Unilateral French Action In Mali

Linky Mali roundup. Not a lot about it in the US media. The US has not committed any ground troops to the action. But we are providing support.

More than 100 Airmen from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England deployed Jan. 26 to a location in Western Europe in support of international military operations in Mali.

The deployment makes highly valued air-to-air refueling assets available to U.S. Africa Command.

CNN.

The U.S. support is at the request of the French, who intervened in Mali 11 days ago after a plea for help from its government.

The French are involved in the fight because Mali once was under the country's control, and because Islamists have been threatening to turn the once-peaceful democracy into a haven for international terrorists.

Italy's lower house of parliament approved sending 15 to 24 military instructors who will work alongside the European Union in training Malian forces. It also agreed to provide logistical support to include at least two cargo planes. The time frame for Italy to provide the assistance is not yet decided.

Leaders from several other countries have already offered troops or logistical support. Canada and Britain are deploying military transport aircraft, while Nigeria is set to deploy soldiers as part of the U.N.-mandated African force to fight the insurgents.

"Unilateral."

Posted by: LauraW. at 10:10 AM



Comments

1 The USA has been reduced to being mercenaries.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:09 AM (9Bj8R)

2 Let's be fair, this is at least a consistent use of unilateral to mean "we don't like it" by the MFM.


Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 10:10 AM (VtjlW)

3 At least we've got a top rate SecDef to handle our role in this situation.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 04, 2013 10:10 AM (da5Wo)

4 At least we've got a top rate SecDef to handle our role in this situation.
Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 04, 2013 10:10 AM (da5Wo)

Who knows what that dope would think if this since there are not really any Joooos involved?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:12 AM (9Bj8R)

5 Who knows what that dope would think if this since there are not really any Joooos involved?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:12 AM (9Bj8R)


What are you talking about? The Jooooos caused this problem.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 04, 2013 10:13 AM (da5Wo)

6 Another decade of war to go with the other decade of war that began a few years after the previous decade of war that started during the Cold War that stated after the police action that started after the big war.Before that it was mostly short wars only lasting a few years now and then. Nothing like the hundred years war back in the day.


Posted by: Skandia Recluse at February 04, 2013 10:14 AM (ml9/X)

7
What are you talking about? The Jooooos caused this problem.
Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 04, 2013 10:13 AM (da5Wo)


your right. my mistake.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:14 AM (9Bj8R)

8 Yes, the POTUS and I have a special friendship. Very special. What of it?

Posted by: Skeet Ulrich at February 04, 2013 10:16 AM (ypzqs)

9 How do you say "Dien Bien Phu" in Malian?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 04, 2013 10:16 AM (GsoHv)

10 Canada has sent Joint Task Force 2 to protect its embassy. To Canada, it does make a difference.

Posted by: perdogg at February 04, 2013 10:17 AM (oSdsj)

11 >>>>razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Tancred, the Norman Prince of Galilee, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks....

Posted by: John Kerry at February 04, 2013 10:17 AM (3ZtZW)

12 /sock

Posted by: Bigby's Empty Hands at February 04, 2013 10:17 AM (3ZtZW)

13 Obviously very little to no mention of this in the U.S. liberal media. Doesn't fit "the narrative."

Two other, interrelated points are worth mentioning:

- The U.S. has been reduced to serving in a supporting role to the French military. Think about that for a few moments. And Obama now has four more years as CIC. Speaking of which,

- France for over seven decades has been a laughingstock on the world stage, yet because of leftism by U.S. liberal Democrats the ghastly irony and reality is that America has fallen so far, so fast, even France realizes it must take a leading role in global military geopolitics.

Posted by: Tsar Nicholas II at February 04, 2013 10:18 AM (r2PLg)

14 FCUK the French!

Posted by: Pepe La Pew at February 04, 2013 10:18 AM (FYvb/)

15 The French are involved in the fight because Mali once was under the country's control

(Imperialist France!)


and because Islamists have been threatening to turn the once-peaceful democracy into a haven for international terrorists.

(Folks just wanting a right to their own self determination and country!)




panetta january 15 20122;

The U.S. will "provide whatever assistance it can" as part of what Panetta said was the U.S. global efforts against al Qaeda.
"We have a responsibility
to go after al Qaeda wherever they are. And we've gone after them in
the FATA (Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas). We're going
after them in Yemen and Somalia. And we have a responsibility to make
sure that al Qaeda does not establish a base for operations in North
Africa and Mali," Panetta told reporters traveling with him to Europe

(we have a responsibitly to go after al qaeda where ever they are, you mean Dems aren't screaming from the rooftops (again) because Obama is there?)

neverfkmind.


alex, tea.


Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:18 AM (nqBYe)

16 And when it doesn't look like Palmer Reid the Jooos are behind it, that's when it's Palmer Reid the Jooos the most.

Posted by: teej at February 04, 2013 10:19 AM (+NNlC)

17 "Beau Geste" starring in his first role, John Kerry, as the urbane Dominque d'Villepin.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at February 04, 2013 10:19 AM (l3vZN)

18 At least we have the advantage of everything happening in Kerry's native language. This will avoid misunderstandings and blunders.

Posted by: Bigby's Empty Hands at February 04, 2013 10:20 AM (3ZtZW)

19 No Blood For---------------?

fwance?

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:20 AM (nqBYe)

20 Ya know the Germans must be thinking: "We started that Second War 73 years to early"?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:21 AM (9Bj8R)

21 We'd do well to show the flag a bit on the ground and develop some good will. Mali is chock full of tasty minerals.

Doesn't need to be combat troops, medical, engineering etc would do fine.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 04, 2013 10:22 AM (J6hHs)

22 Canada wants to actually protect their embassy?

ok, did Mali attack us??

Did they attack us?

why are we there?
funny how protecting allies ass'(et)s is fine now.

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:23 AM (nqBYe)

23 Thank you, ette.


OT but omfg I am about to release the ravage on opposing counsel's office. Big honking thing got finalized last week and I overnighted the original signed documents to opposing counsel along with some extra copies. I just got a very snippy phone call from his assistant saying that she cannot tell which of them are the originals. I boggled at the phone for a bit and then ever so very sweetly told her that a. the originals were on the top of each set, b. the originals all had sticky notes on them saying "original" and c. the originals were signed with blue ink. She huffed back that it was all very confusing and slammed the phone down.

I really hope that she has the alternate skill set that I'm assuming she does because holy crap with the not bright.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 10:24 AM (VtjlW)

24 You're either a dick, an asshole, or a pussy.

Obama took us from dick to pussy in 3.7 seconds.

Posted by: Opus An Arcus at February 04, 2013 10:25 AM (H99do)

25 Why don't the French use their own damned tankers?

Posted by: RioBravo at February 04, 2013 10:25 AM (eEfYn)

26 funny how protecting allies ass'(et)s is fine now. Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:23 AM (nqBYe)

That's because before the Preezy, we didn't do it with the correct mindthoughts. Now it's all good.

Rendition, anyone?

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 04, 2013 10:25 AM (sbV1u)

27 They don't have any, nor transports.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at February 04, 2013 10:26 AM (l3vZN)

28 >>why are we there?
A gift for Malia. We're invading Xiajia, China next.

Posted by: Bigby's Empty Hands at February 04, 2013 10:26 AM (3ZtZW)

29
How would you like to be so fucked that you had to rely on the French to bail you out militarily?

Posted by: jwest at February 04, 2013 10:26 AM (ZDsRL)

30 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 04, 2013 10:27 AM (3YrMt)

31 You're either a dick, an asshole, or a pussy. Obama took us from dick to pussy in 3.7 seconds. Posted by: Opus An Arcus at February 04, 2013 10:25 AM (H99do)

We're dicks! We're reckless, arrogant, stupid dicks. And the Film Actors Guild are pussies. And Kim Jong Il is an asshole. Pussies don't like dicks, because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes: assholes that just want to shit on everything. Pussies may think they can deal with assholes their way. But the only thing that can fuck an asshole is a dick, with some balls. The problem with dicks is: they fuck too much or fuck when it isn't appropriate - and it takes a pussy to show them that. But sometimes, pussies can be so full of shit that they become assholes themselves... because pussies are an inch and half away from ass holes. I don't know much about this crazy, crazy world, but I do know this: If you don't let us fuck this asshole, we're going to have our dicks and pussies all covered in shit!

Posted by: Gary Johnston, Team America at February 04, 2013 10:27 AM (sbV1u)

32 Gee, how oxymoronic that we keep finding ourselves engaged in wars due to the religion of peace.

Posted by: RondinellaMamma at February 04, 2013 10:27 AM (53riN)

33 >Italy's lower house of parliament approved sending 15 to 24 military
instructors who will work alongside the European Union in training
Malian forces.


Based on Italy's long history of military prowess, no doubt

no offense to the Italian morons in residence

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 10:27 AM (8sCoq)

34 Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 10:24 AM (VtjlW)

Fellatio is taught at most law schools....isn't it?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 04, 2013 10:27 AM (GsoHv)

35 The French have KC-135's not unlike the USAF.

Posted by: RioBravo at February 04, 2013 10:28 AM (eEfYn)

36 I don't think liberals oppose war, they just oppose using ground troops. They'd rather not get their hands dirty.

Posted by: JDTAY at February 04, 2013 10:28 AM (a0nis)

37 Silly Lauraw, "unilateral" is the new "showing leadership."

I know that it's bizarre to think of France as "showing leadership," but its what the MFM have wanted since at least WWII.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 04, 2013 10:28 AM (3YrMt)

38 Fellatio is taught at most law schools....isn't it?
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 04, 2013 10:27 AM (GsoHv)

You should see the oral stuff they teach in Dental School

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:28 AM (9Bj8R)

39 Why should we put boots on the ground?

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 45% more DOOM! at February 04, 2013 10:28 AM (xAtAj)

40 What the hell is with these warmongering socialists?

Making Africa safe for a 75% tax rate?

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at February 04, 2013 10:28 AM (2Lu7K)

41 The French have KC-135's not unlike the USAF.
Posted by: RioBravo at February 04, 2013 10:28 AM (eEfYn)

Yes, but unlike ours, theirs are more for show than go

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:29 AM (9Bj8R)

42 I really hope that she has the alternate skill set that I'm assuming she does because holy crap with the not bright. Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 10:24 AM (VtjlW)

I truly believe it is a civic duty to enlighten the unenlightened - in this case about their level of competence.

Could you send me the video, or even just audio, when you do so??

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 04, 2013 10:29 AM (sbV1u)

43 Europeans have been carping for over a decade about those inept Americans, let's see how they handle it.

Posted by: Decaf at February 04, 2013 10:30 AM (NmvvV)

44 Rendition, anyone?

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 04, 2013 10:25 AM (sbV1u)

Sean i know right?
where have all the demonstrations gonelong time passingwhere have all the demonstrations gonelong time ago.
yoohoo media matters, code plink,
liars. group offended purpetually when a republican is in office.Hey civil right groups where are the shrill screams about a president given permission ,by Himself and groupies , to kill americans?
oh right, being outraged it was all bullshit.
.

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:30 AM (nqBYe)

45 We cant all be citizens of ZImbabwe,

Posted by: Clemenza at February 04, 2013 10:30 AM (x59Gv)

46 I really hope that she has the alternate skill set that I'm assuming she does because holy crap with the not bright.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 10:24 AM (VtjlW)


http://youtu.be/j4yXEmQRq34

Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 04, 2013 10:30 AM (da5Wo)

47 I don't think liberals oppose war, they just oppose using ground troops. They'd rather not get their hands dirty.
Posted by: JDTAY at February 04, 2013 10:28 AM (a0nis)


Yes. A 90's liberal favorite weapon: Cruise Missile
A 2013 liberals favorite weapon: Drone

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:30 AM (9Bj8R)

48 I am with RP on this one let the Euro's work it iut..

Posted by: Clemenza at February 04, 2013 10:30 AM (x59Gv)

49 I am with RP on this one let the Euro's work it iut..
Posted by: Clemenza at February 04, 2013 10:30 AM (x59Gv)

When the Euro's work things out we usually end up in a World War?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:31 AM (9Bj8R)

50 Italy's lower house of parliament approved sending 15 to 24 military instructors who will work alongside the European Union in training Malian forces. It also agreed to provide logistical support to include at least two cargo planes.

Overwhelming force, not.

Posted by: Decaf at February 04, 2013 10:32 AM (NmvvV)

51 Ya know when I first read the headline I thought the French were invading out shopping malls?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:33 AM (9Bj8R)

52 I'm actually okay with the Frogs taking the lead on Mali. They used to run the place so they at least have a passing knowledge of what's there and who to kill. Let them do the heavy lifting for a while.

Posted by: joncelli at February 04, 2013 10:33 AM (RD7QR)

53 @49 their is no world anymore JUST US and them other folks, we dod not have to associate with..

Posted by: Clemenza at February 04, 2013 10:33 AM (x59Gv)

54 Watch this one folks. It could get real interesting. Everyone is going to have their hand in Africa's natural resources pocket.

Posted by: teej at February 04, 2013 10:33 AM (+NNlC)

55 France has a history of military intervention in sub-Saharan Africa. They know a bit about it.

Posted by: RioBravo at February 04, 2013 10:34 AM (eEfYn)

56 @ 51 that detail was given to the China Team

Posted by: Clemenza at February 04, 2013 10:34 AM (x59Gv)

57
France: We'll exert full pressure on Iran
Published: 02.04.13, 17:28 / Israel News



France's President Francois Hollande said that France and the US will increase pressure over Iran in the upcoming nuclear talks.

Hollande added that Iran "still refuses to supply information, and we'll exert full pressure on it to ensure negotiations will be successful." (AFP)

In a related story both France and the obama admin have place a large order for Umbrellas for photo opportunities.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:34 AM (9Bj8R)

58 I don't think liberals oppose war, they just oppose using ground troops. They'd rather not get their hands dirty Posted by: JDTAY at February 04, 2013 10:28 AM (a0nis)

Getting your hands dirty is what ensures that you don't take it too lightly.

Of course that's probably too "nuancy" for liberals.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 04, 2013 10:34 AM (sbV1u)

59 The U.S. support is at the request of the French,

What? Can't they provide their own white flags?

Posted by: Decaf at February 04, 2013 10:35 AM (NmvvV)

60 55 France has a history of military intervention in sub-Saharan Africa. They know a bit about it.

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Yeah, I seem to recall them bombing the shit out of Ivory Coast a few years ago.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 04, 2013 10:35 AM (e0xKF)

61 >>>Europeans have been carping for over a decade about those inept Americans, let's see how they handle it.

Isn't that how Africa got the way it is to begin with?

Posted by: Bigby's Empty Hands at February 04, 2013 10:35 AM (3ZtZW)

62 srsly realizing the left's total hypocrisy and ceaseless lying blows me away.

cannot be trusted .

at all.

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:35 AM (nqBYe)

63 @ 59 they got plenty of White Flags and reverse gear machines,

Posted by: Clemenza at February 04, 2013 10:36 AM (x59Gv)

64 is Jacques Chrirac crying in his wine?

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:37 AM (nqBYe)

65 Ugh. Have a little, bitty bit of a hangover this morning.

Are we still f*cked?

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 04, 2013 10:37 AM (UOM48)

66 61 >>>Europeans have been carping for over a decade about those inept Americans, let's see how they handle it.

Isn't that how Africa got the way it is to begin with?

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Africa was inept enough on its own thanks to tribal warfare. I think the Euros just added western technology to the mix.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 04, 2013 10:37 AM (e0xKF)

67 1. Colonize Africa.

2.?????

3. Profit!!

Posted by: Temper Tantrum at February 04, 2013 10:37 AM (AWmfW)

68 How would you like to be so fucked that you had to rely on the French to bail you out militarily?

The French can hit pretty hard with gusto for a limited duration. Their logistics capability to keep something going is limited though.

If you needed a quick adrenaline shot to get out of a jam, they'd do fine. Remember when it was the Pakis who saved our bacon in the Mogadishu debacle?

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 04, 2013 10:38 AM (J6hHs)

69 No blood for... sand and goats

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 10:38 AM (8sCoq)

70 srsly realizing the left's total hypocrisy and ceaseless lying blows me away.cannot be trusted . at all. Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:35 AM (nqBYe)

It never has been about ideals or principles with them. If it were, they would hold to a consistent worldview.

Instead, it's about power and nothing more than that. This is what allows them to change the rules in midstream while insisting they've done no such thing.

The biggest loon of the bunch - Glenn Greenwald - for some unfathomable reason does not suffer from this malady.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 04, 2013 10:38 AM (sbV1u)

71 Adding yet more wear and tear on 50 year old KC-135Rs. While the KC-46A is still being squabbled over and Sequestration is about to hammer things.

Yeah these guys are the smartest ever.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 04, 2013 10:38 AM (vN8uH)

72 66 - OK I thought the arbitrary borders drawn up at cocktail parties had siomething to do with it

Posted by: Bigby's Empty Hands at February 04, 2013 10:39 AM (3ZtZW)

73 Real Mercs is probably all that is needed but IIRC the UN didn't like how efficient they are. Case in point how Executive Outcomes helped out Sierra Leone back in the 90s.

Posted by: Buzzsaw at February 04, 2013 10:40 AM (81UWZ)

74 Malia's got a boyfriend? That's so cute! Such a beautiful family!

Posted by: Typical Obama Voter at February 04, 2013 10:40 AM (ZKzrr)

75 France has its own mercenary force - the Foreign Legion.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at February 04, 2013 10:40 AM (vN8uH)

76 72 66 - OK I thought the arbitrary borders drawn up at cocktail parties had siomething to do with it

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Let's just say it certainly didn't help matters.

I figure a lot of these tribes would have been at each others' throats anyway. Drawing the borders they way they did just pit certain ones against each others, like the Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda and Burundi.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 04, 2013 10:41 AM (e0xKF)

77 The French? How can they still be here?

Posted by: Lt. Willard at February 04, 2013 10:41 AM (ypzqs)

78 Fellatio is taught at most law schools....isn't it?
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 04, 2013 10:27 AM (GsoHv)



Generally you get that in on the job training when attempting to make partner.




Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 10:41 AM (VtjlW)

79 Yeah, I seem to recall them bombing the shit out of Ivory Coast a few years ago.

Yep. The Ivoran AF unwisely bombed a French camp. In response, the French completely destroyed all the Ivoran AF's aircraft and helis.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 04, 2013 10:41 AM (J6hHs)

80 I'm actually okay with the Frogs taking the lead on Mali. They used to run the place so they at least have a passing knowledge of what's there and who to kill. Let them do the heavy lifting for a while.

At the time of the first Gulf war there was a lot of talk about fighting the last war, ie Vietnam. The French must be keen then to correct their own mistakes in that theater.

Posted by: Decaf at February 04, 2013 10:41 AM (NmvvV)

81 Fellatio is taught at most law schools....isn't it?

Shit. It's taught in kindergarten now.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 04, 2013 10:41 AM (ZKzrr)

82 the French are in Mali for Oil, just like Libya. All the rest is bullshit and they are a load of hypocrits

Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 10:42 AM (Dnbau)

83 The biggest loon of the bunch - Glenn Greenwald - for some unfathomable reason does not suffer from this malady.

Greenwald has been doing some very solid work bashing Obama lately.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 04, 2013 10:43 AM (J6hHs)

84 77 The French? How can they still be here?

Posted by: Lt. Willard at February 04, 2013 10:41 AM (ypzqs)

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I HATE the "Redux" version of Apocalypse Now.

The French Plantation scene is pretty much Copolla whacking off for 20 minutes that goes nowhere.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 04, 2013 10:44 AM (e0xKF)

85 81 Fellatio is taught at most law schools....isn't it?

Shit. It's taught in kindergarten now.

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OK, children, who can tell me what positions we went over today?

Posted by: Mr. Garrison at February 04, 2013 10:45 AM (e0xKF)

86 Of course that's probably too "nuancy" for liberals.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 04, 2013 10:34 AM (sbV1u)

Nah.

They realize that when full-auto is outlawed for our armed forces on the ground, the only effective option will be air power.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 04, 2013 10:45 AM (GsoHv)

87 82
the French are in Mali for Oil, just like Libya. All the rest is bullshit and they are a load of hypocrits

Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 10:42 AM (Dnbau)
Dont forget the gold and uranium mines. And that china has taken up positions all over africa, this is a covert pseudo colonial war against china.

Posted by: Temper Tantrum at February 04, 2013 10:45 AM (AWmfW)

88 So, how many Christian infidels have we scalped so far!?

Posted by: Truman North at February 04, 2013 10:45 AM (cuk3A)

89 The French don't like Islamists in their Sphere of Influence. Well, except maybe for the banlieues of Paris.

Posted by: RioBravo at February 04, 2013 10:45 AM (eEfYn)

90 Shit. It's taught in kindergarten now.

Okay, not this, but it reminded me. My kid came home a week or so ago talking about how they'd learned about "wetlands" (swamps) and that "if people build a mall or something there, all the animals will die."

After I controlled my rage, I explained that, yes, some of the animals will die but:
1) People are more important than animals. If we need to build something and it hurts some animals, I'm normally going to side with People.

2) Animals are incredibly resilient, and the ones that don't relocate will mostly just adapt.

So far that's the only truly objectionable thing from school, except that at Open House on Friday, his teacher was playing some CD of current pop songs sung by children. Beyonce's "Single Ladies" is made, if anything, less appropriate for a kindergarten classroom when sung by 5 year olds.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 04, 2013 10:46 AM (3YrMt)

91 Fellatio is taught at most law schools....isn't it?

Shit. It's taught in kindergarten now.


Thank G-D

Posted by: Sen Menendez at February 04, 2013 10:46 AM (9Bj8R)

92 Instead, it's about power and nothing more than
that. This is what allows them to change the rules in midstream while
insisting they've done no such thing.

The biggest loon of the bunch - Glenn Greenwald - for some unfathomable reason does not suffer from this malady.


Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 04, 2013 10:38 AM (sbV1u)


Greenwald has been doing some very solid work bashing Obama lately.


Posted by: @PurpAv at February 04, 2013 10:43 AM (J6hHs)
I do not like Greewald for my own reasons.Yet yes he brought up assasination of americans, And ndaa , which our side has mostly ignored.
Although ,I do wonder if he voted for Obama knowing this shit.

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:46 AM (nqBYe)

93 89 The French don't like Islamists in their Sphere of Influence. Well, except maybe for the banlieues of Paris.

---

Instead of the races or the exchange rates, the numbers games of France are based on the number of burned cars each night.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 04, 2013 10:47 AM (e0xKF)

94 The French can't run a military operation without help.

Their one nuclear aircraft carrier is a dock queen because of radiation leaks.

They tried to send it out to aid countries struck by the Indian Ocean Tsunami, but it needed an emergency tow back to France once the area below decks filled with radioactive steam.

Posted by: Kristophr at February 04, 2013 10:48 AM (wYVte)

95 Beyonce's "Single Ladies" is made, if anything, less appropriate for a kindergarten classroom when sung by 5 year olds.

*gasp* Don't you know your failure to worship Beyonce is why we lose elections?

At least, that's what I'm told by our betters.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 04, 2013 10:48 AM (ZKzrr)

96 Attn: Don't know what to make of this.

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Posted by: Aunt Ralph at February 04, 2013 10:49 AM (6VG2o)

97 Aunt Ralph, are you referring to Breitbarts site?

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:50 AM (nqBYe)

98 At least, that's what I'm told by our betters.


Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 04, 2013 10:48 AM (ZKzrr)
---I thought I just needed to watch 'Girls' or something on TV. I should listen to a bunch of shit on the radio or via streaming too?

Posted by: RioBravo at February 04, 2013 10:50 AM (eEfYn)

99 Attn: Don't know what to make of this.

Google's blocking conservative sites. Not sure if it's a deliberate corporate decision, or some sort of Digg bury squad thing.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 04, 2013 10:51 AM (ZKzrr)

100 What does any of this have to do with the lights going out in teh Superbowl?


Is this all we have to talk about? Global politics.

Posted by: eleven at February 04, 2013 10:52 AM (KXm42)

101 Danger: Malware Ahead!
Google Chrome has blocked access to this page on ace.mu.nu.
Content from cm.netseer.com, a known malware distributor, has been inserted into this web page. Visiting this page now is very likely to infect your computer with malware.

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Living the AOS Lifestyle requires the use of protection and/or trips to the doctor.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 04, 2013 10:54 AM (e0xKF)

102 >Attn: Don't know what to make of this.



message from chrome:

I uninstalled Chrome last night

am thinking about abandoning everything that has anything to do with Google- I feel Google is the closet thing to SKYNET in the real world right now

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 10:54 AM (8sCoq)

103 china and France are all over Africa competing for influence, oil and minerals. China is doing the same in South America. And the same lib progs (BIRM) who love Gaia, hate the US and love China refuse to see what they are doing in Nigeria. Stupid.


Where is Thomas Friedman, China and Gaia lover? He should be experiencing cognitive dissonance on this one.

Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 10:54 AM (Dnbau)

104 "The French"

>snicker< )

Posted by: The English at February 04, 2013 10:54 AM (NHAua)

105 Looks like France is in charge now.

Fine with me let the muthafukka burn.

Posted by: eleven at February 04, 2013 10:55 AM (KXm42)

106 SO

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 10:55 AM (9Bj8R)

107 am thinking about abandoning everything that has anything to do with Google- I feel Google is the closet thing to SKYNET in the real world right now

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I was wondering why my search engine defaults to "phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range" when I open it up...

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 04, 2013 10:55 AM (e0xKF)

108 Mali ?


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D'oh!

Posted by: Chuck Hagel at February 04, 2013 10:56 AM (EZl54)

109
Looks like France is in charge now.

Fine with me let the muthafukka burn.


Posted by: eleven at February 04, 2013 10:55 AM (KXm42)

hey, might not be so bad, they did help with our revolution. also
french kissfrench friesdissendent frogman.i can't stay mad. just really hate chriac.

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:57 AM (nqBYe)

110 Okay, not this, but it reminded me. My kid came home a week or so ago talking about how they'd learned about "wetlands" (swamps) and that "if people build a mall or something there, all the animals will die."


Whenever I'm feeling extra bitchy, so, you know, on days ending with y, I ask those who propose protecting wetlands and the like if they believe in evolution. After the very baffled and/or snotty reply that of course they do, I then ask why it is that they don't believe that animals should adapt or die. I mean, since they believe in adaptation and all. When I get the blithering about how humanity is destroying the wildlife blah blah blah, I then ask if they do or do not believe that humans evolved. Because if humans evolved, then we are just another animal competing for resources and survival of the fittest, bitches. Oh the cognitive dissonance is fun, fun, fun.


The hilarious part of all of this is that I'm a big conservationist. I am sympathetic towards reasonable land use restrictions. It's the whole lets call a puddle a wetland and take the land neener neener thing that makes me want to flamethrow spotted owls.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 10:57 AM (VtjlW)

111 So we HELP radical Islamists take over any other countries, except Iran, where they're already in charge, and Mali, where the Frenchies take the lead.

Anybody who thinks this isn't fucked up is fucked up.

Posted by: zsasz at February 04, 2013 10:58 AM (wWb/B)

112 pixy howver really piss's me off.
where are the line breaks, paragraphs very !
sporadic

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:59 AM (nqBYe)

113 I am sympathetic towards reasonable land use restrictions. It's the whole lets call a puddle a wetland and take the land neener neener thing that makes me want to flamethrow spotted owls.

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Spotted owls are good eatin'. They taste like chicken!

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 04, 2013 10:59 AM (e0xKF)

114 Italy's lower house of parliament approved sending 15 to 24 military instructors

Well, that should do it!

Posted by: t-bird at February 04, 2013 11:00 AM (FcR7P)

115 Supposedly they invented BJs too so there's that.


Oral sex pre modern plumbing kinda gives me the willies though.

Posted by: eleven at February 04, 2013 11:00 AM (KXm42)

116 Spotted owls are good eatin'. They taste like chicken!

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 04, 2013 10:59 AM (e0xKF)

tough, chewy..

Posted by: barry at February 04, 2013 11:01 AM (nqBYe)

117 Google's blocking conservative sites. Not sure if it's a deliberate corporate decision, or some sort of Digg bury squad thing.
Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 04, 2013 10:51 AM (ZKzrr)



I'm guessing a Digg bury squad thing because I was getting the breitbart is an attack site message over the weekend when using both Firefox and IE.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 11:01 AM (VtjlW)

118 Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 10:59 AM (nqBYe)

Don't be too harsh with Pixy. He does a good job with the blog considering the limitations. And rumor has it that he does it for free.


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 04, 2013 11:02 AM (GsoHv)

119 Oral sex pre modern plumbing kinda gives me the willies though.

So many possibilities here....

Posted by: Grey Fox at February 04, 2013 11:03 AM (fSeMH)

120 Oral sex pre modern plumbing kinda gives me the willies though.

Crunchy candy coating on the outside, gooey burst of flavor in the middle.

Posted by: The English at February 04, 2013 11:03 AM (NHAua)

121 was in NJ this weekend for a function.Very well meaning prog friends talking about the oil industry, andlater how great Cuba and China were in education. Started talking about Africa for some reason. I asked them if they really thought China, with their environmental record, would do a better job drilling for oil in the waters off of north Africa than we would. I asked them if they were aware of the number of oil spills off the coast of Africa from Chinese drilling. Blank stares

Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 11:03 AM (Dnbau)

122 Crunchy candy coating on the outside, gooey burst of flavor in the middle.

There goes breakfast.

Posted by: zsasz at February 04, 2013 11:03 AM (wWb/B)

123 So we HELP radical Islamists take over any other countries, except Iran, where they're already in charge, and Mali, where the Frenchies take the lead.

We are not helping the French, we are dragging our heels.

Posted by: t-bird at February 04, 2013 11:04 AM (FcR7P)

124 I'm guessing a Digg bury squad thing because I was
getting the breitbart is an attack site message over the weekend when
using both Firefox and IE.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 11:01 AM (VtjlW)

hmm, can digg be swallowed the same way?

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 11:04 AM (nqBYe)

125 Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 10:57 AM (VtjlW)

I care about the welfare of the animals that we eat, and would prefer a world that treats all food animals with respect, all the way through slaughter.

But if that means that people on the margins may die because of the increased costs....then FUCK NO!

People are more important than animals. And trees. And puddles.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 04, 2013 11:05 AM (GsoHv)

126 Don't be too harsh with Pixy. He does a good job
with the blog considering the limitations. And rumor has it that he does
it for free.




Posted by: CharlieBrown'

I know, i know.

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 11:06 AM (nqBYe)

127 I asked them if they were aware of the number of oil spills off the coast of Africa from Chinese drilling. Blank stares
Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 11:03 AM (Dnbau)


I can't tell you how many people who consider themselves oh so very Green have no idea that China is pretty much fuck you about the environment. Want to build a city there? That mountain is in the way? Buh bye mountain. Need to mine those heavy minerals? People live there and drink the water from that water table? Fuck them, they wanted to grow those extra limbs.


Hell, I believe there was all kinds of controversy that China worked like hell to keep quiet before the Beijing Olympics because the athletes were legitimately worried about keeling over dead while trying to compete and breathe in the air in Beijing.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 11:06 AM (VtjlW)

128 I remember Bush publicly stating that the U.S. would not get involved in affairs in Africa.

He was "applauded" by Africans, and the non-criticism in the U.S. from the liberal crowd amounted to tacit approval.

This is obviously Bush's fault.

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 04, 2013 11:07 AM (Qxe/p)

129 OT

Joe Flacco F-bomb live

http://is.gd/FXMdKN

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:08 AM (8sCoq)

130 The hilarious part of all of this is that I'm a big conservationist. I am sympathetic towards reasonable land use restrictions. It's the whole lets call a puddle a wetland and take the land neener neener thing that makes me want to flamethrow spotted owls.
Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 10:57 AM (VtjlW)


In my younger days I was a Green Party member, and a short lived environmental activist following college. The short-livedness was due to working alongside environmental activist die hards. They were at least as anti-nuclear power as they were anti-oil, if not moreso. I would ask the rank and file why they are so adamantly against what is pound for pound the greenest form of energy out there, they would reply, "that's just what the oil companies what you to think, maaaaan". After getting sick of arguing with these idiots, I'd bring it up with the leaders who were slightly less brain dead. Once they realized they weren't talking with a blithering idiot, they'd tell me, well, sure you're right, but restricting everyone's energy consumption serves the 'greater good'.

That ended my stint as an 'environmentalist' as I soon realized Gaia hating conservatives care far more about keeping their environment clean than do brain dead hippie watermelons.

Posted by: Baraka O'Corpseman at February 04, 2013 11:10 AM (W7ffl)

131 I asked them if they were aware of the number of oil spills off the coast of Africa from Chinese drilling. Blank stares

The Left is 100% provincial-- the entire world is only what they can see. Therefore, only the West creates problems. A baby isn't human in the womb because they don't have to see it. Criticizing black American culture is racist, even though most of the world population of black people don't share black American culture.

Their entire worldview is entirely self-centered.

Posted by: zsasz at February 04, 2013 11:10 AM (wWb/B)

132 Joe Flacco F-bomb live

He earned it.


And what really is the point of getting involved in Africa? Let it burn.

Posted by: eleven at February 04, 2013 11:10 AM (KXm42)

133 Ew, that dirty sock's been on this computer for a week

Posted by: mugiwara at February 04, 2013 11:10 AM (W7ffl)

134 what's that 'internet rule' that says a certain percentage of any internet video is superfluous?

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:11 AM (8sCoq)

135 remember the French went into Libya first too, becuase of their oil interests there. Didn't ask the UN for permission, or even bother to provide much of a rationale. Same here. Fuck em.

Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 11:11 AM (Dnbau)

136 >And what really is the point of getting involved in Africa? Let it burn.


Posted by: eleven at February 04, 2013 11:10 AM (KXm42)


because black people

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:11 AM (8sCoq)

137 I just love the liberal's creative redefinition of the English language to meet the progressive needs of the day!


And next thing you know, John McCain will be praising Obama for supporting a clearly unConstitutional abuse of power! Oh wait...

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 04, 2013 11:11 AM (Cnqmv)

138 OT

Joe Flacco F-bomb live

http://is.gd/FXMdKN
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:08 AM (8sCoq)

F-Bombs are never OT on this smart military blawg.

Posted by: cajun carrot at February 04, 2013 11:13 AM (UZQM8)

139
I've been to Beijing, and yes, there are four big coal-fired power plants in the city, and somedays the air quality is pretty bad.


There are plenty of places in China where the air and water quality is pretty incredibly bad. I was told by someone in the international environmental community that they expect China to "leapfrog" the US and the West in terms of air and water pollution control, but I seriously doubt that will happen.


China is actually full of a lot of free-wheeling capitalists that will do all sorts of things to make a buck, plus government run industries talk out of both sides of the mouth with respect to standards and reality.

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes.... at February 04, 2013 11:13 AM (RFeQD)

140 On the upside of that Kindergarten story- my son learned the definition and usage of the term "Malthusian." So I'm going with that being a net win.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 04, 2013 11:13 AM (5DR1j)

141 I'm actually okay with the Frogs taking the lead on Mali. They used to run the place so they at least have a passing knowledge of what's there and who to kill.

Just like 'Nam.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 04, 2013 11:14 AM (GFM2b)

142 Unilatrsh Actmph?

Posted by: Chuck Hagel at February 04, 2013 11:14 AM (EZl54)

143 I bet that Dodge Commercial with God and Paul Harvey and Middle America left a foul taste in the Libby Progressives mouth..they only needed a ranch hand shooting vermin with an evil Ranch Rifle in 223..

Posted by: Clemenza at February 04, 2013 11:14 AM (x59Gv)

144 no because oil and minerals. We should call it "Neo-Colonialism" and watch prog heads explode. China (communists) and France (socialist) are neo colonialists.

Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 11:15 AM (Dnbau)

145 I remember Bush publicly stating that the U.S. would not get involved in affairs in Africa.

He did do more to try to stop the spread of AIDS there than Clinton and TFG put together. But the campaign insisted on teaching that monogamy in marriage and abstinence outside of it are effective in reducing your risk, so Evil Cultural Imperialism.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 04, 2013 11:15 AM (ZKzrr)

146 On the upside of that Kindergarten story- my son learned the definition and usage of the term "Malthusian." So I'm going with that being a net win.
Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 04, 2013 11:13 AM (5DR1j)

My grandpa would have gave me a quarter for using that.

Thank you AG for the shout out on your blog.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 04, 2013 11:15 AM (l86i3)

Posted by: Chuck Hagel at February 04, 2013 11:16 AM (EZl54)

148 @ 147 oooh that's rich..

Posted by: Clemenza at February 04, 2013 11:16 AM (x59Gv)

149 Thank you AG for the shout out on your blog.

My pleasure.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 04, 2013 11:17 AM (5DR1j)

150 Once they realized they weren't talking with a blithering idiot, they'd
tell me, well, sure you're right, but restricting everyone's energy
consumption serves the 'greater good'.


Scrape the paint off a green and you'll find a neo-Luddite underneath.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 04, 2013 11:17 AM (J6hHs)

151 So. Um.

Which is better, the French Crossbow, or the Assagai Spear?

Posted by: Bigby's Empty Hands at February 04, 2013 11:17 AM (3ZtZW)

152 I thought the Paul Harvey commercial was wonderful, but still, fuck Chrysler.

Posted by: zsasz at February 04, 2013 11:17 AM (wWb/B)

153 Obama's sent a lot of federal funds to Africa to perform abortions on non-Muslims, though, so we have that.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 04, 2013 11:17 AM (ZKzrr)

154 mali exports cotton, gold, livestock


source is CIA

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:18 AM (8sCoq)

155 Bout time the Eurotrash spent some of their own coin addressing the Muzztard problem. I, for one, hope the Malis enjoy there new effete overlords.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 04, 2013 11:18 AM (l86i3)

156 mali imports petroleum products

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:18 AM (8sCoq)

157
I thought the Paul Harvey commercial was wonderful, but still, fuck Chrysler.


Do. Not. Want. to be a farmer.

Posted by: eleven at February 04, 2013 11:18 AM (KXm42)

158 @ 154 CIA controls Facebook!!!!!

Posted by: Clemenza at February 04, 2013 11:19 AM (x59Gv)

159 mali exports cotton, gold, livestock


source is CIA
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:18 AM (8sCoq)

Hmm, gold mines? Cheap labor? Hmm.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 04, 2013 11:19 AM (l86i3)

160 @148

It's a pixy labor saving device.

"Refresh" and "submit" are the same browser command!

sweet!

Posted by: T. Hunter - let it burn at February 04, 2013 11:20 AM (EZl54)

161 A lot of oil producing nations that lack refineries import the refined product. ex. Iran, they import a lot of gasoline.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 04, 2013 11:20 AM (J6hHs)

162 Obama's sent a lot of federal funds to Africa to perform abortions on non-Muslims, though, so we have that.

Didn't he personally lead the mission to teach them how to wash their junk? I think they'll end up naming the Nobel Penis Prize after him for that humanitarian effort.

Posted by: t-bird at February 04, 2013 11:20 AM (FcR7P)

163 Just when I think I am out, they pull me back in"...Somebody has to vest women in combat missions>>.

Posted by: Clemenza at February 04, 2013 11:20 AM (x59Gv)

164
Scrape the paint of a Green and you'll find a Red underneath it that wants to control the "workers" and tell them what they need to lead a virtuous leftist life.

Comrade, you really don't need that big screen TV, keep your house warm in the winter, etc. I saw that Bastard Al Gore on CSPAN this weekend critisizing frakking and gas development in North Dakota in particular.

Lower natural gas prices due to greater supply is double - plus ungood because Global Warming and similar bullshit.

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes.... at February 04, 2013 11:20 AM (RFeQD)

165 I thought the Paul Harvey commercial was wonderful, but still, fuck Chrysler.

Do. Not. Want. to be a farmer.
Posted by: eleven at February 04, 2013 11:18 AM (KXm42)


I'm surprised a PSA didn't follow with John Cougar Mellonheads blood on the plow and theme music.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 04, 2013 11:21 AM (l86i3)

166 154
mali exports cotton, gold, livestock


source is CIA


Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:18 AM (8sCoq)

Uranium mines -- and the frogs get a large percentage of their power from nukes.

Posted by: joncelli at February 04, 2013 11:21 AM (RD7QR)

167 same article from cnn i commented on earlier.

Panetta said al Qaeda's Mali affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,
or AQIM, is not an immediate threat to the U.S. homeland but does pose a
risk if it gains a foothold. U.S. officials have said the group was
tied to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

srsly so they Also were offended by a obscure video tape?

snark.

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 11:22 AM (nqBYe)

168 An America-hater for Prez, a treasonous, poser, gigolo for SOS, and a retard for SecDef. Wonderful.

Posted by: SurferDoc at February 04, 2013 11:22 AM (6H6FZ)

169
Mali seems to be a north African shithole. It appears to be a perfect place for E-slam. What the fuck are we doing there?

Posted by: maddogg at February 04, 2013 11:22 AM (OlN4e)

170 for the CIA

Within one week, two oil companies have signed oil and gas exploration deals with the government of Mali that oblige them to invest millions of US dollars n the search of petroleum in the country's vast desert. Both Algeria's national oil company SONATRACH and the Canadian owned Selier Energy say that the vast Taoudeni basin, at Mali's borders with Mauritania and Algeria, shows great potentials for major oil and gas discoveries.
The Bamako Mining and Energy Ministry on Monday announced it had signed an energy concession deal with Algeria's SONATRACH, a state-controlled company that has long experience with hydrocarbon exploration and production just north of Mali, in similar geological and envirnomnetal conditions as the Taoudeni basin. SONATRACH also operates in comparable basins in Niger and Libya. Today, the Canadian company North Atlantic Resources announced that its 100 percent-owned subsidiary Selier Energy Ltd has been granted the 19,259 square kilometre Block 18 oil and gas exploration permit in the Macina graben, also at the southern edge of the Taoudeni basin, in north-eastern Mali. North Atlantic Resources is already engaged in large-scale gold mining in Mali - gold now being the country's main export commodity. The existence of hydrocarbons in Mali has been known since the 1970s, when very scattered seismic and drilling tests gave strong indications of oil resources. But a turbulent political history and the very remoteness of the Malian part of the Sahara desert have prevented further serious investigations into the possibility of worthwhile oil production in the country.

Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 11:22 AM (Dnbau)

171 Uranium mines -- and the frogs get a large percentage of their power from nukes.
Posted by: joncelli at February 04, 2013 11:21 AM (RD7QR)

Didn't think about that one. The Chicoms are running around Africa like cockroaches trying to secure mineral rights.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 04, 2013 11:22 AM (l86i3)

172 was in NJ this weekend for a function.Very well meaning prog friends talking about the oil industry, andlater how great Cuba and China were in education. Started talking about Africa for some reason. I asked them if they really thought China, with their environmental record, would do a better job drilling for oil in the waters off of north Africa than we would. I asked them if they were aware of the number of oil spills off the coast of Africa from Chinese drilling. Blank stares
Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 11:03 AM (Dnbau)


Ya shoulda let us know. Maybe me and CBD could have shown ya there are actually some conservative Jooos in NJ

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 11:22 AM (9Bj8R)

173
The French soldiers on the ground are not effete, mincing urbanites (which their leaders might be). They are some highly motivated tough guys. But they will be betrayed by their own leadership, sooner or later.

Just like our military is betrayed by our recent political leadership.

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes.... at February 04, 2013 11:23 AM (RFeQD)

174 I saw that Bastard Al Gore on CSPAN this weekend critisizing frakking and gas development in North Dakota in particular.

Al 'Made a bunch off of Arab Oil Money' Gore?

Shocka.

Al washes their back by keeping America from competing, they wash Al's fat, flabby back my paying him for his failed network.

Posted by: zsasz at February 04, 2013 11:23 AM (wWb/B)

175 Scrape the paint off a green and you'll find a neo-Luddite underneath.

Scratch the face off a green and you'll have a day full of fun.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 04, 2013 11:24 AM (5DR1j)

176 urmph...

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...



...JOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSS!1!1!!11!!11!!!!!11

Posted by: Chuck Hagel at February 04, 2013 11:24 AM (EZl54)

177 according to CIA factbook, mali proven oil reserves = 0 bbls

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:24 AM (8sCoq)

178 @152

Agree. Interesting an Italian company is the only one running patriotic ads.


I guess they know what makes this country great, even if the twits in NYC ad agencies don't.

Remind me again, the Black population in the country is like 40% right?

It is on TV ads.


I denounce myself.



Posted by: Billy Bob, Pseudo Intellectual at February 04, 2013 11:24 AM (wR+pz)

179 Al washes their back by keeping America from competing, they wash Al's fat, flabby back my paying him for his failed network.
Posted by: zsasz at February 04, 2013 11:23 AM (wWb/B)

500 votes away. Imagine what shape this country would be in now.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 04, 2013 11:24 AM (l86i3)

180 That ended my stint as an 'environmentalist' as I soon realized Gaia hating conservatives care far more about keeping their environment clean than do brain dead hippie watermelons.


Compare and contrast an area after a Tea Party rally and after an Occupy rally.

The first part of conservative is conserve. I care about clean water because I don't want to die and I don't want the people who will live in an area after me to die. I care about, say, actual forestry management because the single best source of controlling air pollution is a forest so I would rather not have the entire thing burn down because we didn't clear out the underbrush. Trying to make sure we don't overfish an area helps preserve food for now and for later. Yes, I even care about aesthetics and believe that natural wonders should be protected because there is an inherent worth in such beauty.


But people are still more important than animals. Fuck no the snail darter isn't more important than irrigation. Not every puddle is a wetland. Letting fishermen have a financial interest in their catch will go a helluva long way towards making sure that fishing is sustainable because, here's a shock, the fishermen do not want to destroy their livelihood. Hell, I would argue that it's inhumane to prevent the use of GMOs in developing countries. Explain to me again why it's better that some yellow skinned child goes blind because you think that rice is a Frankenfood?


In short, my lawn. Get off it.


Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 11:25 AM (VtjlW)

181 177according to CIA factbook, mali proven oil reserves = 0 bbls
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:24 AM (8sCoq) Es all good. They have huge reserves of poverty, starvation, body lice and sand fleas. Who wouldn't want to die for them?

Posted by: maddogg at February 04, 2013 11:26 AM (OlN4e)

182 from AFROL News
A recent report by the development organisation Oxfam America described serious lacks in government capacity and legislation to assure sufficient transparency and local empowerment in treating the foreign mining companies exploiting Mali's gold resources. "Mali's gold exports have more than tripled in the last decade yet its citizens have so far seen little benefit from mining revenues," the Oxfam report stated. North Atlantic Resources - which has won one of the two oil exploration permits in Mali - is among the gold mining companies mentioned in the Oxfam report. The Canadian operate five mining projects in the country, and despite agreements with the Bamako government that local communities are to benefit from the gold wealth, Oxfam found that little was done in practical terms. Oxfam however mostly blamed authorities for not passing sufficient information about gold revenues to local communities

Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 11:27 AM (Dnbau)

183 if you look at CIA factbook, Mali ain't got shit

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:27 AM (8sCoq)

184 Mali – A Developing Oil and Gas Industry. CORPORATE ... 5 sedimentary basins in Mali. Taoudeni ... VISION – Mali. “For Mali to generate and export oil and .

Mali's trade, exports and imports, will be boosted by the road network under construction. ... Mineral fuels, oils, distillations products, etc. (representing 21.4% of ...

economywatch.

Mali main export is gold (72 percent of total exports). Others include: cotton, fertilizers, oil and iron. Main export partner is South Africa (60 percent of exports)

tradingeconomics.

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 11:27 AM (nqBYe)

185 Es all good. They have huge reserves of poverty, starvation, body lice and sand fleas. Who wouldn't want to die for them?

Hmmmm....Can they vote?

Posted by: The Democrat Machine at February 04, 2013 11:28 AM (wWb/B)

186
In short, my lawn. Get off it.




*ahem*

"This land is my land/
It is not your land
I've got a shotgun/
And you ain't got one,
If you don't get off/
I'll blow your head off!
This land is private properteeeeeeeeee!"

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 04, 2013 11:28 AM (5DR1j)

187 if you look at CIA factbook, Mali ain't got shit
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:27 AM (8sCoq)



I thought Mali had uranium deposits?

Let's be honest. Like I know where Mali is.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 04, 2013 11:28 AM (VtjlW)

188 Jan 15, 2013 – Mali could also provide a strategic transport route for Sub-Saharan oil and gas exports through to the Western world and there is the possibility ...

global watch


Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 11:29 AM (nqBYe)

189 You know that article failed to mention that the conflict in Mali isn't just Mali vs the Islamists, there's a third group, Azawad that what to suceed but establish a secular state. How sincere they are I don't know, but they did fight a battle against the Islamists in the Battle of Gao last year, so there is that.

Posted by: Ed Wood VS Godzilla at February 04, 2013 11:30 AM (obHYs)

190 Mali is at least 100 miles from anyplace you would ever want to find yourself.

Posted by: maddogg at February 04, 2013 11:30 AM (OlN4e)

191 Jan 21, 2013 – Mali could also provide a strategic transport route for Sub-Saharan oil and gas exports through to the Western world and there is the possibility ...

tehran times

so shrug.

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 11:30 AM (nqBYe)

192 The CIA needs to get out of Georgetown and DC and talk to people in the industries. Canada seems to think Mali has a ton of resources. But what do they know

Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 11:31 AM (Dnbau)

193 "1 The USA has been reduced to being mercenaries."

Except we never actually get paid for our efforts. And, in fact, we go deeper into debt with every campaign. We're exceptionally stupid mercenaries.

Posted by: GalosGann at February 04, 2013 11:31 AM (T3KlW)

194 I guess the next time weneed to fly over French airspace for our country's interest in a military action it will be okay right?
Quiche making abdicating assholes.

Posted by: polynikes at February 04, 2013 11:31 AM (m2CN7)

195 if you look at CIA factbook, Mali ain't got shit
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 04, 2013 11:27 AM (8sCoq)

Ok but what are they Poised to have.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 04, 2013 11:33 AM (l86i3)

196 At the Koch Funeral Clinton sounds like an old idiot rambling on?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 11:33 AM (9Bj8R)

197 A good potential for oil and gas has been confirmed by:
Existence of possible
reservoirs represented by Ordovician sommital sandstones, Devonian
and Ordovician basal sandstones. Upper infracambrian quartz tic
and fractured lime stones and Cambrian and upper infracambrian
quartz tic sandstones;
Discovery
of favorable structures: Marhed in the compression zone against
the threshold of Foum El Alba; Bouera, a horst with E-W direction;
and Yarba, a normal anticline without reserve faulting, with an
area of 180 km2 and a vertical closing of 200 to 300 m.
Existence of several structural and stratigraphic traps in the Upper Ordovician formations.Currently, several companies are exploring on the ground. So far the results are very encouraging.



The Authority for the Promotion of Oil Exploration in Mali (AUREP)
www.maliembassy.co.in

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 11:34 AM (nqBYe)

198 Mali has gold and uranium.

Posted by: polynikes at February 04, 2013 11:35 AM (m2CN7)

199 At the Koch Funeral Clinton sounds like an old idiot rambling on?
Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 04, 2013 11:33 AM (9Bj8R)


Yep, but once upon a time the man could command a room. Probably the best pure politician in our history. I just wished he had used his skills for good instead of evil.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 04, 2013 11:35 AM (l86i3)

200 They have gold, they have oil they could not get to before but can now, and they are near other oil producing landlocked countries who need pipeline space. Our CIA didn't know the "Arab Spring" was upon us either.

Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 11:35 AM (Dnbau)

201 Accounts for a significant part of the national economy, representing 12% of GDP.



Without being an ELDORADO, Mali was always
seen as a country endowed with a genuine mining potential. This was
corroborated by a large number of historical references as well as
established artisan mining activity, which is still being carried out.

Gold represents Mali’s primary export and
the country is the third-biggest gold producer after South Africa and
Ghana. Mali’s commercial mines have produced over 10 Moz of gold since
1990, and their measured and indicated resources total approximately 25
Moz. There are currently seven active commercial mining operations in
Mali: Sadiola, Yatela, Morila, Syama, Loulo, Tabakoto and kalana.



In addition to gold exploration mentioned
above, companies are also actively involved in exploration for
diamonds, iron ore, base metals, bauxite and phosphates.

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 11:35 AM (nqBYe)

202 The only thing they don't have to import into Mali is camel shit.

Posted by: maddogg at February 04, 2013 11:35 AM (OlN4e)

203 and yeah uranium.


Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 11:37 AM (nqBYe)

204 Well if you are into the teenagers, Mali is the place to go. Their median age is about 16. It appears people don't last too long in that country.

Posted by: polynikes at February 04, 2013 11:39 AM (m2CN7)

205 202
The only thing they don't have to import into Mali is camel shit.

Posted by: maddogg at February 04, 2013 11:35 AM (OlN4e)

And camels. And sand. But yeah.

Posted by: joncelli at February 04, 2013 11:40 AM (RD7QR)

206 Was there any tie in to obtaining/drilling for natural gas here in the United States and what has been going on in Mali? Did the Republican party yet again miss an opportunity?

I actually had a conversation about the value of US becoming energy independent and allowing piplines and fracking. I didn't manage to change any minds but I did get admission, "well I don't care what they do in China." I replied, "So then you don't care about Gaia and really are nothing more than a xenophobic Luddite."

Posted by: Long Island at February 04, 2013 11:40 AM (hl8SI)

207 Given the CIA track record of getting things right (it took them 2 weeks to confirm the Libya incident was terrorism): Why the hell are we using CIA fact books as a reliable reference?

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 04, 2013 11:45 AM (Qxe/p)

208 In addition to gold exploration mentioned

above, companies are also actively involved in exploration for

diamonds, iron ore, base metals, bauxite and phosphates.

Posted by: ette at February 04, 2013 11:35 AM

Well that seems to be mineral rich recipe for disaster and the source for many George Clooney movies.

Posted by: Long Island at February 04, 2013 11:46 AM (hl8SI)

209 I am sure the French are intervening out of love

Posted by: thunderb at February 04, 2013 11:47 AM (Dnbau)

210 It's weird how no one in the media seems to do research. They seem to be acting like this came out of no where. This is the fifth attempted rebellion by the Tuaregs in the past 100 years. 1916-1917, 1962-1964, 1990-1995, 2007-2009 and now this one.

Posted by: Ed Wood VS Godzilla at February 04, 2013 11:53 AM (obHYs)

211
Obama arming the rebels in Libya caused blowback in Mali when certain Tuareg (sp?) rebels fightingin Syriareturned home to Maliwith recoiless rifle accoutrements on their pickup trucks. AQIM stepped in and took over an area the size of Texas, capitalizing on a military coup in thesouth of Mali causing instabilitywhich preceded this whole mess. The bearded goon squad of mujahideenstarted banning music, holding hands, and beerin the once laid back syncretic musical Muslim culture of Mali.
France, noting our complete lack of interest, andflaccid anti-terror efforts in Africa, hasdecided to roll back AlQaeda's territorial acquisitions.
France: ne plus ultra.

Posted by: Beagle at February 04, 2013 11:57 AM (sOtz/)

212
Oops,"Syria" should be Libya.
Getcher Middle East unrest programs! You can't keep your wars straight without a program!

Posted by: Beagle at February 04, 2013 12:00 PM (sOtz/)

213 AllenG, I sang your song to my kids and they loved it.

Which is problematic since we're going to the house of a friend from church in about half an hour.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at February 04, 2013 12:49 PM (wbeNt)

214 Viewing the Africa Command youtube channel provides an interesting look at our aircrews carrying the French soldiers and thier junk down to Mali.

Posted by: and irresolute at February 04, 2013 01:33 PM (DBH1h)

215 FWIW, The Frenchsoldiers I saw on TV were were wearing the Foreign Legion patch.

Posted by: play nice at February 04, 2013 03:07 PM (V83mK)

216 "Mali's gold exports have more than tripled in the last decade yetand of course its citizens have so far seen little benefit from mining revenues," the Oxfam report stated.
FIFY chumps

It's about time France got off it's dead ass and did any kind of lifting in the preserve civilization game. I find the Eurotrash anteing up their blood and treasure to be a refreshing change.

Regarding China, We've been exporting our pollution as well as our jobs to them for decades. It's one reason they can undercut our maufacturing costs.

Posted by: The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth at February 04, 2013 04:53 PM (Hsgnv)

217 Well, we know how this is going to end up. Someone's going to get a pipe shoved up their ass. At least that's the way most of our interventions have ended up lately.

Posted by: keninnorcal at February 04, 2013 11:18 PM (A6cQA)






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