Closing Thought–Nov17

The “Slap and Tickle” Saga Goes On!

I have not written much about the continuous sexual allegations that have been pouring out of every pore of American society…I have a problem with these accusations…..they are older than my car….

I am not defending any of these pervs on what they have done but could we please get something a little more current than 1979 or 2006.

I am an old fart and in the 70’s and 80’s I was the manager of a bar….I am not saying that I was fooling around with children of 14 but I also did not ask for their driver license either…..plus being single and normal I would hit on anything on a bar stool…..

Okay let’s talk about a young woman of 14….that is is the age of my granddaughter and if Mr. Perv Moore had hit on her I would taken this dick apart at the seams.

All this “slap and tickle” is getting a bit speculative and redundant….and it is sucking all the oxygen out of other news stories of merit.

 

Could Donald Be The Next Mikhail

If you read my “Tags” you will see it has USSR and being the way things are these days one might think that this post is about Russia-gate…..but sorry to disappoint….it is not about that at all.

It is a comparison by The American Conservative between Donald Trump and Mikhail Gorbachev….

Back in the waning days of the USSR the leader Gorbachev tried to change things in his country the tired old orthodoxies into a new way of thinking…..some could say this is what Fearless Leader is trying to do…..only with less real humpf behind the try….

TAC’s own Rod Dreher recently highlighted an American professor’s exchange with an African diplomat, who compared Donald Trump to Mikhail Gorbachev. Just as the last Soviet premier unwittingly became “the man who destroyed a superpower,” Trump in this view is recklessly squandering the United States’ global position. But upon reflection, the analogy holds for another reason: Whatever Trump’s own mixture of “irritable mental gestures,” Trumpism—as articulated by Steve Bannon, Laura Ingraham, Michael Anton & Company—can be read as a sort of perestroika for the American Right.

A reader may naturally look warily at the comparison. Can one discern a link between the rhetoric of Breitbart and Gorbachev’s exhortation, “to reject obedience to any dogma, to think independently, to submit one’s thoughts and plans of action to the test of morality”? However reaching, the comparison may allow us to discern why debates over immigration and trade now capture the conservative imagination in a way not reducible to “white identity politics” or reflexive loyalty to the president.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/is-donald-trump-the-new-mikhail-gorbachev/

Hopefully the US does not suffer the way Russia did after the fall…..I can see no good coming out of a Trump presidency……sorry for that……

Middle East–What’s Next?

ISIS and the “caliphate” are all but gone from the region…..with that one simple situation the question needs to be asked….what is next for the Middle East?

Will war continue?  Will a massive rebuilding program come into being?  Will there be a period of peace and semi-stability?

All good questions that have no answer as it is today……The problem with answers is Trump…..no one in the region knows exactly what to expect from our Fearless Leader……

Fresh polling data of Arab opinion in the Middle East on Donald Trump and US policy towards the region has shown that the majority of Arabs hold a negative view of the American president, even in places like Saudi Arabia where the government is friendly towards his administration.

More than half of respondents in this poll unveiled on 26 October by the Arab Center Washington DC – a non-profit that focuses on American-Arab relations – said Trump was anti-Muslim and that his administration has battered US credibility in the world.

The index, which surveyed eight Arab countries, found that 56 percent thought Trump was Islamophobic, and almost half of respondents said he was dangerous and intolerant. Only 38 percent said he was qualified to be president.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-mideast-policy-oblivious-arab-opinion-experts-say-1602741947

Some in the region even think that he wants a new war after the ISIS fight is over…..

Does Donald Trump want a new Middle East war, pitting Saudi Arabia against Iran in a conflict that could lay waste to the world’s oil region and drag the United States into a conflict that would make the war in Iraq look like a minor skirmish? It sure looks like it.

In his September address to the United Nations, Trump took aim at the six-power accord that froze Iran’s nuclear program, calling it “one-sided” and “an embarrassment to the United States” and lambasting Iran, in typically over-the-top Trumpian rhetoric, as a “rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos.” A few weeks later, Trump unilaterally decertified the deal, threatening to kill it once and for all. Now, Saudi Arabia – Iran’s foremost regional adversary – has upped the ante, with a series of actions that have dramatically raised area tensions. And the Saudis, who run the world’s leading dictatorship, are doing it with the full encouragement of the White House.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/does-trump-want-a-new-middle-east-war-w511396

The mash-up with Iran could signal the next war in waiting…..Iran is being blamed for anything and everything that happens in the Middle East these days….

Islamic State is in fatal decline. The Middle East will soon enter a new era, post-Islamic State, dominated by the Saudi-Iranian power struggle. The struggle will, as it has as it ran alongside the fight against Islamic State, involve shifting Sunni and Shiite allegiances. But the fight is not about religion. Religion this time has more to do with complicating choices in political bedfellows and where proxies are recruited than dogma. For behind that Sunni-Shiite curtain, this is a classic geopolitical power struggle – for control of Iraq and Syria, and for expanding diplomatic and strategic reach throughout the region.

http://original.antiwar.com/Peter_Van_Buren/2017/10/30/next-middle-east-war-post-isis/

Israel is doing its part to make the bad guy out of Iran…..it has been planning this fight for 30 years maybe longer….Israel is using the US to help them spread global chaos…….war after war and if you look closely who is benefiting from the chaos….Israel.  And now it appears that Lebanon is on their radar and will use the Saudis to do their dirty work for them…..with US help.

It is time for this country to rein in the use of military force….we are fighting too many wars and swatting valuable money that society desperately needs…..

Four US soldiers died in Niger on October 4, and the president’s insensitive phone call to the widow of one has brought the subject of the military in every corner of the world back in the news.

The UN has 193 members. The US has over 240,000 troops in at least 172 of them, some of which are embroiled in what The New York Times describes as “forever wars”. How many people knew there was a contingent of more than 1,000 in Niger? Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader and thus the highest ranking Democrat, did not. Neither did Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican who serves on the Armed Forces Committee. Or, Senator Rand Paul who wants the post 9/11 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to be reviewed.

http://original.antiwar.com/Arshad_Khan/2017/11/03/reining-ubiquitous-use-military-force/

America needs a time of peace and stability…..a time to heal from the war madness inflicting the country….

Thoughts?

And The Money Poured Down Like Rain

The House where all money bills are settled has given the Pentagon a blank check, well almost, for more endless wars and such to the tune of $700 billion…that is billion with a “B”….

In a bipartisan show of support for endless war and out-of-control military spending, the House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the nearly $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 that aims to boost war outlays by $80 billion

The final vote tally was 357-70, with 127 Democrats throwing their support behind the bill. Sixty-seven Democrats—including Reps. Barbara Lee of California, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, and John Conyers of Michigan—voted against the legislation.

In addition to providing cash for 90 F-35 jets—20 more than President Donald Trump requested—the measure also approves more than $12 billion for the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, a massive boost in funding that comes amid soaring tensions between the United States and North Korea.

As the Associated Pressnotes, the legislation additionally “includes money for as many as 28 additional Ground-Based Interceptors, which are anti-missile missiles that would be launched from underground silos in Alaska in the event the U.S. decided to try to shoot down a North Korean missile heading toward the United States. The interceptors are designed to directly hit the enemy missile outside the Earth’s atmosphere, obliterating it by the force of impact.”

The House vote sets the stage for the Senate to debate the legislation shortly after Thanksgiving before sending it to Trump’s desk. Because the measure far exceeds the $549 billion ceiling set by the Budget Control Act, “House and Senate leaders must strike a budget deal that increases the caps in order to boost defense spending as prescribed by the bill,” Politicoreports.

(commondreams.org)

Now that is a pile on money, right?

Ever wonder just how you could get a piece of this pie?

I have but since I am staunchly antiwar…it was only a fleeting thought….

But in case we are having such dreams……

When it comes to the art of the deal, at least where arms sales are concerned, American presidents, their administrations, and the Pentagon have long been Trumpian in nature. Their role has been to beat the drums (of war) for the major American weapons makers and it’s been a highly profitable and successful activity. In 2015, for instance, the U.S. once again took the top spot in global weapons sales, $40 billion dollars of them, or a staggering 50.2% of the world market. (Russia came in a distant third with $11.2 billion in sales.) The U.S. also topped sales of weaponry to developing nations. In these years, Washington has, in fact, peddled the products of those arms makers to at least 100 countries, a staggering figure if you stop a moment to think about the violence on this planet. Internationally, in other words, the U.S. has always been an open-carry nation.

http://original.antiwar.com/william-d-hartung/2017/11/14/wield-influence-sell-weaponry-washington/

Do you realize just what that kind of cash could do for the people of this country?

“On The Road Again”

Not a commercial for Progressive motorcycle insurance….or for the rock group “Canned Heat”….this post is about what I have posting about for decades….a road to war.  An all out war or as we like to call those…World Wars.

In the past year the rhetoric from around the globe has been hinting on the most obscene action that a nation can involve itself in…..WAR!

The loudest talk has been centered around North Korea….all the rhetoric coming out of Trump’s mouth has pointed to the possibility of an armed conflict…statements like “fire and fury”, “talk is over” (paraphrase), “the calm before the storm”……so far the toughest language has been aimed directly at North Korea….there are others that are just now starting….Iran being one of those…..

Even some Congress people in the president’s party, the GOP, are starting to point out his perceived intentions…..

Top ranking Republican Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed concerns Sunday that President Trump’s reckless threats toward other counties “could set the nation on the path to World War III.”

Corker said that top administration officials are constantly trying to protect Trump from his own interests, and much of the work of today’s White House is “a situation of trying to contain him.”

Corker went on to say Trump’s irresponsible outbursts should be concerning to all Americans, and that he’s treating the presidency like it’s a reality television show. He also said Trump’s Twitter outbursts have in several instances harmed diplomatic efforts of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

(antiwar.com)

Sen. Corker is NOT alone….Sens. Graham and McCain have voiced some concern in their own way.

Most everyone that knows me know that I am not a supporter of Donald Trump…and during the campaign I did find some of this stated policies that I could agree with…but since taking office I cannot find an area where he and I agree.

Do I think that the president wants war?

His rhetoric appears thus….but I believe that it is moire that he has NO idea to handle the situation in North Korea and the growing one in Iran.

This war-like rhetoric is the only way he, Trump, knows how to address the deteriorating situations.

Why Conservatives Hate War

I know you think because the someone is associated with the GOP makes them a conservative…..not so.

Most of what people think are conservatives are actually neocons or war mongers in the first degree.

Many conservatives feel the way I do….they are opposed to war especially the wars we are fighting now….open ended war that does little to provide any security to the homeland except in slogan only.

I guess the clods in Congress nowadays would call these conservatives RINOs…..because they love them some slogan that they can use at the next Trump rally of dunces.

The American Conservative had a recent article that covered why conservatives dislike war…..(a good article, BTW)

One of the odder aspects of present-day politics is the assumption that if you are antiwar you are on the left, and if you are conservative you are “pro-war.” Like labelling conservative states red and liberal states blue, this is an inversion of historical practice.

The opposition to America’s entry into both World Wars was largely led by conservatives. Senator Robert A. Taft, the standard-bearer of postwar conservatism, opposed war unless the United States itself was attacked. Even Bismarck, after he had fought and won the three wars he needed to unify Germany, was staunchly antiwar. He once described preventive war, like the one America is being pressured to wage on Iran, as “committing suicide for fear of being killed.”

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-conservatives-hate-war/

I am finding as the days go by that I have a lot in common with real conservatives and not those mental midgets RINOs that support Trump and that toad Bannon.