Closing Thought–26Oct17

All The Petty Autocrats!

Where does Trump find all these petty little shits….those minor autocrats that think they are more influential than they really are?

We have the president who thinks is shit don’t stink…..we have a cabinet member that does not feel he should be made to travel with peons….now we have this silly autocrat that thinks there needs to be a ritual around him and his of station in life

President Trump may be busting some White House traditions, but other members of his administration are adhering to some unusual ones. The Washington Post reports on an “arcane” Navy ritual being observed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Whenever Zinke is physically in the Interior Department’s Washington, DC, headquarters, a flag distinct to his position is raised; when he leaves or is on the road, it’s taken down, and an “equally obscure” one is hoisted for Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt. Zinke’s flag is blue, with the department’s buffalo seal and seven white stars symbolizing various Interior bureaus.

The Post describes the tradition as one “no one can remember ever happening in the federal government,” but a rep for Zinke suggests it’s a natural and honorable move by the former Navy SEAL commander: Zinke “is restoring honor and tradition to the department, whether it’s flying the flag when he is in garrison or restoring traditional access to public lands.” There’s no direct counterpart in the current administration, though the personal flag of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson does fly at all times in front of the State Department’s HQ. (Zinke previously had something to say about his department’s loyalty to another flag.)

 

You gotta love watching these little pathetic toads scramble for recognition…..

Hospital Confidential #3

Finally I have found my way home.  But still have to go early morning for Hyperbaric treatments for awhile.

Posting from a phone is a chore.  LOL. But at least I could at least try to keep up. I want to get back to some sort of normalcy.

Again I would like to than all those great followers that have hung in there and stuck by me and my small contribution daily….Hopefully I can get back to normal soon.for I am losing my friggin’ mind here.

THank you Thank you Thank you!.  chuq

Is There A Just War?

In my opinion….cannot think of  just war these days.  Okay.t there are wars everywhere and few can be justified short of some macho babble.

Since most of those wars are against some terrorist group or another….but let us look at a comparison just war or terrorism.

In 2009, Jeff McMahan of the Ethics department at Oxford wrote a provocative book, Killing in War, critiquing just war theory as a viable moral construct for limiting war. He also summarized it in a two-part article for The New York Times Opinionator Blog (Part 1 and Part 2). His revisionist perspective that asserts the “principles of jus ad bellum [principles that distinguish just war from unjust war] apply not only to governments but also to individual soldiers, who in general ought not to fight in wars that are unjust.”

Without doubt, recent expressions of international violence, such as targeted assassinations, wartime actions in undeclared war zones, or the use contract mercenaries,  force philosophers of just war to pause and consider some, perhaps under-explored, nuances. However, contrary to the professor’s beliefs, this does not require significant modification of the just war tradition.

Source: Killing in War and the Just War Tradition | RealClearDefense