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  • Cruz Campaign in Meltdown Mode as Heidi Goes MIA, Cruz fails to Sue or Actually Deny Cheating Rumors

    03/29/2016 4:48:40 PM PDT · 11 of 294
    BeauBo to skeeter

    Trump needs something else to talk about, rather than policy issues.

    His defenses on policy questions are only 30 to 60 seconds deep. He can’t afford to go into detail, and get caught short again and again.

  • US orders diplomatic, military families out of south Turkey

    03/29/2016 2:12:18 PM PDT · 27 of 29
    BeauBo to DCBryan1

    From the article:

    “Military officials said they had recommended the voluntary departure from Incirlik because of specific calls by militants for lone wolf attacks against the air base.

    According to a U.S. official, the decision to order families to leave stemmed from the ongoing assessment of security threats in Turkey.

    The decision comes a day after Israel issued a new travel advisory for Turkey, warning its citizens to leave the country as soon as possible and to avoid any traveling there.”

    Things seem to be moving to a conclusion in Syria this year.

    Possibilities:
    1. They expect jihadi attacks to spike up in Turkey, either in retaliation for the upcoming fall of the caliphate, or due to the jihadis flowing into Syria after the fall.

    2. We might be heading for a downsizing or expulsion from these bases, based on talks with Turkey.

    3. The US is trying to squeeze Turkey into concessions in the Syria talks by threatening pullout, like Putin has been doing to Assad.

  • Syrian Democratic Forces are preparing to expel the “Islamic State” from the rest of the borderline

    03/29/2016 11:06:03 AM PDT · 15 of 15
    BeauBo to BeadCounter

    “But the SDF is more than the Kurds.”

    That is true. They are still overwhelmingly Kurdish, and overwhelmingly from the YDP political Party (socialist followers of Abdullah Ocalan, like the PKK).

    The US made a major shift from training and equipping “moderate” muslim rebels from Turkey in the NW of Syria (who accomplished little on the battlefield beyond surrendering their weapons to al Queda and ISIS), to supporting the Kurdish YPG and YPJ militias of the YDP Party (who routinely kick ISIS ass - their equivalent of the girl scouts make piles of ISIS bodies).

    For better acceptance by the Turks (who have Ocalan in jail as their countries most hated terrorist) and to the Arab populations in Syria, who also have ethnic prejudice against Kurds (the Syrian Ba’ath Party is based on the Arab race, like the Nazis), the US promoted the coalition banner of the SDF, to include Christians, and more “moderate” muslims - to take the Kurdish sting off of it.

    In effect, they formed up some men from among the Christian survivors to put under the Kurdish command, and have been accumulating local Sunni town and tribal militias as they take over towns from ISIS. A few standing militias have also joined, notably Jaish al Thuwar. The often heard mix for the SDF is 80% Kurdish, but the mix is always changing. The Kurds have a standing training base, and are continually raising and training more Kurds.

  • Syrian Democratic Forces are preparing to expel the “Islamic State” from the rest of the borderline

    03/29/2016 12:22:36 AM PDT · 3 of 15
    BeauBo to dp0622

    Saudis and Qataris send money for ISIS - Turkey sends everything else.

    I think that ISIS has become too much of a liability to be an effective tool, and they have accumulated too many enemies. Looks like some of their patrons (like Obama) are now willing to throw them under the bus.

    Nobody seems to care much about Libya, so that Obama mess will be left to fester, but so many players are interested in Syria, that it seems on track for some political resolution before our election. Which doesn’t appear to include ISIS.

  • Syrian Democratic Forces are preparing to expel the “Islamic State” from the rest of the borderline

    03/28/2016 11:57:29 PM PDT · 1 of 15
    BeauBo
    After more than a month of holding their beach head West of the Euphrates River, it looks like the Kurds (SDF) may be gearing up to make a further push squeezing ISIS off from their Turkish supply route. Twitter has reports of reinforcements heading their way, and stepped up air attacks. They have been ready to seize the city of Manbij, waiting on the political call by the Coalition (i.e. US). This is either fortifying against an anticipated counter attack, or preparation for a strike at ISIS' main supply route.

    If ISIS is cut off from Turkey, it will likely mean their death in Syria.

    The Kurds are already at the Eastern edge of Raqqa's suburbs, and are dug in to the North of the city (ISIS' capital).

    Looks like the end game is shaping up for ISIS in Syria.

    When their caliphate collapses in earnest (likely this Summer), it will be the worst time of all to be taking refugees from Syria - the worst murderers and the most hard core jihadis will be fleeing for safety then.

    Better to cut them off from retreat, by capturing Manbij and Deir ez Zour first, and then defeat them in detail (i.e. kill them all) before they can slip out and regroup in the West.

  • Apple re-releases iOS 9.3 for older iPhones and iPads affected by Activation Lock issue

    03/28/2016 8:45:17 PM PDT · 6 of 10
    BeauBo to texas booster

    “This may involve DFU mode ...??”

    Device Firmware Upgrade

    DFU mode bypasses the current OS installed and allows you to upgrade or downgrade your OS.

  • Hawaii lawmakers ask how much marijuana is OK while driving

    03/28/2016 7:10:55 PM PDT · 8 of 38
    BeauBo to 2ndDivisionVet

    “How much marijuana is OK while driving?”

    How much do you have?

  • Obama Reaffirms Plan to Bring More Refugees to US

    03/27/2016 9:10:18 PM PDT · 51 of 56
    BeauBo to Kaslin

    Demography is Destiny.

  • Syrian army recaptures Palmyra from Islamic State: state media

    03/27/2016 8:29:05 PM PDT · 30 of 30
    BeauBo to mac_truck

    ISIS is growing increasingly vulnerable to collapse.

    From Palmyra, Deir ez Zour is vulnerable, to cut off the Euphrates River rat line. The Kurds are in striking distance to the North of Deir ez Zour.

    The Northern supply route to Turkey is only about fifty miles wide, and the regime and the Kurds have a similar tightening from East and West.

    When those doors close on ISIS, it will all be over in Syria, except to bleed out.

    Things could go faster, but they all seem to be going against ISIS in Syria.

  • Pentagon Announces Death of ISIS “finance minister”

    03/25/2016 12:23:20 PM PDT · 1 of 19
    BeauBo
    This was also reported in the NY Times. A couple of the very highest ranking in ISIS were killed in the last week. Looks like something is going on there.
  • Muslim shopkeeper stabbed to death hours after message wishing beloved Christian nation happy Easter

    03/25/2016 11:40:46 AM PDT · 26 of 59
    BeauBo to the scotsman

    It is even worse in many of the countries they came from - they wouldn’t hide. They would slaughter people in public, and the police would watch.

    The Wahabbis, who are behind most of the violent islamist activity that we face, are often criticized by other muslims, who derisively call them ‘takfiris”.

    A takfiri is a muslim who declares another muslim to be a heretic (which of course, is punishable by death). That is how they enforce discipline among the muslim population - by brutal terrorism. It is like growing up in a mafia neighborhood.

  • National Enquirer story claims Ted Cruz has had 5 mistresses (I'm smelling DESPERATION)

    03/25/2016 10:56:39 AM PDT · 91 of 195
    BeauBo to TheConservator
    "If there is any truth to it, Ted Cruz is done. "

    And if there is no truth to it, they sell more papers, and smear a political opponent (as is their SOP).

    They accuse the Republican candidates of affairs every election, like clockwork. They have successfully predicted like 17 of the last 4 sex scandals.

  • In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is in retreat on multiple fronts

    03/24/2016 11:53:27 PM PDT · 17 of 18
    BeauBo to MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

    If we get a new administration that is serious about stamping out ISIS, they can be stamped hard and fast in Syria, and taken out in Iraq just a bit later. Turkey and Saudi Arabia would probably squeal like stuck pigs though.

    I suspect that ISIS will be driven from their capital of Raqqa before our November election, just because of the political needs of the Democrats.

    The Saudis have been the the font of the extremist Wahabbi ideology that motivates most of the many groups popping up, and the main funding source. They are like the old Soviet Union was to worldwide communist insurgencies. They are the center of gravity in the fight against islamists.

  • In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is in retreat on multiple fronts

    03/24/2016 10:06:34 PM PDT · 9 of 18
    BeauBo to FlingWingFlyer

    The way things are now, a new Republican Admin could come in and mop up ISIS in six months, making the commies... I mean Democrats, look bad. They would have to lie that on down for a long time. They can gain some political benefit however, from backstabbing their jihadi friends on the way out.

    But more importantly to them, they risk a lot of blowback going into the election, from the repeated massacres that their refugee and immigrant friends are likely to commit this Summer in Europe. They must cover their butts for the election.

    A few weeks offensive to capture Manbij and al Bab, shutting ISIS off from Turkey, would be checkmate. It could have already been done, but the dogs have been held back. The Kurds have been waiting a few miles from Manbij for over a month, with very little air activity.

    All the initial plunder has been spent, and the Russians screwed up their oil smuggling business. ISIS is going broke, salaries have been cut in half across the board, and the new recruits are mostly going to Libya. Their top leaders are being picked off rapidly (so I guess they won’t be testifying).

    Militarily, they are vulnerable. Drop a few planeloads of ammo to the Kurds, and ramp up airstrikes from a few a day to a few hundred, and they will be routed in short order. It is just waiting on the political decision.

  • In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is in retreat on multiple fronts

    03/24/2016 9:38:24 PM PDT · 1 of 18
    BeauBo
    It is looking like the legs could be kicked out from under ISIS at will.

    I guess that the main players are looking to shape the end game a bit more first, and that Obama wants to save the finale until closer to the election.

    Carrying that ISIS scalp into the election might give the Democrats a boost like bin Ladin's death, and weaken a Republican issue.

    But Brussels, and other upcoming mass murders, may force an earlier resolution.

  • How Microsoft’s Friendly Robot Turned Into a Racist Jerk in Less Than 24 Hours

    03/24/2016 12:06:04 PM PDT · 21 of 45
    BeauBo to nickcarraway

    Tay’s essential problem is having to deal with people - some of whom are diabolical, and all of whom are flawed.

    If they want their software to only give moral responses, then that is a much broader set of requirements.

    Moral judgement and discernment would have to be coded (probably should be anyway), with broad and deep background knowledge on the long history of human depravity available for context. (At least start with a dirty word list of the hottest button topics)>

    Teaching morality to software should probably be a major research and development effort, before its growing power is misused.

    I saw a cute movie named Robot and Frank, where a family gets a home health care robot to care for the aging father, who is sliding toward dementia. The robot is concerned only about health outcomes, and agrees to help Frank conduct robberies, if he will agree to adopt a low sodium diet.

    As much as people want to misuse tools for immoral purposes, we will need powerful locks, checks and balances on the awesome coming power of AI. Moral judgement and strict legal restrictions (like Asimov’s rules of robotics) should be well developed and tested, before handing them guns and the keys to the treasury - and we are already starting to hand them both.

  • Hangin' With the Butcher

    03/23/2016 8:23:35 PM PDT · 10 of 11
    BeauBo to ebb tide
    Obama posing proudly in front of the Ministry of the Interior - HQ of the secret police - which is the main organ of repression for the communist dictatorship.

    His message: Abandon all hope dissidents, if the the interior troops don't get you, I will sic the IRS on you.

  • Drug-smuggling tunnel from Mexico concealed by new home

    03/23/2016 8:03:16 PM PDT · 13 of 33
    BeauBo to E. Pluribus Unum
  • UAE condemns Brussels attack: Burj Khalifa in Belgium flag colours

    03/23/2016 11:34:05 AM PDT · 3 of 24
    BeauBo to nickcarraway

    With them, or at them?

  • Now only Donald Trump has a viable path to 1.237 delegates

    03/23/2016 11:23:45 AM PDT · 101 of 203
    BeauBo to Jeff Head

    Wyoming alone has 14 delegates that have not yet been allocated, and Cruz won 2/3 of the vote there.

    Other States also have delegates who have not yet been committed, due the varied State rules.

    So Cruz is not yet mathematically blocked, but it is getting close, and is most likely.

  • Fury and the AfD: Inside the Revolt against Angela Merkel

    03/22/2016 10:58:30 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    BeauBo to TroutStalker

    Eventually, Germany will begin to suffer sincere islamist bloodbaths, rather than just hooligan looting and sexual harassment.

    Perhaps the alligator will eat them last. As long as the immigrant flood can keep sweeping in and get free everything, they may delay launching the official war.

  • How the Brussels attacks could destabilize Europe

    03/22/2016 10:41:20 PM PDT · 25 of 28
    BeauBo to laplata

    “Imagine what would happen if 6,000 were active at the same time.”

    Imagine if they knocked out the electricity, targeted the police with ambushes, and sent a million into the streets to loot, riot and burn.

  • John Kasich Warns Against Singling Out Muslims for Monitoring

    03/22/2016 10:31:43 PM PDT · 62 of 65
    BeauBo to V K Lee

    We need to monitor to protect the children of good muslims, from being preyed upon by terrorist recruiters, who will send them to their deaths.

    Years ago, a fatwa was circulated, that it was permissible to sodomize a recruit, in order to stretch out their anus, to pack more explosives in for a suicide operation:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=fef_1458573084

    One of them was used to try to assassinate Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Nayef in 2009 - the bomber’s body absorbed most of the blast and the minister survived.

    We need a thorough monitoring program within the muslim community, to protect them from being groomed by such predatory perverts and murderers.

  • Netanyahu: Even if you give up Brussels, terror will continue

    03/22/2016 10:20:22 PM PDT · 7 of 49
    BeauBo to Lera

    Even if you surrender Brussels, and Cologne, and Malmo, and Paris, and on and on...

  • Cruz: 'Extreme strain of Islam' must be defeated

    03/22/2016 10:08:43 PM PDT · 90 of 95
    BeauBo to Talisker

    I am aware of no non-terroristic Islamic opponent to it (Wahabbi extremism).

    The King of Jordan and the President of Egypt are the highest profile anti-extremists in the region.

    Although Turkey had a long history of Sufism and the old Ottoman Hanafi Fiqh, their current AKP ruling party has aligned with the Wahabbis, and are actively pulling their society that way.

  • Germany Sees Record Breaking 2 Million Migrants in 2015

    03/22/2016 10:00:30 PM PDT · 14 of 24
    BeauBo to dennisw

    By this Summer, thousands of militarily-trained jihadis will have had time to rally up around Germany, equip, cook up explosives, recon targets, and check back in with their contacts.

    The Tet Offensive scenario.

    If they want. They seem to be calling the shots.

  • Cruz: 'Extreme strain of Islam' must be defeated

    03/22/2016 9:50:27 PM PDT · 88 of 95
    BeauBo to Kaslin; libh8er; LeoWindhorse; Jim Robinson; knarf; Personal Responsibility; grumpygresh; ...

    Yes, there is an extreme strain of islam, which is the main problem for the West, and which is quite distinct from the rest of islam.

    It is the Wahabbi strain - the state religion of Saudi Arabia. That sect is the driving force behind al Queda, ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Boko Haram; our own US groups like CAIR, ISNA and the MSA; and the steady flow of new jihadis each month to whatever current battlefield.

    It is quite distinct, and especially extreme. Although islam is fundamentally flawed because it is based on an obviously false prophet, who co-opted religion to serve his personal desires for power, wealth and sexual gratification; most interpretations of islam around the world and throughout its history, have been much less aggressive and extreme than this one.

    The Wahabbis adhere to the Hanbali Fiqh (the smallest of the four major schools of thought on interpreting islam). The Hanbali Fiqh is extreme in its insistence on only literal reading of only three sources (quran, hadith, sirat). No interpretation or moral judgement of any type is permissible, under the assertion that human minds are flawed, but these documents are divinely inspired (the quran being reputedly divinely flawless).

    The other main extreme element of Wahabism, is the strict (mindless) application of the rule that whatever comes later in these scriptures, supersedes whatever comes earlier (which is how they resolve the many internal conflicts which exist in their “flawless” sources).

    Early in Muhammad’s career he had many conciliatory things to say, but after he had consolidated military and political power, he became increasingly brutal and intolerant. The extreme Wahabbi interpretation rule of pre-emption filters out any potential balance, leaving only the final megalomaniacal imperative to conquer the world.

    Like other main schools of Fiqh, the Hanbali (Wahabbi) hold up Muhammad as the best example of a human. In that respect, all of islam is fundamentally flawed across the board by the horrible character of Muhammad.

    But the Wahabbi interpretation, backed by Saudi and Gulf Arab oil money, is what has driven the development of the modern Sunni extremists who are attacking and subverting the West. It is changing the face of traditional local forms all over the world, by training the Imams, building new mosques and printing the textbooks. In the West, about 90% of the new mosques and madrassas are funded by Wahabbis, and there are effectively no pre-existing strains of islam to compete with.

    The government of Iran also sponsors terrorists as instruments of their power (e.g. Hizballah), but it is their government policy, more than their ideology (strain of islam) which drives them. The Iranian Twelver Shi’ite sect is fundamentally focused on fighting Sunnis, with world conquest following almost magically after that, through the power of their prophesied messiah, the Imam Madhi.

    Wahabbi ideology is inherently violent, intolerant and expansionist. That extreme strain of islam is the center of gravity in the fight against the modern islamist terrorist threat, and the islamist subversive threat targeted against the West.

    Know your enemy.

    This beast must be shot in the heart, and the heart of the modern islamist threat is the extreme strain of islam known as Wahabbism (Salafism, Takfiris, etc.)

    Wahabbism should be outlawed as hate speech, incitement to violence, and treason against our constitution. Mosques should be monitored (like they do in islamic countries), and those preaching Wahabism should be imprisoned, stripped of citizenship and expelled. RICO prosecutions should be used to conficate their properties and funds.

    The Governments who resource Wahabism (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc.) should be forced to cut them off and reform their extreme interpretations, or have their regimes brought down.

  • Remarks Geert Wilders during court session 03-18-2016

    03/22/2016 7:35:14 PM PDT · 15 of 21
    BeauBo to Ray76

    At some point the bulk of the Euro Left will be mugged by the reality they have invited.

  • Belgian Authorities Release Photo of 3 Suspects at Brussels Airport

    03/22/2016 10:07:08 AM PDT · 2 of 58
    BeauBo to Syncro
    Guy on the right still at large

  • Chuck Todd Says Trump Can No Longer Call Into 'Meet The Press'

    03/21/2016 9:32:13 PM PDT · 54 of 72
    BeauBo to Pinkbell

    ...and once he has the nomination, he can no longer appear at all. no more open mike nights. Only deviously edited video outtakes, and SNL parodies will be allowed on air, with heavy leftist commentary.

  • GOP insiders: Nominee won't be limited to winner of 8 states

    03/21/2016 1:59:44 PM PDT · 50 of 98
    BeauBo to scooby321

    “Trump 8 States already, Cruz 4, Kacish 0”

    I think that Cruz got a large majority (2/3) in Wyoming (although final delegates are not allocated until the convention) and Kasich from Ohio, so its likely now Cruz 5 and Kasich 1.

    Cruz also looks to be on track to get a majority in Utah tomorrow. Trump has already surpassed the threshold.

    Rule 40 was a Romney thing, that they put in to keep Ron Paul from getting podium and camera time during the last convention. It was a break from longstanding tradition.

    I expect that that rule will be changed before the convention - the rules are always revised before a convention.

  • Why Israeli Jews are Conservative and American Jews are Leftist

    03/21/2016 1:32:10 PM PDT · 49 of 49
    BeauBo to GOPsterinMA

    Both Trump’s and Hillary’s daughters married Jews.

    Chelsea is married to Marc Mezvinsky.

    Both of the girl’s (Ivanka and Chelsea) Fathers in Law were well connected Democrats, and both served time in jail for fraud.

    Ivanka and Chelsea were (are?) friends, who attended each others weddings.

  • Second Generation Welfare Person's Viewpoint

    03/21/2016 1:13:19 PM PDT · 15 of 19
    BeauBo to econjack

    Decades ago, I knew people who were third generation career welfare queens, being coached by their mothers on how to maximize benefits.

    The highest effective tax rates in our economy, are from the withdrawal of benefits, as welfare recipient begins to earn wages - often over 80% of the wages earned.

    Those perverse incentives are not accidental - it is leftist Democrats keeping people down, and keeping them on the Democrat plantation.

  • 'Make her gay' soldier jailed for sexually assaulting female colleague

    03/19/2016 12:57:59 PM PDT · 38 of 55
    BeauBo to Olog-hai

    From the article:

    “You caused an injury to her vagina with your fingers which woke her.”

    “She sat up to see you between her legs with your face and clothes covered in blood.”

  • Alaska legalizes pot, crime explodes in Anchorage

    03/19/2016 8:02:25 AM PDT · 35 of 66
    BeauBo to eclecticEel; Pearls Before Swine; rktman; Drew68
    I wonder if the collapse of oil prices put some young men out of work.

    Another possibility, is new people moving in to the area. A few hundred young men coming in for a big construction job, a few dozen gang members coming to run a drug operation, or a few hundred Middle Eastern refugees (young men) being airlifted in, could all make an impact on violent crime rates. Violent crime is predominately a young man's game - that is the demographic to analyze.

    The graphic in the article shows less of a rise than the words report - 23% (2,600 to 3,200 - about 50 more incidents per month).

  • Californian to Texan Translation Guide

    03/18/2016 10:00:15 AM PDT · 1 of 24
    BeauBo
  • 1,100 year-old Denmark crucifix ‘may change history’

    03/17/2016 7:29:53 PM PDT · 63 of 72
    BeauBo to Cementjungle

    The splayed legs indicate that this is not a Jesus image.

    Also, as gingers lack souls, hair color also indicates that this unlikely to be a Jesus image.

    However, in a thousand years, it might pass for one, if a researcher really needs to publish to make tenure.

  • Six Tiny Robots Team Up to Pull Massive Car

    03/17/2016 1:54:38 PM PDT · 23 of 26
    BeauBo to Lazamataz

    The stakes for having good government go up, with the increasing power of technology to monitor, control, destroy and replace.

    The people operating, instructing and regulating the robots will be a much greater danger than robots themselves - like it is with guns or nuclear weapons.

  • "Danny Boy" - Instrumental synth-bagpipe cover, by Yours Truly

    03/17/2016 1:48:45 PM PDT · 9 of 40
    BeauBo to alloysteel
  • Six Tiny Robots Team Up to Pull Massive Car

    03/17/2016 1:27:04 PM PDT · 21 of 26
    BeauBo to Lazamataz

    Why keep us around?

    It is kind of like the industrial revolution, when machines replaced most of the farmhands (then the majority of the population), the galley slaves and such.

    People got other jobs, and those who owned machines were able to do a lot more work, and make a lot more money. Quality of life skyrocketed. We didn’t even have to push a button to heat the house during a blizzard - it was on an automatic thermostat.

    A general purpose robot, with the strength, dexterity and mobility of a typically human; could just download software to perform a whole new job. Your household robot could be a chef, an armed guard, and EMT, a gardener, and then just download the mechanic app if the car or refrigerator breaks down. Like having a slave, except that they could be world-class great at whatever function you choose.

    There is a risk that the people running the government might not see the value in having the rest of us still hanging around though...

  • 1,100 year-old Denmark crucifix ‘may change history’

    03/17/2016 12:57:03 PM PDT · 24 of 72
    BeauBo to Red Badger

    Is that a chain mail vest?

  • Six Tiny Robots Team Up to Pull Massive Car

    03/17/2016 12:47:20 PM PDT · 17 of 26
    BeauBo to FBRhawk

    “This is equivalent to a human climbing up a skyscraper while carrying an elephant.”

    Wow.

    In the video, 100 grams of robots were able to roll a car which weighed 1,800 kilograms (1 to 18,000 ratio), albeit slowly.

    At the same time that robots are evolving a general purpose human-like set of capabilities, super abilities like this are also developing.

    Productivity and quality will skyrocket across the board as robots begin taking over functions from humans. Costs will plummet for most things. Standards of living should skyrocket.

  • Hillary May Not Be Able To Continue Her Campaign, Indictment Seems Inevitable

    03/16/2016 9:48:04 PM PDT · 22 of 146
    BeauBo to 2ndDivisionVet

    She blocks Bernie, then trades her delegates to Obama for a pardon, so Obie can put his puppet Joe up.

  • Denmark world's happiest country, Burundi least: new report shows

    03/16/2016 1:44:15 PM PDT · 9 of 18
    BeauBo to cll

    The “happiness” that they report, is not happiness in the normal sense of the word. Danes actually tend toward depression, relative to the world average.

    “Happiness” as they define it, is an index of assorted social and economic measures that they pick and refine to get the outcomes they want. Then they use that narrative to promote their preferred policy options (like more socialism).

    Latin Americans tend to report and evidence the highest average happiness, in emotional terms.

  • GOP senators split with leadership on SCOTUS (7 GOP Senators Defect)

    03/16/2016 12:32:00 PM PDT · 18 of 71
    BeauBo to springwater13

    Within minutes of a nomination.

    Did they drop whatever they had in their hands and sprint for a microphone?

  • Russia surprise withdrawal resonates from battlefield to peace talks

    03/16/2016 10:46:38 AM PDT · 31 of 31
    BeauBo to Starboard

    “The U.S. has a weak, outgoing president and Europe is overwhelmed with problems of its own right now.”

    Jimmy Carter’s last year all over again, when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, and islamist dictatorship was brutally imposed on Iran.

    China will be tempted to grab as much as they can, while the getting is good - a global looting riot, while the cop is off the beat.

  • Russia surprise withdrawal resonates from battlefield to peace talks

    03/15/2016 10:17:26 PM PDT · 29 of 31
    BeauBo to tumblindice; Trumpinator

    “In #3, what’s that thing he’s got sitting on top of the AK’s forestock, secured with light brown cloth?”

    I am guessing a laser dot.

    It might be something that flips up, like a light or an ACOG sight, but it blocks the front sight as is, so that seems less likely.

  • Russia surprise withdrawal resonates from battlefield to peace talks

    03/15/2016 10:08:38 PM PDT · 28 of 31
    BeauBo to Starboard

    “I wouldn’t be surprised to see him (Putin) bust a move somewhere within the next nine months. He may see that as his window of opportunity before Obama leaves office.”

    Russian language media has been indicating Estonia and/or Lithuania for years now.

    That would be invading NATO member states though. Even if Obama were to look away and go golfing, per his SOP, Poland might drag NATO in kicking and squealing. Putin would need a careful disguise of local Russian-speaking rebels rather than a Russian invasion - like he did in the Ukraine.

  • Vladimir Putin orders Russian forces to begin withdrawal from Syria

    03/14/2016 1:45:46 PM PDT · 78 of 124
    BeauBo to A CA Guy

    “Iran taking over.”

    That is a possible explanation. Perhaps they will use some of the $100 billion gift that Obama just gave them, to hire 20-30 thousand more Shi’ite Afghan (Hazara) mercenaries, and let them go door to door with the Saudi mercenaries for the next year or two.

    Leave it to the next US president clean up Obama’s mess if they want.

  • Vladimir Putin orders Russian forces to begin withdrawal from Syria

    03/14/2016 12:16:50 PM PDT · 44 of 124
    BeauBo to C19fan

    Wow. If this is not a bluff, it is a big deal.

    Some possbilities:

    1. A deal has been cut behind the scenes, before the next round of Geneva Peace Talks (just about to begin).

    2. The Saudis have provided anti-aircraft missiles to the rebels/al Queda/ISIS, and the Russians must pull out or face unacceptable losses. The first aircraft (Syrian) was shot down by one just a few days ago.

    3. The combination of new Saudi and Turkish committments has made it clear that future losses would be unacceptable.

    4. The Russian budget is busted by low oil prices, and they have to pull in their horns.

    5. They judge that local forces will be able to hold the situation, and a longer war with continued ISIS serves their geopolitical purposes as a threat/distraction to the West. Winning outright would free up competitors for other activity.

    6. The pullout is a deception operation, to lure an attack.