Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on August 31, 2014 by Allahpundit

Mitt Romney suggested he would have been able to prevent the rise of the jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) if he were elected rather than President Barack Obama in 2012 during a radio interview that aired Sunday. According to Romney, Obama’s “mistakes” enabled Islamic State to gain power in both Syria and Iraq.

“Mistakes were made and now we have ISIS,” Romney said in a pre-taped interview on billionaire John Catsimatidis’ show on New York City’s AM 970…

“Almost a year ago, American intelligence sources told the president that there was a group forming called ISIS … and that there was a significant chance that they would go into Iraq and invade a city there. The president failed to take action. He watched,” Romney said. “We saw ISIS roll into Iraq and, instead of attacking them immediately and knocking them in their convoy when they would have been easy to knock down, relatively easy to knock down, the president again watched. And now we’re in a position where ISIS has run throughout major portions of Iraq. There have been horrific human rights abuses, tragedies.”

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[Gohmert] reacted to Obama’s announcement that the United States does not have a strategy on ISIS by saying, “He did say we don’t have a strategy, but he followed that up by saying the strategy is to nip it in the bud. Well, unfortunately it’s not in a bud, it’s full blossomed, and do you know who made that line famous? Barney Fife. We have Barney Fife running our foreign policy now.”

Gohmert added, “He touches on Russia, that Russia is more isolated than ever. Are you kidding? They have been filling the void that this president has created around the world. I don’t know where he’s getting his information. maybe it’s CIA Director Brennan who said earlier this year that, ‘no, these guys don’t want a caliphate.’ he must have his head buried in a hole somewhere on the first green.”

And, “This president seems to be very feckless. He seems to twitter and ditter, and if you look at what their strategy was with regard to Russia, they were going to step up their Twitter campaign because the Russians didn’t really understand how effective that could be. Neither do most of us. This is a pitiful foreign policy, and Barney Fife’s in charge.”

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But as he tried to engage the world on his terms, Obama quickly found out that the world had thoughts and plans of its own. Far from the reset Obama sought with Russia, President Vladimir Putin sought a new balance of power through aggression in Ukraine. While Obama offered a fresh start for the United States in the Muslim world, the Arab Spring headed toward destabilization rather than democracy.

Six years later, events seem to have spun out of his control, and Obama must react to the actions of others…

Jim Lindsay, senior vice president at the Council on Foreign Relations, said Obama’s inability to inspire confidence among critics has more to do with the complexity of the problems than the president’s leadership style. “He has a sort of perfect storm of messy problems, lousy options, ambivalent allies and a skeptical public,” he said…

Kennedy, the historian, said that Obama, in dealing with multiple crises, also is trying to change perceptions of what U.S. leadership and any president can realistically accomplish. “It’s difficult virtually to the point of impossibility to have a grand strategy in a world that is so fluid and in which we no longer yield the power we once had. In a sense that is Obama’s strategy, a recognition of that fact. So that rhetorically as well as in reality, he’s trying to diminish the expectation that we can control events.”

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One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must be suffering. They heard U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power denounce Russia as “today . . . they open a new front . . . Russia’s force along the border is the largest it has been . . . the mask is coming off.” An hour later, Mr. Obama implicitly contradicted her: “I consider the actions that we’ve seen in the last week a continuation of what’s been taking place for months now . . . it’s not really a shift.”…

Which is, in the end, the most disturbing aspect of Mr. Obama’s performance. Throughout his presidency, he has excelled at explaining what the United States cannot do and cannot afford, and his remarks Thursday were no exception. “Ukraine is not a member of NATO,” he said. “We don’t have those treaty obligations with Ukraine.” If Iraq doesn’t form an acceptable government, it’s “unrealistic” to think the United States can defeat the Islamic State.

Allies are vital; the United States overstretched in the Bush years; it can’t solve every problem. All true. But it’s also true that none of the basic challenges to world order can be met without U.S. leadership: not Russia’s aggression, not the Islamic State’s expansion, not Iran’s nuclear ambition nor China’s territorial bullying. Each demands a different policy response, with military action and deterrence only two tools in a basket that includes diplomatic and economic measures. It’s time Mr. Obama started emphasizing what the United States can do instead of what it cannot.

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Obama and his advisers have at times taken refuge in a self-absolving logic: We can’t force people in other countries to unite around our agenda, so, if they don’t, whatever calamity unfolds is their responsibility. As a retreat from American hubris, this form of realism has appeal. As a contribution to a stable Middle East, it has failed utterly

The group’s lightning rise is a symptom, however, of deeper instability; a cause of that instability is failed international policy in Iraq and Syria. If the United States is returning to war in the region, one might wish for a more considered vision than Whack-a-Mole against jihadists…

Leading a coalition of this character is hard, uncertain work. George H. W. Bush, the President whose foreign policy Obama seems to admire most, did it successfully in the runup to the Gulf War of 1991, by intensive personal engagement. Obama has more than two years left in the White House. To defeat ISIS, but also to reduce its source of strength, will require the President to risk his credibility on more than just air strikes.

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Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko just met with President Obama in Washington, but Obama’s subsequent statement showed no sign he’s willing to acknowledge reality. Generic wishes about “mobilizing the international community” were bad enough six months ago. Hearing them repeated as Ukrainian towns fall to Russian troops is a parody. (If legitimacy is what Obama is after, Russia is clearly in violation of nearly every point of the 1974 UN Resolution 3314, “definition of aggression.”) Perhaps Poroshenko should have matched Obama’s casual wardrobe by wearing a t-shirt that read “It’s a War, Stupid.” As Russian tanks and artillery push back the overmatched Ukrainian forces, Obama’s repeated insistence that there is no military solution in Ukraine sounds increasingly delusional. There is no time to teach a drowning man to swim.

The United States, Canada, and even Europe have responded to Putin’s aggression, it is true, but always a few moves behind, always after the deterrent potential of each action had passed. Strong sanctions and a clear demonstration of support for Ukrainian territorial integrity (as I recommended at the time) would have had real impact when Putin moved on Crimea in February and March. A sign that there would be real consequences would have split his elites as they pondered the loss of their coveted assets in New York and London…

The Russian military commanders, the ones in the field, are not fools. They are aware that NATO is watching and could blow them to bits in a moment. They rely on Putin’s aura of invincibility, which grows every day the West refuses to provide Ukraine with military support. Those commanders must be made to understand that they are facing an overwhelming force, that their lives are in grave danger, that they can and will be captured and prosecuted. To make this a credible threat requires immediate military aid, if not yet the “boots on the ground” everyone but Putin is so keen to avoid. If NATO nations refuse to send lethal aid to Ukraine now it will be yet another green light to Putin.

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Worst of all, the constant calls for a quick and usually muscular response to perceived national security threats gives Americans a false sense of insecurity. The fact is, while people may be relentlessly, breathlessly trying to make us believe that we’re on the cusp of World War III, the world is actually pretty safe…

Geographically isolated with a host of global security alliances and close allies, America is particularly safe. Perhaps most important, there are so many more tools, from global institutions and international legal structures (and broadly accepted global norms) to non-governmental and regional organizations as well as conflict resolution mechanisms, all oriented toward preventing and containing wars.

This is much more than just a feel-good story. These facts are a reminder that the global stakes are much lower than they were in the past, which makes it essential for policymakers to choose their battles wisely and raise the bar extremely high for America to get involved, militarily, in foreign conflicts…

But the recognition that any U.S. strategy will be dependent on the contributions of others, will develop and evolve over time and, above all, cannot be constructed on the fly, should be welcomed. While U.S. engagement may help defeat ISIS, it almost certainly will not be decisive. Inevitably it is Iraqis who will shape the destiny of Iraq.

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The Obama administration’s lack of any clearly defined international strategy is in some ways the strongest argument against its supposed realism. Obama may often look for pragmatic approaches to individual foreign-policy issues, but in the absence of an overarching strategy, his pragmatism in isolated cases doesn’t build toward any larger objectives. At the same time, Obama’s pragmatism is politically driven at its core, often placing domestic struggles and standing ahead of foreign-policy outcomes. This distorts the decision-making process and produces policies that may sound pragmatic but are actually unlikely to succeed and thus largely unprincipled. His mutually contradictory policies on opposite sides of the Iraq-Syria border are one example; his approaches to China and Russia, which risk simultaneous and thus doubly dangerous confrontations with each, are another. The latter could have profound consequences for America.

To be clear, most realists agree that “nation building at home” is important to the prosperity that creates the foundation for America’s global power. But “nation building at home” is a goal, not a strategy, and it requires a foreign-policy strategy founded on engagement and leadership to succeed. Moreover, for all his criticism of “self-described realists” who don’t want to get too involved in other people’s problems, Obama himself is the one who is doing as little as is (politically) possible in international affairs. Obama’s response to security challenges usually appears intended to do enough to avoid severe domestic criticism while simultaneously avoiding doing so much that it becomes a distraction. Hence the surge in Afghanistan before the withdrawal, the “leading from behind” in Libya, modest support for Syria’s opposition, ineffective sanctions against Russia as a substitute for a real policy and a bare-minimum response in Iraq. The administration has tried to clothe all of these policies in realistic-sounding rhetoric, but in fact there was little realism involved because there is no serious strategy.

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How to deal with the Islamic State right now is a very tough question, particularly if you’re Barack Obama. What bothers me is his decision to announce to the world he has pretty much no idea what he’s doing. Taking your time to formulate a strategy, even — especially! — a strategy necessitated by your own mistakes and inattention is entirely defensible.

But when the world already thinks you’re weak, vacillating, and overwhelmed, saying in the pithiest way possible that you’re weak, vacillating, and overwhelmed strikes me as a mistake…

The reality, alas, is that Obama is — and has always been — out of his depth on the international stage. Given the prestige of the presidency and the incredible institutional forces behind the office, particularly when a liberal is elected, it takes time to burn through all of the political capital that comes with the job. But Obama has been throwing that political capital on an Oval Office bonfire like so much kindling on a clean and safe Anchorage night. In yet another metaphor that threatens to burn out the dilithium crystals, the credibility inferno is reaching China Syndrome proportions (“You should have said ‘literally’ a lot! Literally means ‘pay attention to how smart my metaphors are.’ Wheeeeee!” — Joe Biden)…

Remember the famous SNL clip where Phil Hartman plays Ronald Reagan? He’s an amiable dunce in public, but get him behind closed doors and he’s a master strategist? Well, maybe that stuff about Obama being the liberal opposite of Reagan is true. Out in public, he seems like he’s the Chess Master (though I never saw it). But get him behind closed doors and he’s in the chair next to Biden shouting “I can spin faster than you!”

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Via Mediaite.

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Engel also reported that military commanders are “apoplectic” over the president’s inaction in Syria: “I speak to military commanders, I speak to former officials, and they are apoplectic. They think that this is a clear and present danger. They think something needs to be done.”

“One official said that this was a Freudian slip,” Engel continued, referring to Obama’s admission last week that he does not have a strategy yet for Syria. “That it shows how the United States does not have a policy to deal with Syria, even when you have ISIS, which has effectively become a terrorist army, roughly 20,000 strong.”


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Ratso!

OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, loons and trolls…

OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Leading from the 19th hole.

RickB on August 31, 2014 at 8:04 PM

0bama is such a complete and utter failure…

OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Blah, Blah, Blah cr will be here to something inane.

RickB on August 31, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Another QOTD concerning the screwup-in-chief.

I protest. Just let him eat his waffle.

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Evening All.

As Oboobo continues to play golf while the world burns… With all his talk of containment and coalitions…he’s doing on the world stage what he said he would do many years ago. We are but one country in a world of countries.

He never intended to lead.

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:11 PM

OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:05 PM

You just insulted utter failures the world over.

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:12 PM

blah blah blah! It’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on August 31, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Howdy. 4 out of my 8 admits last night were attempted suicides/suicidal gestures. Typical weekend.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Nice evening. I was outside. Cats are sitting around out there watching bugs. Typical summer.

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:17 PM

OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:05 PM

You just insulted utter failures the world over.

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Except for CR. She is such a failure she makes 0bama look good.

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Hi COL! How you feeling?

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Hi COL! How you feeling?

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:18 PM

About the same thank you. Hanging in until Tuesday when I hope to get something done. Am I being too optimistic?

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:20 PM

About the same thank you. Hanging in until Tuesday when I hope to get something done. Am I being too optimistic?

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:20 PM

It will be the start of getting something done. They will probably see you, review your findings/history, then schedule more tests as indicated. That’s usually how it goes.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:22 PM

OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:05 PM

You just insulted utter failures the world over.

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:12 PM

.
I never thought we would see a President with whom Jimmy Carter could complain about being compared …

PolAgnostic on August 31, 2014 at 8:23 PM

also is trying to change perceptions of what U.S. leadership and any president can realistically accomplish. “It’s difficult virtually to the point of impossibility to have a grand strategy in a world that is so fluid and in which we no longer yield the power we once had.
==================

Twit,..its called PROJECTING POWER,
as we (USA), can reach out and smack ye,
anytime, anywhere,

and especially at 3:00AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on August 31, 2014 at 8:23 PM

It will be the start of getting something done. They will probably see you, review your findings/history, then schedule more tests as indicated. That’s usually how it goes.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:22 PM

At this point I don’t care what’s causing it. I just want someone to get rid of this fluid.

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Zeus sends greetings to Ratso and all the other kittehs–he is our big black Persian who is now sitting next to me, patting my arm to get me to pat his head.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:24 PM

they were going to step up their Twitter campaign because the Russians didn’t really understand how effective that could be.

Wait, what? So, Boko Haram #BringoughtBackOurGirls? When did that happen?

I can’t believe that I missed that stunning display of effective diplomacy!

*stomps foot and pouts*

Resist We Much on August 31, 2014 at 8:24 PM

PolAgnostic on August 31, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Ain’t that the truth.

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:24 PM

So who’s up for a round of golf and some fundraising? Followed by a Beyoncé J-Z party.

rbj on August 31, 2014 at 8:24 PM

[sets out "We Reserve The Right To Serve Whomever We Dang Well Please, DAMMIT!!" signage...activates wireless drink stations and drone delivery service...usual caveats apply...sends out first round of Whatchudrinkin's in Brand-Spankin'-New Double Whatchudrinkin' glasses...enters under "Sunday in the Trenches--Sort Of"...]

Newtie and the Beauty on August 31, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:18 PM

About the same thank you. Hanging in until Tuesday when I hope to get something done. Am I being too optimistic?

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:20 PM

COL: Too optimistic,….hell no!:)

canopfor on August 31, 2014 at 8:25 PM

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Live Shot.

coolrepublica on August 31, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Dud.

Newtie and the Beauty on August 31, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Nice evening. I was outside. Cats are sitting around out there watching bugs. Typical summer.

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:17 PM

I was out smoking with Ratso watching the storm and he caught and ate a bug. Very proud of himself…

OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Zeus sends greetings to Ratso and all the other kittehs–he is our big black Persian who is now sitting next to me, patting my arm to get me to pat his head.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Ratso says hey!

OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:27 PM

799 days, 14 hours, 32 minutes, 16 seconds

kcewa on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I wish my cats would catch moles. The back yard is full of tunnels.

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I see you’re Live and Nationwide!

Did everything go well or are you waiting until tomorrow?

Newtie and the Beauty on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

OK–a question for all you bright folks. There is a economic “law” that states some jobs cannot be reduced to simpler faster components–it has a guy’s name attached to it, and I’ve been trying to think of it for days.
Any ideas what the “law” is called?
many thanks in advance…

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Nice evening. I was outside. Cats are sitting around out there watching bugs. Typical summer.

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Hope you’re feeling better. Watching cats chase bugs is good medicine!

kcewa on August 31, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Howdy. 4 out of my 8 admits last night were attempted suicides/suicidal gestures. Typical weekend.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:17 PM

O’dipshit voters?

msupertas on August 31, 2014 at 8:30 PM

I was out smoking with Ratso watching the storm and he caught and ate a bug. Very proud of himself…
OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Binaca

Newtie and the Beauty on August 31, 2014 at 8:31 PM

COL, glad to see you here tonight. I haven’t commented in some time, but I read QOTD each night. I’ve been praying for you all day…keep the faith!

herm2416 on August 31, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Is HellCat lurking?

I want her to finish that story she was telling about the Catholic schoolgirl with the shapely legs over in the “(cat) call of the wild” thread.

kcewa on August 31, 2014 at 8:32 PM

MeanWhile,…

https://twitter.com/ShanHalligan

Kansas City International Airport, Kansas City, MO, US
8m
Terminal at Kansas City International Airport evacuated due to bomb threat – @ShanHalligan

canopfor on August 31, 2014 at 8:33 PM

O’dipshit voters?

msupertas on August 31, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Hard to say, two were teens who were just emotionally immature. One adult with a long history of psych problems, and one older guy with drug problems…

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Wonder if Dear Leader will trot out the “we don’t have a strategy” number after the first terrorist attack by ISIS in the US? Smoking hole in Chicago, perhaps?
I imagine his strategy will be to blame republican obstructionism , and then outlaw handguns. Y’know, something bold and useless.

orangemtl on August 31, 2014 at 8:35 PM

OK–a question for all you bright folks. There is a economic “law” that states some jobs cannot be reduced to simpler faster components–it has a guy’s name attached to it, and I’ve been trying to think of it for days.
Any ideas what the “law” is called?
many thanks in advance…

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Henry Gantt?

kcewa on August 31, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

tomorrow to change out the router. Murphy’s Law kicked in — kitchen drain stopper came apart in my hand, fluorescent light in the garage won’t go on, garage door opener light blew out, and not one but 3 nightlights blew out.

LOL but I had a great day lol!!!!

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:37 PM

MeanWhile,..in LibyaGoonsVille:

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/libya-conflict/

Libya regional tensions
Libya
3h

Photo: Libyan Islamic militants celebrate poolside after claiming to have broken into evacuated US embassy grounds in Tripoli – @AlArabiya_Eng
see original on alarabiya.net

https://twitter.com/AlArabiya_Eng/status/506156485898797056/photo/1
==================

Libya
8h
A US official says members of a Libyan rebel militia have entered an annex of the US embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound, which was evacuated last month – @Reuters
End of alert
============

Libya
9h
Photo: Islamist militia forces say they’ve taken over the US embassy in Tripoli, Libya, to avenge US airstrikes; embassy was evacuated in July – @zaidbenjamin

https://twitter.com/zaidbenjamin/status/506085632511188992/photo/1

canopfor on August 31, 2014 at 8:37 PM

tomorrow to change out the router. Murphy’s Law kicked in — kitchen drain stopper came apart in my hand, fluorescent light in the garage won’t go on, garage door opener light blew out, and not one but 3 nightlights blew out.

LOL but I had a great day lol!!!!

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:37 PM

It sounds like you might have had a surge or something. Too much for coincidence.

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Henry Gantt?

kcewa on August 31, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Nope, checked it out…that’s not it.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:39 PM

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:37 PM

If those are my toughest problems, I call that a good day.

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I just realized (a, b) means a single value existing concurrently in two dimensions, and I’m seriously freaked out.

I can’t believe that I missed that stunning display of effective diplomacy!

*stomps foot and pouts*

Resist We Much on August 31, 2014 at 8:24 PM

:) — Hi, stranger girl.

don pout.

. . . maybe “effective” is not a function, but can mean several things. You know, like “red line” can mean anything from ultimatum to ham sandwich.

Axe on August 31, 2014 at 8:39 PM

blah blah blah! It’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on August 31, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Hey, I worked in the yard today, made silly comments here, worried about COL, drank some beer, felt happy when The Wife and the kids came home, drank some more beer, and pulled lint out of me belly button. Oh, I did go to Kroger just to check out the chicks. Did not find one with a limp and gave up and went back home.

What did you do today?

HonestLib on August 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM

OK–a question for all you bright folks. There is a economic “law” that states some jobs cannot be reduced to simpler faster components–it has a guy’s name attached to it, and I’ve been trying to think of it for days.
Any ideas what the “law” is called?
many thanks in advance…

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Henry Gantt?

kcewa on August 31, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Frederick Winslow Taylor?

kcewa on August 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:38 PM

lol I’m so happy to see you COL.

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:41 PM

lol I’m so happy to see you COL.

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Same to you CL.

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:41 PM

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I did have a productive day. Those little glitches just had me ducking wondering if something worse was going to happen.

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:43 PM

There has to be a rock or screamo band named the Apopletics I would imagine.

CW on August 31, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Frederick Winslow Taylor?

kcewa on August 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Nope.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:44 PM

“One official said that this was a Freudian slip,” Engel continued, referring to Obama’s admission last week that he does not have a strategy yet for Syria. “That it shows how the United States does not have a policy to deal with Syria, even when you have ISIS, which has effectively become a terrorist army, roughly 20,000 strong.”

Well maybe if the U.S. Military had not trained and armed an adolescent ISIS and proto-ISIS in Syria it wouldn’t be such a big adult psychopath now. Did these geniuses try to talk Obama out of that or did they further encourage him? What were they saying about “The Petraeus Operation” to arm them when it was going? Were they for it or against it?

VorDaj on August 31, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Let me see if I can remember it, or at least paraphrase it…Some jobs are irreducible–a certain amount of time and effort must be spent to accomplish them, and nothing can reduce that amount of time or effort.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Howdy. 4 out of my 8 admits last night were attempted suicides/suicidal gestures. Typical weekend.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Holy Cow! How many were young people?

Cleombrotus on August 31, 2014 at 8:47 PM

O’dipshit voters?

msupertas on August 31, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Hard to say, two were teens who were just emotionally immature. One adult with a long history of psych problems, and one older guy with drug problems…

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Oh yea…his people. Hope the teens are OK, and the psych.

msupertas on August 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Holy Cow! How many were young people?

Cleombrotus on August 31, 2014 at 8:47 PM

3 of the 4.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Meh, the tube fluorescent was probably giving you hints for months that it was about to go out. Today’s incandescent’s in nightlights are next to useless. Switch to LED’s. Same with the garage door opener. The vibration of the door is a bulb killer. Had the same CFLs in mine for years with no problem. When they go out, they will be replaced with LED’s.

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Hence the surge in Afghanistan before the withdrawal, the “leading from behind” in Libya, modest support for Syria’s opposition

Modest support for “Syria’s opposition”? Not modest enough! The “Syrian opposition” was mostly ISIS and proto-ISIS, you idiot!

VorDaj on August 31, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

It’s not Parkinson’s Law, is it? The law that states that a job will expand to fill the time allotted to it?

Cleombrotus on August 31, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Frederick Winslow Taylor?

kcewa on August 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Nope.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Socrates?

kcewa on August 31, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Poor Kitten. Ratso just will not quit tormenting her, and she is such a sweet and good natured kitty…

OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:49 PM

OK–a question for all you bright folks. There is a economic “law” that states some jobs cannot be reduced to simpler faster components–it has a guy’s name attached to it, and I’ve been trying to think of it for days.
Any ideas what the “law” is called?
many thanks in advance…

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Doc Holliday: “Bright Folks”,..(lol),

um, Moores Law??

canopfor on August 31, 2014 at 8:50 PM

3 of the 4.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Yup. I’m not surprised. The rise in the rate of teen suicide since the 60′s is incredible. I use it a lot when trying to talk to young people about their lives. They never argue the point because they know a few that have accomplished it.

Cleombrotus on August 31, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Winston would like to get Georgie to play with him but Georgie is 14. He could play with Mittens if he didn’t hate him. I don’t get it. He doesn’t care about other strays but he feels threatened by Mittens and chases him away.

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM

It’s not Parkinson’s Law, is it? The law that states that a job will expand to fill the time allotted to it?

Cleombrotus on August 31, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Nope, but that’s a funny one, and has some truth to it…

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Poor Kitten. Ratso just will not quit tormenting her, and she is such a sweet and good natured kitty…

OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:49 PM

OC: Tormenters eh,….we just got another cat, (Capone),by way of
my daughter till she gets an apartment set up, and that brings
the total to four cats,…its a hissing contest,…hourly:0

canopfor on August 31, 2014 at 8:53 PM

There is a economic “law” that states some jobs cannot be reduced to simpler faster components–it has a guy’s name attached to it, and I’ve been trying to think of it for days.
Any ideas what the “law” is called?
many thanks in advance…
Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

First things first: This came to mind

I’m thinking John Maynard Keynes for the other…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 31, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Gestalt theory

Cuss google all y’all want, it works.

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:54 PM

um, Moores Law??

canopfor on August 31, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Nope, Moore’s law has to do with the time it takes for the computing power of a microchip to double.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:54 PM

The Russian military commanders, the ones in the field, are not fools. They are aware that NATO is watching and could blow them to bits in a moment.

Blow them to bits in a moment? What the hell is this guy on? We haven’t even been able to blow the goat fornicating Taliban to bits in 13 years.

VorDaj on August 31, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Any ideas what the “law” is called?
many thanks in advance…
Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Sounds like the goes without saying law.

crankyoldlady on August 31, 2014 at 8:55 PM

3 of the 4.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Yup. I’m not surprised. The rise in the rate of teen suicide since the 60′s is incredible. I use it a lot when trying to talk to young people about their lives. They never argue the point because they know a few that have accomplished it.

Cleombrotus on August 31, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Yep, our oldest biological daughter gave us a fit and a scare, but she is now good to go. Whew, I still shudder at those days.

HonestLib on August 31, 2014 at 8:56 PM

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Thanks for the help/advice. For the lights in garage I have to get the ladder out and up there and see if I just need new bulbs or if this thing takes that little black circular thing too?

I did pick up an LED one at the grocery store today to try it. It’s more of a blue light than the yellow light. I got replacement bulbs and was able to salvage 1 out of the 3 that went out. I guess I need to pick up 2 more to replace those.

Um, that ladder…..I don’t even know where to look at the thing called the garage door opener in the ceiling of the garage to find out what kind of bulb it uses so I can replace it.

Wished you lived closer ;) lol

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:56 PM

“It’s difficult virtually to the point of impossibility to have a grand strategy in a world that is so fluid and in which we no longer yield the power we once had. In a sense that is Obama’s strategy, a recognition of that fact.

Waaaaaaa!!!! Governing is sooooooooooo hard! No other president has faced what Obama the Magnificent has had to face.

BULLSHIT! Another excuse maker for King Barack.

GarandFan on August 31, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Gestalt theory

Cuss google all y’all want, it works.

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Getting closer. But what I’m looking for is an economic, not behavioral law.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Oh and Newtie should live closer and she could replace the internet router box :)

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:57 PM

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Thanks for the help/advice.
CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Well, could have been worse. You could have asked me for advice. Chuckle. Nah, coz is a smart dude.

HonestLib on August 31, 2014 at 8:58 PM

fluorescent light in the garage won’t go on, garage door opener light blew out, and not one but 3 nightlights blew out.
LOL but I had a great day lol!!!!

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:37 PM

How big was the blown circuit breaker? o_O

It’s not like your house to leave you in the dark like that!

I’m glad you’ll have help with the Wee Beastie tomorrow…just have beverages on hand… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 31, 2014 at 8:58 PM

HonestLib on August 31, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Man, good to hear. Can’t imagine what it would have been like for you.

Cleombrotus on August 31, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

obamacare

renalin on August 31, 2014 at 8:59 PM

um, Moores Law??

canopfor on August 31, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Nope, Moore’s law has to do with the time it takes for the computing power of a microchip to double.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Doc Holliday: Dang it,..that close, haha:)

canopfor on August 31, 2014 at 9:02 PM

obamacare

renalin on August 31, 2014 at 8:59 PM

o__0? I want simple, not ludicrously complicated. :)

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 9:02 PM

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Again, you have it easy. I have so much crap in my garage it is a real chore just to get to the fixtures (I have many in there, some projects need lots of light).

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Wouldn’t it work for all?

cozmo on August 31, 2014 at 9:02 PM

How big was the blown circuit breaker? o_O

It’s not like your house to leave you in the dark like that!

I’m glad you’ll have help with the Wee Beastie tomorrow…just have beverages on hand… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 31, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Huh….no I checked the circuit box. All was normal in there.

What help? I’ll be on the phone with service provider and if it still doesn’t work, the techie for the computer.

Ugh.

But I did get to put that router thing off and not even think about it for a day. I almost feel normal again. lol

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 9:02 PM

And, “This president seems to be very feckless. He seems to twitter and ditter, and if you look at what their strategy was with regard to Russia, they were going to step up their Twitter campaign because the Russians didn’t really understand how effective that could be. Neither do most of us. This is a pitiful foreign policy, and Barney Fife’s in charge.”

This is NO mistake from Obama. He. Is. One. Of. Them.

I think our esteemed Military is now well aware of this, and perhaps this is why they are now enraged. Get the vaudeville hook… give him some choom – remove him from the stage for a short period so we can save our nation whilst allowing The Obama to retire in peace and wealth.

Key West Reader on August 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

How big was the blown circuit breaker? o_O

Newtie and the Beauty on August 31, 2014 at 8:58 PM

I’m Irish, don’t take much to blow my circuit breaker. Chuckle!

HonestLib on August 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Poor Kitten. Ratso just will not quit tormenting her, and she is such a sweet and good natured kitty…
OmahaConservative on August 31, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Well, maybe you should try trotting Ratso back and forth along a construction site…that might larn him a thing or two… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Let me see if I can remember it, or at least paraphrase it…Some jobs are irreducible–a certain amount of time and effort must be spent to accomplish them, and nothing can reduce that amount of time or effort.

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:45 PM

I don’t know the answer to this.

I went looking and couldn’t find anything.

I have a significant and terrifying line on Schrödinger’s cat, though.

bbl

Axe on August 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Well, could have been worse. You could have asked me for advice. Chuckle. Nah, coz is a smart dude.

HonestLib on August 31, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Aha…the take out the garbage guy are you LOL!!!!

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Dam Alert:

Denison, IA, US
2m
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End of alert
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Johnny Kelly @stormchaser4850 · 7m

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https://twitter.com/stormchaser4850/status/506243939293483008/photo/1

canopfor on August 31, 2014 at 9:04 PM

This is NO mistake from Obama. He. Is. One. Of. Them.

I think our esteemed Military is now well aware of this, and perhaps this is why they are now enraged. Get the vaudeville hook… give him some choom – remove him from the stage for a short period so we can save our nation whilst allowing The Obama to retire in peace and wealth.

Key West Reader on August 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Hey….you think we could buy out the rest of his contract? Maybe even pay him a retirement bonus to sweeten the deal?

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Man, good to hear. Can’t imagine what it would have been like for you.

Cleombrotus on August 31, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Thanks for understanding with so few words. Woke me up and I started paying attention.

HonestLib on August 31, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Aha…the take out the garbage guy are you LOL!!!!

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Funny you would say that. In a world long ago I was called GM. Garbage Man. It was my job to clean up.

HonestLib on August 31, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Oh well, this quote is pretty good…
First rule of Economics 101: our desires are insatiable. Second rule: we can stomach only three Big Macs at a time.
Douglas Horton

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/economics.html#KU60P5cZ8x3tX2xJ.99

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 9:09 PM

OK–a question for all you bright folks. There is a economic “law” that states some jobs cannot be reduced to simpler faster components–it has a guy’s name attached to it, and I’ve been trying to think of it for days.
Any ideas what the “law” is called?
many thanks in advance…

Doc Holliday on August 31, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I think this is what you’re after…maybe?

Frederick Taylor was the father of modern efficiency model. Around early 1900′s, he formalized the principles of Scientific Management and developed a set of ideas designed focusing on the individual to help maximize efficiency. His main idea was that every job could be done in a scientific method which maximizes profit, he also believed that workers are inherently lazy and their rational thought made them maximize their own utility. Taylor states that Management (not workers) are to develop a science for every job, which replaces the old rule of thumb method. In order to do that, workers should be scientifically selected, trained, and placed in jobs for which they are mentally and physically suited. This scientific training is one of the most important principles of Taylor’s Scientific Management. The job to be done should also be analyzed scientifically to determine the best way to do that job and standard times for jobs and work processes are to be established. Incentives should be offered so that workers behave in accordance with principles of the scientific management that have been developed. Also, management must support workers by carefully planning and helping implement their work.

Taylor stated that there are “misfortunes of industry” which hinders the progress of improving work. Taylor referred to one of these misfortunes as the “soldiering” of the worker; which means that the worker is not working at its full potential. Taylor states that “this loafing or soldiering proceeds from two causes. First, from the natural instinct and tendency…

Diluculo on August 31, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Axe on August 31, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Hiya! Been dealing with a MASSIVE ear infection. It started out as one of my typical ‘A-month’ (April or August). Allergies, sinus, whatever. I took antibiotics for 2 weeks (treated myself) and, finally, I went to the the doctor last Wed. Not only did I want to blow my head off from the pain (no, I don’t need a psych eval or a 5150 hold, Doc), but I woke up and couldn’t hear a thing in my right ear. NOTHING. I still didn’t think of an ear infection. Just thought it was sinusitis from allergies, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!, I’ve got to come down with something that I haven’t had since I was a child. On the bright side, it’s not the mumps or mono. lolz

Anyhoo, I’ve been on new sooper-dooper antibiotics, steroids, antibiotic/steroid drops, pain medication, allergy meds, and sinus decongestants. I’m a veritable walking (shakily) pharmacy. And, it looks like I’m going to have to go back in and see him first thing Tuesday morning since it now appears to be spreading to my other ear and my throat. I also still feel like I’m at the bottom of a swimming pool. Disconnected and foggy. I’m just bloody miserable.

I really, really, really don’t want to go in hospital and I have a feeling that’s where this is all heading.

Resist We Much on August 31, 2014 at 9:10 PM

bbl

Axe on August 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Wimp!

HonestLib on August 31, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Huh….no I checked the circuit box. All was normal in there.

What help? I’ll be on the phone with service provider and if it still doesn’t work, the techie for the computer.

Ugh.

But I did get to put that router thing off and not even think about it for a day. I almost feel normal again. lol

CoffeeLover on August 31, 2014 at 9:02 PM

CL: Just trying to eliminate, any other sources,

has the house been built on a Indian Burial Grounds,
now or then!–:0

canopfor on August 31, 2014 at 9:11 PM

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