Monday, September 30, 2013

Obituary for Maire Caitlin Kent


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Washington Kabuki Theater:
Why The Republicans Are Trying
To Delay Obamacare (When They Secretly Support It)




























The budget crisis we're facing is a case of classic Washingtonian kabuki theater.

The Republicans are pretending to try to stop Obamacare by causing a government shutdown. They are pretending they don't want Obamacare to go forward.

They want, in fact, the opposite.

The Democrats are pretending to try to save Obamacare by forcing the Republicans to submit to it.

They, too, in fact, want the opposite.

The Republicans are causing the shutdown by including language delaying Obamacare for another year. It won't pass, and the Republicans are secretly delighted.  Why?

If Obamacare goes forward, the American people have a full year of watching their insurance premiums balloon and explode, and they will remember it in the voting booth next November, to the detriment of the Democrats. Or so the Elite thinks. They NEVER think beyond the next election, since their pensions and salaries depend on it.

If Obamacare is delayed a year, the Democrats won't face the pitchfork-and-torches reaction to Obamacare until the election in 2016, by which time they'll have another Presidential candidate to lead the way (possibly Hillary).

So why are the Republicans trying to delay it a year if the Democrats want it? Because if they don't their base will be pissed off and stay home in 2014.

While the GOP Elite see that the best they can do under the circumstances is increase their control of the House and maybe, inshal'lah, take the Senate, much of the base (and the Tea Party) are so opposed to Obamacare that they think that the GOP has to pull out all stops now (failing to recognize that we just don't have the strength to actually stop it).

So why are the Democrats trying to implement it this year if the Republicans want it? Because if they don't THEIR base will be pissed off and stay home in 2014.

What the Democrat Elite see is that they know it's a stinkeroo of a law, that we're likely pretty much stuck with it for the immediate present, and that there WILL be an uprising of the pitchfork-and-torches crowd eventually. They'd rather have it with a Presidential election than an off-year election, when half their base stays home. The Dem base however wants to save this evil bill as the only real legacy that their eight years of incompetence will show.... failing to recognize that it IS a stinkeroo of a law.

Politics. Ainnitwunnerful?

Friday, September 27, 2013

God be with you, Soldier Girl.
RIP Maire Kent (1989-2013)



FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:
Funeral Arrangements Are as Follows:
Borek Jennings Funeral Home.
Lamb Chapel Howell
312 S. Michigan Ave.
Howell Michigan. 48843
6-8 pm Thursday Oct. 3, 2013 and Noon - 5 pm Friday Oct. 4, 2013
Service will start at 5 pm Friday Oct 4, 2013

From my cousin Geoff Kent:
Rise up! All you warriors who have assisted in our beloved Maire's battle against Cardiac Sarcoma. Today, Friday, September 27, 2013 at 4:20pm our hero has crossed the finish line hand in hand with her family. Her life has been a victory...Cancer has been overcome and cannot hurt our angel anymore. Now she will stand by all of us who call on her for support, strength and courage. We did not fail her in her fight and she will never abandon us for all eternity. Her spirit lives! The love she has for everyone will increase our own, her strength will bolster our own weakness. Her compassion will soften the hearts of those who know what it is to be a hero for one another. Rest in peace Maire Kent. 4-18-89 to 9-27-13.
RLK here. I should note: she was only the fifth American to suffer from her particular form of sarcoma, the 52nd noted in the history of medicine... and by all indications the longest lived from time of diagnosis. 

She was valiant and true to herself and she sings now with the angels.

God bless you, soldier girl.

 


...and...



(-thanx Ahmed!)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Adventures in
American Cultural Education:
CNN Student News 9/23/2013




 
Note: as part of my efforts in furthering my children’s Cultural Education, and more specifically, warning them how to watch TV, my son (whom I shall refer to as Mr. P) and I am now watching every episode of the CNN Student News broadcast. These offer excellent examples for teaching him how to spot propaganda, BS and manipulation in the news. Tonight, we offer a transcript of our conversation as a typical example of How To Spot BC* In The News using the CNN Student News for today, 9/23/2013.

((*BC = "bullcrap," as Mr. P is far too fastidious to say "BS".\ in front of Dad.))

Me: Hello testing 123 today is Sept 22 2013, we are watching CNNSN for Sept 23 2013 and I am here with my son Mr P.,  who is here to be enlightened as to how he is being mind manipulated and propagandized by the Media....

Mr. P.: What he said.

Me: Yeah. ((CNN Student News begins)) Ahhah. Patience...

CNN SN: "We are starting this week in a terrorist attack on a shopping mall... this happened in Nairobi...."

(What follows is a five-minute straightforward news story about how Islamist terrorists in connection with Al Qaida attacked a Western style shopping mall outside of Nairobi, Kenya, killing 59 people and taking–as of the time this story was made–35 people hostage.)

"... An extremist islamist group called Al Shebab said they were responsible for the attack... the Westgate Mall is a soft target.... where terrorists could potentially cause more damage...."

((Insert section interviewing an American college-aged(?) student who was caught in the crossfire at the mall... ‘There were two individuals with me who suffered superficial gunshot wounds.... well, they weren’t with me, but they were with me under the stairwell...."))

"The attack on these ‘soft targets’ raises questions...could what happened there could have happened here?...."

Mr. P: The straightfowardness of this story is declining fast.

Me: Well, not really. So far the story has been pretty straightforward news....

P: Why are they mentioning this?

Al Shabab is connected to Al Qaida, They’ve based out of Somalia, they’re tangentially connected to Al Qaida. Don’t get me wrong. They are a bunch of bad guys..... But I should note that it came out that three of the dead terrorists were American citizens, two from St. Paul MN and one from KC MO.... It turns out that both those cities have major Somali populations.... there has been no strike like this in the US so far...

Mr. P: Good thing, too.

Me: Just last week we had the attack on the Navy Yard in Washington DC. I told you about that; I was afraid one of my friends could have been caught up in it....

((Here follows long story about The Mall of America and their atni terrorist planning))

CNNSN: Twice a month they participate in a lock down drill... ‘If something will happen we want to know what we can do to protect you before law enforcement gets here...." "... For most people, any one of your day to day situations could make you vulnerable if someone is determined to make you vulnerable to attack...

Me: This is of course a commercial for Mall of America. However, this story is absolutely correct as far as it goes. This has not happened here in the United States, yet, although there was a shooting at a movie theater last year.... The vast majority of mass shootings that happen here in the US happen because of a single person who is undergoing some sort of psychotic breakdown. Like the guy who attacked the navy yard or the guy who shot the movie theater in Colorado last year. Those guys had very severe mental problems, like schizophrenia...

Mr. P. Schizo...what?

Me: Schizophrenia is a condition that causes you to dissociate from reality and in essence inhabit an alternate world..... used to be that people thought that schizophrenia caused you to have ‘multiple personalities,’ but that is something different. Due to a major chemical imbalance in the brain, controllable through drugs, there is a separation of the sufferer from the world around them and they think that their fight or flight circuit is turned on all the time... some times they shoot up people or places like in the Navy Yard. Now that guy at the Navy Yard had lost his job there, he came back to wreak havoc on those who fired him. He was not a Muslim terrorist.

Mr. P: So schizophrenia... you mentioned the other day that a lot of homeless people on the streets are...

Me. Many people who are homeless have serious mental illness that prevents them from maintaining a home. Schizophrenia is a very serious illness and a lot of homeless people suffer from it... it is very often found among people living on the streets.

(((Pausing video and reading from the Wikipedia entry.)))) Schizophrenia

...is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by a deficit of typical emotional responses. Common symptoms are delusions and disorganized thinking including auditory hallucinations, [i.e., hearing voices], paranoia, [i.e., being afraid of everyone all the time], bizarre delusions, [i.e., thinking that robots are stealing your luggage], disorganized speech, [i.e, of the sort you find on CNN or in CSPAN speeches] (((Mr. P.: lol))) and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. The onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood, with a global lifetime prevalence of about 0.3–0.7%. [which means that about 1 person in 200 suffers from this.] Diagnosis is based on observed behavior and the patient's reported experiences.

Genetics, early environment, neurobiology, and psychological and social processes appear to be important contributory factors; some recreational and prescription drugs appear to cause or worsen symptoms....

Me: It’s very common. Before I married your mom we used to invite one guy to our gaming sessions who had it. We had to be very careful to invite him to the rules-based hexagonal wargames of the Avalon Hill variety, and never to play D&D or other roleplaying games. He was just fine with the former but he was incapable of dealing with the latter.

Schizophrenia does not necessarily make you a bad person but it is a horrible thing to suffer from. And in a world like we have, where semiautomatic weapons can pretty much be bought by anybody.... occasionally they go crazy and kill people like the guy at the Navy Yard.

Mr. P: Supposed the government tried to make it illegal for a schizophrenic to own a weapon?

Me: Schizophrenia is a medical diagnosis, and it is not only private, it is superprivate. How do you enforce that? There is a directory out there... the FBI runs a database of people who are not allowed to own weapons, they can put people for medical diagnoses. Unfortunately they can also do so for political purposes which is a bad thing... like putting people on there for political purposes, like veterans who say bad things about Obama, who go on the list because it is claimed that they have PTSD issues, you know what PTSD is, right?

Mr P: Post traumatic stress disorder. I know.

Yes. This is completely different from schizophrenia. It is acquired, not genetic or environmental, from combat experience. If someone is put on the list for schizophrenia it is illegal for them to own a firearm. You can’t really make it illegal though. However, if they are paranoid, they are the last people in the world who will comply, if they’re paranoid. If they’re out to get you to get your gun, guess what.....!

Mr. P: "They’re out to get you!"

Exactly! There’s an old joke that says "Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you!" In that circumstance it is absolutely correct. Let’s get back to CNN Student BC....

Anyway, about Mall of America.... Mall of America is particularly vulnerable. They’re so big they have a McDonald’s on EVERY FLOOR... that’s why they go through such elaborate drills. It’s not just that they’re so big, it’s because they’re the Mall of America. Think about it. "Mall.... of.... America." Right after 9/11 there were terrorist strikes.... involving the sending of Anthrax spores against the "American Media." It turns out most of the victims (aside from a couple of newspapers) belonged to companies that called themselves "American Media". These companies produced what? Supermarket tabloids! Go figure. Terrorists aren’t so smart. Anyway... (((fastforward back to the next story in the line...)))

CNNSN: There is a big storm in the West Pacific, hitting China... ((story about the usual flooding in China from major typhoons)) "It is common for storms to occur in this part of China this time of year."

Me: Yes. Of course. Now what’s the metameaning of this story?

Mr. P: Violent storm. Global warming?

Me: Yes.

Mr. P: But there is no such thing as global warming.

Me. You have learned well, young Padawan.

Mr. P: Then why the story on the storm?

Me. Because the story gives them a reason to talk about....

Mr. P: "GLOBAL WARMING!"

Me: Yep. Or ‘climate change,’ which is the same damn thing. Stopping climate change is like stopping continental drift. But moving right along....

There is a coast of the United States that gets hurricanes like we just saw, it’s the southern coast between Galviston, TX and Florida. Right in the middle is Mobile, Alabama, where your Uncle M. lives. They get hit with about two or three big storms a year. I should note that there is a particular Baptist church in Mobile that was specially built to withstand hurricanes. It looks like a fortress. The locals call it Fort God. I’ve seen it. Scary as hell....

Mr. P: You have anything to say about the storm?

It just happened. Big storm hit China. So what? Move on. It’s news, fine, let’s move on. I’ll note that they got through the whole story without mentioning the words "climate change" or "global warming." Although having the story DOES support the idea that there is such a thing as global warming....

Mr. P: Which there is not.

Exactly. Exactly. They have determined that in the last 15 years temperatures have gone... down. Let’s move on to the next story, which is about... what? Gang violence in Chicago.

((CNNSN starts a story about gang violence, a shooting at the local park where 13 were shot, including a baby, by gangbangers, followed by a long story about a basketball game between local gangs designed to "reduce tensions."))

Me: However, it should be noted that if there are laws that say that people are to have no guns, who are going to violate the law?

Mr. P: The people that do the shooting!

Exactly. THE CRIMINALS! Chicago is one big, what? Soft target! Why? People aren’t allowed to defend themselves!

Mr. P: So Chicago has reached the point where they can’t do anything more?

Me: Right. It’s an irreducable minimum of publicly seize-able guns. At this point the only ones who have gun are the criminals, and the cops. And there’s a difference?

Mr. P: ((laughs))

‘Every cop is a criminal and all the sinners saints!’ That’s a famous line from the Rolling Stones.... but I won’t go there. I realize my cultural education is highly non-linear and I will let that go at that.

((The story goes on to describe an attempt to ‘Bring the gangs together.’))

That isn’t going to end well. You bring two groups of gangsters together, and what do you end up doing? You either end up with the two gangs killing each other, or they become one, bigger gang. Bad idea either way.... ((quoting)) "Warriors.... come out to playyyyy-yaaaay!"

You’re looking at me like I’m nuts.

Mr. P: Wait, what?

Another cultural reference you wouldn’t get. And you are about to be bored by the inevitable ‘Back when I was your age...’ ...actually... no, a bit later than that, it came out when I was about 17.... there was a movie about a guy who tried to bring all the gangs together in New York City to take it over.

Mr. P: What happened?

Me: It didn’t work. In the movie, someone shot him, and blamed another gang, called ‘The Warriors.’ That was the name of the movie and the name of the accused gang.... anyway, it was about how this gang, the Warriors, had to fight their way through New York back to their home turf on Coney Island. It was basically an excuse to show a bunch of fistfights between goons wearing different outrageously ridiculous gang colors. If you’re into watching movies about people fighting one another, it’s a great movie. If you’re looking for anything else, aaaant, not so much. Anyway, that line I said about ‘Warriors, come out to plaaay-yaay,’ well, that was a line from the movie. But lets get back to the video.

((CNNSN continues coverage of a basketball game organized by a priest in Chicago to bring gangbangers together.))

Me: You should know that Chicago has a gang problem and that the gang problem goes back a long way. Do you know the name Al Capone?

Mr P: I think I’m about to find out.

Me: You are. Anyway, back in the 1920s they passed a monumentally stupid law that barred the sale of alcoholic beverages. It was Constitutional amendment, called Prohibition, which ended legal alcohol sales in the United States. So tell me, good idea or bad idea?

Mr. P: Um, BAD idea! That kind of thing is a law, not an amendment!

Me: Anyway. They called it The Great Experiment. (((Laughing maniacally.))) Anyway. It didn’t work.

Since people continued to drink alcohol anyway, there grew an underground market for alcohol purchases for the mafia of the era. And the gangsters stepped in to profit from it. For a few years, the most powerful man in Chicago was not the mayor, it was this particular gangster, called Al Capone. Al Capone was openly violent. He made huge amounts of money and killed huge numbers of people including in one famous incident, one part of your cultural education, you need to know this–February 14, 1929, remember that date–he sent some goons into a rival gang and they machine gunned five guys to death. It became famous as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Remember that phrase; it’s pretty famous.

They eventually caught him and put him on trial. Do you think he went to prison for murder?

Mr. P: Um, yeah.

No, actually. None of the witnesses would testify because those that did kept ended up being dead. Do you think he went to prison because he sold illegal alcohol?

Mr. P: Why do I think the answer was ‘no’?

Smart kid. Again, all the witnesses ended up dead. So they wound up trying him for something that didn’t require any witnesses.

Mr. P: And that is?

Me: Tax evasion.

Mr. P: Wait, what?

Me: Tax evasion. Didn’t require any witnesses. They claimed he had failed to pay $1.5 million or something in taxes. He showed up to court on the last day of the trial in federal court with $1.5 million IN CASH to pay his taxes with. What do you think they did?

Mr. P: What?

Me: They seized the money and convicted him anyway. He ended up going to Alcatraz...

Mr. P: I know where that is! A little island in San Francisco bay, right?

Right. Where he proceeded to become a great big nothingburger. Anyway, the reason I’m telling this story is because you need to know who Al Capone is, and what the St. Valentines’ Day Massacre was. Now also you know that the gangbangers in Chicago are a very old story–it is not just a black and white thing. And this is why they wanted to take the guns away from people who were shooting each other... no, wait a second.

To quote a famous magician I know by the name of Penn Jillette: "You can’t prevent insane people from doing insane things by passing insane laws."

MR. P: ((LOL))

Me: I don’t like Penn Jillette very much, but occasionally he says something that hits the nail on the head.

Mr. P: That guy, Penn Jillette? He’s like a stopped clock?

Exactly! The stopped clock principle applies here.

Mr. P: ((laughs))

Actually he’s like a slow clock, he’s only right once a week. But.

Here. We see a bunch of people playing basketball. What does this have to do with gangsters in Chicago?

Mr. P: You tell me.

Me: We’re about to see how ‘Community Organizers in Chicago’ (note, of which President Obama used to be one) ‘Are bringing together gang bangers from the streets of Chicago so that they can see how they can resolve their differences without shooting one another.’ So we see people playing basketball. Yay.

My question is, what are they doing on a basketball court and not in prison? If they’re gangbangers, they need to be in prison....

((CNNSN: "It’s a basketball game organized by Father Michael Pflager and about a dozen of his NBA friends....!")))

[NOTE: I DID NOT TELL MY SON THIS, BUT... Father Michael Pflager is the same Father Michael Pflager who sucked up to the racists Reverend Wright and Al Sharpton and who was suspended from his faculties for his heretical and nakedly political activities by Cardinal George. Also the only Obama supporter in the priesthood, who was perfectly OK with Obama's naked support of abortion.]

Mr. P: When you make a face like that, you gotta tell me the story why!

Me: ((NOT NOT NOT discussing Father Pflager)) Look, when you gotta bunch of open gang bangers, you don’t throw them a basketball game! You ARREST THEM AND THROW THEM IN JAIL! What the hell is he thinking? First you get them at the very least to QUIT THE GANGS! You don’t reward them for being gangsters! But that’s just me....

((CNNSN: "And the shooting of 13 people in a city park was a major embarassment for the city, and for the mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, who was booed when he walked into the basketball game today...."))

Let me mention, Rahm Emmanuel, Mayor of Chicago....do you know what he was before he was mayor of Chicago?

Mr. P: I don’t know. Let me guess. He was a gang banger!

Me: Are you saying that Rahm Emmanuel was a gang banger?

Mr. P: ((laughs nervously))  I'm just guessing.

Me: He worked in the White House. (Beat.) Which is to say....

Mr. P: ((laughs louder))

Me: That is literally true. He is a pernicious person. He is pure poison, and the fact that he got elected Mayor of freaking Chicago is truly appalling. But I’ll go there another time.

Mr. P: ((reacting the TV where some guy is wearing a T-Shirt that reads THE INTERRUPTOR on the back)) "‘The Interruptor’?"

I have no freaking idea what that means and I don’t want to know...

((CNNSN: A story follows, change of tone: this one is actually pretty good. A teenaged guy working at a Dairy Queen sees a blind man drop a $20.00 bill. A lady behind him picks it up,.... and puts it in her purse. Dairy Queen Guy gets into her face about it, and she leaves... with the blind man’s $20.00 still in her possession. He walks up to the blind man and gives him $20.00 of his own money to replace her loss. Suddenly he’s briefly a national sensation.))

Me: Now this is actually a pretty cool story....

(CNNSN: "Next up is ROLL CALL... we’re moving from east to west, in New Jersey, .....")

Me: What is this? What? They call out the name of some random schools and your class actually hopes they call you out?

Mr. P: Yeah, well, you think it’s lame, they think it’s exciting!

Me: Man, how Junior High Sch... um, what grade are you in?

Mr. P: Eighth! (Laughing)

Me: Yeah, well, never mind.

And that’s it. You are now perfectly armed to poke holes in tomorrow’s CNN Student News. Have a nice night.....

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Go forth placidly amid the noise and waste.....


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Constitution Day: E PLEBNISTA!

[Constitution day. Time to rerun this chestnut.]

I always thought that The Star Trek episode called "The Omega Glory" was Bad Trek at its finest. Maybe you remember it--it's the episode where a disease turns everyone on a Federation ship into rock salt, leaving one survivor, the captain, who is the badguy. This captain beams down to the conveniently near planet, and violates the Prime Directive when he phasers hundreds of savages while protecting a village. Then Kirk gets into a fistfight with badguy captain, before they all are rescued, conveniently just before the closing credits.

It's a very silly story.

The science is ridiculous; the plot, absurd.

And I haven't seen the episode in thirty years.

But I have to admit that, when watching the Remastered Edition version of this ep this weekend, I was caught flat footed by the last three and a half minutes.

Bill Shatner reading the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States is not to be missed.

It's a message for TODAY....here....NOW!

"THESE WORDS AND THE WORDS THAT FOLLOW ... MUST APPLY TO EVERYONE OR THEY MEAN NOTHING! DO YOU UNDERSTAND?"



(I also like: "The Holy Words will be obeyed. I swear it." - Cloud William. Were that they were followed!)

Pro Patria Mori

 
Today we remember those who gave their lives yesterday at the Navy Yard in DC in yet another act of senseless, explosive self-destruction.

Per CNN, the names of the dead are:

• Michael Arnold, 59, of Lorton, Virginia

• Kathy Gaarde, 62, of Woodbridge, Virginia

• John Roger Johnson, 73, of Derwood, Maryland

• Arthur Daniels, 51, of southeast Washington, D.C.

• Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, of Westminster, Maryland

• Martin Bodrog, 54, of Annandale, Virginia

• Vishnu Bhalchandra Pandit, 61, of North Potomac, Maryland

• Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46, of Waldorf, Maryland

• Mary Francis Knight, 51, of Reston, Virginia

• Gerald L. Read, 58, of Alexandria, Virginia

• Sylvia Frasier, 53, of Waldorf, Maryland

• Frank Kohler, 50, of Tall Timbers, Maryland

The only good(ish) news is that the youngest victim was 46: so all were adults without very small children (Mr. Proctor left two teens, one in basic training for the Army) and there were no kids or youths or young adults among the dead. They were all career military or mil-bureaucracy. Some of their life stories can be found here.

Dulce et decorum est..... Eternal rest and memory grant them, O Lord, and may Light Eternal shine upon them.

ADDENDUM: One victim, Mr. Daniels, lost a 14 year old son in another shooting incident four years ago. It never ends, does it?
***

I spent yesterday worrying about an old friend to whom I hadn't spoken in seven years, whom I knew worked in that building. I sent a number of RUOK emails and got no response, neither did I get a "cannot deliver" bounce message. She and I were in the same Army unit once and had been good friends back in the day.

The good news is that last night I was able to catch her at home. She was and is OK. But she passed me some bitter news....

I just found out that my old First Sergeant in my old guard unit died of a self inflicted gunshot wound two years ago. (I'm not going to say his name out of respect for his privacy.)

He had serious PTSD issues--mostly but not all from his Nam days. His son died in 1999 three days after his 18th birthday and he never recovered from the loss.

He was a great guy and a great soldier... in pain all the time from his combat days...

God grant him mercy and eternal rest and memory. He served his nation too, every moment of his adult life. God rest him.

Friday, September 6, 2013

SYRIA: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED



For those who don't really understand WTF is going on in Syria: you're in good company, even the President stands with you. So, kindly let your humble servant (and former international military analyst for the US Government in a different time) 'splain WTF is going on.

1. Historically Syria under Assad has been an enemy of the US, but the Assad regime is NOT islamist (they're Baathists, i.e,. Arab Nazis, like Saddam.) They also hate Israel but they're not stupid enough to try to conquer them. Bashar Assad succeeded his father a few years back as dictator.

1a. Assad is not an orthodox Muslim, but an Alawite (Alawites are kinda like a Muslim Mormonism, i.e., a 'new' sect bearing only superficial resemblance to Islam). Fundamentalist Islamists hate the Alawi (is there anyone they like? Never mind.) Assad is a bastard, but less of a bastard than was his father who he replaced. He has not targeted Syria's religious minorities for bad treatment.

1b. About 18 months ago a rebel movement (=AL QAIDA/MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD) rose against Assad's Baathist government (and started attacking Syria's Christian community, Alawites, Druzes and other religious minorities).

2. Last year we got hints that chemical weapons were on the loose and Obama said that if Assad used them.... Obama would crunch his carrot and say 'You realize of course, THIS means WAR!'

3. We invaded Iraq in 2002 because (among other things) we thought Iraq had chemical weapons. A good guess, as they'd used them against civilians in the past.

4. It now appears likely the chemical weapons were given to the Syrian government before we invaded.

5. Three weeks ago a chemical bomb (Sarin, a form of human RAID) was set off in a suburb very near Damascus, killing 500. The veracity of this incident is not in doubt.

6. Obama sez it was set off by Assad, President of Syria.

7. Assad says it was set off by the rebels (AL QAIDA/MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD).

8. It was set off near the capital. What kind of an idiot gasses his own capital?

9. It is very likely the weapon was set off (perhaps askidentally) by the rebels.

10. WE DON'T KNOW WHO SET OFF THE BOMB.

11. Obama wants to bomb Assad. That would help the rebels (=AL QAIDA/MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD).

12. Yesterday Obama talked about sending US "trainers" (SPECIAL FORCES!) to train the Syrian... REBELS (=AL QAIDA/MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD).

13. (WTF?)

14. Assad has Putin on his side, and the Chinese.

15. Obama realizes that he should have kept his mouth shut and said he'd ask Congress their opinion (damned decent of him as the law requires it).

16. Congress realizes that they just got a hot potato thrown on their lap.
16a. The Libertarians and Tea partiers HATE the idea of going to war with Syria.
16b. The GOP elite hate the idea but hate being blamed for not backing the President more.
16c. The hard left hate the idea but they hate Republicans more.
16d. The rest of the Democrats are robotically backing the President as usual.

17. Joker in deck: word from Egypt is that we gave $billions to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to bribe them for their support. This would explain Obama's support for the rebels (=AL QAIDA/MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD) in Syria.

18. So who gave the chemical weapons to the Syrian government? Three possibilities: Given to Assad by Saddam before our invasion in 2002 (and then stolen by the rebels (AL QAIDA/MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD). Or manufactured by Assad (they have the capability; they have chemical processing plants) (and then stolen by the rebels (AL QAIDA/MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD). Or given to the Rebels by an outside power--Saudi Arabia most likely as they're funding the rebels (AL QAIDA/MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD).

18a. Why are the Saudis paying for the Rebels (=AL QAIDA/MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD)? Bribing them to not carry out operations within Saudi Arabia. A successful AQ/MB revolution in Saudi would likely cause full scale US/European intervention, not to mention the likely extermination of the entire Saudi royal family.

19. How do we find out for sure whodunit?

20. Beats the hell outa me!

21. Many people of good conscience say that it does not matter; it is not our fight. I disagree.

21A. A legitimate (i.e., internationally recognized) government that uses WMD against civilians has forfeited its right to exist. We invaded Iraq over this issue (among others) and it was also why we intervened in Bosnia. We didn't have "a dog in that fight" until the genocide at Srebrenica.




21b. It is our problem because of the Convention Against Genocide, to which we are a signatory. Given the use of Zyklon-B against civilians in the big one the use of Sarin in the same general circumstances can be called genocide.

21c. If the rebs use them, this gives us cover to arm Assad. An Assad who is an American-dependent puppydog would not hurt peace prospects either in the larger sense.

22. Finally (and salute to my friend Karen M. for pointing this out) it also would serve
 as a shot across Iran's bow that if they have/use nukes, they'd better expect to see a bad moon a'risin'.

23. My friend Dan adds "I'm tired of this the-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend crap." Yep. Me too.

I reserve the right to add to this analysis as comments roll in (both here and on my FB account).

ADDENDUM:

One of my friends (who wishes to remain anonymous) comments as follows:

A lot of pundits have latched onto this idea (#10, we don't know).  While it may be true, they have not been listening.
Because, Kerry says:
- that it was a ROCKET, not a bomb;
- that it was launched from government controlled territory;
- that it landed in a rebel controlled area of the capital;
- that that particular part of Damascus had been a tough nut to crack for Assad;
- that government "chatter" told government troops to get their gas masks ready before the rocket;
- etc.
 
Now, given that in the build-up to the Iraq war, we were sold the same bill of goods by the administration at the time, once bitten, twice shy....

/anonymous friend

All I can say is that I assume anything that damned commie traitor Carry says is a lie, including 'but' and 'and'. If he said the sky was blue I'd look out a window to confirm. 

If it WAS a govt strike, then we're morally correct in smacking Assad as chemical strikes against civilians are intolerable. But still it would be politically insane to do so.