Closing Thought–26Jun20

Today in history….

1917–General Pershing arrives in France with the American Expeditionary Force.

1924–After eight years of occupation, American troops leave the Dominican Republic.

1945–The U.N. Charter is signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, California.  (could explain my interest in foreign affairs)

1951–The Soviet Union proposes a cease-fire in the Korean War.

1963–President John Kennedy announces “Ich bin ein Berliner” at the Berlin Wall.

1971–The U.S. Justice Department issues a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.

A quick look at historical events for this day……

A quick pandemic update for the day…..

Cases–2.4 million

Deaths–124,000

Here is an interesting thought……

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Meanwhile in the Congress…..

Amendments Bernie filed today to the defense bill: – Cut the Pentagon by $74 billion & use that money to reduce poverty in the U.S. with Markey – Audit the Pentagon with Grassley, Wyden and Lee – End the War in Yemen with Murphy and Lee – Manufacture & Distribute masks to all.

Plus the “Police Reform” bill is passed…..

The lower house of the US Congress approved a sweeping police reform bill following the death of George Floyd.

The Democrat-controlled US House of Representative passed the bill broadly along party lines, but the bill stands little chance of becoming law as it required a majority in the Republican-controlled upper house, known as the Senate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gathered with members of the Congressional Black Caucus on the Capitol steps, challenging opponents not to allow the deaths of black Americans to have been in vain or the outpouring of public support for changes to go unmatched.

https://www.itv.com/news/2020-06-26/us-house-passes-police-reform-bill-after-george-floyd-death/

Sadly when it gets to the Senate it will hit a wall of inaction.

On the upside of the news…..

Holy Crap!

Yesterday we hit 1000 degrees…..

Today is my birthday and I am 73 years old.

That could explain the bad eyesight…..the noisy bones….and the intolerance for stupid.

Just a few cards from friends…..

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But I am not 80 (yet)….feel like 101 although….

I have been blogging for 15 years…..and I have about 1500 books not including what is on my Kindle and not one of them is a work of fiction….and better yet I have read all of them but 5.

More cards…..

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Be Well…..Be Safe……

Thanx for spending time with me here on IST….your readership is much appreciated.

“lego ergo scribo”

The Warnings Of Trump

Since the start of his fake presidency in 2017 Trump has issued warning on just about everything he touches…..remember the rain fire down on North Korea or maybe you will recall nothing at all…..

Most recently Donald the Orange has issued some of his most dire warnings……

First, his rally in Tulsa….and the consequences of protesting him……

“Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis,” he wrote. “It will be a much different scene!” The rally is being held despite an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma, but that is just one element of controversy, per the Guardian.

He then warns his fellow GOPers to support him or else……

President Donald Trump is warning moderate Republicans not to cross him.

In an interview with Politico, the president gleefully rattled off a list of now-former senators who turned their back on him and are now out of office — in an apparent effort to intimidate the likes of Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and other Republican senators trying to distance themselves from the president.

Among those who Trump invoked were Bob Corker — a Tennessee Republican who did not seek reelection in 2018.

Trump Warns GOP Moderates to Fall in Line, Gleefully Recalls Those Who Crossed Him and Lost: Some Senators ‘Want to Be Cute’

Junior not to be outdone by daddy……has issued a warning for the election in November…..

President Trump painted a dire picture of an America under President Joe Biden as he sat down with his son Donald Trump Jr. for a Father’s Day-themed interview. 

‘The whole country will be Minneapolis,’ Trump warned. ‘I feel like if the Democrats get in, we are literally going to end up in a recession/depression the likes of which you’ve never seen,’ the president also said. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8440015/rump-warns-loses-election-country-Minneapolis.html

Junior is just a full of manure as daddy…..

That was just a few of the more recent warning coming from the mind of a Trump….I am sure there are many more to come before November.

One last thought on Trump…..

President Trump‘s tariffs on imports — meant to boost the economy — ultimately led to job losses and higher prices, a new study from the Federal Reserve has found.

“We find that tariff increases enacted in 2018 are associated with relative reductions in manufacturing employment and relative increases in producer prices,” the report by Fed economists Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce reads.

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/476100-fed-study-trump-tariffs-backfired-caused-job-losses-and-higher-prices

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“lego ergo scribo”

The Sound Of Crickets

By now anyone that is watching the news knows that there is a push on to equate mail-in voting with voter fraud…..we have heard the accusations by the president and the echoes from his sycophants….anyone not GOP will be a possible vote fraud……

But there is little acknowledgement of the wasted billions to stim money….money that went to the “evil dead”…..

The Trump administration has some lessons to learn before sending out any new coronavirus stimulus checks. More than 1 million checks for a combined $1.4 billion were distributed to dead people, according to a government watchdog report covering coronavirus relief spending approved by Congress as of April 30. In the rush to disburse $269 billion to 160.4 million people “as rapidly as possible,” as mandated by the Cares Act, Treasury officials followed procedures put in place for 2008 stimulus payments and “did not include using death records as a filter,” per NBC News. The Treasury doesn’t have access to the Social Security Administration’s full set of death records, as the IRS does, though it gained temporary access upon discovering that some payments were being made to dead people, reports the Washington Post.

IRS officials raised concerns about the issue before payments were distributed to eligible Americans who’d filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return. But “counsel determined they did not have the legal authority to deny payments to people who had filed a return, even if they were deceased,” per the Post. On May 6, the IRS said payments to deceased or incarcerated individuals must be returned—but it doesn’t yet have a plan in place for recouping the money, according to the Government Accountability Office report released Thursday. The IRS has now agreed to “consider cost-effective options for notifying ineligible recipients how to return payments,” as recommended in the report. Meanwhile, Congress is directed to grant Treasury access to the full set of death records and “require that Treasury consistently use it, to help reduce similar types of improper payments.”

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/25/irs-stimulus-checks-dead-people-339530

I am waiting for the reports of the wasted cash…..from the media or Congress or anyone would be nice….but so far all there is is the sound of crickets.

“lego ergo scribo”

Protests And The Police

We as a nation are having one of those moments that could change our society or it could just go back the way it was before the deaths and protests…..

Ever wonder what puts the idea of a brutal treatment of protesters?  Could be where they train.

When the U.S. Department of Justice published a report Aug. 10 that documented “widespread constitutional violations, discriminatory enforcement, and culture of retaliation” within the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), there was rightly a general reaction of outrage.

But what hasn’t received as much attention is where Baltimore police received training on crowd control, use of force and surveillance: Israel’s national police, military and intelligence services.

Baltimore law enforcement officials, along with hundreds of others from Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, North CarolinaGeorgia, Washington state as well as the DC Capitol police have all traveled to Israel for training. Thousands of others have received training from Israeli officials here in the U.S.

https://www.amnestyusa.org/with-whom-are-many-u-s-police-departments-training-with-a-chronic-human-rights-violator-israel/

Learning from one of the most brutal of nations…..explains a lot.

The calls for police reform are louder today than any time in recent history…..

Once again I state that I believe that the term “De-Fund The Police” is the wrong slogan….why?  It will be used to make the dolts on the Right believe that it means eliminating the police altogether…….which is not what most people are calling for….most want some sort of reform within PDs to make it a true servant of the society….

Defunding the police is a big departure from the reforms we’ve seen before. But although there are disagreements between activists and researchers about how sweeping change should be, pretty much everyone we spoke with agrees that the system is broken, efforts to measure it are highly flawed, and now is the moment to think big about how to fix it. In many ways, the movement to defund the police is exposing gaping holes in how we measure what good police work really is, and how we gauge a reform’s success. Because after decades of research on policing and police reform, we still don’t know that much about what police are doing, how their presence actually affects the people who experience police violence, and what people in those communities want from reform.

On its surface, large majorities of Americans support “police reform.” But “reform” is vague and gets complicated fast. For one thing, the police aren’t a single entity. There are more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies scattered throughout the U.S., which means that any change has to be piecemeal. And it’s also hard to figure out what departments are actually doing, or how to compare them. Within a single metro area, multiple departments could be operating under different rules or different standards of rule enforcement, and even using different definitions of particular buzzword-heavy reforms like “community policing.”

Is Police Reform A Fundamentally Flawed Idea?

Then there are those demands for change in the police…..

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I have said that I think that 1-7 are doable….but that 8-10 will cause dissension that could lead to a stalemate in the reform movement.

We definitely are long overdue for police reform and we are closer now than ever….let us not bog it down in a  debate that can only be disastrous.

There are a couple of things that can be done quickly to try and stem the tide of police violence and abuse…..

1–specialized traffic units

2–domestic response units

There are others and this article covers some that could work if given half a chance…..https://www.vox.com/2020/6/24/21296881/unbundle-defund-the-police-george-floyd-rayshard-brooks-violence-european-policing

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Why Are We There?

The Trump admin has decided that they have the answer to the problems in Palestine……move embassy to Jerusalem and to allow Israel to annex one third of the West Bank.

What the Hell do we have to do with it?

If there is going to be any action should not the people involved in that action be consulted?

Since they signed the Accords in 1967 Israel has NEVER honored any of them…..they have been destroying the crops and stealing land since 1967 and yet they are the ones that are the victims in this saga. Why?

Since Trumpian BS has issued their biased proposal the Israelis have been stepping up their theft and destruction of Palestinian property….

While most attention in the area was on Israel’s planned annexation of much of Palestine, the latest UN report shows that Israel increased demolitions within the occupied territories by roughly 250 percent in the past few weeks.

61 of the 70 demolitions in the early part of June were in Area C of the West Bank, a region which is not just under military occupation, but direct military rule. This has included a number of humanitarian aid sites, which Israel claims were built without permits.

That’s almost certainly the case, as construction permits on Palestinian-owned land are next to impossible to obtain, and in many parts of the West Bank, the Palestinians are used to just building without permit, and hoping that the occupation forces don’t demolish them.
(antiwar.com)

The Trump people and the Israelis meet on annexation……

After months of Israel publicly talking annexation of the West Bank, and saying they believe they have America’s blessing for doing so, the top aides in the Trump Administration have just begun discussing what the US position should actually be.

The entire annexation scheme came out of a combination of Trump’s peace plan, and his endorsement of Israel’s annexation of Golan. US officials have certainly given the impression they were comfortable with punishing the Palestinians for not endorsing Trump’s plan by unilaterally annexing much of Palestine out from under them.

(antiwar.com)

So basically the US is there to make sure that Israel gets to steal the land without any problems from the international community.

What does that make the US?

Here is what a people have to say that are hating Palestinians….

Palestinians and Israelis will both gain from what is wrongly being labeled West Bank “annexation.” Soon after July 1, Israel is expected to apply its civilian law to roughly half of “Area C” of Judea and Samaria (i.e., the West Bank), which it governs under a power-sharing agreement made with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) 25 years ago. Area C is where almost half-a-million Israelis reside alongside a much smaller number of Palestinians. Naysayers from Israel and abroad have labeled the move an “illegal annexation” that would be responded to with regional violence. The more mundane reality is that applying Israeli law to the disputed area will have two main salutary effects that will benefit all the residents of the area, Israeli and Palestinian alike.

https://www.newsweek.com/palestinians-israelis-will-both-gain-israeli-sovereignty-over-west-bank-opinion-1512031

Just how would this benefit the Palestinians who have had their crops destroyed or the land stolen?

Just a fluff piece in Newsweek to justify the barbaric treatment of the Palestinians by Israel and nation of dishonorable criminals.

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“lego ergo scribo”