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. bobcat2u

    A guy walks into a Wedding Reception. He goes up to the Bartender and asks,
    "Is this the punch Line?"

    March 10, 2015 at 8:15 pm |
  2. banasy©

    Keep them up, Rawr. We don't know how long we have left until GPS gives up its last breath.
    Chrissy is right. Only reason I check in. ūüėÄ

    March 11, 2015 at 11:28 am |
  3. Philip

    Yes jokes are of vital necessity. Good point, Donna. Lmao

    March 12, 2015 at 9:24 am |
    • banasy¬©

      Glad you think so, Philip.
      Well, not really. I simply don't care what you think.

      March 12, 2015 at 10:55 am |
  4. Philip

    Who are fatter. Christians or Jews?

    March 12, 2015 at 9:25 am |
  5. Philip

    What peoples produce the most violent forms of entertainment? Christians or Jews?

    March 12, 2015 at 9:27 am |
  6. Chrissy

    As usual philip you are totally clueless and im really glad i got one more opportunity to tell you so! Contrary to your belief humor IS of vital importance. But since youre sadly lacking in that department i guess we shouldnt expect you to understand! And only a simpleton such as yourself would think you could use "who are fatter? Christians or jews" as the driving force to control what everyone else should be discussing. Ya just cant grasp the fact that no one really gives a fock!

    March 12, 2015 at 9:48 pm |
  7. Philip

    True. THC and Big Pharmakia drugs compete to occupy the same receptors in our brains. The real reason we men drill for oil is to acquire billions of barrels of crude oil...petrochemicals for Big Pharma to make drugs out of. We only use 5% of crude oil for making gasoline and diesel fuels. Henry Ford was a hemp farmer. His first car ran off of refined hemp oil and had body panels made if hemp fiber, not metal or plastic as today. Hemp was outlawed and you know the rest of the story. The entire world of mankind has been being drugged for over 3,500 years beginning with ancient Egyptians who worshipped Horus the pagan god of Medicine whose official sign was Rx. The same sign uses today to denote prescription drugs. Namely, drugs that cause people to be fat, stupid, and happy about it. Also cause most all birth defects and tendencies towords violence and even suicide such as Robin Williams experienced not long after becoming an Rx drug fiend.

    March 12, 2015 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Philip

    The same evil men who tricked the world into drilling for oil have also fooled billions into thinking "UFOs" are made by aliens and not by evil men.

    March 12, 2015 at 11:07 pm |
  9. Philip

    One day soon you will see "UFOs" attacking and you will no-doubt think that alien terrorists are attacking. To think government leaders are so crooked is beyond your ability to comprehend. Admit, really. It was your vote that got them elected.

    March 12, 2015 at 11:13 pm |
  10. Philip

    Yes it is stupid to have the average citizen decide who leads when the average citizen is obese and cannot pass the 8th grade. Idiocracy is what comes from it.

    March 12, 2015 at 11:16 pm |
  11. Philip

    Watch. Before long body builders and all star wrestlers will become governors and congressmen thanks to the average voter being stupid.

    March 12, 2015 at 11:24 pm |
    • Philip

      ...people so stupid that they ask to see the president's birth certificate after they vote him into office! Lol

      March 12, 2015 at 11:27 pm |
      • Leticia

        You were hatched weren't you?!?

        March 17, 2015 at 6:11 pm |
  12. Chrussty circa 2018

    Omg! Little green terrorists from outer space are attacking earth! What to do?

    March 14, 2015 at 10:21 am |
  13. banasy©

    Hey, this joke is a combination of some of your..er...pet topics, Philip.

    A Martian couple and an Earthling couple have met and are talking about all sorts of things. Finally, the subject of sex comes up. "Just how do you guys do it?" asked the Earthling. "Pretty much the way you do," responded the Martian. Discussion ensues and finally the couples decide to swap partners for the night and experience one another. The female Earthling and the male Martian go off to a bedroom where the Martian strips. He’s got only a teeny, weeny member; very short and very narrow. "What can you do with THAT!?" exclaims the woman. "Why?" he asked, "What’s the matter?" "Well," she replied, "it’s nowhere near long enough. It’ll never reach!" "No problem," he said and proceeded to slap his forehead with his palm. With each slap of his forehead, his member grew until it was quite impressively long. "Well," she said. "That’s quite impressive, but it’s still pretty narrow." "No problem," he said again and started pulling his ears. With each pull his member grew wider and wider until the entire measurement was extremely exciting to the woman. "Wow!" she exclaimed as they fell into bed and made mad, passionate love. The next day the couples rejoined their normal partners and went off together. As they walked along the Earthling male said, "Well, was it any good?" "I hate to say it," she said, "but it was really wonderful. How about you?" "Well," he said, "It was the weirdest thing. She kept slapping me on the forehead and pulling my ears all night."

    March 14, 2015 at 10:55 am |
    • bobcat2u

      That was one of the best ever. Glad I had just put my coffee down.

      March 14, 2015 at 11:45 am |
      • banasy¬©


        March 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm |
      • banasy¬©

        Hey, Rawr, our kid texted you a few days ago...didja get it?

        March 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm |
      • bobcat2u

        No banasy, I didn't. I lost service to my phone the other day and didn't know it until later in the evening. I'd lay odds that's when I missed it. Please tell her to try again.

        March 14, 2015 at 2:31 pm |
  14. bobcat2u

    A fellow stopped at a rural gas station and, after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and he watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man came along behind and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was about 25 feet behind filling in the old. The men worked right past the fellow with the soft drink and went on down the road. "I can't stand this," said the man tossing the can in a trash container and heading down the road toward the men.

    "Hold it, hold it," he said to the men. "Can you tell me what's going on here with this digging?"

    "Well, we work for the county government, " one of the men said.

    "But one of you is digging a hole and the other is filling it up. You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the county's money?"

    "You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us–me, Rodney and Mike. I dig the hole, Rodney sticks in the tree and Mike here puts the dirt back."

    "Yea," piped up Mike. "Now just because Rodney's sick, that don't mean we can't work, does it?"

    March 14, 2015 at 2:50 pm |
    • banasy¬©

      Now, see, that's both a testament of bureaucracy and good work ethics...lol.

      March 14, 2015 at 3:28 pm |
  15. bobcat2u

    When NASA was preparing for the Apollo Project, it took the astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training. One day, a Navajo elder and his son came across the space crew, who were walking among the rocks.

    The elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question. His son translated for the NASA people:

    "What are these guys in the big suits doing?"

    One of the astronauts said they were practicing for a trip to the moon. When his son relayed this comment, the Navajo elder got all excited and asked if it would be possible to give the astronauts a message to deliver to the moon.

    Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw one, a NASA official accompanying the astronauts said, "Why certainly!" and told an underling to get a tape recorder. The Navajo elder's comments into the microphone were brief. The NASA official asked the son if he would translate what his father had said. The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But he refused to translate.

    So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby Navajo village and played it for other members of the tribe. They too laughed long and loudly but also refused to translate the elder's message to the moon.

    Finally, an official government translator was summoned. After he finally stopped laughing, the translator relayed the message:

    "Watch out for these guys! They've come to steal your land."

    March 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm |
  16. bobcat2u

    A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

    "House" for instance, is feminine: "la casa."
    "Pencil," however, is masculine: "el lapiz."

    A student asked, "What gender is 'computer'?"

    Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether "computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

    The men's group decided that "computer" should definitely be of the feminine gender ("la computadora") because:
    1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.
    2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.
    3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
    4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

    The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ("el computador") because:
    1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on.
    2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves.
    3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time, they ARE the problem; and
    4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

    The women won.

    March 15, 2015 at 9:52 pm |
  17. chrissy

    @ leticia, you mustve been if you have no sense of humor.

    March 17, 2015 at 6:57 pm |
  18. banasy©

    There was a Scotsman an Englishman and an Irishman all sitting on a teabreak on a building site. The Englishman pipes up, "If my wife puts Cheese on my sandwiches again I am going to kill myself." and the Scotsman says, "If my wife puts Egg on my sandwiches again I will kill myself." and the Irishman says "If I find Gammon on my sandwiches again I will kill myself." So sure enough the next day all three open up their lunch boxes and find the sandwiches are all full of cheese, egg, and gammon once again. So they all go off to different parts of the site and kill themselves.

    Later that week, all three men are being buried and the Englishman’s wife says, "If he didn’t want cheese on his sandwiches he should have told me and this wouldn’t have happened..." Then the Scotsman’s wife comes away with the same statement concerning the egg sandwiches. Then the Irishman’s wife pipes up, "I can’t understand this, Paddy makes his own sandwiches."

    March 17, 2015 at 7:10 pm |
  19. banasy©

    Happy St. Patrick's Day.

    March 17, 2015 at 7:14 pm |
  20. chrissy

    Lol @ leticia in that case SPOT ON! Thx @ banasy. And happy st patricks day to you also!

    March 17, 2015 at 7:31 pm |
  21. bobcat2u

    An Irishman, by the name of O'Malley proposed to his girl on St. Patrick's Day. He gave her a ring with a synthetic diamond. The excited young lass showed it to her father, a jeweller. He took one look at it and saw it wasn't real.

    The young lass on learning it wasn't real returned to her future husband. She protested vehemently about his cheapness.

    'It was in honour of St. Patrick's Day, 'he smiled.

    'I gave you a sham rock.'

    March 17, 2015 at 10:52 pm |
    • dazzle

      Bobcat as usual you made me laugh.

      March 27, 2015 at 11:29 am |
      • dazzle

        Bobcat, as usual I was trolled. But your jokes are excellent.

        April 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm |
  22. bobcat2u

    Irishman went to a pet shop and asked how many budgies were in stock. "We have 99" replied the shop owner "Give us the lot" said the Irish man, paid for them and left. He went to a tailors shop and had 99 pockets sewn into a jacket, put a budgie in each pocket, went up to the Post Office Tower and jumped off. He hit the ground with an almighty smack and lay there groaning until a passer-by came and asked him what had happened. "I don't know sur" he replied "but that's the last time I try that budgie jumping"

    March 17, 2015 at 11:01 pm |
  23. banasy©

    The drunk rang Dublin airport and inquired: ‚ÄėHow long does it take to fly to New York from Dublin?‚Äô
    ‚ÄėJust a second,‚Äô said the receptionist.
    Thank you,’ said the drunk and hung up.

    March 18, 2015 at 10:44 am |
  24. banasy©

    And now for something a bit different:

    The KGB, the FBI and the CIA are all trying to prove that they are the best at catching criminals. The Secretary General of the UN decides to give them a test. He releases a rabbit into a forest and each of them has to catch it.

    The CIA goes in. They place animal informants throughout the forest. They question all plant and mineral witnesses. After three months of extensive investigations they conclude that the rabbit does not exist.

    The FBI goes in. After two weeks with no leads they burn the forest, killing everything in it, including the rabbit, and make no apologies: the rabbit had it coming.

    The KGB goes in. They come out two hours later with a badly beaten bear. The bear is yelling: "Okay! Okay! I'm a rabbit! I'm a rabbit!"

    March 18, 2015 at 10:50 am |
  25. bobcat2u

    Going on some of the news of the day :

    "Daddy," a little girl asked her father, "do all fairy tales begin with 'Once upon a time'? "

    "No, sweetheart," he answered. "Some begin with 'If I am elected.'"

    March 18, 2015 at 11:27 am |
  26. bobcat2u

    And now in another direction :

    Q. Why was the leper caught speeding?

    A. He couldn't take his foot off the accelerator.

    March 18, 2015 at 11:29 am |
  27. Paid Hater

    Oh how funny the NSA\CIA Spy on US program is. Not to mention the hilarious DHS forced labor camps that old women deny. For fear that their own lazy children would be interned in if true.

    March 23, 2015 at 11:01 pm |
  28. Paid Hater

    Why do stupid Texans pronounce Butter "budah"?
    Because they are stupid. Duh.

    March 23, 2015 at 11:04 pm |
    • Stupid person above me

      "Regional Accents". Moron.

      March 24, 2015 at 10:20 am |
  29. Yo, Paid Hater

    Why do you pronounce "aluminum foil" as "hat"?
    Because you're insane. Duh.

    March 24, 2015 at 10:24 am |
  30. banasy©

    Conspiracy theories – because shadowy organisations who have existed for hundreds of years in complete silence just can't resist putting clues on major public monuments and every note of currency ever printed, only to be deciphered by the few who know the "truth".

    March 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm |
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