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. Phil

    If you say "frenetic 4 year old on sugar high" rather than "4 year old experiencing trauma and strung out on Ritalin" you are dating yourself.

    February 27, 2015 at 5:07 pm |
    • banasy©

      If one thinks every 4 year old is "experiencing trauma and strung out on Ritalin”, one doesn't know any 4 year olds and thinks that his experience is the norm, rather than what it is: the exception.

      February 27, 2015 at 7:46 pm |
  2. Phil

    Each year in the U.S., well over 1 million violent crimes occur, and this does not include all of the other types of crimes, like property and other nonviolent crimes. According to FBI estimates from various reporting agencies, there were around 1.2 million violent crimes in the year 2012 alone.

    Read more: http://wallstcheatsheet.com/business/the-10-most-dangerous-cities-in-america.html/?a=viewall#ixzz3SzBYLo3Z

    February 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm |
    • Phil

      Now, about half of all violent crimes are committed by one lifestyle choice group: Oranized street and outlaw gang bangers.
      Many cringe at the idea of federal troops being used as backup for FBI agents. But that is EXACTLY what it will take and exactly what will be done in order to clean up the streets of America.

      February 27, 2015 at 5:13 pm |
      • Phil

        *street and outlaw biker gangs

        February 27, 2015 at 5:15 pm |
      • banasy©

        Buzzword: "lifestyle choice."

        Warning: hyperbole ahead.

        February 27, 2015 at 10:39 pm |
  3. chri§§y

    Truly i am amazed that one person can only discuss the same old tired topic for YEARS!!! Are you stuck in a cave or what? Good God! There are so many things going on in this world and yet youre still stuck on the same things you were 3 years ago! I guess you havent learned how to create your own blog yet huh? My next best advice....Write a book! Bye.

    February 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm |
  4. chri§§y

    As for your idea on federal troops taking over the streets...you are out of your mind! Those idiots in congress cant even pass a budget for homeland security! Our borders arent secure and you think its a good idea to turn the government loose on the citizens? Lmfao ludicrous!

    February 27, 2015 at 9:20 pm |
  5. chri§§y

    Oh and since im already here another arguement i have, or rather disagreement is....most violent crimes in this country are perpetrated by people who are either A.on illegal street drugs B.drunk or C.have been diagnosed with a mental disease and are either not in a medical facility where they should be or are not taking their meds! I know you are going to disagree because it doesnt suit your personal agenda but that matters naught to me...ITS THE FACTS like it or dont!

    February 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm |
  6. banasy©

    Chrissy, what do you think of this post by Philip, posting under the name "questoon"?

    Do Indians have Rodney King riots that saw 56 people killed and 29 buildings set on fire by ape-like creatures? No? How about Feeguson moments whereby a gorilla strong-armed a box of cigars while monkeys looted stores and baboons started fires?

    February 25, 2015 at 11:15 am

    February 27, 2015 at 10:19 pm |
  7. chri§§y

    Lmfao and THAT was seriously a QUESTION??? I have one word LOON! And of course im also wondering how much acid and Lsd he dropped back in the day because hes having some serious flashbacks and i dont think "doc greg" can help him (thats if he exists either).

    February 28, 2015 at 10:45 am |
  8. chri§§y

    Not to mention, one loses ALL credibility when they make racist comments like "ape like creatures" and "monkeys looted and baboons started"! Racist pigs like that need their tongues cut out or permantly muzzled! And are a definite blight on todays society!

    February 28, 2015 at 10:55 am |
    • banasy©

      No, it wasn't a serious question, and yes, that's precisely the reaction I had
      Nice to know that he sees a whole segment of society as "ape-like creatures, gorillas, monkeys, and baboons."

      February 28, 2015 at 11:27 am |
  9. chri§§y

    Meanwhile i am ashamed that my good sense mustve been on vacation when i first met Philip aka king of crap and thought he was a stand up guy who i actually liked! Because as it turns out he wasnt and i dont!

    February 28, 2015 at 11:04 am |
  10. chri§§y

    Then we must assume that he must take on the role of a hyena! One with long lasting illegal drug affects. And of course it fits because i8s a known fact that THOSE drugs resurface in strange ways sometimes many years later. Generally in the form of some type of paranoia that we have all seen the evidence of from this particuler person!

    February 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm |
    • banasy©

      Well, he will be back saying that he isn't possibly racist because he sponsors somebody in Africa.

      Basically the same as "I'm not racist! I have a black friend!", then posting about ape-like creatures, gorillas, monkeys and baboons in the next post to underscore just how racist he isn't.

      In any case, the back-pedaling and tap-dancing will be amusing, as will the inevitable protestations of "you old ladies are gossiping!" and name calling.

      Fascinating, really. A character study in absurdity.

      February 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm |
  11. chri§§y

    One can SAY whatever they wish. Doesnt actually make it so no matter how many times its said. Actions speak louder than words and his actions make him appear to be lying about this sponsership thing as well. But thats how it is with ppl who have a hard time facing reality which we all know is the case with him.

    February 28, 2015 at 4:58 pm |
    • banasy©

      Which is why I no longer take anything he says seriously; I have not believed anything he has said for a long time.

      February 28, 2015 at 5:47 pm |
  12. chri§§y

    Fyi @ banasy and @ bobcat i move into my new apartment on April 3rd! Woohoo! 😉

    February 28, 2015 at 7:54 pm |
  13. chri§§y

    Cant get here fast enough for me ill tell ya!

    March 4, 2015 at 4:34 pm |
  14. chri§§y

    Oh its gonna happen! Garys daughter is helping me! And she dislikes him intensely!

    March 5, 2015 at 9:29 am |
  15. bobcat2u

    An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna.
    The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
    The Mexican replied that it took only a little while.
    The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.
    The American then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time?
    The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senior."
    The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise."
    The Mexican fisherman asked, "But senior, how long will this all take?"
    To which the American replied, "15 to 20 years."
    "But what then, senior?"
    The American laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions."
    "Millions, senior? Then what?"
    The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your grandkids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

    March 5, 2015 at 11:32 am |
  16. bobcat2u

    My friends, I just ran across this amazing, new technological breakthrough. It sounds like something that may have a future in our society. It sounds so unbelievably easy that even a child could master it. Anyway, here it is :

    This is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use, even a child can operate it.
    Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere - even sitting in an armchair by the fire - yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc.
    Here's how it works:
    This device is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence.
    Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs. Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now, the devices with more information simply use more pages. Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.
    This device may be taken up at any time and used merely by opening it.
    And it never crashes or requires rebooting, though, like other devices, it can become damaged if coffee is spilled on it and it becomes unusable if dropped too many times on a hard surface. The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish. Many come with an "index" feature, which pin-points the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.
    An optional "Bookmark" ac ces sory allows you to open this device to the exact place you left it in a previous session - even if the device has been closed. bookmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single bookmark can be used in devices by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous bookmarkers can be used in a single device if the user wants to store numerous views at once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the device. You can also make personal notes next to the text entries in this device with optional programming tools, Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercom munication Language Styli.
    Portable, durable, and affordable, this device is being hailed as a precursor of a new entertainment wave. It's appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are reportedly flocking to invest. Look for a flood of new t itles soon.

    *** Note: The Research team who invented this device and the programming tool with which information is entered into it, has applied for patents from the governments of USA, EU, Ja pan and many other countries. The team told reporters that if they obtained the patents then anyone using the acronyms that they used to identify their products will have to pay royalties to them. The device is better known by its acronym BOOK ( Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge) device and the input tools by' PENCILS' (Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Styli).

    March 5, 2015 at 11:56 am |
  17. bobcat2u

    During camouflage training in Louisianna, a private disguised as a tree trunk had made a sudden move that was spotted by a visitinggeneral.
    "You simpleton!" the officer barked. "Don't you know that by jumping and yelling the way you did, you could have endangered the lives of the entire company?"
    "Yes, sir," the soldier answered apologetically. "But, if I may say so, I did stand still when a woodpe cker drilled a hole in my trunk, and I did not move when a flock of pigeons used me for target practice. And I never moved a muscle when a large dog peed on my lower branches. But when two squirrels ran up my pants leg, and I heard the bigger one say, "Let's eat one now and save the other until winter" – that did it."

    March 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm |
  18. banasy©

    Oh, my GOD am I glad you're back, Rawr!

    March 5, 2015 at 4:21 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      It's great to be back. And above all else, it's even greater not having to wade through all the trash that's been here of late.

      March 5, 2015 at 6:01 pm |
      • banasy©

        I hear you. That has been nice.

        March 5, 2015 at 6:13 pm |
  19. Boukadoum Ahmed

    To my opinion, to uproot these horrible and inhuman scenes from our daily life and from the Medias’ screens and forever, international efforts should be made by people of good sense, whatever their religion is, and those efforts should focus on working on two main ways:
    First way is working hardly within a framework of a well elaborated strategy backing the true Islam through promoting authentic Islam intellectuals with good comprehension of Quran precepts ( like the profiles of Mr Farred's Muslim guests), rather than letting those Charlatans getting free access to new supports of social media and with extreme facility monopolizing world debates on such crucial issue. The implementation of this strategy should be alongside the efforts still on going towards promoting intellectual speech freedom within Muslims’ countries and communities with preventing religion from politic instrumentalisation and pressing dictatorial Regimes to stop banning non political organizations promoting moderate Islam.
    Second issue is rethinking our positions and working all together to encouraging dialogue between religions, namely those revealed ones (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) which are from the same source, this will surly narrow the gapes and bring more mutual comprehension. Religions have been a long the humankind history and should remain an important part of the civilizations a human being (Lord best creature on earth) keep bringing to our world.

    March 7, 2015 at 9:46 am |
  20. bobcat2u

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    If you feel you do not receive your share of S.H.I.T. on the job, please see your supervisor. You will be placed at the top of the S.H.I.T. list for special attention.
    All of our supervisors are particularly qualified to see that you get all the S.H.I.T. you can handle at your own speed.
    If you think that you have a thorough understanding of the basic S.H.I.T. program, you may wish to participate in Management Of Related Education (M.O.R.E. S.H.I.T.).
    If you consider yourself to be trained enough already, you may be interested in helping us train others. We can add you to our Basic Understanding Lecture List (B.U.L.L. S.H.I.T.).
    Some of you already display apt itudes that would easily allow you to enter the Director of Intensity Program (D.I.P. S.H.I.T.). Those who do not qualify for this position but are still interested will certainly be referred to the Director Under Management Bureau (D.U.M.B. S.H.I.T.). Those individuals who do not meet the requirements of The Bureau must first complete Special Training Under Personal Individual Discretion, Special High Intensity Training (S.T.U.P.I.D. S.H.I.T.).
    If you have any further questions, please address them to our Head Of Training, Special High Intensity Training (H.O.T. S.H.I.T.) program.
    Thank You.
    Boss in General
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    March 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm |
  21. chri§§y

    Lmao @ bobcat i like that one best!

    March 9, 2015 at 4:21 pm |
  22. bobcat2u

    Hey there chrissy. Just trying to load more crappola on here before/IF they close it down. Judging by all the filth on the first blog, I don't think they even have anyone looking now.

    March 9, 2015 at 4:32 pm |
    • banasy©

      Obviously not, BC. It really does illustrate the troll's descent into total madness, though. How he thinks anyone is fooled by the myriad of names is a mystery.
      He surely hates Islam and the Hindi.

      March 9, 2015 at 6:46 pm |
  23. bobcat2u

    A policeman searched me in a public toilet last night and found a small bag of class A drugs.

    “It’s not my fault,” I said, “Every time I try flushing them down the toilet they magically appear back in my pocket again.”

    “Do you really expect me to believe that?” he laughed. I said, “I’ll prove it to you if you want me to!”

    “Go on then.” he smiled, handing me the bag.

    After flushing them, he looked at me and said, “Well, show me your pocket then.”

    “What for?” I asked.

    He said, “The drugs.”

    I said, “What drugs?”

    March 9, 2015 at 4:39 pm |
  24. bobcat2u

    A native american hitchhiker was picked up by a slick city man who was driving past the reservation.

    As they were driving along, the indian noticed a brown paper bag on the dashboard and inquired as to its contents. The city man replied: “It’s a bottle of wine, I got it for my wife”.

    The Indian looked forward at the road, nodded his head solemnly, and said: “Good trade”.

    March 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm |
  25. bobcat2u

    Bill, 80, married Carrie, a lovely 24 year old. Since her new husband is so old, Carrie decides that after their wedding she and Bill should have separate bedrooms, because she is concerned that her new but aged husband may over-exert himself if they spend the entire night together.

    After the wedding festivities Carrie prepares herself for bed and the expected knock on the door.

    Sure enough the knock comes, the door opens and there is Bill, her 85 year old groom, ready for action. They unite as one.

    All goes well, Bill takes leave of his bride, and she prepares to go to sleep.

    After a few minutes, Carrie hears another knock on her bedroom door, and it’s Bill,

    Again he is ready for more ‘action’. Somewhat surprised, Carrie consents for more coupling.

    When the newlyweds are done, Bill kisses his bride, bids her a fond good night and leaves.

    She is set to go to sleep again, but, aha, you guessed it – Bill is back again, rapping on the door and is as fresh as a 25-year-old, ready for more ‘action’.

    And, once more they enjoy each other.

    But as Bill gets set to leave again, his young bride says to him, ‘I am thoroughly impressed that at your age you can perform so well and so often. I have been with guys less than a third of your age who were only good once. You are truly a great lover, Bill.’

    Bill, somewhat embarrassed, turns to Carrie and says: ‘You mean I was here already?’

    March 9, 2015 at 4:45 pm |
    • banasy©

      Lmao. Bill apparently also forgot how old he is, too...or is that you, Rawr?

      (Just kidding, sweetie.)

      March 9, 2015 at 6:40 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        A horse walks into a bar...

        ...the trainer says, "next time, jump".

        March 9, 2015 at 9:16 pm |
      • banasy©

        Have I told you lately how much I like you, dear man?

        March 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm |
  26. chri§§y

    Yup keep em commin bobcat! Thats the only reason i pop in here now and then. To read your jokes. I found a chatroom i kinda like and have been spending most of my freetime there. And no im not sayin the name of it here lmao.

    March 9, 2015 at 11:47 pm |
  27. bobcat2u

    A horse walks into a bar, he sits down and the bartender asks him, "Why the long face?" The second horse walks in with jumper cables attached to it's head, he sits down, and the bartender says, "I don't mind the long face, but don't u go and try to start anything!"

    March 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm |
  28. bobcat2u

    A horse walks into a bar and says "bartender, scotch on the rocks please!"

    The bartender, rubbing his eyes in disbelief says "did.. did you just talk?!"

    "Yes I have, why?" Said the horse

    "It's just, incredible! I've never seen a talking horse! You know, you should really go talk to the local circus, they would LOVE to have someone with your skills!"

    The horse replied "why? Are they short on electricians?"

    March 10, 2015 at 8:02 pm |
  29. bobcat2u

    An amnesiac walks into a bar. The bartender asks, "What can I get you today?" The amnesiac says, "I don't know, I have trouble remembering things." The bartender says, "Like what?"

    March 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm |
  30. bobcat2u

    A guy walks into a barber shop, asks "Bob Peters here? " barber replies "Nope. Just cut hair.

    March 10, 2015 at 8:14 pm |
    • banasy©

      GaROAN! Badum tish.

      March 11, 2015 at 11:26 am |
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