#161
#162
Bet it was the one with the photo of Thich Quang Duc burning himself to death in protest of the RVN junta.
#163
Hardly because of the band,
#164
He's also obstructing an abortion clinic from being built in his mayoral demesne, while a fake christian pregnancy counseling center or whatever has no problems getting set up
#165
haha that excerpt where he’s like, “when I was all fired up about going to a Howard Dean speech in college, I couldn’t imagine that the guy who really made a difference would be cattle-eyed Apolitical Mark Facebook in the building I waddled past”
#166
the one where he explains the clock on the Cambridge Bank building made him excited because clocks on buildings meant he was finally in the big city, instead of the place where he grew up, which was the campus of Notre Dame
#167
#168

This vehicle was designed to drop in from the sky along with paratroopers. The JLTV is the "LRV" armored scout in this concept video (this is an actual Army video):


The basic idea is that third-world armies these days with money + weapons + vehicles from Russia, Iran, etc. can turn paratroopers into mince meat, so the Army wants to give paratroopers these armored taxi cabs to drop in 100 "clicks" away -- so they don't get blown away by shoulder-fired missiles -- and then drive into battle. But they're heavy and break down quickly, and they're not so heavy that they can't be lifted in which means they're not as armored as they probably need to be. The MRAPs used in Iraq were like giant crab shells for keeping soldiers alive during Mahdi Army ambushes in cities, so they could be slow and heavy and spare parts were just a few miles down the road.
#169
then they'd chop the MRAPs into scrap and sell it to the locals because it was too expensive to ship them back home. lol.
#170
ill listen to everything but country and MRAP
#171
a curious fact about mraps is that they descend from vehicles designed by the south africans and rhodesians so the vehicles amerikkkan troops ride into battle come from a proud lineage of white supremacist battle taxis
#172
In a message to troops, a senior UK officer wrote: ‘The Commandant General Royal Marines has directed that anyone with the recent video from Ex BP (Exercise Baltic Protector) is to delete it immediately. Anyone found forwarding it, particularly to public forums, will face disciplinary action. It includes booze, shit and swastikas.
#173
sex and drugs and lebensraum
#174

Sunday posted:

a curious fact about mraps is that they descend from vehicles designed by the south africans and rhodesians so the vehicles amerikkkan troops ride into battle come from a proud lineage of white supremacist battle taxis


Fun facts: Saw a bunch of these in the 1988 film "Red Scorpion" with Dolph Lundgren. Anti-communist propaganda movie made in collaboration with the Apartheid regime and filmed in occupied Namibia. Directed by Joseph Zito who made "Invasion U.S.A" where Chuck Norris fights communist guerrillas in Florida. Produced and written by none other than Jack Abramoff. The Apartheid military probably put up most of the budget for it since it cost $16 million to make (a lot for a Lundgren-led b-movie in the 80s) and it bombed at the box office. There's some fascist Riefenstahl "last of the Nuba" stuff in it too.

Article:

One thing to understand about Abramoff was that his Hollywood career and his lobbying career weren’t separate—they were like a giant melting pot of influence and propaganda. In fact, Red Scorpion was effectively funded by the South African military, thanks to the fact that the country was Abramoff’s primary client at the time. If you watch the movie, in fact, you’ll notice that the tanks being driven throughout are South African.

And looking at the plot—specifically below the surface points that involve Dolph Lundgren brandishing guns—the film was roughly based on the life story of Jonas Savimbi, an Angolan military leader who was considered a South African ally and a noted anti-Communist.

In 1986, Abramoff launched and headed an organization called the International Freedom Foundation (IFF), an organization that portrayed itself as an anti-Communist political think tank. In reality, though, it was a group meant to give some positive press and political cover to the South African government at a time when they were being pressured to release Nelson Mandela.

(Abramoff wasn’t the only lobbyist-type backing South Africa at the time; as The Nation notes, Abramoff’s old friend Grover Norquist, known these days as an anti-tax hound, visited a conference in South Africa intended to unify Americans in support of ending the anti-apartheid movement.)

Arthur Ashe, the late tennis star and anti-apartheid activist, spoke out against the film during its production, calling it an “endorsement of South Africa’s policies.” Members of the movie’s crew found the funding for the film distasteful.

“We heard that very right-wing South African money was helping fund the movie,” actor Carmen Argenziano, who played a Cuban colonel in the film, told Salon in 2005. “It wasn’t very clear. We were pretty upset about the source of the money. We thought we were misled. We were shocked that these brothers who we thought were showbiz liberals—Beverly Hills Jewish kids—were doing this.”

Nonetheless, it didn’t stop the film’s production, and the movie ultimately came out in April of 1989—less than a year before Mandela was released from captivity.

While the film ultimately failed at the goal of making the African National Congress look bad and ginning up support for South Africa, it was effective as a calling card for Abramoff. Most lobbyists of the era were busy trying to influence politicians in Washington; he went to modern-day Namibia with a camera crew to influence everyday Americans in movie theaters and on HBO. Maybe it didn’t work out in the end, but it certainly helped boost his reputation when he finally did return to Washington in the mid-’90s.

#175
16 coked-up United States Marines just got dragged out of formation and arrested for running a coyote ring
#176
is my favorite The Decemberists track.
#177
Yes! bring back the M8 armored gun system. I'm sure airborn based operations will totally work in brush fire wars just like it did in soma-. Oh, oh no.
#178

cars posted:

So there's a candidate for United States The President who was a Navy Troop spook in Afghanistan (where United States uh needed, a whole bunch of naval intelligence, for its Navy, in landlocked mountain country Afghanistan), and his only other qualification is being the mayor of "South Bend, Indiana", and he's got a whole bunch of money out of nowhere & the Washington press mysteriously wants him to be in all the debates and keeps writing stories pretending people like him, this Little Kid Mayor from Spooktown.

This post is to inform the postingship that the official position of this Web site is, He's An Op, and he's going to continue to prove it in more and more grotesquely absurd ways for the next year at least. And so we all got something to look forward to. Well bye.



only ~8 months after I posted this everyone is talking about it so thank you good work everyone.

#179
goddamn well played
#180
I like the news from the other day that he's spending a bunch of donor cash on a PMC to run security for his events. Tango Alpha Charlie... this is Papa Romeo. BUTTCAN has kissed the baby. Repeat: BUTTCAN has kissed the baby. EXFIL is authorized. Make sure to pass through the JRCC this time to avoid BLM... let's not fuck this up, people. Prepare to INFIL to LZ Christie's Pies and Bakeries. Preparing JLEnt staging for second-wave babies. A high-velocity drop is authorized.
#181

#182
the babykiller candidate
#183
they're prob giving him money to win so he can end all wars and allow them to stop killing babies & come home to comfortable yet effective rehabilitation centers
#184
babykilling needs to be brought into the 21st century, done by a drone controlled by a machine learning algorithm and coded by a silicon valley nerd high on adderall

bring our washed out junior varsity football players home

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#185
DSA people getting confused & upset at the obvious implication of political statements about spending in the U.S. press, the implication that money spent on social programs is a cost center while money spent on imperialist ventures somehow generates revenue streams for the state, bwuh huh?!?!?!... they're so, so, so, so, so close to understanding their own politics
#186

ialdabaoth posted:

they're prob giving him money to win so he can end all wars and allow them to stop killing babies & come home to comfortable yet effective rehabilitation centers


turns out most troops are just fucking lazy

#187
have to wonder what's going through the head of a global rape specialist like Mayor Spook Troop as he listens to some doddering Vermonter puzzle loudly over the baffling concept that empire... pays??? the answer: AVE SATANUS, AVE SATANUS in four-part choral harmony
#188
hahahahahahhaha

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/troops-euphemism/604927/
#189
I saw a homless vet sign and i lol'd.
#190

Petrol posted:

hahahahahahhaha

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/troops-euphemism/604927/


i'm lolling

To call soldiers troops suggests a hive of faceless bees scarcely distinguishable as individuals, spending their entire existences as cogs within a community so tightly knit and interdependent that one could analyze it as a single organism. Referring to persons as troops carefully distracts us from the individuals putting their lives on the line.


#191
Navy troop stealing a Shriners meeting in Iowa, kind of pathetic... the crimes of C-SPAN Sandiego
#192
#193
telling tales on our pilgrimage to see the sword of michael's spear