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September 7, 2019

Quote of the Day

"If that's what the law is, I like to obey the law.” — Donald Trump, really.

That’s after the president learned that targeting Iranian cultural sites could be a war crime, and decided that would be a bad idea.

Video of the Day

Remember that time an American president had generals standing behind him like some tinpot dictator? That was today years ago.

I guess the war’s been called off?

Like I said, this thing’s pretty abbreviated.

It’s a new year, so I’m committing to shipping this thing regularly.

That means even on those days when I’m not really feeling it, it’s gonna go.

Not a great idea, really, in terms of building a fan base.

But stick around, it will get better.

If you’re reading this, it means we didn’t go to war with Tehran.

At least not yet.

Because now the Iranians launched missiles at US bases in Iraq, but no US casualties. Probably some Iraqis, though. As a colonial, I’m not sure where we land on whether those we normally drop bombs on counting as “people.”

But it’s always possible that’s a thing.

And it appears that Trump’s taking whatever counts as the moral high ground in his White House by announcing that there will be no further action by US military forces.

Right now we’re all at a point where it seems like the Americans whacked an Iranian general, the Iranians shot some missiles at American bases, and everyone gets to save face and not start World War III.

Of course that’s still possible.

What’s been comical to read are the Wag the Dog references, implying that what Trump’s trying to do is distract the narrative from the impeachment process.

Y’all know that the impeachment’s just firing up his base, right?

And that this isn’t to distract, this is to solidify Trump’s position as a strong president?

Of course that’s not stopping people from worrying about whether they’ll be drafted or called back out of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).

As a former IRR callup, I too have questions.

And no, Gina, people wondering about this isn’t “panic,” it’s the very real possibility that someone in the Big Green Machine decides that we’re “essential,” and it’s off to war we go.


Anyway, this is lame. It will get less lame.

Hope your new is looking like it will be awesome.