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

    Run out of booze FUGLY biatch?

    February 16, 2015 at 12:40 am |
  2. Philip

    High heels make no difference on a fat woman. Care to debate earrings on pigs?

    February 16, 2015 at 12:41 am |
  3. Philip

    It does not one bit of good for a pig to wear earrings . Or worse wear high heels.

    February 16, 2015 at 12:44 am |
  4. Philip


    February 16, 2015 at 12:48 am |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      I have a fetish to share: a morbidly obese woman in a pink slip, house slippers, and Coco Chanel plastic jewelry. She has to be bald but wearing a wig.

      February 16, 2015 at 4:33 am |
      • banasy©

        That's pretty brand-specific, JIF.

        February 16, 2015 at 10:21 am |
  5. chri§§y

    Jigglypuff? Lmao that was hillarious @ banasy! And is THAT really our Joey? If it is he has become an even bigger hero to me lol.

    February 16, 2015 at 10:18 am |
  6. chri§§y

    Lol @ banasy he probably passed out long ago! He quit posting around 1 am.

    February 16, 2015 at 10:24 am |
  7. chri§§y

    Hes only mentioning the high heels because i once mentioned to you that my biggest fashion expense was SHOES! In fact my daughters tell me always "when you die mom the only thing we want are your shoes. And my youngest wants all my high heels". So he used that reference in a stupid attempt to hurt me. Just like his dumb endorsement of "men" using baseball bats on women. So obviously he didnt just abuse his exes verbally he was also a physical abusing punk as well. He truly needs to be locked up.

    February 16, 2015 at 10:37 am |
    • banasy©

      What a silly thing to focus on, Chrissy; how does he ignore the information given to him on a daily basis, but zero in on a throwaway comment you once made?

      In addition to the fact that he's fatter than you?

      So what if you like shoes? Some people collect guns, some collect empty booze bottles, you collect books and shoes.

      I'm interested in hearing how your fondness for shoes is going to be turned into a gigantic moral failing.

      As for his endorsement of violence against women, did you expect anything less?

      February 16, 2015 at 11:02 am |
      • banasy©

        I wonder if he gets aroused every time he passed a DSW or a Payless?

        February 16, 2015 at 11:04 am |
  8. bobcat2u

    Well tomorrow is Fat Tuesday. But in honor of our local expert on the subject of BMI (and everything else) the Mardi Gras panel has decided it forthwith be known as Obese Tuesday.
    But after an extended study, it has been concluded that Tuesday is Fat because of a gland condition. So let's cut her some slack and hope we can get her BMI down to acceptable limits.

    February 16, 2015 at 11:32 am |
    • banasy©

      As long as she doesn't wear high heels. Or earrings.

      A hairshirt is fine, though.

      February 16, 2015 at 11:39 am |
  9. banasy©

    How is BeadQuest going, Rawr?

    February 16, 2015 at 11:40 am |
    • bobcat2u

      If beads were money, I'd be filthy rich right now. Tomorrow, (Obese Tuesday) is the culmination of the party season and Wednesday, most Catholics will get their foreheads smudged and Lent will begin.
      We went to Joe Cain Day yesterday and today are resting, which is the tradition to prepare for Obese Tuesday.

      February 16, 2015 at 12:01 pm |
      • banasy©

        Let's not be PC about it: Morbidly Obese Tuesday.

        February 16, 2015 at 12:13 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        How silly of me to try to be PC. One would think that one would have more common sense. But then again, I am not the common type.

        February 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm |
      • banasy©

        But you got the most beads. That cannot be emphasized enough.

        February 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm |
  10. bobcat2u


    I walked into a hair salon with my husband and three kids in tow and
    asked loudly, "How much do you charge for a shampoo and a b low job?" I
    turned around and walked back out and never went back My husband didn't
    say a word...
    he knew better.

    I was at the golf store comparing different kinds of golf balls. I was
    unhappy with the women's type I had been using. After browsing for
    several minutes, I was approached by one of the good-looking gentlemen who works
    at the store. He asked if he could help me. Without thinking, I looked
    at him and said, "I think I like playing with men's balls."

    February 16, 2015 at 11:48 am |
    • bobcat2u

      My sister and I were at the mall and passed by a store that sold a
      variety of candy and nuts. As we were looking at the display case, the
      boy behind the counter asked if we needed any help. I replied, "No, I'm just
      looking at your nuts." My sister started to laugh hysterically. The boy
      grinned, and I turned beet-red and walked away. To this day, my sister
      has never let me forget.

      While in line at the bank one afternoon, my toddler decided to release
      some pent-up energy and ran amok. I was finally able to grab hold of her
      after receiving looks of disgust and annoyance from other patrons. I
      told her that if she did not start behaving "right now" she would be
      punished. To my horror, she looked me in the eye and said in a voice just as
      threatening, "If you don't let me go right now, I will tell Grandma that
      I saw you kissing Daddy's pee-pee last night!" The silence was deafening
      after this enlightening exchange. Even the tellers stopped what they
      were doing. I mustered up the last of my dignity and walked out of the bank
      with my daughter in tow. The last thing I heard when the door closed
      behind me, were screams of laughter.

      February 16, 2015 at 11:50 am |
      • bobcat2u

        Have you ever asked your child a question too many times? My
        three-year-old son had a lot of problems with potty raining and I was
        on him constantly. One day we stopped at Taco Bell for a quick lunch in
        between errands. It was very busy, with a full dining room. While
        enjoying my taco, I smelled something funny, so of course I checked my seven-month-old daughter, she was clean. The realized that Danny had not asked to go potty in a while. I asked him if he needed to go, and he said "No". I kept
        thinking "Oh Lord, that child has had an accident, and I don't have any clothes
        with me." Then I said, "Danny, are you SURE you didn't have an
        "No," he replied. I just KNEW that he must have had an accident, because
        the smell was getting worse. Soooooo, I asked one more time, "Danny, did you have an accident?" This time he jumped up, yanked down his pants, bent over, spread his cheeks and yelled "SEE MOM, IT'S JUST FARTS!!"
        While 30 people nearly choked to death on their tacos laughing, he
        calmly pulled up his pants and sat down. An old couple made me feel
        better, thanking me for the best laugh they'd ever had!
        This had most of the state of Michigan laughing for 2 days and a very embarras sed female news anchor who will, in the future, likely think before she speaks. What happens when you predict snow but don't get any!
        We had a female news anchor that, the day after it was supposed to have snowed and didn't, turned to the weatherman and asked:
        "So Bob, where's that 8 inches you promised me last night?"
        Not only did HE have to leave the set, but half the crew did too they were laughing so hard!

        February 16, 2015 at 11:54 am |
  11. chri§§y

    @ banasy Ikr? What kinda freak thinks its ok to beat a woman with a baseball bat just because hes drunk and he can? Spawn of satan thats who!

    February 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm |
    • banasy©

      What kind of person twists the Bible to justify his own crimes? We know that answer, don't we, Chrissy?

      February 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm |
  12. bobcat2u

    The Russian wrestling team and American wrestling team are having a 5-on-5 exhibition match. Both teams are down to their final wrestlers, tied at two wins apiece. The remaining American wrestler is 5'10", 175lbs., and his Russian counterpart is 6'7", 300lbs and all muscle. The American coach sends his wrestler into the match with little hope of winning. As expected, the Russian has way with the American. Suddenly, the American explosively turns the match around, pins the Russian, and gains the victory for the American team.

    The American wrestler returns to the sidelines where the coach asks him, "Son, how were you able to defeat that big Russian? Honestly, I didn't give you much of a chance."

    The wrestler says, "Well, coach, when he had me down on the ground all rolled up, I saw a pair of nuts dangling in front of my face, and I just bit them as hard as I could."

    The coach is shocked. "That's how you beat him?!"

    "Hell yeah!" the wrestler says. "You'd be surprised what you can do when you bite your own nuts!"

    February 16, 2015 at 12:06 pm |
    • banasy©

      Groaner...according to my handy dandy BMI calculator, the American had a BMI of 25.1, considered overweight, and the Russian had a whopping BMI of 33.8; obese.

      According to Philip's version of The Word, neither of then would survive, because The Lord would smite them for being fatty bubalattys.

      Envision, if you will, a tower of fire suddenly erupting in the ring, with nothing left of the two but a smoldering puddle of spandex and moob sweat.

      February 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm |
  13. chri§§y

    Lmao @ bobcat...you go with your bad self. And eat a few of those paczkis for me also. Preferably custard ok? Lol too bad you couldnt make it to hamtramak for the best ones eh? Lol

    February 16, 2015 at 12:20 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Hamtramak !!! Now there's a place I haven't heard of in ages. And let's forget Golomkis, Pierogi, Kielbasa and cabbage.
      Damn, I just made myself hungry. Btw, do they still hold the ethnic festivals ?

      February 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        Let's "not" forget.

        February 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm |
  14. chri§§y

    @ banasy, i seriously doubt hes ever even read the whole bible! Probably picks and chooses the parts that pertain to whichever agenda he has at that particular moment.

    February 16, 2015 at 12:50 pm |
  15. chri§§y

    Oh yes they do @ bobcat! And i cook THE best golomkis! My father in law is polish and whenever i come for a visit he requests them. I always end up having to make a huge turkey roaster full of them!

    February 16, 2015 at 12:56 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Even though I'm a mixture of German, Irish and English, I pretty much was raised on Polish food. Nothing better. Except maybe a good Wienerschnitzel or steamed brats and hard rolls or corned beef and cabbage. Damn, I just had to get a towel to wipe up the drool.

      February 16, 2015 at 1:11 pm |
  16. chri§§y

    Galompkis i mean.

    February 16, 2015 at 1:06 pm |
  17. chri§§y

    Lol i hear ya @ bobcat...except my mom is italian and irish so we were forced to eat alot of italian food! And yes i meant forced. Can you imagine her horror that i did not like riccotta cheese or italian sausage? Lol not to mention my anorexic behavior made me wanta hurl at the site of pasta! Lol but you wouldnt believe what a mean pot roast i can make. Roast, lipton onion soup mix, carrots then later potatoes and when almost done the grand finale ingredient....chopped cabbage! Now i made myself hungry! See what youve done to me bad boy!

    February 16, 2015 at 2:26 pm |
  18. chri§§y

    And again @ bobcat regarding your LAST TESTIMONY....and i believe i may have told you this before but....that is exactly why women cannot paralel park. Because for years men have been telling them 3 or 4 inches was really 6 or 8 inches. Making it harder (no pun intended) for them to judge distance! Lol

    February 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Some men will go to any "lengths" to make it "hard" on women. (Hey, you started it)

      February 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm |
  19. chri§§y

    Lololol @ bobcat...so true! Ive met a few of them. Some ya just gotta say "ya wanta do WHAT with that marshmallow?" Seriously? Lmao

    February 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm |
    • banasy©

      The Stay Puffed man disagrees.

      February 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Yeah, a whole new spin on the ole "floppy disc".

      February 16, 2015 at 3:16 pm |
  20. bobcat2u

    Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar. One says, 'I think I've lost an electron.'
    The other says 'Are you sure?'
    The first says, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

    February 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm |
  21. bobcat2u

    A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. "In English," he said, "A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative."
    A voice from the back of the room piped up, 'Yeah, right.'

    February 16, 2015 at 3:19 pm |
  22. bobcat2u

    Theorem: All positive integers are equal.Proof: Sufficient to show that for any two positive integers, A and B, A = B.Further, it is sufficient to show that for all N > 0, if A and B (positive integers) satisfy (MAX(A, B) = N) then A = B.Proceed by induction.If N = 1, then A and B, being positive integers, must both be 1. So A = B.Assume that the theorem is true for some value k. Take A and B with MAX(A, B) = k+1. Then MAX((A-1), (B-1)) = k. And hence (A-1) = (B-1). Consequently, A = B.

    February 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm |
  23. bobcat2u

    A husband and wife are getting ready for bed. The wife is standing in front of a full-length mirror taking a hard look at herself."You know, dear," she says, "I look in the mirror, and I see an old woman. My face is all wrinkled, my hair is grey, my shoulders are hunched over, I've got fat legs, and my arms are all flabby." She turns to her husband and says, "Tell me something positive to make me feel better about myself."He studies hard for a moment thinking about it and then says in a soft, thoughtful voice, "Well, there's nothing wrong with your eyesight."

    February 16, 2015 at 3:33 pm |
  24. bobcat2u

    A positive att itude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

    February 16, 2015 at 3:38 pm |
    • banasy©

      This, I feel, is the crux of someone's chronic surliness.
      And the reason I get called a Pollyanna sometimes, with bothers me not at all.
      Some confuse a sunny disposition with being stupid.
      That is their mistake.

      February 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        Then I imagine I'm a "pollymanna". Personally I've found that those with a positive at itude are well armed when the negativity looms. Give me a smile and I'll reciprocate with the same. Give me a frown and I'll stand you on your head to make it a smile.

        February 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm |
      • banasy©

        Pollymanna. Lmao. Yes.

        February 16, 2015 at 6:15 pm |
  25. chri§§y

    Lmao OMG @ bobcat...and ya know what? You ARE positively correct on that! Oh and you 3:29 is gonna put you know who in a total tailspin! Lmao

    February 16, 2015 at 3:48 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      One can only hope, chrissy.

      February 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm |
  26. chri§§y

    Exactly @ banasy! And they say those things simply because they are just jealous! And @ bobcat keep the faith! You know who always goes in a tailspin when he doesnt understand something. And given the lack of reading comprehension of course its going to happen! Lol

    February 16, 2015 at 4:26 pm |
  27. banasy©

    All of this talk of shoes reminded me of that fantastic Traffic song:

    If you had just a minute to breathe
    And they granted you one final wish
    Would you ask for something like another chance?
    Or something sim'lar as this?
    Don't worry too much It'll happen to you
    As sure as your sorrows are joys
    And the thing that disturbs you is only the sound of
    The low spark of high-heeled boys

    February 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm |
  28. bobcat2u

    Or perhaps this :

    Put on your red dress, baby
    Ya know we're goin' out tonight
    Put on your red dress, baby
    Lord, we're goin' out tonight
    And-a bring along some boxin' gloves
    In case some fool might wanna fight

    Put on your high-heel sneakers, lordy
    Wear your wig-hat on your head
    Put on your high-heel sneakers, child
    Wear your wig-hat on your head
    Ya know you're looking mighty fine, baby
    I'm pretty sure you're gonna knock 'em dead

    February 16, 2015 at 8:29 pm |
  29. chri§§y

    High heel sneakers? Lol in my whole vast collection of shoes, i dont have a single pair of those! Nor have i even seen any! @ bobcat where can i buy a pair of them? Lol

    February 16, 2015 at 8:56 pm |
    • banasy©

      I had to look them up, Chrissy.
      They exist.
      Holy shit, they're ugly.

      Some of the wedge-style ones aren't too bad, though.

      February 16, 2015 at 9:54 pm |
  30. chri§§y

    Lol thanks @ banasy. Who wouldve ever guessed it eh? And i CANNOT do ugly shoes!

    February 16, 2015 at 10:26 pm |
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