Bergdahl’s parents, we got this feeling that the American people needed to be told the truth,” Cornelison, who believes Bergdahl deserted his post, explained. “We were there, this is not hearsay, we were on the ground, the first ones to go looking for him. The American public needs to know the truth about Bergdahl before treating him like any kind of war hero, because that is completely false.”

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[I]t’s unwise to focus, as many critics of the Bergdahl deal do, on the circumstances of his capture. They say he left his post without authorization, provoking search and rescue operations that endangered other troops and led to several deaths. None of these claims has been adjudicated, and some of them are already unraveling. But the larger principle is that our allegiance to our soldiers has to be as solid as their allegiance to us. We don’t have to love their character, any more than they have to love the character of their commanders. In the military, loyalty transcends personality. And loyalty goes both ways…

Yes, there are limits to what we should trade for a POW. But “negotiating with terrorists” isn’t one of them. Nor is the alleged carelessness of our captured soldier. From the comfort of a congressional office or a TV studio, it’s easy to talk tough about the messages we send to our enemies. But for the people who put their lives on the line, the crucial messages are the ones we send to our friends: I’ll cover you. You cover me. We’re here for each other. We’ll get you out.

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Nobody is asking Obama to “apologize” for having got a young man back to his parents. Bathetic as the reminder might be, it remains the case that every single person in the world is “somebody’s child” — whether they are good or evil, honorable or dishonorable, and enlisted or not. And few voices in the chorus are agitating against seizing opportunities should they arrive. Instead, the questions at hand are whether the president got a good deal and whether he acted within his constitutional and legal authority in making one. They are not whether America should seek to emancipate its prisoners of war. Saccharine appeals to apple pie and motherhood just won’t cut it

It may well be that the administration has got the details right — that the trade itself was a fair one, that Article II of the Constitution confers upon the executive branch the authorities that this president claims, and that treating troubled American warriors as being less deserving of rescue is a dangerous and ignominious game. Its reaction to scrutiny, however, has been little short of disastrous, not least because it has revealed once again that a man who was sold to us as the “no drama” option is disquietingly hostile toward transparency and that his enthusiasts will tolerate neither animadversion nor inquiry. Well before Barack Obama took his first steps into the U.S. Senate, another president gave a bewildering hostage to fortune, boldly declaring “Mission Accomplished” before the facts had had time to jostle into place. He learned, as his successor is learning, that there is a place for triumphalism and a place for modesty, and that facile exultance is no match for the complexities of guerilla war.

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Among sailors, a crew member who brings bad luck is known as a Jonah. It’s a long-held superstition, deriving from the Book of Jonah. Then the sailors said to each other, ‘Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.’ They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. And like the hapless crew that sailed Jonah to Tarshish, we found ourselves in a storm fighting in Afghanistan. With Bergdahl’s disappearance always in the background, imaginations ran wild. Why did the Taliban in Paktika execute attacks with such unusual precision and lethality? Some hypothesized that Bergdahl had informed them of our tactics. Why did Afghan civilians refuse civil aid that they so obviously needed? Others believed rumors that Bergdahl had participated in a propaganda campaign against us. None of this could be substantiated, but over there Bergdahl became the idol of discontent for so many. He was the Jonah.

And this wasn’t only among the rank and file. One of my colleagues, a CIA case officer, was charged with collecting information on Bergdahl’s whereabouts. For months after his disappearance, his location was known with a high degree of precision. At various levels of government, certain options had been floated as to what a recovery mission might look like. After flying in and out of Kabul for endless rounds of inter-agency meetings, my colleague grew frustrated by the Army’s inaction. He questioned the efficacy of these deliberations. A senior officer pulled him aside. “No one’s serious about a rescue mission,” he said. “It’d be too risky. Maybe if Bergdahl had actually been captured they’d do something, but he deserted.”…

The only thing that seems clear in any of this is the suffering. For five years, Bergdahl suffered in captivity as an idol held by the Taliban. The soldiers sent to recover that idol suffered, too. Each will decide whether they wish to forgive him—or whether he will continue to be their Jonah.

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“Had the choice been mine I would have made the same choice.”


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non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:19 AM

Mostly, I just gloss over those comments. Sometimes there’s a nugget (well, speck, actually), but mostly I ignore.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 2:20 AM

Gohawgs on June 6, 2014 at 2:10 AM

rofl..:)

PS..Song does bring up some good times..:)

Dire Straits on June 6, 2014 at 2:21 AM

Southern Pacific – Any Way the Wind Blows

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Not interested in what Slate.com has to say–salon.com nor gawker.com, either.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 2:13 AM

Here lies the problem with QOTD. The few people who do comment think they speak for the many who read.

People who are mild tempered, people with a sense of humor, people who are open minded about the world outside their comfort zone, people who don’t see hotair.com as the Orient Express and themselves as detective Poirot, you have a duty to sign up at the next open registry. Do it for America!

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 2:23 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 2:05 AM

Just don’t run out..:)

Dire Straits on June 6, 2014 at 2:24 AM

Mostly, I just gloss over those comments. Sometimes there’s a nugget (well, speck, actually), but mostly I ignore.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 2:20 AM

They’re bored losers/leeches. We shouldn’t help them as they try to amuse themselves. That’s my take anyway.

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Like cr’s last comment. It’s devoid of intellect. Like everything else she says. No use in trying to reason with people like that.

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:28 AM

Someone is about 16 hours away from eating her steak while watching Star Trek…Won’t that be cool

Gohawgs on June 6, 2014 at 2:29 AM

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 2:23 AM

I’ve read left-wing swill. Nasty stuff. Shame you think it’s gospel.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 2:30 AM

Like cr’s last comment. It’s devoid of intellect. Like everything else she says. No use in trying to reason with people like that.
non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:28 AM

For you gram, I would do my best to listen. Open minded is my middle name. :-)

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 2:30 AM

…..you get the other half tonight……<3 !……

williamg on June 6, 2014 at 2:32 AM

williamg on June 6, 2014 at 2:32 AM

*smoooooch!*

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 2:33 AM

I’ve read left-wing swill. Nasty stuff. Shame you think it’s gospel.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 2:30 AM

She’s as “moral” and “intellectual” as a Muslim, like the rest of them. Please don’t ever forget this. =)

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:33 AM

Ronald Reagan – 40th Anniversary of D-Day

And on that note, I bid Friends and Lurkers niters and sleep well!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 2:34 AM

I’ve read left-wing swill. Nasty stuff. Shame you think it’s gospel.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 2:30 AM

when did she ever say it was gospel?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 2:35 AM

She’s as “moral” and “intellectual” as a Muslim, like the rest of them. Please don’t ever forget this. =)

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:33 AM

since the implication is clearly supposed to be that she is neither moral nor intellectual i can reasonably conclude that you are saying that no muslims are moral or intellectual.

yet cr and i are the bottom of the heap..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 2:37 AM

evening HA..
“To Send Astronauts to Mars, NASA Needs New Strategy: Report”
(where have I heard this before..,,, hmm)

http://www.space.com/26128-nasa-manned-mars-mission-strategy-report.html

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 2:37 AM

yet cr and i are the bottom of the heap..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 2:37 AM

Most of here already know this about you. Obama doesn’t believe he is a narcissist either, you utter dumbsh!t. =)

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:39 AM

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 2:23 AM

I’ve read left-wing swill. Nasty stuff. Shame you think it’s gospel.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 6, 2014 at 2:30 AM

It was an article about Miranda lambert and her new album. How nasty do you think it was?

And I’m the derp? @@

I guess I won’t be seeing you comment on hot air headlines section a lot. It’s left wing central there.

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 2:40 AM

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), test delayed..
(due to weather)

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/news/whatsnew/index.cfm?FuseAction=ShowNews&NewsID=1646

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Most of here already know this about you. Obama doesn’t believe he is a narcissist either, you utter dumbsh!t. =)

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:39 AM

and you probably dont think youre a bigot.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 2:40 AM

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 2:37 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 6, 2014 at 2:41 AM

and you probably dont think youre a bigot.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Are you going to cry again, delicate one? lmao

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:42 AM

I guess I won’t be seeing you comment on hot air headlines section a lot. It’s left wing central there.

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 2:40 AM

i read a slate article once. it sounded alot like a gawker article i also read once. and both sounded alot likea huffpo piece i kinda sorta skimmed. the only logical conclusion i can draw from this is that all three websites are run by the same disturbed individual who for some sick twisted reason wishes to conceal his true identity. his true goal may actually be to destroy the entire internet. i wonder who is paying him to do this.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 2:44 AM

Explains Harry Reid. And, his staffer

Gohawgs on June 6, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Mediaite had a Great front page. unless you are blink then don’t click on John Stewart post, you will have a heart attack.

http://www.mediaite.com/

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 2:48 AM

evening DS.. how’s the night on your side?

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 2:48 AM

Explains Harry Reid. And, his staffer…

Gohawgs on June 6, 2014 at 2:46 AM

lol

Team America: World Police – I’m So Ronery

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:49 AM

Over and Otis

Gohawgs on June 6, 2014 at 2:49 AM

Nothing says “I’m a lonely loser” more than trolling for attention. It really can’t get more pathetic than that.

“Please pay attention to me, no one likes me and I can’t figure out why!” lmao

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:52 AM

i read a slate article once. it sounded alot like a gawker article i also read once. and both sounded alot likea huffpo piece i kinda sorta skimmed. the only logical conclusion i can draw from this is that all three websites are run by the same disturbed individual who for some sick twisted reason wishes to conceal his true identity. his true goal may actually be to destroy the entire internet. i wonder who is paying him to do this.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 2:44 AM

Aggregation is the name of the game. Everybody is cutting and pasting. Gawker is just snark now. All the time. They actually had their first interesting article in forever 2 days ago and I linked to it here, and the predictable of course occurred.

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 2:53 AM

Another sign of ultimate patheticism is when lonely trolls have to talk to each other because they can’t get any action from those they are trying to troll.

What a couple of losers we have amongst us. =)

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:55 AM

Another sign of ultimate patheticism is when lonely trolls have to talk to each other because they can’t get any action from those they are trying to troll.

What a couple of losers we have amongst us. =)

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:55 AM

were having a conversation. youre the one who is trolling.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 2:56 AM

were having a conversation. youre the one who is trolling.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 2:56 AM

Still crying are you? lmao

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:57 AM

nonnonnonnonpartisan sure spends a LOT of time on here at all hours of the day..a good portion of it discussing coolrepublica and myself. what kind of loser spends all day on a website talking about people he claims are losers?

he must have a very unfulfilling home life.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 2:58 AM

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 2:48 AM

All is well for me..:)

PS..Team Hendrick is starting to make their “annual” break away..I have seen this play before..:)

Dire Straits on June 6, 2014 at 3:01 AM

Aggregation is the name of the game. Everybody is cutting and pasting.

buzzfeed for the win.

Gawker is just snark now. All the time. They actually had their first interesting article in forever 2 days ago and I linked to it here, and the predictable of course occurred.

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 2:53 AM

cultured pearls before swine..ore something like that.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 3:02 AM

Play a song for me

Dolly Parton – Applepack live

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:02 AM

Applepjack

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:03 AM

Still crying are you? lmao

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 2:57 AM

still pacing about wringing your hands and fretting about internet bad guys?

youve been doing it for almost 15 hours now. that cant be healthy..

Bmore or anyone else, I want to report coolrepublica and Koch. They are not here for the same reasons most of us are. I’m tired of their outright trolling and disruption. I don’t think Ed would like what they are doing, as he showed with Panther.

I have a few comments in mind to send, including ones from the Van Jones thread, but am not sure if I need to include them in any report I make. Any suggestions on how it would be best for me to go about this?

non-nonpartisan on June 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 3:04 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/us/faces-of-an-immigration-system-overwhelmed-by-women-and-children.html?hp&_r=0&gwh=EBAFB9496A77F80D82C45F1B85F9E470&gwt=pay&assetType=nyt_now

This a problem that is solely of obama’s making. When you say ” kids will get special immigration treatment” expect to see lots of kids coming your way. There will be more.

Nyt left leaning paper. Don’t read if you don’t like the left.

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 3:05 AM

Koch or cr, take your pick

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:05 AM

I missed the merlot debate yesterday..
so I would like to add this list of a few 90+ point
wines you could try…
oh..and eat something.. merlot isn’t for just boozing time..

Duckhorn Vineyards 2005 Napa Valley Merlot Napa Valley, CA
Francis Coppola 2006 Diamond Collection Blue Label Merlot California
Leonetti Merlot Washington, 1992.
Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District, 2001.
PlumpJack 2010 Merlot Napa Valley, CA
Ahnfeldt Merlot Napa Valley, 2002.
Belvedere Merlot Alexander Valley Robert Young Vineyards, 1982.
Rosenthal the Malibu Estate 2006 Malibu Newton Canyon Merlot, Devon Vineyard Malibu, CA
Chateau St. Jean Merlot Sonoma County Reserve, 1994.
Clarendon Hills Merlot Clarendon Brookman, 2005. .
Dehlinger Merlot Sonoma County, 1984.
Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley, 1983.
Keenan Merlot Napa Valley, 1984.
Lewis Merlot Napa Valley, 2003.
Decoy 2008 Napa Valley Merlot Napa Valley, CA
Mt. Brave 2008 Merlot
Duckhorn Vineyards 2010 Atlas Peak Merlot Napa Valley, CA
Korbin Kameron 2007 Merlot Sonoma Valley, CA
Paradigm 2008 Merlot Oakville, Ca
Terra Blanca 2007 Signature Series Merlot Red Mountain, Washington
Chappellet 2006 Merlot Napa Valley, CA
Januik 2010 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley, Washington
MacRostie 2005 Merlot Napa Valley, CA
Matanzas Creek Winery 2005 Merlot Bennett Valley, CA
Steven Kent Winery 2010 Small-Lot Merlot, Ghielmetti Vineyard Livermore Valley, CA
Waterstone 2007 Napa Valley Merlot Napa Valley, CA
Christian Moueix 2005 Merlot Bordeaux, France
Bedell 2009 Merlot North Fork of Long Island, New York
Ehlers Estate 2006 Estate Merlot Napa Valley, CA
McIlroy Cellars 2001 Aquarius Ranch Merlot Russian River Valley, CA
Seven Hills 2007 Merlot Columbia Valley, Washington

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 3:05 AM

Dire Straits on June 6, 2014 at 3:01 AM

KK still needs a win..
then RH will have all 4 of his cars in
and when/if Smoke gets a win
RH will have 7 cars in..
his 4 and 3 of the SH racing lease efforts…
and no I don’t expect DP will win again this year…
maybe a freak fuel mileage race… like she did in the IRL..

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 3:08 AM

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 3:05 AM

Thank you for sharing your list.

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 3:09 AM

Still crying about the attention he can’t get. “Why don’t you want to talk to me?” lmao

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:09 AM

Thank you for sharing your list.

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 3:09 AM

It’s still more interesting than anything you’ve ever said here. =)

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:10 AM

This a problem that is solely of obama’s making. When you say ” kids will get special immigration treatment” expect to see lots of kids coming your way. There will be more.

dont know if you cant put it all on the president but you are right about encouraging certain behaviors by offering special treatment.

all of this points to the need for a comprehensive solution rather than the patchwork one the administrations been forced to pursue due to congressional inaction.

Nyt left leaning paper. Don’t read if you don’t like the left.

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 3:05 AM

they arent left leaning. they are ‘communists’. at least thats what i read in the comments section at hot air.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 3:11 AM

Thank you for sharing your list.

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 3:09 AM

It’s still more interesting than anything you’ve ever said here. =)

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:10 AM

Oh that is entirely possible. But nothing can beat anything you’ve said gram. People love you here because you always sharp and never boring.:-)

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 3:13 AM

More crosstalk between the lonely, unlikable trolls lmao

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:14 AM

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 3:05 AM

good list. ive actually visited a few of those wineries. matanzas creek is a good one.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 3:18 AM

More crosstalk between the lonely, unlikable trolls lmao

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Oh grams, you are the only one being mean. I have nothing against you, so relax ok. :-)

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 3:19 AM

I am starting to finally feel sleepy. I will leave the internet warriors to fight their wars. Good luck to all tributes!

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 3:22 AM

I am starting to finally feel sleepy. I will leave the internet warriors to fight their wars. Good luck to all tributes!

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 3:22 AM

good night.. and may the odds be ever in your favor.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 6, 2014 at 3:25 AM

More crosstalk between the lonely, unlikable trolls lmao

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Oh grams, you are the only one being mean. I have nothing against you, so relax ok. :-)

coolrepublica on June 6, 2014 at 3:19 AM

Signs that should tell you you’re a loser: describing the negative truth about you as “mean,” and crying about someone else who you stupidly believe finds “opposing viewpoints annoying.” =)

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:33 AM

Note: Writing style is not merely about habits of punctuation and spelling. It’s about content, choices, patterns.

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 3:38 AM

evening ms J…

since my writing style sucks.. I try and keep the content up..
(see merlot list above..!)
do I have to go wear the Dolt hat and sit in the corner again??

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 3:42 AM

ohh and congrats on your new gig..
I hope you really have a great time with it.. cheers

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 3:45 AM

congrats to the “socks”..:)

Dire Straits on June 6, 2014 at 3:53 AM

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 3:08 AM

I think he will get 4/4..”Smoke” will have to “find it” to make it..:)

Dire Straits on June 6, 2014 at 3:56 AM

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 3:42 AM

Good evening, going2mars.

You never did wear such a cap, and you don’t now.

Thank you very much, Mr. Mars. Essentially, after a concerted effort, I’ve been fortunate enough to reach a point where I can take complete control of my time and my career.

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 3:58 AM

congrats to the “socks”..:)

Dire Straits on June 6, 2014 at 3:53 AM

What kind of “congrats”? lol

non-nonpartisan on June 6, 2014 at 3:58 AM

Happier Times – Bonamassa

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 4:00 AM

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 3:58 AM

incase your looking for a ‘case’ of bubbles to celebrate..!!

Billecart Salmon Champagne Rose
Joseph Perrier Champagne Josephine ’04
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut ’04
Brignac Brut Gold Ace Of Spades
L Roederer Cristal ’06
Domaine Carneros Le Reve ’06
Krug Champagne Grande Cuvee
Schramsberg J Schram Sparkling Wine ’05
Joseph Perrier Champagne Cuvee Royale’02
Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvee
Roederer Estate Brut Rose
Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon ’04

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 4:01 AM

I think he will get 4/4..”Smoke” will have to “find it” to make it..:)

Dire Straits on June 6, 2014 at 3:56 AM

4/4… you think DP will win a race this year??.
i think tony will… he can rip a couple off when needed..
but DP will have to stumble in to one…

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 4:03 AM

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 4:01 AM

The Veuve Clicquot, of course, a good Moet & Chandon, or even a decent, vintage Taittinger’s will do, thank you, Mr. Mars.

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 4:04 AM

I can take complete control of my time and my career.

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 3:58 AM

that must feel fantastic…
cant even imagine what that is like…
we are at the mercy of whoever has research dollars..
so I don’t control nothing,,,

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 4:06 AM

Chains and Things – Bonamassa

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 4:07 AM

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 4:06 AM

It’s still work. lol! But it does feel pretty good knowing that I can probably sleep at more or less regular intervals now.

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 4:13 AM

Last Kiss – Bonamassa

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 4:15 AM

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 4:04 AM

have you tried the J Champagne from cali?
also the Roederer Estate Brut Rose is a good DD (daily drinker)

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose is always wonderful…crisp..
(ole Nic was the first to go to full stainless steel tanks..)
now other wineries beg him to degorge their wines..

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 4:15 AM

lost my J link…sorry

http://www.jwine.com/

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 4:17 AM

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 4:15 AM

I haven’t gotten to J, yet, but it’s on the list. I’ve had my hands full recently with the changes I’ve been implementing. Sadly, no time for wines. I’m hoping to get back to it all very soon. I’m still tying up some loose ends.

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 4:18 AM

Goodnight, my friend. :) Sleep well.

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 4:22 AM

thatsafactjack on June 6, 2014 at 4:18 AM

so you will be on a regular schedule now..??.. 8-5??
and also .. it isn’t from home..you you have to drive somewhere ..right?

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 4:23 AM

thanks for the bubbles chat ms J… sleep well.. and be safe too..
more congrats n cheers..!!

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 4:24 AM

Normandy Speech: Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day 6/6/84

goodnight Mr. President… night HA..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEIqdcHbc8I

going2mars on June 6, 2014 at 5:15 AM

Good morning G2M if you are still there. Can’t say I care for champagne. Too much like soda pop. I really don’t want to listen to Obungle speak. I might stay home today. I’m having vertigo problems due to sinus. But the sun should be out.

crankyoldlady on June 6, 2014 at 5:41 AM

Good morning

So I turned on the Tv with dear leader shaking vets hands and the msdnc crew fawning over how great obama did

Ssdd

Your legacyis in good hands
…not with this cinc

cmsinaz on June 6, 2014 at 6:01 AM

I’m surprised those vets didn’t shun him.

crankyoldlady on June 6, 2014 at 6:07 AM

cmsinaz on June 6, 2014 at 6:01 AM

joe recalling his trip 10 years ago, when in paris, frenchmen would come up to him and say “hey we sure do hate that george bush, but we love what you americans did for us in ww2″

they describe Normandy as a cathedral of heroes and show a shot of obama walking next to hollande.
yeeech

renalin on June 6, 2014 at 6:13 AM

With ya renalin ….why bring up Bush …..seriously

All hail dear leader

cmsinaz on June 6, 2014 at 6:21 AM

It’s fashionable in Europe to hate your leader whoever he is. Nobody takes it seriously.

crankyoldlady on June 6, 2014 at 6:38 AM

crankyoldlady on June 6, 2014 at 6:38 AM

:)

cmsinaz on June 6, 2014 at 6:51 AM

First off, if Bergdahl were a ‘POW’ then which Nation State was holding him? Only Nation States and those fighting under uniform with a chain of command and public leadership, with known rules and methods to get aid to a captured combatant can hold POWs. That means that if you are fighting to establish a Nation you must identify what you are fighting for, have your war fighters in uniform, have a chain of command that is public, accountable and responsive to requests to ensure the POWs safety, and in all other ways behave as a Nation State’s leadership to get ANY benefit of being said to hold POWs. Terror organizations do not do these things and, thusly, they commit war crimes and take hostages because they do not fight under any laws of war but under the law of nature.

Second and H/T to Charles Lane catching Obama referencing the word ‘child’ in respect to soldiers (via WaPo), four times. Including this piece:

And as commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces, I am responsible for those kids, and I get letters from parents who say, if you are, in fact, sending my child into war, make sure that that child is being taken care of. And I write too many letters to folks who, unfortunately, don’t see their children again after fighting a war. I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child and that we don’t condition whether or not we make the effort to try to get them back.

I’m sorry, but are we drafting children now? Is this the Children’s Crusade we have going on? Or are those who enlist in the military adults? Yes they are someone’s child, and while parents can be very concerned about their child, they ceased being a child the moment they were accepted for the US military as we do NOT send children off to fight our wars, but adults. That is the decision made by an adult and Obama isn’t sending them off to war, that is the decision of the Nation to be at war and when you enlist there is always the chance that you will end up on a battlefield because that is part of the DAMNED JOB.

I’ve had it with the infantalization of those going off to war. These are not children who cannot make an adult decision and must tended to as in kindergarten, but adults who make an adult choice to go into that career for a period of their life and know the risks up front. The hardest job of any commander is to send a letter to the parents of a child or to a spouse that their loved one has fallen in combat and that is reserved for the person who knew them best as they had the direct orders to send them out as a part of military necessity. It is degrading to our war fighters to count them as children, not adults, and the job of the President is not to reinforce the idea that these are children but to let parents know that he takes responsibility for his actions and that their child knew, as an adult, that the risk of combat and warfare were part of what they chose to do and the President respects THEIR CHOICE TO SERVE THE NATION. The Left is always on about service to the Nation right up to the point of our military, and then it is all about ‘children’.

Either Bergdahl was properly brought into the US Army, had physical and psychological screening so that he demonstrated that he could undertake the duties assigned to him, or the US Army is now in the business of taking the mentally unfit who have no ability to understand what they are doing and putting them into battle. Which is it Mr. President? Are you CinC of a proper military of adults, or are you running the Children’s Crusade? Great that you are so sweet to the parents, not so hot that you begin to classify those under your command as children.

Repeatedly.

ajacksonian on June 6, 2014 at 6:58 AM

“This is somebody’s child.”

So were the ones you , as senator” fought to have slaughtered if they dared to escape the abortionist’s chamber of horrors.

Don L on June 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Don L on June 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM

+1

ajacksonian on June 6, 2014 at 6:58 AM

hear hear

cmsinaz on June 6, 2014 at 7:09 AM

All the men who lost their lives because of this deserter were also “somebody’s child.”

JellyToast on June 6, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

For my Daddy.

My take: Remembering D-Day: 70 Years Ago Today…A Tale of Two Soldiers

kingsjester on June 6, 2014 at 8:09 AM

No one was serious about a rescue mission because dear leader was still in his first term. This deal was probably bubbling under the surface and when he needed a touchy feely photo op from the Rose Garden, voila, the announcement was made. There’s been no mention of any money being part of the deal but assuredly there was a few million given to the Taliban, too. We’ve all got skin in this game.

Kissmygrits on June 6, 2014 at 8:44 AM

ajacksonian on June 6, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Thank you ajacksonian, well thought out and stated, as always.

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Bowe is Free at Last. Are we?

MSGTAS on June 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM

My two cents worth about the whole Bergdahl affair (as a former Special Ops Officer with 27 years of military service). Please excuse the long read.

1. “We don’t leave our soldiers behind.” True, but then, hardly anyone is saying that we should have. Further, “prisoner” exchanges have, in the past, occurred at the end of hostilities, not earlier. It isn’t smart to return your enemy’s leaders back into the fight before the fight is over. But then no one really thinks anyone in the Obama Administration is smart. We really don’t know when this fight will be over. They (the Islamic terrorists) certainly aren’t giving up soon.

Regardless if Bergdahl was a deserter or not, we should have tried to get him back. If it is proven he did desert (which, on the surface, is likely) he should face the appropriate punishment. The last deserter executed for desertion, PVT Eddie Slovik, did not desert looking to join up with the Germans, but left the front lines and walked to the rear and turned himself in. Slovik was scared of combat (basically a coward) and simply left the front lines. He was executed. Bergdahl was disillusioned with US policy in Afghanistan, stated he was “ashamed to even be American” and deserted with the intention of turning himself over to the enemy. If you compare the two cases, Bergdahl’s desertion was much worse and probably deserves the same fate as Slovik, but because the Obama Administration has declared his service to be “with honor and distinction”, that will probably never happen. At least not until Obama leaves office, unless he pardons the deserter on his way out.

2. “We don’t negotiate with terrorists.” The Obama Administration will claim that (1) they were negotiating with Qatar, not the Taliban, and (2) the Taliban has not been declared a terrorist organization. Unfortunately, in this case, Bergdahl was not actually being held by the Taliban, but the Haqqani network, which has been declared a terrorist organization. So, the Obama Administration, in effect, lied again.

3. “It was worth exchanging the five terrorists for Bergdahl.” The Obama Administration claims that Qatar will keep a close eye on these five terrorist leaders to make sure they do not go back to their terrorist ways for one year. If you believe that, I have some nice beachfront property in Arizona for sale. They will soon (if they haven’t already) be involved with terrorist activities. In my mind, every US service member killed or injured as a result of a Taliban attack is a direct result of Obama releasing these five terrorist leaders. In effect, Obama will be an accessory to murder in every future American combat death in Afghanistan.

4. “We had to act quickly as Bergdahl’s health was deteriorating.” Prove it. The medical reports out of Germany state that his condition is “stable.” If he was on the verge of death, you can bet that the Administration would be trumpeting every ailment. Since they aren’t, the odds are that he is, and was, in good health. He certainly didn’t look “on the verge of death” when he was turned over to the SF. The Administration is lying. Again.

5. “We didn’t inform Congress because we think the requirement is unconstitutional and the President issued a Signing Statement.” Just because a Signing Statement was issued, it doesn’t make the requirement unconstitutional. It is still the law. By failing to inform Congress 30 days prior to the release, Obama broke the law. Again. The families of every US service member killed in Afghanistan from this point forward need to file suit against Obama for violating the law and allowing the terrorists to return to the fight, resulting in the death of their loved one. Probably won’t result in any trials, but certainly would shine additional light on Obama’s lawlessness.

6. “We didn’t inform Congress because the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if the exchange was publicized.” That’s odd, since the Taliban told the press that they were working on the prisoner exchange six weeks ago. Another Administration lie.

7. This exchange emboldens the Taliban/Haqqani network to attempt to capture US service members and hold them for ransom, either cash or for more detainee releases. That’s why you don’t negotiate with criminals/terrorists – it just encourages them.

8. “Bergdahl served with honor and distinction.” One of the most brazen lies I have heard. This even exceeds “The Benghazi attack was a result of an anti-Islam video.” If the Obama Administration didn’t know that Bergdahl was a deserter; that the military had stopped looking for him as he had, in effect, joined the “other side”; and that Bergdahl had made anti-American statements, they are more stupid that we thought. That Bergdahl deserted was public knowledge. The lie was an effort to minimize the damage of releasing five terrorist leaders (two of which are wanted by the UN, charged with being war criminals).

9. The optics of having Bergdahl’s father (who appears to be a Taliban sympathizer) in the Rose Garden with Obama was a disaster. Obama was counting on sympathy for the family, but when the father started spouting Islamic verses, coupled with the likelihood that Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter, the American people were insulted and disgusted.

10. It is reported that the US kept track of Bergdahl using drones, spies, and satellites and could have conducted a “rescue” operation several times during his detainment by the Haqqani network. We didn’t for two reasons: (1) It wasn’t worth possibly losing a Special Operator to rescue a deserter, and (2) the Obama Administration wouldn’t give the OK as they wanted to trade terrorists for Bergdahl. It appears that the Obama Administration was determined to release the five terrorist leaders back into the fight against us, and used the detainee exchange to do so.

11. Since Bergdahl was actually held by the Haqqani network, not the Taliban, and Taliban terrorists were released from GITMO, what did the Haqqani network get out of the deal? Did they receive cash, as posed by LTC North? If so, we have set another very bad precedent, encouraging terrorist capturing our service members and holding them for cash ransom.

Closing thoughts: The emphasis shouldn’t be on the status of Bergdahl as a deserter. As a veteran, I deplore his actions. But his status is beside the point. It lowers our sympathy for him, but isn’t the main issue. We should focus (as many are) on the illegal release of five terrorist leaders. Obama violated the law by failing to inform Congress, then went and released the last five detainees we should have released. That is the big issue. Obama claims the exchange was worth it. It won’t be if one US Service member is killed or injured as a result of this release. And don’t kid yourself, the five terrorist leaders are already involved in more terrorist activities and attacks against Americans.

Finally, three wishes (as granted by the HA genie): (1) I wish everyone would stop saying he was a POW. It appears that he deserted and was “detained” after finding the Taliban or the Haqqani network. There are reports of him playing soccer with the terrorists and taking part in marksmanship training. Hardly the activities of a POW. (2) I wish everyone would stop saying he was held by the Taliban. It appears that he was held by the terrorist Haqqani network. They are aligned with the Taliban, but separate. (3) I wish everyone would stop saying he was “captured” by the Taliban/Haqqani network. He deserted, went looking for the Taliban, and someone took him into custody. Hardly a “capture”. He basically surrendered to the enemy. When we say that “Bergdahl was a POW captured by the Taliban”, we are supporting the Obama Administrative narrative. When we say “Bergdahl deserted and was detained by the Haqqani terrorist network”, we are being accurate and are negating the Obama Administrative narrative.

That is all. Now back to your normal programming.

GAlpha10 on June 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

GAlpha10 on June 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

That was a very good read.

Naturally Curly on June 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Please excuse the long read.

GAlpha10 on June 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Long reads are never an issue when they are great reads. Yours is. In total agreement with you. Especially the three wishes. Thank You.

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 10:11 AM

GAlpha10 on June 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

P.S. I only wished it had been posted where more might read it. I may have to copy it off and paste it. Hope you don’t mind.

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

GAlpha10 on June 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Good overview.

crankyoldlady on June 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

P.S. I only wished it had been posted where more might read it. I may have to copy it off and paste it. Hope you don’t mind.

Bmore on June 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Permission granted.

GAlpha10 on June 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Schadenfreude

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM

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