Random Thoughts For A Saturday

I admit it….I do not have enough to do a complete post so I will do a piecemeal post…..

Saturday and thoughts are raging….watching a hurricane…….

First, a bit of the political…..People wonder why I am so hard on Trump supporters….well this is one reason…..

A meme has been spreading around Facebook and Twitter that shows a man, purportedly a Trump supporter, claiming that former President Barack Obama resigned in 2016 because he knew he would lose to Donald Trump.

I know, we are laughing too.

Here is the tweet that started it all:

A user named Tyler said, “Obama was too scared to run against trump because he knew trump would destroy him. That’s why Obama retired.”

https://www.politicalflare.com/2019/08/trump-supporter-says-obama-resigned-in-2016-because-he-knew-hed-lose-to-trump/

Down here in the Deep South we have a couple of poisonous spiders…the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse….,and there is where this post picks up……

That swishing sound in Susie Torres’ ear sounded like water. Maybe it was caused by a recent allergy shot, she thought. The slight pain didn’t let up, so she decided to have her ear examined after work. A medical assistant had one look and went for help, KSHB reports. As she left the room, she said, per People, “I think you have an insect in there.” Two nurses, three medical students, and a doctor arrived, per CNN. It took the doctor several tries, but the troublemaker was removed from Torres’ ear: It was a brown recluse spider, whose bites carry a venomous fluid. “The nurses said it was dead,” the Kansas City woman said later, “but they might’ve just said that so I wouldn’t freak out.”

The spider came out in one piece, and it hadn’t bitten her. The brown recluse usually stays outdoors, the CDC says, but can also be found in dark closets, shoes, and attics. A bite usually only happens if it’s trapped against a person’s skin. A bite can cause a severe lesion, which needs medical attention. Torres was calm during the episode, but conceded, “I’m pretty terrified of spiders.” She’s taking no chances now, especially at bedtime. “I went and put some cotton balls in my ear last night,” Torres said.

I have heard about roaches in ears but a spider is a first……

EEEEeeewwwwwwwww

For as long as I can remember there has been tales of the monster of Loch Ness….so far there is no proof that such a beastie exist…..so how do we explain the tales?

A new study may have an answer for us…..

Scientists failed to find Nessie in a study of Scotland’s Loch Ness—but they did come up with a possible explanation for more than 1,000 reported sightings of the mythical monster, including 14 this year, per the Mirror. Unfortunately, we don’t yet know the details. The findings, to be announced Aug. 29, come after an international team sequenced environmental DNA from 250 water samples, per the New Zealand Herald.

The BBC reports “about 500 million sequences … have now been analyzed against existing databases” in an effort to catalog all animal and plant life within Loch Ness. “There are around four main explanations about what has been seen” and “our research essentially discounts most of those theories,” says geneticist Neil Gemmell of New Zealand’s University of Otago. Tantalizingly, he adds: “However, one theory remains plausible.

Remember last week’s mash up on Greenland?

Well the US will soon open a consulate on the island……

The U.S. reportedly plans to open a consulate in Greenland for the first time in decades amid President Trump’s interest in the island.

The State Department, in a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, said the move to reopen the consulate in Greenland’s capital of Nuuk was part of a larger plan to increase American presence in the Arctic.

The U.S. has a “strategic interest in enhancing political, economic, and commercial relationships across the Arctic region,” the letter said. 

It also reportedly said a permanent presence would permit the U.S. to “protect essential equities in Greenland while developing deeper relationships with Greenlandic officials and society.”

The letter stated that the consulate would be “a critical component of our efforts to increase U.S. presence in the Arctic and would serve as an effective platform to advance U.S. interests in Greenland.”

(The Hill)

How much will this gimmick cost the American taxpayer?

And that is it for a Saturday

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Sad News For A Saturday

I regret that I must report on yet another death of a US soldier in Afghanistan……

A U.S. service member died in combat Thursday in Afghanistan a little over a week after two Army Green Berets were killed by enemy small-arms fire.

A statement from Operation Resolute Support officials in Kabul did not identify the service member or branch of service. Pentagon policy mandates that names of personnel killed are not released until 24 hours after the next of kin are notified.

This latest casualty marks the 15th service member to die in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, which has become the deadliest year since the U.S. formally ended combat operations in 2014.

(military.com)

It is to for the candidates to answer question on the policies and the wars we are fighting….too many fine Americans have given their lives.

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IST offers our condolences to the family…..our thoughts are with you and yours on this weekend.

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Closing Thought–30Aug19

I have been giving my opinions on the Dem candidates for the 2020 nomination……one that does not register well right now is Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota…..

I am not keen on the candidates that state that they will not end our endless wars……and Klobuchar has stated that she would keep US troops in Afghanistan if elected…..

Like other Democrats running for president, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar believes it’s time for American troops fighting in the nearly two-decade-long war in Afghanistan to come home. But she’s also open to keeping a limited U.S. military presence in the country. 

“You could always have training footprints and people working there ready to go if there is a complete upsurge,” Klobuchar said on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “But I think that you have to make sure that this country can function on their own.”

The U.S. currently has about 14,000 troops in the country, but President Trump has signaled he wants a major drawdown as soon as possible, given the seemingly intractable nature of the conflict. Foreign policy hawks in his own party, like staunch ally Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have urged Mr. Trump to maintain a “robust” military presence in Afghanistan for national security purposes. 

Although she also supports withdrawing most U.S. forces from the country, Klobuchar stressed that the U.S. government needs to secure a lasting and balanced agreement with the Taliban that ensures the recent social and political reforms in Afghanistan continue. 

“You want to make sure a lot of the gains we made with women in government and the democracy gains that we made in Afghanistan stay the same,” she said. “But yes, I think we need to start bringing our troops home.”

(wcbi.com)

This is a cop out….many say basically the same thing which is political-speak for the status quo will remain….plus her statement….”to protect the gains…..”  What gains?

Women are still treated like crap……democracy is only in and around the capital Kabul…..again what gains?

My loyalty lies with the candidate that has stated that she will bring the troops home….as a soldier that has served in a war zone I take her at her word.

Be Smart!

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VOTE!

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Biden’s New Gaff

It is my considerable opinion that the media is doing all they can to keep Biden in the voters mind and keeping him protected as much as possible.

Yes the man is famous for his numerous gaff (lies) but one of his best was made just recently….

Joe Biden has been under fire for gaffes on the campaign trail, but the Washington Post is out with a report about an inaccuracy of a whole different order. It seems that Biden likes to tell a story about how, as vice president, he shrugged off the risk of danger, traveled to Afghanistan, and pinned the Silver Star on a Navy captain who had rappelled down a ravine under enemy fire to retrieve the body of a fellow soldier. “He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!’” Biden told an audience in New Hampshire Friday night. “‘Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!'” Moving stuff, and the “God’s truth,” says Biden. But then comes this devastating critique from Matt Viser and Greg Jaffe of the Post: “Almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect.”

They interviewed more than a dozen troops, commanders, and Biden campaign officials, concluding that it “appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened.” For example, Biden did visit Afghanistan—as a senator, not as VP, and he pinned no medals on anyone during the trip. The service member who performed the heroism described by Biden was a young Army specialist, not an older Navy vet, and Biden never pinned a medal on him. President Obama did, though it was the Medal of Honor. As VP, Biden did pin a medal on a service member who didn’t think he deserved it, but it was a Bronze Star, and it went to an Army staff sergeant who tried unsuccessfully to rescue a comrade from a burning Humvee

I have listen to the pundits say Biden is just being Biden or that it was 3 stories put together to make a point, etc etc.

It is a LIE no matter how you want to cut it Biden lied and exaggerated to win hearts and minds….if 3 parts are a lie then the whole damn thing is a LIE!

If it is not FACT then it is a LIE!

It is that simple!

The President lies well go but that does NOT make Biden’s LIE any less a LIE!

The media is brutal on everyone else about exaggerations and lies….but not Biden….why is that?

Listen to the MSM sugar coat this lie while calling out others…that is a prime example.

I have bitched lots about the MSM and the way they are making the case for the nomination of Biden….this illustrates how far they will go to protect Biden’s place in the polls, in the voter’s mind and the headlines.

DO NOT let the media tell you who is your candidate…

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

VOTE!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Those Damn Dem Centrists!

2020 election is in the wings and all efforts are being played.

Pundits are screaming for a centrist candidate for the Dems…..a centrist will be inclined to protect the corporations that own the news these days.

Personally, I do not think centrtists do anything to help the situation…they are more likely to feed the partisan BS that has crippled this country for damn near 4 decades.

Let me illustrate my opposition…..

https://lobotero.com/2011/06/27/centrist-vs-independent/

https://lobotero.com/2014/07/29/centrists-the-bane-of-politics/

Who are the centrists?

For those that are not sure who is who in the Democratic field….watch for their election strategy…..

I hate the term “centrists”…….. they are “corporatists”…… meaning they will do what it takes to keep corporations in control of government…..

In his book Failed States, preeminent linguist Noam Chomsky described the significant gap between the policy positions of the U.S. electorate and their elected “leaders” as a “democracy deficit.” That gap, he concluded, is the product of the deceptive manner in which “elections are skillfully managed to avoid issues and marginalize the underlying population…freeing the elected leadership to serve the substantial people.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/08/step-one-closing-democracy-deficit-stop-referring-corporatists-centrists-or

What is this strategy?

Democrats voting strategy: 1). Vote blue, no matter who   2). Refuse to discuss voting records, donor history   3). Yell at anyone discussing voting records, donor history   4). Refuse to support any progressive candidates   5). Wonder why Trump wins re-election   6). Repeat in 2024……. 2028.

It is a false allure of centrism that the MSM is pushing on the viewing public……

Nancy Pelosi is worried about 2020. As, of course, is every Democrat, but Pelosi has an analysis of the challenge the party faces that is striking in how tentative it sounds, even frightened. Here’s what she told The New York Times over the weekend:

Sitting in her office with its panoramic view of the National Mall, Ms. Pelosi—the de facto head of the Democratic Party until a presidential nominee is selected in 2020—offered Democrats her “coldblooded” plan for decisively ridding themselves of Mr. Trump: Do not get dragged into a protracted impeachment bid that will ultimately get crushed in the Republican-controlled Senate, and do not risk alienating the moderate voters who flocked to the party in 2018 by drifting too far to the left.

“Own the center left, own the mainstream,” Ms. Pelosi, 79, said.

It wasn’t that long ago that Pelosi was supposed to epitomize the left’s radicalism, a “San Francisco liberal” who filled every heartland American with rage and disgust. Now she’s telling the Democratic Party that the path to victory is by limiting conflict with Donald Trump and offering a sedate policy centrism.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/06/fearful-democrats-and-false-allure-policy-centrism

If you want more of the same from your Dems then vote for those damn centrists…..Biden, Mayor Pete, Harris, Booker, etc etc…….and please stop attaching the “progressive” label to these corporate toadies.

Get Smart!

Learn Stuff!

Then VOTE!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Yemen: More Confusion Within Confusion

The war on Yemen by the Saudis and the UAE have been raging for years…..causing much devastation and death as well as a huge humanitarian crisis.

Recently I read some good news, at least I thought it was, about the UAE’s position in this war…..

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) may have finally learned what Washington will not: that armed interventions with ambiguous aims, unreliable allies, and no exit strategy are doomed to disaster.

Such interventions will rapidly deplete a nation of its blood and treasure while yielding an abundance of dangerous second- and third-order consequences. That’s why, after four years of fighting, the UAE announced that it is withdrawing a significant percentage of its forces from Yemen. It will now pursue a “peace first” strategy as opposed to a “military first” strategy.

The narrative around the UAE’s withdrawal from Yemen has been carefully managed in the American media with the help of some sympathetic Washington-based think-tanks. The shift in policy has been cast as a “mission accomplished” moment for the UAE. But the UAE is getting out of Yemen not because it is winning—or has won—but because the country’s leadership understands they cannot win. 

Why the UAE Cut Their Losses and Pulled Out of Yemen

So twenty days later I read that UAE is still involved and killing civilians in Yemen…..

An estimated 20,000 fighters involved in the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen split in half earlier this month, with half backed by the UAE and a separatist movement, and the other half Saudi-backed forces loyal to the Hadi government.

That fighting has raged, but the Saudis and UAE had talked of working something out. Thursday suggests the chances of a deal are shrinking, with the UAE getting directly involved in the fighting, and launching airstrikes against Saudi-backed government forces.

The UAE confirmed its involvement in the airstrikes, saying it was engaged in self defense of its forces, as well as civilians threatened by “terrorist militias,” and insisting it was in keeping with international law.

Yemen’s President Hadi, however, is angry with the “blatant aerial bombardment,” and is calling for the UN Security Council to hold a session. Hadi also called on the Saudis to directly intervene militarily against the UAE.

Saudi officials haven’t addressed that possibility, but historic closeness to the UAE makes it unlikely. Still, this could mean a third war-within-a-war for Yemen.

(antiwar.com)

As my grandmother use to say…..”Clear as mud”…..

Only thing to say about Yemen is that there is nothing good to say about the war on Yemen…

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Federalist Paper #29

Just my little op-ed on the gun debate that was raging but has since been pushed aside for other sensationalism….chuq

Gulf South Free Press

I have waited for a long time to see if all these so-called scholars would hit upon something from the days of our founding as a country.

Now we have had another round of violence and the result is the usual reaction. The rash of shootings and the debate and opinion spewed on guns is running full tilt boogie….as usual lots of talk and no action…..the same talk that has been raging for decades….the same inaction…the same lip service.

I recently wrote a piece that I said would be my last word on guns….well no surprise….I LIED!

But before those gun nuts hiding in the ink of blogs let me assure you that this is just a reminder of what a Founding Father had to say about guns. Remember this is what a Founder wrote……a historic document…..Federalist Paper No. 29……not me!

THE power of regulating the militia, and of commanding…

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Feminism In Afghanistan

There mis a subject that gets little air time these days…..Feminism.

A 2020 Dem candidate, Marianne Williamson, has made a comment about our stay in Afghanistan and wants to link it to the country’s grasp of feminism…..

Democrat 2020 presidential candidate, Marianne Williamson, says it is “unacceptable” for the Trump administration to consider pulling troops out of Afghanistan, because we need to ensure “the rights and protection of women” who were abused by the Taliban. Williamson referenced an article in the New York Times claiming the US is in Afghanistan to advance feminism. -GEG

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson said it’s “unacceptable” for the Trump administration to consider pulling troops out of Afghanistan because we need to ensure “the rights and protection of women” who were abused by the Taliban.

“The US withdrawing troops from Afghanistan without ensuring the rights and protection of women is is unacceptable,” Williamson tweeted on Saturday. “The Taliban’s history of brutality towards women must not be forgotten or ignored in these negotiations.”

Williamson linked to a propaganda piece from the New York Times justifying endless war to “woke” liberals by claiming the U.S. is in Afghanistan to advance feminism.

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=60626

Sorry but we have been there for 18+ years and women have some rights they did not have but for the most part women’s rights is in the toilet and a lengthy stay by American troops will do nothing to change their plight.

She is not the only politico that claims that we could do more for Afghan women if we continue to stay in country….

Howard Dean last year similarly said we need to continue the endless war in Afghanistan to advance feminism:

“By withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan you are condemning millions of women to the Stone Age. No education, no choice about who they marry. They will become property when the Taliban takes over. Is that what you really want Ro? “

But what about the US government….is there any concern for the women of Afghanistan?

rural Kandahar, Afghanistan—birthplace of the Taliban movement—I hardly even saw a solitary grown woman. There, in the backwater of a country full of backwaters, adult women were rarely seen outdoors and never without a male family member as an escort.

The U.S. Government Doesn’t Care About Afghan Women

Do these people seriously see any change in the situation for Afghan women if the US stays or not?

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Closing Thought–29Aug19

I have not been a fan of the newest super jet fighter that the defense industry is making and selling around the world….personally I think it is a worthless waste of money and I have written as much…..https://lobotero.com/2016/11/03/f-35-the-flying-turd/

After $1.45 trillion….. yep that is trillion with a “T”….and this brick still cannot get off the ground….

The fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters flying in the critical operational testing phase is struggling to stay airborne, which could delay the troubled program’s great leap forward into mass production.

As I recently reported for the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a document from the program’s test force shows that the fleet’s test aircraft, housed at California’s Edwards Air Force Base, have netted an average 11 percent “fully mission capable rate”—the key measure of how often an aircraft can perform all of its assigned missions—since the process began last December. 

Why the $1.45 Trillion F-35 Still Can’t Get Off the Ground

This plane is the state of the art in electronic devices and weaponry….and yet we let the Chinese make parts for the “super fighter”…..

On Jun. 14, 2019 Sky News reported that a Chinese-owned company has been manufacturing key circuit boards for F-35 Lightning II fifth generation fighters flown by the U.K. and U.S.

Exception PCB, based in Gloucestershire, southwest England, which produces the parts was acquired in 2013 by its Chinese parent, Shenzhen Fastprint.

The circuit boards control many of the F-35’s core capabilities, including its engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a press release.

However the MoD said Exception PCB is an established manufacturer and presents no risks to the fighter F-35’s supply chain.

Chinese-owned company produces parts for F-35 Fifth Generation Fighters

Let me get this straight….on the most sophisticated fighter jet in the world and we out-sourced the production of needed parts?

Seriously?  We go to the Walmart of the defense industry for the top secret parts?

Wonder why NO infrastructure then look no further than this piece of crap…..now ask why?

Where were the so-called “deficit hawks” on this one?

God I love this stuff!

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Mississippi Makes The News (Again)

I live in the state of Mississippi and from time to time we make the news….usually it is some disaster like a hurricane or tornado but we seldom make the news when it comes to voting because the state is so red it feels like a smothering heat.

But recently we had an election for governor and our new touch screen machines made your choice for the voter….

Facebook user in Mississippi has posted a video showing touch-screen voting machines changing votes during Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff election for the governor’s race. The video shows a voter trying to cast their ballot for Bill Walker Jr., only for the machine to change the vote to Tate Reeves.

Some citizens, however, are having trouble making their vote. Voting machines in at least three precincts have rejected votes for Waller, selecting Reeves instead. The error does not appear to have affected all of the machines.

According to the Clarion Ledger, a machine at the Burgess precinct in Oxford — the machine in the above video — refused to register a vote for Waller. Before the error was detected, 19 votes had been cast on that particular machine.

https://www.newsweek.com/touch-screen-voting-devices-are-automatically-changing-votes-mississippi-1456445

Not to worry it was only a “glitch”….but how many “glitches” does it take to swing an election?

The more I see stories like this the more I feel that the US voting is becoming more and more like some third world dictatorship…

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