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Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 1) 424

by mi (#48627663) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

I'm afraid you can't blame or give credit to Obama for that

BS. Of course, I can blame Obama — he could have and should have gotten Iraqi government to agree for us to stay there longer — based on the new developments.

Then, of course, if you are killing suspected terrorists instead of capturing and interrogating them (so that, heaven forbid, no new prisoners appear in Guantanamo), you might not even be aware of those new developments until you see some decapitations on YouTube. Either way, the affirmative action wonder is as sorry excuse of a president, as Carter was before him...

Comment: Sony is run by an Illiberal Moron (Score 0) 573

by mi (#48626687) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

That Sony Picture Entertainment — like most of Hollywood — are Illiberal-dominated is well-known.

That their systems were so easily and so thoroughly penetrated hints, that the company is mismanaged.

The revealed conversations confirm it. The particular item — which dwells on NYT's Maureen Down (herself an Illiberal icon) as willing to abolish fundamental journalist principles "for the Greater Good" — cites the following conversation-snippet:

  • Pascal emailed Dowd, saying “I THOUGHT THE STORY WAS GREAT I HOPE YOUR HAPPY"
  • Dowd responded: “I hope you’re happy! Thanks for helping. Let’s do another.”
  • Pascal replied, “Your my favorite person so yes”
  • Dowd finished the conversation with “you’re mine! you’re amazing”

After Obama was elected, when dissent stopped being patriotic, and the only possible reason underlying any sort of disapproval of government was racism, the "haters" were often accused of "hating on Obama". That use of "on" was hardly proper English, and I for one was wondering, if Illiberals are genuinely Illiterate, or are deliberately ruining their speech — perhaps, to better commiserate with the downtrodden. Fortunately, the "on" slowly disappeared and my question went away...

Ms. Pascal's repeated use of "your" instead of "you're" — even after being gently corrected by her wordsmith correspondent — makes me wonder again. Her use of ALL CAPS identifies her as a moron rather firmly in my book — any sort of stupid Sony does, while she remains at the helm, will not surprise me one bit.

Comment: Ah, those pesky RethugliKKKans (Score 2) 136

by mi (#48626347) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

wrote that 22 states permit direct sales of automobiles by Tesla to retail buyers, and of those the majority--14 of them-- voted for President Obama

There is a much fresher data-point for the political leanings of those states — we had elections a month ago. That this non-biased and bi-partisan article — the kind we've come to expect from the Newspaper of Record — chose to use the two year old data instead to illustrate its point, means, the point probably is not supported by the more recent poll...

He suggested that Democratic California, Illinois, and New York "have freer markets in auto retailing than Texas," which is presently Republican.

Is it "freer markets" for everyone, or just for the "green" technology — which got a major government loan (on very sweet terms) to survive and ought to be helped to avoid embarrassing the Democratic administration? Would those Democratic bastions of free markets be as supporting of freedom, if it were about sale of, say, high-capacity toilets?

If you really care for free markets, you'll vote Libertarian — with anybody else you still need a bloody permit to do (or sell) almost anything. Splitting hairs about who is more likely to permit this vs. that is stupid — you have your right to pursue happiness. Selling cars the way you want certainly ought to be covered by that.

Is the small bit of evidence enough to make a case?

No, it is not. To show, which party supports freer markets, one would need to study the market-freedom across different goods and services. Cherry-picking one item, that is so dear to one party's heart, in an industry, that is heavily-regulated by all states (as well as Federal government) is meaningless and reveals nothing but bare partisanship.

Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 1) 424

by mi (#48622457) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Winning, as von Clausowitz said, is accomplishing policy

Well, of course, if von Clausowitz said it, it must be truth and nothing but the truth, sure...

Roosevelt and Truman won World War II in less time.

We remained in Germany for decades after that — had we withdrawn in 1955, Germany too could've become a failed state — or be run over by USSR.

It might take another 10 years, 20 years, 50 years. You can't blame that on Obama.

Yes, I can. And I am far from being the only one. And I'm not just talking about RethugliKKKans: even Leon Panetta was rather critical of the President over this.

Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 1) 424

by mi (#48622167) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

That article seems to undercut your own argument.

That Illiberals at Slate criticize Bush and free markets is no surprise. That they also criticize the premature withdrawal of American forces — that's noteworthy. It is like having your mama tell you, you have an ugly nose — it must be really ugly...

Bush lost the war.

Bush conquered the entire country, replaced its government, captured its previous leader and handed him over to the new government to be hung by the neck. If that is still "losing", I don't know, what "winning" is...

Did you volunteer? Where did you earn your battle stripes?

Oh, this is so special! So only the military must have a say on matters of foreign policy? Is that your argument — or did you just get carried away with your ad hominem a little?

Comment: Re:Boycott (Score 4, Insightful) 580

by mi (#48621715) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Yeah... Although I have not gone to movies in the last 7 years or so (since renovating a house with home theater in it), I was thinking of going to see this one just to stick to those assholes ("Guardians of Peace").

I was just deliberating with myself, whether I am, perhaps, falling for a sneaky marketing ploy, but now Sony officially pulled the movie release making the answer easy and the question moot.

Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 1) 424

by mi (#48621415) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

What did Bush leave Obama? Anarchy, controlled by armed gangs. Now the strongest force is the Islamic State.

Not true at all. Iraq was moving in the right direction, its various groups learning to talk to rather than fight rivals.

Withdrawal was grossly premature. That it was done not as an honest mistake, but for cynical political considerations ("See? I did not close Guantanamo, but I did get us out of Iraq"), makes it all the more disgusting...

Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 0) 424

by mi (#48621367) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

The overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the destruction of his entire army apparatus was wat created the power vacuum that ISIS is now stepping into

No. American forces replaced that — there was no vacuum. The vacuum appeared, when we pulled out.

the Iraqi people thought differently, despite the obvious dangers.

Citation needed.

Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 0) 424

by mi (#48619915) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

You toppled a government, but you sure as hell didn't "conquer" them.

Of course, we did.

You barely got out of there with your asses intact

There are more people dying from guns in Chicago, than were in Iraq.

and every single justification for going in there in the first place was provably false

Wrong. But off-topic...

And now you've left a giant power vacuum which has destabilized the entire region.

Yes, this — withdrawal of troops for political expedience, rather than because the situation really allowed it — was a mistake, which I consider shameful.

Being in Iraq was such an epic failure

Not at all — we did destroy Saddam Hussein's regime and caused himself to be duly punished. Iraq stopped being a threat to its neighbors and was on its way to becoming a decent country. If only we stuck around for longer...

the world doesn't want any more of your "help"

Your other alternatives are China and Russia. Make your pick...

Comment: Joe Biden for President? (Score 1) 424

by mi (#48619773) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Politicians set up the next person from their party for votes.

Vice-President is traditionally nominated for the next Presidency by the same pary — unless (like Cheney) he explicitly rejects such plans from the very beginning.

I doubt, Joe Biden will score even so much as a nomination — despite his desires — which will, of course, be even more embarrassing for the Democrats, than him losing the subsequent election.

No, I don't think, Obama sincerely cares about his nominal "Number 2"... It was a marriage of convenience — the man was supposed to "bring foreign policy heft" to the ticket. Ha-ha-ha...

Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 1) 424

by mi (#48619693) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

And if it requires 10+ years of US military occupation for a country to recover from "collapse", how is that exactly good for us (or them)?

It is "good" simply because it is better than the alternatives: a) remain under Saddam Hussein; b) be taken over by ISIS (or Iran).

10 years is not that long — had we pulled out from Western Germany in 1955, for example, that country (with plenty of Nazis still inside and USSR's massive armies right across the border) too would've been in deep trouble.

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