Dominoes

Apparently Libya’s next, with civil war already all but an established fact, soldiers defecting, other soldiers going at protesters with tanks, helicopter gunships etc., the country’s most numerous tribe siding with the protesters and Khadaffi’s son vowing to “fight to the last bullet.”

Splendid /sarc. We can’t wait for pResident Present to start waffling, flip-flopping, babbling, blathering and pontificating while the Make Believe Media form a wagon circle around His Supreme Incompetence and praise him with high praise for his supreme, brilliant leadership.

The only thing we know is that if the situation doesn’t go completely tits up we’ll once again be lectured that it was his Most Brilliant Evuh Sermon from the Cairo Mount that did it and, if it does go all to hell and back, it’s the fault of Bush, Glowbull Wormening and the Koch Brothers. Speaking of which, who are they? Did we miss a memo again? We thought that we were all bought and paid for by Big Oil/Halliburton/Darth Cheney et al.

Don’t tell us that we’ve been sending our invoices to (and have had them studiously ignored by) the wrong, sinister, Reich-wing conspiracy for all of these years, because then we’re like to get spectacularly splenetic!

Back to Libya, though: Once again we’re shown an object lesson in what would happen once the world found out, as they eventually had to, that the World’s Policeman had checked out of the station indefinitely and is now down at Dunkin’ Donuts, playing with himself and admiring his own Awesomeness™.

We’d say “sorry, world” if it weren’t for the fact that they were among the drooling imbeciles cheering for pResident Zero. You’re on your own now.

Have fun, y’hear?

Thatisall.

37 comments

  1. 1
    LC Guy S growls and barks:

    “Once again we’re shown an object lesson in what would happen once the world found out, as they eventually had to, that the World’s Policeman had checked out of the station indefinitely and is now down at Dunkin’ Donuts, playing with himself and admiring his own Awesomeness™.”

    This … this, is why I keep returning here! Not only is there a nifty kernel of truth, but it is wrapped in a very tasty bit of humor, drenched in snark! Bravo sire, bravo!

    Just talking with my sweetieheart during our last smoke break (the garage is for more than cars), talking about Israel and the increasingly dire straights she is in. The Chicago Thug in residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and his band of miscreants, care little, if at all, about what may happen to she who has been traditionally our strongest allie in the middle east. (Much less than how much they care about ANY of our traditional, long standing allies. And they care not a wit about them, so that should tell you something.)

    Now we have the middle east powder keg … with a lit fuse … and the one power on earth which might have the best chance of defusing same, snapping it’s snake while looking at itself in the mirror.

    We are soooo f**ked.

  2. 2
    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Truthfully…if it wasn’t for the price of gas and Israel, I wouldn’t give a shit.

  3. 3
    Library Czar growls and barks:

    Is there an “E” in Dominos? Grammar Czar?

  4. 4
    LC Guy S growls and barks:

    Caveman, If it wasn’t for the Islamic nutjobs haling from the middle east, and Turkey/Pakistan/Egypt , and possibly Iran (not of their own manufacture … yet) having nuclear arms, and in most cases the means to deliver same to other parts of the middle east (Israel) and Europe, I would be in complete agreement with you.

    The gas issue in and of itself could be resolved within five years, if we would be allowed to drill or tap into known resources that we have control of or access to.

    I am at the point right now, that if we turned the majority of that part of the world into glass, we could develop the technology to reach the remaining resources underneath same in short order. Frankly I am tired of 7th century rabble dictating to the world what is going to happen next. Perhaps if we send them back to the 7th century BC, the survivors might back up and regroup a bit.

    I have run outta tolerance, and my give a shit meter regarding them doesn’t even flicker. Send em all to Allah and let him sort em out.

  5. 5
    LC Guy S growls and barks:

    I think Dominoes is like Potatoes. An “e” is added to the plural.

  6. 6
    Darth Venomous growls and barks:


    Is there an “E” in Dominos? Grammar Czar?

    There is, unless you’re ordering pizza (make mine 4x beef, 3x ham, 3x jalapeños, mushrooms & black olives). :em69: :em93:

  7. 7
    Grammar Czar growls and barks:

    Library Czar says:

    Is there an “E” in Dominos? Grammar Czar?

    LC Guy S says:

    I think Dominoes is like Potatoes. An “e” is added to the plural.

    Yes, indeedy. Just as there is in heroes, tomatoes, tornadoes, Obamas (sorry, that should say zeroes). There aren’t too many times when the Emperor messes up his spelling. 8-)

  8. 8
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    We can’t wait for pResident Present to start waffling, flip-flopping, babbling, blathering and pontificating while the Make Believe Media form a wagon circle around His Supreme Incompetence

    Awesome. Wish I’d come up with “pResident Present!”

  9. 9
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC Xystus says:

    Awesome. Wish I’d come up with “pResident Present!”

    Me too. Sadly, I can’t say that I did. Maybe I’m the first to put them after another, but I doubt it.

    “pResident”, of course, is older than sin. Actually, if I’m not mistaken, it was the Gore-ons who came up with that one after 2000. It just feels so good to throw it right back in their drooling faces.

    “Present”, well, I know I didn’t come up with that one. I saw it at Mike Hendrix’s, but I may also have picked it up from Ace’s, which is where I found the one I REALLY wish I’d come up with, which is the “Make Believe Media.”

    Everybody else coins the good ones these days… :em12:

  10. 10

    Library Czar says:

    Is there an “E” in Dominos? Grammar Czar?

    Actually, that came to my eyes as snark. As in dominoes lined up to fall. Subtle? Excessively nuanced? Perhaps. You know the saying, “Nuke ‘em from space, it’s the only way to be sure.

    Yes we have far more than enough petroleum on this chunk of the rock for us to be swimming in it hundreds of years after we develop cold fusion anti-gravity drives and such. And if it were not for the demoncraps, we could have told pretty much the entire Earth to fuck off a long time ago.

  11. 11
    LC Panzermann growls and barks:

    Well, as much as I hate totalitarian sons of bitches the world over, but if that bastard Gaddafi falls, then that might be the start of a refugee wave the likes of which Europe has never seen before.

    And it’s gonna be up to the Italians, the Spanish and the Greeks to deal with it. Na dann Gute Nacht !

    We might just be royally screwed…

  12. 12
    Gladiator growls and barks:

    LC HJ Caveman82952 says:

    Truthfully…if it wasn’t for the price of gas and Israel, I wouldn’t give a shit.

    Actually Caveman, Libya EXPORTS a significant amount of Oil.

    If W was still in office, we would have invaded by now. /s

  13. 13
    BigDogg growls and barks:

    Let the fucking 7th-century savages kill each other off for a while … population reduction in the Middle East will be a good thing for everyone.

    I would worry about Israel, but I’ve read Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39.

  14. 14
    Sentry growls and barks:

    I’ve got to say, my give a fuck factor’s pretty low as well. The odd thing is, that while the UN and EU are racing to blame the UK for selling arms to Libya, it was Mirages that were dropping bombs on the civvies. Who makes those, again?

  15. 15
    Gladiator growls and barks:

    DJ Allynsky,Imperial Tech Weenie says:

    Jesus fucking Christ. Shit happens in the world. The Middle East has been unstable for decades, and it was only a matter of time before one or more of these dictatorships started toppling.

    PLEASE DJ Allynsky,Do not BLASPHME OUR LORD.

  16. 16
    Gladiator growls and barks:

    Blasphemy even

  17. 17
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    Now we have the chance to do the right thing over there. Let the people decide their destiny.

    Because that’s what the world is missing right now. The entire Middle East and Northern Africa as a giant Islamic theocracy.

  18. 18
    Lady H growls and barks:

    Gladiator says:

    DJ Allynsky,Imperial Tech Weenie says:
    Jesus fucking Christ. Shit happens in the world. The Middle East has been unstable for decades, and it was only a matter of time before one or more of these dictatorships started toppling.
    PLEASE DJ Allynsky,Do not BLASPHME OUR LORD.

    I second that request.

  19. 19

    Response to Lady H @:

    Thirded.

    Oh and this is slightly off topic but …. maybe Misha can weigh in on this? Or anyone else for that matter

    Another example of stupid bordering on criminal on the part of the Ogabe Administration?

    I seriously have to ask myself, what part of asking for someone’s social security number in an email from the White House – which they acknowledge sending, was considered a bright move?

  20. 20
    Grammar Czar growls and barks:

    Sentry says:

    t was Mirages that were dropping bombs on the civvies

    Two of those Mirages are currently sitting on the tarmac in Malta. They and their pilots defected.I hope more follow.

  21. 21
    Grammar Czar growls and barks:

    LC Sir Intellectual Conservative 5th Columnist says:

    Response to Lady H @:
    Thirded.
    Oh and this is slightly off topic but …. maybe Misha can weigh in on this? Or anyone else for that matter
    Another example of stupid bordering on criminal on the part of the Ogabe Administration?
    I seriously have to ask myself, what part of asking for someone’s social security number in an email from the White House – which they acknowledge sending, was considered a bright move?

    Maybe the Connecticut one he was using expired, and he needs some new ones.

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    Elephant Man growls and barks:

    It just kills you that Obama isn’t screwing this all up.

    It’s not killing me.

    I have complete faith in Obongo’s ability for “screwing this all up”.

    Be patient, Grasshopper….. :em99:

  24. 24
    Lady H growls and barks:

    Or what? You have NO problem with blasphemy if directed towards the religion of others. Perhaps you should consider that “Do Unto Others” thing before you expect the same kind of respect in return. Either that, or consider a variation of Newton’s Third Law of Motion.

    Many Christians have NOT done that (despite the murders of Christians in Muslim majority countries), and Christ has nothing to do with whatever problem you have on this blog or elsewhere in the world. (and that pesky chip on your shoulder) We bring the evil upon ourselves so leave Him out of it.

    And didn’t your mother ever teach you that two wrongs don’t make a right? You liberals ALWAYS resort to that childish “but he/she does it too!”

    Grow up, please.

  25. 25
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    Pure assumptions based on the ravings of a Beck.

    Pure facts based on reality.

    And so what? Their land, their nation. How in the hell do YOU have any right in determining what they say, do, or believe in?

    Just this piffling little thing called “survival instinct.

    It’s pretty simple, really. whatever they do inside of their own borders is their business.

    Like developing nuclear weapons for use on non-believers?

    I personally don’t care if they believe in the almighty sand flea.

    Neither do I until that sand flea call for the forced conversion, enslavement and slaughter of non-flea worshipers.

    Start coming out of those borders and being aggressive towards others, then smack them down. Hard.

    With what?

    Harsh rhetoric?

    Non-binding resolutions?

    Snotty phone calls?

  26. 26
    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    DJ Allyn, ITW says:

    Now we have the chance to do the right thing over there. Let the people decide their destiny. It is all about those same words we revere in our own Declaration of Independence. Those people have exactly the same unalienable rights that we do to have the nation of their choosing — even if is something that people here wouldn’t want to have as their own.

    Up to and until their choice of government affects me and mine I completely agree with you. The problem is radical Islam seems to gain a bigger foothold every time one of these uprisings unfold. Obama and the rest of the US government have a responsibility to do what they can to prevent radical Islam from taking over and becoming a threat. Stitch in time……. if we wait, there is no chance to fight them with words and ideas, we’ll have to use bullets.

    DJ Allyn, ITW says:

    It just kills you that Obama isn’t screwing this all up.

    What kills me is he hasn’t done anything coherent . With Egypt I would have accepted him backing Mubarak even though I wanted him to get ahead of things and support the protesters, show them we are friends and will help them provided they prove themselves our friends. What we got was a weird mish-mash of both plans, which endears us to nobody. So yes…….. he is screwing this all up.

  27. 27
    Lizard, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    Lady H says:

    Or what? You have NO problem with blasphemy if directed towards the religion of others. Perhaps you should consider that “Do Unto Others” thing before you expect the same kind of respect in return. Either that, or consider a variation of Newton’s Third Law of Motion.
    Many Christians have NOT done that (despite the murders of Christians in Muslim majority countries), and Christ has nothing to do with whatever problem you have on this blog or elsewhere in the world. (and that pesky chip on your shoulder) We bring the evil upon ourselves so leave Him out of it.
    And didn’t your mother ever teach you that two wrongs don’t make a right? You liberals ALWAYS resort to that childish “but he/she does it too!”
    Grow up, please.

    Well said :em04:

  28. 28
    Sir George growls and barks:

    As I mentioned elsewhere, it looks like we might side with Qaddafi, at least on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

    The White House is weighing an “appropriate” response to the violence directed at pro-democracy demonstrations in Libya, according to a senior administration official quoted by wire services.

    “We are analyzing the speech of Saif al-Islam Kadhafi to see what possibilities it contains for meaningful reform,” the official said.

    So if Qaddafi’s son is willing to revise his government’s pension plans, Obama will be okay with bombing civilian protesters? This is truly the gang who couldn’t shoot straight.

    I was worried that the administration would be even worse with Libya than it was with Egypt. Mubarrak could be portrayed as a relic of Colonialism, a relic of anti-Colonialism, a tyrant, or an ally and lynchpin of Middle East peace, none of which was very dear to Obama’s heart, but we still gave everyone whiplash with our daily policy reversals.

    Qaddafi, on the other hand, is an avowed enemy, hated by most in the military or State Department, yet Obama’s background with radical socialists would have Qaddafi viewed as a legitimate expression of third world dissatisfaction, a true socialist revolutionary, and a close ally of Nelson Mandela.

    Let me quote President George W. Bush from 2003.

    Iraqi democracy will succeed – and that success will send forth the news, from Damascus to Tehran – that freedom can be the future of every nation. The establishment of a free Iraq at the heart of the Middle East will be a watershed event in the global democratic revolution.

    Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe – because in the long run, stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty. As long as the Middle East remains a place whre freedom does not flourish, it will remain a place of stagnation, resentment, and violence ready for export.

    *Edit* Here’s the link to Bush’s 2003 Speech.

  29. 29
    Sir Fresh Sign growls and barks:

    Hezbollah Working with Cartels

    Jugears has no clue what is going on nor what do to about it

  30. 30
    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An growls and barks:

    in re: Blasphemy

    Late to the thread, but I note that it is the preference of His Majesty that the name of the Deity not be fully spelled out, and the middle letter be replaced with a “-” to avoid blasphemy. His house, his rules. Amongst other things, I think I am the house “Heathen Dragon Worshiper”. Not Judeo-Christian by faith. Not anti- Judeo-Christian either by any means. My personal faith, or lack thereof, is my own responsibility.

    However, recognizing and acknowledging the strong faith of His Majesty, and others of the Empire, I take care not to express any reference to the Christian Deity in any of the three commonly defined aspects that can be viewed as disrespectful. I am treated with respect in matters of faith, and so long as that condition prevails I will try to return that respect.

    One of the axioms of the Empire that my namesake served, was that you could take money, food, children, etc. and not provoke violence. If, however, you touched upon a people’s Deity and faith, they would revolt and fight to the death. Unprovoked insults will get a negative reaction.

    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

  31. 31
    Sir George growls and barks:

    I just saw Michael Totten’s Libyan travel piece from two years ago, reposted at Pajamas Media. link

    I don’t think they’ll ever try socialism again.

  32. 32
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Since the matter of blasphemy has come up and I’m the admin-in-charge, I feel it incumbent upon myself to express my personal view of the whole thing. I’ve done so in bits and pieces over the years, but new people come by all the time (thankfully, and welcome!), so every once in a while it’s a good thing to catch up and clarify so we’re all on the same page.

    I have a core principle regarding faith in general and my own in particular: If you blaspheme against what I believe in, my G-d will deal with it as it needs to be dealt with. He needs no help from my humble, mortal self. That being said, I am strong in my faith and I do cringe and take offense when blasphemy is uttered around me. When I say “take offense”, I don’t mean in the “let’s stone the unbelievers!” sense, see my core belief. If there’s stoning, excommunication or other punishment to be meted out, then I trust my L-rd and Savior to take care of it. Vengeance is His, not mine. But I’d be lying if I said it had no effect on me at all. I am a human being.

    I am also a human being who did not always have the faith I have today, I spent a long time in the wilderness, so I fully understand and respect that others may not feel as I do. I didn’t always myself. To condemn others for not doing so would be to condemn myself. I was met with nothing but respect and love by Christians back then in spite of my ways, I’m just returning the favor and showing that I’ve learned my lesson by trying to be that way myself now that I am one too.

    Faith is personal. Whether we’re wrong or right is for us to find out later. I am aware of the evidentiary shortcomings of my faith as I am of the evidentiary shortcomings of every other faith or non-faith. That is why we call it “faith” instead of “fact.” And as long as our faith does not bid us slay or subjugate all of those who are not of it, the question of “who’s right” is moot anyway in a mortal sense. So I don’t dwell on it.

    Now as to specifics: “Jesus f&&&ing Christ” IS a bit much for me, just as I wish that people would stop saying G-ddamn so damn much. I try not to use expressions like that myself, and I fail from time to time, but they are common expressions. To use them is not the same as deliberately trying to denigrate the faith of others, it’s just using the vernacular of the times you live in. I myself am known to use phrases like “honking Jehosaphat on a Nuclear Powered Pogo Stick” at times for color and emphasis, and I truly don’t take offense as such as the intent behind it isn’t to denigrate or belittle a faith. I don’t take offense at jokes about “The Big Spaghetti Monster in the Sky” either, for the simple reason that faith, ANY faith, is by its very nature open to ridicule on the basis of it being a faith and not a provable fact.

    And, as I always have said: If I were G-d, I would have included an 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not take thyself too seriously.”

    Now on to Subotai’s points: LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An says:

    Late to the thread, but I note that it is the preference of His Majesty that the name of the Deity not be fully spelled out, and the middle letter be replaced with a “-” to avoid blasphemy. His house, his rules.

    I have to point out that this isn’t a rule. It’s a personal rule to me and I follow it out of reverence of His Holy Name, but I do not expect anybody else to follow it unless it be out of choice. I appreciate the gesture of respect, I really do, but, to use more secular terms: I think that Budweiser is like making love in a canoe. It’s fucking close to water, but if a guest in my house, a friend of mine, anybody chose to bring a Bud into it and drink it in my presence, I would not feel disrespected in any way, nor would I think any less of him.

    I’d feel pity for him for not knowing what beer is supposed to taste like, but maybe his wife doesn’t want him to come home smelling of beer. OK, here I go again. You get my point. ;)

    LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An says:

    One of the axioms of the Empire that my namesake served, was that you could take money, food, children, etc. and not provoke violence. If, however, you touched upon a people’s Deity and faith, they would revolt and fight to the death. Unprovoked insults will get a negative reaction.

    Well summed up. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Anybody can joke about faith around here, anybody can speak the way they’re accustomed to, there are no “codes” or “rules” except for one: Be prepared to take as well as you give. And you’d better have a fridge full of beer for when we’re done sparring and decide that it’s so much more fun to have fun anyway.

    Being deliberately offensive towards somebody’s beliefs is one thing, simply making a joke or using profanities is quite another. Come on, this is the EMPIRE, for crying out loud, it’s not Sunday School. :em93:

    And, in the end, we’ll all hash it out the way Rotties do: Loudly, uninhibitedly and with offense towards all.

    Thatisall.

  33. 33
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    L’Agent Provocateur, rearing his head on cue:

    Our problem over the past 100 years in that region is that we have played too heavy-handed of a role — and those people haven’t forgotten. We’ve supported some pretty despicable dictators over the years for the sole purpose of having control over the oil.

    As W. hinted at above, the US hasn’t had much influence there for quite so long.

    There were other reasons to support some dictators, too, such as equally despicable types backed by the good old USSR. Unfortunately you could probably count the region’s democratic republics on one finger.

  34. 34
    Sir George growls and barks:

    Actually, the main reason for the region’s dictators seems to be “the curse of resources.” Geologists had noticed that all the lucrative concentrations of “stuff” around the world, outside of Europe, North America, or Australia, happen to be in countries run by despotic thugs and dictatorships. But obviously the minerals were there long before the dictators, so what was going on?

    In a society without clear property rights, and especially one with tribal concepts of land ownership, finding a valueable mineral deposit, whether gold, diamonds, or oil, means you have to deal with any person who can demonstrate ownership of the site. In most such places that would be the local chieftan, warlord, or king. This is just respecting local customs in a very foreign country, and it’s this respect we have for foreign customs that leads us down the merry path of unintended consequences.

    So you deal with the local chieften. But now instead of a poor chieftan whose wealth was measured in camels, cows, and goats, you have a very rich chieftan who can buy modern guns and pay soldiers. If he wasn’t a king before, he’ll be well on his way to being one. And more power means he expands his claims, making other tribes subservient to his rule, and he can give out walking around money to buy off the populace. So his wealth and power keep expanding. Eventually he’ll realize he has power not just over his own people, but over other countries, at which point he nationalizes his oil industry. When he turns into a despot (which is inevitable) he or his heirs might get overthrown, but the person who overthrows him just takes his place at the top of the despot food chain, leaving the root cause of the problem unaddressed.

    The other consequence is that the resource rush causes otherwise productive business owners and shopkeepers to jump on the bandwagon, letting their former businesses rot while they try to find work in the mines or oil fields, or end as hired guns of the local warlord. So a formerly productive private sector gets decimated, making people even more dependent on the revenue stream provided by the warlord.

    The only way to break the cycle is to disperse the money and power by spreading it out amongst the people. But this can’t be done by a central government for very long, because the very fact that there’s a central government paying everyone gives that central government the tools to control the population while providing social visionaries with a huge pool of wealth they can tap for whatever scheme that comes to mind. So you still end up with a failed nanny state and a corrupt government full of rich ministers.

    The problem doesn’t occur in the US and similar countries because of our system of property rights. If you strike oil, why would you blow all the money on a private army? They can’t actually do anything because they’re outgunned by the rest of us, and since both the people and the government respect property rights, you don’t have to hire your own mafia goons to defend your oil derick from the neighboring tribe. In short, the only security folks Exxon has to hire are ones to prevent vandalism and theft instead of holding off a mercenary army from BP who wants to take over their oil rigs. And the coolest part is that the people who actually own the oil fields, the farmers and ranchers, actually own the oil. They’re paying Exxon a percentage of the profits to extract and sell it. If that had applied in the Middle East and Africa, they’d have functional governments, a vibrant commercial sector, and some very well-to-do farmers whose taxes would help pay for schools and roads.

  35. 35
    Gladiator growls and barks:

    Four Americand murdered by pirates…….Obama does NOTHING

  36. 36
    Sir George growls and barks:

    Well, first the administration has to ascertain whether the killers were members in good standing of the Praiseworthy International of Maritime Pirates (PIMP), and then whether murder on the high seas was stipulated in their latest contract agreement.

    Reagan would already be pounding the Somali coast with the Iowa’s 16-inch guns.

    I would buy up fifty used, old, but fancy yachts from the pages of Yacht Trader, rig them with GPS remote steering and hidden cameras, pack them with explosives, and set them bobbing in the waters off Somalia. It would be an easy way to kill a thousand pirates, as long as word didn’t leak out.

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    Lady H growls and barks:

    Response to Gladiator @:

    Because they were white Catholic Christians handing out Bibles, maybe?

    I don’t even have to read leftists’ blogs to know that they think the 4 people “asked for it”. After all, in their warped minds, the victims are usually the bad guys.