Closing Thought–21Feb20

Are there any states that people seem to not want to live in or are moving away for a better way of life…..

To be accurate…there are 30 states that are on that list….

The United States has always been seen as the land of opportunity, and many people headed to its shores in search of the American dream – but they’re no longer searching for it in several US states.

People living in this country are constantly seeking a better way of life, and they sometimes have to go away from home to find it. A study by United Van Lines recorded state-to-state migration patterns, and revealed that the majority of Americans are relocating to western and southern parts of the country.

Join us as we reveal the 30 states with the biggest percentages of outbound moves in the United States.

30. South Carolina

Outbound moves: 38.2%

https://mydailymagazine.com/post-21511862/

There are 29 other states that Americans are bailing on…..

The next question is…..why is this?

Why do people have to leave their homes just to earn a living?

The next exodus…..but will it last another 40 years?

Thoughts?

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“lego ergo scribo”

Could Germany Have Won WW2?

Some times I need a break from the horrific BS that passes for news….and today I will offer some history in that pursuit…..

I apologize for the time between Part 2 and Part 3 of this series…..but events around the world have been coming fast and furious…..

This is a series that is looking at the possibility of a win for Germany in WW2…..what mistakes were made that could have made this possible….

Parts One and Two in case my reader has forgotten the series….

Read Part 1 and Part 2

In the last article of this series, we examined how Germany might have won the war if Hitler had been patient enough to wait to risk war until the German army was ready to fight. In this article, we will consider some ways the Germans might have goaded the British into accepting a negotiated peace before the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941 while keeping the United States officially neutral in the conflict. Here are some of the most effective things Hitler could have done to accomplish that:

Don’t allow the withdrawal of British Expeditionary Forces at Dunkirk – Hitler’s decision to spare the BEF at Dunkirk and allow their evacuation to Britain from May 26-June 4, 1940 was meant to underscore the fact that he wanted peace with Britain. Ironically, it was this very decision to deliberately spare the BEF and allow the withdrawal of 336,000 British and 210,000 French 9th Army troops that enabled Churchill to reject Hitler’s 1940 peace offer, which history shows he seriously considered

accepting on May 26, 1940 before the BEF had been saved. It is a supreme irony of history that the one time Hitler proved he was serious about peace with Britain, his peace offering was precisely what ended up causing it to refuse his peace offers, ultimately costing Germany any hope for victory in the war. The terms of his July 1940 peace offer reportedly closely mirrored his proposed May 1941 peace offer, including granting nominal independence to Poland as a German protectorate along with a full German military withdrawal from France (except for Alsace-Lorraine), Belgium, Holland, Denmark and Norway. Peace with Britain, even if temporary, likely would have enabled Germany to negotiate favorable peace terms with the Soviets along the lines Stalin himself proposed as shall be detailed in the next installment of this series. Of course, if Hitler had accepted a Four-Power Peace Conference and/or only occupied the Polish Corridor, Hitler would never have had to attack Britain or France to win the war in the first place, as they would not have been at war.

https://www.realclearhistory.com/articles/2019/10/15/hitler_could_have_forced_churchill_to_take_peace_offer_456.html

Keep mind that this is a “what if” scenario that looks at the possibilities……in no way is this a post about the joys of fascism….in case there is any doubt.

Any thoughts?

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“lego ergo scribo”

Why Tulsi And Not Murphy?

It is NO secret that Tulsi is still my candidate of choice….and yes she is still in the race……

I have been a fan for many years and became a supporter when she announced her run for the nomination.

Remember back a few years ago…..2017 to be exact….when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard went to the Middle East and met with Syria’s Assad in secret?

NO?

Funny that does not surprise me one bit.

But to help you recall that and the grief she was given for the trip…..

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) returned to Washington, DC after a week-long visit to Damascus, Aleppo, and Beirut to see and hear firsthand the impact of the war in Syria directly from the Syrian people. She heard stories of suffering, pain, courage and hope from people all across the country. She met with refugees, Syrian opposition leaders who led protests in 2011, widows and family members of Syrians fighting alongside groups like al-Qaeda, as well as those fighting on the side of the government. The Congresswoman also met with Lebanon’s newly-elected President Aoun and Prime Minister Hariri, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard, Syrian President Assad, Grand Mufti Hassoun, Archbishop Denys Antoine Chahda of Syrian Catholic Church of Aleppo, humanitarian workers, students, small business owners, and more.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Returns From Syria with Renewed Calls: End Regime Change War in Syria Now

I wrote about the grief that the media had given her on this trip…..https://lobotero.com/2017/04/14/tulsi-a-voice-in-the-wilderness/

I guess that some will be asking why I would bring up this flash from the past, right?

Good question.

Well, it has happened again only this time it is Senators that met with the Iranian FM in secret…..

Over this weekend, the Munich Security Conference took place, and saw a lot of comments by high profile officials from around the world. The event also led to some chances for officials to meet, including a very unusual meeting.

In a story first broken by the Federalist, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) led a delegation, which also included Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Chris Van Hollum (D-MD), as well as former Secretary of State John Kerry, to hold a secretive meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

The US State Department denied knowledge of any such meeting, though Murphy confirmed it, saying he believes the US must talk to its enemies. This is still a huge deal, not the least of which because it puts current opposition senators who are at odds with President Trump on the situation in Iran in a room with Iran’s top diplomat.

This is almost certain to be used by the Trump Administration to accuse the Democrats of trying to undercut his foreign policy with secret meetings, and this is likely to happen whether or not the meeting actually happened. Trump was already accusing Kerry of regular meetings of this sort, suggesting it was illegal.

There remains much that’s still unknown about this meeting, most importantly what they talked about. No hints were given in the Federalist report, which instead tried to draw similarities between the meeting and pre-inauguration Trump Administration meetings with Russia. Murphy did not go into detail in early reports, and the administration similarly did not offer any indication they knew anything beyond that a meeting had taken place.

Most early coverage of the report used it to try to portray Sen. Murphy negatively. The Union Journal was quick to present this secret meeting as involving “Pro-Iranian Regime US Senator” Murphy, even while Murphy is presenting Iran as an adversary.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was deeply critical of the meeting, saying it might undercut US policies and sanctions against Iran and Zarif.

(antiwar.com)

So far the media has not been as outraged as it was when Tulsi met with Assad…..why is that?

My guess is that they cannot chew gum and watch politics at the same time…..the 2020 election is sucking all the air out of news on the international stage.

I am watching to see if the MSM has its finger on the pulse of the foreign policy or is it just singly focused on trying to influence the election.

I believe I know the answer…how about you?

So far we have the usual……

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“lego ergo scribo”

Who’s Afraid Of The “S” Word

Well the media for one. They must be for the MSM is always making sure that the word is used liberally in the political reporting……all centrist Dems will spread the lie with a broad knife.

Then there are those old white guys on the Right.

They will even get some of the cowardly Blue Dogs to write op-eds all about their plight at the hands of socialism…..in other words the media as well as the DNC are afraid of the coming political storm……

Plus any time a new “Proposed” plan is announced by anyone other than some cowardly centrist Dem they get pundits to step up and call it “socialism”…….another reason most Americans are stupid when it comes to political thought.

Congress, The House, for another is worried about the Left….they have just formed a damn silly “anti-Socialism Caucus”…a waste of time and resources……but here we go…..

Republican politicians have form an anti-socialism caucus in congress, a member of the House of Representatives has announced.

“Just received approval from the House for the formation of the Anti-Socialism Caucus,” Chris Stewart, a Republican politician representing Utah, said on Wednesday.

“This caucus will defend individual liberty & free markets and highlight the dark history of socialism.”

Progressive activists were quick to criticise the formation of the caucus, which some compared to the infamous Un-American Activities Committee, a House investigative body which was formed in 1938.

It became notorious for a series of hearings held in the 1950s, investigating left-wing politics and communism in the US.

Smells like history repeating itself……who will get the nickname “Tailgunner”?

Beyond that does anyone know what socialism is?  Of course not to these morons it is just a word to insight fear…nothing else.  These so-called Blue Dog Dems are nothing more than the weapon corporate America will use to preserve their obscene profits.

Most of these explanations are really non-explanatory. Whether written as a list or in a more discursive form, they are little more than descriptions of some social democratic order, usually in a Northern European country such as Sweden. Their “explanations,” in other words, are not explanatory, they do not go beyond portraying how, for example, health care, education, public transport and similar institutions work in these countries, mostly as state organizations. Political theorists who have contributed to discussions of socialism have avoided its philosophical grounds and instead given an account of its history and, depending on their own political views, its successes or failure.

Most of these non-explanatory articles draw on familiar tropes in the American political imaginary about socialism, describing it, for example, as a form of redistributionism through state institutions to undo inequalities. Or, they define socialism as public ownership of the means of wealth. However, the state, as the agency of equality, and collective ownership of the means of production are only instruments of socialism. They do not explain its underlying philosophy. To understand socialism, one has to go beyond descriptions of its agencies and engage its philosophical principles.

What is Socialism?

Or if you would prefer what I had to say about this……https://lobotero.com/2011/11/10/american-socialism-a-history-lesson/

Not to worry……the Dems will find some well meaning liar to make their case for them……with tales of sacrifice and want…..

The problem is when the polls are taken the policies that these douches hate are the policies the American people want……let me say that again….it is what the people want……(do you understand that concept?)

“Socialism,” snarled Donald Trump at a recent pep rally of far-right Republicans. And the obedient crowd of faithful Trumpistas snarled back in unison: “So-shull-izz-ummm!”

And there you have the entire intellectual content of the GOP’s 2020 re-election strategy under Generalissimo Trump—slap Democrats silly with a scurrilous campaign branding them as Lenin-Trotsky-Stalin reincarnate. It’s not just Trump hissing out the socialist label in a frantic McCarthyesque attempt to make it stick by mindless repetition, but also Mike Pence, cabinet officials, Republican lawmakers, right-wing pundits and, of course, the extremist choreographers of Fox News.

Their incessant babbling has already turned clownish, with many babblers bumbling over their own ignorance and making ridiculous attempts to overplay their weak hands. Texas Sen. John Cornyn, for example, compared Democrats who support ideas such as “Medicare for All” to Mussolini. Apparently, Cornyn is unaware that the brutish Italian dictator was no socialist, but a fascist! Mussolini’s ideology of ultranationalism, promotion of masculine authoritarianism, domination of society by big business and the wealthy and suppression of democratic rights is the opposite of the Democratic agenda. Indeed, it describes the policies of—guess who—Trump and his acolytes, including Cornyn!

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/03/13/its-not-socialism-its-what-people-want

I have watched MSNBC and shook my head at the “Red Scare” of the 1950s has returned…..please stop it!  Talk about issues not try to protect your paymasters……MSNBC MoJo….has said “it matters not if you are progressive or conservative it matters that you have a message”…what crap for as soon as their is a message Joe starts screaming “Socialism”…….

I find Donald Trump reprehensible as a human being, but a socialist candidate is more dangerous to this company, country, as far as the strength and well-being of the country, than Donald Trump.  I would vote for Donald Trump, a despicable human being…I will be so distraught to the point that that could even come out of my mouth, if we have a socialist [Democratic presidential candidate or president] because that will take our country so down, and we are not Denmark.  I love Denmark, but that’s not who we are. And if you love who we are and all the great things that still have to have binders put on the side. Please step away from the socialism.

– Donny Deutsch, advertising executive, “branding and marketing expert,” and regular MSNBC commentator

“Please Step Away from the Socialism”:  The Red Scare Dems at MSNBC

The MSM spend so much time on bullshit and not enough on policies is why we get morons like Donald Trump…..

It is sad that the people depend on lies and bullshit to pick their candidates….ask who these “pundits” really owe their livelihood to and you have who they serve and the voter is just a group to try and impress.

A closing thought……

Four in 10 Americans think socialism is a good thing for the United States, a shift in attitude that reflects the modern 21st century political landscape and changing social mores. 

Results from a Gallup poll released Monday show that 43 percent of U.S. adults polled from April 17-30 think socialism is a “good thing.” It’s likely not a coincidence that rise in popularity across all Americans came as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), both of whom identify as democratic socialists, became two of the most prominent  politicians in the U.S. 

The 43 percent number is a jump in approval of socialism by 18 percent since a poll by Roper 1942, the historical date used by Gallupfor reference to show the country’s evolving views. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/22/four-10-americans-believe-socialism-good-thing-gallup

Something written a decade ago and not much has changed…….https://lobotero.com/2009/04/10/many-americans-prefer-socialism/

And yet this is not a story for the MSM…..another indication who pays their salaries…and it is not to report the news.

The media could not slow Bernie down with lies and constant socialism insults……so now they have changed their direction……now they say that Trump will wind handily…..(that may be true….but they are trying to decided the voter who to vote for…..a centrist)

Another historical note….the society we know today was shaped by the “S” word.

From single-payer health care to climate change, the 2020 Democrats have ambitious plans. But these new, grand, and green deals aren’t as radical as some make them sound. In fact, big public projects are what made America great.

When President Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower took office in 1953, America had been buffeted by the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II in the 1940s. The Cold War put us in competition with Soviet “5-Year Plans” and Chinese “Great Leaps Forward.”

Eisenhower was concerned that soldiers would return home to closing factories. So Ike pushed for massive infrastructure spending, creating the “Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways.”

Congress funded a half-century of highway construction, building 47,000 miles—the biggest public works project in the history of the world. It cost $500 billion in today’s dollars, with 90 percent coming from Washington and 10 percent from the states.

The interstate highways transformed America.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/11/socialism-made-america-great

I know that no one these days wants to hear the facts…..but socialism helped make this country the great place it is today.

But if you still have your head in the sand….then read about Eduard Bernstein….https://www.hetwebsite.net/het/profiles/bernstein.htm

Will I need to cover this again….or will you take the time to learn what the Hell you are going on about?

That was rhetoric question….I know that I will have to correct ignorant rantings yet a again in the future.

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

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Turkey Vs Syria

Turkey has invaded Northern Syria last month on the pretense of going after the Kurds…..and ever since the Syrians have been trading barbs with Turkey and now the new is not good…..

Fighting in Syria’s Idlib Province has escalated substantially on Thursday, with Turkish forces attacking the Syrian military, and claiming to have killed over 50 soldiers, and Russia ultimately sending in warplanes to stop the fight, warning Turkey away from continued action.

Turkish officials said Syria had killed two Turkish soldiers who were in Idlib to “establish peace” and that their attack was in retaliation. President Erdogan has threatened strikes anywhere in Turkey over injuries to soldiers.

Turkish-backed rebels were involved in the attacks, and supported by Turkish artillery strikes. Syria ultimately requested Russian help, and a Russian Su-24 launched some strikes against attacking forces. Russia also contacted Turkey and told them to stop shelling.

While this particular flare-up is over, fighting looks to just be getting started. Russia called the situation a “worst case scenario,” and has demanded that Turkey stop backing terrorist groups in Idlib. Turkey has vowed they will not leave Idlib to Syria, and reiterated demands that Syria unconditionally cede the province to the mostly al-Qaeda-led rebels therein.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that a military operation in northwest Syria to expel Syrian forces from Idlib is only “a matter of time,” as Turkey continues to send more troops into the area.

Turkey has launched multiple attacks against the Syrian military in the past month, mostly to try to slow Syrian military advances against al-Qaeda. Erdogan has repeatedly demanded Syria abandon the Idlib Province to the Islamist groups, and now intends to try to directly force this.

Erdogan presented this new war as necessary because talks with Russia failed to get them to expel Syria from this Syrian province. Russia, however, is warning Turkey against trying to impose a military solution in northwest Syria.

Turkey is trying to present operations in support of al-Qaeda’s territorial control as a humanitarian necessity, and Syria’s fighting as endangering civilians.

(antiwar.com)

And since the US has troops in Syria watching the oil in Northern Syria….will they be drawn into any conflict between Syria and Turkey?

Will the Middle East become ground zero for yet another war?

The UN Charter’s preamble explained that “the scourge of war…twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind” — referring to two global wars.

Is a third one coming at a time when today’s super-weapons make earlier ones seem like toys by comparison? 

Will the curse of Middle East oil escalate new millennium wars? Oil is a strategic source of world power. Controlling it is a way to control nations.

Middle East countries have over half the world’s proved reserves. Regional resource wars aim to control them.

Preemptive US wars have nothing to do with protecting national security at a time when the nation’s only threats are invented, a phony pretext to smash one nation after another in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa, threatening others elsewhere.

The Middle East: Ground Zero for Possible Global War?

All I can say is….”here we go again”…….

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Turkey continues to step up fighting in northern Syria, running up against Russian forces, and giving the appearance of an imminent war in the Idlib Province. Turkey’s willingness to escalate seems to have been picked up by US encouragement, and now Turkey seems to be leading the call to get the US dragged into this conflict as well.

US interests in the Idlib Province are virtually non-existent. Any US-backed rebels that were once there have been wiped out, or aligned to some Islamist group long ago. Arguments for intervention are that Idlib is becoming a flashpoint between Russia and Turkey.

Which is more Turkey’s problem than America’s though Turkey is suggesting that they are in talks with the US on sending Patriot missiles to Idlib to contest Russian warplanes, and are requesting US warplanes start patrolling the areas around Idlib.

“lego ergo scribo”