Now the propaganda machine has picked a new foe for the bounty thing….this time it is Iran…..
US intelligence agencies assessed that Iran offered bounties to Taliban fighters for targeting American and coalition troops in Afghanistan, identifying payments linked to at least six attacks carried out by the militant group just last year alone, including a suicide bombing at a US air base in December, CNN has learned.
“Bounties” were paid by a foreign government, identified to CNN as Iran, to the Haqqani network — a terrorist group that is led by the second highest ranking leader of the Taliban — for their attack on Bagram Air Base on December 11, which killed two civilians and injured more than 70 others, including four US personnel, according to a Pentagon briefing document reviewed by CNN.
The name of the foreign government that made these payments remains classified but two sources familiar with the intelligence confirmed to CNN that it refers to Iran.
It is that time again…..this time it is the wonderful GOP Convention…and yes it will also be a virtual convention…..and another political circus for the pundits to enjoy.
How much fear can be spewed? How much hate can be regurgitated?
The Republican National Convention got underway Monday, a four-night affair that will culminate with President Trump’s acceptance speech Thursday night. Trump, though, is breaking with tradition and is expected to speak on all four nights. In fact, he made surprise remarks early during Monday’s proceedings after being formally nominated. (An AP fact check concludes that he “made a dizzying array of misleading claims about voting fraud” as well as health care.) At the end of the night, the AP declared Trump “omnipresent”; in addition to appearing during the night’s events, he of course also tweeted about them. Other big speakers included Donald Trump Jr.; Nikki Haley; Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black GOP senator; and Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple from St. Louis who were initially charged after waving guns at Black Lives Matters protesters, per the Washington Post. Highlights:
Dire warnings: Per Politico, a major theme of the night was the warning of “chaos” if Joe Biden wins in November. Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, who kicked things off, called Trump the “bodyguard of Western civilization” who was “elected to protect our families from the vengeful mob that seeks to destroy our way of life, our neighborhoods, schools, churches and values.” A Cuban-American businessman compared Biden to Fidel Castro. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said, “We must fight to save America now or we may lose her forever,” saying a Biden presidency would be a “horror film” involving citizens’ firearms being taken away, prisons being emptied, and the MS-13 gang running rampant.
Emphatic speeches from Trump Jr. and his girlfriend: Trump’s eldest son called Biden the “Loch Ness monster of the swamp”; Fox News has more on his address here. His girlfriend, and Trump’s campaign finance chair, Kimberly Guilfoyle, also gave a passionate speech; both of them kept with the theme of dark warnings should Biden win. KTLA says they painted California, in particular, as a “dangerous, dystopian wasteland.” Many news outlets have made note of the particularly passionate delivery Guilfoyle used; the Hill says she delivered her speech at a “near-constant shout.”
Black Americans speak up for Trump: Former NFL player Herschel Walker, who has known Trump for nearly four decades, said, “Growing up in the Deep South, I’ve seen racism up close, I know what it is, and it isn’t Donald Trump.” As for Scott, he gave the last big speech of the night, per CNN. He mentioned George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and cited Biden’s history as a senator to claim he would not defend minority communities. “Joe Biden said if a Black man didn’t vote for him, he wasn’t truly Black. Joe Biden said Black people are a monolithic community. Joe Biden said poor kids can be just as smart as white kids. And while his words are one thing, his actions take it to a whole new level.” Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones said, per the AP, that he is a “lifelong Democrat” who is for Trump. “The Democratic Party does not want Black people to leave the mental plantation they’ve had us on for decades,” he said.
Strong words from Haley: Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, said, per Politico: “My father wore a turban. My mother wore a sari. We faced discrimination and hardship, but my parents never gave into grievance and hate. It’s now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country.”
Health care workers speak up for Trump: A nurse and a surgeon both touted Trump’s coronavirus response. “Let me be clear, as a health care professional, I can tell you without hesitation Donald Trump’s quick action and leadership saved thousands of lives during COVID-19,” nurse Amy Johnson Ford said. Trump was also seen during the night thanking front-line workers including healthcare professionals, truck drivers, and small business owners.
Parent of Parkland victim blames the left: Andrew Pollack, whose teen daughter was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018, said, “Gun control laws didn’t fail my daughter, people did. Far-left Democrats in our school district made this shooting possible.” He said of Trump, “I truly believe the safety of our kids depends on whether this man is re-elected.”
St. Louis couple speaks out: Among Mark McCloskey’s comments: “Not a single person in the out-of-control mob that you saw at our house was charged with a crime. But you know who was? We were. They actually charged us with felonies for daring to defend our home.”
Biden’s camp responds: “If you tuned into the Republican convention tonight looking for some indication from President Trump that he has a strategy to contain the coronavirus, you’re still waiting,” said Biden’s deputy campaign manager, per Fox News. “What you heard tonight was a parade of dark and divisive fear-mongering designed to distract from the fact that Donald Trump does not have an affirmative case to make to the American people about why he should be re-elected.”
MS-13? When was the last tine you heard that term? My guess is around 2016.
What was that Guilfoyle woman shouting about? Oh Yeah….most Trump’s supporters are over 65…does she think they are all deaf?
Do speakers get paid? If not then why would some of them actually show up?
So far I have not been disappointed in what I thought would be part of this convention…..FEAR rule the night.
All this from a party that did not think the party needed a platform of policies to run on….other than to kiss Trump’s ass.
There you have the first night of the GOP Convention…..night two may even more ridiculous.
I am always stating that Democrats have great ideas….But cannot play the game of politics……this is why that all those sweeping plans they make every election have never come about even when they win the presidency and the Congress.
Now that we have a candidate to face Trump in November…can you tell me just what their polices are all about? I mean something other than “beat Trump”….(pause here for all the hustling to get to Google)…….
At a loss for those ideas?
Let me help……
Platform committee co-chair Denis McDonough, who served as former President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, called it the “boldest Democratic platform in American history.” (his is pure bullshit!)
The draft party document released last week endorses universal health care and makes it clear that low- or no-cost coverage for every American is the party’s eventual goal. Rather than backing a single mandatory government-run health insurance program, however, it calls for adding a public option to the existing Affordable Care Act.
The platform also sets aggressive goals for combating climate change, including making all American power plants carbon neutral by 2035 and adding 500 million solar panels and 60,000 wind turbines to the country’s electricity grid within the next five years. (not going to happen)
It also calls for a $15 minimum wage, mandatory paid family leave, more federal gun control, broad changes to federal sentencing guidelines and drug laws, and many other changes that most Democratic candidates for Congress and the White House have supported for years. (not going to happen….a lesser amount will be the compromise if anything happens at all)
There is so much more in the platform but these sections will get the best applause…..and sadly probably nothing will be accomplished along the lines the Dems predict.
But if you gonna vote for a Dem then maybe knowing what they pretend to care about would be helpful…..if so then read the platform!
Like I stated…Great Ideas!
I am still concerned about Biden;s foreign policy (post to follow)…..there seems to be nothing to make me think that anything will change in our rush to war strategies.
The media would have us believe that Biden has universal support….that he is what the voter wants….but is that really true?
That is for a later post.
I think the MSM is wishful thinking…..I believe that the polls are not accurate and this election is a lot closer than the polls show……even some polls show that Trump is gaining in support….
resident Donald Trump’s approval rating has slowly climbed with less than three months to go until the 2020 presidential election, according to polling data.
The FiveThirtyEight approval rating tracker shows that the president’s popularity rose almost two percentage points from a low of 40.1 percent at the end of July to 41.9 percent as of Wednesday evening.
Trump’s disapproval rating has also fallen over the past month, despite criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy’s rebound from related shutdown measures.
Know the issues or just hold your nose a vote blindly and then bitch about what you get.
Here in the US with all the protests for racial equality there have been some that are calling for reparations to be paid to black ancestors of slaves…..
Of course they use the fact that the US has paid reparations to Japanese-Americans for their treatment during World War Two….
But this post is about something other than US slavery…I know hard to believe that there is something more important than the events in the US….but amazingly there is……and it is the history of Africa and the region unknown in the day as German Southwest Africa.
German South-West Africa, or present-day Namibia, was a colony of the German Empire from 1884 until 1915, when it was occupied by South African forces fighting on the side of Great Britain in World War I. The brief history of the colony was marked by a series of insurrections by the Khoekhoe and Hereros against German rule, insurrections that the authorities suppressed with extraordinary harshness. The German ambition was to populate the colony with large numbers of settlers from Germany, much as the British had done in other parts of Africa. By 1914 more than 9,000 German settlers were living in the colony, but the dry climate and lack of water was a limiting factor on further settlement and expansion. Theodor Rehbock was a noted German hydraulic engineer who was asked by a local syndicate to study the colony’s water resources and their potential use in irrigation projects. Rehbock visited German South-West Africa in 1896-97 and produced this analysis of its economics, geology, climatology, and hydrology. His work contains detailed maps, tables, and plans for water projects. It remains a valuable resource for the study of the history of Namibia.
A little more historical perspective…..
In 1884, German chancellor Otto von Bismarck convened a meeting of European powers known as the Berlin Conference. Though the conference determined the future of an entire continent, not a single black African was invited to participate. Bismarck declared South-West Africa a German colony suitable not only for trade but for European settlement. Belgium’s King Leopold, meanwhile seized the Congo, and France claimed control of West Africa.
The German flag soon became a beacon for thousands of colonists in southern Africa—and a symbol of fear for local tribes, who had lived there for millennia. Missionaries were followed by merchants, who were followed by soldiers. The settlers asserted their control by seizing watering holes, which were crucial in the parched desert. As colonists trickled inland, local wealth—in the form of minerals, cattle, and agriculture—trickled out
Indigenous people didn’t accept all this willingly. Some German merchants did trade peacefully with locals. But like Belgians in the Congo and the British in Australia, the official German policy was to seize territory that Europeans considered empty, when it most definitely was not. There were 13 tribes living in Namibia, of which two of the most powerful were the Nama and the Herero. (Kaunatjike is Herero.)
Germans were tolerated partly because they seemed willing to involve themselves as intermediaries between warring local tribes. But in practice, their treaties were dubious, and when self-interest benefitted the Germans, they stood by idly. The German colonial governor at the turn of the 20th century, Theodor Leutwein, was pleased as local leadership began to splinter. According to Dutch historian Jan-Bart Gewald, for instance, Leutwein gladly offered military support to controversial chiefs, because violence and land seizure among Africans worked to his advantage. These are all tactics familiar to students of United States history, where European colonists decimated and dispossessed indigenous populations.
Now that we have set the stage….Germany has offered reparations for the ills foisted upon the natives…..and Namibia has declined the offer……
Namibian President Hage Geingob on Tuesday turned down Germany’s offer of €10 million ($11.7 million) in reparations for the genocide committed by the German Empire at the start of the 20th century.
“The current offer for reparations made by the German government remains an outstanding issue and is not acceptable to the Namibian government,” Geingob said in a statement after a briefing on the status of negotiations. He added that the government’s special envoy, Zed Ngavirue, would continue to negotiate for a “revised offer.”
Geingob also took exception to Germany’s use of the term “healing the wounds” in place of the word reparations, saying the terminology would be debated further.
No apology so far
The two countries began negotiating an agreement in 2015 that would see Germany give an official apology and development aid as compensation for the killing of tens of thousands of indigenous Herero and Nama people by German occupiers in 1904-1908.