Closing Thought-09Feb18

Let the games begin!

Today is the day the Olympics begin in South Korea….the Winter Games that is….

Most civilized people realize that FOX News is the biggest outlet for bullshit news in the US…..well they have stooped to a new low.

I thought that when FOX anchors attacked the 6 year old grandson of Pelosi was tacky but the next day they out did themselves…..they attacked the American Olympic Team….

Fox News executive editor John Moody has a lot to say about Team USA athletes — but none of it is about their athletic accomplishments.

In an editorial published just ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony, Moody expressed his concern that the “darker, gayer” athletes representing the United States at the 2018 Olympic Games would cost the team medals, and asserted — without any evidence — that some athletes may have been given a spot on Team USA because of their skin color or sexual orientation, rather than their performance.

“Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger,’” Moody wrote on FoxNews.com. “It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different.’ If your goal is to win medals, that won’t work.”

Moody went on to complain about a recent Washington Post article in which a USOC official expressed pride in the diversity of the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation, bemoaning what he called an “embarrassing laundry list of how many African-Americans, Asians and openly gay athletes are on this year’s U.S. team.”

Shameful and tacky…but that is expected, right?

This person is what some people, like me, call a douche bag.

The spread of hate and lies and yet there are some Americans that turn to them for news….not really news….they turn to FOX to feed their hatred…..

Time to be off….enjoy your weekend my friends….chuq

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Dems Need To Stop Dreaming!

Surprise the Dems won an election in deep red state of Alabama and they won a few months back in Virginia and now they, Dems, are having visions of grandeur……that they can take back the House in 2018 and have a lock on winning in 2020…..please stop!

A Dem won in Alabama because black voters came out to vote and both black men and especially black women….whites went overwhelmingly for the child molester Moore….they, Dems, will not hold this state when re-election comes around for Jones the voter will revert to old habits.  Whites vote for the extreme and blacks will stay home…..that is unless the Dems have a message and then it is iffy at best.

A Dem won recently in Virginia…why?  I have no idea the only explanation I have is every voter was drunk….I live in Mississippi and could care less about Virginia.  But the Dem leadership is thump their chest like a crazed primate on  meth spouting all kinds of confidence that they have the message America has been waiting on….a “Better Deal” or  a NEW something…..they always have a “New” something.

http://www.businessinsider.com/democrats-unveil-better-deal-plan-but-boost-to-jobs-wages-unclear-2017-7

The Dems are convincing themselves that they have the in-road to power covered….they are kidding themselves.

If they run on some scandal and the economy is booming…they will lose.

Dems missed a real opportunity to make good on their promise on a “Better Deal” with the recent tax bill…..they placated their wealthy donors at the expense of the poor and middle class.  Americans did not like the tax bill but instead of building on the dislike the Dems rolled over and crushed the middle class.  How can they in good conscience used the bill when passed as a recruiting tool when they would not take it on at the time.

Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president ever.  The Dems have jumped on this and started pushing their same line they always push….but this is not something they need to harp on for it could change on a dime and if they are all in it will come back and bite them in the ass.  Do not make a big deal out of this….a mention will suffice then move on.

The newest member of the Senate illustrates what is wrong with Democrats…..

Political conditions are looking extremely favorable for Democrats. In special and off-year elections across the country, they have drastically improved on Hillary Clinton’s margin almost everywhere — most astoundingly in Virginia, where Ralph Northam won the governorship by a comfortable 9 points, and in Alabama, where Doug Jones knocked off Roy Moore for the open Senate seat.

But over the weekend, both victors revealed the danger of milquetoast centrist liberalism at this moment in history. In an interview with The Washington Post, Northam seemingly discarded his campaignpromises to push for the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, suggesting that it needs to have Republican-style means tests and work requirements instead. Jones, meanwhile, suggested that he might vote with the GOP, and said that it was time to put President Trump’s numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations behind us

http://theweek.com/articles/743990/great-danger-milquetoast-liberalism

But sadly I do not see them moving past the high dollar Democrat that Clinton brought into the party.  They need an economic message but not the one they have now….they are NO better than the GOP.  They have NO plan they have slogans…..

Site 538 takes a look at their chances in 2018……

After Democrat Doug Jones won a stunning victory in Alabama’s special election for the U.S. Senate last month, lots of smart people whose work I read and follow, such as The New York Times’s Nate Cohn, declared that the battle for Senate control in 2018 was a “toss-up.” Prediction markets largely concur; after Jones’s win, the betting odds of Democrats taking over the Senate shot up to about 45 percent.

I think this might be premature. Winning in Alabama certainly makes the Democrats’ path easier: They could now gain control of the Senate by retaining all of their own seats, plus picking up the Republican held-seats in purplish Nevada and Arizona. But they’re probably still the underdogs.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/are-democrats-senate-chances-overrated/

Dems need to do a lot more work……just my thought….anybody care to add anything?

Iraqi News And Views

Not much is being reported these days about Iraq in the MSM……they have more important things like a parade or who slapped who….in other words fluffy and speculation…the two foundations of FOX News and most other major outlets.

There seems to be some that agree with me and the US needs to withdraw from Iraq ASAP……

Reports emerged on Monday that US troops have begun a drawdown from Iraq, with officials citing the defeat of ISIS. This is being welcomed by Iraq’s Shi’ite militias, though they are urging a full withdrawal.

Multiple statements were issued by multiple, very influential militias to this effect, enough that Prime Minister Hayder Abadi defended keeping some US troops to “finish the job” of destroying ISIS.

The Badr Brigade, however, issued a statement saying any remaining troops would be a cause of instability, noting that they view US forces as “a magnet for terrorists.” Badr Brigade has multiple Iraqi MPs, and the Interior Ministry.

The Pentagon has made clear they intend to keep US troops in Iraq more or less permanently, to preclude any other future ISIS arising. This is raising concern among militias that the US presence amounts to an occupation, a point the US will struggle to contest.

(antiwar.com)

After 15 years time for the US remove itself from the Middle East and let them to choose their future without interference.

The upcoming elections in Iraq could be a make or break moment….

The U.S. should reassess military and political plans that rest on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s continued premiership after Iraq’s May 12, 2018 elections. A series of splits from Abadi’s electoral list will increase opportunities for alternative candidates to gain the premiership. Abadi’s failed political alliance with Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces and inability to maintain the confidence of Ammar al-Hakim’s political allies signals that Abadi is unable to manage varying political interests and will struggle to hold together a post-election coalition. Abadi must prevent additional fractures in his electoral list, ensure friendly candidates have funding, and block alternate political blocs such as Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law Coalition from achieving competitive electoral success. Abadi will likely make major political concessions post-election to retain the premiership if unable to meet these requirements, compromising his will and ability to pursue policies compatible with U.S. national security interests.

http://iswresearch.blogspot.com/2018/02/iraq-prime-ministers-electoral.html

There are Terror Lists in abundance…..US has one….Interpol has theirs  and now the Iraqis have published their version…..

Iraqi security authorities have revealed a “most wanted” list of people involved in terrorism in the country over the the past 14 years.
The list seen by Arab News on Sunday includes about 60 names, mostly of senior aides of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, his family members and top Daesh and Al-Qaeda leaders.
Among the most prominent names are Saddam’s daughter, Raghad Saddam Hussien, and his nephews, Omar and Ayman Saba’awi, and Ahmed Wattban Ibrahim Al-Hassan. Saddam’s cousin, Rafei’a Abdulatief Telfah, is also included.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1239456/middle-east

The rest of Saddam’s family seems to be in the cross hairs…..is that truly necessary?

Ba’athists…..the US made ISIS by outlawing the Ba’ath Party of Iraq…..that was the worse idea the morons had at the time of the invasion.

Could one of Iraq’s most notorious political parties make a comeback after thirteen years in exile? This may increasingly become a central question for Middle East analysts, as Ba’athists are claiming their sociopolitical platform of supporting pan-Arab causes defused sectarianism and united Iraqis around nationalistic themes. They also assert that their brand of secularism distanced mainstream Shiites from radical Iranian political currents and helped integrate Iraq’s many minorities into the private and public sectors.

History acutely belies this narrative, most visibly when Saddam Hussein rushed to reorient his regime from its prior secularism to Islamism in the aftermath of the Gulf War. In the Iraq of the early 1990s, Saddam urged his deputies to incorporate religiously-charged language into their speeches and ordered TV channels to broadcast clips of him praying, visiting Mecca, and holding the Quran. The regime’s war with the Shiite Iran had made it eager to distinguish itself from the enemy, with Iraq’s Shiite majority suffering as a result. In this sense, Ba’athist policies of merging religion with politics have served as one of the origins of the sectarian politics that have flourished in post-2003 Iraq

http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/the-future-of-the-iraqi-baath-party

You want to keep Iraq in the win column then I suggest a dialog with the Ba’athists…..learn what to look for in Iraq or live with an uninformed analysis…….

The Baath party, which ruled Iraq until the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, has forged an unlikely alliance with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The party was secular, but in the 1990s late President Saddam Hussein embarked on the Return to Faith Campaign, which resulted in a more religious school curriculum in schools, to garner more support from conservatives.

After the toppling of Saddam in 2003 and the dismantling of the Baath party, it seemingly fizzled into thin air, with its leftover members targeted by the United State

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2015/08/21/Where-is-Iraq-s-Baath-party-today-.html

Unless the US steps in and makes peace there will be no peace for generations.