“….Lips Are More Like A Rose Petal.”

WARNING:  This post contains sexual information….if you are offended by such topics you might want to skip this post……go straight to enjoying your weekend.

Another weekend begins and I begin a couple of days of mental relaxation.

The quote in the title is from where….I cannot remember but the “Lips” thing will become more clear as I write on….

For last several decades people have been obsessed with their looks, appearance, if you will……I regret to say that women have made cosmetic surgery a lucrative endeavor for some doctors….I mean they change hair color, noses, breast sizes, butt shapes, checks and lips…..

I bring up lips because I read something disturbing…at least to me….and it involves teen girls…….

Adult women can choose to have their labia reshaped as part of a “vaginal rejuvenation” surgery, in which the muscles of the vagina are tightened. Now teenage girls apparently want in on the action, too. Doctors say they’re increasingly getting requests from young girls to have their labia trimmed—sometimes to relieve discomfort or a risk of infection, but more often because they’re unhappy with the way it looks, reports the New York Times. Some 400 girls 18 or under had labiaplasty last year; that’s an 80% increase over 2014, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (that count doesn’t include operations performed by gynecologists). Why the jump? Experts cite the preponderance of young girls who shave or wax their pubic hair, thereby making the flesh there more visible.

What they see might not jibe with their often-skewed expectations regarding size, shape, and color. And when it comes to those characteristics, there’s a huge range of what’s “normal,” reports Health. It cites a study that found length can range from three-quarters of an inch to nearly 4 inches, and width from a quarter of an inch to 2 inches. Teens might also feel self-conscious in tight clothing, per HealthDay. “This age group may be under particular stress regarding these issues because of societal conceptions of the ideal female body,” the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists explains in new guidelines for adolescent labiaplasty. A recent study showed many British women were worried their genitals weren’t normal, per the Huffington Post, and even comedian Nikki Glaser debated labiaplasty as a youth

Seriously?  Are they letting a some arbitrary designation on body type rule their lives?  We are talking about teens here.  What parent would be down with this mutilation of her body?

I mean I could understand a nose job….after all that is out there for all to see…..but this?  Who the Hell will be seeing this on a daily basis?  Maybe that is a question that I do not want to know the answer.

Did I miss something?

A-10 VS F-35

For my last post of the day….I would like to return to my ranting about the new strategic fighter, the F-35……..or as I like to call it….the expensive brick!

When I heard the the US military was thinking about replacing the A-10 Warthog with the ultra-modern F-35 I went into full ranting mode….I have been defending the honor of the Warthog…..but in case you missed some of the post I have written….a little reminder……

Source: In Defense Of The ‘Hog – In Saner Thought

Source: F-35: F.U.B.A.R. – In Saner Thought

I seldom have much good to say about the Repubs in Congress…..but I will come to the aid of Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, has put a whammy on the Pentagon about the F-35……

One of the central issues in the debate over retiring the U.S. Air Force’s A-10 attack jet has been whether or not the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be an adequate replacement to perform the close air support mission.

The program office has issued a number of conflicting statements on the issue. And in this week’s Senate Armed Services Committee update on the F-35 program, the most heated exchange came when Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, sought clarification about conflicting statements Air Force leaders made regarding the mission — and which aircraft would perform it.

Source: Senator Demands to Know — Is the F-35 Supposed to Replace the A-10 or Not? — War Is Boring

The ‘Hog can continue its mission with only one engine….the F-35 cannot successfully reject the pilot when in trouble…….the F-35 is a BRICK!

Finally someone is putting the Pentagon on the spot for their attempt to replace the best thing that can happen in combat…..the ‘Hog shows up in close ground support o the troops.

The A-10 can be upgraded for a fraction of the cost of a piece crap that is making NO progress in a “new” weapon for close ground support…..why ditch what works?

Here’s an idea….ask a grunt which he would prefer to see come to his/her rescue……I will wager that the A-10 wins hands down.

If one truly wants what is best for our troops….then the A-10 is your choice.  Period!

How To Sell A War

I am one of those tenacious bloggers that when I have a situation in my sights and I refuse to turn away….too many are committed to a situation until a new arises then they forsake the one in pursuit of the later……that ain’t me!

Back before Desert Storm I wrote about what the public needed to watch to see just how they would sell the necessity for war…..no one listened and then they started bitching about going to war in the first place…..I have not ceased in all those years……telling people that they will sell a war to the public for it is easier to commit Americans to fight and die with a positive public opinion.

All I can say is if one pays attention then one will seldom be surprised….especially when it comes to war.

“Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.”
-George Orwell

Regardless of who leads us, the arms industry, paired with warmongering politicians and their media enablers are always trying to shape the conversation around war and peace in favor of the former.

Source: “Not in Our Name!” How Neoconservatives and Liberal Hawks Use Lies to Sell Wars – NationofChange | Progressive Change Through Positive Action

“There are suckers born every minute”….an war is NO different.

What Happened To “Objective” Journalism?

I know I have been going on about the state of the journalistic world…….most of us realize that the news is manipulated by the corporate owned channels for the control of the societal paradigm.

But can there be “objective” journalism?

Every journalist has a political point-of-view and they don’t magically check that at the door the minute they land a job. Many pretend to pursue some noble cause of pure “objectivity,” but it is truly in vain. Every good journalist is informed about what the subjects they cover and it would be near-impossible to be informed and not have an opinion.

Let’s say a conservative commentator spends a whole minute speaking with passion about some issue. Journalists can show their bias by writing it up in two generally different ways: “Conservative commentator ranted about xyz topic” or “conservative commentator spoke passionately about xyz topic.” In the mind of the reader, the former could paint the conservative as a raving lunatic; the latter, an eloquent defender of ideas.

There is also the more indirect form of tipping your hand: selection bias. For example: some would say Fox News’ “hard news” hours spent way too much time harping on the Benghazi attacks over the last month; others would say MSNBC’s “hard news” programming, in addition to all the traditionally “liberal” broadcast network newscasts, outright ignored the story.

So basically….NO….there is no objectivity in the news reporting game.

One of the best examples of this non-objectivity is the Iraq War……news is tightly controlled to allow only the approved paradigm to be presented to the public.

Source: Iraq War Media Reporting, Journalism and Propaganda — Global Issues

Neoliberalism Is Destroying Almost Everybody’s Lives

Are you a liberal?  Maybe a conservative?  Probably you are neither but rather what we political scientists call neoliberal.

That is right both of our major parties are basically living under the tenets of neoliberalism…..

The main points of neo-liberalism include:

  • THE RULE OF THE MARKET. Liberating “free” enterprise or private enterprise from any bonds imposed by the government (the state) no matter how much social damage this causes. Greater openness to international trade and investment, as in NAFTA. Reduce wages by de-unionizing workers and eliminating workers’ rights that had been won over many years of struggle. No more price controls. All in all, total freedom of movement for capital, goods and services. To convince us this is good for us, they say “an unregulated market is the best way to increase economic growth, which will ultimately benefit everyone.” It’s like Reagan’s “supply-side” and “trickle-down” economics — but somehow the wealth didn’t trickle down very much.
  • CUTTING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES like education and health care. REDUCING THE SAFETY-NET FOR THE POOR, and even maintenance of roads, bridges, water supply — again in the name of reducing government’s role. Of course, they don’t oppose government subsidies and tax benefits for business.
  • DEREGULATION. Reduce government regulation of everything that could diminsh profits, including protecting the environmentand safety on the job.
  • PRIVATIZATION. Sell state-owned enterprises, goods and services to private investors. This includes banks, key industries, railroads, toll highways, electricity, schools, hospitals and even fresh water. Although usually done in the name of greater efficiency, which is often needed, privatization has mainly had the effect of concentrating wealth even more in a few hands and making the public pay even more for its needs.
  • ELIMINATING THE CONCEPT OF “THE PUBLIC GOOD” or “COMMUNITY” and replacing it with “individual responsibility.” Pressuring the poorest people in a society to find solutions to their lack of health care, education and social security all by themselves — then blaming them, if they fail, as “lazy.”

Our conservs live and die, at election time, by these tenets……our liberals are not as blatant but they also live by them.

Crisis after crisis is being caused by a failed ideology. But it cannot be stopped without a coherent alternative.

So pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom even recognise it as an ideology. We appear to accept the proposition that this utopian, millenarian faith describes a neutral force; a kind of biological law, like Darwin’s theory of evolution. But the philosophy arose as a conscious attempt to reshape human life and shift the locus of power.

Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that “the market” delivers benefits that could never be achieved by planning.

Source: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Almost Everybody’s Lives—How Many People Even Know What It Is? | Alternet

Time for Americans to face up to what is happening in their name….it is not pretty and it is not healthy……time to look for an alternative…..time to put the country back on the track of prosperity.

The Donald On Foreign Policy

Yesterday was a day of firsts….Cruz picked a VP and the Donald made his first foreign policy speech……since I am a nerd for foreign  policy that was the story I wanted to fixate on for the day…..

I have not been kind to any of the presidential candidates over their foreign policy, whenever I could get a handle on just what it was or how it would be handled….

Donald rattled on and on….at best it was incoherent…..

As part of his ongoing attempt to appear more presidential, Donald Trump gave a speech on foreign policy Wednesday in which he called for the country to be “America first” in its dealings with the rest of the world. “Both our friends and our enemies put their countries above ours, and we—while being fair to them—must start doing the same,” Trump said, per the Hill. Trump said the US has been making too many deals that hurt it and needs to have a “two-way street” in the future, CNN reports. He characterized the foreign policy of Obama and Clinton as “randomness” and “chaos” and criticized them for ignoring Islamic extremists. Here are some of the early reactions to Trump’s speech:

  • Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post, among others, knocked the speech’s lack of specifics: “The 45-minute speech was heavy on what the country has done wrong under President Obama and decidedly light on the specifics of how Trump will fix things.”
  • CNN’s Fareed Zakaria called the speech “bizarre” and “incoherent.”
  • But Ann Coulter was a fan. “GREATEST FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH SINCE WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL ADDRESS,” she tweeted.
  • Lindsey Graham’s Twitter account, on the other hand, had burns for days. For example, “Are we sure the guy running the teleprompter has the pages in the right order?” and, “Not sure who is advising Trump on foreign policy but I can understand why he’s not revealing their names.”
  • David Sanger at the New York Times says Trump “left questions on the table” and included “many big, Trump-like themes” that nonetheless contradicted each other.
  • White House press secretary Josh Earnest pounced on Trump’s mispronunciation of Tanzania: “Apparently, the phonetics are not included on the teleprompter.”
  • That slip didn’t bother Newt Gingrich at all. “Washington elites mock Trump for mispronouncing Tanzania,” he tweeted. “They don’t get it. He said the most important word correctly: America. He gets it.”
  • Finally, the New Republic’s Ryu Spaeth was left unimpressed: “He declared that America is ‘finally going to have a coherent foreign policy,’ but literally nothing could be less coherent than the rambling, uncharacteristically telepromptered speech he gave today.”

I was hoping for something that I could get a grip on but instead I gotrthe same slogans and dog whistle speech that is only given to get an applause or two…..

In his latest attempt to answer the myriad questions about where his foreign policy stands, Republican front-runner Donald Trump gave a long foreign-policy speech blasting the previous policies of Bush and Obama/Clinton, laying out some of the same broad comments made in the past, reiterating his opposition to the Iraq War and insisting America must not go abroad looking for enemies, but ultimately raising new questions with some internally inconsistent statements and a reiteration of his desire to be “unpredictable” as a centerpiece of his policy.

Source: ‘Unpredictable’ Trump Sends Mixed Foreign Policy Signals — News from Antiwar.com

I heard nothing that would give me confidence in his visions for the future…..all I heard was regurgitation of the same taglines uttered for the paranoid tools that support him…..and of course the thing he desires most….applause.

But do not take my word for it….read his speech for yourself….

Source: Read Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech | TIME

Can The ISIS Threat Be Eliminated?

Now there is a question for the ages.

I know that ISIS is not grabbing many headlines these days….but I am still watching the situation so others do not have to…..

Some will say that it is a pipe dream……but I think there is a way and it is probably staring us in the face…..

Of course there is NO one with half a brain that does not want to see the end of ISIS and their murderous ways…so far the best and brightest have a plan to do so….arm moderate rebels, airstrikes and ……well that is about it for now.

The Syrian Army is doing well against ISIS, they have re-taken Palmyra and seem to have the thugs on the run….plus there is a peace process in the making and it seems to also be making some headway but there is a long way to go to end this thing.

I have seen 7 things that could end this thing once and for all……

  • Full cooperation between the two coalitions fighting ISIS — i.e. the coalition spearheaded by Iran, Syria, Iraq and Russia and the one by the United States and its regional and international allies. This will assure cooperation among the key regional and international powers in the ISIS fight and is the only effective way to destroy the group.
  • In Syria, the ground offensive against ISIS led by the Syrian army and Kurdish forces should immediately be supported internationally and be intricately connected to Iraqi military and paramilitary efforts against ISIS. For that to happen, the Saudis, Qataris and Turks must command their proxy rebel forces to adhere to a complete ceasefire and allow them to cooperate with government and Kurdish forces fighting ISIS if possible.
  • In line with that, the Syrian government, opposition, as well as regional and international powers, should move beyond the current “cessation of hostilities” towards a formal and durable ceasefire. Parallel to this, prisoners should be released by both sides and humanitarian assistance should be administered to all areas.
  • International peacekeeping forces, numbering in the thousands, should be sent to guarantee the ceasefire and reopen the contested cities and towns to resettle as many displaced refugees as possible. Investing in the creation of such a force will be far cheaper to do than the billions spent to destroy the country and the cost of settling refugees outside of the country. In light of the proxy nature of the conflict, no Arab or Iranian forces should be a part of this peacekeeping force. A huge reservoir of forces exists in Asian, Latin American, European and African countries that could be used in this regard.
  • “We will not talk to anyone who talks about the position of the presidency. Bashar [al-Assad] is a red line,” the Syrian foreign minister, Walid Muallem has said. However, the fate of Assad and the Syrian presidency should be left to the people of Syria through an election supervised by United Nations. In parallel, the opposition forces must precisely define who would negotiate for a national unity transitional government that would have full executive powers. This process will lead to a new constitution and ultimately to an internationally sponsored election. Terrorist and radical religious groups should be excluded.
  • There is a major need for a strong post-war rebuilding plan; a type of mini-Marshall plan that would foster stability during the fragile recovery period with economic support, enabling the re-inhabiting of destroyed cities and towns and preventing a chaotic and prolonged recovery.
  • The refugee centers in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon should be gradually dismantled to prevent them from becoming a long-term security threat to the region, as refugee camps unfortunately tend to become. Every effort should be made to return refugees to their towns and assist them in reconstruction and participation in the political process.
  •  For all these elements to succeed, there must be unity among the international community, specifically the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. They need to control their regional allies and direct them towards these goals. Moreover, the Security Council should implement plans to stifle the deadly sectarianism spreading in West Asia

    Like I said….a long way to go….but what is the old saying…….”nothing ventured nothing gained”……..

    I say why not try this?  What could we possibly lose?  There has been enough death and destruction…..

 Then let’s say that the best case scenario comes true…..what then”
n the day after ISIL, that is the day when the organization is completely defeated militarily, a simple question may emerge in the minds: Have we all been hyping this “thing”, giving it more than what it is worth, hence contributing to an elusive sense of relief which we will certainly see spreading everywhere when this group of killers is militarily defeated?
Any questions?

Make America Great Again

There are many that I encounter on line that are always saying that America is the greatest country….ever……and most of them are supporting Trump…..which is odd because his campaign slogan is saying something completely different.

Donald Trump is the first candidate to run on a platform openly stating that America is in decline.

Low-energy Jeb.” “Little Marco.” “Lyin’ Ted.” “Crooked Hillary.” Give Donald Trump credit. He has a memorable way with insults. His have a way of etching themselves on the brain. And they’ve garnered media coverage, analysis, and commentary almost beyond imagining. Memorable as they might be, however, they won’t be what last of Trump’s 2016 election run. That’s surely reserved for a single slogan that will sum up his candidacy when it’s all over (no matter how it ends). He arrived with it on that Trump Tower escalator in the first moments of his campaign and it now headlines his website, where it’s also emblazoned on an array of products from hats to t-shirts.

Source: What Trump Really Means When He Says He’ll Make America Great Again | The Nation

Trump is great at insulting people but then most of his paranoid tools that support him like that….if you cannot refute what a person says then insult them with some sort of label that you find humorous….but I guess insults are easily understood by those mentally challenged.

So is America the greatest country ever or does it need to be brought back from the brink?

(Upcoming post on Trump’s latest foreign policy speech…..)

Jimmy Carter: A Statesman

For too long Jimmy Carter has been a running joke for the Repubs….I guess because their GOD Reagan won the election and saved the world from reason and logic.

Sadly, Carter may be the last statesman this country will ever have elected.  We pick our leaders now with faulty logic and slogans…..

Even have a party that thinks religion should be doled out by the White House….which means to me that freedom of religion is just a slogan for them not everyone.

 

Personally, I think Carter was a good president…..that he had a very good outlook on foreign policy, which is sadly missing in today’s plethora of candidates.  He is the only ex-president that is giving back to the country not making money for their self-indulgences…..of all the recent presidents Carter has shown a desire to make America great and not worry about how big his wallet has become…..he should be an example for ALL Americans to emulate……but instead we get this current crop of wannabes…….how sad this has become.

The tragedy of ‘foreign policy elites’

I admit that I am a foreign policy wonk……I believe that foreign policy is the most important issue of the day and especially with this election in 2016.  In a world of globalization the events around the world effect every aspect of the lives of the people of any given country.

My problems are with the so-called foreign policy elites…those people that work for the “think tanks”…….. those institutions that are driven by whatever agenda they are paid to champion.

But these “elites” will be employed by whoever wins this election and out path will be set…..if it hasn’t been already.

What, after all, have foreign policy elites of either party done for us lately?

Can our nation survive without taking advantage of the wisdom of self-described “foreign policy elites”? That is the question posed on Page 1 of The Post’s print edition on Saturday, under the headline “Foreign policy elites indecisive on Trump.” The Post’s Karen DeYoung reports that 121 Republican national security experts have signed a petition saying they would not serve in a Donald Trump administration, should democracy serve them up such an opportunity. Actually, in their eyes, it is less an opportunity than a possible obligation. We all have to decide whether to vote for Trump, which is a pretty easy decision for most people I know. But “foreign policy elites” have the further obligation of deciding whether to work in a Trump administration. This, apparently, is not an easy decision at all

Source: The tragedy of ‘foreign policy elites’ – The Washington Post

My fear is that the “realist” theories of international relations will have the ear of the president….if that is the case then we are in for more wars and more interventions……more wasted money that is needed to repair this country.