Who Cares

American Sniper’s” biggest lie: Clint Eastwood has a delusional Fox News problem
The insanities and fantasies at the heart of “American Sniper” explain everything about the state of the 2015 GOP

“Michael Moore and I actually have a lot in common – we both appreciate living in a country where there’s free expression.” Eastwood then added: “But, Michael, if you ever show up at my front door with a camera – I’ll kill you. I mean it.” The tone was I’m sort of joking, but maybe not really joking, provoking nervous laughter from both the audience and Moore himself.

Eastwood said he would kill Moore if he showed up at his door. This was his response to a film that raised much-needed conversation about U.S. gun culture. Eastwood’s reaction tells us a lot about the way that some members of the GOP treat those with whom they disagree. If you don’t agree with me on guns, I’ll just kill you.

This White Dude Was a Boss in the Chinese Mafia

Let’s talk about the shocking twists of Star Wars: The Force AwakensIMG_20151026_184014

Christmas Present

Here I confess: for thirty years I have hated those stupid space movies, as much for their badly-written scripts (all mumbo-jumbo exposition of nonsensical story-lines between explosions) as for the degenerate techno-narcissism they promote in a society literally dying from the diminishing returns and unintended consequences of technology.

Donald Trump demands apology from Hillary Clinton after ‘disgusting’ debate claim

“I will demand an apology from Hillary. She should apologize,” Trump said Monday on the “Today” show. “She lies about emails, she lies about Whitewater, she lies about everything. She will be a disaster as president of the United States.”

Trump added in a tweet Monday morning that Clinton’s claim was “disgusting.”

When asked if Clinton planned to apologize, the Clinton campaign had a succinct response.

“Hell no,” spokesman Brian Fallon said. “Hillary Clinton will not be apologizing to Donald Trump for correctly pointing out how his hateful rhetoric only helps ISIS recruit more terrorists.”

Military to Military
Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership about the dire consequences of toppling Assad. The jihadists, he said, were in control of the opposition. Turkey wasn’t doing enough to stop the smuggling of foreign fighters and weapons across the border. ‘If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic,’ Flynn told me. ‘We understood Isis’s long-term strategy and its campaign plans, and we also discussed the fact that Turkey was looking the other way when it came to the growth of the Islamic State inside Syria.’ The DIA’s reporting, he said, ‘got enormous pushback’ from the Obama administration. ‘I felt that they did not want to hear the truth.’

Inside the Pentagon’s fight over Russia
How the victors of one of America’s most celebrated battles are facing off on the future of the army.

In two of the scenarios, where the U.S. deploys its current basic formation, called brigade combat teams (BCTs), the U.S. is defeated. In two other scenarios, where Macgregor deploys what he calls Reconnaissance Strike Groups, the U.S. wins. And that’s the crux of Macgregor’s argument: Today the U.S. Army is comprised of BCTs rather than Reconnaissance Strike Groups, or RSGs, which is Macgregor’s innovation. Macgregor’s RSG shears away what he describes as “the top-heavy Army command structure” that would come with any deployment in favor of units that generate more combat power. “Every time we deploy a division we deploy a division headquarters of 1,000 soldiers and officers,” Macgregor explains. “What a waste; those guys will be dead within 72 hours.” Macgregor’s RSG, what he calls “an alternative force design,” does away with this Army command echelon, reporting to a joint force commander — who might or might not be an Army officer. An RSG, Macgregor says, does not need the long supply tail that is required of Brigade Combat Teams — it can be sustained with what it carries from ten days to two weeks without having to be resupplied.

This might be kind of important, though:
A bank persuaded Twitter to delete my tweets

And this. Wow!
Week Eleven of the Russian Intervention in Syria: A Step Back from the Brink?

First, the downing of the Russian SU-24 is becoming a major liability. The Russians have immediately claimed that this was a carefully planned and cowardly ambush, but now top western experts agree. This is very embarrassing, and it could get much worse with the deciphering of the flight recorders of the SU-24 (which the Russians have found and brought to Moscow). The picture which emerges is this: not only was this a deliberate provocation, an ambush, but there is overwhelming evidence that the Turks used the information the Russians have provided to the USA about their planned sorties. The fact that the Americans gave that information to the Turks is bad enough, but the fact that the Turks then used that information to shoot down a Russian aircraft makes the US directly responsible. The USA is also responsible by the simple fact that there is no way the Turks could have set up this complex ambush without the USA knowing about it. Now, it is possible that some in the US military machine knew about it while others didn’t. This entire operation sounds to me like exactly the kind of goofball plan the CIA is famous for, so maybe Kerry at State or even Obama did not really “know” about it.

Renowned American Military Expert Explains How Turkey Ambushed Russia’s Su-24


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  1. i’d just like to see the new SW movie without all the advertizing trying to spoil it for me, not to mention certain gabby relatives and friends.

  2. 1976: so we went to the snack bar for popcorn and drinks, and left it up to our friend ralph (his real name) to grab some good seats for us at the SW premiere here in honolulu. we make it back just before the lights dim, and lo and behold, the idiot has chosen seats for us in the back rows of the movie house! i yelled at him that we wanted to be closer to the screen, so we ended up sitting together kinda in the middle rows. the start of a movie franchise.

  3. finally saw eastwood’s “american sniper” on the plane. good plane movie, or is that plain (as in simple-minded) movie. just goes to show you what a sick society america has become that worships as war heros those who hide on rooftops and use high-powered rifles with scopes to pick off kids with weapons they would have dropped and run from if first alerted with a warning shot.

    we’ve evolved into a nation of cowards with absolutely no respect for others. probably always was that way. recall our schooling indoctranates us otherwise.

  4. re: new star wars movie. at least they killed off harrison ford’s character. too bad they didn’t kill off carrie fisher, too. maybe they killed off natalie portman earlier? what a franchise.

  5. so now they’re treating new year’s eve celebrations in times square like a protest rally in faluja, iraq. massive crowds, possible terror… nice touch.

  6. JOKE:

    What is Celibacy?

    Celibacy can be a choice in life, or a condition imposed by circumstances.

    While attending a Marriage Weekend, Frank and his wife Ann listened to the instructor declare, It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.
    He then addressed the men.
    Can you name and describe your wife’s favorite flower?

    Frank leaned over, touched Ann’s arm gently, and whispered,
    Gold Medal-All-Purpose, Isn’t it?

    And thus began Frank’s life of celibacy.

  7. HPD (Honolulu Police Dept.) took Tyke down that day, after he killed his trainer in front of the local audience and then broke out of the big tent to run the streets of Honolulu. It was all over the local and national news. naughty elephant, but there was no need to shoot him.

  8. it appears beyoncé is selling moron than good vocals, orginal lyrics and great dancing. she needs to do this now, before aging kicks in and/or she goes out of style, e.g., cher.

  9. i think it was being weighed down by ice. i just thought it was a nice example of, “slowly at first, then all at once”. something like that…

  10. yeah, if jhk’s anything like me, he’s something of a fatalist. anything past maybe 60 or 65 is just being greedy…i’d say.

  11. it’s kinda funny…i guess. but for the last 30 or so years, here in the northeast anyway, i’ve watched the ruins of industry pile up, get torn down, and, often enough, get turned into retail space. i even worked on a number of these conversions, much to my own chagrin. now i have the chance to watch the retail economy fall into ruin…not sure how i should feel about that…history in the making…

  12. great cartoon by singer. that’s my youngest son, alright. after the vide, he’ll meet his GF at the gym for some workout body trimming and some e-cigarette smoking. wot, me worry?

  13. woke up to a magnitude 4.5 earthquake this AM. bed shaking but no one near the bed. epicenter in Beaumont, CA, four miles down. reckon it’s a result of locally heavy rains yesterday after a long drought. or just a coincidence…

  14. well, at least he has a gf and goes to the gym. e-cigs are better ‘n regular cigs…i guess.

    i remember when my kids were growing up. they would want me to sit and watch them play video games. i think i did once, for maybe 5 minutes…don’t get the appeal…

    both my kids smoke weed on a regular basis. i smoke it on (very) rare occasions. anyhoo, i tell them that if they have it smoke it, they should vape it. keeps some of the various pollutants out of your lungs. i guess.

    i can say that the there is a huge difference between weed of the 60’s and 70’s and the weed of the 2010’s. today’s pot will knock you for a loop…god i’m old.

    my younger one (28) smokes cigarettes. which is just stupid…i guess. how is it, with all the negative information about smoking that has flooded the media over the last 40 years, people still take up smoking, is beyond me. is it really life enhancing in any way? isn’t life difficult enough without dragging some kind of debilitating addiction around with you? meh…don’t get it.

  15. re: cigarette smoking. peer pressure in HS plus nervous habit predisposition gets you hooked. once the nicotine takes control, it’s just like any other physical addiction, only nastier than most.

    i used to smoke cigarettes for the above reasons. never quite got completely hooked. my “volcano cowboy” amigos and i mostly stopped when we stopped gas sampling on various active volcanoes. it was kinda like combat, i guess, except there was just one big adversary.

    i wonder if professional bull fighters, jet test pilots smoke? i know i would.

    now, it’s an occasional fine cigar. i can take it or leave it.

  16. i’m guessing that was a robbery someplace in china. asshole robber didn’t have a gun so used a brick. now nudge and her followers on facebook will want to outlaw loose bricks. registrations and background checks for all bricklayers.

  17. Dave,
    You could sell T-shirts with her on them in Oz with our homely expression “Fair suck of the sauce bottle”.

  18. So I watched about 30 minutes of the prez’s last state-of-the-union adde. Lies about the employment stats, moron lies about growth and the health of the us economy.* Then, a kicker about finally getting around to closing gitmo. IIRC, that was a campaign promise in 2008. WTF? He’s commander-in-chief, with executive powers, so why wait until now? moron BS, bet he won’t, or can’t do it.

    All-in-all, a most disappointing, do nothing presidency. Buscho in blackface.

    * watched the audience reactions. they were turning heads and talking to each other, because they know better.

  19. “That Wiley Coyote moment:”

    yeah, i think that this is what marx predicted, way back when. the show ain’t over yet. that’s dave’s prediction.

  20. we’ll be OK until the present overstock runs low. then, if there is still some demand left, the big surprise might be no moron operating factories and supply chains to provide all those essentials.

    think of all your fav made-in-china stuff.

  21. ain’t nothin’ worse than a mango tree that don’t bear fruit. actually, i’m wrong, worse is a mango tree that does bear fruit. funkin’ mangos dropping all de time, attracting rats and flies.

    what you want is a friend to owns a mango tree.

  22. i guess that was a failed suicide attempt? looks like he’s one of those assylum seekers, or has been reading ‘our finite world’ blog.

    he misjudged that bus’ ability to brake fast. a fellow in town here apparently purposely stepped in front of one of our city buses. it did not brake in time so that person died of massive blunt trauma.

  23. cool that they caught that landslide on camera. from the roadblock, they knew it was going to go. still, the big trees mean it was stable for a long time. surreal to watch it all go down.

    there is a cool place in long beach, CA, along the old coast road, where a similar landslide occurred. you can still see sections of the former 2-lane road in various hanging positions as the whole slope gave way. it’s near a historic park and a famous biker bar & grill. probably a result of oil & gas extraction => rapid subsidence. the whole area is sinking.

  24. yeah, i don’t know what it is, but the more celebrities that die, particularly celebrity musicians, the happier i get, and i’m never happy about anything.

  25. yeah, i kinda like that thing. but i think you have to be within 25 or 30 feet to actually hit anything that you might be aiming at…

  26. yup, you are correct. mine is either 45 or 50 caliber–still have to measure it. i think the idea is to stop anything trying to intrude on your personal space within that distance, including large targets like bears or humans. it makes big holes and lots of noise. good for naughty bears.

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