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From the Babylon Bee:

Disappointed Soldier Was Looking Forward To Hanging Out In Syria For Another 20, 30 Years
December 20th, 2018

SYRIA—Local US servicemember Joshua Reynolds reported Thursday he was “extremely disappointed” that Trump has announced a withdrawal from Syria, as he was looking forward to hanging out in the country for “another 20 or 30 years.”…

“If they’d just let us stick around for another decade or two, we can solve all of the Middle East’s problems,” he lamented as his squad received orders to begin packing. “It’s just really sad that I have to say goodbye so soon.”

 
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  1. Magnificent!

    • Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers
    @Cortes

    Has a GoFundMe page been set up yet for the $Penta(ll)gon(e)? Poor kids . . . it's Christ-mass, after all, don't ya know. Oh, and send a few bucks to the Syrian whores whose baby daddy/husbands were KIA.

  2. • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    OT:

    https://twitter.com/TheBabylonBee/status/1076213220040335361

    Replies: @Ron Mexico

  3. Yeah, I’d miss the babaghanoush and baklava too.

    • Replies: @Digital Samizdat
    @The Alarmist

    I'm sure those taste especially good, fresh out of the MRE packages.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    , @Escher
    @The Alarmist

    Not to mention the free diarrhea on the side.

    , @Escher
    @The Alarmist

    And the eye candy wrapped in burlap sacks.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    , @Bubba
    @The Alarmist

    Man, and I thought retired General George Casey was delusional (he's the one who famously stated immediately after the Fort Hood massacre, "...if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse" immediately after the Fort Hood shooting).

    This kid has really gulped the neocon Kool-Aid and wants to move up the ranks.

  4. @The Alarmist
    Yeah, I'd miss the babaghanoush and baklava too.

    Replies: @Digital Samizdat, @Escher, @Escher, @Bubba

    I’m sure those taste especially good, fresh out of the MRE packages.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Digital Samizdat

    They were good in Beirut, until Hizbolah interrupted my lunch one day.

  5. And beginning to withdraw from Afghanistan too maybe? What a shame, after 18 years and when we were just starting to get the hang of things over there. I am sure we could hsve gotten a Starbucks in Kabul if only we had the fortitude for 18 more years. How sad and right during the holidays and everything…

    • Replies: @njguy73
    @Buck Turgidson

    I wouldn't be surprised if someday some Marine is found to have been wandering in the desert thirty years after we withdraw, like that Japanese soldier who didn't know WW2 was over until 1972.

    , @Michael Price
    @Buck Turgidson

    When you realise the ear your fighting is older than you.

  6. Over Here!

    Over Here!

    Heed the Call, Build the Wall, Over Here!

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic, Hail
    • LOL: MBlanc46
  7. anon[158] • Disclaimer says:

    As we gradually disengage from the region (fracking and boomer Judeophilia dying off), suspect Russia will fill the vacuum, absorbing Israel’s neighbors into its sphere of influence.

    Not that I particularly care about Israelis, but this puts them in a bad position from a foreign policy perspective. America disengages in the Middle East. That leaves Israel without a major ally in the region. Europe views Israel ambivalently already, more so in 20 years due to Muslim immigrant birthrates. I could see a British-Israeli alliance, to counterbalance Russia and EU, but again with the Muslim birthrates, so it would not have broad support among the British voters.

    Israel ends up like Taiwan. Perhaps worth arming, but not worth dying over.

    • Replies: @(((They))) Live
    @anon

    The Saudis and Israel are best of friends

    But IMO I just don't care, leave the whole region alone, just ignore it. With electric cars, oil fracking and all kinds of tech we just don't need these lunatics

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @AnotherDad
    @anon


    Not that I particularly care about Israelis, but this puts them in a bad position from a foreign policy perspective.
     
    I wish them well as quasi-Westerners, but not my problem.

    But for the record, Israel is a nuclear weapons state. They are essentially impervious to any state directed attack--they can nuke the attacking state. (And should.) The minor scuffling issues they have stem from their inability/unwillingness to just bite the bullet (take all the internal political strife and international outrage) and define a hard border where they--the Jews--are on the inside, and the hostiles--the Arabs--are on the outside.
    , @Anon
    @anon

    Fracking/shale oil is a giant Ponzi scheme. Within 5 years max it will be going the way of the FAANG stocks.

    God!! It's so tedious to live among you people who just repeat and reify the last opinion you've heard, and don't even bother to investigate more deeply.

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @anon

    How about this--Israel finds a new ally in China! After all, they already have a naval base in Israel.

    As the Chinese empire ramps up, they'll be looking for someone to buy weapons from them. Plus, they need a presence near Europe, which, as you say, is Israeli skeptical. (My other choice for Chinese presence in the Mare Nostrum is Libya.). For the Israelis, it will be nice to have an understanding ally--the Chinese have Tibet to Israel's expanding settlements--and their embassy staff can always find an open restaurant on Dec 25!

    A Chinese-Israeli alliance would acfually be a good thing for the US if it brought Russia and China into conflict over, say, Syria and Iran. Does Max Boot speak Mandarin? There might be a job waiting for him as an advisor to Xi Jinping...

  8. OT: Hahaha, just saw your Twitter feed, Steve—NN Taleb bringing the “Humans have zillions of dimensions” weaksauce and hitting you with “ludic” and “gabish”—I think he’s actually switched from weights to cardio and we’re seeing the results.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Pinker connected with the jawbone!

  9. @The Alarmist
    Yeah, I'd miss the babaghanoush and baklava too.

    Replies: @Digital Samizdat, @Escher, @Escher, @Bubba

    Not to mention the free diarrhea on the side.

  10. @The Alarmist
    Yeah, I'd miss the babaghanoush and baklava too.

    Replies: @Digital Samizdat, @Escher, @Escher, @Bubba

    And the eye candy wrapped in burlap sacks.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Escher

    I see more trash bags walking around London nowadays than I saw in Beirut in 1983.

  11. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:

    o/t

    Fish and Chips getting Soggy in the Pub

    Cornwall, the southwest peninsula of Britain, is struggling to find enough bartenders to serve the millions who flock to the rocky coastline every year.

    Any prospect of recruiting cheap labor from the continent has dried up after the region voted along with the rest of the country to leave the European Union. More significantly, pubs and hotels are coping with an ageing, dwindling workforce that often doesn’t have the right skills.

    “right skills”, a triangulation of the leftist “all labor is skilled labor” into the service of neoliberal goals.

    The vibrants brought into the UK apparently don’t have these skills either, but at least Cornwall wasn’t shamed for being “too white”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-22/cornwall-pub-hand-shortage-shows-the-future-of-work-after-brexit

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Anon

    Poor Basil. Manuel went home.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-oH-TELcLE

    , @Digital Samizdat
    @Anon

    Guess the pubs just have to raise wages. It's such a cruel world ...

    , @Autochthon
    @Anon

    The right skills! You see?! My school of house-painting shall also offer instruction in bed-making and floor-vacuuming: skills!! And not just any skills: the right skills, you see?

    I'm frankly astounded they let in the truthful business about prospects for "cheap labour" being "dried up." I expect that was a mistake, and some editor got a talking to for it.

    (Notice the parenthetical definition of Cornwall? Are the average readers really so stupid? The last such egregious thing I noted was a writer compelled to define "wealth" for his benighted readers. I write "stupid" and not "ignorant," because surely even if it is unhappily true most people reading English no longer know where Cornwall is, surely they know enough to highlight the word or (such effort!) type it into a search engine and instantaneously edify themselves.)

    , @dfordoom
    @Anon



    Cornwall, the southwest peninsula of Britain, is struggling to find enough bartenders to serve the millions who flock to the rocky coastline every year.
     

     
    Because prior to mass immigration there weren't any pubs or hotels or restaurants in Britain because there's no way you can train an Englishman to pull beers or cook fish and chips or wait on tables.

    Prior to mass immigration there also weren't any doctors or nurses because you can't teach English people to do those jobs either.

    People forget what Britain was like before immigration. No hospitals, no trains, no hotels, no plumbers. It was just a backward hellhole surviving on subsistence agriculture.

    Replies: @Anon

    , @njguy73
    @Anon

    If England can't find bartenders, then England has no point in existing.

    What's next, Italy can't find people to make pasta? France can't find people to make cheese?

    Replies: @black sea

  12. @anon
    As we gradually disengage from the region (fracking and boomer Judeophilia dying off), suspect Russia will fill the vacuum, absorbing Israel's neighbors into its sphere of influence.

    Not that I particularly care about Israelis, but this puts them in a bad position from a foreign policy perspective. America disengages in the Middle East. That leaves Israel without a major ally in the region. Europe views Israel ambivalently already, more so in 20 years due to Muslim immigrant birthrates. I could see a British-Israeli alliance, to counterbalance Russia and EU, but again with the Muslim birthrates, so it would not have broad support among the British voters.

    Israel ends up like Taiwan. Perhaps worth arming, but not worth dying over.

    Replies: @(((They))) Live, @AnotherDad, @Anon, @Chrisnonymous

    The Saudis and Israel are best of friends

    But IMO I just don’t care, leave the whole region alone, just ignore it. With electric cars, oil fracking and all kinds of tech we just don’t need these lunatics

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @(((They))) Live


    The Saudis and Israel are best of friends

     

    Palmerston was too wordy, so I'll go with De Gaulle's more concise

    "France has no friends, only interests."
  13. Dumb white makes make jokes. Meanwhile, sails and propellers are coming off the ship of state. We’re in full meltdown mode. There are no lifeboats. It’s time for the captain to find some face-saving way to turn the controls over to others before the remaining crew resigns and the surviving passengers drown.

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    @Tiny Duck.

    Sorry, TD. The Babylon Bee does it better. Come to think of it, so do Titania McGrath, The Onion, and quite a few others.

    Your schtick stales quickly. You need to find a new line of humor. Alt-right lampooning of dumbass, non-White progthink isn't working for you any more.

  14. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    https://twitter.com/TheBabylonBee/status/1075850829058330625

    Replies: @PiltdownMan

    OT:

    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
    @PiltdownMan

    Send this to TD and ask, Tiny Duck, what was it like to stare down Trump?

  15. @Cortes
    Magnificent!

    Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers

    Has a GoFundMe page been set up yet for the $Penta(ll)gon(e)? Poor kids . . . it’s Christ-mass, after all, don’t ya know. Oh, and send a few bucks to the Syrian whores whose baby daddy/husbands were KIA.

  16. @anon
    As we gradually disengage from the region (fracking and boomer Judeophilia dying off), suspect Russia will fill the vacuum, absorbing Israel's neighbors into its sphere of influence.

    Not that I particularly care about Israelis, but this puts them in a bad position from a foreign policy perspective. America disengages in the Middle East. That leaves Israel without a major ally in the region. Europe views Israel ambivalently already, more so in 20 years due to Muslim immigrant birthrates. I could see a British-Israeli alliance, to counterbalance Russia and EU, but again with the Muslim birthrates, so it would not have broad support among the British voters.

    Israel ends up like Taiwan. Perhaps worth arming, but not worth dying over.

    Replies: @(((They))) Live, @AnotherDad, @Anon, @Chrisnonymous

    Not that I particularly care about Israelis, but this puts them in a bad position from a foreign policy perspective.

    I wish them well as quasi-Westerners, but not my problem.

    But for the record, Israel is a nuclear weapons state. They are essentially impervious to any state directed attack–they can nuke the attacking state. (And should.) The minor scuffling issues they have stem from their inability/unwillingness to just bite the bullet (take all the internal political strife and international outrage) and define a hard border where they–the Jews–are on the inside, and the hostiles–the Arabs–are on the outside.

    • Agree: Chrisnonymous
  17. B-b-b-but…I thought more Americans need to bleed and die in some Godforsaken sh*thole because Israel?

  18. Brit Hume comes out in favor of the empire; in semantic dispute with President:

    [US forces abroad:] a way to support and protect allies and deter enemies

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    @Hail

    Britt Hume can take a flying F at a rolling D.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Hail

    That may be true if one is talking about Europe at peace, or Korea where a truce was in effect. But Iraq and Syria are war zones, places where protracted wars (at varying levels) are now going on. Stationing military personnel there indefinitely is indeed engaging in open-ended war.

    Replies: @Hail

    , @Big Bill
    @Hail

    Burkina Faso is an "ally" that we have to protect? Since when?

    , @Autochthon
    @Hail

    "A way to intimidate and control vassals and ensure enemies."

    Now it's accurate.

  19. @Hail
    Brit Hume comes out in favor of the empire; in semantic dispute with President:

    https://twitter.com/brithume/status/1076206572278370306

    [US forces abroad:] a way to support and protect allies and deter enemies
     

    Replies: @Hunsdon, @Mr. Anon, @Big Bill, @Autochthon

    Britt Hume can take a flying F at a rolling D.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Hunsdon


    Britt Hume can take a flying F at a rolling D.

     

    Brit Hume=


    I, Humbert.

    https://www.santamonica.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Lolita.jpg

    Replies: @njguy73

  20. We finally found a legitimate fan of Max Boot.

  21. @Hail
    Brit Hume comes out in favor of the empire; in semantic dispute with President:

    https://twitter.com/brithume/status/1076206572278370306

    [US forces abroad:] a way to support and protect allies and deter enemies
     

    Replies: @Hunsdon, @Mr. Anon, @Big Bill, @Autochthon

    That may be true if one is talking about Europe at peace, or Korea where a truce was in effect. But Iraq and Syria are war zones, places where protracted wars (at varying levels) are now going on. Stationing military personnel there indefinitely is indeed engaging in open-ended war.

    • Replies: @Hail
    @Mr. Anon

    Even the best cases doesn't do so well on a money cost-benefit analysis. It all also reinforces the soft-Empire global capital-liberal-democracy cult among our ruling class.

    I don't see the permanent U.S. commitments to stable countries as good for any party involved. W.Europe has certainly been harmed by it, Complacency leading to (the empowerment of) the Merkels, Macrons, and banner-wavers for Muslim migrants.

  22. @Tiny Duck.
    Dumb white makes make jokes. Meanwhile, sails and propellers are coming off the ship of state. We’re in full meltdown mode. There are no lifeboats. It’s time for the captain to find some face-saving way to turn the controls over to others before the remaining crew resigns and the surviving passengers drown.

    Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...

    Sorry, TD. The Babylon Bee does it better. Come to think of it, so do Titania McGrath, The Onion, and quite a few others.

    Your schtick stales quickly. You need to find a new line of humor. Alt-right lampooning of dumbass, non-White progthink isn’t working for you any more.

  23. @PiltdownMan
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    OT:

    https://twitter.com/TheBabylonBee/status/1076213220040335361

    Replies: @Ron Mexico

    Send this to TD and ask, Tiny Duck, what was it like to stare down Trump?

  24. @Anon
    o/t

    Fish and Chips getting Soggy in the Pub

    Cornwall, the southwest peninsula of Britain, is struggling to find enough bartenders to serve the millions who flock to the rocky coastline every year.


    Any prospect of recruiting cheap labor from the continent has dried up after the region voted along with the rest of the country to leave the European Union. More significantly, pubs and hotels are coping with an ageing, dwindling workforce that often doesn’t have the right skills.
     
    "right skills", a triangulation of the leftist "all labor is skilled labor" into the service of neoliberal goals.

    The vibrants brought into the UK apparently don't have these skills either, but at least Cornwall wasn't shamed for being "too white"

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-22/cornwall-pub-hand-shortage-shows-the-future-of-work-after-brexit

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Digital Samizdat, @Autochthon, @dfordoom, @njguy73

    Poor Basil. Manuel went home.

  25. @(((They))) Live
    @anon

    The Saudis and Israel are best of friends

    But IMO I just don't care, leave the whole region alone, just ignore it. With electric cars, oil fracking and all kinds of tech we just don't need these lunatics

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The Saudis and Israel are best of friends

    Palmerston was too wordy, so I’ll go with De Gaulle’s more concise

    “France has no friends, only interests.”

  26. @Hunsdon
    @Hail

    Britt Hume can take a flying F at a rolling D.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Britt Hume can take a flying F at a rolling D.

    Brit Hume=

    I, Humbert.

    • Replies: @njguy73
    @Reg Cæsar

    The Kevin Spacey character in American Beauty was named Lester Burnham because it's an anagram of "Humbert learns."

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  27. @Anon
    o/t

    Fish and Chips getting Soggy in the Pub

    Cornwall, the southwest peninsula of Britain, is struggling to find enough bartenders to serve the millions who flock to the rocky coastline every year.


    Any prospect of recruiting cheap labor from the continent has dried up after the region voted along with the rest of the country to leave the European Union. More significantly, pubs and hotels are coping with an ageing, dwindling workforce that often doesn’t have the right skills.
     
    "right skills", a triangulation of the leftist "all labor is skilled labor" into the service of neoliberal goals.

    The vibrants brought into the UK apparently don't have these skills either, but at least Cornwall wasn't shamed for being "too white"

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-22/cornwall-pub-hand-shortage-shows-the-future-of-work-after-brexit

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Digital Samizdat, @Autochthon, @dfordoom, @njguy73

    Guess the pubs just have to raise wages. It’s such a cruel world …

  28. @Hail
    Brit Hume comes out in favor of the empire; in semantic dispute with President:

    https://twitter.com/brithume/status/1076206572278370306

    [US forces abroad:] a way to support and protect allies and deter enemies
     

    Replies: @Hunsdon, @Mr. Anon, @Big Bill, @Autochthon

    Burkina Faso is an “ally” that we have to protect? Since when?

  29. @Anon
    o/t

    Fish and Chips getting Soggy in the Pub

    Cornwall, the southwest peninsula of Britain, is struggling to find enough bartenders to serve the millions who flock to the rocky coastline every year.


    Any prospect of recruiting cheap labor from the continent has dried up after the region voted along with the rest of the country to leave the European Union. More significantly, pubs and hotels are coping with an ageing, dwindling workforce that often doesn’t have the right skills.
     
    "right skills", a triangulation of the leftist "all labor is skilled labor" into the service of neoliberal goals.

    The vibrants brought into the UK apparently don't have these skills either, but at least Cornwall wasn't shamed for being "too white"

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-22/cornwall-pub-hand-shortage-shows-the-future-of-work-after-brexit

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Digital Samizdat, @Autochthon, @dfordoom, @njguy73

    The right skills! You see?! My school of house-painting shall also offer instruction in bed-making and floor-vacuuming: skills!! And not just any skills: the right skills, you see?

    I’m frankly astounded they let in the truthful business about prospects for “cheap labour” being “dried up.” I expect that was a mistake, and some editor got a talking to for it.

    (Notice the parenthetical definition of Cornwall? Are the average readers really so stupid? The last such egregious thing I noted was a writer compelled to define “wealth” for his benighted readers. I write “stupid” and not “ignorant,” because surely even if it is unhappily true most people reading English no longer know where Cornwall is, surely they know enough to highlight the word or (such effort!) type it into a search engine and instantaneously edify themselves.)

  30. @Hail
    Brit Hume comes out in favor of the empire; in semantic dispute with President:

    https://twitter.com/brithume/status/1076206572278370306

    [US forces abroad:] a way to support and protect allies and deter enemies
     

    Replies: @Hunsdon, @Mr. Anon, @Big Bill, @Autochthon

    “A way to intimidate and control vassals and ensure enemies.”

    Now it’s accurate.

  31. @Digital Samizdat
    @The Alarmist

    I'm sure those taste especially good, fresh out of the MRE packages.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    They were good in Beirut, until Hizbolah interrupted my lunch one day.

  32. @Escher
    @The Alarmist

    And the eye candy wrapped in burlap sacks.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    I see more trash bags walking around London nowadays than I saw in Beirut in 1983.

  33. I so miss the Weekly World News. Back when fake news was about babies born with five heads, or housewives finding in the produce section a yam shaped liked Stalin.

  34. @Reg Cæsar
    @Hunsdon


    Britt Hume can take a flying F at a rolling D.

     

    Brit Hume=


    I, Humbert.

    https://www.santamonica.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Lolita.jpg

    Replies: @njguy73

    The Kevin Spacey character in American Beauty was named Lester Burnham because it’s an anagram of “Humbert learns.”

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @njguy73


    The Kevin Spacey character in American Beauty was named Lester Burnham because it’s an anagram of “Humbert learns.”
     
    Not that he did.
  35. @Buck Turgidson
    And beginning to withdraw from Afghanistan too maybe? What a shame, after 18 years and when we were just starting to get the hang of things over there. I am sure we could hsve gotten a Starbucks in Kabul if only we had the fortitude for 18 more years. How sad and right during the holidays and everything...

    Replies: @njguy73, @Michael Price

    I wouldn’t be surprised if someday some Marine is found to have been wandering in the desert thirty years after we withdraw, like that Japanese soldier who didn’t know WW2 was over until 1972.

  36. @anon
    As we gradually disengage from the region (fracking and boomer Judeophilia dying off), suspect Russia will fill the vacuum, absorbing Israel's neighbors into its sphere of influence.

    Not that I particularly care about Israelis, but this puts them in a bad position from a foreign policy perspective. America disengages in the Middle East. That leaves Israel without a major ally in the region. Europe views Israel ambivalently already, more so in 20 years due to Muslim immigrant birthrates. I could see a British-Israeli alliance, to counterbalance Russia and EU, but again with the Muslim birthrates, so it would not have broad support among the British voters.

    Israel ends up like Taiwan. Perhaps worth arming, but not worth dying over.

    Replies: @(((They))) Live, @AnotherDad, @Anon, @Chrisnonymous

    Fracking/shale oil is a giant Ponzi scheme. Within 5 years max it will be going the way of the FAANG stocks.

    God!! It’s so tedious to live among you people who just repeat and reify the last opinion you’ve heard, and don’t even bother to investigate more deeply.

  37. @The Alarmist
    Yeah, I'd miss the babaghanoush and baklava too.

    Replies: @Digital Samizdat, @Escher, @Escher, @Bubba

    Man, and I thought retired General George Casey was delusional (he’s the one who famously stated immediately after the Fort Hood massacre, “…if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse” immediately after the Fort Hood shooting).

    This kid has really gulped the neocon Kool-Aid and wants to move up the ranks.

  38. @njguy73
    @Reg Cæsar

    The Kevin Spacey character in American Beauty was named Lester Burnham because it's an anagram of "Humbert learns."

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The Kevin Spacey character in American Beauty was named Lester Burnham because it’s an anagram of “Humbert learns.”

    Not that he did.

  39. The Babylon Bee is a satirical Christian news site.

    No, really. There exists such a thing a Christian satire.

    https://www.weeklystandard.com/mark-hemingway/the-sharp-sting-of-the-babylon-bee

    • Replies: @fitzhamilton
    @njguy73

    Good Lord. Spare us from all these illiterate evangelicals and (all too often always ex-evangelical) fundamentalist atheists.

    You do know that Swift was an Anglican priest..?

    I'd wager probably not.

    That Rabelais was a Catholic priest (first a Franciscan mendicant, then Benedictine monk, then secular cathedral canon)..?

    No, I'd bet you don't.

    Virtually all satire written in the West between 400 and 1750 was written by Christians. The bulk of it since has been by Christians, as well. You should read some of it.

    Christ himself was a sublime satirist; in his criticism of his Pharisaical and scribal opponents, as well his parables. But chumps never seem to understand that.

    Replies: @njguy73

  40. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    OT: Hahaha, just saw your Twitter feed, Steve—NN Taleb bringing the “Humans have zillions of dimensions” weaksauce and hitting you with “ludic” and “gabish”—I think he’s actually switched from weights to cardio and we’re seeing the results.

    Replies: @Redneck farmer

    Pinker connected with the jawbone!

  41. @Anon
    o/t

    Fish and Chips getting Soggy in the Pub

    Cornwall, the southwest peninsula of Britain, is struggling to find enough bartenders to serve the millions who flock to the rocky coastline every year.


    Any prospect of recruiting cheap labor from the continent has dried up after the region voted along with the rest of the country to leave the European Union. More significantly, pubs and hotels are coping with an ageing, dwindling workforce that often doesn’t have the right skills.
     
    "right skills", a triangulation of the leftist "all labor is skilled labor" into the service of neoliberal goals.

    The vibrants brought into the UK apparently don't have these skills either, but at least Cornwall wasn't shamed for being "too white"

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-22/cornwall-pub-hand-shortage-shows-the-future-of-work-after-brexit

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Digital Samizdat, @Autochthon, @dfordoom, @njguy73

    Cornwall, the southwest peninsula of Britain, is struggling to find enough bartenders to serve the millions who flock to the rocky coastline every year.

    Because prior to mass immigration there weren’t any pubs or hotels or restaurants in Britain because there’s no way you can train an Englishman to pull beers or cook fish and chips or wait on tables.

    Prior to mass immigration there also weren’t any doctors or nurses because you can’t teach English people to do those jobs either.

    People forget what Britain was like before immigration. No hospitals, no trains, no hotels, no plumbers. It was just a backward hellhole surviving on subsistence agriculture.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @dfordoom

    If the pubs of Cornwall must either raise wages or close, so be it.

    There is no precise need to inundate an area with tourists, rather than a smaller number of higher-spending tourists.

    It's not as if there are competiting destinations in the Third World where locals could receieve employment rather than immigrate to clean First World toilets.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  42. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:
    @dfordoom
    @Anon



    Cornwall, the southwest peninsula of Britain, is struggling to find enough bartenders to serve the millions who flock to the rocky coastline every year.
     

     
    Because prior to mass immigration there weren't any pubs or hotels or restaurants in Britain because there's no way you can train an Englishman to pull beers or cook fish and chips or wait on tables.

    Prior to mass immigration there also weren't any doctors or nurses because you can't teach English people to do those jobs either.

    People forget what Britain was like before immigration. No hospitals, no trains, no hotels, no plumbers. It was just a backward hellhole surviving on subsistence agriculture.

    Replies: @Anon

    If the pubs of Cornwall must either raise wages or close, so be it.

    There is no precise need to inundate an area with tourists, rather than a smaller number of higher-spending tourists.

    It’s not as if there are competiting destinations in the Third World where locals could receieve employment rather than immigrate to clean First World toilets.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Anon

    A lot of people would like to go on vacation to Norway or Switzerland, but they are very expensive, so the demand for tours of Norway and Switzerland balances out to the supply, the way supply and demand usually do.

    Replies: @Bill B.

  43. @Anon
    @dfordoom

    If the pubs of Cornwall must either raise wages or close, so be it.

    There is no precise need to inundate an area with tourists, rather than a smaller number of higher-spending tourists.

    It's not as if there are competiting destinations in the Third World where locals could receieve employment rather than immigrate to clean First World toilets.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    A lot of people would like to go on vacation to Norway or Switzerland, but they are very expensive, so the demand for tours of Norway and Switzerland balances out to the supply, the way supply and demand usually do.

    • Replies: @Bill B.
    @Steve Sailer

    I spent several weeks in southwest England last year where I thought the value-for-money of restaurants and supermarkets was better than in Southeast Asia. Wine was much better value.

    (Though it is difficult to compare like for like; I am thinking of western/international food. Street and 'ethnic' food are better and cheaper here.)

    The problem is that the English have a fondness for potato-y stodge so they can find it difficult to imagine how to raise the level of cuisine - and to lift prices.

    P.S. In English pubs the customers are supposed to go to bar to get served. When there are too many customers the ones at the back can't get a drink so they go to another pub.

  44. @Mr. Anon
    @Hail

    That may be true if one is talking about Europe at peace, or Korea where a truce was in effect. But Iraq and Syria are war zones, places where protracted wars (at varying levels) are now going on. Stationing military personnel there indefinitely is indeed engaging in open-ended war.

    Replies: @Hail

    Even the best cases doesn’t do so well on a money cost-benefit analysis. It all also reinforces the soft-Empire global capital-liberal-democracy cult among our ruling class.

    I don’t see the permanent U.S. commitments to stable countries as good for any party involved. W.Europe has certainly been harmed by it, Complacency leading to (the empowerment of) the Merkels, Macrons, and banner-wavers for Muslim migrants.

  45. @Buck Turgidson
    And beginning to withdraw from Afghanistan too maybe? What a shame, after 18 years and when we were just starting to get the hang of things over there. I am sure we could hsve gotten a Starbucks in Kabul if only we had the fortitude for 18 more years. How sad and right during the holidays and everything...

    Replies: @njguy73, @Michael Price

    When you realise the ear your fighting is older than you.

  46. NPR did a story on Jews who join the U.S. military, and they mostly stated that they were joining to fight Israel’s enemies, with some even admitting that they joined in order to bring their training and experience to the IDF afterwards. This was at least ten years ago, and the report leaned towards glowing, without a trace of criticism.

    I wonder if Joshua is Jewish. Is he typical of GIs?

  47. @anon
    As we gradually disengage from the region (fracking and boomer Judeophilia dying off), suspect Russia will fill the vacuum, absorbing Israel's neighbors into its sphere of influence.

    Not that I particularly care about Israelis, but this puts them in a bad position from a foreign policy perspective. America disengages in the Middle East. That leaves Israel without a major ally in the region. Europe views Israel ambivalently already, more so in 20 years due to Muslim immigrant birthrates. I could see a British-Israeli alliance, to counterbalance Russia and EU, but again with the Muslim birthrates, so it would not have broad support among the British voters.

    Israel ends up like Taiwan. Perhaps worth arming, but not worth dying over.

    Replies: @(((They))) Live, @AnotherDad, @Anon, @Chrisnonymous

    How about this–Israel finds a new ally in China! After all, they already have a naval base in Israel.

    As the Chinese empire ramps up, they’ll be looking for someone to buy weapons from them. Plus, they need a presence near Europe, which, as you say, is Israeli skeptical. (My other choice for Chinese presence in the Mare Nostrum is Libya.). For the Israelis, it will be nice to have an understanding ally–the Chinese have Tibet to Israel’s expanding settlements–and their embassy staff can always find an open restaurant on Dec 25!

    A Chinese-Israeli alliance would acfually be a good thing for the US if it brought Russia and China into conflict over, say, Syria and Iran. Does Max Boot speak Mandarin? There might be a job waiting for him as an advisor to Xi Jinping…

  48. @njguy73
    The Babylon Bee is a satirical Christian news site.

    No, really. There exists such a thing a Christian satire.

    https://www.weeklystandard.com/mark-hemingway/the-sharp-sting-of-the-babylon-bee

    Replies: @fitzhamilton

    Good Lord. Spare us from all these illiterate evangelicals and (all too often always ex-evangelical) fundamentalist atheists.

    You do know that Swift was an Anglican priest..?

    I’d wager probably not.

    That Rabelais was a Catholic priest (first a Franciscan mendicant, then Benedictine monk, then secular cathedral canon)..?

    No, I’d bet you don’t.

    Virtually all satire written in the West between 400 and 1750 was written by Christians. The bulk of it since has been by Christians, as well. You should read some of it.

    Christ himself was a sublime satirist; in his criticism of his Pharisaical and scribal opponents, as well his parables. But chumps never seem to understand that.

    • Replies: @njguy73
    @fitzhamilton

    I didn't know about Swift or Rabelais being men of the cloth, but I am aware of how Christianity was the force behind great art for millennia: Dante, da Vinci, Handel, just to name a few greats.

    But let's face it, Christian art today doesn't measure up. Who do you have, Kirk Cameron?

  49. @fitzhamilton
    @njguy73

    Good Lord. Spare us from all these illiterate evangelicals and (all too often always ex-evangelical) fundamentalist atheists.

    You do know that Swift was an Anglican priest..?

    I'd wager probably not.

    That Rabelais was a Catholic priest (first a Franciscan mendicant, then Benedictine monk, then secular cathedral canon)..?

    No, I'd bet you don't.

    Virtually all satire written in the West between 400 and 1750 was written by Christians. The bulk of it since has been by Christians, as well. You should read some of it.

    Christ himself was a sublime satirist; in his criticism of his Pharisaical and scribal opponents, as well his parables. But chumps never seem to understand that.

    Replies: @njguy73

    I didn’t know about Swift or Rabelais being men of the cloth, but I am aware of how Christianity was the force behind great art for millennia: Dante, da Vinci, Handel, just to name a few greats.

    But let’s face it, Christian art today doesn’t measure up. Who do you have, Kirk Cameron?

  50. @Anon
    o/t

    Fish and Chips getting Soggy in the Pub

    Cornwall, the southwest peninsula of Britain, is struggling to find enough bartenders to serve the millions who flock to the rocky coastline every year.


    Any prospect of recruiting cheap labor from the continent has dried up after the region voted along with the rest of the country to leave the European Union. More significantly, pubs and hotels are coping with an ageing, dwindling workforce that often doesn’t have the right skills.
     
    "right skills", a triangulation of the leftist "all labor is skilled labor" into the service of neoliberal goals.

    The vibrants brought into the UK apparently don't have these skills either, but at least Cornwall wasn't shamed for being "too white"

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-22/cornwall-pub-hand-shortage-shows-the-future-of-work-after-brexit

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Digital Samizdat, @Autochthon, @dfordoom, @njguy73

    If England can’t find bartenders, then England has no point in existing.

    What’s next, Italy can’t find people to make pasta? France can’t find people to make cheese?

    • Replies: @black sea
    @njguy73


    What’s next, Italy can’t find people to make pasta?
     
    I have actually read the argument that Italy needs its immigrants because they just can't find enough Italians these days willing to spin pizzas in front of hot ovens all day. Somehow, I think Italy could survive a little less pizza, or a little more expensive pizza, or both.
  51. @njguy73
    @Anon

    If England can't find bartenders, then England has no point in existing.

    What's next, Italy can't find people to make pasta? France can't find people to make cheese?

    Replies: @black sea

    What’s next, Italy can’t find people to make pasta?

    I have actually read the argument that Italy needs its immigrants because they just can’t find enough Italians these days willing to spin pizzas in front of hot ovens all day. Somehow, I think Italy could survive a little less pizza, or a little more expensive pizza, or both.

  52. @Steve Sailer
    @Anon

    A lot of people would like to go on vacation to Norway or Switzerland, but they are very expensive, so the demand for tours of Norway and Switzerland balances out to the supply, the way supply and demand usually do.

    Replies: @Bill B.

    I spent several weeks in southwest England last year where I thought the value-for-money of restaurants and supermarkets was better than in Southeast Asia. Wine was much better value.

    (Though it is difficult to compare like for like; I am thinking of western/international food. Street and ‘ethnic’ food are better and cheaper here.)

    The problem is that the English have a fondness for potato-y stodge so they can find it difficult to imagine how to raise the level of cuisine – and to lift prices.

    P.S. In English pubs the customers are supposed to go to bar to get served. When there are too many customers the ones at the back can’t get a drink so they go to another pub.

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