Speaking Of Mental Health

The panels have been gathered and the media is having their typical discussions on the subject of gun violence….and they discuss…..and more will die.

Our Dear Leader has decided that a focus on mental illness is a cure for gun violence, this after a talk with the NRA……

President Donald Trump on Sunday emphasized a need for the country to focus on “a very big mental health problem” in the wake of two mass shootings in one weekend that left 32 people dead earlier this month as he appeared to defend current US gun control measures, stating “we do have a lot of background checks right now.”

“It’s the people that pull the trigger, not the gun that pulls the trigger so we have a very, very big mental health problem and Congress is working on various things and I will be looking at it,” Trump told reporters on the tarmac before heading back to Washington after a vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
The White House, Trump said, is “very much involved” in the discussions Congress is having to address gun violence and while “a lot of things are happening on the gun level” he said “the concept of mental institutions” must be addressed.
 
These are people that have to be in institutions for help, I’m not talking about as a form of a prison, I’m saying for help and I think it’s something we have to really look at, the whole concept of mental institutions,” he said. “I remember growing up we had mental institutions, then they were closed — in New York, I’m talking about — they were, many of them closed. A lot of them were closed and all of those people were put out on the street.”
 
(CNN)
There is a method to this madness (pun intended)…..according to some…..
The U.S. president is widely mischaracterized as a cynical politician maneuvering for personal power and financial gain. Yet the situation is far more dangerous.
 
It is important to call these actions what they are: the personal decisions of an incontinent individual, not the result of legislative action or the outcome of any semblance of public deliberation. Remarkably, 230 years after its constitution was adopted, the United States suffers from one-man rule. Trump has rid his administration of anyone of independent stature, such as the former defense secretary, retired General James Mattis, and few congressional Republicans murmur a word against their leader.
 
That aside…have you ever listened to the president explain something to the media?
 
He sounds like a 8 year trying to justify his last lie while trying to remember what he said earlier…..his constant redundancies make him sound like a mental midget.
 
I agree with the findings…..Trump is a mental case that needs immediate help and institutionalization.
 
But I have no say in the problem….just my bitching and moaning….something we Americans do very well…..and as an old fart I do it better than most.
 
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Afghanistan–Clear As Mud

First let me report that 2 more American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on the 21 of August 2019……

Two U.S. service members were killed Wednesday in Afghanistan.

The troop deaths were announced by NATO’s Resolute Support mission to the country in a press release Wednesday afternoon.

“In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete,” the release reads.

(militarynews.com)

It is amazing just how flippin’ confusing the war in Afghanistan has become…….we have a peace deal….no we do not have a peace deal…..we will bring the troops home by Xmas…..no they will stay forever……my point is that it changes daily as what is the US focus or mission on Afghanistan..

Just today the news is….

Speaking on Afghanistan, President Trump remained non-committal on the peace plan being negotiated with the Taliban, continuing to say only that “we’ll see what happens.” He did, however, point toward clearly being inclined to end the war.

Trump says that after 18 years the US is “not really fighting” in Afghanistan, but rather acting as a “ridiculous” police force, adding “we’re not supposed to be a police force.”

All indications are that the Afghan peace deal is all set to go, and Trump was briefed on the matter on Friday. Exactly what his position is, however, still isn’t entirely clear, as he both talks down the merits of staying but emphasizes his willingness to keep troops there.

On top of that, Trump also felt the need to reiterate his claim that he could “win” Afghanistan within a week if he really wanted to, but that it would involve killing 10 million people and “I’m not looking to do that.”

(antiwar.com)

Before the ink gets dry in my notebook I find another piece of news…..

President Donald Trump vowed he will bring home some — but not all — of the U.S. military force currently deployed to Afghanistan, amid reports of ongoing negotiations with Taliban leaders on an end to the nearly 18-year-old war.

“We’ll always have intelligence and we’ll always have someone there,” Trump said during an unscheduled press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday. “That does seem to be the Harvard University of terrorism. So we’ll always have someone there.”

Amid questions from reporters, Trump confirmed reports that U.S. officials are discussing withdrawal plans with both the Taliban and Afghanistan government officials. About 14,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in the country.

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2019/08/20/trump-promises-continued-us-presence-in-afghanistan-amid-withdrawal-talks/

Troops on the ground is just a continuation of the adventurism we have now…..it looks like the US cannot live without Afghanistan……

https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/457509-the-us-cant-seem-to-live-without-afghanistan

But say the US does find the courage to bring our war weary troops home….what then for Afghanistan?

Key Afghan warlords have begun preparing for a potential civil war as the U.S. nears an agreement with the Taliban to withdraw from Afghanistan. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has observed indicators that Tajik, Uzbek, and Hazara leaders are taking steps to mobilize their ethnic communities in preparation for a looming power struggle as the U.S. and NATO leave Afghanistan. Afghan Pashtuns will also soon likely mobilize, if they have not already begun.

http://iswresearch.blogspot.com/2019/08/afghanistans-warlords-prepare-for-civil.html

As I wrote…Clear As Mud!

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Closing Thought–21Aug19

There are questions in life that we ask ourselves…..like whatever happened to the AMC Pacer….or the Pet Rock……but the one mystery is whatever happened to those deficit hawks?

A term for American politicians who emphasize limitation of federal budget. Usually fiscal conservatives, they advocate increased taxes and reduced government spending in order to lessen budget deficits.

Well that sounds like the GOP…… well except for the increased taxes thingy.

They disappear when Repubs control the levers of power in one form or the other.  They only appear when Dems are leading the charge of the country and then it is the so-called entitlements that become the mechanism of control spending….it is the social safety net that causes the problem…not the endless expensive wars or the defense spending for future weapons.

There is a Repub in control first the White House and the Senate….and they, the Hawks, have slinked back into the shadows to await the results in 2020.

I mean now is the best time for them to rear their lying heads with a deficit so large it makes me gag to write the numbers…..

The federal government spent a record $3,727,014,000,000 in the first ten months of fiscal 2019 (October through July), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.

While spending that record $3,727,014,000,000, the government ran a deficit of $866,812,000,000.

Before this year, the most that the federal government had ever spent in the first ten months of a fiscal year was in fiscal 2009, when the Treasury spent $3,576,745,930,000 (in constant June 2019 dollars, adjusted using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator).

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/3727014000000-federal-spending-sets-record-through-july-treasury-runs

Where oh where have the mindless drones gone?

If I recall just 5 years ago this subject was of great interest….and yet now….nothing…the sound of crickets.

Not to worry it should return to prominence as soon as the present resident of the White House gets kicked to the curb.

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NO! I Can Beat Trump!

The main subject of the media and the news reporting.

It is fun to watch candidates thump their chest like crazed primates proclaiming that they are the one candidate that can beat Trump….then the MSM is spending lots of time on the subject as well…..the public is looking at this eventuality and not at the programs that need focus for they say after they beat Trump the rest will fall into place.

If you believe that lie then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would dearly like to sell you.

I comes down, in the mind of the MSM, to the electability thing…..https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/electability-the-lie-that-keeps-on-giving/

The MSM has decided that Joe Biden is the candidate they want to run against Trump in 2020…..but others have said that they can beat the president for they can get down and dirty in the mud of the political trenches.

Let’s say that the one that says he/she can beat the president does not deliver on that promise…..will they apologize to the voter for their failure?  What policies will these people pursue?  Is just beating Trump the only thing that matters these days?

This lie will do little to give the “change” that so many are hoping for…..it will however keep the status quo in place and functioning well.

That means little health care progress, little climate change policies, endless wars will continue….all else will plug along as it has done for decades with no significant change or progress……only the corporations will get programs that give them more and more control….that can explain why the Media is so in the bag for these centrists…..since most of them are owned by the very corporations that will make out like bandits with the status quo in place.

hen they lose will we get a oops my bad?

Of course not…it will be the voters fault for not picking them…..

Need I say more?

My feeling is you vote to just beat Trump and you deserve the fleecing that is coming and have NO room to bitch.

You have been skating by for a century or more….time to step up and put this country ahead of your personal BS……this country needs you to do what is needed to help us continue our advance forward that has been on hold for 40 years…..

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National Service Again!

Never noticed that some political rhetoric never dies?  This subject is getting a workout this election cycle……time and time again.

Looks like the idea of some sort of National Service” is gaining popularity again…..and then some not so popular rhetoric.

Back in 2008 during the mash up to the election both Obama and McCain held that a national service would be a good idea…..I wrote about it then…..https://lobotero.com/2008/09/12/national-service-not-lip-service/

It never came to the forefront……but that is okay for the idea has once again made the news because a couple of Dem candidates support the idea….first Mayor Pete floats the idea….https://lobotero.com/2019/04/23/petes-national-service/

Then came retire general McChrystal and his thought…..https://lobotero.com/2019/07/19/the-call-for-national-service-again/

I originally was in opposition to the idea then I came around as tour wars got longer and longer…..I feel that this country’s population needs some sort of “shared experience” and that could help bring us together again…..

To be fair not everyone likes the idea of a “National Service”….yet another Dem candidate likes the idea…John Delaney……a critique of his idea…

The Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney proposed this week that the government partner with private companies and unions to create a national program of forced labor. He calls it “John Delaney’s Plan for National Service.” “Every American will complete a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years of mandatory national service when they graduate high school, or turn 18,” it states.

“No exceptions,” a press release clarifies. (Tough luck, pregnant 18-year-olds.)

With the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, the Constitution guaranteed that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude … shall exist within the United States.” Delaney obviously doesn’t see it this way, but mandatory national service is plainly involuntary servitude.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/national-service-forced-labor/595012/

There is more push back to the idea of a national service…..

Another presidential election, another proposal for mandatory national “service.” This time, two Democratic candidates hope to turbocharge their otherwise dubious electoral prospects by proposing to draft all young people to spend a year or two working for Washington’s political elite.

That’s not how they put it, of course. But that is what the national service movement is about.

Mandatory National Service: A Bad Idea That Won’t Die

As I have stated……I see it as a good chance to redeem ourselves….but I can also see where the abuses could be capitalized…….. I would like to hear from my readers and their thoughts on this idea.

Never fear this subject is far from dead…..we will hear it again.

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Defense Or War?

Let’s look at the Department of Defense……until 1949 was called the “War Department”…..

On this day in 1789, 07August, the War Department became an institution…

On this date, President George Washington signed into law a bill that established the U.S. War Department. The measure had moved through the First Federal Congress (1789–1791) with relatively little controversy. With Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., of Connecticut presiding over the Committee of the Whole, the House debated the authorization bill in late June 1789. Pro-Administration Representative Egbert Benson of New York introduced an amendment to include a phrase to the effect that the War Department Secretary would be “removable by the President,” echoing language that had been included in a much more rancorous debate a few days earlier about the duties and powers of the proposed Secretary of Foreign Affairs (later the Secretary of State). Roger Sherman of Connecticut and John Page of Virginia opposed Benson’s amendment, but it carried narrowly, 24 to 22. The entire bill passed the House easily on June 27, with little debate in an unrecorded vote. Soon thereafter, the Senate passed the bill. In choosing the department’s first secretary, President Washington preferred continuity. He nominated Henry Knox—a key aide during the American Revolution and, since 1785, the secretary of war under the Articles of Confederation.

In 1789 Congress created the War Department to administer the field army commanded by the president and secretary of war. After the War of 1812, Secretary of War John C. Calhoun reorganized the department and introduced a system of bureau chiefs with a commanding general in the field. The bureau chiefs advised the secretary of war and commanded their own troops and field installations. The secretary typically supported the bureaus in disputes with the commanding general. Congress regulated the bureaus in minute detail, and their bureau chiefs often relied on federal lawmakers for support. The Spanish-American War demonstrated a need for more effective control over the department and its bureaus, and the debate over how to do so reshaped the War Department during the twentieth century. In 1903 Secretary Elihu Root asserted department control by appointing a chief of staff and a general staff for planning. Yet, his successor, William Howard Taft, reversed this position, subordinated the chief of staff to the adjutant general, and reinvigorated the traditional secretary–bureau chief alliance.  Under the National Security Act of 1947, as amended in 1949, the War Department became the Department of the Army within the Department of Defense, and the secretary of the army became an operating manager for the new secretary of defense.

All this history is just the intro into something that I completely agree with…..the DoD is no longer about defense but rather WAR….so why not return to the days of yore and rename the institution to reflect its true nature……War Department or the Department of War.

As a nation, we have failed to heed President Eisenhower’s prescient 1961 warning to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.” Our failure to heed that warning—conversely the immense growth of the military-industrial complex—can, to a significant degree, be attributed to a simple change in nomenclature that was nothing short of Orwellian.

In 1949, the U.S. “War Department,” which had been established in 1789 and operated as such until 1947, was renamed the “Department of Defense”. The Secretary of War became the Secretary of Defense. As a result, no matter how offensive the nature our policies, objectives, military presence or weaponry, every dollar spent and every life lost in combat have been classified as necessary to the “defense” of this nation.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/20/why-we-must-restore-title-war-department

These conflicts are more about aggression than defense….so rename it the WAR Department.

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Closing Thought–20Aug19

Economics

How many of you, my readers, believe that China is holding our debt?

Let me correct this erroneous thinking….

It is NOT China but Japan that owns the most Treasury notes……that craps on so many talking points.

Japan surpassed China as the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasury securities in June.

Japan has added about $21 billion since May, making its holdings the largest since October, 2016. Japan now holds $1.12 trillion Treasurys, and China has $1.11 trillion, a $2 billion increase from the month earlier, according to U.S. Treasury department data.

China has been a less aggressive buyer of the U.S. sovereign debt, and market players have speculated that one action it could take in the trade war with the U.S. is to lighten up on its U.S. holdings. But there are no signs that is happening, according to traders.

The U.K. is the third-largest holder with $342.3 billion, up from $323.1 billion a month earlier.

(CNBC)

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