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Friday, October 24, 2014

President Shit-For-Brains proves how wrong he is

Barry is famously wrong on all kinds of things. The list is far too extensive to detail here, certainly not with links, but even just recently we can include his assessment of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ("jayvee"), ebola (highly unlikely to come to the U.S.), and the IRS (not a smidgeon of corruption there). Go back to 2007, and we have the gut-buster that Ryan Lizza reported in The New Yorker that Barry said to Patrick Gaspard when he interviewed for the position of political director for Obama in 2007:
I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.
So, we get it. Barry knows more than everyone about everything. So why is it that he was so eager to cancel weapons programs that he now is relying upon in the air campaign against ISIL?* I've been sitting on this for a month, but it still bears noting: When the U.S. first started hitting ISIL targets in Syria, a primary weapon was Tomahawk cruise missiles. They are powerful, accurate, and difficult to stop, all of which make their use a natural choice. So of course, Barry wants to cancel that program:
The problem, as we reported back in March, is that the Tomahawk was slated by Obama to be phased out of the Navy's inventory, with no timely replacement ready. Under his budget proposals, the Navy, which as recently as last year had plans to buy 980 more Tomahawks, the primary cruise missile used throughout the fleet, would see purchases drop from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016.
Doing the math, we see that Obama has already consumed in one night of strikes 47% of next year's planned purchases. The naval inventory will soon be depleted at this rate unless we crank up the arsenal of democracy and stop beating our swords into solar panels. As Thomas Lifson at the American Thinker calculates, the U.S. supply of roughly 4,000 Tomahawks would be exhausted in about 85 days at that rate of use.
Barry used a lot of Tomahawks against Libya a few years ago, too. For a guy who wants to cancel Tomahawk production, he sure uses the fuck out of them, doesn't he? Maybe he got his Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to eliminate the U.S. stocks of Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Anyway, Tomahawks aren't the only weapon Barry wants to cancel but needed to hit ISIL in Syria:
A Syrian campaign is going to be tougher than the effort in Libya, where there was no sophisticated air defense weaponry to worry about, which is why the Air Force chose to use the F-22 Raptor for the first time in combat. Its ability to evade radar detection plus its high-speed maneuverability make it ideal for high-risk environments.
Yeah, we don't need no stinking Raptors. We'll never fight another country that has aircraft to compete with ours, right? Not like China is building up its military.  Or that Russia is building up its military. All we'll need to worry about in the future is a bunch of goat-herders with no airplanes, right? So let's cancel the best fighter aircraft ever built.

I wouldn't worry about all this, though. We'll probably never need the Tomahawk or the Raptor ever again. Barry knows best, right? Why does anyone ever listen to this guy about anything?

* The media and administration usually call the group ISIS -- the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. ISIS calls itself ISIL. The difference is not inconsequential. The key is the Levant -- the Levant historically includes not only Syria, but a good chunk of Turkey, pretty much all of Lebanon, some of Jordan, some of Egypt and, of course, all of Israel. That is what they are claiming as their caliphate, not just Iraq and Syria. Given how ISIL has been killing pretty much everybody in territory it controls who is not a Sunni Muslim who agrees with them, what do you think the survival odds for Israelis are if these assholes win? Or Christians, or Shiites, or anybody else who isn't a nutbag Islamist?

So where the hell are all the Eff You fans from Mongolia?

I know they know about us -- Mongolia is surrounded by nations that are among the most frequent visitors to Eff You, so Mongolia can't claim ignorance. Surely they've heard the talk on the streets about Eff You's comprehensive coverage of hot naked babes, fine food and the most advanced construction techniques for yurts. Surely this should make Eff You required reading in high society in Ulan Bator, don't you think? So do I. So how about it, Mongolia? Or, since no Mongolians have visited yet, how about some members of Eff You Nation in China or Russia tip off some of your Mongolian friends? I promise to get some yurt-building tips up, pronto.

Get those game food votes in!

Looks like everybody wants me eating brats Sunday night, but the second pick is still very much up in the air. Sliders hold a slim lead, but BBQ is right behind. Might have to take that pork shoulder out of the freezer tonight. Get your votes in while there's still time!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It's OK to cry a little over this

In fact, I worry about you if you don't.  The Herald News, a Canadian newspaper, printed a story about the Canadian Army reservist killed Wednesday by the jihadi gunman who attempted to storm Canada's Parliament building. Fortunately, the jihadi died in the attempt before he could harm anyone else. But the big stir isn't about the newspaper's article about the event:.
Watercooler conversations throughout Nova Scotia seemed to be all about the cartoon and the feelings it evoked about the cold-blooded murder of a 24-year-old reservist in front of Canada’s National War Memorial.
Simply stated, for the few who may not have seen it, the cartoon suggests the coming to life of the bronzed First World War soldiers that sit atop the memorial. One soldier is bent over, supporting Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s body. Others are reaching down as if to help, while still others stare stoically forward.
His feet, complete with Argyll and Sutherland Highland socks and white spats, are the only part of the young soldier showing.
The cartoon is genuinely touching:

For those who wish to order reprints, the Herald News includes this information:
EDITOR'S NOTE: A portion of all sales of Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon about the shooting in Ottawa will be donated to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. If you would like to order a reprint, please visit or call our customer care line at 1-800-565-3339 ext 0.
Order a reprint. I did. Hat tip to Ace.

What's a girl to do?

Really, I just want to attract a little attention. Traffic has been atrocious, I've been boring and sporadic, which is why traffic is atrocious. Not much of interest going on in Temp Town, but too busy to post on stuff outside my immediate circle of activity, which fucking nobody really cares about. What to do? Pictures of hot naked babes? (Seriously, that is a popular search term that finds this blog, even though I have never actually posted pictures of hot naked babes. We'll see what this spurious mention of hot naked babes does for traffic.) Anyway, I sigh. What are people doing for Halloween?

Sorry, another Marines in Beirut post, but you should read this

I'm not even going to excerpt this, just go over to Blackfive and read it for yourself. Semper Fi.

31 years after the Beirut barracks bombing, the Marines are back in Beirut

Thirty-one years ago today, Islamic terrorists set off a truck bomb at the Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 American servicemen, mostly Marines. The attack prompted the American withdrawal from Lebanon. Well, the Marines are back:
As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. From their perch in the lobby they screen building visitors and, most importantly, safeguard classified information for the first time since the 1980s.
The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old. The embassy there was bombed in 1983 and again in 1984. But the most vicious attack occurred in October 1983 when a suicide bomber in an explosive-laden truck destroyed the Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut airport killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. Official investigations would later reveal that the explosion was the largest non-nuclear blast in history up to that point — equivalent to 21,000 pounds of TNT.
It was the single biggest loss of Marines since the Battle of Iwo Jima.
You don't see much media coverage of the bombing anniversary these days, but the Marines remember. How do you forget something like this?

Photo credit is Bill Foley of The Associated Press.