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(The Atlantic)   Playing poker? During my Syria hearings? It's more likely than you think   (theatlantic.com) divider line 124
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2013-09-03 08:51:10 PM  
This is why we don't have time to read that big 'ole 2400 page healthcare bill.

www.washingtonpost.com
 
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2013-09-03 09:55:15 PM  
IMPEACH
IMPEACH
IMPEACH!
 
2013-09-03 11:50:51 PM  
Well, you can't blame him, given how great a Sec. of State Kerry has proven to be. It's not like McCain has any questions worth asking. I mean, look at the long list of countries the State Department has lined up as allies in this strike on Syria. Kerry's got the U.N Security Council convinced and buttoned up. Russia's promised to stay out of it. Britain's got our back, of course, but there was never any question of that. Really what else is there to do but pat Kerry on the back and give him a big thumbs up?
 
2013-09-03 11:58:04 PM  
McCain already had a hard-on for doing in Assad. For him the hearing was just a show. His mind was made up long before the CW attack. That being said he said that he lost "Thousands of dollars" in that game so there is that.

\fake dollars... he said
 
2013-09-04 12:09:33 AM  
That's no phone, that's a "MIMIC" (Mossad Issued Mass Indoctrination Computer).

McCain is just helping Kerry give the Full House the Royal Flush.

That's all.
 
2013-09-04 12:18:26 AM  
The bigger thing is, can someone determine what site that is.... is it just some "play for fun" site, or an illegal offshore site for real money?

If it is the latter, the  theppa.org  will have a field day with it.
 
2013-09-04 12:21:40 AM  

dletter: The bigger thing is, can someone determine what site that is.... is it just some "play for fun" site, or an illegal offshore site for real money?

If it is the latter, the  theppa.org  will have a field day with it.


Apparently VIP Poker on an IPhone... oh well.   McCain is getting it on Twitter tho, since he sent a tweet trying to laugh it off.
 
2013-09-04 01:37:03 AM  
With the committee room a full house and Obama going all in, the people deserve a straight answer in spades from Senator McCain. Looking flush won't cut it. America needs its hearts won over, not beaten with clubs.
 
2013-09-04 03:45:52 AM  
McCain's a royal deuce.
 
2013-09-04 03:56:19 AM  

Triumph: Well, you can't blame him, given how great a Sec. of State Kerry has proven to be. It's not like McCain has any questions worth asking. I mean, look at the long list of countries the State Department has lined up as allies in this strike on Syria. Kerry's got the U.N Security Council convinced and buttoned up. Russia's promised to stay out of it. Britain's got our back, of course, but there was never any question of that. Really what else is there to do but pat Kerry on the back and give him a big thumbs up?


This unilateralism stuff is not good.
 
2013-09-04 03:59:00 AM  
Maybe if there was something worth debating here. Either we're the world's beacon of freedom or we're just another country looking out for ourselves. If we believe in the dignity of man and the rule of law, we are impelled to act in Syria. If we don't care about the use of illegal weapons, then we sit this one out.

It's really as simple as that. It doesn't take 3 hours to make up your mind. Just take the vote and go home.
 
2013-09-04 04:01:11 AM  
Reminds me a bit of this.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/15/mccain-skips-benghazi - briefing-gets-testy-when-questioned-by-cnn/
 
2013-09-04 04:02:33 AM  
Is Pokeghazi a scandal yet?
 
2013-09-04 04:08:32 AM  
Personally, I'm more concerned with the main point of the article -- people's attention spans in the smart-phone era are for shiat. They're becoming more rude and self-centered, as if there were no divider between the web and real life anymore. If they don't get immediate gratification from whom they're with, there's always a website that will tell them anything they want to hear in the moment.
 
2013-09-04 04:35:40 AM  

Paris1127: With the committee room a full house and Obama going all in, the people deserve a straight answer in spades from Senator McCain. Looking flush won't cut it. America needs its hearts won over, not beaten with clubs.


A little advice for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn481KcjvMo
 
2013-09-04 04:45:23 AM  
So how do we know the Syrian rebels didn't use the chemical weapons? They've already been proven (by the UN even) to at least have sarin in their possession. Either way, it's a very bad idea to back people that have open members of Al Qaeda do a good amount of the fighting for them.
 
2013-09-04 05:04:16 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Either we're the world's beacon of freedom or we're just another country looking out for ourselves.


Beacon of freedom? What planet have you been living on for the past 10 years?
 
2013-09-04 05:06:10 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Personally, I'm more concerned with the main point of the article -- people's attention spans in the smart-phone era are for shiat. They're becoming more rude and self-centered, as if there were no divider between the web and real life anymore. If they don't get immediate gratification from whom they're with, there's always a website that will tell them anything they want to hear in the moment.


Which is funny because that wasnt the point in the article. It didn't focus on attention being worse. Only that there's more obvious evidence to see if they're paying attention or not.
 
2013-09-04 05:06:23 AM  

dletter: The bigger thing is, can someone determine what site that is.... is it just some "play for fun" site, or an illegal offshore site for real money?

If it is the latter, the  theppa.org  will have a field day with it.


poker king
 
2013-09-04 05:07:45 AM  

doloresonthedottedline: Lenny_da_Hog: Personally, I'm more concerned with the main point of the article -- people's attention spans in the smart-phone era are for shiat. They're becoming more rude and self-centered, as if there were no divider between the web and real life anymore. If they don't get immediate gratification from whom they're with, there's always a website that will tell them anything they want to hear in the moment.

Which is funny because that wasnt the point in the article. It didn't focus on attention being worse. Only that there's more obvious evidence to see if they're paying attention or not.


The obvious evidence just makes it obvious.
 
2013-09-04 05:18:31 AM  
This is the same deuce that biatched about the lack of information from the administration on Benghazi when the administration was holding meetings on Benghazi that he failed to attend.
 
2013-09-04 05:18:43 AM  

TheJoe03: So how do we know the Syrian rebels didn't use the chemical weapons? They've already been proven (by the UN even) to at least have sarin in their possession. Either way, it's a very bad idea to back people that have open members of Al Qaeda do a good amount of the fighting for them.


Why would Assad, white, western educated man, want to gas rebels, a bunch of brown terrorists? That does not make sense
 
2013-09-04 05:40:30 AM  
i1.ytimg.com

Thought we wouldn't notice, but we did.
 
2013-09-04 06:04:28 AM  

LewDux: Why would Assad, white, western educated man, want to gas rebels, a bunch of brown terrorists? That does not make sense


Well the people of the Levant are technically Caucasian, but I still don't get what the hell you're talking about. Hell, gassing rebels only serves to put him in a shiatty position with the world, since I guess using chemical weapons is a bigger deal than killing people with bombs and bullets. I REALLY hate to agree with Putin, but if we have evidence that the Syrian government gassed their people, why hasn't it been shown to the public or at least the UN? I don't see how our plan to bomb Syria will lead to anything positive, it would be nice for you to prove me wrong instead of bringing up some stupid racial argument that doesn't even make sense.

/Unless I missed your point, and in that case I'm sorry. It's 3 AM and my insomniac ass can't sleep.
 
2013-09-04 06:07:37 AM  
How long was he playing? 2 minutes or an hour? Obviously it's a facepalm moment. But did anyone besides me actually watch the session? No new information whatsoever. Maybe in the closed session where they could have some classified material, but the televised one? It was a formality to get statements on the record. Everything discussed had been in the media for days. Only an oblivious moron (wait, this is congress) would not know what was going on.

Had he been checking his email or news websites for updates, would there be the same uproar? You'd think he'd be fully briefed before and know that the meeting was a dog and pony show. Not excusing this in the slightest you understand.
 
2013-09-04 06:40:44 AM  
It's funny because people at work are posting on Fark to complain about it.
 
2013-09-04 06:42:48 AM  
What about the person taking random pictures of people being distracted by their cell phones? Wasn't he distracted by his cell phone?
 
2013-09-04 06:43:51 AM  
What's worse is that he was playing against Biden and didn't catch any of his tells.
 
2013-09-04 06:44:46 AM  

PainfulItching: How long was he playing? 2 minutes or an hour? Obviously it's a facepalm moment. But did anyone besides me actually watch the session? No new information whatsoever. Maybe in the closed session where they could have some classified material, but the televised one? It was a formality to get statements on the record. Everything discussed had been in the media for days. Only an oblivious moron (wait, this is congress) would not know what was going on.

Had he been checking his email or news websites for updates, would there be the same uproar? You'd think he'd be fully briefed before and know that the meeting was a dog and pony show. Not excusing this in the slightest you understand.



It doesn't matter if it was 2 minutes or two hours. He's an elected official on the clock and on the public dime in public view.

Put the phone away John and try to at least look professional. Pretend your interested if you have to.
 
2013-09-04 06:48:22 AM  
Probably better than playing a flight simulator game and crashing constantly.
 
2013-09-04 07:00:08 AM  

You Are All Sheep: Probably better than playing a flight simulator game and crashing constantly.


forum.seneweb.com

This is the one that comes with the windows phone; it's impossible to land correctly.

\ yep straight to hell I know. 9/11 jokes are plane wrong.
 
2013-09-04 07:02:00 AM  

Harry_Seldon: Triumph: Well, you can't blame him, given how great a Sec. of State Kerry has proven to be. It's not like McCain has any questions worth asking. I mean, look at the long list of countries the State Department has lined up as allies in this strike on Syria. Kerry's got the U.N Security Council convinced and buttoned up. Russia's promised to stay out of it. Britain's got our back, of course, but there was never any question of that. Really what else is there to do but pat Kerry on the back and give him a big thumbs up?

This unilateralism stuff is not good.


WAPO wants to go. The liberal MSM media has spoken. Peace loving liberals want their chance at a war, too.
 
2013-09-04 07:04:37 AM  
Yeah, this is like my professor being mad at me for reading a book in class - when we were reviewing, and I already had an A locked in.

If you know how you're going to vote already, you don't need to listen
 
2013-09-04 07:05:59 AM  

sendtodave: Harry_Seldon: Triumph: Well, you can't blame him, given how great a Sec. of State Kerry has proven to be. It's not like McCain has any questions worth asking. I mean, look at the long list of countries the State Department has lined up as allies in this strike on Syria. Kerry's got the U.N Security Council convinced and buttoned up. Russia's promised to stay out of it. Britain's got our back, of course, but there was never any question of that. Really what else is there to do but pat Kerry on the back and give him a big thumbs up?

This unilateralism stuff is not good.

WAPO wants to go. The liberal MSM media has spoken. Peace loving liberals want their chance at a war, too. DERPDERP DERP LIBSlibsLIBS DERPderpDERP

 
2013-09-04 07:09:19 AM  
You got to know when to hold em. Know when to fold em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.
 
2013-09-04 07:09:46 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Personally, I'm more concerned with the main point of the article -- people's attention spans in the smart-phone era are for shiat. They're becoming more rude and self-centered, as if there were no divider between the web and real life anymore. If they don't get immediate gratification from whom they're with, there's always a website that will tell them anything they want to hear in the moment.


www.otakunovideo.net

Knows that feel, bro.
 
2013-09-04 07:12:29 AM  

KeatingFive: sendtodave: Harry_Seldon: Triumph: Well, you can't blame him, given how great a Sec. of State Kerry has proven to be. It's not like McCain has any questions worth asking. I mean, look at the long list of countries the State Department has lined up as allies in this strike on Syria. Kerry's got the U.N Security Council convinced and buttoned up. Russia's promised to stay out of it. Britain's got our back, of course, but there was never any question of that. Really what else is there to do but pat Kerry on the back and give him a big thumbs up?

This unilateralism stuff is not good.


WAPO wants to go. The liberal MSM media has spoken. Peace loving liberals want their chance at a war, too. DERPDERP DERP LIBSlibsLIBS DERPderpDERP


So called liberals.
 
2013-09-04 07:13:34 AM  
Isn't this the exact reason cameras aren't allowed in many courthouses?
 
2013-09-04 07:18:28 AM  

TheJoe03: So how do we know the Syrian rebels didn't use the chemical weapons? They've already been proven (by the UN even) to at least have sarin in their possession. Either way, it's a very bad idea to back people that have open members of Al Qaeda do a good amount of the fighting for them.


This has been answered more than a dozen times.
 
2013-09-04 07:26:59 AM  
Let me express my poutrage over this from work.
 
2013-09-04 07:27:19 AM  
At least he wasn't playing Candy Crush.
 
2013-09-04 07:33:40 AM  
Better than nodding off.

It's not like he needs to pay attention anyway, nothing new was going to come to light and he's already out on the limb.
 
2013-09-04 07:34:07 AM  
Really?  People are going to "meh" this?  We're debating whether, as a country, we're going to kill people and maybe get our fellow Americans killed, not whether we want to use puce or goldenrod for the next TIPS report cover.  Seems like it's kind of important to pay full and complete attention to all the evidence and presentations. McCain is an irresponsible dumbass, bottomline.
 
2013-09-04 07:38:55 AM  
When did we decide that indiscriminately killing civilians with gas was worse than doing so with bombs and bullets?
 
2013-09-04 08:08:56 AM  

RyogaM: Really?  People are going to "meh" this?  We're debating whether, as a country, we're going to kill people and maybe get our fellow Americans killed, not whether we want to use puce or goldenrod for the next TIPS report cover.  Seems like it's kind of important to pay full and complete attention to all the evidence and presentations. McCain is an irresponsible dumbass, bottomline.


He's been wanting to intervene since the beginning. There was no chance that he'd change his opinion.
 
2013-09-04 08:12:24 AM  

Triumph: Well, you can't blame him, given how great a Sec. of State Kerry has proven to be. It's not like McCain has any questions worth asking. I mean, look at the long list of countries the State Department has lined up as allies in this strike on Syria. Kerry's got the U.N Security Council convinced and buttoned up. Russia's promised to stay out of it. Britain's got our back, of course, but there was never any question of that. Really what else is there to do but pat Kerry on the back and give him a big thumbs up?


Republican Defense Squad Assemble!

/libs
 
2013-09-04 08:12:56 AM  
"Hell, I could have done ten years at the Hanoi Hilton if I could've played smartphone games!"
 
2013-09-04 08:18:48 AM  

GoldSpider: When did we decide that indiscriminately killing civilians with gas was worse than doing so with bombs and bullets?


Actually there is a pretty good reason why Chemical and Biological weapons are banned that I don't hear people talking about much.  It's an economic one.  See the bombs and bullets do lots of damage to stuff, buildings, infrastructure and the like leading leaders to realize the economic damage they end up doing to an area before they bomb the shiat out of it.  Now Chemical and Biological weapons, they kill the people without destroying any of that awesome infrastructure.  Leaving the supplies and material safe.  The cost of destroying a civilian population with chemical and biological weapons is way more trivial then the cost of bombing a population into the stone age.  Take that and the fact that it's a lot harder to control chemical weapons and biological weapons it's pretty clear why we would rather be bombed and shot.
 
2013-09-04 08:22:21 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-04 08:23:08 AM  
When did we decide that indiscriminately killing civilians with gas was worse than doing so with bombs and bullets?

is this a serious question

holy farking lol
 
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