Saturday, September 13, 2014

To War Or Not To War

To War Or Not To War – with apologies to Shakespeare’s Hamlet

To war, or not to war: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous opponents,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand un-natural shocks
Their flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To kill, to die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

h/t LambsLettuce

I know some of you may object to me modifying the words of the great writer William Shakespeare, butt I figure, if Big Guy can change the Constitution, also written by great men:


and the entire junior staff around here can change the meaning of words at will:

Instapundit suggests that Kerry doesn't want to call it a war because we might lose it. I actually think it's because the administration is delusional and mistakes its ability to rename things via clever word games for material reality. Which is far more troubling than simple cowardice or deceit. Certainly nothing Kerry has said in his new gig argues that he has a robust sense of reality testing.

I think I should be able to play around with a little soliloquy on the meaning of life. So again I ask: to war or not to war? Isn’t that really the question?

Please stand by for the definitive answer;


Barry will get back to you just as  soon as he’s done waffling.  

obama-eating-waffles_thumb[1]Hey guys, can’t I just eat my waffle?

We’ll get back to you as soon as our overnights are in.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

MOTUS Twilight Nocturne Lounge #5: Then The Morning Comes!

motus TNL-bar

Welcome to another evening at MOTUS’ Twilight Nocturne Lounge. If you’re a regular you know how it works. If you’re new here grab a seat and just nod at Little Mo – he’s the bartender - when you need a drink; he always knows what you want.

Our featured cocktail this evening is a  Tequila Sunrise, straight up or on the rocks:

tequila sunrise

Ice cubes,

1 ½ ounces tequila,

4 ½ ounces orange juice,

1 ½ teaspoons grenadine syrup.


Pour the tequila and orange juice into the glass, with or without ice. Slowly pour grenadine over a bar spoon into the center of the drink. Garnish with a lime slice, or an orange slice, and a maraschino cherry.


Done; let the morning come.

We’re changing the tempo up a bit tonight, with a little Rock & Roll.  First on stage, the Millennial sensation, Smash Mouth, with their hit “Then The Morning Comes” because it seems somehow appropriate:

"Then The Morning Comes": Smash Mouth

Paint the town
Take a bow

bow collage
Thank everybody
You're gonna’ do it again
You are the few, the proud
You are the antibody
Mind soul, and zen

And the world's a stage

And the world's a faze
And the end is near

my work is done WM

So push rewind

Just in time
Thank anybody
You're gonna’ do it again

The way the you walk

bo walk aussie jillian

It's just the way that you talk
Like it ain't no thing

And every single day is just a fling

Obama Vacation

Then the morning comes


Take your knocks
Shake them off
Duck everybody
You're gonna’ take them again

Bo practices for his next job runway model

You are your foe
Your friend
You are the paparazzi
You are the tragedian

big bo little bo

And the world's a craze
And the world's a faze
And the end is near


So push rewind
Just in time
Thank anybody
You're gonna’ do it again

bo wee are still the won

The way the you walk
It's just the way that you talk
Like it ain't no thing

And every single day is just a fling
And when it comes it moves so slow

Kinda’ like it's saying I told you so
Looking back before she goes
Tomorrow's gonna’ hurt

bo flinches judo olympic demonstration white house_thumb[6]

And the world's a stage

bo tunnel of darkness

And the world's a faze
And the end is near


So push rewind
Just in time
Thank anybody
It's just the way that you walk

one step over the line_thumb[3]

It's just the way that you talk
Like it ain't no thing


And every single day is just a fling
13 hours benghazi copy

Then the morning comes!




Unfortunately we’ll be the ones with the hangover. Butt it will be worth it he’s “Gone, Girl” and we get a new dawn.



So then, to close out the evening and officially start the weekend, we’re gonna’ mellow down easy with another Tequila Sunrise. Little Mo’s mixing yours right now. If you need another, well, you know, just nod.

“Tequila Sunrise”: The Eagles

PS: did I mention that you can order your Tequila Sunrises as Jello shots? Supplies are limited, so place your orders early.


ts shots

tequila sunrise jello shots

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How Many Times Do I Have to Explain “Kinetic Military Action” to You Dopes?

Q. When is a war not a war?

A. When it is a “fairly significant counter-terrorist operation” (according to Jean CarrĂ©) rather than a “war per se” (according to Josh Earnest); when our State Department rejects the “notion” of us engaging in a “war” on terrorism” (according to Marie Harf) and when the Commander in Chief says that the group calling itself the “Islamic State” is neither Islamic…nor a state; ipso fatso, we can’t declare war on it.

And while we’re at it, perhaps someone can get to the bottom of this mystery too: who forgot to order the White House yard crew to cut the grass on the South Lawn for yesterday’s moment of silence on the National Day of Remembrance and Service?


Ankle high grass is really more appropriate for putting a herd out to pasture.


It’s not like 9-11 occurs on a different day every year. Although I suppose the crew may have assumed that the “remembrance” part had diminished in importance now that 9-11 is really more about “giving back.” By putting playground equipment together, or something:


President Barack Obama uses a ratchet wrench as he helps build a playground while participating in a service project at the Inspired Teaching School, a high-performing public charter school in northeast Washington, DC, to commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance:

bo uses wrench to help build a playgroundDon’t strain yourself, BO! We’ve still got a “fairly significant counter-terrorist operation” to execute when you’re done here.


“KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold goal of bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 7.4 million children.”

“KaBoom!” - really? You couldn’t find a less appropriately named non-profit to promote for our “September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance?”

I leave it up to you kids to sort this out, as I am going to be busy today getting the MOTUS Twilight Nocturne Lounge ready for this evening’s special event. Whoever used it last apparently left it not only in a mess, butt in serious need of restocking.

See you tonight: Happy Hour begins promptly at 5:00 EDT.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

I Wonder What the Half-Life of ISIL is?


Lights! Cameras! Action!

mephistopheles copy

EEEEWWWW! Is this the best we can do!?! And what the heck is wrong with his eyes? It looks like somebody plugged some marbles into his eye sockets. And those horns! (h/t Abenaki) – where the heck did they come from - and why didn’t I see them from my vantage point!? That’s just creepy, and somewhat inscrutable; just like the speech itself.

Just as with our last great Democratic President, the import of this event depends on what the meaning of IS is; specifically, on what the meaning of the IS in ISIS  is– all we know for sure is that it doesn’t mean “Islamic State.”

While you’re still pondering that imponderable, allow me to summarize BHO’s 4-part strategery, as developed and conveyed to him by his highly experienced staff of former chauffeurs:

1) air strikes, like in Somalia and Yemen because that’s working out so well, 2) find some Arab allies (good luck with that), 3) try to get the Sunnis “on message” (good luck with that) and 4) rebuild the Iraq army (again).

Oh, and we’re going to mobilize the international community. Because…community! And that’s what community organizers do.

To quote a highly trained drunk-blogger: “Poor Mesopotamia.”


So, in closing, let me assure you that  ISIS is just a bunch of thugs with no vision. No wait…isn’t that us? It’s all a bit confusing. Butt I do know this much:

Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

clear plastic binders

Just ram that objective of yours into a clear plastic binder and we’ll have ourselves a real plan. Because unless you’re a Republican, keeping stuff in binders is a perfectly good idea.


I wonder what the half life on ISIL is? Because that “degrading” destruction really can’t come too soon.



Never, never, never, never, never forget.

1993_wtc_night_05twin towers tributeOr give up.

“If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.” - Sun Tzu

bo clueless fingerpoint

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Harsh Words and a Little Presidential Stompy Foot

Hoo-wee! This is shaping up to be a very long, hard week. We started with F. Chuck on Meet the Press:

stuff a cigar in itCare to enjoy one of those special Oval Office cigars? Sure Chief! Don’t mind if I do…

And tonight, the handlers have decided that Barry will finally Face the Nation and present something that will have to pass for a thought on the existential threat presented by ISIS. Don’t expect anything too definitive, like condemnation of the Evil Empire, butt I understand there will be harsh words followed by some presidential stompy foot.

bo mad godfather poseYou have displeased me. Harsh letter to follow.

And you can tell the poll numbers on this issue are huge, as we’re doing the Read during prime time:

WASHINGTON — President Obama will address the nation at 9 p.m. on Wednesday about how the United States plans to confront the threat from the Sunni extremist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. [note: BHO likes to call it “ISIL” to divert your eyes from his failed strategery in Syria.]

In the speech, Mr. Obama will lay out a strategy for “degrading and ultimately destroying the terrorist group,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. [note: since the JV team has been promoted to full Varsity, our plan for treating ISIS/L as a “managable problem” has veered off course into far more sinister straits.]

The decision to schedule the address during prime time, from the state floor of the White House, underscores the gravity of the challenge from ISIS. [note: See! I told you that they couldn’t run around slashing off heads without a public outcry, followed up by presidential indignation.]

And then the NYT groupies reporters could restrain themselves no further; they go to bat for their homey:

A year after opposition in Congress thwarted plans for missile strikes in Syria, the White House is again putting the issue of military force in the Middle East before a skeptical Congress and a war-weary public.

If it weren’t for that inconvenient, do-nothing Congress the “tide of war” would have “receded” by now, just as the Won calculated it would, and we could all go golfing.

As it is, look for the announcement of a sterile war with no boots on the ground just a bunch of drone strikes and missile launchers blowing the smithereens out of everything.

Meanwhile, Jean CarrĂ© will be in Tel Aviv, explaining why Israel can’t launch missiles and send drones into the Gaza strip.

one step over the lineSee that red line? Watch me straddle it like a pro!

So hang in there, troops. After all, it is hump day and I promise: Little Mo and I will be hosting a gathering in the MOTUS Twilight Nocturne Lounge on Friday evening. Be sure to drop by to wash off all of this week’s accumulated slime with a libation of your choice…be that a Shirley (or Sherman)Temple or a martini.

I have to run now, I’m responsible for making sure the carpet on the state floor is vacuumed, the woodwork dusted and everything is in it’s proper place for the Big Read tonight. Maybe if you watch you’ll catch a glimpse of me, reflecting Barry, gazing out at you, gazing back at him.

obamamirrorsend_thumb[2]“I love you, bro!” “Yeah, I love you back!”

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

“Reach Higher!” Hell, Why Not Go For The White House?

I guess I’ve been a little off my game lately, butt in my defense, I hadn’t even noticed until Little Mo pointed out that I’ve been wasting a lot of valuable Ethernet time/space yacking about racist topics like ISIS/ISIL/IS/ISZ, Benghazi, IRS, Fast & Furious and how Putin is rebuilding the Soviet Union one country at a time. As a result, he reminded me that I’ve been giving short shrift to the more important issues facing our country, like renegade schools that are dumping Lady M’s “Healthy Lunch & Snack Programs.” Because kids just won’t eat them. So they’re hungry all the time.


So today, I’m covering one of MO’s public service appearances in a sincere attempt to apologize for my lapse.


This time she was in Atlanta at the Booker T. Washington school where she and Education Secretary Arne Duncan teamed up to promote their “Reach Higher” program which is aimed at maintaining full employment for tenured college professors.

Lady M was the star of the pep rally designed to get kids fired up to “reach higher” than high school.

1410214038007-Still0908_00007As you see, they’re mesmerized, and fired up.

She shared her personal story, as she always does, and encouraged the kids to go ahead and take out $200k in loans in order to spend 4-6 years in undergraduate school taking remedial courses that will qualify them to, well, you know, reach higher. Or something.

earn-starbucksCome on! Lean in! I’m really reaching as high as I can!

Of course, that kind of debt can be quite burdensome, as Lady M has explained many times in the past:

Mrs. Obama complains about the lasting burden of student loans dating from her days at Princeton and Harvard Law School. She talks about people who end up taking years and years, until middle age, to pay off their debts. “The salaries don’t keep up with the cost of paying off the debt, so you’re in your 40s, still paying off your debt at a time when you have to save for your kids,” she says.

Butt despite that nagging concern, she also advises that they reject those big, lucrative corporate jobs in order to pursue their true bliss in one of the “helping” professions - like she and Barry did.

Obama explains that she and her husband made the choice to give up lucrative jobs in favor of community service. “We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do,” she tells the women. “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that. But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the money-making industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond.”


Poster_Unionize_Sex_Workers_NowA member of one of the “helping” professions, reaching higher!

And after you “give up” that big corporate job, get into one of those “helping” professions, your salary, indeed will “respond.” Or something. Of course, if you choose the right “helping” profession, the perks are awesome!


air-force-one-300x180Date night! New York City here we come!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Optics, Theater: Stage Left

Good Morning: I’ve got the Chucky Cheese interview; abridged and annotated. You’re welcome.

President Obama in an interview broadcast Sunday said he “should have anticipated the optics” of golfing after a statement condemning the execution of American journalist James Foley.

gregorySomeone else who never quite understood the importance of optics: Chucky’s MTP predecessor

Yes he was upset with himself, he’s usually so good with the optics.

Obama 2008

“It is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be President on vacation,” Obama said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

I KNOW! Between the fundraising, the concerts, the golf, the parties, the date nights, the golf, the sleepovers, and the flyovers, it’s hard to know where the work ends and the vacation begins.

safari2The Mrs. though, she doesn’t have that problem

"There's no doubt that — after having talked to the families, where it was hard for me to hold back tears listening to the pain that they were going through,

obama-tearsSee? See? I know how to do optics!

after the statement that I made, that you know, I should've anticipated the optics" he added. "You know, that's part of the job.”

Got it; it’s hard anticipating optics when you’re on vacation, unlike when you’re working and constantly thinking of the optics. Come to think of it, in Barry’s case, it’s not just “part of the job,” it IS the job.

Obama Stonehenge

Obama also said “theater” is part of the presidency.

Again, no; not part of the presidency; it’s the whole Megillah.


"It's not something that always comes naturally to me.”



But it matters. And I'm mindful of that," Obama said.

Well, that’s good. And being mindful, now, of the importance of the theatre of the absurd, he told Chuck he’s going to take another crack at defining his position on ISIS on Wednesday:

President Obama said he plans to address the nation on the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Wednesday, vowing to "hunt down" the terrorists who beheaded Foley.

And no golf this time! As he told Chuck:

“What I'm going to be asking the American people to understand is, number one, this is a serious threat,”

So, congrats going out to the ISIS team: you’ve officially been kicked up from JV to Varsity!

“Number two, we have the capacity to deal with it.”

What he means is that he’ll make it “a manageable threat.” That way Big Guy won’t be responsible for putting any boots on the ground, like that old war-monger cowboy before him – who knew nothing about presidential optics or theater. Hayseed. 

bush miss me yet

BO, in case you’ve forgotten, won a Nobel Peace Prize. So there will be no war; only “manageable problems” addressed by “kinetic military action.” Because his handlers promised that he could end Bush’s wars, butt it was understood that he wouldn’t be allowed to start any. On purpose any way.

__obama screaming“It was my understanding there would be no wars.”

Unfortunately, ISIS didn’t get the memo.

Stay tuned, optics and theater to follow.

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