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Pentagon to Discuss Chinese Spy Balloon and Why Brandon Is Mocked by the World
The Briefing Is a Lie; Pentagon Refuses to Say Anything Except "Everything's Fine"

A Chinese spy balloon is being tracked over the continental US.

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A massive spy balloon believed to be from China was seen above Montana on Thursday and is being tracked as it flies across the continental United States, with President Joe Biden ultimately deciding against "military options" because of the risk to civilians, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

The high-altitude reconnaissance balloon was not the first such vessel to pass over the country in this way, a defense official said in a briefing.

A separate senior official told ABC News the balloon is the size of three buses and complete with a technology bay.

The defense official said they "are confident" the balloon was sent by the Chinese government. "The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is flying over the continental United States right now," Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters Thursday.

Brandon told the Pentagon to shoot it down, but they ignored him because he's a pathetic old r@pist. They also noted that there would be a danger from falling debris.

China is clowning us.

WASHINGTON -- The United States has detected what it says is a Chinese surveillance balloon that has been hovering over the northwestern United States, the Pentagon said on Thursday, a discovery that comes days before Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's visit to Beijing.

The Pentagon has chosen, for now, not to shoot down the balloon after a recommendation from senior defense officials that doing so would risk debris hitting people on the ground, according to a senior defense official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The decision to publicize the discovery appears to put China on notice ahead of Mr. Blinken's Beijing visit -- the first by an American secretary of state in six years -- during which he is expected to meet with President Xi Jinping. The sudden appearance of the balloon is bound to raise already escalating tensions between the two powers.

The official said that while it was not the first time China had sent spy balloons to the United States, this one has appeared to remain over the country for longer.

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Kevin McCarthy
@SpeakerMcCarthy

China's brazen disregard for U.S. sovereignty is a destabilizing action that must be addressed, and President Biden cannot be silent.

I am requesting a Gang of Eight briefing.

The Pentagon will hold a briefing on the Chinese Spy Balloon and why China thinks it can clown us, at 12 pm.


Photo via Anonymous Wrecks.

Link to briefing fixed, below.

Update: There is no briefing. The Pentagon official refuses to say anything, beyond "It's not a threat to people on the ground."

Just another Brandon Protection Agency. Defund.

Posted by: Ace at 11:55 AM




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1 Whoa

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at February 03, 2023 11:56 AM (Do5/p)

2 not sponge

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 11:56 AM (LvTSG)

3 I am requesting a Gang of Eight briefing.

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"We're already working on mass amnesty, bub."

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 11:56 AM (LvTSG)

4 They know why.

Posted by: XTC at February 03, 2023 11:56 AM (UnA8+)

5 Milley was probably ordered not to take out the balloon until its mission is complete.

Posted by: D-Rock at February 03, 2023 11:57 AM (POub6)

6 Assuming green screen.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 11:57 AM (zZu0s)

7 As I stated earlier in the day, balloons can't hover, ipso facto, if it is hovering, it is most definitely not a balloon.

Posted by: Mister Scott (Formerly GWS) at February 03, 2023 11:57 AM (uNylN)

8 BLAM BLAM BLAM

Posted by: nurse ratched at February 03, 2023 11:57 AM (42IOy)

9 Shoot it down and we can at least recover some of our own surveillance technology.

Posted by: stu-mick-o-sucks at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (EJqYm)

10 Biden plans to shoot down the balloon after it has completed its spy mission.

Joey love America long time.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (17s+e)

11 The Chinese say it's force majeure. They say a lot of things.

Posted by: Archimedes at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (eOEVl)

12 Somewhere there is a Sponge!

Posted by: Inogame, Ruski Botski at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (53oGX)

13 FIRST!!!!!

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (IXZGh)

14 "Hey China? It sure would be nice if you could menace our citizenry so that we can say it wasn't us."

Posted by: XTC at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (UnA8+)

15 'not the first time. . . '


Oh, THAT makes me feel better.

Posted by: Tonypete at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (bJxw1)

16 There is a 2.5 million discrepancy between the estimated employed, and actual.
BLS: We "fixed" the glitch.

In practical terms, whether the they were merited or purely goalseeked propaganda, the revisions helped to resolve the mystery of missing workers in the labor market. Fed Chair Jerome Powell and most analysts have estimated that about 2.5-3 million workers are “missing” – i.e., most analysts would expect many more workers to be working today if the pandemic hadn’t happened. Well, there was an 813k upward revision to the December payrolls report (which was revised from 153.743 million to 154.556 million) and which explained much of where the "missing workers" went: as expected, they were merely bits in some excel spreadsheet.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (h4dxF)

17 Nice. The image is hilarious.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (IXZGh)

18 A massive spy balloon believed to be from China was seen above Montana on Thursday and is being tracked as it flies across the continental United States, with President Joe Biden ultimately deciding against "military options" because of the risk to civilians, U.S. officials said on Thursday.


Best to shoot it down now before it gets to a real populated place.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (G8h7g)

19 China is just showing their ass at us at this point. Showing the world what a weak horse we are now.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Buy ammo, food, water at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (XvPQV)

20 A Chinese spy balloon printed trillions of dollars and drove the American economy off a cliff.

It's an existential threat.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (Zqeqr)

21 Gang of Eight?

CBD
MisHum
TJM
Buck
Joe Mannix (a cop)
WeirdDave
MovieQue
... hmmmm

Rick Wilson, Order of Friend of the Blog?

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (zZu0s)

22 Chinese balloon didn't invade anything.

The CCP are merely inspecting their territory.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 11:59 AM (mVFGK)

23 Oh, ace/chuy/lamont would be 8. nvm.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 11:59 AM (zZu0s)

24 So the Narrative is "not the first time" - but they don't mention who was in charge the other time(s) so you can bet your booty it wasn't Trump, or if it was, they didn't bother tellong him.

Posted by: ... at February 03, 2023 11:59 AM (h1Ch9)

25 Early? Early Ace?
Have a great weekend.

Posted by: sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 03, 2023 11:59 AM (Y+l9t)

26 OT: From last thread. It's pretty important.
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5th Circuit- Federal Prohibition on 2A Rights For Domestic Restraining Orders is UNCONSTITUTIONAL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOwSyEEBprk

Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 11:59 AM (D25PY)

27 > As I stated earlier in the day, balloons can't hover, ipso facto, if it is hovering, it is most definitely not a balloon.
______________

Yea... this was noted in a Pentagon briefing held yesterday/last night IIRC. The "senior official" who gave the briefing sort of glossed over that little tidbit.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 03, 2023 11:59 AM (Q4IgG)

28 The balloons probably contain another WMD. Maybe a cattle disease.

Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:00 PM (D25PY)

29 Too bad kids aren't allowed to have pellet guns any more or the problem would already be solved.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at February 03, 2023 12:00 PM (bW8dp)

30 What's the big deal? China would totally allow one of our surveillance balloons to float over Beijing. Right?

Posted by: Elric Blade at February 03, 2023 12:00 PM (iFTx/)

31 A Chinese spy balloon brought crossdressing strippers into elementary school classrooms to read children stories about fisting and oral sex.

It's an existential threat.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at February 03, 2023 12:00 PM (Zqeqr)

32 I think Instapundit linked to an article with the Chinese excuse that this was a weather balloon that got blown off course. Is that the sort of lie that diplomats tell with the expectation it'll be accepted but not believed for a second, or do the Chinese think Biden's handlers will buy that?

Posted by: Octochicken at February 03, 2023 12:00 PM (oCS0o)

33 The Aeronautical Society for Dapper Steampunk Gentlemen are going to have a story to tell about all this commotion.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 03, 2023 12:00 PM (44ww/)

34 The Pentagon will hold a briefing on the Chinese Spy Balloon and why China thinks it can clown us, at 12 pm.
++++
What is there to say?

"They launched it. We tracked it. We're not going to shoot it down even though we had opportunities to do so with minimal domestic risk over low-density areas. China clowns us because they can and it's funny. They're pouring salt in the wound. We already told them that we'd give them a heads-up about any American military action in their sphere of influence, contrary to orders by the President. They can get away with it, so they are getting away with it."

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:00 PM (t0OGg)

35 Pop it, collect it and reverse engineer it to see what it was doing.

Then, send 100 balloons over China, with 5 concentrating over that f*cking dam that will destroy everything when it breaks. Just to remind them how stupid they are.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:00 PM (IXZGh)

36 Was this launched from Canada?

If so, Pierre Elliott Bieber needs to be called on the carpet.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (bW8dp)

37 What's the big deal? China would totally allow one of our surveillance balloons to float over Beijing. Right?

Wouldn't do any good. Their air pollution is so bad, you probably can't see the ground from a balloon.

Posted by: Archimedes at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (eOEVl)

38 Hahahaha -

Balloon Boy v. 2.69

Posted by: garrett at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (umby/)

39 I wonder if it is manned .

Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (3Zwim)

40 Been there, done that.

Posted by: Lawn Chair Larry at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (Ysmrn)

41 The CCP are merely inspecting their territory.

Heh. Probably closer to the truth than most people would imagine.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (Xrfse)

42 In case the Puzzle Palace has missed it for every 100,000 man hours spent navel-gazing on tranny inclusion and shower protocol you have 100,000 less man hours dedicated to actual fucking defense matters.

Posted by: sven at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (Lzpvj)

43 So "not the first time" meaning....

A. It happened a few months ago before the election?
B. It happened under Obama?
C. It happened once before?
D. It happened dozens of times before?
E. ????

The clue is in the vagueness of this particular narrative.

Posted by: ... at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (h1Ch9)

44 Best to shoot it down now before it gets to a real populated place.

China's normalizing this (the Canadians are tracking a second balloon), so we won't react when they send the EMP balloon across.

Posted by: The ARC of History! at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (2tUFv)

45 TWO ATOMS WALK INTO A BAR. “I’VE LOST AN ELECTRON.” “ARE YOU SURE?” “YES, I’M POSITIVE!”

Posted by: SMOD at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (RHGPo)

46 39 I wonder if it is manned .
Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (3Zwim)

The poor bastard is probably looking for a gas station about now.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (zZu0s)

47 I think Instapundit linked to an article with the Chinese excuse that this was a weather balloon that got blown off course. Is that the sort of lie that diplomats tell with the expectation it'll be accepted but not believed for a second, or do the Chinese think Biden's handlers will buy that?

Posted by: Octochicken at February 03, 2023 12:00 PM (oCS0o)
===

Believe it? Biden and his junta came up with it.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at February 03, 2023 12:02 PM (17s+e)

48 Congress must approve $60 billion in spending to outfit Ukraine with Chinese spy balloons to put an end to Putin's aggression

Failure to do so is an existential threat.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at February 03, 2023 12:02 PM (Zqeqr)

49 "The high-altitude reconnaissance balloon . . . ."

Why are we so sure it's a "reconnaissance" balloon? It could be anything, including an offensive weapon.

Posted by: Elric Blade at February 03, 2023 12:02 PM (iFTx/)

50
"They launched it. We tracked it. We're not going to shoot it down even though we had opportunities to do so with minimal domestic risk over low-density areas. China clowns us because they can and it's funny. They're pouring salt in the wound. We already told them that we'd give them a heads-up about any American military action in their sphere of influence, contrary to orders by the President. They can get away with it, so they are getting away with it."
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:00 PM (t0OGg)



You can goose hunt from an airplane. You don't need to send an F-15 up to shoot it down.

Get a redneck with a 12 gauge and you're good to go.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:02 PM (IXZGh)

51 There were reports of similar balloon sightings over Guam, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at February 03, 2023 12:02 PM (N39Ws)

52 In case the Puzzle Palace has missed it for every 100,000 man hours spent navel-gazing on tranny inclusion and shower protocol you have 100,000 less man hours dedicated to actual fucking defense matters.
Posted by: sven
___

Priorities, ya know.

Ukraine matters!

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:02 PM (mVFGK)

53 We can't have a balloon gap.

Which has nothing to do with a silicone sister's cleavage.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at February 03, 2023 12:02 PM (bW8dp)

54 42 In case the Puzzle Palace has missed it for every 100,000 man hours spent navel-gazing on tranny inclusion and shower protocol you have 100,000 less man hours dedicated to actual fucking defense matters.
Posted by: sven at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (Lzpvj)

You'll never get stars on your shoulders, talking like that.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Buy ammo, food, water at February 03, 2023 12:02 PM (XvPQV)

55 42 In case the Puzzle Palace has missed it for every 100,000 man hours spent navel-gazing on tranny inclusion and shower protocol you have 100,000 less man hours dedicated to actual fucking defense matters.
Posted by: sven at February 03, 2023 12:01 PM (Lzpvj)

=========

This assumes that they were spending their time doing real work instead of looking up kiddie porn on government computers.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:02 PM (LvTSG)

56 Lots of incompetence going around today. I see a new product release (not from my company, thankfully) that acknowledges that there are critical security vulnerabilities in the release and that they'll fix it later - but they don't mention *which* vulnerabilities are in the product, or why they chose to release the product with known critical security problems.

Maybe they work for DoD.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:02 PM (t0OGg)

57 Hunter Biden standing below the balloon, waiting for the money drop.

Posted by: Thomas Paine at February 03, 2023 12:03 PM (lTGtQ)

58 I guess posting Nena's 99 Red Balloons would've been too on the nose.

This is I don't have a successful smart cruelty blog.

Posted by: spindrift at February 03, 2023 12:03 PM (h5TKJ)

59 The Twitter Account U. S. MINISTRY OF TRUTH has been discussing the balloon and all its implications

https://tinyurl.com/yt8jnxy9

(Nitter Link)

Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:03 PM (xhaym)

60 CLOSE THE SKIES!

Oh wait, that's for Ukraine, not for us.

Posted by: The Media! at February 03, 2023 12:03 PM (2tUFv)

61 I just want to hear an official Chinese Spokesman say: Dirigible.

Posted by: garrett at February 03, 2023 12:03 PM (umby/)

62 Let's be honest, did Biden actually demand the balloon be shot down, or is that something the WH just said, to make him sound tough?

Posted by: Dr. T at February 03, 2023 12:03 PM (tp+tP)

63 If Biden says we can't take on the government with guns because we would need F-16s, yet we have the CCP taking us on with a hot air balloon. These jokes write themselves.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at February 03, 2023 12:03 PM (N39Ws)

64 It's at 100k feet.
You'll need a heck of a shotgun...

Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 03, 2023 12:03 PM (3Zwim)

65 U.S. Ministry of Truth
@USMiniTru
13h
In response to the emerging crisis, President Biden ordered the air force to scramble the hasbelduh Murp degrasey.

The Department of Feeble Affairs has been contacted to translate.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (xhaym)

66 61 I just want to hear an official Chinese Spokesman say: Dirigible.
Posted by: garrett at February 03, 2023 12:03 PM (umby/)

Airship!

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (zZu0s)

67 this is why we have the strategic bat
bust the fucker open
it's full of tiny snicker bars

Posted by: general sofasaver at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (us2H3)

68 Chinese spy balloons have closed down dozens of coal plants and put a moratorium on natural gas and oil exploration putting the American energy grid in peril and resulting in rolling blackouts throughout the country.

They are an existential threat.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (Zqeqr)

69 Kari Lake had a great Twitter picture today. Would make a great addition to the post Ace.

Posted by: sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (Y+l9t)

70 I think Biden wanted the balloon taken down intact - so he could inhale the helium and do funny voices.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (N39Ws)

71 What's the big deal? China would totally allow one of our surveillance balloons to float over Beijing. Right?
Posted by: Elric Blade

When I'm elected King, there may be a CCP sub or two that goes 'Overdue' without being related to any specific incidence of provocation.

I would, however, contact them through the proper diplomatic channels to tell them we had nothing to do with it. Two days before they noticed.


Posted by: Tonypete at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (bJxw1)

72 Has Gen. Miley(

Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (D25PY)

73 Gang of Eight?

CBD
MisHum
TJM
Buck
Joe Mannix (a cop)
WeirdDave
MovieQue
... hmmmm

Rick Wilson, Order of Friend of the Blog?
Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM (zZu0s)
---
Glad I'm not on the list!

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (YIVH2)

74 There are probably some good reasons to not interfere with the device if it's known to be non-threatening (physically). Not showing what our interdiction capability is (maintain the fog of war), feeding to bogus information, intercepting signals and trying to analyze how it works and how the data flow gets back to Beijing, etc.

The answer is not guaranteed to be "rank incompetence" or "corrupt treason" - it's just that such an assessment is a good enough default answer to usually be correct.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (t0OGg)

75 Embiggened the pic. Laughed.

Posted by: Blake - semi lurker at large at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (bv8WI)

76 Let's be honest, did Biden actually demand the balloon be shot down, or is that something the WH just said, to make him sound tough?

Bingo.

Posted by: The Media! at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (2tUFv)

77 Has Gen. Miley alerted Chyna as to our response yet?

Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (D25PY)

78 It's at 100k feet.
You'll need a heck of a shotgun...
Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 03, 2023 12:03 PM (3Zwim)



Fine. Then send your F-15 up with it's carrier hook out and rip that bitch.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (IXZGh)

79 Was this launched from Canada?

If so, Pierre Elliott Bieber needs to be called on the carpet.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia


Should have been called on the carpet the second it was learned that Canaduh gave china the ok to base their military in Canaduh.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (G8h7g)

80 Best to shoot it down now before it gets to a real populated place.
Posted by: rickb223


Counterpoint: it could potentially drift over D.C.

Posted by: mikeski at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (ldMAZ)

81 Wyoming and Montana are now densely populated? That changed from the last Yellowstone episode.

Posted by: Roy at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (RMuuf)

82 U.S. Ministry of Truth
@USMiniTru
12h
In a bold stroke of genius, @DavidAFrench has begun preparations of a new column, "Why White Evangelicals Are to Blame for the Space War."

Tens of readers eagerly await its release.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (xhaym)

83 Glad I'm not on the list!
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (YIVH2)

I honestly forgot you.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (zZu0s)

84 62 >>Let's be honest, did Biden actually demand the balloon be shot down, or is that something the WH just said, to make him sound tough?


Yeah, I think it'd take a lot more to get Biden's underwood ruffled. Like a canceled check.

Posted by: red speck at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (gS3OW)

85 There were reports of similar balloon sightings over Guam, Hawaii, and Alaska.
Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at February 03, 2023 12:02 PM (N39Ws)

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Dunno if this means anything:

https://youtu.be/OgM3bgBieno?t=269

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (mVFGK)

86 It's at 100k feet.
You'll need a heck of a shotgun...


You could do it if you send Felix Baumgartner up in a balloon in its path.

Posted by: Archimedes at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (eOEVl)

87 Chinese spy balloons are believed to have absconded with $1.2 trillion in Pentagon funding, leaving the country in a weakened state of readiness for international conflict.

They are an existential threat.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (Zqeqr)

88 Maybe the Chinese Spy Ballon is going to drop some cash on Wilmington

Not surprised it's another goal scored for the Chinese and 0 for the US

Posted by: Skip at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (EduVx)

89 Has Gen. Miley alerted Chyna as to our response yet?
Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (D25PY)



It still pisses me off that f*cker wasn't hanged for that.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (IXZGh)

90 I'd be afraid to shoot it down because we have no idea what they may have put inside it...

Posted by: It's me donna at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (bs+z0)

91 74 Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (t0OGg)

Yeah absolutely the current geniuses at the five sided nuthouse definitely strike me as "being too hard to respond."

Curtis LeMay had nothing on the current JCOS.

Posted by: sven at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (Lzpvj)

92 As you've already been briefed, there are many scientific overflights of many countries using a variety of balloons, which is also part of the global climate scientific community and vital to the data collections efforts of many countries. While I can't speak to the specifics of this particular balloon scientific overflights are not unusual, and have occurred in many, many, prior Administrations, including the predecessor Administration which I also mentioned to you this morning. I'm not going to compromise or speak to any ongoing operational considerations which I'm sure you understand, and would refer you to the Department of Defense on that.

Posted by: Breaking Spokesliar Talking Points at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (5FPX4)

93 Let's be honest, did Biden actually demand the balloon be shot down...


Sort of.

Biden demanded his 10% of the Chinese balloon.

And the only way he can get that is to...you know.

Posted by: naturalfake at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (KLPy8)

94 Watching the Pentagon briefing, a Brigadier General doing the job a butter bar used to do.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (lz5hY)

95 the Chinese excuse that this was a weather balloon

That was no weather balloon.

Posted by: Zombie Art Bell at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (Xrfse)

96 >>Wyoming and Montana are now densely populated?


With Antelope, yes.

Posted by: garrett at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (umby/)

97 I planned on boycotting China by refusing to patronize Chinese restaurants. Then I found out that all the cooks are Mexicans so...never mind.

Posted by: Chairborne!...Desk From Above! at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (z01mR)

98 The balloon was shaped into a giant Snoopy dog along with his Red Baron doghouse.

Posted by: Roy at February 03, 2023 12:07 PM (RMuuf)

99 90 Posted by: It's me donna at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (bs+z0)

Maybe Fauci hired them to deliver Wuhan 2 Electric Bugaboo?

Posted by: sven at February 03, 2023 12:07 PM (Lzpvj)

100 It's at 100k feet.
You'll need a heck of a shotgun...
Posted by: gourmand du jour at February 03, 2023 12:03 PM (3Zwim)


I've got this.

Posted by: zombie Gerald Bull at February 03, 2023 12:07 PM (h5TKJ)

101 The US Ministry of Truth is pretty funny:

⚠️ UPDATE ⚠️ Senator Mitch McConnell has announced that in response [to the balloon], the U.S. Congress would be voting to send more tanks to Ukraine.


Posted by: The ARC of History! at February 03, 2023 12:07 PM (2tUFv)

102 What a joke America has become.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at February 03, 2023 12:07 PM (Qzn2/)

103 Fine. Then send your F-15 up with it's carrier hook out and rip that bitch.
F-15 ceiling is 65k feet.

Posted by: Archimedes at February 03, 2023 12:07 PM (eOEVl)

104 @USMiniTru
LIVE FROM BEIJING: President Xi demands that the balloon be returned to: "Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood, where Christopher Robin Plays."

++++
Okay, that's funny.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:07 PM (t0OGg)

105 I have a balloon in my pants.

*leans in, and whispers*

But it's really a doody.

Posted by: Joey Choo-Choo at February 03, 2023 12:07 PM (H/XYA)

106 It's not a balloon balloon.

Posted by: Whoopi at February 03, 2023 12:08 PM (Ysmrn)

107 I am requesting a Gang of Eight briefing.

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Frank Luntz and seven others?

Posted by: ShainS -- I'm a Freeborn Man of the USA at February 03, 2023 12:08 PM (ZDsBk)

108 Is this balloon heading toward Roswell?

Posted by: N.Lurker at February 03, 2023 12:08 PM (eGTCV)

109 Glad I'm not on the list!
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 03, 2023 12:04 PM (YIVH2)

I honestly forgot you.
Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (zZu0s)
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Perks of being a low-tier COB!

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 03, 2023 12:08 PM (YIVH2)

110 What a joke America has become.
Posted by: Cicero
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Good thing my identity isn't tied to being an American.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:08 PM (mVFGK)

111 Hunter always finds a way to get high

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at February 03, 2023 12:08 PM (EGSGm)

112 I bet Macy's would know how to handle this.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at February 03, 2023 12:08 PM (lz5hY)

113 90 I'd be afraid to shoot it down because we have no idea what they may have put inside it...
Posted by: It's me donna at February 03, 2023 12:06 PM (bs+z0)

Maybe some sort of incendiary to burn up whatever payload it might be carrying?

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:08 PM (zZu0s)

114 the Chinese excuse that this was a weather balloon

That was no weather balloon.


Nor was it a boating accident.

Posted by: Matt Hooper at February 03, 2023 12:08 PM (eOEVl)

115 81 Wyoming and Montana are now densely populated? That changed from the last Yellowstone episode.
Posted by: Roy at February 03, 2023 12:05 PM (RMuuf)

Take it to the train station.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at February 03, 2023 12:08 PM (N39Ws)

116 Maybe this a just another payoff from the ChiComs to the Bidens?

Posted by: Puddihead at February 03, 2023 12:09 PM (tiR3O)

117 They said it is just collecting weather data. If you cant trust the ChiComs, who can you trust?

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:09 PM (h4dxF)

118 103 Posted by: Archimedes at February 03, 2023 12:07 PM (eOEVl)

The F-14 could have shot it down with an AIM-54...

when you look at the eroding capabilities in raw combat applications on a geometric scale of the force you ever wonder if the leadership gets checks from the opfor?

Posted by: sven at February 03, 2023 12:09 PM (Lzpvj)

119 I think Instapundit linked to an article with the Chinese excuse that this was a weather balloon that got blown off course. Is that the sort of lie that diplomats tell with the expectation it'll be accepted but not believed for a second, or do the Chinese think Biden's handlers will buy that?
Posted by: Octochicken at February 03, 2023 12:00 PM (oCS0o)
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:: looks shifty-eyed ::
:: slinks away ::

Posted by: The dude who explained what happened at Roswell at February 03, 2023 12:09 PM (t0OGg)

120 Welp, I have to go shopping this morning, so I can't follow this up immediately, but I thought I'd toss this bit of paranoia out there.

Last August, I did my colonoscopy with the usual gang at the local hospital. Well, now they're suddenly pushing a seminar on "Advanced Heart Health" and seemingly doing everything they can to "encourage" attendance across the board.

Given what we've been hearing as of late concerning SADS and other heart fun and games, one wonders just what the real underlying driver for this presentation is all about.

That is all.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM Guy at February 03, 2023 12:09 PM (ZSK0i)

121 117 They said it is just collecting weather data. If you cant trust the ChiComs, who can you trust?
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:09 PM (h4dxF)

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User car salesmen?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:09 PM (LvTSG)

122 Maybe some sort of incendiary to burn up whatever payload it might be carrying?

Genetically engineered smallpox virus.

Posted by: The ARC of History! at February 03, 2023 12:09 PM (2tUFv)

123 Biden muttered "Ba-Ba high! Me go grunt-grunt." when informed of this.

A laser in the 30 watt range would take it out.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at February 03, 2023 12:09 PM (17s+e)

124 Remember when we used to fly planes over Nagasaki and told the Japs they were weather planes. Until one day it wasn't a weather plane.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:10 PM (h4dxF)

125 Next up: wishing lanterns.

Posted by: Just Sayin' at February 03, 2023 12:10 PM (Ysmrn)

126 I asked this last thread: how high does a nuke have to be (depending on yield) for there to be an EMP effect, but minimal fallout or ground effect?

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:10 PM (zZu0s)

127 What are the odds that it's full of Biden classified briefing papers?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at February 03, 2023 12:10 PM (Qzn2/)

128 Whatever man, The Junta is too busy fomenting nuclear war with Russia and gender queer ideology in the military to care about what China is doing.

We live in Clown World, it will always be Clown World.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at February 03, 2023 12:10 PM (vgYvF)

129 Next thing you know the Mexican government will be launching a giant Pinata to fly over us.

Posted by: Chairborne!...Desk From Above! at February 03, 2023 12:10 PM (z01mR)

130 A separate senior official told ABC News the balloon is the size of three buses...

Long buses or short buses? Why can't they state facts in standard units that people can understand, like giraffes?

Posted by: Oddbob at February 03, 2023 12:10 PM (nfrXX)

131 122 Maybe some sort of incendiary to burn up whatever payload it might be carrying?

Genetically engineered smallpox virus.
Posted by: The ARC of History! at February 03, 2023 12:09 PM (2tUFv)

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To imply that China would release a genetically modified virus is racism.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:10 PM (LvTSG)

132 Do we have aircraft with actual bullet guns on them that can get to that altitude? If not, does a balloon have a signature that a missile can lock onto, heat or otherwise?

Posted by: Zek at February 03, 2023 12:10 PM (5FPX4)

133 Has anyone mentioned a Giant Peach floating off the coast of California?

Posted by: garrett at February 03, 2023 12:10 PM (umby/)

134 Well given it’s over Montana, that shouldn’t be an issue for us. Just send Rip to take it to the train station!!!

Posted by: Joe S at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (P07DF)

135 Wouldn't even need to send up an F-15. Equip an American weather balloon with an explosive device and some maneuvering thrusters, navigate it close to the Chinese balloon, and BOOM!

Any experienced drone operator could pull it off.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (YIVH2)

136 Right now there are 15, obese, hungover generals with 45 staff members going through a SWOT analysis about a balloon.

We're basically doomed.

Posted by: MJ at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (zwDuR)

137 This is embarrassing.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (u73oe)

138 Counterpoint: it could potentially drift over D.C.
Posted by: mikeski


Damn it. You win!

Go balloon. Go!

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (G8h7g)

139 Dammit, I should have said I was just a weather man!

Posted by: Gary Powers at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (zZu0s)

140 No on in our government, from either party, will dare to stand up to China. It would threated their biggest source of income.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (NFbv3)

141 130 A separate senior official told ABC News the balloon is the size of three buses...

Long buses or short buses? Why can't they state facts in standard units that people can understand, like giraffes?
Posted by: Oddbob at February 03, 2023 12:10 PM (nfrXX)

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"I vote for Simpsons branded hot dog sandwiches."
-Jonah Goldberg

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (LvTSG)

142 ...the balloon is the size of three buses...

********

If that lands in the ocean it'll choke a sea turtle or two.

Posted by: Muldoon at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (ykeLU)

143 Jane Fonda: “There’d be no climate crisis if it wasn’t for racism”

Posted by: SMOD at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (RHGPo)

144 The Chicoms should have put one of those cheap programmable gas station signs on it with the banner "Ha-ha!" running a loop.

A trillion dollar defense budget defeated by a floating pile of cheap Chinese crap.

Posted by: Marcus T at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (HDGM5)

145 I still say it's Hunter smuggling in opium from China.

Posted by: ShainS -- I'm a Freeborn Man of the USA at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (ZDsBk)

146 Would You Eat Lab-Grown Human Salami Cultured from Celebrity Cells?

"Lab-grown meat may be a potential way to feed the global population while fighting climate change, but can you stomach the idea of steaks or cured meats grown from human cells?
A company called BiteLabs is looking to market human test-tube meat, and that’s not even the weirdest part. They’re hoping to get celebrities like James Franco, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kanye West on board to donate tissue samples that will eventually become salami."

https://tinyurl.com/4w43u23j

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:12 PM (mVFGK)

147 And in otter news...

"Can I help you put your toys away?"

https://bit.ly/3RuP3G0

Love the high five at the end.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at February 03, 2023 12:12 PM (Do5/p)

148 To imply that China would release a genetically modified virus is racism

The Chinese have been working on genetically modified viruses designed to target non-Chinese genomes.

Posted by: The ARC of History! at February 03, 2023 12:12 PM (2tUFv)

149 Right now there are 15, obese, hungover generals with 45 staff members going through a SWOT analysis about a balloon.

We're basically doomed.
Posted by: MJ at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (zwDuR)
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:: shudders ::

I can exactly visualize this. The image is frightening.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:12 PM (t0OGg)

150 124 Urban legend or not, you be the judge. A pilot and RIO in an RF4B set off a photo flash over Hiro, just for funnsies.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at February 03, 2023 12:12 PM (lz5hY)

151 130 A separate senior official told ABC News the balloon is the size of three buses...

Long buses or short buses? Why can't they state facts in standard units that people can understand, like giraffes?
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Its technically known as a BFB. Big Fucking Balloon. Just be thankful there aren't 99 of them.

Posted by: Puddihead at February 03, 2023 12:12 PM (tiR3O)

152 I've heard, and this may just be tin-foil hat stuff, but still, I've heard, that the Chinese may have used gain of function research to develop spy balloons that are capable of entering the earth's orbit and transmit images back to Chinese intelligence agencies in real time.

They call these enhanced balloons "Weixing" or "satellites".

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at February 03, 2023 12:12 PM (Zqeqr)

153 It is measuring upper level winds so they can better estimate nuclear fallout drift patterns.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:12 PM (h4dxF)

154 Would You Eat Lab-Grown Human Salami Cultured from Celebrity Cells?

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:12 PM (mVFGK)

No. WTF? No.

Posted by: Gary Powers at February 03, 2023 12:12 PM (zZu0s)

155 I am ashamed of my country.

Posted by: Chairborne!...Desk From Above! at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (z01mR)

156 No on in our government, from either party, will dare to stand up to China. It would threated their biggest source of income.
Posted by: BeckoningChasm
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Bingo.

I know it's hard to accept that this nation is now owned by the CCP, but there it is.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (mVFGK)

157 141 130 A separate senior official told ABC News the balloon is the size of three buses...

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Metric or imperial?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (Qzn2/)

158 129 Next thing you know the Mexican government will be launching a giant Pinata to fly over us.
Posted by: Chairborne!...Desk From Above!


Fabulous Mexican candies will fall -- laced with fentanyl.

Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (D25PY)

159 Lab-grown meat may be a potential way to feed the global population while fighting climate change, but can you stomach the idea of steaks or cured meats grown from human cells?

Why? Why would you use human tissue? Or is this just a publicity stunt? (PROTIP: YES)

Posted by: Archimedes at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (eOEVl)

160 SMH i just lost my lunch.

Posted by: fd at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (iayUP)

161 The Chinese are doing donuts on our front lawn and our government does nothing. Lovely.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (u73oe)

162 SMOD: “There’d be no climate racism if it wasn’t for stupidity”

Posted by: SMOD at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (RHGPo)

163 We are stupid if we don't shoot it down! Joe, tell the Air Force to just do it, please!

They're probably afraid it'll be found and claimed by some whacko militia. Then it would, naturally, become an competence problem for Biden.

Interesting USA top brass in Philippines....9 new bases to attack China with. Add to the dozens. America is alarmed over a high altitude balloon?

To be fair, Google floated spy balloons over the USA for years in the 'teens. Go ahead; tell me that's different because the corporation holds some sort of loyalty to our nation. (for details google Loon LLC, an Alphabet (Google) subsidiary.

Let's note that it says *suspected* Chinese spy balloon, implying that ID is NOT CERTAIN. And people here want to shoot first and ask questions later ? High-altitude balloons are launched for a number of scientific research purposes, as training exercises for college engineering majors, and even by amateur hobbyists. There are relatively few restrictions.

Posted by: Intrepid Democratic Underground AoS Liaison at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (JCZqz)

164 Why? Why would you use human tissue? Or is this just a publicity stunt? (PROTIP: YES)
Posted by: Archimedes at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (eOEVl)

Soylent Green

Posted by: It's me donna at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (bs+z0)

165 Since when did we start measuring large objects in bus units?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (Qzn2/)

166 I would've liked to have seen Montana.

Posted by: Vasiliy Balloonin at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (h5TKJ)

167 Do we even have the capability of shooting down an object like this at an altitude of 100,000 feet?

Posted by: BunnyFooFoo at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (0Uf+z)

168 Long buses or short buses? Why can't they state facts in standard units that people can understand, like giraffes?

They want to sound smart. If they just said it was 100ft wide, people might have some idea what they were talking about.

Posted by: Gary Powers at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (zZu0s)

169 ChiComs: "That wasn't a spy balloon, round-eyes. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus."

Posted by: Thrawn at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (Rl7KJ)

170 Go to Orange Alert

Posted by: The New Number 2 at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (UKe2c)

171 Has Mitch McConnell told us again how Ukraine is the single most important issue for our country?

Posted by: Marcus T at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (HDGM5)

172 "Don't worry folks, it's a 'special' delivery to me, i arranged it all. Carry on." - H.Biden anticipating his first 10% cut of Afghanistan cocaine from his drug dealer buddies from China.

Posted by: Scott_T at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (2waQ7)

173 Long buses or short buses? Why can't they state facts in standard units that people can understand, like giraffes?
Posted by: Oddbob

Like a henway or rch?

Posted by: Tonypete at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (bJxw1)

174 If the Chinese balloon got within the "Biden household exclusion zone", they would shoot it down.

Posted by: SMOD at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (RHGPo)

175 > Do we have aircraft with actual bullet guns on them that can get to that altitude?

If we don't, we should.

The F-104 was able to break 100,000 feet way back in the '50s.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (bW8dp)

176 167 Do we even have the capability of shooting down an object like this at an altitude of 100,000 feet?
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Yeah. We can shoot anything down. We're really good at shooting things.

Posted by: Puddihead at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (tiR3O)

177 The US fucked up from jump street.

I'd have shot it down and when China asked for it back, look them dead in the eye and reply, "Balloon? What balloon?"

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (G8h7g)

178 Long buses or short buses?

Short ones. It is the only buses journalists have ever ridden.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (17s+e)

179 Nice. The image is hilarious.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden

Seconded !

Posted by: JT at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (T4tVD)

180
Why? Why would you use human tissue? Or is this just a publicity stunt? (PROTIP: YES)
Posted by: Archimedes at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (eOEVl)

So that it's not exploiting another species and also because they're really into cannibalism. Mostly because they're really into cannibalism.

Posted by: Red Turban Someguy - The Republic is already dead! at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (eYoxG)

181 ... Let's note that it says *suspected* Chinese spy balloon, implying that ID is NOT CERTAIN. And people here want to shoot first and ask questions later ? High-altitude balloons are launched for a number of scientific research purposes, as training exercises for college engineering majors, and even by amateur hobbyists. There are relatively few restrictions.
Posted by: Intrepid Democratic Underground AoS Liaison at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (JCZqz)
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When it's an unknown object in our airspace?

Yes. Shoot first and ask questions later.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (t0OGg)

182 Because cannibalism is a line that TPTB would never, ever cross, right?

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (mVFGK)

183 It...Is...Balloon!!

Posted by: Chief Wild Eagle at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (RePUn)

184 165 Since when did we start measuring large objects in bus units?
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (Qzn2/)

We hear that Kamala loves buses, so there you go.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (N39Ws)

185 I don't think there's been an "official" announcement of the altitude this thing is at. It is above the altitude commercial aircraft operate... so higher than 45K ft. Only a handful of aircraft, the F-22 being one, can operate above 60-70K ft.

An air-to-air missile shot would be tricky, but can you imagine the kill flag on your plane? A fucking balloon. lol

Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (Q4IgG)

186 The Pentagon feggs claim the reason for not shooting it down is the risk of debris to civilians. Horseshit!

Incinerate it and there will be no debris.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (Jg7EG)

187 The downside of a satellite is that it makes a pass overhead, then you gotta wait. A balloon can loiter.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (h4dxF)

188 Gentlepersons of Esteemed Genders, We have a strategic stealth balloon gap. We must spend the 5 trillion dollars it will cost to close the gap.

Posted by: Bilwis Freelance Lobbying Inc at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (cupoy)

189 Do we even have the capability of shooting down an object like this at an altitude of 100,000 feet?
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Yes.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (mVFGK)

190 Gentlemen, gentlemen!
I submit to you that we have a Balloon Gap!

Posted by: Gen Turgidson at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (5FPX4)

191 The Chicoms say it's a weather balloon that went of course. Only they didn't bother to tell us until it was discovered floating over our ICBM installations.

*makes ok sign*

Posted by: Marcus T at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (HDGM5)

192 I heard they have also been tainting our coca cola with urine for some time now.

Posted by: Mishdog at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (uwW33)

193 "Long hair, short hair .. what's the difference once the heads blowed off" -- farmer Max B. Yasgur

Posted by: SMOD at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (RHGPo)

194 Lab-grown meat may be a potential way to feed the global population while fighting climate change, but can you stomach the idea of steaks or cured meats grown from human cells?

Why? Why would you use human tissue? Or is this just a publicity stunt? (PROTIP: YES)
Posted by: Archimedes at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (eOEVl)
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Yeah, I don't get that, either. Why HUMAN cells? Do they just get a kick out of cannibalism?

Why not COW meat or PIG meat or CHICKEN meat? You know, three of the tastiest critters on the planet? Oh, wait, under the WEF rules, those animals will be rendered extinct, so we will HAVE to consume human protein to survive.

Idiots. Evil fucking idiots.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (YIVH2)

195 Trouble with shooting it down is you'll want to shoot another one down an hour later.

Posted by: Damn Chinese balloons at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (UKe2c)

196 I bet Elon could come up with a way to bag that balloon.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (h4dxF)

197 167 Do we even have the capability of shooting down an object like this at an altitude of 100,000 feet?
Posted by: BunnyFooFoo at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (0Uf+z)

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The Pentagon will neither admit nor deny the existence of a large inventory of nuclear trebuchets.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (Qzn2/)

198 The F-104 was able to break 100,000 feet way back in the '50s.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (bW8dp)
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Sure but it was designed and made by racist and sexist white men. So our betters have ended that.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (17s+e)

199 Seriously, this is how Red Alert 2, Chi-Com edition, will start.

Posted by: Thrawn at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (Rl7KJ)

200 The BGen doing the Pentagon briefing sure does have a nice ribbon bar, including the "Paid my Congressman's Bill at the Capitol Grill" after getting his flag.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (lz5hY)

201 BREAKING:

Suspected spy balloon is actually a UFO

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (EGSGm)

202 Perhaps we could mount a join rescue mission of the wayward balloon

Posted by: SMOD at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (RHGPo)

203 Would You Eat Lab-Grown Human Salami Cultured from Celebrity Cells?

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:12 PM (mVFGK)


No. I would, however, happily deport the lot of you to Papua New Guinea, where some of the inhabitants are much more open-minded about such things.

Posted by: Dr. T at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (tp+tP)

204 > The dude who explained what happened at Roswell

I'm 98% convinced what crashed in Roswell was one of our high altitude nuke detection devices. It probably was built out of some sturdy, ultra-light materials the farmers in the area had never seen or heard of. The government was sneaky about it because it was a very secret program.

Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (eyxn4)

205 171 Has Mitch McConnell told us again how Ukraine is the single most important issue for our country?
Posted by: Marcus T


That dirty cunt will probably not even make a statement about the balloons.

Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (D25PY)

206 185 I don't think there's been an "official" announcement of the altitude this thing is at. It is above the altitude commercial aircraft operate... so higher than 45K ft. Only a handful of aircraft, the F-22 being one, can operate above 60-70K ft.

An air-to-air missile shot would be tricky, but can you imagine the kill flag on your plane? A fucking balloon. lol
Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (Q4IgG)

Global Hawk could go that high (and stay up 24 hours circling it)...and at this point, I'd be shocked if they hadn't jury-rigged that drone for missiles like they did Predator...

Posted by: Nova Local at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (exHjb)

207 Update: There is no briefing. The Pentagon official refuses to say anything, beyond "It's not a threat to people on the ground."

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This act of war is not a threat.

Posted by: Without Ashli Babbitt it's just people walking respectfully between velvet ropes at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (f6/GE)

208 > The Chinese have been working on genetically modified viruses designed to target non-Chinese genomes.

Certainly possible, but if they were going to use something like that they'd just infect human guinea pigs with them and run them through our major cities.

I don't think spraying viruses from a balloon over friggin' Montana would work very well.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (bW8dp)

209 107 I am requesting a Gang of Eight briefing.
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Frank Luntz and seven others?
Posted by: ShainS -- I'm a Freeborn Man of the USA
_________

A Fang Fang gang bang.

Posted by: Kam Fong as Chin Ho at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (gf7Ez)

210 This is embarrassing.
Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (u73oe)


This is a distraction.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (xhaym)

211 Bet y'all can't wait to eat Kanye West's salami...

LOL!

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (mVFGK)

212 Do we even have the capability of shooting down an object like this at an altitude of 100,000 feet?
Posted by: BunnyFooFoo at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (0Uf+z)
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Yes. How quickly we can do it, though, I don't know. We can shoot down satellites, so we can shoot down a balloon. We took out a malfunctioning spy satellite back in the mid aughts and took our time doing it to prevent space junk and impact with the ground. It was a finesse move and it worked flawlessly. And, of course, was a demonstration of our missile defense system's capabilities for rivals to look at and cry about.

There are probably several ways we could take it out. An aircraft-launched missile might be able to get the altitude needed. Missile defense interceptors definitely can. It's not in orbit and it isn't in free-fall, though, so predicting where it will be is likely fairly difficult. That might be another reason we've done nothing - it will take more than one attempt and we don't want to try to do it and also fail, even once.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (t0OGg)

213 I'm 98% convinced what crashed in Roswell was one of our high altitude nuke detection devices. It probably was built out of some sturdy, ultra-light materials the farmers in the area had never seen or heard of. The government was sneaky about it because it was a very secret program.
Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (eyxn4)

Agent Fox Mulder: "I don't believe it - the truth is out there!"

Posted by: Thrawn at February 03, 2023 12:18 PM (Rl7KJ)

214 We must spend the 5 trillion dollars it will cost to close the gap.
Posted by: Bilwis Freelance Lobbying Inc

We got raytheon working on it. $100B/ yr program. They expect to have a prototype in 2038.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:18 PM (h4dxF)

215 184 165 Since when did we start measuring large objects in bus units?
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (Qzn2/)

We hear that Kamala loves buses, so there you go.
Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM

That ain't true, Jack! She's just like me...she said she loves trains!

Posted by: President Biden at February 03, 2023 12:18 PM (JCZqz)

216 "Let's note that it says *suspected* Chinese spy balloon, implying that ID is NOT CERTAIN."

Reading is fundamental. The Chicoms made a mealy-mouthed statement, paraphrasing, "that ot could be used for weather and other purposes". By the way, the array that has been photographed is not a weather array.

Posted by: Marcus T at February 03, 2023 12:18 PM (HDGM5)

217 Jane Fonda: “There’d be no climate crisis if it wasn’t for racism”
Posted by: SMOD at February 03, 2023 12:11 PM (RHGPo)


well, I am going to trust the comfort woman to high ranking Viet Cong officers.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:18 PM (xhaym)

218 IT IS BALLOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Chief Wild Eagle of the Hekawis and Temporary Secretary of the Military at February 03, 2023 12:18 PM (oedLL)

219 Elen Degeneres always wished she had a salami.

Posted by: garrett at February 03, 2023 12:18 PM (umby/)

220 An air-to-air missile shot would be tricky,

but can you imagine the kill flag on your plane? A fucking balloon. lol
Posted by: Martini Farmer


Profile of a clown blowing up a balloon.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:18 PM (G8h7g)

221 Lab-grown meat may be a potential way to feed the global population while fighting climate change, but can you stomach the idea of steaks or cured meats grown from human cells?

Why? Why would you use human tissue? Or is this just a publicity stunt? (PROTIP: YES)
Posted by: Archimedes at February 03, 2023 12:13 PM (eOEVl)



I don't eat cured meat. I'm happy that the animal got better but I refuse to eat something that was sick and needed to be cured.

Posted by: Chairborne!...Desk From Above! at February 03, 2023 12:18 PM (z01mR)

222 oh Gott, nein, es ist ein Luftballoon...!

Posted by: Nena at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (C1Zwz)

223 No. I would, however, happily deport the lot of you to Papua New Guinea, where some of the inhabitants are much more open-minded about such things.
Posted by: Dr. T
___

Admit it.

You want a bite of Jennifer Lawrence's salami.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (mVFGK)

224 1984; gaslighting.

CBS News, WORLD, 1/25/23 U.S. "concerned" as South Africa to hold war games with Russia, China on Ukraine invasion anniversary, by Sarah Carter

In part, "Johannesburg — Next month, on the one-year anniversary of the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, South Africa will be hosting Russian and Chinese forces for a joint naval exercise. The timing of the drills — which were apparently planned during Russian President Vladimir Putin's unprovoked assault on Ukraine — have the U.S. "concerned," and will at the very least present South Africa with a diplomatic challenge as the world marks a year of brutal warfare with no end in sight."

Express UK, 1/26/23 - The South African National Defence Force said "Exercise Mosi II" will take place between February 17 and February 27 off the country's Indian Ocean coast, to share "operational skills and knowledge."

Posted by: Lola at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (Wxlzw)

225 21 Gang of Eight?

CBD
MisHum
TJM
Buck
Joe Mannix (a cop)
WeirdDave
MovieQue
... hmmmm

Rick Wilson, Order of Friend of the Blog?
Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 11:58 AM

What am I, chopped liver?

Posted by: VDH, Lurker Extrordinaire at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (UGrpJ)

226 Later on, we learned that Roswell was also a weather balloon!

The Chinese crew piloting the balloon that we recovered at the crash site had gray skin because of a vitamin D deficiency.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (Jg7EG)

227 I'm 98% convinced what crashed in Roswell was one of our high altitude nuke detection devices. It probably was built out of some sturdy, ultra-light materials the farmers in the area had never seen or heard of. The government was sneaky about it because it was a very secret program.
Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (eyxn4)
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Something like that, yeah. I don't believe "space aliens," but "secret spooky next-gen aircraft" is pretty easy to believe.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (t0OGg)

228 Why not COW meat or PIG meat or CHICKEN meat? You know, three of the tastiest critters on the planet? Oh, wait, under the WEF rules, those animals will be rendered extinct, so we will HAVE to consume human protein to survive.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (YIVH2)

Join the club.

Posted by: Aurochs at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (Angsy)

229 The Chinese have been working on genetically modified viruses designed to target non-Chinese genomes.

.. well, that's one way to get more Asians into Harvard

Posted by: SMOD at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (RHGPo)

230 Of course I shall listen to what our elected representatives have to say on this with complete confidence in their competence and good faith that their desire to protect our country is the paramount concern.

Posted by: Zek at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (5FPX4)

231 well, I am going to trust the comfort woman to high ranking Viet Cong officers.
Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:18 PM (xhaym)

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Believe me, it wasn't that great.

Posted by: Zombie Ho Chi Minh at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (Qzn2/)

232 > I bet Elon could come up with a way to bag that balloon.


I hope someone asks the question so he can stare off for 2 seconds and then smirk as he gives his meandering answer.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 03, 2023 12:20 PM (44ww/)

233 > As I stated earlier in the day, balloons can't hover, ipso facto, if it is hovering, it is most definitely not a balloon.

1. It's probably not hovering, it's likely loitering in a general area.

2. Balloons with just a little bit of tech can change direction by altering their altitude to meet with winds blowing the way they want to go.

Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:20 PM (eyxn4)

234 They don't want to shoot it down. At this point they are trying to see if they can either capture it or force it into a controlled descent. They need to determine its capabilities in order to do a damage assessment. If the craft is in a thousand pieces, that gets a lot harder to do.

Posted by: Marcus T at February 03, 2023 12:20 PM (HDGM5)

235 Well, it is an improvement over their Giant Ass Paper Bag With a Candle Under It spy balloon design.

Posted by: Bilwis Freelance Lobbying Inc at February 03, 2023 12:20 PM (cupoy)

236 > I don't eat cured meat. I'm happy that the animal got better but I refuse to eat something that was sick and needed to be cured.
Posted by: Chairborne!...Desk From Above! at February 03, 2023 12:18 PM (z01mR)

Same reason I refuse to go to anyone who's practicing medicine.

I want someone who already knows how to do it.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at February 03, 2023 12:20 PM (bW8dp)

237 Is it in funny shapes?

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 03, 2023 12:20 PM (44ww/)

238 There are probably several ways we could take it out. An aircraft-launched missile might be able to get the altitude needed. Missile defense interceptors definitely can. It's not in orbit and it isn't in free-fall, though, so predicting where it will be is likely fairly difficult. That might be another reason we've done nothing - it will take more than one attempt and we don't want to try to do it and also fail, even once.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:17 PM (t0OGg)
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So box it in with some explosive-equipped balloon drones of our own. We KNOW where it is if it's being tracked. It's not exactly equipped with rocket engines for a hasty escape. Send up our own balloon reconnaissance vehicles to take a look.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at February 03, 2023 12:21 PM (YIVH2)

239 What am I, chopped liver?
Posted by: VDH, Lurker Extrordinaire at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (UGrpJ)

You are not a cob, just a Notable Observer.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:21 PM (zZu0s)

240 Admit it.

You want a bite of Jennifer Lawrence's salami.
Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (mVFGK)


Uhhh....no. Not in any possible interpretation of that statement.

Posted by: Dr. T at February 03, 2023 12:21 PM (tp+tP)

241 "Research"

The Chinese think our govt is stupid and they may be onto something.

Posted by: Halfhand at February 03, 2023 12:21 PM (ig2DD)

242 We're on the brink of an all-out shooting war between both China and Russia, and yet, Soylent Green in sausage form has me laughing like a hyena.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:21 PM (mVFGK)

243 233 > As I stated earlier in the day, balloons can't hover, ipso facto, if it is hovering, it is most definitely not a balloon.

1. It's probably not hovering, it's likely loitering in a general area.

2. Balloons with just a little bit of tech can change direction by altering their altitude to meet with winds blowing the way they want to go.
Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:20 PM (eyxn4)

New statement on my local news is that it's an "airship" - now remember reporter expertise in all things that can hurt people...

Posted by: Nova Local at February 03, 2023 12:21 PM (exHjb)

244 > Believe me, it wasn't that great.
Posted by: Zombie Ho Chi Minh at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (Qzn2/)

Especially when she insisted that we go in five at a time so she could feel something.

Posted by: Zombie Ho Chi Minh at February 03, 2023 12:21 PM (bW8dp)

245 Adam Schiff has said the laptop was a Russian ploy, and now we know it belonged to Hunter Biden, which leads to the obvious conclusion: Hunter Biden must be a Russian agent

Posted by: SMOD at February 03, 2023 12:21 PM (RHGPo)

246 Shooting down communist spy balloons undermines the democrat agenda.

Posted by: Haqueen Jefferies at February 03, 2023 12:21 PM (17s+e)

247 Of course, it tickles me that VDH might really be Scoog.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (zZu0s)

248 There is nothing to be discovered by a weather balloon that can't already be seen on Google fucking maps.

Shoot it down!

Posted by: Dr. Bone at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (Jg7EG)

249 Same reason I refuse to go to anyone who's practicing medicine.

I want someone who already knows how to do it.
Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia

When working, I would not attend Sexual Harassment trainings. I was, and am!, expert.

Posted by: Tonypete at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (bJxw1)

250 Because cannibalism is a line that TPTB would never, ever cross, right?
Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (mVFGK)

Of course they do, there is no line.

Posted by: JmT at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (asyrG)

251 Would You Eat Lab-Grown Human Salami Cultured from Celebrity Cells?

"Lab-grown meat may be a potential way to feed the global population while fighting climate change, but can you stomach the idea of steaks or cured meats grown from human cells?
A company called BiteLabs is looking to market human test-tube meat, and that’s not even the weirdest part. They’re hoping to get celebrities like James Franco, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kanye West on board to donate tissue samples that will eventually become salami."

https://tinyurl.com/4w43u23j
Posted by: SMH at what's coming

"I got a salami I gotta hide"

Posted by: JT at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (T4tVD)

252 Your norms, are they not restored!

Posted by: acethepug at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (aYyMD)

253 In the 1960s they would have done a high altitude airburst nuke with the rationale that it was over MT, so it didn't kill too many Americans.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (h4dxF)

254 240 Admit it.

You want a bite of Jennifer Lawrence's salami.
Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (mVFGK)


Uhhh....no. Not in any possible interpretation of that statement.
Posted by: Dr. T at February 03, 2023 12:21 PM (tp+tP)

Who are we supposed to be Armie Hammer?

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (zZu0s)

255 I'm 98% convinced what crashed in Roswell was one of our high altitude nuke detection devices.

Lol...several DUers also brought this up!

I've always liked the experiments with training eagles to capture drones, although I'm guessing this balloon is a bit large and high for an eagle to tackle...
https://youtu.be/00szWWrTNnE

Posted by: Intrepid Democratic Underground AoS Liaison at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (JCZqz)

256 If the Chinese balloon got within the "Biden household exclusion zone", they would shoot it down.
Posted by: SMOD at February 03, 2023 12:14 PM (RHGPo)


That is only because they are afraid it is Rover from The Village come because Biden went off script

Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (xhaym)

257 "Up, up and away, in my beautiful balloon"

Marylin McCoo, Billy Davis, nice people

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at February 03, 2023 12:23 PM (lz5hY)

258 I'm not saying it's aliens, but...

Posted by: Just Sayin' at February 03, 2023 12:23 PM (Ysmrn)

259 206 185 I don't think there's been an "official" announcement of the altitude this thing is at. It is above the altitude commercial aircraft operate... so higher than 45K ft. Only a handful of aircraft, the F-22 being one, can operate above 60-70K ft.

An air-to-air missile shot would be tricky, but can you imagine the kill flag on your plane? A fucking balloon. lol
Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (Q4IgG)

Global Hawk could go that high (and stay up 24 hours circling it)...and at this point, I'd be shocked if they hadn't jury-rigged that drone for missiles like they did Predator...

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Can we ask Israel to zap it with their space laser?

Posted by: Cave Johnson at February 03, 2023 12:23 PM (iWt73)

260 > When working, I would not attend Sexual Harassment trainings. I was, and am!, expert.
Posted by: Tonypete at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (bJxw1)

When I was in undergrad, I had a friend who kept threatening to sign up for "women's studies".

His plan was to sit through a few classes, then raise his hand and ask "Excuse me, when do we get to thighs?"

Posted by: Zombie Ho Chi Minh at February 03, 2023 12:23 PM (bW8dp)

261 Big round eye in sky look down on inferior yankee hayseed.

Posted by: Xi at February 03, 2023 12:23 PM (D25PY)

262 They don't want to shoot it down. At this point they are trying to see if they can either capture it or force it into a controlled descent. They need to determine its capabilities in order to do a damage assessment. If the craft is in a thousand pieces, that gets a lot harder to do.
Posted by: Marcus T at February 03, 2023 12:20 PM (HDGM5)
++++
Sure, this is another possibility along with some of other good answers for why we're not taking it out. There are several decent reasons.

But assuming the reasons are bad is, in most circumstances, a sensible default position.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:23 PM (t0OGg)

263 VDH has been awarded "Most Distinguished Lurker" for three years running.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 03, 2023 12:23 PM (44ww/)

264 I like Jjs monicker

Red Zeppelin

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:23 PM (h4dxF)

265 The balloon memes are out of this world.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:24 PM (mVFGK)

266 We're doing sex to you because we own your politicians and your airspace.

Posted by: China at February 03, 2023 12:24 PM (TWQsR)

267 253 In the 1960s they would have done a high altitude airburst nuke with the rationale that it was over MT, so it didn't kill too many Americans.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:22 PM (h4dxF)

Plus, you could study EMP. They'd have wheeled out a bunch of tanks, vehicles and built a bunch of structures. Probably the scientists would have a BBQ so they could watch the blast.

It'd be a party. Those guys had Balls!

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:24 PM (zZu0s)

268 The photoshop, and McCarthy's statement, are both hilarious, for different reasons.

I think demanding a Gang of Eight briefing can now be added to writing a stern letter on the list of options for publicizing one's weakness and lack of utility.

Posted by: rhomboid at February 03, 2023 12:24 PM (OTzUX)

269 248 There is nothing to be discovered by a weather balloon that can't already be seen on Google fucking maps.

Shoot it down!
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My guess is they are mapping communication nodes and frequencies. Particularly those involving military installations what have fucking missiles and shit.

Posted by: Puddihead at February 03, 2023 12:24 PM (tiR3O)

270
A hundred thousand feet below the balloon there's 5 million newly arrived Guatemalans eating your lunch and staying in your hotels at your expense.

But look up there! What an outrage!

Posted by: Auspex at February 03, 2023 12:24 PM (j4U/Z)

271 I wonder how long it will take that thing to make it back to China...?

Posted by: Phileas Fogg at February 03, 2023 12:24 PM (ykeLU)

272 262 But assuming the reasons are bad is, in most circumstances, a sensible default position.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:23 PM (t0OGg)

========

Our government is run by top men.

Top. Men.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:25 PM (LvTSG)

273 A hundred thousand feet below the balloon there's 5 million newly arrived Guatemalans eating your lunch and staying in your hotels at your expense.

But look up there! What an outrage!
Posted by: Auspex
___

Yep.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:25 PM (mVFGK)

274 > In the 1960s they would have done a high altitude airburst nuke with the rationale that it was over MT, so it didn't kill too many Americans.

Yeah, that was the rationale behind the Nike Hercules batteries here in Alaska -- set off nukes in the path of incoming waves of Soviet bombers. Of course, that would have sucked if you were in one of the parts of Alaska underneath the nuke, but no one in DC gave a shit about that.

Posted by: Zombie Ho Chi Minh at February 03, 2023 12:25 PM (bW8dp)

275 268 The photoshop, and McCarthy's statement, are both hilarious, for different reasons.

I think demanding a Gang of Eight briefing can now be added to writing a stern letter on the list of options for publicizing one's weakness and lack of utility.
Posted by: rhomboid at February 03, 2023 12:24 PM (OTzUX)

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The Gang of Eight is going to start by investigating the balloon and end with a 2,000 page amnesty bill dated from last year.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:25 PM (LvTSG)

276 It is a good thing that that Brandon, Dan Crenshaw, and Lindsey Graham sent all of our military equipment to fight those evil Ruskies to protect a country that, *checks notes*, has a division of neo-Nazi soldiers.

We don't have enough weapons to fight China
https://tinyurl.com/4dzwj6et

Even as we continue to send literally billions of dollars worth of ammunition, weapons, and other military hardware to Ukraine on a monthly basis, our own military has run critically low on those supplies. In one of many possible bad scenarios looming on the horizon, if we were forced to either go to war against China or even supply Taiwan at a level needed to help them fend off an attack, we would not have enough of a military stockpile to do so. The largest part of the problem comes with our defense companies who produce all of this equipment.

Posted by: BetaCuck4Lyfe at February 03, 2023 12:26 PM (MFZ8i)

277 Marylin McCoo, Billy Davis, nice people


What a gorgeous woman. I've had a crush on her for as long as I can remember.


Besides that, they're a very sweet couple. I respect that they've stayed together, which so many celebrities don't do. God bless them both.

Posted by: Chairborne!...Desk From Above! at February 03, 2023 12:26 PM (z01mR)

278 They don't want to shoot it down. At this point they are trying to see if they can either capture it or force it into a controlled descent. They need to determine its capabilities in order to do a damage assessment. If the craft is in a thousand pieces, that gets a lot harder to do.
Posted by: Marcus T at February 03, 2023 12:20 PM (HDGM5)
===

This is the most unlikely version of reality in Joepedo's America.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at February 03, 2023 12:26 PM (17s+e)

279 Chinese balloons. Why'd it have to be Chinese balloons?

Posted by: Weasel at February 03, 2023 12:26 PM (WoIMU)

280 Because cannibalism is a line that TPTB would never, ever cross, right?
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You can't eat animals, that would be horrific. Humans however...

Posted by: WEF Mastermind at February 03, 2023 12:26 PM (OVHyb)

281 In China

Balloon Blow You Up

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (BRHaw)

282 Gentlemen, please! This is just my latest administrative "assistant" being delivered by our good Chinese friends. We all know how shitty air travel is these days, and with the recent lifting of mask requirements, we figured this was the safest way.

Posted by: Rep Eric Swalwell at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (JCZqz)

283 Let's Go Brandon!

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Buy ammo, food, water at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (XvPQV)

284 The Gang of Eight is going to start by investigating the balloon and end with a 2,000 page amnesty bill dated from last year.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:25 PM (LvTSG)
==

And a $5 trillion omnibus budget resolution.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (17s+e)

285 The human salami should definitely go on the food thread.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (mVFGK)

286 Yeah, that was the rationale behind the Nike Hercules batteries here in Alaska -- set off nukes in the path of incoming waves of Soviet bombers. Of course, that would have sucked if you were in one of the parts of Alaska underneath the nuke, but no one in DC gave a shit about that.

Posted by: Zombie Ho Chi Minh at February 03, 2023 12:25 PM (bW8dp)

Most of alaska is uninhabited. If you could stop a major attack on the more populated interior?

*makes weighing motion*

These are the kind of real world calls they were struggling with. I cannot gainsay these guys because at least they were taking the issue seriously.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (zZu0s)

287 Biden now asking for a balloon, and clowns, and cotton candy.

Posted by: rhennigantx at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (BRHaw)

288 > Yes. How quickly we can do it, though, I don't know. We can shoot down satellites, so we can shoot down a balloon. We took out a malfunctioning spy satellite back in the mid aughts and took our time doing it to prevent space junk and impact with the ground. It was a finesse move and it worked flawlessly. And, of course, was a demonstration of our missile defense system's capabilities for rivals to look at and cry about.

Satellites and balloons are different animals. Modern weapons are designed to ignore things that don't move relative to the wind, like clouds and balloons. Unlike a sat, a balloon doesn't have much of a radar signature. That leaves things like shells, laser guided missiles, and directed energy weapons. Depending on what the balloon is made of, it might be hard to paint it with a laser.

It's entirely possible the Chinese are hoping we send up some top secret directed energy weapons system so they can get a look at it.

Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (eyxn4)

289 My birdbath is still frozen.(if you're keeping score at home)

Posted by: JT at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (T4tVD)

290 So, what do they fill balloons with nowadays? Do they still use helium? I seem to remember that there was a helium shortage several years ago. Was that resolved?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 03, 2023 12:28 PM (xlMji)

291 237 Is it in funny shapes?
Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 03, 2023 12:20 PM (44ww/)

Naw, just circular.

Posted by: Evelle Snoats at February 03, 2023 12:28 PM (UKe2c)

292 *looks around nervously *

Guys?

Posted by: Taiwan at February 03, 2023 12:28 PM (TWQsR)

293 Maybe we can get Jeff Bezos to send up his Penis Ship to puncture it, then wear it like a prophylactic, and brink it back to earth.

Ideas. I've got a million of them.

Posted by: Idea Man at February 03, 2023 12:28 PM (54XhK)

294 Yeah, the Pentagon is right on it...I sure feel better.

Barry Soetero gutted the military of patriots, and praised Muslim convert and army deserter Beau Bergdahl. Not to mention marching US soldiers in red high heels to express solidarity over women's hardships.

But now, we're ready! Quick, everybody scribble a hash-tag cardboard sign and point it towards China. Don't forget your seriously frowny face, like Mooch had with, "Bring Back Our Girls."

Posted by: Ju at February 03, 2023 12:28 PM (aTmM/)

295 289 My birdbath is still frozen.(if you're keeping score at home)
Posted by: JT at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (T4tVD)

Poor thing

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Buy ammo, food, water at February 03, 2023 12:28 PM (XvPQV)

296 Oh, it's a science balloon! Why do you people hate science?

Posted by: Weasel at February 03, 2023 12:28 PM (WoIMU)

297 Chinese balloons. Why'd it have to be Chinese balloons?
Posted by: Weasel at February 03, 2023 12:26 PM (WoIMU)


You mean barroons, right?

*shows self out*

Posted by: Doof at February 03, 2023 12:28 PM (yYFOV)

298 So has Bezos added Evil Balloons to his arsenal?

Posted by: Puddihead at February 03, 2023 12:28 PM (tiR3O)

299 Indiana Jones and The Too High To Pop Balloon.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at February 03, 2023 12:29 PM (17s+e)

300 You want a bite of Jennifer Lawrence's salami.
Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023
*
Uhhh....no. Not in any possible interpretation of that statement.
Posted by: Dr. T at February 03, 2023


***
Not even if it were from Isla Fisher!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at February 03, 2023 12:29 PM (J2vNu)

301 We will not send anymore balloon but first...

Posted by: Xi at February 03, 2023 12:29 PM (D25PY)

302 What am I, chopped liver?
Posted by: VDH, Lurker Extrordinaire at February 03, 2023 12:19 PM (UGrpJ)



. . . Leverpostej?

I dunno, I got nothin'

Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:29 PM (xhaym)

303 Starvation is an excellent social control tool that has been used strategically throughout history by authoritarian regimes — Stalin, Mao, etc...
The MSM is largely silent on the agricultural fire phenomenon, which usually indicates they would rather keep it out of the public discourse, possibly to avert serious investigation into the cause.

https://tinyurl.com/mvwcur68

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:29 PM (mVFGK)

304 How do you say "V'Ger" in Mandarin?

Posted by: Dr. Bone at February 03, 2023 12:29 PM (Jg7EG)

305 299 Indiana Jones and The Too High To Pop Balloon.
Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at February 03, 2023 12:29 PM (17s+e)

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Rumor is the new Indy is going to play out of competition at Cannes this year.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:29 PM (LvTSG)

306 >>> 259

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Can we ask Israel to zap it with their space laser?
Posted by: Cave Johnson at February 03, 2023 12:23 PM (iWt73)

If we're gonna ask the JOOOS to handle it why can't we just have some smart Moron fire up the Weather Machine...?

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:29 PM (llON8)

307 Yes. How quickly we can do it, though, I don't know. We can shoot down satellites, so we can shoot down a balloon. We took out a malfunctioning spy satellite back in the mid aughts and took our time doing it to prevent space junk and impact with the ground. It was a finesse move and it worked flawlessly. And, of course, was a demonstration of our missile defense system's capabilities for rivals to look at and cry about.

Satellites and balloons are different animals. Modern weapons are designed to ignore things that don't move relative to the wind, like clouds and balloons. Unlike a sat, a balloon doesn't have much of a radar signature. That leaves things like shells, laser guided missiles, and directed energy weapons. Depending on what the balloon is made of, it might be hard to paint it with a laser.

It's entirely possible the Chinese are hoping we send up some top secret directed energy weapons system so they can get a look at it.
Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (eyxn4)

I'd think 20mm HE would drop it damn quick. And Montana is as good a spot as any to go down.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Buy ammo, food, water at February 03, 2023 12:29 PM (XvPQV)

308 > You want a bite of Jennifer Lawrence's salami.

Which part of a woman is the salami?

Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (eyxn4)

309 Give it back -- I'm tired of singing ninety-EIGHT Luftballons

Posted by: NENA at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (yYFOV)

310 There is nothing to be discovered by a weather balloon that can't already be seen on Google fucking maps.


*******

A few years back a large and fast moving wildfire moved through our mountain subdivision. We were under mandatory evacuation. One of my neighbors logged on to Google Earth and determined his cabin was still standing...

Posted by: Phileas Fogg at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (ykeLU)

311 Spy balloons?

Dare.to.Blow.Their.Minds!

( -- #SheCanSTEM propaganda)

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (J2vNu)

312 Satellites and balloons are different animals. Modern weapons are designed to ignore things that don't move relative to the wind, like clouds and balloons. Unlike a sat, a balloon doesn't have much of a radar signature. That leaves things like shells, laser guided missiles, and directed energy weapons. Depending on what the balloon is made of, it might be hard to paint it with a laser.

It's entirely possible the Chinese are hoping we send up some top secret directed energy weapons system so they can get a look at it.
Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (eyxn4)
++++
Right. Balloons aren't orbiting or falling predictable, so intercepting is harder. *Not* responding to it means that the capabilities can't be observed. It also lets us track what it's doing and what frequencies it's using.

There are lots of potential good answers for why we haven't shot it down.

But this is also our government we're talking about.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (t0OGg)

313 > What a gorgeous woman. I've had a crush on her for as long as I can remember.

She was smokin'.

Still looks pretty good, considering she's nearly 80.

Posted by: Zombie Ho Chi Minh at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (bW8dp)

314 Stolen quote.
China watching our border more closely than the Biden Administration.

Posted by: sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (Y+l9t)

315 *looks around nervously *

Guys?
Posted by: Taiwan
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Don't worry.

You got until 2025 to get your affairs in order...maybe.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (mVFGK)

316 They don't want to shoot it down. At this point they are trying to see if they can either capture it or force it into a controlled descent. They need to determine its capabilities in order to do a damage assessment. If the craft is in a thousand pieces, that gets a lot harder t


They don't want to shoot it down, because we can't.

And they don't want China to know we have nothing that could reach it.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (G8h7g)

317 Of course the government may just be telling us it's a balloon when it's really a UFO.

Posted by: Weasel at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (WoIMU)

318 289 My birdbath is still frozen.

Thanks for the update, JT.

Posted by: Lola at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (Wxlzw)

319 So, what do they fill balloons with nowadays? Do they still use helium? I seem to remember that there was a helium shortage several years ago. Was that resolved?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 03, 2023 12:28 PM (xlMji)
==

Because of Russia, JoePedo shipped all of our strategic Reserve of Helium to Chyna. And yes there is one... well used to be one.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at February 03, 2023 12:31 PM (17s+e)

320 China watching our border more closely than the Biden Administration.
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Their border.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:31 PM (mVFGK)

321 Hiya Weasel !

Posted by: JT at February 03, 2023 12:31 PM (T4tVD)

322 An air-to-air missile shot would be tricky, but can you imagine the kill flag on your plane? A fucking balloon. lol
Posted by: Martini Farmer at February 03, 2023 12:15 PM (Q4IgG)

A balloon? Pfff. We sunk a train.
https://tinyurl.com/yckjmfa2

Posted by: USS Barb at February 03, 2023 12:31 PM (JCZqz)

323 Ninety-nine Ruft Barroons...

Posted by: Zombie Ho Chi Minh at February 03, 2023 12:31 PM (bW8dp)

324 >>> 276 It is a good thing that that Brandon, Dan Crenshaw, and Lindsey Graham sent all of our military equipment to fight those evil Ruskies to protect a country that, *checks notes*, has a division of neo-Nazi soldiers.

We don't have enough weapons to fight China
https://tinyurl.com/4dzwj6et

Even as we continue to send literally billions of dollars worth of ammunition, weapons, and other military hardware to Ukraine on a monthly basis, our own military has run critically low on those supplies. In one of many possible bad scenarios looming on the horizon, if we were forced to either go to war against China or even supply Taiwan at a level needed to help them fend off an attack, we would not have enough of a military stockpile to do so. The largest part of the problem comes with our defense companies who produce all of this equipment.
Posted by: BetaCuck4Lyfe at February 03, 2023 12:26 PM (MFZ8i)

Last night someone mentioned an alliance of Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan with Japan possibly trying to get India to join. Taiwan might be better off *without* our "help".

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:32 PM (llON8)

325 And they don't want China to know we have nothing that could reach it.
Posted by: rickb223
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China already knows.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:32 PM (mVFGK)

326 Are we sure that Lisa Douglas isn’t dropping rutabagas from that balloon while exclaiming, “Eat Hootersville rutabagas!”?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 03, 2023 12:32 PM (xlMji)

327 286 Fun fact. Cleveland had a Nike Site. Get those babies over Lake Erie, and when they blow up, Newcastle PA gets radiated.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at February 03, 2023 12:32 PM (lz5hY)

328 A Jennifer Lawrence salami would be covered in Harvey Weinstein sauce. No thank you

Posted by: Smell the Glove at February 03, 2023 12:32 PM (U+0ZI)

329 Hiya JT, Doof!

Posted by: Weasel at February 03, 2023 12:33 PM (qW54j)

330 289 My birdbath is still frozen.

Thanks for the update, JT.
Posted by: Lola

You're welcome !

Hiya Lola !

Posted by: JT at February 03, 2023 12:33 PM (T4tVD)

331 326 Are we sure that Lisa Douglas isn’t dropping rutabagas from that balloon while exclaiming, “Eat Hootersville rutabagas!”?
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 03, 2023 12:32 PM (xlMji)

As God is my witness, I thought rutabagas could fly!

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:33 PM (zZu0s)

332 It's entirely possible the Chinese are hoping we send up some top secret directed energy weapons system so they can get a look at it.
Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023


***
Like holding a Zoom meeting at 100,000 feet.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at February 03, 2023 12:33 PM (J2vNu)

333 There is nothing to be discovered by a weather balloon that can't already be seen on Google fucking maps.


*******

A few years back a large and fast moving wildfire moved through our mountain subdivision. We were under mandatory evacuation. One of my neighbors logged on to Google Earth and determined his cabin was still standing...
Posted by: Phileas Fogg

All depends on how quick they update their maps.
Depending on the service I use, our new house is/isn't showing up.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:33 PM (G8h7g)

334 I want to know if there is a lot of screaming at each other in the Pentagon right noe

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at February 03, 2023 12:33 PM (EGSGm)

335 /sock

Posted by: Muldoon at February 03, 2023 12:33 PM (ykeLU)

336 And now, ' Would you like to fry in my beautiful barroon?

Posted by: Eromero at February 03, 2023 12:33 PM (0G42s)

337 Forecast: Air Currents to Take China Spy Balloon Over US Heartland, Key Naval Base; Biden Refuses to Shoot It Down


Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:33 PM (D25PY)

338 189 Do we even have the capability of shooting down an object like this at an altitude of 100,000 feet?
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Yes.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (mVFGK)


The Chinese would love to have the USAF or USN (ship-borne surface-to-air missile) attempt to shoot it down. Success or not they learn a lot about our capability and method(s) to shoot down a high altitude balloon. I expect the USAF and USN have previously done tests with balloons or other test targets that demonstrated if or if not we can destroy this or similar air vehicles.

PS: The Pentagon briefer said the balloon is currently at about 60,000 feet. Also said it is maneuverable and it has maneuvered since entering US airspace. Would not say if it is vertically and/or directionally maneuverable

Posted by: Gref at February 03, 2023 12:34 PM (AMIL/)

339 >>> 270
A hundred thousand feet below the balloon there's 5 million newly arrived Guatemalans eating your lunch and staying in your hotels at your expense.

But look up there! What an outrage!
Posted by: Auspex at February 03, 2023 12:24 PM (j4U/Z)

If we don't protect Ukraine's borders then Poo Tin will start WW III !!!!!!!

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:34 PM (llON8)

340 "Lab-grown meat may be a potential way to feed the global population while fighting climate change, but can you stomach the idea of steaks or cured meats grown from human cells?

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(I don't see where my last one posted. Sorry if this is a repost)

One of probably the top three taboo / forbidden things in western civilization.

Makes perfect sense that they'd be doing this.

Posted by: Without Ashli Babbitt it's just people walking respectfully between velvet ropes at February 03, 2023 12:34 PM (QWNfT)

341 I want to know if there is a lot of screaming at each other in the Pentagon right now.
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Pretty sure there's a lot of clenched buttcheeks running about there.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:34 PM (R3yp5)

342 America, more neutered than Prince Harry.

Posted by: Lady in Black at February 03, 2023 12:34 PM (sVtYq)

343 In the dystopian paper and pencil RPG 'Underground' they had a human flesh fast food restaurant 'Tastee Ghoul'.

"I'm a people person!" was their slogan.

Why are all the worst parts of that game coming true and none of the super powers or cool machine guns?

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Buy ammo, food, water at February 03, 2023 12:34 PM (XvPQV)

344 Send up a cat.

Posted by: Cicero Kaboom! Kid at February 03, 2023 12:35 PM (3Or4S)

345 >>> 285 The human salami should definitely go on the food thread.
Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:27 PM (mVFGK)

Something even CBD would not sous vide???

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:35 PM (llON8)

346 Helena!

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:35 PM (R3yp5)

347 Focus, people. Let's not get distracted from what really matters: birdbath status!

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at February 03, 2023 12:35 PM (Ysmrn)

348 LOL!

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:35 PM (R3yp5)

349 I, for one, welcome our new Chinese balloon overlords! I'd like to remind them that as a trusted internet commenter, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground balloon caves.

Posted by: Nonapod at February 03, 2023 12:35 PM (CwtyK)

350 I'm wondering about something. Will the all cricket diet by launched in prisons?

Posted by: N.Lurker at February 03, 2023 12:35 PM (eGTCV)

351 Weird new strain of Covid, 100%fatal, breaks out in Montana. Pentagon says "it had nothing to do with the ballooon"

Posted by: Smell the Glove at February 03, 2023 12:36 PM (U+0ZI)

352 341 I want to know if there is a lot of screaming at each other in the Pentagon right now.
__

Pretty sure there's a lot of clenched buttcheeks running about there.
Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:34 PM (R3yp5)

That or a lot of laughing at the rubes.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:36 PM (zZu0s)

353 >>341 I want to know if there is a lot of screaming at each other in the Pentagon right now.

Anal sex while in a conga line is painful I hear.

Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:36 PM (D25PY)

354 This is ridiculous. We have lasers that can intercept ICBMs. 100,000 feet a laser would take .1millisecond time and easily controlled. Or you could just walk the laser into the balloon causing a slice.

It is still in the air because the CCP wants it in the air and they are giving the orders to Joepedo and the junta.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable a Clear and Present Danger at February 03, 2023 12:36 PM (17s+e)

355 351 Weird new strain of Covid, 100%fatal, breaks out in Montana. Pentagon says "it had nothing to do with the ballooon"
Posted by: Smell the Glove at February 03, 2023 12:36 PM (U+0ZI)

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"It's those dirty unvaxxed. We will be launching nukes."

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:36 PM (LvTSG)

356 The balloon identifies as a piñata. Grab a broom stick and wack it open. See what goodies fall out.

Posted by: TaliBob at February 03, 2023 12:36 PM (uN6X9)

357 Carpe Donkum had a tweet of the balloon yesterday with picture. Hey is there some writing on the side?

When you zoom in on it - you can just barely make out on the side of the balloon

Fang Fang
*heart*
Eric.

Posted by: Hey Ace at February 03, 2023 12:36 PM (o+YPm)

358
One of probably the top three taboo / forbidden things in western civilization.

Makes perfect sense that they'd be doing this.
Posted by: Without Ashli Babbitt it's just people walking respectfully between velvet ropes at February 03, 2023


***
Cannibalism, incest, and what else? Pedophilia?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at February 03, 2023 12:36 PM (J2vNu)

359 I'm wondering about something. Will the all cricket diet by launched in prisons?
Posted by: N.Lurker
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They've already started in some schools over in Europe.

Prisoners would be the last ones, since that would be cruel.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:37 PM (R3yp5)

360 This is fine.

Posted by: NPC Programming at February 03, 2023 12:37 PM (JMAcK)

361
99 Red Chinese Balloons Go By......

**air bass guitar**

Posted by: fixerupper at February 03, 2023 12:37 PM (CWiKs)

362 This busty brunette wonders if those airborne lasers could shoot down a high-altitude balloon:
https://is.gd/FBz3sL

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:37 PM (t0OGg)

363 Don't we have an anti-balloon attack balloon? Are you telling me we have a balloon gap?

Posted by: Weasel at February 03, 2023 12:37 PM (WoIMU)

364 The humiliation is part of the kink

Posted by: Gen. Milley at February 03, 2023 12:37 PM (hTWNl)

365 A few years back a large and fast moving wildfire moved through our mountain subdivision. We were under mandatory evacuation. One of my neighbors logged on to Google Earth and determined his cabin was still standing...
Posted by: Phileas Fogg

All depends on how quick they update their maps.
Depending on the service I use, our new house is/isn't showing up.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:33 PM


The house we sold in Connecticut 11 years ago still had my truck parked in the driveway on the basic free google satellite view thing a couple of years ago when I checked.

Posted by: Mister Scott (Formerly GWS) at February 03, 2023 12:37 PM (uNylN)

366 > There is nothing to be discovered by a weather balloon that can't already be seen on Google fucking maps.

Google maps blurs sensitive sites at the request of gov't. Enemy satellites have a known path and schedule. I'm pretty sure we schedule some military movements around that schedule. A loitering balloon watches 24/7. Also, like another commenter said, it's probably vacuuming up communications info.

Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:37 PM (eyxn4)

367 That or a lot of laughing at the rubes.
Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:36 PM (zZu0s)
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Embrace the power of 'and'.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:38 PM (R3yp5)

368 I would love to be a staff NCO at CENTCOM right about now. Imagine that shit show, finger pointing ass covering mess.

Posted by: Marcus T at February 03, 2023 12:38 PM (54XhK)

369 "Ninety-nine red balloons go by . . ."

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at February 03, 2023 12:38 PM (J2vNu)

370 If they'd asked Elon Musk he could already have sent Ironman to take it out.

Posted by: Zek at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (5FPX4)

371 A sharknado could be helpful.

Posted by: N.Lurker at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (eGTCV)

372 Name of a new rock band 'Helium-Huffing ChiComs'.

Posted by: Cicero Kaboom! Kid at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (3Or4S)

373 I would love to be a staff NCO at CENTCOM right about now. Imagine that shit show, finger pointing ass covering mess.
Posted by: Marcus T
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LOL

I would be munching on popcorn.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (R3yp5)

374 Its not that they can't shoot it down, its that it is probably carrying 800lbs of instruments and they don't want it to fall on somebody.

Posted by: its hard to predict how it will fall break apart from 80K feet at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (dpZ4i)

375 Maybe we could just launch a giiant Ssharpie™ and inscribe ant-CCP propaganda on the side...

Posted by: Muldoon at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (ykeLU)

376 Yeah that USS Barb story is a good one. Anti-railroad submarine operations - WWII had it all.

Posted by: rhomboid at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (OTzUX)

377 347 what really matters: birdbath status


And boobs.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (xlMji)

378 Rick Dalton would toast this fucking balloon with his flame thrower.

Posted by: Puddihead at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (tiR3O)

379 Must Watch Video Clip

Ace, et al, have you seen this?
I think I'm having second and even third thoughts about joe biden. I am SHOCKED at what he said here. Every single word is true:

https://tinyurl.com/ymstxzbb

Posted by: Soothsayer, the HQ's Most Respected Commenter at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (eOg7O)

380 362 This busty brunette wonders if those airborne lasers could shoot down a high-altitude balloon:
https://is.gd/FBz3sL
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:37 PM (t0OGg)

Nicely inflated

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Buy ammo, food, water at February 03, 2023 12:40 PM (XvPQV)

381 "Research"

Posted by: dagny, first of her name at February 03, 2023 12:40 PM (ld3MI)

382 "Ninety-nine red balloons go by . . ."
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at February 03, 2023 12:38 PM (J2vNu)

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That German chick was kinda hawt....

Posted by: fixerupper at February 03, 2023 12:40 PM (CWiKs)

383 Professor Fate could shoot that balloon down!

Posted by: Max at February 03, 2023 12:40 PM (xttsV)

384 Never bring a balloon to a laser fight.

Posted by: Quarter Twenty at February 03, 2023 12:40 PM (Ysmrn)

385 You wanna take out the government?
You better have F-15s pal! And weather balloons!

Posted by: JFB at February 03, 2023 12:40 PM (5FPX4)

386 What's happened in CENTCOM area that would lead to blame-shifting?

Posted by: rhomboid at February 03, 2023 12:40 PM (OTzUX)

387 Maybe we could give a class of sixth graders peashooters and leet them have at it.

I'm just spitballing here...

Posted by: Muldoon at February 03, 2023 12:40 PM (ykeLU)

388 350 I'm wondering about something. Will the all cricket diet by launched in prisons?
Posted by: N.Lurker at February 03, 2023 12:35 PM (eGTCV)


No. We have laws against cruel and unusual punishments.

Posted by: creeper at February 03, 2023 12:40 PM (cTCuP)

389 Last night someone mentioned an alliance of Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan with Japan possibly trying to get India to join. Taiwan might be better off *without* our "help".
Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:32 PM (llON


I was thinking on that today.
The Thai royal family has stated that the Crown Princess' collapse and continuing coma is due to her Covid booster, and is cancelling all future orders of the vaxxine and all legal protection from Pfizer to allow lawsuits in Thai courts.

If Thailand convinces those other countries there is a serious problem, I don't think there is a hole deep enough for Bourla and all his merry elves to hide in

Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:40 PM (xhaym)

390 374 Its not that they can't shoot it down, its that it is probably carrying 800lbs of instruments and they don't want it to fall on somebody.
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So wait until it hits Canadian airspace and pop it, rite?

Posted by: Puddihead at February 03, 2023 12:40 PM (tiR3O)

391 "We Want the Airwaves!"

Posted by: Xi Ramone at February 03, 2023 12:41 PM (RePUn)

392 I wonder how frequently Miley gives Xi our SSBN coordinates

Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:41 PM (D25PY)

393 I'm available now to help. I know a lot about inflating things.

Posted by: Tom Brady at February 03, 2023 12:41 PM (Ysmrn)

394 An important message:

https://tinyurl.com/289vdt5u

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:41 PM (R3yp5)

395 It's not Chinese
It's not a balloon
It's not spying
I don't believe everything is fine

Posted by: torabora at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (MkFn4)

396 347 Focus, people. Let's not get distracted from what really matters: birdbath status!
Posted by: Quarter Twenty at February 03, 2023 12:35 PM

Bitch, what's really important is it's Black History Month, and these Asian folk are stealing our time...as usual! Time to go to Chinatown and play the knockout game with some old Chinese ladies...

Posted by: Black Grievance Inc at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (JCZqz)

397 I wonder how frequently Miley gives Xi our SSBN coordinates
Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:41 PM (D25PY)

Probably hourly.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (ZqJGw)

398
https://tinyurl.com/ymstxzbb
Posted by: Soothsayer, the HQ's Most Respected Commenter at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (eOg7O)

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Where dafuq did THAT come from??

Posted by: fixerupper at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (CWiKs)

399 >>> 303 Starvation is an excellent social control tool that has been used strategically throughout history by authoritarian regimes - Stalin, Mao, etc...
The MSM is largely silent on the agricultural fire phenomenon, which usually indicates they would rather keep it out of the public discourse, possibly to avert serious investigation into the cause.

https://tinyurl.com/mvwcur68
Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:29 PM (mVFGK)

Weren't *all* the famines in the previous century - when agriculture was "industrialized" - due to government incompetence, malice or war?

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (llON8)

400 I'm rubber and you're glue . . .

The View Hags Denounce Pledge Of Allegiance As A “Waste Of Time”

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Not a Real Simulation at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (FVME7)

401 Info about one USAF high-altitude manned balloon program in 1957-1958. The balloon width at operational altitudes was between 170 and 200 feet - it expanded as it went higher. FYI.

https://tinyurl.com/44vurspj

Posted by: Gref at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (AMIL/)

402 Ace is riding in the balloon, isn't he. He's rescuing us.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (IXZGh)

403 397 I wonder how frequently Miley gives Xi our SSBN coordinates
Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:41 PM (D25PY)

Probably hourly.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (ZqJGw)

Maybe we should just let the Okra fifth column take care of the Chinese for us.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:43 PM (zZu0s)

404 Carpe Donkum had a tweet of the balloon yesterday with picture. Hey is there some writing on the side?

When you zoom in on it - you can just barely make out on the side of the balloon

Fang Fang
*heart*
Eric.

Posted by: Hey Ace at February 03, 2023 12:36 PM


I'd have thought "Joe/Ho 2024".

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at February 03, 2023 12:43 PM (Wnv9h)

405
The View Hags Denounce Pledge Of Allegiance As A “Waste Of Time”
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Not a Real Simulation at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (FVME7)



Then LEAVE. Go to your utopia country and LEAVE MINE ALONE.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:43 PM (IXZGh)

406
Are you finally seeing the constant Mixed Messages being force-fed to you by Fake News to mindfuck you?

1. "senior govt official confirms" ...chinese spy balloon over America!! rEEEEEEeeeeee!!

2. All Is Calm! Don't Worry About!

Posted by: Soothsayer, the HQ's Most Respected Commenter at February 03, 2023 12:43 PM (eOg7O)

407 You guys are talking about my old Army missile system, Nike Hercules. It had three war heads it could use, 1) a big assed nuke maybe 20-25 x larger than Hiroshima, 2) a baby nuke 13x larger than Hiroshima, 3) a big ass blast frag with a 3,000 meter lethal radius. Operating ceiling for aircraft squadrons was ~30,000 feet with all three warheads. It would never be able to reach the ballon altitude and a high yield burst at max altitude would emp a large swathe of the country. Not a good option.

Now, an ASAT round on an f-15, that would remove it no problem. Or an f-105 with a cannon, lined up appropriate could shoot it, maybe, in the 2-ish seconds everything lined up to do so. Wonder why our new fighters no longer have cannons?

Posted by: BifBewalski at February 03, 2023 12:43 PM (3CCua)

408 https://tinyurl.com/ymstxzbb
Posted by: Soothsayer, the HQ's Most Respected Commenter at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (eOg7O)
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That is a simulation of the world if we hadn't ever turned on the Large Hadron Collider.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (t0OGg)

409 No mole egg lorr! You go now! You been here fo' days!

Posted by: Dr. Bone at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (Jg7EG)

410 Shot:
Tony Kinett @TheTonus Muggers and rapists who've been shot by the person they tried to mug or rape have a 0% chance of committing additional crimes.

Ladies and gentlemen, please carry.

Chaser:
Mark Latta @MarkLatta11 all available data suggests this is essentially a license to kill Black and Brown people.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (ZGrMX)

411 Weren't *all* the famines in the previous century - when agriculture was "industrialized" - due to government incompetence, malice or war?
Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (llON

Holodomor definitely was. Somalia and Ethiopia were war/tribalism. The stuff in Sri Lanka definitely was mismanagement.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (zZu0s)

412 Where dafuq did THAT come from??
Posted by: fixerupper
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You do realize that we have the capability to alter videos to say whatever you want, right?

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (R3yp5)

413
And boobs.
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (xlMji)



"And the 2nd Amendment!"

- - Clay Travis

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (IXZGh)

414 THE BALLOON IS UP!!!!

Posted by: torabora at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (MkFn4)

415
Where dafuq did THAT come from??
Posted by: fixerupper


Beautiful, isn't it?

I wish it were real.

Posted by: Soothsayer, the HQ's Most Respected Commenter at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (eOg7O)

416 Mark Latta @MarkLatta11 all available data suggests this is essentially a license to kill Black and Brown people.
Posted by: Ian S. at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (ZGrMX)

Huh. So all black and brown people are racists... ok, go with that.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:45 PM (zZu0s)

417 I'm seeing a comedy script develop:

An unlucky guy in love, gets hit in the head in the middle of Montana by an air balloon from China that the US military shot down.

The hit makes him into the greatest love machine ever and brings it to the ladies, but he learns that the only love, is the love of the mousy girl in the library.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:45 PM (LvTSG)

418 Weren't *all* the famines in the previous century - when agriculture was "industrialized" - due to government incompetence, malice or war?
Posted by: Helena Handbasket
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All of the above.

Kinda like...now.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:45 PM (R3yp5)

419 Could carry covid 9.0

Posted by: dagny, first of her name at February 03, 2023 12:45 PM (ld3MI)

420 "LOL

I would be munching on popcorn.
Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (R3yp5)"

*holds up a copy of "Airman" Magazine.*

*points*

This you?

Posted by: Marcus T at February 03, 2023 12:45 PM (54XhK)

421 Posted by: Ian S. at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (ZGrMX)

It is amazing how much casual racism is thrown out by people supposedly calling something racist.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:45 PM (zZu0s)

422 Regarding the sidebar, you couldn't put a show like F Troop on TV now if you had Elon's money.

Posted by: Azathoth at February 03, 2023 12:45 PM (wb1YC)

423 405
The View Hags Denounce Pledge Of Allegiance As A “Waste Of Time”
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Not a Real Simulation at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (FVME7)

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"I'm not loyal to this country at all, and if you say I don't love it, then I'm going to destroy you."

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:45 PM (LvTSG)

424 Which part of a woman is the salami?
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*winks*
Oh, you're such a flirt!

Posted by: "Rachel" Levine at February 03, 2023 12:45 PM (fs1hN)

425 I'm stealing that pic of Hunter as the Spy Balloon and posting it on twitter.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 03, 2023 12:45 PM (TkdUX)

426 Now, an ASAT round on an f-15, that would remove it no problem. Or an f-105 with a cannon, lined up appropriate could shoot it, maybe, in the 2-ish seconds everything lined up to do so. Wonder why our new fighters no longer have cannons?

Posted by: BifBewalski at February 03, 2023 12:43 PM (3CCua)


All of our new fighters have guns.

Posted by: Mister Scott (Formerly GWS) at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (uNylN)

427
Something even CBD would not sous vide???
Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:35 PM (llON8 )



CBD would sous vide his ballsack if he could figure out how to squat there for 4 hours.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (IXZGh)

428 Must Watch Video Clip

Ace, et al, have you seen this?
I think I'm having second and even third thoughts about joe biden. I am SHOCKED at what he said here. Every single word is true:

https://tinyurl.com/ymstxzbb
Posted by: Soothsayer, the HQ's Most Respected Commenter at February 03, 2023 12:39 PM (eOg7O)

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LMAO. That's gotta be some unbelievable Deep Fake video & audio shit there ...

Posted by: ShainS -- I'm a Freeborn Man of the USA at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (ZDsBk)

429 "Its not that they can't shoot it down, its that it is probably carrying 800lbs of instruments and they don't want it to fall on somebody."

So if a foreign fighter jet enters U.S. airspace we won't shoot it down because it might fall on someone?

Posted by: Brunnhilde at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (Ir2Q6)

430 a barometric switch could be on that balloon and release some sort of biologic threat if it is forced down, therefore it is better to just let the chicoms have access to our airspace at their pleasure.

Posted by: Shit idiots say and dunces lap up at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (FCbAQ)

431 >Rick Dalton would toast this fucking balloon with his flame thrower.

I want to see a Rick Dalton movie and don't care whether Tarantino directs it.

I saw a documentary on netflix where Quintin talks about Sergio Corbucci. Franco Nero is interviewed.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (44ww/)

432 Huh. So all black and brown people are racists... ok, go with that.
Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:45 PM (zZu0s)
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Whatevs.

It's not like I haven't heard that before.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (R3yp5)

433 Its not that they can't shoot it down, its that it is probably carrying 800lbs of instruments and they don't want it to fall on somebody.


So instead of popping it over sparsely populated Montana, they're going to wait until it gets over a more populated area?

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (G8h7g)

434 Whuh? Huh? Whazzah?

Posted by: Tough Talkin Joe at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (/A7TS)

435 Has anyone found the clip from "F-Troup", with the Hakowwie pointing a nd screaming "It Is Balloon!"

The Chinese have surpassed us in stealth balloon technology.

Hopefully it's a tactical nuke set to go off over D.C. ... It Could Happen!

Posted by: Paladin at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (5S+8W)

436 Project Veritas drops another Pfizer video.........

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (IXZGh)

437 Nice alternate use of “raincoats,” Hunter! Is that how you and The Big Guy would escape from Pedo Island?

Posted by: The Professor at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (pzN/K)

438 "Up, up and AWAY -- in my beautiful balloon?"
https://youtu.be/UKkNlwpajNk

Posted by: Doof at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (yYFOV)

439 When does McCarthy start the impeachment process?

Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (D25PY)

440 >>> 411
==
Holodomor definitely was. Somalia and Ethiopia were war/tribalism. The stuff in Sri Lanka definitely was mismanagement.
Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (zZu0s)

The idiots in Sri Lanka were following the greentard / WEF agenda, so I'd say there's at least some malice involved.

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:47 PM (llON8)

441 > Or an f-105 with a cannon, lined up appropriate could shoot it, maybe, in the 2-ish seconds everything lined up to do so.

Wiki says the F-105's ceiling is 48,500 ft. The balloon is reportedly at 60,000 ft.

Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:47 PM (eyxn4)

442 147 And in otter news...

"Can I help you put your toys away?"

https://bit.ly/3RuP3G0

Love the high five at the end.
Posted by: Clyde Shelton


🦦

Posted by: nurse ratched at February 03, 2023 12:47 PM (i6/p8)

443 I know!

Point all our wind turbines at it and blow it off course!

/guy unclear on the concept...

Posted by: Muldoon at February 03, 2023 12:47 PM (ykeLU)

444 The ol' Chinese balloon ploy eh?

Damn that Putin.

Posted by: Stu Podaso at February 03, 2023 12:47 PM (wUHYj)

445 It is amazing how much casual racism is thrown out by people supposedly calling something racist.

When he was dogpiled for being racist, he claimed the original tweet saying to shoot rapists was the real racist, and besides everyone knows women will shoot all the scary brown people given a chance. So, enter misogyny.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 03, 2023 12:47 PM (ZGrMX)

446 holds up a copy of "Airman" Magazine.*

*points*

This you?
Posted by: Marcus T
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Nope.

I was in the Army, not the Chair Force.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (R3yp5)

447 The picture up top reminds me of the last scene of The Red Balloon.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (xlMji)

448 Speaking of otters, the last Ryan George Pitch Meeting as an 'otters holding hands' call out.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, Buy ammo, food, water at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (XvPQV)

449 That picture is hilarious. Now my mind can't get this movie line out of my head: "A naked American man stole my balloons."

Posted by: Lady in Black at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (sVtYq)

450 So instead of popping it over sparsely populated Montana, they're going to wait until it gets over a more populated area?
Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (G8h7g)
++++
https://youtu.be/mhNXPNFlqsU?t=7

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (t0OGg)

451 Whatevs.

It's not like I haven't heard that before.
Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (R3yp5)

No, it's not anything new, but it just goes to show how fucking much more racist everybody is that they were 40 years ago. And everybody seems to be ok with that.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (zZu0s)

452 >>> 427
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Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:46 PM (IXZGh)

*moves slowly away from Sponge*

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (llON8)

453 445 It is amazing how much casual racism is thrown out by people supposedly calling something racist.

When he was dogpiled for being racist, he claimed the original tweet saying to shoot rapists was the real racist, and besides everyone knows women will shoot all the scary brown people given a chance. So, enter misogyny.
Posted by: Ian S. at February 03, 2023 12:47 PM (ZGrMX)

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It is amazing that the left has to resort to blatant cheating and fraud to win elections anymore.

Just amazing.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, watching some Best Pictures at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (LvTSG)

454 The View Hags Denounce Pledge Of Allegiance As A “Waste Of Time”
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Not a Real Simulation at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (FVME7)

Couldn't agree more.

Posted by: Tough Talkin Joe at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (/A7TS)

455 Weren't *all* the famines in the previous century - when agriculture was "industrialized" - due to government incompetence, malice or war?
Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:42 PM (llON


Every famine since before 1800. At least in Europe. The agricultural revolution at that time and the ability to bulk transport grain has resolved most famines.
The Irish potato famine could have been resolved but no one cared enough

Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (xhaym)

456 I bet Elon could come up with a way to bag that balloon.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (h4dxF)

This was my first thought. Armed and ready Starlink.

Posted by: DaisyB at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (AbL8c)

457 McCarthy thinks killing Ashli Babbitt was okay.

And his Speaker webpage has no email.

We're being gaslighted.

Posted by: torabora at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (MkFn4)

458 Something even CBD would not sous vide???
Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:35 PM (llON8 )


CBD would sous vide his ballsack if he could figure out how to squat there for 4 hours.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden


OMFG.

LOL

Posted by: nurse ratched at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (i6/p8)

459 Sorry I mean - couldn't agree more.

Posted by: ... at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (/A7TS)

460 Where dafuq did THAT come from??
Posted by: fixerupper

Beautiful, isn't it?

I wish it were real.
Posted by: Soothsayer, the HQ's Most Respected Commenter at February 03, 2023 12:44 PM (eOg7O)

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ikr?

Pretty convincing vidshop. Except for the advanced vocabulary, coherent sentence structure, and overall oratory ability our current POTUS does not possess.

Posted by: fixerupper at February 03, 2023 12:49 PM (CWiKs)

461 No, it's not anything new, but it just goes to show how fucking much more racist everybody is that they were 40 years ago. And everybody seems to be ok with that.
Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (zZu0s)
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Racism is cool now.

Gotta get with the program.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:49 PM (R3yp5)

462 That German chick was kinda hawt....
Posted by: fixerupper at February 03, 2023


***
Understatement! Fair skin, lotsa black hair . . . I always pictured her as a willowy blonde, but hey --!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at February 03, 2023 12:49 PM (J2vNu)

463 Stolen from Jack Poso:

"If the US military can't handle the balloon, send in Alec Baldwin!"

Posted by: Thrawn at February 03, 2023 12:49 PM (Rl7KJ)

464 how does a missile lock on it?

Is it radar reflective? It aint hot is it, so no thermal lock.

If the missile Hits the balloon, does it just go through and not explode - then what happens to the missile?

So maybe not shooting missiles at it is a prudent thing. Maybe the Chinks know that and thought they'd get a look at a laser weapon, which solves the missile problems. . .

Posted by: its hard to predict how it will fall break apart from 80K feet at February 03, 2023 12:49 PM (SNMb2)

465
Just like the monthly "data breaches."

Massive Data Breach by Hackers at [insert major corp here]!! Millions of Private Data Stolen!! reeeEEEe!
...
...
But don't worry about it. All is calm. [insert corp name here] says they have under control.

Posted by: Soothsayer, the HQ's Most Respected Commenter at February 03, 2023 12:49 PM (eOg7O)

466 All that grinning McCarthy does is just for show.

Posted by: torabora at February 03, 2023 12:49 PM (MkFn4)

467
*moves slowly away from Sponge*
Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (llON8



Hey, I only pointed out the facts......

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:49 PM (IXZGh)

468 OT: From last thread. It's pretty important.
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5th Circuit- Federal Prohibition on 2A Rights For Domestic Restraining Orders is UNCONSTITUTIONAL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOwSyEEBprk
Posted by: Maj. Healey at February 03, 2023 11:59 AM (D25PY)


The court has made their decision. Now let them enforce it.
How many divisions does the court have?

Posted by: East Coast Governors and their like-minded minions at February 03, 2023 12:49 PM (FCbAQ)

469 'Get Snoopy in the air and pointed toward Montana.'
- Gen. Pershing

Posted by: Eromero at February 03, 2023 12:49 PM (0G42s)

470 Here's a silly thought but why doesn't the military use one of those new battlefield lasers they're always jerking off too?

I love living in a country where we can dump radioactive hellfire on somebody on the other side of the globe but apparently we're being stymied by the Montgolfier brothers.

Posted by: Azathoth at February 03, 2023 12:50 PM (wb1YC)

471 The only danger I could see is that the balloon must be equipped to self-destruct. Perhaps on impact, perhaps below a certain altitude. But really, shooting it down would be done at a distance.

Posted by: CtHillary, dead but dreaming at February 03, 2023 12:50 PM (zSyrn)

472 Cannibalism, incest, and what else? P do ph il ia ?
Posted by: Wolfus Aureliu

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Yeah, that was my thought.

And two of the three are becoming normalized, and apparently they're working on the third.

Posted by: Without Ashli Babbitt it's just people walking respectfully between velvet ropes at February 03, 2023 12:50 PM (QWNfT)

473 Point all our wind turbines at it and blow it off course!

/guy unclear on the concept...
Posted by: Muldoon at February 03, 2023 12:47 PM (ykeLU)

Reflect sun rays from solar panels and burn it up.

Posted by: JmT at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (asyrG)

474 Racism is cool now.

Gotta get with the program.

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And segregation. As long as it's whites you're leaving out.

Posted by: Lady in Black at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (sVtYq)

475 I want to know if there is a lot of screaming at each other in the Pentagon right now.
__

Pretty sure there's a lot of clenched buttcheeks running about there.

--

(lays $100 on table)

The people REALLY in charge are calling and asking China what they should do.

Posted by: Without Ashli Babbitt it's just people walking respectfully between velvet ropes at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (QWNfT)

476 https://youtu.be/mhNXPNFlqsU?t=7
Posted by: Joe Mannix


👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (G8h7g)

477 Racism isn't just cool, it's required or you're a racist.

Posted by: ... at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (/A7TS)

478 CBD would sous vide his ballsack if he could figure out how to squat there for 4 hours.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden


That's a more dangerous comment than Queensryche lyrics

Posted by: Doof at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (yYFOV)

479 The Irish potato famine could have been resolved but no one cared enough
Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (xhaym)

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Point of history. The potato famine was caused by over use of a potato variety that had very good yields, but terrible blight resistance.

Posted by: fixerupper at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (CWiKs)

480 We very jealous of your large scale dental floss ranches. We have 1.4 million mouths on our dental plan. One ounce plevention worth pound of cure.

Posted by: Chairman Xi at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (RePUn)

481 "Research Purposes" = China is researching our military preparedness and response.

Fail.

Posted by: Java Joe at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (VsPm9)

482 How many divisions does China have

Posted by: ... at February 03, 2023 12:52 PM (/A7TS)

483 ts not that they can't shoot it down, its that it is probably carrying 800lbs of instruments and they don't want it to fall on somebody.


So instead of popping it over sparsely populated Montana, they're going to wait until it gets over a more populated area?
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Ocean. It'll mosey over it eventually.

Posted by: its hard to predict how it will fall break apart from 80K feet at February 03, 2023 12:52 PM (jrX42)

484 "Nope.

I was in the Army, not the Chair Force.
Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (R3yp5)"

Was referring to brass.

Posted by: Marcus T at February 03, 2023 12:52 PM (54XhK)

485 If we shoot it down it's not as though we don't know it's coming and we probably even have a good idea where. The Pentagon is lying through its teeth.

I'd even believe Milley gave them the okey-doke.

Posted by: creeper at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (cTCuP)

486 ts not that they can't shoot it down, its that it is probably carrying 800lbs of instruments and they don't want it to fall on somebody.

--

That's why they waited until it had crossed the ocean, passed into our airspace, and was way into the interior and over our nuclear sites.

Wait, what?

Posted by: Without Ashli Babbitt it's just people walking respectfully between velvet ropes at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (QWNfT)

487 McCarthy thinks killing Ashli Babbitt was okay.

And his Speaker webpage has no email.

We're being gaslighted.
Posted by: torabora at February 03, 2023 12:48 PM (MkFn4)


His office has a phone number and it should be easy to find.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (xhaym)

488 I loved the explanation of "Well, China spies on us in lots of different ways, so why bother doing anything about this?"

It's consistent with our border policy, and our fiscal policy, and our energy policy...

Posted by: Methos at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (kOpft)

489 How do they know it came from China? Maybe it was an errant bat.

Posted by: ... at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (/A7TS)

490
That's a more dangerous comment than Queensryche lyrics
Posted by: Doof at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (yYFOV)



Well, I guess we'll find out now won't we.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (IXZGh)

491 Chair Force...heh, that's a good one.

Posted by: Lady in Black at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (sVtYq)

492 >>> 485 If we shoot it down it's not as though we don't know it's coming and we probably even have a good idea where. The Pentagon is lying through its teeth.

I'd even believe Milley gave them the okey-doke.
Posted by: creeper at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (cTCuP)

Heh, more likely they called him and said, 'guess what!'

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (llON8)

493 449 LiB, LOL. An American Werewolf in London, right?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (xlMji)

494 Its not that they can't shoot it down, its that it is probably carrying 800lbs of instruments and they don't want it to fall on somebody.

***

You don't want to take a chance on it landing on someone and them catching covid.

Posted by: Azathoth at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (wb1YC)

495 308 > You want a bite of Jennifer Lawrence's salami.

Which part of a woman is the salami?
Posted by: bonhomme at February 03, 2023 12:30 PM (eyxn4)

The part you eat in a ficus chef's salad.

Posted by: Roy at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (rqgpJ)

496 If you outlaw weather balloons, then only outlaws will have weather balloons.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy, Set the Earth to fire and reshape it closer to the heart's desire at February 03, 2023 12:54 PM (DPfSO)

497 CBD would sous vide his ballsack if he could figure out how to squat there for 4 hours.

Heh. One for the treadwinner archives.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at February 03, 2023 12:54 PM (Xrfse)

498 Posted by: Without Ashli Babbitt 12:53 PM (QWNfT)

There it is

Posted by: ... at February 03, 2023 12:54 PM (/A7TS)

499 How many divisions does China have
Posted by: ...
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PLA - Order of Battle

https://nuke.fas.org/guide/china/agency/pla-orbat.htm

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:54 PM (R3yp5)

500 After the balloon, can we go see the choo-choo?

Posted by: Little Joey at February 03, 2023 12:55 PM (rqgpJ)

501 According to wiki, China has 2,185,000 active military, with another 1.1 in reserve forces.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 03, 2023 12:55 PM (zZu0s)

502 LiB, LOL. An American Werewolf in London, right?

--

Yes!

Posted by: Lady in Black at February 03, 2023 12:55 PM (sVtYq)

503 I loved the explanation of "Well, China spies on us in lots of different ways, so why bother doing anything about this?"

It's consistent with our border policy, and our fiscal policy, and our energy policy...
Posted by: Methos at February 03, 2023


***
Our fecklessness policy

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at February 03, 2023 12:55 PM (J2vNu)

504 Gentlemen. We have a balloon gap.

Posted by: torabora at February 03, 2023 12:55 PM (MkFn4)

505 That's a more dangerous comment than Queensryche lyrics
Posted by: Doof at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (yYFOV)


Well, I guess we'll find out now won't we.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (IXZGh)


"He's got an AK-47 a BANHAMMER for his best friend..."

Posted by: Doof at February 03, 2023 12:55 PM (yYFOV)

506 Was referring to brass.
Posted by: Marcus T
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My bad.

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at February 03, 2023 12:55 PM (R3yp5)

507 How do they know it came from China?



The "Made in China" sticker was the first clue.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:56 PM (G8h7g)

508 >>>So instead of popping it over sparsely populated Montana, they're going to wait until it gets over a more populated area?

>If you "pop" it over Montana, at 60,000 feet, it'll drift to Roswell before it splashes down.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at February 03, 2023 12:56 PM (Jg7EG)

509 Understatement! Fair skin, lotsa black hair . . . I always pictured her as a willowy blonde, but hey --!
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I can't find the 99 red balloon video where the lots black hair included the underarms. For some reason I can't explain, that was kind of exciting to see when I was a very young man.

Posted by: Chuck Martel at February 03, 2023 12:56 PM (fs1hN)

510 NOODlum.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:56 PM (IXZGh)

511 How do they know it came from China?

***

The bolts on it are stripped.

Posted by: Azathoth at February 03, 2023 12:56 PM (wb1YC)

512 So if a foreign fighter jet enters U.S. airspace we won't shoot it down because it might fall on someone?
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Yup. Unless there it is a tactical flight - multiple jets in strike package. In fact there have been a number of published reports of single jet incursions in the last 3 years - probably foreign mil given speed and altitude and no shooting by us. Probably not fighter, probably spy plane.

Posted by: its hard to predict how it will fall break apart from 80K feet at February 03, 2023 12:56 PM (zPXEA)

513 McCarthy thinks killing Ashli Babbitt was okay.

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As someone pointed out, without Ashli Babbitt's videotaped death and subsequent medals of honor for everyone involved the day was just a bunch of people walking through velvet ropes.

Notice how just a few people - even on our side of the aisle - know who Rosanne Boyland is. I wonder why that is?

Posted by: Without Ashli Babbitt it's just people walking respectfully between velvet ropes at February 03, 2023 12:56 PM (QWNfT)

514 504 Gentlemen. We have a balloon gap.
Posted by: torabora at February 03, 2023 12:55 PM (MkFn4)


There will be no fighting in here, this is a war room. /heliium_voice

Posted by: Roy at February 03, 2023 12:57 PM (rqgpJ)

515 There is no commie spy balloon spying on you rednecks but if there were it would be a good thing, and why do you want to shoot this balloon down, haters?

Let the balloon experts handle this.

Posted by: Ripley at February 03, 2023 12:57 PM (cUYo/)

516 Toughguy is gonna retaliate by giving it right back to China - in small unmarked bills.

Posted by: ... at February 03, 2023 12:57 PM (/A7TS)

517
I think a fighter plane simply flying past the balloon at a high subsonic speed would put a rip in it.

Just puncturing the balloon in a few places would cause it to leak and settle to the ground.

It hasn't been brought down by our military because our government wants it up there.

"Danger from falling debris." Infinitesimal. Danger from open borders, open prisons, toxic fake vaccine, destruction of our energy supply -- huge, but it's crazy talk to mention if.

Ace keeps saying this can't go on. That's right. What's going to trigger action is the sneering patronizing insults these bastards inflict on top of the damage.

Posted by: Semi-Literate Thug at February 03, 2023 12:57 PM (QKfZJ)

518 According to wiki, China has 2,185,000 active military, with another 1.1 in reserve forces.
Posted by: Aetius451AD


According to wiki, all the US states total, sold 70 million hunting licenses last year.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 03, 2023 12:57 PM (G8h7g)

519 >471 The only danger I could see is that the balloon must be equipped to self-destruct. Perhaps on impact, perhaps below a certain altitude. But really, shooting it down would be done at a distance.

Posted by: CtHillary, dead but dreaming at February 03, 2023 12:50 PM (zSyrn)

If only there was some method to calculate the extent and location of the debris field give forward speed, height and distance.

Posted by: Heavy Meta at February 03, 2023 12:57 PM (gryET)

520 Point of history. The potato famine was caused by over use of a potato variety that had very good yields, but terrible blight resistance.
Posted by: fixerupper at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (CWiKs)


The British government decided not to get involved in the famine because it would cause economic problems, and they thought it would resolve itself better that way. The landlords that were growing wheat were exporting it because they could get a better price overseas.
Now, it did force mass exodus to the Americas and England, and the Irish love to nurse a grudge, but the famine could have been resolved, just there was not enough interest to solve the logistics problems.

Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:57 PM (xhaym)

521 The balloon, first reported by civilians on a plane...

Headed southward in Montana. Travelling eastward & is currently in the center of the continental United States in at least one report.

Heh.

Posted by: Lola at February 03, 2023 12:57 PM (Wxlzw)

522 LiB, LOL. An American Werewolf in London, right?

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Yes!
Posted by: Lady in Black at February 03, 2023


***
As much as I love werewolves -- my favorite old Universal horror monster was the Wolf Man -- I've never cared for that flick. The humor parts work; the horror parts work. But they don't go together for some reason and I'm left jarred by the ending.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at February 03, 2023 12:58 PM (J2vNu)

523 482 How many divisions does China have
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I was watching WWII Pacific and they mentioned the invasion plan for Japan; 6 Marine Divisions plus 36 Army Divisions initially, with an additional 70 Army Divisions coming from Europe. Now, lets do some math regarding China.

Posted by: Puddihead at February 03, 2023 12:58 PM (tiR3O)

524 200 The BGen doing the Pentagon briefing sure does have a nice ribbon bar, including the "Paid my Congressman's Bill at the Capitol Grill" after getting his flag.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at February 03, 2023 12:16 PM (lz5hY)


Yeah, I noticed that, too. I wonder how many are participation awards and how many are for some individual accomplishment? I'm too lazy to look them up.

(Disclaimer: all my ribbons were participation awards)

Posted by: a.moron at February 03, 2023 12:58 PM (tu3iY)

525 His office has a phone number and it should be easy to find.
Posted by: Kindltot at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (xhaym)
*****
Phone calls aren't recorded.
Emails have to be retained.

MCCARTHY supports summary execution.

Posted by: torabora at February 03, 2023 12:58 PM (MkFn4)

526 Advisors of the Balloons are having their moment in the sun!

Seriously, we have become a pathetic version of ourselves. Go dems and GOPe. Oh and SCOTUS, thanks bunches.

Posted by: Piper at February 03, 2023 12:59 PM (ZdaMQ)

527 Understatement! Fair skin, lotsa black hair . . . I always pictured her as a willowy blonde, but hey --!
-------

I can't find the 99 red balloon video where the lots black hair included the underarms. For some reason I can't explain, that was kind of exciting to see when I was a very young man.
Posted by: Chuck Martel at February 03, 2023


***
I'm glad I've never seen that.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at February 03, 2023 12:59 PM (J2vNu)

528 Now, it did force mass exodus to the Americas and England, and the Irish love to nurse a grudge, but the famine could have been resolved, just there was not enough interest to solve the logistics problems.
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Any Irish family owning 5 or more acres survived. Those that didn't got hammered.

Posted by: Puddihead at February 03, 2023 01:00 PM (tiR3O)

529 505 That's a more dangerous comment than Queensryche lyrics
Posted by: Doof at February 03, 2023 12:51 PM (yYFOV)


Well, I guess we'll find out now won't we.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at February 03, 2023 12:53 PM (IXZGh)

Sous vide her. That's all you have to do
Sous vide Mary?
She's a risk, and get the priest as well

Posted by: Not quite Queensryche at February 03, 2023 01:00 PM (UKe2c)

530 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlyERnu7zUw

Posted by: Paladin at February 03, 2023 01:01 PM (5S+8W)

531 I can't find the 99 red balloon video where the lots black hair included the underarms. For some reason I can't explain, that was kind of exciting to see when I was a very young man.
Posted by: Chuck Martel

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I know what you mean. It wasn't really attractive, but it was weird and sexually off-putting because your brain knew it was pubic hair. And she's European, so it's kind of expected, especially back when even civilized American women were still letting stuff grow elsewhere.

Posted by: Without Ashli Babbitt it's just people walking respectfully between velvet ropes at February 03, 2023 01:01 PM (QWNfT)

532 So if'n I were a chinaman, and I wanted to test out my new antilaser reflector stuff on the enemy's gear, how might I do that?

Paint it on a slow moving high altitude balloon, fitted with instruments and telemetry to gather data and wire it back to me, and fly that balloon over the enemies sensitive military installations. I get to see how good the enemies ground based, air based, sat based energy weapons are if everything goes well. If it doesn't, maybe my anti laser paint falls into the enemies hands (but we have it already, better than theirs anyway) so why not?

Posted by: its hard to predict how it will fall break apart from 80K feet at February 03, 2023 01:02 PM (Ox7ZA)

533 Not pubic hair. That's not the right term. You know what I mean though, hopefully. Puberty hair, maybe.

Posted by: Without Ashli Babbitt it's just people walking respectfully between velvet ropes at February 03, 2023 01:03 PM (QWNfT)

534 Tom Elliott@tomselliott
AOC: GOP removed @RepSwalwell from the Intel Committee as "revenge" for his "incisive ability to communicate"

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"If you want my body and you think I'm sexy come on, sugar, let me know" is incisive communication?

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Not a Real Simulation at February 03, 2023 01:03 PM (FVME7)

535
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Posted by: Without Ashli Babbitt it's just people walking respectfully between velvet ropes at February 03, 2023 01:03 PM (QWNfT)

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Androgen-stimulated.

Posted by: Semi-Literate Thug at February 03, 2023 01:05 PM (QKfZJ)

536 I suspect Cadaver Joe's response will be to legislate a bill to fund a new think tank and tactical wing in the pentagon to study the further threat of balloon incursions in the future.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at February 03, 2023 01:05 PM (Jg7EG)

537 U.S.A. is a clown country.

Posted by: No Shirt Shylock at February 03, 2023 01:06 PM (PWI4f)

538 🚨#BREAKING: Canada’s defense ministry states it is tracking a second spy balloon

Posted by: SMOD at February 03, 2023 01:09 PM (RHGPo)

539 Is there no Guv with balls enough to order their state's air national guard to do what needs to be done?

Posted by: Uggo at February 03, 2023 01:42 PM (klu5V)

540 Usually when I spy is detected hewill be observed before before being neutralized
That is the "smart" thing to do.
Brandon has openly defied Gyna many times. Including sending gangster Pelosi on a fly by right into their face by going to Taiwan. Ace you gotta remember that, you thought you provocative.
His coalition of chip makers have all agreed to stop selling all medium and high power chips to China.
Biden has given new strength and force to NATO
Trump? Our long term allies treated him like the grifter he is.

Posted by: Paul at February 03, 2023 01:43 PM (ecSW5)

541 I do not think we have the capability to shoot it down at its current location. Navy SM-3s might reach it, but they are launched from seagoing ships.

Posted by: JoeBar at February 03, 2023 01:48 PM (vgX75)

542 "The official said that while it was not the first time China had sent spy balloons to the United States, this one has appeared to remain over the country for longer."

That would be very funny if it were not so pathetically dumb. Someone should remind this "official" that balloons have no means of propulsion; they go where the winds take them.

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545 Pop all the Balloons watch Hunter Biden fall like Wil-E-Coyote the Spread Eagle fall and the tiny puff of Smoke/Dust on the ground far below

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