Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on July 27, 2014 by Allahpundit

The violence in Libya that caused U.S. embassy personnel to flee the country on Saturday is partly due to President Obama’s inability to bring calm to the region, key Republican members of Congress said on Saturday.

According to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the “deteriorating security posture” that is playing out across the region “is what happens when the United States is not engaged and lacks a clear foreign policy that includes strong U.S. leadership.”…

The country has been locked in violence and instability since Gaddafi, the former dictator, was ousted with American aid in 2011. Militia groups have had easy access to weapons, officials say, and some of the armed groups have focused their threats on Americans.

***

Taliban fighters are scoring early gains in several strategic areas near the capital this summer, inflicting heavy casualties and casting new doubt on the ability of Afghan forces to contain the insurgency as the United States moves to complete its withdrawal of combat troops, according to Afghan officials and local elders.

The Taliban have found success beyond their traditional strongholds in the rural south and are now dominating territory near crucial highways and cities that surround Kabul, the capital, in strategic provinces like Kapisa and Nangarhar.

Their advance has gone unreported because most American forces have left the field and officials in Kabul have largely refused to talk about it. The Afghan ministries have not released casualty statistics since an alarming rise in army and police deaths last year.

***

Four-star Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, used a speaking engagement at the Brookings Institute on Tuesday to deliver a stinging rebuke of the Obama administration’s handling of Iraq.

“I have a hard time believing that had we been there, and worked with the government, and worked with parliament, and worked with the minister of defense, the minister of interior, I don’t think we’d be in the same shape we’re in today,” Gen. Amos said, the Fiscal Times reported Wednesday…

“We may think we’re done with all of these nasty, thorny, tacky little things that are going on around the world — and I’d argue that if you’re in that nation, it’s not a tacky, little thing for you. We may think we’re done with them, but they’re not done with us,” the commandant of the Marine Corps added, the paper reported. “We’re probably the only country in the world that has the resources and the capability to be able to do some of this that others can’t.”

***

The draft Kerry passed to Israel on Friday shocked the cabinet ministers not only because it was the opposite of what Kerry told them less than 24 hours earlier, but mostly because it might as well have been penned by Khaled Meshal. It was everything Hamas could have hoped for.

The document recognized Hamas’ position in the Gaza Strip, promised the organization billions in donation funds and demanded no dismantling of rockets, tunnels or other heavy weaponry at Hamas’ disposal. The document placed Israel and Hamas on the same level, as if the first is not a primary U.S. ally and as if the second isn’t a terror group which overtook part of the Palestinian Authority in a military coup and fired thousands of rockets at Israel…

If Kerry did anything on Friday it was to thwart the possibility of reaching a cease-fire in Gaza. Instead of promoting a cease-fire, Kerry pushed it away. If this failed diplomatic attempt leads Israel to escalate its operation in Gaza, the American secretary of state will be one of those responsible for every additional drop of blood that is spilled.

***

A real U.S. president would give Kiev the weapons it needs, impose devastating sectoral sanctions on Moscow, reinstate our Central European missile-defense system, and make a Reaganesque speech explaining why.

Obama has done none of these things. Why should he? He’s on the right side of history.

Of course, in the long run nothing lasts. But history is lived in the here and now. The Soviets had only 70 years, Hitler a mere twelve. Yet it was enough to murder millions and rain ruin on entire continents. Bashar Assad, too, will one day go. But not before having killed at least 100,000 people…

The world is aflame and our leader is on the 14th green. The arc of history may indeed bend toward justice, Mr. President. But, as you say, the arc is long. The job of a leader is to shorten it, to intervene on behalf of “the fierce urgency of now.” Otherwise, why do we need a president? And why did you seek to become ours?

***

Luckily for America’s self-esteem, it was liberal Democrats that produced this particular shambles [in Libya]. If Republicans had done this, the media would be on the administration non-stop, perhaps comparing Samantha Power to Paul Wolfowitz—a well-meaning humanitarian way over her head who wrecked a country out of misguided ideology. There might also be some pointed questions for future presidential candidates who supported this fiasco. But since both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have their fingerprints all over Libya, there isn’t a lot of press hunger for a detailed, unsparing autopsy into this stinking corpse of policy flub.

If Obama were a Republican, the press and the weekly news shows would be ringing with hyperbolic, apocalyptic denunciations of the clueless incumbent who had failed to learn the most basic lessons of Iraq. Indeed, the MSM right now would be howling that Obama was stupider than Bush. Bush, our Journolist friends would now be saying ad nauseam, at least had the excuse that he didn’t know what happens when you overthrow a paranoid, genocidal, economically incompetent Arab tyrant in an artificial post-colonial state. But Obama did—or, the press would nastily say, he would have done if he’d been doing his job instead of hitting the golf course or yakking it up with his glitzy pals at late night bull sessions. The ad hominem attacks would never stop, and all the tangled threads of incompetence and failure would be endlessly and expertly picked at in long New Yorker articles, NYT thumbsuckers, and chin-strokings on all the Sabbath gasbag shows…

But luckily for Team Obama, the mainstream press would rather die than subject liberal Democrats to the critiques it reserves for the GOP. So instead, as Libya writhes in agony, reputations and careers move on. The news is so bad, and the President’s foreign policy is collapsing on so many fronts, that it is impossible to keep the story off the front pages. “Smart diplomacy” has become a punch line, and the dream Team Obama had of making Democrats the go-to national security party is as dead as the passenger pigeon. But what the press can do for the White House it still, with some honorable exceptions, labors to accomplish: it will, when it must, report the dots. But it will try not to connect them, and it will do what it can to let all the people involved in the Libya debacle move on to the next and higher stage of their careers.

***

There is no ceasefire in Gaza because a ceasefire is in no one’s interest. Israel’s objective is clear: degrade Hamas’ capability to fire rockets at Israeli civilians and attack Israeli communities from underground. As for Hamas, its interest is irrational, macabre, and deranged, but no less obvious: Promote itself as the leader of the worldwide struggle against Zionism and Judaism, while ensuring collateral damage that will foment outrage at Israel. That is why Hamas stores weapons in schools, why its military headquarters is in the basement of a hospital. Hamas is not interested in minimizing pain. Hamas wants to maximize it.

Who wants a ceasefire? Obama and Kerry. They need the diplomatic victory after the failure of their misguided and poorly executed bid to reconcile the irreconcilable. The president’s approval rating on foreign policy is abysmal. A ceasefire might help the American people forget, just for a moment, that their president has failed to influence events in Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq, let alone advance American interests overseas. Since he became president, Israel is the one country in the world in whose affairs President Obama has seemed at all interested in intervening. It is the one country whose politics and actions Obama has had no trouble judging harshly. Next to golf, it’s his favorite pastime.

***

Barack Obama is not just over his presidency. When it comes to the outside world that has intruded so rudely on his pet domestic projects, he just. Can’t. Even…

Obama’s attitude toward Israel’s problems, and the world’s, is really just a particularly snobbish version of the generic American position on Old World religious and political dilemmas.

When we see these conflicts around the world, we often sympathize with the afflicted, and we like to help them when we count them among our friends and allies. What we do not like to do is feel as if we are being ensnared in complex fights revolving around age-old hatreds, regardless of how forceful our military presence is in the world.

Barack Obama’s fundamental disconnect from Israel and the world chimes too closely with America’s traditional wariness of foreign dramas to come across as truly anti-Semitic in substance. Yet, in style, his insufferably priggish attitude is so at odds with ours that he has made himself a target for ideological scorn, and it’s no surprise Obama retreats ever deeper into his cosmopolitan bubble.

***

People looking at the world today are, I think rightfully, seeing something of a parallel with confusions of a century ago. In the last weeks and months, what a crowding and a tangling of events we have seen. And we have seen, too, how, just like a hundred years ago, an event in one place has its connection and impact in others. A jet shot down over Ukraine has a consequence for Israel a week later…

The West has had some peace since the last great war, almost 70 years of it now. And we have had with that peace an astounding march of technological and material progress. Both tend to make people forgetful of worse times. It renders them careless of the foundations upon which peace is first secured and then maintained, and nourishes the delusion they are exempt from the horrors and perils that have been a constant in human affairs.

So it seems now to some, as it seemed to some a century ago, that there is a menacing scattering of events and conflicts, where a disturbance, an accident or misadventure (such as the shooting down of the passenger jet) in one arena could unwind into a chain of unforeseen events, a haphazard flow of unpredictable cause and effect. And here, despite Eliot’s cautions, we can draw another clear and unconfused message from history: Whenever full-scale war comes. it is always worse than the previous one.

***

Conservatives say Obama thinks he’s king. But they seem to confuse him with God.

It’s easy to forget that planet Earth has always been a turbulent locale. During the Reagan administration, often fondly recalled as a golden age, there was endless strife hither and yon: civil wars in Central America; Americans taken hostage in Lebanon; a U.S. military barracks blown up in Beirut; and Libyan terrorists bombing a Pan Am plane…

Yet the belief persists that the difference between a bad outcome and a good outcome is a willingness by the U.S. government to exercise leadership or show toughness or otherwise get involved. In practice, our interventions often exact a terribly high price for a dismal result. If there are two ways to get a dismal result, maybe we should choose the one that doesn’t cost us thousands of lives or billions of dollars.

We like to think we can easily shape the world to suit our preferences. But as the 19th-century historian Henry Adams pointed out, chaos is the law of nature, and order is the dream of man.

***

Via NRO.


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sleep well OC…cheers

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 2:42 AM

:: : END OF WEEKEND UPDATE :: :

Joe Carr is surging in the primay race to unseat the Common Core & climate change pushing amnesty shill Senator Lamar Alexander in Tennessee on August 7th. Remember, Alexander was one of just a handful of traitorous Republicans to vote for Rubio’s bill. And like Rubio, Alexander had said that he wouldn’t do that. Not good.

ABC’s Rick Klein called the Alexander race one of the Five Stories You’ll Care About in Politics Next Week.

Joeseph Chesser at The Locker Room has a good article on how the amnesty issue is affecting Republican primaries in general (including a look at the Alexander race): Immigration Reform: An Amnesty Affliction for Aspiring Office Applicants.

An excerpt from a piece by Zachary Toillion in the Tennessee Star Journal:

As the Aug. 7th primary draws closer, insurgent Tea Party challenger Joe Carr appears to be gaining ground against incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Carr is running a campaign very similar to the one that led to the surprise defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on June 10th. Cantor faced lesser known opponent Dave Brat and outspent him 25-to-1. Near the end of the campaign in Virginia, Brat received support from Tea Party groups and conservative radio personalities -— particularly Laura Ingraham, who campaigned on his behalf. He also used the issue of immigration reform as a focal point for his campaign.

New polling by Triton Polling Company shows Alexander leading Carr 44 to 36 percent. The poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percent. It showed Alexander with a 24 point lead in May.
http://tnsjournal.com/momentum-builds-for-tea-party-challenger-joe-carr/

So Joe Carr has made a dramatic gain in the last weeks: previously down by 24, and now in a poll by the same group he is down by only 8 and surging! And this despite an all out advertising blitz by Alexander.

We can do this people. We can beat Lamar. And this victory, combined with the Cantor loss, will make it clear as day that bogus polls supposedly showing support among Republicans for amnesty are pure baloney. And more national attention is helping Carr. So bloggers, let’s start paying more attention to this race in its final days.

anotherJoe on July 28, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Thank you AJ for End of Weekend Update. Best I can do as a Californian is pray for a Carr victory. Wish I could vote for him.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 2:48 AM

COL – Prayers and good wishes for you this morning. Hope the doc can ease your pain and you recover quickly.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 2:50 AM

Evening G2M!

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 2:51 AM

more tranquil??

On July 24 China announced successful testing of its land-based missile interception system.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/07/25/China-Successfully-Tests-Land-Based-Missile-Interception-Technology

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 2:56 AM

evening 31..how are you this evening??

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 2:57 AM

COL … hope your resting well..
and extra prayers for your doctor visit ..
please get well soon..!!!

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 3:09 AM

Doing well G2M. Keeping busy with family history research this past week. Since you and Parms do woodwork, thought you’d like to check this out. Done by a family member.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 3:13 AM

reason number 47 on why NOT to be on facebook..

Mob targeted Ahmadi neighborhood in Gujranwala over an allegedly blasphemous Facebook post

http://newsweekpakistan.com/three-ahmadis-killed-over-alleged-blasphemy/

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 3:15 AM

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 3:13 AM

very cool..
is that a real house that has been reconstructed in a museum??
or
a miniature scale of a 1676 home??
it looks like the real deal, full size, moved indoors..

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 3:21 AM

AJ,
Regarding China: While the world is going crazy, I’ve been keeping tabs on how China has been irritating the lands around the Sea of Japan. Also, the discovery of sub bases adding up on the islands. BING has pictures if you do a search. Not able to link here for some reason. It’s bothering the heck out of me that they are building up their military, as we tear down ours.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 3:22 AM

The violence in Libya that caused U.S. embassy personnel to flee the country on Saturday is partly due to President Obama’s inability to bring calm to the region, key Republican members of Congress said on Saturday.

Inability? How do we know, the guy hasn’t been on the job a day since he was elected in 2008. Come to think of it, what indication is there that has an interest in tamping down the violence in Libya and bringing stability to the country? Show me sometihng he’s done to do so and, no speeches and comments made by Barry or from his gaggle of stooges in the White House don’t count.

Hell, they had no interest in protecting Ambassador Stevens or even trying to rescue him or the others caught up in the attack in Benghazi. To me, that doesn’t show anything as to ability and everything as to interest, possibly to the point of wanting something as bad as what happened to actually occur.

The man is pathetic. He’s not even president as far as I am concerned and ought to be impeached convicted and run out of DC on a rail.

Dusty on July 28, 2014 at 3:27 AM

while Barry dithers..

Australian police to renew bid to access Ukraine crash site.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/28/us-ukraine-crisis-monitors-idUSKBN0FX0DC20140728

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 3:37 AM

From what I’ve read and will try to remember… they disassembled it in the 1950′s from it’s original site and stored it for ten years at the Brooklyn Museum. They built a room to fit the original full scale two room structure (over the years additional rooms had been added). They had it on one floor of the museum then moved it to a different floor.
Long story short. (Will omit the multiple “Greats” in the great grandfathers). Grandfather and brings over two sons and a daughter. Jan is one son, my branch of grandfathers start with his brother Roeluf. Jan’s house passes thru many family members and lands in British Major Moncrief hands. My grandfather Roeluf’s great grand son, Lt. John Schenck snuck in from New Jersey and captured Moncrief along with a couple other prizes.
Cool.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 3:38 AM

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 3:13 AM

I just found the “more” tabs..
wow..cool history on that home…

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 3:40 AM

Cool.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 3:38 AM

very cool..
what a great family story..
have you seen the finish home in the museum in NY?

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 3:43 AM

Sorry tired. Capture story during American Revolution. It was 1650 when grandfather brought over two sons and daughter, grandfather actually died on the voyage over. Sons ended up owning lots of acreage , mills, docks for shipping. This was on Long Island in an area called the Flatlands.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 3:45 AM

No, I haven’t. I only knew of my mother’s side of family history which began with the early 1900′s massive immigration of Europeans. Didn’t realize we were Blue Bloods until a couple years ago. (Parents divorced when I was ten, didn’t know father’s history that well.) Schenks go back to 960 and a Baron for a grandfather in Holland. I knew carpentry ran in the family for the past four generations. The Jans house was one of many Schenck homes built, but the only one to survive.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 3:51 AM

Regarding China: While the world is going crazy, I’ve been keeping tabs on how China has been irritating the lands around the Sea of Japan. Also, the discovery of sub bases adding up on the islands. BING has pictures if you do a search. Not able to link here for some reason. It’s bothering the heck out of me that they are building up their military, as we tear down ours.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 3:22 AM

Yeah, the stuff with China and Japan is scary, as China seems to be instigating it, and if they go to war that would be major bad in today’s world. Yeah, and China is getting aggressive with nuclear energy development, space exploration, and yes, their military, while we are kicking ourselves in our own rear as far as energy because of the leftist fantasy of global warming er “climate change.” Insane.

NextBigFuture has a lot of stuff on the aggressive approaches China is taking in technology, energy, space, and with its military: nextbigfuture / China site search

anotherJoe on July 28, 2014 at 3:51 AM

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 3:45 AM

two of my grandmothers brothers didn’t make the voyage over..
so I’ve we had that happen too..
long island??… is sold by the square foot not by acres anymore..
I hope your people got paid well..

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 3:53 AM

G2M,
Evidently, Roeluf and Jan were 2 of the 6 or 7 wealthiest men at the time. Due to the huge number of children families back then the acreage and wealth was passed along. My branch ended up in Wisconsin and lots of land was bought up there.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 4:02 AM

AJ, I believe bams has been setting us up to be a soft target and we have more to worry about China than from Russia. That’s if we aren’t saturated by islamist terrorist first.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 4:04 AM

31
that is so cool that you know so much about it..
and its great stuff too…
must have taken a lot of time to sus it all out..

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 4:09 AM

while Barry dithers..

Australian police to renew bid to access Ukraine crash site.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/28/us-ukraine-crisis-monitors-idUSKBN0FX0DC20140728

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Considering how well computers work/ed at the IRS and the bamscare site, Begahzi, etc., would you want anyone from the US conducting an investigation on something like this crash?

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 4:11 AM

31
not really 31..
but the fact is (like many of the topics you mentioned) he didn’t even try..

he could have given the Vets vouchers for any hospital to get the care they need.. he didn’t even try..
he could have sent troops to secure the crash site… he didn’t even try.
he could shut down the southern border.. but he wont try..
no ideas …no solutions… no results Barry…
“yes we can” has turned into “not a chance”

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 4:25 AM

no ideas …no solutions… no results Barry…
“yes we can” has turned into “not a chance”

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 4:25 AM

G2M – Back when his name started to appear in print and his campaign took off, I kept hearing “transforming of America” (or close to it). I kept listening for “how and what into”. Never heard it. He promised everything to everyone, which was also a red flag. Everyone keeps saying how incompetent he is. He is not. He’s destroying America which has been his (and his co-horts) intentions all along. One World Oder.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 4:34 AM

Oder = Order

With that, I’m calling it a night. I do enough edit misfits when I’m not tired…they’re really adding up now.
Have a good day G2M.
Nice chatting with you AJ.
Good thoughts and prayers for COL.

Blessings to all

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 4:41 AM

Back when his name started to appear in print and his campaign took off, I kept hearing “transforming of America” (or close to it). I kept listening for “how and what into”. Never heard it. He promised everything to everyone, which was also a red flag. Everyone keeps saying how incompetent he is. He is not. He’s destroying America which has been his (and his co-horts) intentions all along. One World Oder.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 4:34 AM

that is so well put…Id just repeat it…so I did… :)

I was hoping to spend a life time thinking Jimmy Carter
was as bad as it was going to get… boy was I wrong..

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 4:42 AM

I’m out too 31..
please sleep well and be safe..cheers
and dittos COL.. what she said…be safe/get well

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 4:44 AM

Dayton update. The mayor wanted to bring illegals to Dayton and several local officials sent a letter of protest to the president saying most people in the area don’t support her views.

crankyoldlady on July 28, 2014 at 5:17 AM

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 3m

VIDEO: U.N. Security Council calls for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in Gaza war: http://apne.ws/1zlfgbz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBwu-6i9qME

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 5:18 AM

Just checked out Drudge, wish I hadn’t. It’s all falling apart.

celtic warrior on July 28, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Good Morning:)

COL

celtic warrior

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 6:19 AM

https://twitter.com/IsraelMFA

Retweeted by Israel Foreign Min.
Mark Regev @MarkRegevPMO · 14h
Video: PM Netanyahu on FNS “They violated even their own cease-fire… They are shooting at us as we speak.” http://youtu.be/z9hEWtROS4o
=============

Benjamin Netanyahu: “We are not targeting civilians” – Fox News Sunday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9hEWtROS4o&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 6:21 AM

https://twitter.com/Israellycool

Bibi Eats Up Sour Candy

Posted by: Aussie Dave July 27, 2014
====================================

Bibi Eats Up Sour Candy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pximx9vbXtE

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 6:24 AM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/ukraine-protests-over-eu-agreement-delay/

Ukraine, Russia political crisis
4m
International police team fails to reach the crash site of a Malaysian Airlines plane for a 2nd day running as clashes rage in a town on the road to the area – @AP
End of alert

Ukraine, Russia political crisis
24m
Editor’s note: @AP reports a Ukrainian security spokesman has said data from the recovered flight data recorders shows Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed due to a massive, explosive loss of pressure after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel – Grace
End of note

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 6:25 AM

msnbc mentioning Sarah’s new channel. But nothing so far about her challenge to WaPo to investigate obama with the same fervor they investigated nixon.

renalin on July 28, 2014 at 6:30 AM

blake zeff , former obama presidential aide, a guest on msnbc,

he’s now entered in the field of journalism.

hahahahahahahahahaha!

renalin on July 28, 2014 at 6:33 AM

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 40s

MORE: International police team turns back from Ukraine crash site as fierce fighting breaks out: http://apne.ws/1nPLqYp

The Associated Press @AP · 53s

BREAKING: International police team abandons effort to reach Ukraine crash site as heavy fighting erupts.

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Morning renalin

Natch, talk about Cuda instead of Obama
Squirrel! !!

cmsinaz on July 28, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Revolving door between wh and lsm

cmsinaz on July 28, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Good Morning, Patriots, Sockpuppets, AND Trolls!

I was raised to never retreat and to pick battles wisely, and all in due season. When it comes to defending our republic, we haven’t begun to fight! But we delight in those who underestimate us.

– Sarah Palin

My take: ‘Cuda Shoots! She Scores! Sarah Palin Calls Out The Washington Post

kingsjester on July 28, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Maddie (not even half)bright shows once again just what a stupid idiot she is. Keep in mind this was the gal who thinks every nation should have nukes so that nobody will use them (i.e. North Korea and Iran will show restraint if they become nuclear nations).

So…. When it comes to our current mess, it isn’t the fault of the lazy stupid rat-eared wonder, Killary, or Kerry. It isn’t even the fault of he own half-assed efforts. NO! The world is a mess because of Woodrow Wilson!

There are some forms of stupid that just can’t be fixed.

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2014 at 7:21 AM

BREAKING: International police team abandons effort to reach Ukraine crash site as heavy fighting erupts.

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Dude, that was like two weeks ago. Dead story!

Seriously, I’m not really sure what an international police team is going to do at the crash site after it has been so compromised. Reportedly, the “rebels” have looted the bodies and are using cell phones of the victims.

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2014 at 7:25 AM

great read KJ.

chuck f. tell us obamas approval down to 38% ,whoa whoa whoa steps in joe scarborough.Republicans polled at 21% .
epulbican message doesn’t seem to be taking hold.

ya think?

renalin on July 28, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Editor’s note: @AP reports a Ukrainian security spokesman has said data from the recovered flight data recorders shows Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed due to a massive, explosive loss of pressure after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel – Grace
End of note

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 6:25 AM

So, I’m guessing that the missile theory is holding up as the cause of the crash.

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2014 at 7:27 AM

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 18m

VIDEO: Israeli military says it has carried out three airstrikes on Gaza, targeting Hamas rocket launchers: http://apne.ws/1rubnfV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvERptcixl4

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 7:30 AM

chuck f. tell us obamas approval down to 38% ,whoa whoa whoa steps in joe scarborough.Republicans polled at 21% .
epulbican message doesn’t seem to be taking hold.

ya think?

renalin on July 28, 2014 at 7:25 AM

There’s a difference here. Obama is a single human being (I use the term loosely). A lazy stupid good for nothing rat-eared bastard but an individual nonetheless. Republicans are a group. I’d bet that individual Republicans poll higher than the group just as Dems are unpopular as a group but we still see the return of the foulest most disgusting of the lot each and every election cycle.

BTW, this is the week we see the changing of the RINO guard as Cantor steps down from his role as Majority Leader to be replaced by a clone.

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2014 at 7:33 AM

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 6:25 AM

So, I’m guessing that the missile theory is holding up as the cause of the crash.

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Happy Nomad: It appears to be,…sharpnel holes,..coupled with
loss of cabin pressure,..like suddenly, points to
a missile theory, er, cause!!:)

D*mn, I wish TWA-800 disaster was investigated as
thoroughly!!

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Morning COL and all the bright eyed and bushy tailed folks. While it has been a cool summer, it was 81F this morning at 0530. Usually we are around 68F to 72F.

I see that comments on QOTD are down? Whatever I did I take it back. Kids are just starting to gt ready to head back to school. Really no big deal as we home school them, but summer ends way too soon.

Wish all well and time to catch up on the comments. I have learned to ignore my night comments due to PUI.

HonestLib on July 28, 2014 at 7:39 AM

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Michael Shuval @MichaelShuval · 11h

Readout of President Obama’s Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu regarding #Gaza http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/27/readout-president-s-call-prime-minister-netanyahu-israel
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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
July 27, 2014

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke again today by phone about the situation in Gaza. The President underscored the United States’ strong condemnation of Hamas’ rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself. The President also reiterated the United States’ serious and growing concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, as well as the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the

President made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate,

unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement.

The President reaffirmed the United States’ support for Egypt’s initiative, as well as regional and international coordination to end hostilities. The President underscored the enduring importance of ensuring Israel’s security, protecting civilians, alleviating Gaza’s humanitarian crisis, and enacting a sustainable ceasefire that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority. The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/27/readout-president-s-call-prime-minister-netanyahu-israel

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 7:41 AM

https://twitter.com/haaretzcom

Gaza, PS
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IDF and Hamas militants clash in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip – @haaretzcom
Read more on haaretz.com

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 7:42 AM

I’m feeling worse than yesterday. My friend is driving me to emergency tomorrow morning.
crankyoldlady on July 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Sheet, I just read this. Hope you are okay and I asked the wife to say a prayer for you and that you get well quick. Good on you Wolly.

Give us an update ASAP.

HonestLib on July 28, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Revolving door between wh and lsm

cmsinaz on July 28, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Speaking of which, I just read an article about the possible demise of David Gregory on Press the Meat. Not a surprise other than the fact that there is speculation that Mika and Joe are being considered as replacements.

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2014 at 7:55 AM

How ironic and telling all at the same time:

Several thousand left-wing activists gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday evening, calling for an end to bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and a return to negotiations with the Palestinians…

The demonstrations were cut short when Hamas unilaterally ended a humanitarian truce with Israel and resumed rocket-fire from Gaza.

I guess this is part of the mess Woodrow Wilson caused.

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2014 at 7:59 AM

crankyoldlady on July 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Oh no!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Anything land on or close to the “activists”? Just looking for a silver lining.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2014 at 8:05 AM

BTW:

But there have been really two huge game changers and one is Putin’s behavior vis-a-vis first Crimea and now towards Ukraine and a completely new behavior by Russia. And the other is what is happening in the Middle East, alot due to the Arab awakening and also the artificiality of the borders that were established after World War I. So, these are huge game changers and we are — a lot of Americans are trying to figure out where the countries are. Most Americans knew very little about Islam and certainly did not know the difference between Shia and Sunni. So, there are an awful lot of things that are going on that need understanding and explanation but to put it mildly, the world is a mess

Albright is surprised about Putin’s behavior? Really?

Secondly, she clearly has contempt for Americans who, apparantly are too damned stupid to find Israel on a map, don’t know a thing about Islam, and just don’t get the nuances that super smart people like the rat-eared wonder do.

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Anything land on or close to the “activists”? Just looking for a silver lining.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2014 at 8:05 AM

LOL. Unfortunately activists seem to be like cockroaches.

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Did COL go the emergency room?

gophergirl on July 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

gophergirl on July 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I just got here and haven’t (and can’t) read the whole thread. Just that one comment pulled forward I assume to give us a heads up. Now I must go paint and hang some doors.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Have lurked the QOTD, as always.
Will keep checking back for any COL news.
Prayers.

Can’t resist posting this …

http://m.wimp.com/stoplaughing/

Me culpa. ;-)

pambi on July 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

pambi on July 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

I’m going to keep checking also, and that was video was cute.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

COL, please post here as soon as you are back from ER, we are worried about you…

OmahaConservative on July 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM

any word from COL yet?… worried here too.. :(

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 12:57 PM

any word from COL yet?… worried here too.. :(

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Not yet G2M. May not till later in the day or tomorrow, may need to rest/meds…?

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

sighs…
like wolly I don’t bent a knee as often as I should..
but for COL…I bent both…hope she gets some good news..

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Prayers, good thoughts, love…Miss COL is fortunate to have HA peeps looking after her.

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I just emailed COL, hope she replies soon…

OmahaConservative on July 28, 2014 at 3:18 PM

I spent all day at the hospital. Its a good hospital and it wasn’t crowded but you know how it is. You have to wait for somebody to come and take you rinformation. Then you wait for your turn for the blood person. Then you for your turn for the xray. They you wait until someone reads all those things and there are some ahead of you.

Anyway I don’t have appendicitis. I don’t have an infection. They thought it might be a hernia but decided that wasn’t it. They said go to the family doctor which I should have done in the first place.

crankyoldlady on July 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Thank you all of you for your concern.

crankyoldlady on July 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Good to know, so far your ailment wasn’t wasn’t an emergency. Now I hope your doc gets to the bottom of it.
Thank you for letting us know.
Thank you for your help too OC.
{{{hugs to both}}}

31giddyup on July 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Thanks for your email and for updating us here, COL. Hope your doc gets to the bottom of it…

OmahaConservative on July 28, 2014 at 3:51 PM

thank you COL for the update…smiles..
and lets hope it continues to be good news..
please be safe…

going2mars on July 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Better safe than sorry, COL.
At least your family doc can get some clues from all of those tests, I hope.
Happy you checked in.

pambi on July 28, 2014 at 6:05 PM

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