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21 Chyrons You See Only on MSNBC

Valin   Posted Today, 09:55 AM

Washington Free Beacon:

David Rutz
October 23, 2014



There are a lot of ways MSNBC has managed to make the art of chyron fails truly its own.


Maybe it’s referring to an address by President Obama as “The King’s Speech,” or breathlessly letting viewers know that Michelle Obama once wore a dress designed by Oscar de la Renta.


Or maybe it’s superimposing “Kimye Engaged” over someone falling off a train platform or “The LeBron Effect” over a scene of massive destruction.






Today's Toons 10/24/14

pookie18   Posted Today, 09:17 AM

Thanks Pookie!! Have a great weekend!!

My pleasure, as ever & the same to you, mass55th!

Today's Toons 10/24/14

pookie18   Posted Today, 09:15 AM

Dear Pookie -- Thank you for the share and the honor to have a video attached to it.  smile.png  I dream for a better day soon for America!  Have a wonderful weekend.

You're welcome, as always & the same to you, Googie! I share your dream, but it ain't gonna happen anytime soon :-(

Long must watch You Tubes

Valin   Posted Today, 09:13 AM


Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice

John Nagl

October 16, 2014


When John Nagl was an army tank commander in the first Gulf War of 1991, fresh out of West Point and Oxford, he could already see that America’s military superiority meant that the age of conventional combat was nearing an end. Nagl was an early convert to the view that America’s greatest future threats would come from asymmetric warfare—guerrillas, terrorists, and insurgents. But that made him an outsider within the army; and as if to double down on his dissidence, he scorned the conventional path to a general’s stars and got the military to send him back to Oxford to study the history of counterinsurgency in earnest, searching for guideposts for America. The result would become the bible of the counterinsurgency movement, a book called Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife.

But it would take the events of 9/11 and the botched aftermath of the Iraq invasion to give counterinsurgency urgent contemporary relevance. John Nagl’s ideas finally met their war. But even as his book began ricocheting around the Pentagon, Nagl, now operations officer of a tank battalion of the 1st Infantry Division, deployed to a particularly unsettled quadrant of Iraq. Here theory met practice, violently. No one knew how messy even the most successful counterinsurgency campaign is better than Nagl, and his experience in Anbar Province cemented his view. After a year’s hard fighting, Nagl was sent to the Pentagon to work for Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, where he was tapped by General David Petraeus to coauthor the new army and marine counterinsurgency field manual, rewriting core army doctrine in the middle of two bloody land wars and helping the new ideas win acceptance in one of the planet’s most conservative bureaucracies. That doctrine changed the course of two wars and the thinking of an army.

Nagl is not blind to the costs or consequences of counterinsurgency, a policy he compared to “eating soup with a knife.” The men who died under his command in Iraq will haunt him to his grave. When it comes to war, there are only bad choices; the question is only which ones are better and which worse. Nagl’s memoir is a profound education in modern war—in theory, in practice, and in the often tortured relationship between the two. It is essential reading for anyone who cares about the fate of America’s soldiers and the purposes for which their lives are put at risk.

Today's Toons 10/24/14

mass55th   Posted Today, 09:12 AM

Thanks Pookie!! Have a great weekend!!

Ex-counterterror chief: U.S. lost track of terrorists after Snowden

Valin   Posted Today, 08:00 AM


Kevin Liptak, CNN
Wed October 22, 2014


Washington (CNN) -- Ripping the cover off top-secret U.S. surveillance programs pushed foreign terrorists underground and out of intelligence services' reach, a former top intelligence official said Tuesday.


"We've lost collection against some individuals, people that we were concerned about we are no longer collecting their communications," Matt Olsen, who until September led the National Counterterrorism Center, told CNN's Jim Sciutto. "We lost insight into what they were doing."


Olsen said the revelations made public by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had changed the way terrorists communicate, causing them to fall out of the U.S. government's sight.


"They've changed how they encrypt their communications and adopted more stringent encryption techniques," he said. "They've changed service providers and email addresses and they've, in some cases, just dropped off all together."




Olsen: 'Imminent threat' remains



H/T Mary Habeck

Coffee Shop

nickydog   Posted Today, 07:57 AM



Chicago Walgreens?




Via iOTW


Walgreens is where I got shot.   smile.png



Sweet nickydog!


I'm lucky. Since I have to get a flu shot before December 1st [St. Anthony's Hospital Eucharistic Ministry] they provide them for free....and then update my credentials. My insurance [through Sweet E's union] also has a free walk-in clinic. I like to wait until mid/late-November....since the flu season lasts until February or March.



Medicare pays for mine.  At least so far.

Today's Toons 10/24/14

Googie   Posted Today, 07:28 AM

Dear Pookie -- Thank you for the share and the honor to have a video attached to it.  :)  I dream for a better day soon for America!  Have a wonderful weekend.

The Poison Tree

Valin   Posted Today, 07:26 AM

Washington Free Beacon:

Column: Islamic State and Hamas are branches of single Islamist threat

Matthew Continetti
October 24, 2014


Last month, addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Benjamin Netanyahu made a connection between the Islamic State and Hamas. These terrorist entities, Netanyahu said, have a lot in common. Separated by geography, they nonetheless share ideology and tactics and goals: Islamism, terrorism, the destruction of Israel, and the establishment of a global caliphate.


And yet, Netanyahu observed, the very nations now campaigning against the Islamic State treated Hamas like a legitimate combatant during last summer’s Israel-Gaza war. “They evidently don’t understand,” he said, “that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.”


The State Department dismissed Netanyahu’s metaphor. “Obviously, we’ve designated both as terrorist organizations,” said spokesman Jen Psaki. “But ISIL poses a different threat to Western interests and to the United States.”


Psaki was wrong, of course. She’s always wrong. And, after the events of the last 48 hours, there ought not to be any doubt as to just how wrong she was........(Snip)






What I don't understand (one of the many many many things I don't understand) is, why so many people apparently don't understand this. Hezbollah, Abu Sayyaf, IS, Hamas, Ansar Dine...all for practical purposes the same. The same roots Hassan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, pretty much the same goals....see Tailiban Afghanistan or IS in  Raqqa....not really any difference.


None are so blind as they who will not see.

Parliament Hill attacked, soldier shot at National War Memorial in Ottawa

Valin   Posted Today, 07:08 AM