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Deadly clashes in Libyan capital force airport to close
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North Korea threat: Kim's nuclear programme can only be stopped by 'overwhelming force'
[UK Express] NORTH KOREA’S nuclear programme can only be stopped by ’overwhelming’ force from the United States, an expert has claimed.

North Korea has accelerated its nuclear programme this year and has refused to shut down its development, ramping up World War 3 fears.

Kim Jong-un has also entered talks with South Korea and will take a team of athletes to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month.

President Donald Trump has been praised for his role in applying pressure to the leader of the rogue state and bringing the dictator to the negotiation table with the south.

John Bolton, a former US Ambassador to the UN has claimed that only "overwhelming force" will put an end to Kim Jong-un’s nuclear dream.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2018 09:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kim Jong-un has also entered talks with South Korea and will take a team of athletes and their atomic sports gear...

How big is a bobsled?

Which came first, frantic west tunneling or olympic overtures?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/16/2018 16:14 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Tucker: If Harvard Admitted Students Like 'Elites' Choose Immigrants, 'They Wouldn't Send Their Kids There'
Posted by: Fred || 01/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I love the guy's script but I just can't watch talking heads. I end up doing site acquisition drills.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/16/2018 2:06 Comments || Top||

Latest tunnel strike puts Hamas leaders in a tough spot with Cairo
[IsraelTimes] Group will have hard time explaining how it allowed -- or worse, ordered -- the construction of a passage giving Gazoo turbans access to Sinai

Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, leaders find themselves in a worrisome situation. Another of their tunnels penetrating into Israeli territory has been exposed and destroyed. In total, two of their tunnels have been destroyed in about two and a half months (another one, possibly two, belonging to the Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
has also been demolished), and it seems like Hamas is quickly losing its most significant strategic weapon ahead of the next possible military confrontation with Israel.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 01/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Did Abbas just give his valedictory speech, blaming everyone for his failures?
One would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.
[IsraelTimes] Saving his harshest rhetoric for Trump, 82-year-old PA president tells PLO Central Council, 'This may be the last time you see me here'

Sunday’s address by Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
to the Paleostine Liberation Organization’s Central Council sounded like the farewell of a leader at the end of his political path, and he admitted as much.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 01/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: PLO

#1  ..another invited speaker at the Obama Presidential Library opening. Should invite Hildy too for a grand blamefest.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/16/2018 9:05 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Why Have We Let Actors Become Our Moral Guides?
h/t Instapundit
[NationalReview] There’s a great scene in the wonderful 1982 movie My Favorite Year, which is set in 1954. Peter O’Toole plays a semi-washed-up actor named Alan Swann, famous for swashbuckling roles. For reasons too complicated to explain here, Swann tries to shimmy down the side of a building using a fire hose. He ends up dangling just below a cocktail party on a balcony. Two stockbrokers are chatting when one of them notices Swann swinging below them. "I think Alan Swann is beneath us!" he exclaims.

The second stockbroker replies: "Of course he’s beneath us. He’s an actor."

It may be hard for some people to get the joke these days, but for most of human history, actors were considered low-class. They were akin to carnies, grifters, hookers, and other riffraff.

...Needless to say, times have changed. And I suppose I have to say they’ve changed for the better. But that’s a pretty low bar. I don’t think acting is a dishonorable profession, and I’m steadfastly opposed to banning plays, musicals, movies, and TV shows.

But in our collective effort to correct the social stigmas of the past, can anyone deny that we’ve overshot the mark?

I think part of the answer has to do with the receding of religion from public life. As a culture, we’ve elevated "authenticity" to a new form of moral authority. We look to our feelings for guidance. Actors, as a class, are feelings merchants. While they may indeed be "out of touch" with the rest of America from time to time, actors are adept at being in touch with their feelings. And for some unfathomably stupid reason, we now think that puts us beneath them.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/16/2018 04:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6529 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Remember the vapors so many had when the world-renowned scientist Meryl Streep testified before Congress about Alar?

That started the dog and pony show, imo.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 01/16/2018 8:06 Comments || Top||

#2  A lot of this would disappear if we went back to the original copyright periods not to exceed 28 years. Suddenly a lot of money in entertainment would disappear as well.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/16/2018 9:15 Comments || Top||

#3  I have never considered actors to be a moral guide. Richer, yes. Better looking, yes. But more moral? Ha! Look at the marital history of almost everyone in Hollywood. You almost never see someone who is married to one person for Life. And that doesn't count all the affairs, shack-ups etc.

Face it, actors are only famous because they are good at reading words somebody else wrote, and pretending to be someone else.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 01/16/2018 9:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Waddya mean 'we', kemosabe?
Posted by: Raj || 01/16/2018 9:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Remember the vapors so many had when the world-renowned scientist Meryl Streep testified before Congress about Alar?

I remember... going out and buying Red Delicious apples. I knew even before then that the number one job of the media is to scare the shit out of its readership.
Posted by: Raj || 01/16/2018 9:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Actors are just high priced prostitutes
Posted by: Silentbrick || 01/16/2018 12:32 Comments || Top||

#7  Actors are just high priced prostitutes

No entirely certain of that, but the reverse is certainly true.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/16/2018 13:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Venn Diagram overlap?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/16/2018 14:23 Comments || Top||

#9  Well at one time actors modeled good citizenship and high morals and ethics as well as "strong manly" behavior and a respect for women, the elderly, children and dogs.

All of this new wave cinema thing in which they idolize the "antihero" is the problem.

Our movie industry wants to portray the nuclear family in the most dysfunctional terms, men as louts and evil, capitalism as bad, the military as evil, and law enforcement as corrupt.

So when Bogie, the Duke, Randolph Scott, and Clark Gable left the scene we were left with these wannabes who would get a sniff in the golden age of film.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/16/2018 14:28 Comments || Top||

#10  "This is not a pipe"
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/16/2018 16:49 Comments || Top||

Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/16/2018 19:09 Comments || Top||

#12  Its the left - they push appearance over substance, feelings over facts. Uneducated morons, which most actors are, are convenient vehicles for this, and the media aids it by promoting and publicizing them uncritically. For example Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey on Vaccines, or Gwenneth Poltroon Paltrow on just about anything.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 01/16/2018 20:03 Comments || Top||

#13  I can't wait til a CGI character gets accused of sexual assault
Posted by: Frank G || 01/16/2018 21:08 Comments || Top||

#14  ^ Or vice versa?

A presser: "The crew made a habit,"
Sniffed plaintiff Ms. Jessica Rabbit,
"Of watching the spot
Where my body was not,
So I knew that they wanted to grab it!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 01/16/2018 22:50 Comments || Top||

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