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Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 576

by mi (#47779221) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

If Maliki's politics are to blame, then Bush is ultimately the one to blame for Maliki

Tenuous in the extreme...

Except wait a minute, who was it who approved a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq that called for all U.S. troops to leave in 2009... hm, it'll come to me... oh, that's right, it was BUSH!

The forces withdrawn under the agreement left in December of 2011. Obama was in charge for three years...

They're pretty badass, they act more like an occupying army than a terrorist organization. Turns out, there's a reason for that- they include a whole bunch of former Iraqi Army officers, who went to military academy and everything. Iraqi army officers who joined the insurgency after the Iraqi Army was disbanded by, wait for it... George W. Bush.

Yeah, Bush disbanded it the same way his predecessors disbanded German military. He also started de-Baathization of Iraq the same way we de-Nazified Germany after winning there.

And, guess what, those Nazis — fired from the army and banned from public life were pretty upset too — had we left West Germany to its own devices back then, there could've very well have been a similar insurrection there too (happily encouraged by the USSR-occupied East)... Obama should not have withdrawn from Iraq, period.

The "might not have handled things terribly well" is rather damning indeed, considering the source...

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 2, Interesting) 576

by mi (#47777699) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Right, as opposed to the previous guy, who went into Iraq to settle his daddy's score

His daddy has kicked Saddam's ass so bad, there were no score left to settle. But let's not change the subject, Ok?

blunder around with pointy objects in the dark making a lot of noise and hoping everyone swoons over your manliness

Oh, I guess, you just can't help it, can you?

the country you did invade is falling into civil war.

Had we withdrawn from Germany in 1955, that country would've fallen into a "civil war" as well... Whatever you blame Bush for, the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq are squarely Obama's doing. As is the emboldened Russia, to bring us back on topic.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 3, Interesting) 576

by mi (#47777617) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

The US can't afford to perform any surgeries.

Of course, we can. Obama's economy may be weak, but it is still greater than that of Russia and Ukraine combined. Many times greater.

We don't need to send "boots on the ground" — just help Ukrainian defenders with weapons. Like, for example, precise ground-to-ground missiles to let them destroy a Russian "Grad" parked behind an apartment building without hitting the building too. Or all that surplus equipment, that Pentagon has been sending to police departments nation-wide, militarizing them against fellow citizens . But the charlatan-in-chief would not even send Ukrainians the perfectly defensive helmets and body armor...

pissing it all away invading Afghanistan and Iraq?

We pissed nothing away invading those two. We pissed it away by withdrawing prematurely.

Comment: Re:Classics (Score 1) 301

by mi (#47776905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

What? Hell no. Classics are: checkers, chess, a deck of cards, a pair of dice, dominoes and backgammon. Everybody has heard of them, everybody has seen them, (almost) everybody have played them in their lives...

Anything invented in the past few decades simply has not been around long enough to become a classic.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 2, Insightful) 576

by mi (#47776589) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Chairman Mao, Ho Chi Minh and Hitler, not so much with the bluffing.

We fought Hitler and now Germany is a free and prosperous country at peace with its neighbors. China — where we dithered — not so much. Nor is North Korea — in the 60 years since we decided to "give peace a chance" there and not use nukes against the invading Chinese "volunteers", generations of millions lived in dire poverty and suffering, that they deserved even less than the Chinese soldiers.

Some times non-invasive therapies are indicated, but quite often the best course is surgery. Sadly, what we have in the White House is a "herbal remedies" charlatan...

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 576

by mi (#47776373) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

I don't know how Russia, you know, the big one, reacts if the US decided to support

I wonder, what happened to:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

Perhaps, the author of the above was a war-mongering neocon teatard — not a Nobel "Peace" Prize laureate...

Comment: Re: UDP/broadcast only (Score 1) 248

by mi (#47770967) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

You can't turn it off even now. The GPS tracking is built into the circuitry and there is no way to disable it.

I doubt, that's entirely true. While I'm sure, cell companies keep track of each phone's approximate position (relative to their towers), the phone's battery drains considerably quicker, when the "location service" (an iPhone term) is turned on. If it really were on all the time, there would not have been such a pronounced effect on the batter from starting the "Maps" application or "Uber"...

+ - Comcast allegedly trying to block CenturyLink from entering its territory->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "CenturyLink has accused Comcast of trying to prevent competition in cities and towns by making it difficult for the company to obtain reasonable franchise agreements from local authorities.

CenturyLink made the claim yesterday in a filing that asks the Federal Communications Commission to block Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) or impose conditions that prevent Comcast from using its market power to harm competitors.

Comcast has a different view on the matter, saying that CenturyLink shouldn’t be able to enter Comcast cities unless CenturyLink promises to build out its network to all residents. Without such conditions, poor people might not be offered service, Comcast argues."

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Comment: Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (Score 1) 581

by mi (#47768967) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

You need citations for Congressional use of the "power of the purse"? Really?

Here in the United States, the term Power of the Purse refers to relationship between Legislative and Executive branches of the same government.

The relationship discussed in this sub-thread is between different governments: Federal vs. local ones...

Because communities are often not as in charge of their police departments as they should be or think they are

In other words, you do think, Washington "knows better" than the local doofuses . Right... Why, I wonder, even bother with elections there — instead of letting the sophisticated Washingtonian nobility appoint one of their own...

Where's the injustice here?

Your granpa can demand you do something in exchange for his contribution to your pocket money — that's Ok, because it is his money... On contrast, the monies the Feds disburse as subsidies are not theirs to attach strings to. They use this method to get around the 10th Amendment — and I consider it unjust.

Congress has the power of the purse.

Only over President... This was, indeed, part of the "checks-and-balances" from day one. Congress was never supposed to have the same power over States and towns however. And — contrary to your earlier assertion — did not have it, until Federal taxes grew up so much...

Comment: Re:UDP/broadcast only (Score 1) 248

by mi (#47768723) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

It's not a bad idea

Anything, that is "not a bad idea" for a personal vehicle, is also not a bad idea for a person. The argument for mandatory license plates (which we have accepted so long ago, freaks like me objecting appear as, well, freaks), for example, would apply just as convincingly to mandating people not only carry identification at all times, but also keep it visible from distance.

Would you support a law mandating, that people carry personal beacons at all times? Those can be made small enough to make it practical already... In fact, if you aren't careful, your cellphone is already acting as just such a device — should a law prohibit you from turning it off?

Comment: The most open and tech-savvy Administration (Score 1) 248

by mi (#47768637) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Thankfully, we have the most open and technologically-savvy Administration in history. He uses e-mail like, OMG, daily (!!11!) and has, like, the most Twitter-followers of any US President too. Seriously, like, ever!..

Nothing to worry about... Our lives, rights, and freedoms are in good hands. Please, don't hate.

Comment: Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (Score 1) 581

by mi (#47768561) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Is it to far afield to invoke the author's prejudices when dealing with the amendment?

Again, I was referring to the States' (and towns') rights being diminished by the Federal government. Not those of the individuals. So, yes, it is "too far afield".

I'm sorry if I don't put drinking age and speeding in the same category as "enslavement" viz. tyranny -- but I don't think you do either.

It is not in the same category, but that does not diminish my argument: the Feds should not have this power over local governments. The monies they dispense as subsidies are not theirs to attach strings to...

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