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

    I did recently purchase a pretty expensive pair of Harley Davison boots though! Lmfao im prepared if we should have an extremist biker gang attack in Michigan lol.

    February 16, 2015 at 10:31 pm |
    • banasy©

      I had quite a few pairs of high heels back in the 80's, when I worked at the law firm downtown. I still have some of the more classic styles.

      For a while I used to collect and wear some pretty ugly shoes, just because they were so ugly...insane patters and colors, mostly on sneakers. They were a great conversation starter; this was necessary as my job at the time was bartending...that was the most fun at a job I could ever hope for and still get paid.

      I collect and wear a lot of bracelets on my left arm, too; I've done that for decades now. PITA at airports, though.

      February 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm |
  2. chri§§y

    Agree @ banasy, ive worked in a few bars and for the most part it was fun. The only exception were the regular drunkards! And youre right sneakers are much more appropriate for that. But all my years working management in the electronics manufacturing required heels! Causes lots of problems for your feel when youre older! And in my hippie years it was boots lmao. I still like them best. In fact i still have alot of my hippie years attire to this very day! Lol

    February 16, 2015 at 11:39 pm |
  3. chri§§y

    Lol now i just collect books and kids that need grandmas! And i am much happier with that!

    February 16, 2015 at 11:49 pm |
  4. chri§§y

    Oh and i collect rescue pets as well lmao.

    February 16, 2015 at 11:54 pm |
  5. bobcat2u

    A good Samaritan was walking home late one night when he came upon this drunk on the sidewalk. Wanting to help, he asked the drunk "do you live here?"
    "Would you like me to help you upstairs?"
    When they got up on the second floor, the good person asked "Is this your floor?"
    Then the good samaritan got to thinking that maybe he didn't want to face the man's irate and tired wife because she may think he was the one who got the man drunk. So, he opened the first door he came to and shoved him through it then went back downstairs. However, when he went back outside, there was another drunk. So he asked that drunk "Do you live here?"
    "Would you like me to help you upstairs?"
    So he did and put him in the same door with the first drunk. Then went back downstairs. Where, to his surprise, there was another drunk. So he started over to him. But before he got to him, the drunk staggered over to a policeman and cried "Please officer, protect me from this man. He's been doing nothing all night long but taking me upstairs and throwing me down the elevator shaft!"

    February 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm |
  6. bobcat2u

    A man is having a few drinks at a bar when he looks over and notices a drunk guy passed out at a table nearby. The bartender tells him the drunk is Mr. Murphy and asks the man if he could drive Mr. Murphy home. Being a good Samaritan, the man agrees. The bartender writes down the address and gives it to him.
    The man walks over and tries to wake Mr. Murphy but Mr. Murphy is groggy and quite drunk. The man helps Mr. Murphy to his feet and Mr. Murphy falls to the floor in a heap.
    "Jeez," the man says wondering how anyone could drink so much. He takes Murphy by the arm and practically drags him out to the car. Once there he leans him against the side of his car while he looks for his keys. Mr. Murphy slides down to the ground. The man finds his keys and manages to get Murphy positioned in the car.
    He then drives to the address the bartender gave him. He opens the passenger door and helps Mr. Murphy out and the guy falls to the ground. Cursing softly, now, the man helps him to his feet and practically drags him to the front door. He lets go of Mr. Murphy to knock on the door and the guy falls down again. He helps him to his feet as Mrs. Murphy answers the door.
    "Hi, Mrs. Murphy, Your husband had a little too much to drink tonight so I gave him a ride home."
    "That was nice of you," she says, looking around...
    "But where's his wheelchair?"

    February 17, 2015 at 12:24 pm |
  7. bobcat2u

    One evening after work, a man drove his secretary home after she had a little too much to drink at a party. Although nothing happened, he decided not to mention it to his wife.
    Later that night, the man and his wife were driving to a movie when he spotted a high-heeled shoe hidden under the passenger seat. Pointing to something out the passenger window to distract his wife, he picked up the shoe and tossed it out of his window.
    They arrived at the theater a short time later and were about to get out of the car when his wife asked, "Honey, have you seen my other shoe?"

    February 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm |
  8. bobcat2u

    Didja'll know :

    Fat Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. It gets its name from the custom, in many Catholic countries, of marking the day with feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.

    February 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm |
  9. bobcat2u

    One day a man walked into a bar with his dog. He walked up to the counter and the bartender said”We don’t allow dogs in this bar.”The man replied”But sir,my dog is a smart dog it can talk!”The bartender didn’t look impressed but gave him a shot anyway.The man then asked his dog”What grows on a tree?”The dog replied”Bark, Bark”The man again asked his dog and said”What’s above a house?”The dog said “Roof, Roof”Then for the final time the man asked his dog “What’s the opposite of smooth?” The dog replied “Rough, Rough”Very unimpressed the bartender threw them both out of the bar.The dog then turned to his owner and said”Which one did I get wrong?”

    February 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm |
  10. bobcat2u

    A man walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “Beer for me, beer for you, and beer for everyone who is in the bar now.” After drinking, the man starts walking out of the bar. “Hey, what about the payment?” yells the bartender. “I have no money,” answers the man. The bartender hears that and beats the man as hard as he can, then throws him out into the street.

    The next evening the man walks again into the bar and says to the bartender, “Beer for me, beer for you, and beer for everyone who is in the bar now.” The bartender thinks to himself, “The man can’t be stupid enough to pull the same trick twice, tonight he must have enough money”, and gives beer to everyone. After drinking, the man starts walking out of the bar. “Hey, what about the payment?” yells the bartender. “I have no money,” answers the man. The bartender hears that and beats the man as hard as he can, then throws him out into the street.

    One evening later the man walks again into the bar and says to the bartender, “Beer for me, and beer for everyone who is now in the bar.”
    In disgust, the bartender asks “What, no beer for me this time?”
    “No,” answers the man, “you get violent when you drink.”

    February 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm |
  11. bobcat2u

    A smartly dressed man entered a plush Manhattan bar and took a seat.

    The bartender came over and asked: “What can I get you to drink, sir?”

    “Nothing, thank you,” replied the man. “I tried alcohol once but I didn’t like it,and I haven’t drunk it since.”

    The bartender was a little perplexed but being a friendly, outgoing sort, he pulled out some cigarettes from his pocket, flipped the top of the pack and offered one to the man. But the man refused, saying: “I tried smoking once, didn’t like it, and I have never smoked since. Look, actually, I wouldn’t be in here at all, except that I’m waiting for my son.”

    To which the bartender said: “Your only child, I presume?”

    February 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm |
  12. bobcat2u

    A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender, ‘Do you serve women in this bar?’

    ‘No,’ replies the barman, ‘you have to bring your own.’

    February 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm |
  13. bobcat2u

    A fellow came into a bar and ordered a martini. Before drinking it, he removed the olive and carefully put it into a glass jar. Then he ordered another martini and did the same thing. After an hour, when he was full of martinis and the jar was full of olives, he staggered out.
    "Well," said a customer, "I never saw anything as peculiar as that!"
    "What's so peculiar about it?" the bartender said. "His wife sent him out for a jar of olives."

    February 17, 2015 at 1:42 pm |
  14. chri§§y

    Lol on a roll again today eh bobcat? Good job btw how much snow have you gotten down there?

    February 17, 2015 at 9:14 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      No snow, but damn it's cold. 29 and wind hawking from the north at 25-35 mph. I know that's like a summer breeze to you guys right now.

      February 17, 2015 at 9:32 pm |
  15. bobcat2u

    The Indians asked their Chief in Autumn if the Winter was going to be cold or not. Not really knowing an answer, the chief replies that the Winter was going to be cold and that the members of the village were to collect wood to be prepared. Being a good leader, he then went to the next phone booth and called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is this winter to be cold?" The man on the phone responded, "This Winter is going to be quite cold indeed." So the Chief went back to speed up his people to collect even more wood to be prepared. A week later he called the National Weather Service again, "Is it going to be a very cold winter?" "Yes", the man replied, "it's going to be a very cold Winter." So the Chief goes back to his people and orders them to go and find every scrap of wood they can find. Two weeks later he calls the National Weather Service again: "Are you absolutely sure that the Winter is going to be very cold?" "Absolutely," the man replies, "the Indians are collecting wood like crazy.

    February 17, 2015 at 9:47 pm |
  16. bobcat2u

    How cold is it ? Why, it's so cold :

    I'm shivering like a mobster in a tax office.

    It's so cold we had to chisel the dog off a lamp-post

    Refrigerators are redundant

    Pet stores sell hamsters, gerbils and penguins

    It's so cold that the local flasher was caught *describing* himself
    to women.

    you light a candle and the flame freezes

    your shadow freezes to the sidewalk

    you have to break the smoke off your chimney

    you have to open the fridge to heat the house

    your false teeth chatter, and they are still in the glass

    police tell a robber to freeze, and he does

    It was so cold that the Statue of Liberty put the torch INSIDE her dress.

    It was so cold the lawyers had their hands in their own pockets....

    our words froze in midair and we had to put them in a frying pan
    to thaw them so we hear what we were talking about.

    people look forward to getting a fever

    mailmen watch out for both dogs and polar bears

    igloos come with a lifetime guarantee

    You bake a cake, set it out to cool, 10 minute later it's frosted

    The "volunteer" fire department advises you to set your house on fire

    the prisoners were BEGGING for the electric chair!

    people were flicking their Bics in their POCKETS!

    this morning that I saw one dog jump starting another dog.

    my balls have became ovaries.

    you'd have to jump start a reindeer.

    I saw a squirrel burying Sterno!

    when you opened the door to the house the small light in front went on!

    when I put on my coat to take out the garbage it didn't want to go!

    My wife made a pot of coffee. She set it outside to cool and it
    froze so fast.....that the ice was warm.

    if my thermometer had been an inch longer, I would have frozen to death.

    The fire hydrant is begging a dog to pee on it.

    the snowman begs you to take him inside at night

    that I saw a hen walking with a capon.

    The ho okers downtown are charging 20 bucks just to blow on your hands

    February 17, 2015 at 10:11 pm |
  17. bobcat2u

    Didja hear about the Eskimo girl who spent the night with her boyfriend and next morning found out that she was six months pregnant.

    February 17, 2015 at 10:52 pm |
  18. chri§§y

    Ummm nope not a summer breeze here either! Single digits for several days. Im thinking maybe Columbia or somewhere warm as anyway! And a perfectly sh itty day here! One of my friends was murdered early this morning as was her best friend who was with her. And no leads as to who or why. Im thankful her 5 boys werent there tho because God only knows how bad that coulda been! I just know i need to move away from here!

    February 17, 2015 at 10:52 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Oh god chrissy. I am so sorry to hear that. You need to get the hell out of there. It's turning into a war zone. That's the reason I moved down here so long ago. You know my thoughts are with you. Be careful.

      February 17, 2015 at 11:03 pm |
    • banasy©

      You need to get out of there, Chrissy. I worry about you.

      February 18, 2015 at 5:22 pm |
  19. chri§§y

    Lol can you imagine sleeping for 6 whole months just because its night time? Hell im lucky to get 6 whole hours!

    February 17, 2015 at 11:00 pm |
  20. chri§§y

    The only thing the state police ARE certain of...was that it was not a motorcycle gang shooting!

    February 17, 2015 at 11:05 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Are the highwaymen still active up there ? I knew quite a few of them. They were always battling the angels when I was still there.

      February 17, 2015 at 11:08 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Did this happen at home or out ? I hope they get some clean leads soon. As always, "someone" knows "something".

      February 17, 2015 at 11:12 pm |
  21. chri§§y

    Yea im careful. Have you ever visited Inkster? It didnt used to be like this when i first moved here. Although it was big time culture shock after living in northern mich my entire life! And i will be sad to move because i have a great many friends here. But these senseless acts are just scarey. Ive lost 3 friends to shootings in the past 17 months.

    February 17, 2015 at 11:13 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Yes, I had been ti Inkster many times and no, it didn't use to be like that. I know too about leaving friends behind, but you need to set your priorities as to what is best for "you".

      February 17, 2015 at 11:18 pm |
  22. chri§§y

    Lmao no @ bobcat. I just tossed that in because you know who blames motorcycle gangs for all the terrorist activities. And no they were both at her house. I havent known her long but she works at a store down the street and i sometimes gave her a ride to work. I met her at the outreach center where i volunteer. She was always very nice and cared a great deal for her boys. And i sure cant imagine it wouldve been robbery because she didnt have much.

    February 17, 2015 at 11:22 pm |
  23. chri§§y

    Well you probably wouldnt recognise it today if you were to visit. All the schools have been shut down because of the perfect ass of a governor we have. And then when the housing mkt crashed the city laid off most of the police. We now have 3 per shift and of course once that was televised the drug dealing scurge from detroit just moved right in.

    February 17, 2015 at 11:31 pm |
  24. chri§§y

    Ok nice chattin with you. But im gonna work real hard on getting that 6 solid hours of sleep. Precious comodity i gotta say. Have a nice evening.

    February 17, 2015 at 11:46 pm |
  25. bobcat2u

    A farmer buys a rooster to service his 200 hens. When he gets the rooster into the barnyard, he tells him, "Randy, I want you to pace yourself now. You've got a lot of chickens to service here, and you cost me a lot of money. Have fun, but take your time."

    The farmer points him toward the henhouse and the rooster takes off like a shot.

    WHAM! Randy nails every hen in the henhouse, three or four times. Randy runs out and sees a flock of geese down by the lake. WHAM! He nails all the geese. Randy runs to the pigpen, the cow pasture - soon, he's been on every animal on the farm.

    The farmer is distraught, worried that his expensive rooster won't even last the day.

    Sure enough, the farmer wakes up the next morning to find Randy laid out flat in the middle of the yard, buzzards circling overhead.

    The sad farmer shakes his head and says, "Oh, Randy, I told you to pace yourself."

    Randy opens one eye, winks, and nods towards the sky, "Shhh, they're getting closer."

    February 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm |
  26. bobcat2u

    A policeman is walking down the road when he sees a man with a brick tied to a dog leash. He decides to go and humor him. He walks up to the man and says, "Hello, sir, I like your dog!"

    The man looks at the brick, then the policeman, and says, "It's not a dog, it's a brick."

    The policeman replies, "Oh, sorry, I thought you were a bit mad," and walks off rather puzzled.

    As the policeman goes out of sight, the man turns to the brick and says, "That fooled him, didn't it Rover?"

    February 18, 2015 at 3:12 pm |
  27. bobcat2u

    A man goes to his seat on an airplane and finds a parrot in the seat next to him. Once in the air, the stewardess comes by, and when the man asks her for a coffee, the parrot squawks, "And get me a whiskey, you cow!"

    The flustered stewardess brings back a whiskey for the parrot, but forgets the coffee. When the man points this out, the parrot immediately drains its glass and yells, "And get me another whiskey, you cow!"

    The upset stewardess returns shortly with a whiskey for the parrot, but still no coffee. The man decides to try the parrot's approach: "I've asked you twice for a coffee, cow, now go and get it!"

    Two burly stewards grab the man and the parrot, take them to the emergency exit and throw them out. As they eject from the plane, the parrot turns to the man and says, "You know, for someone who can't fly, you're a mouthy S.O.B.!"

    February 18, 2015 at 3:17 pm |
  28. chri§§y

    Gotta give up something eh @ banasy! And yea i know just have to prioritise for the moment! And great ones @ bobcat lmao! Randy sounds like my ex husband!

    February 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm |
  29. chri§§y

    Oh and an update on my frend Shara's murder @ banasy....the word on the street is it was her ex bf who was recently released from prison and thought things should just pick up where they left off 10 years ago! He mustve been thumped in the melon a few too many times while in the pen huh? Stupid for certain.

    February 18, 2015 at 9:29 pm |
  30. chri§§y

    But thankfully Shara's boys have wonderful, kindhearted grandma and she is physically able and financially as well to care for them! And this community will be her back up if the need arises. Thats the very first thing i learned when i moved here. Even tho i am considered a minority (as i am white and its a predominantly black community) once you become accepted you are one of a very big diversified family here. And everyone looks out for one another thru the good, the bad and the ugly! One of the biggest reasons i stay!

    February 18, 2015 at 9:56 pm |
    • banasy©

      I hope that idiot is arrested soon.

      I still worry about you; although I'm glad there a close sense of community spirit, it doesn't seem to be enough to stop senseless murders.

      I wish you could move.

      February 18, 2015 at 10:25 pm |
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