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How Do You Spell Trouble?

By Patty On March 25th, 2011 at 2:32 am

Gaddafi…Ghadaffi…Kadaffi….Qadafii…did you know that there are at least 112 ways to spell the Mad Man of Libya’s name?

No? … now you do.

What is The Escape Plan Houdini?

By Mahons On March 24th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

On the anniversary of the birth of Harry Houdini I think it proper to ask the President of the United States what his escape plan is for Libya.   Like a maze, military situations are easier to enter into than to leave.    We have a no fly zone in Libya.  OK.  So now what?

Are we to keep aircraft carriers offshore while Gadaffy Duck simply waits us out?  I suspect he has more residences than the one that was bombed, and he apaprently likes sleeping in tents.  How exactly are we paying for this?  Are the Obamas going to vacation in less exotic locations?  Sell the White House silver?  Perhaps the Arab League might offer a few of its billions as a sort of tip for good service.

What if Gadaffy Duck decides, with good reason, that the World’s attention span might fade over the course of time?  Does he wait until another crisis looms elsewhere?  Does he have to have victory to stay in power or does he merely have to stay alive, demonstrating to his tribe that the mighty US has tried to rub him out and he’s still standing. 

How long have we been in Iraq or Afghanistan?  Can you recall?  How many times has a Senior Taliban Militant or Senior AQ Leader been killed and how has such a death (not unpleasant in and of itself mind you) hastened the end to either of those conflicts?

When is the Mission Accomplished moment?  And I don’t mean the dress up and play air cowboy moment that Bush had, but the real deal.  And the Libyan rebels, are they gonna gratefully name their kids Barack and Michele, or David or Nicholas or Hillary and suddenly form a modern peaceful democracy with malice towards none?  Methinks not. 

If you want to perform a magic trick, you better know what the secret is.

They’re all Gone now

By Patrick Van Roy On March 23rd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Sleep Well Fair Princess


By David Vance On March 23rd, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Here’s some graffiti that has gone up on the Fall’s Road…I suppose they have a point since the Libyan leader did help the IRA kill so many innocent people. Nice to see their concern daubed up on the wall…


And how do you pronounce ‘compassion?

By Mike Cunningham On March 23rd, 2011 at 1:30 pm

‘We are arranging a visit to your house. We will view your possessions and list those that we will sell at auction. We strongly advise you to avoid this as it will cost you much more to pay this way and can be embarrassing.’

Suppose you are 95, and then suppose you are frail, confused and ill. You receive a letter like that from HMRC, a government agency with a reputation for arrogant and forceful action. So you contact a friend, who contacts a newspaper; who in turn contacts the charity Tax Help For Older People to look at her case.

After examining her records it emerged that she has in fact paid more than £380 too much tax. HMRC apologises, and says it will investigate.

But no-one will be fired, no-one will be punished, no-one will accept that wrong has been done; and not only to this frail elderly lady, but to many thousands of others who have received harsh demand letters from the Agency which bears  the title Her Majesty’s  Revenue & Customs.

Happy 80th Birthday Bill Shatner

By Patrick Van Roy On March 23rd, 2011 at 1:40 am

A Montage I Hope You Enjoy, all from Boston Legal, last two clips are the best


Core Principles

By Patty On March 21st, 2011 at 10:51 pm

America goes to war to protect her borders and her national interests; in order to go to war, Congressional approval is needed, at least that is how I understand it.

Obama disagrees. According to Obama, America has a heretofore unknown “core principle” that posits that we go to war when the “entire international community” agrees that there is a “humanitarian crisis.”  Obama in Chile speaks about Libya at a press conference:

“The core principle that has to be upheld here is that when the entire international community, almost unanimously, says that there is a potential humanitarian crisis about to take place, that a leader who has lost his legitimacy decides to turn his military on his own people, that we can’t simply stand by with empty words, that we have to take some sort of action. I think it’s also important to note that the way that the U.S. took leadership and managed this process ensures international legitimacy and ensures that our partners, members of the international coalition, are bearing the burden of following through on the mission as well. Because, as you know, in the past there have been times when the United States acted unilaterally or did not have full international support, and as a consequence typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden,”

Worst. President. Ever.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

By Mahons On March 21st, 2011 at 7:49 pm

One has to hand it to the Arab League for sheer chutzpa.  They support a no-fly zone yet have condemned the recent flights by coalition forces over Libya to enforce same.  Arab league spokesman, Amir Moussa, has been doing the diplomatic hokey pokey for 48 hours.  He “fully” backs UN resolution 1973 which allows for an impostion of a no fly zone (as Malcom X might have said by any means necessasry) yet he is criticial of how it is done (praising with feint damnation?). 

The two Arab nations expected to provide actual military support, Qater and the UAE have been pretty mum on the nature of that support and when it will arise.  Turkey’s unhelpful Prime Minister has virtually suggested this is a grab for oil which makes one wonder if he really wants to join the EU or the George Galloway fan club.  The Saudis, who hate Gadaffi, are too busy quelling unrest of their own, and of neighboring states, to help much.  And Egypt obviously has its own turmoil at the moment (and Moussa, who wants to throw his towel into the ring for the Egytptian presidency, may be playing to the street).

The Arab League is legendary in its inability to agree , except when it comes to Israel.  To rely on them for anything is to make a castle in the sand.  Come to think of it they do have a lot of sand.   This humanitarian mission is a thankless task.  Heck, they resent us for it already.  You know what they might actually respect?  If we actually went in to control the oil!

President Cool-in-Chief

By Patty On March 21st, 2011 at 6:55 pm

From Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

“While America sent its men and women into battle over the skies and off the coast of Libya, its Commander in Chief spent his day doing this while in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:”

Hot Air provides this quote from the  AP trying to cover for Obama:

“Meanwhile, U.S. warplanes pounded faraway Libya.

It was all summed up by one image: Obama, adeptly juggling a soccer ball, as his aides helped him juggle his agenda.”

Adeptly?  …adeptly???  …really? really??

For Japan

By Patrick Van Roy On March 21st, 2011 at 3:15 am