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The Dirty Secret of War: It Can Be As Compelling As It Is Ugly The nature of the Vietnam war worked against me. How was I to wrest meaning from a succession of random firefights and ambushes that achieved nothing, of aimless patrols run over the same ground again and again, to no effect?

NFL Teams Play Before Empty Stadiums As Fan Backlash Spreads Normally, the Cowboys coming to town means you pack your stadium. Well, not in 2017:

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order

Hawaiian Stores Reporting An Uptick In Spam Thefts

Red Style: One of the Favorite Fashion Trend of Classic Beauties

Dead at 17: An Illustrated Warning of the Deadly Perils of Self Abuse in 1830

Nissin develops fork that covers up the sound of slurping noodles 

Filipino Man Rescued After Spending Three Years Atop 60-Foot-Tall Coconut Tree

Where Priests Get Their Clothes

Vise-Grips | Cool Tools Lock one down to something under the hood; you might not like to bugger up a bolt, but you won’t care if you are no where near tools. If required, you can rip sheet metal with one. Wire cutting too.

The Gilded-Age Blowout That Featured 7 Courses and 32 Horses The meal started with caviar and turtle soup. One course featured truite au bleu—cooking trout while it is super-fresh and dunking it in vinegar results in a blue-purple colored fish. Served with a green herb sauce, it would have been visually striking, if hard to eat on horseback.

Air Force will place B-52s on 24-hour alert for first time since 1991

Tesla reportedly has agreed to offshore production to China Billionsof taxpayer-dollar subsidies have flowed into the coffers of Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors, but apparently nobody ever thought to put any conditions on the loot to keep the benefits in this country.

So what was John Podesta’s now collapsed Russian green energy scheme really all about? It’s a front for something. Was it a front for Russian spies, or was it a front for payoffs to connected Clinton cronies in exchange for subsidies? With Podesta’s Joule, there don’t seem to be any possibilities in between.

The N-Word and the Triumph of Vulgarity The linguistic front line of defense has been wiped out and we have nothing left with which to defend standards for civil conversation (just look at Twitter). It will only get coarser from here on out. The gosh darn world is going to heck in a freaking hand basket.

8 Reasons Why the U.S. News Media is a Rolling Dumpster Fire (and Didn’t Used to Be) The news has always had a liberal slant. But there was at least a pretense of impartiality — €“ they were careful to not their bias show too much.  Sadly, that unbiased façade went swirling down the toilet in the past decade.

“I’m not sure about you but once in awhile I would give up all this wisdom for my knees feeling better.”Why aging isn’t all doom and gloom

U.K. Government Blasts U.N. Because Treaty Says ‘Pregnant Women’ Instead Of ‘Pregnant People’

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  • GoneWithTheWind October 23, 2017, 12:31 PM

    “The news has always had a liberal slant.”
    Indeed it did. But there was very little out there to refute it. When Walter Cronkite lied about Vietnam he was believed and even reinforced by other liars. Today Ken Burns lies about Vietnam and the uproar is the story not Burns intended view of Vietnam. Today a lie still can get halfway around the world before truth can get’s it’s shoes on BUT there will be a hundred internet sites refuting it within the hour. That is why the MSM is like a dumpster fire. They are angry at the loss of power and frantic to regain it. They are very dangerous to us all because of this.

  • Howard Nelson October 23, 2017, 1:10 PM

    GWTW, Bingo! and Bullseye!
    Just wait until the JFK ass

  • Howard Nelson October 23, 2017, 1:13 PM

    And just wait until the JFK assassination investigation files are released!

  • indyjonesouthere October 23, 2017, 3:53 PM

    The dirty secret of war…..the succession of firefights were not random nor did the ambushes achieve nothing nor were the patrols aimless. It was TET 68 and in a unit that was the protection for a rather large area around Phan Thiet. The VC hit first and then the NVA followed on and did their best to destroy every hamlet around the area. The attacks were relentless and covered a large area but both the SVN civilians and army rallied and did not turn to aid the North. Later on and further north we were in the valleys near the Ashau valley which was really a complex of valleys leading to major cities in the north part of the country. At this time there were few remaining NVA but large caches of material like trucks, artillery, anti aircraft and munitions that we found hidden along rivers. There were also roads being built by the north that still showed the tracks of bulldozers that were carving out a route along the river. Some of those guns and trucks are on display at Ft Campbell. All of it was hot, dirty, sticky, stinky and tiring work with no showers, no hot food, and only bugs and leaches for weeks on end as it never stopped raining. What the author terms as compelling perhaps affected us only once in the P. Thiet area and that was the build up to a combat jump that every troop looked forward to as that is the trained function of our unit. Alas it was canceled when a junior grade officer left the battle plans in a jeep unsecured and they “disappeared”. It was an o-shit moment but then the entire year seemed to reverberate the same sentiment.

  • Seppo October 23, 2017, 4:23 PM

    Tesla is not offshoring production to China, they intend to produce for other markets in their Fremont plant, which is a disorganized mess at present. The Shanghai plant will be to produce cars for the Chinese market, domestic production has been a requirement of China since forever. All the major producers have plants in China, GM builds a slew of Buicks there, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, everyone has to have a plant, usually in partnership with a Chinese auto maker.

    China is mandating that a large proportion of cars sold in their country be electric and not internal combustion, in only a few years. Without a China plant Tesla would be permitted to only sell a few token vehicles in the country. They want to be a player and to spread their fixed costs.

    The US and the rest of the world will get Tesla cars from the Fremont CA plant. When Toyota and GM operated a joint venture at that site, it was one of the most efficient auto plants on the continent. Tesla has eight times the workforce and produce one fifth of the volume of cars the location formerly did. Lean production it ain’t.

  • Snakepit Kansas October 23, 2017, 5:11 PM

    You are speaking my language. I worked in the Philippines for two years running and improving mass IC production lines. The cost of capital equipment depreciation is the same anywhere, but the labor costs in Asia very low, as we all know. In 2003 an average production operator made an equivalent of ~$5USD/day. My objective was not to squeeze more out of the operator but to refine production lines so that capital equipment was operating at a higher ratio of on time to down time. Tesla is fat on Gubmint subsidies. It could not make it on its own in the free market.

  • json formatter October 23, 2017, 7:34 PM

    The linguistic front line of defense has been wiped out

  • October 23, 2017, 7:34 PM

    The linguistic front line of defense has been wiped out !

  • Casey Klahn October 23, 2017, 10:28 PM

    I read Caputo’s book, dutifully, so many, many years ago. Damned if I can remember one thing about it. I looked it up on Goog Gul, and I do recall the structure of the book, and the second part title. That’s about it!

    I remember much about every other Vietnam memoir I read in those days (I was a Lieutenant serving shortly after the war and many of my cohort were cbt vets of VN). Hmm.

    Liz Taylor. Best of her era.

    Europe: I will read that article tomorrow. Need to gather my courage for it.

  • Gordon October 24, 2017, 6:07 AM

    When you look at that stadium with the empty seats, you notice how many of the fans that are there are looking at their phones.

    Does Elon Musk take a piss without a government subsidy?

  • rabbit tobacco October 24, 2017, 6:28 AM

    regarding cartoon/”news is a virus”- george carlin

  • Doug October 25, 2017, 2:29 AM

    Isn’t a “listicle” the icicles that form in your mustache and beard from saliva and snot?

  • Vanderleun October 25, 2017, 8:52 AM

    Oh har-de-har-har!