Closing Thought–23Dec19

I have seen, heard and rad some blatant ignorant crap, especially in the last 3 years, but this one is one of the crappiest of the lot.

I seems that in a ploy to gain a few votes from the these “progressive” Jews our president is wanting to make a religion a nation.

President Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday that will classify Judaism as a nationality, a move that will add teeth to federal efforts to fight anti-Semitism on college campuses. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on race, color, or national origin but not, notes CNN, religion; those who violate that can lose out on federal funding from the Department of Education. The order will reportedly make use of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, which covers “targeting of the state of Israel.” The New York Times reports that’s what the State Department uses, but it’s a definition that has been knocked by some as “too open-ended and sweeping.”

The AP predicts free-speech advocates will be no fans of the order, though an unnamed official says that it wasn’t the intention and the goal is not to clamp down on the boycott, divestment, sanctions movement known as BDS, which uses a boycott on the purchase of Israeli goods or the investment in Israeli companies as a means of supporting Palestine’s desire for statehood. But the head of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights frames the order as another step in an effort to “to silence Palestinian rights activism” by, as the Times puts it, “equating opposition to Israeli treatment of Palestinians with anti-Semitism.”

What bullsh*t!

Where does it stop?

What happened to the American right of free speech?

For those mental midgets out there…..criticism of the state of Israel is NOT anti-Semitic!  This criticisms are about a fascist state and not a religion…there is a difference that even a garden slug could tell the difference if they weren’t in Congress.

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Sad News From Afghanistan

There are rumblings that a ceasefire in Afghanistan may be close to being implemented…that is the Good News.

The Bad News is that yet another American has been killed in Afghanistan…..the 20th.

An American service member was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan, the US military said, without providing further details, while the Taliban claimed they were behind a road while the Taliban claimed they were behind a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province that killed the US soldier. The Taliban now control or hold sway over practically half of Afghanistan but continue to stage near-daily attacks targeting Afghan and US forces, as well as government officials—even as they hold peace talks with a US envoy tasked with negotiating an end to what has become America’s longest war. Scores of Afghan civilians are also killed in the crossfire or by roadside bombs planted by militants.

Monday’s death brings the number of US deaths in Afghanistan this year to 20, the AP reports. There have also been three non-combat deaths in 2019. The statement from the military did not identify the US soldier or say where in Afghanistan the service member was killed. Shortly after the US military statement on Monday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that the US soldier was killed in the Chardara district in northern Kunduz province where US and Afghan forces were carrying out a joint raid. Mujahid said the insurgents had planted roadside bomb that killed the service member. He even tweeted a purported photo ID of the slain US soldier, without saying how it was obtained.

Sad news for the family at this time of the year…..Christmas may never be the same for them.

Our thoughts are with the family……and I am sorry for their loss.

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

What If Archduke Ferdinand Had Survived?

Last year we celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Great War, World War One…..

As a history buff I am always interested in this war because it was the birth place of the world we live in today.

The War began when Archduke Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Serbia in 1914…and as I like to do….a “what if”……

What if the person that started the war had not died in Serbia in 1914……

World War One was a tragedy with particularly Austrian roots, sparked by the assassination of the heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914. But could the war have been avoided if he had not been killed? And would the Austro-Hungarian Empire have survived?

Those are the questions that have been posed at a conference at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, which has been training diplomats since 1754.

For at least one person at the conference, the “what if?” question was personal. Maria Camilla Habsburg Lothringen, a descendant of Austria’s former royal family, says the scenario is “quite intriguing” and would have changed her family’s fate.

“We would maybe have a different position here in Austria. Maybe we would have more possessions and more responsibility in our functions.”

However she says the thought of royal responsibilities and the lack of personal freedom makes her a little “uptight”. And the war, she says, is clearly about far more than just the fate of her own family.

“World War One was such a dramatic occasion. To look back at the past and ask what went wrong and learn out of that is a very important thing.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-eu-29991018

Think if the war had been avoided….think of all the millions that would have lived to old age……think about the world we may have had to live in today.

Any thoughts to share?

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

Class Dismissed!

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Turkey And The Rise Of The Ottomans?

Turkey has inserted itself into the situations and events in the Middle East not seen since the days of the Ottoman Empire…..

Their excursions into Syria….their embracing of Russia and its ambitions in the Middle East…..

I have tried to help my reader understand what I am writing about…..https://lobotero.com/2016/10/17/return-of-the-ottomans/

Nothing has changed in my opinion that Turkey is trying to seek control of the Middle East and NOrth Africa as it did in the past……

Turkey has even decided to put a military base in Libya….

With a recent military agreement between Turkey and Libya, and President Erdogan offering to intervene on behalf of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, Turkey’s military is expected to set up shop in a base in Libya.

The exact location of the base is not clear, but is expected to serve as a “quick reaction force” to defend the GNA against Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army (LNA) if requested.

Turkey’s initial interest in the deal was naval exploration for oil and gas. Erdogan also has ideological reasons to support the GNA, which has Muslim Brotherhood ties. Those ties are a big reason for Gulf Arab states to oppose them and back the LNA’s attempted coup.

Not everyone is on board. The opposition CHP in Turkey are objecting, asking what the purpose of Turkey’s involvement in Libya is, adding that they still aren’t clear why Turkey invaded northern Syria either.

(antiwar.com)

CIA operative, Gen Haftar, is seeking support for his move to control the country of Libya……and it appears as if Turkey is willing to help and in doing so would extend Turkish influence throughout the region they once controlled.

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Professor’s Classroom

Another quiz from 2007…..this one is for all those wonks on the Wild West….have fun and enjoy the quiz. chuq

In Saner Thought

It is that time of the week again; time for the ever popular Classroom; the more you visit the more you learn.

good day class, I hope you are prepared to be amazed. Today’s question is from the “wild west” days. Who said:

“Give me 80 troopers and I can ride through the entire Sioux nation”. And what was the irony of his statement?

Good luck and good day!

The professor has spoken and now time for his nap! LOL

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Something Different This Week

DC will be a lonely place for the next couple of weeks…..all the spineless slugs are home schmoozing donors out of their cash,,,,Foggy Bottom ought to be a silent place with the exception of the MSM and their rush to drive the news.

It is Christmas week and readership will be down from normal and since I have 40 drafts in waiting….I have decided to spend this week posting the drafts I have written…..some are timely and some are a bit out of date……but of course there is NO rest for the Professor’s Classroom…..that will be on Monday as usual.

Not to worry I will be keeping an eye on the news and if there is anything important I shall suspend my “dump of drafts” to make it known for my readers and visitors.

Please enjoy and I look forward to those brave souls that will visit and comment….and for that I am forever grateful.

“lego ergo scribo”