Quotes of the day

posted at 8:21 pm on August 8, 2014 by Allahpundit

In sending warplanes back into the skies over Iraq, President Obama on Thursday night found himself exactly where he did not want to be. Hoping to end the war in Iraq, Mr. Obama became the fourth president in a row to order military action in that graveyard of American ambition…

“This is a slippery slope if I ever saw one,” said Phyllis Bennis, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, a research organization for peace activists. “Whatever else we may have learned from the president’s ‘dumb war,’ it should be eminently clear that we cannot bomb Islamist extremists into submission or disappearance. Every bomb recruits more supporters.”…

To some, this is a crisis Mr. Obama brought on himself by not trying harder to leave a residual force behind at the end of 2011 and neglecting to recognize the growing threat as the civil war in Syria next door increasingly spilled over into Iraq. Some argued that a virtual state under ISIS control posed more than the humanitarian threat Mr. Obama seemed to be focused on…

“This is about America’s national security,” said Ryan Crocker, who was ambassador to Iraq under Mr. Bush and to Afghanistan under Mr. Obama. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the ISIS leader, “have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.”

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ISIS are fast-track Nazis. No messing about with a few property restrictions and intermarriage laws as a little light warm-up: They’re only in the business of “final solutions”, and they start on Day One and don’t quit until the last Christian and Yazidi is dead or fled. As I’ve often remarked about today’s exhaustively cleansed Maghreb, Levant and Araby, Islam is king on a field of corpses. But pikers like the Muslim Brotherhood, the Baathists, the House of Saud take their time. ISIS are shooting for the Guinness Book of Records.

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For sheer, brutal efficiency, ISIL is several steps above Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram or even the Taliban. The closest analog I can think of is the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian movement that killed more than two million people in the mid-1970s. There was a reminder of those horrors this week, when two top Khmer Rouge leaders were finally sentenced for their crimes. In their remorseless advance through eastern Syria and northern Iraq, ISIL’s fighters have demonstrated the same iron will and discipline that Khmer Rouge deployed against the Cambodian army and the Cambodian people. In territory Al-Baghdadi controls, he uses the same tactics of intimidation and public punishment that Pol Pot used to cow his fellow Cambodians.

In its appetite for genocide, ISIL seems to borrow from Adolf Hitler’s Nazis. It, too, has identified for extermination entire categories of people. Its fighters have systematically rounded up groups of “unbelievers”—and remember, that can mean anybody, including their fellow Sunnis—and slaughtered them in a manner Heinrich Himmler would have approved of. If the disturbing photographs (and be warned, they are very disturbing) in this Washington Post story were in grainy black-and-white, they could have come from a Nazi death camp. And online videos of these mass killings clearly show miss the zealous glee with which the executioners go about the work.

That, then, is the nature of the monster on which the US is finally turning its guns. It will not die easily.

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[T]he Islamic State has very simply put together a smarter offensive plan. Its push toward Irbil is believed by many not to be a move to take that city but to force the peshmerga to defend its capital, allowing the Islamic State to harden its grip on places nearby it’s more interesting in holding.

“No one is doing what ISIS is doing,” said Jessica Lewis, a research director at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War, using an acronym for the Islamic State derived from its previous name, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “ISIS thins out and strategically targets their adversaries. They are more thoughtful about their offense.”

In Sunni-dominated Iraqi cities like Mosul and Fallujah, the Islamic State successfully co-opted or intimidated residents, allowing its forces to move in and take over. In Kurdish-defended areas, it’s forced the peshmerga to defend multiple locations along the lengthy frontier.

The Kurds have made no secret of their limitations. They have repeatedly asked the United States for help.

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The enemy cannot be negotiated with. The Islamic State is rational by its own reasoning, but psychotic by standards of international law and justice. It wants to create a caliphate across the region and its fighters are not only prepared to die for it but would consider having a bomb dropped on them to be an honour. There is no Bashar al-Assad to contain with sanctions, no Pinochet to extradite and try. These people cannot be talked to, so military action is the only effective response. Frankly, they would respect that.

The objective is clear. Obama has stated that the action is limited to containing the spread of the Islamic State and ensuring that it does not drive into the Kurdish homeland or threaten Baghdad. This is not the beginning of one of those “nation building” exercises that rolls on for years. It is an immediate response to an immediate problem that does not bind the West into any further action. It also includes dropping food and water for refugees – something that, obviously, no one would oppose.

The West has a responsibility to do something. And so we return to the point above about the legacy of Iraq. Only a cruel amnesiac would look at what is happening to the Iraq’s religious minorities and say, “This has nothing to do with us.” It is everything to do with us.

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Even for the more dovish among us, it is hard to make a good moral case against intervening to protect the Yazidis. Who can say the cause is not just? Reports suggest this is a genocide. Everybody agrees that ISIS (or IS) are vile, and that we should not treat them as a nation state – whatever they may say they are. Finally, having spent over a decade bungling its foreign policy, America has a war worth fighting…

If I were an Iraqi, I’d hardly be comforted by that statement – given America’s record in Mesopotamia. But the US is chiefly responsible for the current state of Iraq – you broke it, you fix it etc – and Obama’s move last night recognised that. Plus, as Rod Dreher puts it, ISIS needs killin’.

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The Obama administration got some of its strongest endorsements from top Democrats — such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — and Democratic lawmakers who lead key national security committees in Congress, providing some cover from the criticism of anti-war liberals.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, who voted against authorizing the war in Iraq in 2002, said he backed Obama’s decision and said the reasons the president outlined for the airstrikes are “surely sufficient.”

And Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, said she “strongly” supports Obama’s authorization for airstrikes — warning that ISIL was a “terrorist army” that was quickly broadening its influence in the region.

“It takes an army to defeat an army, and I believe that we either confront ISIL now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future,” she said. “Inaction is no longer an option.”

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Americans have so far been deeply ambivalent toward further military action in Iraq. A June Washington Post-ABC News poll found fewer than half, 45 percent, supported launching airstrikes against Sunni extremists in the country, and only 30 percent supported deploying ground troops. Separate surveys found majorities believing the U.S. does not have a responsibility to stop violence in the country…

Prevention of genocide and starvation is among the most potent arguments Obama could make for getting involved in Iraq. When a 2012 survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs asked Americans under what circumstances they would favor deploying U.S. troops, stopping a government from killing its own citizens topped the list with 70 percent in favor. In Iraq, Sunni extremist groups — not the government — are responsible for the killings, but the prevention of certain death is a great motivating factor nonetheless.

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Obama stood by and watched as more territory fell to these vermin. He watched as thousands upon thousands of innocents were raped, tortured, and butchered. He watched as cultural treasures were destroyed, as Christians were slaughtered, as a patently obvious humanitarian and security crisis was unfolding right before his eyes. Still, other than to send in a very limited number of American “advisers,” Obama did next to nothing.

And now he wants to rescue the thousands from their mountaintop, while protecting American personnel as well? Well, he’s right to do so now. But he should have done so at least eight weeks ago. The people are starving on the mountain because Barack Obama allowed their homes, their towns, to be destroyed. They are there because the man who tried last night to sound like Mr. Tough Guy dithered for so many weeks like Hamlet on an endless-replay loop.

What moral clarity, pray tell, exists now that didn’t exist in June? What military advantages do we have now that we didn’t have then? (Obviously, we actually have fewer now.) What diplomatic gains have we achieved?

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When Outnumbered ringleader Harris Faulkner noted that the president had focused on the little known Yazidis, who have not suffered as many casualties at the hands of ISIL as have Christians, Kirsten Powers, usually the most liberal of the panelists, tore the president a new one:

“He has not uttered the word ‘Christian,’ and now suddenly he throws it in with the Yazidis,” Powers said. “We’re not doing any airdrops to the Christians, who are refugees in the Kurdish region. [Virginia Congressman Frank] Wolf has taken to the floor, I think, seven days in a row now, pleading with the administration: Please help these people. They need humanitarian aid; they need drinking water. They have nothing. They’ve lost their homes; they’ve lost everything. The White House has done nothing; they’ve said nothing. And then the president goes on and goes into quite a lot of detail about the Yazidis, and never really gets into the specifics about Christians. I mean, it’s really unbelievable, and he has no right to invoke humantiarianism, because he is not a humanitarian president. A humanitarian president does not sit quietly by, while hundreds of thousands of Christians in Iraq [are uprooted or killed]– forget about the rest of the Middle East — and doesn’t say a word.”

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If the Islamic State were to take over Erbil, they would endanger Iraq’s oil production and, by extension, global access to oil. Prices would surge at a time when Europe, which buys oil from Iraq, has still not escaped the global recession. Oil prices have already risen in response to the Islamic State’s threat to Erbil, and on Thursday, American oil companies Chevron and Exxon Mobile began evacuating their personnel from Kurdistan. But oil traders are predicting that American intervention could halt the rise. “In essence we find U.S. air strikes more bearish than bullish for oil as the act finally draws a line for IS and reinforces both the stability in south Iraq and in Kurdistan,” Oliver Jakob, a Swiss oil analyst, told Reuters…

The United States should worry about the global oil supply. It is important for global economic and political stability. And having a significant chunk of it fall into the hands of a group like the Islamic State should certainly be a concern. But if Obama is worried about the world’s oil supply, then he should say so forthrightly and not leave himself in a position where he will be unable to justify or explain further intervention after the airdrops to the Yazidis are completed. And the administration should also have a plan for making sure that in sending out the Air Force, it will actually end a dire threat to Iraq’s oil production and put Iraq back on its feet. In Libya, the U.S. and its partners succeeded in getting rid of Muammar Qaddafi, but not in resolving the country’s humanitarian crisis or in keeping its oil flowing. Oil production has plummeted as Libya has been plunged into anarchy after Qaddafi’s fall. The challenge in Erbil and Iraq is even more daunting.

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We don’t have to wage a larger war in Iraq. Here are 10 reasons why we won’t.

1. ISIS will destroy itself. We don’t have to stamp out ISIS, because its growth is inherently limited. It picks too many fights and alienates too many people. It has already taken on the Iraqi army, the Kurds, the Turks, Iraqi Baathists, and many Iraqi Sunnis. Now it’s going head to head against Syria’s armed forces. As if that weren’t enough, ISIS went into Lebanon this week. ISIS also antagonizes civilians in its territory. People in Mosul are rebelling against its oppression. It won’t last…

3. We’re doing what only we can do. Lots of countries and Iraqi factions have a stake in stopping ISIS. But some tasks are beyond their power. Saving 40,000 people on a mountain seems to be one of those tasks. In his speech last night, Obama said the U.S. should step in when it has a mandate from the host government and “when we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre.” Unique is an important caveat. It means we’ll stick to doing what others can’t do…

8. Some force now means less force later. You can’t deliver humanitarian aid in a war zone without military support. The cargo planes we use to drop food and medicine fly low and slow. If one of them is shot down, imagine the escalation. To forestall that scenario, we’re sending limited air power up front, in the form of fighter escorts. Good move.

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While U.S. airstrikes and drops of supplies may prevent the terrorist forces from massacring the Yazidi sect or toppling the pro-Western regime in Kurdistan, Mr. Obama lacks a plausible plan for addressing the larger threat posed by the Islamic State. In recent weeks, a host of senior U.S. officials have described the danger in hair-curling terms: The Islamic State forces, which have captured large numbers of U.S.-supplied heavy weapons, threaten not only the Iraqi and Kurdish governments, but also Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. With hundreds of Western recruits, they have the ambition and capability to launch attacks against targets in Europe and the United States.

Yet by the White House’s own account, the measures ordered by Mr. Obama are not intended to defeat the Islamic State or even to stop its bloody advances in most of the region…

It’s past time for Mr. Obama to set aside a policy that is both minimalist and unrealistic. The United States should offer sustained military support to friendly forces that fight the Islamic State, beginning with the Kurds and including moderate Syrian rebels and Iraqi Sunni tribesmen.

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A former Special Forces officer and Iraq veteran described how the troops currently on the ground, some 800 elite special operations soldiers, could impact the battle: “If SOF [special operations forces] advisors moved to the front, they would be able to help organize and plan the maneuver of Peshmerga, provide up-to-the-minute intelligence to protect line units, and give greater speed and fidelity to close air support. It would also give a tremendous morale boost to Peshmerga units under fire.”

That could be a great boon to the Peshmerga, but not without costs. Moving U.S. special operations forces onto the battlefield, even as advisors, “greatly raises the profile of American involvement and will eventually lead to highly visible American casualties,” according to the Special Forces veteran.

President Obama made his political career, in part, on his opposition to the Iraq war. Those casualties are something he is desperately trying to avoid. But the situation on the ground in Iraq may leave him no choice.

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During a conference call with a National Security Council expert yesterday, a reporter asked why this mission to protect the Kurds and Yazidis, and the Americans in Erbil, was different from the chaos in Libya, where we evacuated our embassy staff from Tripoli. The answer should be obvious: the chaos in Libya is a civil war among competing tribes. It is part of a regional struggle to redraw the straight lines on the maps that were drawn by Europeans 100 years ago. It will be a bloody fight for a generation and, in most cases, will be peripheral to our national interests. But when a terrorist group establishes an actual state, as seems to be the case with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, it is an entirely different story. The world cannot tolerate a safe haven from which attacks can be launched against religious minorities, as is now happening, or against other countries (including the US)–which is the stated intent of the ISIS leadership. That is why we took action against the Taliban government in Afghanistan 13 years ago. The urgency is no less now–and, indeed, is perhaps greater, given the honed strength of this extremely well-armed and well-funded terrorist organization.

There has been, and probably will be, endless debate about who “lost” Iraq. We don’t have the luxury of wasting time or political energy on that now. What’s needed is a clear and united sense of purpose…as clear and united as it was on September 12, 2001. Our war against Al Qaeda-style extremism isn’t over; it may have only just begun.

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Schadenfreude on August 9, 2014 at 12:42 AM

That means he can still blame Bush, yes?

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 12:45 AM

My Dear Nana told me a burden supported by yourself can be overwhelming, but a burden shared is easier to carry.

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 12:35 AM

It makes perfect sense too. It’s the lack of humility that prevents us from sharing those burdens, but for some reason I felt that it was fine to share them here. For good reason it seems. Perhaps in the coming days I’ll relate the whole story, with NAMES of the nursing homes included because they are part of the pain, but by no means all of it.

My sins here are in my head, and I shall pay for them I suspect. This is part of the tears I shed I guess, more to come I suppose.

What is good to know is that I am not judged by the shedding of tears from desperation and sorrow. I don’t think I could have handled a big rejection of that, so many kudos to the HA community for not bashing me to death over it. I was expecting far worse, and received cleansing of a sort instead.

I am continuously amazed by you lovely people. That’s not sarcastic, that’s just the truth.

Diluculo on August 9, 2014 at 12:46 AM

thatsafactjack on August 9, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Nite MG. I’m late, been talkin’ to future son-in-law. sleep well, don’t let the bedbugs bite.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 12:47 AM

You li’l puttums you! I was expecting this lol! I don’t know why, though–I don’t think you’ve ever posted any Bowie…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 12:43 AM

dang it woman. you’re the one got me started on country the other nite.

Fred

PS: *smooooch*

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 12:35 AM

It makes perfect sense too. It’s the lack of humility that prevents us from sharing those burdens, but for some reason I felt that it was fine to share them here. For good reason it seems. Perhaps in the coming days I’ll relate the whole story, with NAMES of the nursing homes included because they are part of the pain, but by no means all of it.

My sins here are in my head, and I shall pay for them I suspect. This is part of the tears I shed I guess, more to come I suppose.

What is good to know is that I am not judged by the shedding of tears from desperation and sorrow. I don’t think I could have handled a big rejection of that, so many kudos to the HA community for not bashing me to death over it. I was expecting far worse, and received cleansing of a sort instead.

I am continuously amazed by you lovely people. That’s not sarcastic, that’s just the truth.

Diluculo on August 9, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 12:3?am

I don’t knuw why, but it makes me think happy ending massage.

wolly4321 on August 9, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Nite HA

Nite America

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Diluculo on August 9, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Gee, how many times is HA gonna mess up in one day anyway?

Already posted that once.

Sigh. Guess the powers that be wanted it up there twice?

Diluculo on August 9, 2014 at 12:52 AM

I am continuously amazed by you lovely people. That’s not sarcastic, that’s just the truth.
Diluculo on August 9, 2014 at 12:46 AM

(((HUGS)))

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 12:52 AM

Not a better way to say goodnight.

All Night Long — Richie

TXUS on August 9, 2014 at 12:53 AM

dang it woman. you’re the one got me started on country the other nite.
Fred
PS: *smooooch*
jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 12:49 AM

*smoooooch!*

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Cry

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 12:54 AM

Sigh. Guess the powers that be wanted it up there twice?
Diluculo on August 9, 2014 at 12:52 AM

Think of it as “reinforcement”… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 12:54 AM

Newtie

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 12:54 AM

TXUS on August 9, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Niters and sleep well, TXUS!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 12:55 AM

Newtie
Fred
jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 12:54 AM

SQUEEEEEEE! :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 12:56 AM

workin man blues: Merle

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 12:57 AM

Niters and sleep well, TXUS!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 12:55 AM

You too, nudie beauty. Big smoocheros para ti. ;-)

TXUS on August 9, 2014 at 12:59 AM

You too, nudie beauty. Big smoocheros para ti. ;-)
TXUS on August 9, 2014 at 12:59 AM

*smooooch!*

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 1:01 AM

For Bmore, wherever he is…

Buena

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 1:02 AM

O-hole encouraged the monsters to rise up and he has sided with them in every country where they began their onslaught. He sided with the mullah fcks in Iran not with the green revolution. He sided with the mobros in Egypt. He sided with the savages in Syria. He is now siding with the head chopping monsters in Iraq. And chooses the paleopithecines over the Israelis. How many times does he have to throw in with the worst of the worst until people realize he is a monster himself. He loves what these koranimals are doing. He wants the world on fire.

RasThavas on August 9, 2014 at 1:02 AM

my maria: brooks and dunn

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Uriah Heep – Stealin’

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

[sends out a round of Whatchudrinkin's and a Whatheshavin' for Alien's Little Friend...usual caveats apply...enters under "Rejoice In This Day That God Hath Made"...]

Prayers ascending for all!

Those with bar keys, y’all know what to do… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 1:04 AM

pancho and lefty: willie and Merle

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:09 AM

whiskey bent and hell bound

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:14 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on August 9, 2014 at 1:04 AM

nite sweetie pie

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:15 AM

He wants the world on fire.

RasThavas on August 9, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Understand your rant and all, but these six words of yours are truly profound. Sums it all up, in a way. But actually the world he wants on fire is our world, that is, the United States of America and the West. And, by virtue of that, the Muslim Caliphate and the “dreams of his father” comes full force and to fruition.

TXUS on August 9, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 9, 2014 at 1:16 AM

garth brooks: the dance

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Howdy Mr. Dire.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 1:18 AM

garth: the river

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Dire Straits on August 9, 2014 at 1:16 AM

welcome

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Enjoying your tunes Fred. Some of my favorites. B & D – Maria. Pure magic.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Goin’ Down South

From the comments:

“Just enjoy the f***ing music and don’t try to read too much into it.”

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 1:24 AM

garth: thunder rolls

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:25 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 9, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Hi Dire

Have you heard this one?

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 1:27 AM

Enjoying your tunes Fred. Some of my favorites. B & D – Maria. Pure magic.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 AM

kinda like being at the eagle late at nite. just me and the bartender. feedin’ the juke box listining to my music and as George thorogood says

I drink alone

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:30 AM

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 9, 2014 at 1:31 AM

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 9, 2014 at 1:32 AM

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 1:27 AM

No sir..:)

PS..Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 9, 2014 at 1:34 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 9, 2014 at 1:31 AM

No G2M tonight. Sure enjoy his links.
Any racing today?

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 1:39 AM

bad to the bone

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:41 AM

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 1:27 AM

nova your link is circular

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:44 AM

kinda like being at the eagle late at nite. just me and the bartender. feedin’ the juke box listining to my music and as George thorogood says

I drink alone

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:30 AM

here’s one

An earlier link to another artist had this guy as well.

arnold ziffel on August 9, 2014 at 1:47 AM

arnold ziffel on August 9, 2014 at 1:47 AM

just like zsa zsa huh

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:51 AM

nova your link is circular

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 1:44 AM

Sorry. I’ve been drinkin’. Thought I was sending Dire back up thread to a song i linked earlier. But I’ve been drinkin’

Wait. Circular what? Damn. Now I can’t find my beer.

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Now I can’t find my beer.

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 1:54 AM

I hate when that happens…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 1:55 AM

when the tigers broke free

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 2:00 AM

I’d like to see J.E Dyer come back here. Her expertise is needed now.

Other ehan Ed an Allah,., what’s left?

I hardly click on the rest anymore.

That woman knows her shite. And her wheelhouse is what is developing.
Noah sucks. He tries. Mary submits one hit a day. 5 minutes before qotd.Jazz throws out whatever on the weekends. Some off the wall editorial.

2 people are carrying this place. Well, I’ll add. But the fill ins are not much.

wolly4321 on August 9, 2014 at 2:01 AM

the gunners dream

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 2:07 AM

I’ll see you fine folks tomorrow.

Fair winds and followung seas. .

wolly4321 on August 9, 2014 at 2:18 AM

I hate when that happens…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 1:55 AM

It’s ok, I tracked it down.

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 2:20 AM

war

adios HA

Fred

jrsrigmvr on August 9, 2014 at 2:22 AM

G’night Fred

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 2:24 AM

Nothin’ Man

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Dang, Jake Hooker passed away.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 2:39 AM

Dang, Jake Hooker passed away.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 2:39 AM

He wasn’t that old.

I Love Rock N Roll

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 2:51 AM

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Good evening..TGIF..:):)

Dire Straits on August 9, 2014 at 2:56 AM

Dedicated to Barack H. Obama

Stole My Check

(language warning)

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 2:58 AM

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 1:39 AM

Good evening..TGIF..:):)

Dire Straits on August 9, 2014 at 2:56 AM

TGIF indeed. First night in a week or so that it’s cool enough to open the windows at night for fresh air.
How goes it in your neck of the woods?

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:07 AM

TGIF indeed. First night in a week or so that it’s cool enough to open the windows at night for fresh air.
How goes it in your neck of the woods?

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:07 AM

I have doors and windows open here in Omaha. It is a wonderful evening here tonight. I am alone, the ol’ lady is out of town for a funeral…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 3:11 AM

Hard Time Killing Floor

Burnside grew tired of sharecropping and moved to Chicago in 1944 in the hope of finding better economic opportunities.He did find jobs at metal and glass factories, had the company of Muddy Waters and married Alice Mae in 1949, but things did not turn out as he had hoped. Within the span of one year his father, two brothers, and uncle were all murdered in the city, a tragedy that Burnside would later draw upon in his work, particularly in his interpretation of Skip James’s “Hard Time Killing Floor”

Around 1959, he left Chicago and went back to Mississippi to work the farms and raise a family. He killed a man at a dice game and was convicted of murder and sentenced to six months’ incarceration (in Parchman Prison). Burnside’s boss at the time reputedly pulled strings to keep the murder sentence short, due to having need of Burnside’s skills as a tractor driver. Burnside later said “I didn’t mean to kill nobody. I just meant to shoot the sonofabitch in the head and two times in the chest. Him dying was between him and the Lord.”

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Hard Time Killing Floor

Burnside grew tired of sharecropping and moved to Chicago in 1944 in the hope of finding better economic opportunities.He did find jobs at metal and glass factories, had the company of Muddy Waters and married Alice Mae in 1949, but things did not turn out as he had hoped. Within the span of one year his father, two brothers, and uncle were all murdered in the city, a tragedy that Burnside would later draw upon in his work, particularly in his interpretation of Skip James’s “Hard Time Killing Floor”

Around 1959, he left Chicago and went back to Mississippi to work the farms and raise a family. He killed a man at a dice game and was convicted of murder and sentenced to six months’ incarceration (in Parchman Prison). Burnside’s boss at the time reputedly pulled strings to keep the murder sentence short, due to having need of Burnside’s skills as a tractor driver. Burnside later said “I didn’t mean to kill nobody. I just meant to shoot the sonofab!tch in the head and two times in the chest. Him dying was between him and the Lord.”

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 3:15 AM

Hey OC,
It’s been in the low 100′s here. We were also getting smoke from yet another Yosemite fire. This time South East of us. Suppose to be in the high 90′s for the rest of the month. Wish we had your evenings. With the lady of the house away, must be pretty quiet. Ratso being good?

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:18 AM

. With the lady of the house away, must be pretty quiet. Ratso being good?

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:18 AM

No, Ratso & I are at our worst when she is gone. He has been tormenting poor Kitten and I am smoking inside the house…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 3:20 AM

No, Ratso & I are at our worst when she is gone. He has been tormenting poor Kitten and I am smoking inside the house…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 3:20 AM

How you going to cover your “smoke” tracks? You are brave, hope your Missus lets you live. Hehehe.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:24 AM

novaculus on August 9, 2014 at 3:15 AM

Poor guy. I’ve never liked anything about Chicago. One more thing to add to the list why I don’t.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:26 AM

I leave the front door opened while I smoke inside with the AC running. Seems to eliminate the tracks…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 3:27 AM

Good idea OC. I tried smoking once when I was 18. I had very long hair down to my bum and after smoking two cigarettes, I had to wash my hair because my hair was smelly. Ma would have been on my case anyway.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:33 AM

wolly4321 on August 9, 2014 at 2:01 AM

I know you hate me, but I agree with everything you said there.

I scream about it a lot. My point has been to try to, at least as much as one person can, influence the site to return, at least somewhat, to its roots. Do you remember how friggin’ kickass Michelle always was? She was a fighter. She was on top of everything. Reading her blogs was exciting because you knew you were following something and someone who was making a difference and leading the way and influencing the debate.

Also, quality has become as issue here as well.

I so hoped the next blogger they hired would be conservative and bold and not afraid to tell it like it is. And then we got Noah Rothman. Ugh. Where does he differ from Ed, Guy, MKH? His work is dull and he takes positions one would expect from one of the faux conservatives on MSNBC. It’s like his posts are written in such a way so that liberals reading will consider him “acceptable” to them. He’s for amnesty. He’s for ethnic pandering. He’s for gay marriage. He’s for abortion. Through reading his work and twitter feed, I get the strong impression he looks down on conservatives. It was such a wasted opportunity. If Ed is the one with a hand in the selection of new bloggers, then I really question his judgement. I hope it’s okay to say that here. Ok, so we got Jazz, formerly of “the moderate voice” site. Fine. Maybe, I thought, the next addition will be conservative, someone the readership can feel is “one of us.” Nope. Didn’t happen.

Makes me sad because I have read this site for so long, and I has been hoping it would go in a different direction than it has the last few years.

bluegill on August 9, 2014 at 3:33 AM

Diluculo

You are not alone. I’m struggling too and some days I struggle to get by minuet to minuet. I often think of Footprints.
God bless you Dil.

The Footprints Prayer

One night I had a dream…

I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.

I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.

bazil9 on August 9, 2014 at 3:34 AM

OC, glad you and other HA peeps “circled the wagons” for Diluculo tonight. He’s got a heavy load to carry. Glad you guys made it a little lighter.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:35 AM

OC, glad you and other HA peeps “circled the wagons” for Diluculo tonight. He’s got a heavy load to carry. Glad you guys made it a little lighter.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:35 AM

We take care of our own here, darlin’

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Miss B9 good to read your words of encouragement. So thoughtful. Been thinking of you. Sorry you’ve been feeling unwell. Thank you for sharing the Footprint Prayer too. Wishing you better health and love. {{{hugs}}}

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:39 AM

Thx Rhonda. {{hugs}}

bazil9 on August 9, 2014 at 3:40 AM

So do you know how attached I have always been too hotair and Michellemalkin.com, though I read that a lot less since she hasn’t been blogging as much, I thought I would share something. When the first iPhones came out, and I went into the Apple store to try them out, I remember typing in HotAir and MichelleMalkin.com to test out the browser. Whenever I would sit at any computer, and didn’t know what to do or what website to look at while I was trying to kill time, I would immediately go to hotair or Malkin’s site. Even before smart phones, I had a flip feature phone, with a somewhat usable web browser, and I had the sites bookmarked on there. Would read them constantly and would be up to date on so much. HotAir just isn’t the same anymore. I have loved reading the site for years. I used to felt like the blog spoke for me and voiced my concerns, but now I feel like the writers hold contempt for people who have the opinions I do. Still, one thing that is as great as ever is the comment section. The comments are often much smarter than the actual posts. And I’m not speaking about myself here. I recognize that there are much smarter, more clever commenters.

bluegill on August 9, 2014 at 3:43 AM

Sorry if the last comment wasn’t too coherent. I am using dictation now on my phone, and I’m having to talk quietly.

bluegill on August 9, 2014 at 3:43 AM

Sorry if the last comment wasn’t too coherent. I am using dictation now on my phone, and I’m having to talk quietly.

bluegill on August 9, 2014 at 3:43 AM

Get out of bed and try again, Hagfish…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 3:47 AM

OC, It’s such a weird time. The way the world is. I feel like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, as they say.
Never in my life time did I think we’d come this far in destruction. It’s as if once the “Greatest Generation” (the adults) left us, all hell has broken loose.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:48 AM

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:48 AM

Yup, I know what you mean…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 3:55 AM

Get out of bed and try again, Hagfish…
OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 3:47 AM

I am at the airport surrounded by unkempt looking people. A couple are sleeping.

bluegill on August 9, 2014 at 3:56 AM

Evening WG. Sorry you’re not able to sleep. I get “This video is unavailable for this platform”. Is there some other way i can get to the video?

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 3:58 AM

Whatcha doing up Rhonda?

bazil9 on August 9, 2014 at 4:01 AM

I am at the airport surrounded by unkempt looking people. A couple are sleeping.

bluegill on August 9, 2014 at 3:56 AM

Be careful…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 4:04 AM

Whatcha doing up Rhonda?

bazil9 on August 9, 2014 at 4:01 AM

Been busy with making room in the house, so my sister can live with us for a little while. Finally, got authorization for aqua therapy. Really need it at this point. Waiting for the weather to cool down to do some droppin’. So I guess I’m in that “hurry up and wait” mode. Teehee. How’s our new baby?

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:08 AM

Be careful…
OmahaConservative on August 9, 2014 at 4:04 AM

Thanks, will do. Need to head off now.

Until next time!

bluegill on August 9, 2014 at 4:09 AM

B9, whatcha doing up? Not one of those nights is it? Send my prayers regardless if it is or isn’t.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:12 AM

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:08 AM

Very good news on the aqua therapy!! I think that will be quite beneficial!
New baby is good. :-) Was just at the pediatrician yesterday and we got a good report.

bazil9 on August 9, 2014 at 4:13 AM

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:12 AM

yeah..I sometimes have trouble staying asleep.
I watch tv or read online when it happens. Took a sleep aide
so hopefully I can get back to bed soon.

bazil9 on August 9, 2014 at 4:16 AM

Ah, great news about the baby. I’m so happy for you and your family.
Yep, I’m hoping the therapy will help delay using a walker. Doc is pushing (scuza the pun) for it.
Are you getting out for some sunshine or is it too hot?

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:19 AM

Sleepless near Seattle.

cat_owner on August 9, 2014 at 4:20 AM

Sleep is an issue too for me. Trying not to get on meds. Other natural stuff doesn’t work too well.
There’s a lot of us moonlighters huh?

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:22 AM

Hey Cat,
How’s it going?

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:23 AM

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:22 AM

Yes, there are a few. I’m in the Pacific time zone so not as late as others. Soon COL should be up to say good morning. :)

cat_owner on August 9, 2014 at 4:23 AM

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:23 AM

Aside from not being able to sleep, everything is good. I finally decided to get up for awhile instead of laying in bed tossing and turning.

How about with you?

cat_owner on August 9, 2014 at 4:25 AM

B9, if you haven’t gone to bed yet, sweet dreams.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:25 AM

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:19 AM

Thank you, he is precious. :)

Sounds like you have a great Doc-so very glad he is fighting for you.
Makes my heart smile for you.

It is boiling here and lots of rain this summer. HUMID!
Under the weather so I haven’t hit the beach like I normally do.

How is it out your way? Camping in the near future?

bazil9 on August 9, 2014 at 4:27 AM

Cat,
I have MS. Sleeplessness comes with the territory. I’m in Oakdale, CA. Lived in Bremerton, Keyport when my hubs was in the service.

31giddyup on August 9, 2014 at 4:28 AM

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