The Other Independence Day

Closing Thought–19Jun19

Nope not a sequel to a popular SciFi movie….but a second American independence Day…..19June….or as it has become known as…Juneteenth……..

Juneteenth falls on June 19 each year. It is a holiday whose history was hidden for much of the last century. But as the nation now observes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s onset, it is a holiday worth recognizing. In essence, Juneteenth marks what is arguably the most significant event in American history after independence itself—the eradication of American slavery.

For centuries, slavery was the dark stain on America’s soul, the deep contradiction to the nation’s founding ideals of “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and “All men are created equal.” When Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, he took a huge step toward erasing that stain. But the full force of his proclamation would not be realized until June 19, 1865—Juneteenth, as it was called by slaves in Texas freed that day.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/juneteenth-our-other-independence-day-16340952/

Another part of our history that usually gets overlooked for the more sanitized version of the days after the end of the Civil War.

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How Can You Tell?

There is one sure fire way to know that the Trump 2030 campaign is now if full lie mode and reeling toward the general in 2020….

How can you tell for sure?

Think back to 2015…..Trump rides down his golden escalator and makes his campaign fire off…..his speech had a lot but the main thing was all those immigrants…you remember the criminals, rapists, ill, etc that are pouring into the country and those already here……

And then when the 2018 was in swing he mentioned those immigrant caravans moving North through Central America….the caravans of invading criminals, gang members and all around undesirables….

Not to worry…the 20230 campaign was set for a kick off and those immigrants become a major part of that kick off….

President Trump is threatening to remove millions of people living in the country illegally. In a pair of tweets Monday night—the eve of formally announcing his re-election bid—Trump said that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement would next week “begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.” “They will be removed as fast as they come in,” he wrote. An administration official told the AP the effort would focus on the more than 1 million people who have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges but remain at large in the country. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to explain the president’s tweets.

It is unusual for law enforcement agencies to announce raids before they take place. Some in Trump’s administration believe that decisive shows of force—like mass arrests—can serve as effective deterrents, sending a message to those considering making the journey to the US that it’s not worth coming. Trump has threatened a series of increasingly drastic actions as he has tried to stem the flow of Central American migrants crossing the southern border, which has risen dramatically on his watch. He recently dropped a threat to slap tariffs on Mexico after the country agreed to dispatch its national guard and step-up coordination and enforcement efforts.Trump will formally launch his re-election bid Tuesday night at a rally in Orlando, Fla.—a state that is crucial to his path back to the White House

But not to worry….Trump’s kick off had other familiar stuff….2016 election, Clinton, NO collusion etc……

Could the Trump jewel be losing its luster?

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/14/whither-the-trump-paradox/

“I Am So Sorry”! Thus Spake Biden!

2020 is heating up and the leader of the pack (another rock reference) Joe Biden is reversing most of his conserv stances from the past….he is trying to convince the babbling throngs that he is a progressive….to do this he has set off on an “Apology Tour” across the US….and one voter has seen it for what it is….pure fecal matter…..

His letter to Biden…..

Dear Mr. Biden:

News outlets are reporting that you’re determined to prevent your campaign from turning into an “apology tour” this summer. But your only other option is a campaign of denial — sinking deeper into a quagmire of unsustainable pretense.

After your flip-flop late last week that finally renounced your 40 years of support for the Hyde Amendment’s discriminatory limits on reproductive rights for low-income women, the New York Times reported that your campaign’s “larger concern” has been “the implications of Mr. Biden spending too much time reversing or expressing remorse for his past policy stances.”

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/12/why-an-apology-tour-is-needed-an-open-letter-to-joe-biden/

Biden is trying to cover all his bases ahead of the upcoming debates next week……he is trying to stop any chance of a break out by an also ran…..

But to me actions have spoken louder than his apology….a Centrist does not change its spots in mid-stream….and neither will Biden.

Here Comes A War Again

To be sung to the tune of “Here Comes The Rain Again” by the Eurythmics……a blast from the past!

Pompeo is doing his part to pretend that a war is not wanted….

While continuing to be the public face of the US response to the Gulf of Oman tanker attacks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is maintaining that the US focus is diplomacy, and that “we don’t want war.”

Pompeo has been seen as one of the more hawkish voices in the administration on Iran, both before and after the tanker incidents. He echoes Trump’s position on opposing a war, but also continues to emphasizes that military options are also being considered.

Pompeo went on to say that “President Trump has done everything he can to avoid war.” He added that the US was prepared to take all actions “diplomatic and otherwise” to achieve their goals in the region.

(antiwar.com)

And yet a close personal friend to Pompeo and past candidate for either State or Defense, Tom Cotton has a different take on the situation…..

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) joined Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation to speak on the attacks of the two tankers last week in the Gulf of Oman. Cotton said, “These unprovoked attacks on commercial shipping warrant a retaliatory military strike.”

Brennan asked the Senator if he believes the President could attack Iran without getting authorization from congress first, to which Cotton replied, “Yes, Margaret. Going back to President Washington and all the way down to President Trump, the fastest way to get the fire and fury of the U.S. military unleashed on you is to interfere with the freedom of navigation on the open seas and in the air.”

Cotton referenced an inconclusive, grainy, black and white video released by U.S. Central Command last week as proof the Iranians were responsible for the attack, “Everybody can see with their own two eyes, those Iranian sailors going up to a ship and taking a mine off of it.”

The Senator repeated another unsubstantiated claim the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made, “they’ve increased their support on attacks on American troops by supporting a Taliban attack in Afghanistan.” The attack in question is a car bomb blast that occurred on May 31st, targeting a convoy of U.S. troops. The Taliban took responsibility immediately after the attack, and Pompeo offered no evidence that Iran was involved. The Taliban using car bombs against U.S. troops is nothing new.

(antiwar.com)

Now were have new pics of those “Iranians” removing that mine….to me it is just colorized pics that have already been presented…..I have a problem with the location of this “mine”……

Limpet mines float, and attach to the underside of a ship to explode, causing holes below the waterline. That all the holes were above that line, some of them substantially so, suggests these couldn’t have been limpet mines. The Japanese crew, aboard the Kokuka Courageous, claimed their ship was hit by a projectile, not a mine.

Now that brings me to my point…the media.

I have a problem with the MSM for they do nothing but force feed the governmental lies to the public who use to trust them to tell the truth……the media was a factor for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and now they are at it again…this time Iran…..

“Do U.S. reporters, anchors, and editors really want more Middle Eastern blood on their hands? If not, they need to fix their rather credulous and increasingly hawkish coverage of Iran—and fix it fast.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/14/think-us-media-wont-help-lead-nation-war-iran-based-flimsy-or-false-intelligence

My candidate of choice has made a statement that reflects the way I feel on this situation……

……worlds away from the Middle East, congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has been framing her presidential candidacy on avoiding this type of sabre rattling. While some of her better-known Democratic rivals have focused on healthcare or climate change as the number one concern, the army veteran has instead cited nuclear war and US regime-change policy as the number one threat to the the country she hopes to lead.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/tulsi-gabbard-2020-democrat-iran-us-regime-change-war-oil-a8959586.html

Do Not believe the lies…..search for the answers to your questions….