Closing Thought–12Aug19

Back in 2014 Scotland voted to decide if it would be independent of the UK or if it would stay in the union…..

With the results in from all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for “Yes”.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and that commitments on extra powers would be honoured “in full”.

Mr Cameron said the three main unionist parties at Westminster would now follow through with their pledge of more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-29270441

So Scotland decided to stay with the Kingdom….

Then we have a conservative MP trying to win back a seat has issued a statement that I really would like to hear others thoughts….l

The Tory candidate for one of the party’s target parliamentary seats has sought to distance himself from a column he wrote accusing Scotland of “fleecing” English taxpayers and claiming that Scotland remaining in the UK would be a “catastrophe” for England.

Ryan Henson was selected last year as the Conservative candidate for Bedford and Kempston, which Labour won from the previous Tory MP, Richard Fuller, in 2017 with a wafer-thin majority of 789 votes.

In a 2014 article for Conservative Home, Henson wrote that, except for its contribution to Britain’s armed forces, “Scotland’s single biggest offering to the union over the past 50 years has been to provide the Labour party with parliamentary lobby fodder.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/04/tory-candidate-says-english-taxpayers-fleeced-by-scotland

I found this an interesting statement….now please if any of my British readers would like to clarify this please please do so….for to me it sounds a bit like the GOP in the US.

Then there is a statement from the UK’s Green Party…..

A female lawmaker in Britain thinks the UK is headed for ruin under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit leadership, and she’s floating a provocative idea to fix things: an all-female emergency Cabinet made up of 10 women from all the major parties. Why only females? “I believe women have shown they can bring a different perspective to crises, are able to reach out to those they disagree with and cooperate to find solutions,” writes Green Party MP Caroline Lucas in the Guardian. A news story in the Guardian calls the idea “extraordinary,” and the BBC notes that such an arrangement—in which parliament members from several parties join together to form a government—has not happened since World War II. The idea is a long shot, and it would begin by having parliament pass a no-confidence vote against Johnson.

At that point, the new national unity Cabinet of women would form to lead the country—and put forth a new referendum on whether to go through with Brexit or have the UK remain in the European Union. Lucas writes that Johnson seems bent on having Brexit take place as scheduled in October with no deal at all in place with the EU, which she and other critics say would be disastrous. She is hoping to meet with her female colleagues this week to set the plan in motion. “In my experience, women tend to be less tribal, they tend to find it easier to establish trust more quickly,” she tells the BBC.

The political rhetoric in the UK is just as bizarre as here in the US……

Let me hear from you guys.

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Remember When?

Just One More Gun Post

Before I begin let me assure my readers that this is not some anti-gun rant…..just a short look back at history and scratch my head.

What got me thinking about this more was a photo of a guy at a coffee stand with is carbine slung over shoulder…..since I could not find the one I wanted I give you this one…..

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If you need a gun to get a cup of coffee stay home and make your own.

I see these photos of people carrying guns at protests, parades and just strolling around a city to be named.  It got me thinking back to my younger days when I was a Leftist protester……

https://lobotero.com/2013/06/14/could-not-happen-in-days-gone-by/

I remember just what the conservatives thought in those days and they would have given themselves an irritable bowel if we had shown up with a gun….

Okay how about the Black Panthers of their day…..not the new worthless bunch?  They were always pictured with their guns…..

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Remember those days?  Those were the days when conservatives were hot for some sort of gun control…..when black people openly displayed guns….the GOP lots their collective minds…..and the irritable bowel returned.

The images from the two mass shootings this past weekend — in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio — were, as with all mass shootings, devastating. No matter how many news cycles come and go, it is impossible to stay numb to the story of a woman in El Paso who was shielding her baby son so that her dead body’s fall broke his bones while saving his life.

But for the generation that came of age in the wake of the 1999 Columbine shooting, these horrors and the constant anxiety that they bring have begun to feel normal — even inevitable. There have been well over 2,000 mass shootings in this country since 20 children and 6 staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary School were gunned down six and a half years ago. That’s just about one per day. And if gun violence in the United States now feels as inevitable as sickness, old age, and death, any cure feels equally unattainable.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/joshuamanson/gun-control-history-race-black-panther-party-conservatives

Yes I am an old fart and remember those days (dementia has not set in yet)

My point is that conservs are freaking hypocrites…..all is good as long as it is white people doing the deed.

How many Black men do you see in an open carry scenario these days?

According to Dr Jonathan Metzl, a psychiatrist and sociologist at Vanderbilt University, white supremacy is the key to understanding America’s gun debate. In his new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland, Metzl argues that the intensity and polarization of the US gun debate makes much more sense when understood in the context of whiteness and white privilege.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/08/racism-gun-control-dying-of-whiteness

Time for a change.

The longer we go….the more game playing we do…the more people die…..

The U.S. has the most guns per capita and the weakest gun control laws of any developed country. It is estimated that at least 30 percent of American adults own a gun, and an additional 11 percent lives with someone who does. Nearly 48 percent of U.S. adults grew up in a household with guns. Nearly two-thirds of Americans who own guns own more than one.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been unrelenting in its efforts to influence lawmakers. Although the majority of Americans say that gun laws should be more restrictive than what they are today lawmakers, to a large extent, are deaf to these demands.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/07/us-culture-violence-killing-us-all

And the rhetoric goes on…..and on.

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The “In” And The Yang

The deadline approaches for the next Dem debate in Houston….the DNC has done its part to try and decide who the voter gets to hear from in these debates….by setting ever increasingly hard goals to meet to qualify.

Personally, I think these debates are a massive waste of time and that it should be up to the voter to decide who they want to hear from not a corporate backed group of oligarchs like the DNC.

That said the field for the next round is coming into focus……

The next Democratic debates are shaping up to have fewer candidates than the first pair, which had 20 apiece. On Thursday, entrepreneur Andrew Yang became the ninth candidate to qualify by reaching 2% in a new Monmouth University poll, reports Politico. The other eight already in the mix: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. The Monmouth poll of expected Iowa caucus-goers had Biden on top with 28%, followed by Warren (19%), Harris (11%), Sanders (9%), and Buttigieg (8%). To qualify for the next round of debates in September and October, candidates must hit 2% in four polls and have 130,000 unique donors, per the New York Times.

Other candidates in striking distance include Julian Castro, who needs just one more 2% finish in a poll; Kirsten Gillibrand, who needs 30,000 more donors and three more qualifying poll finishes; and Tulsi Gabbard, who also needs three more qualifying polls but has hit the 130,000-donor mark. Late entrant Tom Steyer hit 3% in the new poll and needs just one more qualifying finish, and his deep pockets could generate ads that will bring him to the donor mark, notes the Times. (Yang is proposing that Americans receive a $1,000 monthly Universal Base Income.)

I have introduced my readers here on IST to Andrew Yang….https://lobotero.com/2019/04/10/yang2020/

It appears his proposal of giving every American a $1000 a month seems to be catch hold and giving him a following…..maybe American are looking for those hand-outs, those “freebies” after all.

This whole scheme is aimed at limiting the number of candidates plus it is skewed toward the more “centrists” candidates that the Media and DNC want to be in the running.

The more “liberal” ideas are marginalized in favor of a business as usual for the Dems…a continuation of the status quo.

So much for the American democratic tradition.

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Our Man Winnie

There is a thing that I do not completely understand…….the American fascination with the English royals……and pundits desire to put Churchill on a pedestal…..

Many politicos look at Winston as some sort of god among men….basically because he lead the UK during the dark days of World War 2…..

But Churchill’s story during WW1 is less than exemplary….he resigned from the Admiralty over the major screw up at Gallipoli in Turkey….The plan for the operation was conceived by First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill who believed warships could force the Dardanelles and strike directly at Constantinople…….

Then in early 1940 Churchill is elected PM and led the country through the years at war…..the war ended in Europe in 1945, 8 May and by July of 1945 Churchill had resigned……after his leadership during the war why was he thrown out of office so quickly after end?

Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his Conservative party went down to defeat today in the British election and the Labor party was expected to form a new government.

Turning their backs on the men who led their nation through the darkest perils of the war, British voters overwhelmingly repudiated his Conservative party and elected to the House of Commons a clear and absolute majority of Labor party members.

Under British custom, Churchill’s resignation and the formation of a new cabinet headed by Labor Party Leader Maj. Clement Attlee was merely a formality.

An official tabulation of votes at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. CWT) wrote the end of Churchill’s leadership of Britain.

https://www.upi.com/Archives/1945/07/26/Voters-oust-Churchill/6661500688634/

I still do not understand the fascination with Churchill by Americans…….his popularity is high among conservs in the US…..another thing that makes me wonder…..

I am by no means an expert on Winnie but maybe my English readers can help us understand the man…..their insights will not be skewed by the desire to sell books.

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Ding Dong The Rapist Is Dead

Epstein the bastard that used underaged girls for pleasure has been in jail until his trial….and Saturday last he was found dead…….

Jeffrey Epstein is dead of an apparent suicide, but that doesn’t mean the investigation into his alleged sex-trafficking ring with underage girls is over. The Wall Street Journal reports that others who participated in the alleged scheme could still face charges. “The many victims of Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplices should not lose hope,” says attorney Roberta Kaplan, who is representing one alleged victim. Kaplan pledges to “ensure that all the facts of his monstrous crimes become known to the world.” More coverage:

  • Skeptics: Not everyone is on board with the initial Federal Bureau of Prisons explanation of an apparent suicide. A tweet from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: “A guy who had information that would have destroyed rich and powerful men’s lives ends up dead in his jail cell. How predictably…Russian.” Another Scarborough tweet: “He reportedly tried to kill himself two weeks ago. And is allowed to finish the job now? Bulls—.”
  • Video? TMZ reports that it’s unclear if Epstein was under suicide watch, but if he was, video should be available from his jail cell to clear things up. It poses this question: “If he was on suicide watch, how did this happen, and if he wasn’t on suicide watch, why wasn’t he?” The FBI is investigating Epstein’s death. Multiple outlets say he hanged himself in his jail cell.
  • Suicide watch: Even if Epstein were on suicide watch, it’s possible he still could have killed himself. The Miami Herald explains how prison suicide watch works and how inmates (including former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez) still manage to foil it.
  • To hospital: The New York Post has an image of Epstein being taken to the hospital on a stretcher.
  • New details: Epstein’s death comes a day after a huge cache of court documents were released providing disturbing new details about how the alleged sex operation worked. The Washington Post has the nitty gritty, including how Epstein’s assistants coordinated the movement of girls to Epstein multiple times a day. “She is wondering if 2:30 is o.k.,” reads one 2005 message. “She needs to stay in school.”
  • Big names: One of the girls alleges that she had sex, at Epstein’s direction, with men including former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former Senate Minority Leader George Mitchell, attorney Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew, and hotel magnate Tom Pritzker. The men deny it. The Miami Herald notes that in 2008, when Epstein famously got a lenient plea deal, Mitchell had been named one of Time magazine’s most influential people.
  • New focus? A post at The Cut wonders if the focus will now turn to Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite frequently referred to as Epstein’s “madam” who allegedly recruited girls for Epstein. She’s been keeping a low profile since selling her New York townhouse in 2016. Maxwell figures prominently in the new court documents released Friday, because they revolve around a since-settled defamation suit brought against her by one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
  • More conspiracy theories: Because Epstein knew the Clintons, conspiracy theorists were quick to pounce on that angle. The most prominent among them was HUD official Lynne Patton, who posted, “Hillary’d!! P.S. Let me know when I’m supposed to feel badly about this… #VinceFosterPartTwo,” per Mediaite. The Foster tag is a reference to the suicide of the White House deputy counsel back in 1993.

Our president has Tweeted about the Epstein death……

The internet is humming with conspiracy theories about the death of Jeffrey Epstein on Saturday, and the president of the United States appears to be giving credence to one of them that pinpoints one of his predecessors: Former President Clinton. As the Washington Post reports, President Trump retweeted a tweet from conservative commentator Terrence Williams on Saturday that goes like this: “Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen/ #JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead. I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this! RT if you’re not Surprised. #EpsteinSuicide #ClintonBodyCount #ClintonCrimeFamily”.

The Post notes that the theory is “completely unsubstantiated” and that the president appeared to be conflicting with his own Justice Department’s ruling that Epstein’s death was a suicide; Epstein was in federal custody at the time of his death on Saturday.

I do not think that any sane person thought the Trump would let this go without trying to use the death to his advantage….but keep in mind the Trump and Epstein partied together with 28 young girls back in the day…….

Donald Trump once hosted a party with a guest list made up of just himself, Jeffrey Epstein, and “28 girls,” according to The New York Times, and ignored an organizer’s warning about Epstein’s conduct. The “calendar girl” event is reported to have taken place at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in 1992. George Houraney, who ran American Dream Enterprise, claimed in an interview that he organized the event after a request from Trump. “I arranged to have some contestants fly in,” said Houraney. “At the very first party, I said, ‘Who’s coming tonight? I have 28 girls coming.’ It was him and Epstein.” Houraney added that he warned Trump about his friend’s conduct,

Read it at The New York Times

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/09/epstein-mar-a-lago-trump-1456221

Let’s not forget the extent this situation goes……

Just so there is no doubt of this man’s perversions…….he also helped others with the same sickness…..an ex-governor and a ex-senator were among his “clients”……

A woman testified that Jeffrey Epstein sent her to have sex while she was underage with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) and former Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine), allegations the two men deny. 

According to court documents made public Friday, Virginia Giuffre testified in 2016 she was also sent to have sex with asset manager Glenn Dubin, modeling executive Jean Luc Brunel and the late MIT scientist Marvin Minsky, expanding on past claims that she was used as a “sex slave” for Epstein from 2000 to 2002.

Epstein, a former financier and convicted sex offender, faces new federal charges of sex trafficking minors, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

https://thehill.com/homenews/news/456923-epstein-accuser-named-former-governor-senator-in-testimony-prosecutors

This person you elected as president knows NO bounds for his depravity or his falsehoods…..in the vain of Epstein.

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