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10 November 2014

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JohnH

Unfortunately, McCain also serves as the CEO of the International Republican Institute, which receives the majority of funding allocated by the National Endowment for Democracy, which is in turn funded by USAID. IRI is active in "democracy promotion" and regime change.

With his two hats, one in the legislative branch as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, member of the Armed Forces Committee and of the Homeland Security Committee, the second as a largely independent operator in the executive branch, he is well positioned to create a lot of mischief and lay traps that Obama will have to react to. The Ukraine and Syrian messes are partially a result of such "democracy promotion" efforts.

We can expect much more of the same with McCain's rise. While McCain cannot order the troops to do anything, he can force Obama's hand...something Obama has shown little aversion to.

Matthew

Col: President Obama needs to call McCain's bluff. Besides the Servants of Netanyahu, who is the constituency for proxy war with Russia and a hot war with Iran?

VietnamVet

Colonel,

There is no doubt that Senator John McCain nurtured and pushed the Sunnis in Syria to overthrow Assad. He reflects all the forces shoving America towards neo-feudalism; the love of war, hatred of others, and financial corruption supporting his campaign contributors. He is the Godfather of ISIS.

The Enlightenment changed mankind’s view of the cosmos. The sun replaced the earth as the center of our universe. Senator McCain and his ilk are intent to bringing us all back down into the muck, carrying an M-16s, starring at the tree line.

Laura Wilson

JohnH--It is almost impossible to believe that with all of the GOP "OLD white committee chairs" that NONE of them suffer from dementia…it is probably statistically impossible. What is WRONG with these people? Why would you want the guy who fought the last war…actually the 3rd war back…to be in charge of anything?

curtis

Follow the money as always.

SteveG

VV
Amen Brother. Semper Fi.
Veterans Day mañana.
Best to all.

makosog

On another front:

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/219072.php

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is Dead! (update: Not Alive Yet Not Dead... Yet)

confusedponderer

re Neo-Feudalism:
"Senator McCain and his ilk are intent to bringing us all back down into the muck, carrying an M-16s, starring at the tree line."

Know your place.

I mean, dynasties you already have - the Bushes, the Clintons, the Kennedies and many more. Just a question of time until positions of power become formally inheritable. Typically, in history, they in time became a commodity to ultimately be sold.

William R. Cumming

Wondering what living members of Senator McCain's 1958 USNA class are up to?

William R. Cumming

YUP!

William R. Cumming

To the best of my knowledge McCain admitted to USNA only because he was a legacy appointment. NAVY nepotism?

Castellio

Pushing back is honorable and appropriate. Sometimes works.

JohnH

McCain as Ahab chasing the great white whale? I don't know about dementia, but I strongly suspect a loose screw...

Thomas

Looks like Caliph Ibrahim needs to lead Friday Prayers this week.

And the neo-Islamic State still hasn't solved the succession issue of the Original.

Charles Dekle

makosog,
So he is Schrödinger's terrorist? Sorry I can't help myself, nerd humor. :-)
Regards,

Aka

VietnamVet ,
"Senator McCain and his ilk are intent to bringing us all back down into the muck, carrying an M-16s, starring at the tree line."

McCain is happy if there is someone to shoot at.

Medicine Man

On the brighter side, it looks like McCain has staved off the mothballing of the A-10 squadrons again: http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/capitol-hill/2014/11/06/sen-john-mccain-vows-to-save-a-10-from-retirement/18604159/

Well, staved off until the next time the Airforce tries to rid themselves of their CAS squadrons. They just need to transfer those planes, pilots, and ground crews to Army Aviation already.

Allen Thomson


Indeed, the bra-ket quantum notation developed by Dirac is ideal for such situations:

([Ibrahim dead| + [Ibrahim alive| + [Ibrahim other|)(|Ibrahim dead] + |Ibrahim alive] + |Ibrahim other]) = 1 . He's gotta be somewhere in that superposition of states. (I use square rather than pointy brackets because typepad thinks the pointy ones are commands.)

Note that the "other" state is not necessarily orthogonal to the other two.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra%E2%80%93ket_notation

makosog

ROLFMAO. Had a good laugh at that one.

confusedponderer

Some more nerd humour:

http://tinyurl.com/cec3rbe

There you go.

Charles Dekle

Allen Thomson,
I was a Physics major but when I hit Quantum Mechanics I switched to Electrical Engineering. That wave/partical thing just weirded me out.
Regards,

Charles Dekle

CP,
Thanks for the laugh. How about this one: http://www.splitreason.com/Product_Images/10822ad1917e-xl.jpg.
Regards,

Babak Makkinejad

There is a sensible account of QM in the book by David Cook, "Schrodinger's Mechanics", shorn of all the pseudo-philosophical and pseudo-mystical clap trap.

It assumes familiarity with QM, Stat. Mech., and Hamilton-Jacobi Theory.

Charles Dekle

Babak Makkinejad,
Thank you.
Regards,

William R. Cumming

Apparently the EBOLA deployment in W. Africa was active duty forces. Hagel has announced that NG and Reserves will replace them in December. All returnees will go through a 21 day quarantine. Does McCain have strong views on NG and Reserves usage?

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