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Gates: Air attacks alone will not bring success

Former SecDef Robert Gates does not believe that bombing alone will defeat the Islamic State.

While the president has contended that there will be no boots on the ground to fight ISIL, some defense experts and lawmakers have said that troops will be necessary in Syria to coordinate the airstrikes Obama pledged in a speech last week. On Wednesday, Gates said the president was boxing himself in with his rhetoric.

“[T]here will be boots on the ground if there’s to be any hope of success in the strategy,” he said. “And I think that by continuing to repeat that — the president, in effect, traps himself.”

Gates served as Defense secretary under both Obama and former President George W. Bush, before leaving his post at the Pentagon in 2011. In a memoir released earlier this year, the former top DoD official was outwardly critical of the Obama administration’s handling of foreign policy, saying the president didn’t listen enough to top military advisers and opposed the 2007 troop surge in Iraq for political reasons.

In Wednesday’s interview, Gates also took issue with White House rhetoric on ISIL. He said that Obama’s contention that the U.S. aims to “degrade and destroy” ISIL, a term the president has used repeatedly, was unreasonable. “I think to promise that we’re going to destroy ISIS or ISIL — sets a goal that may be unattainable as opposed to devastating it,” he said, adding that while the U.S. has not destroyed Al Qaeda in the 13 years since the 9/11 attacks, it was made major inroads.

I don’t know what can be done about ISIL, but spending billions of dollars to erode them around the edges isn’t going to do anything expect waste billions of dollars to do nothing more than erode them around the edges. Like Obama, I don’t have an answer. Unlike Obama, it isn’t my job to have an answer.

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Occupy Twitter!

Occupy leftovers are now suing each other.

Activists who organized the dormant Occupy Wall Street movement are suing another activist for control of the main Twitter account, and one of the plaintiffs says there was no other option but to turn to litigation to solve the dispute.

The conflict centers around @OccupyWallStNYC, one of the main Twitter feeds that distributed information during the movement’s heyday in 2011. The OWS Media Group filed a lawsuit against organizer Justin Wedes on Wednesday, which is also the third anniversary of the beginning of Occupy Wall Street. The group, led by activist Marisa Holmes, is seeking control of the Twitter account as well as $500,000 in damages.

Somebody needs to remind them that consensus is both a process and a way of making decisions. Down twinkles on the lawsuit… big down twinkles.

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School lunch waste necessarily skyrockets

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Students are filling garbage pails with Michelle Obama’s Menu ‘O Crap. Local hogs, however, chow down.

Experts at the National School Lunch Association estimate 1 million fewer students eat lunch at school than when the regulations went into effect in 2012.

A National School Nutrition Association survey also found food waste is up in 81.2 percent of schools nationwide, and a study by Cornell and Bringham Young universities estimates the waste at $4 million per day. Students in Los Angeles schools alone are throwing away $100,000 in food per day, ABC reports.

“I have to think that across the country, it has to be a staggering amount of food going to waste and I think there are people out there who could really use that food,” said Gene Kirchner, superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools near Cincinnati, another district that dropped out of the National School Lunch Program.

In one Vermont school district, officials devised a plan to “repurpose” their lunch waste as feed for about 3,000 hogs at a local pig farm. In Medina, Ohio, volunteer parent Marcie Henning is taking advantage of the massive waste in her district to feed the homeless and less fortunate.

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LA Schools have decided they don’t want their grenade launchers

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They are asking to return them to the federal government.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified school police officials decided they would reject the military weaponry that they acquired through the federal government’s 1033 Program, which Congress passed in the early 1990s so that law-enforcement agencies could procure excess Defense Department supplies.

Los Angeles Unified had obtained three grenade launchers, 61 rifles, and a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicle, but will return the grenade launchers.

Education and civil rights groups are pressuring the U.S. Department of Defense to cease supplying the weapons to schools.

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Scotland Votes

Today Scotland will vote to decide whether or not it is to become Venezuela but with better whiskey or if it will stay in the UK.

Voters in Scotland went to the polls Thursday to decide whether to end their country’s 307-year-old union with Britain and become an independent state.

Polls opened across the nation at 7 a.m. local time (2 a.m. Eastern) and will close at 10 p.m. (5 p.m. Eastern). The first results are not expected to be announced until approximately 2 a.m. Friday (9 p.m. Eastern). Turnout is expected to be high, with 4.2 million people registered to vote — 97 percent of eligible voters.

Opinion polls suggest that the race is too close to call, though most surveys taken in the final days of the campaign have given the pro-Union “No” side a slight lead.

In Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, a heavy stream of voters began arriving at a polling station in the city center the moment it opened.

This play isn’t so much William Wallace and Robert the Bruce as it is an attempt to seize North Sea oil to lube up a nation of welfare rats. We shall see.

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Islamic State Propaganda: Flames Of War

I got nothing.

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Why Would Feds Need Your Race To Buy A Gun?

Weird. I can only imagine that it’s for demographic purposes, but there is surely some ulterior motive here that I’m just not seeing. Help me out.

The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling.

With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form 4473 — the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm — to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check his or her race: Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.

The amendment is causing a headache for gun retailers, as each box needs to be checked off or else it’s an ATF violation — severe enough for the government to shut a business down. Many times people skip over the Hispanic/Latino box and only check their race, or vice versa — both of which are federal errors that can be held against the dealer.

Requiring the race and ethnic information of gun buyers is not required by federal law and provides little law enforcement value, legal experts say. And gun industry officials worry about how the information is being used and whether it constitutes an unnecessary intrusion on privacy.

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Scumbag Racist To Judge: Delay Fast & Furious Docs Until After Elections

Scumbag Racist. It is so hard to not have hate in my heart for these people.

Back in July after a long FOIA lawsuit from government watchdog Judicial Watch, a federal judge ordered the Department of Justice to produce a detailed list or Vaughn Index of documents being withheld from Congress and the American people under President Obama’s executive privilege claim. A month later in August, a federal judge ordered DOJ to turn over a privilege log of withheld documents to the House Oversight Committee. Both orders were to be completed by October 1.

Now, Attorney General Eric Holder is asking a federal judge to delay (again) an order requiring him to turn over thousands of Fast and Furious documents, not just a detailed list.

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Frankly, I’d rather go to Fallujah…

Obama is sending thousands of US troops into the ebola hot zone.

The United States government is sending thousands of military troops to the west African nation of Liberia as part of the Obama administration’s Ebola virus-response strategy, the White House said late Monday night.

‘U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts,’ a statement from the White House press office said.

‘A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces.’

Liberia is the hardest-hit of the four west African nations that have confirmed Ebola cases, accounting for more than one-half of the fatalities. The others are Sierra Leone, Guinea and, to a lesser extent, Nigeria.

It turns out he isn’t against “boots on the ground” per se…

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To be poor in America

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Obama to make AC and refrigeration far more expensive

Here is a nice summary of the current state of global warming.

Oregon-based physicist Gordon Fulks sums it up well: “CO2 is said to be responsible for global warming that is not occurring, for accelerated sea-level rise that is not occurring, for net glacial and sea ice melt that is not occurring . . . and for increasing extreme weather that is not occurring.”

Consider:

  •  According to NASA satellites and all ground-based temperature measurements, global warming ceased in the late 1990s. This when CO2 levels have risen almost 10 percent since 1997. The post-1997 CO2 emissions represent an astonishing 30 percent of all human-related emissions since the Industrial Revolution began. That we’ve seen no warming contradicts all CO2-based climate models upon which global-warming concerns are founded.
  • Rates of sea-level rise remain small and are even slowing, over recent decades averaging about 1 millimeter per year as measured by tide gauges and 2 to 3 mm/year as inferred from “adjusted” satellite data. Again, this is far less than what the alarmists suggested.
  •  Satellites also show that a greater area of Antarctic sea ice exists now than any time since space-based measurements began in 1979. In other words, the ice caps aren’t melting.
  •  A 2012 IPCC report concluded that there has been no significant increase in either the frequency or intensity of extreme weather events in the modern era. The NIPCC 2013 report concluded the same. Yes, Hurricane Sandy was devastating — but it’s not part of any new trend.

So what is Obama next move to fight non-existant global warming? He is eliminating the replacement for the Freon the government banned years ago.

The White House will announce on Tuesday a series of voluntary commitments by some of the country’s largest chemical firms and retailers to move rapidly away from R-134a and similar compounds used in nearly every office, home and automobile in the country, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort.

The administration is simultaneously stepping up diplomatic efforts to encourage major U.S. trading partners to phase out production of the potent greenhouse gas, the officials said. The initiatives are being disclosed in advance of next week’s summit of world leaders at the United Nations to debate options for slowing the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere.

The class of chemicals to which R-134a belongs — called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs — became popular as a replacement for Freon, the refrigerant banned since the 1990s for damaging the Earth’s ozone layer. Most HFCs are harmless to ozone, but collectively they have become a significant driver of climate change — some are up to 10,000 times as potent per ounce as carbon dioxide, climate scientists say.

Electric rates will necessarily skyrocket as well. More coal fired plants are being shut down than originally projected.

More below the fold…

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Obamacare continues to kill jobs

When you increase the cost of something, you get less of it. Duh.

Businesses are cutting jobs due to ObamaCare, according to surveys by several regional Federal Reserve Banks.

Health economist John Goodman noted that “three Federal Reserve Banks in Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta have surveyed the folks in their area and roughly one fifth of the employers are saying they cut back on employment.

“Roughly one fifth are saying they’re moving from full time to part time,” Goodman added. “More than one in ten are saying they’re doing more outsourcing – all this because of the new health care reform.”

Doug Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, said “for the smaller employers — those that have between 20 and 49 employees — you get a negative impact on jobs, you get a negative impact on wages in those jobs. What this means for small business as a whole is over $22 billion of earnings gone for their workers and 350,000 jobs.”

I find it amazing that actual adults anywhere really believe that government could add massive regulatory expense to employing people and it wouldn’t result in a decrease in employment. It’s like these people live in a deranged fantasy world.

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Six vehicles destroyed…

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The first official airstrikes against ISIS took place yesterday. An aircraft carrier task force launched the strike. Six ISIS vehicles were destroyed.

The U.S. military launched airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq Monday in its first move in the newly broadened mission authorized by President Obama to go on the offensive against the terror group.

“The airstrike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense, as outlined in the president’s speech last Wednesday,” the release said.

Previous U.S. airstrikes in Iraq were conducted to protect U.S. interests and personnel, assist Iraqi refugees and secure critical infrastructure. Monday’s strike was in direct support of Iraqi forces fighting the militants.

Six Islamic State vehicles and a militant fighting position that was firing on Iraqi forces were destroyed in the strikes.

It probably cost $15 million to destroy those trucks. This is going to take a while and cost a lot.

US Navy handout photo of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise

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Worth its weight in Firepower

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Just one of those unique little devices from the Cold War that could use a little resurrecting right about now. Who am I kidding? I’m more of an H-Bomb kind of guy. Nonetheless, imagine how cool you would be if you were the guy humping THIS on to an Objective.

I’ve never jumped a SADM before but I’ve spent many days of my life partying with someone who did!

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Muslim Day Parade In NYC

Take a look and tell me about all of the moderate Muslims you know. Some pretty f-ed up pictures at the link. Just imagine the righteous indignation if some white Christians showed up to a parade like this.

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Sharyl Attkinson: State Dept Ordered To Purge Damaging Benghazi Docs

Hillary must be protected.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe. [...]

Maxwell says the weekend document session was held in the basement of the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters in a room underneath the “jogger’s entrance.” He describes it as a large space, outfitted with computers and big screen monitors, intended for emergency planning, and with small offices on the periphery.

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell. He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisors.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’”

Absolution is just a shredder away in today’s America.

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Iran Taunts Obama Regime Where It Hurts: Twitter

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State is “pointless,” as members of the alliance meet today to coordinate efforts against the militant group.

“Actions that were carried out in Iraq and broke the back of Islamic State were not the deed of Americans but those of the army and people of Iraq,” Khamenei said today in comments on his official website. He said the coalition is “pointless, superficial and has an agenda.” [...]

Khamenei spoke as European and Middle Eastern wings of the developing coalition are gathering today in Paris at the initiative of French President Francois Hollande. The 25-nation meeting is aimed at coordinating aid to Iraq in the efforts against the Islamist militants.

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Rand Paul Changes His Mind {GASP}

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Rand Paul changes his mind sometimes. As horrific as this may sound in today’s world of ideological purists demanding nothing less than absolute compliance from their party, it is the stuff that thinking men are made of.

It’s also how a thinking man gets elected. I am of the mind that a man should hold some virtues as sacrosanct, and keep everything else open for constant evaluation. It’s a proper mental exercise, if nothing more. If you are constantly evaluating your views, you are less-likely to fall into the party line trap.

I don’t agree with Senator Paul on aid to Israel. I stand with them in their right to self-determination and self-defense. That will never change. I support North Korea’s right to self-defense, as well. I do not support foreign aid, per se.

As a duly-licensed, board certified, practicing pragmatist, I support being realistic over ideological purity. I may choose to live my life in a largely ideologically pure manner, but my personal views are mine. You are not required to agree. Nor is my government. Rand Paul is solid on individual liberty, national defense, and most issues of import to me. Our disagreement over some issues doesn’t make him my 20% enemy, it makes him my 80% friend.

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And what about same-sex marriage? Paul’s position — such marriages are morally wrong, but Republicans should stop obsessing about them — seems so muddled that an Iowa pastor recently confronted him in frustration.

“With all due respect, that sounds very retreatist of you,” minister Michael Demastus said he told Paul (R-Ky.) after the senator explained his position during a stop in Des Moines.

Paul has built a reputation as a libertarian ideologue, a Washington outsider guided by a rigid devotion to principle.

But his policy vision is, in fact, a work in progress. While he has maintained his core support for cutting spending and protecting Americans’ privacy rights, Paul has shaded, changed or dropped some of the ideas that he espoused as a tea party candidate and in his confrontational early days as a senator.

So what, exactly, does Rand Paul believe?

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Taken together, these sources provide a picture of Washington’s most intriguing politician — a candidate still tinkering with his platform, even as he stands on it.

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Paul’s evolving views have been on display most recently amid the national debate over how to confront the brutal Islamic State.

In June, when the militants had already seized large swaths of Iraq, Paul seemed skeptical about the value of targeting them with U.S. airstrikes.

“I’m not so sure where the clear-cut American interest is,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He noted that the Iraqi military had folded in the face of the group’s attacks: Why should the U.S. military have to intervene?

“What’s going on now, I don’t blame on President Obama. Has he really got the solution?” Paul said. “Maybe there is no solution.”

But more recently, after the videotaped beheadings of American journalists, Paul has come out in favor of airstrikes and other actions to “destroy” the group.

“If I had been in President Obama’s shoes, I would have acted more decisively and strongly against” the Islamic State, he wrote in Time magazine this month. “I would have called Congress back into session — even during recess,” to ask for explicit authorization.

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For Paul, advisers say, being a realist means he is skeptical of every possible military action, until he is convinced that there is a crucial U.S. interest at stake and that the action will succeed.

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This was not the first time Paul made a public reversal on a matter of foreign policy. In 2011, in his early, fire-breathing days as a senator, he proposed eliminating all U.S. foreign aid — even aid to Israel, considered sacrosanct in the Republican Party.

But after an outcry, he soon altered his proposal; he wanted instead to cut all foreign aid, except for $5 billion a year.

Why $5 billion? A Paul aide said that amount would give Israel its full share — more than $3 billion per year — and still have money left over.

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I’m Beginning To Think Joan Rivers Was Right

Before she died Comedienne Joan Rivers said publicly that Michelle Obama is a ‘tranny’ – a transgender. Rivers always said she made a good living by saying what others were thinking.

I don’t know what difference it makes, and it is not important – which is also a point Rivers made. But once in a while we see things like the image below of the first lady. This was taken at the ‘Kaboom’ party on September 11 this year.

Hm. A ‘Kaboom’ party on September 11. What do you think? Was that move tasteless or in-your-face?

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Air war against ISIS is essentially casual sex

Former CIA director Michael Hayden explained an air-only campaign against ISIS is pretty much the same as causal sex.

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New York Times tells the truth about scary black rifles

They represent a trivial part of gun violence.

The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference.

It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do.

In 2012, only 322 people were murdered with any kind of rifle, F.B.I. data shows.

The continuing focus on assault weapons stems from the media’s obsessive focus on mass shootings, which disproportionately involve weapons like the AR-15, a civilian version of the military M16 rifle. This, in turn, obscures some grim truths about who is really dying from gunshots.

Annually, 5,000 to 6,000 black men are murdered with guns. Black men amount to only 6 percent of the population. Yet of the 30 Americans on average shot to death each day, half are black males.

The vast majority of gun crime in America is conducted with illegally possessed and a radically disproportionate amount of that is among young black men. If every so-called ‘assault rifle’ in America would magically disappear, it wouldn’t even make a noticeable difference in the amount of gun violence that occurs.

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Antarctic sea ice at maximum ever recorded

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Sea ice covers an area three times the size of Australia.

Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began.

Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent.

Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the discovery was made two days ago.

“This is an area covered by sea ice which we’ve never seen from space before,” he said.

“Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we’ve never seen that before, that much area.

You know what maximum Antarctic sea ice proves: The horror of global warming.

As the area covered in sea ice expands scientists have said the ice on the continent of Antarctica which is not over the ocean continues to deplete.

CEO of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, Tony Worby, said the warming atmosphere is leading to greater sea ice coverage by changing wind patterns.

“The extent of sea ice is driven by the winds around Antarctica, and we believe that they’re increasing in strength and part of that is around the depletion of ozone,” he said.

That’s the beauty of global warming. No matter what happens, global warming is the cause.

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Obama to arm the ‘good guys’ in Syria?

‘Syrian moderate’ probably means ‘al Qaeda’.

The White House on Sunday put pressure on Congress to vote this week in favor of training and arming Syrian rebels as part of President Obama’s plan to destroy the Islamic State, making clear that sending U.S. combat troops is not an option.

“If it’s not the Syrian opposition, trained and equipped by the United States, authorized by Congress and the president … then it’ll have to be U.S. troops,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told “Fox News Sunday.” “The president made a decision on that. We’re not going to do that.”

The GOP-led House appears most ready to approve the plan. Members are expected to return to Capitol Hill on Monday, a day ahead of schedule, to begin preliminary work on authorizing the training and the $500 million in spending the White House wants for moderate Syrian rebels to help in the fight against the militant group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Does anybody believe that there are any ‘good guys’ in Syria? Maybe the Christians but they are so afraid of the Muslims that they have cast their lot with Assad. Hell, at this point, Assad might be the closest thing to a good guy in Syria… and that isn’t very close.

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“Only In The ‘Hood, Baby”

If you are going to get into a fight it might pay to wear clothes that won’t fall off.

NSFW home video here

Hat tip to iOTW

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You must establish “why you are having sex”…

This reads like satire, but it isn’t. It isn’t enough to agree to sexual contact, you must define “why” you are making out. Failing to create this verbal contract may result in prosecution for sexual assault.

At Ohio State University, to avoid being guilty of “sexual assault” or “sexual violence,” you and your partner now apparently have to agree on the reason WHY you are making out or having sex. It’s not enough to agree to DO it, you have to agree on WHY: there has to be agreement “regarding the who, what, where, when, why, and how this sexual activity will take place.”

Ohio State applies an impractical “agreement” requirement to not just sex, but also to a much broader category of “touching” that is sexual (or perhaps romantic?) in nature. First, it states that “sexual assault is any form of non-consensual sexual activity. Sexual assault includes all unwanted sexual acts from intimidation to touching to various forms of penetration and rape.” Then, it states that “Consent is a knowing and voluntary verbal or non-verbal agreement between both parties to participate in each and every sexual act. . .Conduct will be considered “non-consensual” if no clear consent . . . is given. . . .Effective consent can be given by words or actions so long as the words or actions create a mutual understanding between both parties regarding the conditions of the sexual activity–ask, ‘do both of us understand and agree regarding the who, what, where, when, why, and how this sexual activity will take place?’”

Leftists continue to attempt to make people “better” by regulating everything in their lives. No matter what you do, if it isn’t illegal, it is mandatory.

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