Closing Thought–28Aug18

Bad Lip Reading!

I do enjoy good humor.  And the guys at Bad Lip Reading do humor so well.

We all have heard the MSM go on and on about the Press Briefings….all the antics and all the drama behind them….so the guys at BLR had to do a video on that very subject…..

If you cannot appreciate good humor than I suggest that you turn your boob tube to A&E and watch the latest BS on “Naked and Afraid”…..

See you guys later……be well, be safe…..chuq

John McCain–American Hero

This will be my last tribute to the memory of John McCain…..Me I seldom agreed with this man on policy….he was a neocon and too pro war for my book…..however he was a man that met his obligation to the country by his military service.  He was loved by the GOP as well as hated by the same…..most people that “hated” the man had NO idea what he was about…..and the ones that speak the most vile crap are those that stayed home during war and hide behind deferments….

This is the last post I will write to John McCain…..

In my dictionary, a “hero” is 1) an illustrious warrior; 2) a man admired for his noble qualities;or 3) one who shows great courage. John McCain met all the criteria.

As a United States Navy pilot, McCain was daring to the point of recklessness, determined always to be in the thick of the fight. His conduct during a long and brutal captivity in Vietnam was the definition of nobility and courage.

His Senate career demonstrated courage of a different sort, as he staked out independent positions on issues ranging from immigration to torture to campaign finance.

In his final days, McCain was one of the few leaders of his party to directly challenge the Trump administration, calling for a restoration of civility in our politics, and integrity in our public life.

His last words to the country and its people…….

Before he died, John McCain wrote a farewell letter to Americans in which he expressed thanks for the privilege of serving and said the nation’s “present difficulties” would pass. See the full text at the Atlantic. Here are four excerpts:

  • “I’ve tried to serve our country honorably. I’ve made mistakes but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them. I’ve often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now, as I prepare for the end of my life. I’ve loved my life, all of it.”
  • “We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment, and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down …”
  • Our public debates can be nasty, but “we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times.”

“Do not despair of our present difficulties. We believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history. We make history. Farewell fellow Americans, God bless you, and God bless America.”

Once again in case it was missed…..See the full text at the Atlantic.

And that my friends is how a true American hero makes a speech.

Senator John McCain may you Rest In Peace.

That Old Meddling Machine

Nope this not another post about the Russian meddling into our elections….this is about the state machine that the US used to meddling in elections around the world…..I have tried to keep my readers thinking….

the US government-funded National Endowment for Democracy presented its 2018 Democracy Award to a collection of Korean activists who aim to topple the communist government of North Korea.

The event was timed to coincide with President Donald Trump’s peace summit in Singapore with Kim Jong-Un. The ceremony appeared to be the opening shot of a massive public relations effort aimed at stifling normalized relations with North Korea.

The US is not guilt free….people whine about the Russian meddling…..and unfortunately…..”what goes around comes around”……the US has always had the attitude that they may do as they wish with no penalty.

A short history of foreign entities that have meddled in US elections…..

Like I said earlier in this post….”karma is a bitch”!

Not One More Death!

Yes I am a staunch antiwar person….I may write about war but it is for understanding not policy……and for 17 years I have been saying that the war we started in 2001 in Afghanistan is costing too many American lives for the horrible results that it achieves……

It may be a surprise to some that I read the American Conservative……I find myself agreeing with most of what they publish……but not all…..and I find myself agreeing with them yet again…this time on our war in Afghanistan….

There is no prospect for any kind of American victory in the war against the Afghan Taliban that would correspond to what U.S. officials have been promising throughout the 17-year struggle. As if any rational observer needed further evidence of this fundamental reality, the Taliban a week ago attacked the strategic city of Ghazni, located barely 100 miles from the Afghan capital of Kabul, and laid waste to major parts of it. The insurgents killed dozens of Afghan soldiers and police officials, seized strategic points in the city, and cut the central artery between Kabul and important southern regions.

In reporting on this turn of events, reporter Mujib Mashal of The New York Times wrote, “The Ghazni assault has demonstrated a stunning display of Taliban tenacity that belies the official Afghan and U.S. narrative of progress in the war….” The Wall Street Journal dispatch, by three reporters filing from Kabul, put it similarly, saying the the drawn-out confrontation, “requiring at least 1,500 government forces backed with U.S. firepower to put down a far smaller and more lightly armed number of insurgents,” has “cast doubt over the progress of the U.S. military in building security forces in Afghanistan.”

Time for the US to claim victory and bring our tired, overworked troops home to their families….we should demand….”Not One More Death”!