Posts by pierrem15

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  • Turkey dispatches tanks and military equipment into Syria

    06/21/2017 8:42:57 PM PDT · 17 of 33
    pierrem15 to Texas Fossil
    I still think the most likely outcome (once ISIS is eliminated) is the partition of Syria between the Russian/Assad regime in the West, Turkey with a strip just south of the border, and the US/Kurds with the rest.

    On the other hand, Erdogan is just stupid enough to think he can take on the Kurds or the Syrian regime by himself.

  • After the ISIS War, a US-Russia Collision?

    06/20/2017 10:39:46 AM PDT · 14 of 20
    pierrem15 to MeganC
    We created ISIS and now we’re using ISIS as a pretext to continue an undeclared war of aggression against a sovereign country that did us no harm and that was no threat to us or Israel.

    Hard to find a single part of this quote that isn't incorrect.

    We didn't create ISIS: they're more or less the same Baathist/al-Qaeda in Iraq guys who were attacking US soldiers a few years ago in Iraq. Zero's pathetic withdrawal from Iraq simply created the space for them to operate.

    The Assad Syrian franchise operation didn't have any problem hosting them when they were killing Americans.

    Almost all of Russia's and Syria's military operations have been directed against Syrian regime opponents, not ISIS.

  • After the ISIS War, a US-Russia Collision?

    06/20/2017 10:32:28 AM PDT · 9 of 20
    pierrem15 to Kaslin
    "Repeated combat actions by [Russian] aviation under the cover of counterterrorism against lawful armed forces of a country that is a member of the U.N. are a massive violation of international law and de facto a military aggression against the [Republic of Ukraine]."

    Goose, meet gander.

  • 8 International Fast Food Chains That Need to Come to the States

    06/20/2017 7:00:46 AM PDT · 39 of 42
    pierrem15 to Berlin_Freeper
    You need Doner kebab shops.

    You got that right. There are a few around Houston, but they are awful compared to Germany.

    One of the highlights of every trip my wife and I take through Berlin.

  • US signals involvement in Syria could escalate

    06/20/2017 6:50:41 AM PDT · 4 of 21
    pierrem15 to Mariner
    What possible US interest is served by working against that?

    Keeping the Iranians and Hezbollah out.

  • Video Emerges Of US Allowing ISIS Fighters To Escape Safely in Syria

    06/15/2017 10:45:15 AM PDT · 28 of 35
    pierrem15 to Lorianne
    If the primary missions were in Raqqa, they are unlikely to be retargeted to a target of opportunity until the primary objective is met.

    In addition, it's much better to fight them in open country than block-by-block in Raqqa, so this may be another motive.

    Not everything is at appears, especially when delivered through Iranian/Russian propaganda.

  • Did Dennis Rodman Help Release Otto Warmbier in North Korea?

    06/13/2017 1:14:21 PM PDT · 3 of 20
    pierrem15 to SeekAndFind
    Otto Warmbier?

    Reality Winner?

    Microagressions?

    Leftist fascists beating oppenents on the street and campuses?

    Somewhere in life I missed a stop and got off at The Master and Margarita station.

  • State Rep. Victoria Neave arrested for DWI in Dallas

    06/07/2017 11:09:07 AM PDT · 12 of 37
    pierrem15 to 2ndDivisionVet

    No party affiliation in the headline or first paragraph and you know its a Donkey.

  • Haunting Photos of #Carmageddon: Hyundai Gets Crushed, as GM, Ford, Others Struggle

    06/05/2017 11:49:54 AM PDT · 47 of 74
    pierrem15 to meyer
    Crash tests + mileage requirements.

    New cars have engine designs that used to be found only in Formula 1 cars to meet pollution and mileage requirements. Plus the 8 - 9 speed automatics.

    This has to adding somewhere between $5000 - $10000 in costs for the engines and transmissions to new cars, if not more.

    It also makes them impossible to repair when they break down: they'll have to be re-manufactured.

  • 'Resistance is our Spartacus moment,' Dems declare

    06/01/2017 3:35:49 PM PDT · 30 of 68
    pierrem15 to antidemoncrat

    Although come to think of it, Trump is perhaps a bit like Crassus.

  • 'Resistance is our Spartacus moment,' Dems declare

    06/01/2017 3:32:56 PM PDT · 29 of 68
    pierrem15 to antidemoncrat
    I wonder if this dip knows what happened to Spartacus?

    The road between New York and DC lined with crucified Democrats, politicians, lobbyists and corrupt business rent seekers?

    One can only hope.

  • End of an era: Merkel signals that Europe can no longer rely on the U.S.

    05/28/2017 3:52:37 PM PDT · 24 of 93
    pierrem15 to SeekAndFind
    Germany will never acquire its own nuclear weapons: they've even gotten rid of their last nuclear power stations.

    What will happen is that German megalomaniacal self-righteousness will sooner or later propel European disunity.

  • End of an era: Merkel signals that Europe can no longer rely on the U.S.

    05/28/2017 3:46:22 PM PDT · 13 of 93
    pierrem15 to Steve_Seattle
    And we can no longer rely on Germany; Germany seems committed to the destruction of Europe as a liberal society.

    One can see a certain continuity in German policy in this regard over the past century.

  • Establishment Prepared Secret Plan To ‘Protect the Republic’ If Le Pen Won French Presidency (Tr.)

    05/21/2017 8:04:55 AM PDT · 10 of 12
    pierrem15 to brucedickinson
    As the elected president, she would have been CINC of the armed forces.

    I'm fairly certain she would have called on them to restore order, jailing the French establishment if necessary.

  • Study: Gun range lead exposure poses ‘significant’ health risk

    05/12/2017 7:19:45 PM PDT · 69 of 80
    pierrem15 to NelsTandberg
    I was eventually symptomatic, underwent chelation at UofMN health services. It was the lead styphnate. Black mucus when blowing my nose should have been a clue.

    Dang! I find the residue of primer and smokeless powder quite acrid-- how thick was the air with this stuff for you to get sick with it?

    I was thinking of the fact that everyone used to be exposed to lead from leaded gasoline, so it's hard for me to imagine (short of eating it) how much exposure you needed to get symptomatic: if that was at half-ventilation, I suspect even the original ventilation was inadequate.

    If it was in the 70's, it might also have been due to over-sealing the building to reduce energy costs, which happened quite a lot, also causing levels of formaldehyde and CO to build to dangerous levels on occasion.

  • Study: Gun range lead exposure poses ‘significant’ health risk

    05/12/2017 2:50:00 PM PDT · 9 of 80
    pierrem15 to PROCON
    the current maximum safe level of 5 μg/dL

    Maybe the 5 μg/dL is ridiculously low, as is the need for a hazmat team to renovate a kitchen in an old house with lead paint.

    Ludicrous.

  • Confederate Veteran John Mosby Knew the Lost Cause Was Bull

    05/12/2017 2:43:50 PM PDT · 500 of 821
    pierrem15 to BroJoeK
    We are arguing about two different sets of points:

    a) the cause of secession by the Southern states;
    b) the legality of secession.

    I think the proximate cause was not slavery but more precisely who was going to make the decision about slavery: the states (or people of a territory) individually; or, the Federal government. Seen in this light, the Republican denial that slavery could be extended to new territories was itself an assault on states rights or the rights of the people of a territory.

    I don't necessarily agree with this argument, but I recognize its force at the time.

    Regarding the legality of secession, that really depends on how you understand the Articles of Confederation and what was accomplished by the Constitution of 1789. I don't think the Southern argument about the Union being a confederation was correct. But I do find it reasonable; and I do see how many could believe it.

    So I wouldn't call all the secessionists traitors: that's too facile a response for an issue that tore even particular families apart and sometimes set brother against brother, father against son.

    Finally, viewed with hindsight, it appears to me that Jeff Davis was right (in the long run) about everything except slavery.

  • Confederate Veteran John Mosby Knew the Lost Cause Was Bull

    05/12/2017 11:07:09 AM PDT · 492 of 821
    pierrem15 to BroJoeK
    Republic Platform, 1860:

    8. That the normal condition of all the territory of the United States is that of freedom: That, as our Republican fathers, when they had abolished slavery in all our national territory, ordained that "no persons should be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law," it becomes our duty, by legislation, whenever such legislation is necessary, to maintain this provision of the Constitution against all attempts to violate it; and we deny the authority of Congress, of a territorial legislature, or of any individuals, to give legal existence to slavery in any territory of the United States.

    Pretty bold statement, don't you think? And if such a party should prevent the introduction of slavery into any new territories, then the South would have found itself in a permanent minority in the Senate due to the entrance of more free states, and the House due to immigration to the North.

    The Colonies prior to 1776 had used the original colonial charters to create governments largely free from British interference, and did not consent to the British re-interpretation of the colonial arrangement and so chose to secede and form and independent state.

    Some Southern states looked at the inexorable political domination of the free states and decided to secede before any "long train of abuses" was commenced. Is that a fault, or simply poor political judgment?

    Regarding tariffs, I was mistaken and you are right. However, you can just call it an excise tax and then it's legal. We now know very well how the Federal government can strangle the economic base of the political opponents of the governing party. Why would the South decide to stick around when it was clear that its economic and political interests would always be subordinated to those of its opponents?

    It's one thing to be an ephemeral minority, to rule and be ruled in turn. It's quite another to face the prospect of becoming a permanent political minority.

  • Confederate Veteran John Mosby Knew the Lost Cause Was Bull

    05/12/2017 7:33:55 AM PDT · 482 of 821
    pierrem15 to BroJoeK; Cvengr
    Regarding the legal right of secession:

    a) the Articles of Confederation were articles of perpetual union;

    b) the states did not ratify the Constitution of 1789-- it was approved by electors chosen by the people of each state. The state governments simply agreed to abide by the ratification process and accept the new, national government the ratification process created.

    So I think there is a reasonable argument to be made that there was no states' right to secede.

    That said, it is also clear that the Republican Party platform, which embraced abolition, embraced an end for which there was no Constitutional means.

    The only way the Federal government could end slavery would have been through abusive means (such as a tariff on cotton exports) intended to bankrupt the plantation system or through the outright usurpation of unconstitutional powers.

    Given Lincoln's election, the South had quite legitimate fears about such a process of usurpation.

    Lee's actions are quite instructive in this regard, insofar as he remained an officer of the USA and strongly counseled against secession until it became clear that Virginia would secede and Lincoln would use force to maintain the Union.

    The war that followed was a tragedy precisely because in many (if different) respects, both sides were right.

  • WATCH: Man hits, kills duck with drive at TPC Sawgrass

    05/11/2017 3:49:30 PM PDT · 28 of 41
    pierrem15 to NohSpinZone
    How do you score this drive? Birdie? In baseball, it might be called a fowl ball.

    A Mallard.