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11 hours ago @ Original A... - Bernie Sanders: The Ro... · 0 replies · +3 points

He probably has a few in his closet, to wear at home. Were he to somehow win, he would make them mandatory for everyone. And all cars would be confiscated and replaced with federally-issued bicycles, by order of Interior Secretary Al Gore. (The pols and corporate plutocrats, of course, would keep their chauffeured limos and private jets.)

1 day ago @ Original A... - ISIS: An Inside Job? · 0 replies · +1 points

Heck, I was just being sarcastic here some months ago when I called it "CIA-SIS" (a play on the long-standing "al-CIAda"). Apparently I was close to the truth.

2 weeks ago @ Original A... - Our Next Mideast War â... · 0 replies · +4 points

Also the Pentagon, the military-industrial complex, the MSM (gives them something different to do and gives Brian Williams more fake memories) and all the other usual suspects.

3 weeks ago @ Original A... - Britain’s Political ... · 0 replies · +2 points

. . . which I find as confusing as the distinction between transubstantiation and consubstantiation . . .

At least you spelled both of those gargantuan words correctly -- which puts you well ahead of most folks. ;-)

3 weeks ago @ Original A... - Freddie Gray and the W... · 0 replies · +7 points

The part about the "Western District Way" reminded me of what Sean Connery said to Kevin Costner in The Untouchables (movie version) about dealing with folks like Al Capone:

"They pull a knife, you pull a gun. They put one of yours in the hospital, you put one of theirs in the morgue. That's the Chicago Way!"

The perceived need for that kind of behavior, of course, was the crime associated with liquor prohibition. Drug prohibition, as the author notes, has given police the excuse to make the Chicago Way look tame by comparison. Now everyone is Al Capone.

5 weeks ago @ News From - House Again Blocks Pro... · 1 reply · +6 points

Kinda miss the "good old days," when all it took to close a base was an order from the SecDef. That happened to a USAF base in my hometown back in the 1960s. No doubt the mayor and city council squealed like stuck pigs (I was just a kid back then, so I don't know for certain), but regardless of the squeal level the order stood and the base was closed.

6 weeks ago @ - Pick Your Own Cuts: Ho... · 1 reply · +1 points

If TPTB ever rolled the allowances into base pay -- effectively making BAH & BAS taxable -- you would instantly see thousands of troops filling out the paperwork to change their state of residence to FL, TX, NV or some other no-tax state. (There are nine, though NH & TN tax investment income.)

Your favorable BAH situation would not have existed in the 1980s (when I was in the AF). For one thing, it only covered 3/4 or so of average housing costs. For another, starting in 1987 the government penalized frugal troops by taking back any unspent amount. There was a mandatory formation of all troops living off base, and we had to give the AFO copies of our lease statements, mortgage statements and utility bills. After that meeting I only half jokingly told everyone "Start saving your grocery receipts, because next they'll go after our BAS." (Since I left the AF soon afterward, I don't know if they ever did.)

6 weeks ago @ Original A... - Footing the Bill While... · 0 replies · +6 points

I have long suspected that a large chunk of that $3.1 billion gets sent back here to AIPAC, Christian Zionist pastors and other allied groups in order to purchase politicians and pundits. As Pat Buchanan noted years ago, Congress is Israeli-occupied territory. I would love to see someone hoist the Israeli flag over the Capitol, just to make it official.

7 weeks ago @ Blog - Judith Miller’s Blam... · 0 replies · +3 points

Even though Julius Streicher was not in the German military nor took any part in the Holocaust, his paper Der Stürmer was deemed to have incited so much anti-Jewish violence that he was hanged at Nürnberg for crimes against humanity. Under that standard, Judith Miller deserves the same fate. Give her a noose right next to Condi "Mushroom Cloud" Rice.

8 weeks ago @ Original A... - The Deal · 0 replies · +13 points

Perhaps you might explain why NORAD built its HQ deep inside a mountain. Obvious answer (for everyone but you): to withstand an enemy attack!

Now excuse me while I get my can of Raid.