I Knew There Was Humor In the Ryan Story….

It is official….Paul Ryan has a new job….Speaker of the House of Representatives….(let the peasants rejoice)……

House Republicans officially nominated Paul Ryan as speaker Wednesday, CNN reports. Er, excuse us, Paul D. Ryan. Also Wednesday, the congressman asked the Clerk of the House to formally change his name on all official documents and offices to Paul D. Ryan, Politico reports. His full name is Paul Davis Ryan. The full House is expected to approve Ryan’s nomination Thursday morning.

This just wasn’t his day…….as exciting as the news is that Ryan will be the next Speaker…..there was something that crapped all over his day…..

A runaway blimp!

Ryan’s big moment was overshadowed on all cable news channels by the daring escape of the military blimp……

A 243-foot military blimp called a JLENS has come free of its tether in Maryland and is now floating out of control somewhere in Pennsylvania.

The JLENS slipped out of Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Ground, an hour outside Baltimore, at 11:54 am Eastern. It is still in the air, trailing 6,700 feet of cable across the Pennsylvania sky. The US military has dispatched two jets from Atlantic City Air Force Base to follow it.

The blimp may be armed and dangerous…..nothing is more dangerous than a blimp on the run!

According to the Baltimore Sun, “Authorities warned anyone who sees the blimp to keep a safe distance and dial 911.”

The Air Force has scrambled two F-16s from the Atlantic City Air National Guard base to track the blimp, which officials say is holding at 16,000 feet. The blimp broke free at 12:20 eastern time. “NORAD officials are working closely with the FAA to ensure air traffic safety, as well as with our other interagency partners to address the safe recovery of the aerostat,” NORAD said in a statement.

An unmanned Army surveillance blimp broke loose from its moorings in Maryland and floated over Pennsylvania for hours Wednesday with two US fighter jets on its tail, triggering blackouts across the countryside as it dragged its cable across power lines. The bulbous, 240-foot helium-filled blimp finally came down near Muncy, a small town about 80 miles north of Harrisburg. The North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado said the blimp detached from its station at the military’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland at about 12:20pm and drifted northward, climbing to about 16,000 feet.

The F-16s were scrambled from a National Guard base at Atlantic City, New Jersey, according to NORAD. At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Ash Carter did not say what the two fighter jets might be asked to do or whether he considered it a threat to aviation. Witnesses reported seeing the blimp drifting in a sparsely populated area. Its tether was snapping power lines. The local electric utility, PPL, reported about 20,000 customers without power in the area, and Bloomsburg University canceled classes because of the outage. It was not immediately clear how the blimp came loose.

Sorry, my eyes have not been dry since I saw the daring escape……and Ryan is sitting in his office muttering to himself….”I can’t catch a break”….”who do I have to blow to get some press?”

Now I wonder how much this will cost the taxpayer?  To pay for it we will have nix the catheter program…..

Some news is just too good to pass up….and this is just such a story…..

 

 

GOP Debates: The Proof Is In The Pudding

There was so much bullshit spread last night that it is hard to know where to start…..so I did the logical thing…..I found someone that did the fact checking for me……the Associated Press……(I know I am lazy)……

The last debate had a lot of stuff said…..very little of it had anything to do with the running of this country properly…..I have quips, slogans, taglines and just plain lies…..but NOTHING that would lead me to vote for any of them……my two dogs have better plans than this pack of losers……

But do not let me influence you…..check out the facts about their words…..

Source: Associated Press

If you feel that you will be voting GOP then please take a look at the words they uttered and the facts…..they may be a bit non-aligned….LOL

Political Debate: Bad Lip Reading Edition

Speaking of debates….how about a chuckle?

I know that I do not post many videos and such…..but from time to time there is one that needs to be seen……this is just such a video.

If you have never experienced these guys and their take on stuff then you are missing some of the best political humor around…..

This is their take on the first Democratic debate on CNN….

 

 

I do not want to discriminate against my GOP brethren……here is their take on the first GOP debate…..

 

 

I do hope you enjoyed these videos and appreciate the humor therein….

GOP: When Sherry Doesn’t Work

The plan last night was to consume some excellent Spanish sherry and sleep like a baby….as they say….”the best laid plans of mice and men….”

Thanx to pain issues my sherry did not provide the luxury of cradling in the arms of Orpheus…..insomnia was my only option last night and sadly my only form of entertainment was the Tube……and it was either some ridiculous reality crap or the GOP debate (a form of reality show genre)…..the re-run of the debate won out.

What did I learn?  Media–Bad……insults R us……but nothing substantial on their economic views other than their standard tagline or slogan…..and the debate was aired on CNBC….you would think it would be a bit more economic in substance….

All that said….what happened….at the mud wrestle?

With each Republican presidential candidate sharing the stage with nine others—and sharing the GOP field with 13 rivals—Wednesday night’s debate participants needed to get tough, be bold, and say something that would help them stay at the top, or claw their way there. Here’s how they did that, via the Washington Post and AP:

  • Donald Trump set his sights on a new target, John Kasich: “John got lucky [in Ohio] with a thing called ‘fracking.’ He hit oil. Believe me, that is why Ohio is doing well. … He was so nice. He was such a nice guy, and then his poll numbers tanked. That’s why he’s (standing) on the end.”
  • Jeb Bush on Marco Rubio’s record of missed votes: “Marco, when you signed up for this, this is a six-year term, and you should be showing up to work. I mean, literally, the Senate—what is it, like a French work week? You get, like, three days where you have to show up? Or just resign, and let somebody else take the job.”
  • Rubio’s retort: “Someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you.”
  • Bush’s kiss: “You find a Democrat that’s for cutting spending $10? I’ll give him a warm kiss.”
  • Kasich on his rivals’ tax plans: “Why don’t we just give a chicken in every pot, while we’re, you know, coming up—coming up with these fantasy tax schemes. … Folks, we gotta wake up. We cannot elect somebody that doesn’t know how to do the job. “
  • Ted Cruz on how the CNBC moderators are doing: “This is not a cage match. And, you look at the questions: ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?’ ‘Ben Carson, can you do math?’ ‘ John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?’ ‘ Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?’ ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?”
  • Cruz on the media: “The Democrats have the ultimate SuperPac. It’s called the mainstream media.”
  • Chris Christie on a question posed about fantasy football: “We have a government involved in fantasy football? We have ISIS and al-Qaeda attacking us and we’re talking about fantasy football? Enough on fantasy football. Let people play! Who cares?”
  • Mike Huckabee: “You know, everybody has an ‘only guy’—’I’m the only guy this; I’m the only guy that.’ Well, let me tell you one thing that I am the only guy: The only guy that has consistently fought the Clinton machine every election I was ever in over the past 26 years. And not only did I fight them, but I beat them.”
  • Carly Fiorina: “It is the height of hypocrisy for Mrs. Clinton to talk about being the first woman president, when every single policy she espouses, and every single policy of President Obama has been demonstrably bad for women.”
  • Ben Carson stayed true to form: “I do, however, believe in Reagan’s 11th commandment, and will not be engaging in awful things about my compatriots here.”
  • Rand Paul on the budget deal: “I will spend every ounce of energy to stop it. I will begin tomorrow to filibuster it.”

In true American form….we need to know who won and who lost…..

  • Winners: Marco Rubio is coming up as a consensus winner. Politico, for example, says he “stole the show” with his jabs at Jeb Bush and the mainstream media, and with his overall polished performance. Ted Cruz, too, is getting strong reviews, mostly for his aggressive attacks against the media and the moderators. The Washington Post adds Chris Christie’s name to the list of winners.
  • The big loser: Jeb Bush is getting dismal reviews. Simply put, he “failed to turn in the type of performance that would soothe the fears of his nervous-and-getting-more-so backers inside the Republican Party,” writes Josh Voorhees at Slate. Pundits had predicted that a weak showing might be the end of his campaign, writes David Graham at the Atlantic. “He’d better hope they were wrong about that–this was not a strong performance.

Trump was predictable……Carson is still in a coma……Was Huckabee there?……Carly got lots of face time but had nothing to really say……I believe there were a few others present but for the life of me I cannot recall their faces….

I have to admit it….this debate was entertaining…..but a in a disturbing way……chaotic confrontation…..very entertaining.

“Feel The Bern”

On the old Twitter machine yesterday I got one of the best things I have seen about the candidacy of Bernie Sanders….

 

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Yes, I am a Bernie fan….I have been watching him since the 1980’s….he is an inspiration……all you have to do is listen to him and you will see that he is a true statesman…..not just a sleazy politician…..

Feel The Bern!

Should We Stick A Fork In The Taliban?

Since we went to Afghanistan in 2001 as a response to the attacks of 9/11…. we have been fighting AQ and the Taleban……we have fought them tooth and nail and still not much has happened to change things in Afghanistan….

The US and its allies have made head way only to lose that to the change of seasons…..in the winter months we take it to the max and then in Spring the Taleban returns as ferocious as before….it is a back and forth conflict….and neither side has been able to establish victory although many have predicted so…..not much would substantiate the claims….

And while we concentrate on stopping the Taleban AQ and ISIS factions are making in-roads into the country and its people……there have been some amazing Taleban victories in the north of the country this year…..it is far from over….

The Taleban almost look invincible….they appear to be able to survive no matter what we throw at them……but is that observation correct?

There is an opinion that the Taleban is on life support and that their end is near….Despite their recent military gain in Kunduz, the Taliban’s demise has already begun.

Source: The Taliban’s days are almost over – Al Jazeera English

Is this a fact or is it creative journalism?

Or maybe….just wishful thinking……..

Does War loom in the South Caucasus?

When I was in university I studied international relations especially war and conflict management…..and since my interests in war and its causes I have always looked for that linchpin that could cause the world to explode in an all out war …..a war to end all wars……

A couple of years ago I wrote a synopsis of a paper that I was working on about the linchpin theory….in my theory the South Caucuses would be the most likely region that could start this war of all wars……read for yourself…..

https://lobotero.com/2013/06/13/looking-for-the-linchpin/

It appears that all my hard work has paid off…….there are growing tensions in the very region that I was writing about

A recent upsurge in fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh serves Russian interests and shows the dangers of war by accident.

Source: War looms in the South Caucasus – Al Jazeera English

This region should be watched closely….take our eyes off the prize and it could be very catastrophic…..