January 18th, 2015
12:31 AM ET

Military intervention not solution to terrorist threat

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The Paris terror attacks were barbaric but also startling, leading many to ask what could be done to prevent this kind of terrorism in the future.

Well, one man has a clear answer. "That attack you saw in Paris? You'll see an attack in the United States," Senator John McCain told the New York Times. Elaborating on how to stop this from happening, he explained to the Times and to CNN that it would require a more aggressive American military strategy across the greater Middle East, with a no-fly zone and ground troops in Syria and more troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This theory was sometimes described during the Iraq war as, "We fight them there so we don't have to fight them here."

It was wrong then and it's wrong now.

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  1. chri§§y

    Lol @ bobcat...even Mandela woulda loved that one!

    February 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Hee Hee Hee

      February 12, 2015 at 3:03 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      As one who is an unabashed admirer of cats, telling this story
      is somewhat painful. This is a true story which happened during the late
      1970's. My wife has firsthand knowledge of the circ umstances since, at the
      time, she was a police officer in whose jurisdiction the incident occurred.
      There is a small rural town, somewhat northeast to the city of
      Niagara Falls, NY. One evening, a resident of the town called the local
      volunteer fire department to request as sistance in removing their cat
      from a tree. Since this was a "questionable" call, the fire control
      dispatcher called the fire chief at home to ask if he wanted to respond.
      The chief said sure, call out the department, since it was early evening
      and it shouldn't be a problem for the volunteers to respond.
      The fire department responded with a rescue truck which had an
      extension ladder. The tree, however, was too tall and willowy to support
      the weight of the extension ladder. Rather than send men back to the fire
      hall to bring the aerial ladder truck, one of the firefighters suggested
      an alternate course of action. Two of the firefighters supported the
      ladder while a third climbed high enough to tie a rope around the tree at
      about half its height.
      The other end of the rope was tied to a trailer hitch on a pickup
      truck, with the truck slowly driven forward, forcing the tree to bend over.
      One firefighter was poised to grab the cat as soon as it was within his
      The knot securing the rope to the trailer hitch slipped free.
      The cat was last seen airborne heading south toward the city of
      Niagara Falls, and was never seen again.
      This incident adds a rather new definition to the word "catapult."
      Needless to say, the particular fire department did not receive
      praise from the local ASPCA when the story made its rounds. Please note
      that this story is not meant to put down volunteer fire departments, who
      perform a dedicated and essential community function.

      February 12, 2015 at 3:25 pm |
      • banasy©

        That is sad. The answer, of course, would have been to call paramedics, preferably of the "drilling engineer" variety.

        This is not to meant to put down volunteer firemen, either. They absolutely perform a necessary function, particularly in a small town that where it would be foolish to maintain a full-time paid fire department due to its small size, such as mine.

        Oh, and having several friends on our VFD, I can attest personally that they are specifically not qualified if they have toothpick-sized arms; toothpicks being particularly flammable. Plus, they're brittle, duh.

        February 12, 2015 at 6:12 pm |
  2. chri§§y

    Dear friend @ bobcat you know i love you dearly so could you please do me one small favor? Please do not use "hee hee hee" ever again! PLEASE? Lol i know you will be able to figure out why lol.

    February 12, 2015 at 11:16 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Request has been received, understood and as similated. The recent lapse of judgement is in all probability a direct result of the acc umulative effects of the verbal inter-course that has been subst ituted for a facsimile of intelligent discourse among the normal mas ses.

      February 13, 2015 at 10:16 am |
    • bobcat2u

      Request has been received, understood and as similated. The recent lapse of judgement is in all probability a direct result of the acc umulative effects of the verbal inter-course that has been subst ituted for a facsimile of intelligent dis course among the normal mas ses.

      February 13, 2015 at 10:17 am |
    • bobcat2u

      Request has been received, understood and as similated. The recent lapse of judgement is in all probability a direct result of the acc umulative effects of the ver bal inter-course that has been subst ituted for a facsi mile of intelligent dis course among the normal mas ses.

      February 13, 2015 at 10:18 am |
      • bobcat2u

        Stupid site wouldn't show my comment. Now it shows it in three versions. Well, at least you get the point that message was Received, Understood and As similated.

        February 13, 2015 at 10:37 am |
  3. Barndaisy circle c

    There never were any forced labor camps for lazy people!

    February 13, 2015 at 6:44 am |
    • banasy©

      History disagrees with you, Philip.

      But then you never were big on honesty.

      Impulse control, either.

      February 13, 2015 at 11:26 am |
  4. chri§§y

    Lmao thanks @ bobcat, i knew you would get it. And aint it cute how he just b@st@rdized banasys name to make a retraction of one of his most famous make believe stories? As if....we wouldnt know who he really is! I thought i was gonna miss this site but now maybe not so much. Especially as we can all just text each other. Btw when you get time text me your email addy and ill send you some pics of my new great nephew! I forgot how tiny they are at first! He has a few probs but hopefully theyve come along way medically since Cory! Ttyl bobcat.

    February 13, 2015 at 10:41 am |
    • banasy©

      It's been a few days since Philip last threw an attention-seeking tantrum, Chrissy.
      I anticipate a few more before this site finally closes its comments.

      I posit it's because he was in his depressive phase of the "non-existant" illness he was diagnosed with.

      February 13, 2015 at 11:33 am |
  5. bobcat2u

    And speaking of tantrums :

    A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a three-year-old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the child asked for cookies and her mother told her, “No.”

    The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Ellen, we just have half of the aisles left to go through; don’t be upset. It won’t be long.”

    He passed the Mother again in the candy aisle. Of course, the little girl began to shout for candy. When she was told she couldn’t have any, she began to cry. The mother said, “There, there, Ellen; only two more aisles to go, and then we’ll be checking out.”

    The man again happened to be behind the pair at the check-out, where the little girl immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there would be no gum purchased today. The mother patiently said, “Ellen, we’ll be through this check out stand in five minutes, and then you can go home and have a nice nap.”

    The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. “I couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with little Ellen…”

    The mother broke in, “My little girl’s name is Tammy… I’m Ellen.”

    February 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm |
  6. bobcat2u

    A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be.
    Moderation in temper is always a virtue;
    but moderation in principle is always a vice.

    – Thomas Paine

    February 13, 2015 at 1:09 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is
      the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

      – Washington Irving

      February 13, 2015 at 1:13 pm |
      • banasy©

        Stupidity isn't punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop.

        – Laurell K. Hamilton

        February 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm |
    • banasy©

      Life is hard. It's even harder if you're stupid.

      – Marion Morrison

      February 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        “The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are co cksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”

        ― Bertrand Russell

        February 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

        ― George Carlin

        February 13, 2015 at 1:45 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        One more :

        “Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.”

        ― C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew

        February 13, 2015 at 1:47 pm |
      • banasy©

        A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

        -Bertrand Russell

        February 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        "Stupid is as stupid does", Momma always sayez.

        -Forrest Gump

        February 13, 2015 at 3:17 pm |
  7. chri§§y

    SOS = stuck on stupid.
    The author ME!

    February 13, 2015 at 2:04 pm |
  8. bobcat2u

    An eccentric billionaire wanted a mural painted on his library wall so he called an artist. Describing what he wanted, the billionaire said, "I am a history buff and I would like your interpretation of the last thing that went through Custer's mind before he died. I am going out of town on business for a week and when I return I expect to see it completed." Upon his return, the billionaire went to the library to examine the finished work. To his surprise, he found a painting of a cow with a halo. Surrounding this were hundreds of Indians in various se xual positions. Furious, he called the artist in. "What the hell is this?" screamed the billionaire. "Why that's exactly what you asked for" said the artist smugly. "No, I didn't ask for a mural of por no graphic filth. I asked for an interpretation of Custer's last thoughts" "And there you have it" said the artist. "I call it, 'Holy cow, look at all those f**ing Indians'

    February 13, 2015 at 2:08 pm |
    • banasy©


      However, a few questions about this library: what is the name of it? What is the billionaire's name? Is it in his own private residence, or is it a public library? Did he use taxpayer money to comminsion said mural? Why won't you tell me? Most joke tellers are proud to tell people the name of the subject of their joke.

      Are you ashamed of your joke? Hmmm? Them why won't you tell me the name of the billionaire so I can call them and complain about you constantly harassing me online?


      February 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm |
  9. chri§§y

    Lmao @ banasy...damn good impersonation! Pretty much word for word in fact! Lol

    February 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm |
    • banasy©

      Lol, Chrissy, that whole conversation was patently absurd. Just beyond silly.

      February 13, 2015 at 9:39 pm |
  10. chri§§y

    Ya know you guys we really ought to consider creating our own blog! And im being totally serious! A fun blog and if you aint into fun you aint welcome ya know what i mean.

    February 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm |
  11. chri§§y

    Lmao @ banasy arent most, if not all, of those conversations absurd and silly? Lol

    February 13, 2015 at 10:40 pm |
  12. Philip

    My little brother Jimmy used to get so hungry he ate dog food. I used to suck eggs and steal food when I was a boy with holes in my socks and shoes and no dad.

    February 15, 2015 at 11:06 am |
    • Philip

      We used to tickle each other to sleep at night. Our bedroom was the front porch out in the cold. We would be so hungry our bellies growled. And so we would lightly tickle each other to sleep. Am crying missing my little brother I have not thought of him in awhile.

      February 15, 2015 at 11:08 am |
      • Philip

        One time he and I caught 34 fish in one day. I was 6 and Jimmy was 5 years old. We could out*fish grown men when we were little boys I swear!

        February 15, 2015 at 11:10 am |
    • banasy©

      I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother. When did he pass away?

      February 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm |
  13. Philip

    It took all our little muscles to hold up the string of fish to pose for the picture Oh I miss my little brother Jimmy.

    February 15, 2015 at 11:13 am |
    • Philip

      Lol. Jimmy is so cute in that picture...poking his little chest out. Lol 🙂

      February 15, 2015 at 11:15 am |
      • Philip

        Lol. The look on my face says What? Did you think we would come back empty handed?
        Btw. We caught them all with our bare hands and long fingernails. 🙂

        February 15, 2015 at 11:18 am |
  14. Philip

    My second unauthorized trip to see an MD besides being born involved my brother Jimmy trying-out his new bamboo fishing pole and sinking a 2" DareDevil lure deep into my left cheek. The doctor who delivered me extracted that lure and we were late to The Rocket Drive In Theater that night. Lol. We kids hid in the trunk to avoid admission charge and with large bags of buttery popcorn to avoid concession.

    February 15, 2015 at 11:24 am |
  15. Philip

    Clint Eastwood Trilogy that night.

    February 15, 2015 at 11:27 am |
  16. Philip

    The Good, The Bad. And yes, The Ugly who do exist.

    February 15, 2015 at 11:32 am |
  17. Philip

    Yes there are many good ugly people. Such as those drowned during the flood of Noah's day.

    February 15, 2015 at 11:35 am |
    • banasy©

      If they were good, they would not have been killed, right? Or is that considered collateral damage?

      February 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm |
      • Philip

        A lot of good people drowned. Their only vice being they thought violence was somehow entertaining. And their children all drowned too. A lot of good kids am sure.

        February 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm |
      • banasy©

        Chapter and verse, please.
        Because that's not what Genesis says.

        I have, of course, always wondered why God killed fetuses in utero and newly born children; what grievous sin could they have commited? Why did God not save them?

        According to The Word, there were no good people save Noah and his family.

        February 15, 2015 at 8:06 pm |
  18. Philip

    That was back in the 60's Se x and Drug Revolution that saw swinging moms. Today one in 5 U.S. children go hungry each day.

    February 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm |
  19. Philip

    ...and good ugly people get even fatter and uglier.

    February 15, 2015 at 12:07 pm |
  20. Dr. Phil

    Are you fat? It's because of the pharmacy products you are using that inhibit proper food digestion while you sleep.
    Stop running to the pharmacy so much and stop eating so much freaking bread.
    Fruits and grains till noon and plenty of live greens and sunshine in the afternoon. Pills will not save you from yourself.

    February 15, 2015 at 12:13 pm |
  21. chri§§y

    Havin a bad day are ya?

    February 15, 2015 at 1:02 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      When a woman discovered that she was pregnant, her four-year-old son overheard his parents' conversation.

      He didn't say anything until a week later when a family friend asked him if he was excited about the prospect of a new brother or sister.

      "Yes," said the boy, "and I know what we're going to name it. If it's a girl, we're going to call her Emily, and if it's another boy we're going to call it Quits."

      February 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm |
    • Dr. Phil

      Fat are ya?

      February 15, 2015 at 6:19 pm |
      • banasy©

        She had told you on numerous occasions that her doctor thinks she's dangerously underweight.

        Why do you persist in ignoring what is written to you to strike out in the most childish way possible?

        February 15, 2015 at 7:57 pm |
  22. bobcat2u

    Little Johnny's new baby brother was screaming up a storm. He asked his mom, "Where'd we get him?"

    His mother replied, "He came from heaven, Johnny."

    Johnny says, "WOW! I can see why they threw him out!"

    February 15, 2015 at 2:57 pm |
  23. bobcat2u

    One night a woman found her husband standing over their newborn baby's crib.

    Silently, she watched him. As he stood looking down at the sleeping infant, she saw on his face a mixture of emotions: disbelief, doubt, delight, amazement, enchantment, scepticism.

    Touched by his unusual display of deep emotions, she felt her eyes grow moist.

    She slipped her arms around her husband. "A penny for your thoughts," she whispered in his ear lovingly.

    "It's amazing," he replied. "I just can't see how anybody can make a crib like that for only $39.95!"

    February 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm |
  24. bobcat2u

    Last one

    Thanks to the miracle of fertility treatment, a woman was able to have a baby at 70. When she was discharged from hospital, her relatives came to visit.

    "Can we see the baby?" they asked.

    "Not yet," said the 70-year-old mother.

    Fifteen minutes later, they asked again. "Can we see the baby?"

    "Not yet," said the mother.

    Another quarter of an hour later, they asked again: "Can we see the baby?"

    "Not yet," answered the mother.

    The relatives were growing impatient. "Well, when can we see the baby?"

    "When it cries."

    "Why do we have to wait until the baby cries?"

    "Because I forgot where I put it."

    February 15, 2015 at 3:05 pm |
    • banasy©

      A mother and her son were flying Southwest Airlines from Kansas City to Chicago. The son (who had been looking out the window) turned to his mother and asked, "If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?"

      The mother (who couldn't think of an answer) told her son to ask the stewardess. So the boy asked the stewardess, "If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?"

      The stewardess responded, "Did your mother tell you to ask me?" The boy admitted that this was the case. "Well, then, tell your mother that there are no baby planes because Southwest always pulls out on time. Your mother can explain that to you."

      February 15, 2015 at 8:26 pm |
  25. The Liberal Family Value

    The son of a Liberal Man impregnated his girlfriend and so did the right honorable thing and got down on one knee and punched her in the gut as hard as he could.

    February 15, 2015 at 6:23 pm |
    • banasy©

      A woman goes to the hospital, and her doctor gives her a sonogram.

      He sees the baby and suddenly the baby says: "Are you my daddy?"

      The doctor is shocked and goes to get another doctor, who looks at the sonogram.

      The baby says again: "Are you my daddy?"

      The doctor says: "No, I'm not your father."

      They go to get the dad, the father looks at his baby boy and the baby asked: "Are you my daddy?"

      And the father says: "Yes, I am!"

      So, the baby pops out of the mother's womb, picks up his hand, and starts poking the father in the head while saying: "How do you like that?! How do you like that?!"

      February 15, 2015 at 8:29 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        Oh no you didn't. ROFLMAO

        February 15, 2015 at 9:15 pm |
      • banasy©

        Oh, yes I did. Lmao

        February 15, 2015 at 10:29 pm |
  26. The Liberal Family Value

    What's wrong with slinging a little fecal matter around in bed?

    February 15, 2015 at 6:29 pm |
  27. The Liberal Family Value

    As long as you wear a condom it's OK.

    February 15, 2015 at 6:34 pm |
    • banasy©

      Properly used, condoms are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy.

      Not using them at all because of some sort of manly pride? 100% chance of a Mexican abortion.

      February 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm |
      • Philip

        AIDS viruses are much much smaller than sperm. So if condoms prevent 98% of sperm...what? About 50% of AIDS viruses?
        False sense of security it's called.

        February 15, 2015 at 9:16 pm |
      • Philip

        Mexican abortions are available at Planned Parenthood baby extracting units now you dumb old cow.

        February 15, 2015 at 9:20 pm |
      • Philip

        Little Bobby played with himself an awful lot. Both his mom and dad would oftentimes catch him and warn him of going blind if he did not stop playing with himself so much.
        One day his mom caught him again and scolded him. "Honest mom" said little Bob. I was only going to do it till I needed glasses.

        February 15, 2015 at 9:23 pm |
      • banasy©

        I'll repeat this because you apparently cannot comprehend the written word:

        1) I was talking about pregnancy.

        2) I told you before natural condoms aren't what I'm referring to; latex condoms are pore-free. Educate yourself.

        3) I also said "if used properly." Idiots who don't know how to use a condom will face a much higher risk of pregnancy/STD's. Again, education is key.

        4) You WISH I was a dumb old cow. The fact I prove you wrong on a daily basis must chafe. Oh, well.

        5) That "false security" would have benefited you if you were bright enough to use a condom. Alas, at 3 three aborted offspring later, you've learned nothing, wherever your offspring were aborted. Location is irrelevant. They're gone.

        February 15, 2015 at 10:24 pm |
  28. The Liberal Family Value

    That is *not* a baby. It is an it. A thing. Not a baby.

    February 15, 2015 at 6:39 pm |
  29. Philip

    Jimmy isn't dead. His VA doctor turned him into a walking zombie you morbid old cow.

    February 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm |
    • banasy©

      Although I'm glad he is not dead, you were speaking of him in the past tense.

      Your whole post implied he was deceased. I am not a "morbid old cow", you just communicate extremely poorly.

      February 15, 2015 at 10:27 pm |
  30. bobcat2u

    Little Jimmy bit his fingernails all the time. His parents tried everything to get him to stop, but to no avail. Finally, his mother, exasperated, decided to tell him a little white lie to get him to stop.
    "Jimmy," she said, "You'd better stop biting your fingernails. If you don't, then those fingernails will pile up inside your stomach and soon your stomach will be huge and full of fingernails." Jimmy, worried about the idea of fingernails in his stomach, agreed to stop.
    The next day, Jimmy and his mom were shopping in a supermarket. They went to check out, and a pregnant woman was waiting in line in front of them. Jimmy beamed at the pregnant woman and said, "I know what YOU'VE been doing...."

    February 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm |
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