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“I think that when the anchor of a leading cable news show uses––quite frankly––sexist, personally offensive language that I actually don’t think they would ever use about a man, against the person that shares this podium with me, I think I have an obligation and I think it’s important to step up and say that’s not okay.”

U.S. State Department spokesperson MARIE HARF, reacting to Fox “News” blowhard Bill O’Reilly calling Harf’s fellow flack Jen Psaki “out of her depth.”

Unsurprisingly, O’Reilly continues to be a penis about it.

(via Mediaite)

The Obama administration said Friday that the United States and its allies had formed a coalition to fight Sunni militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, unveiling a military and political campaign that officials said could serve as a model for combating extremist groups around the world.

In a hastily organized meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit meeting here, diplomats and defense officials from the United States, Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark conferred on what they called a two-pronged strategy: working to bolster allies on the ground in Iraq and Syria, while attacking Sunni militants from the air. They said the goal was to destroy the Islamist militant group, not to contain it.

“There is no containment policy for ISIL,” Secretary of State John Kerry said at the beginning of the meeting, using an alternate acronym for ISIS. “They’re an ambitious, avowed, genocidal, territorial-grabbing, caliphate-desiring quasi state with an irregular army, and leaving them in some capacity intact anywhere would leave a cancer in place that will ultimately come back to haunt us.”

But he and other officials present made clear that at the moment, any ground combat troops would come from either Iraqi security forces or Kurdish pesh merga fighters on the ground in Iraq, or from moderate Syrian rebels opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. “Obviously I think that’s a red line for everybody here: no boots on the ground,” Mr. Kerry said.

For President Obama, assembling a coalition to fight ISIS is critical. The president is loath to be viewed as going it alone in Iraq now that the United States has been dragged back into a combat role there. And even as Mr. Obama weighs expanding airstrikes into Syria, both he and his administration have been questioning what might happen after launching those strikes, especially as targeting ISIS in Syria would help the government of Mr. Assad, who President Obama has said must yield power.

An administration official on Friday said there were concrete reasons for assembling a coalition that went beyond the political cover that such an alliance might offer the president from a war-weary American public. For one thing, the official said, certain countries bring specific expertise, like Britain and Australia in special operations, Jordan in intelligence, Turkey in border control and Saudi Arabia in financing.

“Sure, the American military can handle airstrikes,” the official said, speaking on grounds of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomatic and military negotiations. “But it’s always nice to have help from your friends.”

The New York Times, "U.S. and Allies Form Coalition With Intent to Destroy ISIS."

Get these murderous bastards.

"Life is so mean."

The late JOAN RIVERS, from the documentary film Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work (2010).
Later on, in an understated guest spot on the FX series Louie, she dispenses wisdom to the title character about their chosen profession:
"It doesn’t get better.  You get better.  I’ve gone up, I’ve gone down, I’ve been bankrupt, I’ve been broke.  But you do it, and you do it because,… because we love it more than anything else.  …You want a real job, honey?  There are a million things you can do.  But what we do is not a job… what we do is a calling, my dear.  We make people happy.  It’s a calling."
Rest in peace, Joan.

"Life is so mean."

The late JOAN RIVERS, from the documentary film Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work (2010).

Later on, in an understated guest spot on the FX series Louie, she dispenses wisdom to the title character about their chosen profession:

"It doesn’t get better.  You get better.  I’ve gone up, I’ve gone down, I’ve been bankrupt, I’ve been broke.  But you do it, and you do it because,… because we love it more than anything else.  …You want a real job, honey?  There are a million things you can do.  But what we do is not a job… what we do is a calling, my dear.  We make people happy.  It’s a calling."

Rest in peace, Joan.

  • John McCain on CNN offering his condolences to the family of Steven Sotloff then immediately launching into invective against the President for focusing on “social media” instead of putting forth a plan to deal with ISIS, because hey, why not exploit the murder of a journalist for political gain?
  • The critics of President Obama’s foreign policy had jack shit to say when George W. Bush invaded a country based on faulty intelligence and much shit to say when Obama chose to wear a tan suit last week.
  • Fuck those guys.

ICE, ICE, BABY  For years, Death Valley presented visitors with a mystery: those of the famed “sliding rocks.”  What made these small boulders seemingly glide across the playa, leaving tilled soil tracks in their wake?  The answer appears in the scientific journal PLOS One: a layer of ice, and a push from the wind.  Nature’s game of curling, we’d guess.  (Photos [from top]: Richard Norris / Jim Norris / Michael Hartman via The New York Times)