Closing Thought–31Aug18

About now most readers maybe getting weary of the Bad Lip Reading but I promise that today will be the last day until these guys make new ones…

We all have heard or seen about the mash-up that Dear Leader is having with the NFL over the national anthem, right?  You know the knees and such….

We ll as luck would have it the guys at Bad Lip Readers have a vid on Trump and the anthem……

What can I say on this Friday?  These guys are f*cking genius!

I will stick to my promise…no more BLR until they have new ones on the ‘net… please go out and enjoy your weekend and for most of us here in the US Monday is also a holiday.

Be well, be safe…..chuq

Dear Mr. Trump: Dude Seriously?

Just about everything that flies of Our Dear Leader’s mouth is ill-thought out or just plain moronic…..his newest batch of stupidity…..

  • McCain flap. Trump denied that he had made mistakes in his reaction to the Arizona senator’s death, which saw the White House flag lowered, raised, then lowered once more. He declined to answer when asked whether the Republican would have made a better president than Barack Obama. “I don’t want to comment on it,” he said. “I have a very strong opinion, all right.” Bloomberg notes that press secretary Sarah Sanders stared at him as he delivered the answer.

President Trump gave Bloomberg an interview Thursday that was a doozy even by Trumpian standards. Among other things, he insisted he couldn’t be impeached because he is “doing a great job,” defended his controversial handling of John McCain’s death—and threatened to pull the United States out of the World Trade Organization. Some highlights:

  • Can’t impeach me. “I don’t think they can impeach somebody that’s doing a great job,” Trump said of Democrats, praising his own performance on issues include trade deals. He said if he was impeached, every following president would be impeached whenever the opposing party gained control of Congress. “You look at the definition of impeachment, that’s a high bar and that would take a long time to fight that if you’re doing a good job,” he said. “And I’m doing a great job.”
  • No to the WTO? In a section of the interview that made headlines worldwide, Trump threatened to pull the US out of the World Trade Organization if the body that lays down rules for global trade doesn’t improvement its treatment of the US. “If they don’t shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO,” said Trump, who has claimed, incorrectly, that the US loses “almost all of the lawsuits” in the WTO. He told Bloomberg the creation of the WTO was the “single worst deal ever made.”
  • Sessions safe for now. The president said Jeff Sessions can remain in his role until the midterm elections, though he declined to comment on whether the attorney general’s job would be safe after November. Trump, citing “great scholars,” complained that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russia meddling is illegal. He said he would love for Sessions to “do a great job” and look at the “other side,” referring to calls to investigate the Clinton campaign.
  • No comment on Stormy. Trump declined to say whether he knew about lawyer Michael Cohen’s hush money payment to Stormy Daniels before the election, citing an excess of media coverage. “I don’t want to get into it because it’s been covered so much,” he said. “I can say this: There’s no campaign violation whatsoever, and if you watch all of the good legal pundits you’ll see that.”
  • Tehran on the brink of collapse? Trump boasted that his policies may lead to the collapse of the Iranian regime. “When I came into here, it was a question of when would they take over the Middle East,” he said “Now it’s a question of will they survive. It’s a big difference in one and a half years.”
  • “A very antitrust situation” at tech giants. Trump, who has complained of anti-conservative bias at Google and other tech giants, declined to say whether he would seek to break them up under antitrust laws. “I won’t comment on the breaking up, of whether it’s that or Amazon or Facebook,” Trump said. “As you know, many people think it is a very antitrust situation, the three of them. But I just, I won’t comment on that.”

Seriously?  You really believe that you cannot be impeached because you are doing a great job?  Think Bill Clinton. Need we say more?  Seriously “everybody”….who are these masked minions?

In closing I believe it was Thomas Jefferson that said a couple of things….”A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit”……or “the greatest danger American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution”…..both applies to Our Dear Leader……Americans take heed!

Sympathy For The Devil

I could post a link to the Rolling Stones but why bother….I am sure that 80 year rockers will try one more concert tour…..this post is about a movie that is being released as I type…..Operation Finale.

Fifteen years after the end of World War II, Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad and security agency Shin Bet – led by the tireless and heroic agent Peter Malkin (Isaac) – launched a daring top-secret raid to capture the notorious Eichmann (Kingsley), who had been reported dead in the chaos following Nazi Germany’s collapse but was, in fact, living and working in a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina under an assumed identity along with his wife and two sons. Monitoring his daily routine, Malkin and his operatives plot and execute the abduction under the cover of darkness just a few feet from Eichmann’s home. Determined to sneak him out of Argentina to stand trial in Israel, Malkin and Eichmann engage in an intense and gripping game of cat-and-mouse.

Perfect timing for a movie to gain sympathy for Israel…..the news has been biting Israel in the ass for a month or so….with the protests in Gaza and all the deaths of civilians by Israeli troops and then the Zionist pricks passed a  Jewish state law….making anyone no Jewish as not a citizen…that includes Christians as well as Muslims…..

As usual Hollywood is helping Israel play the victim card in response to their aggression against civilians……and trying to help spread the lie that Israel is a democracy and a victim….maybe in theory but in action they are NO better than the Nazis they hunted…..

Please do not get me wrong….yes the Jews were treated horribly and deserve all sympathy for those days……I question the timing of this release… with all releases based on this point in history.

Israel needs all the help Hollywood can muster for their atrocities of killing civilians and stealing land, destroying crops and just acting like the thugs they are…..

I have questioned Israel actions in the last 40 years and just now the world is seeing what I saw in the 70’s and we can thank social media for most of the information.

They will get NO sympathy from me.  Period!

The Road Is Paved With Broken Promises

One of the biggest bitches of some people is that Our Dear Leader, Trump, has broken many of his campaign promises……to me that is nothing new no matter who is elected breaks the promises made….

Not taken me at my word how many candidates have broken their campaign promises?

While presidents kept some of the most famous campaign promises, they also broke quite a few. Donald Trump seems to be doing a pretty good job of keeping his. But how do former presidents — including Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama — compare?

According to USA Today, political scientists say that candidates usually at least try to keep their campaign promises.  Five Thirty Eight concurs, noting that when presidents abandon specific campaign promises, they usually do so for reasons that “have more to do with changing circumstances than a lack of principles.”

I say again… me all presidents since I have been voting have broken promises that they made to the people while on the campaign trail begging for our vote.

Closing Thought–30Aug18

I apologize for the scant posts today…another day with the doctors and they are never on time……

Keeping with the tone of this week’s closing thoughts I have chosen yet another Bad Lip Reading for your enjoyment….

Twice now the nation, the US, has been on the edge of its seats because of the royal weddings of the Uk’s ruling family……me I did not watch it did not really care but the nation was all a-gaga…..

Only fair that I give you Bad Lip Readings take on the wedding of the century (or something like that)……..

Please enjoy……

Can anyone explain the popularity of the royals in the US…….the humor is excellent…..but that is about it.

Benefits Of The American Revolution

These days we Americans seem to have forgotten the benefits that we all got because of the revolution….today we have taken the concept of political camps and turned into something that was never intended by our Founding Fathers.

This is a good topic….every side of the political spectrum will grasp some part of the war and why it was fought as an example of why they believe the way they do.

A good question and this post is from the view s of Libertarians……

It has become de rigueur, even among libertarians and classical liberals, to denigrate the benefits of the American Revolution. Thus, libertarian Bryan Caplan writes:  “Can anyone tell me why American independence was worth fighting for?… [W]hen you ask about specific libertarian policy changes that came about because of the Revolution, it’s hard to get a decent answer. In fact, with 20/20 hindsight, independence had two massive anti-libertarian consequences: It removed the last real check on American aggression against the Indians, and allowed American slavery to avoid earlier—and peaceful—abolition.”  One can also find such challenges reflected in recent mainstream writing, both popular and scholarly.

In fact, the American Revolution, despite all its obvious costs and excesses, brought about enormous net benefits not just for citizens of the newly independent United States but also, over the long run, for people across the globe. Speculations that, without the American Revolution, the treatment of the indigenous population would have been more just or that slavery would have been abolished earlier display extreme historical naivety. Indeed, a far stronger case can be made that without the American Revolution, the condition of Native Americans would have been no better, the emancipation of slaves in the British West Indies would have been significantly delayed, and the condition of European colonists throughout the British empire, not just those in what became the United States, would have been worse than otherwise.

Please if you see something that this person missed please feel free to include them in the comments.

The Balkans

The Balkans have been the source of much conflict since the 1990’s and the break-up of Yugoslavia…..but in case you are not aware of the problems…..

I have several followers from the region so I like to keep up to date on the events of the region…..recently Macedonia made the news as a nation that is trying for NATO membership…..

There is some bad news about their possible membership…..

When Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Donald Trump last month why he should send his son to die defending Montenegro, NATO’s newest member, the president seemed to repudiate his own administration’s policy. He indicated that Americans shouldn’t be willing to sacrifice their lives for such a trivial ally. Furthermore, he warned that Montenegro “has very aggressive people. They may get aggressive, and congratulations, you’re in World War III.” As Cato Institute senior fellow Doug Bandow pointed out, Trump’s comment was odd on two counts. First, the Senate approved the admission of Montenegro on his watch in March 2017. If he thought that latest episode of adding a useless microstate to the Alliance was unwise, he could have withdrawn the treaty from consideration before the Senate vote. Second, as Bandow notes archly, that while “it is theoretically possible that the vast, aggressive, powerful Montenegrin legions might launch themselves towards Moscow,” it isn’t too likely, because Montenegrin leaders “do not appear to have entirely lost their minds.”

Most nations of the old Yugoslavia have become members of NATO all but Serbia……and it appears that Serbia is growing closer to Russia than its neighbors…..

Serbia’s air force received two Russian MiG-29 fighter jets as part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in the Balkans and increase Moscow’s influence in the region.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attended the ceremony on Tuesday at a military airport close to the Serbian capital, Belgrade, thanking Russian President Vladimir Putin for helping make Serbia’s armed forces stronger.

Could Serbia be trying to flex its military muscle again?

Serbia might reintroduce compulsory military service, nine years after abolishing it, to help improve the combat readiness of its army in the Balkans, where tensions occasionally flare, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday.

The armed forces of Serbia, which emerged as an independent state after the bloody collapse of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, were fully professionalised in 2011, but remain poorly paid and equipped.

Serbia has a long history pf hatred aimed at their neighbor Croatia….but why?  (a little history for your help)

Closing Thought–29Aug18

A couple months ago Trump and Kim held their much anticipated “summit”….finally the guys at Bad Lip Reading has released their version of the press conference the two leaders held after their meting….

I cannot resist these guys they are just damn funny…..

Just to end my day with a little humor…I know his made you smile….

What’s In A Name?

Update:  This was suppose to be posted on 17Jul….but news and brain farts kept that from happening….so I offer it today…better late than never….

The US fought a war many years ago and basically to rid ourselves of the monarchy and ever since we have climbed up their butts.  Look at the royal weddings…nothing could be more boring but we Americans eat it up all the pomp and ceremony… is kinda disgusting.

The English royals are from the House of Windsor…..but did you know that is only about 100 years old….actually they are descendants of a German line.

Say huh?

That is correct until 1917 then the name change……to House of Windsor.

On 18July1917 the English papers carried the proclamation that the English monarchy would from that day forward be known as the House of Windsor.

Since the marriage of Victoria – the last of the Hanovers – to Prince Albert, Britain’s royal family had been “of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha”, or Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. In a time of brutal war with Germany, a more German family name would be hard to find.

After three long years of World War I, anti-German feeling had approached fever pitch, fuelled by wild tales of alleged German atrocities.

File this away for if you play Trivial Pursuit or a form of Bar Trivia then you could have the winning answer right here on IST.

Turn The Page!

What Does It Take To Be A Good Leader?

For over a year and half now we are told all about how bad Our Dear Leader is and how he is ruining everything……especially the country.

We always hear a politician tell the people what it takes to be a good leader but unfortunately it is their ideas of what it takes not the reality of being a good leader.

So there needs to be a clarification and a standardization of the qualities leadership.

Then there is the question …how many characteristics are there?

Well I found out after much reading and thought that there are 45 characteristics that a good leader should possess…..

What are the qualities which a leader should possess? There have been many attempts at listing the many good qualities which a leader should possess, and cataloguing those undesirable characteristics which he should not possess or should minimize or eliminate. Such a listing often serves only to discourage the aspirant to leadership, because, in summation, they seem to describe an unattainable ideal. However, a goal toward which to aim is necessary, if one is to shape his efforts in self-development so as to gain a satisfactory measure of accomplishment in preparing himself to lead, to guide and direct the efforts of others in any field of common endeavor.

The qualities of the leader may be grouped according to different methods. They may be separated into personal characteristics and professional capabilities; they may be classed as physical, mental, and moral qualities; or they may be considered as those qualities related to the leader himself, and those related to the individuals whom he aspires to lead.

Compare your favorite politician to the list of characteristics…..a true “good leader” will be hard to find these days because most politicians are owned by lobbyists so most will only get about 5 or 6 of the characteristics of the 45……

If you find a politician that has most of the characteristics then I suggest that you work hard to get the person elected….this country needs and deserves good leaders….we have been too long in the fog of shitty politicians….time for that to change.

Disregard parties….pick your candidates by leadership qualities….not by personality.