Posts by giobruno

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  • Watchdog: Bailouts created more risk in system

    02/02/2010 6:56:54 AM PST · 28 of 28
    giobruno to Shermy
    Take the hyper-inflated mortgages, bundle them up as securities, get the ratings agencies to call dogturd lobster bisque, sell them into the international bond market to investors at all levels (many of whom would never be allowed to invest at the actual risk they actually were, see, ratings agencies above), and then get the Fed to sign off on outrageous leverage limits so it is possible to make more money than Croesus until the ponzi scam winds out. And when the hole opens up and begins swallowing banks, use every manner of backdoor and front-door deal from Washington, putting a gun to the head of the larger economy and claiming that without a payout, the nations gets it.

    Free markets bought off regulators, wrote preferential deals, bought influence, drafted bad legislation, and otherwise scammed the system for all it was worth, and those people are still at it. There is plenty of blame to be placed at the government for all their complicity, but a market that runs on ponzi finance has plenty of cash to grease the wheels before the thing runs off the tracks. Free markets must have a real and enforced rule of law, and a meaningful regulatory apparatus or they will quickly become a free-for-all.

  • A word packed with blowback

    12/19/2009 9:13:34 AM PST · 3 of 6
    giobruno to ricks_place

    No signatures, nothing binding, no meaningful transparency, and no enforcement; this was nothing more than a PR position so that the leaders could crow that they did something, when, in fact, they could not agree on much of anything. This was a deal that could have been done by all concerned while watching football in an easy chair; Copenhagen was a farce, and now the MSM is trying to score this farce so they can sell it on stage.

  • Extreme modifications: 2% mortgages

    12/19/2009 8:37:16 AM PST · 21 of 31
    giobruno to FromLori

    You don’t have a 13% mortgage and a high monthly if you had a real down payment and solid credit. I just bailed out another loser.

  • U.S. Mortgage Delinquencies Reach a Record High (Will continue to remain high in 2010)

    11/22/2009 9:35:32 AM PST · 8 of 20
    giobruno to SeekAndFind

    How do you “modify” someone 40 or 50% underwater? The banks are already toast, that modification would be their end. And why does the modification need to be done? If they had a 30 year with money down, they could afford payments, right? How many of these are ALT A or Option Arm loans with Heloc loans on top? How many of these people pulled thousands out of their ATM/House to pay for their stuff. The people who took these loans are liars and fools, and the banks are predatory villains who knew these suckers would default eventually—and then sold those timebombs as AAA investments to the entire world. Now the pigmen, the realtors, the suckers, and the Feds all want to prop that housing bubble up with my taxes so they can prevent the biggest fail in US history. When housing goes back to x3 (or less) of gross yearly income, the houses will sell, and the bottom will begin.


    07/23/2009 6:46:47 PM PDT · 14 of 160
    giobruno to GQuagmire

    He can still drink out of one side of his mouth, and he can still take my hard earned paycheck with his one good hand.

  • The Classroom Without Reason

    04/29/2009 7:23:17 AM PDT · 10 of 104
    giobruno to SLB
    Ah, that was the university experience I recall quite vividly; it was a daily nuthouse of misplaced sentimentality, bad ideas, childishness, and race-class-gender, race-class-gender, race-class-gender. All those idiots running around pretending to be oppressed between beer bongs, basketball games, and 4 hour workdays. Sigh.

    The author has is exactly right, especially the part about having to read the most odious and indefensible books to become a “better teacher.” Remember, a whole bunch of professors of education (or some equally specious degree)supposedly read those books thoroughly and then actually recommended them as essential texts to give to other teachers as a criteria for moving along the academic ladder.

  • Forbes: Market-to-market rules should stop

    03/10/2009 7:18:51 AM PDT · 17 of 28
    giobruno to agere_contra

    No, you are exactly correct. The banks want it both ways, they liked the market when it overvalued their holdings so they could then leverage out of their minds, and now they want nothing to do with the market while it discounts their crappy, overvalued holdings now.

    The Level 3 lie that is going on is a way for the banks to continue to BS about the value of something. The market has a value for their “assets” and they don’t like the answer. Steve Forbes should know better.

    Basically, powerful people made bazillions on driving up real estate values through every form of fraud imaginable. Now they have been called on it: “If it’s so valuable, why don’t you sell it and raise cash?”

    “We can’t in a down market,” is the reply, so we need to turn to Washington to change the rules so we can wait out this mess. Eat $#$% and die, the house is worth what smart money is willing to pay for it, %$%$%#&@%, no more, no less.

  • Israeli Invents Cancer-Fighting Bubbles

    02/25/2009 8:12:54 AM PST · 2 of 7
    giobruno to Shellybenoit
    I'm feverishly working on presenting all the comparative contributions to the well-being of society from the Palestinians, I'll get back with you that...
  • Bernie Madoff's Victims: The List

    12/15/2008 6:37:26 AM PST · 4 of 172
    giobruno to marshmallow

    It looks like a who’s who list of wealthy donors to the Democrat Party.

  • The West's Islamist Infiltrators

    08/18/2008 7:11:08 AM PDT · 3 of 15
    giobruno to PreviouslyA-Lurker

    So will we continue to allow Muslims from around the world to attend our universities and learn how to construct advanced weaponry?

  • Keep your guard up, N.Y. (on Siddiqui captured last month in Afghanistan)

    08/14/2008 3:20:15 PM PDT · 4 of 11
    giobruno to knighthawk

    Anyone honestly have a problem with doing anything we need to in order to extract information from this terrorist witch?

  • Powell shoots down Democratic convention talk (says Obama doesn't have experience...)

    08/13/2008 4:42:27 PM PDT · 30 of 75
    giobruno to mnehrling

    Right answer, like him or not, he does not have any meaningful experience running anything to be president.

  • Keller cyclist's road rage brings trouble

    06/27/2008 10:48:42 AM PDT · 33 of 166
    giobruno to Dysart

    OK, as a longtime cyclist, I see both points of view.

    Bikes are NOT to ride on sidewalks, those are for pedestrians. Bikes ride WITH the flow of traffic at the edge of the road or on a bike lane. Cyclists should obey traffic laws as if they were any other vehicle. Cyclists who ride like idiots all over should be corrected by cyclists who obey the laws; police should also ticket idiot bikers. Here in LA, the biggest problem is all the third-world bicyclists riding everywhere and in every direction.

    That said, I have had many confrontations with autos, mainly from terrible, inattentive drivers, and I fully understand the impulse to chase down a car and throw a water bottle at the driver. I have had many fistfights with motorists right out in the street because they think it amusing to throw things at me or see how close they can ride past me. Considering how exposed you are on a bike, when a car nearly kills you, the adrenaline takes over and I don’t hesitate to chase down some idiot and give them an earful.

  • Al-Qaida at War with Itself, Author Says

    05/26/2008 2:18:24 PM PDT · 6 of 11
    giobruno to Dawnsblood
    I suspect that radical Islam is beginning to realize that they will have much greater success in attaining their aims by using western courts, institutions, and the endless credulity of the self-hating left, than through outright violence at this time. Islam needs to repackage itself as a religion of peace for a while, at least until it is in a better position to impose Islamic culture on the infidels--then the violence will resume.
  • ADL's Foxman: Mainstream Media Turning against Israel

    05/13/2008 11:18:36 AM PDT · 7 of 27
    giobruno to Nachum

    The enemy of Israel is on the left, and is at the worst on campuses in the US and Europe. Given the opportunity, the American and European intelligensia will insist on policies that are certain to get Israeli Jews killed on a vast scale.

  • Madonna's Husband Started Eating Cookies, Stopped Wanting Sex

    04/16/2008 6:06:18 AM PDT · 5 of 75
    giobruno to Pistolshot

    As long as she continues to look like Iggy Pop, I think he’ll stick to the cookies.

  • US court overturns death sentence

    03/27/2008 1:49:58 PM PDT · 5 of 16
    giobruno to Braak

    When a man who is so obviously guilty games the system for decades it leads to an increasing contempt for the rule of law; and contributes like nothing else to the lure of ignoring the judicial system altogether and reverting to a much older, more privative and less reliable form of punitive retribution.

  • “Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal’ ”

    03/14/2008 2:51:44 PM PDT · 4 of 12
    giobruno to radar101

    Gary Wills and Michael Lind come to mind as conservatives who defected; Lind, however, still wrote a great book defending the US war in Vietnam. Lind is more of a old-style liberal, not a member of the New Left. Wills is another creature altogether.

    Welcome aboard, Mr. Mamet.

  • Saddam had “no operational ties” to AQ: Pentagon

    03/11/2008 6:30:22 AM PDT · 32 of 206
    giobruno to DTA

    Actually, no, Saddam was an opportunist, and a traditional one. He used religious rhetoric extensively when it suited him, and he was well aware of the religious fervor of the region. Saddam and AQ were natural allies if only in their united hatred of the US and Israel; they may not have liked one another, but they complimented each other’s attempts to undermine the West. Saddam supported many terrorist groups who were fanatically religious. Your assertion is false; Saddam’s secularism never prevented him from utilizing religious terrorists to further his ends.

  • Saddam had “no operational ties” to AQ: Pentagon

    03/11/2008 6:23:50 AM PDT · 27 of 206
    giobruno to MurryMom

    Actually, the AQ presence has been under significant attack by those very elements you mention for some time, and are under danger of being driven out of Iraq quite soon. Maybe you haven’t been following progress in Iraq lately (probably because it’s not in your interest to do so), but the Sunnis have been increasingly helpful in assisting the “occupiers” in rooting our AQ (the Kurds have been helping since the onset, and the Shiites are just as likely to be the target of AQ)

    I’ll let the “Bush lied” part walk; it’s too stupid (and cliche) to redress at any real length; when you can express yourself in complex sentiments, I’ll reply.

  • Socialists Re-Elected in Spain

    03/10/2008 6:17:35 AM PDT · 58 of 87
    giobruno to Eric Blair 2084
    Actually, you are entirely wrong about the theory; it doesn't work in theory either, and never has. It is usually an exercise in fudging the numbers or irrational retribution. The the underlying principles or Marxism are 19th century pseudoscience.
  • Schwarzenegger denounces 'outrageous' homeschooling ruling

    03/08/2008 6:55:35 PM PST · 326 of 374
    giobruno to GVnana
    The judge refers to a 1961 statute (and I knew right away that it was a old statute from archaic language, using words like “patriotism”), but not a public school in California that I know of, from the administrators on down, would refer to their mission in that language, no one. He claims that is the mission of publics schools, but if you carved it over the mantle on every public school in CA, 400 groups would sue to have it removed at warmongering, racist, eurocentric, and culturally insensitive. Sorry, the state schools may create robots, but not those kind of robots who are good citizens who openly express love of country.
  • Schwarzenegger denounces 'outrageous' homeschooling ruling

    03/08/2008 6:46:23 PM PST · 325 of 374
    giobruno to humblegunner
    I graduated at summa cum laude with a double major from a good, state university, and, upon graduation, I enrolled in a teacher certification program. I lasted 2 weeks. It was the most worthless, insulting, waste of time and money I ever entered into. No one learns anything of value in teacher certification programs; they are state sponsored scams to enrich the universities and discourage anyone of talent or ability from ever entering into a public school.

    If anyone wants a cold-eyed critique of the teacher accreditation scam, I recommend the books of Richard Mitchell; he'll set you straight on the subject.

  • Egypt wants UN ban on religious insults

    03/07/2008 9:38:19 AM PST · 5 of 42
    giobruno to knighthawk

    Islam is a Death Cult

  • Muslim protest at Paris book fair

    03/03/2008 2:46:32 PM PST · 8 of 15
    giobruno to cardinal4

    As if Muslims actually read books; they have the lowest level of intellectual curiosity since Rosie O’Donnell.

  • Alcoholic parents force children to suckle dogs

    03/02/2008 8:14:21 AM PST · 9 of 18
    giobruno to forkinsocket
    The lives these people lead is actually much worse that the article can hope to describe. A dead-end, stone age culture is allowed to stay afloat through welfare payments that are, in turn, applied to anesthetize themselves from their circumstance, and all of this is kept running through white guilt and an unwillingness to compel this “culture” to step out of their said circumstances. If you want to have any hope of putting a stop to any of this, the children must be taken from their “homes” and educated in western schools, and according to western cultural principles. Oh, I seem to recall that we’ve been here before. The great lie of multiculturalism is you cannot look at a dead-end culture and pronounce it as such; you have to stand around and watch it destroy generation after generation while the artists make movies telling you they lead noble lives in opposition to the cruelty of the dominant culture.
  • The New “A List” –If Conservatives Stay Home

    02/09/2008 10:23:48 AM PST · 258 of 268
    giobruno to antisocial

    Actually, his record suggests that he will ikely go along with about 10%, will blunt the edge of another 10% and oppose 80%. That is considerably better than the record of Obama (100% socialist) or Clinton (about 80% socialist). In politics 80% is acceptable. Allowing the socialists to work unimpeeded for 4+ years will take decades of effort to undo, effort that could have been better spent.

  • Immigration raid in Lindon nets 50 undocumented workers; employer indicted

    02/08/2008 11:09:53 AM PST · 24 of 25
    giobruno to tessalu

    I’m not sure if you have misunderstood my position: I’m not in the least in support of our company having 100 illegals, I’m simply pointing out that it is terribly common in Los Angeles and no one, and I mean no one is doing a damn thing about enforcing anything. If employers got nailed for this on a regular basis, this whole practice would come to a halt, my wages would go up, as would my job security.

  • Immigration raid in Lindon nets 50 undocumented workers; employer indicted

    02/08/2008 5:58:35 AM PST · 6 of 25
    giobruno to Excuse_My_Bellicosity

    My company probably has over 100 illegals working there; I don’t think the company could operate without them. I’m sure the INS knows this and yet does nothing. This is the case all over Los Angeles.

  • The New “A List” –If Conservatives Stay Home

    02/08/2008 5:48:25 AM PST · 19 of 268
    giobruno to pookie18

    When you lose control of the executive branch, you lose a lot more than just the presidency, you lose power and influence in Washington at many, many levels. This is a very astute article for all those people who cannot seem to understand the way our political system actually works. I voted for Mitt Romney in CA, and I have been angry enough at McCain over the past 8 years, but he is our guy now, and losing the office to the Socialist Party is not an option. If the Socialist Party controls congress, it is even more important that we can hold the executive.

  • Mystery Man in Holloway Case Comes Forward

    02/05/2008 11:50:15 AM PST · 79 of 84
    giobruno to austinaero

    I agree, good point. A great many factors go into elevating a straightforward disappearance into a national media circus, far more facets than the reductionistic view of race alone.

  • Mystery Man in Holloway Case Comes Forward

    02/05/2008 6:15:34 AM PST · 48 of 84
    giobruno to CholeraJoe
    There are hundreds of women, white and colored, who go missing each year and the national media devotes very little attention to them. I think your argument that missing black women are ignored is specious; the same could just as easily be said for the numbers of white women who go missing and get no national press. This case is unique because she is very young, very pretty, and was vacationing at an exclusive resort in the Caribbean.
  • Default Fears Unnerve Markets

    01/18/2008 6:21:22 AM PST · 3 of 3
    giobruno to Southack

    That is exactly what it means, well put.

  • If McCain wins the nomination, will you support him?

    01/09/2008 8:51:33 AM PST · 309 of 1,076
    giobruno to Perdogg

    Our Federal election system is structured so that it is effectively a 2 party system; a third party only fractures a major party—except where a party dies out and is replaced by the third party. Since I do not see the GOP dying out, voting for a third party is simply a failure to understand our political structure; like being dissatisfied with the two teams in the Superbowl, and insisting the Yankees play there instead.

  • Freed to kill again (Bhutto killer's brother was released from Gitmo)

    12/29/2007 11:02:46 AM PST · 27 of 56
    giobruno to knighthawk

    Our childish policies on torture appear to have limited whatever benefits might have accrued from capturing Jihadists. Our new policy should be to kill them all in the field; no point in taking prisoners that will only show up back on the battlefield weeks later—courtesy of the International Left, moron judges in the US courts, sympathetic Muslim governments, the UN, and a host of duplicitous NGO’s who pretend America is the real enemy.

  • Pro-Putin history textbook 'response' to Russophobia: editor (efficient Stalin?)

    12/27/2007 6:50:29 AM PST · 6 of 10
    giobruno to TigerLikesRooster

    I’ve read many, many books on the period in question, but the best is probably “The Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia, 1917-1991” by Martin Malia. Tragedy is the right word, except that it cannot even remotely capture the disaster of the Soviet era, at every level and from every perspective. I can hardly even think of that time without recounting all the stories of the individual lives destroyed; it was an evil of unfathomable proportion, and the only response I can think of that is appropriate for a civilized man is to weep in recollection. All those pour souls; Putin and his criminals are shoveling dirt on their memories once again.

  • Crack-vs.-powder disparity is questioned (Racial Discrimination Alleged)

    12/25/2007 8:01:16 AM PST · 22 of 50
    giobruno to Zakeet

    Here is what I don’t quite understand: Considering the extreme differences in sentencing, and I’m sure the dealers/users of the crack side are well aware of the disparity, why would any rational person continue to use the variant that will get them far, far more time in jail? It would seem obvious that the crack sentences would just encourage everyone to switch back to powder coke, or cook up their coke themselves, but only sell the powder. If I were a dealer, I’d sell powder and include a free kit to cook up the rock. But I’m sure that would lead to a nightly event where dope fiends run through the hood, on fire from head to toe, having incinerated themselves trying to cook rock. Maybe dealers could sell the powder, but then direct the fiends to another location where the refinement is done for free. But I’m sure all this has been thought through already.

    Oh, one other big reasons crack is so popular among street dealers is it’s small size (portability) and inexpensive price (selling small but very potent shots at low prices). Coke is more difficult to carry, and costs more to get a solid high.

  • My harrowing story, by the teenage girl who was sentenced to 200 lashes . . . .

    12/02/2007 12:20:54 PM PST · 42 of 43
    giobruno to G8 Diplomat

    They created the modern symbol for zero, but the Indians were the first to employ the concept, long before the Arabs. The Arabs did make important mathematic contributions, but it could be argued that many of the contributions came from areas that existed as educated and cosmopolitan cities long before Islam came along to take credit for them. The is something oddly fitting that the Arabs will be known for zero: Ex nihilo nihil fit.

  • My harrowing story, by the teenage girl who was sentenced to 200 lashes . . . .

    12/01/2007 8:55:20 AM PST · 30 of 43
    giobruno to UKrepublican

    Spend the money and build 100+ of the newest, most modern nuclear power plants available. Cut our oil dependence in half in a decade. Don’t let any more Muslims into our country; do not allow Muslims into our universities. Time to shun the barbarians and stop puring money into their coffers. The only thing the Muslim world produces, aside from misery, rape, and terror, is oil. Cut oil down to nothing and their whole economy collapses into nothing. The Muslim world produces nothing, invents nothing, builds nothing, let it become nothing.

  • Winning the rat race by quitting it

    11/24/2007 10:25:55 AM PST · 19 of 74
    giobruno to shrinkermd
    Together, my wife and I make less that 60k and we live in Los Angeles where the cost of living is high. Frankly, we have more than all we need. We are frugal, buy most of our things used (there are a lot of great furniture bargains in LA on Craigslist), and are always on the lookout for a bargain. We live very well, going to the theater, concerts, festivals, the opera, and art museums on a weekly basis. We cook at home, saving thousands, yet still eat ribeye, drink excellent wine, and have leftovers to take to work. I drive an older car (paid, reliable, and in good shape for the year) and live in a modest apartment complex (clean and very well-kept). We travel regularly, driving all over the Southwest, Northern California, and Mexico. I do not need more money, it would be nice, but it is really not necessary to have a good life.

    We have many, many friends who make a lot more than we do, are up to their eyeballs in bills, cannot seem to stop buying things they really don’t need, and work so hard they hardly have time to do anything. They have large and expensive houses they hardly live in, and more gadgets than they have time to figure out. I have long suspected that a great deal of their need to keep buying and buying is coming from their other friends who have the same crazy outlook. I hope they are happy in their new Land Rovers, working all weekend, because we are headed up to Paso Robles to drink some of America’s best Zinfandel.

  • “The Closing of the American Mind” at 20

    11/02/2007 3:45:36 PM PDT · 7 of 16
    giobruno to Aristotelian
    A powerfully reasoned, confrontational book—but oddly criticized for everything that is was not; frankly, I suspect most people who talked about the book didn’t bother to read it closely. It was, of course, a dignified critique of the failing of the University, but it was also so much besides. Specifically, it was a public discussion of Leo Strauss’s “Natural Right and History.” If you want to know what a great intellectual sounds like, a man who can take the most difficult and serious questions and make them understandable, and in turn compel the reader to take those ideas soberly and examine his own unfounded opinions, then you will not find many better sources than Alan Bloom.
  • We Must Bomb Iran, Says US Republican Guru

    10/27/2007 7:39:36 PM PDT · 113 of 115
    giobruno to Alberta's Child

    Actually, I’ve read almost everything Podhoretz, Kristol, Sidney Hook, Daniel Bell, and the many other founders of neoconservatism have written, and it is a very diverse, complex, and idiosyncratic body of work. But I think you choose to cherry-pick what Kristol actually stands for, and what he says out of the historical context he says it. It sounds like the paranoid style that gets published in magazines like “The New American.” Irving Kristol may not be heterodox on every conservative issue, but he is certainly no leftist, and hasn’t been for almost half a century. As for Norman Podhoretz being some kind of crypto-leftist, the very idea is risible. The men you mention fought very hard for almost 50 years to urge people to take the Soviet Union and the communist threat very seriously, and they have also been way ahead of the curve on Islamo-fascism.

    As for the chickenhawk stuff; many brave men who served came home to be dangerous when it came to US policy, and many men who never served ended up showing great resolve and insight when it came to critical decisions on war and peace.

    Oh, and the table to sign up for the America First Committee is right down the hall, next to the Ron Paul booth.

  • Iran Sanctions: Can They Be Effective?

    10/26/2007 3:48:21 PM PDT · 2 of 6
    giobruno to ventanax5

    “War cannot be avoided, only postponed to the advantage of your adversaries.”


  • We Must Bomb Iran, Says US Republican Guru

    10/26/2007 2:44:32 PM PDT · 11 of 115
    giobruno to blam

    Norman Podhoretz is exactly right; no other options will be successful except force. They should have been taken out years ago. Let Iran bluster; if they move in Iraq, they will be annihilated.

  • {Oakland City Council President} De La Fuente's son sentenced to 14 years for sexual assaults

    10/26/2007 1:12:34 PM PDT · 8 of 13
    giobruno to SmithL

    Where was their pimp?

  • Between Jack Bauer and Dan Abrams

    10/25/2007 6:20:34 AM PDT · 3 of 9
    giobruno to Kaslin

    If the left will not allow forceful interrogation, then it seems better to fly the black flag and kill our adversaries on the battlefield instead; there is no point to capturing them.

  • Cold Spring Harbor Suspends Chancellor James Watson

    10/19/2007 6:25:16 AM PDT · 40 of 71
    giobruno to KayEyeDoubleDee

    I have read a good deal of Arthur R. Jensen’s work, and it is fairly persuasive. I suspect, Dr. Watson has done the same. There is a very small, but very persistent group of scientists who are doing research in areas that are controversial to say the least, and their conclusions are challenging the foundations of modern, democratic egalitarianism.

    Provided they are not run out on a rail (or worse), I suspect their research will eventually have to be discussed, and it may directly confront the opinions most people hold dear about race and intelligence. By the way, James Q. Wilson wrote an equally controversial essay on the same subject in Commentary a year ago. Fasten your seatbelts, folks, it’s going to get bumpy.

  • Iraqi Judge: Execution Set for Chemical Ali (Ali's Necktie Party May Take Place at Any Moment!)

    10/16/2007 6:25:47 AM PDT · 83 of 190
    giobruno to don-o

    So you advocate establishing a wholly unilateral moral position that exists independent of anything anyone else does; some kind of categorical imperative that sits atop the misty mountain and makes us “better” than our enemies? I want my enemies dead, scattered across the ground, their leaders hanging from trees, and their ideas nothing but smoking ruins. Frankly, I think it is bad faith for people a long way away from the action to wring their hands about how we are “becoming like they are” and all that nonsense. And it is self-serving, it redirects the conversation away from the truly amoral, lawless, and vicious acts of our enemies and replaces it with a more of the self-critique that is absolutely crippling our ability to wage war. There is no equivalence between the United States and the Baaathists.

    And as far as punitive policy goes public moralizing is of little value in reality. Further, I don’t think it makes one bit of difference to win over the sympathies of the sorts who would be preoccupied with whether or not we’re becoming “like our enemies.” If people want to pretend that there is not a whit of difference between the United States and the Baathist scum, let them pretend; no one of actual discernment will doubt the difference.

    The reason some kind of rules of warfare were hashed out in the West was because after trying to win at any cost, nations began to see that they could all lose. The rules were formed pragmatically, out of mutual self-interest, not because some sanctimonious preacher poet wagged his finger around telling people “we’re becoming like our enemies.” The United States military, when confronted with an enemy that follows the dictates of civilized and restrained warfare, will respond in kind, but when we are up against barbaric and cruel enemies, we have never had a problem with a cruel and violent response. These are cruel and barbaric enemies; they deserve worse than hanging.

  • Turkish general warns US over ties (Pelosi's mess)

    10/14/2007 11:00:08 AM PDT · 40 of 121
    giobruno to aristotleman

    “Egos bigger than brains,” is about exactly how I would describe the Glendale mafia, except maybe, “egos bigger than their cars.”

    They weren’t cookie cutter homes, they were called Craftsman Bungalows, that is before they were torn down to make way for Mussolini’s looming, 5-story, iron-gated, tasteless, white monstrosity.

  • Turkish general warns US over ties (Pelosi's mess)

    10/14/2007 10:34:40 AM PDT · 34 of 121
    giobruno to saganite

    I can live with the gaudy and tasteless houses, the criminal overuse of cologne, the spoiled, insolent children and their 90k cars, the cultural insularity, the ridiculous levels of political corruption, the chain smoking, the violation of our immigration laws, too much plastic surgery, and so much tacky gold jewelry that it would have emptied out the Homestake Claim, but I have to draw the line when a noisy group of Armenians threatens to wreck relations with one of our strongest allies in the region in a time of war. Be content with Glendale.