Seriously? A School Shooting?

What news is this?

There has been another school shooting……that is 12 this year….12 and it is only mid February…..

A Florida school official says there are “numerous fatalities” from a shooting at a Parkland high school Wednesday that sent students rushing out into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building, the AP reports. Ambulances converged on the scene as emergency workers appeared to be treating possibly wounded people on the sidewalks, according to the AP. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office says there are at least 14 victims, the AP reports. TV footage showed police with weapons drawn, entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, then dozens of children frantically running and walking quickly out. A police officer waved the students on, urging them to quickly evacuate the school. The sheriff’s office tweeted that the shooter was still at large even as the evacuation was underway.

Len Murray’s 17-year-old son, a junior, sent his parents a chilling text: “Mom and Dad, there have been shots fired on campus at school. There are police sirens outside. I’m in the auditorium and the doors are locked.” The AP reports those words came at 2:30pm. A few minutes later, he texted again: “I’m fine.” Murray raced to the school only to be stopped by authorities under a highway overpass within view of the school buildings. No information was immediately given to parents, Len Murray says. And he says he remained worried for all those inside. “I’m scared for the other parents here. You can see the concern in everybody’s faces. Everybody is asking, ‘Have you heard from your child yet?’
Is this the new normal?
Damn!  This is making the case for home schooling.
But not to worry the NRA will not let there be any sensible gun laws.  I am so proud.
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Closing Thought–14Feb18

The 23rd Olympics is in full swing and I am sure that each reader is following their favorite country/sport….but since I am not your typical blogger I will give you some news that your local station has probably missed…..

  • First doping bust. Japanese short track speedskater Kei Saito has become the first athlete kicked out of Pyeongchang for a doping violation, NBC reports. Authorities say the 21-year-old voluntarily accepted a provisional suspension after he tested positive for Acetazolamide, a diuretic sometimes taken to mask the use of performance-enhancing substances. He told Japanese media he is “extremely shocked” and plans to clear his name.
  • Lady Liberty hockey masks. USA Hockey says that after discussions with the International Olympic Committee, which had requested that American goalkeepers remove Statue of Liberty logos from their masks, the logos will be allowed to stay, ESPN reports.  (I would have thought the Right wing bozos would have lost their minds over this story…..where has all the right wing patriotic pride?  we will see if any bother to read the post)
  • Going for the record. American Shaun White took top spot in qualifying for Wednesday’s halfpipe event, where he will seek a record third gold medal in snowboarding. “I knew I had it in me, I watched these young guys putting these amazing runs in and it fired me up. I just wanted to show that this is what I have been doing my entire life,” he said, per Reuters.
  • Meanwhile, in North Korea. Kim Jong Un has expressed “satisfaction” over the “very impressive” efforts made by Seoul during a visit from his sister and other high-level North Koreans, the Guardian reports. “It is important to continue making good results by further livening up the warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue created by the strong desire and common will of the North and the South with the Winter Olympics as a momentum,” the North Korean leader said, per state media.
  • Condom record. The BBC reports that Winter Olympics athletes have been handed a record 110,000 condoms, which works out to 38 each. The manufacturer says it doesn’t expect the athletes to use them all over the 16 days of the Games, though Tinder says there has definitely been an increase in matches.

Speaking of  penis…….

Even the bright red lighthouse in the tiny South Korean port of Sinnam is shaped like a penis.

The port is home to Haesindang Park, better known as “Penis Park”, a monument to fertility, born from a legend about a virgin and fish. A normally obscure attraction, it is drawing curious crowds of visitors from the nearby Winter Olympics.

There are penis totem poles, penis benches and penis wind chimes. There is even a penis-shaped cannon, with a warning to tourists that it should not be mounted.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-2018-fertility/south-koreas-penis-park-draws-an-olympic-crowd-idUSKBN1FX127

All the Olympic news you cannot possibly use……back tomorrow with more stuff….chuq

The GOP Budget For 2019

Oh goody….the next media spectacle will be the budget battle to come this year.

The infrastructure or the crumbling American infrastructure…debate should begin very soon….here is a head’s up….Trump promised $500+ billion for the crumbling American infrastructure…..that will never happen!

Okay onward to the new debate……to the new diversion for right wing bloggers…..

President Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for 2019 on Monday, and those with lots of free time on their hands can read it in full here. Before doing so, understand that it has somewhere around 0% chance of being turned into law. As is the case with presidential budget proposals, it is more “vision statement” than realistic spending plan, in the words of the New York Times. Here are some of the key points in Trump’s vision:

  • No balanced budget: The plan surrenders on a GOP goal of trying to eliminate the budget deficit in 10 years. It’s a concession that the big tax-cut plan enacted last year and higher spending in some areas make that impossible, reports the Washington Post. Specifically, the budget sees a $984 billion deficit next year and $7 billion in new debt over the next decade.
  • Military spending: Trump calls for an increase to $716 billion for the Pentagon, which USA Today says would represent the biggest defense buildup since Ronald Reagan held office. The plan would add 25,900 troops to the current force of 1.3 million, and it calls for 10 new warships and increased production of F-35 and F-18 warplanes.
  • Medicare cuts: The plan proposes cuts to domestic agencies such as the Labor and Interior departments, the EPA, and and the National Science Foundation. It also would cut Medicare by $554 billion over the next 10 years, including cuts in payments to hospitals and rehab facilities, reports the AP.
  • Border wall: Trump wants $18 billion for a wall on the Mexican border, and additional money to hire more immigration agents, per USA Today.
  • Space station: The White House plans to end funding for the International Space Station by 2025, but the government would allot $150 million to help make sure that private businesses take over the station’s operation in some as-yet unspecified capacity, per the AP.

Anyone want to add anything else?  Or just wait for the Right wing to lose their mind and g a ranting.

“I Don’t Need No Stinking Briefing!”

The presidents have daily routine of running this country…..one of the most important is the daily intel briefing this lets the president know what is happening in the world….the situations that will effect the US in one way or another.

Well it seems that Pres. Trump is a lot smarter than he pretends…..he does not want daily briefings because he knows what is happening….why?  He watches FOX News!  (I know I cannot type that without bursting into raucous laughter)……

Donald Trump is the first president since Richard Nixon to not regularly read the President’s Daily Brief—a comprehensive update on the world put together by US intelligence agencies—sources tell the Washington Post, and that has some intelligence experts concerned he’s putting the US at risk. Sources say that within months of Trump taking office, he made it clear he had little interest in the PDB, preferring oral briefings spiced up with graphics, photos, and videos instead. One source says reading full reports is not Trump’s “style of learning,” and the Post notes the president has “a famously short attention span.” Publicly released schedules indicate Trump has been getting these oral intelligence briefings every two or three days.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta and former CIA assistant director Mark Lowenthal say short oral briefings aren’t enough to get a firm grasp on world issues and could put both Trump and the country in danger in the long run. But administration officials defend Trump’s intelligence absorption, with a spokesperson for the National Security Council saying Trump “is an avid consumer of intelligence … and looks forward every day to the give and take of his intelligence briefings.” Sources say Trump asks unique questions during his briefings—like “Why are we even in Somalia?” or “Why can’t I just pull out of Afghanistan?”—but also occasionally brushes off his briefers, complaining they are “talking down to him.” Read the full story here.

This country will eventually regret the routine of this ego-centric toad.  I just hope that when we do that it will not be too costly of a lesson.

Iran Will Be The News Soon!

Well the nuke deal is not the news that it was a month ago however does not mean that the powers that be have not taken their eyes off Iran…..Israel will NEVER let Iran stay out of the news for long…..but behind the scenes the old voices are tuning up…..

Fifteen years ago this week, Secretary of State General Colin Powell gave a speech to the United Nations arguing for war with Iraq, saying the evidence was clear: Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. It was a speech Powell would later call a blot on his career. Is President Trump doing the same thing now with Iran? We speak to Powell’s former chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson. He recently wrote a piece titled “I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It’s Happening Again.”

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/2/9/lawrence_wilkerson_i_helped_sell_the

As I said before……the western media made too mucch out of the protests…..they were all but writing the obits for the Iranian government….

Barely a month ago, Iranians were amassing in the streets to protest against their government. Their core grievances, according to Western media and politicos, were the economy, foreign policy, expansionism, and human rights.

Today, the protests are over. But according to a recent survey by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (based at the University of Maryland) and IranPoll, only one of those grievances actually provided the spark: the economy.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-american-media-spin-doctored-the-iranian-protests/

If people listen to the lies and misinformation put out by Israel and its enablers….most of the American GOP…….. then the people would have jaded opinion and knowledge of the country of Iran.

A little understanding goes a long way……..

Following the eruption of the recent protests that began in Iran on December 28, 2017, due to growing inflation and unemployment, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei accused Iran’s enemies of “trying to strike the Iranian nation.”

Iran occupies an important position in the eyes of international and regional powers. A historical reading of the relationship of Iran to these powers shows an enduring yet rocky relationship governed by both mutual suspicion and mutual interests. But today Iran is living in a new environment in which the great powers are striving to contain and exclude their rivals to ensure a commanding position in the global order. During the time that Iran has aimed to become power player itself, it has been an active and proactive party in proposed regional plans for the Middle East; however, the great powers have insisted that Iran remain in a subordinate position. This stance is what has driven Iran to crystallize formulas, principles, and strategic doctrines that represent its regional identity and interests within a broad framework of Iranian nationalism. Iran’s efforts encompass all areas of influence in the Middle East and attempt to reject any political or military reality imposed upon it.

http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/how-to-understand-iran

The recent protests in Iran has some on the edge of their chairs……and the MSM predicting the demise of the religious leadership…..but just what are we to make of these incidents?

When protests erupted in Iran at the end of December, the cause seemed obvious. The price of basic food staples like eggs and poultry rose by almost 40 percent in a matter of days, and data from Iran’s central bank showed a general rise of the inflation rate throughout the country. And yet, even at the time, there was something inadequate about this explanation. The protesters were everyday civilians, not students or political activists – and they had not risked their lives to protest in 2012 or 2013, when economic conditions were far worse. If the price of a carton of eggs rises temporarily from $3 to $4.20, it is hardly welcome, but it is also not the type of thing that leads to revolution.

https://geopoliticalfutures.com/a-theory-about-iran/

I present these findings because soon all Hell will break loose and people will scurry around looking for answers to their questions and if they would pay attention now then their questions will not go unanswered.