Closing Thought–18Feb19

Few weeks ago there was a big story about something one of the newly elected reps had said……it was said to be antisemitic (it was not but that lie is always a good weapon)…..she was urged to resign by Trump his toady VP and others……but what about those others that have made actual racist remarks and are still serving in Congress….six of them should resign NOW!

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These creeps are still serving in Congress and couple of them are in leadership positions and yet the party, GOP, allows these slugs to continue unabated……https://theintercept.com/2019/02/15/ilhan-omar-aipac-republicans-anti-semitism/

Time for both parties to decide if they represent all the people of just a slim margin of donors and supporters.

Let’s clean up government throw out a/holes that hate and divide….we need a united country to face this world that is emerging from the decay of the 20th century…..

These 6 are the rotting core of the GOP……cut them out now for the benefit of the party going forward.

A few closing thoughts…….

“Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.” ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.” ~ Lord Byron

“Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Bigotry is the disease of ignorance.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

This one is my favorite…..

“Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions.” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Lincoln And The Emancipation

As a history buff I am always looking for stuff that the normal person may not be aware of or did not learn while in school…..the major event in American history that gets a lot of attention is the “emancipation” but is it all that we think we know about it?

John Brown was executed by the state of Virginia with the approval of the national government. It was the national government which, while weakly enforcing the law ending the slave trade, sternly enforced the laws providing for the return of fugitives to slavery. It was the national government that, in Andrew Jackson’s administration, collaborated with the South to keep abolitionist literature out of the mails in the southern states. It was the Supreme Court of the United States that declared in 1857 that the slave Dred Scott could not sue for his freedom because he was not a person, but property.

Such a national government would never accept an end to slavery by rebellion. It would end slavery only under conditions controlled by whites, and only when required by the political and economic needs of the business elite of the North. It was Abraham Lincoln who combined perfectly the needs of business, the political ambition of the new Republican party, and the rhetoric of humanitarianism. He would keep the abolition of slavery not at the top of his list of priorities, but close enough to the top so it could be pushed there temporarily by abolitionist pressures and by practical political advantage.

Lincoln could skillfully blend the interests of the very rich and the interests of the black at a moment in history when these interests met. And he could link these two with a growing section of Americans, the white, up-and-coming, economically ambitious, politically active middle class. As Richard Hofstadter puts it:

https://libcom.org/history/lincoln-emancipation-howard-zinn

I like Zinn and may I suggest that his book “A People’s History Of The United States”….. a long read but well worth the time to do so.

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The more you learn the more you know……how’s that for a profound statement?

Class Dismissed!

SOTU 2019–Bad lip

Those guys at Bad Lip Reading are a pack of geniuses…..I love there videos…..and they have got a good one for Trump’s State of the Union speech in 2019….

Enjoy!

Once again these guys hit a homer.

I look forward to their next post and I shall make sure that my readers get to enjoy their humor as well.

Please help spread the word.

National Emergency Declaration–2019

I guess I need to address that damn 300 lb gorilla in the corner…..

Friday our Dudley-Do Right in the White House signed the CR to fund the government (photo not available) and issued his declaration that he promised to do…..the problem is in his usual bluster Trump may have turned and bit his own ass……

As expected, President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday over the US-Mexico border. A big legal fight looms, but first comes the initial reaction. First up: George Conway, husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, thinks the president made a big mistake by saying, “I didn’t need to do this” during his Rose Garden speech. “This quote should be the first sentence of the first paragraph of every complaint filed this afternoon,” he tweeted. Trump’s full quote: “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster.” (Watch the clip here.) More reaction, to that quote and the declaration in general:

  • Agreed: At Hot Air, Allahpundit agrees with Conway. “We don’t need to get into why this is a damaging thing for him to admit, right? We all graduated from fourth grade.” Trump just handed the courts a factual basis to rule against him on the grounds that an emergency doesn’t actually exist, writes Allahpundit.
  • Not so fast: Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner writes that he’s skeptical the “I didn’t need to do this quote” is the bombshell people are suggesting it is. “In fact, it could even do the opposite— bc obvious counter is he wanted to do faster bc he thought it was a pressing emergency,” he tweets.
  • Democrats’ miscalculation? An analysis by Noah Feldman at Bloomberg suggests Democrats may have strengthened Trump’s case by agreeing to provide $1.4 billion for the border. That was far less that Trump wanted, prompting him to declare the emergency, but Feldman argues that by providing even the $1.4 billion, Trump can argue in court that Democrats agree with him the border needs strengthening and that “his re-allocation of funds is necessary to achieve Congress’s expressed will.”
  • The polls: Stats expert Nate Silvers thinks Trump is courting trouble in the polls. “Indeed, the act of declaring a national emergency to build a wall is even more unpopular than the wall itself—and the wall isn’t popular,” he writes at FiveThirtyEight. “Polls as tracked by PollingReport.com show an average of 32 percent of Americans in favor of the declaration and 65 percent opposed. Even in an era where many of Trump’s top priorities poll only in the low-to-mid-40s, that’s an especially large split, with roughly twice as many voters opposed as in favor.”
  • New York Times: An editorial says Trump has just taken “executive overreach to dizzying new heights.” Migrants at the border are not an emergency, say the editors. “This administration is forever coming up with creative new ways to disturb and dismay the nation. Mr. Trump’s eagerness to undermine the Constitution to serve his short-term political gain remains among the most outrageous.”
  • Wall Street Journal: The conservative editorial page is not on board with the move. “The emergency declaration will please his most ardent supporters, but Mr. Trump is setting an unfortunate precedent—and judges could tie up his wall in court for years.”
  • Washington Post: Its editorial on the subject is more angry at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for going along with Trump as the president treats the Constitution with “cavalier contempt.” With his move, “Trump will inaugurate a new, imperial phase of his presidency,” the editors write. “Mr. McConnell, who had previously warned him against such an action, will show he has perfected a trick: roll over and play dead.”
  • Ann Coulter: Often seen as the voice of Trump’s conservative base, Coulter is not happy with the day’s news. Coulter backs tougher immigration moves, but she thinks Trump caved by signing the separate spending bill even though it didn’t have the money the president wanted. The “goal of a national emergency is for Trump to scam the stupidest people in his base for 2 more years,” she tweeted.  Coulter said that the only “national emergency is that our president is an idiot”  Is the far right support waning?

I shall give Trump some advice my mother would give me…”Make damn sure your brain is loaded before you fire off your mouth”……

His babbling is that of some mental midget that cannot get past some event that occurred….

I agree with an article that I read in the Daily Beast…..https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-immigration-emergency-raises-a-false-flag-and-demeans-the-constitution

While Trump was ranting and acting like a spoiled 4 year old a REAL national emergency was unfolding…..yet more gun violence…..we are getting close to the number of one a day with multiple victims……

Six people are dead and five officers are wounded after a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago, per the AP. The gunman, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, was among the dead at the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora. The Chicago Sun-Times talks to Martin’s mother, who says he was “way too stressed out” after being laid off recently. The officers who were wounded were fired upon as soon as they entered the building, police said. All are in stable condition.

John Probst, an employee at Henry Pratt, tells ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon. Probst says he recognized the gunman. “What I saw was the guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it,” Probst says. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker commended the “amazing” work of law enforcement officers who responded to the scene, crediting them with saving “countless lives.” The company makes valves for industrial purposes; its location in Aurora is about 40 miles west of Chicago. (Read more mass shootings stories.)

The fence thingy is nothing more than a way to appease his low mental activity base……but there may be a problem there as well…..his main media advisers are Hannity, Coulter and Rush…..one has now decided his is an “idiot”…..

“Thank god he’s relieved me any responsibility for what he’s been doing,” Coulter told the radio hosts. “That was the biggest favor anyone could do for me today.” Declaring that “the country is over” now, she said she didn’t need a Tarot card reader to know that Trump would “totally f-over his base.”

The president’s “mandate,” Coulter said, was to build the wall. And even though that’s what he plans to do by declaring a national emergency, she’s not happy about it. “The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot,” she said.

Will the loss of Coulter’s support harm the president…..probably not for the “Bobble-heads” hang on every word Trump has to say so Coulter’s words will fall on def ears.

The “Border Crisis” is only in the mind (of the imagination) of a spoiled 6 year old with a constipation problem. 

I am thinking this “wall” is an ego trip like everything he does….something he can hang his name on….

All Bow Down! ISIS Defeated!

The fighting against the barbaric group we call ISIS has been raging for 6 years, since 2013 and in multiple countries Syria, Iraq, Somalia, etc and now we have a new president and after 2 years he has declared that ISIS has been defeated.

All praise him!

So now our weary troops can return home to the friends and families and get some much deserved rest, right?

Probably not!

President Trump says that in the coming week the US and its allies will announce that they have captured all of the land previously controlled by Isis. He claims that US-led forces “have liberated virtually all of the territory previously held by Isis in Syria and Iraq … we will have 100 per cent of the caliphate.“

The prediction has sparked a sterile and misleading debate about whether or not Isis is finally defeated, something which will remain unproven since the movement is unlikely to run up a white flag and sign terms of surrender. The discussion has – like all debates about foreign policy in the US – very little to do with the real situation on the ground in Syria and Iraq and everything to do with the forces at play in Washington politics.

http://www.unz.com/pcockburn/trump-says-isis-is-defeated-he-is-ignoring-the-bigger-picture/

ISIS is a jihadi group that believes an extreme form of Islam, which originated in Saudi Arabia (go figure), regardless what Trump said he is mistaken……oh Hell let’s call it for what it is….he LIED!

US President Donald Trump crowed victory over the so-called Islamic State in his State of the Union Address. Like so many before it, his claim was premature. The United States and its partners have indeed reduced the Islamic State’s control of territory to about 20 square miles in Syria, down from the more than 35,000 square miles the group controlled at the peak of its expansion. The Islamic State’s black flag no longer flies over land it governs. Meanwhile here in America, homegrown terrorist attacks seem to be tapering off, and neither al Qaeda nor the Islamic State has pulled off another 9/11-style attack. Many observers, including the president, look at these outcomes and deem the terrorist threat finished — but our enemies take a different view. They think they’re winning, and they are right.

http://www.aei.org/publication/the-salafi-jihadist-movement-is-winning/

Trump says ISIS has been defeated…..maybe maybe not…..but the one thing that is a constant is the ISIS needs the US to survive…….

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” the president wrote. He later expanded on that sentiment in a video message, posted on Twitter. “Our boys, our young men and women, are coming home now,” Trump noted. “We won.”

But a recent attack on U.S. forces in Syria, carried out by a suicide bomber which ISIS claimed was operating on its behalf, has led to an outpouring of criticism of Trump’s precipitous decision. “ISIS has claimed credit for killing American troops in Syria today,” Senator Marco Rubio tweeted in the aftermath of the attack. “If true, it is a tragic reminder that ISIS not been defeated and is transforming into a dangerous insurgency. This is no time to retreat from the fight against ISIS. Will only embolden & strengthen them.”

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/make-no-mistake-isis-needs-the-u-s-to-survive/

Now the question is…..if the US pulls out of the battle will ISIS just slink away and die or will it join with others like AQ or will it reinvent itself?

Questions need answers……

But then ISIS may not be “defeated”……

Few weeks after United States President Donald Trump announced that Daesh has been defeated in Syria, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were waging a major battle on Monday against what has been described as the terrorist group’s last foothold in the war-torn country. By Tuesday, the SDF, comprising mainly Kurdish and Arab fighters and supported by coalition air strikes, was closing on the town of Baghouz Al Fawqani — few kilometres from the Iraqi border, where about 500 Daesh terrorists were entrenched and holding more than 1,000 civilians hostages.

https://gulfnews.com/opinion/op-eds/its-too-early-to-declare-that-daesh-is-defeated-1.62073434

ON the upside….ISIS is on its last leg……

From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries’ shared border, the AP reports. In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians under the shadow of a small hill—encircled by forces waiting to declare the territorial defeat of the extremist group. A spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighting the militants said Sunday that the group is preventing civilians from leaving the area, closing a corridor from which nearly 40,000 residents have managed to escape since December. “They are taking their last breath,” says an SDF fighter.

For weeks, the militants fought desperately for their shrinking territory. Once in control of about a third of Syria and Iraq, they now are down to what SDF officials describe as a small tented village atop a network of tunnels and caves. But they are holding on to hundreds of civilians—some of them possibly hostages—taking cover among them at the edge of a village in eastern Deir el-Zour province in Syria. As civilians trickled out of the enclave in recent weeks, the SDF and coalition officials screened them. Khatib Othman, an SDF fighter, came back from the front line a few days ago to take a break. “We want to take revenge,” he said. “We will not let the blood of our martyrs go to waste.” The capture of the last pocket of IS territory in either Syria or Iraq would mark the end of a four-year global campaign to crush the extremist group’s so-called caliphate.

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