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  1. dennis17 commented on Pat Oliphant 9 months ago

    Poor John Kerry. It is his fate to be the head diplomat at a time when the U.S. is perceived as a paper tiger. When he says “jump”, the nations of the world snicker. And given that Mr. Hagel wishes to significantly downgrade the military that we have, this attitude will only increase. Hurrah for the new multipolar world in which Russia and China will do whatever they wish, and the Middle East will fill up with new nuclear powers as the Sunnis seek to counter Iran. We’re so much happier than in the old days of trying to be the world cop.

  2. dennis17 commented on Pat Oliphant 9 months ago

    There is nothing to be done against Putin militarily. The world realizes that there’s no real estate the U.S. is willing to defend against someone who can fight back. Possibly including Alaska (once part of Greater Russia). It may be that financial and other economic sanctions, though not sexy, have more impact than the ordinary citizen thinks. There is also the sticky problem that Ukraine is not just some nearby territory that Russia occupies when it’s able, it is historically an integral part of Russia. Rather as if the U.S. broke up into several pieces and Southern California (including the San Diego naval facilities) sought to ally with China. The main piece of the U.S. remaining would never tolerate that if it had the power to thwart it. And Ukraine has been part of Russia way, way, longer than California has been part of the U.S.
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    Might may not make what’s right, but it sure makes what is. —anonymous.

  3. dennis17 commented on Pat Oliphant 9 months ago

    I groaned at first glance—Oliphant who is a gifted artist taking a cheap shot at Bush who obviously is an ordinary one. But this as a whole is hilarious. I do think Pelosi would be a more fit subject for Francis Bacon or Lucien Freud, neither of whom are still with us. Good job.

  4. dennis17 commented on One Big Happy 12 months ago

    I don’t know where the cartoonist got it, but I got it from a country song several years ago.

  5. dennis17 commented on Pat Oliphant 12 months ago

    Oliphant has found some one new to idolize. For now. Liberals love the Church’s economics because it has a distributive philosophy—give to the poor while keeping a nice bit for yourself. But the Church also believes that we have souls, leading to certain inevitable positions upon things like abortion and euthanasia. And to liberals, being pro-life is akin to being pro-slavery. This doesn’t seem to bother American Catholics however since all the prominent ones not actually in the priesthood seem to be fervent advocates of abortion. (Just to be sure I make everyone mad, I support abortion myself, but I’m not a Catholic.)

  6. dennis17 commented on One Big Happy about 1 year ago

    Someone forgot to tell Ruthie she’s too young. She “claims” James is her boy friend,, although Buggy certainly has her attention. I’ve always thought that Buggy is her real love interest, but I’m beginning to let doubt creep in. He certainly is an obnoxious little jerk. But if his attentions really are unwanted, why haven’t the adults gotten involved?

  7. dennis17 commented on Shoe about 1 year ago

    Beat me to it. These days ecumenicalism requires including a Muslim. “Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics and the Catholics hate the Protestants, the Hindus hate the Muslims, and everybody hates the Jews. But during National Brotherhood Week. . .” —Tom Lehrer.

  8. dennis17 commented on Non Sequitur about 1 year ago

    I don’t like this turn of events at all. Seriously? Disrupt the entire life of yourself and your family on the spur of the moment to follow a woman who rather deliberately moved far away from you? Bad decision, Joe. And highly irresponsible of Mom to prod him into it.

  9. dennis17 commented on One Big Happy about 1 year ago

    That has to have come out of one of those joke collections by someone like Bennett Cerf. My favorite, roughly, is: "I lose money on every sale. If it weren’t for my volume I’d go broke.

  10. dennis17 commented on Pat Oliphant about 1 year ago

    Gentlemen (and non-gentlemen) do read each other’s mail. Reasonably competent ones don’t get caught at it. Bugging friendly heads of state is something really not to get caught at.